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Spotlight: Who Runs the World?

Girls! .... Except in Bollywood where actresses have long been delegated to the roles of a romantic interest or an "item girl," while the lead roles are given to men. This curation of female-centric movies aims to depict the wide range of possibilities that exist when women are at the center of the story, as opposed to the sidelines.

Hindi movie from 2012: English Vinglish

English Vinglish

Gauri Shinde
2012 India
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Spotlight: Cities: Paris

Paris: the birthplace of cinema, home to some of the best filmmaking of all time, and a city that has inspired filmmakers from around the world. This week’s Spotlight features the city in its glamour, grittiness, and everything in between.

English movie from 2012: Les Misérables

Les Misérables

Tom Hooper
2012 United Kingdom, USA, France
French movie from 2014: Girlhood


Céline Sciamma
2014 France
English movie from 2001: Moulin Rouge!

Moulin Rouge!

Baz Luhrmann
2001 Australia, USA
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Spotlight: Best Films of 2021

As we head into the final days of 2021, another challenging year for filmmakers and film viewers alike, we are pleased to present twelve of the best international films of the year that are currently available for streaming.

German movie from 2021: I'm Your Man

I'm Your Man

Maria Schrader
2021 Germany
English movie from 2021: Spencer


Pablo Larraín
2021 Germany, Chile, United Kingdom
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Spotlight: Lina Wertmuller

Provocative, outrageous, and larger-than-life, the films of this week’s spotlight comprise the early work of filmmaker Lina Wertmuller, the first woman nominated for a Best Director Oscar (for Seven Beauties). This week we offer a tribute to the Italian iconoclast’s controversial work.

Italian movie from 1975: Seven Beauties

Seven Beauties

Lina Wertmüller
1975 Italy
English movie from 1978: A Night Full of Rain

A Night Full of Rain

Lina Wertmüller
1978 Italy, Canada
Italian movie from 1999: Ferdinando and Carolina

Ferdinando and Carolina

Lina Wertmüller
1999 Italy, France
Italian movie from 1974: All Screwed Up

All Screwed Up

Lina Wertmüller
1974 Italy
Italian movie from 1986: Summer Night with Greek Profile, Almond Eyes and Scent of Basil

Summer Night with Greek Profile, Almond Eyes and Scent of Basil

Lina Wertmüller
1986 Italy
Italian movie from 1972: The Seduction of Mimi

The Seduction of Mimi

Lina Wertmüller
1972 Italy
Italian movie from 1974: Swept Away

Swept Away

Lina Wertmüller
1974 Italy
Italian movie from 2015: Behind the White Glasses

Behind the White Glasses

Valerio Ruiz
2015 Italy
Italian movie from 1973: Love and Anarchy

Love and Anarchy

Lina Wertmüller
1973 Italy, France
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Spotlight: Yasujiro Ozu

Honoring the anniversary of both his birth and his death on December 12th, this week’s spotlight is a curation of the filmography of Yasujiro Ozu that highlights not only his famed melodramas but also his delightful comedies and thrilling yakuza films.

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Spotlight: Time Travel

Limited by our linear experience of time, we cannot foresee the future or rewrite the past. In our finite lifetimes, there are people whose paths we'll cross, and there are those we'll never know -- but with our imagination, the possibilities are endless. These time travel films take the imagined and make it real.

Japanese movie from 2006: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Mamoru Hosoda
2006 Japan
Spanish movie from 2007: Timecrimes


Nacho Vigalondo
2007 Spain
English movie from 2011: Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris

Woody Allen
2011 Spain, USA, France
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Spotlight: The Greek Weird Wave

Catapulted by Greece’s recent financial crisis, this week's spotlight highlights the Greek Weird Wave, a movement focused on Greece’s decade-long financial, social, and political turmoil. Through their unsettling realism, these films seek to uncover the macabre and bizarre within everyday life.

Greek movie from 2011: Alps


Yorgos Lanthimos
2011 Greece, USA, France
Greek movie from 2017: Son of Sofia

Son of Sofia

Elina Psikou
2017 Greece, Bulgaria, France
English movie from 2015: The Lobster

The Lobster

Yorgos Lanthimos
2015 Ireland, United Kingdom, Greece
English movie from 2017: The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Yorgos Lanthimos
2017 United Kingdom, Ireland, USA
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Spotlight: Favorite Series of 2021

As the holiday season begins, we offer our favorite series of 2021 for your bingeing pleasure. Some of these series launched this year; others kept going strong; and a few came to a close. From fantasy to gritty reality, from Israel to Iceland, from detectives and cleaners to monsters and zombies, this lineup has something for everyone.

English series from 2012-2019: Line of Duty

Line of Duty

Jed Mercurio
2012 United Kingdom
Japanese series from 2013-2019: Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan

2013 Japan
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Spotlight: Golden Horse Awards

As the Golden Horse Awards draw near, we present a slate of films from the Taiwanese New Wave that were nominated for or won the award for Best Feature Film. Together, they represent an era of cinema known for its realistic portrayals of quotidian life in Taiwan.

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