Curse of the Golden Flower
Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia
(2007) R
This lavish film from landmark director Yimou Zhang follows the romantic intrigue and political machinations in the house of the Emperor Ping (Chow Yun Fat) and his ailing wife (Li Gong). Even their children are swept into their secret passions and schemes to power, but will their reign end in a bloody coup? Sumptuous costumes and dazzling martial arts form the backdrop for this complex tale of loyalty and deception, love and betrayal.

Genre:Foreign Dramas, Foreign Action & Adventure, Hong Kong
This movie is:Romantic, Dark, Violent
Dark Ride
(2006) R
An impromptu stop at a roadside theme park fails to amuse six college students (including Jamie-Lynn DiScala of "The Sopranos") when they cross paths with an escaped serial killer (Dave Warden) who committed a pair of murders there nearly a decade ago. Hiding out in the park's Dark Ride attraction, the brooding killer lies in wait until his unsuspecting victims come to him. Craig Singer directs.

Genre:Teen Screams, Slashers and Serial Killers, Cult Horror
Firewall
(2006) PG-13
As creator of a state-of-the-art security system for a Seattle-area bank, Jack Stanfield (Harrison Ford) has cemented his reputation as a man who's thought of everything. But when a criminal (Paul Bettany) finds a way into Jack's personal life by targeting his family, everything Jack holds dear is suddenly at stake. Virginia Madsen, Alan Arkin and Robert Patrick co-star in this taut thriller directed by Robert Loncraine.

Genre:Action Thrillers, Psychological Thrillers
This movie is:Suspenseful, Exciting, Violent
Severed: Forest of the Dead
(2006) R
When a forestry company's profit-driven decision to genetically engineer trees goes horribly wrong, a mismatched group of loggers and environmental activists become ravenous flesh-eating zombies. And although a few uninfected survivors remain, their chances of getting out of the wilderness alive are as remote as the forest itself. An ensemble cast stars in this undead gore fest that makes a run-in with a wood chipper seem tame.

Genre:Zombies
Shredderman Rules
(2007) NR
In retaliation against school bully Bubba Bixby (Andrew Caldwell), straight-A student Nolan Byrd (Devon Werkheiser) constructs a cyber superhero named Shredderman using a digital camera, a computer and the Internet. Before you can say "webcast," Shredderman captures Bubba's misdeeds on film -- and airs them online. Tim Meadows, Dave Coulier and Mindy Sterling also star in this comic tale based on Wendelin van Draanen's children's book series.

Genre:Family Comedies, Made-for-TV Movies, Book Characters
The Matador
(2005) R
The life of Danny Wright (Greg Kinnear), a salesman forever on the road, veers into dangerous and surreal territory when he wanders into a Mexican bar and meets a mysterious stranger, Julian (Pierce Brosnan), who's very likely a hit man. Their meeting sets off a chain of events that will change their lives forever, as Wright is suddenly thrust into a far-from-mundane existence that he takes to surprisingly well, once he gets acclimated to it.

Genre:Crime Thrillers, Indie Comedies, Action Comedies
This movie is:Witty, Suspenseful, Quirky
The Messengers
(2006) PG-13
Roy and Denise (Dylan McDermott and Penelope Ann Miller) buy a run-down sunflower farm with their daughter, Jess (Kristen Stewart), with plans to renovate it and live a simple country life. But as the dilapidated farm begins to revive, Denise and Jess start noticing alarming changes in Roy's behavior. John Corbett co-stars in this chilling horror flick that builds tension on a growing sense of fear and suspicion.

Genre:Supernatural Horror
This movie is:Suspenseful, Scary
The Net 2.0
(2006) R
Charles Winkler directs this update of the Sandra Bullock vehicle The Net, following computer systems analyst Hope Cassidy (Nikki Deloach) as she begins a new job in Istanbul, Turkey. But before she can settle in, she discovers a few problems: Her credit cards don't work; her bank account is empty; and her identity has been stolen -- and she's definitely being watched. Demet Akbag, Sebnem Donmez and Neil Hopkins co-star.

Genre:Psychological Thrillers, Suspense
The New World
(2005) PG-13
Set in 1607 at the founding of the Jamestown Settlement, Terrence Malick's epic adventure chronicles the extraordinary actions of explorer John Smith (Colin Farrell) and Native American princess Pocahontas (Q'Orianka Kilcher). As English settlers and Native Americans clash, Smith and Pocahontas find their worlds colliding and their hearts entwined, but ancestral loyalty may tear them apart. Christian Bale and Christopher Plummer co-star.

Genre:Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Romantic Dramas
This movie is:Romantic, Emotional, Dark
The Night Listener
(2006) R
Reality blurs with fiction in this psychological thriller adapted from Armistead Maupin's novel about writer and radio host Gabriel Noone (Robin Williams). While Gabriel's romantic life falls apart he receives a manuscript from a troubled young fan (Rory Culkin). Despite his friends' warnings, fragile Gabriel develops an unsettling relationship with the boy and his blind guardian. Based on a true story. Toni Collette and Sandra Oh co-star.

Genre:Dramas Based on the Book, Psychological Thrillers, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature
This movie is:Understated, Suspenseful, Dark
The Number 23
(2007) R
Batman Forever director Joel Schumacher reunites with his Riddler (Jim Carrey) for this psychological thriller about a man obsessed with a book that seems to be based on his own life. When Walter Sparrow (Carrey) begins reading the novel The Number 23, he notices strange parallels between it and his life. Now, he's worried that a murder that occurs in the book might just cross over into the world of nonfiction. Virginia Madsen co-stars.

Genre:Psychological Thrillers
This movie is:Suspenseful, Scary
The Omen
Omen I
(1976) R
Staid American ambassador Robert Thorne (Gregory Peck) and his wife (Lee Remick) adopt a newborn baby boy in place of their stillborn infant … and live to regret it. All's well till the boy's nanny commits hara-kiri -- in front of the guests at the child's fifth birthday bash. As the corpses stack up, Robert comes to believe his son personifies the Antichrist. Soon Robert is pitted against the forces of hell and must make a fateful decision.

Genre:Satanic Stories, Cult Horror
This movie is:Suspenseful, Scary, Exciting, Dark
The Painted Veil
(2006) PG-13
Shunned by a husband (Edward Norton) who's more interested in his research, the simpleminded Kitty Fane (Naomi Watts) embarks on a quest for life fulfillment. Along the way, she ignites a passionate affair with a dashing womanizer (Liev Schreiber) and travels with her husband to the Far East, where she turns her attention to fighting the cholera epidemic. Diana Rigg co-stars in this period drama based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham.

Genre:Dramas Based on the Book, Romantic Dramas, Period Pieces
This movie is:Romantic, Emotional, Dark
The Pink Panther 2
(2009) PG
Everybody's favorite blundering detective, Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Steve Martin), is back in another antic-filled caper. This time, Clouseau joins a team of equally incompetent detectives to foil a thief from heisting historical artifacts. But is this bumbling crew able to keep pace with their nimble quarry? Directed by Harald Zwart, the star-studded sequel also features Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer, Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina and John Cleese.

Genre:Action Comedies, Slapstick
The Prestige
(2006) PG-13
At the dawn of the 20th century, rival magicians Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) endeavor to reveal each other's secrets. Obsessed by the escalating competition, the two illusionists begin to perform increasingly risky tricks, which soon turn deadly. Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson and David Bowie also star in this taut psychological thriller from director Christopher Nolan.

Genre:Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Psychological Thrillers
This movie is:Suspenseful, Romantic, Dark
 
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