When a girl leaving a beach party on Amity Island, New England goes for an evening swim in the Atlantic, she is brutally attacked and eaten by a colossal great white shark. While the Mayor refuses to close the beach out of fear that the lack of tourism that would ensue would have a huge financial backlash on the town, another person is brutally killed. A bounty is placed on the shark which motivates amateur shark-hunters to go after it. However, they only managed to capture and kill a tiger shark which, while putting the public at ease as they assume it was the same creature, raises suspicions amongst a not so easily fooled group of people in the shape of a police chef, a fisherman and a marine scientist who determinedly set out to find and destroy the real menace.
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Amityville is based on the famous book of the same name -- a story which is shrouded in mystery and passed off as true. Here's what really happened: In 1974, the DeFeo family living at 112 Ocean Avenue, in Amityville, New York, were shot and killed while sleeping in their beds. The culprit was the son, who is still in prison for murdering six members of his family. The house was eventually sold, and in 1977 the Lutz family moved in. 28 days later, they fled the house in fear for their lives.
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The Hustler has always stood out as not just a great movie about the con game, but as a great movie, period. Paul Newman's study of a pool hustler who goes through the highest highs and the lowest lows is so dazzling that an hour will go by before you look at the clock and realize... I'm watching a movie about pool.
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It was the beast that launched a thousand monster movies. It was the film that sparked Spielberg's fame. The low strings on the soundtrack still strike terror in the hearts of millions. It has some of the most memorable lines of dialogue in the history of the movies. It's Jaws, and it's back with a 25th anniversary VHS and DVD. The consummate motion picture of any number of genres (monster, horror, fishing, etc.) Jaws is a true classic that should be owned and loved by any movie lover.
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Hoffman is unforgettable, as is Bancroft (supposedly old enough to be Hoffman's mother but actually only 6 years his senior in real life). Of course, Buck Henry and Calder Willingham's adaptation of Charles Webb's novel is what makes this picture so perfectly solid ("Mrs. Robinson... you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?"), and who can forget the masterful direction of Mike Nichols, here in his prime, setting up that immortal shot of Hoffman as seen beneath the bent knee of Bancroft? And Simon & Garfunkel's soundtrack is also perfectly apt, unforgettable to this day.
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