|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 Bank Job 2008 R, 110 min.|
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Director: Roger Donaldson
Cast: Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Stephen Campbell Moore, Daniel Mays, James Faulkner, Alki David, Michael Jibson, Georgia Taylor, Richard Lintern, Peter Bowles, Alistair Petrie, Angus Wright, David Suchet, Rupert Frazer, Christopher Owen
This story is based on a 1971 bank heist in London that begins when Martine (Saffron Burrows) tells Terry (Jason Statham) that the alarms have been shut down temporarily at the Baker Street branch of Lloyds Bank while the security system is being changed. Terry is a car dealer who has been having financial problems. He listens to Martine and then rounds up his friends (Stephen Campbell, Daniel Mays, James Faulkner, and Alki David) to tunnel in for a bank heist. After four days of digging, while Eddie (Michael Jibson) is stationed on a nearby roof with his walkie-talkie, they open the vaults and find cash and valuable jewelry–along with incriminating secrets involving the Royal Family, the British government, and notorious gangsters. What they do not know is that because a ham radio operator (Angus Wright) has been listening in on Eddie's conversations and has alerted the authorities, the heist is doomed.
|Bright Young Things 2003 R, 105 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Stephen Fry
Cast: Stephen Campbell Moore, Emily Mortimer, David Tennant, Fenella Woolgar, James McAvoy, Julia McKenzie, Stockard Channing, Alex Barclay, Simon Callow, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Paterson, Imelda Staunton, Michael Sheen, Adrian Scarborough, Jim Carter
Adapted from Evelyn Waugh's "Vile Bodies," this tale satirizes the lifestyles of upper-crust Londoners during the late 1930s.
|A Good Woman 2004 PG, 93 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Mike Barker
Cast: Helen Hunt, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Campbell Moore, Mark Umbers, Milena Vukotic, Diana Hardcastle, Roger Hammond, Jane How, John Standing, Giorgia Massetti, Shara Orano
In this film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's 1892 play, "Lady Windermere's Fan," the scene is now set in the 1930s when Manhattan socialite Mrs. Erlynne (Helen Hunt) leaves her sullied and debt-ridden reputation behind and heads for the Amalfi coast of Italy hoping to start life anew. She is befriended by Meg and Robert Windemere (Scarlett Johansson and Mark Umbers), but gossip rears its ugly head after Tom helps her out financially, and now stories abound that Tom and Mrs. Erlynne are having an affair. Everyone seems to believe the gossip–except Tuppy (Tom Wilkinson) who has fallen in love with Mrs. Erlynne, and then there is Lord Darlington who is smitten with Meg and sees the scandal as his opportunity to seduce her.
|1. Amazing Grace (2007)|
2. The Bank Job (2008)
3. Bright Young Things (2003)
4. A Good Woman (2004)
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