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Defendor (2009)

FunnyTragicCharmingRomantic

A crooked cop, a mob boss and the young girl they abuse are the denizens of a city's criminal underworld. It's a world that ordinary Arthur Poppington doesn't understand and doesn't belong in, but is committed to fighting when he changes into a vigilante super-hero ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Stebbings
CAST:  Woody Harrelson  •  Kat Dennings  •  Elias Koteas  •  Sandra Oh

A crooked cop, a mob boss and the young girl they abuse are the denizens of a city's criminal underworld. It's a world that ordinary Arthur Poppington doesn't understand and doesn't belong in, but is committed to fighting when he changes into a vigilante super-hero ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Stebbings
CAST:  Woody Harrelson  •  Kat Dennings  •  Elias Koteas  •  Sandra Oh

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

TragicDarkAdventurousFantastical

Three wealthy children's parents are killed in a fire. When they are sent to a distant relative, they find out that he is plotting to kill them and seize their fortune.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brad Silberling
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Meryl Streep  •  Jude Law  •  Emily Browning

Three wealthy children's parents are killed in a fire. When they are sent to a distant relative, they find out that he is plotting to kill them and seize their fortune.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brad Silberling
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Meryl Streep  •  Jude Law  •  Emily Browning

Amour (2012)

DepressingTragicSlow movingRomantic

Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Haneke
CAST:  Emmanuelle Riva  •  Jean-Louis Trintignant  •  Isabelle Huppert  •  William Shimell

Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Haneke
CAST:  Emmanuelle Riva  •  Jean-Louis Trintignant  •  Isabelle Huppert  •  William Shimell

Romeo + Juliet (1996)

RomanticBeautifulTragicOriginal

In director Baz Luhrmann's contemporary take on William Shakespeare's classic tragedy, the Montagues and Capulets have moved their ongoing feud to the sweltering suburb of Verona Beach, where Romeo and Juliet fall in love and secretly wed. Though the film is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Baz Luhrmann
CAST:  Leonardo DiCaprio  •  Claire Danes  •  John Leguizamo  •  Harold Perrineau

In director Baz Luhrmann's contemporary take on William Shakespeare's classic tragedy, the Montagues and Capulets have moved their ongoing feud to the sweltering suburb of Verona Beach, where Romeo and Juliet fall in love and secretly wed. Though the film is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Baz Luhrmann
CAST:  Leonardo DiCaprio  •  Claire Danes  •  John Leguizamo  •  Harold Perrineau

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

DepressingDisturbingTragicEmotional

Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his hotel in attempt ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry George
CAST:  Don Cheadle  •  Nick Nolte  •  Sophie Okonedo  •  Joaquin Phoenix

Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his hotel in attempt ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry George
CAST:  Don Cheadle  •  Nick Nolte  •  Sophie Okonedo  •  Joaquin Phoenix

A Single Man (2009)

TragicGrippingDarkEmotional

The life of George Falconer, a British college professor, is reeling with the recent and sudden loss of his longtime partner. This traumatic event makes George challenge his own will to live as he seeks the console of his close girl friend Charley, who is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Ford
CAST:  Colin Firth  •  Julianne Moore  •  Nicholas Hoult  •  Matthew Goode

The life of George Falconer, a British college professor, is reeling with the recent and sudden loss of his longtime partner. This traumatic event makes George challenge his own will to live as he seeks the console of his close girl friend Charley, who is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Ford
CAST:  Colin Firth  •  Julianne Moore  •  Nicholas Hoult  •  Matthew Goode

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
CAST:  Adrien Brody  •  Thomas Kretschmann  •  Frank Finlay  •  Maureen Lipman

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
CAST:  Adrien Brody  •  Thomas Kretschmann  •  Frank Finlay  •  Maureen Lipman

Black Swan (2010)

DramaticIntenseDisturbingTragic

A journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Natalie Portman  •  Chris Gartin  •  Mila Kunis  •  Winona Ryder

A journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Natalie Portman  •  Chris Gartin  •  Mila Kunis  •  Winona Ryder

Moonlight (2002)

SuspensefulRomanticDisturbingThought provoking

Claire lives with her wealthy adopted parents in a luxurious and isolated house in the woods. She discovers a wounded and bleeding boy her age in her family's garden shed. The boy is a young drug courier from Afghanistan; shot and wounded after serving his purpose ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paula van der Oest
CAST:  Laurien van den Broeck  •  Hunter Bussemaker  •  Andrew Howard  •  Johan Leysen

Claire lives with her wealthy adopted parents in a luxurious and isolated house in the woods. She discovers a wounded and bleeding boy her age in her family's garden shed. The boy is a young drug courier from Afghanistan; shot and wounded after serving his purpose ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paula van der Oest
CAST:  Laurien van den Broeck  •  Hunter Bussemaker  •  Andrew Howard  •  Johan Leysen

Anesthesia (2016)

DepressingHeartbreakingSuspensefulEmotional

Multiple lives intersect in the aftermath of the violent mugging of a Columbia University philosophy professor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Blake Nelson
CAST:  Kristen Stewart  •  Glenn Close  •  Corey Stoll  •  Katie Chang

Multiple lives intersect in the aftermath of the violent mugging of a Columbia University philosophy professor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Blake Nelson
CAST:  Kristen Stewart  •  Glenn Close  •  Corey Stoll  •  Katie Chang

Quills (2000)

DepressingDisturbingEmotionalSuspenseful

A nobleman with a literary flair, the Marquis de Sade lives in a madhouse where a beautiful laundry maid smuggles his erotic stories to a printer, defying orders from the asylum's resident priest. The titillating passages whip all of France into a sexual frenzy, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Kaufman
CAST:  Geoffrey Rush  •  Kate Winslet  •  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Michael Caine

A nobleman with a literary flair, the Marquis de Sade lives in a madhouse where a beautiful laundry maid smuggles his erotic stories to a printer, defying orders from the asylum's resident priest. The titillating passages whip all of France into a sexual frenzy, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Kaufman
CAST:  Geoffrey Rush  •  Kate Winslet  •  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Michael Caine

American Honey (2016)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalRomantic

A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrea Arnold
CAST:  Sasha Lane  •  Shia LaBeouf  •  Riley Keough  •  Raymond Coalson

A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrea Arnold
CAST:  Sasha Lane  •  Shia LaBeouf  •  Riley Keough  •  Raymond Coalson

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalViolent

Dito Montiel, a successful author, receives a call from his long-suffering mother, asking him to return home and visit his ailing father. Dito recalls his childhood growing up in a violent neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., with friends Antonio, Giuseppe, Nerf and Mike.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dito Montiel
CAST:  Shia LaBeouf  •  Melonie Diaz  •  Channing Tatum  •  Chazz Palminteri

Dito Montiel, a successful author, receives a call from his long-suffering mother, asking him to return home and visit his ailing father. Dito recalls his childhood growing up in a violent neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., with friends Antonio, Giuseppe, Nerf and Mike.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dito Montiel
CAST:  Shia LaBeouf  •  Melonie Diaz  •  Channing Tatum  •  Chazz Palminteri

Downloading Nancy (2008)

DepressingHeartbreakingDisturbingSuspenseful

Sick of her life, housewife Nancy just wants it to be over and done with, but rather than kill herself, she hires a stranger from the Internet to do the job for her. But fate takes a strange turn when she meets her killer and the two fall in love. Of course, Nancy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Johan Renck
CAST:  Maria Bello  •  Rufus Sewell  •  Jason Patric  •  Amy Brenneman

Sick of her life, housewife Nancy just wants it to be over and done with, but rather than kill herself, she hires a stranger from the Internet to do the job for her. But fate takes a strange turn when she meets her killer and the two fall in love. Of course, Nancy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Johan Renck
CAST:  Maria Bello  •  Rufus Sewell  •  Jason Patric  •  Amy Brenneman

Welcome to the Rileys (2010)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

Years after their teenage daughter’s death, Lois and Doug Riley, an upstanding Indiana couple, are frozen by estranging grief. Doug escapes to New Orleans on a business trip. Compelled by urgencies he doesn’t understand, he insinuates himself into the life of an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Scott
CAST:  Kristen Stewart  •  James Gandolfini  •  Melissa Leo  •  Joe Chrest

Years after their teenage daughter’s death, Lois and Doug Riley, an upstanding Indiana couple, are frozen by estranging grief. Doug escapes to New Orleans on a business trip. Compelled by urgencies he doesn’t understand, he insinuates himself into the life of an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Scott
CAST:  Kristen Stewart  •  James Gandolfini  •  Melissa Leo  •  Joe Chrest

Mean Creek (2004)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

Teenagers living in small-town Oregon take a boat trip for a birthday celebration. When they get an idea to play a mean trick on the town bully, it suddenly goes too far. Soon they're forced to deal with the unexpected consequences of their actions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jacob Aaron Estes
CAST:  Rory Culkin  •  Scott Mechlowicz  •  Trevor Morgan  •  Josh Peck

Teenagers living in small-town Oregon take a boat trip for a birthday celebration. When they get an idea to play a mean trick on the town bully, it suddenly goes too far. Soon they're forced to deal with the unexpected consequences of their actions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jacob Aaron Estes
CAST:  Rory Culkin  •  Scott Mechlowicz  •  Trevor Morgan  •  Josh Peck

Steel City (2006)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

After a tragic accident caused by the truck of the middle-aged Carl Lee where a woman dies with a crushed stern, he is arrested and sent to the county jail. His son PJ, who works washing dishes and cleaning tables in a restaurant, feels lost, without financial ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Jun
CAST:  Jamie Anne Allman  •  Raymond J. Barry  •  Kristian Best  •  Clayne Crawford

After a tragic accident caused by the truck of the middle-aged Carl Lee where a woman dies with a crushed stern, he is arrested and sent to the county jail. His son PJ, who works washing dishes and cleaning tables in a restaurant, feels lost, without financial ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Jun
CAST:  Jamie Anne Allman  •  Raymond J. Barry  •  Kristian Best  •  Clayne Crawford

American Woman (2018)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

A young grandmother in a small Pennsylvania town raises her daughter's child after the girl disappears. All the while, a desperate search for her continues.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Scott
CAST:  Sienna Miller  •  Christina Hendricks  •  Aaron Paul  •  Will Sasso

A young grandmother in a small Pennsylvania town raises her daughter's child after the girl disappears. All the while, a desperate search for her continues.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Scott
CAST:  Sienna Miller  •  Christina Hendricks  •  Aaron Paul  •  Will Sasso

The Ice Storm (1997)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hood family is skidding out of control. Then an ice storm hits, the worst in a century.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ang Lee
CAST:  Kevin Kline  •  Joan Allen  •  Sigourney Weaver  •  Henry Czerny

In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hood family is skidding out of control. Then an ice storm hits, the worst in a century.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ang Lee
CAST:  Kevin Kline  •  Joan Allen  •  Sigourney Weaver  •  Henry Czerny

A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shainee Gabel
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Scarlett Johansson  •  Gabriel Macht  •  Sonny Shroyer

A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shainee Gabel
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Scarlett Johansson  •  Gabriel Macht  •  Sonny Shroyer
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