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  • This film image released by Summit Entertainment shows Tyler Perry in the title role during a scene from "Alex Cross."  (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment)

    This film image released by Summit Entertainment shows Tyler Perry in the title role during a scene from "Alex Cross." (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment) Purchase photo reprints »

  • AP Photo/20th Century Fox<br/> Liam Neeson stars in "Taken 2."

    AP Photo/20th Century Fox
    Liam Neeson stars in "Taken 2." Purchase photo reprints »

  • This film image released by Summit Entertainment shows Tyler Perry in the title role during a scene from "Alex Cross."  (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment)
  • AP Photo/20th Century Fox<br/> Liam Neeson stars in "Taken 2."

ARBITRAGE: A troubled hedge fund magnate (Richard Gere) desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help. Also stars Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling. Rated R.

ALEX CROSS: A homicide detective is pushed to the brink of his moral and physical limits as he tangles with a ferociously skilled serial killer who specializes in torture and pain. Stars Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Rachel Nichols. Rated PG-13.

ARGO: As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA ‘exfiltration’ specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador. Stars Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman. Rated R.

FRANKENWEENIE: Young Victor (the voice of Charlie Tahan) conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life. Directed by Tim Burton. Also stars the voices of Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short. Rated PG.

HERE COMES THE BOOM: A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school. Stars Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler. Rated PG.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: Dracula (the voice of Adam Sandler), who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, doesn’t like it when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teenaged daughter. Also stars the voices of Kevin James, Andy Samberg. Rated PG.

HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE: The story of two coalitions — ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) — whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Stars Peter Staley, Larry Kramer, Iris Long. Not rated.

LOOPER: In 2072, the mob decides to get rid of Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) by sending him back in time 30 years, where a hired gun awaits. Also stars Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt. Rated R.

THE MASTER: A U.S. Navy veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future — until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Also stars Amy Adams. Rated R.

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER: An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. Stars Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller. Rated PG-13.

PITCH PERFECT: Beca (Anna Kendrick), a freshman at Barden University, joins The Bellas, her school’s all-girls singing group who decide to take on their male rivals in a campus competition. Also stars Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson. Rated PG-13.

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN: Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock ‘n’ roller, Rodriguez. Stars Rodriguez, Clarence Avant, Malik Bendjelloul. Rated PG-13.

SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS: A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved shih tzu. Stars Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell. Rated R.

TAKEN 2: In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) and his wife (Famke Janssen) are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter (Maggie Grace). Rated PG-13.

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