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Director: Asif Kapadia
Starring (as themselves): Amy Winehouse, Mitchell Winehouse, Janis Winehouse, Nick Shymanksy, Raye Cosbert, Sam Beste, Dale Davis, Juliette Ashby, Lauren Gilbert, Blake Fielder-Civil, Mos Def, Salaam Remi, Mark Ronson, Tony Bennett and Pete Doherty
Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma, Mark O'Brien and Abigail Pniowsky
Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.
Big Buck Bunny (2008)
Director: Sacha Goedegebure
'Big' Buck wakes up in his rabbit hole, only to be pestered by three critters, Gimera, Frank and Rinky. When Gimera kills a butterfly, Buck decides on a payback Predator-style.
The Big Short (2015)
Director: Adam McKay
Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Tracy Letts, Marisa Tomei, Jeremy Strong, Finn Wittrock, John Magaro, Melissa Leo, Hamish Linklater, Rafe Spall, Selena Gomez and Margot Robbie
Four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predicted the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s decide to take on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed.
Director: Rufus Norris
Starring: Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy, Eloise Laurence, Rory Kinnear, Robert Emms, Zana Marjanovic, Bill Milner, Clare Burt, Denis Lawson, George Sargeant and Rosalie Kosky
The story of a young girl in North London whose life changes after witnessing a violent attack.
Director: John Crowley
Screenplay: Nick Hornby
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Zegen, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Eve Macklin and Emily Bett Rickards
Set on opposite sides of the Atlantic, John Crowley’s Brooklyn tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn.
Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
Cop Car (2015)
Director: Jon Watts
Starring: Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Camryn Manheim, Kyra Sedgwick and Shea Whigham
When two rebellious young boys stumble across an abandoned cop car hidden in a secluded glade they decide to take it for a joyride. When the small town sheriff goes looking for his missing car, the boys find themselves at the centre of a deadly game of cat and mouse and the only way out is to go as fast as their cop car can take them.
Director: Todd Haynes
Based on the novel 'The Price of Salt' by Patricia Highsmith
Starring: Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson and Kyle Chandler
Set in 1950s New York, a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman.
Director: Matt Reeves
Starring: Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Jason Clarke and Toby Kebbell
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.
Eye in the Sky (2015)
Director: Gavin Hood
Starring: Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, Jeremy Northam, Iain Glen, Phoebe Fox and Barkhad Abdi
Colonel Katherine Powell leads a secret drone mission to capture a terrorist group living in a safehouse in Nairobi, Kenya. When Powell learns that the group plans to carry out a suicide attack, her objective is changed to kill the terrorists. Drone pilot Steve Watts targets the safehouse for destruction but reports a nine-year-old girl entering the kill zone. Powell contacts politicians and lawyers to determine whether to take action.
Director: David Ayer
Starring: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, Scott Eastwood, Anamaria Marinca and Alicia von Rittberg
April 1945: a battle-hardened American army sergeant nick-named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines, facing overwhelming odds in their attempts to strike at Nazi Germany.
The Good Dinosaur (2015)
Director: Peter Sohn
Starring (voices): Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Maleah Nipay-Padilla and Ryan Teeple
After a traumatic event unsettles a lively Apatosaurus named Arlo, he sets out on a remarkable journey, gaining an unlikely companion along the way - a human boy.
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Orto Ignatiussen, Phaldut Sharma, Amy Warren and Basher Savage
A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after after debris crashes into their space shuttle, leaving them drifting alone in space.
The Grey (2011)
Director: Joe Carnahan
Producers: Jules Daly, Joe Carnahan, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and Mickey Liddell
Starring: Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo, Dallas Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Nonso Anozie, Joe Anderson and James Badge Dale
In Alaska, an oil drilling team struggle to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wild. Hunting the humans are a pack of wolves who see them as intruders.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Screenplay: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, Michael Caine, Wes Bentley, John Lithgow and Matt Damon
A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.
The Homesman (2014)
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, James Spader, Meryl Streep and John Lithgow
In 1850s Nebraska a pious, independent-minded frontier farm woman saves the life of a claim-jumper and persuades him to help her escort and transport across the country by covered wagon to a safe haven in Iowa three women who have been driven mad by pioneer life.
The Jungle Book (2016)
Director: Jon Favreau
Based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling
Starring: Neel Sethi
Narrator: Saffron Burrows
Starring (voices): Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken, Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong'o and Giancarlo Esposito
An orphan boy is raised in the jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear and a black panther.
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014)
Director: David Zellner
Starring: Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, Shirley Venard and David Zellner
A lonely Japanese woman becomes convinced that a satchel of money buried in a fictional film is, in fact, real. Abandoning her structured life in Tokyo for the frozen Minnesota wilderness, she embarks on an impulsive quest to search for her lost mythical fortune.
Director: James Ford Murphy
Starring (voices): Kuana Torres Kahele and Napua Makua
A story that takes place over millions of years and is inspired by the beauty of tropical islands and the allure of ocean volcanoes.
Little Nicholas (2009)
Director: Laurent Tirard
Starring: Maxime Godart, Valérie Lemercier, Kad Merad, Sandrine Kiberlain, François-Xavier Demaison, Daniel Prévost, Michel Galabru, Anémone, Victor Carles, Damien Ferdel, Vincent Claude, Charles Vaillant, Benjamin Averty, Germain Petit Damico, Virgil Tirard and Michel Duchaussoy
Nicolas has a happy existence: parents who love him and a group of friends with whom he has great fun. All he wants is for nothing to change. However, one day he overhears a conversation between his parents that leads him to believe his mother is pregnant. Horrified, he envisions a scenario where a new baby brother arrives and crowds him out of the house, leaving his parents with no time to care for him. Nicolas and his friends then cook up a series of wild schemes to dispose of the baby.
Director: Robert Stromberg
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Lesley Manville, Juno Temple and Imelda Staunton
The "Sleeping Beauty" tale is told from the perspective of the princess' evil nemesis, Maleficent.
As a beautiful young fairy of pure heart, Maleficent has an idyllic life in a forest kingdom. When an invading army threatens the land, Maleficent rises up to become its fiercest protector. However, a terrible betrayal hardens her heart and twists her into a creature bent on revenge. She engages in an epic battle with the invading king's successor, then curses his newborn daughter, Aurora - realizing only later that the child holds the key to peace in the kingdom.
The Martian (2015)
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Jeff Daniels, Sean Bean, Michael Peña, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover and Sebastian Stan
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
Mary and Max (2009)
Director: Adam Elliot
Starring (voices): Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Humphries and Eric Bana
Clay animation tale of the innocent correspondence between a portly eight year old girl from the suburbs of Melbourne and a morbidly obese, middle-aged Jewish New Yorker suffering from Asperger's Syndrome.
On the surface it would seem that Mary and Max would have little in common but, over the course of twenty years, the unlikely pen pals exchange letters discussing everything from taxidermy, trust, pets, religion, obesity, autism, agoraphobia, alcoholism and just about any other topic that comes to mind as they sit down and put pen to paper.
Director: Boaz Yakin
Starring: Thomas Haden Church, Josh Wiggins, Lauren Graham, Robbie Amell, Mia Xitlali, Dejon LaQuake, Jay Hernandez, Owen Harn and Joseph Julian Soria
A dog that helped soldiers in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler's family after suffering a traumatic experience.
Michael Moore in TrumpLand (2016)
Director: Michael Moore
Starring: Michael Moore, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore dives right into hostile territory with his daring and hilarious one-man show, deep in the heart of TrumpLand in the weeks before the 2016 election.
Directors: Thomas Szabo and Helene Giraud
In a peaceful little clearing, the remains of a picnic hastily abandoned sparks warfare between two tribes of ants.
Money Monster (2016)
Director: Jodie Foster
Producers: George Clooney, Daniel Dubiecki, Lara Alameddine and Grant Heslov
Starring: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O'Connell, Dominic West, Caitriona Balfe and Giancarlo Esposito
Financial TV personality Lee Gates, who offers up stock advice on his hit show "Money Monster," is held hostage by a viewer, Kyle Budwell, who lost all of his money following a bad tip from Lee during his show.
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
Director: Anton Corbijn
Based on the novel by John le Carré
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Brühl, Nina Hoss, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Rainer Bock and Homayoun Ershadi
An escaped militant's attempt to claim an inheritance gives a German agent the chance to lay a trap for a well-regarded Muslim scholar who is suspected of financing terrorists.
Director: Dan Gilroy
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed, Michael Hyatt, Ann Cusack, Kevin Rahm, Kathleen York, Eric Lange, Bird York, Carolyn Gilroy and Jonathan Coyne
When Lou Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.
Director: Jennifer Stoddart
Starring: Paul Fusco
On June 5th, 1968, less than three months after the murder of the civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles as he campaigned for the presidential nomination. His death shook the country to its core and seemed to symbolize the end of hope.
Kennedy's body was flown to New York City for a memorial service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and then carried by train from New York to Washington D.C. for burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Hundreds of thousands of mourners lined the railway tracks to pay their final respects to Kennedy.
On board the train was Magnum photographer Paul Fusco, on assignment for LOOK Magazine. From inside the train, Fusco took some 2,000 pictures of the mourners: black, white, rich, poor, in large groups and on their own. The resulting images are one of the most powerful and affecting series of photographs ever taken. Documenting a crucial moment in U.S. history, Fusco’s series is acknowledged as one of the greatest efforts in photographic reportage.
Director: Alan Barillaro
Written by: Alan Barillaro
A mother bird tries to teach her little one how to find food by herself. In the process, she encounters a traumatic experience that she must overcome in order to survive.
Starring: Karin Viard, Joey Starr, Marina Foïs, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Maïwenn, Riccardo Scamarcio, Karole Rocher, Emmanuelle Bercot and Frédéric Pierrot
The daily grind for the cops of the Police Department's Child Protection Unit - arresting child molesters, busting underage pickpockets, interrogating abusive parents, taking statements from children, confronting the excesses of teen sexuality, chewing over relationship issues at lunch, enjoying solidarity with colleagues and laughing uncontrollably at the most unthinkable moments. Knowing the worst exists and living with it.
How do these cops balance their private lives and the reality they confront every working day? Fred, the group's hypersensitive wild card, is going to have a hard time facing the scrutiny of Melissa, a photographer on a Ministry of the Interior assignment to document the unit.
The Prey (2011)
Director: Eric Valette
Starring: Albert Dupontel, Alice Taglioni, Stéphane Debac, Natacha Régnie, Sergi López, Caterina Murino, Zinedine Soualem, Lucien Jean-Baptiste, Serge Hazanavicius, Jean-Marie Winling, Jaïa Caltagirone and Hugo Becker
Bank-robber Franck Adrien is serving a prison sentence after robbing a national bank. Before he was caught he managed to hide the money but now it's not just the police who are looking for the money. His cell-mate is Jean-Louis Maurel, an alleged rapist/child molester who claims his innocence. When the court finds Maurel not guilty, Maurel promises to look after Franck's family when he gets out. But one day, a man called Manuel Carrega tells Franck that Maurel is a suspected serial killer and that Franck's family is in danger. Franck escapes from prison and police officer Claire Linné and her team take up the chase.
The Program (2015)
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Ben Foster, Chris O'Dowd, Guillaume Canet, Jesse Plemons, Lee Pace, Denis Ménochet, Dustin Hoffman and Elaine Cassidy
An Irish sports journalist becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong's performances during the Tour de France victories are fueled by banned substances. With this conviction, he starts hunting for evidence that will expose Armstrong.
Ricki and the Flash (2015)
Director: Jonathan Demme
Starring: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, Sebastian Stan, Audra McDonald, Rick Springfield, Ben Platt and Charlotte Rae
It's been a roller-coaster ride for Ricki Rendazzo, a one-time wife and mother of three who left her family behind to follow her dreams of rock 'n' roll stardom in California. Now the singer and guitarist must face the music when she returns home to Indiana to reconnect with ex-husband Pete, troubled daughter Julie, engaged son Josh and younger son Adam. Filled with regret, Ricki hopes to find redemption for all of the bad choices that she made in the past.
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
Directors: Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney
Starring (voices): Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Steve Coogan, Ellie Kemper, Bobby Moynihan, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Jenny Slate and Albert Brooks
Taking place in a Manhattan apartment building, Max's life as a favorite pet is turned upside down, when his owner brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke. They have to put their quarrels behind when they find out that an adorable white bunny named Snowball is building an army of abandoned pets determined to take revenge on all happy-owned pets and their owners.
Director: Yann Demange
Starring: Jack O'Connell, Sam Reid, Sean Harris, Paul Popplewell, David Wilmot, Richard Dormer, Paul Anderson and Charlie Murphy
A young and disoriented British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast in 1971.
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro and Jon Bernthal
A young female FBI agent joins a secret CIA operation to take down a Mexican cartel boss, a job that ends up pushing her ethical and moral values to the limit.
The Signal (2014)
Director: William Eubank
Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp, Laurence Fishburne, Lin Shaye and Robert Longstreet
On a road trip, Nic and two friends are drawn to an isolated area by a computer genius. When everything suddenly goes dark, Nic regains consciousness - only to find himself in a waking nightmare.
The Silence (2010)
Director: Baran bo Odar
Starring: Wotan Wilke Möhring, Sebastian Blomberg, Katrin Sass, Ulrich Thomsen, Karoline Eichhorn, Roeland Wiesnekker, Jule Böwe, Burghart Klaußner, Claudia Michelsen, Oliver Stokowski, Anna Lena Klenke and Helene Luise Doppler
13-year-old Sinikka vanishes on a hot summer night. Her bicycle is found in the exact place where a girl was killed 23 years ago. The dramatic present forces those involved in the original case to face their past.
Song of the Sea (2014)
Director: Tomm Moore
Starring (voices): Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Lucy O'Connell, Jon Kenny, Pat Shortt, Colm Ó'Snodaigh, Liam Hourican, Kevin Swierszcz, Will Collins and Paul Young
Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the faeries and save the spirit world.
Director: Tom McCarthy
Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Brian d'Arcy James, Stanley Tucci, Billy Crudup, Richard Jenkins, Paul Guilfoyle and Len Cariou
The true story of how the Boston Globe's "Spotlight Team" reporters spent a year interviewing child abuse victims and reviewing thousands of pages of documents and discovered years of cover-ups by the leadership of the Catholic Church in America. Their reporting eventually led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, who had hidden years of serial abuse by other priests, and opened the floodgates to revelations of molestation and cover-ups worldwide that still reverberate today.
Director: J.J. Abrams
Story: George Lucas
Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Gwendoline Christie, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Simon Pegg, Pip Torrens and Harriet Walter
Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.
Still Alice (2014)
Directors: Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland
Starring: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth , Hunter Parrish, Shane McRae, Stephen Kunken, Erin Maya Darke and Victoria Cartagena
Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.
Strange Magic (2015)
Creator: George Lucas
Director: Gary Rydstrom
Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Elijah Kelley, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Alan Cumming, Alfred Molina, Meredith Ann Bull, Sam Palladio and Meredith Anne Bull
Bog King, leader of the Dark Forest, hates the notion of love and has ordered the destruction of all primroses, which are an essential ingredient of love potions. However, when he meets Marianne, a feisty fairy princess whose heart was broken by a philandering fiance, he begins to change his mind. Meanwhile, an elf named Sunny makes his way to the Dark Forest to collect enough primrose petals for a potion of his own.
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Director: Dan Trachtenberg
Producer: J.J. Abrams
Starring: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher Jr.
American science fiction psychological thriller. After surviving a car accident, Michelle wakes up to find herself in an underground bunker with two men. Howard tells her that a massive chemical attack has rendered the air unbreathable and their only hope of survival is to remain inside. Despite the comforts of home, Howard's controlling and menacing nature makes Michelle want to escape. After taking matters into her own hands, the young woman finally discovers the truth about the outside world.
Director: Naji Abu Nowar
Starring: Jack Fox, Jacir Eid, Hussein Salameh, Hassan Mutlag and Marji Audeh
In 1916, young Theeb lives with his Bedouin tribe in a remote part of the Ottoman Empire. When his older brother has to escort a British officer across the desert, Theeb tags along for the adventure.
12 Years a Slave (2013)
Director: Steve McQueen
Producers: Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Bill Pohlad and Arnon Milchan
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Afre Woodard and Michael Kenneth Williams
In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner, he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles continually to survive and maintain some of his dignity. Then in the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes Solomon's life forever.
Directors: Toby Genkel and Sean McCormack
Starring: Dermot Magennis, Callum Maloney, Tara Flynn, Ava Connolly, Paul Tylak, Alan Stanford, Aileen Mythen, Patrick FitzSymons and Carla Becker
It's the end of the world. A flood is coming. Luckily for Dave and his son Finny, a couple of clumsy Nestrians, an Ark has been built to save all animals. But as it turns out, Nestrians aren't allowed. Sneaking on board with the involuntary help of Hazel and her daughter Leah, two Grymps, they think they're safe. Until the curious kids fall off the Ark.
Now Finny and Leah struggle to survive the flood and hungry predators and attempt to reach the top of a mountain, while Dave and Hazel must put aside their differences, turn the Ark around and save their kids. It's definitely not going to be smooth sailing.
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
Director: Scott Frank
Starring: Liam Neeson, Boyd Holbrook, Dan Stevens, David Harbour, Mark Consuelos, Sebastian Roché, Ruth Wilson and Purva Bedi
Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.
A list of films first viewed by me during the past 6 months that I rate either 9 or 10 out of 10.
Listed in alphabetical order.
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list by kathy
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