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Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 11:45 am

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About Last Night

A modern re-imagining of the classic romantic comedy, this contemporary version closely follows new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world. Starring: Paula Patton, Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy. R

Endless Love

This film is the story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart. Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Robert Patrick, Gabriella Wilde.PG-13

Girl On A Bicycle

Paolo, an Italian tour bus driver living in the “second most beautiful city in the world”, Paris, has just summoned up the courage to propose marriage to his flight attendant girlfriend Greta when, per chance, he encounters the alluring, mysterious Girl on a Bicycle. Infatuation is immediate. Obsession follows. In his bumbling attempt to meet the Girl, Paolo accidentally knocks her over with his bus and his life turns madly chaotic. Starring: Paddy Considine, Louise Monot, Vincenzo Amato. R

Inspired Guns

Mormon missionaries begin teaching two bird-brained members of the mafia who think the Elders are messengers from “The Boss” with a hidden message on the next hit. Starring: Shona Kay, Andrew W. Johnson, Alix Maria Taulbee. PG

Robocop

The year is 2028, and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. After Detriot cop Alex Murphy is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes its remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before. Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton. PG-13

Winter’s Tale

Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, the film is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. Starring: Jennifer Connelly, Will Smith, Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, William Hurt. PG-13

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American Hustle

The film tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld, who along with his cunning and seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes the duo into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner. R

At Middleton

George and the eccentric Edith are two strangers who meet on their children’s campus tour at the idyllic Middleton College. Failing comically to connect with their kids, George and Edith play hooky together, ditching the official tour for a carefree adventure reminiscent of their own college years. But what begins as an afternoon of fun soon becomes a revealing and enlightening experience that will change their lives forever. A light-hearted romance for adults on the surface, “At Middleton” is a deeply moving portrait of roads not taken and the timelessness of youth. Starring: Andy Garcia, Vera Farmiga, Taissa Farmiga, Tom Skerritt. R

August: Osage County

This tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Starring: Meryl Streep, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney, Sam Shepard. R

Devil’s Due

After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. While recording everything for posterity, the husband begins to notice odd behavior in his wife that they initially write off to nerves, but, as the months pass, it becomes evident that the dark changes to her body and mind have a much more sinister origin. Starring: Zach Gilford, Allison Miller, Colin Walker, Robert Belushi. R

FROZEN

Fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey, teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven-to find her sister, Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel. PG

Gimme Shelter

A teenager sets out to find her Wall Street father and is forced into the streets in a desperate journey of survival. Based on a true story. Starring: Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson, Brendan Fraser, James Earl Jones, Tashiana Washington. PG-13

Gloria

Gloria is a “woman of a certain age” but still feels young. Though lonely, she makes the best of her situation and fills her nights seeking love at social dance clubs for single adults. Her fragile happiness changes the day she meets Rodolfo. Their intense passion, to which Gloria gives her all, leaves her vacillating between hope and despair — until she uncovers a new strength and realizes that, in her golden years, she can shine brighter than ever. Starring: Paulina García, Sergio Hernández, Coca Guazzini. R

Her

Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, t This story follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. H who is heartbroken after the end of a long relationship. He becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. Starring: Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Joaquin Phoenix. R

I, Frankenstein

Two hundred years after his shocking creation, Dr. Frankenstein’s creature, Adam, still walks the earth. But when he finds himself in the middle of a war over the fate of humanity, Adam discovers he holds the key that could destroy humankind. Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy.PG-13

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

In a story taking place prior to the original Jack Ryan stories, Ryan is a young stockbroker working for a billionaire in Moscow before joining the CIA. When the billionaire he is advising frames him for a terrorist plot and kidnaps his wife, Ryan must race against time to clear his name, stop the plot and save his wife. Starring: Keira Knightley, Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh. PG-13

Labor Day

A story of love, passion and betrayal as seen through the eyes of a teenage boy and the man he later becomes. Henry looks back on his fateful 13th year, when he lived with his reclusive divorced mother. At the start of Labor Day weekend, while on a rare excursion to town, Henry and his mother encounter an injured man who asks for refuge in their home. Over the course of the next four days, they’re taken “hostage” by a man who ultimately captures them, body and soul. Starring: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, James Van Der Beek. PG-13

Lone Survivor

Based on The New York Times bestselling true story of heroism, courage and survival, “Lone Survivor” tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative. Ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan and faced with an impossible moral decision, the small band is isolated from help and surrounded by a much larger force of Taliban ready for war. As they confront unthinkable odds together, the four men find reserves of strength and resilience as they stay in the fight to the finish. Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch. R

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

This film is based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society. Starring: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Mark Elderkin. PG-13

Nebraska

After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father thinks he’s struck it rich and wrangles his son into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America. Starring: Bruce Dern, Will Forte. R

Philomena

Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee,” the movie focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee, mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock — something her Irish-Catholic community didn’t have the highest opinion of — and given away for adoption in the United States. Forced to sign a contract that wouldn’t allow for any sort of inquiry into the son’s whereabouts, she starts a family years later in England and, for the most part, moves on with her life. But then Lee meets Sixsmith, a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son. Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Simone Lahbib. PG-13

Ride Along

High-school security guard Ben has been trying to show decorated police detective James that he’s more than a video-game junkie who’s unworthy of James’ sister, Angela. When Ben finally gets accepted into the academy, he thinks he’s earned the seasoned policeman’s respect and asks to marry Angela. Knowing that a ride along will demonstrate if Ben has what it takes to take care of his sister, James invites Ben on a shift designed to scare the hell out of the trainee. Starring: John Leguizamo, Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Laurence Fishburne. PG-13

Saving Mr. Banks

When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise — one he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights to the story, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt Travers, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history. Starring: Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell. PG-13

That Awkward Moment

In support of a friend devastated by a recent breakup, three guys vow to maintain their single status for as long as possible. The plan gets derailed when they each fall in love and have to secretly work around their pledge to bachelorhood, while trying to figure out the complications of modern day relationships. Starring: Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Imogen Poots, Michael B. Jordan. R

The Book Thief

Based on the beloved international bestselling book, The Book Thief tells the story of Liesel, an extraordinary and courageous young girl sent to live with a foster family in World War II Germany. She learns to read with encouragement from her new family and Max, a Jewish refugee who they are hiding under the stairs. For Liesel and Max, the power of words and imagination become the only escape from the tumultuous events happening around them. This film is a life-affirming story of survival and of the resilience of the human spirit. Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nélisse, Ben Schnetzer. PG-13

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece “The Hobbit,” by J.R.R. Tolkien, this film continues the adventures of title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Starring: Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch. PG-13

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The film begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way, Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) — a competition that could change Panem forever. Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone. PG-13

The Legend of Hercules

In this epic origin story, the mythical Greek hero Hercules, the son of Zeus — and a half-god, half-man — is blessed with extraordinary strength. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. Through harrowing battles and gladiator-arena death matches, Hercules embarks on a legendary odyssey to overthrow the King and restore peace to the land. Starring: Kellan Lutz, Scott Adkins, Liam McIntyre, Liam Garrigan, Johnathon Schaech, Roxanne McKee, Gaia Weiss, Rade Serbedzija. PG-13

The Lego Movie

This original computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant — a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. Starring: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Allison Brie, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman. PG

The Monuments Men

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, this action drama focuses on an unlikely World War II platoon tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from the Nazis. With the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys — seven museum directors, curators and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 — possibly hope to succeed? As the Monuments Men (as they came to be called) find themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1,000 years of culture, they risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements. Starring: Daniel Craig, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Bill Murray, John Goodman. PG-13

The Nut Job

This is an action-packed comedy in fictional Oakton that follows the travails of Surly (voiced by Will Arnett), a mischievous squirrel, and his rat friend Buddy, who plan a nut store heist of outrageous proportions and unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a much more complicated and hilarious adventure. Starring: Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Maya Rudolph. PG

The Wolf of Wall Street

A New York stock broker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case that includes mob infiltration into Wall Street and the corporate banking world. Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler. R

Vampire Academy

This is the legend of Rose Hathaway and Lissa Dragomir, two 17-year-olds who attend a hidden boarding school for Moroi (mortal, peaceful Vampires) and Dhampirs (half-vampire/half-human guardians). Rose, a rebellious guardian-in-training and her best friend, Lissa, a royal vampire princess, have been on the run when they are captured and returned to St. Vladamirs Academy, the very place where they believe their lives may be most in jeopardy. Starring: Zoey Deutch, Danila Kozlovskiy, Lucy Fry, Olga Kurylenko, Sarah Hyland, Gabriel Byrne, Joely Richardson.PG-13

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