Scepticotheque

by nesego | created - 13 Jan 2021 | updated - 30 Jun 2021 | Public

La cinémathèque sceptique et zététique

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1. Inherit the Wind (1960)

Passed | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

75 Metascore

Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a Tennessee science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Dick York

Votes: 30,338

2. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama

96 Metascore

The jury in a New York City murder trial is frustrated by a single member whose skeptical caution forces them to more carefully consider the evidence before jumping to a hasty verdict.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler

Votes: 781,026 | Gross: $4.36M

3. The Man from Earth (2007)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he has a longer and stranger past than they can imagine.

Director: Richard Schenkman | Stars: David Lee Smith, Tony Todd, John Billingsley, Ellen Crawford

Votes: 187,444

4. Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater

Votes: 68,144 | Gross: $10.51M

5. Les mercredis de l'histoire (1995– )
Episode: Dark Side of the Moon (2002)

52 min | Documentary

This hard-hitting mockumentary exposes how Stanley Kubrick faked the 1969 moon landing, with seeming-endorsements from many key players in NASA and the US government.

Director: William Karel | Stars: Philippe Faure, Christiane Kubrick, Jan Harlan, Vernon Walters

Votes: 1,889

6. Galilée ou L'amour de Dieu (2005 TV Movie)

Biography, Drama, History

The Dialogues, Galileo's masterpiece, were published in 1632 with the approval of Catholic censors. It was applauded by intellectuals but nevertheless aroused the Church's ire. Despite his ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe | Stars: Claude Rich, Daniel Prévost, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Frédéric van den Driessche

Votes: 90

7. Red Lights (2012)

R | 114 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

36 Metascore

Psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant study paranormal activity, which leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic who has resurfaced years after his toughest critic mysteriously passed away.

Director: Rodrigo Cortés | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy, Elizabeth Olsen

Votes: 61,951 | Gross: $0.05M

8. Le phallus et le néant (2019)

120 min | Documentary

In this film, 18 psychoanalysts and a pediatrician develop their edifying vision of sexuality, interviews interspersed with a small animated film showing in a very pedagogical way how the psychoanalyst's grip on the patient is built.

Director: Sophie Robert | Stars: Jean-Michel Hirt, Gérard Pommier, Jacqueline Schaeffer, Esthela Solano-Suarez

9. F for Fake (1973)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

87 Metascore

A documentary about fraud and fakery.

Directors: Orson Welles, Gary Graver, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach | Stars: Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach, Elmyr de Hory

Votes: 16,978

10. Agora (2009)

R | 127 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

55 Metascore

A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hope of pursuing freedom while falling in love with his mistress, the philosophy and mathematics professor Hypatia of Alexandria.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella, Oscar Isaac, Ashraf Barhom

Votes: 70,058 | Gross: $0.62M

11. Hero (2002)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

85 Metascore

A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Jet Li, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang

Votes: 181,513 | Gross: $53.71M

12. Rashomon (1950)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

98 Metascore

The rape of a bride and the murder of her samurai husband are recalled from the perspectives of a bandit, the bride, the samurai's ghost and a woodcutter.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 168,166 | Gross: $0.10M

14. La Démocratie des crédules (2017)

68 min | Documentary

The Democracy of the Gullible questions the unprecedented springboard that the Internet offers to "complotists" to the detriment of the word "experts". In this context, does the knowledge still have a chance before the belief?

Director: Jean Bergeron | Stars: Gérald Bronner, Luc Langevin

Votes: 6

15. The Game (1997)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

After a wealthy San Francisco banker is given an opportunity to participate in a mysterious game, his life is turned upside down as he begins to question if it might really be a concealed conspiracy to destroy him.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Michael Douglas, Deborah Kara Unger, Sean Penn, James Rebhorn

Votes: 393,669 | Gross: $48.32M

16. The Body (2001)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

21 Metascore

A crucified body dated back to the first century A.D is uncovered at an ancient cave in Jerusalem. Trouble ensues as word spreads.

Director: Jonas McCord | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Olivia Williams, John Shrapnel, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 9,082 | Gross: $0.03M

17. The Name of the Rose (1986)

R | 130 min | Drama, History, Mystery

54 Metascore

An intellectually nonconformist friar investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Helmut Qualtinger, Elya Baskin

Votes: 108,905 | Gross: $7.15M

18. Behind the Curve (2018)

TV-14 | 96 min | Documentary

Meet real Flat Earthers, a small but growing contingent of people who firmly believe in a conspiracy to suppress the truth that the Earth is flat.

Director: Daniel J. Clark | Stars: Mark K. Sargent, Patti Sargent, Hannalore Gerling-Dunsmore, Joe Pierre

Votes: 10,081

19. Death Defying Acts (2007)

PG | 97 min | Drama, History, Romance

48 Metascore

On a tour of Britain in 1926, Harry Houdini (Guy Pearce) enters into a passionate affair with a psychic out to con him.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Saoirse Ronan

Votes: 10,206 | Gross: $0.00M

20. I Origins (2014)

R | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

57 Metascore

A molecular biologist and his laboratory partner uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it.

Director: Mike Cahill | Stars: Michael Pitt, Steven Yeun, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Brit Marling

Votes: 125,728 | Gross: $0.33M

21. The Invention of Lying (2009)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

58 Metascore

A comedy set in a world where no one has ever lied, until a writer seizes the opportunity for personal gain.

Directors: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson | Stars: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K.

Votes: 141,460 | Gross: $18.44M

22. The Apparition (2018)

144 min | Drama, Mystery

64 Metascore

A journalist is sent by the Vatican to investigate a young girl claiming to be visited by the Virgin Mary.

Director: Xavier Giannoli | Stars: Vincent Lindon, Galatéa Bellugi, Patrick d'Assumçao, Anatole Taubman

Votes: 1,575 | Gross: $0.03M

23. Houdini (2014)

G | 53 min | Animation, Adventure

It's 1866 and twelve year old Harry has lived and breathed magic since his early childhood. The problem is that his hometown, Appletown, is not the best place for his natural talent to ... See full summary »

Director: Cédric Babouche | Stars: Ulises Otero, Nathalie Benaumé, Fanny Bloc, Marie Facundo

Votes: 97

24. Experimenter (2015)

PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

81 Metascore

In 1961, famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted a series of radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans' willingness to obey authority.

Director: Michael Almereyda | Stars: John Palladino, Anthony Edwards, Jim Gaffigan, Peter Sarsgaard

Votes: 18,675 | Gross: $0.16M

25. I... For Icarus (1979)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Conspiracy thriller inspired by the conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of JFK. After a fictional president is assassinated, a determined, tough prosecutor investigates the emerging conspiracy behind it.

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Yves Montand, Michel Albertini, Roland Amstutz, Jean-Pierre Bagot

Votes: 4,030

26. Contact (1997)

PG | 150 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt

Votes: 274,486 | Gross: $100.92M

27. Regression (I) (2015)

R | 106 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

32 Metascore

A detective and a psychoanalyst uncover evidence of a satanic cult while investigating a young woman's terrifying past.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Ethan Hawke, David Thewlis, Emma Watson, Dale Dickey

Votes: 40,257 | Gross: $0.05M

28. Denial (II) (2016)

PG-13 | 109 min | Biography, Drama

63 Metascore

Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott

Votes: 21,679 | Gross: $4.07M

29. Black Death (2010)

R | 102 min | Action, Drama, Horror

71 Metascore

Set during the time of the first outbreak of bubonic plague in England, a young monk is given the task of learning the truth about reports of people being brought back to life in a small village.

Director: Christopher Smith | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, Carice van Houten, Kimberley Nixon

Votes: 48,361 | Gross: $0.02M

30. La controverse de Valladolid (1992 TV Movie)

87 min | Drama, History

Spain conquered the seas, found a new world and different realities than the one known in Europe. But a question needed to be answered with what they found in those new territories: do the ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe | Stars: Jean-Pierre Marielle, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jean Carmet, Jean-Michel Dupuis

Votes: 383

31. The Prestige (2006)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

After a tragic accident, two stage magicians in 1890s London engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine

Votes: 1,318,418 | Gross: $53.09M

32. The Wave (2008)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

A high school teacher's experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own.

Director: Dennis Gansel | Stars: Jürgen Vogel, Frederick Lau, Max Riemelt, Jennifer Ulrich

Votes: 109,351

34. An Honest Liar (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

76 Metascore

The life and career of the renowned stage magician turned scientific skeptic of the paranormal, James Randi.

Directors: Tyler Measom, Justin Weinstein | Stars: James Randi, José Alvarez, Penn Jillette, Teller

Votes: 10,086 | Gross: $0.12M

35. Kumaré (2011)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

60 Metascore

A documentary about a man who impersonates a wise Indian Guru and builds a following in Arizona. At the height of his popularity, the Guru Kumaré must reveal his true identity to his disciples and unveil his greatest teaching of all.

Director: Vikram Gandhi | Stars: Vikram Gandhi, Toby, Greg, Molly

Votes: 5,033 | Gross: $0.13M

36. The Number 23 (2007)

R | 98 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Walter Sparrow becomes obsessed with a novel that he believes was written about him, as more and more similarities between himself and his literary alter ego seem to arise.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, Logan Lerman, Danny Huston

Votes: 202,918 | Gross: $35.19M

37. Marjoe (1972)

PG | 88 min | Documentary, Biography

This Oscar-winning documentary explores the life of one-time child evangelist and faith healer Marjoe Gortner. The son of professional evangelists, Gortner was preaching on the Southern tent-revival circuit by the age of 3.

Directors: Sarah Kernochan, Howard Smith | Stars: Agnes Benjamin, Marjoe Gortner, Vernon Gortner, Sarah Kernochan

Votes: 1,589

38. Holy Smoke (1999)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

Ruth's been brainwashed by a guru in Delhi, India. Her parents in Sydney hire a specialist in reversing this. Ruth is tricked to return to Australia and is isolated in an outback cabin with the specialist. It gets messy.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Kate Winslet, Harvey Keitel, Julie Hamilton, Sophie Lee

Votes: 14,984 | Gross: $1.76M

39. Le jeu de la mort (2010 TV Movie)

95 min | Documentary

Adapting Milgram's experiment into a game show format, this documentary explores the limits of human obedience to a new type of authority figure: television.

Directors: Thomas Bornot, Alain-Michel Blanc, Gilles Amado | Stars: Philippe Torreton, Laurent Le Doyen, Denis Loubaton, Tania Young

Votes: 255

40. The Great Debaters (2007)

PG-13 | 126 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship.

Director: Denzel Washington | Stars: Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Kimberly Elise, Nate Parker

Votes: 59,105 | Gross: $30.23M

41. Deadly Games (1989)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

On Christmas Eve, a resourceful young boy has to defend himself and his grandfather from a killer dressed as Santa Claus.

Director: René Manzor | Stars: Brigitte Fossey, Louis Ducreux, Patrick Floersheim, Alain Lalanne

Votes: 2,199

42. Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

R | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

75 Metascore

Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult.

Director: Sean Durkin | Stars: Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, Christopher Abbott

Votes: 53,411 | Gross: $2.98M

43. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

91 Metascore

King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.

Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 538,877 | Gross: $1.23M