Good Will Hunting (1997) RT 97% / Audience 94%

DVD release: Dec 1998

Will Hunting, a janitor at MIT, has a gift for mathematics but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Gus Van Sant
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Robin Williams  •  Ben Affleck  •  Stellan Skarsgård

Submarine (2011) RT 86% / Audience 81%

DVD release: Oct 2011

15-year-old deep-thinker Oliver Tate struggles to initiate and maintain a relationship with Jordana, his devilish, dark-haired classmate. As his parents' marriage begins to ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Richard Ayoade
CAST:  Craig Roberts  •  Sally Hawkins  •  Paddy Considine  •  Noah Taylor

Spirited Away (2001) RT 97% / Audience 96%

DVD release: Apr 2003

Spirited Away is an Oscar winning Japanese animated film about a ten year old girl who wanders away from her parents along a path that leads to a world ruled by strange and ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Animation • Family • Fantasy
DIRECTION:  Hayao Miyazaki
CAST:  Rumi Hiiragi  •  Miyu Irino  •  Mari Natsuki  •  Takashi Naitô

The Sound of Music (1965)

Film adaptation of a classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical based on a nun who becomes a governess for an Austrian family.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Family • Music • Romance
DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Julie Andrews  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Eleanor Parker  •  Richard Haydn

Lost in Translation (2003) RT 95% / Audience 86%

DVD release: Feb 2004

Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Sofia Coppola
CAST:  Bill Murray  •  Scarlett Johansson  •  Anna Faris  •  Giovanni Ribisi

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) RT 72% / Audience 80%

DVD release: May 2009

Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Fantasy • Mystery • Romance • Thriller
DIRECTION:  David Fincher
CAST:  Cate Blanchett  •  Brad Pitt  •  Tilda Swinton  •  Elle Fanning

The King's Speech (2010) RT 95% / Audience 92%

DVD release: Apr 2011

The King's Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • History
DIRECTION:  Tom Hooper
CAST:  Colin Firth  •  Geoffrey Rush  •  Helena Bonham Carter  •  Guy Pearce

Princess Mononoke (1997) RT 92% / Audience 94%

DVD release: Dec 2000

Ashitaka, a prince of the disappearing Ainu tribe, is cursed by a demonized boar god and must journey to the west to find a cure. Along the way, he encounters San, a young ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Animation • Fantasy
DIRECTION:  Hayao Miyazaki
CAST:  Yōji Matsuda  •  Yuriko Ishida  •  Yūko Tanaka  •  Kaoru Kobayashi

Life of Pi (2012) RT 87% / Audience 84%

DVD release: Mar 2013

The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Drama
DIRECTION:  Ang Lee
CAST:  Suraj Sharma  •  Irrfan Khan  •  Ayush Tandon  •  Gautam Belur

Pan's Labyrinth (2006) RT 95% / Audience 91%

DVD release: May 2007

Living with her tyrannical stepfather in a new home with her pregnant mother, 10-year-old Ofelia feels alone until she explores a decaying labyrinth guarded by a mysterious ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Fantasy • War
DIRECTION:  Guillermo del Toro
CAST:  Ivana Baquero  •  Maribel Verdú  •  Sergi López  •  Doug Jones




The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) RT 91% / Audience 95%

DVD release: Aug 2002

Young hobbit Frodo Baggins, after inheriting a mysterious ring from his uncle Bilbo, must leave his home in order to keep it from falling into the hands of its evil creator. ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Fantasy
DIRECTION:  Peter Jackson
CAST:  Elijah Wood  •  Ian McKellen  •  Viggo Mortensen  •  Liv Tyler

Blade Runner (1982) RT 89% / Audience 91%

DVD release: Aug 1997

In the smog-choked dystopian Los Angeles of 2019, blade runner Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to kill a quartet of replicants who have escaped to Earth seeking their ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Science Fiction • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Rutger Hauer  •  Sean Young  •  Edward James Olmos

Lucy (2014) RT 67% / Audience 47%

DVD release: Jan 2015

A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.  (more)

GENRES: Action • Science Fiction
DIRECTION:  Luc Besson
CAST:  Scarlett Johansson  •  Analeigh Tipton  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Amr Waked

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) RT 67% / Audience 87%

DVD release: Mar 2007

Based on a true story about a man named Christopher Gardner, who has invested heavily in a device known as a "Bone Density scanner". However, the devices do not sell as they ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Gabriele Muccino
CAST:  Will Smith  •  Thandie Newton  •  Brian Howe  •  James Karen

Cloud Atlas (2012) RT 66% / Audience 66%

DVD release: May 2013

A set of six nested stories spanning time between the 19th century and a distant post-apocalyptic future. Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Science Fiction
DIRECTION:  Andy Wachowski  •  Lana Wachowski  •  Tom Tykwer
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Halle Berry  •  Jim Broadbent  •  Hugo Weaving

Happy (2011) RT Audience 79%

DVD release: Sep 2012

Happy is a 2011 feature documentary film directed, written, and co-produced by Roko Belic. It explores human happiness through interviews with people from all walks of life in ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Documentary • Drama • Family • Foreign • Romance
DIRECTION:  Roko Belic
CAST:  Gregory Berns  •  Roy Blanchard  •  Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi  •  The Dalai Lama

Finding Nemo (2003) RT 99% / Audience 86%

DVD release: May 2013

A tale which follows the comedic and eventful journeys of two fish, the fretful Marlin and his young son Nemo, who are separated from each other in the Great Barrier Reef when ...  (more)

GENRES: Animation • Family
DIRECTION:  Lee Unkrich  •  Andrew Stanton
CAST:  Albert Brooks  •  Ellen DeGeneres  •  Alexander Gould  •  Willem Dafoe

My Neighbor Totoro (1988) RT 93% / Audience 94%

DVD release: Mar 2006

Two sisters move to the country with their father in order to be closer to their hospitalized mother, and discover the surrounding trees are inhabited by Totoros, magical ...  (more)

GENRES: Animation • Family • Fantasy
DIRECTION:  Hayao Miyazaki
CAST:  Noriko Hidaka  •  Hitoshi Takagi  •  Chika Sakamoto  •  Shigesato Itoi

50/50 (2011) RT 94% / Audience 88%

DVD release: Jan 2012

Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Jonathan Levine
CAST:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Seth Rogen  •  Anna Kendrick  •  Bryce Dallas Howard

Groundhog Day (1993) RT 96% / Audience 87%

DVD release: Jan 2002

A narcissistic TV weatherman, along with his attractive-but-distant producer and mawkish cameraman, is sent to report on Groundhog Day in the small town of Punxsutawney, where ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Fantasy • Romance
DIRECTION:  Harold Ramis
CAST:  Bill Murray  •  Andie MacDowell  •  Chris Elliott  •  Stephen Tobolowsky