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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 Education of Charlie Banks (2007)

Thought provokingUpliftingIntenseInspiring

College student Charlie Banks has to face old problems when the bully he had an unpleasant encounter with back in high school shows up on his campus.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Durst
CAST:  Jesse Eisenberg  •  Jason Ritter  •  Eva Amurri Martino  •  Chris Marquette

College student Charlie Banks has to face old problems when the bully he had an unpleasant encounter with back in high school shows up on his campus.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Durst
CAST:  Jesse Eisenberg  •  Jason Ritter  •  Eva Amurri Martino  •  Chris Marquette

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

Palmer (2021)

UpliftingThought provokingEmotionalTear-jerker

After 12 years in prison, former high school football star Eddie Palmer returns home to put his life back together—and forms an unlikely bond with Sam, an outcast boy from a troubled home. But Eddie's past threatens to ruin his new life and family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fisher Stevens
CAST:  Justin Timberlake  •  Juno Temple  •  Alisha Wainwright  •  June Squibb

After 12 years in prison, former high school football star Eddie Palmer returns home to put his life back together—and forms an unlikely bond with Sam, an outcast boy from a troubled home. But Eddie's past threatens to ruin his new life and family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fisher Stevens
CAST:  Justin Timberlake  •  Juno Temple  •  Alisha Wainwright  •  June Squibb

The Yards (2000)

Thought provokingDepressingHeartbreakingSuspenseful

In the rail yards of Queens, contractors repair and rebuild the city's subway cars. These contracts are lucrative, so graft and corruption are rife. When Leo Handler gets out of prison, he finds his aunt married to Frank Olchin, one of the big contractors; he's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Gray
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Charlize Theron  •  James Caan

In the rail yards of Queens, contractors repair and rebuild the city's subway cars. These contracts are lucrative, so graft and corruption are rife. When Leo Handler gets out of prison, he finds his aunt married to Frank Olchin, one of the big contractors; he's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Gray
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Charlize Theron  •  James Caan

Bully (2001)

Thought provokingDarkDisturbingSuspenseful

Marty becomes fed up with his constant abuse from his best friend Bobby. Along with his girlfriend, also a victim of Bobby's cruel ways, Marty devises a plot for murder.  (more)

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

Marty becomes fed up with his constant abuse from his best friend Bobby. Along with his girlfriend, also a victim of Bobby's cruel ways, Marty devises a plot for murder.  (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

King of the Jungle (2000)

Thought provokingViolentDepressingHeartbreaking

Seymore is a young man with the mind of a child. He loves three things in life: basketball, sneaking out for cigarettes, and his mother. But all life's simple pleasures are brutally torn from him when he witnesses his mother gunned down by a neighborhood punk. Now ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Seth Zvi Rosenfeld
CAST:  John Leguizamo  •  Rosie Perez  •  Julie Carmen  •  Cliff Gorman

Seymore is a young man with the mind of a child. He loves three things in life: basketball, sneaking out for cigarettes, and his mother. But all life's simple pleasures are brutally torn from him when he witnesses his mother gunned down by a neighborhood punk. Now ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Seth Zvi Rosenfeld
CAST:  John Leguizamo  •  Rosie Perez  •  Julie Carmen  •  Cliff Gorman

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

Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)

DepressingHeartbreakingThought provokingEmotional

A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Susanne Bier
CAST:  Halle Berry  •  Benicio del Toro  •  David Duchovny  •  Alison Lohman

A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Susanne Bier
CAST:  Halle Berry  •  Benicio del Toro  •  David Duchovny  •  Alison Lohman

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

State's Evidence (2006)

SuspensefulThought provokingDisturbingDark

Six high school teenagers decide to commit suicide together, but their plans soon go awry when one of them has something darker in mind as well.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Benjamin Louis
CAST:  Alexa PenaVega  •  Douglas Smith  •  Majandra Delfino  •  Kris Lemche

Six high school teenagers decide to commit suicide together, but their plans soon go awry when one of them has something darker in mind as well.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Benjamin Louis
CAST:  Alexa PenaVega  •  Douglas Smith  •  Majandra Delfino  •  Kris Lemche

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

Paranoid Park (2007)

Thought provokingDepressingHeartbreakingEmotional

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

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

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

SuspensefulDisturbingThought provokingDark

A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Berlinger
CAST:  Lily Collins  •  Zac Efron  •  John Malkovich  •  Kaya Scodelario

A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Berlinger
CAST:  Lily Collins  •  Zac Efron  •  John Malkovich  •  Kaya Scodelario

Clemency (2019)

DepressingHeartbreakingThought provokingEmotional

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chinonye Chukwu
CAST:  Alfre Woodard  •  Aldis Hodge  •  Richard Schiff  •  Wendell Pierce

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chinonye Chukwu
CAST:  Alfre Woodard  •  Aldis Hodge  •  Richard Schiff  •  Wendell Pierce

Penguin Bloom (2021)

UpliftingThought provokingIntenseInspiring

When an unlikely ally enters the Bloom family's world in the form of an injured baby magpie they name Penguin, the bird’s arrival makes a profound difference in the struggling family’s life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Glendyn Ivin
CAST:  Naomi Watts  •  Andrew Lincoln  •  Jacki Weaver  •  Rachel House

When an unlikely ally enters the Bloom family's world in the form of an injured baby magpie they name Penguin, the bird’s arrival makes a profound difference in the struggling family’s life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Glendyn Ivin
CAST:  Naomi Watts  •  Andrew Lincoln  •  Jacki Weaver  •  Rachel House
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