DEAR FRANKIE

  • Release Date:  March 18, 2005
  • Rating:  PG-13 (for language)
  • Genre:  Drama
  • Run Time:  105 min.
  • Director:  Shona Auerbach
  • Actors:  Emily Mortimer, Gerard Butler, Jack McElhone, Mary Riggins, Sharon Small, Sean Brown

In her first feature film, director Shona Auerbach give us yet another glimpse into Hollywood’s angst about absent fathers. Just as we saw in “About a Boy,” “Hearts in Atlantis” and the more recent French film, “The Chorus,” “Dear Frankie” hits all the right notes. We see how deep the longing is for a father which is not fully revealed until the very end of the film. That influence is a crucial, indispensable one in each of our lives, no matter what the world is saying otherwise. Although this film’s plot is somewhat contrived (and the ending controversial), the film never succumbs to melodrama and manages to avoid stereotypes – no small accomplishment for a new director. Auerbach also coaxes moving performances from all of her actors.

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DREAMER:  INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY

  • Release Date:  October 21, 2005
  • Rating:  PG (brief, mild language)
  • Genre:  Drama/Sports
  • Run Time:  98 min.
  • Director:  John Gatins
  • Actors:  Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, Kris Kristofferson, Elisabeth Shue, David Morse, Freddy Rodriguez, Luis Guzman, Oded Fehr, and Ken Howard.

Have you noticed how God seems to be working through secular television and the silver screen, showing us glimpses of his own heart to restore the objects of his affection? Think about all the “Extreme Makeover” shows that are out right now, and Amy Grant’s new “Three Wishes” series on NBC. Who hasn’t cried as we’ve seen homes, businesses and lives restored before our eyes? In the same way, DreamWorks’ latest movie, “Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story,” will strike a deep chord with anyone who has been broken by shattered dreams and is desperate for restoration.

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FLIGHTPLAN

  • Release Date:  September 23, 2005
  • Rating:  PG-13 ( violence and intense plot)
  • Genre:  Drama/Suspense/Thriller
  • Run Time:  90 min.
  • Director:  Robert Schwentke
  • Actors:  Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Sean Bean, Marlene Lawston, and Kate Beehan

Don’t even think about getting popcorn and making a bathroom run, or you could miss an important beat of this edge-of-your-seat, white-knuckle, mile-high thriller. “Flightplan” is 90 minutes of non-stop suspense that capitalizes on every mother’s – and air passenger’s – worst fears.