30th Anniversary on December 5th
Oscar winner Anjelica Huston, John Cusack and Annette Bening star in this acclaimed hit, directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen). When small-time cheat Roy Dillon (Cusack) winds up in the hospital following an unsuccessful scam, it sets up a confrontation between his estranged mother Lilly (Huston) and sexy girlfriend Myra (Bening). Both Lilly and Myra are ruthless con-artists playing the game in a league far above Roy... and they're always looking for their next victim. Soon, it's a question of who's conning who as Roy finds himself caught in a complicated web of passion and mistrust.
GENRE: Drama, Thriller
CAST: Anjelica Huston, John Cusack, Annette Bening
KEY QUOTE: Laws are made to be broken, aren't they?
· Independent Spirit Award for Best Film
· Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes
· Directed by Stephen Frears and produced by Martin Scorsese
· Based on the novel by Jim Thompson
Available now on Digital.
10th Anniversary on December 10th
Mark Wahlberg stars in this biopic following the remarkable rise of Massachusetts-born lightweight title winner "Irish" Micky Ward. A determined pugilist whose career in the ring was shepherded by his loyal half-brother, Dicky (Christian Bale) -- a hard-living boxer-turned-trainer whose own career in the ring was nearly sent down for the count due to drugs and crime -- perennial underdog Micky rebounded from a disheartening series of defeats to win both the WBU Intercontinental Lightweight title and the WBU Light Welterweight title thanks to a fierce combination of determination and hard work.
GENRE: Drama, Sports
CAST: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo
KEY QUOTE: This is your time, all right? You take it.
· Golden Globe Winner – Best Picture, Drama
· Directed by David O. Russell (American Hustle)
Available now on Blu-ray™, DVD or Digital.
40th Anniversary on December 12th
The beloved anvil-armed sailor of the seven seas comes magically to life in this delightful musical starring Robin Williams as Popeye and directed by Robert Altman (Nashville). Shelley Duvall is Popeye's devoted long-limbed sweetie, Olive Oyl, one of many loveable characters who join the “sailor man” in his adventures in the harbor town of Sweethaven.
GENRE: Family, Comedy, Musical
CAST: Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Ray Walston
KEY QUOTE: I yam what I yam.
· Robin Williams’ first starring film role
· Directed by Oscar® winner Robert Altman
On Blu-ray for the first time December 1 with new Bonus Content. Also available on DVD or Digital.
WHAT WOMEN WANT
20th Anniversary on December 15th
A successful advertising exec, Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson) has the world and its women at his fingertips. Or so he thinks. The world of advertising is fast becoming a woman's world and slick-talking, chauvinistic Nick is out of touch. Enter Darcy McGuire (Helen Hunt). Darcy is hired by the ad agency as Nick's superior to bring a woman's perspective to the waning firm, in a bid to win new clients from the untapped women's market. But Nick's problems are just beginning. To his dismay, a freak accident allows Nick to hear the thoughts of all the women around him.
GENRE: Comedy, Romance
CAST: Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Alan Alda, Judy Greer, Bette Midler
KEY QUOTE: What kind of knight in shining armor would I be if the man I love needs rescuing and I just let him walk out my door?
· $374 Million Worldwide Box Office
· Directed by Nancy Meyers (Something’s Gotta Give)
Available now on DVD or Digital.
50th Anniversary on December 17th
One of the most romantic movies of all time is still as impactful as ever. Nominated for seven Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, and based on Erich Segal’s bestselling novel that defined a generation, it’s a timeless, unmatched tale from the heart. Oliver (Ryan O’Neal) and Jenny (Ali MacGraw) come from opposite backgrounds, but they share a chemistry they cannot deny—and a love they can’t ignore. Despite Oliver’s wealthy father threatening to disown him, the young couple marries and begins to build their new life together. But fate has other plans, and soon Oliver and Jenny face a crisis only the strongest of loves can endure.
GENRE: Drama, Romance
CAST: Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal, John Marley, Ray Milland, Tommy Lee Jones
KEY QUOTE: Love means never having to say you’re sorry
· $136+ Million Worldwide Box Office
· The success of this film, and later The Godfather, saved Paramount from bankruptcy
· Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture
Newly restored version coming in 2021. Available on Digital now.
ARTISTS AND MODELS
65th Anniversary on December 20th
Martin and Lewis run amok with spies, models and Shirley MacLaine! Artist Dean Martin can't come up with ideas for his horror comic-book series. Luckily, his mild-mannered roommate Jerry Lewis dreams 'em up (literally). Jerry talks in his sleep, Dean takes dictation and everybody's happy... until Jerry's dreams turn telepathic and Russian spies get in on the act! Martin and Lewis tear through one of their zaniest comedies, tossing one-liners, songs and sight gags around like confetti.
GENRE: Comedy, Musical
CAST: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Shirley MacLaine, Dorothy Malone, Eva Gabor
KEY QUOTE: Lady, if I'd known he was going to kiss you, I wouldn't have sent a boy to do a man's job.
· One of the most beloved Martin and Lewis movies
Available now on Digital.
TRUE GRIT (2010)
10th Anniversary on December 22ND
Reimagined by the Coen Brothers, the powerful story of vengeance and valor earned 10 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) is determined to avenge her father's blood by capturing Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), the man who shot and killed him for two pieces of gold. Just 14 years old, she enlists the help of Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), a one-eyed, trigger-happy U.S. Marshall with an affinity for drinking, and hardened Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) to track the fleeing Chaney. Despite their differences, their ruthless determination leads them on a perilous adventure that can only have one outcome: retribution.
GENRE: Western, Drama
CAST: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin
KEY QUOTE: There is nothing free except the grace of God.
· Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a 96% score
· Directed by the Coen Brothers
· Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture
Available now on Blu-ray, DVD or Digital.
WES CRAVEN PRESENTS:DRACULA 2000
20th Anniversary on December 22nd
Master of horror Wes Craven (Scream) presents a sexy, modern-day, adaptation of the classic gothic thriller. When a team of techno-savvy thieves break into a high-security vault, they don't discover priceless works of art… they find a crypt unopened for 100 years. Suddenly, the ancient terror of Dracula is unleashed, and his first destination is America and the exotic city of New Orleans – a place where he feels right at home.
GENRE: Horror, Action
CAST: Gerard Butler, Christopher Plummer, Jonny Lee Miller, Jennifer Esposito
KEY QUOTE: I don't drink... coffee.
· Cult classic, spawning two additional films
Available now on Digital or in the Dracula 3-Movie Collection on DVD.
75th Anniversary on December 25th
In 1871 Dakota, two crooked businessmen oppose the local wheat farmers and the railroad development in order to control the town of Fargo. Under John Devlin's (John Wayne) direction, the farmers organize and engage in a fierce shootout in the midst of wheat fields set ablaze by the gang.
GENRE: Western, Drama
CAST: John Wayne, Vera Ralston, Walter Brennan
KEY QUOTE: Where we're going, there are only two parties: the quick and the dead.
· A John Wayne classic from the Republic Pictures library
Available now on Digital or on Blu-ray or DVD from Kino Lorber.