Films you might not have seen but SHOULD (part 2)

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1.
My Life Without Me (2003)
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A young woman conceals the fact of her terminal cancer to live her life with a passion she never had before. (106 mins.)
Director: Isabel Coixet
“ Ok, it's a woman dying film, but really upbeat, and Mark Ruffalo is great, and it's much better than your usual 'pulling on your heartstrings' film. ” - malleemal
 
2.
In Bruges (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be. (107 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
“ Fantastic script, great acting, loads of twists and turns. Farrell and Fiennes at their best.A more entertaining 107 minutes you'll struggle to find. ” - malleemal
 
3.
The Burning Plain (2008)
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A drama with a two-tiered storyline concerning a mother and daughter who try to form a bond after the young woman's difficult childhood. (107 mins.)
“ A great film where you realise how much we underestimate Kim Basinger. The moral of the film, 'What goes around, comes around'!! ” - malleemal
 
4.
The Wrestler (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle. (109 mins.)
“ Ok, you probably have seen this film. But if you haven't, do!! Made for Mickey Rourke, great acting all round. Even if you aren't a WWF fan, watch it. ” - malleemal
 
5.
Bronson (2008)
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A young man who was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending three decades in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter-ego, Charles Bronson. (92 mins.)
“ If you've seen 'Chopper' or 'Hunger', and liked it, watch this. Story loses it's way a couple of times, but Tom Hardy as Bronson is a class act. ” - malleemal
 
6.
Elling (2001)
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When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet... (89 mins.)
Director: Petter Næss
“ A Norwegian comedy that you'll remember for a long time. With it's own Scandanavian type of humour, the characters grab you by the scruff of the neck, and you want things to go well for them. You cringe at their social ineptness, but realise, deep down, they're just like you and me. ” - malleemal
 
7.
Sling Blade (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town. (135 mins.)
“ An intense, disturbing film. Don't let it put you off. One of the finest performances you'll ever see, by Billy Bob Thornton.I can't recommend it enough. ” - malleemal
 
8.
Charlie Bartlett (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A rich kid becomes the self-appointed psychiatrist to the student body of his new high school. (97 mins.)
Director: Jon Poll
“ A good teen school film, easy viewing, open the popcorn, cosy down, and enjoy. ” - malleemal
 
9.
The Wackness (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
It's the summer of 1994, and the streets of New York are pulsing with hip-hop. Set against this backdrop, a lonely teenager named Luke Shapiro spends his last summer before university selling marijuana throughout New York City, trading it with his unorthodox psychotherapist for treatment, while having a crush on his stepdaughter. (99 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Levine
“ This film doesn't fit in to many categories, but Josh Peck and Ben Kingsley put in such great performances as this odd couple. If you like something away from the main stream, a great film to try. ” - malleemal
 
10.
Eagle vs Shark (2007)
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Eagle vs Shark is the tale of two socially awkward misfits and the strange ways they try to find love; through revenge on high-school bullies, burgers, and video games. (88 mins.)
Director: Taika Waititi
“ A classic independent comedy. Characters you cringe for. Geeks you'd avoid like the plague. But you just want to be their friend by the end of the film. I've watched it 3 times, and find new stuff to laugh at every time. ” - malleemal
 
11.
The Visitor (2007)
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A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment. (104 mins.)
Director: Tom McCarthy
“ Richard Jenkins, a face you'll have seen on tv, plays a great part in this unassuming film about immigration, and a man facing mid life alone. definately worth a watch. ” - malleemal
 
12.
The Air I Breathe (2007)
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A drama based on an ancient Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. A businessman bets his life on a horse race; a gangster sees the future; a pop star falls prey to a crime boss; a doctor must save the love of his life. (95 mins.)
Director: Jieho Lee
“ Don't know why i liked this so much, as it seems Brendan Fraser is totally miscast. But I really enjoyed it, it didn't follow the usual storylines. ” - malleemal
 
13.
Lonesome Jim (2005)
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Failing to make it on his own, twenty-seven-year-old Jim moves back in with his parents and deals with crippling family obligations. (91 mins.)
Director: Steve Buscemi
“ I'm a sucker for romantic drama, and this is a great indie with great acting, great direction, and a good blend of hope, despair, comedy and romance. ” - malleemal
 
14.
Definitely, Maybe (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A political consultant tries to explain his impending divorce and past relationships to his 11-year-old daughter. (112 mins.)
Director: Adam Brooks
“ Now this is an out and out 'Romcom', which are not always my favourites, but I sat down one winters afternoon and absolutely loved this!! Plenty of laudable performances, and a good end to boot. ” - malleemal
 
15.
Dead Man's Shoes (2004)
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A disaffected soldier returns to his hometown to get even with the thugs who brutalized his mentally-challenged brother years ago. (90 mins.)
Director: Shane Meadows
“ Best brit film I can think of this century. The menace achieved in this greatly filmed story is palpable. You just hope you never get caught up in this type of situation!! Fantastic. ” - malleemal
 
16.
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
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A delusional young man strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet. (106 mins.)
Director: Craig Gillespie
“ Ok, this is probably a film you've heard of or seen, but if not, please watch it. A totally unique story, perfectly acted with the right amount of unbelievability, comedy and sympathy. But ultimately, it's a love story. ” - malleemal
 
17.
Delicatessen (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants. (99 mins.)
“ My first Jean-Pierre Jeunet film, but not my last. Delicious screenplay, fantastic characters, hilarious scenes portrayed with unique imagery. Jeunets films take you to a whole new level. Try this, you'll hate it or absolutely love it. ” - malleemal
 
18.
You Kill Me (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
While drying out on the West Coast, an alcoholic hit man befriends a tart-tongued woman who might just come in handy when it's time for him to return to Buffalo and settle some old scores. (93 mins.)
Director: John Dahl
“ Another great Ben Kingsley performance, this time in a film of many colours. With comedy, violence, romance and drama, it successfully gives you a lot of entertainment for your money. ” - malleemal
 
19.
30 Days of Night (2007)
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After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires. (113 mins.)
Director: David Slade
“ Now i haven't mentioned many horrors, but i particularly liked this one. The tension is maintained, The story is fairly believable (for a vampire movie), and the acting is ok. Not romanticised, and shot well in a snowy bleak Alaskan town, it did it for me! ” - malleemal
 
20.
Bottle Rocket (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Three friends plan to pull off a simple robbery and go on the run. (91 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ Another great indie, directed by Wes Anderson and starring the Wilson brothers, Owen and Luke. A great comedy, full of laugh out loud scenes, and a great robbery finale which completes a great film full of memorable moments. ” - malleemal
 
21.
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
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A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss. (118 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
“ Not a lot of laughs in this film, but some great acting. Benicio del toro is fine alongside Halle Berry, and the film is moving and entertaining and shows you don't have to come away smiling to enjoy a film. ” - malleemal