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School of Rock

The 2003 classic stars Jack Black as down-and-out rock star Dewey Finn, who gets fired from his band and is facing a mountain of debt. To make some quick cash, he takes a job as substitute teacher at a posh private school.

When he meets 10-year-old guitar prodigy Zack (Joey Gaydos Jr.), Finn decides that turning his 4th grade class into a rock band and winning a Battle of the Bands competition is his best shot at fixing his finances and thrusting himself back into the spotlight.

SCHOOL OF ROCK also features Sarah Silverman, Joan Cusack and Miranda Cosgrove. It was directed by Richard Linklater, who went on to direct this summer’s critically acclaimed epic coming-of-age story BOYHOOD, and who is currently attached to executive produce a SCHOOL OF ROCK television series later this year.

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The Breakfast Club

When five high school students from different cliques are forced to spend a Saturday together in detention, they talk about everything from family problems and peer pressure to sex and hurtful stereotypes while serving time. Ultimately, a jock (Emilio Estevez), a criminal (Judd Nelson), a princess (Molly Ringwald), a basket case (Ally Sheedy), and a brain (Anthony Michael Hall) realize that they have more in common than they ever imagined.

Writer/director John Hughes (SIXTEEN CANDLES, FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF) along with the stellar Brat Pack cast makes this a memorable, moving film filled with believable dialogue, intelligent humor, and a sufficient dose of high school hijinx.


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Top Gun

Maverick (Tom Cruise) is a reckless F-14 pilot who flies by instinct and breaks all of the rules. While attending the Navy’s elite air combat training academy – affectionately known as “Top Gun” –  Maverick romances the civilian astrophysics instructor (Kelly McGillis) and competes with crackerjack pilot Ice (Val Kilmer) for top honors. He is the quintessential rebel, upsetting senior officers with his antics while amazing them with his skill. 

Directed by Tony Scott (DAYS OF THUNDER, TRUE ROMANCE), TOP GUN’s use of state-of-the-art aerial photography helped make it one of most exciting and entertaining films of its genre and the top-grossing movie of 1986.

 


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Airplane!

When the passengers and crew of a jet are incapacitated due to food poisoning, rogue pilot Ted Striker (Robert Hays) – who has a drinking problem and is afraid of flying – must cooperate with his ex-girlfriend-turned-stewardess, Elaine (Julie Hagerty) and Otto the inflatable auto-pilot to bring the plane to a safe landing.

Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Leslie Nielsen and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar round out the hilarious all-star cast in this spoof comedy that set the gold standard for all that followed it. AIRPLANE! leaves no disaster flick cliché unroasted as it skewers the slew of disaster movies that peppered cinemas in the ‘70s.


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Blade Runner

Los Angeles, 2019: Earth has become a polluted dystopia, and many have fled to live “Off World” on other planets and rely on lifelike robot “replicants” to serve them as slaves. When a replicant escapes its owner, a “blade runner” is called in to hunt it down and kill it. Enter Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a blade runner pulled out of retirement to help catch four escaped replicants. 

Despite his distaste for the job, Deckard tracks them down one by one through the crumbling, overcrowded city streets. But in the midst of his hunt, he becomes involved with a beautiful replicant named Rachael (Sean Young). Rachel has fled her owner, and Deckard rightfully should kill her. But as the two fall in love, they realize that they are both on the run from the very authorities that once employed Deckard. 


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The Imitation Game

During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of “gross indecency,” an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality.

Little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, Turing was credited with cracking the so-called “unbreakable” codes of Germany’s World War II Enigma machine.

An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, THE IMITATION GAME follows a genius who, under nail-biting pressure, helped shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives.

The film – which is already drawing Academy Award speculation – also stars Keira Knightley (ATONEMENT, ANNA KARENINA), Matthew Goode (TV’s “The Good Wife”) and Rory Kinnear (SKYFALL, TV’s “Penny Dreadful”).