February 2011

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1.
Midnight Run (1988)
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An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia after jumping bail. (126 mins.)
Director: Martin Brest
 
2.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
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Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. (169 mins.)
 
3.
The King's Speech (2010)
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The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. (118 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
 
4.
Capturing the Friedmans (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes. (107 mins.)
Director: Andrew Jarecki
 
5.
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009 Documentary)
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An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
6.
Fast Food Nation (2006)
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An ensemble piece examining the health risks involved in the fast food industry and its environmental and social consequences as well. (116 mins.)
 
7.
Before Sunrise (1995)
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A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together. (105 mins.)
 
8.
Before Sunset (2004)
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Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour. (80 mins.)
 
9.
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.)
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
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
 
12.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
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When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. (108 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
 
13.
The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
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Three days into his Miami honeymoon, New York Jewish Lenny meets tall, blonde Kelly. This confirms him... (106 mins.)
Director: Elaine May
 
14.
True Grit (2010)
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A tough U.S. Marshal helps a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer. (110 mins.)
 
15.
Girl on the Bridge (1999)
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It's night on a Paris bridge. A girl leans over Seine River with tears in her eyes and a violent yearning to drown her sorrows... (90 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
 
16.
Sex and Lucia (2001)
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Various lives converge on an isolated island, all connected by an author whose novel has become inextricably entwined with his own life. (128 mins.)
Director: Julio Medem
 
17.
Amélie (2001)
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Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. (122 mins.)
 
18.
A Very Long Engagement (2004)
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Tells the story of a young woman's relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One. (133 mins.)
 
19.
Things I Like, Things I Don't Like (1989 Short Film)
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A 9 minute comedy starring Dominique Pinon (Delicatessen). Featuring muted colors with a sepia black and white... (8 mins.)
 
20.
Lady Blue Shanghai (2010 Short Film)
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A nameless woman (Marion Cotillard) enters her Shanghai hotel room to find a vintage record playing... (16 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
21.
Six Men Getting Sick (1966 Short Film)
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A short continuously looping animation of six grotesque human figures vomiting. (4 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
22.
The Alphabet (1968 Short Film)
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A woman's dark and absurdist nightmare vision comprising a continuous recitation of the alphabet and bizarre living representations of each letter. (4 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
23.
The Amputee (1974 Short Film)
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A double leg amputated woman sits and writes a long meandering letter while her ineffective nurse attempts to attend to her stumps. (9 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
24.
Delicatessen (1991)
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Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants. (99 mins.)
 
25.
Last Train Home (2009 Documentary)
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A couple embarks on a journey home for Chinese new year along with 130 million other migrant workers, to reunite with their children and struggle for a future. Their unseen story plays out as China soars towards being a world superpower. (85 mins.)
Director: Lixin Fan
 
26.
The Bunker of the Last Gunshots (1981 Short Film)
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A military group of men is locked up in a bunker in an unknown future. All those soldiers are waiting for an eventual enemy... (26 mins.)
 
27.
The City of Lost Children (1995)
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A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process. (112 mins.)
 
28.
Le manège (1980 Short Film)
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(6 mins.)
 
29.
Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980 Documentary)
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A short documentary in which directors Werner Herzog and Erol Morris make a bet which results in Herzog being forced to eat his own shoe. (20 mins.)
Director: Les Blank
 
30.
Cobb (1994)
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A reporter hired to write the 'official' biography of Ty Cobb discovers just how dark the baseball legend's real story is. (128 mins.)
Director: Ron Shelton
 
31.
The Third Man (1949)
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Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime. (104 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
32.
The 400 Blows (1959)
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Moving story of a young boy who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime. (99 mins.)
 
33.
Amer (2009)
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Three key moments, all of them sensual, define Ana's life. Her carnal search sways between reality and... (90 mins.)
 
34.
Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
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In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task. (112 mins.)
 
35.
La Vie en Rose (2007)
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The life story of singer Édith Piaf. (140 mins.)
Director: Olivier Dahan
 
36.
Band of Outsiders (1964)
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Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery. (95 mins.)
 
37.
Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (2006 Documentary)
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Football match Real Madrid vs. Villareal, April 23, 2005, from the perspective of soccer superstar Zinedine Zidane. (90 mins.)
 
38.
Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
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After leaving prison, master thief Corey crosses paths with a notorious escapee and an alcoholic former policeman. The trio proceed to plot an elaborate heist. (140 mins.)
 
39.
Death in the Seine (1989 Short Film)
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Historical drownings in the Seine are catalogued, dissected and elaborated, with multilayered visuals and 'documentary' asides. (44 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
 
40.
Le Samouraï (1967)
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After killing a night-club owner, professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses. His efforts to provide himself with an alibi fail and more and more he gets driven into a corner. (105 mins.)
 
41.
Dobermann (1997)
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The charismatic criminal Dobermann, who got his first gun when he was christened, leads a gang of brutal robbers... (103 mins.)
Director: Jan Kounen
 
42.
Detour (1945)
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Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble. (67 mins.)
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer