Frozen River (2008) RT 88% / Audience 74%

DVD release: Feb 2009

Ray Eddy, an upstate New York trailer mom, is lured into the world of illegal immigrant smuggling. Broke after her husband takes off with the down payment for their new ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Courtney Hunt
CAST:  Melissa Leo  •  Misty Upham  •  Charlie McDermott  •  John Canoe

The East (2013) RT 74% / Audience 64%

DVD release: Sep 2013

An operative for an elite private intelligence firm finds her priorities irrevocably changed after she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Zal Batmanglij
CAST:  Brit Marling  •  Alexander Skarsgård  •  Ellen Page  •  Toby Kebbell

Better Luck Tomorrow (2002) RT 81% / Audience 79%

DVD release: Sep 2003

A group of over-achieving Asian-American high school seniors enjoy a power trip when they dip into extra-curricular criminal activities.  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama
DIRECTION:  Justin Lin
CAST:  Parry Shen  •  Jason Tobin  •  Sung Kang  •  Karin Anna Cheung

Secretary (2002) RT 75% / Audience 82%

DVD release: Apr 2003

A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Steven Shainberg
CAST:  James Spader  •  Maggie Gyllenhaal  •  Jeremy Davies  •  Lesley Ann Warren

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

The Terminator (1984) RT 100% / Audience 89%

DVD release: Sep 1997

In the post-apocalyptic future, reigning tyrannical supercomputers teleport a cyborg assassin known as the "Terminator" back to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, whose unborn son is ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Science Fiction • Thriller
DIRECTION:  James Cameron
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  Michael Biehn  •  Linda Hamilton  •  Paul Winfield

Black Book (2006) RT 75% / Audience 87%

DVD release: Sep 2007

In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Thriller • War
DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Carice van Houten  •  Sebastian Koch  •  Thom Hoffman  •  Halina Reijn

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

Vertigo (1958) RT 97% / Audience 93%

DVD release: Mar 1998

A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Mystery • Romance • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Kim Novak  •  Barbara Bel Geddes  •  Tom Helmore

Side By Side (2012) RT 92% / Audience 86%

DVD release: Feb 2013

Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged, creating ...  (more)

GENRES: Documentary
DIRECTION:  Christopher Kenneally
CAST:  Keanu Reeves  •  Martin Scorsese  •  James Cameron  •  David Fincher




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

Stalker (1979) RT 100% / Audience 93%

DVD release: Oct 2002

Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, an alien place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers, and where the normal laws of physics are victim to frequent anomalies. A Stalker, ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Science Fiction • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Andrei Tarkovsky
CAST:  Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy  •  Anatoliy Solonitsyn  •  Nikolay Grinko  •  Alisa Freyndlikh

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 Way Back (2010) RT 75% / Audience 72%

DVD release: Apr 2011

Peter Weir's follow-up to Master & Commander (2003) is the stark & brilliant The Way Back, which takes on the theme of man's struggle for freedom. At the dawn of WWII, ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Drama • History
DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Colin Farrell  •  Dejan Angelov  •  Dragoș Bucur  •  Ed Harris

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

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

Mysterious Skin (2004) RT 85% / Audience 89%

DVD release: Oct 2005

A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Gregg Araki
CAST:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Brady Corbet  •  Michelle Trachtenberg  •  David Lee Smith

The Hunt (2012) RT Audience 18%

DVD release: Mar 2007

A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Thomas Vinterberg
CAST:  Mads Mikkelsen  •  Alexandra Rapaport  •  Thomas Bo Larsen  •  Anne Louise Hassing

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) RT 90% / Audience 71%

DVD release: Feb 2012

After several years of living with a cult, Martha finally escapes and calls her estranged sister, Lucy, for help. Martha finds herself at the quiet Connecticut home Lucy ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Sean Durkin
CAST:  Elizabeth Olsen  •  Hugh Dancy  •  John Hawkes  •  Sarah Paulson

Witness (1985) RT 92% / Audience 80%

DVD release: Jun 1999

A sheltered Amish child is the sole witness of a brutal murder in a restroom at a Philadelphia train station, and he must be protected. The assignment falls to a taciturn ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Romance • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Kelly McGillis  •  Josef Sommer  •  Lukas Haas