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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 1:45 pm

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Alan Partridge

Alan Partridge has had many ups and downs in his life: National television broadcaster. Responsible for killing a guest on live TV. Local radio broadcaster. A nervous breakdown. This film portrays the greatest low-to-high-ebb spectrum in his life to date — specifically how he tries to salvage his career while negotiating a potentially violent turn of events at North Norfolk Digital Radio. Starring: Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Sean Pertwee, Anna Maxwell Martin, Nigel Lindsay, Felicity Montagu, Simon Greenall, Paul Blackwell, Robert Whitelock, Simon Delaney, Tim Key. R

Breathe In

Soulful and musical British exchange student Sophie Williams comes to New York in search of inspiration. On the surface, British exchange student Sophie’s host family seems happy enough, but with her arrival to the Reynolds’ home, the private struggles of each family member begin to bubble. In particular, f Frustrated musician-turned-piano-teacher Keith finds long-suppressed dreams and desires re-ignited by Sophie’s talent and inquisitive nature. While his wife and daughter focus on the girl’s final year of high school, Keith and Sophie are drawn ever closer by their mutual longing for creative expression. Ultimately, Sophie and Keith must confront how much they are willing to sacrifice and what they truly want out of life.Starring: Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Kyle MacLachlan, Amy Ryan, Alexandra Wentworth, Ben Shenkman, Hugo Becker, Lucy Davenport, Brendan Dooling, Matthew Daddario. R

Draft Day

On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the No. 1 pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL. Starring: Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Tom Welling, Sam Elliott, Terry Crews, Ellen Burstyn, Rosanna Arquette, Frank Langella, Chi McBride. PG-13

Ilo Ilo (subtitled)

Mid-1990s, Singapore. The three children of working parents, Teck and Hwee, are unable to take care of themselves or one another while the couple is at work, and so the mother hires a maid. The arrival of Teresa, the new Filipino maid, is initially a challenge for a family as they try to adapt to the presence of a stranger in their home. Having gotten used to Auntie Terry (as they call her), these spoiled children overwhelm her with errands and chores. The relationship dynamic eventually changes when Teresa asserts parental control to discipline the mischievous children. She goes from stranger to servant and now surrogate mother and friend -- one who dotes and cares, yet disciplines and educates. The mother Hwee becomes jealous of the new dynamic and tension develops between the two maternal figures. W But when financial circumstances resulting from the recession in 1997 mean that the family can no longer afford her, the children struggle to accept they might never see Teresa again. Starring: Koh Jia Ler, Tian Wen Chen, Yann Yann Yeo, Angeli Bayani. Not Rated

Jesus People

Based on the hilarious FunnyorDie web series, Pastor Jerry gets potentially bad medical news and decides to start a Christian pop band to keep his son on a “righteous” path. Supported by the best names in improv, this comedy rocks with laughter. Starring: Tim Bagley, Kate Flannery, Victoria Jackson, Joel McCrary, Chris Murphy, Edi Patterson, Damon Pfaff, Rich Pierrelouis, Lindsay Stidham, Mindy Sterling, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Catherine Reitman, Laura Silverman, Octavia Spencer, Jennifer Elise Cox. Not Rated.

Jodorowsky’s Dune

In 1974, cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky attempted to create a big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal science fiction novel “Dune.” While the ambitious production collapsed after two years, Jodorowsky’s team of then relatively unknown concept artists continued exploring the themes and styles started on the project and ended up changing modern science fiction forever. Starring: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger, Chris Foss, Brontis Jodorowsky, Nicolas Winding Refn, Richard Stanley, Devin Faraci. PG-13

Oculus

Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of his parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but His sister Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether:a malevolent supernatural force unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations, and , they realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again. Starring: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane, Katee Sackhoff. R

Rio 2

It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids, after they’re hurtled from the magical city of Rio to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel and meets the most fearsome adversary of all — his father-in-law. Starring: Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, Amandla Stenberg, Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Chenoweth, Bruno Mars, Will.i.am, Jermaine Clement, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Rodrigo Santoro, Jamie Foxx, Andy Garcia. G

The Raid 2: Berandal (subtitled)

An Indonesian SWAT member, Rama, goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and expose the corruption in his own police force. Starring: Iko Uwais, Tio Pakusadewo, Putra Arifin Scheunamann, Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad, Roy Marten. R

The Unknown Known

This documentrary offers a mesmerizing portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War and a larger-than-life character who provoked equal levels of fury and adulation from the American public. Rather than conducting a conventional interview, Rumsfeld performs and expounds on his “snowflakes,” tens of thousands of memos (many never previously published) he composed as a congressman and as advisor to four presidents, twice as Secretary of Defense. These memos provide a window onto history-not history as it actually happened, but history as Rumsfeld wants us to see it. Morris makes plain that Rumsfeld’s “snowflakes”-whether intended to elucidate, rationalize, obfuscate, or control history-are contradicted by the facts. Starring: Errol Morris, Donald Rumsfeld, Kenn Medeiros. PG-13

Under the Skin

A voluptuous woman of unknown origin combs the highway in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring a succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. They are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again. Based on the novel by Michael Faber, this film examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results. Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Paul Brannigan, Robert J. Goodwin, Krystof Hádek, Michael Moreland.. R

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3 Days To Kill

In this heart pounding action-thriller, a dangerous international spy is determined to give up his high-stakes life to build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he’s previously kept at arm’s length. But first, he must complete one last mission — even if it means hunting down the world’s most ruthless terrorist while looking after his teenage daughter while his wife is out of town. Starring: Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Amber Heard. PG-13

300: Rise Of An Empire

Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel, “Xerxes,” and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield — the sea — as General Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. This film pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemesia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy. Starring: Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro, Callan Mulvey, Sullivan Stapleton. R

Bad Words

Guy Trilby is a 40 year old who finds a loophole in the rules of the National Quill Spelling Bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. Contest officials, outraged parents and overly ambitious eighth graders are no match for Guy, as he ruthlessly crushes their dreams of victory and fame. As a reporter attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward 10-year old Chaitanya, who is completely unfazed by Guy’s take-no-prisoners approach to life.Starring: Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, Judith Hoag. R

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, is living quietly in Washington, D.C., trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy — the Winter Soldier Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson. PG-13

Child’s Pose (subtitled)

Cornelia is 60 and fundamentally unhappy. Her son, Barbu, 34, has moved out, has his own car, has a girlfriend who obviously doesn’t meet Cornelia’s standards and, most upsetting, avoids his loving mother as much as possible. When Cornelia finds out that Barbu was involved in a tragic accident, her motherly instincts take over, and she uses all her skills, well-connected friends and money to save Barbu from jail She expects him to once again become the dependent child he was before. But it is a thin line between motherly love and self-serving manipulation. Starring: Luminita Gheorghiu, Bogdan Dumitrache, Florin Zamfirescu. Not Rated

Ernest and Celestine

Deep below snow-covered cobblestone streets, tucked away in winding tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer — and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for bear Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. It isn’t long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities. Starring: Lambert Wilson, Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall. PG

Cesar Chavez

Chronicling the birth of a modern American movement, this film tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father, and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Passionate but soft-spoken, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to people Chavez inspired millions of Americans from all walks of life who never worked on a farm to fight for social justice. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual’s ability to change the world. Starring: Michael Peña, John Malkovich, Rosario Dawson. PG-13

Divergent

This action adventure is set in a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior is warned she is divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader to destroy all “Divergents,” Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four — and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late. Starring: Theo James, Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet. PG-13

Enemy

Adam Bell is a glum, disheveled history professor who seems disinterested even in his beautiful girlfriend Mary. Watching a movie on the recommendation of a colleague, Adam spots his double, a bit-part actor named Anthony Clair, and decides to track him down. The identical men meet, and their lives become bizarrely and irrevocably intertwined. Jake Gyllenhaal is transfixing as both Adam and Anthony, provoking empathy as well as disapproval while embodying two distinct personas. Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Isabella Rossellini. R

God’s Not Dead

College freshman aJosh Wheaton finds his faith challenged on his first day of philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson, who begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on that first day or face a failing grade. As other students in the class begin scribbling the words “God Is Dead” on pieces of paper as instructed, Josh finds himself at a crossroads, having to choose between his faith and his future. Josh offers a nervous refusal, provoking an irate reaction from his smug professor. Radisson assigns him a daunting task: if Josh will not admit that God is dead, he must prove God’s existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments and evidence over the course of the semester, and engage Radisson in a head-to-head debate in front of the class. With almost no one in his corner, Josh wonders if he can really fight for what he believes. Starring: Willie Robertson, Kevin Sorbo, Dean Cain. PG

Jinn

In the beginning, three were created: man made of clay, angels made of light and a third made of fire. For centuries, stories of angels and men have captured the imagination and been etched into history, crossing all boundaries of culture, religion and time. Men and angels have dominated the landscape of modern mythology, shrouding the evidence that a third race was ever created. This third race, born of smokeless fire, was named the jinn. Modern man has all but forgotten, but it is time for him to remember. Starring: Ray Park, Faran Tahir, William Atherton. PG-13

Le Week-End

Nick and Meg are a long-married British couple visiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rekindle their relationship. During a two-day escapade, diffident, wistful Nick and demanding, take-charge Meg careen from harmony to disharmony to resignation and back again as they take stock of half a lifetime of deep tenderness — and even deeper regret. A surprise invitation from Nick’s old friend Morgan, an amusingly boorish American academic with a fancy Parisian address, soon leads them to an unexpectedly hopeful vision of what their love and marriage might still become. Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan. R

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy, Sherman, use their time machine, The WABAC, to go on the most outrageous adventures. But when Sherman takes The WABAC out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidentally rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time traveling trio make their mark on history. Starring: Ty Burrell, Allison Janney, Stanley Tucci, Stephen Colbert, Mel Brooks. PG

Muppets Most Wanted

This film takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine — the World’s No. 1 criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit — and his dastardly sidekick, Dominic. Starring: Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell. PG

Need For Speed

This story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country race against time — one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. In a last attempt to save his struggling garage, blue-collar mechanic Tobey Marshall -who with his team skillfully builds and races muscle cars on the side-reluctantly partners with wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster. Just as a major sale to car broker Julia Bonet looks like it will save the business, a disastrous, unsanctioned race results in Dino framing Tobey winds up framed for manslaughter. Two years later and fresh out of prison, Tobey is set on revenge with plans to take down Dino in the high-stakes De Leon race — the Super Bowl of underground racing. To get there in time, Tobey must run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet, dodging cops coast-to-coast and dealing with fallout from a dangerous bounty Dino put on his car. With his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia as allies, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first Starring: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Rami Malek, Nick Chinlund, Antoni Corone, Sir Maejor, Carmela Zumbado, E. Roger Mitchell, Frank Brennan, Jaden Alexander, Imogene Poots, Ramona Rodriguez, Scott Mescudi, Dakota Johnson, Harrison Gilbertson,Michael Keaton. PG-13

Noah

In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an ark to save creation from the coming flood. Starring: Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Durand, Douglas Booth, Dakota Goyo, Mark Margolis, Barry Sloane. PG-13

Non-Stop

Shortly into a transatlantic journey from New York to London, burned-out veteran of the Air Marshals service Bill Marks receives a series of mysterious text messages ordering him to have the government transfer $150 million into a secret account — or a passenger will die every 20 minutes. Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery, Corey Stoll, Anson Mount, Bar Paly, Linus Roache, Jon Abrahams. PG-13

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 Lee, mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock 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 later starts a family and 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

Sabotage

Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels. The team executes what appears to be a tactical raid on a cartel safe house, but the mission turns out to be an elaborate theft operation, pre-planned by members of the DEA squad itself. After hiding $10 million in stolen cash, the rogue agents believe their secret is safe — that is until someone begins methodically assassinating members of the team, one-by-one. As the body count rises, everyone is suspect. Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joe Manganiello, Sam Worthington, Mireille Enos, Josh Holloway, Terrence Howard, Olivia Williams, Harold Perrineau, Max Martini, Martin Donovan. R

Son Of God

This major motion picture event is an experience created to be shared among families and communities across the U.S. It brings the story of Jesus’ life to audiences through compelling cinematic storytelling that is both powerful and inspirational. Told with the scope and scale of an action epic, t he film features powerful performances, exotic locales, dazzling visual effects and a rich orchestral score. T he film spans from Jesus’ humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection Starring: Roma Downey, Diogo Morgado, Amber Rose Revah, Andrew Brooke, Louise Delamere, Darwin Shaw, Simon Kunz, Matthew Gravelle, Adrian Schiller, Sebastian Knapp. PG-13

The Grand Budapest Hotel

This movie recounts the adventures of Gustave H., a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing continent. Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Jude Law, Owen Wilson, Léa Seydoux, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton. R

The Lego Movie

This original computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and 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 Lunchbox (subtitled)

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an old man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in a lunchbox. In the big city of Mumbai, that crushes dreams and recycles them every day, both characters find a dream to hold on to.Ila begins a fantastical affair with a mystery suitor, pouring her heart into cooking meals for him. Saajan looks forward to lunch box deliveries from a mystery woman every day. As the lunchbox goes back and forth, this fantasy becomes so elaborate that it threatens to overwhelm their reality. The film is the story of the life we dream of versus the life we live in, and of the courage it takes to turn our fantasies into reality. Starring: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Denzil Smith. 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 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: Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Bill Murray, John Goodman. PG-13

The Single Mom’s Club

A Brought together by an incident at their children’s school, a group of single mothers from different walks of life bond and create a support group that helps them find comedy in the obstacles of life, inner strength to overcome their personal challenges, and inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood. Starring: Tyler Perry, William Levy, Nia Long, Amy Smart, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Zulay Henao, Cocoa Brown. 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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