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1.
Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)
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The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret "Daisy" Suckley, centered around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York. (94 mins.)
Director: Roger Michell
 
2.
Brooklyn Castle (2012 Documentary)
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Amidst financial crises and unprecedented public school budget cuts, Brooklyn Castle takes an intimate look at the challenges and triumphs facing members of a junior high school's champion chess team. (101 mins.)
 
3.
The Central Park Five (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime. (119 mins.)
 
4.
Easy Money (2010)
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When JW becomes a drug runner in order to maintain his double life, his fate becomes tied to two other men: Jorge, a fugitive on the run from both the Serbian mafia and the police, and mafia enforcer Mrado, who is on the hunt for Jorge. (124 mins.)
 
5.
Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (2012 Documentary)
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An investigative documentary that uncovers the U.S. healthcare system's true design. (95 mins.)
 
6.
Fat Kid Rules the World (2012)
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A dropout comes to the aid of a chubby and suicidal high-school kid by recruiting him as the drummer for his upstart punk-rock band. (98 mins.)
Director: Matthew Lillard
 
7.
The Flat (2011 Documentary)
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As a documentarian cleans out the flat that belonged to his grandparents - both immigrants from Nazi Germany - he uncovers clues pointing to a complicated and shocking story. (97 mins.)
 
8.
For Ellen (2012)
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A struggling musician takes an overnight long-distance drive in order to fight his estranged wife for custody of their young daughter. (94 mins.)
Director: SoYong Kim
 
9.
Francine (2012)
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Ex-con Francine has difficulty adjusting to life in a small lakeside town until she begins working with animals, though she finds herself growing increasingly isolated from the community and embracing forms of anti-social behavior. (74 mins.)
 
10.
Holy Motors (2012)
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From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar. (115 mins.)
Director: Leos Carax
 
11.
The House I Live In (2012 Documentary)
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From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy. (108 mins.)
Director: Eugene Jarecki
 
12.
A Late Quartet (2012)
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Members of a world-renowned string quartet struggle to stay together in the face of death, competing egos and insuppressible lust. (105 mins.)
Director: Yaron Zilberman
 
13.
How to Survive a Plague (2012 Documentary)
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The story of two coalitions -- ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) -- whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. (110 mins.)
Director: David France
 
14.
Liberal Arts (2012)
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When 30-something Jesse returns to his alma mater for a professor's retirement party, he falls for Zibby, a college student, and is faced with a powerful attraction that springs up between them. (97 mins.)
Director: Josh Radnor
 
15.
Keep the Lights On (2012)
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In Manhattan, film-maker Erik bonds with closeted lawyer Paul after a fling. As their relationship becomes one fueled by highs, lows, and dysfunctional patterns, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries while being true to himself. (101 mins.)
Director: Ira Sachs
 
16.
Looper (2012)
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In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination. (119 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
 
17.
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2012 Documentary)
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Alex Gibney explores the charged issue of pedophilia in the Catholic Church, following a trail from the first known protest against clerical sexual abuse in the United States and all the way to the Vatican. (106 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
18.
Now, Forager (2012)
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Lucien and Regina are foragers - they gather wild mushrooms and sell them to New York restaurants. They live simply, according to the seasons. When Regina seeks more stability, their marriage is put to a test. (93 mins.)
 
19.
The Other Son (2012)
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Two young men, one Israeli and one Palestinian, discover they were accidentally switched at birth. (105 mins.)
Director: Lorraine Lévy
 
20.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
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An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. (102 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chbosky
 
21.
A Royal Affair (2012)
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A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever. (137 mins.)
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
 
22.
The Sessions (2012)
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A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest. (95 mins.)
Director: Ben Lewin
 
23.
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
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A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu. (110 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
 
24.
Shun Li and the Poet (2011)
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A study of the friendship between a Chinese woman and a fisherman who came to Italy from Yugoslavia many years ago, who live in a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon. (98 mins.)
Director: Andrea Segre
 
25.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
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After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. (122 mins.)
 
26.
Simon & the Oaks (2011)
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Two boys come of age in Sweden during World War II. (122 mins.)
Director: Lisa Ohlin
 
27.
Smashed (2012)
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A married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol gets their relationship put to the test when the wife decides to get sober. (81 mins.)
Director: James Ponsoldt
 
28.
This Must Be the Place (2011)
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Cheyenne, a retired rock star living off his royalties in Dublin, returns to New York City to find the man responsible for a humiliation suffered by his recently deceased father during W.W.II. (118 mins.)
 
29.
Wake in Fright (1971)
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After a bad gambling bet, a schoolteacher is marooned in a town full of crazy, drunk, violent men who threaten to make him just as crazy, drunk, and violent. (108 mins.)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
 
30.
The Well-Digger's Daughter (2011)
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In 1930s southern France, a father is torn between his sense of honor and his deep love for his daughter when she gets in trouble with the wealthy son of a shopkeeper. (107 mins.)
Director: Daniel Auteuil
 
31.
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011 Documentary)
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A further followup of the case of the West Memphis Three and the decades long fight to exonerate them that finally gained traction with new DNA evidence. (121 mins.)
 
32.
The Trouble with the Truth (2011)
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Musician and starving artist Robert reconsiders his own failed marriage to Emily after his daughter announces that she's engaged. (96 mins.)
Director: Jim Hemphill