Sleuth (1972) RT 96% / Audience 90%

DVD release: Jan 1998

The mystery stage play by Anthony Shaffer was adapted by the author into this stylish film from director Joseph L. Manciewicz. Laurence Olivier stars as Andrew Wyke, a ...  (more)

GENRES: Mystery • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Michael Caine  •  Alec Cawthorne  •  John Matthews

Charade (1963) RT 92% / Audience 92%

DVD release: Oct 1997

After Regina Lampert falls for the dashing Peter Joshua on a skiing holiday in the French Alps, she discovers upon her return to Paris that her husband has been murdered. Soon ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Mystery • Romance • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Stanley Donen
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Audrey Hepburn  •  Walter Matthau  •  James Coburn

The Aviator (2004) RT 87% / Audience 79%

DVD release: May 2005

Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning biopic about the life of film-maker and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes from 1927 to 1947, during which time he became a successful film ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Leonardo DiCaprio  •  Cate Blanchett  •  John C. Reilly  •  Kate Beckinsale

The Maltese Falcon (1941) RT 100% / Audience 91%

DVD release: Feb 2000

Spade and Archer is the name of a San Francisco detective agency. That's for Sam Spade and Miles Archer. The two men are partners, but Sam doesn't like Miles much. A knockout, ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Mary Astor  •  Gladys George  •  Peter Lorre

Premonition (2004) RT 8% / Audience 50%

DVD release: Jul 2005

While stopped at a roadside phone boot for transmitting his work through Internet to the university, Professor Hideki Satomi finds a scrap of newspaper with the picture of his ...  (more)

GENRES: Foreign • Horror
DIRECTION:  Norio Tsuruta
CAST:  Hiroshi Mikami  •  Noriko Sakai  •  Maki Horikita

Lost Horizon (1937) RT 100% / Audience 82%

DVD release: Aug 1999

British diplomat Robert Conway and a small group of civilians crash land in the Himalayas, and are rescued by the people of the mysterious, Eden-like valley of Shangri-la. ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Drama • Fantasy • Mystery
DIRECTION:  Frank Capra
CAST:  Ronald Colman  •  Jane Wyatt  •  Edward Everett Horton  •  John Howard

Psycho (1960) RT 96% / Audience 94%

DVD release: Mar 2001

When larcenous real estate clerk Marion Crane goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel, where manager ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Horror • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Anthony Perkins  •  Vera Miles  •  John Gavin  •  Janet Leigh

Pinocchio (1940) RT 100% / Audience 72%

DVD release: Mar 2009

Lonely toymaker Geppetto has his wishes answered when the Blue Fairy arrives to bring his wooden puppet Pinocchio to life. Before becoming a real boy, however, Pinocchio must ...  (more)

GENRES: Animation • Family
DIRECTION:  Hamilton Luske  •  Ben Sharpsteen
CAST:  Cliff Edwards  •  Evelyn Venable  •  Mel Blanc  •  Frankie Darro

Vertigo (1958) RT 97% / Audience 93%

DVD release: Mar 1998

A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.  (more)

GENRES: Mystery • Romance • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Kim Novak  •  Barbara Bel Geddes  •  Tom Helmore

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

When Dr. Indiana Jones – the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist – is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant, ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure
DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Karen Allen  •  Paul Freeman  •  Ronald Lacey




Grease (1978) RT 77% / Audience 87%

DVD release: Sep 2002

Australian good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to ...  (more)

GENRES: Romance
DIRECTION:  Randal Kleiser
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Olivia Newton-John  •  Stockard Channing  •  Jeff Conaway

Rosemary's Baby (1968) RT 99% / Audience 87%

DVD release: Oct 2000

A young couple moves into an infamous New York apartment building to start a family. Things become frightening as Rosemary begins to suspect her unborn baby isn't safe around ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Horror • Mystery
DIRECTION:  Roman Polanski
CAST:  Mia Farrow  •  John Cassavetes  •  Ruth Gordon  •  Sidney Blackmer

Fracture (2007) RT 71% / Audience 73%

DVD release: Aug 2007

A husband is on trial for the attempted murder of his wife, in what is seemingly an open/shut case for the ambitious district attorney trying to put him away. However, there ...  (more)

GENRES: Thriller
DIRECTION:  Gregory Hoblit
CAST:  Anthony Hopkins  •  Ryan Gosling  •  David Strathairn  •  Embeth Davidtz

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) RT 94% / Audience 93%

DVD release: Nov 2000

A classic story of English POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American intelligence officers conspire to blow ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • History • War
DIRECTION:  David Lean
CAST:  William Holden  •  Alec Guinness  •  Jack Hawkins  •  Sessue Hayakawa

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

As Rebel leaders map their strategy for an all-out attack on the Emperor's newer, bigger Death Star. Han Solo remains frozen in the cavernous desert fortress of Jabba the Hutt ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Science Fiction
DIRECTION:  Richard Marquand
CAST:  Mark Hamill  •  Harrison Ford  •  Carrie Fisher  •  Billy Dee Williams

The Sword in the Stone (1963) RT 71% / Audience 74%

DVD release: Mar 2001

Wart is a young boy who aspires to be a knight's squire. On a hunting trip he falls in on Merlin, a powerful but amnesiac wizard who has plans for him beyond mere squiredom. ...  (more)

GENRES: Animation • Family
DIRECTION:  Wolfgang Reitherman
CAST:  Sebastian Cabot  •  Karl Swenson  •  Junius Matthews  •  Norman Alden

Insomnia (2002) RT 92% / Audience 76%

DVD release: Oct 2002

Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Mystery • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Al Pacino  •  Robin Williams  •  Maura Tierney

It's a Wonderful Life (1946) RT 94% / Audience 95%

DVD release: Sep 1995

George Bailey has spent his entire life giving of himself to the people of Bedford Falls. He has always longed to travel but never had the opportunity in order to prevent rich ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Family • Fantasy
DIRECTION:  Frank Capra
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Donna Reed  •  Lionel Barrymore  •  Thomas Mitchell

Rebel Without a Cause (1955) RT 96% / Audience 88%

DVD release: Jan 2002

After moving to a new town, troublemaking teen Jim Stark is supposed to have a clean slate, although being the new kid in town brings its own problems. While searching for ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  James Dean  •  Natalie Wood  •  Sal Mineo  •  Ann Doran

Singin' in the Rain (1952) RT 100% / Audience 95%

DVD release: Aug 1997

In 1927 Hollywood, a silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Music • Romance
DIRECTION:  Gene Kelly  •  Stanley Donen
CAST:  Gene Kelly  •  Donald O'Connor  •  Debbie Reynolds  •  Jean Hagen