In a countryside town populated by mortal and magical beings, a young man makes a promise to his lover that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm.
A dying woman reflects on the time in her youth when she met the love of her life as her two daughters wrestle with their mother's impending death and their own personal issues.
The Family Stone (2005)
The Stone family unites in common cause when their favorite son brings his uptight girlfriend home for the Christmas holiday, with plans of proposing. Overwhelmed by the hostile reception, she begs her sister to join her for emotional support, triggering further complications.
The story follows Mirabelle, a disenchanted salesgirl and aspiring artist who sells gloves and accessories at a department store. She has two men in her life: wealthy divorcee Ray Porter (Steve Martin) and struggling musician Jeremy. Mirabelle falls in love with the glamorous Ray, and her life takes a magical turn, but eventually she realizes that she must empower herself and make a choice between them.
Stage Beauty (2004)
Set in the 1660's at a time when in live theatre women's roles were played by men, Edward 'Ned' Kynaston (Crudup) is England's most celebrated leading lady, using his beauty and skill to make the great female roles his own. But when Charles II is tired of seeing the same old performers, the ruler allows real women to tread the boards and men may no longer play women's parts. Ned becomes a virtual nobody, virtually overnight and seems headed for suicide till his ex-dresser turned actress Maria (Danes) takes it upon herself to make a man of him again.
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
John meets his future wife - and co-leader in the resistance, Kate Brewster (Danes). They soon discover that Skynet is closer than they thought to taking control of U.S. military computer systems, and they attempt to warn people in charge, including Kate's dad, a USAF General. The T-X, however, has beaten them to it, and Skynet launches its horrific nuclear war that is the frightening prelude to the war against the machines. Will John, Kate - and an outdated CSM-101 Terminator - be able to defeat Skynet's deadliest assassin cyborg?
The Hours (2002)
The film concerns three women each suffering from depression. Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman) is starting to write her book 'Mrs. Dalloway' in 1923 England. She is coming to the realization of her lesbianism and fighting her pure despair of life and headaches. Virginia receives a visit from her sister Vanessa and Vanessa's two sons and daughter. The daughter places a strong influence on Virginia's emotions through the death of a bird. Eventually, Virgnia must face the decision to run away to London, stay with her beloved husband, or move to London where the doctors forbid her to go. Laura Brown (Julianne Moore), is a mother fearing her ability to be a mother again. She is reading 'Mrs. Dalloway' in 1951 Los Angeles. Laura is trying to throw a wonderful birthday party for her husband. The very pregnant Laura thinks she won't be an adequate mother to her daughter and current baby on the way in a few months. Laura must make the decision to run away from it all or live miserably with her happy husband. Clarissa Vaughan (Meryl Streep) is a career publisher living in present 2001 New York. Her nickname, given by her poet-friend, Richard, who is dying of AIDS, is Mrs. Dalloway. Clarissa is also throwing a party but for Richard who is receiving an award for his poetry. Like Virginia Woolf, Clarissa is also a lesbian but also wonders if she is in love with Richard with whom she once dated. At the end, the whole plot twists and comes together. The basic theme of the film is wondering if it is better to live your life for your own happiness or others.
It's All About Love (2003)
It's All About Love is the story of two lovers and their attempts to save their relationship in a near-future world on the brink of cosmic collapse. John, and world-famous ice skating star, Elena, are about to sign divorce papers when they realise that, in spite of everything happening around them, their love is worth fighting for. It's All About Love is a fresh take on modern love and future life as two lovers struggle in a conspiracy of epic proportions.
Igby Goes Down (2002)
: Igby Slocumb, a rebellious and sarcastic seventeen year-old boy, is at war with the oppressive world of his East Coast "old money" family. With a schizophrenic father, a self-absorbed, distant mother, and a shark-like young Republican big brother, Igby figures there must be a better life out there, and he sets out to find it. After happily flunking out of several Prep Schools, Igby escapes into the bohemian underworld of Manhattan. His darkly comic trip--shared by a deviant cast of characters, including his terminally bored, part-time lover Sookie, his Godfather's trophy mistress Rachel, and smack-dealing performance artists Russel--veers from bizarre to tragic in Igby's ultimately noble attempt to keep himself from "going down."
The Mod Squad (1999)
Three minor delinquints (Danes, Ribisi, and Epps) are recruited by a cop (Farina) working undercover to bust a cop/drug ring. When the officer who recruited them is killed, they go above and beyond the call of duty to solve the murder; and bust the drug ring. Suffering the jibes, and ridicule of fellow officers; they struggle to save their names, and that of their deceased benefactor.
Brokedown Palace (1999)
Alice and Darlene, friends since birth, have just finished high school. They are planning a summer vacation in Hawaii, but they hear Bangkok is even better. They leave... without telling their parents about the change in plans. Bangkok's fun, but they're not crazy about their $6 accommodation. They try for a swim at a luxury hotel, but then there's some trouble when it's time to pay for their drinks. They're rescued by a roving software consultant, Nick Parks, an Australian. Nick's a good guy, although he can't decide which girl he's after. He tells the pair that Hong Kong is great, and he's willing to exchange his first class plane ticket for three economy... The girls rush to catch their flight out. At the airport police arrive suddenly. The girls have heroin in their backpack... Darlene's father has no luck freeing the girls from prison, even when he looks for help from the local DEA agents. But there's a sleazy lawyer, Hank Green, who may be able to do something, for a price...
Polish Wedding (1998)
With Polish Wedding, writer/director Theresa Connelly combines classic Hollywood romanticism with a fresh and vital look at the blood ties that bind us all. Her story focuses on the love, jealousies and entanglements facing a working class, Polish-American clan from Detroit. Lena Olin heads a compelling cast as the still sexy and smart matriarch; Gabriel Byrne is her sensitive but suspicious baker husband; and Claire Danes is daughter Hala, the eye of the family's tempestuous storm.
Les Misérables (1998)
Jean Valjean is paroled from prison after serving 19 years at hard labor for stealing food. He is taken in for the night by a kindly Bishop, whose silverware he steals on his departure. When he is caught with the silverware, the bishop not only does not press charges, he also gives Valjean his silver candlesticks. With this start, Valjean reforms and becomes the mayor and head businessman in a small town. But when former prison guard Javert is transferred to become police captain and recognizes Valjean, his past life comes back to haunt him. Meanwhile, Fantine, one of Valjean's employees, has had a baby (Cosette) out of wedlock and is dismissed from her job while Valjean is away; when he finds this out (far too late), he takes responsibility for them.
The Rainmaker (1997)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. With Claire as "Kelly". Matt Damon is to play the young lawyer who takes the case of an indigent family whose son is denied medical care by an insurer and dies as a result. Virginia Madsen plays the mother who presses the legal case, with Danny Devito playing the role of a shady paralegal and Jon Voight to play the insurance company rep Leo Drumlin. Claire is also reunited with Mary Kay Place (who played Camille Cherski in My So-Called Life) in this film.
Directed by Oliver Stone. Claire stars along with Sean Penn, Nick Nolte and Jennifer Lopez in a movie about a hoodlum whose car breaks down in a small town, where he becomes dangerously involved with a beautiful woman and her husband.
Romeo and Juliet (1996)
Claire stars as Juliet to Leonardo DiCaprio's Romeo in this modern day remake of Shakespeare's tragic love story.In Verona Beach there lives two families. The Montagues and the Capulets. Among these two families are two teenagers, Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague. One night, Flugencio Capulet decides to have a party. Romeo, being in love with Capulet's niece Rosaline, goes along dressed as the boy King Arthur. That's where he sees Juliet Capulet as an angel ("Did my heart love till now:forswear it sight, for I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.") they fall in love instantly only to find out that they are enemies. Tybalt has seen Romeo at the party and vows to pay him back. That night, Romeo decides to see Juliet again. He sneaks into the Capulet yard. By the pool. Juliet sees him. They 'Met, they wooed and exchange of vow'. The next day Romeo tells the nurse, the only one that knows of their secret love, that Juliet shall be married at the hour of 9. Meanwhile Tybalt has found Mercutio they start to until Romeo drives up. Tybalt kicks him viciously. Then Mercutio, not being able to stand it comes over. Romeos sees Mercutio almost kill Tybalt. He goes between them. Tybalt tries to stab Romeo with a shard of glass but gets Mercutio. Mercutio dies, and Romeo wreaks revenge.
To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996)
David loves his wife, Gillian. Unfortunately, she died two years ago. David deals with his grief by continuing his romance with Gillian during walks with her "ghost" on the beach at night. While David lives in the past, other family problems crop up in the present in the real world.
I Love You, I Love You Not (1996)
Claire stars opposite legendary French actress Jeanne Moreau, playing a young woman whose grandmother is a Holocaust survivor in I Love You, I Love You Not.
Home For The Holidays (1995)
After losing her job, making out with her soon to be ex-boss, and finding out that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, Claudia Larson has to face spending the holiday with her family. She wonders if she can survive their crazy antics.
How to Make an American Quilt (1995)
Finn is a young graduate student, finishing a master's thesis, and preparing for marriage to her fiance Sam. But thoughts of the end of the free life, and a potential summer fling, intrude. She goes home to her grandmother, where, over the making of her wedding gift by a group of quilting-bee friends, laughter, bickering, love, and advice lead her toward a more open-eyed examination of her course.
Little Women (1994)
Claire plays the role of Beth March in this 1994 remake of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women.
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