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10/14/2013 - 3:03am
Captain Phillips
 
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10/06/2013 - 10:56pm
The space shuttle is on a repair mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.  Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is the mission specialist who is conducting the repair and installing new components she designed for use in the medical world.  Commanding the mission is veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) on his final mission before retirement.  He’s trying to break the spacewalk record held by a Russian cosmonaut and is using a prototype thruster pack to maneuver quickly and easily without being tethered to the shuttle.
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09/29/2013 - 9:10pm
Inventor Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) has just succeeded in shutting down his machine that turned food into water on his island home of Swallow Falls.  The island is now covered in giant hamburgers, mounds of spaghetti and meatballs and massive melting scoops of ice cream.  Flint and the rest of the residents are surveying the damage when a helicopter lands containing one of Flint’s childhood heroes--TV scientist Chester V (voiced by Will Forte).
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09/22/2013 - 11:10pm
On Thanksgiving Day, two families are thrust into a nightmare with the disappearance of two six-year old girls.  Anna Dover (Erin Gerasimovich) and Joy Birch (Kyla-Drew Simmons) vanish while walking in their neighborhood between their homes.  Keller and Gracie Dover (Hugh Jackman and Maria Bello), and Franklin and Nancy Birch (Terrence Howard and Viola Davis) search their homes and the neighborhood but cannot find the girls.
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09/16/2013 - 12:12am
Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) has just returned from the other side with his son Dalton (Ty Simpkins).  Paranormal investigator Elise Ranier (Lin Shaye) is sitting in a chair dead, bruised around her neck where she’d been strangled.  Renai Lambert (Rose Byrne) is happy to have her son back from his comatose state but is concerned her husband is a murderer.  While police investigate, the Lamberts move in with Josh’s mother Lorraine (Barbara Hershey).  It isn’t long before strange noises are heard and objects are moved seemingly without anyone around.
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09/08/2013 - 2:45pm
Stranded on a barren, hostile planet by Vaako (Karl Urban) of the Necromongers, Riddick (Vin Diesel) struggles to survive.  There are two large predators on the planet:  One is a dog-like creature that is about the size of a Great Dane and the other is a mud-dwelling, two-legged lizard with a poisonous barbed tail and very large teeth.  Riddick wants off the world badly and is willing to risk exposing his location to any bounty hunters in the area.
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08/31/2013 - 7:32pm
Formed from rejects from his British TV show X-Factor, Simon Cowell created the group One Direction.  Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne didn’t know each other before Cowell put them together.  They’d never sung together and didn’t know if they would even like each other.  That was in 2010.  Now, One Direction is the most popular band in the world, selling out every date on their tour in a matter of hours in locations as diverse as their home in the UK to the rest of Europe, America and Asia.
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08/26/2013 - 1:36am
Gary King (Simon Pegg) has fond memories of his time in school with his best mates Andy Knightley (Nick Frost), Steven Prince (Paddy Considine), Oliver Chamberlain (Martin Freeman) and Peter Page (Eddie Marsan).  On their last day of school, the group took on the challenge of completing the Golden Mile:  A pub crawl through their town of Newton Haven, England encompassing 12 pubs and ending at The World’s End.  They didn’t make it as a couple of them dropped out after a few pubs and the rest just couldn’t drink any more.
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08/19/2013 - 1:44am
Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) started life picking cotton on a farm in Macon, Georgia.  He witnessed the murder of his father at the hands of plantation owner Thomas Westfall (Alex Pettyfer) following Westfall’s attempt to rape Cecil’s mother, Hattie Pearl (Mariah Carey).  Cecil is moved into the house by Westfall’s mother, Annabeth (Vanessa Redgrave), after the murder and taught how to be a house servant.  As Cecil neared his 20’s, he left the plantation for fear he too would be murdered.  Unable to find work, Cecil is hungry and homeless.
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08/11/2013 - 3:31am
The Earth is a mess in the late 21st century.  It’s severely overpopulated, polluted and nearly out of natural resources.  All the wealthiest people have pooled their resources together to leave the planet to the poor and sick and live a life of luxury on a massive space station called Elysium.  Built by the Armadyne Corporation, Elysium is overseen by a government elected by the residents.  The person in charge of maintaining station security is Secretary Jessica Delacourt (Jodie Foster).