|The Changeling 2008 140, R min.|
Genre: Drama / Mystery
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan, Michael Kelly, Colm Feore, Jason Butler Harner, Amy Ryan, Geoffrey Pierson, Denis O'Hare, Frank Wood, Peter Gerety, Reed Birney, Gattlin Griffith, Devon Conti, Michelle Martin
In 1928, single-mom Christine's (Angelina Jolie) nine-year-old son Walter (Gattlin Griffith) goes missing, and the LAPD steps in to solve the mystery. Months later, the LAPD claims to have solved the case and delivers a young boy, who says he is Walter, to Christine. Although Christine knows the boy is not her son, she takes him into her home. Finding an ally in activist radio preacher Reverend Briegleb (John Malkovich), Christine then presses police Captain Jones (Jeffrey Donovan) to keep looking for Walter. But, in the 1920s, women do not take on the police, and Christine is slandered and depicted as being an unfit mother. The film received three Academy Award nominations including a Best Actress nomination forAngelina Jolie.
|Crimewave 1985 PG-13, 83 min.|
aka: Broken Hearts and Noses
The XYZ Murders
Director: Sam Raimi
Cast: Louise Lasser, Paul L. Smith, Brion James, Sheree J. Wilson, Edward R. Pressman, Bruce Campbell, Antonio Fargas, Richard DeManincor, Julius Harris, Richard Bright, Reed Birney, John Hardy, Hamid Dana, Hal Youngblood, Sean Farley
You have to watch closely to have any chance of understanding this one, which involves flashbacks by a Nerd framed for a murder while he sits in the electric chair.
|Four Friends 1981 R, 114 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy
Director: Arthur Penn
Cast: Craig Wasson, Jodi Thelen, Michael Huddleston, Jim Metzler, David Graf, Reed Birney, Lois Smith, Glenne Headly, Scott Hardt, Elizabeth Lawrence, Millos Simon, George Womack, Beatrice Fredman, Zaid Farid, Julia Murray
Danilo Prozor (Craig Wasson) is a young East Chicago man trying to find himself and his friends Tom (Jim Metzler), David (Michael Huddleston) , and Georgia (Jodi Thelen) in the turbulent 1960s in this poignant film–excellent scripting is provided by Steve Tesich.
|The Greatest Man in the World 1980 TV, 51 min.|
Director: Ralph Rosenblum
Cast: Brad Davis, Carol Kane, Howard Da Silva, Reed Birney, John McMartin, William Prince, Sudie Bond, Russell Horton, Henry Fonda
This made-for-TV tale, based on a James Thurber short story, is about a 1930s aviator who became famous after he flew around the world non-stop. The problem is that he is an illiterate dunderhead, and the media that made him a hero must now make him presentable.
|A Perfect Murder 1998 R, 107 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance / Thriller
Director: Andrew Davis
Cast: Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, Sarita Choudhury, Michael P. Moran, David Suchet, Constance Towers, Novella Nelson, Will Lyman, Maeve McGuire, Laurinda Barrett, Reed Birney, Stephen Singer, Aideen O'Kelly, Vincent Smith
Steven Taylor (Michael Douglas) is an international investor, but he is in trouble financially. His wife Emily (Gwyneth Paltrow) is having an affair with David Shaw (Viggo Mortensen) who has entered into more than one scam directed at wealthy women. Emily is due to inherit a $1,000,000 trust fund, and Steven offers David $500,000 to murder Emily. Steven believes this will be the perfect murder, and all goes as scheduled–until Detective Mohamed Karaman (David Suchet) enters the picture.
|Too Far to Go 1979 TV, 100 min.|
Director: Fielder Cook
Cast: Michael Moriarty, Blythe Danner, Kathryn Walker, Ken Kercheval, Josef Sommer, Glenn Close, Reed Birney, Doran Clark, Lori Loughlin, Adam Storke
Based on John Updike's tales, this adaptation was originally made for TV and features Michael Moriarty and Blythe Danner as Richard and Joan Maple whose marriage is disintegrating on a downward spiral. This film marks Glenn Close's film debut.
|1. The Changeling (2008)|
2. Crimewave (1985)
aka: Broken Hearts and Noses
aka: The XYZ Murders
3. Four Friends (1981)
4. The Greatest Man in the World (1980)
5. A Perfect Murder (1998)
6. Too Far to Go (1979)
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