Jaws (1975)

An insatiable great white shark terrorizes the townspeople of Amity Island, The police chief, an oceanographer and a grizzled shark hunter seek to destroy the bloodthirsty beast.  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Horror • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Roy Scheider  •  Robert Shaw  •  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Lorraine Gary

Roxanne (1987) RT 88% / Audience 62%

DVD release: Jul 2000

Based on the play "Cyrano de Bergerac", large nosed C.D. Bales falls for the beautiful Roxanne while she falls for his personality but another man's looks.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Romance
DIRECTION:  Fred Schepisi
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Daryl Hannah  •  Rick Rossovich  •  Shelley Duvall

A Bug's Life (1998) RT 92% / Audience 72%

DVD release: Apr 1999

On behalf of "oppressed bugs everywhere," an inventive ant named Flik hires a troupe of warrior bugs to defend his bustling colony from a horde of freeloading grasshoppers led ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Animation • Comedy • Family
DIRECTION:  John Lasseter
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Julia Louis-Dreyfus  •  Hayden Panettiere  •  Phyllis Diller

Rushmore (1998) RT 89% / Audience 91%

DVD release: Jun 1999

When a beautiful first-grade teacher arrives at a prep school, she soon attracts the attention of an ambitious teenager named Max, who quickly falls in love with her. Max ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Wes Anderson
CAST:  Jason Schwartzman  •  Bill Murray  •  Olivia Williams  •  Seymour Cassel

History of the World, Part I (1981)

An uproarious version of history that proves nothing is sacred – not even the Roman Empire, the French Revolution and the Spanish Inquisition.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy
DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Mel Brooks  •  Dom DeLuise  •  Madeline Kahn  •  Harvey Korman

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

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010)

Two hillbillies are suspected of being killers by a group of paranoid college kids camping near the duo's West Virginian cabin. As the body count climbs, so does the fear and ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Horror
DIRECTION:  Eli Craig
CAST:  Alan Tudyk  •  Tyler Labine  •  Katrina Bowden  •  Jesse Moss

Gosford Park (2001) RT 86% / Audience 78%

DVD release: Jun 2002

Multiple storylined drama set in 1932, showing the lives of upstairs guest and downstairs servants at a party in a country house in England.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Mystery • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Helen Mirren  •  Clive Owen  •  Maggie Smith  •  Geraldine Somerville

The Devil's Advocate (1997) RT 67% / Audience 80%

DVD release: Nov 1998

A hotshot lawyer gets more than he bargained for when he learns his new boss is Lucifer himself.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Fantasy • Mystery • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Taylor Hackford
CAST:  Keanu Reeves  •  Al Pacino  •  Charlize Theron  •  Jeffrey Jones

Nanny McPhee (2005) RT 73% / Audience 63%

DVD release: May 2006

Widower Cedric Brown hires Nanny McPhee to care for his seven rambunctious children, who have chased away all previous nannies. Taunted by Simon and his siblings, Nanny McPhee ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Family • Fantasy
DIRECTION:  Kirk Jones
CAST:  Emma Thompson  •  Colin Firth  •  Kelly Macdonald  •  Thomas Sangster




The Parent Trap (1998) RT 86% / Audience 70%

DVD release: Mar 1999

Hallie Parker and Annie James are identical twins separated at a young age because of their parents' divorce. unknowingly to their parents, the girls are sent to the same ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Family • Romance
DIRECTION:  Nancy Meyers
CAST:  Lindsay Lohan  •  Dennis Quaid  •  Natasha Richardson  •  Elaine Hendrix

A Fish Called Wanda (1988) RT 93% / Audience 84%

DVD release: Jan 1998

A diamond advocate is attempting to steal a collection of diamonds, yet troubles arise when he realizes that he is not the only one after the diamonds.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Crime
DIRECTION:  Charles Crichton
CAST:  John Cleese  •  Jamie Lee Curtis  •  Kevin Kline  •  Michael Palin

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) RT 92% / Audience 84%

DVD release: Mar 2010

The Fantastic Mr. Fox bored with his current life, plans a heist against the three local farmers. The farmers, tired of sharing their chickens with the sly fox, seek revenge ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Animation • Comedy • Family
DIRECTION:  Wes Anderson
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Meryl Streep  •  Jason Schwartzman  •  Bill Murray

Slumdog Millionaire (2008) RT 92% / Audience 90%

DVD release: Mar 2009

Jamal Malik is an impoverished Indian teen who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ but, after he wins, he is suspected of cheating.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Danny Boyle
CAST:  Anil Kapoor  •  Mia Drake Inderbitzin  •  Dev Patel  •  Saurabh Shukla

Thank You for Smoking (2005) RT 86% / Audience 87%

DVD release: Oct 2006

Nick Naylor is a charismatic spin-doctor for Big Tobacco who'll fight to protect America's right to smoke -- even if it kills him -- while still remaining a role model for his ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Jason Reitman
CAST:  Aaron Eckhart  •  Maria Bello  •  Cameron Bright  •  Adam Brody

God Bless America (2011) RT 67% / Audience 68%

DVD release: Jul 2012

Fed up with the cruelty and stupidity of American culture, an unlikely duo goes on a killing spree, killing reality TV stars, bigots and others they find repugnant in this ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Bobcat Goldthwait
CAST:  Joel Murray  •  Tara Lynne Barr  •  Mackenzie Brooke Smith  •  Melinda Page Hamilton

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) RT 94% / Audience 87%

DVD release: Nov 2000

A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving, with an obnoxious slob of a shower ring salesman his only companion.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy
DIRECTION:  John Hughes
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  John Candy  •  Laila Robins  •  Michael McKean

The Hunt for Red October (1990) RT 86% / Audience 89%

DVD release: Dec 1998

A new, technologically-superior Soviet sub, the Red October, is heading for the U.S. coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius. The American government thinks Ramius is ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Thriller
DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Alec Baldwin  •  Scott Glenn  •  Sam Neill

Seven Psychopaths (2012) RT 82% / Audience 71%

DVD release: Jan 2013

A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Crime
DIRECTION:  Martin McDonagh
CAST:  Colin Farrell  •  Sam Rockwell  •  Christopher Walken  •  Woody Harrelson

Chicken Run (2000) RT 97% / Audience 64%

DVD release: Nov 2000

Having been hopelessly repressed and facing eventual certain death at the British chicken farm where they are held, Rocky the american rooster and Ginger the chicken decide to ...  (more)

GENRES: Animation • Comedy • Family
DIRECTION:  Peter Lord  •  Nick Park
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Miranda Richardson  •  Timothy Spall  •  Imelda Staunton