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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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    Take This Waltz
    rating:3.5

    Take This Waltz

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmed in Toronto, this intimate, unflashy romantic drama portrays a happily married woman who experiences a sudden and strong desire for another man. Further complicating the situation, the object of her desire resides just across the street.

    Directed by:

  • Sarah Polley
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    My Brilliant Career
    rating:3.5

    My Brilliant Career

    1979Runtime:0 minutes
    Refractory Sybylla Melvyn (Judy Davis) bucks 19th century societal conventions in this charming Australian film helmed by Gillian Armstrong. On Sybylla's path toward realizing her dream of artistic greatness, she casts aside a starchy suitor, exasperates her mother and confounds her grandmother. But when Sybylla falls for affluent landowner Harry Beecham (Sam Neill), she must choose between traditional marriage and pursuing her career ambitions.

    Directed by:

  • Gillian Armstrong
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Run Away Home
    rating:3.5

    Run Away Home

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    After her family moves to a conservative town, teenager Tamara finds friendship with Brenda and starts dating Rusty. But when her mother contracts tuberculosis and is sent away, Tamara becomes responsible for keeping her family together.

    Directed by:

  • Gail Harvey
  • 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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    Agnes Browne
    rating:3.5

    Agnes Browne

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Salt-of-the-earth working mom Agnes Browne (Anjelica Huston) must fend for herself and her brood of seven children when her husband suddenly dies. Fortunately for Browne, her best friend, Marion Monks (Marion O'Dwyer), is on hand to add support and plenty of laughter. Wishing to escape, Agnes even dreams of finding enough money to attend an upcoming Tom Jones concert. The film, directed by Huston, captures a slice of Irish life in 1967 Dublin.

    Directed by:

  • Anjelica Huston
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    The Virgin Suicides
    rating:3.5

    The Virgin Suicides

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    In sharp response to the lax moral milieu of the mid-1970s, Ronald and Sara Lisbon keep their five alluring, adolescent daughters on a short leash by embracing religion and pushing away the opposite sex. But when the youngest unaccountably commits hara-kiri and a wayward elder sister violates curfew, Sara puts all the girls under a virtual house arrest.

    Directed by:

  • Sofia Coppola
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    The Favor
    rating:3.5

    The Favor

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    The humdrum life of a middle-aged New Jersey photographer named Lawrence (Frank Wood) is thrown for a loop when his on-again, off-again girlfriend dies unexpectedly and he decides to take in her troubled 16-year-old son, Johnny (Ryan Donowho). The directorial debut from filmmaker Eva S. Aridjis, this touching dramedy features supporting performances from Aldo Perez, Isidra Vega and Jesse Kelly.

    Directed by:

  • Eva Aridjis
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Empire of Silver
    rating:3.5

    Empire of Silver

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    This sprawling epic centers on the exploits of a banking dynasty -- headed by patriarch Master Kang -- that controls much of China's wealth at the end of the 19th century, amid political upheaval, romantic rivalries, and outright revolution.

    Directed by:

  • Christina Yao
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Sequins
    rating:3.5

    Sequins

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    After learning she's five months pregnant, 17-year-old Claire (Lola Naymark) leaves her former life behind to give birth in anonymity. An excellent embroiderer, Claire finds work with a professional in the business, Madame Melikian (Ariane Ascaride). Both women bear a heavy burden -- the Madame can't cope with her son's death, and Claire doesn't want to have a child. As they pour themselves into the work they love, the two develop a strong bond.

    Directed by:

  • Eleonore Faucher
  • 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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    He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
    rating:3.5

    He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    With the streets of Bordeaux as backdrop, this thriller paints a picture of love gone awry. Angelique (Audrey Tautou), an artist and student, is in love and claims that her paramour, Luic, a cardiologist (Samuel Le Bihan), is just as enamored of her. But is he? He's married, for one, and he and his wife are expecting a baby. Brokenhearted, Angelique decides her love should conquer all.

    Directed by:

  • Laetitia Colombani
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Eep!
    rating:3.4

    Eep!

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    In this unusual adult fairy tale, middle-aged couple Warre and Tine despairs of ever having a child until one day a baby literally falls from the sky. The infant delights Tine, even though she has wings instead of arms. Naming her Birdie, Tine and Warre raise her with love, but eventually Birdie feels compelled to fly south. They follow her in hopes of bringing her home, but must choose whether or not it's best to let Birdie go free forever.

    Directed by:

  • Ellen Smit
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Avenue Montaigne
    rating:3.4

    Avenue Montaigne

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Spirited young Jessica (Cécile De France), newly arrived in Paris from the provinces, lands a job as a waitress at a café, where the eccentric customers need her for counsel more than coffee in this charming French comedy. Among the regulars, art collector Jacques (Claude Brasseur) anguishes over his collection; TV star Catherine (Valérie Lemercier) longs to be in movies; and pianist Jean François (Albert Dupontel) wants to be left alone.

    Directed by:

  • Danielle Thompson
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    The Mourning Forest
    rating:3.4

    The Mourning Forest

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Elderly Shigeki (Shigeki Uda) has found a kindred spirit in caregiver Machiko (Machiko Ono). On an outing into the country, they're besieged by a landslide. Shigeki walks into the nearby woods, and Machiko follows, but only the elderly man knows where they're headed. Yoichiro Saito and Kanako Masuda co-star in writer-director Naomi Kawase's mystical story of grief and loss, winner of the Grand Prix at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

    Directed by:

  • Naomi Kawase
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Paradise
    rating:3.4

    Paradise

    1991Runtime:0 minutes
    Willard (Elijah Wood), a 10-year-old who is dealing with his parents' break-up, comes to spend the summer with Lily and Ben Reed (Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson), whose own relationship is strained following the tragic death of their 3-year-old son. Their problems make it all the more difficult for Willard to acclimate to his new environment, until a young girl (Thora Birch) intervenes to become his friend and transforms all their lives.

    Directed by:

  • Mary Agnes Donoghue
  • rating:3.4 3.4 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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