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Grown Up Movie Star
rating:2.9

Grown Up Movie Star

2009Runtime:0 minutes
Teenage Ruby's life turns upside down when her mother runs off and her hard-luck ex-hockey star father, Ray, comes home. While her dad struggles with failed expectations, Ruby strikes up an ill-advised friendship with an older man.

Directed by:

  • Adriana Maggs
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Filth and Wisdom
    rating:2.9

    Filth and Wisdom

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Three flatmates -- rocker-dominatrix A.K. (Eugene Hutz, of the Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello), ballet dancer-stripper Holly (Holly Weston) and pharmacist Juliette (Vicky McClure) -- chase their dreams of glory in contemporary London. Madonna, who makes her directorial debut, squeezes in a couple of her own tunes in this sprawling urban comedy, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2008.

    Directed by:

  • Madonna
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Chicago Boricua
    rating:2.9

    Chicago Boricua

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    First-time writer-director Marisol Torres helms this edgy character study set in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood, where group of young Puerto Ricans grapple with issues of identity: Beauty queen Tata (Christina De Leon) may need to fake her ethnicity to compete; college student Lola (Aimee Garcia) falls for bad boy Willy (Ramses Jimenez); and a real estate agent, German (Eric Aviles), resists exploiting his roots.

    Directed by:

  • Marisol Torres
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    Daydream Believer
    rating:2.9

    Daydream Believer

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    When a minor TV actor (Louis Puopolo) sees starry-eyed Vermont gal Valerie (Sybil Kempson) rehearsing in a small-town theater and offers her a part in his off-Broadway play, she impulsively leaves her fiance (Andrew Hernin) and sister (Wendy Lawrence) to chase her acting dream in the Big Apple. But when the gig falls through, Valerie is reduced to a series of humiliating jobs to make ends meet. Debra Eisenstadt directs this independent comedy.

    Directed by:

  • Debra Eisenstadt
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Made in China
    rating:2.9

    Made in China

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    To get his surefire million-dollar idea off the ground, an aspiring novelty inventor packs his bags and heads to China, where he struggles to find the right path to success while crisscrossing the unfamiliar streets of Shanghai.

    Directed by:

  • Judith Krant
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Come Early Morning
    rating:2.9

    Come Early Morning

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Disgusted with her habit of drinking too much and waking up next to strangers, thirtysomething Lucy (Ashley Judd) re-evaluates her small-town Southern life. But rectifying her present involves delving into her past -- which involves getting to know her family. Director Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy) also wrote the screenplay for this independent drama about ending unhealthy habits and getting it right.

    Directed by:

  • Joey Lauren Adams
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    French Film
    rating:2.9

    French Film

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    While preparing to interview renowned French filmmaker and self-proclaimed romance expert Thierry Grimandi (Eric Cantona), London journalist Jed (Hugh Bonneville) struggles to hang on to his longtime girlfriend, Cheryl (Victoria Hamilton), and comprehend the true meaning of love. Directed by Jackie Oudney, this romantic comedy waxes philosophic on the stark differences between French and British approaches to relationships.

    Directed by:

  • Jackie Oudney
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Amy
    rating:2.9

    Amy

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    A traumatized girl finds her true voice in this moving comedy-drama. Unable to hear or speak, 8-year-old Amy (Alana De Roma) hides from Child Welfare with her loving mom (Rachel Griffiths). But when they move to Melbourne's seedier side, Amy's secret is revealed: She sings like a bird. Encouraged by new friends, Amy sings her way out of her shell and faces the traumatic event that led to her long silence. Ben Mendelsohn also stars.

    Directed by:

  • Nadia Tass
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Four Eyed Monsters
    rating:2.9

    Four Eyed Monsters

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Uninspired artist Susan (Susan Buice) and romantically naive videographer Arin (Arin Crumley) meet via the Internet and strike up a relationship in which they make a pact not to speak to each other, inspired to find the true meaning of intimacy. Writing, drawing and instant messaging keep romance fresh for the offbeat couple in this semiautobiographical indie production that is written and directed by the film's stars.

    Directed by:

  • Susan Buice
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Clear Blue Tuesday
    rating:2.9

    Clear Blue Tuesday

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Set on a series of Tuesdays over the course of seven years, this uncommon, indie rock movie-musical from director Elizabeth Lucas tells the stories of 11 people living and working in post-9/11 New York City with a cast of real-life performers. The ensemble of working singer-actor-songwriters (who, incidentally, wrote all of the film's music) includes Erin Hill, Vedant Gokhale, Asa Somers, Jan O'Dell and Greg Naughton.

    Directed by:

  • Elizabeth Lucas
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Little Soldier
    rating:2.9

    Little Soldier

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    A soldier scarred by war, Lotte (Trine Dyrholm) returns to Denmark and reunites with her estranged father (Finn Nielsen), a brothel owner who hires her to chauffeur his call girls. As the nights pass, Lotte forms an uneasy bond with Lily (Lorna Brown), her father's mistress. Lotte wants to liberate the woman from servitude, but for Lily, it's not that simple -- selling herself to Danes buys her daughter a better life in Nigeria.

    Directed by:

  • Annette K. Olesen
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    Everything Relative
    rating:2.9

    Everything Relative

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    Reunited for a special occasion, a group of women friends -- both gay and straight -- relive their memories of their college days during the 1970s, rekindle faded friendships and ignite new romances. During their weekend in the country the friends trace the changes they've undergone in the last 20 years -- a journey that's bound to open old wounds and perhaps heal them. Monica Bell stars.

    Directed by:

  • Sharon Pollack
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    American Wake
    rating:2.9

    American Wake

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Maureen Foley's moving drama follows parallel stories of a fireman and a musician who both struggle with the gap between family expectations and their own self-discovery. Having fulfilled his late father's dream by becoming a firefighter, Jack (Billy Smith) now labors to make sense of his life. Meanwhile, talented young fiddler Niall (Sam Amidon) is torn between pursuing his father's goals for him and following his own musical dreams.

    Directed by:

  • Maureen Foley
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    The Watermelon Woman
    rating:2.8

    The Watermelon Woman

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    While doing research for a movie about a forgotten African-American actress, black video-store clerk Cheryl (writer-director Cheryl Dunye, playing herself) discovers that her subject shared a secret love affair with a white female director. In a stroke of intergenerational coincidence, Cheryl soon finds herself in love with a white woman. The movie captured the Teddy Award for Best Feature Film at the 1996 Berlin International Film Festival.

    Directed by:

  • Cheryl Dunye
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Hotel Very Welcome
    rating:2.8

    Hotel Very Welcome

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Sonja Heiss's ensemble dramedy follows the long and winding journeys of five adventure-seeking Westerners wandering aimlessly through the bustling, exotic cities of Southeast Asia on one long trek to self-discovery. Splitting their time between the search for spiritual enlightenment and access to the next ecstasy-laden rave, the restless twentysomethings find no shortage of ways to escape their problems from back home.

    Directed by:

  • Sonja Heiss
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Novel Romance
    rating:2.8

    Novel Romance

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Traci Lords, Paul Johansson, Sherilyn Fenn and Mariette Hartley star in this romantic comedy. Magazine editor Max Normane (Lords) has it all: looks, brains and self-assurance. She lacks one thing she wants, though -- a baby. Hard-to-please Max wants a progeny who can edit &NFi;and&NFi_; write, so when egotistical but gifted author Jake Benjamin (Johansson) enters her life, she makes a Faustian bargain: Jake's sperm in return for publishing his book.

    Directed by:

  • Emily Skopov
  • rating:2.8 2.8 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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