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Salt of This Sea
rating:3.3

Salt of This Sea

2008Runtime:0 minutes
Born in Brooklyn to Palestinian refugee parents, Soraya (Suheir Hammad) decides to journey to the country of her ancestry when she discovers that her grandfather's savings have been frozen in a Jaffa bank account since his 1948 exile. She soon finds, however, that her simple plan is a complicated undertaking -- and one that takes her farther from her comfort zone (both geographically and emotionally) than she'd imagined in this romantic drama.

Directed by:

  • Annemarie Jacir
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    The Escape
    rating:3.3

    The Escape

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    When terrorists in war-ravaged Afghanistan kidnap and threaten to slay outspoken Danish journalist Rikke Lynvig (Iben Hjejle), young, English-speaking Taliban operative Nazir Osmani (Faegh Zamani) helps her plan a daring getaway. But when Nazir himself also escapes Afghanistan and seeks Rikke's help in Denmark, she is torn between personal loyalty and the political fallout of aiding a terrorist. Kathrine Windfeld directs this tense thriller.

    Directed by:

  • Kathrine Windfeld
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    According to Greta
    rating:3.3

    According to Greta

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Dumped on her grandparents (Ellen Burstyn and Michael Murphy) for the summer by her indifferent mother (Melissa Leo), acerbic and self-destructive teenager Greta (Hilary Duff) disrupts the elderly couple's staid life on the Jersey Shore in this coming-of-age melodrama. But eventually, a romance with a charming short-order cook (Evan Ross) and the unconditional love of her grandparents help Zoe face down her demons.

    Directed by:

  • Nancy Bardawil
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    The Runaways
    rating:3.3

    The Runaways

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Dakota Fanning stars in The Runaways, about a group of extraordinary young women as they rise from rebellious So. California kids to rock stars of the now legendary band that paved the way for future generations of girl musicians.

    Directed by:

  • Floria Sigismondi
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    A Little Piece of Heaven
    rating:3.3

    A Little Piece of Heaven

    1991Runtime:0 minutes
    Living on a farm is too lonely for the orphaned Will Loomis (Kirk Cameron) and his mentally disabled sister, Violet (Jenny Robertson), so he develops a plan for the two of them to "make" their own family just in time for Christmas. After kidnapping two abused children, Will tells them that they've died and gone to heaven, a paradise of Will and Violet's own creation. Cloris Leachman co-stars in this touching holiday drama.

    Directed by:

  • Mimi Leder
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Musical Chairs
    rating:3.3

    Musical Chairs

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    Armando and Mia couldn't be less alike, but they're united by their shared love of ballroom dancing ... That is, until an accident changes Mia's life. Now, Armando pours everything into helping Mia become a champion wheelchair dancer.

    Directed by:

  • Susan Seidelman
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Cinema Verite
    rating:3.3

    Cinema Verite

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    Based on "An American Family," the groundbreaking 1973 documentary series that paved the way for reality television, this HBO original movie follows a California family's fateful decision to have their lives filmed for the whole world to see.

    Directed by:

  • Robert Pulcini
  • Shari Springer Berman
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Boulevard
    rating:3.3

    Boulevard

    1994Runtime:0 minutes
    After reluctantly putting her newborn up for adoption and fleeing from an abusive boyfriend, Jennefer (Kari Wuhrer) ends up in Toronto's red-light district, where she meets a tough hooker name Ola (Rae Dawn Chong) who takes her in. Soon Jennefer is turning tricks for a volatile pimp (Lou Diamond Phillips) -- and when he murders one of his girls, a relentless vice cop (Lance Henriksen) pressures the streetwalkers to talk in this gritty thriller.

    Directed by:

  • Penelope Buitenhuis
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Shadrach
    rating:3.3

    Shadrach

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    An elderly black man (and ex-slave) returns to the Virginia plantation where he was born -- to die. There, he encounters the plantation's new occupants, a family of struggling white farmers. Harvey Keitel and Andie MacDowell star as the hardscrabble Dabney family; the Dabneys help their visitor while confronting a past they didn't create. Shadrach was a labor of love for director Susanna Styron.

    Directed by:

  • Susanna Styron
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Tribute
    rating:3.3

    Tribute

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Former child star Cilla McGowan (Brittany Murphy) moves to Virginia's Shenandoah Valley to restore a mansion that belonged to her grandmother, a legendary actress. But once there, she discovers some shocking secrets about her grandmother's death. Meanwhile, a bond begins to form between Cilla and her handsome neighbor, Ford Sawyer (Jason Lewis). Tippi Hedren co-stars in this Lifetime Original Movie based on the novel by Nora Roberts.

    Directed by:

  • Martha Coolidge
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Proud
    rating:3.3

    Proud

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Based on director Mary Pat Kelly's book &NFi;Proudly We Served&NFi_;, this rousing drama recounts the true story of the &NFi;U.S.S. Mason&NFi_;, the only World War II battleship with a largely black crew. Fighting racism, German submarines and a horrendous North Atlantic storm, the young sailors prove their mettle. The superb cast includes Ossie Davis (in his last film), Albert Jones, Darnell Williams, Stephen Rea, Aidan Quinn and Denise Nicholas.

    Directed by:

  • Mary Pat Kelly
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Close to You
    rating:3.3

    Close to You

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Infatuated Manuel (John Lloyd Cruz) has loved his childhood friend Marian (Bea Alonzo) for many years but has always been far too bashful to tell her. Meanwhile, the lovely Marian has been carrying a torch for her ex-classmate Lance (Sam Milby). When Marian and Lance reunite, sparks fly -- forcing Manuel to decide whether he should share his long-held secret in this affecting love story from Filipino director Cathy Garcia-Molina.

    Directed by:

  • Cathy Garcia-Molina
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    The Anarchist's Wife
    rating:3.3

    The Anarchist's Wife

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    With her young anarchist husband, Justo Calderón (Juan Diego Botto), gone for long stretches of time, first resisting the fascists in the Spanish Civil War and then in a concentration camp during World War II, devoted wife Manuela (María Valverde) struggles to keep their love alive. Her determined efforts to reunite with her husband give Manuela purpose, but their long-distance love comes at a price. Marie Noelle and Peter Sehr direct this drama.

    Directed by:

  • Marie Noelle
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    The Beaches of Agnès
    rating:3.3

    The Beaches of Agnès

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaking icon Agnès Varda, the award-winning director regarded by many as the grandmother of the French new wave, turns the camera on herself with this unique autobiographical documentary. Composed of film excerpts and elaborate dramatic re-creations, Varda's self-portrait recounts the highs and lows of her professional career, the many friendships that affected her life and her longtime marriage to cinematic giant Jacques Demy.

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  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Sugar
    rating:3.3

    Sugar

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    After he catches the eye of a scout while playing in his native Dominican Republic, baseball prospect Miguel "Sugar" Santos (Algenis Perez Soto) is recruited to play in the minor leagues in the Midwest, where he has difficultly adapting both on and off the field. As much a story about the promise of the American dream as it is about America's national pastime, this film dramatizes the hard lessons learned when hope and reality clash.

    Directed by:

  • Anna Boden
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Mississippi Masala
    rating:3.3

    Mississippi Masala

    1992Runtime:0 minutes
    Mira Nair concocts a fascinating picture of Mina (Sarita Choudhury), an Indian woman whose father (Roshan Seth) pines for his native Uganda, where his family lived prosperously until the evil Idi Amin took power. Transplanted to rural Mississippi, the family struggles to make ends meet by running a string of motels, but they don't yet feel at home. When Mina falls for an African American entrepreneur (Denzel Washington), complications arise.

    Directed by:

  • Mira Nair
  • rating:3.3 3.3 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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