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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:Tuesday, September 13 2016
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:Friday, March 10 2017
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:Friday, February 24 2017
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:Friday, November 18 2016
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:Friday, March 17 2017
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

Don’t Be Bad


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Vittorio and Cesare are “brothers for life”. A life of excess: nights at the disco, powerful cars, alcohol, and drugs. Searching for a new life, Vittorio meets Linda, and in order to save himself, distances himself from Cesare, who is spiraling out of control. But their bond is too strong, and when they meet again […]

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Released: Friday, April 7 2017
Last Graded: Apr 23, 2017 12:23 pm

Tramps


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Danny (Callum Turner) lives with his mother and his brother Darren (Michal Vondel) in New York City. When Darren gets busted on a misdemeanor in Atlantic City, Danny needs to fill in for him on a shady deal. It seems a no-brainer: get in a certain car, drive to a certain meeting point, retrieve a […]

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Released: Friday, April 21 2017
Last Graded: Apr 23, 2017 12:23 pm

Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present


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Burning Bridges presents acclaimed editor, Tyler Hubby’s feature documentary directorial debut about the late iconoclastic American multi-media artist Tony Conrad, who has influenced artists ranging from the Velvet Underground to the Yes Men. Twenty-two years in the making, the film follows Tony Conrad’s strange and uncompromising fifty year artistic path through experimental film, music, video, […]

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Released: Friday, March 31 2017
Last Graded: Apr 23, 2017 12:23 pm

Speech & Debate


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Based on the critically acclaimed off-Broadway play, “Speech & Debate” follows three teenagers brought together by a series of mishaps. Frustrated by the hypocrisy they see in their parents, teachers, and the entire school board, the unlikely trio set out to find a common truth and make their voices heard as they revive a defunct […]

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Released: Friday, April 7 2017
Last Graded: Apr 23, 2017 12:23 pm

The Penguin Counters


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Armed with low-tech gear and high-minded notions that penguin populations hold the key to human survival, Ron Naveen lays bare his 30+ year love affair with the world’s most pristine scientific laboratory: Antarctica. “The Penguin Counters” follows Ron and his ragtag team of field biologists to one of the harshest corners of the planet, where they […]

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Released: Friday, April 21 2017
Last Graded: Apr 23, 2017 12:23 pm

Somewhere Beautiful


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In a metatextual homage to Atom Egoyan’s seminal Calendar (1993), Kodagolian films the first portion in South America, where the story revolves around a love triangle and a photographer’s doomed relationship. Back in Los Angeles, Kodagolian finds himself filming what will soon become a tragic, alternate universe of his own fiction: looking after his two-year […]

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Released: Friday, April 21 2017
Last Graded: Apr 23, 2017 12:23 pm

Glory


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When a disheveled railroad worker (Stefan Denolyubov) discovers fistfuls of money scattered along some rural train tracks, he dutifully returns the dough to the police. The grateful authorities reward him with a televised ceremony and a new wristwatch to replace his old one. But the glitzy new watch stops working and the smarmy, workaholic publicist […]

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Released: Wednesday, April 12 2017
Last Graded: Apr 23, 2017 12:23 pm

In Search of Israeli Cuisine


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A portrait of the Israeli people told through food. It puts a literal face on the culture of Israel. Profiling chefs, home cooks, farmers, vintners, and cheese makers drawn from the more than 100 cultures that make up Israel today – Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian, Druze — a rich, complex and human story emerges.

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Released: Friday, March 31 2017
Last Graded: Apr 23, 2017 12:23 pm

I, Olga Hepnarova


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Olga Hepnarova was a young, lonely lesbian outsider from a coldhearted family who couldn’t play the part society desired of her. Her paranoid self-examination and inability to connect with other people eventually drove her over the edge of humanity when she was only twenty-two years old.

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Released: Friday, March 24 2017
Last Graded: Apr 23, 2017 12:23 pm

Finding Oscar


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In October of 1982, amid Guatemala’s 30-year civil war, guerillas in the north ambush a convoy of Guatemalan soldiers, making off with roughly 20 rifles. This is seen as a humiliating defeat for the military, and in retaliation, two dozen army commandos — an elite squad known as Kaibiles, many of whom were trained by […]

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Released: Friday, April 14 2017
Last Graded: Apr 23, 2017 12:23 pm

Tomorrow


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“Tomorrow” sets out to showcase alternative and creative ways of viewing agriculture, economics, energy and education. It offers constructive solutions to act on a local level to make a difference on a global level. So far, no other documentary has gone down such an optimistic road.

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Released: Friday, April 21 2017
Last Graded: Apr 23, 2017 12:23 pm

The Devotion of Suspect X


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A professor assists in a murder investigation, only to find that a longtime rival and friend from his early university days may be involved.

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Released: Friday, March 31 2017
Last Graded: Apr 23, 2017 12:23 pm

Bluebeard (2017)


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When a doctor learns a murderous secret from a sedated patient, he finds himself in the middle of an unsolved serial murder case.  As dismembered bodies start showing up close to home, the doctor realizes he must solve the riddle before the killer realizes what he may know.

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Released: Friday, March 17 2017
Last Graded: Apr 23, 2017 12:23 pm

The Prison


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After a fatal accident, Yu-gon, a former police inspector, is sentenced to hard time in a prison he once helped fill. Once inside, he discovers the entire penitentiary is no longer controlled by the guards, but by a vicious crime syndicate that breaks out at night, using their prison sentences as the perfect alibi to […]

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Released: Friday, March 31 2017
Last Graded: Apr 23, 2017 12:23 pm

David Lynch: The Art Life


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“David Lynch: The Art Life” looks at Lynch’s art, music, and early films, shining a light into the dark corners of his unique world and giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist. As he says, “I think every time you do something, like a painting or whatever, you go with ideas, […]

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Released: Friday, March 31 2017
Last Graded: Apr 23, 2017 12:23 pm