Hotel Rwanda (2004)
> IMDb rating: 8.1 / 10
> Tomatometer score: 91%
> RT audience score: 94%
> Directed by: Terry George
> Starring: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix, Xolani Mali
In the African Republic of Rwanda in 1994, civil war rages between the two principal ethnic groups, the Hutu and the Tutsi. The manager of Belgian-owned HÃ´tel des Mille Collines in Kigali, the country’s capital, turns the high-class hotel into a refuge for persecuted Tutsi until he and his family, along with the refugees, are able to flee to safety.
World Trade Center (2006)
> IMDb rating: 5.9 / 10
> Tomatometer score: 67%
> RT audience score: 60%
> Directed by: Oliver Stone
> Starring: Nicolas Cage, Michael Peña, Maria Bello, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Follow two Port Authority police officers (Nicolas Cage and Michael Peña) as they respond to the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and get caught under collapsed rubble. Director Oliver Stone eschews politics in favor of taut visuals and a melodramatic tone.
> IMDb rating: 7.8 / 10
> Tomatometer score: 83%
> RT audience score: 80%
> Directed by: Joe Wright
> Starring: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Brenda Blethyn, Saoirse Ronan
On the eve of World War II, a country house romance between a young woman from a wealthy family and the housekeeper’s son is interrupted when he is unjustly accused by the woman’s jealous sister of raping a young relative. He goes to prison and then into the army. Before he ships out, he apparently has one last meeting with his love, who has remained true to him and believes in his innocence. At the end, we learn that the meeting was invented as part of a novel written by the now elderly sister, as an act of atonement for her lie. The young man died of blood poisoning at the Battle of Dunkirk, and his love was drowned in a London subway tunnel that flooded after a German bomb attack.
Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
> IMDb rating: 7.2 / 10
> Tomatometer score: 85%
> RT audience score: 70%
> Directed by: Gabor Csupo
> Starring: Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb, Zooey Deschanel, Robert Patrick
Katherine Paterson’s heart wrenching novel laid the groundwork for this coming-of-age drama, in which two young outcasts escape to a fantasy world. Rife with CGI visuals and richly drawn characters, it offers an enduring take on the value of friendship and imagination.
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (2007)
> IMDb rating: 6.2 / 10
> Tomatometer score: 38%
> RT audience score: 55%
> Directed by: Zach Helm
> Starring: Natalie Portman, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Bateman, Ted Ludzik
This children’s fantasy film welcomes viewers to a magical toy store, owned by the eccentric Mr. Magorium (Dustin Hoffman). Manager Molly Mahoney (Natalie Portman) prepares to take over the operation, but can only do so if she truly believes in both magic and in herself.
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