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Drama
The Adventures of Ociee Nash
rating:3.6

The Adventures of Ociee Nash

2002Runtime:0 minutes
In this charming tale set in 1898, after her mother dies, 9-year-old Ociee Nash (Skyler Day) must leave her rough-and-tumble farm life to live with her Aunt Mamie (Mare Winningham) in Ashville, N.C. Away from the farm for the first time, the spirited child relishes many thrilling adventures such as meeting President McKinley and the Wright Brothers and bravely earning hero status in her new hometown. Keith Carradine co-stars.

Directed by:

  • Kristen McGary
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Shadrach
    rating:3.3

    Shadrach

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    An elderly black man (and ex-slave) returns to the Virginia plantation where he was born -- to die. There, he encounters the plantation's new occupants, a family of struggling white farmers. Harvey Keitel and Andie MacDowell star as the hardscrabble Dabney family; the Dabneys help their visitor while confronting a past they didn't create. Shadrach was a labor of love for director Susanna Styron.

    Directed by:

  • Susanna Styron
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Compulsion
    rating:3.3

    Compulsion

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    When a desperate Anjika (Parminder Nagra) learns that her father (Vincent Ebrahim), a successful businessman, has arranged for her to marry a man (Sargon Yelda) she doesn't love, she turns to the family's chauffeur (Ray Winstone) and weighs an offer with life-changing consequences. This steamy drama originally aired on BBC television and was inspired by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley's 17th-century tragedy, "The Changeling."

    Directed by:

  • Sarah Harding
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Riding in Cars with Boys
    rating:3.4

    Riding in Cars with Boys

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Drew Barrymore stars as Beverly D'Onofrio, an unlucky teen who gets pregnant while still in high school, in this coming-of-age drama from director Penny Marshall that's based on D'Onofrio's autobiography by the same name. After sleeping with a boy she barely knew, Beverly gets married on a whim and discovers that her newborn isn't the only one who has a lot of growing up to do. Her teenage husband is a still a kid -- and so is she.

    Directed by:

  • Penny Marshall
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Foreign
    In This Tricky Life
    rating:3.2

    In This Tricky Life

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    When 27-year-old Elisa (Mariana Santángelo) breaks up with her boyfriend and loses her job, she also loses any hope of realizing her dream of becoming a hair salon owner and supporting her two children. Elisa's only option is to take a job in a Uruguayan brothel, which soon lands her in Barcelona, Spain -- and into the midst of a white slavery ring. Director Beatriz Flores Silva's atmospheric drama also stars Andrea Fantoni and Josep Linuesa.

    Directed by:

  • Beatriz Flores Silva
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    A Simple Life
    rating:3.5

    A Simple Life

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    After working for the Leung family for decades, a servant still takes care of filmmaker Roger Leung -- but when she falls sick, the tables are turned as Roger looks after her in this heartwarming tale inspired by a true story.

    Directed by:

  • Ann Hui
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Nora's Will
    rating:3.3

    Nora's Will

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    This award-winning black comedy follows the family of Nora (Silvia Mariscal), who carefully plans her suicide so that her assortment of estranged relatives, including ex-husband José (Fernando Luján), will have to celebrate Passover together and hopefully achieve a reconciliation. As José battles with unsympathetic cemeteries, a fractious rabbi and his devoted assistant, and his own son (Ari Brickman), he realizes how deeply he still loved Nora.

    Directed by:

  • Mariana Chenillo
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Olympia
    rating:3.4

    Olympia

    1938Runtime:0 minutes
    On the heels of her propaganda film, Triumph of the Will, German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl chronicled the 1936 Olympics with this stellar, poetic sports documentary which captures the games in Berlin, including Jesse Owens's history-making victory. The thrill of the games, the beauty and power of the athletes, Riefenstahl's groundbreaking camera techniques and an evocative soundtrack make this one of the best sports documentaries ever made.

    Directed by:

  • Leni Riefenstahl
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Sci-Fi & Fantasy
    Skellig: The Owl Man
    rating:3.4

    Skellig: The Owl Man

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    When new kid on the block Michael (Bill Milner) befriends a mesmerizing man named Skellig (Tim Roth) who lives alone in a shed, their blossoming connection helps take Michael's mind off school bullies -- and his baby sister's increasingly troubling illness. Kelly Macdonald and Skye Bennett co-star in this family-friendly, made-for-television adaptation of David Almond's award-winning novel of the same name.

    Directed by:

  • Annabel Jankel
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Hideaways
    rating:3.7

    Hideaways

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    James is a troubled young man whose family possesses supernatural talents. After discovering the lethal nature of his own abilities, James isolates himself in the woods until he meets fearless Mae, a cancer patient who has escaped from a hospital.

    Directed by:

  • Agnès Merlet
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman
    rating:3.9

    Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    In this spooky feature-length movie, Alvin, Simon and Theodore stage a production of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and things get seriously creepy! Could it be that their neighbor Mr. Talbot is a werewolf?

    Directed by:

  • Kathi Castillo
  • rating:3.9 3.9 Average Rating

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    Halloweentown / Halloweentown 2: Double Feature
    rating:3.3

    Halloweentown / Halloweentown 2: Double Feature

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    There's more adventure than you can shake a broomstick at in this Disney Channel double feature. Young Marnie's (Kimberly J. Brown) learning to deal with the magical powers she's inherited from her grandmother, Aggie (Debbie Reynolds), who happens to be a witch. In Halloweentown, Marnie discovers a secret portal and to an enchanted place where ghosts live apart from the human world. In Halloweentown II, Marnie has to stop the evil warlock Kalabar.

    Directed by:

  • Duwayne Dunham
  • Mary Lambert
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Romance
    Coco Before Chanel
    rating:3.6

    Coco Before Chanel

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Audrey Tautou stars as legendary French designer Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel in this lively biopic that explores the fashion icon's storied ascension from orphan to seamstress and cabaret singer and ultimately, the queen of Parisian haute couture. Alessandro Nivola plays Arthur "Boy" Capel, Chanel's lover and influential business investor who makes a lifelong impact on the young woman. Anne Fontaine directs this Oscar nominee for Best Costume Design.

    Directed by:

  • Anne Fontaine
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    When Night Is Falling
    rating:3.5

    When Night Is Falling

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    A professor at a Christian college, Camille (Pascale Bussières) enjoys a conventional life with her minister fiancé, Martin (Henry Czerny). But when reserved Camille meets free-spirited circus acrobat Petra (Rachael Crawford), her conservative life takes a sensuous left turn. With Petra, Camille begins an erotic adventure of self-discovery and finds herself emotionally teetering between the forbidden and the familiar.

    Directed by:

  • Patricia Rozema
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Autumn in New York
    rating:3.2

    Autumn in New York

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    Will Keane (Richard Gere) is a middle-aged playboy working the Big Apple who experiences true love for the first time when he falls under the spell of Charlotte Fielding (Winona Ryder), a young, vibrant woman harboring a tragic secret. Autumn is the season for this genuine tearjerker directed by actress Joan Chen (The Last Emperor), which features able supporting performances from Anthony LaPaglia, Elaine Stritch and Sherry Stringfield.

    Directed by:

  • Joan Chen
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Me and You and Everyone We Know
    rating:3.3

    Me and You and Everyone We Know

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Miranda July writes, directs and stars in this poignant drama about both the unique and oftentimes humorous nature of people's idiosyncrasies. At the center is eccentric Christine Jesperson (July), who seeks emotional connections in the modern world. Meanwhile, shoe salesman Richard (John Hawkes) copes with his recent separation while his teen son (Miles Thompson) experiences a sexual awakening. Carlie Westerman and Brad William Henke co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Miranda July
  • 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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