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Movie List - Fall 08

1 The Prestige (2006) (PG-13)

At the dawn of the 20th century, rival magicians Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) are desperate to reveal each other's secrets. Obsessed by the escalating competition, the two illusionists begin to perform increasingly risky tricks -- which soon turn deadly. Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson and David Bowie also star in this taut psychological thriller from director Christopher Nolan.

1 The Breakfast Club (1985) (R)

In John Hughes' seminal 1980s Brat Pack film, the jock (Emilio Estevez), the brain (Anthony Michael Hall), the delinquent (Judd Nelson), the princess (Molly Ringwald) and the kook (Ally Sheedy) break through the strict social barriers of high school during an afternoon of detention. The disparate group clashes at first, but they begin to bond as they reveal their feelings and find a common enemy in their insecure principle (Paul Gleason).

 1 The Final Cut (2004) (PG-13) (For mature thematic material, some violence, sexuality and violence)

In this futuristic tale, chips inserted into the brain at birth record a person's entire life; when the person dies, the video is edited and shown at the funeral. Video editor Alan Hackman (Robin Williams) hacks out the worst of a person's life, depicting sinners as martyrs. Alan's turned into a cold megalomaniac, but things change when he finds his own scary childhood memory in the databank of a client. Mira Sorvino and Jim Caviezel also star.

 1 Road to Perdition (2003) (R) (violence, including some gruesome images, and language)

Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks in one of his best performances (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Time) stars as Michael Sullivan, a father fighting to keep his only son from traveling the "Road to Perdition".

 1 Crash (2005) (R) language, sexual content and some violence

A 36-hour period in the diverse metropolis of post-Sept. 11 Los Angeles is the theme of this unflinching drama that challenges viewers to confront their prejudices. Lives combust when a Brentwood housewife and her D.A. husband, a Persian shopkeeper, two cops, a pair of carjackers and a Korean couple all converge. Director Paul Haggis's Best Picture Oscar winner stars Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon and Jennifer Esposito.

 1 V for Vendetta (2006) (R) (violence, including some gruesome images, and language)

From the pages of David Lloyd and Alan Moore's groundbreaking graphic novel springs the enigmatic "V" (Hugo Weaving of The Matrix), a masked freedom fighter who's taken up arms against the totalitarian government in a futuristic Britain. Finding an unlikely ally in a young woman named Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman), V urges the citizenry to fight the oppression of the state. John Hurt and Stephen Rea also co-star.

 2 Casablanca (1942) (PG)

As time goes by, this 1942 classic starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman (as Rick and Ilsa, star-crossed lovers who just aren't meant to be) only gets better. Of all the "gin joints" in Morocco, Ilsa, with husband Victor (Paul Henreid) in tow, had to walk into the one owned by Rick, a former beau she abandoned in Paris. War looms over them all, and in a much-discussed ending, Rick and Ilsa make heroic but heartbreaking choices.

 1 Gone with the Wind (1939) (G)

Margaret Mitchell's sweeping Civil War saga remains one of the greatest examples of cinematic storytelling. Vivien Leigh's tempestuous Scarlett O'Hara and Clark Gable's handsome rogue Rhett Butler bicker and battle from antebellum plantations to the streets of postwar Atlanta. (Long movie!)

 3 Fatal Attraction (1987) (R) Sexual Situations, Language

Happily married New York lawyer Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas) finds himself attracted to his colleague Alex (Glenn Close), and the two enjoy a passionate tryst while Dan's wife (Anne Archer) and child are away. But the one-night stand comes back to haunt Dan when Alex refuses to let him go and begins to stalk him and his family. Just how far will she go to get what she wants?

 2 When Harry Met Sally (1989) (R) (language)

Can men and women remain friends without the sex part getting in the way? Nora Ephron's episodic screenplay introduces womanizing, neurotic Harry (Billy Crystal) and ambitious, equally neurotic Sally (Meg Ryan) as chums who resist sexual attraction to maintain their friendship -- a relationship always teetering on the brink of love. As the two draw closer, the question resurfaces: Can they stay just pals, or will the sex part get in the way?

 2  One Hour Photo (2002 ) (R)

Sy "the photo guy" Parrish (Williams) has lovingly developed photos for the Yorkin family since their son was a baby. But as the Yorkins' lives become fuller, Sy's only seems lonelier, until he eventually believes he's part of their family.

 2 The Game (1997) (R)

San Francisco banker Nicholas Van Orton (Michael Douglas) is a financial genius and a coldhearted loner. On his birthday, he receives an unusual present from his brother (Sean Penn) -- a gift certificate to play a unique kind of game. In about a nanosecond, Douglas finds himself consumed by the game and unable to distinguish where the charade ends and reality begins.

1 Unfaithful (2002) (R)  (Warning sexuality, language and a scene of violence)

In Adrian Lyne's erotic thriller, Diane Lane is Connie, a wife and mother who lives in a beautiful house with her handsome husband, Edward (Richard Gere). But their marriage has lost its sexual spark, and when Connie literally runs into handsome book collector Paul (Olivier Martinez), he sweeps her into an all-consuming affair. But Edward soon becomes suspicious...

 1 Dead Poets Society (1989)(PG)

John Keating (Robin Williams) is an unconventional English teacher who lives by a simple motto: Seize the day! Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard) is a prep school student who dreams of being an actor but lives in fear of his imperious father, who wants to see him matriculated into Harvard's medical school. Can Keating -- and his infectious love of poetry -- inspire Neil to reach for his dreams? The screenplay won an Oscar.

 2 O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) (PG-13)

Three convicts (George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson) break out of jail during the 1920s with an eye toward retrieving a cache of hidden money. Along the way, they fast-talk their way out of jams, sidestep alluring riverside sirens and record a hit country song. O Brother is a rollicking romp in the tradition of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby's "road" pictures.

 3 The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) (PG-13)

A beautifully photographed rekindling of the classic Alexandre Dumas story. Edmond Dantès's (Jim Caviezel) life and plans to marry the beautiful Mercedes (Dagmara Dominczyk) are shattered when his best friend, Fernand (Guy Pearce), deceives him. After spending 13 miserable years in prison, Dantès escapes with the help of a fellow inmate (Richard Harris), cleverly insinuates himself into the French nobility and plots his revenge.

5 The Kid (2000) (Lighter fair, PG)

In this thoroughly enjoyable family comedy, Bruce Willis is Russ Duritz, a powerful businessman so immersed in his work that he has no life. Magically, Russ meets a younger version of himself -- a chubby, charming 8-year-old -- who absolutely hates what the adult version has become. With Russ's help, Willis comes to grips with the person he used to dream of being and who he's actually become.

 2 Witness (1985) (R)

In director Peter Weir's tense thriller, cop John Block (Harrison Ford) goes undercover in an Amish community to protect a boy who witnessed a murder. Once inside, the faux-Amish Block must adjust to major culture shock while cautiously romancing the child's mother (Kelly McGillis). Suspense and romance intermingle memorably in William Kelly's airtight script, a frequent model for budding screenwriters.

 1 About a Boy (2002) (PG-13) (Some language)

Will Lightman (Hugh Grant) is a rich, hip, irresponsible Londoner who, in search of available women, invents an imaginary son and starts attending single-parent meetings -- confident in both parties' inability to make a commitment. But when Will meets Marcus, the troubled 12-year-old son of Fiona (Toni Collette), a quirky and unexpected friendship develops as both Will and Marcus help each other grow up.

 1 Cast Away (2000) PG-13 (intense images and action sequences)

After Federal Express systems engineer Chuck Noland's (Tom Hanks) plane crashes in the Pacific Ocean, he finds himself fighting to survive on a deserted island with nothing but a painted volleyball for company.

1 Matchstick Men (2003) PG-13 (thematic elements, violence, some sexual content)

A professional con man (Nicolas Cage) struggling with an obsessive-compulsive disorder meets the daughter (Alison Lohman) he never knew he had, inadvertently jeopardizing his very organized and artificially controlled life.

Number ratings are as follows: 

1          More substance to write about.

2          A little less than a 1 but still very good.

3          On the lighter side and may not be very psychological based but still some good stuff to pull out.

4          Not the greatest in either character content or script, but if you like a challenge…

5          Light on things that offend, almost no language or violence. Still okay for psychological debate.

All info and reviews is taken from Netflix.com or Walmart.com

If you’re religious faith forbids movies or if you are opposed to violence, sex or coarse language in film please discuss this assignment with me.