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August 6

Mud [2013] [PG-13] - 3.5.5
A 14-year-old (Tye Sheridan) lives in a ramshackle houseboat on the banks of an Arkansas river with his parents (Sarah Paulson and Ray McKinnon). She and a friend meet a fugitive (Matthew McConaughey) and agree to help him avoid bounty hunters and return to his true love. Also with Reese Witherspoon, Jacob Lofland, Sam Shepherd and Michael Shannon. Directed by Jeff Nichols. [2:10]

The Amityville Horror [2005] [R] - 6.9.5
Re-make of the 1970's horror classic involving an apparently haunted house in Amityville, Long Island. The previous owners of the house were murdered by their eldest son, who claimed to be hearing voices that told him to kill his family. Now, a new family (Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George, Jimmy Bennett, Jesse James and Rachel Nichols), unaware of the house's history, buys it, and not long after they arrive very strange and creepy things begin to go violently bump mostly in the night. Directed by Andrew Douglas. [1:40]

Oblivion [2013] [PG-13] - 4.6.5
Decades after aliens destroy the moon and most of the Earth, two soldiers (Tom Cruise and Andrea Riseborough) exterminate scavenger aliens and help extract Earth's remaining resources. While mysterious dreams cause one of the soldiers to question their mission, the other just wants to go to their new home on Saturn's moon Titan. Also with Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman, Melisa Leo and Nickolaj Coster-Waldau. Directed by Joseph Kosinski. [2:05]

On the Road [2012] [R] - 9.3.6
Based on the coming-of-age book by Jack Kerouac: a young writer (Sam Riley) and a free-spirit (Garrett Hedlund) and his girlfriend (Kristen Stewart) travel across the country meeting a wide variety of people who impact their lives. Also with Amy Adams, Elisabeth Moss, Danny Morgan, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen and Tom Sturridge. Directed by Walter Salles. [2:04]

A Place Beyond the Pines [2013] [R] - 5.6.10
When a man (Ryan Gosling) decides to rob a bank to support his child, we see the complex set of consequences and the aftermath involving his own child and the child of one of the policemen (Bradley Cooper) involved in his apprehension. Also with Rose Byrne, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta and Ben Mendelsohn. Directed by Derek Cianfrance. [2:20]

To the Wonder [2013] [R] - 6.4.1
After a romantic trip abroad a married couple (Olga Kurylenko and Ben Affleck) return home to Oklahoma where their problems come to a head when the wife seeks help from a priest (Javier Bardem) and the husband falls for his childhood friend (Rachel McAdams). Directed by Terrence Malick. Primarily in French with an English subtitled voiceover. [1:52]


August 13

The Big Wedding [2013] [R] - 7.3.6
The families of a young couple come together for their wedding and personalities and past history clash when the divorced parents of the groom are forced to pretend that they are still married. With Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, Ben Barnes, Christine Ebersole, David Rasche, Patricia Rae, Ana Ayora and Kyle Bornheimer. Directed by Justin Zachman. [1:30]

The Company You Keep [2013] [R] - 1.4.6
A group of former Weather Underground activists are revealed after one of them, wanted for the death of a bank security officer, turns herself in decades after the indictment. With Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, Susan Sarandon, Terrence Howard, Chris Cooper, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Sam Elliott, Brenan Gleeson, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci and Nick Nolte. Directed by Robert Redford. [2:05]

Emperor [2013] [PG-13] - 2.5.5
Based on real events in late summer 1945, American forces occupy Japan after Emperor Hirohito's (Takatarô Kataoka) surrender. General Douglas MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) finds himself in charge of Japan, its government and reconstruction, and appoints Japanese culture expert General Bonner Fellers (Mathew Fox) to determine within 10 days whether Hirohito should be punished for war crimes or pardoned. Also with Eriko Hatsune, Toshiyuki Nishida, Kaori Momoi, and Colin Moy. Directed by Peter Webber. [1:38]

Olympus Has Fallen [2013] [R] - 2.8.8
A former Special Forces agent (Gerard Butler) leads the US Presidential Detail of POTUS (Aaron Eckhart). After a fatal accident on the detail, he is demoted to desk duty at the US Treasury, but when the White House and the President are captured by a Korean terrorist (Rick Yune) the agent is the only man in position to help stop a global disaster. Also with Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Dylan McDermott, Ashley Judd, Melissa Leo and Robert Forster. Directed by Antoine Fuqua. [2:00]


August 20

Amour [2012] [PG-13] - 4.5.5
An elderly couple (Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva) have lived a life of sophistication, filled with music. After the wife has a stroke, the husband becomes her caretaker and it tests the strength of their bond. Also with Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud and William Shimell. Directed by Michael Haneke. In French with English subtitles. [2:07]

Epic [2013] [PG] - 1.4.1
When a teenager (voiced by Amanda Seyfried) comes to live with her oddball father after the death of her mother, she finds herself trapped in a different world, one of miniature creatures of the forest. After the forest is threatened by evil, she, her father and her new band of rag-tag friends work together to save their world. Also with voices of Blake Anderson, Aziz Ansari, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Christoph Waltz and Beyonce Knowles. Directed by Chris Wedge. [1:42]

Scary Movie 5 [2013] [PG-13] - 7.7.5
The fifth installment in the movie parody series features a couple (Simon Rex and Ashley Tisdale) that brings home an adopted newborn and his two sisters and they all suddenly begin to experience strange phenomena. Frightened and frustrated, they use home-surveillance cameras and a team of ghost busters to find out that they're being stalked by a demon. Also with Erica Ash, Molly Shannon, Heather Locklear, J.P. Manoux, Jerry O'Connell, Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee. [1:25]


August 27

At Any Price [2013] [R] - 6.5.6
The relationship of a workaholic farmer and his son (Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron) is strained as the family's farm comes under threat: The agribusiness trend of using only patented seeds may put the family out of business, as well as lead to intrigue, mayhem and death. Also with Kim Dickens, Heather Graham, Clancy Brown, Maika Monroe and Red West. Directed by Ramin Bahrani. [1.45]

The Great Gatsby [2013] [PG-13] - 5.6.3
Film adaptation of the eponymous classic novel of the roaring '20s New York by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the enigmatic millionaire who continues to pursue his former sweetheart (Carey Mulligan) who's now married to a man that's brutish but comes from old money. Also with Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Debicki, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke and Amitabh Bachchan. Directed by Baz Luhrmann. [2:23]

Pain & Gain [2013] [R] - 7.7.10
A man (Mark Wahlberg) leads several personal trainers and bodybuilders, who in their pursuit of the American Dream are caught up in kidnapping, extortion and murder. Based on the true story of Miami's Sun Gym gang. Also with Dwayne Johnson, Tony Shalhoub, Rebel Wilson, Anthony Mackie, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Nicole Siciliano and Ed Harris. Directed by Michael Bay. [2:09]

Peeples [2013] [PG-13] - 5.3.5
A children's entertainer (Craig Robinson) arrives unannounced at the home of his fiancée's (Kerry Washington) rich parents to introduce himself. He's a big surprise for the family, but they have surprises of their own. Also with S. Epatha Merkerson, Melvin Van Peebles, Diahann Carroll, Tyler James Williams and Kali Hawk. Directed by Tina Gordon Chism. [1.35]



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