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Derek S.

The African Queen

The African Queen is an American classic that stars two of the most prolific…

More The African Queen is an American classic that stars two of the most prolific actors of all time - Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn. An adventure story about two people using an old steamboat and all their wits to get out of Africa before German soldiers invade, what makes this World War I tale a classic is the chemistry between Bogart and Hepburn. Their relationship arc from beginning to end is one for the ages. They start off as two people that hate each other down to the core, but by the end of the movie, they work together to fight the Germans while falling in love in the process. Ranked as the 65th greatest movie of all time according to the American Film Institute, The African Queen is one adventurous love story you don't want to miss.
- Derek S.

Julie H.

Harriet the Spy

I was 7 years old when “Harriet the Spy” premiered in theaters and I begged…

More I was 7 years old when “Harriet the Spy” premiered in theaters and I begged my parents to take me to see it. In my mind, she was THE coolest middle school kid: growing up in NYC, aspiring to be a journalist, going on adventures with her friends. I wanted to be just like her when I finally got to sixth grade. It was also one of the first movies that I watched as a child that had a darker edge. It taught me that life isn’t so black and white and actions have real consequences. It’s a great film to watch when I want to take a nostalgic trip back to the 90’s.
- Julie H.

Valerie B.

Uptown Girls

This is definitely a guilty pleasure for me! 2003 was a great year for both Dakota…

More This is definitely a guilty pleasure for me! 2003 was a great year for both Dakota Fanning and Brittany Murphy, and I love them together in this precious comedy. Dakota is in her prime cute stage and Brittany is young, fresh, and full of life, just the way she should always be remembered. Brittany plays an immature adult needing to take her life a little more seriously, and Dakota plays a young girl who could stand to loosen up a bit. Naturally, they help each other to find the right balance.
- Valerie B.

Matt S.

Cujo

It’s impossible to be dubbed ‘The King of Horror’ without delivering a few scares! Throughout…

More It’s impossible to be dubbed ‘The King of Horror’ without delivering a few scares! Throughout his illustrious career, Stephen King has created memorable characters including a killer clown (It), a disturbed author (The Shining), an obsessed fan (Misery), and a telekinetic teenager (Carrie), that have entertained and frightened us. In Cujo, his focus shifts to the family pet. When a lovable St. Bernard contracts rabies via a bat bite, he begins to terrorize a small town, including a protective mother (Dee Wallace, E.T.) and her young son (Danny Pintauro, Who’s the Boss). Even an animal-lover would think twice about getting a dog after watching this flick.
- Matt S.

Shannon E.

Bay of Blood

You know a movie is going to be crazy when there are two killings in the first 10…

More You know a movie is going to be crazy when there are two killings in the first 10 minutes. Bay Of Blood is an excellent 70's horror flick truly nailing the key points to a great slasher film. 1 - Psychopath stalking his prey 2 - Brutal kills galore 3 - Half naked damsel in distress screaming through the woods 4 - Revenge! The story's plot line circles around the seemingly tranquil bay and the things some people do for what they think is rightfully theirs. A total favorite of mine by Mario Bava. Watch if you dare!
- Shannon E.

Mike G.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

When the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, it’s the crew of USS Enterprise…

More When the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, it’s the crew of USS Enterprise to the rescue…even if they blew up the Enterprise in the previous movie (see Star Trek III: The Search for Spock). The Voyage Home is arguably the most fun of the Star Trek movie franchise. While the ecological/conservationist message of the film is hard to miss, there’s a lot of humor to be beamed aboard when our 23rd century heroes find themselves trying to save Earth’s future by liberating an endangered species from San Francisco in the 1980s.
- Mike G.

Mike R.

Mad Max

Get down with the ultra-cool original version of this movie before the hotly…

More Get down with the ultra-cool original version of this movie before the hotly anticipated remake hits theaters next summer. Mel Gibson, in one of his first movie roles, stars (with his voice dubbed over even though he was an American-born transplant living in Australia where the film was made at the time), as a cop who’s “the last law in a world gone out of control” where bikers rule the roads and the pulse pounding action is non-stop. Working on a tight budget and beyond the controls of Hollywood the filmmakers were able to create a truly exhilarating movie where the danger’s real, the characters are outrageous and the creativity is boundless. The film was a tremendous success spawning 2 big budget sequels and now the upcoming re-imaged version which would be easy for me to dismiss if I didn’t know that the original filmmaker, George Miller directed it once again. The character of Mad Max has truly become a movie icon – and for good reason – he’s awesome. “Pray that he’s out there… Somewhere.”
- Mike R.

Melissa K

The Birdcage

At its core, The Birdcage is about family relationships; living with, loving…

More At its core, The Birdcage is about family relationships; living with, loving, and supporting the crazy people in life… the ones you don't get to pick. It's also one of those films that will have you laughing so hard you'll be crying by the time it's over. Adapted from the popular French musical farce La Cage aux Folles, The Birdcage is all about character, and trust me, this ensemble is full of colorful ones. Robin Williams plays Armand, the owner of a drag revue in South Beach, which stars his lover of some 20 years, Albert (Nathan Lane), an aging, insecure drama queen. Add to the mix Armand's son Val (Dan Futterman) has just become engaged to the daughter of a conservative US Senator (Gene Hackman), and wants to introduce her and her parents to his dad, but not Albert, well, you can imagine how hilariously crazy things get. Full of punchlines as memorable as the characters delivering them, The Birdcage is a comedy that only gets better the more you watch it.
- Melissa K