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Best Ambitious Movies


  • Southland Tales

    Southland Tales (R, 2007)

    Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Seann William Scott, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Curtis Armstrong, Joe Campana
    The city stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. "Southland Tales" is an... read more epic story set over the course of three days that culminate in a massive 4th of July celebration. Boxer Santaros is an action star stricken with amnesia. Krysta Now is an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Roland Taverner is a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.
  • Synecdoche, New York

    Synecdoche, New York (R, 2008)

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener, Emily Watson
    Theater director Caden Cotard is mounting a new play. His life catering to suburban blue-hairs at th... read moree local regional theater in Schenectady, N.Y., is looking bleak. His wife Adele has left him to pursue her painting in Berlin, taking their young daughter Olive with her. His therapist, Madeleine Gravis, is better at plugging her best-seller than she is at counseling him. A new relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel has prematurely run aground. And a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his autonomic functions, one by one. Worried about the transience of his life, he leaves his home behind. He gathers an ensemble cast into a warehouse in New York City, hoping to create a work of brutal honesty. He directs them in a celebration of the mundane, instructing each to live out their constructed lives in a growing mockup of the city outside. The years rapidly fold into each other, and Caden buries himself deeper into his masterpiece, but the textured tangle of real and theatrical relationships blurs the line between the world of the play and that of Caden's own deteriorating reality.
  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life (PG-13, 2011)

    Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler
    From Terrence Malick, the acclaimed director of such classic films as Badlands, Days of Heaven and T... read morehe Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950's. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through Malick's signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life. -- (C) Fox Searchlight
    • fb688685903
      fb688685903: A hugely ambitious chin-stroking 2 and a half hours. As normal for a Malik film, every frame is a slice of go
      Reviewed 19 months days ago
    • fb1310206523
      fb1310206523: . It's too much of an ambitious project what we've got here and in terms of continuity and grip we've got none. A big disa
      Reviewed 11 months days ago
    • fb690422813
      fb690422813: fuck of the creation of civilization, this was a nice little story that was both uncomfortable and ambitious. Annoyingly ambitious, sure. But I appreciate it.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago