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Independent
Love and Mary
rating:3.4

Love and Mary

2007Runtime:0 minutes
After a bad review imperils her upscale bake shop, Mary plans to take her fiancé, Brent, back to Texas, with the hope of scoring some cash from the engagement party. But an outbreak of hives forces Mary to take Brent's jailbird twin, Jake, instead.

Directed by:

  • Elizabeth Harrison
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    I'll Take You There
    rating:3.1

    I'll Take You There

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Adrienne Shelly directs and co-stars in this offbeat comedy about Bill (Reg Rogers), a man whose wife just ran off with his best friend. Trying to help, Bill's sister sets him up with Bernice (Ally Sheedy), an odd woman who takes their blind date in an unsettling direction. While Bill tries to make it clear that Bernice isn't his type, she grows increasingly obsessive and forces him to take a bizarre journey with her.

    Directed by:

  • Adrienne Shelly
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Little Miss Sunshine
    rating:3.7

    Little Miss Sunshine

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Convinced their little Olive (Abigail Breslin) is beauty queen material, parents Richard (Greg Kinnear) and Sheryl (Toni Collette) load the rest of the family into a van and embark on a life-altering road trip to a California pageant. Richard pushes Olive to win while her silent brother (Paul Dano), depressed uncle (Steve Carell) and nursing-home reject grandpa (Alan Arkin, in an Oscar-winning role) add their own quirks to the mix.

    Directed by:

  • Jonathan Dayton
  • Valerie Faris
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    The Sea Change
    rating:3.6

    The Sea Change

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Having endured a dreadful upbringing spent in foster homes and institutions, Nikki (Natalie Press) sets out to murder the birth mother (Janet McTeer) who abandoned her. But while carrying out her plan, Nikki meets a likable half brother (Colin Morgan) who drastically alters her outlook. Based on the novel Island by Jane Rogers, this psychological drama captures the tension of Nikki's internal struggle as she's torn between revenge and redemption.

    Directed by:

  • Elizabeth Mitchell
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Foreign
    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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    A Very Special Love
    rating:3.4

    A Very Special Love

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    In a harmless ploy to be closer to the man of her dreams -- magazine tycoon Miggy Montenegro (John Lloyd Cruz) -- Laida (Sarah Geronimo) lands a job as his assistant, but quickly discovers that he's a far cry from the Prince Charming she envisioned. Directed by Cathy Garcia Molina, this lighthearted romantic comedy also stars Dante Rivero, Rowell Santiago, Johnny Revilla, Bing Pimental and Daphne Oseña-Paez.

    Directed by:

  • Cathy Garcia-Molina
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    My Father's Guests
    rating:3.4

    My Father's Guests

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Contemporary family manners are taken to the limit when widowed father Lucien (Michel Aumont) tells his children that he plans to take in some foreign refugees but doesn't add that he's just married one of them: the young and sultry Tatiana (Veronica Novak). Lucien's kids do their best to accommodate the old man and his progressive principles, but sequential surprises from dad push them toward the breaking point.

    Directed by:

  • Anne Le Ny
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Bagong Buwan / Eskapo
    rating:3.4

    Bagong Buwan / Eskapo

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Political imprisonment of the 1970s and modern-day religious conflict are the focal points of this double feature. Cesar Montano headlines Bagong Buwan as a non-violent Muslim swept up in Mindanao's religious conflict when a shocking tragedy strikes his family. In Eskapo, Serge Osmeña and Geny Lopez star as Richard Gomez and Christopher de Leon, the true-life political prisoners who escape from a Filipino maximum-security prison in 1977.

    Directed by:

  • Marilou Diaz-Abaya
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Gay & Lesbian
    Boys Don't Cry
    rating:3.6

    Boys Don't Cry

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Based on actual events, director Kimberly Peirce's powerful, often harrowing drama stars Hilary Swank (in an Oscar-winning performance) as Brandon Teena, a transgender young man searching for love and acceptance in a small Midwestern town. But even as he forges a deep connection with local beauty Lana (Chloë Sevigny), the prejudices of the community threaten to doom the fledgling romance.

    Directed by:

  • Kimberly Peirce
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Paris Was a Woman
    rating:3.2

    Paris Was a Woman

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    Between the World Wars, Paris was the world's artistic capital, attracting cultural titans like Gertrude Stein and others. Through home movies and intimate storytelling, this documentary re-creates the mood of this unique female artistic community.

    Directed by:

  • Greta Schiller
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Fest Selects: Best Lesbian Shorts: Vol. 1
    rating:3.6

    Fest Selects: Best Lesbian Shorts: Vol. 1

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    From the high price of dildos in Kate Brandt's "Tools 4 Fools" to an apocalyptic break-up rendered hysterically funny in Chris Russo's "25 Random Things I Did During My Big Fat Lesbian Depression," these shorts depict life from a lesbian perspective.

    Directed by:

  • Kate A. Brandt
  • Erik Gernand
  • Gina Hirsch
  • Jenifer Malmqvist
  • Meredith Scott Lynn
  • Gianna Sobol
  • P. David Ebersole
  • Christine J. Russo
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Better Than Chocolate
    rating:3.4

    Better Than Chocolate

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Scant hours before her uptight mother (Wendy Crewson) and brother move in with her, Maggie (Karyn Dwyer) meets the woman of her dreams (Christina Cox). Though Mom is oblivious to her daughter's sexual orientation, it's a tough thing to hide in close quarters. Meanwhile, Maggie's transgender friend (Peter Outerbridge) falls in love with the owner of the lesbian bookstore where Maggie works. Anne Wheeler directed this sexy romp about love and lust.

    Directed by:

  • Anne Wheeler
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Sci-Fi & Fantasy
    The Adventures of Prince Achmed
    rating:3.6

    The Adventures of Prince Achmed

    1926Runtime:0 minutes
    Considered by many to be the first full-length animated film, the story of Lotte Reiniger's mesmerizing work is taken from &NFi;The Arabian Nights&NFi_;. A young prince named Achmed embarks on a series of great adventures, including uniting with Aladdin and the Witch of the Fiery Mountains to save a beautiful princess. Produced in Germany, this color-tinted film utilizes laboriously cut out silhouettes to tell its story.

    Directed by:

  • Lotte Reiniger
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Big
    rating:3.8

    Big

    1988Runtime:0 minutes
    Penny Marshall directs this whimsical comedy in which 12-year-old Josh yearns to be a grown-up, and when he makes that wish at a Coney Island fortunetelling machine, he awakens the next morning as a 30-year-old man (Tom Hanks). Josh lands a job at a Manhattan toy company, where his child's-eye view helps him climb the ranks -- but he finds himself pining for all he left behind, despite the attention of a beautiful co-worker (Elizabeth Perkins).

    Directed by:

  • Penny Marshall
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Tank Girl
    rating:3.2

    Tank Girl

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    In the year 2033, a comet has turned Earth into a rainless wasteland, and a mega-corporation controls all of the remaining water. In an attempt to end the evil reign of the company's CEO (Malcolm McDowell), Rebecca (Lori Petty) and her shy friend (Naomi Watts) hijack a stolen tank and jet -- at once becoming Tank Girl and Jet Girl. But if they want to save the world, the super-heroines will need help from a mutant race of kangaroo-humans.

    Directed by:

  • Rachel Talalay
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    The Preacher's Wife
    rating:3.3

    The Preacher's Wife

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    When God overhears a church preacher (Courtney B. Vance) despairing the potential loss of a youth center, he dispatches an angel (Denzel Washington) to help him out. Trouble is, the preacher isn't easily convinced that his guardian angel is the real thing. An inspired reworking of the uplifting 1940s movie The Bishop's Wife, The Preacher's Wife stars Washington and Whitney Houston at their dazzling best.

    Directed by:

  • Penny Marshall
  • 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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