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


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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'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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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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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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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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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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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 was the premiere episode of 1995's The Outer Limits, titled Sandkings. From IMDB: When his research project is closed down, Simon Kress rescues a few of its living subjects and transplants them to a recreation of their native Martian environment in his barn. They grow and learn, but then Kress makes an error with disastrous implications. ...


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The movie you're looking for is most probably 36 Hours from 1965. It stars James Garner as an Allied officer captured shortly before D-Day. The Germans stage a play for him pretending that he was in coma and meanwhile the Allies have won, to trick him into revealing the supposedly successful Allied attack plans. In this psychological war-drama an Army ...


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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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That sounds exactly like the famous Twilight Zone episode "Time Enough at Last". According to Wikipedia, the final speech is That's not fair. That's not fair at all. There was time now. There was all the time I needed...! That's not fair!


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Taken (2008) Bryan Mills, a retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, Kim, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris. From the movie's Wikipedia entry, a description of the kidnapping: Kim is pulled out violently from under the bed, and she complies with her father's ...


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This is definitely a Stephen King story: The Langoliers. It was a short story in Four Past Midnight.Description from IMDB:Most of the passengers on an airplane disappear, and the remainder land the plane in a mysteriously barren airport...its like the world is dead. No one is there, the air is still, sound doesn't echo, the food is tasteless. And a distant ...


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I'm having a hard time placing the ballerina segment, but the conductor makes me think of one of George Pal's more famous Puppetoons, Bravo, Mr. Strauss (1943). George Pal is considered one of the foremost animators of the 40's and 50's, and his prolific output was employed by many advertising companies before he successfully turned his hand to ...


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After some Googling I found one movie that seems to be pretty much like you described it: Drop Dead Fred. "A young woman finds her already unstable life rocked by the presence of a rambunctious imaginary friend from childhood." The imaginary friend here is played by comedy actor Rik Mayall, wearing a green suit.


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I am 99% sure that the movie you are describing is Oceans 12 with George Clooney, Brad Pitt et al. You've almost perfectly described their attempted robbery of a building where they need to raise the building to fire something through a window to disable security. This is their first attempt to raise the cash to pay off Terry Benedict, and occurs early in ...


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You are looking for "A Guy Thing", if my memory is correct. Oh! You can also confirm at this review on amazon where the scene in question is explicitly mentioned: A moment I particularly like is when Paul Coleman (Jason Lee) is beaten up by Ray and thrown into a dumpster. His fiancee Karen (Selma Blair) happens along. Of course, being a guy trying to ...


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This sounds like the premise of the TV Show Pushing Daisies. I do not know if there was a movie that used a similar premise. Ned possesses the unique talent of being able to bring the dead to life merely by touching them. However, the person may remain alive only for one minute, or else someone else dies for them. A second touch will render the ...


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Do you mean Sliding Doors? Gwyneth Paltrow has two alternate realities which are driven by whether she managed to get on a tube train in time or not. In one, she finds her boyfriend at home on his own (his lover having just left) in the other, she catches them in bed.


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The movie you're looking for is most probably Daybreakers. I cannot say much to prove my claim, other than that its plot matches your descriptions in pretty much every aspect, as can be seen from the corresponding Wikipedia article.


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Sounds like Paycheck. Ben Affleck plays an engineer who is hired to work on a top-secret project with the understanding that his memory will be erased after he completes the job. He completes the job, and he gives up millions of dollars to receive an envelope, which contains several items such as a key, a pack of cigarettes, sunglasses, a bullet, etc. ...


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Looks like the giant robot from The Day the Earth Stood Still, a remake of the 1951 film with the same name. The 2008 remake stars Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly; The robot's name is GORT, which is short for Genetically Organised Robotic Technology.


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Here's an excerpt from a review of Dobermann (1997): During the heist, they are pursued by a policeman on a motorcycle, they grab the guy off the cycle and into their car, shove grenade into his helmet, toss him out onto the street, and we watch him panic before exploding. I'd say that's a match. P.S. Now that I know the title, it's easy to find the ...


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That sounds like The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest (2002). A former marketing guy is assigned the task of designing a low-price PC. The target price was $99, but it did have a holographic display in place of a monitor.



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