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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
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

Hermia & Helena


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Shuttling between two time frames and two locations (Buenos Aires and NYC), Hermia & Helena revolves around theatre director Camila (Piñeiro regular Agustina Muñoz, never better), who accepts an artistic fellowship exchange to an unnamed New York institute to ostensibly work on a Spanish translation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As in the director’s previous […]

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Released: Friday, May 26 2017
Last Graded: May 29, 2017 9:12 pm

Black Site Delta


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Cam Gigandet stars as the leader of a “Dirty Dozen” band of military prisoners who must fight off a terrorist attack on the remote “black site” prison where they’re being held, which, unknown to them, is a cover for a secret drone control facility.

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Released: Friday, May 5 2017
Last Graded: May 29, 2017 9:12 pm

Whisky Galore!


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In 1943, the people of the isolated Scottish island of Todday are largely unaffected by wartime rationing, until their supply of whisky runs out. In the midst of this catastrophe, Sergeant Odd returns on leave to court Peggy Macroon, the daughter of the local shopkeeper. Meanwhile, her sister Catriona has just become engaged to meek […]

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Released: Friday, May 12 2017
Last Graded: May 29, 2017 9:12 pm

The Mayor (2017)


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In the world of politics, everyone’s hands get dirty, and it’s no different for the beloved two-time Mayor of Seoul, Byeon Jong-gu. Seeking a third term that will set him up for a run at the presidency, Byeon will stop at nothing to keep his darkest secrets hidden from his adoring public Wiretapping, corruption, murder… […]

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Released: Friday, April 28 2017
Last Graded: May 29, 2017 9:12 pm

This Is Not What I Expected


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Lu Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro) is a handsome, wealthy hotel executive whose drive for perfection is matched only by his taste for fine cuisine. When he checks into the Rosebud, he’s dissatisfied with everything he sees and is ready to take action… until flamboyant female sous chef Gu Shengnan (Zhou Dongyu) creates the perfectionist what may […]

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Released: Friday, May 5 2017
Last Graded: May 29, 2017 9:12 pm

Black Rose


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A Russian Police Major (Alexander Nevsky) is enlisted by the LAPD to help solve a series of gruesome murders perpetrated against young women by a sadistic sociopathic killer on the mean streets of Hollywood.

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Released: Friday, April 28 2017
Last Graded: May 29, 2017 9:12 pm

The King’s Case Note


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The film is set during the Joseon Dynasty, where power was persistently threatened by political and social tug-of-wars, often leading to crimes and cover-ups. King Yejong, takes it upon himself to gather evidence related to these criminal activities and solve the cases, bringing those responsible to justice. Helping King Yejong is his brilliant assistant, Seo. […]

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Released: Friday, April 28 2017
Last Graded: May 29, 2017 9:12 pm

Lowriders


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“Lowriders” is set against the vibrant backdrop of East LA’s near-spiritual car culture and follows the story of Danny (Gabriel Chavarria), a talented young street artist caught between the lowrider world inhabited by his old-school father (Demián Bichir) and ex-con brother (Theo Rossi), and the adrenaline-fueled outlet that defines his self-expression.

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Released: Friday, May 12 2017
Last Graded: May 29, 2017 9:12 pm

ELIÁN


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As the new millennium began, one news story captured the attention and hearts of nearly every American. On Thanksgiving 1999, a young Cuban boy named Elián González was found floating in the Florida Straits by himself after his mother drowned trying to seek refuge in the United States. Before long, the 5-year-old González became the […]

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Released: Friday, May 12 2017
Last Graded: May 29, 2017 9:12 pm

Take Me


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Ray Moody (Pat Healy) is a fledgling entrepreneur, trying to get his company off the ground in Los Angeles. His business: abduction, or as Ray describes his company, Kidnap Solutions, LLC, providing alternative therapy that his clients use for curative reasons. The market for such a service is unsurprisingly niche, and Ray is in dire […]

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Released: Friday, May 5 2017
Last Graded: May 29, 2017 9:12 pm

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: May 29, 2017 9:12 pm

How to Be a Latin Lover


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In this riches to rags comedy, an aging gigolo (Eugenio Derbez) is kicked to the curb by his 80-year-old millionaire wife, forcing him to move in with his estranged sister (Salma Hayek) and her young son. Anxious to return to the lap of luxury, he attempts to reignite his powers as a Latin Lover and […]

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Released: Friday, April 28 2017
Last Graded: May 29, 2017 9:12 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: May 29, 2017 9:12 pm

The Drowning


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The story of a forensic psychologist who is haunted by his expert witness testimony that sent a young boy to prison for a chilling murder. When the boy later reappears in his life, he is drawn into a destructive, soul-searching reinvestigation of the case.

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Released: Wednesday, May 10 2017
Last Graded: May 29, 2017 9:12 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: May 29, 2017 9:12 pm