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Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)

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A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lasse Hallström
CAST:  Richard Gere  •  Joan Allen  •  Jason Alexander  •  Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lasse Hallström
CAST:  Richard Gere  •  Joan Allen  •  Jason Alexander  •  Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Imperial Dreams (2014)

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A 21-year-old reformed gangster's devotion to his family and his future is put to the test when he is released from prison and returns to his old stomping grounds in Watts, Los Angeles.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Malik Vitthal
CAST:  John Boyega  •  Rotimi  •  Glenn Plummer  •  De'Aundre Bonds

A 21-year-old reformed gangster's devotion to his family and his future is put to the test when he is released from prison and returns to his old stomping grounds in Watts, Los Angeles.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Malik Vitthal
CAST:  John Boyega  •  Rotimi  •  Glenn Plummer  •  De'Aundre Bonds

Cake (2014)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Barnz
CAST:  Jennifer Aniston  •  Anna Kendrick  •  William H. Macy  •  Adriana Barraza

After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Barnz
CAST:  Jennifer Aniston  •  Anna Kendrick  •  William H. Macy  •  Adriana Barraza

Climax (2018)

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Young dancers gather in a remote and empty school building to rehearse on a cold and wintry night. The all-night celebration soon turns into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn that their sangria is laced with LSD.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gaspar Noé
CAST:  Sofia Boutella  •  Kiddy Smile  •  Romain Guillermic  •  Souheila Yacoub

Young dancers gather in a remote and empty school building to rehearse on a cold and wintry night. The all-night celebration soon turns into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn that their sangria is laced with LSD.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gaspar Noé
CAST:  Sofia Boutella  •  Kiddy Smile  •  Romain Guillermic  •  Souheila Yacoub

Take Me to the River (2015)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

A naive California teen plans to remain above the fray at his Nebraskan family reunion, but a strange encounter places him at the center of a long-buried family secret.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matt Sobel
CAST:  Logan Miller  •  Robin Weigert  •  Josh Hamilton  •  Richard Schiff

A naive California teen plans to remain above the fray at his Nebraskan family reunion, but a strange encounter places him at the center of a long-buried family secret.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matt Sobel
CAST:  Logan Miller  •  Robin Weigert  •  Josh Hamilton  •  Richard Schiff

Down to the Bone (2004)

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A woman stuck in a stale marriage struggles to raise her children and manage her secret drug habit. But when winter comes to her small town, her balancing act begins to come crashing down.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Debra Granik
CAST:  Vera Farmiga  •  Hugh Dillon  •  Clint Jordan  •  Caridad 'La Bruja' De La Luz

A woman stuck in a stale marriage struggles to raise her children and manage her secret drug habit. But when winter comes to her small town, her balancing act begins to come crashing down.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Debra Granik
CAST:  Vera Farmiga  •  Hugh Dillon  •  Clint Jordan  •  Caridad 'La Bruja' De La Luz

The Shipping News (2001)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

An emotionally-beaten man with his young daughter moves to his ancestral home in Newfoundland to reclaim his life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lasse Hallström
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Julianne Moore  •  Cate Blanchett  •  Judi Dench

An emotionally-beaten man with his young daughter moves to his ancestral home in Newfoundland to reclaim his life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lasse Hallström
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Julianne Moore  •  Cate Blanchett  •  Judi Dench

1985 (2018)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian returns to his Texas hometown and struggles to reveal his dire circumstances to his conservative family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yen Tan
CAST:  Cory Michael Smith  •  Virginia Madsen  •  Michael Chiklis  •  Jamie Chung

Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian returns to his Texas hometown and struggles to reveal his dire circumstances to his conservative family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yen Tan
CAST:  Cory Michael Smith  •  Virginia Madsen  •  Michael Chiklis  •  Jamie Chung

Steel City (2006)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

After a tragic accident caused by the truck of the middle-aged Carl Lee where a woman dies with a crushed stern, he is arrested and sent to the county jail. His son PJ, who works washing dishes and cleaning tables in a restaurant, feels lost, without financial ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Jun
CAST:  Jamie Anne Allman  •  Raymond J. Barry  •  Kristian Best  •  Clayne Crawford

After a tragic accident caused by the truck of the middle-aged Carl Lee where a woman dies with a crushed stern, he is arrested and sent to the county jail. His son PJ, who works washing dishes and cleaning tables in a restaurant, feels lost, without financial ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Jun
CAST:  Jamie Anne Allman  •  Raymond J. Barry  •  Kristian Best  •  Clayne Crawford

A Thousand Acres (1997)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

The lives of an Iowa farmer's three daughters are shattered when he suddenly decides to bequeath them the family's fertile farm.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jocelyn Moorhouse
CAST:  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Jessica Lange  •  Jason Robards  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh

The lives of an Iowa farmer's three daughters are shattered when he suddenly decides to bequeath them the family's fertile farm.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jocelyn Moorhouse
CAST:  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Jessica Lange  •  Jason Robards  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh

The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)

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Jack Slavin is an environmentalist with a heart condition who lives with his daughter, Rose, on an isolated island. While Jack fights against developers who wish to build in the area, he also craves more contact with other people. When he invites his girlfriend, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rebecca Miller
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Camilla Belle  •  Catherine Keener  •  Ryan McDonald

Jack Slavin is an environmentalist with a heart condition who lives with his daughter, Rose, on an isolated island. While Jack fights against developers who wish to build in the area, he also craves more contact with other people. When he invites his girlfriend, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rebecca Miller
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Camilla Belle  •  Catherine Keener  •  Ryan McDonald

Love (2015)

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Murphy is an American living in Paris who enters a highly sexually and emotionally charged relationship with the unstable Electra. Unaware of the seismic effect it will have on their relationship, they invite their pretty neighbor into their bed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gaspar Noé
CAST:  Karl Glusman  •  Aomi Muyock  •  Klara Kristin  •  Juan Saavedra

Murphy is an American living in Paris who enters a highly sexually and emotionally charged relationship with the unstable Electra. Unaware of the seismic effect it will have on their relationship, they invite their pretty neighbor into their bed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gaspar Noé
CAST:  Karl Glusman  •  Aomi Muyock  •  Klara Kristin  •  Juan Saavedra

Personal Effects (2009)

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Walter is a rising star in the NCAA wrestling world until his life is ripped apart by the brutal murder of his sister. Returning home to console his mother Gloria he seeks vengeance on the man who is accused of the crime. A chance meeting with a beautiful mature ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Hollander
CAST:  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Ashton Kutcher  •  Kathy Bates  •  Spencer Hudson

Walter is a rising star in the NCAA wrestling world until his life is ripped apart by the brutal murder of his sister. Returning home to console his mother Gloria he seeks vengeance on the man who is accused of the crime. A chance meeting with a beautiful mature ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Hollander
CAST:  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Ashton Kutcher  •  Kathy Bates  •  Spencer Hudson

This Girl's Life (2004)

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"Slice of life" take on life of international porn celebrity, Moon, and her musings on modern life, love and loss.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ash Baron-Cohen
CAST:  James Woods  •  Juliette Marquis  •  Kip Pardue  •  Tomas Arana

"Slice of life" take on life of international porn celebrity, Moon, and her musings on modern life, love and loss.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ash Baron-Cohen
CAST:  James Woods  •  Juliette Marquis  •  Kip Pardue  •  Tomas Arana

Gone Baby Gone (2007)

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When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl's aunt, Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that they have little ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Affleck
CAST:  Casey Affleck  •  Michelle Monaghan  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Ed Harris

When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl's aunt, Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that they have little ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Affleck
CAST:  Casey Affleck  •  Michelle Monaghan  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Ed Harris

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

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In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," Mike Waters is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott Favor is the rebellious son of a mayor. Together, the two travel from Portland, Oregon to Idaho and finally to the coast of Italy in a quest to find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gus Van Sant
CAST:  River Phoenix  •  Keanu Reeves  •  James Russo  •  William Richert

In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," Mike Waters is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott Favor is the rebellious son of a mayor. Together, the two travel from Portland, Oregon to Idaho and finally to the coast of Italy in a quest to find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gus Van Sant
CAST:  River Phoenix  •  Keanu Reeves  •  James Russo  •  William Richert

Hillbilly Elegy (2020)

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An urgent phone call pulls a Yale Law student back to his Ohio hometown, where he reflects on three generations of family history and his own future.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Amy Adams  •  Glenn Close  •  Haley Bennett  •  Freida Pinto

An urgent phone call pulls a Yale Law student back to his Ohio hometown, where he reflects on three generations of family history and his own future.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Amy Adams  •  Glenn Close  •  Haley Bennett  •  Freida Pinto

The Kindness of Strangers (2019)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

Clara and her two sons escape from her abusive husband with little more than their car and plan to start over in New York. After the car towed away, the family meets Alice, who gets them into an emergency shelter. While stealing food at a Russian restaurant called ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lone Scherfig
CAST:  Andrea Riseborough  •  Tahar Rahim  •  Zoe Kazan  •  Bill Nighy

Clara and her two sons escape from her abusive husband with little more than their car and plan to start over in New York. After the car towed away, the family meets Alice, who gets them into an emergency shelter. While stealing food at a Russian restaurant called ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lone Scherfig
CAST:  Andrea Riseborough  •  Tahar Rahim  •  Zoe Kazan  •  Bill Nighy

American Woman (2018)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

A young grandmother in a small Pennsylvania town raises her daughter's child after the girl disappears. All the while, a desperate search for her continues.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Scott
CAST:  Sienna Miller  •  Christina Hendricks  •  Aaron Paul  •  Will Sasso

A young grandmother in a small Pennsylvania town raises her daughter's child after the girl disappears. All the while, a desperate search for her continues.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Scott
CAST:  Sienna Miller  •  Christina Hendricks  •  Aaron Paul  •  Will Sasso

Nomads (2010)

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Susan is a filmaker working on a documentary about subway suicides at Mexico City. Roberto is an illegal mexican inmigrant that works cleaning windows at New York. Roberto meets Susan and they start hanging out, sharing their own experiences.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ricardo Benet
CAST:  Lucy Liu  •  Tenoch Huerta  •  Tamlyn Tomita  •  Dagoberto Gama

Susan is a filmaker working on a documentary about subway suicides at Mexico City. Roberto is an illegal mexican inmigrant that works cleaning windows at New York. Roberto meets Susan and they start hanging out, sharing their own experiences.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ricardo Benet
CAST:  Lucy Liu  •  Tenoch Huerta  •  Tamlyn Tomita  •  Dagoberto Gama
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