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The People Garden

D
1 Critic

Sweetpea searches for her missing rock star boyfriend Jamie in a forest in Japan.

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Released:Thursday, October 29 2015
Last Graded: May 27, 2016 11:30 am

Raw

A
1 Critic

In Justine’s family everyone is a vet and a vegetarian. At 16, she’s a gifted teen ready to take on her first year in vet school, where her older sister also studies. There, she gets no time to settle: hazing starts right away. Justine is forced to eat raw meat for the first time in her life. Unexpected consequences emerge as her true self begins to form.

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Released:Thursday, January 1 1970
Last Graded: May 27, 2016 11:30 am

Wolf and Sheep

C-
1 Critic

In rural Afghanistan, people are storytellers who make up and tell each other tales of mystery and imagination to explain the world in which they live. The shepherd children own the mountains and, although no adults are around, they know the rules; they know that boys and girls are not allowed to be together. The boys practice with their slings to fight wolves. The girls smoke secretly and play at getting married, dreaming of finding ahusband soon. They gossip about Sediqa; she’s eleven years old and an outsider. The girls think she is cursed.
Qodrat, also eleven years old, becomes the subject of gossip when his mother remarries an old man with two wives. Qodrat roams alone in the most isolated parts of the mountains, where he meets Sediqa and they become friends. [Synopsis courtesy of Directors’ Fortnight]

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Released:Thursday, January 1 1970
Last Graded: May 27, 2016 11:30 am

My Life as a Zucchini

B+
1 Critic

Courgette is no wallflower, he’s a valiant little boy. When he loses his mother, he is sure he is alone in the world. But that’s before he makes his new friends in the children’s home. Simon, Ahmed, Jujube, Alice and Béatrice : they all have their stories and they are equally heartbreaking and tender. But there’s also a girl, Camille. When you’re 10 years old, there is so much to discover – like what it’s like to have a gang of friends, to fall in love, and hey, maybe even to be happy. [Synopsis courtesy of Cannes Film Festival]

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Released:Thursday, January 1 1970
Last Graded: May 27, 2016 11:30 am

The Aquatic Effect

B
1 Critic

Samir, a tall, lanky, 40-something crane operator from Montreuil, in the outskirts of Paris, falls head over heels in love with Agathe. He discovers she is a swimming instructor at the local swimming pool, and, for lack of a better plan, he decides to enlist as her student…although he can swim perfectly. But his lie only lasts for 3 lessons, and Agathe hates liars. The truth surfaces. Agathe is furious. The end?
Not quite! Agathe goes to Iceland on a business trip, putting an ocean between her and Samir. But it is without reckoning with his feelings and his stubbornness… [Synopsis courtesy of Directors’ Fortnight]

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Released:Thursday, January 1 1970
Last Graded: May 27, 2016 11:30 am

Fiore

C+
1 Critic

Youth detention centre. Daphne, arrested for theft, falls in love with Josh, who is also a young robber. Men and women can not meet in jail and love is forbidden. Daphne and Josh’s relationship is only based on glances from one cell to the other, short conversations through the bars and secret letters. The prison is not the only deprivation from freedom but becomes also where love is impossible.
Fiore is the story of the desire to love of a teenager girl and the power of an emotion that breaks every law. [Synopsis courtesy of Directors’ Fortnight]

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Released:Thursday, January 1 1970
Last Graded: May 27, 2016 11:30 am

Divines

A
1 Critic

In a suburb where trafficking and religion run side by side, Dounia is eager for power and success. Supported by Maimouna, her best friend, she decides to follow in the footsteps of Rebecca, a respected dealer. But when Dounia meets Djigui, a young sensuous dancer, her daily life is disrupted. [Synopsis courtesy of Directors’ Fortnight]

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Released:Thursday, January 1 1970
Last Graded: May 27, 2016 11:30 am

The BFG

C+
2 Critic

The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants—rather than the BFG—she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

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Released:Friday, July 1 2016
Last Graded: May 27, 2016 11:30 am

After the Storm

B-
1 Critic

Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother and beautiful ex-wife seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrustful family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son – until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again. [Synopsis courtesy of Cannes Film Festival]

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Released:Thursday, January 1 1970
Last Graded: May 27, 2016 11:30 am

The Red Turtle

A-
2 Critic

The dialogue-less film follows the major life stages of a castaway on a deserted tropical island populated by turtles, crabs and birds.

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Released:Thursday, January 1 1970
Last Graded: May 27, 2016 11:30 am

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

C
1 Critic

Summer 1962 and Olli Mäki has a shot at the world championship title in featherweight boxing. From the Finnish countryside to the bright lights of Helsinki, everything has been prepared for his fame and fortune. All Olli has to do is lose weight and concentrate. But there is a problem – he has fallen in love with Raija.

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Released:Thursday, January 1 1970
Last Graded: May 27, 2016 11:30 am

Toni Erdmann

A
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Practical joker Winfried disguises himself as flashy “Toni Erdmann” to get busy Ines’ attention and change her corporate lifestyle. The father-daughter challenge reaches absurd proportions until Ines begins to see that her eccentric father deserves a place in her life… [Synopsis courtesy of Cannes Film Festival]

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Released:Sunday, December 25 2016
Last Graded: May 27, 2016 11:30 am

Never


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Denim, new to Seattle is eager for the next phase of his life to begin. But when he falls in love with Nikki, a gay singer-songwriter struggling in Seattle’s music scene, the sudden and intense friendship they discover will change their lives and force them to question everything they thought they knew about love.

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Released: Friday, August 19 2016
Last Graded: Aug 24, 2016 2:38 am

The Student and Mr. Henri


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Bitterly opposed to the relationship between his son Paul and the flighty Valérie, Henri strikes upon a devious plan. He offers free board to attractive student Constance, who, desperate to make her own way, agrees to use her charms to drive the couple apart.

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Released: Friday, August 19 2016
Last Graded: Aug 24, 2016 2:38 am

Edge of Winter


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Recently divorced and laid off from his job, Elliot Baker (Joel Kinnaman) is desperate to spend more time bonding with his sons, Bradley (Tom Holland) and Caleb (Percy Hynes White).  What starts as family day trip to teach his boys how to shoot turns into a nightmare when they become stranded.  As they retreat to a desolate […]

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Released: Friday, August 12 2016
Last Graded: Aug 24, 2016 2:38 am

Emily & Tim


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This is the story of the tumultuous marriage of Emily and Tim, from the night they meet to their twilight years over half a century later. Portrayed by six diverse pairs of actors, Emily and Tim wrestle with the extraordinary push and pull of a long-term relationship – the feelings of attraction and antagonism, the […]

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Released: Friday, August 12 2016
Last Graded: Aug 24, 2016 2:38 am

Citizen Soldier


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A modern day Band of Brothers, Citizen Soldier tells the true story of a group of young Soldiers and their life-changing tour of duty in Afghanistan, offering an excruciatingly personal look into modern warfare, brotherhood, and patriotism. Using real footage from multiple cameras, including helmet cams, these Citizen Soldiers give the audience an intimate view […]

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Released: Friday, August 5 2016
Last Graded: Aug 24, 2016 2:38 am

Making A Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA


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The film tells the stories of how guns, and the billions of dollars made off of them, affect the lives of everyday Americans. It features personal stories from people across the country who have been affected by gun violence, including survivors and victims’ families. The film exposes how the powerful gun companies and the NRA are […]

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Released: Friday, August 12 2016
Last Graded: Aug 24, 2016 2:38 am

Down By Love


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Adéle Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color) sizzles in this story of a young inmate who falls for her married prison director (Guillaume Gallienne, Yves Saint Laurent). The film is based on true events that occurred in a Versailles prison in 2011, causing a national scandal.

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Released: Friday, August 19 2016
Last Graded: Aug 24, 2016 2:38 am

On Meditation


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Practiced for thousands of years, meditation is at once profound and simple: the focused attempt to move beyond conditioned thinking into a deeper state of awareness. Yet, what does that path really look like? “On Meditation” conveys first-hand experiences of those who have developed meaningful practices and are willing to share their experiences. From teachers to everyday […]

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Released: Wednesday, July 27 2016
Last Graded: Aug 24, 2016 2:38 am

Kubo and the Two Strings


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Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Hashi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and Kamekichi (Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to […]

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Released: Friday, August 19 2016
Last Graded: Aug 24, 2016 2:38 am

War Dogs


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“War Dogs” follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in […]

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Released: Friday, August 19 2016
Last Graded: Aug 24, 2016 2:38 am

Anthropoid


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“Anthropoid” is based on the extraordinary true story of “Operation Anthropoid,” the code name for the Czechoslovakian operatives’ mission to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution, was the Reich’s third in command behind Hitler and Himmler and the leader of Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia. The film follows two soldiers […]

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Released: Friday, August 12 2016
Last Graded: Aug 24, 2016 2:38 am

Pete’s Dragon


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A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, “Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon.

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Released: Friday, August 12 2016
Last Graded: Aug 24, 2016 2:38 am

Nine Lives


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Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) is a daredevil billionaire at the top of his game. His eponymous company FireBrand is nearing completion on its greatest achievement to date – the tallest skyscraper in the northern hemisphere. But Tom’s workaholic lifestyle has disconnected him from his family, particularly his beautiful wife Lara (Jennifer Garner) and his adoring […]

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Released: Friday, August 5 2016
Last Graded: Aug 24, 2016 2:38 am

The Lost Arcade


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“The Lost Arcade” is an intimate story of a once-ubiquitous cultural phenomenon on the edge of extinction, especially in New York City, which once had video arcades by the dozen. These arcades were as much social hubs to meet up and hang out as they were public arenas for gamers to demonstrate their skills. But by […]

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Released: Friday, August 12 2016
Last Graded: Aug 24, 2016 2:38 am

Hollywood Beauty Salon


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The “Hollywood Beauty Salon” is an intimate beauty parlor that happens to be part of the NHS Germantown Recovery Community, a non-profit mental health program in Philadelphia that is administered by NHS Human Services. Rachel “Hollywood” Carr Timms runs the beauty parlor, where staff and clients alike are all in the process of recovery from […]

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Released: Friday, July 29 2016
Last Graded: Aug 24, 2016 2:38 am