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Independent
Staying Together
rating:3.4

Staying Together

1989Runtime:0 minutes
Brian (Tim Quill), Kit (Dermot Mulroney) and Duncan (Sean Astin) have always expected they'd take over their father's (Jim Haynie) restaurant once he retires. That may be why they've never taken life too seriously, given that their futures were always cemented. But when Dad decides without consulting them to sell the place to an outsider, they're forced to settle down and forge a path of their own, which isn't as easy as they expected.

Directed by:

  • Lee Grant
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    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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    Bhaji on the Beach
    rating:3.4

    Bhaji on the Beach

    1993Runtime:0 minutes
    A group of Indian women in England head to the resort of Blackpool and end up on a life-changing journey. Passionate feminist Simi (Shaheen Khan) organizes the seaside outing for the women's center, whose members range from traditional matrons to flirty teenagers. Despite their differences in age and ideology, the ladies form a lasting bond when one of their own is threatened. Director Gurinder Chadha helms this heartwarming comedy-drama.

    Directed by:

  • Gurinder Chadha
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    The Piano
    rating:3.6

    The Piano

    1993Runtime:0 minutes
    Holly Hunter stars as Ada McGrath, a mute but strong-willed 19th-century Scottish expatriate who arrives in New Zealand with her daughter (Anna Paquin) and her beloved piano in tow. Although betrothed to a landowner (Sam Neill), she's pulled into an affair with a laborer (Harvey Keitel). Hunter and Paquin both won Oscars for their performances in this haunting drama from writer-director Jane Campion.

    Directed by:

  • Jane Campion
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Romance
    The Vanished Empire
    rating:3.2

    The Vanished Empire

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Noted Russian director Karen Shakhnazarov offers this lyrical drama that follows rebellious 1970s-era Soviet university student Sergei (Aleksandr Lyapin), who literally trades his family's intellectual and ideological heritage for black-market loot from the West. But as Sergei loses himself in American clothes, music and ideas, he may also lose his beautiful lover, Lyuda (Lidiya Milyuzina), to his best comrade, Stepan (Yegor Baranovsky).

    Directed by:

  • Karen Shakhnazarov
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    How to Deal
    rating:3.2

    How to Deal

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    What is love, anyway, but the fast lane to heartache? At least, that's what teenaged Halley thinks when learning "how to deal" with the complicated relationships in her life, which seem to point to a common conclusion: reality bites.

    Directed by:

  • Clare Kilner
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    28 Days
    rating:3.4

    28 Days

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    After her drunken antics ruin her sister's wedding and result in major property damage, journalist Gwen Cummings enters rehab, where she runs afoul of the program director -- and soon meets a fellow resident who changes her outlook.

    Directed by:

  • Betty Thomas
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Proof
    rating:3.2

    Proof

    1991Runtime:0 minutes
    A blind photographer named Martin (Hugo Weaving) takes pictures as "proof" that the world and everything in it is just as it is described to him by other people. Meanwhile, his dyspeptic housekeeper, Celia (Geneviève Picot), rearranges his furniture. All manner of mayhem comes out of the confusion in this offbeat dramedy that co-stars Russell Crowe, in an early role, as Martin's young friend, Andy.

    Directed by:

  • Jocelyn Moorhouse
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Foreign
    Bandits
    rating:3.2

    Bandits

    1997Runtime:0 minutes
    Four female prisoners who put together a rock band have become so good, they're invited to play at the local Policeman's Ball. But when a prison guard starts to abuse them en route, they make a break for it. While on the lam, a demo tape of theirs begins to climb the charts, and suddenly they begin to achieve not only infamy, but fame as well. Katja von Garnier directs this critically acclaimed musical drama.

    Directed by:

  • Katja von Garnier
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    My Tehran For Sale
    rating:4.0

    My Tehran For Sale

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    At a rave, Marzieh (Marzieh Vafamehr), an actress whose work is banned by the Iranian government, meets Saman (Amir Chegini), an artist who escaped such oppression by emigrating to Australia. When Saman proposes, Marzieh dreams of the freedom she'll find in his adopted home country. But fate seems to work against the couple, forcing Marzieh to decide how far she'll go for artistic liberty. Asha Mehrabi and Mobina Karimi co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Granaz Moussavi
  • rating:4.0 4.0 Average Rating

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    Caramel
    rating:3.4

    Caramel

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    A Lebanese beauty salon is the setting for this romantic comedy about five women and the various troubles they face, with director Nadine Labaki leading the cast as the shop's owner, Layale, who's heartbroken from a foundering affair.

    Directed by:

  • Nadine Labaki
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    City of God
    rating:4.0

    City of God

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    Buscapé (Alexandre Rodrigues) is frightened he'll end up like the countless others around him -- troubled, violent or dead. But his saving grace is his photographer's eye, through which the stories of several people who live in his forsaken Cidade de Deus unfold. Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund direct this sobering look at life inside a Rio de Janeiro housing project, reputed to be one of the most dangerous parts of an otherwise magical city.

    Directed by:

  • Fernando Meirelles
  • Katia Lund
  • rating:4.0 4.0 Average Rating

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    Drama
    Danielle Steel's Mixed Blessings
    rating:3.3

    Danielle Steel's Mixed Blessings

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    In this made for-TV drama based on Danielle Steel's novel, the prospect of becoming parents proves daunting for three newly married couples, including Diana (Gabrielle Carteris) and Andy (Bruce Greenwood), who are having trouble conceiving. Meanwhile, Brad (James Naughton) and Pilar (Bess Armstrong) are in a race against a ticking biological clock, and Charlie (Scott Baio) is eager to be a father, but his wife (Alexandra Paul) is on the fence.

    Directed by:

  • Bethany Rooney
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    The Preacher's Wife
    rating:3.3

    The Preacher's Wife

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    When God overhears a church preacher (Courtney B. Vance) despairing the potential loss of a youth center, he dispatches an angel (Denzel Washington) to help him out. Trouble is, the preacher isn't easily convinced that his guardian angel is the real thing. An inspired reworking of the uplifting 1940s movie The Bishop's Wife, The Preacher's Wife stars Washington and Whitney Houston at their dazzling best.

    Directed by:

  • Penny Marshall
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Rosenstrasse
    rating:3.6

    Rosenstrasse

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    After her father dies, Hannah Weinstein (Maria Schrader) notices that her mother, Ruth (Jutte Lampe), is acting very strangely. Is Ruth's behavior brought on by her understandable grief at the loss of her husband, or does the suffering spring from something older, something repressed? As her mother's troubled childhood is revealed, Hannah realizes how little she ever really knew about the woman closest to her. Margarethe von Trotta directs.

    Directed by:

  • Margarethe von Trotta
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    August Rush
    rating:3.9

    August Rush

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    After cellist Lyla (Keri Russell) and guitarist Louis (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) share an enchanted night together, circumstances rip them apart, and the child (Freddie Highmore) produced by the union is raised by an opportunistic stranger (Robin Williams) who nurtures the boy's musical talent. Determined to find his parents, the boy -- known as August Rush -- relies on music to draw his mother and father to him. Terrence Howard co-stars.

    Directed by:

  • Kirsten Sheridan
  • 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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