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California Dreaming
rating:2.1

California Dreaming

2007Runtime:0 minutes
When an Omaha, Neb., family piles into an RV and heads to the wilds of California for their dream vacation, nightmares soon ensue. One mishap after another befalls the out-of-their-element suburbanites, but they're determined to prevail -- and perhaps learn some lessons along the way in this National Lampoon-style comedy starring Dave Foley, Lea Thompson, Patricia Richardson and Vicki Lewis, and directed by Linda Voorhees.

Directed by:

  • Linda Voorhees
  • rating:2.1 2.1 Average Rating

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    Our Burden Is Light
    rating:2.0

    Our Burden Is Light

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel co-stars with Denise Coates, Nathan Webb, Jessica Ballard and Jack Rooney in this inspiring love story about an edgy female artist named Karen who, after her mother's recent suicide, is feeling bereft, drowning in a sea of grief. All that changes when she meets Kyle -- a musician who's sold out by writing jingles -- under tragic circumstances that fail to squelch their burgeoning friendship.

    Directed by:

  • Denise Coates
  • rating:2.0 2.0 Average Rating

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    An Existential Affair
    rating:2.0

    An Existential Affair

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    During the 1990s, a highly sexual affair -- nearly 10 years in duration -- between two strangers, Petra and Johnny, begins behind the closed doors of a hotel room in Los Angeles. But when they decide to venture beyond the confines of the room, their desire wanes and reality intrudes. Can they shift their relationship to a more prosaic level that real life demands? Stars Alex A. Quinn, Martin Landau, Sean Delgado and Gretchen Becker.

    Directed by:

  • Peggy Bruen
  • rating:2.0 2.0 Average Rating

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    Ride the Wake
    rating:2.0

    Ride the Wake

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Still reeling from her mother's sudden death, wakeboarder Jessica Evans (Jenny Ladner) can't possibly concentrate on an upcoming tournament that could take her into the big time. That is, until a cute snowboarder (Erik Valdez) asks her to teach him everything she knows. With a budding relationship to occupy her time, Jessica's thinking a lot more positively. But she still hasn't dealt with her biggest fear: proving herself against the guys.

    Directed by:

  • Jennifer Akana-Sturla
  • rating:2.0 2.0 Average Rating

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    The Last Kennedy
    rating:2.0

    The Last Kennedy

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    In this disquieting indie thriller, Rev. Franklin Kennedy (Lynn Merrill), a black man on the brink of winning the U.S. presidency, is gunned down on the eve of the election. At the nexus of the assassination are political pawns Walter Lee Fitzgerald (Richard Culver) and his wife, Linda (Darla Rothman) -- who have unwittingly fallen victim to the CIA's psychological machinations. Teddi Haynes plays the slain candidate's daughter.

    Directed by:

  • Richard Culver
  • Darla Rothman
  • rating:2.0 2.0 Average Rating

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    Tweeked
    rating:2.0

    Tweeked

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Beth Dewey's disturbing film looks unflinchingly at a friendship under fire from within and without. After their drug-addicted friend (Jay Diola) kills himself, Carrie (Darling Narita) and Michelle (Ali Raymer) go on a massive bender, assaulting the drug dealer who fed their troubled friend's habit and then going on the lam to avoid revenge of the highest order. But can they dodge the bullet forever?

    Directed by:

  • Beth Dewey
  • rating:2.0 2.0 Average Rating

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    Gory Gory Hallelujah
    rating:2.0

    Gory Gory Hallelujah

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Four actors -- a black revolutionary, a bisexual hippie, a Jew and a woman -- compete for the role of Jesus in an upcoming film. When all four fail to make the grade, they set out on their motorcycles to go audition for a production of "Jesus Christ Superstar." But after running afoul of a gang in a small town, they're victimized by an evil conspiracy that can only lead one way: down! Stars Tim Gouran, Todd Licea, Tony Doupe and Paige Green.

    Directed by:

  • Sue Corcoran
  • rating:2.0 2.0 Average Rating

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    Standing on Fishes
    rating:2.0

    Standing on Fishes

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    This indie comedy stars Bradford Tatum as Caleb, a talented sculptor who's given an atypical project by renowned filmmaker Richard Verk (Kelsey Grammer) -- to construct a model of a woman's private parts. Turned off by the job's derogatory nature, Caleb must get over his aversion in order to pay bills. Meanwhile, Caleb's friend Jason (Jason Priestly) learns that a girl he's dating is pregnant and plans to have an abortion without consulting him.

    Directed by:

  • Meredith Scott Lynn
  • rating:2.0 2.0 Average Rating

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    Wait Up Harriet
    rating:2.0

    Wait Up Harriet

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    In the wake of his wife's sudden death, a grieving firefighter nearly gives up on living. But with the arrival of his wife's spiritual mentor and the encouragement of his own 12-year-old son, he begins to believe in love again. His progress is thrown off track, however, when he discovers some previously unknown truths about his wife's past. Filmmaker Angus Benfield also stars in this independent drama he co-directed with Hanna Eichler.

    Directed by:

  • Angus Benfield
  • Hanna Eichler
  • rating:2.0 2.0 Average Rating

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    Common Senses
    rating:2.0

    Common Senses

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Recently released from prison and shunned by family and friends, Erin (Holly Montgomery-Webb) is a kleptomaniac struggling to straighten out her life. She reconnects with her childhood friend Luis (Luis A. Perez), now a Chicago street hustler, but their friendship is tested by issues of trust when a child they befriended goes missing. Five award-winning Chicago filmmakers each wrote and directed a chapter of this intriguing drama.

    Directed by:

  • M.T. Cozzola
  • Mary Filice
  • Daniel J. Pico
  • Alexander Rojas
  • Dennis Belogorsky
  • rating:2.0 2.0 Average Rating

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    Helen
    rating:2.0

    Helen

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    When a girl named Joy goes missing, Helen, who lives in a care home, is recruited to stand in for her in a police reconstruction of her final moments. Soon, Helen is taken in by Joy's parents and begins a relationship with Joy's boyfriend.

    Directed by:

  • Christine Molloy
  • rating:2.0 2.0 Average Rating

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    Different Cinema: Vol. 3
    rating:2.0

    Different Cinema: Vol. 3

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    This celebration of independent filmmaking and experimental techniques features nine films showcased in the acclaimed Festival des Cinémas Différents de Paris, including Marguerite Duras's Césarée and Xavier Baert's Empreinte. Shot in a variety of formats and an impressive range of styles, the films in this anthology also include Robert Todd's Cabinet, Isabelle Blanche's Ideal and Masha Godovannaya's Untitled No. 1.

    Directed by:

  • Marguerite Duras
  • rating:2.0 2.0 Average Rating

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    Clubland
    rating:2.0

    Clubland

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Jimmy Tuckett shines as the lead singer of a Los Angeles-based rock 'n' roll band whose path to success is obscured by indifferent club owners, drugs, jealousy and scads of groupies. Lori Petty plays the band's resident troublemaker, ingesting drugs and swilling booze so prodigiously that she seems hell-bent on living up to the old rock maxim about "living fast and dying young."

    Directed by:

  • Mary Lambert
  • rating:2.0 2.0 Average Rating

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    Cosmopolitan
    rating:2.0

    Cosmopolitan

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Bollywood veteran Roshan Seth stars in this offbeat romantic comedy as Indian immigrant Gopal, whose serene New Jersey life suddenly disintegrates when both his wife and daughter decide to depart and begin new lives.

    Directed by:

  • Nisha Ganatra
  • rating:2.0 2.0 Average Rating

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    Drifting Elegant
    rating:2.0

    Drifting Elegant

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    In this complex tale of race relations in post-Sept. 11 America, Victor Saad (Donnie Keshawarz), an Arab-American convicted of rape, is freed when his African-American accuser recants her story. Victor enlists a journalist friend to tell his story -- not knowing the man had an affair with his alleged victim. With Victor sleeping on his couch, the journalist quickly finds his own life and relationships complicated by the secrets the man reveals.

    Directed by:

  • Amy Glazer
  • rating:2.0 2.0 Average Rating

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    Crocodile Tears
    rating:2.0

    Crocodile Tears

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    When Simon Desoto (Ted Sod) tests positive for HIV, he decides to send several letters to the devil asking for help -- in particular, he wants to be healthy again. The devil ultimately comes through with a simple proposition, ensuring that Simon will return to his HIV-negative status if he agrees to become a homophobic stand-up comedian. Simon accepts and becomes the next big thing in Hollywood (with just a few skeletons in his closet).

    Directed by:

  • Ann Coppel
  • rating:2.0 2.0 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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