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Last updated April 23, 2014

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Bridegroom

2013 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

Helmed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, this illuminating documentary chronicles the story of Shane Bitney Crone, who finds himself shut out and deprived of the legal protections of marriage after his same-sex partner dies in a tragic accident.
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Good Will Hunting

1997 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

When professors at MIT discover that an aimless janitor working at the university is also a math genius, a therapist helps the young man confront the demons that are holding him back in this uplifting drama about friendship and risk.
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Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

2008 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

When he's not busy breaking the law or trying to get close to his secret crush, Penny, supervillain wannabe Dr. Horrible boasts about his exploits via his Internet video blog and dreams of defeating his nemesis, Captain Hammer.
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The First Grader

2010 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Based on a true story, this inspirational drama profiles the amazing determination of 84-year-old Kenyan Kimani N'gan'ga Maruge, a Mau Mau freedom fighter who wants to take advantage of a new universal education decree by learning how to read.
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Little Red Wagon

2012 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Armed with his beat-up red wagon and a blazing spirit of philanthropy, 8-year-old Zach sets out to help homeless children in the wake of Hurricane Charley by walking from his house in Florida to the White House.
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Arranged

2007 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

When Rochel (Zoe Lister Jones) and Nasira (Francis Benhamou) -- an Orthodox Jew and a Muslim, respectively -- meet as new teachers at a Brooklyn school, co-workers and students expect friction. But the women discover they have a shared expectation of entering into arranged marriages. As they experience tension between their traditional cultures and life in contemporary America, Rochel and Nasira form a special bond.
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Skin

2008 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Both her father (Sam Neill) and mother (Alice Krige) are white, but Sandra Laing (Sophie Okonedo) is born with dark skin -- a complex problem in the era of South African apartheid that soon drives a wedge into the family in this poignant drama based on a true story. Though her parents fight to have the government classify her as white, Sandra grows up in a divided world, and experiences her parents can't understand make her question her identity.
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Keith

2008 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Natalie (Elisabeth Harnois) is high school royalty, but her queen bee status falls apart when she falls for the new guy at school. Although Keith (Jesse McCartney) ignores her at first, they soon become friends -- even though Natalie suspects that Keith has something to hide. As the free-spirited Keith shows Natalie how to embrace what life offers, they grow closer -- until a secret tests the bounds of their relationship.
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Mary and Max

2009 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Mary Dinkle, a chubby 8-year-old Australian girl, and Max Horovitz, an obese, middle-aged New Yorker with Asperger's syndrome, are a pair of unlikely pen pals in this quirky clay animation feature from writer-director Adam Elliot. Corresponding for two decades, the friends delve into a variety of topics, including sex, kleptomania, psychiatry, taxidermy and more. Toni Collette and Philip Seymour Hoffman provide the voices of Mary and Max.
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Snowmen

2011 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

In this family-friendly drama, a surprising discovery in the snow catapults three small-town boys into the spotlight. Soon the pals hatch a plan to be remembered forever by setting a world record for building snowmen.
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The Way

2010 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

When his son dies while hiking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in the Pyrenees, a grieving father flies to France to claim the remains. Looking for insights into his estranged child's life, he decides to complete the 500-mile trek to Spain.
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Listen to Your Heart

2010 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Struggling musician Danny Foster (Kent Moran) never dreamed he'd fall in love with a woman who couldn't hear his compositions. But when he meets Ariana (Alexia Rasmussen), a privileged girl who lost her hearing in childhood, he's willing to believe anything's possible. As the young couple's love takes hold, however, Ariana's overbearing mother (Cybill Shepherd) proves to be their most vocal critic.
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Mamitas

2011 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

This coming-of-age tale centers on teenager Jordin Juarez, an arrogant, self-proclaimed ladies man who strikes up an unlikely friendship with Felipa Talia, the school bookworm, as they discover common ground in their Los Angeles community.
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LUV

2012 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

This indie drama portrays a single day shared by an 11-year-old boy and his uncle, who's recently rejoined the world after eight years in prison. When the older Vincent brings young Woody along on business, fresh lessons in life await them both.
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The Sapphires

2012 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

The spirit and vitality of 1960s soul music are at the core of this film about a real-life Australian aborigine singing group and their bumpy career. Three sisters and a cousin are brought together as the Sapphires by a talent scout with a plan.
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Fast Girls

2012 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Competitors since youth, Shania Andrews and Lisa Temple both develop into elite sprinters and eventually qualify for the British 4x100 relay team. In a quest for the World Championship, the rivals unite against other challenges and reach for gold.
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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

1998 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Hoping to make a bundle in a high-stakes poker game, four shiftless lads from London's East End instead find themselves swimming in debt to underworld porn king "Hatchet" Harry -- and with only a week to repay him.
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The Red Violin

1998 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

When the long-lost "red violin," a rare instrument crafted during the Italian Renaissance, shows up at a modern auction, it reveals its mysterious history -- and the lives of its previous owners -- in a series of flashbacks spanning three centuries.
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Requiem for a Dream

2000 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

A widow's growing dependence on amphetamines and a self-help television show parallels the struggles of her heroin-addicted son and his girlfriend and friend in Darren Aronofsky's bleak drama.
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Billy Elliot

2000 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

When 11-year-old Billy Elliot (Jamie Bell) trades boxing school for ballet lessons, his father (Gary Lewis) -- a hardworking miner from Northern England who despises the idea of his son running around in toe shoes -- is less than pleased. But when the boy wins an audition for the Royal Ballet School, he experiences a change of heart. Stephen Daldry directs this Oscar-nominated drama that spawned a Tony-winning Broadway musical of the same name.
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Donnie Darko

2001 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Writer-director Richard Kelly's trippy, mind-bending feature debut stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a troubled Midwestern teenager plagued by incessant sleepwalking, family drama and visions of a menacing 6-foot-tall, doomsday-prophesying rabbit. Drew Barrymore, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mary McDonnell, Jena Malone, Patrick Swayze and Noah Wyle also star in this dark and intriguing psychological fantasy that swiftly earned a cult following.
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Super Troopers

2002 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Four bored, occasionally high and always ineffective Vermont state troopers must prove their worth to the governor or lose their jobs. After stumbling on a drug ring, they plan to make a bust, but a rival police force is out to steal the glory.
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Poolhall Junkies

2002 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Johnny is a brilliant pool shark who thinks his mentor, a shady hustler named Joe, is holding him back. When Johnny decides to break free of Joe and the gambling life, the angry Joe exacts revenge by reeling in Johnny's younger brother.
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Paris Is Burning

1990 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Penetrating the tight-knit community of minority drag queens living in New York City, Jennie Livingston's acclaimed documentary offers an early glimpse at the art of "voguing," the underground dance style later popularized by Madonna in her hit song. The film also explores issues such as racism, homophobia and AIDS, while offering a detailed examination of the intricate Ball culture, in which queens are judged for their style and expression.
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The World's Fastest Indian

2005 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

This fact-based drama stars Anthony Hopkins as quirky New Zealander Burt Munro, a 67-year-old grandfather who flies across Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats and attempts to break into the record books on his customized Indian Scout motorcycle.
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