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12/16/2012 - 3:05pm

Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) enjoys his life amongst the other Hobbits in the Shire.  That quiet, comfortable existence is upended by the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) who wants Bilbo to go on an adventure.  Bilbo refuses and thinks that’s the end of it; but he’s very wrong.  Thirteen dwarves show up at his door offering their service and asking for food.

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12/10/2012 - 1:04am

A writer (Rafe Spall) is looking for a new idea for a book when he’s told he should speak with Piscine Militor Patel (Ifran Khan), an Indian who now lives in Canada.  The two meet and get to know each other. Piscine, who is known to his friends as Pi, begins to weave a tail about his early life as the son of Santosh and Gita Patel (Adil Hussain and Tabu).  We learn he was named after a beautiful public swimming pool in France.

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12/02/2012 - 3:34pm

Dry cleaners owner Johnny Amato (Vincent Curatola) uses the business as a front for his criminal activities.  He wants to rob an illegal gambling operation run by Markie Trattman (Ray Liotta).  He chose Markie’s game because several years ago another of his gaming rooms was robbed by a couple of guys with shotguns.  It turned out Markie had hired the robbers and kept most of the money.  Sometime later, he admitted to planning the robbery and his mob bosses decided to let it slide.

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11/25/2012 - 2:23pm

Jack Frost (voiced by Chris Pine) has no recollection of his early life.  His memories start when the Man in the Moon called to him and gave him his ability to manipulate cold.  Now he travels the world bringing snow and ice to all the lands and snow days off from school for the children.  Jack is called to the North Pole to meet with the Guardians:  A collection of heroes who defend the dreams and ambitions of children.  The Guardians are the Tooth Fairy (voiced by Isla Fisher), the Easter Bunny (voiced by Hugh Jackman) and the Sand Man (who doesn’t speak).

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11/18/2012 - 12:32am

The Civil War has raged four years costing hundreds of thousands of lives.  President Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his advisers see the war coming to an end fairly soon but there will be more bloody battles ahead.  With recent elections leaving several Democratic representatives as lame ducks, Lincoln sees this as a good time to reintroduce his proposed 13th Amendment to the constitution banning slavery.

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11/11/2012 - 10:46pm

James Bond (Daniel Craig) is dead; accidently shot by another MI6 agent named Eve (Naomie Harris) while the two were on a mission in Turkey to recover a computer hard drive containing the names of every NATO agent who had infiltrated terrorist groups around the world.  The bad guy got away with the hard drive and the Intelligence and Security Committee Chairman Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes) is displeased.  He begins the process of replacing MI6 director M (Judi Dench).

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11/04/2012 - 4:14pm

Wreck-It Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) has been demolishing an apartment building constructed where he used to live for 30 years.  Each time he tears it down, Fix-It Felix, Jr. (voiced by Jack McBrayer) arrives with his handy magic hammer and repairs the damage.  The residents of the apartment building then throw Ralph off the roof into a mud puddle and give Felix a shiny medal.  All of this happens in an arcade video game.

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10/20/2012 - 9:22pm

Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) is a brilliant psychologist who also happens to be a great cop.  He’s able to take his training in human behavior and use that to bring the worst of the bad guys to justice.  Helping him is his partner Thomas Kane (Edward Burns) and another detective Monica Ashe (Rachel Nichols).  Against department policy, Kane and Ashe are involved in a romantic relationship that may prove to be serious.  Cross and Kane are called to the scene of a quadruple homicide in a very well-to-do part of town.

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10/14/2012 - 11:21pm

Marty (Colin Farrell) is a hard-drinking screenwriter struggling with his latest project; a crime story without violence he calls “Seven Psychopaths.”  Wanting to help him with the script is his friend Bill (Sam Rockwell), an actor with self-control issues who more than once has punched a director during an audition.  To make ends meet, Bill is partners with Hans (Christopher Walken) in a dog abduction business.  Bill trolls the local park looking for easily snatched dogs.

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10/07/2012 - 2:55am

Victor Frankenstein (voiced by Charlie Tahan) is an odd but likeable young boy.  He has no friends except for his faithful dog Sparky.  His mom and dad (voiced by Catherine O’Hara and Martin Short) would like Victor to make more friends at school but the only person he is close to is his science teacher, Mr. Rzykruski (voiced by Martin Landau).  To encourage Victor to try new things, his father tells him that the only way he will sign the permission slip for Victor to enter the science fair at school is if he gives baseball a try.