films to watch this year

films i want to see now and in the future - please comment if you have seen any of these and if they are worth the wait or purchase
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1.
Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
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A lonely shoe salesman and an eccentric performance artist struggle to connect in this unique take on contemporary life. (91 mins.)
Director: Miranda July
 
2.
Junebug (2005)
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A dealer in "outsider" art travels from Chicago to North Carolina to meet her new in-laws, challenging the equilibrium of this middle class Southern home. (106 mins.)
Director: Phil Morrison
 
3.
The Air I Breathe (2007)
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A drama based on an ancient Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. A businessman bets his life on a horse race; a gangster sees the future; a pop star falls prey to a crime boss; a doctor must save the love of his life. (95 mins.)
Director: Jieho Lee
 
4.
Dakota Skye (2008)
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For as long as she could remember, Dakota Skye has been cursed with a super power. She has the ability to see the truth in any lie she hears... (89 mins.)
Director: John Humber
 
5.
The Destiny of Marty Fine (1996)
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When an ex-boxer witnesses a Mob hit the gangster forces him to commit a murder in order to save his own life. (85 mins.)
Director: Michael Hacker
 
6.
Italian for Beginners (2000)
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Several lonely hearts in a semi-provincial suburb of a town in Denmark use a beginner's course in Italian as the platform to meet the romance of their lives. (112 mins.)
Director: Lone Scherfig
 
7.
Metal Skin (1994)
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Psycho Joe, a petrol-head from Altona, Melbourne, secures employment at a local Supermarket. Here, he meets the over-sexed Dazey... (115 mins.)
Director: Geoffrey Wright
 
8.
Shaolin Soccer (2001)
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A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage. (113 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chow
 
9.
Closet Land (1991)
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In an drab police state, a children's book writer is interrogated by a sadistic secret policeman under suspicion of embedding anti-government messages in her stories. (89 mins.)
Director: Radha Bharadwaj
 
10.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
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The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep. (102 mins.)
 
11.
The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (2006)
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A boy is left alone in a Jewish neighborhood in the year of 1970, where both world cup and dictatorship happen in Brazil. (110 mins.)
Director: Cao Hamburger
 
12.
The Memory Keeper's Daughter (2008 TV Movie)
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A father separates his son from his twin sister at birth to prevent him and the mother from knowing she was born with Down syndrome. Based on the novel by Kim Edwards. (90 mins.)
Director: Mick Jackson
 
13.
Mozart and the Whale (2005)
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A love story between two savants with Asperger's syndrome, a kind of autism, whose conditions sabotage their budding relationship. (94 mins.)
Director: Petter Næss
 
14.
Outsourced (2006)
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After his entire department is outsourced, an American novelty products salesman (Hamilton) heads to India to train his replacement. (103 mins.)
Director: John Jeffcoat
 
15.
The Pope's Toilet (2007)
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A small South American village is in a flurry over the Pope's 1988 visit. (90 mins.)
 
16.
Paper Man (2009)
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A washed-up writer forms an unlikely friendship with a teenager from Long Island. (110 mins.)
 
17.
The Science of Sleep (2006)
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A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is love-struck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world. (105 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
“ enjoyed this quirky film - some good animation scenes ” - Julie Whittingham
 
18.
Eagle vs Shark (2007)
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Eagle vs Shark is the tale of two socially awkward misfits and the strange ways they try to find love; through revenge on high-school bullies, burgers, and video games. (88 mins.)
Director: Taika Waititi
 
19.
Snow Cake (2006)
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A drama focused on the friendship between a high-functioning autistic woman and a man who is traumatized after a fatal car accident. (112 mins.)
Director: Marc Evans
 
20.
Lonesome Jim (2005)
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Failing to make it on his own, twenty-seven-year-old Jim moves back in with his parents and deals with crippling family obligations. (91 mins.)
Director: Steve Buscemi
 
21.
Brick (2005)
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A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend. (110 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
 
22.
I'm Here (2010 Short Film)
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A young man faces the abrupt loss of his friend. (29 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
 
23.
Living in Oblivion (1995)
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Film about filmmaking. It takes place during one day on set of non-budget movie. Ultimate tribute to all independent filmmakers. (90 mins.)
Director: Tom DiCillo
 
24.
Grave Decisions (2006)
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Marcus H. Rosenmüller's first feature movie deals with a boy thinking that he is responsible for his mother's... (104 mins.)
 
25.
Swimmers (2005)
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After an accident in a small Maryland fishing town, 11-year-old Emma begins to question the nature of the adults around her. (90 mins.)
Director: Doug Sadler
 
26.
Things Behind the Sun (2001)
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A young music journalist's dark memories are awakened when he goes to interview a female rock singer, and both are forced to confront troubling secrets from their pasts. (120 mins.)
Director: Allison Anders
 
27.
Waking Life (2001)
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A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe. (99 mins.)
 
28.
The Last Supper (1995)
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A group of idealistic, but frustrated, liberals succumb to the temptation of murdering rightwing pundits for their political beliefs. (92 mins.)
Director: Stacy Title
 
29.
Gigantic (2008)
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A mattress salesman finds his plan to adopt a Chinese baby augmented by the arrival of a young woman, who comes into his workplace, falls asleep on one of the beds, and starts to affect his life upon waking up. (98 mins.)
Director: Matt Aselton
 
30.
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)
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The movie is a coming-of-age drama about a boy growing up in Astoria, N.Y., during the 1980s. As his friends end up dead, on drugs or in prison, he comes to believe he has been saved from their fate by various so-called saints. (100 mins.)
Director: Dito Montiel
 
31.
Love Me If You Dare (2003)
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As adults, best friends Julien and Sophie continue the odd game they started as children -- a fearless competition to outdo one another with daring and outrageous stunts. While they often act out to relieve one another's pain, their game might be a way to avoid the fact that they are truly meant for one another. (93 mins.)
Director: Yann Samuell
 
32.
The Waiting Room (2007)
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Two complete strangers, Anna and Stephen, are brought together by chance by an elderly man who waits for his wife on a station platform... (110 mins.)
Director: Roger Goldby
 
33.
Bottle Rocket (1996)
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Three friends plan to pull off a simple robbery and go on the run. (91 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
 
34.
Martian Child (2007)
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A science-fiction writer, recently widowed, considers whether to adopt a hyper-imaginative 6-year-old abandoned and socially rejected boy who says he's really from Mars. (106 mins.)
Director: Menno Meyjes
 
35.
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
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A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding. (95 mins.)
 
36.
Danny Deckchair (2003)
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An Aussie becomes a national sensation when he lifts off in his deck chair tied to balloons. (100 mins.)
Director: Jeff Balsmeyer
 
37.
Elizabethtown (2005)
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During a hometown memorial for his Kentucky-born father, a young man begins an unexpected romance with a too-good-to-be-true stewardess. (123 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
38.
Tell No One (2006)
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Police find two bodies at an old murder scene and evidence to suggest the first victim's husband is a murderer. The husband receives clues suggesting his deceased wife is actually alive and begins to investigate. (131 mins.)
Director: Guillaume Canet
 
39.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
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With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son. (119 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ very odd film indeed, though had to keep watching to see where it was going!! - i was quite surprised that some of these actors decided to appear in such a bizarre film!! ” - Julie Whittingham
 
40.
Speak (2004)
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After a blurred trauma over the summer, Melinda enters high school a selective mute. Struggling with school, friends, and family, she tells the dark tale of her experiences, and why she has chosen not to speak. (89 mins.)
Director: Jessica Sharzer
 
41.
Dummy (2002)
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An ex-office worker becomes a ventriloquist, leading to a date with his unemployment counselor; but his quirky family and a gauche female friend may thwart his new career and love life. (91 mins.)
Director: Greg Pritikin
 
42.
Babette's Feast (1987)
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In a remote 19th-century Danish village, two sisters lead a rigid life centered around their father... (102 mins.)
Director: Gabriel Axel
 
43.
My Dog Skip (2000)
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A shy boy grows up in 1940s Mississippi with the help of his beloved dog, Skip. (95 mins.)
Director: Jay Russell
 
44.
Life During Wartime (2009)
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Friends, family, and lovers struggle to find love, forgiveness, and meaning in an almost war-torn world riddled with comedy and pathos. (98 mins.)
Director: Todd Solondz
 
45.
Delirious (2006)
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An offbeat drama focused on a homeless youth, a pop music siren and a member of the paparazzi. (107 mins.)
Director: Tom DiCillo
 
46.
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
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A bus crash in a small town brings a lawyer to the town to defend the families, but he discovers that everything is not what it seems. (112 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
 
47.
Phoebe in Wonderland (2008)
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Confounded by her clashes with the seemingly rule-obsessed world, a troubled young girl seeks enlightenment from her unconventional drama teacher. (96 mins.)
Director: Daniel Barnz
 
48.
Bröderna Mozart (1986)
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This is a comedy about people who work in the theater, live for the theater, think of nothing but the theater... (109 mins.)
Director: Suzanne Osten
 
49.
Peter and Vandy (2009)
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'Peter and Vandy' is a love story told out of order. Set in Manhattan, the story shifts back and forth in time... (95 mins.)
Director: Jay DiPietro
 
50.
Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1998)
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In Lapland, under the midnight sun, Otto and Ana reunite once again after a long period of time apart, in the hope of rekindling their unrequited teenage love. (112 mins.)
Director: Julio Medem
 
51.
Paperhouse (1988)
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A young girl lost in the loneliness and boredom of reality finds solace in an ill boy, whom she can visit in a surreal dream world that she drew in her school composition book. (92 mins.)
Director: Bernard Rose
 
52.
Swimming with Sharks (1994)
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A young, naive Hollywood studio assistant finally turns the tables on his incredibly abusive producer boss. (93 mins.)
Director: George Huang
 
53.
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
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Yearning for escape and adventure, a young boy runs away from home and sails to an island filled with creatures that take him in as their king. (101 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
 
54.
All Good Things (2010)
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Mr. David Marks was suspected but never tried for killing his wife Katie who disappeared in 1982, but the truth is eventually revealed. (101 mins.)
Director: Andrew Jarecki
“ Unusual film for gosling ” - Julie Whittingham
 
55.
5x2 (2004)
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Five stages in the romance between a woman and a man. (90 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
 
56.
Love in the Time of Cholera (2007)
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Florentino, rejected by the beautiful Fermina at a young age, devotes much of his adult life to carnal affairs as a desperate attempt to heal his broken heart. (139 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
 
57.
Flawless (1999)
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An ultraconservative police officer suffers a debilitating stroke and is assigned to a rehabilitative program that includes singing lessons - with the drag queen next door. (112 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ Want to rewatch ” - Julie Whittingham
 
58.
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)
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Mr. Lazarescu, a 63 year old lonely man feels sick and calls the ambulance. When it arrives, the paramedic... (153 mins.)
Director: Cristi Puiu
 
59.
Death at a Funeral (2007)
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Chaos ensues when a man tries to expose a dark secret regarding a recently deceased patriarch of a dysfunctional British family. (87 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
 
60.
Mutual Appreciation (2005)
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Alan is a musician who leaves a busted-up band for New York, and a new musical voyage. He tries to stay focused and fends off all manner of distractions, including the attraction to his good friend's girlfriend. (109 mins.)
Director: Andrew Bujalski
 
61.
The Visitor (2007)
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A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment. (104 mins.)
Director: Tom McCarthy
 
62.
The Station Agent (2003)
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When his only friend dies, a man born with dwarfism moves to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog vendor and a woman dealing with her own personal loss. (89 mins.)
Director: Tom McCarthy
 
63.
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
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Follows two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s. (81 mins.)
Director: Noah Baumbach
 
64.
2 Days in Paris (2007)
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Marion and Jack try to rekindle their relationship with a visit to Paris, home of Marion's parents -- and several of her ex-boyfriends. (96 mins.)
Director: Julie Delpy
 
65.
The Black Balloon (2008)
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All Thomas wants is a normal adolescence but his autistic brother, Charlie, thwarts his every opportunity. Will Thomas, with the help of his girlfriend, Jackie, accept his brother? (97 mins.)
Director: Elissa Down
 
66.
10 Items or Less (2006)
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An actor (Freeman) prepping for an upcoming role meets a quirky grocery clerk (Vega), and the pair hit the road to show one another their respective worlds. (82 mins.)
Director: Brad Silberling
 
67.
Paper Heart (2009)
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Charlyne Yi embarks on a quest across America to make a documentary about the one subject she doesn't fully understand: Love. (88 mins.)
 
68.
Special (2006)
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A lonely metermaid has a reaction to medication and becomes convinced he's a superhero. (81 mins.)
 
69.
In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2007)
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Broke and alone on New Year's Eve, Wilson just wants to spend the rest of a very bad year in bed. But, when his best friend convinces him to post a personal ad, he meets a woman bent on finding the right guy to be with at midnight. (90 mins.)
Director: Alex Holdridge
“ Enjoyed this movie a lot - slow paced though ” - Julie Whittingham
 
70.
The Puffy Chair (2005)
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Josh Sagers drives cross-country on a mission to deliver his father's birthday gift - a giant purple LazyBoy. (85 mins.)
Director: Jay Duplass
 
71.
The Illusionist (2010)
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A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever. (80 mins.)
Director: Sylvain Chomet
 
72.
The Kite Runner (2007)
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After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble. (128 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
 
73.
Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
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A film set in a strange afterlife way station that has been reserved for people who have committed suicide. (88 mins.)
Director: Goran Dukic
 
74.
Kontroll (2003)
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A tale about a strange young man, Bulcsú, the fellow inspectors on his team, all without exception likeable characters, a rival ticket inspection team, and racing along the tracks... And a tale about love. (105 mins.)
Director: Nimród Antal
 
75.
Bomber (2009)
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An 83 year-old man returns to Germany for a long planned journey of atonement. When Ross, his useless son agrees to drive him there, a nightmare family road trip ensues. (84 mins.)
Director: Paul Cotter
 
76.
A Deal Is a Deal (2008)
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A comedy about ordinary people with unique dilemmas. How far will they go? Will the cocktail of desperation, friendship, loneliness, love and even a brush with cannibalism derail their intent? (106 mins.)
 
77.
Travelers and Magicians (2003)
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The two men embark on parallel, if separate, journeys. Their yearning is a common one--for a better and different life... (108 mins.)
Director: Khyentse Norbu
 
78.
Brian's Song (1971 TV Movie)
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Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying. (73 mins.)
Director: Buzz Kulik
 
79.
In America (2002)
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A family of Irish immigrants adjust to life on the mean streets of Hell's Kitchen while also grieving the death of a child. (105 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
 
80.
Tsotsi (2005)
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Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader. (94 mins.)
Director: Gavin Hood
 
81.
Happiness (1998)
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The lives of several individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection. (134 mins.)
Director: Todd Solondz
 
82.
Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
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An unattractive seventh grader struggles to cope with inattentive parents, snobbish classmates, a smart older brother, an attractive younger sister, and her own insecurities in suburban New Jersey. (88 mins.)
Director: Todd Solondz
 
83.
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
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Mabel, a wife and mother, is loved by her husband Nick but her madness proves to be a problem in the marriage. The film transpires to a positive role of madness in the family, challenging conventional representations of madness in cinema. (155 mins.)
Director: John Cassavetes
 
84.
Kikujiro (1999)
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A young, naive boy sets out alone on the road to find his wayward mother. Soon he finds an unlikely protector in a crotchety man and the two have a series of unexpected adventures along the way. (121 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
85.
Harvie Krumpet (2003 Short Film)
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The odd biography of a man who has Tourette's Syndrome, chronic bad luck, menial jobs, nudist tendencies, and a book of "fakts" hung around his neck. (23 mins.)
Director: Adam Elliot
“ enjoyed this, but not as much as Max and Mary, which made it to my favourites list ” - Julie Whittingham
 
86.
Lincoln (2012)
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As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. (150 mins.)
 
87.
Unfinished Song (2012)
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Grumpy pensioner Arthur honors his recently deceased wife's passion for performing by joining the unconventional local choir to which she used to belong, a process that helps him build bridges with his estranged son, James. (90 mins.)
“ Made me cry ” - Julie Whittingham