|As Good as It Gets 1997 PG-13, 138 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Romance
Director: James L. Brooks
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr., Skeet Ulrich, Shirley Knight, Yeardley Smith, Lupe Ontiveros, Harold Ramis, Lupe Ontiveros, Bibi Osterwald, Ross Bleckner, Bernadette Balagtas, Jaffe Cohen, Missi Pyle
Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) suffers from an obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, which is severely tested when his gay neighbor Simon (Greg Kinnear) leaves his dog in Melvin's care. Melvin is a writer, but he treats humanity with contempt–except for single-mom waitress Carol (Helen Hunt) whose son suffers from asthma attacks. First, Melvin takes care of the dog and then helps with Carol's son. Will Carol be next? Both Nicholson and Hunt received Oscars. Five other nominations were received, including Best Picture and Supporting Actor (Greg Kinnear).
|Just Write 1997 PG-13, 102 min.|
Director: Andrew Gallerani
Cast: Sherilyn Fenn, Jeremy Piven, JoBeth Williams, Wallace Shawn, Alex Rocco, Jeffrey D. Sams, Costas Mandylor, Yeardley Smith, Holland Taylor, Anita Barone
A tour bus driver, Harold McMurphy (Jeremy Piven), sees a future with his favorite star, Amanda Clark (Sherilyn Fenn), when she wrongly assumes that he is a screenwriter. He goes along with the charade that leads to more than one complication for Harold in this comedy.
|The Legend of Billie Jean 1985 PG-13, 96 min.|
Director: Matthew Robbins
Cast: Helen Slater, Keith Gordon, Christian Slater, Richard Bradford, Peter Coyote, Martha Gehman, Yeardley Smith, Dean Stockwell, Barry Tubb, Mona Lee Fultz
Billie Jean Davy (Helen Slater) and her friends become cult heroes when they confront thugs who trashed her brother Binx's (Christian Slater) motor scooter, and events soon accelerate to ludicrous proportions.
|Maximum Overdrive 1986 R, 97 min.|
Genre: Action / Sci-Fi / Horror / Thriller
Director: Stephen King
Cast: Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington, Yeardley Smith, John Short, J.C. Quinn, Ellen McElduff, Christopher Murney, Holter Graham, Frankie Faison, Pat Miller, Jack Canon, Barry Bell, John Brasington, J. Don Ferguson
This film is Stephen King's first directorial effort and concerns a comet that passes near Earth, which turns some machines into killers. Large trucks besiege the Dixie Boy truck stop and threaten the humans–including the manager Hendershot (Pat Hingle), ex-con Bill Robinson (Emilio Estevez), newlyweds Curt and Wanda June (John Short and Ellen McElduff), hitchhiker Brett (Laura Harrington), and others–who are inside. King was also the screenwriter, with the story coming from the anthology "Night Shift."
|The Simpsons Movie 2007 PG-13, 87 min.|
Genre: Animation / Comedy
Director: David Silverman
Cast: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Harry Shearer, Marcia Wallace, Hank Azaria, Billie Joe Armstrong, Tress MacNeille, Pamela Hayden, Joe Mantegna, Albert Brooks, Tre Cool, Russi Taylor, Tom Hanks
The long-running TV show "The Simpsons" comes to the screen with more adventures of the Simpson family. Lisa Simpson (voice of Yeardley Smith) takes on the environmental-awareness cause to clean up Springfield's lake, while her father, Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta), remains clueless and even dares his son, Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright), to skateboard around town in the nude. Matters take a downhill turn when Homer brings a pig home as a family pet, which leaves Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) nagging him to get rid of the pig's droppings. Homer dumps the pig's waste in the lake–an act that results in getting the attention of E.P.A. head Russ Cargill (voice of Albert Brooks) who convinces President Schwarzenegger (voice of Harry Shearer) to have a plastic dome placed over Springfield. Now, it is up to Homer to save Springfield.
|We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story 1993 G, 72 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Adventure / Fantasy
Director: Phil Nibbelink, Simon Wells, Dick Zondag, Ralph Zondag
Cast: John Goodman, Blaze Berdahl, Rhea Perlman, Jay Leno, Julia Child, Martin Short, Kenneth Mars, Walter Cronkite, Felicity Kendal, Charles Fleischer, Yeardley Smith, Rene Le Vant, Larry King
Make an animated cartoon, combine Walter Cronkite, dinosaurs, and a circus of stars' voices (John Goodman, Jay Leno, Rhea Perlman, and Julia Child, etc.), and the result is a so-so movie. It could have been so much better, but will probably be enjoyed by children.
|1. As Good as It Gets (1997)|
2. Just Write (1997)
3. The Legend of Billie Jean (1985)
4. Maximum Overdrive (1986)
5. The Simpsons Movie (2007)
6. We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993)
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