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Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity
rating:3.2

Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity

2004Runtime:0 minutes
Determined to improve the romantic prospects of her lonely single mother, Kin Ho, quirky but well-meaning 12-year-old Mindy (Valerie Tian) resorts to Taoist magic to do the trick. But although the spells and potions seem to miss the mark, Kin finds her humdrum, unfulfilling life given a fresh spark from her daughter's good-intentioned charms. Reteaming with director Mina Shum (Double Happiness), Sandra Oh stars in this enchanting light comedy.

Directed by:

  • Mina Shum
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Thin Ice
    rating:3.2

    Thin Ice

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    Midwest insurance salesman Mickey Prohaska (Greg Kinnear) hatches a get-rich-quick scheme that depends on him gaining possession of a rare and precious violin, but his planned score results in wild and unexpected consequences. Alan Arkin, Billy Crudup and Lea Thompson co-star in this meditation on lying and its consequences, written by sisters Jill and Karen Sprecher (Thirteen Conversations About One Thing).

    Directed by:

  • Jill Sprecher
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Lou
    rating:3.2

    Lou

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    This poignant drama follows Lou, an 11-year-old Australian coping with having been abandoned by her father when her estranged grandfather, Doyle, comes to live with the family. Much to Lou's surprise, she develops a deep bond with the ailing Doyle.

    Directed by:

  • Belinda Chayko
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    The Savages
    rating:3.2

    The Savages

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Carrying the scars of an abusive childhood, Savage siblings Wendy (Laura Linney, in an Oscar-nominated role) and Jon (Philip Seymour Hoffman) -- a long-aspiring playwright and a drama professor, respectively -- now face the challenge of caring for their ailing father (Philip Bosco). Written and directed by Tamara Jenkins, this insightful indie drama explores the depth of one family's emotional disconnect.

    Directed by:

  • Tamara Jenkins
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Laurel Canyon
    rating:3.2

    Laurel Canyon

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    When Sam (Christian Bale) takes Alex (Kate Beckinsale) home to meet his mom, Jane (Frances McDormand), he's worried his fiancée will be embarrassed by his family. Instead, Alex becomes inexplicably drawn to Jane's and her boyfriend's (Alessandro Nivola) lives -- leaving Sam vulnerable to the attentions of another woman. Writer Lisa Cholodenko (High Art) also directs this complicated tale of love and lust.

    Directed by:

  • Lisa Cholodenko
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    The Safety of Objects
    rating:3.2

    The Safety of Objects

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Four intersecting tales shed light on the difficult lives of suburbanites. Esther (Glenn Close) nurses her comatose son (Joshua Jackson) while ignoring the rest of the family, and workaholic attorney Jim (Dermot Mulroney) overlooks his wife (Moira Kelly), losing control when he doesn't get an expected promotion. Meanwhile, Annette (Patricia Clarkson) and her family struggle to survive her divorce, and Helen (Mary Kay Place) seeks excitement.

    Directed by:

  • Rose Troche
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Toe to Toe
    rating:3.2

    Toe to Toe

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Out on the lacrosse pitch, wealthy but troubled Jesse (Louisa Krause) and poor but driven Tosha (Sonequa Martin) form an easy and deep bond, but their relationship is threatened once they enter the hallways of an elite prep school they attend in Washington, D.C. There, they must work to overcome racial and other tensions in their classmates, and in themselves, if they hope to keep their friendship alive. Emily Abt directs.

    Directed by:

  • Emily Abt
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    High Art
    rating:3.2

    High Art

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    Magazine editor Syd (Radha Mitchell) is stuck in a dreary relationship with her boyfriend (Gabriel Mann) when she befriends her upstairs neighbor Lucy (Ally Sheedy), a well-known photographer whose live-in actress girlfriend (Patricia Clarkson) is struggling with a drug addiction. Lucy fascinates Syd, and the pair hit it off. But when Syd calls on Lucy to do an assignment for the magazine, their friendship soon grows into something much more.

    Directed by:

  • Lisa Cholodenko
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Little Fugitive
    rating:3.2

    Little Fugitive

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Left in the care of his older brother Lenny for the weekend, 7-year-old Joey takes the first opportunity to flout his sibling's authority. But when a joke goes awry and Joey thinks he's killed his brother, he runs off to Coney Island to escape. Now, Lenny must track his brother down before he comes to harm. Joanna Lipper directs and Nicolas Martí Salgado and David Castro star in this remake of the 1953 film of the same name

    Directed by:

  • Joanna Lipper
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Post Grad
    rating:3.2

    Post Grad

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Ryden Malby (Alexis Bledel) always assumed it would be easy to find a job with a college diploma. But when nothing materializes after graduation, she's forced to move back in with her dysfunctional family and work full-time at maintaining her sanity. The only bright spot is her steady relationship with her best friend, Adam (Zach Gilford), but even that's starting to feel a little awkward. Carol Burnett, Michael Keaton and Jane Lynch co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Vicky Jenson
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Boynton Beach Club
    rating:3.2

    Boynton Beach Club

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Who says sex after 60 isn't sexy anymore? The residents of the Boynton Beach Club, an active retirement community, don't think so. Upon joining a bereavement support group, the lives of six individuals cross paths, opening the doors to dating again.

    Directed by:

  • Susan Seidelman
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    The Whole Truth
    rating:3.2

    The Whole Truth

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Angela (Elisabeth Röhm), a morally bankrupt acting coach, helps slimy criminals avoid prison by training them how to appear innocent in court. But when a former client pegs her as his next murder victim, Angela starts running scared and realizes her past mistakes. Written and directed by Colleen Patrick, this screwball comedy also stars Eric Roberts, Sean Patrick Flanery, Jim Holmes and Rick Overton.

    Directed by:

  • Colleen Patrick
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Japanese Story
    rating:3.2

    Japanese Story

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    During a field trip, geologist Sandy (Toni Collette) has the unfortunate luck of being marooned in the Pilbara desert with a man she can't stand. Finding him completely irritating and rather egotistical, Sandy soon learns that his feelings for her are just as contemptuous. The saying that things can only get better doesn't apply to these two, as their increasingly remote location only adds to the already challenging situation.

    Directed by:

  • Sue Brooks
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Lucky Days
    rating:3.2

    Lucky Days

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Coney Island resident Virginia (Angelica Torn) -- still single and solitary at the ripe old age of 30 -- faces the prospect of watching the town's world-famous amusement park be demolished to make way for a new development. But Virginia's meditations are interrupted when a face from the distant past reappears in this earnest independent feature that was the last film made using the iconic Coney Island boardwalk as a backdrop.

    Directed by:

  • Tony Torn
  • Angelica Torn
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Mrs. Dalloway
    rating:3.2

    Mrs. Dalloway

    1997Runtime:0 minutes
    In 1923, middle-aged Clarissa Dalloway (Vanessa Redgrave) prepares for a party, and as she does, she reflects on the events that have shaped her life. A young Clarissa (Natascha McElhone) makes her choice between two men, the steadfast Richard Dalloway (John Standing) and sparkling Peter Walsh (Michael Kitchen). Did Clarissa choose wisely? From the director of the Academy Award-winning Antonia's Line and adapted from the novel by Virginia Woolf.

    Directed by:

  • Marleen Gorris
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    The Black Balloon
    rating:3.2

    The Black Balloon

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Australian model Gemma Ward makes her feature film debut in this family drama starring Rhys Wakefield as a 16-year-old trying to make his way in a new town and at a new school -- while also charged with keeping tabs on his autistic older brother (Luke Ford). Toni Collette plays the pregnant mother of the clan, and Erik Thomson is the cricket-obsessed dad in this Berlin Film Festival award winner from first-time feature director Elissa Down.

    Directed by:

  • Elissa Down
  • rating:3.2 3.2 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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