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The Duff - 5.3.5

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A high school honor student (Mae Whitman) learns that she is the laughing stock of her fellow students for her smarts and lack of fashion style. Even her friends (Skyler Samuels and Bianca Santos) begin to cyber-bully her (she's labeled as DUFF, i.e. Designated Ugly Fat Friend) but she receives help from her long-time neighbor (Robbie Amell). Also with Ken Jeong, Nick Eversman, Allison Janney and Bela Thorne. Some phrases are spoken in Spanish with English subtitles and several cell phone conversations are captioned. Directed by Ari Sandel. [1:41 - PG-13]


Hot Tub Time Machine 2 - 8.6.10

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In this sequel four buddies (Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, Clark Duke and Adam Scott) try to unravel the damage done when they used a time machine to steal the works of famous people. When an unknown assassin shoots the friend who stole the position of "Father of the Internet," two of the other friends use the hot tub time machine to try to stop the gunman, with chaotic results. Also with Chevy Chase and Collette Wolfe. Directed by Steve Pink. [1:33 - R]


McFarland USA - 2.4.2

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A new coach (Kevin Costner) moves to a Hispanic high school in 1980s California and finds his track team members culturally unfamiliar, but with extraordinary skills. As he learns about their strong family ties and work ethic he also learns about himself. Also with Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor, Carlos Pratts and Valente Rodriguez. Directed by Nikki Caro. Several lines of dialogue are in Spanish with English subtitles. [2:08 - PG]


Kingsman: The Secret Service - 4.7.10

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A young man (Taron Egerton) is recruited to try out for a British-based secret agency and he is put through a number of test situations to determine if he is a worthy candidate. Also with Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Jonno Davies, Jack Davenport, Alex Nikolov, Samantha Womack, Mark Hamill, Velibor Topic, Sofia Boutella, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Caine. A few lines of dialogue are in a Middle Eastern language and a Scandinavian language with English subtitles. Directed by Matthew Vaughn. [2:09 - R]


Fifty Shades of Grey - 10.5.5

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An obsessive billionaire (Jamie Dornan) teaches a naïve college senior (Dakota Johnson) about sadomasochism and demands a behavioral contract that rules out love and romance. The couple examines their own needs and desires within a tenuous relationship, among pressures from family and friends. Also with Eloise Mumford, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Victor Rasuk, Marcia Gay Hardin, Max Martini, Jennifer Ehle and Dylan Neal. Directed by Sam Taylor-Wood. [2:00 - R]


Seventh Son - 2.6.5

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A young man (Ben Barnes) is recruited from his home by a hunter of creatures of the dark (Jeff Bridges) because he is the seventh son of the seventh son. His mission is to be an apprentice and help kill the mother of all witches (Julianne Moore). Also with Alicia Vikander, Antje Traue, Olivia Williams, John DeSantis, Kit Harington and Djimon Hounsou. Directed by Sergei Bodrov. [1:42 - PG-13]


The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water - 2.3.2

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In this sequel Burger Beard the Pirate (Antonio Banderas) steals the secret recipe for Krabby Patties and the undersea denizens go into turmoil without their favorite fast food sandwich. SpongeBob (voiced by Tom Kenny) and Patrick (voiced by Bill Fagerbakke) gather their friends and become superheroes on a dry-land mission to defeat the culinary pirate and restore order to the city of Bikini Bottom. Also with the voices of Mr. Lawrence, Carolyn Lawrence, Roger Bumpass, Clancy Brown, Matt Berry and Jill Talley. Directed by Paul Tibbett. [1:33 - PG]


The Loft - 7.6.9

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Five men (Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet and Matthias Schoenaerts) enter into an arrangement that allows them to share a loft apartment for their dalliances and infidelities. When a young woman is found dead and handcuffed to the bed the friends begin to doubt and question everyone's motives. Also with Isabel Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Rhona Mitra, Valerie Cruz, Kali Rocha, Elaine Cassidy and Margarita Levieva. Directed by Erik Van Looy. [1:48 - R]


Black or White - 2.4.5

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An alcoholic attorney (Kevin Costner) loses his teenage daughter to death in childbirth when she delivers a biracial child. When the child (Jillian Estelle) is eight years old, his wife (Jennifer Ehle) also dies, leaving him to raise the girl alone. His African American in-laws vie for child custody. Also with Octavia Spencer, Anthony Mackie, Bill Burr, Andre Holland and Mpho Kaoho. Directed by Mike Binder. [2:01 - PG-13]


Project Almanac - 4.5.5

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In this found-footage story, a high school science geek (Jonny Weston), his sister (Gina Gardner) and his best friends (Allen Evangelista and Sam Lerner) find a dismantled time warping device and coax it into working. Revisiting past teen moments in an attempt to perfect them with the help of time travel, the group finds disturbing distortions in history upon returning to the present. Also with Sofia Black D'Elia, Amy Landecker and Katie Garfield. Directed by Dean Israelite. [1:46 - PG-13]


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Cake - 5.4.7

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A woman (Jennifer Aniston) suffering from debilitating pain after an accident struggles with the suicide of a friend in her support group. Also with Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Mamie Gummer, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy and Chris Messina. Directed by Daniel Barnz. Several lines of dialogue are in Spanish with English subtitles. [1:42 - R]


Black Sea - 2.6.10

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A submarine captain (Jude Law) and his diverse crew search for a sunken U-boat at the bottom of the Black Sea, rumored to be full of gold ingots. Rising claustrophobia, greed and desperation causes them to turn on each other. Also with Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Michael Smiley, David Threlfall, Grigoriy Dobrygin and Tobias Menzies. Directed by Kevin Macdonald. Several lines of dialogue are in Russian with English subtitles; a few phrases of Russian have no translation. [1:55 - R]


Mortdecai - 6.6.5

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An English noble and crooked art dealer (Johnny Depp) owes millions in back taxes. An MI5 agent (Ewan McGregor) makes a deal with him to track down stolen art in exchange for avoiding prison, but other people are after art pieces, which are rumored to contain the code to a secret bank account filled with Nazi gold. Also with Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Munn, Jeff Goldblum and Paul Bettany. Directed by David Koepp. [1:46 - R]


Strange Magic - 3.3.2

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A bride-turned-warrior fairy princess (voiced by Evan Rachel Wood) sets out to rescue her sister and the Sugar Plum Fairy (voiced by Kristin Chenoweth) from the Dark Forest. She suffers obstacles from her own father (Alfred Molina), a selfish prince (Sam Palladio), lizards and the Bog King (Alan Cumming). Also with Maya Rudolph, Elijah Kelley and Meredith Anne Bull. Directed by Gary Rydstrom. [1:39 - PG]

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