Monty PythonThe Monty Python team are at it again in their second movie. This time we follow King Arthur and his knights in their search for the Holy Grail. This isn't your average medieval knights and horses story - for a start, due to a shortage in the kingdom, all the horses have been replaced by servants clopping coconuts together!
Jean-François RichetAntoine and Laurent, old friends, spend their vacation in Corsica with their respective daughters: seventeen-year-old Louna and eighteen-year-old Marie. One evening at the beach, Louna seduces Laurent. Louna is in love, but for Laurent it was nothing more than a momentary distraction. Without revealing her lover's name, Louna confides in her father, who tries by any means to discover who his daughter's lover is. How long will the secret be able to be kept hidden?
Jonathan Dayton & Valerie FarisFather Richard (Greg Kinnear) is desperately trying to sell his motivational success program... with no success. Meanwhile, "pro-honesty" mom Sheryl (Toni Collette) lends support to her eccentric family, including her depressed brother (Steve Carell), fresh out of the hospital after being jilted by his lover. Then there are the younger Hoovers - the seven-year-old, would-be beauty queen Olive (Abigail Breslin) and Dwayne (Paul Dano), a Nietzsche-reading teen who has taken a vow of silence. Topping off the family is the foul-mouthed grandfather (Alan Arkin), whose outrageous behavior recently got him evicted from his retirement home. When Olive is invited to compete in the "Little Miss Sunshine" pageant in far-off California, the family piles into their rusted-out VW bus to rally behind her - with riotously funny results.
David Mickey EvansIt's the early 1960s and fifth-grader Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry) has just moved into town with his folks (Karen Allen and Denis Leary). Kids call him a dork—he can't even throw a baseball! But that changes when the leader of the neighborhood gang recruits him to play on the nearby sandlot field. It's the beginning of a magical summer of baseball, wild adventures, first kisses, and fearsome confrontations with the dreaded Beast and its owner (James Earl Jones) who live behind the left field fence. Soon nine boys have become best friends, Scotty is part of a team, and their leader has become a local legend in this hilarious and warmhearted comedy.
Trevor NunnAfter a surviving a disaster at sea, Viola, in a foreign land, disguises herself as her identical brother, and becomes the go-between for the lovelorn Count Orsino and disinterested Lady Olivia. The disguised Viola soon discovers that Olivia isn't in love with Orsino, she's in love with Viola in disguise! Much comedic confusion ensues, as mistaken identity causes characters to fall in and out of love with other characters who are in and out of disguises, all leading to a Shakespearian happy ending where those who should be in love are, and with the correct people. Starring a phenomenal cast of British actors, including Sir Ben Kingsley ("Schindler's List"), Helena Bonham Carter ("Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"), Nigel Hawthorne ("The Madness of King George"), Mel Smith ("The Princess Bride"), Imelda Staunton ("Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"), Imogen Stubbs ("Sense and Sensibility") and Richard E. Grant ("The Player").
Jim AbrahamsRecruited to join a top-secret mission for the Air Force, a renegade pilot (Sheen) finds himself coping with an incompetent admiral (Bridges) and a carefully-selected squadron of flyers who are either inept or half-blind. He also winds up in competition with the corps' model of military perfection (Elwes) for the heart of the base's sultry psychiatrist (Golino).
Rod DanielIt's tough being nine. Tougher still is spending christmas with dad (Jason Beghe) at his new girlfriend Natalie's (Joanna Going) mansion even though it's loaded with all the techno-gadgets any kid could hope for! But this Christmas, Kevin (Michael Weinberg) is really in hot water again, and so are Marv (French Stewart) and his sidekick (Missi Pyle), who are trying to rob natalie's house! With funnier and more high-tech, crime-stopping wizardry at his disposal than ever, Kevin just might finally put these crooks on ice forever - and keep his parents together while he's at it - in this uplifting, hilarious comedy the whole family is sure to love!
Jonathan LevineFred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) is a gifted and free-spirited journalist with an affinity for trouble. Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) is one of the most influential women in the world. Smart, sophisticated, and accomplished, she's a powerhouse diplomat with a talent for…well, mostly everything. The two have nothing in common, except that she was his babysitter and childhood crush. When Fred unexpectedly reconnects with Charlotte, he charms her with his self-deprecating humor and his memories of her youthful idealism. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte impulsively hires Fred as her speechwriter, much to the dismay of her trusted advisors. A fish out of water on Charlotte's elite team, Fred is unprepared for her glamorous lifestyle in the limelight. However, sparks fly as their unmistakable chemistry leads to a round-the-world romance and a series of unexpected and dangerous incidents.
Ana ZinsOn Christmas weekend, in a quaint Texas hotel, Joe Bingham runs into the love of his life, Amy Walker (the one that got away), who's visiting home for the holiday. The kick is it's on the eve of Joe's white-winter wedding nuptials to Daisy Spur, the "girl next door" who he's settling for. Now, Joe has one night to find out if there's a chance he can get back together with Amy before he marries Daisy with no regrets.
Robert ParrishPeter Sellers, Britt Eklund and Rossano Brazzi star in this comic farce about a shy, bumbling, third-rate, singing matador with dreams of becoming Spain's most popular troubadour, but who is generally known as The Bobo. This man, whose moniker is the Spanish word for "fool," earns a chance for a star booking--and fame--if he can woo and win the heart of Barcelona's most beautiful temptress, an unconquerable blonde who leaves a trail of broken hearts as she collects luxury flats and new Maseratis. But for the matador to earn his prize, he must, within three days, convince the seductress to fall in love with The Bobo.
Pedro AlmodóvarIn this high-spirited sex comedy, a famous actress is reunited with the daughter she abandoned as a child. Her daughter's husband turns out to be none other than her ex-lover, and they rekindle the old flame.
Whitney CummingsWhat makes a woman swipe right for Mr. Wrong and left for Mr. Right? This simultaneously entertaining and enlightening comedy is a fresh, witty, and all-too-relatable look at the real-life science behind our (often regrettable) romantic impulses. Writer-director Whitney Cummings (2 Broke Girls) stars as no-nonsense neuroscientist Julia, whose research into the biochemistry of the female brain is illustrated by three couples: newlyweds Zoe (Cecily Strong) and Greg (Blake Griffin), whose career troubles seep into their relationship; Lisa (Sofia Vergara) and Steven (Deon Cole), who are looking to spice up their stuck-in-a-rut marriage; and Lexi (Lucy Punch) who can't help trying to change her boyfriend Adam (James Marsden). Meanwhile, the straight-laced Julia's own synapses start to fire when a handsome new subject (Toby Kebbell) joins her study…
Martha CoolidgeAcademy Award(R)-winner Geena Davis shines as Angie, a young Brooklyn-born woman who's witty, irreverent, and irresistible! With her wild ambitions and stubborn independence, Angie won't let anyone -- or anything -- stand in the way of her dreams. When Angie finds out she's pregnant by her longtime boyfriend, she has no plans to get married and settle down. Instead, she decides it's a good time to set out and find her way in the world. As you can imagine, her unpredictable behavior drives her bewildered family and friends crazy!
Lucas ReinerIn anticipation of celebrating America's 300th birthday, three time travelers from 2176 go into the past to find the true basis of America and with hopes of retrieving the Constitution. But when something goes awry, the travelers end up in 1976, and not realizing their fate, the laughs begin in this comedic spoof of the '70s as they study the "ideal" society! Starring Olivia D'Abo ("Point of No Return," TV's "The Wonder Years"), Carl Reiner ("Ocean's Eleven"), David Cassidy ("The Partridge Family"), Leif Garrett ("The Outsiders") and with appearances by members of Devo.
Kelly Fremon CraigIn the vein of classic coming-of-age films like Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, The Edge of Seventeen is a poignant and hilarious look at what it's like to be a teenager today. Growing up is hard, and life is no easier for Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld, Pitch Perfect 2), who is already at peak awkwardness when her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson, Ravenswood) begins dating her all-star brother Darian (Blake Jenner, Glee). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever. With the help of her reluctant sounding-board (Woody Harrelson, True Detective), she soon discovers that what feels like the end of the world may just be the beginning of growing up. Also starring Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), see the movie critics are calling "an instant high school movie classic" (Dave Ehrlich, IndieWire).
Thomas LiltiThe Freshmen, the fourth feature by Thomas Lilti, is once again showing off his knack for crafting popular works that focus on intelligent societal comedies in the medical field and this time, is focusing on the fiercely competition of the first year of medical school. The Freshmen follows Antoine, who is about to start his first year of medical school, for the third time. Meanwhile, Benjamin, fresh out of high school, will have his first stab at it. He soon realizes that it’s not exactly a walk in the park. With nights dedicated to hard studying, rather than hard partying, the two freshers will have to adapt and find a middle ground between despair for the present and hope for the future.
Aki KaurismäkiIn this warmhearted portrait of the French harbor city that gives the film its name, fate throws young African refugee Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) into the path of Marcel Marx (André Wilms), a well-spoken bohemian who works as a shoeshiner. With innate optimism and the unwavering support of his community, Marcel stands up to officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation. A political fairy tale that exists somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and the classic cinema of Jean-Pierre Melville and Marcel Carné, Le Havre is a charming, deadpan delight.
Roman PolanskiBased on the Tony Award-winning Broadway play by David Ives, VENUS IN FUR is the latest film from master filmmaker Roman Polanski. Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of auditioning actresses for his new play, writer-director Thomas (Mathieu Amalric) complains that no actress he’s seen has what it takes to play the lead female character: a woman who enters into an agreement with her male counterpart to dominate him as her slave. Thomas is about to leave the theater when actress Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner) bursts in, a whirlwind of erratic - and, it turns out, erotic - energy. At first she seems to embody everything Thomas has been lamenting. She is pushy, foul-mouthed, desperate and ill-prepared - or so it seems. When Thomas finally, reluctantly, agrees to let her try out for the part, he is stunned and captivated by her transformation. Not only is Vanda a perfect fit (even sharing the character's name), but she apparently has researched the role exhaustively, learned her lines
Carl ReinerThat wild and crazy guy, Steve Martin, makes his film-starring debut in the wacky comedy hit The Jerk. Steve plays Navin Johnson, the adopted son of a poor black sharecropper family, whose crazy inventions lead him from rags to riches...right back to rags. Steve propels Navin through a string of misadventures-becoming smitten with a lady motorcycle racer, surviving a series of screwball attacks by a deranged killer, and becoming a millionaire by inventing the "Opti-grab" handle for eyeglasses-and shows why he's one of the hottest comic performers in the world.
David Mickey EvansThe story begins as Richard Newton, his wife Beth, daughter Sara and son Brennan prepare for a cross-country drive to a family reunion. For Richard, it's a dream vacation. For his family, it's boredom on wheels - until the appearance of a surprise passenger: the huge, rollicking, slobbering, lovable dog, Beethoven. Richard has promised to take Beethoven to the reunion and deliver him to his owner, Richard's brother. Beth and Brennan are less than thrilled with this news, especially when the excitable Beethoven unleashes a string of canine calamities! But when two bumbling thieves threaten the safety of the Newtons, it's Beethoven who sets out to put the bite on the bad guys and forever win a place in his new family's hearts.
George CukorKatharine Hepburn is the snooty daughter of a wealthy Philadelphia family and about to marry for the second time. Things get hilariously complicated when her cunning ex-husband Cary Grant enters the scene with tabloid reporter James Stewart in tow. While Stewart falls helplessly in love with Hepburn, she rejects her stuffed-shirt fiance and realizes she's still in love with Grant. One of the greatest romantic comedies ever produced, it was recently selected as one of the top 100 American films of all time by the prestigious American Film Institute. Nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and winner for Best Screenplay. Stewart ("It's A Wonderful Life," "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington") took home an Oscar for his earnest portrayal of the smitten reporter, and Oscar-winner Hepburn ("The African Queen," "On Golden Pond") received her third nomination. Ruth Hussey ("Northwest Passage") earned an Oscar-nomination as a cynical tabloid photographer.
Will Speck & Josh GordonYou're invited to the most outrageous holiday party of the season, featuring an UNRATED CUT included in iTunes Extras! When the CEO (Jennifer Aniston) decides to close her hard-partying brother’s branch, he (T.J. Miller) and his fired up co-workers (Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, Kate McKinnon) decide to throw an epic office party to land a big VIP and save everyone’s jobs. Fueled by booze and bad decisions, things quickly spiral out-of-control in this wild and raunchy comedy. Office Christmas Party is the gift that keeps on giving!
Stephen FrearsThe story takes place in Barrytown, North Dublin in December of 1989. After just having received his pink-slip, Bimbo hits upon an idea: he'll buy a fish'n'chips van with his severance pay. His intrepid pal Weslie unearths a van at a reasonable price and Bimbo has his premises. It is dangerous, disgusting, beyond filthy and "like the inside of a leper," says Bimbo, but it does have four wheels and an engine. Bimbo offers to make Larry, his oldest and closest friend (and a fully paid member of the unemployed), a partner. Despite hair-raising encounters with hostile customers and supercilious officials, the van is an instant success. But as business prospers, their friendship falters. Their uneasy relationship produces only mutual resentment and it threatens to turn violent; and an unhappy Bimbo makes a quixotic last bid, desperate, drunken - and daft - to put things back the way they were.
Daniel SchechterAn NYC Professor (Justin Long) spends the week reconnecting with his family while defending his reputation over controversial behavior at his college. Meanwhile, his family is determined to make an around-the-clock effort to support their matriarch, Agatha (Lynn Cohen), when she's admitted to New York's Presbyterian Hospital and is expected to die within a few days. No one's handling this particularly well and, to make matters worse, each family member is struggling with other problems of their own. Agatha's daughter, Diane (Fran Drescher) is fully unprepared for a life without her mother, and oddly enough, she ends up finding comfort in an unexpected place... her ex-husband. This laugh-out-loud comedy is about how sometimes your crazy family can really come through, just when you need them the most.
Greg MottolaSimon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) reunite as sci-fi geeks taking a pilgrimage to America’s UFO heartland. There they meet a smart-ass alien, Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen), who takes them on an insane road trip. As they struggle to return Paul home, the little green man might just take the outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes. From the director of Superbad, Greg Mottola, and with a stellar supporting cast including Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Joe Lo Truglio, Jane Lynch and Sigourney Weaver, Paul is a must-own comedy adventure not to be missed!
Del ShoresBased on the Shores’ play of the same name, “Sordid Lives” tells the story of a trash-talking, wacky family who gathers for their grandmother’s funeral. When their grandmother is found dead in a seedy hotel room next to a much younger man, her passing brings the small community together as the town's characters rehash their worthless lives one by one (including a man with wooden legs, a tattooed barfly, and a transvestite in an insane asylum).
Brad SilberlingDear Viewer, If you enjoy movies filled with singing rabbits, exploding spaceships, or cheerleaders, you are looking at the wrong film entirely. This movie is extremely alarming, an expression which here means "a thrilling misadventure involving three ingenious orphans and a villainous actor named Count Olaf (Jim Carrey) who wants their enormous fortune." It includes a suspicious fire, delicious pasta, Jim Carrey, poorly behaved leeches, an incredibly deadly viper, Meryl Streep, and the voice of an impostor named Jude Law. The only things that could make such a spectacle more upsetting are special features, such as commentary by me or outtakes involving nervous laughter. I am bound to continue my research into the lives of the Baudelaire orphans, but you are free to seek lighter fare, like blue cheese fondue. With all due respect, Lemony Snicket
Mel BrooksHigh Anxiety is Mel Brooks' renowned spoof of over ten Alfred Hitchcock classics, including Psycho, Vertigo, and The Birds. After a Harvard psychiatrist (Brooks) takes over the Psycho-Neurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous, he realizes his predecessor died under suspicious circumstances. When events take a murderous turn, he is accused of the crime and left with a full blown case of "High Anxiety." Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman and Cloris Leachman co-star in this hilarious parody.
Brad EpsteinBest buds Harris (Russell Peters) and Reeves (Faizon Love) smoke top secret, CIA weed in 1986 and wake up thirty years later. Now older and fatter, the two decide to take stoner entrepreneurship to an even higher level.
Bobcat GoldthwaitFrank (Joel Murray) has had enough of the downward spiral of American culture. Divorced, recently fired, and possibly terminally ill, Frank feels he has nothing left to live for. However, instead of taking his own life, he embarks on a killing spree with cohort Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr), who shares his sense of rage and disenfranchisement, and together they launch a nation-wide assault on the country’s dumbest, most irritating celebrities.
Nick CastleAn exploration from within a child's imagination of a carefree world where neighbors still look out for one another, kids have hearts of gold under grimy overalls, and a friendship between a young boy and his cantankerous neighbor offers warm and comical surprises.
Santino CampanelliA coming-of-age comedy about Jimmy (Tucker Albrizzi), a quiet, heavy-set high school kid who is constantly tormented by the resident school bully Miles (Jack DiFalco) and his cronies. After an altercation on his way home from school lands him a chance meeting with former professional boxer "Action" Jackson (Ron Canada) and trainer Manny (Danny Trejo), Jimmy decides to learn how to fight back.
Satyajit RayShatranj Ke Khilari is based on Munshi Premchand’s short story. It showcases the life of people in India in the 19th century. It places emphasis on Indian rebellion of 1857. It focuses on events surrounding the British annexation of the Indian State of Awadh. The movie also shows the politics around the colonial expansion by the British East India Company. Wazed Ali Shah played by Amjad Khan is the ruler of one of the last independent kingdoms of India.
Tyler PerryWhen a judge orders Madea to do 20 hours of community service at a local retirement home, the residents and staff are not ready for her special brand of “the truth.” But all's well that ends well when Madea helps the residents of Easy Rest Retirement Home realize the importance of family, love and forgiveness.
Jan HrebejkTwo ostensibly ordinary middle-aged couples are linked by more than just a lifelong friendship, a shared house in a small town and same-aged adolescent children: they are linked by love. Both men, who are work colleagues, sincerely love their wives, but they both also harbor a secret yearning for the other's wife. When, by a stroke of fortune, the foursome finds themselves on an almost uninhabited island in the Caribbean, it's just a matter of time before their long-suppressed feelings come out.
Jeff TremaineBecause too much is never enough! The complete cast and crew of Jackass 3D return with an all-new movie. Loaded with OVER AN HOUR of outrageous bonus footage, get all of the hilarious pranks, stupidity and mayhem you crave with Jackass 3.5.
Chad HartiganCraig Robinson stars as the father of 13-year-old Morris; though they have just relocated to Germany, Morris won’t let anything stop his pursuit of hip-hop stardom and the girl of his dreams in this hilarious and heartwarming coming-of-age comedy.
Oliver ParkerInternational funnyman Rowan Atkinson (Johnny English, Mr. Bean) returns as the accidental secret agent who doesn’t know fear -- or danger -- in this hilarious spy film spoof that’s outrageous fun for the whole family! In his latest mission, Johnny English must stop a group of international assassins before they eliminate a world leader and cause global chaos. With just one shot at redemption, he will use (or misuse) the latest high-tech gadgets and every trick in his playbook to protect us all. Critics cheer, “You’ll get a kick out of Johnny English Reborn!” (Scott Bowles, USA Today)
Rob ReinerMichael Douglas and Diane Keaton star in acclaimed director Rob Reiner’s smart, sexy comedy about life, love and second chances. After his estranged son asks him to raise the granddaughter he didn’t know he had, intolerant Oren Little pawns the girl off on his lounge singer neighbor Leah (Keaton). But over time, Oren’s cramped heart begins to open, proving it’s never too late to change!
Dermot MulroneyMandy Moore (License to Wed, Because I said So) is a marriage counselor whose life as a newly wed married to Kellan Lutz (Twilight) is turned upside down when she discovers her parents' happy marriage is unexpectedly headed for divorce. Determined to reconcile her parents for their 30th anniversary surprise party she stops at nothing plunging from one compromising situation to another. Will she destroy her own marriage and her professional life in her attempt to get her parents back together?
Nora EphronAcademy Award-nominee and Golden Globe-winner John Travolta ("Be Cool," "Ladder 49"), a hard-living, promiscuous angel living on Earth who drinks, smokes and smells like cookies, is investigated by two tabloid journalists who eventually learn from him the true meaning of love. From Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominee Nora Ephron ("Bewitched," "Sleepless in Seattle"), with an all-star supporting cast, including Golden Globe-nominee Andie MacDowell ("Beauty Shop," "Four Weddings and a Funeral"), Academy Award-winner and Golden Globe-nominee William Hurt ("Syriana," "The Village""), Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Jean Stapleton ("You've Got Mail," TV's "All in the Family"), Academy Award nominee-Teri Garr ("Dumb & Dumber," "Mr. Mom"), Emmy-nominee Robert Pastorelli ("Be Cool," "Bait"), and Academy Award-nominee and Golden Globe-winner Bob Hoskins ("Unleashed," "Maid in Manhattan").
Raja GosnellWhen Frank Beardsley (Dennis Quaid), a widower of 8 children runs into his high school sweetheart, Helen North (Rene Russo), it's as if thirty years never passed! Helen, also a widow with ten kids of her own that include the six she and her husband adopted, feels the attraction as well. It's no wonder they rush into marriage without telling their kids. True love can conquer all-right? Unfortunately for Frank and Helen, the families don't mesh quite as easily as the newlyweds had hoped. They probably should have seen the culture clash coming: the disciplined Beardsleys run things by the book; for the energetic and vivacious Norths, there is no book. Helen's kids aren't pleased about moving and sharing rooms with a bunch of uptight strangers. Frank's children have nothing in common with the Norths. Since both sets of kids aren't happy, they devise a plan to undermine the marriage and team up to plot the breakup. East meets west as the two families finds a way to work together-in order to
Peyton ReedGolden Globe-winner Jim Carrey ("Bruce Almighty," "The Truman Show") stars in the hilarious comedy about a man who decides to say "yes" to everything, instead of saying "no" all the time, which had left him depressed and alone. Now, as the "Yes Man," he finds himself leading an exciting life, traveling the world meeting interesting people, and along they way finding romance. Also starring Bradley Cooper ("Wedding Crashers," "Failure to Launch"). Directed by Peyton Reed ("The Break-Up," "Bring It On") and produced by David Heyman ("Harry Potter" franchise) and Academy Award-winner Richard Zanuck ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Big Fish").
Bryan SpicerOne couple’s marriage is put to the ultimate test in this uproarious comedy about having it all, losing it all, and finding out what matters the most. Wealthy real estate developer Brad (Tim Allen) and his pampered wife, Caroline (Kirstie Alley), are the toast of New York City. But when a little financial fumbling lands them in a whole lot of hot water, they need to a place to hide out from the IRS – fast. And when the perfect place just happens to be an industrious Amish community, these out-of-towners will see if some hard work is just what they need to fall in love all over again.
Mervyn LeRoyAll hands on deck! Anyone wondering why Marie Dressler was such an extraordinary box-office draw need only to step aboard the tug Narcissus and sail away with Tugboat Annie for a knockabout comedy-drama. Dressler stars as savvy skipper Annie, steering through Pacific Northwest waters and through troubles with her hard-working, adoring son Alec (Robert Young) and her hapless, boozing husband Terry (Wallace Beery, Dressler's costar in Min and Bill). There are plenty of laughs, but also lots of familial strife, until life-threatening danger at sea brings out the best in Terry...and puts everyone's priorities in order.
Kevin SmithFrom Kevin Smith, the acclaimed director of Clerks, comes this outrageous story of two loafers, Jeremy London and Jason Lee, who spend way too much time hanging out at the mall. When Brodie (Lee) is dumped by his girlfriend, Shannen Doherty, he retreats to the mall with his best friend TS (London), whose girlfriend has also left him. Between brooding and visits to the food court, the unmotivated twosome decide to win their girlfriends back with the help of the ultimate delinquents, Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) and Jay (Jason Mewes), whose continuing adventures take the word "nuisance" to a whole new level.
Christopher GuestThe newest "mockumentary" from the inimitable Christopher Guest ("Best In Show," "This Is Spinal Tap") hilariously captures the reunion of 1960s folk musicians in New York, with a stellar ensemble cast whose hilarious improvisational comedy is as inspired as ever. Also starring Eugene Levy ("Bringing Down the House," the "American Pie" movies), Harry Shearer (TV's "The Simpsons," "This Is Spinal Tap"), Michael McKean ("Auto Focus," "Best in Show"), Parker Posey ("Superman Returns," "Best in Show"), Catherine O'Hara ("Home Alone," "Beetlejuice") and Fred Willard ("Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle").
Mike BigalowComedy superstar Rob Schneider is back once more as Deuce Bigalow, the big-hearted male gigolo with the least down below. Fleeing to Europe following a near run-in with the Malibu PD, Deuce finds himself thrust back into the pleasure-for-pay profession when his former pimp (Eddie Griffin) is wrongly accused of murdering Europe's highest-priced man-whores. Working under-the-covers, Deuce seduces a bevy of super-freaky female clients (as well as Dutch supermodel Hanna Verboom) to learn the identity of the real killer in this outrageous laugh-orgy that will have you screaming with delight from start to finish!
Bill DukeEverybody's favorite nun is back in the habit as Academy Award(R)-winner Whoopi Goldberg (Best Supporting Actress, 1990, GHOST) stirs up more laughs than ever before! This time, Whoopi goes undercover as Sister Mary Clarence at a troubled inner-city school. Equipped with a melody-marching lesson plan, she brings the gift of laughter, the power of music, and a touch of heavenly inspiration to the classroom -- before the streetwise students discover who she really is! Experience the joys of higher education with this crowd-pleasing favorite as Whoopi answers her calling once again and delivers her special brand of habit-forming fun!
Wes AndersonVisionary director Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast Trash Island, Atari sets off in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. With the assistance of his newfound mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.
Francesco AmatoElia (Toni Servillo, "The Great Beauty") is a Jewish psychoanalyst from a purely Freudian school of thought. Due to his austere and detached manner, he is reputed for immediately generating awe in his patients. Elia lives alone in a flat on the same floor as his ex-wife Giovanna, with whom he is still secretly in love. After a minor illness, his doctor prescribes an iron-rich diet and physical activity to lose a few extra kilos. That is how he chances upon Claudia, a personal trainer with the cult of physique but clearly not of mind...
Jon KasdanAspiring writer Carter Webb has just been dumped by his true love, Sophia. Heartbroken and depressed, Carter escapes Los Angeles to suburban Michigan to care for his ailing grandmother and to work on a book he has always wanted to write. Soon after his arrival, Carter stumbles into the lives of the family living directly across the street: Sarah Hardwicke, and her daughters, Paige and Lucy. His relationships with all of these women help Carter discover that what felt like an end was only just the beginning of something else...
Peter GodfreyJournalist Elizabeth Lane is one of the country's most famous food writer. In her columns, she describes herself as a hard working farm woman, taking care of her children and being an excellent cook. But this is all lies. In reality she is an unmarried New Yorker who can't even boil an egg. The recipes come from her good friend Felix. The owner of the magazine she works for has decided that a heroic sailor will spend his Christmas on 'her' farm. Miss Lane knows that her career is over if the truth comes out, but what can she do?
Richard HeffronBobby Ogden (Peter Fonda) is a wanted man. Radio wants him. Television wants him. Record companies want him. Fans want him. But most of all, Texas police want him - behind bars. So the chase is on! Outlaw Blues is the comic adventure of would-be country singer Bobby, whose tune Outlaw Blues has been stolen and recorded by a dirty-dealing rival. When he tries to set things right, he ends up a fugitive from justice instead. He also ends up in a breakneck, breakaway romance with Tina (Susan Saint James), a sassy backup singer whose promotional efforts propel Bobby's own record of the song to the top of the charts. Easy Rider Fonda gets high marks performing songs by country legends Hoyt Axton, Harlan Sanders and John Oates. Buckle up for a fast-lane, good ol' time.
Greg KinnearPHIL is a dark comedic adventure about the meaning of life and what makes us truly happy. Phil (Greg Kinnear), a depressed dentist, is shocked when his patient, a man who seemed to have the perfect life, kills himself. Determined to find out what would drive a man who had everything to end his life, Phil pretends to be a handyman and integrates himself into his patient’s life. How long can he keep up the double life when he is ready to end his normal one?
Wilford LeachThe Pirates of Penzance, Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic musical comedy of mistaken identity, comes swashbuckling to the screen with all the laughs, songs and stars that made it a long-running Broadway smash! Kevin Kline reprises his Tony Award winning role along with Angela Lansbury, Linda Ronstadt, George Rose and Rex Smith in the story of a roguish pirate king and his adventurous young charge who explore the coastline in search of treasure and romance. Digitally remastered for optimum picture quality, it’s a fresh, funny and colorful extravaganza that’s the very model of a modern movie musical.
Glenn Ficarra & John RequaI LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS is the improbable but true story of a spectacularly charismatic conman's journey from small-town businessman to flamboyant white-collar criminal, who repeatedly finds himself in trouble with the law and on the lam, brilliantly escaping from the Texas prison system on four separate occasions - all in the name of love.
Tim WhelanVictor Mature and Lucille Ball lead a star-studded cast in this wacky romantic comedy in which a serviceman has one week to wed an heiress. High-spirited soldier Johnny Grey suddenly inherits $100,000. There's just one catch: Johnny must marry heiress Terry (Ball), whom he has never met, within seven days. Supporting comedians and specialty performers include Harold Peary (in his traditional "Great Gildersleeve" radio persona), Ralph Edwards (shown hosting his popular television game show Truth or Consequences), announcer Charles Victor (emceeing his Court of Missing Heirs radio program), singers Ginny Simms and Marcy McGuire, south-of-the-border entertainer Mapy Cortes, and bandleaders Freddy Martin and Les Brown.
Jody HillBargain hunters at Forest Ridge Mall get more than they bargained for: a chubby flasher in a ratty bathrobe. They're repulsed. Security guard Ronnie Barnhardt isn't: "This disgusting pervert is the best thing that ever happened to me!" Catching the flasher may be his ticket to a real police job and to romance with a hot cosmetics-counter princess. Only one thing stands between Ronnie and destiny: a tall, handsome cop who actually knows what he's doing. Seth Rogen (Knocked Up), Anna Faris (the Scary Movie series) and Ray Liotta (GoodFellas) star in this mall-to-wall comedy covering acres of wild, sometimes raunchy, up-in-your-grill funny - all under one roof.
Allan MoyleThe employees of Empire Records, an independent music store on the verge of being sold to a large conglomerate, band together to stage a fund-raising party to raise enough money to buy the business.
Lee KirkFrom Tribeca Film, THE GIANT MECHANICAL MAN is a charming romantic comedy that proves it only takes one person to make you feel important. Starring Jenna Fischer ("The Office", "Hall Pass", "Blades of Glory"), Chris Messina ("Vicky Christina Barcelona", "Argo", "Julie & Julia"), Malin Akerman ("The Heartbreak Kid", "Watchmen", "Rock of Ages") and Topher Grace ("In Good Company", TV's "That 70's Show").
Nancy MeyersNick Marshall (Mel Gibson), an advertising executive and swinging bachelor accidentally stumbles upon the power to hear what women are thinking. Nick decides to use this newfound power to sabotage his boss Darcy (Helen Hunt) in order to further his own career. Things don't go exactly as planned when Nick falls in love with Darcy – creating conflict between his desire to get ahead and his inner voice telling him to follow his heart.
Guy MaddinHave you ever wanted to relive your childhood and do things differently? Guy Maddin (The Saddest Music In the World) casts B-movie icon Ann Savage and his domineering mother in attempt to answer that question in "My Winnipeg," a hilariously wacky and profoundly touching goodbye letter to his childhood hometown. This indie film from IFC is a documentary (or "docu-fantasia" as Maddin proclaims) that blends local and personal history with surrealist images and metaphorical myths that cover everything from the fire at the local park, which leads to a frozen lake of distressed horse heads, to pivotal, sometimes traumatic, factually heightened scenes from Maddin's own childhood. "My Winnipeg" is Maddin's most personal film and a truly unique cinematic experience, winning the best Canadian film at the Toronto International Film Festival and the opening night selection of the Berlin Film Festival's Forum.
S. Sylvan SimonThis tuneful slapstick comedy starring the legendary Bud Abbott and Lou Costello is based on a long-running Broadway extravaganza. Texas pet store employees Doc and Wishy are so desperate to return to New York that they stow away in the trunk of a car owned by a radio star. But they only end up involved in a crazy plot by German spies to take over a ranch. Classic slapstick routines include antics involving an auto turntable, a gigantic washing machine, and an elusive time bomb.
W.S.Van DykeJean Harlow and Robert Taylor star in this romantic comedy as a pair of golddiggers--one recently paroled, the other recently widowed...and both one step ahead of the law--who fall in love with each other even though they know they are both broke.
Damian HarrisIconic movie star Eve Wilde (Glenn Close) is getting married for the fourth time, raising concerns with her three grown sons and her ex-husband, Laurence (John Malkovich). As the entire extended family pours in to witness the nuptials of Eve and Harold (Patrick Stewart), the long summer weekend offers the opportunity for everyone to get to know each other a bit more intimately. As sexual sparks begin to fly, there are unforeseen consequences abound.
Joseph Gordon-LevittA New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love.
Malcolm D. LeeIt’s the summer of ’78 and if you’re looking for good times there is just one place to go: the local roller disco, where the music is hot, the girls are hotter, and the entire atmosphere is dynamite. Xavier Smith (Bow Wow), also known as X, is a young roller wiz who, along with his crew, once ruled supreme at their South Side of Chicago rink, the Palisades Gardens. But when the doors of their favorite hangout close, it marks the end of an era and the beginning of another that sees the boys venturing into completely foreign territory: the North Side’s swanky Sweetwater Roller Rink, with its sleek, well-to-do roller-boys and gorgeous girls in short-shorts. For X and his friends, Sweetwater is a brave new world that gives way to an impossible dream: to win the rink’s annual Roller Jam Skate-Off.
Zach BraffMorgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.
Staten Cousins RoeSerial murder meets self-help in A Serial Killer's Guide to Life - a darkly satirical cross between Thelma & Louise and Sightseers from the creative team behind the award-winning short film This Way Out (Best Comedy, Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2013). Self-help addict Lou (Katie Brayben, Luther) leads a mundane existence, dreaming of a more fulfilling life but reluctant to make the necessary plunge into the unknown. All that changes when she meets Val (Poppy Roe, The Big Finish), an ambitious life coach with a genuine killer instinct, and finds herself embarking on a murder spree with her unhinged new mentor as they traverse the south coast of England, leaving a trail of death and destruction in their wake. Boasting a terrific supporting cast including Sian Clifford (Fleabag) and Ben Lloyd-Hughes (Divergent), A Serial Killer's Guide to Life garnered critical praise during it's wildly successful festival tour. "Set to become a cult classic" - The Hollywood News, and "with a wit so sh
Jesse DylanYou're on the guest list for this Unrated American Wedding — the version you couldn't see in theaters! The American Pie gang returns to wreak havoc with a new rite of passage when Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) decide to get married. Of course, Stifler (Seann William Scott) will be there (bridesmaids!) and, more importantly, will throw the ultimate bachelor party (strippers!) So RSVP for the outrageously Unrated American Wedding experience in this hilariously hot, frantically funny final chapter of the unforgettable American Pie saga!
William DieterleBefore Bogart and Huston created the most enduring film version of Dashiell Hammett's detective novel The Maltese Falcon, this Bette Davis rendition brought the thriller to the screen in a somewhat comedic style, telling the twisting tale of a detective who is caught between a lying seductress and a lady jewel thief. Detective Ted Shayne (Warren William) is hired by Valerie Purvis (Davis) to find a woman named Madame Barrabas (Alison Skipworth). But Valerie has a secret that endangers Ted's life, while a valuable jewel-encrusted ram's horn serves as the key to the whole affair.
Woody AllenA tale of two married couples confronted with change who are forced to re-evaluate universal questions about marriage, fidelity, romance, trust and love. Blending his comedic and dramatic styles, Woody Allen revisits themes from his past films--relationships, commitment, and the complexities of thehuman heart.
Arthur HillerPlaza Suite is a confection of three witty comedic episodes starring one of America's finest comic actors, Walter Matthau. The scene is Suite 719 of New York City's Plaza Hotel. In the first scene, Matthau's wife (Maureen Stapleton), discovers that he is fooling around with his secretary. In the next episode, Matthau portrays a producer who calls an old flame for a rendezvous - but the lady has more on her mind than romance. In the final sequence, Matthau and Lee Grant are the frustrated parents of a bride-to-be who has locked herself in the bathroom - moments before the wedding! A delightful comedy, Plaza Suite is written in Neil Simon's sensitive and sophisticated style.
Andrew BergmanOn her deathbed, Jack Singer's (Nicolas Cage) mother makes him swear that he will never get married. Later, when his girlfriend Betsy (Sarah Jessica Parker) announces that she wants to start a family, he decides that they should immediately fly to Sin City for a Vegas wedding. Upon landing, he gets cold feet and instead joins famous cardshark Tommy Korman (James Caan) for a poker game. Korman hustles Jack into losing over $100,000, however, Korman has a solution; he has seen Besty in the hotel lobby and she's a dead ringer for his late wife, so he proposes that if Betsy spends the weekend with him, he will forgive Jack's debt. At first she merely thinks that Jack is procrastinating on the wedding and demurs, but finally goes with Korman to Hawaii to teach jack a lesson. Once she gets there, Korman turns on the charm and soon she ends up falling for him….leading Jack to try anything to get her back, including a famous scene where he skydives from a plane with a group of traveling Elv
Shawn LevyGet ready for big FAT laughs! Featuring Hollywood's hottest teen stars, Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle) and Nickelodeon's Amanda Bynes, Big Fat Liar is the hilarious revenge comedy filled with nonstop action and laugh-out-loud fun! Fourteen-year-old Jason Shepherd (Muniz) has a reputation for stretching the truth. So, when big-time Hollywood producer Marty Wolf (Paul Giamatti) steals his class paper and turns it into a smash hit movie, no one believes Jason's latest tall tale! On a cross-country adventure to set the record straight, Jason and best friend Kaylee (Bynes) devise a high-tech plan to squeeze the truth out of Wolf through a series of outrageous pranks, crazy stunts and big laughs. It's payback time - BIG TIME!
UnknownBen, aged 30, is about to marry Juliette ( Anais Demoustier, THE FRENCH MINISTER, ELLES). But his quiet little life will be turned on its head when he runs into the person whom he secretly wanted to see more than anyone: Vanessa (Emmanuelle Chriqui, ENTOURAGE, THE MENTALIST) the high-school sex bomb who never gave him a second glance. She’s back in Paris now, and he’s the only person she knows..
Dania Pasquini & Max GiwaMaddie is ecstatic that she is finally getting married to her gorgeous fiancé Raf. Her sister Taylor struggles to hold in her feelings for Raf, who is an ex-holiday flame and the love of her life. Set on the beautiful coast of Italy, a love triangle between sisters unfolds through the most popular hit songs of the 80’s.
Andy FickmanBilly Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei prove that laughter is relative in this hilarious comedy that’s fun for the whole family! Old-school grandparents Artie (Crystal) and Diane (Midler) get more than they bargained for when they get stuck babysitting their type-A daughter’s (Tomei) over-protected kids. But things go from hectic to hysterical when Artie realizes the kids are running the house with their newfangled technology. By playing by his own rules, which include sugary snacks, old fashioned games and tough love, Artie manages to outsmart the kids and achieve the impossible-bring the family closer together!
Larry CharlesOscar®-nominee and Golden Globe®-winner Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, Da Ali G Show and Talladega Nights) brings you the comedy that has started more conversations, generated more controversy and dared to go further than ever before! As Brüno travels the world in search of fame, everyone he encounters — celebrities, politicians, Hasidic Jews, terrorists and cage fighters — becomes a stepping-stone to stardom, with hilarious results! So prepare yourself for nonstop laughs in the film Peter Travers of Rolling Stone says should be “Numero uno on your funny-time list!”
Clarence BrownYoung Richard Miller feels the constraints of his turn-of-the-century New England hometown and close-knit family. Out there - why, out there is a world of advanced ideas like Socialism, advanced men like Oscar Wilde and advanced women who will actually kiss a fellow! So Richard tries to practice a little out there right where he is...with warm, wonderfully funny results. A sterling cast highlighted by Best Actor Oscar® winners* Wallace Beery and Lionel Barrymore plus an up-and-comer named Mickey Rooney gives Eugene O'Neill's only comedy the loving luster it deserves. Horseless carriages, straw boaters, nickle beer: Ah, Wilderness is a portrait of an America long gone - but forever remembered.
Barry LevinsonAcademy Award and Golden Globe-winner Robert De Niro ("Raging Bull," "Godfather: Part II") and Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Dustin Hoffman ("Rain Man," "Kramer vs. Kramer") star in a tale of politics, power and Hollywood so outrageous it could be true! Two weeks before re-election, the President of the United States is accused of accosting a girl scout. Before the news reaches the media, his advisors call in a political consultant specializing in image rescues. What to do? Hire a Hollywood producer to create a war -- distracting public attention from the scandal and rallying Americans to their President in surge of patriotic fever. Also starring Denis Leary, Kirsten Dunst and Woody Harrelson. Directed by Academy Award and Emmy Award-winner Barry Levinson ("Rain Man," TV's "Homicide: Life on the Street"). Based on the novel American Hero by Larry Beinhart.
Peter TemplemanJonah (True Blood's Ryan Kwanten) is a partying, irresponsible ladies’ man - until he discovers he has cancer. He can be cured, but treatment means losing the ability to father children. He’s got just a few weeks to find Miss Right Now, and procreate before it’s too late!
Brian RobbinsA meek and lovable milquetoast married to an overbearing, overweight tyrant finds his life turned upside down when he meets the woman of his dreams in this romantic comedy starring Eddie Murphy, Thandie Newton, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Eddie Griffin.
Larry CharlesThe creators and star of Borat bring you the hilarious comedy about what happens when the worldʼs worst dictator comes to America. Stuck in New York and stripped of his power, Aladeen (Sacha Baron Cohen) is finally forced to live his ultimate nightmare…the American dream.
Frank CaliendoAll Over The Place is just what the title describes, capturing the incredible range and versatility of one of America's best comedians. From his many appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman to his weekly picks segment on FOX NFL Sunday, comedian/actor/impressionist Frank Caliendo has been all over television the past few years. Known for his dead-on impressions of famous actors (Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Robert DeNiro), politicians (George W. Bush, Bill Clinton), and broadcasters (John Madden, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jim Rome), Caliendo's high-energy act is a blend of observations, impressions, characters and anecdotes that build to a frenetic pace. He was once described by Hollywood Reporter as "a combination of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey." The program, taped at Caesar's Palace and on location in L.A., also includes bonus features. Frank, a veteran of television sketch comedy (MadTV, Hype), now stars in his own hit late night TV show-Frank TV-for the TBS network.
Michael GordonDoris Day, James Garner and Polly Bergen star in this madcap romantic comedy about one groom, two wives, and one crazy, mixed-up honeymoon! Five years after his wife Ellen (Day) is lost at sea and presumed dead, Nick (Garner) is finally ready to get remarried. But he’s headed for anything but wedded bliss when Ellen turns up alive – and ready to give first love a second chance – with Nick!
Louis LeterrierNobby (Sacha Baron Cohen), a sweet but dimwitted English football hooligan, has everything a man from the poor fishing town of Grimsby could want, including 9 children and the most attractive girlfriend in the northeast of England (Rebel Wilson). There’s only one thing missing: his little brother, Sebastian (Mark Strong), who Nobby has spent 28 years searching for after they were separated as kids. Nobby sets off to reunite with Sebastian, unaware that not only is his brother MI6’s deadliest assassin, but he’s just uncovered plans for an imminent global terrorist attack. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot.
René ClairVeronica Lake casts a seductive spell as a charmingly vengeful sorceress in this supernatural screwball classic. Many centuries after cursing the male descendants of the Salem puritan who sent her to the stake, this blonde bombshell with a broomstick finds herself drawn to one of them—a prospective governor (Fredric March) about to marry a spoiled socialite (Susan Hayward). The most delightful of the films the innovative French director René Clair made in Hollywood, I Married a Witch is a comic confection bursting with playful special effects and sparkling witticisms.
Michael SchultzFasten your seat belts and hang on tight ... The Fat Boys have just fumbled their way into Palm Beach high society, and not since The Three Stooges crashed Hollywood has the screen seen such a comedic culture clash. This zany action-comedy ignites when The Fat Boys--Mark "Prince Markie Dee" Morales, Damon "Kool Rock-ski" Wimbley and Darren "The Human Beat Box" Robinson--take a job in Florida's richest community to care for an irascible, bedridden old millionaire (Ralph Bellamy). The ailing curmudgeon's avaricious nephew, Winslow Lowry (Anthony Geary), plans to snuff out the old man. But every time Winslow crawls in for the kill, his uncle is inadvertently saved by the incredible ineptitude of the Disorderlies.
Adam ShankmanAfter an agent fails to protect a government scientist, he learns the man's family is in danger. In an effort to redeem himself, he agrees to take care of the children, only to discover from diapers to curfews, this is his toughest mission yet.
David Gordon GreenAn odd couple of sorts, introspective and stern Alvin (Rudd) and his girlfriend’s brother, Lance (Hirsch), dopey and insecure, leave the city behind to spend the summer of 1988 repainting the traffic lines on a desolate country highway where the surrounding areas have been ravaged by wildfire. In this solitary backdrop, the two bicker and joke with each other as they reflect on their relationships with women, resulting in a clumsy fall head first into an unlikely friendship.
Les MayfieldAfter spending two years in jail, cocky fast-talking jewel thief Miles Logan finds himself on the right side of the law. Now a free man, Logan is determined to retrieve the stolen diamond that he hid in a building under construction on the night of his arrest. But by a stroke of bad luck, the building in question has since become a police station. Unfazed by this obstacle, Logan manages to con his way into the building and by posing as a police detective with hilarious results. His lively unorthodox style of working often raises an eyebrow or two from his colleagues and certainly gets him noticed, but does he finally manage to get his hands on that diamond?
Peter SegalIn the world of covert intelligence, only one man is Smart. Steve Carell is in CONTROL as Maxwell Smart, the novice agent often out of his depths but never out of options in this action comedy pitting him against the nuclear scheme of the evil spy group KAOS. Anne Hathaway partners with Max as the ever-capable Agent 99. Director Peter Segal (The Longest Yard) guides his stars (including Dwayne Johnson and Alan Arkin) in an alternately daffy and dangerous realm of molar radios, Max's amazing multi-function pocketknife and more gizmos from lab nerds Bruce (Masi Oka) and Lloyd (Nate Torrence). Laughs, excitement, exploding dental floss--Get Smart is armed and hilarious.
David SilvermanIt takes a feature-length film to fully capture Homer Simpson's epic stupidity. After 18 seasons, 400 episodes, and 23 Emmys, The Simpsons has become a feature-length motion picture based on the hit TV series. In the eagerly-awaited film, Homer must save the world from a catastrophe he himself created. It all begins with Homer, his new pet pig, and a leaky silo full of droppings - a combination that triggers a disaster the likes of which Springfield has never experienced. As the fates of Springfield and the world hang in the balance, Homer embarks on a personal odyssey of redemption - seeking forgiveness from Marge, the reunion of his splintered family, and the salvation of his hometown.