Nuovo Cinema Paradiso

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In Rome, Salvatore (Jacques Perrin) has received a message from his mother who lives in Giancaldo, Sicily. Turning his face away from the woman lying next to him, pretending to sleep, he begins reminiscing. He hasn't gone back in thirty years. It's time to return. When he was a kid, everyone called him Toto. As … Continue reading Nuovo Cinema Paradiso

Malena

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In a small town in Sicily, during the last years of dictator Mussolini, lives young and beautiful Malena (Monica Bellucci). Since her husband left for the war, she has become the object of desire of most men in that place. The women hate her with the same passion. Her only sin is her attractiveness and … Continue reading Malena

The Exonerated

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Contrary to the empty thrills of most horror movies and their ridiculous premises, sometimes real terror happens to people who find themselves wrongfully accused and convicted of heinous crimes. Some even pay with their lives, as director Bob Balaban presents in this 2005 film. This is not a conventional movie; there's no recreation of events … Continue reading The Exonerated

Mr. Holland’s Opus

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A beautiful and touching story about a composer (Richard Dreyfuss) whose dream is to make his living by creating music and ultimately his own opus. However, life has other plans for him. We meet Mr. Holland on his first day as a high school music teacher in the early 1960's. He rushes home every day … Continue reading Mr. Holland’s Opus

Genius

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Maxwell Perkins (Colin Firth) edited Hemingway's and Fitzgerald's books, and besides his admiration, he became their friend. Naturally, the same happened when Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) walked into his office one New York ordinary day in 1929. Expecting to hear the usual dreadful words from the editor: "we regret to inform you we're not interested", … Continue reading Genius

Apocalypto

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Not for the faint of heart, this is a violent film about survival. In a pre-Columbian Central American jungle, Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood) lives peacefully with his tribe until a surprise attack by a gang of brutal Mayan warriors destroy his village. They kill his father and most of his friends, but managing to survive, … Continue reading Apocalypto

Hawaii

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Here is a story about love, fate, manipulation, religious zeal, sacrifices and disappointment. Set in the 1800's, the story of Abner (Max Von Sydow) and Jerusha (Julie Andrews) is one of the best acclaimed novels by author James Michener. Jerusha loves Rafe (Richard Harris), a sailor who's been out to sea for too long. His … Continue reading Hawaii

Papillon

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Based on his book, here's the true story of convict Henri Charriere. Sentenced to life in the penal colony of French Guyana in the early 1930's, Papillon (French for butterfly) (Steve McQueen), as he was called because of his tattoo, is determined to escape the cruelest prison system of his times and pays a high … Continue reading Papillon

The Theory of Everything

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In 1963, Steven Hawking (Eddie Redmayne), a brilliant young astrophysicist is enjoying his time at Cambridge, England, where he lives a physically active life while getting ready to present his thesis about a single equation that could define the Universe. At this crucial time, he meets Jane (Felicity Jones) who is studying Spanish Medieval Poetry. … Continue reading The Theory of Everything

Lawrence of Arabia

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Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) and the men riding camels next to him had just crossed a vast and brutal desert. Nobody wants to go back to look for one of their own men left behind. They believe is that man's fate. Lawrence refuses to believe that and considers the possibility to save the man even if … Continue reading Lawrence of Arabia