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.

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.

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.

Trolls (2016)

The trolls are a happy-go-lucky group that are menaced by the miserable Bergens, who believe in order for them to be happy they must eat a troll.  Unfortunately for the Bergens, the trolls have escaped.

After 20 years, (right when the happiest of all the trolls Princess Poppy (Anna Kendrick) is about to assume the throne from her father), the Bergens have finally tracked them down.  Now it’s up to Poppy and pessimistic Branch (Justin Timberlake) to track them down and save the trolls.  Along the way, many songs are sung and a new understanding of others is learned in this story that is both tune-filled and eye-popping in it’s cinema photography.

1hr. 32min.

Christopher Robin (2018)

Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) is now long grown up, with a wife (Hayley Atwell) and a child.  He spends all of his time trying to provide for his family, by working long hours at a luggage making company.  When he must stay in the city and work the holiday weekend that he and his family were to go to his family home in the country, Christopher Robin is suddenly confronted by his old friend Winnie-the-Pooh.  Together they must search for Poohs’ other friends, as well as find the happiness that seems to elude Christopher Robin.

1hr. 44min.

The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

Moments after Kermit, Gonzo and Fozzie join the Chronicle a theft of Lady Holiday’s (Diana Rigg) jewels is committed.  In order to get a follow up interview with Lady Holiday, and save their jobs, the gang head to London where they quickly become involved with an even more complicated plot that seems to be centered around an aspiring model (Miss Piggy).

Featuring gigantic musical numbers and several cameos, this is one of the Muppets best films.

1hr. 37min.

Balto (1995)

Balto (Kevin Bacon) is a part husky/wolf outcast living in the small city of Nome, Alaska in the 1920s. He is feared and mistrusted by everyone except a goose named Boris (Bob Hoskins) and a female husky named Jenna (Bridget Fonda). When the children of the town start to succumb to a Diphtheria outbreak, it’s up to Balto to lead a team of dogs to retrieve the medicine.

Based on a real life incident, this film is full of humor, adventure and warmth.

1hr. 17min.