Thursday, February 26, 2015

New This Week (2/26/15)

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Apparitions (NR)
Father Jacob is a Roman Catholic priest who examines evidence of miracles to promote candidates for sainthood. He is drawn into the domain of exorcism when he is approached for help by a young girl who believes her father is possessed. Besieged by ghastly visions, vicious murders, and demonic attacks, Father Jacob wages war against evil with the only weapons he has--faith, ritual, and prayer.

The Drop (R)
Lonely bartender Bob and his hardened employer Cousin Marv run a bar that is used as a "drop"--a covert scheme that funnels cash to local gangsters. But when they find themselves caught in a robbery gone bad, and on the hook for a debt they can't repay, both men have to make the dangerous choice between loyalty and survival.

Pride (R)
It's the summer of 1984 and much of blue-collar Great Britain is on strike. For one tiny Welsh village, the strike brings unexpected visitors--a group of London-based activists who decide to raise money to support the strikers' families and want to make their donation in person.

A Walk Among the Tombstones (R)
Matt Scudder, an ex-cop turned unlicensed private investigator, reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker hunt down the men who brutally murdered his wife. When the PI learns that this is not the first time, nor will it be the last, that these men have committed this sort of twisted crime, he must blur the line between right and wrong as he races to track the deviants through the backstreets of New York City before they kill again.

The Wire (NR)
Each season of this American crime drama television series set and produced in and around Baltimore, Maryland introduces a different institution in the city of Baltimore. In chronological order they are: the illegal drug trade, the seaport system, the city government and bureaucracy, the school system, and the print news media.  

Thursday, February 19, 2015

New This Week (2/19/15)

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (PG)
Based on the best-selling book, follow the exploits of Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life and wonder if bad things only happen to him. But he discovers he's not alone when his dad, mom, and family live through their own terrible--and hilarious--day.

The Boxtrolls (PG)
Quirky, mischievous, and good-hearted, the box-wearing creatures have lovingly raised a human boy named "Eggs" in a charming cavern below the bustling streets of Cheesebridge. But when evil Archibald Snatcher decides to capture the lovable misfits, it's up to Eggs and his feisty young friend, Winnie, to save the Boxtrolls.

Burn (NR)
With vast stretches of abandoned buildings, the highest arson rate in the country, and a budget crisis of epic proportions, the brave men and women of the Detroit firefighters risk injury, disablement, and death to try and make a difference to the city they call home. The brotherhood is tested when a new fire commissioner shakes up the system and a  young fireman is devastatingly injured on the job.

The Homesman (R)
Set in 1854 on the harsh Nebraska frontier, low-life drifter George is rescued by Mary. To pay her back, he agrees to help her transport three women across the treacherous land to a kindly minister's wife who has offered them hospice. The unlikely pair soon realizes just how daunting the journey will be as the group traverses the vast Nebraska Territories.

The Honorable Woman (NR)
Nessa Stein, a successful Anglo-Israeli entrepreneur at the forefront of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, is caught in the middle of the complex machinations of Britan's MI6 and the CIA.

I Am Ali (PG)
Experience Ali's extraordinary story, as a fighter, lover, brother, father--told from the inside for the very first time.

Laggies (R)
Two unlikely friends whose paths intertwine, Megan, a 28-year-old who's not ready for adulthood, and Annika, a 16-year-old who wonders if there's life after high school, help each other to stop lagging... and start living.

Love is Strange (R)
Soon after Ben and George finally tie the knot, George loses his job, and the couple must sell their apartment and temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home. George moves in with two friends while Ben ends up with his nephew's family. Struggling with the separation, Ben and George are further challenged by their new living arrangements.

The Theory of Everything (PG-13)
Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With his wife fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of--time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed.

To Catch a Comet : The Landmark Mission of the Rosetta Spacecraft (NR)
Billions of miles from Earth, Rosetta, a spacecraft the size of a car, travels towards an icy rock 2.5 miles wide that hurtles through space at tens of thousands of miles per hour. Rosetta will do something no other spacecraft has ever attempted: land on the volatile surface of a comet as it flies round the sun.

Understanding Art : Hidden Lives of Masterpieces (NR)
Works by five major artists--Raphael, Rembrandt, Poussin, Watteau, and Leonardo--were collected together, removed from their frames, and set on easels, replicating the feel of an artist's studio. Curators, historians, restorers, and scientists from around the world came to examine and discuss them.

Monday, February 16, 2015

New This Week (2/5/15)

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Book of Life (PG)
Torn between the expectations of his family and the desires of his heart, a young man named Manolo sets off on an epic quest, that spans three spectacular worlds, in order to reunite with his one true love and defend his village.

Dads (NR)
Eli and Warner, childhood friends have become successful videogame developers. But their lifestyle is thwarted by their dads, whose behavior causes frequent complications. In spite of the problems caused by their old men, Eli and Warner discover that there are still a few lessons yet to be learned from their ne'er-do-well dads.

Downton Abbey : Season 5 (NR)
1924, the radio is the latest miracle, a new Labour government heralds changes throughout the land, and Downton's traditional ways are besieged on all fronts. Robert, Mary, and Branson must ensure the future of the estate for generations to come. As Branson finds himself playing a more crucial role at Downton, he can' help but question his place in the world. Mary is finally coming to accept that she would like to marry again, but will she ever be able to find the same happiness that she had with Matthew? And with no news of her beloved Gregson, Edith suffers under the burden of her terrible secret. Downstairs, all of the servants must consider what effect social changes may have on their working lives. No one, from Mr. Carson to Daisy, will be left unaffected.

Fury (R)
April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

John Wick (R)
When sadistic young thugs senselessly attack John Wick--a brilliantly lethal ex-assassin--they have no idea that they've just awakened the boogeyman. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, Wick embarks on a merciless rampage, hunting down his adversaries with the skill and ruthlessness that made him an underworld legend.

Lucy (R)
A woman is accidentally caught in a dark deal and turns the tables on her captors. Altered by a dangerous new drug allowing her to use 100% of her brain capacity, Lucy transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

My Old Lady (PG-13)
When Mathias arrives at the sumptuous Parisian apartment he inherited from his father, he's surprised that the property comes with two stubborn live-in tenants who are not required to leave according to an ancient French real estate law. Unable to sell the place, Mathias moves in with the feisty Englishwoman, Mathilde, and her daughter, Chloe. But as Mathias and Chloe draw increasingly closer, Mathilde unveils a complex labyrinth of secrets that unites the trio in unexpected ways.