|The Buddy System 1984 PG, 110 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Romance
Director: Glenn Jordan
Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon, Nancy Allen, Jean Stapleton, Wil Wheaton, Edward Winter, Keene Curtis, Tom Lacy, Lee Weaver, Carolyn Coates, Bianca Ferguson, Milton Selzer, Todd Everett, F. William Parker, Lew Horn
Emily (Susan Sarandon) is a divorced mother of a young son who meets Joe (Richard Dreyfuss) who is a truant officer checking up on Emily's son. After overcoming obstacles–romance blossoms.
|Jack Frost 1996 R, 89 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Horror / Fantasy
Director: Michael Cooney
Cast: Scott MacDonald, Christopher Allport, Stephen Mendel, F. William Parker, Eileen Seeley, Rob LaBelle, Zack Eginton, Jack Lindine, Kelly Jean Peters, Marsha Clark, Chip Heller, Brian Leckner, Darren O. Campbell, Shannon Elizabeth
While on his way to his execution, serial killer Jack Frost (Scott MacDonald) is involved in an accident during which chemicals react with his body, and he mutates into a living snowman. Now, Jack Frost becomes a murdering snowman killing off his victims, one by one, while seeking revenge on Sheriff Sam Tiler (Christopher Allport) who had originally apprehended him.
|Jinxed! 1982 R, 103 min.|
Director: Don Siegel
Cast: Bette Midler, Ken Wahl, Rip Torn, Val Avery, Jack Elam, Benson Fong, Jacqueline Scott, F. William Parker, Ian Wolfe, George Dickerson
Las Vegas lounge singer Bonita (Bette Midler) teams up with blackjack dealer Willie (Ken Wahl), who has been "jinxed" by Bonita's lover, Harold (Rip Torn). Bonita and Willie hatch a plot to kill Harold and collect on his life insurance.
|Legalese 1998 R, 95 min.|
Director: Glenn Jordan
Cast: James Garner, Gina Gershon, Mary-Louise Parker, Edward Kerr, Brian Doyle-Murray, Kathleen Turner, Scott Michael Campbell, Keene Curtis, Matthew Glave, Brent Briscoe, Randall Arney, F. William Parker, Eric Keenleyside, Rosanna Huffman, Hy Anzell
First aired on TNT, "Legalese" begins with an actress accused of murder, but the real plot has many twists and turns. Angela Beale's (Gina Gershon) lawyers–Norman Keane and Roy Guyton (James Garner and Edward Kerr)–know only too well that sympathy and a "Not Guilty" verdict can be won through the media's airing of the story to the public.
|She Stood Alone 1991 TV, 100 min.|
Genre: Family / Drama
Director: Jack Gold
Cast: Mare Winningham, Ben Cross, Robert Desiderio, Taurean Blacque, Daniel Davis, Lisa Marie Russell, Harry Gibbs, Fredric Cooke, Monica Calhoun, Michael Oppenheimer, Kimberly Bailey, Wilson Bell, H. Richard Greene, T. Max Graham, F. William Parker
Set in the 1830s, this is the biography of Prudence Crandall who fought for education rights of young black girls despite repercussions from other forces in her community. Good Disney fare.
|Sydney 1997 R, 93 min.|
Genre: Drama / Thriller
aka: Hard Eight
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson, F. William Parker, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Nathanael Cooper, Wynn White, Robert Ridgely, Melora Walters, Kathleen Campbell, Michael J. Rowe, Xaleese, Steve Blane, Peter D'Allesandro
Seasoned gambler Sydney (Philip Baker Hall) teaches young John (John C. Reilly) the intricacies of his profession. Two years later, John and Sydney are still friends, and now John and waitress/hooker Clementine (Gwyneth Paltrow) are a hot item. Enter Jimmy (Samuel L. Jackson), a Reno low-life. One night the four characters are in a motel room with a bloody corpse that has a lot to do with failing to pay for Clementine's services and John's reaction. How they work themselves out from their dilemma provides a perceptive view of the four personalities that is entertaining and enlightening.
|Terms of Endearment 1983 PG, 132 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy / Romance
Director: James L. Brooks
Cast: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Jeff Daniels, John Lithgow, Danny DeVito, Betty King, Huckleberry Fox, David Wohl, Lisa Hart Carroll, Troy Bishop, Norman Bennett, F. William Parker
This excellent comedy/drama covers three decades in the relationship of Aurora Greenaway (Shirley MacLaine) and her daughter Emma (Debra Winger). Aurora has overly protected Emma during her childhood until Emma finally escapes to marry college professor Flap (Jeff Daniels). But that marriage is doomed when Flap begins an affair with a college student, and Emma turns to a married man (John Lithgow) for solace. Meanwhile, Aurora deals with being a grandmother while finding her own consolation in her next-door neighbor, astronaut Garrett Breedlove (Jack Nicholson). Academy Awards were received for Best Picture, Actress (MacLaine), Supporting Actor (Nicholson), Director, and Writing. There were also six nominations, including Best Actress (Winger) and Supporting Actor (Lithgow).
|1. The Buddy System (1984)|
2. Jack Frost (1996)
3. Jinxed! (1982)
4. Legalese (1998)
5. She Stood Alone (1991)
6. Sydney (1997)
aka: Hard Eight
7. Terms of Endearment (1983)
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