The Mask of Zorro

  • Directors: Martin Campbell
  • Producers: David Foster, Doug Claybourne, Executive Producers, Steven Spielberg, Walter F Parkes
  • Writers: Screenplay, John Eskow, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Story, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Randall Jahnson, Characters, Johnston McCulley
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Romance, Western
  • Actors: Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta Jones, Stuart Wilson, Matt Letscher

In 1821, the Mexican Army is on the verge of liberating its country from Spanish colonial rule. In Las Californias the ruthless Spanish Governor, Don Rafael Montero, is about to be overthrown. In a final effort to trap his nemesis, the masked swordsman Zorro (Anthony Hopkins), Montero prepares to execute three innocent townspeople. With assistance from two orphan brothers, Joaquin and Alejandro Murrieta, Zorro releases the prisoners. Zorro rewards the Murrieta brothers with a medallion he wears, and escapes on his horse, Toronado, after cutting a “Z” into Montero’s neck as a warning.

Montero deduces that Zorro is really Don Diego de la Vega, a Spanish nobleman married to Esperanza, the woman Montero loved. Attempting to arrest Diego, a fight ensues. Esperanza is killed while trying to protect Diego. Diego’s house is burned and his infant daughter, Eléna, is taken by Montero to be raised as his own. Diego is imprisoned.

Twenty years later Montero returns to California, looking for Diego in the old prison. Although de La Vega is there, Montero does not recognize him, while several prisoners claim to be Zorro. Diego escapes, intent on killing Montero at a public ceremony for Montero’s return. Diego restrains himself when he sees Eléna (Catherine Zeta-Jones), now a beautiful young lady. Eléna is presented with a bouquet of flowers – Romagnas, native to California – the scent of which she recognizes, although she believes she has never been to California.

The one moment that captured all the advertising and viewer’s attention: When Eléna (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is undressed by the slashing sword of Mexican thief Alejandro Murrieta/Zorro (Antonio Banderas); the view of her opened dress caused his sword blade to pop up, followed by his taking her for a sensuous kiss.[1][2] The scene has been called one of the most erotic film moments of the 1990s.[3][4] In fact, both Catherine Zeta-Jones and Antonio Banderas have admitted to sexual arousal during the filming of this scene,[5] Banderas being aroused by Zeta-Jones’s beauty,[5] and Zeta-Jones being aroused by the very fact that Banderas could strip her by using only his sword and not his hands.[5]

Kick Ass

  • Directors: Matthew Vaughn
  • Producers: Matthew Vaughn, Kris Thykier, Tarquin Pack, Brad Pitt, Executive producers, Mark Millar, John Romita Jr
  • Writers: Screenplay, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, Comic Book, Mark Millar
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloe Moretz, Mark Strong, Christopher Mintz Plasse, Lyndsy Fonseca

The plot of Kick-Ass concerns a lonely teenage boy, Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), who decides to become a real-life superhero after being inspired by the heroes of comic-books. He soon encounters a mysterious vigilante called Big-Daddy (Nicolas Cage), and his daughter Hit Girl (Chloë Moretz), who are working to bring down the drug baron, Frank D’Amico.

Dick Tracy

  • Directors: Warren Beatty
  • Producers: Warren Beatty, Executive producers, Art Linson, Floyd Mutrux, Barrie M Osborne
  • Writers: Screenplay, Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr, Uncredited, Warren Beatty, Bo Goldman, Max Allan Collins, Characters, Chester Gould
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Family, Thriller
  • Actors: Warren Beatty, Al Pacino, Madonna, Glenne Headly, Charlie Korsmo

At an illegal card game, a young street urchin witnesses the massacre of a group of mobsters (The Brow, Shoulders, Littleface and the Rodent) by Flattop, one of the hoods on the payroll of “Big Boy” Caprice, whose crime syndicate is aggressively taking over small businesses in the city. Detective Dick Tracy catches the urchin (who calls himself “Kid”) in an act of petty theft. After rescuing him from a ruthless guardian, Tracy temporarily adopts him with the help of his girlfriend, Tess Truehart.

Meanwhile, Big Boy coerces club owner Lips Manlis into signing over the deed to Club Ritz. He kills Lips and steals his girlfriend, the seductive and sultry singer, Breathless Mahoney. After police find the body, Tracy goes to the club to arrest Big Boy for Lips’ murder. Breathless is the only witness. Instead of providing testimony, she unsuccessfully attempts to seduce Tracy. Big Boy cannot be convicted and he is released from jail. Big Boy’s next move is to try to bring other criminals, including Spud Spaldoni, Pruneface, Ribs Mocca, Mumbles, Itchy, and Numbers, together under his leadership. Spaldoni refuses and meets an untimely demise that night. Tracy tries again to get the testimony from Breathless he needs to put Big Boy away.

Big Boy is back in business, but he, too, is framed, in this case for Tess’ kidnapping. Sprung from jail by his colleagues on New Year’s Eve, Tracy sets out to save his true love. He arrives at a shootout outside Big Boy’s club where all of Big Boy’s men are gunned down by the police and Tracy himself. Abandoning his crew, Big Boy ties Tess to the mechanism of a drawbridge, but he is confronted by both the Blank and Tracy. Desperate to escape, he shoots the Blank. Enraged, Tracy punches Caprice and sends him falling to his death in the bridge gears. Beneath the faceless figure’s mask, Tracy is shocked to find Breathless Mahoney, who kisses him and breathes her last breath. He then frees his girlfriend and his name is cleared from the murder of Fletcher. Later, in the middle of a marriage proposal to Tess, Tracy is interrupted by a robbery in progress, and takes off with the Kid, who now calls himself Dick Tracy, Jr.

Air Force One

  • Directors: Wolfgang Petersen
  • Producers: Executive Producers, Marc Abraham, Thomas Bliss, David V Lester, Producer, Armyan Bernstein, Gail Katz, Wolfgang Petersen, Jonathan Shestack
  • Writers: Andrew W Marlowe
  • Genres: Action, Thriller
  • Actors: Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close

Three weeks after an operation in which United States and Russian special forces captured the tyrannical leader of Kazakhstan, General Ivan Radek, U.S. President James Marshall announces in a speech in Moscow that America will undertake a new offensive against terrorism. His visit complete, the President heads home to Washington, D.C. aboard Air Force One.

Secret Service agent Gibbs kills three fellow agents once the plane is airborne and opens the on-board weapons locker. Soviet neo-nationalists, led by Ivan Korshunov, had boarded the plane posing as a news crew who had been cleared to fly on Air Force One, the same news crew that was later found dead. They seize the weapons and search the plane for Marshall, killing many passengers. The President is evacuated to an escape pod by numerous Secret Service agents, all of whom are gunned down. The terrorists assume he had escaped in the deployed capsule, but Marshall actually remained onboard in hiding. The remaining passengers (White House Chief of Staff Lloyd Shepherd, military advisor Major Caldwell, National Security Advisor Jack Doherty, Marshall’s wife and daughter, and others) are held hostage in the conference room while the cockpit crew locks the door and prepares to land at Ramstein Air Base. The terrorists break in and kill the non-compliant pilots, taking control of the plane and aborting the landing at Ramstein.

Kazakh MiG-29 fighter jets loyal to Radek soon reach Air Force One and inflict serious damage to its engines. US F-15 fighters intercept and fend off the hostile aircraft, shooting down several. Although one of the US fighter pilots flies into the path of a missile to save Air Force One, the plane is too heavily damaged to land. Air Force Pararescue hastily arranges an air-to-air zip-line rescue from a C-130 Hercules, but before the evacuation can be completed the damaged plane begins a rapid descent with Marshall, his family, Caldwell, Shepherd, and Gibbs still aboard. Marshall insists on evacuating his family and the wounded Shepherd before himself. Once it is Marshall’s turn to leave, though, Gibbs, actually a mole by the neo-nationalists, drops all pretense and kills Caldwell and the parajumper, attempting to be the last one off and leave the president to die. Marshall fights with Gibbs and escapes on the zip-line, leaving Gibbs aboard the doomed plane as it crashes into the Caspian Sea. The C-130 announces, “Liberty 2-4 is changing call-signs… Liberty 2-4 is now Air Force One!”, indicating the president is aboard, and the film ends with it flying safely away with the First Family aboard and a fighter jet escort.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: Robert Watts, Executive producers, George Lucas, Frank Marshall
  • Writers: Screenplay, Jeffrey Boam, Tom Stoppard, Story, George Lucas, Menno Meyjes
  • Genres: Action, Adventure
  • Actors: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody, Denholm Elliott, Julian Glover, River Phoenix, John Rhys Davies

The 1912 prologue depicts Indiana Jones as a Boy Scout in Utah, battling grave robbers for an ornamental cross that belonged to Francisco VГЎsquez de Coronado. As the grave robbers give chase, Indiana hides in a circus train, where he uses a whip, scars his chin, and gains his fear of snakes. Although he rescues the Cross of Coronado, the robbers tell the sheriff that Indiana was the thief, and he is forced to return it. Indiana’s father, Henry, remains oblivious as he researches the Holy Grail, keeping meticulous notes in a diary that contains his life’s research into its whereabouts. The leader of the robbers, dressed similarly to the future Indiana and impressed by his tenacity, gives Indiana his fedora and some encouraging words. In 1938, Indiana recovers the cross from the robbers and donates it to Marcus Brody’s museum.

Indiana is taken to meet Walter Donovan at his penthouse in New York City. Donovan informs him that Indiana’s father has vanished while searching for the Grail, having used partial directions from an incomplete stone tablet as a guide. Indiana receives Henry’s Grail diary in the mail. Understanding that his father would not have sent the diary unless he was in trouble, Indiana and Marcus travel to Venice, where they meet Henry’s colleague, Dr. Elsa Schneider. Indiana and Elsa discover catacombs beneath the library where Henry was last seen, finding the tomb of Sir Richard—a knight of the First Crusade who is buried with a complete version of the tablet. The tablet provides a datum in the form of Д°skenderun, Hatay, allowing Indiana to interpret the remaining directions. Indiana and Elsa flee when the catacombs are set aflame by the Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword. Indiana captures the cult’s leader, Kazim, who explains that the Brotherhood has guarded the secret of the Grail for centuries. Indiana explains that he only wants to find his father, so Kazim tells him that Henry was taken to a castle on the Austrian-German border.

The Joneses, Marcus and Sallah arrive to find that the Nazis are unable to pass through three “trials”—booby traps guarding the Grail. The four are discovered, and Donovan fatally wounds Henry with a gunshot to force Indiana to seek the Grail for its healing powers. Indiana finds ways past the traps using information from the diary; Donovan and Elsa follow. Indiana meets the last Knight of the First Crusade—kept alive by the power of the Grail—who has hidden the Grail among many false Grails that will kill anyone who drinks from them. Elsa selects a golden cup for Donovan, but when he drinks water from it, he rapidly ages and decomposes. Indiana, recognizing that Christ’s cup would be that of a carpenter, drinks from a wooden chalice—the Grail. He uses it to take water to his father, healing his gunshot wound instantly. Despite the Knight’s having warned them not to take the Grail from the temple, Elsa attempts to do so, causing the temple to collapse. Elsa drops the Grail and falls into a chasm attempting to recover it. Indiana almost meets the same fate until his father tells him to let it go. The Joneses, Marcus and Sallah flee the temple and ride into the sunset, after Henry reveals to the group that “Indiana” was the name of the family dog.