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Deception (18)

Drama, Thriller / 108 min. / English

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Babylon A.D. (12)

Thriller, Sci-Fi / 90 min. / English

You could call Toorop (Vin Diesel) a rough and tumble antihero, but in reality, he’s just a guy looking to work his way out of a futuristic Russia, a destitute and dangerous place. Although his greatest wish is to make it back home to upstate New York, he’s unfortunately banned from returning to the States. But when Gorsky, a Russian mobster (Gerard Depardieu) offers him a mission - to protect an orphan girl (Melanie Thierry) on her journey to the U.S. - that includes a ticket home, Toorop can’t resist. In tow, he has Sister Rebeka (Michelle Yeoh), a nun, who assists him in fending off assailants who attack them every step of the way. Director Mathieu Kassovitz, who played Nino in “Amelie,” adapted the script from the Maurice G. Dantec novel “Babylon Babies” with Eric Besnard.

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (12)

Comedy, Romance / 92 min. / English

Based on Winifred Watson’s novel of the same name, this film begins when Miss Guinevere Pettigrew (Frances McDormand), a frumpy governess, is turned away from her employment agency. After losing her chance at gainful employment, further catastrophe befalls Miss Pettigrew as she loses just about everything but the clothes on her back. But as luck would have it, aspiring actress Delysia Lafosse (Amy Adams) is in need of a social secretary to juggle her three men: a piano player (Lee Pace), a nightclub owner (Mark Strong) and a theater producer’s son (Tom Payne). In a single day, Miss Pettigrew helps Delysia maneuver through her crowded maze of men, all the while learning herself that it’s never too late to find love.

Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (12)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy / 119 min. / English

Is it an action film, a horror flick or a romantic comedy? The answer: “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” is all of the above. The second installment of Hellboy is undoubtedly a comic book-based action film, yet there are enough rapid-fire action sequences to make you wonder if you’ve walked into a theater showing a Jet Li movie. Our Hell-spawned horned hero, Hellboy (Ron Perlman), learns that a terrible tale he was told as a boy may come true without his intervention. Hellboy, along with his comrades in arms, Abe Sapien (Doug Jones), Liz Sherman (Selma Blair) and new member of the pack Johann Krauss (John Alexander), have to stop Nuada, an evil elf prince, from getting his hands on a crown that commands the Golden Army, an indestructible mechanical force .

The Life Before Her Eyes (18)

Thriller/ 90 min. / English

Diana (Evan Rachel Wood), a wild teenager, and her conservative friend Maureen (Eva Amurri) live an ordinary life until a shocking shooting terrorizes their high school. Luckily, Diana survives. After 15 years, Diana’s (Uma Thurman) shattered mind somehow comes together and she makes a fine family. However, the underlying fear and trauma that she has lived with peaks on the anniversary of the fateful day. As Diana loses her hold on reality and fades away into darkness, her family begins to fall apart. This is a story about how one simple decision can change an entire life.

Donkey Xote (All

Animation / 83 min. / Spanish

The classic Spanish tale by Miguel de Cervantes of capricious knight Don Quixote comes to the screen as a cartoon. In “Donkey Xote,” the story is told from the atypical point of view of Rocinante (David Fernandez), the steed of Don Quixote (Jose Luis Gil), and Rucio (Luis Posada), the donkey mount of the Don’s squire, Sancho Panza (Andreu Buenafuente). This comical journey takes on a zany air with the quirks of Rocinante, who hates to leave his stable, and Rucio, who wants to be a horse, taking center stage. Don Quixote and Sancho travel far and wide to battle the Knight of the Moon in his quest for love. Will he defeat the knight and find the identity of his true love Dulcinea (Sonia Ferrer)?

Mirrors (18)

Thriller, Suspense / 111 min. / English

A disgraced former New York City police officer, Ben Carson (Kiefer Sutherland) now works as a security guard on the night shift at a department store, which was almost burnt down. While he’s on duty, he feels sinister spirits behind the walls trying to connect to the human world by carving messages on mirrors. After they discover Ben, they go after his family. To cut off the connection with the malicious souls, Ben has to take a stand.

The film is a remake of the Korean feature “Geoul Sokeuro” (2003).

The Children of Huang Shi (12

Drama, War / 124 min. / English

“The Children of Huang Shi” tells the story of George Hogg (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), a little-known British journalist who sought to infiltrate 1930s Nanjing, China, to report on Japanese atrocities there. But after witnessing mass murders and brutal violence at the hands of the Japanese, Hogg is captured and nearly executed before a band of nationalist guerillas, led by Chen Hansheng (Chow Yun Fat), swoops in to his rescue. At the recommendation of an Australian nurse, Lee Pearson (Radha Mitchell), Hogg is shipped off to a Chinese orphanage in a town called Huang Shi, where he must care for a group of disobedient boys. Slowly but surely, Hogg finds new meaning in his life as the boys inspire him to become their surrogate father in a brutal time of war.
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