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Here are the names of some movies we think are worth renting.

Ratings
****   Great, must see
*** Highly recommended
** Good, recommended
* Worth renting; some great moments
NFE Not for everyone
2002
  • About a Boy (light, romantic comedy; based on a Nick Hornby novel) **
  • About Schmidt (funny family soap opera about retired guy; acting is real good, script is average) **
  • Audition (NFE; weirdness and torture; in Japanese w/subtitles) **
  • Autofocus (the life and death of Bob Crane; bleak yet intense) **
  • Bloody Sunday (true story of the killing of Irish protesters by British troops; raw and remarkable) ****
  • Blue Crush (very cool girl surfer movie) ***
  • Bowling for Columbine (Michael Moore takes on guns in the USA) ***
  • Business of Strangers ***
  • Changing Lanes **
  • Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (fictitious story about the secret life of Gong Show host Chuck Barris) ****
  • Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (independent film from Sundance and Jodie Foster) **
  • Death to Smoochie (some great black humor in this one; it was panned by the critics, but it's not as bad as they said, although the ending is weak) *
  • Dogtown and the Z Boys (documentary about the birth of modern skateboarding in CA during the early 70s) ***
  • Elling (2 emotionally disturbed middle-aged men get an apartment in Oslo and struggle to cope; charming and funny) ***
  • Emperor's New Clothes (fictional story about Napoleon's last years) ***1/2
  • Far From Heaven (great story of a family falling apart because of the husband's repressed homosexuality) ****
  • Gangs of New York (long and bloody but worth a rental) *
  • Good Girl (Jennifer Aniston does a nice job in a major dramatic role) ***
  • Igby Goes Down (One of the Culkin boys does a great job as a teen from a wealthy NYC background in crisis) ***
  • Iris (depressing but great acting from Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, and Kate Winslet) **
  • Italian for Beginners (a group of strangers meet through an Italian class and get involved; Danish w/subtitles; charming, low-key, and funny) ***
  • Kissing Jessica Stein (light, charming romantic comedy; grew out of a play written by the women who play the lead roles) ***
  • Lantana (several couples struggle to maintain their marriages; made in New Zealand) **
  • Last Orders (a group of English buddies grow old and one of them dis) **
  • LIE (about troubled kids growing up in Long Island) **
  • Lovely and Amazing (thre sisters and a mother in crisis; Katherine Keener is great) ***
  • Minority Report ***
  • Monsoon Wedding (complicated, large wedding in India; many characters and subplots) ****
  • Monster's Ball (Halle Berre won an Oscar but the movie is slight) *
  • Mostly Martha (uptight German chef finds redemption in an dancing Italian chef and an orphan; not as bad as it sounds) **
  • Nine Queens (South American movie about cons conning each other) **
  • No Such Thing (another strange but enjoyable movie from Hal Hartley) **
  • Notorious C.H.O. (Margaret Cho in another stand-up concert film; as good as the first) **
  • Pianist ***1/2
  • Personal Velocity (3 separate stories about young women in crisis; based on short stories) ***
  • Punch Drunk Love (Adam Sandler as a geek does an amazingly great job) **
  • Ratcatcher (intense, gritty independent film set in a poor Glasgow neighborhood during a trash strike) ***
  • Road to Perdition ***
  • Salton Sea (stylish, tattoo-happy murder thriller; a little too confusing for its own good; Vincent D'Onofrio is amazing) **
  • Secretary ***
  • Signs *
  • Sunshine State (John Sayles movie set on the Florida coast based on a development battle) ***
  • Standing in the Shadow of Motown (about the backing band for all the Motown hits; they were ripped off, of course) ***
  • Tadpole ***
  • 13 Conversations About One Thing (depressing but well done; a group of loosely connected stories set in NYC) **
  • Twenty-Four Hour Party People (the story of an influential independent British record label in the 80s) ***
  • Y Tu Mama Tambien (Mexican road movie with horny young men and sexy, depressed older woman) ***
  • Z (released in the 60s and recently re-released on DVD; great political thriller, a true story) ***

   

2000

  • Aimee & Jaguar (Jewish lesbians in Berlin as the city burns at end of WWII; based on a true story) ***
  • All About My Mother (Spanish; accidents, motherhood, transvestite hookers, pregnant nuns, & Streetcar) ***
  • Almost Famous (teen journalist travles with rock band in the late 60s.) ***
  • American Psycho (raphic violence; a serial killer with a sick sense of humor on Wall Street) **
  • Animal Factory (Willem Dafoe and Edward Furlong in a prison movie by Steve Buscemi) **
  • Ballad of Ramblin' Jack (doc about Ramblin' Jack Elliot by his daughter) ***
  • Bamboozled (Spike Lee satire) **
  • Before Night Falls (true story of a homosexual Cuban poet persecuted by the Castro regime) ***
  • Best in Show (another mockumentry from a guy from Spinal Tap. Hysterical and painful.) ***
  • Billy Elliot (feel good movie about poor Scottish kid who wants to dance ballet) **
  • Boiler Room (the world of young financial con artists) *
  • But I'm a Cheerleader (spoof of anti-gay groups who say they can cure homosexuality) **
  • Caberet Balkan (violent and intense set of connected short pieces) ***
  • Catfish in Black Bean Sauce (Two Vietnamese exiles, who were adopted and brought up by African-American parents, deal with a visit from their real mother and the tribulations of love.) *
  • Chicken Run (chickens escape Stalag in claymation; some very funny gizmos) **
  • Chuck and Buck (odd story about two grown up friends, one of which tries to forget their homosexual past; intense w/subtle humor) ***
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Asian kung fu fighters fly thru the air) ****
  • Croupier (English casino operator gets involved in a hiest) ***
  • Cup, The (boys at a monastery in the Himalayas try to watch World Cup soccer games; better than it sounds) **
  • Dancer in the Dark (Byork plays a Czech immigrant in the deep south during the early 60s. Very bleak but moving. Several musical numbers.) ***
  • East is East (Pakastanis in London. Generational clashes.) **
  • Erin Brockovich **
  • Felicia's Journey (often creepy psychological thriller) **
  • Filth and the Fury (finally a good documentary about the Sex Pistols) ***
  • Five Senses (small Canadian film about five individuals struggling to connect) **
  • Galaxy Quest (very good, very funny Star Trek) **
  • George Washington (odd movie set in a decaying southern town) ****
  • Girlfight (good boxing movie.) **
  • Girl on the Bridge (suicidal knife-throwing act; wimpy ending; French with subtitles) **
  • High Fidelity ***
  • House of Mirth (intense Victorian mind games) **
  • Jesus' Son (strung out and down and out; based on Dennis Johnson short stories) ***
  • Joe Gould's Secret (based on two New Yorker articles. Set inthe 40s.) **
  • Last Night (follows several characters during the last night of life as we know it) ***
  • Life and Time of Hank Greenberg (nice documentary about the first Jewish baseball star) **
  • Magnolia (ambitious ensemble piece about the difficulties of emotional connections; set in LA; good frogs) ****
  • Me Myself I (Australian film about a woman who gets to experience the life she passed up) **
  • My Dog Skip (a boy and his dog in a small town during WWII) **
  • O Brother Where Art Thou (Cohen brothers take on the Odyssey in 30s south) ***
  • One Day in September (Academy Award winning docu about the murder of Isreali Olympic team in Munich in 1972 and how the Germans completely screwed up the situation; with comments from one of the terrorists) ***
  • Pollock (the decline and fall of abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock) **
  • Requiem for a Dream (heorin and diet pills lead to dreadful ends; starts out bleak and gets worse; very disturbing but brilliant; NFE) ***
  • Saving Grace (another touching, amusing movie set in a small, quirky, and quaint Irish village) **
  • Shadow of a Vampire (about the shooting of a famous vampire movie; Willem Dafoe is inspired) ***
  • Shanghai Noon (Jackie Chan in the wild west. Very funny.) **
  • Small Time Crooks (Woody Allen as a theif in the midst of a marital crisis; below average for him) *
  • Songcatcher (musicologist goes to Appalachian area for research; Janet McTeer is very good) **
  • State and Main (great, funny ensemble pic about the making of a movie in a small New England village) ***
  • Straight Story (elderly guy drives riding mower across Iowa to see ailing brother; very touching) ***
  • Sweet and Lowdown (neat Woody Allen about a talented yet self-destructive jazz guitarist. Set in the 20s with Sean Penn.) **
  • Talented Mr. Ripley ****
  • Third Miracle (a priest full of self doubt investigates a miracle) *
  • Titan A.E. (Star Wars-esque animation; great effects) **
  • Tao of Steve (fat slacker womanizer with philosophical bent) ***
  • Topsy Turvy (the world of Gilbert & Sullivan) ****
  • Traffic (drug story with numerous settings & Benicio Del Toro) ****
  • Virgin Suicides ***
  • Wonder Boys (Michael Douglas is great in this movie.) ****
  • Wonderland (dysfunctional family in England; gritty) ***
  • You Can Count on Me (Great family drama about two sibling orphans coping differently with adulthood.) ****

1998

  • Affliction (starring Nick Nolte, cold, depressing) **
  • Antz (Nice animation with Woody Allen) **
  • Apostle *
  • Buffalo 66 (relentless and raw; NFE) ****
  • Bug's Life, A **
  • Butcher Boy ****
  • Central Station (Brazilian, w/subtitles) ****
  • Elizabeth ****
  • Enemy of the State *
  • Gods and Monsters **
  • Happiness (desperation and pedophilia in middle America; very dark and funny) ****
  • Henry Fool ***
  • High Art (Ally Sheedy as a lesbian junkie photographer in seedy NYC, NFE) **
  • Hilary and Jackie ****
  • Hurly Burly (based on a play; relentlessly grim; confronts meaninglessness with no answers; NFE) *
  • Imposters, The ****
  • I Went Down (thick Irish accents, buddy crime story) **
  • Last Days of Disco (for fans of Whit Stilman, NFE) ***
  • Life is Beautiful (Italian w/subtitles) ***
  • Live Flesh *
  • Lolita (very faithful adaptation of the Nabakov novel) **
  • Next Stop, Wonderland (a depressed 30-something woman's romantic miscues until she finds love) ***
  • Opposite of Sex ***
  • Out of Sight **
  • Pecker (John Waters) **
  • Pi (NFE) (b&w independent film about math theorist; NFE) *
  • Pleasantville **
  • Primary Colors **
  • Ripe **
  • Rushmore ***

  • Shakespeare in Love ****
  • Simple Plan ***
  • Sliding Doors (light romance) ***
  • Slums of Beverly Hills **
  • Smoke Signals **
  • Spanish Prisoner ***
  • There’s Something About Mary (very funny, adolescent, gross humor) **
  • Thin Red Line (long, slow, poetic, philosophical war movie) **
  • Waking Ned Devine (charming; set in a small Irish town) ***
  • Whatever (travails of troubled and bored New Jersey teenage girls) **
  • Why Do Fools Fall In Love (boi of a doomed late 50s doowop singing star) *
  • Wilde (British bio of Oscar Wilde) **
  • Wild Things (real trashy thriller) *Your Friends and Neighbors (emotionally brutal but powerful movie about betrayal, power, and obsession in romance) ***

1995

  • Angels and Insects ***
  • Antonia’s Line ****
  • Babe (pig herds sheep) ****
  • Before Sunrise ***
  • Brothers McMullen **
  • Casino (long Vegas mafia movie) *
  • Cold Comfort Farm ****
  • Dead Man Walking **
  • Dead Presidents *
  • Devil in a Blue Dress **
  • Dolores Clairborne **
  • Get Shorty ***
  • Les Miserables (WWII time frame; French w/subtitles) ****
  • Living in Oblivion ***
  • Mighty Aphrodite (Woody Allen) ***
  • Nixon (too long at 3 hrs., but Anthony Hopkins and Joan Allen are great) **
  • Once Were Warriors (New Zealand; lots of violence) ***
  • Safe (strange mysterious disease, odd behavior, NFE) **
  • Sense and Sensibility ***
  • Seven (serial killer movie) *
  • Smoke *
  • Usual Suspects ***

1993

  • American Heart ***
  • Ballad of Little Jo ***
  • Dazed and Confused **
  • Fearless **
  • Flesh and Bone *
  • In the Name of the Father ***
  • King of the Hill ***
  • Much Ado About Nothing **
  • Music of Chance ***
  • Naked (bleak, violent) ***
  • One False Move (drugs and violence) ***
  • Orlando **
  • Piano, The ***
  • Red Rock West **
  • Remains of the Day ***
  • Romeo is Bleeding **
  • Shadowlands (British writer C. S. Lewis meets an outgoing American woman) ***
  • Short Cuts (3 hrs.) ***
  • Six Degrees of Separation **
  • Snapper, The ***
  • True Romance (very violent) *

1991

  • Barton Fink (NFE) **
  • Cape Fear (violent) **
  • Cement Garden (family of children cope with death of their parents; creepy) ***
  • Commitments, The **
  • Dead Again *
  • Enchanted April (charming; English ladies take sabatical to an Italian villa) ***
  • Fisher King, The *
  • Fried Green Tomatoes **
  • Life is Sweet ***
  • My Own Private Idaho **
  • Naked Lunch **
  • Night on Earth **
  • Paris Trout ***
  • Raise the Red Lantern (Chinese /subtitles) ***
  • Silence of the Lambs ***
  • Slacker **
  • Straight Out of Brooklyn **
  • Thelma and Louise **

1988

  • Accidental Tourist *
  • Accused **
  • Apartment Zero **
  • Beetle Juice **
  • Bird (biopic of jazz great Charlie Parker) *
  • Cimena Paradiso (Italian w/subtitles) ***
  • Clean and Sober *
  • Dangerous Liasons **
  • Eight Men Out ***
  • High Hopes ***
  • Milagro Beanfield War ***
  • Mississippi Burning **
  • Rain Man ***
  • Tequila Sunrise **
  • Unbearable Lightness of Being (3 hrs.) ***
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit **

1984

  • Blood Simple ****
  • Body Double (Brian DePalma; Hitchcockesque) **
  • Choose Me **
  • Passage to India ***
  • Pope of Greenwich Village *
  • This is Spinal Tap (rock mockumentary) ****
  • Under the Volcano **

1982

  • Blade Runner ****
  • Diner **
  • Eating Raoul (humorous cannibalism) **
  • Sophie’s Choice ***
  • Verdict, The ***

1980

  • Atlantic City ****
  • Elephant Man ***
  • Raging Bull (very violent, brutal) ****
  • Shining, The ***

1977 or earlier

  • Night Moves (Gene Hackman as an LA slueth, 75) ***
  • Parallax View (Warren Beatty as a journalist who discovers a conspiracy, 74) ***
  • Harold and Maude (1971) ****

2003

  • American Splendor (life of alternative comic author Harvey Pekar; w/Harvey himself, comics, and actors) ***1/2
  • Dancer Upstairs (some improbably plot points but still very good) ***
  • Dirty Pretty Things ***1/2
  • Laurel Canyon ***1/2
  • Lost in Translation **
  • Man Without a Past (set in Finland; guy gets beat up, has amnesia, makes new freinds on skid row; quirky and awkward in a good way) ***1/2
  • Mighty Wind ***
  • Quiet American ****
  • Seabiscuit **
  • 28 Days Later ***

2001

  • Ali **
  • Amelie (Plucky, cute, shy Parisian finds love) ***
  • Anniversary Party (LA film types meet for a party; drama ensues) **
  • Bridget Jones Diary (light, amusing romance) **
  • Deep End ***
  • Dish, The (The 1969 moonwalk from the twon and dish that transmitted the video feed to the world) ***
  • Focus (anti-Semitism in Brooklyn during WWII) **
  • Ghost World ****
  • Gift (psychic gets involved with a murder; some creepy scenes) **
  • Gosford Park ***
  • Hedwig and the Anrgy Inch (transexual rock band-NFE) ***
  • In the Bedroom ****
  • Iron Monkey (great flying Kung Fu flick; filmed in 93) ****
  • Man Who Wasn't There, The ***
  • Memento ***
  • Me, You, Them (Brazilian story about a poor woman in an isolated area who takes on several husbands) ***
  • Mulholland Drive (David Lynch's most recent; strange and confusing but the story is there if you watch closely; NFE) **
  • No Man's Land (war satire set during Bosnian war) ***
  • Ocean's 11 **
  • Planet of the Apes (amusing sci-fi silliness) *
  • Pledge (grim murder mystery; Jack Nicholson slowly goes mad) **
  • Royal Tenenbaums ****
  • Secret Ballot (slow paced Iranian film; I liked it) ***
  • Series 7: The Contenders (low-budget, black humor take on reality tv. In this show, the characters must kill each other. Great satire.) ***
  • Sexy Beast ***
  • Sidewalks of New York (Edward Burns directs and stars in stroies about New Yorkers' dating problems--better than it sounds) **
  • Snatch **
  • Startup.com (Documentary of entrepreneurs during the Internet craze) ***
  • Tailor of Pamana (somewhat entertaining) *
  • Time Out (understated French film about a quiet nervous breakdown) ***1/2
  • Under the Sand (Woman loses husband and goes through breakdown. French with subtitles) ***
  • With a Friend Like Harry ***
  • Widow of Saint Pierre ****
  • Zoolander (outrageously ridiculous) **

1999

  • 42 Up (6th documentary in the series following the lives of a group of British children into adulthood) ****
  • American Beauty ****
  • American Movie (documentary about Wisconsinite who makes movies against all odds) ***
  • American Pie (funny teen flick about teenage boys longing for sex on prom night) **
  • Babe, Pig in the City **
  • Being John Malkovich ****
  • Besieged (set in Rome; almost no dialogue) **
  • Black Mask (violent and ridiculous Hong Kong action with Jet Li) *
  • Bowfinger (underrated, very funny Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy comedy.) ***
  • Boys Don't Cry (one of the year's best, but very violent) ****
  • Cookies Fortune (hijinks and family betrayal in a quirky southern town; Altman) **
  • Dick (hysterical and underrated Watergate comedy.) ***
  • Dreamlife of Angels (Two young, troubled women try to get by; raw and blunt; w/French subtitles) **
  • Election (Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon--quirk and funny) ***
  • Fight Club (Wild, ridiculous, smart, and fun. Lots of outrageous clothing.) ***
  • The General (bio of an Irish mob leader) ***
  • Go (20-something drug suspense set in LA; Tarantino-esque) ***
  • Green Mile (touching but ridiculous; about 3 hours) **
  • Hurricane (bio of boxer Rubin 'Hurricane Carter, wrongly jailed for murder; Denzel) **
  • Ideal Husband (witty English comedy based on a play by Oscar Wilde) **
  • Insider (Al Pacino, tobacco industry whistleblower scandal) ***
  • Iron Giant (very good animation about a gentle visitor from space) ***
  • Liberty Heights (Latest Baltimore, 50s-era, family drama and comedy from Barry Levinson) **
  • Limbo (John Sayles' latest smart drama. Set in Alaska.) **
  • The Limey (kool hardboiled pic about an ex-con Brit who comes to LA to look into his daughter's death.) ***
  • Little Voice ***
  • Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (wacky British crime caper) **
  • Matrix (great special effects; Keanu isn't too annoying) **
  • Mifune (Danish w/sutitles) **
  • Mumford (a fake psychologist in a small town; quirky) *
  • Notting Hill *
  • Office Space (very funny office life comedy; story is not great but the bits and characters are) ***
  • Outside Providence (coming of age story for a kid from a rough neighborhood) *
  • Red Violin **
  • Run Lola Run (multiple tellings of a 20-minute crisis in a young German woman's life) **
  • Sixth Sense ("I see people, dead people.") ***
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (lots of great cursing by kids and satire) ***1/2
  • Three Kings (set during the Gulf conflict) **
  • Trekkies (hilarious documentary about the people who attend Star Trek conventions) **
  • Tumbleweeds **
  • Twin Falls Idaho (very odd independent film about Siamese twins) ***
  • Winslow Boy (David Mamet scripted and directed; early 20th century family legal battle) ***

1997

  • Afterglow **
  • Big Night ****
  • Boogie Nights ****
  • Carrington ***
  • Character (Dutch; set in the 1920s; won Academy Award) ***
  • Children of the Revolution *
  • Daytrippers **
  • Deconstructing Harry ***
  • Face Off ***
  • 5th Element (amusing, fast-paced sci-fi that doesn't take itself seriously) **
  • Full Monty ***
  • Good Will Hunting **
  • House of Yes ***
  • Ice Storm (cold, suburban, grim) ***
  • Insomnia (intense murder mystery set in Norway) ***
  • In the Company of Men (ruthless, misogynistic) ***
  • Jackie Brown **
  • Koyla (Czech w/subtitles) ***
  • LA Confidential ***
  • Love & Death on Long Island (John Hurt, Jason Priestley (odd drama about the mid-life crisis of a stuffy british writer; w/gay overtones) ***
  • Love Serenade ***
  • Men with Guns ***
  • Mrs. Bown ****
  • My Life in Pink (French, subtitles) ***
  • Myth of Fingerprints ***
  • People vs. Larry Flynt ***
  • Ponette (French w/subtitles) ****
  • Rainmaker *
  • Ripe ***
  • Sweet Hereafter ****
  • Ulee’s Gold ****
  • Wag the Dog ***
  • Wings of the Dove ***

1996

  • American Buffalo ***
  • Austin Powers **
  • Bound (love triangle, organized crime thriller with numerous lesbian love scenes; cult following) *
  • Brassed Off **
  • Breaking the Waves (strange religious themes, disturbing, violent) ***
  • Chasing Amy (straight guys falls for lesbian; crude sex talk) *
  • Cousin Ruth ***
  • Emma ****
  • English Patient ***
  • Fargo ****
  • Flirting with Disaster **
  • Girls’ Town *
  • Grace of My Heart **
  • Grosse Point Blank ***
  • Hard Eight ***
  • Heavy ***
  • Jerry MacQuire **
  • Kingpin (raunchy humor) *
  • Leaving Las Vegas ***
  • Lone Star ***
  • Looking for Richard (documentary of Al Pacino analyzing the role and the play) ***
  • Manny and Lo ***
  • Mars Attacks ***
  • Michael Collins **
  • Prime Suspect (British made for TV cop thrillers (1thru 5) ***
  • Ridicule (18th century French costume drama; subtitles) **
  • Secrets and Lies ****
  • Shine (bio of mentally disturbed Australian piano genius) ***
  • Sling Blade ****
  • Suburbia **
  • Swingers ***
  • Trainspotting ***
  • Trees Lounge ***
  • Waiting for Guffman (by one of the guys from Spinal Tap) *
  • Welcome to the Dollhouse ***
  • When We Were Kings (documentary about Muhammed Ali) ****

1994

  • Barcelona **
  • Before the Rain ***
  • Bullets Over Broadway (Woody Allen) ***
  • Crumb (documentary about eccentric cartoonist R. Crumb) ***
  • Eat Drink Man Woman (Taiwanese w/subtitles) ***
  • Ed Wood ***
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral **
  • Fresh ***
  • Heavenly Creatures ***
  • Hoop Dreams (documentary about young basketball players; 3 hrs.) ***
  • Il Postino/The Postman (Italian w/subtitles) **
  • Last Seduction **
  • Little Odessa (gangsters, very violent) **
  • Madness of King George ****
  • Natural Born Killers (extreme violence) *
  • Nobody’s Fool (Paul Neuman in small town drama) **
  • Pulp Fiction (very violent) ***
  • Quiz Show ***
  • Shallow Grave ***
  • Shawshank Redemption **
  • Spanking the Monkey **
  • Widows’ Peak **

1992

  • Crush (Australian) **
  • Crying Game ***
  • Glengarry Glen Ross ***
  • Honeymoon in Vegas *
  • Howard’s End **
  • Husbands and Wives (Woody Allen) ***
  • In the Soup **
  • Like Water for Chocolate (Spanish w/subtitles) ***
  • Man Bites Dog (Belgian satirical documentary about a fictional serial killer; graphic violence; look for original NC-17 version) **
  • Mac **
  • Mississippi Masala ***
  • Passion Fish **
  • Player, The ****
  • Resevoir Dogs (very violent) ****
  • River Runs Through It *
  • Romper Stomper (gang of Australian skinheads; violent) **

1990

  • After Dark, My Sweet **
  • Angel at My Table (bio of New Zealand writer Janet Frame) ***
  • Avalon ***
  • Bad Influence *
  • Edward Scissorhands **
  • Field, The **
  • Freshman, The ***
  • Grifters, The ***
  • Henry and June ***
  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (graphic violence) **
  • Last Exit to Brooklyn **
  • Miami Blues (violent) **
  • Metropolitan (wonderful, off-beat dialogue) ***
  • Miller’s Crossing ****
  • Misery **
  • Pacific Heights *
  • Vincent and Theo***

1989

  • Adventures of Baron Munchausen **
  • Blaze *
  • Cook, Thief, His Wife, & Her Lover (grotesque violence) **
  • Crimes and Misdemeanors (Woody Allen) ****
  • Dead Calm (intense horror on a sailboat) ***
  • Do the Right Thing ***
  • Drugstore Cowboy ***
  • Enemies, A Love Story ***
  • Fabulous Baker Boys **
  • In Country *
  • My Left Foot ***
  • Mystery Train **
  • Scandal (look for the unrated version) ***
  • Sex, Lies, and Videotape **

1987

  • Au Revoir, Les Enfants (French, subtitles) ***
  • Angel Heart *
  • Barfly **
  • Babette’s Feast (Danish w/subtitles) ****
  • Broadcast News ***
  • Dead, The (John Huston directs a James Joyce story) ***
  • Empire of the Sun **
  • Evil Dead II (humorous horror, lots of gore) **
  • High Tide (Australian; Judy Davis) **
  • House of Games **
  • Ironweed **
  • Matewan ****
  • Moonstruck ***
  • No Way Out *
  • Prick Up Your Ears ***
  • Raising Arizona ****
  • Sammy and Rosie Get Laid ***
  • Stand and Deliver **
  • Tin Men **
  • Wall Street *

1986

  • At Close Range (violent) **
  • Blue Velvet (violent) ****
  • Clan of the Cave Bear *
  • Color of Money **
  • Hoosiers *
  • Mona Lisa ***
  • Mosquito Coast ***
  • Platoon (Oliver Stone's Vietnam story; lots of violence and cruelty, especially against the Vietnamese) **
  • River’s Edge ****
  • Room with a View **
  • Sid and Nancy ***
  • Something Wild **
  • Stand by Me *
  • Tampopo (Japanese food movie) ***
  • True Stories **

1985

  • Brazil ****
  • Death of a Salesman (Dustin Hoffman) ***
  • Falcon and the Snowman (Sean Penn) ***
  • Kiss of the Spider Woman ***
  • My Life as a Dog ***
  • Pee Wee’s Big Adventure **
  • Prizzi’s Honor ***
  • Re-Animator (humorous, sci-fi, horror) **
  • Witness **

1983

  • Big Chill **
  • El Norte ***
  • Evil Dead (humorous horror, lots of gore) **
  • Fanny and Alexander (Swedish w/subtitles; 3 hrs.) ****
  • 4th Man (Dutch) **
  • King of Comedy, The ****
  • Local Hero ****
  • Silkwood ***
  • Tender Mercies ***
  • Year of Living Dangerously ***

1981

  • Absence of Malice (Paul Newman, Sally Field) **
  • Body Heat ***
  • Das Boat (German w/subtitles; American release, “The Boat,” is dubbed with English)
  • Gallipoli ***
  • Taps **

1979

  • Alien ***
  • Breaker Morant ****
  • Breaking Away ***

1978

  • Deer Hunter ****
  • Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (funny and sexy, w/subtitles) ***
  • Pretty Baby ***
  • Wedding, A **

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