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Star Trek (12)

Science fiction / 111 / English

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Son of Rambow (12)

Comedy / 96 / English

Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) is a shy little boy who doesn’t have friends like other normal kids. Because of his religion, he isn’t allowed to watch television or even an educational film at school. One day he bumps into Lee Carter (Will Poulter), a mischievous classmate at school, Will reluctantly agrees to participate in making Lee’s homemade movie. But soon Will is fascinated by the task and dreams up his own production of a film.

The two boys think they’re each ready to become the next Steven Spielberg. But will their friendship survive? And will they be able to pull it off?



Paris (NR)

Romance, Drama / 130 / French

Love is hiding behind every corner in Paris. Pierre (Romain Duris) is a dancer at the Moulin Rouge who lives with his sister Elise (Juliette Binoche) and her three children. But when he is diagnosed with heart disease, Pierre is suddenly aware of his mortality and starts imagining his own death, which gives him a new perspective on life and love. Meanwhile, Elise tries to find romance with Jean (Albert Dupontel), a vendor at an open-air market, and a respected professor (Fabrice Luchini) wonders if he’s got one more chance at love.



Chocolate Underground (PG)

Animation / 87 / Japanese

In a nation where chocolate is illegal, people are losing hope without their dark sweets. When best friends Smudger Moore and Huntley Hunter meet at an underground organization that produces the banned candy, they can’t help but fall in love with the delicious cocoa taste.

The duo try to overthrow the ruling Good For You Party by taking to the streets to demand the return of chocolate. Will Smudger and Huntley be able to succeed in bringing chocolate back?



State of Play (12)

Drama, Thriller /127 / English

Based on a BBC miniseries, State of Play is a gripping film about a conflict involving journalism and politics. Cal McCaffrey (Russell Crowe), a journalist at the Washington Globe, becomes interested in the death of a young woman, the former lover of his college buddy Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck). With political blogger Della Frye (Rachel McAdams), McCaffrey begins to unravel the story, finding out that the woman’s death may only be one piece of the puzzle.

Land of Scarecrows (15)

Drama / 90 / Korean

Selected as one of 10 Korean films for this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Roh Kyung-tae’s independent movie “Land of Scarecrows” shows three individuals each consumed with their respective problems. Jang Ji-young struggles to support Loi Tan, Jang’s adopted child from the Philippines. She also has problems of her own: she’s a transgender. Meanwhile Rain, who came to Korea from the Philippines to get married, searches for happiness in a place far from home. Their lives are entangled as the movie unfolds to tell the lonely stories of three people desperately seeking hope.



White Tuft, the Little Beaver (PG)

Family / 77 / French

This film tells the tale of a beaver couple and their life in a dam. As the seasons pass, they have children, gather food, play, swim and protect their young from predators. One day, one of the young members of this forest family gets lost. This suspenseful wildlife film features real animals and innovative photography. The family-friendly film was released in February 2008 in France and promises to be a touching adventure for young and old alike.



Monsters vs. Aliens (PG)

Animation, Sci-Fi / 94 / English

Hit by a meteor on her wedding day, Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon) grows into a giantess. When Susan is captured by the military, she is renamed “Ginormica” and gets locked in a top-secret prison facility headed by General W.R. Monger (Kiefer Sutherland). With the other monsters in prison, Susan attempts to break free and return to her normal life.



Knowing (12)

Action, Mystery / 121 / English

Professor John Koestler (Nicolas Cage) is faced with a challenge after he stumbles on a startling discovery. He finds that a girl in 1959 predicted every major catastrophe in the past 50 years. Together with the daughter of the now deceased girl, Diana Wayland (Rose Byrne), he takes it upon himself to alert skeptical authorities and to stop destruction from taking place.
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