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Streetwalkin'
rating:3.5

Streetwalkin'

1985Runtime:0 minutes
This gritty drama follows the downward spiral of Cookie, a runaway who ends up as a hooker in New York City. When things get violent, Cookie tries to flee again, but her enraged pimp will stop at nothing to keep her under his thumb.

Directed by:

  • Joan Freeman
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    An Angel at My Table
    rating:3.5

    An Angel at My Table

    1990Runtime:0 minutes
    Academy Award winner Jane Campion directs this true story about Janet Frame (Kerry Fox), an excruciatingly shy girl who escaped a dysfunctional upbringing and eight years in a mental institution to become New Zealand's premier poet. The film unfolds as a trilogy chronicling Frame's childhood and teenage years; her time as a teacher and her incarceration; and her years spent as a writer traveling on a grant in Europe and finding her first love.

    Directed by:

  • Jane Campion
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Priest
    rating:3.5

    Priest

    1994Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Antonia Bird's film centers on Father Greg Pilkington (Linus Roache), a devout Catholic priest who struggles with a love for his church and congregation -- and his secret life as a homosexual with a gay lover (Robert Carlyle). After hearing the confession of a young girl in his parish, who tells him her father is sexually abusing her, the priest is torn between the laws of the church and his need to choose one life over the other.

    Directed by:

  • Antonia Bird
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Sugar Cane Alley
    rating:3.5

    Sugar Cane Alley

    1983Runtime:0 minutes
    Jose is a bright young boy who lives among the poor black families of a sugar cane plantation community. His grandmother, believing her grandson is capable of great things, sacrifices to save him from the hard life of working the fields. Euzhan Palcy's award-winning film is an honest, deeply moving human drama of a young boy who fights against the odds for his future.

    Directed by:

  • Euzhan Palcy
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Artemisia
    rating:3.5

    Artemisia

    1997Runtime:0 minutes
    Based on actual events, Agnes Merlet's film shows that the 17th century is no place for a budding female artist -- even for Artemisia Gentileschi (Valentina Cervi), the teenage daughter of one of the most revered Italian painters. Barred from fully practicing her art, she finds a tutor -- and a lover -- in painter Agostino Tassi (Miki Manojlovic), who was later tried for her rape. The film received a Golden Globe nod for Best Foreign Language Film.

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  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Children of a Lesser God
    rating:3.5

    Children of a Lesser God

    1986Runtime:0 minutes
    Speech teacher James Leeds (William Hurt) uses unconventional methods to reach his hearing-impaired students but can't make headway with the school's deaf custodian, Sarah Norman (Marlee Matlin, who captured the Best Actress Oscar). The brainy but cynical Sarah thinks it's better to stay in the safe confines of her voiceless milieu than to contend with a callous world. Can James get through to Sarah and release her from her cocoon of silence?

    Directed by:

  • Randa Haines
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day
    rating:3.5

    Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day

    2012Runtime:0 minutes
    David and Kari's perfect life is shattered when their 6-year-old daughter is kidnapped -- but their marriage is about to take another blow. As the crisis intensifies, secrets surface that threaten the only thing they could count on: each other.

    Directed by:

  • Neema Barnette
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Inch' Allah Dimanche
    rating:3.5

    Inch' Allah Dimanche

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    French-Algerian director Yamina Benguigi brings us the passionate story of an immigrant struggling against old world traditions. Zouina (Fjeria Deliba) leaves her homeland with her three children to join her husband in France, where he's been living for the past 10 years. In a land and culture foreign to her, Zouina struggles against her mother-in-law's tyrannical hand and her husband's distrustful bitterness as she adjusts to her life in exile.

    Directed by:

  • Yamina Benguigui
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Away from Her
    rating:3.5

    Away from Her

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Grant (Gordon Pinsent) plunges into an emotional abyss after moving his Alzheimer's-stricken wife (Julie Christie) to a nursing facility and keeping his distance for her benefit. When she turns her affections toward another man, waves of guilt for past behavior pass over Grant. Christie earned an Oscar nomination for portraying the fading yet graceful Fiona in this astute and solemn tale written and directed by Sarah Polley.

    Directed by:

  • Sarah Polley
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Charms for the Easy Life
    rating:3.5

    Charms for the Easy Life

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    This finely honed Showtime drama based on a novel by Kaye Gibbons chronicles three generations of a matriarchal Southern family that includes midwife and holistic healer Charlie Kate Birch (Gena Rowlands), her daughter, Sofia (Mimi Rogers), and granddaughter, Margaret (Susan May Pratt). Directed by Joan Micklin Silver and tinged with more than a little humor, the movie goes down as smooth as a mint julep on a muggy day.

    Directed by:

  • Joan Micklin Silver
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow
    rating:3.5

    Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Modern artist Anselm Kiefer and his monumental landscape creation at Barjac, France -- a vast complex including lakes, bridges, caves and galleries displaying Kiefer's other work -- are the focus of this documentary from Sophie Fiennes. The artist's ruminations on the creative process and his aims and ambitions are intercut with a careful study of the art itself, shining a spotlight on the processes at work in Kiefer's expanding mini-universe.

    Directed by:

  • Sophie Fiennes
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Ratcatcher
    rating:3.5

    Ratcatcher

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Set during the garbage strike in Glasgow in the mid-1970s, Ratcatcher explores the experiences of a poor adolescent boy as he struggles to reconcile his dreams and his guilt with the abject poverty that surrounds him. Director Lynne Ramsey creates a haunting evocation of a troubled childhood, portraying the damaging effects that poverty and desperation can have on a child's development.

    Directed by:

  • Lynne Ramsay
  • 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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    Lords of Dogtown
    rating:3.5

    Lords of Dogtown

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    A group of outcasts from California's Venice Beach change the face of skateboarding forever in this 1970s tale based on a true story, written by "Skateboard Godfather" Stacy Peralta, one of the competitive skaters portrayed in the film. Known as the Z-Boys, the radical riders invent a brazen style of skating and deal with heartache when the sport they live for turns into big business. Heath Ledger, Emile Hirsch and Rebecca De Mornay co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Catherine Hardwicke
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Native Dancer
    rating:3.5

    Native Dancer

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    When gangsters press a wealthy businessman (Farkhat Amankulov) to build a gas station and motel on his property, the construction evicts a spiritual healer (Nesipkul Omarbekova) who's lived on the land for decades. In her absence, chaos reigns -- and the businessman's son disappears. Gulshat Omarova directs this sweeping drama exploring the tension between tradition and progress in modern-day Kazakhstan.

    Directed by:

  • Gulshat Omarova
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    The Outsider
    rating:3.5

    The Outsider

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    Devout young widow Rebecca Yoder (Naomi Watts) risks alienating her deeply religious, pacifist neighbors when she comes to the aid of Johnny Galt (Tim Daly), a ruthless, gun-toting stranger who was wounded in a fight. Soon, Rebecca finds herself torn between her growing feelings for Johnny and the approval of her community. Keith and David Carradine co-star in this frontier-era drama based on a novel by Penelope Williamson.

    Directed by:

  • Randa Haines
  • 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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