My Watching List for February 2012

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1.
50/50 (2011)
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Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease. (100 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Levine
 
2.
The Art of Getting By (2011)
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George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who has made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, is befriended by Sally, a popular but complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit. (83 mins.)
Director: Gavin Wiesen
 
3.
Griff the Invisible (2010)
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Griff, office worker by day, superhero by night, has his world turned upside down when he meets Melody, a beautiful young scientist who shares his passion for the impossible. (90 mins.)
Director: Leon Ford
 
4.
Another Earth (2011)
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On the night of the discovery of a duplicate Earth in the Solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident. (92 mins.)
Director: Mike Cahill
 
5.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
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An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation. (87 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
 
6.
Just Like Heaven (2005)
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A lonely landscape architect falls for the spirit of the beautiful woman who used to live in his new apartment. (95 mins.)
Director: Mark Waters
 
7.
Life as a House (2001)
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When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father. (125 mins.)
Director: Irwin Winkler
 
8.
Melancholia (2011)
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Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth. (130 mins.)
Director: Lars von Trier
 
9.
The Door in the Floor (2004)
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A writer's young assistant becomes both pawn and catalyst in his boss's disintegrating household. (111 mins.)
Director: Tod Williams
 
10.
The River Why (2010)
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A young man abandons his family for a solitary life of fly-fishing. His goal was to find his own way in the fishing world and thereby find himself and love. (101 mins.)
 
11.
Ponyo (2008)
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A five year-old boy develops a relationship with Ponyo, a goldfish princess who longs to become a human after falling in love with him. (101 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
12.
An Education (2009)
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A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age. (100 mins.)
Director: Lone Scherfig
 
13.
The Princess Bride (1987)
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While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. (98 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
14.
Open Hearts (2002)
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A Dogme film about an engaged couple that is torn apart after the man is paralyzed in an accident, and the woman falls in love with the husband of the woman who caused the accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
 
15.
Sundays at Tiffany's (2010 TV Movie)
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A grown woman's imaginary friend from childhood returns with some advice about her upcoming marriage. (88 mins.)
Director: Mark Piznarski
 
16.
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
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When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wonderous forest spirits who live nearby. (86 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
17.
Princess Mononoke (1997)
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On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime. (134 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
18.
Happy Feet 2 (2011)
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Mumble's son, Erik, is struggling to realize his talents in the Emperor Penguin world. Meanwhile, Mumble and his family and friends discover a new threat their home -- one that will take everyone working together to save them. (100 mins.)
 
19.
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
 
20.
Hugo (2011)
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Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. (126 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
21.
Made in Dagenham (2010)
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A dramatization of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination. (113 mins.)
Director: Nigel Cole
 
22.
The Help (2011)
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An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis. (146 mins.)
Director: Tate Taylor
 
23.
Horrible Bosses (2011)
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Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness. (98 mins.)
Director: Seth Gordon
 
24.
Pina (2011 Documentary)
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A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations. (103 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
25.
Bob Funk (2009)
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After he's fired from his job -- by his mother, no less -- Bob Funk agrees to quit drinking, see a therapist, and eventually report to a new boss, who might just be the woman of his dreams. (106 mins.)
Director: Craig Carlisle
 
26.
The Bothersome Man (2006)
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In a strange city where every person seems content beyond reason a new man arrives in town and stirs up trouble by asking too many questions. (95 mins.)
Director: Jens Lien
 
27.
Submarine (2010)
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15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life. (97 mins.)
Director: Richard Ayoade
 
28.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
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Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker. (158 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
29.
Arthur and the Invisibles (2006)
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Ten-year-old Arthur, in a bid to save his grandfather's house from being demolished, goes looking for some much-fabled hidden treasure in the land of the Minimoys, a tiny people living in harmony with nature. (94 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
30.
The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2011)
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A master monk tries to protect a naive young physician from a thousand-year-old snake demon. A contest of psychic powers results in mayhem. (100 mins.)
Director: Tony Ching
 
31.
Turn Me On, Dammit! (2011)
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In Skoddeheimen, Norway, 15-year-old Alma is consumed by her hormones and fantasies that range from sweetly romantic images of Artur, the boyfriend she yearns for, to daydreams about practically everybody she lays eyes on. (76 mins.)
 
32.
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
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A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service. (103 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki