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Vacation - 7.6.9

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In this sequel a new generation of Griswolds (Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins) take a vacation to iconic Walley World and fall into a series of misadventures on the way. Also with Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Leslie Mann and Chris Hemsworth. Directed by John Francis Daley & Jonathan M. Goldstein. [1:39 - R]


Paper Towns - 4.3.4

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A high school senior (Nat Wolff) preparing to venture off to college is recruited to help his neighbor (Cara Delevingne), whom he has loved since they met, avenge herself against a cheating boyfriend. She then disappears and convinced that she has left him clues to her whereabouts, he takes a road trip hoping of finding her. Also with Austin Abrams, Justice Smith, Halston Sage, Jaz Sinclair and Cara Buono. Directed by Jake Schreier. [1:49 - PG-13]


Infinitely Polar Bear - 4.4.5

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A husband (Mark Ruffalo) and his wife (Zoe Saldana) struggle to raise their young daughters while he battles manic depression. Also with Keir Dullea, Wallace Wolodarsky, Imogene Wolodarsky and Ashley Aufderheide. Directed by Maya Forbes. [1:30 - R]


Southpaw - 5.7.10

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A champion boxer (Jake Gyllenhaal) feels torn as his wife (Rachel McAdams) begs him to quit his high-income sport and spend more time with their daughter (Oona Laurence). After a tragic event, child protective agents take away his daughter when he turns to substance abuse. Seeking a comeback, he returns to boxing with the help of a former pro trainer (Forest Whitaker) who now works with underprivileged kids. Also with Naomie Harris, Victor Ortiz, and 50 Cent. Directed by Antoine Fuqua. [2:03 - R]


Pixels - 4.4.4

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A NASA time capsule sent into space riles alien ire and brings back an all-out war on Earth in the form of giant 1980s video game characters. The US President (Kevin James) enlists the help of a gaming pal (Adam Sandler) and his vintage video gamers (Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad) to fight the aliens. Also with Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, Ashley Benson and Jane Krakowski. Directed by Chris Columbus. A few lines of dialogue in Hindi are accompanied by English subtitles and a few fake Japanese sentences have no translation. [1:45 - PG-13]


Mr. Holmes - 1.3.1

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In 1947 a retired Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) is disturbed by his recent trip to Japan in search of anti-aging potions. Returning to Sussex with determination, he focuses on a 35-year old unsolved case. He does not remember all the facts, but he does retain the knack for solving crimes. Also with Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Patrick Kennedy, Hattie Morahan and Hiroyuki Sanada. Directed by Bill Condon. [1:45 - PG]


The Stanford Prison Experiment - 6.7.10

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Based on actual academic research for the US military during 1971: a psychology professor (Billy Crudup) sets up college students to portray prisoners and prison guards in a simulated medium security facility, with very disturbing results. Also with Ezra Miller, Olivia Thirlby, Nelson Ellis, Ki Hong Lee, Tye Sheridan, Michael Angarano, Jack Kilmer and Nicholas Braun. Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez. [1:57 - R]


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Trainwreck - 7.4.10

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A woman (Amy Schumer) lives by her father's credo that monogamy does not work and she drinks heavily and sleeps with dozens of random men, but becomes bored. For a magazine article she is writing, she interviews a doctor (Bill Hader) and becomes more involved with him than she'd like. Also with John Cena, Brie Larson, LeBron James, Tilda Swinton and Collin Quinn. Directed by Judd Apatow. [2:04 - R]


Ant-Man - 1.5.4

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A professional burglar (Paul Rudd) receives a request to help a former superhero (Michael Douglas) save the world by means of high-tech body armor that will shrink him to ant-size, while increasing his strength. The thief accepts the offer and conducts a major heist while fighting international villains and crazed scientists. Also with Bobby Cannavale, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Peña, Tip Harris, Wood Harris, Judy Greer and David Dastmalchian. Directed by Peyton Reed. [1:57 - PG-13]


Self/less - 4.6.5

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A NYC real estate baron (Ben Kingsley) is dying from cancer and decides to try a secret medical technique called "shedding": For this to work he transfers his consciousness to a younger, inanimate body via linked MRI machines. His new body (Ryan Reynolds) works well, but after moving to New Orleans he begins having flashbacks of a life that is not his own. Also with Victor Garber, Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode and Natalie Martinez. Directed by Tarsem Singh. [1:57 - PG-13]


Minions - 2.4.2

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In this prequel, the Minions form on prehistoric Earth as yellow single-celled organisms. They evolve into bipedal pills and seek the most sinister villains to serve. They always fail their masters and, nearly giving up, they send Minions Kevin, Stuart and Bob (all voiced by Pierre Coffin) out into the world, where they find a new despicable boss-lady (voiced by Sandra Bullock) in Florida. Also with Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, Geoffrey Rush and Jennifer Saunders. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. The film includes dialogue in gibberish and Pidgin English with some French, Spanish, and Italian words with no subtitles or translation. [1:31 - PG]


The Gallows - 3.7.5

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At Beatrice High School in Nebraska, two teen boys (Reese Mishler and Ryan Shoos) and two teen girls (Pfeifer Brown and Cassidy Gifford) are trapped in their school at night and terrorized by a disembodied spirit. Twenty years ago, a male student died in a freak accident in the annual high school play, and current students want to re-stage the production in his honor, but the spirit is not happy. Also with Price Morgan and Travis Cluff. Directed by Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing. [1:21 - R]


Terminator Genisys - 4.6.5

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In this fifth installment the Guardian Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) time travels to fight the Skynet artificial intelligence and a new Terminator, version T-3000 (Jason Clarke). The Guardian's mission is to save a woman (Emilia Clarke) and her son with the help of a soldier (Jai Courtney) from the future, but changes in the timeline interfere. Also with Lee Byung-hun and J. K. Simmons. Directed by Alan Taylor. [1:57 - PG-13]


Magic Mike XXL - 8.2.10

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In this sequel, retired Magic Mike (Channing Tatum) returns to exotic dancing after three years to perform with the Kings of Tampa dancers at a stripper convention in Myrtle Beach. He finds that several relationships need healing along the way. Also with Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias, Jada Pinkett Smith, Andie McDowell, Elizabeth Banks and Amber Heard. Directed by Gregory Jacobs. [1:55 - R]


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]


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]



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