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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (12)

Action, adventure / 121 min. / English

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Never Back Down (12)

Action, Drama / 110 min. / English

Jake (Sean Faris) has just moved to Orlando, Florida. At his old school, Jake was a star football player, but here, he’s only an outsider with a bad reputation. In an attempt to fit in, Jake goes to a party hosted by one of his classmates, but he is unwillingly put into a fight against school bully Ryan McDonald (Cam Gigandet). Jake is beaten up and humiliated in front of his classmates. He finds a way to redeem his pride, however, through mixed martial arts. A mentor, Jean Roqua (Djimon Hounsou), sees talent in Jake and teaches him that mixed martial arts is not simple street fighting, but rather an art form he should master. Jake learns to find the patience, discipline and will needed to teach Ryan a lesson.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (All)

Fantasy, Family / 145 min. / English

This second film installment of C.S. Lewis’ beloved children’s series The Chronicles of Narnia takes place many years after the four Pevensie children of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” first journey to Narnia. In this film, the Pevensies ? Peter (William Moseley), Susan (Anna Popplewell), Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Henley)? are back in their grim wartime London reality when suddenly they find themselves transported back into Narnia ? only centuries after their reign as kings and queens. It turns out Telmarine Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) has summoned the Pevensies to help him as his sinister uncle Miraz (Sergio Castellitto) conspires to steal the crown. Although Capsian’s rescuers are mere kids, they prepare for war against Miraz with the help of a menagerie of magical creatures.

Penelope (12)

Comedy, Fantasy / 89 min. / English

Wealthy heiress Penelope (Christina Ricci) seems to have it all, but she also has something she’d rather do without: the ears and snout of a pig. In this modern-day fairy tale, Penelope’s family is afflicted by a curse that can only be broken by true love. In an attempt to break the curse, Penelope’s parents unsuccessfully try to match her with a series of eligible blue-blooded bachelors. But then a mischievous tabloid reporter hires a down-and-out gambler, Max (James McAvoy), to court Penelope. Much to Max’s surprise, he falls for Penelope ? just in time to get exposed as the schemer he really is. Heartbroken, Penelope runs away to the big city, where she meets some friends who teach her about inner beauty.

To Each His Own Cinema (15)

Drama / 114 min. / Multilingual

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, 35 leading international auteurs have come together to create a compilation of 33 three-minute films. The project, the brainchild of festival president Gilles Jacob, was created to celebrate Cannes’ birthday and to honor cinema itself. The directors were asked to express “their state of mind the moment they were first inspired by film.” The audience doesn’t learn the name of the person behind the camera until the end of each short in this experimental collection. Thus, the audience is left guessing who created what is on the screen.

Priceless (15)

Comedy / 104 min. / French

Directed by Pierre Salvadori, this French comedy features “Amelie” star Audrey Tautou as Irene, an attractive, sexy golddigger. Irene is only interested in men with money ? lots of it. Her radar for rich men, however, gets jumbled when she encounters Jean (Gad Elmaleh) at an elite resort in the south of France. After spending a wonderful day with Jean, Irene discovers that he is actually a hotel employee, not a guest. Furious, Irene wants nothing more to do with him, despite Jean’s pleading efforts. But eventually, Jean finds his way into Irene’s life again.

Speed Racer (12)

Action, Sport / 129 min. / English

The version of “Speed Racer” now in theaters is hardly the cute, clunky Japanese cartoon of the 1960s. This version, written and directed by the Wachowski brothers, transfers the antiquated anime into slick, futuristic live action against a backdrop of computer-generated imagery. Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) is an instinctive and fearless race car driver by blood. But when a corporate bigwig threatens Speed’s future, he teams with Taejo Togokhan (Rain) and the mysterious Racer X (Matthew Fox) in hopes of saving the sport he loves.

Iron Man (12)

Action, Fantasy / 125 min. / English

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is a techno-genius playboy who has built his vast fortune peddling weapons of mass destruction. Unbeknownst to Stark, his weapons find their way into the hands of terrorists, who then attack him during a business trip in Afghanistan. Faced with the reality of his company’s work while held captive by terrorists, Stark plans his escape, then atones for his sins by assuming a superhero identity. Later, Stark’s weapons find their way into the wrong hands again, and it’s up to Iron Man to save the day in all his irreverent glory.

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