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The Duchess (15)

Drama, History / 110 min. / English

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How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (15)

Comedy, Romance / 105 min. / English

British journalist Toby Young’s memoir about his five years of trials and tribulations as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair magazine comes to the screen in this film adaptation. The names and parts of the story have been changed, but the story’s still hilarious. Simon Pegg stars as Sidney, a bumbling, two-bit celebrity reporter who gets his big break through a job at Sharps magazine, a prestigious publication.

Although his editor has ordered him to get along with people, a series of missteps befalls Signey, which include irritating his colleague Alison Olsen (Kirsten Dunst). In time, however, he finds salvation in a friendship with a starlet, Sophie Maes (Megan Fox). After a while, Alison and Sidney start to become friends, too. But with only a few allies, can Sidney survive the dog-eat-dog world of New York journalism?

Death Race (18

Action / 104 min. / English

The 1975 film “Death Race 2000” is reincarnated in writer and director Paul W.S. Anderson’s 2008 version. In “Death Race,” set in 2012, corporations fund prisons, and inmates at Terminal Island prison are finding themselves in the spotlight. To credit are the pay-per-view broadcasts of the prisoners’ lawless auto races.

New inmate Jensen Ames (Jason Statham) chooses to take over the role of Frankenstein, a fierce masked driver who has recently died, with the promise that he’ll be freed if he wins against Machine Gun Joe (Tyrese Gibson), another driver.

Ames has a chance, but the race is no easier than living behind bars. True to this film’s title, it’s either win the race or die.

Under the Same Moon (All)

Drama / 103 min. / Spanish, English

This story of the enduring bond between mother and son stars Kate del Castillo as Rosario, a mother who sets off for Los Angeles to make money for her struggling family in Mexico. She leaves her son, Carlitos (Adrian Alonso), with his grandmother, who eventually dies. Determined to find his mother, 9-year-old Carlitos crosses the border in search of his mother, encountering many obstacles along the way in the form of kidnappers, drug addicts and border patrol workers. The film won a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival because of the way it deals with timely and pressing issues concerning illegal immigration and discrimination while remaining touching.

An American Haunting (15)

Horror, Suspense / 82 min. / English

This terrifying film is based on a chilling true story, in which a spirit causes the death of a human being. It is the only known case in American history. In the 1800s, the Bell Family is visited by an unknown presence that haunts the family. What starts as small sounds around the farm and the sighting of a black, yellow-eyed wolf escalates into brutality against the family. The Bells search for rational explanations and ways to rid their house of the evil spirit, even trying desperately to undo a possible curse on the house.

Eagle Eye (12)

Action, Thriller / 117 min. / English

When a young man, Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf), receives a phone call from a mysterious woman, he’s forced to follow her orders or risk his own and his family’s lives. Soon, he learns that another stranger, Rachel Holloman (Michelle Monaghan), is also in the same situation. As Jerry and Rachel are thrust into increasingly treacherous circumstances, they realize that they’re being tracked by everyday technology. Soon these two ordinary people realize that they’ve become America’s most wanted, and they’re willing to do anything to get their lives back. By working together, they fight to solve the mystery of who their tracker is, and why they’ve been put in danger.

The Women (15)

Romantic comedy / 115 min. / English

In this modern-day remake of the 1939 original, “The Women” revolves around Mary (Meg Ryan) and her gaggle of middle-aged female friends, Sylvia (Annette Bening), Edie (Debra Messing) and Alex (Jada Pinkett Smith). But although Mary seems to have the most stable life, in actuality, it is falling apart. Turns out her husband is cheating on her with Crystal (Eva Mendes), the stunning perfume spritzer at the local department store. Mary’s friends are initially reluctant to tell her, only to find that she’s already well aware of the fact. Determined to get on with her life, Mary leaves her husband and gets some inspiration for her future.

Made of Honor (15)

Romantic comedy / 101 min. / English

The only constant female presence in Tom’s (Patrick Dempsey) life is Hannah (Michelle Monaghan), his platonic best friend whom he meets in college. When Hannah jets off to Scotland on business, Tom realizes that he’s in love with her, only to find that she’s come back engaged to a hunky Scottish duke, Colin (Kevin McKidd). Luckily, Hannah asks Tom to become her “maid” of honor, which provides Tom the perfect opportunity to try to take down this wedding from the inside.
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