Genre: History ( 6040 )

Korengal (2014)

Documentary, History, News

Korengal picks up where Restrepo left off; the same men, the same valley, the same commanders, but a very different look at the experience of war.
Director: Sebastian Junger
Stars: Juan 'Doc Restrepo, Dan Kearney, Misha Pemble-Belkin, Miguel Cortez, ...

The Unknown Known (2013)

Documentary, Biography, History

Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, discusses his career in Washington D.C. from his days as a congressman in the early 1960s to planning the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Director: Errol Morris
Stars: Donald Rumsfeld, Errol Morris

The German Doctor (2013)

Drama, History, Thriller

Patagonia, 1960. A German doctor (Alex Brendemühl) meets an Argentinean family and follows them on a long desert road to a small town where the family will be starting a new life. Eva (Natalia Oreiro), Enzo (Diego Peretti) and their three children welcome the doctor into their home and entrust their young daughter, Lilith (Florencia Bado), to his care, not knowing that they are harboring one of the most dangerous criminals in the world. At the same time, Israeli agents are desperately looking to bring THE GERMAN DOCTOR to justice. Based on filmmaker Lucía Puenzo's (XXY) fifth novel, the story follows Josef Mengele, the "Angel of Death," a German SS officer and a physician at the Auschwitz concentration camp, in the years he spent "hiding", along with many other Nazi's, in South America following his escape from Germany. Mengele was considered to be one of WWII's most heinous Nazi war criminals.
Director: Lucía Puenzo
Stars: Àlex Brendemühl, Natalia Oreiro, Diego Peretti, Elena Roger, ...

For No Good Reason (2012)

Documentary, Biography, History

Johnny Depp pays a visit to Ralph Steadman, the renown artist and the last of the original Gonzo visionaries who worked alongside Hunter S. Thompson.
Director: Charlie Paul
Stars: Ralph Steadman, Johnny Depp, Hunter S. Thompson, Terry Gilliam, ...

Walking with the Enemy (2013)

Action, Drama, History

A powerful new film inspired by a true story. This feature follows the heroic lives of a world leader and a young man swept up in the horrors of WWII. Both men are from Hungary--a country and German ally that had been spared the atrocities orchestrated by Hitler throughout much of Europe. As the war reaches its climax, Germany begins to doubt the loyalties of the Hungarian leadership-in particular Regent Horthy (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley). The Regent tries to navigate his country between the growing terror of Nazi Germany and the oppressive threat of communist Russia. He is ultimately faced with ceding power to another political party or accepting the execution of his son. As the crisis unfolds, thousands of his citizens are forced underground or put into ghettos. One of them is a young man named Elek Cohen (Jonas Armstrong) who is separated from his family and determined to find them. Aided by the woman he loves (Hannah Tointon), Elek disguises himself as a Nazi SS officer ...
Director: Mark Schmidt
Stars: Jonas Armstrong, Ben Kingsley, Hannah Tointon, Simon Kunz, ...

A Field in England (2013)

Drama, History, Horror

Fleeing for their lives, a small party abandon their Civil War confederates and escape through an overgrown field. Thinking only of what lay behind, they are ambushed by two dangerous men and made to search the field. Psychedelia, madness and chaotic forces slowly overtake the group as they question what treasure lies within the malignant field.
Director: Ben Wheatley
Stars: Julian Barratt, Peter Ferdinando, Richard Glover, Ryan Pope, ...

Son of God (2014)

Biography, Drama, History

The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection.
Director: Christopher Spencer
Stars: Sebastian Knapp, Paul Knops, Darcie, David Rintoul, ...

Tim's Vermeer (2013)

Documentary, History

Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer.
Director: Teller
Stars: Colin Blakemore, David Hockney, Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette, ...

The Invisible Woman (2013)

Biography, Drama, History

In the 1850s, Ellen Ternan is a minimally talented actress who catches the eye of the hailed British author, Charles Dickens. Bored with his intellectually unstimulating wife, Dickens takes the educated Ellen as his mistress with the cooperation of her mother. What follows is a stormy relationship with this literary giant who provides her with a life few women of her time can enjoy. Yet, Ellen is equally revolted by Charles' emotional cruelty and determination to keep her secret. In that conflict, Ellen must judge her own role in her life and decide if the price she pays is bearable.
Director: Ralph Fiennes
Stars: Felicity Jones, John Kavanagh, Tom Attwood, Susanna Hislop, ...

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

Biography, Drama, History

Nelson Mandela is a South African lawyer who joins the African National Congress in the 1940s when the law under the Apartheid system's brutal tyranny proves useless for his people. Forced to abandon peaceful protest for armed resistance after the Sharpeville Massacre, Mandela pays the price when he and his comrades are sentenced to life imprisonment for treason while his wife, Winnie, is abused by the authorities herself. Over the decades in chains, Mandela's spirit is unbowed as his struggle goes on in and beyond his captivity to become an international cause. However, as Winnie's determination hardens over the years into a violent ruthlessness, Nelson's own stature rises until he becomes the renowned leader of his movement. That status would be put to the test as his release nears and a way must be found to win a peaceful victory that will leave his country, and all its peoples, unstained.
Director: Justin Chadwick
Stars: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, ...

Parkland (2013)

Drama, History, Mystery

Recounting the chaotic events that occurred in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, Parkland weaves together the perspectives of a handful of ordinary individuals suddenly thrust into extraordinary circumstances: the young doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital; Dallas' chief of the Secret Service; an unwitting cameraman who captured what became the most watched and examined film in history; the FBI agents who nearly had the gunman within their grasp; the brother of Lee Harvey Oswald, left to deal with his shattered family; and JFK's security team, witnesses to both the president's death and Vice President Lyndon Johnson's rise to power over a nation whose innocence was forever altered.
Director: Peter Landesman
Stars: Marcia Gay Harden, Matt Barr, Zac Efron, Mallory Moye, ...

Let the Fire Burn (2013)

Documentary, Drama, History

On May 13, 1985, Philadelphia police dropped two pounds of military explosives onto a city row house occupied by the radical group MOVE. The resulting fire was not fought for over an hour although firefighters were on the scene with water cannons in place. Five children and six adults were killed and sixty-one homes were destroyed by the six-alarm blaze, one of the largest in the city's history. This dramatic tragedy unfolds through an extraordinary visual record previously withheld from the public. It is a graphic illustration of how prejudice, intolerance and fear can lead to unthinkable acts of violence.
Director: Jason Osder
Stars: Birdie Africa, John Africa, Ramona Africa

12 Years a Slave (2013)

Biography, Drama, History

Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life.
Director: Steve McQueen
Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dwight Henry, Dickie Gravois, Bryan Batt, ...

Good Ol' Freda (2013)

Documentary, Biography, History

A documentary in which Freda Kelly looks back at her career as lifelong secretary for The Beatles.
Director: Ryan White
Stars: Freda Kelly, Tony Barrow, George Harrison, Billy Hatton, ...

Muscle Shoals (2013)

Documentary, Biography, History

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the 'Singing River' as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals changed the world and sold millions upon millions of copies. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, he brought black and white together in Alabama's cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations while giving birth to the 'Muscle Shoals Sound' and 'The Swampers'. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Bono, and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals' magnetism, mystery, and why it remains influential today.
Director: Greg 'Freddy' Camalier
Stars: Gregg Allman, Bono, Jesse Boyce, Clarence Carter, ...

Off Label (2012)

Documentary, Drama, History

A road trip through medicalized America, examining the pervasiveness of pharmaceutical drugs through the lives of eight very unique characters.
Director: Donal Mosher, Michael Palmieri
Stars: Jusef Anthony, Paul Clough, Andrew Duffy, Robert Helms, ...

Hammer of the Gods (2013)

Action, Adventure, History

A high energy, high concept, stylish action epic set in the Norse world sees a passionate young man transform into a brutal warrior as he travels the unforgiving British landscape in search of his long lost brother Hakan The Ferrocious who his people are relying on to restore order to their kingdom following the bloody death of their king.
Director: Farren Blackburn
Stars: Charlie Bewley, Clive Standen, James Cosmo, Elliot Cowan, ...

The Act of Killing (2012)

Documentary, History

A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn
Stars: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Syamsul Arifin, Ibrahim Sinik, ...

Cinco de Mayo, La Batalla (2013)

Drama, History, War

On May 5th, 1862, a few thousand Mexican soldiers put their lives on the line against the world's largest and most powerful army in one legendary battle for freedom and for Mexico.
Director: Rafa Lara
Stars: Pablo Abitia, Angélica Aragón, Kuno Becker, Juan Castañón, ...

Into the White (2012)

Biography, Drama, History

In World War II, the German pilots Lieutenant Horst Schopis, Josef Schwartz and Wolfgang Strunk crash their airplane in the wilderness of Norway after shooting down a British airplane. They walk through a snow storm until they reach shelter in an abandoned hunter cabin. Soon the British pilot Captain Charles P. Davenport and the gunner Robert Smith arrive in the cabin and they become prisoners of the German pilots. However, after the initial friction between the enemies, they realize that they should team-up to survive in the wilderness in the beginning of an improbable friendship.
Director: Petter Næss
Stars: Florian Lukas, David Kross, Stig Henrik Hoff, Lachlan Nieboer, ...