by Kevin Kimura
You’re standing around at Blockbuster with a group of your friends and no one can decide what to get. Why not have it both ways by watching these movies, which combine the best parts of other movies?
Big Momma’s House of Sand and Fog
A profound reflection on the American Dream as the deft and subtle Martin Lawrence plays an immigrant trying to make a better life for his family. Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingsley offer comic relief.
Good Night and Good Lucky Number Slevin
Edward R. Murrow is down in the dumps: his girlfriend is cheating, his friend gets mugged, and the country is reeling from McCarthyism. Just his luck that a case of mistaken identity gets him caught in a mob war!
Walk the Drumline
What happens when Johnny Cash joins the marching band of a historically black college? An inspiring biopic infused with musical numbers that will delight the whole family.
Requiem for a Dreamcatcher
A thrilling adaptation of the Stephen King novel. Terror ensues as an alien life form is unleashed on boring drug addicts.
The Hills Have Eyes Wide Shut
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman are entangled in a weird, cultic orgy when the vengeful mutants attack in this Kubrick masterpiece.
Searching for Antwone Fisher
Denzel Washington, with the help of his naval psychiatrist, works through years of sexual abuse at the hands of Boris Spassky, the Soviet chess master.
Saving Private Parts
A moving war drama examines the life of Howard Stern and the men sent to save him from puritanical FCC censorship.
Sin City of Angels
Nicholas Cage plays an angel that falls in love with a mortal in this heartwarming chick flick based on the Frank Miller comic books. Mickey Rourke shines is a charming subplot about a serial killer that preys on prostitutes.
On the Waterworld
Elia Kazan’s incisive depiction of union corruption in a post-apocalyptic world with melted ice caps, populated by fish, pirates, Kevin Costner, and Marlon Brando.
American Beauty and the Beast
It seems that Monsieur Gaston has it all—looks, wealth, power, and fame. But he can’t shake the feeling that his life is a little, well, “provincial” so he decides to put it all on the line…
The Cider House Rules of Attraction
John Irving (A Prayer for Owen Meany) and Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho) team up to offer this inspiring tale of the relationship between orphan Homer Larch and the local doctor. But when Homer goes off to college, he is confronted with a world of materialism, drug use, and promiscuity.
Save the Last Dancer in the Dark
Bjork dazzles as a classically trained Czech ballerina struggling to fit in at an inner city school. Lars von Trier elicits a breakout performance from Sean Patrick Thomas (who would go on to shine in Barbershop) in this film, which took the top prize at Cannes.