I Love You Phillip Morris

  • Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
  • Producers: Luc Besson, Andrew Lazar, Far Shariat
  • Writers: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, Steve McVicker
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro

Steven Russell began his life as a normal family with children and his wife, Debbie, and a job in the police force. To the outside world, it appears that he and Debbie are very much in love with each other; with friends of the family clearly wincing uncomfortably when Steven and Debbie begin kissing in front of them. It soon becomes apparent that Steven is simply a cop to find his birth mother; he successfully manages to locate her; however, she subsequently rejects him which sets off a train of events in Steven’s life. Steven then proceeds to crash his car. He is seriously injured and as he is being taken away on a stretcher, he tells the paramedics that he is going to become openly homosexual and states that he is going to tell his wife. We then see Steven living the ‘high life’ with his new boyfried, Jimmy, of whom he showers with expensive gifts. Jimmy, however, clearly uncomfortable with this. Steven then decides that his job is inadequate to fund his newly found ‘expensive gay lifestyle’, so he declines into criminal activity and eventually is put into prison for insurance fraud – but not before he puts himself into hospital and tries to escape by jumping off the hospital roof; Jimmy then tells Steven he doesn’t want to see him again. Once in prison, Steven meets shy and quiet Phillip Morris in the Law library. He tells him he is a Lawyer and gives him ‘legal’ advice about his sick friend. They then begin corresponding via letters when Morris is transferred over to the Michael Wing until, eventually, Steven gets himself transferred over to that wing of the prison and into the same cell as Morris. They continue their relationship inside the prison, blissfully happy, until Steven is then transferred to a different prison and then is released into the community. He then fraudlently claims himself to be a Lawyer and manages to secure Morris’s early release. They then move in together. Morris asks Steven, thinking he is a Lawyer, to help his friend out with a legal case. He wins this case, and clearly feels so empowered he applies and successfully gets a job as the finance manager with a top firm. He then embezzles the company out of thousands of dollars and is only found out with a colleague of his is reading over the accounts and notices the deficiency. He then attempts to run away with Morris, but Morris declines to leave and drives away, leaving Steven to face his fate alone. Steven then does not see Morris again until the end of the film; however, he tries (and is successful) in escaping from the jail many times; by stealing green marker pens and dying his prison outfit green posing as a nurse and other various surprisingly simple schemes. He is, however, quickly recovered after these schemes and returned to prison. He then attempts one final scheme – he forgives medical documents in order to fool doctors into thinking he has aids and eventually fakes his own death. Morris is then informed by his cell mate that Russell has died; however, 5 minutes after he was told, he was taken to meet his ‘lawyer'(Russell, posing as a Lawyer) and slaps him after realising that Russell faked his own death to get out of prison. The film then ends when one of the directors of the company he embezzled thousands of dollars from bumps into him into the court toilet (where the director was a juror) and he is then arrested whilst he was trying to secure Morris’s release. He is then given an unprecedented jail sentence.

The Ghost Writer

  • Directors: Roman Polanski
  • Producers: Roman Polanski, Robert Benmussa, Alain Sarde, Patrick Wachsberger
  • Writers: Roman Polanski, Robert Harris
  • Genres: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Williams, Kim Cattrall

The plot of the film is based on the novel.[3]

When a successful British ghostwriter, The Ghost, agrees to complete the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang, his agent assures him it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. But the project seems doomed from the start—not least because his predecessor on the project, Lang’s long-term aide, died in an unfortunate accident. The Ghost flies out to work on the project, in the middle of winter, to an oceanfront house on an island off the U.S. Eastern seaboard. But the day after he arrives, a former British cabinet minister accuses Lang of authorizing the illegal seizure of suspected terrorists and handing them over for torture by the CIA—a war crime. The controversy brings reporters and protesters swarming to the island mansion where Lang is staying with his wife, Ruth, and his personal assistant (and mistress), Amelia. As The Ghost works, he begins to uncover clues suggesting his predecessor may have stumbled on a dark secret linking Lang to the CIA—and that somehow this information is hidden in the manuscript he left behind.

The Men Who Stare at Goats

  • Directors: Grant Heslov
  • Producers: Paul Lister, George Clooney, Grant Heslov
  • Writers: Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey

The film follows Ann Arbor Daily Telegram reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor), who stumbles onto the story of a lifetime when he meets a Special Forces operator, Lyn Cassady (George Clooney) after flying to Kuwait out of anger, due to a recent divorce with his wife, who then proceeded to marry Bob’s one-armed editor. Lyn reveals that he was part of an American army unit training psychic spies (or “Jedi Knights”), trained to develop a range of parapsychological skills including; invisibility, remote viewing, cloud bursting, walking through walls, and intuition.

The founder of this unit Bill Django (Jeff Bridges) travelled across America in the 1970s for six years exploring a range of New Age movements (including the Human potential movement) after getting shot during the Vietnam War and used these experiences to found the New Earth Army. In the 1980s, two of Django’s best recruits were Lyn Cassady and Larry Hooper (Kevin Spacey) developed a lifelong rivalry because of their opposing views of how to implement the First Earth philosophy, Lyn wanted to emphasise the positive side of the teachings, whereas Larry was more interested in the dark side of the philosophy.

In present day Bob and Lyn embark on a new mission in Iraq, where they are kidnapped by a criminal gang, when they escape with fellow kidnap victim Mahmud Daash (Waleed Zuaiter) and join forces with a private security firm in Iraq headed up by Todd Nixon (Robert Patrick), they are caught up in a firefight between Todd’s security firm, and a rival security firm; this would later be known as the “Battle of Ramadi.” Mahmud helps rescue Bob and Lyn, and takes him back to his house which has been shot up by soldiers. From there Bob and Lyn proceed to continue with their mission: to locate New Earth Army founder Bill Django.

Bob returns to work as a reporter and writes an article about his entire experience with Lyn. However, the only portion of the story to be aired on the news is how music the captives were forced to watch Barney & Friends nonstop. However, Bob still vows to get the story out.

The Island

  • Directors: Michael Bay
  • Producers: Kenny Bates, Michael Bay
  • Writers: Caspian Tredwell Owen, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
  • Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Sean Bean, Djimon Hounsou, Steve Buscemi

It is 2019, and for the last three years, Lincoln Six Echo (Ewan McGregor) has lived in a colony of uncontaminated humans, each awaiting their chance to go to the last habitable place on Earth, known as “the Island.” Lincoln is discontent and although he works and socializes well, he is known for being an outsider. During a meeting with Dr. Merrick, the leader of the area where he lives, Lincoln seems helpless to explain his feelings. He is frustrated by the plain white clothes everyone is given and the strict control over everyone’s activities and habits. Concerned, Merrick asks to run tests on Lincoln, and inserts some nano bots into his eyes to monitor his activities for 48 hours. Lincoln learns that his best friend, Jordan Two Delta (Scarlett Johansson), will soon be leaving for “the Island.” Through an illicit visit to a construction area, Lincoln Six surreptitiously discovers that two former colonists, who were recently thought gone to the Island, are instead being subjected to brutal, ultimately fatal medical procedures and organ harvesting. He returns to the colony to rescue Jordan Two from a similar fate, but not before company chief Dr. Merrick (Sean Bean) discovers that Lincoln Six now knows the truth.

Though Merrick is much relieved to hear Lincoln Six is dead, he has discovered that two entire product lines share the same “flaw” (clones exhibiting similar neural patterns as Lincoln Six before birth) and subsequently orders a “recall” — the destruction of scores of clones. Meanwhile, having assumed the identity of his sponsor, Lincoln Six finds a way to turn the tables on Merrick’s corporation, and with help from Jordan and an unexpected alliance with Laurent, kills Merrick and rescues the colonists. The film ends with Lincoln and Jordan together riding the powerboat Renovatio to an unknown destination, which translates from Latin to mean the verb “Rebirth” or “Restoration”.

Amelia

  • Directors: Mira Nair
  • Producers: Ronald Bass, Hilary Swank, Ted Waitt, Kevin Hyman, Lydia Dean Pilcher
  • Writers: Ronald Bass
  • Genres: Biography, Drama
  • Actors: Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, Virginia Madsen, Christopher Eccleston

The film chronicles Earhart’s rise to fame and follows her rocky relationship with her husband George Putnam.[2]

Angels Demons

  • Directors: Ron Howard
  • Producers: Brian Grazer, John Calley
  • Writers: Screenplay, David Koepp, Akiva Goldsman, Novel, Dan Brown
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Ayelet Zurer, Ewan McGregor

CERN summons Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) to investigate a murder victim branded with the Illuminati ambigram. Langdon discovers the secret society’s plan to kill four Roman Catholic cardinals and destroy St. Peter’s Basilica with stolen antimatter during a papal conclave.

Robots

  • Directors: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha
  • Producers: Bill Joyce, Christopher Meledandri, John C Donkin, Jerry Davis
  • Writers: Ron Mita, Jim McClain, David Lindsay Abaire, Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Ewan McGregor, Robin Williams, Halle Berry, Mel Brooks, Stanley Tucci, Dianne Wiest, Drew Carey, Amanda Bynes, Harland Williams, Greg Kinnear, Paul Giamatti, Jim Broadbent, Jennifer Coolidge

In the beginning of the movie, Herb Copperbottom races through the streets because he is elated that he is going to be a father. He and his wife, Lydia Copperbottom, after 12 hours of “labor”, finally manage to construct the baby. His name is Rodney Copperbottom, who becomes a young inventor who dreams of making the world a better place for everyone. Rodney idolizes Bigweld, the master inventor and owner of Bigweld Industries. Rodney has invented a gadget that will help his father clean the dishes at the restaurant. Rodney takes his invention to Robot City to see Bigweld and get a job as an inventor at his company. Instead, Rodney gets to see Ratchet, the new head of the company. Ratchet sees to it that Rodney is removed from the premises. Cappy, a beautiful robot-executive of the company takes an interest in Rodney, and wants to help him. In the slums of Robot City, some old robots known as the Rusties, led by a robot named Fender, befriend Rodney. Ratchet believes the company can make a bigger profit if it stops making spare parts for older robots. Non-working robots are picked up and sent to and melted down by Ratchet’s mother, queen of the ‘Chop-shop’. Rodney, who remembers Bigweld’s ‘See a need, fill a need’, begins fixing old robots. When Ratchet’s mother orders him to stop Rodney, the fireworks begin.

Moulin Rouge

  • Directors: Baz Luhrmann
  • Producers: Baz Luhrmann, Fred Baron
  • Writers: Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce
  • Genres: Drama, Musical, Romance
  • Actors: Ewan McGregor, Nicole Kidman, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh, John Leguizamo

In 1899, a young British writer, Christian (Ewan McGregor), moves to the Montmartre district of Paris with few possessions beyond his typewriter to try to establish himself in the Bohemian culture. By luck, he encounters a musical troupe led by Toulouse-Lautrec (John Leguizamo) that is attempting to present a new play for Harold Zidler (Jim Broadbent), the owner of the cabaret, the Moulin Rouge. Christian’s writing helps to finalize the show, entitled “Spectacular! Spectacular!”, and the troupe take Christian to the cabaret to present the work itself to its star courtesan, Satine (Nicole Kidman), in private to win her favour. However, the same night, Zidler has arranged for Satine to spend the night with the wealthy Duke (Richard Roxburgh) who is looking to buy the cabaret. Through miscommunication, Satine mistakes Christian for the Duke, and the two depart to her private chambers. She begins to seduce him despite his insistence he is only there to present his script, but the two slowly realize they have fallen in love with each other. The Duke returns, and discovers Christian and Satine in a compromising position. Satine quickly states that Christian is only there to present a play. With the help of the troupe, Satine, and Zidler, Christian quickly improvises a new plot to “Spectacular! Spectacular!” as a thinly-covered veil of their current situation, with an evil maharajah attempting to woo the love of an Indian courtesan who is actually in love with a poor sitar player. The Duke, unable to see through the show’s meaning,agrees to finance the show, but only if he is allowed to continue to see Satine. Unfortunately for the Duke, Satine and Christian continuously make up excuses as to why he can’t see her.

On the opening night of “Spectacular! Spectacular!”, Toulouse-Lautrec tries to remind Christian of the Bohemian way — truth, beauty, freedom, and love — and that he truly loves Satine as she does him, but Christian is too depressed to listen. As the show starts, Christian approaches Satine, trying to buy her love using money he made by selling his typewriter just as the Duke had done, but Satine tries to send him away, fearing that the Duke’s bodyguard will kill him. Suddenly, the two find themselves in the spotlight on stage, momentarily confusing the performers and audience. Zidler quickly improvises, stating that Christian is the sitar player in disguise and trying to make the show go on, but Christian walks off stage. As he leaves the theater, Toulouse-Lautrec shouts from the rafters “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” Satine realizes what she has done and sings the “secret song,” showing Christian that she truly loves him. Christian rejoins her on stage and joins her in singing the song, angering the Duke. The Duke’s bodyguard attempts to kill Christian, but the courtesans and Bohemians stop him; the Duke then tries to finish the job himself, only to be stopped by Zidler, who disarms the Duke so true love can prevail. The lovers are able to finish their song without incident to a standing ovation; the Duke storms away from the Moulin Rouge. As the performers get ready for taking a bow, Satine finally succumbs to her illness, and dies in Christian’s arms. A year later, with the Moulin Rouge having closed down, Christian, still mournful over his loss, decides to write the story of the love shared between himself and Satine, which was her dying wish.

Black Hawk Down

  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Ridley Scott
  • Writers: Book, Mark Bowden, Screenplay, Ken Nolan
  • Genres: Action, Drama, History, War
  • Actors: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Tom Sizemore, William Fichtner, Eric Bana, Brendan Sexton III, Sam Shepard, Ewen Bremner, Jason Isaacs, Orlando Bloom

In a raid, a task force of Delta Force soldiers, Army Rangers, and Special Operations Aviation Regiment attempt to capture two of Mohammed Farah Aidid’s senior subordinates in the Bakaara Market neighborhood of Mogadishu. The mission is led by Major General William F. Garrison and was supposed to take no more than one hour. The extraction by the Delta team is successful, but the Somali militia, armed with RPGs, shoot down two Black Hawk helicopters, and the resulting rescue extends the mission to over 15 hours.

The film follows many characters through the build-up, assault and rescue. It shows how Staff Sergeant Matt Eversmann was placed in charge of Ranger Chalk Four, before portraying the raid and successful extraction of the wanted persons, and shows the first injury, as PFC Todd Blackburn falls from a helicopter as it maneuvers to avoid an RPG. This is the beginning of the indication that the troops are overwhelmed by the volume of enemy militia, and builds up to the two helicopter crashes: Super Six-One piloted by Cliff “Elvis” Wolcott, and Super Six-Four piloted by Mike Durant. Durant is taken prisoner after the two Delta snipers who requested to be inserted near the crash site of Super Six-Four are killed while defending him.

The film ends with text informing the viewer that “19 Americans and approximately 1000 Somalis died in the conflict. Mike Durant was released and Mohamed Farrah Aidid died in 1996”.

Robots

  • Directors: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha
  • Producers: Bill Joyce, Christopher Meledandri, John C Donkin, Jerry Davis
  • Writers: Ron Mita, Jim McClain, David Lindsay Abaire, Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Ewan McGregor, Robin Williams, Halle Berry, Mel Brooks, Stanley Tucci, Dianne Wiest, Drew Carey, Amanda Bynes, Harland Williams, Greg Kinnear, Paul Giamatti, Jim Broadbent, Jennifer Coolidge

In the beginning of the movie, Herb Copperbottom races through the streets because he is elated that he is going to be a father. He and his wife, Lydia Copperbottom, after 12 hours of “labor”, finally manage to construct the baby. His name is Rodney Copperbottom, who becomes a young inventor who dreams of making the world a better place for everyone. Rodney idolizes Bigweld, the master inventor and owner of Bigweld Industries. Rodney has invented a gadget that will help his father clean the dishes at the restaurant. Rodney takes his invention to Robot City to see Bigweld and get a job as an inventor at his company. Instead, Rodney gets to see Ratchet, the new head of the company. Ratchet sees to it that Rodney is removed from the premises. Cappy, a beautiful robot-executive of the company takes an interest in Rodney, and wants to help him. In the slums of Robot City, some old robots known as the Rusties, led by a robot named Fender, befriend Rodney. Ratchet believes the company can make a bigger profit if it stops making spare parts for older robots. Non-working robots are picked up and sent to and melted down by Ratchet’s mother, queen of the ‘Chop-shop’. Rodney, who remembers Bigweld’s ‘See a need, fill a need’, begins fixing old robots. When Ratchet’s mother orders him to stop Rodney, the fireworks begin.