Sean Penn stars as Sam, a mentally disabled single father fighting to regain custody of his daughter, with the help of Michelle Pfeiffer as a workaholic lawyer.
In Corrina, Corrina Ray Liotta plays a 1950s jingle composer whose wife dies, leaving him to raise their grieving young daughter (Tina Majorino) alone. Dad hires an African-American housekeeper (Whoopi Goldberg), who helps fill the gap in the child's life--and then Dad's life. Soon an interracial relationship crossing the social mores of the era is underway. Written and directed by Jessie Nelson (The Story of Us), the film is a spot-on recreation of 1950s suburbia without gratuitous kitsch. Liotta is perfect as a working man of the day, given to white shirts and narrow ties; Goldberg gives one of her finest performances as the level-headed Corrina; and little Majorino is heartbreakingly effective. But the film entirely bears the stamp of one person, and that's Nelson, who has a wonderfully witty eye and a sophisticated but sensitive approach to the crosscurrents of emotion at play in this story. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
A large family struggles to assemble for their annual Christmas dinner, along the way each family member is reminded of why the holidays are so important.
My Cousin Vinny (Dir. Jonathan Lynn 1992): A Comedy Of Trial And Error. In this must-see comedy hit two carefree pals traveling through Alabama are mistakenly arrested and charged with murder. Fortunately one of them has a lawyer friend in the family -- Vincent Gambini (Joe Pesci) a former auto mechanic from Brooklyn who has never been in court -- or in Alabama. When cousin Vinny arrives with his leather-clad girlfriend (Marisa Tomei in her Oscar-winning Supporting Actress performance) to handle his first case it's a real shock -- for him and the Deep South! Married To The Mob (Dir. Jonathan Demme 1988): Angela De Marco (Pfeiffer) has had enough! Her cheating husband Frank (Baldwin) is a gangster and she's sick of living on laundered money. So when Frank gets iced by mob boss Tony 'the Tiger' Russo (Stockwell) Angela is free to go straight... until Tony puts the moves on the grieving widow. Now she must make a move of her own and kiss the Long Island Mafia arrivederci. Starting over in Manhattan Angela finds a new job and a new beau (Modine) in no time. But when it comes to divorcing the first family of organised crime fuh-get-about-it! Tony's hot on her trail and he's still determined to make her his mob mistress. Angela must choose between helping the FBI take Tony by the tail or spending the rest of her life behind bars for being 'Married to the Mob'! Corrina Corrina (Dir. Jessie Nelson 1994): They needed a family. What they got was magic. Whoopi Goldberg and Ray Liotta star in this heart-warming story of a newly widowed man struggling to raise his little girl and the woman who brings magic into their lives.
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