In the second installment of this groundbreaking documentary, viewers are reintroduced to a group of children at age fourteen, seven years after their initial interviews. The film chronicles the lives of fourteen students from England who come from various social backgrounds. Topics include secondary education, hobbies and free time, personal beliefs and financial ambitions. Directed by Michael Apted. Categories: Documentary. Year: 1970.
7 Plus Seven
After being around boxing her entire life, Jackie Kallen (Meg Ryan) is only able to climb up to being an assistant to a small time boxing promoter simply because she's a woman. But, when disgruntled boxing manager Sam LaRocca (Tony Shalhoub) offers her the contract of Luther Shaw (Omar Epps), a former contender and current drug addict, as a joke, Kallen jumps at the chance. With the help of trainer Felix Reynolds (Charles S. Dutton), Kallen is able to get Shaw back into top form and lands him the title shot he thought was gone for good. Directed by Charles S. Dutton. With Kerry Washington. Categories: Biography, Drama, Sports. Year: 2004.
Against the Ropes
Alexander the Great (Colin Farrell) is barely into his twenties when he begins his conquest of the known world. By 25, he will rule 90% of it. Following the young leader as he pits his armies against the Persian Empire and beyond, this biographic epic reveals Alexander's conquests up until his death at age 33. Directed by Oliver Stone. With Anthony Hopkins, David Bedella, Jessie Kamm, Angelina Jolie, Jared Leto and Val Kilmer. Categories: Adventure, Biography, Drama, War. Year: 2004.
Starting as an up-and-coming professional boxer, Muhammad Ali (Will Smith) punches his way through his personal and professional struggles with religion, politics and fame, eventually becoming an American icon. More than just the greatest fighter of all-time, Muhammad Ali uses his notoriety and gift for verbal fireworks to champion the Civil Rights and anti-war movements. With Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight, Mario Van Peebles and Jada Pinkett Smith. Directed by Michael Mann. Categories: Biography, Drama and Sports. Year: 2001.
Hilary Swank plays legendary female aviator Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly long distances, who disappeared during an attempt to fly around the world in 1937. Richard Gere plays George Putnam, a longtime friend who supported her in her ambitions, while Ewan McGregor is a young man who has a hard time accepting her for who she is. Directed by Mira Nair. With Christopher Eccleston. Categories: Biography, Drama. Year: 2009.
Harvey Pekar (Paul Giamatti) is a file clerk with a dead-end job and an unsatisfying life. A chance meeting with Robert Crumb (James Urbaniak), a greeting card artist turned comic book illustrator, convinces Harvey to create his own comic centered on his working-class existence. The underground success of his work connects him with Joyce Brabner (Hope Davis), his soul mate through years spent as an independent icon. Directed by Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman. With Chris Ambrose, Joey Krajcar, Cameron Carter and the real Harvey Pekar. Categories: Biography, Comedy, Drama. Year: 2003.
Antwone Fisher (Derek Luke) is a navy man with a violent past whose aggressive outbursts bring him to the attention of a naval psychiatrist (Denzel Washington). Together, they break down Fisher's barriers and force a confrontation with his painful memories. As Antwone begins a search for the family he never knew, he is supported only by his doctor and a wish for peace. Directed by Denzel Washington. With Malcolm David Kelley and Joy Bryant. Categories: Drama, Based on a True Story. Year: 2002.
As the notorious and charismatic outlaw Jesse James (Brad Pitt) plans his next great robbery, he must battle against the men who want to capture him for fame and a fortune in reward money. Meanwhile, Robert Ford (Casey Affleck), an admire of James, joins his gang, only to become resentful of his former hero and hatch a plan to kill the fastest gun in the West. Directed by Andrew Dominik. With Mary-Louise Parker, Sam Rockwell and Sam Shepard. Categories: Crime, Drama, Western. Year: 2007.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a millionaire tycoon, but his real passion is flying. A talented businessman with eccentric habits, Hughes becomes involved in oil, casinoes and the film industry before starting a quest to create the fastest and biggest planes ever flown. While courting some of Hollywood's most beautiful women, including Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale) and Katharine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett), Hughes is also faced with severe obsessive-compulsive behavior, that ultimately leads to his downfall. Directed by Martin Scorsese. With John C. Reilly, Alec Baldwin, Ian Holm, Jude Law and Alan Alda. Categories: Politics, Biography, Drama. Year: 2004.
John Forbes Nash (Russell Crowe) is a mathematical genius studying at Princeton University when he hallucinates for the first time. As his brilliance grows, so does his mental illness, caused by schizophrenia that even his love for Alicia (Jennifer Connelly) can't fix. After accepting a job as a cryptologist for the military, Nash's delusions explode and he must defeat the insanity threatening to destroy his life. Directed by Ron Howard. With Ed Harris, Christopher Plummer, Paul Bettany and Judd Hirsch. Categories: Biography, Drama, Mystery. Year: 2001.
A Beautiful Mind
In 1795, 20-year-old aspiring author Jane Austen (Anne Hathaway) is under pressure from her family to marry a rich man , the nephew of a local aristocrat (Maggie Smith). But Jane is in love with Tom (James McAvoy), a young Irishman, to the horror of her mother (Julie Walters) and the local clergyman (James Cromwell). But Tom and Jane fight for their happiness. Directed by Julian Jarrold. Categories: Biography, Drama, Romance. Year: 2007.
The life of Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas inspired this film. Javier Bardem, who won an Oscar for his performance in No Country for Old Men, stars as the writer, who was a strong supporter of the Castro regime until he realized he was gay. Persecuted for his sexual orientation, he became an outcast in the country he once loved and eventually moved to New York. Sean Penn and Johnny Depp play friends who had a significant impact on his life. Directed by Julian Schnabel. Categories: Biography, Drama. Year: 2000.
Before Night Falls