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10/25 - 10/30
» A Nightmare on Elm Street
In the early 1980's, a psychopath named Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) murdered several children with a glove outfitted with straight razor blades attached to the fingers. When a foolish decision by a judge sets him free, Krueger is burned alive in the boiler room where he worked by an angry mob of the parents whose children he terrorized & murdered. Years after his death, the children whose parents were responsible for Krueger's death - including Nancy Thompson, daughter of the police officer who arrested Krueger - are experiencing terrifying nightmares involving a burned man wearing a glove with razor blades on the fingers. The ghost of Freddy Krueger is haunting their dreams, and when Nancy's best friend Tina dies in her sleep violently during a dream confrontation with Krueger, Nancy realizes she must find a way to stop the evil psychopath's reign of terror - or never sleep again... It's the original horror classic written and directed by Wes Craven! "Oh, man. Midnight. Baseball bats and boogeymen. Beautiful." (1984)
A Nightmare on Elm Street

10/31 - 11/6
» V for Vendetta
In the not too distant future, Britain is filled with torture cells, unfair punishments, and prejudice against minorities. However in the mist of all this chaos, one man known only by the name "V" dares to stand up to the government and is labeled as a terrorist. He rescues a young woman named Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman) from a life-and-death situation by the masked vigilante. Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, V ignites a revolution when he detonates bombs in two London landmarks and takes over the government-controlled airwaves, urging his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression. As Evey uncovers the truth about V's mysterious background, she also discovers the truth about herself - and emerges as his unlikely ally in the culmination of his plot to bring freedom and justice back to a society fraught with cruelty and corruption. Co-written by the Wachowskis and directed by James McTeigue. This is the first selection in our Viewers' Choice Series - just in time for the 5th of November. "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." (2005)
V for Vendetta

11/7 - 11/13
» Edward Scissorhands
This is a modern day fairy tale which tells the story of Edward (Johnny Depp), a man created by an inventor who died before finishing him and unfortunately, left him with scissors where he should've had hands. One day when Peg Bogs (Dianne Wiest), the local Avon lady, calls at the historic mansion where Edward live in solitude, she takes him home to stay with her and her daughter, Kim (Winona Ryder). He has to adapt to an entirely new life and strange environment. Soon he shows a talent for cutting hair and hedges and wins every body's heart. But life isn't always so sweet. This charmingly dark comedy is written and directed by Tim Burton. "It's not heaven he's from! It's straight from the stinking flames of hell! The power of Satan is in him, I can feel it. Can't you?" (1990)
Edward Scissorhands

11/14 - 11/20
» Blazing Saddles
This is simply the ultimate Western spoof. A dusty town where everyone seems to be named Johnson is in the way of the railroad's expansion. In order to grab their land, Hedley Lemar (Harvey Korman), a politically connected nasty person, sends in his henchmen to make the town unlivable. After the sheriff gets killed, the town demands a new sheriff from the Governor. Hedley convinces him to send the town the first Black sheriff in the west. Bart (Cleavon Little) is a sophisticated urbanite who will have some difficulty winning over the townspeople. Bart enlists the help of "Jim" aka the Waco Kid (Gene Wilder) and they get to work taking it to the Man! Co-written and directed by comic genius Mel Brooks. "Now I don't have to tell you good folks what's been happening in our beloved little town. Sheriff murdered, crops burned, stores looted, people stampeded, and cattle raped. The time has come to act, and act fast. I'm leaving." (1974)
Blazing Saddles

11/21 - 11/26
» Chinatown
J.J. 'Jake' Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is a private detective who seems to specialize in sordid matrimonial cases. He's hired by Evelyn Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) when she suspects her husband Hollis, builder of the city's water supply system, of having an affair. Gittes does what he does best and photographs Mr. Mulwray with a young girl. In the ensuing scandal however, it seems Jake was hired by an impersonator and not the real Mrs. Mulwray! When Mr. Mulwray is found dead, Jake is plunged into a complex web of deceit involving murder, incest and municipal corruption all related to the city's water supply. Directed by Roman Polanksi. "Can you believe it? We're in the middle of a drought, and the water commissioner drowns. Only in L.A." (1974)
Chinatown

11/28 - 12/4
» Good Will Hunting
A janitor at MIT, Will Hunting (Matt Damon) has a gift for math and chemistry that can take him light-years beyond his blue-collar roots. However, he doesn't realize his potential and can't even imagine leaving his childhood Boston South End neighborhood, his crappy job, or his best friend. Several strangers enter the equation to complicate matters... Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgård) a brilliant math professor who discovers, even envies, Will's gifts. Out of sheer desperation to connect with Will, Lambeau calls on Sean Maguire (the late Robin Williams), an estranged old friend and MIT classmate of his. Then there's Skylar (Minnie Driver) a beautiful, gifted pre-med student who shows him, for the first time in his life, the possibility of love. Co-written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and directed by Gus Van Sant. "Most days I wish I'd never met you 'cause then I could sleep at night. I didn't have to walk around with the knowledge that there was someone like you out there. I didn't have to watch you throw it all away." (1997)
Good Will Hunting

12/5 - 12/11
» Nationan Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
It's Christmas time - Clark (Chevy Chase) decided to invite all the family to have "the most fun-filled old-fashioned family Christmas" which nobody shall ever forget. But when the first relatives arrive, Clark flees to the roof to rig the lighting. The one thing the loving father wants to surprise the whole family with is the installation of a pool, which he already ordered. Unfortunately, the bonus check Clark expects at any minute is overdue - and tempers rise. To aggrivate the situation further there's the arrival of uninvited cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) with his family in their mobile home, some dangerous sledding with a new lubricant from Clark's company, and the constantly shifting relationship with the very hip and clean neighbors. Cousin Eddie goes rogue and chooses to top it all off with a special creation of his very own. "Oh, Eddie... If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn't be more surprised than I am now." (1989)
Nationan Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

12/12 - 12/18
» Home Alone
It is Christmas time and the McCallister) family is preparing for a vacation in Paris, France. But Kevin (Macaulay Culkin), the youngest in the family got into a scuffle with his older brother Buzz and was sent to his room on the third floor of the house. The next morning, while the rest of the family was in a rush to make it to the airport on time, they completely forgot about Kevin who now has the house all to himself. Being home alone was fun for Kevin, having a pizza all to himself, jumping on his parents' bed, and making a mess. But Kevin discovers two burglars, Harry and Marv (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern), are about to rob his house on Christmas Eve. Kevin acts quickly by wiring his own house with makeshift booby traps to stop the burglars and to bring them to justice! This surprisingly dark Christmas flick is written by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. "Bless this highly nutritious microwavable macaroni and cheese dinner and the people who sold it on sale. Amen." (1990)
Home Alone

12/19 - 12/23
» Die Hard
A tough New York City Detective, John McClane (Bruce Willis), has just arrived in Los Angeles to spend Christmas with his estranged wife and their kids. Unfortunately, it is not going to be a very Merry Christmas for anyone involved. A group of terrorists, led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), is holding everyone in the Nakatomi Plaza building hostage. There's no way to get in or out and McClane's the only one to elude capture. Now he launches a one man war in an attempt to stop the terrorists and save all hostages including his wife. This action-packed/comedy/adventure is directed by John McTiernan (of Predator and The Hunt for Red October). "Do you really think you have a chance against us, Mr. Cowboy?" (1988)
Die Hard

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