Nothing Like the Holidays

  • Directors: Alfredo De Villa
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Rick Najera, Ted Perkins, Alison Swan
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Actors: John Leguizamo, Debra Messing, Freddy Rodriguez, Alfred Molina, Jay Hernandez, Melonie Diaz, Vanessa Ferlito

Three Puerto Rican siblings return to their parents’ home for Christmas in Humboldt Park on Chicago’s northwest side.[1] Mauricio is a successful lawyer, Roxanna is an aspiring Hollywood actress, and Jesse is returning home after serving several years in Iraq during his stint in the United States Marine Corps..

Spawn

  • Directors:
  • Producers: Clint Goldman, Associate Producer, Terry Fitzgerald, Executive Producer, Todd McFarlane, Alan C Blomquist, Co Executive Producer, Adrianna Cohen, Brian Witten
  • Writers: Screenplay, Alan B McElroy, Story, Alan B McElroy, Comic Book, Todd McFarlane
  • Genres: Thriller, Action, Fantasy, Horror
  • Actors: John Leguizamo, Michael Jai White, Martin Sheen, Theresa Randle, Melinda Clarke, Miko Hughes, Sydni Beaudoin, with Nicol Williamson, and D B Sweeney

The premise of the movie is similar to the initial storyline of the original comics. Al Simmons, a military soldier/assassin, has been betrayed by a covert government agency head named Jason Wynn. Wynn orders his top assassin, Jessica Priest, to assassinate him. After Simmons dies, he is immediately transported to Hell, where Malebolgia, The Devil of the various realms, offers him a Faustian deal. If Simmons becomes his eternal servant and leader of his army in Armageddon, he will be able to return to Gazer to see his beloved fiancee, Wanda Blake. Simmons accepts the offer and is transformed into a Hellspawn, which is a servant of Malebolgia in a necroplasm suit that is not only a living, breathing creature, but is also his only protection in the world.

Once he returns to the land of the living, Simmons learns that five years had passed. Wanda is now remarried to his best friend Terry and living the life he had always longed for, including the daughter he never knew, Cyan. Along his journey in this new life, he encounters a strange clown-like demon called Violator, who acts as a guide to put “Crispy” (as Violator calls Spawn) on the path to evil, and a mysterious old man named Cogliostro, who, as a fellow Hellspawn, teaches Al how to control his energy, which is very sparse. Jason Wynn is now a high-class weapons dealer rather than a government bureaucrat. He is also the ultimate target of the Spawn.

Meanwhile, Terry has just finished an online communication with a fellow newsman that he has sent evidence that will expose Jason Wynn. After the transmission, Cyan enters the room with Jason right behind her. He destroys his computer and holds the family hostage as Clown arrives. When Spawn arrives, he ends up in a fight with Jason Wynn. Spawn doesn’t realize that by killing Jason, he will activate the signal that will launch Armageddon. After not killing Wynn and extracting the device, a final battle ensues between Spawn and a transformed Violator, ending with the villain going back to Hell and his reputation is ruined. Spawn’s identity is now known to Terry, Wanda, and Cyan. Jason Wynn ends up arrested, and Spawn dedicates himself to justice rather than vengeance.

Righteous Kill

  • Directors: Jon Avnet
  • Producers: Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Daniel M Rosenberg, Lati Grobman, Randall Emmett
  • Writers: Russell Gewirtz
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, 50 Cent, Carla Gugino, Donnie Wahlberg, Brian Dennehy, John Leguizamo

The film opens with Detectives Thomas “Turk” Cowan and David “Rooster” Fisk (De Niro and Pacino respectively) shooting targets with pistols and machine guns while cracking jokes to one another. De Niro is shown getting into an argument with an umpire during a children’s baseball game and threatening suspects. At the same time, Pacino is seen defeating multiple opponents in chess.

The movie cuts to Turk staring into the camera confessing to the murders of 14 people. Turk’s “confessions” narrate the story.

Turk and Rooster are working on taking down a drug-dealing club owner called Spider (50 Cent). They plant a wire on a female lawyer caught using drugs, purchased from Spider; wanting to catch him in the act. Spider becomes suspicious and finds the wire. Turk and Rooster rush into Spider’s office and get her out, but not before Spider’s bodyguard aims a gun at them and a shootout begins. Spider’s man is killed and the lawyer gets shot as well. Turk handcuffs Spider and beats him until being pulled away by Rooster.

Turk and Rooster are ordered by their lieutenant (Brian Dennehy) to begin sessions with a therapist. The doctor gives the cops little notebooks to write down whatever feelings they have.

The final scene shows Turk and Corelli in the baseball field.

Die Hard 2

  • Directors: Renny Harlin
  • Producers: Charles Gordon, Lawrence Gordon, Joel Silver
  • Writers: Walter Wager, Steven E De Souza, Doug Richardson
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, William Sadler, Reginald VelJohnson, John Leguizamo

John McClane, while waiting on Christmas Eve at Washington Dulles International Airport for his wife Holly to arrive from Los Angeles, spots a group of men dressed in army fatigues and passing a package between them. Following two of them into the baggage area, McClane ends up in a fight, killing one of them, but the other one escapes. McClane, believing that some scheme is about to happen, reports the incident to airport security, lead by Captain Carmine Lorenzo, but his concerns are ignored. McClane contacts his friend, LAPD Officer Al Powell, who helps him to identify the corpse as a professional elite soldier previously reported dead, confirming McClane’s suspicions.

Meanwhile, U.S. Army Colonel Stuart and his men have secured a small church near the airport, and sets up a base of operations. They are able to take over control of the airport’s air traffic control, preventing the tower from communicating with incoming planes. Stuart demands that they be allowed to rescue Ramon Esperanza, a drug lord and dictator of a South American country named Val Verde, being flown in to the United States for trial, as well as having a Boeing 747 prepared for Ramon, Stuart, and his men to leave the country. Stuart insists that any unauthorized attempt to communicate with the planes would be met with dire consequences. In the control tower, Leslie Barnes, communications director for the airport, comes up with the idea of using a radio in the unfinished airport annex; Barnes along with a SWAT team move towards the annex. McClane overhears this, and with the help of Marvin the janitor, tries to get to the annex before Barnes, expecting there to be a trap. McClane’s intuition proves correct as the SWAT team is killed in a gunfight, but McClane is able to arrive in time to save Barnes’ life. Before Barnes can get to the radio tower, Stuart blows it up and then fulfills his promise by altering the altitude reading on one of the arriving plane’s Instrument Landing System, taking the guise of the Dulles’ control tower to give the plane permission to land. Despite McClane’s efforts to warn off the plane on the ground, the plane, unable to see the ground due to poor visibility, crashes into the runway, killing all on board.

Lorenzo decides to drive McClane to the plane to stop the mercenaries and Esperanza from escaping, but the panicking crowds along with traffic prompts McClane to go on his own. Soon however, McClane comes across a local news team reporting the story that was willing to get him to the plane aboard their helicopter. McClane is able to get onto the wing of Stuart’s plane with their help, and attempts to prevent it from taking off by wedging open the flaps. Stuart and Major Grant go onto the wing to remove the blockage. However, McClane fights with Grant, getting him sucked into one of the plane’s engines and killed, but Stuart easily thrashes McClane. But before being thrown off the wing, McClane manages to open the fuel tanks on the wing, spilling a trail of jet fuel along the runway. Just as the plane takes off, McClane ignites the fuel trail with his cigarette lighter, causing the plane to explode, killing everyone on board. The planes overhead, including Holly’s, use the flaming trail as their landing lights, and all the planes are able to land safely. McClane reunites with Holly, Thornburg, for his beyond extreme selfishness and not caring about the lives he put at risk, is fired (off-screen), and John and Holly are driven off together by Marvin.

The Happening

  • Directors: M Night Shyamalan
  • Producers: Barry Mendel, Sam Mercer, M Night Shyamalan
  • Writers: M Night Shyamalan
  • Genres: Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo

In Central Park, New York City, people inexplicably begin committing mass suicide. First they become disoriented and motionless, before resorting to the most convenient means of killing themselves. Initially believed to be a bioterrorist attack, the epidemic quickly spreads across the northeastern United States.

Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg), a high school science teacher in Philadelphia, receives news of the epidemic at school and decides to leave the city by train with his estranged wife, Alma Moore (Zooey Deschanel), to Harrisburg. They are accompanied by his friend and a fellow math teacher Julian (John Leguizamo) and his eight-year-old daughter Jess (Ashlyn Sanchez). Just after they leave New York, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia is affected by the event and people start to kill themselves around the park. Then the train mysteriously loses radio contact with civilization. Suddenly unable to contact his wife via cellphone, at a restaurant, Julian decides to leave his daughter with Elliot and Alma in order to travel to Princeton, New Jersey, to find her. It is by now clear that the epidemic is transmitted by air. Traveling in a Jeep, Julian and his fellow passengers fall victim to the epidemic soon after arriving in an already-hard-hit Princeton: the infected air filters through a small slit in the convertible’s cloth roof, compelling the driver first to bring it to a halt and then plunge it into a nearby tree. Only Julian appears to survive the crash, but, when he exits the car, apparently unharmed, he proceeds to slit his wrists with a shard of glass.

In Paris, at the conclusion of the film, the pandemic appears to reoccur when people walking through the Tuileries Garden of the Louvre Palace suddenly hear a scream and cease to move as the wind rustles through the trees and the sky turns dark.

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.

Ice Age

  • Directors: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha
  • Producers: John C Donkin, Lori Forte
  • Writers: Michael J Wilson, Michael Berg
  • Genres: Adventure, Animation, Family, Comedy
  • Actors: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Jack Black

The film begins with a squirrel known as Scrat, who is trying to find a location to store his prized acorn. Eventually, as he tries to hide it, he causes an avalanche. He barely escapes, but finds himself stepped on by a herd of prehistoric animals. The animals are trying to avoid the ice age by migrating south. Sid, a clumsy ground sloth left behind by his family, is attacked by two Brontops whom he angered. Sid is soon saved by Manfred (“Manny”), an agitated mammoth who fights them off. Not wanting to be alone and unprotected, Sid follows Manny. Meanwhile, Soto, the leader of a Smilodon pride wants revenge on a group of humans by eating the chief’s son, Roshan, alive. There is an attack on the human camp, causing Roshan’s mother to be separated from the rest. Soto’s lieutenant, Diego, is sent to find and bring the baby back. Sid and Manny spot Nadia near the lake having survived her trip over the waterfall. She has only enough strength to trust her baby to Manny before she disappears. After much persuasion by the sloth, they decide to return Roshan (nicknamed “Pinky”) but when they get to the human camp, the humans are gone. They meet up with Diego, who convinces the pair to let him help by tracking the humans. The four travel on, with Diego secretly leading them to an ambush. Soon they reach a cave where Sid and Diego learn about Manny’s past and his previous interactions with the humans, where his wife and son were killed, leaving Manny a cynical loner.

There is also a subplot where an animal named Scrat makes many comical attempts to bury his beloved acorn. His misfortunes include getting chased by an enormous glacier, being struck by lightning, attempting to thaw out the acorn by a fire too long so that it accidentally took the form of a kernel of popcorn, and finally getting cyronically frozen in an ice cube along with his much sought after nut. 20,000 years into the future, the ice cube washes up on the shore of an island. The sun slowly melts the cube, thawing Scrat and the ice surrounding his acorn, which is barely out of reach, and ends up being removed from the ice cube by the tide. Scrat then explodes out of the ice cube in anger and hits his head repetitively on a tree, which drops a coconut. Believing it to be a giant acorn, Scrat’s anger immediately turns to glee at this new find. He tries to pack it into the ground as he did previously with his acorns, but in the process causes a volcanic eruption. Scrat is known to be similar to the Laotian rock rat. Scrat also got his own short film entitled Gone Nutty, where he loses his meticulously-organized collection of acorns in a catastrophic chain of events occurring after ramming his acorn into the hole in the exact middle of the collection. He remains with one which is reduced to an ashen crisp after it went crashing down on him with an impact like a missile, ultimately causing the tectonic shift.

Ice Age The Meltdown

  • Directors: Carlos Saldanha
  • Producers: Lori Forte
  • Writers: Jon Vitti
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
  • Actors: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Will Arnett, Debi Derryberry

In the opening scene, Scrat, the saber-toothed squirrel climbs a glacier but accidentally opens a hole in it. The world of ice is slowly melting. The creatures of the Ice Age are all shown enjoying themselves on slides and pools made by the melting ice; among them the three protagonists of the first film: Manfred, Sid, and Diego. Sid opens a day camp, where none of the younger creatures take him seriously, nor do Manfred and Diego, which leaves Sid seeking a daring deed. Fast Tony , a local con artist is claiming that the earth will flood and that the bark and reeds which he sells are needed to stay alive. Manfred dismisses the idea, but is distracted when he sees that Sid will try to high dive from a giant waterfall; as Manfred goes with Diego to the top of the waterfall to save Sid from his act of daredevilry, they see that the pleasant weather caused the ice of the valley to melt, and it is kept from destroying the valley only by the glaciers, which have formed a dam. As the animals begin their journey, Sid sings three songs to tease Manny about Mammoths being “extinct”. A turkey vulture tells the animals that a giant tree can act as a boat and save them; all soon set out to find it. During the time that the masses of animals escape, a glacier which contains two sea reptiles from the Mesozoic era, (Cretaceous and Maelstrom), breaks off.

When the flood comes, Manfred saves Ellie from drowning as she is caught in some rocks, while Diego overcomes his fear of water to save Sid. Cretaceous and Maelstrom arrive, but due to Manfred’s quick thinking, they are finished off by a rock which falls on them, killing them both. The other animals are at the mercy of the water currents. Meanwhile Scrat climbs up the glacier and at the top sticks the acorn he has into the ice. This forms a crack in the glacier, which widens into a fissure, diverting the flood and saving the animals. Scrat is then washed away. In the final scene, a herd of mammoths shows up, but Manny and Ellie decide to remain together anyway, taking Sid, Diego, and the opossum brothers along. The epilogue shows Scrat having a near death experience after falling into the fissure. He enters a heaven full of acorns. Suddenly, he finds himself torn away. He unhappily wakes up, having been resuscitated by Sid.

Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs

  • Directors: Carlos Saldanha
  • Producers: Lori Forte, John Donkin
  • Writers: Michael Berg, Peter Ackerman
  • Genres: Animation, Action, Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg

Manny (Ray Romano), Sid (John Leguizamo), Diego (Denis Leary), Ellie (Queen Latifah), Eddie (Josh Peck), Crash (Seann William Scott) and Scrat encounter a dinosaur, reptile, and amphibian population which survived extinction in its tropical paradise, which existed below the thick layers… until now. Meanwhile, Crash and Eddie are up to their usual crazy selves. Manny and Ellie have since become an item and are going to have their first baby, and Manny wants everything to be perfect when his baby arrives. Diego is tired of being treated like a “House-cat” and ponders the notion that he’s being too laid back. Sid starts to wish for a family of his own, and so steals some dinosaur eggs which leads his herd to go and to try to rescue him while dodging dinosaurs and facing danger left and right; they also meet up with a new friend who’s a one-eyed weasel known as Buck (Simon Pegg), who hunts Dinosaurs intently. Scrat also meets a squirrel named Scratte and could find a possible romance with her.