Water for Elephants (2011)

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In this captivating Depression-era melodrama, impetuous veterinary student Jacob Jankowski joins a celebrated circus as an animal caretaker but faces a wrenching dilemma when he's transfixed by angelic married performer Marlena.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Lawrence
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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Teenagers in a small town are dropping like flies, apparently in the grip of mass hysteria causing their suicides. A cop's daughter, Nancy Thompson, traces the cause to child molester Fred Krueger, who was burned alive by angry parents many years before. Krueger ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wes Craven
Jumanji (1995)

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When siblings Judy and Peter discover an enchanted board game that opens the door to a magical world, they unwittingly invite Alan -- an adult who's been trapped inside the game for 26 years -- into their living room. Alan's only hope for freedom is to finish the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Johnston
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  Jonathan Hyde  •  Bonnie Hunt
Frank (2014)

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A young wannabe musician who discovers he has bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lenny Abrahamson
Wild (2014)

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A woman with a tragic past decides to start her new life by hiking for one thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Marc Vallée
CAST:  Reese Witherspoon  •  Mo McRae  •  Michiel Huisman  •  Gaby Hoffmann
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)

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Two hillbillies are suspected of being killers by a group of paranoid college kids camping near the duo's West Virginian cabin. As the body count climbs, so does the fear and confusion as the college kids try to seek revenge against the pair.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eli Craig
CAST:  Alan Tudyk  •  Tyler Labine  •  Katrina Bowden  •  Jesse Moss
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

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Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Colin Trevorrow
CAST:  Aubrey Plaza  •  Mark Duplass  •  Jake Johnson  •  Karan Soni
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

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'Toon star Roger is worried that his wife Jessica is playing pattycake with someone else, so the studio hires detective Eddie Valiant to snoop on her. But the stakes are quickly raised when Marvin Acme is found dead and Roger is the prime suspect.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Zemeckis
Perfect Sense (2011)

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In Glasgow, Scotland, while a mysterious pandemic begins to spread around the world, Susan, a brilliant epidemiologist, falls in love with Michael, a skillful cook.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Mackenzie
CAST:  Ewan McGregor  •  Eva Green  •  Ewen Bremner  •  Stephen Dillane
Analyze This (1999)

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Countless wiseguy films are spoofed in this film that centers on the neuroses and angst of a powerful Mafia racketeer who suffers from panic attacks. When Paul Vitti needs help dealing with his role in the "family," unlucky shrink Dr. Ben Sobel is given just days ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold Ramis
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Billy Crystal  •  Lisa Kudrow  •  Chazz Palminteri
Clerks (1994)

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Convenience and video store clerks Dante and Randal are sharp-witted, potty-mouthed and bored out of their minds. So in between needling customers, the counter jockeys play hockey on the roof, visit a funeral home and deal with their love lives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Smith
CAST:  Brian O'Halloran  •  Jeff Anderson  •  Jason Mewes  •  Kevin Smith
Ship of Theseus (2012)

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This first feature film from Indian playwright Anand Gandhi, tells three stories about persons forced to think about the ethics and moral issues raised by medical advances: a visually impaired Egyptian photographer, who after a cornea transplant has trouble ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anand Gandhi
CAST:  Aida Elkashef  •  Sohum Shah  •  Neeraj Kabi  •  Vinay Shukla
Maleficent (2014)

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A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land's fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Stromberg
CAST:  Angelina Jolie  •  Elle Fanning  •  Juno Temple  •  Sharlto Copley
Run Lola Run (1998)

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Lola receives a phone call from her boyfriend Manni. He lost 100,000 DM in a subway train that belongs to a very bad guy. She has 20 minutes to raise this amount and meet Manni. Otherwise, he will rob a store to get the money. Three different alternatives may ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Tykwer
CAST:  Franka Potente  •  Moritz Bleibtreu  •  Herbert Knaup  •  Nina Petri
Lord of War (2005)

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Yuri Orlov is a globetrotting arms dealer and, through some of the deadliest war zones, he struggles to stay one step ahead of a relentless Interpol agent, his business rivals and even some of his customers who include many of the world’s most notorious dictators. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Niccol
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Bridget Moynahan  •  Jared Leto  •  Ethan Hawke
Moneyball (2011)

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The story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball team on a budget, by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bennett Miller
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Jonah Hill  •  Robin Wright  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman
Crash (2005)

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In post-Sept. 11 Los Angeles, tensions erupt when the lives of a Brentwood housewife, her district attorney husband, a Persian shopkeeper, two cops, a pair of carjackers and a Korean couple converge during a 36-hour period.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Haggis
CAST:  Sandra Bullock  •  Don Cheadle  •  Matt Dillon  •  Michael Peña
The Red Violin (1998)

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Spans 300 years in the life of one famed musical instrument that winds up in present-day Montreal on the auction block. Crafted by the Italian master Bussotti (Cecchi) in 1681, the red violin derives its unusual color from the human blood mixed into the finish. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Girard
The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)

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A motorcycle stunt rider considers committing a crime in order to provide for his wife and child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Derek Cianfrance
CAST:  Ryan Gosling  •  Eva Mendes  •  Bradley Cooper  •  Rose Byrne
Panic Room (2002)

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Trapped in their New York brownstone's panic room, a hidden chamber built as a sanctuary in the event of break-ins, newly divorced Meg Altman and her young daughter Sarah play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with three intruders - Burnham, Raoul and Junior - during ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Fincher
CAST:  Jodie Foster  •  Kristen Stewart  •  Forest Whitaker  •  Dwight Yoakam