|Garden State 2004 R, 109 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Romance
Director: Zach Braff
Cast: Zach Braff, Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Ian Holm, Ron Leibman, Jean Smart, Armando Riesco, Method Man, Denis O'Hare, Jackie Hoffman, Ann Dowd, Debbon Ayer, Alex Burns, George C. Wolfe, Michael Weston
Long estranged from his family, Andrew (Zach Braff) returns home for his mother's funeral where he must deal with relatives and friends he knew in high school. Ever since he caused the accident that paralyzed his mother (Andrew was nine years old at the time), Andrew has been taking anti-depressants, prescribed by his psychiatrist father (Ian Holm). While home for the funeral, Andrew gets rid of his meds and falls in love with Sam (Natalie Portman).
|Harsh Times 2006 R, 112 min.|
Director: David Ayer
Cast: Christian Bale, Freddy Rodriguez, Eva Longoria Parker, Terry Crews, Noel Gugliemi, Chaka Forman, J.K. Simmons, Michael Monks, Tammy Trull, Emilio Rivera, Armando Riesco, Blue Mesquita
Jim Davis (Christian Bale) has recently returned from the Gulf War and settles into his old Hispanic neighborhood in Los Angeles while awaiting an opportunity to join the Los Angeles Police Department. The disturbed, angry Davis returns to his life as a petty thief after not getting the job, but now has an opportunity with Homeland Security. Will he clean up his act?
|Pieces of April 2003 PG-13, 80 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Peter Hedges
Cast: Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson, Oliver Platt, Derek Luke, Sean Hayes, Alison Pill, John Gallagher Jr., Alice Drummond, Sisqo, Lillias White, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Armando Riesco, Patricia Clarkson, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Susan Bruce
It is Thanksgiving Day, her estranged family is driving from Pennsylvania for dinner at April's (Katie Holmes) new apartment on New York's Lower East Side, and she discovers that her oven is not working. After relying on neighbors for help–a comedy of errors–dinner is served, and the family reunites. Patricia Clarkson was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role of April's mother, Joy Burns, who is dying of cancer.
|World Trade Center 2006 PG-13, 128 min.|
Director: Oliver Stone
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Michael Pena, Maria Bello, Jay Hernandez, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Armando Riesco, Connor Paolo, Patti D'Arbanville, Brad William Henke, Lucia Brawley, Jon Bernthal, Frank Whaley, Donna Murphy
This story of courage and survival relates events during the rescue mission following the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. Port Authority Police Department officers responded to the emergency and went into the building to rescue survivors. While they were inside, the tower collapsed, leaving only Will Jimeno (Michael Pena) and John McLoughlin (Nicolas Cage) alive in the rubble. For 12 hours, while awaiting their own rescue, Will and John talk about their lives and dreams while their wives (Maggie Gyllenhaal and Maria Bello) and families wait for news.
|1. Garden State (2004)|
2. Harsh Times (2006)
3. Pieces of April (2003)
4. World Trade Center (2006)
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