Knives Out is a 2019 American mystery crime drama film directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Ram Bergman and Rian Johnson. The screenplay was written by Rian Johnson.
Rated: PG-13 (movie contains thematic elements including brief violence, some strong language, sexual references and drug material) Run Time: 2h 11min Release Date: November 27, 2019 (USA) Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery Director: Rian Johnson Studio: Lionsgate Budget: $40 Million Box Office: $294.8 Million
Knives OutstarsDaniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Christopher Plummer, Katherine Langford, Riki Lindhome, Edi Peterson, Frank Oz, M. Emmett Walsh and Joseph Gordon Levitt.
Knives Out is the story of Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), the renowned investigator who has been hired to look into the apparent murder of famed writer Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer). The culprit could be one of his family members: daughter Linda (Jamie Lee Curtis), son Walt (Michael Shannon), son-in-law Richard (Don Johnson), daughter-in-law Joni (Toni Collette), granddaughter Meg (Katherine Langford) or grandson Ransom (Chris Evans). Or maybe it’s his personal nurse Marta (Ana de Armas).
“This is a twisted web and we are not finished untangling it, not yet.” – Benoit Blanc
“What is this, CSI: KFC?” – Ransom Drysdale
“Look around. The guy basically lives in a Clue board.” – Detective Elliot
“I’ve never been to a will reading before.” – Marta Cabrera
“Think of it as a tax return performed by a community theater.” – Benoit Blanc
“Funny, Ransom, you skipped the funeral, but you’re early for the will reading.” – Walt Thrombey
Vanilla Sky is a 2001 American romantic mystery thriller film directed by Cameron Crowe and produced by Tom Cruise, Paula Wagner and Cameron Crowe. The screenplay was written by Cameron Crowe and is based on ‘Abre Los Ojos‘ by Alejandro Amenabar Mateo Gil.
Rated: R (movie contains sexuality and strong language) Run Time: 2h 16min Release Date: December 14, 2001 (USA) Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller Director: Cameron Crowe Studio: Paramount Pictures Budget: $68 Million Box Office: $203.4 Million
Vanilla Sky is the story of David Aames Jr. (Tom Cruise), a self-indulgent and vain publishing tycoon who is involved in a horrific car accident caused by a resentful lover. McCabe (Kurt Russell) is a police psychologist who is interviewing Aames about the events that led to his incarceration. David has been charged with a murder he cannot remember and wears a mysterious pale mask.
David is a playboy and womanizer who finds romantic redemption when he falls in love with his best friend’s girlfriend Sofia (Penelope Cruz). Before that relationship can begin, however, David is coaxed into a car driven by an ex-lover, Julie (Cameron Diaz) who turns out to be suicidal. Driving her car off a bridge, Julie kills her self and horribly disfigures David.
Reconstructive surgery and the loving support of Sofia seem to reverse David’s luck, but eerie incidents are soon making him question the reality of his existence and his control over his life, even while he is suspected of complicity in Julie’s death.
“Most of us live our whole lives…without any real adventure to call our own.” – Rebecca Dearborn
“Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.” – Sofia Serrano
“There is no murder. There is no murder!” – David Aames
“Even in the future, the sweet is never as sweet without the sour.” – Edmund Ventura
Eagle Eye is a 2008 American action thriller film directed by D.J. Caruso and produced by Alex Kurtzman, Robert Orci and Pat Crowley. The screenplay was written by John Glenn, Travis Adam Wright, Hillary Seitz and Dan McDermott and is based on the story by Dan McDermott.
Rated: PG-13 (movie contains intense sequences of action and violence and language) Run Time: 1h 58min Release Date: September 26, 2008 (USA) Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller Director: D.J. Caruso Studio: DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures Budget: $80 Million Box Office: $178.8 Million
Eagle Eye is the story of Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf), a Stanford University dropout working at a copy shop who tragically learns his identical twin brother Ethan (also Shia LaBeouf) has been killed. Ethan was a minuteman officer in the U.S. Air Force with expertise in parallel algorithms and quantum electronics.
After Ethan’s funeral, Jerry stops by an ATM and mysteriously has $750,000 in his bank account. Money comes flying out of the machine and he scoops most of it up and takes off. Upon returning home, his whole apartment is full of military weapon crates, ammonium nitrate, forged passports and Department of Defense documents. Suddenly he receives a call from a mysterious woman (Julianne Moore) who warns him that the FBI is about to arrest him and that he needs to run.
Disbelieving, Jerry is caught by the FBI and interrogated by Supervising Agent Tom Morgan (Billy Bob Thornton). While in custody, Jerry receives another call from the same mystery woman who assists him in escaping from custody and as events escalate he gets paired up with Rachel Holloman (Michelle Monaghan) who has also been contacted by the mystery woman. Threatening their families lives along with their own, the mystery woman pushes Jerry and Rachel into a series of increasingly dangerous situations, using the technology of everyday life to track and control their every move. Suddenly Jerry and Rachel become the country’s most wanted fugitives and must figure out what is happening to them.
“Jerry Shaw, you have been activated. Your compliance is vital.” – A.R.I.A.
“If you’re staring at me, it better be because I’m the goddamn suspect. Because if I don’t get some good leads soon, you’re all gonna be demoted into something that’s gonna require touching shit with your hands.” – Agent Thomas Morgan
“Do you think they could derail a train?” – Rachel Holloman
“They changed every traffic light to get us here. The woman, she called me on a stranger’s cell phone who happened to be sitting next to me – never met the guy in my life. And then they broke me out of maximum security custody in a way I’m not even going to describe to you because it sounds crazy, and then they lift us off the face of the earth and drop us into the this shitpile. She could probably derail a train, she could probably turn a train into a talking duck.” – Jerry Shaw
“Listen, your son is as likely to be a terrorist as my brother.” – Jerry Shaw
Enemy of the State is a 1998 American action thriller film directed by Tony Scott and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. The screenplay was written by David Marconi.
Rated: R (movie contains language and violence) Run Time: 2h 12min Release Date: November 20, 1998 (USA) Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, Spy, Conspiracy, Mystery Director: Tony Scott Studio: Buena Vista Pictures Budget: $90 Million Box Office: $250.6 Million
Enemy of the State follows Robert Clayton Dean (Will Smith), a labor lawyer and dedicated family man who ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time. While Christmas shopping for his wife, Dean runs into Daniel Zavits (Jason Lee), an old friend from college who seems very upset and out of breath. Zavits then runs out the back of the store and is killed minutes later by an oncoming truck in front of Dean.
Meanwhile, the news is broadcasting coverage of the recent death of U.S. Congressman, Phillip Hammersley (Jason Robards), who is believed to have had a heart attack while driving and accidentally drove his car into a lake. However, before being discovered in the lake, Hammersley was in a heated discussion with National Security Agency (NSA) official Thomas Reynolds (Jon Voight) about his vote on an upcoming piece of surveillance legislation in which Hammersley was planning to vote no which would kill the bill. To assure the passage of the proposed legislation, Reynolds had the congressman assassinated with a lethal injection in his neck and his goons then placed him in his car and released the car into the lake.
Unbeknownst to Reynolds, Daniel Zavitz was working on a study to determine the migratory pattern of Canada geese and had a camera set up at the lake to videotape their behavior. While reviewing footage of geese, Zavitz discovers he had caught the entire murder on tape and would be able to identify the parties involved. He calls a friend at a newspaper to set up an exchange of the tape and then there is a knock at his door. Fearing for his life at that point, he climbs out of his fire escape and begins running which is where he ran into Dean shopping. In their exchange, Dean unknowingly receiving the videotape when Zavitz placed it into his shopping bag before fleeing the store.
Congressman Hammersley has been very vocal against upcoming new surveillance legislation and the evidence of the murder now resided with Dean. The NSA had been following Zavitz and tied the two together and started surveillance on Dean and his family. Dean’s life began to fall apart all around him and soon he loses his job and his wife from rumors of an affair with an ex-girlfriend named Rachel Banks (Lisa Bonet). The NSA turns their attention to her and she ends up getting killed and it is made to look like Dean had committed the murder. With the help of ex-intelligence agent Edward ‘Brill’ Lyle (Gene Hackman), Dean attempts to throw Reynolds off his trail and prove his innocence. Can Robert Dean get his life back?
“The government’s been in bed with the entire telecommunications industry since the forties. They’ve infected everything. They get into your bank statements, computer files, email, listen to your phone calls… Every wire, every air-wave. The more technology used, the easier it is for them to keep tabs on you. It’s a brave new world out there. At least it better be.” – Brill
“Telecommunications Security and Privacy Act. Invasion of privacy is more like it. You read the Post? This bill is not the first step toward the surveillance society. It is the surveillance society.” – Congressman Phillip Hammersley
“In guerrilla warfare, you try to use your weaknesses as strengths… if they’re big and you’re small, then you’re mobile and they’re slow. You’re hidden and they’re exposed. You only fight battles you know you can win. That’s the way the Vietcong did it. You capture their weapons and you use them against them the next time.” – Brill
“Hammersley was professionally wasted under the direction of some anal-retentive with what looks like a serious vitamin D deficiency.” – Daniel Zavitz
National Treasure is a 2004 American adventure heist drama directed by Jon Turteltaub and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Jon Turteltaub. The screenplay was written by Jim Kouf, Cormac Wibberley and Marianne Wibberley and is based on the story by Jim Kouf, Oren Aviv and Charles Segars.
Rated: PG (movie contains action violence and some scary images) Run Time: 2h 11min Release Date: November 19, 2004 (USA) Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Thriller Director: Jon Turteltaub Studio: Buena Vista Pictures and Walt Disney Pictures Budget: $100 Million Box Office: $347.5 Million
National Treasure is the story of Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicolas Cage), a historian and treasure hunter who is seeking a buried treasure unlike any other. For several generations the Gates family has been searching for clues to discover the hidden location of the legendary national treasure. Ben’s father Patrick Gates (Jon Voight) spent more than 20 years working through clues left by the free masons before giving up on ever finding it.
The plot takes a twist when Ben is hired by Ian Howe (Sean Bean) to pursue a clue to the treasures whereabouts. Ben deciphers clues that lead him and Ian to a frozen tundra where they locate a long since missing ship and decode a message that leads them to the Declaration of Independence holding the next clue. Ian then plans to steal the Declaration. Ben refused Ian’s plan and the situation becomes hostile. When Ben returns to the US, he notifies the FBI about the possible theft but they refuse to believe him noting that the document is one of the most protected documents in America.
In order to thwart Ian’s plans, Ben determines the only way to protect the Declaration of Independence is to steal the document himself. Ben and his best friend Riley Poole (Justin Bartha) meet with Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger) who is the curator of the archives and tells her the same story he told the FBI. With that, Ben is forced to act on his own to protect the most famous document in the world.
Ben and Riley plan a very intricate robbery and schedule it during a black tie event at the museum. In the meantime, Abigail gets suspicious when Ben shows up at the party and interferes with the robbery. As a result, Ben takes her hostage and then uses her skills to help decipher clues on the back of the Declaration and follows them to try to protect the national treasure from getting in the hands of Ian. Will Ben be able to save the treasure?
“The Templars and the Freemasons believed that the treasure was too great for any one man to have, not even a king. That’s why they went to such lengths to keep it hidden.” – Agent Sandusky
“There is not a treasure map on the back of the Declaration of Independence.” – Abigail Chase
“This room is real, Ben. And that means the treasure is real. We’re in the company of some of the most brilliant minds in history because you found what they left behind for us to find, and understood the meaning of it. You did it, Ben, for all of us – your grandfather, and all of us. And I’ve never been so happy to be proven wrong.” – Patrick Gates
“A toast? Yeah. To high treason. That’s what these men were committing when they signed the Declaration. Had we lost the war, they would have been hanged, beheaded, drawn and quartered, and-Oh? Oh, my personal favorite-and had their entrails cut out and burned!” – Ben Gates
A Few Good Men is a 1992 American mystery thriller directed by Rob Reiner and produced by Rob Reiner, David Brown and Andrew Scheinman. The screenplay was written by Aaron Sorkin.
Rated: R (movie contains language) Run Time: 2h 18min Release Date: December 11, 1992 (USA) Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Suspense Director: Rob Reiner Studio: Columbia Pictures Budget: $40 Million Box Office: $243.2 Million
A Few Good Men is the story of two U.S. Marines charged with killing a fellow Marine in a hazing incident while stationed at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) is a military lawyer who was assigned as counsel to defend Lance Corporal Dawson (Wolfgang Bodison) and Private First Class Louden Downey (James Marshall).
Lieutenant Kaffee is known for seeking plea bargains in his cases and has never seen the inside of a courtroom. On his team are fellow lawyers, Lieutenant Commander JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore) and Lieutenant JG Sam Weinberg (Kevin Pollak). The three of them fly to Cuba to meet with young accused Marines to investigate the murder scene and conduct interviews with other Marines on the base at the time of death.
After Kaffee and Galloway meet with the accused young Marines and after gathering evidence and strategizing, she realizes they have a sticky case on their hands. The two Marines will follow won’t talk even to save themselves because it would go against the unwritten Marine code. Although hazing is against the law and Marine policy, the Guantanamo commander, Colonel Nathan Jessup (Jack Nicholson) may have tacitly approved the hazing attack on the dead Marine.
“I want the truth!” – Lt. Kaffee
“You can’t handle the truth!” – Col. Jessup
“What a relief. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to use the liar-liar-pants-on-fire defense.” – Lt. Kaffee
“There is nothing on this earth sexier, believe me, gentlemen, than a woman you have to salute in the morning.” – Col. Jessup