The Princess and the Frog (2009)

A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, but she has to do face the same problem ...  (more)

GENRES: Animation • Family • Music • Romance
DIRECTION:  Ron Clements  •  John Musker
CAST:  Anika Noni Rose  •  Bruno Campos  •  Keith David  •  Michael-Leon Wooley

Pleasantville (1998) RT 84% / Audience 79%

DVD release: Mar 1999

Geeky teenager David and his popular twin sister, Jennifer, get sucked into the black-and-white world of a 1950s TV sitcom called "Pleasantville," and find a world where ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Fantasy
DIRECTION:  Gary Ross
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Reese Witherspoon  •  William H. Macy  •  Joan Allen

A Christmas Story (1983) RT 89% / Audience 89%

DVD release: Sep 1999

The comic mishaps and adventures of a young boy named Ralph, trying to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Family
DIRECTION:  Bob Clark
CAST:  Melinda Dillon  •  Darren McGavin  •  Peter Billingsley  •  Ian Petrella

Stardust (2007) RT 76% / Audience 86%

DVD release: Dec 2007

In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm. His ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Family • Fantasy • Romance
DIRECTION:  Matthew Vaughn
CAST:  Charlie Cox  •  Claire Danes  •  Robert De Niro  •  Michelle Pfeiffer

My Fair Lady (1964) RT 96% / Audience 90%

DVD release: Aug 2003

A snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  George Cukor
CAST:  Audrey Hepburn  •  Rex Harrison  •  Stanley Holloway  •  Wilfrid Hyde-White

The Science of Sleep (2006) RT 71% / Audience 81%

DVD release: Feb 2007

A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is lovestruck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Fantasy
DIRECTION:  Michel Gondry
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  Charlotte Gainsbourg  •  Miou-Miou  •  Alain Chabat

Music and Lyrics (2007) RT 62% / Audience 68%

DVD release: May 2007

A washed up singer is given a couple days to compose a chart-topping hit for an aspiring teen sensation. Though he's never written a decent lyric in his life, he sparks with ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Music • Romance
DIRECTION:  Marc Lawrence
CAST:  Drew Barrymore  •  Hugh Grant  •  Scott Porter  •  Brad Garrett

You've Got Mail (1998) RT 69% / Audience 73%

DVD release: May 1999

In this valentine to modern romance, book superstore magnate Joe Fox and independent book shop owner Kathleen Kelly fall in love in the anonymity of the Internet - both ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Romance
DIRECTION:  Nora Ephron
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Meg Ryan  •  Katie Sagona  •  Greg Kinnear

Sleepless in Seattle (1993) RT 72% / Audience 75%

DVD release: Jun 1997

A young boy who tries to set his dad up on a date after the death of his mother. He calls into a radio station to talk about his dad’s loneliness which soon leads the dad into ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Nora Ephron
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Meg Ryan  •  Bill Pullman  •  Ross Malinger

Little Miss Sunshine (2006) RT 91% / Audience 91%

DVD release: Dec 2006

A family loaded with quirky, colorful characters piles into an old van and road trips to California for little Olive to compete in a beauty pageant.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Jonathan Dayton  •  Valerie Faris
CAST:  Abigail Breslin  •  Toni Collette  •  Greg Kinnear  •  Paul Dano




Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) RT 96% / Audience 88%

DVD release: Apr 2003

A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Animation • Drama • Fantasy
DIRECTION:  Hayao Miyazaki
CAST:  Minami Takayama  •  Rei Sakuma  •  Kappei Yamaguchi  •  Keiko Toda

The Spectacular Now (2013) RT 93% / Audience 76%

DVD release: Jan 2014

A hard-partying high school senior's philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical "nice girl."  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  James Ponsoldt
CAST:  Miles Teller  •  Shailene Woodley  •  Brie Larson  •  Masam Holden

Chocolat (2000)

A fable of emotional liberation and chocolate. A mother and daughter move to a small French town where they open a chocolate shop. The town, religious and morally strict, is ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Lasse Hallström
CAST:  Juliette Binoche  •  Alfred Molina  •  Johnny Depp  •  Carrie-Anne Moss

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

Moneyball (2011) RT 94% / Audience 86%

DVD release: Jan 2012

The story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball team on a budget, by employing computer-generated analysis to draft ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Bennett Miller
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Jonah Hill  •  Robin Wright  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) RT 59% / Audience 58%

DVD release: Nov 2005

After five (or six) years of vanilla-wedded bliss, ordinary suburbanites John and Jane Smith (Pitt and Jolie) are stuck in a rut the size of the Grand Canyon?until the truth ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Comedy • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Doug Liman
CAST:  Angelina Jolie  •  Brad Pitt  •  Vince Vaughn  •  Adam Brody

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

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

Julie & Julia (2009) RT 75% / Audience 70%

DVD release: Dec 2009

Julia Child and Julie Powell - both of whom wrote memoirs - find their lives intertwined. Though separated by time and space, both women are at loose ends... until they ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Nora Ephron
CAST:  Meryl Streep  •  Amy Adams  •  Chris Messina  •  Stanley Tucci

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