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Thirtysomething: Season 1
rating:3.6

Thirtysomething: Season 1

1987Runtime:0 minutes
Winner of several Emmy and Golden Globe awards, this dramatic ensemble series from producers Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz ("My So-Called Life") centers on a group of suburbanites grappling with the challenges of marriage, career and parenthood. Ken Olin, Mel Harris, Patricia Wettig ("Brothers and Sisters") and Timothy Busfield ("Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip") lead the impressive cast of the groundbreaking show.

Directed by:

  • Marshall Herskovitz
  • Edward Zwick
  • John Pasquin
  • Tom Moore
  • Claudia Weill
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    American Psycho
    rating:3.6

    American Psycho

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    With a chiseled chin and an iron physique, Patrick Bateman's looks make him the ideal yuppie -- and the ideal serial killer. That's the joke behind American Psycho, which follows a killer at large during the 1980s junk-bond boom. Bateman (Christian Bale) takes pathological pride in everything from his business card to his Huey Lewis CD collection, all the while plotting his next victim's vivisection.

    Directed by:

  • Mary Harron
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Fire
    rating:3.6

    Fire

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    Two Hindu women struggle with loveless, arranged marriages: Sita (Nandita Das), who discovers that her husband (Javed Jaffrey) has a mistress, and her sister-in-law, Radha (Shabana Azmi), who cannot give birth. As the lukewarm coals of their long-term relationships fade, the women ignite passion in their lives by finding comfort in each other. Director Deepa Mehta's drama is supposedly the first Indian film about lesbians.

    Directed by:

  • Deepa Mehta
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Bastard out of Carolina
    rating:3.6

    Bastard out of Carolina

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    Angelica Huston follows dad John Huston into the field of directing with this adaptation of Dorothy Allison's autobiographical bestseller, starring Jennifer Jason Leigh as a single mom in the 1950s South. Her co-dependency on her new husband (Ron Eldard) blinds her to his continuing physical and sexual abuse of her daughter (Jena Malone). As the adult daughter, Laura Dern narrates this made-for-cable story in flashback.

    Directed by:

  • Anjelica Huston
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Boys Don't Cry
    rating:3.6

    Boys Don't Cry

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Based on actual events, director Kimberly Peirce's powerful, often harrowing drama stars Hilary Swank (in an Oscar-winning performance) as Brandon Teena, a transgender young man searching for love and acceptance in a small Midwestern town. But even as he forges a deep connection with local beauty Lana (Chloë Sevigny), the prejudices of the community threaten to doom the fledgling romance.

    Directed by:

  • Kimberly Peirce
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Red Dirt Rising
    rating:3.6

    Red Dirt Rising

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    The birth of stock-car racing is captured through the story of pioneer Jimmie Lewallen (Brad Yoder), who began as a moonshine runner in 1930s North Carolina, took a break to serve in World War II and came home to witness the formation of NASCAR. From dirt tracks to international speedways, Lewallen and his buddies Bill Blair (Burgess Jenkins) and Fred Harb (Quentin Kerr) see their lives transformed by a sport they'd pursued purely out of passion.

    Directed by:

  • Kathleen 'Bo' Bobak
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Shadow Magic
    rating:3.6

    Shadow Magic

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Ann Hu's arthouse drama tells the story of Raymond, an itinerant Englishman (Jared Harris) who is the first to bring motion pictures to China. While conservatives frown upon the Western invention, the images are a marvel to peasants and royalty alike. Raymond's hand-cranked projector casts images that all at once threaten and amaze the Chinese audience, many of whom have a difficult time reconciling technology and tradition.

    Directed by:

  • Ann Hu
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
    rating:3.6

    The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    With 10 children to feed, postwar Ohio housewife Evelyn Ryan (Julianne Moore) has gotten used to being resourceful, stretching her husband's meager salary to the limit. But when clipping coupons won't cut it, she's forced to rely on her creativity. Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern co-star in this uncommon comedy-drama based on a heartwarming memoir by Ryan's daughter, Terry, who recounts her mother's knack for winning contests.

    Directed by:

  • Jane Anderson
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Rain Shadow: Series 1
    rating:3.6

    Rain Shadow: Series 1

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    This program includes the first six episodes of the poignant drama series about two female veterinarians -- a newcomer and her wizened boss (Rachel Ward) -- who work together under the harsh conditions of the Australian Outback. In this inaugural season, the two women fight to save their farming community from a sheep blight they must conceal from authorities while also discovering some surprising truths about one another.

    Directed by:

  • Shawn Seet
  • Fiona Banks
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    The Devil's Arithmetic
    rating:3.6

    The Devil's Arithmetic

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Jewish-American teen Hannah Stern (Kirsten Dunst) isn't much interested in her family's religious tradition. But her blasé attitude changes radically when she's suddenly transported back to a 1941 Nazi concentration camp. There, Hannah learns firsthand the horrors of the holocaust and the price her family and other Jews paid because of their heritage. Brittany Murphy, Louise Fletcher and Mimi Rogers co-star in director Donna Deitch's film.

    Directed by:

  • Donna Deitch
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    True Women
    rating:3.6

    True Women

    1997Runtime:0 minutes
    Based on a true story, this adaptation of Janice Woods Windle's novel is set in the plains of West Texas during the Civil War. Sarah McClure (Dana Delany) and her sister, Euphemia (Annabeth Gish), struggle to survive in this male-dominated land. When their homestead falls under attack by Mexican rebels and American Indian tribesmen, the two must find a way to bring their family to safety before it's too late.

    Directed by:

  • Karen Arthur
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Snow
    rating:3.6

    Snow

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Struggling to make ends meet in Yugoslavia shortly after the brutal civil war that raged there in the 1990s, a community of women faces economic ruin even as they mourn the deaths of their husbands and fathers who were killed during the conflict. Their fortunes change when a hotel developer offers to buy their land, but if they sell, will they be surrendering their memories and souls as well? Aida Begic directs this provocative drama.

    Directed by:

  • Aida Begic
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Encuentros Sexuales de un Taxxista
    rating:3.6

    Encuentros Sexuales de un Taxxista

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Pedro, a taxi driver bored with the monotony of his life, daydreams about having sexual encounters with his passengers. When Pedro actually gets the chance to act out his fantasies, however, he must face the tragic consequences of his lustful actions. Nadia Contreras, Diana Salgado, Rocio Puron, Gabriel Cosme and Luis Enrique Parra star in this erotic drama.

    Directed by:

  • Ignacio Rinza
  • Bertha Gazga
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Nobody's Child
    rating:3.6

    Nobody's Child

    1986Runtime:0 minutes
    Marlo Thomas won an Emmy for her performance of a mentally ill woman in this fact-based made-for-TV movie. After trying to commit suicide at age 16, Marie Balter (Thomas) spends the next 20 years in and out of institutions. Marie's nightmare is eased by kindly doctor Blackwell (Caroline Kava), who eventually discovers the correct treatment for her patient. Finally able to live a normal life, Marie sets her sights on marriage and a career.

    Directed by:

  • Lee Grant
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
    rating:3.6

    Introducing Dorothy Dandridge

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Halle Berry stars as singer, actress and dancer Dorothy Dandridge in this biopic that follows the complex star from her beginnings a nightclub act through to her unexpected mainstream success, including an Oscar nomination. But despite her celebrity, the racism of the day prevents her from even using the bathroom in the places she performs. This, and her awful taste in husbands, leads Dorothy down a tragic path.

    Directed by:

  • Martha Coolidge
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    If These Walls Could Talk
    rating:3.6

    If These Walls Could Talk

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    A house holds the stories of three women -- and a glimpse at the evolution of American abortion rights. A 1950s widow (Demi Moore) seeks an illegal abortion after a one-night stand. A 1970s mother of four (Sissy Spacek) must choose between having a child and starting a career. And in the 1990s, a student (Anne Heche) clashes with anti-abortion activists en route to seek an abortion from her doctor (Cher). Cher co-directs with Nancy Savoca.

    Directed by:

  • Nancy Savoca
  • rating:3.6 3.6 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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