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2006 Biography, Drama, Music
In the days before the first performance of his Ninth Symphony, Beethoven needs help with copying the manuscript, so a promising student of composition, Anna Holtz, is sent to assist him. During the next two years, the final ones of Beethoven's life, Anna provides assistance to the deaf, temperamental, ailing man. In return, he tutors her in composition and explains to her the ideas and principles of Romanticism. Pushed away by Beethoven's derision of her work, Anna ultimately returns to find him near death. As he dictates his final compositions to Anna, Beethoven finally acknowledges that she is now free to become the composer she was always meant to be.
How to go on a Date in Queens
2006 comedy, romance
Three relationships turn sour during dinner at a popular eatery: A self-proclaimed dating expert persuades his friend, who lost his young wife three years earlier, to go out on a date, which turns out to be disastrous; the restaurant's manager learns that her boyfriend is going to bet their entire savings on the Super Bowl that night instead of proposing to her; and a bookie takes his mistress out for dinner and tells her that he is being targeted by the Russian Mafia.
The Rage in Placid Lake
Winner - Melbourne FF. To the horror of his friends and family, quirky outsider Placid Lake makes a bid for the normal life with hilarious results.
The World Before Her
2012 Documentary, Foreign, Independent
Two young women find themselves on divergent paths in modern India - one wants to model, and the other is a radical ready to kill for her beliefs.
Believing himself recovered from his mother's death, Keith is gobsmacked by the inexplicable appearance of his mother's jewelry--the same jewelry she was buried with--on his bathroom sink! Seeking answers, Keith turns to a shrink whose radio program benefits from Keith's unusual predicament.
Alex Frost stars in this heart-warming and hilarious comedy about a young man pursuing his childhood dream to play professional baseball. Even after being cut two straight years, Calvin once again tries out for his hometown Junior College squad. Fanatical Coach Doug Little (Steve Zahn) can't help but admire Calvin's dedication and gives the talent challenged ballplayer a shot. But when the school's volleyball star (Michelle Lombardo) comes into both of their lives, each must face their own failures and shortcomings. A poignant comedy about overcoming disappointment, cultivating defeat and becoming the kind of person that dares to dream. Calvin Marshall features an all-star cast including Diedrich Bader, Cynthia Watros, Jane Adams, Andrew Wilson, Jeremy Sumpter and Steve Zahn.
The English Teacher
Julianne Moore stars as an English teacher who lives vicariously through her novels. But when an unintended tryst with a former student goes public, her simple life is turned upside down. Also starring Greg Kinnear and Nathan Lane.
2009 comedy, family
Official Selection - Montreal World Film Festival. Its 1981 and 11-year-old Ricardo weaves an elaborate web of lies to impress his new classmates.
Inspiring and rich, Ingredients unearths the roots of the local food movement and digs into the stories of the world-class chefs, sustainability-minded farmers and impassioned activists transforming our broken food system.
The Mill and the Cross
2011 drama, biographies
Rutger Hauer stars as Pieter Bruegel, touring inside his own canvas and discussing his work's origin in this immersive art historical investigation.
The Way Home
2010 Drama, Family
Based on an inspirational true story about how a rural community rallied around a distraught family (Dean Cain, Lori Beth Sikes) to search for their missing two-year-old boy (Pierce Gagnon) and through doing so changed the lives of many of those involved.
Days and Clouds
Winner - Italian Oscars. Well-to-do couple Elsa and Michele confront emotional turmoil when Michele confesses he hasn't worked in two months.
Drugs, sex and the allure of fast money blur the boundaries between two very different societies in this compelling drama set against the heated backdrop of Miami. Joe and his two best friends, Kevin and Mickey, are struggling to get ahead, dissatisfied with their lives and current financial situation. When a package of ecstasy ends up in their possession at a nightclub, they are enticed by the prospect of scoring some fast cash. The three friends offer to distribute the drugs to their social, business and party contacts for a notorious neighborhood drug lord. Naïve and encouraged by their initial success, the boys increase their distribution and quickly find themselves in over their heads with no way to turn back. As addictions take hold and their friendship begins to unravel, they find the lifestyle they have chosen may come at a very high price - their lives.
The Man From Left Field
Tale about a group of baseball-obsessed teenaged boys who draft a homeless amnesiac as their baseball coach and help him regain his memory, rebuild his life and find romance.
2011 documentary, new-releases
Filmmaker Vikram Gandhi poses as an enlightened guru from the East, forging deep connections with various people before revealing his true identity.
The Ultimate Life
Between running his grandfather's foundation, being sued by his greedy extended family, and seeing his beloved Alexia leave on an extended mission trip to Haiti, Jason Stevens' world is unraveling. But then he discovers his late grandfather's journal and is transported back into Red Stevens' incredible rags-to-riches life. With everything he loves hanging in the balance, Jason hopes he can discover the ultimate life. The Ultimate Life is a powerful reminder that some things are worth more than money!
Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain and Golden Globe® winner Collin Farrell heat up the screen in a searing tale of power and seduction.
In 1969, Larry Hillblom founded his global courier company DHL. In 1995, the entrepreneur vanished in a plane crash off his Micronesian island home, leaving his billion-dollar estate to a university -- or so he thought. Directed by Alexis Manya Spraic, this engaging documentary tells Hillblom's story through the legal battle that ensued when would-be heirs began popping up all over the place to lay claim to the billionaire's bucks.