Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

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A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  Jessica Chastain  •  Jason Clarke  •  Mark Strong  •  Joel Edgerton
Almost Famous (2000)

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In 1973, 15-year-old William Miller's unabashed love of music and aspiration to become a rock journalist lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview and tour with the up-and-coming band Stillwater—fronted by lead guitar Russell Hammond, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Kate Hudson  •  Billy Crudup  •  Frances McDormand  •  Jason Lee
Blue Jasmine (2013)

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After experiencing a traumatic misfortune, Jasmine French, a wealthy woman from New York, moves to San Francisco to live with her foster sister Ginger and the firm purpose of getting a new life, but she will be haunted by anxiety and memories of the past.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Cate Blanchett  •  Alec Baldwin  •  Sally Hawkins  •  Bobby Cannavale
The Fighter (2010)

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The Fighter, is a drama about boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded in life after nearly being KO'd by drugs and crime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Christian Bale  •  Amy Adams  •  Melissa Leo
End of Watch (2012)

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Two young officers are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel during a routine traffic stop.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Ayer
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009)

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Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story is a movie based on the life story of world-renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson from 1961 to 1987.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas Carter
CAST:  Cuba Gooding Jr.  •  Kimberly Elise  •  Aunjanue Ellis  •  Ele Bardha
Erin Brockovich (2000)

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A twice-divorced mother of three who sees an injustice, takes on the bad guy and wins -- with a little help from her push-up bra. Erin goes to work for an attorney and comes across medical records describing illnesses clustered in one nearby town. She starts ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
Million Dollar Arm (2014)

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In a last-ditch effort to save his career, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) dreams up a wild game plan to find Major League Baseball’s next great pitcher from a pool of cricket players in India. He soon discovers two young men who can throw a fastball but know ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Craig Gillespie
CAST:  Jon Hamm  •  Bill Paxton  •  Lake Bell  •  Suraj Sharma
Boy A (2007)

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Freed after a lengthy term in a juvenile detention center, convicted child killer Jack Burridge (Andrew Garfield) finds work as a deliveryman and begins dating co-worker Michelle (Katie Lyons). While out on the road one day, the young Englishman notices a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Crowley
CAST:  Andrew Garfield  •  Katie Lyons  •  Peter Mullan  •  Alfie Owen
Big Eyes (2014)

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The story of the awakening of painter, Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Amy Adams  •  Christoph Waltz  •  Krysten Ritter  •  Danny Huston
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
127 Hours (2010)

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The true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Danny Boyle
CAST:  James Franco  •  Kate Mara  •  Amber Tamblyn  •  Sean Bott
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

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Gilbert Grape is a small-town young man with a lot of responsibility. Chief among his concerns are his mother, who is so overweight that she can't leave the house, and his mentally impaired younger brother, Arnie, who has a knack for finding trouble. Settled into a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lasse Hallström
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Leonardo DiCaprio  •  Juliette Lewis  •  Darlene Cates
The Wrestler (2008)

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Aging wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson is long past his prime but still ready and rarin' to go on the pro-wrestling circuit. After a particularly brutal beating, however, Randy hangs up his tights, pursues a serious relationship with a long-in-the-tooth stripper, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Mickey Rourke  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Evan Rachel Wood  •  Ajay Naidu
Captain Phillips (2013)

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The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Greengrass
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Catherine Keener  •  Max Martini  •  Chris Mulkey
Fruitvale Station (2013)

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Oakland, California. Young Afro-American Oscar Grant crosses paths with family members, friends, enemies and strangers before facing his fate on the platform at Fruitvale Station, in the early morning hours of New Year's Day 2009…  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ryan Coogler
The Theory of Everything (2014)

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The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Marsh
CAST:  Felicity Jones  •  Emily Watson  •  Harry Lloyd  •  David Thewlis
Saving Private Ryan (1998)

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As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Tom Sizemore  •  Dennis Farina  •  Max Martini
50/50 (2011)

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Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Levine
The Pianist (2002)

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The true story of pianist Władysław Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he stays behind, works ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roman Polanski