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Foreign
The Betrayal
rating:3.3

The Betrayal

2008Runtime:0 minutes
During the Vietnam War, the United States performed secret operations in Laos, which led to much destruction in that country. After the war, the fallout of U.S. foreign policy remained, forcing Thavisouk Phrasavath and his family to flee the country. This documentary -- more than 20 years in the making -- follows Phrasavath's journey from war-torn Laos to his painful reunion with his family in Brooklyn years later, and netted an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary.

Directed by:

  • Ellen Kuras
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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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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    María la del Barrio
    rating:3.3

    María la del Barrio

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    Mexican-American singing and acting sensation Thalía stars in this popular telenovela as the titular María, a 15-year-old orphan whose luck is forever changed when she's taken in by the wealthy Don Fernando de la Vega (Ricardo Blume). But her journey from rags to riches is hardly an easy ride given the icy reception she receives from Don Fernando's wife (Irán Eory) and jealous niece (Itatí Cantoral).

    Directed by:

  • Beatriz Sheridan
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    A Simple Life
    rating:3.5

    A Simple Life

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    After working for the Leung family for decades, a servant still takes care of filmmaker Roger Leung -- but when she falls sick, the tables are turned as Roger looks after her in this heartwarming tale inspired by a true story.

    Directed by:

  • Ann Hui
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Independent
    Teenage Dirtbag
    rating:3.6

    Teenage Dirtbag

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    In this sensitive drama based on true events, two disparate teens from different social circles and home environments find common ground when the creative writing class they share opens new doors of communication. Troublemaker Thayer (Scott Michael Foster) relishes harassing popular cheerleader Amber (Noa Hegesh). That is, until they form a bond through the written word. But can their budding relationship withstand the pressure of peers and family?

    Directed by:

  • Regina Crosby
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl
    rating:3.8

    Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    At the height of China's Cultural Revolution, a girl is sent to a remote area as part of a government initiative and finds her exile a thrilling adventure -- and a nightmarish trap. This rich tale examines the individual cost of collective decisions.

    Directed by:

  • Joan Chen
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    The Sea Change
    rating:3.6

    The Sea Change

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Having endured a dreadful upbringing spent in foster homes and institutions, Nikki (Natalie Press) sets out to murder the birth mother (Janet McTeer) who abandoned her. But while carrying out her plan, Nikki meets a likable half brother (Colin Morgan) who drastically alters her outlook. Based on the novel Island by Jane Rogers, this psychological drama captures the tension of Nikki's internal struggle as she's torn between revenge and redemption.

    Directed by:

  • Elizabeth Mitchell
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Dear Frankie
    rating:3.7

    Dear Frankie

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Faced with the prospect of raising her son, Frankie (Jack McElhone), with a good-for-nothing man, the resourceful Lizzie (Emily Mortimer) spirits him away to Scotland with good intentions and pretends the boy's father is aboard the &NFi;HMS Accra&NFi_;. But after years of Lizzie's skillful lying, the jig is up when Frankie learns the ship is docked right by their home. Now, the only way to protect Frankie's heart is to find a man willing to pose as his dad.

    Directed by:

  • Shona Auerbach
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Gay & Lesbian
    A Perfect Ending
    rating:3.4

    A Perfect Ending

    2012Runtime:0 minutes
    This intimate drama follows Rebecca, a woman who has kept her sexuality a secret from her friends but chooses to reveal it to a stranger. While Rebecca's revelations may not yield the results she expects, a perfect ending is still in reach.

    Directed by:

  • Nicole Conn
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    The Two Cubas
    rating:3.1

    The Two Cubas

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Living within the confines of Fidel Castro's intolerant regime, Jose Rodriguez and Jose Luis open up to the creators of this Logo network documentary series and share their experiences on what it's like to be a gay man in Cuba. While Rodriguez never sees himself living any other place than Cuba, it's always been Luis's dream to travel to Germany, and it's the circumstances surrounding this desire that occupies much of this unique series.

    Directed by:

  • Carolina Valencia
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Loving Annabelle
    rating:3.4

    Loving Annabelle

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    An esteemed young poetry teacher at a Catholic boarding school (Diane Gaidry) risks everything when she engages in a feverish affair with a female student (Erin Kelly) in this controversial story of forbidden love. Directed by Katherine Brooks and co-starring Ilene Graff, this passionate yet sensitive romance explores the complexity of an unconventional relationship in the face of rigid traditionalism.

    Directed by:

  • Katherine Brooks
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Normal
    rating:3.5

    Normal

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Rural Illinois resident Roy (Tom Wilkinson) declares after his 25th wedding anniversary that he has always believed he's a woman trapped inside a man's body. This shocks and angers some in his family and community, but some are unexpectedly supportive. It's up to Roy's shell-shocked wife, Irma (Jessica Lange), his kids and the entire community to come to terms with this stunning revelation. The film earned three Golden Globe nominations.

    Directed by:

  • Jane Anderson
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Comedy
    Jack and Jill vs. the World
    rating:3.1

    Jack and Jill vs. the World

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Freddie Prinze Jr. stars as Jack, an advertising executive who's leading the carefree, glamorous life of a successful young bachelor in Manhattan -- until he meets Jill (Taryn Manning), a newcomer to the city with a distinct devil-may-care streak. The two fall hard for each other and create a mission statement for their relationship, including the cardinal rule, "Be honest" -- a rule that brings unexpected consequences when Jill breaks it.

    Directed by:

  • Vanessa Parise
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Sunshine Cleaning
    rating:3.5

    Sunshine Cleaning

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Financially on shaky ground yet determined to send her son to a top private school, Rose Lorkowski (Amy Adams) teams up with her unreliable sister, Norah (Emily Blunt), to start a new company that specializes in biohazard removal and crime scene cleanup. Tired of doing all of the work for other people, whether in her job cleaning homes or in her failed relationships, Rose is finally ready to use her entrepreneurial spirit to tidy up her own life.

    Directed by:

  • Christine Jeffs
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Jumpin' Jack Flash
    rating:3.3

    Jumpin' Jack Flash

    1986Runtime:0 minutes
    Terry (Whoopi Goldberg), a banker with an international clientele, gets a cryptic message from an unknown source. After decoding the missive, Terry finds herself in the middle of an international espionage ring with bodies piling up faster than the line at a faulty ATM machine. Directed by Penny Marshall, this riotous comedy also stars Annie Potts, Carol Kane, Jeroen Krabbe and Roscoe Lee Browne.

    Directed by:

  • Penny Marshall
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    It's Complicated
    rating:3.7

    It's Complicated

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Ten years after their divorce, Jane (Meryl Streep) and Jake (Alec Baldwin) unite for their son's college graduation and end up sleeping together. But Jake is married, and Jane is embarking on a new romance with her architect, Adam (Steve Martin).

    Directed by:

  • Nancy Meyers
  • rating:3.7 3.7 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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