A master criminal engineers his own shooting during a police raid, then refuses treatment while awaiting rescue in a tense standoff at a hospital.
Hong Kong master Johnnie To puts his expert craftsmanship to work in this intricately designed feature length action set piece. With a ticking time bomb style narrative, suspense and intrigue build with every scene until finally it culminates in an extended climactic sequence best described as a beautiful ballet of violence.
Soldiers afflicted with a mystery sleeping sickness are confined to a rural Thai clinic. Soon, a kind nurse begins to have dreamy, mystical visions.
From the Palme d’Or winning visionary behind Uncle Boonmee (2010) comes another work of serene beauty and poetic grace with supernatural undertones. With a dreamlike mood, and rich, sensual visuals, Cemetery of Splendor is a rare film, both transformative and transcendental.
Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions.
American indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt delivers the finest Western since Unforgiven in this feminist subversion of the genre that features extraordinary cinematography—notably shot in the box-like Academy ratio of old—of Oregon landscapes. Michelle Williams leads the cast with one of her finest performances.
This surreal anthology of 17 different stories includes narratives about a stranded submarine crew, wolfish kidnappers and volcano maiden sacrifice.
From the mad genius of Guy Maddin comes an otherworldly resurrection of silent film aesthetics remixed with an absurdly irreverent and experimental sensibility. Audacious, often hilarious with a unique aging-celluloid inspired visual texture that feels like it could burst aflame at any moment, this is an experience unlike any other.
While in Iran to cover the 2009 elections, journalist Maziar Bahari is detained and brutally interrogated after Iranian forces accuse him of spying.
Timely, solidly acted, and unabashedly earnest, Rosewater serves as an impressive calling card for first-time director Jon Stewart.
To stop a tyrant from murdering and exploiting innocent civilians, 13 samurai warriors unite and prepare to assassinate the evildoer.
The most classical entry in cult director Takashi Miike’s otherwise off-the-wall oeuvre, 13 Assassins is an old school Samurai tale patiently told with expert buildup, leading to an extended climactic battle that stands as one of the most memorable action sequences in recent memory.
Det. Curran pursues a case involving Catherine, a writer and temptress who is suspected in a murder reminiscent of a crime detailed in her book.
One of the sexiest and most audacious thrillers of the ‘90s, Basic Instinct is guided by the subversive and politically incorrect mind of Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven who turns an intense and suspenseful Hitchcock homage into a biting satire of male desire.
A group of high school students in 1980 faces various social struggles. Lindsay rebels and hangs out with a crowd of burnouts for starters.
The origins of the Judd Apatow comedy revolution, Freaks and Geeks captured lightning in a bottle with an absurdly talented young cast of future stars, balancing witty writing with an unexpectedly true to life portrait of coming of age in high school in the 1980s.
A Polish immigrant in New York who must provide for her ill sister soon falls under the thumb of a charming thug who forces her into prostitution.
James Gray is one of the last filmmakers working in the tradition of the old American masters. This is his finest achievement, a sublimely crafted story of hope and redemption featuring stunning cinematography from Darius Kondji, whose amber hues and shadows recall the work of Gordon Willis in The Godfather.