James IvoryOscar®-winners Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs) and Emma Thompson (Howards End) reunite with the acclaimed Merchant Ivory filmmaking team for this extraordinary and moving story of blind devotion and repressed love. Hopkins stars as Stevens, the perfect English butler - an ideal carried by him to fanatical lengths - as he serves his master, Lord Darlington, beautifully played by James Fox (The Servant). Darlington, like many other members of the British establishment in the 1930s, is duped by the Nazis into trying to establish a rapport between themselves and the British government. Thompson stars as the estate's housekeeper, a high-spirited, strong-minded young woman who watches the goings-on upstairs with horror. Despite her apprehensions, she and Stevens gradually fall in love, though neither will admit it, and only give vent to their charged feelings via fierce arguments. Marvelously acted by a supporting cast that includes Christopher Reeve and Hugh Grant.
Peter LevinCicely Tyson and Morgan Freeman star in the true story of Marva Collins, a talented and determined teacher who leaves Chicago's public school system to open her own school. With no funding, in a poor neighborhood, teaching children that the school system has labeled "unteachable," Collins should fail. But refusing to accept failure – from herself or her students – Collins succeeds, and her students excel in this moving drama, The Marva Collins Story. Edward Asner introduces the film and summarizes Mrs. Collins' stunning achievements with underprivileged children in Chicago.
Alan CroslandThe legendary Al Jolson stars as a young stable hand who rides to glory as a jockey in the Kentucky Derby atop the thoroughbred Big Boy. Talented young Gus (Jolson--The Jazz Singer) earns his place riding the steed, but unscrupulous gamblers plot to have him replaced by a jockey who will throw the race in their favor. Now, it's up to the stable boy to expose the plot and win the race.
Denise Di NoviTessa Connover (Katherine Heigl) is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex husband, David (Geoff Stults), becomes happily engaged to Julia Banks (Rosario Dawson)—not only bringing Julia into the home they once shared but also into the life of their daughter, Lilly (Isabella Rice). Trying to settle into her new role as a wife and a stepmother, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help her put her own troubled past behind her. But Tessa’s jealousy soon takes a pathological turn until she will stop at nothing to turn Julia’s dream into her ultimate nightmare.
Mike BinderAdam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett Smith and Liv Tyler star in this heart-rending story about Charlie Fineman (Sandler), who has slipped away from reality after the sudden loss of his wife and children. But Charlie's life takes a turn for the better when he runs into his old college roommate Alan Johnson (Cheadle), whose life is torn between the demands of career and family. Their renewed friendship rekindles their long-forgotten bond, and both men emerge enriched and enlightened. Bill Zwecker of CBS-TV hails Reign Over Me as "A truly brilliant film."
Harold ShusterBarry Sullivan stars as a bank teller whose road to destruction begins when he fails to report a $49,000 shortfall. Out of work and accused of theft, this only salvation is to solve the crime for which he is accused.
John BoormanBased on the 1996 novel, this is a mixture of thriller and black comedy. Harry Pendel is the tailor to the powerful of Panama. Harry is known for his storytelling and suits, but soon his tales carry lethal repercussions. Harry spins a yarn that is not only taken as truth, but sets off a chain of events that threatens everything he values most in life.
Adam SalkyLaney is an attractive, intelligent suburban wife and devoted mother of two adorable children. She has the perfect husband who plays basketball with the kids in the driveway, a pristine house, and a shiny SUV for carting the children to their next activity. However, just beneath the façade lie depression and disillusionment that send her careening into a secret world of reckless compulsion. Only very real danger will force her to face the painful root of her destructiveness and its crumbling effect on those she loves. At the core of I Smile Back’s power is an indelible performance by Sarah Silverman, who reinvents herself as a dramatic actress in the career-defining, intensely layered, and heartbreaking role of Laney. Deftly directed by Adam Salky (Dare, 2009 Sundance Film Festival), I Smile Back is at times darkly humorous but also harrowing and unflinching as an authentic, humanizing portrait that offers no easy resolution for a damaged woman struggling to come to terms with her
Bob BalabanSixteen years. Imagine everything you could do with sixteen years. Imagine everything you did the last sixteen years. Now take it all away. Sunny Jacobs was convicted and sentenced to death for a crime she did not commit. Sixteen years was just the beginning of what was taken from Sunny Jacobs. Twenty-nine Academy Award nominations, eighty-seven Golden Globe nominations, one hundred and twelve Emmy nominations… such is the incredible array of actors who have lent their considerable talents and passion to "The Exonerated." As a play, awarded the Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards, it was acclaimed in major cities across America. Now as a film, the undeniable power of the true stories of six exonerated survivors of death row will engage your emotion, incite your passion, and envelop you in their search for the lost small pieces of dignity and the lives so unceremoniously interrupted. True stories in their own words. Stories you will never forget.
Steven Caple Jr.Executive producer Nas presents this vivid inner-city saga set amidst Cleveland's hip-hop underground. Teenage buddies Cisco (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.), Junior (Moises Arias), Boobie (Ezri Walker), and Patty Cake (Rafi Gavron) shrug off school to practice skateboarding, which they hope will be their ticket to a better life. In the meantime, they steal cars to finance their dream. But when they get mixed up in a drug deal and cross a ruthless crime queen-pin (Linda Emond), they put their friendship—and lives—on the line. Set to a choice hip-hop soundtrack and featuring an impressive ensemble cast that includes The Wire's Michael K. Williams, Erykah Badu, and rapper Machine Gun Kelly, The Land crackles with the energy and poetry of the streets.
George CukorI was meant to be an actress! A cast of splendid talents - Spencer Tracy, Jean Simmons, Teresa Wright and screen-debuting Anthony Perkins - who know well the siren song of the stage bring brio to this comedy about a 17-year-old (Simmons) who yearns to be a star. Her father (Tracy) loves his daughter...but an actress? He suggests the no-glamour, no-disappointment life of a Physical Education teacher. One family, two forces: irresistible on her side and unmovable on his. Based on Ruth Gordon's hit autobiographical play and directed by George Cukor (Adam's Rib), The Actress boasts heart, charm and lots of laughs, including Tracy at his comic best in a sequence that has him vaulting over a pommel horse. And losing his pants.
Vittorio De SicaWidow, seductress, model wife or passionate lover, Shirley MacLaine stars in the seven roles of a woman's life in seven sketches - a tour de force performance that earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Musical/Comedy.
Allen H. MinerSanta Rita’s stoic lawman wears a patch over his war-wounded right eye - and that’s not all that’s covered up. A newly arrived stranger is an old pal-turned-robber whom the marshal must arrest. His friend’s wife is the lawman’s old flame - and the townsfolk are all-too willing to believe the worst about the man sworn to protect them. Called “a Westerner to the core” by The New York Times, George Montgomery stars in this gripping mash-up of traditional oater and psychological character study. It delivers on both counts due to a solid supporting cast: Diane Brewster (conwoman Samantha Crawford on TV’s Maverick), Leo Gordon (who also wrote the script), Sebastian Cabot, Strother Martin and Tom Pittman as a sensitive teen who becomes a hard-drinking gunslinger. Black Patch also launched another legendary career: Jerry Goldsmith’s first film score - in its variety and invention - foreshadows his nearly six-decade career as a master of movie music.
Andrew NiccolFrom the producers of The Hurt Locker comes a riveting thriller about 21st-century warfare, where combat unfolds like a video game, but with real lives at stake. Veteran Air Force pilot Tom Egan (Ethan Hawke) yearns to get back into the cockpit of a plane, but now he launches drone strikes from an air-conditioned box in the Las Vegas desert. When he starts taking orders directly from the CIA, the stakes are raised and Egan's nerves—and his relationship with his wife (January Jones)—begin to unravel.
Asghar FarhadiLaura (Penélope Cruz) and her children travel from Buenos Aires to the small Spanish village where she was born to attend her sister's wedding. Unexpected events soon lead to a crisis that exposes the family's hidden past. Suspicions mount, loved ones begin to turn on one another, and dark secrets long hidden threaten to come to light, revealing shocking truths. This gripping thriller from Oscar®-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi also stars Javier Bardem and Ricardo Darín.
Ernesto ContrerasThe lives of a married man who has long been bored with monotony and a single mother who wants to feel wanted by a man are changed forever when spring arrives, hinting that their desires can be freed. As they chose to explore the sexual tension between them, they'll have to face the consequences of their behavior.
Francois TruffautFrançois Truffaut followed up the international phenomenon Jules and Jim with this tense tale of infidelity. The unassuming Jean Desailly is perfectly cast as a celebrated literary scholar, seemingly happily married, who embarks on an affair with a gorgeous stewardess, played by Françoise Dorléac, who is captivated by his charm and reputation. As their romance gets serious, the film grows anxious, leading to a wallop of a conclusion. Truffaut made The Soft Skin at a time when he was immersing himself in the work of Alfred Hitchcock, and that master’s influence can be felt throughout this complex, insightful, underseen French New Wave treasure.
Mark O'RoweThe Delinquent Season is a tense drama which revolves around two couples in suburban Dublin. On paper, they both appear to live in marital bliss, until an altercation occurs and cracks begin to appear in both of these seemingly steady marriages. The Delinquent Season is an examination of love, lust and family relationships, and asks the question: how well do any of us really know each other?
John SingletonSuperstar Janet Jackson makes her stunning film debut in director John Singleton's (Boyz N the Hood) street-smart love story, POETIC JUSTICE. A mismatched pair pushed together on a road trip from South Central L.A. to Oakland, Justice (Jackson) and Lucky (Tupac Shakur) have only one thing in common: they can't stand each other. But as their friends Lesha and Chicago (Regina King and Joe Torry) fight and make up in the back of the van, Justice and Lucky find themselves reluctantly drawn together. After a surprising detour toward romance, the two travelers are confronted once again by the shocking violence they thought they'd left behind. Featuring the music of Naughty by Nature and Tony! Toni! Tone! and the poetry of Maya Angelou, POETIC JUSTICE is every bit as intense, original and unforgettable as Boyz N the Hood.
Tali Shalom EzerAt a demonstration outside a prison, Lucy (Ellen Page) and Mercy (Kate Mara) stand on opposing sides: Lucy is protesting the death penalty while Mercy wants to see justice served. They could be bitter enemies, yet they make an undeniable connection—one that grows into physical passion. When Lucy reveals that her father (Elias Koteas) waits on death row, Lucy and Mercy must overcome their intense differences—or be consumed by them.
Chris NoonanBeatrix Potter was a literary phenomenon of the early 20th Century. At a time when most young women of her class aimed only to make a good marriage, Beatrix became an iconic figure, swimming quietly, but with great fortitude, against the tide. She created a series of books and characters that are as beloved today as they were a hundred years ago, and since their publication they have never been out of print. She was also a distinguished painter and – had she been a man – her botanical drawings would have been snapped up by the Royal Horticultural Society at Kew Gardens. In addition, by the time she died in 1943, Beatrix Potter had purchased vast swathes of the Lake District that she left to the then fledgling British conservation trust, the National Trust. That so much of this glorious countryside that inspired her, remains as it was in Beatrix Potter’s day for others to enjoy, is her bequest to the nation. This is her story…
Andrew HuculiakWritten, directed, shot and scored in its entirety by one of Canada’s youngest groups of adept creatives -- all of whom are still in their twenties -- the Canadian film VIOLENT is the astonishing debut feature from Amazing Factory Productions. Driven by the stunning visuals of the Norwegian landscape and a powerful original score, VIOLENT centres on a young woman, Dagny, and her last memories of the five people who loved her most, vividly recalled during a catastrophic event. The film opens with this event, which ultimately causes her death. The story then weaves gracefully through separate character-based chapters, providing glimpses into the lifelong friendship with a young sister, the increasingly ominous interactions with a seemingly benevolent family friend, and the moving wisdom of a beloved grandfather. Dagny’s memories are intertwined with raw and beautiful interpretations of how she is experiencing death.
Ingmar BergmanThe strangest and most disturbing of the films Ingmar Bergman shot on the island of Fårö, Hour of the Wolf stars Max von Sydow as a haunted painter living in voluntary exile with his wife (Liv Ullmann). When the couple are invited to a nearby castle for dinner, things start to go wrong with a vengeance, as a coven of sinister aristocrats hastens the artist’s psychological deterioration. This gripping film is charged with a nightmarish power rare in the Bergman canon, and contains dreamlike effects that brilliantly underscore the tale’s horrific elements.
Nadav LapidNadav Lapid's The Kindergarten Teacher is the story of a teacher who becomes at first enchanted, and then ultimately consumed by the poetic genius of her five-year-old student. As the titular protagonist, Nira, discovers that her young student, Yoav, has an otherworldly talent for language and poetry, she slowly and progressively becomes interested in cultivating the boy's gift. But when fascination morphs into obsession, Nira pushes the boundaries of her relationship with the boy and his family in an attempt to protect his talent before he passes from boyhood to adolescence, and his purity is lost.
Jan TroellNominated for five Academy Awards -- including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress -- is the epic tale of one Swedish family's pursuit of the American dream during the great Swedish migration to the American Midwest in the 1850s. Magnificent performances by Oscar-nominee Max von Sydow ("Awakenings," "Hannah and Her Sisters") and the acclaimed Liv Ullmann ("Scenes from a Marriage," "Cries and Whispers") make history come alive.
Ben SmallboneDesperate and at a crossroads, James (Joel Smallbone) agrees to drive a box truck on a shady, one-time trip cross country for cash – no questions asked. But when he discovers what he is delivering is actually a who, James is compelled to help two frightened sisters who are unaware of the danger that awaits them in this inspiring tale of love, strength, and redemption.
George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy & Jack ConwayWhat happens when a lost love returns? After Marise Aubert (Greer Garson) learns her husband Paul (Robert Mitchum) was killed trying to escape from a Nazi prisoner-of war camp, she shares her grief with the man who saw him die: Paul's comrade jean, who escaped in the same attempt. Despite Marise's initial resistance, the two share a tender romance - then Paul comes home very much alive. Marise is overjoyed, but jean may turn murderous to keep the woman he loves. With two iconic stars in their only film pairing and an emotionally resonant plot, Desire Me appealed to audiences reconstructing their lives after the horrors of World War II. A note of interest: during a seashore scene, Garson and costar Richard Hart, who plays Jean, were swept away by an errant wave. Thrown against rocks, Garson suffered back injuries that plagued her for years and disrupted the film's production schedule.
Andy GoddardPatrick Wilson and Jessica Biel star in this Hitchcockian noir based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Carol). It’s 1960 in Manhattan and Walter Stackhouse (Wilson) seems to have it all: status, money and a “happy” marriage. But he has become obsessed with Marty Kimmel (Eddie Marsan), a man suspected of killing his wife. This brutal murder unlocks Walter’s darkest fantasies – his desire to be free from his own wife, the beautiful but damaged Clara (Biel). When she is found dead in suspicious circumstances the lines blur between innocence and intent. Who, in fact, is the real killer?
Mario Van Peebles(Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) is a college running back with a fierce combination of blazing speed and stunning power. At the pinnacle of his college football career and gearing up to start a successful NFL one, life unexpectedly takes a turn and what was once easy and natural becomes unattainable. With his football career in serious jeopardy, Deon begins to realize a startling truth…he is not the man he thought he was. Equipped with this newfound information, Deon sets out to better himself by reuniting his family and picking up the pieces of his life. ALL THINGS FALL APART is a triumphant and touching story about a man who loses everything, but gains the world. Also starring Lynn Whitfield, Mario Van Peebles and Ray Liotta.
Geoffrey SaxA thriller that explores the unsettling possibility that the dead can contact us... all we have to do is listen. When architect Jonathan Rivers (Michael Keaton) loses his wife in a tragic accident, he turns to the shadowy, unnerving world of Electronic Voice Phenomenon - communication from beyond the grave. But as he begins to penetrate the mysteries of EVP, Jonathan makes a shocking discovery: once a portal to the other world is opened, there's no telling what will come through it.
Lee DanielsA reporter (Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”) returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lee Daniels’ (“Precious”) noir also stars Zac Efron (“Hairspray”), Nicole Kidman (“Moulin Rouge!”), John Cusak (“Grosse Point Blank”), David Oyelowo (“Selma”) and Scott Glenn (“Training Day”).
Michael MailerAfter taking a plea bargain for her husband’s insider trading, socialite Suzanne Dutchman (Demi Moore) meets bestselling novelist Bill Oakland (Alec Baldwin), who lost his wife and sight in a vicious car crash five years earlier. Sparks fly and a passionate affair ensues, but when Suzanne’s husband (Dylan McDermott) is released from prison early, he's out for vengeance.
Julian FellowesSecrets and lies spiral out of control in this heart-pounding suspense thriller. Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson star as James and Anna, a seemingly happy couple whose marriage begins to unravel when he learns she’s been having an affair with their seductive neighbor Bill (Rupert Everett). When a man turns up dead, James faces another shocking revelation about his wife and her lover, forcing all three into a cover-up that may cost them everything.
Wolfgang PetersenA gripping, gut-wrenching thriller that delivers suspense in almost unbearable doses, "In the Line of Fire" showcases Clint Eastwood at his finest. In a performance that won universal acclaim, Eastwood stars as Frank Horrigan, a veteran Secret Service agent haunted by his failure to protect John F. Kennedy from assassination. Thirty years later, he gets a chance to redeem himself when a brilliant psychopath threatens to kill the current president and take Horrigan with him. Taunting him by phone and tantalizing him with clues, the assassin (John Malkovich) lures Horrigan into an electrifying battle of wits and will that only one man can survive. Co-starring Rene Russo as Horrigan's risk-taking Field Chief, "In the Line of Fire" is a high-wire balancing act of searing suspense, explosive action and surprising romance.
Darren AronofskyAcademy Award Winner Russell Crowe stars as Noah in the film inspired by the timeless story of courage, sacrifice and hope. Also starring Emma Watson and Academy Award® Winners Anthony Hopkins and Jennifer Connelly, this visually stunning, action-packed adventure from acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) is hailed as “one of the most unforgettable Biblical epics ever put on film.” (Richard Roeper, Chicago-Sun-Times)
Susanne BierGeorge and Serena Pemberton (Academy Award® nominee Bradley Cooper and Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence), love-struck newlyweds, begin to build a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattlesnakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pembertons’ passionate marriage begins to unravel.
Jean-Jacques AnnaudSet in 1920s colonial Indochina, a pretty, virginal French teenager (Jane March) meets a handsome Chinese playboy (Tony Leung Ka Fai) from a respectable family. Going against the conventions of their respective societies, the lustful pair begin a torrid affair in a seedy Saigon neighborhood. Their strong attraction towards one another is only intensified by the illicit nature of their rendezvous. Given such circumstances, can their relationship last?
An erotic cult classic lauded and derided in equal measure... decide for yourself
Anders GustafssonThere is a harsh atmosphere amongst the tenants in a concrete constructed youth hostel, but when hip-hopper Sami moves in, trouble starts. Mille falls for the new sensitive tenant, who has ambitions and a goal with his life.
Ramiro MenesesTwo strangers, Vivian and Andrea, meet while drowning their sorrows in a bar. When they learn that their respective relationships are on the rocks, they devise a plot to help one another. Andrea agrees to kill Vivian’s abusive husband. In turn, Vivian will knock off Andrea’s lover Gloria who has shifted her love interest to another woman. Blinded by revenge, they embark on a simultaneous mission that leads to seduction, murder and a shock they could never imagine.
Archie L. MayoOscar-winner Humphrey Bogart ("Casablanca") stars as Duke Mantee, an escaped convict who holds customers hostage at a remote desert diner. Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy-winner Bette Davis ("All About Eve") and Oscar-winner Leslie Howard ("Gone with the Wind") star
in this gripping drama.
Oliver HirschbiegelDIANA takes audiences into the private realm of one of the world’s most iconic and inescapably public women -- the Princess of Wales, Diana (two-time Oscar® nominee NAOMI WATTS) -- in the last two years of her meteoric life. On the occasion of the 16th anniversary of her sudden death, acclaimed director Oliver Hirschbiegel (the Oscar®-nominated Downfall) explores Diana’s final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan (NAVEEN ANDREWS, “Lost,” The English Patient), the human complications of which reveal the Princess’s climactic days in a compelling new light.
Vincent ShermanAcademy Award winner Paul Newman stars as a young attorney who seems ruthlessly focused on money, career and social climbing, but who surprises everyone by risking everything to defend a friend accused of murder--and proving his friend's innocence.
Ben LewinAcademy Award® Winner Helen Hunt (Actress, “As Good as It Gets,” 1997) joins Academy Award® Nominees John Hawkes (Supporting Actor, “Winter’s Bone,” 2010) and William H. Macy (Supporting Actor, “Fargo,” 1996) in this triumphant true story about love, sex, desire...and making every breath count. Paralyzed and confined to an iron lung since childhood, poet-journalist Mark O’Brien (Hawkes) has overcome adversity time and time again. But now, at age 38, he faces his toughest challenge yet: losing his virginity. With the help of a beautiful therapist (Hunt), a sympathetic priest (Macy), and his own unbridled sense of optimism and humor, Mark embarks on an extraordinary personal journey to discover the wondrous pleasures that make life worth living.
Steven KnightFrom the creative mind of Oscar® nominee Steven Knight comes a daringly original, sexy, stylized thriller. Baker Dill (Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey) is a fishing boat captain leading tours off a tranquil, tropical enclave called Plymouth Island. His quiet life is shattered, however, when his ex-wife Karen (Academy Award® winner Anne Hathaway) tracks him down with a desperate plea for help. She begs Dill to save her – and their young son – from her new, violent husband (Jason Clarke) by taking him out to sea on a fishing excursion, only to throw him to the sharks and leave him for dead. Karen's appearance thrusts Dill back into a life he'd tried to forget, and as he struggles between right and wrong, his world is plunged into a new reality that may not be all that it seems.
Ernest R. DickersonCinematographer Ernest R. Dickerson directed and co-wrote this crime drama about a group of friends who get involved in a robbery. Bishop (Tupac Shakur), Q (Omar Epps), Raheem (Khalil Kain), and Steel (Jermaine Hopkins) are four Harlem friends who spend their days skipping school, getting in fights, and casually shoplifting. The only member of the group who has plans for the future is Q, who dreams of becoming a deejay. But one day Bishop happens to see James Cagney in White Heat and the film inspires him to buy a gun. His plan is to rob a corner store and split the money. Everyone goes along with the plan except for Q, who is competing that night in a deejay contest. At the club, Q is a rousing success, but he spies the stern faces of his friends through the cheering crowd and realizes that he has to go along with the robbery, which goes completely wrong.
Anne FontaineShe lives with her son and her husband in a well-to-do apartment opposite the chic Luxembourg gardens… He lives alone with his son in the back of a van. She is the director of a prestigious contemporary art foundation… He lives off odd jobs and social security benefits. She graduated after 7 years at university… He almost spent 7 years behind bars. She is on familiar terms with the Ministry of Culture and Arts… He is on familiar terms with each and every alcoholic beverage that happens to cross his path. She enjoys intellectual debates… He enjoys casual sex with large bosomed bedfellows. They are poles apart… and can’t stand the sight of one another. Besides, they should never have met, but their children are inseparable… In the end, they’ll eventually come to understand why…
Andrea ArnoldAcademy Award® winning filmmaker Andrea Arnold’s Cannes Jury Prize winner, FISH TANK is an emotionally stunning coming-of-age story, electrified by the breakthrough performance of its young star Katie Jarvis. Fifteen-year-old Mia (Katie Jarvis) is in a constant state of war with her family and the world around her, without any creative outlet for her considerable energies save a secret love of hip-hop dance. When she meets her party-girl mother’s charming new boyfriend Connor (Michael Fassbender), she is amazed to find he returns her attention, and believes he might help her start to make sense of her life. A clear-eyed, potent portrait of teenage sexuality and vulnerability, FISH TANK confirms writer/director Arnold’s status as one of the leading figures of new British cinema.
Robin CampilloArriving from all over the Eastern Bloc, the men who loiter around the Gare du Nord train station in Paris are scraping by however they can, forming gangs for support and protection, ever fearful of being caught by the police and deported. When the middle-aged, bourgeois Daniel (Olivier Rabourdin) approaches a boyishly handsome Ukrainian who calls himself Marek for a date, he learns the young man is willing to do anything for some cash. What Daniel intends only as sex-for-hire begets a home invasion and then an unexpectedly profound relationship. The drastically different circumstances of the two men’s lives reveal hidden facets of the city they share.Presented in four parts, this absorbing, continually surprising film by Robin Campillo (director of the 2004 film Les Revenants and a frequent collaborator of Laurent Cantet’s) is centered around relationships that defy easy categorization, in which motivations and desires are poorly understood even by those to whom they belong.
Martin RittThe Molly Maguires was a secret society of militant coal miners who battled their exploitation by mine owners with violence, intimidation... and sometimes murder. Based on actual events, this gripping story is a sympathetic and accurate account of the Irish-American miners' struggle. Richard Harris (Gladiator, Camelot) plays a detective on undercover assignment for the owners, fighting his own conscience. Academy Award®–winner Sean Connery (Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, The Untouchables) is the tough and suspicious leader of the Mollies who repeatedly tests the newcomer's loyalty. Excellent photography and fine action scenes add to the realism of this vivid social drama.
John CromwellBig, bold and powerful, Sweepings tells the decades-spanning tale of a self-made man whose dream of a family dynasty crashes around him. Lionel Barrymore ages from youth to elderly patriarch as Daniel Pardway, who builds a department-store empire in the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire. He dotes on his four offspring — but when the time comes to turn over the business, he discovers that none of them has the character or grit to take up the reins. John Cromwell directs with the emotional conviction he would bring the following year to Of Human Bondage. Slavko Vorkapich, whose masterly visual compressions also grace David Copperfield and The Good Earth, creates the acclaimed montages that mark the passage of time and events. And among the cast is Gloria Stuart, who played the older Rose in Titanic 63 years after her work in Sweepings.
Agnieszka HollandIN DARKNESS tells the true story of Leopold Soha who risks his own life to save a dozen people from certain death. Initially only interested in his own good, the thief and burglar hides Jewish refugees for 14 months in the sewers of the Nazi-occupied town of Lvov (former Poland).
Nic BalthazarBen is different. His life is a universe all to itself, where he avidly plays his favorite online computer game in an attempt to train for, and block out, the reality of his daily experiences. Ben has Asperger's Syndrome, a mild form of autism that prevents normal communication and makes him ideal fodder for all the school bullies. As the bullies' relentless attacks push him over the edge and out of control, his online dream girl, Scarlite, appears to him and helps him devise a perfect plan to confront the bullies and make them pay for their torment. Director Nic Balthazar's dazzling debut blends fantasy and harsh social realism, based on a true story, to bring us an utterly original and important film.
Ingmar BergmanIngmar Bergman conceived this experimental work as a response to his controversial tenure at the Royal Dramatic Theatre. Focusing on four characters—a trio of actors charged with obscenity (Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand, Anders Ek), and the judge assigned to try them (Erik Hell)—The Rite alternates between criminal interrogations and interpersonal confrontations shown in flashback, leading to a final “performance” that makes for one of the most bizarre moments in Bergman’s filmography. Staged on bare sets and shot almost entirely in close-up, The Rite condenses a decade’s worth of cinematic exploration into seventy-five tense, unsettling minutes.
George StevensWith gripping performances from an all-star cast, including Shelley Winters, Ed Wynn and Richard Beymer, this eight-time Oscar® Nominee is an extraordinary portrait of humanity. After the Nazi invasion of Amsterdam, 13-year-old Anne and her family go into hiding in an attic. Through Anne’s diary, we follow their lives, their growing fear of discovery and even the blooming of Anne’s first love.
Roger DonaldsonKevin Costner stars in this inside look at how the Kennedy Administration responded to the discovery of offensive Soviet weapons in Cuba, and the pressurized tug-of-war that ensued between the US and the USSR during the thirteen days of the missile crisis.
Wim WendersThe first of the road films that would come to define the career of Wim Wenders, the magnificent Alice in the Cities is an emotionally generous and luminously shot journey. A German journalist (Rüdiger Vogler) is driving across the United States to research an article; it’s a disappointing trip, in which he is unable to truly connect with what he sees. Things change, however, when he is forced to take a young girl named Alice (Yella Rottländer) with him on his return trip to Germany, after her mother (Lisa Kreuzer)—whom he has just met—leaves the child in his care. Though they initially find themselves at odds, the pair begin to form an unlikely friendship.
Nicolas Winding RefnIn 1974, a misguided 19 year old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to 7 years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. With an intelligent, provocative and stylized approach, "Bronson" (based on a true story) follows the metamorphosis of Mickey Peterson into Britain's most violent prisoner, Charles Bronson.
Pat O'ConnorSimilar to "The Crying Game," this film tells a powerful and unusual love story set against the backdrop of war-torn Northern Ireland. John Lynch ("Some Mother's Son," "Sliding Doors") is Cal, a young man on the fringes of the Irish Republican Army, who falls in love with the widow of a man he helped murder in an IRA attack (played by Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren - "The Queen," "Raising Helen"). Academy Award-winning producer David Puttnam ("Chariots of Fire," "The Killing Fields") and director Pat O'Connor ("Inventing the Abbotts," "Circle of Friends") provide stylish and thought-provoking entertainment in this nominee for the Cannes Film Festival Palm d'Or for Best Picture.
Michael EnglerNorma Carlisle (Elizabeth McGovern) accompanies future star Louise Brooks (Haley Lu Richardson) to New York. Discover who these women are, and who they eventually become. Written by Julian Fellowes, based on the novel by Laura Moriarty.
Sam MendesAcademy Award® nominee Leonardo DiCaprio and Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet reunite for two powerful, groundbreaking performances in Revolutionary Road. Based on the bestseller by Richard Yates, this mesmerizing and moving story follows the lives of a passionate young couple living in suburban Connecticut who decide to risk everything to pursue their dreams. They're willing to break away from the ordinary – but can they do it without breaking apart? Acclaimed by critics, Revolutionary Road is hailed as "…a masterpiece." (Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle)
Joshua Michael SternAshton Kutcher is Steve Jobs, the iconic Apple innovator and groundbreaking entrepreneur. This inspiring and entertaining film chronicles Jobs’ early days as a college dropout to his rise as the co-founder of Apple Computer Inc. and forced departure from the company. More than a decade later, Jobs returns and single-handedly sets a course that will turn the once-tiny startup into one of the world’s most valuable companies. His epic journey blazes a trail that changes technology – and the world – forever. JOBS is a riveting story of a true American visionary, a man who let nothing stand in the way of greatness. Co-starring Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, J. K. Simmons and Matthew Modine.
Bettina OberliAn isolated farm in a remote part of the Jura region: this is where Pauline and Alex are living in complete self-sufficient harmony with nature. Their life project is sealed by their love, their ideals and their work. The couple is now ready to take the step towards total independence, and start producing their own electricity. The arrival of Samuel, who comes to install a wind turbine, deeply troubles Pauline, upsetting their relationship and their values.
Robert BentonFeast of Love is a kaleidoscopic ode to life and love in all its funny, sad, sexy, crazy, heartbreaking and life-sustaining facets. In a coffee shop in a tight-knit Oregon community, local professor Harry Stevenson witnesses love and attraction whipping up mischief among the town's residents. From the unlucky in love, die-hard romantic coffee shop owner Bradley, who has a serial habit of looking for love in all the wrong places, including with his current wife Kathryn; to the edgy real estate agent Diana, who is caught up in an affair with a married man with whom she shares an ineffable connection; to the beautiful young newcomer Chloe, who defies fate in romancing the troubled Oscar; to Harry himself, whose adoring wife is looking to break through his wall of grief after the wrenching loss of a beloved . . . they all intertwine into one remarkable story in which no one can escape being bent, broken, befuddled, delighted and ultimately redeemed by love's inescapable spell.
Olivier DahanAcademy Award®-winner Nicole Kidman captures the beauty and elegance of Grace Kelly in this true story of her transition from Hollywood starlet to Princess of Monaco. During a political dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III (Academy Award®-nominee Tim Roth) and France's Charles De Gaulle, Kelly's identity and marriage hang in the balance.
Mervyn LeRoyAcademy Award winner Elizabeth Taylor stars in an enduring American classic novel--Little Women. 1860s New England. As four sisters grow from girls to young adults during the hard times of the United States' Civil War, the difficulties, tragedies and joys they experience tear at--but cannot break--the deep bonds of sisterhood and family in this timeless and heartwarming tale of growth and self-discovery. Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott.
Ridley ScottAll The Money In The World follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom. When Getty Sr. refuses, Gail attempts to sway him as her son’s captors become increasingly volatile and brutal. With her son’s life in the balance, Gail and Getty’s advisor (Mark Wahlberg) become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money.
Richard LaGraveneseAssigned the thankless task of teaching freshman English at a gang-infested Long Beach, CA high school, a 23-year-old teacher resorts to unconventional means of breaking through to her hardened students in director Richard LaGravenese's adaptation of Erin Gruwell's best-seller, The Freedom Writer's Diaries: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them. Her students had been written off, and her chances of succeeding scoffed at, but Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank) wasn't about to go down without a fight. Long Beach is a place where a new war is waged with each passing day, and when the hardened students who walk those dangerous hallways sense an outsider attempting to understand their plight, their cynical resentment threatens to keep a deadly cycle in motion. Despite the initially hostile reaction she receives in the classroom, Gruwell uses the writings of Anne Frank and Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo to teach her students not only the
Eran RiklisReuniting the director and star of the international hit SYRIAN BRIDE, Eran Riklis and Hiam Abbass (MUNICH, THE VISITOR), LEMON TREE was nominated for 7 Israeli Oscars and 2 European Film Awards (for Actress and Screenplay). Salma (Abbass), a Palestinian widow who lives on the border between Israel and the West Bank, stands up to her new neighbor, the Israeli Defense Minister (Doron Tavori) when he moves into his new house opposite her lemon grove. Israeli security forces declare Salma's trees a threat and orders them uprooted. With her young Palestinian lawyer, Salma goes all the way to the Israeli Supreme Court to try to save her trees. This raises the interest of Mira Navon (Rona Lipaz-Michael), the Defense Minister's wife, who is trapped in her new home and unhappy life. The women develop a bond while Salma's journey leads her into the complex, dark, sometimes funny struggle in the Middle East. From IFC Films.
Wolfgang FischerER doctor Rike (Susanne Wolff) embarks on a one-woman solo sailing trip to Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean. When Rike comes across a sinking ship of refugees, she is quickly torn out of her contented and idealized world and must make a momentous decision. Aptly named after the mythological river that separates the living from the dead, STYX is an astute modern-day parable of Western indifference in the face of marginalized suffering. Carrying practically the entire film, Wolff is never less than remarkable in a riveting role as a woman pushed to her physical, psychological, and moral limits, in this work of unrelenting intensity & technical brilliance.
Kore-eda HirokazuTwelve-year-old Koichi lives with his mother and retired grandparents in the southern region of Japan. His younger brother Ryunosuke lives with their father in the northern region of Japan. The brothers have been separated by their parents’ divorce and Koichi’s only wish is for his family to be reunited. When he learns that a new bullet train line will soon open linking the two towns, he starts to believe that a miracle will take place the moment these new trains first pass each other at top speed. With help from the adults around him, Koichi sets out on a journey with a group of friends, each hoping to witness a miracle.
Andrew L. StoneDoris Day and Louis Jourdan star in a terrifying thriller of a woman and her murderous husband in Julie. Lyle Benton (Jourdan) becomes so upset when he discovers his wife, airline stewardess Julie (Day), talking with her late husband's cousin, that he tries to kill his wife and himself in a nearly fatal car crash. After the accident, Julie learns that Lyle murdered her first husband. Horrified, she goes to the police, but with no evidence it's her word against his. Julie hides from Lyle, but when she goes back to work, Lyle is one of the passengers on her flight. In a fit of homicidal madness, Lyle murders the pilot, co-pilot and himself ... leaving Julie at the controls and the only one who can save the lives of her passengers.
Ronald F. MaxwellThe epic story of the three day battle that forever changed the course of the American Civil War, this sweeping drama is compassionately recounted through the eyes of soldiers both Confederate and Union. The all-star cast includes Academy Award and Emmy-nominee and Golden Globe-winner Tom Berenger ("Training Day," "Platoon"), Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Martin Sheen (TV's "West Wing," "Catch You Me If You Can"), Globe-nominee Jeff Daniels ("Good Night, And Good Luck," "The Squid and the Whale"), Emmy and Golden Golden Globe-nominee Sam Elliott ("Hulk," "We Were Soldiers") and C. Thomas Howell ("Hidalgo," "The Outsiders"). Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Killer Angels."
Tim BurtonFrom visionary Oscar®-nominated director Tim Burton (EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY) comes the outrageous true story of one of the most extensive art frauds in the 20th century. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Walter Keane (two time Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz of DJANGO UNCHAINED) revolutionized the commercialization of popular art with enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. But soon the shocking truth was discovered: Walter's works were not painted by him at all, but by his wife Margaret (five time Oscar®-nominee Amy Adams of AMERICAN HUSTLE). BIG EYES focuses on the success of Margaret's paintings and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, who catapulted to international fame while taking credit for her work. Also starring Danny Huston (X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE), Krysten Ritter (TV's DON'T TRUST THE B---- IN APT. 23), Jason Schwartzman (MOONRISE KINGDOM), and Terence Stamp (THE ART OF THE STEAL).
Ken CameronHere’s the uplifting, true-life story of how one Danish family risked their lives in the remarkable effort to save thousands of their Jewish countrymen. To protect Denmark’s Jews from the horror of Nazi concentration camps, the Christian Koster family attempts to save their neighbors. Henrik and his doctor father begin the dangerous task of deceiving the Nazis and hiding Jewish families. When the Koster men must themselves go into hiding, Henrik’s sister and mother are left to face capture by the suspicious Gestapo. This gripping historical drama combines with a triumphant celebration of the human spirit for a family adventure you’ll never forget!
Ed HarrisBoth directed by and starring Ed Harris in the title role, "Pollock" examines the famous artist from his early roots in the New York art scene, his quick rise to international stardom and his subsequent, self-inflicted downfall.
Mario Van PeeblesJust as cool and topical today as when it first opened, New Jack City stars Wesley Snipes as the angel-of-death crack kingpin who holds a city in his grasp. Ice T, Judd Nelson and Mario Van Peebles (who also directs) play police officers who lay it all on the line. Chris Rock and Vanessa A. Williams co-star.
Jean-François RichetArco, Malik and Mustapha's lives revolve around fighting, rap, getting into trouble and being arrested. Their older brothers Djeff, J.M., Pete and Hamouda get by the best they can, considering they're unemployed. But everything changes one night at a hip-hop party when a shooting between rival gangs breaks out...
Paul HaggisThe film wends its way through three cities and three tales. The various stories, situated in Paris, Rome, and New York, are, at first glance, all separate, but Haggis effortlessly makes connections among them as the film unwinds, concentrating on three men and their romantic entanglements.
Barry LevinsonStarring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer as Bernie and Ruth Madoff, this HBO Films production examines Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme--his deception, lies and cover-up, all as the financier's wife and sons are catapulted into a harsh and unrelenting spotlight. Alessandro Nivola, Nathan Darrow, Kristen Connolly, Lily Rabe and Hank Azaria also star.
Mike TollinFor anyone who ever had a dream and everyone with the courage to stand up for what they believe, comes the real life story of Robert "Radio" Kennedy. Experience Radio's journey from a man no one understands to the coach no one could live without. Together with Head Coach Harold Jones, Radio inspired a football team to become champions and a town to open their hearts. Heroic performances from Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Academy Award Nominee Ed Harris will have you laughing, crying and cheering for the man who proved, the world's greatest victories happen in real life.
Natalie PortmanAcademy Award®-winning actress Natalie Portman directs and stars in the emotional and thought-provoking story about Fania, a young wife and mother in war-torn Jerusalem, during the early years of the State of Israel. Stifled in her relationship and weary from the tedium of her new life, Fania creates fantastical stories for Amos, her 10-year-old son, amazing him with tales of adventure and beauty - stories that would influence the boy to become a writer himself. Based on the international best-selling memoir by Amos Oz, A Tale of Love and Darkness is "the most revolutionary Jewish movie since Schindler’s List" (Stephen Marche, Esquire).
John McTiernanAcademy Award® nominees John Travolta (Best Actor in a Leading Role, Pulp Fiction, 1994) and Samuel L. Jackson (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Pulp Fiction, 1994) team up with action director John McTiernan (Die Hard, The Hunt for Red October, Predator) in a white-knuckle "thrill ride with a twist you won't believe!" (MairiAnna Bachynsky, ATV/CTV Entertainment) Also starring Connie Nielsen (The Hunted, Gladiator), Giovanni Ribisi (Gone in Sixty Seconds), Brian Van Holt (Black Hawk Down), Taye Diggs (Chicago) and Roselyn Sanchez (Rush Hour 2). A DEA officer (Travolta) is recruited to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a famed U.S. Army drill instructor (Jackson) and a group of cadets on a routine military exercise in the jungles of Panama. But the journey to uncover the truth leads to some dangerous and unexpected places when two rescued survivors tell dramatically different versions of what transpired. "Totally mesmerizing." (Lisa Petrillo, WFOR/CBS (Miami)/Extra)
Ron HowardIn the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. "In the Heart of the Sea" reveals the encounter's harrowing aftermath, as the ship's surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.
Antti-Jussi AnnilaAn indie horror film bathing in Finnish sauna culture, Sauna explores the space between Christianity and paganism. The Year 1595 - a long and brutal war is finally over. Brothers Knut and Erik - who are part of a commission marking the border between Finland and Russia - commit a terrible sin as they leave a young girl to die a horrible death. As the commission crosses the uncharted swamp the girl returns to haunt them. Weary men find solace from the nameless village and find a sauna - the sauna where all sins are washed away. Seeking forgiveness the brothers step in... An IFC Films release.
UnknownMonty (Elba) struggles to make ends meet as he raises his three young daughters on his own. But when the courts award custody to his corrupt, drug-dealing ex-wife, he desperately tries to win them back, enlisting the help of Julia (Union), a beautiful but hard-nosed attorney. Unlikely as it seems, an unexpected romance blossoms between the two. But in order for their relationship to survive, the couple must reconcile their two very different worlds – and overcome the forces that threaten to tear Monty’s family apart.
Kenneth LonerganFrom Academy Award® Nominee writer/director Kenneth Lonergan comes a stirring drama of rare beauty and shocking gravity. Anna Paquin, Matt Damon and Mark Ruffalo lead a celebrated cast in the story of a Manhattan teenager whose life is profoundly altered after witnessing a terrible accident. Experience an emotional teen’s extraordinary journey to set things right as her innocent ideals come crashing against the harsh realities of the adult world.
Ruba NaddaJuliette, a fashion magazine editor in her 40s, travels to Cairo to meet her husband, Mark, a UN official working in Gaza, for a three week vacation. When he is unavoidably delayed, he sends his friend Tareq, who had been his security officer for many years, to escort her throughout the beautiful and exotic city. The last thing anyone expects is that they will fall in love. CAIRO TIME is a romantic drama about a brief, unexpected love affair that catches two people completely off-guard.
Philippe FalardeauOscar-winning producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer team up with the producer of The Blind Side in this uplifting true story that follows a young refugee of the Sudanese Civil War who relocates to the United States with three other "lost boys." Encountering the modern world for the first time, they develop an unlikely friendship with a brash American woman (Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon) assigned to help them. But the young man not only struggles with his new life, but also with feelings of guilt about the family that he left behind in war-torn Africa.
Edmund GouldingAcclaimed Academy Award-winner and Emmy-winner Bette Davis ("All About Eve," "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?") stars in this three-hanky drama as a hedonistic socialite who is diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor and learns to value the simple things in life. Co-starring Oscar-winner Humphrey Bogart ("Casablanca," "The African Queen," "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre"), former president Ronald Reagan ("The Killers," "Knute Rockney, All American"), Oscar-nominee Geraldine Fitzgerald ("Wuthering Heights"), Oscar-nominee Henry Travers ("It's A Wonderful Life"), and George Brent ("Jezebel"). Davis' emotional performance earned her an Oscar nomination. An outstanding Hollywood production, it was nominated for Best Picture and Best Music.
William DieterleConsidered by many as the greatest adaptation of the Victor Hugo classic novel about the deformed bell ringer of Notre Dame who rescues a beautiful gypsy woman from his evil guardian and falls in love with her. A stunning achievement starring Oscar-winner Charles Laughton ("Spartacus," "Mutiny on the Bounty") as the heroic hunchback, Quasimodo. Featuring the screen debut of Academy Award-winner Edmond O'Brien ("D.O.A.," "The Wild Bunch") and the U.S. debut of the beautiful Maureen O'Hara ("How Green Was My Valley," "Only the Lonely"). Also starring Oscar-winner Thomas Mitchell ("It's a Wonderful Life," "Stagecoach") and Cedrick Hardwicke ("The Ten Commandments"). Produced by Academy Award-recipient Pandro S. Berman ("Ivanhoe," "Top Hat," "Father of the Bride"). Nominated for its outstanding musical score.
Stanley KubrickOscar-winning filmmaker Stanley Kubrick ("A Clockwork Orange," "The Shining," "2001: A Space Odyssey") directs this dark, comedic adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's classic novel about a middle-aged university professor who becomes so infatuated with a 14-year-old girl that he marries her mother in order to stay close to her. Starring Oscar-nominee James Mason ("North by Northwest") as smitten professor Humbert Humbert, Oscar-winner Shelly Winters ("The Poseidon Adventure," "A Place in the Sun") as Lolita's vulnerable mother, Oscar-nominee Peter Sellers ("The Pink Panther," "Being There") as a degenerate playwright whose attraction to Lolita fuels a fatal rivalry, and sultry Sue Lyon ("The Night of the Iguana") as the sexually precocious Lolita. Nabokov received an Oscar nomination for his outstanding screenplay.
Henry KosterRecently re-made as "The Preacher's Wife" starring Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston, the original was nominated for 5 Academy Awards(R)! Cary Grant stars as an angel come to earth in answer to the prayers of a struggling young bishop. Year: 1947 Director: Henry Koster Starring: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Elsa Lanchester.