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List of "G" Movies
Galaxy Quest (1999) PG sci-fi/comedy
Tim Allen stars in this entertaining and well-written parody of the Star Trek hype. He plays a man who was the star of a popular television show, Galaxy Quest, from the early eighties. As time progressed, the show gained die-hard popularity, like Star Trek did. Allen, and the rest of the Galaxy Quest cast lives their post-television life signing autographs and making special appearances for a living, never doing anything important since their show was canceled. That is, until a quartet of off-the-wall aliens reach his house, who received television signals of the show and mistook it for "documented history" and calls for Allen and his crew to defeat Sarris, a bad alien-dude who threatens their very existence! Starring: Tim Allen, Sigorney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl M. Mitchell, Enrico Colantoni, Robin Sachs, Patrick Breen. Directed by: Dean Parisot.
The Game (1997) R thriller
Captivating and suspenseful, this film takes your senses and logic through a thrill-ride of plot twists and baffling fun! Michael Douglas stars as a business executive who receives a peculiarly strange gift from his brother: a chance to participate in a game. Not knowing exactly what this "game" is, Douglas reluctantly signs up for it and now he's in for a life-altering (and life-threatening) experience! Certainly worth watching; you won't want to get out of your seat once it begins! This is a great popcorn movie! Starring: Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, James Rebhorn, Deborah Unger, Peter Donat, Carroll Baker, Armin Mueller-Stahl. Directed by: David Fincher.
Garbo Talks (1984) PG-13 drama/comedy
This is an unusual sort of film that I canít recommend based solely on its sheer artistic value, but I recommend it anyway because I doubt youíve ever seen anything quite like it. Anne Bancroft stars as a dying cancer patient whose final wish is to meet Greta Garbo. So her son sacrifices everything -- his job and his wife -- in order to track her down. (Carrie Fisher is in this movie, and to my surprise she doesnít suck!) It wonít overwhelm you, but it is quite charming. Save this film for a rainy afternoon. Starring: Anne Bancroft, Ron Silver, Catherine Hicks, Carrie Fisher, Steven Hill, Howard Da Silva, Dorothy Loudon, Harvey Fierstein, Hermoine Gingold, Richard B. Shull. Directed by: Sidney Lument.
Garden State (2004) R comedy/drama
When his mother dies, a conflicted young man (Zach Braff who also writes and directs) travels back to his home state after years being away. He catches up with his old friends, the tensions with his family are rekindled, but he also discovers a new love (Natalie Portman). The romance sequences are contrived, but the film in general is unique, interesting and touching. Starring: Zach Braff, Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaad, Ian Holm, Jean Smart, Ron Leibman, Ann Dowd, Method Man, Denis OíHare, Michael Weston, Jim Parsons, Jackie Hoffman. Directed by: Zach Braff.
Garfield: The Movie (2004) PG comedy
If you think the Garfield comic strip is lame, expect this film adaptation of it to be even lamer. Bill Murray provides the voice for that lasagna-eating feline who is abhorred that his owner Jon Arbuckle (Breckin Meyer) brings home a pet dog named Odie. Then, Garfield goes too far and locks Odie out of the house. Odie runs away and is kidnapped by a deranged television animal show host (Stephen Tobolowsky). Will Garfield help save Odie from this terrible doom? This might have been a good movie if he hadn't. Just like the cartoon strip, we see Garfield pushing off the chair a lot; we see Garfield eat a lot of food; and we see Garfield whine. It really isn't funny. Murray does the best he can with the awful dialogue and at least lends the film a tiny sliver of his goodness. Starring: Bill Murray, Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Debra Messing, Evan Arnold, Mark Christopher-Lawrence, Nick Cannon, Alan Cumming, Brad Garrett, Jimmy Kimmel. Directed by: Peter Hewitt.
Gas, Food, Lodging (1992) R drama
This excellent character film follows the lives of a single mother (Brooke Adams) and her two teenage daughters (Ion Skye and Fairuza Balk) living in a small, New Mexico town. With great acting from the cast and engaging direction, this is an effective film. Starring: Brooke Adams, Ion Skye, Fairuza Balk, James Brolin, Robert Knepper, Chris Mulkey, David Landsbury, Donovan Leitch. Directed by: Allison Anders.
Gaslight (1944) NR thriller
It's not as tense as it would have been had it been in the hands of Alfred Hitchcock, but it still provides ample suspense and interest. Ingrid Bergman stars as a woman who is slowly going insane. She finds that she's becoming absent-minded, she's hiding valuable items in the most obscure places and she's starting to imagine things. Watch the movie as the story slowly unfolds. Ingrid Bergman's performance is absolutely astonishing; she earned her first Academy Award with this movie. Starring: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Dame May Whitty, Angela Lansbury, Barbara Everest. Directed by: George Cukor.
Gattaca (1997) PG-13 sci-fi
This is an intriguing look at a futuristic society where many people are genetically engineered to perfection. A man who wasn't genetically engineered always dreamed about going into outer space but can't because of his "imperfections.Ē If it wasn't for its overall tendency to be tremendously creative, Gattaca would have been nothing because it provides no surprise or suspense. Itís an awesome view, though! Starring: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Gore Vidal, Alan Arkin, Loren Dean, Jayne Brook, Elias Koteas, Chad Christ, William Lee Scott, Tony Shalhoub, Ernest Borgnine. Directed by: Andrew Niccol.
The General (1927) NR comedy
An excellent silent that is done by none other than the master of silent comedies, Buster Keaton, in one of his most outstanding masterpieces. He plays a Confederate train engineer during the commencement of the Civil War who discovers that an army of Yanks just took off with one of his engines. And thus starts a great train race; one guy against dozens! Even though the aesthetic quality of the picture isn't great, the movie itself was wonderfully done! If you think you can overlook the commodity of modern filmmaking and look to an excellent silent film from the past, then you've got to see this! Starring: Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender, Jim Farley, Joseph Keaton. Directed by: Buster Keaton.
Gettysburg (1993) PG-13 war
This drawn-out Civil War epic gives a good depiction of the Civil War, but it is boringly tiresome until the edge-of-your-seat battle scenes starts to actually give you something to watch. The character development is terrible; it's difficult keeping track of them! In order to fully appreciate, this 4 hour long movie will have to be viewed again and few people are willing to take the time. On the bright side, the acting is great! And the film, I suppose, was meant only to give an accurate view of the battle on the historical standpoint. ONLY for history buffs. Star Jeff Daniels follows this performance up with another historical masterwork: Dumb and Dumber. Starring: Tom Berenger, Jeff Daniels, Martin Sheen, Sam Elliott, Maxwell Caulfield, Kevin Conway, C. Thomas Howell, Richard Jordan, Royce D. Applegate, John Diehl. Directed by: Ronald Maxwell.
Ghost in the Shell (1995) NR (R-equivalent) animated
This anime cyber-punk film is hard to follow, but who would have expected anything less? This is only for those who didn't get enough of The Matrix, and they'll probably treasure this. In a future society, everything is connected via the Internet, even life. A female cyborg (who is naked a lot) goes after a hacker called "The Puppetmaster." Poor English-language voice acting undermines the effort. Directed by: Mamoru Oshii.
Ghost World (2001) R comedy
Okay, Steve Buscemi did play the guy with the wood chipper on Fargo, but Ghost World probably contains the guyís best screen performance. The film follows the exploits of a cynical high school graduate whoís not quite sure what to do with the rest of her life. In the meantime, she becomes entangled with the middle-aged, nebbish music collector Steve Buscemi. The film is both quirky, funny and engaging. Wonderful direction from Zwigoff. Starring: Thora Birch, Steve Buscemi, Scarlett Johansson, Brad Renfro, Illena Douglas, Bob Balaban, Teri Garr, Stacey Travis, Rini Bell, Tom McGowan. Directed by: Terry Zwigoff.
Ghostbusters (1984) PG comedy
This hysterical comedy is about New York becoming infested with ghosts and a newly formed crew called "The Ghostbusters" capturing them with some sort of vacuum cleaner. The excellent casting of Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd among others is what makes this film especially pleasing. It was a huge success at the box office when released. Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, William Atherton, Ernie Hudson, David Margulies. Directed by: Ivan Reitman.
Ghostbusters II (1989) PG comedy
This sequel to the 1984 blockbuster is only an adequate follow up. The Ghostbusters' mission is to destroy the ghost of a mad alchemist who remains hidden within a giant painting. A rather stupid and uninspired plot drags this film along, but the wonderfully comic acting from these brand-name comedians makes the film a pleasure to watch. The special effects are great, though! Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson, Peter MacNicol, Annie Potts. Directed by: Ivan Reitman.
Gidget (1956) NR comedy
Stands for girl midget. This once-happenin' teenage surfing-flick is a film recommended for those few people who want to travel back to those beach party days. Sandra Dee stars as a girl with boy problems. And then she pursues the normal route that most frustrated teenage girls do: she purchases a surfboard and become the only female member of a surfer gang. Romance abounds. Sometimes considered a classic, Gidget spawned many sequels and some television series. This film was very popular in the 50s, mostly among idiots. Starring: Sandra Dee, James Darren, Cliff Robertson, Arthur O'Connell, Joby Baker, Yvonne Craig, Doug McClure. Directed by: Paul Wendkos.
Gigi (1958) NR musical
I just wish somebody could answer me this question: why don't they make movies like this anymore? Gigi is a glorious, pleasant musical with many famous numbers including "Thank Heaven For Little Girls," "I Remember It Well," and "The Night They Invented Champagne." This is a recommended film that contains valuable lessons for both children and adults. And pretty much everyone can expect to vomit in the trashcan. Or they can enjoy the movie, maybe. Whichever they would prefer. Starring: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chavalier, Hermione Gingold, Eva Gabor, Isabel Jeans, Jacques Bergerac, John Abbott, Marilyn Sims, Lydia Stevens, Jack Trevan. Directed by: Vincente Minnelli.
The Girl From Paris (2001) R drama
Charming French film starring Michel Serrault as a single woman who moves to the countryside to run a farm ... however, the previous owner of the place (Mathilde Seigner) still lives there and is a bitter old man. Ö The plot might be predictable and the pace might be a bit too leisurely, but itís a genuine film all the same. Starring: Michel Serrault, Mathilde Seigner, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Frederic Pierrot, Marc Berman. Directed by: Christian Carion.
The Glass House (2001) PG-13 thriller
If you're looking for simply a bad movie, then I recommend this. It's about a teenager, Ruby Baker, played by a potentially emerging star, Leelee Sobieski, and her brother, Rhett, played by a non-potentially emerging star, Trevor Morgan, whose parents die in a tragic automobile accident. Former neighbors, Terry (Stellen Skarsgard) and Erin Glass (Diane Lane) who live in a glass house (so much for creativity!) take custody of the children. And these parents are evil. Whoopdeedoo. Starring: Leelee Sobieski, Diane Lane, Stellan Skarsgard, Bruce Dern, Kathy Baker, Trevor Morgan, Chris Noth, Michael O'Keefe, Rita Wilson, Gavin O'Connor, Vyto Ruginis, Carley Pope, Chind Shavers, Agnes Bruckner, Rutanya Alda. Directed by: Daniel Sackheim.
The Glass Menagerie (1987) PG drama
Director Paul Newmanís wise direction doesnít do anything flashy; it just lets Tennessee Williamís powerful play speak for itself. This character study stars Joanne Woodward as an aging southern belle who continuously struggles in her relationship with her disenchanted son (John Malkovich) and her shy daughter (Karen Allen). The entire cast shines in their roles. Starring: Joanne Woodward, John Malkovich, Karen Allen, James Naughton. Directed by: Paul Newman.
Glory (1989) R war
Matthew Broderick stars as Robert Gould Shaw, a man who is assigned to lead a Union Army of black soldiers in the Civil War who are ready and willing to fight but are prevented from doing so by higher officials. Will these men ever get to fight against their southern foes? This exceptional film has perfect character development and first-rate action sequences. It should be noted that it's even historically accurate, with the exception of some of the characters. It is paced well and it's perfect for Civil War buffs. A superior film that is recommended to everyone! Starring: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman, Jihmi Kennedy, Andre Braugher, John Finn, Donovan Leitch, John David Cullum, Cliff De Young. Directed by: Edward Zwick.
Go West (1925) NR comedy
Buster Keaton is irrepressible in this compilation of three short films, which contains plenty of slapstick fun. The first film, which is the best, is about Keaton's journey west and becomes an unlikely cowboy. But his cows get into trouble. Can Keaton use his brainpower to save the herd? Keaton's clever comedy has hardly lost any of its spunk with time. Starring: Buster Keaton, Howard Truesdell, Kathleen Myers, Ray Thompson, Joe Keaton. Directed by: Buster Keaton.
Go West (1940) NR comedy
This later Marx Brothers effort is a joy! It was done in 1940 after several Marx sinkers were released into theaters. As the title suggests, the Marx Brother trio goes to the Wild West to make their fortune in gold, but several obstacles and different propositions cross their paths. Funny slapstick highlights this comedy and it will definitely please fans. Starring: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, John Carroll, Diana Lewis, Walter Woolf King, Arthur Houseman. Directed by: Edward N. Buzzell.
Goal! The Dream Begins (2006) PG sports
This sports film is strictly by the book. It's about an impoverished illegal immigrant in Los Angeles (Kuno Becker) who is without a future but a phenomenally talented soccer player. He dares to pursue his dream to go professional much to the disapproval from his father. He is accidentally discovered by an ex-English soccer star (Stephen Dillane) who opens the door for him with the Newcastle team in the U.K. Unlike the film's subject, the script totally lacks ambition. It embodies every tired cliche typical of sports movies. Furthermore, the title character is one-dimensional, which makes it difficult for him to inspire anyone, and Becker isn't much of a commanding lead in the film, either. Nevertheless, this movie is so good-natured that it's difficult not to smile in spite of it all. Starring: Kuno Becker, Alessandro Nivola, Stephen Dillane, Anna Friel, Marcel Iures, Sean Pertwee, Cassandra Bell, Kieron Dyer. Directed by: Danny Cannon.
The Godfather Part II (1974) R crime
Francis Ford Coppola's sequel to his enormous hit tracks the history of the Corleone family. It's certainly interesting with many good moments, but to a person with a limited attention span, it's very long and can get quite boring. If you're willing to invest the time, then this film is worth seeing. The cast is absolutely irreplaceable! Starring: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Lee Strasberg, Guiseppe Sillato, James Gounaris, Tere Livrano, Bruno Kirby, Gastone Moschin, Leopoldo Trieste. Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola.
The Gods Must Be Crazy (1981) PG comedy
This is a charming film about an African bushmen tribe who find an evil Coca-Cola bottle sent from the gods (it was really from a litter-bug pilot) and takes it on a long journey to the end of the Earth so he can throw it off and never see it again. There, he meets a beautiful schoolteacher, a clumsy manure analyst, and political guerrillas who are out to make trouble. The film is essentially plotless, but it is very funny and entertaining. Starring: Marius Weyers, Sandra Prinsloo, N!xau, Louw Verwey, Michael Thys. Directed by: Jamie Uys.
The Gods Must Be Crazy II (1989) PG comedy
The sequel to that hilarious irrelevant pseudo-documentary offers much of the same. Even though it's not as clever as its predecessor, the plot is a bit more followable. Two small children Bushmen venture into the back of a truck. Having never seen a truck before, they become trapped inside once it begins moving thus sending them far, far away. N!xau, the Bushman hero of the original adventure, sets off to look for them. There, he meets a lost businesswoman, pilot and a pair of enemy soldiers. It's an enjoyable flick; if you liked the original then you will like this, too! Starring: N!xau, Lena Farugia, Hans Stydom, Eiros, Nadies, Erick Bowen, Treasure Tshabalala, Pierre Van Pletzen, Lourens Swanepoel. Directed by: Jamie Uys.
Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack (2001) NR sci-fi
As expected, this Godzilla movie is stupid and features actors walking around in silly rubber suits. In this world, Japan hadn't seen a Godzilla attack in 50 years (apparently the other 100,000 Godzilla movies were all fakes) and nobody wants to believe the warning signs that the evil lizard about to have another go at Tokyo. Well, he does, and the humans recruit Mothra and King Ghidorah to fend it off. But is that enough? Fans of this franchise hail this entry to be among the best; I don't know what they see in it. Itís a tedious view. In Japanese with English subtitles. Starring: Ryudo Uzaki, Chiharu Niiyama. Directed by: Shusuke Kaneko.
Going Greek (2001) R comedy
Instead of spending money on making this movie, they should have bought that poor girl better breast implants. Starring: Dylan Bruno, Laura Harris, Simon Rex, Dublin James, Chris Owens, Steve Monroe, Oliver Hudson, Harvey Silver, Todd Giebenhain, Corey Pearson. Directed by: Justin Zackham.
Going in Style (1979) PG comedy
This pedestrian comedy is about three elderly men who rob a bank only to discover they have no idea what to do with the money. It starts out entertaining, but it ends drab, depressing and boring. At least itís a thoughtful film even though the message is hazy. Starring: : George Burns, Art Carney, Lee Strasberg, Charles Hallahan, Joseph Sullivan, Margot Stevenson, Jean Shevlin, Pamela Payton-Wright, Betty Bunch. Directed by: Martin Brest.
Goldfinger (1964) NR spy
Riveting James Bond flick about multimillionaire, Goldfinger, whoís fixiní to rob Fort Knox. The film is full of exciting action sequences and a suspenseful plot. Sean Connery is, once again, great in his role and the supporting cast is excellent. Being third in the extensive James Bond series, this is certainly one of the best. This might be a good movie to start with if your looking to get into the James Bond mode. Starring: Sean Connery, Gert Frobe, Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, Harold Sakata, Tania Mallet. Directed by: Guy Hamilton.
Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) PG-13 action
Nicolas Cage stars in this engaging film as a former car thief who is forced by an evildoer to steal fifty cars or his brother will be killed. Incredible eye candy makes this enjoyable popcorn fare, and it helps that Cage, who is usually enjoyable, leads the cast. The script seems too illogical at times even by action movie standards. Starring: Nicolas Cage, Giovanni Ribisi, Angelina Jolie, T.J. Cross, William Lee Scott, Scott Caan, James Duvall, Will Patton, Delroy Lindo, Timpthy Olyphant, Chi McBride, Robert Duvall. Directed by: Dominic Sena.
Good Advice (2001) R comedy
Charlie Sheen stars as a cocky investment broker who loses everything. He ends up pretending that heís his ex-girlfriend so that he can take over her crappy advice column at a third-rate newspaper. At first, his advice is rude, but after he discovers his heart, he becomes the most popular advice columnist in the world. Itís cheesy and manipulative, but kind of fun. Starring: Charlie Sheen, Angie Harmon, Denise Richards, Jon Lovitz, Rosanna Arquette, Estelle Harris, Barry Newman, Lisa Rinna, John de Lancie, Francoise Surel, Pete Gardner. Directed by: Steve Rash.
The Good Girl (2002) R dramatic comedy
Jennifer Aniston stars in this low-key dramedy as a store clerk who is bored with her life and she engages in an extramarital affair with a college-aged coworker (Jake Gyllenhaal) who is obsessed with Catcher in the Rye. This provides much needed excitement, but times change when another co-worker suddenly dies. This is a thought provoking indie film, but itís not for all audiences. Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, John C. Reilly, Tim Blake Nelson, Zooey Deschanel, Mike White, Deborah Rush, John Carroll Lynch. Directed by: Miguel Arteta.
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) R comedy
Robin Williams stars as a deejay for a radio station in Vietnam for the battling American troops. Williams uses humor and plays controversial music to the dismay of many of his superiors, but the soldiers really love it. Robin Williams is hilarious in his role, which is what makes this film so likable. Starring: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran, Chintara Sukapatana, Bruno Kirby, Robert Wuhl, J.T. Walsh, Noble Willingham, Richard Edson, Juney Smith. Directed by: Barry Levinson.
Good Night, and Good Luck (2005) PG drama
Perhaps slightly tame (not to mention about 40 years too late), this historical drama about the on-air battle between television anchorman Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) and Sen. Joseph McCarthy (shown exclusively in file footage) is a much-appreciated and educational film. Strathairn is perfect in his role. Clooney, in his second feature as director, is proving to be a mainstay! Starring: David Straithairn, George Clooney, Robert Downey, Jr., Patricia Clarkson, Frank Langella, Jeff Daniels, Ray Wise, Tate Donovan, Tom McCarthy, Matt Ross, Reed Diamond. Directed by: George Clooney.
The Good Son (1993) R thriller
This is certainly a decent enough of a film to pass an evening by. Macaulay Culkin stars as a crazed kid who likes to do really naughty things simply because he has the power to. The only person who realizes this dark fact about the kid is child houseguest Elijah Wood. It can be over-pretentious at times (especially at the end) but it is a marginally exciting film worth catching on cable. This one sort of shocked the world, because all of Culkinís other roles were cutesy kidís stuff, and this oneís really very dark. Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Elijah Wood, Wendy Crewson, David Morse, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Jacqueline Brookes, Quinn Culkin, Ashley Crow. Directed by:v Joseph Ruben.
The Goodbye Girl (1977) PG romance
Marsha Mason stars as a recently dumped woman whose would-be husband rented the apartment to Richard Dreyfuss. Mason, who won't move out of the apartment for anything in the world, has to work to live with Dreyfuss' eccentric ways (including playing the guitar at night, sleeping au natural and making funny noises while meditating). It's predictable but a fun romantic comedy by Neil Simon. Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Quinn Cummings, Paul Benedict, Barbara Rhoades, Theresa Merriee, Michael Shawn, Patricia Pearcy, Gene Castle, Daniel Levans, Nicol Williamson, Marilyn Sokol. Directed by: Herbert Ross.
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) NR drama
This entirely absorbing tale of an elderly schoolmaster (Robert Donat in an Oscar-winning performance) reminisces of his life and the nearly 60 years he spent at his boarding school. It has many imitations, but nothing can touch it. Starring: Robert Donat, Greer Garson, Terry Kilburn, John Mills, Paul Henreid, Judith Furse, Lyn Harding, Milton Rosmer, Frederick Leister. Directed by: Sam Wood.
GoodFellas (1990) R drama
Martin Scorsese directs this utterly fascinating and engaging drama about a man (Ray Liotta) who has spent his entire life from adolescence in the Mafia. Watch this film and let Scorsese drench you with the scriptís rich plot. This is generally considered one of the greatest movies ever made, and it's for good reason. The actors are all perfect in their roles, and this is an unforgettable motion picture. Starring: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Frank Sivero, Tony Darrow, Mike Starr, Frank Vincent, Frank di Leo. Directed by: Martin Scorsese.
Gosford Park (2001) R mystery
Robert Altman directs this good -- if somewhat bungled -- mystery/comedy. The film is a bit hard to follow, but it's not impossible. Those who enjoy being challenged by a good mystery -- this movie was made for you! The ensemble cast, which for the most park contain little famous faces are all really quite notable. Especially Kelly Mcdonald, Emily Watson, Ryan Phillipe among others. Some people whom you should recognize include Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren, Kirsten Scott Thomas, and Alan Bates. This, I'd imagine, is a very difficult film to successfully execute and the credit for this film's success goes entirely to director Robert Altman. The mystery is a bit difficult to grasp (it isn't spelled out for you like the popular Agatha Christie movies have been) and Altman does his best with it. I can't help feeling that Gosford Park is a bit overrated, however, but overrated or not, this is an excellent murder mystery with a comic edge -- a rarity. Starring: Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Kirstin Scott Thomas, Camilla Rutherford, Charles Dance, Geraldine Somerville, Tom Hollander, Natasha Wightman, Jeremy Northam, Bob Balaban, James Wilby, Claudie Blakley, Stephen Fry. Directed by: Robert Altman.
The Graduate (1967) PG comedy
Dustin Hoffman, in his first starring role, plays a young graduate who spends much of his post-graduate life wondering what he is going to do with the rest of his life. Feeling lowdown and worrying about it, he engages in an affair with middle-aged Anne Bancroft. As months pass, Hoffman realizes that the person he's really in love with is her daughter and does whatever he can to get her, despite her parents' feelings about it. The Graduate was influential on many accounts and is considered a classic. Itís very funny as well in its own subtle way. Starring: Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katherine Ross, Murray Hamilton, William Daniels, Elizabeth Wilson, Brian Avery, Norman Fell, Richard Dreyfuss. Directed by:
Grandma's Boy (2006) R comedy
A 35-year-old video game tester and man-child (Allen Covert) moves in with his grandmother (Doris Roberts) while he attempts to win the affections of his beautiful new manager (Linda Cardellini). The script was written by Adam Sandler's cronies (meaning that it's not funny at all), and itís an utter bore. Try not to feel sorry for Shirley Jones, who plays a menopausal nymphomaniac. Starring: Allen Covert, Linda Cardinelli, Doris Roberts, Shirley Jones, Shirley Knight, Peter Dante, Kevin Nealon, Joel David Moore. Directed by:
Grease (1978) PG musical
Enjoyable musical/comedy about two high school students in the 1950's, hoodlum Danny and prep Sandy, their relationship and their interesting times during the year. The unaccomplished plot and too-old cast undermines the effort, but the songs are catchy and the dialogue is funny making the effort rather delightful. See it if you love rock musicals. Followed by a sequel I havenít seen. Starring: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conway, Didi Conn, Eve Arden, Sid Caesar, John Blondell, Edd Byrnes, Alice Ghostly, Dody Goodman, Lorenzo Lamas, Michael Tucci. Directed by: Randal Kleiser.
Great Balls of Fire! (1989) R drama
Dennis Quaid gives an energetic performance in this biography of the legendary rocker, Jerry Lee Lewis. This film is an entertaining account of how he initially rose to fame and the major turbulence along the way involving his 13-year-old wife, played by Winona Ryder. The great rock music in this film is a highlight. Starring: Dennis Quaid, Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin, John Doe, Stephen Toblowsky, Trey Wilson, Steve Allen. Directed by: Jim McBride.
The Great Dictator (1940) NR comedy
Charlie Chaplin doesnít fail to amaze in his first full-dialogued film. It was highly controversial at the time and is a rather powerful political comedy. Chaplin gives a very entertaining impersonation of Adolf Hitler who is caught up in taking over the world and everybody in it. Meanwhile, his Jewish look-a-like had a case of amnesia and soon realizes that he is under the dictator's rule whose policy includes discriminating against him. Designed to satirize Mussolini, Goebbels and Goering as well. This is a fine film that holds up to this day. Despite this officially being a talkie, Charlie Chaplin comes full equipped with his classic slapstick and tramp suit. Starring: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner, Maurice Moscovich, Billy Gilbert, Henry Danielle. Directed by: Charles Chaplin.
The Great Gatsby (1974) PG drama
An adequate film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel starring Robert Redford, as Jay Gatsby; a man who basically spends most of his life chasing his true love, Daisy (Mia Farrow). Gatsby must sneak her away from the aggressive Tom Buchanan (played by Bruce Dern), her husband, and impress her by flaunting his money around by throwing extravagant parties. Will Gatsby succeed? This is a very faithful adaptation of Fitzgerald's novel, but lacks spunk. Interesting camera angles and movements make the film worse and so does the less-than-enthusiastic cast. Only really for those who adore the novel. Starring: Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern, Karen Black, Scott Wilson, Sam Waterston, Lois Chiles, Howard Da Silva, Edward Herrmann, Patsy Kensit. Directed by: Jack Clayton.
The Great Muppet Caper (1981) G comedy
The Muppet gang returns for their second adventure in this bright, clever and well-done film. Kermit the Frog travels to London to interview Lady Holiday, a famous fashionable clothes designer, only to mistake her for Miss Piggy, the receptionist. Miss Piggy, who thinks Kermit is freaking awesomely hot, decides to go along with the act. While in London, Lady Holiday's suspicious brother, Nicky, played excellently by Charles Grodin, plans the theft of the "baseball diamond" from his sister. Unbeknownst to him, his evil plans were overheard by the incredibly sneaky, Gonzo the Great! A hilarious film done by the late puppet-master, Jim Henson. Starring: Charles Grodin, Diana Rigg, John Cleese, Robert Morely, Peter Ustinov, Jack Warden. Voices of: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt. Directed by: Jim Henson.
The Great Race (1965) NR comedy
The 160-minute running length could have been tightened 45 minutes without losing much, but this is nonetheless a laugh-inducing madcap comedy. Tony Curtis stars as The Great Leslie, a superstar daredevil in the early 20th century, who participates in a New York to Paris car race. His arch nemesis is Prof. Fate (Jack Lemmon in a brilliantly over-the-top performance) who tries to beat him. A vibrant female journalist and suffragette (Natalie Wood) tags along to get the latest scoop. This movie is uneven, but it's not to be missed by comedy aficionados. Starring: Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Peter Falk, Keenan Wynn, Arthur O'Connell, Vivan Vance, Dorothy Provine, Larry Storch, Ross Martin. Directed by: Blake Edwards.
The Great Santini (1979) PG drama
Robert Duvall stars in this emotional film as an arrogant Air Force captain who is a great fighter pilot and superior officer, but he's crap with the family. The film is forced at times, but the undercurrent of it is genuine. This is one of Duvall's finest screen performances. Starring: Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner, Michael O'Keefe, Lisa Jane Persky, Julie Anne Haddock, Theresa Merritt, Stan Shaw, Brian Andrews, David Keith, Paul Mantee, Lisa Collins. Directed by: Lewis John Carlino.
The Great Train Robbery (1979) PG crime
Sean Connery and Donald Sutherland star in this Michael Crichton-directed picture as partners in the 19th century who team up to attempt one of the most daring train thefts in history. The gold's so difficult to steal because four keys (that are hidden by trusted employees) are needed to open it with. The money must be stolen while the train is moving, and there is no easy way in or out because the doors are locked. How can they do it? This is an enjoyable heist romp made fun by the two leads. Starring: Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland, Lesley-Anne Down, Wayne Sleep, Michael Elphick, Malcom Terris, Robert Lang, Alan Webb, Pamela Salem, Gabrielle Lloyd, James Cossins, Peter Benson. Directed by: Michael Crichton.
Greedy (1994) PG-13 comedy
This is a demented comedy about a dysfunctional family battling to gain affection of their aging rich relative, played by Kirk Douglas, for his large estate. When Kirk Douglas reveals to the entire family that he's really in debt, most of them abruptly take off. It may be worth watching if you're particular fans of Michael J. Fox or Phil Hartman. Otherwise, you'll find that the script needs vast improvement. Starring: Michael J. Fox, Kirk Douglas, Nancy Travis, Olivia d'Abo, Phil Hertman, Ed Begley Jr., Jere Burns, Colleen Camp, Bob Balaban, Joyce Hyser, Mary Ellen Trainor. Directed by: Jonathan Lynn.
Green Card (1990) PG-13 romantic comedy
A woman (Andie MacDowell) agrees to temporarily marry a French composer (Gerard Depardieu) so that he would be able to obtain a green card and she would be able to hold a rent-controlled apartment is the premise of this above average romantic comedy. When the immigration office wants to check to see if the marriage is legitimate, however, complications arise. Itís a bit slow at times, but this is an intelligent movie for a date. The ending is effectively emotional, which is saying something for a romantic comedy! Starring: Gerard Depardieu, Andie MacDowell, Bebe Neuwirth, Greg Edelman, Robert Prosky, Jessie Keosian, Ethan Phillips, Mary Louise Wilson, Lois Smith, Conrad McLaren. Directed by: Peter Weir.
Greenfingers (2000) R comedy
This is an extremely good natured import from Great Britain about a group of convicts who are participating in an experimental "open" prison system (that's more like a summer camp). There, some of the prisoners unexpectedly find peace and refuge with gardening. They eventually try to enter their garden into a national competition. Parts of the plot points had me scratching my head, but this comedy is just too delightful to snub even if it's British propoganda. Starring: Clive Owen, David Kelly, Helen Mirren, Natasha Little, Warren Clarke, Danny Dyer, Adam Fogerty, Paterson Joseph, Peter Guiness. Directed by: Joel Hershman.
Gremlins (1984) PG comedy
A goofy inventor brings home a "mogwai," a strange, furry critter that is scared of bright light, should never have contact with water, and should never ever eat after midnight. Inevitably all these don'ts happen and we end up with thousands of these "mogwais" in their post-evolutionary state; "gremlins." These gremlins terrorize the town and are quite humorous in doing so. This is a cute horror/comedy that most everyone should enjoy. Starring: Zach Galligan, Hoyt Axton, Frances Lee McCain, Pheobe Cates, Polly Holliday, Scott Brady, Glyn E. Turman, Corey Feldman, Keye Luke, Judge Reinhold, Jonathan Banks. Directed by: Joe Dante.
Grizzly Man (2005) R documentary
Director Warner Herzog helms this fascinating look into the life long mission Timothy Treadwell, a man obsessed with nature and grizzly bears and spent every summer with them for 13 years, until his obsession finally gets the better of him. Treadwell's colorful, anti-establishment, and unstable personality captured on (very good) video is trumped by his even greater footage of grizzly bears that anyone doubtfully can ever top. It's no wonder that Herzog, who himself has undergone insane but glorious movie projects in his past, was so fascinated by Treadwell. Starring: Timothy Treadwell. Directed by: Werner Herzog.
Groundhog Day (1993) PG comedy
A jerk weatherman (Bill Muray) reluctantly goes to Puxatawney, Pennsylvania to cover the annual Groundhog Day festival. When he thinks heís about to go home the next morning, he realizes that itís Groundhog Day again. The next day, the same thing. Eventually it becomes clear that heís stuck in a never-ending loop where everyday is Feb. 2, and thereís nothing he can do about it! This is definitely one of the most creative comedies (especially for the time), sporting a first-rate script and performance by Murray. Itís a lot of fun, and the end is heartfelt. Starring: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliot, Stephen Toblowsky, Brian Doyle-Murray, Marita Geraghty, Angela Paton. Directed by: Harold Ramis.
Grumpy Old Men (1993) PG-13 comedy
Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau reunite in this funny comedy as two life-long neighbors who have spent most of their lives bickering and playing practical jokes on each other. One day, when the beautiful and charismatic Ann-Margret moves in next door, their bickering becomes a whole new ball game. Matthau and Lemmon are as good as they've ever been in this film and launched both their comebacks. Itís a refreshing comedy but not flawless. Starring: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith, Daryl Hannah, Kevin Pollak, Ossie Davis, Buck Henry, Chris McDonald. Directed by: Donald Petrie.
Guarding Tess (1994) PG-13 comedy
Nicolas Cage stars as a secret service agent who, in his opinion, has the worst assignment ever: guarding a cranky widowed former first lady (Shirley MacLaine). Cage feels that this is hurting his career and Tess is a royal pain in the butt so he does everything possible to get out of this mess. Unfortunately, Tess won't let him. "Guarding Tess" is entertaining and the unlikely teaming of Cage and MacLaine is an unexpected delight. The ending is predictable and corny, however. Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Nicolas Cage, Austin Pendleton, Edward Albert, James Rebhorn, Richard Griffiths, John Roselius, David Graf, Dale Dye, James Handy, Susan Blommaert. Directed by: Hugh Wilson.
Guess Who (2005) PG-13 comedy
Itís too routine to be recommendable, but the charisma of the leading performers makes up for what the script lacks. When a young African American woman (Zoe Saldana) brings her Caucasian boyfriend (Ashton Kutcher) to meet the parents, the father (Bernie Mac) greets the match with sharp criticism. However Ö you probably already know the ending. This movie is good if youíre a Bernie Mac fan. Starring: Bernie Mac, Ashton Kutcher, Zoe Saldana, Judith Scott, Hal Williams, Kellee Stewart, Robert Curtis-Brown, RonReaco Lee, Paula Newsome, Phil Reeves. Directed by: Kevin Rodney Sullivan.
The Gun in Betty Louís Handbag (1992) PG-13 comedy
An odd premise involving a bored and neglected wife (Penelope Ann Miller) claiming responsibility for a murder just for a change of pace. Millerís solid performance keeps the film moving without being too groan inducing. Otherwise this is slight entertainment at best. Starring: Penelope Ann Miller, Eric Thal, Alfre Woodard, Julianne Moore, Cathy Moriarty, Andy Romano, William Forsythe, Ray McKinnon, Xander R. Berkeley, Meat Loaf, Catherine Keener, Stanley Tucci. Directed by: Allan Moyle.
Gunga Din (1939) NR adventure
The only movie I've come across that is any more adventurous than Gunga Din is Raiders of the Lost Ark! Cary Grant plays British soldier stationed in India who embarks on a treasure hunt. He finds it but is kidnapped by a religious and violent tribe of people. A great film thatís perfect for anyone with a sense of adventure. Starring: Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Sam Jaffe, Eduardo Ciannelli, Joan Fontaine, Montagu Love, Robert Coote, Abner Biberman. Directed by: George Stevens.
The Guru (2002) R comedy
This vibrant and racy comedy is about a young man (Jimi Minstry) who escapes India to pursue his lifelong dream to be a Hollywood star. He finds himself unwittingly cast in a pornographic film, but he seems open to the idea. That's where he meets the charming star Sharona (Heather Graham). He enlists her help to get some pointers in the business, but her advice is so good that he uses it in his other gig as a "sex guru" who is becoming a rising star in daytime talk shows. Most notably, this film incorporates several well-used Bollywood style song and dance sequences. Starring: Jimi Minstry, Heather Graham, Marisa Tomei, Michael McKean, Christine Baranski. Directed by: Daisy von Sherler Mayer.
Guys and Dolls (1955) NR musical
Lacking much of a singing voice, Marlon Brando is miscast in this musical as a wildly successful gambler who bets that he can get any woman to fly to Cuba with him for dinner. What he didn't expect was that the target would be a goody-goody Salvation Army crusader (Jean Simmons). The movie is overlong and laden with a few too many unnecessary song and dance routines. It gets tiresome. The songs are merely so-so. Starring: Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine, Robert Keith, Stubby Kaye. Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
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