Biography

ROKM

7404.Rocketman (100%)

ROKM
Genre: Biography | Drama | Music | Musical
Directed by: Dexter Fletcher
Starring: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden

Plot: A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years.

DRIVEN

7479.Driven

DRIVEN
Genre: Biography | Drama | Thriller
Directed by: Nick Hamm
Starring: Erin Moriarty , Lee Pace , Judy Greer , Jason Sudeikis

Plot: After he’s busted for smuggling coke on his plane, Jim Hoffman has a chance to start over in a lush, affluent suburb of San Diego. Jim and his wife, Ellen are surprised to find maverick auto mogul John DeLorean lives in a glamorous house down the street. Soon an unexpected friendship forms between the two men, just as John’s new venture–the DeLorean Motor Company–is taking off. But with the FBI pushing Jim to inform on his flashy former dealer, Morgan Hetrick and John’s financing falling through the cracks, things are far from idyllic…and about to take a dark turn. Based on the real events that would become the celebrity scandal of it’s generation.

TBF

7463.Trial by Fire

TBF
Genre: Biography | Drama
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Starring: Laura Dern , Jack O’Connell , Emily Meade , Jade Pettyjohn

Plot: The tragic and controversial story of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in Texas for killing his three children after scientific evidence and expert testimony that bolstered his claims of innocence were suppressed.

SKIN

7456.Skin

SKIN
Genre: Biography | Crime | Drama
Directed by: Guy Nattiv
Starring: Jamie Bell , Danielle Macdonald , Daniel Henshall , Bill Camp

Plot: Based on the 2012 MSNBC documentary, Bryon Widner was one of the FBI’s most sought after white supremacists. Covered in racist tattoos from head to toe that he earned performing hate crimes, he conducts a destructive life and is headed down the path of no return. When he meets Julie and her three young daughters from previous relationships, the responsibilities of fatherhood give him the desire to leave the movement behind. He endures death threats and harassment from his old gang while attempting to turn his life around. With the help of the FBI and SPLC, he undergoes 25 brutal tattoo removal surgeries in exchange for decoding the tattoos covering his body, which culminates in the arrest and conviction of his former gang.

TOLKEIN

7455.Tolkien

TOLKEIN
Genre: Biography | Drama
Directed by: Dome Karukoski
Starring: Lily Collins, Nicholas Hoult, Laura Donnelly

Plot: Tolkien explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the “fellowship” apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-Earth novels.

breakth

7433.Breakthrough

breakth
Genre: Biography | Drama
Directed by: Roxann Dawson
Starring: Topher Grace , Josh Lucas , Mike Colter , Chrissy Metz

Plot: When he was 14, Smith drowned in Lake Saint Louis and was dead for nearly an hour. According to reports at the time, CPR was performed 27 minutes to no avail. Then the youth’s mother, Joyce Smith, entered the room, praying loudly. Suddenly, there was a pulse, and Smith came around.

REDJOAN

7424.Red Joan

REDJOAN
Genre: Biography , Drama , Romance
Directed by: Trevor Nunn
Starring: Judi Dench , Sophie Cookson , Stephen Campbell Moore , Tom Hughes

Plot: English born Joan Stanley, a Soviet and communist party sympathizer, becomes employed as a British government civil servant, and gets recruited by the KGB in the mid 1930s. She successfully transfers nuclear bomb secrets to the Soviet Union (Russia), which enables them to keep up with the west in the development of atomic weapons, and remains undetected as a spy for over a half a century.

tboe

7421.The Best of Enemies

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Genre: Biography , Drama , History
Directed by: Robin Bissell
Starring: Taraji P. Henson , Sam Rockwell , Babou Ceesay , Anne Heche

Plot: Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration.

COL

7420.City of Lies

COL
Genre: Biography , Crime , Drama , Mystery , Thriller
Directed by: Brad Furman
Starring: Johnny Depp , Forest Whitaker , Toby Huss , Dayton Callie

Plot: Russell Poole and Jack Jackson investigate the murders of rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.

SAIJUDY

7400.Saint Judy

SAIJUDY
Genre: Biography | Drama
Directed by: Sean Hanish
Starring: Michelle Monaghan, Leem Lubany, Common

Plot: The true story of immigration attorney Judy Wood, and how she single-handedly changed the U.S. law of asylum to save women’s lives.

AIT

7395.All is True

AIT
Genre: Biography | Drama | History
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Lolita Chakrabarti, Jack Colgrave Hirst

Plot: A look at the final days in the life of renowned playwright William Shakespeare.

TKID

7389.The Kid

TKID
Genre: Biography | Drama | Western
Directed by: Vincent D’Onofrio
Starring: Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ethan Hawke

Plot: The story of a young boy who witnesses Billy the Kid’s encounter with Sheriff Pat Garrett.

ESEV

7351.Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil and Vile

ESEV
Genre: Biography | Crime | Drama | Thriller
Directed by: Joe Berlinger
Starring: Lily Collins, Zac Efron, Angela Sarafyan

Plot: A courtroom frenzy ensues and sweeps 1970s America when a young single mother reluctantly tips the attention of a widespread manhunt toward her longtime boyfriend, Ted Bundy.

FWMF

7345.Fighting with My Family

FWMF
Genre: Biography | Comedy | Drama | Sport
Directed by: Stephen Merchant
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn

Plot: A former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment.

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7341.JT LeRoy

jtle
Genre: Biography | Drama
Directed by: Justin Kelly
Starrings: Kristen Stewart, Diane Kruger, Laura Dern

Plot: A young woman named Savannah Knoop spends six years pretending to be the celebrated author JT LeRoy, the made-up literary persona of her sister-in-law.

TPAMM

7327.The Professor and the Madman

TPAMM
Genre: Biography | Drama | Mystery | Thriller
Directed by: Farhad Safinia
Starrings: Natalie Dormer, Mel Gibson, Steve Coogan

Plot: Professor James Murray begins work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the mid 19th century, and receives over 10,000 entries from a patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dr. William Minor.

TDIRT

7312.The Dirt

TDIRT
Genre: Biography | Comedy | Drama | Music
Directed by: Jeff Tremaine
Starrings: Douglas Booth, Iwan Rheon, Daniel Webber

Plot: The story of how Mötley Crüe came to be one of the most notorious rock ‘n roll groups in history.

OBOS

7310.On the Basis of Sex

OBOS
Genre: Biography | Drama
Directed by: Mimi Leder
Starrings: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux

Plot: The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.

wlctma

7309.Welcome to Marwen

wlctma
Genre: Biography | Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Steve Carell, Falk Hentschel, Matt O’Leary

A victim of a brutal attack finds a unique and beautiful therapeutic outlet to help him through his recovery process.

stanaollie

7296.Stan and Ollie

stanaollie
Genre: Biography | Comedy | Drama
Directed by: Jon S. Baird
Starring: John C. Reilly, Steve Coogan, Shirley Henderson

Plot: The true story of Hollywood’s greatest comedy double act, Laurel and Hardy, is brought to the big screen for the first time. Starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the inimitable movie icons, Stan and Ollie is the heart-warming story of what would become the pair’s triumphant farewell tour. With their golden era long behind them, the pair embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland. Despite the pressures of a hectic schedule, and with the support of their wives Lucille (Shirley Henderson) and Ida (Nina Arianda) – a formidable double act in their own right – the pair’s love of performing, as well as for each other, endures as they secure their place in the hearts of their adoring public.

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7261.Mary Queen Of Scots

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Nominated for 2 Oscars.
Genre: Biography | Drama | History
Directed by: Josie Rourke
Starrings: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden

Plot: Mary Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.

AEG

7240.At Eternitys Gate

AEG
Nominated for 1 Oscar.
Genre: Biography | Drama
Directed by: Julian Schnabel
Starring: Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac

Plot: During a self-imposed exile in Arles and Auvers-Sur-Oise, France, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh develops his unique, colorful style of painting. While grappling with religion, mental illness and a tumultuous friendship with French artist Paul Gauguin, van Gogh begins to focus on his relationship with eternity rather than the pain his art causes him in the present..

APW

7237.A Private War

APW
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes.
Genre: Biography | Drama | War
Directed by: Matthew Heineman
Starring: Rosamund Pike, Tom Hollander, Jamie Dornan

Plot: In a world where journalism is under attack, Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike) is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time. Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless, while constantly testing the limits between bravery and bravado. After being hit by a grenade in Sri Lanka, she wears a distinctive eye patch and is still as comfortable sipping martinis with London’s elite as she is confronting dictators. Colvin sacrifices loving relationships, and over time, her personal life starts to unravel as the trauma she’s witnessed takes its toll. Yet, her mission to show the true cost of war leads her — along with renowned war photographer Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan) — to embark on the most dangerous assignment of their lives in the besieged Syrian city of Homs.

CYEFM

7236.Can You Ever Forgive Me

CYEFM
Nominated for 3 Oscars.
Genre: Biography | Comedy | Crime | Drama
Directed by: Marielle Heller
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells

Plot: Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant). An adaptation of the memoir “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” relays the true story of the best-selling celebrity biographer (and friend to cats).

BOYER

7227.Boy Erased

BOYER
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes.
Genre: Biography | Drama
Directed by: Joel Edgerton
Starring: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton

Plot: The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.

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7104.Bohemian Rhapsody (100%)

bohr
Genre: Biography | Drama | Music
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Starring: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee

Plot: Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.

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7210.Vice

vice
Nominated for 6 Golden Globes.
Genre: Biography | Comedy | Drama | History
Directed by: Adam McKay
Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell

Plot: The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

beboy

7209.Beautiful Boy

beboy
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe.
Genre: Biography | Drama
Directed by: Felix van Groeningen
Starring: Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney

Plot: Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.

7203.The Favorite

Nominated for 5 Golden Globes.
Genre: Biography | Comedy | Drama | History
Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz

Plot: Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.

greenbook

7200.Green Book

greenbook
Nominated for 5 Golden Globes.
Genre: Biography | Comedy | Drama | Music
Directed by: Peter Farrelly
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini

Plot: In 1962, Tony “Tony Lip” Vallelonga, a tough bouncer, is looking for work with his nightclub is closed for renovations. The most promising offer turns out to be the driver for the African-American classical pianist Don Shirley for a concert tour into the Deep South states. Although hardly enthused at working for a black man, Tony accepts the job and they begin their trek armed with The Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide for safe travel through America’s racial segregation. Together, the snobbishly erudite pianist and the crudely practical bouncer can barely get along with their clashing attitudes to life and ideals. However, as the disparate pair witness and endure America’s appalling injustices on the road, they find a newfound respect for each other’s talents and heart to face them together. In doing so, they would nurture a friendship and understanding that would change both their lives.