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Little Boy - 1.5.2

A small boy (Jakob Salvati) with growth problems determines to bring his father (Michael Rappaport) back from WWII by way of magic and his own faith. Along the way he struggles against naysayers that denounce him and bigots that hate his Japanese friend. Also with Kevin James, Tom Wilkinson, Ted Levine and Emma Watson. Directed by Alejandro Monteverdi. [1:26 - PG-13]

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The Age of Adaline - 4.4.3

A widow (Blake Lively) in the 1930s suffers electrocution during a traffic accident and becomes immortal. Chased by suspicious investigators, she attempts to keep her immortality a secret, but decades into the future she begins a relationship with a man (Michiel Huisman) who is a relative of an old friend (Harrison Ford). The family starts asking questions. Also with Ellen Burstyn, Kathy Baker and Amanda Crew. Directed by Lee Toland Krieger. [1:50 - PG-13]

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Ex Machina - 6.5.6

A programmer (Domhnall Gleeson) wins a prize that grants him a week-long visit with a reclusive (Oscar Isaac) genius, who has developed artificial intelligence. During his stay in the compound the man must determine if the A.I. apparatus could pass for human. Also with Alicia Vikander and Sonoya Mizuno. Directed by Alex Garland. [1:48 - R]

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Cut Bank - 2.6.7

A young man (Liam Hemsworth) videotapes another man being murdered on an isolated road in a small town where the suspect is pursued by the town sheriff. But not everything is what it seems and a scheme to make money unravels, resulting in more murders. Also with Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Billy Bob Thornton, Oliver Platt and Bruce Dern. Directed by Matt Shakman. [1:33 - R]

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White God - 1.7.7

A teenage girl (Zsófia Psotta) left in the care of her estranged father (Sándor Zsótér) is distraught when he leaves her dog on the street to survive as a stray. Unwilling to believe that she will not see her dog again, she searches the shelters and unfriendly streets trying to find it, not knowing the nightmare it is having to endure. Also with Lili Horváth, Szabolcs Thuróczy and Lili Monori. Directed by Kornél Mundruczó. In Hungarian with English subtitles. [2:01 - R]

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Child 44 - 5.7.6

In Stalin's 1953 Soviet Union a serial killer murders dozens of young boys, while the government denies that such a thing could occur under communism. A Moscow police officer (Tom Hardy) attempts to investigate the crimes, but the government exiles him to a desolate mining town with his wife (Noomi Rapace). There, the police officer gains the help of an army general (Gary Oldman) and his small team fights the cover-up and double agents. Also with Joel Kinnaman, Paddy Considine and Vincent Cassel. Directed by Daniel Espinosa. [2:17 - R]

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Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 - 2.4.1

The mall cop (Kevin James) returns for a convention in Vegas that turns out to be more than he bargained for when he stumbles into an art theft plot. Also with Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo Verástegui, Daniella Alonso, Neal McDonough, David Henrie, D.B. Woodside, Nicholas Turturro and Loni Love. Directed by Andy Fickman. [1:34 - PG]

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Beyond the Reach - 3.6.4

A young man (Jeremy Irvine) is hired to be a guide to a wealthy man (Michael Douglas) bent on hunting a prized big horn in the Mojave Desert. The situation quickly spin out of control and the trip becomes a game of survival as the young man becomes the prey. Also with Ronny Cox, Patricia Bethune, Martin Palmer and David Garver. Directed by Jean-Baptiste Léonetti. [1:35 - R]

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True Story - 5.6.5

A New York Times reported (Jonah Hill) loses his job after one of his stories proves suspect. He struggles to find another job and becomes aware of a multiple murder case that he pursues tirelessly. Also with James Franco, Felicity Jones, , Ethan Suplee, Genevieve Angelson, Gretchen Mol and Maria Dizzia. Directed by Rupert Goold. [1:40 - R]

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Unfriended - 6.7.10

One year ago a shaming video posted online about a teen girl (Heather Sossaman) went viral and caused her suicide. On the anniversary of her death, she seems to have returned to her online accounts, tormenting six friends until she can find out who posted the original video. Also with Will Peltz, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson, Shelley Hennig, Moses Storm, Jacob Wysocki and Renee Olstead. Directed by Levan Gabriadze. [1:22 - R]

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Monkey Kingdom - 3.2.0

Tina Fey narrates the story of a female toque macaque monkey of the lowest caste in a 50-member troop and how she saves the group from homelessness and starvation in Sri Lanka in order to provide a better life for her baby. Directed by Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill. [1:25 - G]

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Woman In Gold - 1.4.5

Based on a true story: A Jewish Holocaust survivor (Helen Mirren) in Los Angeles hires an attorney (Ryan Reynolds) to sue the government of Austria for a famous painting that belonged to her aunt. The Austrian government contends that the painting is a state treasure and the case goes all the way to the US Supreme Court. Also with Daniel Bruhl, Katie Holmes, Elizabeth McGovern, Antje Traue and Jonathan Pryce. Directed by Simon Curtis. [1:49 - PG-13]

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The Longest Ride - 5.4.3

An injured professional bull rider (Scott Eastwood) meets a college art major (Britt Robertson) who is about to move to New York City. During their own conflict-filled relationship, the couple meets an aging art collector (Alan Alda), who teaches them about love, as well as fine arts. Also with Oona Chaplin and Jack Huston. Directed by George Tillman, Jr. [2:19 - PG-13]

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Effie Gray - 5.3.1

A loveless marriage between a Victorian era art historian (Greg Wise) and his teenage bride (Dakota Fanning) leads her to seek a different resolution. Also with Emma Thompson, Russell Tovey, Claudia Cardinale, Derek Jacobi, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, James Fox, Tom Sturridge and David Suchet. Directed by Richard Laxton. [1:48 - PG-13]

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While We're Young - 4.3.8

A husband and his wife (Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts) find themselves at a crossroads when their friends begin having babies and they are unable to do so. They immerse themselves in their careers until a young couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) ingratiates itself into their world, causing them to see things differently. Also with Maria Dizzia, Adam Horovitz, Matthew Maher and Dree Hemingway. Directed by Noah Baumbach. [1:37 - R]

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Furious 7 - 4.6.5

After ending the career of a murderous criminal in the UK, an American racing crew leader and his partner (Vin Diesel and Paul Walker) gather their team for a safe return to the United States. However, the criminal's older brother (Jason Statham) pursues the Americans seeking revenge. Also with Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel and Lucas Black. Directed by James Wan. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Arabic without translation or subtitles. [2:15 - PG-13]

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Home - 1.3.1

The extraterrestrial Boov people led by Captain Smek (voiced by Steve Martin) arrive on Earth to escape the enemy Gorg and make a new home. They ship humanity off to a desert, but in the meantime, the accident-prone Boov called "Oh" (voiced by Jim Parsons) accidentally emails the Gorg of their whereabouts. Meanwhile a human 7th grader (voiced by Rihanna) befriends Oh and shelters him from his angry brethren while she looks for her own missing mother (voiced by Jennifer Lopez) and an answer to galactic problems in general. Also with the voice of Matt Jones. Directed by Tim Johnson. A few lines of Boov and Gorg languages are spoken without translation or subtitles. [1:36 - PG]

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Get Hard - 8.5.10

A hedge fund manager (Will Farrell) is framed and receives a 10-year sentence for a white-collar crime. Fearing for his safety in prison, he approaches another man (Kevin Hart) for instructions in survival inside the penitentiary. His instructor never spent a day in jail, but that does not stop him from giving lessons for a fee. Also with Tip Harris, Craig T. Nelson and Alison Brie. Directed by Eton Cohen. [1:40 - R]

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Serena - 6.7.1

It's the late 1920s and a timber baron (Bradley Cooper) falls in love and marries a woman (Jennifer Lawrence) who helps him grow his business. However, when secrets from the past creep between them their future comes into question. Also with Rhys Ifans, Toby Jones, David Dencik, Sean Harris, Ana Ularu and Sam Reid. Directed by Susanne Bier. [1:49 - R]

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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter - 1.3.1

The extraterrestrial Boov people led by Captain Smek (voiced by Steve Martin) arrive on Earth to escape the enemy Gorg and make a new home. They ship humanity off to a desert, but in the meantime, the accident-prone Boov called "Oh" (voiced by Jim Parsons) accidentally emails the Gorg of their whereabouts. Meanwhile a human 7th grader (voiced by Rihanna) befriends Oh and shelters him from his angry brethren while she looks for her own missing mother (voiced by Jennifer Lopez) and an answer to galactic problems in general. Also with the voice of Matt Jones. Directed by Tim Johnson. A few lines of Boov and Gorg languages are spoken without translation or subtitles. [1:36 - PG]

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Spring - 6.7.10

A hedge fund manager (Will Farrell) is framed and receives a 10-year sentence for a white-collar crime. Fearing for his safety in prison, he approaches another man (Kevin Hart) for instructions in survival inside the penitentiary. His instructor never spent a day in jail, but that does not stop him from giving lessons for a fee. Also with Tip Harris, Craig T. Nelson and Alison Brie. Directed by Eton Cohen. [1:40 - R]

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It Follows - 8.7.5

It's the late 1920s and a timber baron (Bradley Cooper) falls in love and marries a woman (Jennifer Lawrence) who helps him grow his business. However, when secrets from the past creep between them their future comes into question. Also with Rhys Ifans, Toby Jones, David Dencik, Sean Harris, Ana Ularu and Sam Reid. Directed by Susanne Bier. [1:49 - R]

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Insurgent - 3.6.5

In this sequel teens who have abandoned their assigned societal factions, along with one Divergent who can think for herself (Shailene Woodley), battle the powerful Erudite government. The teens flee from soldiers and seek answers as to why the only world they have ever known is crumbling and barricaded behind a wall. Also with Theo James, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Zoë Kravitz and Naomi Watts. Directed by Robert Schwentke & Neil Burger. [1:58 - PG-13]

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Do You Believe? - 3.5.2

A well-meaning but complacent Christian pastor (Ted McGinley) wonders at the faith of a street-corner preacher. Ready to reevaluate his work and his life, the pastor remembers that one must act on one's faith and his subsequent actions surprise his congregation, his family, and the community. Also with Mira Sorvino, Andrea Logan White, Lee Majors, Alexa PenaVega, Sean Astin, Madison Pettis, Cybill Shepherd, Brian Bosworth and Delroy Lindo. Directed by Jonathan M. Gunn. [1:55 - PG-13]

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The Gunman - 6.7.8

A man (Sean Penn) working for a private security agency in Congo assassinates a government official and is forced to flee and remain in hiding. When he returns he realizes that he is now a target for assassination. Also with Idris Elba, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance and Jasmine Trinca. Directed by Pierre Morel. [1:55 - R]

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Cinderella - 2.2.2

After a young woman's father dies, her cruel stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and stepsisters (Holliday Grainer and Sophie McShera) mercilessly bully her (Lily James). Forced to become their unpaid servant, she maintains a positive outlook and when an invitation to a palace ball provides the chance of reuniting with a man (Robert Madden) she met in the woods, her stepmother interferes, but an elderly passerby makes magic happen. Also with Derek Jacobi, Stellan Skarsgĺrd, Hayley Atwell and Helena Bonham Carter. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. [1:45 - PG]

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Run All Night - 3.8.8

Liam Neeson stars as an experienced hit man trying to defend his son (Joel Kinnaman) from the wrath of an Irish crime lord (Ed Harris). Corrupt police officers, Albanian drug lords, and a crime family in New York City complicate his mission. Also with Common, Boyd Holbrook, Genesis Rodríguez and Vincent D'Onofrio. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. A few lines of dialogue are in Albanian with English subtitles. [1:54 - R]

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Unfinished Business - 8.3.9

Vince Vaughn stars as an employee who's tired of working for someone else and not being appreciated and decides to start his own company. After a year of knocking on doors, he goes to Germany with two colleagues to try and pitch a big deal. Also with, Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco, Sienna Miller, June Diane Raphael, Britton Sear, Ella Anderson, Nick Frost and James Marsden. Directed by Ken Scott. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in German with no subtitles provided. [1:31 - R]

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - 3.2.2

In this sequel, a young man (Dev Patel) has built a successful hotel business and is hoping to expand if he can find someone to back him. At the same time, he is preparing for his wedding and the pressures push him to the brink of losing everything without the help of his friend and co-manager (Maggie Smith). Also with David Strathairn, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle, Tina Desai, Richard Gere and Shazad Latif. Directed by John Madden. [2:02 - PG]

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Chappie - 5.7.9

In a South African police state android scouts aide city patrols, but the people begin to fight back. A cadre of criminals force a scientist (Dev Patel) to give up an android he stole and reprogrammed to become sentient but a local robotic weaponry company sees the new android as a threat to business and unleashes a giant mega-robot against it and its human companions. Also with Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman Yo-Landi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo and Sigourney Weaver. Directed by Neill Blomkamp. English subtitles accompany English spoken with thick Afrikaner accents. [2:00 - R]

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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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