The Impossible (2012) RT 81% / Audience 84%

DVD release: Apr 2013

In December 2004, close-knit family Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand. But the day after Christmas, the ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Juan Antonio Bayona
CAST:  Naomi Watts  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Marta Etura  •  Geraldine Chaplin

Philadelphia (1993) RT 78% / Audience 89%

DVD release: Sep 1997

No one would take his case until one man was willing to take on the system. Two competing lawyers join forces to sue a prestigious law firm for AIDS discrimination. As their ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Mystery
DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Roberta Maxwell  •  Buzz Kilman  •  Jason Robards  •  Antonio Banderas

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

Short Term 12 (2013) RT 99% / Audience 93%

DVD release: Jan 2014

Grace, a compassionate young supervisor at a foster care facility, works with her boyfriend and colleague, Mason, to help at-risk teens. But when a new charge dredges up ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Destin Cretton
CAST:  Brie Larson  •  John Gallagher Jr.  •  Kaitlyn Dever  •  Melora Walters

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

Seven Pounds (2008) RT 27% / Audience 75%

DVD release: Mar 2009

An IRS agent with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Gabriele Muccino
CAST:  Will Smith  •  Rosario Dawson  •  Sarah Jane Morris  •  Woody Harrelson

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

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

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) RT 91% / Audience 92%

DVD release: Sep 1997

Two aging film actresses live as virtual recluses in an old Hollywood mansion. Jane Hudson, a successful child star, cares for her crippled sister Blanche, whose career in ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Robert Aldrich
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Joan Crawford  •  Victor Buono  •  Wesley Addy

21 Grams (2003) RT 80% / Audience 86%

DVD release: Mar 2004

This is the story of three gentle persons: Paul Rivers an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English émigré, Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Alejandro González Iñárritu
CAST:  Sean Penn  •  Naomi Watts  •  Benicio del Toro  •  Danny Huston




August: Osage County (2013) RT 64% / Audience 65%

DVD release: Apr 2014

A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  John Wells
CAST:  Meryl Streep  •  Julia Roberts  •  Chris Cooper  •  Ewan McGregor

Rebel Without a Cause (1955) RT 96% / Audience 88%

DVD release: Jan 2002

After moving to a new town, troublemaking teen Jim Stark is supposed to have a clean slate, although being the new kid in town brings its own problems. While searching for ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  James Dean  •  Natalie Wood  •  Sal Mineo  •  Ann Doran

Warrior (2011)

An ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan (Tom Hardy) returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father (Nick Nolte), a recovering alcoholic and his ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Drama
DIRECTION:  Gavin O'Connor
CAST:  Tom Hardy  •  Jennifer Morrison  •  Nick Nolte  •  Joel Edgerton

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

Hard Candy (2005) RT 68% / Audience 78%

DVD release: Sep 2006

A mature 14-year old girl meets a charming 32-year old photographer on the Internet. Suspecting that he is a pedophile, she goes to his home in an attempt to expose him.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  David Slade
CAST:  Patrick Wilson  •  Ellen Page  •  Sandra Oh  •  Odessa Rae

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) RT 86% / Audience 76%

DVD release: Dec 2012

Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in “the Bathtub,” a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink’s tough love prepares her ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Fantasy
DIRECTION:  Benh Zeitlin
CAST:  Quvenzhané Wallis  •  Dwight Henry  •  Levy Easterly  •  Gina Montana

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) RT 91% / Audience 93%

DVD release: Apr 1998

To Kill A Mockingbird is the film adaptation of the classic book by Harper Lee. The film tells the story of a child in a small American town in the 1930’s where color ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Mystery
DIRECTION:  Robert Mulligan
CAST:  Gregory Peck  •  Mary Badham  •  Phillip Alford  •  Robert Duvall

The Wrestler (2008) RT 98% / Audience 88%

DVD release: Apr 2009

Aging wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson is long past his prime but still ready and rarin' to go on the pro-wrestling circuit. After a particularly brutal beating, however, ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Mickey Rourke  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Evan Rachel Wood  •  Ajay Naidu

The Descendants (2011) RT 89% / Audience 79%

DVD release: Mar 2012

With his wife Elizabeth on life support after a boating accident, Hawaiian land baron Matt King takes his daughters on a trip from Oahu to Kauai to confront the young real ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Alexander Payne
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Judy Greer  •  Matthew Lillard  •  Shailene Woodley

The Fighter (2010) RT 90% / Audience 89%

DVD release: Mar 2011

The Fighter, is a drama about boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Christian Bale  •  Amy Adams  •  Melissa Leo