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Brothers
rating:3.5

Brothers

2005Runtime:0 minutes
When army major Michael (Ulrich Thomsen) is presumed dead on a mission to Afghanistan, his wife (Connie Nielsen) and transient younger brother (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) are drawn together. Michael is eventually found and sent home, but his harrowing experience as a prisoner of war changes the family forever. Winner of a Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, this Danish drama inspired a 2009 English-language remake from director Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot).

Directed by:

  • Susanne Bier
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Take My Eyes
    rating:3.5

    Take My Eyes

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Winner of seven Goya Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Lead Actor and Actress, Iciar Bollain's raw drama exposes the hard truths about domestic abuse. With her son in tow, battered wife Pilar (Laia Marull) finally flees her violent husband, Antonio (Luis Tosar), taking asylum at her sister Ana's (Candela Peña) home. Free from the clutches of her abusive husband, Pilar struggles to start a new life; problem is, she still loves Antonio.

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  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Rails & Ties
    rating:3.5

    Rails & Ties

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    When a mother commits suicide by parking her car on the train tracks, an unlikely bond forms between her son, Davey (Miles Heizer) -- who's wracked with guilt -- and the tormented engineer (Kevin Bacon) who was driving the train that fateful day. Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden co-stars as the engineer's wife in this poignant drama, which marks the directorial debut of Alison Eastwood (Clint's daughter).

    Directed by:

  • Alison Eastwood
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    An American Rhapsody
    rating:3.5

    An American Rhapsody

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Margaret (Nastassja Kinski) and Peter (Tony Goldwyn) escape communist Hungary with their eldest child while their infant daughter Suzanne is left behind. Reunited with her family in America six years later, Suzanne grows into a rebellious teen (Scarlett Johansson). But when she revisits the Hungarian couple who raised her as a child, she begins to reexamine her identity in this loosely autobiographical drama by editor-turned-director Éva Gárdos.

    Directed by:

  • Eva Gardos
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    A Little Bit of Heaven
    rating:3.5

    A Little Bit of Heaven

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    Marley Corbett (Kate Hudson) has always preferred to keep her romances relaxed and fun with no risk of commitment. After she discovers that she has terminal cancer, she thinks that she is done with love forever, but her wayward heart has other ideas. Dr. Julian Goldstein (Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal) keeps people at a distance to avoid emotional distress, but when the spirited Marley becomes his patient, he also discovers that love can change everything.

    Directed by:

  • Nicole Kassell
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Silent Waters
    rating:3.5

    Silent Waters

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Religious extremism takes its toll on a small Pakistani village in this drama set in 1979. Now living under martial law, the widow Ayesha (Kiron Kher) struggles to adapt to Muslim rule. Her teen son Saleem (Aamir Malik) resists pressure from his girlfriend (Shilpa Shukla) to get a job and takes up with a group of Muslim fundamentalists. When Sikh pilgrim Jaswant (Navtej Johar) comes to town, Ayesha remembers long-forgotten secrets from her past.

    Directed by:

  • Sabiha Sumar
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Jane Eyre
    rating:3.5

    Jane Eyre

    1973Runtime:0 minutes
    This 1973 BBC adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's immortal novel stars Sorcha Cusack as the plucky Jane Eyre, an orphan who muddles through harsh conditions to find love in the arms of her moody employer (Michael Jayston). After being raised by an abusive aunt, Jane survives six years in a strict, humorless school and later becomes a governess. But within the walls of her new home at Thornfield Hall, a strange and terrible secret lies in wait.

    Directed by:

  • Joan Craft
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Moonlight and Mistletoe
    rating:3.5

    Moonlight and Mistletoe

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    A fondness for the holidays led Nick Crosby (Tom Arnold) to create Santaville, but as mounting bills and a new minimall threaten his labor of love, he and his estranged daughter (Candace Cameron Bure) set out to keep his yuletide attraction alive. Though it will take a miracle to keep the doors open, diehard Christmas nut Nick knows all about making miracles happen. Christopher Wiehl and Barbara Niven also star in this merry made-for-TV tale.

    Directed by:

  • Karen Arthur
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Yentl
    rating:3.5

    Yentl

    1983Runtime:0 minutes
    Based on Isaac Bashevis Singer's story, this Oscar-winning musical stars Barbra Streisand as Yentl, the bookish daughter of a Talmud teacher who instructs her even though it's forbidden to teach the sacred text to girls. Determined to continue her schooling after her father dies, Yentl disguises herself as a boy to gain entry to a yeshiva. There, she meets the brilliant Avigdor (Mandy Patinkin), who only has eyes for Hadass (Amy Irving).

    Directed by:

  • Barbra Streisand
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Amreeka
    rating:3.5

    Amreeka

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Eager to provide a better future for her son, Fadi (Melkar Muallem), divorcée Muna Farah (Nisreen Faour) leaves her Palestinian homeland and takes up residence in rural Illinois -- just in time to encounter the domestic repercussions of America's disastrous war in Iraq. Now, the duo must reinvent their lives with some help from Muna's sister, Raghda (Hiam Abbass), and brother-in-law, Nabeel (Yussuf Abu-Warda). Cherien Dabis writes and directs.

    Directed by:

  • Cherien Dabis
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Monster
    rating:3.5

    Monster

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Charlize Theron took home the Best Actress Oscar for her electrifying performance as Aileen Wuornos, an emotionally scarred highway hooker who shoots a sadistic trick who rapes her and ultimately becomes America's first female serial killer. The film, based on a true story, centers more on the surrounding circumstances than on the murders. Christina Ricci co-stars as Aileen's self-centered lesbian lover, Selby Wall.

    Directed by:

  • Patty Jenkins
  • 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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    Chaos
    rating:3.5

    Chaos

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    In this French drama, a wealthy housewife, Helene (Catherine Frot), departs from her life of genteel comfort and luxury when she meets a prostitute, Noemie (Rachida Brakni). En route to a party with her businessman husband (Vincent Lindon), their car is stopped by Noemie, who begs to be let in but is attacked by a group of men. Wracked with guilt, Helene later finds Noemie and helps her escape her pursuers.

    Directed by:

  • Coline Serreau
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Seven Beauties
    rating:3.5

    Seven Beauties

    1975Runtime:0 minutes
    In World War II Italy, a second-rate pimp (and gangster wanna-be) with seven sisters lands in a German concentration camp. He encounters the ultimate test of his way with the ladies: a brutal female commandant he must seduce in order to live. At once hilarious and horrifying, this study of survival received Oscar nominations for Best Actor, Foreign Film and Director (Lina Wertmueller, the first woman ever nominated for directing a feature).

    Directed by:

  • Lina Wertmuller
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    The Poker House
    rating:3.5

    The Poker House

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Jennifer Lawrence stars in this gritty, coming-of-age drama as Agnes, the resilient eldest sister of a trio of young siblings forced to grow up in a broken home frequented by drug dealers, criminals, pimps and gamblers. Featuring a host of standout supporting performances, this effort from actress-turned-director Lori Petty also stars Selma Blair, Clarke Peters, David Alan Grier and Bokeem Woodbine.

    Directed by:

  • Lori Petty
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Prison Song
    rating:3.5

    Prison Song

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    The American Dream doesn't square with the justice system in this urban drama that chronicles the corrosion of the soul of Elijah Dixon (Q-Tip), an inner-city black male raised in group homes who lifts himself up through art and education. But frustration and anger lead Elijah to unintentionally kill another teen when his full college scholarship is revoked. Convicted and jailed, Elijah again attempts to free his broken spirit through art.

    Directed by:

  • Darnell Martin
  • 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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