Ransom (1996) RT 75% / Audience 62%

DVD release: Jan 2002

When a rich man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then tries a unique tactic against the criminals.  (more)

GENRES: Action • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Gary Sinise  •  Delroy Lindo  •  Rene Russo

In the Heat of the Night (1967) RT 95% / Audience 92%

DVD release: Jan 2001

An African American detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racist southern town.  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Mystery • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Norman Jewison
CAST:  Sidney Poitier  •  Rod Steiger  •  Warren Oates  •  Lee Grant

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

Felon (2008) RT 59% / Audience 82%

DVD release: Jul 2008

A family man convicted of killing an intruder must cope with life afterward in the violent penal system.  (more)

GENRES: Action • Crime • Drama
DIRECTION:  Ric Roman Waugh
CAST:  Stephen Dorff  •  Val Kilmer  •  Marisol Nichols  •  Vincent Miller

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

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

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 Great Escape (1963) RT 93% / Audience 95%

DVD release: Mar 1998

The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocates them to a high-security "escape-proof" camp ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Drama • History • Thriller • War
DIRECTION:  John Sturges
CAST:  Steve McQueen  •  James Garner  •  Richard Attenborough  •  James Donald

Fruitvale Station (2013) RT 94% / Audience 87%

DVD release: Jan 2014

The true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Ryan Coogler
CAST:  Michael B. Jordan  •  Octavia Spencer  •  Melonie Diaz  •  Ahna O'Reilly

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




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

Padmaavat (2018)

Rani Padmavati - the wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh, is known for her beauty and valour in 13th century India. She captures the fancy of the reigning Sultan of Delhi, the ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Sanjay Leela Bhansali
CAST:  Deepika Padukone  •  Ranveer Singh  •  Shahid Kapoor  •  Aditi Rao Hydari

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

Fury (2014)

Last months of World War II in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened U.S. Army sergeant in the 2nd Armored Division named ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Drama • War
DIRECTION:  David Ayer
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Shia LaBeouf  •  Logan Lerman  •  Jon Bernthal

The Act of Killing (2012) RT 96% / Audience 85%

DVD release: Dec 2013

In a place where killers are celebrated as heroes, these filmmakers challenge unrepentant death-squad leaders to dramatize their role in genocide. The result is a surreal, ...  (more)

GENRES: Documentary
DIRECTION:  Joshua Oppenheimer  •  Christine Cynn
CAST:  Haji Anif  •  Syamsul Arifin  •  Herman Koto  •  Sakhyan Asmara

Apollo 13 (1995) RT 95% / Audience 86%

DVD release: Sep 2004

The true story of technical troubles that scuttle the Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1971, risking the lives of astronaut Jim Lovell and his crew, with the failed journey turning ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Bill Paxton  •  Kevin Bacon  •  Gary Sinise

Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993) RT 100% / Audience 86%

DVD release: Jul 2000

A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Steven Zaillian
CAST:  Max Pomeranc  •  Joe Mantegna  •  Joan Allen  •  Ben Kingsley

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

DVD release: Jun 2009

Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Clint Eastwood
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  John Carroll Lynch  •  Geraldine Hughes  •  Brian Haley

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

The Walk (2015) RT 84% / Audience 78%

DVD release: Jan 2016

The story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit's attempt to cross the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Robert Zemeckis
CAST:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Ben Kingsley  •  Charlotte Lebon  •  Ben Schwartz