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Beowulf (2007)

Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Cast: Ray Winstone, Robin Wright Penn, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Crispin Glover, Brendan Gleeson, Alison Lohman, Angelina Jolie. In the age of heroes comes the mightiest warrior of them all, Beowulf. After destroying the overpowering demon Grendel, he incurs the undying wrath of the beast's ruthlessly seductive mother, who will use any means possible to ensure revenge. The animation is the talking point of this movie, a landmark in computer imagery. 114 min.

Berlin Express(1948)

Directed by Jacques Tourneur. Story by Curt Siodmak. Cast: Merle Oberon, Robert Ryan, Charles Korvin, Paul Lukas, Robert Coote, Reinhold Schunzel, Roman Toporow, Peter Von Zerneck, Otto Waldis, Fritz Kortner, Michael Harvey, Richard Powers. Filmed amid the actual bombed out ruins of Frankfurt and Berlin after World War II, this film recounts the dangerous attempts to unify Germany as four post-war heroes from Britain, France, Russia and the U.S. battle die-hard Nazis to rescue an anti-fascist German statesman. 87 min.

Black Robe (Canada / Australia, 1991)

Directed by Bruce Beresford. Cast: Lothaire Bluteau, August Schellenberg, Aden Young, Sandrine Holt, Tantoo Cardinal, Frank Wilson, Billy Two Rivers. In the 17th century, Father Laforgue, a young Jesuit priest, is assigned to go up river into the Canadian wilderness to convert the Huron Indians. His young aide and translator, Daniel, falls in love with Annuka, the daughter of the Algonquin chief.

Blood and Sand (1941)

Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. Cast: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth, Nazimova, Anthony Quinn, J. Carrol Naish, John Carradine, Lynn Bari, Laird Cregar, William Montague, Vicente Gomez, George Reeves. Juan is the naive son of a once-famous bullfighter who tries to recapture the glory of his family's name. Though he is branded fifth rate, he soon becomes Spain's greatest matador and returns home to marry his childhood sweetheart. But when a beautiful, passionate aristocrat seduces him, Juan succumbs to her temptations, only to see his own happiness and success crumble. 125 min.

Boom Town (1940)

Directed by Jack Conway. Cast: Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert, Hedy Lamarr. In search of black-gold fortunes, two men will dream, scheme and team up to become rich. But then things between the friends get rough, as one man steals the love of a woman from the other. 119 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Braveheart (1995)

Directed by Mel Gibson. Cast: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormack. A sumptuously produced historical epic based upon the life of William Wallace (c. 1270-1305), a bold Scotsman who used the steel of his blade and the fire of his intellect to rally his countrymen to liberation in the 14th century. 103 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Mexico / USA, 1974)

Directed by Sam Peckinpah. Cast: Warren Oates, Isela Vega, Robert Webber, Gig Young, Kris Kristofferson, Helmut Dantine, Emilio Fernandez. A violent story of a down-and-out piano player in search of the severed head of a gigolo for which there is a million dollar bounty. 112 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database See bibliography of reviews and articles about this film

Bruce Lee Collection

The Big Boss (Tang shan da xiong) (Hong Kong, 2004)Directed by Directed by Wei Lo. Cast: Bruce Lee, Maria Yi, James Tien, Nora Miao. Having made a vow never to fight again, a factory worker named Cheng (Lee) does his best to put up with an abusive boss. But when Cheng's beautiful cousin is kidnapped by company thugs, he is forced to take matters into his own hands--and fists--to save her. The first starring role of legendary martial arts star Bruce Lee.

Burn After Reading (2008)

Directors: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen. Cast: George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Brad Pitt. When a disc filled with some of the CIA's most irrelevant secrets gets in the hands of two determined, but dim-witted, gym employees, the duo is intent on exploiting their find. When blackmailing fails, they decide to take the information to the Russian embassy. At the embassy, they hand the disc over to the Russians, promising that they will give them more information.

Burn! (Queimada) (Italy / France, 1969)

Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo. Cast: Marlon Brando, Evaristo Marquez, Renato Salvatori. Sir William Walker is sent to secure a plantation in a 19th century Caribbean Island. While there be befriends Jose and Teddy, and plants the seeds of revolution in their heads. Years later he must go back and stop the revolution that he helped begin. 109 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database