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The Constant Gardener (2005)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

The Constant Gardener (2005)

In a remote area of Northern Kenya, activist Tessa Quayle is found brutally murdered. Tessa's companion, a doctor, appears to have fled the scene, and the evidence points to a crime of passion. Members of the British High Commission in Nairobi assume that Tessa's widower, their mild-mannered and unambitious colleague Justin Quayle, will leave the matter to them. They could not be more wrong. Haunted by remorse and jarred by rumors of his late wife's infidelities, Quayle surprises everyone by embarking on a personal odyssey that will take him across three continents. Using his privileged access to diplomatic secrets, he will risk his own life, stopping at nothing to uncover and expose the truth - a conspiracy more far-reaching and deadly than Quayle could ever have imagined. (Read More)

Themes:courage, aids, dying, cancer, paranoia, conspiracy, corruption, funeral, torture, politics, jealousy, money, marriage, suicide, love
Locations:slum, germany, lake, africa, kitchen, airport, bicycle, bathtub, church, restaurant, hospital
Characters:german, bible, doctor, baby, policeman, girl, boy, singer, children, homosexual
Story:kenya, diplomat, government corruption, british diplomat, nairobi kenya, kibera slum, british government, refugee camp, aids test, death in childbirth, iraq war, grieving widower, pickup truck, corporate corruption, political corruption, pregnant woman in bathtub, death of baby, woman in bathtub, white horse, dead girl

Munich (2005)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Munich (2005)

After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black-box operation to hunt down and kill all involved. A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad techie whose father was a war hero and whose wife is pregnant. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights. Loyalties blur. What does it mean to be a Jew? (Read More)

Themes:dying, cancer, paranoia, funeral, politics, money, marriage, suicide, love
Locations:kitchen, airport, bicycle, restaurant, hospital
Characters:german, girl, boy, singer, children, doctor
Story:refugee camp, government, gardening, jeep, refugee, garden, childbirth, no opening credits, truck, massacre, assassin, drug use, cleavage, cafe, dead body, running, tears, london england, watching tv, airplane

War Of The Worlds (2005)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

War Of The Worlds (2005)

Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down. What follows is the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it in this contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells seminal classic sci-fi thriller. (Read More)

Themes:dying, torture
Locations:bicycle, church, restaurant
Characters:policeman, girl, singer
Story:refugee camp, pickup truck, suv, earphones, jeep, refugee, truck, video camera, massacre, cafe, dead body, tears, london england, watching tv, rain, corpse, pregnancy, song, crying, train

The Last King Of Scotland (2006)
Biography, Drama, History, Thriller

The Last King Of Scotland (2006)

In the early 1970s, Nicholas Garrigan, a young semi-idealistic Scottish doctor, comes to Uganda to assist in a rural hospital. Once there, he soon meets up with the new President, Idi Amin, who promises a golden age for the African nation. Garrigan hits it off immediately with the rabid Scotland fan, who soon offers him a senior position in the national health department and becomes one of Amin's closest advisers. However as the years pass, Garrigan cannot help but notice Amin's increasingly erratic behavior that grows beyond a legitimate fear of assassination into a murderous insanity that is driving Uganda into bloody ruin. Realizing his dire situation with the lunatic leader unwilling to let him go home, Garrigan must make some crucial decisions that could mean his death if the despot finds out. (Read More)

Themes:corruption, torture, politics, marriage
Locations:africa, airport, hospital
Characters:singer, children, doctor
Story:british government, pharmaceuticals, swahili, diplomat, idealism, passport, morgue, jeep, african, government, interracial relationship, soccer, dead body, airplane, rain, beating, pregnancy, song, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

Blood Diamond (2006) is one of the best movies like The Constant Gardener (2005)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Blood Diamond (2006)

A story following Archer, a man tortured by his roots. With a strong survival instinct, he has made himself a key player in the business of conflict diamonds. Political unrest is rampant in Sierra Leone as people fight tooth for tooth. Upon meeting Solomon, and the beautiful Maddy, Archer's life changes forever as he is given a chance to make peace with the war around him. (Read More)

Themes:dying, torture, money
Locations:africa, airport, bicycle, restaurant
Characters:baby, boy, singer, children, doctor
Story:refugee camp, pickup truck, idealism, united nations, car chase, african, refugee, government, video camera, massacre, soccer, subjective camera, drug use, cafe, dead body, running, tears, london england, watching tv, airplane

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English emigre; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. This is why 21 Grams (2003) is one of the best movies like The Constant Gardener (2005). (Read More)

Themes:courage, dying, marriage, suicide, love
Locations:bicycle, church, restaurant, hospital
Characters:bible, policeman, boy, doctor
Story:pickup truck, golf course, clinic, suv, flash forward, nonlinear timeline, drug use, cleavage, cafe, tears, vomiting, watching tv, computer, rain, corpse, beating, pregnancy, crying, singing, husband wife relationship

The Fountain (2006)
Drama, Sci-fi

The Fountain (2006)

Three stories - one each from the past, present, and future - about men in pursuit of eternity with their love. A conquistador in Mayan country searches for the tree of life to free his captive queen; a medical researcher, working with various trees, looks for a cure that will save his dying wife; a space traveler, traveling with an aged tree encapsulated within a bubble, moves toward a dying star that's wrapped in a nebula; he seeks eternity with his love. The stories intersect and parallel; the quests fail and succeed. (Read More)

Themes:dying, cancer, funeral, torture, marriage, love
Locations:bathtub, hospital
Characters:bible, doctor
Story:horse riding, burial, loss of wife, death of wife, widower, grave, flash forward, bath, coffin, no opening credits, nonlinear timeline, map, tears, horse, rain, beating, crying, fire, chase, husband wife relationship

Children Of Men (2006)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Children Of Men (2006)

The world's youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set in and around a dystopian London fractious with violence and warring nationalistic sects, Children of Men follows the unexpected discovery of a lone pregnant woman and the desperate journey to deliver her to safety and restore faith for a future beyond those presently on Earth. (Read More)

Themes:dying, paranoia, torture, money, love
Characters:baby, policeman, girl, children, singer
Story:british government, refugee camp, pregnant woman nude, idealism, epidemic, hippie, passport, african, refugee, childbirth, government, cousin cousin relationship, massacre, drug use, dead body, tears, london england, watching tv, computer, airplane

War Dogs (2016) is one of the best movies like The Constant Gardener (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, War

War Dogs (2016)

Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, corruption, funeral, torture, money
Locations:airport, bicycle, restaurant, hospital
Characters:baby
Story:iraq war, iraq, twenty something, childbirth, government, no opening credits, nonlinear timeline, truck, interracial relationship, dead body, airplane, motorcycle, beating, pregnancy, fire, chase, husband wife relationship, flashback

The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Sci-fi, Thriller

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Evan Treborn grows up in a small town with his single, working mother and his friends. He suffers from memory blackouts where he suddenly finds himself somewhere else, confused. Evan's friends and mother hardly believe him, thinking he makes it up just to get out of trouble. As Evan grows up he has fewer of these blackouts until he seems to have recovered. Since the age of seven he has written a diary of his blackout moments so he can remember what happens. One day at college he starts to read one of his old diaries, and suddenly a flashback hits him like a brick! (Read More)

Themes:cancer, paranoia, funeral, jealousy, suicide, love
Locations:slum, bicycle, restaurant, hospital
Characters:baby, girl, boy
Story:suv, teenage girl, diary, flash forward, coffin, nonlinear timeline, video camera, cleavage, cafe, tears, vomiting, rain, beating, crying, fire, father son relationship, mother son relationship, kiss, dog, murder

The Ghost Writer (2010)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Ghost Writer (2010)

An unremarkable ghost-writer has landed a lucrative contract to redact the memoirs of Adam Lang, the former UK Prime Minister. After dominating British politics for years, Lang has retired with his wife to the USA. He lives on an island, in luxurious, isolated premises complete with a security detail and a secretarial staff. Soon, Adam Lang gets embroiled in a major scandal with international ramifications that reveals how far he was ready to go in order to nurture UK's "special relationship" with the USA. But before this controversy has started, before even he has closed the deal with the publisher, the ghost-writer gets unmistakable signs that the turgid draft he is tasked to put into shape inexplicably constitutes highly sensitive material. This is why The Ghost Writer (2010) is one of the best movies like The Constant Gardener (2005). (Read More)

Themes:politics, torture, money, suicide
Locations:airport, bicycle, bathtub, restaurant
Story:british government, iraq war, scandal, political thriller, no title at beginning, car chase, passport, government, bath, coffin, no opening credits, map, assassin, cafe, running, tears, london england, watching tv, computer, investigation

The English Patient (1996)
Drama, Romance, War

The English Patient (1996)

October 1944 in war torn Italy. Hana, a French-Canadian nurse working in a mobile army medical unit, feels like everything she loves in life dies on her. Because of the difficulty traveling and the dangers, especially as the landscape is still heavily booby-trapped with mines, Hana volunteers to stay behind at a church to care solely for a dying semi-amnesiac patient, who is badly burned and disfigured. She agrees to catch up to the rest of the unit after he dies. All the patient remembers is that he is English and that he is married. Their solitude is disrupted with the arrival at the church of fellow Canadian David Caravaggio, part of the Intelligence Service, who is certain that he knows the patient as a man who cooperated with the Germans. Caravaggio believes that the patient's memory is largely in tact and that he is running away from his past, in part or in its entirety. The patient does open up about his past, all surrounding his work as a cartographer in North Africa, which was interrupted by the war. He may not be running from his work as a spy for the Germans as Caravaggio believes, but rather the memory of an affair he had with married Katherine Clifton, the love of his life, and the memory of a promise not totally fulfilled. Hana may also test her theory of her fates with love and death as she embarks on a relationship of her own with Kip Singh, a Sikh from India, whose unit has camped on the now overgrown lawn of the church. Their work entails sweeping for and diffusing mines, the discovery of one such mine which had earlier saved her life. (Read More)

Themes:dying, torture, politics, jealousy, marriage, suicide, love
Locations:africa, bicycle, bathtub, church, restaurant
Characters:german, singer
Story:jeep, african, refugee, garden, character's point of view camera shot, flash forward, bath, nonlinear timeline, truck, map, interracial relationship, subjective camera, spy, cafe, running, tears, airplane, motorcycle, rain, beating

Body Of Lies (2008) is one of the best movies like The Constant Gardener (2005)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Body Of Lies (2008)

Roger Ferris is a CIA operative in the Middle East; Ed Hoffman is his control at Langley. Cynicism is everywhere. In Amman, Roger works with Hani Salaam, Jordan's head of security, whose only dictum is "Don't lie to me." The Americans are in pursuit of a cleric who leads a group placing bombs all over Europe. When Hani rebukes Ed's demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan's double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, torture, money, suicide
Locations:airport, bicycle, restaurant, hospital
Characters:girl, boy, doctor
Story:refugee camp, political thriller, suv, car chase, e mail, passport, jeep, no opening credits, video camera, soccer, spy, cafe, dead body, running, watching tv, rain, corpse, beating, crying, fire

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)

In this comedy, Lars Lindstrom is an awkwardly shy young man in a small northern town who finally brings home the girl of his dreams to his brother and sister-in-law's home. The only problem is that she's not real - she's a sex doll Lars ordered off the Internet. But sex is not what Lars has in mind, but rather a deep, meaningful relationship. His sister-in-law is worried for him, his brother thinks he's nuts, but eventually the entire town goes along with his delusion in support of this sweet natured boy that they've always loved. (Read More)

Themes:dying, funeral, jealousy
Locations:lake, bathtub, church, restaurant, hospital
Characters:girl, boy, singer, doctor
Story:death in childbirth, earphones, grave, flash forward, bath, cafe, computer, pregnancy, song, singing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, death

District 9 (2009)
Sci-fi, Thriller

District 9 (2009)

In 1982, a massive star ship bearing a bedraggled alien population, nicknamed "The Prawns," appeared over Johannesburg, South Africa. Twenty-eight years later, the initial welcome by the human population has faded. The refugee camp where the aliens were located has deteriorated into a militarized ghetto called District 9, where they are confined and exploited in squalor. In 2010, the munitions corporation, Multi-National United, is contracted to forcibly evict the population with operative Wikus van der Merwe in charge. In this operation, Wikus is exposed to a strange alien chemical and must rely on the help of his only two new 'Prawn' friends. (Read More)

Themes:torture
Locations:slum, africa, hospital
Story:refugee camp, corporate corruption, car chase, corporation, refugee, government, character's point of view camera shot, cover up, no opening credits, nonlinear timeline, video camera, subjective camera, running, vomiting, chase, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, flashback, murder, violence

Cloud Atlas (2012)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. This is why Cloud Atlas (2012) is one of the best movies like The Constant Gardener (2005). (Read More)

Themes:courage, dying, cancer, conspiracy, money, suicide, love
Locations:bicycle, bathtub, restaurant
Characters:policeman, girl, boy, singer, children, doctor, homosexual
Story:diary, death of wife, flash forward, no opening credits, nonlinear timeline, subjective camera, drug use, cafe, dead body, running, tears, letter, computer, airplane, horse, corpse, song, crying, chase, singing

From Hell (2001) is one of the best movies like The Constant Gardener (2005)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

From Hell (2001)

It is 1888 in London, and the unfortunate poor lead horrifying lives in the city's deadliest slum, Whitechapel. Harassed by gangs and forced to walk the streets for a living, Mary Kelly and her small group of companions trudge on through this daily misery, their only consolation being that things can't get any worse. Yet things somehow do when their friend Ann is kidnapped and they are drawn into a conspiracy with links higher up than they could possibly imagine. The kidnapping is soon followed by the gruesome murder of another woman, Polly, and it becomes apparent that they are being hunted down, one by one. Sinister even by Whitechapel standards, the murder grabs the attention of Inspector Fred Abberline, a brilliant yet troubled man whose police work is often aided by his psychic abilities. Abberline becomes deeply involved with the case, which takes on personal meaning to him when he and Mary begin to fall in love. But as he gets closer to the truth Whitechapel becomes more and more dangerous for Abberline, Mary, and the other girls. Whoever is responsible for the grisly acts is not going to give up his secret without a fight....will they be able to survive the avenging force that has been sent after them from hell? (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, corruption, funeral, torture, marriage, love
Locations:slum, bathtub, church
Characters:baby, doctor
Story:death in childbirth, morgue, reference to william shakespeare, garden, cover up, death of wife, flash forward, bath, coffin, no opening credits, drug use, cleavage, dead body, running, vomiting, letter, london england, investigation, horse, rain

The Beach (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Beach (2000)

Garland's novel centers on a young nicotine-addicted traveler named Richard, an avid pop-culture buff with a particular love for video games and Vietnam War movies. While at a hotel in Bangkok, he finds a map left by his strange, whacked-out neighbor, who just committed suicide. The map supposedly leads to a legendary island paradise where some other wayward souls have settled. (Read More)

Themes:funeral, suicide, love
Story:cricket the game, hippie, passport, burial, grave, map, soccer, drug use, dead body, vomiting, watching tv, computer, rain, corpse, train, chase, based on novel, flashback, gun, kiss

Atonement (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Atonement (2007)

In 1939, Robbie Turner is a private in the British Army, he and his battalion who are heading to France to fight in the war. A stint in the army is not where his life was headed, which took a radical turn four years earlier at the Tallis estate where he grew up as his mother worked as the Tallis' live-in housekeeper. As such, he grew up with the three Tallis children: son Leon, and daughters Cecilia and Briony. Robbie and Cecilia were just getting to the stage of their lives of being able to confess their true love for each other. But then thirteen year old aspiring writer Briony also had a crush on the older Robbie. Based on two incidents she saw between Cecilia and Robbie (one only from afar), on reading a private letter Robbie wrote to Cecilia and on her own feelings for Robbie, Briony told some truths and half-truths about Robbie which resulted in this turn in his life. Robbie is able to reconnect with Cecilia before he is shipped off to France, and lives only to be able to head back to London to be with Cecilia and make up for the missing four years they could not spend together due to Briony's actions. A year later, Briony, now eighteen, also arrives in London to start working as a nurse to support the war effort. By this time, she is aware of the damage her thirteen year old self caused, and wants to atone for that error to both Cecilia from who she has been estranged, and Robbie who she has not seen since. She will make this atonement even if neither Robbie or Cecilia will ever speak to her, or if it takes the rest of her life. (Read More)

Themes:dying, jealousy, love
Locations:kitchen, bathtub, church, restaurant, hospital
Characters:policeman, girl, singer, children, doctor
Story:letter, gardener, jeep, reference to william shakespeare, garden, teenage girl, cousin cousin relationship, flash forward, bath, nonlinear timeline, cafe, dead body, tears, london england, airplane, song, crying, train, fire, singing

V For Vendetta (2005)
Action, Drama, Thriller

V For Vendetta (2005)

Tells the story of Evey Hammond and her unlikely but instrumental part in bringing down the fascist government that has taken control of a futuristic Great Britain. Saved from a life-and-death situation by a man in a Guy Fawkes mask who calls himself V, she learns a general summary of V's past and, after a time, decides to help him bring down those who committed the atrocities that led to Britain being in the shape that it is in. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, corruption, torture, politics
Locations:church
Characters:girl, boy, homosexual
Story:government, dead girl, shakespearean quotation, great britain, idealism, epidemic, closeted homosexual, reference to william shakespeare, teenage girl, diary, no opening credits, assassin, cleavage, dead body, tears, letter, london england, watching tv, investigation, rain

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) is one of the best movies like The Constant Gardener (2005)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

Eva Khatchadourian is trying to piece together her life following the "incident". Once a successful travel writer, she is forced to take whatever job comes her way, which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know about her situation openly shun her, even to the point of violent actions toward her. She, in turn, fosters that solitary life because of the incident, the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. That incident involved her son Kevin Khatchadourian, who is now approaching his eighteenth birthday. Eva and Kevin have always had a troubled relationship, even when he was an infant. Whatever troubles he saw, Franklin, Eva's complacent husband, just attributed it to Kevin being a typical boy. The incident may be seen by both Kevin and Eva as his ultimate act in defiance against his mother. This is why We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) is one of the best movies like The Constant Gardener (2005). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, jealousy
Locations:restaurant, hospital
Characters:baby, policeman, girl, boy, singer, doctor
Story:earphones, answering machine, childbirth, flash forward, nonlinear timeline, map, massacre, subjective camera, running, tears, vomiting, watching tv, computer, rain, pregnancy, song, crying, train, singing, husband wife relationship

The Nice Guys (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Nice Guys (2016)

Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn't the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they'll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, courage, paranoia, corruption, torture, politics, money, suicide
Locations:airport, bathtub, hospital
Characters:girl
Story:government corruption, corporate corruption, contract killer, car chase, hippie, government, teenage girl, cover up, widower, flash forward, assassin, watching tv, investigation, airplane, motorcycle, corpse, beating, fire, chase, death

The Reader (2008)
Drama, Romance

The Reader (2008)

THE READER opens in post-war Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from "The Odyssey," "Huck Finn" and "The Lady with the Little Dog." Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life - this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. THE READER is a story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another. (Read More)

Themes:dying, money, suicide, love
Locations:germany, bicycle, bathtub, church, restaurant
Characters:german, policeman
Story:trial, woman in bathtub, conscience, teenage girl, flash forward, nonlinear timeline, cleavage, cafe, tears, vomiting, letter, rain, crying, train, fire, father son relationship, mother son relationship, based on novel, dog, flashback

Hotaru No Haka (1988)
Animation, Drama, War

Hotaru No Haka (1988)

The story of Seita and Satsuko, two young Japanese siblings, living in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents, the two siblings must rely completely on one another while they struggle to fight for their survival.

Themes:dying, money
Locations:bicycle, bathtub, hospital
Characters:girl, boy, singer, children, doctor
Story:dead child, burial, cousin cousin relationship, grave, bath, truck, dead body, running, tears, letter, airplane, horse, rain, corpse, beating, song, crying, train, fire, singing

Changeling (2008) is one of the best movies like The Constant Gardener (2005)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Changeling (2008)

Los Angeles, 1928. A single mother returns from work to find her nine-year-old son gone. She calls the LAPD to initiate a search. Five months later, a boy is found in Illinois who fits the description; he says he's her son. To fanfare and photos, the LAPD reunite mother and son, but she insists he's not her boy. The cops dismiss her as either a liar or hysterical. When she joins a minister in his public criticism of the police, they in turn use government power to silence and intimidate her. Meanwhile, a cop goes to a dilapidated ranch to find a Canadian lad who's without legal status; the youth tells a grisly tale. There's redress for murder; is there redress for abuse of power? (Read More)

Themes:corruption, dying, paranoia, conspiracy, torture
Locations:bathtub, church, restaurant
Characters:boy, bible, policeman, girl, singer
Story:loss of child, burial, government, cousin cousin relationship, grave, bath, no opening credits, trial, cafe, running, tears, investigation, motorcycle, rain, song, crying, train, chase, singing, police

Australia (2008)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

Australia (2008)

In northern Australia at the beginning of World War II, an English aristocrat inherits a cattle station the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn stock-man to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier. This is why Australia (2008) is one of the best movies like The Constant Gardener (2005). (Read More)

Themes:dying, money, marriage
Locations:bathtub
Characters:policeman, boy, singer, children, doctor
Story:great britain, tuberculosis, cliff, burial, cover up, widower, bath, no opening credits, truck, interracial relationship, dead body, running, airplane, horse, rain, corpse, song, fire, chase, singing

Der Untergang (2004)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Der Untergang (2004)

In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Soviet Armies closing in from the west and south. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still achieve victory and orders his Generals and advisers to fight to the last man. "Downfall" explores these final days of the Reich, where senior German leaders (such as Himmler and Goring) began defecting from their beloved Fuhrer, in an effort to save their own lives, while still others (Joseph Goebbels) pledge to die with Hitler. Hitler, himself, degenerates into a paranoid shell of a man, full of optimism one moment and suicidal depression the next. When the end finally does comes, and Hitler lies dead by his own hand, what is left of his military must find a way to end the killing that is the Battle of Berlin, and lay down their arms in surrender. (Read More)

Themes:courage, dying, paranoia, corruption, politics, marriage, suicide
Locations:germany, bicycle, hospital
Characters:german, girl, boy, singer, doctor
Story:dead girl, diplomat, twenty something, refugee, teenage girl, flash forward, truck, map, drug use, dead body, tears, letter, airplane, motorcycle, corpse, beating, song, crying, fire, singing

Super 8 (2011)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Super 8 (2011)

SPOILER: In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth - something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, jealousy
Locations:bicycle, bathtub
Characters:girl, boy
Story:pickup truck, hippie, jeep, teenage girl, cover up, death of wife, grave, flash forward, no opening credits, truck, map, video camera, train, tears, vomiting, watching tv, investigation, horse, crying, fire

Legend (2015) is one of the best movies like The Constant Gardener (2005)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Legend (2015)

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground. (Read More)

Themes:cancer, funeral, torture, jealousy, money, marriage, suicide
Locations:church, restaurant
Characters:policeman, girl, singer, homosexual
Story:morgue, scandal, cover up, death of wife, grave, no opening credits, soccer, subjective camera, drug use, dead body, london england, watching tv, investigation, rain, beating, song, singing, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, police

Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

East Germany, the year 1989: A young man protests against the regime. His mother watches the police arresting him and suffers a heart attack and falls into a coma. Some months later, the GDR does not exist anymore and the mother awakes. Since she has to avoid every excitement, the son tries to set up the GDR again for her in their flat. But the world has changed a lot. (Read More)

Themes:politics, money, marriage, love
Locations:germany, bathtub, hospital
Characters:german, baby, policeman, girl, boy, singer, children, doctor
Story:idealism, garden, video camera, soccer, tears, vomiting, letter, watching tv, motorcycle, beating, pregnancy, song, crying, train, singing, police, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, death

Oldeuboi (2003)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Oldeuboi (2003)

Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him and sedate him to avoid committing suicide, and as his only companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell, the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. But then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? This is why Oldeuboi (2003) is one of the best movies like The Constant Gardener (2005). (Read More)

Themes:money, conspiracy, torture, jealousy, suicide, love
Locations:bicycle, restaurant
Characters:baby, singer, doctor
Story:earphones, diary, character's point of view camera shot, death of wife, flash forward, subjective camera, cafe, running, vomiting, watching tv, computer, rain, corpse, beating, pregnancy, song, crying, chase, singing, husband wife relationship

Zodiac (2007)
Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller

Zodiac (2007)

A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the movie's focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, politics
Locations:lake, airport, restaurant
Characters:baby, policeman, girl, boy, children
Story:pickup truck, dead girl, tv commercial, gardening, teenage girl, flash forward, cafe, dead body, running, letter, watching tv, investigation, airplane, motorcycle, rain, police, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, gun

The Kids Are All Right (2010) is one of the best movies like The Constant Gardener (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Kids Are All Right (2010)

Nic and Jules are in a long term, committed, loving but by no means perfect same-sex relationship. Nic, a physician, needs to wield what she believes is control, whereas Jules, under that control, is less self-assured. During their relationship, Jules has floundered in her "nine to five" life, sometimes trying to start a business - always unsuccessfully - or being the stay-at-home mom. She is currently trying to start a landscape design business. They have two teen-aged children, Joni (conceived by Nic) and Laser (by Jules). Although not exact replicas, each offspring does more closely resemble his/her biological mother in temperament. Joni and Laser are also half-siblings, having the same unknown sperm donor father. Shortly after Joni's eighteenth birthday and shortly before she plans to leave the house and head off to college, Laser, only fifteen and underage to do so, pleads with her to try and contact their sperm donor father. Somewhat reluctantly, she does. He is late thirty-something Paul, a co-op farmer and restaurateur. Despite his seemingly successful businesses, Paul has always shirked responsibility, most specifically in his personal life. After Joni and Laser meet with Paul, Nic and Jules learn what their children have done and, although they don't want Paul infiltrating their lives, want to meet him - especially as Joni and Laser seem to want to maintain some sort of relationship with him. As Paul's relationship with the entire family grows (which includes his hiring Jules to design and construct his backyard), they have an effect on what he wants in life. In turn, he affects their family dynamic as well as each person's relationships outside of it. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy, money, marriage, love
Locations:kitchen, restaurant, bicycle, bathtub
Characters:children, singer, doctor
Story:garden, pickup truck, gardener, gardening, burial, answering machine, teenage girl, character's point of view camera shot, bath, interracial relationship, video camera, subjective camera, drug use, cafe, tears, watching tv, computer, motorcycle, song, crying

John Q (2002)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

John Q (2002)

John Quincy Archibald's son Michael collapses while playing baseball as a result of heart failure. John rushes Michael to a hospital emergency room where he is informed that Michael's only hope is a transplant. Unfortunately, John's insurance won't cover his son's transplant. Out of options, John Q. takes the emergency room staff and patients hostage until hospital doctors agree to do the transplant. (Read More)

Themes:dying, politics, money, marriage
Locations:kitchen, church, hospital
Characters:doctor
Story:pickup truck, childbirth, trial, truck, tears, watching tv, corpse, pregnancy, song, crying, singing, mother son relationship, father son relationship, police, gun, death

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

Due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes, British Lieutenant 'T.E. Lawrence' (qv) is sent to Arabia to find Prince Faisal and serve as a liaison between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks. With the aid of native Sherif Ali, Lawrence rebels against the orders of his superior officer and strikes out on a daring camel journey across the harsh desert to attack a well-guarded Turkish port. (Read More)

Themes:dying, funeral, torture, politics, money
Locations:bicycle, hospital
Characters:boy, singer
Story:diplomacy, twenty something, nonlinear timeline, truck, map, massacre, subjective camera, dead body, running, tears, motorcycle, horse, corpse, beating, song, crying, train, fire, singing, father son relationship

Allied (2016)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Allied (2016)

In the middle of World War II, in turbulent 1942, a plane flies over Morocco and drops a Royal Canadian Air Force paratrooper who comes in to land on a drop zone, somewhere in the desert dunes outside Casablanca. Just in time before anyone notices him, the fearless Wing Commander Max Vatan gets in a car and heads to the town with orders to meet Parisian Marianne Beausejour, a skillful member of the French Resistance. On a mission to assassinate the German Ambassador in Casablanca, the two operatives must convince every one of their true feelings as a married couple, while in the background, they need to make the necessary preparations for the critical soiree. Without delay, after the success of this suicide mission, Max and Marianne flee together to England with plans on marrying and making a family, regardless of the war. Instead, heavy clouds of distrust and suspicion threaten their relationship, when Max receives a call from the Secret Service Division to inform him that his beloved wife is actually an impostor. In disbelief, with a terrible task in his hands and crushed under a devastating dilemma, Max must find the courage to seek for answers in the perilous streets of bombarded London, regardless of the outcome. In the end, amid duty and love, who shall live and who shall die? This is why Allied (2016) is one of the best movies like The Constant Gardener (2005). (Read More)

Themes:courage, paranoia, money, marriage, suicide, love
Locations:restaurant, hospital
Characters:german, baby
Story:loss of wife, childbirth, death of wife, flash forward, no opening credits, massacre, spy, cafe, vomiting, letter, london england, investigation, airplane, horse, rain, pregnancy, fire, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship

Logan (2017) is one of the best movies like The Constant Gardener (2005)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, conspiracy, corruption, funeral, torture, money
Locations:hospital
Characters:girl, doctor
Story:pickup truck, corporate corruption, car chase, corporation, burial, character's point of view camera shot, cover up, truck, massacre, assassin, subjective camera, running, watching tv, motorcycle, horse, corpse, beating, train, fire, chase

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role...

Themes:funeral, torture, money, suicide, love
Locations:lake, airport, hospital
Characters:policeman, girl, homosexual
Story:investigation, dead girl, clinic, tv commercial, car chase, teenage girl, coffin, nonlinear timeline, video camera, cleavage, dead body, running, watching tv, airplane, corpse, beating, murder, police, father son relationship, based on novel

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:courage, paranoia, funeral, jealousy, money
Locations:lake
Story:idealism, loss of wife, character's point of view camera shot, death of wife, nonlinear timeline, map, massacre, subjective camera, spy, london england, horse, rain, corpse, beating, fire, chase, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, dog

The Bucket List (2007)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama

The Bucket List (2007)

Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to leave it and do all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die according to their bucket list. In the process, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find joy in life. (Read More)

Themes:dying, cancer, funeral, money, marriage, suicide, love
Locations:africa, bathtub, restaurant, hospital
Characters:singer, children, doctor
Story:no title at beginning, earphones, no opening credits, cafe, dead body, tears, vomiting, letter, watching tv, airplane, corpse, song, crying, singing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, gun, death

There Will Be Blood (2007) is one of the best movies like The Constant Gardener (2005)
Drama, History

There Will Be Blood (2007)

The intersecting life stories of Daniel Plainview and Eli Sunday in early twentieth century California presents miner-turned-oilman Daniel Plainview, a driven man who will do whatever it takes to achieve his goals. He works hard but also takes advantage of those around him at their expense if need be. His business partner/son (H.W.) is, in reality, an "acquired" child whose true biological single-parent father (working on one of Daniel's rigs) died in a workplace accident. Daniel is deeply protective of H.W. if only for what H.W. brings to the partnership. Eli Sunday is one in a pair of twins whose family farm Daniel purchases for the major oil deposit located on it. Eli, a local preacher and a self-proclaimed faith healer, wants the money from the sale of the property to finance his own church. The lives of the two competitive men often clash as Daniel pumps oil off the property and tries to acquire all the surrounding land at bargain prices to be able to build a pipeline to the coast, and as Eli tries to build his own religious empire. This is why There Will Be Blood (2007) is one of the best movies like The Constant Gardener (2005). (Read More)

Themes:money, marriage
Locations:church, restaurant
Characters:bible, baby, singer, doctor
Story:death in childbirth, horse riding, tuberculosis, burial, childbirth, diary, flash forward, no opening credits, map, cafe, dead body, tears, letter, horse, beating, song, crying, train, fire, singing

The Mummy (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Themes:courage, paranoia
Locations:church
Characters:doctor
Story:pickup truck, iraq, burial, morgue, character's point of view camera shot, cover up, flash forward, coffin, no opening credits, massacre, subjective camera, london england, airplane, horse, corpse, beating, train, fire, chase, violence

Garden State (2004)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Garden State (2004)

Andrew Largeman is a semi-successful television actor who plays a intellectually disabled quarterback. His somewhat controlling and psychiatrist father has led Andrew ("Large") to believe that his mother's wheelchair bound life was his fault. Andrew decides to lay off the drugs that his father and his doctor made him believe that he needed, and began to see life for what it is. He began to feel the pain he had longed for, and began to have a genuine relationship with a girl who had some problems of her own. (Read More)

Themes:courage, paranoia, funeral, money, suicide
Locations:kitchen, airport, bathtub, restaurant
Characters:girl, baby, policeman, singer, doctor
Story:burial, twenty something, garden, cousin cousin relationship, coffin, drug use, cafe, watching tv, motorcycle, rain, song, crying, singing, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, dog, police, gun, kiss

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Man Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009)

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle suspects murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history; but, the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves. (Read More)

Themes:torture, suicide
Locations:hospital
Characters:bible, policeman, girl, boy
Story:computer, car chase, e mail, twenty something, scandal, teenage girl, diary, cousin cousin relationship, trial, video camera, subjective camera, cleavage, running, watching tv, investigation, airplane, motorcycle, rain, beating, crying

Big Fish (2003) is one of the best movies like The Constant Gardener (2005)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Big Fish (2003)

United Press International journalist Will Bloom and his French freelance photojournalist wife Josephine Bloom, who is pregnant with their first child, leave their Paris base to return to Will's hometown of Ashton, Alabama on the news that his father, Edward Bloom, stricken with cancer, will soon die, he being taken off chemotherapy treatment. Although connected indirectly through Will's mother/Edward's wife, Sandra Bloom, Will has been estranged from his father for three years since his and Josephine's wedding. Will's issue with his father is the fanciful tales Edward has told of his life all his life, not only to Will but the whole world. As a child when Edward was largely absent as a traveling salesman, Will believed those stories, but now realizes that he does not know his father, who, as he continues to tell these stories, he will never get to know unless Edward comes clean with the truth before he dies. On the brink of his own family life beginning, Will does not want to be the kind of father Edward has been to him. One of those stories from Edward's childhood - that he saw his own death in the glass eye of a witch - led to him embracing life since he would not have to fear death knowing when and how it would eventually come. The question is whether Will will be able to reconcile Edward's stories against his real life, either directly from Edward before he dies and/or from other sources, and thus allow Will to come to a new understanding of himself and his life, past, present and future. (Read More)

Themes:cancer, dying, funeral, money, love
Locations:lake, bathtub, church, hospital
Characters:baby, girl, boy, singer, doctor
Story:tv commercial, childbirth, flash forward, coffin, tears, letter, computer, airplane, motorcycle, rain, beating, pregnancy, crying, chase, singing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, based on novel, flashback

Enemy At The Gates (2001)
Drama, History, War

Enemy At The Gates (2001)

In World War II, the fall of Stalingrad will mean the collapse of the whole country. The Germans and Russians are fighting over every block, leaving only ruins behind. The Russian sniper Vassili Zaitsev stalks the Germans, taking them out one by one, thus hurting the morale of the German troops. The political officer Danilov leads him on, publishing his efforts to give his countrymen some hope. But Vassili eventually start to feel that he can not live up to the expectations on him. He and Danilov fall in love with the same girl, Tanya, a female soldier. From Germany comes the master sniper Konig to put an end to the extraordinary skilled Russian sniper. This is why Enemy At The Gates (2001) is one of the best movies like The Constant Gardener (2005). (Read More)

Themes:courage, torture, politics, jealousy, suicide, love
Locations:germany, hospital
Characters:german, girl, boy
Story:death of boy, map, massacre, dead body, vomiting, letter, airplane, horse, corpse, train, fire, singing, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, murder, death, gun, violence, kiss

Valkyrie (2008)
Drama, History, Thriller, War

Valkyrie (2008)

In Nazi Germany during World War II, as the tide turned in favor of The Allies, a cadre of senior German officers and politicians desperately plot to topple the Nazi regime before the nation is crushed in a near-inevitable defeat. To this end, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, an Army officer convinced he must save Germany from Hitler, is recruited to mastermind a real plan. To do so, he arranges for the internal emergency measure, Operation: Valkyrie, to be changed to enable his fellows to seize control of Berlin after the assassination of the Fuhrer. However, even as the plan is put into action, a combination of bad luck and human failings conspire on their own to create a tragedy that would prolong the greater one gripping Europe. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, politics, suicide
Locations:germany, africa, church, hospital
Characters:german, boy, singer, children
Story:political thriller, government, diary, flash forward, no opening credits, tears, airplane, motorcycle, song, crying, singing, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, death, violence, gun, kiss, murder, dog

The Accountant (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Accountant (2016)

Christian Wolff is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King, starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, conspiracy, funeral, torture, jealousy, money, suicide
Locations:germany, restaurant
Story:pickup truck, contract killer, corporation, passport, loss of wife, cover up, death of wife, widower, flash forward, no opening credits, nonlinear timeline, assassin, letter, computer, investigation, rain, corpse, beating, chase, husband wife relationship

Sleepers (1996) is one of the best movies like The Constant Gardener (2005)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Sleepers (1996)

As children, Lorenzo Carcaterra - Shakes to his friends - Michael Sullivan, Tommy Marcano, and John Reilly were inseparable. They grew up in Hell's Kitchen, a far from perfect neighborhood, one filled as Shakes says with scams and shake downs, but one where the rules were known by its residents. The one adult who they admired was Father Bobby Carelli, who understood them as kids more than most adults and more than he himself would like to admit. In 1967, their lives would change forever when a typical teenage prank went wrong which led to the four of them being sentenced to various terms at Wilkinson Home for Boys, a reformatory. There, they were physically, emotionally and sexually abused primarily by Sean Nokes, the head guard of their cell block, and fellow guards Ralph Ferguson, Henry Addison, and Adam Styler, although there were other caring figures of authority at the home including other guards. Their time at the home affected the four, not all who were able to emerge from the experience to regroup their lives. In their want to forget about the experience, they made a vow not to talk about it either between themselves or with others. Fast forward thirteen years, with Tommy and Johnny being career criminals, Michael an assistant district attorney and Shakes a newspaper writer, their friendship on the surface more loose than it was when they were children. When Tommy and John spot Nokes, it leads to Shakes and Michael banding together to exact revenge not only on Nokes but all four of the guards who abused them. Michael had long mapped out a plan even before Tommy and John saw Nokes, but that sighting and its aftermath alters the plan. Beyond the precarious position Tommy and John place themselves into, Michael has the most to lose even if the plan succeeds. Most of the plan implementation is left to Shakes who has to enlist the machine of Hell's Kitchen, including mob boss King Benny, and their childhood friend, social worker Carol Martinez, who currently is John's girlfriend. Beyond co-opting aging lawyer Danny Snyder, who admits he may not be the best choice as an alcoholic who is no longer near the top of his game, the plan is threatened by a key piece, the need for an unreproachable figure to perjure him or herself, that person who Michael and Shakes hopes will be Father Bobby. Father Bobby, even if he knew of the abuse, may not be able to do his friends this enormous favor of an illegal nature, he who has to balance the morality of the situation in his own mind in deciding what to do. (Read More)

Themes:cancer, corruption, funeral, torture, politics, marriage
Locations:kitchen, bathtub, church, restaurant, hospital
Characters:policeman, girl, boy, singer, children
Story:flash forward, bath, coffin, trial, assassin, drug use, cafe, tears, watching tv, rain, beating, pregnancy, song, crying, train, chase, singing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship

The Judge (2014)
Crime, Drama

The Judge (2014)

Hank Palmer is a successful defense attorney in Chicago, who is getting a divorce. When His brother calls with the news that their mother has died, Hank returns to his childhood home to attend the funeral. Despite the brittle bond between Hank and the Judge, Hank must come to his father's aid and defend him in court. Here, Hank discovers the truth behind the case, which binds together the dysfunctional family and reveals the struggles and secrecy of the family. (Read More)

Themes:funeral, dying, cancer, money, marriage, love
Locations:lake, airport, bicycle, church, restaurant, hospital
Characters:girl, doctor
Story:burial, death of wife, widower, grave, flash forward, coffin, trial, truck, subjective camera, cafe, dead body, airplane, rain, corpse, pregnancy, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, kiss, flashback

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