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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - 1.6.2

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An angry dragon (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) attacks a village with fire and destruction, while a mad dwarf king (Richard Armitage) hoards a golden treasure. At the same time two armies of Orc ogres prepare to attack and Dwarves, Elves and Humans must cooperate in defense or die, as the Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) attempts to bring them together. Also with Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, and Orlando Bloom. Directed by Peter Jackson. Several lines of dialogue are in Elven and Orcish with English subtitles. [2:24 - PG-13]


Exodus: Gods and Kings - 1.6.1

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Set in 1300 BCE Moses (Christian Bale) leads 600,000 Hebrew slaves out of Egypt and to freedom. Also with Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, María Valverde, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley. Directed by Ridley Scott. [2:30 - PG-13]


Top Five - 9.3.10

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A standup comedian (Chris Rock) attempts to become a dramatic film star, but his latest serious movie is panned by critics. He is also about to marry his fiancée (Gabrielle Union) in a televised mega media event and for additional publicity he agrees to an interview with a journalist from "The New Yorker" (Rosario Dawson). Also with Kevin Hart, J.B. Smoove, Hayley Marie Norman, Rachel Feinstein and Dan Naturman. Directed by Chris Rock. [1:41 - R]


Inherent Vice - 8.5.9

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A private detective (Joaquin Phoenix) tries to sift through the confusion of the 1970s Los Angeles drug trade hoping to find his missing girlfriend. Also with Joanna Newsom, Katherine Waterston, Jordan Christian Hearn, Taylor Bonin, Jeannie Berlin, Josh Brolin, Eric Roberts, Serena Scott Thomas, Benicio Del Toro, Jena Malone, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon and Martin Short. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. [2:28 - R]


The Theory of Everything - 4.3.2

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The life story of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne), through his marriage, divorce and the challenges of ALS. Also with Felicity Jones, Tom Prior, Sophie Perry, Finlay Wright-Stephens, Harry Lloyd, Alice Orr-Ewing and David Thewlis. Directed by James Marsh. [2:03 - PG-13]


The Better Angels - 1.4.1

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A look at the childhood years of Abraham Lincoln (Braydon Denney) and the harsh realities of survival and loss. Also with Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, Wes Bentley, Cameron Mitchell Williams, McKenzie Blankenship, Ryan McFall, Madison Stiltner, Bruce Bayard and Veanne Cox. Directed by A.J. Edwards. [1:35 - PG]


Life Partners - 4.2.8

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The relationship of two lifelong best friends (Leighton Meester and Gillian Jacobs) is strained when one enters a relationship and the other can't seem to find a suitable girlfriend or figure out what she wants to do with her life. Also with Gabourey Sidibe, Beth Dover, Abby Elliott, Kate McKinnon, Adam Brody, Mark Feuerstein, Elizabeth Ho and Greer Grammer. Directed by Susanna Fogel. [1:33 - R]


Snowpiercer - 1.7.8

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After a cataclysmic environmental event Earth is left a frozen wasteland and the surviving humans live on a train that circles the planet. Class distinctions keep many passengers near starvation in the back of the train while the elite enjoy luxuries in their own compartments. With Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner and Ah-sung Ko. Directed by Joon-ho Bong. [2:06 - R]


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Penguins of Madagascar - 2.3.2

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The Penguins (voiced by Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Conrad Vernon and Christopher Knights) compete with an Arctic spy team to save all the world's penguins from a mad scientist who is also a sad, silly octopus (voiced by John Malkovich). Also with the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annet Mehendru and Peter Stormare. Directed by Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell. [1:32 - PG]


Horrible Bosses 2 - 7.4.10

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In this sequel three friends (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis) launch a business selling shower conveniences. A sly investor (Christoph Waltz) cancels his deal with them and tries to assume company ownership, but the three kidnap his son (Chris Pine). Also with Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey. Several lines of dialogue are in Spanish and not translated. Directed by Sean Anders. [1:48 - R]


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]

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