Hamlet (1996)

IntenseSmartTragicClever

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother now marrying the murderer... his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kenneth Branagh
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

Fast pacedAction-packedSmartPowerful

When a CIA operation to purchase classified Russian documents is blown by a rival agent, who then shows up in the sleepy seaside village where Bourne and Marie have been living. The pair run for their lives and Bourne, who promised retaliation should anyone from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Greengrass
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Brian Cox  •  Julia Stiles  •  Joan Allen
Thank You for Smoking (2005)

CleverSmartThought provokingFunny

Nick Naylor is a charismatic spin-doctor for Big Tobacco who'll fight to protect America's right to smoke -- even if it kills him -- while still remaining a role model for his 12-year old son. When he incurs the wrath of a senator bent on snuffing out cigarettes, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jason Reitman
CAST:  Aaron Eckhart  •  Maria Bello  •  Cameron Bright  •  Adam Brody
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

Action-packedFast pacedSmartComplex

Six months after the events depicted in The Matrix, Neo has proved to be a good omen for the free humans, as more and more humans are being freed from the matrix and brought to Zion, the one and only stronghold of the Resistance. Neo himself has discovered his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lilly Wachowski  •  Lana Wachowski
CAST:  Helmut Bakaitis  •  Steve Bastoni  •  Don Battee  •  Monica Bellucci
The Bourne Identity (2002)

Action-packedSmartThrillingGripping

Wounded to the brink of death and suffering from amnesia, Jason Bourne is rescued at sea by a fisherman. With nothing to go on but a Swiss bank account number, he starts to reconstruct his life, but finds that many people he encounters want him dead. However, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Doug Liman
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Franka Potente  •  Chris Cooper  •  Clive Owen
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

FunnyCleverMysteriousSmart

A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shane Black
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

ThrillingMysteriousSmartBeautiful

Tom Ripley is a calculating young man who believes it's better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody. Opportunity knocks in the form of a wealthy U.S. shipbuilder who hires Tom to travel to Italy to bring back his playboy son, Dickie. Ripley worms his way into ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Minghella
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  Jude Law  •  Cate Blanchett
High Fidelity (2000)

CleverEnjoyableFunnySmart

When record store owner Rob Gordon gets dumped by his girlfriend, Laura, because he hasn't changed since they met, he revisits his top five breakups of all time in an attempt to figure out what went wrong. As Rob seeks out his former lovers to find out why they ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  John Cusack  •  Iben Hjejle  •  Todd Louiso  •  Jack Black
The Meaning of Life (1983)

FunnyBrilliantClassicSmart

Life's questions are 'answered' in a series of outrageous vignettes, beginning with a staid London insurance company which transforms before our eyes into a pirate ship. Then there's the National Health doctors who try to claim a healthy liver from a still-living ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Gilliam  •  Terry Jones
CAST:  Terry Gilliam  •  Graham Chapman  •  John Cleese  •  Eric Idle
Dead Poets Society (1989)

InspiringBeautifulClassicBrilliant

At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Robert Sean Leonard  •  Gale Hansen
Easy A (2010)

FunnyCharmingCleverCute

Olive, an average high school student, sees her below-the-radar existence turn around overnight once she decides to use the school's gossip grapevine to advance her social standing. Now her classmates are turning against her and the school board is becoming ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Will Gluck
CAST:  Emma Stone  •  Stanley Tucci  •  Amanda Bynes  •  Cam Gigandet
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
(500) Days of Summer (2009)

CuteRomanticCharmingEmotional

Tom, greeting-card writer and hopeless romantic, is caught completely off-guard when his girlfriend, Summer, suddenly dumps him. He reflects on their 500 days together to try to figure out where their love affair went sour, and in doing so, Tom rediscovers his true ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marc Webb
Gone Girl (2014)

BrilliantCleverMysteriousDark

With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Fincher
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Rosamund Pike  •  Tyler Perry  •  Neil Patrick Harris
Looper (2012)

FuturisticCleverAction-packedThought provoking

In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past where a looper, a hired gun, like Joe ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rian Johnson
CAST:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Bruce Willis  •  Emily Blunt  •  Paul Dano
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
Shutter Island (2010)

MysteriousMind blowingComplexDark

World War II soldier-turned-U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and also by a mysterious doctor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Leonardo DiCaprio  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Ben Kingsley  •  Emily Mortimer
Shaun of the Dead (2004)

FunnyBrilliantCleverFun

Shaun lives a supremely uneventful life, which revolves around his girlfriend, his mother, and, above all, his local pub. This gentle routine is threatened when the dead return to life and make strenuous attempts to snack on ordinary Londoners.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edgar Wright
CAST:  Simon Pegg  •  Nick Frost  •  Kate Ashfield  •  Lucy Davis
The Prestige (2006)

CleverComplexMysteriousBrilliant

A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

FunnyBrilliantCrudeEnjoyable

A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration. Based on Jordan Belfort's autobiography.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese