Dinner for Schmucks

  • Directors: Jay Roach
  • Producers: Walter F Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Jay Roach
  • Writers: David Guion, Michael Handelman, Source material, Francis Veber
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Jemaine Clement, Jeff Dunham, Bruce Greenwood, Ron Livingston

Tim (Rudd) is a rising executive who “succeeds” in finding the perfect guest, IRS employee Barry (Carell), for his boss’s monthly event, a so-called “dinner for idiots,” which offers certain advantages to the exec who shows up with the biggest buffoon.

The Uninvited

  • Directors: Charles Guard, Thomas Guard
  • Producers: Michael Grillo, Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollock, Walter F Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Riyoko Tanaka
  • Writers: Screenplay, Craig Rosenberg, Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard Original Screenplay, Kim Jee Woon
  • Genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, Elizabeth Banks, David Strathairn, Maya Massar, Lex Burnham

The movie begins with a young girl, Anna (Emily Browning), making out with her boyfriend Matt on the beach at a party. While this is happening, you hear Anna’s voice: “I’m on a beach”, implying that she is describing a dream. After a few moments he tells Anna he loves her and has “a condom”, she tells him she just can’t do it, gets up, and leaves. As she goes, her sister Alex (Arielle Kebbel) asks if everything is all right. She ignores her, and Alex goes back to what she was doing. On the way to her house she travels through the woods. Anna encounters three garbage bags lying around. She pauses, then goes to pass them when one of them twitches and shakes. She approaches it cautiously when it falls open and the dirty, twisted body of a young red haired girl falls out. As Anna stands, shocked, the head suddenly twists around and looks at her and says “Don’t go home”. Screaming and afraid, Anna runs home. She then hears a bell, which later is implied that was worn by her terminally ill mother and rung when she needed something. When she walks in, she states that her mother is alone but that she should never be alone. She enters the front of the house. Again, her voice narates, saying “Something is wrong. There’s something evil in the house.” It is coming from her father’s study. As Anna aproaches it, blood begins to pour from the keyhole. Suddenly, random clips begin to play, including a falling watering pail and a shattering glass orb. The dream ends, and Anna is revealed talking to a psychiatrist.

While Anna is back at the institution she says to her psychologist that she did what he had told her to, she had “finished what she started”. It is also revealed that the institutionalized woman at the beginning was “Mildred Kemp”. (Which makes sense, because Mildred asked “who am I going to tell my stories to?,” which means that while Anna moved back into the house, she was remembering the stories Mildred had told her, and putting them into her own version). To explain the matter of pearls, Mildred took them from the Wright family mother and wife, and it can be seen at the end of the movie that Mildred has the pearls in her hands while she closes her room’s door . It seems that it is only a coincidence that Rachel also has a pearl necklace, as there can’t be any relationship between Rachel and Mildred. It also shows that when Rachel was listenning in on them, she was actually worried because Anna was talking to herself. No one ever spoke directly to Alex or interacted with her except Anna; she never sent letters, and that was why her father ignored her. The last things you see are Anna smiling, and then the door across the hall shuts, showing the residents name: ‘Mildred Kemp’.

The Terminal

  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: Steven Spielberg, Walter F Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Andrew Niccol
  • Writers: Andrew Niccol, Sacha Gervasi, Jeff Nathanson
  • Genres: Drama, Romance, Comedy
  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta Jones

Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks), a man from the fictional country of Krakozhia, arrives at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, only to discover that during the flight his Eastern Bloc country’s government has been overthrown by rebels, invalidating his passport and thus leaving him stranded and stateless. Over the next nine months, Viktor is forced to live in the terminal building, unable either to set foot into the United States or to go home. He befriends the staff at the terminal, including flight attendant Amelia Warren (Catherine Zeta-Jones), while being under the watchful eye of Immigration Officer Frank Dixon (Stanley Tucci), who wants the “Navorski problem” removed from the airport.

One day, Viktor explains to Amelia that the purpose of his visit to New York City is to collect an autograph of the jazz tenor saxophonist Benny Golson. His late father was a jazz enthusiast. He had discovered the “Great Day in Harlem” photograph in a Hungarian newspaper in 1958, and vowed to get an autograph of all the 57 jazz musicians featured on the photograph. Over the next 40 years, he had managed to collect an autograph of all of them, except for one person: Benny Golson. Viktor wants to collect this last one to fulfill his father’s dream.

To make matters worse, Dixon needs to sign the form granting Viktor the right to remain in the United States, but refuses, instead deciding to deport him out of spite. Thanks to the timely interference of the friends Viktor has made during his stay in the terminal, he is allowed to leave the airport. As Viktor prepares to take a taxi to the Ramada Inn, 161 Lexington Avenue, in New York, where Benny Golson is performing, he observes Amelia exiting from a cab, where she gives him a wistful smile. He attends the show and collects the autograph, finally completing the collection. Afterwards, Viktor leaves and hails a taxi, telling the driver that he wants to go ‘home’.

The Ring

  • Directors: Gore Verbinski
  • Producers: Walter F Parkes, Roy Lee, Laurie MacDonald, Michael Macari
  • Writers: Ehren Kruger
  • Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Naomi Watts, Daveigh Chase, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman, Brian Cox, Jane Alexander, Lindsay Frost, Amber Tamblyn, Rachael Bella

The film focuses on a mysterious cursed videotape which contains a seemingly random series of disturbing, grainy, black and white images. After watching the tape, the viewer receives a phone call in which a voice condemns the viewer to death in exactly seven days.

As the film opens, two teenage girls Katie Embry (Amber Tamblyn) and Rebecca ‘Becca’ Kotler (Rachael Bella) discuss the supposedly cursed tape. Katie reveals that, seven days before, she went to a cabin at Shelter Mountain Inn with friends, where she viewed the video tape. After a series of strange occurrences, involving a television in the house turning itself on, Katie is mysteriously killed while Becca watches, causing her to be institutionalized in a mental hospital.

Katie’s aunt, Rachel (Naomi Watts), is a journalist living in Seattle. At Katie’s funeral, Rachel’s sister asks her to investigate her daughter’s death. Her investigation leads her to the cabin where Katie watched the tape. She finds and watches the tape, the phone rings and a girl says “seven days.” The next day she calls Noah, her ex-boyfriend and the father of her precocious son Aidan, to see the video. He asks her to make a copy for further investigation. Aidan watches the tape a couple of days later.

Rachel informs Aidan that they will no longer be troubled by Samara. However, Aidan is horrified, telling his mother she had freed her body, and that Samara never sleeps. In his apartment, Noah’s TV turns on, revealing an image in which Samara crawls from the well, walks toward the screen and crawls out of the set into the room. Samara stares directly at him, frightening him to death  â€“ which Rachel discovers after racing to his apartment. Upon returning to her apartment, Rachel destroys and burns the original tape screaming and asking what Samara wants from her. She soon notices the tape marked “COPY” underneath the couch. Afraid that Aidan will also die, Rachel realizes the only way to escape is to copy the tape and show it to someone else, continuing the cycle. The movie ends with Rachel helping Aidan to copy the tape and put it in a public library.

Catch Me If You Can

  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: Steven Spielberg, Michel Shane, Walter F Parkes, Laurie MacDonald
  • Writers: Book, Frank Abagnale, Stan Redding, Screenplay, Jeff Nathanson
  • Genres: Biography, Crime, Drama
  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Amy Adams, Martin Sheen, Nathalie Baye

Frank Abagnale Jr (Leonardo DiCaprio), 15 years old, lives happily in 1963 New Rochelle, New York with his father Frank Abagnale Sr (Christopher Walken), and French mother Paula (Nathalie Baye). When a loan for Frank Sr. is denied at Chase Manhattan Bank, due to a series of IRS tax frauds by Frank Sr, the family is forced to move from their grand home to a small apartment. Paula carries on an affair with Jack (James Brolin), a friend of her husband. In the meantime, Frank poses as a substitute teacher in his French class. Shortly, Frank’s parents file for divorce, and Frank, scared, runs away. When he runs out of money, he begins to use confidence scams. Frank’s cons grow ever bolder and he even impersonates an airline pilot. He forges Lufthansa & Pan Am payroll checks and succeeds in stealing more than $2.8 million.

Meanwhile Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks), an FBI bank fraud agent, begins to track down Frank with little help from his superiors. Carl and Frank meet in a hotel, where Frank convinces Carl his name is Barry Allen of the Secret Service. Frank leaves, with Carl angrily fooled. Later, at Christmas, Carl is still working when Frank calls him, attempting to apologize for duping Carl. Carl rejects his apology and tells him that he will soon be caught, but laughs when he realizes that Frank actually called him because he has no one else to talk to. Frank hangs up, and Carl continues to investigate. At a restaurant, a waiter points out to Carl that Frank’s false name, “Barry Allen”, is from The Flash comic books. Carl then realizes that Frank is probably a teenager.

On Monday, though delayed, Frank does return, and finally reveals to Carl that not all of his careers were cons — Frank passed the Louisiana Bar exam by studying for it for two weeks. The epilogue shows that Frank is happily married with three sons, lives in the Midwest, and is still good friends with Carl. Frank has helped catch some of the world’s most elusive money forgers and earns millions creating unforgeable checks.

Men in Black

  • Directors: Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Producers: Steven Spielberg, Laurie MacDonald, Walter F Parkes
  • Writers: Comic Book, Lowell Cunningham, Screenplay Story, Ed Solomon
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D Onofrio, Rip Torn

The MIB, a top-secret agency that polices, monitors and directs alien activity on Earth, has established the Earth as an apolitical “neutral zone” for alien refugees (as Agent K explains, like Casablanca with no Nazis). MIB agents have no identity or any public record of existence, and the MIB agency answers to no government. The funding for their agency comes from the patents they own on technology confiscated from aliens, such as velcro, microwave ovens, and liposuction. Any memory of MIB activity upon “mustering out” of the MIB is erased and a new identity is created for the departing agent. Into this strange world is ushered the initially skeptical Det/Sgt James Edwards (Will Smith), an NYPD officer, as he becomes Agent J, one of the newest MIB personnel. Tommy Lee Jones plays K, a senior MIB agent who recruits and guides J as he learns the ropes.

MIB agents wear sunglasses and dark suits, and appear at UFO landing sites, similar to paranormal reports of real-world Men in Black. Instead of intimidating or threatening witnesses, the MIB use devices known as “Neuralyzers” to wipe witnesses’ memories of what they have seen, and replace the memories with more mundane explanations, such as swamp gas or weather balloons. Neuralyzers are also used on agents who leave the organization for any reason. The MIB’s sunglasses protect them from the effects of the Neuralyzer.

In the final scene of the film, the camera pulls back into the sky through space past our solar system, past millions of stars, ultimately revealing that our galaxy is contained within a circular container resembling a marble. The container is then picked up by an alien hand which throws it, hitting another ‘marble’ which also contains a galaxy. Both marbles are then picked up by the hand and placed into a bag full of galaxy-containing marbles.