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Monster - Hirokazu Kore-Eda Cover Art

Monster

Monster

From Academy Award-nominee Hirokazu Kore-eda—After learning a teacher is bullying her son, a mother demands answers, eventually resorting to legal action. But as the truth is gradually revealed, it proves more complex than anyone imagined.

© 2023 Monster Film Committee

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Shin Godzilla (Dubbed) - Hideaki Anno Cover Art

Shin Godzilla (Dubbed)

Shin Godzilla (Dubbed)

When a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep, a rag-tag team of volunteers cuts through a web of red tape to uncover the monster’s weakness and its mysterious ties to a foreign superpower. But time is not on their side.

© 2016 Toho. Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Licensed by Funimation® Productions, Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Godzilla and the character design are trademarks of Toho Co., Ltd.

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Shin Godzilla (Subtitled) - Hideaki Anno Cover Art

Shin Godzilla (Subtitled)

Shin Godzilla (Subtitled)

When a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep, a rag-tag team of volunteers cuts through a web of red tape to uncover the monster’s weakness and its mysterious ties to a foreign superpower. But time is not on their side.

© 2016 Toho. Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Licensed by Funimation Productions, Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Godzilla and the character design are trademarks of Toho Co., Ltd.

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Incendies - Denis Villeneuve Cover Art

Incendies

Incendies

In the highly-acclaimed suspense thriller Incendies, a mother's dying wish creates a painful puzzle her children are forced to solve. At the reading of their mother's will, twins Jeanne and Simon are given instructions to locate the father they believed was dead and the brother neither knew existed. They travel to the Middle East, to piece together the story of the woman who brought them into the world only to make a shocking discovery.

© 2010 2011 Incendies Inc. and TS Productions. All Rights Reserved.

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Four Daughters - Kaouther Ben Hania Cover Art

Four Daughters

Four Daughters

This riveting exploration of rebellion, memory, and sisterhood reconstructs the story of Olfa Hamrouni and her four daughters, unpacking a complex family history through intimate interviews and artful reenactments to examine how the Tunisian woman’s two eldest were radicalized by Islamic extremists. Casting professional actresses as the missing daughters, along with acclaimed Egyptian-Tunisian actress Hend Sabri as Olfa, award-winning director Kaouther Ben Hania ('The Man Who Sold His Skin') restages pivotal moments in the family’s life. These scenes are interwoven with confessions and reflections from Olfa and her younger daughters, offering the women agency to tell their own story and capturing moments of joy, loss, violence, and heartache. Winner of four prizes including L’Oeil d'Or (Best Documentary) when it screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, 'Four Daughters' is a compelling portrait of five women and a unique and ambitious work of nonfiction cinema that explores the nature of memory, the weight of inherited trauma, and the ties that bind mothers and daughters.

© 2023 Kino Lorber

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Coco Before Chanel - Anne Fontaine Cover Art

Coco Before Chanel

Coco Before Chanel

This is the story of Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel, who begins her life as a headstrong orphan, and through an extraordinary journey becomes the legendary couturier who embodied the modern woman and became a timeless symbol of success, freedom and style.

© 2009 Haut et Court, Cine@, Warner Bros. Entertainment France and France 2 Cinema. All Rights Reserved.

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City of God (2002) - Fernando Meirelles & Katia Lund Cover Art

City of God (2002)

City of God (2002)

Celebrated with worldwide acclaim, this powerful true story of crime and redemption has won numerous prestigious awards around the globe! The streets of the world's most notorious slum, Rio de Janeiro's "City of God" are a place where combat photographers fear to tread, police rarely go and residents are lucky if they live to the age of 20. In the midst of the oppressive crime and violence, a frail and scared young boy will grow up to discover that he can view the harsh realities of his surroundings with a different eye, the eye of an artist. In the face of impossible odds, his brave ambition to become a professional photographer becomes a window into his world and ultimately his way out!

© 2002 O2 Filmes Curios Ltda. and Hank Levine Film GmbH all rights reserved.

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Life Is Beautiful (Subtitled) - Unknown Cover Art

Life Is Beautiful (Subtitled)

Life Is Beautiful (Subtitled)

An inspired motion-picture masterpiece,“Life Is Beautiful” (La vita è bella) was nominated in 1998 for 7 Academy Awards® – winning 3 Oscars®, including one for Best Actor Roberto Benigni. In this extraordinary tale, Guido (Benigni) – a charming but bumbling waiter who’s gifted with a colorful imagination and an irresistible sense of humor – has won the heart of the woman he loves and created a beautiful life for his young family. But then, that life is threatened by World War II, and Guido must rely on those very same strengths to save his beloved wife and son from an unthinkable fate! Honored with an overwhelming level of critical acclaim, this truly exceptional, utterly unique achievement will lift your spirits and capture your heart!

© 1997 Melampo Cinematografica s.r.l. - Roma

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Lie With Me - Olivier Peyon Cover Art

Lie With Me

Lie With Me

This powerful and emotional romance/drama centers on a middle-aged man who, when visiting his childhood town, is flooded with memories of his first gay love. Celebrated novelist Stéphane Belcourt (Guillaume de Tonquédec) travels to his hometown after over 30 years. There, he meets Lucas (Victor Belmondo, grandson of Jean-Paul Belmondo), the son of Thomas, his secret teenage love. Lucas, inquisitive for information on his now deceased father, sets off turbulent emotions in the writer as his mind is flooded with memories of Thomas and their summer of love. The film contrasts the wintry present with the sun-splashed summer past when the shy, bespectacled Stéphane (Julien De Saint Jean) meets and falls for the rough and tumble Thomas (Rémy Gillet.) LIE WITH ME is erotic, tender, romantic and heartbreaking.

© 2022 TS Productions

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The Three Musketeers Part I: D'Artagnan - Martin Bourboulon Cover Art

The Three Musketeers Part I: D'Artagnan

The Three Musketeers Part I: D'Artagnan

D'Artagnan arrives in Paris trying to find his attackers after being left for dead, which leads him to a real war where the future of France is at stake. He aligns himself with Athos, Porthos and Aramis, three musketeers of the King.

© 2023 CHAPTER 2 PATHE FILMS M6 FILMS

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The Hunt - Thomas Vinterberg Cover Art

The Hunt

The Hunt

The Hunt is a disturbing depiction of how a lie is taken as truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish and ignite a witch-hunt that soon threatens to destroy an innocent man’s life. Lucas is just starting to get his life back together after losing his job and facing a difficult divorce, when his life is shattered by an untruthful remark, throwing his small community into a collective state of hysteria. As the lie spreads, Lucas is forced to fight a lonely battle for his life and dignity.

© 2012 Zentropa Entertainments19 ApS & Zentropa International Sweden AB

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The Skin I Live In - Pedro Almodóvar Cover Art

The Skin I Live In

The Skin I Live In

Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas) is a driven plastic surgeon haunted by personal tragedies. After many years of trial and error, he finally prefects a new skin – a shield which could have prevented the death of his wife in an accident years earlier. His latest “guinea pig” is a mysterious captive whose true identity masks a shocking mystery. THE SKIN I LIVE IN is a masterful tale of secrets, obsession and revenge from Academy Award winning writer/director Pedro Almodovar.

© 2011 El Deseo D.A., S.L.U. All Rights Reserved.

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La haine - Mathieu Kassovitz Cover Art

La haine

La haine

Mathieu Kassovitz took the film world by storm with La haine, a gritty, unsettling, and visually explosive look at the racial and cultural volatility in modern-day France, specifically the low-income banlieue districts on Paris’s outskirts. Aimlessly passing their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz (Vincent Cassel), Hubert (Hubert Koundé), and Saïd (Saïd Taghmaoui)—a Jew, an African, and an Arab—give human faces to France’s immigrant populations, their bristling resentment at their marginalization slowly simmering until it reaches a climactic boiling point. A work of tough beauty, La haine is a landmark of contemporary French cinema and a gripping reflection of its country’s ongoing identity crisis.

© 1994 Les Productions Lazennec/Le Studio Canal Plus/Les Sept Cinema/Kasso, Inc. Productions.

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Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna) - Patricia Riggen Cover Art

Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna)

Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna)

Even across thousands of miles, the special bond between a mother and son can never be broken. It gives hope to Carlitos, a scrappy nine-year-old boy whose mother, Rosario, has gone to America to build a better life for both of them. While Rosario struggles for a brighter future, fate forces Carlitos' hand and he embarks on an extraordinary journey to find her. Critics and audiences alike have praised this inspirational and heartwarming tale of a mother's devotion, a son's courage and a love that knows no borders.

© 2008 Twentieth Century Fox. All rights reserved.

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The Others - Alejandro Amenábar Cover Art

The Others

The Others

A remote manor; hushed, candlelit atmosphere; and shivery, supernatural menace. With his first English-language feature, Chilean Spanish writer-director-composer Alejandro Amenábar resurrected the classic gothic chiller to create a ghost story of uncommon emotional resonance. Nicole Kidman stars as a World War II–era mother whose imperiousness masks a terrifying pain, as she keeps her light-sensitive children enshrouded in darkness on her country estate. The arrival of three new servants punctures her insular world—and seems to disturb the balance between the living and the dead. With each stunning twist and turn, Amenábar immerses us more deeply in a realm haunted not only by spirits but also by guilt, trauma, and repression.

© 2001 Sociedad General de Cine S.A. - Las Producciones del Escorpion S.L.

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Raw - Julia Ducournau Cover Art

Raw

Raw

At 16, Justine is a brilliant, promising student and a strict vegetarian. But when she starts veterinary school, she quickly encounters a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world. Desperate to fit in during the first week of hazing rituals, she strays from her principles and eats raw meat for the first time and faces the terrible and unexpected consequences of her actions as her true self emerges.

© 2016 Focus Features. All Rights Reserved.

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Sin Nombre - Unknown Cover Art

Sin Nombre

Sin Nombre

Seeking the promise of America, a beautiful young woman, Sayra (Paulina Gaitan), joins her father on an odyssey to cross the gauntlet of the Latin American countryside. Along the way, she crosses paths with a teenaged Mexican gang member, El Casper (Edgar M. Flores), who is maneuvering to outrun his violent past. Together they have to rely on faith, trust and street smarts if they are to survive their increasingly perilous journey towards the hope of new lives.

© 2008 Focus Features. All Rights Reserved.

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Fallen Leaves - Aki Kaurismäki Cover Art

Fallen Leaves

Fallen Leaves

Award-winning filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre, The Other Side of Hope) makes a masterful return with Fallen Leaves, a timeless, hopeful and satisfying love story that won the Jury Prize at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. Set in modern day Helsinki, the film tells the story of Ansa (Alma Pöysti) and Holappa (Jussi Vatanen), two lonely souls whose chance meeting at a local karaoke bar is beset by numerous hurdles. From lost phone numbers to mistaken addresses, alcoholism and a charming stray dog, the pair's path to happiness is as bittersweet as it is ultimately delightful. Shot through with Kaurismäki's typically playful, idiosyncratic style and deadpan sense of humor, this tender romantic tragicomedy is both a loving tribute to the filmmaker's beloved contemporaries and a timely reminder of the potency of movie-going from one of cinema's living legends.

© 2024 MUBI

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Ang Lee Cover Art

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Named "Best Picture of the Year" by over 100 critics nationwide! Two master warriors (Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh) are faced with their greatest challenge when the treasured Green Destiny sword is stolen. A young aristocrat (Zhang Ziyi) prepares for an arranged marriage, but soon reveals her superior fighting talents and her deeply romantic past. As each warrior battles for justice, they come face to face with their worst enemy - and the inescapable, enduring power of love. Set against 19th-century China's breathtaking landscape, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is the action-packed, box office smash from acclaimed director Ang Lee (Sense and Sensibility, The Ice Storm) featuring stunning martial arts choreography by Yuen Wo Ping (The Matrix).

© 2000 Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Run Lola Run - Tom Tykwer Cover Art

Run Lola Run

Run Lola Run

This multiple award winner from Tom Tykwer (The Princess And The Warrior) stars Franka Potente as Lola, the orange-haired punk girlfriend of Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu), a small-time courier for a big-time gangster. Manni is working a standard pickup/drop-off, and everything is going fine until an unforeseen incident makes Lola late to pick him up. One stroke of bad luck leads to another, and by the time Manni calls Lola, he has a big problem: He is supposed to meet his unforgiving boss in 20 minutes with 100,000 marks that suddenly he does not have. Lola rushes out of her apartment, attempting to get to Manni and somehow pick up 100,000 marks along the way. As the seconds tick down, the tiniest choices become life-altering (or -ending) decisions, and the fine line between fate and fortune begins to blur.

Motion Picture: © 1998 X-Filme Creative Pool GmbH. All Rights Reserved. English Subtitles: © 1999 Sony Pictures Classics Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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A Royal Affair - Nikolaj Arcel Cover Art

A Royal Affair

A Royal Affair

A Royal Affair is the true story of an ordinary man who wins the queen’s heart and starts a revolution. Centering on the intriguing love triangle between the ever more insane Danish King Christian VII (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard), the royal physician who is a man of enlightenment and idealism Johann Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen) and the young but strong Queen Caroline Mathilde (Alicia Vikander), A Royal Affair is the gripping tale of brave idealists who risk everything in the pursuit of freedom for their people, and of the passionate and forbidden romance that changed an entire nation.

© 2012 Zentropa Entertainments28 ApS, Zentropa International Sweden and Sirena Film Prague.

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The Crime Is Mine - François Ozon Cover Art

The Crime Is Mine

The Crime Is Mine

Paris in the 1930s — a playground for industrial heirs and debonair architects, but the City of Lights does not shine evenly for all. Struggling actress Madeleine (Nadia Terezkiewicz) and her best friend Pauline (Rebecca Marder), an unemployed lawyer, live in a cramped flat and owe five months’ rent. Opportunity knocks after a lascivious theatrical producer who made an inappropriate advance towards Madeleine turns up dead. Madeleine stands trial for murder and ascends to decadent stardom, with Pauline serving as defense counsel and media circus ringmaster. A new life of fame, wealth, and tabloid celebrity awaits — until the truth comes out. Adapted from a 1934 play by Georges Berr and Louis Verneuil and featuring a murder’s row of a supporting cast including Isabelle Huppert, Dany Boon, and Fabrice Luchini, The Crime Is Mine is a rollicking farce and scabrous satire with a wily feminist edge from one of French cinema’s most chameleonic stylists, François Ozon.

© 2023 Southport Music Box Corporation d/b/a Music Box Films

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Come and See - Elem Klimov Cover Art

Come and See

Come and See

This legendary film from Soviet director Elem Klimov is a senses-shattering plunge into the dehumanizing horrors of war. As Nazi forces encroach on his small village in what is now known as Belarus, teenage Flyora (Alexei Kravchenko, in a searing depiction of anguish) eagerly joins the Soviet resistance. Rather than the adventure and glory he envisioned, what he finds is a waking nightmare of unimaginable carnage and cruelty—rendered with a feverish, otherworldly intensity by Klimov’s subjective camera work and expressionistic sound design. Nearly blocked from being made by Soviet censors, who took seven years to approve its script, COME AND SEE is perhaps the most visceral, impossible-to-forget antiwar film ever made.

© 1985 Mosfilm Cinema Concern

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In the Mood for Love - Wong Kar Wai Cover Art

In the Mood for Love

In the Mood for Love

Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-Wan (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) and Su Li-Zhen (Maggie Cheung Man Yuk) move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite—until a discovery about their spouses creates an intimate bond between them. At once delicately mannered and visually extravagant, Wong Kar Wai’s IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE is a masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments. With its aching soundtrack and exquisitely abstract cinematography by Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping Bing, this film has been a major stylistic influence on the past two decades of cinema, and is a milestone in Wong’s redoubtable career.

© 2000 BLOCK 2 PICTURES INC, 2019 JET TONE CONTENTS INC

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Blue Is the Warmest Color - Abdellatif Kechiche Cover Art

Blue Is the Warmest Color

Blue Is the Warmest Color

The sensation of the Cannes Film Festival and the most controversial film of the year, Blue is the Warmest Color made cinema history as the first film ever awarded the Palme d'Or to both its director and its actresses. In a star-making role, Adèle Exarchopoulos is Adèle, a passionate young woman who has a yearning she doesn't quite understand until a chance encounter with the blue-haired Emma ignites a flame and brings her to life. Léa Seydoux (Midnight in Paris) gives a fearless performance as Emma, the older woman who excites Adèle's desire and becomes the love of her life. Abdellatif Kechiche's (The Secret of the Grain) intimate epic of tenderness and passion charts their relationship over the course of several years, from the ecstasy of a first kiss to the agony of heartbreak. Pulsing with gestures, embraces, furtive exchanges, and arias of joy and devastation, Blue is the Warmest Color is a profoundly moving hymn to both love and life.

© 2013 WILD BUNCH, QUAT’SOUS FILMS, FRANCE 2 CINEMA, SCOPE PICTURES, VERTIGO FILMS.

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Memories of Murder (Subtitled) - Bong Joon Ho Cover Art

Memories of Murder (Subtitled)

Memories of Murder (Subtitled)

Memories of Murder tells the harrowing true story of the hunt for a sadistic serial rapist and murderer terrorizing a small province in 1980s South Korea. Marking the first of many successful collaborations between four-time Oscar® winner Bong Joon Ho and leading man Song Kang Ho, the film follows the paths of three increasingly desperate detectives as they attempt to decipher the violent mind of a killer in an effort to solve the case. Now, seventeen years after its initial release, and a year after the real culprit was identified, this cult classic takes its place as a modern masterpiece.

© 2003 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

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Pokémon 4Ever - Kunihiko Yuyama Cover Art

Pokémon 4Ever

Pokémon 4Ever

Forty years ago, the Mythical Pokémon Celebi fled from a vicious hunter, and a young Trainer named Sammy rushed to protect it. Sammy and Celebi vanished in the forest—becoming yet another strange legend that the townspeople tell. In the present day, Ash and friends arrive in the forest, and find that the story is true when both boy and Pokémon turn up again! This time, the Iron Masked Marauder is after Celebi, armed with a cruel device that makes any Pokémon mindlessly obedient and evil. Can Ash, Sammy, Misty, and Brock withstand the power of the corrupted Celebi, and restore it to its true self?

© 2001 TV Tokyo

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Farewell My Concubine - Chen Kaige Cover Art

Farewell My Concubine

Farewell My Concubine

Chen Kaige emerged as a leading figure of China’s Fifth Generation of filmmakers with this landmark epic which introduced international audiences to an exciting new voice in world cinema. Adapted from the novel by Lilian Lee (ROUGE), FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE traces the lifelong journey of two actors, Cheng Dieyi (Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing) and Duan Xiaolou (Zhang Fengyi), whose shared passion for Peking Opera binds their fates into a complex, enduring friendship that is set against the political and social upheaval of twentieth century China. The challenges of the opera, civil unrest, and a love triangle with a headstrong courtesan (Gong Li) threaten to tear the duo apart as the line blurs between their lives on and offstage. The first Chinese-language film to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes, this visual and emotional tour de force is a moving ode to the transformative power of art, the indomitable human spirit, and the enduring impact of love and friendship.

© 1993 Tomson (Hong Kong) Films Co., Ltd.

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Riders of Justice - Anders Thomas Jensen Cover Art

Riders of Justice

Riders of Justice

English dub available. Recently deployed Markus (Mads Mikkelsen: Another Round, Doctor Strange) is forced to return home to care for his teenage daughter after his wife is killed in a tragic train accident. But when a survivor of the wrecked train surfaces claiming foul play, Markus begins to suspect his wife was murdered and embarks on a mission of revenge to find those responsible.

© 2020 Zentropa Entertainments3 ApS & Zentropa Sweden AB

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Y Tu Mama Tambien - Alfonso Cuarón Cover Art

Y Tu Mama Tambien

Y Tu Mama Tambien

Winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and named the same by the National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics’ Circle, LA Film Critics’ Association and such groups in Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, Florida, Ft. Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Santa Fe. In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other. The eroticism in Cuaron's road movie (which broke all box-office records in Mexico) is the real deal: tactile, sexy, psychologically charged. It's not there to shock or provoke giggles--this is no Hollywood teen comedy--but to illuminate these complex, poignant and lost characters… The movie has an emotional kick that lingers like a primal memory. When the year is over, Cuaron's film will be remembered as one of 2002's finest.

© 2001 Producciones Anhelo

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Pokémon Heroes - The Movie - Kunihiko Yuyama Cover Art

Pokémon Heroes - The Movie

Pokémon Heroes - The Movie

Ash gets a special peek into the secret home of Latias and her brother, Latios, but this peaceful place is soon threatened by the thieves from before—Annie and Oakley—who are after both Legendary Pokémon and a mysterious jewel called the Soul Dew. These elements combined will let them control a powerful machine that normally protects against danger. When the machine malfunctions, though, it not only puts Latias and Latios at serious risk, but the entire city of Alto Mare, as well!

© 2002 TV Tokyo

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A Syrian Love Story - Sean McAllister Cover Art

A Syrian Love Story

A Syrian Love Story

Amer met Ragda, when both were locked up in a Syrian jail for speaking out against an oppressive regime. Twenty years and four sons later, filmmaker Sean McAllister comes into their lives, as Amer is waiting for Ragda, who has once again been imprisoned. When she is unexpectedly released, the family is overjoyed - they need her, particularly three year-old Bob. McAllister and his subjects' lives become irrevocably intertwined when McAllister himself is jailed, and footage of the family is confiscated. Amer and Ragda must flee overnight to Lebanon, with nothing but their children. McAllister follows their story over five turbulent years, as they struggle to find their feet as refugees; Ragda in particular can't bear to be away from Syria in its hour of greatest need. As they watch Syria descend into chaos, they struggle to repair their troubled relationship. A powerful, moving story of family and exile from one of the UK's most talented independent filmmakers.

© 2015 10FT Films

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Mongol - Sergei Bodrov Cover Art

Mongol

Mongol

Award-winning Russian filmmaker Sergei Bodrov illuminates the life and legend of Genghis Khan in his stunning historical epic, Mongol. Based on leading scholarly accounts, Mongol delves into the dramatic and harrowing early years of the ruler who was born as Temudgin in 1162. As it follows Temudgin from his perilous childhood to the battle that sealed his destiny, the film paints a multidimensional portrait of the future conqueror, revealing him not as the evil brute of hoary stereotype, but as an inspiring, fearless and visionary leader. Mongol shows us the making of an extraordinary man, and the foundation on which so much of his greatness rested: his relationship with his wife, Borte, his lifelong love and most trusted advisor.

© TM & PICTUREHOUSE, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Hell (El Infierno) (Subtitled) - Luis Estrada Cover Art

Hell (El Infierno) (Subtitled)

Hell (El Infierno) (Subtitled)

This dark comedy is about a man who gets involved in the wildly dangerous and bloody narco business after being deported from the United States.

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Dogman - Matteo Garrone Cover Art

Dogman

Dogman

In a seaside village on the outskirts of an Italian city, where the only law seems to be survival of the fittest, Marcello is a slight, mild-mannered man who divides his days between working at his modest dog grooming salon, caring for his daughter Alida, and being coerced into the petty criminal schemes of the local bully Simoncino, an ex-boxer who terrorizes the neighborhood. When Simoncino’s abuse finally brings Marcello to a breaking point, he decides to stand up for his own dignity through an act of vengeance, with unintended consequences.

© 2018 Archimede srl – Le Pacte sas

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Fallen Angels - Wong Kar Wai Cover Art

Fallen Angels

Fallen Angels

Lost souls reach out for human connection amid a glimmering Hong Kong in Wong Kar Wai’s hallucinatory, neon-soaked nocturne. Originally conceived as a segment of CHUNGKING EXPRESS only to spin off on its own woozy axis, FALLEN ANGELS plays like the dark, moody flip side of its predecessor as it charts the subtly interlacing fates of a handful of urban loners, including a coolly detached hit man (Leon Lai Ming) looking to go straight; his business partner (Michelle Reis), who secretly yearns for him; and a mute delinquent (Takeshi Kaneshiro) who wreaks mischief by night. Swinging between hard-boiled noir and slapstick lunacy with giddy abandon, the film is both a dizzying, dazzling city symphony and a poignant meditation on love, loss, and longing in a metropolis that never sleeps.

© 1995 JET TONE PRODUCTIONS LTD - 2019 JET TONE CONTENTS INC.

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Fremont - Babak Jalali Cover Art

Fremont

Fremont

Donya, a former Afghan translator for the U.S. government, lives alone in Fremont, California. When she’s promoted to writing the fortunes at her job at a fortune cookie factory in the city, Donya’s loneliness and longing drive her to send a message out in a cookie, unsure where it may lead. Tenderly sculpted and lyrically shot in black-and-white, Babak Jalali’s FREMONT is a wry, deadpan vision of the universal longing for home.

© 2023 Southport Music Box Corporation d/b/a Music Box Films 2023

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Cure - Kiyoshi Kurosawa Cover Art

Cure

Cure

Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s arresting international breakthrough established him as one of the leaders of an emerging new wave of Japanese horror while pushing the genre into uncharted realms of philosophical and existential exploration. A string of shocking, seemingly unmotivated murders—each committed by a different person yet all bearing the same grisly hallmarks—leads Detective Takabe (Koji Yakusho) into a labyrinthine investigation to discover what connects them, and into a disturbing game of cat and mouse with an enigmatic amnesiac (Masato Hagiwara) who may be evil incarnate. Awash in hushed, hypnotic dread, CURE is a tour de force of psychological tension and a hallucinatory journey into the darkest recesses of the human mind.

© 1997 Kadokawa Corporation

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Godzilla - Ishiro Honda Cover Art

Godzilla

Godzilla

Godzilla (a.k.a. Gojira) is the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies. It’s also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama, made in Japan at a time when the country was reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing in the Pacific. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire population’s fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning almost thirty sequels. A thrilling, tactile spectacle that continues to be a cult phenomenon, the original, 1954 Japanese version is presented here.

Godzilla © 1954 Toho Co., Ltd.

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Fireworks - Giuseppe Fiorello Cover Art

Fireworks

Fireworks

A sunbaked Sicilian town in the summer of 1982 provides the vivid backdrop to this tender romantic drama about two teenagers who fall in love, but much to the disapproval of those around them. Gianni (Samuele Segreto) is a handsome but shy teen who works as a car mechanic at his stepfather’s garage but mercilessly taunted by the macho townsmen for being a homosexual. With his family life no better, Gianni withdraws into himself until one day he meets Nino (Gabriele Pizzuto), a curly-haired boy with an infectious smile. As the two become close and fall in love, the moral rumblings from their families and neighbors begin to erupt. With all against them, the boys decide to make a stand. An emotional and beautifully realized movie, Fireworks was based on a real-life incident, one which actually jump-started the Italian Gay Rights movement in 1981.

© 2022 Fenix Entertainment, S.P.A.

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Sophie Scholl: The Final Days - Marc Rothemund Cover Art

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days

2005 Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, 'Sophie Scholl: The Final Days' is the true story of Germany’s most famous anti-Nazi heroine brought to thrilling, dramatic life. Sophie Scholl stars Julia Jentsch (of recent cult fave 'The Edukators') in a luminous performance as the fearless activist of the underground student resistance group, The White Rose. 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 in 1943 Munich. Unwavering in her convictions and loyalty to her comrades, her cross-examination by the Gestapo quickly escalates into a searing test of wills as Scholl delivers a passionate call to freedom and personal responsibility that is both haunting and timeless.

© 2005 Kino Lorber

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Decision to Leave - 박찬욱 Cover Art

Decision to Leave

Decision to Leave

What happens when an object of suspicion becomes a case of obsession? Winner of Cannes Best Director in 2022, Park Chan-wook (OLDBOY, THE HANDMAIDEN) returns with a seductive romantic thriller that takes his renowned stylistic flair to dizzying new heights. When detective Hae-joon (Park Hae-il) arrives at a murder scene, he begins to suspect the dead man’s wife Seo-rae (Tang Wei) may know more than she initially lets on. But as he digs deeper into the investigation, Hae-joon finds himself trapped in a web of deception and desire, proving that the darkest mysteries lurk inside the human heart.

© 2022 MUBI

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The Lives of Others - Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Cover Art

The Lives of Others

The Lives of Others

This critically-acclaimed, Oscar®-winning film (Best Foreign Language Film, 2006) is the erotic, emotionally-charged experience Lisa Schwarzbaum (Entertainment Weekly) calls "a nail-biter of a thriller!" Before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, East Germany's population was closely monitored by the State Secret Police (Stasi). Only a few citizens above suspicion, like renowned pro-Socialist playwright Georg Dreyman, were permitted to lead private lives. But when a corrupt government official falls for Georg's stunning actress-girlfriend, Christa, an ambitious Stasi policeman is ordered to bug the writer's apartment to gain incriminating evidence against the rival. Now, what the officer discovers is about to dramatically change their lives - as well as his - in this seductive political thriller Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) proclaims is "the best kind of movie: one you can't get out of your head."

© 2006 Wiedemann & Berg Film Produktion GmbH & Co. KG. All Rights Reserved.

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Seven Samurai - Akira Kurosawa Cover Art

Seven Samurai

Seven Samurai

One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride from Akira Kurosawa—featuring legendary actors Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura—seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope.

© 1954 Toho Co., Ltd. English subtitled version & 2006 Toho International Co., Ltd.

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Rurouni Kenshin– Part II: Kyoto Inferno (Dubbed) - Keishi Otomo Cover Art

Rurouni Kenshin– Part II: Kyoto Inferno (Dubbed)

Rurouni Kenshin– Part II: Kyoto Inferno (Dubbed)

Former assassin Kenshin Himura and his friends are called back into action when a ghost from the past era rises to wreak havoc.

© 2014 NOBUHIRO WATSUKI/SHUEISHA, RUROUNI KENSHIN KYOTO INFERNO FILM PARTNERS, Distributed by Funimation Productions, Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

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Ricky - François Ozon Cover Art

Ricky

Ricky

"From celebrated French director Francois Ozon (UNDER THE SAND, 8 WOMEN) comes RICKY, a hilarious genre-hybrid film about family. When Katie, an ordinary woman, meets Paco, an ordinary man, something magical and miraculous happens: they fall in love. Out of their love comes an extraordinary baby: Ricky. “Perhaps Mr. Ozon’s strangest exploration yet of the meaning of family. Set in a working-class milieu that brings to mind social-realist filmmakers like Ken Loach or Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, the movie leaps into the fairy tale ether with an outlandish twist that Mr. Ozon plays with a straight face” –Lim, NY Times “a marvelously bizarre tale… so rich and tender-hearted it’s almost angelic” -Dermody, Paper “in this season of self-important filmmaking, it's nice to watch a movie that entertains while refusing to take itself too seriously” -Musetto, NY Post

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The Man from Nowhere - Jeong-beom Lee Cover Art

The Man from Nowhere

The Man from Nowhere

Tae-Sik is a widower with a mysterious past. When a young girl he befriends is kidnapped by a vicious drug gang, Tae-Sik rushes to save her. Hell-bent on justice after being framed by the nasty criminals, he takes the law into his own hands.

© 2010 CJ Entertainment Inc. & United Pictures. All Rights Reserved

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Fantastic Planet - René Laloux Cover Art

Fantastic Planet

Fantastic Planet

Nothing else has ever looked or felt like director René Laloux’s animated marvel Fantastic Planet, a politically minded and visually inventive work of science fiction. The film is set on a distant planet called Ygam, where enslaved humans (Oms) are the playthings of giant blue native inhabitants (Draags). After Terr, kept as a pet since infancy, escapes from his gigantic child captor, he is swept up by a band of radical fellow Oms who are resisting the Draags’ oppression and violence. With its eerie, coolly surreal cutout animation by Roland Topor; brilliant psychedelic jazz score by Alain Goraguer; and wondrous creatures and landscapes, this Cannes-awarded 1973 counterculture classic is a perennially compelling statement against conformity and violence.

© 1973 Les Films Armorial – Argos Films

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Rurouni Kenshin - Part III: The Legend Ends (Dubbed) - Keishi Otomo Cover Art

Rurouni Kenshin - Part III: The Legend Ends (Dubbed)

Rurouni Kenshin - Part III: The Legend Ends (Dubbed)

With the world closing in on him, the legendary ex-assassin Kenshin will have to look inside himself and revisit his roots to find the strength he needs to protect his friends and end Shishio’s reign of terror once and for all.

© 2014”RUROUNI KENSHIN KYOTO INFERNO” FILM PARTNERS Distributed by Funimation Productions, Ltd. All Rights Reserved

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Train to Busan - Sang-ho Yeon Cover Art

Train to Busan

Train to Busan

TRAIN TO BUSAN is a harrowing zombie horror-thriller that follows a group of terrified passengers fighting their way through a countrywide viral outbreak, trapped on a suspicion-filled, blood-drenched bullet train ride to the Safe Zone…which may or may not still be there.

© 2016 NEXT ENTERTAINMENT WORLD & REDPETER FILM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.