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Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby (2004) PG-13
Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, and Morgan Freeman star in this dark but moving and inspirational movie that won four Oscars, including “Best Picture of the Year.” The top notch acting and the heart wrenching and powerful story make this movie more than a simple “female boxer does good” tale.
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The Hunting Party

The Hunting Party (2007) R
A fascinating story based on true incidents that follows a war correspondent, a cameraman and a young journalist as they search for the no. 1 war criminal in Bosnia.

Richard Gere plays Simon Hunt, a burnt-out, discredited war journalist who sees this mission as a way to redeem himself plus claim a multi-million dollar reward. In 2000, he convinces his ex-cameraman to join him, and the son of a network VP tags along as they go on a dangerous and crazy adventure. The cast of characters they meet are amazing. A dark comedy with episodes of violence but also witty dialogue and empathetic heroes.

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Starting Out in the Evening

Starting Out in the Evening (2007) PG-13
Frank Langella is aging author Leonard Schiller. He has been struggling for ten years with his current project. All of his old novels are out of print, and he is worried about his daughter, alone at 39 and desperate for a baby. Then a young graduate student, writing her thesis on Leonard, inserts herself into his life. But is she savior or threat? A quiet thoughtful movie about very real, flawed people.

Visit the official movie website or the Sundance Film Festival page. Read a New York Times review of the movie or the Brian Morton book the movie was based on.

The Illusionist

The Illusionist (2006) PG
A poor young man falls in love with a beautiful titled girl in the turn of the 20th century in Vienna. He is a cabinet maker, like his father, but he is also obsessed with learning magic. Eduard wants to travel to China to learn magic secrets and Sophie wants to go with him, but the fates intervene and her parents separate them. Fifteen years pass and they meet again and realize they still love each other but her fiancé Leopold, in a rage, kills her. Eduard, wracked with grief, prepares a new magic show and plans to avenge Sophie’s death. Edward Norton, as the illusionist, has the entrancing looks that make you believe in anything he does. This is a superb movie that will keep the viewer entranced to the very surprising end.

Return to Me

Return to Me (2000) PG
If you like Chicago and funny, romantic characters, this movie is for you. Bonnie Hunt wrote, directed, and stars in this film about love and the twists and turns fate plays on people. Great soundtrack!

Ransom

Ransom (1996) R
A millionaire ignores the FBI’s advice after his son is kidnapped. Instead of cooperating with the kidnappers and paying the ransom, Tom Mullen fights back.

Watch this explosive thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat till the very end. Starring Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, and Gary Sinise.

The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) R
The Shawshank Redemption is a movie about hope. Adapted from a short story by Stephen King, it follows the life of banker Andy Dufresne, played by Tim Robbins, who is sent to prison for murdering his wife and her lover. Prison life is initially quite harsh for Andy, and he has little motivation to keep on living. Andy perseveres in large part because his friendship with Red (Morgan Freeman) allows him to bring some normalcy to his life behind bars. The movie was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Morgan Freeman).
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Stranger than Fiction

Stranger than Fiction (2006) PG-13
Will Ferrell is an IRS auditor who basically has no life until he suddenly hears a voice narrating his life. The voice is that of a writer who has made Harold the main character in her novel. As Harold hears his life unfold, he realizes that the author’s intent is to kill off her main character – him! This compels him to change his limited, structured life and even find romance. This is a really funny, charming movie. Will Ferrell plays a character that seems completely alien to most of his other roles. But he is wonderful! As the movie goes on, you really do start to wonder, “What will happen to Harold?”

See what Roger Ebert says about this film.

Also starring Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, and Queen Latifah.

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice (2005) PG

This 2005 version has a luminous—and Oscar nominated—Keira Knightley as Elizabeth, and the suitably dashing Matthew MacFadyen as her romantic foil, Mr. Darcy. The beautiful cinematography puts you realistically into the mud, mist and windswept landscapes of the times. This is a true romance.

BBC has interviews with Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen, a review of the movie, and, if you look on the right side of the above pages, clips featuring director Joe Wright and writer Deborah Moggach.

If you can't get enough of Jane Austen's classic, you can also find the 1995 BBC miniseries of Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth, or find the book, CD audiobook, or Playaway at the library.

The Ultimate Gift

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.
--Gail

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.
--Sandy
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Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can (2002) PG-13
In 1963, 16-year-old Frank Abagnale, Jr. is devastated when his parents split up. He runs away – and embarks on a journey that has him masquerading as an airline pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer.

Carl Hanratty is a career FBI agent specializing in check fraud. He dedicates – and jeopardizes – his career to catch Abagnale, who successfully acquired millions of dollars before he turned twenty. The two play a cat and mouse game for several years.

You may think it’s hard to empathize with someone who’s cheated others out of more than four million dollars, but then you haven’t met Frank Abagnale, Jr. Inspired by a true story – see what happened in Abagnale’s own words in his 1980 biography of the same name.

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, and Amy Adams.

Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series

Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series (1999-2000)

If you missed this TV series when it aired, never fear! The entire 18 episodes are in one DVD set. Go back to 1980-81 and visit with the Weir family, the geeks, the freaks and the teachers of McKinley High School. Relive high school, remember everything you wanted to forget, but enjoy the terrific acting, great music and fun storylines.

The Human Stain

The Human Stain (2003) R

This well done production based on the novel by Philip Roth has a great cast. The film stars Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris, Gary Sinise, Wentworth Miller, Jacinda Barrett, Harry Lennix, and Clark Gregg.

Coleman Silk is a respected professor at a New England college who throughout his life has been a master of deception and self-reinvention. Suddenly he finds his life unraveling after he innocuously calls some of his absent students "spooks" and it is misinterpreted as a racial slur. He finds a confidant in the form of a writer, Nathan Zuckerman, who is researching a biography of Silk. Eventually, matters are made worse when Coleman's affair with a young married janitor named Faunia Farley is exposed. But amid the controversy, Silk must struggle to keep his greatest secret, a secret he's held for the majority of his life, from becoming made public.

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Bones: Season 1

Bones: Season 1 (2005-2006) TV-14

FBI agent Seeley Booth and forensic anthropologist Temperance “Bones” Brennan (David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel) team up to solve cases no one else can handle. The pair bickers over everything from who gets to drive to whether Bones should be allowed to have a gun – all while catching murderers.

Bones has it all – the forensic aspect, the crime-solving mystery, and the personal side of things, not to mention humor. If you can’t get enough of CSI, you’ll definitely enjoy Bones. It has all of the science of CSI, but is more character driven. You get involved in the lives of Booth and Bones.

Season 2 of Bones is also available on DVD. The series is inspired by the life of forensic anthropologist and novelist Kathy Reichs.