2013 movie sneak previews

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The latest installment of a decades-long documentary series chronicling the lives of 14 people from all over England who have participated in interviews every seven years since 1964. Directed by Michael Apted and Paul Almond. First Run Features

Brief Reunion

A successful entrepreneur has his comfortable life in rural New England turned upside down by the unexpected appearance of a former classmate. With Joel de la Fuente, Alexie Gilmore and Scott Shepherd. Written and directed by John Daschbach. Striped Entertainment


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Chadwick Boseman: An article in the Jan. 13 Calendar section about actor Chadwick Boseman said he was born in Brooklyn. The actor, who will portray Jackie Robinson in the film "42," was born in South Carolina and is currently based in Brooklyn. —


Broken City

An ex-cop who was double-crossed and framed by the mayor seeks redemption and revenge. With Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Written by Brian Tucker. Directed by Allen Hughes. 20th Century Fox

The Last Stand

After leaving his LAPD narcotics post in the wake of a bungled operation and settling down in a sleepy border town, a small-time sheriff finds himself the last line of defense to intercept a notorious escaped drug kingpin. With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker and Eduardo Noriega. Written by Andrew Knauer. Directed by Kim Jee-Woon. Lionsgate

Let My People Go

A gay French Jewish mailman living in Finland returns to Paris to spend Passover with his eccentric family after he has a quarrel with his Nordic boyfriend. With Nicolas Maury, Carmen Maura and Jean-Francois Stevenin. Written by Mikeal Buch and Christophe Honore. Directed by Buch. In French with English subtitles. Zeitgeist Films

Luv

In suburban Baltimore, an 11-year-old boy with an absentee father and a mother in rehab spends a day with the uncle he idolizes, a recent ex-con struggling to put his criminal past behind him. With Common, Michael Rainey Jr., Charles S. Dutton and Lonette McKee. Written by Sheldon Candis and Justin Wilson. Directed by Candis. Indomina Releasing

Mama

Five years after their parents' murder, two girls who had been living alone in the woods are rescued and brought to live with their uncle and his girlfriend — but an evil presence may have accompanied them. With Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Megan Charpentier. Written by Neil Cross, Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti. Directed by Andy Muschietti. Universal Pictures

The Rabbi's Cat

In this animated film set in 1930s Algeria, a widowed rabbi engages in philosophical debates with his sardonic talking cat and searches for a lost Ethiopian city. With the voices of Francois Morel, Maurice Benichou and Hafsia Herzi. Written by Sandrina Jardel and Joann Sfar. Directed by Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux. In French with English subtitles. GKids

FRIDAY, JAN. 25

Beware of Mr. Baker

A documentary portrait of the rock 'n' roll drummer Ginger Baker, known for his work with Cream and Blind Faith as well as his violent mood swings and multi-decade heroin addiction. Directed by Jay Bulger. SnagFilms

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Having developed a taste for retribution at a young age and grown up as witch-hunting vigilantes, siblings Hansel and Gretel must reckon with their dark past. With Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton and Famke Janssen. Written and directed by Tommy Wirkola. In 3-D. Paramount Pictures

John Dies at the End

Two college dropouts trip out on a mysterious drug that sends them across time and dimensions, through which they discover a secret supernatural plot threatening humanity. With Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti. Written and directed by Don Coscarelli. Magnet Releasing

Knife Fight

A veteran political strategist known for getting his clients out of scandal and into public office begins to question the ugly side of his line of work. With Rob Lowe, Jamie Chung and Jennifer Morrison. Written by Bill Guttentag. Directed by Guttentag. IFC Films

Movie 43

A number of stories intersect and overlap in this ensemble comedy. With Kristen Bell, Richard Gere, Terrence Howard, Chloe Grace Moretz, Chris Pratt, Kate Winslet and many more. Multiple writers and directors. Relativity Media

Parker

After his crew double-crosses him, a professional thief who lives by his own code of ethics takes on an unlikely partner to settle the score. With Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez and Michael Chiklis. Written by John J. McLaughlin. Directed by Taylor Hackford. FilmDistrict

Resolution

A well-meaning guy tries to force his junkie friend to give up drugs by handcuffing him in an isolated house, but a series of strange occurrences puts them both on edge. With Peter Cilella, Vinny Curran and Zahn McClarnon. Written by Justin Benson. Directed by Benson and Aaron S. Moorhead. Tribeca Film

Tabu

In Lisbon, an elderly woman on her deathbed enlists her maid and her recently retired neighbor to locate an old flame with whom she shares a secret pact. With Teresa Madruga, Laura Soveral and Ana Moreira. Written by Miguel Gomes and Mariana Ricardo. Directed by Gomes. In Portuguese with English subtitles. Adopt Films

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30

The Prey

A bank robber serving time must break out of prison to protect his family and his hidden loot when his seemingly meek cellmate is released and revealed to be a sadistic serial killer. With Albert Dupontel. Written by Laurent Turner and Luc Bossi. Directed by Eric Valette. In French with English subtitles. Cohen Media Group

FRIDAY, FEB. 1

Bullet to the Head

A New Orleans hit man and a Washington, D.C., police officer form an alliance to bring down the killers of their respective partners. With Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang, Sarah Shahi and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Written by Alessandro Camon. Directed by Walter Hill. Warner Bros. Pictures

The Gatekeepers

In this documentary, six former heads of Shin Bet, Israel's internal security agency, discuss their actions and decisions and reflect on the consequences of their successes and failures. Directed by Dror Moreh. In Hebrew with English subtitles. Sony Pictures Classics

Girls Against Boys

Two women — a naive college student and her wild-card co-worker — exact revenge on the men who have wronged them. With Danielle Panabaker, Nicole LaLiberte and Liam Aiken. Written and directed by Austin Chick. Anchor Bay Films

The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia

After moving from the big city to a quaint home in rural Georgia, a young family discovers their new home is inhabited by vengeful spirits. With Katee Sackhoff, Chad Michael Murray and Abigail Spencer. Written by David Coggeshall. Directed by Tom Elkins. Lionsgate

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013

The year's Academy Awards nominees for best animated, live-action and documentary short films will screen in separate programs. ShortsHD

Sound City

A documentary about the musical history of Sound City recording studio in Los Angeles, used by such artists as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Nirvana, Metallica and Guns N' Roses. Directed by Dave Grohl. Roswell Films

Stand Up Guys

Released from prison after serving 28 years, a retired gangster reunites with two of his old buddies for one last night of mayhem. With Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin. Written by Noah Haidle. Directed by Fisher Stevens. Roadside Attractions

Warm Bodies

In the wake of a zombie epidemic, an unusual undead guy forms a special relationship with a young lady whose life he saves. With Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry and Dave Franco. Written and directed by Jonathan Levine. Summit Entertainment

FRIDAY, FEB. 8

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III

A successful Los Angeles graphic designer falls into a downward spiral and is forced to reevaluate his life when his dream girl dumps him. With Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray and Patricia Arquette. Written and directed by Roman Coppola. A24 Films (1:26)

Identity Thief

An account representative travels halfway across the country to confront the con artist who has stolen his identity and is emptying his bank account. With Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau and Amanda Peet. Written by Craig Mazin. Directed by Seth Gordon. Universal Pictures

Lore

Left to fend for herself when her S.S. officer father and staunch Nazi-supporting mother are arrested at the end of World War II, a 14-year-old German girl must lead her four siblings on a difficult journey across a devastated country. With Saskia Rosendahl, Nele Trebs and Andre Frid. Written by Cate Shortland and Robin Mukherjee. Directed by Shortland. In German with English subtitles. Music Box Films

Side Effects

A New York woman and her husband find their world unraveling when her new anxiety medication has unforeseen side effects. With Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Written by Scott Z. Burns. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Open Road Films

The Sorcerer and the White Snake

A sorcerer tries to save an herbalist who falls in love with a 1,000-year-old snake demon disguised as a woman in this fantasy film based on an old Chinese legend. With Jet Li, Eva Huang and Charlene Choi. Written by Zhang Tan, Tsang Kan-Cheong and Szeto Cheuk-Hon. Directed by Tony Ching Siu-tung. Magnet Releasing

Top Gun

A newly remastered Imax 3-D version of the 1986 action film about a group of elite fighter pilots competing to be the best in their class. With Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards. Written by Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr. Directed by Tony Scott. Paramount Pictures

Yossi

In this sequel to the 2002 film "Yossi and Jagger," a closeted gay cardiologist has his solitary existence shaken up when a woman from his past appears in his examination room. With Ohad Knoller, Lior Ashkenazi and Orly Silbersatz. Written by Italy Segal. Directed by Eytan Fox. In Hebrew with English subtitles. Strand Releasing

THURSDAY, FEB. 14

Beautiful Creatures

A young man longing to escape his small Southern town is drawn to a mysterious new girl — a witch whose date with destiny is fast approaching. With Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich, Jeremy Irons and Viola Davis. Written and directed by Richard LaGravenese. Warner Bros. Pictures

Escape From Planet Earth

In this animated film, a nerdy blue alien endeavors to rescue his brother, a famous astronaut, from the notoriously dangerous planet Earth. With the voices of Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba and George Lopez. Directed by Cal Brunker. In 3-D. Weinstein Co.

A Good Day to Die Hard

The wisecracking New York cop John McClane travels to Moscow to bail out his wayward son, only to learn he's actually a CIA operative trying to stop a nuclear weapons heist. With Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney. Directed by John Moore. 20th Century Fox

Safe Haven

Newly arrived in a small town in North Carolina, a guarded young woman begins opening up to a widowed store owner and father of two, but soon her dark past begins to catch up with her. With Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough and David Lyons. Written by Dana Stevens and Gage Lansky. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom. Relativity Media

FRIDAY, FEB. 15

Caesar Must Die

In this docudrama, prisoners of Rome's Rebibbia penitentiary rehearse for a stage production of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." With Cosimo Rega, Salvatore Striano and Giovanni Arcuri. Written and directed by Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani. In Italian with English subtitles. Adopt Films

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

A documentary following three fur trappers in Bakhtia, a small village in the remote Siberian wilderness, over the course of four seasons. Directed by Dmitry Vasyukov and Werner Herzog. Music Box Films

The Last Gladiators

A documentary about the world of enforcers in the National Hockey League, with a focus on the career of Chris "Knuckles" Nilan, who helped the Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup in 1986. Directed by Alex Gibney. Phase 4 Films

Like Someone in Love

A university student moonlighting as a high-end escort is sent by her boss to the home of an elderly professor, which ultimately leads to a run-in with her jealous boyfriend and a case of mistaken identity. With Rin Takanashi, Tadashi Okuno and Ryo Kase. Written and directed by Abbas Kiarostami. In Japanese with English subtitles. Sundance Selects

No

In 1988, when the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet is forced by international pressure to call a plebiscite on his presidency, a brash young advertising executive is called upon to spearhead the opposition campaign. With Gael García Bernal, Alfredo Castro and Antonia Zegers. Written by Pedro Peirano. Directed by Pablo Larrain. In Spanish with English subtitles. Sony Pictures Classics

FRIDAY, FEB. 22

Dark Skies

As an escalating series of disturbing events torments a young suburban family, the husband and wife try to stop the mysterious force targeting them. With Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo and Kadan Rockett. Written and directed by Scott Stewart. Dimension Films

Snitch

When his teenage son is wrongfully accused of a drug-distribution crime, a desperate father cuts a deal with the U.S. attorney to infiltrate a drug cartel on a risky mission. With Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon and Benjamin Bratt. Written by Justin Haythe and Ric Roman Waugh. Directed by Waugh. Summit Entertainment

Stand Off

To pay off a gambling debt, a hapless robber knocks over a fish market and gets into deep trouble with the gangster he owes, the police and even the SAS. With Brendan Fraser, Colm Meaney and David O'Hara. Written by Thomas Gallagher and Terry George. Directed by George. Arc Entertainment

Tristana

A new digital restoration of the 1970 film about an orphaned young woman who becomes the ward of a nobleman who seduces her; she then leaves the old man for an artist but later returns to hasten the man's demise. With Catherine Deneuve, Franco Nero and Fernando Rey. Written by Julio Alejandro. Directed by Luis Buñuel. In Spanish with English subtitles. Cohen Media Group

FEB. TBA

The Condemned

The daughter of a once-famous doctor travels to her late mother's hometown to commemorate the legacy of her dying father, who once opened a free clinic for cancer research there, but her arrival digs up dark secrets. With Miosoti Alvarado, Marise Alvarez and Axel Anderson. Written by Roberto Buso-Garcia and Danielle Schleif. Directed by Buso-Garcia. Strand Releasing

FRIDAY, MARCH 1

21 and Over

When his two best friends pay him a surprise visit for his 21st birthday, a straight-A college student throws caution to the wind for a wild night, despite having an important medical school interview the next morning. With Miles Teller, Justin Chon and Skylar Astin. Written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. Relativity Media

Day of the Falcon

In 1930s Arabia, a young prince finds himself in the center of a conflict caused by the discovery of oil. With Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto and Tahar Rahim. Written by Menno Meyjes, Jean-Jacques Annaud and Alain Godard. Directed by Annaud. Image Entertainment

The End of Love

When the mother of his 2-year-old son suddenly dies, a struggling actor wrestles with loss and adulthood, and kindles a relationship with a young single mother. With Mark Webber, Shannyn Sossamon, Michael Cera and Amanda Seyfried. Written and directed by Webber. Variance Films

In the House

A jaded high-school literature teacher is intrigued by the essays of a talented, unusual student, whose stories begin to blur the lines between truth and fiction. With Fabrice Luchini, Kristin Scott-Thomas and Emmanuelle Seigner. Written and directed by Francois Ozon. In French with English subtitles. Cohen Media Group

Jack the Giant Slayer

A young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway to a world inhabited by fearsome giants and reignites an ancient war. With Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson and Stanley Tucci. Written by Darren Lemke, Christopher McQuarrie and Dan Studney. Directed by Bryan Singer. In 3-D and Imax. Warner Bros. Pictures

Koch

A documentary portrait of former New York Mayor Ed Koch, who presided over the city from 1978 to '89. Directed by Neil Barsky. Zeitgeist Films

The Last Exorcism: Part II

A young woman tries to start a new life after a harrowing ordeal, only to once again encounter a demonic presence. With Ashley Bell, Julia Garner and Spencer Treat Clark. Written by Ed Gass-Donnelly and Damien Chazelle. Directed by Gass-Donnelly. CBS Films

The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone

Two 13-year-old friends uncover a long-lost medallion and accidentally send themselves back in time, where they battle an evil warlord. With Alex Kendrick, Billy Unger and Sammi Hanratti. Written and directed by Bill Muir. MeThinx Entertainment

A Place at the Table

A documentary examining hunger in the U.S. through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity. Directed by Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson. Magnolia Pictures

Stoker

When a young woman's father dies in a car accident, an uncle she never knew existed comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother, and she finds herself increasingly infatuated with him. With Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode and Nicole Kidman. Written by Wentworth Miller. Directed by Park Chan-wook. Fox Searchlight Pictures

FRIDAY, MARCH 8

The ABCs of Death

An anthology in 26 segments — with each one helmed by a different director, based on a letter of the alphabet and telling a story involving death. Multiple actors, writers and directors. Magnet Releasing

Admission

A strait-laced Princeton admissions officer visiting an alternative high school run by a former college classmate is caught off guard when she meets a gifted young man who might be the son she gave up for adoption years before. With Tina Fey, Paul Rudd and Michael Sheen. Written by Karen Croner. Directed by Paul Weitz. Focus Features

Beyond the Hills

A woman living in Germany is reunited with her childhood orphanage companion and former lover at an isolated convent in Romania, where her increasingly desperate attempts to win back her friend have grim consequences. With Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur and Valeriu Andriuta. Written and directed by Cristian Mungiu. In Romanian with English subtitles. Sundance Selects

Dead Man Down

A professional killer plotting to avenge the murder of his wife and daughter is seduced and blackmailed by a woman also seeking retribution. With Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace and Terrence Howard. Written by J.H. Wyman. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev. FilmDistrict

Emperor

In the days after Emperor Hirohito's surrender at the end of World War II, Gen. Douglas MacArthur assigns a trusted aide to covertly investigate how best to deal with the deposed ruler. With Matthew Fox, Tommy Lee Jones and Eriko Hatsune. Written by David Klass and Vera Blasi. Directed by Peter Webber. Roadside Attractions

Hello Herman

A bullied teen in suburban Iowa goes on a shooting rampage at his high school and tells his story to a famous video-blogger while in prison. With Norman Reedus, Martha Higareda and Garret Backstrom. Written by John Buffalo Mailer. Directed by Michelle Danner. All In Films

The Monk

In the 16th century, a pious monk who was raised by Capuchin friars struggles against temptation and sin after the appearance of a mysterious apprentice. With Vincent Cassel and Sergi Lopez. Written and directed by Dominik Moll. ATO Pictures

Oz the Great and Powerful

A small-time circus magician finds himself hurled from Kansas to the fantastical land of Oz, where he tries to transform himself into a great wizard. With James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. Written by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire. Directed by Sam Raimi. In 3-D. Walt Disney Pictures

The Silence

Twenty-three years to the day after a young girl is murdered in an unsolved crime, a strikingly similar killing occurs, opening old wounds for a retired investigator and the mother of the original victim. With Ulrich Thomsen, Wotan Wilke Mohring and Katrin Sass. Written and directed by Baran bo Odar. In German with English subtitles. Music Box Films

War Witch

In sub-Saharan Africa, a girl kidnapped by rebels at age 12, forced to become a child soldier and deemed a sorceress tries to resolve the actions of her past. With Rachel Mwanza, Alain Bastien and Serge Kanyinda. Written and directed by Kim Nguyen. In French and Lingala with English subtitles. Tribeca Film

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

Eden

A Korean American teen who is abducted and forced into prostitution by domestic human traffickers ingratiates herself with her captors to survive. With Jamie Chung, Beau Bridges and Matt O'Leary. Written by Richard B. Phillips and Megan Griffiths. Directed by Griffiths. Phase 4 Films

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

Aroused

A documentary about 16 adult-film actresses featured in a fine-art photography book. Directed by Deborah Anderson. Arc Entertainment

Blancanieves

The daughter of a famous matador in 1920s Seville escapes the tyranny of her evil stepmother and joins a troupe of bullfighting dwarves in this silent film re-imagining the "Snow White" fairy tale. With Maribel Verdu, Daniel Gimenez Cacho and Angela Molina. Written and directed by Pablo Berger. In Spanish with English subtitles. Cohen Media Group

The Call

A veteran 911 operator who takes a call from an abducted teenager must confront a killer from her own past to save the girl's life. With Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin and Morris Chestnut. Written by Richard D'Ovidio. Directed by Brad Anderson. TriStar Pictures

A Fierce Green Fire

A documentary chronicling stories of environmental activism over five decades. Narrated by Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Isabel Allende and Ashley Judd. Directed by Mark Kitchell. First Run Features

Ginger & Rosa

In 1962 London, two inseparable teenage girls begin to drift apart as one explores her newfound sexuality and the other is drawn to poetry and protest. With Elle Fanning, Alessandro Nivola and Christina Hendricks. Written and directed by Sally Potter. A24 Films

Hava Nagila (The Movie)

A documentary examining the history of the song "Hava Nagila" and how it encapsulates the Jewish journey over the past 150 years. Directed by Roberta Grossman. International Film Circuit

Hunky Dory

In this musical set in 1976 Wales, a spirited high-school drama teacher tries to inspire her apathetic students by putting on a glam-rock version of Shakespeare's "The Tempest." With Minnie Driver, Aneurin Barnard and Danielle Branch. Written by Laurence Coriat. Directed by Marc Evans. Variance Films

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Two superstar magicians who have long ruled the Las Vegas Strip together face cracks in their friendship and stiff competition from an edgy street magician. With Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde and Jim Carrey. Written by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley. Directed by Don Scardino. Warner Bros. Pictures

Molly's Theory of Relativity

Having unexpectedly lost her job, a 28-year-old astronomer ponders making the first reckless decision in her life and receives counsel from her family members and neighbors. With Sophia Takal, Lawrence Michael Levine and Reed Birney. Written and directed by Jeff Lipsky. Adopt Films

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

A documentary about the storied life of the writer, editor and amateur sportsman George Plimpton. Directed by Tom Bean and Luke Poling. Laemmle / Zeller Films

Reality

A fishmonger's sudden, unexpected obsession with becoming a contestant on the reality TV show "Big Brother" starts to loosen his grip on the world. With Aniello Arena, Loredana Simioli and Nando Paone. Written by Ugo Chiti, Maurizio Braucci, Matteo Garrone and Massimo Gaudioso. Directed by Garrone. In Italian with English subtitles. Oscilloscope Laboratories

Shanghai

A week before the attack on Pearl Harbor, a U.S. agent arrives in Japanese-occupied Shanghai to investigate the murder of his best friend and becomes caught up in a web of conspiracy. With John Cusack, Li Gong and Chow Yun-Fat. Written by Hossein Amini. Directed by Mikael Hafstrom. Radius-TWC

Upside Down

Two star-crossed lovers from opposing, inverted worlds risk their lives to unite with each other. With Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess. Written by Santiago Amigorena and Juan Diego Solanas. Directed by Solanas. Millennium Entertainment

FRIDAY, MARCH 22

The Croods

In this animated film, a prehistoric family embarks on a journey to find a new home after their cave is destroyed. With the voices of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone and Catherine Keener. Written and directed by Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco. In 3-D. DreamWorks / 20th Century Fox

Olympus Has Fallen

A disgraced Secret Service agent is called back to duty when the White House is taken over by terrorists. With Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman and Melissa Leo. Written by Katrin Benedikt and Creighton Rothenberger. Directed by Antoine Fuqua. FilmDistrict

Renoir

In the Cote d'Azur in 1915, the arrival of a spirited young woman inspires both Pierre-Auguste Renoir, a painter in his twilight years, and his son Jean, an injured soldier who will become a great filmmaker. With Michel Bouquet, Vincent Rottiers and Christa Theret. Written by Jerome Tonnerre, Gilles Bourdos and Michel Spinosa. Directed by Bourdos. Samuel Goldwyn Films

Spring Breakers

Four bored college girls set off for a spring fling in Florida that erupts into a bacchanal of booze, drugs and violence. With Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and James Franco. Written and directed by Harmony Korine. A24 Films

The We and the I

On the last day of the school year, Bronx high-schoolers board a city bus home and act out friendships, rivalries, ambitions and anxieties. With Michael Brodie, Teresa Lynn and Laidychen Carrasco. Written by Michel Gondry, Paul Proch and Jeff Grimshaw. Directed by Gondry. Paladin / 108 Media

FRIDAY, MARCH 29

Family Weekend

Fed up with her mother and father's lack of support and guidance, a 16-year-old overachiever enlists the help of her siblings to take their parents hostage. With Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Modine and Olesya Rulin. Written by Matt K. Turner. Directed by Benjamin Epps. Arc Entertainment

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Members of an elite special-ops force face off against an international terrorist organization while dealing with threats from within their own government. With Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum and Adrianne Palicki. Written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Directed by Jon M. Chu. In 3-D. Paramount Pictures

The Host

On a future Earth occupied by alien parasites that take over human bodies, one of humanity's last survivors fights to protect her loved ones. With Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel and Chandler Canterbury. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol. Open Road Films

The Place Beyond the Pines

When a motorcycle stunt rider commits a robbery to support his infant son, he's thrust into a conflict with a police officer that will have far-reaching consequences for both their families. With Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Rose Byrne. Written by Derek Cianfrance, Ben Coccio and Darius Marder. Directed by Cianfrance. Focus Features

Starbuck

A lovable 42-year-old laggard is startled to learn that as a habitual sperm donor in his youth, he is the biological father of more than 500 children, many of whom are pursuing legal action to reveal his identity. With Patrick Huard, Julie LeBreton and Antoine Bertrand. Written by Ken Scott and Martin Petit. Directed by Petit. In French with English subtitles. Entertainment One

Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

A marriage counselor throws her own marriage and career into chaos when she falls for her newest client, a handsome young billionaire. With Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lance Gross and Robbie Jones. Written and directed by Tyler Perry. Lionsgate

MARCH TBA

Paradise: Love

A 50-year-old Austrian mother travels to the beaches of Kenya as a sex tourist. With Margarethe Tiesel, Peter Kazungu and Inge Maux. Written by Ulrich Seidl and Veronika Franz. Directed by Seidl. In German with English subtitles. Strand Releasing

FRIDAY, APRIL 5

The Brass Teapot

A broke twentysomething married couple stumble upon a magic teapot that fills with money when pain is inflicted in its presence. With Juno Temple, Michael Angarano, Alexis Bledel and Alia Shawkat. Written by Tim Macy. Directed by Ramaa Mosley. Magnolia Pictures

The Company You Keep

A public-interest lawyer and single father in the suburbs of Albany, N.Y., has his life upended when a brazen young reporter exposes his identity as a former 1970s antiwar radical wanted for murder. With Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf and Julie Christie. Written by Lem Dobbs. Directed by Redford. Sony Pictures Classics

The Heat

An uptight FBI agent and a foul-mouthed Boston cop join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord. With Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Written by Kate Dippold. Directed by Paul Feig. 20th Century Fox

Jurassic Park

A new Imax 3-D conversion of the 1993 adventure film about an island theme park inhabited by cloned dinosaurs. With Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum. Written by Michael Crichton and David Koepp. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Universal Pictures

My Brother the Devil

Two sons of a traditional Arab family in East London find themselves at a crossroads as the older brother tries to get out of gang life and the younger brother wants in. With James Floyd, Fady Elsayed and Said Taghmaoui. Written and directed by Sally El Hosaini. Paladin

No Place on Earth

A documentary about Esther Stermer, the matriarch of a Jewish family in the Ukraine who led her family into a subterranean cave to hide from the Nazis in 1942 and stayed there for nearly a year and a half. Directed by Janet Tobias. Magnolia Pictures

Room 237

This documentary about Stanley Kubrick's psychological horror film "The Shining" explores five aficionados' attempts to decode and deconstruct the film. Directed by Rodney Ascher. IFC Midnight

Shelter

When a widowed psychiatrist examines a patient with multiple personalities, she discovers that his other personalities are all murder victims and he may be a danger to her and her loved ones. With Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Written by Michael Cooney. Directed by Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein. Radius-TWC

Thale

Two forensic cleaners discover a mythical, tailed female creature in a concealed cellar and try to figure out why she's been held captive. With Morten Andresen, Erlend Nervold and Jon Sigve Skard. Written and directed by Aleksander Nordaas. In Norwegian with English subtitles. XLrator Media

You Will Be My Son

A passionate, domineering French winemaker has little faith in his son to succeed him, and tensions flare when a more appealing candidate, the son of his dying estate manager, enters the picture. With Niels Arestrup, Loran Deutsch and Patric Chesnais. Written and directed by Gilles Legrand. In French with English subtitles. Cohen Media Group

FRIDAY, APRIL 12

42

A biopic about the legendary ballplayer Jackie Robinson, who broke Major League Baseball's color barrier when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. With Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie and Christopher Meloni. Written and directed by Brian Helgeland. Warner Bros. Pictures

The Angels' Share

A young Glaswegian father and hooligan who is attempting to straighten up decides that a rare malt whiskey may be his ticket out. With Paul Brannigan, John Henshaw and Roger Allam. Written by Paul Laverty. Directed by Ken Loach. IFC Films

Evil Dead

In this remake of the 1981 horror film, five twentysomething friends holed up in a remote cabin discover a strange book and unwittingly summon dormant demons from the nearby woods. With Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez and Lou Taylor Pucci. Written by Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues Mendez. Directed by Alvarez. TriStar Pictures

It's a Disaster

Four couples who meet for Sunday brunch end up stranded in a house together as the end of the world nears. With David Cross, Julia Stiles, America Ferrera and Todd Berger. Written and directed by Berger. Oscilloscope Laboratories

Oblivion

In the future, decades after humans have evacuated a devastated Earth, one of the last drone repairmen on the planet has a startling encounter that causes him to question the past. With Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko. Written by Karl Gajdusek and Michael Debruyn. Directed by Joseph Kosinski. Universal Pictures

Scary Movie 5

Two happily married young parents — a ballet dancer and an ape researcher — have to grapple with a malevolent supernatural presence in this fifth installment of the horror parody series. With Ashley Tisdale, Simon Rex and Erica Ash. Written by David Zucker and Pat Proft. Directed by Malcolm Lee. Dimension Films

To the Wonder

An American man and a local beauty fall in love in France, but complications arise soon after the two move to Oklahoma to start a life together. With Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem. Written and directed by Terrence Malick. Magnolia Pictures

FRIDAY, APRIL 19

Disconnect

The lives of a group of strangers who rely on technology for human connection — including a hard-working lawyer, a widowed ex-cop, his bullied son and an ambitious journalist — intersect. With Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo and Paula Patton. Written by Andrew Stern. Directed by Henry-Alex Rubin. LD Entertainment

Stuck in Love

A novelist still pines for his wife three years after she left him for another man, while their collegiate daughter publishes her first book and their teen son (also a writer) gets involved with a troubled girl. With Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins and Logan Lerman. Written and directed by Josh Boone. Millennium Entertainment

FRIDAY, APRIL 26

Arthur Newman

With his marriage, career and fatherhood in shambles, a man fakes his own death and sets out to start a new life, bumping into an uninhibited woman who's also seeking a fresh start along the way. With Colin Firth, Emily Blunt and Anne Heche. Written by Becky Johnston. Directed by Dante Ariola. Cinedigm

At Any Price

In the competitive world of modern agriculture, an ambitious farmer wants his rebellious son to help expand the family business, but the young man has his heart set on being a professional race car driver. With Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Kim Dickens and Heather Graham. Written and directed by Ramin Bahrani. Sony Pictures Classics

The Big Wedding

A long-divorced couple are forced to pretend otherwise for the sake of their adopted son's wedding when his ultra-conservative biological mother unexpectedly decides to fly halfway around the world to attend. With Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams. Written and directed by Justin Zackham. Lionsgate

Filly Brown

A streetwise young L.A. rapper with a devoted working-class father considers compromising her music for financial gain in hopes of getting her drug-addict mother out of prison. With Gina Rodriguez, Lou Diamond Phillips, Edward James Olmos and Jenni Rivera. Written by Youssef Delara. Directed by Delara and Michael D. Olmos. Indomina Releasing

The Lords of Salem

A late-night rock DJ plays a mysterious record she received, triggering strange visions and eerie occurrences. With Sheri Moon Zombie, Patricia Quinn and Maria Conchita Alonso. Written and directed by Rob Zombie. Anchor Bay Films

Mud

Two boys find a fugitive hiding out on an island in the Mississippi River and pledge to help him reunite with his girl and escape. With Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Sam Shepard and Reese Witherspoon. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols. Roadside Attractions

Pain and Gain

Fed up with their lot in life, three Miami bodybuilders hatch a plan to kidnap and extort a wealthy businessman. With Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie and Tony Shalhoub. Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Directed by Michael Bay. Paramount Pictures

Still

As an elderly New Brunswick man, the son of a shipbuilder, tries to build a cottage suitable for his ailing wife, he runs up against local building codes and bureaucratic officials. With James Cromwell, Genevieve Bujold and Rick Roberts. Written and directed by Michael McGowan. Samuel Goldwyn Films

APRIL TBA

Antiviral

An employee at a clinic that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed fans tries to smuggle out a sample by infecting himself and risks his life in the process. With Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon and Malcolm McDowell. Written and directed by Brandon Cronenberg. IFC Midnight

In the Fog

In the Nazi-occupied Soviet Union, an innocent Russian rail worker is arrested as a saboteur but then freed, leading him to be branded a traitor and captured by partisans. With Vladimir Svirskiy, Vladislav Abashin and Sergei Kolesov. Written and directed by Sergei Loznitsa. In Russian with English subtitles. Strand Releasing

jOBS

Details the major moments and defining characters that influenced Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs from 1971 through 2000. With Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine. Written by Matthew Whitely. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern. Open Road Films

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