|The Adventures of Baron Munchausen 1989 PG, 126 min.|
Genre: Adventure / Comedy / Fantasy
Director: Terry Gilliam
Cast: John Neville, Eric Idle, Oliver Reed, Uma Thurman, Robin Williams, Sarah Polley, Bill Paterson, Valentina Cortese, Jonathan Pryce, Peter Jeffrey, Charles McKeown, Winston Dennis, Jack Purvis, Alison Steadman, Ray Cooper
Terry Gilliam, who also directed "Time Bandits" and "Brazil," has created an enjoyable film based on the exaggerated war stories of a real-life, 18th-century baron (John Neville). Not only did he have amazing adventures all over the world, the good baron met the King of the Moon (Robin Williams), took a voyage into the heart of a volcano, and was swallowed by a sea monster.
|Away from Her 2007 PG-13, 110 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Sarah Polley
Cast: Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Murphy, Wendy Crewson, Kristen Thomson, Alberta Watson, Thomas Hauff, Judy Sinclair, Deanna Dezmari, Clare Coulter, Grace Lynn Kung, Lili Francks, Andrew Moodie, Wendy Crewson
Grant (Gordon Pinsent) and Fiona (Julie Christie) have been married for more than 40 years when Grant notices that Fiona has trouble remembering things. She is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and decides it is time to move into Meadowlake nursing home. Meadowlake's rules allow new patients no visitors for the first 30 days. Grant honors the rule, returns for a visit after the orientation period, and is devastated when he realizes that Fiona does not remember him. Even more difficult to face is the fact that Fiona's affections have transferred to a fellow patient: mute, wheelchair bound Aubrey (Michael Murphy). Now, Grant must gradually accept that loving is also letting go. The film received two Academy Award nominations including Best Actress (Christie).
|Beowulf & Grendel 2006 R, 103 min.|
Genre: Action / Adventure / Fantasy
Director: Sturla Gunnarsson
Cast: Gerard Butler, Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson, Stellan Skarsgard, Sarah Polley, Eddie Marsan, Tony Curran, Martin Delaney, Rory McCann, Ronan Vibert, Hringur Ingvarsson, Gunnar Eyjolfsson, Elva Osk Olafsdottir, Spencer Wilding
The ancient Anglo-Saxon poem, "Beowulf," is brought to the screen with Gerard Butler in the role of Norse warrior leader Beowulf. The drunken King Hrothgar (Stellan Skarsgard) asks Beowulf to rid Mead Hall of the beastly troll, Grendel (Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson), who has been killing off King Hrothgar's warriors.
|The Claim 2000 R, 120 min.|
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Cast: Peter Mullan, Sarah Polley, Wes Bentley, Milla Jovovich, Nastassja Kinski, Randy Birch, Julian Richings, Shirley Henderson, Sean McGinley, Marie Brassard
Based on Thomas Hardy's novel, "The Mayor of Castorbridge," about a wealthy 49er, this story is set in the Sierra Nevadas where the landscape is breathtaking. The plot reveals the life choices of Daniel Dillon (Peter Mullan) who sold his wife and daughter in order to obtain a gold mine. Now, the wife (Nastassja Kinski) and daughter (Sarah Polley) reappear in his life, and Dillon must face the impact of his earlier decisions.
|Dawn of the Dead 2004 R, 100 min.|
Genre: Drama / Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, Ty Burrell, Michael Kelly, Kevin Zegers, Michael Barry, Lindy Booth, Tom Savini, Scott H. Reiniger, Ken Foree, Jayne Eastwood, Boyd Banks, R.D. Reid
A virus has hit the U.S. resulting in corpses turning into blood-thirsty zombies. Ana (Sarah Polley) returns from her nursing duties and finds that her husband has been turned into a zombie. She escapes but finds zombies everywhere she goes. Ana is rescued by a cop, Kenneth (Ving Rhames), and then joins a small group of survivors, including Michael (Jack Weber) and Andre (Mekhi Phifer). They head for Crossroads Mall where they enjoy a few minutes of peace–until zombies arrive on the scene. Using a shuttle buss, they ram their way out of the mall and head for the boat docks hoping to find safety on an island. But, will they find that the island is really free from zombies?
|Don't Come Knocking 2005 R, 125 min.|
Director: Wim Wenders
Cast: Sam Shepard, Jessica Lange, Tim Roth, Gabriel Mann, Sarah Polley, Fairuza Balk, Eva Marie Saint, Mike Butters, Julia Sweeney, Marley Shelton, Raymond O'Connor, Kurt Fuller
His days are long passed as a Western movie star when 60-year-old Howard Spence (Sam Shepard) sees the folly of his drug and alcohol lifestyle and sets out on a journey to reconnect with his past. To his surprise, he discovers that he fathered both a son, Earl (Gabriel Mann), and a daughter, Sky (Sarah Polley), during his early days of filmmaking in Montana.
|The Event 2003 R, 110 min.|
Director: Thom Fitzgerald
Cast: Parker Posey, Don McKellar, Olympia Dukakis, Sarah Polley, Jane Leeves, Brent Carver, Joanna Adler, Rejean Cournoyer, Christina Zorich, Dick Latessa, Cynthia Preston, Gianna Marciante
AIDS patient Matt (Don McKellar) is found dead in his Chelsea apartment, and assistant D.A. Nicole "Nick" De Vivo (Parker Posey) is called on to investigate what looks like a suicide. Could it be that Matt participated in an Event: a farewell party that culminates in assisted suicide?
|ExistenZ 1999 R, 97 min.|
Director: David Cronenberg
Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Ian Holm, Don McKellar, Callum Keith Rennie, Sarah Polley, Christopher Eccleston, Robert A. Silverman, Kris Lemche
Players in this adventure cannot differentiate between what is real and not in a new virtual reality game.
|Go 1999 R, 103 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Thriller
Director: Doug Liman
Cast: Sarah Polley, Katie Holmes, Desmond Askew, Jay Mohr, Scott Wolf, Taye Diggs, William Fichtner, J.E. Freeman, Timothy Olyphant, Nathan Bexton, Suzanne Krull, Robert Peters, Jodi Bianca Wise, Jimmy Shubert, Tony Denman
Three intertwined plots–all taking place during Christmas–begin with Ronna (Sarah Polley) filling in for her friend Simon (Desmond Askew) as a Los Angeles grocery clerk while he heads off on a trip to Las Vegas. When soap stars Adam (Scott Wolf) and Zack (Jay Mohr) approach Ronna for a drug deal, Ronna acts as a go-between for Simon and his drug dealer friend Todd (Timothy Olyphant) but is caught by DEA agent Burke (William Fichtner, and Adam and Zack are busted for possession. Meanwhile, Simon is having more than a few problems in Las Vegas. Now, back at the grocery store, it turns out that Adam and Zach are lovers and find themselves in a sting operation, and their relationship with Burke and his wife Irene (Jane Krakowski) takes a very strange turn. What makes the movie work is the telling of the story from three different points of view.
|Guinevere 1999 R, 104 min.|
Director: Audrey Wells
Cast: Stephen Rea, Sarah Polley, Jean Smart, Gina Gershon, Paul Dooley, Carrie Preston, Tracy Letts, Francis Guinan, Gedde Watanabe, Jasmine Guy
Harper Sloane (Sarah Polley) rebels against her affluent family and enjoys a romantic fling with Connie Fitzpatrick (Stephen Rea)–a photographer who is old enough to be Sloane's father. This older-man/younger-woman affair fills the needs of both and enriches their lives.
|The Hanging Garden 1997 R, 91 min.|
Director: Thom Fitzgerald
Cast: Chris Leavins, Kerry Fox, Seana McKenna, Peter MacNeill, Christine Dunsworth, Troy Veinotte, Sarah Polley, Joel S. Keller, Ian Parsons, Mark Austin
Families are haunted by their history as seen through the eyes of 25-year-old Sweet William who returns to the family home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, after a 10-year absence. Although he has changed for the better, Sweet William's family remains the dysfunctional entity that he left years before.
|Jerry and Tom 1998 R, 92 min.|
Director: Saul Rubinek
Cast: Joe Mantegna, Sam Rockwell, Maury Chaykin, Ted Danson, Charles Durning, William H. Macy, Peter Riegert, Sarah Polley, Shelley Cook, Alyson Court
This story begins and ends in a bar where two hit men–Jerry (Sam Rockwell) and Tom (Joe Mantegna)–reminisce about their lives as hired killers.
|Last Night 1998 R, 95 min.|
Director: Don McKellar
Cast: Don McKellar, Sandra Oh, Callum Keith Rennie, Sarah Polley, David Cronenberg, Tracy Wright, Genevieve Bujold, Roberta Maxwell, Robin Gammell, Trent McMullen
A small group of Canadians prepares for the end of the world as Y2K approaches in this darkly humorous tale of how individuals choose their own unique methods of dealing with expected doom.
|The Life Before This 1999 R, 92 min.|
Genre: Drama / Action
Director: Jerry Ciccoritti
Cast: Catherine O'Hara, Joe Pantoliano, Sarah Polley, Stephen Rea, Leslie Hope, David Hewlett, Joel S. Keller, Jacob Tierney, Fab Filippo, Alberta Watson, Bernard Behrens, Martha Burns, Emily Hampshire, Dan Lett, Carl Marotte
"The Life Before This" begins when two robbers, with the police in hot pursuit, dart into a coffee shop and kill some of the patrons. Then, the story switches to flashbacks revealing stories of how the unfortunate people in the coffee shop–including Sheena (Catherine O'Hara), Jake (Joe Pantoliano), and waitresses Maggie (Emily Hampshire) and Connie (Sarah Polley)–ended up being in that wrong place at the wrong time.
|My Life Without Me 2003 R, 106 min.|
Director: Isabel Coixet
Cast: Sarah Polley, Scott Speedman, Deborah Harry, Mark Ruffalo, Leonor Watling, Amanda Plummer, Julian Richings, Maria de Madeiros, Jessica Amlee, Kenya Jo Kennedy, Alfred Molina, Sonja Bennett
When Ann, a young wife and mother of two, is told she has cancer and only two months to live, she decides to live life to the fullest during her remaining time.
|No Such Thing 2001 R, 105 min.|
Genre: Horror / Fantasy
Director: Hal Hartley
Cast: Sarah Polley, Robert John Burke, Helen Mirren, Baltasar Kormakur, Paul Lazar, Annika Peterson, Julie Christie, Margret Akadottir, Julie Anderson, Gudrun Bjarnadottir
An aspiring reporter, Beatrice (Sarah Polley), travels to Iceland searching for her missing fiance who has been reported killed and then dined on by a Monster (Robert John Burke). She does find the Monster, forms a relationship, and brings him to NYC for treatment. This is NOT Disney's "Beauty and the Beast."
|One Magic Christmas 1985 G, 88 min.|
Genre: Family / Fantasy
Director: Phillip Borsos
Cast: Mary Steenburgen, Harry Dean Stanton, Elisabeth Harnois, Gary Basaraba, Arthur Hill, Wayne Robson, Jan Rubes, Elias Koteas, Graham Jarvis, Robbie Magwood, Michelle Meyrink, Elias Koteas, Sarah Polley, Timothy Webber, Joy Thompson
This touching movie involves a young mother, Ginny Grainger (Mary Steenburgen), who has lost faith in the world. Her husband, Jack (Gary Basaraba), has lost his job, and they are faced with leaving their home. Working with Ginny's daughter Abbie (Elisabeth Harnois), Ginny's guardian angel (Harry Dean Stanton) appears and shows her the magic and joy of Christmas. From the Disney crowd.
|The Secret Life of Words 2005 N/R, 115 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Isabel Coixet
Cast: Sarah Polley, Tim Robbins, Javier Camara, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Steven Mackintosh, Eddie Marsan, Julie Christie, Daniel Mays, Dean Lennox Kelly, Danny Cunningham, Emmanuel Idowu, Reg Wilson, Leonor Watling, Peter Wright
After working in a factory for 10 years, insecure and hearing-impaired Hanna (Sarah Polley) finally takes a vacation. Hanna has always kept to herself and chooses an out-of-season, Northern Ireland seaside town for her break from work. While she is visiting Ireland, there is an accident on an offshore oil rig, and Hanna offers to take care of burn victim Josef (Tim Robbins). She meets an eccentric band of workers on board the rig but keeps to herself. However, as Hanna tends to Josef's needs, he breaks through her shell, and they come together through the healing experience.
|The Sweet Hereafter 1997 R, 100 min.|
Director: Atom Egoyan
Cast: Ian Holm, Maury Chaykin, Gabrielle Rose, Peter Donaldson, Bruce Greenwood, David Hemblen, Sarah Polley, Brooke Johnson, Arsinee Khanjian, Tom McCamus, Caerthan Banks, Alberta Watson, Stephanie Morgenstern, Kirsten Kieferle, Earl Pastko
Set in British Columbia, this mystery involves the stories of a tragic accident of a school bus filled with 14 children; the relationships of the residents of their town; and, particularly, the incestuous relationship of a father and his daughter. Attorney Mitchell Stephens (Ian Holm) has his work cut out for him in uncovering events leading to the disaster. Egoyan was nominated for a Best Director Oscar.
|The Weight of Water 2000 R, 113 min.|
Genre: Drama / Mystery / Thriller
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Cast: Catherine McCormack, Sarah Polley, Sean Penn, Josh Lucas, Elizabeth Hurley, Ciaran Hinds, Ulrich Thomsen, Anders W. Berthelsen, Katrin Cartlidge, Vinessa Shaw, Richard Donat, Joseph Rutten, John Walf, Adam Curry, John Maclaren
Photojournalist Jean James (Catherine McCormack) is researching a sensational axe murder that occurred in 1873. Along with her husband Thomas (Sean Penn), his brother Rich (Josh Lucas), and his brother's girlfriend Adaline (Elizabeth Hurley), she heads to a New Hampshire seacoast town–scene of the murder–and finds an eyewitness account of the affair. The audience goes back and forth between the past deceit and Jean's growing uneasiness over her own similar situation: she is convinced that her husband is having an affair with his brother's girlfriend.
|White Lies 1998 TV, 92 min.|
Director: Kari Skogland
Cast: Sarah Polley, Tanya Allen, Jonathan Scarfe, Lynn Redgrave, Joseph Kell, Albert Schultz, Toby Proctor, Drew Coombs, Joe Roncetti, Rob Stefaniuk
Catherine (Sarah Polley) is a Canadian college student who is frustrated with the liberal bias at the school. On the internet she finds people who share her views–a neo-Nazi hate group–and becomes a spokesperson for their cause. As she gets more deeply involved with the group, she finds that its views are questionable. This made-for-TV film falls a little short of the mark.
|1. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989)|
2. Away from Her (2007)
3. Beowulf & Grendel (2006)
4. The Claim (2000)
5. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
6. Don't Come Knocking (2005)
7. The Event (2003)
8. ExistenZ (1999)
9. Exotica (1994)
10. Go (1999)
11. Guinevere (1999)
12. The Hanging Garden (1997)
13. Jerry and Tom (1998)
14. Last Night (1998)
15. The Life Before This (1999)
16. My Life Without Me (2003)
17. No Such Thing (2001)
18. One Magic Christmas (1985)
19. The Secret Life of Words (2005)
20. The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
21. The Weight of Water (2000)
22. White Lies (1998)
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