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Last updated January 17, 2021

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El Infierno

2010 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

This extremely violent, darkly comic film centers on Benny, an ordinary man thrust into the vices and violence of the Mexican drug trade. While he enjoys his new lifestyle, Benny soon begins to question what he has become.
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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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Pastorela

2011 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

When the new pastor shakes up the casting in the town nativity play, Agent Jesus Juarez -- a man who's long played the devil -- gets sucked into an epic battle of good vs. evil. Now the bullets are flying as Juarez tries to reclaim his favored role.
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Struck by Lightning

2012 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Ambitious high school senior Carson Philips is bent on escaping his narrow-minded hometown for college. His last few weeks of school unwind in flashback -- until the fateful day when lightning strikes.
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In Bruges

2008 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

After killing an innocent boy in London, hit men Ray and Ken are ordered to lay low at a bed-and-breakfast in Bruges, Belgium, until their boss phones with further instructions. But when he calls, Ken doesn't like the assignment.
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A Beginner's Guide to Endings

2010 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

When their father kicks the bucket, three unsuspecting brothers learn that their dad's gambling and reckless ways have doomed them all to die. With only a few days left to live, they set out to try to make amends. But time's running out quickly.
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American Psycho

2000 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

With a chiseled chin and physique, Patrick Bateman's looks make him the ideal yuppie -- and the ideal serial killer. Bateman takes pathological pride in his business card and his CD collection, all while plotting his next victim's vivisection.
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Dead Like Me: Life After Death

2009 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

In this feature follow-up to the short-lived cult hit, a new assignment hits home for grim reaper George when her latest reaping, Hudson Hart, turns out to be the secret love of her sister. Meanwhile, Cameron Kane takes over as Head Reaper.
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The Good Heart

2009 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Jacques (Brian Cox), the rough-edged owner of a New York dive bar, realizes after his fifth heart attack that he is near the end of his life. Unable to face closing the bar, he turns to homeless Lucas (Paul Dano) to keep the place going. For Lucas, it's a steep learning curve, made even trickier by the fact that Jacques is a madman with a long list of crazy rules, including no new customers and no women. Dagur Kári writes and directs this drama.
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Brassed Off

1996 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

A big energy company threatens to move in and close the coal mine in the town of Grimley, but the miners' brass band conductor refuses to hang up his baton. With one last chance to shine, Danny (Pete Postlethwaite) perfects his band for a national competition. Gloria (Tara Fitzgerald) tries to perform flawless flugelhorn as she wrestles resentment for her part in the mine's closure and falls for Andy (Ewan McGregor).
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

2004 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

After learning that his ex-girlfriend had an experimental medical procedure to purge all memories of him, a man decides to do the same with her. But during the operation, he realizes he doesn't want to lose what's left of their relationship.
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Withnail and I

1987 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Two unemployed actors -- Withnail (Richard E. Grant) and Marwood (Paul McGann) -- take a trip to the British countryside in 1969. But instead of rejuvenation, they experience a lack of food, an abundance of rain and a plethora of alcohol. Their host, Withnail's gay Uncle Monty (Richard Griffiths), displays a love for life and a lust for Marwood. This classic art-house comedy won an Evening Standard British Film Award.
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Burke and Hare

2010 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

This black comedy is based on the true exploits of two 19th-century body snatchers. When Burke and Hare's business -- selling corpses to a medical college for dissection -- is hampered by a supply shortage, they're forced to take drastic measures.
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Super

2011 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

When his wife (Liv Tyler) falls in league with a drug dealer, average guy Frank D'Arbo (Rainn Wilson) dons the guise of a superhero, dubs himself the Crimson Bolt and tries to keep a tagalong comic-book store clerk (Ellen Page) from becoming his sidekick. But it's hard to be a superhero when all you've got to work with is a pipe wrench. Kevin Bacon co-stars in this action-driven dramedy from writer-director James Gunn.
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Four Lions

2010 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Comedy writer Christopher Morris makes his feature directorial debut with this outrageous comedy about a group of young Islamic Brits who fancy themselves bloodthirsty jihadis of the first order. The film showcases Morris's satirical talents at their vicious best in a scathingly hilarious indictment of true believers and the social systems that create them. Viewers took note and bestowed it the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the L.A. Film Festival.
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Barton Fink

1991 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

When Hollywood taps him to pen a movie script, idealistic playwright Barton Fink develops severe writer's block and soon falls victim to a strange sequence of events, culminating in a murder investigation.
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A Shock to the System

1990 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

A no-nonsense advertising executive plots a series of murders (his wife and new boss among them) when he's passed over for a promotion. Fueled by his apparent omnipotence, he maniacally (and comically) reaches for the top.
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Natural Selection

2011 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

Asked by her dying husband to locate a boy he fathered through a sperm donation decades ago, a repressed housewife sets out on a wild road trip, shedding her strict morals and making an unlikely connection with her husband's troubled son.
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She-Devil

1989 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

When her two-timing husband deserts her for a toffee-nosed romance novelist, dowdy housewife Ruth Patchett goes berserk and -- aided by her mother -- sets out to methodically ruin his life in this dark comedy.
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Let Go

2011 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

A disheartened parole officer struggling to find happiness in a ho-hum marriage finds inspiration from an unlikely source: his own parolees. As his slightly loopy ex-cons play out their dramas, the parole officer works to resolve his own.
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The Details

2011 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

After discovering that his lawn has been completely destroyed by raccoons, frustrated Jeff foolishly cheats on his wife, Nealy, which leads to a series of agonizing predicaments involving his best friend's husband and next-door neighbor.
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The Vicious Kind

2009 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

There's nothing like first love to bring family tensions to a boil in this dark comedy, nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards. Adam Scott stars as Caleb Sinclaire, whose emotions go haywire when his brother (Alex Frost) brings home new girlfriend Emma (Brittany Snow). As the dysfunctional family is propelled into chaos, Caleb and Emma confront their mutual distrust and attempt to resist a growing sexual attraction.
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Mafioso

1962 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

When the mob calls in a favor, factory executive Antonio Badalamenti finds himself in an unlikely role. Tapped to carry out a hit, the inexperienced Antonio must execute his mission while keeping his criminal connections hidden from his family.
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Trees Lounge

1996 | NR | 3.3 out of 5 Stars

Shiftless barfly Tommy Basilio (Steve Buscemi, in his writing and directing debut) spends virtually all his time at the neighborhood watering hole, Trees Lounge. As a result of his ambiguous ethical choices, he's alienated his family and lost both his job and his girlfriend, Theresa (Elizabeth Bracco). Still, the underachieving Tommy would rather deaden the pain than try to turn his life around, and in Trees Lounge, he's in good company.
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Very Bad Things

1998 | NR | 3.3 out of 5 Stars

Director Peter Berg's dark comedy chronicles a bachelor party gone horribly wrong. Kyle (Jon Favreau) and his pals are off to Vegas to celebrate Kyle's upcoming marriage to Laura (Cameron Diaz) when things take a decidedly bad turn. After an accidental death, murder and cover-up, guilt starts to take its toll. As the body count rises, ex-pal Robert (Christian Slater) inadvertently proves that a bride will do anything to have her dream wedding.
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