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Drama
Laurel Canyon
rating:3.2

Laurel Canyon

2003Runtime:0 minutes
When Sam (Christian Bale) takes Alex (Kate Beckinsale) home to meet his mom, Jane (Frances McDormand), he's worried his fiancée will be embarrassed by his family. Instead, Alex becomes inexplicably drawn to Jane's and her boyfriend's (Alessandro Nivola) lives -- leaving Sam vulnerable to the attentions of another woman. Writer Lisa Cholodenko (High Art) also directs this complicated tale of love and lust.

Directed by:

  • Lisa Cholodenko
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    The Man Who Cried
    rating:3.2

    The Man Who Cried

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    Christina Ricci stars as Suzie, a Russian Jew adrift in the world after her father leaves the family to make a fresh start in America in 1927. After emigrating to England, Suzie flowers into a no-nonsense showgirl who eventually ends up in Paris. There, she becomes involved with Cesar (Johnny Depp), the head of a band of gypsies, but their happiness -- and Suzie's quest to track down her father -- is challenged by the rising Nazi influence in Europe.

    Directed by:

  • Sally Potter
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    My Life Without Me
    rating:3.5

    My Life Without Me

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    A mother of two stuck in a dead-end job, 23-year-old Anne (Sarah Polley) has received nothing but grief from her troubled parents and her slacker husband (Scott Speedman). But it takes an illness with a bleak prognosis to break open her longing for a better life. When she finds out she's dying, Anne makes a list of important things she wants to accomplish: get acrylic nails, sleep with another man and, most of all, realize her true potential.

    Directed by:

  • Isabel Coixet
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Bhaji on the Beach
    rating:3.4

    Bhaji on the Beach

    1993Runtime:0 minutes
    A group of Indian women in England head to the resort of Blackpool and end up on a life-changing journey. Passionate feminist Simi (Shaheen Khan) organizes the seaside outing for the women's center, whose members range from traditional matrons to flirty teenagers. Despite their differences in age and ideology, the ladies form a lasting bond when one of their own is threatened. Director Gurinder Chadha helms this heartwarming comedy-drama.

    Directed by:

  • Gurinder Chadha
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Music & Musicals
    Punk's Not Dead
    rating:3.5

    Punk's Not Dead

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    This documentary explores the evolution of punk music, tracing the scene from era to era with the bands that have come to define the genre. Sanctioned by the artists, this film features contributions from bands like the Ramones, Black Flag and NOFX.

    Directed by:

  • Susan Dyner
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter
    rating:3.7

    The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter

    1970Runtime:0 minutes
    Featuring classic renditions of "Sympathy for the Devil," "Under My Thumb," "Satisfaction," "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Wild Horses," this unvarnished documentary chronicles the Rolling Stones' chaotic 1969 American tour. The film starts off on a high note at a riveting New York City show and concludes in the aftermath of the infamous Altamont Speedway gig, where Hell's Angels who were hired to do security ultimately brutalized concert-goers.

    Directed by:

  • Albert Maysles
  • David Maysles
  • Charlotte Zwerin
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    How to Play Fingerstyle Blues Guitar Solos
    rating:3.1

    How to Play Fingerstyle Blues Guitar Solos

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Grammy-winning artist and guitar teacher Mark Hanson offers lessons for playing solo fingerstyle blues guitar, using familiar tunes such as "Amazing Grace" to demonstrate techniques that include multivoiced backup shuffle patterns and much more. Multiple camera angles and close-ups on Hanson's hands as he plays "Riff Raff," "Water Is Wide" and other tunes make this program appropriate for both novice and experienced guitarists.

    Directed by:

  • Greta Pedersen
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Beastie Boys: Video Anthology
    rating:3.7

    Beastie Boys: Video Anthology

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    The Beastie Boys Video Anthology set features 18 videos; over 50 multi-angle segments; more than 40 remixes by dozens of DJs (many created in 5.1 Surround exclusively for this release); lyrics; commentaries; world premieres; and more bass than you can shake a stick at. Videos include: Intergalactic, Shake Your Rump, Gratitude, Something's Got to Give, Sure Shot and more.

    Directed by:

  • Tamra Davis
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Faith & Spirituality
    The Preacher's Wife
    rating:3.3

    The Preacher's Wife

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    When God overhears a church preacher (Courtney B. Vance) despairing the potential loss of a youth center, he dispatches an angel (Denzel Washington) to help him out. Trouble is, the preacher isn't easily convinced that his guardian angel is the real thing. An inspired reworking of the uplifting 1940s movie The Bishop's Wife, The Preacher's Wife stars Washington and Whitney Houston at their dazzling best.

    Directed by:

  • Penny Marshall
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Sheffey
    rating:3.7

    Sheffey

    1977Runtime:0 minutes
    An unruly young man from an affluent family becomes a Christian convert and a tireless servant of God after attending a revival meeting with friends in this affecting drama about the life and ministry of 19th-century preacher Robert Sheffey. Sheffey traveled the sawdust trail to proclaim the Gospel throughout Appalachia, and in the process, he touched lives all across America. Katherine Stenholm directs.

    Directed by:

  • Katherine Stenholm
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Iron Jawed Angels
    rating:3.9

    Iron Jawed Angels

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    From 1912 to 1920, a group of fiery young suffragettes led by Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and Lucy Burns (Frances O'Connor) band together to wheedle the United States into adapting a Constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. Along the way, they incur the wrath of President Woodrow Wilson (Bob Gunton) and anger other suffragette leaders (Anjelica Huston and Lois Smith). Directed by Katja von Garnier.

    Directed by:

  • Katja von Garnier
  • rating:3.9 3.9 Average Rating

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    Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh
    rating:3.5

    Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Joan Allen narrates this riveting portrait of Hungarian poet Hannah Senesh, a remarkable woman who risked her own life to parachute behind enemy lines -- enduring capture, torture and, ultimately, death -- to rescue Jews from Nazi persecution. Ahead of her time and on a mission of incredible odds, Senesh ultimately became a martyr in Israel, evoking the spirit of warrior-heroine Joan of Arc and earning the gratitude of those she saved.

    Directed by:

  • Roberta Grossman
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Special Interest
    Red Dirt Rising
    rating:3.6

    Red Dirt Rising

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    The birth of stock-car racing is captured through the story of pioneer Jimmie Lewallen (Brad Yoder), who began as a moonshine runner in 1930s North Carolina, took a break to serve in World War II and came home to witness the formation of NASCAR. From dirt tracks to international speedways, Lewallen and his buddies Bill Blair (Burgess Jenkins) and Fred Harb (Quentin Kerr) see their lives transformed by a sport they'd pursued purely out of passion.

    Directed by:

  • Kathleen 'Bo' Bobak
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Cirque Du Soleil: Corteo
    rating:3.3

    Cirque Du Soleil: Corteo

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    In this addition to the Cirque du Soleil canon, the performers explore the vivid imagination of the Dead Clown (Mauro Mozzani). Picturing his own funeral, the clown fantasizes about a carnival-filled world he believes awaits him after death. Despite the omission of the masks and makeup that the troupe is known for, the dynamic collective creates another indelible production full of dazzling imagery and spellbinding acrobatics.

    Directed by:

  • Jocelyn Barnabe
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    All in This Tea
    rating:3.7

    All in This Tea

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Few people know the fascinating history of tea growing and making. This intriguing documentary aims to change that by following renowned tea importer David Lee Hoffman as he scours the far-flung corners of China to find the richest teas on earth. Tea making is an art and tradition that goes back generations in the East, and Hoffman makes it his goal to bring to the rest of the world the exquisite teas produced by struggling small farmers.

    Directed by:

  • Les Blank
  • Gina Leibrecht
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Born to be Wild: The Leading Men of American Ballet Theatre
    rating:3.7

    Born to be Wild: The Leading Men of American Ballet Theatre

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Fans of the American Ballet Theatre will delight in this documentary that profiles the renowned company's four lead male dancers: Angel Corella, Vladimir Malakhov, Jose Manuel Carreno and Ethan Stiefel. Find out how each dancer got started in classical ballet, learn about their individual approaches to the discipline and their strengths onstage, and view clips of their best performances from the beginning to the apex of their careers.

    Directed by:

  • Judy Kinberg
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Now and Then
    rating:3.8

    Now and Then

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    Waxing nostalgic about the bittersweet passage from childhood to puberty in this tender coming-of-age tale, four childhood girlfriends -- Teeny, Chrissy, Samantha and Roberta -- recall the magical summer of 1970. During their walk down memory lane, they reconcile experiences with boys, secrets, bullies and more. Lesli Linka Glatter directs; Gaby Hoffmann, Ashleigh Aston Moore, Cloris Leachman, Thora Birch and Christina Ricci co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Lesli Linka Glatter
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Now and Then (1995)
    A heartwarming movie about four childhood girlfriends who, in adulthood reunion, relive their experience of the life-changing summer of 1970, including a mystery death, divorce, standing up to the boys, first kiss, and the meaning of true friendship. Each explores her unique identity amidst family and friends. Beautifully directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.
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