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Scarface (1983)

Duration 2h 50m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story Inspired by a 1932 Howard Hawks film of the same name but set in Chicago, itself derived from a novel by Armitage Trail. Director Brian De Palma Writers/Script Oliver Stone Starring Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia, F. Murray Abraham, Harris … Continue reading

Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

Duration 2h 11m Rating (UK) U Source of story An almost direct continuation of the previous film, originally Star Wars II, which became Star Wars V. Director Richard Marquand Writers/Script Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas (story by George Lucas) Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, Frank Oz, James … Continue reading

Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Duration 2h 4m Rating (UK) U Source of story The characters and events seen in Star Wars IV (Originally the first film) Director Irvin Kershner Writers/Script Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan (Story by George Lucas) Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Frank Oz, Alec Guinness, Julian Glover, James Earl Jones, … Continue reading

Stretch (2014)

Elevator Pitch. The Stretch of the title drives a stretch limo in LA. His girfriend has dumped him, a fellow driver he looked up to has blown his brains out and he owes a loan shark $6000 the repayment of which is demanded by midnight. In the hope of getting the money together he asks … Continue reading

Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Elevator Pitch Is it possible to produce an elevator pitch for this movie? Well I’ll try. During the Separatist wars Jedi knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker rescue the Chancellor Palpatine from the cyborg General Grievous, but the chancellor is not what he seems and is able to set in motion the destruction of the … Continue reading

Star Trek 11 (2009)

Elevator Pitch A Romulan mining ship of enormous size threatens the planets of the federation. The cadets of the Starfleet academy with Commander Spock, one of their instructors, man the Enterprise a new spacecraft and set off to confront it. When the brash young cadet James T. Kirk and Spock come to blows, the young … Continue reading

Superman 6: Man of Steel (2013)

Elevator Pitch As Krypton is about to be destroyed Jor-El, its chief scientist dispatches his baby son in a spacecraft to Earth. The boy grows up in small town America managing to conceal his superpowers despite the fact that he is saving people from various disasters. He finds and recovers a Krypton spacecraft from the … Continue reading

Stonehearst Asylum (2014)

Elevator Pitch A young doctor arrives at the gate of a gloomy Victorian mansion in an isolated location, and is welcomed by the superintendent of what is a small asylum where the residents seem to be free to indulge in their madness, whatever it is. Amongst the patients is an attractive woman who gives every … Continue reading

A Simple Favour (2018)

Elevator Pitch. Stephanie, a single mom, vlogger and serial social volunteer, becomes friendly with Emily, a corporate high flyer, due the the friendship of their sons. The favor is that she has to collect Emily’s son from school and look after him for a day or two, but when Emily fails to collect her offspring … Continue reading

Spartacus (1960)

Elevator Pitch In 73 BC Spartacus, a slave in gladiator school, rebels against his masters and, with his fellow trainees, defeats their guards and forms an army which picks up recruits from the countryside eventually making up a formidable force which threatens the security of Rome. The senate makes the error of sending out small … Continue reading

Sausage Party (2016)

Elevator Pitch. In Shopwell’s Grocery Store the products for sale start their day with an energising song and dance routine and then wait for the “Gods” to select them and take them to “The Great Beyond”. But when a jar of honey mustard is returned it brings news of carnage and distress rather than eternal … Continue reading

Superman 5: Superman Returns (2006)

Elevator Pitch. After an absence of five years Superman lands in his spikey spacecraft on the same farm as he did as a boy. The woman who became his mother is still the same, but back in the Daily Planet much has changed. Lois Lane is married and has a child, and has written negatively … Continue reading

Sex Ed (2014)

Elevator Pitch. Eddie, a young teacher who has been working in a bagel shop, gets a job teaching twelve year olds about sex, after crashing the supervisor’s office, even though he has little or no experience himself. His teaching is a success, but his love life, seems to go from bad to worse causing him … Continue reading

Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace (1999)

Elevator Pitch: A couple of Jedi are sent to help the queen of Naboo whose planet is under seige by the Trade Federation, and with some difficulty they escape in her transport which is forced to land on the planet of Tatooine so that they can purchase spare parts; there they gain the assistance of a … Continue reading

The Samaritan (2012)

Elevator Pitch. Foley, a former con artist who has served 25 years in prison for killing his former partner is released more or less into the hands of the murdered man’s son, who wants him to conduct a scam; in addition  he becomes friendly and then more with a young woman, with whom it appears … Continue reading

Saw III (2006)

Duration 1h 48m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story The style and characters from the previous outings of this franchise Writers/Script Leigh Whannell (with story by Leigh Wannell, James Wan) Additional Info With a production cost of $10 million and an opening weekend of $33.6 million this outing was on line to be a big … Continue reading

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Duration 2h 22m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A Stephen King novella “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”. Writers/Script Frank Darabont Additional Info The Director of Photography was Roger Deakins. He has done some stuff – most recently Blade Runner 2049. Director Frank Darabont Starring Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, Clancy Brown, James Whitmore … Continue reading

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011)

Duration 1h 47m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A book of the same name by Paul Torday. Writers/Script Simon Beaufoy Additional Info The book is presented by means of emails, press releases, reports and diary entries. This is quirky and clever, and may have been the reason for its brief celebrity, but it is … Continue reading

Slow West (2015)

Duration 1h 24m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script John Maclean Additional Info Westerns have been filmed in many countries, but this might be the first one filmed in New Zealand. Rory McCann – the Hound in Game of Thrones Director John Maclean Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender, Rory McCann Elevator … Continue reading

Serena (2014)

Duration 1h 49m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by Ron Rash Writers/Script Christopher Kyle Additional Info This movie spent a long time in post production. Because they needed to redo some dialogue, due to aircraft noise, they tried to buy Lawrence out of Hunger Games for one day. … Continue reading

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