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Children of Men (2006) Children of Men (2006) In a dystopian future of 2027, a bleak, harrowing, and yet ultimately hopeful vision of humankind's not-too-distant future unfolds. Stars Clive Owen, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Michael Caine, Julianne Moore; directed by Alfonso Cuaron. HBO
Thank You For Smoking (2006) Thank You For Smoking (2006) A lobbyist fearlessly promotes cigarettes in this pointed political satire. Stars Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello, Cameron Bright, Sam Elliott, Katie Holmes, David Koechner, William H. Macy, J.K. Simmons, Robert Duvall; directed by Jason Reitman. HBO
The Island (2005) The Island (2005) A gripping tale of cloning set in the not-so-distant future packs action in this thriller. Stars Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Djimon Hounsou, Sean Bean, Michael Clarke Duncan, Steve Buscemi; directed by Michael Bay. HBO
Lord of War (2005) Lord of War (2005) A gun-runner makes millions by trading weapons to those in world conflicts, and facing the outcomes. Stars Nicolas Cage, Bridget Moynahan, Ethan Hawke, Jared Leto, Eamonn Walker, Ian Holm; written/directed by Andrew Niccol. SHOWTIME
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) The "final" installment of the Star Wars series completes the circle! Stars Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Jimmy Smits, Frank Oz; written & directed by George Lucas. HBO
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) A couple erases memories of each other when their relationship sours, but the memory loss process reveals the value of what they had. Stars Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Elijah Wood, Kirsten Dunst; screenplay by Charlie Kaufman, directed by Micheal Gondry. HBO
Victor/Victoria (1982)  Victor/Victoria (1982)  She's a down-on-her-luck singer who dresses like a man to get work as a female impersonator. Not exactly 'The Sound Of Music' (or 'Mary Poppins') stars Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston & Lesley Ann Warren; directed by Blake Edwards. HBO
Ĉon Flux (2005) Ĉon Flux (2005) When sent to kill the head of State, an assassin working for rebel "Monicans," finds a new mystery. Stars Charlize Theron, Marton Csokas, Jonny Lee Miller, Sophie Okonedo, Frances McDormand, Pete Postlethwaite; directed by Karyn Kusama. SHOWTIME
Election (1999) Election (1999) What does politics do to people? The office makes a difference, but even low offices make trouble. Stars Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell, Mark Harelik; screenplay and directed by Alexander Payne. SHOWTIME
Spartacus (1960) Spartacus (1960) Classic tale of a rebel gladiator who raises an army of slaves to challenge the mighty Roman empire. Stars Kirk Douglas, Jean Simmons, Lawrence Olivier, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, Tony Curtis; directed by Stanley Kubrick. ENCORE
In the Name of the Father (1993) In the Name of the Father (1993) The British justice system wrongly imprisons both a man tortured into confessing to terrorism and his father. A lawyer helps to clear their names. Stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite, Emma Thompson; directed by Jim Sheridan. ENCORE
Doctor Zhivago (1965) Doctor Zhivago (1965) A poet attempts to make a private and personal life during the turbulent years of the Russian Revolution. Stars Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Rod Steiger; directed by David Lean. TCM
Serenity (2005) Serenity (2005) SF adventures of a Firefly spaceship's crew in a hostile future. Stars Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau, Alan Tudyk, Ron Glass, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Chiwetel Ejiofor; written and directed by Joss Whedon. HBO
Idiocracy (2006) Idiocracy (2006) Five hundred years in the future, the dumbing-down of America reaches the level of a national disaster. This hilarious modern masterpiece stars Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, Justin Long; written and directed by Mike Judge. HBO
Edward Scissorhands (1990) Edward Scissorhands (1990) A fantasy tale of a young man (Depp) created with scissors for hands. Stars Vincent Price, Winona Ryder, Johnny Depp, Robert Oliveri, Dianne Weist; directed by Tim Burton. ENCORE
Paths Of Glory (1957) Paths Of Glory (1957) A military lawyer (Kirk Douglas) comes to question the status quo when he defends three men accused of cowardice, with Adolphe Menjou and George Macready. This is another great antiwar film directed by Stanley Kubrick. ENCORE
My Cousin Vinny (1992) My Cousin Vinny (1992) When a New Jersey teenager (Macchio) and his friend are arrested for murder in the Deep South, they must call in his lawyer-cousin Vinny (Pesci). Stars Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Macchio, Fred Gwynne; directed by Jonathan Lynn. HBO
The Crucible (1996) The Crucible (1996) In 17th-century Salem a jealous woman spins a web of lies and accusations of witchery that nearly destroys her community. Adapted by Arthur Miller from his play. Stars Winona Ryder, Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Scofield, Joan Allen; directed by Nicholas Hytner. FOXMOVIE
The Crucible (1996) The Crucible (1996) In 17th-century Salem a jealous woman spins a web of lies and accusations of witchery that nearly destroys her community. Adapted by Arthur Miller from his play. Stars Winona Ryder, Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Scofield, Joan Allen; directed by Nicholas Hytner. ENCORE
Accepted (2006) Accepted (2006) Slackers give new meaning to the term "B.S. degree" in this raucous comedy. Stars Justin Long, Jonah Hill, Blake Lively, Maria Thayer, Anthony Heald, Adam Herschman, Columbus Short, Lewis Black; directed by Steve Pink. HBO
Shenandoah (1965) Shenandoah (1965) Charlie Anderson (James Stewart) farms in the Shenandoah valley. He reluctantly gets involved in the 1860's war when his youngest boy is taken prisoner by the North. Also stars Rosemary Forsyth, Doug McClure; directed by Andrew McLaglen. ENCORE
Catch-22 (1970) Catch-22 (1970) Yossarian tries desperately to be certified insane during WWII, so he can stop flying missions. Stars Alan Arkin, Jon Voight, Orson Welles, Anthony Perkins, Bob Newhart, Paula Prentiss; directed by Mike Nichols. HBO
Find Me Guilty (2006) Find Me Guilty (2006) Based on a true story - during the longest organized crime trial in U.S. history, one "wise-guy" defends himself! Stars Vin Diesel, Annabella Sciorra, Peter Dinklage, Aleksa Palladino, Linus Roache, Ron Silver; directed by Sidney Lumet. STARZ
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) The second Star Wars movie continues the fight for freedom ! Stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, James Earl Jones, Kenny Baker; written: George Lucas, directed: Irvin Kershner. HBO
The Music Man (1962) The Music Man (1962) A con man comes to "River City" with a scam involving a boy's marching band program, but things don't go according to his plan. Stars Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Paul Ford, Hermione Gingold; directed by Morton DaCosta. HBO
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) Jedis & friends defeat the Empire ! Stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, James Earl Jones, Kenny Baker, Ian McDiarmid; written by George Lucas & directed by Richard Marquand. HBO
The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002) The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002) Eddie Murphy portrays a maverick former space smuggler who transforms a seedy nightclub on the moon into a thriving business. Rosario Dawson co-stars as Pluto's lovely lounge singer and Randy Quaid as his robotic bodyguard. HBO
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) The "second" Star Wars episode continues Anakin Skywalker's story! Stars Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Christopher Lee, Pernilla August, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Ahmed Best, Frank Oz; written & directed by George Lucas. HBO
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Lawrence of Arabia (1962) A British military officer enlists the Arabs for desert warfare in World War I. Stars Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness; directed by David Lean. TCM
The Iron Giant (1999) The Iron Giant (1999) McCarthy-era Cold War fears resurface in this masterful animated adventure that fits for both children and adults. Stars voices of Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., Vin Diesel and Christopher McDonald; directed by Brad Bird. HBO
Shakespeare in Love (1998) Shakespeare in Love (1998) After he meets the beautiful Viola struggling playwright Will Shakespeare finds inspiration to turn his pirate melodrama into "Romeo and Juliet." Stars Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson, Judi Dench; directed by John Madden. ENCORE
X-Men - The Last Stand (2006) X-Men - The Last Stand (2006) The discovery of an antibody that turns mutants into normal humans results in war. Stars Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, Rebecca Romijn, Kelsey Grammer, Patrick Stewart; directed by Brett Ratner. HBO
Magnum Force (1973) Magnum Force (1973) Dirty Harry is back, taking on a vigilante 'death squad' of corrupt cops who are killing the city's undesirables, without trials. Stars Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, David Soul and Tim Matheson; directed by Ted Post. HBO
Everything Is Illuminated (2005) Everything Is Illuminated (2005) A young Jewish American takes an eye-opening trip in search of family history through the Ukraine in this film adapted from the best-selling novel. Stars Elijah Wood, Eugene Hutz, Boris Leskin, Laryssa Lauret; directed by Liev Schreiber. HBO
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) The "first" installment of the Star Wars series begins the tale ! Stars Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Pernilla August, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Ray Park, Ahmed Best, Frank Oz; written & directed by George Lucas. HBO
The Cross Of Lorraine (1943) The Cross Of Lorraine (1943) Allied [mainly French] POWs fight to survive torture and loss of faith. Stars Gene Kelly, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Peter Lorre, Cedric Hardwicke, Richard Whorf, Hume Cronyn, Wallace Ford; directed by Tay Garnett. TCM
The Dead Pool (1988) The Dead Pool (1988) A deranged killer is eliminating San Francisco celebrities--one by one and now Dirty Harry's on the list too! Clint Eastwood stars; directed by Buddy Van Horn. HBO
All the President's Men (1976) All the President's Men (1976) Reporters Woodward and Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Nixon's resignation. Stars Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Robards; directed by Alan Pakula. HBO
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Harry finds himself selected as an underaged competitor in a dangerous multi-wizardary school competition. Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Jason Isaacs; directed by Mike Newel HBO
Bedlam (1946) Bedlam (1946) When an actress tries to reform an asylum, its corrupt keeper has her committed. Stars Boris Karloff, Anna Lee, Billy House; directed by Mark Robson. TCM
Protocol (1984) Protocol (1984) A cocktail waitress (Goldie Hawn) becomes a media heroine and is sent to the Middle East as a State Department envoy. Stars Goldie Hawn and Chris Sarandon; directed by Herbert Ross. HBO
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