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Documentary
Yes Madam, Sir
rating:3.7

Yes Madam, Sir

2008Runtime:0 minutes
Filmmaker Megan Doneman's compelling documentary looks at the tumultuous career of Kiran Bedi, a tennis champ who became a crusading social activist -- and the first woman to join the Indian Police Service. Although Bedi's detractors have labeled her a self-serving publicity seeker, there's no debate about her accomplishments, which include overhauling one of Asia's worst prisons and reforming India's penal system. Helen Mirren narrates.

Directed by:

  • Megan Doneman
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    The Yes Men
    rating:3.4

    The Yes Men

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    This humorous documentary monitors the exploits of a group of jokester liberals who make names for themselves as they mimic members of the World Trade Organization at various venues across the globe. The absurd facade gets started when two members of The Yes Men create a web site that looks quite similar to the WTO site, resulting in the group being invited to high-level meetings and being mistaken for WTO officials.

    Directed by:

  • Dan Ollman
  • Sarah Price
  • Chris Smith
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Pelada
    rating:4.1

    Pelada

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Two Americans who love soccer but didn't make it in the pros travel to 25 different countries, where they find people of all backgrounds, races and classes who play the game for the sheer joy of it, regardless of their surroundings or equipment.

    Directed by:

  • Luke Boughen
  • Rebekah Fergusson
  • Gwendolyn Oxenham
  • Ryan White
  • rating:4.1 4.1 Average Rating

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    Chuck Jones: Extremes and in Betweens, a Life in Animation
    rating:3.6

    Chuck Jones: Extremes and in Betweens, a Life in Animation

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    This "Great Performances" biography examines the life works of one of Hollywood's most celebrated animators, Chuck Jones -- best known for the Warner Brothers cartoons featuring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig and the Road Runner. Featured are behind-the-scenes descriptions of how an animated film is made, plus clips from Jones's most endearing and enduring cartoons.

    Directed by:

  • Margaret Selby
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Music & Musicals
    Africa Unite
    rating:3.7

    Africa Unite

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    This documentary tribute to legendary reggae icon Bob Marley centers on the Marley clan's 2005 visit to Ethiopia, in which they perform a live musical salute to the family luminary, with more than 300,000 fans in attendance. The film also includes never-before-seen footage of Marley, along with a soundtrack full of his studio hits and appearances by the likes of Danny Glover and matriarch Cedella Marley Booker.

    Directed by:

  • Stephanie Black
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit
    rating:3.5

    The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit

    1994Runtime:0 minutes
    Like Richard Lester's A Hard Day's Night, this documentary follows the Beatles on their first trip to America in February 1964. Documentarian brothers Albert and David Maysles were given surprising access to the band during several of their concerts and even their influential first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Performance clips include "All My Loving," "I Saw Her Standing There" and "This Boy."

    Directed by:

  • Kathy Dougherty
  • rating:3.5 3.5 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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    Across the Universe
    rating:3.7

    Across the Universe

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    In this musical mix of live action and animation featuring songs by the Beatles, Liverpool dock worker Jude falls for Lucy on an excursion to America in the 1960s. But when Lucy's brother is drafted, Jude and Lucy take a stand as anti-war activists.

    Directed by:

  • Julie Taymor
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Sci-Fi & Fantasy
    Orlando
    rating:3.3

    Orlando

    1992Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Sally Potter adapts Virginia Woolf's 1928 allegorical novel about a woman who lives for 400 years -- the first half as a man -- in this surrealist study of sex and gender roles throughout the ages. The transition from man to woman and from the 16th to the 20th century is realized by Tilda Swinton's breakthrough performance and the film's Oscar-nominated costumes and art direction. Quentin Crisp plays Queen Elizabeth I.

    Directed by:

  • Sally Potter
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Big
    rating:3.8

    Big

    1988Runtime:0 minutes
    Penny Marshall directs this whimsical comedy in which 12-year-old Josh yearns to be a grown-up, and when he makes that wish at a Coney Island fortunetelling machine, he awakens the next morning as a 30-year-old man (Tom Hanks). Josh lands a job at a Manhattan toy company, where his child's-eye view helps him climb the ranks -- but he finds himself pining for all he left behind, despite the attention of a beautiful co-worker (Elizabeth Perkins).

    Directed by:

  • Penny Marshall
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Hideaways
    rating:3.7

    Hideaways

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    James is a troubled young man whose family possesses supernatural talents. After discovering the lethal nature of his own abilities, James isolates himself in the woods until he meets fearless Mae, a cancer patient who has escaped from a hospital.

    Directed by:

  • Agnès Merlet
  • rating:3.7 3.7 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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    Independent
    The Favor
    rating:3.5

    The Favor

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    The humdrum life of a middle-aged New Jersey photographer named Lawrence (Frank Wood) is thrown for a loop when his on-again, off-again girlfriend dies unexpectedly and he decides to take in her troubled 16-year-old son, Johnny (Ryan Donowho). The directorial debut from filmmaker Eva S. Aridjis, this touching dramedy features supporting performances from Aldo Perez, Isidra Vega and Jesse Kelly.

    Directed by:

  • Eva Aridjis
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    3:52
    rating:3.2

    3:52

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    A young woman tries to overcome her addiction to alcohol by looking inward and facing her darkest issues in Shawna Baca's 35mm short film. Haunted by her demons, alcoholic Kate (America Ferrara) embarks on a spiritual journey, a difficult but necessary personal odyssey that she hopes will lead to her recovery. Holly Karrol Clark, Billy Daydodge, Robert Greygrass, Leah Stanko Mangum and Tripp Pickell co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Shawna Baca
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Split Ends
    rating:3.5

    Split Ends

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    To save her successful hair salon and protect her quaint town from overdevelopment, Scottish-born small business owner Lizzie (Corinna May) enthusiastically joins forces with her loyal stylists, local citizens and a charming antique dealer (Richard Bekins). Inspired by events from writer Elizabeth Christensen's life, this cute romantic comedy also stars Vincent Pastore, Lawton Paseka and Peter McRobbie.

    Directed by:

  • Dorothy Lyman
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    I'll Take You There
    rating:3.1

    I'll Take You There

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Adrienne Shelly directs and co-stars in this offbeat comedy about Bill (Reg Rogers), a man whose wife just ran off with his best friend. Trying to help, Bill's sister sets him up with Bernice (Ally Sheedy), an odd woman who takes their blind date in an unsettling direction. While Bill tries to make it clear that Bernice isn't his type, she grows increasingly obsessive and forces him to take a bizarre journey with her.

    Directed by:

  • Adrienne Shelly
  • rating:3.1 3.1 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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