Hoop Dreams (1994) RT 98% / Audience 93%

DVD release: May 2000

This documentary follows two inner-city Chicago residents, Arthur Agee and William Gates, as they follow their dreams of becoming basketball superstars. Beginning at the start ...  (more)

GENRES: Documentary
DIRECTION:  Steve James
CAST:  William Gates  •  Arthur Agee  •  Steve James

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

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

Once (2007) RT 97% / Audience 91%

DVD release: Dec 2007

A vacuum repairman moonlights as a street musician and hopes for his big break. One day a Czech immigrant, who earns a living selling flowers, approaches him with the news ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Music • Romance
DIRECTION:  John Carney
CAST:  Glen Hansard  •  Markéta Irglová  •  Hugh Walsh  •  Gerard Hendrick

Senna (2010) RT 92% / Audience 95%

DVD release: Mar 2012

Senna's remarkable story, charting his physical and spiritual achievments on the track and off, his quest for perfection, and the mythical status he has since attained, is the ...  (more)

GENRES: Documentary
DIRECTION:  Asif Kapadia
CAST:  Reginaldo Leme  •  Richard Williams  •  John Bisignano  •  Pierre van Vilet

Nowhere Boy (2009) RT 80% / Audience 74%

DVD release: Jan 2011

The drama tells the story of Lennon's teenage years and the start of his journey to becoming a successful musician. The story also examines the impact on his early life and ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Sam Taylor-Johnson
CAST:  Aaron Taylor-Johnson  •  Kristin Scott Thomas  •  David Morrissey  •  Anne-Marie Duff

Freedom Writers (2007) RT 69% / Audience 87%

DVD release: Apr 2007

A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama
DIRECTION:  Richard LaGravenese
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Patrick Dempsey  •  Scott Glenn  •  Imelda Staunton

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

Million Dollar Arm (2014) RT 63% / Audience 68%

DVD release: Oct 2014

In a last-ditch effort to save his career, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) dreams up a wild game plan to find Major League Baseball’s next great pitcher from a pool of ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Craig Gillespie
CAST:  Jon Hamm  •  Bill Paxton  •  Lake Bell  •  Suraj Sharma

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




Dallas Buyers Club (2013) RT 94% / Audience 91%

DVD release: Feb 2014

Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug-taking, women-loving, homophobic man who in 1986 was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • History
DIRECTION:  Jean-Marc Vallée
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Jennifer Garner  •  Jared Leto  •  Denis O'Hare

What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) RT 89% / Audience 89%

DVD release: Nov 2001

Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Lasse Hallström
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Leonardo DiCaprio  •  Juliette Lewis  •  Darlene Cates

Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009) RT 62% / Audience 85%

DVD release: Mar 2010

A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Family
DIRECTION:  Lasse Hallström
CAST:  Richard Gere  •  Joan Allen  •  Jason Alexander  •  Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) RT 80% / Audience 81%

DVD release: Aug 2002

A young tomboy, Watts, finds her feelings for her best friend, Keith, run deeper than just friendship when he gets a date with the most popular girl in school.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Howard Deutch
CAST:  Eric Stoltz  •  Mary Stuart Masterson  •  Lea Thompson  •  Chynna Phillips

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

Big Eyes (2014) RT 72% / Audience 68%

DVD release: Apr 2015

A drama centered on the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Amy Adams  •  Christoph Waltz  •  Krysten Ritter  •  Danny Huston

Finding Neverland (2004) RT 83% / Audience 87%

DVD release: Mar 2005

Finding Neverland is an amusing drama about how the story of Peter Pan and Neverland came to be. During a writing slump play writer J.M. Barrie meets the widowed Sylvia and ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Marc Forster
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Kate Winslet  •  Julie Christie  •  Dustin Hoffman

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

Boy A (2007) RT 88% / Audience 88%

DVD release: Oct 2008

The story of a young ex-con Jack, newly released from serving a prison sentence for a murder he committed as a child.  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama
DIRECTION:  John Crowley
CAST:  Andrew Garfield  •  Katie Lyons  •  Peter Mullan  •  Alfie Owen

Million Dollar Baby (2004) RT 91% / Audience 90%

DVD release: Jul 2005

Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Clint Eastwood
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Hilary Swank  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Jay Baruchel