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Black Robe (1991) Starring: Lothaire Bluteau, August Schellenberg Director: Bruce Beresford Synopsis: Historical epic about French priest trying to convert Algonquin Indians in 17th century Canada. This slowly unfolding sleeper pleases historical drama fans who appreciate lush cinematography and a bleak, non-Hollywood approach. Runtime: 101 minutes MPAA Rating: R Genres: Action, Drama (rc) (cf)

Cabeza de Vaca (1990) Starring: Juan Diego, Daniel Gimenez Cacho Director: Nicolas Echevarria Synopsis: After a 16th-century Spanish expedition shipwrecks off Florida, the sole survivor is enslaved, then adopted, by an Indian tribe. Based on a true story. Runtime: 111 minutes MPAA Rating: R Genres: Action, Drama, Foreign Country of Origin: Mexico Language: Spanish (rc) (cf)

Chutney Popcorn (1999) Starring: Nisha Ganatra, Jill Hennessy Director: Nisha Ganatra Synopsis: Reena and Lisa, an interracial lesbian couple, decide to have a baby after finding out that Reena's married, heterosexual sister Sarita can't conceive. The pregnancy brings Reena's mother closer to her. Runtime: 92 minutes MPAA Rating: NR Genres: Comedy, Drama, Gay/Lesbian (kb)

Crumb (1995) Starring: Robert Crumb, Charles Crumb Director: Terry Zwigoff Synopsis: Offbeat documentary about cult cartoonist. Much-acclaimed for its strong character portraits, insightful look into comic-book counterculture and dysfunctional families. Art-house favorite pleases fans of non-mainstream, disturbing, intense yet humorous drama. Runtime: 119 minutes MPAA Rating: R Genres: Documentary, Indie (cf)

Dodeskaden (19??) Genre(s): fantasy psychodrama Distributor(s): Kino International (USA) Japan Tatsuhiko Yagishita Ê Ryo's Child Tomoko Yamazaki Ê Katsuko--Kyota's Step-daughter Atsushi Watanabe Ê Tamba Toshiyuki Tonomura Ê Ryo's Child Kunie Tanaka Ê Kawaguchi--a Laborer More ... Akira Kurosawa-Director Toru Takemitsu-Music (cf)

Dr. T and the Women (2000) Starring: Richard Gere, Helen Hunt Director: Robert Altman Synopsis: Offbeat ensemble comedy-drama about a middle-aged gynecologist's midlife crisis, as he's caught between his wife, his daughters, his patients, and his mistress. Runtime: 121 minutes MPAA Rating: R Genres: Comedy, Drama (rc)

eXistenZ (1999) Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law Director: David Cronenberg Synopsis: Stylish, gory, surreal sci-fi film about players immersed in high-tech video game designed by hip programmer. Confusing plot may distract some, but those seeking unsettling cyber-fare will appreciate film's verve and director's unique perspective. Runtime: 97 minutes MPAA Rating: R Genres: Action, Cult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense, Thriller (cf)

The General (1998) Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Jon Voight Director: John Boorman Synopsis: Fact-based drama traces life of notorious Irish thief Martin Cahill. Critically acclaimed, compulsory viewing for fans of intelligent, character-driven drama for Gleeson's multi-shaded central performance, stunning visuals, engrossing warts-and-all story. Runtime: 125 minutes MPAA Rating: R Genre: Drama (rc)

The Great Escape (1963) Starring: Steve McQueen, James Garner Director: John Sturges Synopsis: Acclaimed, true-life nail-biter about WWII P.O.W.s plotting escape from Nazi prison camp. Fans of classic suspense films enjoy its tension-building set-up. Also pleases drama lovers with its strong character development. Runtime: 168 minutes MPAA Rating: NR Genres: Action, Drama, Suspense, War (cf)

High Fidelity (2000) Starring: John Cusack, Iben Hjejle Director: Stephen Frears Synopsis: Affectionate romantic comedy/drama about thirty-something record shopkeeper/DJ dealing with a life crisis and longing for his ex-girlfriend through what he loves most: music. Based on the best-seller by Nick Hornby. Runtime: 107 minutes MPAA Rating: R Genres: Comedy, Music, Romance (rc)

The Hurricane (1999) Starring: Denzel Washington, John Hannah Director: Norman Jewison Synopsis: Loosely fact-based drama follows plight of world-champion boxer imprisoned for 19 years for a crime he didn't commit. Fans able to handle some treacly plot devices will be floored by Washington's knockout performance. Runtime: 139 minutes MPAA Rating: R Genre: Drama (so)

The Insider (1999) Starring: Al Pacino, Russell Crowe Director: Michael Mann Synopsis: Powerful fact-based drama about tobacco whistle-blower telling story on 60 Minutes, only to have it cut by CBS executives. Though slightly overlong, its immaculate imagery, masterful performances will engross drama fans. Runtime: 158 minutes MPAA Rating: R Genres: Drama, Suspense (kb)

Liberty Heights (1999) Starring: Adrien Brody, Bebe Neuwirth Director: Barry Levinson Synopsis: Two brothers come of age in '50s-era Baltimore in this nostalgic comedy-drama. Overly sentimental, but appealing characters and richly atmospheric evocation of the times offer much to drama buffs. MPAA Rating: NR Genres: Comedy, Drama (cf)

The Limey (1999) Starring: Terence Stamp, Peter Fonda Director: Steven Soderbergh Synopsis: A cockney career criminal stalks L.A., seeking revenge for his daughter's death in this offbeat thriller. Rich characterizations, gorgeous visuals, dark wit, and surreal time-shifts in this '60s homage amply entertain adventurous crime-drama fans. Runtime: 90 minutes MPAA Rating: R Genres: Action, Drama, Suspense (cf)

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) Starring: George Clooney, John Turturro Director: Joel Coen Synopsis: Whimsical tale of a ne'er do well Southerner who breaks out of jail to reunite with his family reworks Homer's Odyssey into a combination offbeat road movie/classic comedy homage. Runtime: 106 minutes MPAA Rating: PG-13 Genre: Comedy (ef)

To Live (1994) Starring: Gong Li, Ge You Director: Zhang Yimou Synopsis: Moving epic traces a Chinese family's trails and tribulations through three decades of upheaval. Critics lauded its strong characters, sweeping cinematography. A must for art-house fans searching for moving viewing. Runtime: 132 minutes MPAA Rating: NR Genres: Drama, Foreign Country of Origin: China Language: Mandarin (cf)

Men of Honor (2000) Starring: Cuba Gooding Jr., Robert De Niro Director: George Tillman Synopsis: Fact-based biopic of Carl Brashear, the U.S. Navy's first African-American diver, who had to battle institutional racism, personal trauma, and crippling injury over his 30-year career. Runtime: 128 minutes MPAA Rating: R Genre: Drama (so)

Pitch Black (2000) Starring: Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell Director: David Twohy Synopsis: After a prison ship crashes on a remote alien world, its crew is forced to rely on their murderous captive to stave off the hungry beasties that come out at night. Runtime: 108 minutes MPAA Rating: R Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy (cf)

A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998) Starring: Kris Kristofferson, Barbara Hershey Director: James Ivory Synopsis: Daughter of expatriate American writer struggles to fit in 1960s Paris/1970s America in this poignant drama. Vivid characterizations, well-drawn father/daughter relationship offer plenty to fans of coming-of-age tales, character-driven drama. Runtime: 124 minutes MPAA Rating: R Genre: Drama (cf)

The Sweet Hereafter (1997) Starring: Ian Holm, Maury Chaykin Director: Atom Egoyan Synopsis: Brooding, restrained, formally complex drama details the emotional aftermath of a small-town school-bus accident. Devastating evocation of loss and difficult parent-child relationships should engross fans of emotionally wrenching art-house drama. Runtime: 110 minutes MPAA Rating: R Genre: Drama (cf)