• The Red Violin


    Samuel L. Jackson gives a masterful performance as a musical-instrument appraiser caught up in a soul-wrenching moral conflict in this moving tale of mystery and obsession. When Charles (Jackson) discovers a rare violin, he's convinced he's found a priceless, long-lost masterpiece with an intrigu...

  • Miss Julie


    Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain and Golden Globe winner Collin Farrell take a sizzling turn as a wealthy aristocrat and her father's valet whose innocent flirtation turns into a heated and dangerous affair that tests the boundaries of class and desire. Oscar nominee Samantha Morton costars...

  • Belly



    1998 • R • Drama, Crimes & Thrillers

    A gritty crime flick with a glossy touch.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: Music video director Hype Williams reminds us why he's a visionary with his inventive debut feature.

    Successful crime lords Tommy and Sincere feel like they’re at a crossroads after moving f...

  • Panic



    2000 • R • Comedy, Crimes & Thriller, Drama

    William H. Macy plays a hit man with a midlife crisis.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: This offbeat portrayal of a gun-for-hire on the brink of a breakdown is a fresh, humorous look at dysfunction.

    This dark comedy-thriller stars William H. Macy as a contrac...

  • Light Sleeper


    1992 • R • Drama, Crimes & Thrillers

    Dealing down those mean streets in a city that never sleeps.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: Willem Dafoe maintains a masterfully haunting, noble presence as the man at the center of this story of alienated urban life.

    A middle-aged drug user cleans up and starts d...

  • Hesher



    2010 • R • Drama, Comedy

    A heavy-metal-loving anarchist shakes up a troubled family.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: Joseph Gordon-Levitt shows off his acting range as a grungy, detached drifter.

    Reeling from his mother’s death, a depressed young boy and his pill-popping father are passing time hole...

  • The Day

    The Day


    2011 • R • Action & Adventure, Drama, Horror

    Survivors fight to stay alive in a post-apocalyptic world.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: This gritty drama starts the suspense in the first scene and manages to maintain its momentum through the final reveal.

    Five ragtag, armed-to-the-teeth survivors of...



    2011 • R • Drama, Crimes & Thrillers

    Dominic Cooper does double duty in this sleek and thought-provoking thriller.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: Based on true events, Dominic Cooper is captivating as both Uday Hussein (son of Saddam) and his double, Latif.

    Latif Yahia’s forced employment as the doub...

  • Steal This Movie


    2000 • R • Biography, Drama, Romance

    The awakening of 1960s radical Abbie Hoffman.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: This revealing portrait of the influential anti-war activist offers a simultaneously entertaining and authentic look at a moment in time.

    A dramatic account of one of America's most visib...

  • What We Did on Our Holiday


    2014 • PG-13 • Comedy, Drama, International

    Doug and Abi’s kids can’t keep a secret.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: This clever British comedy, inspired by the hit BBC show ‘Outnumbered,’ is a subtly funny romp featuring a pre-‘Gone Girl’ Rosamund Pike.

    Soon-to-be-divorced couple Doug and Abi McLeod ...

  • Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll


    1991 • R • Drama, Comedy, Documentary

    A series of satirical monologues on big city life.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: Bogosian’s witty one-man show is a multifaceted, clever critique of society couched in an energetic, ferocious performance.

    Performance artist/comedian Eric Bogosian hilariously emb...

  • Daydream Nation


    2010 • R • Drama, Romance, International

    A city kid moves to a small town and seduces her teacher.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: Kat Dennings stuns in this angsty effort that’s been called a potent mix of ‘Juno,’ ‘American Beauty,’ ‘Donnie Darko,’ and ‘Twin Peaks.’

    Lethally sarcastic, seventeen-year...

  • Branded



    2012 • R • Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Crimes & Thrillers

    What happens if corporate brands control the world?

    WHY WE PICKED IT: This Russian sci-fi thriller ambitiously explores the manipulative nature of marketing and its potential impact on global culture.

    In a dystopian future ...

  • Blue Steel


    1989 • R • Action & Adventure, Crimes & Thrillers, Drama

    A rookie cop becomes the subject of a killer’s obsession.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: This early film from ‘Hurt Locker’ director Kathryn Bigelow is a sharp, psycho-sexual cat-and-mouse thriller packed with suspense.

    Jamie Lee Curtis is Meg...

  • According to Greta


    2009 • PG-13 • Drama, Romance

    Hilary Duff is a suicidal teenager in love.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: 2000s tween queen Hilary Duff tackles grown-up issues in this engrossing melodrama featuring moving performances from Evan Ross and Ellen Burstyn.

    After her indifferent mother gets married for the...

  • Trees Lounge


    1996 • R • Comedy, Drama

    Steve Buscemi can’t quit his local watering hole.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: Steve Buscemi’s writing and directorial debut is an impressive character study that David Chase cites as an influence for ‘The Sopranos.’

    Shiftless alcoholic Tommy Basilio is an unemployed auto m...

  • Perfume



    2001 • R • Drama

    A week in the lives of fashion industry luminaries.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: While the director and screenwriter outlined the character arcs for each storyline, each actor improvised their dialogue completely.

    High-profile fashion industry players converge on the eve of a major...

  • Pi



    1998 • R • Crimes & Thrillers, Drama, Mystery & Suspense

    A math prodigy searches for the number that will unlock the universe.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: Aronofsky's imaginative, cerebral first film remains a fascinating study of the fine line between madness and genius.

    'Pi' concerns a tortured ...

  • Crimes of the Heart


    1986 • PG-13 • Comedy, Drama, Award Winning

    Three sisters reunite when the youngest shoots her husband.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: Jessica Lange, Diane Keaton, and Sissy Spacek share an enticing, effortless chemistry as the perpetually-unlucky-in-love sisters.

    The Magrath sisters may be quite di...

  • Jacknife



    1989 • R • Drama

    Robert De Niro is a Vietnam vet struggling to move on.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: This gritty story of veterans struggling to leave war behind is a quietly moving character study brought to life by skilled actors.

    Joseph ""Megs"" Megessey lives a confined life in a small Connec...

  • Ladies in Lavender


    2004 • PG-13 • Drama, Music & Musicals, Romance

    Judi Dench and Maggie Smith take in an injured young man.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: This wistful little drama hinges on the subtle, nuanced performances of its two inarguably superb leading ladies.

    In 1936 England, aging spinster sisters Ursula an...

  • Split Image


    1982 • R • Drama, Romance

    A clean-cut college kid gets caught up in a cult.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: This creepy but fascinating look at the nature of cults features a virtuoso performance from James Woods as a grizzled deprogrammer.

    Danny Stetson is an upstanding college student and athlete w...

  • Stage Beauty


    2004 • R • Drama, Romance

    “A woman playing a woman. Where's the trick in that?”

    WHY WE PICKED IT: Equal parts bawdy comedy and period drama, this surprising romance hinges on the skillful gender role-playing of Billy Crudup.

    In 17th century Britain, women are forbidden on the stage, lea...

  • Permanent Midnight


    1998 • R • Biography, Drama, Romance

    Ben Stiller is a comedy writer addicted to heroin.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: This unapologetic, intentionally unsettling story avoids addiction tropes thanks to its scorching sense of humor.

    Successful television writer Jerry Stahl once had a coveted job on ...