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Independent
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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    The Whole Truth
    rating:3.2

    The Whole Truth

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Angela (Elisabeth Röhm), a morally bankrupt acting coach, helps slimy criminals avoid prison by training them how to appear innocent in court. But when a former client pegs her as his next murder victim, Angela starts running scared and realizes her past mistakes. Written and directed by Colleen Patrick, this screwball comedy also stars Eric Roberts, Sean Patrick Flanery, Jim Holmes and Rick Overton.

    Directed by:

  • Colleen Patrick
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Itty Bitty Titty Committee
    rating:3.1

    Itty Bitty Titty Committee

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Set in Los Angeles, this sardonic indie comedy helmed by Jamie Babbit follows the exploits of Anna (Melonie Diaz), a lesbian and plastic surgeon's receptionist who embarks on a wild ride when she joins a cadre of ultraradical feminists. But things get complicated when she falls in love with the group's leader (Nicole Vicius), who's already involved with someone (Melanie Mayron). Carly Pope and Lauren Mollica also star.

    Directed by:

  • Jamie Babbit
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Saving Face
    rating:3.5

    Saving Face

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Dutiful daughter Wil (Michelle Krusiec) sidesteps her mother's (Joan Chen) attempts to marry her off in Alice Wu's romantic comedy. At 28, Wil's the old maid of her traditional Chinese family, so there's no way she can tell them about her budding lesbian romance with Vivian (Lynn Chen). But her widowed mom has her own problems, as she learns she's pregnant at 48. Kicked out by her disapproving father, she seeks refuge at Wil's place.

    Directed by:

  • Alice Wu
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Children & Family
    The Adventures of Ociee Nash
    rating:3.6

    The Adventures of Ociee Nash

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    In this charming tale set in 1898, after her mother dies, 9-year-old Ociee Nash (Skyler Day) must leave her rough-and-tumble farm life to live with her Aunt Mamie (Mare Winningham) in Ashville, N.C. Away from the farm for the first time, the spirited child relishes many thrilling adventures such as meeting President McKinley and the Wright Brothers and bravely earning hero status in her new hometown. Keith Carradine co-stars.

    Directed by:

  • Kristen McGary
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Shark Tale
    rating:3.5

    Shark Tale

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    In this DreamWorks animated tale, Oscar (Will Smith) is a small fish whose big aspirations often get him into trouble. Meanwhile, Lenny (Jack Black) is a great white shark with a surprising secret that no sea creature would guess: He's a vegetarian. When a lie turns Oscar into an improbable hero and Lenny becomes an outcast, the two form an unlikely friendship. Robert De Niro, Renée Zellweger and Martin Scorsese also lend their voices.

    Directed by:

  • Bibo Bergeron
  • Vicky Jenson
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Dr. Dolittle
    rating:3.2

    Dr. Dolittle

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    Funnyman Eddie Murphy portrays the titular San Francisco doc who regains his childhood gift for conversing with critters when he hits his head on the windshield of his car. Soon, his new ability leads to a business opportunity. When word spreads throughout the animal kingdom, his clinic turns into a virtual zoo overrun with sheep, horses, birds, rats, dogs and a suicidal tiger -- all suffering from an array of mostly comic maladies.

    Directed by:

  • Betty Thomas
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Chuggington: It's Training Time
    rating:3.6

    Chuggington: It's Training Time

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    This charming collection of six animated adventures finds locomotives in training Wilson, Brewster and Koko learning important lessons about working together, playing by the rules and keeping friendships strong.

    Directed by:

  • Sarah Ball
  • rating:3.6 3.6 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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    Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me
    rating:3.9

    Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    In her Emmy-nominated comedy special for HBO (filmed at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C.), Wanda Sykes brings her take-no-prisoners comedy style to bear on Barack Obama's presidency, Republican tea parties and the inhuman torture that is bikini waxing. Whether she's sharing true stories about her interracial lesbian marriage or doing hard time as a performer on a gay cruise, Sykes is frequently abrasive -- and fearlessly funny.

    Directed by:

  • Beth McCarthy-Miller
  • rating:3.9 3.9 Average Rating

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    Serious Moonlight
    rating:3.1

    Serious Moonlight

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    When Louise (Meg Ryan) discovers that her husband, Ian (Timothy Hutton), is about to run off to Paris with a much younger woman, Sara (Kristen Bell), she does what any self-respecting wife would do: She duct-tapes him to the toilet, which is where he remains when their home is burglarized. The plot only gets thicker in this dark comedy helmed by first-time director Cheryl Hines and penned by Adrienne Shelly.

    Directed by:

  • Cheryl Hines
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Life Begins: Series 1
    rating:3.3

    Life Begins: Series 1

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Life is good for Maggie Mee (Caroline Quentin) -- until her husband abruptly dumps her for a younger woman, leaving her with no job, no money and two kids. Suddenly, she's thrust back into the workforce and the dating scene in this British comedy series. And though she struggles to get back on her feet, Maggie soon finds that she's having more fun starting her life over than she ever had as a dull, married woman.

    Directed by:

  • Catherine Morshead
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Music & Musicals
    Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields
    rating:3.6

    Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    A decade in the making, this documentary by filmmakers Kerthy Fix and Gail O'Hara examines the career of prolific singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt, the enigmatic, deep-voiced heart and soul of indie pop band the Magnetic Fields.

    Directed by:

  • Kerthy Fix
  • Gail O'Hara
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    The Naked Brothers Band: Battle of the Bands
    rating:3.2

    The Naked Brothers Band: Battle of the Bands

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    In this special episode of the popular Nickelodeon series, Nat, Alex and the rest of the group enter into a charity-sponsored band competition and find themselves taking on Bobby Lowe and the L.A. Surfers, one of the coolest bands around. If that weren't bad enough, now Nat has learned that the love of his life, Rosalina (Allie DiMeco), is falling for dreamboat Bobby, a situation that Bobby plans to exploit to the fullest for the competition.

    Directed by:

  • Polly Draper
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    The Decline of Western Civilization Part III
    rating:4.1

    The Decline of Western Civilization Part III

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Penelope Spheeris completes her trilogy documenting the Los Angeles music scene with this look at the homeless teens who roamed the streets in the late 1990s and professed to live a punk lifestyle of music, drugs and authority flouting. Spheeris maintains a tender attitude toward her young subjects, who often don't truly understand the culture that began before they were born. Songs by Final Conflict and Naked Aggression are featured.

    Directed by:

  • Penelope Spheeris
  • rating:4.1 4.1 Average Rating

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    The Carter Family: Will the Circle be Unbroken: American Experience
    rating:3.4

    The Carter Family: Will the Circle be Unbroken: American Experience

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Decades ago, The Carter Family changed the face of folk music and lifted the spirit of the nation by singing tunes that gave voice to the struggles of everyday Americans during the soul-weary Depression years. Discover their roots and learn how this influential group managed to capture the imaginations of music lovers throughout the nation. This documentary features interviews with such artists as Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.

    Directed by:

  • Kathy Conkwright
  • 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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