Aladdin

  • Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker
  • Producers: Ron Clements, John Musker
  • Writers: Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
  • Actors: Scott Weinger, Jonathan Freeman, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Frank Welker, Gilbert Gottfried, Douglas Seale

The film begins with a peddler singing Arabian Nights while riding a camel and tells about the story of Aladdin. On a dark night, when Jafar, the Grand Vizier to the Sultan of Agrabah, attempts to access the Cave of Wonders, a magical cave which holds treasures beyond the wildest belief — above all is a magical oil lamp containing a genie is hidden. He and his talking parrot, Iago, learn that the only one who can enter the Cave of Wonders is the metaphorical “Diamond in the Rough”.

Meanwhile, in the palace of Agrabah, Jasmine, the beautiful teenage daughter of the Sultan, must be married before her upcoming birthday, but she rejects every prince she meets, as she wants to be married for true love and not merely for wealth. Later, Jasmine, frustrated with “having her life lived for her,” climbs over the palace walls, and sees the marketplace for the first time, where she meets the street urchin Aladdin and his monkey, Abu, and the two young people are seen to be falling for each other. Jafar uses a machine to see that the “diamond in the rough” is Aladdin. Jafar sends a group of guards to capture Aladdin while Jasmine is still with him. Jasmine tells Jafar to release him, but Jafar lies and tells her he is already dead.

Aladdin and Jasmine say goodbye to each other now that Aladdin is not a prince so they cannot be married. Aladdin wishes for the genie’s freedom, much to the genie’s surprise and happiness. Since Jasmine loves Aladdin, the Sultan changes the law so that Jasmine can marry anyone she chooses and she chooses Aladdin. The genie then leaves to explore the world while Aladdin and Jasmine celebrate their engagement.

Sherlock Holmes

  • Directors: Guy Ritchie
  • Producers: Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey
  • Writers: Guy Ritchie, Anthony Peckham, Michael Johnson
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Rachel McAdams

Set in 1891, the film revolves around Holmes and Watson stopping a conspiracy to destroy Britain.[3] The film opens with Holmes apprehending the murderous cult leader Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong), who promises he will return from the dead and exact his revenge as he is being led to the gallows.[4]

Deliverance

  • Directors: John Boorman
  • Producers: John Boorman
  • Writers: Novel, James Dickey, Screenplay, James Dickey, Uncredited, John Boorman
  • Genres: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox, James Dickey

Four Atlanta businessmen â€“ Lewis (Reynolds), Ed (Voight), Bobby (Beatty), and Drew (Cox) â€“ decide to canoe down the fictional Cahulawassee River in the remote Georgia wilderness, expecting to have fun and see the glory of nature before the river valley is flooded over by the upcoming construction of a dam and lake. Lewis, an experienced outdoorsman, is the de facto leader. Ed is also a veteran of several trips but lacks Lewis’ machismo. Bobby and Drew are novices.

From the start, it is clear the four are far from what they know as civilization. The locals are crude and unimpressed with the presence of outsiders, and the film implies some of them are inbred. Drew briefly connects with a local banjo-playing boy by joining him in an impromptu bluegrass jam. But when the song ends, the boy turns away without saying anything, refusing Drew’s handshake. The four “city boys”, as they are called by one of the locals, exhibit a slightly condescending attitude towards the locals (Bobby in particular is patronizing).

Traveling in pairs on the river, the foursome’s two canoes are briefly separated. Pausing briefly to get their bearings, Bobby and Ed encounter a pair of unkempt hillbillies (Bill McKinney and Herbert ‘Cowboy’ Coward) emerging from the woods, one wielding a loaded shotgun. After a stray comment about a moonshine still offends the hillbillies, Bobby is forced at gunpoint to strip naked. McKinney’s character chases after and physically harasses Bobby as he tries to escape. His ear is twisted to bring him to his hands and knees, and he is then ordered to “squeal like a pig” as McKinney’s character proceeds to rape him. Ed is bound to a tree with his own belt, helpless as McKinney’s character violently sodomizes Bobby.

When they finally reach their destination, the town of Aintry (which will soon be submerged by the dammed river, and is being evacuated), they take the injured Lewis to the hospital while the Sheriff comes to investigate the incident. True to Lewis’s predictions, one of the deputies is related to the deceased hillbillies, and is highly suspicious. The three carefully concoct a cover story for the authorities about Drew’s death and disappearance being an accident, lying about their ordeal to Sheriff Bullard (played by author James Dickey) in order to escape a possible double murder charge. The sheriff clearly doesn’t believe them, but seems to have figured out what actually happened. After thinking it over, he simply tells the men: “I don’t ever wanna see you around here again… I’d kinda like to see this town die peaceful.” The three readily agree. The three vow to keep their story a secret for the rest of their lives, which proves to be psychologically burdensome for Ed: in the final scene, Ed awakes screaming from a nightmare in which a dead man’s hand rises from the lake.

Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

  • Directors: Mike Nichols
  • Producers: Ernest Lehman
  • Writers: Ernest Lehman, Based on the play by Edward Albee
  • Genres: Drama
  • Actors: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis

Set on the campus of a small New England college, the film focuses on the violent and volatile relationship of associate history professor George and his overweight, hard-drinking, and crudely boisterous wife Martha, the daughter of the college president.

It’s 2:00am Sunday morning, and they have returned from one of her father’s gatherings. Martha announces she has invited a young couple – Nick, a young, good-looking, newly-appointed instructor, and his mousey wife Honey – to join them for drinks. George is disturbed because she did so without consulting him first, prompting Martha to launch into the first of many loud and lengthy tirades during which she taunts and criticizes him. Knowing his wife is an ugly drunk, he asks her to behave herself when they arrive, and when the doorbell rings, he warns her to refrain from mentioning their child to their company.

Overhearing Martha’s crude retort as the door opens, Nick and Honey – too polite and naïve to have declined the late-night invitation in the first place – immediately feel ill at ease and quickly find themselves caught in the middle of a verbal warzone when their efforts to engage in small talk set off a volley of insults between their hosts. Martha begins to flirt lewdly with Nick while his meek wife tries to pretend she is unaware of what is happening.

Nick suddenly realizes George and Martha’s child never existed. For years they have filled the void in their marriage with a pathological obsession with a fantasy child. As the sun rises, Nick and Honey depart, leaving their hosts physically exhausted and emotionally depleted. Martha asks if it really was necessary for their son to die, and George gently tells her it was time.

Scooby Doo

  • Directors: Raja Gosnell
  • Producers: Charles Roven, Richard Suckle
  • Writers: Screenplay, James Gunn, Story, Craig Titley, James Gunn, Characters, William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
  • Actors: Freddie Prinze Jr, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini, Rowan Atkinson, Isla Fisher

After solving the case of the Luna Ghost, an unco-operative Mystery Inc., consisting of Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo, splits apart. After 2 years, Velma has been an advisor at NASA, Fred has become a popular celebrity, Daphne has become a skilled martial artist, and Shaggy and Scooby have stopped investigating mysteries. The gang is surprisingly reunited when they are all summoned to Spooky Island, a monster-based theme park on a remote island. While Shaggy and Scooby wish to work together as team, the others are not as enthusiastic. On the plane ride there, Shaggy falls in love with a girl named Mary Jane, who likes Scooby Snacks and is allergic to dogs. On Spooky Island, the gang meet Emile Mondavarious, the eccentric owner of the island. He explains that visitors to the island come but leave as emotionless and almost inhuman (as demonstrated when a girl picks up an older man and throws him away with one arm).

Since they are still upset with each other, none of the former Mystery Inc. members want the others to solve the mystery first, so they all split up to search for clues. Velma witnesses a creepy dance in which a man named N’Goo Tauna and his servant, Zarkos (A.K.A. The Masked Luchador wrestler) explain that demons once ruled the island until Mondavarious built the theme park on it, enraging the demons. Velma is unafraid of N’Goo’s threats of vengeance. Daphne meets Voodoo Maestro who quite clearly warns her not to go the Spooky Island Castle attraction, but she believes he is setting a trap for her there and goes to spring the trap. The gang meet up at the castle and split up to search for clues as group. Fred and Velma discover a strange classroom with a training program describing how to act like a human. Daphne finds a strange triangular artifact called the Daemonritus. Then after Scooby belches quite loudly, he and Shaggy then get into an exaggerated belching contest that then turns into a farting contest where both do both quite loudly and with exaggerated mannerisms (and Scooby reacts to the smell). Moments later, Shaggy farts again and it echoes in the suit of armor he’s wearing, while the gas briefly ignites over an open flame.

Fred and Daphne kiss as a victory. Scrappy, N’Goo, Zarkos and the other minions are arrested, and Mystery Inc., now completely back together again as a more equal team- particularly reflected when the formerly arrogant Fred allows Velma to explain their line of reasoning for the news teams-, head off for their next case. In the final scene, Spooky Island seems to be back to business with Scooby and Shaggy enjoying the “all you can eat” that was promised to them when they were invited to the island.

The Crazies

  • Directors: Breck Eisner
  • Producers: Michael Aguilar, Rob Cowan, Dean Georgaris
  • Writers: Screenplay, Scott Kosar, Ray Wright, Characters, George A Romero
  • Genres: Action, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Timothy Olyphant, Danielle Panabaker, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson, Preston Bailey, Christie Lynn Smith, Lisa K Wyatt

A mysteriously contaminated water supply turns residents of a small Kansas town insane.

Terra

  • Directors: Aristomenis Tsirbas
  • Producers: Ryan Colucci, Keith Calder
  • Writers: Evan Spiliotopoulos, Story, Aristomenis Tsirbas
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure
  • Actors: Brian Cox, James Garner, Evan Rachel Wood, Justin Long, Dennis Quaid, Amanda Peet

On a distant planet, Mala and her best friend Senn, members of a sentient, tadpole-like species, skip class to joyride in wooden flying machines that resemble hang gliders. The pair soar above the dense cloud cover of their world, which teems with life, interacting with flying creatures similar to whales and rays. Following a dangerous incident in which Mala is nearly sucked into a “wind tunnel” (a large cave that draws in and blasts out strong gusts of air), Senn tells her that the two of them should cease their exploring and head back home. Mala pauses near the boundary of a group of statues which rise above the clouds and hold up their hands in a blocking pose; Senn claims that area is forbidden to them. A defiant Mala is about to investigate further when an enormous shadow sweeps across the clouds. She and Senn look up to discover that a huge object has appeared in the sky, so large that it almost completely blocks out the light of the sun. This sight finally prompts Mala to return with Senn.

In the treetop city that is Mala’s home, the people ponder the meaning of the object’s appearance, some claiming that it is a “new god”. When Mala herself asks her father Roven about it, he dismissively replies that it will be “whatever the Elders say it is”. The inquisitive Mala is not satisfied with this answer, and says that she could build a tool with which to better observe the object; however, Roven warns her that no inventions may be constructed without the approval of the Elders because that is the law. Mala declares that perhaps the law is wrong, and Roven orders her to her room. As Mala turns to leave, she observes Roven handling a woodcarving of himself, Mala, and an adult female, revealing that Roven is a widower, and that his wife is missed by both of them.

In her village, Mala joins in the victory celebration, learning that Senn survived the crash of his ship. Orin credits her with winning the battle, but Mala says it was Stanton’s actions that saved them all. Mala is relieved that her people have survived, but is also saddened by the plight of the humans; she dejectedly notes that without any food, water, or air, they can do nothing but wait to die. However, Orin reminds her that there are always other options. Some time later, Mala and Senn are seen flying above the clouds once more, as they were at the beginning of the film; this time they are joined by Stewart, piloting an Earth Force fighter, who offers Mala a salute before flying through a hatch in a massive dome similar to the oxygen tent Mala constructed for Stanton. It is here that the humans from the Ark have established a new colony, using Terra’s oxygen-producing plants and opening diplomatic relations with the native Terranians; Orin is seen meeting with President Chen. Stewart flies high above the budding colony, observing a statue that is still under construction: it is a memorial to his brother, who is being remembered as a true hero.