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Documentary
Mario's Story
rating:3.8

Mario's Story

2007Runtime:0 minutes
Shot over the course of seven years, this documentary from filmmakers Susan Koch and Jeff Werner relates the inspiring true story of Mario Rocha, an East L.A. teen who unlocked his talent for writing while serving out a murder sentence behind bars. As his family and a team of pro bono attorneys labor on the outside to clear his name for a crime he didn't commit, Mario keeps himself grounded on the inside by writing poems, short stories and plays.

Directed by:

  • Susan Koch
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Frontline: The Released
    rating:3.7

    Frontline: The Released

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Five years after their landmark documentary The New Asylums, filmmakers Karen O'Connor and Miri Navasky return to the Ohio prison system to chronicle the next chapter in the journey of mentally ill inmates: what happens when they leave prison. The film traces the stories of six mentally ill offenders who face daunting obstacles and slim odds as they struggle to transition from life behind bars to life on the outside.

    Directed by:

  • Karen O'Connor
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    The Cats of Mirikitani
    rating:4.1

    The Cats of Mirikitani

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker Linda Hattendorf becomes an integral part of the action in this heartfelt documentary about her efforts to help aging Japanese-American artist Jimmy Mirikitani get off the streets of New York City and make peace with his complicated past. As she and Jimmy sift for long-lost relatives and even revisit the internment camp where he was forced to spend several years during World War II, Hattendorf hauls her camera along to capture every moment.

    Directed by:

  • Linda Hattendorf
  • rating:4.1 4.1 Average Rating

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    My Country, My Country
    rating:3.3

    My Country, My Country

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker Laura Poitras's fascinating Oscar-nominated documentary provides an inside look at war-torn Iraq from the perspective of a Baghdad citizen. The film follows Dr. Riyadh, a physician who serves the people in his community both as a health care provider and as an advocate in numerous areas of their lives. A critic of the U.S. occupation, Riyadh nonetheless supports democracy in Iraq and decides to run as a candidate in the tumultuous 2005 elections.

    Directed by:

  • Laura Poitras
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Comedy
    Sleepless in Seattle
    rating:3.7

    Sleepless in Seattle

    1993Runtime:0 minutes
    Fate and a tenacious 8-year-old boy conspire to unite lovelorn widower Sam Baldwin and unhappily engaged journalist Annie Reed in this Oscar-nominated romantic comedy inspired by the 1957 classic An Affair to Remember.

    Directed by:

  • Nora Ephron
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Plain Clothes
    rating:3.1

    Plain Clothes

    1988Runtime:0 minutes
    When his brother is accused of murdering a high school teacher, undercover cop Nick Dunbar (Arliss Howard) tries to clear his sibling's name by posing as a student to investigate the killing, but he finds himself sucked into a vortex of teen angst. Dunbar is sidetracked by bullies, love triangles and a power-mad principal (Robert Stack) as he tries to hone in on the true culprit in this quirky comedy from director Martha Coolidge.

    Directed by:

  • Martha Coolidge
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Monday
    rating:3.2

    Monday

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    While faithfully following all of the advice his inner voice recommends, an awkward loser (Joe Kraemer) encounters friction with his girlfriend (Ele Keats), experiences one horrendous setback after another and struggles to stay upbeat. Written and directed by Heidi Van Lier, this charming experimental comedy features a soundtrack full of catchy pop tunes and relies on voice-over narration instead of dialogue.

    Directed by:

  • Heidi Van Lier
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Clueless
    rating:3.6

    Clueless

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Amy Heckerling's fresh adaptation of Jane Austen's novel &NFi;Emma&NFi_; follows the misadventures of meddlesome Beverly Hills high schooler Cher, who gets more than she bargained for when she gives a fashion-challenged student a makeover.

    Directed by:

  • Amy Heckerling
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Music & Musicals
    Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For
    rating:3.4

    Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    The career of Ella Fitzgerald, one of the most distinctive voices of the 20th century, is spotlighted in this comprehensive documentary featuring the most complete concert footage of Fitzgerald ever assembled, including shows from Denmark, France, Germany and the United States. Also included are rare interviews with her family and colleagues, vintage photos from Decca and Verve and television clips of the stunning and beautiful songbird.

    Directed by:

  • Charlotte Zwerin
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Latin Music USA
    rating:3.2

    Latin Music USA

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    In this PBS documentary, host Jimmy Smits is your guide through the history and influence of Latino music in America, from the mambo clubs of the mid-20th century to the Latin pop explosion that kicked off the new millennium. The film relates the stories of salsa great Marc Anthony, Texas conjunto maestro Flaco Jiménez, pop songstress Linda Rondstadt and many others, while bringing light to the significance of this music in American culture.

    Directed by:

  • Elizabeth Deane
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Songcatcher
    rating:3.6

    Songcatcher

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    During a visit to her sister in Appalachia, a gifted musicologist stumbles upon a musical treasure trove of dozens of Scots-Irish ballads that have been preserved for generations by the local populace and are unknown to the outside world.

    Directed by:

  • Maggie Greenwald
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Alvin and the Chipmunks Scare-riffic Double Feature
    rating:3.7

    Alvin and the Chipmunks Scare-riffic Double Feature

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Irrepressible chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore star in a pair of wacky animated features. In Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman, Alvin's vivid imagination stirs up suspicions about secretive new neighbor Mr. Talbot. In Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein, the trio finds themselves locked inside a theme park, where mad scientist Dr. Frankenstein re-creates his famous monster -- and strikes fear into the three little mischief-makers.

    Directed by:

  • Kathi Castillo
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Special Interest
    The Little Fugitive
    rating:3.4

    The Little Fugitive

    1953Runtime:0 minutes
    Sibling relations get tested when Lennie Norton (Richard Brewster) must care for his younger brother, 7-year-old Joey (Richie Andrusco). Lennie and his friends soon tire of Joey always being around, so they pull a practical joke on Joey: They tell him he killed Lennie. Believing Lennie's pals, Joey heads for one of the world's largest playgrounds -- Coney Island, where the amusement park and its characters come to life through a child's eyes.

    Directed by:

  • Ray Ashley
  • Ruth Orkin
  • Morris Engel
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Lines
    rating:3.1

    Lines

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Legendary free rider Axel Pauporté captures 15 years of high-octane snowboarding action with this documentary, which follows the Absinthe team as they spend two months in Alaska on an "image quest." Interviews with some of the riders, including Shawn Farmer, Mike Ranquet, Matt Goodwill and Victoria Jealouse, shed light on the allure of the big mountains. Other riders featured are Jeremy Jones, Nicolas Müller, Tom Burt, Kurt Wastell and more.

    Directed by:

  • Flora Pauporte
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Minkus: La Bayadère: Teatro alla Scala
    rating:3.1

    Minkus: La Bayadère: Teatro alla Scala

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Noteworthy Bolshoi Ballet superstar Svetlana Zakharova, Corps de Ballet of the Teatro alla Scala and their lead dancer, Roberto Bolle, bring a stirring live performance of Marius Petipa's "La Bayadère" ("The Temple Dancer") to the Milan stage. Choreographed by Natalia Makarova and directed for video by Tina Protasoni, the 2006 performance is inspired by a libretto purportedly written by the choreographer himself and conducted by David Coleman.

    Directed by:

  • Tina Protasoni
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream: Teatro alla Scala
    rating:3.3

    Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream: Teatro alla Scala

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Titania (Alessandra Ferri), Oberon (Roberto Bolle), Puck (Riccardo Massimi) and company find romance and adventure during one wild midsummer night in this sumptuous ballet staging of the Shakespeare classic, featuring music by Felix Mendelssohn and original choreography by George Balanchine. Israeli conductor Nir Kabaretti presides over the Corps de Ballet of the Teatro alla Scala in this glorious production.

    Directed by:

  • Tina Protasoni
  • 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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