An award-winning, all-star cast, led by Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and Tom Wilkinson, lights up this vibrant comedy filled with genuine emotion. When seven cash-strapped seniors decide to outsource their retirement to a resort in far-off India, friendship and romance blossom in the most unexpected ways. Smart, life-affirming and genuinely charming, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a true classic that reminds us that its never too late to find love and a fresh beginning at any age (Rex Reed, The New York Observer).
Beecham House is abuzz. Rumor is that the home for retired musicians will soon play host to a new resident - a star. For Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay of THE GOLDEN COMPASS), Wilfred Bond (Billy Connolly of BOONDOCK SAINTS, THE LAST SAMURAI) and Cecily Robson (Pauline Collins of ALBERT NOBBS), this sort of talk is par for the course at the gossipy home, but they're in for a shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton (Maggie Smith of DOWNTON ABBEY, GOSFORD PARK). Her subsequent career as a star soloist and the ego that accompanied it split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie, who takes the news of her arrival particularly hard. Can the passage of time heal old wounds? And will the famous quartet be able to patch up their differences in time for Beecham House's gala concert? Academy Award-Winner® Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut film.
Helen Mirren stars in a movie bursting with flavor, passion and heart. Worlds collide when a culinary ingénue opens an Indian restaurant in southern France—100 feet away from a Michelin-starred French restaurant run by a chilly chef proprietress.
A genteel widow moves to London to start her life anew at the dowdy Claremont Hotel, which is not quite the picture of loveliness it was in the brochure. When she meets a young aspiring writer, she learns that real family ties can be chosen, not inherited. With echoes of Tuesdays with Morrie, the intimacy portrayed brings surprising layers and emotion, enveloping the viewer like a cozy shawl.
Academy Award winners Kevin Kline and Maggie Smith and Academy Award nominee Kristin Scott Thomas star in this witty and heartfelt drama about surprising inheritances and unexpected connections. When Mathias Gold (Kline) arrives at the sumptuous Parisian apartment he inherited from his father, he's surprised that the property comes with two stubborn live-in tenants who are not required to leave according to an ancient French real estate law. Unable to sell the place, Mathias moves in with the feisty Englishwoman, Mathilde (Maggie Smith), and her daughter, Chloé (Kristin Scott Thomas). But as Mathias and Chloé draw increasingly closer, Mathilde unveils a complex labyrinth of secrets that unites the trio in unexpected ways. (Original Title - My Old Lady) - 2014 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Based on the true story of Miss Shepherd (played by a magnificent Maggie Smith), a woman of uncertain origins “temporarily” parks her van in Alan Bennett’s (Alex Jennings) London driveway and proceeds to live there for 15 years. What begins as a begrudged favor becomes a relationship that will change both their lives.Acclaimed director Nicholas Hytner reunites with iconic writer Alan Bennett to create this rare and touching portrait.
Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, Trainspotting) once again reinvents the cinematic experience with a heartwarming story of two little boys, faith, miracles... and lots of money. Starting anew after the death of their mother, 9-year-old Anthony is ever practical, while his 7-year-old brother Damian uses imagination, fantasy, and faith to make sense of his confusing world. When a suitcase full of money falls out of the sky at Damian's feet, it sets the boys on the adventure of a lifetime that leads them to realize that true wealth has nothing to do with money. The film's cast includes Alex Etel and Lewis McGibbon, both in their feature film debuts; Daisy Donovan (Parting Shots) and veteran film actor James Nesbitt, whose many honors include winning a British Independent Film Award and receiving a BAFTA TV Award nomination for his role in Bloody Sunday and a SAG nomination as part of the outstanding ensemble cast for Waking Ned Devine...
Merchant Ivory Productions, led by director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant, became a household name with A Room with a View, the first of their extraordinary adaptations of E. M. Forster novels. A cherubic nineteen-year-old Helena Bonham Carter plays Lucy Honeychurch, a young, independent-minded, upper-class Edwardian woman who is trying to sort out her burgeoning romantic feelings, divided between an enigmatic free spirit (Julian Sands) she meets on vacation in Florence and the priggish bookworm (Daniel Day-Lewis) to whom she becomes engaged back in the more corseted Surrey. Funny, sexy, and sophisticated, this gargantuan art-house hit features a sublime supporting cast—including Simon Callow, Judi Dench, Denholm Elliott, Maggie Smith—and remains a touchstone of intelligent romantic cinema.
London, 1937. Mrs. Laura Henderson (Academy Award winner Judi Dench), a woman of wealth and connections, has just buried her beloved husband. And now she's bored. At 69, she is far too energetic and vital to fade into gentle widowhood. What she needs, says her friend Lady Conway (Thelma Barlow), is a hobby. Collecting diamonds, perhaps? Or doing charitable works? But, to the shock of her friends she instead buys a theatre - the Windmill Theatre in the heart of Soho. She knows nothing about running it, so she hires a manager: enter Vivian Van Damm (Bob Hoskins). Their love-hate relationship sparks fireworks and historic innovations in British theatre. Van Damm's idea is "Revuedeville" or nonstop entertainment. It is a first, and the Windmill is packed, until other theatres copy it. Then, it's Laura's turn to devise another first; put naked girls on stage! But as the bombing of London begins, the government threatens to close the theatre. Mrs. Henderson's fighting spirit is revealed and so is the secret that drew her to the Windmill in the first place.
When 12 ordinary members of the Women's Institute, a prim and proper local ladies' club, decide they need to find a more compelling way to raise money for a new charity, they turn to their traditional annual calendar and give it a very untraditional twist. Behind the usual baked goods, the apple pressing, and the flower arrangements are the women -- completely nude! Starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, CALENDAR GIRLS is a terrifically entertaining comedy. And that's the naked truth.
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of legendary concierge Gustave H. and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft of a priceless painting; a raging battle for an enormous family fortune; and a desperate chase on motorcycles, trains, sleds, and skis - all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing continent.
Anne Hathaway's (The Devil Wears Prada, The Princess Diaries) radiant performance as a young, love-struck Jane Austen in the romantic comedy Becoming Jane is even more luminous on Blu-ray. In this extraordinary format, the untold romance that inspired her novels is more captivating, the wit sharper, her private world more vivid. When the dashing Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy, The Last King Of Scotland), enters Jane's life, he offends the emerging writer's sense and sensibility. Soon their clashing egos set off sparks that ignite a passionate romance and fuel Jane's dream of doing the unthinkable - marrying for love. Also starring the acclaimed Maggie Smith, James Cromwell and Julie Walters, the enchanting and imaginative Becoming Jane form Miramax Films brings all the pride and prejudice to exuberant life in Blu-ray High Definition.
Academy Award-winner Martin McDonagh makes his directorial debut with this murderously funny film starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as two hit men who, after a job goes awry in London, are sent to Bruge to lay low. A beautifully preserved medieval Belgian village, the picturesque city is an odd fit for the two professional killers, but it doesn't take them long to find their own kind of trouble and, possibly, romance amongst the cobblestone. Academy Award-nominee Ralph Fiennes also stars.
In the entertaining tradition of The Full Monty, here's a delightfully funny story about the wild road trip that changes one man's life! Colin (Michael Sheen - Laws of Attraction) is a simple guy who had always meekly settled for the simple things in life. But it's not until his wife Sandra runs off with a friend (Jim Carter - Ella Enchanted) that Colin realizes just how good things might have been. Determined to win her back and jump-start his life, Colin hops on his trusty moped and embarks on a chaotic cross-country journey of discovery that opens his eyes to places he's never seen...and introduces him to people he never expected to meet! Also starring Mark Addy (The Full Monty) and Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones's Diary).
When a penniless, eighteen year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai comes within one question of winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, a police investigation reveals his amazing story. Slumdog Millionaire is the winner of 8 Academy Awards¬, including Best Picture of the Year and Best Director, Danny Boyle.