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Music & Musicals
Bride and Prejudice
rating:3.3

Bride and Prejudice

2004Runtime:0 minutes
Aishwarya Rai, Martin Henderson and Anupam Kher star in this joyous musical about the Bakhsi family, who's celebrating the arrival of a British-born man, Mr. Balraj, who may be perfect husband material for one the Bakhsis' four unmarried daughters. Maya, Lucky, Jaya and, most especially, their eldest, Lalita (Rai) are his for the taking. But Lalita refuses to marry someone handpicked for her, choosing to believe in true love instead.

Directed by:

  • Gurinder Chadha
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Puccini: Gianni Schicchi
    rating:3.2

    Puccini: Gianni Schicchi

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Based on a scene from Dante's &NFi;Inferno&NFi_;, Giacomo Puccini's one-act opera springs to life with the vocal talents of Alessandro Corbelli, Massimo Giordano, Sally Matthews, Felicity Palmer and Marie McLaughlin, with music provided by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Corbelli sings the title role of Gianni Schicchi, a man who dishonestly acquires another family's inheritance so that his daughter can marry well.

    Directed by:

  • Annabel Arden
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Awake, My Soul
    rating:3.1

    Awake, My Soul

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Journey to the Deep South and take in the haunting sound of Sacred Harp singing -- an unusual form of a cappella that embraces "shape-note" singing -- in this absorbing documentary, which also traces the fascinating history of the genre. Seen nationwide on public television, the program represents the culmination of seven years of painstaking work by directors Matt and Erica Hinton. Country singer Jim Lauderdale narrates.

    Directed by:

  • Matt Hinton
  • Erica Hinton
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields
    rating:3.6

    Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    A decade in the making, this documentary by filmmakers Kerthy Fix and Gail O'Hara examines the career of prolific singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt, the enigmatic, deep-voiced heart and soul of indie pop band the Magnetic Fields.

    Directed by:

  • Kerthy Fix
  • Gail O'Hara
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Gay & Lesbian
    Total Eclipse
    rating:3.1

    Total Eclipse

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    Leonardo DiCaprio plays the prodigious 19th-century French poet Arthur Rimbaud in this captivating historical drama. Paul Verlaine (David Thewlis), an older and more traditional writer, finds himself infatuated with the young Rimbaud. That make him unable to keep the peace with his wife (Romane Bohringer). A love/hate relationship develops between the two men as they forge the rough waters of creative expression.

    Directed by:

  • Agnieszka Holland
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    I Can't Marry You
    rating:3.2

    I Can't Marry You

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Helmed by Catherine Gray and narrated by Betty DeGeneres -- mother of lesbian celebrity Ellen DeGeneres -- this hourlong documentary tackles the controversial topic of gay marriage in the United States. Via interviews with civil-rights attorney Evan Wolfson and 20 same-sex couples, the film chronicles their struggles against religious opposition and homophobia -- issues not faced by their heterosexual counterparts.

    Directed by:

  • Catherine Gray
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    I Shot Andy Warhol
    rating:3.2

    I Shot Andy Warhol

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    In 1968, radical feminist Valerie Solanas (Lili Taylor) shot pop-art icon Andy Warhol (Jared Harris) when he ignored the screenplay she wrote. This film traces Solanas's life up to that moment, from childhood abuse to college prostitution to writing the male-bashing "SCUM Manifesto." Taylor won a Special Recognition Award at the Sundance Film Festival for her portrayal of a deranged woman seeking recognition.

    Directed by:

  • Mary Harron
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Beautiful Thing
    rating:3.7

    Beautiful Thing

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    The iconoclastic, underachieving denizens of a southeast London apartment building get an emotional wake-up call when two teenage boys -- next-door neighbors Jamie (Glen Berry) and Ste (Scott Neal) -- unexpectedly fall in love. This moving slice of affecting kitchen-sink realism from Britain's esteemed Channel Four Films is adapted from the hit West End play penned by Jonathan Harvey, who also directs.

    Directed by:

  • Hettie MacDonald
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Foreign
    Vagabond
    rating:3.4

    Vagabond

    1985Runtime:0 minutes
    In the south of France one winter, a young woman, Mona (Sandrine Bonnaire), is found frozen to death in a ditch. Through flashbacks and interviews, writer-director Agnes Varda paints a fractured portrait of Mona's final weeks as she camps alone and falls in with various men and women, many of whom try to give her life direction. Others do not have her best interests at heart, as they project their own needs and problems onto her.

    Directed by:

  • Agnès Varda
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Hipsters
    rating:4.3

    Hipsters

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    In this hit Russian musical, a group of friends flaunts Soviet authority in 1950s Moscow by embracing jazz. When Communist Mels (Anton Shagin) falls for Polly (Oksana Akinshina), a free-spirited jazz fan, he risks losing his party membership by associating with her rebellious crew. Equally smitten, Polly introduces her new beau to jazz and other forbidden Western delights. Writer-director Valery Todorovsky helms this colorful take on the Cold War.

    Directed by:

  • Valery Todorovsky
  • rating:4.3 4.3 Average Rating

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    In a Better World
    rating:3.8

    In a Better World

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Danish director Susanne Bier delves into the realm of fathers, sons and their perceived burden of male responsibility with this Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning drama about the interplay between two dysfunctional families. With his father working abroad, bullied Elias (Markus Rygaard) finds solace in a budding friendship with a volatile new student (William Jøhnk Nielsen). But the boys' shared revenge only seems to invite more violence.

    Directed by:

  • Susanne Bier
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Chaos
    rating:3.5

    Chaos

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    In this French drama, a wealthy housewife, Helene (Catherine Frot), departs from her life of genteel comfort and luxury when she meets a prostitute, Noemie (Rachida Brakni). En route to a party with her businessman husband (Vincent Lindon), their car is stopped by Noemie, who begs to be let in but is attacked by a group of men. Wracked with guilt, Helene later finds Noemie and helps her escape her pursuers.

    Directed by:

  • Coline Serreau
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Independent
    The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
    rating:3.6

    The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    With 10 children to feed, postwar Ohio housewife Evelyn Ryan (Julianne Moore) has gotten used to being resourceful, stretching her husband's meager salary to the limit. But when clipping coupons won't cut it, she's forced to rely on her creativity. Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern co-star in this uncommon comedy-drama based on a heartwarming memoir by Ryan's daughter, Terry, who recounts her mother's knack for winning contests.

    Directed by:

  • Jane Anderson
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Fish Tank
    rating:3.4

    Fish Tank

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    The life of hot-tempered teen outcast Mia (Katie Jarvis) takes an unexpected turn when her mother, Joanne (Kierston Wareing), brings home a handsome and mysterious boyfriend named Connor (Michael Fassbender), who pledges to bring sweeping positive changes to the household. British writer-director Andrea Arnold's sophomore feature won Best British Film at the 2010 BAFTAs.

    Directed by:

  • Andrea Arnold
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    B-Girl
    rating:3.4

    B-Girl

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    The first time filmmakers Emily (director) and Elizabeth Dell (producer) saw an all-girl break-dance crew perform, they were mesmerized -- and they wanted to see more. Thus was born this film about a girl break-dancer immersed in the hip-hop scene. Starring Julie "Jules" Urich, Wesley Jonathan and Aimee Garcia, the drama highlights the intensity and hard work the b-girls bring to an urban art form largely unrecognized beyond their communities.

    Directed by:

  • Emily Dell
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Down in the Delta
    rating:3.7

    Down in the Delta

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    Unemployed single mother Loretta Sinclair (Alfre Woodard) lives with her mother, Rosa Lynn (Mary Alice), in a Chicago apartment until drug abuse causes Loretta to neglect her children in this familly drama directed by renowned poet Maya Angelou. To get Loretta back on her feet, Rosa Lynn ships her and the kids to their Mississippi Delta hometown, where Uncle Earl (Al Freeman Jr.) takes them in and teaches them about their rich heritage.

    Directed by:

  • Maya Angelou
  • 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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