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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.

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End of Watch | Young Los Angeles police officers Taylor and Zavala patrol the city’s meanest streets of south central Los Angeles. Giving the story a gripping, portrait of the city’s most dangerous corners, the cops who risk their lives there every day, and the price they and their families are forced to pay. R. Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña and Anna Kendrick.

Playing for Keeps | A romantic comedy about a charming, down-on-his luck former soccer star who returns home to put his life back together. PG-13. Starring: Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel and Judy Greer.

The Collection | When Elena’s friends take her to a secret party at an undisclosed location, she never imagined she would become the latest victim of The Collector, a psychopathic killer. R. Starring: Emma Fitzpatrick, Josh Stewart and Christopher McDonald.

Killing Them Softly | When rival crook Johnny Amato hatches a plan to rob a card game run by mob lackey Markie, he picks a low-rent thug named Frankie to do the job. Frankie picks a less-than-ideal partner to help him, but despite their combined incompetence, they manage to make off with the mob’s money. R. Starring: Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins and James Gandolfini.

Life of Pi | The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper’s son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean. PG. Starring: Suraj Sharma, Irfan Khan and Tabu.

Red Dawn | A city in Washington state awakens to the surreal sight of foreign paratroopers dropping from the sky; the U.S. has been invaded and their hometown is the initial target. PG-13. Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck and Josh Hutcherson.

Rise of the Guardians | When an evil spirit called Pitch becomes bent upon taking over the world by inspiring fear in the hearts of kids everywhere, a group of our greatest heroes – Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost – band together for the first time, determined to stand in Pitch’s way. PG. Starring: Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman and Jude Law.

Hitchcock | Following his great success with “North by Northwest,” director Alfred Hitchcock makes a daring choice for his next project: an adaptation of Robert Bloch’s novel “Psycho.” When the studio refuses to back the picture, Hitchcock decides to pay for it himself in exchange for a percentage of the profits. His wife, Alma Reville, has serious reservations about the film but supports him nonetheless. PG-13. Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 | Bella awakens – as a vampire – from her life-threatening labor, and her newborn daughter, Renesmee, proves to be very special indeed. While Bella adjusts to her new state of being, Renesmee experiences accelerated growth. PG-13. Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.

Skyfall | Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. PG-13. Starring: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes.

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.

Flight | Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane. R. Starring Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly and John Goodman.

Wreck-It Ralph | Arcade-game character Wreck-It Ralph is tired of always being the bad guy and losing to his good guy opponent, Fix-It Felix. Finally, after decades of seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides to take matters into his own hands. PG. Starring: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer.

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.

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.

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