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Film — August: Osage County (2013)
Director — John Wells

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. [x]

Rating — 4 out 5 stars

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Film — Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
Director — Rich Moore

A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.

Rating — 3 out 5 stars

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Film — The Lifeguard (2013)
Director — Liz W. Garcia

A former valedictorian quits her reporter job in New York and returns to the place she last felt happy: her childhood home in Connecticut. She gets work as a lifeguard and starts a dangerous relationship with a troubled teenager [x].

Rating — 5 out 5 stars

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Film — Frances Ha (2012)
Director — Noah Baumbach

A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn’t really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she’s not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possibility dwindles [x].

Rating — 4.5 out 5 stars

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Film — The Ides of March (2011)
Director — George Clooney

An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail [x].

Rating  3.5 stars out of 5

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Film — Pretty Woman (1990)
Director — Garry Marshall

A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets… only to fall in love [x].

Rating  4.5 stars out of 5

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Film — Enough Said (2013)
Director — Nicole Holofcener
Writer — Nicole Holofcener

A divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she’s interested in learns he’s her new friend’s ex-husband [x].

Rating — 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Film — The Social Network (2010)
Director — David Fincher
Writer — Aaron Sorkin

Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the cofounder who was later squeezed out of the business.

Rating — 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Film — Camp Takoka (2014)
Director — Chris & Nick Riedell
Writer — Mamrie Hart & Lydia Genner

With her personal and professional life in shambles, Elise ends up having to take a job as a counselor at her old summer camp. There she reunites with two estranged friends who attended camp and never left. When the future of the camp is put in jeopardy, the three friends must band together to save it, changing the course of their lives forever.

Rating — 2.5 out of 5 stars

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Film — Veronica Mars (2014)
Director — Rob Thomas
Writer — Rob Thomas & Diane Ruggiero

Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown – just in time for her high school reunion – in order to help her old flame Logan Echolls, who’s embroiled in a murder mystery.

Rating — 5 out of 5 stars

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Film — Stories We Tell (2012)
Director — Sarah Polley
Writer — Sarah Polley & Michael Polley

A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.

Rating — 4 out of 5 stars

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Film — One Direction: This Is Us (2013)
Director — Morgan Spurlock

A look at Niall, Zayn, Liam, Louis, and Harry’s meteoric rise to fame, from their humble hometown beginnings and competing on the X-Factor, to conquering the world and performing at London’s famed O2 Arena.

Rating — 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Film — 22 Jump Street (2014)
Director — Phil Lord & Christopher Miller
Writers — Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel & Rodney Rothman

After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college.

Rating — 4 out of 5 stars

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Film — The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
Director — Josh Boone
Writer — Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber

Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.

Rating — 3 out of 5 stars

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Film — The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Director — Wes Anderson
Writer — Wes Anderson (inspired by stories by: Stefan Zweig)

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

Rating — 2 out of 5 stars

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