Spotlight Movie: Spotlight   (2015)

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

Director: Tom McCarthy

Writers: Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy

Actor: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams

Plot: When the Boston Globe’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world.

Carol Movie: Carol   (2015)

An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman.

Director: Todd Haynes

Writers: Phyllis Nagy (screenplay), Patricia Highsmith (novel)

Actor: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson

Plot: In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel The Price of Salt, CAROL follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) begins to question her competence as a mother as her involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) come to light.

The Danish Girl Movie: The Danish Girl   (2015)

A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

Director: Tom Hooper

Writers: David Ebershoff (novel), Lucinda Coxon (screenplay)

Actor: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard

Plot: Copenhagen, 1926. Danish artist, Gerda Wegener, painted her own husband, Einar
Wegener (Eddie Redmayne), as a lady in her painting. When the painting gained popularity, Einar started to change his appearance into a female appearance and named himself Lili Elbe. With his feminism passion and Gerda’s support, Einar – or Elbe – attempted one of the first male-to-female sex reassignment surgery, a decision that turned into a massive change for their marriage, that Gerda realized her own husband is no longer a man or the person she married before. A childhood friend of Einar, art-dealer Hans Axgil (Matthias Schoenaerts), shows up and starts a complex love triangle with the couple.

Philadelphia Movie: Philadelphia (1993)

When a man with AIDS is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit.

Director: Jonathan Demme

Writers: Ron Nyswaner

Actor: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Roberta Maxwell

Plot: Andrew Beckett, a gay lawyer infected with AIDS, is fired from his law firm in fear that they might contract AIDS from him. After Andrew is fired, in a last attempt for peace, he sues his former law firm with the help of a homophobic lawyer, Joe Miller. During the court battle, Miller sees that Beckett is no different than anyone else on the gritty streets of the city of brotherly love, sheds his homophobia and helps Beckett with his case before AIDS overcomes him.

House of Cards TV Series: House of Cards(2013-)

A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him.

Director: David Fincher, James Foley

Writers: Michael Dobbs (novel), Beau Willimon (adaptation)

Actor: Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

Plot: Majority House Whip Francis Underwood takes you on a long journey as he exacts his vengeance on those he feels wronged him – that is, his own cabinet members including the President of the United States himself. Dashing, cunning, methodical and vicious, Frank Underwood along with his equally manipulative yet ambiguous wife, Claire take Washington by storm through climbing the hierarchical ladder to power in this Americanized recreation of the BBC series of the same name.

The Last of the Mohicans Movie: The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

The British and Americans fight the French in 1757 – early American history.

Director: Michael Mann

Writers: James Fenimore Cooper (novel), John L. Balderston (adaptation)

Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means

Plot: British and French troops do battle in colonial America, with aid from various native American war parties. The British troops enlist the help of local colonial militia men, who are reluctant to leave their homes undefended. A budding romance between a British officer’s daughter and an independent man who was reared as a Mohican complicates things for the British officer, as the adopted Mohican pursues his own agenda despite the wrath of different people on both sides of the conflict.

The Crossing Movie: The Crossing (2000)

The famous secret crossing of the Delaware River by George Washington and the American forces.
They attacked the German forces fighting for the British at Trenton, New Jersey-American Revolution. (true story)

Director: Robert Harmon

Writers: Howard Fast (novel), Howard Fast (teleplay)

Actor: Jeff Daniels, Roger Rees, Sebastian Roché

Plot: In 1776, less than six months after the Declaraton of Independence, the Continental Army, under the command of General George Washington, was on the brink of utter defeat. Low on men, cannons and supplies, Washington decides to risk everything on one last desperately daring attack on the town of Trenton where over 1000 of the feared Hessian mercenaries are garrisoned. However to do that, the army must cross the Delaware to a seemingly hopeless battle that would turn out to be more successful than Washington ever dreamed of.

 The Grapes of Wrath Movie: The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

A family loses its farm during the Depression and goes to California. (American history – the Depression)

Director: John Ford

Writers: Nunnally Johnson (screen play), John Steinbeck (based on the novel by)

Actor: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine

Plot: Tom Joad returns to his home after a jail sentence to find his family kicked out of their farm due to foreclosure. He catches up with them on his Uncles farm, and joins them the next day as they head for California and a new life…

 Mississippi Burning Movie: Mississippi Burning (1988)

1960s – in the south – in theUnited States.  It includes white people, black people, the FBI, and the KKK (Ku Klux Klan).

Director: Alan Parker

Writers: Chris Gerolmo

Actor: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand

Plot: Two FBI agents investigating the murder of civil rights workers during the 60s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Southern town where segregation divides black and white. The younger agent trained in FBI school runs up against the small town ways of his former Sheriff partner.

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