|Amityville: A New Generation 1993 R, 90 min.|
Genre: Horror / Thriller
Director: John Murlowski
Cast: Ross Partridge, Julia Nickson-Soul, Lala Sloatman, David Naughton, Barbara Howard, Richard Roundtree, Terry O'Quinn, Jack Orend, Robert Rusler, Lin Shaye, Ralph Ahn, Karl Johnson, Tom Wright, Bob Jennings, Jon Steuer
This time around, a mirror from the old house ends up in an artist's loft, and bad things begin to happen as the mirror causes all kinds of problems.
|Avenging Force 1986 PG-13, 104 min.|
Genre: Action / Drama
Director: Sam Firstenberg
Cast: Michael Dudikoff, Steve(2) James, James Booth, William Wallace, John P. Ryan, Marc Alaimo, Karl Johnson, Allison Gereighty, Loren Farmer, Rick Boyle, Sylvia Joseph, Robert Taylor, Bruce Johnson, Robert Cronin, John Wilmot
This action/adventure film stars Michael Dudikoff as ex-CIA operative Capt. Matt Hunter who comes back to Louisiana to live on the family farm and help his young sister, Sara (Allison Gereighty), and Grandpa Jimmy (Rick Boyle). Matt comes to the aid of his friend Larry Richards (Steve James) who is a Black politician being attacked by right-wing extremists: The Pentangle, which is led by Elliott Glastenbury (John P. Ryan). The Pentangle leaders are so impressed with Matt that they order the kidnapping of Sara to convince Matt to join their organization. Now, Matt's mission is to rescue Sara.
|Catherine the Great 1995 TV, 100 min.|
Director: Marvin J. Chomsky, John Goldsmith
Cast: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul McGann, Ian Richardson, Brian Blessed, John Rhys-Davies, Agnes Soral, Mark McGann, Mel Ferrer, Jeanne Moreau, Karl Johnson
If you're a fan of Catherine Zeta-Jones, you may be interested in this film. The young (26 at the time of the film's release) Catherine plays Russian Empress Catherine as she rises to power followed by the early years of her reign. A history course this is not, as the major events of 18th-century Russia are merely "Oh, by the ways."
|The Illusionist 2006 PG-13, 110 min.|
Genre: Drama / Fantasy / Romance
Director: Neil Burger
Cast: Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, Jessica Biel, Rufus Sewell, Eddie Marsan, Jake Wood, Tom Fisher, Karl Johnson, Aaron Johnson, Eleanor Tomlinson, Vincent Franklin, Nicholas Blane
In early 1900s' Vienna, magician Eisenheim (Edward Norton) is reunited with his past love, Duchess Sophie von Teschen (Jessica Biel). Now, Sophie is engaged to Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell), and when Eisenheim uses his magical powers to woo her back, Crown Prince Leopold instructs Chief Inspector Uhl (Paul Giamatti) to track Eisensheim's activities, causing problems to develop within the royal house of Vienna.
|Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon 1998 R, 90 min.|
aka: Love Is the Devil
Director: John Maybury
Cast: Derek Jacobi, Daniel Craig, Tilda Swinton, Anne Lambton, Adrian Scarborough, Karl Johnson, Annabel Brooks, Richard Newbould, Andy Linden, Tallulah, David Kennedy, Ariel de Ravenel, Gary Hume, Antony Cotton, Damian Dibben
This biography of the British painter Francis Bacon (Derek Jacobi) focuses on his life from the fateful night in 1964 when he encounters a burglar, George Dyer (Daniel Craig), who he invites into his bed. George soon becomes not only Francis' lover but the model for his paintings. But, George is not without demons, including a death wish, and as Francis gains international status as a painter, George's life begins to unravel.
|A Prayer for the Dying 1987 R, 108 min.|
Director: Mike Hodges
Cast: Mickey Rourke, Bob Hoskins, Alan Bates, Sammi Davis, Liam Neeson, Alison Doody, Christopher Fulford, Leonard Termo, Camille Coduri, Maurice O'Connell, Ian Bartholomew, Cliff Burnett, Anthony Head, Peggy Aitchison, Karl Johnson
Martin Fallon (Mickey Rourke) is an assassin who accidentally kills some school kids during an assassination attempt. He feels so much remorse that he tries to escape from his criminal world, an act that is filled with suspense. Alan Bates' performance as the racketeer/mortician, Jack Meehan, enhances the film.
|Saint-Ex 1996 PG, 90 min.|
Genre: Drama / Fantasy
Director: Anand Tucker
Cast: Bruno Ganz, Miranda Richardson, Janet McTeer, Katrin Cartlidge, Ken Stott, Eleanor Bron, Brid Brennan, Karl Johnson, Daniel Craig, Anna Calder-Marshall, Dominic Rowan, Aidan Cottrell Boyce, Joe Cottrell Boyce, Nicholas Hewetson, Alex Kingston
This is a very good film biography of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the pilot who delivered the mail and still managed to author the beloved children's classic, "The Little Prince." The story centers on the relationship of Saint-Ex (Bruno Ganz) and his wife, Consuelo Carillo (Miranda Richardson) who has problems adapting to her role of an aviator's wife.
|The Tempest 1979 R, 95 min.|
Director: Derek Jarman
Cast: Peter Bull, David Meyer, Neil Cunningham, Heathcote Williams, Toyah Willcox, Richard Warwick, Karl Johnson, Jack Birkett, Christopher Biggins, Peter Turner, Ken Campbell, Claire Davenport, Helen Wellington-Lloyd, Elisabeth Welch, Kate Temple
Loosely based on Shakespeare's play, this film version focuses on what ensues after the King of Naples (Peter Bull) and his family are shipwrecked by a tempest at sea and washed ashore on an island occupied by his exiled son Prospero (Heathcote Williams) and Prospero's daughter Miranda (Toyah Willcox). Prospero is a sorcerer and uses the help of the airy spirit Arial (Karl Johnson) to turn his world into an idyllic place. Now, Prospero's existence is threatened with the arrival of the shipwrecked survivors and those who seek revenge.
|Up in Smoke 1978 R, 86 min.|
Director: Lou Adler
Cast: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Edie Adams, Stacy Keach, Strother Martin, Tom Skerritt, Louisa Moritz, Zane Buzby, Karl Johnson, Val Avery
This is truly Cheech and Chong at their crazy best dodging the cops while pursuing "quality" marijuana.
|1. Amityville: A New Generation (1993)|
2. Avenging Force (1986)
3. Catherine the Great (1995)
4. The Illusionist (2006)
5. Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998)
aka: Love Is the Devil
6. A Prayer for the Dying (1987)
7. Saint-Ex (1996)
8. The Tempest (1979)
9. Up in Smoke (1978)
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