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2009 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

A fisherman's life is transformed when he catches a beautiful and mysterious woman in his nets. As he falls helplessly in love, his daughter comes to believe that the woman is a magical creature.
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2008 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

Based on a short story by celebrated novelist E.L. Doctorow, this character study tracks the itinerant exploits of the titular character (Jessica Chastain) as she sets off on an aimless, decade-long journey filled with romance, heartbreak, tumult and inspiration. Boasting an all-star cast -- including Dermot Mulroney, Michael Vartan and Chazz Palminteri -- this indie effort is helmed by director Dan Ireland.
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16 to Life

2009 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

On her 16th birthday, never-been-kissed Kate (Hallee Hirsh) decides to play cupid for two people she works with, pairing her boss (Theresa Russell) with a paraplegic customer (Jaime Gomez) and setting up short-order cook Rene (Shiloh Fernandez) with an oversexed co-worker (Emily Foxler). But in the process of matchmaking, Kate learns some surprising lessons about love and the mechanics of romantic relationships.
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The Burning Plain

2008 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

Charlize Theron plays a depressed, sex-obsessed restaurant manager in this moody, fragmented drama -- screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga's directorial debut -- that weaves together four seemingly unrelated stories separated by time and space.
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Bear City

2010 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

As he comes to grips with his undeniable attraction to big, hairy men and adjusts to his new roomies, cute cub Tyler struggles to figure out his place within the tight-knit bear community, gain acceptance from his old friends and find fuzzy love.
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I Will Follow

2010 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

Devastated after her beloved aunt, Amanda, dies of breast cancer, Maye must move out of the home they shared and resume her career while coping with her grief. Maye's life is touched by other mourners, giving her the strength to carry on.
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Like Crazy

2011 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

An American man and a British woman fall madly in love while attending college in Los Angeles. But when she returns to London, their trust is tested, forcing them to confront the idea that their love may be impermanent.
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Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds

2006 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

After breaking up with his boyfriend, rebounding college student Kyle (Jim Verraros) turns his attention to Troy, a handsome male model in his art class. Farm boy Troy claims to be straight, but an unconvinced Kyle decides to take him to a campus support group for "reformed" gays to find out the truth. Kyle's silly attempts to prove that Troy is gay lead to a series of confusing hookups and farcical situations.
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Take This Waltz

2011 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

Filmed in Toronto, this intimate, unflashy romantic drama portrays a happily married woman who experiences a sudden and strong desire for another man. Further complicating the situation, the object of her desire resides just across the street.
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The Diary of Preston Plummer

2012 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

On the day of his college graduation, Preston Plummer cannot think of a single thing he really loves. Adrift, Preston follows a beautiful but troubled young woman to a small island town where he begins to fall for her, but it all threatens to fall apart when he uncovers her family's dark past.
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The English Teacher

2013 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

Devoted small-town English teacher Linda yearns for love. Enter Jason, a former student whose career as a Broadway playwright didn't pan out. When she persuades him to stage his play at the school before giving up, love -- and controversy -- arises.
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Divorce Invitation

2012 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

After running into his high school sweetheart, a happily married man is convinced he's found his one, true soul mate. But his wife -- and his iron-clad pre-nup -- aren't about to let his heart off the hook.
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St. Ives

1998 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

During the Napoleonic Wars, the British capture French officer Jacques St. Ives and send him to Scotland as a prisoner. He falls in love with local beauty Flora, who's also being courted by the prison warden.
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Not Suitable for Children

2012 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

Facing infertility within weeks because of his impending treatment for cancer, a hedonistic young hipster decides to pursue fatherhood and sets off to impregnate a woman -- any woman -- before the clock runs out.
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The Fitzgerald Family Christmas

2012 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

Family rifts crop up and complications ensue when absentee father Jim Fitzgerald -- who deserted his wife and seven children two decades earlier -- announces his intention to return home for Christmas.
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Going Down in La-La Land

2012 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

Hunky actor Adam arrives in Los Angeles from New York, brimming with hope for a career in the movie business. His good looks draw the attention of agents and studio execs, and almost instantly, he begins to climb the ladder of fame -- or so it seems.
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Falling Overnight

2011 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

The day before Elliot is scheduled for a life-threatening surgery, his path intersects with Chloe, a young photographer. Elliot welcomes the distraction as Chloe, unaware of his condition, takes him on an exhilarating journey through the city.
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Flip the Script

2005 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

Returning to Los Angeles to attend the funeral of a mutual acquaintance, six college friends who are now in their 30s (Miguel A. Nunez Jr, Robin Givens, Laz Alonso, Mel Jackson, Teck Holmes and Obba Babatunde) rekindle old emotions and reexamine the choices they've made. In her feature film debut, Terrah Bennett Smith directs this heartfelt comedy exploring the intricacies of love and friendship.
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A Brooklyn State of Mind

1998 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

When gangster Al meets beautiful filmmaker Gabriella, trouble brews when Al's partner, Nicky, gets suspicious of her -- and he's right: her documentary could be all about the crooked ways of Frank Parente, Al and Nicky's boss.
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2008 | NR | 3.3 out of 5 Stars

Forced to marry Camille (Sienna Miller), the sheriff's niece, parolee Silas (James Franco) takes his bride on a Niagara Falls honeymoon, where he plans to escape to Canada. Certain the trip will rehabilitate Silas, Camille remains enthusiastic -- even after she dies in a crash. Now, Silas must deal with Camille's denial about her death and her slow decomposition. David Carradine co-stars in this quirky romantic comedy.
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Love and Mary

2007 | NR | 3.3 out of 5 Stars

After a bad review imperils her upscale bake shop, Mary plans to take her fiancé, Brent, back to Texas, with the hope of scoring some cash from the engagement party. But an outbreak of hives forces Mary to take Brent's jailbird twin, Jake, instead.
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Not Since You

2009 | NR | 3.3 out of 5 Stars

In this engaging indie drama, once-close college friends reunite for a weekend wedding in Georgia, reawakening long-buried feelings that spark tension, conflicts and romantic dilemmas among the gathered.
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I Hate Valentine's Day

2009 | NR | 3.3 out of 5 Stars

Nia Vardalos and John Corbett star in this romantic comedy -- set on Valentine's Day -- in which a commitment-phobic florist persuades a handsome restaurateur to take a chance on a no-strings-attached relationship.
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Broken English

2007 | NR | 3.3 out of 5 Stars

Writer-director Zoe R. Cassavetes's charming indie yarn follows 30ish New Yorker Nora Wilder (Parker Posey), a single woman in a dead-end job whose friends are all happily engaged or paired off in "perfect" marriages. Love seems to elude Nora until she meets an oddball Frenchman (Melvil Poupaud) who helps her discover life beyond her self-imposed boundaries. Gena Rowlands, Griffin Dunne and Drea de Matteo also star.
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Kissing Jessica Stein

2001 | NR | 3.3 out of 5 Stars

Jessica (Jennifer Westfeldt) is a single, straight, successful New York journalist who, like most of her female friends, has had a history of dating (male) creeps. But when she answers an intriguing personal ad from Helen (Heather Juergensen), Jessica finds herself intensely drawn to her. As Jessica explores this new side of her sexuality, the two begin a friendship that ultimately leads to romance.
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