The Oscar winner for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards, “Argo” is a dramatic thriller directed by and starring Ben Affleck. Based on the true-life events related in CIA operative Tony Mendez’s book “The Master of Disguise”, the movie reveals the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to rescue six American diplomats from Iran during the Iran hostage crisis.
William Holden and Gloria Swanson star in this classic Academy Award winning film about a struggling Hollywood writer who’ll do anything for a buck, and a forgotten silent-screen goddess who lives in a decaying Sunset Boulevard mansion, dreaming of a comeback. Directed and co-written by Billy Wilder, this film was nominated for 11 Oscars and won 3, including Best Writing. B
In a critically-praised performance, Michael Shannon stars as a young husband and father plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions that foretell a violent oncoming storm. He struggles to determine whether it is a delusion brought on by mental illness, or a real-life threat to his family’s safety. Also starring Jessica Chastain (The Help), the film is a psychological thriller that “powerfully lays bare our national anxiety disorder.” – The Village Voice
Out of the twilight zone comes this animated tale of a pet chameleon stranded in the Mojave Desert. Rango takes place in and around an Old West town populated by an assortment of animals possessing some peculiarly human traits. The loopy but lovable hero of the film, voiced by Johnny Depp, helped win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature along with a host of other prizes for film director Gore Verbinski.
A middle-class husband and wife in Tehran find complications as they seek a divorce. After they separate, a misunderstanding with a new housemaid sees them face off in court against a couple in a more traditional marriage. Both a realistic drama and suspenseful thriller, A Separation investigates the social challenges in a culture torn between opposing definitions of marital commitment, where neither position seems to be morally certain. Winner for Best Foreign Language Film
George C. Scott won an Oscar for his portrayal of the eccentric and controversial General George Patton, one of the Allied commanders during World War II. Karl Malden is also outstanding as General Omar Bradley. Friction between the various Allied generals eventually affects some critical decisions being made for the D-Day invasion and the ensuing Battle of the Bulge.
Cruising - definitely one of the most controversial movies of 1980. Interestingly, Brian De Palma was originally slated to direct. He re-fashioned his screenplay for Cruising into the provocative first half of the much more successful thriller Dressed to Kill.
Join us for this year’s Best Picture Oscar winner, starring Jean Dujardin as George Valentin, a silent film star whose irresistible charms are soon forgotten once Hollywood is introduced to the advent of sound. His biggest fan turned overnight talkie sensation, Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) takes interest in his plight and attempts to lift his career from the depths of show biz despair. Also starring James Cromwell, John Goodman, and Uggie the Dog
This multi-Oscar winning film has been a family favorite for years. Based on the true life story of Austria’s Von Trapp family singers, the film stars Julie Andrews and recent Oscar winner Christopher Plummer. Julie plays a nun who becomes a governess to the seven children of a widowed Austrian navy captain played by Plummer. Originally a Broadway musical of the same name, the film features classic songs written by Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Another multi-Oscar winner (Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress-Catherine Zeta-Jones), Chicago is based on Bob Fosse’s Broadway musical of the same name. Two convicted murderesses (Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger) meet on death row where they concoct a plan with celebrity lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere) to gain the fame that will keep them from the gallows.
The Quintanilla family chose to make the movie as a “pre-emptive strike” since other unauthorized films about Selena’s life were already in production shortly after her death. | 22 Facts You Didn't Know About The Movie "Selena"