Quo Vadis (1951)

The setting; Rome. The time; the reign of Nero. The Christians are being persecuted and Roman centurion Marcuss Viniceus (Robert Taylor) could care less. Then one day, while visiting a friend, he meets Lygia (Deborah Kerr), a beautiful girl who’s a Christian. After the burning of Rome, Nero (Peter Ustinov) decides if the people want someone to blame he’ll make it be the Christians. It is in the midst of the terror and the tragedy of the arena, that Marcuss’ lust for Lygia and his skepticism of christianity begins to change.

2hr. 50min.

Romance in Manhattan (1935)

When immigrant Karel Novak (Francis Lederer) arrives in New York he’s filled with optimism for his new life, but a change in rules is going to have him sent back home.  Acting on impulse he literally jumps ship and makes it back to the city.  With no money and nowhere to go, he runs into chorus girl Sylvia (Ginger Rogers) who decides to help him.  Sylvia, her brother and Karel are able to make something of a family together as they struggle to survive in this little gem.

1hr. 17min.

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The classic tale of a girl named Dorothy (Judy Garland) who gets caught in a twister and whisked away to the magical land of Oz. There she meets Munchkins, talking trees and flying monkeys. She also runs afoul of and must outwit the evil Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton).  All while trying to find her way home.

This film also features the Acadamy Award winning song Somewhere Over the Rainbow, that would become Garlands’ signature song.

1hr. 41min.

National Velvet (1944)

Mickey Rooney and Elizabeth Taylor star in this story of a girls’ love for a horse and her dream of having it compete in the Grand Nationals.  Helping with her dream is young Mi (Rooney) a vagabond with a mysterious past.  Young Velvet (Taylor) accepts him without question, but her father (Donald Crisp) is suspicious.  Anne Revere won best supporting actress for her portrayal of wise Mrs. Brown, in this classic film.

2hr. 5min.

The Wrong Man (1956)

Alfred Hitchcock directed this terrifying (based on actual events!) tale of mistaken identity and a miscarriage of the law.  When Manny (Henry Fonda) is mistaken for a robber his world becomes a nightmare, as he is arrested without any explanation and then railroaded by the police, (this was before the ‘Miranda Rights’). Vera Miles costars as his faithful wife who begins to crack under the pressure as she starts to think it’s all her fault.

1hr. 45min.

12 Angry Men (1957)

Henry Fonda leads an all star cast in this intriguing look behind the jury room door.  When he’s assigned to jury duty, a man (Fonda) is the only one who is not convinced in a supposedly open and shut case.  After scrutinizing the evidence and the testimonies of witnesses, he begins to show the other jurors that there is reasonable doubt in the case.

The film is set almost entirely in one room in this intense drama.

1hr. 40min.

Onward (2020)

Set in a modern fantasy world two elf brothers set off on a quest to finish a spell to bring their dead father back for 24hrs. Along the way, the duo face many obstacles as they also bond closer together.

Pixar again brings to the screen an exciting and emotional tale about family, heartbreak and healing all in a way that is relatable and refreshing. The talented actors that bring this tale to life include Christ Pratt, Tom Holland, Octavia Spencer and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

1hr. 43min.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019)

A few years after the events of the first film, we pick up with the main characters as their lives have progressed. Duke and Max’s family has grown as Katie has gotten married and had a son, Liam. Max is so fiercely protective of Liam that he developes some nervous ticks. As that is getting sorted out, Snowball and Gidgit have some adventures of their own in this wildly entertaining sequel that is just as imaginative and hilarious as the first movie.

1hr. 26min.

The Happiest Millionaire (1967)

Crocodiles in the conservatory, chocolate cake diets and boxing lessons in the barn are just a few of the common occurrences in the Biddle household.  They’re eccentric millionaires led by their father (Fred MacMurry) in his many zany antics, that are only slightly bridled by their mother (Greer Garson).

The last live action film that the late Walt Disney was involved in, this is surprisingly based on a true story and features Lesley Ann Warren in one of her earliest roles.

2hr. 46min.

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.