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Hoop Dreams 1.

Hoop Dreams

Release Date: October 14, 1994
Two inner-city Chicago boys with hopes of becoming professional basketball players struggle to become college players.
Metascore:
98
User Score:
8.0
Some Like It Hot 2.

Some Like It Hot

Release Date: March 29, 1959
Approved
When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.
Metascore:
97
User Score:
8.3
12 Angry Men 3.

12 Angry Men

Release Date: April 1, 1957
TV-PG
12 Angry Men, by Sidney Lumet, is a behind-closed-doors look at the American legal system. This iconic adaptation of Reginald Rose’s teleplay stars Henry Fonda as the dissenting member on a jury of white men ready to pass judgment on a Puerto Rican teenager charged with murdering his father. The result is a saga of epic proportions that plays out over a tense afternoon in one sweltering room.
Metascore:
96
User Score:
9.3
Manchester by the Sea 4.

Manchester by the Sea

Release Date: November 18, 2016
After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 15-year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. Bonded by the man who held their family together, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a world without him.
Metascore:
96
User Score:
8.2
I Am Not Your Negro 5.

I Am Not Your Negro

Release Date: December 9, 2016
Director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished - a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words. He draws upon James Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America. [Magnolia Pictures]
Metascore:
95
User Score:
5.5
Lady Bird 6.

Lady Bird

Release Date: November 3, 2017
Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home. [A24]
Metascore:
94
User Score:
7.6
Inside Llewyn Davis 7.

Inside Llewyn Davis

Release Date: December 6, 2013
Llewyn Davis is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter of 1961, he struggles to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles - some of them of his own making.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
7.8
Sita Sings the Blues 8.

Sita Sings the Blues

Release Date: December 25, 2009
Not Rated
Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Set to the 1920's jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues earns its tagline as "the Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told."
Metascore:
93
User Score:
7.1
The Decline of Western Civilization 9.

The Decline of Western Civilization

Release Date: July 5, 1981
Not Rated
The Los Angeles punk music scene circa 1980 is the focus of this film. With Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks, Fear, Germs, and X.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
tbd
Chinatown 10.

Chinatown

Release Date: June 20, 1974
Jack Nicholson is private-eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extramarital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together for one, unforgettable night in Chinatown. (Paramount)
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.9
The Florida Project 11.

The Florida Project

Release Date: October 6, 2017
Not Rated
Six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel managed by Bobby (Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates—including Jancey, a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moonee’s best friend—fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they’ve been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
7.3
Apocalypse Now Redux 12.

Apocalypse Now Redux

Release Date: August 3, 2001
During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
9.1
EX LIBRIS: The New York Public Library 13.

EX LIBRIS: The New York Public Library

Release Date: September 13, 2017
Not Rated
Frederick Wiseman’s film, EX LIBRIS – The New York Public Library, goes behind the scenes of one of the greatest knowledge institutions of the world. The film reveals the library as a place of welcome, cultural exchange and learning to 18 million patrons and 32 million online visitors annually. There are 92 library branches throughout Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island. The NYPL is committed to being a resource for all the inhabitants of this multifaceted and cosmopolitan city. It is accessible, open to everyone and exemplifies the deeply rooted American belief in the individual’s right to know and be informed. The library is one of the most democratic institutions in America—all races, social classes and ethnicities are welcome and are active participants in the life and work of the library. The library strives to inspire learning, advance knowledge and strengthen communities.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
7.7
The Sweet Hereafter 14.

The Sweet Hereafter

Release Date: November 21, 1997
TV-MA
On a winter's day, in the small rural community of Sam Dent, British Columbia, a school bus inexplicably crashes into a frozen lake, taking the lives of fourteen children and injuring many others. Shortly thereafter, Mitchell Stephens (Holm), a big city lawyer, comes to the community with promises to compensate its citizens for their loss. (Fine Line Films)
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.0
Cold War 15.

Cold War

Release Date: December 21, 2018
Cold War is a passionate love story between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of post-war Poland. With vastly different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, it’s the tale of a couple separated by politics, character flaws and unfortunate twists of fate — an impossible love story in impossible times. [Amazon Studios]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.0
Big Men 16.

Big Men

Release Date: March 14, 2014
Not Rated
Big Men looks at the corruption in the oil industries of Ghana and Nigeria.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.4
The Fits 17.

The Fits

Release Date: June 3, 2016
Not Rated
Toni trains as a boxer with her brother at a community center in Cincinnati’s West End, but becomes fascinated by the dance team that also practices there. Enamored by their strength and confidence, Toni eventually joins the group, eagerly absorbing routines, mastering drills, and even piercing her own ears to fit in. As she discovers the joys of dance and of female camaraderie, she grapples with her individual identity amid her newly defined social sphere. Shortly after Toni joins the team, the captain faints during practice. By the end of the week, most of the girls on the team suffer from episodes of fainting, swooning, moaning, and shaking in a seemingly uncontrollable catharsis. Soon, however, the girls on the team embrace these mysterious spasms, transforming them into a rite of passage. Toni fears “the fits” but is equally afraid of losing her place just as she’s found her footing. Caught between her need for control and her desire for acceptance, Toni must decide how far she will go to embody her new ideals. [Oscilloscope]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
6.7
Paterson 18.

Paterson

Release Date: December 28, 2016
Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey – they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; he goes home to his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). By contrast, Laura's world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his gift for poetry.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.0
4 Little Girls 19.

4 Little Girls

Release Date: July 9, 1997
Not Rated
On September 15, 1963, a bomb destroyed a black church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young girls who were there for Sunday school. It was a crime that shocked the nation -- and a defining moment in the history of America's civil-rights movement. Now, acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee tells the full story of the bombing, through heart-wrenching testimonials from surviving members of the victims' families, insights from Bill Cosby, Walter Cronkite, Andrew Young, Coretta Scott King and many others, and a rare and revealing interview with former Alabama Governor George Wallace. (HBO Documentary Films)
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.0
Eighth Grade 20.

Eighth Grade

Release Date: July 13, 2018
Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school—the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year—before she begins high school.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.9
It's a Wonderful Life 21.

It's a Wonderful Life

Release Date: January 7, 1947
Approved
An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
9.3
The Madness of King George 22.

The Madness of King George

Release Date: December 28, 1994
When King George III goes mad, his lieutenants try to adjust the rules to run the country without his participation.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.5
Deep Red 23.

Deep Red

Release Date: June 11, 1976
Not Rated
After witnessing the murder of a famous psychic, a musician teams up with a feisty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen assailant bent on keeping a dark secret buried.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.5
Night of the Living Dead 24.

Night of the Living Dead

Release Date: October 1, 1968
Unrated
There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these flesh eating monsters.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.7
Zama 25.

Zama

Release Date: April 13, 2018
Not Rated
Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown born in South America, waits for a letter from the King granting him a transfer from the town in which he is stagnating, to a better place. His situation is delicate. He must ensure that nothing overshadows his transfer. He is forced to accept submissively every task entrusted to him by successive Governors who come and go as he stays behind. The years go by and the letter from the King never arrives. When Zama notices everything is lost, he joins a party of soldiers that go after a dangerous bandit. [Strand Releasing]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.9
Tulpan 26.

Tulpan

Release Date: April 1, 2009
Not Rated
Following his Russian naval service, young dreamer Asa returns to his sister’s nomadic brood on the desolate Hunger Steppe to begin a hardscrabble career as a shepherd. But before he can tend a flock of his own, Asa must win the hand of the only eligible bachelorette for miles—his alluringly mysterious neighbor Tulpan. Accompanied by his girlie mag-reading sidekick Boni (and a menagerie of adorable lambs, stampeding camels, mewing kittens and mischievous children), Asa will stop at nothing to prove he is a worthy husband and herder. (Zeitgeist Films)
Metascore:
88
User Score:
6.3
Leave No Trace 27.

Leave No Trace

Release Date: June 29, 2018
Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.6
Sweet Country 28.

Sweet Country

Release Date: April 6, 2018
Sam, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works for a preacher in the outback of Australia’s Northern Territory. When Harry, a bitter war veteran, moves into a neighbouring outpost, the preacher sends Sam and his family to help Harry renovate his cattle yards. But Sam’s relationship with the cruel and ill-tempered Harry quickly deteriorates, culminating in a violent shootout in which Sam kills Harry in self-defence. As a result, Sam becomes a wanted criminal for the murder of a white man, and is forced to flee with his wife across the deadly outback, through glorious but harsh desert country. A hunting party led by the local lawman Sergeant Fletcher is formed to track Sam down. But as the true details of the killing start to surface, the community begins to question whether justice is really being served.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.5
Gomorrah 29.

Gomorrah

Release Date: February 13, 2009
Not Rated
Power, money and blood: these are the values that the residents of the province of Naples and Caserta confront every day. They have practically no choice, and are forced to obey the rules of the "System," the Camorra. Only a lucky few can even think of leading a normal life. Five stories are woven together in this violent scenario, set in a cruel and ostensibly invented world, but one that is deeply rooted in reality. (IFC Films)
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.1
Elena 30.

Elena

Release Date: May 18, 2012
Not Rated
Elena is a gripping, modern twist on the classic noir thriller. Sixty-ish spouses Vladimir and Elena uneasily share his palatial Moscow apartment—he’s a still-virile, wealthy businessman; she’s his dowdy former nurse who has clearly “married up.” Estranged from his own wild-child daughter, Vladimir openly despises his wife’s freeloading son and family. But when a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten the dutiful housewife’s potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan...[Zeitgeist Films]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.3
All Is Lost 31.

All Is Lost

Release Date: October 18, 2013
Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his marinerâ
Metascore:
87
User Score:
6.6
Hereditary 32.

Hereditary

Release Date: June 8, 2018
When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. [A24]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.4
Ordinary People 33.

Ordinary People

Release Date: September 18, 1980
In Robert Redford's directorial debut, the accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the austere mother (Mary Tyler Moore), the compassionate, well-meaning father (Donald Sutherland), and the guilt-ridden younger son (Timothy Hutton).
Metascore:
87
User Score:
6.4
Bisbee '17 34.

Bisbee '17

Release Date: September 5, 2018
Not Rated
An old mining town on the Arizona-Mexico border finally reckons with its darkest day: the deportation of 1200 immigrant miners exactly 100 years ago. Locals collaborate to stage recreations of their controversial past.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
5.2
Love & Friendship 35.

Love & Friendship

Release Date: May 13, 2016
Not Rated
Set in the opulent drawing rooms of eighteenth-century English society, Love & Friendship focuses on the machinations of a beautiful widow, Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale), who, while waiting for social chatter about a personal indiscretion to pass, takes up temporary residence at her in-laws’ estate. While there, the intelligent, flirtatious, and amusingly egotistical Lady Vernon is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica—and herself too, naturally. She enlists the assistance of her old friend Alicia (Chloë Sevigny), but two particularly handsome suitors (Xavier Samuel and Tom Bennett) complicate her orchestrations.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
6.9
The Tillman Story 36.

The Tillman Story

Release Date: August 20, 2010
Pat Tillman never thought of himself as a hero. His choice to leave a multimillion-dollar football contract and join the military wasn't done for any reason other than he felt it was the right thing to do. The fact that the military manipulated his tragic death in the line of duty into a propaganda tool is unfathomable and thoroughly explored in Amir Bar-Lev's riveting and enraging documentary.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.3
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors 37.

Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

Release Date: May 23, 2014
Not Rated
The story of an autistic youth named Ricky who, after a particularly difficult day at school, escapes into the subways. It's here that he starts his real journey, on a days-long voyage of discovery while, above ground, his mom frantically searches for him.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.0
Last Days in Vietnam 38.

Last Days in Vietnam

Release Date: September 5, 2014
Not Rated
During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbles. The United States has only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country. As Communist victory becomes inevitable and the U.S. readies to withdraw, some Americans begin to consider the certain imprisonment and possible death of their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends. Meanwhile, the prospect of an official evacuation of South Vietnamese becomes terminally delayed by Congressional gridlock and the inexplicably optimistic U.S. Ambassador. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, a number of heroic Americans take matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many South Vietnamese lives as possible.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.8
Dead Ringers 39.

Dead Ringers

Release Date: September 23, 1988
The chilling story of identical twin gynecologists--suave Elliot and sensitive Beverly, bipolar sides of one personality--who share the same practice, the same apartment, the same women. When a new patient, glamorous actress Claire Niveau, challenges their eerie bond, they descend into a whirlpool of sexual confusion, drugs, and madness. Jeremy Irons' tour-de-force performance--as both twins?raises disturbing questions about the nature of personal identity. (Criterion Collection)
Metascore:
86
User Score:
5.1
West Side Story 40.

West Side Story

Release Date: December 13, 1961
Approved
Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.9
The Big Sick 41.

The Big Sick

Release Date: June 23, 2017
Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Zoe Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he's never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.0
City of Ghosts 42.

City of Ghosts

Release Date: July 7, 2017
City of Ghosts follows the journey of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently”— a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With astonishing, deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
6.4
Ernest & Célestine 43.

Ernest & Célestine

Release Date: February 28, 2014
Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer – and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn’t long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.6
American Beauty 44.

American Beauty

Release Date: September 15, 1999
Provoked by forbidden passions, Lester Burnham (Spacey) decides to make a few changes in his rut of a life, changes that are less midlife crisis than adolescence reborn. The freer he gets, the happier he gets, which is even more maddening to his wife, Carolyn (Bening), and daughter Jane (Birch) --especially when he turns his lustful gaze toward Jane's friend, the sultry Angela (Suvari). (Dreamworks SKG)
Metascore:
86
User Score:
9.0
Last Train Home 45.

Last Train Home

Release Date: September 3, 2010
Not Rated
Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year’s holiday. This mass exodus is the world’s largest human migration—an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught between its rural past and industrial future. Working over several years in classic verité style Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan (with the producers of the award-winning hit documentary Up the Yangtze) travels with one couple who have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades. Like so many of China’s rural poor, Zhang Changhua and Chen Suqin left behind their two infant children for grueling factory jobs. Their daughter Qin—now a restless and rebellious teenager—both bitterly resents their absence and longs for her own freedom away from school, much to the utter devastation of her parents. Emotionally engaging and starkly beautiful, Last Train Home’s intimate observation of one fractured family sheds light on the human cost of China’s ascendance as an economic superpower. (Zeitgeist Films)
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.9
The Salesman 46.

The Salesman

Release Date: January 27, 2017
Not Rated
After their old flat becomes damaged, Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), a young couple living in Tehran, are forced to move into a new apartment. Eventually, an incident linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes the couple’s life.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.4
Blow Out 47.

Blow Out

Release Date: July 24, 1981
A movie sound recordist (John Travolta) accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually an intentional killing and consequently finds himself in jeopardy.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.4
Ilo Ilo 48.

Ilo Ilo

Release Date: April 4, 2014
Not Rated
Set in Singapore during the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Ilo Ilo chronicles the day-to-day drama of the Lim family - troublesome grade-schooler Jiale and his overstressed parents, Heck and Leng. Comfortably middleclass and with another baby on the way, they hire Teresa, a Filipino immigrant, as a live-in maid and nanny. An outsider in both the family and Singapore itself, Teresa initially struggles to manage Jiale's antics and find her footing in her new community. The two eventually form a unique bond, but just as Teresa becomes an unspoken part of the family, unforeseen circumstances in an uncertain economy will challenge the new normal yet again. [Film Movement]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.8
First Reformed 49.

First Reformed

Release Date: May 18, 2018
Not Rated
Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence. [A24]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.5
I Am Another You 50.

I Am Another You

Release Date: September 27, 2017
Not Rated
When Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang first comes to America, Florida seems like an exotic frontier full of theme parks, prehistoric swamp creatures, and sunburned denizens. As she travels wide-eyed from one city to another, she encounters Dylan, a charismatic young drifter who left a comfortable home and loving family for a life of intentional homelessness. Fascinated by his choice and rejection of society's rules, Nanfu follows Dylan with her camera on a journey that takes her across America and explores the meaning of freedom - and its limits. [SXSW]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
tbd
Tales of the Grim Sleeper 51.

Tales of the Grim Sleeper

Release Date: December 26, 2014
Not Rated
Nick Broomfield digs into the case of the notorious serial killer known as the Grim Sleeper, who terrorized South Central Los Angeles over a span of twenty-five years.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
tbd
Street Fight 52.

Street Fight

Release Date: February 22, 2006
Not Rated
This documentary chronicles the bare-knuckles race for Mayor of Newark, N.J. between Cory Booker, a 32-year-old Rhodes Scholar/Yale Law School grad, and Sharpe James, the four-term incumbent and undisputed champion of New Jersey politics. (Marshall Curry Productions)
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.5
Hale County This Morning, This Evening 53.

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Release Date: September 14, 2018
Not Rated
An inspired and intimate portrait of a place and its people, Hale County This Morning, This Evening looks at the lives of Daniel Collins and Quincy Bryant, two young African American men from rural Hale County, Alabama, over the course of five years. Collins attends college in search of opportunity while Bryant becomes a father to an energetic son in an open-ended, poetic form that privileges the patiently observed interstices of their lives. The audience is invited to experience the mundane and monumental, birth and death, the quotidian and the sublime. These moments combine to communicate the region’s deep culture and provide glimpses of the complex ways the African American community’s collective image is integrated into America’s visual imagination. [Cinema Guild]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
5.4
The Silence of the Lambs 54.

The Silence of the Lambs

Release Date: February 13, 1991
In pursuit of one serial killer, ambitious FBI student Clarice Starling (Foster) is forced to enlist the aid of another notorious killer, the incarcerated ex-psychiatrist known as "Hannibal the Cannibal" Lecter (Hopkins).
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.8
The Last Seduction 55.

The Last Seduction

Release Date: October 26, 1994
Linda Fiorentino stars as the consummate femme fatale in this sexy thriller.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.5
The Conversation 56.

The Conversation

Release Date: April 7, 1974
Wiretapper Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) becomes concerned about recordings he made for a client.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.6
The Departure 57.

The Departure

Release Date: October 13, 2017
Not Rated
Ittetsu Nemoto, a former punk-turned- Buddhist-priest in Japan, has made a career out of helping suicidal people find reasons to live. But this work has come increasingly at the cost of his own family and health, as he refuses to draw lines between those he counsels and himself. The Departure captures Nemoto at a crossroads, when his growing self-destructive tendencies lead him to confront the same question his patients ask him: what makes life worth living?
Metascore:
85
User Score:
tbd
Carrie 58.

Carrie

Release Date: November 16, 1976
Carrie White, a shy, reclusive teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.4
After the Storm 59.

After the Storm

Release Date: March 17, 2017
Not Rated
Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Abe Hiroshi) wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay his child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother Yoshiko (Kiki Kilin) and his beautiful ex-wife Kyoko (Maki Yoko) seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a place in the life of his young son Shingo (Yoshizawa Taiyo) – until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.0
In the Shadow of the Moon 60.

In the Shadow of the Moon

Release Date: September 7, 2007
Between 1968 and 1972, nine American spacecrafts voyaged to the Moon, and 12 men walked upon its surface. They remain the only human beings to have stood on another world. In the Shadow of the Moon brings together for the first--and possibly the last--time the surviving crew members from every single Apollo mission that flew to the Moon, and allows them to tell their story in their own words. This riveting first-hand testimony is interwoven with visually stunning archival material that has been remastered from the original NASA film footage--much of it never used before. The result is an intimate epic that vividly communicates the daring, the danger, the pride, and the promise of this extraordinary era in history, when the whole world literally looked up at America. (THINKFilm)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.7
Up the Yangtze 61.

Up the Yangtze

Release Date: April 25, 2008
Not Rated
In China, it is simply known as 'The River.' But the Yangtze—and all of the life that surrounds it—is undergoing an astonishing transformation wrought by the largest hydroelectric project in history, the Three Gorges Dam. Chinese-Canadian director Yung Chang returns to the gorgeous, now-disappearing landscape of his grandfather’s youth to trace the surreal life of a “farewell cruise” that traverses the gargantuan waterway. With a humanist gaze and wry wit Chang’s Upstairs Downstairs approach captures the microcosmic society of the luxury liner. Below deck: a bewildered young girl trains as a dishwasher sent to work by her peasant family, who is on the verge of relocation from the encroaching floodwaters. Above deck: wealthy international tourists set sail to catch a last glance of a country in dramatic flux. The teenage employees who serve and entertain them—tagged with new Westernized names like “Cindy” and “Jerry” by upper management—warily grasp at the prospect of a better future. "Up the Yangtze" gives a human dimension to the wrenching changes facing not only an increasingly globalized China, but the world at large. (Zeitgeist Films)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.7
McQueen 62.

McQueen

Release Date: July 20, 2018
Not Rated
Alexander McQueen's rags-to-riches story is a modern-day fairy tale, laced with the gothic. Mirroring the savage beauty, boldness and vivacity of his design, this documentary is an intimate revelation of his McQueen's own world, both tortured and inspired, which celebrates a radical and mesmerizing genius of profound influence.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.4
The Handmaiden 63.

The Handmaiden

Release Date: October 21, 2016
Not Rated
1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a new girl (Kim Tae-ri) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Kim Min-hee) who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle (Jo Jin-woong). But the maid has a secret. She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count (Ha Jung-woo) to help him seduce the Lady to elope with him, rob her of her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse. The plan seems to proceed according to plan until Sookee and Hideko discover some unexpected emotions.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.5
Old Joy 64.

Old Joy

Release Date: September 20, 2006
Not Rated
Old Joy is the story of two old friends, Kurt (Oldham) and Mark (London), who reunite for a weekend camping trip in the Cascade mountain range east of Portland, Oregon. (Kino International)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
6.0
You Were Never Really Here 65.

You Were Never Really Here

Release Date: April 6, 2018
A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.3
Ballast 66.

Ballast

Release Date: October 1, 2008
Not Rated
In the cold, winter light of a rural Mississippi Delta township, a man’s suicide radically transforms three characters’ lives and throws off-balance what has long been a static arrangement among them. Marlee is a single mother struggling to scratch a living for herself and James, her 12-year-old son, who has begun to stumble under drug and violence pressures. So when the opportunity to seek safe harbor at a new home arises, she grabs it, though the property is shared by Lawrence, a man with whom Marlee has feuded bitterly since James’s birth. With circumstances thrusting them into proximity, a subtle interdependence and common purpose emerge for Marlee and Lawrence as they navigate grief, test new waters, and tentatively move forward. (Alluvial Film Company)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.0
The Square 67.

The Square

Release Date: October 25, 2013
Not Rated
A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.7
A Ghost Story 68.

A Ghost Story

Release Date: July 7, 2017
Not Rated
Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. [A24]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.0
Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary 69.

Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary

Release Date: May 14, 2003
Not Rated
Beautifully transposing the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's interpretation of Bram Stoker's classic vampire yarn from stage to screen, Guy Maddin has forged a sumptuous, erotically charged feast of dance, drama and shadow. (Zeitgeist Films)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.0
Custody 70.

Custody

Release Date: June 29, 2018
Not Rated
Miriam (Léa Drucker) and Antoine Besson (Denis Ménochet) have divorced, and Miriam is seeking sole custody of their son Julien (Thomas Gioria) to protect him from a father she claims is violent. Antoine pleads his case as a scorned dad and the appointed judge rules in favor of joint custody. A hostage to the escalating conflict between his parents, Julien is pushed to the edge to prevent the worst from happening.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.7
Fighter 71.

Fighter

Release Date: August 24, 2001
Not Rated
A documentary about a journey made by two Holocaust survivors through the geography and psychology of their pasts.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.5
The Forbidden Room 72.

The Forbidden Room

Release Date: October 7, 2015
Not Rated
A submarine crew, a feared pack of forest bandits, a famous surgeon, and a battalion of child soldiers all get more than they bargained for as they wend their way toward progressive ideas on life and love.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.0
The Gleaners & I 73.

The Gleaners & I

Release Date: March 7, 2001
Not Rated
An intimate, picaresque inquiry into French life, as lived by the country's poor and its provident, as well as by the film's own director, Agnès Varda. The aesthetic, political and finally moral point of departure for Varda are gleaners, those individuals who pick at already-reaped fields for the odd potato, the leftover turnip, and in previous generations were immortalized by the likes of Millet and Van Gogh. (Zeitgeist Films)
Metascore:
83
User Score:
9.2
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 74.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Release Date: November 19, 1975
A nice rest in a state mental hospital beats a stretch in the pen, right? Randle P. McMurphy (Nicholson), a free-spirited con with lightning in his veins and glib on his tongue, fakes insanity and moves in with what he calls the "nuts." Immediately, his contagious sense of disorder runs up against numbing routine. No way should guys pickled on sedatives shuffle around in bathrobes when the World Series is on. This means war! On one side is McMurphy. On the other is soft-spoken Nurse Ratched (Fletcher), among the most coldly monstrous villains in film history. At stake is the fate of every patient on the ward. (Warner Bros.)
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.7
Office 75.

Office

Release Date: September 18, 2015
Not Rated
Based on the hit play Design for Living by star and producer Sylvia Chang, Office is a movie musical spectacular revolving around corporate maneuvering and romantic intrigue. Hong Kong legend Johnnie To delivers a biting takedown of capitalism, detailing the financial crisis following the Lehman Brothers collapse and what one company has to do to fight to stay alive — all in a lavishly detailed, wholly original musical production. [China Lion]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.2
Raising Victor Vargas 76.

Raising Victor Vargas

Release Date: March 28, 2003
Victor Vargas (Rasuk), a 16-year-old Dominican boy growing up on New York's Lower East Side, finds his self-image as a burgeoning ladies man deflated when the neighborhood finds out that he's dating an unpopular and overweight girl.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
6.3
20th Century Women 77.

20th Century Women

Release Date: December 28, 2016
Set in Santa Barbara, 20th Century Women follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing — via Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor. 20th Century Women is a poignant love letter to the people who raise us – and the times that form us – as this makeshift family forges fragile connections that will mystify and inspire them through their lives. [A24]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.2
La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus 78.

La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus

Release Date: May 31, 2013
Not Rated
Every day dozens of decommissioned school buses leave the United States on a southward migration that carries them to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected as the brightly-colored camionetas that bring the vast majority of Guatemalans to work each day. Since 2006, nearly 1,000 camioneta drivers and fare-collectors have been murdered for either refusing or being unable to pay the extortion money demanded by local Guatemalan gangs. La Camioneta follows one such bus on its transformative journey: a journey between North and South, between life and death, and through an unfolding collection of moments, people, and places that serve to quietly remind us of the interconnected worlds in which we live.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
tbd
Hugo 79.

Hugo

Release Date: November 23, 2011
Based on Brian Selznick's captivating and imaginative New York Times bestseller "The Invention of Hugo Cabret." Hugo Cabret, Scorsese's first film shot in 3D, tells the tale of an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. When Hugo encounters a broken machine, an eccentric girl, and the cold, reserved man who runs the toy shop, he is caught up in a magical, mysterious adventure that could put all of his secrets in jeopardy. (Sony Pictures)
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.7
Up in the Air 80.

Up in the Air

Release Date: December 4, 2009
Ryan Bingham is a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and after he’s met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams. (Paramount Pictures)
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.4
Henry V 81.

Henry V

Release Date: November 8, 1989
The English king invades France and wins the Battle of Agincourt during the Hundred Years' War in Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of William Shakespeare's Henry V.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.8
Trouble the Water 82.

Trouble the Water

Release Date: August 22, 2008
Unrated
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, this astonishingly powerful documentary is at once horrifying and exhilarating. Directed and produced by Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine producers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, Trouble the Water takes you inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never before seen on screen. The film opens the day before the storm makes landfall—just blocks away from the French Quarter but far from the New Orleans that most tourists knew. Kimberly Rivers Roberts, an aspiring rap artist, is turning her new video camera on herself and her 9th Ward neighbors trapped in the city. “It’s going to be a day to remember,” Kim declares. As the hurricane begins to rage and the floodwaters fill their world and the screen, Kim and her husband Scott continue to film their harrowing retreat to higher ground and the dramatic rescues of friends and neighbors. The filmmakers document the couple’s return to New Orleans, the devastation of their neighborhood and the appalling repeated failures of government. Weaving an insider’s view of Katrina with a mix of verite and in-your-face filmmaking, Trouble the Water is a redemptive tale of self-described street hustlers who become heroes—two unforgettable people who survive the storm and then seize a chance for a new beginning. (Zeitgeist)
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.9
Charade 83.

Charade

Release Date: December 5, 1963
Approved
Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Whom can she trust?
Metascore:
83
User Score:
tbd
20,000 Days on Earth 84.

20,000 Days on Earth

Release Date: September 17, 2014
Not Rated
Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon Nick Cave. With startlingly frank insights and an intimate portrayal of the artistic process, the film examines what makes us who we are, and celebrates the transformative power of the creative spirit. [Drafthouse Films]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
6.5
Election 85.

Election

Release Date: April 23, 1999
This satirical comedy uses a high school election as the backdrop to take an uncommon look at ambition, morality, desire, love and the lies we never cease telling ourselves. [Paramount Pictures]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.9
Ava 86.

Ava

Release Date: April 27, 2018
NR
Based on her own adolescent experiences, Sadaf Foroughi’s Ava is a gripping debut about a young girl’s coming-of-age in a strict, traditional society. Living with her well-to-do parents in Tehran, Ava is a bright and focused teen whose concerns — friendships, music, social status, academic performance — resemble that of nearly any teenager. When Ava’s mistrustful and overprotective mother questions her relationship with a boy — going so far as to visit a gynecologist — Ava is overwhelmed by a newfound rage. Formerly a model student, Ava begins to rebel against the strictures imposed by her parents, her school, and the society at large.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
tbd
The Second Mother 87.

The Second Mother

Release Date: August 28, 2015
Val, a hard-working live-in housekeeper in modern day Sao Paulo, is perfectly content to take care of every one of her wealthy employers’ needs, from cooking and cleaning to being a surrogate mother to their teenage son, who she has raised since he was a toddler. But when Val’s estranged daughter Jessica suddenly shows up the unspoken but intrinsic class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray. Jessica is smart, confident, and ambitious, and refuses to accept the upstairs/downstairs dynamic, testing relationships and loyalties and forcing everyone to reconsider what family really means. [Oscilloscope Pictures]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.7
These Birds Walk 88.

These Birds Walk

Release Date: November 1, 2013
Not Rated
In Karachi, Pakistan, a runaway boy's life hangs on one critical question: where is home? The streets, an orphanage, or with the family he fled in the first place? Simultaneously heart-wrenching and life-affirming, These Birds Walk documents the struggles of wayward street children and the samaritans looking out for them. [Oscilloscope Pictures]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
tbd
Leaving Las Vegas 89.

Leaving Las Vegas

Release Date: October 27, 1995
After being fired, an alcoholic screenwriter (Nicolas Cage) takes his final paycheck to Las Vegas where he plans to drink himself to death. He comes in contact with a prostitute (Elizabeh Shue) who needs to be needed.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
9.0
The Constant Gardener 90.

The Constant Gardener

Release Date: August 31, 2005
Adapted from the novel by John le Carre, this is a gripping romantic thriller that sweeps audiences along one man's emotional and global journey to uncover the truth behind a personal loss and a worldwide conspiracy. (Focus Features)
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.0
Short Term 12 91.

Short Term 12

Release Date: August 23, 2013
Grace (Brie Larson), a young supervising staff member of a foster care facility, looks after troubled teens and reckons with her own past alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend, Mason (John Gallagher Jr.).
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.5
A Quiet Place 92.

A Quiet Place

Release Date: April 6, 2018
A family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.5
In the Family 93.

In the Family

Release Date: April 22, 2012
Not Rated
In the town of Martin, Tennessee, Chip Hines, a precocious six year old, has only known life with his two dads, Cody and Joey. And a good life it is. When Cody dies suddenly in a car accident, Joey and Chip struggle to find their footing again. Just as they begin to, Cody’s will reveals that he named his sister as Chip’s guardian. The years of Joey’s acceptance into the family unravel as Chip is taken away from him. In his now solitary home life, Joey searches for a solution. The law is not on his side, but friends are. Armed with their comfort and inspired by memories of Cody, Joey finds a path to peace with the family and closer to his son. (In the Family Production)
Metascore:
82
User Score:
6.6
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father 94.

Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

Release Date: October 31, 2008
Not Rated
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father is a uniquely intense and personal documentary about the murder of Kurt’s oldest friend and the unbelievable legal and emotional madness that ensued. (Oscilloscope Pictures)
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.5
Our Time Will Come 95.

Our Time Will Come

Release Date: July 7, 2017
Not Rated
Based on the true story of Fang Gu (Zhou Xun), a school teacher, and the legendary, JinJin “Blackie” Lau (Eddie Peng), Our Time Will Come recounts the exploits of the Dongjiang during World War II. Tasked with fighting against the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, this ragtag group of guerrillas recruits Gu, all against the wishes of her childhood sweetheart, Li Jinrong (Wallace Huo).
Metascore:
82
User Score:
6.4
Downfall 96.

Downfall

Release Date: February 18, 2005
A portrait of Hitler's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.6
Nuts! 97.

Nuts!

Release Date: June 22, 2016
Not Rated
The mostly true story of Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, an eccentric genius who built an empire with his goat-testicle impotence cure and a million-watt radio station.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
tbd
The Love Witch 98.

The Love Witch

Release Date: November 11, 2016
Not Rated
Elaine (Samantha Robinson), a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. However, her spells work too well, leaving her with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will drive her to the brink of insanity and murder.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
6.0
Marjorie Prime 99.

Marjorie Prime

Release Date: August 18, 2017
Not Rated
In the near future, a time of artificial intelligence: 86-year-old Marjorie (Lois Smith)—a jumble of disparate, fading memories—has a handsome new companion (Jon Hamm) who looks like her deceased husband and is programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance?
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.4
Embrace of the Serpent 100.

Embrace of the Serpent

Release Date: February 17, 2016
Not Rated
Embrace of the Serpent centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant. [Oscilloscope Pictures]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.8