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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

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)

TragicEmotionalIntenseReal

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

Winged Creatures (2008)

DepressingHeartbreakingEmotionalTear-jerker

A psychotic man opens fire in a diner, murdering numerous people before killing himself. The survivors struggle in different ways following this horrendous event: a doctor doubts his own instincts and elects to use an experimental medical procedure on his wife, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rowan Woods
CAST:  Dakota Fanning  •  Josh Hutcherson  •  Forest Whitaker  •  Guy Pearce

A psychotic man opens fire in a diner, murdering numerous people before killing himself. The survivors struggle in different ways following this horrendous event: a doctor doubts his own instincts and elects to use an experimental medical procedure on his wife, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rowan Woods
CAST:  Dakota Fanning  •  Josh Hutcherson  •  Forest Whitaker  •  Guy Pearce

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

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

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

Gimme Shelter (2013)

UpliftingDepressingHeartbreakingEmotional

After running away from her abusive mother, a streetwise teen seeks refuge with her father, but he rejects her when he learns that she's pregnant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Krauss
CAST:  Vanessa Hudgens  •  Rosario Dawson  •  Brendan Fraser  •  Stephanie Szostak

After running away from her abusive mother, a streetwise teen seeks refuge with her father, but he rejects her when he learns that she's pregnant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Krauss
CAST:  Vanessa Hudgens  •  Rosario Dawson  •  Brendan Fraser  •  Stephanie Szostak

Savages (2012)

SuspensefulViolentDisturbingDark

Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Blake Lively  •  Taylor Kitsch  •  Aaron Taylor-Johnson  •  Benicio del Toro

Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  Blake Lively  •  Taylor Kitsch  •  Aaron Taylor-Johnson  •  Benicio del Toro

Sympathy for Delicious (2010)

UpliftingDepressingHeartbreakingEmotional

A newly paralyzed DJ gets more than he bargained for when he seeks out the world of faith healing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Ruffalo
CAST:  Christopher Thornton  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Juliette Lewis  •  Orlando Bloom

A newly paralyzed DJ gets more than he bargained for when he seeks out the world of faith healing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Ruffalo
CAST:  Christopher Thornton  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Juliette Lewis  •  Orlando Bloom

Nomads (2010)

UpliftingDepressingHeartbreakingEmotional

Susan is a filmaker working on a documentary about subway suicides at Mexico City. Roberto is an illegal mexican inmigrant that works cleaning windows at New York. Roberto meets Susan and they start hanging out, sharing their own experiences.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ricardo Benet
CAST:  Lucy Liu  •  Tenoch Huerta  •  Tamlyn Tomita  •  Dagoberto Gama

Susan is a filmaker working on a documentary about subway suicides at Mexico City. Roberto is an illegal mexican inmigrant that works cleaning windows at New York. Roberto meets Susan and they start hanging out, sharing their own experiences.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ricardo Benet
CAST:  Lucy Liu  •  Tenoch Huerta  •  Tamlyn Tomita  •  Dagoberto Gama

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

Four Good Days (2021)

UpliftingDepressingHeartbreakingEmotional

A mother helps her daughter work through four crucial days of recovery from substance abuse.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rodrigo García
CAST:  Mila Kunis  •  Glenn Close  •  Stephen Root  •  Joshua Leonard

A mother helps her daughter work through four crucial days of recovery from substance abuse.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rodrigo García
CAST:  Mila Kunis  •  Glenn Close  •  Stephen Root  •  Joshua Leonard

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

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

The Space Between (2011)

UpliftingDepressingHeartbreakingEmotional

Montine McLeod, a world-weary flight attendant, and Omar Hassan, a prematurely wise 10-year-old Pakastani-American boy connect with one another amidst the chaos of September 11, 2001. When Montine discovers the boy's direct personal link to the terrorist attacks, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Travis Fine
CAST:  AnnaSophia Robb  •  Melissa Leo  •  Anthony Keyvan  •  Brad William Henke

Montine McLeod, a world-weary flight attendant, and Omar Hassan, a prematurely wise 10-year-old Pakastani-American boy connect with one another amidst the chaos of September 11, 2001. When Montine discovers the boy's direct personal link to the terrorist attacks, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Travis Fine
CAST:  AnnaSophia Robb  •  Melissa Leo  •  Anthony Keyvan  •  Brad William Henke
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