With Arthouse Films (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

7.8
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74 Metascore

Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this definitive documentary but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast. His dense, bebop-influenced neoexpressionist work emerged while... See full summary »

Director: Tamra Davis | Stars: Jean Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, Larry Gagosian, Bruno Bischofberger

Votes: 1,894 | Gross: $0.26M

2. Waste Land (2010)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

7.9
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78 Metascore

On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.

Directors: Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, João Jardim | Star: Vik Muniz

Votes: 8,063 | Gross: $0.19M

3. Lying (2006)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

5.1
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A long weekend brings four women together in the countryside. Virtual strangers, the women are forced to navigate the depths of social interaction. On the surface all seems placid. But the atmosphere of calm is a facade.

Director: M. Blash | Stars: Chloë Sevigny, Jena Malone, Maya Goldsmith, Halley Wegryn Gross

Votes: 384

4. Beautiful Losers (2008)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

7.1
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59 Metascore

This documentary follows the lives and careers of a collective group of Do-it-yourself artists and designers who inadvertently affected the art world.

Directors: Aaron Rose, Joshua Leonard | Stars: Thomas Campbell, Shepard Fairey, Jo Jackson, Chris Johanson

Votes: 1,274 | Gross: $0.06M

5. How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster? (2010)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Biography

7.1
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51 Metascore

The film traces the rise of one of the world's premier architects, Norman Foster, and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design.

Directors: Carlos Carcas, Norberto López Amado | Stars: Norman Foster, Deyan Sudjic

Votes: 650 | Gross: $0.01M

6. The Black List: Volume One (2008)

87 min | Documentary

6.9
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Journalist Elvis Mitchell interviews twenty-two African American leaders, ranging from athletes and academics to politicians, social activists, and artists, providing a series of living ... See full summary »

Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders | Stars: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Thelma Golden, Louis Gossett Jr.

Votes: 114

7. Herb & Dorothy (2008)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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74 Metascore

Herb and Dorothy Vogel redefine what it means to be an art collector.

Director: Megumi Sasaki | Stars: Paula Antebi, Will Barnet, Robert Barry, Lynda Benglis

Votes: 804 | Gross: $0.19M

8. Visual Acoustics (2008)

Unrated | 83 min | Documentary

7.4
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67 Metascore

Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world's greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Bricker | Stars: Frances Anderton, Wim de Wit, Beth Edwards Harris, Frank Escher

Votes: 575 | Gross: $0.10M

9. Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow (2010)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary

7.1
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66 Metascore

The film bears witness to German artist Anselm Kiefer's alchemical creative processes and renders in film, as a cinematic journey, the personal universe he has built at his hill-studio ... See full summary »

Director: Sophie Fiennes | Stars: Anselm Kiefer, Klaus Dermutz, Bill Katz

Votes: 247 | Gross: $0.05M

10. The Universe of Keith Haring (2008)

90 min | Documentary

7.5
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61 Metascore

A portrait of New York artist Keith Haring.

Director: Christina Clausen | Stars: Fab 5 Freddy, Jeffrey Deitch, Julia Gruen, Kim Hastreiter

Votes: 360

11. The Cool School (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

7.0
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68 Metascore

How LA Learned to Love Modern Art. A lesson in how a few renegade artists built an art scene from scratch.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Eve Babitz, John Baldessari, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston

Votes: 224

12. The Legend of Leigh Bowery (2002)

83 min | Documentary

7.4
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65 Metascore

The life of '80's fashion designer/queer icon Leigh Bowery is explored in this documentary.

Director: Charles Atlas | Stars: Rachel Auburn, Lee Benjamin, Steve Blame, Bronwen Bowery

Votes: 211 | Gross: $0.01M

13. Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe (2007)

Not Rated | 77 min | Documentary, Biography, Romance

6.8
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A documentary on the relationship between curator Sam Wagstaff, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, and musician/poet Patti Smith.

Director: James Crump | Stars: Pierre Apraxine, Dick Cavett, Dominick Dunne, Raymond Foye

Votes: 227

14. Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies (2008)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

6.7
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48 Metascore

A documentary that looks at how early filmmaking influenced the Cubist painters Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.

Director: Arne Glimcher | Stars: Alexander Blaise, Adam Gopnik, Tom Gunning, Owen Lund

Votes: 198

15. The Cats of Mirikitani (2006)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary

8.2
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73 Metascore

Documentary about red-beret-ed Jimmy Mirikitani, a feisty painter working and living on the street, near the World Trade Center, when 9/11 devastates the neighborhood. A nearby film editor,... See full summary »

Director: Linda Hattendorf | Stars: Linda Hattendorf, Jimmy Mirikitani

Votes: 710

16. Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight (2008)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary, Biography

7.0
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Profiles Milton Glaser (1929- ), America's foremost graphic designer: designer of the iconic "I [heart] N.Y." logo, teacher, and humanitarian. Interviews with Glaser are arranged to take ... See full summary »

Director: Wendy Keys

Votes: 185

17. William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe (2009)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

7.7
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62 Metascore

William Kunstler was one of the most famous lawyers of the 20th century. The New York Times called him "the most hated and most loved lawyer in America." His clients included Martin Luther ... See full summary »

Directors: Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler | Stars: Herman Badillo, Harry Belafonte, Clyde Bellecourt, Daniel Berrigan

Votes: 290 | Gross: $0.06M

18. Obscene (2007)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Biography

7.1
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73 Metascore

A look at the life and work of American publisher Barney Rosset, who struggled to bring controversial works like "Tropic of Cancer" and "Naked Lunch" to publication.

Directors: Daniel O'Connor, Neil Ortenberg | Stars: Amiri Baraka, Lenny Bruce, William S. Burroughs, Jim Carroll

Votes: 206

19. Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect (2008)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary

6.6
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Rarely has an architect caused as much sensation outside of the architecture community as Rem Koolhaas. His outstanding creations--such as the Dutch Embassy in Berlin, the Seattle Library ... See full summary »

Directors: Markus Heidingsfelder, Min Tesch | Stars: Dirk Baecker, Cecil Balmond, Rene Daalder, Chris Dercon

Votes: 81

20. Who Gets to Call It Art? (2006)

78 min | Documentary

6.9
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70 Metascore

Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Henry Geldzahler reflects on the 1960s pop art scene in New York.

Director: Peter Rosen | Stars: John Chamberlain, Ivan Karp, George Lois, Frank Stella

Votes: 126 | Gross: $0.03M

21. Alice Neel (2007)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

7.5
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60 Metascore

The life and work of Alice Neel (1900-1984), American portrait painter. Part of the narration is chronological, part consists of interviews with friends, other artists, scholars, and family... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Neel | Stars: Alice Neel, Michel Auder, Phillip Bonosky, Chuck Close

Votes: 102 | Gross: $0.05M

22. A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory (2007)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

6.7
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Esther Robinson's portrait of her uncle Danny Williams -- Warhol's onetime lover, collaborator and filmmaker in his own right -- offers a exploration of the Factory era, an homage to Williams's talent, a journey of family discovery and a compelling inquiry into Williams's mysterious disappearance at age 27.

Director: Esther Robinson | Stars: Callie Angell, Brigid Berlin, John Cale, Danny Fields

Votes: 178

23. Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop (2000)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Documentary, Drama

7.8
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71 Metascore

From the mind of Brooklyn actor, performance artist and Hip-Hop activist Danny Hoch, this film spins out the stories of ten lives shocked by global Hip-Hop, the prison system and life in ... See full summary »

Directors: Mark Benjamin, Danny Hoch | Stars: Danny Hoch, Lynn Schlansky Hoch, Gina Brooke, Pablo Herrera

Votes: 60 | Gross: $0.01M

24. Next: A Primer on Urban Painting (2005)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

8.1
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A worldwide culture develops around graffiti art.

Director: Pablo Aravena

Votes: 75

25. Scrapbooks from Africa and Beyond (1998 TV Movie)

Documentary

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Directors: Guillaume Bonn, Jean-Claude Luyat | Stars: Murielle Amori, Prisca Arbonguilat, Peter Beard, Edward Behr

Votes: 16

26. The Old, Weird America: Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music (2007)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

6.9
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Prepare for an eclectic journey through The Old, Weird America. Rani Singh's new documentary film tracks the history of Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music from its initial ... See full summary »

Director: Rani Singh | Stars: Beck, Nick Cave, Elvis Costello, David Johansen

Votes: 31

27. Beyond Gramacho (2011)

16 min | Short

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28. An Untold Story (2011)

10 min | Short

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Star: Dianne Greenwood


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