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Maps to the Stars - 10.7.9

A dysfunctional Hollywood family consists of a self-help guru (John Cusack), his wife (Olivia Williams) who manages their teen son's (Evan Bird) acting career after having already spent time in drug rehab, and their daughter (Mia Wasikowska), who's just been released from a psych ward. The daughter becomes the personal assistant to a dysfunctional actress (Julianne Moore) who is haunted by the ghost of her famous mother (Sarah Gadon). Also with Robert Pattinson, Carrie Fisher, Jayne Heitmeyer and Kiara Glasco. Directed by David Cronenberg. [1:51 - R]

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The Lazarus Effect - 2.6.5

An engaged couple (Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde) leads a university team of biomedical researchers to develop a serum they call "Lazarus," which can revitalize dead animals. As the team begins planning for clinical trials, the leader's fiancée suffers electrocution and dies, whereupon he administers Lazarus to her and she is revived, but something sinister comes back with her. Also with Donald Glover, Evan Peters and Sarah Bolger. Directed by David Gelb. [1:23 - PG-13]

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Focus - 6.5.10

A professional con man (Will Smith) takes a younger woman (Margot Robbie) on as an apprentice and falls in love with her, but dismisses her after her training. Years later she shows up as his opponent in a big swindle, now a seasoned con artist herself. Also with Rodrigo Santoro, Gerald McRaney, BD Wong and Robert Taylor. Directed by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra. [1:44 - R]

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The Duff - 5.3.5

A high school honor student (Mae Whitman) learns that she is the laughing stock of her fellow students for her smarts and lack of fashion style. Even her friends (Skyler Samuels and Bianca Santos) begin to cyber-bully her (she's labeled as DUFF, i.e. Designated Ugly Fat Friend) but she receives help from her long-time neighbor (Robbie Amell). Also with Ken Jeong, Nick Eversman, Allison Janney and Bela Thorne. Some phrases are spoken in Spanish with English subtitles and several cell phone conversations are captioned. Directed by Ari Sandel. [1:41 - PG-13]

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Hot Tub Time Machine 2 - 8.6.10

In this sequel four buddies (Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, Clark Duke and Adam Scott) try to unravel the damage done when they used a time machine to steal the works of famous people. When an unknown assassin shoots the friend who stole the position of "Father of the Internet," two of the other friends use the hot tub time machine to try to stop the gunman, with chaotic results. Also with Chevy Chase and Collette Wolfe. Directed by Steve Pink. [1:33 - R]

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McFarland USA - 2.4.2

A new coach (Kevin Costner) moves to a Hispanic high school in 1980s California and finds his track team members culturally unfamiliar, but with extraordinary skills. As he learns about their strong family ties and work ethic he also learns about himself. Also with Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor, Carlos Pratts and Valente Rodriguez. Directed by Nikki Caro. Several lines of dialogue are in Spanish with English subtitles. [2:08 - PG]

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Kingsman: The Secret Service - 4.7.10

A young man (Taron Egerton) is recruited to try out for a British-based secret agency and he is put through a number of test situations to determine if he is a worthy candidate. Also with Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Jonno Davies, Jack Davenport, Alex Nikolov, Samantha Womack, Mark Hamill, Velibor Topic, Sofia Boutella, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Caine. A few lines of dialogue are in a Middle Eastern language and a Scandinavian language with English subtitles. Directed by Matthew Vaughn. [2:09 - R]

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Fifty Shades of Grey - 10.5.5

An obsessive billionaire (Jamie Dornan) teaches a naïve college senior (Dakota Johnson) about sadomasochism and demands a behavioral contract that rules out love and romance. The couple examines their own needs and desires within a tenuous relationship, among pressures from family and friends. Also with Eloise Mumford, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Victor Rasuk, Marcia Gay Hardin, Max Martini, Jennifer Ehle and Dylan Neal. Directed by Sam Taylor-Wood. [2:00 - R]

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Seventh Son - 2.6.5

A young man (Ben Barnes) is recruited from his home by a hunter of creatures of the dark (Jeff Bridges) because he is the seventh son of the seventh son. His mission is to be an apprentice and help kill the mother of all witches (Julianne Moore). Also with Alicia Vikander, Antje Traue, Olivia Williams, John DeSantis, Kit Harington and Djimon Hounsou. Directed by Sergei Bodrov. [1:42 - PG-13]

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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water - 2.3.2

In this sequel Burger Beard the Pirate (Antonio Banderas) steals the secret recipe for Krabby Patties and the undersea denizens go into turmoil without their favorite fast food sandwich. SpongeBob (voiced by Tom Kenny) and Patrick (voiced by Bill Fagerbakke) gather their friends and become superheroes on a dry-land mission to defeat the culinary pirate and restore order to the city of Bikini Bottom. Also with the voices of Mr. Lawrence, Carolyn Lawrence, Roger Bumpass, Clancy Brown, Matt Berry and Jill Talley. Directed by Paul Tibbett. [1:33 - PG]

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Jupiter Ascending - 4.6.4

Sci-fi film about a housekeeper (Mila Kunis) on Earth, who learns from a planet-hopping warrior (Channing Tatum) that she is vital to universal life. She must journey beyond her solar system to meet her destiny and decide whether the status quo is worth maintaining. Also with Douglas Booth, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Tuppence Middleton. Directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski. There are several lines of Russian and extraterrestrial languages with English subtitles. [2:07 - PG-13]

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The Loft - 7.6.9

Five men (Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet and Matthias Schoenaerts) enter into an arrangement that allows them to share a loft apartment for their dalliances and infidelities. When a young woman is found dead and handcuffed to the bed the friends begin to doubt and question everyone's motives. Also with Isabel Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Rhona Mitra, Valerie Cruz, Kali Rocha, Elaine Cassidy and Margarita Levieva. Directed by Erik Van Looy. [1:48 - R]

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Black or White - 2.4.5

An alcoholic attorney (Kevin Costner) loses his teenage daughter to death in childbirth when she delivers a biracial child. When the child (Jillian Estelle) is eight years old, his wife (Jennifer Ehle) also dies, leaving him to raise the girl alone. His African American in-laws vie for child custody. Also with Octavia Spencer, Anthony Mackie, Bill Burr, Andre Holland and Mpho Kaoho. Directed by Mike Binder. [2:01 - PG-13]

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Project Almanac - 4.5.5

In this found-footage story, a high school science geek (Jonny Weston), his sister (Gina Gardner) and his best friends (Allen Evangelista and Sam Lerner) find a dismantled time warping device and coax it into working. Revisiting past teen moments in an attempt to perfect them with the help of time travel, the group finds disturbing distortions in history upon returning to the present. Also with Sofia Black D'Elia, Amy Landecker and Katie Garfield. Directed by Dean Israelite. [1:46 - PG-13]

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Cake - 5.4.7

A woman (Jennifer Aniston) suffering from debilitating pain after an accident struggles with the suicide of a friend in her support group. Also with Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Mamie Gummer, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy and Chris Messina. Directed by Daniel Barnz. Several lines of dialogue are in Spanish with English subtitles. [1:42 - R]

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Black Sea - 2.6.10

A submarine captain (Jude Law) and his diverse crew search for a sunken U-boat at the bottom of the Black Sea, rumored to be full of gold ingots. Rising claustrophobia, greed and desperation causes them to turn on each other. Also with Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Michael Smiley, David Threlfall, Grigoriy Dobrygin and Tobias Menzies. Directed by Kevin Macdonald. Several lines of dialogue are in Russian with English subtitles; a few phrases of Russian have no translation. [1:55 - R]

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Mortdecai - 6.6.5

An English noble and crooked art dealer (Johnny Depp) owes millions in back taxes. An MI5 agent (Ewan McGregor) makes a deal with him to track down stolen art in exchange for avoiding prison, but other people are after art pieces, which are rumored to contain the code to a secret bank account filled with Nazi gold. Also with Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Munn, Jeff Goldblum and Paul Bettany. Directed by David Koepp. [1:46 - R]

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Strange Magic - 3.3.2

A bride-turned-warrior fairy princess (voiced by Evan Rachel Wood) sets out to rescue her sister and the Sugar Plum Fairy (voiced by Kristin Chenoweth) from the Dark Forest. She suffers obstacles from her own father (Alfred Molina), a selfish prince (Sam Palladio), lizards and the Bog King (Alan Cumming). Also with Maya Rudolph, Elijah Kelley and Meredith Anne Bull. Directed by Gary Rydstrom. [1:39 - PG]

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The Boy Next Door - 8.6.6

A woman (Jennifer Lopez), separated from her husband, lives with her teenage son (Ian Nelson) next to an elderly man whose nephew (Ryan Guzman) moves in to help out. The young man befriends the teen and begins insinuating himself into the life of the woman with increasing intensity. Also with John Corbett, Kristin Chenoweth, Lexi Atkins and Hill Harper. Directed by Rob Cohen. [1:31 - R]

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Song One - 5.2.5

A woman (Anne Hathaway) returns home when her brother (Ben Rosenfield) is injured in an accident and ends up in a coma. As she tries to get reacquainted with him by visiting the places he would frequent and meeting with people he knew, she meets her brother's favorite musician (Johnny Flynn) and they begin a relationship. Also with Mary Steenburgen and Gideon Glick. Directed by Kate Barker-Froyland. [1:26 - PG-13]

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Two Days, One Night - 1.3.4

A woman (Marion Cotillard) loses her job after her colleagues vote to receive bonuses in exchange for her losing her position. She spends a fitful weekend trying to convince each of them to forfeit their bonuses and vote her back in. Also with Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salée, Batiste Sornin, Pili Groyne and Simon Caudry. Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne. In French and Arabic with English subtitles. [1:35 - PG-13]

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Blackhat - 5.6.5

The American government releases a convicted hacker (Chris Hemsworth) from prison to collaborate with the Chinese in a manhunt for a notorious international cybercriminal. The chase takes the crime fighters through major world capitals and mayhem. Also with Tang Wei, Wang Leehom, Viola Davis, Holt McCallany, William Mapother, Ritchie Costar and Manny Montana. Directed by Michael Mann. Several scenes include Chinese dialogue with English subtitles. [2:13 - R]

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Paddington - 1.3.1

Based on the children's stories "A Bear Called Paddington Bear" by Michael Bond: A young bear from deepest, darkest Peru is sent away after his uncle dies and his aunt can no longer care for him. When he arrives in England with a note around his neck that reads, "Please look after this bear" he learns that finding a home and a family is more difficult than he thought. Also with Nicole Kidman, Ben Whishaw, Imelda Staunton, Hugh Bonneville, Michael Gambon, Sally Hawkins, Peter Capaldi, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Matt Lucas, Samuel Joslin and Madeleine Harris. Directed by Paul King. [1:35 - PG]

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The Wedding Ringer - 6.5.10

An awkward groom (Josh Gad) uses a rent-a-groomsman business to find a best man and ushers for his wedding. The proprietor (Keven Hart) cautions his client that friendship is not part of the package, but things get complicated. Also with Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Olivia Thirlby, Jennifer Lewis and Ken Howard. Directed by Jeremy Garelick. [1:41 - R]

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Taken 3 - 2.6.5

The third installment in the "Taken" series: A man's (Liam Neeson) ex-wife (Famke Janssen) is murdered in his apartment and he is assumed to be responsible. He begins his own search while trying to keep his daughter (Maggie Grace) safe. Some dialogue is in Russian with English subtitles. Also with Forest Whitaker and Dougray Scott. Directed by Olivier Megaton. [1:49 - PG-13]

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Inherent Vice - 8.5.9

A private detective (Joaquin Phoenix) tries to sift through the confusion of the 1970s Los Angeles drug trade hoping to find his missing girlfriend. Also with Joanna Newsom, Katherine Waterston, Jordan Christian Hearn, Taylor Bonin, Jeannie Berlin, Josh Brolin, Eric Roberts, Serena Scott Thomas, Benicio Del Toro, Jena Malone, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon and Martin Short. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. [2:28 - R]

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The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death - 1.5.1

As German planes drop bombs on WWII London, a primary teacher (Phoebe Fox) helps evacuate eight children to alleged safety in the English countryside. However, the teachers find a dark, unfriendly old mansion and the children begin to act oddly. Also with Helen McCrory, Leanne Best, Jeremy Irvine, Adrian Rawlins and Ned Dennehy. Directed by Tom Harper. [1:38 - PG-13]

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A Most Violent Year - 3.5.8

Set in 1981 New York City: a husband and wife struggle to keep their family business afloat as they are pressed from every side to slip into the violence that surrounds them. Also with Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Albert Brooks, Andrew Walsh, Elyes Gabel, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Peter Gerety. Directed by J.C. Chandor. [2:05 - R]

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Wild - 7.4.8

After the death of her mother (Laura Dern) a woman (Reese Witherspoon) becomes depressed and engages in risky and self-destructive behavior. In an effort to reclaim herself she embarks on an 1100 mile hike. Also with Thomas Sadoski, Keene McRae, Michiel Huisman, W. Earl Brown and Gaby Hoffmann. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. [1:55 - R]

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The Interview - 7.8.10

An American talk show host (James Franco) and his producer (Seth Rogen) take their show to North Korea and a CIA agent takes the opportunity to ask them to assassinate the country's dictator, Kim Jong Un (Randall Park). Also with Lizzy Caplan, Diana Bang, Reese Alexander and Timothy Simons. Directed by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg. [1:52 - R]

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Selma - 2.5.5

The story of the civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama, led by Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) in 1965. Also with Giovanni Ribisi, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Carmen Ejogo, Martin Sheen, Tessa Thompson, Alessandro Nivola, Dylan Baker and Tom Wilkinson. Directed by Ava DuVernay. [2:07 - PG-13]

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American Sniper - 3.8.10

Based on the true story: Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), a Navy SEAL and decorated sniper, returns to his family after four tours and struggles to regain his footing. Also with Sienna Miller, E.R. Ruiz, Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman, Max Charles, Brian Hallisay, Kyle Gallner and Keir O'Donnell. Directed by Clint Eastwood. [2:12 - R]

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The Imitation Game - 2.4.4

The true story of the English mathematical genius Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), who helped to break the code for the Enigma machine used by the Germans during World War II to send concealed messages, saving many lives and helping win the war. Also with Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Charles Dance, Mark Strong and James Northcote. Directed by Morten Tyldum. [1:54 - PG-13]

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Big Eyes - 2.4.5

Based on true events: Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), an artist in the 1950s and '60s suffered as her scheming husband (Christoph Waltz) took credit for her popular paintings and built a fortune. She accepted the fact that women were not taken seriously in art, until a courtroom showdown gave her a voice. Also with Danny Huston, Jon Polito, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, Terence Stamp and Madeleine Arthur. Directed by Tim Burton. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Italian without translation. [1:28 - PG-13]

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The Gambler - 6.4.10

An associate literature professor and obsessive gambler (Mark Wahlberg) tries to borrow money from his mother (Jessica Lange), and then from a loan shark to pay off another debt, when he begins to realize that his life is going nowhere. Also with Brie Larson, Sonya Walger, John Goodman, Cassandra Starr and Michael Kenneth Williams. Directed by Rupert Wyatt. [1:51 - R]

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Unbroken - 3.6.5

Based on a true WWII story: A famous Olympic runner (Jack O'Connell) serving in the Army Air Force is stranded with two of his crew (Domhnall Gleeson and Finn Wittrock) after crashing in the Pacific Ocean. They survive in open water for two months before being captured and tortured by Japanese troops. Also with Garrett Hedlund, John Magaro, Alex Russell and Miyavi. Directed by Angelina Jolie. Several lines of dialogue are in Italian and Japanese with English subtitles; a few phrases are not translated. [2:17 - PG-13]

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Into the Woods - 3.4.2

A witch (Meryl Streep) demands that a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) bring her magical items in order to reverse the curse of childlessness on their family. The couple must confront characters from the Brothers Grimm fairy tales such as the Wolf (Johnny Depp), Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Prince Charming (Chris Pine) and others. Also with Christine Baranski, Tracey Ullman, Lilla Crawford, Mackenzie Mauzy and Daniel Huttlestone. Directed by Rob Marshall. [2:04 - PG]

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb - 2.5.3

NYC Museum's night watchman (Ben Stiller) sees that the energy level of his living exhibits is waning and causing short-circuited disasters. Then he discovers the museum's Egyptian magic energy tablet is corroding and he takes his son (Skylar Gisondo), a monkey, a Pharaoh (Rami Malek) and Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams) to London's British Museum to find a way to recharge the tablet. Also with Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Dan Stevens, Mizuo Peck, Ben Kingsley, Rebel Wilson, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, Matt Frewer, Andrea Martin and Crystal the Monkey. Directed by Shawn Levy. [1:36 - PG]

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Annie - 2.3.3

An updated telling of the classic tale of a foster child (Quvenzhané Wallis) taken in by a wealthy man (Jamie Foxx), initially as a publicity ploy; However, he soon learns that she means more to him than his political aspirations. Also with Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Zayas and Cameron Diaz. Directed by Will Gluck. [1:58 - PG]

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Foxcatcher - 3.4.3

Based on the true story of John E. du Pont (Steve Carell) and his involvement with Mark and David Schultz (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo), Olympic gold medalists in wresting. Also with Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, Anthony Michael Hall, Guy Boyd and Brett Rice. Directed by Bennett Miller. [2:14 - R]

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Comet - 3.2.8

A man and a woman (Justin Long and Emmy Rossum) meet and fall in love in various parallel universes, but the challenges of staying together appear to be pre-destined. Also with Eric Winter, Lou Beatty Jr., Kayla Servi, Nicole Lucas and Ben Pace. Directed by Sam Esmail. [1:31 - R]

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - 1.6.2

An angry dragon (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) attacks a village with fire and destruction, while a mad dwarf king (Richard Armitage) hoards a golden treasure. At the same time two armies of Orc ogres prepare to attack and Dwarves, Elves and Humans must cooperate in defense or die, as the Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) attempts to bring them together. Also with Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, and Orlando Bloom. Directed by Peter Jackson. Several lines of dialogue are in Elven and Orcish with English subtitles. [2:24 - PG-13]

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Exodus: Gods and Kings - 1.6.1

Set in 1300 BCE Moses (Christian Bale) leads 600,000 Hebrew slaves out of Egypt and to freedom. Also with Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, María Valverde, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley. Directed by Ridley Scott. [2:30 - PG-13]

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Top Five - 9.3.10

A standup comedian (Chris Rock) attempts to become a dramatic film star, but his latest serious movie is panned by critics. He is also about to marry his fiancée (Gabrielle Union) in a televised mega media event and for additional publicity he agrees to an interview with a journalist from "The New Yorker" (Rosario Dawson). Also with Kevin Hart, J.B. Smoove, Hayley Marie Norman, Rachel Feinstein and Dan Naturman. Directed by Chris Rock. [1:41 - R]

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The Theory of Everything - 4.3.2

The life story of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne), through his marriage, divorce and the challenges of ALS. Also with Felicity Jones, Tom Prior, Sophie Perry, Finlay Wright-Stephens, Harry Lloyd, Alice Orr-Ewing and David Thewlis. Directed by James Marsh. [2:03 - PG-13]

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The Better Angels - 1.4.1

A look at the childhood years of Abraham Lincoln (Braydon Denney) and the harsh realities of survival and loss. Also with Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, Wes Bentley, Cameron Mitchell Williams, McKenzie Blankenship, Ryan McFall, Madison Stiltner, Bruce Bayard and Veanne Cox. Directed by A.J. Edwards. [1:35 - PG]

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Life Partners - 4.2.8

The relationship of two lifelong best friends (Leighton Meester and Gillian Jacobs) is strained when one enters a relationship and the other can't seem to find a suitable girlfriend or figure out what she wants to do with her life. Also with Gabourey Sidibe, Beth Dover, Abby Elliott, Kate McKinnon, Adam Brody, Mark Feuerstein, Elizabeth Ho and Greer Grammer. Directed by Susanna Fogel. [1:33 - R]

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Snowpiercer - 1.7.8

After a cataclysmic environmental event Earth is left a frozen wasteland and the surviving humans live on a train that circles the planet. Class distinctions keep many passengers near starvation in the back of the train while the elite enjoy luxuries in their own compartments. With Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner and Ah-sung Ko. Directed by Joon-ho Bong. [2:06 - R]

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Penguins of Madagascar - 2.3.2

The Penguins (voiced by Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Conrad Vernon and Christopher Knights) compete with an Arctic spy team to save all the world's penguins from a mad scientist who is also a sad, silly octopus (voiced by John Malkovich). Also with the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annet Mehendru and Peter Stormare. Directed by Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell. [1:32 - PG]

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Horrible Bosses 2 - 7.4.10

In this sequel three friends (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis) launch a business selling shower conveniences. A sly investor (Christoph Waltz) cancels his deal with them and tries to assume company ownership, but the three kidnap his son (Chris Pine). Also with Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey. Several lines of dialogue are in Spanish and not translated. Directed by Sean Anders. [1:48 - R]

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 - 2.6.1

After the shocking outcome of the Quarter Quell, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) finds herself in a place she doesn't recognize and is tasked to spread propaganda that will incite the districts into a rebellion against the Capitol. Her choices and decisions can wreak havoc on the ones she loves and she cannot be sure who the real enemy is. Also with Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin and Elizabeth Banks. Directed by Francis Lawrence. [2:03 - PG-13]

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Rosewater - 3.5.5

Based on a Maziar Bahari's memoir "Then They Came for Me": the film follows a Tehran-born broadcast journalist (Gael García Bernal) as he interviews the candidate opposing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's 2009 re-election bid. As opposition supporters riot in the streets, the journalist sends video footage of their action to the BBC and suffers imprisonment and torture for four months by a man known only as "Rosewater." Also with Kim Bodnia, Dimitri Leonidas, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Clare Foy, Jason Jones and Haluk Bilginer. Directed by Jon Stewart. Several scenes include dialogue in Persian with English subtitles. [1:43 - R]

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Beyond the Lights - 6.3.5

A new pop star (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) wins a Billboard Music Award and seeking money and fame to please her mother she must confront the pressures of success. Her lifesaver is a police officer (Nate Parker) with political goals. Also with Minnie Driver, Danny Glover and Machine Gun Kelly. Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. [1:42 - PG-13]

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Dumb and Dumber To - 6.4.5

Sequel to the popular 1994 comedy "Dumb and Dumber": Intellectually challenged friends (Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels) take a road trip to a science conference to find the daughter that one of them never knew he had. The other falls in love with her. Also with Laurie Holden and Kathleen Turner. Directed by Bobby & Peter Farrelly. [1:50 - PG-13]

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Big Hero 6 - 1.4.1

A science prodigy (voiced by Ryan Potter) gives up robot fighting to join his older brother (voiced by Daniel Henney) and a team of young inventors at nerd school and invents an intricate robotics system for his entrance audition at the school tech fair. However, a fire destroys the entire building and a healthcare robot called Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit) joins the young inventors in search of the evil Kabuki Man (voiced by James Cromwell). Also with the voices of Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez, T. J. Miller, Maya Rudolph, Damon Wayans Jr. and Alan Tudyk. Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams. Disney Studios. [1:28 - PG]

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Interstellar - 1.5.5

An astronaut (Matthew McConaughey) comes out of retirement to help search for a new home planet for humans as the Earth dies gradually under massive storms. With little time left, he goes through a wormhole with his flight engineer (Anne Hathaway) to explore new worlds. Also with David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, John Lithgow, Michael Caine, Josh Stewart, Casey Affleck, Jessica Chastain and the voice of Bill Irwin,. Directed by Christopher Nolan. [2:49 - PG-13]

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Listen Up Philip - 3.3.7

A writer (Jason Schwartzman), miserable and angry on the eve of the publication of his second book, is befriended by a seasoned and successful writer and together they explore their insecurities and unhappiness with life. Also with Elisabeth Moss, Krysten Ritter, Joséphine de La Baume, Jonathan Pryce and Jess Weixler. Directed by Alex Ross Perry. [1:48 - NR]

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Before I Go to Sleep - 6.6.5

A woman (Nicole Kidman) struggles with memories that she rebuilds during the day, but are erased when she sleeps. Years earlier she survived a severe head trauma that has left her with amnesia and she can't remember her husband (Colin Firth) or anything else about the last twenty years of her life. Also with Mark Strong, Ben Crompton, Anne-Marie Duff and Adam Levy. Directed by Rowan Joffe. [1:32 - R]

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Nightcrawler - 3.7.9

An LA freelancer (Jake Gyllenhaal) uses a video camera and a low-paid flunky (Riz Ahmed) to capture and sell footage of ghastly nighttime accidents and crimes. His public wants to see more and more blood and gore, so the freelancer and a TV news director (Rene Russo) are eager to comply. Also with Bill Paxton and Michael Hyatt. Directed by Dan Gilroy. [1:57 - R]

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Laggies - 5.3.6

An underachieving woman (Keira Knightley) panics at age 28 when her live-in boyfriend of 10 years (Mark Webber) proposes marriage. To gain some thinking time, she escapes to the house of her new 16-year-old friend (Chloë Grace Moretz) and there she meets her friend's very interesting and available father (Sam Rockwell) while her friend finds her long lost mother. Also with Gretchen Mol and Kaitlyn Dever. Directed by Lynn Shelton. [1:39 - R]

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Horns - 7.7.10

A man's (Daniel Radcliffe) girlfriend (Juno Temple) is murdered on the night that he proposes to her and he is accused of the crime. While trying to track down the real killer he finds himself growing horns and he develops an unusual power over people. Also with Heather Graham, Sabrina Carpenter, Kelli Garner, David Morse, James Remar, Joe Anderson, Max Minghella and Kathleen Quinlan. Directed by Alexandre Aja. [2:00 - R]

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