1. Rear Window (1954)

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Starring: James Stewart and Grace Kelly
PG ‧ Thriller/Action ‧ 1h 55m
Sitting in a wheelchair, his leg in a cast, a photographer (James Stewart) spies on courtyard neighbors and witnesses a murder. Grace Kelly plays the girlfriend who visits frequently and helps find evidence for the murder.

2. Modern Times (1936)

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Starring: Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard                                     G ‧ Drama film/Romance ‧ 1h 29m

Charlie Chaplin is employed at a state-of-the-art factory where the machinery he is faced with overwhelms him, and various mishaps keep getting him sent to prison. In between his various jail time, he befriends an orphan girl (Paulette Goddard). Both together and apart, they try to contend with the difficulties of modern life, with the Chaplin working as a waiter and eventually a performer.

3. La La Land (2016)

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Starring: Emma Stone and Ryan Gossling                              PG-13 ‧ Drama film/Romance ‧ 2h 8m

Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their ambition to do what they love. Once successful, they are faced with decisions that destroy the dreams they worked hard to maintain in each other eventually rip them apart.

 

4. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

download-6.jpgStarring: Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes                                              R ‧ Drama film/Thriller ‧ 2h 16m

A young wife comes to believe that her offspring is not of this world. Waifish Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) and her struggling actor husband Guy (John Cassavetes) move to a New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and odd neighbors.

 

5. 12 Angry Men (1957)

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Starring: Henry Fonda                                                                                NR ‧ Crime film/Drama film ‧ 1h 36m

Following the closing arguments in a murder trial, the 12 members of the jury must deliberate, with a guilty verdict meaning death for the accused, an inner-city teen. One juror (Henry Fonda) casts considerable doubt on elements of the case. Personal issues  and conflict threatens to derail the delicate process that will decide one boy’s fate.

6. Scoop (2006)

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American journalism student Sondra Pransky (Scarlett Johansson) discovers during a magician’s (Woody Allen) performance that she can communicate with Joe Strombel, a deceased British reporter (Ian McShane) dedicated to completing his final piece on London’s notorious Tarot Card Killer. He hands her the story of a lifetime, and the chase leads directly to British aristocrat Peter Lyman (Hugh Jackman), with whom she has fallen dangerously in love.

7. Room (2015)

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Starring: Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay                                         R‧ Drama film/Thriller ‧ 1h 58m

Held captive for years in an enclosed space, a woman (Brie Larson) and her young son (Jacob Tremblay) finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.

 

8. Moonlight (2016)

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Starring: Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae, and Ashton Sanders       R‧ Drama film ‧ 1h 51m

A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him.

9. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Starring: Gregory Peck                                                                                download-11.jpgPG‧ Drama film/Mystery ‧ 2h 10m

Scout Finch (Mary Badham), 6, and her older brother, Jem (Phillip Alford), live in sleepy Maycomb, Ala., spending much of their time with their friend Dill (John Megna) and spying on their reclusive and mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley (Robert Duvall). When Atticus (Gregory Peck), their widowed father and a respected lawyer, defends a black man named Tom Robinson (Brock Peters) against fabricated rape charges, the trial and tangent events expose the children to evils of racism and stereotyping.

10. Alamar (2009)

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G ‧ Drama film/Coming of age ‧ 1h 14m

Alamar is a 2009 Spanish-language documentary-style film about a boy visiting his father on the Banco Chinchorro. It is by Pedro González-Rubio. Alamar won best picture and the audience award at the seventh Morelia International Film Festival.

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