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Violet Sanford is a small town girl from South Amboy, New Jersey who moves to the Big Apple to become a songwriter. But it isn’t easy. Broke and alone, she tries to find work. She ends up getting a job as one of the barmaids at the hottest bar in town at the wild and crazy Coyote Ugly, where they serve behind the counter but dance on it as well. Not only do the people come for the drinks, they come to see the sexy barmaids and their wild entertainment. With a rocking soundtrack and an amazing cast, this is a great inspirational story of dreams come true.  Starring Piper Perabo, Maria Bello, Adam Garcia, Izabella Miko, Bridget Moynahan, Melanie Lynskey, John Goodman 7/10

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Based on Neil Simon’s outrageously funny play, Lemmon plays the fussy, clean freak Felix and Matthau plays Oscar, the complete opposite as the mess cat. Recently divorced and depressed, Felix wants to end his life, but is less than successful so he goes to his friend Oscar’s whose having his card game with the boys. When they find out that Felix’s wife has divorced him, they try to prevent him from killing himself. Oscar offers to have him stay at his apartment until he can get his life sorted out. Hilarity begins from there as the two divorced men share a New York apartment and eventually drive each other crazy, with Oscar’s messiness clashing with Felix’s neat freak habits.
One of the funniest comedies I’ve ever seen, Lemmon and Matthau are great together. Starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau 8/10

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Jack Torrance (Nicholson) is a writer who becomes the new caretaker of The Overlook Hotel in the secluded mountains of Colorado. He brings along his wife Wendy and son Danny so they can stay with him while he looks after the hotel until May the first. But during their stay, strange things start to occur as Danny sees gruesome and horrific images with a very special gift he has called “the shining”. Jack suffers from a major writer’s block and along with the demons of the hotel haunting him, he ends up having a mental breakdown and is told by the previous caretaker to murder his family.
This is by far one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen; and even though I’ve lost count how many times I have viewed this film, it still scares the hell out of me. With terrific direction, incredibly creepy music and the brilliant Jack Nicholson this is a great horror film. Starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson 10/10

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Millionaire Fredrick Loren throws a party at the house on haunted hill. He invites five people and offers them each $10,000 to spend the night in the old mansion. But this is no ordinary house; it’s haunted. In spite of its reputation that it’s haunted, they’ll have to stay there if they want the money.
Vincent Price is terrific as the eccentric millionaire. Good to see late at night, snuggled up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn, this is one of those rare black and white movies that never ceases to be entertaining. Starring Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long, Alan Marshal, Carolyn Craig 9/10

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The newest pledges Pinto and Flounder first visit the colleges’ sophisticated fraternity, The Omegas, but find the Delta House, the worst but most fun fraternity at Faber College much more interesting. Bluto Blutarsky (Belushi) and his pals have fun every night drinking, partying and having sex. But when Dean Wormer decides to put the frat under “Double Secret Probation”, the Deltas rebel and have a Toga Party! But unfortunately their wild antics get them suspended, but that doesn’t stop them from getting even by making a float and crashing the parade. The slapstick is hilariously funny, the characters are lovable and the music is infectious. This is how a screw-ball comedy about college life in the early 60’s should be! Starring John Belushi, Tom Hulce, Stephen Furst, Mark Metcalf, Kevin Bacon, Karen Allen, Tim Matheson, Peter Riegert 7/10

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Based on a true story, Oldman plays Emmet Foley, a decorated Korean War hero who has a difficult time adjusting to life back home. In his desperation he tries to kill himself so his wife can collect the insurance. But instead he survives and is put into a mental hospital named Chattahoochee. He soon realizes the abuse and horrible conditions that the inmates are put through and with the help of a fellow inmate Walker, he starts to record all the incidences down and tries to figure out a way of changing their sadistic practices.

I’m very surprised this film isn’t more popular because it is very compelling, and the performances are outstanding, especially Oldman. Starring Gary Oldman, Dennis Hopper, Frances McDormand, Pamela Reed, Ned Beatty, M. Emmet Walsh 8/10

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When the meanest man in town Silas Barnaby, threatens to evict the Widow Peep out of her shoe, he makes a deal that if Bo Peep agrees to marry him, then he will forget the mortgage that is due. But Bo Peep doesn’t want to marry him because she’s in love with Tom-Tom, the piper’s son. So it’s up to Ollie Dee and Stannie Dum to come to the rescue, with the life-size wooden soldiers that they make in the toy factory by mistake. Despite the fact that this film was made in the thirties, it never ceases to get old and never ceases to be funny. Starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Henry Kleinbach, Florence Roberts, Charlotte Henry, Felix Knight 9/10

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