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Between the Lions: Season 1
rating:3.0

Between the Lions: Season 1

2000Runtime:0 minutes
Puppetry, animation, live action and music combine in this Emmy-winning PBS series for early readers. In each episode, the members of a lion family -- Theo, Cleo, Leona and Lionel -- read a story from their magical library, where characters pop out from books, vowels sing and words spring to life. With an emphasis on phonics and key words -- and a lot of music and merriment thrown in -- "Between the Lions" -- makes learning to read fun and easy.

Directed by:

  • Kathryn Mullen
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    Martha Argerich & Friends
    rating:3.0

    Martha Argerich & Friends

    1982Runtime:0 minutes
    Classical music aficionados are in for a treat with this rare filmed performance by acclaimed pianist Martha Argerich. This recording of Agerich's 1982 concert features 12 pieces, including works from Mozart, Schuman, Ravel and Rachmaninov. Argerich also performs a number of duets with the aid of talented guest performers such as Mischa Maisky, Nicolas Economou and Nelson Freire. Biographies of the performers are included as on-screen liner notes

    Directed by:

  • Martha Argerich
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    Blue's Clues: Blue's Room: Fred's Birthday
    rating:3.0

    Blue's Clues: Blue's Room: Fred's Birthday

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Inquisitive pup Blue and her friends enjoy party time and fairy tales in the playroom in these two charming episodes -- "Fred's Birthday" and "In the Fairy Tale Ball" -- from the educational series aimed at preschoolers. First, Blue and Fred invite tykes on a riddle-solving treasure hunt for Fred's present. Then, Blue receives a special invitation and meets Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs and other classic fairy-tale characters.

    Directed by:

  • Elizabeth Holder
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    Superjoint Ritual: Live at CBGB
    rating:3.0

    Superjoint Ritual: Live at CBGB

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Superjoint Ritual takes to the stage at CBGB in this powerhouse concert recorded live at the legendary New York City club that eschews gimmicks and delivers pure music. Tracks include "Antifaith," "The Introvert," "Personal Insult," "The Destruction of a Person," "Permanently," "The Alcoholik," "Waiting for the Turning Point," "One Song/Ozena," "Stealing a Page or Two from Armed and Radical Pagans" and more.

    Directed by:

  • Denise Korycki
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    Indigo Girls: Watershed: Ten Years of Underground Video
    rating:3.0

    Indigo Girls: Watershed: Ten Years of Underground Video

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    This intimate portrait of folk-rockers Amy Ray and Emily Saliers (the Indigo Girls) employs underground music videos, live footage and home videos shot by family and friends to tell the story of the duo's rise to fame. During an interview at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Ray and Saliers explain to viewers, in their own words, the inspiration behind their videos. Backstage footage also highlights their early career.

    Directed by:

  • Susan Lambert
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    Josie and the Pussycats
    rating:3.0

    Josie and the Pussycats

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    They're three small-time girls with big-time dreams. The comic-book rockers go live-action in this music-business parody. Josie (Rachael Leigh Cook) and her pussycats, Melody (Tara Reid) and Valerie (Rosario Dawson), think they've hit it big when they get a call from record-company executive Alan Cumming. But their claws come out when they discover they're shills in a plot to feed teens subliminal messages!

    Directed by:

  • Harry Elfont
  • Deborah Kaplan
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    Starstruck
    rating:3.0

    Starstruck

    1982Runtime:0 minutes
    Jackie Mullins (Jo Kennedy, doing her own new wave singing) is an aspiring star who just has to sing. And with her cousin Angus on her side, stardom might not be too far off. The two team up with a local band, The Wombats, to take their big shot at fame, fortune and celebrity -- all the while trying to save the family pub. Gillian Armstrong directs this quirky movie filled with 1980s hairdos and kangaroo costumes.

    Directed by:

  • Gillian Armstrong
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    Wee Sing: King Cole's Party
    rating:3.0

    Wee Sing: King Cole's Party

    1987Runtime:0 minutes
    Mother Goose nursery rhymes come to life in this delightful musical treat for children. Join Mary and her little lamb, Jack and Jill, and Little Boy Blue as they journey to Old King Cole's castle to help him celebrate 100 years of peace. Youngsters' favorite characters are all on board -- including Humpty-Dumpty. Featuring live action and special effects, the program encourages kids and adults to sing along with the familiar nursery-rhyme songs.

    Directed by:

  • Susan Shadburne
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    Music for the Movies: Toru Takemitsu
    rating:3.0

    Music for the Movies: Toru Takemitsu

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Inspired to write music after hearing the French song "Parlez-Moi d'Amour" during World War II, film composer Toru Takemitsu enjoyed a rich career working with many of Japanese cinema's greatest directors. Rarely interviewed filmmakers such as Hiroshi Teshigahara (Woman in the Dunes) and Masaki Kobayashi (Kaidan) expound on the varied sonic palettes Takemitsu left upon their works. Clips include Double Suicide and Akira Kurosawa's Ran.

    Directed by:

  • Charlotte Zwerin
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    Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame
    rating:3.0

    Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    The Kirov Orchestra, Opera Chorus and Ballet present Tchaikovsky's acclaimed masterpiece, a story of forbidden love in 18th-century Russia. Gegam Grigorian is Hermann, the destitute tragic figure who longs for Liza (Maria Gulegina), who is promised to a prince. All the while, the spectral figure of Liza's grandmother watches over the proceedings. This 1992 production was performed at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.

    Directed by:

  • Valery Gergiev
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    Sadko: Kirov Opera & Ballet
    rating:3.0

    Sadko: Kirov Opera & Ballet

    1994Runtime:0 minutes
    The world-famous Kirov Opera, Orchestra and Ballet sparkle in this elaborate staging of composer Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov's "Sadko," performed at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. The opera follows the fortunes of a musician (Vladimir Galusin) who leaves his hometown (and his wife) behind to find adventure abroad. Ever the loyalist, he eventually returns -- to much fanfare and a happy spouse (Valentina Tsidipova).

    Directed by:

  • Valery Gergiev
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    Inside the Circle
    rating:3.0

    Inside the Circle

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    For four years, filmmaker Marcy Garriott followed three young break-dancers -- Omar, Josh and Romeo -- as they struggled to be the best. The result is this kinetic documentary that showcases explosive performances as well as the b-boy lifestyle. Though beset with legal troubles, poverty and limited practice time, the guys put heart and soul into their quest for stardom. Grupo Fantasma's Adrian Quesada provides the pulsating soundtrack.

    Directed by:

  • Marcy Garriott
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    The Shield Around the K: The Story of K Records
    rating:3.0

    The Shield Around the K: The Story of K Records

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Heather Rose Dominic's engrossing documentary details the laborious but fulfilling process of building a record label -- in this case, do-it-yourself K Records, which is responsible for such discoveries as Calvin Johnson's influential band, Beat Happening. Included are interviews with alternative-music legends Ian MacKaye of Fugazi; Dean Wareham of Galaxie 500; Rose Melberg of Softies and Tiger Trap; and more.

    Directed by:

  • Heather Rose Dominic
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    Bollywood / Hollywood
    rating:3.0

    Bollywood / Hollywood

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    In this sly send-up of Indian movie musical conventions, a handsome young hero (Rahul Khanna) is at odds with his traditionalist family over his marriage plans. He's engaged to a Canadian girl (Jessica Pare) who's a pop star -- and that definitely won't satisfy his bombastic grandmother (Dina Pathak) or his incoherently blubbering mother (Moushumi Chatterjee). Will he give in and choose a mate more suitable to his family's high standards?

    Directed by:

  • Deepa Mehta
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    Prince Igor: Kirov Ballet
    rating:3.0

    Prince Igor: Kirov Ballet

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    The sweeping saga of Alexander Borodin's "Prince Igor" springs to life with the talents of the Kirov Opera and Ballet in this memorable 1998 staging recorded live at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. Nikolai Putilin assumes the role of the titular 12th-century royal, who is captured by the Polovtsian nomad Khan Konchak (Vladimir Vaneev) and later escapes, only to see his son fall in love with Konchak's daughter.

    Directed by:

  • Valery Gergiev
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    Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel
    rating:3.0

    Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Staging directors Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser infuse German composer Engelbert Humperdinck's fairy-tale opera with more than a dollop of black humor in this 2008 London performance that's both enchanting and menacing. Angelika Kirchschlager and Diana Damrau play Hansel and Gretel, respectively, and beloved British baritone Thomas Allen portrays their father in an outstanding production led by maestro Colin Davis.

    Directed by:

  • Sue Judd
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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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