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Proof of Life (2000)

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Alice hires a professional negotiator to obtain the release of her engineer husband, who has been kidnapped by anti-government guerrillas in South America.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taylor Hackford
CAST:  Meg Ryan  •  Russell Crowe  •  David Morse  •  Pamela Reed

Alice hires a professional negotiator to obtain the release of her engineer husband, who has been kidnapped by anti-government guerrillas in South America.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taylor Hackford
CAST:  Meg Ryan  •  Russell Crowe  •  David Morse  •  Pamela Reed

Apollo 13 (1995)

BrilliantGrippingSmartAction-packed

The true story of technical troubles that scuttle the Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1970, risking the lives of astronaut Jim Lovell and his crew, with the failed journey turning into a thrilling saga of heroism. Drifting more than 200,000 miles from Earth, the ...  (more)

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

The true story of technical troubles that scuttle the Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1970, risking the lives of astronaut Jim Lovell and his crew, with the failed journey turning into a thrilling saga of heroism. Drifting more than 200,000 miles from Earth, the ...  (more)

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

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

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A fading actor best known for his portrayal of a popular superhero attempts to mount a comeback by appearing in a Broadway play. As opening night approaches, his attempts to become more altruistic, rebuild his career, and reconnect with friends and family prove ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alejandro González Iñárritu
CAST:  Michael Keaton  •  Emma Stone  •  Zach Galifianakis  •  Edward Norton

A fading actor best known for his portrayal of a popular superhero attempts to mount a comeback by appearing in a Broadway play. As opening night approaches, his attempts to become more altruistic, rebuild his career, and reconnect with friends and family prove ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alejandro González Iñárritu
CAST:  Michael Keaton  •  Emma Stone  •  Zach Galifianakis  •  Edward Norton

The Skin I Live In (2011)

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A brilliant plastic surgeon creates a synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Antonio Banderas  •  Elena Anaya  •  Marisa Paredes  •  Blanca Suárez

A brilliant plastic surgeon creates a synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Antonio Banderas  •  Elena Anaya  •  Marisa Paredes  •  Blanca Suárez

Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

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

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

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

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

Ghostbusters (1984)

FunnyBrilliantClassicAction-packed

After losing their academic posts at a prestigious university, a team of parapsychologists goes into business as proton-pack-toting "ghostbusters" who exterminate ghouls, hobgoblins and supernatural pests of all stripes. An ad campaign pays off when a knockout ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ivan Reitman
CAST:  Bill Murray  •  Dan Aykroyd  •  Sigourney Weaver  •  Harold Ramis

After losing their academic posts at a prestigious university, a team of parapsychologists goes into business as proton-pack-toting "ghostbusters" who exterminate ghouls, hobgoblins and supernatural pests of all stripes. An ad campaign pays off when a knockout ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ivan Reitman
CAST:  Bill Murray  •  Dan Aykroyd  •  Sigourney Weaver  •  Harold Ramis

Road to Perdition (2002)

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Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure, however after his son is witness to a killing, Mike Sullivan finds himself on the run in attempt to save the life of his son and at the same time looking for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Liam Aiken  •  Paul Newman

Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure, however after his son is witness to a killing, Mike Sullivan finds himself on the run in attempt to save the life of his son and at the same time looking for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Liam Aiken  •  Paul Newman

Friday (1995)

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Craig and Smokey are two guys in Los Angeles hanging out on their porch on a Friday afternoon, smoking and drinking, looking for something to do.  (more)

DIRECTION:  F. Gary Gray
CAST:  Ice Cube  •  Chris Tucker  •  Nia Long  •  Tom Lister Jr.

Craig and Smokey are two guys in Los Angeles hanging out on their porch on a Friday afternoon, smoking and drinking, looking for something to do.  (more)

DIRECTION:  F. Gary Gray
CAST:  Ice Cube  •  Chris Tucker  •  Nia Long  •  Tom Lister Jr.

Gone with the Wind (1939)

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The spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner is forced to use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of poverty, following Maj. Gen. William Sherman's destructive "March to the Sea,” during the American Civil War.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Fleming
CAST:  Vivien Leigh  •  Clark Gable  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Thomas Mitchell

The spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner is forced to use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of poverty, following Maj. Gen. William Sherman's destructive "March to the Sea,” during the American Civil War.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Fleming
CAST:  Vivien Leigh  •  Clark Gable  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Thomas Mitchell

Tarzan (1999)

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Tarzan was a small orphan who was raised by an ape named Kala since he was a child. He believed that this was his family, but on an expedition Jane Porter is rescued by Tarzan. He then finds out that he's human. Now Tarzan must make the decision as to which family ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Buck  •  Kevin Lima
CAST:  Tony Goldwyn  •  Glenn Close  •  Minnie Driver  •  Brian Blessed

Tarzan was a small orphan who was raised by an ape named Kala since he was a child. He believed that this was his family, but on an expedition Jane Porter is rescued by Tarzan. He then finds out that he's human. Now Tarzan must make the decision as to which family ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Buck  •  Kevin Lima
CAST:  Tony Goldwyn  •  Glenn Close  •  Minnie Driver  •  Brian Blessed

What Dreams May Come (1998)

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Chris Neilson dies to find himself in a heaven more amazing than he could have ever dreamed of. There is one thing missing: his wife. After he dies, his wife, Annie killed herself and went to hell. Chris decides to risk eternity in hades for the small chance that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincent Ward
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Cuba Gooding Jr.  •  Annabella Sciorra  •  Max von Sydow

Chris Neilson dies to find himself in a heaven more amazing than he could have ever dreamed of. There is one thing missing: his wife. After he dies, his wife, Annie killed herself and went to hell. Chris decides to risk eternity in hades for the small chance that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincent Ward
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Cuba Gooding Jr.  •  Annabella Sciorra  •  Max von Sydow

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

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Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born in the stench of 18th century Paris, develops a superior olfactory sense, which he uses to create the world's finest perfumes. However, his work takes a dark turn as he tries to preserve scents in the search for the ultimate perfume.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Tykwer
CAST:  Ben Whishaw  •  Simon Chandler  •  David Calder  •  Richard Felix

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born in the stench of 18th century Paris, develops a superior olfactory sense, which he uses to create the world's finest perfumes. However, his work takes a dark turn as he tries to preserve scents in the search for the ultimate perfume.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Tykwer
CAST:  Ben Whishaw  •  Simon Chandler  •  David Calder  •  Richard Felix

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

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A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Matthew Modine  •  Adam Baldwin  •  Vincent D'Onofrio  •  R. Lee Ermey

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Matthew Modine  •  Adam Baldwin  •  Vincent D'Onofrio  •  R. Lee Ermey

Up in the Air (2009)

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Corporate downsizing expert Ryan Bingham spends his life in planes, airports, and hotels, but just as he’s about to reach a milestone of ten million frequent flyer miles, he meets a woman who causes him to rethink his transient life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jason Reitman
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Vera Farmiga  •  Anna Kendrick  •  Jason Bateman

Corporate downsizing expert Ryan Bingham spends his life in planes, airports, and hotels, but just as he’s about to reach a milestone of ten million frequent flyer miles, he meets a woman who causes him to rethink his transient life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jason Reitman
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Vera Farmiga  •  Anna Kendrick  •  Jason Bateman

Take Shelter (2011)

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Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Nichols
CAST:  Michael Shannon  •  Jessica Chastain  •  Katy Mixon  •  Shea Whigham

Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Nichols
CAST:  Michael Shannon  •  Jessica Chastain  •  Katy Mixon  •  Shea Whigham

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

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After the insane General Jack D. Ripper initiates a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, a war room full of politicians, generals and a Russian diplomat all frantically try to stop the nuclear strike.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  George C. Scott  •  Sterling Hayden  •  Slim Pickens

After the insane General Jack D. Ripper initiates a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, a war room full of politicians, generals and a Russian diplomat all frantically try to stop the nuclear strike.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  George C. Scott  •  Sterling Hayden  •  Slim Pickens

The Wave (2008)

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A school teacher discusses types of government with his class. His students find it too boring to repeatedly go over national socialism and believe that dictatorship cannot be established in modern Germany. He starts an experiment to show how easily the masses can ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Gansel
CAST:  Jürgen Vogel  •  Frederick Lau  •  Max Riemelt  •  Jennifer Ulrich

A school teacher discusses types of government with his class. His students find it too boring to repeatedly go over national socialism and believe that dictatorship cannot be established in modern Germany. He starts an experiment to show how easily the masses can ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Gansel
CAST:  Jürgen Vogel  •  Frederick Lau  •  Max Riemelt  •  Jennifer Ulrich

Ice Age (2002)

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With the impending ice age almost upon them, a mismatched trio of prehistoric critters – Manny the woolly mammoth, Diego the saber-toothed tiger and Sid the giant sloth – find an orphaned infant and decide to return it to its human parents. Along the way, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Wedge
CAST:  Ray Romano  •  John Leguizamo  •  Denis Leary  •  Goran Visnjic

With the impending ice age almost upon them, a mismatched trio of prehistoric critters – Manny the woolly mammoth, Diego the saber-toothed tiger and Sid the giant sloth – find an orphaned infant and decide to return it to its human parents. Along the way, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Wedge
CAST:  Ray Romano  •  John Leguizamo  •  Denis Leary  •  Goran Visnjic

3 Idiots (2009)

BrilliantThought provokingEmotionalEnjoyable

In the tradition of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” comes this refreshing comedy about a rebellious prankster with a crafty mind and a heart of gold. Rascal. Joker. Dreamer. Genius... You've never met a college student quite like "Rancho." From the moment he arrives at ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rajkumar Hirani
CAST:  Aamir Khan  •  Kareena Kapoor Khan  •  R. Madhavan  •  Sharman Joshi

In the tradition of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” comes this refreshing comedy about a rebellious prankster with a crafty mind and a heart of gold. Rascal. Joker. Dreamer. Genius... You've never met a college student quite like "Rancho." From the moment he arrives at ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rajkumar Hirani
CAST:  Aamir Khan  •  Kareena Kapoor Khan  •  R. Madhavan  •  Sharman Joshi

When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

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During their travel from Chicago to New York, Harry and Sally debate whether or not sex ruins a friendship between a man and a woman. Eleven years later, and they're still no closer to finding the answer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Reiner
CAST:  Meg Ryan  •  Billy Crystal  •  Carrie Fisher  •  Bruno Kirby

During their travel from Chicago to New York, Harry and Sally debate whether or not sex ruins a friendship between a man and a woman. Eleven years later, and they're still no closer to finding the answer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Reiner
CAST:  Meg Ryan  •  Billy Crystal  •  Carrie Fisher  •  Bruno Kirby
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