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1. Café Society (2016)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

In the 1930s, a Bronx native moves to Hollywood and falls in love with a young woman who is seeing a married man.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, Blake Lively

Votes: 59,752 | Gross: $11.10M

2. Gleason (2016)

R | 110 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

After he is diagnosed with ALS, former professional football player Steve Gleason begins making a video diary for his unborn son, as he, his wife, and their friends and family work to raise money for ALS patients as his disease progresses.

Director: Clay Tweel | Stars: Steve Gleason, Mike Gleason, Scott Fujita, Mike McKenzie

Votes: 2,049 | Gross: $0.58M

3. The Dressmaker (I) (2015)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

47 Metascore

A glamorous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse | Stars: Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 44,192 | Gross: $2.02M

4. Indignation (2016)

R | 110 min | Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

In 1951, Marcus, a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey, attends a small Ohio college, where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection, amid the ongoing Korean War.

Director: James Schamus | Stars: Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tijuana Ricks, Sue Dahlman

Votes: 10,194 | Gross: $3.40M

5. Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016)

Unrated | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, History

66 Metascore

A look at the life, work and political activism of one of the most successful television producers of all time, Norman Lear.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady | Stars: Norman Lear, John Amos, Bea Arthur, Adrienne Barbeau

Votes: 306 | Gross: $0.07M

6. Tanna (2015)

Not Rated | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

Set on a remote Pacific island, covered in rain forest and dominated by an active volcano, this heartfelt story, enacted by the Yakel tribe, tells of a sister's loyalty, a forbidden love affair and the pact between the old ways and the new.

Directors: Martin Butler, Bentley Dean | Stars: Mungau Dain, Marie Wawa, Marceline Rofit, Charlie Kahla

Votes: 3,419 | Gross: $0.01M

7. Sunset Song (2015)

R | 135 min | Drama

72 Metascore

The daughter of a Scottish farmer comes of age in the early 1900s.

Director: Terence Davies | Stars: Ken Blackburn, Mark Bonnar, Stuart Bowman, Emily-Jane Boyle

Votes: 2,820 | Gross: $0.16M

8. Presenting Princess Shaw (2015)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Music

77 Metascore

A documentary on the collaborative relationship between New Orleans based songwriter/YouTube star Samantha Montgomery and composer/video artist Ophir Kutiel.

Director: Ido Haar | Stars: Kutiman, Samantha Montgomery

Votes: 469 | Gross: $0.06M

9. Closet Monster (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

81 Metascore

A creative and driven teenager is desperate to escape his hometown and the haunting memories of his turbulent childhood.

Director: Stephen Dunn | Stars: Aaron Abrams, Jack Fulton, Joanne Kelly, Isabella Rossellini

Votes: 6,325 | Gross: $0.04M

10. Carnage Park (2016)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Crime, Horror

48 Metascore

Part crime caper gone awry, part survival horror film, this 1970s set thriller depicts a harrowing fight for survival after a pair of wannabe crooks botch a bank heist and flee into the ... See full summary »

Director: Mickey Keating | Stars: Ashley Bell, Pat Healy, James Landry Hébert, Michael Villar

Votes: 2,902

11. Zvizdan (2015)

123 min | Drama, Romance, War

Three different love stories, set in three consecutive decades, in two neighbouring Balkan villages burdened with a long history of inter-ethnic hatred: this is a film about the dangers - and the enduring strength - of forbidden love.

Director: Dalibor Matanic | Stars: Tihana Lazovic, Goran Markovic, Nives Ivankovic, Dado Cosic

Votes: 2,803

12. Cialo (2015)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

A busy attorney, worried that his anorexic daughter Olga might try to harm herself, since she's still grieving over her recently deceased mother, sends her to see a psychiatrist, Anna, who's dealing with her own loss in an unusual way.

Director: Malgorzata Szumowska | Stars: Janusz Gajos, Maja Ostaszewska, Justyna Suwala, Ewa Dalkowska

Votes: 1,476 | Gross: $0.00M

13. The Blackcoat's Daughter (I) (2015)

R | 93 min | Horror, Thriller

68 Metascore

Two girls must battle a mysterious evil force when they get left behind at their boarding school over winter break.

Director: Oz Perkins | Stars: Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, Lucy Boynton, James Remar

Votes: 11,603 | Gross: $0.02M

14. Ants on a Shrimp (2016)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

65 Metascore

One of the world's best restaurant, the Copenhagen based NOMA and its renowned chef-owner René Redzepi relocate the restaurant and its entire staff to Tokyo.

Director: Maurice Dekkers | Stars: Thomas Frebel, Dan Giusti, Kim Mikkola, Rene Redzepi

Votes: 346

15. The Architect (I) (2016)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

When a couple sets out to build their dream house, they enlist the services of an uncompromising modernist architect, who proceeds to build HIS dream house instead of theirs.

Director: Jonathan Parker | Stars: Parker Posey, Eric McCormack, James Frain, John Carroll Lynch

Votes: 653

16. Demon (2015)

R | 94 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

80 Metascore

A bridegroom is possessed by an unquiet spirit in the midst of his own wedding celebration, in this clever take on the Jewish legend of the dybbuk.

Director: Marcin Wrona | Stars: Itay Tiran, Agnieszka Zulewska, Andrzej Grabowski, Tomasz Schuchardt

Votes: 4,049 | Gross: $0.10M

17. Belle et Sébastien, l'aventure continue (2015)

PG | 97 min | Adventure, Family

September, 1945. Sebastian impatiently waits for the return of his friend Angelina, whom he has not seen for two years. When the plane carrying the young woman to her small village in the ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Duguay | Stars: Félix Bossuet, Tchéky Karyo, Thierry Neuvic, Margaux Chatelier

Votes: 811

18. Birkebeinerne (2016)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In the year 1206 Norway is raged by civil war. The King's illegitimate infant son, Håkon Håkonsson, which half the kingdom wants killed off, is guarded in secrecy by two men. A story which changed the course of the country's history.

Director: Nils Gaup | Stars: Jakob Oftebro, Kristofer Hivju, Torkel Dommersnes Soldal, Ane Ulimoen Øverli

Votes: 5,161 | Gross: $0.01M

19. Tudo Que Aprendemos Juntos (2015)

102 min | Drama, Music

The movie tells the story of Laerte (Lázaro Ramos), a talented violinist who after failing to be admitted into the OSESP Orchestra is forced to give music classes to teenagers in a public ... See full summary »

Director: Sérgio Machado | Stars: Lázaro Ramos, Kaique de Jesus, Elzio Vieira, Sandra Corveloni

Votes: 595

20. Weiner (2016)

R | 96 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

An examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign and today's political landscape.

Directors: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg | Stars: Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin, Jordan Zain Weiner, Barbara Morgan

Votes: 8,781 | Gross: $1.61M

21. Mahana (2016)

103 min | Drama

From the author of "The Whale Rider", a tale of family rivalry and reconciliation, set against the stunning backdrop of rural New Zealand in the 1960s.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Temuera Morrison, Akuhata Keefe, Nancy Brunning, Jim Moriarty

Votes: 606

22. The Free World (2016)

R | 100 min | Drama, Romance

46 Metascore

A recently released former convict becomes involved with a married woman with an abusive husband.

Director: Jason Lew | Stars: Boyd Holbrook, Elisabeth Moss, Octavia Spencer, Frederick Weller

Votes: 1,243

23. Horizontes (2015)

67 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

By following the career of two dancers of the National Cuban Ballet, Amanda, young ballerina and Viengsay Valdez, star dancer, Horizons revisits the extraordinary destiny of Alicia Alonso, ... See full summary »

Director: Eileen Hofer | Star: Alicia Alonso

Votes: 19

24. Our Little Sister (2015)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

A story that revolves around three sisters who live in their grandmother's home and the arrival of their thirteen-year-old half sister.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose

Votes: 8,853 | Gross: $0.46M

25. Rainbow Time (2016)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

55 Metascore

A developmentally delayed 40 year old man named Shonzi is sent to live with his brother Todd. But when Shonzi develops a crush on Todd's new girlfriend Lindsay, he threatens to reveal past ... See full summary »

Director: Linas Phillips | Stars: Linas Phillips, Melanie Lynskey, Timm Sharp, Davie-Blue

Votes: 434

26. Slash (I) (2016)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

64 Metascore

Freshman Neil's Vanguard stories are all he cares about...until he meets the older Julia, who pushes him to put his own fan fic online. When the website's moderator takes a special interest in Neil's work, it opens up a whole new universe.

Director: Clay Liford | Stars: Tishuan Scott, Lucas Neff, Courtney Bandeko, Michael Johnston

Votes: 950

27. À peine j'ouvre les yeux (2015)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A few months before the revolution in Tunisia, 18 year-old Farah has a passion for life and sings in a political rock band. Her mother, knowing the dangers of Tunisia, wants her to pursue a career as a doctor.

Director: Leyla Bouzid | Stars: Baya Medhaffer, Ghalia Benali, Montassar Ayari, Lassaad Jamoussi

Votes: 1,025 | Gross: $0.03M

28. Hundeliv (2016)

92 min | Drama

Realizing that her unknown biological father is probably alive, Sofia leaves behind a degrading and humiliating life and embarks on a journey with her naive half-sister Olivia, both girls ... See full summary »

Director: René Frelle Petersen | Stars: Julie Brochorst Andersen, Simone Lykke, Alexandre Willaume, Allan Hyde

Votes: 78

29. Dead Slow Ahead (2015)

74 min | Documentary, Drama, Horror

The freighter Fair Lady crosses the ocean. The hypnotic rhythm of its gears reveals the continuous movement of machinery devouring its workers: the last gestures of the old sailors' trade ... See full summary »

Director: Mauro Herce

Votes: 291

30. Kedi (2016)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

A profile of an ancient city and its unique people, seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the Cat.

Director: Ceyda Torun | Stars: Yaman Barlas, Sari, Arzu Göl, Kemal Suncu

Votes: 10,123 | Gross: $2.83M

31. Tickled (2016)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Mystery

76 Metascore

Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

Directors: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve | Stars: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve, Marko Realmonte, Kevin Clarke

Votes: 12,642 | Gross: $0.61M

32. Miles (2016)

Unrated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A kid from middle America, desperate to move to Chicago, joins the volleyball team to get a scholarship - the only catch is that his high school only has a girls team.

Director: Nathan Adloff | Stars: Tim Boardman, Molly Shannon, Stephen Root, Will Erat

Votes: 477 | Gross: $0.00M

33. Glen or Glenda (1953)

PG | 65 min | Drama

A psychiatrist tells two stories: one of a transvestite (Glen or Glenda), the other of a pseudohermaphrodite (Alan or Anne).

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr. | Stars: Edward D. Wood Jr., Bela Lugosi, Lyle Talbot, Timothy Farrell

Votes: 7,368

34. The Lovers & the Despot (2016)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary, Thriller

65 Metascore

The story of the South Korean actor, Choi Eun-hee, and her ex-husband and film director, Shin Sang-ok, who were individually kidnapped and reunited by dictator and film fan Kim Jong-il to force them to develop North Korea's film industry.

Directors: Ross Adam, Robert Cannan | Stars: Eun-hie Choi, Paul Courtenay Hyu, Sang-ok Shin

Votes: 773 | Gross: $0.06M

35. Radio Dreams (2016)

93 min | Comedy

74 Metascore

A brilliant and misunderstood Iranian writer struggles to pursue his ambitious goal of bringing together Metallica and Kabul Dreams, Afghanistan's first rock band.

Director: Babak Jalali | Stars: Lars Ulrich, Mohsen Namjoo, Larry Laverty, Kyle Kernan

Votes: 207 | Gross: $0.02M

36. Tout en haut du monde (2015)

PG | 81 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

70 Metascore

In 1882, a young Russian aristocrat goes on an epic adventure to find out what happened to her grandfather and save her family's reputation.

Director: Rémi Chayé | Stars: Christa Théret, Féodor Atkine, Peter Hudson, Antony Hickling

Votes: 1,858

37. The IF Project (2016)

90 min | Documentary

Women are the fastest growing segment of the incarcerated population, increasing at nearly double the rate of men since 1985. The IF Project explores the reasons behind these staggering ... See full summary »

Director: Kathlyn Horan

Votes: 13

38. Microbe et Gasoil (2015)

R | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

Two young friends embark on a road trip across France in a vehicle they built themselves.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Ange Dargent, Théophile Baquet, Diane Besnier, Audrey Tautou

Votes: 2,011 | Gross: $0.06M

39. Midsummer in Newtown (2016)

81 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

Midsummer in Newtown is a testament to the transformative force of artistic expression to pierce through the shadow cast by trauma. In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, one grieving ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Kramer

Votes: 27

40. Rosita (2015)

90 min | Drama, Romance

JOHANNES lives together with his father, the middle-aged widower ULRIK in a small fishing town in the northern part of Denmark. They live a quiet routine life, each minding their separate ... See full summary »

Director: Frederikke Aspöck | Stars: Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Mercedes Cabral, Jens Albinus, Julie Agnete Vang

Votes: 336

41. Love & Friendship (2016)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica -- and herself too, naturally.

Director: Whit Stillman | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Emma Greenwell

Votes: 20,567 | Gross: $14.01M

42. Full Court: The Spencer Haywood Story (2016)

Documentary

Narrated by Public Enemy's Chuck D, the documentary traverses Haywood's life from his humble beginnings in Mississippi raised by a single mother to his induction into the NBA Hall of Fame. ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Spirit | Stars: Charles Barkley, Chuck D, Pat Riley, Michele Roberts

Votes: 5

43. Antarctica: Ice & Sky (2015)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

61 Metascore

A documentary about global warming.

Director: Luc Jacquet | Stars: Claude Lorius, Michel Papineschi, Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Votes: 431

44. Gold Balls (2016)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Family, Sport

Competitive athletes over age 80 barnstorm the US in pursuit of a National Championship title in tennis.

Director: Kate Keckler Dandel

Votes: 25

45. Elser (2015)

R | 114 min | Biography, Drama, War

58 Metascore

In November 1939, Georg Elser's attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler fails, and he is arrested. During his confinement, he recalls the events leading up to his plot and his reasons for deciding to take such drastic action.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel | Stars: Christian Friedel, Katharina Schüttler, Burghart Klaußner, Johann von Bülow

Votes: 6,872 | Gross: $0.16M

46. Death by Design (2016)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary

Consumers love - and live on - their smartphones, tablets and laptops. A cascade of new devices pours endlessly into the market, promising even better communication, non-stop entertainment ... See full summary »

Director: Sue Williams

Votes: 55

47. Resilience (III) (2016)

60 min | Documentary

An exploration into the developments of medical studies where conditions like heart disease can be linked to childhood experiences.

Director: James Redford

Votes: 25

48. Como funcionan casi todas las cosas (2015)

Drama

Celina works at a remote tollbooth on a desert road, few days before Christmas, her father dies and Celina becomes a door-to-door encyclopedia saleswoman so she can earn enough money to travel to Italy and find her mom.

Director: Fernando Salem | Stars: Rafael Spregelburd, Pilar Gamboa, Marilu Marini, Verónica Gerez

Votes: 231