Hoppy's Movie Recommendations

13 Going on 30

13 Going on 30

Jenna Rink is turning 13 and wants nothing more than to be 30, flirty and thriving. Due to an incident with some wishing dust she's given a glimpse into her future and doesn't like what she sees.

"I know it's not an original concept, but this movie is so adorable and funny, and I never get sick of it. The cast is fantastic, and I adore it."

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40 Year-Old Virgin, The

40 Year-Old Virgin, The

Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) is a 40 year-old electronics story employee with a large collection of action figures and video games who rides his bicycle to work. He also happens to be a virgin. Though he tried in the past, he found himself too nervous and finally just gave up. When his friends at work find out about Andy's little problem they try to help him in their own little ways. Andy may not need their help, however, when he meets and begins dating a single mother (Catherine Keener).

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A.I. Artificial Intelligence

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

In this futuristic fairy tale, "David", a highly-advanced robotic boy, hopes to become a real boy so that he can win back the affection of the human mother who abandoned him. Like Pinocchio, he goes on a long journey hoping to find his "Blue Fairy," who can make his dreams come true.

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Aladdin

Aladdin

The story of a diamond in the rough, who is granted three wishes by a genie. Released in 1992.

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Alfie

Alfie

Starring Jude Law, Alfie tells the story of a young man living in New York City and growing up.

"This movie really didn't make a huge splash at the box office, but I loved it. Jude Law was perfect casting, and the movie was both funny and sweet."

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

San Diego anchorman Ron Burgundy is at the top of his game, until Veronica Corningstone walks in and not only steals his heart, but steals his job. Stars Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd.

"Downright silly and a little bit weird, it is by far one of the most quotable movies of recent years, and always makes me laugh."

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Army of Darkness

Army of Darkness

The third film in the Evil Dead series, this one finds our hero Ash (Bruce Campbell) travelling back in time to help a medieval village fight against an army of the dead. Directed by Sam Raimi, and co-starring Embeth Davidtz.

"This one is the most comedic in the Evil Dead trilogy, and it's just so silly and fun. Bruce Campbell is a comedic genius. Hail to the king!"

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Belle, whose father Maurice is imprisoned by the Beast (really an enchanted Prince), offers herself instead and finds the prince inside the Beast.

Hoppy's Rating: Grointastic
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Big Fish

Big Fish

"Big Fish", based on the novel of the same title, follows the life story of Edward Bloom as told through his own eyes. As the older Edward lies dying of cancer, his son William desperately attempts to connect with him and discover the truth behind his tall-tales.

"As it is with all Tim Burton movies, this one is very attractive to look at. It's also a great story that is both fantastical and funny, but also sweet and touching. Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney play Edward at two different stages in his life, and both are brilliant."

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Bring It On

Bring It On

A champion high school cheerleading squad discovers its previous captain stole all their best routines from an inner-city school and must scramble to compete at this year's championships. Starring Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku, and released in 2000.

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Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain

In the summer of 1963, Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist meet for the first time. The two form a bond, but a relationship between them is forbidden. The movie follows their lives and the progression of their relationship.

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But I'm A Cheerleader

But I'm A Cheerleader

Megan (Natasha Lyonne) is sent to a camp that turns gay teens into straight teens when her parents suspect her of being a lesbian. Also stars Clea DuVall, Cathy Moriarty, and RuPaul.

Hoppy's Rating: Good
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Casablanca

Casablanca

The 1943 Academy Award winner for Best Picture tells the story of people trying to flee Europe to America by way of the city of Casablanca in Morocco. Former lover Rick Blaine and Ilsa Laszlo ar reunited as she tries to get out with her husband Victor.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Charlie Bucket is a young boy who comes from a poor but loving family and would love nothing more than to find a golden ticket to enter the amazing chocolate factory run by inventor and owner Willy Wonka. As luck would have it, Charlie finds the last golden ticket and goes on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure with his grandpa Joe. Among the other four winners are Veruca Salt, a spoiled rich girl; Augustus Gloop, a gluttonous kid who stuffs his face with sweets; Violet Beuragarde, a champion trophy gum chewer; and Mike Teavee, a kid who spends more time watching TV and playing video games than anything else. Most fascinating is the mysterious Willy Wonka who in turn had a troubled childhood and has a special grand prize at the end for one of the kids. Also along the tour are Wonka's staff the singing, working Oommpa Loompas. Starring Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, Deep Roy, and Helena Bonham Carter.

"Hot damn, this movie is attractive. Then again, it's Tim Burton, so I would expect nothing less. It shouldn't be compared to the 71 movie as it is something entirely different, and very enjoyable."

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Closer

Closer

A movie of beginnings and endings that examines some of the worst sides of relationships. Boy meets girl, boy meets someone else, girl meets someone else. Your standard romantic tragedy, starring Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen.

"This movie is so sad, but so true. Lots of bad people doing bad things to each other. Natalie and Clive are particularly brilliant in this one."

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Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain

A stirring and romantic drama about a Confederate soldier trying to make it home to the woman he loves despite having only spent a limited amount of time with. Stars Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger, Brendan Gleeson, Kathy Baker, and many others.

"I loved this book and was so looking forward to this movie when I heard they were making it. The acting is fantastic, and it's just really well-shot."

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Constant Gardener, The

Constant Gardener, The

Activist Tessa Quayle is found brutally raped and murdered in Kenya, her companion Dr. Bluhm missing and believed guilty. Her husband, quiet diplomat Justin Quayle, doesn't believe that Bluhm is responsible. As he sets out to find what really happened to his wife he discovers that she was about to expose a plot by the drug companies to test a TB pill on unsuspecting, poor African villagers. Along his journey, he also discovers who his wife really was and falls more in love with her than he was while she was alive. Based on the novel by John Le Carre.

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Cruel Intentions

Cruel Intentions

Kathryn makes a bet that her step-brother, Sebastian, won't be able to bed Annette (a virgin, who wants to wait until love). If he loses, Kathryn gets his Jaguar, if he wins, he gets Kathryn. Released in 1999, and starts Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon.

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Departed, The

Departed, The

Leonardo DiCaprio plays an undercover cop who infiltrates mob boss Jack Nicholson's organization, while Matt Damon is the dirty cop providing information to Nicholson from inside the police force. Things get more and more complicated as both the cops and the criminals realize they have a rat in their midst. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the movie also stars Mark Wahlberg and Martin Sheen.

Hoppy's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Dick

Dick

What if the famous Watergate informant "Deep Throat" had been two stupid 15 year old girls? Dick is a hilarious comedy that explores just that, with a fantastic cast including Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Williams, Dan Hedaya, Will Ferrell, Bruce McCulloch, and Dave Foley.

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Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing

When 16-year-old Baby (Jennifer Grey) spends the summer at a resort in the Catskills with her parents, she falls in love with an older dance instructor named Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze). Also there's dancing.

"I have seen this movie approximately 2839284 times. Okay, perhaps not THAT much, but I watch it every time it comes on TV because it's like crack. I used to want to be Jennifer Grey when I was a little kid, and I'm still obsessed with this movie many years later."

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Dodgeball

Dodgeball

Average Joes gym owner Peter LaFleur (Vince Vaughn) must come up with $50,000 to save his gym or else slimy rival gym owner White Goodman (Ben Stiller) will be turning it into a parking lot. Peter and his eccentric group of gym members decide to compete in a Dodgeball tournament to help save their beloved gym.

"This movie never fails to brighten my mood. I've seen it more times than I can count, and have been to known to watch it on a daily basis. It's just hilarious."

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Down With Love

Down With Love

A take-off of the classic 60s sex comedies, "Down With Love" is a story about sweet Barbara Novak and ladies man Catcher Block. Novak writes a novel telling women to be more independent and to behave more like men, and Catcher is none too happy about it so he hatches a plan to prove that Barbara Novak is a fraud. The movie stars Ewan McGregor, Renee Zellweger, David Hyde Pierce and Sarah Paulson.

"This movie is just so cute! I love the script, the actors, the costumes, the sets, everything. If you're looking to just smile for 90 minutes or so, this is the movie to watch."

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Drop Dead Gorgeous

Drop Dead Gorgeous

This mockumentary follows the contestants of the Sarah Rose Cosmetics Company's Miss American Teen Princess in Mount Rose, Minnesota. As the comptetion gets closer, things get more and more dangerous for the contestants as someone tries to kill them. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards, Kirstie Alley, and Ellen Barkin.

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Dude, Where's My Car?

Dude, Where's My Car?

Two guys wake up one morning and can't remember where they left their car. On their jounrey to find it, they encounter transvestite strippers, gay nordic dudes and a bubble wrap wearing cult.

"Oh, it's so very silly, but so enjoyable. I didn't expect to like it, but I actually did. Plus, Hal Sparks as the leader of a cult who adorns themselves in bubble-wrap? PRICELESS."

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Ed Wood

Ed Wood

Tim Burton's 1994 biopic of the legendarily bad writer, director, and actor Edward D. Wood, Jr. Filmed in stylized black and white to echo Wood's own films. Stars Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Patricia Arquette, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Bill Murray, among others.

"Yeah, what Meaghan said. Couldn't have said it better myself. :)"

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Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Cate Blanchett plays England's most notorious monarch in her early days as she first takes the thrown until the time she becomes The Virgin Queen.

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

A man discovers that his ex-girlfriend has undergone a procedure to erase him from her memory, so he decides to have her erased in revenge. Starring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst, and Tom Wilkinson. Written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry.

"Like Holly, I feel this was one of the best movies released in 2004. It's so creative and interesting and just beautiful. The relationship in the center of it all is so dysfunctional, but at the same time, so perfect."

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Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four

After a freak radiation accident, four people must unite to save the world.

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Garden State

Garden State

Andrew Largeman is a struggling actor in Los Angeles who has been in a medicated haze since he was a child. When he returns home to New Jersey to attend a family funeral, he meets the pathological but free-spirited Sam who changes his life forever. The movie was written and directed by Zach Braff, and Zach stars along with Natalie Portman, Ian Holm and Peter Saarsgaard.

"Not only is it adorable and funny, this movie is very touching. I know that I found myself connecting to the storyline because of my own personal experiences, and I loved it. Zach Braff has a great future in Hollywood based on his directorial debut."

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Gift, The

Gift, The

Annie is a psychic who uses her gift to make money so she can care for her three sons after her husband dies. She sees the dead body of a missing girl, Jessica King, and must help the police find the person responsible for her death.

"Raimi! As a fervent admirer of all things that Sam Raimi has ever breathed upon, much less directed, this movie is no exception. It's extremely suspenseful and well done, and Cate Blanchett is amazing as always."

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Godfather Part II, The

Godfather Part II, The

Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo continue their saga, detailing the life of the Corleone family. The film mixes their present life, as well as telling how Vito Corleone first arrived in the United States and his rise to power.

Hoppy's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Godfather, The

Godfather, The

The Godfather saga begins at the wedding of Vito Corleone's daughter. His son Michael arrives after spending time in the Army. As the story continues, Vito begins to give more and more control of his empire to Michael.

Hoppy's Rating: Grointastic
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Grease

Grease

Australian exchange student Sandy discovers that her summer love Danny goes to the same school she does. Much musical romantic angst ensues as the two get their signals crossed over and over again. Released in 1978. Stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

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Hours, The

Hours, The

The Hours, based on Michael Cunningham's novel of the same name, is a movie about how Virginia Woolf's novel, Mrs. Dalloway, affects three women, including Virginia. It shows us what connects the women to the world around them: their friends and family, their joys, sorrows, and regrets.

Hoppy's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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I Know What You Did Last Summer

I Know What You Did Last Summer

It's the fourth of July and four friends Julie, Ray, Helen, and Barry are celebrating along with graduation. On their way home they hit a pedestrian walking down a curved corner. They make a pact to keep it a secret in hopes of saving their futures. While dumping the body in a near by sea, the body becomes alive and tries to attack Helen. They throw him in, never return to that site again. One year later, Julie returns home from college for summer break. In the mail she receives a letter that states "I Know What You Did Last Summer." Julie freaks out and gathers up her old friends who are now separated, miserable, and not speaking to each other. They all decide to find out who saw them that fateful night and in the process of tracking the suspect down, the body count goes up. Starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and Freddie Prinze Jr.

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

The last Indiana Jones film reunites Indy with his father, Henry Jones Sr. when he is kidnapped by Nazis. They want his diary, which contains a map that will lead them to the Holy Grail. Indy and his father embark on a journey to stop the Nazis, while joined by Sallah and Marcus Brody.

Hoppy's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

In Indiana Jones' second outing, which takes place before the first, he and his sidekick Short Round are joined by nightclub singer Willie Scott. The three start out in China and find themselves in India after a plane crash. Once there, they have to find sacred stones take from the village where they've been taken in, as well as the village's missing children.

Hoppy's Rating: Grointastic
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It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life

When money is missing from his family's building and loan George Bailey finds himself wishing he was never born. As he is about to take his own life he meets an angel named Clarence who takes him on a journey to show him what the world would be like if he'd never touched the lives of those he loves.

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Jarhead

Jarhead

Based on former Marine Anthony Swofford's best-selling 2003 book about his pre-Desert Storm experiences in Saudi Arabia and about his experiences fighting in Kuwait. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and released in 2005.

Hoppy's Rating: Grointastic
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Kill Bill Volume 1 & 2

Kill Bill Volume 1 & 2

Uma Thurman plays "The Bride", seeking bloody revenge against "Bill" (David Carradine) and his assassins for their ruthless attack on her at a wedding chapel. Kill Bill is the fourth feature film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Though technically one film, it was released in two parts due to its long (3 hour, 46 minute) running time. Volume 1 was released on October 10, 2003 and Volume 2 was released on April 16, 2004.

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King Kong (2005)

King Kong (2005)

Filmmaker Carl Denham is taking his crew, which includes writer Jack Driscoll and actress Ann Darrow, to the mysterious Skull Island in order to shoot their movie. Once there they encounter frightening natives, dinosaurs, giant bugs and a large ape.

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L.A. Confidential

L.A. Confidential

1950's Los Angeles is the seedy backdrop for this intricate noir-ish tale of police corruption and Hollywood sleaze. Three very different cops are all after the truth, each in their own style: Ed Exley, the golden boy of the police force, willing to do almost anything to get ahead, except sell out; Bud White, ready to break the rules to seek justice, but barely able to keep his raging violence under control; and Jack Vincennes, always looking for celebrity and a quick buck until his conscience drives him to join Exley and White down the one-way path to find the truth behind the dark world of L.A. crime. Stars Kevin Spacey, Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger. Directed by Curtis Hanson.

"This movie is completely compelling, from start to finish, and perfect in almost every way. A brilliant script, amazing direction and spot-on acting, I can hardly find a thing wrong with it. (It should have won that Oscar, damnit!)"

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Lady in the Water

Lady in the Water

When a man discovers a sea nymph living in the pool at the apartment complex he manages, he decides to help her finish the quest that her people have sent her into the human world to pursue. Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Paul Giamatti and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Hoppy's Rating: Good
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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

Based on the first three books in the "A Series of Unfortunate Events" series, the film adaptation stars Jim Carrey as Count Olaf, the guardian and tormentor of the tragic, but brilliant, Baudelaire Orphans.

"Love the books, love the movie. Sunny steals the show in this one, but all of the cast is great, and the scenery is gorgeous."

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Lion King, The

Lion King, The

It's the circle... the circle of life!

Hoppy's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Little Mermaid, The

Little Mermaid, The

A mermaid princess makes a faustian bargain with an unscrupulous seahag in order to meet a human prince on land.

Hoppy's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine

When a young girl wins a spot in the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant, her (extremely odd) family packs into their old VW bus and races to drive her to California in time for the competition. Wackiness and family bonding ensues. Stars Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Alan Arkin, Paul Dano, and Abigail Breslin.

Hoppy's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Lord of the Rings, The

Lord of the Rings, The

It's a movie about a ring!

"One of the greatest stories ever told, basically. All 3 movies are amazing in so many ways."

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Love Actually

Love Actually

The 2003 romantic comedy which marked the directorial debut of writer Richard Curtis. The film tells multiple stories of love in London taking place right before Christmas.

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Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

Jane and Michael have never been able to keep their nanny for very long - that is, until Mary Poppins arrived! Follow the children on their magical and fantastical journeys with their new nanny and her old friend Bert. Released in 1964, this film stars Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.

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Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

Penniless writer Christian comes to Paris to write and epxerience love for the first time. Along the way, he gets involved with some Bohemians trying to pitch a show to be performed at the Moulin Rouge. He does indeed fall in love with the beautiful courtesan, Satine. But, their love is doomed from the start as Satine is owned by the Moulin Rouge's patron, The Duke.

"One of my favorite movies. It's just insane and unique and oh-so-colorful. The soundtrack is brilliant, the art direction and costuming are perfect, and Ewan and Nicole are absolutely fantastic."

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Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

A bored married couple is surprised to learn that they are both assassins hired by competing agencies to kill the same target. With Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Idealistic Jefferson Smith is appointed to the U.S. senate and finds that Washington D.C. is very corrupt. Instead of going home, faces his oppontents and stands up for what he believes in.

Hoppy's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Notorious

Notorious

Alfred Hitchcock's 1946 film starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. Grant plays a spy who recruits Bergman to spy on the Nazi friends of her late father.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

After Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann are arrested, Will has to find Jack in order to save he and Elizabeth from the hangman's noose. Elizabeth soon follows after them and they embark on a journey to find the dead man's chest with Davy Jones following them.

Hoppy's Rating: Grointastic
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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

The governor's daughter Elizabeth Swann is kidnapped by Captain Barbossa as he and his crew try and lift a curse that fell upon them. Will Turner enlists the help of Captain Jack Sparrow to get Elizabeth back as Jack tries to get his ship back, the Black Pearl, which Barbossa took from him. Based on the Disneyland ride and starring Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Keira Knightley and COTWWSB mentor Orlando Bloom.

Hoppy's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Psycho

Psycho

Marion Crane is a decent woman who gets herself in to a lot of trouble and flees town. She ends up at the practically empty Bates Motel, run by the mild-mannered Norman Bates. When Norman's mother enters the picture, well, we all know what happens next.

"My favorite movie of all time, hands down. Today's audiences of ADD-afflicted teens may not think it's scary, but it was absolutely revolutionary when it was released and basically invented the slasher genre and influenced everything that came after it."

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Rear Window

Rear Window

Photo journalist L.B. Jeffries is stuck in his apartment with a broken leg and spends his time spying on his neighbors. He begins to suspect one neighbor of murdering his wife and sets about trying to prove it.

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Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical

Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical

An outrageous tongue-in-cheek musical comedy adaptation of the classic 1936 anti-marijuana propaganda film.

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Saved!

Saved!

Mary's boyfriend Dean has just told her that he is gay. In the perfect Christian world she has grown up in, this is a problem. Mary thinks that Jesus has come to her in a vision and told her that she just do everything she can to help Dean. As a result she finds herself pregnant after Dean's parents send him away. Mary must now spend her senior year of high school as an outcast, spending time with bad girl Cassandra and Roland while school saint Hilary Faye tries to save her soul.

Hoppy's Rating: Grointastic
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Scream

Scream

One year after the brutal murder of her mother, Sidney Prescott and her small group of friends become the target of a masked serial killer. Two of her classmates have already been murdered and Sidney must try and find out who the killer is before he kills again. Starring Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Rose McGowan, and Drew Barrymore.

"I think I saw this one about 6 times in the theatres. (I had nothing else to do back then, because we had no internet.) Er, anyway, it was very fun and so extremely well written."

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Seabiscuit

Seabiscuit

Released in 2003 and nominated for a Best Picture Oscar that year, Seabiscuit tells the true story of the underdog horse who became a champion and an inspiration to millions of downtrodden Americans. Stars Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper, William H. Macy, and Elizabeth Banks. Written and directed by Gary Ross.

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Serenity

Serenity

Based on Joss Whedon's short lived series Firefly, Serenity follows the crew aboard the Firefly class ship as they protect one of their own from the Alliance.

"A-mazing. Great storyline, great acting, edge-of-your-seat action and lots of laughs and tears. Even if you've never seen Firefly and you aren't a Joss Whedon fan, I still recommend it to anyone. It delivered on all levels, and I can't wait to see it again and again and again and again. "

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Shaun of the Dead

Shaun of the Dead

29-year-old Shaun is stuck in a dead-end job and spends most nights hanging out at the pub with his slacker friend Ed. His girlfriend Liz wants something more out of life, so she breaks up with him. It just so happens that said break-up occurs on the eve of a zombie apocalypse. Loser Shaun must become a very unlikely hero if he wants to save his family and friends, and win back his girlfriend. Star Simon Pegg also co-wrote the script with director Edgar Wright. The film also stars Nick Frost, Bill Nighy, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis and Dylan Moran.

"I love both comedies and zombie movies, so when they are combined, I REALLY enjoy them. And this movie is different in that it isn't a parody of zombie films, but it is an actual zombie film that happens to be comedic. The cast is all brilliant and the script is so clever and funny. I never get sick of it and watch it far too much."

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Sin City

Sin City

An adaptation of Frank Miller's stories based in the fictional town of Sin City. Released in 2005, and stars Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Elijah Wood, Clive Owen and Benicio Del Toro.

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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

An entirely CGI movie except for the actors, Sky Captain and his ex, Polly Perkins, must travel the world and stop an evil scientist.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Disney's first feature length animated film made in 1937.

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South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut

South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut

The movie spun off from the South Park tv show. When the four boys see an R-rated movie featuring Canadians Terrance & Phillip, they are pronounced "corrupted", and their parents pressure the United States to wage war against Canada.

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Spaceballs

Spaceballs

In Mel Brooks' Star Wars spoof, Lone Star and his Mog (half man, half dog) sidekick Barf are hired by King Roland to protect his daughter Princess Vespa after she runs out on her own wedding. President Scroob and Dark Helmet are trying to steal all of the air on the Princess' home planet of Druidia and only Lone Star can stop them using the power of the Schwartz.

Hoppy's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Spider-Man

Spider-Man

When geeky teenager Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically enhanced spider, he gains the powers of the arachnid. After his uncle is murdered by criminals he decides to use his new abilities to become a costumed crimefighter named Spider-Man, and lives by the motto "With great power comes great responsibility." In this first movie in the series, released in 2002, he faces off against the Green Goblin, a villain who knows the secret of Peter Parker's true identity. Starring Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, and Cliff Robertson.

"Yes, we all know it's not as good as the second. But it's still really wonderful. Like Meaghan, I think the first hour is incredibly brilliant, and it's excellent set-up for the sequel."

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Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man 2

As Peter Parker begins to experience inexplicable losses of his spider powers, his non-Spidey life spiral out of control, too: Mary Jane is engaged, Peter loses his job, Harry continues to search for Spider-Man's true identity, Aunt May's house is about to be taken away, and a new villain, Doctor Octopus, emerges to make things even more challenging. Maguire, Dunst, Franco, Harris, Robertson, Dafoe, and Simmons return for the sequel and Alfred Molina joins the cast as the many-armed Otto Octavius. Released in 2004.

"This movie just ROXORS. It is the best comic book movie EVER, and I'm never going to stop saying that. :P (At least not until Spidey 3, because that might overtake it.)"

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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

The first in the trilogy of prequels set before the events of the original Star Wars series. In this film, we meet a younger Obi-wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn as they are assigned to protect the young Queen of Naboo, (Padme) Amidala. They end up stranded on Tatooine where they meet an exceptional young boy named Anakin Skywalker, who Qui-Gon feels is the "chosen one" that was prophesized about.

"Okay, I'm not going to lie and say how "omgawesome" this is. It has it's flaws, yes. However, it also has many wonderful things to enjoy. The relationship between Obi-wan & Qui-Gon? Check! Kick-ass lightsaber duel with Darth Maul? Check! The beginnings of how absolutely manipulative Palpatine is? Check! So really, it doesn't suck all that much. (And I'm pure geek, so I love it despite it's faults.)"

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Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Set ten years after The Phantom Menace, Anakin Skywalker is now a teenage padawan under the tutelage of Obi-wan Kenobi. They are, once again, assigned to protect Padme who is no longer Queen, but a Senator. Padme and Anakin travel to Naboo to hide out, and begin to fall in love, while Obi-wan must investigate the commissioning of a clone army by a Jedi who is no longer alive.

"I'm not a fan of the Padme/Anakin romance, but I do enjoy this movie despite that. A vast improvement over The Phantom Menace, the story is more exciting and the action is great as always. Yoda, quite literally, kicks some ass, and we begin to see even more of Anakin's dark side."

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Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

In the final installment, Anakin is torn between his duties as a Jedi and his love for his wife Padme and their unborn children. The manipulations of Palpatine become obvious, and as expected, he turns to the Dark Side, engaging in a fierce battle with his once friend and mentor, Obi-wan Kenobi.

"Ahh, the movie that sparked the COTWWSB-sponsored international Hayden lovefest. We can't help it he's so pretty. Aside from that, this is just about tied with Empire Strikes Back as my favorite Star Wars movie. Everything about it is fantastic, and even though you know how it ends, it doesn't fail to break your heart every single time. LOVE!"

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Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

The movie that started it all! Farmboy Luke Skywalker yearns for more than his simple life, and gets far more than he ever bargained for when he gets involved in an intergalactic war. Along the way he hooks up with an aging Jedi Master, a smuggler and a Wookiee in an effort to rescue a brave and beautiful princess.

"This is the movie that sparked generations of geekdom. I've seen it about a million times, and it never gets old. Obi-wan roxors like whoa in this one, as does Han Solo."

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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

In the second installment of this series, Luke travels to Dagobah to continue his Jedi training with the greatest Jedi of all, the diminuitive Master Yoda. Meanwhile, Leia, Han and the others end up in Cloud City where they meet up with Lando Calrissian who may not be quite the friend that Han thinks he is.

"My favorite of the entire series, it's definitely darker than the movie before it, and everything about it just roxors."

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Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

In the third installment, the rebels land on Endor where they meet up with a friendly but tough group of natives named the Ewoks. Luke must finally face down both Vader and Emperor Palpatine in this conclusion to the original series.

"I must admit -- I miss the Ewok song, cheesy as it was. That being said, this movie is still fantastic. While I think it is the least of the orginal trilogy, the scenes between Luke, Vader and Palpatine are pure gold and turn this movie into a true classic."

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Stargate

Stargate

A small group of US troups and an Egyptologist use an ancient device found in 1920s Egypt to transport themselves to a distant planet. There they discover aliens and stuff. AND it has teh Spader.

"Wonderful movie! It was the first movie in which I totally forgot that James Spader spent the 80s playing teenage pricks. He plays someone immensely likeable! It's just a really kick-ass movie."

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Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias

This 1989 movie is based on a true incident of screenwriter Harling's mother and sister. The story is set in a small-town beauty shop near New Orleans, and spans several years in the lives of the shop's owner and her customers.

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Superman Returns

Superman Returns

After trying to find out what happened on his home planet on Krypton, Superman has returned to Earth five years later. Though he is the same, the world around him as changed. Lois Lane has a five year old son and Lex Luthor has been let out of prison and is up to no good.

Hoppy's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Sweet Home Alabama

Sweet Home Alabama

New York fashion designer Melanie Carmichael (Reese Witherspoon) suddenly finds herself engaged to the city's most eligible bachelor. But Melanie's past holds many secrets, including Jake (Josh Lucas), the redneck husband she married in high school, who refuses to divorce her. Bound and determined to end their contentious relationship once and for all, Melanie sneaks back home to Alabama to confront her past, only to discover that you can take the girl out of the South, but you can never take the South out of the girl. Released in 2002.

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Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Ricky Bobby is a very famous and successful NASCAR driver. But when a French Formula One driver named Jean Girard joins the NASCAR circuit to try and defeat Ricky, things take a downhill turn and soon Ricky finds himself having to work his way back up from the bottom. Stars Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sascha Baron Cohen.

Hoppy's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver

Having trouble sleeping, Travis Bickle decides to take a job as a taxi driver. As he drives throughout New York City in the middle of the night he sees the problems befalling the people. When he meets a young prostitute named Iris, he decides it's his job to help clean up the city.

Hoppy's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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The Thin Man Series

The Thin Man Series

Based on Dashiell Hammett's book The Thin Man was made in 1934 and spawned five sequels, coming to an end in 1947. William Powell and Myrna Loy play sophisticated slueths Nick and Nora Charles, accompanied on their journeys by their dog Asta and later their son, Nick Jr.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

Based on the novel by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird tells the story of Depression era attorney Atticus Finch as he defends a black man wrongfully accused of rape. The story is told through the eyes of his young daughter Scout as Atticus tries to teach his children about prejudices.

Hoppy's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Trainspotting

Trainspotting

Told from the perspective of Mark "Rentboy" Renton, the movie follows the lives of young people in Scotland and their addiction to heroin. Based on a novel by Irvine Welsh and directed by Danny Boyle, the movie stars Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Jonny Lee Miller.

"This is the movie that introduced me to Ewan, as well as Danny Boyle, and I have been fans of both ever since. It's funny, sad and absolutely sickening in some parts. I love it because it shows the absolute worst sides of drug addiction, but it also shows you WHY addicts do what they do. A brilliant script and really great performances too."

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Trouble With Harry, The

Trouble With Harry, The

The trouble with Harry is that he's dead many people think they killed him. Mrs. Rogers, Captain Wiles and Ms. Gravley all believe themselves to be responsible for Harry's death and with the help of artist Sam Marlowe, they conspire to hide Harry's body.

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V For Vendetta

V For Vendetta

In post-war England, a mysterious stranger known as V rescues a girl named Evey and fights against the totalitarian government.

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Velvet Goldmine

Velvet Goldmine

Reporter Arthur Stuart is assigned to investigate the staged murder of 70's glam rocker Brian Slade. Through Arthur's own recollections, and the stories of others, we follow the rise and fall of Brian Slade and learn about his relationship with another rockstar, Curt Wild.

"This movie is just... cool. The music is amazing, the sets and costumes are gorgeous, and the whole thing is very intriguing. This is the movie that proves that Ewan McGregor could quit acting and just be a rockstar if he wanted to. Also, if you want to see Christian Bale play someone DORKY, this is the movie. He's so rarely dorky, so it makes me giggle. Also, there is pretty boysex. Yay!"

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Wedding Crashers

Wedding Crashers

John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey, a pair of committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic tinge in the air, find themselves at odds with one another when John meets and falls for Claire Cleary.

Hoppy's Rating: Good
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West Side Story

West Side Story

Winner of 10 1961 Academy Awards, West Side Story sets the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet in 1960s Manhattan. The Jets and the Sharks are at war and former Jet, Tony has fallen in love with Puerto Rican girl Maria, whose brother is a Shark. Starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris.

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

When Charlie Bucket, a young boy froma poor family, finds the last Golden Ticket, winning him a trip to the Wonka Chocolate Factory, it is everything he ever dreamed of and more. Released in 1971 and starring Gene Wilder.

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Wimbledon

Wimbledon

English tennis player, Peter Colt, was once ranked 11th in the world, but is now hovering somewhere around 119th and playing in his final Wimbledon tournament. He meets a player on the opposite end of the spectrum from him, the up-and-coming Lizzie Bradbury. The two flirt and start to fall for each other, and in the process, Peter begins to play tennis better than he ever has. Stars Paul Bettany and Kirsten Dunst.

"Let's face it, Paul Bettany is extremely likeable, even Julie's boyfriend thinks so. And Kirsten Dunst is also bursting with charm. So the combination of those two in a movie about one of my favorite sports -- PERFECT! This movie is just adorable and entertaining."

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Wonder Boys

Wonder Boys

A tale of a madcap weekend at a literary festival in Pittsburgh. No really. Starring Michael Douglas as Grady Tripp, the writer/professor whose life is interrupted by a troublesome student (Tobey Maguire), a pregnant mistress (Frances McDormand), a flirtatious tenant (Katie Holmes), and an impatient editor (Robert Downey, Jr) who wants to see the novel Grady hasn't finished yet. Directed by Curtis Hanson and based on the novel by Michael Chabon.

"Meaghan made me watch this. :D And then I was like, "HOLY CRAP HOW DID I NOT WATCH THIS BEFORE?" Because, it's funny and sweet and it's about WRITING. Plus it has Frances McDormand. This movie was like made for me and I didn't even realize it."

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X-Files Movie, The

X-Files Movie, The

Mulder and Scully must fight the government in a conspiracy and find the truth about an alien colonization of Earth. Released in 1998, this feature film is set between seasons 5 and 6 of the television show.

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