|The Cider House Rules 1999 PG-13, 126 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Lasse Hallstrom
Cast: Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Delroy Lindo, Paul Rudd, Michael Caine, Kathy Baker, Erykah Badu, Jane Alexander, Kieran Culkin, Kate Nelligan, Heavy D, K. Todd Freeman, Paz de la Huerta, J.K. Simmons, Evan Parke
As an infant, Homer Wells (Tobey Maguire) was adopted by Dr. Wilbur Larch (Michael Caine) who ran the orphanage. Homer was raised to be the doctor's assistant for the abortions he performed while moonlighting. But, Homer leaves the orphanage during World War II, joins an apple-picking crew, and falls in love with Candy (Charlize Theron). Seven Academy Award nominations were received, including Best Picture and Best Director; Michael Caine won for Best Supporting Actor.
|The End of Violence 1997 R, 122 min.|
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Director: Wim Wenders
Cast: Bill Pullman, Andie MacDowell, Gabriel Byrne, Loren Dean, Traci Lind, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Udo Kier, Rosalind Chao, K. Todd Freeman, John Diehl, Chris Douridas, Soledad St. Hilaire, Nicole Ari Parker, Daniel Benzali, Samuel Fuller
Surveillance expert Ray Bering (Gabriel Byrne) looks out on Los Angeles via secret TV cameras and watches impotently as Hollywood producer Mike Max (Bill Pullman) is kidnapped, escapes, and hides out with a Mexican family. Numerous subplots evolve in this confusing story.
|Grosse Pointe Blank 1997 R, 106 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Thriller / Romance
Director: George Armitage
Cast: John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Alan Arkin, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Hank Azaria, K. Todd Freeman, Mitch Ryan, Michael Cudlitz, Carlos Jacott, Benny Urquidez, Audrey Kissel, Duffy Taylor, Brian Powell
Martin Q. Blank (John Cusack), a professional assassin, heads to Grosse Pointe, Michigan for two purposes: his 10-year high-school reunion and a business venture as a hit man. Once in town, he runs into Debi (Minnie Driver), the girl he stood up at the high-school prom. Former classmates cannot comprehend Blank's world and think he is joking when he describes his occupation as "professional killer." Good dialogue enhances this strange comedy/thriller.
|1. The Cider House Rules (1999)|
2. The End of Violence (1997)
3. Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
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