Hero (2002) RT 95% / Audience 87%

DVD release: Nov 2004

One man defeated three assassins who sought to murder the most powerful warlord in pre-unified China.  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Drama • History
DIRECTION:  Zhang Yimou
CAST:  Jet Li  •  Tony Leung Chiu-Wai  •  Maggie Cheung  •  Zhang Ziyi

Capote (2005) RT 90% / Audience 81%

DVD release: Mar 2006

Capote is the biographical film about writer Truman Capote and his assignment for The New Yorker to write the non-fiction book In Cold Blood. Philip Seymour Hoffman won an ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama
DIRECTION:  Bennett Miller
CAST:  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Allie Mickelson  •  Craig Archibald  •  Bronwen Coleman

Rust and Bone (2012)

Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Jacques Audiard
CAST:  Marion Cotillard  •  Matthias Schoenaerts  •  Bouli Lanners  •  Céline Sallette

A Single Man (2009) RT 85% / Audience 81%

DVD release: Jul 2010

Adapted from a 1964 novel of the same name, the film follows a day in the life of George Falconer, a British college professor reeling with the recent and sudden loss of his ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Tom Ford
CAST:  Colin Firth  •  Julianne Moore  •  Nicholas Hoult  •  Matthew Goode

Empire of the Sun (1987) RT 83% / Audience 90%

DVD release: Nov 2001

The story of young English boy who lives with his parents in Shanghai during World War II. After the Pearl Harbor attack, the Japanese occupy the Shanghai International ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • History • War
DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  John Malkovich  •  Miranda Richardson  •  Nigel Havers

The Last Samurai (2003) RT 66% / Audience 83%

DVD release: May 2004

Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare -- in this lush epic set in the 1870s, which finds Algren learning to respect ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Drama • History • War
DIRECTION:  Edward Zwick
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Ken Watanabe  •  William Atherton  •  Chad Lindberg

The Color Purple (1985) RT 88% / Audience 94%

DVD release: Feb 2003

In the southern United States in the 1930s, a male-dominated African American woman fights her way through a troubled life.  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Margaret Avery  •  Danny Glover  •  Akosua Busia

Life Is Beautiful (1997) RT Audience 50%

A touching story of an Italian book seller of Jewish ancestry who lives in his own little fairy tale. His creative and happy life would come to an abrupt halt when his entire ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Roberto Benigni
CAST:  Nicoletta Braschi  •  Roberto Benigni  •  Giorgio Cantarini  •  Giustino Durano

Shame (2011) RT 79% / Audience 75%

DVD release: Apr 2012

Brandon is a New Yorker who shuns intimacy with women but feeds his desires with a compulsive addiction to sex. When his wayward younger sister moves into his apartment ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Steve McQueen
CAST:  Carey Mulligan  •  Michael Fassbender  •  James Badge Dale  •  Hannah Ware

Saving Mr. Banks (2013) RT 78% / Audience 84%

DVD release: Mar 2014

Author P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood as Walt Disney Pictures adapts her novel Mary Poppins for the big screen.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • History
DIRECTION:  John Lee Hancock
CAST:  Emma Thompson  •  Tom Hanks  •  Colin Farrell  •  Paul Giamatti




Collateral (2004) RT 86% / Audience 84%

DVD release: Dec 2004

A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in LA. He must find a way to save both himself ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Jamie Foxx  •  Jada Pinkett Smith  •  Mark Ruffalo

People Like Us (2012) RT 54% / Audience 62%

DVD release: Oct 2012

It tells the story of a struggling man who, after flying home to L.A. for the funeral of his estranged record-producer father, discovers that the will stipulates that he must ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Alex Kurtzman
CAST:  Chris Pine  •  Elizabeth Banks  •  Olivia Wilde  •  Michelle Pfeiffer

Maleficent (2014) RT 50% / Audience 71%

DVD release: Nov 2014

The untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the 1959 classic 'Sleeping Beauty'. A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Family • Fantasy • Romance
DIRECTION:  Robert Stromberg
CAST:  Angelina Jolie  •  Elle Fanning  •  Juno Temple  •  Sharlto Copley

Driving Miss Daisy (1989) RT 82% / Audience 81%

DVD release: Apr 1997

The story of an old Jewish widow named Daisy Werthan and her relationship with her colored chauffeur Hoke. From an initial mere work relationship grew in 25 years a strong ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Bruce Beresford
CAST:  Morgan Freeman  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Dan Aykroyd  •  Patti LuPone

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) RT Audience 92%

DVD release: Oct 2003

Rahul & Anjali are best friends that fall into a romance triangle once Tina arrives. Rahul & Tina marry & have a child, which Tina names Anjali, but Tina dies in ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Karan Johar
CAST:  Shahrukh Khan  •  Kajol  •  Rani Mukerji  •  Salman Khan

Only God Forgives (2013) RT 41% / Audience 37%

DVD release: Oct 2013

Julian, who runs a Thai boxing club as a front organization for his family's drug smuggling operation, is forced by his mother Jenna to find and kill the individual ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Nicolas Winding Refn
CAST:  Ryan Gosling  •  Kristin Scott Thomas  •  Gordon Brown  •  Tom Burke

The Theory of Everything (2014) RT 79% / Audience 84%

DVD release: Feb 2015

A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  James Marsh
CAST:  Felicity Jones  •  Emily Watson  •  Harry Lloyd  •  David Thewlis

The Darjeeling Limited (2007) RT 69% / Audience 78%

DVD release: Feb 2008

Three American brothers who have not spoken to each other in a year set off on a train voyage across India with a plan to find themselves and bond with each other -- to become ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Wes Anderson
CAST:  Owen Wilson  •  Jason Schwartzman  •  Adrien Brody  •  Bill Murray

Gran Torino (2008) RT 79% / Audience 90%

DVD release: Jun 2009

Walt Kowalski, an iron-willed and inflexible Korean War veteran living in a changing world, is forced by his immigrant neighbors to confront his long-held prejudices.  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Clint Eastwood
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Cory Hardrict  •  John Carroll Lynch  •  Geraldine Hughes

Disconnect (2012) RT 68% / Audience 75%

DVD release: Sep 2013

Disconnect interweaves multiple storylines about people searching for human connection in today’s wired world. Through poignant turns that are both harrowing and touching, the ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Henry Alex Rubin
CAST:  Jason Bateman  •  Hope Davis  •  Frank Grillo  •  Paula Patton