The Railway Man (2013) RT 67% / Audience 68%

DVD release: Aug 2014

A victim from World War II's "Death Railway" sets out to find those responsible for his torture. A true story.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • History
DIRECTION:  Jonathan Teplitzky
CAST:  Nicole Kidman  •  Stellan Skarsgård  •  Colin Firth  •  Jeremy Irvine

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) RT 98% / Audience 90%

DVD release: May 1999

A Streetcar Named Desire is the film adaptation from the play by Tennessee Williams and directed by Elia Kazan. The film tells the drama story of the conflict between run down ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Elia Kazan
CAST:  Vivien Leigh  •  Marlon Brando  •  Kim Hunter  •  Karl Malden

Harry Brown (2009) RT 64% / Audience 75%

DVD release: Aug 2010

An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend's murder by doling out his own form of justice.  (more)

GENRES: Action • Crime • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Daniel Barber
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Emily Mortimer  •  Iain Glen  •  Lee Oakes

Selma (2014) RT 99% / Audience 86%

DVD release: May 2015

"Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • History
DIRECTION:  Ava DuVernay
CAST:  David Oyelowo  •  Tom Wilkinson  •  Carmen Ejogo  •  Andre Holland

Ip Man (2008) RT 84% / Audience 93%

DVD release: Mar 2009

A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun. The film focuses on events surrounding Ip that took place ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Drama • History
DIRECTION:  Wilson Yip
CAST:  Donnie Yen  •  Simon Yam  •  Xing Yu  •  Wong Yau-Nam

The Hateful Eight (2015) RT 75% / Audience 76%

DVD release: Mar 2016

Bounty hunters seek shelter from a raging blizzard and get caught up in a plot of betrayal and deception.  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Mystery • Western
DIRECTION:  Quentin Tarantino
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Bruce Dern  •  Michael Madsen  •  Kurt Russell

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 Iceman (2012) RT 66% / Audience 62%

DVD release: Sep 2013

The true story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man.  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Ariel Vromen
CAST:  Michael Shannon  •  Winona Ryder  •  Ray Liotta  •  Chris Evans

25th Hour (2002) RT 78% / Audience 85%

DVD release: May 2003

The filmed adaptation from the David Benioff's novel of the same name. Set in New York, a convicted drug dealer named Monty has one day left of freedom before he is sent to ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama
DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  Edward Norton  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Barry Pepper  •  Rosario Dawson

The Godfather (1972) RT 99% / Audience 98%

DVD release: Oct 2001

The story spans the years from 1945 to 1955 and chronicles the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch Vito Corleone barely ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama
DIRECTION:  Francis Ford Coppola
CAST:  Marlon Brando  •  Al Pacino  •  James Caan  •  Richard S. Castellano




Blue Jasmine (2013) RT 91% / Audience 77%

DVD release: Jan 2014

Jasmine French used to be on the top of the heap as a New York socialite, but now is returning to her estranged sister in San Francisco utterly ruined. As Jasmine struggles ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Cate Blanchett  •  Alec Baldwin  •  Sally Hawkins  •  Bobby Cannavale

Mud (2013) RT 98% / Audience 80%

DVD release: Aug 2013

A drama centered on two teenage boys who encounter a fugitive and pact to help him escape from an island in the Mississippi.  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Jeff Nichols
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Tye Sheridan  •  Jacob Lofland  •  Sam Shepard

Lincoln (2012) RT 90% / Audience 80%

DVD release: Mar 2013

A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • War
DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Sally Field  •  David Strathairn  •  Joseph Gordon-Levitt

A Life Less Ordinary (1997)

A couple of angels, O'Reilly (Holly Hunter) and Jackson (Delroy Lindo), are sent to Earth to make sure that their next supervised love-connection succeeds. They follow Celine ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Fantasy • Romance • Science Fiction • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Danny Boyle
CAST:  Ewan McGregor  •  Cameron Diaz  •  Holly Hunter  •  Delroy Lindo

True Romance (1993) RT 92% / Audience 93%

DVD release: Sep 1997

Clarence marries hooker Alabama, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood, while the owners of the coke try to reclaim it.  (more)

GENRES: Action • Crime • Romance • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Tony Scott
CAST:  Christian Slater  •  Patricia Arquette  •  Michael Rapaport  •  Bronson Pinchot

The Book Thief (2013) RT 46% / Audience 73%

DVD release: Mar 2014

While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Brian Percival
CAST:  Roger Allam  •  Sophie Nélisse  •  Geoffrey Rush  •  Emily Watson

Hamlet (1996) RT 95% / Audience 89%

DVD release: Aug 2007

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing.  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Kenneth Branagh
CAST:  Kenneth Branagh  •  Julie Christie  •  Judi Dench  •  Gérard Depardieu

Layer Cake (2004) RT 81% / Audience 85%

DVD release: Aug 2005

When a seemingly straight-forward drug deal goes awry, XXXX has to break his die-hard rules and turn up the heat, not only to outwit the old regime and come out on top, but to ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Matthew Vaughn
CAST:  Daniel Craig  •  Colm Meaney  •  George Harris  •  Sally Hawkins

The Road (2009) RT 75% / Audience 68%

DVD release: May 2010

A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind and water. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Drama
DIRECTION:  John Hillcoat
CAST:  Viggo Mortensen  •  Kodi Smit-McPhee  •  Robert Duvall  •  Guy Pearce

The Hunt for Red October (1990) RT 86% / Audience 89%

DVD release: Dec 1998

When a Soviet nuclear sub headed toward American waters drops off U.S. scanners, the Yanks scramble to take defensive steps. But CIA analyst Jack Ryan convinces the brass that ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Thriller
DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Alec Baldwin  •  Scott Glenn  •  Sam Neill