|The Queen 2006 PG-13, 103 min.|
Director: Stephen Frears
Cast: Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Alex Jennings, Mark Bazeley, Helen McCrory, Roger Allam, Sylvia Syms, Tim McMullan, Robin Soans, Lola Peploe, Douglas Reith, Joyce Henderson, Pat Laffan
This inside look at the struggle between HM Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) and recently elected Prime Minister Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) chronicles decisions made in the compromise between public mourning and private snubbing following Diana's tragic death that resulted in a state funeral. Helen Mirren won an Oscar for Best Actress, and the film received five other Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Director.
|The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone 2003 R, 114 min.|
Director: Robert Allan Ackerman
Cast: Helen Mirren, Olivier Martinez, Anne Bancroft, Rodrigo Santoro, Brian Dennehy, Roger Allam, Victor Alfieri, Suzanne Bertish, Jane Bertish, Tara Lynne O'Neill, Sara James, Frank Crudele
This made-for-TV version of Tennessee Williams' 1958 novella stars Helen Mirren as the aging Karen Stone whose life changes when her wealthy husband, Tom (Brian Dennehy), dies during their trip to Italy. Karen then sets off on a series of sexual flings with gigolos arranged for by the Contessa (Anne Bancroft) until she is paired off with young Paolo di Lio (Olivier Martinez), and a doomed romance follows.
|Speed Racer 2008 PG, 135 min.|
Genre: Family / Action / Drama
Director: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Matthew Fox, Susan Sarandon, John Goodman, Christina Ricci, Rain, Paulie Litt, Benno Furmann, Navo K. Wallace, Kick Gurry, Roger Allam, Nicholas Elia, Scott Porter, Richard Roundtree, Ariel Winter
Pops Racer (John Goodman) builds cars, his sons Rex (Scott Porter) and Speed (Nicholas Elia) race them, and Mom (Susan Sarandon) gives them all moral support. But, problems develop, and Rex is killed in a crash at the Casa Cristo 5000 rally. Now, ten years later, Speed (now played by Emile Hirsch) is one of the top drivers in the World Racing League driving the Mach 5 that his father designed. E.P. Arnold Royalton (Roger Allam) makes Speed an offer to drive for him, and when Speed turns him down, things turn ugly. Royalton vows that Speed will never win another race–in fact, he is in the business of fixing races. With support from his girlfriend Trixie (Christina Ricci) and his family, Speed joins forces with former rival Racer X (Matthew Fox) and competes in the Casa Cristo 5000 rally. A win will save his family's business.
|V for Vendetta 2006 R, 132 min.|
Genre: Action / Sci-Fi
Director: James McTeigue
Cast: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry, John Hurt, Tim Pigott-Smith, Rupert Graves, Roger Allam, Ben Miles, Sinead Cusack, Natasha Wightman, John Standing, Eddie Marsan
Set in the future after World War III resulted in Great Britain becoming a totalitarian state with Adam Sutler (John Hurt) in charge, this story involves the efforts of a masked man, V (Hugo Weaving), to ignite a revolution. With help from Evey (Natalie Portman) who he had rescued from an assault by government forces, V struggles against the oppressive forces of Britain's government.
|1. The Queen (2006)|
2. The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (2003)
3. Speed Racer (2008)
4. V for Vendetta (2006)
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