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
"Boss" Willie Stark (Sean Penn), an idealistic southern politician loosely based on Governor Huey Long of Louisiana, appeals to the common man to earn his place of power. But, Stark's victories have their price, eventually leading him to his downfall after being corrupted by the system. Directed by Steven Zaillian. With Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins, Kate Winslet, Mark Ruffalo and James Gandolfini. Categories: Drama. Year: 2006.
All the King's Men
William (Patrick Fugit) is a nerdy teen who gets the chance to cover rock 'n' roll for Rolling Stone Magazine in the late Sixties. Encouraged by the critic Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman), he goes on tour with the band Stillwater, which is fronted by the charismatic Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup). William's intellectual mother (Frances McDormand) is horrified, but William is in heaven as he gets to know musicians, groupies (Anna Paquin and Fairuza Balk), and even falls in love with the most notorious groupie of all, Penny Lane (Kate Hudson). Directed by Cameron Crowe. With Zooey Deschanel and Michael Angarano. Categories: Drama, Music. Year: 2000.
In the L.A. suburbs, Johnny Truelove (Emile Hirsch) and his friends live a privileged life with too much time and too much money. But, when their initiation of the thug life they idolize from rap music, video games and movies gets out of control, Johnny and his friend Frankie (Justin Timberlake) realize that sooner or later they'll have to face the consequences of their actions. Based on the life of Jesse James Hollywood, one of the youngest men to ever be put on the FBI's most wanted list. Directed by Nick Cassavetes. With Anton Yelchin, Ben Foster, Sharon Stone, Lukas Haas and Bruce Willis. Categories: Crime, Drama. Year: 2006.
Locked in an asylum, Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), formerly a competent but unspectacular composer, relates his tragic life story to a young priest. A success when he first meets Mozart (Tom Hulce), Saleri eventually sees that his work pales in comparison to Mozart's genius. Salieri's anguish at his own mediocrity manifests itself in anger toward God, whom he has devoted his life. The only release he sees is to renounce the God who mocks him and devise a plan that will lead to Mozart's complete ruin. Directed by Milos Forman. With Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice and Jeffrey Jones. Categories: Drama, Music. Year: 1984.
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.
Amelie (Audrey Tautou) is a waitress with a special imagination who creates a dream world full of mischief. She spends her time enjoying life's simple pleasures until she discovers that she has the ability to use her creativity to help others without them ever knowing. But Amelie's most difficult case turns out to be Nino Quicampoix (Mathieu Kassovitz), a lonely young man who collects photos abandoned at coin-operated photo booths. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. With Serge Merlin, Jamel Debbouze, Yolande Moreau, Isabelle Nanty and Dominique Pinon. Categories: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Foreign Film. Year: 2001.
Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) has a perfect wife (Annette Bening) and a perfect house in the perfect neighborhood. Lester, however, is miserable. In the throws of a midlife crisis, Lester watches his marriage dissolve and his own interest grow in one of his daughter's high school friends (Mena Suvari). As his daughter (Thora Birch) develops a friendship with the boy (Wes Bentley) next door and his wife begins an affair, Lester looks deeper inside himself for a cure to his unhappiness. Directed by Sam Mendes. Categories: Drama. Year: 1999.
After the death of the top gangster in Harlem, Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington), the man's former driver, moves into a position of great power in the drug market. Striking a deal with a Thai general, Lucas is able to smuggle heroin in the coffins of soldiers who died in Vietnam and makes a fortune. But, Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe), a NJ detective with close ties to the streets, aims to bring Lucas down after he is put in charge of a drug trafficking task force. With Roberts bearing down on him, Lucas must do everything he can to stay on top, including dealing with the Italian mafia and corrupt NYPD officers. Directed by Ridley Scott. With Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin, Armand Assante and T.I.. Categories: Crime, Drama, Thriller, Based on a True Story. Year: 2007.
On a summer night in 1962, four small town California teenagers face decisions about the directions of their lives. Steve (Ron Howard) wants to break up with Laurie (Cindy Williams). Curt (Richard Dreyfuss) worries about leaving home. John (Paul Le Mat) tries to maintain his cool image, but feels like he is missing out on something. And, Terry (Charles Martin Smith), the nerdy wannabe, just wants to fit in. Directed by George Lucas. With Harrison Ford. Categories: Comedy, Drama. Year: 1973.
Derek Vinyard (Edward Norton) is transformed into the hateful, charismatic leader of a local white power movement following his father's death. Seeking retribution and burning with rage, Derek commits a brutal murder and is sent to prison. Upon his release three years later, a changed Derek, who is ashamed of his former ultra-racist self, returns home to find that his younger brother (Edward Furlong) has followed in his footsteps. Directed by Tony Kaye. With Beverly D'Angelo, Avery Brooks, Fairuza Balk, Elliott Gould, William Russ and Ethan Suplee. Categories: Drama, Crime. Year: 1998.
American History X
Uprooted from their lives and forced into internment camps in Utah in the early 1940s, the Nomuras, a Japanese American family, face a country that doubts their loyalty and confines them to prisoners' conditions. The father (Masatoshi Nakamura), a former pro ballplayer, starts a baseball league as a way to find strength and pride during the difficult time. With his older brother Lane (Leonardo Nam) enlisted in the Army, Lyle Nomura (Aaron Yoo) plays against teams mad eup of guards and bigoted minor league players. Directed by Desmond Nakano. With Gary Cole and Sarah Drew. Categories: Drama, Sports. Year: 2007.
President Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglas) is a successful politician, but he's also a widower with a young daughter. When he overhears environmental lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade's (Annette Bening) unguarded criticism of his policy, he is intrigued. But can the country accept a president with an active love life? Directed by Rob Reiner. With Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox, Richard Dreyfuss and Samantha Mathis. Categories: Politics, Comedy, Drama, Romance. Year: 1995.
The American President
Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) has it all: a designer wardrobe, a luxury apartment and more money than he can spend. But, beneath the surface, Bateman struggles to fit in with his Wall Street cohorts. And, the harder he tries, the more unhinged he becomes and the less control he has over the bloody urges that make him feel like an individual. Directed by Mary Harron. With Willem Dafoe, Reese Witherspoon and Chloë Sevigny. Categories: Drama, Horror, Comedy, Thriller. Year: 2000.
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.
Based on a true story, American Violet looks at the case of Dee Roberts (Nicole Beharie), a young single mother in Texas who was arrested for dealing drugs. Her arrest was part of a sweep by a corrupt district attorney (Michael O'Keefe) who incarcerated people indiscriminately, then pressured them to take plea bargains. Determined to prove her innocence, Dee sued the district attorney, with the help of a lawyer (Tim Blake Nelson) from the American Civil Liberties Union. All the while, she was pressured by her mother (Alfre Woodard) to plead guilty, while her children's abusive father (Xzibit) tried to take custody of the kids. Directed by Tim Disney. With Will Patton. Categories: Drama. Year: 2008.
After a group of Africans takes control of their slave ship, they are captured in American waters and charged with murder after reaching dry land. In a case that challenges the American legal system, Cinque (Djimon Hounsou), the man that lead the revolt, lawyer Roger Baldwin (Matthew McConaughey), abolitionist Theodore Joadson (Morgan Freeman) and ex-president John Quincy Adams (Anthony Hopkins) argue for the freedom and civil rights of the captive Africans. Directed by Steven Spielberg. With Nigel Hawthorne and Stellan Skarsgård. Categories: Drama, History, Mystery. Year: 1997.
George (James Brolin) and Kathy (Margot Kidder) Lutz are newly married and couldn't be happier. Together with their three kids, they move into a huge Long Island house. They seem to have made a good life for themselves until strange things begin to happen inside their new home. After a series of disturbing accidents, they call upon the help of a family priest, who is helpless to combat the terrible spirit preying upon this once happy household. Directed by Stuart Rosenberg. With Rod Steiger, Don Stroud and Murray Hamilton. Categories: Cult Classics, Horror, Drama, Mystery, Thriller. Year: 1979.
The Amityville Horror
Octavio (Gael García Bernal) wants to run away with his sister-in-law (Vanessa Bauche), but after a dogfight goes bad he runs a red light and causes a violent accident. Octavio hits Daniel (Álvaro Guerrero), a businessman who has abandoned his family, and Valeria (Goya Toledo), a beautiful model who loses her leg in the accident. The collision is witnessed by El Chiro (Emilio Echevarría), a homeless former revolutionary who is trying to reconnect with his daughter. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Categories: Drama, Thriller, Foreign Film. Year: 2000.
Andre (Jamel Debbouze) gets a second chance to set his life right after saving a woman from a supposed suicide attempt in the Seine. Andre falls for his damsel-in-distress, Angela (Rie Rasmussen), yet, in an ironic twist, it is Angela who saves Andre. Angela, as her name suggests, is actually an angel sent to save Andre from his own fate. Directed by Luc Besson. With Gilbert Melki and Serge Riaboukine. Categories: Foreign Film, Drama, Romance, Fantasy, Comedy. Language: French. Year: 2005.
Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) investigates the murder of a prominent physicist with the help of his daughter Vittoria (Ayelet Zurer). As the trail leads them to the Vatican, Robert and Vittoria find clues linking the murder, as well as the kidnapping of four cardinals, to the Illuminati, a powerful ancient group long thought to be extinct. With the group intending to carry out a terrorist attack during a papal conclave, Robert and Vittoria must discover the truth before more innocent lives are lost. Directed by Ron Howard. With Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård, David Pasquesi, Cosimo Fusco and Armin Mueller-Stahl. Categories: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller. Year: 2009.
Angels & Demons
Rocky Sullivan (James Cagney) and Jerry Connolly (Pat O'Brien) grow up together in a tough New York City neighborhood. After being caught by the law, Rocky is sent to reform school and continues on his criminal path. But, Jerry, who escapes from the police, goes straight, eventually, becoming a priest who works with troubled kids. After being released from jail, Rocky returns to his old neighborhood and looks for a safe place to stay with his old pal. Humphrey Bogart is featured as Cagney's deadly enemy, "The Mouthpiece." Directed by Michael Curtiz. With Ann Sheridan and George Bancroft. Categories: Crime, Drama, Classic. Year: 1938.
Angels with Dirty Faces
Made up of nine anime-style films, each Animatrix short is a stand-alone work detailing elements of The Matrix universe. From the first moments of the computer domination of man to disturbances within the artificial world of The Matrix, these films are beautifully written and animated and work as a companion to the movies or alone. Directed by Peter Chung, Andy Jones and Yoshiaki Kawajiri. With Clayton Watson, Melinda Clarke, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss. Categories: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Animation. Year: 2003.
After finally winning over his congressman, shipyard welder and amateur boxer Jake Huard (James Franco) is admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy. Dealing with difficult classes and a tough superior named Cole (Tyrese Gibson), Jake gets support from his roommate and his superiors Ali (Jordana Brewster) and Lt. Commander Burton (Donnie Wahlberg), finding the strength to study hard and train for a Navy boxing competition. Directed by Justin Lin. With Chi McBride. Categories: Drama, Sports. Year: 2006.
Bobbie (Vincent Kartheiser) is happy making money by breaking into vending machines. But following a botched raid on a college, this drug-addicted teenage runaway is approached by a drug buddy's charismatic uncle, Mel (James Woods), with an offers to bring Bobby into the big-time. Bobbie and his pregnant girlfriend Rosie (Natasha Gregson Wagner) follow Mel and his partner Sid (Melanie Griffith) into the fast paced world of grand larceny, hard drugs and shopping sprees. Directed by Larry Clark. With Peter Sarsgaard. Categories: Drama, Crime, Independent Film. Year: 1997.
Another Day in Paradise