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2006 30 Nov 2006 R 101 min DramaThrillerCrime
Kate and her brutish boyfriend Big Al sell handguns on the streets of New York. She's smart, stylish, and self-confident, but all that leaves her when Al, in a jealous and self-indulgent rage, beats her. Three friends encourage her recovery: Vic, a woman who would like to be Kate's lover; Reilly, who runs with Al but also is attracted to Kate and repulsed by Al's violence; and, Liz, the counselor assigned to Kate from a battered-women's program. Vic and Reilly talk about killing Al, Liz gives pep talks; Kate remains frightened. Will Al's menace and Kate's dependency hold sway?
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N/A
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Gary Lennon
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10 Rillington Place
1971 29 Jan 1971 GP 106 min DramaCrimeBiography
London, 1949. John Christie is an unassuming, middle-aged man who, along with his wife Ethel, lives in the ground-floor flat at 10 Rillington Place. His demeanor masks the fact of being a serial killer. His modus operandi is to act as a person with a medical background, lure unsuspecting women to his apartment on the pretense of curing them of some ailment, knock them unconscious with carbon monoxide gas, gain his sexual release through contact with the unconscious body, then strangle the victim dead before disposing of the body somewhere in the house or outside area. His next intended target is Beryl Evans, a young woman who has just moved into the top flat in the house. Beryl's husband, Tim Evans, is an illiterate man who likes to put on airs. Already with an infant daughter named Geraldine, the Evanses learn they are going to have another baby, which they cannot afford to have, nor can they afford to abort the pregnancy. This problem, on top of the constant issue of lack of money in all aspects of their lives, places a strain on the marriage, of which all their neighbors are aware through the constant fighting they overhear. Christie will offer to perform the abortion for free. The difference with this intended murder is that Tim will be aware that his wife will have died, but Christie plans either to goad Tim into keeping silent since the abortion would have been illegal, an act to which Tim would have provided his consent, or pin the murder on Tim who would have motive. Will this change in modus operandi affect Christie's ability to kill Beryl, or kill her without detection?
AWARDS
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award.
WRITER
Clive Exton (screenplay), Ludovic Kennedy (book)
127 Hours
2010 28 Jan 2011 R 94 min DramaBiographyAdventure
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An adventurous mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.
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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 22 wins & 135 nominations.
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Danny Boyle (screenplay), Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Aron Ralston (book)
13 Assassins
2010 25 Sep 2010 R 141 min ActionDramaAdventure
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In 1844, the peace of Feudal Japan is threatened by cruel Lord Naritsugu Matsudaira, who is politically rising and getting closer to his half-brother, the shogun. After the harakiri of the Namiya clan leader, samurai Shinzaemon Shimada is summoned by the shogun's advisor Sir Doi of the Akashi Clan to listen to the tragedy of Makino Uneme, whose son and daughter-in-law have been murdered by Naritsugu. Then Sir Doi shows a woman with arms, legs and tongue severed by Naritsugu and she writes with her forearm a request to Shinza to slaughter Naritsugu and his samurai. Shinza promises to kill Naritsugu and he gathers eleven other samurais and plots a plan to attack Naritsugu in his trip back to the Akashi land. But the cunning samurai Hanbei Kitou that is responsible for the security of his master foresees Shinza's intent. Shinza decides to go with his samurai through the mountain, where they find the hunter Koyata that guides them off the mountain and joins the group. Now the thirteen men prepare an ambush to Naritsugu and his army of two hundred samurai in a suicide mission to stop evil.
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14 wins & 27 nominations.
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Kaneo Ikegami (based on a screenplay by), Daisuke Tengan (screenplay)
13 Tzameti
2005 08 Feb 2006 NOT RATED 93 min DramaThrillerCrime
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Sebastian, a young man, has decided to follow instructions intended for someone else, without knowing where they will take him. Something else he does not know is that Gerard Dorez, a cop on a knife-edge, is tailing him. When he reaches his destination, Sebastian falls into a degenerate, clandestine world of mental chaos behind closed doors in which men gamble on the lives of others men.
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9 wins & 3 nominations.
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Géla Babluani
2009: Lost Memories
2002 01 Feb 2002 R 136 min ActionSci-FiDrama
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There are breakpoints in the history, the result of a single event may change the whole course... In 1909, an assassination attempt of a Japanese governor fails - the assassin was shot by a soldier. Now, in 2009, Korea is just another state of the Japan Empire and Seoul has become a major city. A Korean resistance group called Hureisenjin is formed to fight for liberty and independence. Two cops, a Japanese and a Korean (who denies his heritage) are investigating the actions of this "terrorist" group. And their work lead them to an artifact of the ancient Korean religion of "Sun and Moon".
AWARDS
5 wins & 2 nominations.
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WRITER
Sang-hak Lee, Si-myung Lee, Carl Macek (dialogue: English version)
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24 Hour Party People
2002 20 Sep 2002 R 117 min DramaComedyBiography
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In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world.
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1 win & 12 nominations.
WRITER
Frank Cottrell Boyce (screenplay)
360
2011 25 Jul 2012 R 110 min DramaRomance
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A dramatic thriller that weaves together the stories of an array of people from disparate social backgrounds through their intersecting relationships.
AWARDS
1 nomination.
WRITER
Peter Morgan (screenplay)
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47 Ronin
2013 25 Dec 2013 PG-13 128 min ActionDramaAdventure
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While hunting in the forest, Lord Asano of Ako and his samurai find a young half-breed and take him with them to live in the castle. Several years later, Lord Asano holds a tournament to welcome the Shogun to Ako. The night after the tournament, Lord Asano is bewitched into hurting Lord Kira of Nagato, and is punished into committing seppuku by the Shogun. Realizing that it was a Lord Kira's evil plot, the samurais and the half-breed sets out for revenge against the Shogun's order.
AWARDS
5 nominations.
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Chris Morgan (screenplay), Hossein Amini (screenplay), Chris Morgan (screen story by), Walter Hamada (screen story by)
8MM
1999 26 Feb 1999 R 123 min DramaCrimeMystery
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Private investigator Tom Welles is hired by the recently widowed Mrs. Christian who has found a startling pornographic film in her late husband's possessions. In the film a teenage girl is apparently killed and Welles is pretty sure it's a genuine snuff film. He takes the case, first going through records of runaways finally identifying the girl and learning that she may have run off to California. There he enters the seedy underworld of pornography with the help of Max California, a porn store clerk. His principal clue is the masked man who killed the girl as he has a unique tattoo on his hand. He soon finds the culprits but there is little satisfaction in resolving the mystery.
AWARDS
2 wins & 1 nomination.
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WRITER
Andrew Kevin Walker
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A Bittersweet Life
2005 20 Jan 2006 18 120 min ActionDrama
Things go wrong for a high ranking mobster when he doesn't proceed by his boss's orders.
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7 wins & 4 nominations.
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WRITER
Jee-woon Kim
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A Few Good Men
1992 11 Dec 1992 R 138 min DramaThriller
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In this dramatic courtroom thriller, LT Daniel Kaffee, a Navy lawyer who has never seen the inside of the courtroom, defends two stubborn Marines who have been accused of murdering a colleague. Kaffee is known as being lazy and had arranged for a plea bargain. Downey's Aunt Ginny appoints Cmdr. Galloway to represent him. Also on the legal staff is LTJG Sam Weinberg. The team rounds up many facts and Kaffee is discovering that he is really cut out for trial work. The defense is originally based upon the fact that PFC Santiago, the victim, was given a "CODE RED". Santiago was basically a screw-up. At Gitmo, screw-ups aren't tolerated. Especially by Col. Nathan Jessup. In Cuba, Jessup and two senior officers try to give all the help they can, but Kaffee knows something's fishy. In the conclusion of the film, the fireworks are set off by a confrontation between Jessup and Kaffee.
AWARDS
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 19 nominations.
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WRITER
Aaron Sorkin (play), Aaron Sorkin (screenplay)
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A History of Violence
2005 30 Sep 2005 R 96 min DramaThrillerCrime
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A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core.
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 32 wins & 66 nominations.
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WRITER
John Wagner (graphic novel), Vince Locke (graphic novel), Josh Olson (screenplay)
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A Most Wanted Man
2014 01 Aug 2014 R 122 min DramaThrillerCrime
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When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg's Islamic community, laying claim to his father's ill gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man's true identity - oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist? Based on John le Carré's novel, A MOST WANTED MAN is a contemporary, cerebral tale of intrigue, love, rivalry, and politics that prickles with tension right through to its last heart-stopping scene.
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2 wins & 5 nominations.
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Andrew Bovell (screenplay), John le Carré (novel), Stephen Cornwell (additional writing)
A Prophet
2009 26 Mar 2010 R 155 min DramaCrime
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Nineteen year-old Franco-Arab Malik El Djebena is just starting his six year prison sentence in Brécourt. Although he has spent the better part of his life in juvenile detention, this stint is his first in an adult prison. Beyond the division of Corsicans and Muslims in the prison (the Corsicans who with their guard connections rule what happens in the prison), he has no known friends or enemies inside. He is just hoping to serve his time in peace and without incident, despite having no prospects once he's out of jail since he's illiterate and has no support outside of the prison. Due to logistics, the head of Corsican inmates, a sadistic mafioso named César Luciani, co-opts Malik as part of the Corsicans' activities, not only regarding what happens inside the prison, but also continued criminal activities outside. The innocent Malik has no idea what to do but cooperate. This move does not sit well with the other Corsicans, who only see Malik as a dirty Arab, and the Muslims who now mistrust him. But as time goes on, Malik works to save himself while in prison, while setting up his life post prison on his own terms. Both his demon and his salvation in prison is the specter of one of the first people he really got to know during his incarceration.
AWARDS
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 47 wins & 39 nominations.
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Thomas Bidegain (screenplay), Jacques Audiard (screenplay), Abdel Raouf Dafri (original screenplay), Nicolas Peufaillit (original screenplay)
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A Walk Among The Tombstones
2014 19 September 2014 R 114 min DramaThrillerCrimeMystery
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Matt Scudder is a former cop now a private eye. He is asked by a drug dealer to find the men who kidnapped his wife. It seems like they killed her even after he paid them. Scudder refuses. But the man later goes to see him and tells him how his wife was killed. Scudder takes the job. He does some research and thinks the men he is looking for have done this more than once. And that everyone they grabbed is connected to a drug dealer. He was about to give up when they grab another girl and Scudder tries make sure she's returned alive.
AWARDS
1 nomination.
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Lawrence Block (based on the novel by), Scott Frank (written for the screen by)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence
2001 29 Jun 2001 PG-13 146 min Sci-FiDramaAdventure
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A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 62 nominations.
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WRITER
Brian Aldiss (short story "Supertoys Last All Summer Long"), Ian Watson (screen story), Steven Spielberg (screenplay)
All the President's Men
1976 09 Apr 1976 R 138 min DramaHistoryBiography
"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation.
AWARDS
Won 4 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 21 nominations.
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Carl Bernstein (book), Bob Woodward (book), William Goldman (screenplay)
American Gangster
2007 02 Nov 2007 R 157 min DramaCrimeBiography
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In 1970s America, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas, a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drug into the country from the Far East.
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 32 nominations.
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Steven Zaillian, Mark Jacobson (article)
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American Graffiti
1973 01 Sep 1973 PG 110 min DramaComedyMusic
It's the proverbial end of the summer 1962 in a small southern California town. It's the evening before best friends and recent high school graduates, Curt Henderson and Steve Bolander, are scheduled to leave town to head to college back east. Curt, who received a lucrative local scholarship, is seen as the promise that their class holds. But Curt is having second thoughts about leaving what Steve basically sees as their dead end town. Curt's beliefs are strengthened when he spots an unknown beautiful blonde in a T-bird who mouths the words "I love you" to him. As Curt tries to find that blonde while trying to get away from a local gang who have him somewhat hostage, Curt may come to a decision about his immediate future. Outgoing class president Steve, on the other hand, wants to leave, despite meaning that he will leave girlfriend, head cheerleader and Curt's sister, Laurie Henderson, behind. Steve and Laurie spend the evening "negotiating" the state of their relationship. Meanwhile, two of their friends cruise around town for the evening. Steve has left his car to meek and mild-mannered Terry "Toad" Fields to look after during his absence. The wheels give Toad a new sense of confidence, which he uses to try and impress Debbie Dunham, a more experienced girl generally out of his league. And John Milner, who is seen as the king of the street race in his souped-up yellow deuce coupe, tries to get rid of precocious pre-teen, Carol Morrison, who has somehow become his passenger for the evening, while dealing with the challenge of bold out-of-towner, Bob Falfa.
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 8 nominations.
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George Lucas, Gloria Katz, Willard Huyck
American Hustle
2013 20 Dec 2013 R 138 min DramaCrime
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A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down.
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Nominated for 10 Oscars. Another 66 wins & 202 nominations.
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Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell
American Psycho
2000 14 Apr 2000 R 102 min Drama
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A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.
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5 wins & 8 nominations.
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Bret Easton Ellis (novel), Mary Harron (screenplay), Guinevere Turner (screenplay)
American Splendor
2003 12 Sep 2003 R 101 min DramaComedyBiography
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An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 30 wins & 43 nominations.
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Harvey Pekar (comic book series American Splendor), Joyce Brabner (comic book series Our Cancer Year), Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Amores Perros
2000 13 Apr 2001 R 154 min DramaThriller
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On the brink of the new Millennium in the bustling City of Mexico, one horrible car accident intertwines inextricably the lives of three perfect strangers. Octavio, a rebellious adolescent who is secretly in love with his sister-in-law, dreams of escaping his miserable life, and for this reason, he enters reluctantly the obscure world of dog fighting with his lethal dog Cofi. And then unexpectedly, Valeria, a stunning woman and famous supermodel, will cross paths with Octavio, while in the meantime, her pampered little dog Richie manages to vanish into thin air in the confined space of her apartment. Lastly, Chivo, an ex-guerrilla vagabond, after abandoning his little daughter, unable to make up for lost time, he channels his love to the city's strays and a mortally wounded Rottweiler. In the end, even though all the weary characters, men and beasts, wish for a bright future, in this life-changing journey in the pursuit of love, sometimes infidelity, sin and death can get in the way.
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 54 wins & 22 nominations.
WRITER
Guillermo Arriaga
Angel-A
2005 21 Dec 2005 R 91 min DramaFantasyComedy
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André, a small-time ex-convict, seems to owe money to everyone in Paris, including a crime boss who promises to kill him if he doesn't repay him by midnight. After failing to find protection from the American embassy and the French police, a despairing André scrambles onto a bridge over the Seine, intending to leap to his death. He is surprised to see a tall, beautiful girl clinging to a rail on the same bridge, apparently preparing to end her life as well. She jumps, and he jumps too, suddenly resolving to save her life. After scrambling ashore, she tells him her name is Angel-A. Together, they take a cruise on the Seine, repay André's creditors, visit a Parisian nightspot, and more, as Angel-A helps André. He learns that for this purpose she has fallen out of the sky and into his life. André finds himself falling in love with this mysterious beauty.
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N/A
DIRECTOR
WRITER
Luc Besson