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My First Mister
rating:3.5

My First Mister

2001Runtime:0 minutes
Against all odds, a 49-year-old store owner and his teenage clerk become close friends. He's neurotic, and she's from a dysfunctional family, but together, they heal emotional wounds and form an unbreakable bond.

Directed by:

  • Christine Lahti
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Rails & Ties
    rating:3.5

    Rails & Ties

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    When a mother commits suicide by parking her car on the train tracks, an unlikely bond forms between her son, Davey (Miles Heizer) -- who's wracked with guilt -- and the tormented engineer (Kevin Bacon) who was driving the train that fateful day. Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden co-stars as the engineer's wife in this poignant drama, which marks the directorial debut of Alison Eastwood (Clint's daughter).

    Directed by:

  • Alison Eastwood
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Waitress
    rating:3.5

    Waitress

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Keri Russell stars as Jenna, a waitress whose fabulous pies are about the only sweet ingredient in an otherwise dreary existence. That is, until an unwanted pregnancy breeds unexpected romance between Jenna and an attractive doctor. Written by director and co-star Adrienne Shelly (who was murdered shortly before the film's selection for Sundance), this charmer is a frank and funny examination of the fears brought on by impending motherhood.

    Directed by:

  • Adrienne Shelly
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Split Ends
    rating:3.5

    Split Ends

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    To save her successful hair salon and protect her quaint town from overdevelopment, Scottish-born small business owner Lizzie (Corinna May) enthusiastically joins forces with her loyal stylists, local citizens and a charming antique dealer (Richard Bekins). Inspired by events from writer Elizabeth Christensen's life, this cute romantic comedy also stars Vincent Pastore, Lawton Paseka and Peter McRobbie.

    Directed by:

  • Dorothy Lyman
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    All Over the Guy
    rating:3.5

    All Over the Guy

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Striking a healthy, loving balance in a relationship is no easy trick, no matter what your sexual orientation. For Eli and Tom, a set-up first date goes horribly awry. But when they meet again later, without any pressure, a connection is made.

    Directed by:

  • Julie Davis
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Monster
    rating:3.5

    Monster

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Charlize Theron took home the Best Actress Oscar for her electrifying performance as Aileen Wuornos, an emotionally scarred highway hooker who shoots a sadistic trick who rapes her and ultimately becomes America's first female serial killer. The film, based on a true story, centers more on the surrounding circumstances than on the murders. Christina Ricci co-stars as Aileen's self-centered lesbian lover, Selby Wall.

    Directed by:

  • Patty Jenkins
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    The Favor
    rating:3.5

    The Favor

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    The humdrum life of a middle-aged New Jersey photographer named Lawrence (Frank Wood) is thrown for a loop when his on-again, off-again girlfriend dies unexpectedly and he decides to take in her troubled 16-year-old son, Johnny (Ryan Donowho). The directorial debut from filmmaker Eva S. Aridjis, this touching dramedy features supporting performances from Aldo Perez, Isidra Vega and Jesse Kelly.

    Directed by:

  • Eva Aridjis
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    The Sublet
    rating:3.4

    The Sublet

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    A wrong-number phone call inspires Manhattan recluse Walter (Roger Hendricks Simon) to stir up some excitement in his life by placing an ad to sublet his tiny apartment. Before long, he's showing his place to a parade of potential friends and tenants, but when a runaway rock star wannabe (Tiffany Lee) and a hit man (Ross Pivec) come knocking, Walter suddenly has all the drama he can handle -- and more. Georgiana Nestor directs this comedy.

    Directed by:

  • Georgiana Nestor
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    But I'm a Cheerleader
    rating:3.4

    But I'm a Cheerleader

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    In this hilarious satire, Megan Bloomfield (Natasha Lyonne) lives a "normal" teen life as a cheerleader dating the captain of the football team. But her parents and friends suspect Megan is gay because of "clues," such as her distaste for kissing her boyfriend. Shipped off to True Directions -- a camp designed to shove her back in the closet -- Bloomfield meets tomboy Graham Eaton (Clea DuVall), who helps her recognize her sexual orientation.

    Directed by:

  • Jamie Babbit
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Staying Together
    rating:3.4

    Staying Together

    1989Runtime:0 minutes
    Brian (Tim Quill), Kit (Dermot Mulroney) and Duncan (Sean Astin) have always expected they'd take over their father's (Jim Haynie) restaurant once he retires. That may be why they've never taken life too seriously, given that their futures were always cemented. But when Dad decides without consulting them to sell the place to an outsider, they're forced to settle down and forge a path of their own, which isn't as easy as they expected.

    Directed by:

  • Lee Grant
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    A Perfect Ending
    rating:3.4

    A Perfect Ending

    2012Runtime:0 minutes
    This intimate drama follows Rebecca, a woman who has kept her sexuality a secret from her friends but chooses to reveal it to a stranger. While Rebecca's revelations may not yield the results she expects, a perfect ending is still in reach.

    Directed by:

  • Nicole Conn
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Real Women Have Curves
    rating:3.4

    Real Women Have Curves

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    America Ferrera shines in a star-making performance as Ana, a Mexican-American teenager who's struggling to break free from her mother's old-world expectations, in this coming-of-age drama set in East Los Angeles. Ana wants to attend college so she can better herself, but she's needed in her sister's sewing sweatshop, where women labor to make dresses that are then sold for many times what the shop is paid to make them.

    Directed by:

  • Patricia Cardoso
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Household Saints
    rating:3.4

    Household Saints

    1993Runtime:0 minutes
    In post-World War II New York, Joseph (Vincent D'Onofrio) wins Catherine (Tracey Ullman) in a pinochle game. They marry and have a daughter, Teresa (Lili Taylor), who becomes a religious zealot as she seeks purity through prayer -- much to the consternation of Teresa's boyfriend (Michael Imperioli) and parents. Director Nancy Savoca's third film is based on Francine Prose's novel of the same name.

    Directed by:

  • Nancy Savoca
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Ping Pong Playa
    rating:3.4

    Ping Pong Playa

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    When a car accident sidelines his mother and brother, tough-talking slacker C-Dub (Jimmy Tsai) shelves his pipe dream of becoming an NBA star to run the family's ping-pong supply and coaching business. Indignant at first, C-Dub sets aside his resentment when he realizes that winning a table-tennis championship might also win over his dream girl. This quirky comedy earned producer Anne Clements an Independent Spirit Awards nod.

    Directed by:

  • Jessica Yu
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    All I Wanna Do
    rating:3.4

    All I Wanna Do

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    It's 1963, and budget constraints are forcing Miss Godard's School for Girls to merge with a nearby boy's boarding school. This alarms student Verena (Kirsten Dunst) and her friends, who launch a strike to preserve their academy's all-girl tradition. Their defiance angers straight-arrow Abby (Rachael Leigh Cook) and causes headaches for sympathetic teacher Miss McVane (Lynn Redgrave). Gaby Hoffmann and Heather Matarazzo co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Sarah Kernochan
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Strangers in Good Company
    rating:3.4

    Strangers in Good Company

    1990Runtime:0 minutes
    When a bus filled with eight elderly women breaks down in the wilderness, the group of strangers is stranded at a deserted farmhouse with only their wits, their memories and eventually some roasted frogs' legs to sustain them. For several days, the women share their life stories and intimate thoughts. Director Cynthia Scott directs these nonprofessional actors delivering largely improvised dialogue to heartwarming effect.

    Directed by:

  • Cynthia Scott
  • rating:3.4 3.4 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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