Great films to watch in the afternoon this November

Great Movies in the Afternoon — 3pm ET / Noon PT

Bus Stop (1956)

Monday, October 31

A young and innocent cowboy (Don Murray) discovers the girl of his dreams and decides to make her his wife. The girl, played by Marilyn Monroe, is more than reluctant to accept his proposal and he forces her to board a bus headed for Montana. The road to Montana is blocked and the journey is interrupted by an overnight stay at Grace’s Diner, where her plight is soon revealed to all. Realizing his brute approach will never win her heart, he apologizes and kisses her goodbye, only to discover she has grown to love him.

Bayo (1985)

Tuesday, November 1

In a tiny outport in Newfoundland’s Bonavista Bay, ten-year-old Bayo awaits the return of his grandfather, Philip Logan, a legendary fishing captain, who is coming home to stay after 60 years at sea. Bayo’s mother, Sharon, wants to move to Toronto and leave this tiny village — “even the fish is gone.” But once ashore, Philip feels driven to go back to sea — on his own terms. And Bayo wants to remain in Tickle Cove with his grandfather and mother. Finally, all three come to terms with themselves, with each other, and with their destiny.

Uncross the Stars (2008)

Wednesday, November 2

Beset by grief, Troy receives, from his Aunt Hilda, a letter that Corrine left for him before her death.  Troy finds himself following her last request, to drive to the desert and build Hilda a porch, and along the way, to “uncross the stars.”  Shut down to his emotions, stifling his pain with anger and self-pity, Troy arrives in Happy Valley, an Arizona retirement community, where he meets Hilda’s friends, a group of elderly ladies who show Troy a different outlook on life and death than he has ever experienced.  Starring Daniel Gillies, Barbara Hershey and Ron Perlman.

Bailey’s Billions (2004)

Thursday, November 3

Bailey’s no ordinary dog. He can talk, at least to his trainer, animal communication expert Ted Maxwell (Dean Cain), and he’s just inherited a fortune from his eccentric billionaire owner. But two-legged expectant heirs Winston and Florence are outraged at the idea of “their” money going to a dog shelter, especially when they’re using the shelter as a front for a puppy mill – and they’ll stoop to anything to get their paws on what they believe is rightfully theirs!  Also stars Jennifer Tilly and Tim Curry.

The Covenant (2007)

Friday, November 4

Dramatic musical stage presentation of the story of the people of Israel, spanning from the calling of Abraham until the establishment of the modern state.

Millions (2005)

Monday, November 7

Danny Boyle once again reinvents the cinematic experience with a heartwarming story of two little boys, faith, miracles… and lots of money. Starting anew after the death of their mother, 9-year-old Anthony is ever practical, while his 7-year-old brother Damian uses imagination, fantasy, and faith to make sense of his confusing world. When a suitcase full of money falls out of the sky at Damian’s feet, it sets the boys on the adventure of a lifetime that leads them to realize that true wealth has nothing to do with money.

Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy (1998)

Tuesday, November 8

Unique spin on the Western that chronicles the adventures of three of Canada’s most colourful modern-day pioneers: Rich Hobson, Panhandle Phillips, and Gloria McIntosh; along with the misadventures of their ranch hands.  Set in the rugged wilderness of northern British Columbia in the 1940s.

Rising Damp (1979)

Wednesday, November 9

Based on the chart-topping comedy series following the fortunes of Rigsby and Miss Jones. Rigsby (Leonard Rossiter) is the owner of a sleazy boarding house whose tenants include Philip (Don Warrington), a medical student, Ruth Jones (Frances De La Tour) on whom Rigsby has set his sights, but who seems to find Philip more to her liking; and John (Chrisopher Strauli), the roommate in whom Philip is more interested but whose sole purpose in life is losing his virginity to Sandra (Carrie Jones). Also with Denholm Elliott.

Some Things That Stay (2004)

Thursday, November 10

Fifteen-year-old Tamara Anderson is tired of constantly moving in order for her father to find new inspiration for his landscape paintings. In 1954, when her family moves to a rural farmhouse in Sherman, NY, Tamara wants to settle down and make it home. As Tamara and her siblings grow to love their new neighbors and get their first glimpse at a stable life, their mother is suddenly diagnosed with tuberculosis. Left to her own devices, Tamara struggles with her desire to stay in Sherman, her fear of losing her mother and her anger at being left in charge of two younger siblings when her father is off painting.

The Quarrel (1992)

Friday, November 11

Hersh Rasseyner (Saul Rubinek) and Chaim Kovler (R.H. Thompson) grew up together in Poland but their friendship dissolved after Chaim lost interest in religion and became a writer. World War II then tore their lives apart, as each man lost his family during the Nazi horrors. At the war’s end, Hersh and Chaim both attempted to start new lives. While Hersh serves as an Orthodox rabbi in Montreal, Chaim is a poet living in New York. On a visit to Canada in 1948, Chaim, to his great surprise, sees Hersh taking part in a Rosh Hashanah ritual in a park; he had believed that his former comrade died in the war. Although the two men greet each other warmly, they are soon quarreling over the same issues that destroyed their friendship 15 years ago.

Ghost Dad (1990)

Monday, November 14

Ghost Dad is the blockbuster film starring comedy legend Bill Cosby. After a tragic death, a deceased father is given a chance to solidify his relationship with his three children. A touching exploration of grief, loss, and questions of mortality. Directed by Academy Award winner Sidney Poitier.

Excalibur Kid (1999)

Tuesday, November 15

Transported back in time to medieval England, Zack finds himself caught up in a bitter duel between an evil witch and the master sorcerer, Merlin – for control of Arthur’s kingdom. The brave boy must find a way to help Merlin and young Arthur reclaim the magic sword Excalibur, before the throne is lost forever.

Joe Somebody (2001)

Wednesday, November 16

Everybody wants to be somebody and Joe Scheffer (Tim Allen) is no exception. But Joe feels like he’s a nobody. He regularly has been passed over for a promotion, and Joe is faring no better in his personal life – still pining for ex-wife Callie (Kelly Lynch).  Joe then loses his cherished personal parking space – at the hands of the office bully Mark McKinney (Patrick Warburton), who humiliates Joe in front of his daughter Natalie (Hayden Panettiere).  The incident spurs Joe to embark on a quest for redemption – or at the very least a rematch with Mark.

Mrs. Arris Goes to Paris (1992)

Thursday, November 17

Ada Harris, a London charwoman in the 1950’s, sees a Dior dress and decides that she’s going to own one. First, she scrimps and saves her money, but when she has enough, and takes a trip to Paris, she learns that buying an original couture creation is a little harder than simply plunking down cash. Along the way to her goal, she manages to befriend a count, unite young lovers, and dodge customs.

Waking Ned Devine (1998)

Friday, November 18

In a small town in Ireland named Tulaigh More, one of the 52 inhabitants wins the lotto jackpot of nearly seven million pounds.  When nobody claims the loot, the town goes on a search to find the winner. However, all they find is old Ned Devine dead, a smile on his face, clutching the winning ticket. In Ireland, the lottery winnings must be claimed by the purchaser, which puts the town in a spot — if the lottery officials discover Devine dead, he, and the town of Tulaigh More, forfeit the money.   What ensues is a community coming together in hopes of getting the prize to split 51 ways. What they learn is the importance of friendship and the true value of money.

River of No Return (1954)

Monday, November 21

Set against the majestic beauty of the great Northwest, Matt Calder (Robert Mitchum) is a rugged widower with a questionable past who decides it’s time to start a new life with his young son, Mark (Tommy Rettig). But their peaceful existence is sabotaged when Matt is robbed and pistol-whipped by cold-blooded gambler Harry Weston (Rory Calhoun). Unexpectedly, Weston’s fiance, Kay (Marilyn Monroe) postpones her wedding so she can nurse Matt back to health. In his pursuit to exact revenge at any cost, Matt takes Kay and Mark on a treacherous ride down a roaring river, where they’re at the mercy of wild animals and a lawless frontier.  River Of No Return was filmed on location at the Banff National Park in Alberta, The Canadian Rockies and in the town of Jasper.

Saint Ralph (2004)

Tuesday, November 22

Set in Hamilton in 1954, Saint Ralph is the unlikely story of Ralph Walker, a ninth grader who outran everyone’s expectations except his own in his bold quest to win the Boston Marathon. Ralph is a fatherless 14-year-old with a seriously ill mother, who knows he’s a time bomb waiting to explode into greatness, except that he has no idea where that greatness will manifest itself.  An unfortunate incident of self-abuse in the community pool inadvertently sets him on this road when, as penance, Ralph is conscripted to the cross-country team. Desperate to believe a miracle will bring his mother out of a coma, Ralph becomes a convert to the church of running, and determines to win the Boston Marathon.

The Amati Girls (2000)

Wednesday, November 23

This family drama by actress and first-time director Anne DeSalvo centers around four adult sisters who are forced to re-evaluate their situations after tragedy strikes. The oldest of the clan, Grace (Mercedes Ruehl), is called upon to be the tower of strength, even though she is widely perceived to be a replica of their mother Dolly (Cloris Leachman). Christine (Sean Young) is separated from her job-obsessed husband Paul (Jamey Sheridan), and Denise (Dinah Manoff), rejects the idea of marriage despite the advances of boyfriend Lawrence (Mark Harmon). Youngest sister Dolores (Lily Knight) has become mentally challenged due to an accident, and has trouble relating to her older siblings.

The Outside Chance of Maximillian Glick (1988)

Thursday, November 24

Maximilian Glick is an ordinary Jewish kid in a 1950’s small town in Manitoba, Canada. Unfortunately, he is also saddled with overbearing parents, who are intent on railroading his life to meet their expectations of him. Unfortunately, both paths get bumpy when he is partnered with a Christian girl for duo piano playing. He meets Rabbi Teitelman, an orthodox Jew with an unorthodox fun loving look on life. Together, the two must find a way to fulfill their dreams and their own identities in a world that seems dead set against them doing that.

The Englishman who went up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain (1995)

Friday, November 25

Hugh Grant stars in this film based on a true story of a mild-mannered Englishman who goes to a Welsh town to measure what the town thinks is a mountain. When the Englishman pronounces that the town’s mountain should be properly classified as a hill, a lusty bar keeper rallies the town to keep the Englishman captive in town until they can build the hill to the height of a mountain.

An Ideal Husband (1999)

Monday, November 28

Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is threatened when Mrs. Cheveley appears in London with damning evidence of a past misdeed. Sir Robert turns for help to his friend Lord Goring, an apparently idle philanderer and the despair of his father. Goring knows the lady of old and the plot to help his friend has unintended consequences. Based on the play of the same name by Oscar Wilde, the film stars Jeremy Northam, Rupert Everett, Julianne Moore, Minnie Driver and Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchett. It was directed by Oliver Parker and was selected as the 1999 Cannes Film Festival’s closing film.

Mrs. Ashboro’s Cat (2004)

Tuesday, November 29

Wes Merritt and his daughter Natalie (14) get more than they bargained for when they buy an old house that was formerly inhabited by the nice old Mrs. Ashboro and her pet cat, Margaret. When strange things start happening in the house, all fingers point to the presence of Margaret, who died the same day as Mrs. Ashboro. But why has she come back to haunt them? Starring Ellen Page and Michael Ontkean.

Love’s Labour’s Lost (1999)

Wednesday, November 30

A sexy, glamorous, romantic comedy, based on the play by William Shakespeare through the lens of classic 1930’s Hollywood, with world famous songs by Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. In 1939, the King of Navarre and his three best friends swear an oath to give up women for three years whilst devoting themselves to the study of philosophy. One of the terms of their pledge specifically prohibits women from their presence, but the arrival of the Princess of France and her three beautiful attendants on a diplomatic visit throws the plan into disarray.  Directed and starring Kenneth Branaugh.

Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity (2001)

Thursday, December 1

Twelve-year old Mindy Ho (Valerie Tian) tries Taoist magic to fix her single mother’s (Sandra Oh) financial situation and seemingly hopeless romantic prospects. Mindy’s misdirected charms appear to cause an aging security guard to lose his job and a local butcher to win the lottery. The guard, the butcher and her mother’s stories all intersect, bound together by Mindy’s attempts at magic intervention.

Easy Virtue (2008)

Friday, December 2

A young Englishman marries a glamorous American. When he brings her home to meet the parents, she arrives like a blast from the future – blowing their entrenched British stuffiness out the window.  Starring Jessica Biel and Colin Firth.

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