Robin Hood Prince of Thieves

  • Directors: Kevin Reynolds
  • Producers: Pen Densham, Richard Barton Lewis, John Watson
  • Writers: Pen Densham, John Watson
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Alan Rickman, Christian Slater, Nick Brimble, Mike McShane, Geraldine McEwan, Daniel Peacock, Michael Wincott, Walter Sparrow, Harold Innocent, Brian Blessed

Robin of Locksley (Kevin Costner), an English nobleman, joins King Richard “the Lionheart” in the Third Crusade. In Jeruslaem, Robin is captured and imprisoned along with his comrade Peter. Robin engineers an escape, saving the life of a Moor, Azeem, (Morgan Freeman) in the process; Peter dies in the attempt and has Robin swear to protect his sister Marian. Robin returns to England with Azeem, who vows to accompany Robin until the debt of saving his life is repaid.

In England, with King Richard on crusade, the cruel Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman) rules over the land, aided by his cousin, Guy of Gisbourne (Michael Wincott) along with the witch Mortianna (Geraldine McEwan) and the corrupt Bishop of Hereford (Harold Innocent). At Locksley castle, Robin’s father (Brian Blessed) is lured to the gates and killed by the Sheriff’s men after refusing to join them.

When Robin and Azeem arrive in England, they find Gisbourne and his soldiers bullying a boy named Wulf, accused of poaching (because his family was starved by Gisbourne). Robin reveals his identity and saves Wulf.

Gisbourne reveals Robin’s actions to the Sheriff, who dismisses Robin as unimportant. Robin and Azeem find Locksley Castle destroyed and Robin’s father murdered. Lord Locksley’s servant, Duncan (Walter Sparrow), has survived, though his eyes were removed in torture. Duncan tells Robin that “Nottingham and his Witch” appeared with soldiers at the castle, claiming Robin’s father confessed to devil worship; this allowed them to execute him and declare his lands forfeit.

Robin and Marian marry in the forest. Their wedding is interrupted by the return of King Richard (Sean Connery), who blesses the marriage and thanks Robin for his deeds.

August Rush

  • Directors: Kirsten Sheridan
  • Producers: Richard Barton Lewis
  • Writers: Nick Castle, James V Hart, Paul Castro
  • Genres: Drama, Music, Romance
  • Actors: Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Robin Williams, Terrence Howard, William Sadler, Marian Seldes, Alex O Loughlin

A boy named Evan Taylor (Freddie Highmore) lives in an orphanage, all the while believing that his parents are alive. He believes the music that he hears all around him is his parents communicating with him.

He meets a counselor, Richard Jeffries (Terrence Howard), of the New York Child Services Department. Evan tells him he does not want to be adopted, because he believes his parents are still alive and will come to collect him eventually.

Through a series of flashbacks, his parents are revealed to be named Lyla Novacek, (Keri Russell), a famous concert cellist, and Louis Connelly (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), an Irish guitarist and lead singer of a rock band, who spent one romantic night together and never saw each other again. Lyla became pregnant, which her father did not approve of, instead wanting Lyla to have a successful career without the obstacle of a child. After an argument with her father, Lyla ran out of a restaurant and was hit by a car. While in hospital, she gave birth to a son. Afterwards, she was told by her father that her child had died, unaware that he had actually been delivered successfully and then been sent to an orphanage by her father. Louis has never forgotten Lyla and does not know about Evan. Both have since given up music careers.

The night of the concert, Evan finally chooses to run from Wizard in favor of performing at his concert. In the meantime, Louis races to the park when he sees Evan’s pseudonym along with Lyla’s name on a sign billing the concert. Evan conducts his piece, and at its conclusion, when he turns around to see Lyla and Louis standing hand in hand, he knows that his mother and father heard his music.