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The Girls' Room
rating:2.5

The Girls' Room

2000Runtime:0 minutes
Two college roommates -- prim and proper Grace (Cat Taber) and wild and woolly Casey (Soleil Moon Frye) -- find themselves in a tense rivalry when Casey's conduct almost destroys Grace's engagement to preppie heartthrob Charlie (Wil Wheaton). Not too high-minded to seek revenge, Grace cozies up to Casey's pal Joey (Gary Wolf), setting off a cycle of envy and mistrust that may destroy both women's lives in director Irene Turner's well-paced indie.

Directed by:

  • Irene Turner
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Crush
    rating:2.5

    Crush

    1992Runtime:0 minutes
    A dark, comic tale of seduction, Crush follows Lane (Marcia Gay Harden), whose reckless driving leaves her friend Christina hospitalized. Like a bull in a china shop, Lane wreaks havoc and then flees the scene -- and heads straight into the lives of a novelist and his teenage daughter. Lane quickly befriends the girl and, in short order, seduces her father. Also includes director Alison Maclean's acclaimed short film "The Kitchen Sink."

    Directed by:

  • Alison MacLean
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    IFilm: Four and a Half Women
    rating:2.5

    IFilm: Four and a Half Women

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    This urbane comedy from writer-director Emily Baer explores the bonds of four attractive roommates living in New York City. When Wall Street genius Amy (Marin Hinkle) finds herself pregnant after a one-night stand, her decision to keep the baby affects everyone around her. Though her housemates (Isabel Gillies, Callie Thorne and Brooke Hailey) are struggling to get a grip on life, they try to put aside their troubles to help single mom Amy.

    Directed by:

  • Emily Baer
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Shem
    rating:2.5

    Shem

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Disenchanted and disconnected with his Jewish heritage -- and everything else in his life -- Daniel (Ash Newman) is prompted by his grandmother to embark on a journey across Europe to locate his grandfather's final resting place. What begins as an indulgent trip abroad transforms into a quest of self-discovery. Jumping from city to city at a frenetic pace, Caroline Roboh's film explores the foundation of family in personal identity.

    Directed by:

  • Caroline Roboh
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Virgin
    rating:2.5

    Virgin

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Defiant teen Jessie Reynolds (Elisabeth Moss) struggles to discover her own spirituality despite the strict Baptist teachings of her mother (Robin Wright Penn) and father (Peter Gerety). After spending a drug-and-alcohol-filled night with young Shane (Charles Socarides), Jessie has no memory of having sex with him. When she finds herself pregnant, she's convinced she's carrying Christ's child, upsetting her parents and her devout community.

    Directed by:

  • Deborah Kampmeier
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Purgatory House
    rating:2.4

    Purgatory House

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Fourteen-year-old Celeste Davis wrote and stars in this stylized film chronicling the teen angst of Silver Strand, who feels disconnected from the world around her and is caught in a form of emotional limbo. After she dies, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery and a quest for unconditional love. A dark and quirky nonlinear approach to storytelling by director Cindy Baer helps reinforce the confusion and turmoil of the main character.

    Directed by:

  • Cindy Baer
  • rating:2.4 2.4 Average Rating

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    Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel
    rating:2.4

    Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    In 1970s Atlanta, a diminutive gay man tries to find succor from the small-town religion that filled him with self-loathing. He meets Miss Make-Do, who teaches him the fun of reckless behavior and emotional management via getting higher than a kite. The film stars Leslie Jordan (who also wrote the screenplay) and features a host of cameos from John Ritter, Marilu Henner, Kathy Kinney and others. Julia Jay Pierrepont III directs.

    Directed by:

  • Julia Jay Pierrepont III
  • rating:2.4 2.4 Average Rating

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    Vital Signs
    rating:2.4

    Vital Signs

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    After her grandmother passes away, Simone (Marie-Helene Bellavance) tries to bury her grief by helping others who are near death. Albeit short-lived, these intense relationships with people who crave intimacy more than anything else help Simone access her own emotional needs. Writer-director Sophie Deraspe's moving drama examines the connection between the frail human body and the resilient but often well-guarded soul.

    Directed by:

  • Sophie Deraspe
  • rating:2.4 2.4 Average Rating

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    The Smokers
    rating:2.4

    The Smokers

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    These smokers are definitely bad for your health! A group of outcast prep school girls decide to turn the tables on some obnoxious guys by sexually humiliating them at gunpoint! A black comedy in the mold of Heathers, The Smokers stars Dominique Swain and Keri Lynn Pratt as two of the gun-toting femmes with vengeance on their minds -- and corncobs in hand!

    Directed by:

  • Christina Peters
  • rating:2.4 2.4 Average Rating

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    The Bridge Short Film & Video Collection
    rating:2.4

    The Bridge Short Film & Video Collection

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    A never-before-released short film by horror director David Cronenberg headlines this collection of independent shorts. Cronenberg's 8-minute film, "Camera," was originally created for the 20th anniversary of the Toronto International Film Festival. Other filmmakers featured in the collection include Michelle and Jorge Beck, Tom Palazzolo, Miranda July, Harrell Fletcher, Kirsten Stoltmann, Gabriel Fowler and Jim Trainor.

    Directed by:

  • David Cronenberg
  • Michelle Beck
  • Jorge Beck
  • Tom Palazzolo
  • Miranda July
  • Harrell Fletcher
  • Kirsten Stoltmann
  • Gabriel Fowler
  • Jim Trainor
  • rating:2.4 2.4 Average Rating

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    Dark Streets
    rating:2.4

    Dark Streets

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Set to a rich bluesy soundtrack, this noir musical follows the story of playboy nightclub owner Chaz Davenport. While dating some of his stunning singers, Chaz also deals with overwhelming debt, his father's suicide and his own bad choices.

    Directed by:

  • Rachel Samuels
  • rating:2.4 2.4 Average Rating

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    The Toe Tactic
    rating:2.4

    The Toe Tactic

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    While coping with her father's death, Mona (Lily Rabe) tries to visit her childhood home before her mother (Mary Kay Place) sells it. Along the way Mona loses her wallet, scours New York City looking for it, and comes across colorful characters both real and imagined. Featuring a sweet score by Yo La Tengo, this surreal fusion of live-action and animation includes the voices of David Cross, Don Bryon and Eli Wallach.

    Directed by:

  • Emily Hubley
  • rating:2.4 2.4 Average Rating

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    Only
    rating:2.4

    Only

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Spending his time unenthusiastically helping out at his parents' Northern Ontario motel, 12-year-old Daniel (Jacob Switzer) finds every day as boring as the last -- until he meets quirky Vera (Elena Hudgins Lyle) and discovers a connection with her that changes his life. Though they only have a day together, they share their secrets and fears as they explore the landscape around the motel in this touching coming-of-age drama.

    Directed by:

  • Ingrid Veninger
  • rating:2.4 2.4 Average Rating

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    Me and Will
    rating:2.4

    Me and Will

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    After meeting in rehab and bonding over their love of motorcycles, Los Angeles club-hoppers Jane (Sherrie Rose) and Will (Melissa Behr) head out to Montana in search of the bike used by Peter Fonda in the counterculture classic Easy Rider. Co-starring Patrick Dempsey and Billy Wirth as Jane and Will's strung-out boyfriends, this touching road drama also features appearances by Traci Lords and Keanu Reeves.

    Directed by:

  • Melissa Behr
  • rating:2.4 2.4 Average Rating

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    My Effortless Brilliance
    rating:2.4

    My Effortless Brilliance

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Eric (Sean Nelson) is an out-of-shape writer who's just found his first real success. But as his ego grows, it forces his friend Dylan (Basil Harris) out of his life. Hoping to repair some of the damage, Eric pays Dylan a surprise visit at his rural Washington home. There, the two iron out old differences in the great outdoors, where Eric is clearly out of his element. Director Lynn Shelton won an Independent Spirit Award for this moving film.

    Directed by:

  • Lynn Shelton
  • rating:2.4 2.4 Average Rating

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    Destricted
    rating:2.4

    Destricted

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    By packing a string of seven erotic shorts into one volume, Destricted removes a bit of the taboo surrounding pornography. Directors range from filmmakers such as Larry Clark to artists from other mediums like Richard Prince and Marilyn Minter. Included are Matthew Barney's "Hoist," in which a man gets intimate with a driveshaft; Prince's "House Call," a salute to 1970s cinema; and Clark's "Impaled," in which he holds auditions for a porn flick.

    Directed by:

  • Larry Clark
  • Cecily Brown
  • Matthew Barney
  • Richard Prince
  • Marilyn Minter
  • Sante D'Orazio
  • Tunga
  • rating:2.4 2.4 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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