Monday, December 11, 2017

Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) [PG] ***

A film review by Roger Moore for on June 2, 2017 (and edited by the blogger).

All genre pictures pander, serving up conventions and clichés that faithful horror, romance, comic book or Furious fans relish and devour like comfort food.

So why not a European travelogue about a lonely wife seeing France for the first time? And who better to star than Diane Lane, of Under the Tuscan Sun, an actress whose later career often features her as a woman ignored, looking to get her groove back?

Eleanor Coppola, wife of Francis, director of Hearts of Darkness, the classic The Making of documentary about her husband’s Apocalypse Now, wrote and directed Paris Can Wait, which shamelessly panders to women of a certain age, easy-chair Travel Channel/Food Network addicts whose ears perk up at the mere mention of four magical words.

France. Frenchmen. Wine. Chocolate.

It’s a dithering little nothing of a movie which takes Lane, as the wife of a workaholic film producer husband (Alec Baldwin, wasted here) from the Cote d’Azur home of the Cannes Film Festival, to Paris, a distance of some 900 kilometers, or about 565 miles.

Anne is in Cannes with husband Michael, and Michael’s ever-ringing cell-phone, for the Film Festival. She dutifully takes care of his little life details (packing, etc.) while he deals with incessant calls about his latest film project.

No, he’s not listening when she sighs at being left alone in one of the most romantic corners of Europe, or complains of an earache. So when their private plane pilot says the cabin pressure will make her earache worse, she decides not to jet off to Budapest with Michael and plans to take the train to Paris and meet him when he’s done putting out film fires.

But she cannot take the train. Oh, no, no, no. Michael’s colleague Jacques (Arnaud Viard) will DRIVE her. He insists. And even though Michael blinks at this impulsive decision - He is FRENCH, remember! - He acquiesces.

You’ll be there by dinner time!

As that wouldn’t make for much of movie, dinner times come and go as Jacques leads Anne on the trip of a lifetime, making memories - and photographs - instead of deadlines, really diving into France with an expert, and flirtatious tour guide.

Jacques knows, seemingly, everybody. He has been everywhere, eaten every restaurant’s specialty and tasted every wine. He’s a You MUST try this, Let me show you that guide - the best kind, because he knows the best market in France, the best Roman aqueduct, the best roses, the best view.

And seeing France takes time. None of which is openly apparent to Anne. But when he grabs her luggage to toss into his car she gets her first clue. It’s a vintage, early 1970s Peugeot 504 convertible, unrestored and in deplorable condition. And you don’t make 565 mile road trips in a car like that without a few unscheduled stops.

Jacques needs to take a break from driving every hour. Forty-two minutes, Anne corrects him. There’s a cigarette to be smoked, and a radiator to be refilled. He is French, and so, alas, is his car.

But as they drive, the chatter and detours evolve from the birthplace of Cinema (Place Lumiere, Lyon) and the cathedral where Richard the Lionheart took up the cross for the Third Crusade (Vezelay Abbey in Burgundy) to Are you happy? Is he faithful? What makes you dance in the street?

As the wines, cheeses, assorted dishes and mad parade of chocolate delights arrive in this swank eatery or that riverside picnic, romance fills the air. Or would, if these two had even a hint of chemistry and this script was anything more than a wan, under-developed tease.

Coppola takes Jacques’ life-lessons a little too much to heart, and Paris Can Wait ambles along, 90 minutes that feel like 150. The sights are lovely, the sentiments adorable.

But there’s no spark to it, and far too little wit. Viard, a French actor-director, gives barely a hint of the rogue this charming/disarming rogue Jacques is meant to be. He subtly reconnects with women he has known, and has sex with two of them while Anne remains oblivious. A trip with Jacques, one says, is to be savored. Don’t be in such a hurry to get to Paris.

Often Jacques communicates with waiters, sommeliers, auto mechanics and old girlfriends in French, and we experience this as Anne (whom he’s nicknamed Brûlée, after the French dessert Crème brûlée) does. She’s an American woman trapped in a foreign land with a take-charge French sexist, who orders for her, decides where they stop and picks out the hotels.

Which she can only counter with a raised eyebrow and the protestation: Jacques, I am not French!

Neither Jacques nor the film are overbearing. But for all the lovely, out-of-the-way sights, for all of Coppola’s and Viard’s (he’s a French actor/director) efforts, for all the reliable Lane’s charms, Paris Can Wait delivers too little on the promise of its alluring title.

Movies, life and love, Jacques says, are like soufflés - all about timing. And Coppola’s timing is just… off. Paris Can Wait could have been a perfectly adorable wish-fulfillment fantasy for the over-40 American audience if she had simply chosen a more engaging leading man. [Moore’s rating: ** out of 4 stars]

Blogger’s comment: Paris Can Wait opens at the 68th Cannes Film Festival, which Michael and Anne are attending. The dates are May 13-24, 2015. We know this because there are several shots in the opening scenes that show the 68th Cannes Film Festival poster, featuring a photo of Ingrid Bergman. This was the hundredth anniversary of her birth (August 29, 1915) and the showing of a special documentary on her life: Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words.

I mention this because writer/director Eleanor Coppola has created in Arnaud Viard’s character, Jacques, an almost exact copy of Bergman’s second husband Roberto Rossellini, in physical form, temperament and profession. Both men were sensualists, living life to the fullest, incapable of being faithful, seducing one woman after another and always desperately in debt. The fact that Diane Lane’s character, Anne, realized early on who Jacques was, and yet chose to enable him, and even pay for his philandering, makes her a mirror for Ingrid Bergman herself. When looked at from this perspective, Paris Can Wait becomes a richer, more satisfying, even satirical experience.

Labels: comedy, drama, romance

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) [NR] ****

A film review by Richard Roeper for, August 9, 2017.

For all the beautiful and lovely music Whitney Houston gave us, for all those soaring notes she hit, the documentary Whitney: Can I Be Me is a nearly joyless and melancholy piece of work. Because we know how it ends. Because we know about Houston’s lifetime of troubles, from the tumultuous relationships to the family fractures to the years spent battling addictions.

Directed by Nick Broomfield, architect of sometimes salacious but admittedly very watchable documentaries about Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love; Biggie and Tupac; Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss, and serial killer Aileen Wuornos, among others, Whitney: Can I Be Me begins at the end: a 911 call from the Beverly Hilton in February, 2012, after Houston was found dead in a bathtub at the age of 48. The news of Whitney’s death was stunning, but not shocking. Tragic, but not completely unexpected. By then, everybody knew about Houston’s demons.

Broomfield circles back to Houston’s childhood in New Jersey, giving us archival footage of an adolescent Whitney singing in church and telling the story of how she was guided to early stardom by her domineering mother, singer Cissy Houston, and then Clive Davis, the controlling mastermind of Arista Records.

It was Davis who steered Houston away from R&B and soul and toward a more mainstream sound, designed to appeal the broadest possible audience. For perhaps the first time but certainly not the last time in her career, Whitney asked, [But] can I be me?

Some of the most compelling scenes include previously unseen concert and backstage footage from Houston’s 1999 European tour, which would become her last major worldwide venture of such scope. Shot by the German director Rudi Dolezal for a concert documentary that was never finished, the footage shows a sweat-drenched Houston hitting the highest, nearly unreachable notes on I Will Always Love You, bonding with her band and backup singers backstage - and navigating her complicated relationships with her husband Bobby Brown and her longtime assistant and best friend Robyn Crawford.

It has long been maintained Crawford and Houston were lovers. Can I Be Me addresses the rumors but does not answer them definitively. What we know for sure is Brown and Crawford loathed one another, and Whitney was often caught in the middle. (Neither Brown nor Crawford agreed to be interviewed for the documentary.)

One associate of Houston’s says she died of a broken heart. Others say she was given a gift from God and didn’t properly treasure it. Some point to the toxic relationship with Brown, in which the two enabled one another. (Houston brought drug abuse to the table. Brown introduced alcohol into the relationship. Each indulged in the other’s addiction, making for a volatile and destructive mix.)

Perhaps the most heartbreaking scene in the film shows Houston with her then 6-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown onstage. Bobbi Kristina looks like she doesn’t want to be there. Whitney looks like she never wants to leave the stage, because by then the stage was the only place she could hide from all the madness dominating her personal life. [Roeper’s rating: *** out of 4 stars]

Labels: biography, documentary, music, tragedy

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Space between Us (2017) [PG-13] ***

A film review by James Berardinelli for on February 2, 2017.

The Space between Us is what it looks like when a promising premise is betrayed by a dumbed-down, hackneyed screenplay. Instead of developing this movie as a coming-of-age story of the first Earth-conceived child born on another planet, the narrative focuses on a generic road trip between opposites whose initial wariness blossoms into love as they rumble around the western United States (circa 2034) in a variety of stolen cars. The Space between Us misses countless opportunities to investigate interesting avenues, instead preferring to remain on a young-adult-influenced track that becomes increasingly artificial as it careens toward its conclusion.

Although the early parts of the movie recall The Martian (and fail on almost every point of comparison), the eventual story hews closer to teen cancer movies like Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (and fail on almost every point of comparison). The Space between Us can’t seem to figure out what it wants to be. The movie speeds through the fertile territory of extraterrestrial exploration and what it means for Gardiner Elliot (Asa Butterfield) to be a Mars-born orphan growing up amongst scientists and astronauts. Why is Gardiner alone? His mother, Sarah (Janet Montgomery), was the mission commander of the first Mars colonization mission. Two months into the interplanetary trip, she discovers she’s pregnant. She gives birth shortly after reaching Mars then dies. This leaves Gardiner alone with a robot as his best friend and a scientist named Kendra (Carla Gugino) as his surrogate mom.

The bulk of the movie transpires in 2034; teenage Gardiner wants to visit Earth. Beyond a natural curiosity about the planet of everyone else’s birth, he has two concrete reasons for wanting to make the trip: he has a burning desire to locate his father and he craves the opportunity for a face-to-face meeting with his video conference-pal Tulsa (Britt Robertson), a tough, savvy loner. Doctors are divided about whether Gardiner can survive on Earth with its different atmosphere and gravity. Mission director Nathaniel Shepherd (Gary Oldman) is against the boy making the trip but he is overruled and, following an operation to strengthen his bones, Gardiner makes his first visit to Earth.

Most of The Space between Us focuses on Gardiner and Tulsa’s relationship as they take a trip to locate Gardiner’s father. Since Gardiner has escaped from his handlers, they are on the run. Short on cash, they are forced to trade and steal. They fall for each other rather quickly (although one can assume their long video-chatting history contributes to this) and, when Gardiner’s health begins to fail, Tulsa becomes committed to helping him complete his quest regardless of the consequences.

Speaking of those video conferences… this is one of The Space between Us’ biggest science-related gaffes. It’s not the only one but it is the most egregious and it’s made all the more obvious because the issue of Earth-to-Mars communication was a significant plot point in The Martian. Radio waves travel at the speed of light, so the travel time between Earth and Mars varies from about 4 minutes to 24 minutes (depending on the relative positions of the planets). Communication cannot be instantaneous; in fact, two-way interaction would at minimum require an eight minute delay between sending and receiving. This transforms every conversation between NASA and the astronauts (not to mention Gardiner and Tulsa) as represented in The Space between Us into pure fantasy. This is either an example of screenwriters who are ignorant of science or too lazy to incorporate reality into the script.

The movie contains its share of small charms but they are too few and far between. There are fish-out-of-water elements (presented in a way that echoes the long-forgotten 1999 film, Blast from the Past) and a romance. Although these are presented competently, they can’t distract from how little the movie has built on its foundation. Road trips and teen cancer movies are a dime a dozen. Stories about Martian orphans are not.

The performances of leads Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson are solid; both actors find the cores of their characters and convey them. Their chemistry is fitful with time constraints interfering with the movie’s ability to make us believe in the sincerity and depth of their romance. Love stories like this need time as much as dedication and The Space between Us has too many things going on for it do any of them well. If there’s a disappointment in the cast, it’s Gary Oldman, who starts out fine but resorts to histrionics and scenery-chewing toward the end.

I could see The Space between Us working as a mini-series or a novel (provided the time delay issue is addressed rather than being ignored), but there are too many ingredients for this to bake into something palatable in two hours. The film is more likely to cause frustration than satisfaction because, although it offers something for everyone, there’s not nearly enough of anything for anyone. [Berardinelli’s rating: ** out of 4 stars]

Blogger’s comment: I completely agree with James Berardinelli’s review. Ignoring the communication time delay between Earth and Mars is an unforgivable sin. For me there’s a larger issue that is being ignored by the spate of Mars colonization films and TV documentaries, as well as the current scientific and political fascination with Mars colonization. And that is simply that our current environmental, geopolitical and sociological problems are human problems. They are not going to go away simply because we start to colonize Mars. What we need to do is solve them here on Earth, and a start would be (a) figuring out how we are going to live on the planet without destroying it, and (b) figuring out how to cut our population down to somewhere between 1 and 2 billion, rather than the 7+ billion we have now.

Labels: adventure, drama, fantasy, romance, sci-fi

Titles: 0 - 9

0 - 9
(500) Days of Summer (2009) [PG-13] ****
10 Things I Hate About You (1999) [PG-13] *****
The 11th Hour (2007) [PG] ****
13 Going on 30 (2004) [PG-13] ****
17 Again (2009) [PG-13] ***+
27 Dresses (2008) [PG-13] ***+
50 First Dates (2004) [PG-13] ***
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) [G] *****
2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984) [PG] ****

Titles: A B C

About Adam (2000) [R] ****
About Last Night... (1986) [R] ****
About Time (2013) [R] ****
The Accidental Husband (2008) [PG-13] **
Adam (2009) [PG-13] ****-
The Adjustment Bureau (2011) [PG-13] ****
Admission (2013) [PG-13] ***
Adventureland (2009) [R] ****
The Adventures of Tintin (2011) [PG] ****
The Age of Adaline (2015) [PG-13] ****-
All About Steve (2009) [PG-13] **
Allied (2016) [R] ****
Aloha (2015) [PG-13] ***
Always (1989) [PG] *****
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) [PG-13] ****
Amelia (2009) [PG] ***
American Graffiti (1973) [PG] ****
The American (2010) [R] ****-
The American President (1995) [PG-13] ****
American Sniper (2014) [R] ****
Anastasia (1956) [NR] ****
...And They Lived Happily Ever After (2004) [UR] ***
The Andromeda Strain (2008-TV) [UR] **
The Anniversary Party (2001) [R] ****
Another Earth (2011) [PG-13] ****
The Answer Man (Arlen Faber) (2009) [R] ***
Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2014) [PG] ****
Apollo 13 (1995) [PG] ****
Arbitrage (2012) [R] ****
Arch of Triumph (1948) [UR] ***+
Armageddon (1998) [PG-13] ***
Arrival (2016) [PG-13] *****
The Artist (2011) [PG-13] *****
Atonement (2007) [R] ***
August Rush (2007) [PG] **
Australia (2008) [PG-13] ***
Avatar (2009) [PG-13] ****+
The Avengers (2012) [PG-13] ****
The Aviator (2004) [PG-13] *****
Away We Go (2009) [R] ****

Baby Mama (2008) [PG-13] ***
Back to the Future (1985) [PG] *****
The Back-up Plan (2010) [PG-13] ***-
Bandidas (2006) [PG-13] ***
Bandits (2001) [PG-13] ****
The Bank Job (2008) [R] **
The Barbarian Invasions (2003) [R] ****
Barbra Streisand: One Voice (1986) [UR] ****
Barney's Version (2010) [R] ****
Battleship (2012) [PG-13] ***
Beach Girls (2005) [UR] ***
Bears (2014) [G] ****
Beautiful Girls (1996) [R] ****
Beauty & the Briefcase (2010) [TV-14] **
Becoming Jane (2007) [PG-13] ***
Bed of Roses (1996) [PG] ****
Before Sunrise (1995) [R] ****
Before Midnight (2013) [R] *****
Before We Go (2014) [PG-13] ***
Belle Époque (1992) [R] *****
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) [PG-13] ****
Better Than Sex (2000) [R] ***
Bicentennial Man (1999) [PG] ***
Big (1988) [PG] ****
The Big Bang Theory (2007-2012) (TV-14) ****
The Big Chill (1983) [R] ****
The Big Country (1958) [UR] ****
Big Eyes (2014) [PG-13] ****
Big Miracle (2012) [PG] ****
The Big Short (2015) [R] *****
The Big Sleep (1946) [NR] ****+
Big Sur (2013) [R] ***
The Big Wedding (2013) [R] **+
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) [R] *****
Birds of America (2008) [R] **
The Blind Side (2009) [PG-13] ****
Blue Jasmine (2013) [PG-13] ****
Bottle Shock (2008) [PG-13] ***
The Bourne Identity (2002) [PG-13] *****
The Bourne Legacy (2012) [PG-13] ****
The Boy Who Could Fly (1986) [PG] ****
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) [NR] ****
Breaking Away (1979) [PG] *****
Breaking the Maya Code (2008) [UR] ****
Breaking Up (1997) [R] **
The Break-Up (2006) [PG-13] ***
Bride Wars (2009) [PG] **+
Brideshead Revisited (2008) [PG-13] ****
Bridge of Spies (2015) [PG-13] ****+
Bright Star (2009) [PG] ****
Broken Bridges (2006) [PG-13] ***
Brooklyn (2015) [PG-13] *****
The Brothers Bloom (2008) [PG-13] ***
The Bucket List (2007) [PG-13] ***
Bull Durham (1988) [R] ****
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) [M] ****+

Cactus Flower (1969) [M] ****
Cadillac Records (2008) [R] ****
Café Society (2016) [PG-13] ****
Cairo Time (2009) [PG] ****
Captain Fantastic (2016) [R] ****
Cars (2006) [G] ****
Casablanca (1942) [PG] *****
Casino Royale (2006) [PG-13] ****+
Cast Away (2000) [PG-13] ****
The Cat's Meow (2001) [PG-13] ****
Catwoman (2004) [PG-13] *
Celine Dion: A New Day (2007) [UR] ***
Chances Are (1989) [PG] ****
Chaos Theory (2007) [PG-13] ***
Chaplin (1992) [PG-13] *****
Chasing Amy (1997) [R] ****
Chasing Ice (2012) [PG-13] ****
Chef (2014) [R] ****
Children of a Lesser God (1986) [R] ****
Chocolat (2000) [PG-13] ****
The Christmas Train (2017) [TV-G] **
City Island (2009) [PG-13] ****
City of Angels (1998) [PG-13] ****
City of Ember (2008) [PG] ***
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) [PG] *****
Closer (2004) [R] ****
Cocktail (1988) [R] ***-
Coco Before Chanel (2009) [PG-13] ****
Cocoon (1985) [PG-13] ****
The Company Men (2010) [R] ****
Concussion (2015) [PG-13] ****
Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) [PG] ***
Contact (1997) [PG] ****
Contagion (2011) [PG-13] ****
A Cool, Dry Place (1998) [PG-13] ***
The Corporation (2004) [UR] ****
Country Strong (2010) [PG-13] ***
Cousins (1989) [PG-13] ****
Cowboys & Aliens (2011) [PG-13] ***
Cracking the Maya Code (2008) [UR] ****
Crashing (2007) [R] ***
Crazy Heart (2009) [R] ****
Crazy People (1990) [R] ***
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) [PG-13] ****
Crown for Christmas (2015) [TV-G] ***+
Crusade in Jeans (2006) [PG] ***
Cupid & Cate (2000) [UR] ***
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) [PG-13] ****

Titles: D E F

Dan in Real Life (2007) [PG-13] ****
Dances with Wolves (1990) [PG-13] *****
A Dangerous Method (2011) [R] ****
Daniel Deronda (2002) [UR] ***
Dante's Peak (1997) [PG] ***
Dave (1993) [PG-13] *****
The Day After Tomorrow (2004) [PG-13] ****
The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) [PG-13] ***
Days of Thunder (1990) [PG-13] ***+
The Deal (2005) [R] **
Deep Impact (1998) [PG-13] ***
Deepwater Horizon (2016) [PG-13] ****
Definitely, Maybe (2008) [PG-13] ****
Déjà Vu (1997) [PG-13] ****
Déjà Vu (2006) [PG-13] ****
The Descendants (2011) [R] *****
The Devil Wears Prada (2006) [PG-13] ****
Did You Hear About The Morgans? (2009) [PG-13] **
Dirty Dancing (1987) [PG-13] ****
Dolphin Tale (2011) [PG] ****
Don Juan DeMarco (1995) [PG-13] *****
Dopamine (2003) [R] ***
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) [NR] ***
Draft Day (2014) [R] ****
Dragonfly (2002) [PG-13] **
Drinking Buddies (2013) [R] ****
The Duchess (2008) [PG-13] ****
Duplicity (2009) [PG-13] ****


Easy A (2010) [PG-13] ****
Easy Virtue (2008) [PG-13] ***+
Eat Pray Love (2010) [PG-13] ***
The Edge of Love (2008) [R] ***
The Edge of Seventeen (2016) [R] ****+
The Edge of the Garden (2011-TV) [UR] ***
Edge of Tomorrow (Live Die Repeat) (2014) [PG-13] ****
An Education (2009) [PG-13] ****+
The Electric Horseman (1979) [PG] ****
Elizabethtown (2005) [PG-13] ***
Enchanted (2007) [PG] ****
Enchanted April (1992) [PG] ****
Encounters at the End of the World (2007) [G] ****
Entourage (2004-2011) [TV-MA] ****
Entourage (2015) [R] ***+
Entrapment (1999) [PG-13] ***
Europe '51 (Europa '51) (1952) [UR] ****
Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998) [PG-13] ****
Everest (2015) [PG-13] ****
Every Time We Say Goodbye (1986) [PG-13] ***
Everything You Want (2005) [PG] **
Ex Machina (2015) [R] ****+
Exodus (1960) [UR] ****
Extraordinary Measures (2010) [PG] ***
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011) [PG-13] ***
Eye in the Sky (2016) [R] ****


Failure to Launch (2006) [PG-13] ***
The Family Man (2000) [PG-13] *****
The Family Stone (2005) [PG-13] ***
Far from the Madding Crowd (2015) [PG-13] ****
The Fast and the Furious (2001) [PG-13] ***
The Fault in Our Stars (2014) [PG-13] ****
Fear (La paura) (Angst) (1954) [NR] ***
Feast of Love (2007) [R] ***
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) [PG-13] ****
Field of Dreams (1989) [PG] *****
The Final Countdown (1980) [PG] ****
First Blood (1982) [R] ****
Flawless (2007) [PG-13] ***+
Flight (2012) [R] ****
Flight of the Phoenix (2004) [PG-13] ***
Flipped (2010) [PG] ***+
Flirting with Forty (2008-TV) [UR] **
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) [PG-13] ****
Fly Away Home (1996) [PG] ****
Focus (2015) [R] ***
Fool's Gold (2008) [PG-13] **
Fools Rush In (1997) [PG-13] ***
For Love of the Game (1999) [PG-13] ****
For Love or Money (1993) [PG] **
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) [UR] ***+
Forbidden Planet (1956) [G] ****
Forever Young (1992) [PG] *****
Forget Paris (1995) [PG-13] ***
Forrest Gump (1994) [PG-13] *****
The Founder (2016) [PG-13] ****
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) [R] ****
French Kiss (1995) [PG-13] ***
Frequency (2000) [PG-13] ****
Frida (2002) [R] ****
Friends (1994-2004) [TV-14] *****
Friends with Benefits (2011) [R] ****

Titles: G H I J

GasLand (2010) [UR] ****
Gasland Part II (2013) [UR] ****
Gaslight (1944) [NR] ****+
Gattaca (1997) [PG-13] *****
George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011) [UR] ****+
Get Smart (2008) [PG-13] ***
Ghost Town (2008) [PG-13] ****
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009) [PG-13] ***
The Girl in the Café (2005) [UR] ****
Godzilla (1998) [PG-13] **
The Go-Getter (2007) [R] ****-
Going the Distance (2010) [R] ***
GoldenEye (1995) [PG-13] ****
The Good Guy (2009) [R] ***
A Good Year (2006) [PG-13] ****
Goodbye Again (1961) [NR] ****
The Graduate (1967) [PG] ****
Gravity (2013) [PG-13] *****
The Great Gatsby (2013) [PG-13] ****
The Great Train Robbery (1978) [PG] ****
The Greatest (2009) [R] ***
Griffin & Phoenix (2006) [PG-13] ***
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) [R] *****
Groundhog Day (1993) [PG] *****
Guinevere (1999) [R] ****
The Guitar (2008) [R] ***

Hancock (2008) [PG-13] ***
The Hangover (2009) [R] ****
Hanover Street (1979) [PG] ***
Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2013) [UR] ****
HD Window: Hawai'i (2005) [UR] *
Heaven Can Wait (1978) [PG] ****
Heaven is for Real (2014) [PG] ***
The Help (2011) [PG-13] ****
Her (2013) [R] *****
Here on Earth (2000) [PG-13] **
Hereafter (2010) [PG-13] ***
He's Just Not That Into You (2009) [PG-13] ***+
Hidden Figures (2016) [PG] ****+
The Hideaways (From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler) (1973) [G] ***+
The Holiday (2006) [PG-13] ***+
Hollywoodland (2006) [R] ****
Hope Floats (1998) [PG-13] ***
Hope Springs (2003) [PG-13] **
The Horse Whisperer (1998) [PG-13] ****
How Do You Know (2010) [PG-13] ***
How I Met Your Mother (2005-2009 TV) [UR] ****
How the West Was Won (1962) [G] ****
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) [PG-13] ***
How to Make an American Quilt (1995) [PG-13] ****
How to Train Your Dragon (2010) [PG] ****+
Hugo (2011) [PG] *****
Humanity from Space (2015) [TV-PG] *****
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) [PG] ****
The Hunt for Red October (1990) [PG] *****

I Don’t Know How She Does It (2011) [PG-13] ***
I Give It a Year (2013) [R] ***
I, Robot (2004) [PG-13] ****
The Ides of March (2011)[R] ****
If Only (2004) [PG-13] **
If You Are the One (2008) [PG] ***
I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) [PG-13] ****
The Illusionist (2006) [PG-13] ****
I'm with Lucy (2002) [R] ****
Imagine Me & You (2006) [R] ***+
The Imitation Game (2014) [PG-13] ****
In Good Company (2004) [PG-13] ****
In the Land of Women (2006) [PG-13] ***
In Time (2011) [PG-13] ***
Inception (2010) [PG-13] ****+
An Inconvenient Truth (2006) [PG] ****
Independence Day (1996) [PG-13] ****
Indian Summer (1993) [PG-13] ****
Indiscreet (1958) [UR] ****
Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (2015) [NR] ****
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958) [UR] ****
Inside Job (2010) [PG-13] *****
Inside Man (2006) [R] ****
Intermezzo (1936) [UR] ****
Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939) [UR] ****
The Intern (2015) [PG-13] ***+
The Interpreter (2005) [PG-13] ***
Intersection (1994) [R] ***
Interstellar (2014) [PG-13] ****
Interview (2007) [R] ****
Into the Woods (2014) [PG] ****
Inventing the Abbotts (1997) [R] ****
The Invention of Lying (2009) [PG-13] ***
Invincible (2006) [PG] ****
Iris (2001) [R] ****
Iron Man (2008) [PG-13] ****+
Iron Man 2 (2010) [PG-13] ****
Irrational Man (2015) [R] ***
The Italian Job (2003) [PG-13] ****
It's Complicated (2009) [R] ***+

Jack & Sarah (1995) [PG] ***
Jack and Jill vs. the World (2008) [PG-13] **
Jack Reacher (2012) [PG-13] ***+
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) [PG-13] ****
Jackie (2016) [R] ****
The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) [PG-13] ****
Jason Bourne (2016) [PG-13] ****
Jenny's Wedding (2015) [PG-13] ***
John Carter (2012) [PG-13] ***
The Joneses (2009) [R] ***+
Journey Back to Christmas (2016) [NR] ****
Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia) (1954) [NR] *****
Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) [PG] ***
Julie & Julia (2009) [PG-13] ****
Just Go With It (2011) [PG-13] ***