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81.

Bill Cunningham New York

“We all get dressed for Bill,” says Vogue editrix Anna Wintour. The “Bill” in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only [...]
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2019; 2010
82.

Examined Life

Filmmaker Astra Taylor accompanies some of today’s most influential thinkers on a series of unique excursions through places and spaces that hold particular resonance for them and their ideas. Peter Singer’s thoughts on the ethics of consumption are amplified against the backdrop of Fifth Avenue’s posh boutiques. Slavoj Zizek questions current beliefs about the environment while sifting through a garbage dump. Michael Hardt ponders the nature of revolution while surrounded by symbols of wealth and leisure. Judith Butler and a friend stroll through San Francisco’s Mission District questioning our culture’s fixation on individualism. And while driving through Manhattan, Cornel West—perhaps America’s best-known public intellectual—compares philosophy to jazz and blues, reminding us how [...]
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2019; 2008
83.

To Be and to Have

The one-room schoolhouse, where one teacher instructs several grades at once, is generally regarded a quaint thing of the past and a symbol of obsolete and ineffective teaching methods. However, TO BE AND TO HAVE offers an in-depth look at a small school in rural France where one remarkable man has been doing the job of a small teaching staff for 20 years, and has taught several generations of bright and capable children along the way. Nominated for a **BAFTA Award** for Best Film not in the English Language. Nominated for a **César Award** for Best Film. Official Selection at the **Cannes Film Festival**. "*To Be and to Have is a movie every teacher should see, and every parent, too.*" - Steven Rea, ***The Philadelphia Inquirer***
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2019; 2002
84.

Sunflower

In another of Sophia Loren’s great collaborations with director Vittorio De Sica (*The Bicycle Thief*), Loren plays Giovanna, a steel-willed Italian woman on a desperate search to find her husband Antonio (Marcello Mastroianni), who has gone missing on the WWII battlefields of Russia. Making the grueling overland journey years after the end of the war, she tracks Antonio down and finds him a changed man. This heart-wrenching reunion will forever alter the course of their lives. Nominated for Best Music - Original Score at the 1971 **Academy Awards**.
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2019; 1970
85.

The King

Driving a Rolls-Royce once owned by Elvis Presley - with a revolving crew of musicians in the backseat - director Eugene Jarecki embarks on a cross-country road trip to explore how Elvis lost his authenticity as America lost its soul. Nominated for the Golden Eye Award at the 2017 **Cannes Film Festival**. Official Selection at the **Sundance Film Festival**. *"Sprawling and brilliant."* - David Ehrlich, ***indieWire*** *"Perceptive, probing and ultimately devastating, The King is for anyone who cares about where this country has been and where it's headed."* - Stephanie Zacharek, ***TIME Magazine***
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2019; 2017
86.

Madeline's Madeline

While her mom sees Madeline as a fragile, emotional teen, the director of her theater workshop sees her as a raw talent with a troubled history that can be exploited for her art. Before long, Madeline's loyalties are torn between mother and mentor. Nominated for the Best of Next! Award at the 2018 **Sundance Film Festival**. Official Selection at the **Berlin International Festival**. Nominated for Best Female Lead and Best Cinematography at the **Film Independent Spirit Awards**. *"This is one of the boldest and most invigorating American films of the 21st century."* - David Ehrlich, ***indieWire***
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2019; 2018
87.

Zizek!

The author of works on subjects as wide-ranging as Alfred Hitchcock, 9/11, opera, Christianity, Lenin and David Lynch, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek is one of the most important—and outrageous—cultural theorists working today. This captivating, erudite documentary explores the eccentric personality and esoteric work of this incomparable academic and writer who has been called everything from “the Elvis of cultural theory” to “a one person culture mulcher”. Zizek obsessively reveals the invisible workings of ideology through a unique blend of Lacanian psychoanalysis, Marxism and pop culture critique. He is also unafraid to turn his critical gaze on himself, offering cutting commentary on his personality, private life and growing inter-national celebrity. ZIZEK! is both an unforge [...]
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2019; 2005
88.

20th Century Women

A strong-willed single mother (Annette Bening) raises her teenage son with the help of two unconventional younger women in this funny, heartwarming look at a makeshift family’s comic adventures in Santa Barbara during the summer of 1979. Nominated for an **Academy Award** for Best Original Screenplay (Mike Mills), and two **Golden Globes** (Best Motion Picture, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Annette Bening). Nominated for Best Female Lead and Best Screenplay at the **Film Independent Spirit Awards**. *"Generous, reflective, absolutely delightful."* - David Edelstein, ***Vulture***
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2019; 2016
89.

American Honey

An adolescent girl from a troubled home (Sasha Lane, *Hearts Beat Loud*) runs away with a traveling sales crew who drive across the American Midwest selling subscriptions door to door. Nominated for a **BAFTA Award** for Outstanding British Film of the Year. Winner of two Special Jury Prizes at the **Cannes Film Festival**. Nominated for six **Film Independent Spirit Awards** including Best Feature. "*This shimmering, raw, hip-hop hymnal of a film by Andrea Arnold is an American tale that is both gorgeously original and rooted in some of the greatest stories this country has ever produced.*" - Allen Salkin, ***New York Daily News***
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2019; 2016
90.

Backstabbing for Beginners

Based on a true story, an idealistic young employee (Theo James) working at the UN investigates the grisly murder of his predecessor and uncovers a vast global conspiracy, that may even involve his own boss (Ben Kingsley), in this gripping and timely thriller. "*"Backstabbing For Beginners" is a mesmerizing, intense watch with beautiful acting and powerful directing.*" - Bobby LePire, ***Film Threat*** "*An elegantly shot, compelling impression of the compromises and corruptions of the international aid world, and the compromised, corrupt, but not necessarily evil people who run it.*" - Jessica Kiang, ***Variety***
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2019; 2018
91.

The Ballad of Lefty Brown

A merciless cowboy (Bill Pullman) sets out on a dangerous journey across the frontier, determined to do whatever it takes to avenge his longtime partner’s brutal murder in this thrilling, action-packed western. Official Selection at the **SXSW Film Festival**. "*This is a satisfying indie western, a dark and brooding film made with both a modern touch and real love for the genre.*" - Kenneth Turan, ***The Los Angeles Times***
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2019; 2017
92.

The Bling Ring

A group of fame-obsessed teenagers living in the suburbs of LA use the internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their empty homes. Ringleader Rebecca leads Marc, Nicki, Sam, and Chloe on the ultimate heist of designer clothes and jewelry -- and what starts out as teenage fun quickly spins out of control. Nominated for a Un Certain Regard Award at the **Cannes Film Festival**. "*The Bling Ring plugs into the zeitgeist of trash culture and sparks like a live wire.*" - Peter Travers, ***Rolling Stone***
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2019; 2013
93.

De Palma

A funny, illuminating look at legendary filmmaker Brian De Palma (*Carrie, Scarface*), in which he shares both candid wisdom and hysterical no holds-barred stories based on his experiences in the film industry for over 50 years. Official Selection at the **Venice Film Festival**. "*De Palma" is a cinematic sampler that makes you want to gorge on the whole unholy buffet.*" - Ty Burr, ***The Boston Globe***
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2019; 2016
94.

The Disaster Artist

The incredible true story of aspiring filmmaker and Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau (James Franco) as he and his best friend Greg (Dave Franco) defiantly pursue their dreams and embark on the hilarious odyssey of making the now-infamous cult classic *The Room*. **Oscar** nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. **Golden Globe** winner for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. Nominated for Best Male Lead at the **Film Independent Spirit Awards**. "*A shockingly poignant portrait of the jealousies that arise when the creative process goes haywire.*" - Barry Hertz, ***Globe and Mail***
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2019; 2017
95.

The End of the Tour

A funny and touching exploration of fame, success, and friendship, as we follow journalist David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) during 5 days he spent on the road interviewing renowned and reclusive novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel). Nominated for Best Screenplay and Best Male Lead (Jason Segel) **Film Independent Spirit Awards**. Official Selection at the **Sundance Film Festival**. "*It's ultimately a movie - one of the most rigorous and thoughtful I've seen - about the ethical and existential traps our fame-crazed culture sets for the talented and the mediocre alike.*" - A.O. Scott, ***The New York Times***
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2019; 2015
96.

Enemy

Directed by **Oscar**-nominated filmmaker Denis Villeneuve (*Arrival, Sicario*) ENEMY tells the story of a university lecturer named Adam (Jake Gyllenhaal) who is nearing the end of a relationship with his girlfriend Mary (Mélanie Laurent). While watching a film, Adam spots a minor actor who looks just like him. Adam tracks down Anthony, an actor living with his pregnant wife Helen (Sarah Gadon) and engages him in a complex and dangerous struggle. Winner of five **Canadian Screen Awards** including "Achievement in Direction". Official Selection at the **Toronto International Film Festival**. "*Enemy is a bewilderingly skillful metaphysical thriller combining Swiss-watch engineering and surrealism, like one of Dali's melted timepieces.*" - Colin Covert, ***Minneapolis Star Tribune***
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2019; 2014
97.

Ex Machina

A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I. Alex Garland (*Annihilation*) made his directorial debut with this cerebral thriller starring Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, and Oscar Isaac. **Oscar** winner for Best Achievement in Visual Effects and nominated for Best Screenplay. **BAFTA** nominated for Best Film. **Golden Globe** nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. "*The year's most seductive high-IQ drama.*" - Richard Corliss, ***TIME Magazine*** "*For a first-time director, Garland seems assured. His sharp, sparse dialogue and meticulous direction are equally compelling, and the trio of lead performances are top-notch.*" - Claudia [...]
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2019; 2015
98.

The Exception

Nothing is as it seems in this riveting World War II thriller as a wary soldier (Jai Courtney) goes to investigate a mysterious German monarch (Christopher Plummer) at his secluded mansion, leading him into a web of deceit and a dangerous love affair with a local Jewish woman (Lily James). Official Selection at the **Toronto International Film Festival**. "*The superb English stage director David Leveaux keeps the pacing taut while creating space for his actors to work their magic.*" - David Edelstein, ***New York Magazine***
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2019; 2017
99.

A Ghost Story

**Academy Award** winner Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara star as a young couple who -- after being separated by loss -- discover an eternal connection and a love that is infinite. A GHOST STORY was nominated for the John Cassavetes Award at the 2017 **Film Independent Spirit Awards**. Nominated for a Best of Next! Award at the **Sundance Film Festival**. *"A simple, wrenching story of love and loss that pries open a window onto eternity."* - Justin Chang, ***The Los Angeles Times***
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2019; 2017
100.

Good Time

Robert Pattinson stars in this fast-paced heist thriller about a bank robber who will stop at nothing to free his brother from prison, launching him into a night-long odyssey through New York’s dark and dangerous criminal underworld. Nominated for the Palme d'Or and winner of Best Composer at the **Cannes Film Festival**. Nominated for Best Director and Best Male Lead (Robert Pattinson) at the **Film Independent Spirit Awards**. *"Pattinson's performance is one of the year's finest and a revelation for anyone who has wanted to pigeonhole him as an actor."* - Adam Graham, ***The Detroit News*** *"...When was the last time a film grabbed you by the lapels and refused to let go?"* - Ty Burr, ***The Boston Globe***
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2019; 2017