In the more than 20 years since Focus Features started distributing independent and foreign films, the company has released dozens of brilliant and beloved movies, some of which have received Academy Awards® and scores of other accolades. As we look toward the company’s 2024 lineup coming to AMC Theatres, which includes the highly anticipated Amy Winehouse biographical drama titled BACK TO BLACK, now’s a great time to take a look back and celebrate some of those previous movies that made us laugh, cry and feel all kinds of emotions.
From early 21st-century classics like LOST IN TRANSLATION and ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND to more recent offerings like PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN and THE HOLDOVERS, there are plenty of brilliant Focus Features films to celebrate.
Lost In Translation (2003)
Sofia Coppola’s LOST IN TRANSLATION tells the story of an unlikely friendship that blossoms between two Americans from different walks of life who meet and start an incredible exploration in Japan. Bob Harris (Bill Murray), a washed-up actor who has resorted to filming Japanese whisky commercials, and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), a new bride traveling with her photographer husband, immediately make an impact on each other’s lives in this wonderfully shot and beautifully told film.
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
Directed by Michel Gondry and written by Charlie Kaufman, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND follows two former lovers as they go to great lengths to let go of the trauma of their broken relationship, even if it means wiping all memories of one another. What follows is some of Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet’s best work as Joel Barish and Clementine Kruczynski, respectively, as they dive deep into their pasts and experiences in the hope of finding happiness.
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Ang Lee’s BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN took the world by storm in 2005 with its sprawling and emotional story about two cowboys who attempt to hide their romantic relationship from the outside world, including their own families. Told over 20 years, the tale of Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) is one filled with triumph, tragedy, happiness and sorrow, as the two secret lovers explore their intense bond and their respective places in society.
The 2018 Spike Lee joint, BLACKKKLANSMAN, tells the story of Detective Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), a Colorado Springs police officer who infiltrates the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan only to reach the top of the organization. Together with Detective Philip "Flip" Zimmerman (Adam Driver), who impersonates him during the in-person interactions with the group, Stallworth attempts to bring the whole thing down before the hate group led by David Duke (Topher Grace) can reach mainstream appeal.