Zero Dark Thirty (2012) RT 92% / Audience 80%

DVD release: Mar 2013

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • History • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  Jessica Chastain  •  Jason Clarke  •  Mark Strong  •  Joel Edgerton

Almost Famous (2000) RT 89% / Audience 92%

DVD release: Mar 2001

Almost Famous is an autobiographical inspired film about a 15-year-old who is hired by Rolling Stone magazine to follow and interview a rock band during their tour. A film ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Music
DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Kate Hudson  •  Billy Crudup  •  Frances McDormand  •  Jason Lee

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

End of Watch (2012) RT 85% / Audience 86%

DVD release: Jan 2013

Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  David Ayer
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Michael Peña  •  Natalie Martinez  •  Anna Kendrick

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009) RT Audience 85%

DVD release: Sep 2009

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story is a movie based on the life story of world-renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson from 1961 to 1987.  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Thomas Carter
CAST:  Cuba Gooding, Jr.  •  Kimberly Elise  •  Aunjanue Ellis  •  Ele Bardha

Erin Brockovich (2000) RT 84% / Audience 80%

DVD release: Aug 2000

A twice-divorced mother of three who sees an injustice, takes on the bad guy and wins -- with a little help from her push-up bra. Erin goes to work for an attorney and comes ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Julia Roberts  •  Albert Finney  •  Aaron Eckhart  •  Marg Helgenberger

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

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




Wild (2014) RT 90% / Audience 75%

DVD release: Mar 2015

A woman with a tragic past decides to start her new life by hiking for one thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail.  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Jean-Marc Vallée
CAST:  Reese Witherspoon  •  Mo McRae  •  Michiel Huisman  •  Gaby Hoffmann

127 Hours (2010) RT 93% / Audience 85%

DVD release: Mar 2011

127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Danny Boyle
CAST:  James Franco  •  Kate Mara  •  Amber Tamblyn  •  Sean Bott

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

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

Captain Phillips (2013) RT 93% / Audience 89%

DVD release: Jan 2014

The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Paul Greengrass
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Catherine Keener  •  Max Martini  •  Chris Mulkey

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

Saving Private Ryan (1998) RT 92% / Audience 95%

DVD release: Nov 1999

As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • History • War
DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Tom Sizemore  •  Dennis Farina  •  Max Martini

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

The Pianist (2002) RT 96% / Audience 95%

DVD release: May 2003

The Pianist is a film adapted from the biography of Wladyslaw Szpilman. A Jewish-Polish pianist who during the second world war lived and hid miraculously in Warsaw after ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • War
DIRECTION:  Roman Polanski
CAST:  Adrien Brody  •  Thomas Kretschmann  •  Frank Finlay  •  Maureen Lipman

Catch Me If You Can (2002) RT 96% / Audience 89%

DVD release: May 2003

Frank W. Abagnale Jr. is a cunning con man -- posing as a doctor, lawyer and pilot all before turning 21. He's also a deft forger, and his work attracts the attention of FBI ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama
DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Leonardo DiCaprio  •  Tom Hanks  •  Christopher Walken  •  Martin Sheen