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

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

DVD release: Mar 1998

A magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.  (more)

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

As Good as It Gets (1997) RT 86% / Audience 87%

DVD release: May 1998

New York City. Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Romance
DIRECTION:  James L. Brooks
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Helen Hunt  •  Greg Kinnear  •  Cuba Gooding, Jr.

The Santa Clause (1994) RT 75% / Audience 65%

DVD release: Oct 1998

Scott Calvin is an ordinary man, who accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall from his roof on Christmas Eve and is knocked unconscious. When he and his young son finish ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Family • Fantasy
DIRECTION:  John Pasquin
CAST:  Tim Allen  •  Wendy Crewson  •  Judge Reinhold  •  Eric Lloyd

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) RT 63% / Audience 74%

DVD release: Mar 2001

Three children evacuated from London during World War II are forced to stay with an eccentric spinster (Eglantine Price). The children's initial fears disappear when they find ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Animation • Comedy • Family • Fantasy • Music
DIRECTION:  Robert Stevenson
CAST:  Angela Lansbury  •  David Tomlinson  •  Roddy McDowall  •  Sam Jaffe

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) RT 85% / Audience 76%

DVD release: Oct 2008

When Sarah Marshall dumps aspiring musician Peter Bretter for rock star Aldous Snow, Peter's world comes crashing down. His best friend suggests that Peter should get away ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Nicholas Stoller
CAST:  Jason Segel  •  Kristen Bell  •  Mila Kunis  •  Russell Brand

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

DVD release: Nov 1999

William Thacker is a London bookstore owner whose humdrum existence is thrown into romantic turmoil when famous American actress Anna Scott appears in his shop. A chance ...  (more)

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

When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

During their travel from Chicago to New York, Harry and Sally debate whether or not sex ruins a friendship between a man and a woman. Eleven years later, and they're still no ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Rob Reiner
CAST:  Meg Ryan  •  Billy Crystal  •  Carrie Fisher  •  Bruno Kirby

Anastasia (1997) RT 85% / Audience 77%

DVD release: Nov 1999

This animated adventure retells the story of the lost daughter of Russia's last czar. The evil Rasputin places a curse on the Romanov family, and Anastasia and her grandmother ...  (more)

GENRES: Animation • Family
DIRECTION:  Don Bluth  •  Gary Goldman
CAST:  John Cusack  •  Meg Ryan  •  Kelsey Grammer  •  Christopher Lloyd

Barfi (2012)

He is cute. He's shrewd. The girls love him. The cops hate him. He can't speak but is always talked about. His naughty antics will make you scream, but he will never listen. ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Anurag Basu
CAST:  Priyanka Chopra  •  Ranbir Kapoor  •  Ileana D'Cruz  •  Sumona Chakravarti




Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) RT 86% / Audience 74%

DVD release: Aug 2014

A depressed musician reunites with his lover in the desolate streets of Detroit. Though their romance has endured several centuries, it is tested by the arrival of her ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Jim Jarmusch
CAST:  Tom Hiddleston  •  Tilda Swinton  •  Mia Wasikowska  •  John Hurt

The Sound of Music (1965)

A tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children, and brings a new love of life and music into the home.  (more)

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

My Best Friend's Wedding (1997) RT 71% / Audience 73%

DVD release: Dec 1997

When she receives word that her longtime platonic pal Michael O'Neal is getting married to debutante Kimberly Wallace, food critic Julianne Potter realizes her true feelings ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Romance
DIRECTION:  P. J. Hogan
CAST:  Julia Roberts  •  Dermot Mulroney  •  Cameron Diaz  •  Rupert Everett

The Kings of Summer (2013) RT 76% / Audience 77%

DVD release: Sep 2013

Joe Toy, on the verge of adolescence, finds himself increasingly frustrated by his single father, Frank's attempts to manage his life. Declaring his freedom once and for all, ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Jordan Vogt-Roberts
CAST:  Nick Robinson  •  Gabriel Basso  •  Moisés Arias  •  Alison Brie

Like Crazy (2011) RT 72% / Audience 61%

DVD release: Mar 2012

A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Drake Doremus
CAST:  Anton Yelchin  •  Felicity Jones  •  Jennifer Lawrence  •  Charlie Bewley

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

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

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

DVD release: Oct 2001

A chaotic Bridget Jones meets a snobbish lawyer, and he soon enters her world of imperfections.  (more)

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

Stuck in Love (2012) RT 57% / Audience 68%

DVD release: Oct 2013

An acclaimed writer, his ex-wife, and their teenaged children come to terms with the complexities of love in all its forms over the course of one tumultuous year.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Josh Boone
CAST:  Greg Kinnear  •  Logan Lerman  •  Lily Collins  •  Jennifer Connelly

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) RT 80% / Audience 89%

DVD release: Jul 2002

Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children and then they separated. All three children are extraordinary --- all geniuses. Virtually all memory of the brilliance ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Wes Anderson
CAST:  Gene Hackman  •  Anjelica Huston  •  Ben Stiller  •  Gwyneth Paltrow