Cast: Famke Janssen, Noah Emmerich, Billy Crudup, Jeanne Tripplehorn
Bobby O'Grady (played by Denis Leary) is an ordinary working-class guy living in Charlestown, a neighborhood in Boston known for its close-knit Irish-American community and its ties to organized crime. Bobby is loyal to his friends and family, including his childhood buddy Jackie (played by Colm Meaney) and his uncle Teddy (played by Billy Crudup), who happens to be a small-time drug dealer.
As Bobby navigates the rough streets of Charlestown, he finds himself torn between his loyalty to his friends and his growing disillusionment with the criminal lifestyle that surrounds him. When a violent incident shakes the neighborhood and leads to a series of tragic events, Bobby must make difficult choices about where his allegiances lie.
The film delves into the moral dilemmas faced by Bobby as he grapples with the consequences of his actions and the impact they have on the people he cares about. As tensions rise and violence escalates, Bobby is forced to confront the harsh realities of his world and decide whether he can break free from the cycle of crime that has defined his life.
"Monument Ave." is a gripping and raw portrayal of the gritty underbelly of a working-class neighborhood and the individuals who are both products of and victims of their environment. Denis Leary delivers a powerful performance as Bobby, a man struggling to find his place in a world filled with violence and betrayal.
The film explores themes of loyalty, morality, and the consequences of one's choices, shedding light on the complexities of life in a community where crime is an everyday occurrence. "Monument Ave." is a dark and thought-provoking crime drama that offers a glimpse into a world where the line between right and wrong is often blurred, and where survival sometimes means making the toughest decisions of all.
Ayar, a first-generation American Latina, returns home to reunite with her daughter. But when her mother, Renata, refuses to let her see her due to Covid, Ayar is confronted by the many roles she's been forced to play.
Cast: Sam Rockwell, Sarah Polley, William H. Macy, Ted Danson
The film "Jerry and Tom" centers around the unlikely partnership of two hitmen, Jerry and Tom. Jerry (played by Joe Mantegna) is a seasoned professional who has spent years in the trade, while Tom (played by Sam Rockwell) is a young and impressionable newcomer who stumbles into the world of contract killing.
Jerry, who has grown somewhat disillusioned with his line of work, takes Tom under his wing and begins to mentor him in the art of assassination. As they embark on a series of hits, they navigate the moral and ethical challenges of their profession while forming an unconventional bond that blurs the lines between friendship and professional partnership.
The film is structured as a series of darkly comedic vignettes, each depicting a different hit or encounter with a client. These encounters range from absurd to chilling, highlighting the unpredictable and often bizarre nature of their job. Amidst the violence and chaos, Jerry and Tom's banter and camaraderie provide moments of dark humor.
As the story unfolds, Tom's character undergoes a transformation. Initially, he is naive and impressionable, but he gradually becomes more hardened and desensitized to the violence that surrounds him. Meanwhile, Jerry grapples with the moral consequences of his actions and the toll it takes on his personal life.
The film's climax forces Jerry and Tom to confront the consequences of their choices, leading to a shocking and thought-provoking conclusion that explores the true nature of their relationship and the moral ambiguity of their profession.
"Jerry and Tom" (1998) is a dark and thought-provoking exploration of the lives of hitmen, delving into the psychological and moral complexities of their world. It combines moments of humor with moments of stark realism, offering a unique perspective on the human side of characters engaged in a profession marked by violence and moral ambiguity.
"The Gerson Miracle" delves into the life and work of Dr. Max Gerson, a German-born physician who developed the Gerson Therapy in the early 20th century. The therapy involves a strict dietary regimen that primarily consists of organic fruits and vegetables, raw juices, and coffee enemas. Dr. Gerson claimed that this treatment could effectively treat various chronic illnesses, including cancer.
The documentary features interviews with individuals who have sought out the Gerson Therapy as a treatment for cancer and other serious diseases. These patients share their personal experiences, detailing the challenges and successes they encountered while following the therapy. Additionally, the film explores the controversy surrounding the Gerson Therapy, with critics questioning its effectiveness and safety.
Throughout the documentary, viewers gain insights into the medical community's skepticism toward alternative treatments like the Gerson Therapy and the ongoing debate about the role of nutrition in healing serious illnesses. The film also delves into the political and economic factors that have influenced the acceptance and accessibility of alternative treatments within the healthcare system.
"The Gerson Miracle" serves as a thought-provoking exploration of alternative medicine and its impact on individuals facing life-threatening diseases. It raises questions about the conventional medical establishment, the power of dietary interventions, and the complex journey that patients with serious illnesses often undertake in search of healing and hope. Ultimately, the documentary provides a platform for viewers to consider the multifaceted issues surrounding alternative healthcare and the choices individuals make when faced with critical health decisions.
Cast: Meghan Markle, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Adrienne Barbeau, Joe Pantoliano
Detective Sarah Turner (played by Emily Blunt) is a dedicated and fearless investigator in the picturesque coastal town of Harbor Bay. Her world is turned upside down when the town's beloved philanthropist, Richard Monroe, is brutally murdered in his opulent mansion. The case sends shockwaves through the community, and the pressure on Sarah to solve it mounts.
As Sarah and her partner, Detective Mike Rodriguez (played by Javier Bardem), begin to unravel the threads of the murder, they uncover a complex web of deceit, jealousy, and revenge. Suspects emerge from all corners, including Monroe's estranged family members, business associates with shady dealings, and even a mysterious woman from Sarah's past.
The deeper Sarah digs into the case, the more she realizes that her personal history is inexplicably intertwined with the murder. Haunted by her own secrets, she must confront her past while racing against time to catch a killer who seems to always be one step ahead. With each revelation, Sarah's trust in those around her erodes, and she must rely on her instincts and intelligence to navigate the treacherous waters of deception.
"Deceit" is a gripping thriller that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats as they follow Sarah's relentless pursuit of the truth. As the layers of deception are peeled away, the film explores themes of betrayal, redemption, and the enduring power of trust in a world where appearances can be deceiving. Will Sarah uncover the killer's identity before her own secrets are exposed, or will the past consume her in a chilling game of cat and mouse?
Cast: Stephen Huszar, Kimberly-Sue Murray, Paniz Zade
After her father is hurt in a timber accident, Katie Jolly must enter a lumberjack competition to save her family's business. But when the paramedic who saved her dad's life also joins the contest, a romance sparks just in time for Christmas.
Cast: Stacy Keach, Alex Meneses, Nicole Eggert, Cindy Morgan
Amanda Patterson (Nicole Eggert) is an ordinary young woman living in a small town. Her life takes an extraordinary turn when she encounters a spaceship that crash-lands near her home. To her surprise, the pilot of the spaceship is a friendly and handsome extraterrestrial named Zevo (Michael Dorn), who has the ability to transform into any living creature he touches.
Despite her initial shock, Amanda decides to help Zevo evade the authorities who are searching for him. As they spend time together, Amanda and Zevo form a unique and close bond. Amanda introduces Zevo to life on Earth, including human customs and everyday experiences, while Zevo's shape-shifting abilities lead to comical and sometimes bizarre situations.
However, the situation becomes increasingly complicated when a government agent named Roderick (Alex Meneses) becomes determined to capture Zevo and exploit his shape-shifting abilities for military purposes. Amanda and Zevo find themselves on the run, with Roderick hot on their trail.
As Amanda and Zevo's friendship deepens, they must find a way to outsmart Roderick and help Zevo return to his home planet safely. Along the way, they encounter a series of humorous and adventurous escapades, all while navigating the challenges of an otherworldly friendship.
"Amanda & the Alien" is a delightful and light-hearted sci-fi comedy that explores themes of friendship, acceptance, and the idea that connections can transcend even the boundaries of worlds. The film's charm lies in the dynamic between the endearing Amanda and the shape-shifting, charismatic Zevo, as they embark on a journey that is as heartwarming as it is out of this world.
Cast: Diane Ladd, Tiya Sircar, Edward Ruttle, Veena Sood
Whitney Kennison (Tiya Sircar), a successful but busy advertising executive, is reluctantly heading home for Christmas to visit her family. Her childhood home, filled with cherished memories of Christmas past, is now being prepared for sale. Whitney's task is to help her family sort through their belongings and decide what to keep and what to part with.
As she sifts through boxes of ornaments, decorations, and mementos, Whitney stumbles upon a box of old Christmas cards and letters, each carrying heartfelt messages from her grandparents. These letters rekindle her love for the holiday season and awaken fond memories of her grandparents' Christmas traditions.
Amidst the preparations and family gatherings, Whitney crosses paths with Dave (Edward Ruttle), her high school sweetheart, who is now a widower with a young daughter. Their unexpected reunion brings back a flood of emotions and shared memories.
While navigating the challenges of helping her family let go of their childhood home, Whitney begins to reevaluate her own life choices and priorities. She also finds herself drawn to the possibility of rekindling her romance with Dave and creating new traditions for her future.
"Christmas Lost and Found" is a heartwarming story of rediscovery and the enduring importance of family and love during the holiday season. As Whitney rediscovers the magic of Christmas and the significance of old connections, the film reminds us that the spirit of the holidays is not just about presents and decorations but about the love, warmth, and togetherness that make this season truly special.
Cast: Bethany Joy Lenz, Tyler Hynes, Andrew W. Walker, Lynda Boyd
Jamie (Hynes) hasn't told his family that he and his now ex-girlfriend Emily (Lenz) broke up. After an inopportune run-in with Emily at the train station in his hometown, Jamie convinces her to pretend they're still a couple to avoid ruining Christmas for his family. Jamie and Emily engage in a week-long ruse of engaging in his family's holiday activities together. While they're stuck in his family's home together, the pair discovers their relationship might still have some potential, resulting in a very unexpected Christmas.
Cast: Marisol Nichols, James M Jenkinson, Paul Greene, Barbara Eve Harris
Chris Winnacker, the CEO and co-founder of CJ Toys, has wanted to be a toy-maker since she was ten. Her focus the last several years has been to expand the business, in the process she having lost the spirit of toys and Christmas, despite Christmas being her complete given name. She believes she's gotten what she wished for when, a few weeks before Christmas, she is approached by Kathleen Keller, CEO of the much larger Arlo Toys, who, upon Kathleen's imminent retirement, proposes a merger between the two companies with Chris as the CEO of the new company all pending approval by the Arlo board. The one technicality is that Kathleen requires the contract to be signed by CJ's other co-founder and CEO, Joe Sullivan, the "J" in CJ. The problem for Chris is that Joe walked out on her and the business seven years ago, the two who have not spoken since and his whereabouts unknown. She is also unaware the reason he left was that he believed she had lost the spirit of what made them start the business together, that spirit which was present when they made and sold their first toys together as children. She is able to track him down, he working at his father Tucker Sullivan's antiques and collectibles store focusing on the musical and toy collectibles in their sale and repair, this job until he figures out his next move whenever his father sells the business. Initially refusing to provide his consent for the merger in it not being his vision for CJ, Joe does eventually provide at least a verbal consent in return for Chris volunteering her time to help in a Christmas fundraiser he organizes, the Christmas Toy Drive Jamboree, culminating with the jamboree on December 23rd. Without telling her, Joe is hoping that Chris, in volunteering her time, regains the spirit that made them start CJ Toys together in the first place. He is also doing it in that he has secretly been in love with her since they were ten. While there has been that unspoken feeling on Chris' side all these years as well, the question then becomes whether they can bridge the gap on the professional and emotional side of the equation for that romantic side to take root, not being able to achieve the former which will probably lead to them once again going their separate ways despite neither truly wanting that to happen.