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Masterminds (2016)

Duration 1h 35m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story Loosely based on real events Director Jared Hess Writers/Script Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer, Emily Spivey (who also wrote the story) Starring Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Kate McKinnon, Elevator Pitch: Kelly, a former female employee of Loomis Fargo with links to small time … Continue reading

The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Duration 2h 8m Rating (UK) U Source of story Based loosley on the Japanese film “The Seven Samurai” Director John Sturges Writers/Script William Roberts (who did rewrites on set) the main scriptwriter was  Walter Newman who refued to be credited. Starring Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Horst Buchholz, Charles bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, … Continue reading

Meet the Parents 2: Meet the Fockers (2004)

Duration 1h 55m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A second outing following the character of Greg Focker Director Jay Roach Writers/Script Jim Herzfeld, John Hamburg (Story Jim Herzfeld, Marc Hyman) (Characters Greg Glienna, Mary Ruth Clarke) Starring Robert De Nero, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo, Owen Wilson, Elevator Pitch: … Continue reading

Mechanic 2: Resurrection (2016)

Duration 1h 38m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story The previous Mechanic film and very remotely the 1972 film of the same name. Director Dennis Gansel Writers/Script Phillip Shelby, Tony Mosher (Story Phillip Shelby and Lewis John Carlino characters) Starring Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh Elevator Pitch: Arthur Bishop, in retirement … Continue reading

The Mask (1994)

Duration 1h 41m Rating (UK) PG Source of story An idea possibly developed from a comic book of the same name, but which had a different theme. Director Chuck Russell Writers/Script Mike Werb (story Michael Fallon, Mark Verheiden) Starring Jim Carrey, Peter Riegert, Peter Greene, Cameron Diaz, Max (the dog) Elevator Pitch: A put upon … Continue reading

The Man from U.N.C.L.E (2015)

Duration 1h 56m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A TV series of the same name which ran for four seasons in the 1960s, created by Sam Rolfe Director Guy Ritchie Writers/Script Guy Richie, Lionel Wigram (Story by Jeff Kleeman, David C. Wilson, Guy Richie, Lionel Wigram) Starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth … Continue reading

Midsommar (2019)

Duration 2h 27m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay Director Ari Aster Writers/Script Ari Aster Starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Will Poulter, Vilheim Blomgren Elevator Pitch: Pelle, a student in America who has been brought up in a commune in Northern Sweden, invites three fellow students, Christian, Josh and … Continue reading

The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2019 in Spain)

Duration 1h 31m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by Emily M. Danforth Director Desiree Akhavan Writers/Script Desiree Akhavan, Cecilia Frugiuele Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Quinn Shephard, Sasha Lane, John Gallagher Jr, Emily Skeggs, Forrest Goodluck, Jennifer Ehle Elevator Pitch: Having been discovered having sex with a friend, Cameron … Continue reading

Maverick (1994)

Duration 2h 7m Rating (UK) PG Source of story The original 1950/60s TV series Director Richard Donner Writers/Script William Goldman (Roy Huggins – TV series) Starring Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner, Alfred Molina, James Coburn, Denver Pyle, Waylon Jennings, Doug McClure, Henry Darrow, Danny Glover, Margot Kidder Elevator Pitch: Bret Maverick, a gambler and … Continue reading

The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

Duration 1h 34m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Loosely based on a book by John Ronson, itself a literary version of a TV documentary. Director Grant Heslov Writers/Script Peter Straughan Starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, Stephen Lang, Robert Patrick Elevator Pitch: Reporter Bob Wilton, whose wife has left him for … Continue reading

Mad Max 4: Fury Road (2015)

Duration 2h 0m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A slightly different environment from the original films, but still involving Max. Director George Miller Writers/Script George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keay-Byrne, Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Elevator Pitch: In the desert a pitiless ruler doles out water … Continue reading

The Mexican (2001)

Duration 2h 3m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Gore Verbinski Writers/Script J.H. Wyman Starring Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, James Gandolfini, J.K. Simmons, Gene Hackman Elevator Pitch: A minor criminal, with an obligation to a crime boss, is given the task of going to Mexico to pick up a historic handgun … Continue reading

Mary Queen of Scots (2019)

Elevator Pitch. Mary returns from France after the death of her husband the young French king, and takes up the throne of Scotland. She is a Catholic and therefore disliked by the Scottish protestants. Back in England Henry Cecil, Queen Elizabeth’s advisor, forments revolt forcing Mary to take up arms against her half brother. She … Continue reading

Memento (2000)

Elevator Pitch A man suffering from antegrade amnesia (the inability to form new memories) is searching for a man who was one of two men involving in the rape and killing of his wife. He has been an insurance investigator and is aware of the case of a man suffering from the same problem as … Continue reading

Midnight Special (2016)

Elevator Pitch Roy is the father of Alton a boy who appears to have special powers, and he and a friend, Lucas, have spirited him away from an American cult where the boy had been abandoned by his mother. Their action is broadcast as an abduction, requiring them to keep out of sight as they … Continue reading

Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

Elevator Pitch Twenty-five years after the Banks family’s original problems, the former children now adults are in trouble. Michael, a widower with three children, has tenuous employment in the bank and Jane, his sister is campaigning for worker’s security. They have no money and are about to be evicted from the family home, when magically … Continue reading

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

Elevator Pitch A young girl and her slighty elder sister are sold by their father to a dealer who manages to pass the younger one to a geisha house, the elder disappears into a world of prostitution. As time passes the girl is taken into tutelege by Mameha, an experienced geisha and as she blossoms … Continue reading

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

Elevator Pitch Albert, a sheep farmer out west in 1882 still lives with his parents, and is going out with the local belle, but she dumps him for the owner of the town’s moustache accessory shop and as a result he considers leaving for San Francisco. He changes his mind when be begins to fall … Continue reading

Dirty Harry 2: Magnum Force (1973)

Elevator Pitch Harry Callahan and his partner are nominally on stake-out duty due to the perception by his boss that he is a maverick, but when villains begin to be gunned down he is recalled and given the job of arresting a mobster who might possibly be carrying out the hits. Things do not go … Continue reading

Madame (2017)

Elevator Pitch. Bob and Anne are a rich American couple at least temporarily living in a luxury residence in Paris. Anne is Bob’s second wife, but their marriage seems to have hit a rocky patch and both are looking round for excitement. In addition Bob is selling a valuable painting to overcome a temporary financial … Continue reading

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