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Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)
Director: David Lowery
Starring: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Ben Foster, Rami Malek, Keith Carradine, Charles Baker and Nate Parker
The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met.
Alien: Covenant (2017)
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Callie Hernandez, Jussie Smollett, Nathaniel Dean, Tess Haubrich, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby, Uli Latukefu, James Franco and Guy Pearce
The crew of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think is an uncharted paradise but it is actually a dark, dangerous world whose sole inhabitant is the synthetic David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace
Dr. Elizabeth Shaw repairs David on an abandoned Engineer vessel as they continue their search for humanity's creators.
American Flyers (1985)
Director: John Badham
Starring: Kevin Costner, David Marshall Grant, Rae Dawn Chong, Alexandra Paul, Luca Bercovici and Janice Rule
Sports physician Marcus persuades his unstable brother David to come with him and train for a bicycle race across the Rocky Mountains. Marcus doesn't tell David that he has a brain aneurysm which could render him paralyzed or dead at any given moment. While David powerfully heads for the victory, Marcus comes to realize that the contest is now beyond his capabilities.
The Book of Life (2014)
Director: Jorge Gutierrez
Starring (voices): Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, Kate del Castillo, Héctor Elizondo, Danny Trejo, Plácido Domingo, Cheech Marin and Gabriel Iglesias
Manolo is a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears.
Director: Ting Chian Tey
Four animals are trying to cross a bridge but end up as obstacles to one another in the process.
Directors: Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom
Starring: Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher, Todd Fisher and Griffin Dunne
An intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty featuring Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher.
Fire Chief (1940)
Director: Jack King
Starring (voice): Clarence Nash
Donald and his nephews are the staff of a fire station. Huey, Dewey and Louie, annoyed by Donald's snoring, ring the fire alarm. Soon his bumbling sets the fire station itself on fire. They race off at the alarm, not realizing they are already at the destination, and the firefighting efforts go downhill from there.
A Gentlemen's Duel (2006)
Directors: Sean McNally and Francisco Ruiz Velasco
Staaring: Tom Kenny, Chuck Wojtkiewicz and Ashley Walsh
A tea party leads to mayhem as two aristocrats vie for the affections of a lady.
George and A.J. (2009)
Director: Josh Cooley
Starring: Jason Topolski, A.J. Riebli III, Steve Purcell, Peter Sohn, Bob Peterson, Kim Donovan, Claire Munzer and Valerie LaPoint
After Nurses George and A.J. of the Shady Oaks Retirement Village witness Carl Fredricksen leaving with his house towed by balloons, other senior citizens around the city are inspired to make their own "escapes", much to George and A.J.'s chagrin.
A Ghost Story (2017)
Director: David Lowery
Starring: Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, Will Oldham, Sonia Acevedo, Rob Zabrecky and Liz Franke
In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.
The Girl on the Train (2016)
Director: Tate Taylor
Starring: Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Édgar Ramírez, Laura Prepon and Lisa Kudrow
Rachel, devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.
Director: Andrew Davis
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Patricia Arquette, Tim Blake Nelson, Shia LaBeouf, Dulé Hill, Henry Winkler, Nate Davis, Rick Fox, Scott Plank, Roma Maffia, Eartha Kitt, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Khleo Thomas, Brenden Jefferson, Jake M. Smith, Byron Cotton, Miguel Castro, Max Kasch, Noah Poletiek, Zane Holtz, Steve Koslowski, Shelley Malil, Damien Luvara, Sanya Mateyas, Ravil Isyanov, Ken Davitian, Allan Kolman, Louis Sachar and Gary Bullock
A wrongfully convicted boy is sent to a brutal desert detention camp where he joins the job of digging holes for some mysterious reason.
Into the Forest (2015)
Director: Patricia Rozema
Starring: Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella, Callum Keith Rennie, Michael Eklund and Wendy Crewson
In the not too distant future, two young sisters who live in a remote ancient forest discover the world around them is on the brink of an apocalypse. Informed only by rumor, they fight intruders, disease, loneliness and starvation.
The Lady in the Van (2015)
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Screenplay: Alan Bennett
Starring: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Jim Broadbent, Frances de la Tour, Roger Allam, Gwen Taylor and Deborah Findlay
A man forms an unexpected bond with a homeless woman living in a van parked in his driveway.
Life Cycles (2010)
Directors: Ryan Gibb and Derek Frankowski
Starring: Graham Agassiz, Mike Hopkins, Matt Hunter, Cam McCaul, Riley McIntosh, Thomas Sanderham, Evan Schwartz, Brandon Semenuk, Thomas Vanderham and Graham Tracey (Narrator)
Life Cycles is a true adventure film. Over 5 years in the making, and using the bicycle as the vehicle, Life Cycles takes you on a journey through natures most beautiful, dramatic and sometimes unforgiving landscapes.
Director: Garth Davis
Starring: Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman, Abhishek Bharate, Divian Ladwa, Priyanka Bose, Deepti Naval, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sunny Pawar
A little boy survives many challenges on the streets of India before he is adopted by an Australian couple. Years later, he sets out to find his lost family using Google Earth.
Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970)
Director: Sidney J. Furie
Starring: Robert Redford, Michael J. Pollard, Lauren Hutton, Noah Beery Jr., Lucille Benson, Ray Ballard, Linda Gaye Scott, Erin O'Reilly and Benjamin Archibek
Halsy Knox, a professional motorcycle racer, has been banned from racing for drinking on the track. He persuades Little Fauss, an amateur racer, to become his mechanic and allow him to race under his name.
Director: Donna Brockopp
A caterpillar named Silky is trapped inside a lamp post, with no contact to the outside world, until a moth called Luna shows up in front of the light.
'Luna' depicts the flirtatious dance between the charming and debonair Silky and the beautiful and graceful Luna. But Luna is perplexed. Is their story one of unrequited love at first sight or will true feelings overcome the powerful attraction of another suitor and be revealed in a glaring flood of light?
Maya the Bee Movie (2014)
Director: Alexs Stadermann
Starring (voices): Coco Jack Gillies, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Joel Franco, Richard Roxburgh, Justine Clarke, Jacki Weaver, Miriam Margolyes, Noah Taylor and Andy McPhee
Maya the bee is born in a world of rules but, when she discovers villainous Buzzlina Von Beena's plot to steal the Queen's royal jelly, Maya is banished from the hive and into the meadow. With her best friend Willy tagging along, Maya meets a young hornet named Sting. Together they have to stop the plot and the fight between bees and hornets before it's too late.
Nine Lives (2016)
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Robbie Amell, Cheryl Hines, Malina Weissman, Christopher Walken, Mark Consuelos, Teddy Sears, Talitha Bateman, Serge Houde, Mark Camacho, Jewelle Blackman and Jon Olson (voice)
A stuffy businessman finds himself trapped inside the body of his family's cat.
99 Homes (2014)
Director: Ramin Bahrani
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Tim Guinee, Noah Lomax, Clancy Brown, Cynthia Santiago, Manu Narayan, Cullen Moss and Nadiyah Skyy
Set amidst the backdrop of the 2008 housing market catastrophe, Dennis Nash, a hard-working and honest man, can’t save his family home despite his best efforts. Thrown to the streets with alarming precision by real estate shark Mike Carver, Dennis, out of work and luck, is given a unique opportunity — to join Carver’s crew and put others through the harrowing ordeal done to him in order to earn back what's his.
Directors: Sam Fell and Chris Butler
Starring (voices): Kodi Smit-McPhee, John Goodman, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Elaine Stritch, Bernard Hill, Jodelle Ferland, Tempestt Bledsoe and Alex Borstein
A misunderstood boy who can speak with the dead, takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.
Director: Alan Barillaro
Written by: Alan Barillaro
A mother bird tries to teach her little one how to find food by herself. In the process, she encounters a traumatic experience that she must overcome in order to survive.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
Directors: Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt
Starring (voices): Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, Imelda Staunton, David Tennant, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Lenny Henry and Brian Blessed
After years of humiliation and failed attempts to win the coveted Pirate of the Year Award, Pirate Captain and his oddball crew take on the cream of the pirating crop - Black Bellamy, Peg Leg Hastings and Cutlass Liz - in a race to pillage the most booty. They soon cross paths with lovelorn scientist Charles Darwin, who persuades the Captain that the crew's prized 'parrot', Polly, could be the answer to the 'untold riches' they are searching for.
Their adventure takes them to Victorian London where they meet Darwin's sidekick 'man-panzee' Mister Bobo, and the notorious pirate-hating Queen Victoria herself. It soon unfolds that Darwin's motives for helping the crew are not what they seem, and the Queen has an evil hidden agenda of her own. The Pirate Captain must choose between basking in the glory of being crowned Pirate of the Year, or staying faithful to his trusted crew.
The Secret Scripture (2016)
Director: Jim Sheridan
Starring: Vanessa Redgrave, Rooney Mara, Eric Bana, Theo James, Aidan Turner and Jack Reynor.
Residing in an Irish psychiatric hospital, an elderly woman receives visits from a young psychologist whose interest in her diary triggers flashbacks of her youth, which was filled with romance, obsession and turmoil and of the religious and political upheavals in Ireland during the 1920s and 1930s.
Director: Jeroen Berkvens
Starring: Nick Drake, Rodney Drake, Mary Lloyd 'Molly' Drake (archive footage), Paul Weller, Gabrielle Drake, Brian Wells, Joe Boyd, Robert Kirby, John Wood and Keith Morris
Documentary exploring the enduring influence and cult appeal of singer-songwriter Nick Drake.
Nick Drake is one of rock's most tragically romantic figures. There were only 26 years between his birth and his death - a time span that for many would be far too short to develop a talent, or realise an ambition or dream. Nick Drake encaptured time, beauty, loss and wistful desires with precision in subtle songs.
One autumn morning in 1974, his parents were unable to wake their son. Nick Drake died silently and unobtrusively, and to this day it isn't clear whether his death was self-determined or unintentional. The significance of the three albums he left the world was only discovered two decades after his quiet passing. Now his music is more popular than ever and appears in big film productions and television commercials.
The testimonies in A Skin Too Few describe an artist of integrity who symbolises the destructive effect of loneliness.
Snowflake the White Gorilla (2011)
Director: Andrés G. Schaer
Starring (voices): Ariana Grande, David Spade, Christopher Lloyd, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Kress and Keith David
Snowflake is special - she's the only white gorilla in the world, and the zoo's main attraction. Children love her, but the other gorillas - Petunia, Elvis and Anvil - don't because she's different. With the help of an eccentric red panda named Jenga, Snowflake plans a secret mission to sneak out of the zoo and venture into the dangerous city to find the witch at the circus who can help her become a "normal" gorilla. Will Snowflake find the cure she's looking for or realize that there's something more important than fitting in - being true to yourself?
Tall Story (1960)
Director: Joshua Logan
Starring: Anthony Perkins, Jane Fonda, Ray Walston, Anne Jackson, Murray Hamilton, Bob Wright, Bart Burns, Karl Lukas, Elizabeth Patterson, Tom Laughlin, Barbara Darrow and Joe E. Ross
In this romantic comedy, a young basketball star proposes to an intelligent coed while attending Custer College. She accepts and he begins to worry about how they will make enough money to survive. He finds himself tempted to take a gambler's bribe to throw the game during an upcoming match.
These Old Broads (2001)
Director: Matthew Diamond
Written by: Carrie Fisher and Elaine Pope
Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Debbie Reynolds, Joan Collins, Elizabeth Taylor, Jonathan Silverman, Pat Crawford Brown, Nestor Carbonell, Peter Graves, Gene Barry, Carlos Jacott, Pat Harrington Jr., Hinton Battle, Carrie Fisher, Todd Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher
Network television executive Gavin hopes to reunite celebrated Hollywood stars Piper Grayson, Kate Westbourne and Addie Holden in a TV special after their 1960s movie musical 'Boy Crazy' is re-released to wide public acclaim in the 1990s. Though the three women share the same agent, Beryl Mason, Gavin's seemingly insurmountable obstacle is that they all cannot stand each other.
Directors: Stephen Daldry and Christian Duurvoort
Starring: Wagner Moura, Selton Mello, Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Stepan Nercessian, Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis, Gabriel Weinstein, Pedro Pauleey, Nelson Xavier and Leandro Firmino
Three Brazilian street kids survive by picking through a refuse dump on the outskirts of a large city. One day, one of them finds a small leather bag with a wallet containing some money, an ID card, a folded-up map and a locker key.
A police officer offers them a reward for these items but that makes them realize something's amiss and they decide to hang on to it. That decision puts them in danger and they're soon on a mission: having to lie, steal and fight against corrupt forces in both the corporate world and the government.
Director: Michael Apted
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom, Michael Douglas, John Malkovich, Toni Collette, Jessica Boone, Adelayo Adedayo and Makram Khoury
After failing to apprehend the terrorist behind a Paris attack that claimed dozens of lives, CIA agent Alice Racine is forced to live in London as a caseworker. Her mentor unexpectedly calls her back into action when the CIA discovers that another attack is imminent. Alice soon learns that the classified information she's uncovered has been compromised. Running for her life, she turns to a former soldier to help her prevent a lethal biological attack on the citizens of London.
Vault of Horror (1973)
Director: Roy Ward Baker
Starring: Terry-Thomas, Curt Jürgens, Tom Baker, Daniel Massey, Michael Craig, Glynis Johns, Dawn Addams, Denholm Elliott, Terence Alexander, Edward Judd, John Witty, Robin Nedwell, Geoffrey Davies and Arthur Mullard
Five strangers board a descending lift, one by one, in a modern office block in London. They reach the sub-basement, though none of them have pressed for that destination. There they find a large, elaborately furnished room that appears to be a gentlemen's club. The lift door has closed; there are no buttons to bring it back, nor any other exit. Resigned to waiting for help, they settle down with drinks and talk. The conversation turns to dreams and each man tells of a recurring nightmare.
Films viewed by me for the first time in 2017.
They are listed in alphabetical order.
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list by kathy
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