THE FLINTSTONES
1994, Universal, 91 min, USA, Dir: Brian Levant

Fred Flintstone (John Goodman) is in the hot seat after being framed for embezzlement by his conniving boss, but wife Wilma (Elizabeth Perkins) and neighbors Barney (Rick Moranis) and Betty Rubble (Rosie O'Donnell) come to the rescue in this live-action adaptation that became an international box-office hit. Director Brian Levant and executive producers Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg bring Hanna-Barbera’s prehistoric cartoon world of Bedrock vividly to life with a cast of comedic legends and outstanding sets, costume and production design. Kyle MacLachlan and Halle Berry co-star as scheming villains, and Elizabeth Taylor’s cameo would prove to be her final big-screen appearance. Colorful dinosaur effects by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop round out this family-friendly gem.


SUMMER HOURS
L’HEURE D’ÉTÉ
2008, IFC Films, 108 min, France, Dir: Olivier Assayas

Juliette Binoche stars in this haunting family drama from director Olivier Assayas, which follows three siblings as they grapple with the death of their mother (Edith Scob). Tasked with dispersing their mother’s valuable assets, Adrienne (Binoche) and her brothers, Frédéric (Charles Berling) and Jérémie (Jérémie Renier), begin to realize their deeply personal attachments to their inheritance, as their childhood memories flood back into focus only to fade once more. “In spite of its modest scale, tactful manner and potentially dowdy subject matter, [the film] is packed nearly to bursting with rich meaning and deep implication.” - A. O. Scott, The New York Times.


THE ROOKIE
2002, Buena Vista Pictures, 127 min, USA, Dir: John Lee Hancock

This heart-warming sports drama is based on the true story of Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid), a high school coach who’d had his shot playing baseball, blew out his shoulder, and retired without ever realizing his dream to play in the big leagues. In 1999 he made a bet with his perpetually losing team: If they won the district championship, Morris – who threw a 98 mph fastball – would try out for the majors. The team went from worst to first, and Jim was soon on the road to becoming the oldest rookie in the major leagues.


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