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Winter's Bone
rating:3.7

Winter's Bone

2010Runtime:0 minutes
In director Debra Granik's unflinching noir drama set deep in the Ozarks, resilient teen Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) goes on the trail of her missing, drug-dealing father when his absence jeopardizes the family's safety. Her deadbeat dad has a key court date pending, and Ree is determined that he show up -- despite the objections of the insular Dolly clan. The film earned Oscar and Independent Spirit Award nods for Best Picture and for Lawrence.

Directed by:

  • Debra Granik
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Pollyanna
    rating:3.7

    Pollyanna

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Adapted from Eleanor H. Porter's 1913 children's story, this Masterpiece Theatre film tells the story of 11-year-old orphan Pollyanna (Georgina Terry). Sent to live with her aunt (Amanda Burton), Pollyanna soon discovers that the town's adults are incredibly unhappy. Intent on raising everyone's spirits, the upbeat girl convinces the depressed adults to compete in a contest in which participants look for the bright side in everything that surrounds them.

    Directed by:

  • Sarah Harding
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Sheffey
    rating:3.7

    Sheffey

    1977Runtime:0 minutes
    An unruly young man from an affluent family becomes a Christian convert and a tireless servant of God after attending a revival meeting with friends in this affecting drama about the life and ministry of 19th-century preacher Robert Sheffey. Sheffey traveled the sawdust trail to proclaim the Gospel throughout Appalachia, and in the process, he touched lives all across America. Katherine Stenholm directs.

    Directed by:

  • Katherine Stenholm
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Living Out Loud
    rating:3.7

    Living Out Loud

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    As she begins chemotherapy to combat breast cancer, high school music teacher Emily Marshall (Gail O'Grady) takes stock of her settled life with husband Brad (Michael Shanks) and their kids, for whom she gave up her dream of becoming a professional singer. With the help of a fellow cancer patient, Emily finds the courage to battle her disease and take a chance on her long-forgotten musical aspirations. Anne Wheeler directs this inspiring drama.

    Directed by:

  • Anne Wheeler
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Queen to Play
    rating:3.7

    Queen to Play

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Intrigued by a pair of vacationing lovers playing chess, hotel maid Hélène sets her sights on mastering the game. With some coaching from a doctor who employs her services, Hélène hones her chess skills and begins to notice big changes in her life.

    Directed by:

  • Caroline Bottaro
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Missing In America
    rating:3.7

    Missing In America

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    After hiding out in the woods for 35 years, an emotionally damaged Vietnam vet takes in the young daughter of an Army buddy. Life will never be the same for grumpy recluse Jake (Danny Glover) when he winds up caring for the daughter of his terminally ill friend (David Strathairn). The spirited girl gives the scarred shut-in new purpose -- and brings hope to a community of forgotten veterans in this heartwarming drama. Linda Hamilton co-stars.

    Directed by:

  • Gabrielle Savage Dockterman
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Older Than America
    rating:3.7

    Older Than America

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Rain (Georgina Lightning) has visions of a cruel incident suffered by her Native American ancestors. Afraid she'll be branded a lunatic like her elderly aunt, Rain fears telling even her policeman husband, Johnny (Adam Beach), about the dreams. But as they intensify, she finds that they have eerie connections to her current life. Lightning also writes and directs this mix of supernatural and historical mysteries.

    Directed by:

  • Georgina Lightning
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    The Piano
    rating:3.6

    The Piano

    1993Runtime:0 minutes
    Holly Hunter stars as Ada McGrath, a mute but strong-willed 19th-century Scottish expatriate who arrives in New Zealand with her daughter (Anna Paquin) and her beloved piano in tow. Although betrothed to a landowner (Sam Neill), she's pulled into an affair with a laborer (Harvey Keitel). Hunter and Paquin both won Oscars for their performances in this haunting drama from writer-director Jane Campion.

    Directed by:

  • Jane Campion
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Step Up
    rating:3.6

    Step Up

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Sentenced to a stretch of community service at a prestigious school for the arts, streetwise troublemaker Tyler Gage unexpectedly discovers his natural talent for dance when he pairs with one of the academy's ballerinas.

    Directed by:

  • Anne Fletcher
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    The Adventures of Prince Achmed
    rating:3.6

    The Adventures of Prince Achmed

    1926Runtime:0 minutes
    Considered by many to be the first full-length animated film, the story of Lotte Reiniger's mesmerizing work is taken from &NFi;The Arabian Nights&NFi_;. A young prince named Achmed embarks on a series of great adventures, including uniting with Aladdin and the Witch of the Fiery Mountains to save a beautiful princess. Produced in Germany, this color-tinted film utilizes laboriously cut out silhouettes to tell its story.

    Directed by:

  • Lotte Reiniger
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Little Man Tate
    rating:3.6

    Little Man Tate

    1991Runtime:0 minutes
    Jodie Foster's directorial debut centers on Fred Tate (Adam Hann-Byrd), a gifted 7-year-old whose prodigious talents land him in the middle of a battle between his working-class mom (Foster) and a school director (Dianne Wiest) who wants to cultivate his genius. Fred, meanwhile, yearns to fit in with the other children at his school, who treat him as an outcast. Harry Connick Jr. and David Hyde Pierce co-star in this moving drama.

    Directed by:

  • Jodie Foster
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Charlotte Gray
    rating:3.6

    Charlotte Gray

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    A Scottish woman (Cate Blanchett) searching for her missing pilot boyfriend during World War II must choose between finding her lost love and taking a stand when she meets a local farmer (Michael Gambon) and his son (Billy Crudup), a leader in the resistance who's harboring two Jewish children. Australian director Gillian Armstrong helms this period drama based on Sebastian Faulks's novel of the same name.

    Directed by:

  • Gillian Armstrong
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    The Cave of the Yellow Dog
    rating:3.6

    The Cave of the Yellow Dog

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Academy Award nominee Byambasuren Davaa (The Story of the Weeping Camel) wrote and directed this docudrama about the disappearing ways of nomadic life in her home country of Mongolia. Young Nansal, the oldest daughter of an actual nomad family, finds a stray dog that quickly becomes her close companion, despite her parents' disapproval. The film depicts the herdspeople's everyday tasks for livelihood and survival, while the city beckons from afar.

    Directed by:

  • Byambasuren Davaa
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Bridge to Silence
    rating:3.6

    Bridge to Silence

    1989Runtime:0 minutes
    After losing her husband in a tragic car accident, suffering a nervous breakdown and slowly starting to piece her life back together, deaf widow Peg (Marlee Matlin) enters into a bitter fight against her own mother (Lee Remick) to maintain legal custody of her precious daughter. This emotionally powerful made-for-television drama offers a fascinating perspective on mother-daughter relationships, as Peg struggles to win back her 6-year-old child.

    Directed by:

  • Karen Arthur
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    The Adventures of Ociee Nash
    rating:3.6

    The Adventures of Ociee Nash

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    In this charming tale set in 1898, after her mother dies, 9-year-old Ociee Nash (Skyler Day) must leave her rough-and-tumble farm life to live with her Aunt Mamie (Mare Winningham) in Ashville, N.C. Away from the farm for the first time, the spirited child relishes many thrilling adventures such as meeting President McKinley and the Wright Brothers and bravely earning hero status in her new hometown. Keith Carradine co-stars.

    Directed by:

  • Kristen McGary
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Maya Deren: Experimental Films
    rating:3.6

    Maya Deren: Experimental Films

    1943Runtime:0 minutes
    A collection of groundbreaking shorts from experimental filmmaker Maya Deren. "A Study in Choreography for the Camera" features a dancer leaping through the vastness of space. "At Land" and "Ritual in Transfigured Time" use choreography to explore our everyday rituals when we meet other human beings. But Deren's masterwork is "Meshes of the Afternoon," a complex, psychological study of a woman -- played by the director herself.

    Directed by:

  • Maya Deren
  • rating:3.6 3.6 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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