The Social Network (2010)
Long before our current world of literally needing a virtual connection to keep us all in touch, a guy named Mark Zuckerberg imagined it becoming a thing and invented his thing called Facebook. This excellent film from director David Fincher, starring Jesse Eisenberg as Zuckerberg and Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake and Armie Hammer as the guys around him, tells his story with finesse and of course an element of human tragedy. Facebook marches ever skyward over the course of the movie. But there's a human toll to be paid – and some multi-million-dollar lawsuits from his co-conspirators.
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The Lighthouse (2019)
After scaring the bejesus out of moviegoers with his acclaimed period horror hit "The Witch," director Robert Eggers returned with this equally horrifying and surreal tale "The Lighthouse." A young man (Robert Pattinson) takes a job as a lightkeeper on an isolated New England island, supervised by a cranky, eccentric older man (Willem Dafoe).
When a storm pounds the island for days, possibly weeks, the two begin to lose their grip on reality, and the accusations – plus lots of eerie events – start to fly. They run out of supplies, but discover a crate of alcohol, which only adds to the paranoia of their situation. As visions of mermaids, bloody waters and a mad one-eyed seagull continue to mount, the men start to turn more towards and against each other.
I, Tonya (2017)
Loosely based on the real events, "I, Tonya" focuses on the life of ice skater Tonya Harding, and the events that led up to, and followed, the brutal attack on her competitor Nancy Kerrigan in 1994. Margot Robbie is a revelation as the spunky Harding, whose recounting of her history and the attack drastically differ from those of her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, played by Sebastian Stan. Their testimonies and recreations of the events make for an entertainingly weird film ride, made more memorable by Allison Janney as Harding's hard-knocks mom LaVona Golden.
Robbie was nominated for Best Actress for the film, while Janney won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
National Treasure (2004)
Sort of a Disney-fied, post-millennium version of the "Raiders of the Lost Ark" series, "National Treasure" is an all-ages thrill ride that covers the adventures of historian/cryptologist Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicolas Cage).
Gates, along with a couple of co-horts, is in search of a legendary cache of loot. Supposedly, on the back of America's Declaration of Independence is a map to a massive treasure (gold, jewels, artwork and more) that was hidden by Freemasons during the Revolutionary War. The race is on to secure the Declaration and decipher the code. But Gates isn't the only one searching. He has a competitor – with less than noble intentions.
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