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Admission | Straight-laced Princeton University admissions officer Portia Nathan is caught off guard when she makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school overseen by her former college classmate, the free-wheeling John Pressman. Pressman has surmised that Jeremiah, his gifted yet very unconventional student, might well be the son that Portia secretly gave up for adoption many years ago. PG-13. Starring: Tina Fey, Paul Rudd and Nat Wolff.
The Croods | When the cave that has always been their home is destroyed – with the rest of their world not far behind it – the Croods are forced to set off on the first family road (or path) trip. Rocked by generational clashes and seismic shifts, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures and a future beyond any they imagined. G. Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone.
Olympus Has Fallen | The unthinkable happens when heavily armed and highly trained terrorists launch a bold daytime attack on the White House. The building is overrun, and President Benjamin Asher and his staff are taken hostage. Luckily for Asher, former presidential security officer Mike Banning is on the scene. With time running out, it’s up to Banning to locate Asher’s son before the extremists do and rescue the president before his captors unleash their ultimate plan. R. Starring: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman.
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Spring Breakers | Brit, Faith, Candy and Cotty are best friends anxious to cut loose on their own spring break adventure, but they lack sufficient funds. After holding up a restaurant for quick cash, the girls head to the shore in a stolen car for what they discover is the party of a lifetime. They’re thrown in jail – but quickly bailed out by Alien, a local rapper, drug pusher and arms dealer who lures them into a criminal underbelly that’s as lurid as it is liberating for a close-knit gang of girlfriends who are still figuring out their path. R. Starring: James Franco, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone | Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone and his partner, Anton Marvelton, have reigned as kings of the Las Vegas strip for years. Their work rakes in millions of dollars, but the biggest illusion yet is their friendship. Time and familiarity have bred contempt between them. When a street magician’s increasing popularity threatens to knock them off their thrones, Burt and Anton recognize that they have to repair the relationship and salvage the act. PG-13. Starring: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde and Jim Carrey.
The Call | When veteran 911 operator, Jordan, takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl’s life. R. Starring: Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin and Morris Chestnut.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.