My best guess is that between six and ten of these movies won't be familiar. Those are the most useful titles for you, instead of an ordering of movies you already know all about.
One recent year I committed the outrage of listing 20 movies in alphabetical order. What an uproar! Here are my top 20 films, in order of approximate preference.
1. "A Separation"
This Iranian film won't open in Chicago until Jan. 27. It won the Golden Bear at Berlin and was just named the year's best foreign film by the New York Film Critics Circle. It is specifically Iranian, but I believe the more specific
Fourteen-year-old Annie (Liana Liberato) is like any other teenager: she wants to grow up too quickly and spends her days trying to impress the popular girls at her school. At home, she spends her time chatting in online chatrooms. When she starts talking to a guy who claims to be another high school student, they become fast friends and Annie begins to consider Charlie (Chris Henry Coffey) her first boyfriend.
Written, directed, produced and edited by Chris Shimojima, Dp and editor of the acclaimed web-series Downsized, Madeleine Zabel tears away the makeup laden exterior of a fictional pop star and exposes the fragile, broken humanity that lies beneath. Jenna D’Angelo portrays the questionably talented, yet equally popular and criticized Maddy Z with a convincing range of emotions. She hides her true feelings until the end,
Release Date: 7/26/11 | Price: Blu-ray $29.99, DVD $28.98
Specs: R | 106 min. | Drama | 2.35:1 widescreen | DTS-hd Master Audio 5.1/Dolby Digital 5.1 | English and Spanish subtitles
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Featuring a subject that one usually finds in made-for-Lifetime films, Trust is a surprisingly engrossing, well-crafted and finely acted drama that defies its initial movie-of-the-week categorization.
Clive Owen readies for action in Trust.
Directed by David Schwimmer (yep, Friends‘ Ross in his second theatrical feature following the 2007 comedy Run, Fatboy, Run), Trust tells the story of how a solid suburban family is affected after a 14-year-old girl (Liana Liberato) gets into an online relationship with a “friend.” She believes the friend to be a slightly older young man, but he turns out to be a a middle-aged man (Chris Henry Coffey
Stars: Liana Liberato, Chris Henry Coffey, Catherine Keener, Clive Owen | Written by Andy Bellin, Robert Festinger | Directed by David Schwimmer
Though he has to some extent established himself as perfectly capable of directing with his work on Friends and Simon Pegg rom-com Run Fatboy Run, a hard-hitting and serious drama about rape is perhaps not the first thing you might expect from goofy Ross Gellar himself, David Schwimmer. Before even a frame of film rolled, I had to tip my hat to the man for taking such a bold decision. It is pleasing then, that the film is of such high quality.
Trust introduces us to an all-too happy family. Middle child Annie (Liberato) is constantly glued to her laptop or her smartphone, chatting online. Her attention is mostly devoted to a friendly boy who claims to be twenty. Annie becomes concerned, but not scared off when Charlie (Coffey
"...teenager 'Annie' (Liana Liberato) receives a laptop computer for her birthday from her parents, 'Will' (Owen) and 'Lynn' (Keener). Little do they realize that their seemingly innocuous gift would serve as a gateway-an unlocked door- through which a charming and manipulative man (Chris Henry Coffey) would enter Annie's world..."
Screenplay for "Trust" is by Andy Bellin, the author of "Poker Nation".
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Clive Owen is looking for Trust.
Directed by Friends star David Schwimmer (the second movie he has helmed after 2007’s Run, Fatboy, Run), the independent film tells the story of 14-year-old Annie (Liberato), who gets into an online friendship with someone whom she believes to be close to her own age. But, it turns out that her online buddy Charlie (Chris Henry Coffey) is a middle-age man stalking the Internet in search of teenage girls to seduce, much to the shock and fury of Annie’s parents (Owen and Keener).
Also starring Viola Davis (Eat Pray Love) and Noah Emmerich (Fair Game), Trust just hit the theaters last week in a limited release and got positive reviews.
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In light of recent rumors concerning Google’s plans for a facial recognition app, there couldn’t a more appropriate time for a film like “Trust” to be seen and discussed by families across America. A passing glance at the film’s premise may lead one to expect little more than a moralizing weepie destined for Lifetime, but such an assumption could not be further from the truth. This is a film of startling power and wrenching emotion, with several sequences that emit all the painful vulnerability of an open wound.
A suburban family is torn apart when fourteen-year-old Annie (Liana Liberato) meets her first boyfriend online. After months of communicating via online chat and phone, Annie discovers her friend (Chris Henry Coffey) is not who he originally claimed to be. Shocked into disbelief, her parents (Clive Owen and Catherine Keener) are shattered by their daughter’s actions and struggle to support her as she comes to terms with what has happened to her once innocent life.
Catherine Keener and Liana Liberato in ‘Trust’
Viola Davis, Noah Emmerich, Brandon Molale, Jason Clarke, Nicole Forester, Noah Crawford, Kevin Navayne, Jordan Trovillion, Laura Niemi and Robert Axelrod also stars.
Trust will hit limited theaters in the U.S. on April 1st, 2011.
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