Distributor: Paramount Pictures Directors: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders Writers: William Davies, Dean DeBlois Starring: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz-Plasse Genre: Family, Fantasy, Animation Rated: PG-13 In January 2010, the visual effects juggernaut Avatar hit theaters. Two months later came How to Train Your Dragon. While not as immediately groundbreaking as the unprecedented success of…

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Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures Director: M. Night Shyamalan Writer: M. Night Shyamalan Starring: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright Rated: PG-13 The 90s and early 2000s were a far less forgiving time for superhero stories and geek culture in general, especially when it came to feature films, making the waters especially difficult for a…

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Distributor: New Line Cinema Director: Ben Younger Writer: Ben Younger Starring: Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Nia Long Rated: R Initially conceived after director Ben Younger had a job interview at a real-life brokerage, Boiler Room draws a hefty amount of inspiration from previous financial crime dramas such as 1992’s Glengarry Glen Ross. It pulls off…

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Distributor: STX Entertainment Director: Joel Edgerton Writer: Joel Edgerton Starring: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton Rated: R Genre: Horror After moving back to the husband’s old stomping grounds, a couple from Chicago runs into an old acquaintance with some odd mannerisms and a strangely intense desire to be their friend. Once anonymous gifts begin…

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Distributor: Universal Pictures Director: Richard Attenborough Writers: John Briley; Based on the novel by Donald Woods Starring: Denzel Washington, Kevin Kline, Josette Simon Rated: PG Set in South Africa during the Apartheid regime of the 1970s, Cry Freedom tells the story of the real-life friendship between former political opponents Steven Biko and Donald Woods. As…

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