Becky and Sandra aren’t the best of friends. Sandra is a middle-aged manager at a fast-food restaurant; Becky is a teenaged counter girl who really needs the job. One stressful day (too many customers and too little bacon), a police officer calls, accusing Becky of stealing money from a customer’s purse, which she vehemently denies. Sandra, overwhelmed by her managerial responsibilities, complies with the officer’s orders to detain Becky. This choice begins a nightmare that tragically blurs the lines between expedience and prudence, legality and reason.
Ann Dowd , Dreama Walker , Pat Healy , Philip Ettinger , James McCaffrey
23 The Perks of Being a Wallflower
A coming-of-age story based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, which follows 15-year-old freshman Charlie, an endearing and naive outsider who is taken under the wings of two seniors. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope - and the unforgettable friends that help us through life.
Logan Lerman , Emma Watson , Ezra Miller , Paul Rudd , Nina Dobrev
21 How to Survive a Plague
A story of two coalitions – ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) – whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time.
Peter Staley, Larry Kramer, Iris Long
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In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past where a looper, a hired gun, like Joe is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good until the day the mob decides to close the loop, sending back Joe's future self for assassination.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt , Bruce Willis , Emily Blunt , Piper Perabo , Jeff Daniels
19 The Dark Knight Rises
Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman assumes responsibility for Dent's crimes to protect Dent's reputation and is subsequently hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years later Batman encounters the mysterious Selina Kyle and the villainous Bane, a new terrorist leader who overwhelms Gotham's finest. The Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.
Christian Bale , Anne Hathaway , Tom Hardy , Gary Oldman , Morgan Freeman
18 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.
Bill Nighy , Maggie Smith , Tom Wilkinson , Judi Dench , Dev Patel
17 Wreck-It Ralph
Wreck-It Ralph is the 9-foot-tall, 643-pound villain of an arcade video game named Fix-It Felix Jr., in which the game's titular hero fixes buildings that Ralph destroys. Wanting to prove he can be a good guy and not just a villain, Ralph escapes his game through the power cord and lands in Hero's Duty, a first-person shooter where he helps the game's hero, Sergeant Calhoun, battle against 'Cy-Bugs', the game's alien invaders. He later enters Sugar Rush, a kart racing game set on tracks made of candies, cookies and other sweets. There, Ralph meets Vanellope von Schweetz, one of that game's characters, who has learned that her game is faced with a dire threat that could affect the entire arcade, and one that Ralph may have inadvertently started.
John C. Reilly , Jane Lynch , Sarah Silverman , Jack McBrayer , Jamie Elman
13 Beasts of the Southern Wild
Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in “the Bathtub,” a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink’s tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe; for a time when he’s no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack—temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink’s health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother.
Quvenzhané Wallis , Dwight Henry , Levy Easterly , Gina Montana , Lowell Landes
12 Moonrise Kingdom
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, MOONRISE KINGDOM tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore -- and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle.
Bruce Willis , Bill Murray , Frances McDormand , Tilda Swinton , Jason Schwartzman
11 The Master
A 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual (Lencaster Dodd) known as 'the Master' whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter (Fredie Sutton) who becomes his right-hand man. After returning from the Second World War, having witnessed many horrors, Dodd creates a faith-based organization in an attempt to provide meaning to his life. He becomes known as 'The Master'. Freddie, his right-hand man, a former drifter, drifts through a series of PTSD-driven breakdowns. Finally he stumbles upon a cult which engages in exercises to clear the emotions. He becomes deeply involved with them, and begins to question both the belief system and The Master as the organization grows and gains a fervent following.
Paul Thomas Anderson
Amy Adams , Joaquin Phoenix , Philip Seymour Hoffman , Laura Dern , Jesse Plemons
10 Rust and Bone
Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.
Marion Cotillard , Matthias Schoenaerts , Bouli Lanners , Céline Sallette , Corinne Masiero
9 The Impossible
An account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time, the tsunami in Indonesia and Thailand 8 years ago.
Juan Antonio Bayona
Ewan McGregor , Naomi Watts , Marta Etura , Geraldine Chaplin , Tom Holland
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A retired couple deals with aftermath of the wife suffering from a debilitating stroke.
Emmanuelle Riva , Jean-Louis Trintignant , Isabelle Huppert , William Shimell , Alexandre Tharaud
6 Life of Pi
The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.
Irrfan Khan , Tabu , Suraj Sharma , Adil Hussain , Ayush Tandon
5 Silver Linings Playbook
After spending four years in a mental institution, a former teacher moves back in with his mother and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.
David O. Russell
Jennifer Lawrence , Robert De Niro , Bradley Cooper , Julia Stiles , Taylor Schilling
As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
Bryan Cranston , Ben Affleck , John Goodman , Alan Arkin , Taylor Schilling
3 Zero Dark Thirty
A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.
Jessica Chastain , Mark Strong , Joel Edgerton , Chris Pratt , Kyle Chandler
2 Les Misérables
An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption.
Anne Hathaway , Helena Bonham Carter , Hugh Jackman , Russell Crowe , Sacha Baron Cohen
A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.
Daniel Day-Lewis , Joseph Gordon-Levitt , Tommy Lee Jones , James Spader , Sally Field