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Poltergeist - 3.6.4

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Remake of the eponymous 1982 film: A family realizes it is haunted when their youngest child begins to speak to invisible entities inside a closet and their television set. When evil forces capture the little girl, her parents (Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt) hire a professor and a TV ghost hunter to exorcise the demons. Also with Jared Harris and Jane Adams. Directed by Gil Kenan. [1:33 - PG-13]


Tomorrowland - 2.4.3

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A jaded inventor (George Clooney) and an enthusiastic teen (Britt Robertson) travel through space-time to a place called Tomorrowland and they take actions that change Earth's timeline and give people hope. Also with Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn and Keegan-Michael Key. Directed by Brad Bird. Several lines of dialogue are in French, without subtitles; a couple of lines in an unknown language used by a robot are accompanied by English subtitles. [2:10 - PG]


Mad Max: Fury Road - 5.8.5

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In a savage post-apocalyptic world in 2060, gangs rule the highways and hoard oil and water. A former highway patrol officer (Tom Hardy) whose family was killed meets a woman (Charlize Theron) who's trying to save a group of female slaves from a gang led by a crazed warlord (Hugh Keays-Byrne). Also with Nicolas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Abbey Lee and Courtney Eaton. Directed by George Miller. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in an unknown foreign language with English subtitles. [2:00 - R]


Good Kill - 6.6.10

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Based on actual events: After serving several tours of duty a fighter pilot (Ethan Hawke) is assigned stateside to drone duty, where he is given targets and he and his team blow them up remotely. He longs to fly again and struggles over the legitimacy of the targets he's being given. Also with Bruce Greenwood, Jake Abel, Ryan Montano, Dylan Kenin, Stafford Douglas, Zion Rain Leyba, January Jones, Sachie Capitani, Michael Sheets and Zoë Kravitz. Directed by Andrew Niccol. [1:42 - R]


Pitch Perfect 2 - 4.3.5

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The Barden Bellas earn a suspension from the collegiate A Capella competition when one of the singer's (Rebel Wilson) skin-tight stretch pants split during her solo during a Presidential performance. To make amends, the Bellas enter the world competition, which Americans have never won. Also with Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Shelley Regner, Kelley Jakle, Hailee Steinfeld and Chrissie Fit. Directed by Elizabeth Banks. [1:54 - PG-13]


Animals - 5.5.9

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A man and a woman (David Dastmalchian and Kim Shaw) live on the streets and move from one con to another in an effort to keep their drug addiction in check. When their habit eventually gets the better of them, they must each decide the path they will take. Also with John Heard, John Hoogenakker, John Lister and Lawrence MacGowan. Directed by Collin Schiffli. [1:30 - R]


Welcome to Me - 8.3.5

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A woman (Kristen Wiig) with a borderline personality disorder wins the lottery and decides that she will use her money to start her own talk show about herself. Also with Linda Cardellini, James Marsden, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Wes Bentley, Alan Tudyk, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack and Thomas Mann. Directed by Shira Piven. [1:45 - R]


Hot Pursuit - 5.5.5

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An uptight Southern cop (Reese Witherspoon) escorts a Latina crime witness (Sophia Vergara) to court in Dallas, Texas. Several arguments, interruptions by corrupt police officers and thugs make the journey longer than expected, but the women have the chance to solve an even bigger crime. Also with John Carroll Lynch, Robert Kazinsky, Richard T. Jones and Jim Gaffigan. Directed by Anne Fletcher. Several lines of dialogue are in Spanish with English subtitles. [1:27 - PG-13]


The D Train - 8.2.10

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Jack Black stars as a man who was unpopular in high school and has never gotten over it. As a way to impress his former schoolmates, he is determined to do absolutely anything to get the most popular guy (James Marsden) to come to their 20-year high school reunion. Also with Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor, Russell Posner, Henry Zebrowski, Kyle Bornheimer, Mike White and Corrina Lyons. Directed by Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul. [1:37 - R]


Misery Loves Comedy - 4.2.9

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A documentary look at what inspired over fifty comedians and filmmakers to do what they do and if it is true that being miserable makes one funny. With Kathleen Madigan, Amy Schumer, Tom Hanks, Jimmy Fallon, Christopher Guest, Jim Gaffigan, Janeane Garofalo, Steve Coogan and Larry David. Directed by Kevin Pollak. The film is dedicated to Robin Williams. [1:34 - NR]


Roar - 2.6.1

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A man (Noel Marshall) moves into an African reserve where he interacts with wild lions, tigers and other big cats. When his family (Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith, John Marshall and Jerry Marshall) arrives for a vacation, the interaction becomes treacherous and dangerous. Also with Kyalo Mativo and Frank Tom. Directed by Noel Marshall. [1:42 - PG]


Clouds of Sils Maria - 6.3.7

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An actress (Juliette Binoche) struggles with aging and insecurity when she is asked to take on a role in a film that continues the story of an older film that started her career. Also with Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lars Eidinger, Johnny Flynn, Angela Winkler, Hanns Zischler, Nora von Waldstätten, Brady Corbet, Aljoscha Stadelmann and Claire Tran. Directed by Olivier Assayas. [2:04 - R]


Wolf at the Door - 7.6.6

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A young girl is kidnapped and her parents cannot begin to imagine who might have done such a thing. Slowly, we learn that there is someone involved in both of their lives who may have had a motive. With Thalita Carauta, Juliano Cazarré, Milhem Cortaz, Bernardo, Leandra Leal, Fabiula Nascimento, Isabelle Ribas and Antonio Saboia. Directed by Fernando Coimbra. In Portuguese with English subtitles. [1:40 - NR]


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Avengers: Age of Ultron - 3.6.3

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The Avengers unite to face a formidable foe and find themselves struggling with their own inner demons along the way. Also with Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie and Hayley Atwell. Directed by Joss Whedon. [2:21 - PG-13]


Slow West - 2.6.5

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In the late 19th century a 16-year-old boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) travels from Scotland to the American West in search of the young woman he loves. Along the way he meets a bounty hunter (Michael Fassbender) who agrees to help him across the untamed territories. Also with Ben Mendelsohn, Rory McCann, Alex Macqueen, Brooke Williams and Caren Pistorius. Directed by John Maclean. [1:24 - R]


Hyena - 9.10.10

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A police officer in a special vice unit finds himself caught between his higher-ups who seem out to get him and the Albanian and Turkish drug traffickers who don't like people meddling in their business. Also with Peter Ferdinando, Stephen Graham, Neil Maskell, Elisa Lasowski, MyAnna Buring, Richard Dormer, Gordon Brown, Tony Pitts, Orli Shuka and Gjevat Kelmendi. Directed by Gerard Johnson. [1:52 - NR]


Far From the Madding Crowd - 5.4.2

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Based on the Victorian classic by Thomas Hardy, an independent woman (Carey Mulligan) inherits a farm and attracts three suitors: One is a sheepherder (Matthias Schoenaerts), another is an army sergeant (Tom Sturridge), and the last a rich older man (Michael Sheen). The woman suffers difficulties in choosing from among the three, as she attempts to manage her farm and livestock. Also with Juno Temple. Directed by Thomas Vinterberg. [2:00 - PG-13]


Adult Beginners - 4.2.9

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A self-centered and hopeless business failure (Nick Kroll) moves in with his pregnant sister (Rose Byrne) and brother-in-law (Bobby Cannavale) since he is broke. Unexpectedly, he finds that he is to be his 3-year-old nephew's nanny. Also with Joel McHale, Jane Krakowski and Bobby Moynahan. Directed by Roz Katz. [1:30 - R]


Little Boy - 1.5.2

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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]


The Age of Adaline - 4.4.3

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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]


Ex Machina - 6.5.6

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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]


Cut Bank - 2.6.7

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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

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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]


Unfriended - 6.7.10

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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]


Monkey Kingdom - 3.2.0

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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]


Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 - 2.4.1

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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]


Beyond the Reach - 3.6.4

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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]


True Story - 5.6.5

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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]


Child 44 - 5.7.6

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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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