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Documentary
Miss Gulag
rating:3.3

Miss Gulag

2007Runtime:0 minutes
Welcome to Siberian women's prison UF-91/9, where every year, inmates vie for the beauty pageant title of Miss Spring. Focusing on three entrants, this film offers a captivating look at a new generation of women coming of age in post-Soviet Russia. The contestants discuss life before and during incarceration, revealing surprising similarities between the two. At the film's heart is the pageant, which represents something different for each woman.

Directed by:

  • Maria Yatskova
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Facing Arthur
    rating:3.1

    Facing Arthur

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    This documentary chronicles the relationship between Holocaust survivor Arthur Lederman and 20-year-old Christoph, a German descendent of a Nazi soldier. Despite differences in their cultures and generations, they discover a common bond in music.

    Directed by:

  • Michael Rey
  • Stefan Knerrich
  • Amy Rubin
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Blindsight
    rating:3.6

    Blindsight

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Six blind Tibetan teenagers set off on a gripping adventure as they attempt to climb the 23,000-foot Lhakpa Ri on the north side of Mount Everest. Considered cursed in Tibetan culture, blind children are often hidden away to live as pariahs. Determined to challenge that perception, the kids gear up for a demanding expedition led by climber Erik Weihenmayer -- the first blind man to scale Everest -- and learn some lessons about life along the way.

    Directed by:

  • Lucy Walker
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    The Two Horses of Genghis Khan
    rating:3.6

    The Two Horses of Genghis Khan

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Carrying out a promise she made to her family, noted Mongolian musician Urna Chahar-Tugchi seeks out a renowned instrument maker to repair the cherished violin her grandmother was forced to smash during China's Cultural Revolution. Urna then sets out on a revelatory journey through Mongolia to recover the missing verses of "The Two Horses of Genghis Khan," an ancient song inscribed on the violin's neck. Byambasuren Davaa directs this documentary.

    Directed by:

  • Byambasuren Davaa
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Faith & Spirituality
    The Trouble with Angels
    rating:3.8

    The Trouble with Angels

    1966Runtime:0 minutes
    Two teens turn a staid convent upside down with their youthful glee and zany antics. Although the pair gets in trouble for transgressions like invading the nuns' quarters and substituting soap for sugar in the kitchen, their charm wins everyone over.

    Directed by:

  • Ida Lupino
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Household Saints
    rating:3.4

    Household Saints

    1993Runtime:0 minutes
    In post-World War II New York, Joseph (Vincent D'Onofrio) wins Catherine (Tracey Ullman) in a pinochle game. They marry and have a daughter, Teresa (Lili Taylor), who becomes a religious zealot as she seeks purity through prayer -- much to the consternation of Teresa's boyfriend (Michael Imperioli) and parents. Director Nancy Savoca's third film is based on Francine Prose's novel of the same name.

    Directed by:

  • Nancy Savoca
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Sunday School Musical
    rating:3.2

    Sunday School Musical

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    When financial woes threaten their church's future, a group of teens, led by one talented performer, enters a song and dance competition in hopes of winning a heavenly cash prize. Starring Candise Lakota as Savannah, this heartwarming and energetic Christian spin on the tremendously popular High School Musical franchise features 21 songs, including seven originals by composer Don Raymond. Rachel Goldenberg directs.

    Directed by:

  • Rachel Goldenberg
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Yentl
    rating:3.5

    Yentl

    1983Runtime:0 minutes
    Based on Isaac Bashevis Singer's story, this Oscar-winning musical stars Barbra Streisand as Yentl, the bookish daughter of a Talmud teacher who instructs her even though it's forbidden to teach the sacred text to girls. Determined to continue her schooling after her father dies, Yentl disguises herself as a boy to gain entry to a yeshiva. There, she meets the brilliant Avigdor (Mandy Patinkin), who only has eyes for Hadass (Amy Irving).

    Directed by:

  • Barbra Streisand
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Special Interest
    Red Dirt Rising
    rating:3.6

    Red Dirt Rising

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    The birth of stock-car racing is captured through the story of pioneer Jimmie Lewallen (Brad Yoder), who began as a moonshine runner in 1930s North Carolina, took a break to serve in World War II and came home to witness the formation of NASCAR. From dirt tracks to international speedways, Lewallen and his buddies Bill Blair (Burgess Jenkins) and Fred Harb (Quentin Kerr) see their lives transformed by a sport they'd pursued purely out of passion.

    Directed by:

  • Kathleen 'Bo' Bobak
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Dancing for Mr. B: Six Balanchine Ballerinas
    rating:3.2

    Dancing for Mr. B: Six Balanchine Ballerinas

    1989Runtime:0 minutes
    Through interviews and performance excerpts, ballerinas Mary Ellen Moylan, Maria Tallchief, Melissa Hayden, Allegra Kent, Merrill Ashley and Darci Kistler salute their legendary teacher, George Balanchine, and share the impact he had on their lives. A perfectionist who demanded the best from his students, Balanchine achieved considerable acclaim for his wonderful ballets such as "Concerto Barocco," "Serenade," "Firebird," and "Stars and Stripes."

    Directed by:

  • Deborah Dickson
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Born to be Wild: The Leading Men of American Ballet Theatre
    rating:3.7

    Born to be Wild: The Leading Men of American Ballet Theatre

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Fans of the American Ballet Theatre will delight in this documentary that profiles the renowned company's four lead male dancers: Angel Corella, Vladimir Malakhov, Jose Manuel Carreno and Ethan Stiefel. Find out how each dancer got started in classical ballet, learn about their individual approaches to the discipline and their strengths onstage, and view clips of their best performances from the beginning to the apex of their careers.

    Directed by:

  • Judy Kinberg
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Orgasmic Birth
    rating:3.6

    Orgasmic Birth

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Challenging conventional Western ideas about childbirth, this documentary explores a more natural approach to birth with the belief that, for most women, the experience can be an ecstatic one containing both pain and pleasure. Filmmaker Debra Pascali-Bonaro follows 11 couples employing this innovative approach as they go through the process of birth. Numerous birth experts, including Dr. Christiane Northrup, provide enlightening insights.

    Directed by:

  • Debra Pascali-Bonaro
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Comedy
    Split Ends
    rating:3.5

    Split Ends

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    To save her successful hair salon and protect her quaint town from overdevelopment, Scottish-born small business owner Lizzie (Corinna May) enthusiastically joins forces with her loyal stylists, local citizens and a charming antique dealer (Richard Bekins). Inspired by events from writer Elizabeth Christensen's life, this cute romantic comedy also stars Vincent Pastore, Lawton Paseka and Peter McRobbie.

    Directed by:

  • Dorothy Lyman
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Mean Girls 2
    rating:3.5

    Mean Girls 2

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    When the father of a high school pariah offers to pay new-girl-in-school Jo's (Meaghan Jette Martin) way through college if she makes friends with his outcast daughter, Abby (Jennifer Stone), Jo agrees to the scheme and befriends the lonely lass. Growing close, the pair confront the school's nastiest girl-clique, but their friendship is jeopardized when Abby learns about her dad's bribe. Melanie Mayron directs this sequel to 2004's Mean Girls.

    Directed by:

  • Melanie Mayron
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Open Season
    rating:3.7

    Open Season

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    After saving a mule deer from a hunter's clutches, a domesticated grizzly finds himself relocated to the wild -- and unprepared for the real world. Can the furry pals make it to safety before open season starts, or will they end up mounted on a wall? Ashton Kutcher, Gary Sinise, Martin Lawrence, Billy Connolly, Debra Messing and Jon Favreau lend their voices to this animated adventure that's perfect for the whole family.

    Directed by:

  • Roger Allers
  • Jill Culton
  • Anthony Stacchi
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    It's a Wonderful Afterlife
    rating:3.6

    It's a Wonderful Afterlife

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Gurinder Chadha's delightfully irreverent comedy stars Shabana Azmi as Mrs. Sethi, a mother bent on finding her daughter a husband by any means, even if it kills her. Or, rather, even if it requires her to kill. She can't help herself: When her daughter's deemed not good enough, she defends as she thinks any good mother should. But how can she shake the cops' scrutiny? Suicide's not an option, at least not until she's able to marry off her child.

    Directed by:

  • Gurinder Chadha
  • rating:3.6 3.6 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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