|Cornbread, Earl and Me 1975 PG, 95 min.|
Director: Joseph Manduke
Cast: Moses Gunn, Rosalind Cash, Bernie Casey, Madge Sinclair, Jamaal Wilkes, Antonio Fargas, Laurence Fishburne, Charles Lampkin, Thalmus Rasulala, Bill Henderson, Sandy Ward, Stefan Gierasch, Vince Martorano, Logan Ramsey, Stack Pierce
Black basketball star Nathaniel "Cornbread" Hamilton (Jamaal Wilkes) is on his way out of the ghetto as the recipient of a basketball scholarship. His dream is shattered when he is accidentally killed by the police after being mistaken for an armed rapist. The police cover-up and ensuing courtroom drama is insightfully depicted.
|Cujo 1983 R, 97 min.|
Genre: Horror / Thriller
Director: Lewis Teague
Cast: Dee Wallace, Christopher Stone, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Danny Pintauro, Ed Lauter, Mills Watson, Jerry Hardin, Kaiulani Lee, Sandy Ward, Billy Jayne, Robert Elross, Robert Behling, Terry Donovan-Smith, Arthur Rosenberg, Merritt Olsen
This story of a mother and son (Dee Wallace and Danny Pintauro) who are terrorized by a rabid Saint Bernard–named "Cujo"–is pure Stephen King. It is hair-raising fun.
|Finding Home 2003 PG-13, 125 min.|
Director: Lawrence D. Foldes
Cast: Lisa Brenner, Genevieve Bujold, Louise Fletcher, Jeannetta Arnette, Misha Collins, Sherri Saum, Johnny Messner, Justin Henry, Andrew Lukich, Jason Miller, William Bookston, Jennifer O'Kain, Sandy Ward, Alexandra Palmari, Kyle Gallner
Amanda (Lisa Brenner) inherits her grandmother's Bed-and-Breakfast in Maine and plans to sell the property for financial gain. But, after returning to the home and going through her grandmother's possessions, Amanda uncovers family secrets and reevaluates her focus on life.
|The Rose 1979 R, 134 min.|
Genre: Musical / Drama
Director: Mark Rydell
Cast: Bette Midler, Alan Bates, Frederic Forrest, Harry Dean Stanton, Barry Primus, David Keith, Sandra McCabe, Will Hare, Rudy Bond, Don Calfa, Doris Roberts, James Keane, Sandy Ward, Claude Sacha, Michael Greer
Superstardom and its pitfalls are what this movie is all about. Loosely based on Janis Joplin's life, the story is moving in its look into the loneliness of a star's life. Bette Midler was nominated for an Oscar in her first starring role; Frederic Forrest was also nominated (Best Supporting Actor).
|Tank 1984 PG, 113 min.|
Director: Marvin J. Chomsky
Cast: James Garner, Shirley Jones, C. Thomas Howell, G.D. Spradlin, Jenilee Harrison, James Cromwell, Dorian Harewood, Mark Herrier, Sandy Ward, John Hancock
Sergeant Major Zack Carey (James Garner) antagonizes the local redneck sheriff who in turn frames Garner's son (C. Thomas Howell) and sends him off to a work camp. The climax comes when Garner makes use of his own tank to rescue his family. Worth watching for Garner's performance.
|1. Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975)|
2. Cujo (1983)
3. Finding Home (2003)
4. The Rose (1979)
5. Tank (1984)
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