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Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead. A journey into madness and terror, As Above, So Below reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all.
Code named ‘The November Man’, Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is a lethal and highly trained ex-CIA agent, who has been enjoying a quiet life in Switzerland. When Devereaux is lured out of retirement for one last mission, he must protect valuable witness, Alice Fournier, (Olga Kurylenko). He soon uncovers this assignment marks him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé David Mason (Luke Bracey). With growing suspicions of a mole in the agency, there is no one Devereaux can trust, no rules and no holds barred. With a screenplay by Michael Finch & Karl Gajdusek based on Bill Granger’s novel “There are No Spies” from the bestselling November Man book series, THE NOVEMBER MAN is the ultimate cat and mouse game set in the world of international espionage. Directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job, No Way Out, Thirteen Days), the film is produced by Beau St. Clair of Irish DreamTime and Sriram Das of Das Films.
The [[Feature~V483214~Transformers~transformers[filmseries]]] film series continues with this fourth entry from director [[Performer~P203853~Michael Bay~michaelbay]] and executive producer [[Performer~P112325~Steven Spielberg~stevenspielberg]]. In the devastating aftermath of the fight for humanity, an enigmatic group strives to alter the course of history as an ancient force of evil plots the destruction of mankind. In order to defeat it, Optimus Prime (voice of [[Performer~P127468~Peter Cullen~petercullen]]) and the rest of the Autobots must join forces with a new, resilient band of humans who will fight an epic battle that will determine the fate of the entire human race. [[Performer~P198251~Mark Wahlberg~markwahlberg]] and [[Performer~P714475~Jack Reynor~jackreynor]] co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
After crashing her car, getting fired, and discovering her husband is sleeping with her neighbor, a woman named Tammy ([[Performer~P302725~Melissa McCarthy~melissamccarthy]]) decides to pack up and hit the road -- with her grandmother. Visiting Niagara Falls with her granny, Pearl ([[Performer~P63158~Susan Sarandon~susansarandon]]), isn't exactly Tammy's first choice, but she needs to clear her head with the freedom of the open highway, and some quality time with her unconventional grandma might be just what the doctor ordered. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi
A cop and a priest team up on a case of demonic possession in this Screen Gems horror film based on actual cases investigated by retired NYPD police officer-turned-demonologist [[Performer~P776450~Ralph Sarchie~ralphsarchie]]. When a frightening wave of violence sweeps through New York City, troubled cop Sarchie ([[Performer~P224103~Eric Bana~ericbana]]) fails to find a rational explanation for the bizarre crimes. His eyes are opened to a frightening alternate reality, however, when renegade Jesuit priest Mendoza ([[Performer~P414427~Édgar Ramírez~edgarramirez]]) convinces him that demonic possession may be to blame for the gruesome murders. Together, this unlikely duo wage a valiant supernatural struggle to rid the city of an otherworldly evil. But the closer they get to the source of this malevolent scourge, the more immediate the danger becomes to Sarchie, his pregnant wife Jen ([[Performer~P615207~Olivia Munn~oliviamunn]]), and their young daughter Christina (Lulu Wilson). ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don't have to just crack the case - they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them.
Five years have passed since Hiccup and Toothless united the dragons and Vikings of Berk. Now, they spend their time charting the island's unmapped territories. During one of their adventures, the pair discover a secret cave that houses hundreds of wild dragons -- and a mysterious dragon rider who turns out to be Hiccup's long-lost mother, Valka (Cate Blanchett). Hiccup and Toothless then find themselves at the center of a battle to protect Berk from a power-hungry warrior named Drago.
A group of young friends come to the aid of a mysterious visitor from a distant planet in this kid-friendly sci-fi adventure in the tradition of [[Feature~V15032~E.T.~et:theextraterrestrial]] and [[Feature~V20368~The Goonies~thegoonies]]. Shortly after a massive construction project begins driving out the residents of their serene Nevada neighborhood, best friends Tuck ([[Performer~P776069~Astro~brianastrobradley]]), Munch ([[Performer~P768589~Reese Hartwig~reesehartwig]]), and Alex ([[Performer~P768588~Teo Halm~teohalm]]) notice that their mobile phones are being flooded with a series of enigmatic, encoded messages. Determined to discover the source of the code as their families, too, pack up and prepare to go their separate ways, the trio venture out into the desert and find a diminutive alien they nickname "Echo," who needs their help to get back to his ship. Although their quest is complicated by a group of sinister construction workers on a mission to reach the ailing extraterrestrial first, Tuck, Munch, and Alex soon receive some unexpected help from their classmate Emma ([[Performer~P768590~Ella Linnea Wahlestedt~ellalinneawahlestedt]]). Together with Emma, these three friends might just have a shot at getting Echo back to the stars before he's captured and imprisoned by the shadowy figures who are closing in fast. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Robert Stromberg's Maleficent stars Angelina Jolie stars as the title character, who, as a teenager, is a powerful and respected winged fairy helping to rule a magical land full of strange creatures. Her homeland borders a country that is populated by humans and run by the cruel King Henry (Kenneth Cranham). One day, Henry's son Stefan (Jackson Bews) traipses into the fairy's land and meets Maleficent, causing the two crazy teens to fall into forbidden love. Year later, Henry seeks to take over the magical land next to his kingdom, but is thwarted in battle by Maleficent. He demands revenge, and eventually his now-grown son Stefan (played as an adult by Sharlto Copley) succeeds by betraying the fairy and clipping her wings. In response, an infuriated Maleficent swears revenge on Stefan; she gets her chance when the prince becomes king and has his first child, a daughter named Aurora (Elle Fanning) -- as Sleeping Beauty fans will remember, Maleficent curses her to fall into a death-like sleep after pricking her finger on a spinning wheel on her 16th birthday. Stefan demands that all of the spinning wheels be collected, and orders his daughter to be secretly raised in the woods by three good-hearted but dim-witted fairies, who will return her to him the day after her 16th birthday. However, Maleficent refuses to stay away from Aurora and ends up developing maternal feelings for the girl, eventually inspiring her to try to undo the curse she placed upon the princess. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
Adapted from the 2006 Tony Winner for Best Musical, this bittersweet saga dramatizes the rise and fall of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - one of the key pop groups of the early '60s, responsible for such iconic hits as "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man" and (&"Big Girls Don't Cry."} The story opens in New Jersey, where young Francesco Castelluccio (John Lloyd Young) and his buddies face a narrow window of future career options. Their possible paths include show business on one hand and organized crime on the other, embodied by the slightly menacing yet avuncular kingpin, Angelo "Gyp" DeCarlo (Christopher Walken), who runs the neighborhood and keeps an eye on them. The boys begin to nurture dreams of becoming musical stars, goals that seem far out of reach until they invite Francesco to perform with them in their band, then rename him Frankie Valli; his unique falsetto vocals captivate the girls in the audience, which provides a sign of things to come. The young hopefuls sign a contract at the Brill Building and begin doing backup vocals for record producer Bob Crewe (Mike Doyle), but experience frustration when Crewe drags his feet on recording them as a solo act. Later, the performers name themselves The Four Seasons after feeling inspired by an unusual source. They add songwriter-musician Bob Gaudio (Erich Bergen) and the equation is complete; Crewe hears Gaudio's composition "Sherry," decides to double-track Valli's voice, and helps create a national sensation. Later, however, certain difficulties begin to take their toll on the band - including financial problems, inner rivalries and tensions between the bandmates, and Valli's long periods on the road away from his wife and daughters. Clint Eastwood directs, from a screenplay by the co-authors of the original musical, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
The underground hit [[Feature~V539272~Think Like a Man~thinklikeaman]] gets a sequel with this Screen Gems production from writers [[Performer~P688599~Keith Merryman~keithmerryman]] and [[Performer~P688600~David A. Newman~davidanewman]]. When the couples head to Las Vegas for a big wedding, everyone involved gets swept up in the glam and glitter of the indulgent desert oasis. [[Performer~P30773~Kevin Hart~kevinhart]], [[Performer~P357423~Adam Brody~adambrody]], [[Performer~P277710~Regina Hall~reginahall]], and [[Performer~P267979~Gabrielle Union~gabrielleunion]] star. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
[[Performer~P86295~Tom Cruise~tomcruise]] stars as a futuristic soldier who is killed during a battle with alien invaders, and lives out the last day of his life over and over again in director [[Performer~P205240~Doug Liman~dougliman]]'s adaptation of the popular Manga All You Need is Kill. In the not-too-distant future, a ferocious race of aliens dubbed "Mimics" have descended from the stars to stake their claim on Earth. Five years after arriving, they're poised to claim Europe. Because the extraterrestrial invaders prove unusually proficient in responding to mankind's typical combat strategies, the military begins outfitting its soldiers with weaponized bionic suits that increase strength, speed, and agility. Meanwhile, the military is certain that, by conducting a surprise assault on the west coast of France, they can catch the enemy off guard and defeat them. With victory in sight, General Brigham ([[Performer~P27217~Brendan Gleeson~brendangleeson]]) tasks Major William Cage ([[Performer~P86295~Cruise~tomcruise]]) with heading to the front lines and selling the war to the general public. Cage, however, is wary of the assignment due to his noted lack of combat experience, and unsuccessfully attempts to blackmail Brigham.Subsequently awakening at Heathrow Airport, Cage is greeted by Master Sergeant Farrell Bartolome ([[Performer~P55571~Bill Paxton~billpaxton]]), who introduces the sniveling major to his new unit, J-Squad, as a deserter and a con artist. The next day, as J-Squad prepare to make the drop and attack the enemy, they are ambushed. Somehow, the aliens knew they were coming, and almost as soon as Cage lands on the beach, he is killed during a fight with a Mimic. Much to his shock, he awakens right back at Heathrow Airport, where the entire scenario begins to play out all over again. Desperate to break the cycle when it continues ad nauseam, Cage seeks the help of Special Forces soldier Rita Vrataski ([[Performer~P412768~Emily Blunt~emilyblunt]]), whose victories on the battlefield have turned her into a high-profile symbol of human strength and endurance. Eventually, thanks to repeated efforts, he manages to convince Vrataski that he is reliving the same day time and again, and after conferring with brilliant but disgraced scientist Dr. Carter ([[Performer~P676110~Noah Taylor~noahtaylor]]), the trio devise a plan to use his unique situation to gain the upper hand over an enemy seemingly able to predict mankind's every move. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Chloe Moretz stars as comatose teen who has an out-of-body experience following a car accident that kills her entire family in this MGM/Summit Entertainment co-production directed by R.J. Cutler, and adapted from the book by Gayle Forman. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
It's the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they're not cops. When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted “heroes” get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.
[[Performer~P11903~James Caviezel~jamescaviezel]], [[Performer~P18704~Laura Dern~lauradern]], and [[Performer~P12826~Michael Chiklis~michaelchiklis]] star in this emotionally charged sports drama inspired by the true story of celebrated football coach Bob Ladouceur ([[Performer~P11903~Caviezel~jamescaviezel]]), and the personal trials he endured while leading the De La Salle High School Spartans on an unprecedented 151-game winning streak. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
A young man living in a future where complacency is valued above all else discovers the sinister secrets that hold his fragile society together after being selected to become the Receiver of Memory in this adaptation of author [[Performer~P753224~Lois Lowry~loislowry]]'s Newbery Medal-winning young-adult novel. Jonas ([[Performer~P733812~Brenton Thwaites~brentonthwaites]]) was raised to believe that conformity is the key to contentment. The society Jonas lives in is a peaceful one, in large part because their collective memories have been entrusted to the Giver ([[Performer~P3197~Jeff Bridges~jeffbridges]]). A mysterious yet seemingly benevolent figure, the Giver is the sole guardian of the community's dark and hidden history. When that history is revealed to Jonas over the course of his illuminating sessions with the Giver, the young man learns that the wisdom he now holds could dictate the fate of the entire society. Later, as the weight of that responsibility becomes too great a burden for Jonas to bear, he realizes that his only hope of saving the ones he loves most is to flee. Unfortunately for Jonas and perhaps his entire world, every previous attempt to escape has ended in failure. [[Performer~P68676~Meryl Streep~merylstreep]], [[Performer~P153013~Alexander Skarsgård~alexanderskarsgård]], and [[Performer~P225994~Katie Holmes~katieholmes]] star in a film from director [[Performer~P104729~Phillip Noyce~phillipnoyce]] ([[Feature~V262133~Rabbit-Proof Fence~rabbitprooffence]], [[Feature~V272707~The Quiet American~thequietamerican]]). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill... or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables -- but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables' most personal battle yet.
[[Performer~P151002~Robert Rodriguez~robertrodriguez]] teams with [[Performer~P223744~Frank MIller~frankmiller]] to direct this follow-up to [[Feature~V303869~Sin City~sincity]] from a script by [[Performer~P223744~Miller~frankmiller]] and [[Performer~P371443~William Monahan~williammonahan]] based on preexisting stories along with new ones written for the big screen. [[Performer~P8657~Josh Brolin~joshbrolin]] stars in the adaptation of the comic miniseries (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), which tells the backstory of [[Performer~P54491~Clive Owen~cliveowen]]'s Dwight character as he is wrapped up in the thralls of femme fatale, Ava ([[Performer~P376643~Eva Green~evagreen]]). Also new to the series is [[Performer~P27836~Joseph Gordon-Levitt~josephgordonlevitt]], who plays Johnny, a mysterious gambler set on taking down his sworn enemy in a high-stakes game of life and death. [[Performer~P61810~Mickey Rourke~mickeyrourke]], [[Performer~P199028~Rosario Dawson~rosariodawson]], [[Performer~P268078~Jessica Alba~jessicaalba]], and [[Performer~P292250~Jaime King~jaimeking]] return for the Dimension Films release, with [[Performer~P551027~Jamie Chung~jamiechung]] and [[Performer~P31307~Dennis Haysbert~dennishaysbert]] stepping into roles left by [[Performer~P360230~Devon Aoki~devonaoki]] and the late [[Performer~P240637~Michael Clarke Duncan~michaelclarkeduncan]]. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
Paramount Pictures and Michael Bay present this reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise with Wrath of the Titans' helmer Jonathan Liebesman directing. Megan Fox stars as ace reporter, April O'Neil.