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Gay & Lesbian
Fire
rating:3.6

Fire

1996Runtime:0 minutes
Two Hindu women struggle with loveless, arranged marriages: Sita (Nandita Das), who discovers that her husband (Javed Jaffrey) has a mistress, and her sister-in-law, Radha (Shabana Azmi), who cannot give birth. As the lukewarm coals of their long-term relationships fade, the women ignite passion in their lives by finding comfort in each other. Director Deepa Mehta's drama is supposedly the first Indian film about lesbians.

Directed by:

  • Deepa Mehta
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
    rating:3.5

    To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    In this wacky comedy, three New York drag queens (Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze and John Leguizamo) on their way to Hollywood for a beauty pageant get stranded in a small Midwestern town for the entire weekend when their car breaks down. While waiting for parts for their Cadillac convertible, the flamboyant trio shows the local homophobic rednecks that appearing different doesn't mean they don't have humanity in common.

    Directed by:

  • Beeban Kidron
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Elena Undone
    rating:3.4

    Elena Undone

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    When openly gay writer Peyton (Traci Dinwiddie) and love-starved pastor's wife Elena (Necar Zadegan) meet, they immediately form a strong bond. But the warmth of friendship soon erupts into a sizzling affair, forcing both women to confront their unexpected yet intense feelings. By turns sensual, smart and funny, writer-director Nicole Conn's semiautobiographical tale explores the contemporary landscape of connection and commitment.

    Directed by:

  • Nicole Conn
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Beautiful Thing
    rating:3.7

    Beautiful Thing

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    The iconoclastic, underachieving denizens of a southeast London apartment building get an emotional wake-up call when two teenage boys -- next-door neighbors Jamie (Glen Berry) and Ste (Scott Neal) -- unexpectedly fall in love. This moving slice of affecting kitchen-sink realism from Britain's esteemed Channel Four Films is adapted from the hit West End play penned by Jonathan Harvey, who also directs.

    Directed by:

  • Hettie MacDonald
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Action & Adventure
    Testament
    rating:3.4

    Testament

    1983Runtime:0 minutes
    The Wetherly family copes with the news that nuclear bombs have been detonated across the country, and it's only a matter of time before one explodes near their own home. When it does, matriarch Carol tends to the newly orphaned children.

    Directed by:

  • Lynne Littman
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Jumpin' Jack Flash
    rating:3.3

    Jumpin' Jack Flash

    1986Runtime:0 minutes
    Terry (Whoopi Goldberg), a banker with an international clientele, gets a cryptic message from an unknown source. After decoding the missive, Terry finds herself in the middle of an international espionage ring with bodies piling up faster than the line at a faulty ATM machine. Directed by Penny Marshall, this riotous comedy also stars Annie Potts, Carol Kane, Jeroen Krabbe and Roscoe Lee Browne.

    Directed by:

  • Penny Marshall
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    The Ballad of Little Jo
    rating:3.2

    The Ballad of Little Jo

    1993Runtime:0 minutes
    Based on a true story, this Western chronicles the adventures of wealthy Josephine Monaghan (Suzy Amis), who, longing for more than just the narrow and subservient life women lived at the time, passes herself off as a man in the Old West. But when love strikes and Josephine falls for a man (David Chung), she must decide whether revealing her secret is worth the risk she'll face for deceiving others.

    Directed by:

  • Maggie Greenwald
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    From Dusk Till Dawn: Full Tilt Boogie
    rating:3.1

    From Dusk Till Dawn: Full Tilt Boogie

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    This documentary feature will give you an insider's look behind the scenes of Robert Rodriguez's darkly comic supernatural thriller. On-set interviews and footage offer plenty of insight into both the hard work and the camaraderie that goes on when the official cameras &NFi;aren't&NFi_; filming. A must for indie fans and aspiring filmmakers. (Note: This disc does &NFi;not&NFi_; contain From Dusk Till Dawn; to see the film, please rent the movie disc.)

    Directed by:

  • Sarah Kelly
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Foreign
    Italian for Beginners
    rating:3.1

    Italian for Beginners

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Lone Scherfig's playful and endearing story follows seven strangers from a small, rainy suburb who come together once a week to learn Italian. Andres (Anders W. Berthelsen), Jorgen (Peter Gantzler) and the others are all looking to fill a void in their lives. And as they embark on a journey of discovery, friendship and the limitless possibilities of love, they soon find that the class offers them much more than just a new language.

    Directed by:

  • Lone Scherfig
  • rating:3.1 3.1 Average Rating

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    Harsh Beauty
    rating:3.2

    Harsh Beauty

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Eunuchs were once a prized component of India's spiritual life, but now many live in the slums, isolated from the rest of society. Amid these conditions, eunuch trio Jyothi, Usha and Hira Bai struggle for acceptance. Filmed over the course of four years, this surprisingly warm documentary provides an intimate look at eunuch life in India, as the three women work in a harem and share their dreams and frustrations with rare candor.

    Directed by:

  • Alessandra Zeka
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Night and Fog
    rating:3.3

    Night and Fog

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    In the wake of a brutal murder-suicide of a family in the projects of outer Hong Kong, police interviews gradually reveal the story of battered wife Wong Hiu-ling (Jingchu Zhang) and her explosive but charismatic husband, Lee Sam (Simon Yam). The accounts of a shy neighbor, a women's shelter resident and others paint a gripping portrait of the abusive relationship in director Ann Hui's low-budget social drama.

    Directed by:

  • Ann Hui
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Vagabond
    rating:3.4

    Vagabond

    1985Runtime:0 minutes
    In the south of France one winter, a young woman, Mona (Sandrine Bonnaire), is found frozen to death in a ditch. Through flashbacks and interviews, writer-director Agnes Varda paints a fractured portrait of Mona's final weeks as she camps alone and falls in with various men and women, many of whom try to give her life direction. Others do not have her best interests at heart, as they project their own needs and problems onto her.

    Directed by:

  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Music & Musicals
    High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music
    rating:3.7

    High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music

    1994Runtime:0 minutes
    Longtime fans of bluegrass music and those only recently discovering it will appreciate this documentary on the genre, which was born of a combination of African and Celtic sounds and is the base of American country music. This film traces the musical form from its Appalachian roots to the present and features more than 100 songs performed by legends such as Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, Mac Wiseman, Jimmy Martin, Flatt & Scruggs and others.

    Directed by:

  • Rachel Liebling
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Björk: Greatest Hits
    rating:3.5

    Björk: Greatest Hits

    1993Runtime:0 minutes
    Daring vocalist Björk is unafraid to explore new musical territory, and her best discoveries are collected in this anthology of music videos that show her range and depth, from the heavy dance beats of "Hyperballad" to the dark tones of "Army of Me." Exemplifying Björk's commitment to strong visual storytelling, the videos assembled were directed by such famous names as Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry.

    Directed by:

  • Spike Jonze
  • Danny Cannon
  • John Kricfalusi
  • Chris Cunningham
  • Michel Gondry
  • Sophie Muller
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    James Taylor: Live at the Beacon Theatre
    rating:3.3

    James Taylor: Live at the Beacon Theatre

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    Grammy-winning singer-songwriter James Taylor performs his greatest hits and personal favorites in this concert, which was recorded live at New York City's Beacon Theatre in 1998. Featured are 25 songs, including "Your Smiling Face," "Shower the People," "How Sweet It Is," "Fire and Rain," You've Got a Friend," "Mexico" and "Handy Man." Also includes music videos and an interview with the endearing -- and enduring -- musician.

    Directed by:

  • Beth McCarthy
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    How to Play Fingerstyle Blues Guitar Solos
    rating:3.1

    How to Play Fingerstyle Blues Guitar Solos

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Grammy-winning artist and guitar teacher Mark Hanson offers lessons for playing solo fingerstyle blues guitar, using familiar tunes such as "Amazing Grace" to demonstrate techniques that include multivoiced backup shuffle patterns and much more. Multiple camera angles and close-ups on Hanson's hands as he plays "Riff Raff," "Water Is Wide" and other tunes make this program appropriate for both novice and experienced guitarists.

    Directed by:

  • Greta Pedersen
  • rating:3.1 3.1 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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