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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 - 2.6.1

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After the shocking outcome of the Quarter Quell, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) finds herself in a place she doesn't recognize and is tasked to spread propaganda that will incite the districts into a rebellion against the Capitol. Her choices and decisions can wreak havoc on the ones she loves and she cannot be sure who the real enemy is. Also with Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin and Elizabeth Banks. Directed by Francis Lawrence. [2:03 - PG-13]


Rosewater - 3.5.5

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Based on a Maziar Bahari's memoir "Then They Came for Me": the film follows a Tehran-born broadcast journalist (Gael García Bernal) as he interviews the candidate opposing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's 2009 re-election bid. As opposition supporters riot in the streets, the journalist sends video footage of their action to the BBC and suffers imprisonment and torture for four months by a man known only as "Rosewater." Also with Kim Bodnia, Dimitri Leonidas, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Clare Foy, Jason Jones and Haluk Bilginer. Directed by Jon Stewart. Several scenes include dialogue in Persian with English subtitles. [1:43 - R]


Beyond the Lights - 6.3.5

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A new pop star (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) wins a Billboard Music Award and seeking money and fame to please her mother she must confront the pressures of success. Her lifesaver is a police officer (Nate Parker) with political goals. Also with Minnie Driver, Danny Glover and Machine Gun Kelly. Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. [1:42 - PG-13]


Dumb and Dumber To - 6.4.5

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Sequel to the popular 1994 comedy "Dumb and Dumber": Intellectually challenged friends (Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels) take a road trip to a science conference to find the daughter that one of them never knew he had. The other falls in love with her. Also with Laurie Holden and Kathleen Turner. Directed by Bobby & Peter Farrelly. [1:50 - PG-13]


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Big Hero 6 - 1.4.1

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A science prodigy (voiced by Ryan Potter) gives up robot fighting to join his older brother (voiced by Daniel Henney) and a team of young inventors at nerd school and invents an intricate robotics system for his entrance audition at the school tech fair. However, a fire destroys the entire building and a healthcare robot called Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit) joins the young inventors in search of the evil Kabuki Man (voiced by James Cromwell). Also with the voices of Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez, T. J. Miller, Maya Rudolph, Damon Wayans Jr. and Alan Tudyk. Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams. Disney Studios. [1:28 - PG]


Interstellar - 1.5.5

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An astronaut (Matthew McConaughey) comes out of retirement to help search for a new home planet for humans as the Earth dies gradually under massive storms. With little time left, he goes through a wormhole with his flight engineer (Anne Hathaway) to explore new worlds. Also with David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, John Lithgow, Michael Caine, Josh Stewart, Casey Affleck, Jessica Chastain and the voice of Bill Irwin,. Directed by Christopher Nolan. [2:49 - PG-13]


Listen Up Philip - 3.3.7

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A writer (Jason Schwartzman), miserable and angry on the eve of the publication of his second book, is befriended by a seasoned and successful writer and together they explore their insecurities and unhappiness with life. Also with Elisabeth Moss, Krysten Ritter, Joséphine de La Baume, Jonathan Pryce and Jess Weixler. Directed by Alex Ross Perry. [1:48 - NR]


Before I Go to Sleep - 6.6.5

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A woman (Nicole Kidman) struggles with memories that she rebuilds during the day, but are erased when she sleeps. Years earlier she survived a severe head trauma that has left her with amnesia and she can't remember her husband (Colin Firth) or anything else about the last twenty years of her life. Also with Mark Strong, Ben Crompton, Anne-Marie Duff and Adam Levy. Directed by Rowan Joffe. [1:32 - R]


Nightcrawler - 3.7.9

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An LA freelancer (Jake Gyllenhaal) uses a video camera and a low-paid flunky (Riz Ahmed) to capture and sell footage of ghastly nighttime accidents and crimes. His public wants to see more and more blood and gore, so the freelancer and a TV news director (Rene Russo) are eager to comply. Also with Bill Paxton and Michael Hyatt. Directed by Dan Gilroy. [1:57 - R]


Laggies - 5.3.6

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An underachieving woman (Keira Knightley) panics at age 28 when her live-in boyfriend of 10 years (Mark Webber) proposes marriage. To gain some thinking time, she escapes to the house of her new 16-year-old friend (Chloë Grace Moretz) and there she meets her friend's very interesting and available father (Sam Rockwell) while her friend finds her long lost mother. Also with Gretchen Mol and Kaitlyn Dever. Directed by Lynn Shelton. [1:39 - R]


Horns - 7.7.10

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A man's (Daniel Radcliffe) girlfriend (Juno Temple) is murdered on the night that he proposes to her and he is accused of the crime. While trying to track down the real killer he finds himself growing horns and he develops an unusual power over people. Also with Heather Graham, Sabrina Carpenter, Kelli Garner, David Morse, James Remar, Joe Anderson, Max Minghella and Kathleen Quinlan. Directed by Alexandre Aja. [2:00 - R]


Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) - 5.4.10

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A man (Michael Keaton) who earned his celebrity by playing a super hero in Hollywood movies decides to try to do something more significant by directing and acting in a play on Broadway. Obstacles abound as he struggles with the voices in his head and all of the people in his life. Also with Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, Jeremy Shamos, Andrea Riseborough, Emma Stone, Edward Norton and Lindsay Duncan. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. [1:59 - R]


Ouija - 1.5.3

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A high school teen (Olivia Cook) gathers her friends to look for answers about the mysterious death of a member of their circle (Shelley Hennig). They consult an old Ouija board, attempting to contact the dead teen to learn what happened after she recorded herself using the board. The friends receive more than expected, as they awaken the dead. Also with Daren Kagasoff, Douglas Smith, Ana Coto, Bianca A. Santos, Erin Moriarty and Vivis Colombetti. Directed by Stiles White. [1:29 - PG-13]

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