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1. A Ballerina's Tale (2015)

Unrated | 85 min | Documentary

55 Metascore

A feature documentary on African American ballerina Misty Copeland that examines her prodigious rise, her potentially career ending injury alongside themes of race and body image in the elite ballet world.

Director: Nelson George | Stars: Misty Copeland, Deirdre Kelly, Susan Fales-Hill, Leyla Fayyaz

Votes: 586 | Gross: $0.10M

2. Dark Horse (2015)

PG | 85 min | Documentary, Drama

75 Metascore

An inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men's club who decide to take on the elite 'sport of kings' and breed themselves a racehorse

Director: Louise Osmond | Stars: Jan Vokes, Howard Davies, Brian 'Daisy' Vokes, Angela Davies

Votes: 911

3. Monty Python: The Meaning of Live (2014 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Uniquely intimate documentary following the stars of Monty Python as they reunite for a final time to stage a marathon ten shows of Monty Python Live (mostly) - One Down Five to Go at The O2, London in July 2014.

Directors: Roger Graef, James Rogan | Stars: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones

Votes: 318

4. Magicarena (2015)

84 min | Documentary, Music

After 2000 years of history, the Arena of Verona is celebrating the Centenary of its Opera Festival with Verdi's AIDA by La Fura dels Baus. From rehearsals to the opening night, we follow ... See full summary »

Directors: Andrea Prandstraller, Niccolò Bruna

Votes: 6

5. Circus Without Borders

Not Rated | 69 min

Bathed in ethereal stage lighting, Yamoussa Bangoura combines strength with grace as he pirouettes like a ballet dancer, suspended by ropes above a captivated audience. A single female ... See full summary »

Stars: Yamoussa Bangoura, Guillaume Saladin

6. The Competition (2013)

99 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

A raw account of how some of the best architects in the world, design giants like Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry or Zaha Hadid, struggle to beat the competition for the National Museum of Art in ... See full summary »

Director: Angel Borrego Cubero | Stars: Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel

Votes: 47

7. Tana Bana (2015)

77 min | Documentary

Varanasi is the ancient city on the Ganges where Hindu pilgrims come to bathe at dawn and where cremation fires burn along the sacred river long after night has fallen. The city is also ... See full summary »

Director: Pat Murphy

8. Argentina (2015)

85 min | Documentary, Musical

66 Metascore

Poetic, riveting and moving, Argentina explores the heart of traditional Argentine folklore and its stunning musical heritage.

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Pedro Aznar, Juan Falú, Marian Farías Gómez, Gabo Ferro

Votes: 146 | Gross: $0.01M

9. The Dream of Shahrazad (2014)

110 min | Documentary, Drama, History

THE DREAM OF SHAHRAZAD is a feature-length documentary film that brings together the famous story collection THE 1001 (or "ARABIAN") NIGHTS with recent political events in Egypt, Turkey and... See full summary »

Directors: Francois Verster, François Verster

Votes: 15

10. Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World (2015)

74 min | Documentary, History

Maybe we're not totally screwed

Director: Charles Wilkinson | Stars: Severn Cullis-Suzuki, Guujaaw

Votes: 34

11. Into the Forest (2015)

R | 101 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

59 Metascore

After a massive power outage, two sisters learn to survive on their own in their isolated woodland home.

Director: Patricia Rozema | Stars: Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella, Callum Keith Rennie

Votes: 16,327 | Gross: $0.01M

12. Le coeur de madame Sabali (2015)

79 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Sabali is a dramatic film with touches of surrealist comedy and science fiction.

Directors: Ryan McKenna, Ryan McKenna | Stars: Paul Ahmarani, Amadou & Mariam, Marie Brassard, Youssef Camara

Votes: 77

13. Ixcanul (2015)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

83 Metascore

On the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala, a marriage is arranged for seventeen-year-old María by her Kaqchikel parents.

Director: Jayro Bustamante | Stars: María Mercedes Coroy, María Telón, Manuel Antún, Justo Lorenzo

Votes: 2,349 | Gross: $0.29M

14. Ayanda (2015)

105 min | Drama, Romance

In a community vibrant with migrants from across the African Continent, against the backdrop of unspoken love, a young woman tries to navigate a path for herself. But this is a world where ... See full summary »

Director: Sara Blecher | Stars: Fulu Moguvhani, O.C. Ukeje, Nthati Moshesh, Kenneth Nkosi

Votes: 89

15. Mustang (2015)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama

83 Metascore

When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged.

Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven | Stars: Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iscan

Votes: 30,929 | Gross: $0.85M

16. My Skinny Sister (2015)

95 min | Drama

Just as Stella enters the exciting world of adolescence she discovers that her big sister and role model Katja is hiding an eating disorder. A story about jealousy, love and betrayal.

Director: Sanna Lenken | Stars: Rebecka Josephson, Amy Deasismont, Henrik Norlén, Annika Hallin

Votes: 1,304

17. Paradise (2015)

100 min | Drama

The 25 years old Hanieh lives in the household of her married sister in Tehran. Every day Hanieh travels long and tedious hours to get to the suburbs where she works as a teacher at a girls... See full summary »

Director: Sina Ataeian Dena | Stars: Roya Afshar, Dorna Dibaj, Hooshang Ghovanloo, Neda Jebraeili

Votes: 116

18. Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

63 Metascore

With an older brother in jail and living with their single mother on Pine Ridge Reservation, Johnny and his sister Jashuan's lives develop new challenges when their absentee cowboy father ... See full summary »

Director: Chloé Zhao | Stars: John Reddy, Jashaun St. John, Taysha Fuller, Eleonore Hendricks

Votes: 642 | Gross: $0.03M

19. The Falling (2014)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

71 Metascore

It's 1969 at a strict English girls' school where charismatic Abbie and intense and troubled Lydia are best friends. After a tragedy occurs at the school, a mysterious fainting epidemic breaks out threatening the stability of all involved.

Director: Carol Morley | Stars: Maxine Peake, Maisie Williams, Florence Pugh, Anna Burnett

Votes: 5,229

20. The Second Mother (2015)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

When the estranged daughter of a hard-working live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, the unspoken class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray.

Director: Anna Muylaert | Stars: Regina Casé, Helena Albergaria, Michel Joelsas, Camila Márdila

Votes: 10,843 | Gross: $0.38M

21. The Summer of Sangaile (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

17 years old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes. She meets a girl her age at a summer aeronautical show. Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret and in the process finds the only person that truly encourages her to fly.

Director: Alante Kavaite | Stars: Julija Steponaityte, Aiste Dirziute, Jurate Sodyte, Martynas Budraitis

Votes: 2,304 | Gross: $0.00M

22. 100 Yen Love (2014)

113 min | Comedy, Drama

32-year-old Ichiko (Sakura Ando) lives at home with her parents, passing the days in self-indulgent grunginess. Ichiko's recently divorced younger sister Fumiko has moved back home with her... See full summary »

Director: Masaharu Take | Stars: Sakura Andô, Hirofumi Arai, Yôzaburô Itô, Miyoko Inagawa

Votes: 1,232

23. Our Little Sister (2015)

PG | 127 min | Drama, Family

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: 9,745 | Gross: $0.46M

24. The Royal Tailor (2014)

127 min | Drama

Story of a rivalry between two tailors Dol-Seok, who is the best master artisan in charge of royal attire and Kong-Jin - genius like designer, born with dexterity and an excellent sense, plunges the court into scandal and tragedy.

Director: Wonsuk Lee | Stars: Suk-kyu Han, Soo Go, Shin-Hye Park, Yeon-Seok Yoo

Votes: 563

25. Three Stories of Love (2015)

140 min | Drama

Atsushi is a civic construction worker who was widowed following a random murder. Toko's husband is neither interested in her nor in how his mother treats his wife. Shinomiya is a lawyer ... See full summary »

Director: Ryosuke Hashiguchi | Stars: Tamae Andô, Lily Franky, Ryô Ikeda, Hana Kino

Votes: 155

26. Sam Klemke's Time Machine (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

Sam Klemke has filmed and narrated his entire life, creating a strange and intimate portrait of what it means to be human.

Director: Matthew Bate | Star: Sam Klemke

Votes: 100

28. All Eyes and Ears (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Comedy, History

Interweaving the stories of U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, his adopted Chinese daughter Gracie Mei, and blind legal advocate Chen Guangcheng, the documentary is a timely exploration... See full summary »

Director: Vanessa Hope | Stars: Gracie Mei Huntsman, Jon Huntsman, Guangcheng Chen, Jerome A. Cohen

Votes: 19

29. City of Gold (2015)

R | 96 min | Documentary, Biography

72 Metascore

A documentary portrait that takes us into Jonathan Gold's universe to tell the improbable story of a revolution inspired by the pen, but driven by the palate.

Director: Laura Gabbert | Stars: David Chang, Roy Choi, Jonathan Gold, Ludo Lefebvre

Votes: 838 | Gross: $0.61M

30. Hurricane (2015)

G | 40 min | Documentary

200 kmh winds, 18 cyclones, 12 countries - Andy Byatt (Blue Planet, Earth) Cyril Barbançon and Jacqueline Farmer have teamed up with NASA and composer Yann Tiersen to bring this thrilling ... See full summary »

Directors: Cyril Barbançon, Andy Byatt, Jacqueline Farmer | Stars: John Flanders, Kristin Samuelson, Joe Fontana, Paloma Garcia Martens

Votes: 148

31. Mystic Jungfraujoch (2015)

4 min | Documentary, Short

A short time-lapse movie about the amazing Jungfraujoch. I got the permission to stay overnight at the Jungfraujoch station. It was an amazing experience. Everything was shot in 48 hours ... See full summary »

Director: Markus Eichenberger

32. The Royal Road (2015)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary, History

65 Metascore

A cinematic essay in defense of remembering, The Royal Road offers up a primer on the Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War alongside intimate reflections on ... See full summary »

Director: Jenni Olson | Stars: Tony Kushner, Jenni Olson

Votes: 58

33. Topophilia (2015)

62 min | Documentary

An exploration of built and natural environments along the 800-mile length of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

Director: Peter Bo Rappmund

Votes: 16

34. Very Semi-Serious (2015)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

The iconic cartoons of The New Yorker have become an instantly recognizable cultural touchstone over the past 90 years, and Leah Wolchock's intimate documentary offers an unprecedented ... See full summary »

Director: Leah Wolchok | Stars: Roz Chast, Liana Finck, Emily Flake, Bruce Eric Kaplan

Votes: 223

35. The Assassin (2015)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Drama, History

80 Metascore

A female assassin receives a dangerous mission to kill a political leader in eighth-century China.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Qi Shu, Chen Chang, Yun Zhou, Satoshi Tsumabuki

Votes: 14,097 | Gross: $0.61M

36. This Changes Everything (2015)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

59 Metascore

A look at seven communities around the world with the proposition that we can seize the crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

Director: Avi Lewis | Stars: Naomi Klein, Stacey Arwen Raab

Votes: 463 | Gross: $0.01M

37. My Friend Victoria (2014)

Unrated | 95 min | Drama

53 Metascore

At age eight, Victoria spends a night in the home of a wealthy white family; years later, she encounters them again and her life is changed forever.

Director: Jean-Paul Civeyrac | Stars: Guslagie Malanga, Nadia Moussa, Catherine Mouchet, Pascal Greggory

Votes: 189

38. The Measure of a Man (2015)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

74 Metascore

An unemployed factory worker is trying to make ends meet in working-class France.

Director: Stéphane Brizé | Stars: Vincent Lindon, Karine de Mirbeck, Matthieu Schaller, Yves Ory

Votes: 5,055 | Gross: $0.11M

39. Ninth Floor (2015)

81 min | Documentary

In 1969, to protest the administration's mishandling of racist accusations towards a professor, students at Sir George Williams University occupied a ninth floor computer lab.

Director: Mina Shum | Star: Mackenzie Gray

Votes: 41

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