Get Low

  • Directors: Aaron Schneider
  • Producers: Richard D Zanuck, David Gundlach
  • Writers: Screenplay, Chris Provenzano, C Gaby Mitchell, Story, Chris Provenzano, Scott Seeke
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
  • Actors: Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray, Lucas Black, Scott Cooper

No one really understands Felix Bush (Robert Duvall), who lives as a hermit deep in the woods. Rumors surround him, like how he might have killed in cold blood, and that he’s in league with the devil. So the town is surprised when Felix shows up in town, demanding a “living funeral” for himself. Frank Quinn (Bill Murray), the owner of the Funeral Parlor, sees an oppurtunity for some money, and agrees to let the townsfolk tell Felix Bush the stories they’ve heard about him. Things get messy when an old mystery is brought back by Quinn’s protege Buddy Robinson (Lucas Black), involving a local widow named Mattie Darrow (Sissy Spacek). When Felix’s funeral rolls around, however, he’ll tell the townsfolk exactly why he’s been alone in the woods for so many years.

Alice in Wonderland

  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Producers: Richard D Zanuck, Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd, Jennifer Todd
  • Writers: Novels, Lewis Carroll, Screenplay, Linda Woolverton
  • Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, Mia Wasikowska

Alice (Mia Wasikowska), now 19 years old,[3] attends a party at a Victorian estate only to find she is about to be proposed to in front of hundreds of snooty society types. She runs off, following the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen) into a hole and ending up in Wonderland, a place she visited 10 years before, yet doesn’t remember. Wonderland was a peaceful kingdom until the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) overthrew her sister, the White Queen (Anne Hathaway). The creatures of Wonderland, such as the Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry), Tweedledee and Tweedledum (Matt Lucas) and the March Hare (Noah Taylor), ready to revolt, wait for Alice to help them. With the help of the White Queen, the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) and the Caterpillar (Alan Rickman), Alice starts seeing flashbacks of her visit, back when she was nine.

Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Producers: Richard D Zanuck, John Logan, Walter F Parkes
  • Writers: Musical, Stephen Sondheim, Hugh Wheeler, Play, Christopher Bond, Screenplay, John Logan
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Musical, Thriller
  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jamie Campbell Bower, Laura Michelle Kelly, Jayne Wisener, Ed Sanders

Benjamin Barker (Johnny Depp), a skilled barber, is falsely charged and sentenced to a life of hard labor in Australia by the corrupt Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman), who lusts after Barker’s wife Lucy (Laura Michelle Kelly). Now under the assumed name “Sweeney Todd”, Barker returns to London with sailor Anthony Hope (Jamie Campbell Bower). At his old Fleet Street lodgings above Mrs. Nellie Lovett’s (Helena Bonham Carter) pie shop, he discovers that Lucy, having been raped by Turpin, has poisoned herself, and his teenage daughter Johanna (Jayne Wisener) is now Turpin’s ward, and like her mother before her, is the object of his unwanted affections. Todd vows revenge, reopening his barber shop in the upstairs flat.

While roaming London, Anthony spots Johanna and falls in love with her, but is ejected from the Judge’s house by Turpin and his associate, Beadle Bamford (Timothy Spall). Far from being discouraged, the sailor becomes determined that the pair will elope. Meanwhile Todd, during a visit to the marketplace, denounces a fraudulent hair tonic (describing it as a mixture of “piss and ink”) by faux-Italian barber Adolfo Pirelli (Sacha Baron Cohen), and later humiliates him in a public shaving contest. Pirelli and his boy assistant Toby (Ed Sanders) visit Todd’s barbershop; Lovett keeps Toby occupied downstairs, while in the parlor Pirelli reveals himself to be Todd’s former assistant and attempts to blackmail him. To protect the secret of his true identity, Todd murders Pirelli.

An insane beggar woman, who has been pestering Todd, Lovett, and Anthony throughout the film, now makes her way into the shop. As Todd enters, she claims that she recognizes him. Just then, Turpin’s voice is heard. Todd quickly slits the beggar woman’s throat and deposits her body through the trap door. As Turpin enters, Todd explains to him that Johanna had repented, and offers a free shave. Todd then reveals his true identity and stabs Turpin in the neck numerous times before finally slitting his throat and dropping him through the trap door. As Johanna peeks out of the trunk, Todd spots her and prepares to slit her throat as well, not recognizing her as his daughter. A scream from Lovett diverts him to the basement, where she tells him that Turpin had still been alive and tried to grab at her dress before bleeding to death. Viewing the corpses in the light of the bakehouse fire, Todd discovers that the beggar woman was his wife, Lucy, whom he had believed to be dead based on Lovett’s account of the poisoning. Todd realizes that Lovett knew Lucy was alive. Lovett points out that she never said Lucy died; and, after attempting to convince Sweeney that she misled him for his own good, she confesses she lied because she loves him and would be a better wife than Lucy ever was. Todd pretends to forgive her, waltzing maniacally with her around the bakehouse before hurling her into the open oven, where he watches her burn to death. He returns to Lucy and cradles her dead body as Toby emerges from the sewer, picks up the discarded razor, and slits Todd’s throat. The film ends with Todd bleeding over his dead wife as Toby walks away.

Yes Man

  • Directors: Peyton Reed
  • Producers: David Heyman, Richard D Zanuck
  • Writers: Screenplay, Nicholas Stoller, Jarrad Paul, Andrew Mogel, Book, Danny Wallace
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Terrence Stamp, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, Rhys Darby, Danny Masterson

Los Angeles bank employee Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) has become withdrawn and depressed since his divorce from ex-wife Stephanie (Molly Sims). Routinely ignoring his friends, he has grown used to spending his spare time watching DVDs alone in his apartment. His outlook on life has become inherently negative. But when a friend (John Michael Higgins) persuades him to attend the “Yes!” self-improvement seminar, motivational guru Terrence Bundley (Terence Stamp) publicly browbeats him into making a covenant with himself. Carl reluctantly promises to stop being a “No Man” and vows to answer “Yes!” to every opportunity, request or invitation that presents itself thereafter.

After the seminar, saying “yes” to a homeless man’s requests only leaves Carl stranded in Elysian Park with his phone battery dead, no money, and his gas tank empty. Disillusioned, he hikes to a gas station, cursing himself for being so credulous and gullible. But at the gas station he meets Allison (Zooey Deschanel), an eccentric young woman who is refueling her scooter. She gives him a hair-raising ride back to his car, and spontaneously kisses him before she rides off.

After this experience, Carl adopts a positive mentality and seizes every opportunity that comes his way. He takes flying lessons, attends Korean language classes, learns to play the guitar, and even joins a Persian dating website. Saying “yes” constantly works to Carl’s advantage. After accepting concert tickets from a promoter whom he has previously ignored, he sees an idiosyncratic band whose lead singer turns out to be Allison. He is charmed by her quirkiness; she is charmed by his spontaneity; and the two begin dating. He earns a promotion at work after his many approved loans open new territory for the bank in the area of microcredit. Making use of his guitar lessons, he wins public acclaim by playing Third Eye Blind’s song “Jumper” to persuade a man (Luis Guzman) not to commit suicide by jumping off a ledge.

After some credits, a scene shows Carl and Allison on a long stretch of winding highway. Carl has agreed to test the product of one of the people whom he gave a loan. Both are wearing a full body suit with wheels on the elbows, calves, heels, feet, back, and various other stratigically placed body parts, which is what the man invented for better extreme sports. They both “skate” all the way down the highway.

Jaws 2

  • Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
  • Producers: David Brown, Richard D Zanuck, Joe Alves
  • Writers: Characters, Peter Benchley, Screenplay, Carl Gottlieb, Howard Sackler
  • Genres: Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Joseph Mascolo, Jeffrey C Kramer

Two divers discover the wreck of the Orca, Quint’s boat. As they are taking photographs, they are attacked and killed by a great white shark. The next day, Police Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) receives a report that there is an abandoned yacht in the nearby channel. He orders Deputy Hendricks (Jeffrey Kramer) to investigate and recover the underwater camera from the missing divers. Meanwhile, the shark attacks a water skier named Terri and drags her into the water. Terri tries to pull herself up but fails and gets eaten. The driver of the speedboat defends herself by first throwing a gasoline tank at the shark (accidentally spilling some on herself) and then igniting the fuel with a flare gun. The shark begins to burn, as does the inside of the boat and the driver. Then the fire ignites the actual gas tank and the speedboat explodes. A woman who lives on the beach sees the explosion and reports it to the authorities. The shark manages to escape, but is severely scarred. Brody becomes suspicious after no remains of the water skier or the driver are found in the wreck. Meanwhile, Deputy Hendricks searches for the remains of the victims, accidentally hooking an underwater power line.

A Coast Guard marine helicopter spots them and a line is rigged to tow them into shore. Before the pilot can tow them, the shark attacks one of the pontoons, causing the chopper to tilt and capsize. The pilot fails to surface and it is not clear whether he is drowned or eaten. Sean falls into the water and is quickly saved by Marge (Martha Swatek) who heaves him up out of the water onto a floating hull, but the shark devours her before she can pull herself up. Brody meets Mike and he informs his father that Sean is with the others, who are drifting towards Cable Junction – a small island made of rock which houses an electrical relay station. Brody quickly finds them, but the shark appears and Brody runs the police launch aground on the rocks of Cable Junction. Brody tries to tie a rope line, but snags an underwater power line instead. Most of the teenagers are tossed into the water during the shark’s next attack and swim to Cable Junction, the shark managing to scrape one of the teens in the process. Using an inflatable raft, Brody taunts the shark by pounding the power line with an oar, trying to entice the beast to bite on the power cable. The plan succeeds and the shark gets electrocuted and is killed. Brody paddles the raft over to the sailboat wreckage and helps Jackie, one of the teens, and Sean get into the raft â€“ they were the only ones not knocked into the water previously. He then paddles them back towards the other teens at Cable Junction to await rescue.

Road to Perdition

  • Directors: Sam Mendes
  • Producers: Sam Mendes, Dean Zanuck, Richard D Zanuck
  • Writers: Screenplay, David Self, Graphic Novel, Max Allan Collins, Richard Piers Rayner
  • Genres: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Daniel Craig

Michael Sullivan, Sr. is an enforcer for John Rooney, an Irish American organized crime boss in Illinois during the Great Depression and the Al Capone mob-rule era. Sullivan, an orphan raised by Rooney, has worked for the crime boss most of his life.

He and Rooney’s son Connor are sent by Rooney to talk to Finn McGovern, a disgruntled employee. Twelve-year-old Michael Sullivan, Jr., hides in his father’s car and witnesses Connor’s impulsive killing of McGovern. Sullivan swears his son to secrecy, but Connor decides to hush him up forever with an attempt to kill the entire family. He ruthlessly murders Sullivan’s wife Annie and the couple’s younger son Peter, but Sullivan and Michael escape and flee to Chicago.

Sullivan requests a job with Capone’s mob and asks permission of crime kingpin Frank Nitti to seek revenge on Connor, who has been sent into hiding among them. The offer is rejected; when Rooney learns of the meeting, he allows Nitti to dispatch psychopathic photographer/assassin Harlen Maguire to kill both Sullivan and Michael. Maguire tracks them to a roadside diner but barely misses a chance against Sullivan. With Michael’s help, Sullivan now begins robbing the banks that are holding the Capone syndicate’s laundered money, hoping to trade it for Connor.

After mourning his father’s death, Michael finds his way back to the elderly couple that looked after him and Sullivan. He realizes that Sullivan’s greatest fear was that Michael would grow up to be just like him someday, and he understands why Sullivan was relieved at Michael’s inability to shoot Maguire.

Driving Miss Daisy

  • Directors: Bruce Beresford
  • Producers: Lili Fini Zanuck, Richard D Zanuck
  • Writers: Alfred Uhry
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Esther Rolle

It is 1948 and Mrs. (“Miss”) Daisy Werthan, a 72-year-old widow, lives in Atlanta, Georgia, alone except for an African American housemaid named Idella. After a driving mishap where her Chrysler automobile is totaled, Miss Daisy’s son Boolie tells her she will have to get a chauffeur because no insurance company will insure her. She refuses, but Boolie is determined to find her one. Meanwhile, she is stuck at home and is unable to run errands or visit friends.

Boolie finds a man named Hoke Colburn, who had driven for a local judge until he died, and he decided to remain in the area rather than accompany the widow when she moved away.

Miss Daisy at first refuses to let Hoke drive her, going so far as to walk to the local Piggly Wiggly. It is revealed that her reluctance to be driven around is because she is embarrassed. People might think she is either too old to drive, or so well off that she can afford a driver.

Daisy comes to accept Hoke and the fact that she needs him to drive her around. Miss Daisy finds out that Hoke cannot read, so she teaches him how to read. Over the years Hoke drives Daisy in a succession of vehicles including a Hudson Commodore and a series of Cadillacs. When it became time to trade in the car for a new vehicle, Hoke often purchases the previous car and uses it as his personal vehicle.

Two years later, in 1973, the family home is sold, and Hoke has given up driving. Hoke is now 85 and Miss Daisy is 97. Boolie and Hoke meet at Miss Daisy’s house one final time before the new owner takes possession, and they drive over to the retirement home to visit Miss Daisy. The movie ends on Thanksgiving with Hoke feeding Miss Daisy a piece of pie.

Deep Impact

  • Directors: Mimi Leder
  • Producers: David Brown, Richard D Zanuck
  • Writers: Bruce Joel Rubin, Michael Tolkin
  • Genres: Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood, Morgan Freeman, Vanessa Redgrave, Blair Underwood

At a star party, Amateur astronomer Leo Biederman (Wood) stumbles upon unusual object near the stars Mizar and Alcor, and alerts professional astronomer Dr. Marcus Wolf (Charles Martin Smith) at a local observatory. After discovering the object is a comet and working out its orbit, Wolf realizes that the comet will impact Earth, but dies in a car accident on his way down from the observatory before he can alert the world.

A year later, MSNBC reporter Jenny Lerner (Leoni) researches the resignation of the United States Secretary of the Treasury and his connection to an “Ellie.” She soon discovers that Ellie is not a mistress but “E.L.E.”, an acronym for “extinction-level event”. Because of Lerner’s investigation, President of the United States Tom Beck (Freeman) announces the grim facts: The comet—named Wolf-Biederman—is 7 miles (11 km) wide, large enough to destroy civilization if it strikes Earth. He also reveals that The United States and Russia have been secretely constructing the largest spacecraft ever in orbit: The Messiah. They plan to send the Messiah to destroy the comet, using nuclear weapons. Life changes drastically worldwide, and Leo and Lerner both become celebrities.

After intercepting and landing on the comet, The Messiah’s crew (Duvall and others) plants the bombs into the comet’s surface, but one crew member dies and another is seriously injured. When the bombs are detonated Messiah is damaged and contact with Earth is lost. The comet is not destroyed; instead, it splits into two chunks, one a mile and a half wide (named “Biederman”) and the other six miles wide (“Wolf”), but both still world-threatening.

The film closes with Beck speaking to a large crowd in front of the under-reconstruction United States Capitol, in which he urges the nation to continue its recovery and efforts to rebuild.

Planet of the Apes

  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Producers: Richard D Zanuck, Ralph Winter
  • Writers: Screenplay, William Broyles Jr, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Novel, Pierre Boulle
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan, Paul Giamatti, Estella Warren

In the year 2029, aboard the United States Air Force space station Oberon, Leo Davidson works closely with primates who are trained for space missions. His favorite simian co-worker is a chimpanzee named Pericles. With a fatal electromagnetic storm approaching the station, a small space pod piloted by Pericles is used to probe the storm. Pericles’ pod heads into the storm and disappears. Against his orders, Leo takes a second pod and goes in pursuit of Pericles. Entering the storm, Leo loses contact with the Oberon and crashes in a world in the year 3002. He comes across a world where humanoid apes speak human language and control human beings as slaves.

Leo comes across a female chimpanzee named Ari, who protests the awful treatment humans receive. Ari decides to buy Leo and a female slave named Daena to have them work as servants in the house of her father, Senator Sandar. Leo escapes his cage and frees other humans. Ari sees them, but Leo manages to convince Ari to join their cause. Leo forms a human rebellion against the apes and develops a love triangle with Ari and Daena. General Thade and Colonel Attar march ape warriors in pursuit of the humans. Leo discovers Calima (the temple of “Semos”), a forbidden but holy site for the apes. Calima turns out to be the remains of the Oberon, his former space station, which has crashed on the planet’s surface and looks ancient (the name Calima coming from the sign “CAution LIve aniMAls”, the letters Calima being those not covered in dust). According to the computer logs, the station has been there for thousands of years. Leo deduces that when he entered the vortex he was pushed forward in time, while the Oberon, searching after him, was not, crashing on the planet long before he did.

General Thade chases Leo into the Oberon, where he attacks Pericles and breaks his leg. Thade becomes trapped in the pilot’s deck and last seen huddled under a control panel, still alive. Leo decides it is time for him to leave the Planet of the Apes, after he says goodbye to Daena, who loves him and kisses Ari. Leo climbs aboard Pericles’ pod, which is undamaged, and uses it to travel back in time through the same electromagnetic storm. Leo crashes in what appears to be Washington, D.C. on Earth in 2001. He looks up to see the Lincoln Memorial is now a monument in honor of General Thade. A swarm of ape police officers descend on the confused Leo, who is left to wonder what Thade has done to this world.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Producers: Brad Grey, Richard D Zanuck
  • Writers: Novel, Roald Dahl, Screenplay, John August
  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: Freddie Highmore, Johnny Depp, David Kelly, Helena Bonham Carter, Noah Taylor, Missi Pyle, James Fox, Jordan Fry, Deep Roy, Christopher Lee, AnnaSophia Robb, Liz Smith, David Morris, Eileen Essell

In a chocolate factory, a purple-gloved hand (Willy Wonka) places five Golden Tickets randomly among hundreds of thousands of Wonka Bars on a conveyor belt, which are then boxed and shipped across the world. Near the factory, Charlie Bucket lives in a small, dilapidated house with his parents and four grandparents. Mr. Bucket provides the only family income by screwing caps on toothpaste tubes at a nearby plant, and family meals consist only of watered-down cabbage soup.

Charlie has long been enthralled with Wonka and his chocolate, so much that he has built a scale replica of his factory entirely out of defective toothpaste caps sneaked home by Mr. Bucket. Grandpa Joe tells Charlie about the time he worked for Wonka, and how Wonka was commissioned by an Indian prince named Prince Pondicherry to build a palace entirely out of chocolate, which promptly melted in the boiling sun after he ignored Wonka’s advice to eat it. Plans to rebuild it were curtailed, however, due to problems concerning spies amid Wonka’s staff, who stole his secret recipes and sold them to other candy makers. As a result, Wonka made all his workers redundant and shut down the factory, which later inexplicably reopened despite no new workers being hired.

As his family is the most important thing in his life, Charlie refuses Wonka’s offer. His family is living contently a while later, as his father gets a new job at the factory maintaining the machine that had originally replaced him. However, Wonka is too depressed to make candy the way he used to, and turns to Charlie for advice. Charlie decides to help Wonka confront and reconcile with his estranged father; Wonka finally realizes the value of family, while his father learns to accept his son for who he is, and not what he does. In the end, Charlie has the chocolate factory, and Wonka has patched up with his family.