My Watching List for May 2012

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1.
Birdsong (2012 Mini-Series)
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As an English soldier fights in the horrific trenches of northern France, he is haunted by the memories of his forbidden love affair with a French woman. (165 mins.)
 
2.
Adam (2009)
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Adam, a lonely man with Asperger's Syndrome, develops a relationship with his upstairs neighbor, Beth. (99 mins.)
Director: Max Mayer
 
3.
Chronicle (2012)
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Whilst attending a party, three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides. (84 mins.)
Director: Josh Trank
 
4.
Jane Eyre (2011)
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A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret. (120 mins.)
 
5.
Mr. Nobody (2009)
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A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible. (141 mins.)
 
6.
Rocket Science (2007)
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Looking for answers to life's big questions, a stuttering boy joins his high school debate team. (101 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Blitz
 
7.
Schindler's List (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans. (195 mins.)
 
8.
Spud (2010)
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It's South Africa 1990. Two major events are about to happen: The release of Nelson Mandela and, more importantly, it's Spud Milton's first year at an elite boys only private boarding school. (103 mins.)
Director: Donovan Marsh
 
9.
Thank You for Smoking (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Satirical comedy follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son. (92 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
 
10.
The Secret of Kells (2009)
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A young boy in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids is beckoned to adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives with an ancient book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. (75 mins.)
 
11.
Alive (1993)
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A Uruguayan rugby team stranded in the snow swept Andes are forced to use desperate measures to survive after a plane crash. (120 mins.)
Director: Frank Marshall
 
12.
A Bird of the Air (2011)
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A man in search of his past, and a woman who lives in the moment, are brought together when they pursue the origins of a stray parrot in this comedic and romantic drama. (108 mins.)
 
13.
A Good Year (2006)
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A British investment broker inherits his uncle's chateau and vineyard in Provence, where he spent much of his childhood. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
14.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
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A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs and rock n' roll. (90 mins.)
Director: Amy Heckerling
 
15.
Life in a Day (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary shot by film-makers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the twenty-fourth of July, 2010. (95 mins.)
 
16.
The Woman in Black (2012)
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A young solicitor travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. (95 mins.)
Director: James Watkins
 
17.
New York, I Love You (2008)
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Several love stories set in one of the most loved cities of the world, New York. (103 mins.)
 
18.
The Ides of March (2011)
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An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail. (101 mins.)
Director: George Clooney
 
19.
Warrior (2011)
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The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother. (140 mins.)
Director: Gavin O'Connor
 
20.
Let the Right One In (2008)
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Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl. (115 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
 
21.
Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
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At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed. (94 mins.)
 
22.
The Lives of Others (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. (137 mins.)
 
23.
Le Havre (2011)
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When an African boy arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre, an aging shoe shiner takes pity on the child and welcomes him into his home. (93 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
24.
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
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Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. (128 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
25.
Laurel Canyon (2002)
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When an uptight young man and his fiancee move into his libertine mother's house, the resulting clash of life attitudes shakes everyone up. (103 mins.)
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
 
26.
Inside Man (2006)
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A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation. (129 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
27.
The Artist (2011)
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A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. (100 mins.)
 
28.
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
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Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined. (112 mins.)
Director: Lynne Ramsay
 
29.
Waking Life (2001)
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A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe. (99 mins.)
 
30.
Castle in the Sky (1986)
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A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki