|Burnt by the Sun 1994 R, 152 min.|
Genre: Foreign / Drama
Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Cast: Nikita Mikhalkov, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Nadezhda Mikhalkova, Oleg Menshikov, Andre Oumansky, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Svetlana Kryuchkova, Vladimir Ilyin, Alla A. Kazanskaya, Nina Arkhipova, Avangard Leontyev, Inna Ulyanova
This movie won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Set in 1936 Russia, the story revolves around Stalin's Communism and the rise of terrorism through his purges. Serguei (Nikita Mikhalkov) is the husband of Marorissia (Ingeborga Dapkunaite) and father of Nadia (Nadezhda Mikhalkova). Serguei is an army colonel who passionately believes in the hopes and dreams of the Russian Revolution. In the end, he becomes disillusioned with the product of his dreams.
|Hannibal Rising 2007 R, 121 min.|
Genre: Drama / Horror / Thriller
Director: Peter Webber
Cast: Gaspard Ulliel, Gong Li, Rhys Ifans, Dominic West, Joerg Stadler, Ivan Marevich, Richard Brake, Kevin McKidd, Aaran Thomas, Helena-Lia Tachovska, Stephen Walters, Martin Hub, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Ivan Marevich, Michele Wade
In this prequel to the Hannibal Lecter series, Hannibal's early years begin in a Lithuanian castle during World War II. Orphaned when their parents are killed in crossfire between Allied and Axis powers, eight-year-old Hannibal (Aaran Thomas) and his sister Mischa (Helena-Lia Tachovska) attempt an escape, but Mischa is killed, cooked, and eaten on their way to safety. Hannibal eventually finds refuge with his aunt (Gong Li) and, now, as a student in France, Hannibal (now played by Gaspard Ulliel) sets out to fulfill a promise made years ago to Mischa as he tracks down her Lithuanian killers. A trail of severed heads raise the suspicions of Inspector Popil (Dominic West) who, in turn, tries to stop Hannibal.
|Mission: Impossible 1996 PG-13, 111 min.|
Genre: Action / Adventure / Thriller
Director: Brian De Palma
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Beart, Henry Czerny, Jean Reno, Ving Rhames, Kristin Scott-Thomas, Vanessa Redgrave, Dale Dye, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Marcel Iures, Ion Caramitru, Valentina Yakunina, Marek Vasut, Nathan Osgood
Tom Cruise stars as government agent Ethan Hunt whose mission is to find a stolen, top-secret computer disk that lists spies and their whereabouts. The evidence has pointed to Hunt as the one responsible for the theft, but he sets out to clear his name. Off he heads with his group of special agents from Eastern Europe to CIA headquarters–always on guard against terrorist attacks against U.S. citizens and searching for the mole.
|Seven Years in Tibet 1997 PG-13, 139 min.|
Genre: Drama / Adventure
Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Cast: Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, B.D. Wong, Mako, Danny Denzogpa, Jetsun Pema, Victor Wong, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Jamyang J. Wangchuk, Lhakpa Tsamchoe, Ama Ashe Dongtse, Sonam Wangchuk, Dorjee Tsering, Ric Young, Ngawang Chojor
Pacifist principles are the theme of this film in which Nazi Heinrich Harrer (Brad Pitt) attempts to scale a mountain in the Himalayas; however, World War II intervenes, and he is captured by the British. After numerous attempts, he escapes from his POW camp and ends up in Lhasa where he becomes tutor to the young Dalai Lama.
|Shadow of the Vampire 2000 R, 92 min.|
Genre: Drama / Horror
Director: E. Elias Merhige
Cast: John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Udo Kier, Cary Elwes, Catherine McCormack, Eddie Izzard, Aden Gillett, Ronan Vibert, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Nicholas Elliott, Sophie Langevin, Myriam Muller, Milos Hlavak, Marja-Leena Junker, Norman Golightly
When German filmmaker F.W. Murnau (John Malkovich) began production on his 1922 vampire film, "Nosferatu," he hired method actor Max Schreck (Willem Dafoe) to play the Dracula role. Schreck just happens to be a vampire, and Murnau has promised him the film's star, Greta Schroeder (Catherine McCormack) when the shoot is finished. Murnau begins to doubt the wisdom of his deal when crew members, one by one, disappear during the interim. Dafoe's great performance resulted in an Oscar nomination for Supporting Actor.
|1. Burnt by the Sun (1994)|
2. Hannibal Rising (2007)
3. Mission: Impossible (1996)
4. Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
5. Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
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