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Oyster Farmer
rating:3.2

Oyster Farmer

2005Runtime:0 minutes
Down-on-his-luck drifter Jack Flange (Alex O'Loughlin) heads to a secluded oyster-farming community to wait for a parcel of stolen cash that he's mailed to himself. But the package never arrives, and Jack suspects a beautiful postal worker named (what else?) Pearl (Diana Glenn) may be responsible for its disappearance. Anna Reeves directs this quirky but charming romance set along Australia's Hawkesbury River.

Directed by:

  • Anna Reeves
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Beautiful
    rating:3.2

    Beautiful

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    Career beauty-queen contestant Mona (Minnie Driver) becomes pregnant and enlists her best friend to rear the child (Hallie Kate Eisenberg) away from the spotlight's glare. Will mother and estranged daughter ever make an emotional connection? It depends on whether Mona can cut through the perfunctory lip gloss and nail polish to discover what's truly important in life.

    Directed by:

  • Sally Field
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    The Boys Next Door
    rating:3.2

    The Boys Next Door

    1985Runtime:0 minutes
    On the eve of their high school graduation, two young men (Maxwell Caulfield and Charlie Sheen) head for Los Angeles -- along the way they embark on a violent murder spree that shocks the nation. They're not maniacs, nor are they hardened criminals; they're just the "typical" boys next door. This crime drama from director Penelope Spheeris (Wayne's World) is a startling look at crime amid normalcy.

    Directed by:

  • Penelope Spheeris
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Helen
    rating:3.2

    Helen

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Ashley Judd stars as Helen, an adored wife, mother and successful music professor who also struggles to mask her debilitating depression until a breakdown lands her in the hospital. But this apparent setback offers Helen a new perspective on life and her condition in the form of Mathilda (Lauren Lee Smith), a fellow patient with whom Helen forms a potent bond. Sandra Nettelbeck directs this touching drama; Goran Visnjic and Alexia Fast co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Sandra Nettelbeck
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Never Forever
    rating:3.2

    Never Forever

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Vera Farmiga stars in this heartbreaking drama (a 2006 Sundance Film Festival entry) as Sophie, a woman who's utterly devoted to her husband but finds she's unable to get pregnant. When Sophie makes an odd but decisive choice to bring a Korean immigrant (Jung-woo Ha) into their marriage, her fateful decision soon threatens to tear the couple apart -- and drive Sophie to the brink of total despair.

    Directed by:

  • Gina Kim
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Down to the Bone
    rating:3.1

    Down to the Bone

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Irene (Vera Farmiga), a drug-addled, working-class mother of two, decides to check herself into a rehab center in upstate New York, where she meets and falls in love with a fellow addict (Hugh Dillon) who's working hard to mend his ways. But when one of them relapses into addiction, can their commitment to each other prevail over the lure of narcotics? Debra Granik won the Director's Award and Farmiga won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance.

    Directed by:

  • Debra Granik
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Chutney Popcorn
    rating:3.1

    Chutney Popcorn

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    When Reena (Nisha Ganatra, in her feature film debut) learns that married sister Sarita (Sakina Jaffrey) can't have a baby, she decides to play surrogate mother, but Reena's girlfriend (Jill Hennessy) worries that three might be a crowd. Themes of love, family obligations and fertility swirl through the story as Sarita grapples with her failure to conceive, and Reena's mother remains in the dark about her daughter's same-sex relationship.

    Directed by:

  • Nisha Ganatra
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    The Wolf Knife
    rating:3.1

    The Wolf Knife

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Looking to escape her monotonous life in Florida, Chrissy (Christina Kolozsvary) sets out to track down her estranged father accompanied by her best friend June (Julie Potratz). As the two teenagers journey together, they encounter confusing feelings of attraction, jealousy and tension. Written and directed by Laurel Nakadate, this atypical road movie focuses on the girls' evolving relationship through their small gestures.

    Directed by:

  • Laurel Nakadate
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Surveillance
    rating:3.1

    Surveillance

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Revealing the stunning truth behind a horrific string of homicides near Santa Fe, a young girl (Ryan Simpkins), a police officer (Kent Harper) and a drug addict (Pell James) spill their wildly different eyewitness accounts to FBI agents Elizabeth Anderson (Julia Ormond) and Sam Hallaway (Bill Pullman). Michael Ironside, Cheri Oteri and French Stewart co-star in this thriller from director Jennifer Chambers Lynch (Boxing Helena).

    Directed by:

  • Jennifer Chambers Lynch
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Sister My Sister
    rating:3.1

    Sister My Sister

    1994Runtime:0 minutes
    This darkly engaging film dramatizes real-life events that scandalized French society in the 1930s, when Christine (Joely Richardson) and Lea Papin (Jodhi May), sisters who worked as maids, murdered their overbearing bourgeois mistress and her daughter. Their lives stifled by their employer, the sisters also formed an incestuous sexual relationship. Nancy Meckler directs this tale of rage and twisted love that also features Julie Walters.

    Directed by:

  • Nancy Meckler
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    The 27 Club
    rating:3.1

    The 27 Club

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    When his bandmate and best friend, Tom (James Forgey), kills himself just after his 27th birthday, grief-stricken rock star Elliot Kerrigan (Joe Anderson) hires a driver and sets out on a drug-addled road trip to deliver Tom's final letter to his father. Along the way, Elliot picks up Irish hitchhiker Stella (Eve Hewson), who pretends not to recognize the musical celeb. Erica Dunton directs this provocative drama that co-stars David P. Emrich.

    Directed by:

  • Erica Dunton
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Please Give
    rating:3.1

    Please Give

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Life gets knotty when successful Manhattan couple Alex (Oliver Platt) and Kate (Catherine Keener) develop a relationship with the granddaughters of Andra (Ann Morgan Guilbert), the cantankerous elderly woman who owns the apartment next to theirs -- and who must die so they can expand their home. The all-star cast includes Amanda Peet, Rebecca Hall and Lois Smith in this indie feature from writer-director Nicole Holofcener (Friends with Money).

    Directed by:

  • Nicole Holofcener
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Obselidia
    rating:3.1

    Obselidia

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    In this earnest indie romance, a librarian who believes that love is an obsolete concept meets a projectionist who believes just the opposite amid the vast and silent landscapes of Death Valley.

    Directed by:

  • Diane Bell
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    The Anniversary Party
    rating:3.1

    The Anniversary Party

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Recently uncoupled couple Joe (Allan Cumming) and Sally (Jennifer Jason Leigh) celebrate their anniversary with a group of friends in this dark, Independent Spirit Award-nominated drama (also written and directed by Cumming and Leigh). When Judy (Parker Posey), Cal (Kevin Kline), Sky (Gwyneth Paltrow) and assorted spouses and friends come over, it only takes a few cocktails and a load of ecstasy before the situation careens out of control.

    Directed by:

  • Alan Cumming
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    On the Starting Line
    rating:3.1

    On the Starting Line

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Set against the ultracompetitive world of drum corps contests, this coming-of-age tale stars Samia Mooney as an up-and-coming color guard dancer who dreams of joining a world champion drum and bugle corps. Wendy J. Menara writes and directs this low-budget story that captures the high-stakes drama, cutthroat rivalry and unintentional hilarity surrounding the world of gung ho pageantry performance.

    Directed by:

  • Wendy J. Menara
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    The Big Shot-Caller
    rating:3.1

    The Big Shot-Caller

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    When his life hits an all-time low after a failed romance, nearsighted loner Jamie Lesser (David Rhein) calls on his spirited sister Lianne (director Marlene Rhein) to help him achieve his cherished childhood dream of becoming a fiery salsa dancer. As Jamie learns to turn his inner dancer loose, he also discovers the courage to confront the other obstacles standing in his way to happiness. Laneya Wiles co-stars in this inspiring drama.

    Directed by:

  • Marlene Rhein
  • rating:3.1 3.1 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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