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Independent
Handsome Harry
rating:3.4

Handsome Harry

2009Runtime:0 minutes
For many years, small-town resident Harry Sweeney (Jamey Sheridan) has avoided confronting painful memories from his past. But when his best friend becomes seriously ill, Harry builds up enough courage to explore long-hidden secrets and uncover his true identity. Bette Gordon directs this character-driven drama that boasts a strong ensemble cast featuring Steve Buscemi, Aidan Quinn, John Savage and Campbell Scott.

Directed by:

  • Bette Gordon
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    16 to Life
    rating:3.4

    16 to Life

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    On her 16th birthday, never-been-kissed Kate (Hallee Hirsh) decides to play cupid for two people she works with, pairing her boss (Theresa Russell) with a paraplegic customer (Jaime Gomez) and setting up short-order cook Rene (Shiloh Fernandez) with an oversexed co-worker (Emily Foxler). But in the process of matchmaking, Kate learns some surprising lessons about love and the mechanics of romantic relationships.

    Directed by:

  • Becky Smith
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Lou
    rating:3.2

    Lou

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    This poignant drama follows Lou, an 11-year-old Australian coping with having been abandoned by her father when her estranged grandfather, Doyle, comes to live with the family. Much to Lou's surprise, she develops a deep bond with the ailing Doyle.

    Directed by:

  • Belinda Chayko
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Monsoon Wedding
    rating:3.7

    Monsoon Wedding

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    As the monsoon rains loom in director Mira Nair's romantic drama, Lalit Verma (Naseeruddin Shah) and his extended family reunite for the last-minute arranged marriage of his daughter Aiditi (Vasundhara Das) in New Delhi. But long-guarded secrets threaten to tear the family apart. As wedding preparations proceed, five stories intersect, highlighting different aspects of love and crossing boundaries of class and continent.

    Directed by:

  • Mira Nair
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Children & Family
    The Prince of Egypt
    rating:3.7

    The Prince of Egypt

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    Born into slavery and cast adrift on the Nile to escape mass genocide, Moses (voiced by Val Kilmer) is reared as the son of Pharaoh Seti (Patrick Stewart) and stepbrother of Ramses (Ralph Fiennes). When Moses learns of his true ancestry, he retreats to the desert, where he answers God's call and accepts his destiny: to lead the Hebrews out of slavery and into freedom. DreamWorks's animated film scored an Oscar for Best Song ("When You Believe").

    Directed by:

  • Brenda Chapman
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Arthur Christmas
    rating:4.0

    Arthur Christmas

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    This all-ages animated holiday feature draws back the curtain on the super-secret toy-making facility Santa Claus keeps hidden beneath the North Pole. It also reveals the ultra-important mission Mr. Claus entrusts to his son, Arthur, one Christmas.

    Directed by:

  • Sarah Smith
  • rating:4.0 4.0 Average Rating

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    What a Girl Wants
    rating:3.4

    What a Girl Wants

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    An American girl, Daphne (Amanda Bynes), heads to Europe in search of the father she's never met. But instead of finding a British version of her bohemian mother (Kelly Preston), she learns the love of her mom's life is an uptight politician (Colin Firth). The only problem now is that her long-lost dad is engaged to a fiercely territorial social climber (Anna Chancellor) with a daughter (Christina Cole) who makes Daphne's life miserable.

    Directed by:

  • Dennie Gordon
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Brave
    rating:4.2

    Brave

    2012Runtime:0 minutes
    Scottish princess Merida uses her archery skills to establish her independence, but when she accidentally angers the ancient land's three powerful lords and is granted a poorly conceived wish by a witch, she must go on a quest to repair the damage.

    Directed by:

  • Mark Andrews
  • Brenda Chapman
  • rating:4.2 4.2 Average Rating

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    Comedy
    Festival
    rating:3.1

    Festival

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Oversized egos collide in writer-director Annie Griffin's BAFTA-winning satire that pulls back the curtain on the annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a prestigious competition that attracts performers from around the world. Among the attendees are a drug-addled theater troupe, a comic who's not above using seduction to improve his odds and a self-absorbed TV personality with a taste for nubile new talent.

    Directed by:

  • Annie Griffin
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    The Taste of Others
    rating:3.1

    The Taste of Others

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    Agnes Jaoui directs this ensemble romance that earned an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Language Film. Castella (Jean-Pierre Bacri) falls for English language tutor Clara (Anne Alvaro), and instigates a chain of turbulent relationships in the process. This poignant debut from Jaoui illustrates that sometimes, great actresses don't get the breaks, hash-dealing barmaids can find love and the desire to become culturally enlightened just isn't enough.

    Directed by:

  • Agnès Jaoui
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    The Kids Are All Right
    rating:3.4

    The Kids Are All Right

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson), the children of same-sex parents Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore), become curious about the identity of their sperm-donor dad (Mark Ruffalo) and set out to make him part of their family unit, often with hilarious results. But his arrival complicates the household dynamics, and nobody is sure how he fits in -- if at all -- in this Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning comedy.

    Directed by:

  • Lisa Cholodenko
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Going the Distance
    rating:3.5

    Going the Distance

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    New couple Erin (Drew Barrymore) and Garrett (Justin Long) don't want their summer fling to end, but Erin must move across the country to finish school. As the bicoastal lovers try to keep their relationship going, they experience the tricky challenges of living long-distance. Directed by established documentary filmmaker Nanette Burstein (The Kid Stays in the Picture), this romantic comedy also stars Christina Applegate and Ron Livingston.

    Directed by:

  • Nanette Burstein
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Documentary
    Battlefield Britain
    rating:3.7

    Battlefield Britain

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Britain has long witnessed battles waged on its native soil, as documented in this fascinating series that uses computer-generated graphics to reenact actual events. Discover how the Battle of Culloden, which led to the disintegration of the Highland clan structure, unfolded; see how William III conquered James II at the Battle of the Boyne; and find out how the English Civil War ended at the Battle of Naseby.

    Directed by:

  • Mary Cranitch
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    American Outrage
    rating:3.4

    American Outrage

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    This documentary follows the story of elderly Native American sisters Mary Dann and Carrie Dann as they fight the U.S. government's attempts to seize their horses, which graze on land granted to the Western Shoshone Nation in an 1863 treaty. Filmmakers Beth Gage and George Gage chronicle the spirit and fire of these grandmothers, who confront bureaucrats, gold mining companies and others as they push their case all the way to the Supreme Court.

    Directed by:

  • Beth Gage
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    A Pug's Life: A Dogumentary
    rating:3.1

    A Pug's Life: A Dogumentary

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Award-winning filmmakers Marilyn and Chuck Braverman turn their lens on the small dog of ancient breed that's won the hearts of millions with its friendly personality, snub nose, googly eyes and wrinkly mug in this documentary that originally aired on PBS. Following pugs and their owners from New York to London, A Pug's Life reveals the coddled canines in all their glory -- from show pugs to working pugs to pugs that love to party!

    Directed by:

  • Marilyn Braverman
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    On the Ropes
    rating:3.3

    On the Ropes

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmakers Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgen's bracing documentary goes behind the scenes to chronicle a year in the lives and careers of three upstart pugilists determined to fight their way out of the ghetto against almost insurmountable odds. Their stories are recounted through the perspective of trainer Harry Keitt, an aging former boxer who, despite constant setbacks, relentlessly guides his charges toward the Golden Gloves championships.

    Directed by:

  • Nanette Burstein
  • rating:3.3 3.3 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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