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The Chuck Taylor in Films: S

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The S films are a long list but definitely worth checking out.

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Recent and classic films where chucks have a role. . . .

 

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To qualify for a listing, one or more of the lead or main supporting characters in the film is seen wearing chucks — Converse “Chuck Taylor” All Stars.

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Films on this page: Safety Patrol, Safelight, St. Elmo’s Fire, Same River Twice, The Sandlot, The Sandlot 2, The Sandlot 3 Heading Home, Saving Shiloh, Saw II, School of Life, The School of Rock, Sci-Fi High, Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, Secret Admirer, The Secret Agent Club, The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry, A Separate Peace, Sergeant Pepper, Seven Minutes in Heaven, 17 Again (now on the number films page, Severed Ties, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Shakes the Clown, She’s All That, The Shining, Shorts, Shredder Orpheus, Sick Girl, Sidekicks, Silk Hope, Simon Birch, Sin City, The Skateboard Kid, Skinner, Skinwalkers, Skipped Parts, Sky High, Skymaster, Skyrunners, Sleepers, Sleeping Giant, Sling Blade, Smitty, Sneakers, Snoopers, Spaceboy, SpaceCamp, Speak, Speed 2, Spider-man: Homecoming, Spooky House, Spring Break Shark Attack, Spud, Spud 3: Learning to Fly, Spy Kids, Spy Trap, Stamp of a Killer, Stand and Deliver, Stand By Me, Star Kid, Starman, State Park, Staying Together, Step Brothers, Step Up 3D, Step Up All In, The Stepfather, Stepmonster, Storm, Straight Outta Compton, Stranger Than Paradise, The Stream, Streets of Gold, Stuart Little, Stuart Little 2, The Stupids, Summer Camp Nightmare, Summer of 84, The Sunchaser, Super 8, The Sure Thing, Surf Ninjas, Suzie Q, Sweet Talker, The Sweetest Gift, Swing, Swing Vote, Sydney White.

More films are listed alphabetically: # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z.

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Safety Patrol cover

1.5 chucks rating
NR, would be PG

Safety Patrol. (1998) Leslie Nielsen, Bug Hall, Lainie Kazan, Curtis Armstrong, Stephanie Faracy, Alex McKenna, Ed McMahon, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic. Directed by Savage Steve Holland. An accident-prone but well-meaning 11-year-old dreams of joining his school’s elite Safety Patrol. But when he is actually put on the patrol it is a setup by a gang of bad “safeties” who plan to make him a fall guy for their campus thievery.

Categories: Comedy, Family.

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2 chucks rating

R

Safelight. (1998) Evan Peters, Juno Temple, Kevin Alejandro, Meaghan Martin, Christine Lahti, Ariel Winter, Jason Beghe. Written and directed by Tony Aloupis. Charles, a shy, crippled 17-year-old boy and the 18-year-old hooker who plies her trade near the truck stop where Charles works, discover a renewed sense of possibility as they go on a road trip to photograph lighthouses along the California coast during the 1970s.

Categories: Drama.

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St. Elmo's Fire cover

2 chucks rating

R

St. Elmo’s Fire. (1985) Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Mare Winningham, Martin Balsam, Andie MacDowell. Directed by Joel Schumacher. Seven friends, recent college graduates, are searching for a place in “the real world” as they face the issues of career, love relationships, and commitment.

Category: Drama.

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Same river Twice cover

2 chucks rating

NR, would be PG

Same River Twice. (1995) Robert Curtis-Brown, John Putch, Shea Farrell, Dwier Brown. Written and directed by Scott Featherstone. Thirteen years after a fatal accident, four former whitewater rafting guides return with their families to revisit the river.

Categories: Drama, Adventure, Religious.

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The Sandlot cover

3.5 chucks rating

PG

The Sandlot. (1993) Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Patrick Renna, Chauncey Leopardi, Brandon Adams, Grant Gelt, Shane Obedzinski, Victor DiMattia, Karen Allen, James Earl Jones. Directed by David Mickey Evans. A nostalgic look at a group of boys who spend every possible moment of their summer playing baseball. This film celebrates a simpler lifestyle for kids when all that was needed for a good time was a baseball glove and ball to throw, a pair of chucks to run around in, some friends to hang out with, and a sandlot where they could play the game.

Categories: Comedy, Family, Coming of Age.

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The Sandlot 2 cover

2.5 chucks rating
PG

The Sandlot 2. (2005) Cole Evan Weiss, Max Lloyd-Jones, Brett Kelly, James Willson, Smanatha Burton, Neilen Benvegnu, Sean Burdy, Jessica King, Austin Dunn, James Earl Jones. Directed by David Mickey Evans. Ten years later, a new group of kids have moved into the sandlot, including some girls, and a budding young rocket scientist.

Categories: Comedy, Family.

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2.5 chucks rating
PG

The Sandlot 3: Heading Home. (2007) Danny Nucci, Luke Perry, Keanu Pires, Sarah Deakins, Chauncey Leopardi, Brandon Olds, Cole Heppell, Kai James, Ryan Drescher, Cainan Wiebe, Meshach Peters,Samuel Patrick Chu, Renzo Carbonel. Directed by William Dear. Successful, arrogant baseball superstar Tommy “Santa“” Santorelli travels back in time to 1976 and relives his boyhood days on the sandlot baseball team, this time choosing friendship over glory and ultimately earning both.

Categories: Comedy, Family.

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3 chucksrating

PG

Saving Shiloh. (2006) Jason Dolley, Ann Dowd, Bonnie Bartlett, Jordan Garrett, Scott Hedley, Scott Wilson. Directed by Sandy Tung. The third film in a trilogy has Marty trying to investigate a crime that his neighbor Judd is suspected of commiting.

Categories: Drama, Family.

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2.5 chucks rating
R

Saw II. (2005) Donnie Wahlberg, Shawnee Smith, Tobin Bell, Frank G, Glenn Plummer, Dina Meyer, Emmanuelle Vaugnier, Beverley Mitchell, Erik Knudsen, Tim Burd, Lyriq Bent, Noam Jenkins. Written and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. Twisted mastermind Jigsaw is dying of cancer, but before he dies he wants to play a final game with Detective Matthews. The bait: a group of people locked up in a booby trapped house that includes Matthews’ son Daniel.

Categories: Horror, Crime and Mystery.

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3.5 chucks rating

PG

School of Life. (2005) Ryan Reynolds, David Paymer, Chelsea Florko, Andrew Robb, Don McKay. Directed by William Dear. A hip new teacher makes a big impact on the students and faculty of a middle school.

Categories: Drama, Comedy, Family.

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4 chucks rating

PG-13

The School of Rock. (2003) Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Mike White, Sarah Silverman, Miranda Cosgrove, Joey Gaydos, Jr., Robert Tsai, Angelo Massagli, Kevin Alexander Clark. Directed by Richard Linklater. A wannabe rock star, kicked out of his own band, and in desperate need of cash, poses as a substitute teacher at an exclusive private elementary school. When he discovers that his students have musical talent, he turns the class into a rock group to compete in a local battle of the bands.

Categories: Comedy, Musical.

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1.5 chucks rating

NR

Sci-Fi High: The Movie Musical. (2010) Danny Dillon, Steve Dispensa, Joe Botka, Robert Fattorina, Alicen Holden, Ted Nappi, Jose Guzman, Britt Hodges. Written and directed by Dan Bellusci. A typical fifties high school romance and competition between guys story combined with an alien invasion and packaged as a musical. What more could you want?

Categories: Musical, Science Fiction.

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2 chucks rating

PG

Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins. (2009) Nick Palatas, Kate Melton, Robbie Amell, Hayley Kiyoko. Directed by Brian Levant. The story of how Mystery, Inc. was formed.

Categories: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Mystery.

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scouts guide to the zombie apocolypse cover

2.5 chucks rating
R

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. (2015) Logan Miller,Tye Sheridan, Joey Morgan, Sarah Dumont, David Koechner, Halston Sage, Cloris Leachman, Niki Koss. Directed by Christopher Landon. When bloodthirsty, undead ghouls invade their once-peaceful town, it’s up to Boy Scouts Ben, Carter and Augie to save the day. With help from Denise, a beautiful but tough cocktail waitress, the boys must put their scouting skills to the ultimate test to save mankind and earn their zombie-killing badges.

Categories: Action/Adventure, Horror, Teenagers.

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Secret Admirer cover

2 chucks rating

R

Secret Admirer. (1985) C.Thomas Howell, Lori Loughlin, Kelly Preston, Fred Ward. Directed by David Grenwalt. A passionate, unsigned love letter sets off an extraordinary chain of events in a suburban town. Intended for a young girl’s secret love, it mistakenly falls into the wrong hands over and over again.

Categories: Comedy, Romance, Sexually Explicit, Teenagers.

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The Secret Agent Club cover

2 chucks rating

PG

The Secret Agent Club. (1996) Hulk Hogan, Matthew McCurley, Lesley-Anne Down, Maurice Woods, Danny McCue, Ashley Power, Jimmy Pham, Richard Moll, Barry Bostwick, Edward Albert. Directed by John Murlowski. A toy store owner is really a secret agent working for the government. When he gets into some trouble, his son and friends band together to help him out.

Category: Action/Adventure, Family.

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1.5 chucks rating
PG

The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry. (2008) Jansen Panettiere, Robert Guillamume, Gavin MacLeod, Taylor Boggan, Frankie Manriquez, Allen Isaacson. Written and directed by Rich Christiano. An elderly Christian man imparts Biblical truths to young boys in the summer of 1970.

Category: Religious, Family.

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A Separate Peace cover

2 chucks rating

PG

A Separate Peace. (1972) John Heyl, Parker Stevenson, William Roerick, Peter Brush, Victor Bevine, Scott Bradbury, John E.A. Mackenzie, Mark Trefethen, Frank Wilich Jr. Directed by Larry Peerce. Gene and Finny are roommates at a New England prep school at the onset of World War II. Jealous of Finny’s popularity, Gene is responsible for a crippling accident in a moment of anger and treachery. The repercussions of this act bring Gene face to face with his inner nature and its symbolic parallel to men at war.

Categories: Drama, Coming of Age.

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Sergeant Pepper cover

2.5 chucks rating
NR, would be G

Sergeant Pepper. (2004) John Franklyn-Robbins, Johanna ter Steege, Neal Thomas, Carolyn Prein, Ulrich Thomsen, Peter Lohmeyer, Valeria Bertl, Barbara Auer, Oliver Broumis. Written and directed by Sandra Nettelbeck. When millionaire Gregor von Gordenthal passes away, he leaves his estate to his faithful dog named Sergeant Pepper, much to the dismay of his adult deadbeat children who try to poison Pepper so that they can acquire his money. Pepper runs away and is adopted by loner 6-year-old Felix Singer, who likes to wear a Tigger costume and can talk to the dog. Felix is part of an eccentric family that includes an older sister totally devoted to sports, a musician mom, and a father who is obsessed with creating wild inventions he hopes will make the family rich. When the Gordenthal children come after Pepper, the kids try to save him from harm and end up in jeopardy themselves.

Categories: Comedy, Family, Fantasy.

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3 chucksrating

PG-13

Seven Minutes in Heaven. (1986) Jennifer Connelly, Byron Thames, Maddie Corman, Michael Zaslow, Polly Draper, Alan Boyce, Billy Wirth. Directed by Linda Feferman. Jeff, Polly, and Natalie are longtime friends with growing up pains. Jeff, who doesn’t get along with his new stepfather, has run away from home and has moved in with Natalie on a friends only basis while her father is out of town. Natalie is just discovering what it is like to have a relationship with a popular high school jock, and Polly flips over a big league ball player who she accidentally meets one afternoon.

Categories: Comedy, Romance, Teenagers.

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Severed Ties cover

2 chucks rating

R

Severed Ties. (1992) Johnny Legend, Garrett Morris, Billy Morrissette, Oliver Reed, Elke Sommer, Roger Perkovich. Directed by Damon Santostefano. A regeneration experiment on a severed arm goes awry, turning the limb into a murderous, reptilian creature. This has severe consequences for the scientist, and his scheming mother, who tries to sell his discovery to neo-Nazis.

Categories: Horror.

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2.5 chucks rating
NR, would be PG-13

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. (2010) Andy Serkis, Tom Hughes, Clifford Samuel, Joseph Kennedy, Arthur Darvill, James Jagger, Wesley Nelson. Directed by Mat Whitecross. A biography of Ian Dury who was stricken with polio at a young age and defied expectations by becoming one of the founder of the punk-rock scene in Britain in the 1970s.

Categories: Drama. Biography, Music.

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Shakes the Clown cover

1 chucks rating
R

Shakes the Clown. (1992) Bobcat Goldthwait, Julie Brown, Paul Dooley. Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait. An alcoholic clown is framed for murder by rival clowns.

Category: Comedy.

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She's All That cover

2 chucks rating

PG

She’s All That. (1999) Freddie Prinze, Jr., Rachael Leigh Cook, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Paul Walker, Matthew Lillard, Anne Paquin, Kevin Pollak, Kieren Culkin, Eldon Hensen, Usher Raymond. Directed by Robert Iscove. When the girl friend of the campus stud suddenly dumps him, he makes a bet with a friend that he can turn a geeky girl into the prom queen.

Categories: Comedy, Romance, Coming of Age.

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The Shining cover

3 chucksrating

R

The Shining. (1980) Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. A family goes to be the caretakers of an isolated mountain resort hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

Category: Horror.

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Shorts cover

3 chucksrating

PG-13

Shorts. (2009) Jimmy Bennett, Jake Short, Kat Dennings, Trevor Gagnon, Devon Gearhart, Jolie Varier, Rebel Rodriguez, Leo Howard, Leslie Mann, Jon Cryer, William H Macy, James Spader, Angela Lanza. Written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. A young boy’s discovery of a colorful, wish-granting rock causes chaos in the suburban town of Black Falls when jealous kids and scheming adults alike set out to get their hands on it.

Categories: Comedy, Family, Science Fiction/Fantasy.

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Shredder Orpheus cover

1 chucks rating
R

Shredder Orpheus. (1990) Robert McGinley, Jesse Bernstein, Megan Murphy, Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi, Linda Severt, Eli Swensen. Directed by Robert McGinley. The mortal world faces imminent destruction from the devil’s hypnotic Euthanasia Network broadcasts that corrupts and kills its viewers. Only rock-star Orpheus and his band of skateboarding “shredders” can see through what is going on, and they must descend into the underworld to free the airwaves and rescue Orpheus’ wife Euridyce.

Category: Horror.

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Sick Girl cover

1.5 chucks rating
NR, would be R

Sick Girl. (2007) Leslie Andrews, John McGarr, Ian Villalobos, Charlie Trepany. Written and directed by Eben McGarr. Seriously messed-up young gal Izzy isn’t having an easy time of it: Both her parents are dead, her older brother Rusty is fighting overseas in Iraq, and she has to raise her younger brother Kevin by herself. Moreover, Izzy lets off steam by torturing and killing people. After catching a trio of bullies picking on Kevin in school, Izzy blows a gasket and embarks on a vicious rampage.

Categories: Horror, Crime

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Sidekicks cover

2 chucks rating

PG

Sidekicks. (1992) Jonathan Brandis, Chuck Norris, Beau Bridges, Mako, Julia Nickson, Richard Moll, Joe Piscopo. Directed by Aaron Norris. A teenager fantasizes that he is the partner of action hero Chuck Norris to escape his real life problems.

Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Coming of Age, Sports.

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Silk Hope cover

2.5 chucks rating
NR, would be PG-13

Silk Hope. (1999) Farah Fawcett, Chuck Norris, Beau Bridges, Mako, Julia Nickson, Richard Moll, Joe Piscopo. Directed by Kevin Dowling. Frannie Vaughn, a fun-loving drifter, returns to the North Carolina farm where she grew up and tries to prevent it from being sold by her sister.

Categories: Drama, Romance.

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3 chucksrating

PG

Simon Birch. (1998) Ian Michael Smith, Joseph Mazzello, Ashley Judd, Oliver Platt, David Strathairn, John Robinson. Directed by Mark Steven Johnson. Two adolescent misfits growing up in the early 1960’s in a small New Hampshire town — Joe, a kid with no identified father and Simon, one of the brightest kids in town, but suffering from the physical defect of dwarfism and the neglect of his parents — become best friends. But soon some cruel twists of fate confound their already difficult lives.

Categories: Drama, Family.

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Sin City cover

3.5 chucks rating

R

Sin City. (2005) Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Clive Owen, Nick Stahl, Powers Boothe, Rutger Hauer, Elijah Wood, Rosario Dawson, Benicio Del Toro, Jaime King, Devon Aoki, Brittany Murphy. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. A contemporary film-noir, with clever uses of spot color, based on the comic novellas writen and illustrated by Frank Miller. Three intertwined storylines are about Marv, a brutal thug seeking the murderer of a beautiful woman who was killed while asleep in bed with him; Dwight, an ex-photographer who accidentally kills a corrupt hero cop and has to cover it up; and Hartigan, a police detective who is incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit to protect a young victim.

Categories: Crime and Mystery, Action/Adventure.

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The Skateboard Kid cover

2.5 chucks rating
PG

The Skateboard Kid. (1993) Trevor Lissauer, Timothy Busfield, Bess Armstrong, Cliff De Young, Rick Dean, Dom DeLuise, Shanelle Workman. Directed by Larry Swerdlove. Lots of great chucks shots in this fantasy about Zack, a teenaged skateboarder who moves from Los Angeles to a small town, where the local skaters treat him with hostility. When lightning strikes Zack’s skateboard, it becomes alive, turning into Rip, a wise cracking personality who becomes Zack’s confidant and helps him fight against the local skateboard gang who are continually trying to take him down.

Categories: Drama, Teenagers.

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1 chucks rating
R

Skinner. (1995) Ted Raimi, Ricki Lake, David Warshofsky, Richard Schiff, Traci Lords. Directed by Ivan Nagy. A psychopath wields a sickening assortment of blades and cleavers as he stalks hookers for his grotesque mission of murder. But one of his intended victims vows to stop him.

Category: Horror.

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2.5 chucks rating
R

Skinwalkers. (2006) Jason Behr, Elias Koteas, Matthew Knight, Rhona Mitra, Natssia Mathe, Kim Coates, Sarah Carter, Tom Jackson. Directed by James Isaac. Two packs of werewolves, one that lives to hunt and kill, and one that lives in peace with society by restraining themselves when the urge comes on them. An ancient prophecy is coming true with a red moon, and their fate lies in the hands of a thirteen-year-old boy who each group wants to control.

Category: Horror.

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Skipped Parts cover

2 chucks rating

R

Skipped Parts. (2000) Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bug Hall, Mischa Barton, Drew Barrymore, Peggy Lipton, Brad Renfro. Directed by Tamra Davis. Fourteen year old Sam Callahan is sent to live in Wyoming with his rebellious mother by his tyrannical grandfather, a powerful southern politican. An aspiring novelist, Sam is obsessed with finding out about sex, and enlists the assistance of his fantasy girl, a beautiful classmate, and his mother to find out about the “skipped parts” of his education that his favorite authors omit.

Categories: Drama, Romance, Sexually Explicit, Teenagers.

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Sky High cover

3.5 chucks rating

PG

Sky High. (2005) Michael Angarano, Danhielle Panabaker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston, Kevin Heffernan, Dee Jay Daniels, Will Harris, Loren Berman, Nicholas Braun, Dustin Ingram, Stephen Strait, Cloris Leachman. Directed by Mike Mitchell. Set in a world where superheroes are commonly known and accepted, young Will, the son of Commander Stronghold and Josie Jetstream, tries to find a balance between being a normal teenager and the expectations that he will be another superhero.

Categories: Comedy, Family, Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy.

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skymaster cover

2.5 chucks rating
NR, would be G

Skymaster (Der var engang en dreng). (2006) Janus Dissing Rathke, Nicholas Bro, Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis, Anders W. Berthelsen. Directed by Steen Rasmussen and Michae Wikke. Life becomes troublesome when 13-year-old Kalle’s newborn sister has a birth defect on her back resembling wings. Only he sees the true miracle of his sister’s odd appendages. When she is sent to the renowned Plastic Palace Clinic of cosmetic surgery for an amputation, Kalle sets out on a rescue mission. Danish with English subtitles.

Categories: Family, Musical, Fantasy.

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3 chucksrating

2.5 chucks for the film and an extra .5 for the great chucks shots.

PG

Skyrunners. (2009) Joey Polari, Kelly Blatz, Conrad Coates, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, Nathan Stphenson, Kerry Lai Fatt, Linda Kash. Directed by Ralph Hemecker. Fourteen-year-old Tyler, a bullied freshman, and his older brother Nick, a senior trying to be succesful with girls and life in general by lying a lot, run into a small alien spaceship one night. Nick grabs the ship, and Tyler takes a ride in it. The next day, “Skyrunner” Tyler has had a growth spurt, which makes him appear older, and discovers he has incredible physical powers. This turns his high school life upside down. After Tyler is abducted by beings in pursuit of the space ship who intend to takeover Earth, he must depend on Nick to rescue him.

Categories: Comedy, Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy.

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3 chucksrating

R

Sleepers. (1997) Robert de Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Patric, Joseph Perrino, Brad Pitt, Brad Renfro, Kevin Bacon, Terry Kinney, Bruno Kirby, Vittorio Gassman, Billy Crudup, Jonathan Tucker, Ron Eldard, Geoffrey Widgor, Minnie Driver. Directed by Barry Levinson. Based on the controversial novel by Lorenzo Carcaterra, Sleepers is the story of four boyhood friends growing up in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen whose lives were radically changed when a scam that they pulled on a local street vendor resulted in serious injury to an innocent bystander. Sentenced to serve a year in the Wilkinson Home for Boys, the boys were sexually abused and tormented by the four guards in charge of their ward. While the boys agreed never to talk about what happened to them at the Home, when two of them encounter one of the guards in a restaurant thirteen years later, they impulsively murder him as payback for their abusive treatment. The two other friends, along with the local crime boss and eventually their parish priest conspire together to free them from the murder charge and at the same time expose and punish the remaining guards.

Categories: Drama, Crime and Mystery.

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2.5 chucks rating
NR, would be PG-13

Sleeping Giant. (2015) Jackson Martin, Katelyn McKerracher, Reece Moffett, Nick Serino, Erika Brodzky, David Disher, Lorraine Philp. Directed by Andew Cividino. The Hudson family is spending their summer at their north Lake Superior cabin and fifteen-year-old Adam begins to cope with the realities of life for this first time. He must deal with his father's philandering, his uncertain feelings about his long time girl friend, and partcipating in the dangerous and sometimes illegal activities of his two cousins who are constantly competing with each other.

Categories: Drama, Coming of Age.

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3.5 chucks rating

R

Sling Blade. (1996) Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, J.T. Walsh, John Ritter, Lucas Black, Robert Duvall, Natalie Canerday. Written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton. An unconventional character study written, directed, and starring Billy Bob Thornton about a seemingly retarded man recently released from a mental hospital after years of incarceration for murdering his mother and her lover when he was nine. The main story line is based around the friendship that Thornton develops with a young boy, and the boy’s widowed mother as the tragedy of his own life is gradually revealed.

Categories: Drama, Crime and Mystery.

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2.5 chucks rating
PG

Smitty. (2012) Brandon Tyler Russell, Peter Fonda, Mira Sorvino, Louis Gossett Jr., Jason London, Booboo Stewart. Directed by David M. Evans. Ben, a bratty 13-year-kid caught vandalizing a restaurant, and unwilling to snitch on the others responsible is given a choice: spend a summer away from the city at his grandfather’s farm for three months or go to juvenile hall. But Ben has never even met his grandfather, who is estranged from his single mom. Luckily his grandfather hooks him up with Smitty, a farm dog who helps Ben find his way.

Categories: Drama, Family, Coming of Age.

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Sneakers cover

3.5 chucks rating

R

Sneakers. (1992) Robert Redford, Sidney Portier, Dan Ackroyd, Mary McDonnell, River Phoenix, Ben Kingsley, David Strathairn. Directed by Phil Alden Robinson. A renegade team of computer hackers are blackmailed into carrying out a covert operation against a industrialist who has developed the ultimate computer weapon — a black box that is capable of breaking into any computer system in the world. A great ensemble cast led by Robert Redford and Sidney Poitier.

Categories: Drama, Crime and Mystery.

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1.5 chucks rating
PG

Snoopers. (1997) (aka The Knickerbocker Kids) Rebecca Keeling, Aled Roberts, Olivia Hallinan, Mathias Rothammer. Directed by Marijan D. Vajda. Four friends meet at an old cemetary and stumble over the grave of a famous magician. Things soon turn spooky as they’re haunted by a cloaked stranger and mysterious voices begin erupting from the magician’s grave. When they discover a magnificent stolen diamond the chase begins in earnest.

Categories: Adventure, Crime and Mystery, Family.

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3 chucksrating

NR, would be PG

Spaceboy. (2006) Arman Zajic, Michelle Page, Chirstopher Emreson, Richard Tanner, Bridget Cohen, Austin Hayden, Jeff Blumberg. Written and directed by Ransom Riggs. Max Phelps is the ultimate outsider: a kid so alienated from his peers that he figures he’d be more at home with aliens. But just when it looks like he’s finally made contact, a strange creature of another kind appears: his older brother’s punk-rock girlfriend, Carrie. Now, torn between two worlds and with time running out, he’ll have to choose: stay or go?

Categories: Short, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Coming of Age.

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2.5 chucks rating
PG-13

SpaceCamp. (1986) Kate Capshaw, Lea Thompson, Kelly Preston, Larry B. Scott, Joaquin Phoenix, Tate Donovan, Tom Skerritt. Directed by Harry Winer. A group of teenagers attend a summer camp designed to teach them the workings of the NASA space program. While sitting in the spacedraft during an engine test, the groups is accidentally launched into the weightless world of outer space. Using what little they have learned, they must try to bring themesleves safely back to earth.

Categories: Drama, Action/Adventure, Teenagers.

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3 chucksrating

PG-13

Speak. (2005) Kristen Stewart, Elizabeth Perkins, D.B. Sweeney, Steve Zahn, Michael Angarano. Directed by Jessica Sharzer. Melinda is a young high school loner who has been stunned into silence by a traumatic event.

Categories: Coming of Age, Drama, Teenagers.

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3 chucksrating

PG-13

Speed 2. (1997) Sandra Bullock, Jason Patric, Willem Dafoe. Directed by Jan DeBont. The only thing returning in this sequel is Sandra Bullock playing Annie Porter. Annie goes on a Caribbean luxury cruise with her boyfriend, a Los Angeles police detective. But their trip to paradise turns deadly when a lunatic computer programmer takes over the boat and sets it on a course for destruction.

Categories: Drama, Action/Adventure.

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3 chucksrating

PG-13

Spider-Man: Homecoming. (2017) Tom Holland, Laura Harrier, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey, Jr. Directed by Jon Watts. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May, under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark. Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man — but when the Vulture emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Categories: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy.

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2.5 chucks rating
PG

Spooky House. (2000) Ben Kingsley, Matt Weinberg, Ronald Joshua Scott, Simon Baker, Jason Fuchs, Chaz Monet, Katharine Isabelle, Myles Ferguson, Kyle Labine, Mercedes Ruehl. Written and directed by William Sachs. A young orphan tries to befriend a reclusive magician and learn about the magic secrets in his large mansion.

Categories: Family, Action/Adventure.

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Spring Break Shark Attack cover

2 chucks rating

PG-13

Spring Break Shark Attack. (2005) Shannon Lucio, Riley Smith, Justin Baldoni, Bianca Lishansky, Genevieve Howard, Warren McAslan, Kathy Baker, Bryan Brown, Wayne Thornley, Wayne Harrison. Directed by Paul Shapiro. Killer sharks invade the waters off the Florida coast as co-eds celebrate spring break.

Categories: Drama, Action/Adventure.

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Spud cover

NR

Spud. (2010) Troye Sivan, John Cleese, Jamie Royal, Sven Ruygrok, Blessing Zaba, Tom Burne. Written and directed by Donovan Marsh. Spud Milton's first year at an elite boys only private boarding school. John Milton is a boy from an ordinary background who wins a scholarship to a private school in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.

Categories: Teenagers, Comedy.

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Spud: Learning to Fly cover

NR

Spud 3: Learning to Fly. (2014) Troye Sivan, John Cleese, Genna Blair, Sven Ruygrok, Blessing Zaba, Byron Langley,Tom Burne. Directed by John Barker. As Spud Milton continues his awkward stagger through adolescence, he learns one of life's most important lessons: When dealing with women and cretins, nothing is ever quite as it seems.

Categories: Teenagers, Comedy.

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Spy Kids cover

3 chucksrating

PG

Spy Kids. (2001) Robert Patrick, Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vargas, Daryl Sabara, Tony Shalhoub, Teri Hatcher, Cheech Marin, George Clooney. Directed by Robert Rodriguez. Top international spies Gregorio and Ingrid Cortez have retired to raise a family. But when they are called back on a secret mission, the Cortezes are separated from their family and kidnapped by the evil Fegan Floop. Their two kids, Carmen and Juni, then set out to rescue them.

Categories: Family, Action/Adventure.

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Spy Trap cover

2.5 chucks rating
PG-13

Spy Trap. (1988) (aka Zits) Danielle DuClos, Jason Kristofer, Cameron Johann, Devin Ratray, Kimble Joyner, Marian Seldes, Elya Baskin, Victor Steinbach, Leonard Terno, Franklin Cover. Directed by Arthur Sherman. When the music teacher of five bright and well connected middle school kids living in Washington, D.C. needs expensive surgery, the kids concoct a plan to raise a quick $100,000. Using futuristic toys for blueprints, they concoct bogus, top secret military plans and sell them to the Russians.

Categories: Teenagers, Action/Adventure.

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Stamp of a Killer cover>

3 chucksrating

PG

Stamp of a Killer. (1987) Joseph Hacker, Judith Light, Audra Lindley, Billy O’Sullivan, Rhea Perlsman, Jimmy Smits, Spice Williams. Directed by Larry Elikann. When a young boy acquires a small, seemingly insignificant postage stamp, the boy, his pregnant mother, and an ambitious police detective all become players in a high stakes espionage game. The stamp contains top secrect missile data, and the courier who lost it will stop at nothing to get it back.

Categories: Action/Adventure, Crime and Mystery, Drama, Romance.

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Stand and Deliver cover

3.5 chucks rating

PG

Stand and Deliver. (1988) Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rosana de Soto, Andy Garcia. Directed by Ramon Menendez. Edward James Olmos’ tour-de-force as the uncompromising mathematics teacher in a ghetto high school who insists on teaching his students calculus.

Categories: Drama, Teenagers.

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Stand By Me cover

3.5 chucks rating

R, should be PG-13

Stand By Me. (1986) Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell, Kiefer Sutherland, Richard Dreyfuss, Andy Lindberg. Directed by Rob Reiner. A coming of age story about four twelve year olds living in a small town in the year 1959, whose lives were changed by a chance adventure to find the dead body of a missing boy that had been spotted in the woods twenty miles away.

Categories: Coming of Age, Drama.

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Star Kid cover

2 chucks rating

PG

Star Kid. (1997) Joseph Mazzello, Richard Gilliland, Corinne Bohrer, Alex Daniels, Joey Simmrin. Written and directed by Manny Coto. Things can’t get much worse for young Spencer; hailed as a dork in school and a dweeb at home, Spencer’s only escape is in comic book adventures. But then a weird meteor shower leaves behind a automated warrior suit called “Cy”, and when Spencer puts the suit on, he discovers that he has super powers.

Categories: Drama, Adventure, Science Fiction.

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Starman cover

3.5 chucks rating

PG

Starman. (1984) Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith, Richard Jaeckel. Directed by John Carpenter. An alien whose space ship crash lands on earth takes the form of a young widow’s late husband and forces her to help him travel to Arizona where he can be reunited with his mother ship. At first she resists, but gradually as the alien develops more human traits reminding her of her husband, and she sees the hostile attempts by the government to capture the starman, she begins to actively help him.

Categories: Drama, Science Fiction/Fantasy.

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State Park cover

2 chucks rating

R

State Park. (1988) Kim Myers, Isabelle Mejias, James Wilder, Jennifer Inch, Brian Dooley, Walter Massey, Christopher Bolton, Peter Virgile, Louis Tucci, Andrew Jackson. Directed by Kerry Feltham and Rafal Zielinski. An evil business man wants to build a pesticide factory next to a state park, with secret plans to dump toxic waste in the area. The man’s biggest problem is a local protester who dresses into a bear costume and does everything possible to prevent this ecological disaster. Meanwhile, different teens with different stories get their lives crossed as they intend to participate in saving the park..

Categories: Comedy, Teenagers, Sexually Explicit.

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Staying Together cover

2.5 chucks rating
R

Staying Together. (1989) Sean Astin, Stockard Channing, Dermot Mulroney, Tim Quill, Melinda Dillon, Jim Haynie, Levon Helm. Directed by Lee Grant. Three brothers in a small town have a good time partying, working in the family chicken restaurant, and dreaming of how they will expand it when they take over. When their father unexpectedly sells the restaurant without telling them, their futures become uncertain, and each of the three is forced to choose a new life.

Categories: Drama, Coming of Age, Sexually Explicit.

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Step Brothers cover

2 chucks rating

R

Step Brothers. (2008) Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Mary Steenburgen, Richard Jenkins, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, Andrea Savage, Lurie Poston, Elizabeth Yozamp, Logan Manus. Directed by Adam McKay. Two spoiled guys become competitive stepbrothers after their single parents get hitched.

Category: Comedy.

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Step Up 3D cover

2.5 chucks rating
PG

Step Up 3D. (2010) Rick Malambri, Adam G. Sevani, Sharni Vinson, Alyson Stoner, Keith Stallworth. Directed by Jon Chu. A tight-knit group of New York City street dancers, including Luke (Malambri) and Natalie (Vinson), who are trying to save their warehouse studio, team up with NYU freshman Moose (Sevani), and find themselves pitted against the world’s best hip hop dancers in a high-stakes showdown.

Categories: Musical, Drama.

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step up all in cover

2 chucks rating

PG-13

Step Up All In. (2014) Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan, Misha Gabriel, Stephen “iWichi” Goss, Izabella Miko, Alyson Stoner, Adam Sevani. Directed by Trish Sie. All-stars from the previous Step Up installments come together in glittering Las Vegas, battling for a victory that could define their dreams and their careers.

Categories: Musical, Drama.

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The Stepfather cover

2.5 chucks rating
R

The Stepfather. (2009) Dylan Walsh, Sela Ward, Penn Badgley, Amber Heard, Sherry Stringfield, Paige Turco Jon Tenney. Directed by Nelson McCormick. Michael returns home from military school to find his mother happily in love and living with her new boyfriend. As the two men get to know each other, he becomes more and more suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand.

Category: Mystery, Thriller.

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Stepmonster cover

2 chucks rating

PG-13

Stepmonster. (1993) Alan Thicke, Robin Riker, Bill Corben, Corey Feldman, George Gaynes, Ami Dolenz, Edie McClurg, John Astin. Directed by Jeremy Stanford. When young comic book fanatic Todd Dougherty accuses his soon-to-be stepmother of being a monster, no one believes him — except for the evil stepmother.

Categories: Comedy, Fantasy.

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storm cover

2.5 chucks rating
NR, would be PG-13

Storm. (2009) Marcus Rønnov, Kirsten Lehfeldt, Troels Lyby, Søren Malling, Mille Dinesen, Gordon Kennedy, Frederikke Hjort Arentz, Sebastian Solá-Gross Kristensen, Sebastian Nielsen, Simon Maagaard Holm. Directed by Giacomo Campeotto. Twelve-year-old Freddie has a tough life. Bullied at school and not communicating well with his widower father, things start to change in his life when he meets up with a dog who Freddie sees is not treated well. Freddie rescues and wants to adopt the dog, who he names Storm, but the dog's owner wants an excessive amount of money for it.

Categories: Drama, Family.

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Straight Outta Compton cover

3 chucksrating

R

Straight Outta Compton. (2015) O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown, Jr., Aldis Hodge, Marlon Yates, Jr., Cara Patterson, Alexandra Shipp, Paul Giamatti. Directed by F. Gary Gray. The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

Categories: Crime, Drama, Music.

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Stranger Than Paradise cover

2 chucks rating

PG-13

Stranger Than Paradise. (1983) John Lurie, Eszter Balint, Richard Edson, Cecillia Stark, Danny Rosen. Directed by Jim Jarmusch. Road film about two New York slackers, Willie and Eddie, who are bored with their lives and go on a trip to Cleveland to see Willie’s cousin Eva, and then take her with them to Florida.

Categories: Comedy, Drama.

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The Stream cover

2.5 chucks rating

PG

The Stream. (2015) CJ Diehl, Jacob M. Williams, Michael Capperella, Rainn Wilson, Mario Lopez, Kelly Rutherford, Christopher Gorham, Nora Joust, Madison Kaplan, Sabrina D. Carter. Directed by Estlin Feigley. Five adolescent friends go on a hike along a stream to avoid town bullies and replace a broken plastic bat used in their Star Wars games.

Categories: Comedy, Coming of Age, Family.

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Streets of Gold cover

3 chucksrating

R

Streets of Gold. (1986) Klaus Maria Brandauer, Adrian Pasdar, Wesley Snipes. Directed by Joe Roth. A former Soviet boxing champion who defected to the United States after being denied the right to represent the USSR in the Olympics has become a bitter disillusioned man living in obscurity. Then two promising young boxers persuade him to be their coach and he begins to regain his self-respect, and ultimately his revenge.

Categories: Drama, Sports.

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Stuart Little cover>

3 chucksrating

PG

Stuart Little. (1999) Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki. (The animated mouse Stuart Little, voiced by Michael J. Fox wears red high tops throughout) Directed by Rob Minkoff. The Little family adopts a charming young mouse named Stuart, but the family cat wants to get rid of him.

Categories: Comedy, Family.

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Stuart Little 2 cover>

3 chucksrating

PG

Stuart Little 2. (2002) Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki. (The animated mouse Stuart Little, voiced by Michael J. Fox wears red high tops throughout) Directed by Rob Minkoff. Stuart and Snowball set out across town to rescue a friend.

Categories: Comedy, Family.

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The Stupids cover

1 chucks rating
PG

The Stupids. (1996) Tom Arnold, Jessica Lundy, Bug Hall, Alex McKenna. Directed by John Landis. The Stupids are a typical suburban family except for one thing — no brains but the ability to stumble into situations and make things work out okay. The plot of this film starts when the father discovers that someone has been taking the garbage right off their curb.

Categories: Comedy, Family.

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Summer Camp Nightmare cover

1 chucks rating
PG-13

Summer Camp Nightmare. (1987) Charles Stratton, Harold Pruett, Adam Carl, Tom Fridley, Stuart Rogers, Melissa Reeves, Chuck Connors. When the rules and restrictions set by an out-of-touch summer camp director get out of hand, a young rebel uses the frustration and rage of the campers to seize control of the camp. But the young rebel is just as crazy as the camp director, and the takeover turns into a nightmare of terror and anarchy.

Category: Drama.

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Summer of 84 cover

2.5 chucks rating

NR

Summer of 84. (2018) Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery, Cory Gruter-Andrew, Tiera Skovbye, Rich Sommer, Jason Gray-Stanford, Shauna Johannesen. After suspecting that their police officer neighbor is a serial killer, a group of teenage friends spend their summer spying on him and gathering evidence, but as they get closer to discovering the truth, things get dangerous.

Categories: Horror, Crime and Mystery.

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The Sunchaser cover

3 chucksrating

R

The Sunchaser. (1996) Woody Harrelson, Jon Seda, Anne Bancroft, Alexandra Tydings, Matt Mulhern. Directed by Michael Cimino. A desparately ill native American prisoner brought for treatment to a L.A. hospital kidnaps a prominent oncologist and forces him to drive to a legendary Navajo healing place.

Category: Drama.

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Super 8 cover

3.5 chucks rating

PG-13

Super 8. (2011) Joel Courtney, Gabriel Basso, Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Riley Griffiths. Written and directed by J. J. Abrams. During the summer of 1979, a group of friends shooting amateur video movies witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.

Category: Drama, Action/Adventure, Science Fiction.

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The Sure Thing cover

3.5 chucks rating

PG-13

The Sure Thing. (1985) John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga, Anthony Edwards, Boyd Gaines, Tim Robbins, Nicollette Sheridan, Viveca Linfors, Lisa Jane Persky. Directed by Rob Reiner. John Cusack plays a college freshman at an Eastern college full of hope for improving his love life. When his best friend back home in California tells him that he has set up a “sure thing” for him over Christmas break, he ends up riding back with a prim and proper coed also going to California.

Categories: Comedy, Romance, Teenagers.

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Surf Ninjas cover

2.5 chucks rating
PG

Surf Ninjas. (1993) Ernie Reyes, Jr., Ernie Reyes, Sr., Nicolas Cowan, John Carlen, Rob Schneider, Kelly Hu, Leslie Neilsen. Directed by Neal Israel. Two surfer brothers living in Southern California discover that they are the long lost princes from a China Sea island kingdom that has been taken over by a despotic madman when a royal ninja messenger from the island comes to summon them home. When they are attacked by goons of the dictator who want to destroy them, the brothers discover that they have inherited martial arts skills and an obligation to their people.

Categories: Comedy, Action/Adventure.

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suzie q cover

3 chucksrating

PG

Suzie Q. (1996) Amy Jo Johnson, Bentley Mitchum, Tasha Sims, Allen Morgan, Shelley Long, Justin Whalin. Directed by Mark Rosman. Susie Q and her boyfriend were on their way to a dance one night when they got into a car crash and fell off a bridge. Years later, a teenager named Zach Sands, recovering from his father’s death, moves into Susie’s old house along with his mother and sister, Penny Sands. One night, Zach discovers that he can see Susie’s ghost, and Susie attempts to help Zach’s family, and along the way, sparks a romance.

Categories: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy.

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Sweet Talker cover>

3 chucksrating

PG

Sweet Talker. (1991) Bryan Brown, Karen Allen, Justin Rosniak, Chris Heywood. Directed by Michael Jenkins. A fast talking con man just out of prison goes to an obscure Australian town with a grand scheme to fleece the landowners there by using the story of a Portuguese treasure ship that supposedly sank near their town. Living at a boarding house, he is soon affected by his relationship with a young boy and his mother, and is won over by the place and its people.

Categories: Comedy, Family.

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The Sweetest Gift cover>

3 chucksrating

PG

The Sweetest Gift. (1998) Helen Shaver, Diahann Carroll, Dylan Provencher, Tisha Campbel-Martin, Marc Donato, Kristin Fairlie, William S. Taylor. Directed by Stuart Margolin. Two neighboring families in Florida, one black and one white, struggle with the problems of race, poverty, prejudice, and absent fathers, as their children become friends over the course of one summer and fall.

Categories: Drama, Family.

Swing cover

2.5 chucks rating
PG-13

Swing. (2003) Innis Casey, Jacqueline Bisset, Barry Bostwick, Jonathan Winters, Nell Carter, Tom Skerritt, Constance Brennerman, Dahlia Weingort. Directed by Martin Guigui. Directed by Michael Jenkins. Anthony is a young man caught between his dream of being a full-time musician and pleasing both his father and goal-oriented fiance who want him to have a steady career in the family grocery business. Anthony finds support from his great Uncle Bill and an enigmatic older woman who teaches him to swing dance in a night club frozen in time from the 1940s.

Categories: Drama, Fantasy, Romance.

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Swing Vote cover

2.5 chucks rating
PG-13

Swing Vote. (2008) Kevin Costner, Madeline Caroll, Paula Patton, Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Lane, Stanley Tucci, George Lopez, Judge Reinhold, Charles Esten. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern. Directed by Michael Jenkins. In a remarkable turn-of-events, the result of the presidential election comes down to one man’s vote.

Categories: Comedy.

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Sydney White cover

2.5 chucks rating
PG-13

Sydney White. (2007) Amanda Bynes, Sara Paxton, Matt Long, Jack Carpenter, Jeremy Howard, Crystal Hunt, Adam Hendershott , Danny Strong, Samm Levine, Libby Mintz, John Schneider, Arnie Pantoja, Donté Bonner, Brian Patrick Clarke. Directed by Joe Nussbaum. Sydney White is a down to earth college freshman who pledges her late mother’s once dignified sorority. But sorority president and campus queen Rachel Witchburn doesn’t like Sydney and blackballs her from the sorority, forcing Sydney to move in with seven geeky outcasts. With the help of her socially challenged new friends and Greek admirer Tyler Prince, Sydney takes on the reigning campus queen to transform the school’s misguided social hierarchy.

Categories: Comedy, Drama.

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