Next to "The Cat's Meow" this is an outstanding, fun time. Get out the ice cream, popcorn, and something to drink settle in a comfortable place and enjoy...even if you can figure it out before the police. Then go looking for the Cat's Meow for more fun.
Mike Church (Branagh) is a L.A. gumshoe with a knack for tossing off wisecracks and tracking down missing persons. But Church doesn't have a clue when he's hired to help a beautiful amnesia victim (Thompson) tormented by blood-curdling nightmares. Then an eccentric antiques dealer and hypnotist (Derek Jacobi) leads Church to a startling discovery: The source of the nightmares may lie in a past-life connection to Margaret Strauss, a world-famous pianist allegedly murdered by her composer husband... in 1948.
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.
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.
Considered one of the greatest films ever made, The Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu), by Jean Renoir, is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners in which a weekend at a marquis’ country château lays bare some ugly truths about a group of haut bourgeois acquaintances. The film has had a tumultuous history: it was subjected to cuts after the violent response of the premiere audience in 1939, and the original negative was destroyed during World War II; it wasn’t reconstructed until 1959. That version, which has stunned viewers for decades, is presented here.