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NEW REVIEWS - 


The Boxtrolls - 1.4.2

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An infant taken in and raised by a Boxtroll discovers what humans really think of them and must use his wits to save his family and friends from an evil man trying to destroy them. Also with the voices of Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, Dee Bradley Baker, Steve Blum, Nika Futterman, Pat Fraley, Fred Tatasciore, Max Mitchell, Isaac Hempstead Wright and Elle Fanning. Directed by Graham Annable & Anthony Stacchi. [1:37 - PG]


The Equalizer - 4.8.10

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An insomniac (Denzel Washington) leads a quiet life in his second career at a DIY megamart. When he meets a teen girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) who is a sex slave to a Russian mob boss (Marton Csokas) he feels he must intervene; his deadly skills from a former, mysterious career prove useful and decides to become the champion of the innocent who have nowhere else to turn. Also with David Harbour, Haley Bennett, Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo. Several lines of dialogue are in Russian with English subtitles and a few have no subtitles. Some tattoos on men's chests are untranslated Russian phrases. Directed by Antoine Fuqua. [2:11 - R]


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The Maze Runner - 1.6.4

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A teen boy (Dylan O'Brien) is taken by an elevator to a place called the "Glade" where he is told by several other teen boys and young men that there is no way out. The others have been there for as long as three years and beyond enormous stone walls lies an ever-shifting maze where horrible creatures wait for them. Also with Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee, Blake Cooper, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter, Dexter Darden, Kaya Scodelario, Chris Sheffield, Joe Adler, Alexander Flores, Jacob Latimore , Randall D. Cunningham and Patricia Clarkson. Directed by Wes Ball. [1:53 - PG-13]


A Walk Among the Tombstones - 4.8.8

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A drug dealer (Dan Stevens) hires an unlicensed investigator and former NYPD detective (Liam Neeson) to find his kidnapped wife in New York City. A wave of kidnappings has hit the city's drug lords and they cannot trust the police to help. Also with Boyd Holbrook, Sebastian Roché, Whitney Able, Stephanie Andujar, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, David Harbour, Adam David Thompson, Eric Nelsen and Brian "Astro" Bradley. Directed by Scott Frank. [1:54 - R]


This Is Where I Leave You - 6.4.7

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A new widow (Jane Fonda) insists that her four alienated adult children (Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver and Corey Stoll) sit Shiva in a weeklong Jewish wake for their departed father (she's not Jewish and their father was an atheist). During the week the siblings clash in emotional mayhem but also reconnect with each other and old friends. Also with Rose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant and Dax Shepard. Directed by Shawn Levy. [1:43 - R]


The Skeleton Twins - 6.4.7

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Twins (Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader) that have not spoken for 10 years are reunited after one has attempted suicide and the other has been contemplating the same. When they come back together they realize just how much they need each other to get through their complicated lives. Also with Boyd Holbrook, Ty Burrell, Luke Wilson, Jennifer Lafleur, Kathleen Rose Perkins and Joanna Gleason. Directed by Craig Johnson. [1:33 - R]


Tusk - 6.7.10

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While trying to track down an elusive story, a podcaster (Justin Long) finds what he thinks is a winner but he might not survive to tell the tale. Also with Michael Parks, Genesis Rodriguez, Haley Joel Osment, Johnny Depp and Harley Morenstein. Directed by Kevin Smith. [1:42 - R]


Love Is Strange - 3.2.5

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After 39 years as a couple two gay men (John Lithgow and Alfred Molina) finally marry. That's when one loses his job teaching at a Catholic school and the couple must sell their apartment and one man moves in with two gay policemen (Cheyenne Jackson and Manny Perez), while the other joins his nephew (Darren Burrows) and endures the ire of the nephew's wife (Marisa Tomei). Also with Charlie Tahan, Harriet Samson Harris, Christian Coulson, Eric Tabach and Christina Kirk. Directed by Ira Sachs. [1:38 - R]


The Last of Robin Hood - 6.3.5

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Fictionalized account of the final days of movie star Errol Flynn (Kevin Kline) and his 15-year-old lover (Dakota Fanning). Also with Susan Sarandon, Sean Flynn, Max Casella, Bryan Batt and Patrick St. Esprit. Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland. [1:34 - R]


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]

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