The Proposition
(2005) R
Aussie director John Hillcoat helmed this gripping, epic-scale Western set in the thick of the 1880s outback. When no-nonsense lawman Capt. Stanley (Ray Winstone) apprehends the notorious Charlie Burns (Guy Pearce) and his younger sibling, Mikey (Richard Wilson), Stanley makes Charlie an unsavory proposition: If he murders his outlaw brother, Arthur (Danny Huston), Mikey will escape the hangman's noose. Emily Watson plays Stanley's genteel wife.

Genre:Westerns, Psychological Thrillers, Period Pieces
This movie is:Suspenseful, Violent
The Pursuit of Happyness
(2006) PG-13
Will Smith earned an Oscar nomination for an inspiring performance opposite his real-life son Jaden in this tearjerker about a struggling single parent who's determined to build a better life for his family. Chris Gardner (Smith) is smart and talented, but his dead-end salesman job barely pays the bills. When he and his son are evicted, they face trying times as a desperate Chris accepts an unpaid internship at a stock brokerage firm.

Genre:Dramas Based on Real Life, Tearjerkers, African-American Dramas
This movie is:Feel-good, Understated, Inspiring
The Queen
(2006) PG-13
After Princess Diana's shocking death, Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren, in an Oscar-winning role) and Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) engage in intimate talks as Britain demands the princess be memorialized in a manner beyond standard protocol. This Best Picture nominee goes behind the scenes as the queen and prime minister try to manage Diana's death on a personal level and deal with the public's call for the beloved princess's royal treatment.

Genre:Biographies
The Reaping
(2007) R
In the wake of a devastating tragedy that killed every member of her family, Christian missionary Katherine Morrissey (Hilary Swank) loses her faith in God, devoting the rest of her life to debunking religious phenomena with the principles of science. But when she's called to a small Southern town to investigate a series of strange occurrences that appear to be biblical plagues, she runs out of logical explanations.

Genre:Supernatural Horror
This movie is:Suspenseful, Scary, Mind-bending, Dark
The Return
(2006) PG-13
After being plagued by horrific nightmares about the murder of a young woman she's never met, successful sales rep Joanna Mills (Sarah Michelle Gellar) sets out on a quest to track the source of her fears. Meanwhile, she remains estranged from her emotionally distant father (Sam Shepard) and is being relentlessly stalked by her unstable ex-boyfriend (Adam Scott). Asif Kapadia helms this big-screen horror thriller.

Genre:Psychological Thrillers
This movie is:Suspenseful, Scary, Dark
The Ringer
(2005) PG-13
Desperate for dough to help a pal, lowlife Steve Barker (Johnny Knoxville) plots with his buddy to rig the Special Olympics. The plan: Steve will masquerade as a competitor in the hope of unseating the high-and-mighty reigning champ, Jimmy. Some of the other contestants recognize Steve as a fake, but because they'd also like to see Jimmy fail, they go all out to help the imposter prevail. Brian Cox and Katherine Heigl co-star.

Genre:Sports Comedies, Sports Stories
This movie is:Sentimental, Inspiring, Goofy
The Road to Guantanamo
(2006) R
Director Michael Winterbottom presents the true story of three British Muslim men, known as "the Tipton Three," who were unjustly arrested and held for more than two years in the U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay. By blending dramatic re-enactments, interviews with the surviving men and archive news footage, Winterbottom's Independent Spirit Award-winning docudrama delivers a chilling and shocking exposé of out-of-control security measures.

Genre:Indie Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Political Dramas
This movie is:Suspenseful, Dark, Violent, Cerebral
The Sentinel
(2006) PG-13
When a government agent is murdered in the nation's capital, Secret Service agent Pete Garrison (Michael Douglas) heads up the investigation, but all the evidence seems to point toward him as the prime suspect. Convinced he's been set up as part of a plan to infiltrate the White House, Garrison works to prove his innocence -- and protect the president and first lady (Kim Basinger) -- while butting heads with his ambitious protégé (Kiefer Sutherland).

Genre:Political Thrillers, Political Dramas
This movie is:Suspenseful, Exciting
The Shaggy Dog
(2006) PG
Comedian Tim Allen becomes his own best friend in this remake of the classic Disney comedy. Retooled for contemporary audiences, the story follows harried attorney Dave Douglas (Allen), who finds himself cuddling up to his wife (Kristin Davis) and kids (Zena Grey and Spencer Breslin) in his new role as the family pet. The supporting cast includes "Saturday Night Live" alum Jane Curtin and Robert Downey Jr., who plays an odious yuppie capitalist.

Genre:Family Comedies, Animal Tales
The Tiger's Tail
(2006) R
Filmmaker John Boorman captures the uneasy mood of turn-of-the-millennium Dublin in this darkly comic thriller about a real-estate tycoon (Brendan Gleeson) whose life begins to unravel when a doppelganger steps in and takes over parts of his world. Liam O'Leary's wife (Kim Cattrall) and son (Briain Gleeson) think he's breaking down from a business deal gone sour, but when he confronts his double, O'Leary learns a secret that changes everything.

Genre:Psychological Thrillers, United Kingdom
Transformers: The Movie
(1986) PG
The Autobots, those shape-shifting Saturday-morning superheroes, make their way to the big screen to defend the universe against the evil Decepticons. With the loss of their revered leader, Optimus Prime, the Autobots must destroy Megatron and his evil warriors -- newly transformed into even deadlier fighting machines by the giant killer planet Unicron (voiced by Orson Welles) -- before he destroys their world.

Genre:Family Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Family Animation
This movie is:Suspenseful, Exciting
The Tripper
(2007) R
A group of pill-popping hippies journeys to a love and peace concert in the woods, where they soon come under attack by a psycho with an ax to grind -- and he's sporting a Ronald Reagan mask. Can the young stoners emerge from their drug-induced haze before they literally become chopped liver? Actor David Arquette makes his directorial debut in this gory, politically charged tale of horror starring Jaime King, Lukas Haas and Thomas Jane.

Genre:Slashers and Serial Killers, Cult Horror
This movie is:Suspenseful, Goofy, Dark
UKM: The Ultimate Killing Machine
(2006) NR
After a bar brawl, two friends (Mak Fyfe and Steve Arbuckle) make a deal with officials that changes their lives forever in this gritty horror flick. Facing a prison sentence, they agree to participate in an Army-sponsored medical experiment in exchange for their freedom. But they soon discover the doctor plans to turn them into human killing machines. Now, they're in the fight of their lives as they try to stop the program and save themselves.

Genre:Sci-Fi Horror, B-Movie Horror
This movie is:Suspenseful, Scary
The Weather Man
(2005) R
Chicago weatherman Dave Spitz (Nicolas Cage) gets one step closer to fame and fortune when he's invited to try out for a spot on a popular national morning show. All he has to do is pull himself together, but that proves increasingly difficult as his marriage spirals out of control and his father (Michael Caine) gets sicker. Dave soon learns that while he may be able to predict tomorrow's weather, he can't stop life from raining on his parade.

Genre:Drama
This movie is:Quirky, Dark
The Wicker Man
(2006) UR
Sheriff Edward Maulis (Nicolas Cage) gets more than he bargained for when he probes a young girl's disappearance in Neil LaBute's remake of the 1973 psychological thriller. The investigation leads the sheriff to an island off the Pacific Northwest, where he encounters a populace of modern pagans. As he follows a string of disturbing clues, the trail leads him to a shocking conclusion. Ellen Burstyn, Molly Parker and Leelee Sobieski co-star.

Genre:Mystery, Supernatural Horror
This movie is:Suspenseful, Scary, Steamy, Dark
Format:DVD and Blu-ray
 
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