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Based on unbelievable but true events, I, Tonya is a dark comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history.
Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous and poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Featuring an iconic turn by Margot Robbie as the fiery Harding, and joined by an all-star cast, I, Tonya is an absurd, irreverent, and piercing portrayal of Harding's life and career in all of its unchecked—and checkered—glory.
(Academy Award winner for: Best Supporting Actress. Nominated for Best Actress, Best Editing)
Ralph Fiennes directs and stars in this romantic drama adapted from Clare Tomalin's book about the relationship between celebrated 19th-century novelist Charles Dickens and his mistress.
School teacher Nelly Ternan, now a wife and mother, looks back on her life as a young woman when, while working as an actress, she met the 45-year-old Dickens. Having become disenchanted with his wife Catherine, Dickens finds himself enamoured by the equally smitten Nelly and the two become romantically involved.
However, they must keep their relationship a secret, meaning Nelly must live an almost invisible existence.
A powerful story based on one family's survival of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, The Impossible stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor.
Based on a true story, The Impossible is the unforgettable account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. But the true-life terror is tempered by the unexpected displays of compassion, courage and simple kindness that Maria and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives.
Both epic and intimate, devastating and uplifting, The Impossible is a journey to the core of the human heart.
Goodnight And Good Luck takes place during the early days of US broadcast. It chronicles the real-life conflict between television news pioneer Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy.
With a desire to report the facts and enlighten the public, the ground-breaking Murrow, and his dedicated staff, headed by his producers Fred Friendly and Joe Wershba defy corporate and sponsorship pressures to examine the lies and scaremongering tactics perpetrated by McCarthy during his communist 'witch-hunts'.
In this climate of fear and reprisal, the CBS crew carries on regardless and their tenaciousness eventually pays off when McCarthy is brought before the US Senate.
In black & white.
Biopic of country singer Loretta Lynn. Starting out life in the mountain town of Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, Loretta (Sissy Spacek) goes on to become one of America's biggest country stars. Marriage to ne'er do well Doolittle 'Mooney' Lynn (Tommy Lee Jones) follows, but fame comes at a price when Loretta becomes addicted to prescription drugs. Also starring Beverly D'Angelo as Patsy Cline.
The year is 1941 and the Jews of Eastern Europe are being massacred by the thousands. Managing to escape certain death, three brothers take refuge in the dense surrounding woods they have known since childhood.
There they begin their desperate battle against the Nazis. Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell star as brothers who turn a primitive struggle to survive into something far more consequential – a way to avenge the deaths of their loved ones by saving thousands of others.
Acclaimed director Edward Zwick brings to life this epic, edge-of-your-seat drama.
Based on true events, The Mothman Prophecies is a compelling, heart-pounding, bone-chilling thriller that will jolt you off your seat!
Driven to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding his wife's death, John Klein uncovers chilling secrets behind The Mothman, a timeless nameless horror whose appearance spells doom for all those who see it.
Klein discovers a connection between the supernatural being and the small town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, where he finds a community paralysed by fear.
The Magic Box tells the fascinating and affecting story of the English motion picture pioneer William Freise-Greene, a man who lived only for his work, often sacrificing himself, his family and his fortune to satisfy an obsession - to make pictures move. That he succeeded is undeniable but his strength of purpose was outweighed by his personal failings.
The Magic Box is not only the story of Willie Greene the inventor, but also of the two women who loved him, played by Margaret Johnston and Maria Schell, who gave him the courage and inspiration to fulfill his ambitions.
Made for the Festival of Britain in 1951, The Magic Box is not only a fascinating story beautifully presented, but also a piece of cinema history, with a cast that reads like a who's-who of the British film industry of the time. The Cast Includes - Lawrence Olivier, Peter Ustinov, Thora Hird, Sid James, Janette Scott and many, many more.
Luther is an epic production recounting one of the greatest revolutionary periods in history - 'The Reformation'. It is the powerful true story of one man confronted with the frailty of human faith and his pursuit of spiritual upheaval in the battle against the corrupt might of an empire.
Gary Busey stars in this biopic of Fifties rock 'n' roller Buddy Holly, whose career was tragically cut short when he died in the infamous 1959 plane crash. Holly grows up in the redneck Texan community of Lubbock, and his dreams of making it as a songwriter are discouraged by both his mother - who wants him to get a proper job - and girlfriend. However, by the age of 22, Holly and his band, the Crickets, have embarked on their road to fame with hits such as 'That'll Be the Day' and 'Peggy Sue'.
A magnificent film, handled with reverence, artistic appreciation and admirable restraint, this glorious epic is an inspiring, grand scale recreation of the life of Jesus of Nazareth, from His humble birth and teachings to His crucifixion and ultimate Resurrection.
Lavishly produced at a cost of $20 million - an enormous amount for the time - and honored with five 1965 Academy Award nominations, this exceptional motion picture is exquisitely beautiful.
Now fully restored to its original theatrical brilliance, it is truly The Greatest Story Ever Told.
Pierrepoint is the gripping true-life story of Albert Pierrepoint, Britain's most notorious hangman. Joining the 'family business' in 1934, Albert rises through the ranks to become the most feared and respected executioner in the country, hanging some of Britain's most infamous murderers including Derek Bentley and Ruth Ellis, and the Nazi war criminals convicted at the Nuremberg Trials.
Troubled by his notoriety as 1950's public opinion turns against capital punishment, Pierrepoint is ready to leave it all behind, but fate has other plans in store for him. Featuring an outstanding performance byTimothy Spall, as the exceutioner struggling with his work, duty and conscience, this is a provocative tale of crime, punishment and redemption.
She was one of the century's most extraordinary talents, a 15-time Grammy nominee and Grammy Hall of Fame Recipient; her mesmerizing songs and passionate politics combined to make her the unforgettable Nina Simone.
But fame and fortune came with a price, and her later years were riddled with depression, alcohol abuse and isolation. Rediscovering the meaning of her life and work took courage, strength and one true friend: Clifton Henderson, the man who started out as her assistant and eventually became her loyal manager.
With Clifton's encouragement, the "high priestess of soul" began a courageous journey back to her music and, eventually, herself.
A mesmerising documentary thriller with a killer whale at its centre, Blackfish is the first film since Grizzly Man to show how nature can get revenge on man when pushed to its limits.
Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature's extraordinary nature, the species' cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the mulit-billion dollar sea-park industry.
This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.
Christy Brown is born with crippling cerebral palsy into a poor, working-class Irish family.
Able only to control movement in his left foot and to speak in guttural sounds, he is mistakenly believed to be retarded, but through the help of his strong-willed mother, a dedicated teacher, and his own courage and determination, Christy not only learns to grapple with life's simple physical tasks and complex psychological pains, but he also develops into a brilliant painter, poet and author.
On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea.
In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication.
A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.
(Nominated for 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Musical Score and Best Sound Mixing)
Drama set in Huntingdon, West Virginia, telling the true story of Marshall University's 'Thunder Herd' football team. For the team and the community, Marshall football is more than just a sport: it's a way of life. But on a fateful night in 1970, while travelling back to Huntingdon after a game in North Carolina, 75 members of Marshall's football team and coaching staff were killed in a plane crash. As those left behind struggled to cope with the devastating loss of their loved ones, the grieving families found hope and strength in the leadership of Jack Lengyel (Matthew McConaughey), a young coach who was determined to rebuild Marshall's football programme and, in the process, help to heal a community.
Steven Spielberg directs an international cast in Munich, a gripping suspense thriller set in the aftermath of the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munch Olympics.
This dramatic exploration inspired by true events follows a secret Israeli squad assigned to track down and kill the 11 Palestinians suspected to have planned the Munich attack -- and the personal toll this mission of revenge takes on the team and the man who led it.
Oscar-nominated documentary revealing the psychology of greed and corporate corruption that facilitated Enron's rise and fall. When Enron went bankrupt in 2001, the principals walked away millionaires, but later faced legal proceedings and jail sentences. Meanwhile, many employees and investors were left with nothing. Shedding light on the new economy of the 1990s when predictions and book-cooking flourished without actual profits, the film shows how it was not Enron alone but a network of bankers, traders, and accountants who turned a blind eye to the company's clearly suspicious numbers.
Based on a true story, Jim Carrey stunningly portrays the late Andy Kaufman - considered the most innovative, eccentric and enigmatic comic of his time.
General Douglas MacArthur, one of the most controversial public figures of our time, is the subject of this superb biographical drama which traces his outstanding career.
In 1942, with his position in the Philippines made hopeless by Japan's destruction of more than half the planes in his Far East Command, MacArthur leaves pledging 'I shall return!'
MacArthur does return, with riveting victories in the Pacific and the deft handling of the democratization of Japan; he is also armed with Presidential aspirations.
While serving in Korea, it is there that his colossal ego and insubordination results in dismissal by Truman in 1951.
MacArthur is a compelling story which explores facets of his ambitious character. It clearly demonstrates his brilliance as a strategist; his lust for publicity and flair for dramatics.
A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not want the same thing to happen to him, and when his friend Tuna suggests that he deal marijuana, they are a big hit in 1960's California.
But after getting busted, George goes to jail where he discovers the wonders of cocaine and when he is released, he starts bringing in cocaine to America. However, with a growing addiction to the drug as well as the lavish lifestyl, he soon pays the price.
In 29 years, the seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert Stroud, was only broken out of once - by three men never heard from again.
Eastwood portrays Frank Morris, the cunning bank robber who masterminded the elaborately detailed and, as far as anyone knows, ultimately successful, escape. Patrick McGoohan is a superb counterpoint as the suspicious warden.
Filmed on location in Alcatraz, this gritty and realistic reenactment of the true story has all the power one expects of an Eastwood/Siegel movie.
The Pacific is an epic 10-part miniseries that delivers a realistic portrait of WWII's Pacific Theatre as seen through the intertwined odysseys of three U.S. Marines - Robert Leckie, John Basilone and Eugene Sledge.
The extraordinary experiences of these men and their fellow Marines take them from the first clash with the Japanese in the haunted jungles of Guadalcanal, through the impenetrable rain forests of Cape Gloucester, across the blasted coral strongholds of Peleliu, up the black sand terraces of Iwo Jima, through the killing fields of Okinawa, to the triumphant, yet uneasy, return home after V-J Day.
The viewer will be immersed in combat through the intimate perspective of this diverse, relatable group of men pushed to the limit in battle both physically and psychologically against a relentless enemy unlike any encountered before.
Produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.
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