Jim McKay’s pic explores class and race issues, centering on the daily interactions of patrons at a Brooklyn diner. Thousands of story ideas were submitted by the public and whittled down to 60. Vignettes were workshopped and developed into a script by McKay. Reg E. Cathey and Iris Little-Thomas star with legit thesps Ron Butler, Bridget Barkan and Stephen Henderson.

The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

Geoffrey Rush stars in Stephen Hopkins’ pic as the British thesp, alongside Charlize Theron, John Lithgow, Miriam Margolyes, Stephen Fry, Stanley Tucci and Emily Watson.

And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself

The Bruce Beresford film is based on the true story of the Mexican revolutionary’s enlistment in a Hollywood action movie, starring Antonio Banderas, Eion Bailey, Michael McKean, Colm Feore, Alan Arkin and Jim Broadbent, with a script by Larry Gelbart.

Angels in America

Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which won the play Tony in 1993, has been fashioned into a miniseries by director Mike Nichols; Kushner wrote the adaptation. The all-star cast includes Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeffrey Wright and James Cromwell.

Iron Jawed Angels

German helmer Katja von Garnier’s suffragist drama, in which defiant young women campaign for enfranchisement, features a stellar cast including Hilary Swank, Frances O’Connor, Molly Parker, Julia Ormond, Patrick Dempsey and Anjelica Huston.

Strip Search

Directed by Sidney Lumet, pic stars Meryl Streep, Glenn Close and Maggie Gyllenhaal in a series of interwoven stories exploring crime and punishment in post-9/11 America.

The Fever

Carlo Nero directs Angelina Jolie and Vanessa Redgrave in an adaptation by Wallace Shawn from his play. “Fever” chronicles the political awakening of a middle-class woman previously untouched by world events.