|Amazing Grace 2007 PG, 111 min.|
Director: Michael Apted
Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Romola Garai, Albert Finney, Michael Gambon, Rufus Sewell, Youssou N'Dour, Ciaran Hinds, Toby Jones, Nicholas Farrell, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Jeremy Swift, Stephen Campbell Moore, Bill Paterson, Nicholas Day, Nicholas Woodeson
Eighteenth-century social reformer William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd) tries to convince Parliament that the slave trade should be outlawed. While the British do not own slaves, British industries profit greatly from the shipping trade that hauls thousands of slaves to the West Indies and American colonies. Through compromise, Wilberforce continues his work over the years, and his crusade is suspenseful because, despite physical disabilities, Wilberforce will not renege on his dream.
|The Avengers 1998 PG-13, 95 min.|
Genre: Action / Adventure / Thriller
Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman, Sean Connery, Jim Broadbent, Fiona Shaw, Eddie Izzard, Eileen Atkins, John Wood, Patrick Macnee, Carmen Ejogo, Keeley Hawes, Shaun Ryder, Nicholas Woodeson, Michael Godley, Richard Lumsden
British agents John Steed (Ralph Fiennes) and Emma Peel (Uma Thurman) set their sights on thwarting the efforts of Sir August de Wynter (Sean Connery) who plans to rule the country by controlling the weather and freezing Britain. During the investigation, Emma becomes a suspect, but then it is uncovered that Emma's double is the one working for Sir August.
|The Blackheath Poisonings 1992 TV, 200 min.|
Director: Stuart Orme
Cast: Christine Kavanagh, Ian McNeice, Zoe Wanamaker, Judy Parfitt, Patrick Malahide, James Faulkner, Christien Anholt, Julia St. John, Ian Bartholomew, George Anton, Nicholas Woodeson, Donald Sumpter, Ronald Fraser, Kenneth Haigh, Dafydd Hywel
Set in 19th century Britain, this made-for-TV miniseries chronicles the events surrounding a series of mysterious deaths following a poisoning in an upper-class family. Many suspects exist in this tale.
|Conspiracy 2001 R, 96 min.|
Director: Frank Pierson
Cast: Stanley Tucci, Kenneth Branagh, Colin Firth, Barnaby Kay, Ben Daniels, David Threlfall, Jonathan Coy, Brendan Coyle, Ian McNeice, Owen Teale, Nicholas Woodeson, Ewan Stewart, Kevin McNally, Brian Pettifer, Peter Sullivan
In 1942, Nazi leaders met in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee to discuss and decide actions to be taken to solve the Jewish "problem." Their conclusion: extermination. This HBO-produced film tells the story of that Wannsee Conference. Good cast, good film.
|Dreaming of Joseph Lees 1999 R, 92 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Eric Styles
Cast: Samantha Morton, Lee Ross, Rupert Graves, Miriam Margolyes, Frank Finlay, Nicholas Woodeson, Lauren Richardson, Felix Billson, Holly Aird, Vernon Dobtcheff
Eva (Samantha Morton) is about to marry Harry (Lee Ross) and settle into the secure life as a farmer's wife. But when her distant cousin, Joseph Lee (Rupert Graves) arrives for the wedding, Joseph appears to be everything Harry is not. Eve envisions a life of passion with Joseph Lees that she knows will never be experienced with Harry. Which path will Eva take? Will she pursue the dream of Joseph or settle for the conventional Harry?
|The Man Who Knew Too Little 1997 PG-13, 95 min.|
Director: Jon Amiel
Cast: Bill Murray, Joanne Whalley, Peter Gallagher, Alfred Molina, Richard Wilson, Geraldine James, John Standing, Anna Chancellor, Nicholas Woodeson, Simon Chandler
Wallace Ritchie (Bill Murray) travels to London to visit his brother James (Peter Gallagher) and is given a ticket to an audience participation game, "Theater of Life." He is then mistaken for someone else and ends up at the center of an espionage plot.
|Max and Helen 1990 TV, 100 min.|
Director: Philip Saville
Cast: Treat Williams, Alice Krige, Martin Landau, Jonathan Phillips, Adam Kotz, Jodhi May, Nicholas Woodeson, Lulee Fisher, Ian Bartholomew, Zoltan Gera
Martin Landau turns in a fine performance as Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal who tells the story (from Wiesenthal's book) of a couple who were separated for 20 years after being in a concentration camp.
|The Pelican Brief 1993 PG-13, 141 min.|
Genre: Drama / Mystery / Thriller / Romance
Director: Alan J. Pakula
Cast: Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Sam Shepard, John Heard, Tony Goldwyn, James Sikking, William Atherton, Robert Culp, Stanley Tucci, Hume Cronyn, John Lithgow, Nicholas Woodeson, Anthony Heald, Stanley Anderson, John Finn
When young, law school student Darby Shaw (Julia Roberts) theorizes about details concerning the death of two Supreme Court justices, she guesses right! Ensuing events–including the death of her fiance Thomas Callahan (Sam Shepard)–lead her to escape with help from Gray Grantham (Denzel Washington), a reporter for the "Washington Herald." This good film is based on John Grisham's novel.
|The Russia House 1990 R, 123 min.|
Director: Fred Schepisi
Cast: Sean Connery, Roy Scheider, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Fox, John Mahoney, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Ken Russell, J.T. Walsh, David Threlfall, Michael Kitchen, Mac McDonald, Nicholas Woodeson, Martin Clunes, Ian McNeice, Colin Stinton
While in Russia for a book conference, publisher Barley Blair (Sean Connery) is handed a manuscript that reveals Soviet military secrets. British Secret Service agent Ned (James Fox) coerces Blair into finding information about the author and the authenticity of the manuscript. Reluctantly, Blair agrees and is pulled into a complex world where he becomes involved with Katya (Michelle Pfeiffer) who is a pawn in the deadly game.
|Titanic Town 1998 N/R, 100 min.|
Director: Roger Michell
Cast: Julie Walters, Ciaran Hinds, Nuala O'Neill, James Loughran, Barry Loughran, Elizabeth Donaghy, Ciaran McMenamin, Jaz Pollock, Caolan Byrne, Aingeal Grehan, Oliver Ford Davies, Des McAleer, Nicholas Woodeson, B.J. Hogg, Doreen Hepburn
A Belfast mother of four, Bernie McPhelimy (Julie Walters), takes up the peace cause as her personal effort to end the guerilla war between the British army and the Irish Republican army. As Bernie openly expresses her disdain for the situation, her daughter, Annie (Nuala O'Neill), finds her mother's actions are threatening Annie's romance with an Irish boy.
|1. Amazing Grace (2007)|
2. The Avengers (1998)
3. The Blackheath Poisonings (1992)
4. Conspiracy (2001)
5. Dreaming of Joseph Lees (1999)
6. The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)
7. Max and Helen (1990)
8. The Pelican Brief (1993)
9. The Russia House (1990)
10. Titanic Town (1998)
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