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Anne of Avonlea
rating:4.0

Anne of Avonlea

1975Runtime:0 minutes
This 1975 BBC television adaptation of L.M. Montgomery's beloved novel follows a maturing Anne Shirley (Kim Braden) on her journey from freckle-faced girl to beautiful woman. While working as a schoolteacher, Anne continues to pursue her dream of becoming a published writer by winning a baking soda company's essay contest; fends off several suitors; and returns to Avonlea whenever she can to visit her adoptive mother, Marilla (Barbara Hamilton).

Directed by:

  • Joan Craft
  • rating:4.0 4.0 Average Rating

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    Tsubasa: Season 1
    rating:4.0

    Tsubasa: Season 1

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    When princess Sakura sleepwalks into a mysterious ruin, ancient powers awaken and drain all her memories, turning them into feathers that scatter in the wind. The daring adventurer Syaoran must sacrifice his love for Sakura to save her soul. A ninja, Kurogane, and a wizard, Fay, join them on a multi-dimensional quest to gather Sakura's feathers and restore her memory. But each must pay a personal price for embarking on the perilous journey.

    Directed by:

  • Koichi Mashimo
  • Colleen Clinkenbeard
  • rating:4.0 4.0 Average Rating

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    The Miracle Worker
    rating:4.0

    The Miracle Worker

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    Unable to see, hear or speak since early childhood, young Helen Keller (Hallie Kate Eisenberg) lives in an isolated world of shadowy silence. That is, until determined teacher Anne Sullivan (Alison Elliott) enters her life, determined to draw the girl out of her lonely darkness. David Strathairn co-stars in this moving television adaptation of the timeless -- and true -- tale of courage and spirit, based on the play by William Gibson.

    Directed by:

  • Nadia Tass
  • rating:4.0 4.0 Average Rating

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    Under the Same Moon
    rating:4.0

    Under the Same Moon

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    In this tale illuminating the plight of illegal aliens, Kate del Castillo plays Rosario, a woman working illegally in the United States to provide a better life for her son Carlitos (Adrian Alonso), who remains at home in Mexico. Longing for his mother, Carlitos stows away on a van that's headed for the border. But an already treacherous journey becomes even more so when Carlitos is separated from his smugglers (Jesse Garcia and America Ferrera).

    Directed by:

  • Patricia Riggen
  • rating:4.0 4.0 Average Rating

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    Even the Rain
    rating:4.0

    Even the Rain

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    In this provocative film-within-a-film, a director heads to Cochabamba, Bolivia, to shoot a movie about the trespasses of Christopher Columbus in the New World, only to find the locals protesting present-day exploitation of the poor.

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  • rating:4.0 4.0 Average Rating

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    The Secret Life of Bees
    rating:3.9

    The Secret Life of Bees

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Haunted by her mother's death, 14-year-old Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning) escapes her dreary life on her father's farm and heads to Tiburon, S.C., with friend and caregiver Rosaleen Daise (Jennifer Hudson), spawning a life-changing journey of self-discovery. Set amid the hotbed of racial tensions in the 1960s South, writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood's touching drama is based on Sue Monk Kidd's best-selling novel of the same name.

    Directed by:

  • Gina Prince-Bythewood
  • rating:3.9 3.9 Average Rating

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    The Women of Brewster Place
    rating:3.9

    The Women of Brewster Place

    1989Runtime:0 minutes
    Booted out of her parents' house after refusing to identify her unborn baby's father, Mattie Michael moves to a run-down housing project on Brewster Place, where she joins a group of strong-minded women battling poverty, bigotry and other woes.

    Directed by:

  • Donna Deitch
  • rating:3.9 3.9 Average Rating

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    Entre Nos
    rating:3.9

    Entre Nos

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Abruptly abandoned by her husband in a country completely foreign to her, Colombian native Mariana (Paola Mendoza) struggles to take care of herself and her two young children on the unforgiving streets of New York City. Sebastian Villada, Laura Montana and Anthony Chisholm also star in this gritty independent drama jointly written and directed by Mendoza and her collaborator Gloria La Morte.

    Directed by:

  • Paola Mendoza
  • Gloria La Morte
  • rating:3.9 3.9 Average Rating

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    Wonderfalls: The Complete Series
    rating:3.9

    Wonderfalls: The Complete Series

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Jaye Tyler (Caroline Dhavernas) has no aspirations aside from working as a clerk in a small gift shop adjacent to Niagara Falls until unexplainable events -- such as lifeless objects speaking to her in secret -- remind her she might be destined for offbeat greatness. Taking her cues from inexplicable sources, Tyler uses her Ivy League intelligence to come to the aid of perfect strangers who need her help.

    Directed by:

  • Todd Holland
  • Marita Grabiak
  • Jeremy Podeswa
  • Michael Lehmann
  • rating:3.9 3.9 Average Rating

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    Ruby Bridges
    rating:3.9

    Ruby Bridges

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Euzhan Palcy brings to the screen events that helped shape American history: the integration of an all-white school in the 1960s by first-grader Ruby Bridges (Chaz Monet). Predictably, tensions arise as protesters fight Ruby's attendance. But aided by her courageous parents (Michael Beach and Lela Rochon), an enthusiastic teacher (Penelope Ann Miller) and a supportive child psychologist (Kevin Pollak), Ruby learns to face racism head-on.

    Directed by:

  • Euzhan Palcy
  • rating:3.9 3.9 Average Rating

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    Europa Europa
    rating:3.9

    Europa Europa

    1990Runtime:0 minutes
    This irony-filled tale is based on the autobiography of Solomon Perel, a Jewish German who changes his name and joins the ranks of Hitler Youth in order to survive the Holocaust after he's discovered in a Polish orphanage. As he climbs higher in the Nazi ranks, being found out seems nearly inevitable -- especially when a gay officer and a severely anti-Semitic girlfriend are too close to discovering some irrefutable evidence.

    Directed by:

  • Agnieszka Holland
  • rating:3.9 3.9 Average Rating

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    The Hurt Locker
    rating:3.9

    The Hurt Locker

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Kathryn Bigelow directs this gripping drama (winner of the Best Picture Oscar) following one of the U.S. Army's elite EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) teams operating in the ferocious war zone of Iraq. As the squad identifies and dismantles improvised explosive devices and other bombs, they must also contend with the frayed nerves and internal conflicts that arise from living in constant peril. Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse and Guy Pearce star.

    Directed by:

  • Kathryn Bigelow
  • rating:3.9 3.9 Average Rating

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    City of Men
    rating:3.9

    City of Men

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Based on Fernando Meirelles' s acclaimed drama City of God, this Brazilian TV series navigates the slums of Rio de Janeiro, following the exploits of two teens coming of age in one of the city's infamous shantytowns. Blending scenes of uncompromising realism with humor, these episodes introduce 13-year-old best friends Laranjinha (Darlan Cunha) and Acerola (Douglas Silva), whose pluck and spirit prevail in the face of soul-crushing poverty.

    Directed by:

  • Fernando Meirelles
  • Katia Lund
  • Cesar Charlone
  • rating:3.9 3.9 Average Rating

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    The Tango Lesson
    rating:3.9

    The Tango Lesson

    1997Runtime:0 minutes
    Writer-director Sally Potter also stars in this semiautobiographical drama. Frustrated with her latest movie script, a screenwriter flees to Paris, where she meets Pablo (Pablo Verón), a gifted tango dancer who changes her life. In exchange for dance lessons, she promises to cast Pablo in her film. Romance blossoms, but constant fighting threatens to undermine their partnership on the dance floor.

    Directed by:

  • Sally Potter
  • rating:3.9 3.9 Average Rating

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    Persepolis
    rating:3.9

    Persepolis

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Marjane (voiced by Chiara Mastroianni) just wants to be an ordinary kid, but that isn't easy in 1978 Iran. This profound animated film follows Marjane's childhood in a repressive society, her adolescence in France and her return to Tehran as an adult. Based on Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel, this Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature Film also features the vocal talents of Catherine Deneuve and Simon Abkarian.

    Directed by:

  • Vincent Paronnaud
  • Marjane Satrapi
  • rating:3.9 3.9 Average Rating

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    Green Street Hooligans
    rating:3.9

    Green Street Hooligans

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Drawn into a bogus drug scandal by his wealthy roommate, a high-achieving Harvard newspaper editor is kicked out of school just a few months shy of getting his degree and flies to London to live with his sister and her family.

    Directed by:

  • Lexi Alexander
  • rating:3.9 3.9 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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