|101 Dalmatians 1996 G, 103 min.|
Genre: Family / Comedy / Adventure
Director: Stephen Herek
Cast: Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson, Joan Plowright, Hugh Laurie, Mark Williams, John Shrapnel, Tim McInnerny, Hugh Fraser, Zohren Weiss, Mark Haddigan, Michael Percival, John Evans, Frank Welker, Bill Stewart
In this live-action remake of the classic Disney animated film, Dalmatians Pongo and Perdy meet at the park, and their owners Roger (Jeff Daniels) and Anita (Joely Richardson) fall in love and marry. Pongo and Perdy are also attracted to each other and soon become parents of 15 Dalmatian puppies. Meanwhile, Anita's boss Cruella De Vil (Glenn Close), who already has 84 Dalmatians, wants to purchase Anita's dogs to make a coat of Dalmatian fur. When Anita refuses the offer, Cruella sends her henchmen Jasper (Hugh Laurie) and Horace (Mark Williams) to kidnap the Dalmatians. Will Pongo and Perdy be able to save the day and prevent Cruella's plans for coat making with the 101 Dalmatians?
|The Body 2001 PG-13, 100 min.|
Genre: Drama / Thriller / Romance
Director: Jonas McCord
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Olivia Williams, John Shrapnel, Derek Jacobi, Jason Flemyng, John Wood, Makram Khoury, Vernon Dobtcheff, Ian McNeice, Mohammed Bakri, Lillian Lux, Yoav Dekelbaum, Sami Samir, Jordan Licht, Livor Goldstein
When Israeli archaeologist Sharon Golban (Olivia Williams) finds a crucified body from the First Century A.D., the Vatican sends a New Testament researcher, Father Matt Gutierrez (Antonio Banderas) to Jerusalem to investigate. Could it be the body of Christ? Tensions mount, and trouble spreads in the aftermath.
|The Duchess 2008 PG-13, 110 min.|
Director: Saul Dibb
Cast: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Charlotte Rampling, Dominic Cooper, Hayley Atwell, Simon McBurney, Aidan McArdle, John Shrapnel, Alistair Petrie, Patrick Godfrey, Michael Medwin, Justin Edwards, Richard McCabe, Calvin Dean, Hannah Stokely
In the 18th century, Lady Spencer (Charlotte Rampling) arranges for her beautiful 17-year-old daughter Georgiana (Keira Knightley) to marry the Duke of Devonshire, William Cavendish (Ralph Fiennes), and Georgiana becomes the Duchess. The couple produces two daughters, but Georgiana finds herself living with a husband who entertains mistresses. Meanwhile, Georgiana has adapted well to the royal lifestyle and has become an admired royal figure. Problems lie ahead when the duke takes Georgiana's best friend Bess Foster (Hayley Atwell) as his live-in lover, and an unhappy Georgiana begins an affair with the Earl of Grey (Dominic Cooper). The affairs cause conflicts and could become the items for scandal. The film received an Oscar for Costume Design and was nominated for another Oscar.
|Edward & Mrs. Simpson 1978 TV, 270 min.|
Director: Waris Hussein
Cast: Edward Fox, Cynthia Harris, Peggy Ashcroft, Maurice Denham, Marius Goring, Nigel Hawthorne, Cherie Lunghi, Kika Markham, Jessie Matthews, Andrew Ray, John Shrapnel, David Waller
In the sequel to the biography of King Edward VII, "Edward the King" (1975), this made-for-TV British miniseries is based on the life of King Edward VIII who gave up his throne to be with the woman he loved, the divorced American socialite Wallace Simpson.
|Elizabeth: The Golden Age 2007 PG-13, 114 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Shekhar Kapur
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Geoffrey Rush, Rhys Ifans, Samantha Morton, Abbie Cornish, Jordi Molla, John Shrapnel, Aimee King, Elise McCave, Penelope McGhie, Eddie Redmayne, Stuart McLoughlin, Adrian Scarborough
In this sequel to "Elizabeth" (1998), Cate Blanchett again takes the title role, and Geoffrey Rush returns as Elizabeth's closest advisor, Sir Francis Walsingham. Elizabeth has now been Queen of England for 27 years and, amidst the changing political and religious moods in 16th-century Europe, is struggling to maintain her position while Spanish King Philip II (Jordi Molla) plots to restore Catholicism to Protestant England. Meanwhile, the story emphasizes the personal side of Elizabeth including her flirtation with Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen) as well as the political intrigue between Elizabeth and her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots (Samantha Morton). The film received an Academy Award for Best Costume Design and was nominated for Best Actress (Blanchett).
|Gladiator 2000 R, 150 min.|
Genre: Action / Adventure / Drama
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou, Richard Harris, David Schofield, John Shrapnel, Tomas Arana, Ralf Moeller, Sven-Ole Thorsen, Spencer Treat Clark, David Hemmings, Tommy Flanagan
Set in 180 A.D., this action film uses real historical events and people as background for its tale of greed and corruption versus loyalty and truth. After Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) murders his father, the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris), he forces trusted general Narcissus Maximus (Russell Crowe) into exile. Rescued by slaves, Maximus is sold as a gladiator and ends up fighting in the Colosseum under the alias of "The Spaniard." The film won five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Actor (Crowe), Costume Design, Sound, and Visual Effects. It also received seven other nominations, including Best Director.
|How to Get Ahead in Advertising 1989 R, 95 min.|
Director: Bruce Robinson
Cast: Richard E. Grant, Rachel Ward, Richard Wilson, Jacqueline Tong, John Shrapnel, Susan Wooldridge, Mick Ford, Jacqueline Pearce, Pauline Melville, Hugh Armstrong
Dennis Bagley (Richard E. Grant) is an extremely successful advertising executive–that is, until he has a mental block and can't come up with an advertising campaign for an acne ointment. He considers getting out of this rat race, and then notices that a huge boil has developed on his shoulder. The boil becomes his alter ego, his "good" self, while his bad self returns to the advertising business. A good satire on today's culture.
|K-19: The Widowmaker 2002 PG-13, 138 min.|
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Cast: Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Peter Sarsgaard, Christian Camargo, Ravil Isyanov, Michael Gladis, James Francis Ginty, JJ Feild, Donald Sumpter, John Shrapnel, Joss Ackland, Tim Woodward, Steve Nicolson, George Anton, Shawn Mathieson
On 4 July 1961, the Soviet Union's first nuclear submarine, K-19, is in trouble; a coolant tube has sprung a leak that most certainly could lead to its nuclear reactor overheating. K-19's Captain Alexei Vostrikov (Harrison Ford) makes decisions that upset the crew, while the submarine's previous commander, Captain Mikhail Polenin (Liam Neeson), who has been demoted to K-19's executive officer, resists tensions between the two and works with Vostrikov to save the ship and to solve a problem that could have worldwide repercussions. Based on a true story.
|Mary, Mother of Jesus 1999 TV, 94 min.|
Director: Kevin Connor
Cast: Christian Bale, Pernilla August, Melinda Kinnaman, David Threlfall, Geraldine Chaplin, Simone Bendix, Hywel Bennett, John Shrapnel, Robert Addie, Edward Hardwicke
This made-for-TV film tells the story of Mary of Nazareth (Pernilla August) raising her son, Jesus (Christian Bale), and their strong and loving relationship.
|Mirrors 2008 R, 110 min.|
Genre: Horror / Thriller
Director: Alexandre Aja
Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Paula Patton, Cameron Boyce, Erica Gluck, Amy Smart, Mary Beth Peil, John Shrapnel, Jason Flemyng, Tim Ahern, Julian Glover, Josh Cole, Ezra Bussington, Aida Doina, Iona Abur, Darren Kent
Ben Carson (Kiefer Sutherland) is a disgraced NYPD detective living at his sister Angela's (Amy Smart) home while estranged from his wife Amy (Paula Patton) who is caring for their children Michael and Daisy (Cameron Boyce and Erica Gluck). While waiting for a decision from the NYPD Internal Affairs, Ben works as a night watchman at the fire-gutted Mayflower Department Store where he suspects that there is something lurking in its mirrors. Ben investigates and begins to believe that there is a demon lurking in the mirrors that could now be reaching out and threatening his family.
|Troy 2004 R, 163 min.|
Genre: Adventure / Action / Romance
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Cast: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Diane Kruger, Brian Cox, Sean Bean, Brendan Gleeson, Peter O'Toole, Julie Christie, Tyler Mane, Julian Glover, Nathan Jones, Jacob Smith, John Shrapnel, Ken Bones
King Agamemnon (Brian Cox) assembles the Greek armies to lay siege on Troy after Trojan Prince Paris (Orlando Bloom) wooed Spartan King Menelaus' (Brendan Gleeson) beautiful bride Helen (Diane Kruger) and abducted her to Troy. Brad Pitt takes on the role of Greek hero Achilles, while Eric Bana plays the brave Trojan warrior, Hector. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design.
|1. 101 Dalmatians (1996)|
2. The Body (2001)
3. The Duchess (2008)
4. Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978)
5. Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
6. Gladiator (2000)
7. How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)
8. K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
9. Mary, Mother of Jesus (1999)
10. Mirrors (2008)
11. Troy (2004)
12. Two Deaths (1996)
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