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01/20/2013 - 9:21pm

Sheriff Ray Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a former Los Angeles undercover narcotics officer who decided to leave the big city behind after an operation went bad and led to the deaths of several fellow officers.  Owens is now the sheriff of Summerton, a small town near the Mexican border where not much happens except the occasional drunk and disorderly arrest like that of Frank Martinez (Rodrigo Santoro) who happens to be the ex-boyfriend of Sheriff Owens deputy Sarah Torrance (Jaimie Alexander).

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01/13/2013 - 9:03pm

Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) is consolidating his power on the West Coast in the city of Los Angeles.  Cohen is a mobster who sees the city as his destiny and the beginning of a new era in crime.  Cohen and his men are willing to go to any violent extreme to ensure their power stays intact.  It also means his underlings have no room for error or they could be killed on the spot.  Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Parker (Nick Nolte) wants to clean up the city but has his hands tied by corrupt judges and dirty cops, both on Cohen’s payroll.

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01/07/2013 - 12:06am

Steve Butler (Matt Damon) is very good at his job; so good, he’s being considered for a major promotion.  He works for a Global Energy, large energy company, and his job is to gain the trust of landowners and get their signatures on lease agreements so his employer can drill for natural gas on their land.

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12/31/2012 - 1:31am

Part of a group of five slaves being forced to march barefoot through a forest in winter, Django (Jamie Foxx) is unexpectedly rescued by a German dentist name King Schultz (Christoph Waltz).  Schultz no longer practices dentistry and has taken up a more lucrative and dangerous profession:  Bounty hunter.  Schultz has tracked down Django specifically because he has seen three particularly despicable outlaws called the Brittle Brothers.  Schultz has no idea what they look like but Django does.

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12/24/2012 - 1:09am

Pete and Debbie (Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann) have birthdays that fall in the same week.  Both are about to turn 40 but Debbie refuses to acknowledge she’s entering middle age and insists she’s only 38.  The couple has two kids, 13-year old Sadie (Maude Apatow) and eight-year old Charlotte (Iris Apatow) who’s constant bickering, and Sadie’s entering puberty, adds stress to a marriage that has plenty of pressure from other factors.  First, Pete’s dad Larry (Albert Brooks) has been borrowing money from Pete for quite some time.

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12/16/2012 - 3:05pm

Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) enjoys his life amongst the other Hobbits in the Shire.  That quiet, comfortable existence is upended by the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) who wants Bilbo to go on an adventure.  Bilbo refuses and thinks that’s the end of it; but he’s very wrong.  Thirteen dwarves show up at his door offering their service and asking for food.

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12/10/2012 - 1:04am

A writer (Rafe Spall) is looking for a new idea for a book when he’s told he should speak with Piscine Militor Patel (Ifran Khan), an Indian who now lives in Canada.  The two meet and get to know each other. Piscine, who is known to his friends as Pi, begins to weave a tail about his early life as the son of Santosh and Gita Patel (Adil Hussain and Tabu).  We learn he was named after a beautiful public swimming pool in France.

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12/02/2012 - 3:34pm

Dry cleaners owner Johnny Amato (Vincent Curatola) uses the business as a front for his criminal activities.  He wants to rob an illegal gambling operation run by Markie Trattman (Ray Liotta).  He chose Markie’s game because several years ago another of his gaming rooms was robbed by a couple of guys with shotguns.  It turned out Markie had hired the robbers and kept most of the money.  Sometime later, he admitted to planning the robbery and his mob bosses decided to let it slide.

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11/25/2012 - 2:23pm

Jack Frost (voiced by Chris Pine) has no recollection of his early life.  His memories start when the Man in the Moon called to him and gave him his ability to manipulate cold.  Now he travels the world bringing snow and ice to all the lands and snow days off from school for the children.  Jack is called to the North Pole to meet with the Guardians:  A collection of heroes who defend the dreams and ambitions of children.  The Guardians are the Tooth Fairy (voiced by Isla Fisher), the Easter Bunny (voiced by Hugh Jackman) and the Sand Man (who doesn’t speak).

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11/18/2012 - 12:32am

The Civil War has raged four years costing hundreds of thousands of lives.  President Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his advisers see the war coming to an end fairly soon but there will be more bloody battles ahead.  With recent elections leaving several Democratic representatives as lame ducks, Lincoln sees this as a good time to reintroduce his proposed 13th Amendment to the constitution banning slavery.