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rating:4.0

Arranged

2007Runtime:0 minutes
When Rochel (Zoe Lister Jones) and Nasira (Francis Benhamou) -- an Orthodox Jew and a Muslim, respectively -- meet as new teachers at a Brooklyn school, co-workers and students expect friction. But the women discover they have a shared expectation of entering into arranged marriages. As they experience tension between their traditional cultures and life in contemporary America, Rochel and Nasira form a special bond.

Directed by:

  • Stefan C. Schaefer
  • Diane Crespo
  • rating:4.0 4.0 Average Rating

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    Green Street Hooligans
    rating:3.9

    Green Street Hooligans

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Drawn into a bogus drug scandal by his wealthy roommate, a high-achieving Harvard newspaper editor is kicked out of school just a few months shy of getting his degree and flies to London to live with his sister and her family.

    Directed by:

  • Lexi Alexander
  • rating:3.9 3.9 Average Rating

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    Iron Jawed Angels
    rating:3.9

    Iron Jawed Angels

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    From 1912 to 1920, a group of fiery young suffragettes led by Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and Lucy Burns (Frances O'Connor) band together to wheedle the United States into adapting a Constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. Along the way, they incur the wrath of President Woodrow Wilson (Bob Gunton) and anger other suffragette leaders (Anjelica Huston and Lois Smith). Directed by Katja von Garnier.

    Directed by:

  • Katja von Garnier
  • rating:3.9 3.9 Average Rating

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    The Tango Lesson
    rating:3.9

    The Tango Lesson

    1997Runtime:0 minutes
    Writer-director Sally Potter also stars in this semiautobiographical drama. Frustrated with her latest movie script, a screenwriter flees to Paris, where she meets Pablo (Pablo Verón), a gifted tango dancer who changes her life. In exchange for dance lessons, she promises to cast Pablo in her film. Romance blossoms, but constant fighting threatens to undermine their partnership on the dance floor.

    Directed by:

  • Sally Potter
  • rating:3.9 3.9 Average Rating

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    Paris Is Burning
    rating:3.8

    Paris Is Burning

    1990Runtime:0 minutes
    Penetrating the tight-knit community of minority drag queens living in New York City, Jennie Livingston's acclaimed documentary offers an early glimpse at the art of "voguing," the underground dance style later popularized by Madonna in her hit song. The film also explores issues such as racism, homophobia and AIDS, while offering a detailed examination of the intricate Ball culture, in which queens are judged for their style and expression.

    Directed by:

  • Jennie Livingston
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Veronika Decides to Die
    rating:3.8

    Veronika Decides to Die

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Though she has it all, Veronika (Sarah Michelle Gellar) feels she's experienced everything life has to offer and wants to die. But when her suicide attempt fails and she wakes in a mental hospital with a weakened heart and only days to live, she discovers a new world. Meeting people who live life on their own terms, Veronika finally feels connected and learns what it means to really live in this drama based on Paulo Coehlo's novel.

    Directed by:

  • Emily Young
  • rating:3.8 3.8 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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    Whale Rider
    rating:3.8

    Whale Rider

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    A Maori tribe must contend with the distinctly nontraditional concept of having a female leader when the intended heir to the throne dies during childbirth, leaving his twin sister, Paikea, to prove herself in this inspiring coming-of-age tale.

    Directed by:

  • Niki Caro
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Suburbia
    rating:3.8

    Suburbia

    1984Runtime:0 minutes
    Escaping their hard-boozing mother, Evan (Bill Coyne) and his brother, Ethan (Andrew Pece), take refuge with punks who live as squatters in an abandoned home next to a highway in this Penelope Spheeris-helmed film, which examines Los Angeles' punk rock scene in the 1980s. But the boys' newfound clan is tested when a group of discontented suburbanites comes down on them. T.S.O.L., The Vandals and D.I. deliver live performances.

    Directed by:

  • Penelope Spheeris
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Monsoon Wedding
    rating:3.7

    Monsoon Wedding

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    As the monsoon rains loom in director Mira Nair's romantic drama, Lalit Verma (Naseeruddin Shah) and his extended family reunite for the last-minute arranged marriage of his daughter Aiditi (Vasundhara Das) in New Delhi. But long-guarded secrets threaten to tear the family apart. As wedding preparations proceed, five stories intersect, highlighting different aspects of love and crossing boundaries of class and continent.

    Directed by:

  • Mira Nair
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Speak
    rating:3.7

    Speak

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    A violent crime against Melinda (Kristen Stewart) has left her shunned by her friends and completely traumatized as she enters the ninth grade a selective mute, isolating herself from everyone at school until a sympathetic teacher (Steve Zahn) encourages her to express herself. Elizabeth Perkins and D.B. Sweeney co-star in this powerful teen drama from writer-director Jessica Sharzer, which debuted at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

    Directed by:

  • Jessica Sharzer
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    The Namesake
    rating:3.7

    The Namesake

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Gogol Ganguli (Kal Penn) is torn between his parents' (Irrfan Khan and Tabu) Indian traditions and his decidedly modern lifestyle, and frankly prefers for his friends to call him "Nick." But the true meaning of his name is a story that spans two continents -- and two generations. Based on Jhumpa Lahiri's best-selling novel, Mira Nair's coming-of-age drama explores first-generation Americans' delicate dance between culture and identity.

    Directed by:

  • Mira Nair
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Dirt
    rating:3.7

    Dirt

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Salvadoran housemaid Dolores (Julietta Ortiz) struggles to support her family in this realistic portrait of illegal workers. Dolores works her fingers to the bone cleaning the abodes of New York City's wealthiest, worrying about deportation and dreaming of the house she'll build in El Salvador when she's saved enough money. Despite losing her job and suffering a series of setbacks, she maintains her dignity and refuses to give up on her dreams.

    Directed by:

  • Nancy Savoca
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Whip It
    rating:3.7

    Whip It

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Escaping her smothering mother's beauty pageant plans for her, small-town teen Bliss joins an all-girl roller derby team in Austin and begins living a thrilling double life as Babe Ruthless, a life that might eventually catch up with her.

    Directed by:

  • Drew Barrymore
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Down in the Delta
    rating:3.7

    Down in the Delta

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    Unemployed single mother Loretta Sinclair (Alfre Woodard) lives with her mother, Rosa Lynn (Mary Alice), in a Chicago apartment until drug abuse causes Loretta to neglect her children in this familly drama directed by renowned poet Maya Angelou. To get Loretta back on her feet, Rosa Lynn ships her and the kids to their Mississippi Delta hometown, where Uncle Earl (Al Freeman Jr.) takes them in and teaches them about their rich heritage.

    Directed by:

  • Maya Angelou
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Little Miss Sunshine
    rating:3.7

    Little Miss Sunshine

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Convinced their little Olive (Abigail Breslin) is beauty queen material, parents Richard (Greg Kinnear) and Sheryl (Toni Collette) load the rest of the family into a van and embark on a life-altering road trip to a California pageant. Richard pushes Olive to win while her silent brother (Paul Dano), depressed uncle (Steve Carell) and nursing-home reject grandpa (Alan Arkin, in an Oscar-winning role) add their own quirks to the mix.

    Directed by:

  • Jonathan Dayton
  • Valerie Faris
  • 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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