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THE LONELIEST PLANET

Alex (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Nica (Hani Furstenberg) are young, in love and engaged to be married. The summer before their wedding, they are backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia.

The couple hire a local guide to lead them on a camping trek, and the three set off into a stunning wilderness, a landscape that is both overwhelmingly open and frighteningly closed.

Walking for hours, they trade anecdotes, play games to pass the time of moving through space. And then, a momentary misstep, a gesture that takes only two or three seconds, a gesture that's over almost as soon as it begins.

But once it is done, it can't be undone. Once it is done, it threatens to undo everything the couple believed about each other and about themselves.

Cast: Hani Furstenberg . . . Nica; Gael García Bernal . . . Alex

Runtime: 1 hour, 53 minutes

CHASING MAVERICKS

The inspirational true story of real life surfing phenom Jay Moriarity (played by newcomer Jonny Weston).

When 15 year old Jay discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, is not only real, but exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson (played by Gerard Butler) to train him to survive it.

As Jay and Frosty embark on their quest to accomplish the impossible, they form a unique friendship that transforms both their lives, and their quest to tame Mavericks becomes about far more than surfing.

Cast: Gerard Butler . . . Rick "Frosty" Hesson; Elisabeth Shue . . . Christy Moriarity; Abigail Spencer . . . Brenda Hesson; Leven Rambin . . . KIm; Scott Eastwood . . . Gordy

Taylor Handley . . . Sonny

Rating: PG -for thematic elements and some perilous action

HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE

The story of the brave young men and women who successfully reversed the tide of an epidemic, demanded the attention of a fearful nation and stopped AIDS from becoming a death sentence.

This improbable group of activists bucked oppression and, with no scientific training, infiltrated government agencies and the pharmaceutical industry, helping to identify promising new medication and treatments and move them through trials and into drugstores in record time.

In the process, they saved their own lives and ended the darkest days of a veritable plague, while virtually emptying AIDS wards in American hospitals in the process.

The powerful story of their fight is a classic tale of empowerment and activism that has since inspired movements for change in everything from breast cancer research to Occupy Wall Street.

Their story stands as a powerful inspiration to future generations, a road map, and a call to arms.

This is how you change the world.

Runtime: 1 hour, 49 minutes





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