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'A Painter of Films': Terrence Malick Movies

One of the greatest directors of our age, Terrence Malick has made a name for himself with his contemplative, dreamlike films, including the recent addition 'Knight of Cups'. What do you expect from a chap who wrote his thesis on the 'concept of world'?

'Put Away Childish Things': Indie Comings-of-Age

Modern independent dramas portraying the tumultuous transitions of adolescents into slightly older adolescents. Make sure to check out 'I Believe in Unicorns' for a great new film from director Leah Meyerhoff, depicting an imaginative teenage girl's attempt to grapple with the premature onset of adulthood's responsibilities.

A Tale of Two Americas

See how the other half (actually way more than half) in this hodge-podge of social realism, depicting the parts of America progress left behind: the inner-cities, rust-belt towns, and rural south.

The Lives of Poor White People

This list takes its title from a New Yorker article, and its contents from directors focusing on the lives of white Americans who must struggle against severe economic depression, often in the Rust-Belt or deep South.

'Movies like Mr. Nobody': Modern Philosophical Movies

Slow cinema, also called philosophical cinema, or contemplative cinema, is a style of filmmaking emphasizing meditation over movement; it is often minimalist, observational, and can eschew narrative. The perfect pre-sleep watch!

Intensely Dysfunctional Family Dramas

Dysfunctional barely begins to cover the web of deceit, resentment, and jealousy that defines the families portrayed in this list of contemporary dramas. For some lighter subject-matter, more in the vein of 'Little Miss Sunshine, check out our 'Dysfunctional Family Dramedy' list!

Visually Stunning Indie Dramas

A collection of dramas with an indie feel, which communicate their emotional message through intense visuals. Make sure to check out Brad Pitt's 'Tree of Life' for a transcendental journey through space, time, and adolescence.

'Cat's in the Cradle': Getting Along with Mom and Dad

Oooh, reunited and it doesn't feel so good. Observe as these estranged parents attempt reconciliation with some seriously skeptical children. Make sure to check out 'Last Ride', for a hidden Australian gem!

'Movies Like Dances with Wolves': Sweeping American Epics

These epic movies - whether they be set in the old west or contemporary gangland - cut to the heart of the American mythos, employing such archetypes as the lone gunslinger, the kingpin poised for disaster, and the wayfarer with eyes only for home.

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