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Catch-22
Oscar winner Mike Nichols superbly directs this cinematic adaptation of Joseph Heller's scathing black comedy about a small group of pilots in the Mediterranean in 1944. There are winners and losers, opportunists and survivors. Separately and together they are nervous,…
Logan Lucky
Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "Soderbergh's return to feature is a redneck riff…
Papillon
This is the epic story of Henri "Papillon" Charriere (Charlie Hunnam), a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who is framed for murder and condemned to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil's Island. Determined to regain his freedom, Papillon…
Seven Samurai
One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, SEVEN SAMURAI (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride from Akira…
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Megan Leavey
A film based on the true life story of a young marine corporal (Kate Mara) whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is assigned to clean up…
Female Agents - Les femmes de l'ombre
In this captivating historical drama, four French servicewomen are enlisted into the British Special Operations Executive. Their misson is to first rescue a British army geologist caught reconnoitering the beaches at Normandy, and then to kill a German SS colonel…
Eye in the Sky
Helen Mirren stars as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK-based military officer in command of a top-secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the…
The Italian Job
Charlie (Michael Caine) is out of jail and planning the heist of the century. Aided by top criminal mastermind Mr Bridger (Noel Coward), Charlie sets off with a team of villains and to lift $4,000,000 from under the noses of…
The Professional - Le Professionnel
Assassinating high-profile targets is old hat for French Secret Service agent Josselin Beaumont (Jean-Paul Belmondo). But when his assignment to take down African warlord N'Jala (Pierre Saintons) is canceled, he's shocked to learn that his government is surrendering him to…
The Battle of Algiers
One of the most influential political films in history, THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS, by Gillo Pontecorvo, vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both…
The Light at the Edge of the World
In 1865, pirates led by Captain Kongre (Yul Brynner) try to capture a lighthouse on Cape Horn. They kill two keepers, but the third (Kirk Douglas) escapes and carries on the battle against the pirates. This adventure story was adapted…
Anthropoid
A historical war-drama based on the extraordinary true story of two soldiers from the Czechoslovakian army-in-exile, Josef Gabcik (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubis (Jamie Dornan), who are parachuted into their occupied homeland in December 1941. With limited intelligence and little…
Stalag 17
Two worthy Academy Award nominees from 1950's Sunset Boulevard - actor William Holden and director Billy Wilder - re-teamed three years later for the gripping World War II drama, STALAG 17. The result was another Best Director nomination for Wilder…
Sands of Iwo Jima
Tough-as-nails career Marine Sergeant John Stryker (John Wayne) is greatly disliked by the men of his squad, particularly the combat replacements, for the rigorous training he puts them through. From training to the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War…
Oldboy
Oh Dae-su is an ordinary Seoul businessman with a wife and young daughter who, after a drunken night on the town, is locked up in a strange, private "prison" for 15 years. No one tells him why he's there or…
Brimstone
Wrongly accused of a crime she didn't commit, a frontier woman turned fugitive (Dakota Fanning) is hunted by a vengeful preacher (Guy Pearce) in the menacing inferno of the American West. Nominated for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival…
Is Paris Burning?
The courage-filled story of the Allied Resistance and the Paris Liberation of 1944. As the Nazi jackboot marches through Europe, the freedom fighters of Paris mount a brave resistance. Nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction at the Academy…
A Touch of Sin
A "brilliant exploration of violence and corruption in contemporary China" (Jon Frosch, The Atlantic ), A TOUCH OF SIN was inspired by four shocking (and true) events that forced the world's fastest growing economy into a period of self-examination. Written…
In Harm's Way
Director Otto Preminger's epic treatment of the bombing of Pearl Harbor details the devastating attack on the Hawaiian naval base as well as the explosive, behind-the-scenes stories. An awesome cast - including John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Henry Fonda is…
1944
The year is 1944. As the Battle of Tannenberg Line rages, Estonia finds itself helplessly trapped in the crossfire of two opposing forces. With the Red Army on the offensive, the severely outnumbered SS dig in to repel the Soviet…