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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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    Flores de Otro Mundo
    rating:3.2

    Flores de Otro Mundo

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Looking for companionship, a group of lonely Spaniards (including Luis Tosar, Jose Sancho and Chete Lara) hold a soiree for single women. But for the most part, their party guests are poor immigrants from third-world countries. Based on a true story, this award-winning drama from director Iciar Bollain traces the relationships of three new couples, documenting their struggles with clashing cultures, sex and racism.

    Directed by:

  • Icíar Bollaín
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    The Anarchist's Wife
    rating:3.3

    The Anarchist's Wife

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    With her young anarchist husband, Justo Calderón (Juan Diego Botto), gone for long stretches of time, first resisting the fascists in the Spanish Civil War and then in a concentration camp during World War II, devoted wife Manuela (María Valverde) struggles to keep their love alive. Her determined efforts to reunite with her husband give Manuela purpose, but their long-distance love comes at a price. Marie Noelle and Peter Sehr direct this drama.

    Directed by:

  • Marie Noelle
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Korean Wedding Chest
    rating:3.3

    Korean Wedding Chest

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Capturing in detail the elaborate blend of old and new wedding customs in Korea, filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger provides a thoughtful -- and, at times, humorous -- documentary centered on the ancient tradition of the wedding chest. The groom carries this chest, which contains specifically stipulated valuables, on his back to the parents of his bride. Meanwhile, modern wedding assistants meticulously make sure everything is perfect on the special day.

    Directed by:

  • Ulrike Ottinger
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Sci-Fi & Fantasy
    Toothless
    rating:3.4

    Toothless

    1997Runtime:0 minutes
    After her untimely death in an accident, self-absorbed dentist Katherine Lewis (Kirstie Alley) strikes a bargain to redeem herself and work her way out of afterlife limbo by taking on the job of the fabled Tooth Fairy. Lacking compassion at first, she begins to change when she befriends a troubled child (Ross Malinger) in this genial fantasy, which aired as part of the TV anthology series "The Wonderful World of Disney."

    Directed by:

  • Melanie Mayron
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Halloweentown / Halloweentown 2: Double Feature
    rating:3.3

    Halloweentown / Halloweentown 2: Double Feature

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    There's more adventure than you can shake a broomstick at in this Disney Channel double feature. Young Marnie's (Kimberly J. Brown) learning to deal with the magical powers she's inherited from her grandmother, Aggie (Debbie Reynolds), who happens to be a witch. In Halloweentown, Marnie discovers a secret portal and to an enchanted place where ghosts live apart from the human world. In Halloweentown II, Marnie has to stop the evil warlock Kalabar.

    Directed by:

  • Duwayne Dunham
  • Mary Lambert
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Aquamarine
    rating:3.4

    Aquamarine

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Two 12-year-olds (Emma Roberts and pop singer JoJo) get more than they bargained for when they discover sassy mermaid Aquamarine (Sara Paxton) lolling at the bottom of their beach club's pool, having come ashore to search for true love. Before you can say "fish out of water," the finned beauty develops a crush on a boy who works at the club and recruits the girls to help her capture his heart in this family comedy directed by Elizabeth Allen.

    Directed by:

  • Elizabeth Allen
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Twilight
    rating:3.6

    Twilight

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    When Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) moves to a small town in the Pacific Northwest to live with her father, she starts school and meets the reclusive Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a mysterious classmate who reveals himself to be a 108-year-old vampire. Despite Edward's repeated cautions, Bella can't help but fall in love with him, a fatal move that endangers her own life when a coven of bloodsuckers try to challenge the Cullen clan.

    Directed by:

  • Catherine Hardwicke
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Comedy
    Meet Bill
    rating:3.2

    Meet Bill

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Beleaguered bank employee Bill (Aaron Eckhart) has his hands full with his two-timing wife (Elizabeth Banks), his oblivious father-in-law (Holmes Osborne) who runs the bank and frustrated efforts to change careers. But Bill's life just may turn around when he's coaxed to mentor a wisecracking teen (Logan Lerman). Timothy Olyphant, Jessica Alba and Kristen Wiig also star in this offbeat tale of self-discovery.

    Directed by:

  • Melisa Wallack
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Loverboy
    rating:3.5

    Loverboy

    1989Runtime:0 minutes
    As a college student with no money, Randy Bodek (Patrick Dempsey) resorts to working as a pizza delivery boy to make ends meet. During one of his deliveries, he's met with an interesting proposal: a woman (Barbara Carrera) who wants more than just pizza. Soon, Randy is the talk of the town as lonely wives (including Kirstie Alley and Carrie Fisher) are chomping at the bit to have pizza delivered.

    Directed by:

  • Joan Micklin Silver
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    The Prince & Me 4: The Elephant Adventure
    rating:3.4

    The Prince & Me 4: The Elephant Adventure

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    When Denmark's King Edvard and Queen Paige journey to a distant kingdom to celebrate the arranged marriage of the beautiful Princess Myra, they discover that the girl hates her creepy fiancé and secretly loves Alu, a common elephant handler.

    Directed by:

  • Catherine Cyran
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Waitress
    rating:3.5

    Waitress

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Keri Russell stars as Jenna, a waitress whose fabulous pies are about the only sweet ingredient in an otherwise dreary existence. That is, until an unwanted pregnancy breeds unexpected romance between Jenna and an attractive doctor. Written by director and co-star Adrienne Shelly (who was murdered shortly before the film's selection for Sundance), this charmer is a frank and funny examination of the fears brought on by impending motherhood.

    Directed by:

  • Adrienne Shelly
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Documentary
    The Lottery
    rating:3.9

    The Lottery

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    In this penetrating look at public education in America, filmmaker Madeleine Sackler follows four children through the highs and lows of a life-changing lottery, where the prize is a spot in one of New York City's best charter schools. When presented with a chance to pull their youngsters out of a failing system, some parents dare to be cautiously optimistic, knowing full well there are hundreds of thousands of kids in the pool.

    Directed by:

  • Madeleine Sackler
  • rating:3.9 3.9 Average Rating

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    After Innocence
    rating:3.7

    After Innocence

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    With the emergence of DNA evidence, the justice system is seeing a wave of reversed criminal convictions. But what happens to those who are set free, sometimes decades after being imprisoned for a crime they didn't commit? Jessica Sanders takes a close look at some of these people in this gripping documentary that's both a harsh criticism of the current judicial system and a touching look at those profoundly affected by it.

    Directed by:

  • Jessica Sanders
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Music Instinct: Science and Song
    rating:4.0

    Music Instinct: Science and Song

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Its impact bridging time, geography and culture, music serves to unite all peoples of the globe. This groundbreaking documentary explores how and why humans are so inexorably affected by rhythm and melody. Art and science intersect as leading researchers and prominent musicians such as Bobby McFerrin and Yo-Yo Ma reveal surprising connections between music, the brain, the body and human evolution.

    Directed by:

  • Elena Mannes
  • rating:4.0 4.0 Average Rating

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    Encounter Point
    rating:3.4

    Encounter Point

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    As violence continues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, some of those touched by the bloodshed become advocates for peace. This documentary introduces citizens on both sides for whom an end to conflict has become a personal crusade. Family members of slain Palestinians and Israelis, both military and civilian, share their stories and how they've turned their grief into a force for change in the region.

    Directed by:

  • Ronit Avni
  • Julia Bacha
  • 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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