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It is America in 2043, thirty years after a nuclear war started an apocalypse. In "The Book of Eli" the title character, played by Denzel Washington, wanders on foot through the eerie wasteland of the neo Wild West. He embodies the typical lone man struggling to live during harsh times. "The Book of Eli" is a violent shoot-em-up film with heavy religious connotations as Eli acts as an avenging angel while on his pilgrimage.
"House of Whipcord" is a 1974 British horror and thriller film. According to British Horror Films, despite its low budget and controversial subject matter, it remains one of director Pete Walker's most famous films. The run time is 102 minutes. Characterized as a "British exploitation film," it was released in the United States in March 1975.
"Iron Man," released in May 2008 by Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment, is an action-packed superhero saga with an original twist. Directed by Jon Favreau with a script by Mark Fergus, Matt Holloway, Hawk Ostby and Art Marcum, it is based on the Marvel comic book hero created by Stan Lee. Its main protagonist, Tony Stark, who invents weapons for the U.S. government, makes the transition to fully-fledged superhero after he is kidnapped by terrorists -- assisted in his mission to save the world by an ingenuously deadly suit of armor.
"Gangs of New York" and "The Departed" are two Martin Scorsese films that explore the intricacies of organized crime. "Gangs of New York" focuses on New York City in 1863, when gangs prevailed. "The Departed" revolves around the Irish mafia in present-day Boston. Although both movies feature gang-related plot lines and Irish gangs, their similarities begin to diverge upon closer evaluation.
Released in 1988, "The Thin Blue Line" documents the investigation surrounding the murder of a Dallas police officer. Through his research about the case, director Errol Morris successfully argued that the wrong man, Randall Adams, was convicted of the crime by a corrupt Dallas justice system. Consisting of interviews with the detectives and attorneys involved in the case and re-enactments, the documentary was received well by critics and the public, who demanded that justice finally be served.
"Pretty Woman" entered theaters in 1990, directed by Garry Marshall. It stars Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. It was the film that made Roberts a household name. Jason Alexander of "Seinfeld" fame also appears in a supporting role. Gere plays a successful corporate raider who meets a prostitute played by Roberts in Hollywood one night. The two begin a professional relationship, with Roberts' character at Gere's "beck and call," but it evolves into something more.
"Life is Beautiful" was controversial when it was released in 1997 because it treats the Holocaust in a comedic fashion. "Life is Beautiful" uses dark humor to show a level of absurdity in the Holocaust. The gas chambers were disguised as showers, and the doomed prisoners were told they had been taken to the death camps to work; the absurdity of this film is consistent with that level of deceit. Its star, Roberto Benigni co-wrote, directed and starred in this movie, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1999. The film was critically acclaimed, and it won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
If you enjoy the film genres of comedy, crime and action, the movie "Running Scared" will be right up your alley. Released in 1986, "Running Scared" was directed by Peter Hyams. The story and screenplay were written by Gary DeVore. The movie is rated R and is 107 minutes long.
It didn't appeal to all audience members, but "The Strangers" -- written and directed by Bryan Bertino -- was a box office success when it was released in 2008. The plot of "The Strangers" focuses on a couple being terrorized by masked villains while dealing with failing cellphones and cars that won't start. "The Strangers" is by no means a reinvention of the wheel, but it might appeal to fans of the genre looking for a few scares.
The story of Sweeney Todd first appeared in a Victorian tale called "The String of Pearls: A Romance." Since then it has been immortalised in a ballet by Sir Malcom Arnold, a Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim and several films, including the 2007 adaptation of the Sondheim musical directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp.
"Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" is a documentary that came out in 2008, courtesy of host Ben Stein and director Nathan Frankowski. Stein, who has acted in many films, also has an economics degree from Columbia University and a law degree from Yale. Stein's interest in education led him to create this movie about academic figures who are pushed out of teaching because of their viewpoints. Stein also explores the effect of Darwinism on the scientific community.
"After.Life" is a 2009 film directed by Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo and starring Christina Ricci. The movie deals with the complex issues of what it means to be alive, and does so through its first two acts with surprising skill and deftness of touch. The major plot device has the protagonist debating whether she is alive or dead, finding herself unsure what to use as evidence because her life so lacks worth and intimacy.
"Love Potion #9," starring Sandra Bullock and Tate Donovan, was released in 1992. The film centers around two scientists, Diane Farrow and Paul Matthews, as they experiment with a love potion. Once they spray it on their lips, they have only to speak to a person to make them interested. The movie details their experiences with this attraction-altering concoction.
There are multiple versions of Mark Twain's classic "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." "The Adventures of Huck Finn" is a 1993 adaptation by Walt Disney Pictures. The film tries to retain the flavor of the book, although some of the novel's nuances are lost in translation. However, moviegoers of different ages can appreciate "Huck Finn" at different levels.
"Antwone Fisher," released in 2002, stars Denzel Washington and Derek Luke. The movie centers on the true story of a U.S. Navy sailor, and it was based on Fisher's autobiographical book "Finding Fish." It was Washington's directorial debut.
Tyler Perry has grown into one of the most successful directors of films aimed toward the African American community. Tyler Perry adapted the film "For Colored Girls" from the poetic play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf" and cast it with his regular troupe of actors, delivering another financially successful hit to his body of work.
"Sixteen Candles" is a 1984 movie starring Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and John Cusack. This teenage romantic comedy, directed by beloved director John Hughes ("Home Alone," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "National Lampoon's Vacation"), was produced on an estimated $6.5 million budget and has earned over $23 million since its release 27 years ago.