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Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

2009 | NR | 4.4 out of 5 Stars

Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. stars as pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who overcomes enormous obstacles to study medicine and save lives at Johns Hopkins Hospital in this made-for-cable drama based on Carson's memoirs.
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The King's Speech

2010 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

In this biographical drama that chalked up multiple Academy Awards including Best Picture, Britain's King George VI struggles with an embarrassing stutter until he seeks help from unorthodox Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue.
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Forrest Gump

1994 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

Forrest Gump, a simpleminded man, finds himself in the middle of nearly every major event of the 1960s and '70s. Along the way, he makes friends, changes lives and yearns for his childhood sweetheart, Jenny.
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Life Is Beautiful

1997 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

A Jewish Italian waiter named Guido is sent to a Nazi concentration camp, along with his wife and their young son. Refusing to give up hope, Guido tries to protect his son's innocence by pretending that their imprisonment is an elaborate game.
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Winnie Mandela

2011 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

South Africa's Winnie Mandela, one of the most galvanizing public figures in modern history, comes to life in this absorbing biopic. Though it traces Winnie's whole story, the film hinges on the Apartheid-era imprisonment that would define her image.
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

2008 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

When his family moves to Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence, where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a Jewish prisoner, Bruno embarks on a dangerous journey.
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The Legend is Born: Ip Man

2010 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

This martial arts biopic follows the early years of Ip Man -- the master who would one day become Bruce Lee's mentor -- as he perfects his Wing Chun style of combat against a small army of villainous foes.
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Paid in Full

2002 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

This fictionalized account of three real-life Harlem drug dealers is told in flashbacks as they plunge into the world of hustling. Ace learns the business, and soon the trio becomes a dominant force. But the cost may ultimately be Ace's conscience.
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The Pianist

2002 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Famed Polish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman struggles to survive the onslaught of Nazi tyranny during World War II in this drama based on his memoirs. In spite of his well-known talent, Szpilman spends several years holed up in Warsaw, clinging to life.
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Captain America: The First Avenger

2011 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

In Marvel's superhero slugfest, Steve Rogers volunteers for a secret experiment during WWII after being deemed unfit for duty. Transformed into super soldier Captain America, he takes on his Nazi-created counterpart, Red Skull, and the evil Hydra.
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The Scapegoat

2012 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Soon after meeting his doppelgänger, schoolteacher John Standing is duped into taking the man's place at the head of an aristocratic but troubled family. As Standing grows into his new identity, he learns that his lookalike has sinister intentions.
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Platoon

1986 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Helmed by Oliver Stone, this searing autobiographical drama chronicles the Vietnam experiences of naive volunteer soldier Chris Taylor, whose view of the conflict starts to change after witnessing murder and rape at the hands of his compatriots.
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The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry

2008 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

The lives of three 12-year-old buddies -- sharing a carefree existence in the summer of 1970 -- suddenly change when one of them, Dustin (Jansen Panettiere), makes an unexpected friend after cutting the lawn of 75-year-old Jonathan Sperry (Gavin MacLeod). As Jonathan shares lessons in faith with Dustin and his pals (Frankie Ryan Manriquez and Allen Isaacson), a spiritual transformation occurs in this Christian drama helmed by Rich Christiano.
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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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The Mighty Macs

2009 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Based on true events, this drama tells the story of Cathy Rush (Carla Gugino), who becomes the head women's basketball coach at Immaculata College in Pennsylvania and whips the team into shape to win the first women's basketball national championship. David Boreanaz co-stars as Cathy's husband, NBA referee Ed Rush, with Marley Shelton as a nun and assistant coach, and Ellen Burstyn as Mother Superior.
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Haute Cuisine

2013 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Based on real characters and lives, this food-rich drama recounts Hortense Laborie's experiences as personal chef for the president of France. After reluctantly accepting the job, Hortense braves the intimidating atmosphere of the Elysee Palace.
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Masterpiece Classic: The Diary of Anne Frank

2009 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

In this production based on the classic book, teenager Anne Frank tells, in her own words, how she and her Jewish family hid from the Nazis during World War II. As time drags on, they must balance the fear of their situation and "normal" family life
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The Untouchables

1987 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

G-Man Eliot Ness will stop at nothing to take down legendary gangster Al Capone -- even if it means bending some rules -- in director Brian De Palma's period crime drama penned by playwright David Mamet.
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The Long Walk Home

1990 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Sissy Spacek stars as Miriam Thompson, a Montgomery, Ala., housewife who finds herself in the midst of a civil rights revolution when she helps her black maid, Odessa (Whoopi Goldberg), during the infamous bus boycott of the 1950s. When Miriam discovers Odessa is forced to walk the 9 miles to her house and back, she volunteers to give Odessa a ride -- much to the dismay of Miriam's husband and social circle.
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Titanic: Blood and Steel

2012 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Irish immigrant Mark Muir works on construction of the doomed RMS Titanic while hiding his Catholic heritage from the project's Protestant financiers. As the ship is built, Muir falls in love amid the tensions of the period and Muir's own past.
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Titanic: Blood and Steel

2012 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Irish immigrant Mark Muir works on construction of the doomed RMS Titanic while hiding his Catholic heritage from the project's Protestant financiers. As the ship is built, Muir falls in love amid the tensions of the period and Muir's own past.
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Masterpiece Mystery!: Endeavour

2012 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Shaun Evans steps into John Thaw's shoes as the younger version of Colin Dexter's iconic creation, Inspector Morse, shedding new light on the origins of the detective famed for his love of crosswords, classical music, real ale and classic cars.
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The Women of Brewster Place

1989 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Booted out of her parents' house after refusing to identify her unborn baby's father, Mattie Michael moves to a run-down housing project on Brewster Place, where she joins a group of strong-minded women battling poverty, bigotry and other woes.
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Perlasca

2002 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

While on a business trip in Budapest in the midst of World War II, Italian cattle dealer Giorgio Perlasca risks his own life to pose as a Spanish diplomat and save more than 5,000 Jews from deportation.
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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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