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Eighteen-year-old Alice has finished summer vacation and all her friends have gone to college. Out of boredom - and the looming prospect of a dead-end job in a New England backwater - she steals money from her boss and embarks on a 1000-mile road trip to Miami in a beat up Ford Escort. A succession ... Read more
A true story of twin boys, one born blind, and their parents' determination to treat both equally and to help share their different worlds of darkness and light. ... Read more
"Anchored by fine performances, delicate narrative development and an overall tenderness, this picture unfolds beautifully...This life on the farm drama is a potent addition to cinema's recent Mid-Western collection—Boys Don't Cry and David Lynch's The Straight Story—and there are ... Read more
The film was designed as an introduction to art appre­ciation through analysis and comparison of great paintings of all periods. ... Read more
Illustrates elements in art. such as colour, line, texture, form, light and dark, to encourage children to discover the basic elements in the world around them. ... Read more
A pseudo documentary about growing up, ‘WHAT IS BUSINESS' parodies instructional and educational films. Segalove conducts a series of interview* with a variety of business people and comedy takes over. ... Read more
"A heartbreakingly perceptive … closely observed and deeply emotional drama." – Screen Daily ... Loosely based on the 1897 novel by Henry James, this very New York update follows the upheaval in the lives of a couple and their young daughter, Maisie, in the aftermath of divorce ... Read more
"That most American of holidays, Thanksgiving, serves as the focal point for this raptly celebratory look at the modern American family. What's Cooking? interweaves the workings of four diverse Los Angeles households—African-American, Jewish, Latino and Vietnamese—as they make their ... Read more
Displaying the off-centre whimsy that characterised his international arthouse hit My Life As A Dog, Swedish-born filmmaker Lasse Hallstrom casts his gaze upon the quiet contours of rural America in What's Eating Gilbert Grape? The result is a small-town comedy with a big heart and just a touch of ... Read more
A New Jersey girl on the verge of adulthood. Anna (Liza Weil) is struggling to realise her dreams in a world where there are no easy solutions or happy endings. It is the early 80s: The Ramones, Iggy Pop and Blondie are hot. It's a time of excess - a last call for the sex, drugs and rock and roll ... Read more
When Billy Golfus, Award-winning radio jour­nalist, became brain-damaged as a result of a motor scooter accident ten years ago, he became one of the 43 million Americans with disabilities—the country's largest vocal minority. ... When Billy Broke His Head... is a chronical of Gol­fus' ... Read more
When the Exxon Valdez struck the coast of Prince William Sound, the world waited to see what the immediate consequences of the oil spill would be. But what were the more long term costs of the spill for the fishing and sub­sistence communities in the area? ... Read more
“This movie is the story of the band, but it is also an insight into a moment in time that will never be repeated.” - producer Dick Wolf ... Blessed with unseen footage by the surviving members of The Doors, filmmaker Tom DiCillo (Living in Oblivion) proceeded to make this documentary - the ... Read more
An affectionate portrait of an ageing washroom attendant who thrives on the social stimulation afforded by her job on the periphery of the night scene. Her ironic observations on the behaviour of the "beautiful people'' whom she serves - and her eloquent retelling of her own, extremely rich ... Read more
Dramatising the folk ballad of the same name, this film offers a simple plea for peace. ... Golden Eagle Award, Cine. ... Read more
“If I've learned anything from big budget action movies it's that complicated global problems are best solved by one lonely guy.” - filmmaker Morgan SpurlockHaving lost the weight from the fast food experiment that was Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock returns in an attempt to track down the ... Read more
Stauffer, a widower lives with his housekeeper of 15 years, a woman both caring and overbearing in her manner. A doctor is brought in to cure a mysterious illness that Srauffer seems to be suffering from. His symptoms are fatigue, anaemia and resttess sleep full of dreammg. Stauffer's main ... Read more
Burgess Meredith narrates a deeply personal, almost spiritual journey through the Chihuahuan Desert in the company of an unseen wise old man. ... Read more
“An irresistible black comedy, it's probably Reiner's best film, not least because it shows such affection for all its crazies.” - Time Out ... Gordon's senile, obnoxious mother sabotages every romantic relationship he attempts to have. When he meets the girl of his dreams, Louise, he is ... Read more
This new film from San Francisco filmmmaker Lynne Sachs is a sensual, rather than factual travelogue around Vietnam. With her sister Dana, who is living and working as a Journalist in Vietnam, Sachs travels North from Saigon to Hanoi. Together they create a diary-like compo­sition of filmed ... Read more
When Bing Crosby sang "I'm dreaming of a White Christmas", he wasn't dreaming of the kind of White Christmas portrayed in this film. White Christmas is a fascinating look at Christmas - American-style - as celebrated in the Philippines. This is also a journey through childhood memories and adult ... Read more
From a story by Romain Gary White. Actress Julie Sawyer takes in a very attractive German Shepherd after having accidentally injured the dog with her car Julie grows very attached to the animal, and is rewarded when it repels a nocturnal prowler. ... But when the dog violently attacks a black ... Read more
Clint Eastwood's newest film, which he directs, produces, and stars in, is a compelling, unusual movie. It's not an African adventure epic, nor strictly a movie about the film classic, The African Queen. Instead, Eastwood has crafted a probing semi-fictional investigation of the maverick director ... Read more
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