Spotlight

Our Spotlights gather must-see movies hand-picked by our curators around a particular topic. Explore the current one or browse past Spotlights for unique cross-sections of the global cinematic landscape.

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June 15, 2018
 
NEW!

Feast on a fantastic collection of prestigious movies that have been embraced by audiences and critics alike, earning plenty of praise, applause, accolades, and excellent reviews.

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Summer Daze
June 1, 2018

Now streaming hot features, docs, and shorts. No SPF required.

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Road Trip
May 18, 2018

Throw out the map, turn off the GPS, and escape the everyday with this collection of rollicking road movies.

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Dark Days
May 4, 2018

Get wrapped up in the drama. Now streaming movie that are sure to elicit an emotional response.

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Invisible Storyteller
April 20, 2018

Watch — and listen — carefully to this collection of movies that use voice-over narration!

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LOL Drama
April 6, 2018

“Is it okay to laugh?” This month’s spotlight can be found at the quirky intersection of comedy and drama.

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Women call "Action!"
March 16, 2018

Witness film herstory, and watch exceptional movies by living legends, icons, Oscar contenders, barrier breakers, and the best the film world has to offer.

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The envelope, please?
March 2, 2018

Oscar® Nominated Movies to stream this awards season.

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Fearless Directors
February 16, 2018

Watch innovative directors who create movies that matter.

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Underdogs
February 2, 2018

Underdog or unsung hero? Watch these comedies, dramas, and documentaries and find out.

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And the Sundance Winner is...
January 19, 2018

Award Winning Sundance movies to binge watch during the Festival.

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Visionary Pictures
January 5, 2018

Enjoy this Spotlight full of foreign, independent, and classic films.

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Naughty and Nice
December 15, 2017

Dark films to combat the holiday spirit and sweet films to cozy up with at night.

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Debut Feature
December 1, 2017

Watch first films by game changing directors.

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Family Drama
November 17, 2017

Before or after you gather with your loved ones, spend time with some of our favorite dysfunctional families.

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"It's Complicated"
November 3, 2017

"It's Complicated" for the characters in this month’s Spotlight. With a chance at true love they have their work cut out for them.

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SHOCK + SCREAM
October 20, 2017

Trick or trick? We can't hold your hand but we can tell you it's only a movie.

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Clap Back
October 6, 2017

If someone fires at you, you clap back. Watch remarkable stories of revenge.

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Edge Of Your Seat
September 15, 2017

There's no turning back. Watch films that spike your blood pressure.

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Blast From The Past
September 1, 2017

What is our obsession with the past all about? Watch films set in earlier historical periods.

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Secrets & Lies
August 18, 2017

In the end all will be revealed. Watch 17 films with something to hide.

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HAHAHA!
August 1, 2017

Watch 18 films that will make you laugh out loud, chuckle, smirk, and giggle. It's summer and we're feeling good.

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In the Name of Love
July 14, 2017

You do what you have to when it comes to passion. Watch 15 films about matters of the heart.

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Life's a Beach
June 30, 2017

Get swept away with 21 beach ready movies.

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Soundtracks to Live By
June 15, 2017

Ever wish you could have someone follow you around with a guitar and score your life?

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LGBTQIA+ KIDS
June 1, 2017

Happy Pride month! This collection of films is a meditation on childhood, adolescence, first loves and all the rites of passage that come with growing up.

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Cannes Titans on Fandor
May 15, 2017

For those of us not flying to France, this spotlight is overflowing with the talented films of the directors screening at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival.

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SAD ROMANCE
May 1, 2017

Love stories to give you all the feels.

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I Love NYC
April 15, 2017

In celebration of NYC and to coincide with the Tribeca Film Festival, a collection of films set in the iconic, cinematic city that never sleeps.

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30 Is The New 20
April 1, 2017

Are your thirties the antithesis of your twenties, or simply their sequel? That is precisely what these characters are trying to figure out.

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Twenty-Something
March 15, 2017

Adrift, exploring, lost, losing it, finding themselves—these twenty-somethings are all in the same boat, and the waters are choppy.

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Mumblecore
March 1, 2017

Mumble-huh? You probably know the members of this club, many of who got their start at SXSW.

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2017 Oscar® Nominees
February 15, 2017

We are proud to share with you the early work of the 89th Academy Award® Oscar® nominees. And the Oscar® goes to...

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Love Triangles
February 1, 2017

Dear Valentine, Please accept this Spotlight full of love triangles. Be Mine, Fandor.

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Directors Featured at Sundance 2017
January 15, 2017

Close to our hearts, Sundance calls Park City, Utah, home and independent film its family. Here is a selection of past films by the directors screening at Sundance 2017!

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It Girls
January 1, 2017

These women are more than just "It Girls;" they are BOSS WOMEN.

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Silent Night
December 15, 2016

Pioneers, magicians, stars who revolutionized the game; why watch holiday classics when you can watch film classics instead?

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Scenesters
December 1, 2016

Cheers to the scenesters, hipsters, party kids, Factory members, trendsetters, socialites, and artists who make the underground so desired.

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Family Portrait
November 15, 2016

Family dynamics are unique. With fall and winter holidays approaching, we’re showcasing some of our more bizarre family portraits.

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Polling Party
November 2, 2016

It's not polite to talk politics, so watch instead.

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Stranded At The Drive-In
October 15, 2016

Schlock horror films featuring every creature imaginable: zombies, slime people, giant leeches, ocean monsters, aliens, vampires, ghosts and your boring old human villain, these films will schlock you to tears and have you screaming with laughter.

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Weekend Escape
October 1, 2016

These characters can get out of town for a weekend escape, but can they really escape from their anxieties, truths, fears, families?

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Hall Pass
September 15, 2016

A collection of films aiming to educate, instruct, and caution viewers.

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Fashion!
September 1, 2016

Films about fashion, those who wear it, and those who make it.

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LOL Shorts
August 16, 2016

The Fandor staff's favorite bite-sized comedies

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The Un-Olympics
August 1, 2016

In anticipation of the upcoming Olympic Games we've selected docs saluting other – and rather unexpected – forms of accomplishment.

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Cats & Dogs
July 15, 2016

Felines and canines take center stage in this roundup of films.

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The L List
June 15, 2016

Films that feature diverse lesbian stories and voices.

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QPOC
June 1, 2016

Queer People of Color tell their stories.

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Cannes Favorites
May 10, 2016

Explore Cannes without ever leaving your seat!

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World Cinema Atlas
May 2, 2016

Around the World in 30 Films.

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Mind Trips
April 20, 2016

Go down the rabbit hole...

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Italian Cult Cinema
April 4, 2016

Sleazy, Surreal, and Downright Weird.

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Fandor Essentials
March 17, 2016

A selection of Fandor Favorites

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Doc Women
March 1, 2016

Honor women documentary-makers

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Odd Couples
February 17, 2016

Opposites do attract.

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Love Gone Wrong
February 1, 2016

Sometimes cupid fires a wrench instead of an arrow.

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Sundance Favorites
January 21, 2016

Our members and staff pick their favorites from the Sundance Film Festival

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Scandinavian Cinema
January 6, 2016

A smörgåsbord of great Nordic films!

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Space Camp
December 7, 2015

Bad taste from outer space.

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Epic Binge
November 20, 2015

Guilt-free binge-watching

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The Auteurs
November 5, 2015

Take a tour of the auteurs.

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Fear From Afar
October 15, 2015

Fear is universal.

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Deep Cuts
October 1, 2015

Go behind the music.

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Form and Function
September 14, 2015

Form follows function.

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South American Cinema
September 4, 2015

From Brazil to Chile, watch films from the southern continent.

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Film School
August 20, 2015

Great filmmakers have to start somewhere.

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Outside the Law
August 7, 2015

Based on true stories...

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American Punk
July 21, 2015

It started in Cleveland, OH?

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Game Changers
July 2, 2015

From daring documentaries to super fun narratives, let these films whip you into shape.

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Breaking Binary
June 19, 2015

Challenge the way you think about gender. Break from binary.

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Adventures in Animation
June 2, 2015

Let these animated classics, new and old, carry you away.

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Asian Cult Cinema
May 19, 2015

A psychotronic and surreal trip through some the strangest, silliest and most outrageous things you'll probably ever see.

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Throwback NYC
May 5, 2015

To the ex-pats, the natives, the transplants and all of the lovers of New York City, this Spotlight is for you.

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Down to Earth
April 22, 2015

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein

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Brotherly Love
April 7, 2015

Lumière. Safdie. Quay. Maysles. Zellner. Duplass. Ross. Kuchar. This collection of films celebrates cinematic brotherhood.

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Beyond Bechdel
March 17, 2015

Is it that hard to have two (named) female characters talk to each other about something other than a man?

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Women of FIX
March 3, 2015

A close up on the feature films by female directors in Fandor's Filmmaker Initiative (FIX), a program designed to connect filmmakers and audiences.

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Black American Cinema
February 17, 2015

Celebrate Black History Month with films that represent a unique American experience.

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Chasing Fame
February 3, 2015

These films are ready for their close-up.

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Back in Black (and White)
January 20, 2015

Clearly, some things never go out of style.

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Neo-noir
January 6, 2015

Pulp addiction.

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Season's Beatings
December 19, 2014

Ho Ho Hi-Yah!

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Sound Visions
December 5, 2014

Narratives grounded in rhythm, moving to a certain melody, driven by a living beat.

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Food, Glorious Food
November 19, 2014

Enjoy one of the films in this collection all about food. Appetizing, unusual, beautiful, important, necessary food.

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Make An Impact
November 4, 2014

We can choose to watch films that expand our cultural understanding or to go further and join powerful communities that enact change.

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Costumes
September 16, 2014

Transforming characters and transcending time.

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Workers Unite!
September 1, 2014

The achievements of the labor movement and the struggles that remain.

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Mexican Cinema
August 19, 2014

The most prolific film industry in Latin America.

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Coming of Age
August 5, 2014

When childhood innocence turns to adolescent hunger and adult knowingness.

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Hal Hartley
July 8, 2014

An unmistakable voice of independent filmmaking.

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Vacations!
June 24, 2014

Grand voyages, bad voyages and everything between.

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LGBTQ
June 10, 2014

Pride in film.

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National Film Board of Canada
April 29, 2014

A massively successful agency supporting creativity among artists, animators, and filmmakers.

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Personal Documentary
April 15, 2014

These aren’t simply cinematic selfies but rather films committed to full disclosure.

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Stranger Than Truth
April 2, 2014

Culture jammers, mockumentary makers, propagandists, pranksters and pseudo-pseudo-documentarians.

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Avant-garde
March 18, 2014

Probing the vanguard fringes of cinema in all their weird, wonderful glory.

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Texas
March 4, 2014

Don't mess with Texas. Not when the films are this good.

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Surrealism
February 18, 2014

Never what you may expect, but you’ll know it when you see it.

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German Cinema
February 4, 2014

A celebration of culture that endures.

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Activism and Resistance
January 20, 2014

For the ones who weren't content to stand to the side of history.

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New Beginnings
January 9, 2014

Celebrating fresh starts, big moves and major transitions.

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National Film Registry
December 17, 2013

Films that matter not just for today, but for the future.

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Snowscapes
December 4, 2013

Frigid films where the snowy scenery takes center stage.

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Dysfunctional Families
November 20, 2013

Movies to make your own family seem normal.

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Night Terrors
October 22, 2013

Films that take you through the darkest nights, if you can hold out until dawn.

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British Cinema
October 8, 2013

The internal oppositions and rapid changes that make England a center for cultural reinvention.

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Space
September 23, 2013

Films showing how far we've come, and the distance left to travel.

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Canada
September 9, 2013

A strange brew of idiosyncratic suburban comedies and underdog struggles.

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Telluride
August 28, 2013

Saluting 40 years of the Telluride Film Festival with a slate of outstanding movies.

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Summer Movies
August 8, 2013

Sun-soaked indies and steamy foreign films. Perfect viewing for a lazy summer day.

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Rockumentaries
July 24, 2013

Got a case of the summertime blues? These rock docs will get you back in the groove.

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Hong Kong Cinema
July 11, 2013

An in-your-face look at Hong Kong's vibrant, dynamic movie industry.

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Americana
June 26, 2013

Films that capture the essence or embody the spirit of America, just in time for Independence Day.

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Short Films
June 11, 2013

Time constraints? Explore a collection of wonderful films that clock in at under five minutes.

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Shakespeare
May 29, 2013

Nearly 400 years after his death, film adaptations of William Shakespeare's work continue to entertain.

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Cannes
May 14, 2013

Fandor travels to the French Riviera with 12 laudable films spanning 50 years of the Cannes Film Festival.

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The San Francisco Int'l Film Festival
April 29, 2013

Eclectic picks from the longest-running film festival in the Americas.

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The Kings of Silent Comedy
April 16, 2013

Charlie, Harold, Buster, Fatty - the silent era gave life to some of the greatest comedic talents of all time.

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'70s Cult Films
April 1, 2013

Travel back to the 1970s with our celebration of shlock, exploitation and camp movies.

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Women Filmmakers
March 19, 2013

For Women's History Month, we salute more than a hundred years of women making movies.

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SXSW
March 4, 2013

The Lone Star State is calling! Saddle up with these standout films from Austin's South by Southwest Film Festival.

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Oscars
February 19, 2013

Get in the Oscar mood with this collection of films celebrating the Academy Awards through the years.

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Romantic Movies
February 6, 2013

Grab your loved one and snuggle up with these charming romantic movie picks.

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Sundance Film Festival
January 2, 2013

Fandor shines the spotlight on the Festival that brought indie film to the masses with ten films that premiered in Park City.