Charlene’s Top 10

content.chilifreshTheir Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Thurston: A drama set in the 1920s, where free-spirited Janie Crawford’s search for happiness leads her through several different marriages, challenging the mores of her small town.

Moonstruck: An “unlucky in love” Italian-American widow just weeks away from her wedding falls for her fiance’s younger brother.

Crimes of the Heart: Three eccentric southern sisters come together for the most unlikely reunion in this tale of family loyalty and the ultimate sibling rivalry.

Mystic River by Dennis Lehane: Three childhood friends are reunited after one loses a daughter, but all for different reasons.

content.chilifresh-1A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith: The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her erratic, eccentric family in the turn-of-the-century Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn.

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me: A ferocious, funny, and poignant portrait of the one-of-a-kind Broadway legend still belting out Sondheim numbers at age 87, the documentary tribute showcases the brash, uncompromising Tony and Emmy winner both on stage and off. The film captures her immeasurable charm, acerbic wit, and impressive accomplishments with candid footage and interviews with friends and collaborators, including Sondheim, Tina Fey, and Nathan Lane.

My Last Supper: 50 Great Chefs and Their Final Meals by Melanie Dunea: Offers an intimate study of fifty of the world’s finest chefs, who describe what their final meal would be and offer one recipe from the meal, with contributions from Jacques Pépin, Mario Batali, Jamie Oliver, and Gordon Ramsay.

New York Doll: Documents the reunion of Arthur “Killer” Kane and other members of the 70s glam rock band The New York Dolls for a performance at the 2004 Meltown Festival.

content.chilifresh-2The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls: The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family’s nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.

Snatch: A diamond heist gone haywire launches gangster, bookies and a dog on a rollicking ride through the rugged world of bare-knuckle boxing in search of the missing stone.

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