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Schindler's List (1993)

Schindler's List
★★★★
★★★★
3.6 out of 4 stars

From Steven Spielberg, starring Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall
Rated R

"Schindler's List" is an Academy Award-winning 1993 American historical drama written and directed by Steven Spielberg. Set during World War II, the film tells the true story of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who saved the lives of more than a thousand mainly Polish-Jewish refugees from the Holocaust by employing them in his factories. The film follows Schindler's efforts, as well as those of his Jewish accountant Itzhak Stern, to protect his Jewish workforce after witnessing the horrors and inhumanity of the Nazi Concentration Camps. The film features an acclaimed performance by Liam Neeson as Schindler and a supporting cast that includes Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, and Caroline Goodall.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

The Silence of the Lambs
★★★★
★★★★
3.4 out of 4 stars

From Jonathan Demme, starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons
Rated R

The Silence of the Lambs is an Academy Award-winning psychological thriller directed by Jonathan Demme and based on Thomas Harris' 1988 novel. The film follows FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) as she attempts to track down a serial killer known as "Buffalo Bill" (Ted Levine). To do this, she seeks guidance from the brilliant but unsettlingly charming Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer. Clarice must battle her own demons as she races against time to find the killer, all while facing the twisted manipulations of Hannibal Lecter. The Silence of the Lambs is a thrilling and suspenseful exploration of the darker side of our own humanity.

L.A. Confidential (1997)

L.A. Confidential
★★★★
★★★★
3.3 out of 4 stars

From Curtis Hanson, starring Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger
Rated R

L.A. Confidential is a 1997 American neo-noir crime film directed, produced, and co-written by Curtis Hanson. Set in 1953, it follows the interconnected lives of three Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers and a career criminal as they navigate the secrets, lies, and corruption of a city fueled by celebrity and scandal. The story begins as a serial killer known as the "Night Owl Murders" terrorizes the city, leading Detective Ed Exley (Guy Pearce) and his team of LAPD Detectives including Bud White (Russell Crowe) and Jack Vincennes (Kevin Spacey) to start unraveling the shocking truth behind the mysterious murders. As they delve into the case, they uncover a seedy underworld of corruption, blackmail, and murder. With the help of a journalist (Kim Basinger) they uncover the truth and justice is eventually served. L.A. Confidential is filled with tension, suspense, and complex characters, earning it numerous awards and accolades including Academy Award wins for Best Screenplay Adaptation and Best Supporting Actress (Basinger). It was also nominated for Best Picture.

Jaws (1975)

Jaws
★★★★
★★★★
3.2 out of 4 stars

From Steven Spielberg, starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary
Rated PG

Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg. It tells the story of a great white shark that terrorizes the fictional seaside resort town of Amity Island, and the three men who attempt to stop it. Police Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider), marine biologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss), and professional shark hunter Quint (Robert Shaw) team up to hunt down the deadly predator. After several deadly encounters with the shark, the men come up with a plan to use a large barrel to lure it close enough to the surface for them to shoot it. In the thrilling climax, the men succeed in killing the shark, saving the town from its reign of terror.

Network (1976)

Network
★★★★
★★★★
3.2 out of 4 stars

From Sidney Lumet, starring Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall
Rated R

Network is a 1976 satirical drama film, directed by Sidney Lumet and written by Paddy Chayefsky. It stars Faye Dunaway, William Holden, and Peter Finch in an ensemble cast, and tells the story of a news anchor (Finch) who, in the face of declining ratings, expounds on-air his harsh views of society, and calls for extreme changes in order to restore order. The film follows the characters’ personal and professional lives as they encounter ethical and moral dilemmas, and their reactions to and attempts to cope with the rapidly changing landscape of 1970s America. Network also examines the impact of the mass media on society and its influence on public opinion.

The Conformist (1970)

The Conformist
★★★★
★★★★
3.2 out of 4 stars

From Bernardo Bertolucci, starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Gastone Moschin, Enzo Tarascio
Rated R

The Conformist is a 1970 Italian drama film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, and Gastone Moschin. The film follows Marcello Clerici (Trintignant), an Italian fascist who is recruited by the secret police to assassinate his former college professor. As he prepares for the mission, Marcello struggles with his internal conflict between his duty to the fascist state and his desire to be free from the oppressive regime. The film follows Marcello's journey as he attempts to reconcile his inner conflict and ultimately make a decision about who he is and what he stands for. As Marcello struggles to come to terms with his identity, the audience is presented with a vivid and nuanced portrait of fascism and its corrupting force on individuals.

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
★★★★
★★★★
3.2 out of 4 stars

From Cristian Mungiu, starring Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, Alexandru Potocean
Rated Not Rated

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is a 2007 Romanian film directed by Cristian Mungiu. Set in 1987 Romania, the film follows the story of two university students, Otilia and Gabita, as they attempt to get an illegal abortion. The film follows their harrowing journey as they struggle to find a doctor willing to perform the abortion, dodging police officers and oppressive communist laws. With the help of Otilia's friend, Bebe, they eventually find a doctor willing to perform the procedure, as well as a hotel where it can be done. Despite the challenges posed by their situation, Otilia and Gabita ultimately persevere and the abortion is successfully performed. The film won the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival in 2007, becoming the first Romanian film to do so.

Grizzly Man (2005)

Grizzly Man
★★★★
★★★★
3.1 out of 4 stars

From Werner Herzog, starring Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog, Carol Dexter
Rated R

Grizzly Man is a documentary film directed by Werner Herzog about the life and death of Timothy Treadwell, an environmentalist and amateur bear enthusiast. The film follows the life of Treadwell, who spent the last 13 summers of his life living among grizzly bears in Alaska's Katmai National Park, and ultimately his death at the hands of one of the bears. The film includes interviews with those who knew him, and is interspersed with footage shot by Treadwell himself. The film examines Treadwell's life, his motivations and his love for the bears, as well as the dangers of his lifestyle. Ultimately, the film serves as a meditation on the relationship between man and nature, and the potential consequences of a disregard for the natural balance of the environment.

The Endurance (2000)

The Endurance
★★★★
★★★★
3.1 out of 4 stars

From George Butler, starring Liam Neeson, Julian Ayer, John Blackborow, David Cale
Rated G

The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition is a 2000 documentary by director George Butler. The film follows the story of explorer Ernest Shackleton and his crew of 27 men who attempted the 1914 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. After their ship, the Endurance, was stuck and eventually crushed in the ice of the Weddell Sea, the men spent 18 months in life-or-death struggle against the forces of nature in the Antarctic. Shackleton and his men survived their ordeal, ultimately returning home with all members of the crew in tact – an amazing feat of human determination and courage. The film features real footage and interviews with some of the crew's last surviving members.

Taken (2008)

Taken
★★★★
★★★★
3.1 out of 4 stars

From Pierre Morel, starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Leland Orser
Rated PG-13

Taken is an action-packed thriller starring Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills, a former CIA operative struggling to come to terms with his retirement. When his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) and her best friend Amanda (Katie Cassidy) go missing while on vacation in Paris, Bryan uses his old skills to track them down and rescue them from a human trafficking ring. Along the way, Bryan must battle ruthless criminals and corrupt government officials as he races against time to save his daughter. In the end, Bryan succeeds in his mission and brings Kim and Amanda home safely.

Man on Wire (2008)

Man on Wire
★★★★
★★★★
3.1 out of 4 stars

From James Marsh, starring Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau, Annie Allix
Rated PG-13

Man on Wire is a documentary directed by James Marsh that chronicles the life of high-wire artist Philippe Petit and his daring 1974 walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Through interviews with Petit and those closest to him, as well as stunning reenactments shot on location, the film captures the incredible journey of planning and executing the stunt. As Petit and his small team of co-conspirators pull off the seemingly impossible feat, the tension builds to a gripping climax. With its eye-opening look at human daring and ambition, Man on Wire is sure to leave viewers captivated.

Lord of War (2005)

Lord of War
★★★★
★★★★
3 out of 4 stars

From Andrew Niccol, starring Nicolas Cage, Ethan Hawke, Jared Leto, Bridget Moynahan
Rated R

Lord of War (2005) is a crime drama directed by Andrew Niccol and starring Nicolas Cage as arms dealer Yuri Orlov. The film follows Orlov's rise to power as an international arms smuggler, and his subsequent descent into despair and guilt as his life spirals out of control. In addition to Cage, the film stars Ethan Hawke, Ian Holm, Jared Leto, and Bridget Moynahan. The story begins in Ukraine in the late 1980s, when Yuri is a young man looking to escape his home country and make his fortune. He soon discovers a lucrative business in the illegal arms trade, dealing weapons to buyers in Africa, the Middle East, and beyond. As Yuri builds his empire, he experiences a good life filled with money and luxury. But as his wealth and power increase, his conscience begins to haunt him and he is forced to confront the moral implications of his actions. Ultimately, Yuri realizes the terrible consequences of his actions and is left to contemplate a life built on blood money.

The Invisible War (2012)

The Invisible War
★★★★
★★★★
3 out of 4 stars

From Kirby Dick, starring Amy Ziering, Kirby Dick, Kori Cioca, Jessica Hinves
Rated Not Rated

The Invisible War is an exposé of the systemic cover-up of military rape cases. Through interviews with victims, as well as military and government officials, the film brings to light the high rate of sexual assault in the US military and reveals the culture of impunity that has enabled it to continue for decades. The film follows the stories of several survivors of military sexual assault, providing an inside look at the devastating physical, mental and emotional effects. It also exposes how the military justice system has failed to protect victims, instead punishing them for speaking out and leaving them without a sense of justice or closure. By revealing the personal stories of survivors and their attempts to bring justice to their assailants, The Invisible War shows the urgent need for reform in the military justice system.

Midnight Express (1978)

Midnight Express
★★★★
★★★★
3 out of 4 stars

From Alan Parker, starring Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli
Rated R

Midnight Express is a 1978 drama film directed by Alan Parker. It stars Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, and Bo Hopkins. Based on the true story of Billy Hayes, an American college student who is caught attempting to smuggle hashish out of Turkey and sentenced to more than 30 years in prison, the movie follows his harrowing experiences in a Turkish prison and his eventual escape. The film’s title is derived from Hayes' nickname for the night train out of Istanbul that he was planning to take before his arrest. Hayes' experiences of corruption and brutality at the hands of prison guards and his fellow inmates, and his attempts to escape, make for a gripping story. The film was a commercial success and received six Academy Award nominations, winning two awards for Best Original Score and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Devil's Advocate (1997)

The Devil's Advocate
★★★★
★★★★
3 out of 4 stars

From Taylor Hackford, starring Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, Jeffrey Jones
Rated R

The Devil's Advocate is a 1997 American supernatural horror film directed by Taylor Hackford and starring Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, and Charlize Theron. The plot revolves around an ambitious young lawyer, Kevin Lomax (Reeves) who is offered a job at a prestigious law firm in New York City. He quickly finds out that his new firm, run by the mysterious John Milton (Pacino), is actually a front for Satan. Kevin must then choose between his ambition and his soul, as he fights against the forces of darkness while battling his own inner demons. With the help of his wife Mary Ann (Theron) and a mysterious figure called The Devil's Advocate, Kevin must battle the ultimate evil and determine his own fate.

The Imposter (2012)

The Imposter
★★★★
★★★★
3 out of 4 stars

From Bart Layton, starring Adam O'Brian, Nicholas Barclay, Carey Gibson, Bryan Gibson
Rated R

The Imposter is a 2012 documentary film directed by Bart Layton that tells the story of an extraordinary and mysterious con artist, Frédéric Bourdin. In 1997, a teenage boy named Nicholas Barclay went missing in San Antonio, Texas. Three years later, a man claiming to be Nicholas appeared in Spain and was quickly accepted by his family and community. However, as the investigation into the mysterious reappearance advanced, it became clear that the teen was an imposter whose real name is Frédéric Bourdin. The film follows the story of Frédéric as he attempts to convince everyone that he is the missing Nicholas, and reveals the true story behind his deception.

Felon (2008)

Felon
★★★★
★★★★
3 out of 4 stars

From Ric Roman Waugh, starring Stephen Dorff, Marisol Nichols, Vincent Miller, Anne Archer
Rated R

Possession (1981)

Possession
★★★★
★★★★
2.9 out of 4 stars

From Andrzej Zulawski, starring Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neill, Margit Carstensen, Heinz Bennent
Rated R

Split (2016)

Split
★★★★
★★★★
2.9 out of 4 stars

From M. Night Shyamalan, starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula
Rated PG-13

Mr. Brooks (2007)

Mr. Brooks
★★★★
★★★★
2.9 out of 4 stars

From Bruce A. Evans, starring Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, William Hurt, Dane Cook
Rated R

Runaway Train (1985)

Runaway Train
★★★★
★★★★
2.9 out of 4 stars

From Andrey Konchalovskiy, starring Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay, Kyle T. Heffner
Rated R

Alive (1993)

Alive
★★★★
★★★★
2.8 out of 4 stars

From Frank Marshall, starring Ethan Hawke, Vincent Spano, Josh Hamilton, Bruce Ramsay
Rated R

In the Fade (2017)

In the Fade
★★★★
★★★★
2.8 out of 4 stars

From Fatih Akin, starring Numan Acar, Adam Bousdoukos, Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto
Rated R

Midsommar (2019)

Midsommar
★★★★
★★★★
2.8 out of 4 stars

From Ari Aster, starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren, William Jackson Harper
Rated R

Martin (1976)

Martin
★★★★
★★★★
2.8 out of 4 stars

From George A. Romero, starring John Amplas, Lincoln Maazel, Christine Forrest, Elyane Nadeau
Rated R

 



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