Filmed before (and quite nicely) in 1949, Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic children's story was remade for this admirable 1993 release, executive produced by Francis Ford Coppola and directed by acclaimed Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland. Splendidly adapted by Edward Scissorhands screenwriter Caroline Thompson, the film opens in India during the early 1900s, when young Mary Lennox (Kate Maberly) is orphaned and sent to England to live in Misselthwaite Manor, the gloomy estate of her brooding and melancholy uncle, Lord Craven (John Lynch). Because the uncle is almost always away on travels, struggling to forget the death of his beloved wife, Mary is left mostly alone to explore the estate. Eventually she befriends the young brother of a staff maid and Lord Craven's apparently crippled son, who has been needlessly bedridden for years. Together the three children restore a neglected garden on the estate grounds, and in doing so they set the stage for a moving reaffirmation of life and love. Filmed with graceful style and careful attention to the intelligence and cleverness of young children, The Secret Garden is that rarest breed of family film that transcends its own generic category, encouraging a sense of wonder and optimism to become a rewarding experience for viewers of any age. --Jeff Shannon
It's a special garden where friendships blossom illnesses fade away and sorrows flee. There troubled orphan Mary (Kate Maberly) her spoiled sickly cousin Colin (Heydon Prowse) and kindly country boy Dickon (Andrew Knott) discover that a world of caring can make a world of difference. Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic story blooms anew in this enchanting new version lovingly adapted by Caroline Thompson and directed by Agnieszka Holland also starring Maggie Smith and John Lynch.
Set against the sweeping landscapes of North Africa during the 1960s Algerian fight for independence from France, Deserter is a tense Foreign Legion drama starring Tom Hardy (Inception, Warrior, Dark Knight Rises). Deserter is the gritty true story of an idealistic young English gentleman, Simon Murray (Paul Fox), who is driven to join the French Foreign Legion after a failed romance. Simon’s romantic illusions are soon shattered when he encounters his fellow recruits, including Dupont (Tom Hardy), who have all volunteered to escape a past far less innocent than Simon’s. A sadistic training routine forges the recruits together. As fully-fledged Legionnaires they set out to do battle against the insurgents and face deadly firefights among the villages, hills and deserts of North Africa. But when French President De Gaulle grants Algerian independence, the Legion sides with the ‘Pied Noir’ French Nationalists against mother France. Loyalties are torn apart. Comrade is turned against comrade. Simon and Dupont must face each other across a moral divide, their conscience dictating their actions; blurring the distinction between hero and deserter.
Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet star in a biopic of "Peter Pan" author James Barrie.
A chilling psychological thriller from Michael Eisner's groundbreaking multi-platform studio Vuguru, written by Christopher Kubasik (What Lives Inside). A father whose child is dying of leukaemia. An elderly woman who wants to restore her husband's failing memory. A nun who no longer hears the voice of God. A man who wants to wipe out every trace of his second marriage. In desperate straits, they each enter a Faustian pact with a mysterious man who always sits in the same seat at the local diner in an unnamed American city. The Man (Xander Berkeley 24, CSI, Terminator 2) can make their fondest desire a reality, but only if they complete the task he assigns them a task that can have deep, even deadly consequences. One must rob a bank; another must protect a little girl; one has to make a number of people cry; another is instructed to build a bomb and set it off in a crowded restaurant. Sometimes the assignments are in direct opposition to one another, sometimes the clients have to work together. Each story is revealed at close quarters from the same spot in the diner, through dialogue in which The Man shifts from confessor to therapist to puppetmaster. As the stories begin to intersect, some clients mess up or change their minds, while others complete their task only to discover that what they wished for isn't what they really wanted after all.
Little PrincessSara Crewe (Liesel Matthews) shares a life of wonder in exotic India with her devoted father (Liam Cunningham). But war draws Sara's father into the military and Sara is sent to a new York boarding school run by the strict Miss Minchin (Eleanor Bron) to whom exuberant Sara is a troublemaker. But with courage imagination and kindness Sara overcomes her hardships - and changes her life and the fortunes of those around her. Experience this jewel of a movie (Leonard Maltin) for anyone who ever wishes are dreams. Secret GardenIt's a special garden where friendships blossom illnesses fade away and sorrows flee. There troubled orphan Mary (Kate Maberly) her spoiled sickly cousin Colin (Heydon Prowse) and kindly country boy Dickon (Andrew Knott) discover that a world of caring can make a world of difference. Black BeautyWritten and directed by Caroline Thompson this is the most faithful of the book's several filmings. You'll cherish rebellious filly Ginger mischievous pony Merrylegs and gallant Beauty Whose generous heart guides him under caretakers both kindly and harsh from Farmer Grey (Sean Bean) and young groom Joe Green (Andrew Knott) to sweet-natured cabbie Jerry Barker (David Thewlis).
An amazing double-bill for lovers of all-things Depp! Finding Neverland (Dir. Marc Foster 2004): Unlock your imagination... Finding Neverland is a tale of magic and fantasy inspired by the life of Peter Pan author James Barrie. Set in London 1904 the film is a fictional account of Barrie's creative struggle to bring Peter Pan to life from his first inspiration up until the play's premiere - a night that will change not only Barrie's own life but the
Travel back four thousand years and experience the beauty and majesty of the ancient kingdom of the Pharoahs.
The secrets of ancient Egypt are revealed in this IMAX production, which explores the region's mysterious monuments and forbidding but beautiful terrain. Hosts Omar Sharif and Kate Maberly present the history of Egypt's remarkable civilization and visit wonders like the Great Pyramids and King Tut's tomb.
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