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Apollo 13

For those too young to recall the tragic events of November 22, 1963, one of the most stark and enduring images of a lifetime came on a frigid afternoon in January 1986 when the Space Shuttle Challenger blew up while skyrocketing heavenward. By th...

Run Time: 2:20
U.S. Release Date: 1995-06-30
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: DRAMA/THRILLER
Director: Ron Howard
Cast: Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, ...
Be Cool

Be Cool, the belated sequel to 1995's Get Shorty, has moments when we think it's going to work. It occasionally tantalizes with witty dialogue and sharp supporting performances. Alas, those are only teases - the film is priming us for something t...

Run Time: 1:58
U.S. Release Date: 2005-03-14
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Nudity)
Genre: THRILLER/COMEDY
Director: F. Gary Gray
Cast: John Travolta, The Rock, Harvey Keitel, ...
Beach House, The

Timeliness can be important in a film’s release, but it’s rarely all-important. Consider The Beach House, for example. Here’s a movie about people trapped in a shelter-in-place situation by an unknown contagion that has infiltrated the a...

Run Time: 1:28
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-12-15
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Gore, Disturbing Images)
Genre: Horror
Director: Jeffrey A. Brown
Cast: Liana Liberato, Noah Le Gros, Jake Weber, ...
Casanova

What happens when movie producers cross Three's Company with Masterpiece Theater? The result would be similar to what Touchstone Pictures has provided with Casanova, a farcical romantic comedy period piece. It's worth noting that producing a farc...

Run Time: 1:48
U.S. Release Date: 2005-12-25
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Situations)
Genre: ROMANCE/COMEDY
Director: Lasse Hallström
Cast: Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller, Oliver Platt, ...
Constant Gardener, The

For his follow-up to City of God, Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles has elected to adapt John Le Carré's The Constant Gardener into movie form. A slow-burn thriller simmering with international intrigue, the book would at first seem too long ...

Run Time: 2:09
U.S. Release Date: 2005-08-31
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Situations, Nudity)
Genre: THRILLER
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston, ...
Day After Tomorrow, The

Roland Emmerich must dislike New York City. After all, this is the third time he has destroyed it. The Day After Tomorrow, an ode to an apocalyptic endgame of global warming, is an old-fashioned disaster film with modern-day special effects. It'...

Run Time: 2:04
U.S. Release Date: 2004-05-28
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Mature Themes)
Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE
Director: Roland Emmerich
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Tamlyn Tomita, Austin Nichols, ...
Diana

Sixteen years after her death, Princess Diana is still capable of generating interest, which is probably the only reason why this dull, pointless movie was greenlighted. A scattershot treatment of the paparazzi darling's life during her post-Charle...

Run Time: 1:52
U.S. Release Date: 2013-11-01
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sexual Content, Profanity)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Cast: Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, Cas Anvar
Duchess, The

It seems that an inordinate number of movies produced by BBC Films take us back in time to an England That Was, where class structures were as rigid as women's corsets and royalty meant more than a ceremonial title. In many cases, there's a samene...

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 2008-09-19
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sexual Situations, Nudity)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Saul Dibb
Cast: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Charlotte Rampling, ...
Exodus: Gods and Kings

Exodus represents Ridley Scott's attempt to emulate Cecil B. DeMille. Comparisons with The Ten Commandments are both unavoidable and appropriate. Considering the mixed critical reaction to the 1956 spectacle, it is perhaps surprising that Exodus co...

Run Time: 2:30
U.S. Release Date: 2014-12-12
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Disaster Sequences)
Genre: ADVENTURE
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Christian Bale, Tara Fitzgerald, John Turturro, ...
Expendables, The

For those weaned on action films from the '80s and '90s, The Expendables might seem like a dream come true. Sylvester Stallone, who is credited as both director and co-screenwriter (in addition to being the star), has assembled a dream team: himse...

Run Time: 1:43
U.S. Release Date: 2010-08-13
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: ACTION
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews, ...