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Last updated August 19, 2017

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Any Day Now

2012 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Rudy and Paul take in their neighbor's teenage son Marco, who has Down syndrome, when his neglectful mother throws him out of her apartment. Their attempt to legally adopt Marco sparks a court battle over gay rights in this powerful true story.
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Beat the Drum

2003 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

When a mysterious illness wipes out his entire village, claiming the lives of both his parents, 9-year-old Musa (Junior Singo) is forced to set off on his own, eventually joining the ranks of the scores of orphans who live on the streets of Johannesburg. Directed by David Hickson, this poignant award-winning film examines the heartbreaking effect that AIDS has had on the poor and underprivileged children of Africa.
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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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Drift

2013 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

In the 1970s, the two Kelly brothers spend their youth searching for the perfect wave and launch a backyard surf business out of their van. Battling big waves, small town conservatism and criminals, the brothers give rise to a global brand.
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A Bag of Hammers

2011 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Best friends Alan and Ben are unable to face adulthood and lead decent, moral lives, much to Alan's sister's chagrin. But when the twosome must become "fathers" to a new neighbor's son, stealing cars at funeral homes is no longer an option.
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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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Dog Pound

2010 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

At a spirit-crushing juvenile correctional facility, teenage offenders Butch, Davis and Angel desperately struggle to steer clear of trouble while simultaneously confronting violent challenges from aggressive inmates and abusive adults.
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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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A Warrior's Heart

2011 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Unable to cope with his military father's sudden death in combat, quick-tempered teen, Conor, starts getting into serious trouble. During an intense lacrosse camp, his father's old friend challenges Conor to get his life on track and become a man.
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Filly Brown

2012 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Offered a chance to be a star, a young rapper must decide whether to go for the gold or remain true to herself and the friends who've helped her. Meanwhile, her family struggles, with her mom in jail and her ex-gangbanger dad trying to go straight.
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