Movie Ratings & Reviews
Last film added: December 16, 2018. There are currently 1603 films in the database (since 1996).
- 11:14 (2005) 8
An account of five seemingly random storylines that dreadfully converge one night at 11:14.
- 12 Angry Men (1997) 8
Excellent made-for-TV remake of the 1957 classic, starring George C. Scott and Jack Lemmon.
- 180° South: Conquerors of the Useless (2010) 8
An outdoorsman retraces the epic 1968 journey of his hero Yvon Chouinard to Patagonia. Inspiring.
- 20th Century Women (2017) 8
A teenager is raised by his bohemian mother and two young women. Southern California, 1979.
- 21 Grams (2003) 8
Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, and Naomi Watts star. How much does your soul weigh?
- 25th Hour (2002) 8
Edward Norton revaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before a seven-year jail term.
- 3 Idiots (2009) 8
Three Indian students challenge their college's draconian methods. A smart Bollywood comedy. All is well!
- 300 (2007) 8
An epic rendering of Miller's graphic novel about the Battle of Thermopylae. Stunning Spartan art-blood.
- 3:10 to Yuma (2007) 8
Complex Western remake centered on a stagecoach robbery. Stars outlaw Crowe and rancher Bale.
- 50/50 (2011) 8
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a 27-year-old who was just diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
- 5 Broken Cameras (2012) 8
Intimate study of a small West Bank village's protests against Israeli soldiers. Injustice, violence, resolve.
- Abel Raises Cain (2005) 8
A documentary about world-class hoaxer Alan Abel, who exposes the media's obsession with the salacious.
- Adjustment Bureau, The (2011) 8
Politician Matt Damon and a ballerina are affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.
- Adventure Time - Seasons 1 and 2 (2011) 8
A boy and a magical dog are hero-adventurers in the Land of Ooo. Hilariously bizarre.
- All About My Mother (1999) 8
The story of a mother recovering from the death of her teenage son through travel.
- Almost Famous (2000) 8
A high-school boy is given the opportunity to write about a rising 1970s rock band.
- American Gangster (2007) 8
In Manhattan during the 1970s, heroin kingpin Frank Lucas smuggles drugs into America from Vietnam.
- American History X (1998) 8
There's nothing like neo-Nazi skinhead Edward Norton shattering your teeth against a concrete curb.
- Antichrist (2009) 8
Lars von Trier offers a bleak, self-indulgent vision of female sexuality and human cruelty. Shocking.
- April and the Extraordinary World (2016) 8
Alternate universe ruled by coal and steam engines. Scientists have been disappearing. Fun French steampunk.
- Arrival, The (1996) 8
Astronomer Charlie Sheen discovers intelligent alien life, but the aliens are keeping a deadly secret.
- Art & Copy (2009) 8
Documents advertising's history and influence. Wisdom and inspiration from creative artists behind the campaigns.
- Ashes of Time Redux (2008) 8
Kar-Wai Wong's recut version of the 1994 wuxia epic. A broken-hearted swordsman in the desert.
- Attack the Block (2011) 8
A rowdy teen gang in South London exuberantly defends their block from an alien invasion.
- Aura, The (2006) 8
An epileptic taxidermist imagines executing the perfect robbery, then gets his chance. A psychological thriller.
- Avatar (2009) 8
Cameron delivers a forbidden love story set in an extraordinary, photorealistic alien world. 3D wonderment.
- Avengers, The (2012) 8
Nick Fury brings together Marvel superheroes to save the Earth from Loki. Very balanced effort.
- Away From Her (2007) 8
A man deals with the progression of his wife's Alzheimer's. Sarah Polley's character-driven directorial debut.
- Babadook, The (2014) 8
A single mother and her troubled boy find a creepy children's book. Slowly enveloping dread.
- Baby Driver (2017) 8
A baby-faced getaway driver is in deep trouble following a botched heist. Musical chase scenes.
- Bag It (2011) 8
Funny/disturbing environmental documentary about plastic bags, the ACC, BPA, phthalates and child development.
- Batman Begins (2005) 8
The prequel to the Batman series, directed by Christopher Nolan, includes an awesome Batmobile.
- Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010) 8
Compelling, accessible animated superhero film, featuring Batman, the Red Hood, Nightwing and the Joker.
- Beautiful Losers (2009) 8
A collective group of do-it-yourself artists and designers in 1990s New York find success.
- Before Night Falls (2000) 8
A portrait of the life of Cuban author and exile Reinaldo Arenas, starring Javier Bardem.
- Best in Show (2000) 8
Christopher Guest presents a colorful array of dog owners competing at a national dog show.
- Between the Folds (2008) 8
PBS documentary about artists and scientists who have devoted their lives to modern origami.
- Big Hero 6 (2014) 8
A robotics prodigy and inflatable robot Baymax become covert heroes of San Fransokyo. High-tech Pixar.
- Big Lebowski, The (1998) 8
Comedy about a pothead bowler who is mistaken for a deadbeat philanthropist. Stars John Goodman.
- Big Short, The (2015) 8
Breaks the fourth wall to reenact the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s.
- Birth (2004) 8
Jonathan Glazer references Kubrick in this film about the possibility of reincarnation, starring Nicole Kidman.
- Black Panther (2018) 8
The advanced African kingdom of Wakanda, powered by vibranium, is in transition. Socially conscious Marvel.
- Blair Witch Project, The (1999) 8
In 1994, three student filmmakers disappeared in a Maryland forest while researching a local legend.
- Blood Into Wine (2010) 8
Eccentric rocker Maynard James Keenan's journey from L.A. to running a world-class vineyard in Arizona.
- Blue Valentine (2010) 8
Deftly alternates between a dysfunctional couple's earlier in-love happiness and their later anguish. Remarkable.
- BoJack Horseman - Seasons 1-5 (2018) 8
Absurd adult cartoon about a washed-up 1990s sitcom horse in Hollywood. Surprising wit, depth, self-loathing.
- Boogie Nights (1997) 8
About the Los Angeles pornography industry of the 1970s and 1980s. Heather Graham is Rollergirl.
- Bothersome Man, The (2007) 8
A man arrives in a strange city with no memory of how he got there.
- Bottle Rocket (1996) 8
The oddball Wilson brothers bungle their way into a crime spree. Wes Anderson's directorial debut.
- Bourne Supremacy, The (2004) 8
A sequel that tops the original. Matt Damon resumes his life as a trained assassin.
- Bowling for Columbine (2002) 8
Michael Moore explores the roots of America's propensity for gun violence and the fear-mongering media.
- Box, The (2009) 8
Richard Kelly's third film is intriguing, frustrating, surreal and brimming with water imagery. Haunting absurdity.
- Breadwinner, The (2017) 8
A brave 11-year-old Afghan girl dresses as a boy to survive the Taliban. Beautiful, heartbreaking.
- Breaking the Huddle: The Integration of College Football (2008) 8
HBO chronicles the profound effect of the 1960s Civil Rights movement on college football programs.
- Brick (2006) 8
A memorable noir mystery set at a modern-day Southern California high school, using 1940s slang.
- Brooklyn (2015) 8
An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, but ends up having to choose between countries/lives.
- Brothers Bloom, The (2009) 8
A charming tale of con artists and the intricate scams they concoct and live out.
- Bubble (2006) 8
Soderbergh's haunting, low-budget film featuring a doll factory in a decaying Midwest town, and murder.
- Buena Vista Social Club (1999) 8
A documentary about aging and legendary Cuban musicians, brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder.
- Bug's Life, A (1998) 8
A misfit ant, looking to save his colony from grasshoppers, recruits some inept circus bugs.
- Bunny and the Bull (2009) 8
A surreal, Gondry-esque comedy starring an agoraphobic man who reconstructs a tragic European road trip.
- Buster's Mal Heart (2017) 8
A motel concierge (possibly lost at sea), Y2K, and a cosmic event called the Inversion.
- Catch Me If You Can (2002) 8
Successful con-artist and millionaire Leonardo DiCaprio holds multiple identities. FBI agent Tom Hanks gives chase.
- Cars (2006) 8
Pixar presents hotshot rookie racecar Lightning McQueen, who crashes through Radiator Springs on Route 66.
- Cell, The (2000) 8
Psychotherapist Jennifer Lopez journeys inside a comatose serial killer's mind, hoping to recover information. Graphic.
- Cemetery of Splendor (2016) 8
Gentle magical realism featuring Thai soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness, ancient kings, and love.
- Central Station (1998) 8
A woman who writes letters for illiterate people meets a boy whose mother has died.
- Chasing Amy (1997) 8
Two friends find success as creators of a hit comic book. Then they meet her.
- Che: Part One (2009) 8
Soderbergh and Del Toro recount the Cuban Revolution: Castro, Che Guevara and the guerrilla army.
- Christmas, Again (2015) 8
Life of a dejected Christmas-tree salesman. Small observations about human behavior, the importance of timing.
- Chronicle (2012) 8
Don't abuse your children or they might grow up to destroy Seattle with powerful telekinesis.
- Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrob... (2005) 8
Four British children travel through a magical wardrobe into C.S. Lewis's mythical land of Narnia.
- Cider House Rules, The (1999) 8
Tobey Maguire, raised in an orphanage and trained to be a doctor, explores the world.
- City Dark, The (2012) 8
Documentary about the human and global consequences of modern light pollution and the disappearing stars.
- Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon (2006) 8
A documentary about political conflict in an Oregon logging town, directed by Peter Richardson.
- Cloud Atlas (2012) 8
An ambitious, sprawling epic from the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer. Complex, spectacular, gimmicky and disjointed.
- Closer (2004) 8
Natalie Portman plays a cheeky pink-haired stripper in this film about relationships, attraction, and betrayal.
- Cloverfield (2008) 8
It's Godzilla epicness, Blair Witch Project shakiness, and Alien viciousness concealing a Manhattan love story.
- Coco (2017) 8
On Día de los Muertos, an aspiring musician crosses into the afterlife seeking his great-great-grandfather.
- CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap (2015) 8
Exposes the lack of women and minorities in tech. Explores reasons why and possible solutions.
- Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) 8
Jim Jarmusch directs this series of black & white vignettes, centered around coffee and cigarettes.
- Cold Weather (2011) 8
Charming mumblecore mystery set in Portland, Oregon. I want to be friends with the leads.
- Comet (2014) 8
Bittersweet, jumbled retelling of moments from a couple's six-year relationship. Dreamlike references to parallel universes.
- Computer Chess (2013) 8
Bizarre story about artificial intelligence via 1980s chess programmers. It's like 'Pi' meets 'Napoleon Dynamite'.
- Congress, The (2014) 8
Ambitious, futuristic amalgam of Hollywood actor digitization and animated illusory utopia. Trippy. Robin Wright stars.
- Conjuring, The (2013) 8
Creepy-as-hell 1971 paranormal investigation of a haunted Rhode Island farmhouse by Ed and Lorraine Warren.
- Constant Gardener, The (2005) 8
A story of corruption in the pharmaceutical industry and how AIDS-ravaged Africa is being exploited.
- Corpse Bride (2005) 8
Tim Burton presents a shy groom whisked into the underworld after inadvertently marrying the dead.
- Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey - Episodes 1-7 (2014) 8
Neil deGrasse Tyson picks up where Carl Sagan left off. The story of our universe.
- Crash (2005) 8
The lives of a multiethnic collection of Los Angeles characters grippingly interweave over two days.
- Cremaster 3 (2002) 8
Matthew Barney's art installation epic where he plays the Entered Apprentice and faces bizarre adversaries.
- Dancer in the Dark (2000) 8
Björk arrives in America with her son, expecting life to be like a Hollywood film.
- Dangerous Method, A (2011) 8
How the relationships between Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud and Sabina Spielrein gave birth to psychoanalysis.
- Dark Knight Rises, The (2012) 8
Very emotionally dark film that rises to an impressive, satisfying finale for Nolan's Batman trilogy.
- David Lynch: The Art Life (2017) 8
Lynch discusses his early life, his art and his creative process. Meditative smoking and painting.
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) 8
Ten years after the simian flu pandemic, human survivors and apes are drawn into battle.
- Death Proof (2007) 8
Tarantino's half of Grindhouse. Scarred stuntman Kurt Russell uses his car to murder voluptuous women.
- Deconstructing Harry (1997) 8
Between air conditioning and the Pope, I choose air conditioning. A Woody Allen movie.
- Devil's Backbone, The (2001) 8
An unsettling ghost story set in a Catholic orphanage during the Spanish Civil War.
- Dope (2015) 8
In a tough L.A. neighborhood, an overachieving teen's life changes following an underground party. Charming.
- Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008) 8
Joss Whedon's three-part online musical miniseries. Filmed during the writers' strike, starring Neil Patrick Harris.
- Drag Me to Hell (2009) 8
Loan officer Alison Lohman becomes cursed after evicting an elderly gypsy woman from her home.
- Dynamic:01 - The Best Of DavidLynch.com (2007) 8
A collection of short films and interviews created for subscribing members of DavidLynch.com. Weird experiments.
- East, The (2013) 8
Private intelligence agent Brit Marling infiltrates an anarchist group that attacks her firm's corporate clients.
- Election (1999) 8
Obnoxious overachiever Reese Witherspoon is running for student body president. Cue vindictive teacher Matthew Broderick.
- English Patient, The (1996) 8
A three-hour, WWII-era love story. A young nurse tends to a badly burned Hungarian mapmaker.
- Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) 8
Good-natured look at the 1980 college party scene, the shenanigans of an unsupervised baseball team.
- Everything is a Remix (2012) 8
Four-part video series by Kirby Ferguson about the culture of copying, transforming and combining media.
- Experimenter (2015) 8
True story of social psychologist Stanley Milgram's experiments on human obedience, by using electric shock.
- Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) 8
A searing indictment of the Bush monarchy. The huddled masses bring forth their moral indignation.
- Fast Food Nation (2006) 8
A humanistic, fictionalized behind-the-scenes portrait of America's fast food and meat packing industries.
- Finding Dory (2016) 8
The forgetful blue tang fish searches for her long-lost parents, journeys to an ocean conservatory.
- Finding Vivian Maier (2013) 8
Fascinating investigation into the mysteries of an eccentric, secretive nanny with a prolific photographic legacy.
- Fireworks (1998) 8
Takeshi Kitano presents a movie based on consequences and states of mind rather than action.
- Forks Over Knives (2011) 8
Vast evidence that a whole foods, plant-based diet can reverse diseases caused by animal-based foods.
- Fountain, The (2006) 8
Three stories of love/mortality that weave in the legendary quest for the Fountain of Youth.
- Franklyn (2009) 8
In a future metropolis (see Dark City, Blade Runner) and contemporary London, Eva Green stars.
- Freedom on the Fence (2005) 8
A documentary project about the culturally iconic art of Polish posters under the USSR regime.
- From Up on Poppy Hill (2013) 8
Lovely but mundane parable about preserving history from the Miyazakis/Studio Ghibli. Set in post-WWII Japan.
- Frost/Nixon (2008) 8
A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between David Frost and Richard Nixon.
- Full Frontal with Samantha Bee - Seasons 1-2 (2017) 8
Weekly news satire, with particular attention to women's issues, from the former 'Daily Show' correspondent.
- Future, The (2011) 8
Miranda July weaves a magical, heartrending film on loneliness and mortality. And a stray cat.
- Garden State (2004) 8
Zach Braff returns to his hometown. There he meets Natalie Portman, who changes his life.
- Get Out (2017) 8
A black man meets his white girlfriend's parents for a weekend at their estate. Razor-sharp.
- Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The (2010) 8
A journalist and a hacker team up to investigate a 40-year-old unsolved disappearance. Dark, complex.
- Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005) 8
Simplifies historical conflict (1950s McCarthyism) to illustrate TV journalism's responsibility to question authority.
- Good Will Hunting (1997) 8
Troubled MIT janitor Matt Damon is a gifted mathematician. Can he turn his life around?
- Goodbye Lenin! (2004) 8
A young man tries to prevent his mother from learning that Germany has been reunified.
- Gone Girl (2014) 8
Embrace media hysteria and lose faith in marriage and justice with Fincher's dark psychological thriller.
- Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman, A (2015) 8
History of Aardman Animations, the acclaimed British stop-motion animation studio behind Morph, Wallace & Gromit.
- Grandmaster, The (2013) 8
Kar-Wai Wong's dazzling tale of Ip Man, the legendary kung-fu master who trained Bruce Lee.
- Gruffalo, The (2009) 8
A cunning mouse outwits a succession of predators while walking in the deep dark wood.
- Gummo (1997) 8
A disturbing, plotless tale of freakshow characters living in tornado-ravaged poverty, by Harmony Korine.
- Half Nelson (2006) 8
Inner-city junior high history teacher Gosling forms an unlikely friendship with a student. Complex, absorbing.
- Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) 8
Poppy is a cheery North London schoolteacher whose optimism tends to exasperate those around her.
- Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) 8
Stunning grotesqueness and visual poetry from Guillermo del Toro. Incredible set design and beautiful effects.
- Hilary and Jackie (1998) 8
About the brilliant concert cellist Jacqueline du Pre, from the perspective of her sister Hilary.
- Hire Film Series Vol. 1, The (2001) 8
Five short BMW-commissioned films starring Clive Owen. Directors include Kar-Wai Wong and Ang Lee.
- History of Violence, A (2005) 8
A Cronenberg art film that's also an accessible crime drama. Based on a graphic novel.
- Hole, The (2001) 8
British psychological thriller featuring teenagers in a bomb shelter. Stars Thora Birch and Keira Knightley.
- Hot Fuzz (2007) 8
A clever, over-the-top pastiche of every buddy cop movie you've ever seen, set in London.
- How the Fire Fell (2011) 8
Edward P. Davee's haunting, dreamlike portrayal of Edmund Creffield's early-1900s cult in Corvallis, Oregon.
- Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) 8
Adventures of a misfit teenager and his foster 'uncle' in the wild New Zealand bush.
- Igby Goes Down (2002) 8
A sarcastic 17-year-old boy rebels against the money and privilege he was born into.
- Illusionist, The (2006) 8
In 1900 Vienna, Edward Norton is Eisenheim the Illusionist. This lush production inspires supernatural reflection.
- I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2007) 8
A troubled girl who attempts to charge her body with electronics meets another eccentric patient.
- Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The (2009) 8
Gilliam shows us the death of magic (while honoring Heath Ledger) in spectacular visual form.
- Imitation Game, The (2014) 8
How Alan Turing helped crack Germany's Enigma code during WWII and saved millions of lives.
- In the Bedroom (2001) 8
Tragic story about a couple's only son who falls in love with a single mother.
- In the Shadow of the Moon (2007) 8
The surviving crew members from NASA's Apollo missions tell their story in their own words.
- In This Corner of the World (2017) 8
In Hiroshima during World War II, a daydreaming girl confronts the devastating horrors of war.
- Indie Game: The Movie (2012) 8
Follows the emotional journeys of independent game development, featuring Super Meat Boy, Fez and Braid.
- Inherit the Wind (1999) 8
Like 12 Angry Men, another excellent made-for-TV remake starring Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott.
- Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) 8
Coen Brothers adaptation about a young singer navigating the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1961.
- Insider, The (1999) 8
Based on a true story about malpractices in the tobacco industry and powerful Big Tobacco.
- Insomnia (2002) 8
Two L.A. homicide detectives are dispatched to Alaska to investigate the murder of a teen.
- Invisible War, The (2012) 8
Investigation of the rape epidemic in the U.S. military and its profound consequences. Tragic, appalling.
- Iron Giant, The (1999) 8
A boy makes friends with a giant alien robot that the government wants to destroy.
- Iron Man (2008) 8
Robert Downey Jr. builds an armored suit and decides to use the technology against evil.
- Julien Donkey-Boy (1999) 8
A Dogme 95 video-art exercise about the effects of schizophrenia on family life. Poetic desperation.
- Jungle Book, The (2016) 8
Can't really go wrong with Bill Murray and Christopher Walken voicing characters in this adaptation.
- K-PAX (2001) 8
Kevin Spacey is either extraterrestrial or delusional. And he eats a banana without peeling it.
- Kick-Ass (2010) 8
A high-schooler decides to become a superhero. Ultraviolent, stylized brutality and absurdist comedy ensues.
- Kikujiro (1999) 8
Takeshi Kitano explores the unlikely bond between a brash, loudmouthed adult and a nine-year-old boy.
- Kinamand (2006) 8
A Danish plumber begins eating at a family-run Chinese diner and makes unexpected emotional connections.
- King Corn (2007) 8
Good-natured introduction to industrialized agriculture. We subsidize the Happy Meals, but not the healthy ones.
- King Kong (2005) 8
Naomi Watts is amazing and the special effects are over-the-top fantastic, but it's excessively long.
- King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, The (2007) 8
Curiously compelling documentary about a classic arcade battle between two Donkey Kong video game champions.
- Kite Runner, The (2007) 8
Pain and redemption through Afghanistan's recent history, from boyhood kite-flying contests to brutal Taliban rule.
- Knocked Up (2007) 8
Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl have a drunken one-night stand with unexpected consequences. Very funny.
- Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) 8
A young boy searches for a magical suit of armor, fights vengeful spirits. Stop-motion origami.
- Kundun (1997) 8
Martin Scorsese directs the true story of Tibet's 14th Dalai Lama, from childhood to exile.
- Kung Fury (2015) 8
In 1985, a Miami cop goes back in time to kill Hitler. Over-the-top crowdfunded action-comedy.
- Lantana (2001) 8
An Australia-set mystery that examines the stories of four married couples and a murdered woman.
- Layer Cake (2004) 8
A clever British crime film about a successful cocaine dealer planning an early retirement.
- Let Me In (2010) 8
A bullied young boy befriends a lonely young female vampire in this visceral English-language remake.
- Life is Beautiful (1998) 8
Jewish man Roberto Benigni uses humor to protect his son in a Nazi death camp.
- Light Bulb Conspiracy: The Untold Story of Planned Obsole... (2011) 8
History of planned obsolescence, the hidden mechanism at the heart of our wasteful consumer society.
- Lila Says (2005) 8
A well-acted story of seduction and self-realization, revolving around the beautiful and alluring Vahina Giocante.
- Limits of Control, The (2009) 8
Jim Jarmusch's stylized, dreamlike tale of an enigmatic loner on a shadowy criminal mission. Meditative.
- Lincoln (2012) 8
Spielberg's portrait of a deeply conflicted Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. Incredibly well-written dialogue.
- Little Miss Sunshine (2006) 8
An entertaining comedy about a dysfunctional family's California roadtrip. Everyone just pretend to be normal.
- Little Thief, The (1999) 8
A young man from the French countryside moves to the city to find a job.
- Little Prince, The (2016) 8
An overscheduled girl befriends an eccentric aviator, who shares his extraordinary world. Moving, charming adaptation.
- Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) 8
Werner Herzog explores the Internet's evolution, ponders its societal influence. Cyberwarfare, AI, telepathy, etc.
- Lobster, The (2016) 8
Absurd allegory for how society regards romantic relationships and loneliness. A provocative, original love story.
- Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) 8
Four Cockney men pool their money for an illegal high-stakes card game, with unpleasant results.
- Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup (2009) 8
Investigates the conspiracy theory that 9/11 was an inside job. An example of history repeating?
- Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001) 8
He is passing into the Shadow World. He'll soon become a wraith like them.
- Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002) 8
We needs it. Must have the precious. They stole it from us. Sneaky little hobbitses.
- Lovers of the Arctic Circle, The (1998) 8
A story of circular lives, with circular names, in a circular place. Life is happenstance.
- Lucky Number Slevin (2006) 8
A clever Pulp Fictionesque story of violent revenge featuring rival crime bosses Kingsley and Freeman.
- Man on the Moon (1999) 8
Jim Carrey is eccentric comedian Andy Kaufman, a television star and self-declared intergender wrestling champion.
- Man Who Wasn't There, The (2001) 8
Barber Billy Bob Thornton blackmails his wife's boss and lover. Directed by the Coen Brothers.
- Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) 8
Elizabeth Olsen struggles with her fragmented identity and family situation after fleeing an abusive cult.
- Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack - Seasons 1-3, The (2010) 8
Cartoon seafaring adventures of young Flapjack and pirate K'nuckles who live in a talking whale.
- Mary and Max (2009) 8
An Australian girl becomes pen pals with an obese New Yorker with Asperger's. Charming claymation.
- Master, The (2012) 8
Directionless WWII Navy veteran meets the charismatic leader of The Cause. Draws from Scientology's origins.
- Matchstick Men (2003) 8
Con-artist Nicolas Cage is an obsessive-compulsive agoraphobe whose life changes drastically when Alison Lohman appears.
- Men in Black (1997) 8
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones must save the world from an intergalactic terrorist.
- Messenger, The (2009) 8
Poignant military tale about soldiers assigned to notify families of casualties during the Iraq War.
- Micmacs (2010) 8
Jeunet's circus-like film about a man with a plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers.
- Milk (2008) 8
Van Sant's biography of openly gay politician Harvey Milk. An empathic portrayal by Sean Penn.
- Mindscape of Alan Moore, The (2003) 8
Creative philosophies from the brilliant comic writer of Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell.
- Miss Hokusai (2016) 8
Japanese ukiyo-e painter Hokusai, as seen from the eyes of his artist daughter, Katsushika O-Ei.
- Mistress America (2015) 8
A college freshman in New York meets her spirited stepsister-to-be. Greta Gerwig is brilliant, charming.
- Moneyball (2011) 8
Billy Beane's management of the Oakland A's baseball team through new computer-based analysis. Intelligent.
- Monster Calls, A (2016) 8
A yew-tree monster helps a 12-year-old cope with his single mother's terminal illness. Devastating fable.
- Monsters (2010) 8
Six years after aliens invaded Earth, two Americans enter the Infected Zone. Satisfying, affecting road-movie.
- Monsters, Inc. (2001) 8
Pixar presents a bunch of scary monsters who are afraid of being contaminated by children.
- Moon Man (2012) 8
Moon Man hitches a ride to Earth on a comet and discovers children need him.
- More Tales from the Script (2010) 8
Fascinating unheard stories from top Hollywood screenwriters. A 47-minute continuation of Tales from the Script.
- Mother! (2017) 8
Aronofsky's unsettling, grotesque allegory of artistic creation and consumption. The chaotic horror of powerlessness.
- Motorcycle Diaries, The (2004) 8
Dramatization of an epic motorcycle road trip a young Che Guevara took through South America.
- My Blueberry Nights (2008) 8
A soul-searching journey across America, starring Norah Jones. Beautifully shot, but Kar-Wai Wong's weakest film.
- My Life as a Zucchini (2017) 8
Vibrant stop-motion animation about a young boy sent to a foster home. Delightful youthful resilience.
- My Son the Fanatic (1998) 8
Set in Britain, a Pakistani taxi-driver is attracted to a prostitute. Enter the Islamic fundamentalists.
- Napoleon Dynamite (2004) 8
It's pretty much my favorite animal. It's like a lion and a tiger mixed.
- Neverwas (2007) 8
A psychiatrist befriends a patient in a mental institution and discovers his father's secrets. Magical.
- Nightcrawler (2014) 8
Chilling satire of tabloid TV news culture. Chasing ratings mutually supports chasing ambulances. Genius Gyllenhaal.
- Nine Queens (2000) 8
Two con-artists try to swindle a stamp collector with a sheet of counterfeit rare stamps.
- Nocturnal Animals (2016) 8
Wealthy art gallery owner Amy Adams receives a draft of her ex-husband's violent new novel.
- Nói albínói (2004) 8
A teenager drifts through life on a remote fjord in the north of Iceland.
- Nothing (2005) 8
Vincenzo Natali, the director of Cube, presents a film about nothing with his two friends.
- Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) 8
Lars von Trier overlays explicit sexual encounters (via porn doubles) with philosophy, religion, biology, math.
- Oceans (2010) 8
Exquisite cinematography of majestic undersea creatures with terribly dull, sentimental Pierce Brosnan narration.
- October Sky (1999) 8
The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who became a rocket scientist.
- Oldboy (2005) 8
A man who was kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years exacts his brutal revenge. Stunning.
- One I Love, The (2014) 8
Weekend getaway of a married couple on the brink of separation becomes clever plot twist.
- Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) 8
Jim Jarmusch's stylish vampires are an ancient source of creativity for human culture. Clever, cool.
- Osama (2004) 8
Attempting to survive beneath the Taliban, a 12-year-old Afghan girl disguises herself as a boy.
- Out of Sight (1998) 8
Career bank robber George Clooney breaks out of jail and kidnaps Jennifer Lopez. Sparks fly.
- Painting, The (2013) 8
Characters in an incomplete painting seek their creator. Charming parable about God and social status.
- Palindromes (2005) 8
Todd Solondz's provocative fable about a 13-year-old girl who is played by eight different actresses.
- Paragraph 175 (2000) 8
German historian interviews survivors of Nazi persecution of homosexuals under the Paragraph 175 penal code.
- Paranoia Agent: Complete Collection (2004) 8
Satoshi Kon's dark, paranormal 13-episode Japanese TV series. The spectral, enigmatic assailant Lil' Slugger fascinates.
- Paranoid Park (2007) 8
Dreamlike, fractured story about a young Portland skateboarder's life and a security guard's accidental death.
- ParaNorman (2012) 8
Norman survives stop-motion ghosts, zombies and grownups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.
- Paterson (2016) 8
One week in the quiet life of Paterson, a poet in Paterson, NJ. Existential Jarmusch.
- People, Places, Things (2015) 8
Graphic novelist Jemaine Clement, now single-parenting twin girls, can't get let go of his ex.
- Persuaders, The (2004) 8
The cultures of marketing and advertising influence what Americans buy and how they view themselves.
- Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, A (2015) 8
Series of absurdist episodes, many involving a pair of hapless novelty salesman. Completes Swedish trilogy.
- Planet Terror (2007) 8
Rodriguez's half of Grindhouse. Rose McGowan mows down flesh-eating, mutating zombies with a machine-gun leg.
- Pleasantville (1998) 8
Two teenagers find themselves in a 1950s sitcom. Their behavior accidentally transforms their black-and-white suburb.
- Precious: Based on the Novel by Sapphire (2009) 8
Dark social commentary and ugliness with an ending that's hopeful, but not happy and contrived.
- Princess and the Warrior, The (2001) 8
Tom Tykwer crafts a stylish fable about psychiatric nurse Franka Potente and a small-time criminal.
- Prisoners (2013) 8
Two little girls are abducted. Can the detective or father-turned-vigilante solve the puzzle in time?
- Prometheus (2012) 8
Waxes philosophical and connects the Aliens franchise with Chariots of the Gods and Jesus Christ.
- Proposition, The (2005) 8
Violent and mythological. Nick Cave wrote the screenplay and scored this Australian Western about retribution.
- Purge (2013) 8
A young woman running from Russian sex-traffickers meets an older version of herself. Gut-wrenching.
- Pushing Daisies - The Complete First Season (2007) 8
A man can bring dead people back to life, with Amélie-style narration. Whimsical forensic romance.
- Quiet Place, A (2018) 8
In the post-apocalypse, people live in silence while hiding from blind creatures with supersensitive hearing.
- Rabbits (2002) 8
David Lynch's nine-episode sitcom starring people in rabbit suits, accompanied by laugh tracks. Plotless, eerie.
- Reality (2015) 8
Surreal, compelling nonsense from absurdist Dupieux, who has taken a page from Lynch's Mulholland Drive.
- Reel Injun (2009) 8
How depictions of Native Americans in cinema have shaped perceptions of their cultures and histories.
- Regret to Inform (1998) 8
The filmmaker goes on a pilgrimage to the Vietnamese countryside where her husband was killed.
- Rescue Dawn (2007) 8
American pilot Christian Bale is shot down in Laos during a top-secret Vietnam War mission.
- Road, The (2009) 8
Viggo Mortensen and his son try to survive in post-apocalyptic America. Noble and heartbreaking humanity.
- Road to Perdition (2002) 8
The result of hitman Tom Hanks's son witnessing what his father does for a living.
- Robot Chicken - Seasons 1-3 (2007) 8
Demented stop-motion animation using action figures and toys. These sketch-comedy vignettes skewer pop culture.
- Rock-afire Explosion, The (2008) 8
The inventor behind (and fans of) the Showbiz Pizza and Chuck E. Cheese's animatronic puppets.
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) 8
How the Rebel Alliance stole the Death Star plans. Occurs between Episodes III and IV.
- Ronin (1998) 8
This mission is to recover a mysterious briefcase. Robert De Niro and Natascha McElhone star.
- Room on the Broom (2012) 8
A gentle witch offers rides to a variety of animals on her increasingly crowded broom.
- Russian Ark (2002) 8
300 years of Russian history displayed in a single continuous shot at the Hermitage Museum.
- School of Rock, The (2003) 8
Richard Linklater directs rocker Jack Black as a fourth-grade substitute teacher in a private school.
- Seinfeld - The Complete Series (1998) 8
A sitcom about nothing. Starring New York stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his neurotic friends.
- Séraphine (2009) 8
Moving, evenhanded historical drama about the difficult but ecstatic life of French painter Séraphine Louis.
- Sexy Beast (2000) 8
Brutal gangster Ben Kingsley recruits a retired safecracker for one last job. Jonathan Glazer directs.
- Shakespeare in Love (1998) 8
A young Shakespeare meets Gwyneth Paltrow and is inspired to write Romeo and Juliet.
- Shaun of the Dead (2004) 8
Romantic comedy set during a weekend zombie invasion of North London. A brilliantly aloof parody.
- Shopgirl (2005) 8
A love triangle of Claire Danes, Jason Schwartzman and Steve Martin. Elegant examination of love.
- Shower (1999) 8
A businessman travels home to Beijing after receiving a message that his father has died.
- Shrek (2001) 8
No, not my buttons! Not my gumdrop buttons.
- Shrek 2 (2004) 8
Well, folks, it looks like we're up chocolate creek without a Popsicle stick.
- Shutter Island (2010) 8
Leonardo DiCaprio investigates a disappearance from a hospital for the criminally insane. Chilling and clever.
- Sicario (2015) 8
Idealistic FBI agent Emily Blunt is enlisted to aid in the escalating inter-American drug trade.
- Sideways (2004) 8
Two middle-aged men embark on a weeklong road-trip through California's wine country. American life-affirming.
- Simple Plan, A (1998) 8
Three people find $4 million in the cockpit of a crashed plane. Keep it secret?
- Sin Nombre (2009) 8
A Honduran teen meets a young gang member atop a freight train. Poignant immigration story.
- Six-String Samurai (1998) 8
In a post-apocalyptic America, samurai guitarist Buddy Holly journeys to Lost Vegas to become king.
- Skin I Live In, The (2011) 8
Almodóvar's dark-as-hell portrait of a plastic surgeon working to perfect synthetic human skin. Gorgeous, perverse.
- Smoke Signals (1998) 8
Two young Indian men from an Idaho reservation take a life-changing road trip together. Soulful.
- Snatch. (2000) 8
Brad Pitt stars as a gypsy bare-knuckle boxing champion who speaks a hilariously unintelligible dialect.
- Snowpiercer (2014) 8
Earth's remaining inhabitants are confined to a class-divided train circling the frozen globe. Stylish allegory.
- Solaris (2002) 8
Soderbergh's remake is quite good, with much credit due to George Clooney and Natascha McElhone.
- Special (2008) 8
Michael Rapaport participates in an experimental drug study and becomes sure his superpowers are strengthening.
- Spider-Man 2 (2004) 8
Tobey Maguire continues his demanding double life as student and superhero. Enter supervillain Dr. Octopus.
- Splice (2010) 8
Intelligent creature feature focused on ethical quandaries in biotechnology. What's the worst that could happen?
- Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) 8
Well-crafted Abrams sequel explores the bromance between Kirk and Spock, introduces their most famous nemesis.
- Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) 8
Abrams redeems the franchise as much as could be expected. WTF, giant Lincoln Memorial Gollum.
- Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) 8
Another one! Rey finds hermit Luke Skywalker, then battles Kylo Ren and the First Order.
- Startup.com (2001) 8
Examines the start-up phenomenon by documenting the existence of new media company govWorks.com.
- Storytelling (2001) 8
Todd Solondz presents two provocative stories. Prepare to have your politically correct sensibilities violated.
- Sunshine (2007) 8
Could've been great science fiction, but it slips away with B-movie horror and religious metaphors.
- Super 8 (2011) 8
In 1979, a mysterious train crash provides a monster-movie backdrop to a sweet love story.
- Superbad (2007) 8
Friends Seth and Evan display a charming, hilarious crudeness in this coming-of-age high school comedy.
- Swimming Pool (2003) 8
An English mystery writer finds murder and intrigue in Paris, with Ludivine Sagnier. Rich symbolism.
- Syriana (2005) 8
A thriller of corruption and power related to the oil industry, with four parallel stories.
- Tao of Steve, The (2000) 8
An underachieving, overweight kindergarten teacher has developed an effective Zen-like system for seducing women.
- Tale of the Princess Kaguya, The (2014) 8
Watch a magical moon nymph be bored by 10th-century Japanese nobility. Pastel-toned Studio Ghibli folktale.
- Tales from the Script (2009) 8
Veteran Hollywood screenwriters share their triumphs and failures, insider insights, anecdotes and artistic compromises.
- Tangerine (2015) 8
A transgender prostitute tears through L.A. on Christmas Eve seeking her unfaithful pimp. Raunchy, empathetic.
- Tangerines (2015) 8
An Estonian tangerine farmer refuses to leave during the bloody Abkhaz-Georgian conflict. Powerful humanity.
- Team America: World Police (2004) 8
Subversive political satire, with explicit puppet sex. You are worthress, Arec Barrwin. America! Fuck, yeah!
- Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak (2009) 8
Diary-style documentary by Spike Jonze about Maurice Sendak, the unconventional author of iconic children's books.
- Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013) 8
Documentary examines the erosion of privacy in the digital age. How corporations and governments spy.
- Tetro (2009) 8
Stylish indie film by Francis Ford Coppola. Could've been better with fewer staged productions though.
- These Amazing Shadows: The Movies That Make America (2011) 8
The National Film Registry's history and the cultural, historical and aesthetic significance of motion pictures.
- Thin Red Line, The (1998) 8
Terrence Malick presents a remake of the novel about the 1943 Guadalcanal conflict during WWII.
- Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001) 8
Five contemporary stories are woven together, examining the dramatic impact people have on one another.
- This is Not a Conspiracy Theory (2018) 8
Six-part (2014-2018) episodic documentary by Kirby Ferguson about the hidden forces that shape our lives.
- Theory of Everything, The (2014) 8
Touching biography of physicist Stephen Hawking. Explores his personal life as ALS ravages his body.
- Three Seasons (1999) 8
A languorously beautiful, kind film centered around the lives of three main characters in Vietnam.
- THX 1138: The George Lucas Director's Cut (2004) 8
Lucas restored his influential 1971 film, enhancing it with CGI magic (including lame shell dwellers).
- Time Code (2000) 8
Mike Figgis's innovative film is composed of four simultaneous takes, each occupying a screen quadrant.
- Tim's Vermeer (2013) 8
Ingenious. Inventor Tim Jenison works to replicate the painting techniques of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer.
- Tokyo! (2008) 8
A cinematic triptych (transformation, anarchy, rebirth) set in Tokyo. Directed by Gondry, Carax and Bong.
- Tokyo Godfathers (2003) 8
An animated Christmas story set in Tokyo featuring an unlikely trio of homeless friends.
- Tokyo Sonata (2009) 8
Social satire through the many misfortunes of a Japanese family, particularly the father's downward spiral.
- Topsy-Turvy (1999) 8
After Gilbert and Sullivan's latest play is critically panned, the frustrated team threatens to disband.
- Toy Story 2 (1999) 8
All right, nobody look till I get my cork back in.
- Traffic (2000) 8
America's war on drugs, with Michael Douglas and Benicio Del Toro. An unbeatable market force.
- Trance (2013) 8
An art heist gone wrong, or was the whole thing meticulously planned? Hypnotizing psychological thriller.
- Tropic Thunder (2008) 8
Ben Stiller's big-budget satire of celebrity excess and Hollywood action movies. Downey Jr. is hilarious.
- Truth About Romance, The (2013) 8
Losing what you thought you wanted can reveal a new adventure. Danielle Jackson is magnetic.
- Tuvalu (2001) 8
Stunning, whimsical German film with almost no dialogue set in a surreal bathhouse in Bulgaria.
- Under the Shadow (2016) 8
Distinctively creepy genre film that's also an allegory of female oppression in 1980s Iran. Djinn!
- Unmade Beds (2009) 8
The stories of Vera and Axl intersect via artsy, free-spirited squatters in a London warehouse.
- Vanishing of the Bees (2011) 8
Investigation into implications of the worldwide collapse of the honeybee. Slow death by systemic pesticides.
- Venture Bros. - Seasons One and Two, The (2006) 8
The warped misadventures of a middle-aged mad scientist, his teenage sons, and their maniac bodyguard.
- Waiting for 'Superman' (2010) 8
Devastating portrait of the failing U.S. public school system and its consequences for the future.
- Wag the Dog (1997) 8
Before elections, a Washington spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war.
- Waste Land (2011) 8
Uplifting documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit.
- We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004) 8
An emotionally complex character drama that explores human weakness, starring Mark Ruffalo and Naomi Watts.
- What We Do in the Shadows (2014) 8
The real lives of vampire roommates in a New Zealand flat. Funny interactions with werewolves.
- William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010) 8
Never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews with friends and colleagues of the influential postmodernist novelist.
- Witch: A New-England Folktale, The (2016) 8
A Puritan homesteading family in 1630s New England is torn apart by forces of witchcraft.
- Wreck-It Ralph (2012) 8
Charming pixel-art story of an arcade video game villain who wants to be a hero.
- Your Friends & Neighbors (1998) 8
Six people play musical beds. Stars Amy Brenneman, Catherine Keener, Nastassja Kinski, and Ben Stiller.
- X-Files: The Complete Collector's Edition, The (2002) 8
FBI agents Mulder and Scully investigate paranormal cases and discover alien conspiracies within our government.
- Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (1998) 8
Explores the Cultural Revolution in China. A young teenage girl is sent to remote lands.
- Zeitgeist: The Movie (2007) 8
Important, incendiary exploration of global societal control through religion, 9/11, foreign wars and central banks.
- Zodiac (2007) 8
A cerebral, gripping thriller based on actual unresolved 1970s case files about the Zodiac Killer.
- Zootopia (2016) 8
A bunny police recruit and a con-artist fox work together to uncover a savage conspiracy.
Rated 8 out of 10Search returned all films with a rating of 8 out of 1603 total films.
Statistical ratings distribution of these 345 films (21.5% of total rated films):
With enough films included, it usually approximates a bell curve with a mean near 6.5...
(especially when considering that CRAP is 0-4 combined).
Average rating for these 345 films: 8.
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