With a lot of action, funny parts, and some serious scenes, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was really an enjoyable movie. Starring Henry Cavill as CIA agent Napoleon Solo and Armie Hammer as KGB operative Illya Kuryakin, the film is set in the early 1960s at the height of the Cold War.
Curious about the original TV show of the same name? Check it out – we own the complete series (seasons 1-4), which ran from 1964-1968.
Discover how “Oz” came to be in Oz: The Great and Powerful. James Franco stars as Oz, a magician caught in a power struggle between three witches (Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, and Rachel Weisz).
For all things Oz, also check out the original movie The Wizard of Oz (1939) or the novel of the same name by L. Frank Baum.
We’re entering the dog days of summer and with that comes the mid-point of the season of America’s game. If the Cubs and Sox aren’t enough for you, here are two recent baseball films we loved.
Trouble with the Curve (2012) PG-13
Clint Eastwood movies are always good and this one is no exception. In this heartwarming story, he is an aging baseball scout whose vision is starting to fail. Enter Amy Adams, his estranged daughter, to help her dad. Trouble with the Curve explores the very special relationship between fathers and daughters.
Moneyball (2011) PG-13
Moneyball was a great movie which provided insight into the behind-the-scenes world of baseball. For the story behind the film, check out Michael Lewis’ Moneyball: the art of winning an unfair game.
For more baseball films, check the list on our website.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008) PG-13
A very moving story about the relationship between two young boys – one Jewish and one German – during World War II.
Based on the book by John Boyne. Check out reviews from Roger Ebert, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Times (London).
The Blind Side (2009) PG-13
This was such a touching story (with a lot of laughs) for all ages.
In her Academy Award winning role, Sandra Bullock plays the indefatigable Leigh Ann Tuohy. Tim McGraw plays her husband, while Kathy Bates has a supporting role as Miss Sue. The trio are united in their desire to help Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron).
Wondering about the true story behind the movie? Check out Jennifer’s review on our Current Picks blog.
What Happens in Vegas (2008) PG-13
Joy (Cameron Diaz) escapes to Vegas after her fiancé dumps her in front of their friends. Jack (Ashton Kutcher) decides that Vegas is the perfect destination after he’s fired by his father. The two meet, talk, drink, and get married. The morning after, their plan to get an annulment is derailed when they win $3 million. A divorce judge (Dennis Miller) orders them to stay married and live together for six months before he will release the money.
Chaos and hilarity ensue as the pair try to get their “better half” to concede first and attempt to trick their court-ordered marriage counselor (Queen Latifah). Along the way, Joy and Jack make some unexpected discoveries. A very fun (and not stupidly funny) comedy.
Prancer (1989) G
An oldie but goodie! Eight year old Jessie finds an injured reindeer and believes he is Santa’s Prancer. While Jessie is working on a plan to return the reindeer to Santa, her widowed father is trying to figure out how to keep their family afloat. This heartwarming tale is a great movie for the whole family.
Starring Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman, and Rebecca Harrell.
Wild Hogs (2007) PG-13
Have you ever been tired of your life and just wanted to take off for places unknown? Well, sit back and let the Wild Hogs take you on that trip. This is a zany story, filled with stereotypes, slapstick humor, biker wannabes and a cast of characters that work well together. A group of four suburban men (Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy) find themselves looking for adventure on the open road. They encounter a real biker group called the Del Fuegos and the fun begins.
The Ultimate Gift (2006) PG
Based on the bestselling novel by Jim Stovall, the movie tells the story of Jason, who was expecting to inherit millions from his grandfather Red (James Garner) when the old man dies. But as fate would have it, Jason must complete 12 assignments within a year to receive his share of his grandfather’s will. What can be best described as a “crash course in life” leads Jason to a better understanding of what it is to be a man.
A spoiled grandson inherits a large sum of money from a cold, billionaire grandfather that he hated. Before he can get the money there’s a catch. The grandson must accomplish 12 tasks that will eventually teach him life lessons and the relationship between wealth and happiness. This movie stars Abigail Breslin from Little Miss Sunshine.