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Editor's Note: Studios did not allow us to attend advance screenings of Black or White and The Loft. Critics are attending screenings today and we'll have reviews later.


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]


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]


The Boy Next Door - 8.6.6

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A woman (Jennifer Lopez), separated from her husband, lives with her teenage son (Ian Nelson) next to an elderly man whose nephew (Ryan Guzman) moves in to help out. The young man befriends the teen and begins insinuating himself into the life of the woman with increasing intensity. Also with John Corbett, Kristin Chenoweth, Lexi Atkins and Hill Harper. Directed by Rob Cohen. [1:31 - R]


Song One - 5.2.5

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A woman (Anne Hathaway) returns home when her brother (Ben Rosenfield) is injured in an accident and ends up in a coma. As she tries to get reacquainted with him by visiting the places he would frequent and meeting with people he knew, she meets her brother's favorite musician (Johnny Flynn) and they begin a relationship. Also with Mary Steenburgen and Gideon Glick. Directed by Kate Barker-Froyland. [1:26 - PG-13]


Two Days, One Night - 1.3.4

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A woman (Marion Cotillard) loses her job after her colleagues vote to receive bonuses in exchange for her losing her position. She spends a fitful weekend trying to convince each of them to forfeit their bonuses and vote her back in. Also with Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salée, Batiste Sornin, Pili Groyne and Simon Caudry. Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne. In French and Arabic with English subtitles. [1:35 - PG-13]


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Blackhat - 5.6.5

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The American government releases a convicted hacker (Chris Hemsworth) from prison to collaborate with the Chinese in a manhunt for a notorious international cybercriminal. The chase takes the crime fighters through major world capitals and mayhem. Also with Tang Wei, Wang Leehom, Viola Davis, Holt McCallany, William Mapother, Ritchie Costar and Manny Montana. Directed by Michael Mann. Several scenes include Chinese dialogue with English subtitles. [2:13 - R]


Paddington - 1.3.1

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Based on the children's stories "A Bear Called Paddington Bear" by Michael Bond: A young bear from deepest, darkest Peru is sent away after his uncle dies and his aunt can no longer care for him. When he arrives in England with a note around his neck that reads, "Please look after this bear" he learns that finding a home and a family is more difficult than he thought. Also with Nicole Kidman, Ben Whishaw, Imelda Staunton, Hugh Bonneville, Michael Gambon, Sally Hawkins, Peter Capaldi, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Matt Lucas, Samuel Joslin and Madeleine Harris. Directed by Paul King. [1:35 - PG]


The Wedding Ringer - 6.5.10

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An awkward groom (Josh Gad) uses a rent-a-groomsman business to find a best man and ushers for his wedding. The proprietor (Keven Hart) cautions his client that friendship is not part of the package, but things get complicated. Also with Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Olivia Thirlby, Jennifer Lewis and Ken Howard. Directed by Jeremy Garelick. [1:41 - R]


Selma - 2.5.5

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The story of the civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama, led by Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) in 1965. Also with Giovanni Ribisi, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Carmen Ejogo, Martin Sheen, Tessa Thompson, Alessandro Nivola, Dylan Baker and Tom Wilkinson. Directed by Ava DuVernay. [2:07 - PG-13]


American Sniper - 3.8.10

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Based on the true story: Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), a Navy SEAL and decorated sniper, returns to his family after four tours and struggles to regain his footing. Also with Sienna Miller, E.R. Ruiz, Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman, Max Charles, Brian Hallisay, Kyle Gallner and Keir O'Donnell. Directed by Clint Eastwood. [2:12 - R]

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