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James Franco

Director, Actor

Freaks and Geeks (TV Series)Freaks and Geeks (TV Series) (1999) Aro Favourite
Dir. Judd Apatow
Feat. Linda Cardellini, James Franco, Jason Segel
Much loved but unfortunately short lived classic about two distinct groups of teenagers dealing with high school in the eighties. Created by a…
James DeanJames Dean (2001)
Dir. Mark Rydell
Feat. James Franco, Michael Moriarty
Skillful TV biopic of the iconic James Dean, here played with confident relish by James Franco (THE COMPANY, SPIDER–MAN) with a mixture of…
Spider-ManSpider-Man (Spiderman) (2002) Recommended
Dir. Sam Raimi
Feat. Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe
New–improved re–spinning of the Marvel comic book superhero that finds a perfect match of material and director, and the crucially…
SonnySonny (2002)
Dir. Nicolas Cage
Feat. James Franco, Brenda Blethyn, Harry Dean Stanton
Brave directorial debut for Nicolas Cage, proffering the tale of a dischargee from the army (Franco) who has been handraised as a gigolo by his…
Company, TheCompany, The (Das Ensemble) (2003)
Dir. Robert Altman
Feat. Neve Campbell, Malcolm McDowell, James Franco
Arch–auteur Robert Altman pirouettes his way through a multi–stranded drama about a Chicago–based ballet company, set mainly round…
Spider-Man 2Spider-Man 2 (Spiderman 2) (2004) Recommended
Dir. Sam Raimi
Feat. Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina
The webbed superhero swings back with a vengeance in this excellent sequel, dir. Raimi winding up the vertiginous action to exhilarating…
Great Raid, TheGreat Raid, The (2005)
Dir. John Dahl
Feat. Benjamin Bratt, James Franco, Connie Nielsen
Forthright retell of one of WWII's most daring missions, where a group of US Army Rangers plotted to rescue 511 American POWs from a Japanese prison…
Tristan and IsoldeTristan and Isolde (2006)
Dir. Kevin Reynolds
Feat. James Franco, Rufus Sewell, Sophia Myles
Accessible and handsome rendering of the legendary Celtic love affair between a noble British knight (Franco) and an Irish princess (Myles), which…
FlyboysFlyboys (2006)
Dir. Tony Bill
Feat. James Franco, Martin Henderson, Jean Reno
Soaring, occasionally hokey aviation adventure recalling the true–life exploits of the Lafayette Escadrille, a French fighter squadron patched…
Dead Girl, TheDead Girl, The (2006) Aro Favourite
Dir. Karen Moncrieff
Feat. Toni Collette, Piper Laurie, Rose Byrne
A superb ensemble cast give rich life to this exceptional drama that interlinks the unsettling stories of five women connected to the discovery of a…
Spider-Man 3Spider-Man 3 (Spiderman 3) (2007)
Dir. Sam Raimi
Feat. Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco
The third entry in the mega–successful Marvel franchise finds Peter Parker/Spiderman confronting a coterie of villains and emo–like teen…
Camille Camille (2007)
Dir. Gregory Mackenzie
Feat. Sienna Miller, James Franco, David Carradine
A kooky road movie with a macabre twist, Sienna Miller plays a ditzy Southern sweetheart who believes she can change her new petty–crim husband…
Pineapple ExpressPineapple Express (2008) Recommended
Dir. David Gordon Green
Feat. Seth Rogen, James Franco, Bill Hader
Surprisingly touching stoner comedy with Seth Rogen and James Franco playing two dudes on the run from corrupt drug lords after witnessing a murder.…
MilkMilk (2008) Recommended
Dir. Gus Van Sant
Feat. Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin
Saying it proud but not too loud, this dramatized biopic of the first openly–elected gay official fittingly tributes the legacy of San…
Date NightDate Night (2010)
Dir. Shawn Levy
Feat. Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg
Steve Carell and Tina Fey play a bored married couple who are mistaken for a pair of international thieves in this crime–caper cum…
Eat Pray LoveEat Pray Love (2010)
Dir. Ryan Murphy
Feat. Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, Billy Crudup
Julia Roberts plays the divorced globetrotter of Elizabeth Gilbert's best–selling memoir in this gastro tiki tour of Italy, India, and Bali.…
127 Hours127 Hours (2010) Recommended
Dir. Danny Boyle
Feat. James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara
Vivid, imaginatively conceived reenactment of Aron Ralston’s remarkable true story of survival, in which the adventurer performed the unthinkable…
HowlHowl (2010) Recommended
Dir. Robert Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Feat. James Franco, David Strathairn, Jon Hamm
A fitting celebration and account of the making and hostile reception of Allen Ginsberg's famously controversial poem, with James Franco superb as…
William VincentWilliam Vincent (Shadows and Lies) (2010)
Dir. Jay Anania
Feat. James Franco, Martin Donovan, Josh Lucas
A quiet criminal recounts the eccentric path that has brought him to New York – after four years in exile, to rescue the favourite call girl of…
Your HighnessYour Highness (2011)
Dir. David Gordon Green
Feat. Danny McBride, Natalie Portman, James Franco
Deeply irreverent fantasy romp clearly conceived in a cloud of pot smoke has Franco and McBride desperate to rescue Deschanel from an evil wizard…
Rise of the Planet of the ApesRise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) Recommended
Dir. Rupert Wyatt
Feat. James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow
A thought–provoking prequel to the PLANET OF THE APES legacy, set during the present day where a genetically–enhanced chimpanzee uses its…
SalSal (2011)
Dir. James Franco
Feat. Val Lauren, Jim Parrack, James Franco
James Franco directs this chronicle of the final hours of the life of actor Sal Mineo, one–time teen idol and star of the blockbuster film…
Iceman, TheIceman, The (2012)
Dir. Ariel Vromen
Feat. Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans
Michael Shannon embodies cold faced killer Richard Kuklinski in this oddly sympathetic portrait of the notorious contract killer, who was as infamous…
Spring BreakersSpring Breakers (2012)
Dir. Harmony Korine
Feat. Selena Gomez, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Ashley Benson
"Disney Gone Wild" is the catchall for this fleshy coed drama from enfant terrible Harmony Korine, about four spring–breaking girls who become…
TarTar (2012)
Dir. Various
Feat. James Franco, Mila Kunis, Jessica Chastain
In this impressionistic biopic, James Franco portrays C.K. Williams across several decades via a series of 11 short films directed by 12 N.Y.U. film…
Palo AltoPalo Alto (2013)
Dir. Gia Coppola
Feat. Emma Roberts, Jack Kilmer, James Franco
A languid look at the lives and illicit loves of a group of Californian teens approaching the end of their time at high school.
Oz the Great and PowerfulOz the Great and Powerful (2013) Recommended
Dir. Sam Raimi
Feat. James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz
Sam Raimi directs this spectacular re–imagining of the Wizard of Oz legend for Disney studios – an origin story centred on the coming of…
As I Lay DyingAs I Lay Dying (2013)
Dir. James Franco
Feat. James Franco, Danny McBride, Logan Marshall-Green
James Franco tackles William Faulkner's famed stream–of–consciousness novel as both actor and director in this story of a grieving…
This is the EndThis is the End (2013)
Dir. Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Feat. James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen
James Franco and bros get together for a house party unaware that the Rapture is about to strike in this bumbling self–referential comedy of…
LovelaceLovelace (2013)
Dir. Robert Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Feat. Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone
The directors of HOWL turn their attention to the tragi–drama of one–time pornstar Linda Lovelace, whose unexpected stardom for her role…

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