Top Films of the 21st Century

In June, film critics of The New York Times ranked movies they believe are destined to be the movie classics of the future. A selection of their choices are available to borrow from the Lititz Public Library.

Wendy and LucyWendy and Lucy (2008)
A down-on-her-luck girl hoping to turn things around with a summer job in Alaska finds herself stranded with no money in a small Oregon town.

Timbuktu (2014)
A cattle herder and his family who reside quietly in the dunes of Timbuktu are abruptly disturbed when they are forced to follow the rules of their new foreign Jihadist occupiers.

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
At a crossroads and struggling to make it as a musician in the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961, a young singer faces seemingly unsurmountable obstacles.

Yi YiYi Yi (2000)
Each member of a middle-class Taipei family seeks to reconcile past and present relationships within their daily lives.

White Material (2009)
Amidst turmoil and racial conflict in an African state, a white French woman fights for her coffee crop, her family and ultimately for her life.

Touch of Sin (2013)
Four independent stories set in modern China reveal random acts of violence.

There Will Be Blood (2007)
In the early years of the 20th century, a self-made oilman raising a son turns himself into a California tycoon with an indomitable urge to control land and power.

Spirited Away (2001)
When a young girl is trapped in a strange new world of spirits she calls upon courage she never knew she had to free herself and rescue her parents.

Million Dollar BabyMillion Dollar Baby (2004)
A former boxing manager trains a spirited young fighter through the ranks of women’s boxing, forming a bond in the process.

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)
An elderly man calls for an ambulance due to his severe headache and nausea but soon finds himself in an unending bureaucratic nightmare of hospital administration.

Boyhood (2014)
Shot intermittently over a twelve-year-period, the story of growing up is seen through the eyes of a boy who ages from six to eighteen years on screen.

Summer Hours (2008)
The divergent paths of three adult siblings collide when their mother, heiress to an exceptional 19th century art collection, dies suddenly.

Mad Max – Fury Road (2015)
Haunted by his turbulent past, the Road Warrior believes the best way to survive is to wander alone but he becomes swept up with a group of refugees escaping an enraged warlord.

MoonlightMoonlight (2016)
A young black man struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

I’m Not There (2007)
Six characters recreate different stages in Bob Dylan’s career, from Greenwich Village folk singer to electric guitar trailblazer to born-again preacher.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
A man discovers his girlfriend has had their tumultuous relationship erased from her mind through an experimental scientific procedure and decides to ease his own pain by getting the same treatment.

July 21, 2017