Favorite Movie Picks

Movie Picks | Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013) | A Step-by-Step Guide for Ruining Your Marriage

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Judith (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) is married to Brice (Lance Gross), a man who loves her dearly and works hard to provide for his family.  When Judith begins working with Harley (Robbie Jones), a rich, suave Internet entrepreneur, he introduces her to a life of luxury she craves and tempts her to step outside of her marriage. However, Judith eventually learns there is more to Harley than meets the eye, and she is forced to deal with the consequences of her actions.

Written by Tyler Perry (based on his stage play “The Marriage Counselor”

Directed by Tyler Perry

Produced by Tyler Perry, Ozzie Areu, Paul Hall

Released by Tyler Perry Studios

Movie Picks | Running the Sahara (2007) | When was the last time you ran across Africa?

Most recreational runners derive a lot of satisfaction from sharing their most recent running accomplishment with anyone who is kind enough to listen. I know I do.

I am often filled with pride as I share with a kind ear the fact I have conquered a certain course (nothing too strenuous) or endured a certain length of time (20-30 minutes.) While I am quite satisfied with my modest running (okay, jogging) skills, I know they pale in comparison to the skills of the runners in this film. Whether you are an avid runner or have never even as much as run around your block, you can appreciate the spirit of dogged determination portrayed in this story. (more…)

Movie Picks | Black Widow (1954) | Why you shouldn’t invite random houseguests over when your wife is away…

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When Broadway producer Peter Denver (Van Heflin) meets young, aspiring writer Nancy Ordway (Peggy Ann Garner) at a party, he has no idea how the chance meeting will impact his life. (more…)

Movie Picks | Dial M for Murder (1954) | He thought he had planned the perfect crime…

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Secretly aware of the fact his wealthy wife Margot (Grace Kelly) has been having an affair with mystery writer Mark Halliday (Robert Cummings), ex-tennis pro Tony Wendice (Ray Milland) concocts a seemingly airtight scheme to have Margot murdered. Of course, things don’t go as planned…

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Screenplay by Frederick Knot (based on his 1952 stage play Dial M for Murder)
Produced by Alfred Hitchcock
Released by Warner Bros.

Movie Picks | Strait-Jacket (1964) | Once an axe-murderer, always an axe-murderer?

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After spending twenty years in a psychiatric hospital for the axe-murder of her cheating husband, Lucy Harbin (Joan Crawford) is anxious about re-entering society.

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Movie Picks | Giant (1956) | Boy meets girl. Boy marries girl. Boy brings girl home to ranch. Girl takes over ranch.

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The pride of Jordan “Bick” Benedict (Rock Hudson) is his massive Texas cattle ranch Reata. When Bick journeys to Maryland to buy a stud horse for the ranch, he meets and falls hard for the beautiful, strong-willed socialite Leslie Lynnton (Elizabeth Taylor). After a two-day courtship, Bick decides to marry Leslie and take her back to Texas to help him run the ranch. (more…)

Movie Picks | A Place in the Sun (1951) | The things a man will do for a pretty face…

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George Eastman (Montgomery Clift) is a penniless, working-class fellow who gets a job working in his rich uncle’s factory. Things begin to look up when he begins a romance with fellow factory worker Alice Tripp (Shelley Winters).

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Movie Picks | Rear Window (1954) | A view to (watch someone) kill

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Immobilized by a broken leg, photographer L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) finds himself with nothing to do but look out the window of his New York City apartment.

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Movie Picks | Carmen Jones (1954) | “You go for me, and I’m taboo. But if you’re hard to get I go for you”

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When femme fatale Carmen Jones (Dorothy Dandridge) sets her attentions on handsome soldier Joe (Harry Belafonte), the two find themselves embroiled in a drama of obsessive love and passion. (more…)

Movie Picks | Red Headed Woman (1932) | No red-blooded man was safe around her…

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Lilian Andrews (Jean Harlow) uses her irresistible appeal with men to climb her way up the social ladder.  Long on ambition and short on scruples, Lilian will stop at nothing to get what she wants. No man is safe around this ruthless woman!

Directed by Jack Conway
Screenplay by Anita Loos (based on Katherine Brush’s 1931 novel Red-Headed Woman)
Produced by Paul Bern
Released by MGM

Movie Picks | Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) | “Square-cut or pear-shaped, these rocks don’t lose their shape!”

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Two bombshell friends, Lorelei (Marilyn Monroe), who loves diamonds, and Dorothy (Jane Russell), who loves men, travel by ocean liner from New York to Paris, while a private detective covers their tracks. This film has plenty of glamour and dazzling musical numbers to mesmerize every time.

Directed by Howard Hawks
Screenplay by Charles Lederer (based on Anita Loos’s 1925 novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: The Illuminating Diary of a Professional Lady)
Produced by Sol C. Siegel
Released by 20th Century Fox

Movie Picks | Dead Ringer (1964) | A dark tale of un-sisterly love

Classic Movie Pick: Dead Ringer (1964)

When unmarried, down-on-her-luck Edith (Bette Davis) discovers her identical twin sister Maggie (also Bette Davis) has enjoyed a life of luxury with the man Edith used to love, Edith kills Maggie and takes her place. After committing the act, Edith struggles to keep her true identity a secret.

Directed by Paul Henreid
Screenplay by Oscar Millard and Albert Beich (based on the story La Otra by Rian James)
Produced by William H. Wright
Released by Warner Bros. Pictures

Movie Picks | Mildred Pierce (1945) | Mo’ money, mo’ (man, parenting, and legal) problems

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When Mildred Pierce’s mediocre marriage falls apart, she (Joan Crawford) uses her mean pie-bakin’ skills to provide for her family and eventually becomes a successful restaurateur. Unfortunately, Mildred’s obsession of satisfying the insatiable materialistic cravings of her bratty, ungrateful daughter Veda threatens her own well-being. Her penchant for bad men doesn’t help either.

Directed by Michael Curtiz
Screenplay by Ranald MacDougall (Uncredited: William Faulkner and Catherine Turney) (based on the 1941 novel Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain)
Produced by Jerry Wald
Released by Warner Bros. Pictures

Movie Picks | Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) | Where was caller ID when she needed it?

Classic Movie Pick: Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

While home alone one night, rich Leona Stevenson (Barbara Stanwyck) dials a number and overhears two men plotting the murder of an unidentified woman. After piecing together some evidence, she begins to suspect she might be the target.

Directed by Anatole Litvak
Screenplay by Lucille Fletcher (based on her 1943 radio play Sorry, Wrong Number)
Produced by Anatole Litvak and Hal B. Wallis
Released by Paramount Pictures

Movie Picks | Cover Girl (1944) | Rita Hayworth dazzles in Technicolor

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Rusty Parker (Rita Hayworth), a beautiful nightclub dancer from Brooklyn, has dreams of hitting the big time. When she wins a cover girl contest, her new pampered lifestyle threatens her relationship with her sweetheart. Directed by Charles Vidor Screenplay by Virginia Van Upp Produced by Arthur Schwartz Released by Columbia Pictures

Movie Picks | Sunset Boulevard (1950) | “Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up!”

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Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) is a delusional former silent-movie queen who just can’t accept the fact her star has long since faded. Joe Gillis (William Holden) is a struggling screenwriter in need of some dough and a hideout from his creditors. When Gillis stumbles into Desmond’s mansion, she draws him into her fantasy world and gets him to assist her in orchestrating her long-overdue Hollywood comeback.

Directed by Billy Wilder
Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, D. M. Marshman, Jr.
Produced by Charles Brackett
Released by Paramount Pictures

Movie Picks | All About Eve (1950) | Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?

Classic Movie Pick: All About Eve (1950)

While veteran theater star Margo Channing (Bette Davis) is initially enchanted by young, wide-eyed Eve Harrington’s (Anne Baxter) idolization of her, Margo soon begins to doubt Eve’s motivations. With Bette Davis delivering delicious dialogue like “Remind me to tell you about the time I looked into the heart of an artichoke,” this movie is a drama-filled treat!

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz (based on the 1946 short story “The Wisdom of Eve” by Mary Orr)
Produced by Daryl F. Zanuck
Released by 20th Century Fox