Killing Them Softly (2012)

DarkInsightfulSuspensefulClever

Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Dominik
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Scoot McNairy  •  Ben Mendelsohn  •  Richard Jenkins
Food, Inc. (2008)

Thought provokingInsightfulRealScary

Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner examines how mammoth corporations have taken over all aspects of the food chain in the United States, from the farms where our food is grown to the chain restaurants and supermarkets where it's sold. Narrated by author and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Kenner
CAST:  Michael Pollan  •  Eric Schlosser  •  Richard Lobb  •  Vince Edwards
Waiting for "Superman" (2010)

InsightfulThought provokingRomanticSuspenseful

Gripping, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful, Waiting for Superman is an impassioned indictment of the American school system from An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Davis Guggenheim
CAST:  Michelle Rhee  •  George Reeves
Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)

DarkInsightfulThought provokingIntense

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

DIRECTION:  Justin Lin
CAST:  Parry Shen  •  Jason Tobin  •  Sung Kang  •  Karin Anna Cheung
American History X (1998)

DarkViolentInsightfulDepressing

Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for killing two African-American men. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader of a violent white supremacist gang that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Kaye
CAST:  Edward Norton  •  Edward Furlong  •  Beverly D'Angelo  •  Avery Brooks
The Social Network (2010)

GrippingInsightfulFast pacedDramatic

On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room as a small site among friends soon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Fincher
Happy (2011)

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Happy is a 2011 feature documentary film directed, written, and co-produced by Roko Belic. It explores human happiness through interviews with people from all walks of life in 14 different countries, weaving in the newest findings of positive psychology. Director ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roko Belic
The Breakfast Club (1985)

BrilliantClassicFunnyUplifting

Five high school students from different walks of life endure a Saturday detention under a power-hungry principal. The disparate group includes rebel John, princess Claire, outcast Allison, brainy Brian and Andrew, the jock. Each has a chance to tell his or her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Hughes
Lost in Translation (2003)

BeautifulEmotionalInsightfulRomantic

Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sofia Coppola
CAST:  Bill Murray  •  Scarlett Johansson  •  Anna Faris  •  Giovanni Ribisi
Don Jon (2013)

OriginalThought provokingFunnyBrilliant

A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

EnjoyableCuteFunnyFun

Andy moves to New York to work in the fashion industry. Her boss is extremely demanding, cruel and won't let her succeed if she doesn't fit into the high class elegant look of their magazine.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Frankel
CAST:  Meryl Streep  •  Anne Hathaway  •  Emily Blunt  •  Stanley Tucci
Into the Wild (2007)

AdventurousThought provokingInspiringBeautiful

After graduating from Emory University in 1992, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity, and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean Penn
CAST:  Emile Hirsch  •  Marcia Gay Harden  •  William Hurt  •  Jena Malone
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

BrilliantIntenseEmotionalBeautiful

Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Darabont
CAST:  Tim Robbins  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Bob Gunton  •  William Sadler
Big Fish (2003)

BeautifulCharmingFantasticalOriginal

Throughout his life Edward Bloom has always been a man of big appetites, enormous passions and tall tales. In his later years, he remains a huge mystery to his son, William. Now, to get to know the real man, Will begins piecing together a true picture of his father ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Ewan McGregor  •  Albert Finney  •  Billy Crudup  •  Jessica Lange
The Matrix (1999)

Action-packedBrilliantComplexMind blowing

Set in the 22nd century, The Matrix tells the story of a computer hacker who joins a group of underground insurgents fighting the vast and powerful computers who now rule the earth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lilly Wachowski  •  Lana Wachowski
About Time (2013)

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The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim's father tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can't change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life – so he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Curtis
CAST:  Rachel McAdams  •  Bill Nighy  •  Domhnall Gleeson  •  Tom Hollander
Her (2013)

BeautifulEmotionalThought provokingFuturistic

In the not so distant future, Theodore, a lonely writer purchases a newly developed operating system designed to meet the user's every needs. To Theodore's surprise, a romantic relationship develops between him and his operating system. This unconventional love ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Jonze
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Scarlett Johansson  •  Rooney Mara  •  Amy Adams
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

BeautifulThought provokingBrilliantMind blowing

Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realises that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michel Gondry
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Kate Winslet  •  Elijah Wood  •  Mark Ruffalo
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