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Love Actually

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Director: Richard Curtis
Writer: Richard Curtis
Stars: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon
Storyline:
The characters are falling in love, falling out of love, some are with right people, some are with the wrong people, some are looking to have an affair, some are in the period of mourning; a capsule summary of reality. Love begins and love ends.

Midnight in Paris

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Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates

Questions for discussion:

  1. What do you think about the composition of the movie and acting?
  2. According to you what is the main idea of the film?
  3. Have you ever been to Paris? Do you share Gil’s opinion about it? Were you fascinated by this city?
  4. Do you agree that Paris is the best place for artists?
  5. What is the best place in the world you’ve ever been?

National Treasure

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«The clues are right in front of your eyes.»

Director: Jon Turteltaub
Writers: Marianne Wibberley (screenplay), Cormac Wibberley (screenplay)
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha

Storyline
While Ben Gates is presenting new information about John Wilkes Booth and the 18 pages missing from Booth's diary, a man by the name of Mitch Wilkinson stands up and presents a missing page of John Wilkes Booth's diary. Thomas Gates, Ben's great-grandfather, is mentioned on the page...

Source Code

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Director: Duncan Jones
Writer: Ben Ripley
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga

Storyline
Colter Stevens, a US Army helicopter pilot whose last memory is flying in Afghanistan, wakes up on a commuter train. However, he discovers that he has assumed the identity of another man.

Scoop

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Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman, Jim Dunk

Storyline:
In the funeral of the famous British journalist Joe Strombel, his colleagues and friends recall how obstinate he was while seeking for a scoop. Meanwhile the deceased Joe discloses the identity of the tarot card serial killer of London.

The Bucket List

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Director: Rob Reiner
Writer: Justin Zackham
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes

Storyline:
Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to leave it and do all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die according to their bucket list. In the process, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find joy in life.

Reign Over Me

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Director: Mike Binder
Writer: Mike Binder
Stars: Adam Sandler (as Charlie Fineman), Don Cheadle (as Adam Johnson), Jada Pinkett Smith (as Janeane Johnson), Liv Tyler (as Angela Oakhurst), etc.

Storyline:
Alan Johnson has everything he needs to get through life: a good job, a beautiful and loving wife, and their wonderful children. Yet he feels isolated because he finds having a hard-working job and managing a family too much to handle and has no one to talk to about it. Charlie Fineman, on the other hand, doesn't have a job or a family. He used to have both until a terrible loss, and the grief caused him to quit his job and isolate himself from everyone around him.

Gone in 60 seconds

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Director: Dominic Sena
Writers: H.B. Halicki; Scott Rosenberg (Screenplay)
Stars: Nicolas Cage (as Randall ‘Memphis’ Raines), Giovanni Ribisi (as Kip Raines), Angelina Jolie (as Sara ‘Sway’ Wayland), Robert Duvall (as Otto Halliwell)

Storyline:
Car theft in Long Beach went down 47% when Randall "Memphis" Raines walked away from the life. He gets dragged back into it by assuming the job his brother Kip screwed up for stolen-car broker Raymond Calitri: steal 50 exotic cars and have them on a container ship by 8 AM Friday morning, and he got this news on a Monday.

Moneyball

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Director: Bennett Miller
Writers: Steven Zaillian (screenplay), Aaron Sorkin (screenplay)
Stars: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Storyline:
Oakland A's GM Billy Beane is handicapped with the lowest salary constraint in baseball. If he ever wants to win the World Series, Billy must find a competitive advantage. Billy is about to turn baseball on its ear when he uses statistical data to analyze and place value on the players he picks for the team.

Quotes:

The Prestige

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Director: Christopher Nolan
Writers: Jonathan Nolan (screenplay), Christopher Nolan (screenplay)

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine

Storyline: In the end of the Nineteenth Century, in London, Robert Angier, his beloved wife Julia McCullough and Alfred Borden are friends and assistants of a magician. When Julia accidentally dies during a performance, Robert blames Alfred for her death and they become enemies.

Wag the Dog

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Director: Barry Levinson
Writers: Larry Beinhart (book), Hilary Henkin (screenplay)
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Anne Heche

Storyline:
After being caught in a scandalous situation days before the election, the president does not seem to have much of a chance of being re-elected. One of his advisers contacts a top Hollywood producer in order to manufacture a war in Albania that the president can heroically end, all through mass media.

A Beautiful Mind

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Director: Ron Howard
Writers: Akiva Goldsman, Sylvia Nasar (book)
Stars: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly

Storyline:
After a brilliant but asocial mathematician accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn to the nightmarish.

Quotes:
Nash: Classes will dull your mind, destroy the potential for authentic creativity.
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Charles: Nothing's ever for sure, John. That's the only sure thing I do know.
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The Truman Show

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Director: Peter Weir
Writer: Andrew Niccol
Stars: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich
Storyline:
In this movie, Truman is a man whose life is a fake one... The place he lives is in fact a big studio with hidden cameras everywhere, and all his friends and people around him, are actors who play their roles in the most popular TV-series in the world: The Truman Show.

Matchstick Men

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“Lie cheat steal rinse repeat”

Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Eric Garcia (book), Nicholas Griffin (screenplay)
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman

Storyline:
A phobic con artist and his protégé are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the former's teenage daughter arrives unexpectedly.

Quotes:
Angela: She said you were a bad guy. You don't seem like a bad guy.
Roy: That's what makes me good at it.

Fight Club

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Director: David Fincher
Writers: Chuck Palahniuk (novel), Jim Uhls (screenplay)
Stars: Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter
Storyline:
An insomniac office worker looking for a way to change his life crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker and they form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more...

Quotes:
Tyler Durden: It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything.
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BladeRunner

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Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Hampton Fancher (screenplay), David Webb Peoples (screenplay)
Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young
Storyline:
In a cyberpunk vision of the future, man has developed the technology to create replicants, human clones used to serve in the colonies outside Earth but with fixed lifespans.

The Terminal

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Director: Steven Spielberg
Wgriters: Andrew Niccol (story), Sacha Gervasi (story)
Stars: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci

Storyline:
An eastern immigrant finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there.

August Rush

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Director: Kirsten Sheridan
Writers: Nick Castle, James V. Hart
Stars: Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Storyline
This is a story of a music prodigy.

Victoriya, Discussion Leader:

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As a student of Moscow State Linguistic University i am really keen on Traveling, because knowing English gives me a wonderful possibility to go wherever i like and to feel free in communication with people from all over the world. This is possible for everyone, everything you need is to start speaking and getting new experience.

Catch me if you can

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Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Jeff Nathanson (screenplay), Frank Abagnale Jr. (book)
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken
Storyline
A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr., who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars' worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor.

Bridget Jones's Diary

Director: Sharon Maguire
Writers: Helen Fielding (novel), Helen Fielding (screenplay)
Stars: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant
Storyline:

In Bruges

Director: Martin McDonagh
Writer: Martin McDonagh
Stars: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds
Storyline

How to Steal a Million

Director: William Wyler
Writers: George Bradshaw (story), Harry Kurnitz (screenplay)
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Eli Wallach
Storyline:

Limitless

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Director: Neil Burger
Writers: Leslie Dixon (screenplay), Alan Glynn (novel)
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, Abbie Cornish

Storyline:
Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro star in Limitless, a paranoia-fueled action thriller about an unpublished writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret smart drug that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. His enhanced abilities soon attract shadowy forces that threaten his new life in this darkly comic and provocative film.

Four Weddings and a Funeral

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Director: Mike Newell
Writer: Richard Curtis
Stars: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, James Fleet

Storyline: The film follows the fortunes of Charles and his friends as they wonder if they will ever find true love and marry. Charles thinks he's found "Miss Right" in Carrie, an American. This British subtle comedy revolves around Charlie, his friends and the four weddings and one funeral which they attend.

Definitely, Maybe

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Director: Adam Brooks
Writer: Adam Brooks
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Rachel Weisz, Abigail Breslin
Storyline
Romantic comedy: Will Hayes, a 30-something Manhattan dad is in the midst of a divorce when his 10 year old daughter, Maya, starts to question him about his life before marriage.

The Importance of Being Earnest

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Everybody Loves Ernest... But Nobody's Quite Sure Who He Really Is.

Director: Oliver Parker
Writers: Oscar Wilde (play), Oliver Parker (screenplay)
Stars: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Frances O'Connor

Storyline
Two young gentlemen living in 1890's England use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") on the sly, which is fine until they both fall in love with women using that name, which leads to a comedy of mistaken identities...

Mr. Nobody

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Director: Jaco Van Dormael
Writer: Jaco Van Dormael
Stars: Jared Leto, Sarah Polley and Diane Kruger
Short description:
Nemo Nobody leads an ordinary existence at his wife's side, Elise, and their 3 children, until the day when reality skids and he wakes up as an old man in the year 2092. At 120, Mr. Nobody is both the oldest man in the world and the last mortal of a new mankind where nobody dies anymore. But that doesn't seem to interest or bother him very much. The only questions that preoccupy him in the present is whether he lived the right life for himself, loved the woman whom he was supposed to love, and had the children whom he was meant to have... now his purpose is to find the right answer.

Pleasantville

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Director: Gary Ross
Writer: Gary Ross
Stars: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels and Joan Allen

Short description:
A brother and sister from the 1990s are sucked into their television set and suddenly find themselves trapped in a 1950s style television show. Here they have loving parents, old fashioned values, and an overwhelming amount of innocence and naivete. Not sure how to get home, they integrate themselves into this "backwards" society but their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world...

Lost In America

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Director: Albert Brooks
Writers: Albert Brooks, Monica Mcgowan Johnson
Stars: Albert Brooks, Julie Hagerty and Sylvia Farrel

Short description:
David and Linda Howard are successful yuppies from LA. When he gets a job disappointment, David convinces Linda that they should quit their jobs, liquidate their assets, and emulate the movie Easy Rider, spending the rest of their lives travelling around America...in a Winnebago! (This is a kind of large, luxurious mobile home which suits a 1980's yuppie more than the counterculture dropout approach of Easy Rider.) His idealized, unrealistic plans soon begin to go spectacularly wrong.

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