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Horns - 7.7.10

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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]


Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) - 5.4.10

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A man (Michael Keaton) who earned his celebrity by playing a super hero in Hollywood movies decides to try to do something more significant by directing and acting in a play on Broadway. Obstacles abound as he struggles with the voices in his head and all of the people in his life. Also with Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, Jeremy Shamos, Andrea Riseborough, Emma Stone, Edward Norton and Lindsay Duncan. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. [1:59 - R]


Ouija - 1.5.3

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A high school teen (Olivia Cook) gathers her friends to look for answers about the mysterious death of a member of their circle (Shelley Hennig). They consult an old Ouija board, attempting to contact the dead teen to learn what happened after she recorded herself using the board. The friends receive more than expected, as they awaken the dead. Also with Daren Kagasoff, Douglas Smith, Ana Coto, Bianca A. Santos, Erin Moriarty and Vivis Colombetti. Directed by Stiles White. [1:29 - PG-13]


John Wick - 2.7.9

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In New York City a retired hit man (Keanu Reeves) loses his wife to disease. Unable to mourn he comes out of retirement to eliminate the Russian gangsters who stole his car, wrecked his house and killed his puppy, the last gift from his dying wife. Also with Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, Ian McShane, Bridget Moynahan, Michael Nyqvist, Adrianne Palicki and Dean Winters. Directed by David Leitch and Chad Stahelski. Several lines of dialogue are in Russian with English subtitles. [1:36 - R]


Copenhagen - 6.3.10

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When a man (Gethin Anthony) finds himself on a trip with his buddy and his girlfriend he becomes bitter and angry. Needing help from a local to find his way around while searching for his grandfather, he meets a teenage girl (Frederikke Dahl Hansen) and he begins to fall for her. Also with Sebastian Armesto and Olivia Grant. Directed by Mark Raso. [1:38 - NR]


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The Book of Life - 2.3.1

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In this animated feature a singing bullfighter (voiced by Diego Luna) in a Mexican village and the son of a dead hero (voiced by Channing Tatum) both want to marry the same woman (voiced by Zoe Saldana). For sport, the ruler of the colorful Land of the Remembered (voiced by Kate del Castillo) and the King of the Grey Land of the Forgotten (voiced by Ron Perlman) bet on which man will marry the woman by the festival of the Day of the Dead. Also with the voices of Christina Applegate, Danny Trejo and Ice Cube. Directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez. Two lines of dialogue with pigs grunting have English subtitles. [1:28 - PG]


Fury - 4.8.10

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It's 1945 and WWII is coming to an end when, against all odds, a veteran army sergeant (Brad Pitt) commands his 5-man Sherman tank crew behind enemy lines on a deadly mission. Also with Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal. Directed by David Ayer. [2:14 - R]


The Best of Me - 5.6.5

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A man (James Marsden) and a woman (Michelle Monaghan) meet and fall in love in high school (their younger versions are played by Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato) but separate because of her wealthy, disapproving parents and his criminal, drug-dealing family. Twenty years later they meet unexpectedly in their old hometown for the funeral of an old friend but before their love can be rekindled they have to deal with more complications. Also with Gerald McRaney, Caroline Goodall and Sean Bridgers. Directed by Michael Hoffman. [1:58 - PG-13]


The Two Faces of January - 5.5.5

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A man (Viggo Mortensen) in Athens on vacation with his wife (Kirsten Dunst) is suspected of being involved in the death of a private investigator. The couple then leaves with another man (Oscar Isaac) to an island, where the intentions of all three of them become unclear. Also with Daisy Bevan and David Warshofsky. Directed by Hossein Amini. [1:36 - PG-13]


St. Vincent - 5.4.5

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A newly single mom (Melissa McCarthy) and her preteen son (Jaeden Liebercher) move to a house in Brooklyn, and she has to work double shifts to support them. Desperate, she turns to an odd neighbor, a troubled Vietnam veteran (Bill Murray), to watch her son after school. The neighbor takes the boy to racetracks and strip joints with a pregnant stripper-prostitute (Naomi Watts). Also with Chris O'Dowd, Scott Adsit, Kimberly Quinn, Selenis Leyva, Donna Mitchell and Terrence Howard. Directed by Michael Ahern and Theodore Melfi. Several lines of dialogue are in Spanish with no subtitles. [1:43 - PG-13]


Men, Women and Children - 9.5.7

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Texas high school students and their parents have technology concerns about porn sites and online video games, infidelity, eating disorders, and the lust for fame at any price: One couple (Adam Sandler and Rosemarie DeWitt) finds extramarital lovers through the Internet, another (Jason Douglas and Jennifer Garner) struggles over electronically monitoring their teen daughter, and a mom (Judy Greer) markets her daughter with raunchy online photos. Also with Travis Tope, Kaitlyn Dever, Olivia Crocicchia, Dean Norris, Ansel Elgort, Emma Thompson (narrator) and Dennis Haysbert. Directed by Jason Reitman. [2:00 - R]


Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead - 5.9.7

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After a weekend with friends at a cabin goes horribly wrong, a man who accidentally killed his girlfriend and cut off his own arm fights his way free of a horde of Nazi zombies and tries to make sense of the events that led to that dreadful day. With Vegar Hoel, Ørjan Gamst, Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer, Ingrid Haas, Stig Frode Henriksen, Hallvard Holmen, Kristoffer Joner, Amrita Acharia and Derek Mears. Directed by Tommy Wirkola. [1:40 - R]


Dracula Untold - 3.6.1

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A new look at a classic tale reveals how a man (Luke Evans) in the 15th century sacrifices all to save his wife (Sarah Gadon), family, and subjects from the Ottoman Empire and by so doing he becomes Count Dracula. Also with Charles Dance, Dominic Cooper, Samantha Barks, Art Parkinson and Diarmaid Murtagh. Directed by Gary Shore. Several scenes include Hungarian dialogue with English subtitles. [1:32 - PG-13]

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