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Documentary
Darfur Diaries
rating:3.4

Darfur Diaries

2006Runtime:0 minutes
Leaving thousands dead and homeless, the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region raged for years before the world intervened. This documentary provides a record of the events through the voices of refugees, women and children. Chosen by Amnesty International as an educational tool for its members, the film provides a historical and cultural context through which to understand the current political and humanitarian crisis.

Directed by:

  • Aisha Bain
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire
    rating:3.9

    Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    As Europeans worked to extend their reach across the globe, the people of Japan were decidedly isolationist. This documentary spotlights 16th- and 17th-century Japan as seen through the eyes of the samurai, the artist, the foreigner and many others.

    Directed by:

  • Lyn Goldfarb
  • Deborah Ann DeSnoo
  • rating:3.9 3.9 Average Rating

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    The Best of the Real West
    rating:3.5

    The Best of the Real West

    1992Runtime:0 minutes
    The myths, legends and realities of the Old West come alive in "The Real West" with Kenny Rogers. Through authentic diaries, paintings, photos and expert commentary, this History Channel series reawakens the adventure of our most fabled era.

    Directed by:

  • Donna E. Lusitana
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    The World Within
    rating:3.1

    The World Within

    1990Runtime:0 minutes
    Influential Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung riffs on the images from his own subconscious in these rarely seen interviews based on his famed Red Book, in which the renowned thinker kept a record of his dreams and fantasies. Jung also extemporizes on memory, archetypal figures and the importance of ritual. Bonus features include "Remembering Jung," a 20-minute collection of Jung reminiscences from British writer Laurens Vander Post.

    Directed by:

  • Suzanne Wagner
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Children & Family
    What a Girl Wants
    rating:3.4

    What a Girl Wants

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    An American girl, Daphne (Amanda Bynes), heads to Europe in search of the father she's never met. But instead of finding a British version of her bohemian mother (Kelly Preston), she learns the love of her mom's life is an uptight politician (Colin Firth). The only problem now is that her long-lost dad is engaged to a fiercely territorial social climber (Anna Chancellor) with a daughter (Christina Cole) who makes Daphne's life miserable.

    Directed by:

  • Dennie Gordon
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Nim's Island
    rating:3.6

    Nim's Island

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    When the young island-dwelling Nim (Abigail Breslin) loses contact with her scientist father (Gerard Butler) who's lost at sea, she reaches out to her favorite author (Jodie Foster) for help. Problem is, the writer -- of adventure stories, no less -- is a recluse who hasn't left her house in years. Can the agoraphobic author summon the same courage she's instilled in the hero of her novels in time to rescue her biggest fan?

    Directed by:

  • Jennifer Flackett
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front
    rating:3.7

    Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    In 1944 America, the McIntire family -- like the rest of the country -- is learning to cope with the changes brought about by a world at war. For young Molly (Maya Ritter), this means learning to get along without her father. Exhibiting the plucky spirit fans of the American Girl books and dolls have come to love, Molly does what anyone would do in the face of adversity: organize a dance contest! Molly Ringwald co-stars as Molly's mother.

    Directed by:

  • Joyce Chopra
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Old Enough
    rating:3.8

    Old Enough

    1983Runtime:0 minutes
    Twelve-year-old Lonnie (Sarah Boyd) lives in a wealthy New York neighborhood and is curious upon meeting Karen (Rainbow Harvest), a working-class teen who seems very different from her. The girls begin an unlikely yet meaningful friendship in this wry, tender comedy. Along with Karen's boisterous older brother, the girls spend the summer discovering who they really are. Alyssa Milano co-stars in her feature film debut.

    Directed by:

  • Marisa Silver
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Foreign
    108
    rating:3.1

    108

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    In this moving documentary, director Renate Costa delves into the life of his uncle Rodolfo, a free spirit who was arrested and tortured after being included on one of Paraguayan dictator Alfredo Stroessner's 108 lists of suspected homosexuals. While it celebrates Rodolfo's remarkable joie de vivre in the face of tyranny, the film also shines a light into a dark episode of Paraguayan history that reverberates through the country today.

    Directed by:

  • Renate Costa
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Nowhere in Africa
    rating:3.6

    Nowhere in Africa

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Shortly before the outbreak of World War II, a Jewish couple and their young daughter emigrate from Germany to Kenya to escape the Nazis, and are forced to come to terms with a new life on an unfamiliar continent. Not all members of the family are happy with this drastic change -- but going home isn't an option. Based on Stefanie Zweig's autobiographical novel, director Caroline Link's epic drama won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

    Directed by:

  • Caroline Link
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Where Do We Go Now?
    rating:4.0

    Where Do We Go Now?

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    While their men fight a remote sectarian war, the women of a Lebanese village -- one hemmed in by minefields -- band together to denounce the clash of Islamic and Christian beliefs that sustains the war and threatens to poison their own community.

    Directed by:

  • Nadine Labaki
  • rating:4.0 4.0 Average Rating

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    Mukhsin
    rating:3.5

    Mukhsin

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    When young Mukhsin (Mohd Syafie Naswip) arrives in a new town, 10-year-old tomboy Orked (Sharifah Aryana) adopts him as her new best friend, and the two develop a touching friendship that begins to spill over into the inklings of first love. And with turmoil at home, the sometimes-troubled Mukhsin discovers a deeper kind of love in the form of Orked's open and progressive Malay family. Yasmin Ahmad directs this charming drama.

    Directed by:

  • Yasmin Ahmad
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Drama
    Entre Nous
    rating:3.7

    Entre Nous

    1983Runtime:0 minutes
    Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, this film beautifully captures the rare friendship that blossoms between two married women, Lena Weber (Isabelle Huppert) and Madeleine (Miou-Miou), living in WWII France, 1942. They attempt to defy the social rules of their time in order to escape their unfulfilling lives. Written and directed by Diane Kurys, who was inspired by her parents' relationship and the woman who came between them.

    Directed by:

  • Diane Kurys
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Country Strong
    rating:3.4

    Country Strong

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    While out on tour to revive her stalled career, once-popular country singer Kelly (Gwyneth Paltrow) falls for emerging newcomer Beau (Garrett Hedlund) and tries desperately to hide their burgeoning romance from her ever-present husband and manager, Ed (Tim McGraw). Written and directed by Shana Feste, this musical drama co-stars Leighton Meester as a former beauty queen trying to break out as a songstress.

    Directed by:

  • Shana Feste
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Of Love and Other Demons
    rating:3.4

    Of Love and Other Demons

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Sierva MarĂ­a (Eliza Triana), the 13-year old daughter of nobles, finds her life turned upside down when she's bitten by a rabid dog, and afterward is believed to be under the spell of demons, in this tale of forbidden love during the Spanish Inquisition. When it's decided that Sierva must submit to an exorcism, young priest Cayetano Delaura (Pablo Derqui) is assigned the task, but ultimately he finds himself possessed by Sierva's stirring sexuality.

    Directed by:

  • Hilda Hidalgo
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    What a Girl Wants
    rating:3.4

    What a Girl Wants

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    An American girl, Daphne (Amanda Bynes), heads to Europe in search of the father she's never met. But instead of finding a British version of her bohemian mother (Kelly Preston), she learns the love of her mom's life is an uptight politician (Colin Firth). The only problem now is that her long-lost dad is engaged to a fiercely territorial social climber (Anna Chancellor) with a daughter (Christina Cole) who makes Daphne's life miserable.

    Directed by:

  • Dennie Gordon
  • rating:3.4 3.4 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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