Keyword: breaking with tradition

Happy Feet

Happy Feet (2006)

Rated: PG Runtime: 100 minutes Release date: 11/16/2006
In the great nation of Emperor Penguins, deep in Antarctica, you're nobody unless you can sing--which is unfortunate for Mumble, who is the worst singer in the world. He is born dancing to his own tune--tap dancing. Though Mumble's mom, Norma Jean, thinks this little habit is cute, his dad, Memphis, says it "just ain't penguin." Besides, they both know that, without a Heartsong, Mumble may never...
Wish I Was Here

Wish I Was Here (2014)

Rated: R Runtime: 113 minutes Release date: 07/17/2014
Aiden is an actor who hasn't booked a part in years, while his wife, Sarah, has played the role of family breadwinner, holding down a steady but dull job. Their children have been able to attend an expensive yeshiva school, thanks to Aiden's father who criticizes his son for abandoning his Jewish roots. When Aiden's father announces he has an aggressive cancer and must reserve his money for costly...

Altina (2014)

Rated: None Runtime: 92 minutes Release date: 09/11/2014
Altina Schinasi was a paradox. Simultaneously seductive and reserved, she was both an heiress and an artist. Altina's guarded childhood could not predict the flagrant boldness of her sexually liberated artwork or the uninhibited imagination of her Harlequin eyeglasses, which launched a fashion craze in the 1930s. Altina is an affecting, provocative, and richly informative documentary about an...
Dir: Pete Sanders
With: N/A
Belle

Belle (2014)

Rated: PG Runtime: 105 minutes Release date: 05/01/2014
This is the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an...
Mr. Turner

Mr. Turner (2014)

Rated: R Runtime: 149 minutes Release date: 12/18/2014
This is an exploration of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) during the last quarter century of his life. Profoundly affected by the death of his father and loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea. Throughout this, he travels...
Queen

The Queen (2006)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 103 minutes Release date: 09/29/2006
A revealing, witty portrait of the British royal family in crisis immediately following the death of Princess Diana. The setting for this fictional account of real events is no less than the private chambers of the Royal Family and the British government in the wake of the sudden death of Princess Diana in August of 1997. In the immediate aftermath of the Princess's passing, the tightly contained...
Moneyball

Moneyball (2011)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 133 minutes Release date: 09/22/2011
Based on the true story of Billy Beane - once a would-be baseball superstar who, stung by the failure to live up to expectations on the field, turned his fiercely competitive nature to management. Heading into the 2002 season, Billy faces a dismal situation: his small-market Oakland A's have lost their star players (again) to big market clubs (and their enormous salaries) and is left to rebuild...
Chocolat

Chocolat (2000)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 121 minutes Release date: 12/14/2000
Vianne Rocher and her 6-year-old daughter move to a small village in southern France, near Toulouse, and open a chocolate shop across from the church, just as the town is preparing to observe Lent. The parish priest is horrified, especially since Vianne keeps her tempting shop open on Sundays. In time, the arrival of the mother/daughter team and their shop transforms the conservative and religious...
Total Siyapaa

Total Siyapaa (2014)

Rated: None Runtime: 108 minutes Release date: 03/06/2014
Pakistani-born Aman has settled in London, where he meets and falls in love with an Indian girl named Asha. But when Aman visits her parents' house to ask their permission to marry her, his plans to impress the family start failing when they discover that he is a Pakistani. A series of unfortunate events befall the good-hearted but hapless Aman, leading to some funny, chaotic and outrageous...

Appropriate Behavior (2013)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 82 minutes Release date: 11/29/2013
For Shirin, being part of a perfect Persian family isn't easy. Acceptance eludes her from all sides: her family doesn't know she's bisexual, and her ex-girlfriend, Maxine, can't understand why she doesn't tell them. Even the six-year-old boys in her moviemaking class are too distracted to focus on her for more than a second. Following a family announcement of her brother's betrothal to a...
My Big Fat Greek Wedding

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

Rated: PG Runtime: 95 minutes Release date: 04/18/2002
Toula Portokalos' family from the suburbs of Chicago promotes exactly three traditional values - "Marry a Greek boy, have Greek babies, and feed everyone." From an early age, she is mortified by their patriotic 'over-the-top' ways. When she falls in love with Ian, a WASPy non-Greek, Toula struggles to get her family to accept her eager fiance while she herself comes to terms with her heritage...
Honour

Honour (2014)

Rated: None Runtime: 104 minutes Release date: 07/10/2014
Mona's family is against her relationship with her boyfriend Tanvir and so she decides to run away with him. When her family comes to know of this they hire a bounty hunter to track her down and kill her. Aware of the potential consequences of their decision, Mona and Tanvir strive to maintain a low profile. Will Mona be able to evade death while being targeted by her potential killer?
Shirin in Love

Shirin in Love (2014)

Rated: None Runtime: 104 minutes Release date: 03/13/2014
Shirin is an absent-minded, young Iranian-American living in "Tehrangeles" (a large Iranian community in Los Angeles) with her overbearing mother and empathetic father. Despite being engaged for years to a successful Iranian plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, Shirin finds herself breaking loyalty and tradition when she falls in love with a mysterious young man who lives in a lighthouse in northern...
Outrage Beyond

Outrage Beyond (2012)

Rated: R Runtime: 112 minutes Release date: 10/05/2012
The Sanno crime family has grown into a massive organization dominated by young executives whose new approach to running the family is causing resentment among the old-guard members. This vulnerability in the Sanno hierarchy is exactly what anti-gang detective Kataoka has been looking for, as the police prepare a full-scale crackdown. Kataoka wants to start a war between Sanno and the neighboring...
profs

Les profs (2013)

Rated: N/A Runtime: N/A Release date: 04/16/2013
Lycée Jules Ferry is the worst high school in France. The baccalauréat's success rate is only 12%. With no idea of how to save the school, the desperate headmaster follows the advice of the Regional Director of Education who comes up with a new recruitment method: They hire a team of the worst teachers to educate France's worst students. Their goal is to exceed the 50% threshold of success which...

The Return (1994)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 110 minutes Release date: 10/30/1994
Made to be a true representative of her society--the "new" Vietnam--Loan, the heroine of this drama, is a schoolteacher searching for a path that will lead her to dignity, stability, and intellectual self-respect. Loan stands at a crossroads with her life in terms of the decision she must make--should she stay in her family-endorsed marriage of convenience, or should she forge a relationship with...
Bastards

Bastards (2014)

Rated: N/A Runtime: N/A Release date: 07/10/2014
In Morocco, as in all Muslim countries, sex outside marriage is illegal. Single mothers are despised, but what is the fate of their children? They are outcasts, condemned to a life of discrimination. This is the first film to tell this story from a mother's point of view. We follow Rabha El Haimer through the courts to legalize her forced marriage, to register her daughter and to make the father...
Dir: Deborah Perkin
With: N/A
Going My Way

Going My Way (1943)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 130 minutes Release date: 12/31/1943
An unconventional young priest attempts to save a poor parish. Father Chuck O'Malley comes to the parish of St. Dominic's Church, where the elderly curate has lost his energy, and is struggling with parish debt. Through the magic of music, Father O'Malley brings the elder priest out of his doldrums and saves the parish.

Spilled Water (2014)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 54 minutes Release date: 01/09/2014
Wanting to connect with her distant sisters, decades after emigrating to the United States, May May returns to China and explores the very different lives of four women: a young rural farmer who, against all odds, became a teacher; a successful lawyer in a male-dominated profession; a divorced factory worker struggling to brighten her daughter's future; and an ethnic minority singer torn between...
Dir: May May Tchao
With: N/A