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Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

A probing look into the uncanny life of gonzo journalism inventor Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. A fast moving, wildly entertaining documentary with an iconic soundtrack, the film addresses the major touchstones in Thompson's life &

his intense and ill-fated relationship with the Hell's Angels, his near-successful bid for the office of sheriff in Aspen in 1970, the notorious story behind the landmark "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," his deep involvement in Sen. George McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign, and much more. Narrated by Johnny Depp. Directed by Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side," "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room"). R for drug and sexual content, language and some nudity/118m/F/Magnolia

Up the Yangtze

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Mamma Mia!

Film adaptation of the musical based on the music of ABBA. An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter she's raised alone. Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends to Sophie's wedding. And Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own, three men from Donna's past, any one of whom could be Sophie's father. Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Julie Waters, Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski. PG-13 for some sex related comments/109m/S/Universal

Ripple Effect

Fashion designer Amer Atrash, perpetually on the verge of success, is undergoing a personal crisis in both his marriage and his business. Attributing his misfortune to bad karma from a wrongdoing committed fifteen years prior, he sets out to correct his mistake, and in doing so, experiences a spiritual awakening. Directed and written by Philippe Caland. Philippe Caland, Forest Whitaker, Virginia Madsen, Minnie Driver, Kali Rocha. R for language/87m/F/


A troubled ex-cop must save his family from an unspeakable evil that is using mirrors as a gateway into their home. Kiefer Sutherland, Paula Patton, Cameron Boyce, Erica Gluck, Amy Smart. R for strong violence, disturbing images, language and brief nudity/112m/S/Fox

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Tropic Thunder

An unlikely group of self-absorbed actors working on location in a big budget epic war film find themselves stuck in a real war-like situation. Directed and co-written by Ben Stiller. Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Brandon T. Jackson, Jay Baruchel, Steve Coogan. R for pervasive language including sexual references, violent content and drug material/108m/S/Paramount

Pineapple Express

Dale has a grudging business relationship with laconic Saul - purchasing Saul's rare new strain of pot. But when Dale witnesses a murder, he panics and drops the pot, which can be traced back to him When it is, Dale and Saul run for their lives, and not just from weed-fueled paranoia. Screenplay by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg from a story by Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Seth Rogan, James Franco, Gary Cole, Rosie Perez, Danny McBride. R for pervasive language, drug use, sexual references and violence/112m/S/Sony

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

In this first-ever animated feature from Lucasfilm, the heroic Jedi Knights struggle to maintain order and restore peace as more and more systems fall prey to the forces of the dark side. Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan learner Ahsoka Tano find themselves on a mission that brings them face-to-face with crime lord Jabba the Hutt, while Count Dooku stops at nothing to ensure that they fail at their quest. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Master Yoda lead the massive clone army in a valiant effort to resist the forces of the dark side. Voice talents include Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Daniels, Christopher Lee. PG for sci-fi action violence throughout, brief language and momentary smoking/98m/S/WB

Dark Knight

Batman and James Gordon join forces with Gotham's new District Attorney, Harvey Dent, to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. This proves to be effective, but they find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as the Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces the Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. Directed by Christopher Nolan ("Batman Begins", "The Prestige," "Memento"). Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Eric Roberts. PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and some menace/152m/S/WB

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

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Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

The action shifts to Asia in an epic that races from the catacombs of ancient China high into the frigid Himalayas. Rick, son Alex, wife Evelyn and her brother Jonathan must stop China's ruthless Dragon Emperor, who threatens to plunge the world into his merciless, unending service. Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, John Hannah, Michelle Yeoh, Russell Wong, Liam Cunningham, Luke Ford, Isabella Leong. PG-13 for adventure action and violence/113m/S/Universal

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