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March 6

Footloose [2011] [PG-13] - 5.5.4
A remake of the eponymous 1984 film about a teenager (Kenny Wormald) that moves to a small town in Georgia, where dancing and rock-and-roll have been banned. After falling for the local preacher's daughter (Julianne Hough), he works to change the town's collective mind about his rebellious nature and their prohibitive laws about dancing. Also with Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell, Miles Teller and Ray McKinnon. Directed by Craig Brewer. [1:53]

Immortals [2011] [R] - 6.10.2
Theseus (Henry Cavill) is a mortal selected and trained by Zeus (Luke Evans) to lead the fight against King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke), who's on a quest to find a mythical weapon that can destroy humanity. Also with Freida Pinto, Stephen Dorff, Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz and John Hurt. Directed by Tarsme Singh. [1:50]

Jack and Jill [2011] [PG] - 4.4.3
Jack and Jill are twins and both are played by Adam Sandler: Jack finds Jill needy and overbearing, while Jill looks to Jack to help her fledging love life. But when Jack needs Jill to woo a good frontman (Al Pacino) for his commercial, he comes to realize how much his twin means to him. Also with Katie Holmes, David Spade, Nick Swardson, Tim Meadows and Norm MacDonald. Directed by Dennis Dugan. [1:31]

Like Crazy [2011] [PG-13] - 7.1.5
When a British woman (Felicity Jones) in the US as a student falls in love with an American carpenter (Anton Yelchin) their whirlwind romance prompts her to overstay her visa, and they're eventually separated when she is banned from returning to the US. As they try to move on with their lives, we see them coming back together only to be separated again and again, and yet they are unable to let go of each other. Also with Jennifer Lawrence, Charlie Bewley, Alex Kingston and Oliver Muirhead. Directed by Drake Doremus. [1:30]

The Skin I Live In [2011] [R] - 9.8.5
A gifted plastic surgeon (Antonio Banderas) develops a synthetic skin that will withstand any kind of damage. He slowly becomes obsessed with his experimental subject (Alena Anaya), a mysterious woman who holds the key to the doctor's success and happiness. Also with Marisa Paredes, Jan Cornet and Roberto Alamo. Directed by Pedro Almodovar. In Spanish with English subtitles (original title: "La Piel Que Habito"). [1:57]


March 13

The Adventures of Tintin [2011] [PG] - 0.5.3
Based on the classic comic book series created by Belgian artist Georges Remi, aka Hergé: Tintin (voiced by Jamie Bell), his dog Snowie and Captain Haddock (voiced by Andy Serkis) set off on an adventure, looking for a sunken pirate ship that had sailed under Captain Haddock's great-grandfather. The villainous Ivanovich Sakharine (voiced by Daniel Craig) is looking for the same ship, which may contain treasure. Also with the voices of Simon Pegg, Cary Elwes and Toby Jones. Directed by Steven Spielberg. [1:41]

The Descendants [2011] [R] - 5.4.7
A Hawaii lawyer (George Clooney), whose family owns a billion-dollar plot of land, is dealt a traumatic emotional blow when his wife becomes comatose after a boating accident and he also discovers that she had been unfaithful. He tries to begin rebuilding his relationship with his two daughters while deciding whether to keep his land unspoiled or sell it to developers. Also with Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause, Patricia Hastie, Beau Bridges and Matthew Lillard. Directed by Alexander Payne. [1:55]

Happy Feet Two [2011] [PG] - 2.4.3
In this sequel to "Happy Feet," an Emperor Penguin (voiced by Elijah Wood) and his clan teach a new generation to dance. However, his son (E.G. Daily) is afraid of being laughed at and decides that a puffin (Hank Azaria) is a better role model. At the same time, an elephant seal (Richard Carter) is trapped under the ice and the penguins gather to rescue him, but will the elephant seals return the favor when the penguins need help? Also with the voices of Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Pink, Sofía Vergara, Hugo Weaving and Common. Directed by George Miller. [1:45]

Loosies [2012] [PG-13] - 6.5.5
A pickpocket (Peter Facinelli) is making his living in the New York City subway. He has always lived a fast and loose life but after he is confronted by a woman (Jaimie Alexander) with whom he has a one-night stand, his perspective quickly changes. Also with Michael Madsen, Joe Pantoliano, William Forsythe and Vincent Gallo. Directed by Michael Corrente. [1:29]

Melancholia [2011] [R] - 7.4.5
As a recently discovered planet threatens to collide with Earth and destroy all life, two sisters (Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kirsten Dunst) find their strained relationship even more difficult to deal with than coming to terms with the impending end of the world. Also with Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgard and Brady Corbet. Directed by Lars von Trier. [2:16]

My Week with Marilyn [2011] [R] - 5.4.5
The true story of the young assistant (Eddie Redmayne) to Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh), who documented the interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) during the filming of "The Prince and the Showgirl." Also with Julia Ormond, Emma Watson and Judi Dench. Directed by Simon Curtis. [1:36]

The Three Musketeers [2011] [PG-13] - 4.6.4
Another adaptation of the classic adventure tale. A young Musketeer (Logan Lerman) joins forces with the three original Musketeers, who are down on their luck, in order to defeat a double agent (Milla Jovovich) and her collaborators as they attempt to overthrow the French king and sink Europe into war. Also with Orlando Bloom, Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson and Luke Evans. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. [1:50]

The Women On the 6th Floor [2011] [PG-13] - 5.2.3
In 1960s Paris a group of Spanish maids change the lives of their formerly conservative bosses. With Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Kiberlain and Natalia Verbeke. Directed by Philippe Le Guay. In French and Spanish with English Subtitles (original title: "Les femmes du 6ème étage"). [1:44]

Young Adult [2011] [R] - 5.3.6
A successful but depressed woman (Charlize Theron) is convinced that her ex-boyfriend wants her back in his life when she receives an invitation to a party for his newborn child. She makes her way back to her hometown, where she belittles everyone she encounters and behaves like a spoiled celebrity. Also with Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser, Collette Wolfe, Josh Brolin, Jill Eikenberry, Richard Bekins and Mary Beth Hurt. Directed by Jason Reitman. [1:34]


March 20

Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life [2011] [NR] - 8.3.5
Based on the graphic novel chronicling the life of French singer Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosnino), it covers his childhood growing up in Nazi-occupied Paris, his torrid love affairs with many women and his wildly successful song-writing years, all with a touch of fantasy. Also with Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta, Anna Mouglalis and Sara Forestier. Directed by Joann Sfar. In French, Russian and English with English subtitles. [2:01]

Carnage [2011] [R] - 1.4.6
When two sets of parents (Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly, and Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet) meet to discuss a fight between their two sons, but their conversation quickly deteriorates into chaos. Directed by Roman Polanski. [1:19]

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo [2011] [R] - 9.9.6
A remake of the eponymous 2009 Swedish film, and based on the best-selling novel by Stieg Larsson: journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) searches for a woman that has been missing for forty years, aided by Lisbeth (Rooney Mara), a young, troubled computer hacker. Also with Stellan Skarsgard, Christopher Plummer, Robin Wright and Steven Berkoff. Directed by David Fincher. [2:38]

The Muppets [2011] [PG] - 2.3.1
When Muppet Theater comes under threat from an evil oil tycoon (Chris Cooper), two fans (Amy Adams and Jason Segel) help reunite the Muppets for a non-stop night of fundraising and fun. Also with Rashida Jones, Alan Arkin, Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Emily Blunt, Neil Patrick Harris and Selena Gomez. Directed by James Bobin. [1:38]

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy [2011] [R] - 7.7.5
Based on the 1974 British spy novel by John le Carré, previously filmed as a miniseries in 1979: Gary Oldman stars as a retired middle-aged intelligence officer, who's pressed into service once again in order to hunt down a Soviet mole in the Circus, the highest level of the British intelligence services. Also with Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kathy Burke, Svetlana Khodchenkova and Ciaran Hinds. Directed by Tomas Alfredson. [2:08]


March 23

Hop [2011] [PG] - 1.4.1
On the eve of taking over Easter Bunny duties, a young rabbit (voiced by Russell Brand) runs away to Hollywood to pursue his dream of becoming a drummer in a rock band. At the same time, a man (James Marsden) is being thrown out of his parents' house because he doesn't have a job or any aspirations. When the two meet, their lives are given new direction. Also with Kaley Cuoco, Hank Azaria, Gary Cole, Elizabeth Perkins, Hugh Laurie, Tiffany Espensen, David Hasselhoff and Chelsea Handler. Directed by Tim Hill. [1:35]


March 27

Alvin and The Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked [2011] [G] - 1.3.1
Dave (Jason Lee) takes his six chipmunks on a cruise on the way to a music awards show. Along the way, the chipmunks end up stranded on an uninhabited island and have to fend for themselves. Also with David Cross, Jenny Slate and the voices of Jesse McCartney, Anna Faris, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Amy Poehler, Christina Applegate and Alan Tudyk. Directed by Mike Mitchell. [1:27]

A Dangerous Method [2012] [R] - 8.3.5
A glimpse into the relationship between Dr. Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Dr. Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), as they develop psychoanalysis, while interacting with patient-cum-doctor Dr. Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightly). Also with Vincent Cassel and Sarah Gadon. Directed by David Cronenberg. [1:39]

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close [2011] [PG-13] - 1.5.4
Based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, a nine-year-old boy (Thomas Horn) explores the city of New York searching for a lock that will fit the key left behind by his father (Tom Hanks), who died in the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. Also with Sandra Bullock, Zoe Caldwell, Max von Sydow and John Goodman. Directed by Stephen Daldry. [2:09]



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