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Romance
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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    W.E.
    rating:3.1

    W.E.

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    This glossy ensemble drama juxtaposes the lives of famous divorcée Wallis Simpson and Wally Winthrop, a young 1990s housewife. Wally yearns to have a romance as dramatic as Wallis's but soon discovers that history can be misleading.

    Directed by:

  • Madonna
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    The Promise
    rating:3.1

    The Promise

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    Just after the construction of the Berlin Wall, five friends attempted to escape to West Germany. Sophie (Corinna Harfouch) made it; her beloved Konrad (August Zirner) did not. For the next three decades, Konrad uses his position as a prominent scientist to try to meet with Sophie. There is little, however, that escapes the watchful eye of East Germany's secret police, the Stasi, and Konrad and Sophie will pay with their lives if they're caught.

    Directed by:

  • Margarethe von Trotta
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    All About You
    rating:3.4

    All About You

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Heartbroken that her boyfriend is planning a future without her, Nicole relocates to San Francisco to make a fresh start. After moving in with her best friend, Nicole unexpectedly ends up sharing living space with a man -- and they soon fall in love.

    Directed by:

  • Christine Swanson
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Documentary
    Shut Up & Sing
    rating:3.8

    Shut Up & Sing

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Directed by Barbara Kopple (of Harlan County, U.S.A. fame), this documentary centers on country music's The Dixie Chicks and their nationwide vilification over critical statements they made about President Bush in 2003. Over a three-year period, the singers went from darlings of the industry to political targets, receiving constant death threats and being demonized by the national media and denounced by their fans. Cecilia Peck co-directs.

    Directed by:

  • Cecilia Peck
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Body of War
    rating:3.7

    Body of War

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Tomas Young left for Iraq a gung-ho soldier. He returned home paralyzed, struggling to deal with his physical limitations and his changing feelings about the war. This eye-opening documentary looks at the raging debate over the war in Iraq through the eyes of this courageous young hero who signed up for the military two days after Sept. 11, only to be sent to Iraq where a bullet shattered his life physically and emotionally.

    Directed by:

  • Phil Donahue
  • Ellen Spiro
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Garbage Dreams
    rating:4.0

    Garbage Dreams

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Teens Adham, Nabil and Osama are forced to find new ways to support themselves and their families when their jobs as under-compensated garbage collectors are replaced in director Mai Iskander's documentary. Born and raised in Mokottom -- aka "Garbage City" in Cairo -- the boys had little choice but to join the Zaballeen, who've cleaned up the city for 100-plus years. But foreign contractors are disrupting all they've ever known.

    Directed by:

  • Mai Iskander
  • rating:4.0 4.0 Average Rating

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    The Meaning of Food
    rating:3.3

    The Meaning of Food

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    So many cultural and religious celebrations center on food, but how did this come to be? Discover the rich and varied history of American dining in this three-episode series that has filmmakers sitting at the table with guests from across the country who bring to the discussion opinions and experiences informed by their own cultural expectations. What results is a fascinating documentary that leaves viewers with (pun intended!) much to digest.

    Directed by:

  • Maria Gargiulo
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Anime & Animation
    Martha Speaks: Martha Says It with Flowers
    rating:3.7

    Martha Speaks: Martha Says It with Flowers

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    After eating a bowl of alphabet soup, Martha the dog finds that she can talk to her 10-year-old owner in this animated series that helps kids learn vocabulary. In these episodes, Martha awakens one morning unable to stop singing.

    Directed by:

  • Colleen Holub
  • rating:3.7 3.7 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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    Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Chipmunk Adventure
    rating:3.9

    Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Chipmunk Adventure

    1987Runtime:0 minutes
    Everyone's favorite trio of talking rodents -- mischief-makers Alvin, Simon and Theodore -- are featured in this theatrical animated adventure that puts them in an around-the-world hot-air balloon race. When Alvin enters the chipmunks in the race that pits them against the Chipettes, the boys could take home $100,000 if they win. But unbeknownst to the high-flying chipmunks, they've become accomplices in an ingenious jewel-smuggling plot.

    Directed by:

  • Janice Karman
  • rating:3.9 3.9 Average Rating

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    Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade
    rating:3.5

    Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Fans of the Recess gang can follow along as the kids graduate from the 4th grade to the 5th grade. Join in their joy and laughter with these adventures full of hilarious twists and turns, lessons about meeting new friends and the very fun business of growing up! This video includes a bonus feature showcasing the premiere episodes of the series.

    Directed by:

  • Howy Parkins
  • Brenda Piluso
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Gay & Lesbian
    Sissyboy
    rating:3.2

    Sissyboy

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Follow the improbable rise of Portland-based drag troupe Sissyboy, which, for more than three years, infused its members with pride and a sense of possibility while serving its fans cutting-edge social commentary. In this documentary, Sissyboy members, known for testing the boundaries of good taste, talk about the acceptance they felt as part of the troupe and how this unconventional art movement changed their lives.

    Directed by:

  • Katie Turinski
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Stranger Inside
    rating:3.3

    Stranger Inside

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Treasure Lee (Yolonda Ross) is a bad girl on the move ... out of "juvenile" and into the state penitentiary. There, she befriends Brownie (Davenia McFadden), a lifer who deals drugs, using an extended family of loyal girls who swear their undying allegiance to the cell-block mama. But Brownie's charisma shields a malevolence that just might put Treasure in harm's way.

    Directed by:

  • Cheryl Dunye
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    I Can't Marry You
    rating:3.2

    I Can't Marry You

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Helmed by Catherine Gray and narrated by Betty DeGeneres -- mother of lesbian celebrity Ellen DeGeneres -- this hourlong documentary tackles the controversial topic of gay marriage in the United States. Via interviews with civil-rights attorney Evan Wolfson and 20 same-sex couples, the film chronicles their struggles against religious opposition and homophobia -- issues not faced by their heterosexual counterparts.

    Directed by:

  • Catherine Gray
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Hannah Free
    rating:3.5

    Hannah Free

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    One of them is a free-thinking butch lesbian, the other a married homemaker -- together, they've managed to sustain a decades-long love affair that's transcended time and place in this drama from helmer Wendy Jo Carlton. Sharon Gless -- a gay icon since her "Cagney & Lacey" days -- plays the "out" partner, Hannah, and Maureen Gallagher plays her married and now-comatose best friend and lover, Rachel, in this film based on a play by Claudia Allen.

    Directed by:

  • Wendy Jo Carlton
  • rating:3.5 3.5 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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