Good Movies on The Movie Channel

Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 12:16 am

Top Films from The Movie Channel

Owned by Showtime, The Movie Channel specializes in showing quality films that encompass a wide range of genres. Whether you’re a fan of comedies, teen flicks, or war movies, The Movie Channel will have something to meet your needs.

In the list below, I’ve detailed some of the good movies on The Movie Channel, and I urge you to give them a try whenever you have a little extra coin in your pocket. They even show some late-night erotica, which makes them an appealing alternative to Cinemax.

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The Amateurs (2007) – Desperate to achieve fame and fortune, a group of small-town friends set out to make their own adult film. The entire process is a disaster, of course. The cast of this likable comedy includes Jeff Bridges, Ted Danson, Tim Blake Nelson, William Fichtner, Joe Pantoliano, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Lauren Graham.

War, Inc. (2008) – A spiritual sequel to Grosse Pointe Blank, this film features John Cusack once again slipping into the role of an assassin for hire. His latest mission requires him to journey to the fictional, war-torn nation of Turaqistan, pose as the host of a trade show, and carry out a hit on an oil company CEO. But things get complicated rather quickly, especially when our anti-hero falls for a snoopy reporter (Marisa Tomei) and must constantly fend off the advances of amorous Asian pop star Yonica Babyyeah (Hilary Duff). While the political satire can be a bit uneven at times, the film still has something to say about the state of the world (whether or not you choose to hear it).

The Road (2009) – This grim adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s equally bleak novel finds an unnamed father (Viggo Mortensen) wandering a post-apocalyptic United States with his young son (Kodi Smit-McPhee). As they scrounge for food and water and try to endure the harsh climate, they must also avoid cannibals and other survivors driven mad by life in a hellish wasteland. Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron, and Guy Pearce all have small roles, but the relationship between father and son shines brightest amidst the endless sea of hardship.

Youth in Revolt (2009) – When he falls for a girl (Portia Doubleday) at a trailer park, mild-mannered Nick Twisp (Michael Cera) encounters numerous difficulties thanks to his nice-guy demeanor. In order to compensate, he develops alter-ego Francois Dillinger, a persona that lands him in increasing amounts of trouble. Co-starring Jean Smart, Justin Long, Ray Liotta, Zach Galifianakis, and Steve Buscemi. Based on the novel by C.D. Payne.

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The Others (2001) – Alejandro Amenabar directed this atmospheric Spanish film starring Nicole Kidman as a mother who moves her children to an isolated mansion on the British isle of Jersey following the conclusion of World War II. But the arrival of new servants serve as omens of darker things, and soon the frantic mother is gripped in a battle to save her children from supernatural forces. For her role, Kidman received nominations from both the BAFTA and Golden Globe awards. Suggested for fans of Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro.

We Were Soldiers (2002) – Based on the book We Were Soldiers Once…And Young, the film follows the exploits of the 7th Cavalry Regiment as they participate in the first major engagement of the Vietnam War, the Battle of la Drang. Mel Gibson delivers a hard-nosed performance as the regiment’s veteran commander, and Sam Elliott redefines grizzled as Sergeant Major Basil L. Plumley. The battle scenes are frequent and intense, and even the tendency for melodrama can’t diminish the film’s visceral excitement. Co-starring Greg Kinnear, Barry Pepper, Madeleine Stowe, and Keri Russell.

Scream 3 (2000) – When a new Ghostface begins carving up the cast of Stab 3 and leaving pictures of her mother at the crime scene, series heroine Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) comes out of hiding to help catch the killer. A number of familiar faces make a return, including Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox), Dewey Riley (David Arquette), and Cotton Weary (Liv Schreiber). If you liked the first two, you owe it to yourself to give this horror movie sequel a try.

Perrier’s Bounty (2010) – Set in Dublin, this Irish crime movie stars Cillian Murphy as Michael McCrae, a down-on-his-luck fellow who owes money to local crime figure Darren Perrier (Brendan Gleeson). But when the woman he has a crush on (Jodie Whittaker) kills one of Perrier’s goons while protecting him, Michael and Bren must flee to the countryside to avoid a bounty on their heads. Jim Broadbent is a standout as Michael’s boozy father who’s convinced that he’ll die the next time he goes to sleep.

King of California (2007) – Mike Cahill wrote and directed this film about Miranda (Evan Rachel Wood), a 16-year-old whose independent life is disrupted when her father (Michael Douglas) is released from a mental institution. While she toils away at McDonald’s and fends off the advances of local swingers, her father works tirelessly to locate the Spanish treasure that he’s sure is buried near their neighborhood.

While these good movies on The Movie Channel should give you an idea of what’s available, please remember that hundreds of other films pass through their rotation on a monthly basis. So even if you can’t find something to watch on a specific day, there’s a strong chance that the next 24 hours will bring a whole new slate of titles.

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