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Chase is bereft, mourning the death of his ex-girlfriend Scarlet when he meets the beautiful Valentine, a call girl who has created multiple personas for her work. Without a place to go, she asks to stay with Chase. He agrees. And the healing begins—as does a dramatic unraveling.
7/8/2020
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Trauma can shake a brilliant mind and turn a vibrant individual into something unrecognizable. Woods Weston was an acclaimed painter, a father, and a respected member of his community. When we meet him, though, he is clinging to the end of his rope.
7/7/2020
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Children fear monsters lurking in dark corners, under the bed, nightfall, and getting lost in dense woods. Are these anxieties purely irrational, sound byproducts of evolution, or inaccessible projections of the dark side of a cruel adult world?
7/6/2020
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Undermined – Tales from the Kimberley follows Aboriginals from the region of Kimberley, Australia, who have to fight for the land they call home, where their ancestors have lived for years.
6/30/2020
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On the surface, Go Fish is a quirky, screwball comedy about a young woman who clumsily takes revenge against her snobby nemeses, but there's more to this story that lies beneath.
6/29/2020
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Jared Abrahamson plays a raw and vivid hero (or perhaps anti-hero) in Kevan Funk’s Canadian Screen Award-nominated drama, Hello Destroyer.
6/28/2020
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One Crazy Thing is a movie that relishes in the simple and fun. Writer-director Amit Gupta charms us with a romantic comedy reminiscent of a Woody Allen classic.
6/27/2020
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Craft beer has become increasingly popular and even more accessible. Director Nate Kresge takes a look at one city where beer is part of its culture, and we get a little taste of what’s Poured In Pennsylvania.
6/26/2020
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In a kaleidoscopic world of fakes, forgeries and swindlers, James “The Amazing” Randi seeks to tell the truth. An Honest Liar follows his fascinating career of debunking deceptions, including the very truth that almost destroyed his life.
6/25/2020
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Rocketman: Mad Mike’s Mission to Prove the Flat Earth follows an outlandish yet vehement flat-earther who builds a homemade rocket ship in order to launch himself into space and debunk that the earth is round.
6/24/2020
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A creative, sensitive teen from a dysfunctional family meets a beautiful, enigmatic runaway and his life is turned upside down in this coming-of-age drama, directed by Ashley Avis.
6/16/2020
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Heather Matarazzo entertains as Darby in Stuck, an off-beat comedy starring a brilliant, dynamic cast who bounce off Darby as she tries to win back the heart of her ex-boyfriend.
6/16/2020
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Love Story carefully interweaves fact with fiction, as the director who is also the main actor falls in love with a stranger named Masha, who becomes his muse.
5/15/2020
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Dear Sidewalk is a tender and endlessly endearing love story that will encourage viewers to look at the sidewalk a little differently.
5/15/2020
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Director Marcus Flemmings’ Six Rounds - a fiction film that feels timeless, and yet is set during the wake of the 2011 London Riots - follows a young boxer who must face an insurmountable choice, grappling with his place in the world, sense of self, and his past.
5/15/2020
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Director Marcus Flemmings’ Six Rounds - a fiction film that feels timeless, and yet is set during the wake of the 2011 London Riots - follows a young boxer who must face an insurmountable choice, grappling with his place in the world, sense of self, and his past.
5/14/2020
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Shot in black and white, Shongwe-La Mer’s film is a tale of disaffected youth, bad drugs, bravado and suicide, set amongst the leafy suburbs of middle class Johannesburg.
4/7/2020
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After five years of separation, Emily has a new man, and wants to file for divorce. There is only one thing standing in her way – she had a Quaker wedding.
4/7/2020
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Under the Blood Red Sun brings viewers back to a painful time in US national history and challenges them to reconsider it from a fresh and crucial lens.
4/6/2020
Review
The film begins on one uneventful night, that, in a matter of hours, becomes life-changing and life-affirming for the four people involved.
4/5/2020
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Death of a friend sends a group of still-young adults on a quest to reconnect with what drew them to one another in the first instance.
4/4/2020
Review
As mysterious deaths surface, Paul discovers that his new running mate isn’t exactly who he thought he was.
3/26/2020
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The Orchard stands out as a fine act of storytelling, transporting us along with Max to a place where we can reevaluate our priorities and learn how to live our lives as our authentic selves again.
3/23/2020
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We is a marvel to behold, but it’s also the kind of film that will make viewers reflect - on youth, pleasure, capitalism, and herd mentality.
3/5/2020
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After a journey that oscillates between love, joy, truth, resentment and forgiveness, two estranged brothers experience "Habana Instant".
3/5/2020
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Well-paced, visually stunning, and quirky, the film creates a convincing world where the weird and the absurd are traded as if they’re currency: viewers will delight in its sense of off-beat humor.
3/5/2020
Cast & Crew Corner
Director Iglika Triffonova on how she came across the case that sparked the film’s idea, challenges of working with an international crew, and the legal and moral dilemmas at her film’s core.
2/3/2020
Review
Jerry J. White III’s This is Us is a perfect example of cinema’s incredible capacity to capture moments of love and loss.
1/24/2020
Review
What begins as a local tragedy becomes a personal quest for self-knowledge and self-realization.
1/24/2020