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The Master (2012)

Thought provokingGrippingCaptivatingCharming

Freddie, a volatile, heavy-drinking veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, finds some semblance of a family when he stumbles onto the ship of Lancaster Dodd, the charismatic leader of a new "religion" he forms after World War II.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Amy Adams  •  Laura Dern

Freddie, a volatile, heavy-drinking veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, finds some semblance of a family when he stumbles onto the ship of Lancaster Dodd, the charismatic leader of a new "religion" he forms after World War II.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Amy Adams  •  Laura Dern

The Florida Project (2017)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

The story of a precocious six year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean Baker
CAST:  Willem Dafoe  •  Brooklynn Prince  •  Bria Vinaite  •  Valeria Cotto

The story of a precocious six year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean Baker
CAST:  Willem Dafoe  •  Brooklynn Prince  •  Bria Vinaite  •  Valeria Cotto

GoodFellas (1990)

ViolentIntenseDarkDisturbing

The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Ray Liotta  •  Joe Pesci  •  Lorraine Bracco

The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Ray Liotta  •  Joe Pesci  •  Lorraine Bracco

The Ultimate Gift (2007)

InspiringIntenseEmotionalThought provoking

When his wealthy grandfather finally dies, Jason Stevens fully expects to benefit when it comes to the reading of the will. But instead of a sizable inheritance, Jason receives a test, a series of tasks he must complete before he can get any money.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael O. Sajbel
CAST:  James Garner  •  Drew Fuller  •  Abigail Breslin  •  Ali Hillis

When his wealthy grandfather finally dies, Jason Stevens fully expects to benefit when it comes to the reading of the will. But instead of a sizable inheritance, Jason receives a test, a series of tasks he must complete before he can get any money.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael O. Sajbel
CAST:  James Garner  •  Drew Fuller  •  Abigail Breslin  •  Ali Hillis

Promised Land (2012)

InspiringIntenseEmotionalThought provoking

A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gus Van Sant
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  John Krasinski  •  Frances McDormand  •  Rosemarie DeWitt

A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gus Van Sant
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  John Krasinski  •  Frances McDormand  •  Rosemarie DeWitt

There Will Be Blood (2007)

Thought provokingSuspensefulDisturbingEmotional

Ruthless silver miner, turned oil prospector, Daniel Plainview, moves to oil-rich California. Using his son to project a trustworthy, family-man image, Plainview cons local landowners into selling him their valuable properties for a pittance. However, local ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Paul Dano  •  Dillon Freasier  •  Ciarán Hinds

Ruthless silver miner, turned oil prospector, Daniel Plainview, moves to oil-rich California. Using his son to project a trustworthy, family-man image, Plainview cons local landowners into selling him their valuable properties for a pittance. However, local ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Paul Dano  •  Dillon Freasier  •  Ciarán Hinds

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

InspiringIntenseEmotionalThought provoking

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 and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.  (more)

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

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 and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.  (more)

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

Oddball (2015)

InspiringIntenseUpliftingEmotional

An eccentric chicken farmer trains his mischievous dog to protect a penguin sanctuary from fox attacks in an attempt to reunite his family and save their seaside town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart McDonald
CAST:  Alan Tudyk  •  Sarah Snook  •  Coco Jack Gillies  •  Shane Jacobson

An eccentric chicken farmer trains his mischievous dog to protect a penguin sanctuary from fox attacks in an attempt to reunite his family and save their seaside town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart McDonald
CAST:  Alan Tudyk  •  Sarah Snook  •  Coco Jack Gillies  •  Shane Jacobson

Penguin Bloom (2021)

InspiringIntenseUpliftingEmotional

When an unlikely ally enters the Bloom family's world in the form of an injured baby magpie they name Penguin, the bird’s arrival makes a profound difference in the struggling family’s life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Glendyn Ivin
CAST:  Naomi Watts  •  Andrew Lincoln  •  Jacki Weaver  •  Rachel House

When an unlikely ally enters the Bloom family's world in the form of an injured baby magpie they name Penguin, the bird’s arrival makes a profound difference in the struggling family’s life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Glendyn Ivin
CAST:  Naomi Watts  •  Andrew Lincoln  •  Jacki Weaver  •  Rachel House

Laurel Canyon (2003)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

Laurel Canyon focuses on Sam and Alex, a pair of upper-middle class lovebirds from the East Coast who relocate to Los Angeles. Enter Jane, Sam's estranged mother, a successful record producer, who's more than willing to put the couple up in her lavish digs. As Sam ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lisa Cholodenko
CAST:  Frances McDormand  •  Christian Bale  •  Kate Beckinsale  •  Natascha McElhone

Laurel Canyon focuses on Sam and Alex, a pair of upper-middle class lovebirds from the East Coast who relocate to Los Angeles. Enter Jane, Sam's estranged mother, a successful record producer, who's more than willing to put the couple up in her lavish digs. As Sam ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lisa Cholodenko
CAST:  Frances McDormand  •  Christian Bale  •  Kate Beckinsale  •  Natascha McElhone

The Crow (1994)

ViolentSuspensefulAction-packedFantastical

Exactly one year after young rock guitarist Eric Draven and his fiancée are brutally killed by a ruthless gang of criminals, Draven—watched over by a hypnotic crow—returns from the grave to exact revenge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Proyas
CAST:  Brandon Lee  •  Rochelle Davis  •  Ernie Hudson  •  Michael Wincott

Exactly one year after young rock guitarist Eric Draven and his fiancée are brutally killed by a ruthless gang of criminals, Draven—watched over by a hypnotic crow—returns from the grave to exact revenge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Proyas
CAST:  Brandon Lee  •  Rochelle Davis  •  Ernie Hudson  •  Michael Wincott

Invictus (2009)

InspiringIntenseUpliftingThought provoking

Newly elected President Nelson Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby team as they make ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clint Eastwood
CAST:  Morgan Freeman  •  Tony Kgoroge  •  Patrick Mofokeng  •  Matt Stern

Newly elected President Nelson Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby team as they make ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clint Eastwood
CAST:  Morgan Freeman  •  Tony Kgoroge  •  Patrick Mofokeng  •  Matt Stern

Higher Ground (2011)

InspiringIntenseUpliftingEmotional

Vera Farmiga's directorial debut, HIGHER GROUND, depicts the landscape of a tight-knit spiritual community thrown off-kilter when one of their own begins to question her faith. Inspired by screenwriter Carolyn S. Briggs' memoir This Dark World, the film tells the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vera Farmiga
CAST:  Vera Farmiga  •  Donna Murphy  •  Dagmara Domińczyk  •  John Hawkes

Vera Farmiga's directorial debut, HIGHER GROUND, depicts the landscape of a tight-knit spiritual community thrown off-kilter when one of their own begins to question her faith. Inspired by screenwriter Carolyn S. Briggs' memoir This Dark World, the film tells the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vera Farmiga
CAST:  Vera Farmiga  •  Donna Murphy  •  Dagmara Domińczyk  •  John Hawkes

Seabiscuit (2003)

InspiringIntenseUpliftingThought provoking

True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Ross
CAST:  Jeff Bridges  •  David McCullough  •  Chris Cooper  •  Tobey Maguire

True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Ross
CAST:  Jeff Bridges  •  David McCullough  •  Chris Cooper  •  Tobey Maguire

Soul Surfer (2011)

InspiringIntenseUpliftingThought provoking

The true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean McNamara
CAST:  AnnaSophia Robb  •  Dennis Quaid  •  Helen Hunt  •  Carrie Underwood

The true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean McNamara
CAST:  AnnaSophia Robb  •  Dennis Quaid  •  Helen Hunt  •  Carrie Underwood

If I Had Wings (2013)

InspiringIntenseUpliftingThought provoking

Alex, blind since the age of two, dreams of running for his school's cross-country team. His father, a probation officer, finds a running partner who spends his time 'running' from the law.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allan Harmon
CAST:  Richard Harmon  •  Jaren Brandt Bartlett  •  Craig Bierko  •  Jill Hennessy

Alex, blind since the age of two, dreams of running for his school's cross-country team. His father, a probation officer, finds a running partner who spends his time 'running' from the law.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allan Harmon
CAST:  Richard Harmon  •  Jaren Brandt Bartlett  •  Craig Bierko  •  Jill Hennessy

Cesar Chavez (2014)

InspiringIntenseUpliftingThought provoking

A biography of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez. Chronicling the birth of a modern American labour movement, Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labour organiser torn between his duties as a husband and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Diego Luna
CAST:  Michael Peña  •  Rosario Dawson  •  America Ferrera  •  Jacob Vargas

A biography of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez. Chronicling the birth of a modern American labour movement, Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labour organiser torn between his duties as a husband and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Diego Luna
CAST:  Michael Peña  •  Rosario Dawson  •  America Ferrera  •  Jacob Vargas

Palmer (2021)

UpliftingEmotionalThought provokingTear-jerker

After 12 years in prison, former high school football star Eddie Palmer returns home to put his life back together—and forms an unlikely bond with Sam, an outcast boy from a troubled home. But Eddie's past threatens to ruin his new life and family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fisher Stevens
CAST:  Justin Timberlake  •  Juno Temple  •  Alisha Wainwright  •  June Squibb

After 12 years in prison, former high school football star Eddie Palmer returns home to put his life back together—and forms an unlikely bond with Sam, an outcast boy from a troubled home. But Eddie's past threatens to ruin his new life and family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fisher Stevens
CAST:  Justin Timberlake  •  Juno Temple  •  Alisha Wainwright  •  June Squibb

The Hurricane (1999)

InspiringIntenseUpliftingThought provoking

The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Jewison
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Vicellous Reon Shannon  •  Deborah Kara Unger  •  Liev Schreiber

The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Jewison
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Vicellous Reon Shannon  •  Deborah Kara Unger  •  Liev Schreiber

The Way Back (2020)

InspiringIntenseUpliftingThought provoking

A former basketball all-star, who has lost his wife and family foundation in a struggle with addiction attempts to regain his soul and salvation by becoming the coach of a disparate ethnically mixed high school basketball team at his alma mater.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gavin O'Connor
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Janina Gavankar  •  Yeniffer Behrens  •  Al Madrigal

A former basketball all-star, who has lost his wife and family foundation in a struggle with addiction attempts to regain his soul and salvation by becoming the coach of a disparate ethnically mixed high school basketball team at his alma mater.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gavin O'Connor
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Janina Gavankar  •  Yeniffer Behrens  •  Al Madrigal
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