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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

Taare Zameen Par (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

Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)

Thought provokingDarkInsightfulIntense

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

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

The Captive (2014)

SuspensefulThought provokingDisturbingDark

Eight years after the disappearance of Cassandra, some disturbing incidents seem to indicate that she's still alive. Police, parents and Cassandra herself, will try to unravel the mystery of her disappearance.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Atom Egoyan
CAST:  Ryan Reynolds  •  Scott Speedman  •  Rosario Dawson  •  Bruce Greenwood

Eight years after the disappearance of Cassandra, some disturbing incidents seem to indicate that she's still alive. Police, parents and Cassandra herself, will try to unravel the mystery of her disappearance.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Atom Egoyan
CAST:  Ryan Reynolds  •  Scott Speedman  •  Rosario Dawson  •  Bruce Greenwood

Bully (2001)

Thought provokingDarkDisturbingSuspenseful

A pack of naïve teenagers conspire to murder a mutual friend, whose aggressive demeanor has proved too much.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Clark
CAST:  Brad Renfro  •  Bijou Phillips  •  Nick Stahl  •  Rachel Miner

A pack of naïve teenagers conspire to murder a mutual friend, whose aggressive demeanor has proved too much.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Clark
CAST:  Brad Renfro  •  Bijou Phillips  •  Nick Stahl  •  Rachel Miner

Live by Night (2016)

Thought provokingViolentEmotionalTear-jerker

A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered on a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime.  (more)

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

A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered on a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime.  (more)

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

Big Eyes (2014)

DramaticThought provokingEmotionalReal

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

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

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 Life of David Gale (2003)

Thought provokingSuspensefulDarkDisturbing

A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Kate Winslet  •  Laura Linney  •  Gabriel Mann

A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Parker
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Kate Winslet  •  Laura Linney  •  Gabriel Mann

The Accountant (2016)

SuspensefulViolentThought provokingAction-packed

As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gavin O'Connor
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Anna Kendrick  •  J.K. Simmons  •  Jon Bernthal

As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gavin O'Connor
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Anna Kendrick  •  J.K. Simmons  •  Jon Bernthal

We Own the Night (2007)

ViolentSuspensefulThought provokingDark

A New York nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian mafia hitmen.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Gray
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Eva Mendes  •  Alex Veadov  •  Mark Wahlberg

A New York nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian mafia hitmen.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Gray
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Eva Mendes  •  Alex Veadov  •  Mark Wahlberg

The Loss of Sexual Innocence (1999)

DepressingHeartbreakingThought provokingEmotional

The story of the sexual development of a filmmaker through three stages of his life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Figgis
CAST:  Julian Sands  •  Saffron Burrows  •  Justin Chadwick  •  Stefano Dionisi

The story of the sexual development of a filmmaker through three stages of his life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Figgis
CAST:  Julian Sands  •  Saffron Burrows  •  Justin Chadwick  •  Stefano Dionisi

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

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

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

S. Darko (2009)

SuspensefulDisturbingThought provokingFantastical

S. Darko follows Samantha Darko, the younger sister of Donnie, the protagonist of Donnie Darko, and her friend Corey. On their way to California, their car breaks down, forcing them to wait in a small town until it is fixed. While there, Samantha begins to have ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Fisher
CAST:  Daveigh Chase  •  Elizabeth Berkley  •  Briana Evigan  •  James Lafferty

S. Darko follows Samantha Darko, the younger sister of Donnie, the protagonist of Donnie Darko, and her friend Corey. On their way to California, their car breaks down, forcing them to wait in a small town until it is fixed. While there, Samantha begins to have ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Fisher
CAST:  Daveigh Chase  •  Elizabeth Berkley  •  Briana Evigan  •  James Lafferty

Paranoid Park (2007)

DepressingHeartbreakingThought provokingEmotional

Alex, a teenaged skateboarder, is interviewed by Detective Richard Lu about the death of a security guard severed by a train who was apparently hit by a skateboard. While dealing with the separation process of his parents and the sexual heat of his virgin ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gus Van Sant
CAST:  Gabe Nevins  •  Taylor Momsen  •  Jake Miller  •  Daniel Liu

Alex, a teenaged skateboarder, is interviewed by Detective Richard Lu about the death of a security guard severed by a train who was apparently hit by a skateboard. While dealing with the separation process of his parents and the sexual heat of his virgin ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gus Van Sant
CAST:  Gabe Nevins  •  Taylor Momsen  •  Jake Miller  •  Daniel Liu

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

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)

Tear-jerkerThought provokingInspiringDark

When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a Jewish prisoner or the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Herman
CAST:  David Thewlis  •  Asa Butterfield  •  Zac Mattoon O'Brien  •  Henry Kingsmill

When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a Jewish prisoner or the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Herman
CAST:  David Thewlis  •  Asa Butterfield  •  Zac Mattoon O'Brien  •  Henry Kingsmill
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