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Death at a Funeral (2008)

If you need some laughs, you'll definitely find them in this dark comedy about a funeral held at an English country manor. Family members and friends gather and the proceedings get more and more out of control as hallucinogenic drugs, family secrets, sibling rivalry, and a blackmailing dwarf cross paths. It's not a spoiler to reveal that there definitely is a death by the end of this funeral, but it isn't the guy in the casket. It could even be you, dying of laughter.

Bernie (2012)

Hilariously funny, pathetic and sad all at the same time, this movie mashes up crime comedy and faux documentary methods to dramatize a true story of love and murder in the small east Texas town of Carthage.  Jack Black stars as Bernie Tiede, the humble, attentive and beloved assistant funeral director who befriends Marjorie Nugent, a wealthy and nasty old widow played by Shirley MacLaine. What begins as an innocent friendship between a good-hearted man and a lonely woman slowly goes bad, really bad.

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

A hip and cynical young Seattle magazine employee and his two slave-interns travel to a small coastal Washington state town to follow up on an unusual classified ad.  They discover a mysterious, paranoid loner looking for a time-travel partner--and also learn something about themselves and how to live truly in the here-and-now.  Sweet, funny, and charming with both low-key suspense and romance, plus an engaging cast portraying three-dimensional characters that will win you over even when they are being annoying.

The Artist (2011)

Yes, you should see "The Artist" because it won the Academy Award but, more importantly, you should see this film because it's so much FUN!!!  The storytelling is brilliant and the characters are remarkably robust considering this is a silent film (well, for the most part).  Jean Dujardin plays George Valentin, a silent movie superstar.  Along come "talkies" and George denounces them as a fad.  For newcomer Peppy Miller, the talkies present an opportunity to catapult her to stardom.  "The Artist" tells the story of their interlinked destinies.  Pay particular atte

My Cousin Vinny (1992)

Just as funny as it was when it was released in 1992!

Holiday Inn (1942)

Two song and dance men: one (Fred Astaire) loves being in the business, the other (Bing Crosby) is ready to chuck it all in.  Bing decides to buy a picturesque farm in Connecticut.  He soon finds out he's not the farming type.  Instead, he'll open an inn and offer singing, dancing and dining, only on the holidays.  Bing finds the perfect partner in Marjorie Reynolds.  Everything is working out beautifully until Fred decides to set his sights on Bing's girl and make her his new dancing partner.  Great holiday film for the whole family with amazing music by Irving B

Legally Blonde (2001)

Reese Witherspoon stars as Elle Woods, a fashion-obsessed California sorority girl who goes to Harvard Law School to get her man, who left her because he needs a "Jackie" not a "Marilyn" by his side for his ascent to senatorhood. Witherspoon's comic charm makes this movie a guilty pleasure. Check Our Catalog

Win Win (2011)

A slightly schlumpy elder law attorney on the verge of bankruptcy and a sullen teen runaway end up in an unusual blended family in this funny and touching comedy. Paul Giamatti stars as the lawyer who makes a bad professional mistake but has a chance to redeem himself in the end.

Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Barbara Stanwyck plays Elizabeth Lane, a journalist who writes a column for a woman's magazine all about her perfect life on a farm in Connecticut with her husband and baby. She even throws in a recipe or two.  So impressed is the publisher of her magazine that he asks her to entertain a war hero for Christmas. Too bad she's really a single New Yorker who doesn't know how to cook. To keep her job she enlists the aid of several friends to make her pretend life a reality.

The Apartment (1960)

In this precursor to Mad Men, C. C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) lets the executives at his insurance company borrow his apartment for trysts with their mistresses.  It pays off nicely with promotions until the reality of a discarded mistress left at his apartment causes C.C. to rethink his arrangement.

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