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  • January 2015
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Movies @ Main: MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT (February 5)







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A magician plans to expose a spiritualist as a fake but ends up falling for her real-world charms. Starring Colin Firth, Emma Stone and Marcia Gay Harden. Directed by Woody Allen. Rated PG-13. 97 min

WHERE: Main Library, Auditorium

WHEN: Thursday, February 5, 6 pm













Movies @ Main: MAZE RUNNER (January 29)

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Thomas awakens with a group of boys, imprisoned in an intricate maze. His memory has been erased, requiring him to join forces with fellow “runners” for a chance at freedom. Based on the best-selling book by James Dashner. Starring Dylan O’Brien and Patricia Clarkson. Rated PG-13. 113 min

WHERE: Main Library, Auditorium

WHEN: Thursday, January 29, 6 pm



Now Playing in Theaters

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A number of new films open in the area this weekend.  The first three listed have very few reviews on rottentomatoes.com so far.

Project Almanac is a science fiction mystery with Jonny Weston and Sofia Black D’Elia.

Black or White is a drama starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Ehle and Octavia Spencer.  Black or White  (DVD), Black or White  (blu-ray)

The Loft is a psychological thriller with James Marsden, Karl Urban and Wentworth Miller.  Loft  (DVD), Loft  (blu-ray)

A Most Violent Year is a crime drama with Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain and David Oyelowo.  It has scored 90% positive reviews on rottentomatoes.com

Black Sea is an adventure thriller starring Jude Law and Scoot McNairy.  It rates 82% on rottentomatoes.com

Two new films will be playing at The Nightlight in downtown Akron:

Suburban Gothic is a horror comedy starring Matthew Gray Gubler and Kat Dennings.  Only a few reviews listed.

The Overnighters is a documentary about the plight of migrant workers in North Dakota.  It’s rated an amazing 98%.



Now Playing in Theaters

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Four films open in the area this weekend.

Mortdecai is an action-adventure starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor.  It hasn’t been shown to critics, which is usually a bad sign. Mortdecai  (DVD), Mortdecai  (blu-ray)

The Boy Next Door is a thriller starring Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman and Kristin Chenoweth.  Very few reviews so far, but most are negative.  The Boy Next Door  (DVD), The Boy Next Door  (blu-ray)

Strange Magic is an animated family adventure which also has only a few reviews.  Most critics didn’t care for it.

Cake is a drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Anna Kendrick.  It’s currently rating 41% positive reviews on rottentomatoes.com.  Aniston won some awards for her performance.


Movies @ Main: DOLPHIN TALE 2 (January 22)


A dolphin’s surrogate mother has passed away and her human friends must find her a new companion. Starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick, Jr., Nathan Gamble and Julia Winter. Rated PG. 107 min

WHERE: Main Library, Auditorium

WHEN: Thursday, January 22, 6 pm




Now Playing in Theaters

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A number of new films open this weekend.

American Sniper currently rates 74% on rottentomatoes.com.  It’s based on a true story and stars Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller.  Directed by Clint Eastwood.  American Sniper  (DVD), American Sniper  (blu-ray)

Paddington is a family film starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville and Jim Broadbent.  It’s scoring an amazing 96% on rottentomatoes.  Paddington (DVD), Paddington (blu-ray)

The Wedding Ringer isn’t available for critics to review.  That usually means the film is pretty bad.  This comedy stars Kevin Hart, Josh Gad and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting.  Wedding Ringer (DVD), Wedding Ringer  (blu-ray)

Blackhat currently rates 50%, but only has 16 reviews counted.  This action-crime story stars Chris Hemsworth and Viola Davis.  Blackhat  (DVD), Blackhat  (blu-ray)

There are also some award-winning films in limited release in the area:

Foxcatcher is a crime drama based on a true story.  It stars Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Sienna Miller.  It got 87% on rottentomatoes.  Foxcatcher (DVD), Foxcatcher (blu-ray)

Birdman is a shoo-in for some Oscar nominations (to be announced on January 15).  It got 92% and stars Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton and Emma Stone.  Birdman  (DVD), Birdman  (blu-ray)

Whiplash is a drama starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons.  It got a very impressive 95% positive reviews.  Whiplash (DVD), Whiplash  (Blu-ray)



Movies @ Main: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (January 15)


A motley gang of misfits must work together to save the galaxy! Blockbuster hit starring Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, John C. Reilly and Glenn Close. Rated PG-13. 121 min

WHERE: Main Library, Auditorium

WHEN: Thursday, January 15, 6 pm



Movies @ Main: THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (January 8)



An Irish adventurer accompanies a beautiful woman and her husband on an ocean cruise, and soon becomes involved in murder!
Starring Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth. 87 min.

Shown in association with Akron Film + Pixel. Introduction and discussion afterward.

WHERE: Main Library, Auditorium

WHEN: Thursday, January 8, 6 pm






Now Playing in Theaters

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There are three major releases in area theaters this week.  The Civil Rights drama Selma is scoring an amazing 100% on rottentomatoes.com and is a big contender for some Oscar nominations (which will be announced on January 15).  It stars David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson and Oprah Winfrey.  The suspense-drama Inherent Vice currently rates 72%.  It’s directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and stars Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro and Maya Rudolph.  The action-thriller Taken 3 currently has 30% positive reviews.  It stars Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace and Forest Whitaker.



Now Playing in Theaters


The only new major release last weekend was The Woman in Black 2.  It came in 4th at the weekend box-office and scored only 26% positive reviews on rottentomatoes.com

Some of the better films still playing in the area include:

Into the Woods, Unbroken, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Big Hero 6, The Theory of Everything, Big Eyes, Wild, The Imitation Game, Interstellar, Top Five, Penguins of Madagascar, St. Vincent, John Wick, Fury, The Babadook.