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Heaven Is For Real - 2.3.1

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Adaptation of the eponymous best-seller: A 4-year-old (Connor Corum), the son of a preacher (Greg Kinnear), claims to have visited Heaven while under anesthesia for an appendectomy and to have met Jesus and dead relatives. His parents and their Nebraska town try to find meaning from his experiences. Also with Kelly Reilly, Jacob Vargas, Lane Styles, Nancy Sorel, Margo Martindale and Thomas Haden Church. Directed by Randall Wallace. [1:40 - PG]


Rio 2 - 1.3.1

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After discovering that there might be more Blue Macaws in the Amazon jungle, Blue (Jesse Eisenberg) and his family leave the comfort of Rio to search them out. Also with Kristin Chenoweth, Jemaine Clement, Jim Conroy, Rachel Crow, Miguel Ferrer, Jamie Foxx, Pierce Gagnon, Andy Garcia, Jeffrey Garcia, Bebel Gilberto, Jason Harris, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, Bruno Mars, Sergio Mendes, Natalie Morales, Rita Moreno, Tracy Morgan and Will.i.am. Directed by Carlos Saldanha. [1:41 - G]


Oculus - 3.7.5

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A 10-year-old boy (Brenton Thwaites) was convicted of murdering his parents and after a decade he's is now free at age 21. His sister (Karen Gillan) always felt haunted by the night their parents (Katee Sackhoff and Rory Cochrane) died and thought that supernatural powers escaped and were responsible for the crime. Also with James Lafferty. Directed by Mike Flanagan. [1:45 - R]


Draft Day - 3.2.5

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The General Manager of the NFL's Cleveland Browns (Kevin Costner) needs the Number One Draft Pick to rebuild his poorly performing club in the new season. With the club owner (Frank Langella) and some of the players working against him, he and his assistant (Jennifer Garner) face personal and professional challenges to acquire the top player. Also with Denis Leary, Sam Elliott, Ellen Burstyn, Chadwick Boseman, and Sean Combs. Directed by Ivan Reitman.[1:50 - PG-13]


Dom Hemingway - 7.6.10

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A crack safe-cracker (Jude Law) gets out of jail after 12 years and intends to collect the money owed to him from the man he has been covering for and to get re-acquainted with his daughter. Also with Simeon Moore, Richard E. Grant, Madalina Diana Ghenea, Demian Bichir, Kerry Condon, Emilia Clarke, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Jordan A. Nash. Directed by Richard Shepard. [1:33 - R]


The Raid 2: Berandal - 6.9.10

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In this sequel a rookie police officer (Iko Uwais) goes undercover to take down a major Indonesian crime syndicate and a group of corrupt police and politicians. If he is unsuccessful, his wife and baby boy will die. Also with Alex Abbad, Julie Estelle, Tio Pakusadewo, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Cecep A. Rahman, Ryuhei Matsuda, Kenichi Endo and Kazuki Kitamura. Directed by Gareth Evans. In Chinese languages with English subtitles. [2:28 - R]


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Under the Skin - 9.6.5

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An alien (Scarlett Johansson) entices men to follow her to remote places for sinister reasons. Also with, Jeremy McWilliams, Lynsey Taylor Mackay, Dougie McConnell, Kevin McAlinden, D. Meade, Andrew Gorman and Paul Brannigan. Directed by Jonathan Glazer. Some of the dialogue is indiscernible with no subtitles. [1:48 - R]


Captain America: The Winter Soldier - 1.6.3

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Captain America (Chris Evans) continues to struggle with the modern world and must also face a foe from his past. Also with Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Maximiliano Hernández and Emily VanCamp. Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo & Joss Whedon. [2:15 - PG-13]


Noah - 3.6.1

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The creator warns Noah (Russell Crowe) that life on earth will be extinguished in a great flood and provides instructions on how to build a large ark to save his family and a pair of each animal species at their current stage of development. Noah struggles with his mission and meets heavy resistance and attacks while receiving encouragement from his grandfather Methuselah (Anthony Hopkins). Also with Kevin Durand, Frank Langella, Mark Margolis, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth and Leo McHugh Carroll. Directed by Darren Aranofsky. [2:19 - PG-13]


Sabotage - 7.9.10

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The men and women of a Special Forces DEA unit complete a major drug bust but they also steal a fortune in cash from the drug cartel and someone begins to assassinate them one by one. With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Harold Perrineau, Martin Donovan, Max Martini, Josh Holloway and Mireille Enos. [1:50 - R]


Divergent - 2.6.3

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Sci-fi film about a future world with distinct groups of people responsible for different aspects of community life, which is thrown into revolt when it is determined that there are some among them who do not fit in. With Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Kate Winslet and Ben Lloyd-Hughes. Directed by Neil Burger. [2:19 - PG-13]


Muppets Most Wanted - 1.3.2

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In a case of mistaken identity Kermit the Frog (voiced by Steve Whitmire) is arrested as the notorious jewel thief Constantine (Matt Vogel). Constantine's henchman, Dominic "Number Two" Badguy (Ricky Gervais), takes over as the Muppets' European theater manager while the thief impersonates Kermit. Also with Tina Fey, Bill Berretta, Ty Burrell, Eric Jacobson, Jermaine Clement, Ray Liotta, Dave Goetz and Christopher Waltz. Directed by James Bobin. A few scenes are in German with English subtitles. [1:52 - PG]


Bad Words - 6.3.6

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Jason Bateman stars as a 40-year-old, eighth-grade dropout that works as a proofreader and exploits a loophole to enter a kids' spelling bee. He ventures into adult and crude language and actions as often as he can, while an online journalist (Kathryn Hahn) pays his entry fees and expenses all the way to the spelling bee finals in California. Also with Rohan Chand, Allison Janney, Rachel Harris and Philip Baker Hall. Directed by Bateman. [1:28 - R]


The Single Moms Club - 5.3.4

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Several single moms (Nia Long, Amy Smart, Cocoa Brown, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Zulay Henao) become concerned about discipline at their children's private school and form a support group. The women take turns babysitting all their kids on weekends, while the rest of the club members visit karaoke bars and strip clubs. Also with Terry Crews, William Levy, Ryan Eggold and Tyler Perry. Directed by Tyler Perry. [1:51 - PG-13]


Veronica Mars - 6.5.5

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After moving away from home and her teen life as a private detective with her father, a woman (Kristen Bell) moves to New York to pursue a law career. Her plans are derailed when she is called by a high school friend to help him after he is accused of murder. Also with James Franco, Krysten Ritter, Gaby Hoffmann, Eden Sher, Dax Shepard, Tina Majorino, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jason Dohring, Martin Starr and Justin Long. Directed by Rob Thomas. [1:47 - PG-13]


The Grand Budapest Hotel - 6.6.6

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The legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) of a famous European hotel is also a member of a secret society. The new lobby boy (Tony Revolori) becomes his most trusted partner and friend and in the 1930s they become embroiled in art theft, murders, and Communist plots. Also with F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray and Edward Norton. Directed by Wes Anderson. [1:39 - R]

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