Synopsis

Oakland A's GM Billy Beane is handicapped with the lowest salary constraint in baseball. If he ever wants to win the World Series, Billy must find a competitive advantage. Billy is about to turn baseball on its ear when he uses statistical data to analyze and place value on the players he picks for the team.

Reason to Watch

Okay, okay... I get it! It's about baseball, but wait! "I know nothing about baseball" or "isn't that the super boring sport?". Yes, but this is a thrilling story with a fantastic cast acting the shit out of it.

Moneyball turns an unlikely subject interesting, and as emotionally interior and as dialogue driven as much of it the whole thing ends up being as thrilling as a big budget action blockbuster.

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Synopsis

A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.

Reason to Watch

The usual complaints and caveats about Anderson - he's precious, his characters have no grounding in the real world - can be made about Moonrise Kingdom, but so what?

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A group of graduate students and scientists uncover an ancient canister in an abandoned church, but when they open it, they inadvertently unleash a strange liquid and an evil force on all of humanity.

Reason to Watch

This is almost a bona-fide Classic. The thing that keeps it from such an exalted status is a few major missteps. For the most part it eschews obvious scares in favour or a sense of creepiness. Later on there are more gory moments; aided by impressive physical effects. I'd certainly recommend this for fans of Carpenter's other films or those who enjoy 'religious horror'.

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An animated fantasy-adventure. Set one thousand years from now, the Earth is ravaged by pollution and war. In the Valley of the Wind lives NausicaƤ, Princess of her people. Their land borders on a toxic jungle, filled with dangerous over-sized insects. Meanwhile, two nearby nations are bitterly engaged in a war and the Valley of the Wind is stuck in the middle.

Reason to Watch

One of the most weirdly, wonderfully built worlds of Hayao Miyazaki...

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Synopsis

Ben Sanderson, a Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his alcoholism, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.

Reason to Watch

Dark and giddy at the same time, Leaving Las Vegas takes you to dreamy, intoxicated places no movie about an alcoholic has gone before.

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Harry Zontal
Mystic of Bali (Level 245)
Farmerbill
Prey that is Deadly (Level 342)

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Synopsis

After a group of violent lepers escape from a sanatorium, robbing several farms, the town's residents demand the sheriff take action. Meanwhile, a local criminal joins forces with the lepers to commit even more robberies.

Reason to Watch

Once again Mexican wrestler Santo stars a movie that mixes many different genres adding the "Santo touch" that gave him success through his long career on films and makes for an interesting watch for the audience.

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In 1700s Austria, a witch-hunter's apprentice has doubts about the righteousness of witch-hunting when he witnesses the brutality, the injustice, the falsehood, the torture and the arbitrary killing that go with the job.

Reason to Watch

Bizarre performances and an unnaturally evocative ambience help overcome the film's desperate aim to shock.

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A senator is targeted by the Pentangle, a right wing paramilitary group. His pal, a former CIA agent and martial artist, tries to help him. The group kidnaps the agent's sister and tries to hunt him down, "The Most Dangerous Game" style.

Reason to Watch

For Cannon films - and Michael Dudikoff - this is definitely above average. There's Steve James (who leaves the movie much too early, sadly. He didn't like being in this film, by the way, and you'll see why), good action scenes (brutal fights!), and scummy and hateful bad guys who get what's coming to them. What more could you ask for?

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Zakko
Prey that is Deadly (Level 342)
Momus!
Jumping Vampire (Level 254)

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Synopsis

A dysfunctional family of three stop by a mansion during a storm -- father, stepmother, and child. The child discovers that the elderly owners are magical toy makers and have a haunted collection of dolls.

Reason to Watch

The special effects sequences featuring the dolls are realized with stop motion animation and puppetry. For the most part, they are extraordinarily convincing. A scene in which various doll characters huddle together to discreetly discuss the fate of a human character is priceless.

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Synopsis

A pair of adventurers try to track down an ancient Aztec/Mayan/Egyptian/Apache hoard of gold.

Reason to Watch

Where to start with this movie? Where to end? Even more to the point, in which order should the scenes be played?

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