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Lucy is the new Sci-Fi thriller about a young lady visiting Taiwan who is kidnapped and turned into a drug mule by the mob.  But when this new experimental drug begins to leak into her body, Lucy begins to develop mental powers in order to reclaim her life.

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  • Begin Again (2013) on the surface appears to be a romantic comedy, especially if you have already seen the movie trailer in a movie theater or on a commercial; but just like the lives of the characters in the story, things are not always what they seem.  This life affirming drama begins very simply with a boy and a girl, but not in the traditional sense of a romantic comedy.  A boy is sitting on the stage of a dive bar in New York City giving it his all to a semi-appreciative audience, when he insists that the young lady on the couch by the stage come up and perform one of her own songs.  The obviously taken aback and reluctant woman, brought to life with a perfectly natural grace by Keira Knightley (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Anna Karenina, and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World), finally arrives at the lonely wooden stool under the spotlight and begins her performance with an acoustically sweet melody.  Off in the distance and completely drunk, a down on his luck record executive, cast to Mark Ruffalo (Now You See Me, The Avengers, and Shutter Island), moves to the center of the room.  As Mark closes his eyes, the cymbals begin to come to life, followed by the nearby piano, and then an abandoned cello.  Before you know it, an invisible orchestra comes to life and fills the void left by the audience with a complete harmonic convergence that seems to imbue Keira’s vocals with new life and gives the song a deeper resonance with the audience.  But none of this is magic, and the band is not invisible.  Everything is brought to life by the gift and imagination of Mark and his view into the unknown.  The problem arises when you realize that Keira has no plans to become a musical superstar and that Mark is completely broke since being fired from the record label that he helped to create.

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the second prequel to 2001’s Planet of the Apes starring Mark Wahlberg (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Lone Survivor, and 2 Guns) and directed by Tim Burton (Dark Shadows, Alice in Wonderland, and Corpse Bride).  The first prequel was released in 2011 and was titled Rise of the Planet of the Apes, starring James Franco (Homefront, This is the End, and Oz the Great and Powerful).  In Rise, James plays a compassionate and driven scientist who is trying to cure his father and the rest of the world of Alzheimer's.  In his quest to create the necessary vaccine, James had to go through animal testing with chimpanzees before he would be allowed to begin human trials.  When the drug increased the intelligence of a female chimpanzee, she also became uncontrollable during the funding meeting for the new Alzheimer’s medication; and thus, the program was terminated.  Come to find out that she was only protecting her new baby chimp that was hidden in a blanket under her bed.  Faced with the most important and costly decision the human race will ever encounter, James took the baby boy home and let the lab destroy all of the other test subjects.  Tucked away in James’ attic, the boy chimp would adopt the name Caesar and be taught how to sign, solve puzzles, and even dress like a human.  Once Caesar acted out to protect James’ father from an unruly neighbor, he was shipped away to an animal sanctuary that was more prison than a new home.  Upon his planned escape, Caesar dosed all of the other apes in the facility with the same drug that increased his intelligence, and they all disappeared into the red wood forest outside of San Francisco.