Another Thin Man

  • Directors: W S Van Dyke
  • Producers: Hunt Stromberg
  • Writers: Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett
  • Genres: Comedy, Mystery, Drama, Crime, Romance
  • Actors: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Otto Kruger, Asta, C Aubrey Smith

In this adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s “The Farewell Murder”,[citation needed] Nick (William Powell) and Nora (Myrna Loy) Charles are back in New York with Asta and a new arrival – Nicky Jr. They are invited by Colonel MacFay (C. Aubrey Smith) to spend the weekend at his house in Long Island as he desperately wants Nick to put his well-known detective skills to work. It seems the Colonel has been receiving threats from Phil Church (Sheldon Leonard), a very shady character. When Col. MacFay is killed, Church seems to be the obvious suspect. However, Nick is skeptical. He suspects there is something far more complicated going on. MacFay’s housekeeper, daughter and various hangers-on all may have had an interest in seeking the old man’s demise.

After the Thin Man

  • Directors: W S Van Dyke
  • Producers: Hunt Stromberg
  • Writers: Dashiell Hammett, Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich
  • Genres: Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Romance
  • Actors: William Powell, Myrna Loy, James Stewart, Penny Singleton, Elissa Landi

Nick and Nora Charles return from vacation to their home in San Francisco on New Year’s Eve, where Nora’s stuffy family expect the couple to join them for a formal dinner. Nick is despised by Nora’s Aunt Katherine, as his immigrant heritage and experience as a “flat foot” are considered below Nora. The true reason for their invitation is that Nora’s cousin Selma’s ne’er-do-well husband Robert has been missing. Nick is coerced into a little quiet detective work for the family.

They easily find Robert at a Chinese nightclub, where he’s been conducting an affair with Polly, the star performer. Robert tries to extort money from Selma’s unrequited love, David Graham (James Stewart): $25,000 and Robert will leave Selma alone permanently. Unknown to Robert, Polly and the nightclub’s owner, Dancer, plan to grift the money and dispose of him. After being paid off, and returning home for some clothes, Robert is shot at the stroke of midnight. David finds Selma standing over Robert and hurriedly disposes of her gun. Despite this, the police determine that she’s the prime suspect, and her fragile mental state only strengthens the case. Selma insists that she never fired her gun, and Nick is now obliged to investigate and determine the true murderer.

As suspects pile up, schemes and double-crosses are found and two more murders occur, including Polly’s brutal brother. Lt. Abrams (Sam Levene, making his series debut) readily accepts Nick’s assistance. Nick follows a trail of clues that lead him to the apartment of a mysterious “Anderson”. As in the previous film, the true murderer is the least likely suspect, betrayed by a trivial slip-up during a final interrogation and denouement featuring all the suspects. The case solved, and once again traveling by train, Nora reveals to Nick something he hasn’t detected yet: they’re going to have a baby.

Extraordinary Measures

  • Directors: Tom Vaughan
  • Producers: Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Carla Santos Shamberg
  • Writers: Robert Nelson Jacobs
  • Genres: Drama
  • Actors: Brendan Fraser, Harrison Ford, Keri Russell

Brendan Fraser plays John Crowley, a biotechnology executive, whose two youngest children were afflicted with Pompe disease. Along with his wife, Aileen (Keri Russell), he raises money for research scientist Robert Stonehill (Harrison Ford) (most likely representing Dr. William Canfield), forming a company to develop a drug to save his children’s lives.

FlashForward

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  • Genres: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Joseph Fiennes, John Cho, Jack Davenport, Zachary Knighton, Peyton List, Dominic Monaghan, Courtney B Vance, Sonya Walger, Christine Woods

A mysterious event causes nearly everyone on the planet to simultaneously lose consciousness for 137 seconds, during which people see what appear to be visions of their lives approximately six months in the future—a global “flashforward”. A team of Los Angeles FBI agents, led by Stanford Wedeck (Vance) and spearheaded by Mark Benford (Fiennes), begin the process of determining what happened, why, and whether it will happen again. Benford contributes a unique perspective on the investigation; in his flashforward, he saw the results of six months of investigation that he had done on the flashforward event, and he and his team use those clues to recreate the investigation.

The team investigates a number of events related to the flashforward, including “Suspect Zero”, who did not lose consciousness during the event, the sinister “D. Gibbons”, and a similar mass loss of consciousness in Somalia in 1991. Meanwhile, personal revelations contained within the flashforwards occupy the personal lives of the principal characters. Mark Benford sees his alcoholism relapsing, his wife sees herself with another man, and other characters grapple with similarly unexpected or surprising revelations in their flashforwards.

The Towering Inferno

  • Directors: John Guillermin, Irwin Allen
  • Producers: Irwin Allen
  • Writers: Novel, Richard Martin Stern, Thomas N Scortia, Frank M Robinson, Screenplay, Stirling Silliphant
  • Genres: Action, Thriller, Drama
  • Actors: Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire, Susan Blakely, Richard Chamberlain, Jennifer Jones, O J Simpson, Robert Vaughn, Robert Wagner

Architect Doug Roberts (Paul Newman) arrives from a vacation for the dedication of the newly completed Glass Tower (which he designed) in San Francisco. At 138 stories, the skyscraper is the tallest building in the world and a dedication party is planned. Upon his arrival by helicopter, he meets building financier Jim Duncan (William Holden). Duncan reveals his plans for additional skyscrapers across the U.S., but Roberts wants to focus instead on building communities in rural areas, which causes friction with his girlfriend Susan Franklin (Faye Dunaway) who has been given a major promotion for the magazine she works for and wants to stay in the city. During a romantic rendezvous between Roberts and Susan, building technicians in the main utility room conduct a routine check of the building’s electrical systems. During the check, a circuit breaker unexpectedly shorts out and sends a power surge up into the building, culminating in the building’s relay system breaker shorting out in a storage room on the 81st floor, causing a small fire that stays contained and unnoticed due to a combination of a lack of accelerants and the shortcomings of the building’s security systems. Roberts is notified and presents a scorched wire from the utility room breaker to Duncan, who is baffled by the flare-up. Roberts goes to confront chief electrical engineer and Duncan’s son-in-law Roger Simmons (Richard Chamberlain) over the flare-up. During a tense meeting with Roberts at Simmons’ house, Simmons pleads ignorance and insists to Roberts that the building is up to code standards but does not admit to changing Roberts’s specifications. Roberts is skeptical of the building’s electrical system and demands Simmons bring the specifications to his office the next day and heads back to the building.

Outside the building, Roberts comments to Susan that he is unsure what will become of the building, but that perhaps it should be left alone as a symbol of the world’s problems. O’Hallorhan joins them and states that though fewer than 200 people died, the casualties could have been much worse, and a worse disaster is possible if builders and architects are not willing to take fire safety and fire fighting into account more seriously with skyscrapers. Roberts looks up at the charred skyscraper and promises to consult with O’Hallorhan on such matters in the future.

28 Weeks Later

  • Directors: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
  • Producers: Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, Enrique Lopez Lavigne, Co Producer, Bernard Bellew, Executive Producer, Danny Boyle, Alex Garland
  • Writers: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Enrique Lopez Lavigne, Rowan Joffe
  • Genres: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, Catherine McCormack, Imogen Poots, Mackintosh Muggleton, Harold Perrineau, Idris Elba

Don (Robert Carlyle) and his wife Alice (Catherine McCormack) live in a barricaded cottage they share with four others, somewhere in rural Great Britain. They let a terrified boy inside, and moments later, a pack of the infected attack and enter the house. Alice refuses to leave without the boy; Don abandons Alice and escapes as the sole survivor.

Over the course of 28 weeks following the original outbreak, the infected have all starved to death and Britain has been declared relatively safe. An American-led NATO force, under the command of United States Army Brigadier General Stone (Idris Elba), begins repopulating the country. Amongst the new population are Tammy (Imogen Poots) and Andy (Mackintosh Muggleton), Don and Alice’s children, who were in Spain during the initial outbreak. During their subsequent medical inspection, Major Scarlet Ross (Rose Byrne), chief medical officer of District 1, notes Andy’s differently coloured eyes, a trait inherited from his mother. They are subsequently admitted to District 1, a heavily guarded zone of London on the Isle of Dogs guarded by the US Army. Sergeant Doyle (Jeremy Renner), and his friend, Flynn (Harold Perrineau), a helicopter pilot, are amongst the military presence charged with guarding District 1. The children are reunited with their father who is now head caretaker of the district.

28 days pass. Calls for help and screams can be heard over the radio of Flynn’s now abandoned helicopter. A swarm of infected are shown sprinting through a subway exit. As they run into the open, the Eiffel Tower comes into view, revealing that the Rage virus has spread to mainland Europe.

Date Night

  • Directors: Shawn Levy
  • Producers: Shawn Levy, Tom McNulty
  • Writers: Josh Klausner
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, Common, Taraji P Henson

Claire and Phil Foster (Tina Fey and Steve Carell) are a suburban couple slogging through their daily lives and marriage. Even their “date nights” of dinner and a movie have become routine. To reignite the marital spark, they visit a trendy Manhattan bistro, where a case of mistaken identity hurtles them through the city at breakneck speeds, into non-stop adventure. Remembering what made them so special together, Phil and Claire take on a couple of corrupt cops, a top-level mobster—and a crazed cabbie—as their date becomes a night they’ll never forget.[2][3]