10 Movies I Recommend from My Shelves

Watch these movies at your own discretion. I am not responsible for time lost or gained.

The Terminal (2004) stars Tom Hanks as Victor Navorski who is stranded at the JFK airport.  He meets a flight attendant named Amelia Warren, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, and has instant attraction to her.  He meets more people the longer he is there, becoming friends, until is able to leave.  It’s a feel good story.  It also stars Stanley Tucci, Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, and Jude Ciccolella.  It is rated PG-13 for brief language and drug references.  This drama, comedy, romance film runs 2 hours and 8 minutes.


Whiplash (2014) stars Miles Teller as Andrew and J.K. Simmons as Fletcher.  This relationship between student and teacher pushes both of them to the edge.  This is a great portrayal of a student’s talent and how a teacher with the best intentions leads to a obsession and disregard for those he’s teaching.  It also stars Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist, and Austin Stowell.  It is rated R for strong language including some sexual references.  This drama and music film runs 1 hour and 46 minutes.


Enemy of the State (1998) stars Will Smith as Robert Clayton Dean who’s a lawyer.  When it becomes clear the N.S.A. and a politician named Thomas Reynolds is following his every move, he seeks help from Rachel F. Banks played by Lisa Bonet.  After meeting Edward Lyle, played by Gene Hackman, he attempts to get his life back.  It also stars Jon Voight, Regina King, Gabriel Bryne, and Barry Pepper.  It is rated R for language and violence.  This action and thriller film runs 2 hours and 12 minutes.


Pain & Gain (2013) stars Mark Wahlberg as Daniel Lugo, Dwayne Johnson as Paul Doyle, and Anthony Mackie as Adrian Doorbal.  This is based on a true story where these bodybuilders build their American Dream the wrong way.  It also stars Stanley Tucci, Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, and Jude Ciccolella.  It is rated R for bloody violence, crude sexual content, nudity, language throughout and drug use.  This drama, comedy, crime film runs 2 hours and 9 minutes.


Narc (2002) stars Jason Patric as a disgraced police officer, Nick Tellis.  He pairs up with Henry Oak, played by Ray Liotta, to find why an undercover narc died.  It leads them chasing clue after clue.  It also stars Krista Bridges, Lloyd Adams, and Chi McBride.  It is rated R for strong brutal violence, drug content, and pervasive language.  This crime, drama, mystery film runs 1 hour and 45 minutes.


The Last Station (2009) stars Christopher Plummer as Leo Tolstoy.  It focuses on the writer’s later life and his desire to get rid of material wealth.  His wife, Countess Sophia, works to persuade her husband to protect his monetary assets.  It also stars Helen Mirren, Paul Giamatti, and Anne-Marie Duff.  It is rated R for a scene of sexuality and nudity.  This biography, drama, romance film runs 1 hour and 52 minutes.


Affliction (1997) stars Nick Nolte as Wade Whitehouse and his difficult father Glen Whitehouse played by James Coburn.  Wade must solve a murder and deal with this family.  It takes place during the winter where relationships are as frozen as the ground.  It also stars Jim True-Frost, Sissy Spacek, and Willem Dafoe.  It is rated R for violence and language.  This drama, mystery, thriller film runs 1 hour and 54 minutes.


Godzilla (2004) stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Ford Brody who joins his father Joe, played by Bryan Cranston, as he searches for clues to his wife’s death.  They uncover secrets and find themselves face to face with terrifying creatures at the nuclear power plant.  These MUTO’s (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism) are about to breed unless Godzilla emerges.  It also stars Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, David Strathairn, and Carson Bolde.  It is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of destruction, mayhem, and creature violence.  This action, adventure, sci-fi film runs 2 hours and 3 minutes.


Prizzi’s Honor (1985) stars Jack Nicholson as Charley Partanna and Kathleen Turner as Irene Walker.  They are professional killers who fall in love.  Things get complicated as they do with crime families and the hit men/women they hire.  It also stars Robert Loggia, William Hickey, Angelica Huston, and Lee Richardson.  It is rated R.  This comedy, crime, drama film runs 2 hours and 10 minutes.


Gosford Park (2001) stars Michael Gambon as William McCordle and his family.  Just because it takes place in an English country house doesn’t mean things can’t unravel to the end result of murder.  It also stars Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jeremy Northam, Emily Watson, Ryan Phillippe, and Stephen Fry  It is rated R for some language and brief sexuality.  This comedy, drama, mystery film runs 2 hours and 11 minutes.



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