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Argo | On Nov. 4, 1979, Iranian revolutionaries storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. Amid the chaos, six Americans manage to find refuge with the Canadian ambassador. The government calls on extractor Tony Mendez to rescue them. Mendez’s plan: to pose as a Hollywood film producer scouting locations in Iran and use the refugees as his “crew.” R. Starring: Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin and John Goodman.
Here Comes the Boom | A high school biology teacher moonlights as a mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to save the school’s music program. PG. Starring: Kevin James, Henry Winkler and Salma Hayek.
Seven Psychopaths | Marty has a couple of oddball buddies, Hans and Billy, who make a living by kidnapping rich people’s dogs, then returning them and collecting the reward. However this time, the fur flies when Hans and Billy kidnap the beloved pooch of a gangster, and Marty uses the ensuing events as fodder for his screenplay. R. Starring: Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell.
Sinister | Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity. R. Starring: Ethan Hawke, James Ransone and Vincent D’Onofrio.
Frankenweenie | After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life – with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous. PG. Starring: Charlie Tahan, Winona Ryder and Martin Landau.
The Master | Freddie Quell is a troubled drifter struggling with the trauma of World War II and whatever inner demons ruled his life before that. On a fateful night in 1950, Freddie boards a passing boat and meets Lancaster Dodd the charismatic leader of a religious movement called the Cause. Freddie tries hard to adhere to Dodd’s weird teachings and forms a close bond with his mentor, even as other members of Dodd’s inner circle see him as a threat. R. Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams.
Taken 2 | In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter. PG-13. Starring: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen.
Pitch Perfect | College student Beca knows she does not want to be part of a clique, but that’s exactly where she finds herself after arriving at her new school. Thrust in among mean gals, nice gals and just plain weird gals, Beca finds that the only thing they have in common is how well they sing together. PG-13. Starring: Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin and Ben Platt.
Won’t Back Down | Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis portray determined mothers who will stop at nothing to transform their children’s failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy and a system mired in traditional thinking, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children. PG. Starring: Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Lance Reddick.
Looper | In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented – but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper” – a hired gun, like Joe, is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good … until the day the mob decides to “close the loop,” sending back Joe’s future self for assassination. R. Starring: Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt.
Hotel Transylvania | Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. PG. Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Fran Drescher.
Dredd 3D | The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington, D.C., lies Mega City One – a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. R. Starring: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey.
End of Watch | Young Los Angeles police officers Taylor and Zavala patrol the city’s meanest streets of south central Los Angeles. R. Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña and Anna Kendrick.
House at the End of the Street | Seeking a fresh start, newly divorced Sarah and her daughter Elissa find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town. But when startling and unexplainable events begin to happen, Sarah and Elissa learn the town is in the shadows of a chilling secret. PG-13. Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue and Max Thieriot.
Trouble With the Curve | For decades Gus Lobel has been one of baseball’s best scouts but now his age is catching up with him. Still, he refuses to be benched even though his bosses are questioning his judgment. PG-13. Starring: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake.
Resident Evil: Retribution | Alice fights alongside a resistance movement in the continuing battle against the Umbrella Corporation and the undead. R. Starring: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory and Colin Salmon.
The Possession | Clyde and Stephanie Brenek see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host. PG-13. Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick and Madison Davenport.
Lawless (2012) | Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Va., a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits. R. Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman.
The Bourne Legacy | A story centered on a new CIA operative in the universe based on Robert Ludlum’s novels. PG-13. Starring: Jeremy Renner, Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz.
The Dark Knight Rises | Eight years after the events of “The Dark Knight,” the terrorist leader Bane arrives in Gotham City, pushing it and its police force to their limits, forcing its former hero Batman to resurface after taking the fall for Harvey Dent’s crimes. PG-13. Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman.