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Movie: Soul Man

[TRAILER] In order to win a scholarship, Mark Watson (C. Thomas Howell), the white son of an affluent psychiatrist, pretends to be black on his application form. When he's accepted, he alters his hair, skin and speech to conceal his true identity. At first Mark believes that going through law school as a minority will be a breeze, but he soon begins experiencing racism. Eventually, Mark falls in love with Sarah Walker (Rae Dawn Chong), a black student, and begins to feel guilty about his ruse. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 28, 2022 - 19 comments

Movie: Bullets Over Broadway

[TRAILER] Struggling 1920s playwright David Shayne (John Cusack), having failed to secure financing for his latest work, reluctantly makes a deal with mob boss Nick Valenti (Joe Viterelli) : a Broadway debut with the chance to direct, as long as Nick's flibbertigibbet girlfriend, Olive (Jennifer Tilly), plays one of the lead roles. As Olive and star Helen Sinclair (Dianne Wiest) attempt to upstage each other, Olive's gangland bodyguard Cheech (Chazz Palminteri) starts suggesting changes to David's script. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 28, 2022 - 4 comments

Movie: Arizona Dream

[TRAILER] Axel (Johnny Depp) gets caught up into the family car business when his cousin, Paul (Vincent Gallo), coaxes him to come to Arizona to attend the wedding of their Uncle Leo (Jerry Lewis). As Axel makes the decision to try selling Cadillacs with his family, he meets an eccentric woman named Elaine (Faye Dunaway) and her equally quirky stepdaughter, Grace (Lili Taylor). Their lives become inextricably intertwined through romance, dreams -- and death. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 28, 2022 - 5 comments

Movie: Breakfast at Tiffany's

[TRAILER] Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) is an eccentric New York City playgirl determined to marry a Brazilian millionaire. But when young writer Paul Varjak (George Peppard) moves into her apartment building, her past threatens to get in their way. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 28, 2022 - 8 comments

Movie: United 93

[TRAILER] A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 28, 2022 - 7 comments

Movie: Shallow Hal

[TRAILER] A shallow man (Jack Black) falls in love with a 300-pound woman (Gwyneth Paltrow) because of her inner beauty. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 28, 2022 - 6 comments

Movie: Last Tango in Paris

A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex. [more inside]
posted by Marky on Nov 26, 2022 - 5 comments

Movie: Cannibal Holocaust

A New York University professor returns from a rescue mission to the Amazon rainforest with the footage shot by a lost team of documentarians who were making a film about the area's local cannibal tribes. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 16, 2022 - 18 comments

Movie: Cruising

A psychopath is scouring New York City gay clubs and viciously slaying homosexuals. Detective Steve Burns (Al Pacino) is ordered to don leather attire, hang at the city's S&M joints and keep an eye out for the killer. But as Steve becomes immersed in club hopping, he begins to identify with the subculture more than he expected. Meanwhile, Steve behaves distantly around his girlfriend, Nancy (Karen Allen), the police force's homophobia becomes apparent and the killer remains at large. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 16, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: The Birth of a Nation

When Confederate colonel Ben Cameron (Henry B. Walthall) is captured in battle, nurse Elsie Stoneman (Lillian Gish) petitions for his pardon. In Reconstruction-era South Carolina, Cameron founds the Ku Klux Klan, battling Elsie's congressman father (Ralph Lewis) and his African-American protégé, Silas Lynch (George Siegmann). [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 16, 2022 - 12 comments

Movie: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Children are lured into a secretive factory worked by slaves. They come to horrible ends at the hands of the factory's unbalanced and mercurial owner. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 16, 2022 - 12 comments

Movie: Tiptoes

A man is reluctant to tell his fiancée that his parents, uncle and brother are dwarfs. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 16, 2022 - 4 comments

Movie: Short Circuit

After a lightning bolt gives it human emotions and intelligence, a military robot escapes and finds refuge at the home of an animal-loving pacifist (Ally Sheedy). [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 16, 2022 - 12 comments

Movie: Buffalo '66

After being released from prison, Billy (Vincent Gallo) is set to visit his parents with his wife, whom he does not actually have. This provokes Billy to act out, as he kidnaps a girl (Christina Ricci) and forces her to act as his wife for the visit. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 9, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: Sixteen Candles

With the occasion all but overshadowed by her sister's upcoming wedding, angst-ridden Samantha (Molly Ringwald) faces her 16th birthday with typical adolescent dread. Samantha pines for studly older boy Jake (Michael Schoeffling), but worries that her chastity will be a turnoff for the popular senior. Meanwhile, Samantha must constantly rebuff the affections of nerdy Ted (Anthony Michael Hall), the only boy in the school, unfortunately, who seems to take an interest in her. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 9, 2022 - 15 comments

Movie: Roger & Me

A documentary about the closure of General Motors' plant at Flint, Michigan, which resulted in the loss of 30,000 jobs. Details the attempts of filmmaker Michael Moore to get an interview with GM CEO Roger Smith. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 9, 2022 - 5 comments

Movie: High Plains Drifter

A gunfighting stranger (Clint Eastwood) comes to the small settlement of Lago. After gunning down three gunmen who tried to kill him, the townsfolk decide to hire the Stranger to hold off three outlaws who are on their way. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 9, 2022 - 2 comments

Movie: Gone with the Wind

The life of southern belle Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) begins on a sprawling plantation, then veers across the history of the South during the Civil War and Reconstruction, and her tangled love affairs with Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) and Rhett Butler (Clark Gable). [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 9, 2022 - 13 comments

Movie: Dom za vešanje (Home for Hanging)

Perhan is a Romani teenager with telekinetic powers. His passage from childhood to adulthood starts in a little village in Yugoslavia but derails into a criminal underworld of quick-cash petty crime that threatens to destroy him and those he loves. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 9, 2022 - 1 comment

Movie: Into the Wild

Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch), son of wealthy parents (Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt), graduates from Emory University as a top student and athlete. However, instead of embarking on a prestigious and profitable career, he chooses to give his savings to charity, rid himself of his possessions, and set out on a journey to the Alaskan wilderness. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 1, 2022 - 13 comments

Movie: Song of the South

Uncle Remus draws upon his tales of Br'er Rabbit to help little Johnny deal with his confusion over his parents' separation as well as his new life on the plantation. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 1, 2022 - 17 comments

Movie: What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp) is a small-town young man with a lot of responsibility. Chief among his concerns are his mother (Darlene Cates), who is so overweight that she can't leave the house, and his mentally impaired younger brother, Arnie (Leonardo DiCaprio), who has a knack for finding trouble. Settled into a job at a grocery store and an ongoing affair with local woman Betty Carver (Mary Steenburgen), Gilbert finally has his life shaken up by the free-spirited Becky (Juliette Lewis). [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 1, 2022 - 5 comments

Movie: The Purple Rose of Cairo

Unhappily married Depression-era waitress Cecilia (Mia Farrow) earns the money while her inattentive husband, Monk (Danny Aiello), blows their meager income on getting drunk and gambling. To assuage her loneliness, Cecilia escapes to the picture show and becomes transfixed with the movie "The Purple Rose of Cairo," and especially with its lead character, archeologist Tom Baxter (Jeff Daniels). When Tom literally steps off of the screen and into her life, both realities are thrown into chaos. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 1, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: Million Dollar Baby

Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 1, 2022 - 1 comment

Movie: Braveheart

Enraged at the murder of a loved one, Scottish warrior William Wallace (Mel Gibson) slays a platoon of the local English lord's soldiers. This leads the village to revolt and, eventually, the entire country to rise up against English rule. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 1, 2022 - 15 comments

Movie: The Help

Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer) is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's struggles with money and her desperate need for jobs; and Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan (Emma Stone) is a young white woman who has recently moved back home after graduating college to find out her childhood maid has mysteriously disappeared. These three stories intertwine to explain how life in Jackson, Mississippi revolves around "the help"; yet they are always kept at a certain distance because of racial lines. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 12, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: The Birth of a Nation

With rumors of insurrection in the air, a cleric convinces Samuel that Nat (Nate Parker) should sermonize to other slaves, thereby quelling any notions of an uprising. As Nat witnesses the horrific treatment of his fellow man, he realizes that he can no longer just stand by and preach. On Aug. 21, 1831, Turner's quest for justice and freedom leads to a violent and historic rebellion in Southampton County. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 12, 2022 - 6 comments

Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) arrives at Port Royal in the Caribbean without a ship or crew. His timing is inopportune, however, because later that evening the town is besieged by a pirate ship. The pirates kidnap the governor's daughter, Elizabeth (Keira Knightley), who's in possession of a valuable coin that is linked to a curse that has transformed the pirates into the undead. A gallant blacksmith (Orlando Bloom) in love with Elizabeth allies with Sparrow in pursuit of the pirates. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 12, 2022 - 18 comments

Movie: Green Book

Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) is a world-class African-American pianist who's about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection, Shirley recruits Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx. Despite their differences, the two men soon develop an unexpected bond while confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 12, 2022 - 6 comments

Movie: The Pianist

In this adaptation of the autobiography The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945, Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody), a Polish Jewish radio station pianist, sees Warsaw change gradually as World War II begins. Szpilman is forced into the Warsaw Ghetto, but is later separated from his family during Operation Reinhard. From this time until the concentration camp prisoners are released, Szpilman hides in various locations among the ruins of Warsaw. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 12, 2022 - 2 comments

Movie: Léon: The Professional

Mathilda (Natalie Portman) is only 12 years old, but is already familiar with the dark side of life: her abusive father stores drugs for corrupt police officers, and her mother neglects her. Léon (Jean Reno), who lives down the hall, tends to his houseplants and works as a hired hitman for mobster Tony (Danny Aiello). When her family is murdered by crooked DEA agent Stansfield (Gary Oldman), Mathilda joins forces with a reluctant Léon to learn his deadly trade and avenge her family's deaths. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 12, 2022 - 8 comments

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