Movie Releases by Score

Gleason 101.

Gleason

July 29, 2016 | Not Rated
At the age of 34, former New Orleans Saints defensive back Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS and given a life expectancy of two to five years. Weeks later, Gleason found out his wife, Michel, was expecting their first child. A video journal that began as a gift for his unborn son expands to chronicle Steve’s determination to get his relationships in order, build a foundation to provide other ALS patients with purpose, and adapt to his declining physical condition—utilizing medical technologies that offer the means to live as fully as possible.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.5
Bigger Stronger Faster* 102.

Bigger Stronger Faster*

May 30, 2008 | PG-13
In America, we define ourselves in the superlative: we are the biggest, strongest, fastest country in the world. We reward speed, size and above all else: winning – at sport, at business and at war. Metaphorically we are a nation on steroids. Is it any wonder that so many of our heroes are on performance enhancing drugs? Blending comedy and pathos, Bigger, Stronger, Faster* is a collision of pop culture and first-person narrative, with a diverse cast including US Congressmen, professional athletes, medical experts and everyday gym rats. At its heart, this is the story of director Christopher Bell and his two brothers, who grew up idolizing muscular giants like Hulk Hogan, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and who went on to become members of the steroid-subculture in an effort to realize their American dream. When you discover that your heroes have all broken the rules, do you follow the rules, or do you follow your heroes? (Magnolia)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.2
I Wish 103.

I Wish

May 11, 2012 | Not Rated
Twelve-year-old Koichi lives with his mother and retired grandparents in Kagoshima, in the southern region of Kyushu, Japan. His younger brother Ryunosuke lives with their father in Hakata, northern Kyushu. The brothers have been separated by their parents’ divorce and Koichi’s only wish is for his family to be reunited. When he learns that a new bullet train line will soon open, linking the two towns, he starts to believe that a miracle will take place the moment these new trains first pass each other at top speed. With help from the adults around him, Koichi sets out on a journey with a group of friends, each hoping to witness a miracle that will improve their difficult lives.(Magnolia Pictures)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.1
White God 104.

White God

March 27, 2015 | Not Rated
When young Lili is forced to give up her beloved dog Hagen, because it's mixed-breed heritage is deemed unfit by The State, she and the dog begin a dangerous journey back towards each other. At the same time, all the unwanted, unloved and so-called unfit dogs rise up under a new leader, Hagen, the one-time housepet who has learned all too well from his journey through the streets and animal control centers. [Magnolia Pictures]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.2
Lady Chatterley 105.

Lady Chatterley

June 22, 2007 | R
Based on D.H. Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover," this film tells the story of a passion that is both innocent and subversive - one that transcends, without ever ignoring, class and social conventions. (Kino International)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
6.3
In the Mirror of Maya Deren 106.

In the Mirror of Maya Deren

January 24, 2003
With this film, Martina Kudlacek has fashioned not only fascinating portrait of a groundbreaking and influential artist, but a pitch-perfect introduction to her strikingly beautiful and poetic body of work. (Zeitgeist Films)
Metascore:
80
User Score:
tbd
Shane 107.

Shane

April 23, 1953 | TV-PG
A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.8
Oasis 108.

Oasis

May 7, 2004
A hardened ex-con falls for a severely disabled woman in this psychological drama.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.1
Pride 109.

Pride

September 26, 2014 | R
It’s the summer of 1984. Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. [CBS Films]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.8
Hotel Rwanda 110.

Hotel Rwanda

December 22, 2004 | R
Based on true events from the civil war in Rwanda, this film profiles Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), the manager of a luxury hotel who opened his establishment to Tutsi refugees despite the danger to himself and his family.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.8
Whose Streets? 111.

Whose Streets?

August 11, 2017 | Not Rated
Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
tbd
Gloria Bell 112.

Gloria Bell

March 8, 2019 | R
Gloria (Julianne Moore) is a free-spirited divorcée who spends her days at a straight-laced office job and her nights on the dance floor, joyfully letting loose at clubs around Los Angeles. After meeting Arnold (John Turturro) on a night out, she finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance, filled with both the joys of budding love and the complications of dating, identity, and family. [A24]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
6.9
The Central Park Five 113.

The Central Park Five

November 23, 2012 | Not Rated
A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were wrongfully accused of raping a white woman in Central Park.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.0
Beautiful People 114.

Beautiful People

February 18, 2000 | R
Set in October 1993 in London, this film tells the story of four families and their encounters with refugees from the former Yugoslavia.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
tbd
November 115.

November

February 23, 2018 | Not Rated
In this tale of love and survival in 19th century Estonia, peasant girl Liina longs for village boy Hans, but Hans is inexplicably infatuated by the visiting German baroness that possesses all that he longs for. For Liina, winning Hans’ requited love proves incredibly complicated in this dark, harsh landscape where spirits, werewolves, plagues, and the devil himself converge, where thievery is rampant, and where souls are highly regarded, but come quite cheap. With alluring black and white cinematography, Rainer Sarnet vividly captures these motley lives as they toil to exist—is existence worth anything if it lacks a soul?
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.8
Moving Midway 116.

Moving Midway

September 12, 2008
Godfrey Cheshire's richly observed film about his family's Southern plantation - and the colossal feat of moving it to escape urban sprawl - is a thoughtful and witty look at the lingering remnants and still-powerful mythology of plantation culture and the antebellum South. An award-winning film critic turned film maker, Cheshire uses the relocation of his family's North Carolina plantation house to embark on a surprising and multi-layered journey. While observing the elaborate, arcane preparations for moving a centuries-old house over fields and a rock quarry, unexpected human drama - from both the living and the dead - emerges. And a chance encounter leads Cheshire and his cousins to discover a previously unknown African American branch of the family (who have their own take on Midway and its legacy). Through the use of movies and music, and by turning the camera on himself and his family, Cheshire examines the Southern plantation in American history and culture, and how the racial legacy from the past continues into the present. (First Run Features)
Metascore:
79
User Score:
tbd
Bright Leaves 117.

Bright Leaves

August 25, 2004
This documentary is a subjective, autobiographical meditation on the allure of cigarettes and their troubling legacy for the state of North Carolina. (First Run Features)
Metascore:
79
User Score:
6.3
Night Comes On 118.

Night Comes On

August 3, 2018 | Not Rated
Angel LaMere is released from juvenile detention on the eve of her 18th birthday. Haunted by her past, Angel embarks on a journey with her 10 year-old sister to avenge her mother’s death.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
6.5
Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay 119.

Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

April 17, 2013 | Not Rated
What happens when documentary filmmakers, whose mission is to probe, explore and reveal, take as their subject one of the world's greatest living magicians, whose life and art are basically off limits to probing, exploration and revelation? More than a decade in the making, Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay is the captivating result of this curious conundrum. [Kino Lorber]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.4
The Winslow Boy 120.

The Winslow Boy

April 30, 1999 | G
Set in 1910, The Winslow Boy is based on a real-life story of a young cadet who is accused of stealing a five-shilling postal note. As his case proceeds, it challenges many long accepted legal notions and sets off a national frenzy, exacting a heavy price on the family that takes on his defense. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.9
Only Lovers Left Alive 121.

Only Lovers Left Alive

April 11, 2014 | R
Adam and Eve have been lovers for centuries. Both are cultured intellectuals with an all-embracing passion for music, literature and science, who have evolved to a level where they no longer kill for sustenance, but still retain their innate wildness. Adam, a reclusive underground musician hiding out in the ruins of contemporary Detroit, despairs about human civilization’s decline, and worries about future survival. Eve, who is perhaps 3000 years old to Adam’s 500, takes a longer view of history and is more optimistic. She leaves her home in the ancient city of Tangier to come to his side. As blood has been tainted by the zombies (humans), the formerly immortal Adam and Eve must secure uncontaminated blood from hospitals or they will perish. Eve’s close friend, Christopher Marlowe, is an elder vampire who provides Eve with hospital blood. Adam gets his supply from Dr. Watson, a skittish hematologist who provides safe blood at a price. Adam and Eve’s precarious footing is further threatened by the uninvited arrival of Eve’s carefree and uncontrollable little sister Ava. Unlike Adam and Eve, Ava hasn’t yet learned to tame her wilder instincts, and her recklessness concerns Adam.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.5
Yellow Submarine 122.

Yellow Submarine

November 13, 1968 | G
The Beatles agree to accompany Captain Fred in his Yellow Submarine and go to Pepperland to free it from the music hating Blue Meanies.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.1
All In: The Fight for Democracy 123.

All In: The Fight for Democracy

September 9, 2020 | PG-13
In anticipation of the 2020 presidential election, All In: The Fight for Democracy examines the often overlooked, yet insidious issue of voter suppression in the United States. The film interweaves personal experiences with current activism and historical insight to expose a problem that has corrupted our democracy from the very beginning. With the perspective and expertise of Stacey Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, the documentary offers an insider’s look into laws and barriers to voting that most people don’t even know are threats to their basic rights as citizens of the United States.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
3.3
Les Misérables 124.

Les Misérables

January 10, 2020 | Not Rated
Stephane, only just arrived from Cherbourg, joins the anti criminality brigade of Montfermeil in a sensitive district of the Paris suburbs. Paired up with Chris and Gwada whose methods are sometimes "special" he rapidly discovers the tensions between the various neighborhood groups. When an arrest starts to get out of hand, a drone is filming every move they make.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
6.5
Roman Holiday 125.

Roman Holiday

August 27, 1953 | Passed
Princess Ann (Hepburn) runs from her duties while in Italy and meets a reporter (Peck) looking for an exclusive story. He acts as if he doesn't know who she is but he soon finds himself falling in love with her.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.4
Aberdeen 126.

Aberdeen

August 17, 2001 | TV-MA
A modern, raw, pitch-black comedy about a young woman who travels from Scotland to Norway to find her estranged, alcoholic father and bring him home. (First Run Features)
Metascore:
78
User Score:
6.9
Diamond Men 127.

Diamond Men

September 28, 2001 | R
An aging diamond salesman (Forster) with a heart condition is forced to train a brash, inexperienced kid (Wahlberg) with whom he clashes almost immediately.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.9
The Lost City of Z 128.

The Lost City of Z

April 14, 2017 | R
In 1925, Lieutenant Colonel Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), a British military-man-turned-explorer, searches for a lost city deep in the Amazon. His quest grows into an increasingly feverish, decades-long magnificent obsession that takes a toll on his reputation, his home life with his wife (Sienna Miller) and children, and his very existence.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.0
A Time for Drunken Horses 129.

A Time for Drunken Horses

October 27, 2000
When the youngest boy of a destitute Iranian Kurdish family suffers from a terminal illness, his young siblings struggle to pay for a life-saving operation. (Shooting Gallery)
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.9
Up and Down 130.

Up and Down

February 25, 2005 | R
In the dead of the night, near the Czech-Slovak border, two smugglers discover their truckload of illegal Indian immigrants have left a baby behind. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
78
User Score:
6.1
Live-In Maid 131.

Live-In Maid

July 18, 2007 | Unrated
Dora (51) is the maid of Mrs. Beba (59) and has worked and lived with her for 35 years. Beba used to be a well-to-do socialite but successive economic and personal crises have worn her out, reducing her to a purveyor of decadence. Nowadays she finds herself forced to sell door-to-door beauty products. And she owes Dora six months of salary. Dora, tired of listening to Beba’s promises of payment, is now determined to resign. Beba asks her for more time to get the money together. Dora accepts. During this period Beba tries to mine the confidence of Dora, discouraging her not to venture into a new phase of her life. Though doomed by class prejudices and abusive power codes there is also a bond cemented by mutual love from three decades of living together. Finally, Beba gets the money to cancel the debt and offers some cash in advance to make her maid stay. But Dora has already made up her mind. (Aqua Films)
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.3
Thief 132.

Thief

March 27, 1981 | R
Becoming closer to his dream of leading a normal life, a professional safecracker agrees to do a job for the mafia, who have other plans for him.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.7
Goldstone 133.

Goldstone

March 2, 2018 | R
On the trail of a missing person, troubled indigenous detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) finds himself in the small mining town of Goldstone, where he is arrested for drunk driving by local cop Josh (Alex Russell). When Jay’s motel room is blasted with gun fire, it becomes clear that something larger is at play. While struggling to overcome their mutual distrust, Jay and Josh uncover a web of crime and corruption, which leads directly to the town’s cold-blooded Mayor (Jacki Weaver) and its smarmy gold mine director (David Wenham).
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.2
Morvern Callar 134.

Morvern Callar

December 20, 2002 | R
An aimless supermarket clerk (Morton) in a small Scottish town gets a new lease on life upon discovering her boyfriend dead under their Christmas tree.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
5.7
2046 135.

2046

August 5, 2005 | R
Picking up where "In the Mood for Love" left off, 2046 is a visually seductive reverie of memory and regret, refracted through a serial womanizer's experiences with six women. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.5
Command and Control 136.

Command and Control

September 14, 2016 | Not Rated
Command and Control reveals the long-hidden story of a deadly accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas in 1980. Woven through the Damascus story is a riveting history of America’s nuclear weapons program, from World War II through the Cold War, much of it based on recently declassified documents. A cautionary tale of freak accidents, near misses, human fallibility and extraordinary heroism, Command and Control forces viewers to confront the great dilemma that the U.S. has faced since the dawn of the nuclear age: how do you manage weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?
Metascore:
77
User Score:
tbd
Human Flow 137.

Human Flow

October 13, 2017 | Not Rated
Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.5
Paper Moon 138.

Paper Moon

May 9, 1973 | PG
During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.7
Ulee's Gold 139.

Ulee's Gold

June 6, 1997 | R
The story of Ulysses Jackson (Fonda), a solitary beekeeper working in the tupelo marshes of the Florida Panhandle and caring for his two grandchildren. The trio lives an ordered, if somewhat narrow life until a call from Jackson's son in jail changes everything. (Orion Pictures)
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.4
The Usual Suspects 140.

The Usual Suspects

August 16, 1995 | R
Five career criminals in New York are rounded up for a standard police line-up. After release, they get together for a bit of revenge by pulling off a $3 million emerald heist. This scheme brings them to the attention of an underworld crime figure who convinces them to do a highly dangerous job.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.8
God Loves Uganda 141.

God Loves Uganda

October 11, 2013 | Not Rated
A powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to infuse African culture with values imported from America's Christian Right. The film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting sexual immorality and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow biblical law.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.7
Chi-Raq 142.

Chi-Raq

December 4, 2015 | R
Chi-Raq is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes. After the murder of a Child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata organize against the on-going violence in Chicago’s Southside creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
5.4
Presenting Princess Shaw 143.

Presenting Princess Shaw

May 27, 2016 | Not Rated
The true story of the incredible Princess Shaw and the enigmatic composer Kutiman, who discovers her from the other side of the world. By day, Samantha Montgomery cares for the elderly in one of New Orleans’s toughest neighborhoods. By night, she writes and sings her own songs as Princess Shaw on her confessional YouTube channel. Raw and vulnerable, her voice is a diamond in the rough. Across the globe, Ophir Kutiel creates video mash ups of amateur YouTube performers. Known as Kutiman, he is a composer, a musician, and a pioneering video artist embraced by the world of fine art. Two strangers, almost 7,000 miles apart, begin to build a song. The film unfolds as Kutiman pairs Princess Shaw’s emotional performances in a beautiful expression of generosity and compassion, revealing the bonafide star underneath and her fight to never give up on her dreams.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
tbd
Somers Town 144.

Somers Town

July 15, 2009
Tomo is a troubled young lad who runs away to London. There he meets Marek, a shy Polish teenager who shares a small flat with his laborer father in a rundown area. When Marek agrees to let Tomo stay with them, unbeknownst to his father, the pair form a strong bond as they work odd jobs for an eccentric neighbor and compete for the attention of Maria, a beautiful French waitress, and try to avoid discovery by Marek's father. (Film Movement)
Metascore:
77
User Score:
6.8
Carnal Knowledge 145.

Carnal Knowledge

June 30, 1971 | R
Chronicling the lifelong sexual development of two men who meet and befriend one another in college.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
tbd
High Life 146.

High Life

April 5, 2019 | Not Rated
Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to deep space. The crew—death-row inmates led by a doctor (Juliette Binoche) with sinister motives—has vanished. As the mystery of what happened onboard the ship is unraveled, father and daughter must rely on each other to survive as they hurtle toward the oblivion of a black hole.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
6.3
Stephanie Daley 147.

Stephanie Daley

April 20, 2007 | R
This film weaves two parallel journeys into a sublime masterpiece about the absolute nature of truth. (Regent Releasing)
Metascore:
77
User Score:
6.9
Bill Cunningham New York 148.

Bill Cunningham New York

March 16, 2011
“We all get dressed for Bill,” says Vogue editrix Anna Wintour. The “Bill” in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace. (Zeitgeist Films)
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.8
Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World 149.

Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

August 19, 2016 | Not Rated
Werner Herzog chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape with the same curiosity and imagination he previously trained on earthly destinations as disparate as the Amazon, the Sahara, the South Pole and the Australian outback. Working with NetScout, a world leader in real time service assurance and cybersecurity, Herzog leads viewers on a journey through a series of provocative conversations that reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works - from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.5
Every Little Step 150.

Every Little Step

April 17, 2009 | PG-13
Every Little Step explores the incredible journey of A Chorus Line from ambitious idea to international phenomenon. It compares and contrasts the original musical with the current revival. It investigates the societies in which they’ve debuted, and why the themes are so timeless and universal. Finally, it goes behind the scenes with exclusive interviews and footage of the revival’s audition process, revealing the dramatic journey of the performers, and unfolding a story of life imitating art. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.6
Testament of Youth 151.

Testament of Youth

June 5, 2015 | PG-13
Testament of Youth is a powerful story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman's point of view. A searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, it's a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times. [Sony Pictures Classics]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.4
Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest 152.

Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest

July 8, 2011 | R
Michael Rapaport sets out on tour with A Tribe Called Quest in 2008, when they reunited to perform sold-out concerts across the country, almost ten years after the release of their last album, The Love Movement. As he travels with the band members, Rapaport captures the story of how tenuous their relationship has become; how their personal differences and unresolved conflicts continue to be a threat to their creative cohesion. When mounting tensions erupt backstage during a show in San Francisco, we get a behind-the-scenes look at their journey and contributions as a band and what currently is at stake for these long-time friends collaborators. (Sony Picture Classics)
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.1
Escape from Alcatraz 153.

Escape from Alcatraz

June 22, 1979 | PG
Alcatraz is the most secure prison of its time. It is believed that no one can ever escape from it, until three daring men make a possible successful attempt at escaping from one of the most infamous prisons in the world.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.8
Silent Souls 154.

Silent Souls

September 16, 2011 | Not Rated
When Miron’s beloved wife Tanya passes away, he asks his best friend Aist to help him say goodbye to her according to the rituals of the Merja culture, an ancient Finno-Ugric tribe from Lake Nero, a picturesque region in West-Central Russia. Although the Merja people assimilated into Russians in the 17th century, their myths and traditions live on in their descendants’ modern life. The two men set out on a roadtrip thousands of miles across the boundless lands. With them, two small birds in a cage. Along the way, as is custom for the Merjas, Miron shares intimate memories of his conjugal life. But as they reach the banks of the sacred lake where they will forever part with the body, he realizes he wasn’t the only one in love with Tanya…(Shadow Distribution)
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.3
Citizen K 155.

Citizen K

November 22, 2019 | Not Rated
Citizen K is an intimate yet sweeping look at post-Soviet Russia from the perspective of the enigmatic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a former oligarch turned political dissident. Benefitting from the chaos that followed the dissolution of the U.S.S.R., Khodorkovsky was able to amass a fortune in financing and oil production and became the richest man in Russia. However, when he accused the new Putin regime of corruption, Khodorkovsky was arrested, his assets seized and following a series of show trials, sentenced to more than ten years in prison. Today, as an exile living in London, he continues to speak out against Putin’s two-decade stranglehold on power. Expertly researched and photographed, Gibney uses Khodorkovsky’s story to explore the complex interplay between oligarchy and government and its destructive effect on democracy in Russia and beyond.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
5.4
Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders 156.

Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders

June 4, 2010
Two volunteers are new recruits: a 26 year-old Australian doctor stranded in a remote bush clinic and an American surgeon struggling to cope under the load of emergency cases in a shattered capital city. Two others are experienced field hands: a dynamic Head of Mission, valiantly trying to keep morale high and tensions under control, and an exhausted veteran, who has seen too much horror and wants out. Amidst the chaos, each volunteer must confront the severe challenges of the work, the tough choices, and the limits of their own idealism. (Truly Indie)
Metascore:
76
User Score:
tbd
Shotgun Stories 157.

Shotgun Stories

March 26, 2008 | PG-13
Son Hayes never speaks of the scars on his back. The shotgun pellets left under his skin make for a sporadic pattern of blue-black dots. The men he works with take bets on how he got them. His brothers, Boy and Kid Hayes, don't discuss it. His past, just like the scars, is never far behind him. This stands true for the memory of his father, a man who never bothered to give his children proper names. He left the three brothers, Son, Boy, and Kid, when they were young. Their last impressions of him were of a violent drunk who never hesitated to put his own needs ahead of his family's. The brothers were left to be raised by their mother, a hateful woman who to this day blames her children for the life she's been left with and the loss of the man she couldn't keep. Their father, having left the memory of his children as completely as he left their home, managed to move on and put his life back together. He sobered up, became a devout Christian, married a wonderful woman, and fathered four new sons--all of whom received proper names. His life became a model that most would aspire to--a man successful in business, community, and family--with his only true failing being the sons he turned his back on. (Liberation Entertainment)
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.4
Tickled 158.

Tickled

June 17, 2016 | R
After stumbling upon a bizarre “competitive endurance tickling” video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, reporter David Farrier reaches out to request a story from the company. But the reply he receives is shocking—the sender mocks Farrier's sexual orientation and threatens extreme legal action should he dig any deeper. So, like any good journalist confronted by a bully, he does just the opposite: he travels to the hidden tickling facilities in Los Angeles and uncovers a vast empire, known for harassing and harming the lives of those who protest their involvement in these films. The more he investigates, the stranger it gets, discovering secret identities and criminal activity. [Magnolia Pictures]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.5
Pass Over 159.

Pass Over

April 20, 2018 | Not Rated
Moses and Kitch, two young black men, chat their way through a long, aimless day on a Chicago street corner. Periodically ducking bullets and managing visits from a genial but ominous stranger and an overtly hostile police officer, Moses and Kitch rely on their banter to get them through a day that is a hopeless retread of every other day, even as they continue to dream of their deliverance.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
tbd
A Place in the Sun 160.

A Place in the Sun

August 14, 1951 | Passed
A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.0
The Secret of NIMH 161.

The Secret of NIMH

July 16, 1982 | G
To save her ill son, a field mouse must seek the aid of a colony of rats, with whom she has a deeper link than she ever suspected.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.7
Black Souls 162.

Black Souls

April 10, 2015 | Not Rated
The Carbone family consists of three brothers, Luigi (Marco Leonardi) and Rocco (Peppino Mazzotta) who are engaged in the family business of international drug trade and Luciano (Fabrizio Ferracane) who has remained in the ancestral town of Africo in the Aspromonte mountains on the Mediterranean coast—herding goats. His 20-year old son Leo (Giuseppe Fumo) has little respect for his farmer father, but idealizes his Mafioso uncles. When Leo shoots up a bar owned by a rival family with a longstanding blood feud with the Carbones, his reckless actions create trouble that brings the whole family back to Africo for the inevitable bloody showdown. [Vitagraph Films]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.4
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days 163.

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days

February 17, 2006
The true story of Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine is brought to thrilling life in Germany's official Foreign Language Film selection for the 2005 Academy Awards. Sophie Scholl stars Julia Jentsch in a luminous performance as the young coed-turned-fearless activist. Armed with long-buried historical records of her incarceration, director Marc Rothemund expertly re-creates the last six days of Sophie Scholl's life: a heart-stopping journey from arrest to interrogation, trial and sentence. (Zeitgeist Films)
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.3
Down to the Bone 164.

Down to the Bone

November 25, 2005 | R
Irene (Vera Farmiga) is a working class mother living in upstate New York. She struggles to keep her marriage together and raise two sons while keeping her cocaine addiction a secret. After a series of nearly fatal mishaps, and finally hoping to make a change in her life, she decides to check herself into a rehab center. There, she meets and falls in love with a fellow reformed addict (Hugh Dillon). When one of them falls into a relapse with the addiction, their commitment to staying clean – and to each other – shatters. This beautifully wrought film accurately and authentically explores the wrenching road of recovery without ever resorting to histrionics. [Down to the Bone Productions]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
6.2
The Manchurian Candidate 165.

The Manchurian Candidate

July 30, 2004 | R
As the entire nation watches the presidential campaign hurtle towards Election Day, one soldier races to uncover the conspiracy behind it -- a conspiracy that seeks to destroy democracy itself. (Paramount Pictures)
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.7
The Front Page 166.

The Front Page

April 4, 1931 | TV-PG
An investigative reporter sees an opportunity for the story of a lifetime when an accused murderer escapes hanging.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
tbd
Pistol Opera 167.

Pistol Opera

June 13, 2003
In this belated sequel to director Seijun Suzuki's 1967 film "Branded to Kill," a female assassin rises in the criminal underworld.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
tbd
Invasion of the Body Snatchers 168.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

December 22, 1978 | PG
In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one with clones devoid of emotion.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.2
Sands of Iwo Jima 169.

Sands of Iwo Jima

March 1, 1950 | Passed
A dramatization of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
tbd
Cul-de-sac 170.

Cul-de-sac

November 7, 1966 | Not Rated
In search of help, two wounded gangsters on the run find refuge in the secluded castle of a feeble man and his wife; however, under the point of a gun, nothing is what it seems.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
tbd
Terror's Advocate 171.

Terror's Advocate

October 12, 2007 | Unrated
Communist, anticolonialist, right-wing extremist? What convictions guide the moral mind of Jacques Vergès? Barbet Schroeder takes us down history's darkest paths in his attempt to illuminate the mystery behind this enigmatic figure. As a young lawyer during the Algerian war, Vergès espoused the anticolonialist cause and defended Djamila Bouhired, "la Pasionaria," who bore her country's hopes for freedom on her shoulders and was sentenced to death for planting bombs in cafes. He obtained her release, married her, and had two children with her. Then, suddenly, at the height of an illustrious career, Vergès disappeared without trace for eight years. He reemerged from his mysterious absence and took on the defense of terrorists of all kinds, from Magdalena Kopp and Anis Naccache to Carlos the Jackal. He represented historical monsters such as Nazi lieutenant Klaus Barbie. From the lawyer's inflammatory and provocative cases to his controversial terrorist links, Barbet Schroeder follows the winding trail left by this "devil's advocate" as he forged his unique path in law and politics. Schroeder explores and questions the history of "blind terrorism" through his penetrating investigation of this compelling man, and leads us toward shocking revelations that expose long-hidden links in history. (Magnolia Pictures)
Metascore:
75
User Score:
5.3
Bernie 172.

Bernie

April 27, 2012 | PG-13
In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town’s most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bernie, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent, an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune. Bernie frequently traveled with Marjorie and even managed her banking affairs. Marjorie quickly became fully dependant on Bernie and his generosity and Bernie struggled to meet her increasing demands. Bernie continued to handle her affairs, and the townspeople went months without seeing Marjorie. The people of Carthage were shocked when it was reported that Marjorie Nugent had been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede was being charged with the murder. (Millennium Entertainment)
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.2
An Inconvenient Truth 173.

An Inconvenient Truth

May 24, 2006 | PG
This documentary offers a passionate and inspirational look at Al Gore's fervent crusade to halt global warming's deadly progress in its tracks by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it. [Participant Productions]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.0
I'll See You in My Dreams 174.

I'll See You in My Dreams

May 15, 2015 | PG-13
Carol, a widow in her 70's, is forced to confront her fears about love, family, and death. After her routine is rattled she decides to start dating again and falls into relationships with two very different men.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.1
Night Moves 175.

Night Moves

May 30, 2014 | R
As organic farmer Josh (Jesse Eisenberg), high society dropout Dena (Dakota Fanning) and ex-Marine Harmon (Peter Sarsgaard) plan, carry out and then witness the fallout of an attention-grabbing act of sabotage, they find their own personal limits tested.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
6.9
The Deserted Station 176.

The Deserted Station

December 3, 2004
Based on a concept the director and Abbas Kiarostami developed on a photography trip together, a man and a young woman are stranded in a remote village after their car breaks down. The photographer and the sole adult male inhabitant, a schoolteacher, leave to get help while the young woman, herself childless, bonds with the children whose parents are nowhere to be found. (First Run Features)
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.1
Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy 177.

Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy

May 22, 2020 | Not Rated
Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy is an intimate, candid perspective into the curious world of cookbook author and British ex-pat Diana Kennedy - widely regarded as the world’s expert on Mexican cuisine. At five feet tall and 97 years old, Diana is larger than life: a foul-mouthed fireball far more feisty and energetic than her age and petite frame let on. Author of nine Mexican cookbooks, she has spent over 60 years researching and documenting the regional cuisines of Mexico. Kennedy has lived ‘off-the-grid’ on an eight-acre ranch outside Zitácuaro, Michoacán since the 1970’s: composting, growing her own crops, and using solar power to run her home. Aware of her own mortality, she is working tirelessly to solidify the legacy of her life’s efforts, with the hope of turning her home into a foundation for culinary education in Mexico.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
tbd
Mid-August Lunch 178.

Mid-August Lunch

March 17, 2010 | Not Rated
Broke, and armed with only a glass of wine and a wry sense of humor, middle-aged Gianni resides with his 93-year-old mother in their ancient apartment. The condo debts are mounting, but if Gianni looks after the building manager’s mother during the Pranzo di Ferragosto (Italy’s biggest summer holiday, and the Feast of the Assumption), all will be forgiven. Then the manager also shows up with an auntie, and then a doctor friend appears with his mother in tow... Can Gianni keep four such lively mamas well fed and happy in these cramped quarters? (Zeitgeist Films)
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.3
About a Boy 179.

About a Boy

May 17, 2002 | PG-13
About a Boy is about a man (Grant) -- a handsome, rich, shallow, self-absorbed, irresistible cad -- and the unexpected relationship he develops with a boy he meets while trying to pick up another boy's mother. (Universal Pictures)
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.4
The Jaundiced Eye 180.

The Jaundiced Eye

September 17, 1999 | Unrated
A documentary highlighting the injustice of a false accusation of sexual abuse made by a Michigan boy against his father and grandfather which resulted in a swift conviction based on no evidence other than the boy's questionable testimony.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
tbd
S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine 181.

S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine

May 19, 2004 | Unrated
In 1975-79, the Khmer Rouge waged a campaign of genocide on Cambodia?s population. 1.7 million Cambodians lost their lives to famine and murder as the urban population was forced into the countryside to fulfill the Khmer Rouges' dream of an agrarian utopia. In S21, Panh brings two survivors back to the notorious Tuol Sleng prison (code-named "S21"), now a genocide museum where former Khmer Rouge are employed as guides. (First Run Features)
Metascore:
75
User Score:
6.1
The Bridesmaid 182.

The Bridesmaid

August 4, 2006
It's love at first sight when bridesmaid Senta falls into the life handsome young Philippe at the wedding of his younger sister. Though their passion for each other is as obvious as it is unquestionable, Philippe soon discovers that Senta's life is shrouded in mystery and her stories surrounding her past anything but believable. When one day she asks Philippe for a terrible proof of his love, Philippe must come to terms with who his lover might really be. But is this just another of Senta’s fantastic tales? And how far is Philippe willing to go, even as his love for her seems to know no limits? (First Run Features)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.3
The Woodmans 183.

The Woodmans

January 19, 2011 | Unrated
A fascinating, unflinching portrait of the late photographer Francesca Woodman, told through the young artist’s work (including experimental videos and journal entries) and remarkably candid interviews with her artist parents Betty and Charles (a ceramic sculptor and painter/photographer), who have continued their own artistic practices while watching Francesca’s professional reputation eclipse their own. (Lorber Films)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.3
What Maisie Knew 184.

What Maisie Knew

May 3, 2013 | R
In this update of Henry James' classic novel, a young girl is caught in the middle of her parents' bitter divorce.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.0
The Watermelon Woman 185.

The Watermelon Woman

March 5, 1997 | Not Rated
Cheryl (Cheryl Dunye) is a twenty-something black lesbian working as a clerk in a video store while struggling to make a documentary about Fae Richards, an obscure black actress from the 1930's. Cheryl is surprised to discover that Richards (known popularly as "the Watermelon Woman") had a white lesbian lover. At the same time, Cheryl falls in love with a very cute white customer at the video store (Guinevere Turner. [First Run Features]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
tbd
Janis: Little Girl Blue 186.

Janis: Little Girl Blue

November 27, 2015 | Not Rated
Janis Joplin was one of the world’s most influential rock icons and a goddess of sound, but there was actually far more to her than that. She inspired a generation, breaking new ground for the female rock singers who followed. Through turbulent love affairs and addiction, one constant remained: she was committed to her music above all until her heartbreaking death at the age of 27. Janis serves as the narrator for her own life story through letters she wrote to her family, friends and lovers. Chan Marshall (Cat Power) lends her raspy southern voice to the film reading Janis’ achingly intimate letters. Amy Berg strips away Janis’ rock and roll persona to reveal the gentle, trusting, sensitive, but powerful woman behind the legend. [Venice]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
6.2
Awakenings 187.

Awakenings

December 20, 1990 | PG-13
By opening one man's eyes to the world... he opened his own. A true story of a maverick doctor and the patients whose lives he changes. Dr. Malcolm Sayer, a shy research physician who uses an experimental drug to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare disease beginning with Leonard, the first patient to receive the controversial treatment. His awakening, filled with awe and enthusiasm, proves a rebirth for Sayer too, as the exuberant patient reveals life's simple but unutterably sweet pleasures to the introverted doctor. Encouraged by Leonard's stunning recovery, Sayer administers the drug to the other patients. The story of their friendship during this emotional journey is a testament to both the tenderness of the human heart and the strength of the human soul. (Sony Pictures)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.7
The Last King of Scotland 188.

The Last King of Scotland

September 27, 2006 | R
In an incredible twist of fate, a Scottish doctor (McAvoy) on a Ugandan medical mission becomes irreversibly entangled with one of the world's most barbaric figures: Idi Amin (Whitaker). Impressed by Dr. Garrigan's brazen attitude in a moment of crisis, the newly self-appointed Ugandan President Amin hand picks him as his personal physician and closest confidante. Though Garrigan is at first flattered and fascinated by his new position, he soon awakens to Amin's savagery - and his own complicity in it. Horror and betrayal ensue as Garrigan tries to right his wrongs and escape Uganda alive. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.1
Raja 189.

Raja

March 26, 2004
Shot entirely in Morocco and Marrakech, Raja is the story of a beautiful young Moroccan woman living on the streets.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
tbd
Sylvie's Love 190.

Sylvie's Love

December 23, 2020 | M
In Sylvie’s Love, the jazz is smooth and the air sultry in the hot New York summer of 1957. Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha), a saxophonist, spends late nights playing behind a less-talented but well-known bandleader, as member of a jazz quartet. Sylvie (Tessa Thompson), who dreams of a career in television, spends her summer days helping around her father’s record store, as she waits for her fiancé to return from war. When Robert takes a part-time job at the record store, the two begin a friendship that sparks a deep passion in each of them unlike anything they have felt before. As the summer winds down, life takes them in different directions, bringing their relationship to an end. Years pass, Sylvie’s career as a TV producer blossoms, while Robert has to come to terms with what the age of Motown is doing to the popularity of Jazz. In a chance meeting, Sylvie and Robert cross paths again, only to find that while their lives have changed, their feelings for each other remain the same.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
6.1
Liam 191.

Liam

September 21, 2001 | R
A poignant portrait of a family's free-fall into poverty seen through the eyes of an innocent child, personifying the dream of a brighter future. (Lions Gate Films)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.0
A Good Baby 192.

A Good Baby

December 1, 2000
In rural North Carolina, an abandoned baby becomes a pawn in a complicated relationship involving a young man (Thomas) who finds her, a thick-skinned woman who takes a liking to him, and a traveling salesman (Strathairn) who claims the baby is his lost child.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
4.3
In Order of Disappearance 193.

In Order of Disappearance

August 26, 2016 | Not Rated
Introverted and hard-working snowplow driver Nils (Stellan Skarsgård) has just been named “Citizen of the Year,” when he receives news that his son has died of a heroin overdose. Disbelieving the official report, Nils soon uncovers evidence of the young man's murder - a victim in a turf war between the local crime boss, known as "The Count", and his Serbian rivals. Armed with heavy machinery and a good dose of beginner's luck, Nils embarks upon a quest for revenge that soon escalates into a full-blown underworld gang war, with the body count spiraling ever higher and higher.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.2
La faute à Fidel! 194.

La faute à Fidel!

August 3, 2007 | Unrated
Blame it on Fidel is the story of a 9 year-old girl growing up during the early 70's who's quiet, middle-class life is thrown into chaos when her parents become political activists. (Gaumont)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.4
Japanese Story 195.

Japanese Story

December 31, 2003 | R
A cross-cultural journey, an emotional drama and a haunting love story between an ambitious geologist and a Japanese businessman. (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.3
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World 196.

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

July 26, 2017 | Not Rated
This revelatory documentary brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular music in North America. Focusing on music icons like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, and Randy Castillo, Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World shows how these pioneering Native American musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives. [Kino Lorber]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.2
Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed 197.

Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed

September 24, 2004
This is the first historical documentary on Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and her campaign to become the Democratic Party's presidential nominee in 1972. (REALside Productions)
Metascore:
73
User Score:
tbd
Cool and Crazy 198.

Cool and Crazy

October 19, 2001
A documentary about the lives and loves of the male voice choir in the small fishing village of Berlevag, Norway.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.7
A Field in England 199.

A Field in England

February 7, 2014 | Not Rated
During the Civil War in 17th-Century England, a small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured by an alchemist (Michael Smiley), who forces the group to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field. Crossing a vast mushroom circle, which provides their first meal, the group quickly descend into a chaos of arguments, fighting and paranoia, and, as it becomes clear that the treasure might be something other than gold, they slowly become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
6.6
Of Mice and Men 200.

Of Mice and Men

October 2, 1992 | PG-13
A nomadic farm worker looks after his dimwitted, gentle-giant friend during the Great Depression.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
tbd

Titles with fewer than 7 critic reviews are excluded.