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THE ZOOKEEPER

G | 1 hr 38 mins | Romantic, Comedy |

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The animals at the Franklin Park Zoo love their kindhearted caretaker, Griffin Keyes. Finding himself more comfortable with a lion than a lady, Griffin decides the only way to get a girl in his life is to leave the zoo and find a more glamorous job. The animals, in a panic, decide to break their time-honored code of silence and reveal their biggest secret: they can talk! To keep Griffin from leaving, they decide to teach him the rules of courtship - animal style.

HORRIBLE BOSSES

G | 1 hr 38 mins | Comedy |

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For Nick, Kurt and Dale, the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few-too-many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con, the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers...permanently. There's only one problem: even the best laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them.

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HOLLOWS PART 2 3D 

G | 2 hrs 10 mins | Action, Adventure |

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Part 2 of the final adventure of Harry Potter begins, as he attempts to bring an end to his nemesis, Lord Voldemort. Instead of distilling J.K. Rowling's behemoth bestseller into a single film, director David Yates and his cast and crew have divided the final book in the Harry Potter series into a pair of movies. In this second installment in the two-part epic, Harry's final adventure begins. HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS.

WINNIE THE POOH

G | 1 hr 10 mins | Animation |

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Walt Disney Animation Studios returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with "Winnie the Pooh," the first big-screen Pooh adventure from Disney animation in more than 35 years. Owl sends the whole gang -- Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, and Eeyore -- on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. It turns out to be a very busy day for a bear who simply set out to find some hunny.

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS (JULY 22ND)

G | 1 hr 14 mins | Romantic, Comedy |

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A young female headhunter in New York convinces a potential recruit to accept a job in the Big Apple. Despite an attraction to each other, both realize they're everything they've been running from in a relationship and decide to see what happens if they leave emotion out of it and keep it strictly physical.

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

G | 2 hrs 37 mins | Action, Adventure |

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A darker more introspective journey into the Transformers universe and their origins on Cybertron. There is also preview footage of the possibility of Unicron, the planet eater, in this sequel.

GREEN LANTERN

G | 1 hr 14 mins | Action-Adventure |

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Each sector of space is protected by a Green Lantern, possessing a power ring that uses a powerful green energy to do anything within the limits of the user's imagination and will power. When the Green Lantern assigned to this sector of space finds himself dying on planet Earth, he tells the ring to find a suitable successor. The chosen replacement, hot-shot test pilot Hal Jordan, finds himself with a new job he never expected...

LARRY CROWNE

G | 1 hr 38 mins | Romantic-Comedy |

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Until he was downsized, affable, amiable Larry Crowne was a superstar team leader at the big-box company where he's worked since his time in the Navy. Underwater on his mortgage and unclear on what to do with his suddenly free days, Larry heads to his local college to start over. There he becomes part of a colorful community of outcasts, also-rans and the overlooked all trying to find a better future for themselves... often moving around town in a herd of scooters. In his public-speaking class, Larry develops an unexpected crush on his teacher Mercedes Tainot, who has lost as much passion for teaching as she has for her husband. The simple guy who has every reason to think his life has stalled will come to learn an unexpected lesson: when you think everything worth having has passed you by, you just might discover your reason to live.

MONTE CARLO

G | 1 hr 49 mins | Romantic-Comedy |

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While on a trip to Paris with her best friend and soon-to-be-stepsister, Grace is mistaken for a British socialite, resulting in all three young women flying to Monte Carlo for a charity ball, auction, and the chance for international romance. However, when a million-dollar necklace goes missing, Grace and her friends must scramble to find it before the auction is ruined and their identities are exposed.

BAD TEACHER

13+ | 1 hr 32 mins | Comedy |

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Some teachers just don't give an F. For example, there's Elizabeth. She's foul-mouthed, ruthless, and inappropriate. She drinks, she gets high, and she can't wait to marry her meal ticket and get out of her bogus day job. When she's dumped by her fiance, she sets her plan in motion to win over a rich, handsome substitute - competing for his affections with an overly energetic colleague, Amy. When Elizabeth also finds herself fighting off the advances of a sarcastic, irreverent gym teacher, the consequences of her wild and outrageous schemes give her students, her coworkers, and even herself an education like no other.

CARS 2

G | 1 hr 52 mins | Animation |

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Star racecar Lightning McQueen and the incomparable tow truck Mater take their friendship to exciting new places when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world's fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret spy mission, Mater's action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world. Adding to the fast-paced fun is a colorful new all-car cast that includes secret agents, menacing villains and international racing competitors.

JUDY MOODY AND THE NOT BUMMER SUMMER

G | 1 hr 32 mins | Comedy |

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While her friends all head off to exotic summer camps, bummed-out third-grader Judy Moody is is stuck in town to face a boring summer with only her friend ...

SUPER 8

G | 1 hr 52 mins | Science Fiction |

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In 1979, the U.S. Air Force closed a section of Area 51. All materials were to be transported to a secure facility in Ohio......

THE ART OF GETTING BY

* | 1 hrs 23 mins | Action-Adventure |

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The teenage years of the mutants are explored at the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning....

THE TREE OF LIFE

G | 2 hrs 10 mins | Drama |

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The impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950's following the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father. Jack finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through MalickÂ?s signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life.

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
(original version w/ French subtitles)

G | 1 hr 34 mins | Romantic-Comedy |

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A family, including a young couple, travels to Paris, France for business and have their lives transformed....

MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS

G | 1 hr 37 mins | Comedy |

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When a house painter inadvertently receives some penguins from a friend in Antarctica, he decides to train them as a circus act....

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

13+ | 2 hrs 11 mins | Action-Adventure |

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The teenage years of the mutants are explored at the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning.

KUNG FU PANDA 2

G | 1 hr 30 mins | Animation |

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Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five. But Po's new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. He must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will Po be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES 3D

G | 2 hrs 17 mins | Action-Adventure |

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Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with a woman from his past and he's not sure if it's love or if she's a ruthless con artist who's using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard, Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn't know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.

PRIEST 3D

13+ | 1 hr 28 mins | Thriller |

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A legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on an obsessive quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills. 

BRIDESMAIDS

13+ | 2 hrs 05 mins | Comedy |

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When Annie, a simple Midwestern girl, is asked to be her best friend Lillian’s maid of honor, she struggles to please the snobby, rich bridesmaids at ... 

THOR

G | 1 hr 55 mins | Action-Adventure |

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Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior, is sent down to Earth has punishment for reigniting a reckless war. But after a dangerous villain from his world ...

THE HANGOVER PART II

13+ | 1 hr 42 mins | Comedy |

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Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug travel to exotic Thailand for Stu’s wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and ...

FAST FIVE

G | 2 hrs 10 mins | Action |

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Since Brian O’Conner and Mia Toretto broke Dom Toretto out of custody, they’ve blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner ... 

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

G | 1 hr 35 mins | Animation |

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Jacob Jankowski is about to take his final exams in veterinary medicine at Cornell when his parents are killed in a car accident. He drops out and joins ... 

SOMETHING BORROWED

G | 1 hr 53 mins | Comedy-Drama |

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Rachel is a talented attorney at a top New York law firm, a generous and loyal friend and, unhappily, still single as her engaged best friend Darcy is ... 

THE HIGH COST OF LIVING

G | 1 hr 32 mins | Action |

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Deborah Chow’s dark drama centres on the burgeoning relationship between an unlikely pair. Nathalie (Isabelle Blais) is expecting her first child and ...

HOODWINKED TOO!! HOOD VS. EVIL 3D

G | 1 hr 25 mins | Animation |

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A teenage Red Riding Hood trains in a distant land with a mysterious, covert group called Sisters of the Hood. She is then called upon by Nicky Flippers--head ... 

PROM

G | 1 hr 44 mins | Comedy |

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A group of teenagers find their lives intersecting and their futures taking shape as they prepare for the most pivotal event of their high school careers.

RIO

G | 1 hr 40 mins | Animation |

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A nerdy macaw leaves the comfort of his cage in Minnesota and heads to Rio de Janeiro...

SCREAM 4

13+ | 1 hr 51 mins | Horror |

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Throughout history, tales of chivalry have burnished the legends of brave, handsome knights who rescue fair damsels, slay dragons and conquer evil. But ...

AFRICAN CATS

G | 1 hr 29 mins | Documentary |

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An epic true story set against the backdrop of one of the wildest places on Earth, “African Cats” captures the real-life love, humor and determination ... 

TYLER PERRY’S MADEA’S BIG HAPPY FAMILY

G | 1 hr 45 mins | Comedy |

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Madea, everyone’s favorite wise-cracking, take-no-prisoners grandma, jumps into action when her niece, Shirley, receives distressing news about her health.

HANNA

13+ | 1 hr 59 mins | Thriller |

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Raised by her father, an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland, Hanna's upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own. As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity ...

SOUL SURFER

G | 1 hr 46 mins | Drama |

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Bethany was born to surf. A natural talent who took to the waves at a young age, she was leading an idyllic, sun-drenched, surfer girl's life on the Kauai Coast, competing in national competitions with her best friend Alana, when everything changed in a heartbeat. On Halloween morning, Bethany was on a typical ocean outing when a 14-foot tiger shark came out of nowhere and seemed to shatter all her dreams. In the moving aftermath of this headline-making story, Bethany fights to recover and grapples with the future. Strengthened by the love of her parents, Tom and Cheri, she refuses to give in or give up, and begins a bold return to the water. Still, the questions keep hammering her: Why did this happen? Why did she have to lose everything? Will she ever feel the joy and power of riding the waves again? And if she can't be a surfer, then who is she? The devastating 2004 tsunami in the Pacific Ocean unexpectedly gives Bethany a new perspective. Traveling to Phuket, Thailand with her youth-group leader Sara Hill, she witnesses life beyond her own shoreline and discovers her greater purpose--she can make a difference in the lives of others. Filled with a new sense of hope and direction, she returns home with a renewed resolve to conquer her own limitations and set an encouraging example for people facing adversity. At the National Championships, Bethany bravely faces off with her fiercest rival, Malia Birch, and takes her astonishing one-armed surfing technique to the limit. But as the horn blows, and the suspenseful competition kicks off, Bethany is no longer thinking about the challenges of her body. Now, her surfing, her biggest dreams and her life have become about pushing her own physical limits to touch the souls of others.

YOUR HIGHNESS

13+ | 1 hr 42 mins | Comedy |

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Throughout history, tales of chivalry have burnished the legends of brave, handsome knights who rescue fair damsels, slay dragons and conquer evil. But behind many a hero is a good-for-nothing younger brother trying just to stay out of the way of those dragons, evil and trouble in general. Thadeous has spent his life watching his perfect older brother Fabious embark upon valiant journeys and win the hearts of his people. Tired of being passed over for adventure, adoration and the throne, he's settled for a life of wizard's weed, hard booze and easy maidens. But when Fabious' bride-to-be, Belladonna, gets kidnapped by the evil wizard Leezar, the king gives his deadbeat son an ultimatum: Man up and help rescue her or get cut off. Half-assedly embarking upon his first quest, Thadeous joins Fabious to trek across the perilous outlands and free the princess. Joined by Isabel--an elusive warrior with a dangerous agenda of her own--the brothers must vanquish horrific creatures and traitorous knights before they can reach Belladonna. If Thadeous can find his inner hero, he can help his brother prevent the destruction of his land. Stay a slacker, and not only does he die a coward, he gets front row seats to the dawn of an all-new Dark Ages.

INSIDIOUS

13+ | 1 hr 37 mins | Horror-Thriller |

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Insidious is a compelling and riveting story of desperation and betrayal, as Donny faces a fight for truth, love, and life itself. Insidious has a strong ensemble of New York City acting talent, and their multiple adult story lines are centered in their emotional and financial relationships.

SUCKER PUNCH

13+ | 1 hr 50 mins | Fantasy-Adventure |

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A young girl, confined to a mental institution by her stepfather who plans to have her lobotomized in five days time, creates an imaginary world to plan her escape.

ARTHUR

G | 1 hr 45 mins | Comedy |

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Irresponsible charmer Arthur Bach has always relied on two things to get by: his limitless fortune and the good sense of lifelong nanny Hobson to keep him out of trouble. Now he faces his biggest challenge -- choosing between an arranged marriage that will ensure his lavish lifestyle or an uncertain future with the one thing money can't buy, Naomi, the only woman he has ever loved. With Naomi's inspiration and some unconventional help from Hobson, Arthur will take the most expensive risk of his life and finally learn what it means to become a man. 

PAUL

G | 1 hr 43 mins | Sci-Fi Comedy |

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While traveling to a comic book convention on the West Coast, two geeky British friends encounter an alien named Paul.

RED RIDING HOOD

13+ | 1 hr 40 mins | Thriller |

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A Gothic imagining of the classic fairy tale in which a young woman is confronted by a werewolf, this time with a teenage love triangle at its center....

LIMITLESS

13+ | 1 hr 44 mins | Action-Thriller |

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Aspiring author Eddie Morra is suffering from chronic writer's block, but his life changes instantly when an old friend introduces him to NZT, a revolutionary new pharmaceutical that allows him to tap his full potential. With every synapse crackling, Eddie can recall everything he has ever read, seen or heard, learn any language in a day, comprehend complex equations and beguile anyone he meets - as long as he keeps taking the untested drug. Soon Eddie takes Wall Street by storm, parlaying a small stake into millions. His accomplishments catch the eye of mega-mogul Carl Van Loon, who invites him to help broker the largest merger in corporate history. But they also bring Eddie to the attention of people willing to do anything to get their hands on his stash of NZT. With his life in jeopardy and the drug's brutal side effects taking their toll, Eddie dodges mysterious stalkers, a vicious gangster and an intense police investigation as he attempts to hang on to his dwindling supply long enough to outwit his enemies.

SOURCE CODE

G | 1 hr 33 mins | Action-Adventure |

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When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he's ever known, he learns he's part of a government experiment called the "Source Code," a program that enables him to cross over into another man's identity in the last 8 minutes of his life. With a second, much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack.

THE LINCOLN LAWYER

G | 1 hr 58 mins | Thriller |

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Mickey Haller is a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln sedan. Haller has spent most of his career defending garden-variety criminals, until he lands the case of his career: defending Louis Roulet, a Beverly Hills playboy accused of rape and attempted murder. But the seemingly straightforward case suddenly develops into a deadly game of survival for Hal.

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 2: RODRICK RULES

G | 1 hr 40 mins | Comedy |

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Greg Heffley is back with problems new and old, but none more prominent than the punishments of his older brother Rodrick.

UNKNOWN

G | 1 hr 43 mins | Thriller |

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Dr. Martin Harris awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife suddenly doesn’t recognize him and another man has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired and on the run. Aided by an unlikely ally, Martin plunges headlong into a deadly mystery that will force him to question his sanity, his identity, and just how far he’s willing to go to uncover the truth.

JUST GO WITH IT

G | 1 hr 56 mins | Comedy |

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A plastic surgeon, romancing a much younger schoolteacher, enlists his loyal assistant to pretend to be his soon to be ex-wife, in order to cover up a...

THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU

G | 1 hr 46 mins | Romantic-Drama |

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On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas -- a woman ... 

GNOMEO & JULIET 3D

G | 1 hr 24 mins | Animation |

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Watch the TrailerTwo garden gnomes, Gnomeo and Juliet, try to avoid tragedy and find a happy ending to their star-crossed love affair when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors.

ARTHUR AND THE VENGEANCE OF MALTAZARD 

G | 1 hr 34 mins | Animation |

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Arthur journeys with the Minimoy Princess Selenia and her brother Betameche in search of the forbidden city of Necropolis, home of the villainous wizard Maltazard. They must make their way past sticky spider webs and Maltazard’s threatening henchmen.

RANGO

G | 1 hr 47 mins | Animation |

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The story of a chameleon with an identity crisis.

THE KING’S SPEECH

G | 1 hr 51 mins | Action |

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George VI, also known as Bertie, reluctantly takes the throne of England when his brother, Edward, abdicates in 1936. The unprepared king turns to a radical speech therapist, Lionel Logue, to help overcome his nervous stutter and the two forge a friendship.

BATTLE:LOS ANGELES

13+ | 1 hr 56 mins | Sci-Fi Thriller |

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For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world -- Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once ...

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