Gigi

Gigi

FEBRUARY 4 & 7

Winner of 9 Academy Awards® (the most for any musical), including Best Picture. Lerner and Loewe, the team that created My Fair Lady, collaborated on this romance set in Paris at the turn of the 20th century. Leslie Caron is the high-spirited Gigi and Louis Jourdan is the jaded aristocrat who falls for her. Maurice Chevalier and Hermione Gingold perform a memorable duet in a movie filled with hummable songs.  (“Ah, yes…I remember it well.”)

1958

Rated G

Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind

JANUARY 28 & 31

This epic love story set against the backdrop of the Civil War received 10 Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel).  Vivien Leigh won Best Actress for her classic portrayal of Scarlett O’Hara, who goes from carefree southern belle (“Fiddle-dee-dee!”) to indomitable heroine (“Tomorrow…is another day!”). Clark Gable plays Rhett Butler, the charming rogue who pursues her. (“Frankly, my dear…”)

1939

Rated G

ALIEN

ALIEN

JANUARY 21 & 24

The ORIGINAL, from director Ridley Scott, about a spaceship stalked by an alien creature with a serious attitude. It’s the perfect blend of science fiction and horror (“In space no one can hear you scream”). Sigourney Weaver, in a star-making role, plays Lieutenant Ripley: tough as nails and with a healthy skepticism about taking extraterrestrial remains back to earth.  (“This thing bled acid. Who knows what it's gonna do when it's dead.”)

1979

Rated R

HARRY POTTER & THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS

HARRY POTTER & THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS

JANUARY 14 & 17

Harry Potter and his friends return for their second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry New adventures abound, involving a flying car, giant spiders, an enchanted diary, as well as some new characters.  Kenneth Branagh is hilarious as the vain Gilderoy Lockhart, author of “Magical Me.”  ("Let me introduce you to your new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher…me!”)

2002

Rated PG

SABRINA

SABRINA

JANUARY 7 & 10

Billy Wilder’s enchanting romantic comedy featuring three of Hollywood’s brightest stars. Audrey Hepburn is the chauffeur’s daughter, in love with the playboy son of a wealthy family (William Holden). Humphrey Bogart plays Holden’s all-business brother determined to stop the romance, only to become smitten with Hepburn himself. (“It’s as though a window had been thrown open and a lovely breeze swept through this stuffy old house.”)

1954

DIE HARD

DIE HARD

DECEMBER 31 & JANUARY 3

One of the most entertaining action thrillers ever. Bruce Willis is New York cop John McClane, in Los Angeles visiting his wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia). When the skyscraper in which Holly works is taken over by a murderous gang it falls to McClane to save the day. Willis makes danger fun (“Welcome to the party, pal!”) and Alan Rickman is superbly sinister as the chief villain. (“Do you really think you have a chance against us, Mr. Cowboy?”)

1988

Rated R

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

DECEMBER 24 & 27

Frank Capra’s classic is a cherished Christmas tradition for countless families. Building & loan owner George Bailey (James Stewart) is all that stands between the people of Bedford Falls and the wicked miser Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore). When misfortune strikes on Christmas Eve, George realizes, with the help of an angel named Clarence, (Henry Travers) that he truly has a “wonderful life.”  ("No man is a failure who has friends.”)

1946

Rated PG

ELF

ELF

DECEMBER 17 & 20

Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, an elf who is, well, different from the other elves. When Papa Elf (Bob Newhart) informs Buddy that he was adopted, he sets out to find his real father (James Caan). This surprise hit comedy has become a modern Christmas classic, thanks to Ferrell’s endearing performance as Buddy, whose childlike Christmas spirit softens the most cynical of hearts.  (“Santa, HERE? I know him, I know him!”)

2003

Rated PG

THE POLAR EXPRESS

THE POLAR EXPRESS

DECEMBER 10 & 13

On Christmas Eve a boy boards a mysterious train bound for the North Pole. This adaptation of the children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg has a score by Alan Silvestri that features original songs plus classic holiday recordings from the 1940’s. The “performance capture” animation used by director Robert Zemeckis made it possible for Tom Hanks to play six roles, including Santa.  ("The true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart.”)

2004

Rated G

WHITE CHRISTMAS

WHITE CHRISTMAS

DECEMBER 3 & 6

With comedy, romance, and of course, Bing Crosby singing White Christmas, this movie musical favorite is chock-full of Irving Berlin songs (“Snow…snow…snow!”). Crosby and Danny Kaye star as World War II vets and Broadway performers who stage a show at a Vermont inn. Edith Head designed the colorful costumes worn by Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen as the Haynes Sisters.  (“Lord help the mister who comes between me and my sister…”)

1954

HOME ALONE

HOME ALONE

NOVEMBER 26 & 29

The hit comedy starring Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who is mad at his family and wishes they would disappear.  When they accidentally leave for Christmas vacation without him, he gets his wish.  But he finds being “home alone” isn’t all fun and games (or is it?) when two bungling burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) force him to defend his house.    (“You guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?”) 

1990

Rated PG

HARRY POTTER & THE SORCERER’S STONE

HARRY POTTER & THE SORCERER’S STONE

NOVEMBER 19 & 22

Relive the magic (or experience the thrill for the first time) of seeing Harry Potter’s first adventure on the big screen. Harry is a new student at Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft & Wizardry, where he must face the dreaded “He Who Must Not Be Named.”  Daniel Radcliffe stars as the 11-year-old wizard destined for greatness, and Rupert Grint and Emma Watson play his best friends Ron and Hermione. (“She needs to sort out her priorities!”)

2001

Rated PG

BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II

BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II

NOVEMBER 12 & 15

The popular sequel to the sci-fi comedy blockbuster. Time-traveling teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) must go back again to November 12, 1955 (“temporal junction point of the entire space-time continuum”), this time to prevent an alternate universe in which a wealthy Biff (Thomas F. Wilson) corrupts the town of Hill Valley.  (“Please, Marty. No one should know too much about their destiny.”)

1989

Rated PG

Blazing Saddles

Blazing Saddles

NOVEMBER 5 & 8

NOT your typical western. This politically incorrect 70’s comedy from director Mel Brooks stars Cleavon Little as Sheriff Bart and Gene Wilder as the Waco Kid. Madeline Kahn plays saloon singer Lily von Shtupp (“Ooh…a wed wose. How womantic!”) who falls for Sheriff Bart (“Oh, it’s twue, it’s twue!”)  Harvey Korman plays the villain whose name bears an unfortunate resemblance to that of movie star Hedy Lamarr. (“That’s HEDLEY!”)

1974

Rated R

THE SHINING

THE SHINING

OCTOBER 29 & NOVEMBER 1

Stanley Kubrick directed what many consider one of the scariest movies ever. Jack Nicholson (“Here’s Johnny!”) is a writer who takes a job as a caretaker of an off-season hotel with a really…bad…past. He and his family are virtually alone in the spooky old building. Or are they? Shelly Duvall, as Nicholson’s distraught wife, discovers her husband is turning into someone she barely recognizes. (“All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.”)

1980

Rated R

GHOSTBUSTERS

GHOSTBUSTERS

OCTOBER 22 & 25

New York City is experiencing a dramatic increase in paranormal activity, and Sigourney Weaver may have a demonic spirit living in her refrigerator. So who’s she gonna call? This comedy blockbuster written by and starring Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis also stars Bill Murray as Dr. Peter Venkman, who along with his fellow parapsychologists tries to warn the mayor of the coming crisis. (“Dogs and cats, living together…mass hysteria!”)

1984

Rated PG

CLUE

CLUE

OCTOBER 15 & 18

The cult comedy based on the popular board game. Murder is on the menu at a mysterious dinner party at a secluded mansion. The top-flight comedic cast includes Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Tim Curry, Leslie Ann Warren, Michael McKean, Martin Mull and Eileen Brennan. Presented here with all three of its original alternate endings.  (“I have absolutely no idea what we're doing here…but I am determined to enjoy myself!”)

1985

Rated PG

THE FIFTH ELEMENT

THE FIFTH ELEMENT

OCTOBER 8 & 11

A science fiction hit whose reputation has grown even bigger in the 20 years since it was released. Bruce Willis is 23rd century cab driver Korben Dallas and Milla Jovovich is Leeloo, a mysterious young woman who needs his help to save Earth from destruction.  Gary Oldman plays the quirky villain Zorg and Chris Tucker is the over-the-top radio host Ruby Rhod. Willis is at his best as the tough-guy hero. (“Anybody else want to negotiate?”)

1997

Rated PG-13

Rio Bravo

Rio Bravo

OCTOBER 1 & 4

Classic western in which John Wayne is a sheriff standing guard over a killer (Claude Akin) whose gang aims to spring him from jail. Will the Duke prevail, with the help of his deputies (Dean Martin and Walter Brennan) and a young gunslinger named Colorado (50’s heartthrob Ricky Nelson)? Did we mention this is a John Wayne movie? (“If any trouble starts around this jail, before anybody can get to you you're gonna get accidentally shot.”)

1959

Rated PG

TO CATCH A THIEF

TO CATCH A THIEF

SEPTEMBER 24 & 27

Alfred Hitchcock was a master at directing stylish thrillers (with a dose of romance), and this is one of his best. Full of beautiful French Riviera locations and Edith Head costumes. Cary Grant plays a reformed cat burglar out to clear his name and Grace Kelly is an alluring socialite dripping in jewels.  The fireworks scene may be one of the most romantic ever filmed.  (“Even in this light, I can tell where your eyes are looking.”) 

1955

Rated PG