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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: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
8 Critic

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

1000 Rupee Note


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Budhi, a widow, lives in a small village in Maharashtra, India. Her only son, a young farmer, has committed suicide. Though poor and left alone in the world, she leads a cheerful life. She is particularly fond of her neighbor, young Sudama with whom she shares the small pleasures of life. A local politician gives […]

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Released: Friday, September 23 2016
Last Graded: Sep 28, 2016 8:35 pm

Never Surrender: The Ed Ramsey Story


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After the fall of the Philippines in 1942 , Lieutenant Ed Ramsey refused to surrender. Instead, he joined the Filipino resistance and rose to command more that 40,000 guerrillas, enduring unimaginable fear, pain, and loss for three long years.

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Released: Friday, September 23 2016
Last Graded: Sep 28, 2016 8:35 pm

The Wild Life


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From the over-exuberant parrot Mak to the snack-obsessed tapir Rosie, from the persnickety echidna Epi to the acrobatic pangolin Pango, from the ditzy goat Scrubby to the commonsensical kingfisher Kiki and the always-cool chameleon Carmello, things are larger-than-life on a tropical isle that is pure wild animal paradise. Then Robinson Crusoe, a marooned human, arrives […]

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Released: Friday, September 9 2016
Last Graded: Sep 28, 2016 8:35 pm

Cardboard Boxer


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Willie is a good man living rough on the dangerous streets of Los Angeles’ Skid Row, who finds himself coerced by two rich teenagers into fighting other homeless men for cash.  Stuck in a violent world he doesn’t fully understand, Willie finds solace when he discovers the discarded diary of a troubled young girl.

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Released: Friday, September 16 2016
Last Graded: Sep 28, 2016 8:35 pm

Storks


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Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for global internet giant Cornerstore. Junior, the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets […]

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Released: Friday, September 23 2016
Last Graded: Sep 28, 2016 8:35 pm

Ithaca


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When his older brother leaves to fight in the Second World War, fourteen-year-old Homer Macauley takes on a job as a bicycle telegraph messenger to provide for his widowed mother, his older sister and his younger brother. Homer delivers messages of love, hope, pain and death to the good people of Ithaca, but soon must […]

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Released: Friday, September 9 2016
Last Graded: Sep 28, 2016 8:35 pm

Sully


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On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, […]

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Released: Friday, September 9 2016
Last Graded: Sep 28, 2016 8:35 pm

Zoom


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A multi-dimensional interface between a comic book artist, a novelist, and a film director. Each lives in a separate reality but authors a story about one of the others.

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Released: Friday, September 2 2016
Last Graded: Sep 28, 2016 8:35 pm

The Vessel


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Ten years after a tidal wave destroys a small-town elementary school with all the children inside, a young man builds a mysterious structure out of the school’s remains, setting the town aflame with passions long forgotten.

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Released: Friday, September 16 2016
Last Graded: Sep 28, 2016 8:35 pm

Summer of 8


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“Summer of 8” follows eight close friends as they soak up their last day of summer before parting ways for college. On the beach at dawn, the friends ask themselves a question: what would make their last twenty-four hours together “perfect?” In turn, each confronts what weighs on their minds and the college-bound comrades settle in […]

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Released: Friday, September 2 2016
Last Graded: Sep 28, 2016 8:35 pm

Tunnel


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An ordinary car salesman finds himself in a most extraordinary event when the tunnel he’s driving through collapses, trapping him. Nothing is around him but wreckage, and all he has is 78% of his phone battery, two bottles of water, and his daughter’s birthday cake. The initial news throws South Korea into a frenzy and […]

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Released: Friday, August 26 2016
Last Graded: Sep 28, 2016 8:35 pm

The Ruins of Lifta


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Lifta is the only Palestinian village abandoned during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war that has not been destroyed or repopulated by Jews. The land and its buildings, at the western entrance to Jerusalem, is a place of great beauty and significant history, yet is rarely a destination on any tourist map. Lifta is now threatened by an […]

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Released: Friday, September 23 2016
Last Graded: Sep 28, 2016 8:35 pm

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: Sep 28, 2016 8:35 pm

Tell Me How I Die


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When a group of college students take part in an experimental drug study, an unexpected side effect gives them terrifying visions of their own murders… which begin to come true.  As they scramble to outsmart and outmaneuver their date with death, they realize that the killer is among them and shares their ability to see […]

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Released: Friday, September 2 2016
Last Graded: Sep 28, 2016 8:35 pm

Morgan


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A corporate troubleshooter is sent to a remote, top-secret location, where she is to investigate and evaluate a terrifying accident. She learns the event was triggered by a seemingly innocent “human,” who presents a mystery of both infinite promise and incalculable danger.

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Released: Friday, September 2 2016
Last Graded: Sep 28, 2016 8:35 pm