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THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART I

123 min | PG13
The worldwide phenomenon of THE HUNGER GAMES continues to set the world on fire with MOCKINGJAY — PART 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the Games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage.

Directed By
Francis Lawrence

Written By
Peter Craig, Danny Strong, Suzanne Collins (novel)

Language
English

Cast Includes
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

Official Site
www.thehungergamesexclusive.com/

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PELICAN DREAMS

In this intimate portrait of an iconic seabird species, Sundance and Emmy award-winning filmmaker Judy Irving (THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL) follows a wayward, starving California brown pelican. From the bird’s “arrest” on the Golden Gate Bridge, to her care at a wildlife rehabilitation facility, Irving explores pelicans’ nesting grounds, Pacific coast migration, and survival challenges. Asking how we can protect wild animals without taming or harming them, this affectionate and wondrous story of friendships looks at the importance of wildness in our lives.

Directed By

Judy Irving

Written By

Judy Irving

Cast

Mark Bittner, Laura Corsiglia, Jacky Douglas

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THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

 PG-13  |  2 hours 3 minutes
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones deliver award-worthy performances in THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, the extraordinary story of renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. After falling deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde, Hawking (Redmayne, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN) received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane (Jones, LIKE CRAZY) fighting tirelessly by his side, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. Directed by Oscar winning filmmaker James Marsh (MAN ON WIRE), this inspirational film is based on Jane’s memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen.

Directed By

James Marsh

Written By

Anthony McCarten, Jane Hawking (book)

Cast

Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones

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KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS

81 min | PG13
Kirk Cameron and his family dive headfirst into all the joy, dancing, celebration, feasting, imagination, and traditions that that surround the Christmas season. KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS is an engaging story that provides a biblical basis for time-honored Christmas traditions and celebrations. With an upbeat story and light family humor, Kirk Cameron (FIREPROOF, the original LEFT BEHIND series) takes a stand against the trivialization of faith elements in the holy season as he looks to put Christ back in Christmas.

 

Directed By
Darren Doane

Written By
Darren Doane, Cheston Hervey

Language
English

Cast Includes
Kirk Cameron, Darren Doane, Bridgette Cameron

Official Site
www.savingchristmas.com/

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CITIZENFOUR

R  |  1 hour 53 minutes

In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras was in the process of constructing a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four,” who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema:  a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. Poitras is a great and brave filmmaker, but she is also a masterful storyteller: she compresses the many days of questioning, waiting, confirming, watching the world’s reaction and agonizing over the next move, into both a great character study of Snowden and a narrative that will leave you on the edge of your seat as it inexorably moves toward its conclusion. CITIZENFOUR is a major work on multiple levels, and a deeply unsettling experience.

Directed By

Laura Poitras

Cast

Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Jacob Applebaum

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BEYOND THE LIGHTS

116 min | PG13
From writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood (LOVE & BASKETBALL), BEYOND THE LIGHTS is the story of a young music superstar. The pressure of fame has Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, BELLE) on edge until she meets Kaz Nicol (Nate Parker, RED TAILS), a young cop assigned to her details. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard despite protests of those who urge them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance. But it is ultimately Kaz’s love that gives Noni the courage to find her own voice and become the artist she was meant to be.

 

Directed By
Gina Prince Bythewood

Written By
Gina Prince Bythewood

Language
English

Cast Includes
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver

Official Site
www.facebook.com/BeyondTheLightsMovie

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DUMB AND DUMBER TO

109 min | PG13
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their signature roles as Lloyd and Harry in the sequel to the smash hit that took the physical comedy and kicked it in the nuts: DUMB AND DUMBER TO. The original film’s directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, take Lloyd and Harry on a road trip to find a child Harry never knew he had and the responsibility neither should ever, ever be given.

 

Directed By
Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

Written By
Sean Anders, Mike Cerrone, Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, John Morris, Bennett Yellin

Language
English

Cast Includes
Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle

Official Site
www.dumblr.com/

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ROSEWATER

R  |  1 hour 42 minutes
Based on best-selling memoir by Maziar Bahari, ROSEWATER marks the directorial debut of the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, who covered Bahari’s saga as it unfolded. In June 2009, the Tehran-born BBC journalist returned to Iran from his home in London to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the prime challenger to controversial president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. At great personal risk Bahari exposed footage of the riots which unfolded after the election, but was soon arrested by Revolutionary Guard police who tortured and interrogated the journalist over the next 118 days – while Western media outlets kept his story alive and put pressure on Iranian authorities to have him freed.

 

Directed By

Jon Stewart

Written By

Jon Stewart, Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy (book)

Cast

Gael Garcia Bernal, Kim Bodnia, Dimitri Leonidas

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WHIPLASH

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Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at its Sundance Film Festival premiere, WHIPLASH is a thrilling, kinetic jazz musical from filmmaker Damien Chazelle. Driven by searing performances from Miles Teller (THE SPECTACULAR NOW) and J.K. Simmons (JUNO), the film explores the relationship between an eager young drummer at a cutthroat music conservatory and a brutally savage music instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential. Under his ruthless direction, the promising drummer begins to pursue perfection at any cost—even his humanity.

Directed By

Damien Chazelle

Written By

Damien Chazelle

Cast

Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist

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BIG HERO 6

118 min | PG
An action packed comedy-adventure full of heart and humor, BIG HERO 6 is the story of the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon, and fanboy Fred. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

 

Directed By
Don Hall, Chris Williams

Written By
Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson, Jordan Roberts, Duncan Rouleau & Steven T. Seagle (comic)

Language
English

Cast Includes
Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller, Damon Wayans Jr.