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The Master (2012)
Drama

The Master (2012)

Returning from Navy service in World War II, Freddie Quell drifts through a series of breakdowns. Finally he stumbles upon a cult which engages in exercises to clear emotions and he becomes deeply involved with them.

Themes:philosophy, writing, trauma, greed, insanity, wrestling, paranoia, memory, wedding, drunkenness, fear, drinking, jealousy, religion, marriage
Locations:pennsylvania, ship, england, courtroom, sea, elevator, school, beach, hospital
Characters:psychiatrist, alcoholic, lust, writer, photographer, dancer, policeman, testicles, singer, doctor, masturbation, nudity
Story:cabbage patch, coconut tree, erlenmeyer flask, scotch whiskey, cult leader, religious cult, locked in jail, piano player, jail cell, cult, looking at oneself in a mirror, school uniform, telephone call, sex obsession, kissing someone's stomach, reference to douglas macarthur, kool cigarettes, norwegian american, posing for a portrait, sand sculpture

Legend (2015)
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:insanity, wedding, drunkenness, fear, drinking, jealousy, marriage
Locations:courtroom
Characters:psychiatrist, photographer, dancer, policeman, singer
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, vagina slur, warrant, penis slur, kiss on the cheek, hand on crotch, horniness, giving a toast, looking out a window, selfishness, mental hospital, applause, court, microphone, mental illness, apology, eating, f word, handcuffs, reference to god

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
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. (Read More)

Themes:insanity, paranoia, drinking, jealousy
Locations:school, hospital
Characters:writer, dancer, policeman, singer, doctor, masturbation
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, telephone call, looking out a window, reading aloud, earphones, pills, flatulence, author, flash forward, mental illness, apology, eating, f word, telephone, little girl, handcuffs, running, tears, lie, book

Blue Valentine (2010)
Drama, Romance

Blue Valentine (2010)

Dean Pereira and Cindy Heller Pereira are a young, working class married couple - Dean currently working as a painter, and Cindy working as a nurse in a medical clinic - with a young daughter named Frankie. Despite their relatively tender ages, they are both ravaged by the life they've eked out together and by the experiences they've had leading into their marriage. Dean, a high school drop out, comes from a broken home, where he never really had a mother figure. He never saw himself getting married or having a family despite falling in love at first sight with Cindy. He doesn't have any professional ambition beyond his current work - which he enjoys since he feels he can knock off a beer at 8 o'clock in the morning without it affecting his work - although Cindy believes he has so much more potential in life. Cindy also comes from a dysfunctional family, with her own mother and father not setting an example of a harmonious married or family life. One of her previous serious relationships was with Bobby Ontario, that relationship which has a profound affect on many aspects of her marriage to Dean. Dean and Cindy head off on an overnight getaway together without Frankie, the getaway which may provide a clearer picture if their marriage can survive its many issues. (Read More)

Themes:wrestling, wedding, drunkenness, drinking, marriage
Locations:pennsylvania, school
Characters:lust, dancer, singer, doctor
Story:telephone call, reading aloud, earphones, wrestler, no panties, applause, sleeping, flash forward, controversy, child, apology, eating, montage, f word, little girl, bathroom, running, tears, taxi, book

The Spectacular Now (2013) is one of the best movies like The Master (2012)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Spectacular Now (2013)

Sutter Keely lives in the now. It's a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he's the life of the party, loves his job at a men's clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he's never far from his supersized, whiskey-fortified thirst-master cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finecky hovering over him. She's different: the "nice girl" who reads science fiction and doesn't have a boyfriend. While Aimee has dreams of a future, Sutter lives in the impressive delusion of a spectacular now, yet somehow, they're drawn together. (Read More)

Themes:memory, drunkenness, drinking, jealousy, marriage
Locations:school, hospital
Characters:alcoholic, dancer
Story:telephone call, giving a toast, flask, dead father, whiskey, sleeping, storytelling, flash forward, apology, montage, f word, telephone, science, reference to jesus christ, reference to god, tears, lie, drink, crying, party

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

Jordan Belfort is a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden. This is why The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) is one of the best movies like The Master (2012). (Read More)

Themes:greed, wedding, drunkenness, fear, drinking, marriage
Locations:ship, courtroom, elevator
Characters:lust, dancer, policeman, testicles, masturbation, nudity
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, telephone call, vagina slur, penis slur, bride and groom, selfishness, spiral staircase, aunt nephew relationship, yacht, pills, whiskey, no panties, applause, court, microphone, apology, female pubic hair, eating, montage, f word

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
Drama, Romance

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. (Read More)

Themes:writing, memory, fear, drinking, jealousy
Locations:school, pennsylvania, hospital
Characters:psychiatrist, writer, photographer, dancer, policeman, singer, doctor
Story:mental illness, looking at oneself in a mirror, telephone call, giving a toast, 16 year old, looking out a window, nervous breakdown, mental hospital, aunt nephew relationship, pills, movie theatre, first love, typewriter, flash forward, apology, eating, f word, telephone, reference to jesus christ, college

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. (Read More)

Themes:writing, memory, drinking
Locations:ship, elevator, beach
Characters:lust, writer, policeman, singer, doctor
Story:telephone call, past life, stowaway, poisoning, spiral staircase, typewriter, pursuit, author, flash forward, apology, eating, flashlight, f word, telephone, handcuffs, piano, running, reference to god, tears, rifle

The Deer Hunter (1978) is one of the best movies like The Master (2012)
Drama, War

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Michael, Steven and Nick are young factory workers from Pennsylvania who enlist into the Army to fight in Vietnam. Before they go, Steven marries the pregnant Angela, and their wedding party also serves as the men's farewell party. After some time and many horrors, the three friends fall in the hands of the Vietcong and are brought to a prison camp in which they are forced to play Russian roulette against each other. Michael makes it possible for them to escape, but they soon get separated again. (Read More)

Themes:wedding, drunkenness, fear, drinking, marriage
Locations:pennsylvania, hospital
Characters:dancer, singer, doctor
Story:piano player, telephone call, bride and groom, u.s. soldier, capture, post traumatic stress disorder, public nudity, controversy, telephone, piano, tears, rifle, taxi, drink, camera, face slap, urination, motorcycle, beating, pregnancy

Brooklyn (2015)
Drama, Romance

Brooklyn (2015)

In late 1951, Eilis Lacey, a young Irish girl, emigrates to Brooklyn. Sponsored by Father Flood, a priest from her native town Enniscorthy, she is assured to find a full-time job there. But the early days are tough, seasickness being soon replaced by loneliness and homesickness, two feelings all the more acutely felt by Eilis for having had to leave behind her widowed mother and her dear sister Rose. She nevertheless little by little manages to find her footing by adapting to her job as a salesgirl, by studying bookkeeping at Brooklyn College as well as with a little help from both Father Flood and Mrs. Kehoe, the owner of the boarding school she now lives in. And not only does graduation follow but love shows its face in Tony, an Italian-American plumber, full of adoration and respect for her. They end up marrying, although keeping the thing secret. It is at that point that tragedy strikes inciting Eilis to return to Enniscorthy to support her mother morally. And there a strange thing happens : she gradually gets lured by the charms of her native place, going far as to let herself be wooed by Jim Farrell, a young local. (Read More)

Themes:wedding, drinking, jealousy, marriage
Locations:ship, school, beach
Characters:dancer, singer
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, telephone call, bride and groom, giving a toast, bunk bed, department store, dead father, applause, apology, eating, f word, telephone, reference to jesus christ, college, bathroom, reference to god, tears, taxi, letter, drink

The Lobster (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

The Lobster (2015)

A love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal and released into the woods. This is why The Lobster (2015) is one of the best movies like The Master (2012). (Read More)

Themes:fear, jealousy, marriage
Characters:dancer, policeman, singer, doctor, masturbation
Story:16 year old, looking out a window, earphones, yacht, applause, pursuit, speech, microphone, apology, eating, flashlight, f word, handcuffs, running, rifle, lie, face slap, food, song, chase

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Drama, Music

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles -- some of them of his own making.

Themes:drinking
Locations:elevator
Characters:singer, policeman, doctor
Story:telephone call, penis slur, u.s. soldier, looking out a window, reading aloud, applause, sleeping, pursuit, storytelling, microphone, apology, eating, flashlight, telephone, reference to jesus christ, handcuffs, reference to god, lie, arrest, drink

Munich (2005) is one of the best movies like The Master (2012)
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:philosophy, paranoia, memory, drunkenness, drinking, religion, marriage
Locations:elevator, beach, hospital
Characters:writer, dancer, singer, doctor, nudity
Story:telephone call, tape recording, wrestler, yacht, no panties, public nudity, microphone, controversy, female pubic hair, eating, flashlight, telephone, piano, running, reference to god, tears, rifle, taxi, arrest, drink

American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Themes:greed, insanity, paranoia, memory, wedding, drunkenness, fear, drinking, jealousy
Characters:lust, policeman
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, bathrobe, spiral staircase, nervous breakdown, controversy, mental illness, montage, f word, telephone, running, taxi, drink, camera, urination, mirror, black comedy, food, dream, beating, crying

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:writing, memory, wedding, drunkenness, drinking, jealousy
Locations:england, school, beach, hospital
Characters:writer, policeman, singer, doctor
Story:letter, typewriter, author, flash forward, false accusation, apology, eating, flashlight, handcuffs, piano, tears, rifle, lie, arrest, drink, mirror, food, dream, song, crying

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 Master (2012). (Read More)

Themes:writing, insanity, memory, fear, drinking, jealousy
Locations:elevator
Characters:singer, doctor
Story:imprisonment, telephone call, tape recording, earphones, hypnosis, flash forward, eating, montage, flashlight, bathroom, running, taxi, book, drink, camera, urination, food, beating, pregnancy, song

Changeling (2008) is one of the best movies like The Master (2012)
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:insanity, paranoia, fear
Locations:courtroom, school
Characters:photographer, policeman, singer
Story:jail cell, telephone, telephone call, digging, reading aloud, drifter, mental hospital, pursuit, court, microphone, child, false accusation, mental illness, eating, reference to jesus christ, handcuffs, bathroom, running, tears, rifle

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:greed, drunkenness, fear, drinking, religion
Locations:courtroom, hospital
Characters:photographer, policeman
Story:court, telephone call, year 1950, giving a toast, tape recording, 16 year old, no panties, sleeping, hairy chest, pursuit, microphone, false accusation, apology, eating, montage, flashlight, handcuffs, jail, bathroom, running

El Secreto De Sus Ojos (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

El Secreto De Sus Ojos (2009)

In 1999, retired Argentinian federal justice agent Benjamin Esposito is writing a novel, using an old closed case as the source material. That case is the brutal rape and murder of Liliana Coloto. In addition to seeing the extreme grief of the victim's husband Ricardo Morales, Benjamin, his assistant Pablo Sandoval, and newly hired department chief Irene Menendez-Hastings were personally affected by the case as Benjamin and Pablo tracked the killer, hence the reason why the unsatisfactory ending to the case has always bothered him. Despite the department already having two other suspects, Benjamin and Pablo ultimately were certain that a man named Isidoro Gomez is the real killer. Although he is aware that historical accuracy is not paramount for the novel, the process of revisiting the case is more an issue of closure for him. He tries to speak to the key players in the case, most specifically Irene, who still works in the justice department and who he has always been attracted to but never pursued due to the differences in their ages and social classes. The other issue is that Gomez is still at large, no one aware if he is alive or dead. But as Pablo at the time mentioned that passion is one thing that cannot be changed in behavior, Benjamin learns now that that premise still holds true. (Read More)

Themes:writing, memory, drunkenness, fear, drinking
Locations:courtroom, elevator
Characters:alcoholic, writer, photographer, testicles
Story:jail cell, telephone call, 23 year old, imprisonment, capture, whiskey, typewriter, sleeping, pursuit, court, montage, jail, running, tears, letter, arrest, drink, urination, beating, crying

Ray (2004)
Biography, Drama, Music

Ray (2004)

The story of Ray Charles, music legend. Told in his adult live with flashbacks to his youth we see his humble origins in Florida, his turbulent childhood which included losing his brother and then his sight, his rise as pianist in a touring band, his writing his own songs and running his own band and then stardom. Also includes his addiction to drugs and its affect on his working life and family life. (Read More)

Themes:writing, memory, wedding, drunkenness, fear, drinking, marriage
Locations:beach, hospital
Characters:singer, dancer, doctor
Story:year 1950, applause, microphone, montage, jail, piano, bathroom, running, reference to god, tears, lie, arrest, drink, camera, dream, pregnancy, song, crying, singing, dancing

The Tree Of Life (2011) is one of the best movies like The Master (2012)
Drama, Fantasy

The Tree Of Life (2011)

The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father ('Brad Pitt' (qv)). Jack (played as an adult by 'Sean Penn (I)' (qv)) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. This is why The Tree Of Life (2011) is one of the best movies like The Master (2012). (Read More)

Themes:memory, fear, jealousy, religion, marriage
Locations:courtroom, sea, elevator, school, beach
Characters:policeman
Story:piano player, looking at oneself in a mirror, telephone call, electric fan, envy, looking out a window, reading aloud, sleeping, court, storytelling, flash forward, apology, eating, flashlight, piano, running, reference to god, tears, lie, book

Body Of Lies (2008)
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:greed, paranoia, drinking, religion
Locations:hospital
Characters:photographer, doctor
Story:jail cell, telephone call, u.s. soldier, aunt nephew relationship, pursuit, false accusation, eating, spy, f word, telephone, jail, running, reference to god, rifle, lie, drink, camera, face slap, urination, food

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:writing, fear
Locations:courtroom, school
Characters:lust, policeman
Story:telephone call, tape recording, 16 year old, reading aloud, post world war two, first love, court, microphone, flash forward, false accusation, apology, female pubic hair, eating, jail, tears, lie, taxi, book, letter, face slap

Blood Diamond (2006)
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:greed, drunkenness, drinking
Locations:school, beach
Characters:photographer, dancer, singer, doctor, nudity
Story:locked in jail, jail cell, telephone call, indoctrination, digging, shovel, pursuit, microphone, controversy, eating, montage, jail, running, tears, rifle, taxi, drink, camera, mirror, food

The King's Speech (2010) is one of the best movies like The Master (2012)
Biography, Drama

The King's Speech (2010)

England's Prince Albert must ascend the throne as 'King George VI' (qv), but he has a speech impediment. Knowing that the country needs her husband to be able to communicate effectively, Elizabeth hires Lionel Logue, an Australian actor and speech therapist, to help him overcome his stammer. An extraordinary friendship develops between the two men, as Logue uses unconventional means to teach the monarch how to speak with confidence. (Read More)

Themes:fear, drinking, marriage
Locations:england, elevator
Characters:photographer, singer, doctor
Story:speech, telephone call, kiss on the cheek, giving a toast, looking out a window, earphones, capture, applause, typewriter, storytelling, microphone, child, apology, eating, montage, f word, telephone, little girl, reference to jesus christ, reference to god

K-pax (2001)
Drama, Sci-fi

K-pax (2001)

Themes:paranoia, fear, marriage
Locations:hospital
Characters:psychiatrist, policeman
Story:scotch whiskey, piano player, drifter, hypnosis, sleeping, science, reference to jesus christ, piano, dream, pregnancy, new york city, party, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, police

16 Blocks (2006)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

16 Blocks (2006)

Jack Mosley, a burnt-out detective, is assigned the unenviable task of transporting a fast-talking convict from jail to a courthouse 16 blocks away. However, along the way he learns that the man is supposed to testify against Mosley's colleagues, and the entire NYPD wants him dead. Mosley must choose between loyalty to his colleagues and protecting the witness, and never has such a short distance seemed so long... (Read More)

Themes:paranoia, drunkenness, drinking
Locations:elevator
Characters:alcoholic, policeman
Story:jail cell, telephone call, tape recording, pursuit, court, telephone, handcuffs, jail, rifle, lie, letter, drink, urination, chase, new york city, photograph, bare chested male, flashback, police, violence

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. (Read More)

Themes:greed, wedding, jealousy, marriage
Locations:courtroom, elevator
Characters:writer, policeman
Story:author, telephone call, penis slur, mentor protege relationship, bunk bed, flask, spiral staircase, imprisonment, typewriter, pursuit, flash forward, eating, montage, flashlight, f word, telephone, reference to jesus christ, running, tears, rifle

Rocky III (1982) is one of the best movies like The Master (2012)
Drama, Sport

Rocky III (1982)

Three years and 10 successful title defenses after beating Apollo Creed, with whom he has become great friends, a now wealthy Rocky Balboa is considering retirement. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to Clubber Lang, who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's trainer Mickey. Rocky sinks into a depression, and Apollo decides to train Rocky for a rematch against Lang so Rocky can try to win the title back. (Read More)

Themes:wrestling, drunkenness, fear, jealousy, marriage
Locations:pennsylvania, beach
Characters:doctor
Story:jail cell, looking at oneself in a mirror, wrestler, bravery, false accusation, montage, piano, running, arrest, motorcycle, black comedy, beating, song, photograph, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, bare chested male, two word title

Before Midnight (2013)
Drama, Romance

Before Midnight (2013)

It has been nine years since we last met Jesse and Celine, the French-American couple who once met on a train in Vienna. They now live in Paris with twin daughters, but have spent a summer in Greece on the invitation of an author colleague of Jesse's. When the vacation is over and Jesse must send his teenage son off to the States, he begins to question his life decisions, and his relationship with Celine is at risk. (Read More)

Themes:memory, fear, drinking, jealousy, marriage
Locations:beach
Characters:writer, photographer
Story:piano player, telephone call, vagina slur, giving a toast, selfishness, first love, applause, ex husband ex wife relationship, storytelling, author, eating, f word, little girl, reference to jesus christ, piano, reference to god, lie, book, drink, camera

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 Master (2012). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, marriage
Locations:ship, england, school
Characters:alcoholic, dancer, policeman, singer, doctor
Story:telephone call, u.s. soldier, poisoning, dock, hairy chest, pursuit, storytelling, false accusation, running, rifle, arrest, drink, song, world war two, chase, singing, photograph, dancing, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship

Jarhead (2005)
Action, Biography, Drama, War

Jarhead (2005)

Anthony "Swoff" Swofford, a Camus-reading kid from Sacramento, enlists in the Marines in the late 1980s. He malingers during boot camp, but makes it through as a sniper, paired with the usually-reliable Troy. The Gulf War breaks out, and his unit goes to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield. After 175 days of boredom, adrenaline, heat, worry about his girlfriend finding someone else, losing it and nearly killing a mate, demotion, latrine cleaning, faulty gas masks, and desert football, Desert Storm begins. In less than five days, it's over, but not before Swoff sees burned bodies, flaming oil derricks, an oil-drenched horse, and maybe a chance at killing. Where does all the testosterone go? (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, fear, drinking, religion
Characters:dancer, testicles, singer, masturbation
Story:telephone call, end of war, horniness, u.s. soldier, mental hospital, flash forward, mental illness, flashlight, reference to jesus christ, running, reference to god, tears, rifle, book, letter, drink, urination, black comedy, pregnancy, song

Almost Famous (2000) is one of the best movies like The Master (2012)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo.

Themes:drunkenness, drinking
Locations:elevator
Characters:singer
Story:telephone call, tape recording, pills, microphone, eating, f word, telephone, bathroom, running, book, drink, camera, urination, food, song, crying, new york city, party, singing, photograph

Shallow Hal (2001)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Shallow Hal (2001)

Following the advice of his dying father, Hal dates only women who are physically beautiful. One day, however, he runs into self-help guru Tony Robbins, who hypnotizes him into recognizing only the inner beauty of women. Hal thereafter meets Rosemary, a largely obese woman whom only he can see as a vision of loveliness. But will their relationship survive when Hal's equally shallow friend undoes the hypnosis? (Read More)

Themes:trauma, fear, drinking, jealousy
Locations:elevator, hospital
Characters:doctor, nudity
Story:tricycle, department store, hypnosis, eating, lie, taxi, drink, food, crying, new york city, dancing, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, kiss

Capote (2005)
Biography, Crime, Drama, History

Capote (2005)

Famed writer 'Truman Capote' (qv), southern born and bred but now part of the New York City social circle, is growing weary of his current assignment of writing autobiographical type pieces for the New Yorker. After reading a newspaper article about the just occurred November 14, 1959 cold blooded murders of the Clutter family in their rural Kansas home, Truman feels compelled to write about that event as his next article. So he and his personal assistant Nelle 'Harper Lee (I)' (qv), also a southern born New Yorker and an aspiring writer of her own, head to Kansas to research the story first-hand. Truman hopes to use his celebrity status to gain access to whomever he needs, such as to Laura Kinney, a friend of the Clutter daughter she who discovered the bodies, and to Alvin Dewey, the lead police investigator and also a Clutter family friend. If his celebrity doesn't work, Truman will grease the wheels by whatever means necessary. When the police eventually charge suspects, two young men named Dick Hickcock and Perry Smith, Truman uses those same tactics to gain access to them. Truman's fascination with the story makes him believe that he can revolutionize writing by expanding the germ of the article into what he calls a non-fiction novel. His personal involvement also changes as he grows emotionally attached to Perry, the seemingly sensitive and thus probable submissive in the criminal pairing, thus Truman becoming part of the story itself. Article or non-fiction novel, Truman knows that he has to take it to its natural conclusion, something which he cannot force. But also missing are the details of the November 14, 1959 event itself, something that neither Dick or Perry have divulged even in testimony. (Read More)

Themes:writing, drunkenness, drinking
Locations:courtroom
Characters:writer, photographer, policeman
Story:jail cell, book, telephone call, alabama, applause, typewriter, speech, manipulation, court, microphone, author, apology, reference to jesus christ, jail, tears, rifle, lie, taxi, letter, drink

Side Effects (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Side Effects (2013)

Emily Taylor, despite being reunited with her husband from prison, becomes severely depressed with emotional episodes and suicide attempts. Her psychiatrist, Jonathan Banks, after conferring with her previous doctor, eventually prescribes an experimental new medication called Ablixa. The plot thickens when the side effects of the drug lead to Emily killing her husband in a "sleepwalking" state. With Emily plea-bargained into mental hospital confinement and Dr. Banks' practice crumbling around him, the case seems closed. However, Dr. Banks cannot accept full responsibility and investigates to clear his name. What follows is a dark quest that threatens to tear what's left of his life apart even as he discovers the diabolical truth of this tragedy. This is why Side Effects (2013) is one of the best movies like The Master (2012). (Read More)

Themes:fear, drinking, marriage
Locations:courtroom, hospital
Characters:psychiatrist, policeman, doctor
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, psychiatric evaluation, 23 year old, dead father, mental hospital, sleeping, apology, eating, f word, handcuffs, reference to god, taxi, letter, arrest, drink, face slap, mirror, food, woman on top, topless female nudity

Taare Zameen Par (2007) is one of the best movies like The Master (2012)
Drama, Family

Taare Zameen Par (2007)

Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old child whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate; colours, fish, dogs and kites are just not important in the world of adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks and neatness. And Ishaan just cannot seem to get anything right in class. When he gets into far more trouble than his parents can handle, he is packed off to a boarding school to 'be disciplined'. Things are no different at his new school, and Ishaan has to contend with the added trauma of separation from his family. One day a new art teacher bursts onto the scene, Ram Shankar Nikumbh, who infects the students with joy and optimism. He breaks all the rules of 'how things are done' by asking them to think, dream and imagine, and all the children respond with enthusiasm, all except Ishaan. Nikumbh soon realizes that Ishaan is very unhappy, and he sets out to discover why. With time, patience and care, he ultimately helps Ishaan find himself. (Read More)

Themes:trauma, fear, drinking
Locations:school
Characters:dancer, singer
Story:child, looking at oneself in a mirror, school uniform, telephone call, falling to the ground, humming, mentor protege relationship, waking up, bunk bed, reading aloud, earphones, applause, apology, eating, montage, telephone, running, tears, lie, taxi

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:insanity, paranoia, wedding, drunkenness, fear, drinking, marriage
Locations:hospital
Characters:dancer, singer, doctor
Story:telephone call, fanaticism, bunk bed, capture, aunt nephew relationship, bravery, typewriter, flash forward, child, bathroom, reference to god, tears, rifle, letter, arrest, drink, mirror, motorcycle, food, dream

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. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness, drinking, religion, marriage
Locations:hospital
Characters:policeman, doctor, masturbation
Story:telephone call, pills, microphone, flash forward, little girl, reference to jesus christ, jail, bathroom, reference to god, tears, drink, face slap, food, beating, pregnancy, crying, party, singing, photograph, cigarette smoking

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:philosophy, insanity, drunkenness, fear, marriage
Locations:hospital
Characters:photographer, singer, doctor
Story:telephone call, pills, flatulence, speech, microphone, eating, camera, urination, food, dream, beating, pregnancy, song, party, photograph, dancing, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) is one of the best movies like The Master (2012)
Drama, History, War

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination. This is why Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) is one of the best movies like The Master (2012). (Read More)

Themes:drinking, marriage
Locations:ship, beach
Characters:photographer, singer
Story:u.s. navy, u.s. soldier, digging, shovel, whiskey, eating, spy, rifle, book, letter, drink, camera, food, beating, pregnancy, song, world war two, singing, photograph, cigarette smoking

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)
Drama, Horror, Romance

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)

Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can't stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people's blood to live he's faced with a choice. How much can love forgive? Set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982. (Read More)

Themes:fear, drinking
Locations:school, hospital
Characters:alcoholic, policeman, nudity
Story:looking at oneself in a mirror, telephone call, looking out a window, reading aloud, ex husband ex wife relationship, female pubic hair, eating, flashlight, bathroom, lie, taxi, book, arrest, drink, urination, mirror, food, cigarette smoking, father son relationship, mother son relationship

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)
Drama, Horror, Thriller

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)

When a younger girl called Emily Rose dies, everyone puts blame on the exorcism which was performed on her by Father Moore prior to her death. The priest is arrested on suspicion of murder. The trail begins with lawyer Erin Bruner representing Moore, but it is not going to be easy, as no one wants to believe what Father Moore says is true. (Read More)

Themes:trauma, drunkenness, drinking, religion
Locations:courtroom, hospital
Characters:dancer, policeman, doctor
Story:jail cell, college, telephone call, tape recording, court, mental illness, science, reference to jesus christ, piano, letter, drink, photograph, dancing, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, police, flashback

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. (Read More)

Locations:courtroom, hospital
Characters:singer, doctor
Story:jail cell, printing press, world war two veteran, department store, movie theatre, typewriter, speech, flash forward, montage, f word, handcuffs, lie, taxi, letter, arrest, black comedy, chase, new york city, party, singing

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008) is one of the best movies like The Master (2012)
Drama, War

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)

Young Bruno lives a wealthy lifestyle in prewar Germany along with his mother, elder sister, and SS Commandant father. The family relocates to the countryside where his father is assigned to take command a prison camp. A few days later, Bruno befriends another youth, strangely dressed in striped pajamas, named Shmuel who lives behind an electrified fence. Bruno will soon find out that he is not permitted to befriend his new friend as he is a Jew, and that the neighboring yard is actually a prison camp for Jews awaiting extermination. (Read More)

Characters:dancer, singer, doctor
Story:telephone call, digging, reading aloud, shovel, microphone, child, eating, flashlight, running, tears, lie, book, food, beating, song, crying, world war two, party, singing, dancing

Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Drama, Romance

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Two young men, Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, meet when they get a job as sheep herders on Brokeback Mountain. They are at first strangers, then they become friends. Throughout the weeks, they grow closer as they learn more about each other. One night, after some heavy drinking, they find a deeper connection. They then indulge in a blissful romance for the rest of the summer. Unable to deal with their feelings for each other, they part ways at the end of the summer. Four years go by, and they each settle down, Ennis in Wyoming with his wife and two girls, and Jack in Texas with his wife and son. Still longing for each other, they meet back up, and are faced with the fact that they need each other. They undeniably need each other, and unsure of what to do, they start a series of "fishing trips", in order to spend time together. The relationship struggles on for years until tragedy strikes. This is why Brokeback Mountain (2005) is one of the best movies like The Master (2012). (Read More)

Themes:wrestling, memory, wedding, drunkenness, drinking, jealousy, marriage
Locations:courtroom, hospital
Characters:lust, dancer, singer
Story:telephone call, movie theatre, whiskey, court, child, eating, telephone, little girl, tears, rifle, lie, drink, face slap, mirror, food, beating, pregnancy, song, crying, new york city

Gone Girl (2014)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Gone Girl (2014)

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? (Read More)

Themes:wedding, writing, paranoia, drinking, jealousy, marriage
Locations:elevator, hospital
Characters:writer
Story:telephone call, manipulation, author, false accusation, eating, flashlight, telephone, bathroom, lie, book, letter, arrest, drink, camera, urination, food, pregnancy, crying, new york city, party

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:writing, trauma, paranoia, drunkenness, drinking
Locations:school
Characters:writer, photographer, policeman
Story:telephone call, headache, radio show, flash forward, montage, flashlight, running, rifle, taxi, book, letter, arrest, drink, camera, motorcycle, photograph, cigarette smoking, police, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship

Hugo (2011) is one of the best movies like The Master (2012)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Hugo (2011)

Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn't work without a special key. Hugo needs to find the key to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets George Melies, a shopkeeper, who works in the train station, and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past. (Read More)

Themes:writing, memory, drunkenness, drinking
Locations:school
Characters:writer, photographer, dancer, policeman
Story:dead father, telephone call, kiss on the cheek, flask, spiral staircase, capture, movie theatre, applause, pursuit, author, child, montage, telephone, little girl, running, tears, book, arrest, drink, camera

Das Leben Der Anderen (2006)
Drama, Thriller

Das Leben Der Anderen (2006)

Gerd Wiesler is an officer with the Stasi, the East German secret police. The film begins in 1984 when Wiesler attends a play written by Georg Dreyman, who is considered by many to be the ultimate example of the loyal citizen. Wiesler has a gut feeling that Dreyman can't be as ideal as he seems, and believes surveillance is called for. The Minister of Culture agrees but only later does Wiesler learn that the Minister sees Dreyman as a rival and lusts after his partner Christa-Maria. The more time he spends listening in on them, the more he comes to care about them. The once rigid Stasi officer begins to intervene in their lives, in a positive way, protecting them whenever possible. Eventually, Wiesler's activities catch up to him and while there is no proof of wrongdoing, he finds himself in menial jobs - until the unbelievable happens. (Read More)

Themes:drinking
Locations:elevator
Characters:writer, dancer, policeman
Story:telephone call, tape recording, communist, typewriter, microphone, author, flash forward, spy, piano, college, tears, lie, book, arrest, drink, food, crying, party, dancing, cigarette smoking

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