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January 24, 2007

The Upside of Anger (2005)

IMDB: The Upside of Anger (2005)

Plot Outline: When her husband unexpectedly disappears, a sharp-witted suburban wife and her daughters juggle their mom's romantic dilemmas and family dynamics.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 01/14/07]

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Millions (2004)

IMDB: Millions (2004)

Plot Outline: Ethics, being human and the soul all come to the forefront on this masterly-written, directed and acted, fun, very rare film when a 5-year old finds a bag of Pounds with a few days to spend before the currency is switched to Euros...

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 01/13/07

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January 13, 2007

Guess Who (2005)

IMDB: Guess Who (2005)

Plot Outline: A sarcastic father (Mac) has plenty to say about his daughter wanting to marry a white boy (Kutcher).

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 12/03/06]

Posted by mark at 08:39 PM | Comments (0)

Shadowboxer (2005)

IMDB: Shadowboxer (2005)

Plot Outline: When Rose, a female assassin, is diagnosed with terminal cancer; she decides to carry out one final killing, assisted by lover and also stepson, Mickey.

Rating: 7


[Viewing Date: 11/26/06]

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Christmas in the Clouds (2001)

IMDB: Christmas in the Clouds (2001)

Plot Summary: A classic comedy of mistaken identity and romance set during the holiday season at a ski resort that is owned and operated by a Native American Nation. Shot on location at The Sundance Resort in Utah, this is the first contemporary romantic comedy to feature an almost entirely American Indian cast. The film was featured at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 11/26/06]

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Coach Carter (2005)

IMDB: Coach Carter (2005)

Plot Outline: Samuel L. Jackson plays the controversial high school basketball coach who benched his undefeated team due to their collective poor academic record in 1999.

Rating: 5


[Viewing Date: 11/25/06]

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Only You (1994)

IMDB: Only You (1994)

Plot Summary: Destiny. Faith (Marisa Tomei) believes that two soul-mates can be united if they find each other. From the Ouija board, she has found the name of her missing half, and it is D-A-M-O-N B-R-A-D-L-E-Y. Later, at the carnival, the fortune teller sees the name Damon Bradley in the Crystal Ball and Faith is convinced. She is told that "You make your own destiny,...don't wait for it to come to you", but she is looking for Damon. 14 years later, she is engaged to a dull podiatrist and plans to marry until she gets a call from one of his classmates who is on his way to Venice, Italy. The classmate is Damon Bradley. Rushing to the airport to see her soul-mate, she misses him and the plane, but decides, then and there, to go after him. So Faith and her sister-in-law Kate both board the next plane for Italy hoping to find her Damon.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 11/24/06]

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Prancer (1989)

IMDB: Prancer (1989)

Plot Summary: Jessica, the daughter of an impoverished apple farmer, still believes in Santa Claus. So when she comes across a reindeer with an injured leg, it makes perfect sense to her to assume that it is Prancer, who had fallen from a Christmas display in town. She hides the reindeer in her barn and feeds it cookies, until she can return it to Santa. Her father finds the reindeer an decides to sell it to the butcher, not for venison chops, but as an advertising display.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 11/22/06]

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The Woodsman (2004)

IMDB: The Woodsman (2004)

Plot Outline: A pedophile returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and attempts to start a new life.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 01/07/07]

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Dark Water (2005)

IMDB: Dark Water (2005)

Plot Outline: A mother and daughter, still wounded from a bitter custody dispute, hole up in a run-down apartment building. Adding further drama to their plight, they are targeted by the ghost of former resident.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 01/07/07]

Posted by mark at 08:10 PM | Comments (0)

Wicker Park (2004)

IMDB: Wicker Park (2004)

Plot Outline: A young Chicago advertizing executive (Hartnett) believes a woman he sees in a cafe is his long-lost love. His conviction leads to obsession, as he puts his life on hold to trail her.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 01/06/07]

Posted by mark at 08:09 PM | Comments (0)

The 39 Steps (1935)

IMDB: The 39 Steps (1935)

Plot Outline: A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent, and is soon finding himself in one jam after another.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 01/03/07]

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Blind Horizon (2003)

IMDB: Blind Horizon (2003)

Plot Summary: In this thriller, Val Kilmer plays Frank, a man who loses his memory after being shot in small desert town in New Mexico.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 01/01/07]

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Pursued (2004)

IMDB: Pursued (2004)

Plot Outline: A fast rising hi tech executive must protect his career and family from the ruthless tactics of a homicidal corporate headhunter.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 01/01/07]


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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

IMDB: The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Plot Outline: A struggling salesman (Will Smith) takes custody of his son (Jaden Smith) as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavor.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 01/01/07]

Posted by mark at 08:01 PM | Comments (0)

Caché (2005)

IMDB: Caché (2005)

Plot Outline: A married couple are terrorized by a series of videotapes planted on their front porch.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 12/31/06]

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Step Up (2006)

IMDB: Step Up (2006)

Plot Summary: Everyone deserves a chance to follow their dreams, but some people only get one shot. Tyler Gage is a rebel from the wrong side of Baltimore¹s tracks ­ and the only thing that stands between him and an unfulfilled life are his dreams of one day making it out of there. Nora is a privileged ballet dancer attending Baltimore¹s ultra-elite Maryland School of the Arts -- and the only thing standing in the way of her obviously brilliant future is finding a great dance partner for her senior showcase. When trouble with the law lands Tyler with a community service gig at Maryland School of the Arts, he arrives as an angry outsider, until his skills as a gifted street dancer draw Nora¹s attention. Now, as sparks fly between them, both on and off stage, Tyler realizes he has just one performance to prove that he can step up to a life far larger than he ever imagined.

Rating: 6


[Viewing Date: 12/30/06]

Posted by mark at 07:57 PM | Comments (0)

Derailed (2005)

IMDB: Derailed (2005)

Plot Outline: When two married business executives (Owen and Aniston) having an affair are blackmailed by a violent criminal, the two must turn the tables on him to save their families

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 12/28/06]

Posted by mark at 07:41 PM | Comments (0)

Apocalypto (2006)

IMDB: Apocalypto (2006)

Plot Outline: As the Aztec kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw (Youngblood), a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 12/26/06]

Posted by mark at 07:37 PM | Comments (0)

Noel (2004)

IMDB: Noel (2004)

Plot Outline: Five New Yorkers come together on Christmas Eve, seeking a miracle.

Rating: 6


[Viewing Date: 12/27/06]

Posted by mark at 07:36 PM | Comments (0)

Just Like Heaven (2005)

IMDB: Just Like Heaven (2005)

Plot Outline: A lonely landscape architect (Ruffalo) falls for the spirit of beautiful woman (Witherspoon) who used to live in his new apartment.

Rating: 6


[Viewing Date: 12/23/06]

Posted by mark at 07:34 PM | Comments (0)

Proof (2005)

IMDB: Proof (2005)

Plot Outline: The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician, recently deceased, tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students who wants to search through his papers and her estranged sister who shows up to help settle his affairs.

Rating: 7


[Viewing Date: 12/18/06]

Posted by mark at 07:32 PM | Comments (0)

But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)

IMDB: But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)

Plot Outline: A naive teenager is sent to rehab camp when her straitlaced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian.

Rating: 7


[Viewing Date: 12/17/06]

Posted by mark at 07:31 PM | Comments (0)

Creator (1985)

IMDB: Creator (1985)

Plot Outline: An eccentric scientist teaches a student in his own manner while he looks for a way to clone his deceased wife.

This is one of my all time favorite movies. Peter O'Toole as Harry is so right for this role of the scientist who pretty much does what he wants and his colleagues love him, while his competitor hate him.

David Ogden Stiers as the primary competitor fills the role so well, and Muriel Hemingway, as the nymphomaniac who keeps trying to get Harry to pay attention to her is quite charming.

That's one side of the story however -- the *real* story is the love story of Boris (Vincent Spano) and Barbara (Virginia Madsen) which is a picture perfect Movie-of-the-Week Tear Jerker, but fits so well in the fabric of the Scientist growing his Wife theme.

Rating: 8


[Viewing Date: 12/10/06]

Posted by mark at 07:19 PM | Comments (0)

Christmas Do-Over (2006)

IMDB: Christmas Do-Over (2006)

Plot Outline: Man finds his visit to In-Laws during the holidays to be a repeating nightmare.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 12/17/06]

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Three Days (2001)

IMDB: Three Days (2001)

Plot Summary: Ten years ago, Andrew married his childhood sweetheart, Beth. Now Andrew's a high-powered literary agent, but his relationship with his wife has not fared as well. When Beth is tragically killed just days before Christmas, an angel gives Andrew the chance to relive the last three days his wife was alive. But he can't change fate and Beth will still lose her life. However, Andrew can still discover the gift Beth needs most from him.
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While not in the Must-Have Christmas movies, this was an interesting one if not just for some of the decent portrayals.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 12/17/06]

Posted by mark at 07:13 PM | Comments (0)

Calendar Girls (2003)

IMDB: Calendar Girls (2003)

Plot Outline: A Women's Institute chapter's fundraising effort for a local hospital by posing nude for a calendar becomes a media sensation.

Another Helen Mirren film, so no surprise that I LOVED IT!

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 12/12/06]

Posted by mark at 07:11 PM | Comments (0)

The Mortal Storm (1940)

IMDB: The Mortal Storm (1940)

Plot Summary: The Roth family lead a quiet life in a small village in the German Alps during the early 1930's. When the Nazi's come to power, the family is divided and Martin Brietner, a family friend is caught up in the turmoil.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 12/09/06]

Posted by mark at 07:06 PM | Comments (0)

Dead Man's Shoes (2004)

IMDB: Dead Man's Shoes (2004)


Plot Outline: A disaffected soldier (Considine) returns to his hometown to get even with the thugs who brutalized his mentally-challenged brother (Kebbell) years ago.

Paddy Considine was to me at least, the only redeeming grace of this movie.

Rating: 5


[Viewing Date: 12/09/06]

Posted by mark at 07:04 PM | Comments (0)

Chasing Amy (1997)

IMDB: Chasing Amy (1997))

Plot Outline: Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything's going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's a lesbian.

I can see now why folks recommend this early work of Kevin Smith's. I really liked the characters, and found the story to be more than simple formula.

Joey Lauren Adams pretty much eclipses the work of Affleck IMHO.


Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 12/09/06]

Posted by mark at 07:00 PM | Comments (0)