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Gay & Lesbian
The Sensei
rating:3.4

The Sensei

2008Runtime:0 minutes
After punks at school hand him a savage beating, gay teen McClain Evans (Michael O'Laskey II) secretly begins martial arts training with Karen O'Neil (director Diana Lee Inosanto), a woman who has her own axe to grind with the narrow-minded rural community. But as Evans learns to stand up to prejudice and hate, the boy and his sensei unleash a firestorm of controversy in their small Colorado town. Louis Mandylor co-stars in this drama.

Directed by:

  • Diana Lee Inosanto
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Foxfire
    rating:3.3

    Foxfire

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    In this adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates's controversial novel, four high school girls' have their lives changed forever when a defiant, charismatic drifter (Angelina Jolie) unites them and inspires them to exact revenge on their sexually abusive biology teacher. The quintet then spirals toward anarchy as they abduct and blackmail the father of one of the girls -- an act they come to rue when they find themselves on the lam and battling for survival.

    Directed by:

  • Annette Haywood Carter
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    But I'm a Cheerleader
    rating:3.4

    But I'm a Cheerleader

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    In this hilarious satire, Megan Bloomfield (Natasha Lyonne) lives a "normal" teen life as a cheerleader dating the captain of the football team. But her parents and friends suspect Megan is gay because of "clues," such as her distaste for kissing her boyfriend. Shipped off to True Directions -- a camp designed to shove her back in the closet -- Bloomfield meets tomboy Graham Eaton (Clea DuVall), who helps her recognize her sexual orientation.

    Directed by:

  • Jamie Babbit
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Chutney Popcorn
    rating:3.1

    Chutney Popcorn

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    When Reena (Nisha Ganatra, in her feature film debut) learns that married sister Sarita (Sakina Jaffrey) can't have a baby, she decides to play surrogate mother, but Reena's girlfriend (Jill Hennessy) worries that three might be a crowd. Themes of love, family obligations and fertility swirl through the story as Sarita grapples with her failure to conceive, and Reena's mother remains in the dark about her daughter's same-sex relationship.

    Directed by:

  • Nisha Ganatra
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Romance
    According to Greta
    rating:3.3

    According to Greta

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Dumped on her grandparents (Ellen Burstyn and Michael Murphy) for the summer by her indifferent mother (Melissa Leo), acerbic and self-destructive teenager Greta (Hilary Duff) disrupts the elderly couple's staid life on the Jersey Shore in this coming-of-age melodrama. But eventually, a romance with a charming short-order cook (Evan Ross) and the unconditional love of her grandparents help Zoe face down her demons.

    Directed by:

  • Nancy Bardawil
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    A French Gigolo
    rating:3.1

    A French Gigolo

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Josiane Balasko's part farce, part drama centers on Judith (Nathalie Baye), an entrepreneur in her 50s who gets caught in a tangle of emotions with sensitive, money-strapped prostitute Patrick (Eric Caravaca) and his cute wife, Fanny (Isabelle Carré). While financially supporting relatives in the Paris projects, Patrick begins to despair until Fanny, who has learned of her husband's secret profession, drives him back to Judith's arms and money.

    Directed by:

  • Josiane Balasko
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Mamma Mia!
    rating:3.4

    Mamma Mia!

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    On the idyllic Greek isle of Kalokairi, single mom Donna Sheridan (Meryl Streep) goes into a tizzy when her bride-to-be daughter (Amanda Seyfried), in a bid to learn her father's identity, invites three of Donna's ex-lovers to the wedding. Buoyed by the tunes of ABBA, this effervescent yarn -- a Golden Globe nominee for Best Picture (Comedy or Musical) -- also stars Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgård as the trio of potential dads.

    Directed by:

  • Phyllida Lloyd
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Jane Eyre
    rating:4.0

    Jane Eyre

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Ruth Wilson stars in the Charlotte Brontë classic about the titular governess who, resist as she may, falls in love with her employer, Edward Rochester. The moody and mysterious Rochester feels the same way, but fate tears them apart.

    Directed by:

  • Susanna White
  • rating:4.0 4.0 Average Rating

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    Music & Musicals
    Bluegrass Journey
    rating:3.5

    Bluegrass Journey

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    A treat for the eyes and ears, this musical documentary charts the history -- and captures the joyful spirit -- of bluegrass through interviews with and performances from some of the most celebrated artists of the genre. Featured acts include the Del McCoury Band, Nickel Creek, Jerry Douglas and Tim O'Brien. Fusing traditional Appalachian folk music with the energy of the blues, the timeless sound of bluegrass continues to win over new fans.

    Directed by:

  • Nancy Kennedy
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    No Doubt: Live in the Tragic Kingdom
    rating:3.4

    No Doubt: Live in the Tragic Kingdom

    1997Runtime:0 minutes
    Anaheim-based band No Doubt gets back to its roots with this lively 1997 concert filmed in their hometown. Showcasing the wildly popular rockers' extensive catalog, exuberant lead singer Gwen Stefani stays true to form, offering up a stylishly active performance. Hits from the group's highly successful debut release, "Tragic Kingdom," are largely featured, including "Just a Girl," "Don't Speak," "Spiderwebs," "Sunday Morning" and more.

    Directed by:

  • Sophie Muller
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Grace of My Heart
    rating:3.3

    Grace of My Heart

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    The daughter of a Philadelphia steel tycoon, Edna Buxton (Illeana Douglas) wants nothing more than to be a singer. She's thrilled when she wins a contract at a talent show and moves to New York City to record an album. But Edna soon finds her career -- and her relationships -- hitting one dead end after another. Matt Dillon and Eric Stoltz co-star in this poignant and intimate portrayal of the 1960s music scene.

    Directed by:

  • Allison Anders
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Luther Vandross: Journeys in Black
    rating:3.4

    Luther Vandross: Journeys in Black

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Black Entertainment Television presents a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life and work of soul singer Luther Vandross. Born in Harlem, Vandross developed a love for music after seeing performances at the Apollo Theater as a child. It was time well spent, as his inimitable rhythm and blues vocal stylings have become the "sound of love" for more than 20 years.

    Directed by:

  • Stephanie Frederic
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Faith & Spirituality
    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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    The Prince of Egypt
    rating:3.7

    The Prince of Egypt

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    Born into slavery and cast adrift on the Nile to escape mass genocide, Moses (voiced by Val Kilmer) is reared as the son of Pharaoh Seti (Patrick Stewart) and stepbrother of Ramses (Ralph Fiennes). When Moses learns of his true ancestry, he retreats to the desert, where he answers God's call and accepts his destiny: to lead the Hebrews out of slavery and into freedom. DreamWorks's animated film scored an Oscar for Best Song ("When You Believe").

    Directed by:

  • Brenda Chapman
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Heaven Ain't Hard to Find
    rating:3.6

    Heaven Ain't Hard to Find

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Clifton Powell, Kym Whitley, Andre Pitre and Tasha Taylor co-star in this inspiring tale about a close-knit black community that rallies to restore a crumbling Baptist church that's haunted by the spirits of three sisters. But while the friendly ghosts have hung around to ensure that the once-glorious church rises again, a greedy land developer is ready to tear it down so he can pounce on the property.

    Directed by:

  • Neema Barnette
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    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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    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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