|And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself 2003 TV, 112 min.|
Director: Bruce Beresford
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Eion Bailey, Alan Arkin, Jim Broadbent, Matt Day, Colm Feore, Michael McKean, Alexa Davalos, Damian Alcazar, Fernando Becerril, Saul Rubinek, Pedro Armendariz Jr., Kyle Chandler, Anthony Head, Peter Gregory
This HBO production relates the true story of Pancho Villa's (Antonio Banderas) partnership with movie pioneer D.W. Griffith (Colm Feore). Needing funds to continue his revolution against Mexico's Huerta forces, he suggests to D.W. Griffith that a full-length movie of the actual war be made, including the battles. The resulting film was not received well by U.S. moviegoers because of the gruesome events of war.
|The Day the Earth Stood Still 2008 PG-13, 110 min.|
Genre: Sci-Fi / Drama / Thriller
Director: Scott Derrickson
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, Jaden Smith, John Cleese, Kyle Chandler, Robert Knepper, James Hong, John Rothman, Sunita Prasad, Juan Riedinger, Sam Gilroy, Tanya Champoux, Rukiya Bernard
Helen Bronson (Jennifer Connelly) is a young widow who has been caring for her eight-year-old stepson Jacob (Jaden Smith) since her husband died a year ago. To support herself, Helen works as a research scientist in astrobiology. When an alien orb appears in Manhattan, Helen steps in to offer the U.S. government advice on how to deal with its inhabitant, eco-friendly Klaatu (Keanu Reeves). Secretary of State Regina Jackson (Kathy Bates) is very suspicious of eco-friendly Klaatu, but Helen helps Klaatu escape, and she and Jacob take off with Klaatu and try to convince him to spare humans on the planet Earth from destruction.
|Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III 1994 TV, 260 min.|
Director: Larry Peerce
Cast: Genie Francis, Rip Torn, Billy Dee Williams, Kyle Chandler, Jonathan Frakes, Cathy Lee Crosby, Cliff De Young, Lesley-Anne Down, Mariette Hartley, Peter O'Toole, James Read, Robert Wagner
In this finale of the "North & South" miniseries, the Civil War has ended, and the Hazard and Main families enter the period of Reconstruction.
|King Kong 2005 PG-13, 187 min.|
Genre: Adventure / Sci-Fi / Drama / Romance
Director: Peter Jackson
Cast: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Colin Hanks, Andy Serkis, Evan Parke, Jamie Bell, Lobo Chan, Kyle Chandler, John Sumner, Joe Folau, Craig Hall, Bill Johnson, Mark Hadlow
In the 1930s, documentary filmmakers explore remote Skull Island in search of the legendary giant, King Kong. One filmmaker, Carl Denham (Jack Black), brings along beautiful actress Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts) who is destined to be kidnapped by the natives and sacrificed to King Kong. But, Kong becomes intrigued with her, and Ann, in turn, finds true meaning in life through Kong. By story's end, Ann is rescued, Kong is captured, and they both arrive in NYC where the Empire State Building awaits. The film received 3 Academy Awards (Best Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects) and was nominated for one additional award.
|The Kingdom 2007 R, 110 min.|
Genre: Action / Drama / Thriller
Director: Peter Berg
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Ashraf Barhom, Ali Sullivan, Jeremy Piven, Kyle Chandler, Richard Jenkins, Frances Fisher, Danny Huston, Kelly AuCoin, Anna Deavere Smith, Tom Bresnahan
While watching a softball game on their Saudi Arabian compound, American men, women, and children are gunned down leaving more than 100 dead. The Saudis are investigating when FBI Special Agent Ronald Fleury (Jamie Foxx) gets permission for his team (Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, and Jason Bateman) to assist and advise in the efforts. But, they are given only five days to perform their investigation and help find the criminal responsible for the attack. When Fleury and his group find that they are not welcome and that they lack the trust of their Saudi counterparts, they get aid from Saudi Arabian police officer Colonel Fares Al Ghazi (Ashraf Barhom), and, together, they narrow the evidence down to the work of an anti-Western Wahhabi extremist who is part of a jihad determined to destroy Western business interests.
|1. And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)|
2. The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
3. Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III (1994)
4. King Kong (2005)
5. The Kingdom (2007)
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