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Dirty Girl

2010 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

When promiscuous teen Danielle is sentenced to special ed for making sexually charged comments in class, she befriends gay, overweight Clarke, who agrees to join her on a search to find her father -- in part so he can get away from his own.
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Jesus Henry Christ

2011 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Too-smart-for-his-own-good 10-year-old Henry James Herman sets out to locate his father, an anonymous sperm donor, in this quirky comedy. Along the way, Henry uncovers family secrets that only deepen his existential quandary.
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Manhattan

1979 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

In the thick of a midlife crisis, television writer Isaac Davis (Woody Allen) finds himself torn between the sweet but far too young Tracy (Mariel Hemingway, who received an Oscar nod for the role) and his best friend's mistress, Mary (Diane Keaton). Shot in black and white and in wide-screen format -- both firsts for director Allen -- this film is as much a paean to the city he calls home as it is a tale of Davis's romantic foibles.
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Dysfunctional Friends

2011 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Nine estranged college friends will each inherit a small fortune from a common pal if -- as stipulated in his will -- they can stay in his mansion together for one week without anyone leaving. It's easier said than done as old conflicts reemerge.
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Robot & Frank

2012 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Worried about their aging father living alone, Frank's kids give him a humanoid robot that's programmed to be his caretaker. Reluctant Frank -- a retired cat burglar -- soon warms up to his new helper and begins to treat it as a partner in crime.
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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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Boy

2010 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Filmed in his native New Zealand, this comedy from writer-director Taika Waititi follows 11-year-old Boy and his younger brother, Rocky, whose rich fantasy lives are stopped cold when their father returns home after years away. Although Boy has imagined that his father is a dashing, accomplished hero who is related to Michael Jackson, in reality he is a failed gangster seeking to restore his family's faith in him.
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Zack and Miri Make a Porno

2008 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

When platonic pals Zack and Miri find themselves in financial hot water, they make an adult film with amateur actors -- including themselves -- to bring in easy money. But their unspoken feelings for each other might threaten the whole enterprise.
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Sleepwalk With Me

2012 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

In this autobiographical tale based on director Mike Birbiglia's successful one-man show, an up-and-coming stand-up comedian deals with career and relationship issues while trying to ignore his outrageous sleepwalking habit.
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Smoke Signals

1998 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

On a Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, reservation, nothing ever changes -- until the estranged father of Victor Joseph (Adam Beach) bites the dust in Arizona, and Victor must go collect the cremated remains. The problem is, Victor can't afford the fare. But annoying nerd Thomas Builds-the-Fire (Evan Adams) will float Victor a loan ... if Thomas can tag along. This tender tale of self-discovery is based on acclaimed author Sherman Alexie's short stories.
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Play the Game

2008 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

When ladies' man David Mitchell (Paul Campbell) gives his lonely grandfather, Joe (Andy Griffith), some pointers on dating, Joe becomes a big hit with the women in his retirement community. But David strikes out with his own tricks when he tries to woo a girl named Julie (Marla Sokoloff). Now it's up to Joe to teach his grandson how to win at love without playing games. Doris Roberts and Liz Sheridan co-star in this award-winning comedy.
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Frances Ha

2012 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Determined to make it as a modern dancer in New York, Frances pursues her unlikely goal with more enthusiasm than natural talent. The rest of the time, she and her sardonic best friend, Sophie, put off growing up for as long as they can.
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Jerk Theory

2009 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Adam, an aspiring recording artist, is burned by a bad relationship experience and decides to ditch his nice-guy image and be a jerk. But when he falls for Molly, Adam is forced to reconsider his dating philosophy.
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Waking Ned Devine

1998 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

After discovering that lucky local Ned Devine croaked from the shock of hitting the jackpot in the national lottery, two men mastermind a scheme to impersonate him and collect his prize money.
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John Dies at the End

2012 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Promising a trip that transcends time and space, a drug called Soy Sauce is sweeping the landscape -- and quietly robbing users of their humanity. Now, it's up to a couple of slackers to stop the psychotropic invasion before it's too late.
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Girl in Progress

2012 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

While single mom Grace is distracted by her own work, life and romantic issues, her teen daughter, Ansiedad, adopts her own plan for growing up. Patricia Arquette stars as the English teacher who inspires Ansiedad to declare her early freedom.
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Sound of Noise

2010 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

In this absurdist comedy, only a tone-deaf, music-hating detective can stop a band of renegade percussionists who are terrorizing a Swedish city using their surroundings -- including the populace -- as instruments to create sonic chaos.
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Sixty Six

2006 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

During the summer of 1966, 12-year-old Londoner Bernie (Gregg Sulkin) eagerly prepares for his upcoming bar mitzvah, but disaster looms when England snags a spot in the World Cup finals, scheduled for the same day as Bernie's big celebration. With his father (Eddie Marsan) and mother (Helena Bonham Carter) facing financial difficulties, Bernie struggles to readjust his expectations for the biggest event of his life.
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Saved!

2004 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

When Mary, a devout senior at a Christian high school, accidentally gets pregnant, she starts to see her peers and her faith in a whole new way in this darkly comic coming-of-age story that was produced by R.E.M. front man Michael Stipe.
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TiMER

2009 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

In this comedic fantasy, science has facilitated the search for a soul mate via biotechnological implants that count down to the moment one is supposed to meet his or her match. But Oona (Emma Caulfield) is worried: She's nearly 30, and her TiMER isn't ticking yet. Will her dream guy get snatched up by someone else? John Patrick Amedori co-stars in this film from first-time writer and director Jac Schaeffer.
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Bunny and the Bull

2009 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Stephen Turnbull (Edward Hogg) hasn't left his flat in months. With so much time to think, his mind wanders back to a road trip he and his friend Bunny (Simon Farnaby) once took across Europe. As he revisits the journey, a psychedelic swirl of memories invades his living room. And since most of the trip was an utter disaster, Stephen's apartment is in for a makeover. Paul King, the mad genius behind "The Mighty Boosh," helms this comedy.
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Bottle Shock

2008 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

France's position as the world's top wine producer went unchallenged until 1976, when the Montelena Winery put California wines on the map -- a story delightfully told in this full-bodied tale about the heady early days of Napa Valley's success.
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Adrift in Tokyo

2007 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Debt collector Fukuhara (Tomokazu Miura) is sent to shake down 800,000 yen from hapless college student Takemura (Jô Odagiri). But Fukuhara says he'll forgive the debt if the young man simply agrees to walk with him across Tokyo. An unlikely friendship develops during the long downtown journey, filled with bizarre encounters, strange characters and thoughtful conversation in this offbeat comic gem.
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HottieBoombaLottie

2008 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Actor Seth Packard writes, directs and stars in this charming indie comedy as a wannabe Don Juan-type named Ethan, whose designs to woo the beautiful Madison are jeopardized when his bullish brother, Clay, gets involved.
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The Trotsky

2009 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Seventeen-year-old Leon Bronstein (Jay Baruchel) thinks he is the reincarnation of Russian October Revolution leader Leon Trotsky, thus staging a strike at his father's (Saul Rubinek) factory and then a student walkout at his new school. Film legend Geneviève Bujold appears as the head of the school board in writer-director Jacob Tierney's "revolting" comedy. Emily Hampshire, Justin Bradley, Kaniehtiio Horn and Jesse Rath also co-star.
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