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"Cop Out" (R for pervasive profanity, sexual references, violence and brief sexuality) Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan buddy-up in this madcap comedy directed by Kevin Smith about a couple of NYPD detectives who take the law into their own hands in order to retrieve a priceless baseball card from a merciless, memorabilia-obsessed mobster. Cast includes Seann William Scott, Ana de la Reguera, Fred Armisen, Adam Brody, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jason Lee and Kevin Pollak.

"The Crazies" (R for profanity and graphic violence) Remake of George Romero's high body count horror flick about a tight-knit Iowa community suddenly plagued by insanity and death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their town's water supply. Starring Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell.


"The Art of the Steal" (Unrated) Courtroom documentary about the legal battle for control of the Barnes Foundation's priceless collection of Modern and Post-Impressionistic paintings.

"Defendor" (R for violence, sexuality, and pervasive profanity and drug use) Sci-fi comedy about a self-appointed vigilante (Woody Harrelson) who confides in his court-appointed shrink (Sandra Oh) that his superhero alter ego was unfairly arrested by a crooked cop (Elias Koteas) for coming to the aid of an underage prostitute (Kat Dennings).

"Easier with Practice" (Unrated) Romance drama about a lonely, aspiring writer (Brian Geraghty) with an unpublished novel who embarks on an erotic phone sex relationship with the mysterious temptress (Katie Aselton) that calls him out of the blue. With Kel O'Neill, Marguerite Moreau, Jeanette Brox and Jenna Gavigan.

"Formosa Betrayed" (R for violence) Fact-based espionage thriller, set in the early Eighties, about an FBI agent (James Van Der Beek), investigating the murder of a Taiwanese-American professor (Joseph Foronda), who follows a trail of clues to Asia where he uncovers an intricate web of intrigue implicating the Chinese government, the Mafia and the U.S. State Department. With John Heard, Leslie Hope, Tzi Ma, Will Tiao and Wendy Crewson.

"Kings of the Evening" (PG for mature themes, violence, smoking and mild epithets) Depression Era drama about a recently-paroled ex-con's (Tyson Beckford) attempt to earn a little cash and respect in the 'hood after two years in a chain gang by competing in a weekly fashion show with a grand prize of five dollars. Cast includes Lynn Whitfield, Glynn Turman and Bruce McGill.

"Prodigal Sons" (Unrated) Gender-bending documentary revolving around a transsexual's triumphant return to her Montana hometown as a woman to attend a high school reunion and to reconcile with an estranged, adopted brother who has recently learned that he might be the grandson of Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth.

"A Prophet" (R for sexuality, graphic violence, nudity, profanity and drug use)
Crime drama, nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, about an illiterate, 19 year-old Arab (Tahar Rahim) who turns into a ruthless mobster while behind bars after a stint in a Paris prison for a petty crime. With Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif and Reda Kateb. (In French, Arabic and Corsican with subtitles)

"Toe to Toe" (Unrated) Cross-cultural drama about the tensions which arise between lacrosse teammates at a suburban Washington, DC prep school, one, (Sonequa Martin), a promiscuous, spoiled-rotten, rich kid; the other (Louis Krause), an overachiever driven by a desire to make it out of the ghetto. Supporting cast includes Leslie Uggams, Gaius Charles, Silvestre Rasuk and Ally Walker.

"The Yellow Handkerchief" (PG-13 for violence, profanity, sexuality and mature themes) Post-Katrina road saga revolving around the drama which unfolds when a social zero (Eddie Redmayne) with a convertible and the flirtatious runaway (Kristen Stewart) he's trying to impress decide to give a ride to a recently-released ex-con (William Hurt) hitchhiking home to see whether his wife (Maria Bello) still wants him.

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  • WASHINGTON (AP) — One month after the inauguration, the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of Donald Trump's White House still is a hard-hat zone. Skeletal remains of the inaugural reviewing stands poke skyward. Random piles of plywood and cables are heaped on the ground inside crooked lines of metal fencing. The disarray outside the president's front door, though not his fault, serves as a metaphor for the tumult still unfolding inside. Four weeks in, the man who says he inherited "a mess" at home and abroad is presiding over a White House that is widely described as itself being a mess. At a stunning pace, Trump has riled world leaders and frustrated allies. He was dealt a bruising legal blow on one of his signature policies. He lost his national security adviser and his pick for labor secretary to scandal. He's seen forces within his government push back against his policies and leak confidential information. All of this has played out amid a steady drip of revelations about an FBI investigation into his campaign's contacts with Russian intelligence officials. Trump says his administration is running like a "fine-tuned machine." He points to the rising stock market and the devotion of his still-loyal supporters as evidence that all is well, although his job approval rating is much lower than that for prior presidents in their first weeks in office. Stung by the unrelenting criticism coming his way, Trump dismisses much of it as "fake news" delivered by "the enemy of the people" — aka the press. Daily denunciations of the media are just one of the new White House fixtures Americans are adjusting to. Most days start (and end) with presidential tweets riffing off of whatever's on TV talk shows or teasing coming events or hurling insults at the media. At some point in the day, count on Trump to cast back to the marvels of his upset of Democrat Hillary Clinton in the November election and quite possibly overstate his margins of support. Expect more denunciations of the "dishonest" press and its "fake news." From there, things can veer in unexpected directions as Trump offers up policy pronouncements or offhand remarks that leave even White House aides struggling to interpret them. The long-standing U.S. policy of seeking a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Trump this past week offered this cryptic pronouncement: "I'm looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like. I can live with either one." His U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, the next day insisted, "We absolutely support a two-state solution." Trump's days are busy. Outside groups troop in for "listening sessions." Foreign leaders call or come to visit. (Or, in the case of Mexico's president, cancel out in pique over Trump's talk about the planned border wall.) After the president signed two dozen executive actions, the White House was awaiting a rush order of more of the gold-plated Cross pens that Trump prefers to the chrome-plated ones used by his predecessor. Trump hands them out as souvenirs at the signing ceremonies that he points to as evidence of his ambitious pace. "This last month has represented an unprecedented degree of action on behalf of the great citizens of our country," Trump said at a Thursday news conference. "Again, I say it. There has never been a presidency that's done so much in such a short period of time." That's all music to the ears of his followers, who sent him to Washington to upend the established order and play the role of disrupter. "I can't believe there's actually a politician doing what he says he would do," says an approving Scott Hiltgen, a 66-year-old office furniture sales broker from River Falls, Wisconsin. "That never happens." Disrupt Trump has. But there may be more sound and fury than substance to many of his early actions. Trump did select Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, a nomination that has drawn strong reviews from conservatives. But the president is regrouping on immigration after federal judges blocked his order to suspend the United States' refugee program and ban visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries, which had caused chaos for travelers around the globe. Some other orders on issues such as the U.S.-Mexico border wall and former President Barack Obama's health care law are of limited effect. Trump says his early actions show he means to deliver on the promises he made during the campaign. "A lot of people say, 'Oh, oh, Trump was only kidding with the wall,'" the president told a group of police chiefs recently. "I wasn't kidding. I don't kid." But the Republican-led Congress is still waiting to see specifics on how Trump wants to proceed legislatively on top initiatives such as replacing the health care law, enacting tax cuts and revising trade deals. The messy rollout of the travel ban and tumult over the ouster of national security adviser Michael Flynn for misrepresenting his contacts with Russia are part of a broader state of disarray as different figures in Trump's White House jockey for power and leaks reveal internal discord in the machinations of the presidency. "I thought by now you'd at least hear the outlines of domestic legislation like tax cuts," says Princeton historian Julian Zelizer. "But a lot of that has slowed. Trump shouldn't mistake the fact that some of his supporters like his style with the fact that a lot of Republicans just want the policies he promised them. He has to deliver that." Put Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in the camp of those more interested in substance than style. "I'm not a great fan of daily tweets," McConnell said Friday, referring to the "extra discussion" that Trump likes to engage in. But McConnell was quick to add: "What I am a fan of is what he's been actually doing." He credits Trump with assembling a conservative Cabinet and taking steps to reduce government regulation, and promised: "We like his positions and we're going to pursue them as vigorously as we can." The challenge may be to tease out exactly what Trump wants in the way of a health care plan, tax changes and trade policy. At his long and defiant news conference on Thursday, Trump tried to dispel the impression of a White House in crisis, squarely blaming the press for keeping him from moving forward more decisively on his agenda. Pointing to his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, Trump said, "You take a look at Reince, he's working so hard just putting out fires that are fake fires. I mean, they're fake. They're not true. And isn't that a shame because he'd rather be working on health care, he'd rather be working on tax reform." For all the frustrations of his early days as president, Trump still seems tickled by the trappings of his office. When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visited the White House last week to discuss the national opioid epidemic over lunch, the governor said Trump informed him: "Chris, you and I are going to have the meatloaf.'" Trump added: "I'm telling you, the meatloaf is fabulous." ___Follow Nancy Benac on Twitter at http://twitter.com/nbenac
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