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George seeks refuge at Bellevue Hospital, a Manhattan intake center for homeless men, where his friendship with a fellow client helps him try to repair his relationship with his estranged daughter.
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A journey into the hearts and minds of passengers aboard the Empire Builder, America’s busiest long-distance train route. Some are coming, some are going, some are escaping, some are dreaming, some are chasing a new life and some are just trying to find themselves on the journey.
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A self-styled New York hipster is paid a surprise visit by his younger cousin from Budapest. From initial hostility and indifference a small degree of affection grows between the two. Along with a friend, they eventually end up visiting their aunt in the wastelands of Cleveland and then proceed to Florida where they lose all their money gambling before unwittingly gaining a fortune.
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Cyrus, the charismatic leader of the Riffs, summons all the street gangs of New York City in a bid to form an army and take over the city. But when he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down to kill them.
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A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection. Through its frenetic action, ‘The French Connection’ includes some of the most memorable images of New York committed to celluloid-and one of the greatest action/chase sequences of all time.
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This dazzling documentary looks at the life, times and influence of one of the great renaissance men and one of the great artist/photographers of the 20th century-Robert Mapplethorpe. Controversial to the core Mapplethorpe was obsessed with magic and in particular, with what he saw as the magic of photography and the magic of sex. He pursued both with insatiable dedication.
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Using the streets, bars and coffee shops of 1959 New York as its backdrop, Shadows tells an interracial love story that ducks, dives and weaves through the New York jazz and beatnik scene. Shadows feels more like a documentary than a work of fiction in its fractured editing, close framing, urgent propulsion, untouched actual locations, high contrast and film grain and not always beautiful people.
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A documentary that exposes the rich growing subculture of hip-hop that was developing in New York City in the late 70’s and early 80’s, specifically focusing on graffiti art and break-dancing.
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Joe Buck works in a kitchen in a lonesome American small town with dreams of all that New York has to offer a handsome cowboy stud. A Greyhound bus ride later, he finds himself filled with hope and walking the streets of New York looking to score with any and all the wealthy Park Avenue ladies…but New York and its myth isn’t all it seems. Enter “Ratso” Enrico Rizzo-scam artist, homeless and a kind of fallen angel with broken wings. Together the oddest of couples find their own dream and along the way introduce us to the genuine New York article.
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A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple.
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