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Catch Me If You Can(2002) A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr., who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars' worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. ...


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That sounds like Source Code An action thriller centered on a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.


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This sounds like Luc Besson's Leon: The Professional from 1994 with Natalie Portman about a hitman adopting a girl after her family is wiped out (he also finds her sitting and smoking on the stairs in his building). They also take care of a potted plant together. It ends in the manner you've described (he offs himself with grenades to take out the villain). ...


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Luis Buñuel's Le fantôme de la liberté (The Phantom of Liberty) (1974): One of Luis Bunuel's most free-form and purely Surrealist films, consisting of a series of only vaguely related episodes - most famously, the dinner party scene where people sit on lavatories round a dinner table on, occasionally retiring to a little room to eat. The scene ...


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You are thinking of Pleasantville from 1998. From IMDb: A brother and sister from the 1990s are sucked into their television set and suddenly find themselves trapped in a 1950s style television show. Here they have loving parents, old fashioned values, and an overwhelming amount of innocence and naivete. Not sure how to get home, they integrate ...


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I think the movie you are looking for is Toys (1992) starring Robin Williams


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This is Law Abiding Citizen from 2009 with Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx: Clyde Shelton's family is brutally murdered. The ones responsible are caught. However, because of improper procedure, the D.A., Nick Rice only has circumstantial evidence. So he decides to get one of them to testify against the other. When Shelton learns of this, he is not happy. ...


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This is Source Code with Jake Gyllenhaal from 2011:


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This sounds very much like MirrorMask, a wonderful movie. It isn't French or Eastern European, but it does have some bohemian style to it (a bit like The City of Lost Children). So it's not surprising that you might recall the movie like that. The creature is actually a compilation of several creatures, with the ability to use their stilt-caterpillar shape ...


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I'm not 100% sure, but it sounds like you're referring to Explorers. This was an 80's movie that featured a ship built by kids, surrounded by a bubble. I don't remember the hole in the earth scene, but it sounds like something that would have been in this movie, and perhaps I just don't remember it.


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This sounds like Dark City (1998): John Murdoch awakens alone in a strange hotel to find that he has lost his memory and is wanted for a series of brutal and bizarre murders. While trying to piece together his past, he stumbles upon a fiendish underworld controlled by a group of beings known as The Strangers who possess the ability to put people to sleep ...


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Sounds like John Carpenter's cult classic They Live from 1988: Nada, a down-on-his-luck construction worker, discovers a pair of special sunglasses. Wearing them, he is able to see the world as it really is: people being bombarded by media and government with messages like "Stay Asleep", "No Imagination", "Submit to Authority". Even scarier is that he is ...


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There are a number of science fiction movies involving ants, and based on your memory, it might be a challenge to determine if it was truly a made-for-tv-movie...or just a very old movie that happened to be broadcast one night on the tube. Nevertheless, the closest matches to your description are: Phase IV (1974) It Happened at Lakewood Manor / Panic at ...


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The title of the movie is Bitter Moon, which came out in 1992 in the UK and 1994 in the US. It was directed by Roman Polanski and stars Hugh Grant as Nigel.


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I believe that you are thinking of Gattaca. It presents a society driven by eugenics. A family has two sons, one "naturally" and one using the genetic manipulations. The natural born son faces much discrimination because of his poor genetics. Eventually, he borrows the identity of a "valid" (since genetically he is unfit for the space program) who has an ...


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This quote is from the beginning of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, when Bilbo first meets Gandalf (a character much similar to Dumbledore in looks and demeanor) in front of his house: Bilbo: Good morning. Gandalf: What do you mean? Do you mean to wish me a good morning or do you mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not? Or perhaps ...


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That is one of four stories in Twilight Zone: The Movie from 1983. As IMDB plot summary describes: "a young woman on the road gives a ride to a mysterious 10-year-old boy to his house and ends up trapped with other people in an alternate reality created by the boy's imagination."


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I believe that you are thinking of Superman 2. The villans (General Zod, Ursa and Non) had been banished from Krypton into the "Phantom Zone" which was depicted as what looked similar to a plane of glass that flew through space. Right up until Superman pushes a nuclear bomb out of Earth's atmosphere and into space to save Paris (I think). When the device ...


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You're thinking of The Truman Show (1998), starring Jim Carrey. He actually learns that he is the subject of a television program earlier; he uses the sailboat to reach the dome surrounding his "world" at the end of the film.


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Is it WarGames? It falls in your 20 year window (1983) and contains the word "war." A "global" war. It also featured a smart hacker kid, played by Matthew Broderick, who inadvertently starts a possible world war. He must "teach" the computer that it is not possible to win a global thermonuclear war. This is accomplished by getting it to run through ...


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It's Contact, released in 1997, starring Jodie Foster. The 'Nazi video' is actually a TV broadcast of the 1936 Olympic opening ceremony. The signal which is received on Earth includes this broadcast, enabling the Earth scientists to calculate how far away the source of the response is.


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This is Tales From the Darkside, the movie. The monster is Tommy Chong's daughter (IRL), I believe. It was 1 of about 3 or 4 stories in the whole thing.


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This might be Source Code (2011) starring Jake Gyllenhaal plot: An action thriller centered on a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.


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Sounds like Wild Child from 2008. From an online synopsis: Poppy (Emma Roberts) is a Malibu barbie in miniature whose misadventures cause her father (Aidan Quinn) to send her to boarding school in England to eradicate her aggressive impulses [...] After a series of mishaps and wacky coincidences, she becomes captain of the Lacrosse team and ends up as an ...


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That sounds like John Carpenter's remake of The Thing, (1982). Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills. There is a scene like you describe, with a severed head pulling itself along the floor with a long prehensile tongue. You can watch that clip here.


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It's 3-iron, actually a Korean movie~ Tae-suk (Jae Hee) is a loner who drives around on his motorbike, taping takeout menus over the keyholes of front doors and breaking into apartments where the menus have not been removed. He lives in those apartments while their owners are away, washing their clothes and mending their broken appliances. When ...


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Further to my comment - I believe the movie you are thinking of is indeed Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, as it fits perfectly into the fantasy/adventure/mystical genre of the Indy films. From the synopsis: The planets of the solar system are going into planetary alignment (Which occurs every 5,000 years), and a secret society called the Illuminati is seeking an ...


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It sounds like the third segment of Tales from the Darkside: The Movie - A despondent artist named Preston (played by James Remar) witnesses a gruesome murder by a gargoyle-like monster. The monster gets Preston to swear to never speak of what he saw in exchange for a promise to spare his life. After making the promise, Preston meets a beautiful ...


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Could it be Flatliners, a 1990 movie starring Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts and Kevin Bacon? It is about medical students doing exactly what you describe.


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The plot you've outlined reminds me of Sphere, a 1998 Sci-Fi psychological thriller film adapted from a Michael Chrichton novel — although they don't return "home", they return back to their underwater habitat. Synopsis: In the middle of the southern Pacific Ocean, a thousand feet below the surface, what is believed to be an alien spacecraft is ...



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