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The Life and Death of Owen Hart
rating:3.4

The Life and Death of Owen Hart

1999Runtime:0 minutes
This documentary profiles professional wrestler Owen Hart (younger brother of WWF star Bret Hart), whose life and career with the World Wrestling Federation were cut short via tragic means -- a fatal accident during a live pay-per-view stunt. While Owen was attempting to swing down from the rafters of a Kansas City arena, his safety harness failed, and he fell 75 feet to his death in front of masses of horrified fans.

Directed by:

  • Sally Blake
  • rating:3.4 3.4 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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    All in This Tea
    rating:3.7

    All in This Tea

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Few people know the fascinating history of tea growing and making. This intriguing documentary aims to change that by following renowned tea importer David Lee Hoffman as he scours the far-flung corners of China to find the richest teas on earth. Tea making is an art and tradition that goes back generations in the East, and Hoffman makes it his goal to bring to the rest of the world the exquisite teas produced by struggling small farmers.

    Directed by:

  • Les Blank
  • Gina Leibrecht
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Chop Cut Rebuild: Mustang Mystique
    rating:3.2

    Chop Cut Rebuild: Mustang Mystique

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Witness the modern-day assembly of a 1967 Mustang using brand new parts, and learn the remarkable history behind this iconic roadster, including its closely guarded development process, groundbreaking debut and gradual evolution over the years. Full of interesting facts and entertaining stories, this automotive program also includes rare Mustang commercials and archival footage that dates back to the 1960s.

    Directed by:

  • Megan Waters
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Music & Musicals
    The Naked Brothers Band: Battle of the Bands
    rating:3.2

    The Naked Brothers Band: Battle of the Bands

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    In this special episode of the popular Nickelodeon series, Nat, Alex and the rest of the group enter into a charity-sponsored band competition and find themselves taking on Bobby Lowe and the L.A. Surfers, one of the coolest bands around. If that weren't bad enough, now Nat has learned that the love of his life, Rosalina (Allie DiMeco), is falling for dreamboat Bobby, a situation that Bobby plans to exploit to the fullest for the competition.

    Directed by:

  • Polly Draper
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser
    rating:3.4

    Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser

    1988Runtime:0 minutes
    Madness and genius are often inexplicably intertwined, as was the case with brilliant jazz pianist Thelonious Monk, who spent his last years living as a virtual hermit. Straight, No Chaser's archival footage only hints at the madness to come. Interviews with Monk's family and collaborators complement footage shot in 1968 for German television in this music-filled portrait of talent and torment.

    Directed by:

  • Charlotte Zwerin
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    James Taylor: Live at the Beacon Theatre
    rating:3.3

    James Taylor: Live at the Beacon Theatre

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    Grammy-winning singer-songwriter James Taylor performs his greatest hits and personal favorites in this concert, which was recorded live at New York City's Beacon Theatre in 1998. Featured are 25 songs, including "Your Smiling Face," "Shower the People," "How Sweet It Is," "Fire and Rain," You've Got a Friend," "Mexico" and "Handy Man." Also includes music videos and an interview with the endearing -- and enduring -- musician.

    Directed by:

  • Beth McCarthy
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Prokofiev: War and Peace
    rating:3.5

    Prokofiev: War and Peace

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Soprano Olga Gouriakova sings the role of Natacha, while Nathan Gunn lends his lush baritone to the part of André in this Paris National Opera production of composer Sergei Prokofiev's interpretation of the literary classic War and Peace. Written as Adolf Hitler's Nazis were invading Prokofiev's Russian homeland, the story's themes take on added weight in an opera heavy with emotion. Maestro Gary Bertini conducts the orchestra and chorus.

    Directed by:

  • Francesca Zambello
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Gay & Lesbian
    Tomboy
    rating:4.1

    Tomboy

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    Uncomfortable living as a girl, 10-year-old Laure decides to spend her childhood as Michael. When Michael's family moves to rural France, the child wins friends and comes to understand the complexities of gender.

    Directed by:

  • rating:4.1 4.1 Average Rating

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    Trevor
    rating:3.6

    Trevor

    1994Runtime:0 minutes
    Knowing for certain that he's gay doesn't make it any easier for Trevor (Brett Barsky) to accept it. So when his classmates find out that he has a crush on another boy, it pushes Trevor to the end of his rope in this Academy Award-winning live-action short. Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres introduces this pensive film from director Peggy Rajski and writer James Lecesne, which examines the harsh realties of teen sexuality.

    Directed by:

  • Peggy Rajski
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    When Night Is Falling
    rating:3.5

    When Night Is Falling

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    A professor at a Christian college, Camille (Pascale Bussières) enjoys a conventional life with her minister fiancé, Martin (Henry Czerny). But when reserved Camille meets free-spirited circus acrobat Petra (Rachael Crawford), her conservative life takes a sensuous left turn. With Petra, Camille begins an erotic adventure of self-discovery and finds herself emotionally teetering between the forbidden and the familiar.

    Directed by:

  • Patricia Rozema
  • rating:3.5 3.5 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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    Foreign
    Mr. and Mrs. Iyer
    rating:3.8

    Mr. and Mrs. Iyer

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    Mrs. Iyer is traveling by bus to Calcutta to be with her husband. But a flare-up between Hindus and Muslim extremists closes the roads, and a curfew descends. While the riders are trapped on the bus, a gang of Hindus boards to ferret out any Muslims. Mrs. Iyer was brought up to believe that Muslims were inferior, but during the journey, she comes to realize that it's who a person is, not their religions, that's the defining factor.

    Directed by:

  • Aparna Sen
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Swept Away
    rating:3.1

    Swept Away

    1974Runtime:0 minutes
    A shipwreck lands a fiery upper-class Italian woman (Mariangela Melato) and her fetching yacht hand (Giancarlo Giannini) on a deserted island, where the absence of other distractions leads to heated discussion about politics, economics, race and gender. Their opposing views eventually lead to passion, but upon rescue, they must face the harsh realities of a society in which class makes all the difference.

    Directed by:

  • Lina Wertmuller
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Shadow Magic
    rating:3.6

    Shadow Magic

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Ann Hu's arthouse drama tells the story of Raymond, an itinerant Englishman (Jared Harris) who is the first to bring motion pictures to China. While conservatives frown upon the Western invention, the images are a marvel to peasants and royalty alike. Raymond's hand-cranked projector casts images that all at once threaten and amaze the Chinese audience, many of whom have a difficult time reconciling technology and tradition.

    Directed by:

  • Ann Hu
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Snow
    rating:3.6

    Snow

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Struggling to make ends meet in Yugoslavia shortly after the brutal civil war that raged there in the 1990s, a community of women faces economic ruin even as they mourn the deaths of their husbands and fathers who were killed during the conflict. Their fortunes change when a hotel developer offers to buy their land, but if they sell, will they be surrendering their memories and souls as well? Aida Begic directs this provocative drama.

    Directed by:

  • Aida Begic
  • 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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