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Rated: PG.

Director Kasi Lemmons updates Langston Hughes' acclaimed play for the screen in this inspirational musical drama with a positive spiritual message. Langston (Jacob Latimore) is a street-smart Baltimore teen who lives with his single mother Naima (Jennifer Hudson). It's Christmas, and this year Jordan is traveling to New York City for a stay with his distant relatives Reverend Cornell (Forest Whitaker) and Aretha Cobbs (Angela Bassett). When Reverent Cornell's strict rules prove too oppressive for the rebellious teen to handle, however, Jordan decides he'd rather spend the holidays with his mother, and embarks on an eye-opening journey that teaches him the true importance of faith and family. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rated: PG13.

A motor-mouthed high-school security guard joins his prospective brother-in-law, a decorated police detective, on a shift along the mean streets of Atlanta and learns that life on the force is no picnic in this action comedy from director Tim Story (Fantastic Four, Think Like a Man). Ben (Kevin Hart) longs to marry his gorgeous girlfriend Angela (Tika Sumpter), but before he can propose he must first get the approval of her tough-as-nails brother James (Ice Cube), a top detective in the Atlanta Police Department. When aspiring police officer Ben gets accepted into the academy, he finally musters the courage to ask for James' blessings. Still unconvinced that Ben has what it takes to provide for his beloved baby sister, James invites Ben on a ride-along through the toughest parts of town. At first James' efforts to terrify the young trainee go perfectly according to plan, but once the pair incur the wrath of Atlanta's most feared criminal, all bets are off. John Leguizamo and Laurence Fishburne co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rated: NR.

Inspired by the controversy surrounding William Friedkin's gay-themed 1980 thriller Cruising, filmmakers James Franco and Travis Matthews team up for this experimental drama that aims to recreate the 40 minutes of sexually explicit scenes that the MPAA demanded be removed from the film in order for it to secure an "R" rating. Due to the fact that the scenes in question were never screened publicly, no one except for the studio and the MPAA can be certain of exactly how far they went. As a result, the making of Cruising has become the stuff of legend in Hollywood. In Interior. Leather Bar. we follow actor Val Lauren as he participates in the production of Cruising, and witness his reaction to the homosexual acts that were deemed too explicit to be included in a mainstream film. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rated: NR.

Debauched L.A. cops harass bored teenagers, haphazardly shoot citizens, and indulge in sexual fetishes in this episodic comedy from Rubber writer/director Quentin Dupieux. Mark Burnham, Ray Wise, Eric Wareheim, Marilyn Manson, Steve Little, and Jon Lajoie star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rated: NR.

A Catholic priest who has fought to suppress his homosexual impulses falls under the spell of a troubled teen in this sensitive drama from director Malgorzata Szumowska. Adam (Andrzej Chyra) entered the priesthood at 21. He's dedicated his life to helping teens with behavioral problems, and has embraced a life of celibacy in an effort to combat his feelings for the same sex. Adam's closely guarded secret threatens to become public knowledge, however, when he befriends a misfit adolescent named Lukasz (Mateusz Kosciukiewicz), who stirs feelings deep within Adam that are far too powerful to deny. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rated: R.

Young Army Reserve enlistee Jack Farmer (Luke Moran) experiences an intense crisis of conscience after becoming a prison guard at Abu Ghraib in Iraq, where his commanding officer (Sean Astin) coerces him into using intense interrogation techniques on a terrified detainee (Omid Abtahi) who appears to have committed no crime. Before long, the soldier who joined the military to defend his country begins to unravel due to the inhuman treatment he witnesses in a daily basis. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rated: PG.

A scheming squirrel named Surly (voiced by Will Arnett) gathers a crackerjack crew of critters to pull off a heist of the local nut shop so that they will have enough food to make it through the winter. Liam Neeson, Brendan Fraser, Katherine Heigl, and Gabriel Iglesias also lend their voices to this upbeat animated caper comedy. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rated: PG.

In this comedic adaptation of James Thurber's short story, Ben Stiller stars as Walter, a milquetoast proofreader for a magazine publishing firm. Walter is constitutionally incapable of standing up for himself, so he retreats into his fantasy world, where he is heroic, poised, self-assured, and the master of his fate. Stiller directed from a script by Steven Conrad, with Kristen Wiig, Patton Oswalt, and Shirley MacLaine rounding out the starring cast. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Rated: R.

Director Ralph Fiennes teams with screenwriter Abi Morgan to adapt Claire Tomalin's book detailing the clandestine, 13-year-long love affair between celebrated English author Charles Dickens (Fiennes) and 18-year-old actress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones), whose name was effectively erased from the history books following Dickens' death in 1870. Kristin Scott Thomas and Tom Hollander costar. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rated: PG13.

The title character of Stephen Frears' Philomena is played by Judi Dench. She is an elderly Irish woman who, as a teenager, gave birth while she was working at a convent. The Catholic Church had the child adopted, and now, decades later, Philomena is introduced to Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), onetime government spokesperson who is now working as a freelance journalist. Martin agrees to help Philomena look for her son, and the trail takes them to the United States, and brings them face-to-face with some long-buried secrets. All the while, the type-A Martin and the ceaselessly charming Philomena learn to trust each other. Philomena screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Rated: PG13.

Billy Campbell, Angus Macfadyen, and Peter Fonda star in this Civil War drama adapted from Harold Frederic's novel The Copperhead, and directed by Ronald F. Maxwell (Gettysburg, Gods and Generals). Set in the fall of 1862, the story details the hardships endured by an upstate New York farmer branded a "Copperhead" by his government and his neighbors for believing that the war was futile, and advocating that the Northern states negotiate a peace treaty with the South. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rated: R.

Inseparable since grade school, virginal high-school seniors Michael (Nicholas Braun) and Matty (Hunter Cope) make a pact to get one another laid before prom night. Their plan hits an unexpected hitch, however, when one of them decides to come out of the closet. Nick Offerman, Gary Cole, and Megan Mullally also star in this compassionate coming-of-age comedy from director Chris Nelson (Ass Backwards). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rated: PG13.

The true story of legendary drag-racing rivals Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and Tom "The Mongoo$e" McEwen, and the unlikely friendship that fueled their quest for greatness. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rated: PG13.

Two retired boxers (Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro) decide to settle a long-standing beef by heading back into the ring in this sports comedy from director Peter Segal. Back in the day, Billy "The Kid" McDonnen (De Niro) and Henry "Razor" Sharp (Stallone) were the two biggest bruisers in the Pittsburgh boxing scene. Their fierce rivalry drawing nationwide attention, Razor and The Kid were deadlocked for the title of overall champion when the former announced his retirement just before the decisive 1983 match that would have determined the supreme champion. Three decades later, enterprising boxing promoter Dante Slate Jr. (Kevin Hart) lures the aging pugilists back into the ring for the fight that everyone has been waiting for. Meanwhile, when Razor and The Kid see each other for the first time in 30 years, the cameras are rolling as tempers suddenly flare. In no time that unscheduled scuffle goes viral, prompting both fighters to resume their intensive training in a bid to be the one who delivers the knockout blow during the highly anticipated bout. Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger, and Jon Bernthal costar. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rated: R.

Norman Long is a high school loner, a self-aware and darkly funny teen who’s just trying to handle his daily existence. In the wake of his mother’s sudden death, Norman must now also deal with the reality that his father is starting to lose his battle with stomach cancer. Norman, depressed and angry, unintentionally gets caught in a lie that he, in fact, has stomach cancer. Soon his complete distortion of the facts spirals out of control. Part coping mechanism, partially as a way to feel closer to his father, and to a certain degree to prepare others for his possible suicide, Norman begins to imitate his father’s debilitating physical symptoms, dramatically affecting his life and the world around him. Emily, a magnetic girl with one of those rare enchanting smiles, gets caught up in Norman’s fabrication and struggles with her deep rooted romantic feelings in the face of Norman’s “impending” death.

Rated: R.

Bride-to-be Claire, her sister Leslie, fun-loving Zoe, and quirky new friend Janet set off to Las Vegas for a one-night bachelorette party that turns out to be more than they bargained for. A series of unexpected adventures including, getting kicked out of a strip club, being mugged and getting pummeled by the Las Vegas’ reigning gelatin-wrestling champion, Veronica, rip them from the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas strip and places them smack dab in Vegas’ seedy underbelly. Determined to keep their bachelorette party dreams alive, the girls band together and embark on the wildest night in bachelorette party history. Fueled by sex and booze, this raunchy, riotously hilarious, out-of-control, blow-out is, for better or worse, all caught on tape. And is destined to go down as the Best Night Ever.

Rated: NR.

The recipient of the Best Screenplay award at the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Jia Zhang Ke's four-part drama explores the corrosive effects of violence in contemporary China through the eyes of a disgruntled miner, a migrant worker returning home for the New Year, a receptionist who was assaulted by a wealthy client, and a frustrated factory worker. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rated: PG.

Behind the headlines, beyond the spotlight -- there’s more to his story. Directed by Jon M. Chu (Never Say Never, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) JUSTIN BIEBER'S BELIEVE captures 19-year-old Justin Bieber unfiltered and brutally honest. In brand new interviews with Bieber, the movie reveals long-awaited answers to questions about his passion to make music, relationships and coming of age in the spotlight -- as well as never-before-seen concert footage, unprecedented behind-the-scenes access and special appearances from manager Scooter Braun, Patti Mallette, Usher, Ludacris and many more.

Rated: R.

Director John Wells' adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize winning play August: Osage County tells the tale of the dysfunctional Westin clan, who all come together after the death of patriarch Beverly Weston (Sam Shepard). His wife Violet (Meryl Streep), who is fighting mouth cancer and a growing dependency on pain pills, sees her entire clan return home for the services, including her sister Mattie Fae Aiken (Margo Martindale) and her husband Charles (Chris Cooper) and their son "Little" Charles (Benedict Cumberbatch). Also arriving are Violet's three daughters: Barbara (Julia Roberts) and her husband Bill (Ewan McGregor), Ivy (Julianne Nicholson), and wild child Karen (Juliette Lewis), who brings her fiancé Steve (Dermot Mulroney). As the clan bickers and jokes, old truths come to the surface, jealousies flourish, and eventually each of the characters confronts some past hurt or future fear. August: Osage County screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Rated: R.

Lionsgate has just released a brand new, tantalizing poster for their upcoming thriller, NURSE 3D! By day, Abby Russell is a dedicated nurse, but by night, she takes lives instead of saving them. Using her smoldering sexuality, Abby lures cheating men to their brutal deaths, exposing them for the dogs they really are. When a younger nurse starts to catch on to Abby's night job, Abby must find a way to outsmart her and bring the cheater no one expected to justice

Rated: PG.

A man meets his soul mate at the worst time possible in this romantic comedy from writer/director Mark Harris. Hapless Robert (Darrin Dewitt Henson) has just been fired by his frustrated father when he meets the beautiful Morgan (Gabrielle Dennis), and his love life starts to look up. Just as Robert and Morgan are getting to know one another, however, Morgan's scheming ex-husband shows up seeking to make amends. Meanwhile, Robert's greedy ex-girlfriend Mita (Erica Hubbard) has started coming back around, too. Now the only person Robert can turn to for help is his cousin Julian (Christian Keyes). Together, Robert and Julian must concoct a plan where love truly conquers all. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rated: PG.

In this documentary examining the life of U.S. Navy SEAL Lieutenant Michael Murphy, viewers discover the remarkable legacy of an American hero who in 2005 sacrificed his own life for the sake of his fellow soldiers, earning him a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor two years later. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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