Case Against Brooklyn, The (1958)

“When the law is suspended for a price, and truth and justice can be peddled on the marketplace, then every citizen’s in danger — and the law belongs to the highest bidder!” Synopsis: A rookie cop (Darren McGavin) in Brooklyn goes undercover to expose rampant corruption in the police force — but the well-being of […]

Psycho II (1983)

“I don’t kill people anymore, remember?” Synopsis: Declared legally sane after 22 years in a mental institution, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) tries to establish a new life for himself back at his motel — but as bodies begin piling up, he soon discovers that someone is out to convince him his dead mother is still […]

Dime With a Halo (1963)

“We’re gonna lose it, Chuy — that dime’s running out!” Synopsis: Shortly after moving to Tijuana with his older sister (Barbara Luna), a young orphan (Roger Mobley) befriends a group of street hustlers (led by Rafael Lopez) who place weekly long-shot bets at a local racetrack through a friendly American acquaintance (Paul Langton). When the […]

Birch Interval (1976)

“Something that’s measured is never lost — you know that, don’t you?” Synopsis: A fatherless girl named Jesse (Susan McClung) goes to live with her cousins in Pennsylvania Amish country, and learns that the local townsfolk believe her beloved uncle (Rip Torn) is mentally disturbed. Genres: Coming of Age Mental Illness Rip Torn Films Small […]

Manhattan (1979)

“Chapter one: He was as tough and romantic as the city he loved…” Synopsis: A divorced writer (Woody Allen) dating a mature high schooler (Mariel Hemingway) finds himself smitten by the pseudo-pretentious lover (Diane Keaton) of his married best friend (Michael Murphy). Genres: Diane Keaton Films Infidelity May-December Romance Meryl Streep Films New York City […]

Psycho (1960)

“She just goes a little mad sometimes — we all go a little mad sometimes.” Synopsis: A secretary (Janet Leigh) on the lam with $40,000 of her boss’s money stops at a motel on her way to see her fiance (John Gavin), and becomes acquainted with the motel’s shy, twitchy owner, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins). […]

Wolf Man, The (1941)

“Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.” Synopsis: Upon returning to his ancestral home in Wales, the estranged son (Lon Chaney, Jr.) of a local nobleman (Claude Rains) visits a gypsy camp with a […]

Crossover Dreams (1985)

“I wanna get outta here… I’m gonna get outta here!” Synopsis: An aspiring salsa musician (Ruben Blades) in New York’s Spanish Harlem “crosses over” into mainstream music, only to find that he’s unwisely left behind everyone most important to him — including his loving girlfriend (Elizabeth Pena) and longtime musical partner (Shawn Elliott). Genres: Latinos […]

Kwaidan (1964)

“I saw very clearly the weird woman who killed old Mosaku; I’ve never seen in my life a woman as beautiful and white as her — except you.” Synopsis: Four Japanese ghost stories — “Black Hair”, “The Woman in the Snow”, “Hoichi the Earless”, and “In a Cup of Tea” — showcase the importance of […]

Pickup on South Street (1953)

“So you’re a Red, who cares? Your money’s as good as anybody else’s.” Synopsis: A pickpocket (Richard Widmark) unknowingly lifts government secrets out of the purse of a woman (Jean Peters) whose boyfriend (Richard Kiley) is a Communist spy. When Widmark discovers how valuable his “take” is, he tries to extort money out of both […]