|Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story 2005 PG, 102 min.|
Genre: Family / Drama
Director: John Gatins
Cast: Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, Kris Kristofferson, Elisabeth Shue, David Morse, Freddy Rodriguez, Luis Guzman, Oded Fehr, Ken Howard, Holmes Osborne, Frank Hoyt Taylor, Antonio Albadran, Kayren Butler, John Moyer, Tommy Barnes
Horse trainer Ben Crane (Kurt Russell) and daughter Cale (Dakota Fanning) rehabilitate a horse with a broken leg and plan to race it in the Breeders' Cup. In the process, Ben is drawn closer to his wife Lily (Elisabeth Shue), his father Pop (Kris Kristofferson), and Cale as well. 2 User Reviews
|GREAT uplifting movie. LOVED it.||texasjasmin 09/22/2012 |
| I have seen this movie 2 or 3 times and love it every time I watch it. Will watch it again when it comes on.|
|an endearing film for the whole family||findingavoice 01/14/2007 |
| This is one of those films that lifts one's spirits - - a joy with every viewing. As it explores the stresses within a family it creates a new connection among the principals as a result of the father's effort to save an injured horse and the daughter's love for and belief in both her father and the animal. |
Everyone contributes to this cinematic delight, but Dakota Fanning and Kurt Russell provide the basic elements that make this unlikely success story a heartwarming experience. The horse is pretty special too.
|Hounddog 2008 R, 102 min.|
Genre: Drama / Musical
Director: Deborah Kampmeier
Cast: Dakota Fanning, Piper Laurie, David Morse, Robin Wright Penn, Afemo Omilami, Isabelle Fuhman, Cody Hanford, Ryan Pelton, Christoph Sanders, Jill Scott, Frank Hoyt Taylor, Jody Thompson, Ron Prather, Sean Andrew Wallace, William Smith Yelton
In the 1950s, young Lewellen (Dakota Fanning) lives with her religious zealot Grammie (Piper Laurie) and alcoholic Daddy (David Morse) in rural Alabama. Lewellen finds comfort in her dreams of singing with her idol Elvis Presley (Ryan Pelton). Her best friend Buddy (Cody Hanford) promises her a ticket to an Elvis Presley show–if she will meet him at the watering hole. She goes to the watering hole, but Buddy betrays her, and Wooden's Boy (Christoph Sanders) rapes her, which changes her life. Now, with help from medicine man Charles (Aferno Omilami), Lewellen learns more about her beloved blues music and finds hope for the future.
|Junebug 2005 R, 107 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy
Director: Phil Morrison
Cast: Embeth Davidtz, Alessandro Nivola, Amy Adams, Ben McKenzie, Celia Weston, Scott Wilson, Frank Hoyt Taylor, Beth Bostic, Joanne Pankow, Laura Lashley, David Kuhn, Alicia Van Couvering, Jerry Minor, Matt Besser, Will Oldham
Chicago art dealer Madeleine (Embeth Davidtz) flies to North Carolina with her new husband, George (Alessandro Nivola), to meet his family and to encourage a North Carolina artist to work for her. During the visit, family bonding, along with sibling tensions, rise to the fore as family members protect their unique roles within the family. Amy Adams was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
|A Lesson Before Dying 1999 PG-13, 101 min.|
Director: Joseph Sargent
Cast: Don Cheadle, Cicely Tyson, Mekhi Phifer, Irma P. Hall, Brent Jennings, Lisa Arrindell Anderson, Frank Hoyt Taylor, Stuart Culpepper, Patty Mack, Elijah Kelley
Set in the South during the 1940s, Don Cheadle plays the role of Grant Wiggins–a teacher, who at the request of a condemned man's mother, Miss Emma (Irma P. Hall) and aunt Tante Lou (Cicely Tyson), goes to visit Jefferson (Mekhi Phifer) daily while he awaits execution. Jefferson was wrongly convicted in a brutal trial that took away his dignity; it falls on Wiggins to help restore this black man's self esteem.
|Spirit Lost 1997 R, 93 min.|
Director: Neema Barnette
Cast: Leon, Regina Taylor, Cynda Williams, Juanita Jennings, James Avery, Frank Hoyt Taylor, Tamara Tunie, Yvonne Brisendine, J. Michael Hunter, Christopher Northup, Deacon Dawson, Reed R. McCants, Alan Sader, Catherine Shaffner, Kyrie Tinch
A painter, John (Leon) and his pregnant wife Willy (Regena Taylor) move into an old home on an exotic island. It is not long before a beautiful ghost, Arabella (Cynda Williams), tries to lure the painter into her clutches and frighten Willy into leaving the island.
|Warm Springs 2005 TV, 120 min.|
Director: Joseph Sargent
Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Cynthia Nixon, David Paymer, Tim Blake Nelson, Matt O'Leary, Matt Malloy, Jane Alexander, Kathy Bates, Andrew Davoli, Nelsan Ellis, Frank Hoyt Taylor, Greg Thompson, Devon Gearhart, Brian F. Durkin, Melissa Ponzio
Kenneth Branagh takes the role of Franklin D. Roosevelt–during seven crucial years of his life from 1921 when he was stricken with polio; through rehabilitation at Warm Springs, Georgia; to his nomination of Al Smith for President in 1928. Cynthia Nixon plays the role of Eleanor, while Jane Alexander, who had played Eleanor previously, takes on the role of FDR's mother, Sarah Delano Roosevelt.
|1. Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005)|
2. Hounddog (2008)
3. Junebug (2005)
4. A Lesson Before Dying (1999)
5. Spirit Lost (1997)
6. Warm Springs (2005)
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