Based on her best-selling novel of the same name, writer/director Adriana Trigiani brings the story of a coal mining town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia to vivid life. It’s 1978 and the ever-ordinary Ave Maria Mulligan (Ashley Judd) lives a simple life, Ave Maria lives with her mother, runs the pharmacy, directs The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama, and hopes that Theodore Tipton, her best friend and the high school band director will take their platonic friendship in a romantic direction. Ave Maria waits, and before she knows it, she turns 40. Now the old maid of Big Stone Gap, Ave Maria decides that happiness is for other people – that is, until a long-buried
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Mary Roberts's father has died, leaving the deed of a gold mine to the innocent young Southern belle (played by Rosina Lawrence), who is working as a skivvy in Mickey Finn's Palace, a raucous saloon bar in Brushwood Gulch. Stan and Ollie have been charged with delivering this precious document to her. They are readily gulled into giving it to Lola Marcel (Sharon Lynne), a hard, bottle-blonde vaudeville singer pretending to be Mary. Realising their mistake, they set about – calamitously, of course – getting it back.
Not much of a plot, I suppose, but enough to spin Way Out West into an hour-long feature film I have watched time and again.
Do The Right Thing: 20th Anniversary Edition (Universal) Spike Lee’s groundbreaking fable about race relations in an ethnically mixed Brooklyn neighborhood during a sweltering New York summer remains as potent, timely and prescient as it was in 1989. Lee is among the cast, which also includes John Turturro, Danny Aiello, Samuel L. Jackson, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, and Rosie Perez (to name a few), that provide the tableaux-like framework for this stunning work. Criminally ignored by Oscar (it wasn't even nominated for Best Picture, but did garner nods for Supporting Actor Danny Aiello and Lee’s screenplay), it endures as a timeless classic. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Commentary by Lee, Ernest Dickerson, Wynn Thomas, Joie Lee; Documentary; Deleted and extended scenes; Featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS 5.1 surround.
Coraline (Universal) A young girl moves into an old Victorian house with her parents
The jury was still out on Technicolor's improved three-strip process -- the independently made "Becky Sharp" and "The Dancing Pirate" were flops -- when Paramount released the first major studio feature, and the first shot outdoors, in January 1936.
Where the first two features were shot under rigorously controlled conditions on soundstages,
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