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12 Years a Slave

  • Takes itself Seriously ▶ Yes please
  • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
  • Moralistic ▶ Yes please
  • Rules ▶ Rigid or strongly constrained
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Earth (1930)

Though virtually unknown today, Aleksandr Dovzhenko's silent film Earth (1930) received high praise almost immediately, and has been a top contender in several polls of the greatest films ever made. It's a simple propaganda piece that overcomes its flaws through graceful cinematography and editing. The story of a farm collective that obtains a tractor pales next to the images of man trying and failing to control his element. Birth, death and rebirth takes place no matter how man interferes. To that end, Dovzhenko continually squashes his human forms to the bottom of the frame, giving beautiful precedence to the sky and the horizon. read more...
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    • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
    • Takes itself Seriously ▶ Yes please
    • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time
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Earth (1930)

99.0% Match

  • With: Semyon Svashenko, Mikola Nademsy, Stephan Shkurat, Yelena Maximova, Yulia Solntseva
  • Written by: Alexander Dovzhenko
  • Directed by: Alexander Dovzhenko
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Language: Silent with English intertitles
  • Running Time: 70 minutes
  • Release Date: 04/07/1930
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Virunga (2014)

Netflix's own feature documentary Virunga received an Oscar nomination, which will most likely pique the interests of many subscribers. And it is indeed compelling, moving beyond the usual talking heads of most documentaries and closer to the human condition. It's also a strong work of journalism, depicting the struggles of the Virunga National Park in Africa's Congo. The park is home to an endangered species of mountain gorilla, and animal lovers will want to save their best "awwws" for these huggable, docile creatures. But the park must also maintain its own militia, because it's also the home of many precious natural resources -- including a recently discovered oil deposit -- which makes it a constant target. The movie includes some shocking hidden camera footage of oilmen discussing their nefarious plans, as well as footage of real attacks. In real-life, park director Emmanuel de Merode was shot just before the film's premiere (he survived). Orlando von Einsiedel directed this powerful, must-see film. read more...
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Virunga (2014)

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  • With: André Bauma, Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo, Emmanuel de Merode, Mélanie Gouby
  • Written by: Orlando von Einsiedel
  • Directed by: Orlando von Einsiedel
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Language: English, French, Swahili, with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Release Date: 11/06/2014
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An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

If you see only one movie this year, make it An Inconvenient Truth. It may not be the year's best movie, or its most entertaining, but it's certainly the most terrifyingly crucial. read more...
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    • Anxiety Level ▶ I like my stomach in knots
    • Moralistic ▶ Yes please
    • Realism ▶ Magical, Futuristic, Fantastic
    • How Things Happen ▶ By cause and effect, mechanics, rules or facts
    • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
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An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

98.0% Match

  • With: Al Gore
  • Written by: n/a
  • Directed by: Davis Guggenheim
  • MPAA Rating: PG for mild thematic elements
  • Running Time: 100 minutes
  • Release Date: 01/23/2006
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Most spy movies tend to rely mostly on dialogue and exotic locations to tell their complex stories. But based on a novel by John le Carré -- which was also made into a 1979 mini-series starring Alec Guinness -- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy gets by on subtlety. Swedish director Tomas Alfredson, who makes his English language debut, maintains an intricate balance here. And Gary Oldman, walking in Guinness's formidable shoes, gives a truly great, reserved performance. read more...
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    • Brainy ▶ Brainy or complex
    • Optimistic ▶ No thanks
    • Moralistic ▶ Yes please
    • Innocence ▶ Seasoned, Savvy, Streetwise
    • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
    • Pace ▶ Slow
    • Takes itself Seriously ▶ Yes please
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

97.0% Match

  • With: Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Colin Firth, Toby Jones, Ciarán Hinds, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, David Dencik, Kathy Burke, Stephen Graham, Simon McBurney, Tom Hardy, Amanda Fairbank-Hynes, Christian McKay, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Konstantin Khabensky
  • Written by: Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan, based on a novel by John le Carré
  • Directed by: Tomas Alfredson
  • MPAA Rating: R for violence, some sexuality/nudity and language
  • Running Time: 127 minutes
  • Release Date: 09/04/2011
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Deliver Us from Evil (2006)

Amy Berg's Oscar-nominated documentary tells the story of Catholic priest Father Oliver O'Grady, who, each time he was caught molesting children, was moved by the Church to some other small town. This grim territory was already well covered in films like Kirby Dick's Twist of Faith (2004). But where Deliver Us from Evil succeeds is in its canny psychological profile of the Catholic Church, and how its history feeds into its current psychosis. It's shocking and revealing to hear how the current problem and all its emotional suffering is the result of sheer greed. By getting to the root of the problem, Berg moves beyond a mere exposé and into something more profoundly useful. read more...
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    • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
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Deliver Us from Evil (2006)

96.0% Match

  • With: Oliver O'Grady, Bob Jyono, Maria Jyono, Ann Jyono, Nancy Sloan, Case De Groot, Jane De Groot, Father Thomas Doyle, John Manly, Pat Wall, Detective Mike Walker, Adam M., Monsignor Cain, Cardinal Roger Mahony
  • Written by: Amy Berg
  • Directed by: Amy Berg
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 101 minutes
  • Release Date: 06/23/2006
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