When Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess), a shy, brilliant MIT student looking for a way to pay for med school, is recruited to join a group of the school's most gifted students to learn how to count cards, he gets more than he bargained for. Trained by unorthodox math professor and stats genius Micky Rosa (Kevin Spacey), the team heads to Las Vegas armed with fake identities and an unstoppable system for cracking blackjack. Caught up in the money and the Vegas lifestyle, Ben eventually turns his back on his team and pushes his talent to its very limit, while trying to stay one step ahead of the casino's enforcer, Cole Williams (Laurence Fishburne). Directed by Robert Luketic. With Kate Bosworth, Liza Lapira, Aaron Yoo and Jacob Pitts. Categories: Drama, Based on a True Story. Year: 2008.
Cristina Peck (Naomi Watts) is forced to suffer the loss of her husband Michael (Danny Huston) and their two daughters, killed in a hit-and-run by born-again ex-con Jack Jordan (Benicio Del Toro). Paul Rivers (Sean Penn), a college professor dying of heart failure, becomes the recipient of Michael's transplanted heart and is drawn to Cristina out of the debt of life he owes to her husband. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Categories: Drama, Crime, Thriller. Year: 2003.
During the Battle of Thermopylae, Spartan King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) leads his small army of fierce warriors against the advancing Persians, inspiring all of Greece to band together against a common enemy and helping to usher in the world's first democracy. Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel. Directed by Zack Snyder. Categories: Action, Adventure, Drama, War. Year: 2007.
In this tense drama based on the Elmore Leonard bestseller, Russell Crowe stars as a dangerous outlaw who must be transported from one jail to another. Christian Bale is a poor but honest farmer, desperate for money to pay for medical care for his younger son. So the farmer accepts the assignment to escort the outlaw from jail to a train that will take him to another state. The farmer is also motivated by a desire to impress his older son (Ben Foster), who is attracted to the outlaw life. Peter Fonda plays a former gunslinger who helps the farmer. Directed by James Mangold. With Logan Lerman and Dallas Roberts. Categories: Action, Crime, Drama, Western. Year: 2007.
3:10 to Yuma
Despite a string of steamy hookups, Matt Sullivan (Josh Hartnett) can't seem to get over his last girlfriend (Vinessa Shaw). In a last ditch effort, he decides to give up all sexual activity for the duration of Lent. When Matt's roommate Ryan (Paulo Costanzo) and their coworkers get wind of Matt's plan, they're decidedly skeptical and begin placing bets on when he will break his vow. Things become even more difficult when Matt meets Erica Sutton (Shannyn Sossamon), a beautiful, intriguing woman who puts Matt's willpower to the test. Directed by Michael Lehmann. With Griffin Dunne and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Categories: Comedy, Romance, Drama. Year: 2002.
40 Days and 40 Nights
On the eve of serial killer Jon Forster's execution, Dr. Jack Gramm (Al Pacino), the forensic psychiatrist who influenced the jury to send Forster to death row, receives a phone call stating that he has eighty-eight minutes to live. While Gramm tries to track down possible suspects, a copycat killer strikes in Seattle using Forster's same twisted methods. To save his life and prevent himself from being framed for murder, Gramm will need to use all of his skills and years of training, along with the help of his ex-wife (Amy Brenneman), his assistant (Alicia Witt) and an FBI agent (William Forsythe). Directed by Jon Avnet. With Leelee Sobieski and Benjamin McKenzie. Categories: Crime, Drama, Thriller. Year: 2007.
This Belgian film tells the story of a Mattie (Barbara Sarafian), a woman in her Forties whose husband is going through a midlife crisis, whose daughter is going through puberty and whose other two children are struggling with different problems. She tries to be there for everyone. She gets into a minor car accident one day, and is stunned to find that the 29-year-old driver of the other car, Johnny (Jurgen Delnaet), finds her attractive. Directed by Christophe Van Rompaey. With Anemone Valcke, Griet van Damme, Sofia Ferri, Johan Heldenbergh and Julian Borsani. Categories: Comedy, Drama, Romance. Year: 2008.
Aanrijding in Moscou
When a civilian diving team is hired to assist the US Navy in recovering a destroyed nuclear submarine, what they discover is more awesome than anything they could have expected. Thousand of feet beneath the cold, murky waters, the team comes upon a mysterious force that could decide the fate of humanity. Directed by James Cameron. With Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn and Todd Graff. Categories: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Drama. Year: 1989.
Jude (Jim Sturgess), a dock worker from Liverpool, and Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood), a sheltered American girl, struggle to hold onto their love during the turbulent times of the Vietnam War era. While Lucy's brother, Max (Joe Anderson), is shipped off to the frontlines, Lucy and Jude try to make sense of their lives and relationship through the songs of the Beatles. Directed by Julie Taymor. With Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther, T.V. Carpio and Bono. Categories: Musical, Drama, Romance. Year: 2007.
Across the Universe
Adam (Hugh Dancy) is a young man living in New York. His life is complicated because he suffers from Asperger Syndrome, a disorder that makes him socially awkward and makes it difficult for him to read people's emotions. But he longs for contact and when a beautiful young woman (Rose Byrne) moves into his building, he falls in love with her. Taking a co-worker's advice, he tries to win her. His sweetness and honesty attract her, but she is not sure she can make a commitment to a guy who is so different. Directed by Max Mayer. With Frankie Faison, Amy Irving and Peter Gallagher. Categories: Comedy, Drama, Romance. Year: 2009.
Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage), a neurotic screenwriter, is having trouble adapting a book about an orchid thief into a movie. While Charlie agonizes over his writer's block, his less cerebral twin brother Donald (also Cage) decides to become a screenwriter himself, much to Charlie's disdain. When Charlie finally gets his inspiration, he becomes so caught up in his screenplay that the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and he sets out to locate the book's author, Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep), and the real-life orchid thief, John Laroche (Chris Cooper). Directed by Spike Jonze. With Cara Seymour, Tilda Swinton, Ron Livingston, Brian Cox and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Categories: Comedy, Drama. Year: 2002.
For an assignment for his French class, Simon (Devon Bostick) combines his family history with a recent news story involving terrorism. When his fabrication attracts more attention than even he intended, Simon ends up attracting an internet audience wrapped up in the resulting controversy. Directed by Atom Egoyan. With Scott Speedman, Rachel Blanchard, Kenneth Welsh, Katie Boland, Noam Jenkins and Arsinée Khanjian. Categories: Drama. Year: 2008.
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
In the uptight world of 1870s New York high society, aristocratic lawyer Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) is engaged to May Welland (Winona Ryder). With the arrival of May's beautiful cousin, Countess Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer), his well-ordered life begins to take a turn. Newland defends the Countess, who has left her abusive husband, amongst their contemporaries before giving in to his growing passion. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Categories: Drama, Romance. Year: 1993.
The Age of Innocence
After a visit to Moscow, President James Marshall (Harrison Ford) becomes a hostage when Air Force One is taken over by neo-nationalists from Kazakhstan. Led by Ivan Korshunov (Gary Oldman), the terrorists take control of the aircraft and demand the release of their leader, General Radek. But, after previously declaring that the US doesn't negotiate with terrorists, President Marshal fights back to save his family and prevent an international incident. Directed by Wolfgang Petersen. With Glenn Close and William H. Macy. Categories: Action, Thriller, Drama. Year: 1997.
Air Force One
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.
In deep space, the crew of the mining ship Nostromo investigates a suspected SOS signal being sent from a moon orbiting a nearby planet. Discovering a derelict ship on the moon's surface, Captain Dallas (Tom Skerritt), Kane (John Hurt) and Lambert (Veronica Cartwright) enter and come upon a chamber filled with large, forboding eggs. When Kane is suddenly attacked by a mysterious parasite that attaches itself to his face, Warrant Officer Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) initially refuses them re-entrance to the ship, siting quarantine protocol. But, Science Officer Ash (Ian Holm) disregards her order and lets them in. Directed by Ridley Scott. With Harry Dean Stanton and Yaphet Kotto. Categories: Action, Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller, Drama. Year: 1979.
After escaping from the Alien planet in the Colonial Marine spaceship Sulaco, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) awakes to discover that her escape pod has crash landed on a deep space penal colony, killing the rest of her crew. Welcomed with great hesitation, she awaits rescue from the company and befriends the facility's doctor, Clemens (Charles Dance) to protect herself from the murderers and rapists who maintain the colony's ore foundry. But, when it is discovered that an Alien stowed away on Ripley's ship, she must form an alliance with Dillon (Charles S. Dutton), a criminal who has found religion, in order to organize the prisoners and fight back against the beast. Directed by David Fincher. With Brian Glover, Danny Webb, Lance Henriksen and Ralph Brown. Categories: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Drama. Year: 1992.
200 years after her death, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is reborn as a clone. Scientists have used her DNA to bring her back to life and get their hands on the Queen Alien that grows within her chest. As scientist begin to breed more Aliens, Ripley adjusts to being alive again - remembering bits and pieces of her former life. Soon, though, the Aliens escape and begin ravaging the ship's crew. Together with a band of space pirates, including a second generation android (Winona Ryder), Ripley must find a way to defeat the Aliens yet again before the ship crash lands on Earth. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. With Dominique Pinon, Ron Perlman, Gary Dourdan, Michael Wincott, Dan Hedaya, J.E. Freeman, Brad Dourif and Leland Orser. Categories: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Drama. Year: 1997.
Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is the sole survivor of a mining company ship that was attacked by a vicious, parasitic Alien. When she gives her story to the company executives, they dismiss her claims and tell her that the Alien planet has been colonized while she was adrift in space. But, when all communication with the colonists is cut off, Ripley is asked to return to the planet in order to terminate the Aliens once and for all. She is joined by a squadron of marines, an android (Lance Henriksen) and a shifty corporate lawyer (Paul Reiser) with a mission of his own. Directed by James Cameron. With Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton and Carrie Henn. Categories: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Drama. Year: 1986.
When aspiring actress Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) talks her way into the lives of leading Broadway actress Margo Channing (Bette Davis) and her powerful friends, sparks fly. This classic story of success and all its follies, is told by some of the greatest stars of Hollywood's Golden Age. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Categories: Drama, New York, Classic. Year: 1950.
All About Eve
In the process of coming to terms with the tragic loss of her only son, Esteban (Eloy Azorín), Manuela (Cecilia Roth) leaves Madrid and goes to Barcelona to find the boy's father, a transvestite named Lola (Toni Cantó). But first, she finds her transvestite friend, Agrado (Antonia San Juan), meets Rosa (Penélope Cruz), a young nun bound for El Salvador, and by happenstance, becomes the personal assistant of Huma Rojo (Marisa Paredes), the actress her son admired. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Categories: Drama, Foreign Film. Year: 1999.
All About My Mother
In 1914, Paul Baumer (Lew Ayres) is persuaded to join the German army for the glory of the Fatherland. Trained under Himmelstoss (John Wray), a brutal corporal, Baumer and the other young soldiers by his side harden, realizing the tragic futility of war as death surronds them. Directed by Lewis Milestone. With Louis Wolheim, Russell Gleason, Arnold Lucy and Ben Alexander. Categories: War, Drama, Action, Based on a Novel. Year: 1930.
All Quiet on the Western Front