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In the Mirror of Maya Deren
rating:3.4

In the Mirror of Maya Deren

2002Runtime:0 minutes
Director Martina Kudlacek gives motion picture pioneer Maya Deren her just due in this fascinating documentary, establishing her superlative contributions to film editing, cinematography and art. In the 1940s, dancer-writer Deren made her mark in the film world with her groundbreaking avant-garde movies. This biographical portrait is a must-see for film buffs looking to expand their cinematic knowledge.

Directed by:

  • Martina Kudlacek
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum
    rating:3.5

    The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum

    1975Runtime:0 minutes
    A night spent with a suspected terrorist is the catalyst for a smear campaign against the otherwise unimportant Katharina Blum (Angelina Winkler). Katharina's life unravels as both the police and the news media strip her of all her dignity and sanity in this shocking attack on power abuse and yellow journalism. Directed by Volker Schlondorff and Margarethe von Trotta, this 1975 German film is based on an equally menacing novel by Heinrich Boll.

    Directed by:

  • Volker Schlondorff
  • Margarethe von Trotta
  • rating:3.5 3.5 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.

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  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Chevolution
    rating:3.7

    Chevolution

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    This intriguing documentary charts the history of photographer Alberto Korda's iconic portrait of Argentinean revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, from the moment the picture was taken to its spread as an international symbol of rebellion. Using archival footage, filmmakers Trisha Ziff and Luis Lopez take a fascinating look at how a single image helped galvanize a generation of counterculturists.

    Directed by:

  • Trisha Ziff
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Horror
    Temptation
    rating:3.2

    Temptation

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    When Isabel (Caroline Haines) is brutally attacked by a serial rapist on her way home from a night out with friends, a female vampire named Aurelie (Rachel Waters) swoops in to save her with a drop of blood that turns her from death to immortal life. But Isabel then has only two days to decide whether she wants to live her newly resurrected life as a vampire. Catherine Taylor directs; Laura Evans and Damian Morter co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Catherine Taylor
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Pet Sematary 2
    rating:3.1

    Pet Sematary 2

    1992Runtime:0 minutes
    Having moved to a different town to start a new life, 13-year-old Jeff and his new friend Drew discover a strange Indian burial ground. After burying Drew's dog in the cemetery, they realize they've unleashed a deadly evil that can't be stopped.

    Directed by:

  • Mary Lambert
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Spellbinder
    rating:3.1

    Spellbinder

    1988Runtime:0 minutes
    When he saves young, homeless Miranda (Kelly Preston) from her abusive boyfriend, ruthless attorney Jeff Reed (Tim Daly) learns that until recently, the gorgeous girl was part of a coven of witches -- but he takes her under his wing (and into his bed) anyway. But soon, Jeff discovers that the coven has plans to make Miranda their next human sacrifice, and they don't intend to let a lawyer stand in their way.

    Directed by:

  • Janet Greek
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Ravenous
    rating:3.4

    Ravenous

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    In 19th-century California, a band of misfit soldiers at an army outpost led by Capt. John Boyd (Guy Pearce) receives the badly injured Colqhoun (Robert Carlyle), who tells them horrific tales of resorting to cannibalism to stay alive when his group became stranded. Already teetering on the brink of madness from isolation in the Sierra Nevada wilderness, the men are sent over the edge when they attempt to investigate Colqhoun's claims.

    Directed by:

  • Antonia Bird
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Gay & Lesbian
    Little Man
    rating:3.5

    Little Man

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Turning the camera lens on her own life, lesbian filmmaker Nicole Conn captures the heart-wrenching process of having a surrogate child with her life partner, political activist Gwen Baba, only to have the baby be born 100 days too early. Weighing just 1 pound with a heart the size of a cashew, the tiny infant Nicholas fights valiantly for his own survival while his parents fight to keep their commitment alive.

    Directed by:

  • Nicole Conn
  • rating:3.5 3.5 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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    Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me
    rating:3.9

    Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    In her Emmy-nominated comedy special for HBO (filmed at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C.), Wanda Sykes brings her take-no-prisoners comedy style to bear on Barack Obama's presidency, Republican tea parties and the inhuman torture that is bikini waxing. Whether she's sharing true stories about her interracial lesbian marriage or doing hard time as a performer on a gay cruise, Sykes is frequently abrasive -- and fearlessly funny.

    Directed by:

  • Beth McCarthy-Miller
  • rating:3.9 3.9 Average Rating

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    Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family
    rating:3.1

    Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Shot over an eight-year span, filmmaker Susan Kaplan's absorbing documentary follows the domestic struggles of three consenting adults: bisexuals Sam Cagnina and Steven Margolin and their live-in straight partner, Samantha Singh. After building an unconventional life together, the threesome decides to conceive a child, which changes the emotional dynamics and sets the stage for -- ironically -- degeneration into traditional family dysfunction.

    Directed by:

  • Susan Kaplan
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Faith & Spirituality
    The Jews: A People's History
    rating:3.1

    The Jews: A People's History

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Exploring 4,000 years in the history of the Jews -- from their ancient roots in the Middle East all the way to modern-day Judaism -- this exhaustivedocumentary weaves stories from the past and present to reveal a rich tapestry of Jewish identity. Seeking to represent the diversity of the Jewish people, director Nina Koshofer's ambitious film spotlights Jews both rich and poor, famed and obscure.

    Directed by:

  • Nina Koshofer
  • Sabine Klauser
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Be Still
    rating:3.5

    Be Still

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    In an age in which multitasking has become second nature, the idea of being "still" almost seems luxurious. Yet achieving stillness through Christian prayer is a spiritually rewarding practice that can change your life forever. In this inspirational program narrated by actor Judge Reinhold and co-directed by his wife, Amy, noted authors, ministers and educators discuss the techniques of contemplative prayer.

    Directed by:

  • David Kirkpatrick
  • Amy Reinhold
  • rating:3.5 3.5 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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    Iron Jawed Angels
    rating:3.9

    Iron Jawed Angels

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    From 1912 to 1920, a group of fiery young suffragettes led by Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and Lucy Burns (Frances O'Connor) band together to wheedle the United States into adapting a Constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. Along the way, they incur the wrath of President Woodrow Wilson (Bob Gunton) and anger other suffragette leaders (Anjelica Huston and Lois Smith). Directed by Katja von Garnier.

    Directed by:

  • Katja von Garnier
  • rating:3.9 3.9 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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