The Last Station

  • Directors: Michael Hoffman
  • Producers: Jens Meurer, Chris Curling, Bonnie Arnold
  • Writers: Michael Hoffman, Jay Parini
  • Genres: Drama
  • Actors: Christopher Plummer, Helen Mirren, James McAvoy, Paul Giamatti, Anne Marie Duff, Kerry Condon

The film explores the turbulent final year in the life of the Russian writer and philosopher and his troubled marriage.[1]

Inkheart

  • Directors: Iain Softley
  • Producers: Cornelia Funke, Ileen Maisel, Dylan Cuva
  • Writers: David Lindsay Abaire, Cornelia Funke, Gary David Goldberg
  • Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: Brendan Fraser, Eliza Bennett, Paul Bettany, Helen Mirren, Andy Serkis, Jim Broadbent

Mortimer “Mo” Folchart (Brendan Fraser) and his 12-year-old daughter, Meggie (Eliza Bennett), share a passion for books. What they also share is an extraordinary gift for bringing characters from books to life when they read aloud. But there is a danger: when a character is brought to life from a book, a real person disappears into its pages.

On one of their trips to a secondhand book shop, Mo hears voices he hasn’t heard for years, and when he locates the book they’re coming from, it sends a shiver up his spine. It’s Inkheart, a book filled with illustrations of medieval castles and strange creatures–a book he’s been searching for since Meggie was three years old, when her mother, Resa (Sienna Guillory), vanished into its mystical world.

But Mo’s plan to use the book to find and rescue Resa is thwarted when Capricorn (Andy Serkis), the evil villain of Inkheart, kidnaps Meggie and, discovering she has inherited her father’s gift, demands that she bring his most powerful ally to life–the Shadow. Determined to rescue his daughter and send the fictional characters back where they belong, Mo assembles a small group of friends and family–some from the real world, some from the pages of books–and embarks on a daring and perilous journey to set things right.

National Treasure Book of Secrets

  • Directors: Jon Turteltaub
  • Producers: Jon Turteltaub, Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Writers: Story, Gregory Poirier, Terry Rossio, Ted Elliott, Screenplay, Marianne Wibberley Cormac Wibberley
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Justin Bartha, Diane Kruger, Jon Voight, Helen Mirren, Ed Harris

Five days after the end of the Civil War, John Wilkes Booth and Michael O’Laughlen, both members of the KGC, enter a tavern and approach Thomas Gates (Ben Gates’ great-great-grandfather), a well-known puzzle solver, to decode a coded message written in Booth’s diary. Thomas recognizes the message as using the Playfair cipher and begins to translate it. While he does so, Booth leaves for Ford’s Theatre to assassinate President Lincoln. Thomas solves the puzzle, a clue to a treasure map, and realizes the men are still loyal to the Confederate cause and have a sinister motive for finding the treasure. Unfortunately, he realizes this too late. O’Laughlen pulls a gun on him, threatening to shoot him if he does not hand over the diary, however he is distracted from Thomas when chaos erupts in the bar over news of Lincoln’s assassination. Thomas rips several pages from the diary and throws them in the fireplace. The gunman shoots him and attempts to retrieve the pages, only succeeding in saving a fragment of a page. The dying Thomas gasps, “The war is over,” but the man disagrees, stating, “You’re wrong about that. The war has only just begun!” and rushes from the bar. As he lies dying, Thomas tells his distraught son, Charles Gates, “The debt that all men pay…”

Several days later, a team of archaeologists, historians, and scientists begin exploring Cibola, along with Mr. Gates and Ms. Appleton. Later on, at a celebration for the Gates family for the discovery of the lost city of gold at Mount Rushmore, Abigail asks Ben if he would like to move back in to their house with her, although he (at first) bluntly refuses because of her habit of using the word “so…” she manages to convince him otherwise and they share a passionate kiss. Meanwhile Riley finaly gets noted for being the writer of his book and does not need to lie about being Ben to get fame. He gets fame from a girl, he also gets a new Ferrari after his frist one got towed in the beggining. The car was tax free, having the president suppoesedly pay for it.

State of Play

  • Directors: Kevin Macdonald
  • Producers: Andrew Hauptman, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner
  • Writers: Matthew Michael Carnahan, Tony Gilroy, Peter Morgan, Billy Ray, Paul Abbott
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, Jason Bateman

The plot is similar to that of the original 6-part program, retaining several main characters, but condensing and changing certain aspects to fit the two-hour format. The film is set in Washington, D.C. and tells of Stephen Collins (Affleck), a fast-rising United States Congressman with ambitions to become his party’s presidential candidate. This goal is threatened after his mistress (Maria Thayer), a former research assistant, is found dead in suspicious circumstances, while right-wing opponents to Collins’ campaign for social reform attempt to use the scandal to kill his political career. During a probe into a series of seemingly unrelated murders, Cal McCaffrey (Crowe), an investigative journalist and Collins’ former campaign manager, finds himself tasked with solving the case, becoming romantically involved with the Congressman’s estranged wife (Wright Penn) in the process.[2][3][4][5]