GABI is a sassy, sexy, and strong Puerto Rican woman, but an unexpected family death forces her to return to her native homeland, confronting a place she thought she had left behind.
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From a young man in Nazi-occupied Paris to the sultry crooner who bedded Brigitte Bardot and married Jane Birkin to the vulnerable poet hidden behind a shroud of provocation—Serge Gainsbourg's is a life large enough for grand treatment on film. One of France's greatest mavericks is brought back to life (uncannily, by Eric Elmosnino) in this imaginative and visually flamboyant film debut from one of France's greatest cartoonists. | Read MoreDrama and Music
Director José Padilha (Bus 174) follows up his Golden Bear-winning Elite Squad with this austere, unflinching examination of the realities of chronic hunger for three Brazilian families. At once intimate and universal, Padilha's hauntingly visual film humanizes the enormity of the global hunger crisis. | Read MoreDocumentary
Pop culture and land-use practices converge in Brooklyn, where a Bangladeshi immigrant family recalls the found film that formed the overhead lattice support for their urban garden. | Read MoreDocumentary
In 1979, artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude proposed one of the largest public art installations in history: a "golden river" of 7,500 fabric-paneled gates in Central Park. Transcending controversy, it was finally completed in 2005. Renowned documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles and long-time collaborator Antonio Ferrera chronicle the artists' 26-year commitment to transform the winter darkness of the park into a garden of light and color.
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More than the baths and bars, this film explores the explosion of gay culture in New York during the steamy post-Stonewall, pre-AIDs era. It also underscores the community that emerged from the '70s to fight AIDS. Of course, this is gay New York in the '70s, so there are plenty of bars, baths, and hot bodies too. | Read More
Singer and star George Michael gives a brutally honest guided tour of his life in Southan Morris' documentary George Michael: A Different Story. From his humble beginnings in Hertforshire, England to the zenith of his fame to the legal battles with his label to the infamous public toilet incident, George candidly speaks about every professional and personal gain-and loss. | Read More
This wake-up-call doc exposes the hidden history of our country's redistricting wars, mapping battles that take place out of public scrutiny but that shape the electoral landscape of American politics for decades at time, posing a threat not just to democrats and republicans, but democracy as a whole. Featuring stories from nine states, Gerrymandering takes a hard look at the framework of our democracy and how it provides our politicians a perfectly legal way to control electoral outcomes. | Read MoreDocumentary
In 1930s Tennessee, backwoods recluse Felix Bush (Robert Duvall) is feared and shunned by the local townsfolk. Then Felix decides to plan a living funeral to lay his own legend to rest. But behind this surreal plan lies a devastating secret that must get out…. Academy Award® winner Aaron Schneider makes a confident feature debut with this engrossing and slyly funny folk tale of forgiveness and redemption. With Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, and Lucas Black. | Read More
In this inspired and heartfelt film, 12 year-old Eric's mother sends him across town to pick up a desperately needed prescription for his grandma. He has an hour to get there and within minutes, he is lured into a serious ball game. Then, when he then takes a wrong turn, he is quickly hustled out of the prescription money. (Ages 12+) | Read MoreDrama
A 30th anniversary homage to 1975 Maysles Brothers' documentary Grey Gardens, which detailed the relationship between mother Edith Bouvier Beale and daughter Edie-the eccentric aunt and first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Ghosts is one fan's three-year quest to gather additional information on the Beales and explore their enormous impact on creative people. Features interviews with Gardens' co-director Albert Maysles, fashion designer Todd Oldham, and Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee of The Washington Post. | Read MoreDocumentary
Thirtysomethings Janice (Jenna Fischer) and Tim (Chris Messina) haven't quite learned how to navigate adulthood. Tim is a street performer whose unique talents as a "living statue" don't exactly pay the bills. Janice is out of work and under pressure by her sister (Malin Akerman) to date an egotistical self-help guru (Topher Grace). In this charming comedic romance, these two strangers help each other to realize that it only takes one person to make you feel important. | Read MoreRomantic Comedy
It is the Iranian New Year, 1988. Sadaam is bombing Tehran. And Gilaneh's family is being ripped apart by the war. Her son-in-law is missing after deserting the army. Her charming son, Ishmael, is heading off to fight for his country. Fifteen years later, on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Gilaneh is alone in her village home, taking care of Ishmael, now an invalid veteran. This beautifully shot, timely film overflows with unwavering pain, suffering and hope.
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