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Rosemary's Baby 1.

Rosemary's Baby

Release Date: June 12, 1968
Approved
A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.
Metascore:
96
User Score:
8.7
Pulp Fiction 2.

Pulp Fiction

Release Date: October 14, 1994
Several inter-locking stories of crime and intrigue form a temporal mosaic set in the Los Angeles underworld.
Metascore:
94
User Score:
9.0
Apocalypse Now 3.

Apocalypse Now

Release Date: August 15, 1979
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:
94
User Score:
8.8
Carlos 4.

Carlos

Release Date: October 15, 2010
Not Rated
Carlos tells the story of Ilich Ramirez Sanchez who, for two decades, was one of the most wanted terrorists, on the planet. Between 1974 and 1994, he lived several lives under various pseudonyms, weaving his way through the complexities of international politics of the period. [IFC Films]
Metascore:
94
User Score:
7.8
Sherpa 5.

Sherpa

Release Date: October 2, 2015
Not Rated
A fight on Everest? It seemed incredible. But in 2013 news channels around the world reported an ugly brawl at 21,000ft as European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas. In 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay had reached the summit in a spirit of co-operation and brave optimism. Now climbers and Sherpas were trading insults - even blows. What had happened to the happy, smiling Sherpas and their dedication in getting foreigners to the top of the mountain they hold so sacred? Determined to explore what was going on, the filmmakers set out to make a film of the 2014 Everest climbing season, from the Sherpas' point of view. Instead, they captured a tragedy that would change Everest forever. At 6.45am on 18th April, 2014, a 14 million ton block of ice crashed down onto the climbing route through the Khumbu Icefall, killing 16 Sherpas. It was the worst tragedy in the history of Everest. The disaster provoked a drastic reappraisal about the role of the Sherpas in the Everest industry.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
7.6
Stories We Tell 6.

Stories We Tell

Release Date: May 10, 2013
Director Sarah Polley looks into her past and excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.3
On the Waterfront 7.

On the Waterfront

Release Date: July 28, 1954
Approved
Marlon Brando gives one of the screen's most electrifying performances as Best Actor in this 1954 Academy Award winning Best Film as Ex-fighter Terry Malloy, who could have been a contender but now toils for boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) on the gang-ridden waterfront. [Sony]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.8
Winter's Bone 8.

Winter's Bone

Release Date: June 11, 2010
This tense, naturalistic thriller follows 17-year-old Ree Dolly as she confronts the local criminal underworld and the harsh Ozark wilderness in order to to track down her father, who has put up the family homestead for his bail. Featuring a star-making performance by Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone is sure to be one of the most-critically acclaimed films of the year. (Roadside Attractions)
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.3
Saving Private Ryan 9.

Saving Private Ryan

Release Date: July 24, 1998
TV-MA
During the WWII D-Day invasion, a squad of soldiers led by Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) is sent into Normandy to find Private James Ryan (Matt Damon), and return him to his mother in America. She has already lost three other sons in this war.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.9
Almost Famous 10.

Almost Famous

Release Date: September 13, 2000
Unrated
In the 1970's, a high school boy (Fugit) is given an opportunity to follow and write a story about the hot new rock band Stillwater (with lead guitarist Crudup) as they tour the USA.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
6.8
The Truman Show 11.

The Truman Show

Release Date: June 5, 1998
Twenty-nine years ago, a baby boy was adopted by the OmniCam Corporation to become the subject of the most popular television show of all time. His name is Truman Burbank. (Paramount Pictures)
Metascore:
90
User Score:
6.7
House of Flying Daggers 12.

House of Flying Daggers

Release Date: December 3, 2004
The year is 859 AD, and China's once flourishing Tang Dynasty is in decline. Unrest is raging throughout the land, and the corrupt government is locked in battle with rebel armies that are forming in protest. The largest and most prestigious of these rebel groups is the House of Flying Daggers, which is growing ever more powerful under a mysterious new leader. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
89
User Score:
9.1
Man on Wire 13.

Man on Wire

Release Date: July 25, 2008
On August 7th 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between New York's twin towers, then the world’s tallest buildings. After nearly an hour dancing on the wire, he was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation, and brought to jail before he was finally released. Following six and a half years of dreaming of the towers, Petit spent eight months in New York City planning the execution of the coup. Aided by a team of friends and accomplices, Petit was faced with numerous extraordinary challenges: he had to find a way to bypass the WTC’s security; smuggle the heavy steel cable and rigging equipment into the towers; pass the wire between the two rooftops; anchor the wire and tension it to withstand the winds and the swaying of the buildings. The rigging was done by night in complete secrecy. At 7:15 AM, Philippe took his first step on the high wire 1,350 feet above the sidewalks of Manhattan. [Magnolia Pictures]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.3
Two Days, One Night 14.

Two Days, One Night

Release Date: December 24, 2014
Sandra (Marion Cotillard) has just returned to work after recovering from a serious bout with depression. Realizing that the company can operate with one fewer employee, management tells Sandra she is to be let go. After learning that her co-workers will vote to decide her fate on Monday morning, Sandra races against time over the course of the weekend, often with the help of her husband, to convince each of her fellow employees to sacrifice their much-needed bonuses so she can keep her job. With each encounter, Sandra is brought into a different world with unexpected results. [IFC Films]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.5
Phoenix 15.

Phoenix

Release Date: July 24, 2015
Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn’t recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have betrayed her to the Nazis. [IFC Films]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.8
High Noon 16.

High Noon

Release Date: July 30, 1952
Approved
This classic 1952 Western stars Gary Cooper as just-married lawman Will Kane, who is about to retire as a small-town sheriff and begin a new life with his bride (Grace Kelly) when he learns that gunslinger Frank Miller (Ian MacDonald) is due to arrive at high noon to settle an old score.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.4
Y Tu Mamá También 17.

Y Tu Mamá También

Release Date: March 15, 2002
Abandoned by their girlfriends for the summer, two teenagers meet an exotic older woman at a wedding, and they embark on a road trip together.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
6.5
Manuscripts Don't Burn 18.

Manuscripts Don't Burn

Release Date: June 13, 2014
Not Rated
Clandestinely produced in disavowal of a 20-year filmmaking ban passed down by the Iranian authorities, the scathing Manuscripts Don’t Burn brings a whole new level of clarity and audacity to Mohommad Rasoulof’s already laudable career. Drawing from the true story of the government’s attempted 1995 murder of several prominent writers and intellectuals, Rasoulof imagines a repressive regime so pervasive that even the morally righteous are subsumed or cast aside. A lacerating and slow-burning thriller filmed in a frigid palate of blues and greys, Manuscripts Don’t Burn is perhaps the most subversive and incendiary j’accuse lodged against an authoritarian regime since the fall of the Soviet Union. [Kino Lorber]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
5.4
Blue Is the Warmest Color 19.

Blue Is the Warmest Color

Release Date: October 25, 2013
Blue is the Warmest Color centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) who is climbing to adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. A handsome male classmate falls for her, but an unsettling erotic reverie upsets the romance before it begins. Adèle imagines that the mysterious, blue-haired girl she encountered in the street slips into her bed and possesses her with an overwhelming pleasure. That blue-haired girl is a confident older art student named Emma (Léa Seydoux), who will soon enter Adèle's life for real, leading to an intense and complicated love story that spans a decade and is touchingly universal in its depiction. [IFC Films]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.9
Thelma & Louise 20.

Thelma & Louise

Release Date: May 24, 1991
Director Ridley Scott's infamous feminist road movie.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.3
Inside Job 21.

Inside Job

Release Date: October 8, 2010
Inside Job is the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, Inside Job traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia. (Sony Classics)
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.4
Anomalisa 22.

Anomalisa

Release Date: December 30, 2015
Michael Stone, an author of books on the subject of customer service, struggles to connect with people. One night, while on a routine business trip, he meets Lisa, a stranger with a unique voice.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.4
Little Women 23.

Little Women

Release Date: December 21, 1994
With her husband off at war, Marmee (Sarandon) is left alone to raise their four daughters, her little women. There is the spirited Jo (Ryder); conservative Meg (Alvarado); fragile Beth (Danes); and romantic Amy (Dunst and Mathis). As the years pass, the sisters share some of the most cherished and painful memories of self-discovery, as Marmee and Aunt March (Wickes) guide them through issues of independence, romance and virtue. (Sony Pictures)
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.0
Shakespeare in Love 24.

Shakespeare in Love

Release Date: December 11, 1998
Shakespeare in Love is a romantic comedy for the 1990s set in the 1590s. It imaginatively unfolds the witty, sexy and timeless tale behind the creation of the greatest love story ever told. (Miramax Films)
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.2
The Missing Picture 25.

The Missing Picture

Release Date: October 4, 2013
Not Rated
Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and narration to revisit the atrocities committed by Cambodia's Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.5
Gomorrah 26.

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
Eraserhead 27.

Eraserhead

Release Date: February 3, 1978
Not Rated
Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.5
The Kid with a Bike 28.

The Kid with a Bike

Release Date: March 16, 2012
Not Rated
When his father abandons him, Cyril obsessively tries to find his bicycle—after all, his father must have cared about him enough not to sell that off, he reasons. Almost by accident, he becomes the ward of a kind hairdresser, a woman who seems surprised to find herself so determined to help him. With his wild, unpredictable behavior and his disastrous search for father figures, Cyril risks losing her—though she refuses to give up without a fight. Full of heartbreaking betrayals and unexpected grace, The Kid With A Bike is a film about a child, abandoned to the elements, learning to become good. [Sundance Selects]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.5
All About My Mother 29.

All About My Mother

Release Date: November 19, 1999
This is the story of a mother (Roth) recovering from the death of her teenage son. She travels to Barcelona to find her son's father and revisits many places of her youth.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.5
The English Patient 30.

The English Patient

Release Date: November 15, 1996
An epic film of adventure, intrigue, betrayal and love about four strangers whose diverse lives become inextricably connected. (Miramax Films)
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.4
The Wind Will Carry Us 31.

The Wind Will Carry Us

Release Date: July 28, 2000
Not Rated
With a strange mission, a group of people from the city come to a small village in Iran. They are awaiting the death of a 100+ year old woman, while pretending to be communication engineers.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.4
To Be or Not to Be 32.

To Be or Not to Be

Release Date: March 6, 1942
Passed
During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier's efforts to track down a German spy.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
tbd
The Babadook 33.

The Babadook

Release Date: November 28, 2014
Not Rated
Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called The Babadook turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, and he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behavior, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real. [IFC Films]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.3
Cave of Forgotten Dreams 34.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Release Date: April 29, 2011
Not Rated
For over 20,000 years, Chauvet Cave has been completely sealed off by a fallen rock face, its crystal-encrusted interior as large as a football field and strewn with the petrified remains of giant ice age mammals. In 1994, scientists discovered the caverns, and found hundreds of pristine paintings within, spectacular artwork dating back over 30,000 years (almost twice as old as any previous finds) to a time when Neanderthals still roamed the earth and cave bears, mammoths, and ice age lions were the dominant populations of Europe. Since then, only a handful of specialists have stepped foot in the cave, and the true scope of its contents had largely gone unfelt—until Werner Herzog managed to gain access. Filming in 3D, Herzog captures the wonder and beauty of one of the most awe-inspiring sites on earth, all the while musing in his inimitable fashion about its original inhabitants, the birth of art, and the curious people surrounding the caves today. (IFC Films)
Metascore:
86
User Score:
6.8
How to Survive a Plague 35.

How to Survive a Plague

Release Date: September 21, 2012
Not Rated
How To Survive A Plague is the untold story of the efforts that turned AIDS into a mostly manageable condition – and the improbable group of young men and women who, with no scientific training, infiltrated government agencies and the pharmaceutical industry, and helped identify promising new compounds, moving them through trials and into drugstores in record time. These drugs saved their lives and ended the darkest days of the epidemic, while virtually emptying AIDS wards in American hospitals. (IFC Films)
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.1
Stranger Than Paradise 36.

Stranger Than Paradise

Release Date: July 25, 1984
A self-styled New York hipster is paid a surprise visit by his younger cousin from Budapest. From initial hostility and indifference a small degree of affection grows between the two. Along with a friend, they eventually end up visiting their aunt in the wastelands of Cleveland and then proceed to Florida where they lose all their money gambling before unwittingly gaining a fortune.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
tbd
The Great Beauty 37.

The Great Beauty

Release Date: November 15, 2013
Not Rated
Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.0
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (re-released) 38.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (re-released)

Release Date: February 13, 2004
Not Rated
Jacques Demy's 1964 musical fantasy stars Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.7
American Beauty 39.

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
The Double Life of Veronique 40.

The Double Life of Veronique

Release Date: November 22, 1991
Krzysztof Kieślowski’s international breakthrough remains one of his most beloved films, a ravishing, mysterious rumination on identity, love, and human intuition. Irène Jacob is incandescent as both Weronika, a Polish choir soprano, and her double, Véronique, a French music teacher. Though unknown to each other, the two women share an enigmatic, emotional bond, which Kieślowski details in gorgeous reflections, colors, and movements. Aided by Slawomir Idziak’s shimmering cinematography and Zbigniew Preisner’s haunting, operatic score, Kieślowski creates one of cinema’s most purely metaphysical works. The Double Life of Véronique is an unforgettable symphony of feeling. [Criterion]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.3
Flight of the Red Balloon 41.

Flight of the Red Balloon

Release Date: April 4, 2008
Not Rated
A highlight at the 2007 Cannes, Toronto, and New York film festivals, Flight of the Red Balloon is the latest masterpiece from Hou Hsiao Hsien. Inspired by Albert Lamorisse's 1956 Academy Award-winning classic, Flight of the Red Balloon, Hou expands on that film's key elements--a young boy, a red balloon, and Paris--to weave an achingly beautiful tale about the mysteries of familial bonds and the lingering effects the past has on us all. Simon, a precocious young boy, must deal with the increasing fragility of his mother, the loving yet preoccupied Suzanne. Completely immersed in her own tribulations, Suzanne hires Song, a Taiwanese film student, to help care for Simon. Together with Song, a unique extended family is formed, utterly interdependent yet lost in separate thoughts and dreams mirrored by a delicate, shiny red balloon. (IFC First Take)
Metascore:
86
User Score:
5.7
Raiders of the Lost Ark 42.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Release Date: June 12, 1981
You're in for thrills as Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) confronts snakes, Nazis and one astonishing cliffhanger after another -- all topped off by the discovery and opening of the mystical Ark of the Covenant. [Paramount Pictures]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.9
Amy 43.

Amy

Release Date: July 3, 2015
Not Rated
Amy tells the story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse – in her own words. A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician that captured the world’s attention. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense – she wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyze her own problems. The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most unique and adored songs of the modern era. Her huge success, however, resulted in relentless and invasive media attention which coupled with Amy’s troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle saw her life tragically begin to unravel. Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27. [A24]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.3
Exit Through the Gift Shop 44.

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Release Date: April 16, 2010
Exit Through the Gift Shop, the first film by renowned graffiti artist Banksy, became the hottest ticket at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival where it made its world debut. Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post—hurricane New Orleans to the separation barrier on the Palestinian West Bank. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution, Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film. Exit Through the Gift Shop tells the incredible true story of how an eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner – with spectacular results. The film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work, on walls and in interview. As Banksy describes it, "It's basically the story of how one man set out to film the un—filmable. And failed." [Paranoid Pictures]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.1
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown 45.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Release Date: November 11, 1988
The wildly hysterical international box office hit, women on the verge of a nervous breakdown, introduces us to Pepa who has just been jilted by an answering machine. The love of her life, Ivan, has just ended their relationship and she is heartbroken. But misery does love company. (MGM)
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.2
Passing Strange 46.

Passing Strange

Release Date: August 21, 2009
Not Rated
Spike Lee has turned the Broadway rock musical Passing Strange into a film, but unlike recent translations of theater onto the big screen, the film won't alter any of the cast, staging or production. (40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks)
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.8
Sling Blade 47.

Sling Blade

Release Date: November 27, 1996
Not Rated
A southern gothic tale about a man named Karl (Thornton), who's just been released from an asylum -- some 25 years after he committed a gruesome crime. He returns to the southern town of his youth, where his quiet, gentle manner and simple charm land him a job and lead him to an unlikely friendship with a young boy (Black) and his widowed mother. When the mother's abusive boyfriend appears, however, this simple man is thrust into a combustible dilemma that has powerful, moving consequences for all. (Miramax Films)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.5
A Christmas Tale 48.

A Christmas Tale

Release Date: November 14, 2008
Not Rated
Abel and Junon had two children, Joseph and Elizabeth. Victim of a rare genetic condition, Joseph's only hope was a bone marrow transplant. As they and Elizabeth were incompatible, his parents conceived a third child in the hope of saving their son. But little Henri too was unable to help his brother, and Joseph died at the age of seven. The Vuillard family has never recovered. Many years have passed, and family relationships are more strained than ever. In particular, those between Elizabeth, authoritarian head of the family and Henri, a cynical drop out who divides his time between women and drink. After a violent argument, Elizabeth banishes her feckless brother, cutting him off from his nephew, her son Paul - a tortured adolescent beset by serious mental problems. Masterfully directed and acted, by turns savage, bittersweet, darkly comic and unbearably moving, A Christmas Tale shows internationally acclaimed Desplechin at the height of his powers. (IFC Films)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.0
Revanche 49.

Revanche

Release Date: May 1, 2009
Not Rated
At once a gripping thriller and a tragic drama of nearly Greek proportions, Revanche is the stunning, Oscar–nominated, international breakthrough film from Austrian filmmaker Götz Spielmann. In a ragged section of Vienna, hardened ex-con Alex works as an assistant in a brothel, where he falls for Ukrainian hooker Tamara. Their desperate plans for escape unexpectedly intersect with the lives of a rural cop and his seemingly content wife. With meticulous, elegant direction, Spielmann creates a tense, existential, and surprising portrait of vengeance and redemption, and a journey into the darkest forest of human nature, in which violence and beauty exist side by side. (Janus Film)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.1
Oslo, August 31st 50.

Oslo, August 31st

Release Date: May 25, 2012
Not Rated
Thirty-four-year-old Anders is a fortunate, but deeply troubled man battling drug addiction. As part of his rehabilitation program, he is allowed to go into the city for a job interview, but instead uses the opportunity as a way to drift around and revisit old friends. The day grows increasingly difficult as he struggles to overcome personal demons and past ghosts for the chance at love and a new life. (Strand Releasing)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.7
13 Assassins 51.

13 Assassins

Release Date: April 29, 2011
A brave samurai must assembles an elite team of thirteen killers to assassinate the brother of the Shogun, a sadistic and well protected young lord who's above the law, raping and killing innocents with impunity. The film culminates in a mind-blowing, forty-five minute battle sequence that rivals anything seen before in the genre. (Magnet Releasing)
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.0
Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench 52.

Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench

Release Date: November 5, 2010
Not Rated
A full-fledged song-and-dance musical, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench tells the story of two separated lovers, a young jazz trumpeter and an introverted woman, who slowly wind their way back into each other's lives through a series of romances and near-romances punctuated by song. (Variance Films)
Metascore:
83
User Score:
6.6
In the Loop 53.

In the Loop

Release Date: July 24, 2009
Not Rated
With razor-sharp, truly laugh-out-loud dialogue the film pokes fun at the absurdity and ineptitude of our highest leaders. With everyone looking out for number one, and the fate of the free world at stake (but apparently incidental), the hilarious ensemble cast of characters bumbles its way through Machiavellian political dealings, across continents, and toward comic resolutions that are unforeseeable. (IFC Films)
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.9
Raising Victor Vargas 54.

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:
6.4
'71 55.

'71

Release Date: February 27, 2015
’71 takes place over a single night in the life of a young British soldier (Jack O’Connell) accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, and increasingly wary of his own comrades, he must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorientating, alien and deadly landscape.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.4
Juliet of the Spirits (re-release) 56.

Juliet of the Spirits (re-release)

Release Date: May 18, 2001
Not Rated
This 1965 Fellini classic is a symbolic, surreal tale of a middle-aged Roman housewife who suspects her husband of cheating.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.3
Spider-Man 2 57.

Spider-Man 2

Release Date: June 30, 2004
In the second installment in the Spider-Man series, based on the classic Marvel Comics hero, Tobey Maguire returns as the mild-mannered Peter Parker, who is juggling the delicate balance of his dual life as a college student and a superhuman crime fighter. The entertaining adventure escalates and Spider-Man's life becomes even more complicated when he confronts a new nemesis, the brilliant Otto Octavius, (Molina) who has been reincarnated as the maniacal and multi-tentacled "Doc Ock." (Sony)
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.6
Paranoid Park 58.

Paranoid Park

Release Date: March 7, 2008
An unsolved murder at Portland's infamous Paranoid Park brings detectives to a local high school, propelling a young skater into a moral odyssey in which he must not only deal with the pain and disconnect of adolescence but also the consequences of his own actions. As director of "My Own Private Idaho", "Good Will Hunting", "To Die For", and "Elephant", Gus Van Sant has created some of the most memorable works about youth ever committed to film. At the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, he was awarded the 60th Anniversary Prize for Paranoid Park, which is largely considered one of his finest films. (IFC First Take)
Metascore:
83
User Score:
6.6
Pina 59.

Pina

Release Date: December 23, 2011
In his exhilarating new film, German master Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire, The Buena Vista Social Club) shoots in 3D to capture the brilliantly inventive dance world of legendary choreographer Pina Bausch. Wenders had conceived with Bausch a dance film like none seen before, one which would take the fullest advantage yet of new 3D technology to put the viewer deep inside Bausch’s playful, thrillingly unpredictable pieces. After her untimely death in 2009, Wenders continued with the project, turning it into the most exciting tribute he could imagine. Sensual and visually stunning, PINA uses 3D to remarkable effect, taking the audience into Bausch’s work in her imaginative sets (a gliding monorail, a bare stage covered with chairs, a towering man-made waterfall) and powerfully rendering the beauty and sheer physicality of the dances and dancers of her Tanztheater Wuppertal ensemble. (Sundance Selects)
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.2
The Selfish Giant 60.

The Selfish Giant

Release Date: December 20, 2013
Not Rated
Two teenage best friends, Arbor (Conner Chapman) and Swifty (Shaun Thomas), work for a scrap dealer in Bradford, England.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.9
Hadewijch 61.

Hadewijch

Release Date: December 24, 2010
Not Rated
Hadewijch, a novice nun, shocks the mother superior of her convent with her ecstatic blind faith, and is kicked out of the order. Hadewijch becomes Celine again, a young Parisian girl and daughter of a diplomat, and is led down dangerous paths in the real world, balancing between grace and madness in her rage and passionate love for God. (IFC Films)
Metascore:
83
User Score:
5.5
Manhattan 62.

Manhattan

Release Date: March 14, 1979
Manhattan is an extraordinary and funny film that explores the embattled life and loves of a successful New York comedy writer. [MGM]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.2
Up in the Air 63.

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
Burning Bush 64.

Burning Bush

Release Date: June 11, 2014
Not Rated
In protest of the Soviet occupation, Jan Palach, a student of the Charles University's Faculty of Arts, set himself on fire in Prague's Wenceslas Square on the 16th of January 1969, and died four days later. Through the story of the brave defense attorney Dagmar Buresova, who defended Palach's legacy in a doomed lawsuit, the film examines the transformations taking place in Czechoslovak society after the invasion of the armies of the Warsaw Pact in August of 1968. It depicts the beginnings of Czech and Slovak resistance against the occupation, which reached its apex with the mass protests during Palach's funeral. It also shows the nation's gradual resignation under the pressure of fear and harsher persecution. [Kino Lorber]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.4
The Flat 65.

The Flat

Release Date: October 12, 2012
Not Rated
The flat on the third floor of a Bauhaus building in Tel Aviv was where my grandparents lived since they immigrated to Palestine in the 1930's. Were it not for the view from the windows, one might have thought that the flat was in Berlin. When my grandmother passed away at the age of 98 we were called to the flat to clear out what was left. Objects, pictures, letters and documents awaited us, revealing traces of a troubled and unknown past. The film which begins with the emptying out of a flat develops into a riveting adventure, involving unexpected national interests, a friendship that crosses enemy lines, and deeply repressed family emotions. And even reveals some secrets that should have probably remained untold. (Sundance Selects)
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.5
Creed 66.

Creed

Release Date: November 25, 2015
Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa. Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks down Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring. With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title…but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring? [Warner Bros.]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.0
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room 67.

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

Release Date: April 22, 2005
This documentary is the inside story of one of history's greatest business scandals, in which top executives of America's 7th largest company walked away with over one billion dollars while investors and employees lost everything. (Magnolia Pictures)
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.4
The Wind That Shakes the Barley 68.

The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Release Date: March 16, 2007
Not Rated
In this historical drama, two brothers find themselves on opposing sides in Ireland's struggle for freedom from Britain.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.0
Frances Ha 69.

Frances Ha

Release Date: May 17, 2013
This small budget, black-and white-collaboration between writer/director Noah Baumbach and writer/star Greta Gerwig centers on Frances (Gerwig), an apprentice dancer fumbling through post-college life in New York City.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.7
The Trip 70.

The Trip

Release Date: June 10, 2011
Not Rated
When Steve Coogan is asked by The Observer to tour the country's finest restaurants, he envisions it as the perfect getaway with his beautiful girlfriend. But, when she backs out on him, he has no one to accompany him but his best friend and source of eternal aggravation, Rob Brydon. As the brilliant comic duo, freestyling with flair, drive each other mad with constant competition and showdowns of competing impressions, the ultimate odd couple realize in the end a rich amount about not only good food, but the nature of fame, relationships and their own lives. [IFC Films]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
6.6
La Promesse (The Promise) 71.

La Promesse (The Promise)

Release Date: May 16, 1997
Not Rated
Igor and his father, Roger, are making a decent living renting apartments to illegal immigrants and sometimes working them illegally (among other scams). But when the building inspector pays a surprise visit and Amidou falls off a scaffold in his hurry to hide, things start to unravel, particularly when Igor makes a promise to the injured Amidou that ultimately exposes the different values of Igor and Roger, and of Amidou's wife, Assita.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.6
Certified Copy 72.

Certified Copy

Release Date: March 11, 2011
Unrated
In Italy to promote his latest book, a middle-aged English writer meets a young French woman and jets off to San Gimignano with her. (IFC Films)
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.8
Marley 73.

Marley

Release Date: April 20, 2012
Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. Marley is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best. (Magnolia Pictures)
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.0
Touching the Void 74.

Touching the Void

Release Date: January 23, 2004
This documentary follows the climbers Joe Simpson and Simon Yates as they set out to climb the west face of the Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.8
Rachel Getting Married 75.

Rachel Getting Married

Release Date: October 3, 2008
When Kym returns to the Buchman family home for the wedding of her sister Rachel, she brings a long history of personal crisis, family conflict and tragedy along with her. The wedding couple’s abundant party of friends and relations have gathered for a joyful weekend of feasting, music and love, but Kym—with her biting one-liners and flair for bombshell drama—is a catalyst for long-simmering tensions in the family dynamic. (Sony Picture Classics)
Metascore:
82
User Score:
5.7
Le Havre 76.

Le Havre

Release Date: October 21, 2011
Not Rated
In this warmhearted portrait of the French harbor city that gives the film its name, fate throws young African refugee Idrissa into the path of Marcel Marx, a well-spoken bohemian who works as a shoe-shiner. With innate optimism and the unwavering support of his community, Marcel stands up to officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation. A political fairy tale that exists somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and the classic cinema of Jean-Pierre Melville and Marcel Carné, Le Havre is a charming, deadpan delight. [Janus Films]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.2
To Be Heard 77.

To Be Heard

Release Date: October 14, 2011
Not Rated
To Be Heard is the story of three teens from the South Bronx whose struggle to change their lives begins when they start to write poetry. As writing and reciting become vehicles for their expressions of love, friendship, frustration, and hope, we watch these three youngsters emerge as accomplished self-aware artists, who use their creativity to alter their circumstances. (ITVS)
Metascore:
82
User Score:
tbd
Blancanieves 78.

Blancanieves

Release Date: March 29, 2013
Once upon a time there was a little girl who had never known her mother. She learned the art of her father, a famous bullfighter, but was hated by her evil stepmother. One day she ran away with a troupe of dwarves, and became a legend. This tribute to silent films is set in southern Spain in the 1920s. [Cohen Media Group]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.0
George Washington 79.

George Washington

Release Date: October 27, 2000
Unrated
Set in the landscape of a rural Southern town, George Washington is a stunning portrait of how a group of young kids come to grips with a hard world of choices and consequences. During an innocent game in an abandoned amusement park, a member of the group dies. (Cowboy Booking International)
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.5
A Mighty Wind 80.

A Mighty Wind

Release Date: April 16, 2003
In the tradition of "This is Spinal Tap," "Waiting for Guffman," and "Best in Show," this mockumentary looks at the world of folk music.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.3
Four Weddings and a Funeral 81.

Four Weddings and a Funeral

Release Date: March 9, 1994
A confirmed British bachelor (Grant) meets the perfect woman (MacDowell) at a friend's wedding.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.2
The Station Agent 82.

The Station Agent

Release Date: October 3, 2003
A film about three people with nothing in common, except their shared solitude, until chance circumstances bring their lives together. Before long, from this forgotten depot, this mismatched threesome forges an unlikely bond, which ultimately reveals that even isolation is better shared. (Miramax)
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.7
Weekend 83.

Weekend

Release Date: September 23, 2011
Not Rated
After meeting one lonely Friday night at a bar, Russell and Glen find themselves caught up in an lost weekend full of sex, drugs, and intimate conversation. Although they have conflicting ideas of what it is they want from life and certainly how to get it, they form a startling emotional connection that will resonate throughout their lives. (Sundance Selects)
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.3
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters 84.

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Release Date: September 20, 1985
A fictionalized account in four chapters of the life of celebrated Japanese writer Yukio Mishima.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
tbd
Fish Tank 85.

Fish Tank

Release Date: January 15, 2010
Not Rated
The film is an emotionally stunning coming-of-age story, electrified by the breakthrough performance of its young star Katie Jarvis. Fifteen-year-old Mia is in a constant state of war with her family and the world around her, without any creative outlet for her considerable energies save a secret love of hip-hop dance. When she meets her party-girl mother’s charming new boyfriend Connor, she is amazed to find he returns her attention, and believes he might help her start to make sense of her life. A clear-eyed, potent portrait of teenage sexuality and vulnerability, Fish Tank confirms writer/director Arnold’s status as one of the leading figures of new British cinema. (IFC Films)
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.5
Little Shop of Horrors 86.

Little Shop of Horrors

Release Date: December 19, 1986
When geeky Seymour Krelborn discovers a very strange and unusual plant, business starts to turn around at the flower shop where he works and (sadly) lives. When the plant's health is threatened, Seymour desperately discovers the gory secret to keeping it alive. As Seymour grows more and more anemic and the number of bandages adorning his fingers mounts, the plant thrives, business booms and Seymour gets the girl. But as the plant grows bigger, so does its demand for the life-nourishing liquid is craves and Seymour must discover other, bigger sources for feeding it...like the sadistic dentist next door.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.7
Police, Adjective 87.

Police, Adjective

Release Date: December 23, 2009
Not Rated
Cristi is a young undercover cop who undergoes a crisis of conscience when he is pressured to arrest a teenager who offers hash to classmates. Not wanting to ruin the life of a young man he considers merely irresponsible, Cristi must either allow the arrest to be a burden on his conscience, or face censure by his self-serious superior, for whom the word “conscience” has an entirely different meaning. (IFC Films)
Metascore:
81
User Score:
6.1
Black Orpheus 88.

Black Orpheus

Release Date: February 24, 2006
1960 Academy Award Winner and winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival, Marcel Camus's Black Orpheus retells the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice against the madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. With its magnificent color photography and lively soundtrack, this film brought the infectious bossa nova beat to the United States. (Criterion Collection)
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.9
The Empty Hours 89.

The Empty Hours

Release Date: July 11, 2014
Not Rated
On the desolated coast of Veracruz, 17 year-old Sebastián takes over running his uncle’s small and cozy rent-by-the hour motel. There he meets Miranda, a regular customer who comes to the motel to meet a lover who always keeps her waiting. As Sebastián and Miranda get to know each other, an ambiguous game of seduction begins between them. [Strand Releasing]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
tbd
Gimme the Loot 90.

Gimme the Loot

Release Date: March 22, 2013
Not Rated
Malcolm and Sofia, two determined teens from the Bronx, are the ultimate graffiti-writers. When a rival gang buffs their latest masterpiece, they hatch a plan to get revenge by tagging an iconic NYC landmark, but they must raise $500 to pull off their spectacular scheme. Over the course of two whirlwind, sun-soaked summer days, Malcolm and Sofia travel on an epic urban adventure involving black market spray cans, illicit bodegas, stolen sneakers, a high stakes heist, and a beautiful, stoned girl whose necklace is literally their key to becoming the biggest writers in the City. [IFC Films]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
6.4
Picnic at Hanging Rock 91.

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Release Date: February 2, 1979
TV-PG
On Valentine's Day 1900, three school girls and a school teacher go missing under mysterious circumstances during a trip to Hanging Rock in Victoria, Australia.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
tbd
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry 92.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Release Date: July 27, 2012
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the first feature-length film about the internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist, Ai Weiwei. In recent years, Ai has garnered international attention as much for his ambitious artwork as his political provocations. AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY examines this complex intersection of artistic practice and social activism as seen through the life and art of China’s preeminent contemporary artist. (Sundance Selects)
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.8
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me 93.

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Release Date: February 21, 2014
Not Rated
Now in her late 80s, Broadway legend Elaine Stritch remains as ferociously funny as ever. In this bold, hilarious and poignant portrait, the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is revealed both on and off stage. Candid reflections about her life are punctuated with words from friends (including James Gandolfini, Tina Fey, John Turturro, Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane and Cherry Jones) and archival footage that showcases some of the great moments from her career. Whether dominating the stage, tormenting Alec Baldwin on the set of 30 Rock, or sharing her struggles with aging, diabetes and alcoholism, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me reaches beyond the icon’s brassy exterior and reveals an inspiring portrait of a complex woman and artist. [IFC Films]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.8
Food, Inc. 94.

Food, Inc.

Release Date: June 12, 2009
In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, insecticide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of e coli--the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield Farm's Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joe Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising -- and often shocking truths -- about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here. (Magnolia Pictures)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.3
Everlasting Moments 95.

Everlasting Moments

Release Date: March 6, 2009
Unrated
Sweden, early 1900s. In a time of social change and unrest, war and poverty, a young working class woman, Maria, wins a camera in a lottery. The decision to keep it alters her whole life. The camera grants Maria new eyes with which to see the world, and brings the charming photographer "Piff Paff Puff" into her life. Trouble ensues when Maria's alcoholic, womanizing husband, feels threatened by the young man and his wife's newfound outlook on life. (IFC Films)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.4
Melancholia 96.

Melancholia

Release Date: November 11, 2011
In this beautiful movie about the end of the world, Justine and Michael are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister Claire, and brother-in-law John. Despite Claire's best efforts, the wedding is a fiasco, with family tensions mounting and relationships fraying. Meanwhile, a planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth. (Magnolia Pictures)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
6.5
The Queen of Versailles 97.

The Queen of Versailles

Release Date: July 20, 2012
With epic proportions of Shakespearean tragedy, the film follows two unique characters, whose rags-to-riches success stories reveal the innate virtues and flaws of the American Dream. The film begins with the family triumphantly constructing the biggest house in America, a 90,000 sq. ft. palace. Over the next two years, their sprawling empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis. Major changes in lifestyle and character ensue within the cross-cultural household of family members and domestic staff. (Magnet Releasing)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.0
A Fish Called Wanda 98.

A Fish Called Wanda

Release Date: July 29, 1988
In this zany comedy, four disparate characters (Cleese, Curtis, Kline, Palin) attempt a daring jewel heist.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.6
Concerning Violence 99.

Concerning Violence

Release Date: December 5, 2014
Not Rated
From the director of The Black Power Mixtape comes a bold and fresh visual narrative on Africa, based on newly discovered archive material covering the struggle for liberation from colonial rule in the late '60s and '70s, accompanied by text from Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth. [Kino Lorber]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
tbd
Love & Mercy 100.

Love & Mercy

Release Date: June 5, 2015
A chronicle of reclusive Beach Boys songwriter and musician Brian Wilson's life, from his successes with highly-influential orchestral pop albums to his nervous breakdown and subsequent encounter with controversial therapist Dr. Eugene Landy.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.1