The Tempest

The Tempest, based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare, is written and directed by Julie Taymor. The play’s main character was Prospero, and Taymor changed the character’s gender to cast Helen Mirren as Prospera. In Shakespeare’s play, Prospero was the Duke of Milan. In the adaptation, Prospera is the wife of the duke. She is “more overtly wronged” than Prospero; when the duke is killed, his brother Antonio (played by Chris Cooper) accuses her of killing him with witchcraft. Antonio makes the accusation to rid of Prospera and claim her royal title. Taymor said, “She had her whole life taken away from her because she was a woman.” Prospera wants to prevent the same thing from happening to her daughter

The Dark Knight Rises

Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman assumes responsibility for Dent’s crimes to protect the late attorney’s reputation and is subsequently hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years later, Batman encounters the mysterious Selina Kyle and the villainous Bane, a new terrorist leader who overwhelms Gotham’s finest. The Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.

The Duellists

In 1830, as Napoleon Bonaparte rises to power in France, a rivalry erupts between Armand and Gabriel, two lieutenants in the French Army, over a perceived insult. For over a decade, they engage in a series of duels amidst larger conflicts, including the failed French invasion of Russia in 1812, and shifts in the political and social systems of Europe.

Beyond Therapy

Manhattanites Bruce and Prudence are each looking for a meaningful romantic relationship and have been encouraged by their psychiatrists to find someone through the personal ads. Their first meeting is disastrous, but they begin to hit it off during their second date. However, Bruce’s bisexual, live-in lover does not want to share Bruce and is willing to do whatever it takes to keep him to himself.