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Hamlet 2

"The hit, the very palpable hit" of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, "Hamlet 2" is an irreverent comedy centering on one teacher's overzealous quest to mount a high school musical, a musical-theater extravaganza that will disdain both political correctness and dramatic credibility. Objections from school officials and the community are soon raised, but he will not be denied his freedom of artistic expression. Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, Amy Poehler, David Arquette, Elisabeth Shue, Melonie Diaz

R for language including sexual references, brief nudity and some drug content/92m/F/Focus

Bottle Shock

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When straight-arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton heads up the investigation into an international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer Samir Horn. A mysterious figure with a web of connections to terrorist organizations, Horn has a knack for emerging on scene as major operations go down. But a tangle of contradictory evidence emerges as Clayton pursues the truth about Horn. Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Jeff Daniels, Neal McDonough, Archie Panjabi, Alyy Kahn, Said Taghmaoui. PG-13 for intense violent sequences, thematic material and brief language/114m/S/Overture


It's the summer of 1994, and the streets of New York are pulsing with hip hop and wafting with the sweet aroma of marijuana. The newly inaugurated mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, is only beginning to implement his anti-fun initiatives against crimes like noisy portable radios, graffiti and public drunkenness. A troubled high school student named Luke who deals pot forms a friendship with a psychiatrist and kindred lost soul. When the doctor proposes Luke trade him weed for therapy sessions, the two begin to explore both New York City and their own depression. Ben Kingsley, Josh Peck, Famke Janssen, Olivia Thirlby, Mary-Kate Olsen, Method Man.

R for pervasive drug use, language and some sexuality/95m/S/Sony Pictures Classics


Robert "Fish" Fishman is the dedicated and passionate drummer for the eighties hair band Vesuvius. Unfortunately, he's kicked out of the group just before it becomes one of the biggest bands in the world. Twenty years later, having given up his dreams, he gets a second chance at fame. Rainn Wilson, Christina Applegate, Josh Gad, Teddy Geiger, Jane Lynch, Jason Sudeikis, Howard Hesseman, Jeff Garlin, Bradley Cooper. PG-13 for drug and sexual references, nudity and language/102m/F/Fox

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

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Babylon A.D.

In the not-too-distant future, satellites monitor our every move. Much of the planet is a war zone. A mercenary known only as Toorop lives by a simple survivor's code: kill... or be killed. His latest assignment has him smuggling a young woman from a convent in Kazakhstan to New York City. Toorop, the killer for hire, is tested like never before - as he comes to understand that he is the custodian of the only hope for the future of mankind. Vin Diesel, Gérard Depardieu, Michelle Yeoh, Charlotte Rampling, Mark Strong, Radek Bruna, Melanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson. PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, language and some sexuality/90m/S/Fox


The rowdiest fraternity on campus decides to recruit high school seniors as pledges, subjecting them to endless humiliations, in return for granting them access to the no-holds-barred college party scene. Gary Owens, Ryan Pinkston, Drake Bell, Kevin Covais, Andrew Caldwell, Haley Bennett, Nick Zano, Camille Mana. R for pervasive crude and sexual content, nudity, language, drug and alcohol abuse/94m/F/MGM

Disaster Movie

A group of ridiculously attractive 20-somethings try to make their way to safety while every known natural disaster and catastrophic event — asteroids, twisters, earthquakes, the works — hit their path as they try to solve a series of mysteries to end the rampant destruction. Matt Lanter, Vanessa Minnillo, Carmen Electra, Kim Kardashian, G-Thang, Nicole Parker, Crista Flanagan, Ike Barinholtz. PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, language, drug references and comic violence/90m/F/Lionsgate

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

Death Race

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House Bunny

A Playboy Bunny teaches an awkward sorority about the opposite sex — only to learn that what boys really like is what's on the inside. Anna Faris, Colin Hanks, Emma Stone, Kat Dennings, Katharine McPhee, Rumer Willis, Christopher McDonald, Beverly D'Angelo. PG-13 for sex-related humor, partial nudity and brief strong language/97m/S/Sony

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