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Shark Tale
rating:3.5

Shark Tale

2004Runtime:0 minutes
In this DreamWorks animated tale, Oscar (Will Smith) is a small fish whose big aspirations often get him into trouble. Meanwhile, Lenny (Jack Black) is a great white shark with a surprising secret that no sea creature would guess: He's a vegetarian. When a lie turns Oscar into an improbable hero and Lenny becomes an outcast, the two form an unlikely friendship. Robert De Niro, Renée Zellweger and Martin Scorsese also lend their voices.

Directed by:

  • Bibo Bergeron
  • Vicky Jenson
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    American Splendor
    rating:3.5

    American Splendor

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Paul Giamatti stars as Harvey Pekar, a working-class stiff file clerk who found an outlet for his creativity by chronicling the minutia of his life in Cleveland, Ohio, in a comic-book series called &NFi;American Splendor&NFi_; for more than 20 years. Hope Davis co-stars as Pekar's wife, Joyce Brabner, in this revealing biopic, which tells Pekar's story through a blend of two-dimensional images, archival footage and more.

    Directed by:

  • Shari Springer Berman
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    It's Kind of a Funny Story
    rating:3.5

    It's Kind of a Funny Story

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Being a teenager is too much for 16-year-old Craig (Keir Gilchrist), who shocks his parents (Lauren Graham and Jim Gaffigan) by checking himself into a mental health clinic for a little R & R. But when the youth ward is unexpectedly closed, he's forced to live among the adult patients. Zach Galifianakis, Viola Davis, Emma Roberts and Aasif Mandvi co-star in this quirky drama written and directed by the screenwriters of Half Nelson.

    Directed by:

  • Anna Boden
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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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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    The Prince & Me
    rating:3.5

    The Prince & Me

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    College freshman Paige is a force of nature. As soon as she arrives on campus, sparks fly with one of her classmates, Eddie. But she's clueless that he's actually a Danish prince spending a year hiding in America disguised as a regular guy.

    Directed by:

  • Martha Coolidge
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Michael
    rating:3.5

    Michael

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    Two struggling tabloid reporters and an "angel expert" are sent by their boss to check out an old kook who claims to have an angel living with her. Sure enough, the guy's got wings, but he's also into smoking, drinking and womanizing. Unconvinced that Michael (John Travolta) is not an Earthly being, the reporters take him to Chicago, when Michael's unconventional methods begin to work heavenly magic. Director Nora Ephron also wrote the script.

    Directed by:

  • Nora Ephron
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Sunshine Cleaning
    rating:3.5

    Sunshine Cleaning

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Financially on shaky ground yet determined to send her son to a top private school, Rose Lorkowski (Amy Adams) teams up with her unreliable sister, Norah (Emily Blunt), to start a new company that specializes in biohazard removal and crime scene cleanup. Tired of doing all of the work for other people, whether in her job cleaning homes or in her failed relationships, Rose is finally ready to use her entrepreneurial spirit to tidy up her own life.

    Directed by:

  • Christine Jeffs
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    I Like It Like That
    rating:3.5

    I Like It Like That

    1994Runtime:0 minutes
    Lisette (Lauren Velez) and Chino Linares (Jon Seda) live in the Bronx with their three children and are barely scraping by. During a blackout, Chino gets arrested for stealing a stereo. In order to raise the bail money, Lisette lands a job as an assistant to a record executive (Griffin Dunne) who believes he knows everything about Latino music. Lisette proves him wrong, and her career takes off -- much to the chagrin of the jealous Chino.

    Directed by:

  • Darnell Martin
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Sledge Hammer!: Season 1
    rating:3.5

    Sledge Hammer!: Season 1

    1986Runtime:0 minutes
    Lampooning Dirty Harry Callahan and the rest of the maverick cops who followed, this audacious satire stars David Rasche as the titular Sledge Hammer, a macho, loose-cannon detective who unloads his .44 Magnum on everything that gets in his way. Anne-Marie Martin co-stars as his hardworking partner, Dori Doreau, and Harrison Page plays Hammer's explosive superior officer, the long-suffering Capt. Trunk.

    Directed by:

  • Martha Coolidge
  • 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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    Spin City: Michael J. Fox: His All-Time Favorites: Vol. 2
    rating:3.5

    Spin City: Michael J. Fox: His All-Time Favorites: Vol. 2

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    If you thought the laughs were over for Spin City, think again! Michael J. Fox handpicks more of the funniest episodes from the hit TV sitcom, in which he stars as Deputy New York City Mayor Mike Flaherty. The rest of the cast, including Heather Locklear, Richard Kind and mayor Barry Bostwick clearly enjoy their time on the show, and Fox introduces each hilarious episode himself.

    Directed by:

  • Lee Shallat-Chemel
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Can't Hardly Wait
    rating:3.5

    Can't Hardly Wait

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    At a wild party, newly minted high school graduates celebrate and ponder the future -- including love-struck dork Preston Meyers, who tries to work up the courage to act on his feelings for beautiful prom queen Amanda Beckett.

    Directed by:

  • Harry Elfont
  • Deborah Kaplan
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Valley Girl
    rating:3.5

    Valley Girl

    1983Runtime:0 minutes
    A punk named Randy (Nicolas Cage) from the wrong side of the Hollywood Hills falls for Julie (Deborah Foreman), a mall-dwelling Valley Girl, and they begin a Romeo-and-Juliet-like romance -- that is, until peer pressure gets to Julie and she cuts things off. But love-struck Randy refuses to give up on Julie. Will he convince her that they're meant to be together? Martha Coolidge directs this satire on life in Southern California in the 1980s.

    Directed by:

  • Martha Coolidge
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Wayne's World
    rating:3.5

    Wayne's World

    1992Runtime:0 minutes
    In this big-screen feature of a legendary "Saturday Night Live" sketch, Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey), the original "Party on!" overgrown teenagers, produce a no-budget cable access show that wins a contract from a fast-talking ad man (Rob Lowe). The dudes think they've hit it big -- but may have fallen for a scam. Meanwhile, Wayne has fallen again -- this time for gorgeous rocker (Tia Carrere), who takes his hormones for a ride.

    Directed by:

  • Penelope Spheeris
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Hysteria
    rating:3.5

    Hysteria

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    In 1880s London, forward-thinking young doctor Mortimer Granville has a difficult time keeping a job until he and an inventor friend concoct an electrifying solution to the rampant "hysteria" affecting England's sexually and socially repressed women.

    Directed by:

  • Tanya Wexler
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Mean Girls 2
    rating:3.5

    Mean Girls 2

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    When the father of a high school pariah offers to pay new-girl-in-school Jo's (Meaghan Jette Martin) way through college if she makes friends with his outcast daughter, Abby (Jennifer Stone), Jo agrees to the scheme and befriends the lonely lass. Growing close, the pair confront the school's nastiest girl-clique, but their friendship is jeopardized when Abby learns about her dad's bribe. Melanie Mayron directs this sequel to 2004's Mean Girls.

    Directed by:

  • Melanie Mayron
  • rating:3.5 3.5 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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