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The Arbor

The Arbor

The Arbor

IMDb: 7.2
2010
94min

Portrayal of the late Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar. Andrea Dunbar wrote honestly and unflinchingly about her upbringing on the notorious Buttershaw Estate in Bradford and was described as ‘a genius straight from the slums.’ When she died tragically at the age of 29 in 1990, Lorraine was just ten years old. The Arbor revisits the Buttershaw Estate where Dunbar grew up, thirty years on from her original play, telling the powerful true story of the playwright and her daughter Lorraine. Also aged 29, Lorraine had become ostracised from her mother’s family and was in prison undergoing rehab. Re-introduced to her mother’s plays and letters, the film follows Lorraine’s personal journey as she reflects on her own life and begins to understand the struggles her mother faced.

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Confessions of a Brazilian Call Girl

Confessions of a Brazilian Call Girl

Confessions of a Brazilian Call Girl

IMDb: 6.1
2011
131min

Rachel is a girl, adopted by an upper middle class family, who rebelled at 17 and left her family and studies at a traditional college in Sao Paulo to become a call girl. Shortly after starting work, she decided to write a blog about her experiences. Since some clients thought she looked like a surfer she adopted the name “Surfistinha” which means little surfer girl.

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The True Cost

The True Cost

The True Cost

IMDb: 7.7
2015
92min

Film from Andrew Morgan. The True Cost is a documentary film exploring the impact of fashion on people and the planet.

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Azhar

Azhar

Azhar

IMDb: 5.8
2016
130min

Indian biographical sports film directed by Tony D’Souza based on the life of the former Indian international cricketer, Mohammad Azharuddin. It will star emraan hashmi in the lead role alongside Prachi Desai , Nargis Fakhri and Huma Qureshi

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Main Aur Charles

Main Aur Charles

Main Aur Charles

IMDb: 6.3
2015
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In the 1980s, Charles, an enigmatic con man and a vicious killer and Commisioner Amod Kanth are embroiled in a game of cat and mouse.

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Manjhi: The Mountain Man

Manjhi: The Mountain Man

Manjhi: The Mountain Man

IMDb: 8.0
2015
120min

Dashrath Manjhi was a poor man from the lowest of the low castes, living in a remote village cut off from the world by a rocky mountain range. Life for him was a daily struggle for survival. He loved his wife, Phaguniya, beyond belief. One day, while climbing the mountain to bring him food, his wife slipped, fell and died. Overwhelmed by grief, Dashrath decided to carve out a path through the mountain, so that no one else would suffer his fate. For 22 years, all by himself, with just a hammer and a chisel, he hammered away at the rocks, till the path was carved out from the mountain.

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Monk With a Camera

Monk With a Camera

Monk With a Camera

IMDb: 6.8
2014
90min

Nicholas Vreeland walked away from a worldly life of privilege to become a Tibetan Buddhist monk. Grandson of legendary Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland, and trained by Irving Penn to become a photographer, Nicholas’ life changed drastically upon meeting a Tibetan master, one of the teachers of the Dalai Lama. Soon thereafter, he gave up his glamorous life to live in a monastery in India, where he studied Buddhism for fourteen years. In an ironic twist of fate, Nicholas went back to photography to help his fellow monks rebuild their monastery. Recently, the Dalai Lama appointed Nicholas as Abbot of the monastery, making him the first Westerner in Tibetan Buddhist history, to attain such a highly regarded position.

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Mary Kom

Mary Kom

Mary Kom

IMDb: 6.8
2014
122min

A chronicle of the life of Indian boxer ‘Mary Kom’ who went through several hardships before audaciously accomplishing her ultimate dream.

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Hawaizaada

Hawaizaada

Hawaizaada

IMDb: 5.6
2015
148min

The film, set in the pre-independence era of Bombay of 1895, is based on the life on an Indian scientist Shivkar Bapuji Talpade, who is credited to with the construction of India’s first unmanned plane, as well as the hardships that he went through on his journey of discovery.

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Neerja

Neerja

Neerja

IMDb: 7.7
2016
122min

Neerja is a portrayal on the life of the courageous Neerja Bhanot, who sacrificed her life while protecting the lives of 359 passengers on the Pan Am flight 73 in 1986. The flight was hijacked by a terrorist organization.

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Sarbjit

Sarbjit

Sarbjit

IMDb: 7.3
2016
120min

Biopic of Sarabjit Singh, a farmer residing at Bhikiwind, Punjab, near the Indo-Pak border, crossed the border after having a couple of drinks. However, he was mistaken to be an Indian spy and was sentenced to capital punishment. The movie is about the Journey of a woman (Aishwarya Rai) who fights for 23 years to clear her brother’s name after he is posthumously accused of terrorism.

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Aligarh

Aligarh

Aligarh

IMDb: 7.8
2015
114min

Set in the city of Uttar Pradesh and based on true events, the plot revolves around Dr Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras who taught Marathi at Aligarh Muslim University. He was sacked from his position of Reader and Chair of Modern Indian Languages, on charges of homosexuality. A sting operation was conducted by a TV channel which showed him in an embrace with a rickshaw puller, at his house inside the campus.

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Shootout at Lokhandwala

Shootout at Lokhandwala

Shootout at Lokhandwala

IMDb: 7.1
2007
150min

On a calm summer day in 1991, in the bustling Lokhandwala Complex, five criminals including Maya and Dilip were counting 70 lakhs in flat no. 32 B, when 286 policemen, headed by ACP Khan, took strategic positions around their building. A gunfire ensued and the entire nation witnessed the most talked about daylight encounter lasting 6 hours that transformed suburban Mumbai into a war zone.

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Any Body Can Dance 2

Any Body Can Dance 2

Any Body Can Dance 2

IMDb: 5.6
2015
154min

Suresh wants to be a big dancer to fulfill his mother’s wish. Vinnie wants to be the best hip-hop dancer. They are childhood friends. They form a team and participate in a national level competition “Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin” where they are disqualified as their moves are copied and everyone calls them cheaters. Everyone departs to search for jobs. Suresh plans to remove the negative tag by winning the hip-hop competition in Las Vegas. One day he watches Vishnu dance in the bar and convinces him to be their choreographer. They audition for people and collect the team.

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M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story

M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story

M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story

IMDb: 7.8
2016
190min

The film is based on the life of Indian cricketer and the current captain of the Indian national cricket team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

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Dangal

Dangal

Dangal

IMDb: 8.5
2016
161min

Dangal is an extraordinary true story based on the life of Mahavir Singh and his two daughters, Geeta and Babita Phogat. The film traces the inspirational journey of a father who trains his daughters to become world class wrestlers.

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Viceroy’s House

Viceroy’s House

Viceroy’s House

IMDb: 6.6
2017
106min

In 1947, Lord Mountbatten assumes the post of last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people, living upstairs at the house which was the home of British rulers, whilst 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants lived downstairs.

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A Good Day to Die, Hoka Hey

A Good Day to Die, Hoka Hey

A Good Day to Die, Hoka Hey

IMDb: 6.8
2016
87min

This is the story of a man’s bravery to cover the world at war, and what it takes to get images published for the world to see. This is Jason P. Howe’s story of survival and change.

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Gods and Generals

Gods and Generals

Gods and Generals

IMDb: 6.3
2003
214min

The film centers mostly around the personal and professional life of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, a brilliant if eccentric Confederate general, from the outbreak of the American Civil War until its halfway point when Jackson is killed accidentally by his own soldiers in May 1863 during his greatest victory.

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Barabbas

Barabbas

Barabbas

IMDb: 7.0
1961
137min

Epic account of the thief Barabbas, who was spared crucifixion when Pilate manipulated the crowd into pardoning him, rather than Jesus. Struggling with his spirituality, Barabbas goes through many ordeals leading him to the gladiatorial arena, where he tries to win his freedom and confront his inner demons, ultimately becoming a follower of the man who was crucified in his place.

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Frida

Frida

Frida

IMDb: 7.4
2002
123min

“Frida” chronicles the life Frida Kahlo shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego Rivera, as the young couple took the art world by storm. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and controversial affair with Leon Trotsky, to her provocative and romantic entanglements with women, Frida Kahlo lived a bold and uncompromising life as a political, artistic, and sexual revolutionary

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Counterpunch

Counterpunch

Counterpunch

IMDb: 5.1
2013
97min

Based on a true story. A young boxer, Emilio, from the wrong side of the tracks with big dreams of winning the Golden Gloves boxing championship, finds himself at a cross roads after being locked up. As he fights his way back into the winning circle he gets a second shot at the championship title. As he is toe to toe in the ring with his competitor he’ll throw all the punches and be the last man standing.

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Pregnancy Pact

Pregnancy Pact

Pregnancy Pact

IMDb: 5.0
2010
87min

Inspired by the true story of teenagers at Gloucester (Mass.) High School who agreed to get pregnant at the same time.

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Orlando

Orlando

Orlando

IMDb: 7.2
1992
93min

In 1600, nobleman Orlando inherits his parents’ house, thanks to Queen Elizabeth I, who commands the young man to never change. After a disastrous affair with Russian princess Sasha, Orlando looks for solace in the arts before being appointed ambassador to Constantinople in 1700, where war is raging. One morning, Orlando is shocked to wake up as a woman and returns home, struggling as a female to retain her property as the centuries roll by.

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Something the Lord Made

Something the Lord Made

Something the Lord Made

IMDb: 8.3
2004
110min

A dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.

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Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

IMDb: 7.1
1985
115min

Lange stunningly portrays Patsy Cline, the velvet-voiced country singer who died in a tragic plane crash.

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Ed Gein

Ed Gein

Ed Gein

IMDb: 5.6
2000
89min

The true story of Edward Gein, the farmer whose horrific crimes inspired Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Silence of the Lambs. This is the first film to Gein’s tormented upbringing, his adored but domineering mother, and the 1957 arrest uncovered the most bizarre series of murders America has ever seen

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Lady Sings the Blues

Lady Sings the Blues

Lady Sings the Blues

IMDb: 7.1
1972
144min

Chronicles the rise and fall of legendary blues singer Billie Holiday. Her late childhood, stint as a prostitute, early tours, marriages and drug addiction are featured.

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Houdini

Houdini

Houdini

IMDb: 6.9
1953
106min

By the early 1900s, the extraordinary Houdini earned an international reputation for his theatrical tricks and daring feats of extrication from shackles, ropes, handcuffs, and Scotland Yard’s jails… The film depicts Houdini’s memorable escape from any pair of handcuffs produced by the audience; the outdoor exhibition, when he allows himself to be hanged upside down from his ankles, suspended from the roof of a high building, in a strait jacket; and, the dramatic act, when he accepts to be shackled with irons and placed in a box that is locked, roped, and submerged in frozen waters…

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Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan

Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan

Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan

IMDb: 7.3
2007
120min

The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan, a slave who went on to conquer half the world in the 11th century.

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A Home of Our Own

A Home of Our Own

A Home of Our Own

IMDb: 7.1
1993
104min

The story is located in Los Angeles in the sixties. An energetic widow, Frances Lacey, with her six children try to make a dream of theirs come true: to have a home of their own. Therefore they leave Los Angeles and head for the countryside, while facing all kinds of difficulties during their journey.

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Permanent Midnight

Permanent Midnight

Permanent Midnight

IMDb: 6.3
1998
88min

Ben Stiller plays comedy writer Jerry Stahl, whose $6000-a-week heroin habit had him taking his infant daughter along on his drug runs and doing smack during TV script conferences. Departing detox, Stahl explores memories with survivor Kitty, who listens patiently to Stahl’s flashback. Other women in Stahl’s life are his British wife Sandra and his agent Vola.

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Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B

Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B

Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B

IMDb: 3.0
2014
85min

The story of R&B singer and actress Aaliyah; namely, the highs and lows of her career, her romantic pursuits, and the events leading up to her death in 2001 at the age of 22.

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Evita

Evita

Evita

IMDb: 6.3
1996
134min

The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-movie Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president and dictator Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.

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The Soloist

The Soloist

The Soloist

IMDb: 6.7
2009
109min

A Los Angeles journalist befriends a homeless Juilliard-trained musician, while looking for a new article for the paper.

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The Color of Friendship

The Color of Friendship

The Color of Friendship

IMDb: 7.4
2000
87min

Mahree Bok lives on a farm in South Africa. Her father is a policeman who cannot hide his joy when activist Steve Biko is caught by the South African authorities. Piper Dellums is the daughter of a US congressman from California and who lives in a nice home in Washington DC. When Mahree is chosen to spend a semester at the Dellums’ house, she doesn’t expect that her host family would be black. Nor do her hosts suspect that she is not a black South African.

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Total Eclipse

Total Eclipse

Total Eclipse

IMDb: 6.6
1995
111min

Young, wild poet Arthur Rimbaud and his mentor Paul Verlaine engage in a fierce, forbidden romance while feeling the effects of a hellish artistic lifestyle.

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Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?)

Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?)

Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?)

IMDb: 7.7
2010
116min

The documentary explores the enigmatic life and music of Harry Nilsson in an attempt to answer the question, “Who is Harry Nilsson?” The film includes new and archive audio and film including interviews with Robin Williams, Yoko Ono, Van Dyke Parks, Randy Newman, Ray Cooper, the Smothers Brothers, and Micky Dolenz. “Who is Harry Nilsson?” uses promotional films, music videos, and home movies; segments from the unreleased documentary made during the recording of Son of Schmilsson (Did Somebody Drop His Mouse?); and excerpts from Nilsson’s rare TV appearances in his BBC specials, the “Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour”, “Playboy After Dark”, and in an episode of “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir”.

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Silkwood

Silkwood

Silkwood

IMDb: 7.2
1983
131min

The story of Karen Silkwood, a metallurgy worker at a plutonium processing plant who was purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing blatant worker safety violations at the plant.

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Great Balls of Fire!

Great Balls of Fire!

Great Balls of Fire!

IMDb: 6.2
1989
108min

The story of Jerry Lee Lewis, arguably the greatest and certainly one of the wildest musicians of the 1950s. His arrogance, remarkable talent, and unconventional lifestyle often brought him into conflict with others in the industry, and even earned him the scorn and condemnation of the public.

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