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Last updated June 29, 2022

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Heart: The Marilyn Bell Story

2001 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Based on a true story, this inspiring made-for-TV biopic spotlights Canadian swimmer Marilyn Bell (Caroline Dhavernas), a 16-year-old phenom who defeats top-ranked American swimmer Florence Chadwick (Claudia Besso), stunning the world in the process. In a thrilling race across frigid Lake Ontario, Bell's perseverance and pluck help her make it to the other side while her seasoned competitor struggles.
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One Week

2008 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Joshua Jackson stars in this bittersweet odyssey as Ben, a young man who's just received news of his terminal illness. Leaving his perplexed fiancée, Samantha (Liane Balaban), Ben buys a 1973 Norton motorcycle and heads for the Pacific. His journey takes him through nature, introduces him to interesting fellow travelers, brings him unexpected romance and begins to put his impending fate in perspective.
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Phantom Punch

2008 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

This biopic explores the life of boxer Sonny Liston, particularly his relationships with his manager, his wife and his lover. After his talent emerges in jail, Liston punches through poverty, Mafia entanglements and legendary bouts with Cassius Clay.
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Quest for Fire

1981 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

A tribe of Cro-Magnons is attacked and loses its precious fire (a blaze that is always kept burning). To ensure the band's survival, Naoh (Everett McGill) goes in search of more fire, accompanied by Amoukar (Ron Perlman) and Gaw (Nameer El-Kadi). Along the way, they meet Ika (Rae Dawn Chong), a young woman who's rescued from slavery because she actually knows how to "make" fire. Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud.
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2009 | NR | 3.4 out of 5 Stars

Looking to escape from his tiny town, aspiring writer Cole Chambers enrolls in a university class in the city, where he falls for a fetching fellow student -- a black woman whose controlling parents don't approve of the match.
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First Winter

1982 | NR | 3.3 out of 5 Stars

This historical drama features the first winter spent in Canada by a family of Irish immigrants deep in the Ottawa Valley.
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Cairo Time

2009 | NR | 3.3 out of 5 Stars

When magazine editor Juliette Grant travels to Cairo to meet her diplomat husband, Mark, she learns from his friend Tareq Khalifa that Mark has been delayed. But as Tareq shows her around the city, an unexpected attraction develops between them.
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Real Time

2008 | NR | 3.2 out of 5 Stars

A lifetime of bad luck and bad habits catches up with compulsive gambler Andy (Jay Baruchel) when he's apprehended by a quietly intimidating hit man named Reuben (Randy Quaid), who's been dispatched to kill him. But before he does the deed, Reuben grants Andy one last hour to live and chauffeurs the young ne'er-do-well from one stop to the next on a hilarious journey filled with surprising revelations and unexpected discoveries.
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The Timekeeper

2009 | NR | 3.2 out of 5 Stars

When his father dies, Martin Bishop (Craig Olejnik) gets a job building the Canadian railroad in the mid-1960s. As timekeeper, he's responsible for ensuring the crew stays on pace to lay 52 miles of track through some of the country's roughest terrain in 52 days. Bishop soon runs afoul of the domineering foreman Fisk (Stephen McHattie), who leads the remote work camp with an iron fist and may have a secret agenda.
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Blood Pressure

2012 | NR | 3.1 out of 5 Stars

Discontent with her family life and career, a woman begins receiving letters from a secret admirer. Intrigued by this mystery figure, she agrees to continue accepting the correspondence, which contains increasingly strange messages and instructions.
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Heaven on Earth

2008 | NR | 3.1 out of 5 Stars

After a cheerful wedding celebration, young bride Chand (Preity Zinta) arrives in Toronto and meets her new husband, Rocky (Vansh Bhardwaj). But soon, she discovers his violent nature and the disturbingly dysfunctional tone of his family. Cut off from her family and desperate to cope with Rocky's abuse and her mother-in-law's domineering personality, Chand hopes a co-worker's love potion will solve her problems. Deepa Mehta directs.
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Grown Up Movie Star

2009 | NR | 3.0 out of 5 Stars

Teenage Ruby's life turns upside down when her mother runs off and her hard-luck ex-hockey star father, Ray, comes home. While her dad struggles with failed expectations, Ruby strikes up an ill-advised friendship with an older man.
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Taking the Plunge 2

2009 | NR | 3.0 out of 5 Stars

Confident they'll excel at Quebec City's prestigious swimming competition, recent graduates Fred (Jason Roy-Léveillée) and Gaby (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) find themselves in love and in high spirits -- until William (David Laurin), a hunky rival swimmer -- and rival suitor -- catches Gaby's eye. Now Fred and Gaby must sort out their feelings for each other as the competition at the championships intensifies.
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Down to the Dirt

2008 | NR | 3.0 out of 5 Stars

Drug addict Keith Kavanagh (Joel Thomas Hynes) longs to clean up his act and get a new start on life, but lacks the motivation to do so. Determined to escape both his small Newfoundland town and his addictions, Keith seeks solace in his girlfriend Natasha (Mylene Savoie) but eventually descends further into depravity. Hynes also penned the semiautobiographical novel that inspired this dark drama.
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2010 | NR | 2.8 out of 5 Stars

Fearing damaging influences, overprotective Jean-Francois (Emmanuel Bilodeau) isolates his teen daughter, Julyvonne (Philomène Bilodeau), from the world in this sensitive drama that paints an intimate portrait of the parent-child relationship. Set in a wintry village in Quebec, the film charts the unraveling of the pair's orderly but constricted world, which begins as the snowy woods surrounding their home yield some dark discoveries.
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Leslie, My Name Is Evil

2009 | NR | 2.6 out of 5 Stars

Sheltered, sexually frustrated chemist Perry is thrust headlong into the wildness of the 1960s when he is selected as a jury member in the infamous trial of Charles Manson and becomes obsessed with one of Manson's followers, Leslie Van Houten.
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Vital Signs

2009 | NR | 2.6 out of 5 Stars

After her grandmother passes away, Simone (Marie-Helene Bellavance) tries to bury her grief by helping others who are near death. Albeit short-lived, these intense relationships with people who crave intimacy more than anything else help Simone access her own emotional needs. Writer-director Sophie Deraspe's moving drama examines the connection between the frail human body and the resilient but often well-guarded soul.
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Lost Journey

2010 | NR | 2.6 out of 5 Stars

Iranian teenager Pedram Abasi travels to Canada to live with his aunt and uncle, who are pleased to see how well he adapts to the change -- until he befriends Nima and Chrissy, who introduce him to a nightlife soaked in sex and drugs.
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GFE: Girlfriend Experience

2008 | NR | 2.4 out of 5 Stars

After his girlfriend (Tara Frederick) dumps him because of his love of prostitutes, self-destructive Daniel (David Lewis) is desperate for "GFE" or the Girlfriend Experience. When he meets call girl Adrian (Ivy Vine), their client-service provider relationship takes center stage. Ileana Pietrobruno writes and directs this thought-provoking faux-documentary that delves into the complexities of the world's oldest profession.
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Lost Song

2008 | NR | 2.4 out of 5 Stars

After the difficult labor and delivery of her first child, Elisabeth (Suzie LeBlanc) descends into postpartum depression as she and her husband, Pierre (Patrick Goyette), go to his mother Louise's (Ginette Morin) country home for a lengthy visit. When Pierre returns to work, Elisabeth starts spending time with a neighbor (Marilou Longpré Pilon) while leaving the baby with Louise, and the already fragile situation begins to spiral out of control.
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Jo Pour Jonathan

2010 | NR | 2.1 out of 5 Stars

Jo is a Quebec teenager who emulates his older brother Thomas, a thrill-seeker enamored with illegal car races. When Thomas dies in an accident, Jo must decide whether to embrace the nihilistic life that took his brother or chart his own path.
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Nuages Sur la Ville

2009 | NR | 2.0 out of 5 Stars

This French-language drama explores the challenges of creating art in the 21st century as seen through the eyes of Jean-Paul (real-life filmmaker Jean Pierre Lefebvre), a practicing writer who feels hopelessly disconnected from the world around him.
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