Movie Releases by User Score

Rear Window 1.

Rear Window

September 1, 1954 | TV-G
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
Metascore:
100
User Score:
8.8
Vertigo 2.

Vertigo

May 28, 1958 | PG
Vertigo creates a dizzying web of mistaken identity, passion and murder after an acrophobic detective rescues a mysterious blonde from the bay. [Universal Pictures]
Metascore:
100
User Score:
8.7
Ran 3.

Ran

December 20, 1985 | R
An adaptation of William Shakespeare’s King Lear, Ran considers the disastrous consequences of Lord Hidetora Ichimonji’s (Tatsuya Nakadai) decision to split his kingdom among his three sons.
Metascore:
96
User Score:
8.4
Manchester by the Sea 4.

Manchester by the Sea

November 18, 2016 | R
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
The Social Network 5.

The Social Network

October 1, 2010 | PG-13
On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications. [Columbia Pictures]
Metascore:
95
User Score:
8.2
I Am Not Your Negro 6.

I Am Not Your Negro

December 9, 2016 | PG-13
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:
5.4
The Apartment 7.

The Apartment

June 15, 1960 | TV-PG
A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.
Metascore:
94
User Score:
8.7
The French Connection 8.

The French Connection

October 7, 1971 | R
New York narcotics officer "Popeye" Doyle and his partner take on an international drug ring shipping heroin into the United States.
Metascore:
94
User Score:
8.5
Stagecoach 9.

Stagecoach

March 3, 1939 | TV-G
A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
7.9
Inside Llewyn Davis 10.

Inside Llewyn Davis

December 6, 2013 | R
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 11.

Sita Sings the Blues

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:
7.2
Invasion of the Body Snatchers 12.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

February 5, 1956 | Approved
A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.1
Platoon 13.

Platoon

February 6, 1987 | R
A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.0
Apocalypse Now Redux 14.

Apocalypse Now Redux

August 3, 2001 | R
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:
8.9
Time 15.

Time

October 9, 2020 | PG-13
Fox Rich is a fighter. The entrepreneur, abolitionist and mother of six boys has spent the last two decades campaigning for the release of her husband, Rob G. Rich, who is serving a 60-year sentence for a robbery they both committed in the early 90s in a moment of desperation. Combining the video diaries Fox has recorded for Rob over the years with intimate glimpses of her present-day life, director Garrett Bradley paints a mesmerizing portrait of the resilience and radical love necessary to prevail over the endless separations of the country’s prison-industrial complex.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
5.4
The Killing 16.

The Killing

June 6, 1956 | TV-PG
Crook Johnny Clay assembles a five man team to plan and execute a daring race-track robbery.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
7.8
The Souvenir 17.

The Souvenir

May 17, 2019 | Not Rated
A shy but ambitious film student (Honor Swinton Byrne) begins to find her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man (Tom Burke). She defies her protective mother (Tilda Swinton) and concerned friends as she slips deeper and deeper into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship that comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams. [A24]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
6.4
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 18.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

June 11, 1982 | PG
When an imaginative boy meets a lost alien, it is the beginning of one of cinema's most endearing friendships as Elliot (Henry Thomas) helps the marvelous creature he calls E.T. find his way back home before government agents can capture him.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.3
Stories We Tell 19.

Stories We Tell

May 10, 2013 | PG-13
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 20.

On the Waterfront

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:
8.7
EX LIBRIS: The New York Public Library 21.

EX LIBRIS: The New York Public Library

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
Burning 22.

Burning

October 26, 2018 | Not Rated
The difficult life of Jongsu (Ah-in Yoo), a frustrated introvert, is complicated by the appearance of two people into his orbit: first, Haemi (Jong-seo Jun), a spirited woman who offers romantic possibility, and then, Ben (Steven Yeun), a wealthy and sophisticated young man she returns with from a trip. When Jongsu learns of Ben’s mysterious hobby and Haemi suddenly disappears, his confusion and obsessions begin to mount, culminating in a stunning finale.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.8
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem 23.

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

February 13, 2015 | Not Rated
In Israel there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce. Only rabbis can legitimate a marriage or its dissolution. But this dissolution is only possible with full consent from the husband, who in the end has more power than the judges. Viviane Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz) has been applying for divorce for three years. But her husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian) will not agree. His cold intransigence, Viviane's determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the judges shape a procedure in which tragedy vies with absurdity, and everything is brought out for judgment, apart from the initial request.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.7
Bloody Sunday 24.

Bloody Sunday

October 4, 2002 | R
This controversial and critically acclaimed film depicts the events of January 30, 1972, when 27 civilians were shot by the British army during a peaceful civil rights march. The event fueled a 25-year cycle of violence between Britain and elements of Ireland, North and South. (Paramount Classics)
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.4
Almost Famous 25.

Almost Famous

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:
6.2
Cold War 26.

Cold War

December 21, 2018 | R
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:
7.9
Big Men 27.

Big Men

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 Truman Show 28.

The Truman Show

June 5, 1998 | PG
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
Paterson 29.

Paterson

December 28, 2016 | R
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:
7.8
Man on Wire 30.

Man on Wire

July 25, 2008 | PG-13
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:
8.2
The Farewell 31.

The Farewell

July 12, 2019 | Not Rated
Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding, uniting family members scattered among new homes abroad. As Billi navigates a minefield of family expectations and proprieties, she finds there’s a lot to celebrate: a chance to rediscover the country she left as a child, her grandmother’s wondrous spirit, and the ties that keep on binding even when so much goes unspoken. [A24]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.3
It's a Wonderful Life 32.

It's a Wonderful Life

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:
8.9
Alien 33.

Alien

June 22, 1979 | R
For the first time in nearly a quarter-century, Alien returns to the big screen with a digitally remastered special edition of director Ridley Scott's science fiction/horror classic. [Fox]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
9.0
Raging Bull 34.

Raging Bull

November 14, 1980 | R
Scorcese recounts the gritty life self-destructive boxer Jake LaMotta (De Niro) who never backs down from a fight on his way to a middleweight title shot.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.0
Dead Souls 35.

Dead Souls

December 14, 2018 | Not Rated
In Gansu Province, northwest China, lie the remains of countless prisoners abandoned in the Gobi Desert sixty years ago. Designated as “ultra-rightists” in the Communist Party’s Anti-Rightist campaign of 1957, they starved to death in the Jiabiangou and Mingshui reeducation camps. The film invites us to meet the survivors of the camps to find out firsthand who these persons were, the hardships they were forced to endure and what became their destiny. [Cannes]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
tbd
High Noon 36.

High Noon

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
Tulpan 37.

Tulpan

April 1, 2009
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 38.

Leave No Trace

June 29, 2018 | PG
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
Chicken Run 39.

Chicken Run

June 21, 2000 | G
A claymation spoof of classic prison-camp flicks like "The Great Escape." One of the birds hatches a plot to fly the coop at Tweedy's Chicken Farm.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.1
Sweet Country 40.

Sweet Country

April 6, 2018 | R
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:
7.1
Elena 41.

Elena

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:
7.5
Fateless 42.

Fateless

January 6, 2006 | R
Fateless is based on the moving and disturbing novel by 2002 Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertész about a Hungarian Jewish boy's experiences in German concentration camps and his attempts to reconcile himself to those experiences after the war. (ThinkFilm)
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.6
Love & Friendship 43.

Love & Friendship

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
Tarnation 44.

Tarnation

October 6, 2004 | Unrated
Jonathan Caouette's film reimagines the whole idea of what a documentary can be. He weaves a psychedelic whirlwind of snapshots, Super-8 home movies, answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, snippets of 80s pop culture and dramatic reenactments to create an epic portrait of an American family torn apart by dysfunction and reunited through the power of love. (Wellspring Media)
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.1
Murderball 45.

Murderball

July 8, 2005 | R
Featuring fierce rivalry, stopwatch suspense, and larger-than-life personalities, Murderball is a film about tough, highly competitive quadriplegic rugby players. (ThinkFilm)
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.4
Life Itself 46.

Life Itself

July 4, 2014 | R
In 2013, we lost Roger Ebert—arguably the nation’s best-known and most influential movie critic. Based on his memoir of the same name, Life Itself recounts Ebert’s fascinating and flawed journey—from politicized school newspaperman, to Chicago Sun-Times movie critic, to Pulitzer Prize winner, to television household name, to the miracle of finding love at 50, and finally his “third act” as a major voice on the Internet when he could no longer physically speak. [Magnolia Pictures]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.3
Rewind 47.

Rewind

May 8, 2020 | Not Rated
Digging through the vast collection of his father's home videos, a young man reconstructs the unthinkable story of his boyhood.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
6.6
Grizzly Man 48.

Grizzly Man

August 12, 2005 | R
In his mesmerizing new film, acclaimed director Werner Herzog explores the life and death of amateur grizzly bear expert and wildlife preservationist Timothy Treadwell. (Lions Gate Films)
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.2
Moneyball 49.

Moneyball

September 23, 2011 | PG-13
Based on Michael Lewis' nonfiction bestseller "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game," the book's subject is Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, who assembled a contending baseball club on a shoestring budget by employing a sophisticated computer-based analysis to draft players. (Sony Pictures)
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.0
Blow Out 50.

Blow Out

July 24, 1981 | R
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:
86
User Score:
8.0
The Tillman Story 51.

The Tillman Story

August 20, 2010 | R
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
Drug War 52.

Drug War

July 26, 2013 | Not Rated
A drug cartel boss who is arrested in a raid is coerced into betraying his former accomplices as part of an undercover operation.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.1
The Odd Couple 53.

The Odd Couple

May 16, 1968 | G
Two friends try sharing an apartment, but their ideas of housekeeping and lifestyles are as different as night and day.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.3
The Big Sick 54.

The Big Sick

June 23, 2017 | R
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:
7.1
City of Ghosts 55.

City of Ghosts

July 7, 2017 | R
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
Last Train Home 56.

Last Train Home

September 3, 2010
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
Take Shelter 57.

Take Shelter

September 30, 2011 | R
Curtis LaForche lives in a small town in Ohio with his wife, Samantha, and daughter, Hannah, a six-year-old deaf girl. When Curtis begins to have terrifying dreams, he keeps the visions to himself, channeling his anxiety into obsessively building a storm shelter in his backyard. His seemingly inexplicable behavior concerns and confounds those closest to him, but the resulting strain on his marriage and tension within his community can't compare with Curtis's privately held fear of what his dreams may truly signify. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.8
The Salesman 58.

The Salesman

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:
7.5
Tales of the Grim Sleeper 59.

Tales of the Grim Sleeper

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
An Education 60.

An Education

October 9, 2009 | PG-13
In the post-war, pre-Beatles London suburbs, a bright schoolgirl is torn between studying for a place at Oxford and the more exciting alternative offered to her by a charismatic older man. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.8
One Child Nation 61.

One Child Nation

August 9, 2019 | R
China’s One Child Policy, the extreme population control measure that made it illegal for couples to have more than one child, may have ended in 2015, but the process of dealing with the trauma of its brutal enforcement is only just beginning. From award-winning documentarian Nanfu Wang (Hooligan Sparrow, I Am Another You) and Jialing Zhang, the sweeping One Child Nation explores the ripple effect of this devastating social experiment, uncovering one shocking human rights violation after another - from abandoned newborns, to forced sterilizations and abortions, and government abductions. Wang digs fearlessly into her own personal life, weaving her experience as a new mother and the firsthand accounts of her family members into archival propaganda material and testimony from victims and perpetrators alike, yielding a revelatory and essential record of this chilling, unprecedented moment in human civilization. [Amazon Studios]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.1
In the Shadow of the Moon 62.

In the Shadow of the Moon

September 7, 2007 | PG
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:
7.8
Up the Yangtze 63.

Up the Yangtze

April 25, 2008
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
The Handmaiden 64.

The Handmaiden

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:
8.6
Aliens 65.

Aliens

July 18, 1986 | R
In this action-packed sequel to Alien, Sigourney Weaver returns as Ripley, the only survivor from mankind's first encounter with the monstrous Alien. Her account of the Alien and the fate of her crew are received with skepticism - until the mysterious disappearance of colonists on LV-426 leads her to join a team of high-tech colonial marines sent in to investigate. [20th Century Fox]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
9.0
The Vast of Night 66.

The Vast of Night

May 29, 2020 | PG-13
In the twilight of the 1950s, on one fateful night in New Mexico, a young, winsome switchboard operator Fay (Sierra McCormick) and charismatic radio DJ Everett (Jake Horowitz) discover a strange audio frequency that could change their small town and the future forever. Dropped phone calls, AM radio signals, secret reels of tape forgotten in a library, switchboards, crossed patchlines and an anonymous phone call lead Fay and Everett on a scavenger hunt toward the unknown.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
6.6
Old Joy 67.

Old Joy

September 20, 2006
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 68.

You Were Never Really Here

April 6, 2018 | R
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
Homicide 69.

Homicide

October 9, 1991 | R
A policeman must weigh his loyalties between the force and his faith when he is assigned to investigate the murder of an old Jewish woman.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
tbd
Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary 70.

Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary

May 14, 2003
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:
5.8
The Last Black Man in San Francisco 71.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

June 7, 2019 | Not Rated
Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation. [A24]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.2
Adaptation. 72.

Adaptation.

December 6, 2002 | R
The lives of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Cage), author Susan Orlean (Streep) and orchid poacher John Laroche (Cooper) become strangely intertwined as each one's search for passion collides with the others' in this adaptation of the best-selling "The Orchid Thief." [Columbia Pictures]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.1
Fighter 73.

Fighter

August 24, 2001
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 Graduate 74.

The Graduate

December 21, 1967 | PG
Shy Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) returns home from college with an uncertain future. Then the wife of his father's business partner, the sexy Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), seduces him, and the affair only deepens his confusion. That is, until he meets the girl of his dreams (Katharine Ross). But there's one problem: she's Mrs. Robinson's daughter. [MGM]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.4
The Gleaners & I 75.

The Gleaners & I

March 7, 2001
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:
8.6
Office 76.

Office

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:
6.0
Raising Victor Vargas 77.

Raising Victor Vargas

March 28, 2003 | R
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
The Lighthouse 78.

The Lighthouse

October 18, 2019 | Not Rated
A hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.0
True Grit 79.

True Grit

June 11, 1969 | M
A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian Territory.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
tbd
One Night in Miami 80.

One Night in Miami

December 25, 2020 | R
On one incredible night in 1964, four icons of sports, music, and activism gathered to celebrate one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. When underdog Cassius Clay, soon to be called Muhammad Ali, (Eli Goree), defeats heavy weight champion Sonny Liston at the Miami Convention Hall, Clay memorialized the event with three of his friends: Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge).
Metascore:
83
User Score:
6.9
The Naked Kiss 81.

The Naked Kiss

May 1, 1964 | Approved
Kelly's path towards happiness is thrown amiss when she witnesses a shocking event, which threatens not just her happiness, but her mental health as well.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
tbd
Henry V 82.

Henry V

November 8, 1989 | PG-13
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:
7.6
Saint Maud 83.

Saint Maud

January 29, 2021 | R
Maud, a newly devout hospice nurse, becomes obsessed with saving her dying patient’s soul — but sinister forces, and her own sinful past, threaten to put an end to her holy calling.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.0
Trouble the Water 84.

Trouble the Water

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
James White 85.

James White

November 13, 2015 | R
James White (Christopher Abbott) is a troubled twenty-something trying to stay afloat in a frenzied New York City. He retreats further into a self-destructive, hedonistic lifestyle, but as his mother (Cynthia Nixon) battles a serious illness James is forced to take control of his life. As the pressure on him mounts, James must find new reserves of strength or risk imploding completely. [The Film Arcade]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.0
Charade 86.

Charade

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:
8.6
Election 87.

Election

April 23, 1999 | R
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:
8.8
These Birds Walk 88.

These Birds Walk

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:
7.8
Relaxer 89.

Relaxer

March 22, 2019 | TV-MA
Doom and gloom are on the way. The Y2K apocalypse can't be stopped. Abbie's older brother issues him the ultimate challenge before it goes down: stay on the couch until he beats the infamous Billy Mitchell record on Pac-Man by getting past level 256. No getting up, no matter what. No quitting. Abbie must survive inside a rotten living room with no food or water, and numb nut friends and toxic gas getting in his face. Luckily, Abbie's secret 3D glasses begin to give him new abilities, controlling the powers of his tiny universe.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
6.5
Tell No One 90.

Tell No One

July 2, 2008 | Unrated
Tell No One is based on Harlan Coben's international best-selling thriller about pediatrician Alexandre Beck, who still grieves for his beloved wife Margot Beck, who was murdered eight years earlier. When two bodies are found near the scene of the original crime, the police reopen the case, and Alex becomes a suspect again. The mystery deepens when Alex receives an anonymous e-mail with a link to a video clip that seems to suggest that Margot is somehow still alive and with a message that says "Tell no one." (Music Box Films)
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.5
Short Term 12 91.

Short Term 12

August 23, 2013 | R
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:
8.4
House of Hummingbird 92.

House of Hummingbird

June 26, 2020 | Not Rated
Seoul, 1994: A lonely 14-year-old Eun-hee moves through life like a hummingbird searching for a taste of sweetness wherever she may find it. Deprived of attention from her family, she roams the neighborhood with her best friend, attempts romantic relationships with both girls and boys alike and is sent to the hospital with an unclear diagnosis. When new teacher Young-ji arrives, she becomes the first adult Eun-hee feels really understands her.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.1
To Catch a Thief 93.

To Catch a Thief

August 5, 1955 | Approved
A retired jewel thief sets out to prove his innocence after being suspected of returning to his former occupation.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
tbd
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father 94.

Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

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:
8.4
Levitated Mass 95.

Levitated Mass

September 5, 2014 | Not Rated
Prominently displayed outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), land artist Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass gained worldwide recognition during its installation in 2012. Over 10 nights, a 340-ton solid granite boulder crawled through Southern California neighborhoods on a 294-foot-long, 206-wheeled trailer. Thousands of people came out to watch it travel through their communities. It is one of the only pieces of art in recent history to inspire such a reaction in pop culture. The film masterfully interweaves this artist's biography, the dreams of a major museum, and the uniting of a city, examining the perennial question: what is art? [First Run Features]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
tbd
Knives Out 96.

Knives Out

November 27, 2019 | PG-13
When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.6
My Man Godfrey 97.

My Man Godfrey

September 6, 1936 | TV-G
A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler - but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
tbd
Sound of Metal 98.

Sound of Metal

November 20, 2020 | R
During a series of adrenaline-fueled one-night gigs, itinerant punk-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to experience intermittent hearing loss. When a specialist tells him his condition will rapidly worsen, he thinks his music career — and with it his life — is over. His bandmate and girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke) checks the recovering heroin addict into a secluded sober house for the deaf in hopes it will prevent a relapse and help him learn to adapt to his new situation. But after being welcomed into a community that accepts him just as he is, Ruben has to choose between his equilibrium and the drive to reclaim the life he once knew.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.9
My Summer of Love 99.

My Summer of Love

June 17, 2005 | R
This film vibrantly charts the emotional and physical hothouse effects that bloon one summer for two young women. [Focus Features]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.8
Approaching the Elephant 100.

Approaching the Elephant

February 20, 2015 | Not Rated
Year one for Lucy, Jiovanni and director Alexander at the Teddy McArdle Free School in Little Falls, New Jersey, where classes are voluntary and rules are created by democratic vote. Wilder is there from the beginning, observing an indelible cast of outspoken young personalities as they form relationships, explore their surroundings and intensely debate rule violations, until it all comes to a head.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
tbd

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