Best Intriguing Movies

  • Donnie Darko

    Donnie Darko (R, 2001)

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Maggie Gyllenhaal
    Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a bright and charming high-school student who also has a dark and willfu... read morelly eccentric side; he does little to mask his contempt for many of his peers and enjoys challenging the authority of the adults around him. Donnie is also visited on occasion by Frank, a monstrous six-foot rabbit that only Donnie can see who often urges him to perform dangerous and destructive pranks. Late one night, Frank leads Donnie out of his home to inform him that the world will come to an end in less than a month; moments later, the engine of a jet aircraft comes crashing through the ceiling of Donnie's room, making him think there might be something to Frank's prophesies after all. The rest of Donnie's world is only marginally less bizarre, as he finds himself dealing with his confused parents (Mary McDonnell and Holmes Osborne), his college-age sister (Maggie Gyllenhaal), his perplexed analyst (Katherine Ross), a rebellious English teacher (Drew Barrymore), a sleazy self-help expert (Patrick Swayze), and the new girl at school who is attracted by Donnie's quirks (Jena Malone). Donnie Darko was the first feature film from writer and director Richard Kelly; Drew Barrymore, who plays teacher Karen Pomeroy, also lent her support to the project as executive producer. A director's cut played in select theaters on a limited basis in the summer of 2004, featuring original music cues and trimmed scenes originally in Kelly's first cut of the film. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
    • calejb1
      calejb1: A complex dark fantasy with a intriguing and inventive story however It's study into psychology isn't too deep which keeps the vie
      Reviewed 20 days days ago
    • ladman2001
      ladman2001: . Now that I actually finally did watch it, I must say its dry intriguing. It's one of those movies that actually is going to be stuck in my head for a while. I. A
      Reviewed 12 months days ago
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      fb695732820: This film was absurd and yet intriguing, I'm strangely fascinated by it.
      Reviewed 23 months days ago
  • The Prestige

    The Prestige (PG-13, 2006)

    Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie
    Obsession, jealousy, and deceit define the tense relationship shared between two turn-of-the-century... read more magicians in Memento and Batman Begins director Christopher Nolan's dizzying tale of sleight of hand. Rupert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) are London-based magicians of the highest order, both blessed with spectacular powers of deception and both cursed with unrelenting envy for one another's skills. When Alfred performs an awe-inspiring trick for which there seems no logical explanation, the friendly competition shared between the pair turns to deadly rivalry as the enraged Rupert determines to uncover his rival's deepest secrets. In the world of illusion, however, nothing is ever quite as it seems, and the rules of the physical world simply don't apply. Now, as bitter competition quickly begins to consume the souls of both performers, the firestorm birthed by their anger threatens to consume all who surround them. Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, and David Bowie co-star in a feature that finds director/screenwriter Nolan reuniting with brother and Memento story author Jonathan Nolan to adapt author Christopher Priest's original novel. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      wdibbsgmailcom: . He is able to have an intriguing, new premise for every movie he makes that keeps you interested, even if it's two and a h
      Reviewed 2 months days ago
    • krix35
      krix35: Dark, intriguing, highly enjoyable. Yet another film in the archive of Christopher Nolan's genius.
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • rufious1722
      rufious1722: Predictable, but intriguing. Christopher Nolan is so talented that he makes it seem like magic, plus any film that en
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • The Illusionist

    The Illusionist (PG-13, 2006)

    Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, Jessica Biel, Rufus Sewell, Eddie Marsan
    A supernaturally talented magician attempts to undermine the rigid social structure of turn-of-the-c... read moreentury Vienna by using his powers to win the love of his upper-class, childhood sweetheart in director Neil Burger's cinematic adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Millhauser's short story. Though the ill-fated childhood romance between cabinetmaker's son Eisenheim (Edward Norton) and upper-class Sophie von Teschen (Jessica Biel) eventually resulted in the heartbroken young man leaving Austria to explore the world, his dreams of one day reuniting with the beautiful duchess never faded. Upon returning to Vienna 15 years later as a talented and renowned illusionist, Eisenheim's hopes of a reunion seem dashed when he learns that Sophie is currently engaged to the Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell). As the tensions between the Eisenheim and Leopold elevate, urbane Chief Inspector Uhl (Paul Giamatti) finds his sympathy toward Eisenheim growing, despite his formal obligations to the powerful prince. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      fb714888369: It is hard not not to compare this film to Nolan's masterpiece; "The Prestige," however an intriguing story, sumptuous presentation, good cast and fantastic ending, work to make "The Illusion
      Reviewed 18 days days ago
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      fb100000469391382: A very intriguing tale set in Vienna in early 1900's, this film was slow to begin with but when it got goin
      Reviewed 24 months days ago
    • CUinTheWinchester
      CUinTheWinchester: e The Prestige I'd have been less underwhelmed but Chris Nolan's creation was smarter and much more intriguing...and dare I say it, better cast.
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • The Good Shepherd

    The Good Shepherd (R, 2006)

    Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Alec Baldwin, Tammy Blanchard, Billy Crudup
    One man bears witness to the secret history of America during the Cold War in this drama directed by... read more celebrated actor Robert De Niro. In 1939, Edward Wilson (Matt Damon) is a young man with a bright future ahead of him -- he's a top student at Yale and the protégé of one of the school's leading English professors, Dr. Fredericks (Michael Gambon). But Wilson's life changes dramatically when he's invited to join Yale's powerful secret society, Skull and Bones. Through his Skull and Bones connections, Wilson meets Sam Murach (Alec Baldwin), an mysterious FBI agent who asks Wilson to investigate charges that Fredericks is a Nazi sympathizer working with the German government. Later, at a Skull and Bones party, Wilson is introduced to Clover Russell (Angelina Jolie), the sister of one of his classmates and the daughter of a powerful politician; their one-night stand leaves Clover pregnant, and Wilson must leave the woman he loves, Laura (Tammy Blanchard), to wed Clover and give their child a name. Shortly after their wedding, thanks to his work with Murach, Wilson is invited to join the Office of Strategic Services, a military intelligence organization organized by Bill Sullivan (Robert De Niro), and Wilson accepts. Through World War II, Wilson serves with the OSS, and learns he can trust no one in the game of international espionage, which helps make him little more than a stranger to his wife, his son, and his few friends. As the OSS evolves into the Central Intelligence Agency after the war, Wilson becomes party to America's darkest and most dangerous secrets, and in the wake of the futile Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961, Wilson is forced to make a terrible choice between the security of his nation and the safety of his family. Inspired by the true-life story of CIA founder James J. Angleton, The Good Shepherd boasts an impressive supporting cast, including William Hurt, John Turturro, Billy Crudup, Joe Pesci, and Timothy Hutton. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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      fb100000652820775: Although the ensemble cast and storyline were intriguing - it's almost painfully slow in delivery to the point where one begins to pray for the cl
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • limoradalloway
      limoradalloway: . The story would have been intriguing too had I known what the hell was going on.
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • jad1981
      jad1981: . Great production, solid acting, and an intriguing story that'll have you glued to your seat. Kudos to Mr. De Niro for delivering this fine
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
  • Breach

    Breach (PG-13, 2007)

    Mary Jo Deschanel, Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillippe, Laura Linney, Dennis Haysbert
    Shattered Glass director Billy Ray directs Chris Cooper and Ryan Philippe in this fact-based drama c... read moreoncerning the FBI traitor who carried out what many historians refer to as the most notable national security breach in U.S. history. A key member of the FBI's elite Soviet Analytical Unit, Robert Hanssen (Chris Cooper) would, for 15 years beginning in 1985, sell thousands of pages of classified documents to the Soviets. After making roughly 600,000 dollars on his clandestine endeavor and compromising everything from the identities of KGB spies working for the American government to nuclear war contingency plans, Hanssen was eventually transferred to a newly created position at the FBI's Washington headquarters and assigned the task of guarding his country's most sensitive secrets. It was while working in this capacity that a young agent named Eric O'Neill (Phillipe) was assigned the task of keeping tabs on Hanssen by suspicious higher-ups. Later, after being arrested while delivering a cache of secret documents to a "dead drop" spot in a Virginia park, the notorious traitor was arrested and sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • chrislatourelle
      chrislatourelle: Story was told exceptionally well and it was intriguing to watch the story unfold.
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • MichelleMarieL83
      MichelleMarieL83: . Breach is a true story. The DVD includes an intriguing Dateline special about the actual Robert Hanssen. Chris Cooper plays a creep really well,
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • OnlyOpus
      OnlyOpus: Intriguing storyline and decent acting, but the dopey "relationship on the rocks" scenes annoyed me
      Reviewed 6 years days ago