|25th Hour 2002 R, 134 min.|
Director: Spike Lee
Cast: Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Pepper, Rosario Dawson, Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Tony Siragusa, Levani Outchaneichvili, Misha Kuznetsov, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Tony Devon, Michael Genet, Patrice O'Neal, Al Palagonia, Aaron Stanford
While drug dealer Monty Brogan (Edward Norton) faces a seven year jail term, he spends his last 24 hours of freedom making peace with friends and relatives.
|Duane Hopwood 2005 R, 83 min.|
Director: Matt Mulhern
Cast: David Schwimmer, Janeane Garofalo, Judah Friedlander, Susan Lynch, Dick Cavett, Steve Schirripa, Jerry Grayson, Bill Buell, John Krasinski, Ramya Pratt, Brian Tarantina, Irma St. Paule, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Lenny Venito
Duane Hopwood (David Schwimmer) has hit rock bottom. His wife, Linda (Janeane Garofalo), has filed for divorce after he was arrested for drunk driving, and now he has lost his job as pit boss at an Atlantic City casino. With help from friends–maintenance man Anthony (Judah Friedlander) and bartender Gina (Susan Lynch)–Duane does get his life back on track and regains his family. In the process, he learns about unconditional love and how to celebrate life.
|Enchanted 2007 PG, 107 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Adventure / Fantasy / Comedy
Director: Kevin Lima
Cast: Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Timothy Spall, Idina Menzel, Rachel Covey, Susan Sarandon, Courtney Williams, William Huntley, Samantha Ivers, Elizabeth Mathis, Edmund Lyndeck, Tonya Pinkins, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Tibor Feldman
On the day of her wedding to Prince Edward (voice of James Marsden), Giselle (voice of Amy Adams) is banished to present-day New York City by Edward's mother, Queen Narissa (voice of Susan Sarandon), who hates Giselle. Once Giselle arrives in New York, the film changes from animation to live action, and Giselle, still in her wedding gown, meets divorce lawyer Robert (Patrick Dempsey) whose daughter, Morgan (Rachel Covey), loves everything involved in fairy tales. At Morgan's insistence, Robert invites Giselle to move in with them. Although Robert is cynical about love and marriage, Giselle is Morgan's dream come true as fantasies now fill her world, and Disney movies come to life. While living amidst this optimistic fantasy, will skeptical Robert find his views of life changing? Academy Award nominations were received for three original songs.
|I Hate Valentine's Day 2009 PG-13, 98 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Romance
Director: Nia Vardalos
Cast: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Judah Friedlander, Rachel Dratch, Zoe Kazan, Amir Arison, Dan Finnerty, Stephen Guarino, Jay O. Sanders, Gary Wilmes, Mike Starr, Jason Mantzoukas, Lynda Gravatt, Suzanne Shepherd, Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Genevieve Gernier (Nia Vardalos) owns a flower shop in Brooklyn, NY, and lives by a "five dates" rule, which means that at the end of the fifth date, she gets out of the relationship. When Greg Catlin (John Corbett) walks into Genevieve's flower shop, everything changes. At the end of their fifth date, Genevieve is ready to break her tradition. Greg has left, but can Genevieve change her life around before Greg meets his next date?
|Jump Tomorrow 2001 PG, 95 min.|
Director: Joel Hopkins
Cast: Tunde Adebimpe, Hippolyte Girardot, Natalia Verbeke, James Wilby, Patricia Mauceri, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Kaili Vernoff, Gene Ruffini, Abiola Wendy Abrams, Deen Badarou
In this fun romantic comedy, George (Tunde Adebimpe) is already set to be wed in an arranged marriage when he meets Alicia (Natalia Verbeke) and falls for her. But George, too loyal to abandon his fiancee, sets off for the wedding with his friend Gerard (Hippolyte Girardot)–and ends up with Alicia and HER boyfriend in tow.
|Kettle of Fish 2006 R, 97 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Romance
Director: Claudia Myers
Cast: Matthew Modine, Gina Gershon, Christy Scott Cashman, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Kevin J. O'Connor, Lois Chiles, Stephen Mailer, Ewa Da Cruz, Fisher Stevens, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Ranjit Chowdhry, Gloria Reuben, Malachy McCourt, Chuck Pfeiffer, John Buffalo Mailer
When sax player and lifelong bachelor Mel (Matthew Modine) decides to make a commitment and move in with his girlfriend Inga (Ewa Da Cruz), he sublets his apartment to biologist Ginger (Gina Gershon). Later, after Mel and Inga break-up, Mel moves back to his old apartment, which he must share with Ginger because she refuses to find another apartment. At first, Mel and Ginger have problems sharing the apartment, and Mel's obsession with Diana (Christy Scott Cashman) doesn't help. But, as time passes, sparks fly, and Mel and Ginger begin to catch on to the fact that they are meant to be together.
|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.
|1. 25th Hour (2002)|
2. Duane Hopwood (2005)
3. Enchanted (2007)
4. I Hate Valentine's Day (2009)
5. Jump Tomorrow (2001)
6. Kettle of Fish (2006)
7. Pieces of April (2003)
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