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Foreign
Mutum
rating:3.3

Mutum

2007Runtime:0 minutes
Born into a family scrabbling out a rough existence on their farm in rural Brazil, sensitive 10-year-old Thiago (Thiago da Silva Mariz) tries to make sense of the growing rifts between the adults around him in this lyrical coming-of-age drama. Suffering from his father's abuse and the unhappiness between his parents, Thiago turns to his brother, Felipe (Wallison Felipe Leal Barroso), for insight into their emotionally chaotic world.

Directed by:

  • Sandra Kogut
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    My Tehran For Sale
    rating:4.0

    My Tehran For Sale

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    At a rave, Marzieh (Marzieh Vafamehr), an actress whose work is banned by the Iranian government, meets Saman (Amir Chegini), an artist who escaped such oppression by emigrating to Australia. When Saman proposes, Marzieh dreams of the freedom she'll find in his adopted home country. But fate seems to work against the couple, forcing Marzieh to decide how far she'll go for artistic liberty. Asha Mehrabi and Mobina Karimi co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Granaz Moussavi
  • rating:4.0 4.0 Average Rating

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    The Gleaners and I
    rating:3.6

    The Gleaners and I

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    Inspired by Jean-François Millet's famous painting "Les Glaneuses," filmmaker Agnes Varda strikes out with just a hand-held digital camera in search of the modern equivalent of Millet's grain field gleaners. She finds her quarry at dumpsters, outdoor markets and roadsides across France. Varda's no-holds-barred documentary about scavengers and recyclers is an insouciant treat from beginning to end, with an unexpectedly obtuse perspective.

    Directed by:

  • Agnès Varda
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    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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    Comedy
    Enlightenment Guaranteed
    rating:4.1

    Enlightenment Guaranteed

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    When his wife and children unexpectedly walk out on him, Uwe (Uwe Ochsenknecht) decides to join his brother Gustav (Gustav-Peter Wohler), a struggling feng shui consultant, on a pilgrimage from Munich to Japan, where Gustav hopes to find enlightenment as a guest in a Buddhist monastery. The plot thickens when, after a night of hard drinking, they get lost in the streets of Tokyo, temporarily derailing their search for serenity.

    Directed by:

  • Doris Dörrie
  • rating:4.1 4.1 Average Rating

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    Very Annie Mary
    rating:3.1

    Very Annie Mary

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Despite being over 30, Annie Mary (Rachel Griffiths) is still living at home with her father, Jack (Jonathan Pryce). When her father has a stroke, Annie Mary must run the family bakery, even when she finds out that one of her dearest friends, Bethan (Joanna Page), has a terminal illness. Desperate to fulfill Bethan's lifelong wish of going to Disneyland, Annie Mary sets out to win a talent show with her newly formed pop group.

    Directed by:

  • Sara Sugarman
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Ciao, Professore!
    rating:3.6

    Ciao, Professore!

    1993Runtime:0 minutes
    In director Lina Wertmüller's upbeat comedy, Marco Sperelli (Paolo Villaggio) -- a priggish upper-class teacher from northern Italy -- is mistakenly assigned to a tumbledown school in an impoverished village near Naples. But upon arriving, he finds most of his students hustling on the streets to earn money for their families -- and before you can say "school of hard knocks," Sperelli becomes the pupil as the kids tutor him about life's realities.

    Directed by:

  • Lina Wertmuller
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Mixed Nuts
    rating:3.1

    Mixed Nuts

    1994Runtime:0 minutes
    Nora Ephron helmed this zany comedy about dysfunctional people, the yuletide and a serial killer at large. Steve Martin stars as Philip, who runs a suicide-prevention hotline staffed by tetchy Mrs. Munchnik (Madeline Kahn) and lovesick Catherine (Rita Wilson). After getting an eviction order on Christmas Eve, the counselors think they've hit bottom -- till they cross paths with an array of wackos, including a psycho St. Nick (Anthony LaPaglia).

    Directed by:

  • Nora Ephron
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Music & Musicals
    Sesame Street: Elmo Visits the Doctor
    rating:3.1

    Sesame Street: Elmo Visits the Doctor

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    When upbeat Muppet Elmo comes down with a nasty cold, it's time for his very first trip to the doctor's office -- but the fuzzy red monster needs some reassurance from his friends to get over his fears. This musical journey helps prepare preschoolers for a visit to the pediatrician through catchy songs and animated and live-action segments that cover the basics, including check-ups, medical implements and even proper hygiene.

    Directed by:

  • Eva Saks
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    All We Are Saying
    rating:3.3

    All We Are Saying

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Actress and filmmaker Rosanna Arquette takes a deep look into the art and business of contemporary music in this illuminating documentary featuring conversations with dozens of iconic artists who discuss their inspirations, balancing life and art, and the state of the music industry today. Musicians include Chrissie Hynde, Peter Gabriel, David Crosby, Iggy Pop, Yoko Ono, Annie Lennox, Sting, Joni Mitchell, Steven Tyler, Marilyn Manson and more.

    Directed by:

  • Rosanna Arquette
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Latin Music USA
    rating:3.2

    Latin Music USA

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    In this PBS documentary, host Jimmy Smits is your guide through the history and influence of Latino music in America, from the mambo clubs of the mid-20th century to the Latin pop explosion that kicked off the new millennium. The film relates the stories of salsa great Marc Anthony, Texas conjunto maestro Flaco Jiménez, pop songstress Linda Rondstadt and many others, while bringing light to the significance of this music in American culture.

    Directed by:

  • Elizabeth Deane
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Air Guitar Nation
    rating:3.5

    Air Guitar Nation

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    If your bedroom has become too small a stage for your air guitar antics, take inspiration from the competitors featured here as they battle their way from the inaugural U.S. Air Guitar Championship to the world championship in Oulu, Finland. Along the way, filmmaker Alexandra Lipsitz documents the fierce rivalries that develop as would-be rock legends vie for top honors in technical accuracy, stage presence and "airness."

    Directed by:

  • Alexandra Lipsitz
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Television
    Legion of Super Heroes: Vol. 2
    rating:3.6

    Legion of Super Heroes: Vol. 2

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Young Clark Kent, who hasn't yet grown into his full powers, travels to the future to help a group of junior superheroes in these episodes of the animated series. Tasked with saving the universe, the kids are often hampered by their own inexperience. But armed with good intentions, the undisciplined and unpredictable Brainiac 5, Bouncing Boy, Saturn Girl and Clark aim to do their best in the battle against evildoers.

    Directed by:

  • Ben Jones
  • Tim Maltby
  • Lauren Montgomery
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    My Big Fat Greek Life: The Entire Series
    rating:3.1

    My Big Fat Greek Life: The Entire Series

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Nia Vardalos stars in this sitcom inspired by the film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," as lovable Nia and her charming WASP husband, Ian (Steven Eckholdt), return from their honeymoon and embark on newlywed life alongside Nia's traditional Greek family. This collection includes all seven episodes of the short-lived television series, which pokes fun at extended family and the couple's attempts to adjust to married life.

    Directed by:

  • Peter Bonerz
  • Pamela Fryman
  • Gail Mancuso
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Horseland: Season 2
    rating:3.6

    Horseland: Season 2

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    In the further adventures of the animals and humans of Horseland, a wild horse tempts Aztec with tales of freedom, a blind girl brings inspiration to the stables, the girls cope with the loss of a beloved pet, and more.

    Directed by:

  • Karen Hyden
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Catherine Cookson's The Glass Virgin
    rating:3.8

    Catherine Cookson's The Glass Virgin

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    When wealthy socialite Annabella Lagrange learns that her real mother is a madam at the local brothel, she flees the family estate with a childhood friend, and the two begin a new life in the working-class world.

    Directed by:

  • Sarah Hellings
  • 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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