School of Rock (2003) RT 92% / Audience 64%

DVD release: Mar 2004

Fired from his band and hard up for cash, guitarist and vocalist Dewey Finn finagles his way into a job as a fourth-grade substitute teacher at a private school, where he ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Music
DIRECTION:  Richard Linklater
CAST:  Jack Black  •  Joan Cusack  •  Mike White  •  Sarah Silverman

It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010) RT 58% / Audience 66%

DVD release: Feb 2011

A clinically depressed teenager gets a new start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Anna Boden  •  Ryan Fleck
CAST:  Keir Gilchrist  •  Emma Roberts  •  Zach Galifianakis  •  Lauren Graham

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Eccentric candy man Willy Wonka prompts a worldwide frenzy when he announces that golden tickets hidden inside five of his delicious candy bars will admit their lucky holders ...  (more)

GENRES: Family • Fantasy
DIRECTION:  Mel Stuart
CAST:  Gene Wilder  •  Jack Albertson  •  Peter Ostrum  •  Roy Kinnear

What About Bob? (1991) RT 83% / Audience 79%

DVD release: Jul 2000

Before going on vacation, self-involved psychiatrist Dr. Leo Marvin has the misfortune of taking on a new patient: Bob Wiley. An exemplar of neediness and a compendium of ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy
DIRECTION:  Frank Oz
CAST:  Bill Murray  •  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Julie Hagerty  •  Charlie Korsmo

Iron Man 2 (2010) RT 72% / Audience 72%

DVD release: Sep 2010

With the world now aware of his dual life as the armored superhero Iron Man, billionaire inventor Tony Stark faces pressure from the government, the press, and the public to ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Science Fiction
DIRECTION:  Jon Favreau
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  Don Cheadle  •  Scarlett Johansson

Shirley Valentine (1989) RT 67% / Audience 87%

DVD release: May 2007

Wondering what has happened to herself, now feeling stagnant and in a rut, Shirley Valentine finds herself regularly talking to the wall while preparing her husband's chips ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Foreign • Romance
DIRECTION:  Lewis Gilbert
CAST:  Pauline Collins  •  Tom Conti  •  Julia McKenzie  •  Alison Steadman

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) RT 88% / Audience 84%

DVD release: Dec 1997

Two con men try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can swindle a young American heiress out of $50,000 first.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Crime
DIRECTION:  Frank Oz
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Michael Caine  •  Glenne Headly  •  Anton Rodgers

Little Shop of Horrors (1986) RT 90% / Audience 79%

DVD release: May 2000

Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik's, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbors a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard, and is berated by Mr. Mushnik ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Horror • Music
DIRECTION:  Frank Oz
CAST:  Rick Moranis  •  Ellen Greene  •  Vincent Gardenia  •  Steve Martin

Tarzan (1999) RT 88% / Audience 74%

DVD release: Jan 2000

Tarzan was a small orphan who was raised by an ape named Kala since he was a child. He believed that this was his family, but on an expedition Jane Porter is rescued by Tarzan ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Animation • Drama • Family
DIRECTION:  Chris Buck  •  Kevin Lima
CAST:  Tony Goldwyn  •  Glenn Close  •  Minnie Driver  •  Brian Blessed

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) RT 76% / Audience 93%

DVD release: Aug 1999

A fast paced comedy about a card sharp and his unwillingly enlisted friends, who need to make a lot of cash quick after losing a sketchy poker match. To do this they decide to ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Crime
DIRECTION:  Guy Ritchie
CAST:  Jason Flemyng  •  Dexter Fletcher  •  Nick Moran  •  Jason Statham




It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) RT 94% / Audience 84%

DVD release: Sep 2000

This classic "Peanuts" tale focuses on the thumb-sucking, blanket-holding Linus, and his touching faith in the "Great Pumpkin." When Linus discovers that no one else believes ...  (more)

GENRES: Animation • Family
DIRECTION:  Bill Melendez
CAST:  Christopher Shea  •  Sally Dryer  •  Kathy Steinberg  •  Ann Altieri

Sixteen Candles (1984) RT 86% / Audience 85%

DVD release: Oct 2000

Samantha's life is going downhill fast. She has a crush on the most popular boy in school, but the geekiest boy in school has a crush on her. Her sister's getting married, and ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy
DIRECTION:  John Hughes
CAST:  Molly Ringwald  •  Anthony Michael Hall  •  John Cusack  •  Gedde Watanabe

The Lego Movie (2014) RT 96% / Audience 87%

DVD release: Jun 2014

An ordinary Lego mini-figure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil Lego tyrant from gluing the universe together.  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Animation • Comedy • Family • Fantasy
DIRECTION:  Phil Lord  •  Chris Miller
CAST:  Cobie Smulders  •  Channing Tatum  •  Jonah Hill  •  Craig Berry

Friday (1995) RT 77% / Audience 91%

DVD release: Mar 1999

Craig and Smokey are two guys in Los Angeles hanging out on their porch on a Friday afternoon, smoking and drinking, looking for something to do.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  F. Gary Gray
CAST:  Ice Cube  •  Chris Tucker  •  Nia Long  •  Tommy Lister

The Full Monty (1997) RT 95% / Audience 79%

DVD release: Nov 1999

Sheffield, England. Gaz, a jobless steelworker in need of quick cash persuades his mates to bare it all in a one-night-only strip show.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy
DIRECTION:  Peter Cattaneo
CAST:  Robert Carlyle  •  Mark Addy  •  William Snape  •  Steve Huison

Despicable Me 2 (2013) RT 73% / Audience 85%

DVD release: Dec 2013

Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal.  (more)

GENRES: Animation • Comedy • Family
DIRECTION:  Pierre Coffin  •  Chris Renaud
CAST:  Steve Carell  •  Kristen Wiig  •  Benjamin Bratt  •  Miranda Cosgrove

Ice Age (2002) RT 77% / Audience 82%

DVD release: Nov 2002

With the impending ice age almost upon them, a mismatched trio of prehistoric critters -- Manny the woolly mammoth, Diego the saber-toothed tiger and Sid the giant sloth -- ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Animation • Comedy • Family
DIRECTION:  Chris Wedge  •  Carlos Saldanha
CAST:  Ray Romano  •  John Leguizamo  •  Denis Leary  •  Goran Višnjić

Kill Bill Volume 1 (2003)

An assassin is shot at the altar by her ruthless employer, Bill, and other members of their assassination circle. But "The Bride" lives to plot her vengeance. Setting out for ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Crime
DIRECTION:  Quentin Tarantino
CAST:  Uma Thurman  •  Lucy Liu  •  Vivica A. Fox  •  Daryl Hannah

Toy Story 2 (1999) RT 100% / Audience 86%

DVD release: Oct 2000

During a garage sale Andy’s mother sells some of Andy’s old things including his favorite toy Woody to a collector. Buzz Lightyear and the other toys begin a reckless mission ...  (more)

GENRES: Animation • Comedy • Family
DIRECTION:  John Lasseter
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Tim Allen  •  Kelsey Grammer  •  Joan Cusack

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) RT 77% / Audience 89%

DVD release: Jun 2001

In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. On their journey they come across many comical ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Comedy
DIRECTION:  Joel Coen
CAST:  George Clooney  •  John Turturro  •  Tim Blake Nelson  •  John Goodman