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List of "V" Movies

V for Vendetta (2006) PG-13 drama

This is a highly entertaining drama that sports an unlikely combination between 1984 and The Three Musketeers. When a young media worker (Natalie Portman) is threatened by the secret police, she is rescued by a masked, swashbuckling vigilante (Hugo Weaving). She quickly learns that this man is the cause of terrorist attacks ... or is he trying to free the people from the oppresive society? This is a rewarding film that will make you think about the state of the government. It's a nicely filmed and engrossing movie thanks to the skillful direction of James McTeigue and production from the Waschowski Brothers. The performances are all quite good as well. This is certainly worth a look. Starring: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry, John Hurt, Tim Pigott-Smith, Rupert Graves, Robert Allam, Ben Miles, Sinead Cusack. Directed by: James McTeigue. B+

Va Savior (1999) PG-13 drama

Unless you're a snob and would just watch this movie, because it's French, then go right ahead and see this. This is probably an above average French import. But I would not recommend this movie to the average person. The story is an interesting one about a traveling actress's return to her hometown, Paris, where she is reunited with a former flame. Interesting events occur, but it's difficult to bocame emotionally attached to the characters, which is a major flaw in this film. Don't get me wrong, it's a very good story that is shot and acted beautifully -- I just don't expect most people would enjoy this. Starring: Jeannie Balibar, Sergio Castellitto, Marianne Basler, Jacques Bonnaffe, Helene De Fougerolles, Bruno Todeschini, Catherine Rouvel, Claude Berri. Directed by: Jacques Rivette. B

Van Helsing (2004) PG-13 action

The movie is much better than it has any right to be. Non-stop action and dazzling special effects highlight this otherwise gimmicky horror-type film that brings to screen such horror screen legends as Dracula, Frankensteinís Monster and the Werewolf. The plot is a bit shoddy, but who cares when it stars Kate Beckinsale who wears a tight leather outfit? Starring: Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham, Shuler Hensley, Elena Anaya, Will Kemp, Kevin J. OíConnor, Alun Armstrong, Silvia Colloca. Directed by: Stephen Sommers. B

Vanity Fair (2004) PG-13 drama

This 19th Century period piece stars Reese Witherspoon as a classy though lower-class British woman who wants nothing more than to advance in society. This film is captivating in a way--the sets and costumes are utterly perfect. Nevertheless, the running time is too long and it needed more style. Really, this is just a big bore, but it's still a decent view for those who like the genre. You probably canít criticize the filmís source material (a novel by William Makepeace Thackeray) without getting ravaged by a rabid band of high school English teachers. Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Romola Garai, James Purefoy, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Rhys Ifans, Gabriel Byrne, Jim Broadbent, Bob Hoskins, Ruth Sheen, Geraldine McEwan. Directed by: Mira Nair. B-

The Verdict (1982) R drama

This is an utterly spellbinding film about an out-of-touch alcoholic lawyer (Paul Newman) who takes a doctor negligence lawsuit to trial despite opposition from his client. Furthermore, the judge hates him and the defense attorney (James Mason) is extremely unethical. This is one of screenwriter David Mametís finer scripts and Newman is at the top of his game. This is a highly recommended film even for those who donít like courtroom dramas. Starring: Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason, Milo OíShea, Edward Binns, Julie Bovasso, Lindsay Crouse. Directed by: Sidney Lument. A

Vertigo (1958) NR thriller

James Stewart stars in this classic Hitchcock thriller as a detective hired to follow a woman (Kim Novak) who is apparently possessed by the spirit of her great-grandmother who committed suicide a long time ago. Of course, she can't really be possessed by the spirit of her great-grandmother -- that's just silly. James Stewart attempts to figure out what's really going on. Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones, Raymond Bailey, Ellen Corby. Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock. A+

A Very Brady Sequel (1996) PG-13 comedy

The Brady Bunch returns in this lesser sequel about Mrs. Brady's former husband coming back into her life, but turning out only to be an impostor with evil intentions. Meanwhile, Greg and Marcia Brady realize that they aren't really related and begin to fall in love. Only see this if you enjoyed the precursor -- the joke's old. Starring: Shelley Long, Gary Cole, Tim Matheson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Christine Taylor, Paul Sutera, Jennifer Elise Cox, Henriette Mantel, Olivia Hack, Jesse Lee, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Rosie OíDonnell, RuPaul, Barbara Eden. Directed by: Arlene Sanford. C+

A Very Long Engagement (2004) R drama

A superb follow-up to director Jean-Pierre Jeunetís international hit Amelie again stars Audrey Tautou. This remarkably engaging and winning drama about a young French woman (Tautou) during World War I whose lover (Gaspard Ulliel) is reported to have died at war, but she doesnít believe it. So, she hires a private detective (Ticky Holgado) to investigate the matter. Starring: Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, Jean-Pierre Becker, Dominique Bettenfeld, Clovis Cornillac, Marion Gotillard, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Jodie Foster, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Albert Dupontel. Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet. A

Vice Versa (1988) PG comedy

A stuck-up dad (Judge Reinhold) and an underachieving son (Fred Savage) donít understand each other. They magically switch bodies and have a chance to walk in each other's shoes. Despite the non-originality of it, this fun movie turned out to be a gem. Savage surprisingly turns in a convincing performance as a grown-up in a childís body. This is a family film good for the kids and adults. Starring: Fred Savage, Judge Reinhold, Corinne Boher, Swoozie Kurtz, David Proval, Jake Kaczmarek, Jason Late. Directed by: Brian Gilbert. B+

Videodrome (1982) R horror

This fascinating horror film is more twisted than scary. It stars James Woods as a sex-television executive looking for a shocking new program to feature. He stumbles upon an underground program called Videodrome. However, there is more to this program that meets the perverted eye, and Woods struggles to uncover the truth. This is a surreal masterwork. Starring: James Woods, Sonja Smits, Deborah Harry, Peter Dvorsky, Les Carlson, Jack Creley, Lynn Gorman. Directed by: David Cronenberg. A

The Village (2004) PG-13 thriller

This is a generally well done, suspenseful film thatíll have you on the edge of your seat through much of it. A simple town of the 19th Century is at the mercy of red-cloaked beasts that lie in the woods on the perimeter. Ö Like M. Night Shyamalan's earlier film, The Sixth Sense, it has a special twist. There was a huge build up to the twist, naturally, but it's a silly one, and predictable as well. Nevertheless, itís entertaining, but it could easily have been better. A pivotal secret was revealed a little too prematurely. Itís got a wonderful cast, though! Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard, Adrien Brody, William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Brendan Gleeson, Cherry Jones, Jayne Atkinson, Judy Greer, Fran Kranz, Michael Pitt, Celia Weston, John Jones, Frank Collison, Jesse Eisenberg. Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan. C+

Viva Villa! (1934) NR war

This surprisingly entertaining biography of the life of Pancho Villa, a Mexican Revolutionary leader who fought to bring democracy and freedom to Mexico's poor. Pancho Villa goes through well-shot battle scenes, and his interesting character is quite colorful. Even though this film is laced with stereotypes and slapstick, it's highly enjoyable. Starring: Wallace Berry, Leo Carrillo, Fay Wray, Donald Cook, Stuart Erwin, George E. Stone, Henry B. Walthall, Joseph Schildkraut, Katherine De Mille. Directed by: Jack Conway. A-

Volunteers (1985) R comedy

It's uneven but proves to have entertainment value. Tom Hanks stars as a rich snob who, when running away from a thug of whom he lost a bet with, boards a plane and joins the Peace Corps. There he meets geek John Candy and Rita Wilson. Together they must build an important bridge that will positively affect the village, the country -- Commies, drug lords and heaven knows what else. Maybe there's too much plot crammed into this comedy that would have been better had it just concentrated on Hanks' character development and his burgeoning romance with Wilson. Starring: Tom Hanks, John Candy, Rita Wilson, Tim Thomerson, Gedde Watanbe, George Plimpton, Ernest Harada, Shakti, Clyde Kusatsu. Directed by: Nicholas Meyer. C+


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