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  • Dunkirk

    9

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

  • 12 Years a Slave

    9

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.

  • Argo

    9

    I have watched this movie twice, the latest being on .

    In 1979, the American embassy in Iran was invaded by Iranian revolutionaries and several Americans are taken hostage. However, six manage to escape to the official residence of the Canadian Ambassador and the CIA is eventually ordered to get them out of the country. With few options, exfiltration expert Tony Mendez devises a daring plan: to create a phony Canadian film project looking to shoot in Iran and smuggle the Americans out as its production crew. With the help of some trusted Hollywood contacts, Mendez creates the ruse and proceeds to Iran as its associate producer. However, time is running out with the Iranian security forces closing in on the truth while both his charges and the White House have grave doubts about the operation themselves.

  • The Social Network

    9

    I have watched this movie twice, the latest being on .

    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.

  • Schindler's List

    9

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    In Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

  • The King's Speech

    9

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George (“Bertie”) reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stammer and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country through war.

  • Spartacus

    9

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman empire.

  • Bobby

    9

    I have watched this movie twice, the latest being on .

    The story of the assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy who was shot in the early morning hours of June 5, 1968 in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, and 22 people in the hotel whose lives were never the same.

  • The Downfall

    9

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Traudl Junge (Lara), the final secretary for Adolf Hitler (Ganz), tells of the Nazi dictator’s final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.

  • Hacksaw Ridge

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

  • Bowling for Columbine

    8

    I have watched this movie three times, the latest being on .

    The United States of America is notorious for its astronomical number of people killed by firearms for a developed nation without a civil war. With his signature sense of angry humor, activist filmmaker Michael Moore sets out to explore the roots of this bloodshed.

  • Hidden Figures

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.

  • Dallas Buyers Club

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.

  • The Corporation

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Since the late 18th century American legal decision that the business corporation organizational model is legally a person, it has become a dominant economic, political and social force around the globe. This film takes an in-depth psychological examination of the organization model through various case studies. What the study illustrates is that in the its behaviour, this type of “person” typically acts like a dangerously destructive psychopath without conscience. Furthermore, we see the profound threat this psychopath has for our world and our future, but also how the people with courage, intelligence and determination can do to stop it.

  • Zero Dark Thirty

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Maya is a CIA operative whose first experience is in the interrogation of prisoners following the Al Qaeda attacks against the U.S. on the 11th September 2001. She is a reluctant participant in extreme duress applied to the detainees, but believes that the truth may only be obtained through such tactics. For several years, she is single-minded in her pursuit of leads to uncover the whereabouts of Al Qaeda's leader, Osama Bin Laden. Finally, in 2011, it appears that her work will pay off, and a U.S. Navy SEAL team is sent to kill or capture Bin Laden. But only Maya is confident Bin Laden is where she says he is.

  • Frost/Nixon

    8

    I have watched this movie twice, the latest being on .

    A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.

  • Good Night, and Good Luck.

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.

  • Invictus

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

  • United 93

    8

    I have watched this movie twice, the latest being on .

    A real time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.

  • Apollo 13

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    True story of the moon-bound mission that developed severe trouble and the men that rescued it with skill and dedication.

  • Hunger

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    The last six weeks of the life of the Irish republican hunger striker Bobby Sands.

  • Che: Part One

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    In 1956, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara (Benicio Del Toro) and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.

  • Letters from Iwo Jima

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.

  • Zodiac

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Based on the Robert Graysmith books about the real life notorious Zodiac, a serial killer who terrorized San Francisco with a string of seemingly random murders during the 1960s and 1970s.

  • The Last King of Scotland

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin’s regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970s

  • Hotel Rwanda

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Don Cheadle stars in the true-life story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsis refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.

  • Darkest Hour

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    In May 1940, the fate of Western Europe hangs on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its empire.

  • American Made

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    The story of Barry Seal, an American pilot who became a drug-runner for the CIA in the 1980s in a clandestine operation that would be exposed as the Iran-Contra Affair.

  • Silence

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    In the 17th century, two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor, who is rumored to have committed apostasy, and to propagate Catholicism.

  • Patriots Day

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible.

  • Black Hawk Down

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    160 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis.

  • 300

    7

    I have watched this movie twice, the latest being on .

    King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

  • Spotlight

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

  • Everest

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm.

  • Bridge of Spies

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

  • Wild

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A chronicle of one woman’s 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent personal tragedy.

  • Selma

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

  • Saving Mr. Banks

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ Mary Poppins (1964), he made them a promise - one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers …

  • The Man from Earth

    7

    I have watched this movie twice, the latest being on .

    An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he never ages and has walked the earth for 14,000 years.

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  • No

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Military dictator Augusto Pinochet calls for a referendum to decide his permanence in power in 1988, the leaders of the opposition persuade a young daring advertising executive - René Saavedra - to head their campaign. With limited resources and under the constant scrutiny of the despot’s watchmen, Saavedra and his team conceive of a bold plan to win the election and free their country from oppression.

  • The Baader Meinhof Complex

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he’s only dealing with the tip of the iceberg.

  • Lincoln

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    In 1865, as the American Civil War winds inexorably toward conclusion, U.S. president Abraham Lincoln endeavors to achieve passage of the landmark constitutional amendment which will forever ban slavery from the United States. However, his task is a race against time, for peace may come at any time, and if it comes before the amendment is passed, the returning southern states will stop it before it can become law. Lincoln must, by almost any means possible, obtain enough votes from a recalcitrant Congress before peace arrives and it is too late. Yet the president is torn, as an early peace would save thousands of lives. As the nation confronts its conscience over the freedom of its entire population, Lincoln faces his own crisis of conscience — end slavery or end the war.

  • Project Nim

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    From the Oscar-winning team behind MAN ON WIRE comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Following Nim's extraordinary journey through human society, and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way, the film is an unflinching and unsentimental biography of an animal we tried to make human. What we learn about his true nature - and indeed our own - is comic, revealing and profoundly unsettling.

  • Riding Giants

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A semiserious, often rollicking, multigenerational insider’s look at the origins of surfing, the colorful and subversive birth of surf culture, and the mythology and lure of the big wave.

  • Munich

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.

  • The Right Stuff

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    The original US Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.

  • Alive

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Uruguayan rugby team stranded in the snow swept Andes are forced to use desperate measures to survive after a plane crash.

  • Across the Universe

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    The music of the Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist.

  • The 9th Company

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Young Soviet Army recruits are stuck in the bloody war in Afghanistan, that was started by politicians.

  • Hollywoodland

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A detective examines the mysterious death of George Reeves, TV’s Superman.

  • Flags of Our Fathers

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at The Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in WWII.

  • The Amityville Horror

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A family is terrorized by demonic forces after moving into a home that was the site of a grisly mass-murder.

  • The Founder

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers’ innovative fast food eatery, McDonald’s, into the biggest restaurant business in the world, with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness.

  • The 33

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Based on the real-life event, when a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days.

  • 13 Hours

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    During an attack on a U.S. compound in Libya, a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.

  • The Last Man on the Moon

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    When Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan stepped off the moon in December 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter’s initials in the lunar dust. Only now is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story of fulfillment, love, and loss.

  • 6 Days

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    In April 1980, armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in Princes Gate, London and took all inside hostage. Over the next six days a tense standoff took place, all the while a group of highly trained soldiers from the SAS prepared for a raid the world had never seen.

  • The Finest Hours

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.

  • In the Heart of the Sea

    6

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    A recounting of a New England whaling ship’s sinking by a giant whale in 1820, an experience that later inspired the great novel Moby-Dick.

  • Suffragette

    6

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    The foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State.

  • King of the Hill

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A boy whose mother is forced into a sanitarium and father gets a job as a traveling salesman. The boy fends for himself in a seedy SRO hotel.

  • The Conspirator

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    In the wake of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, the Vice-President, and the Secretary of State. The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt, 42, owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth and others met and planned the simultaneous attacks. Against the ominous back-drop of post-Civil War Washington, newly-minted lawyer, Frederick Aiken, a 28-year-old Union war-hero, reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal. As the trial unfolds, Aiken realizes his client may be innocent and that she is being used as bait and hostage in order to capture the only conspirator to have escaped a massive manhunt, her own son.

  • Cave of Forgotten Dreams

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    In 1994, a group of scientists discovered a cave in Southern France perfectly preserved for over 20,000 years and containing the earliest known human paintings. Knowing the cultural significance that the Chauvet Cave holds, the French government immediately cut-off all access to it, save a few archaeologists and paleontologists. But documentary filmmaker, Werner Herzog, has been given limited access, and now we get to go inside examining beautiful artwork created by our ancient ancestors around 32,000 years ago. He asks questions to various historians and scientists about what these humans would have been like and trying to build a bridge from the past to the present.

  • Why We Fight

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    He may have been the ultimate icon of 1950s conformity and postwar complacency, but Dwight D. Eisenhower was an iconoclast, visionary, and the Cassandra of the New World Order. Upon departing his presidency, Eisenhower issued a stern, cogent warning about the burgeoning "military industrial complex," foretelling with ominous clarity the state of the world in 2004 with its incestuous entanglement of political, corporate, and Defense Department interests.

  • Public Enemies

    6

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    The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s.

  • My Winnipeg

    6

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    A personal portrait of filmmaker Guy Maddin’s hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

  • Rabbit-Proof Fence

    6

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    In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback.

  • Valkyrie

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Based on actual events, a plot to assassinate Hitler is unfurled during the height of WWII.

  • Jackie

    5

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy.

  • Agora

    5

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hope of pursuing freedom while falling in love with his mistress, the famous philosophy and mathematics professor Hypatia of Alexandria.

  • World Trade Center

    5

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Two Port Authority police officers become trapped under the rubble of the World Trade Center.

  • The New World

    4

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A drama about explorer John Smith and the clash between Native Americans and English settlers in the 17th century.

  • Russian Ark

    3

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    An unseen man regains consciousness, not knowing who or where he is. No one seems to be able to see him, except the mysterious man dressed in black. He eventually learns through their discussions that this man is a 19th century French aristocrat, who he coins the "European". This turn of events is unusual as the unseen man has a knowledge of the present day. The two quickly learn that they are in the Winter Palace of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the European who has a comprehensive knowledge of Russian history to his time. As the two travel through the palace and its grounds, they interact with people from various eras of Russian history, either through events that have happened at the palace or through the viewing of artifacts housed in the museum. Ultimately, the unseen man's desired journey is to move forward, with or without his European companion.

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