A music teacher battles the system in underprivileged Harlem... The uplifting true story of violin teacher Roberta Guaspari (Streep) a woman who battled insurmountable odds to teach underprivileged children in East Harlem the gift of music. As Roberta struggles to convince a sceptical school board--as well as sceptical parents--that this music will help the children immensely she must conquer seemingly insurmountable odds to do just that. Eventually she does. Based on the document
The delirious sight of Meryl Streep leading a river of multigenerational women singing "Dancing Queen" is one of the high points of Mamma Mia!, the musical built around the songs of the hugely popular pop group ABBA. The plot sets in motion when Sophie (Amanda Seyfried, Mean Girls), daughter of Donna (Streep), sends a letter to three men, inviting them to her wedding--because after reading her mother's diary, she suspects that one of them is her father. When all three arrive at the Greek island where Donna runs a hotel, Donna flips out and finds that passions she thought she'd laid aside are coming back to life. But let's face it, the plot is not the point--it's a ridiculous contrivance that provides an excuse for the characters to sing the massive hits of ABBA. Regrettably, first-time film director Phyllida Lloyd (who directed the original stage production) has drawn over-the-top performances from everyone involved, even Streep; every production number hammers its exuberance into your eyeballs. Which is too bad, because Mamma Mia! is a rarity: A middle-aged love story. The kids start things off, but the story is really about Streep and the three guys (former James Bond Pierce Brosnan, former Mr. Darcy Colin Firth, and Swedish star Stellan Skarsgard), as well as Donna's best friends (Christine Baranski, best known from the TV show Cybill, and Julie Walters, Calendar Girls). It's a romantic comedy aimed at the people who were around when all these songs were new, and that's an age group Hollywood largely ignores. For that alone, Mamma Mia! deserves to find an audience. --Bret Fetzer
Titles Comprise: Out Of Africa: Meryl Streep stars as Karen Blixen the restless wife of European aristocrat and plantation owner Baron Bror Blixen (Brandauer). When Bror departs to hunt big game and chase women the running of their East African coffee plantation falls to Karen. She throws herself into this task with the same determination and spirit she brings to her passionate but sporadic affair with free-spirited British hunter Denys Finch Hatton (Robert Redford). While enduring her husband's infidelities and the eventual destruction of their beloved land she entertains Denys and befriends the workers. Hatton shares Karen's profound love for the African landscape but is unwilling to sacrifice his independence for their relationship... The Natural: Nothing would stop Roy Hobbs from fulfilling his boyhood dream of baseball superstardom. Robert Redford stars in this inspiring fable that begins when 14-year-old Hobbs (Redford) fashions a powerful bat from a fallen oak tree. He soon impresses major league scouts with his ability fixing his extraordinary talent in the mind of sportswriter Max Mercy (Robert Duvall) who eventually becomes instrumental in Hobbs' career. But a meeting with a mysterious woman shatters his dreams. Years pass and an older Hobbs reappears as a rookie from the New York Knights. Overcoming physical pain and defying those who have a stake in seeing the Knights lose Hobbs with his boyhood bat has his chance to lead the Knights to the penant and to finally fufill his dream. The Sting: is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed films of all time. Set in the 1930's this intricate comedy caper deals with an ambitious small time crook (Robert Redford) and a veteran con man (Paul Newman) who seeks revenge on the vicious crime lord (Robert Shaw) who murdered one of their gang. How this group of charlatans puts the sting on their enemy makes for the greatest double-crosses in movie history complete with an amazing surprise finish...
An all-star cast--including A-list stars such as Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep--lend their voices to The Ant Bully, from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker John A. Davis (Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius) and producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (The Polar Express). Social misfit Lucas gets bullied by the bigger boys in his neighbourhood, so he takes out his frustrations on the only things around smaller than him: an ant hill on his front lawn. After being flooded and stepped on, the ants fight back when ant wizard Zoc (voiced by Nicolas Cage) develops a potion that shrinks Lucas down to bug-size. But Zoc's thirst for revenge gets foiled when the ant queen (Meryl Streep) decrees that Lucas must learn to live like an ant, and Zoc's girlfriend Hova (Julia Roberts) takes up the task of teaching the unhappy boy how to value others over himself. The animation of The Ant Bully makes good use of scale as Lucas grapples with the gigantic world around him, but the writing is not so imaginative; the name actors are thrown away on bland characters and lackluster dialogue. The lessons Lucas learns are admirable (and amusingly Communist in flavour), but the way he learns them feels contrived and uncompelling. It's too bad, because there probably won't be many other movies featuring the combined talents of Meryl Streep and Bruce Campbell. Also featuring Ricardo Montalban (Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan), Lily Tomlin (Nashville) and the much-underrated Paul Giamatti (Sideways) as a sleazy exterminator. --Brett Fetzer
Jeff Keen began making films at the age of 37 when his art school film society needed things to show. And so began over forty years of unique imaginative irrepressible filmmaking. This release contains over 9 hours of films and videos by the visionary filmmaker from his 60s beatnik movies to the apocalyptic beauty of his multi-layered videos of the 90s - a criminally overdue opportunity to explore the alternative cinematic world of one of Britain's most important experimental filmmakers.
Contains;- A Place For Annie - A nurse battles to keep the AIDS baby she has looked after since it was abandoned.- First Do No Harm - A woman seeks help for her son as the medical establishment closes ranks against her.- Nicholas' Gift - Two grieving parents turn a tragedy into an act that would bring hope to other blighted lives.- The Shell Seekers - Rosamunde Pilcher's story centres on a mother and her troubled relationship with her 3 children.- Fifteen & Pregnant - The searing true story of a 15 year-old girl's experience of teenage parenthood.- Too Young To Die - Shocking drama about 2 teenagers and the death penalty.- Untamed Love - Through love patience and extraordinary commitment a teacher 'tames' a highly disturbed child.- A Message For Holly - Holly's daughter is her life. In six months she must give up both.- Ginger In The Morning - Whilst hitch-hiking in New Mexico Ginger is picked up by Joe and the attraction is mutual.- Circle Of Two - A 16 year-old girl finds comfort in an ageing artist leading to an ill-fated romance.- No One Could Protect Her - Jessica is raped and almost killed in her own home by an intruder...and he's coming back.- Sad Inheritance - To regain custody of her affected baby a drug addict must clean up her life.
When Laura and Dave Reimuller's son Robbie suffers an epileptic fit it's merely the start of the nightmare. As the fits worsen Robbie becomes little more than a 'laboratory rat' for testing highly dangerous drugs - and Dave and Laura stand by helpless as their delightful little boy turns into a disruptive mentally retarded monster. Driven by despair Laura starts her own research and comes across a possible 'miracle cure' which involves neither drugs nor radical surgery. It's a special diet and much frowned on by Robbie's doctors. But to Laura it's his last chance and she's going to take on the medical establisment. Double Academy Award winner Meryl Streep gives a magnificent performance as a mother fighting for her epileptic son's rights to a miracle cure in this heart-rending but inspiring true story.
Kramer vs Kramer is the box office smash that gathered 5 Oscars including Best Picture Best Actor for Dustin Hoffman and Best Supporting Actress for Meryl Streep. Returning home late from work one night a career-obsessed Ted Kramer is told by his wife that she is leaving him. After a life of being 'somebody's daughter' or 'somebody's wife ' she's going off to find herself - leaving Ted to care for their 6 year-old son. Ted while trying to hold down his job gets to really know his son: cooking his meals taking him to the park understanding every need and fear. For the first time in his life he feels like a fulfilled parent. But then Joanna returns. And she wants her son back...
Titles Comprise:First Do No HarmDead Before DawnTo Live ForShattering the SilenceBehind the MaskFatal LoveDeath in the ShadowsDeep In My HeartJudgement Day: The Ellie Nesler StoryFalse Arrest
From the smash hit stage show comes this larger than life musical epic. Bringing you an all-star cast, the songs of ABBA and an extravaganza of dancing and laughter, Mamma Mia! The Movie is the feel good film of the decade. Bride-to-be Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is on a quest to find her father before her big day. There is just one problem... she's just not sure who he is. After secretly reading her mother Donna's (Meryl Streep) old diaries, she discovers he is one of three past loves. Knowing her mother would not approve, she invites them all. Sophie desperately tries to keep their presence hidden but it's not long before the secret is out and the fun begins... Special Features: Deleted Musical Number The Name of the Game The Making of Mamma Mia! Anatomy of a Musical Number Lay All Your Love on Me Becoming a Singer A Look Inside Mamma Mia! Deleted Scenes Outtakes Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! Music Video Bjorn Ulvaeus Cameo Feature Commentary with Director Phyllida Lloyd Blu-ray Exclusive - Behind the Hits: Get the full details and behind-the-scenes trivia on the hit ABBA songs and albums as you watch the performances on screen Collectible 36 Page Book Pack
27 Dresses Katherine Heigl stars as a selfless young woman who is trapped in the role of perennial bridesmaid. Set in New York City, the film opens with Jane (Heigl) racing by cab to appear in two friends' weddings in the same night. She is the maid of honour for both fetes, and she rushes back and forth. She meets Malcolm (James Marsden), a cynical young man who, unbeknownst to her, writes for a newspaper's wedding column. Malcolm is intrigued by the sheer number of times Jane has played bridesmaid, and he secretly decides to write a story about her. To further complicate Jane's life, her younger sister Tess (Malin Akerman) has just come to town and ensnared Jane's longtime crush, George (Edward Burns). When George and Tess become engaged, Jane faces the humiliating prospect of playing bridesmaid in the wedding of her sister and the man she loves. Meanwhile, Malcolm continues hounding Jane, and Jane's life and closet soon explode in a taffeta-tangled mess that forces her to make some big changes. The Devil Wears Prada In The Devil Wears Prada, bookish Northwestern grad Andy Sachs interviews to become fashion magazine editor Miranda's newest lackey. Miranda hires her not for her lacklustre wardrobe but for her intellect. Inside the pristine offices, Andy suffers through a never-ending list of impossible tasks, and is the subject of constant harassment by Miranda's jealous first assistant. But to the dismay of her boyfriend and close friends, Andy slowly finds herself seduced by the glamorous world of fashion, and by Miranda herself.
Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Out of Africa is a cinematic masterpiece filled with breathtaking passion and majestic imagery. Robert Redford and Meryl Streep star in the fascinating true story of a woman who travels to Kenya to be with her husband and falls in love with a mysterious adventurer. Directed by Sydney Pollack, this epic tale of love, loss and self-discovery amid the stunning vistas of the African continent is an unparalleled filmmaking achievement. Special Features: Song of Africa - An Original Documentary Commentary with Sydney Pollack Deleted Scenes Original Theatrical Trailer Collectible 44 Page Book Pack
This side-splittingly funny box set contains 'There's Something about Mary: Special Edition' and 'Stuck On You'. Something About Mary: Still suffering from a High School crush on Mary (Cameron Diaz) the nerdy angst-driven Ted (Ben Stiller) tracks her down thirteen years later with the help of a sleazy private investigator (Matt Dillon) who also falls for her. Unfortunately both men discover that virtually every man who sets his eyes on the dazzling Mary finds himself head over heels in love and determined to win her hand. The wacky Farrelly Brothers have pushed the envelope again creating another outrageous movie experience guaranteed to make you laugh and keep you coming back for more. Stuck On You: Conjoined twins Bob (Damon) and Walt (Kinnear) move to Los Angeles so that Walt can more actively pursue his dream of being a successful actor. After a chance appearance on Cher's TV show the pair become celebrities overnight but as Bob's internet girlfriend (Mendes) is about to uncover his secret the sudden success threatens to drive the two brothers apart...
Shawshank RedemptionCity banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) arrived at Shawshank Prison in 1947. Convicted of two brutal murders he received a double life sentence and discovers that when they send you to Shawshank State Prison for life that is exactly what they take. Midnight CowboyDustin Hoffman gives an unforgettable performance as Ratso Rizzo a scrounging sleazy small-time con man with big dreams. Jon Voight is magnificent as Joe Buck the good-looking naively charming Texan 'cowboy' who is convinced that he is the salvation of many lonely love starved New York Women. These two characters are drawn together in this powerful and compassionate film. The Straight StoryAlvin's eyesight is poor he has little money and he can't stand the thought if being driven anywhere. So when he discovers his estranged brother has suffered a stroke he decides to make the journey by the only means of transport available to him - a John Deere lawnmower.
The Queen (Dir. Stephen Frears): Tradition prepared her. Change will define her. In the wake of the death of Princess Diana in 1997 Queen Elizabeth II (the outstanding Helen Mirren) must come to terms with a nation in mourning a new government under pressure to deliver an outpouring of grief and a Royal family in turmoil... The Devil Wears Prada (Dir. David Frankel): As assistant to the impossibly demanding New York fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly (Streep) young Andy Sachs (Hathaway) has landed a job that ""a million girls would die for."" Unfortunately her heaven-sent appointment as Miranda's personal whipping girl just might be the death of her! The Last King Of Scotland (Dir. Kevin Macdonald): A Scottish doctor on a Ugandan medical mission becomes irreversibly entangled with one of the world's most barbaric figures: Idi Amin. Impressed by Dr. Garrigan's brazen attitude in a moment of crisis the newly self-appointed Ugandan President Amin hand picks him as his personal physician and closest confidante. Though Garrigan is at first flattered and fascinated by his new position he soon awakens to Amin's savagery - and his own complicity in it. Horror and betrayal ensue as Garrigan tries to right his wrongs and escape Uganda alive. Little Miss Sunshine (Dir. Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris): Brazenly satirical and yet deeply human this film introduces audiences to one of the most endearingly fractured families in recent cinema history: the Hoovers whose trip to a pre-pubescent beauty pageant results not only in comic mayhem but in death transformation and a moving look at the surprising rewards of being losers in a winning-crazed culture. A runaway hit at the Sundance Film Festival where it played to standing ovations the film strikes a nerve with everyone who's ever been awestruck by how their muddled families seem to make it after all.
It's delightful to see Meryl Streep come into her own as a romantic comedian in her later career years--after all the accolades, the Oscars, the serious-as-marble dramatic roles. Streep is in fact a true cutup, as she has demonstrated in films like Mamma Mia and Julie & Julia--and she gets the guy. So if Nancy Meyers's It's Complicated is perhaps a bit facile in the plot department, it's saved by a splendid romp of a performance by Streep (as Jane), along with her two leading men, Alec Baldwin (Jane's ex-husband, Jake) and Steve Martin (her supposed boyfriend, Adam). Meyers, as she did in Something's Gotta Give and Baby Boom, turns notions of over-the-hilldom--at least for women--on their ear. Streep's Jane is a contented, affluent divorcée with excellent taste in furnishings, happily about to preside over an empty nest and feeling just fine about it. Who should bump into, and ruin, this perfect solitude but Jane's ex, Jake, played to a pompous (and hilarious) fare-thee-well by Baldwin. "Turns out I'm a bit of a slut," chirps the sexually awakened Jane. The beauty of It's Complicated is that it really isn't all that complicated--its chemistry depends on the wonderful actors (including the supporting cast of John Krasinski, Lake Bell, Mary Kay Place, and Rita Wilson) and the oft-forgotten reality that people over 25 can have great sex, and fall head over heels. --A.T. Hurley
She went looking for help. What she found was a miracle.Meryl Streep (Sophie's Choice, The French Lieutenant's Woman), two-time Oscar-winner and regarded by many as the most brilliant actress of her generation, gives a magnificent performance (for which she was Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominated) as a mother fighting for her epileptic son's right to a possible miracle cure in this heart-rending and inspiring drama.
THE HOLLYWOOD COLLECTION GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS AL PACINO HEADS A STUNNING STAR-STUDDED CAST... Close the deal...or you re history. The stakes couldn t be higher for four desperate Chicago real-estate salesmen: close the deal or lose your job. David Mamet s famously profanity-laden screenplay based on his own Pulitzer Prize-winning play ferociously nails the dog-eat-dog world where lies, flattery, threats, theft and bribery rule supreme as the four salesman scrabble to thrash the opposition and keep their livelihoods. But who will survive? Will it be top closer Ricky Roma? Has-been Shelley The Machine Levene? Timid no-hoper George Aaronow? Big-mouth Dave Moss? Or does ruthless office manager Williamson hold all the trump cards? Al Pacino, who earned both Academy AwardÂ® and Golden GlobeÂ® nominations for his powerhouse performance, heads a fabulous cast of big-name stellar talent, including Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, Jonathan Pryce and Jack Lemmon (who won the Volpi Cup - Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival). JULIA Fred Zinnemann's last great movie. Based on part of Lillian Hellman's memoir, the film stars Jane Fonda as Hellman as she recounts her friendship with the enigmatic JULIA, played by Vanessa Redgrave. Fonda gives a gutsy performance, playing well with Redgrave and, to a greater degree, Jason Robards, who plays Dashell Hammett. Alvin Sargent's screenplay cleverly bends time, jumping back and forth as the story of Hellman's friendship with Julia is told and Zinnemann creates a melancholy feel that's sustained throughout. The excellent music by Georges Delerue is haunting and the cinematography by Douglas Slocombe is beautiful. The supporting cast features Meryl Streep as Anne Marie, Maximillian Schell as Johann, Cathleen Nesbitt as Julia's grandmother, Rosemary Murphy as Dorothy Parker and Hal Holbrook as Parker's husband Alan Campbell. THE LONG HOT SUMMER Paul Newman plays Ben Quick, the mysterious drifter who stirs up a town and its women when he hitches up in Frenchman s Bend, Mississippi, where life is dominated by elderly patriarch Will Varner (Orson Welles). Will s daughter Clara (Joanne Woodward) and son Jody (Anthony Franciosa) are a disappointment to him. While Jody spends his time fooling around with his alluring wife, Eula (Lee Remick), the strong-willed Clara is courted by Alan Stewart (Richard Anderson), a milquetoast mama s boy. Will himself is resisting being pressured into marriage by his long-term mistress Minnie (Angela Lansbury), but he sees in Ben the passion and drive that Jody lacks. He invites Ben to live with the family, and Ben launches a relentless campaign to break Clara s will and win her heart. This proves the final straw for Jody, who is driven to desperate measures to prove his manhood a situation that sparks both deadly danger and shocking revelations over the course of one long, hot summer.
Sydney Pollack directs this sweeping romantic drama based on the memoirs of Danish writer Isak Dinesen. Meryl Streep stars as Karen Blixen the restless wife of European aristocrat and plantation owner Baron Bror Blixen (Brandauer). When Bror departs to hunt big game and chase women the running of their East African coffee plantation falls to Karen. She throws herself into this task with the same determination and spirit she brings to her passionate but sporadic affair with free-sp
Dodgeball: You'll dodge duck dip dive...and laugh out loud watching Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller settle their differences in a winner-take-all dodgeball competition! Under the painful tutelage of legendary ADAA champ Patches O'Houlihan (Rip Torn) Peter LaFleur (Vaughn) and his Average Joe's take on the Purple Cobras led by egomaniacal fitness guru White Goodman (Stiller). It's an over-the-top underdog tale filled with hilarious sight gags and balls-out fun! Stuck On You: Conjoined twins Bob (Damon) and Walt (Kinnear) move to Los Angeles so that Walt can more actively pursue his dream of being a successful actor. After a chance appearance on Cher's TV show the pair become celebrities overnight but as Bob's internet girlfriend (Mendes) is about to uncover his secret the sudden success threatens to drive the two brothers apart...
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