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Dead Man Down | Two strangers are irresistibly drawn to each other and their mutual desire for revenge unravels in an escalating trail of violence. R. Starring: Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace and Terrence Howard.
Oz The Great and Powerful | When Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot – fame and fortune are his for the taking – until he meets three witches, Theodora, Evanora and Glinda, who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. PG. Starring: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz.
Emperor | A gripping tale of love and honor forged between fierce enemies of war, inspired by true events, of the bold and secret moves that won the peace in the shadows of post-war Japan. PG-13. Starring: Matthew Fox, Tommy Lee Jones and Eriko Hatsune. Note: In English and Japanese with English subtitles.
21 and Over | Straight-A college student Jeff Chang has always done what he was supposed to do. But when his two best friends Casey and Miller surprise him with a visit for his 21st birthday, Jeff Chang decides to do everything he wants to do for a change, even though his important medical school interview is early the next morning. R. Starring: Miles Teller, Skylar Astin and Justin Chon.
Jack the Giant Slayer | A young farmhand gets swept into the realm of legend when he must defend his land from a seemingly unstoppable force of giant warriors. PG-13. Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson and Ewan McGregor.
The Last Exorcism Part II | Nell Sweetzer is found terrified and alone in rural Louisiana. Back in the relative safety of New Orleans, Nell realizes that she can’t remember entire portions of the previous months, only that she is the last surviving member of her family. Just as Nell begins the difficult process of starting a new life, the evil force that once possessed her is back with other, unimaginably horrific plans that mean her last exorcism was just the beginning. PG-13. Starring: Ashley Bell, Julia Garner and Spencer Treat Clark.
Phantom | Ed Harris plays the captain of a Cold War Soviet missile submarine who has recently been suffering from seizures that alter his perception of reality. Forced to leave his wife and daughter, he is rushed into a classified mission, where he is haunted by his past and challenged by a rogue KGB group bent on seizing control of the ship’s nuclear missile. R. Starring: Ed Harris, William Fichtner and David Duchovny.
Dark Skies | As Daniel and Lacey Barret witness a series of disturbing events involving their family, their safe and peaceful home quickly unravels. When it becomes clear that the Barret family is being targeted by an unimaginably terrifying and deadly force, Daniel and Lacey take matters in their own hands to solve the mystery of what is after their family. PG-13. Starring: Keri Russell, Dakota Goyo and Josh Hamilton.
Snitch | Dwayne Johnson stars as a father whose teenage son is wrongly accused of a drug distribution crime and is looking at a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years. Desperate and determined to rescue his son at all costs, he makes a deal with the U.S. attorney to work as an undercover informant and infiltrate a drug cartel on a dangerous mission – risking everything, including his family and his own life. PG-13. Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Barry Pepper and Jon Bernthal.
Escape from Planet Earth | On the planet Baab, dashing astronaut Scorch Supernova is a national hero and master of daring rescues. However, Scorch does not work alone; his nerdy brother, Gary, head of mission control at BASA, often lends quiet, behind-the-scenes support. PG. Starring: Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jessica Alba.
Beautiful Creatures | A supernatural love story set in the South which tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan, a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena, a mysterious new girl. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town. PG-13. Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Alice Englert and Emma Thompson.
A Good Day to Die Hard | New York City cop John McClane arrives in Moscow to track down his estranged son, Jack. McClane thinks his son is a criminal, so it comes as a shock when he learns that Jack is actually working undercover to protect Komarov, a Russian government whistleblower. R. Starring: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney and Sebastian Koch.
Safe Haven | When a mysterious young woman arrives in a small North Carolina town, her reluctance to join the tight-knit community raises questions about her past. Slowly, she begins putting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets intrude on her new life with such terror that she is forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and rely on the power of love in this romantic thriller. PG-13, Starring: Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough and David Lyons.
Identity Thief | Florida resident Diana has a luxurious lifestyle as the queen of retail, buying whatever strikes her fancy – and it’s all free, thanks to Sandy Bigelow Patterson, a guy from Denver whose identity she stole. R. Starring: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy and Jon Favreau.
Side Effects | Emily and Martin, a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily’s psychiatrist – intended to treat anxiety – has unexpected side effects. R. Starring: Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum and Jude Law.
Warm Bodies | After a zombie epidemic, R encounters Julie and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human – setting off an exciting, romantic and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world. PG-13. Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and Rob Corddry.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters | Fifteen years after Hansel and Gretel defeated the wicked witch who planned to have them for her dinner, the siblings have come of age as skilled bounty hunters. Bent on retribution, they have dedicated their lives to hunting down and destroying every witch still lurking in the dark forests of their homeland. R. Starring: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton and Famke Janssen.
Mama | On the day that their parents die, sisters Lilly and Victoria vanish in the woods, prompting a frantic search by their Uncle Lucas and his girlfriend, Annabel. Five years later, miraculously, the girls are found alive in a decaying cabin, and Lucas and Annabel welcome them into their home. PG-13. Starring: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Jessica Chastain
Silver Linings Playbook | Pat Solitano has lost everything – his house, his job and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother and father after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. When Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives. R. Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro.
Zero Dark Thirty | Following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden becomes one of the most wanted men on the planet. The worldwide manhunt for the terrorist leader occupies the resources and attention of two U.S. presidential administrations. Ultimately, it is the work of a dedicated female operative that proves instrumental in finally locating bin Laden. R. Starring: Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain and Edgar Ramirez.
Les Miserables (2012) | Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. PG-13. Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway.
Parental Guidance | Old school grandfather Artie, who is accustomed to calling the shots, meets his match when he and his eager-to-please wife Diane agree to babysit their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents go away for work. But when 21st century problems collide with Artie and Diane’s old school methods of tough rules, lots of love and old-fashioned games, it’s learning to bend – and not holding your ground – that binds a family together. PG. Starring: Billy Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei.
Argo | On Nov. 4, 1979, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, taking 66 American hostages. Amid the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge with the Canadian ambassador. Knowing that it’s just a matter of time before the refugees are found and likely executed, the U.S. government calls on extractor Tony Mendez to rescue them. Mendez’s plan is to pose as a Hollywood producer scouting locations in Iran and train the refugees to act as his “film” crew. R. Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and Alan Arkin.