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The Expendables 3

Mar 25, 2015

The Expendables 3

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Director: Patrick Hughes Language: English Don’t groan — this isn’t as bad as you think. Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), who co-founded the “Expendables” team many years ago, has turned violent and is neck-deep in arms trading. Now he is all set to wipe out ...

12 Monkeys

Mar 25, 2015

12 Monkeys

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Language: English Terry Gilliam’s mind-bending 1995 film gets a reboot as a series for the U.S. cable channel SyFy. In a time when Ebola is in the news daily and “Plague Inc.” is a top-selling game on the App Store, this tale of time ...

Omoide no Marnie (When Marnie Was There)

Mar 18, 2015

Omoide no Marnie (When Marnie Was There)

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Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Based on Joan G. Robinson’s beloved fantasy novel “When Marnie Was There,” director Hiromasa Yonebayashi and his Studio Ghibli animators have made a delightful film about a budding friendship between two girls in the Hokkaido countryside, ...

Blended (Japan title: Kozureja Damekashira)

Mar 18, 2015

Blended (Japan title: Kozureja Damekashira)

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Director: Frank Coraci Language: English Just when you think Adam Sandler has hit the very bottom of his career, he resurfaces. If anyone can save Sandler, it’s the adorable Drew Barrymore, but “Blended” suffers from inane jokes, senseless dialogue and bad taste. After a ...

Fury

Mar 18, 2015

Fury

Director: David Ayer Language: English “Training Day” director David Ayer’s tale of a tank crew on the Western front in the fading days of World War II falls squarely between Sam Peckinpah’s “Cross of Iron” and Stephen Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” — it’s got ...

Sabotage

Mar 11, 2015

Sabotage

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Director: David Ayer Language: English “Sabotage” is the film Arnold Schwarzenegger should’ve avoided. The story stacks up the gore, venom and brute violence, and the overall effect is slaughterhouse trauma. Schwarzenegger plays the leader of an elite DEA task force whose members are murdered ...

Cam Girlz

Mar 11, 2015

Cam Girlz

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Director: Sean Dunne Language: English With this behind-the-veil look at the women who perform for live-sex webcams, director Sean Dunne trailblazes a new genre: docsploitation. With its priorities split between titillation and observation, “Cam Girlz” introduces a group of young women who find their ...

Mujin Chitai (No Man's Zone)

Mar 4, 2015

Mujin Chitai (No Man's Zone)

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Director: Toshi Fujiwara Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) As the anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor meltdown of March 11, 2011, approaches, Toshi Fujiwara’s documentary is a useful reminder of what the Tohoku region suffered. With actress Arsinee Khanjian’s solemnly intoning commentary, ...

Hercules

Mar 4, 2015

Hercules

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Director: Brett Ratner Language: English My mom told me never to trust guys named Dwayne, but we’re going to have to make an exception in the case of “Hercules”: The titular hero is played by none other than muscle man Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. ...

Frank

Mar 4, 2015

Frank

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Director: Leonard Abrahamson Language: English Michael Fassbender stars in this funny but sad portrait of cult musician Frank Sidebottom, aka real-life Manchester musician/performance artist Chris Sievey. The film contrasts Frank’s creative intensity with his band’s completely uninspired careerist keyboard player, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson). It’s ...