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Independent
Monster
rating:3.5

Monster

2003Runtime:0 minutes
Charlize Theron took home the Best Actress Oscar for her electrifying performance as Aileen Wuornos, an emotionally scarred highway hooker who shoots a sadistic trick who rapes her and ultimately becomes America's first female serial killer. The film, based on a true story, centers more on the surrounding circumstances than on the murders. Christina Ricci co-stars as Aileen's self-centered lesbian lover, Selby Wall.

Directed by:

  • Patty Jenkins
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Pariah
    rating:3.6

    Pariah

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    Brooklyn teen Alike (Adepero Oduye) is a model child around her devoutly religious family, but she sheds the good-girl image to reveal a harder side during a nightclub excursion with butch pal Laura (Pernell Walker) in this coming-of-age tale of urban identity and sexual expression. With curfew looming and her parents none the wiser, Alike must catch the bus back home, where she faces the complex negotiation of her contradictory worlds.

    Directed by:

  • Dee Rees
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Thirteen
    rating:3.4

    Thirteen

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Thirteen-year-old Tracy (Evan Rachel Wood) is a good girl. She's smart, gets along with her mom (Holly Hunter) and is never in trouble. But then she befriends Evie (Nikki Reed), a gorgeous and popular classmate who introduces her to the beguiling world of sex, alcohol, drugs and self-mutilation. This puts Tracy at odds with her friends, relatives and, most of all, her mother. Catherine Hardwicke directs a script co-written with Reed.

    Directed by:

  • Catherine Hardwicke
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    All Over the Guy
    rating:3.5

    All Over the Guy

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Striking a healthy, loving balance in a relationship is no easy trick, no matter what your sexual orientation. For Eli and Tom, a set-up first date goes horribly awry. But when they meet again later, without any pressure, a connection is made.

    Directed by:

  • Julie Davis
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Drama
    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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    The Soong Sisters
    rating:3.2

    The Soong Sisters

    1997Runtime:0 minutes
    Maggie Cheung, Vivian Wu and Michelle Yeoh portray Ching-ling, May-ling and Ai-ling, three sisters in the Soong family, an influential and fascinating political dynasty in China that reached the highest levels of power. After being educated in America, the women marry some of the wealthiest and most powerful men in Chinese history, including Sun Yat-sen, the founder of modern China, and Chiang Kai-shek, the nation's leader during World War II.

    Directed by:

  • Mabel Cheung
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Pay It Forward
    rating:3.8

    Pay It Forward

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    In this gentle drama from director Mimi Leder, young Trevor McKinney (Haley Joel Osment) responds to a school assignment with a plan to help three people who will, in turn, help three more, and so on, in an ever-widening circle. But Trevor touches more people than he expected, including his abused mother (Helen Hunt), his physically and emotionally scarred teacher (Kevin Spacey) and a journalist (Jay Mohr) who's investigating the plan.

    Directed by:

  • Mimi Leder
  • 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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    Foreign
    Born Into Brothels
    rating:3.6

    Born Into Brothels

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    British filmmaker Zana Briski's Oscar-winning documentary is a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in Calcutta's red-light district, where their mothers work as prostitutes to ensure their survival. Spurred by the kids' fascination with her camera, Briski decides to teach them photography. As they begin to look at and record their world through new eyes, the kids awaken to their own talents and sense of worth.

    Directed by:

  • Ross Kauffman
  • Zana Briski
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Lobo
    rating:3.9

    Lobo

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    This Filipino TV series stars Angel Locsin as Lyka, an assistant to a powerful fashion-industry magnate, and Piolo Pascual as Noah, an undercover agent working in the same company to investigate organized crime. But as the two fall for each other, they discover a deeper truth complicating their love: Lyka is a Waya, a protector of the mysterious part-human, part-wolf "lobo" race, and Noah belongs to the Luna, a clan sworn to destroy the lobo.

    Directed by:

  • Cathy Garcia-Molina
  • rating:3.9 3.9 Average Rating

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    Good Morning Heartache
    rating:3.2

    Good Morning Heartache

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    A group of documentary filmmakers sets out to chronicle the journey of a young married couple with a newborn baby. But when the pair decides to split during shooting, the film takes an interesting new twist. With a camera following their every move and practically zero privacy, the couple has little room to resolve their marital crisis.

    Directed by:

  • Anna Negri
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Lazos de Amor
    rating:3.1

    Lazos de Amor

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    In this popular Mexican telenovela, singer and actress Lucero plays triplets separated not at birth but by a terrible auto accident that left the girls' parents dead, one triplet blind and another an amnesiac. While the triplets' grandmother raised two of them, another woman rescued and raised the amnesiac as her own. Now adults -- and all wildly different -- the sisters are reunited, with unexpected consequences for everyone.

    Directed by:

  • Miguel Corcega
  • Monica Miguel
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Romance
    15 Park Avenue
    rating:3.1

    15 Park Avenue

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Anjali (Shabana Azmi), a successful type-A, has spent her life protecting her schizophrenic sister, Mithi (Konkona Sen Sharma), by any means necessary -- even going so far as to discourage Jojo (Rahul Bose) from marrying her. So when the siblings bump into Jojo and his new wife while on holiday, Anjali expects the encounter to be awkward. She needn't worry, though, because Mithi is already happily married to someone else, in her mind.

    Directed by:

  • Aparna Sen
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Le Bonheur
    rating:3.4

    Le Bonheur

    1965Runtime:0 minutes
    When François (Jean-Claude Drouot) falls for a beautiful young telephone operator (Marie-France Boyer) despite remaining deeply in love with his wife, Therese (Claire Drouot), he attempts to buck convention by openly committing to both women. Directed by cinematic pioneer Agnès Varda, this thought-provoking film challenges the nature of monogamy and examines the limits of love and commitment.

    Directed by:

  • Agnès Varda
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Monica & David
    rating:3.7

    Monica & David

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Documentarian Alexandra Codina explores the nuances of love and commitment in this cinematic portrait of a soon-to-be married couple with Down syndrome, and the proud but protective mothers who have long shielded them from life's cruel realities. Monica and David don't expect to live a completely independent life. But as adults, they want the same chance that any other "normal" married couple has to succeed or fail.

    Directed by:

  • Alexandra Codina
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Oyster Farmer
    rating:3.2

    Oyster Farmer

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Down-on-his-luck drifter Jack Flange (Alex O'Loughlin) heads to a secluded oyster-farming community to wait for a parcel of stolen cash that he's mailed to himself. But the package never arrives, and Jack suspects a beautiful postal worker named (what else?) Pearl (Diana Glenn) may be responsible for its disappearance. Anna Reeves directs this quirky but charming romance set along Australia's Hawkesbury River.

    Directed by:

  • Anna Reeves
  • rating:3.2 3.2 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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