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05/04/2014 - 7:38pm
Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) has a great deal on his plate.  He’s New York’s costumed crime fighter, Spider-Man, taking on Russian gangster Aleksei Sytsevich (Paul Giamatti) as he tries to steal plutonium vials from an Oscorp truck while at the same time, his high school graduation is going on with girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) giving the valedictorian speech.  He manages to subdue Sytsevich and get to graduation just as his name is called.
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04/27/2014 - 12:06am
A beautiful young woman (Scarlett Johansson) drives around Scotland in a panel van, talking to random young men on the street.  Her questions start with asking for directions then switch to more personal questions.  She is looking for men who are unattached, living alone and, should they disappear, won’t be missed.  Those who meet those criteria are picked up.  The men believe they are being invited to have sex with this woman.  They are actually being led to their deaths by an alien pretending to be human.
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04/20/2014 - 1:39am
Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is a brilliant computer scientist and theorist.  His work is focused on creating a computer program that is sentient and could think and act independently.  He calls this Transcendence.  His wife, Evelyn (Rebecca Hall), also works with technology in the hope of improving healthcare and the environment.  Their friend, Max Waters (Paul Bettany), focuses his research into preventative and curative uses for nano technology and artificial blood.
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04/14/2014 - 12:04am
Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg), the blue macaw, his wife Jewel (voiced by Anne Hathaway) and their three kids live a life of peace and luxury in Rio de Janeiro.  They live in a birdhouse condo in the back yard of ornithologist Tulio (voiced by Rodrigo Santoro) and his wife, and Blu’s former owner, Linda (voiced by Leslie Mann).  Tulio and Linda are on a journey deep in the Amazon to release a bird they found injured and nursed back to health.  After releasing the bird, the pair sees a brief glimpse of a blue macaw.
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04/06/2014 - 7:49pm
Steve Rogers, A.K.A Captain America (Chris Evans), is still trying to come to terms with being a man 70 years out of his time.  He thought throwing himself into his work with S.H.I.E.L.D. would give him a feeling of belonging and purpose but that has so far eluded him.  During one mission to free some S.H.I.E.L.D. agents held hostage by pirates on a mobile satellite launching ship, Natasha Romanoff, A.K.A. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), violates Rogers’ orders and is found in a control room, downloading information onto a flash drive.
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03/30/2014 - 10:56pm
Noah (Russell Crowe) and his family barely survive in a harsh, barren wilderness.  His wife Naameh (Jennifer Connelly) raises their three boys Shem (Douglas Booth), Ham (Logan Lerman)and Japheth (Leo McHugh Carroll) as Noah goes out to search for food.  Life in this wilderness is dangerous because of the descendants of Cain, the murderous son of Adam and Eve.  One of his kin, Tubal Cain (Ray Winstone) murdered Noah’s father many years ago.
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03/23/2014 - 6:06pm
Coming off the success of their reuniting, Kermit the Frog and the rest of the Muppets wonder what their next move should be.  They are approached by international tour manager Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) who suggests the whole gang goes on a world tour to strike while the iron is hot.  Kermit is reluctant but Dominic convinces the rest of the crew and Kermit goes along and it’s announced their first stop is in Berlin, Germany.
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03/16/2014 - 3:24am
Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) lives in a small town in New York State.  He and his father ran the local garage and participated in dirt track racing.  Tobey was pretty good as was Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper) who lived in the same town.  Dino went on to drive professionally on the Indy Car circuit, becoming very successful.  Tobey stayed in his small town and worked at his dad’s garage.  Tobey’s father has recently passed away and money is very tight.  The bank is about to call in the loan on the garage.
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03/10/2014 - 1:50am
While the two films I saw were very different, they shared a few things.  First, they both were made possible by computer generated images.  Second, they dealt with events from history.  And finally, the two films both had strong relationships that faced trying circumstances.  Only one film featured an army full of chiseled abs while the other had the world’s smartest dog that talks.  Neither is based in much reality but one certainly works better than the other.
 
300:  Rise of an Empire
 
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03/02/2014 - 9:31pm
The life of Jesus of Nazareth (Diogo Morgado), his teachings, his disciples Peter (Darwin Shaw), John (Sebastian Knapp), Thomas (Matthew Gravelle), the traitor Judas (Joe Wredden) and the rest of his closest followers are chronicled from the gathering of his flock to the Sermon on the Mount, clashes with the Pharisees to the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension into Heaven.