2. The Insult
This Lebanese film, nominated for best foreign language film at the Oscars, is about a Christian Lebanese man who sues a Palestinian man in Beirut. Their conflict over an illegal drain pipe that needs fixing may seem trivial, but the case becomes a symbol for the struggles between ethnic groups in Lebanon. The subject matter is weighty, but thankfully not depressing. In fact, this film may spark some hope in humanity, if you happen to have none. In theaters January 12.