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First Posted: 2/2/2015

In theaters (some starting Friday):

THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER SpongeBob is on a quest to find the stolen Krust Krab formula. He must come ashore to our world, where he joins forces with perpetual adversary Plankton to battle a fiendish pirate named Burger Beard, who has his own plans for the delicious delicacies. Starring Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown, Carolyn Lawrence, and Antonio Banderas. PG; 1:33

JUPITER ASCENDING Jupiter Jones was born under signs that predicted future greatness, but she cleans other people’s houses and has nothing but bad breaks. Caine, a genetically engineered hunter, arrives on Earth to locate her to make her aware of the great destiny. Jupiter’s genetic signature marks her as the next in line for an extraordinary inheritance. Starring Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, and Eddie Redmayne. PG-13; 2:07

SEVENTH SON Supernatural champion, Master Gregory, (Jeff Bridges) defeated Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), a malevolent witch. She escaped imprisonment and thirsts for vengeance and to unleash her wrath on humanity. The only thing that stands in her way: Master Gregory and his his apprentice, Tom Ward (Ben Barnes). PG-13; 1:42

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR In New York in 1981, a fuel supplier (Oscar Isaac) tries to have a moral compass amid the rampant violence and corruption which threaten his family and business. Starring Jessica Chastain. R; 2:05

THE LOFT Five friends share a penthouse in the city to carry on extramarital affairs. The dead body of an unknown woman turns up. Realizing that her killer must be one of their group, the men are gripped by paranoia as each one suspects another. Starring Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, and Matthias Schoenaerts. R; 1:43

BLACK OR WHITE — A bitter court battle ensues between a white lawyer (Kevin Costner) and a black woman (Octavia Spencer) over custody of their biracial granddaughter, forcing both parties to confront their feelings on race, understanding and forgiveness. PG13; 2 hours

BLACK SEA — After losing his salvage job, former naval officer Robinson (Jude Law) assembles a misfit crew of unemployed sailors for a risky mission: Find a sunken Nazi U-boat, rumored to contain a fortune in gold. Promising each man an equal share, Robinson leads the mixed British and Russian crew to comb the depths of the Black Sea. Before long, greed takes hold of a crew already divided along language and cultural lines — and the fewer men that make it back alive, the more gold to go around. R; 1:55

PROJECT ALMANAC — Teenagers build a time machine, but their joy is short-lived when they discover the ripple effects of their actions. PG13; 1:46

CAKE — After seeing visions of a member of her support group who committed suicide, a woman who manages her chronic pain with illegal drugs seeks out the dead woman’s husband. Starring Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Sam Worthington and Felicity Huffman. R; 1:32

MORTDECAI — Charismatic British aristocrat and part-time shady art dealer Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) suffers from constant lack of funds to support his lavish lifestyle. When Alistair Maitland (Ewan McGregor), a college friend and officer in MI5, asks him to find a stolen Goya painting, he accepts. But Charlie’s not the only one with designs on the painting; an American heiress and a revolutionary want it too. The artwork is rumored to contain the code to a bank account filled with Nazi gold. Not Rated; 1:47

WHIPLASH — A first-year music student (Miles Teller) wins a seat behind the drums in a jazz band led by a teacher (J.K. Simmons) who uses fear and intimidation to push his students to perfection. R; 146

STRANGE MAGIC — Goblins, elves, fairies and imps embark on a musical adventure in hopes of getting a powerful potion. Inspired by William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” A Walt Disney movie. PG

THE BOY NEXT DOOR — A moment she couldn’t resist. An obsession he can’t control. Starring Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, Kristin Chenowth, John Corbett and Ian Nelson. R; 1:31

AMERICAN SNIPER — U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) takes his sole mission — protect his comrades — to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives and makes him a prime target of insurgents. Despite grave danger and his struggle to be a good husband and father to his family, Kyle serves four tours of duty in Iraq. When he returns home, he finds he cannot leave the war behind. R; 2:12

BLACKHAT — A man is released from prison to help American and Chinese authorities pursue a mysterious cyber criminal. The dangerous search leads them from Chicago to Hong Kong. R; 2:13

PADDINGTON — From the beloved novels by Michael Bond, “Paddington” tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he realizes city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you,” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist. PG; 1:35

THE WEDDING RINGER — Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a loveable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy. R; 1:41

SELMA — Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it hard for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. PG13; 2:08

TAKEN 3: It Ends Here — Ex-covert operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) and his ex-wife, Lenore (Famke Janssen), are enjoying a reconciliation when Lenore is brutally murdered. Bryan is framed for the crime and flees, with the CIA, FBI and police all in hot pursuit. For the last time, he channels his rage and particular set of skills into hunting down Lenore’s real killers, taking his revenge and protecting the one important thing left in his life: his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace). PG13; 1:49

INTO THE WOODSBased on the musical comedy about a childless couple on a mission to end a witch’s curse. Starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, Richard Glover and Joanna Riding. PG; 2:05

THE IMITATION GAME — Genius British logician and cryptologist Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) helps crack Germany’s Enigma Code during World War II but is later prosecuted by his government for illegal homosexual acts. PG13; 1:53

UNBROKEN — During World War II, Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) survives for 47 days at sea in a raft, only to be captured by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. PG13, 1:17

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES — Having reclaimed Erebor and a vast treasure from the dragon Smaug, Thorin Oakenshield sacrifices friendship and honor to horde the treasure, despite Smaug’s fiery wrath and Bilbo’s attempts to make him see reason. Sauron sends forth legions of Orcs in a sneak attack upon the Lonely Mountain. The fate of Middle Earth hangs in the balance, races of men, elves and dwarves must decide to unite or die. Starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom. PG13; 2:25

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB — Larry sets out on an epic quest to save the museum’s magic from disappearing forever. Starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson and Ricky Gervais. PG13; 1:38

BIRDMAN — A washed-up actor, whose previous claim to fame was his portrayal of a popular superhero, attempts to recapture his past glory by mounting a Broadway play. R, 2 hours