Meet John Doe (1941)

Frank Capra directed and cowrote this gripping tale of a man, who says he’s fed up with the rotten people in the world, and will commit suicide at midnight on New Year’s Eve in protest.  His letter to a newspaper captures the attention of the nation. But he’s really the publicity stunt of an ambitious reporter (Barbara Stanwyck).  She gets a bum (Gary Cooper) to pose as ‘John Doe’, and she writes inspiring speeches for him to give to the public. They realize they might have a problem when John begins to believe in the speeches he makes.

1hr. 50min.

Ball of Fire (1941)

In this modern take on Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, eight scientist, each an expert in his field, have been working on an encyclopedia on slang for the past nine years.  One day they realize that their slang isn’t current, so they send out their youngest scientist (Gary Cooper) whos’ expertise is in vocabulary.  While collecting information, he meets Sugar Puss O’Shae (Barbara Stanwyk), the fast talking girlfriend of a notorious gangster (Dana Andrews).  When it looks like Sugar Puss might have to turn states evidence against Andrews, she decides to hide out with the “old mothballs,” as she calls the scientists.

Featuring an endearing cast of characters, this is a charming comedy where sometimes even if you know all the words you just can’t seem to find the right ones.

1hr. 41min.

Suspicion (1941)

Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine star in Alfred Hitchcocks suspenseful tale of a young wife who begins to suspect that her husband is going to kill her for her life insurance.

At first everything seems perfect; a whirlwind courtship between shy young Lina (Fontaine) and debonair Johnny (Grant). It soon becomes apparent that Johnny is a compulsive gambler and spendthrift. After embezzling in order to gamble Johnny becomes desperate. Then when a business deal goes down the drain, he becomes fascinated with the idea of a perfect murder.

Remember the Night (1940)

This film, written by Preston Sturges, tells the funny and poignant story of a thief named Lee (Barbara Stanwyk) and her prosecuting attorney John (Fred MacMurry). Taken into court just days before Christmas on a charge of shoplifting, Lees’ case is postponed by John who, through different circumstances, descides to take her to his families’ home for Christmas. Once there, she receives all the love she never knew as a child.

1hr. 40min.

Dial ‘M’ for Murder (1954)

A jealous husband (Ray Milland) finds out that his beautiful and wealthy young wife (Grace Kelly) is having romantic feelings for a writer (Robert Cummings). So, he devises a plot to have her murdered. When the perfect murder goes awry, in a chilling turn of events that only director Alfred Hitchcock could capture, it’s riveting suspense until the end.

1hr. 45min.

Random Harvest (1942)

Beginning at the end of WWI, this film tells the story of an amnesia afflicted soldier (Ronald Coleman) and the woman (Greer Garson) whom he befriends and then marries.  Their happiness is cut short when, one day he slips on the rain soaked streets and suddenly regains his memories, but remembers nothing of the last three years of his life.  He returns back to his old life, but still feels the loss he can not remember, his only clue is an unnumbered key in his pocket.

The moving ending to this film is (I feel) on the same level of Charlie Chaplins’ classic City Lights. 

2hrs. 8min.

How to Train Your Dragon; The Hidden Kingdom (2019)

Viking Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon Toothless have grown a lot together and their mission to save other dragons has made their home a haven for hundreds of them. Unfortunately it has also become a target for other mercenaries, as well as one that has his own agenda.  Hiccup realizes that it’s time for them to leave and find somewhere safe for the dragons. It soon becomes apparent that the solution might not be as simple as they thought, in this final chapter in the saga.

1hr. 44min.

Captain America; the first Avenger (2011)

Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is always trying to stand up for people who can’t defend themselves, but plagued with chronic bad health he is unable to persue his dream of joining the army and fighting the Nazis in WWII.  When he is approached by a mysterious scientist (Stanely Tucci) who holds the key to a marvelous strength serum, Steve is willing to take a chance.

With his newfound physical appearance and strength he is able to be the hero he always wanted to be and already was.

2hrs. 4min.

Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

Set 6 years after the events of Wreck it Ralph (2012), we find Ralph and Vanellope living a carefree if predictable existence at the arcade.  So, when Vanellopes game is broken and the two must travel to the strange new world of the internet, to buy the piece to fix it, it’s very exciting for Vanellope.  Not so for Ralph, who fears he may lose his best friend to an exciting new racing game.

Featuring the voice talents of Sarah Silverman, John C. Reilly and Gal Gadot.

1hr. 56min.