Best Compelling Movies

  • Frost/Nixon

    Frost/Nixon (R, 2008)

    Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones
    Hollywood heavyweight Ron Howard adapts playwright Peter Morgan's West End hit for the silver screen... read more with this feature focusing on the 1977 television interviews between journalist David Frost (Michael Sheen) and former president Richard Nixon (Frank Langella). At the time Nixon sat down with Frost to discuss the sordid details that ultimately derailed his presidency, it had been three years since the former commander in chief had been forced out of office. The Watergate scandal was still fresh in everyone's minds, and Nixon had remained notoriously tight-lipped until he agreed to sit down with Frost. Nixon was certain that he could hold his own opposite the up-and-coming British broadcaster, and even Frost's own people weren't quite sure their boss was ready for such a high-profile interview. When the interview ultimately got under way and each man eschewed the typical posturing in favor of the simple truth, fans and critics on both sides were stunned by what they witnessed. Instead of Nixon stonewalling the interviewer as expected, or Frost lobbing softballs as the truth-seekers feared, what emerged was an unguardedly honest exchange between a man who had lost everything and another with everything to gain. In this film, viewers are treated to not only a recreation of that landmark interview, but a behind-the-scenes look at the power struggles that led up to it as well. Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Brian Grazer team to produce a film adapted for the screen by original play author Morgan (The Queen and The Last King of Scotland). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      fb624306841: . Well the film probably isn't as compelling or engaging as it could've been, but it certainly gives you insight about a man who has b
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb512631295: Brilliant acting from Frank Langella and Michael Sheen, and a historically realistic compelling story easily makes this Ron Howards best movie, and the cast assembled was great too.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb608151337: . Also shooting the movie in a semi-documentary style was really compelling to me. Great work, highly recommend it...
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • 12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)

    12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) (PG, 1957)

    Henry Fonda, Lee J Cobb, Ed Begley Sr., E.G. Marshall, Jack Klugman
    A Puerto Rican youth is on trial for murder, accused of knifing his father to death. The twelve juro... read morers retire to the jury room, having been admonished that the defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Eleven of the jurors vote for conviction, each for reasons of his own. The sole holdout is Juror #8, played by Henry Fonda. As Fonda persuades the weary jurors to re-examine the evidence, we learn the backstory of each man. Juror #3 (Lee J. Cobb), a bullying self-made man, has estranged himself from his own son. Juror #7 (Jack Warden) has an ingrained mistrust of foreigners; so, to a lesser extent, does Juror #6 (Edward Binns). Jurors #10 (Ed Begley) and #11 (George Voskovec), so certain of the infallibility of the Law, assume that if the boy was arrested, he must be guilty. Juror #4 (E.G. Marshall) is an advocate of dispassionate deductive reasoning. Juror #5 (Jack Klugman), like the defendant a product of "the streets," hopes that his guilty vote will distance himself from his past. Juror #12 (Robert Webber), an advertising man, doesn't understand anything that he can't package and market. And Jurors #1 (Martin Balsam), #2 (John Fiedler) and #9 (Joseph Sweeney), anxious not to make waves, "go with the flow." The excruciatingly hot day drags into an even hotter night; still, Fonda chips away at the guilty verdict, insisting that his fellow jurors bear in mind those words "reasonable doubt." A pet project of Henry Fonda's, Twelve Angry Men was his only foray into film production; the actor's partner in this venture was Reginald Rose, who wrote the 1954 television play on which the film was based. Carried over from the TV version was director Sidney Lumet, here making his feature-film debut. A flop when it first came out (surprisingly, since it cost almost nothing to make), Twelve Angry Men holds up beautifully when seen today. It was remade for television in 1997 by director William Friedkin with Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
    • NakedinKorea
      NakedinKorea: As a study into the mechanisms of conversation, negotiation, and arguing it makes for compelling viewing. As a story, it's lean and often convenient, but effective enough.
      Reviewed 9 months days ago
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      fb833400421: . There is no "action" just brilliant acting and a compelling story that you have to watch. They don't make them like this anymore and it's really sad
      Reviewed 23 months days ago
    • blacksheepboy
      blacksheepboy: . Really gripping and audacious, it takes place entirely in a chamber, sustained by a tense, compelling dialogue.
      Reviewed 22 months days ago
  • Hotel Rwanda

    Hotel Rwanda (PG-13, 2004)

    Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix, Nick Nolte, Jean Reno
    Hotel Rwanda tackles one of the most horrifically ugly events in recent history, when the Hutu extre... read moremists of Rwanda initiated a terrifying campaign of genocide, massacring hundreds of thousands of minority Tutsis (who had been given power by the departed Belgian colonists), while the rest of the world looked on and did nothing. Don Cheadle stars as Paul Rusesabagina, the hotel manager at the fancy Les Milles Collines hotel in Kigali. Paul is a Hutu, and a very successful businessman who smoothly greases the wheels, making powerful connections in all strata of Rwandan life. His wife, Tatiana (Sophie Okonedo of Aeon Flux), is a Tutsi. She urges Paul to use his influence to help local Tutsis, who are being harassed and beaten with increasing frequency, but Paul will only use the political capital he's built up to help his own family, if and when they need it. Soon enough, the violence escalates, and the Hutus begin their genocide of the Tutsis. European guests and staff at the hotel are flown out of the country, and Paul is left in charge. He finds that his conscience won't allow him to watch as the innocent are slaughtered, and before long, the hotel has become a well-appointed refugee camp. Paul is seen as a traitor by some, putting his life in danger, and the predicament of his "guests" grows more precarious every day, but despite good intentions on the part of a journalist (Joaquin Phoenix) and a UN peacekeeping colonel (Nick Nolte), the rest of the world is not eager to intervene and stop the massacre. Hotel Rwanda was directed by Irish filmmaker Terry George (Some Mother's Son), who co-wrote the script with Keir Pearson. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi
    • rickkcid
      rickkcid: Holly crap, you will have a hard time sitting through this film, but in a good way, very compelling and stunning.
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
  • The Last King of Scotland

    The Last King of Scotland (R, 2006)

    Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson, Simon McBurney
    Director Kevin MacDonald teams with screenwriter Jeremy Brock to adapt Giles Foden's novel detailing... read more the brutal reign of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin as seen through the eyes of his personal physician. James McAvoy stars as the doctor who slowly realizes that he is trapped in an inescapable nightmare, and Forest Whitaker assumes the role of the notorious despot. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • smootysveen
      smootysveen: . And I guess it's a similar paradox that made Idi Amin such compelling figure.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • rymetal
      rymetal: . It was interesting and compelling. Congrats!
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • HRavenRose
      HRavenRose: This was amazing and awful in the way a compelling terrific film should be... Knew Whitaker should win the AA and was delighted he did!
      Reviewed 7 years days ago
  • Alpha Dog

    Alpha Dog (R, 2007)

    Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Bruce Willis, Sharon Stone, Ben Foster
    A drug dealer moves on to bigger crimes in an effort to settle a score with disastrous results in th... read moreis drama inspired by actual events. Though barely out of his teens, Johnny Truelove (Emile Hirsch) has already built a lucrative career for himself selling drugs -- he has his own home, a luxury car, and posse of friends who do double duty as his crew, including Elvis (Shawn Hatosy), Frankie (Justin Timberlake), and Tiko (Fernando Vargas). While life at Johnny's house is usually a constant party interrupted by occasional dope deals, Johnny has lost all of his patience with Jake Mazursky (Ben Foster), a regular customer who has run up a large tab that he can't pay. Determined to clear Jake's account, Johnny and his boys plan to kidnap Jake and hold him for ransom, but when they happen upon his 15-year-old stepbrother, Zack (Anton Yelchin), they impulsively decide to take the youngster instead. Jake's father, Butch (David Thornton), and his stepmother, Olivia (Sharon Stone), are already furious with their junkie son when they learn about Zack's disappearance, and aren't sure what they should do. Meanwhile at Johnny's place, Frankie takes a liking to young Zack, who already admires his brother's high-flying lifestyle, and introduces the kid to the joys of grown-up partying, which he takes to with dangerous zeal. Also featuring Bruce Willis as Johnny's father, Alpha Dog was based on the real-life story of Jesse James Hollywood, who at the age of 21 became one of the youngest people to ever appear on the FBI's "Most Wanted" list. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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      fb618314738: . But the acting was compelling and the story interesting, and I've thought about the movie since I watched it. Good enou
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • Burksta
      Burksta: he subject matter and the inevitable controversy, Nick Cassavetes has created a bold, outspoken and compelling drama and it couldn't have been done better. All of the cast are electrifying with Emile
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • colekip
      colekip: . Strong performances combined with a solid (if typical ) script tells a compelling story based on true events.
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
  • The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

    The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (PG-13, 2007)

    Billy Mitchell, Doris Self, Steve Wiebe, Nicole Wiebe, Steve Sanders (IX)
    Seth Gordon's documentary The King of Kong follows the exploits of the two best Donkey Kong players ... read morein America. Billy Mitchell has held the world record for the popular video game for over 20 years. The film covers his rise to prominence, and the circle of associates he keeps in the Twin Galaxies organization, which serves as the official referee and scorekeeper of the electronic gaming world; within the organization, Mitchell is highly revered for his prowess at a number of games. Eventually Steve Wiebe, with time on his hands now that he finds himself without a job, decides to seriously hunker down and challenge Mitchell's record. Gordon gets close to both men, and shows how the passionate arcade subculture harbors very powerful feelings about both of them. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
    • matthewcanderson
      matthewcanderson: A great movie!!! Good vs Evil, and an extremely compelling array of people make this a must-see.

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      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • fb10711444
      fb10711444: . I was expecting a silly doc about nerds and video games, but what I got was a compelling and, i have to admit, heartfelt story about a guy pursuing his dream in the face of injus
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • vidgrave
      vidgrave: . While this is inherently about video games, it's also a compelling look at how even something as simple as a childhood pleasure can meltdown into jealousy,
      Reviewed 6 years days ago