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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.
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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.
Bullet to the Head | The deaths of their partners bring a cop and a hit man together against a common enemy. R. Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Kang Sung and Sarah Shahi.
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.
Parker | Parker is a professional thief who lives by a personal code of ethics: Don’t steal from people who can’t afford it and don’t hurt people who don’t deserve it. But on his latest heist, his crew double crosses him, steals his stash and leaves him for dead. R. Starring: Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez and Clifton Collins Jr.
Broken City | New York’s powerful mayor, Nicolas Hostetler, calls on freelance detective Billy for a special job. Hostetler thinks his wife, Cathleen, is having an affair, and that it might hurt his chances for re-election. However, as Billy starts to investigate, he becomes embroiled in a bigger scandal than he realized. R. Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
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.
Gangster Squad | Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and – if he has his way – every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. R. Starring: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Josh Brolin.
A Haunted House | Malcolm and Kisha have just moved in to their dream house. As they settle in, they quickly find they’re not alone. But it’s not the house that’s haunted, its Malcolm’s girlfriend who is possessed by a demon. R. Starring: Marlon Wayans, Cedric the Entertainer and Essence Atkins.
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.
The Impossible | Maria, Henry and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her. PG-13. Starring: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor and Tom Holland.
Django Unchained | Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django is a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz. Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. R. Starring: Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz.
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.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey | Bilbo Baggins lives a simple life with his fellow hobbits in the shire, until the wizard Gandalf arrives and convinces him to join a group of dwarves on a quest to reclaim the kingdom of Erebor. PG-13. Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Richard Armitage.
Lincoln | As the Civil War continues to rage, America’s president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. PG-13. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and David Straithairn.