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Ted 2 - 6.5.10

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In this sequel a sentient Teddy bear (voiced by Seth McFarland) seeks the legal status of a human being in order to legalize his marriage to a woman (Jessica Barth) and have a child. Meanwhile, toy makers plan to steal the bear and reproduce his sentience. Also with Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Morgan Freeman, Patrick Warburton and Michael Dorn. Directed by McFarland. [1:55 - R]


Max - 1.4.2

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A Belgian Malinois military dog (Carlos) on the Afghanistan front assists his handler, a US Marine (Robbie Amell), until the soldier dies in combat. The traumatized dog is retired and sent to the Marine's family to adjust or be put down and the Marine's younger brother (Josh Wiggins) bonds with the dog. Also with Thomas Haden Church, Luke Kleintank, Lauren Graham, Mia Xitali and jay Hernandez. Directed by Boaz Yakin. Several lines of dialogue are in Spanish, without translation or subtitles. [1:51 - PG]


Amy - 5.4.6

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Documentary examining the life, career and drug-related death at age 27 of singer and pop star Amy Winehouse. Also with Mitchell Winehouse, Janis Winehouse, Yasiin Bey, Mark Ronson, Tony Bennett, Blake Fielder-Civil and Raye Cosbert. Directed by Asif Kapadia. [1:30 - R]


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Inside Out - 1.3.1

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A young girl's (Kaitlyn Dias) emotions fall into turmoil caused by a family move and the destruction of some of her memories by the emotion Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The other emotions discount Sadness, but Joy (Amy Poehler) helps her look for the missing memories, while Anger (Lewis Black) blows his top, and other emotions go rogue. Also with Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan and Richard Kind. Directed by Pete Doctor. [1:34 - PG]


Testament of Youth - 3.7.1

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Based on a World War I memoir: an English woman (Alicia Vikander) delays her degree at Oxford University to volunteer as a military nurse attached to the army. After the war she enrolls in Oxford where she becomes a writer, feminist and anti-war advocate. Also with Dominic West, Hayley Atwell, Kit Harrington, Emily Watson and Taron Egerton. Directed by James Kent. [2:09 - PG-13]


Dope - 6.6.10

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A high school senior (Shameik Moore) and his friends (Tony Revolori and Kiersey Clemons) share a love of '90s hip-hop, academics and their punk band. They meet a drug dealer who invites them to his birthday party at a local club, but things become violent and they leave with a powerful drug hidden, without their knowledge, in a backpack. They soon find themselves being chased by a cadre of thugs. Also with Kimberly Elise, Chanel Iman, Tyga, Blake Anderson, Zoë Kravitz and A$AP Rocky. Directed by Rick Famuwiya. [1:55 - R]


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl - 4.4.5

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Afraid of relationships, a high-school movie fan (Thomas Mann) is forced by his mom (Connie Britton) to visit a terminally ill classmate (Olivia Cooke). Slowly, the boy and girl become inseparable elements in a doomed relationship, as he continues to make parody movies with his best friend (Ronald Cycler). Also with Connie Britton, Molly Shannon, Katherine C. Hughes, Jon Bernthal and Nick Offerman. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. [1:35 - PG-13]


Jurassic World - 2.7.4

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In this fourth sequel a billionaire (Irrfan Kahn) opens a Costa Rican dinosaur park and pushes his staff to create bigger and scarier animals. Proud of a new hybrid, Indominus Rex, the owner is horrified when the creature escapes and hunts down park staff, guests, and other large reptiles. The park's dinosaur trainer (Chris Pratt) and manager (Bryce Dallas Howard) are charged with capturing the monster, while a band of mercenaries has other ideas. Also with Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, B.D. Wong and Omar Sy. Directed by Collin Trevorrow. [2:03 - PG-13]


Insidious: Chapter 3 - 1.6.5

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In this third sequel a teen girl (Stefanie Scott) thinks her dead mother is trying to contact her and she goes to a psychic (Lin Shaye). However, the psychic's own grief makes her reluctant to use her talents and after the teen suffers demonic attacks, her father (Dermot Mulroney) also approaches the psychic, who relents and enlists aid from two parapsychologists. Also with Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Hayley Kiyoko, Tate Berney and Ashton Molo. Directed by Leigh Whannell. [1:37 - PG-13]


Spy - 7.7.10

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A CIA clerk-analyst (Melissa McCarthy) works with a top agent (Jude Law), until he's taken out of commission and another operative (Jason Statham) is captured. She then volunteers to become an undercover agent and takes on a major crime investigation and pursues Bulgarian arms dealers (Rose Byrne and Raad Rawi) far more successfully than expected. Also with Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale, Nargis Fakhri, and Allison Janney. Directed by Paul Feig. [2:00 - R]


Entourage - 8.3.10

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In this follow up to the eponymous TV series, a vain, spendthrift movie star (Adrian Grenier) and his cohorts (Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Dillon) contact their super-agent, who is now a film studio head (Jeremy Piven). They have a new set of filmmaking ambitions. Also with Billy Bob Thornton and Haley Joel Osment. Directed by Doug Ellin. [1:45 - R]


San Andreas - 1.6.5

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An LAFD helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) is blindsided when California's San Andreas Fault creates several Magnitude 9 earthquakes that threaten the lives of his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) and daughter (Alexandra Daddario). He determines to save them and other victims from the destruction that ranges from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Also with Colton Haynes, Archie Panjabi, Paul Giamatti and Kylie Minogue. Directed by Bret Peyton. [1:54 - PG-13]


Aloha - 3.3.5

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A USAF veteran and military contractor (Bradley Cooper) leaves government jobs behind to join a billionaire private space agency mogul (Bill Murray). During business in Hawaii, he shuffles love interests old and new, as he confronts angry US military officials. Also with Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski, Alec Baldwin, Danny McBride and Dennis "Bumpy" Kanahele. Directed by Cameron Crowe. [1:45 - PG-13]


The Water Diviner - 5.7.3

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During WWI the three sons of an Australian farmer (Russell Crowe) are presumed dead in the Battle of Gallipoli. Unable to deal with grief, his wife (Jacqueline McKenzie) kills herself and he becomes determined to find their bodies and bring them back to bury them with their mother. Also with Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney, Cem Y?lmaz, Ryan Corr and Y?lmaz Erdo?an. Directed by Crowe. Several lines of dialogue are in Turkish with English subtitles. [1.51 - R]


5 to 7 - 6.2.5

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A young man (Anton Yelchin), struggling with his career as a writer, meets and falls in love with an older, married woman (Bérénice Marlohe) and they begin a relationship. Things become complicated when she tells him that she is actually happily married and her husband knows about him and approves, but they can only meet for two afternoon hours a day. Also with Olivia Thirlby, Eric Stoltz, Glenn Close, Frank Langella and Lambert Wilson. Directed by Victor Levin. A few lines of dialogue are in French with English subtitles. [1:35 - R]


Cheatin' - 6.4.1

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An animated feature that depicts a relationship falling apart after one of the parties suspects infidelity. Directed by Bill Plympton. [1:16 - NR]


Poltergeist - 3.6.4

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Remake of the eponymous 1982 film: A family realizes it is haunted when their youngest child begins to speak to invisible entities inside a closet and their television set. When evil forces capture the little girl, her parents (Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt) hire a professor and a TV ghost hunter to exorcise the demons. Also with Jared Harris and Jane Adams. Directed by Gil Kenan. [1:33 - PG-13]


Tomorrowland - 2.4.3

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A jaded inventor (George Clooney) and an enthusiastic teen (Britt Robertson) travel through space-time to a place called Tomorrowland and they take actions that change Earth's timeline and give people hope. Also with Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn and Keegan-Michael Key. Directed by Brad Bird. Several lines of dialogue are in French, without subtitles; a couple of lines in an unknown language used by a robot are accompanied by English subtitles. [2:10 - PG]


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Mad Max: Fury Road - 5.8.5

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In a savage post-apocalyptic world in 2060, gangs rule the highways and hoard oil and water. A former highway patrol officer (Tom Hardy) whose family was killed meets a woman (Charlize Theron) who's trying to save a group of female slaves from a gang led by a crazed warlord (Hugh Keays-Byrne). Also with Nicolas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Abbey Lee and Courtney Eaton. Directed by George Miller. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in an unknown foreign language with English subtitles. [2:00 - R]


Good Kill - 6.6.10

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Based on actual events: After serving several tours of duty a fighter pilot (Ethan Hawke) is assigned stateside to drone duty, where he is given targets and he and his team blow them up remotely. He longs to fly again and struggles over the legitimacy of the targets he's being given. Also with Bruce Greenwood, Jake Abel, Ryan Montano, Dylan Kenin, Stafford Douglas, Zion Rain Leyba, January Jones, Sachie Capitani, Michael Sheets and Zoë Kravitz. Directed by Andrew Niccol. [1:42 - R]


Pitch Perfect 2 - 4.3.5

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The Barden Bellas earn a suspension from the collegiate A Capella competition when one of the singer's (Rebel Wilson) skin-tight stretch pants split during her solo during a Presidential performance. To make amends, the Bellas enter the world competition, which Americans have never won. Also with Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Shelley Regner, Kelley Jakle, Hailee Steinfeld and Chrissie Fit. Directed by Elizabeth Banks. [1:54 - PG-13]


Animals - 5.5.9

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A man and a woman (David Dastmalchian and Kim Shaw) live on the streets and move from one con to another in an effort to keep their drug addiction in check. When their habit eventually gets the better of them, they must each decide the path they will take. Also with John Heard, John Hoogenakker, John Lister and Lawrence MacGowan. Directed by Collin Schiffli. [1:30 - R]


Welcome to Me - 8.3.5

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A woman (Kristen Wiig) with a borderline personality disorder wins the lottery and decides that she will use her money to start her own talk show about herself. Also with Linda Cardellini, James Marsden, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Wes Bentley, Alan Tudyk, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack and Thomas Mann. Directed by Shira Piven. [1:45 - R]


Hot Pursuit - 5.5.5

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An uptight Southern cop (Reese Witherspoon) escorts a Latina crime witness (Sophia Vergara) to court in Dallas, Texas. Several arguments, interruptions by corrupt police officers and thugs make the journey longer than expected, but the women have the chance to solve an even bigger crime. Also with John Carroll Lynch, Robert Kazinsky, Richard T. Jones and Jim Gaffigan. Directed by Anne Fletcher. Several lines of dialogue are in Spanish with English subtitles. [1:27 - PG-13]


The D Train - 8.2.10

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Jack Black stars as a man who was unpopular in high school and has never gotten over it. As a way to impress his former schoolmates, he is determined to do absolutely anything to get the most popular guy (James Marsden) to come to their 20-year high school reunion. Also with Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor, Russell Posner, Henry Zebrowski, Kyle Bornheimer, Mike White and Corrina Lyons. Directed by Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul. [1:37 - R]


Misery Loves Comedy - 4.2.9

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A documentary look at what inspired over fifty comedians and filmmakers to do what they do and if it is true that being miserable makes one funny. With Kathleen Madigan, Amy Schumer, Tom Hanks, Jimmy Fallon, Christopher Guest, Jim Gaffigan, Janeane Garofalo, Steve Coogan and Larry David. Directed by Kevin Pollak. The film is dedicated to Robin Williams. [1:34 - NR]


Roar - 2.6.1

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A man (Noel Marshall) moves into an African reserve where he interacts with wild lions, tigers and other big cats. When his family (Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith, John Marshall and Jerry Marshall) arrives for a vacation, the interaction becomes treacherous and dangerous. Also with Kyalo Mativo and Frank Tom. Directed by Noel Marshall. [1:42 - PG]


Clouds of Sils Maria - 6.3.7

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An actress (Juliette Binoche) struggles with aging and insecurity when she is asked to take on a role in a film that continues the story of an older film that started her career. Also with Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lars Eidinger, Johnny Flynn, Angela Winkler, Hanns Zischler, Nora von Waldstätten, Brady Corbet, Aljoscha Stadelmann and Claire Tran. Directed by Olivier Assayas. [2:04 - R]


Wolf at the Door - 7.6.6

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A young girl is kidnapped and her parents cannot begin to imagine who might have done such a thing. Slowly, we learn that there is someone involved in both of their lives who may have had a motive. With Thalita Carauta, Juliano Cazarré, Milhem Cortaz, Bernardo, Leandra Leal, Fabiula Nascimento, Isabelle Ribas and Antonio Saboia. Directed by Fernando Coimbra. In Portuguese with English subtitles. [1:40 - NR]



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