Back Again: Redbox Fan Favorites

by | Oct 31st, 2011 | 7:53PM | Filed under: DVD Reviews, Movie Lists, Movies

For the past several months, redbox has been bringing back great movies from the ’90s and ’00s.

Here are seven fan favorites that have arrived since my late-August roundup:

Anchorman The Legend of Ron BurgundyAnchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

If you haven’t seen this classic Will Ferrell comedy, stop everything and go rent it! I mean, how have you survived this long without knowing what in the heck most comedy fans are talking about when they endlessly quote Ron Burgundy and his team of idiot newscasters?

Who’s Ron Burgundy, you ask? He’s a jazz-flute-playin’, snazzily dressed ladies’ man, who just so happens to also be a top-rated 1970s San Diego anchorman. Unfortunately he’s a little old school and believes women have a place in the newsroom—as long as they stick to covering fashion shows or late-breaking cooking news (or pet shows). So when Ron’s informed  he’ll be working with a bright young newswoman who’s beautiful, ambitious and smart enough to be more than eye candy, it’s not just a clash of two TV people with really great hair—it’s war.

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and just about every other major comedian you know (in cameos)

Hey Look, It’s… Seth Rogen, on-screen for just a few seconds as a cameraman… three years before his 2007 starring role in Knocked Up!

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Big DaddyBig Daddy

Thirty-two-year-old Sonny has spent his whole life avoiding responsibility. But when his girlfriend dumps him for an older man, he’s got to find a way to prove he’s ready to grow up. In a desperate last-ditch effort, Sonny adopts five-year-old Julian to impress his ex. But unfortunately she’s not impressed… and he can’t return the kid. D’oh!

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Starring: Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart, Joey Lauren Adams, Kristy Swanson, Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse

Hey Look, It’s… the Sprouse twins as little Julian! They would later go on to become the richest teenage twins in the world, thanks to their starring roles in the Disney sitcom The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. (And now they’re attending New York University. Feel old yet?)

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The Devils OwnThe Devil’s Own

Two of Hollywood’s biggest A-listers square off in this 1997 thriller!

The year is 1993, and the Irish Republican Army has just announced peace talks with the British. Meanwhile, across the pond in New York, police officer Tom O’Meara takes an affable young Irish émigré into his home and makes him part of his family. The refugee, however, has a hidden past and a bloody purpose for coming to America. Upon discovering his boarder’s true identity, the police officer is drawn into a deadly manhunt—the aim of which is not only to capture the Irish rebel, but to save his life.

Genre: Drama, Suspense

Starring: Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Margaret Colin, Ruben Blades, Treat Williams

Hey Look! It’s… Julia Stiles as Harrison Ford’s daughter!

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Four BrothersFour Brothers

Warning: If you can’t handle f-bombs (there’s 62 of ‘em!) or violence, you best pass on this one…

Four adopted brothers from delinquent backgrounds, bound together by their love for the woman who raised them, reunite to avenge her death after her brutal murder turns out to be a gang hit.

Genre: Action

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Garrett Hedlund, André Benjamin, Tyrese Gibson, Terrence Howard, Josh Charles

Hey Look, It’s… Taraji P. Henson, four years before earning an Academy Award nomination for her role as Brad Pitt’s mom in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button… along with Sofía Vergara, who’s now racking up Golden Globe, SAG, and Emmy nominations for her role as Gloria on the sitcom Modern Family.

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The ProfessionalThe Professional

It’s future Oscar winner Natalie Portman in her first-ever movie role! (And guess what, she was a superstar back in 1994, too… and hardly looks any different now, it’s eerie!)

Portman plays the pre-teen protégé of a professional assassin after her parents are brutally murdered in this edge-of-your-seat thriller from writer director Luc (The Fifth Element) Besson.

Genre: Action, Suspense

Starring: Jean Reno, Natalie Portman, and a really, really whacked-out Gary Oldman

Hey, Look! It’s… Michael Badalucco as Portman’s no-good dad. Badalucco is best known as oft morally conflicted “Jimmy Berlutti” from the hit TV series The Practice (which ran from 1997-2004).

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The PeacemakerThe Peacemaker

Two more Hollywood A-listers join forces in this political thriller!

Greedy Russian military officers crash two trains into each other, with the warheads aboard one causing a nuclear blast. The accident is a cover for the theft of weapons for sale to terrorists and rogue governments. In the U.S., intelligence officer Lt. Col. Tom Devoe isn’t fooled. Neither is Dr. Julia Kelly, the acting head of a White House task force on nuclear smuggling. Devoe and Kelly team up to find the nukes, but one warhead is missing. It’s in the hands of Dusan Gavrich, a grief-stricken terrorist planning to call the world’s attention to the war in Croatia with a nuclear explosion in Manhattan. Ruh-roh.

Genre: Action, Suspense

Starring: George Clooney, Nicole Kidman, Marcel Iures, Alexander Baluev, Rene Medvesek

Hey, Look! It’s… Goran Visnjic, best known as Dr. Luka Kovac on the now-defunct TV series ER, as a Russian Sergeant. Goran will next be seen as Lisbeth Salander’s boss and kinda-sorta father figure in David Fincher’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo remake.

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Porter and Val carry off a successful heist, but then Val makes several mistakes: he not only steals Porter’s cut of the money, but also his wife… right before trying to kill him. Now Porter is out for revenge… or should I say payback? (Yep, that’s the title of the film, folks.) He wants his cut and he is determined to get it at all costs. And in this Director’s Cut, we get to see flashbacks AND an entirely new ending.

Genre: Action

Starring: Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello, David Paymer, Bill Duke

Hey, Look! It’s… Marry Me‘s Lucy Liu as Pearl, the badass hit-woman/dominatrix!

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