North and South (2004)

When Margaret Hales’ (Daniela Denby-Ashe) father is suddenly sent to work in a distant town, they must quickly adjust to a completely different social and economical life. Almost at once Margaret finds herself at odds with the stern mill owner, John Thorton (Richard Armitage). As the two begin to get to know each other, they also begin to have their eyes opened to other points of view.

With a large ensemble cast this saga shows the highs and lows of regular people trying to find a life and happiness.

3hr. 55min.

Wallace & Gromit; the Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2006)

Inventor Wallace and his sidekick Gromit have invented an ingenious device in order to catch the rabbits that plague the gardens of their little village.  When a mysterious beast known as the Were-Rabbit appears in the town causing even more destructions the villagers want a stop put to it.  It all comes to a head the night of their annual vegetable competition, when its up to Gromit to save the vegetables AND the Were-Rabbit.

1hr. 25min.

Off Season (2001)

Set in a rundown motel in Florida in July, the story follows a newly orphaned boy Jackson (Rory Culkin) who is being cared for by his aunt, an aspiring singer, Patty (Sherilyn Fenn) who in exchange for room and board tends bar at the hotel.  Because of the trauma of his parents death Jackson is constantly making up stories about the guests in the hotel, including Sam (Hume Cronyn) who Jackson says is “Santa Claus on vacation”.  The two form an unlikely bond as Sam tries to spread some holiday cheer.  It’s not long before people start to believe Jacksons story about Sam and just maybe it’s actually true.

1hr. 34min.

In Love & War (2001)

After a mission has gone wrong, British solider Eric Newby (Callum Blue) is captured in WWII Italy.  When Italy is about to be liberated, he and his fellow captives are set to be moved but he injures his ankle and is left behind. He is then taken under the wing of the Italian citizens who hide him. Their kindness and courage in helping him changes his life, as does the love of a lovely Italian girl.

Based on a true story.

1hr. 38min.

The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

Selfish Emperor Kuzco (David Spade) has it all, but when he fires his advisor Yzma (Eartha Kitt) she takes her revenge. Through a complicated turn of events, instead of being poisoned, Kuzco is turned into a llama and found miles away from his palace by a pesant named Pacha (John Goodman). The two form an unlikely alliance, as they make their way back to the city.  Along the way they must overcome the elements and each other.

1hr. 17min.

Follow the Stars Home (2001)

Dianne (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) is swept off her feet by suave Mark (Eric Close) but their marital bliss is cut short when they find out the baby they are expecting is going to have major health issues.  Mark leaves Dianne to have the baby on her own.  Dianne is assisted by her mother and David (Campbell Scott) in raising her daughter Julia.  She also finds an unexpected friend in young Amy (Alexa Vega) who is the only one able to communicate with Julia.

This poignant drama has a lot to say about love, forgiveness and what truly makes a family.

1hr. 43min.

UP (2009)

Carl Fredrickson has lived a full life and now doesn’t seem to have much to look forward to after the sudden death of his wife and childhood sweetheart Ellie.  But he soon realizes he might have one more adventure in him, when contractors decide that they will take his house from him.

Rather than let unscrupulous developers bulldoze his house, he attaches hundreds of balloons to it and sails away.  His plan is to get it to Paradise Falls in South America, where he and Ellie had wanted to go to since they were children.  It’s smooth sailing until he realizes he has an accidental stowaway; the Wilderness Explorer named Russell.

1hr. 36min.

WALL-E (2008)

In the future, Earth has been overrun with garbage, so humans have fled the world on giant spaceships and left behind Waste Allocation Load Lifter – Earth class or Wall-E to clean it all up.  After years, only one Wall-E is left continuing his job, while also entertaining himself with what he finds.  Soon after he finds a plant growing, a ship deploys an EVE probe and it’s love-at-first-sight (for Wall-E anyway).  Just as she’s warming up to his quirky ways, Wall-E shows her the plant and everything changes.

Winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, Wall-E was also nominated for Screenplay, Original Score, Original Song, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

1hr. 38min.

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

All his life Po (Jack Black) knew he was destined to be a Kung Fu master, the only problem is that he’s a Panda.  Not exactly Kung Fu material.  Then he’s chosen by Grand Master Oogway to be the Dragon Warrior and his peaceful existence as the son of Mr. Ping (a goose) who owns and runs a noodle shop, is forever changed.  Just as he begins his training it is learned that Tai Lung, who once sought to be the Dragon Warrior (and was denied) is on his way to fight him.

1hr. 35min.