Release date: July 26, 2013 (Wide) Runtime: 2 hr. 16 min. Genre: Action, Adventure Director: James Mangold Studio: 20th Century Fox Producer(s): Lauren Shuler Donner, Hutch Parker Screenplay: Mark Bomback, Scott Frank Cast: Hugh Jackman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Famke Janssen, Will Yun Lee, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Haruhiko Yamanouchi Official Site:thewolverinemovie.com Rated:PG-13: for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some sexuality and language Official Movie Art:The Wolverine movie posters
Official Synopsis:Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.
Release date: June 28, 2013 (Wide) Runtime: 2 hr. 17 min. Genre: Action Director: Roland Emmerich Studio: Columbia Pictures Producer(s): James Vanderbilt, Larry Franco, Laeta Kalogridis, Bradley J. Fischer, Harald Kloser Screenplay: James Vanderbilt Cast: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Richard Jenkins, James Woods, Joey King, Rachelle Lefevre, Matt Craven, Michael Murphy Official Site:whitehousedown.com Rated:PG-13: for prolonged sequences of action and violence including intense gunfire and explosions, some language and a brief sexual image. Official Movie Art:White House Down movie posters
Synopsis: When his application with the Secret Service was rejected, Capitol Policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum), not wanting to tell his daughter (Joey King) the bad news takes her on a tour of the White House. While they both tour the complex, a heavily armed paramilitary group seize control and an explosion tears through the building and mass chaos ensues.
When the dust settles, Cale learns that heavily armed terrorists have taken both his daughter and the president hostage. Realizing that his daughter and the president’s life is in danger and with time running out for the nation, Cale springs into action.
Release date: May 24, 2013 (Wide) Runtime: 130 min. Genre: Action & Adventure Director: Justin Lin Studio: Universal Pictures Producer(s): Vin Diesel, Clayton Townsend, Neal H. Moritz Screenplay: Chris Morgan Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Luke Evans, Elsa Pataky, Gina Carano Official Site:thefastandthefurious.com Rated:PG-13: for intense sequences of violence, action and mayhem throughout, some sexuality and language. Official Movie Art:Fast & Furious 6 movie posters
Synopsis: Vin Diesel and Paul Walker return in Fast & Furious 6. The crew has been scattered across the globe since their last heist where they toppled a kingpin’s empire leaving the crew with 100 million dollars. Unable to return home, they realize that there is something missing in their lives.
Diplomatic Security Service agent, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries whose mastermind (Luke Evans) is assisted by a ruthless second-in-command who is none other than Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), whom Dom thought was dead. Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team and meet him in London, so that they can stop this crime wave. If he agrees to help Hobbs, Dom and his team will receive full pardon so that they can return home to their families and resume their lives.
Release date: April 5, 2013 (Wide Release) Running time: 91 min. Genre: Horror Director: Fede Alvarez Studio: Columbia Pictures Screenplay: Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues Mendez Producer(s): Bruce Campbell, Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi Cast: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth Blackmore Official Site:evildead-movie.com Rating:R for strong bloody violence and gore, some sexual content and language. Available film art:Evil Dead movie posters
Synopsis: In Evil Dead, the remake of the 1981 cult classic, five twenty-something friends with plenty of free time are staying in a remote cabin. The five friends discover a “Book of the Dead” and proceed (unwittingly) to summon a host of dormant demons, who are inhabiting the nearby woods. The demons possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left to fight for survival.
Release date: March 15, 2013 (Wide Release) Running time: 1 hr. 40 min. Genre: Comedy Director: Don Scardino Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Screenplay: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley Producer(s): Chris Bender, Steve Carell, Jake Weiner, Tyler Mitchell Cast: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini, Jim Carrey Official Site:theincredibleburtwonderstone.com Rating:PG-13 for sexual content, dangerous stunts, a drug related incident and language. Available film art:The Incredible Burt Wonderstone movie posters
Synopsis: Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have been raking in millions, for years, performing their death defying illusions in Vegas. When Burt injures Anton during one of the hotbox trick, Anton packs up and moves to the Far East. During Anton’s absence, Guerrilla street magician, Steve Gray (Jim Carrey) develops a large cult following that is overshadowing Burt’s Las Vegas act, which seems stale in comparison. Burt must convince Anton to rejoin the act so that they can rediscover their love of performing and take on Steve Gray.
Release date: March 1, 2013 (Wide Release) Running time: 114 min. Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure Director: Bryan Singer Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Screenplay: Darren Lemke, Christopher McQuarrie, Dan Studney Producer(s): Neal H. Moritz, David Dobkin, Ori Marmur, Patrick McCormick Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Eddie Marsan, Ewen Bremmer, Ian McShane, Christopher Fairbank Official Site:jackthegiantslayer.warnerbros.com Rating:PG-13 for intense scenes of fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief language. Available film art:Jack the Giant Slayer movie posters
Synopsis:Jack the Giant Slayer is a reimagining of the beloved children’s fairytale, Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack unwittingly opens a gateway that leads to the world of the Giants. This restarts a war as the Giants seek to reclaim the world that they had lost centuries ago. Jack is forced into an epic battle to save not only his own life, but that of the inhabitants of the kingdom and the life of the princess.
Release date: February 8, 2013 (Wide) Runtime: 1 hr. 47 min. Genre: Comedy Director: Seth Gordon Studio: Universal Pictures Producer(s): Scott Stuber, Jason Bateman, Pamela Abdy Screenplay: Steve Conrad, Craig Mazin Cast: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Robert Patrick, Eric Stonestreet, Jonathan Banks Official Site:identitythiefmovie.com Rated:R: for sexual content and language. Official Movie Art:Identity Thief movie posters
Synopsis: In Identity Thief, accounts representative and responsible family man, Sandy Bigelow Patterson (Jason Bateman) has a huge problem. A thief (Melissa McCarthy) in Orlando, Florida has stolen his identity and has racked up a huge debt thereby, destroying his credit. Getting no help from the police, Sandy decides to travel to Orlando and find the thief and bring her back to Denver to face justice. He soon finds out that this isn’t going to be easy as this spunky criminal isn’t going to give up without a fight.
Release date: February 1, 2013 (Wide) Runtime: 1 hr. 31 min. Genre: Action & Adventure Director: Walter Hill Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Producer(s): Joel Silver, Alexandra Milchan, Kevin King-Templeton, Miles Millar, Al Gough Screenplay: Alessandro Camon Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang, Sarah Shahi, Jason Momoa, John Seda, Holt McCallany, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christian Slater Official Site:bullettothehead.warnerbros.com Rated:R: for strong violence, bloody images, language, some nudity and brief drug use. Official Movie Art:Bullet to the Head movie posters
Synopsis: Based on the graphic novel Du Plomb Dans La Tête, Bullet in the Head tells the story of a New Orleans hitman (Stallone) and a Washington DC policeman (Sung Kang), who form an alliance to bring down the killers of their respective partners.
Release date: January 18, 2013 (Wide) Runtime: 1 hr. 49 min. Genre: Thriller, Drama Director: Allen Hughes Studio: 20th Century Fox Producer(s): Allen Hughes, Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Arnon Milchan, Teddy Schwartzman, Remington Chase, Randall Emmett Screenplay: Brian Tucker Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Barry Pepper, Kyle Chandler, Natalie Martinez, Jeffrey Wright Official Site:brokencitymovie.com Rated:R: for pervasive language and some sexual content and violence Official Movie Art:Broken City Movie Posters
Synopsis: In Broken City, former cop Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) uncovers a huge scandal when the mayor of New York City (Crowe) hires him to follow his wife (Zeta-Jones).
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