Biography, Documentary, Thriller: Winner of the 2014 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature. In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras was in the process of constructing a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four,” who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. Poitras is a great and brave filmmaker, but she is also a masterful storyteller: she compresses the many days of questioning, waiting, confirming, watching the world’s reaction and agonizing over the next move, into both a great character study of Snowden and a narrative that will leave you on the edge of your seat as it inexorably moves toward its conclusion. CITIZENFOUR is a major work on multiple levels, and a deeply unsettling experience.
Biography, Crime, Documentary: On August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit, a French wire walker, juggler, and street performer days shy of his 25th birthday, spent 45 minutes walking, dancing, kneeling, and lying on a wire he and friends strung between the rooftops of the Twin Towers. Uses contemporary interviews, archival footage, and recreations to tell the story of his previous walks between towers of Notre Dame and of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, his passions and friendships, and the details of the night before the walk: getting cable into the towers, hiding from guards, and mounting the wire. It ends with observations of the profound changes the walk's success brought to Philippe and those closest to him
Crime, Documentary, Mystery: Death Row convict Nick is a puzzle. Who is this man? What did he do? What didn't he do? How do the pieces fit together?
Documentary, Mystery, Thriller: After stumbling upon a bizarre "competitive endurance tickling" video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, reporter David Farrier reaches out to request a story from the company. But the reply he receives is shocking - the sender mocks Farrier's sexual orientation and threatens extreme legal action should he dig any deeper. So, like any good journalist confronted by a bully, he does just the opposite: he travels to the hidden tickling facilities in Los Angeles and uncovers a vast empire, known for harassing and harming the lives of those who protest their involvement in these films. The more he investigates, the stranger it gets, discovering secret identities and criminal activity. Discovering the truth becomes Farrier's obsession, despite increasingly sinister threats and warnings. With humour and determination, Farrier and co-director Dylan Reeve summon up every resource available to get to the bottom of this tickling wormhole.
Biography, Documentary, Thriller: Set against the chaotic backdrop of recent Middle East conflicts, The Green Prince is a breathtaking, multi-layered thriller tracing the details of an unprecedented secret partnership between two sworn enemies. Telling the true story of the complex relationship between the son of a Hamas leader and the Israeli secret service agent who recruits him as an informant, this extraordinary documentary is a startling insight into the world of counter-espionage and a stunning account of power, betrayal and ultimately an unlikely friendship. Full of twists, turns and shocking revelations, The Green Prince is a powerfully gripping cinematic experience from the Oscar-winning producer of Man on Wire and Searching for Sugar Man.
Documentary, Drama, Mystery: A man begins an intense online affair with a stranger. Expectations can let you down. But no one expected ... this.
Biography, Crime, Documentary: The unbelievable but true story of four young men who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history.
Crime, Documentary, Thriller: 'Welcome to Leith' is a feature documentary chronicling the attempted takeover of a small town in North Dakota by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb. Filmed in the days leading up to Cobb's arrest for terrorizing the townspeople on an armed patrol and his subsequent release from jail six months later, the film is an eerie document of American DIY ideals.
Crime, Documentary, Drama: He's a family friend. She's a radiant little girl. And her parents don't recognize the danger until it's too late.
Documentary, Drama, Music: Godfrey Reggio takes on the digital revolution in the final chapter of his Qatsi Trilogy. Through a variety of cinematic techniques, including slow motion, time-lapse, computer- generated imagery, and found footage, the film tells of a world that has completed the transition from the natural to the artificial. Globalization has been accomplished, all of our interactions are technologically mediated, and all images are manipulated. From this (virtual) reality, Reggio sculpts a frenetic yet ruminative portrait of an era in which the cacophony of “communication” has rendered humankind effectively postlanguage.
Documentary, Thriller: Despite a lack of obvious similarities between Siberia and Tokyo, a thriving model industry connects these distant regions. Girl Model follows two protagonists involved in this industry: Ashley, a deeply ambivalent model scout who scours the Siberian countryside looking for fresh faces to send to the Japanese market, and one of her discoveries, Nadya, a thirteen year old plucked from the Siberian countryside and dropped into the center of Tokyo with promises of a profitable career.
Thriller, Western: Inside the smuggling scandal that has shaken the international art world. It's a rare art gem that cost $5 million, but a growing body of evidence suggests that a bronze statue acquired by Australia's National Gallery was stolen, and points to foul play on a grand scale.
Drama, Horror, Mystery: You're in a torture chamber with 50 people. Victims are dropping like flies. But you can save one. Who will it be?
Drama, Mystery, Romance: Japanese snowboard movie.
Action, Adventure, Drama: Luce is just an ordinary teen girl until a shocking accident sends her to a mysterious reform school for misfit and eclectic teenagers. There, she meets two students, Daniel and Cam. Torn between the instant electrifying connection she feels with Daniel and the attracting force of Cam, Luce is quickly pulled into a passionate love triangle. As she tries to piece together deeply fragmented memories, she is left with a feeling of undeniable longing for her one true love and the revelation of a love story that has been going on for centuries,that will shatter the boundaries between heaven and earth.
Crime, Drama, Thriller: Based on true events of the controversial case of an American student accused of murder in Italy, journalist Simone Ford (Kate Beckinsale) and a filmmaker Thomas Lang (Daniel Bruhl) lose themselves in a notorious murder case they are covering. Caught up in the city's seedy underbelly and the media frenzy surrounding the horrific murder, Thomas begins to question the motives of the people around him as the mystery proves greater than he imagined.