1) THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander prove they are two of the top actors working today as they play a couple whose lives crumble after rescuing a baby adrift in a rowboat. The movie is a visually stunning look at sacrifice.
2) MAX ROSE Jerry Lewis, now-90-year-old legend, delivers an emotionally charged dramatic performance as a jazz musician who struggles with the death of his wife and the possibility that she was unfaithful to him.
3) Author: The JT LeRoy Story – For a decade author JT LeRoy captivated the literary world with his sordid stories of his childhood. But it turns out LeRoy was the creation of a middle-aged phone-sex operator turned housewife named Laura Albert. This documentary takes a look behind Albert’s incredible creation of a literary legend.
4) SULLY US Airways captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger became an instant hero when he pulled off an emergency landing on New York’s Hudson River, saving everyone on the flight. But director Clint Eastwood shows that along with praise “Sully” also got criticism. Tom Hanks plays the role some are saying could get him some Oscar buzz.
5) SNOWDEN Director Oliver Stone looks back on the acts of Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) that led to him being one of the most infamous whistle blowers in American History
6) THE DRESSMAKER Kate Winslett plays a dressmaker who returns to her home in Australia to right the wrongs of her past, in the process she transforms the fashion of the community.
7) The Magnificent Seven Denzel Washington puts together some of the baddest men in the West to help out a village being harassed by thieves in the reboot of the 1960s classic (which is an Americanized version of the great Akira Kurosawa movie “Seven Samurai”). Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, and Vincent D’Onofrio also star.
8) Queen of Katwe A young girl from Uganda becomes a world chess champion in this movie that’s directed by Mira Nair and stars Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo.
9) American Honey Winner of the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, this gritty look at a girl who drops everything to join a group of misfits, who sell magazines across the Midwest, is a unique look at the disenfranchised of the country and innocence lost. The movie is led by strong performances of Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough and new comer Sasha Lane.
10) The Eagle Huntress Reviewed as one of the most thrilling movie experiences of the fall. This documentary follows a 13-year-old girl who trains to become the first female in 12 generations to become an eagle hunter.
11) Birth of a Nation After sweeping the grand jury and audience awards at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Nate Parker’s directorial debut, in which he plays slave Nat Turner who orchestrates an uprising against slave owners in Virginia, is receiving a lot of award-season heat.
12) MASTERMINDS This comedy based on the 1997 Loomis Fargo Bank robbery, which at the time was the second-largest cash robbery in US history. Cast of Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis,
Not tired of Politics yet? These classic films might show how power
and the quest for it has been around for a while.
FACE IN THE CROWD An Arkansas drifter becomes an overnight media sensation and convinced he can go into politics.
ALL THE KINGS MEN A fictional tale based on the life of Governor Huey Long and his rise to power.
CITIZEN KANE Another thinly veiled biopic that traces the rise of power of William Randolph Hearst in the guise of Charles Foster Kane. A portrait of an American who seeks power in all areas of American life in wealth and fame through the voice of the media.