Feature Length Films and TV Series – September 2008

Ace Ventura Pet Detective
Ace Ventura, pet detective is on the case to find the Miami Dolphins’ missing mascot and quarterback Dan Marino, and whether he’s undercover, under fire or underwater, he always gets his man … or beast!. Cast: Jim Carrey, Sean Young, Courteney Cox, Tone L¯oc, Dan Marino. Rated PG-13

Band of Brothers
This is the story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army, drawn from interviews with survivors as well as soldiers’ journals and letters. Cast:Kirk Acevedo, Eion Bailey, Michael Cudlitz, David Schwimmer, Douglas Spain, Richard Speight Jr., Donnie Wahlberg. Originally broadcast by HBO in 2001. Based on the book by Stephen Ambrose.

Country Matters
Adaptations of short stories by A.E. Coppard and H.E. Bates. Set against the English countryside during the post-World War I period. Reveals the timeless and constant qualities of the British landscape and its people. Cast: Ian McKellen, Prunella Ransome, Susan Penhaligon, Robert Keegan, Rosalind Ayres, Peter Firth, Penelope Wilton, Susan Fleetwood, Gareth Thomas, Brian Marshall, Jane Lapotaire, Stephen Chase, Keith Drinkel, Mary Weinbark, Prunella Scales, Nicholas Hoye. Originally broadcast on television between 1972 and 1973. Not rated.

Eleanor and Franklin: The Early Years & The White House Years
He was one of America’s greatest presidents leading the nation out of its darkest years and guiding it through one of its most difficult wars. She was his wife a First Lady who declined the role of White House hostess and instead devoted herself to public service. This exclusive HBO Double Feature brings together the two critically acclaimed films (“The Early Years” and “The Whitehouse Years”) detailing the Roosevelt’s saga presenting an intimate portrait of their public and private lives. Cast: Jane Alexander, Edward Hermann, Priscilla Pointer, Walter McGinn, Rosemary Murphy, Blair Brown. Based on the book by Joseph P. Lash. Not Rated.

The English Patient
Based on the novel by Michael Ondaatje, a complicated WWII saga told in flashback sequences. Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Naveen Andrews. Rated R

Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale
Despite the success of his highly-rated (but critically-panned) sitcom, Andy can’t help but wonder if true artistic respectability will ever come his way. Andy decides to take drastic measures: he fires his loyal but useless agent Darren; pulls the plug on his hit show; and turns down roles he considers “beneath him.” Cast: Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant. Originally broadcast on HBO in 2007. Rated TV-14.

Flying Leathernecks
It’s World War II. Major Dan Kirby (John Wayne) is hard on his marines. His subordinate Captain Carl Griffin thinks the Major is overdoing it, but Kirby proves that there is a method to his madness after all. Cast: John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Don Taylor, Janis Carter, Jay C. Flippen.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1951. Not rated.

The Hiding Place
With the Nazi invasion of Holland, Corrie ten Boom’s family joins the resistance to help save persecuted Jewish families. When they are arrested and imprisoned in concentration camps themselves, they have nothing left to cling to but their faith. Cast: Julie Harris, Jeannette Clift, Eileen Heckart. Rated PG. Based on the true story by Corrie ten Boom.

House M.D. Season Four
Reunite with the perplexing and prickly Dr. Gregory House as he tackles impossible cases while putting a new staff of potential team members through the medical wringer with his trademark sarcasm and irreverent bedside manner. Cast: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jennifer Morrison, Jesse Spencer, Kal Penn, Peter Jacobson, Olivia Wilde. Not rated.

Inspector LynLey Mysteries: Series 6
Suave, sophisticated Detective Inspector Lynley and his prickly, plebian sidekick Detective Sergeant Havers are back with two new gripping mysteries in this sixth and final series. But with Lynley struggling to cope with his wife’s death — and Havers struggling with her partner’s heavy drinking — will they be able to focus on solving crime? Cast: Nathaniel Parker, Sharon Small. Based on Elizabeth George’s Inspector Lynley mysteries. Not rated.

Mr. & Mrs. Bridge
Story of a Kansas City couple, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, whose lives are affected in different ways as their children grow up and leave home, and more adventurous friends bring new ideas into their home. Mrs. Bridge questions the life she has led, but her husband remains a firm believer in family and home, regardless of the changes in the world around him. Based on the novels “Mr. Bridge” and “Mrs. Bridge”, by Evan S. Connell. Cast: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Blythe Danner. Rated PG-13.

Sergeant Benson (Ryan O’Neal) is the biggest ladies man on the force. Kerwin (John Hurt) is a gay man, works a desk job and keeps quiet about his personal life. When a double murder lands on Benson’s desk, he’s forced to go undercover into the gay community in order to bring the killer to justice. It’s a tough job for a macho cop – but fortunately, he’s got a partner. Benson and Kerwin team up to solve the crime, and find themselves doing things that were never included in their job description. Written by Francis Veber (La Cage aux folles), this hilarious fish out-of-water comedy delivers equal parts thrills and laughs.

Top Gun
At the elite Navy Fighter Weapons School, cocky, young pilots compete against one another in the air as well as on the ground. Cast: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt. Rated PG.