How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) RT 92% / Audience 90%

DVD release: Nov 2014

The thrilling second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy brings back the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five years later. While Astrid, Snotlout ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Animation • Comedy • Family • Fantasy
DIRECTION:  Dean DeBlois
CAST:  Gerard Butler  •  Kristen Wiig  •  Jonah Hill  •  Cate Blanchett

The Birdcage (1996) RT 79% / Audience 80%

DVD release: Mar 1997

A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancé's right-wing moralistic parents.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy
DIRECTION:  Mike Nichols
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Gene Hackman  •  Nathan Lane  •  Dianne Wiest

Ratatouille (2007) RT 96% / Audience 87%

DVD release: Nov 2007

In one of Paris' finest restaurants, Remy, a determined young rat, dreams of becoming a renowned French chef. Torn between his family's wishes and his true calling. Remy and ...  (more)

GENRES: Animation • Family • Fantasy
DIRECTION:  Brad Bird
CAST:  Patton Oswalt  •  Lou Romano  •  Janeane Garofalo  •  Ian Holm

Wadjda (2012) RT 99% / Audience 88%

DVD release: Feb 2014

Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial and ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Haifaa Al-Mansour
CAST:  Reem Abdullah  •  Waad Mohammed  •  Abdullrahman Algohani  •  Ahd

October Sky (1999) RT 90% / Audience 88%

DVD release: Jul 1999

Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes, and eventually became ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Family
DIRECTION:  Joe Johnston
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Chris Cooper  •  Laura Dern  •  Chris Owen

Penelope (2006)

Forlorn heiress Penelope Wilhern is cursed, and the only way out is to fall in love with someone of suitable stock. But how can she find her soul mate when she's sequestered ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Fantasy • Romance
DIRECTION:  Mark Palansky
CAST:  Christina Ricci  •  James McAvoy  •  Catherine O'Hara  •  Peter Dinklage

Shrek (2001) RT 88% / Audience 90%

DVD release: Nov 2001

It ain't easy bein' green -- especially if you're a likable (albeit smelly) ogre named Shrek. On a mission to retrieve a gorgeous princess from the clutches of a ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Animation • Comedy • Family • Fantasy
DIRECTION:  Andrew Adamson  •  Vicky Jenson
CAST:  Mike Myers  •  Eddie Murphy  •  Cameron Diaz  •  John Lithgow

Coraline (2009) RT 90% / Audience 73%

DVD release: Jul 2009

When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. During the night, she crosses the passage ...  (more)

GENRES: Animation • Family
DIRECTION:  Henry Selick
CAST:  Dakota Fanning  •  Teri Hatcher  •  Jennifer Saunders  •  Dawn French

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) RT 76% / Audience 61%

DVD release: Apr 2006

Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan, and Peter, four siblings who step through a magical wardrobe and find the land of Narnia. There, the they discover a charming, once peaceful kingdom ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Family • Fantasy
DIRECTION:  Andrew Adamson
CAST:  Georgie Henley  •  Skandar Keynes  •  William Moseley  •  Anna Popplewell

The Way, Way Back (2013)

Over the course of his summer break, a teenager comes into his own thanks in part to the friendship he strikes up with one of the park's managers.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Nat Faxon  •  Jim Rash
CAST:  Steve Carell  •  Toni Collette  •  Allison Janney  •  Sam Rockwell




Notting Hill (1999) RT 83% / Audience 79%

DVD release: Nov 1999

The British comedy from director Roger Michell tells the love story between a famous actress and a simple book seller from London. A look into the attempt for famous people to ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy
DIRECTION:  Roger Michell
CAST:  Julia Roberts  •  Hugh Grant  •  Richard McCabe  •  Gina McKee

Mary Poppins (1964) RT 100% / Audience 86%

DVD release: Mar 1998

The movie combines a diverting story, songs, color and sequences of live action blended with the movements of animated figures. Mary Poppins is a kind of Super-nanny who flies ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Family • Fantasy • Music
DIRECTION:  Robert Stevenson
CAST:  Julie Andrews  •  Dick Van Dyke  •  David Tomlinson  •  Glynis Johns

Kick-Ass (2010) RT 76% / Audience 81%

DVD release: Aug 2010

Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a super-hero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Crime
DIRECTION:  Matthew Vaughn
CAST:  Aaron Taylor-Johnson  •  Chloë Grace Moretz  •  Christopher Mintz-Plasse  •  Nicolas Cage

The Help (2011) RT 75% / Audience 89%

DVD release: Dec 2011

Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Tate Taylor
CAST:  Emma Stone  •  Viola Davis  •  Octavia Spencer  •  Bryce Dallas Howard

The Sound of Music (1965)

Film adaptation of a classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical based on a nun who becomes a governess for an Austrian family.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Family • Music • Romance
DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Julie Andrews  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Eleanor Parker  •  Richard Haydn

The Truman Show (1998) RT 94% / Audience 88%

DVD release: Jan 1999

Truman Burbank is the star of "The Truman Show", a 24-hour-a-day "reality" TV show that broadcasts every aspect of his life -- live and in color -- without his knowledge. His ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Laura Linney  •  Noah Emmerich  •  Natascha McElhone

Before Sunset (2004) RT 95% / Audience 91%

DVD release: Nov 2004

Nine years ago two strangers met by chance and spent a night in Vienna that ended before sunrise. They are about to meet for the first time since. Now they have one afternoon ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Richard Linklater
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Julie Delpy  •  Vernon Dobtcheff  •  Louise Lemoine Torres

Moonrise Kingdom (2012) RT 94% / Audience 86%

DVD release: Oct 2012

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Wes Anderson
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Bill Murray  •  Frances McDormand  •  Tilda Swinton

Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) RT 81% / Audience 81%

DVD release: Oct 2001

Bridget Jones’s Diary is a romantic love story comedy from the best selling novel of the same name by Helen Fielding. A chaotic Jones meets a snobbish lawyer named Mark and ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Sharon Maguire
CAST:  Renée Zellweger  •  Colin Firth  •  Hugh Grant  •  Gemma Jones

Tangled (2010) RT 89% / Audience 87%

DVD release: Mar 2011

When the kingdom's most wanted-and most charming-bandit Flynn Rider hides out in a mysterious tower, he's taken hostage by Rapunzel, a beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen ...  (more)

GENRES: Animation • Family
DIRECTION:  Byron Howard  •  Nathan Greno
CAST:  Mandy Moore  •  Zachary Levi  •  Donna Murphy  •  Ron Perlman