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February 5

Alex Cross [2012] [PG-13] - 5.7.5
A detective and police psychologist (Tyler Perry) learns that a serial killer (Matthew Fox) is on the loose and has killed one of the detective's own family members. The killer is particularly hard to catch since he is an ex-black-ops expert that can predict every step of the police and the detective becomes obsessed with the hunt. Also with Edward Burns, Rachel Nichols, Jean Reno and Cicely Tyson. Directed by Rob Cohen. [1:51]

Celeste and Jesse Forever [2012] [R] - 7.1.9
High school sweethearts (Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg) that married directly out of college find themselves six years afterward, divorced and struggling with their emotions, as they attempt to stay best friends while pursuing other relationships. Also with Elijah Wood, Ari Graynor, Eric Christian Olsen, Emma Roberts and Chris Messina. Directed by Lee Toland Krieger. [1:31]

Flight [2012] [R] - 7.6.10
A capable commercial airline pilot (Denzel Washington) performs an emergency landing in a substandard airliner carrying over 100 people and saves almost everyone on board. Although he seems to be a hero who averted disaster despite faulty equipment, an official investigation discovers that he had alcohol in his system during the flight. Also with John Goodman, Bruce Greenwood, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly, Nadine Velazquez, Tamara Tunie and Melissa Leo. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. [2:20]

Here Comes the Boom [2012] [PG] - 2.5.4
When a burned out school teacher (Kevin James) realizes that raising money by fighting in mixed martial arts bouts is the only way to save the music department in his school, he begins training against all odds. Also with Salma Hayek, Bas Rutten, Henry Winkler, Melissa Peterman and Charice. Directed by Frank Coraci. [1:45]

A Late Quartet [2012] [R] - 7.3.5
A musical quartet must confront life and career changes when one of the members is no longer able to play. With Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, Imogen Poots, Mark Ivanir and Wallace Shawn. Directed by Yaron Zilberman. [1:45]


February 12

Bully [2012] [NR] - 2.5.6
A documentary based on three American school children who are currently experiencing bullying, as well as the parents of two deceased children, who took their own lives after being bullied in school. It became controversial when the MPAA assigned the film an R rating and the studio decided to release it as unrated since an R rating would prevent its target audience of teens and pre-teens from seeing it unless accompanied by an adult. Directed by Lee Hirsch. [1:34 - NR]

The Man with the Iron Fists [2012] [R] - 7.8.6
In classic kung-fu movie style, a group of warrior assassins and a British soldier (Russell Crowe) descend upon a feudal Chinese village. But a former slave-turned-freeman and blacksmith (RZA) defends himself and his new home. Also with Lucy Liu, Rick Yune, Jamie Chung and Dave Batista. Directed by RZA. [1:35]

The Perks of Being a Wallflower [2012] [PG-13] - 6.4.5
Based on the novel by Stephen Chbosky: An introverted high school freshman (Logan Lerman) is befriended by two seniors (Ezra Miller and Emma Watson) who bring him into their lives, and forever changing his. Also with Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh, Johnny Simmons and Paul Rudd. Directed by Stephen Chbosky. [1:42]

Robot & Frank [2012] [PG-13] - 2.3.5
In the near-future, the son (James Marsden) and daughter (Liv Tyler) of a retired professional thief (Frank Langella) come to believe that he is no longer able to take care of himself. Rather than placing him in a nursing home, his son purchases a highly advanced health-care robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard). The old man and the robot learn to live with each other while developing a unique hobby. Also with Susan Sarandon. Directed by Jake Schreier. [1:30]

The Sessions [2012] [R] - 9.2.5
Based on a true story about California poet-journalist Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes) who was paralyzed below the neck by polio. Stuck in an iron lung, he hires a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) in order to lose his virginity after consulting with his priest (William H. Macy). Also with Moon Bloodgood, Annika Marks, Adam Arkin and Rhea Perlman. Directed by Ben Lewis. [1:34]

Silent Hill: Revelation 3D [2012] [R] - 6.8.5
Based on the video game series, a young woman (Adelaide Clemens) and her father (Sean Bean) have evaded strange forces for a decade. On her eighteenth birthday, she continues to suffer childhood nightmares and grieves over her dad's sudden disappearance, when she finds an alternate reality. Also with Kit Harington, Malcolm McDowell, Carrie-Anne Moss, Radha Mitchell, Martin Donovan, Deborah Kara Unger, Heather Marks and Roberto Campanella. Directed by Michael J. Bassett. [1:34]

Skyfall [2012] [PG-13] - 5.6.5
After getting shot during a mission, James Bond (Daniel Craig) retires to a tropical island while many think he is dead. However, when terrorists attack the MI6 headquarters, Bond comes back. Also with Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Berenice Marlohe, Rory Kinnear and Albert Finney. Directed by Sam Mendes. [2:23]


February 19

Anna Karenina [2012] [ R] - 6.6.3
A 19th century aristocrat in tsarist Russia (Keira Knightley) is bored with her privileged life with her husband (Jude Law) and young son, so she delves into a passionate affair with an exciting but vapid cavalryman (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). But as she becomes the center of society gossip, she turns emotionally volatile and paranoid, struggling with jealousy. Also with Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen, Domhnall Gleeson, Emily Watson and Shirley Henderson. Directed by Joe Wright. [2:10]

Argo [2012] [R] - 3.6.7
During the 1979 Iranian Hostage Crisis a CIA agent (Ben Affleck) is charged with rescuing six American hostages under the cover of a phony movie-filming scheme. Working closely with the Canadian Ambassador to Iran (Victor Garber), he keeps the hostages safe and delivers them home after several days of intrigue. Also with Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and Kyle Chandler. Directed by Ben Affleck. [2:00]

Atlas Shrugged: Part II [2012] [PG-13] - 4.3.3
Part 2 of the dramatization of the Ayn Rand novel: A railroad executive (Samantha Mathis) has what she believes could be the ultimate power source and must find a scientist to evaluate it and make it work. The only trouble is that the scientists keep disappearing. Also with Jason Beghe, Esai Morales, Patrick Fabian, Kim Rhodes, Richard T. Jones, D.B. Sweeney, Paul McCrane, John Rubinstein, Robert Picardo, Ray Wise and Diedrich Bader. Directed by John Putch. [1:52]

Fun Size [2012] [PG-13] - 4.4.4
A young woman (Victoria Justice) is given the responsibility of taking care of her younger brother (Jackson Nicoll) on Halloween night and loses him while trick-or-treating. With the help of some old friends and some new friends they find the boy after a wild adventure. Also with Chelsea Handler, Josh Pence, Jane Levy, Thomas Mann and Thomas McDonell. Directed by Josh Schwartz. [1:25]

Sinister [2012] [R] - 3.8.4
A true-crime novelist (Ethan Hawke) moves into the house of a murdered family with his wife (Juliet Rylance) and two children (Clare Foley and Michael Hall D'Addario). He writes about the unsolved murders, hoping for a national book award, but the dead family of four apparently had another child who went missing after the murders and may be haunting the house. Also with Fred Thompson, Vincent D'Onofrio and James Ransone. Directed by Scott Derrickson. [1:50]

Undefeated [2012] [PG-13] - 2.3.5
Two documentary filmmakers follow the 2009 football season of Manassas High School, in rough-and-tumble North Memphis. After countless years with a struggling program, volunteer coach Bill Courtney challenges his players, many of whom have been disregarded or forgotten by society, to build character, put team first and become winners. Directed by Daniel Lindsay. [1:50]


February 26

Chasing Mavericks [2012] [PG] - 2.3.1
Based on a true story: A young boy is so enamored with the ocean that by age 15 he begins a perilous pursuit toward surfing the biggest waves on record in North America. Also with Gerard Butler, Jonny Weston, Elisabeth Shue, Abigail Spencer, Leven Rambin, Greg Long, Peter Mel, Zach Wormhoudt and Devin Crittenden. Directed by Michael Apted & Curtis Hanson. [1:55]

The Master [2012] [R] - 8.5.9
After a mentally disturbed WWII veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) returns from the war, he is taken under the wing of the Master (Philip Seymour Hoffman), the charismatic leader of "The Cause," a faith-based movement. Also with Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons, Ambyr Childers and Patty McCormack. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. [2:17]



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