historical or political themes are critiqued.
- 127 Hours
An extraordinary exploration of the human will to survive.
The King's Men
A somewhat flawed remake
of the 1949 classic film.
A traditional biopic concerning the exploits of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.
- America: Imagine the World Without Her
An unapologetic pushback against critics of U.S. exceptionalism.
A powerful look at slavery
in America by Steven Spielberg.
Ponders the age-old debate of who really was William Shakespeare.
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.
- Bridge of Spies
Fabulous Cold War drama by Steven Spielberg.
Warren Beatty's preachy comedy on Washington
- 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.
Tom Hanks as the colorful congressman battling the Soviet's
Evil Empire in Afghanistan.
Inspiring true story of the doctor who revealed football-related brain damage.
Interesting insight on the politics of
- Dallas Buyers Club
The stunning outbreak of AIDS in the 1980s and one man's struggle to survive.
Da Vinci Code
A film that, like the book,
repeatedly asks what if.
A mildly amusing spoof of Watergate.
Epic story of British troops rescued from Hitler's grasp.
A marvelous look at power politics in
The Golden Age
A worthy sequel to the 1998 drama starring Cate Blanchett.
A confusing Twilight Zone-style autobiography
at the Gates
A flawed World War II drama about Russian
- The Fighter
Superb boxing saga about family loyalty and overcoming impossible odds.
- The Finest Hours
A riveting high-seas rescue drama based on a true story.
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.
A super-realistic, but dumbed-down Roman
A cold-blooded portrait of the corruption, cynicism and
cruelty of post-war Berlin.
A sweeping Godfather-like
saga that explores the birth of the CIA.
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.
- The Imitation Game
The human story behind the cracking of the Nazi Enigma code.
- Inglourious Basterds
Quentin Tarantino’s wild ride through World War II.
A stirring tale of courage and compassion exploring the legacy of Nelson Mandela.
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.
An action-adventure story about the aftermath of a terrorist
bombing in Saudi Arabia.
Last King of Scotland
A unique and fascinating
journey back to the Uganda of Idi Amin.
Woody Harrelson as the profound man who shaped today's America.
A boring adaptation of the classic Victor
- Les Misérables (2012)
Nicely staged screen version of the beloved musical.
- Letters from Iwo Jima
Eastwood's soulful journey into the lives of the Japanese
A touching comedy-drama about the Holocaust.
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.
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.
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.
Allied troops rush to save looted art from the Nazis.
- A Most Wanted Man
A cautionary tale of the over-zealous pursuit of national security.
Spielberg ponders the aftermath of the 1972 Olympic tragedy.
Two message runners witness the apocalypse of World War I .
- 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.
A brief, straightforward account of President Kennedy's assassination.
Passion of the Christ
Mel Gibson's ultra-violent look at the
demise of Jesus.
Dull Mel Gibson as a militiaman in the
One of the worst World War II movies
A neat satire on the Clintons starring
Captivating look at the life and times of legendary athlete Jesse Owens.
- The Reader
The impact of a woman with a Nazi past upon an unknowing teen.
of the only US pilot to escape from North Vietnam during
the Vietnam War.
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.
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.
The best American war movie ever made.
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.
- Straight Outta Compton
Fascinating bio-drama about the founders of Hip Hop.
fast-paced political passion play starring George Clooney.
- The Theory of Everything
Insight into the personal life of scientific genius Stephen Hawking.
Thin Red Line
An awkward, even laughable mess by Terrence
A thrilling account of the Cuban Missile
- True Grit
Moral certainty in these uncertain times as seen in a star-powered remake of the 1969 classic.
A fast moving, explosive World War II submarine
A uniquely personal story
of the fourth jet hijacked on 9/11.
- Vantage Point
A conspiracy unfolds amid the era of omnipresent 21st century
- 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.
A 'feel good' movie about the Vietnam
- Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Comic Tina Fey as a journalist in Afghanistan.
A probing documentary on
America's military involvement around the world.
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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