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No Good Deed - 4.6.5

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A former prosecutor (Taraji P. Henson) and stay-at-home mom of two opens her door to a handsome stranger (Idris Elba) one stormy night when her negligent husband is away. The rain soaked stranger alleges car trouble, but ensuing events horrify and shock the family he meets. Also with Leslie Bibb, Kate del Castillo, Mark Smith, Henry Simmons and Wilbur Fitzgerald. Directed by Sam Miller. [1:24 - PG-13]


The Drop - 2.7.10

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A Brooklyn bartender (Tom Hardy) helps to pass ill-gotten cash ("drops") to mob bosses through his bar business. Bullied by his older cousin (James Gandolfini), who lost the bar to Chechen mobsters, the bartender becomes entangled in police investigations, animal and domestic abuse and his cousin's increasingly strange behavior. Also with Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ann Dowd, John Ortiz and James Frecheville. Directed by Michael R. Roskam. [1:46 - R]


Dolphin Tale 2 - 2.3.1

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A dolphin's new prosthetic tail saved her life, but a pool mate dies and she becomes depressed. The USDA demands that the director of the aquarium (Harry Connick, Jr.) find her a female dolphin friend or lose her to a Sea-World type home. Also with Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristofferson, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Juliana Harkavy and Austin Stowell. Directed by Charles Martin Smith.[1:47 - PG]


The Zero Theorem - 6.4.6

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Struggling to focus on his mission to uncover the meaning of life, a man (Christoph Waltz) petitions his employer to allow him to work in the solitude of his home while waiting for "the call" that will presumably answer all of his questions about our existence. The management agrees initially with stipulations that include a regular therapy session, interaction with a brilliant teenager working on his own computer mission and a sexy young woman in a virtual world. Also with Matt Damon, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Peter Stormare, Ben Whishaw, Mélanie Thierry, Lucas Hedges and Tilda Swinton. Directed by Terry Gilliam. [1:47 - R]


The Trip to Italy - 4.3.7

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Two men (Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon) travel through the scenic Italian countryside in order to sample the local cuisine, while writing a travel and food column. Sequel to "The Trip." Also with Rosie Fellner, Claire Keelan, Marta Barrio and Timothy Leach. Directed by Michael Winterbottom. [1:48 - NR]


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The Identical - 2.3.2

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Poverty-stricken parents (Brian Geraghty and Amanda Crew) give up one of their newborn twin boys during the Great Depression. While the infant they keep becomes a rock 'n' roll legend (Blake Rayne), the other baby grows up with a tent preacher and his wife (Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd). Also with Erin Cottrell, Seth Green and Joe Pantoliano. Directed by Dustin Marcellino. [1:47 - PG]


The Congress - 7.4.6

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Sci-fi film about an actress (Robin Wright) offered one final role that will actually end her acting career but preserve her young and beautiful presence. Also with Harvey Keitel, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Danny Huston, Sami Gayle, Michael Stahl-David, Paul Giamatti and the voice of Jon Hamm. Directed by Ari Folman. [2:02 - NR]


God Help the Girl - 5.3.5

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One summer in Glasgow, Scotland an indie-pop musician (Olly Alexander) encourages a psychiatric patient (Emily Browning) in her dream of writing and performing songs. With the help of another singer (Hannah Murray), the friends write an album of music that leads them all to a new stability. Also with Pierre Boulanger. Directed by Stuart Murdoch. [1:51 - NR]


Frank - 6.5.8

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A struggling songwriter (Domhnall Gleeson) stumbles upon what he thinks is his big break when he is asked to play keyboards for a band, after watching the previous keyboardist try to commit suicide. He befriends the lead singer (Michael Fassbender), who is rarely seen without a large artificial head he wears to cover his own. Also with, Moira Brooker, Paul Butterworth, Phil Kingston, Billie Traynor, Shane O'Brien, Scoot McNairy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, François Civil and Carla Azar. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson. [1:35 - R]


As Above, So Below - 2.7.9

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An urban archaeologist (Perdita Weeks) seeks the key to immortality:. Drawn to the Catacombs of Paris, she enlists the help of two men (Ben Feldman and Edwin Hodge) to hunt for a magic relic. Also with Francois Civil, Marion Lambert and Ali Marhyar. Directed by John Erick Dowdle. Some dialogue is in foreign languages (French and Middle Eastern tongues) without subtitles. [1:33 - R]


The November Man - 7.7.7

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A deadly clandestine agent (Pierce Brosnan) has retired until the CIA calls him to protect a key witness (Olga Kurylenko). He soon learns that he is the target of a former agency partner (Luke Bracey). Also with Eliza Taylor, Caterina Scorsone, Bill Smitrovich and Will Patton. Directed by Roger Donaldson. Some scenes contain Russian language with English subtitles and other dialogue is in Russian with no subtitles. [1:48 - R]


Sin City: A Dame to Kill For  - 8.9.5

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In a return to the dark and decadent Basin City, a man (Josh Brolin) reluctantly reconnects with a seductress (Eva Green) who wants to get away from her husband (Marton Csokas) and his strange bodyguard (Dennis Haysbert), another man (Mickey Rourke) looks after a psychotic stripper (Jessica Alba) obsessed with the suicide of her lover (Bruce Willis) and another man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) gambles that he can take down a corrupt senator (Powers Boothe). All the story threads collide in mayhem. Also with Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Jude Ciccolella, Jamie Chung, Christopher Lloyd, Christopher Meloni and Jeremy Pevin. Directed by Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller. The film is shot in monochrome with splashes of vivid color. [1:42 - R]


When the Game Stands Tall  - 1.3.2

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In Concord, California the De La Salle High School Football Coach (Jim Caviesel) and Assistant Coach (Michael Chiklis) train their team differently from other coaches, using techniques that help team members through tough times on and off the field. The result is a 151-game winning streak from 1992 through 2003. Based on a true story. Also with Laura Dern, Alexander Ludwig, Clancy Brown, Ser'Darius Blain, Stephan James, Gavin Casalegno and Matthew Daddario. Directed by Thomas Carter. [1:55 - PG]

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