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07/20/2014 - 5:06pm
Dusty Crophopper (voiced by Dane Cook) is continuing his winning ways on the racing circuit; however, during one race he feels a problem somewhere in his engine and nearly crashes.  His mechanic tells Dusty that there's a flaw in his gear box.  That part is no longer manufactured and unless they can find one in a junk yard or in a warehouse and he pushes himself past 80% of torque, it's liable to break and seize up his engine.  Sharing a drink at the local watering hole, Dusty's former boss, who has heard about his problem, offers him his old job back.
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07/13/2014 - 5:11pm
In the near future, a virus modified in a lab to deliver an Alzheimer’s disease treatment has turned into a worldwide flu-like epidemic with a survival rate of one in 500 victims.  Human civilization has collapsed with armed marauding bands taking whatever they can use and killing whoever gets in their way.  Ten years after the outbreak a small community of survivors lives in San Francisco, barely surviving on what they can scavenge.  Up in the forest outside the city, a group of apes with enhanced intelligence led by Caesar (performed by Andy Serkis) is thriving.
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07/06/2014 - 2:32pm
Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) is an aspiring stand-up comedian doing free gigs in a performance space at the back of a bar.  Her roommate Nellie (Gaby Hoffman) and her friend who runs the comedy show, Joey (Gabe Liedman), are a great deal of support for Donna and she really needs them now:  Her boyfriend Ryan (Paul Briganti) ends their relationship by telling her he’s seeing one of her friends behind her back and the used bookstore where she works has lost its lease and is closing in six weeks, soon to leave her unemployed.
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06/29/2014 - 4:13pm
The world’s economy has collapsed and a can of food is worth killing for in the Australian outback.  Eric (Guy Pearce) is sitting in a bar having a drink when a small truck rolls over on the street and lands on its wheels but stuck on the side of the road.  Inside are Henry, Archie and Caleb (Scoot McNairy, David Fields and Tawanda Manyimo), three thieves who have just pulled off a violent robbery.  Henry has been shot in the leg and had been arguing with Archie in the truck about leaving Henry’s injured, and possibly dead, brother behind at the scene.
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06/22/2014 - 3:53pm
Back in the 1950’s, a group of young men formed a band that went through several name changes; from the Variety Trio to the Four Lovers and the Variatones.  After being thrown out of a bowling alley’s cocktail lounge where they had been hired to perform, the band decided to name themselves after the Four Seasons Lanes.  The Four Seasons consisted of lead singer Frankie Valli (John Lloyd Young), bass player Nick Massi (Michael Lomenda), keyboardist and songwriter Bob Gaudio (Erich Bergen) and band founder and guitar player Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza).
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06/16/2014 - 12:08am
After a failed undercover operation to capture drug smuggler The Ghost (Peter Stormare), officers Schmidt and Jenko (Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum) meet with their boss, Deputy Chief Hardy (Nick Offerman) and find they’ve been reassigned to the Jump Street program under the direction of Captain Dickson (Ice Cube).  Now located at 22 Jump Street across from the previous location, the office is high tech and futuristically decorated thanks to a nearly unlimited budget.
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06/08/2014 - 8:27pm
Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is a public relations officer with the US Army Reserves.  He appears on TV news shows to discuss the recent victory at Verdun against the Mimics, an alien life form that arrived on Earth five years earlier and began taking over Europe.  The win at Verdun is about the only good news in the Mimic war.  Leading the way in that battle was a soldier named Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt).  The NATO militaries combined to form the United Defense Forces (UDF) led by General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson).
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06/01/2014 - 11:59pm
Albert Stark (Seth MacFarlane) is a sheep herder in Old Stump, Arizona in 1882 and he hates it.  Not only is he tired of smelling like sheep, he despises everything about his way of life:  He could get killed by a rattlesnake walking to his outhouse.  He could catch any one of several fatal diseases prevalent at the time.  He could look sideways at the wrong man and be killed on the street, plus innumerable other ways to die.
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05/26/2014 - 1:01am
In a bleak future, the Earth is devastated by a war between sentient, shape-shifting robots called Sentinels and practically the entire human race.  Designed in the 1970’s by Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), the Sentinels were supposed to identify and hunt mutants in the belief those with unique abilities were a threat to humanity.  When Trask was killed by the mutant Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), she was captured and her shape-shifting abilities were reverse-engineered into the Sentinels, making them adaptable to any mutant and nearly unstoppable.
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05/18/2014 - 11:51pm
In 1999, a scientist named Dr. Ishiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and his assistant are called to the Philippines to examine a massive cavern under a surface mining sight.  Inside the highly radioactive cave is the fossilized skeleton of a massive animal along with what look like two egg pods, one of which appears to have hatched.  A further examination of the cave shows a jagged tunnel has been dug to the surface and the land is scarred by a path leading to the sea.