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January 5

Captive [2015] [PG-13] - 3.5.3
A rapist (David Oyelowo) escapes trial after killing three people in the courtroom and captures a lonely methamphetamine addict (Kate Mara) as a hostage. Held for seven hours by the potentially deadly criminal, she reads aloud from Rick Warren's inspirational bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life" in an attempt to change her life and persuade the man to surrender to the police. Also with Michael K. Williams, Leonor Varela, Jessica Oyelowo and Mimi Rogers. Directed by Jerry Jameson. [1:37]

Infinitely Polar Bear [2015] [R] - 4.4.5
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]

Irrational Man [2015] [R] - 6.5.5
A philosophy professor (Joaquin Phoenix) struggles to cure his job burnout with a move to a small Northeastern college. When he chooses to become involved with a student (Emma Stone) instead of an unhappily married professor (Parker Posey) who is pursuing him, he feels renewed. Also with Jamie Blackley. Directed by Woody Allen. [1:35]

Sicario [2015] [R] - 5.7.9
An idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) volunteers for a government task force to fight the war on drugs at the border between the US and Mexico and to capture the man responsible for an attack on her team. Also with Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Victor Garber, Jon Bernthal , Daniel Kaluuya, Jeffrey Donovan, Raoul Trujillo and Julio Cedillo. Directed by Denis Villeneuve. Several lines of dialogue are in Spanish with English subtitles. [2:01]

The Visit [2015] [PG-13] - 4.6.5
A divorced mom (Kathryn Hahn) sends her teen son (Ed Oxenbould) and teen daughter (Olivia De Jonge) to spend a week with their estranged grandparents (Deanna Dunagan and Peter McRobbie) at their Pennsylvania farm. While visiting, the kids have the fright of their lives as they witness the strange activities of their grandparents. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. [1:34]

The Walk [2015] [PG] - 3.3.3
Based on the true story of the French high-wire walker Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who became famous when he walked a cable between the towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. Also with Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Steve Valentine and Sergio Di Zio. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in French with English subtitles. [2:03]


January 12

Hotel Transylvania 2 [2015] [PG] - 2.4.2
Animated sequel: Count Dracula's (voiced by Adam Sandler) grand hotel is now open to humans and they love it. However, the Count's young half-human grandson (voiced by Asher Blinkoff) is not acting at all vampire-like and Dracula's friends help take the boy to a vampire kids' training camp while Mom (voiced by Selena Gomez) is away. Also with the voices of Mel Brooks, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, David Spade and Keegan-Michael Key. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. [1:30]

The Martian [2015] [PG-13] - 3.5.5
During a storm on Mars an astronaut (Matt Damon) disappears and is presumed dead. The remaining astronauts continue their mission and return to Earth not realizing that their crew member has survived and he's trying to stay alive on the inhospitable planet. Also with Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mackenzie Davis and Donald Glover. Directed by Ridley Scott. [2:21]

Sinister 2 [2015] [R] - 2.8.5
Running from an abusive ex-husband (Lea Coco), a mother (Shannyn Sossamon) moves her 9-year-old twin boys to an old country farmhouse. Strange things occur in the house and the abandoned church next door, the ex-husband shows up to claim the twins, and an evil entity influences the children to murder while filming their actions as "kill art." Also with Nicholas King, James Ransone, Robert Daniel, Dartanian Sloan, Robert Daniel Sloan, Tate Ellington and John Beasley. Directed by Ciaran Foy. [1:37]


January 19

Everest [2015] [PG-13] - 1.5.1
Based on a true story about a 1996 trek to the peak of Mt. Everest: Freak conditions and obstinacy led to the deaths of eight climbers, and many more sustained serious injuries. With Robin Wright, Josh Brolin, Justin Salinger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Helen Wilton, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, John Hawkes, Naoko Mori, Michael Kelly, Michael Groom, Martin Henderson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa and Pemba Sherpa. Directed by Baltasar Kormákur. [2:01]

The Intern [2015] [PG-13] - 4.2.5
A retired executive (Robert De Niro) returns to work after his wife dies, and at age 70 he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion house. He is popular with younger staff members and his boss (Anne Hathaway) recognizes his wisdom and likeability. Also with Rene Russo, Adam DeVine, Reid Scott, Zack Pearlman, Andrew Rannells and Anders Holm. Directed by Nancy Meyers. [2:01]

Stonewall [2015] [R] - 7.5.10
In the late '60s parents kick out their teenage son (Jeremy Irvine) when they discover his sexual orientation and he moves from the Midwest to New York's Greenwich Village, where he witnesses the discrimination and homelessness that are plaguing the LGBTQ community. He throws the first brick during the 1969 Stonewall riots to start the Gay Pride Movement. Also with Ron Perlman, Matt Craven, Jonny Beauchamp, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Joey King and Caleb Landry Jones. Directed by Roland Emmerich. [2:09]

Straight Outta Compton [2015] [R] - 8.6.10
The story of the rise of rap group N.W.A: In 1988 the new group revolutionized music and pop culture with its first studio album, "Straight Outta Compton," which addressed life in South Los Angeles and especially police harassment of African-Americans. With O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, R. Marcus Taylor, Neil Brown Jr., Aldis Hodge, Marlon Yates Jr. and Paul Giomatti. Directed by F. Gary Gray. [2:27]


January 26

Goosebumps [2015] [PG] - 2.4.2
A young man (Dylan Minnette) reluctantly moves from New York City to a small town and finds that the father (Jack Black) of his pretty teen neighbor (Odeya Rush) is the famous author of the "Goosebumps" series and also an eccentric man tormented by his own imagination. When the young man discovers that creatures from stories are physically imprisoned inside locked manuscripts, he opens the tomes with a friend (Ryan Lee) and releases monsters into the unsuspecting town. Also with Amy Ryan and Jillian Bell. Directed by Rob Letterman. [1:43]



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