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Coraline (PG)

Animation / 100 / English

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Boy A (18)

Drama / 100 / English

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Detroit Metal City (15)

Comedy / 103/ Japanese

Soichi Negishi (Ken’ichi Matsuyama) is an amateur musician who hopes to one day make it big as a singer of ballads to impress his first love, Yuri Aikawa (Rosa Kato). But in reality the shy young man, who adores gentle love songs, is tricked into being a member of the death metal band “Detroit Metal City.” Dressed up in wild costumes, he becomes known as the notorious “Johannes Krauser II.” As rumors spread that he is an ex-con, and even a demon, Negishi tries to hide his job from his family and friends, especially from Yuri. But with his talent as the lead singer of the band, it becomes increasingly more difficult for him to keep his true identity a secret.

Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (15)

Crime, Drama, Thriller / 116 / English

Andy (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is a troubled drug addict who is going through marital problems with his wife (Marisa Tomei). His younger brother Hank (Ethan Hawke) is constantly worrying about monetary problems. Their story begins to unfold when Andy and Hank devise a plan to rob their parents’ jewelry shop. But things get out of hand and conflict arises between the two brothers.

Ong Bak 2 (15)

Action / 94 / Thai

A young Thai boxer, Tiang (Tony Jaa), plans revenge after watching his family get ruthlessly killed. He masters the skills of martial arts and its inner meaning from Chernang (Sorapong Chatree). However, just when he is about to enact his vengeance, he discovers some new facts about the past.

Directed by Tony Jaa.

Ong Bak was released in 2003, and received two awards and two nominations.

Angels & Demons (15)

Crime, Drama / 138 / Italian, Latin, English

Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) of the “The Da Vinci Code” is back. Based on Dan Brown’s bestselling novel of the same title, Angels & Demons is another story about Langdon’s mission to break secret codes. The brilliant professor from Harvard joins forces with Vittoria Vetra (Ayelet Zurer), a gorgeous Italian scientist, this time to save the Vatican. But when Langdon discovers the existence of an ancient secret organization called Illuminati, he realizes that the entire city of Rome is in extreme danger.

Star Trek (12)

Science fiction / 111 / English

J.J. Abrams directs a prequel about the original series cast of Star Trek. We open on James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) as the orphaned, troublemaker son of a Starfleet hero. After a bar brawl, Captain Pike (Bruce Greenwood), about to take command of the new U.S.S. Enterprise, goads Kirk into enlisting. Spock (played with pitch-perfect subtlety by Zachary Quinto) immediately dislikes the young upstart, who beats a certain unbeatable command test - but the two have to set aside their differences when the time traveler who killed Kirk’s father returns, intending to destroy the Federation.

Halloween (R)

Horror / 109 / English

It is Halloween in 1963 and death is approaching the small sleepy town of Haddonfield. Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) escapes from a mental institution after brutally killing his stepfather, his elder sister and her boyfriend sixteen years ago. He was ten years old at the time and was imprisoned under the care of Dr. Sam Loomis (Malcolm McDowell). He makes his way back to his hometown in search of Loomis and his baby sister, Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton). Myers has a destiny and he will kill anybody who gets in his path. The movie was directed by Rob Zombie and initially released in 2007.

Cyborg She (12)

Romance, Comedy / 103 / Japanese

Jirou Kitamura (Keisuke Koide) is planning to spend his 20th birthday alone when he bumps into a strange woman who claims it is her birthday, too. The two celebrate the happy day together, but part after just a few hours. A year later on his 21st birthday, Jirou catches sight of someone who resembles the woman he met the previous year. But to the shy young man’s surprise, the woman happens to be a cyborg who has traveled from the future to protect him.

Although the cyborg (Haruka Ayase) cannot feel any human emotion, Jirou begins to develop feelings for her. But when she gets destroyed trying to save his life during an earthquake, Jirou falls into a deep depression and tries to rebuild her.

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