New this month: Chicago, Entrapment, Gangs of New York and more!
Entrapment (1999). Riding high of the success of 1998’s The Mask of Zorro, Entrapment solidified Catherine Zeta-Jones’ reputation as an international superstar. Remembered for its inventive action sequences (laser grids never looked so tricky!) this movie was also the last big action hit before Sean Connery's retirement. Premieres March 2.
Innocent Blood (1992). What many see as the spiritual sequel to An American Werewolf In London, Innocent Blood represents another dip into horror comedy for writer/director John Landis. This tale of a vampires taking over the mafia makes use of the talents of french actress Anne Parillaud, who was red-hot off the success of La Femme Nikita (1990). Premieres March 9.
Gangs of New York (2002). A dream project for Martin Scorsese since the 1970s, it took special effects technology catching up with his vision before he could finally realize this epic story of crime in 19th century New York. Despite failing to win any of its 10 Oscar nominations, it remains a visually epic piece in Scorsese’s great crime tradition. Premieres March 9.
Nine (2009). An interesting adaptation, Nine is based on a stage musical which is itself based on Federico Fellini’s 8 ½ (1963). It may not have captured imaginations quite like Rob Marshall’s Chicago but the star-studded cast including Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman and Daniel Day-Lewis is unlike any you’ll see in a modern musical. Premieres March 10.
To Catch A Thief (1955). The final collaboration between Alfred Hitchcock and Grace Kelly, this romantic thriller follows a reformed cat burglar trying to clear his name. The lead role drew Cary Grant out of a self-imposed retirement in 1953 and he went on to act for another eleven years, including once again with Hitchcock in 1959’s North By Northwest. Premieres March 11.
My Left Foot (1989). The true story of Irish author Christy Brown and his adapting to a life with cerebral palsy won Oscars for actress Brenda Fricker and the first of three for Daniel Day-Lewis. In typical fashion, and out of respect for his subject, Day-Lewis stayed in character the entire shoot, refusing to leave his wheelchair and learning to use his foot to perform tasks. Premieres March 11. Available On Demand and on HSGO.
Summer Rental (1985). Often cast as the wildcard, Carl Reiner instead let John Candy stretch his comedic talents as the straight man in this 1985 classic. The semi-biographical story based on a botched holiday taken by producer/agent Bernie Brillstein allows Candy’s heart to take centre stage as chaos erupts around him. Premieres March 16.
Hunger (2008). Many didn’t understand why we needed another film about the 1981 Irish hunger strike after 1996’s Some Mother’s Son, but director Steve McQueen silenced critics with this stunning and audacious debut film. The harrowing drama puts you inside the strike like no other and opens an understanding of both sides of the conflict. It picked up 45 awards internationally, including Cannes’ prized Un Certain Regard and Golden Camera. Premieres March 17. Available On Demand and on HSGO.
All Hat (2007). This modern and comedic take on Western tropes follows an ex-con returning to his Canadian home town and standing up to corrupt land developers. With a cast lead by Luke Kirby, Keith Carradine and Rachael Leigh-Cook, this movie is for fans who like a twist on a traditional cowboy tale. Premieres March 21.
City Island (2009). This indie dramedy exploring the white lies families tell won writer/director Raymond De Felitta the audience award at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. A star studded cast lead by Andy Garcia features turns from Julianna Margulies, Emily Mortimer, Alan Arkin and Garcia’s real-life daughter Dominik García-Lorido. Premieres March 22.
Gleaming the Cube (1989). This cornball 80s action oddity starring Christian Slater is the film that inspired a generation to fight authority on their skateboards. Featuring the talent of Pro-Skaters including Mike McGill, Rodney Mullen, Stacy Peralta and Tony Hawk, this movie may have a preposterous plot, but you can guarantee its wild stunts are totally real. Premieres March 23.
Anna Karenina (1948). British Masters Vivien Leigh and Ralph Richardson star in this adaptation of the Tolstoy classic. This film slipped into the public domain and had existed for decades in poor quality and incomplete forms, so for many this Criterion Collection release is their first chance to see the film as the beautiful period piece it was meant to be. Premieres March 24. Available On Demand and on HSGO.
That Hamilton Woman (1941). The final collaboration between Vivien Leigh and real-life husband Laurence Olivier, That Hamilton Woman is considered one of the best British films of all time. Set during the Napoleonic Wars, the film chronicles the story of courtesan and dance-hall girl Emma Hamilton and her tumultuous affair with Admiral Horatio Nelson. Premieres March 24. Available On Demand and on HSGO.
Enemy Mine (1985). Coming off an Oscar win for An Officer and A Gentleman (1982), this sci-fi parable may have seemed an odd choice for Louis Gossett Jr., but he took it on with gusto. His performance under four hours of makeup with a language created for the film and vocal tics performed without any post-production aid, Gossett Jr. made Drac a classic sci-fi character. Premieres March 24. Available On Demand and on HSGO.
Mrs. Parker and The Vicious Circle (1994). This look at author Dorothy Parker’s time at the infamous Algonquin Round Table is best remembered for the electric performance by Jennifer Jason Leigh who earned Indie Spirit and Golden Globe nominations. Robert Altman worked tirelessly as a producer to get this film off the ground, and it remains a real gem of the 90s indie scene. Premieres March 24.
None But The Brave (1965). This behind-enemy-lines war picture remains the sole big-screen directorial effort from Frank Sinatra. It also represents a unique collaboration between American and Japanese filmmakers – based on a story by producer Kikumaru Okuda and featuring a screenplay written by Katsuya Susaki and John Twist – and is an early anti-war film predating the trend in the later 60s. Premieres March 28.
Antiviral (2012). Director Brandon Cronenberg follows in his director father’s footsteps with this skin-crawling sci-fi thriller. This visually stunning tale takes place in a near future where celebrity crazed fans pay for access to their stars diseases and exposes the slippery slope of obsession and infection. Premieres March 28.
Point Blank (1967). This cult-classic noir is a big part of the reason for Lee Marvin’s reputation as a great on-screen tough guy. Marvin helped develop the film along with director John Boorman and utilized avant-garde visuals and plenty of style to make this film something special. Premieres March 30.
Chicago (2002). Bob Fosse died before he was able to realize his film vision for this 1975 Kander & Ebb musical but its 1996 revival on Broadway renewed interest and director Rob Marshall preserves much of Fosse’s feel and choreography. Chicago went on to win Best Picture the next year against Oscar favs like Polanski and Scorsese, and many see it as the reason movie musicals came back into vogue in the 21st century. Premieres March 30.
Un Flic (1972). The final film from french director Jean-Pierre Melville reteams him with his Le Samouraï (1957) star Alain Delon, but turns the tables on their previous collaboration. This time it’s Delon as a cop driving the action in a game of cat and mouse with a thief, and a love triangle with his mistress, all bouncing to the rhythm and precision of Melville’s style. Premieres March 31.
That Thing You Do! (1996). Tom Hanks made his big screen debut as a writer/director with this musical tale of the rise and fall of a rock band in the 1960s. The film’s fictional band the Oneders even managed to make it to #31 on the Canadian charts with the titular earworm from the film and did well enough for Hanks to launch an actual label, Playtone Records, named for his character’s employer in the film. Premieres March 31. Available On Demand and on HSGO.