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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: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: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: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

Sky on Fire


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In this driving, non-stop action thriller, the chief security officer at a top-secret medical facility finds himself caught in an explosive battle when a young thief and his accomplices steal a groundbreaking curative medicine. After discovering the true origins of the medicine, the officer must decide who he can trust to protect the cure from […]

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Released: Friday, December 2 2016
Last Graded: Dec 5, 2016 8:23 am

Videofilia (and Other Viral Syndromes)


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“Videofilia (and Other Viral Syndromes)” begins as a teenage misfit spends her first days out of school slacking and experimenting with drugs and cyberspace. She meets Junior online. He’s an aspiring amateur porn dealer into conspiracy theories and is also convinced that the Mayan Apocalypse is happening. Once they meet in the ‘real world,’ a […]

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Released: Friday, December 2 2016
Last Graded: Dec 5, 2016 8:23 am

Po


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When David Wilson’s young wife falls victim to cancer, he is left a single working dad with the sole responsibility of caring for his autistic son. Patrick, who prefers to be called Po, is a gifted but challenged child who was very close to his mother and unable to communicate his own sense of loss. […]

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Released: Friday, November 25 2016
Last Graded: Dec 5, 2016 8:23 am

One More Time with Feeling


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“One More Time With Feeling” began as a performance-based concept around the making of new Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album Skeleton Tree, but evolved into something more complex as director Andrew Dominik delved into the personal backdrop of the writing and recording of the album. Interwoven throughout the Bad Seeds’ filmed performance of […]

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Released: Thursday, December 1 2016
Last Graded: Dec 5, 2016 8:23 am

Mifune: The Last Samurai


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Nearly 20 years after his death, Toshiro Mifune remains a true giant of world cinema. He made 16 remarkable films with director Akira Kurosawa, including Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Yojimbo, and together they shook the film world, inspiring not only The Magnificent Seven and Clint Eastwood’s breakthrough movie, A Fistful of Dollars, but also George […]

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Released: Friday, November 25 2016
Last Graded: Dec 5, 2016 8:23 am

Trezoros: The Lost Jews of Kastoria


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This deeply moving documentary illuminates the lives of a Sephardic community in Greece whose story speaks for all people who have been displaced and wronged by war and discrimination. The story is set in the beautiful and idyllic city of Kastoria, where Jews and Christians lived in harmony for over two millennia. In October 1940 […]

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Released: Friday, November 25 2016
Last Graded: Dec 5, 2016 8:23 am

Tank 432


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Under siege by a mysterious enemy in an apocalyptic, war-torn landscape, a band of mercenary soldiers, hooded hostages in tow, seek refuge inside an abandoned military tank. But their sanctuary soon reveals itself to be a steel-walled prison. As the group succumbs to claustrophobia, paranoia, and increasingly disturbing delusions, it becomes clear that the real […]

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Released: Friday, November 25 2016
Last Graded: Dec 5, 2016 8:23 am

Baden Baden


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Ana drives the sports car with confidence. There’s a famous actress on the backseat who she’s driving to the film set – they’re late and the producer is shouting at her. On a whim, Ana decides to quit her job and simply sets off in the rental car – into her own world. She drives […]

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Released: Friday, November 25 2016
Last Graded: Dec 5, 2016 8:23 am

Army of One


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Gary Faulkner is an ex-con, unemployed handyman, and modern day Don Quixote who receives a vision from God telling him to capture Osama Bin Laden. Armed with only a single sword purchased from a home-shopping network, Gary travels to Pakistan to complete his mission. While on his quest, Gary encounters old friends back home in […]

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Released: Friday, November 4 2016
Last Graded: Dec 5, 2016 8:23 am

Anonymous (2016)


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Alex Danyliuk is a teenager learning the ins and outs of computer programming. When his family hits financial trouble, he turns to a life of online crime and identity theft, fueled by rage at the banking institutions’ status quo. Along the way he meets Sye, a street-wise hustler who introduces him to the world of black […]

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Released: Friday, December 2 2016
Last Graded: Dec 5, 2016 8:23 am

Bodyguards


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Bodyguards & Protection Agents are the individuals on the front lines for the rich, famous, and powerful. These individuals deal with violence, stalkers, isolation, and potential loss of life every single day. “Bodyguards” explores the lives of bodyguards; a world most people know nothing about, while showcasing Nelson Mandela’s Bodyguards, Justin Bieber and his Director of Security, Whitey Bulger’s […]

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Released: Friday, December 2 2016
Last Graded: Dec 5, 2016 8:23 am

Iron Moon


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There are 350 million workers in China. “Iron Moon” is a portrait of five of them, all poets who use poetry as a tool to chip away at the ice of silence, expressing the hidden life stories and experiences of people living at society’s bottom. This is one story behind the sudden rise of China, and […]

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Released: Friday, November 11 2016
Last Graded: Dec 5, 2016 8:23 am

Esteros


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Matías and Jerónimo have known each other since childhood. During the holidays in the Argentine wetlands of Esteros and before they begin high school, their friendship takes a new turn when they both experience their sexual awakening. However, Matías’ father forces them apart when he takes a job far away. Ultimately, distance and family contempt […]

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Released: Friday, November 18 2016
Last Graded: Dec 5, 2016 8:23 am

Behind Bayonets and Barbed Wire


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The story of American POWs in World War II who were surrendered after their heroic and hard-fought defense of the Philippines. They were sent to the city of Mukden (today called Shenyang) in Chinese Manchuria by the Japanese Army, where they were condemned to spend the rest of their lives working as slave laborers in […]

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Released: Friday, November 11 2016
Last Graded: Dec 5, 2016 8:23 am

A Beginner’s Guide to the Presidency


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A story about the search for truth, the consequences of lying and youth influence in politics through social networks. What happens when an idealistic man and the vision of three very different women merge to improve the fate of a nation? Is there a chance for a better future? The characters in this story ask […]

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Released: Friday, November 4 2016
Last Graded: Dec 5, 2016 8:23 am