Best 2009 Movies

Welcome to the Rileys

Welcome to the Rileys

Welcome to the Rileys
IMDb: 7.0
110 min

Years after their teenage daughter’s death, Lois and Doug Riley, an upstanding Indiana couple, are frozen by estranging grief. Doug escapes to New Orleans on a business trip. Compelled by…

Genre: Best 2009, Drama
The Bang Bang Club

The Bang Bang Club

The Bang Bang Club
IMDb: 7.0
106 min

In the early to mid ’90s, when the South African system of apartheid was in its death throes, four photographers – Greg Marinovich, Kevin Carter, Ken Oosterbroek and João Silva…

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Wild Target

Wild Target

Wild Target
IMDb: 6.8
98 min

Victor Maynard is a middle-aged, solitary assassin, who lives to please his formidable mother, despite his own peerless reputation for lethal efficiency. His professional routine is interrupted when he finds…

Unthinkable

Unthinkable

Unthinkable
IMDb: 7.1
97 min

A convert to Islam sends the U.S. government a tape showing him in three nondescript storage rooms, each of which may contain a nuclear bomb set to detonate in less…

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom
IMDb: 7.3
113 min

Following the death of his mother, J finds himself living with his estranged family, under the watchful eye of his doting grandmother, Smurf, mother to the Cody boys. J quickly…

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The Trotsky

The Trotsky

The Trotsky
IMDb: 6.8
120 min

Leon Bronstein is not your average Montreal West high school student. For one thing, none of his peers can claim to be the reincarnation of early 20th century Soviet iconoclast…

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Genre: Best 2009, Comedy
Dog Pound

Dog Pound

Dog Pound
IMDb: 7.0
91 min

Three juvenile delinquents arrive at a correctional center and are put under the care of an experienced guard.

Genre: Best 2009, Drama
Green Zone

Green Zone

Green Zone
IMDb: 6.8
115 min

During the U.S.-led occupation of Baghdad in 2003, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller and his team of Army inspectors were dispatched to find weapons of mass destruction believed to be…

Shutter Island

Shutter Island

Shutter Island
IMDb: 8.1
138 min

World War II soldier-turned-U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and…

The Ghost Writer

The Ghost Writer

The Ghost Writer
IMDb: 7.2
128 min

A writer stumbles upon a long-hidden secret when he agrees to help former British Prime Minister Adam Lang complete his memoirs on a remote island after the politician’s assistant drowns…

Get Low

Get Low

Get Low
IMDb: 7.0
103 min

A movie spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about the mysterious, 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party… while he was…

Happythankyoumoreplease

Happythankyoumoreplease

Happythankyoumoreplease
IMDb: 6.8
100 min

Captures a generational moment – young people on the cusp of truly growing up, tiring of their reflexive cynicism, each in their own ways struggling to connect and define what…

ThBookElii

ThBookElii

ThBookElii
IMDb: 6.9
118 min

A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.

Hamlet

Hamlet

Hamlet
IMDb: 8.2
185 min

David Tennant stars in a film of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s award-winning production of Shakespeare’s great play. Director Gregory Doran’s modern-dress production was hailed by the critics as thrilling, fast-moving…

Genre: Best 2009, Drama
Nowhere Boy

Nowhere Boy

Nowhere Boy
IMDb: 7.1
98 min

The drama tells the story of Lennon’s teenage years and the start of his journey to becoming a successful musician. The story also examines the impact on his early life…

Genre: Best 2009, Drama
Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes
IMDb: 7.6
128 min

Eccentric consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson battle to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy England.

Crazy Heart

Crazy Heart

Crazy Heart
IMDb: 7.2
112 min

When reporter Jean Craddock interviews Bad Blake — an alcoholic, seen-better-days country music legend — they connect, and the hard-living crooner sees a possible saving grace in a life with…

Invictus

Invictus

Invictus
IMDb: 7.3
134 min

Newly elected President Nelson Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of…

Avatar

Avatar

Avatar
IMDb: 7.8
162 min

In the 22nd century, a paraplegic Marine is dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission, but becomes torn between following orders and protecting an alien civilization.

The Princess and the Frog

The Princess and the Frog

The Princess and the Frog
IMDb: 7.1
97 min

A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, but she has to…

Everybody’s Fine

Everybody’s Fine

Everybody’s Fine
IMDb: 7.1
99 min

Eight months after the death of his wife, Frank Goode looks forward to a reunion with his four adult children. When all of them cancel their visits at the last…

Genre: Best 2009, Drama
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
IMDb: 7.3
147 min

After taking a bullet to the head, Salander is under close supervision in a hospital and is set to face trial for attempted murder on her eventual release. With the…

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The Road

The Road

The Road
IMDb: 7.2
111 min

A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind and water. It is cold enough to crack…

The Blind Side

The Blind Side

The Blind Side
IMDb: 7.6
129 min

Oversized African-American, Michael Oher, the teen from across the tracks and a broken home, has nowhere to sleep at age 16. Taken in by an affluent Memphis couple, Michael embarks…

The Messenger

The Messenger

The Messenger
IMDb: 7.1
113 min

Will Montgomery (Ben Foster), a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant who has returned home from Iraq, is assigned to the Army’s Casualty Notification service. Montgomery is partnered with Captain Tony Stone…

Harry Brown

Harry Brown

Harry Brown
IMDb: 7.2
103 min

An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend’s murder by doling out his own form of justice.

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Mother and Child

Mother and Child

Mother and Child
IMDb: 7.2
125 min

The lives of three women have a commonality: adoption. Karen is a physical therapist who regrets that, as a teenager, she gave up her daughter for adoption. Elizabeth was an…

Precious

Precious

Precious
IMDb: 7.3
110 min

Set in Harlem in 1987, Claireece ”Precious” Jones is a 16-year-old African American girl born into a life no one would want. She’s pregnant for the second time by her…

Genre: Best 2009, Drama
Mr. Nobody

Mr. Nobody

Mr. Nobody
IMDb: 7.8
156 min

Nemo Nobody leads an ordinary existence with his wife and 3 children; one day, he wakes up as a mortal centenarian in the year 2092.

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Micmacs à tire-larigot

Micmacs à tire-larigot

Micmacs à tire-larigot
IMDb: 7.2
100 min

A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers. Avid movie-watcher and video store clerk Bazil has had his life…

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This Is It

This Is It

This Is It
IMDb: 7.2
111 min

A compilation of interviews, rehearsals and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London.

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan
IMDb: 7.1
112 min

When the initial Cylon attack against the Twelve Colonies fails to achieve complete extermination of human life as planned, twin Number Ones (Cavils) embedded on Galactica and Caprica must improvise…

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox
IMDb: 7.9
87 min

The Fantastic Mr. Fox bored with his current life, plans a heist against the three local farmers. The farmers, tired of sharing their chickens with the sly fox, seek revenge…

A Single Man

A Single Man

A Single Man
IMDb: 7.6
97 min

The life of George Falconer, a British college professor, is reeling with the recent and sudden loss of his longtime partner. This traumatic event makes George challenge his own will…

Genre: Best 2009, Gay
Triangle

Triangle

Triangle
IMDb: 6.9
99 min

The story revolves around the passengers of a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc…

Genre: Best 2009, Horror
Black Dynamite

Black Dynamite

Black Dynamite
IMDb: 7.4
90 min

This is the story of 1970s African-American action legend Black Dynamite. The Man killed his brother, pumped heroin into local orphanages, and flooded the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor. Black…

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are
IMDb: 6.7
101 min

Max imagines running away from his mom and sailing to a far-off land where large talking beasts — Ira, Carol, Douglas, the Bull, Judith and Alexander — crown him as…

Law Abiding Citizen

Law Abiding Citizen

Law Abiding Citizen
IMDb: 7.4
109 min

A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family’s killers free. He targets not only the killer but also…

Zombieland

Zombieland

Zombieland
IMDb: 7.6
88 min

Columbus has made a habit of running from what scares him. Tallahassee doesn’t have fears. If he did, he’d kick their ever-living ass. In a world overrun by zombies, these…

The White Ribbon

The White Ribbon

The White Ribbon
IMDb: 7.8
144 min

Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed…

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A Serious Man

A Serious Man

A Serious Man
IMDb: 7.0
105 min

A SERIOUS MAN is the story of an ordinary man’s search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and F-Troop is on TV. It is…

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
IMDb: 6.8
123 min

A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.

Little Nicholas

Little Nicholas

Little Nicholas
IMDb: 7.1
91 min

Nicolas has a happy existence, parents who love him, a great group of friends with whom he has great fun, and all he wants is that nothing changes. However, one…

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Genre: Best 2009, Comedy
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
IMDb: 7.2
67 min

United States President Lex Luthor uses the oncoming trajectory of a Kryptonite meteor to frame Superman and declare a $1 billion bounty on the heads of the Man of Steel…

Air Doll

Air Doll

Air Doll
IMDb: 6.9
125 min

An ”air doll” suddenly come to life one day. Without her owner knowing, she goes for a walk around town and falls in love with Junichi. She starts to date…

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Genre: Best 2009, Drama
Desert Flower

Desert Flower

Desert Flower
IMDb: 7.4
120 min

The autobiography of a Somalian nomad who was sold in marriage at 13, fled from Africa a while later to become finally an American supermodel and is now at the…

Genre: Best 2009, Drama
The Girl Who Played with Fire

The Girl Who Played with Fire

The Girl Who Played with Fire
IMDb: 7.2
129 min

Mikael Blomkvist, publisher of Millennium magazine, has made his living exposing the crooked and corrupt practices of establishment Swedish figures. So when a young journalist approaches him with a meticulously…

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Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
IMDb: 6.9
90 min

Inventor Flint Lockwood creates a machine that makes clouds rain food, enabling the down-and-out citizens of Chewandswallow to feed themselves. But when the falling food reaches gargantuan proportions, Flint must…

Ondine

Ondine

Ondine
IMDb: 6.8
111 min

An Irish fisherman discovers a woman in his fishing net believing her to be a mermaid.

Whip It

Whip It

Whip It
IMDb: 6.9
111 min

In Bodeen, Texas, Land Of The Dragon, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin.

Genre: Best 2009, Drama
The Good Heart

The Good Heart

The Good Heart
IMDb: 6.9
95 min

Brian Cox stars as Jacques, the curmudgeonly owner of a gritty New York dive bar that serves as home to a motley assortment of professional drinkers. Jacques is determinedly drinking…

Capitalism: A Love Story

Capitalism: A Love Story

Capitalism: A Love Story
IMDb: 7.4
127 min

Michael Moore’s CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY comes home to the issue he’s been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and…

I Am Love

I Am Love

I Am Love
IMDb: 7.0
120 min

Emma left Russia to live with her husband in Italy. Now a member of a powerful industrial family, she is the respected mother of three, but feels unfulfilled. One day,…

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Up in the Air

Up in the Air

Up in the Air
IMDb: 7.4
110 min

George Clooney plays the dry cynical character of Ryan Bingham, an executive who specializes in ”downsizing”. Ryan lives out of his suitcase, traveling the country for the sole purpose terminating…

Tinker Bell And The Lost Treasure

Tinker Bell And The Lost Treasure

Tinker Bell And The Lost Treasure
IMDb: 6.7
81 min

A blue harvest moon will rise, allowing the fairies to use a precious moonstone to restore the Pixie Dust Tree, the source of all their magic. But when Tinker Bell…

World’s Greatest Dad

World’s Greatest Dad

World’s Greatest Dad
IMDb: 6.9
99 min

In the wake of a freak accident, Lance suffers the worst tragedy and the greatest opportunity of his life. He is suddenly faced with the possibility of fame, fortune and…

9

9

9
IMDb: 7.1
79 min

When 9 first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. All humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of…

Inglourious Basterads

Inglourious Basterads

Inglourious Basterads
IMDb: 8.3
153 min

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as ”The Basterds” are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally…

The Secret in Their Eyes

The Secret in Their Eyes

The Secret in Their Eyes
IMDb: 8.2
130 min

A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior – both of…

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Merantau

Merantau

Merantau
IMDb: 6.7
106 min

In Minangkabau, West Sumatera, Yuda a skilled practitioner of Silat Harimau is in the final preparations to begin his ”Merantau” a century’s old rites-of-passage to be carried out by the…

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Julie & Julia

Julie & Julia

Julie & Julia
IMDb: 7.0
123 min

Julia Child and Julie Powell – both of whom wrote memoirs – find their lives intertwined. Though separated by time and space, both women are at loose ends… until they…

Queen to Play

Queen to Play

Queen to Play
IMDb: 6.9
97 min

In a small Corsican village, the life of Hélène, ordinary and single, She works as a maid in a hotel and is married happily with her Husband Ange and her…

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District 9

District 9

District 9
IMDb: 7.9
112 min

Aliens land in South Africa and, with their ship totally disabled, have no way home. Years later, after living in a slum and wearing out their welcome the ’Non-Humans’ are…

The Cove

The Cove

The Cove
IMDb: 8.4
92 min

The Cove tells the amazing true story of how an elite team of individuals, films makers and free divers embarked on a covert mission to penetrate the hidden cove in…

Adam

Adam

Adam
IMDb: 7.2
99 min

Adam, a lonely man with Asperger’s Syndrome, develops a relationship with his upstairs neighbor, Beth.

Green Lantern: First Flight

Green Lantern: First Flight

Green Lantern: First Flight
IMDb: 7.1
75 min

Test pilot Hal Jordan finds himself recruited as the newest member of the intergalactic police force, The Green Lantern Corps.

Orphan

Orphan

Orphan
IMDb: 6.9
123 min

A married couple with a rocky past adopt 9-year old, Esther to fill the void created by a recently-stillborn baby. However, Esther is not quite who she seems.

500 Days Of Summer

500 Days Of Summer

500 Days Of Summer
IMDb: 7.7
95 min

Tom, greeting-card writer and hopeless romantic, is caught completely off-guard when his girlfriend, Summer, suddenly dumps him. He reflects on their 500 days together to try to figure out where…

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
IMDb: 7.6
153 min

As Harry begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as ’Property of the Half-Blood Prince’, and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort’s dark past.

Public Enemies

Public Enemies

Public Enemies
IMDb: 7.0
140 min

Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger’s charm and audacity endear him to much of America’s downtrodden public, but he’s also a thorn in the side of J. Edgar Hoover and the…

Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs
IMDb: 6.9
94 min

Times are changing for Manny the moody mammoth, Sid the motor mouthed sloth and Diego the crafty saber-toothed tiger. Life heats up for our heroes when they meet some new…

Exam

Exam

Exam
IMDb: 6.8
101 min

The final candidates for a highly desirable corporate job are locked together in an exam room and given a test so simple and confusing that tension begins to unravel.

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Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
IMDb: 8.1
93 min

A drama based on the true story of a college professor’s bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.

Moon

Moon

Moon
IMDb: 7.9
97 min

With only three weeks left in his three year contract, Sam Bell is getting anxious to finally return to Earth. He is the only occupant of a Moon-based manufacturing facility…

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Tetro

Tetro

Tetro
IMDb: 6.8
127 min

Bennie travels to Buenos Aires to find his long-missing older brother, a once-promising writer who is now a remnant of his former self. Bennie’s discovery of his brother’s near-finished play…

Away We Go

Away We Go

Away We Go
IMDb: 7.0
98 min

Verona and Burt have moved to Colorado to be close to Burt’s parents but, with Veronica expecting their first child, Burt’s parents decide to move to Belgium, now leaving them…

I Killed My Mother

I Killed My Mother

I Killed My Mother
IMDb: 7.5
96 min

Hubert, a brash 17-year-old, is confused and torn by a love-hate relationship with his mother that consumes him more and more each day. After distressing ordeals and tragic episodes, Hubert…

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Genre: Best 2009, Drama
The Hangover

The Hangover

The Hangover
IMDb: 7.7
100 min

When three friends finally come to after a raucous night of bachelor-party revelry, they find a baby in the closet and a tiger in the bathroom. But they can’t seem…

Mother

Mother

Mother
IMDb: 7.8
129 min

A mother lives quietly with her son. One day, a girl is brutally killed, and the boy is charged with the murder. Now, it’s his mother’s mission to prove him…

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Up

Up

Up
IMDb: 8.2
96 min

Carl Fredricksen spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by, until a…

Looking for Eric

Looking for Eric

Looking for Eric
IMDb: 7.2
119 min

A man trying to put his life back on track gets some advice from an unexpected benefactor (the ex football player Eric Cantona) in this comedy-drama from acclaimed British director…

Prison Break: The Final Break

Prison Break: The Final Break

Prison Break: The Final Break
IMDb: 7.9
89 min

The movie covers the events which occurred in between the downfall of The Company and the finale of the series. It details the arrest and incarceration of Sara Tancredi, the…

Agora

Agora

Agora
IMDb: 7.2
127 min

A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria and her relationship with her slave Davus, who is torn between his love for her and the possibility…

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Fish Tank

Fish Tank

Fish Tank
IMDb: 7.3
123 min

Everything changes for 15 year old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.

Genre: Best 2009, Drama
Castaway on the Moon

Castaway on the Moon

Castaway on the Moon
IMDb: 8.1
119 min

Mr. Kim is jobless, lost in debt and has been dumped by his girlfriend. He decides to end it all by jumping into the Han River – only to find…

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Star Trek

Star Trek

Star Trek
IMDb: 7.9
127 min

The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James Kirk, is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock, a Vulcan, was raised in…

Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel

Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel

Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel
IMDb: 7.1
83 min

Three men walk into a bar; two geeks and a cynic. They are three ordinary blokes who all have dreams and hopes for an exciting and better future

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City of Life and Death

City of Life and Death

City of Life and Death
IMDb: 7.7
132 min

City of Life and Death takes place in 1937, during the height of the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Imperial Japanese Army has just captured the then-capital of the Republic of…

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State of Play

State of Play

State of Play
IMDb: 7.1
127 min

Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins is the future of his political party: an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. All eyes are…

Crows Zero II

Crows Zero II

Crows Zero II
IMDb: 7.3
133 min

Genji and his victorious G.P.S. alliance find themselves facing down a new challenge by the students of Hosen Academy, feared by everyone as ’The Army of Killers.’ The two schools,…

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Pirate Radio

Pirate Radio

Pirate Radio
IMDb: 7.4
135 min

The Boat that Rocked is an ensemble comedy, where the romance is between the young people of the 60s, and pop music. It’s about a band of DJs that captivate…

The Damned United

The Damned United

The Damned United
IMDb: 7.5
97 min

Taking over Leeds United, Brian Clough’s abrasive approach and his clear dislike of the players’ dirty style of play make it certain there is going to be friction. Glimpses of…

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Shinjuku Incident

Shinjuku Incident

Shinjuku Incident
IMDb: 7.0
119 min

Iron Zhao aka Steelhead, a truck repairman from China’s Northeast, and settles down as an illegal immigrant in Tokyo. After a series of run-ins with the Yakuza, he rises to…

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Sin Nombre

Sin Nombre

Sin Nombre
IMDb: 7.6
N/A

Set on the border, where Mexico becomes the crucible and the fearsome gangs of today’s Mexican countryside, the gauntlet, to freedom. The stories of a girl living in Honduras and…

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City Island

City Island

City Island
IMDb: 7.4
104 min

The Rizzos, a family who doesn’t share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con brought…

Watchmen

Watchmen

Watchmen
IMDb: 7.6
163 min

In a gritty and alternate 1985 the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is…