Plunged into the New Year’s fuss, we often don’t have time to stop and think about life, its meaning, or to look at things from another perspective. Yet from time to time everyone needs to take stock and set new goals. Sometimes movies can help us to give voice to our inner dialogues, especially those where characters face life-changing decisions and ask themselves important questions.
We at Bright Side selected for you 14 wonderful movies that will give you lots of food for thought and help you to know yourself better.
Cast: Meryl Streep, Taylor Swift, Katie Holmes, Jeff Bridges, Odeya Rush, Alexander Skarsgard, Cameron Monaghan, Emma Tremblay, Alexander Jillings, Brenton Thwaites.
Young Jonas lives in a perfect, highly civilized society of the future. There are no more wars, pain, suffering, joy, or memories. By a decision of the Community, Jonas becomes the Receiver of Memory, which he has to take from a person called The Giver. The young man learns the truth about the real world, but to release his own world he has to defy it…
Leaving Las Vegas
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Elisabeth Shue, Julian Sands, Richard Lewis, Steven Weber, Kim Adams, Emily Procter, Stuart Regen, Valeria Golino, Graham Beckel.
Ben is on a bad streak, and it’s so wide his life becomes darker than black. His whole life resembles a meaningless existence. When his career also comes to an end, Ben sells shares and valuable things, tosses the rest of his stuff, and sets his house on fire so there is no temptation to go back. Now Ben is headed for Las Vegas, where he hopes to change his life.
Cast: Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon, Lorene Scafaria, Elizabeth Gracen, Hugo Armstrong, Alex Manugian, Lauren Maher.
On the night of a comet falling, 8 friends gather at a dinner party. Enjoying the company, they have no idea about the upcoming changes. During a casual conversation, they get involved in a chain of strange and mysterious events. This movie plays with the past, present, and future.
The Final Cut
Cast: Robin Williams, Mira Sorvino, Jim Caviezel, Mimi Kuzyk, Stephanie Romanov, Thom Bishops, Genevieve Buechner, Brendan Fletcher, Vincent Gale, Casey Dubois.
In the near future, most people live with chips implanted in their brains. It fixes all the aspects of their lives from birth to death. Alan Hackman is an editor, «cutting» the final version of a human life, and he has access to any moment of it. His problems begin when he receives an order from a late famous lawyer’s wife…
Dot the I
Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Tom Hardy, Natalia Verbeke, James D’Arcy, Charlie Cox, Yves Aubert, Myfanwy Waring, Michael Webber, Jonathan Kydd, Michael Elwyn.
On the eve of her wedding day, Carmen thoughtlessly gives a kiss to an attractive stranger named Kit, and this kiss suddenly reveals her hidden passion.
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Affleck, Toni Collette, Sydney Pollack, William Hurt, Amanda Peet, Kim Staunton, Tina Sloan, Richard Jenkins, Akil Walker.
Gavin, an industrious lawyer, happened to face a divorced loner, Doyle. After an accident, the outraged father gets his hands on his opponent’s file and refuses to return it. The lawyer gets immediate revenge. They seem ready to kill each other if they have a chance. One of them has to come to his senses first…
The Limits of Control
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Gael Garcia Bernal, Isaach De Bankolé, Alex Descas, Jean-François Stévenin, Óscar Jaenada, Luis Tosar, Paz de la Huerta, Youki Kudoh, John Hurt.
A stranger in a strange land, he lives outside the law and trusts no one. His only aim is to complete a mission, the ultimate meaning of which remains unclear. His journey through Spain resembles a dream, though it lies on a particular route. During his journey, he has to cross an unknown country and plunge into the depths of his own consciousness.
These Final Hours
Cast: Nathan Phillips, Angourie Rice, Jessica De Gouw, Kathryn Beck, Sarah Snook, Daniel Henshall, Lynette Curran, David Field, Loren Cleary, Matt Lovkis.
This is the last day on Earth. A global cataclysm will put an end to everything in 12 hours. James is making his way through a city plunged into chaos to get to the last party. On his way, he saves a little girl called Rose who’s desperately searching for her father.
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon, Shyan McClure, Cortney Taylor Burness, Nia Long, Marc Macaulay, Kate Nelligan, Irene Ziegler, Phillip DeVona, Ritchie Montgomery.
Man About Town
Cast: Ben Affleck, Amber Valletta, Rebecca Romijn, Mike Binder, Gina Gershon, Adam Goldberg, Jerry O’Connell, Kal Penn, John Cleese, Damien Wayans.
Once a fortunate Hollywood agent, Jack Giamoro finds out that his wife, Nina, cheats on him with one of his most famous clients. And when cruel fate strikes him once more, Jack has to unravel a web of intrigue to hold on to the things he had been fighting for.
Cast: David Duchovny, Demi Moore, Amber Heard, Ben Hollingsworth, Gary Cole, Glenne Headly, Lauren Hutton, Chris Williams, Christine Evangelista, Robert Pralgo.
At first sight, the Joneses seem to be a perfect family. The couple loves their children and each other, and they are extremely friendly with the new neighbors. Having moved to a new house, the Joneses make lots of new friends, invite them to parties, and go to a golf course and yoga. Their house is full of trendy furniture, technology, and clothes. Those who communicate with the Joneses want to have everything they have. But when the desires don’t meet the possibilities, it can lead to tragedy.
Cast: Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Philip Baker Hall, Lindsay Crouse, Debi Mazar, Stephen Tobolowsky, Colm Feore, Bruce McGill.
The talented Dr. Jeffrey Wigand is deprived of his promising program for the designing of so-called «safe» cigarettes. A funding stoppage is initiated by one of the largest tobacco companies. Soon Jeffrey appears on television, where he gives an unprecedentedly sensational interview revealing the global deception of tobacco corporations. The ensuing events changed global tobacco business forever.
Men of Honor
Cast: Robert De Niro, Charlize Theron, Cuba Gooding Jr., Aunjanue Ellis, Hal Holbrook, Michael Rapaport, Powers Boothe, David Keith, Holt McCallany, David Conrad.
Carl Brashear became the first African American US Navy diver. Moreover, he proved his courage and received the title of national hero. An accident during a mission made him disabled. Thanks to the help and support of his friend and mentor, Brashear returns to his duties. It proves that even the absence of a limb cannot become an obstacle to making dreams a reality.
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Sarsgaard, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Daniel Jenks, Michael Stulhbarg, Max Rutherford.
When everything in her life is falling apart, including her marriage to a wealthy businessman, New York socialite Jasmine moves into her sister’s modest apartment in San Francisco, trying to pull herself together and move on.