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  • 127 Hours
    An extraordinary exploration of the human will to survive.
  • All The King's Men
    A somewhat flawed remake of the 1949 classic film.
  • Amelia
    A traditional biopic concerning the exploits of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.
  • Amistad
    A powerful look at slavery in America by Steven Spielberg.
  • Anonymous
    Ponders the age-old debate of who really was William Shakespeare.
  • Argo
    Engrossing thriller by Ben Affleck about the 1979 hostage crisis in Iran.
  • The Book Thief
    A girl finds the power to endure amid the Nazi era.
  • Bulworth
    Warren Beatty's preachy comedy on Washington politics.
  • The Butler
    The significant legacy of a long-serving African American in the White House.
  • Capitalism: A Love Story
    Documentary maestro Michael Moore's insight into America's newfound money troubles.
  • Captain Phillips
    Riveting saga of a giant container ship seized by ragtag Somali pirates.
  • Charlie Wilson's War
    Tom Hanks as the colorful congressman battling the Soviet's Evil Empire in Afghanistan.
  • The Contender
    Interesting insight on the politics of personal destruction.
  • Dallas Buyers Club
    The stunning outbreak of AIDS in the 1980s and one man's struggle to survive.
  • The Da Vinci Code
    A film that, like the book, repeatedly asks what if.
  • Dick
    A mildly amusing spoof of Watergate.
  • Elizabeth
    A marvelous look at power politics in the 1500s.
  • Elizabeth: The Golden Age
    A worthy sequel to the 1998 drama starring Cate Blanchett.
  • The Empty Mirror
    A confusing Twilight Zone-style autobiography of Hitler.
  • Enemy at the Gates
    A flawed World War II drama about Russian snipers.
  • The Fighter
    Superb boxing saga about family loyalty and overcoming impossible odds.
  • Flags of Our Fathers
    A balanced look at the many conflicts surrounding the Iwo Jima photo.
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    A Swedish mystery-thriller by Stieg Larsson that delves into a family's uncomfortable past.
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire
    An intense exploration of Cold War espionage and sex trafficking in Sweden - sequel to Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
    The culmination of Stieg Larsson's amazing trilogy about Cold War espionage and family intrigue in Sweden.
  • The Gladiator
    A super-realistic, but dumbed-down Roman epic.
  • The Good German
    A cold-blooded portrait of the corruption, cynicism and cruelty of post-war Berlin.
  • The Good Shepherd
    A sweeping Godfather-like saga that explores the birth of the CIA.
  • Hart's War
    A delightfully different POW drama.
  • The Help
    A meaningful voyage into the two worlds of the segregated South in post-WWII America.
  • The Hurt Locker and The Green Zone
    Two recent films about the U.S. war in Iraq offering two unique perspectives.
  • The Ides of March
    A political potboiler featuring George Clooney as a candidate for president.
  • Inglourious Basterds
    Quentin Tarantino’s wild ride through World War II.
  • Invictus
    A stirring tale of courage and compassion exploring the legacy of Nelson Mandela.
  • Jakob the Liar
    A tedious Holocaust tale by Robin Williams.
  • The King's Speech
    Exceptional film about the life-long struggle of King George VI to overcome stuttering.
  • The Kingdom
    An action-adventure story about the aftermath of a terrorist bombing in Saudi Arabia.
  • The Last King of Scotland
    A unique and fascinating journey back to the Uganda of Idi Amin.
  • Les Misérables (1998)
    A boring adaptation of the classic Victor Hugo novel.
  • Les Misérables (2012)
    Nicely staged screen version of the beloved musical.
  • Letters from Iwo Jima
    Clint Eastwood's soulful journey into the lives of the Japanese soldiers.
  • Life is Beautiful
    A touching comedy-drama about the Holocaust.
  • Lincoln
    Steven Spielberg intimately reveals the immense struggle to gain passage of the 13th Amendment.
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
    A well-acted biography of Nelson Mandela and his life-long struggle against Apartheid.
  • The Messenger
    An action-packed FX-filled look at mysterious Joan of Arc.
  • Midnight in Paris
    Woody Allen's charming glimpse of creative Paris in the 1920s.
  • A Mighty Heart
    An intense examination of the kidnapping of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
  • Miracle at St. Anna
    A multi-faceted World War II story by Spike Lee.
  • Munich
    Steven Spielberg ponders the aftermath of the 1972 Olympic tragedy.
  • Of Gods and Men
    A low-key but gripping look at the fate of a small group of monks in a hostile land.
  • Oliver Stone's "W."
    A surprisingly balanced journey into the world of George W. Bush.
  • Out of the Furnace
    Life in a 21st century Pennsylvania steel town.
  • Parkland
    A brief, straightforward account of President Kennedy's assassination.
  • The Passion of the Christ
    Mel Gibson's ultra-violent look at the demise of Jesus.
  • The Patriot
    Dull Mel Gibson as a militiaman in the Revolutionary War.
  • Pearl Harbor
    One of the worst World War II movies ever made.
  • Primary Colors
    A neat satire on the Clintons starring John Travolta.
  • The Reader
    The impact of a woman with a Nazi past upon an unknowing teen.
  • Rescue Dawn
    Story of the only US pilot to escape from North Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
  • Restrepo
    An unflinching and painstakingly nonjudgmental look at American soldiers at war in Afghanistan.
  • Robin Hood
    Russell Crowe plus computer-generated FX equals a grand retelling of an age-old tale.
  • Salt
    An action-packed mystery about Cold War-era Russian sleeper cells still in the U.S.
  • Sarah’s Key
    A poignant contemplation of French collaboration during the Holocaust.
  • Saving Private Ryan
    The best American war movie ever made.
  • September Dawn
    Controversial portrayal of religious violence and the 1857 massacre of 120 settlers.
  • Shadow Dancer
    An engaging thriller about political and family strife in Northern Ireland.
  • The Social Network
    The compelling story behind the founding of Facebook.
  • Syriana
    A fast-paced political passion play starring George Clooney.
  • The Thin Red Line
    An awkward, even laughable mess by Terrence Malick.
  • Thirteen Days
    A thrilling account of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • True Grit
    Moral certainty in these uncertain times as seen in a star-powered remake of the 1969 classic.
  • U-571
    A fast moving, explosive World War II submarine drama.
  • United 93
    A uniquely personal story of the fourth jet hijacked on 9/11
  • Vantage Point
    A conspiracy unfolds amid the era of omnipresent 21st century electronics.
  • Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
    Oliver Stone's (and Gordon Gecko's) interesting insight into America's Great Recession of 2008.
  • Water for Elephants
    An intriguing story of love and violence amid an old-time traveling circus during the Great Depression.
  • We Were Soldiers
    A 'feel good' movie about the Vietnam catastrophe.
  • Why We Fight
    A probing documentary on America's military involvement around the world.
  • World Trade Center
    Oliver Stone's chronicle of individual heroism amid the tragedy of 9/11.
  • The Young Victoria
    An engaging love story and luxurious costumer about England's extraordinary Queen.
  • Zero Dark Thirty
    A hard look at the methods and means used to find and kill Osama bin Laden.

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