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El bonaerense (2002) Pablo Trapero, Jorge Román, Mimí Ardú, Darío Levy, Crime, Drama

El bonaerense (Pablo Trapero, 2002)
Zapa is a locksmith in a quiet and little town lost somewhere in the province of Buenos Aires. The work is quite slow, and hours seem to pass slowly. Polaco, the owner of the shop, sends him on a job that consists of opening a safe at an office. The next day, Zapa is imprisoned for being responsible of robbing the place. Ismael, his uncle, a retired policeman, bails him out and sends him to Buenos Aires. Zapa becomes an aspiring officer in the Buenos Aires Police. He gets to his new home city, takes the instructional course, works at a precinct, has a love affair with a teacher and starts to see his life turn into a strange fiction.
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Full Body Massage (1995) Nicolas Roeg, Mimi Rogers, Bryan Brown, Christopher Burgard, Drama, Erotic

Full Body Massage (Nicolas Roeg, 1995)
Nina, a successful but world-weary art dealer, is surprised to find that her usual masseur, Douglas, has sent a substitute – Fitch – to provide her with her regular weekly massage at her home. Nina and Fitch find that they are both mutually attracted, and annoy one another a great deal. Their differences of temperament and lifestyle create friction, and they find their similarities nearly as grating. Through flashbacks we learn how Nina and Fitch have arrived at this meeting, and see that perhaps they have enough common ground to learn some important lessons from each other.
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Descent (2007) Talia Lugacy, Rosario Dawson, Chad Faust, Marcus Patrick, Drama, Thriller

Descent (2007)
In the winter of her senior year, Maya talks to Jared at a frat party, accepts his invitation to dinner at a nice restaurant, then goes to his apartment, just to talk. He assaults her. Her personality changes, she’s withdrawn; she graduates and takes a job at a clothing store, staying apart from co-workers. At night, she’s someone else: a beauty at the club scene, dancing, seductive, sniffing cocaine, becoming the friend of a heavy hitter. She thinks about her racial identity. That fall, she’s a grad student, and Jared is in an exam she proctors. She invites him to her apartment; he’s certain she’s stuck on him.
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The Halliday Brand (1957) Joseph H. Lewis, Joseph Cotten, Viveca Lindfors, Betsy Blair, Drama, Western

The Halliday Brand (1957)
As a man returns home to see his dying father, the story of the alienation between father and son is told in flashback. Purposely letting his daughter’s lover get lynched, shooting the lynched man’s father when he threatens him with a gun, and the bullying tactics used by him as a Sheriff causes the son to leave. The son now plans to ruin his father and get his Sheriff’s badge removed.
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I like the Girls who Do / Liebesjagd durch 7 Betten (1973) Hans Billian, Alena Penz, Gunter Ziegler, Franziska Stömmer, Comedy, Erotic

I like the Girls who Do (1973) Liebesjagd durch 7 Betten
Johnny has been left a hefty inheritance from his recently deceased uncle – an infamous ladies’ man. But there is a unique stipulation standing in the way of its collection. The sexually inexperienced Johnny has seven days to bed the last seven women that his uncle had seduced. All of them are young, lusty and insatiable beauties who gladly obey the uncle’s dying request and show Johnny all there is to know about around-the-clock lovemaking and more! But as Johnny’s triumphs and pleasures mount from girls one through six, he discovers that his seventh and final conquest – the most luscious vixen of all – may be a little harder to achieve. Will Johnny fulfill his uncle’s wish and secure untold financial and sexual rewards beyond his wildest dreams? Or will his bedcount fall one short?
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Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2010) Werner Herzog, Dmitry Vasyukov, Nikolay Nikiforovitch Siniaev, Gennady Soloviev, Documentary

Happy People A Year in the Taiga (Werner Herzog & Dmitry Vasyukov, 2010)
In the center of the story is the life of the indigenous people of the village Bakhtia at the river Yenisei in the Siberian Taiga. The camera follows the protagonists in the village over a period of a year. The natives, whose daily routines have barely changed over the last centuries, keep living their lives according to their own cultural traditions. The expressive pictures are accompanied by original sound bites quoting the villagers.
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Eureka (1983) Nicolas Roeg, Gene Hackman, Theresa Russell, Rutger Hauer, Drama, Thriller

Eureka (Nicolas Roeg, 1983)
Arctic prospector Jack McCann, after fifteen years of solitary searching, becomes one of the world’s wealthiest men when he literally falls into a mountain of gold in 1925. Years later, in 1945, he lives in luxury on a Caribbean island that he owns. But his wealth brings him no peace of mind as he copes with Helen, his bored, alcoholic wife; Tracy, his dear, but headstrong, daughter who has married a dissolute, philandering social-climber; and Miami mobsters who want his island to build a casino. His life is entangled with the obsessions of those around him with greed, power, and debauchery against a background of occult symbolism.
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Duel at Diablo (1966) Ralph Nelson, James Garner, Sidney Poitier, Bibi Andersson, Western

Duel at Diablo (Ralph Nelson, 1966)
Lieutenant McAllister is ordered to transport several ammunition wagons to another fort through Apache territory with only a small troop of rookie soldiers to guard them. Along for the ride is ex-scout Jess Remsberg who is trying to track down Ellen Grange, who, having recently been freed from Apache captivity, has mysteriously run off again to rejoin them. Remsberg frees Ellen again and leaves her with the embattled soldiers as he rides off to the fort, not only for help, but to find the man who killed and scalped his Indian wife.
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Counterpoint (1967) Ralph Nelson, Charlton Heston, Maximilian Schell, Kathryn Hays, Drama, War

Counterpoint (Ralph Nelson, 1967)
In December of 1944, Lionel Evans, an internationally renowned American conductor, is on a USO tour with his 70-piece symphony orchestra in newly-liberated Belgium. While fleeing from a German counterattack, Evans and his orchestra members are captured by a Panzer division and taken to an old chateau in Luxembourg. Despite orders to execute every prisoner, General Schiller, an avid music lover, commands Evans to give a private concert for him.
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Buffalo Bill (1944) William A. Wellman, Joel McCrea, Maureen O’Hara, Linda Darnell, Biography, Western

Buffalo Bill (William A. Wellman, 1944)
A fictionalized account of the life of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody. A hunter and Army Scout in the early part of his life, he rescues a US Senator and his beautiful daughter, Louisa Frederici. Cody is portrayed as someone who admires and respects the Indians and is a good friend of Yellow Hand who will eventually become Chief of the Cheyenne. Everyone else, including the military, politicians and businessmen on the other hand hate the Indians and are perfectly prepared to trample on their lands and destroy their buffalo hunting grounds. He’s eventually forced to fight the Cheyenne however. He’s also met a writer, Ned Buntline, who writes about Cody’s exploits and he becomes a sensation when he travels East. His career is not assured however, particularly when he attacks those in positions of authority over their maltreatment of the Native American population. He eventually establishes his wild west show that becomes an international sensation.
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Bernie (2011) Richard Linklater, Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey, Comedy, Crime, Drama

Bernie (Richard Liklater, 2011)
We meet Bernie Tiede (1958- ), a chubby undertaker, who takes pride in his work. He’s a Gospel-singing tenor. In a series of interviews with townspeople, mixed with flashbacks, we follow Bernie: he arrives in Carthage, Texas (pop. 7,000), where old ladies adore him; he befriends a wealthy, mean-spirited widow named Marjorie Nugent; they become companions in both daily routines and expensive vacations. Among those interviewed, only her stockbroker and Danny Buck, the local district attorney, are unsympathetic toward the sunny, sometimes saccharine Bernie. Marjorie changes from sour and alone to happy with Bernie; then she gets possessive. What will sweet Bernie do?
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