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The Extra Man
rating:3.0

The Extra Man

2010Runtime:0 minutes
Forced to quit his prep school job after a humiliating incident, would-be dramatist Louis Ives (Paul Dano) heads to New York City, where he rents a room from has-been playwright Henry Harrison (Kevin Kline) -- who earns a living escorting rich dowagers about town. Despite their huge age difference, the two develop a bond as Henry takes Louis under his wing and leads him on a series of wild adventures. Katie Holmes and John C. Reilly also star.

Directed by:

  • Shari Springer Berman
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    Avant-Garde: Experimental Cinema: 1928-1954: Vol. 2
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    Avant-Garde: Experimental Cinema: 1928-1954: Vol. 2

    1928Runtime:0 minutes
    Seminal works of experimental cinema from 1928 to 1954 -- culled from the extraordinary collection of avant-garde proponent Raymond Rohauer -- are compiled here in all their maverick glory. The films include works by Stan Brakhage, Willard Maas, Gregory Markopoulos, Marie Menken, Dimitri Kirsanoff, Jean Mitry and Sidney Peterson. And don't miss Isidore Isou's Venom and Eternity, which caused a riot at the 1951 Cannes Film Festival.

    Directed by:

  • Gregory J. Markopoulos
  • Isidore Isou
  • Joseph Vogel
  • Stan Brakhage
  • Willard Maas
  • Gregory Markopoulos
  • Marie Menken
  • Dimitri Kirsanoff
  • Jean Mitry
  • Sidney Peterson
  • Ben Moore
  • James Broughton
  • Paul Leni
  • James Watson
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    Wendy and Lucy
    rating:3.0

    Wendy and Lucy

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    With earnest hopes for a fresh start, Wendy Carroll (Michelle Williams) sets her sights on a high-paying job at an Alaska cannery. But her journey takes a heartbreaking detour when her beloved dog, Lucy, goes missing and her car decides to conk out in Oregon. There was a time when Wendy had nothing to lose, but now she could lose everything. Kelly Reichardt directs this nuanced drama that was nominated for a Best Feature Independent Spirit Award.

    Directed by:

  • Kelly Reichardt
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    Rough Magic
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    Rough Magic

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    An introspective magician's assistant (Bridget Fonda) realizes her true powers while adrift on a fanciful journey through rural Mexico, where she's being pursued by a gritty private investigator (Russell Crowe) hired by her eccentric millionaire fiancé. A curious blend of outlandish magical realism and the standard "gumshoe" nostalgia, Rough Magic is based on the novel &NFi;Miss Shumway Waves a Wand&NFi_; by James Hadley Chase.

    Directed by:

  • Clare Peploe
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    A Good Baby
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    A Good Baby

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    While hiking the back roads of a North Carolina hamlet, Raymond Toker (Henry Thomas) finds an abandoned baby. Deciding to rear the infant himself when no one in town claims the tyke, Raymond faces some difficult challenges. For one, his decision doesn't sit well with Josephine (Cara Seymour), a local beauty who loves Toker but not the baby. The arrival of enigmatic huckster Truman Lester (David Strathairn) may shed light on the child's identity.

    Directed by:

  • Katherine Dieckmann
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    Drool
    rating:3.0

    Drool

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    After beginning an unexpected romance with her neighbor, Imogene (Jill Marie Jones), housewife Anora (Laura Harring) accidentally shoots her abusive husband, Ched (Oded Fehr), and then sets out on an outrageous road trip with her new lover and kids to dispose of the corpse. Nancy Kissam writes and directs this unpredictable romantic comedy that also stars Ashley Duggan Smith and Christopher Newhouse as Anora's children.

    Directed by:

  • Nancy Kissam
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    Good Dick
    rating:3.0

    Good Dick

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Habitually isolated in her quiet apartment, a vulnerable girl (Marianna Palka) with a penchant for soft-core porn ventures out to a local video store, where she meets a store clerk (Jason Ritter) who vows to break down her emotional walls and win her affections. But as he pursues her in bizarre fashion, it's clear that their budding relationship will be anything but conventional. Lead actress and screenwriter Palka makes her directorial debut.

    Directed by:

  • Marianna Palka
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    Puccini for Beginners
    rating:3.0

    Puccini for Beginners

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Allegra is recovering from a breakup with her girlfriend when she starts to fall for a member of the opposite sex. Philip is the tidy professor who's romancing the ambivalent Allegra while she pursues a straight woman who's recently become single.

    Directed by:

  • Maria Maggenti
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    Havoc
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    Havoc

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    The elegant Anne Hathaway takes off her Princess Diaries crown to play a wealthy Los Angeles teen who, along with her superficial friends, wants to break out of suburbia and experience Southern California's "gansta" lifestyle. But problems arise when the preppies get in over their heads and provoke the wrath of a violent Latino gang. Suddenly, their role-playing seems a little too real. Bijou Phillips, Freddy Rodriguez and Michael Biehn co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Barbara Kopple
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    Blue Car
    rating:3.0

    Blue Car

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    Meg (Agnes Bruckner) is an average teen making do in the wake of her parents' divorce. When her English teacher, Mr. Auster (David Strathairn), becomes interested in her poetry and offers to help her with her writing, Meg turns to his attentions like a flower to the sun. When tragedy unfolds at home, she finds in him the approval, faith and enthusiasm she craves. She doesn't stop to think about what Mr. Auster hopes to find in her.

    Directed by:

  • Karen Moncrieff
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    The Weight of Water
    rating:3.0

    The Weight of Water

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Photographer Jean (Catherine McCormack) is drawn into the history of an 1873 double murder of two sisters when she's charged with traveling to New Hampshire to examine the scene of the crime and take photos of surviving evidence. Joining her are her husband, Thomas (Sean Penn), his brother, Rich (Josh Lucas), and Rich's girlfriend, Adeline (Elizabeth Hurley). As she does her research, she begins to suspect her husband may be cheating on her.

    Directed by:

  • Kathryn Bigelow
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    Modra
    rating:3.0

    Modra

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    This heartfelt drama follows depressed teenager Lina (Hallie Switzer) as she impulsively travels from her Toronto home to visit her mother's family in rural Slovakia, but her companion, classmate Leco (Alexander Gammal), doesn't realize she isn't romantically interested in him. As they explore their strange surroundings, the teens are enthralled by the experiences and people, and as the week passes, they gain insight into who they really are.

    Directed by:

  • Ingrid Veninger
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    The Perez Family
    rating:3.0

    The Perez Family

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    Released from prison after 20 years, a Cuban plantation owner is permitted to join a boat exodus to Miami, where he hopes to reunite with his wife and daughter. Along the way, he meets a fiery young hooker looking for a better life in America.

    Directed by:

  • Mira Nair
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    The Connection
    rating:3.0

    The Connection

    1962Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Shirley Clarke uses a combination of actors (including William Redfield, Roscoe Lee Browne and Warren Finnerty) and "real" people to play a group of junkies waiting around a flophouse for their fix in this American New Wave classic. Interspersed among them are some topflight jazz musicians -- such as pianist Freddie Redd and sax man Jackie McLean -- who occasionally pick up their instruments and jam.

    Directed by:

  • Shirley Clarke
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    The Republic of Love
    rating:3.0

    The Republic of Love

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Based on the novel by Carol Shields, this comedy charts the relationship of the unlikeliest of couples, Tom and Fay (Bruce Greenwood and Emilia Fox). He's a thrice-divorced talk show host, susceptible to jumping into love. She's an overly cautious academic whose impossible expectations for a mate have hindered her romantic life. Despite their seeming incompatibility, the two soon fall in love and discover that the heart knows no rules.

    Directed by:

  • Deepa Mehta
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    Rain in the Mountains
    rating:2.9

    Rain in the Mountains

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Eric Smallhouse (Steve Pierre) doesn't know the first thing about the traditions and practices of his Native American ancestors, but he's not going to let that little detail dissuade him from leading his people to a resurgence of cultural pride. Renaming himself "Rain in the Mountains," Eric sets out to inspire his people to deny the influences of the white man's world in an effort to recapture their true identity.

    Directed by:

  • Christine Sullivan
  • rating:2.9 2.9 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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