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Snowpiercer (2014)

Action film meets art film. Think Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon but set on a train and without the martial arts. Oh, and it takes place in a future after humans accidentally froze the entire planet and the only survivors are on an arc of a train that’s circumnavigating the planet. An arc-train? Yes - and the aquarium car is amazing! There are some fabulous fight scenes - but more like Gangs of New York meets the modern Korean police force in terms of the fighting style. In addition to fantastic visuals this film also provides some political fodder to keep you intellectually engaged.

Babylon A.D. (2008)

In a post-apocalyptic Russia, mercenary Toorop is hired for a difficult job: transport the naive and sheltered Aurora and her guardian, Sister Rebekah, from a convent in Russia to New York City. What seems at first to merely be a matter of obtaining the right falsified identification and booking passage becomes something more when Aurora is revealed to have some strange powers Toorop was not told about when he took the job. People are after Aurora, who knows things she shouldn't know, understands things she's never encountered, and who has to be delivered to New York unharmed.

The Wind Rises (2014)

This is a beautifully animated tale of love, tragedy and war. The latest (and rumored to be the last) release of a Miyazaki film, The Wind Rises tells the story of aeronautical engineer Jiro Horikoshi, a pioneer in aircraft design in the first half of the twentieth century. More than aspiring to achieve flight, Jiro is an artist and dreamer striving to stay true to himself during a trying time in his life and in Japanese history. If you enjoy animation of imaginative tales, this movie is not one to be missed!

Rango (2011)

A family's pet chameleon suddenly finds himself thrown out of his safe aquarium and left to fend for himself in the Western desert. He goes from living in his own private fantasy world (as a movie star and director) to playing a starring role as a swashbuckling hero who rescues the drought-ridden town of Dirt from evil bandits.

Trollhunter (2011)

Filmed in a style similar to The Blair Witch Project, this movie claims to be the found footage of several student filmmakers who had set out to make a movie about bear hunters and ended up making a movie about a secret their country has been keeping from the public. Troll hunter Hans is bitter about the lack of recognition he gets for putting himself in such danger and allows the students to follow him.

Stagecoach (1939)

Any fan of Western movies knows that "Stagecoach" is a must watch.  One of the first movies to introduce the adult Western, a complex story with complex characters and beautifully shot by director John Ford.   Each character has his/her own story to tell, intertwined with concepts of class differences and prejudice.  Be sure not to miss the commentary by Scott Eyman.  The special features offer a lot of insight to the Ford/Wayne relationship.

Rooster Cogburn (1975)

Sometimes Hollywood strikes gold without meaning to.  If "True Grit" and "The African Queen" married and had a baby, this film would be it.  Rooster Cogburn, the one-eyed marshall from "True Grit" is back and protecting the prim minister's daughter, Eula Goodnight (played by Katherine Hepburn).  The Studio, no doubt, thought only about pairing two money-making stars.  What the audience got was a great adventure story with award-winning performances!  Don't miss Strother Martin as McCoy..."Seen Everythin', Done Everythin'...That's how come I know people are SO mise

Spirited Away (2003)

Probably Miyazaki's best film!  Spirited Away is the story of young Chihiro and her quest to save her parents from the spirit world.  A classic hero story, Chihiro (or Sen as she is called in the spirit world) braves her way through many adventures to set her parents free and prove herself as an independent soul in this story of adversity and strength.

King Kong (1933)

A mysterious voyage, an island surrounded by mist, a high wall built by ancients which is maintained to this day by fearful natives...if that isn't enough to get you to check out this classic film, how about dinosaurs and a great big, angry ape!!!  This film was revolutionary in its time.  Who could have imagined a romance involving a beauty and a beast...oh wait.  In any case, you'll root for the beast in this film.

Samurai Champloo (2004-2005)

Samurai Champloo is one of the most entertaining adventures in the samurai genre. Three unwilling companions set out on a journey across Edo period Japan.  A young woman looking for a possibly nonexistent samurai that smells like sunflowers,  a wild swordsman looking to challenge absolutely anyone who irritates him, and a taciturn ronin with a hidden past forge an unlikely bond. Though set in the 17th century,  Samurai Champloo has a hip-hop sensibility, with many modern references and themes.  The dialogue is extremely witty and the characters endearing.

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