Good Movies on Encore

Monday, April 25, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Good Movies on Encore

Owned by the same folks who bring you Starz, Encore made its debut in 1991 by showing 9 to 5, the comedy classic starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton. While they initially focused on films from the ‘60s through the ‘80s, they have since adopted a policy of showing recent blockbusters with an assortment of classics thrown into the mix. And they must be doing something right, as their list of subscribers numbers over 32 million.

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Encore subscribers have seven channels to choose from, and each specializes in a specific kind of programming. These include:

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the good movies on Encore that subscribers can expect to see.

Gangs of New York (2002) – Martin Scorsese sets his tale in New York City in the second half of the 19th century, and the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as an orphaned Irish immigrant seeking revenge against the brutal man (Daniel Day-Lewis) who killed his father. Nominated for 10 Oscars, this historically accurate piece co-stars Cameron Diaz, Liam Neeson, Jim Broadbent, and Brendan Gleeson.

The American President (1995) – While trying to get an important crime bill passed, the widowed President of the United States (Michael Douglas) begins a romance with a lobbyist (Annette Bening). Mixing comedy and romance, this likable film co-stars Michael J. Fox, Martin Sheen, and Richard Dreyfuss. Written by Aaron Sorkin, who would later create The West Wing.

Rudy (1993) – The inspirational true story of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger (Sean Astin), a young man who dreams of attending Notre Dame and playing football for the Fighting Irish. Both Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau make their film debuts, and the rest of the supporting cast includes Ned Beatty, Lili Taylor, and Charles S. Dutton.

Surrogates (2009) – This comic book adaptation stars Bruce Willis as an FBI agent in a future where everyone interacts with the outside world via perfect robotic bodies. But when a series of murders begin, he must venture outside the safety of his house to get to the truth. Co-starring Radha Mitchell, James Cromwell, Rosamund Pike, and Ving Rhames.

Bird (1988) – Clint Eastwood produced and directed this loving tribute to jazz great Charlie “Bird” Parker (Forest Whitaker), from his childhood in Kansas City to his untimely death at the age of 34. Whitaker would win Best Actor at Cannes for his performance.

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Lean On Me (1989) – Based on the real-life tale of Joe Clark, this film stars Morgan Freeman as a maverick high school principal dedicated to ridding his New Jersey school of drugs and violence. Freeman gives his usual wonderful performance, and the film is bolstered by solid turns from Robert Guillaume, Lynne Thigpen, Jermaine Hopkins, and Beverly Todd. One of my favorite good movies on Encore.

Green Street Hooligans (2005) – After getting expelled from college, an American (Elijah Wood) heads to the UK to visit his sister and winds up falling in with a gang of soccer hooligans. Co-starring Charlie Hunnam, Claire Forlani, and Marc Warren.

Year One (2009) – Jack Black and Michael Cera clown around as primitive hunters who set out to explore the world and wind up in the doomed city of Sodom. The impressive supporting cast for this comedy includes Olivia Wilde, David Cross, Oliver Platt, Paul Rudd, Juno Temple, Hank Azaria, and Vinnie Jones.

Someone To Watch Over Me (1987) – When a socialite (Mimi Rogers) witnesses a murder, she’s protected–and falls for–a married police detective (Tom Berenger). Lorraine Bracco co-stars as his jealous wife, and the film is directed by none other than Ridley Scott.

John Q (2002) – When a loving father (Denzel Washington) learns that his son is suffering from a life-threatening illness that his insurance won’t cover, he takes those inside the hospital hostage and demands the surgery be performed. Robert Duvall is the hostage negotiator, and James Woods and Anne Heche co-star as unfeeling members of the health care profession.

That concludes our brief look at some of the good movies on Encore. There are many more films available, however, so be sure to check out their website for dates and times. And for those of you who want over 100,000 movies at your fingertips, you might also consider becoming a member of Netflix, the leading online rental service in the United States. We do get a small commission when you sign up, but it doesn’t cost you one cent extra.

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