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Best Hard Movies

  • Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

    Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (R, 2009)

    Gabourey Sidibe, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton, Mo'Nique, Mariah Carey
    Monster's Ball producer Lee Daniels follows up his 2005 directorial debut, Shadowboxer, with this ad... read moreaptation of author Sapphire's best-selling novel about an overweight, illiterate African-American teen from Harlem who discovers an alternate path in life after she begins attending a new school. Clareece "Precious" Jones is only a teenager, yet she's about to give birth to her second child. Unable to read or write, Clareece shows little prospect for the future until discovering that she has been accepted into an alternative school. There, with a little help from a sympathetic teacher (Paula Patton) and a kindly nurse (Lenny Kravitiz), the young girl receives something that most teens never get -- a chance to start over. Mo'nique co-stars in an inspirational drama featuring the debut performance of screen newcomer Gabourey "Gabbie" Sidibe. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • fb1537060940
      fb1537060940: Hard to watch but very good performances all around
      Reviewed 7 months days ago
    • Jviews
      Jviews: . Astounding performances by Mo'Nique and Sidibe. Hard to watch at certain points, but hard to NOT watch at other points. Excellent.
      Reviewed 22 months days ago
    • fb552425388
      fb552425388: Holy powerful and hard to watch but good story and good acting
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • The Passion of the Christ

    The Passion of the Christ (R, 2004)

    Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Claudia Gerini, Maia Morgenstern, Sergio Rubini
    This depiction of the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus opens with his betrayal by Judas, his conde... read moremnation by the Pharisees and his appearance before Pontius Pilate. Pilate defers to King Herod, but Herod returns Jesus. Pilate then asks the crowd to choose between Jesus and Barrabas. The crowd chooses Barrabas. Pilate washes his hands of the matter, and Jesus is forced to carry the cross through the streets to Golgotha where Roman soldiers crucify him. Although Jesus briefly fears that God, his Father, has abandoned him, he regains his faith, proclaiming "Into Thy hands I command my spirit." At the moment of his death, nature itself over-turns.
    • fb100000568330954
      fb100000568330954: . They say it is tough to sit through. Yes it is hard to watch, and thats the point. A very well made film about the crucifixion of Jesus. A very emo
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
    • AndrewWilmot13
      AndrewWilmot13: Very hard to watch, but great movie:) I great tell of Jesus:)
      Reviewed 2 months days ago
    • fb1176930271
      fb1176930271: . The story itself touches me and to watch it makes me thank The Lord every day. It's hard to understand the violence, but in that time, that's what people did.
      Reviewed 20 months days ago
  • American History X

    American History X (R, 1998)

    Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Fairuza Balk, Beverly D'Angelo, Avery Brooks
    Tony Kaye made his feature directorial debut with this dramatic exploration into the roots of race h... read moreatred in America. In a shocking opening scene, teen Danny Vinyard (Edward Furlong) races to tell his older brother, neo-Nazi Derek (Edward Norton), about the young blacks breaking into his car in front of the house, whereupon Derek gets his gun and with no forethought shoots the youths in their tracks. Tried and convicted, Derek is sent away for three years in prison, where he acquires a different outlook as he contrasts white-power prisoners with black Lamont (Guy Torry), his prison laundry co-worker and eventual pal. Meanwhile, Danny, with a shaved head and a rebellious attitude, seems destined to follow in his big brother's footsteps. After Danny writes a favorable review of Hitler's Mein Kampf, black high-school principal Sweeney (Avery Brooks) puts Danny in his private "American History X" course and assigns him to do a paper about his older brother, who was a former student of Sweeney's. This serves to introduce flashbacks, with the film backtracking to illustrate Danny's account of Derek's life prior to the night of the shooting. Monochrome sequences of Derek leading a Venice, California gang are intercut with color footage of the mature Derek ending his past neo-Nazi associations and attempting to detour Danny away from the group led by white supremacist, Cameron (Stacy Keach), who once influenced Derek. Director Tony Kaye, with a background in TV commercials and music videos, filmed in L.A. beach communities. Rated R "for graphic brutal violence including rape, pervasive language, strong sexuality and nudity." ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi
  • Irreversible

    Irreversible (Unrated, 2002)

    Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel, Philippe Nahon, Jo Prestia
    After a fight with her coked-up boyfriend Marcus, Alex leaves a party to go home. She never gets the... read morere; instead she's raped in a desolate tunnel. Her angry boyfriend, and her buddy Pierre decide to take justice into their own hands and hunt down the rapist themselves.
    • fb100000038602835
      fb100000038602835: Irreversible is a very hard film to endure. Gaspar Noe brings a hard but real life changing experience of different events
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • fb696251620
      fb696251620: ou are left qestioning what you have watched, which I think is the point of this film- visceral and hard to watch one of those important films that you dont want to see again
      Reviewed 22 months days ago
    • fb100000397237868
      fb100000397237868: . Director is trying too hard to be "artistic". Maybe add substance to your artistic direction instead of strapping the camer
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • The Road

    The Road (R, 2009)

    Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce
    A father (Viggo Mortensen) and son make their way across a post-apocalyptic United States in hopes o... read moref finding civilization amongst the nomadic cannibal tribes in 2929 Productions' adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's thrilling Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Road. John Hillcoat (The Proposition) directs from a screenplay provided by Joe Penhall. Charlize Theron co-stars in the Dimension Films release. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
    • fb1446183474
      fb1446183474: . It could be hard to watch for some people.
      Reviewed 14 months days ago
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      fb749559917: .
      Despite the relatively simplistic plot, I found it a bit hard to follow due to whispered dialogue and the random flashbacks, which explained a little but did
      Reviewed 17 months days ago
    • fb813389394
      fb813389394: Incredible tension, unspeakable acts, hard decisions, lost hope, uncertain futures, unlikely generosity, and unending love: these are the
      Reviewed 11 months days ago
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey (G, 1968)

    Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Douglas Rain
    A mind-bending sci-fi symphony, Stanley Kubrick's landmark 1968 epic pushed the limits of narrative ... read moreand special effects toward a meditation on technology and humanity. Based on Arthur C. Clarke's story The Sentinel, Kubrick and Clarke's screenplay is structured in four movements. At the "Dawn of Man," a group of hominids encounters a mysterious black monolith alien to their surroundings. To the strains of Strauss's 1896 Also sprach Zarathustra, a hominid invents the first weapon, using a bone to kill prey. As the hominid tosses the bone in the air, Kubrick cuts to a 21st century spacecraft hovering over the Earth, skipping ahead millions of years in technological development. U.S. scientist Dr. Heywood Floyd (William Sylvester) travels to the moon to check out the discovery of a strange object on the moon's surface: a black monolith. As the sun's rays strike the stone, however, it emits a piercing, deafening sound that fills the investigators' headphones and stops them in their path. Cutting ahead 18 months, impassive astronauts David Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) head toward Jupiter on the spaceship Discovery, their only company three hibernating astronauts and the vocal, man-made HAL 9000 computer running the entire ship. When the all-too-human HAL malfunctions, however, he tries to murder the astronauts to cover his error, forcing Bowman to defend himself the only way he can. Free of HAL, and finally informed of the voyage's purpose by a recording from Floyd, Bowman journeys to "Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite," through the psychedelic slit-scan star-gate to an 18th century room, and the completion of the monolith's evolutionary mission.With assistance from special-effects expert Douglas Trumbull, Kubrick spent over two years meticulously creating the most "realistic" depictions of outer space ever seen, greatly advancing cinematic technology for a story expressing grave doubts about technology itself. Despite some initial critical reservations that it was too long and too dull, 2001 became one of the most popular films of 1968, underlining the generation gap between young moviegoers who wanted to see something new and challenging and oldsters who "didn't get it." Provocatively billed as "the ultimate trip," 2001 quickly caught on with a counterculture youth audience open to a contemplative (i.e. chemically enhanced) viewing experience of a film suggesting that the way to enlightenment was to free one's mind of the U.S. military-industrial-technological complex. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi
    • armstrongmichele
      armstrongmichele: . Here, they are intensely provocative and intriguing. But mostly they are just painfully hard to comprehend. Every time I watch this movie I get a headache because I can't comprehend everyt
      Reviewed 7 days days ago
    • fb755078042
      fb755078042: . Even if you hated this film, it's hard to forget it, as it sticks with you forever. He does this by creating beautiful imagery and com
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
    • fb100000570202513
      fb100000570202513: . This film is hard to like due to the technique, concept, and complexity, but it remains one of the greatest films
      Reviewed 4 months days ago
  • Blue Valentine

    Blue Valentine (R, 2010)

    Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Faith Wladyka, John Doman, Mike Vogel
    A complex portrait of a contemporary American marriage, "Blue Valentine" tells the story of David an... read mored Cindy, a couple who have been together for several years but who are at an impasse in their relationship. While Cindy has blossomed into a woman with opportunities and options, David is still the same person he was when they met, and he is unable to accept either Cindy's growth or his lack of it. Innovatively structured, the narrative unfolds in two distinct time frames, juxtaposing scenes of first love and youthful sexuality with those of disenchantment and discord.
    • fb1681803276
      fb1681803276: . I think it really does capture human nature and how hard it is to be in a relationship sometimes. Great movie! Waterworks are guaranteed!
      Reviewed 3 months days ago
    • kbascetta
      kbascetta: . Cindy was a more reserved person, which played as "hard to get" in their courtship, but made her cold and shit off as their relationship failed.
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
    • fb783705013
      fb783705013: . I had a hard time watching the end of the movie because of how sad it is. Gosling is amazing and I'm surpris
      Reviewed 19 months days ago
  • A Serious Man

    A Serious Man (R, 2009)

    Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed, Sari Lennick, Adam Arkin
    "A Serious Man" is the story of an ordinary man's search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson A... read moreirplane is on the radio and "F-Troop" is on TV. It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith that she is leaving him. She has fallen in love with one of his more pompous colleagues, Sy Ableman, who seems to her a more substantial person than the feckless Larry. Larry's unemployable brother Arthur is sleeping on the couch, his son Danny is a discipline problem and a shirker at Hebrew school, and his daughter Sarah is filching money from his wallet in order to save up for a nose job. While his wife and Sy Ableman blithely make new domestic arrangements, and his brother becomes more and more of a burden, an anonymous hostile letter-writer is trying to sabotage Larry's chances for tenure at the university. Also, a graduate student seems to be trying to bribe him for a passing grade while at the same time threatening to sue him for defamation. Plus, the beautiful woman next door torments him by sunbathing nude. Struggling for equilibrium, Larry seeks advice from three different rabbis. Can anyone help him cope with his afflictions and become a righteous person -- a mensch -- a serious man?
  • World Trade Center

    World Trade Center (PG-13, 2006)

    Nicolas Cage, Michael Peņa, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello, Stephen Dorff
    Director Oliver Stone once again offers a powerful and provocative story based on real-life events i... read moren this drama. Sergeant John McLoughlin (Nicolas Cage) and William J. Jimeno (Michael Peņa) were two officers assigned to New York City's Port Authority who were working their beats on a quiet day in early fall when they received an emergency call. The day was September 11, 2001, and McLoughlin and Jimeno were among the policemen who attempted to evacuate the World Trade Center towers after they were struck by airliners piloted by terrorists. Both McLoughlin and Jimeno were inside the fifth building of the World Trade Center when the towers fell, and were two of the last people found alive amidst the wreckage. As McLoughlin and Jimeno struggled to hold on to their lives as rescuers sifted through the rubble, their spouses -- Donna McLoughlin (Maria Bello) and Allison Jimeno (Maggie Gyllenhaal) -- clung to the desperate hope that their husbands would survive and be found. As the McLoughlin and Jimeno families waited for word on the fate of the two men, they watched as a city and a nation came together with strength and compassion in the face of a tragedy. World Trade Center was based on the true story of John McLoughlin and William J. Jimeno, both of whom cooperated with producers in the making of this film. Producer Debra Hill died during production -- hence the posthumous credit. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
  • The Last King of Scotland

    The Last King of Scotland (R, 2006)

    Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson, Simon McBurney
    In an incredible twist of fate, a Scottish doctor on a Ugandan medical mission becomes irreversibly ... read moreentangled with one of the world's most barbaric figures: Idi Amin. Impressed by Dr. Garrigan's brazen attitude in a moment of crisis, the newly self-appointed Ugandan President Amin hand picks him as his personal physician and closest confidante. Though Garrigan is at first flattered and fascinated by his new position, he soon awakens to Amin's savagery - and his own complicity in it. Horror and betrayal ensue as Garrigan tries to right his wrongs and escape Uganda alive.
    • fb707502184
      fb707502184: . The fact that it is based on a true story hits you hard.
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • watsupwithdat
      watsupwithdat: excellent, but the only problem was that he spoke so softly and with an African accent, that it was hard to her what he was saying. Good to see a cameo by a blonde, British Gillian Anderson who looked
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • JamesLosie
      JamesLosie: . Patton. The lead character's material is derivative, and it is hard to ever sympathize with him (even when we're supposed to). The final scene of the Scottish doct
      Reviewed 7 years days ago