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This Is Not a Film

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This clandestine documentary, shot partially on an iPhone and smuggled into France in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes, depicts the day-to-day life of acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (Offside, The Circle) during his house arrest in his Tehran apartment. While appealing his sentence - six years in prison and a 20 year ban from filmmaking - Panahi is seen talking to his family and lawyer on the phone, discussing his plight with Mirtahmasb and reflecting on the meaning of the art of filmmaking. -- (C) Palisades Tartan
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Jiro Dreams of Sushi

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world's greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro's sushi bar.At the heart of this story is Jiro's relationship with his eldest son Yoshikazu, the worthy heir to Jiro's legacy, who is unable to live up to his full potential in his father's shadow. -- (C) Magnolia
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Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Sequel Event

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AMC is giving Twilight fans the opportunity to let their voices be heard. To celebrate the release of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 1, which opens Nov. 18, AMC is inviting guests to choose which Twilight movie should play before the midnight opening of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 1 at select AMC locations around the country. Tickets for the Twilight Saga Experience, as well as the traditional midnight shows at AMC go on sale Saturday, Oct 1 at 12:01 a.m. Beginning Oct. 10 through Oct. 16, fans can choose among any of the three previously released Twilight films: TWILIGHT, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON and THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE. AMC will announce the winning movie Oct. 19 via its Facebook page at facebook.com/amctheatres. Guests can campaign for their favorite Twilight films via Twitter using the hashtag #AMCTwilight. The winning movie will play at 9:30 p.m. Nov. 17, before the midnight showing of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 1.
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Waiting for Superman

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Every morning, in big cities, suburbs and small towns across America, parents send their children off to school with the highest of hopes. But a shocking number of students in the United States attend schools where they have virtually no chance of learning--failure factories likelier to produce drop-outs than college graduates. And despite decades of well-intended reforms and huge sums of money spent on the problem, our public schools haven't improved markedly since the 1970s. Why? There is an answer. And it's not what you think. From "An Inconvenient Truth" director Davis Guggenheim comes "Waiting for 'Superman'", a provocative and cogent examination of the crisis of public education in the United States told through multiple interlocking stories--from a handful of students and their families whose futures hang in the balance, to the educators and reformers trying to find real and lasting solutions within a dysfunctional system. Tackling such politically radioactive topics as the power of teachers' unions an
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Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me

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For better or worse, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me is every bit as strange and twisted as you'd expect from David Lynch.
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Crime After Crime

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Crime After Crime is the exclusive documentary film on the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, a woman imprisoned for over a quarter century due to her connection to the murder of the man who abused her. She finds her only hope for freedom when two rookie attorneys with no background in criminal law step forward to take her case... -- (C) Official Site
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Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids

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A powerful and uplifting documentary.
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How To Start A Revolution

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How To Start a Revolution reveals the remarkable story of modern activism, and the power of people to change their world, through the legacy of this unassuming, soft-spoken man. Professor Sharp has written the blueprint for revolutionary leaders around the globe, "From Dictatorship to Democracy," a handbook of 198 strategic 'weapons' to topple dictators. The film explores how organizers of an uprising in one country train and inspire participants in the next, and how social media now threatens tyrants in ways that were unimaginable a decade ago. We also meet progressive trailblazers from Serbia, Ukraine, Egypt and Syria, who discuss how they struggled to seize democratic power. -- (C) 7th Art
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A Better Life

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From the director of About a Boy comes A Better Life - a touching, poignant, multi-generational story about a father's love and the lengths a parent will go to give his child the opportunities he never had. -- (C) Summit
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My Avatar and Me (Min Avatar og mig)

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A scripted documentary turned bizarre satire, MY AVATAR AND ME is the reconstructed account of Mikkel Stolt's fantastical immersion into the cyberspace world of Second Life. Initially a failed documentary filmmaker, Mikkel lives an ordinary life with his ordinary girlfriend Helle. One day he comes across an article about Second Life in a newspaper, attends a conference, and decides to make it the subject of his next film. Mikkel introduces himself into this new virtual world as Mike Proud, the Avatar or graphic alter ego he creates and has total control over. Discouraged by continual rejection from other Avatars at first, Mike finally meets Helena, a beautiful and voluptuous blonde who owns the nightclub Mike frequents in Second Life. Consequently, Mike becomes infatuated with Helena, ultimately transcending into Mikkel's addiction with his new fantasy world. The more time Mikkel spends in his second life, the more he is removed from reality, eventually being thrown out of his apartment by his real-life girlf
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When the Road Bends...tales of a Gypsy Caravan

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A dynamic doc following five Romani bands is a pleasure for the senses thanks to vibrant colors and eclectic music.
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The Warrior's Way

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Asian samurai Yang (Korean superstar Jang Dong-gun) has a change of heart after slaughtering his enemy's family, and spares a newborn child. On the run from his master, he heads to America, where he finds a beat-down town that is home to freaks, circus performers, an old drunk (Geoffrey Rush), and a knife-thrower (Kate Bosworth). This spunky love interest soon becomes the student, with the wandering warrior passing along his knowledge so that she can enact revenge against scarred scumbag The Colonel (Danny Huston). As the master tracks the sound of the warrior's sword (literally), the samurai makes one final stand with the town to thwart The Colonel and his gang before they burn it all down. Soon enough, cowboys and ninjas meet in a duel to the death -- guns vs. katanas. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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The Way We Get By

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The Way We Get By is a thoughtful, poignant look at some unsung American heroes.
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Ghost Town

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Structured in three parts to highlight the growing fissure between the past and the present, the desperation of the locals, and the plight of the abandoned, director Zhao Dayong's documentary offers a poignant snapshot of a town haunted by the ghosts of the past, and devoid of any discernible future. Venture deep into Southwest China, and eventually you'll come across Zhiziluo, a town populated by lost souls, and seemingly frozen in time. Here, Christian pastor Yuehan clashes with his father, John the Elder, about the future of their local church, Pu Biqui ponders leaving his lover to seek work in the city (despite the very likely prospect that she will be sold into marriage in his absence), and 12-year-old Ah Long scavenges for food on a daily basis. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Tangled Ever After

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The kingdom is abuzz over the royal wedding of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider.
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Puccini for Beginners

/movie/Puccini for Beginners

A Woody Allen-ish film that needs more of the caustic wit expected from the best New York rom coms.
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Midwest Ballet Theatre: Alice In Wonderland

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Alice in Wonderland, an original full-length ballet based on Lewis Carroll's classic tale "Alice". Tickets are $13 - $15 and are available from the Midwest Ballet by calling 630-971-9751 or online at www.midwestballet.org. The event will be danced by the unsurpassed young talent of the Midwest Ballet and choreographed by Artistic Director Mim Eichmann. The performances will be on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11 at 1:30 p.m.
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Megamind: The Button of Doom

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The new protector of Metro City faces the one foe that could cut his heroic reign short in this companion adventure to the hit animated feature Megamind. The diabolical items cluttering their evil lair no longer of use, Megamind (Will Ferrell) and Minion (David Cross) decide that everything must go -- everything except the Death Ray, of course. Meanwhile, Megamind reveals to the people of Metro City that he's created a special suit that gives him all of Metro Man's powers, and that he will use it to keep the city safe and secure. Later, while sifting through the items that didn't sell, Megamind stumbles across a mysterious red button, and pushes it. Suddenly, a forgotten robot named Mega-Megamind appears. Mistaking Megamind for Metro Man, it launches an all out attack on the wisecracking hero and his terrified sidekick. When Mega-Megamind proves to be an exceptional opponent, the only hope for ending the massive robot's rampage of destruction is to unleash another, much smaller robot that Minion had secretly
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The Whistleblower

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This ripped-from-the-headlines thriller is inspired by actual events. Kathy Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz) is a Nebraskan police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Her expectations of helping to rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she uncovers a dangerous reality of corruption, cover-up and intrigue amid a world of private contractors and multinational diplomatic doubletalk. -- (C) Samuel Goldwyn
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Bigger, Stronger, Faster*

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Bigger, Stronger, Faster* is a fascinating, informative, entertaining and especially introspective account of the American 'enhancement' culture.
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Anna Netrebko: 3 Superstars In Berlin

/movie/Anna Netrebko: 3 Superstars In Berlin

Three of the biggest names in opera come together for a once in a lifetime concert performance. Opera superstar Anna Netrebko returns to Berlin's stunning Waldbuhne, one of the world's most impressive open stages. Against this amazing backdrop, she is joined by her husband, baritone Erwin Schrott and star tenor Jonas Kaufman in a program that includes famous duets from Bernstein's West Side Story, Gershwin's Porgy and Bess and Puccini's Manon Lescaut, as well as popular Tango duets and arias from Mozart (Leporello's aria from Don Giovanni) and excerpts from Gounod's Faust. Accompanying the singers, Marco Armiliato conducts the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Super Size Me

/movie/Super Size Me

Entertaining doc about the adverse effects of eating fast food.
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American Teen

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American Teen skates some thin ice with its documentary ethics but, in the end, presents a charming and stylish (if packaged) tale.
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Beautiful Losers

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An insightful if fawning documentary that explores a group of 90s NYC artists.
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The Devil Came on Horseback

/movie/The Devil Came on Horseback

The Devil Came on Horseback is both a strong primer on the complexities of the situation in Darfur and a harrowing first-person doc.
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TEKKEN Blood Vengeance 3D

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Namco Bandai Games, Bandai Entertainment and NCM Fathom are partnering to bring TEKKEN Blood Vengeance 3D to movie theaters for a One Night Only event on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 7:30 pm (local time). This special event is based on one of the most popular and well-known gaming brands in the world, TEKKEN. TEKKEN Blood Vengeance 3D will give fans a look into history and motivations of the fighters who join the King of Iron Fist Tournament. -- (C) NCM Fathom
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Fake It So Real

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Fake It So Real dives head-first into the world of independent pro wrestling. Filmed over a single week leading up to a big show, the film follows a ragtag group of wrestlers in North Carolina, exploring what happens when the over-the-top theatrics of the wrestling ring collide with the realities of the working-class South. Gabriel is the rookie trying make it to the Big Time and be a part of this family of tough guys. Jeff is the leader who may miss his first show in ten years, due to an unexpected and debilitating injury. J-Prep, Zane, Pitt, Solar and the rest of the crew each face obstacles on their way to the big show. They aren't paid for their passion, but they treat wrestling like any artist treats his work. This is a film about doing something real. -- (C) Official Site
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Magic Trip

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In 1964, Ken Kesey, the famed author of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," set off on a legendary, LSD-fuelled cross-country road trip to the New York World's Fair. He was joined by "The Merry Band of Pranksters," a renegade group of counterculture truth-seekers, including Neal Cassady, the American icon immortalized in Kerouac's "On the Road," and the driver and painter of the psychedelic Magic Bus. Kesey and the Pranksters intended to make a documentary about their trip, shooting footage on 16MM, but the film was never finished and the footage has remained virtually unseen. With Magic Trip, Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood were given unprecedented access to this raw footage by the Kesey family. They worked with the Film Foundation, HISTORY and the UCLA Film Archives to restore over 100 hours of film and audiotape, and have shaped an invaluable document of this extraordinary piece of American history. --(C) Magnolia Pictures
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If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

/movie/If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

Filmmaker Marshall Curry explores the inner workings of the Earth Liberation Front, a revolutionary movement devoted to crippling facilities involved in deforestation, while simultaneously offering a profile of Oregon ELF member Daniel McGowan, who was brought up on terrorism charges for his involvement with the radical group. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg

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The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg is an affectionate, often very funny portrait of a baseball pioneer.
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Classic Albums: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Damn the Torpedoes

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This documentary examines the recording of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' classic third album Damn the Torpedos. The filmmakers sit down with Petty, his bandmates, and the album's producer and they all explain how they achieved the album's signature sound, as well as point out how their lives and careers changed after the album became a smash hit. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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Casino Jack And The United States Of Money

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Lobbyists have long played a powerful role in American politics, but it wasn't until Jack Abramoff became the center of a 2006 corruption scandal with ties to leading members of Congress (and even the White House) that many became aware of just how deep and pernicious their influence truly was. The son of a wealthy businessman, Abramoff became a Republican activist in college, involved in programs to raise funds for GOP candidates and supporting political movements in Angola and South Africa that he believed promoted a free-market ideology. In 2001, Abramoff took control of a profitable gaming empire after the murder of casino owner Gus Boulis, while also operating a lobbying business that curried political favor among Republican politicians through money and expensive gifts (one of his leading allies was GOP party whip Tom DeLay). However, when Abramoff was discovered to have defrauded a number of Native American groups hoping to open gambling casinos with promises of political favors that could be obtained
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Shanghai Ghetto

/movie/Shanghai Ghetto

Explores a little-known piece of Holocaust history, weaving together stories of overlapping cultures and their coexistence under the pretext of a war to create a touching and unusual narrative.
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Beyond the Mat

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Even if you aren't a fan, Beyond the Mat provides a riveting, perceptive look into the world of professional wrestling by taking a closer look at the people beneath the personas.
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Beyond the Pole

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A documentary film crew follows the first carbon neutral, organic, vegetarian expedition ever to attempt the North Pole. Simultaneously Saving the Planet and getting into the Guinness Book of Records Brian and Mark hope to kill two birds with one stone. Unfortunately, they have never done anything like this before.
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I, Wombot

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I, Wombot begins when Associate Professor Michael Heimlich kick-starts Australia's first ever team to compete at the international FIRST (R) Robotics Competition. This underdog story follows the high school Australian team, 'Thunder Down Under', as they take on the challenge of designing and building a robot in only six weeks, accompany their robot to New Hampshire, USA, and compete in a high-octane sports tournament against forty-eight other robots.
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Outrage

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Outrage walks a difficult moral and ethical line -- and not always successfully -- but despite its flaws, it's a fascinating, provocative look at homosexuality in American politics.
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For Colored Girls

/movie/For Colored Girls

Ntozake Shange's Obie Award-winning play exploring the plight of black women makes the leap from stage to screen with this ensemble drama directed by Tyler Perry, and starring Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Hill Harper, Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg, Kerry Washington, and Macy Gray. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Howl

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Starring James Franco in a career-defining performance as Allen Ginsberg, HOWL is the story of how the young poet's seminal work broke down societal barriers in the face of an infamous public obscenity trial. In his famously confessional style, Ginsberg - poet, counter-culture icon, and chronicler of the Beat Generation - recounts the road trips, love affairs, and search for personal liberation that led to HOWL, the most timeless work of his career. HOWL interweaves three stories: the unfolding of the landmark 1957 obscenity trial; an imaginative animated ride through the prophetic masterpiece; and a unique portrait of a man who found new ways to express himself, and in doing so, changed his own life and galvanized a generation. -- (C) Oscilloscope
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Mitchell 20: Teacher Quality Is The Answer

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This documentary is about 20 of the 29 teachers at a Phoenix, Arizona public school who set out on a journey toward improving the quality of their teaching during what turned out to be a very tough time to be a teacher - especially in Arizona. Over the last three years we have followed these teachers as they attempted National Board Certification, a grueling program that is the most accurate measure of teacher effectiveness in relation to student achievement.
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Wedding Night

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A bride arrives to the United States from Pakistan to meet her new husband on their wedding night for the first time. They both have high expectations, only to end up with major disappointment.
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Holy Rollers: The True Story Of Card Counting Christians

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Holy Rollers follows the rise of arguably the largest and most well-funded blackjack team in America-made up entirely of churchgoing Christians. While they succeed in taking millions from casinos, how will they manage to find a place for faith and God in the arena of high stakes gambling?
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Beauty And The Beast Sing-along Event

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The magic of "Beauty and the Beast" returns to movie theaters for a two-day cinema event on Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. local time and Oct. 2 at 12 noon local time! Prior to the feature presentation, Jordin Sparks will take audiences through an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the newly restored high-definition animated classic and the making of her all-new "Beauty and the Beast" music video. Audiences will also be invited to sing along to everyone's favorite songs. Only at the cinema event can you see Belle in all of her big-screen glory plus commentary from producer Don Hahn, interviews with the cast and an inside look at how the animation was created. This true HD presentation is made possible by NCM Fathom and Disney Home Entertainment.
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Yellowbrickroad

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In the Fall of 1940, the entire population of Friar, NH abandoned their homes and walked up an ancient trail, never to be seen alive again. Their fates have remained a mystery for over 70 years, until a team of researchers discover the trailhead and attempt to track the path the doomedcitizens of Friar took. Yellowbrickroad is a return to the slow burn, character driven horror thrillers of the 1970s. -- (C) Official Site
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Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie

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Beginning with Woodstock '99, director Michelle Esrick has spent ten years documenting the life of Wavy Gravy. Saint Misbehavin' journeys from the hills of California to the Himalayan Mountains to reveal the life of this one of a kind servant to humanity. The film blends Wavy's own words with magical stories from an extraordinary array of fellow travelers both cultural and counter-cultural, revealing the man behind the clown's grin and the fool's clothing. In Saint Misbehavin' Wavy is revealed more than the tie-dyed entertainer and ice-cream flavor namesake that often defines him in the popular imagination. Audiences will come to know the activist, the optimist, and the healer who reaches beyond political, economic, and cultural divisions in his commitment to social change and the alleviation of human suffering. Wavy's life is his message, serving as deeply needed inspiration that we can change the world and have fun doing it. Satirist Paul Krasner describes Wavy as "The illegitimate son of Harpo Marx and Mot
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Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson

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While not the comprehensive profile of the man that his die-hard fans might have hoped for, Gonzo remains an insightful introduction to the life of rebellious writer Hunter S. Thompson and his influences.
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The Crocodile Hunter - Collision Course

/movie/The Crocodile Hunter - Collision Course

Aside from the unnecessary plot about a downed US spy satellite, there's not much difference between the movie and the TV show.
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National Geographic: A Traveler's Guide to the Planets

/movie/National Geographic: A Traveler's Guide to the Planets

Take a trip of a lifetime to visit our neighboring planets with A Traveler s Guide to the Planets. National Geographic takes off beyond Earth s boundaries for the ultimate tour of our solar system. From Mars monstrous mountains to Saturn s glittering rings, the sights are out of this world. Each hour offers breathtaking tours of the planets using modern-day high-tech telescopes and stunning CGI. Programs include: Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus, Pluto and Beyond, Mars, Venus and Mercury.
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Nyc Ballet Presents George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

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Experience the magic and wonder that The New York Times calls "the unique, original and inimitable Nutcracker." A rousing snowstorm sends a blizzard of ballerinas across the stage, sweeping you to exotic locales in the enchanting Land of Sweets. You'll meet marching toy soldiers, little Marie, and the valiant Nutcracker who saves her from the villainous, seven-headed Mouse King. With Tschaikovsky's incomparable score, hundreds of dazzling costumes, a one-ton Christmas tree that magically grows and grows, and a million watts of illuminated excitement, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker is the definitive holiday must-see!
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Bolshoi Ballet's The Nutcracker

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Despite its reputation as the bonbon of the ballet world, The Nutcracker is far from a sugary cliche. The plot is as crazy as it is convincing. The surreal action takes place in an increasingly fantastical world, leaving the cozy domesticity of Clara's parent' house far behind. As soon as the audience adapts to one new world, another follows swiftly on as transformation follows transformation. The magician Drosselmeyer sets out to find a young girl who can break the curse imposed by the Mouse King on his nephew Hans-Peter, and restore him to human form. Mice and toys stage a pitched battle. Drosselmeyer sends Clara and Hans-Peter to the Land of the Snow and then to the Kingdom of Sweets where they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and her prince.
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The Nutcracker (Mariinsky Theatre)

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The premiere The Nutcracker took place at the Mariinsky Theater of Russia in 1892. Now in the 21st century, Mikhail Shemiakin, Russian emigre and world-renowned avant-garde artist and sculptor has reinterpreted the historical ballet. Known as "the sophisticated and witty Nutcracker," Mikhail Shemiakin's version is an unconventional production that turns tradition on its head.
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Heavy Metal in Baghdad

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Despite being a Gonzo-esque rockumentary following the fortunes of Iraq's one and only heavy metal band, Acrassicauda, Heavy Metal is actually a moving and impassioned account of the middle-east crisis.
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Tracker

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An engrossing drama.
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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

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Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and his long lost son returns home in a non-human form. Contemplating the reasons for his illness, Boonmee treks through the jungle with his family to a mysterious hilltop cave - the birthplace of his first life... -- (C) Strand
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Happy, Happy

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Family is the most important thing in the world to Kaja. She is an eternal optimist in spite of living with a man who would rather go hunting with the boys and isn't interested in having sex with her anymore because she "isn't particularly attractive." Whatever. That's life. But when "the perfect couple" moves in next door, Kaja struggles to keep her emotions in check. Not only do these successful, beautiful, exciting people sing in a choir, they have also adopted a child - from Ethiopia! These new neighbors open a whole new world to Kaja, with consequences for everyone involved. And when Christmas comes around, it becomes evident that nothing will ever be like before - even if Kaja tries her very best. -- (C) Magnolia
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The Psycho Legacy

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This documentary examines the ongoing influence Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic Psycho has had on not just horror films, but on mainstream filmmaking. The filmmakers interview many of the people involved with both the original film, as well as people who appeared in the sequels. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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The Apple Pushers

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The Apple Pushers, narrated by actor Edward Norton, and underwritten by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, is the latest film from writer/director Mary Mazzio. The film follows immigrant street cart vendors who are rolling fresh fruits and vegetables into the inner cities of New York (where finding a fresh red ripe apple can be a serious challenge.) These pushcart vendors (who all have immigrated here from all parts of the world for different reasons and who have sacrificed so much to come to this country (near death crossing the Mexican border, as an example) - are now part of a new experiment in New York to help solve the obesity crisis in the inner city. -- (C) Official Site
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My Kid Could Paint That

/movie/My Kid Could Paint That

Director Amir Bar-Lev grapples with exposing the authenticity of four-year-old Marla's paintings at the sake of burdening her publicly shamed family to transfixing results.
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Film socialisme

/movie/Film socialisme

Legendary director Jean-Luc Godard returns to the screen with Film Socialisme, a magisterial essay on the decline of European Civilization. As a garish cruise ship travels the Mediterranean (with Patti Smith among its guests), Godard embarks on a state of the EU address in a vibrant collage of philosophical quotes, historical revelations and pure cinematographic beauty. -- (C) Kino
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An Inconvenient Truth

/movie/An Inconvenient Truth

While global warming is a hotly-debated subject, what everyone on both sides can agree upon is that, if real, it's a very bad thing. Since losing the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush, former Vice President Al Gore has busied himself by being an outspoken figure against this potential environmental disaster. As much about the man as about greenhouse gases, this candid, powerful and informative documentary illuminates some of the myths surrounding both of its subjects equally well.
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The Ground Truth

/movie/The Ground Truth

The stories the soldiers have to tell are eye-opening and wrenching to hear; collectively it's a searing peek into the toll of war both during and after.
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An Inconsistent Truth

/movie/An Inconsistent Truth

An Inconsistent Truth is one man's odyssey to find the truth about man-made global warming. As the title suggests, this is an answer to Al Gore's Oscar-winning documentary but it's much more than a simple rebuttal. We not only talk with leading scientific experts on the 'skeptic' side but we explore the entire culture of the global warming movement; often in a humorous and satirical way. The viewpoint of this film might not be the most popular position on the subject but it offers refreshing diversity. Diversity, after all, is not just found in different cultures or races or religions. True diversity is diversity of thought. -- (C) Rocky Mountain Pictures
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You Don't Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo

/movie/You Don't Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo

Canadian Omar Khadr was 15 years old, a child soldier, when he was sent by his militant father to work with the Taliban in Afghanistan, assembling mines in an Al Qaeda compound. In 2002, he was captured by U.S. forces during a raid in which he was severely wounded and an American soldier was killed by a hand grenade. Omar was sent to Guantanamo and given the choice of pleading guilty to this murder and accepting an 8-year sentence, or contesting the charge and facing the possibility of life imprisonment. You Don't Like the Truth was culled from seven hours of surveillance material, taken of Omar's questioning, recently declassified by the Canadians. It is the only interrogation footage from inside Gitmo that has ever been released. The legal, political, and psychological implications of this prisoner's ordeal are manifold. -- (C) Films Transit
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Saludos Amigos

/movie/Saludos Amigos

One of Disney's lesser-known animated films, Saludos Amigos may be slight stuff, but it's still a spirited, energetic travelogue.
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The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

/movie/The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

Genesis P-Orridge is a infamous figure in the international music and art community; he earned both acclaim and controversy with his work as part of the British art collective COUM Transmissions in the mid-70s, was a founding member of the experimental rock band Throbbing Gristle, and was a pioneering figure in industrial and electronic music with his later ensemble Psychic TV. But P-Orridge himself became one of his own most notable art projects when, after relocating to the United States, he met Jacqueline Breyer in 1993. P-Orridge and Breyer feel deeply in love, and became constant companions and collaborators, so much so that he became fascinated with the notion of fusing their identities. The two began extensive rounds of plastic surgery so they would look nearly identical, with P-Orridge getting breast implants so his figure would more closely resemble hers. Filmmaker Marie Losier explores Genesis P-Orridge's life and career and his relationship with Breyer in the documentary The Ballad of Genesis and L
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Bolshoi Ballet: Le Corsaire Live

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Medora, a young Greek girl, is sold to Pasha by a slave dealer. The pirate Conrad seizes Medora and declares his love for her. Conrad's right-hand-man, who is jealous of Conrad, sends Medora back to the slave dealer who again sells her to Pasha. Conrad and his men show up to take Medora away again but he is recognized through his disguise, captured, and sentenced to death. To save his life, Medora, who is in love with Conrad, plots with a slave girl, Gulnare, to escape. Medora agrees to marry Pasha but during the ceremony Gulnare takes Medora's place, having the ring placed on her finger. That evening Medora dances for Pasha, having convinced him to lay down his weapons, and Conrad enters to take her away. Gulnare produces the ring and declares herself Pasha's lawful wife. The ship on which Medora and Conrad escape sinks in a terrible storm but the two lovers are saved when they wash up on a rocky island.
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Bolshoi Ballet: Raymonda Live

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Act I: Raymonda, who is betrothed to Jean de Brienne, is celebrating her birthday. Jean, who is expected to arrive the next day, has send some presents in advance. One of these presents is an embroidered portrait of himself. First, however, Abderahman arrives and tries to court Raymonda. Raymonda then dreams that Jean comes down from his portrait to dance with her, however, when she wakes up she finds that Abderahman is there again to "renew his amorous proposals." Act II: The festivities continue, and Abderahman asks Raymonda to dance. Then, he and his accomplices attempt to abduct her. However, at that moment Jean arrives with his brother, the King of Hungary. There is a duel and Abderahman is killed. Act III: There is a feast at the castle to celebrate the marriage of the two lovers, and much dancing.
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GhettoPhysics: Will the Real Pimps and Hos Please Stand Up!

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Documentary filmmakers William Arntz and E. Raymond Brown draw parallels between Wall Street power players and ghetto pimps through interviews with such outspoken celebrities as Ice-T, KRS-One, Too Short, and Dr. Cornel West. Animations and satirical dramatizations portray how the same power techniques implemented by pimps to keep their employees under control are being emulated by the powers that be in order to keep the general public sedate, and real-life pimps offer compelling insight into the complex power dynamics that help to ensure that the person holding the most cash always comes out on top. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Verdict on Auschwitz: The Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial 1963-1965

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Using audiotapes from the Auschwitz Trail, intermixed with archival footage and photographs, Verdict on Auschwitz is an illuminating historical document and a damning indictment of the people who perpetuated those horrors.
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Aisha

/movie/Aisha

Jane Austen's "Emma" comes to New Delhi.
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Keep the River on Your Right - A Modern Cannibal Tale

/movie/Keep the River on Your Right - A Modern Cannibal Tale

Keep the River on Your Right places the spotlight on a fascinating individual, Tobias Schneebaum.
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Max Schmeling

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Max Schmeling's fights against Joe Louis are listed in the best 10 ten fights of all times.
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Stranded: I Have Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains

/movie/Stranded: I Have Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains

Stranded is a thoroughly uplifting account of the well-known tragedy, with touching testimony from remaining survivors.
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Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammad Yunus

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To some, it sounds impossible. But Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus is doing exactly that. Bonsai People celebrates Yunus' extraordinary humanitarian work, which started when he simply lent $27 to 42 people out of his own pocket. As the founder of Grameen Bank, Yunus pioneered microcredit, the innovative banking program that provides poor people - mainly women - with small loans they use to launch businesses and lift their families out of poverty. His Grameen Bank currently lends to one out of every 1,000 people on earth and with a 98% rate of return - unheard of in the financial world. But Muhammad Yunus didn't stop there. Bonsai People offers a glimpse into his visionary work. -- (C) Official Site
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Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake In 3D

/movie/Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake In 3D

When it premiered at Sadler's Wells in 1995, Matthew Bourne's triumphant re-interpretation of Swan Lake turned tradition upside down, taking the dance world by storm. Now you can watch this modern day classic accompanied by state of the art surround sound. An iconic production, perhaps best-known for replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble, was filmed at Sadler's Wells, London in 2011. Breathtaking in its drama and intensity. With more than 30 international theatre awards including three Tony's and an Olivier, Swan Lake has been acclaimed as a landmark achievement on the stage, becoming the longest running ballet in the West End and on Broadway.
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From The Ashes

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Covering the story of English cricket's greatest ever comeback, "From The Ashes follows" the famous 1981 Ashes series, known to many as 'Botham's Ashes', where cricketing legend Sir Ian Botham stole the show and brought England Ashes glory against all the odds.
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Bill and Gloria Gaither: Joy in My Heart

/movie/Bill and Gloria Gaither: Joy in My Heart

A routine run for a truck driver turns into a nightmare he can't escape in this psychological drama from filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa. Georgy (Viktor Nemets) is driving a load of freight into Russia when, after an unpleasant encounter with the police at a border crossing, he finds himself giving a lift to a strange old man (Vladimir Golovin) with disturbing stories about his younger days in the army. After next picking up a young woman (Olga Shuvalova) who works as a prostitute and is wary of the territory, Georgy finds himself lost, and despite asking some homeless men for help, he's less sure than he was before of how to make his way back where he belongs. As brutal images of violence and alienation cross the screen, Georgy's odyssey becomes darker and more desperate until it reaches an unexpected conclusion. Schastye Moe (aka My Joy) was an official selection at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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A Journey in My Mother's Footsteps

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Since the 1970's, Jessie Rosenmeier has worked as an activist to improve the lives of orphans and street children in India, primarily in the cities of Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai. Through her volunteer work approximately 400 children have gone in adoption to Denmark, schools, orphanages and sponsorship programs have evolved. Hoping to understand her mother's choices, Dina Rosenmeier, the youngest of her 6 children, sets out on a journey in her footsteps. -- (C) Official Site
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The Weather Underground

/movie/The Weather Underground

Fascinating documentary about the militant Weathermen.
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Kings of the Underground: The Dramatic Journey of UGK

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Image Entertainment is proud to release Kings of the Underground: The Dramatic Journey of UGK DVD on August 10th, 2010. The film chronicles Grammy nominated hip-hop duo, Pimp C and Bun B's of UGK's influence on hip-hop and their quest to remain relevant in a volatile industry. The Dramatic Journey of UGK documents Pimp C and Bun B's humble beginnings all the way through their personal struggles while keeping their childhood promise to always remain "UGK For Life". Joining director Thomas Gibson in this creation is Baby, Big Boi, Bun B, Lil Wayne, Pimp C, Rick Ross, Slim Thug, T.I., Three 6 Mafia with featured interviews by Lil' Wayne, Baby, T.I., Rick Ross, Three 6 Mafia, Big Boi, Slim Thug. --© Image Entertainment
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Release

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On March 17, 1930, a crowd assembled outside Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary to witness Al Capone's transfer to Chicago, where he would stand trial. Filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer Vijay Iyer worked with a single panning shot, and accompanying soundtrack, to create this 12-minute film on the nature of spectacle.
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Roving Mars

/movie/Roving Mars

Roving Mars is a decent thrill ride even when it starts feeling like a commercial plug for NASA's failing space program.
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October Country

/movie/October Country

It flirts with voyeurism, but this deeply personal look at a working-class family in upstate New York is piercingly honest and refreshingly unsentimental.
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All In: The Poker Movie

/movie/All In: The Poker Movie

All In: The Poker Movie, tells the story of poker focusing on why one of our nations oldest games has had a renaissance in the past few years and why for so many poker is the way to chase the American Dream. -- (C) Official Site
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Chemical Brothers: Don't Think

/movie/Chemical Brothers: Don't Think

For nearly two decades, the Chemical Brothers "mind-bending" audiovisual live show has played to packed houses and festivals across the globe, but it has never been captured on film until now. NCM Fathom, Omniverse and EMI Music come together to present "The Chemical Brothers Don't Think." Originally captured in 2011, at the iconic Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, this event captures the synesthetic barrage of sound, film and light and the transforming effect it has on its audience. Fans will also be able to gain access to never-before-seen behind the scenes footage and an exclusive interview with Adam Smith, the concert's director and visual creator of live shows.
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Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space

/movie/Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space

The prospect of Earth being ruled from space is no longer science-fiction. The dream of the original Dr. Strangelove, Wernher von Braun (from Nazi rocket-scientist to NASA director) has survived every US administration since WW2 and is coming to life. Today the technology exists to weaponize space, a massive American industry thrives, and nations are maneuvering for advantage. PAX AMERICANA tackles this pivotal moment. Are war machines already orbiting Earth? Can treaties keep space weapons-free? Must the World capitulate to one super-cop on the global beat? With startling archival footage and unprecedented access to US Air Force Space Command, this elegant, forceful documentary reveals the state of play through generals, space-policy analysts, politicians, diplomats, peace activists, and hawks. --© Official Site
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1 A Minute Live Supporting Susan G. Komen For The Cure

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Don't miss Melissa Etheridge, Olivia Newton- John and Jaclyn Smith - all cancer survivors -on big screens coast to coast for only one night as NCM Fathom and UniGlobe Entertainment present 1 a Minute LIVE Supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. On October 6 at 8:00pmET / 7:00pmCT / 6:00pmMT and 8:00pmPT (tape delay), this special event will be broadcast nationwide live via satellite to select movie theaters to honor women everywhere.
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One Minute

/movie/One Minute

"In one minute, everything can change" as the character says in the movie. This man thought he had everything under control because he was rich. But he'll soon realize that there are things money can't buy.
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All My Friends Are Funeral Singers

/movie/All My Friends Are Funeral Singers

A woman has an unusual relationship with the other tenants of her home in this independent drama. Zel (Angela Bettis) is a fortune teller and psychic reader who helps people speak with their deceased friends and relatives, advises gamblers on where to best place their bets and helps clients understand their psychological and emotional maladies. But Zel has plenty of help in her work -- her house is also home to a family of ghosts who have lived there for centuries and speak to her about what's happening in the spirit realm. All is well in the lives of Zel and her spectral companions until a strange light appears in the woods, which proves to be a bizarre trap that catches the ghosts and won't let them go. Zel isn't sure what to do, but can't see how she can let down her most trusted friends in their hour of need. All My Friends Are Funeral Singers was written and directed by Tim Rutilli of the experimental post-rock group Califone, and the rest of the members of the band appear in the film and helped Rutilli
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Trance

/movie/Trance

127 Hours director Danny Boyle helms this crime thriller concerning a failed robbery. James McAvoy stars. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
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Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony

/movie/Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony

The powerful singing in Amandla makes for an uplifting, compelling documentary.
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Beautiful Darling

/movie/Beautiful Darling

Born in a Long Island suburb in 1944, James Slattery immediately felt drawn to the feminine side of life -- to such a degree that he established himself as one of the most iconic of all female impersonators, Candy Darling. As given life by Slattery, this young, sexy, and alluring blonde actress single-handedly overtook Manhattan. She attained her greatest recognition for her portrayals in two Paul Morrissey-directed films: Flesh (1968) and Women in Revolt (1971), both produced by Andy Warhol. Mainstream stardom soon beckoned to Darling, but aside from bit appearances in such productions as Klute (1971) -- and playwright Tennessee Williams's decision to cast her in a production of his Small Craft Warnings -- she continued to suffer from marginalization. Internally, if Darling suffered from an intense and bitter loneliness that propelled her into a life-long search for love, she also wielded boundless courage -- the same courage that enabled her to transform herself from a Long Island-bred young man into a Manh
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Florent: Queen Of The Meat Market

/movie/Florent: Queen Of The Meat Market

Let Julianne Moore, Isaac Mizrahi, Michael Musto and other famous (and infamous) faces take you on a fantastic voyage to New York City's legendary Florent diner. For 23 years, the all-night eatery in the city's Meat Packing District was prime stomping ground for a surprising mix of A-list celebrities, tourists, families and club kids. This wildly entertaining documentary chronicles the history and final days of this outrageous icon!--(C) Official Site
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Into Eternity

/movie/Into Eternity

Onkalo (Finnish for "hiding place") is under construction: it's a cavernous world of tunnels and corridors, a permanent storage facility for nuclear waste, meant to last 100,000 years (that's 20 times as long as the pyramids have so far). Conceptual artist Michael Madsen's film is a creepy, eerily elegant meditation on human folly, punctuated by philosophical and historical references, that asks: how do you keep 3,000 future generations from inadvertently opening this Pandora's Box? Should markers be posted in every language or in hieroglyphics that say "keep out"? (Someone suggests Edvard Munch's "The Scream" might work nicely.) Would it be better not to post any notice and hope no one will chance upon it? And what about the Ice Age predicted to occur in a mere 60,000 years? Will the weight of the ice impact the structural integrity of Onkalo? If you thought the Gulf oil spill was scary... -- (C) Film Forum
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Ivory Tower

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Hershell & Thadeus, two chess-playing brothers and their unhealthy rivalry over both the chessboard and a woman. Hershell is a chess purist, the prodigal son, Thadeus a disciplined, ruthless competitor. After 4 nomadic years in Europe, in quixotic pursuit of 'Jazz Chess' (chess for chess' sake, no winner, no loser, only beautiful positions), Hershell returns home.
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Bicycle Bride

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Beena struggles to follow her dream of the freedom to choose her own destiny and the love of her life, but her overly dramatic and meddlesome Indian mother Billo, wants to marry her off. Billo has even talked to her dentist about her daughter's arranged marriage. Beena's best friend Mary Jane, an American girl, knows that James Dean from Sweden is Beena's dream boy. Mary Jane wants a boyfriend in her life also and is desperately looking for one but she always falls for the wrong guys. This movie takes you on a one woman's journey who is struggling to maintain past cultural values and family happiness against fast changing cultural norms in a foreign land.
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The Flowers of War

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In 1937, Nanking stands at the forefront of a war between China and Japan. As the invading Japanese Imperial Army overruns China's capital city, desperate civilians seek refuge behind the nominally protective walls of a western cathedral. Here, John Miller (Christian Bale), an American trapped amidst the chaos of battle and the ensuing occupation takes shelter, joined by a group of innocent schoolgirls and thirteen courtesans, equally determined to escape the horrors taking place outside the church walls. Struggling to survive the violence and persecution wrought by the Japanese army, it is an act of heroism which eventually leads the seemingly disparate group to fight back, risking their lives for the sake of everyone. -- (C) Wrekin Hill
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Countdown to Zero

/movie/Countdown to Zero

COUNTDOWN TO ZERO traces the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the present state of global affairs: nine nations possessing nuclear weapons capabilities with others racing to join them, with the world held in a delicate balance that could be shattered by an act of terrorism, failed diplomacy, or a simple accident. Written and directed by acclaimed documentarian Lucy Walker (The Devil's Playground, Blindsight), the film features an array of important international statesmen, including President Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pervez Musharraf and Tony Blair. It makes a compelling case for worldwide nuclear disarmament, an issue more topical than ever with the Obama administration working to revive this goal today. The film was produced by Academy Award (R) winner and current nominee Lawrence Bender (Inglourious Basterds, An Inconvenient Truth) and developed, financed and executive produced by Participant Media, together with World Security Institute. Participant collaborated with Magnolia on last
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Fired!

/movie/Fired!

This well-intentioned documentary is too broad in its subjects to have any sort of cohesion.
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The Attempt Dossier (El Atentado)

/movie/The Attempt Dossier (El Atentado)

The story of Arnulfo Arroyo, a young terrorist who in 1897 attempts to assassinate Mexican dictator Porfirio Diaz.
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