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Unveiled
rating:3.4

Unveiled

2005Runtime:0 minutes
After the Iranian authorities threaten to prosecute her for loving a woman, Fariba (Jasmin Tabatabai) assumes a dead man's identity in order to survive. Denied asylum in Germany, Fariba is locked in a detainment center, where her male cellmate commits suicide -- and she spies a window of opportunity. Assuming his identity, she takes a job in a small country village, where she struggles to keep her secret from a well-meaning female friend.

Directed by:

  • Angelina Maccarone
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    One Nation Under God
    rating:3.4

    One Nation Under God

    1993Runtime:0 minutes
    This documentary explores the humorous techniques -- including theory from psychiatry and religion -- proposed to "cure" homosexuals. Through interviews and footage from the annals, the argument is made that homosexuality is nothing short of an affliction that can be treated. "Former" lesbian women are featured getting beauty tips, while "former" gay men take to the football fields to prove their masculinity.

    Directed by:

  • Teodoro Maniaci
  • Francine Rzeznik
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    The Sensei
    rating:3.4

    The Sensei

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    After punks at school hand him a savage beating, gay teen McClain Evans (Michael O'Laskey II) secretly begins martial arts training with Karen O'Neil (director Diana Lee Inosanto), a woman who has her own axe to grind with the narrow-minded rural community. But as Evans learns to stand up to prejudice and hate, the boy and his sensei unleash a firestorm of controversy in their small Colorado town. Louis Mandylor co-stars in this drama.

    Directed by:

  • Diana Lee Inosanto
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Loving Annabelle
    rating:3.4

    Loving Annabelle

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    An esteemed young poetry teacher at a Catholic boarding school (Diane Gaidry) risks everything when she engages in a feverish affair with a female student (Erin Kelly) in this controversial story of forbidden love. Directed by Katherine Brooks and co-starring Ilene Graff, this passionate yet sensitive romance explores the complexity of an unconventional relationship in the face of rigid traditionalism.

    Directed by:

  • Katherine Brooks
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    The Kids Are All Right
    rating:3.4

    The Kids Are All Right

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson), the children of same-sex parents Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore), become curious about the identity of their sperm-donor dad (Mark Ruffalo) and set out to make him part of their family unit, often with hilarious results. But his arrival complicates the household dynamics, and nobody is sure how he fits in -- if at all -- in this Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning comedy.

    Directed by:

  • Lisa Cholodenko
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Handsome Harry
    rating:3.4

    Handsome Harry

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    For many years, small-town resident Harry Sweeney (Jamey Sheridan) has avoided confronting painful memories from his past. But when his best friend becomes seriously ill, Harry builds up enough courage to explore long-hidden secrets and uncover his true identity. Bette Gordon directs this character-driven drama that boasts a strong ensemble cast featuring Steve Buscemi, Aidan Quinn, John Savage and Campbell Scott.

    Directed by:

  • Bette Gordon
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Leslie Jordan: My Trip Down the Pink Carpet: Live in Atlanta
    rating:3.4

    Leslie Jordan: My Trip Down the Pink Carpet: Live in Atlanta

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmed live in Atlanta, Leslie Jordan's one-man show features the Emmy-winning actor, writer and comedian's amusing offbeat riffs on life, celebrity encounters with everyone from Boy George to George Clooney, and being a gay Southern man. Using material culled from his book by the same name, Jordan offers up a hilarious -- and occasionally poignant -- account of Hollywood and his own fascinating life experiences.

    Directed by:

  • Amanda Bearse
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Foxfire
    rating:3.3

    Foxfire

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    In this adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates's controversial novel, four high school girls' have their lives changed forever when a defiant, charismatic drifter (Angelina Jolie) unites them and inspires them to exact revenge on their sexually abusive biology teacher. The quintet then spirals toward anarchy as they abduct and blackmail the father of one of the girls -- an act they come to rue when they find themselves on the lam and battling for survival.

    Directed by:

  • Annette Haywood Carter
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Stranger Inside
    rating:3.3

    Stranger Inside

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Treasure Lee (Yolonda Ross) is a bad girl on the move ... out of "juvenile" and into the state penitentiary. There, she befriends Brownie (Davenia McFadden), a lifer who deals drugs, using an extended family of loyal girls who swear their undying allegiance to the cell-block mama. But Brownie's charisma shields a malevolence that just might put Treasure in harm's way.

    Directed by:

  • Cheryl Dunye
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    The Incredibly True Adventure of 2 Girls in Love
    rating:3.3

    The Incredibly True Adventure of 2 Girls in Love

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    While working part-time at her aunt's gas station, defiant tomboy Randy Dean (Laurel Holloman) falls in love with Evie Roy (Nicole Ari Parker), a rich, straight honor student who's already in a relationship. The two girls navigate the magical and confusing world of young love. Writer-director Maria Maggenti's touching and funny debut won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Independent Film in 1996.

    Directed by:

  • Maria Maggenti
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Lost and Delirious
    rating:3.3

    Lost and Delirious

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Mary (Mischa Barton) doesn't want to attend the posh boarding school her father and stepmother have selected, but once there she quickly befriends her new roommates: the sophisticated Paulie (Piper Perabo) and the well-traveled Tory (Jessica Pare). Mary soon discovers that Paulie and Tory are more than friends -- not a problem for her. But when someone threatens to "out" the girls, the relationship ends, leaving Paulie heartbroken and desperate.

    Directed by:

  • Lea Pool
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    High Art
    rating:3.2

    High Art

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    Magazine editor Syd (Radha Mitchell) is stuck in a dreary relationship with her boyfriend (Gabriel Mann) when she befriends her upstairs neighbor Lucy (Ally Sheedy), a well-known photographer whose live-in actress girlfriend (Patricia Clarkson) is struggling with a drug addiction. Lucy fascinates Syd, and the pair hit it off. But when Syd calls on Lucy to do an assignment for the magazine, their friendship soon grows into something much more.

    Directed by:

  • Lisa Cholodenko
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    I Can't Marry You
    rating:3.2

    I Can't Marry You

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Helmed by Catherine Gray and narrated by Betty DeGeneres -- mother of lesbian celebrity Ellen DeGeneres -- this hourlong documentary tackles the controversial topic of gay marriage in the United States. Via interviews with civil-rights attorney Evan Wolfson and 20 same-sex couples, the film chronicles their struggles against religious opposition and homophobia -- issues not faced by their heterosexual counterparts.

    Directed by:

  • Catherine Gray
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Paris Was a Woman
    rating:3.2

    Paris Was a Woman

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    Between the World Wars, Paris was the world's artistic capital, attracting cultural titans like Gertrude Stein and others. Through home movies and intimate storytelling, this documentary re-creates the mood of this unique female artistic community.

    Directed by:

  • Greta Schiller
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Sissyboy
    rating:3.2

    Sissyboy

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Follow the improbable rise of Portland-based drag troupe Sissyboy, which, for more than three years, infused its members with pride and a sense of possibility while serving its fans cutting-edge social commentary. In this documentary, Sissyboy members, known for testing the boundaries of good taste, talk about the acceptance they felt as part of the troupe and how this unconventional art movement changed their lives.

    Directed by:

  • Katie Turinski
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Gender Rebel
    rating:3.2

    Gender Rebel

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Elaine Epstein's captivating documentary explores the lives of three biological females who reject the conventional concepts of gender and see themselves not as female or male, but something in between. The camera follows these individuals as they encounter challenges at every turn -- from the strain on their relationships to confrontations from communities intolerant of their way of life -- and find a way to cope with social alienation.

    Directed by:

  • Elaine Epstein
  • rating:3.2 3.2 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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