EPIX Staff Picks

1993 | R | 155 mins | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

One of more thrilling book to film adaptations, John Grisham’s best selling novel features a stellar cast headlined by Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman & Holly Hunter among others. Plenty of suspense and drama surround the film about a young lawyer trapped at a law firm with many dark secrets, but ultimately the reason you will want to see the Firm is Tom Cruise running. If you do a simple internet search for Tom Cruise running, the result will yield multiple compilation videos showing him in all his fleet footed glory. The Firm just might have the greatest running scene of all his films. So I implore you to watch and enjoy the intensity, drama and running skills on display in The Firm.
- Rob K.

2008 | PG | 103 mins | Documentary, Sports, Recently Added

More Than A Game follows a young Lebron James and his four friends as they take their friendship, talents and bond from a small, inner-city gym all the way to the national high school championship game. The movie follows the early life of James, journeying through his days as a youth moving about in Akron as well as his extraordinary rise to fame. A must see if you're a Lebron fan.
- Rasheed W.

1974 | 92 mins | R | Action

Give it up for Pam Grier in perhaps her greatest role as a symbol of female empowerment and the baddest badass in town. The film was originally conceived to be a sequel to her earlier hit “COFFY” from the previous year but the studio decided that this film should stand on its own… And oh boy does it ever. It’s a no holds barred crime flick that really pushes the envelope in terms of the action, sex and violence even by today’s standards – strike that – ESPECIALLY by today’s standards! I’m not kidding folks, this film is gloriously insane and a whole lot of fun. Like an old episode of Starsky &s; Hutch complete with those familiar fashions and faces such as Antonio Fargas, who played “Huggy Bear” on that show, only on steroids. “Don’t mess around with Foxy Brown. She’s the meanest chick in town!”
- Mike R.

1967 | R | 179 mins | Western

The last film in a terrific trilogy (definitely check out A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More, if you haven’t), both Leone and star Clint Eastwood are at the top of their form here, creating perhaps the most legendary character without a name in cinematic history. (Not to mention stellar, unforgettable performances from Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach.)
- Sam V.

1995 | R | 178 mins | Drama, Action, Biography

The winner of 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, Braveheart tells the story of William Wallace (Mel Gibson), leader of the Scottish rebellion against tyrannical English King Edward the Longshanks (Patrick McGoohan). Historical tilts aside (it is a film, not a documentary), the acting is superb, the scenery is breathtaking, and the battle scenes are truly epic (and just a tad bit graphic). Not to be overlooked is the magnificent score by the late, great James Horner (1953-2015) whose musical themes and Scottish/Celtic-inspired motifs add depth and dimension to an emotional and triumphant film. In other words, just watch it!
- Matt S.

With Super Bowl 50 rapidly approaching, Forgotten Four: The Integration of Pro Football gives us the perfect opportunity to turn back the clock and learn about how four African American football players broke the NFL’s color barrier in 1946. This amazing story of Kenny Washington, Woody Strode, Marion Motley and Bill Willis is told by sports historians and family members. These four individuals paved the way for an immeasurable number of athletes to be able to follow in their footsteps.
- Graham W.

2011 | R | 107 mins | Drama

Remember in 2008 when the entire country thought we were on the verge of a modern day great depression? Can you remember seeing on TV or on your computer the stock markets plummeting to depths we never thought imaginable? In the financial crisis film, Margin Call, one analyst uncovers information that could start the domino effect leading to the next great depression. Even though there is no action in this movie you can feel the tense atmosphere as these men try to control the damage before it’s too late. Although we know how the financial crisis ended, Margin Call is a great reminder of how close things came to crumbling and how we need to take every precaution to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
- Derek S.

1993 | PG-13 | 102 mins | Drama, Comedy, Romance

Christian Slater played a pivotal role in my formative years. I can always look back and remember where I was at certain points of my life when watching his movies. Untamed Heart came out when I was in my early teens and this film is pure catnip to this demographic. Christian plays Adam, a shy and somewhat creepy busboy with a heart defect who is in secretly in love with down on her luck waitress, Caroline, played by Marisa Tomei. Their fates collide one night when he rescues her from a potential assault and they fall madly in love. Be prepared to cry. I almost literally ran into him on the street this summer while he was filming his TV show. I was jaywalking and trying to avoid being hit by a cab, and I think he thought I was a crazed fan. It was awkward. Sorry about that, Christian.
- Lauren V.

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