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Elvis: That’s the Way It Is (1970)
January 8, 2020
Celebrate the 85th birthday of the King of Rock and Roll with this special 50th anniversary presentation. An inside look at “The King,” this documentary follows Elvis as he prepares for his big opening-night performance in Las Vegas.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
January 15, 2020
Stanley Kubrick redefined the limits of filmmaking in this classic science fiction masterpiece: a contemplation on the nature of humanity
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
January 22, 2020
Gene Wilder stars in the magical, musical fantasy for the young, and the young at heart. The mysterious candy maker extraordinaire Willy Wonka hides a golden ticket inside five of his famous candy bars. The kids who find them are invited on a grand tour of the wondrous, wacky Wonka factory, and the chance for an even grander prize – if they can resist temptation.
The Fugitive (1993)
January 29, 2020
Catch him if you can. The fugitive is on the run! Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones race through this breathless manhunt movie based on the classic TV series. Ford is prison escapee Dr. Richard Kimble, a Chicago surgeon falsely convicted of killing his wife and determined to prove his innocence by leading his pursuers to the one-armed man who actually committed the crime.
The Wonderland (2019)
February 4, 2020
On the day before her birthday, young Akane meets the mysterious alchemist Hippocrates, who brings her through a basement and into a fantastic world full of magic and color. He reveals that this world is in danger, and as “The Green Goddess” it is her destiny and responsibility to save the world. The only problem? Akane just wants to go home.
Ghost: 30th Anniversary (1990)
February 5, 2020
One of the most romantic films ever and winner of two Academy Awards, Sam, living as a ghost, learns that his death wasn’t just a random robbery gone wrong. To help him reconnect with the love of his life, Molly, and solve his own murder, he enlists the help of a skeptical psychic who doesn’t even believe in her own abilities.
The Notebook (2004)
February 11, 2020
An epic love story about and older man who reads a story aloud to an older woman whom he regularly visits. From a faded notebook, the man’s words bring to life the story about a couple who are separated by World War II and then passionately reunited seven years later after they have taken different paths. Though her memory is faded, his words give her the chance to relive her turbulent youth and the unforgettable love that they shared.
A Star is Born (1976)
February 19, 2020
The fire of Barbara Streisand. The magnetism of Kris Kristofferson. The reckless world of big time Rock and Roll. A rock star on the decline, John Norman Howard has given in to drugs and excessive drinking, and his music has suffered as a result. Wandering into a club one night, John watches singer Esther Hoffman perform and is smitten. The two begin dating, and soon John lets Esther take the spotlight during his concerts. However, even as Esther finds fame and success with her singing, John continues his downward spiral.
My Neighbor Totoro (1998)
February 24, 2020
From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away and Ponyo, comes a classic tale of magic and adventure for the whole family. When Satsuki and her sister Mei move with their father to a new home in the countryside, they find that country life is not as simple as it seems. They soon discover that the house and nearby woods are full of strange and delightful creatures, including a gigantic but gentle forest spirit called Totoro, who can only be seen by children. Totoro and his friends introduce the girls to a series of adventures, including a ride aboard the extraordinary Cat Bus.
The Breakfast Club 35th Anniversary (1985)
February 26, 2020
Five high school students from different walks of life endure a Saturday detention under a power-hungry principal. This disparate group includes rebel John, princess Claire, outcast Allison, brainy Brian, and Andre, the jock. Each has a chance to tell his or her story, making the others see them a little differently – and when the day ends, they questions whether school will ever be the same.
Thelma and Louise (1991)
March 4, 2020
Somebody said get a life…so they did. In Ridley Scott’s adventurous road picture, two friends–unhappy housewife Thelma (Geena Davis) and strong-willed waitress Louise (Susan Sarandon)–leave responsibilities behind to take a weekend fishing trip in the mountains in their 1966 T-bird convertible. But…at a roadside honky-tonk, where they stop to “blow off steam,” a man tries to rape Thelma. Louise reacts by shooting the creep with a .38, and this action turns them into dazed and confused fugitives. Now the subject of a nationwide hunt, they regain their determination and recklessness.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail 45th Anniversary (1975)
March 11, 2020
Grossing the highest box-office of any British film in the US when released in 1975, this “cult classic” comedy from the Monty Python team loosely follows the legend of King Arthur (Graham Chapman), along with his squire (Terry Gilliam) and his Knights of the Round Table (John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin), as they embark on a fearless quest in search of the elusive Holy Grail. A hysterical, historical tour-de-force from Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones.
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
March 16, 2020
Join M&E Handpicked as we celebrate 35 years of Studio Ghibli! From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, comes the Academy Award®- nominated fantasy adventure for the whole family. Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a curse on Sophie and turns her into a 90-year-old woman. On a quest to break the spell, Sophie climbs aboard Howl’s magnificent moving castle and into a new life of wonder and adventure. But as the true power of Howl’s wizardry is revealed, Sophie finds herself fighting to protect them both from a dangerous war of sorcery that threatens their world.
The Hunt for Red October 30th Anniversary (1990)
March 18, 2020
Based on Tom Clancy’s bestseller, directed by John McTiernan (Die Hard) and starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, The Hunt For Red October seethes with high-tech excitement and sweats with the tension of men who hold Doomsday in their hands. A new technologically-superior Soviet nuclear sub, the Red October, is heading for the U.S. coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius (Connery). The American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack. A lone CIA analyst (Baldwin) has a different idea: he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it – because the entire Russion naval and air commands are trying to find him, too. The hunt is on!
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
March 23, 2020
A lonely, struggling writer becomes enchanted with his neighbor: an independent young woman who strives to be a high-climbing socialite with a penchance for high-fashion and wild parties. But, soon he uncovers the vulnerability she has at heart.
Woodstock 50th Anniversary (1969)
March 25, 2020
Considered one of the most important film documentations of the late 1960s counterculture in the United States, this film follows the Woodstock music festival in upstate New York in 1969.
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
March 30, 2020
After an epic battle against the Borg (cybernetically-enhanced life forms), Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise follow the Borg Sphere back into the 21st century to prevent the Borg from contaminating Earth’s timeline and preventing Earth’s first contact. Picard and the crew must work together to battle the Borg Queen before she assimilates all of mankind and changes history forever. Resistance is futile.
East of Eden 65th Anniversary (1955)
April 1, 2020
Based on the classic John Steinbeck novel, this Academy Award-winning film features the starring debut of movie idol and legend James Dean (Rebel Without A Cause, Giant) in this riveting drama revolving around two brothers’ love for the same woman. Co-starring Emmy-winner Julie Harris (“Knots Landing,” “Harper”) and Jo Van Fleet (who won an Oscar as their mother) and winner of The Golden Globe Award for Best Picture of 1955. Recently selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the 400 greatest American films of all time.
The Godfather (1972)
April 6, 2020
Francis Ford Coppola’s epic masterpiece features Marlon Brando in his Oscar ®-winning role as the patriarch of the Corleone family. Director Coppola paints a chilling portrait of the Sicilian clan’s rise and near fall from power in America, masterfully balancing the story between the Corleone’s family life and the ugly crime business in which they are engaged. Based on Mario Puzo’s best-selling novel and featuring career-making performances by Al Pacino, James Cann and Robert Duvall, this searing and brilliant film garnered ten Academy Award® nominations, and won three including Best Picture of 1972.
Oasis: Supersonic (2016)
April 7, 2020
The remarkable story of iconic band Oasis – in their own words. Featuring extensive unseen archive, SUPERSONIC charts the meteoric rise of Oasis from the council estates of Manchester to some of the biggest concerts of all time in just 3 short years. This palpable, raw and moving film shines a light on one of the most genre and generation-defining British bands that has ever existed.
April 8, 2020
Rocky Balboa is a struggling Philadelphia boxer who is scorned by his gym’s owner, patronized by a local loan shark and rebuffed by a shy ‘plain-Jane,’ whose butcher brother keeps engineering a romantic match. Rocky would have remained in this rut had not heavyweight champion Apollo Creed come up with the Bicentennial gimmick of fighting a sure-ringer…by touting the fight as a chance for a ‘nobody’ to become a ‘somebody’ and easily winning the bout himself. But someone forgot to tell Rocky… To everyone’s surprise, Rocky trains earnestly. And in the climactic fight sequence, the ‘Italian Stallion’ gets his wish: to go the distance…against all the odds!
April 13, 2020
The nuts and bolts of the irresistibly danceable music called Tejano are pop, rock, polka, R&B and Latin influences. To millions of fans there’s another vital ingredient: the dynamic singer Selena. Vibrant and tuneful, Selena is the story of the Grammy Award-winning South Texas singer whose life tragically ended just as she was taking Tejano where it had never gone-into mainstream America. Pulsating with Selena’s voice on the soundtrack and made with the participation of her family, the film brims with authenticity. It excitingly recreates the early life of a little girl who dreamed big, hit the road in the band bus named Big Bertha and whose concerts became electrifying events. In the title rose, Jennifer Lopez is herself electrifying. Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda and others also shine in “a poignant, heartwarming movie that deserves a standing ovation” (Jules Peimer, WKDM-Radio/New York).
Logan’s Run (1976)
April 15, 2020
Futuristic thriller stars Michael York (“Cabaret”) as a policeman seeking to escape the confines of a hedonistic and domed society where people who reach 30 are exterminated. With Farrah Fawcett (TV’s “Charlie’s Angels,” “The Burning Bed”) and Oscar-winner Peter Ustinov (“Spartacus”). Nominated for three Academy Awards, it received a special Oscar for its dazzling visual effects.
Urban Cowboy (1980)
April 20, 2020
After moving to Pasadena, Texas, country boy Bud Davis (John Travolta) starts hanging around a bar called Gilley’s, where he falls in love with Sissy (Debra Winger), a cowgirl who believes the sexes are equal. They eventually marry, but their relationship is turbulent due to Bud’s traditional view of gender roles. Jealousy over his rival, Wes (Scott Glenn), leads to their separation, but Bud attempts to win Sissy back by triumphing at Gilley’s mechanical bull-riding competition.
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The Color Purple 35th Anniversary (1985)
April 22, 2020
Academy Award® winner Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey star in director Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple. From 1909 to 1949, Celie (Goldberg–Ghosts of Mississippi), a Southern Black woman, gradually gains self-respect as she strives to educate herself and to find love–despite an abusive spouse and a society biased against her race and her sex.
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
April 27, 2020
From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away and Ponyo, and Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, comes the beloved coming-of-age story of a resourceful young witch who uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt.
Space Balls (1987)
April 29, 2020
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
May 4, 2020
A woman returns to her ranch out west to find her husband has been killed by a band of outlaws who want the railroad-valuable land. A brooding, young cowboy steps in to stop them.
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Blade Runner: The Final Cut (2007)
May 6, 2020
Ridley Scott’s definitive Blade Runner: The Final Cut includes extended scenes and new special effects. Harrison Ford stars in this fascinating, dark vision of the near future as a policeman who tracks engineered humans–a Blade Runner. In the year 2019, the police department forces Rick Deckard (Ford) out of retirement to hunt four genetically engineered humans who have come to earth. Designed to do difficult, hazardous work, the manufactured humans are stronger, faster and smarter than non engineered humans. They feel no pain or remorse; they are almost indistinguishable from other humans … and they are killing people. Now Deckard must stop them before they kill again.
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May 11, 2020
Leonardo DiCaprio and Oscar-nominee Kate Winslet light up the screen as Jack and Rose, the young lovers who find one another on the maiden voyage of the “unsinkable” R.M.S. Titanic. But when the doomed luxury liner collides with an iceberg in the frigid North Atlantic, their passionate love affair becomes a thrilling race for survival. From acclaimed filmmaker James Cameron comes a tale of forbidden love and courage in the face of disaster that triumphs as a true cinematic masterpiece.
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May 13, 2020
Set in Old Detroit, a crime-ridden ghetto of the not too distant future, a cop killed in the line of duty is robotized then dispatched to fight crime. But Robocop is haunted by snatches of memory and dreams of who and what he used to be. As Robocop discovers his past, he uncovers a murder conspiracy at the highest level of police management.
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Princess Mononoke (1997)
May 18, 2020
Join M&E Handpicked and GKIDS as we celebrate 35 years of Studio Ghibli! From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, and Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, comes an epic masterpiece that has dazzled audiences worldwide with its breathtaking imagination, exhilarating battles, and deep humanity. Inflicted with a deadly curse, the young warrior Ashitaka heads west in search of a cure. There, he stumbles into a bitter conflict between Lady Eboshi, the proud people of Iron Town, and the enigmatic Princess Mononoke, a young girl raised by wolves, who will stop at nothing to prevent the humans from destroying her home and the forest spirits and animal gods who live there.
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May 19, 2020
From BAFTA Award-winning director Asif Kapadia (SENNA), AMY tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse – in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archival footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few can. A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician that captured the world’s attention. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense – she wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyze her own problems. The combination of her raw honesty and virtuosity resulted in some of the most unique and adored songs of the modern era. But her massive success resulted in relentless and invasive media attention, which coupled with Amy’s troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle, saw her life tragically begin to unravel, resulting in her untimely death in July 2011 at the age of 27.
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Blues Brothers 40th Anniversary (1980)
May 20, 2020
John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd are two brothers with a rockin’ blues band and a vision from God to save the orphanage where they grew up in one of the greatest comedies of all time.
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The Godfather: Part II (1974)
May 25, 2020
Continuing saga of the Corleone family as they move to Nevada and make the casino business their major income source under the leadership of the increasingly paranoid and malevolent Michael, whose reign as the “Don” is juxtaposed against the parallel tale of his father’s escape from Sicily as a young boy and his subsequent rise to power in New York’s Lower East Side during the turn-of-the-century.
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The Terminator (1984)
May 27, 2020
In 2029, the war between man and machine has desolated the Earth, leaving humanity all but wiped out. Pockets of survivors remain – either living as slaves serving their technological overlords, or as resistance fighters attempting to overthrow the sentient defense network that controls the machines. From this wasteland, two soldiers are sent back in time to Los Angeles, 1984 in order to influence the outcome of a conflict that hasn’t taken place yet. One is an unstoppable cyborg assassin, the other a human guerrilla fighter. Serving on opposite sides of the battle, they share the same target: Sarah Connor, an unsuspecting young woman whose unborn child will become the key to saving mankind.
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