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Million Dollar Arm (2014)

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In a last-ditch effort to save his career, sports agent JB Bernstein dreams up a wild game plan to find Major League Baseball’s next great pitcher from a pool of cricket players in India. He soon discovers two young men who can throw a fastball but know nothing ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Craig Gillespie
CAST:  Jon Hamm  •  Bill Paxton  •  Lake Bell  •  Suraj Sharma

In a last-ditch effort to save his career, sports agent JB Bernstein dreams up a wild game plan to find Major League Baseball’s next great pitcher from a pool of cricket players in India. He soon discovers two young men who can throw a fastball but know nothing ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Craig Gillespie
CAST:  Jon Hamm  •  Bill Paxton  •  Lake Bell  •  Suraj Sharma

Gimme Shelter (2013)

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After running away from her abusive mother, a streetwise teen seeks refuge with her father, but he rejects her when he learns that she's pregnant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Krauss
CAST:  Vanessa Hudgens  •  Rosario Dawson  •  Brendan Fraser  •  Stephanie Szostak

After running away from her abusive mother, a streetwise teen seeks refuge with her father, but he rejects her when he learns that she's pregnant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Krauss
CAST:  Vanessa Hudgens  •  Rosario Dawson  •  Brendan Fraser  •  Stephanie Szostak

Nomads (2010)

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Susan is a filmaker working on a documentary about subway suicides at Mexico City. Roberto is an illegal mexican inmigrant that works cleaning windows at New York. Roberto meets Susan and they start hanging out, sharing their own experiences.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ricardo Benet
CAST:  Lucy Liu  •  Tenoch Huerta  •  Tamlyn Tomita  •  Dagoberto Gama

Susan is a filmaker working on a documentary about subway suicides at Mexico City. Roberto is an illegal mexican inmigrant that works cleaning windows at New York. Roberto meets Susan and they start hanging out, sharing their own experiences.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ricardo Benet
CAST:  Lucy Liu  •  Tenoch Huerta  •  Tamlyn Tomita  •  Dagoberto Gama

You Can Count on Me (2000)

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A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely-seen younger brother returns to town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kenneth Lonergan
CAST:  Laura Linney  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Matthew Broderick  •  Rory Culkin

A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely-seen younger brother returns to town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kenneth Lonergan
CAST:  Laura Linney  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Matthew Broderick  •  Rory Culkin

Sympathy for Delicious (2010)

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A newly paralyzed DJ gets more than he bargained for when he seeks out the world of faith healing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Ruffalo
CAST:  Christopher Thornton  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Juliette Lewis  •  Orlando Bloom

A newly paralyzed DJ gets more than he bargained for when he seeks out the world of faith healing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Ruffalo
CAST:  Christopher Thornton  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Juliette Lewis  •  Orlando Bloom

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018)

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On the rocky path to sobriety after a life-changing accident, John Callahan discovers the healing power of art, willing his injured hands into drawing hilarious, often controversial cartoons, which bring him a new lease on life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gus Van Sant
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Jonah Hill  •  Rooney Mara  •  Jack Black

On the rocky path to sobriety after a life-changing accident, John Callahan discovers the healing power of art, willing his injured hands into drawing hilarious, often controversial cartoons, which bring him a new lease on life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gus Van Sant
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Jonah Hill  •  Rooney Mara  •  Jack Black

You're Not You (2014)

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A drama centered on a classical pianist who has been diagnosed with ALS and the brash college student who becomes her caregiver.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George C. Wolfe
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Emmy Rossum  •  Josh Duhamel  •  Ali Larter

A drama centered on a classical pianist who has been diagnosed with ALS and the brash college student who becomes her caregiver.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George C. Wolfe
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Emmy Rossum  •  Josh Duhamel  •  Ali Larter

The Glass Castle (2017)

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A young girl is raised in a dysfunctional family constantly on the run from the FBI. Living in poverty, she comes of age guided by her drunkard, ingenious father who distracts her with magical stories to keep her mind off the family's dire state, and her selfish, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Destin Daniel Cretton
CAST:  Brie Larson  •  Naomi Watts  •  Woody Harrelson  •  Max Greenfield

A young girl is raised in a dysfunctional family constantly on the run from the FBI. Living in poverty, she comes of age guided by her drunkard, ingenious father who distracts her with magical stories to keep her mind off the family's dire state, and her selfish, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Destin Daniel Cretton
CAST:  Brie Larson  •  Naomi Watts  •  Woody Harrelson  •  Max Greenfield

Certain Women (2016)

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Three strong-willed women strive to forge their own paths amidst the wide-open plains of the American Northwest: a lawyer forced to subdue a troubled client; a wife and mother whose plans to construct her dream home reveal fissures in her marriage; and a lonely ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kelly Reichardt
CAST:  Laura Dern  •  Michelle Williams  •  Kristen Stewart  •  Lily Gladstone

Three strong-willed women strive to forge their own paths amidst the wide-open plains of the American Northwest: a lawyer forced to subdue a troubled client; a wife and mother whose plans to construct her dream home reveal fissures in her marriage; and a lonely ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kelly Reichardt
CAST:  Laura Dern  •  Michelle Williams  •  Kristen Stewart  •  Lily Gladstone

Inventing the Abbotts (1997)

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In the 1950s, brothers Jacey and Doug Holt, who come from the poorer side of their sleepy Midwestern town, vie for the affections of the wealthy, lovely Abbott sisters. Lady-killer Jacey alternates between Eleanor and Alice, wanting simply to break the hearts of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pat O'Connor
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Liv Tyler  •  Jennifer Connelly  •  Billy Crudup

In the 1950s, brothers Jacey and Doug Holt, who come from the poorer side of their sleepy Midwestern town, vie for the affections of the wealthy, lovely Abbott sisters. Lady-killer Jacey alternates between Eleanor and Alice, wanting simply to break the hearts of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pat O'Connor
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Liv Tyler  •  Jennifer Connelly  •  Billy Crudup

The Prince of Egypt (1998)

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This is the extraordinary tale of two brothers named Moses and Ramses, one born of royal blood, and one an orphan with a secret past. Growing up the best of friends, they share a strong bond of free-spirited youth and good-natured rivalry. But the truth will ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brenda Chapman  •  Simon Wells  •  Steve Hickner
CAST:  Val Kilmer  •  Ralph Fiennes  •  Patrick Stewart  •  Michelle Pfeiffer

This is the extraordinary tale of two brothers named Moses and Ramses, one born of royal blood, and one an orphan with a secret past. Growing up the best of friends, they share a strong bond of free-spirited youth and good-natured rivalry. But the truth will ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brenda Chapman  •  Simon Wells  •  Steve Hickner
CAST:  Val Kilmer  •  Ralph Fiennes  •  Patrick Stewart  •  Michelle Pfeiffer

The Bucket List (2007)

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Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers are worlds apart. At a crossroads in their lives, they share a hospital room and discover they have two things in common: a desire to spend the time they have left doing everything they ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Reiner
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Sean Hayes  •  Beverly Todd

Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers are worlds apart. At a crossroads in their lives, they share a hospital room and discover they have two things in common: a desire to spend the time they have left doing everything they ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Reiner
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Sean Hayes  •  Beverly Todd

The Full Monty (1997)

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Sheffield, England. Gaz, a jobless steelworker in need of quick cash persuades his mates to bare it all in a one-night-only strip show.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Cattaneo
CAST:  Robert Carlyle  •  Mark Addy  •  William Snape  •  Steve Huison

Sheffield, England. Gaz, a jobless steelworker in need of quick cash persuades his mates to bare it all in a one-night-only strip show.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Cattaneo
CAST:  Robert Carlyle  •  Mark Addy  •  William Snape  •  Steve Huison

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

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After a rough divorce, Frances, a 35 year old book editor from San Francisco takes a tour of Tuscany at the urgings of her friends. On a whim she buys Bramasole, a run down villa in the Tuscan countryside and begins to piece her life together starting with the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Audrey Wells
CAST:  Diane Lane  •  Sandra Oh  •  Lindsay Duncan  •  Raoul Bova

After a rough divorce, Frances, a 35 year old book editor from San Francisco takes a tour of Tuscany at the urgings of her friends. On a whim she buys Bramasole, a run down villa in the Tuscan countryside and begins to piece her life together starting with the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Audrey Wells
CAST:  Diane Lane  •  Sandra Oh  •  Lindsay Duncan  •  Raoul Bova

Four Good Days (2021)

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A mother helps her daughter work through four crucial days of recovery from substance abuse.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rodrigo García
CAST:  Mila Kunis  •  Glenn Close  •  Stephen Root  •  Joshua Leonard

A mother helps her daughter work through four crucial days of recovery from substance abuse.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rodrigo García
CAST:  Mila Kunis  •  Glenn Close  •  Stephen Root  •  Joshua Leonard

Wadjda (2012)

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Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Haifaa al-Mansour
CAST:  Reem Abdullah  •  Waad Mohammed  •  Abdullrahman Algohani  •  Ahd

Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Haifaa al-Mansour
CAST:  Reem Abdullah  •  Waad Mohammed  •  Abdullrahman Algohani  •  Ahd

Walk the Line (2005)

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A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Mangold
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Reese Witherspoon  •  Ginnifer Goodwin  •  Robert Patrick

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Mangold
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Reese Witherspoon  •  Ginnifer Goodwin  •  Robert Patrick

Little Birds (2011)

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Lily and Alison face a life-changing event after they leave their Salton Sea home and follow the boys they meet back to Los Angeles.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elgin James
CAST:  Juno Temple  •  Kay Panabaker  •  Kyle Gallner  •  Neal McDonough

Lily and Alison face a life-changing event after they leave their Salton Sea home and follow the boys they meet back to Los Angeles.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elgin James
CAST:  Juno Temple  •  Kay Panabaker  •  Kyle Gallner  •  Neal McDonough

Roman Holiday (1953)

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Overwhelmed by her suffocating schedule, touring European princess Ann takes off for a night while in Rome. When a sedative she took from her doctor kicks in, however, she falls asleep on a park bench and is found by an American reporter, Joe Bradley, who takes her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Gregory Peck  •  Audrey Hepburn  •  Eddie Albert  •  Hartley Power

Overwhelmed by her suffocating schedule, touring European princess Ann takes off for a night while in Rome. When a sedative she took from her doctor kicks in, however, she falls asleep on a park bench and is found by an American reporter, Joe Bradley, who takes her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Gregory Peck  •  Audrey Hepburn  •  Eddie Albert  •  Hartley Power

The Way Way Back (2013)

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Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nat Faxon  •  Jim Rash
CAST:  Steve Carell  •  Toni Collette  •  Allison Janney  •  Sam Rockwell

Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nat Faxon  •  Jim Rash
CAST:  Steve Carell  •  Toni Collette  •  Allison Janney  •  Sam Rockwell
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