|Annie 1999 TV, 95 min.|
Genre: Family / Comedy / Drama / Musical
Director: Rob Marshall
Cast: Alicia Morton, Kathy Bates, Victor Garber, Alan Cumming, Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Andrea McArdle, Erin Adams, Sarah Hyland, Lalaine, Marissa Rago, Danelle Wilson, Dennis Howard, Douglas Fisher, Nanea Miyata
This Disney TV remake of the hit Broadway play stars Alicia Morton as the orphan Annie and Kathy Bates as Miss Hannigan, the cruel head of the orphanage. Annie has been living in the orphanage her whole life until Grace Farrell (Audra McDonald) takes Annie for a two-week stay with billionaire Daddy Warbucks (Victor Garber) who is charmed with Annie and wants to adopt her. But, Annie wants to find her real parents, and Warbucks agrees to help by offering a cash reward. Now, Miss Hannigan comes up with a scheme in which her brother Rooster (Alan Cumming) and his girlfriend Lily (Kristin Chenoweth) will pose as the long-lost parents so that Miss Hannigan can collect the money. The scheme fails, and all ends happily.
|The Best Thief in the World 2004 R, 93 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy
Director: Jacob Kornbluth
Cast: Mary-Louise Parker, Michael Silverman, David Warshofsky, Audra McDonald, Lois Smith, Margo Martindale, Jelani Jeffries, Jonah Bobo, Tanya Clarke, Chelsea Harkins, Roberta Wallach, Tom Bloom, Shortee Red, T.J. Allen, Wade Mylius
Young Izzy's (Michael Silverman) father Paul (David Warshofsky) has suffered a stroke, and his mother Sue (Mary-Louise Parker) is trying to make ends meet by teaching school. Izzy has a unique solution to relieve the stress at home: he vandalizes neighboring apartments and commits acts of petty theft.
|It Runs in the Family 2003 PG-13, 109 min.|
Director: Fred Schepisi
Cast: Michael Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Cameron Douglas, Diana Douglas, Bernadette Peters, Rory Culkin, Michelle Monaghan, Geoffrey Arend, Sarita Choudhury, Mark Hammer, Annie Golden, Audra McDonald, Irene Gorovaia, Josh Pais, Stephen Singer
Kirk Douglas stars as patriarch Alex Gromberg while his son, Michael Douglas, plays the son Mitchell Gromberg and grandson Cameron Douglas takes on the role of college student, grandson Asher. Eli (Rory Culkin) is Asher's 11-year-old brother who, like the rest of his family, is suffering from problems. After Alex survives a stroke, they join in as members of a dysfunctional family that tries one more time to understand each other.
|A Raisin in the Sun 2008 TV, 131 min.|
Director: Kenny Leon
Cast: Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald, Sanaa Lathan, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, David Oyelowo, Sean Patrick Thomas, John Stamos, Alexandra Cheron, Ron C. Jones, Emily Swiss, Justin Martin, Elle Downs, Bill Nunn
Set in Chicago's South Side during the 1950s, this story centers on the Younger family and how an insurance check for $10,000 could change their lives. Lena's (Phylicia Rashad) husband has died, and she is waiting for the insurance check. Problems arise when each family member has a different plan for the money. When the check does arrive, Lena buys a house in an all-White neighborhood in Chicago, and the Younger family becomes the first Black family to move in.
|Wit 2001 PG-13, 100 min.|
Director: Mike Nichols
Cast: Emma Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, Eileen Atkins, Audra McDonald, Jonathan M. Woodward, Harold Pinter, Rebecca Laurie, Su Lin Looi, Raffaello Degruttola, Miquel Brown
English Professor Vivian (Emma Thompson) is diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer and agrees to have experimental treatments. This is the story of how she copes with her situation. Though depressing at times, Emma Thompson gives a fine performance in this made-for-HBO adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize-winning story.
|1. Annie (1999)|
2. The Best Thief in the World (2004)
3. It Runs in the Family (2003)
4. A Raisin in the Sun (2008)
5. Wit (2001)
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