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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb - 2.5.3

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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]


Annie - 2.3.3

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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]


Foxcatcher - 3.4.3

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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]


Comet - 3.2.8

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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]


The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - 1.6.2

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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]


Exodus: Gods and Kings - 1.6.1

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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

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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]


Inherent Vice - 8.5.9

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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]


The Theory of Everything - 4.3.2

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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]


The Better Angels - 1.4.1

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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]


Life Partners - 4.2.8

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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]


Snowpiercer - 1.7.8

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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]


Penguins of Madagascar - 2.3.2

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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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