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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

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

Like Stars on Earth (2007)

Thought provokingUpliftingBrilliantRomantic

Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate. Colours, fish, dogs, and kites don't seem important to the adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks, and neatness. Ishaan cannot ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Aamir Khan
CAST:  Darsheel Safary  •  Aamir Khan  •  Tisca Chopra  •  Vipin Sharma

Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate. Colours, fish, dogs, and kites don't seem important to the adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks, and neatness. Ishaan cannot ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Aamir Khan
CAST:  Darsheel Safary  •  Aamir Khan  •  Tisca Chopra  •  Vipin Sharma

Live by Night (2016)

Thought provokingViolentEmotionalTear-jerker

A group of Boston-bred gangsters set up shop in balmy Florida during the Prohibition era, facing off against the competition and the Ku Klux Klan.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Affleck
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Zoe Saldaña  •  Elle Fanning  •  Sienna Miller

A group of Boston-bred gangsters set up shop in balmy Florida during the Prohibition era, facing off against the competition and the Ku Klux Klan.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Affleck
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Zoe Saldaña  •  Elle Fanning  •  Sienna Miller

Big Eyes (2014)

DramaticThought provokingEmotionalReal

In the late 1950s and early '60s, artist Walter Keane achieves unbelievable fame and success with portraits of saucer-eyed waifs. However, no one realizes that his wife, Margaret, is the real painter behind the brush. Although Margaret is horrified to learn that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Amy Adams  •  Christoph Waltz  •  Krysten Ritter  •  Danny Huston

In the late 1950s and early '60s, artist Walter Keane achieves unbelievable fame and success with portraits of saucer-eyed waifs. However, no one realizes that his wife, Margaret, is the real painter behind the brush. Although Margaret is horrified to learn that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Amy Adams  •  Christoph Waltz  •  Krysten Ritter  •  Danny Huston

Stalker (1979)

Thought provokingSlow movingSleep-throughSmart

Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, a place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers, and where the normal laws of physics are victim to frequent anomalies. A stalker guides two men into the Zone, specifically to an area in which deep-seated desires are granted.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrei Tarkovsky
CAST:  Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy  •  Anatoliy Solonitsyn  •  Nikolay Grinko  •  Alisa Freyndlikh

Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, a place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers, and where the normal laws of physics are victim to frequent anomalies. A stalker guides two men into the Zone, specifically to an area in which deep-seated desires are granted.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrei Tarkovsky
CAST:  Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy  •  Anatoliy Solonitsyn  •  Nikolay Grinko  •  Alisa Freyndlikh

The Lunchbox (2013)

Thought provokingRomanticSlow movingFunny

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system (Mumbai's Dabbawallahs) connects a young housewife to a stranger in the dusk of his life. They build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox. Gradually, this fantasy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ritesh Batra
CAST:  Irrfan Khan  •  Nimrat Kaur  •  Nawazuddin Siddiqui  •  Denzil Smith

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system (Mumbai's Dabbawallahs) connects a young housewife to a stranger in the dusk of his life. They build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox. Gradually, this fantasy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ritesh Batra
CAST:  Irrfan Khan  •  Nimrat Kaur  •  Nawazuddin Siddiqui  •  Denzil Smith

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

Thought provokingSuspensefulComplexDark

After several years of living with a cult, Martha finally escapes and calls her estranged sister, Lucy, for help. Martha finds herself at the quiet Connecticut home Lucy shares with her new husband, Ted, but the memories of what she experienced in the cult make ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean Durkin
CAST:  Elizabeth Olsen  •  Hugh Dancy  •  John Hawkes  •  Sarah Paulson

After several years of living with a cult, Martha finally escapes and calls her estranged sister, Lucy, for help. Martha finds herself at the quiet Connecticut home Lucy shares with her new husband, Ted, but the memories of what she experienced in the cult make ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean Durkin
CAST:  Elizabeth Olsen  •  Hugh Dancy  •  John Hawkes  •  Sarah Paulson

Michael Clayton (2007)

SuspensefulThought provokingIntenseGripping

A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Gilroy
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Tom Wilkinson  •  Tilda Swinton  •  Sydney Pollack

A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Gilroy
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Tom Wilkinson  •  Tilda Swinton  •  Sydney Pollack

Secretary (2002)

Thought provokingIntenseRomanticComplex

A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Shainberg
CAST:  James Spader  •  Maggie Gyllenhaal  •  Jeremy Davies  •  Lesley Ann Warren

A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Shainberg
CAST:  James Spader  •  Maggie Gyllenhaal  •  Jeremy Davies  •  Lesley Ann Warren

Knowing (2009)

Thought provokingSuspensefulDisturbingFuturistic

A teacher opens a time capsule that has been dug up at his son's elementary school; in it are some chilling predictions -- some that have already occurred and others that are about to -- that lead him to believe his family plays a role in the events that are about ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Proyas
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Rose Byrne  •  Chandler Canterbury  •  Ben Mendelsohn

A teacher opens a time capsule that has been dug up at his son's elementary school; in it are some chilling predictions -- some that have already occurred and others that are about to -- that lead him to believe his family plays a role in the events that are about ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Proyas
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Rose Byrne  •  Chandler Canterbury  •  Ben Mendelsohn

The Wave (2008)

Thought provokingBrilliantPowerfulGripping

A school teacher discusses types of government with his class. His students find it too boring to repeatedly go over national socialism and believe that dictatorship cannot be established in modern Germany. He starts an experiment to show how easily the masses can ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Gansel
CAST:  Jürgen Vogel  •  Frederick Lau  •  Max Riemelt  •  Jennifer Ulrich

A school teacher discusses types of government with his class. His students find it too boring to repeatedly go over national socialism and believe that dictatorship cannot be established in modern Germany. He starts an experiment to show how easily the masses can ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Gansel
CAST:  Jürgen Vogel  •  Frederick Lau  •  Max Riemelt  •  Jennifer Ulrich

American Gun (2005)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalThought provoking

Seemingly disparate portraits of people -- among them a single mother, a high school principal, and an ace student -- Distinctly American -- all affected by the proliferation of guns in American society.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Aric Avelino
CAST:  Forest Whitaker  •  Marcia Gay Harden  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Lisa Long

Seemingly disparate portraits of people -- among them a single mother, a high school principal, and an ace student -- Distinctly American -- all affected by the proliferation of guns in American society.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Aric Avelino
CAST:  Forest Whitaker  •  Marcia Gay Harden  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Lisa Long

The Safety of Objects (2002)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalThought provoking

In a suburban landscape, the lives of several families interlace with loss, despair and personal crisis. Esther Gold has lost focus on all but caring for her comatose son, Paul, and neglects her daughter and husband. Lawyer Jim Train is devoted to his career, not ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rose Troche
CAST:  Glenn Close  •  Dermot Mulroney  •  Patricia Clarkson  •  Jessica Campbell

In a suburban landscape, the lives of several families interlace with loss, despair and personal crisis. Esther Gold has lost focus on all but caring for her comatose son, Paul, and neglects her daughter and husband. Lawyer Jim Train is devoted to his career, not ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rose Troche
CAST:  Glenn Close  •  Dermot Mulroney  •  Patricia Clarkson  •  Jessica Campbell

Nine Lives (2005)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalThought provoking

Captives of the very relationships that define and sustain them, nine women resiliently meet the travails and disappointments of life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rodrigo García
CAST:  Jason Isaacs  •  Robin Wright  •  Amy Brenneman  •  Elpidia Carrillo

Captives of the very relationships that define and sustain them, nine women resiliently meet the travails and disappointments of life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rodrigo García
CAST:  Jason Isaacs  •  Robin Wright  •  Amy Brenneman  •  Elpidia Carrillo

The Truman Show (1998)

Thought provokingOriginalCharmingClever

Truman Burbank is the star of The Truman Show, a 24-hour-a-day reality TV show that broadcasts every aspect of his life without his knowledge. His entire life has been an unending soap opera for consumption by the rest of the world. And everyone he knows, including ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Laura Linney  •  Noah Emmerich  •  Natascha McElhone

Truman Burbank is the star of The Truman Show, a 24-hour-a-day reality TV show that broadcasts every aspect of his life without his knowledge. His entire life has been an unending soap opera for consumption by the rest of the world. And everyone he knows, including ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Laura Linney  •  Noah Emmerich  •  Natascha McElhone

God Bless America (2011)

CleverThought provokingFunnyAction-packed

Fed up with the cruelty and stupidity of American culture, an unlikely duo goes on a killing spree, killing reality TV stars, bigots and others they find repugnant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bobcat Goldthwait
CAST:  Joel Murray  •  Tara Lynne Barr  •  Mackenzie Brooke Smith  •  Melinda Page Hamilton

Fed up with the cruelty and stupidity of American culture, an unlikely duo goes on a killing spree, killing reality TV stars, bigots and others they find repugnant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bobcat Goldthwait
CAST:  Joel Murray  •  Tara Lynne Barr  •  Mackenzie Brooke Smith  •  Melinda Page Hamilton

Chelsea Walls (2001)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalThought provoking

This movie tells five stories set in a single day at the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York City, involving an ensemble cast of some 30-35 characters.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ethan Hawke
CAST:  Uma Thurman  •  Guillermo Díaz  •  Vincent D'Onofrio  •  Kris Kristofferson

This movie tells five stories set in a single day at the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York City, involving an ensemble cast of some 30-35 characters.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ethan Hawke
CAST:  Uma Thurman  •  Guillermo Díaz  •  Vincent D'Onofrio  •  Kris Kristofferson

Jungle Fever (1991)

DepressingThought provokingRomanticHeartbreaking

A successful and married black man contemplates having an affair with a white girl from work. He's quite rightly worried that the racial difference would make an already taboo relationship even worse.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  Spike Lee  •  Annabella Sciorra  •  Ruby Dee  •  John Turturro

A successful and married black man contemplates having an affair with a white girl from work. He's quite rightly worried that the racial difference would make an already taboo relationship even worse.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  Spike Lee  •  Annabella Sciorra  •  Ruby Dee  •  John Turturro

Day Zero (2007)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalThought provoking

The military draft is back. Three best friends are drafted and given 30 days to report for duty. In that time they're forced to confront everything they believe about courage, duty, love, friendship and honor. If called to serve, what would you do?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bryan Gunnar Cole
CAST:  Elijah Wood  •  Chris Klein  •  Ginnifer Goodwin  •  Ally Sheedy

The military draft is back. Three best friends are drafted and given 30 days to report for duty. In that time they're forced to confront everything they believe about courage, duty, love, friendship and honor. If called to serve, what would you do?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bryan Gunnar Cole
CAST:  Elijah Wood  •  Chris Klein  •  Ginnifer Goodwin  •  Ally Sheedy

Inside Out (2015)

EmotionalBeautifulThought provokingCute

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Riley's guiding emotions— Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness—live in Headquarters, the control centre inside ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pete Docter
CAST:  Amy Poehler  •  Bill Hader  •  Lewis Black  •  Mindy Kaling

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Riley's guiding emotions— Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness—live in Headquarters, the control centre inside ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pete Docter
CAST:  Amy Poehler  •  Bill Hader  •  Lewis Black  •  Mindy Kaling
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