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AMERICAN SNIPER
Chris Kyle joined the Navy SEALs in the wake of 9/11...he would become the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history. But along the way, the killing would eat away at his soul. From Clint Eastwood comes this powerful, Oscar®-winning drama that reveals Kyle’s story from his Texas roots to his unparalleled accuracy in war-torn Iraq. Bradley Cooper stars. Written by Jason Hall, based on the book by Chris Kyle and Scott McEwen. (AC,AL,BN,GV) R-2:13

BANSHEE "Good Town, Bad Blood"
Lucas Hood, Carrie Hopewell and the Banshee Sheriff’s Department cope with the fallout from their bloody face-off against Rabbit while Lucas faces a new and deadly threat in Season 2 of this gritty Cinemax action series. Created by Alan Ball (True Blood), the show focuses on Lucas, an ex-convict who assumed the identity of the new sheriff in the rural town of Banshee, PA. As Season 2 comes to a close, Lucas has his hands more full than ever dealing with the murder of a Kinaho tribe girl, escalating tensions between Amish overlord Kai Proctor and tribe leader Alex Longshadow, and an unwelcome visitor: the reprobate son of the real (dead) Lucas Hood. Antony Starr and Ivana Milicevic star. (AC,AL,GV,N,RP,SC) TVMA/V,S,L-1:00

BARBERSHOP 2 and BEAUTY SHOP
A barbershop on Chicago’s south side is the setting for the hit comedy Barbershop and its witty sequel Barbershop 2: Back In Business, both starring Ice Cube as a would-be entrepreneur who inherits his family’s barbershop which he comes to learn is an important part of his community. In the spinoff film Beauty Shop, sassy stylist Queen Latifah—who made her mark in Barbershop 2: Back In Business—moves to Atlanta where she winds up opening a salon of her own to compete with her egotistical ex-boss.

BLACK SEA
A massive haul of gold from a sunken Nazi U-boat is the target of a surly submarine team led by Jude Law in this harrowing underwater thriller. Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn and David Threlfall co-star. Directed by Kevin Macdonald; screenplay by Dennis Kelly. (AL,V) R-1:54

DEADPOOL
He’s the “Merc with the Mouth,” a wisecracking superhero with one amazing characteristic: he’s indestructible. Based on the Marvel Comics character, this action hit is an absolute rush, revealing a fascinating origins story that stars Ryan Reynolds as the self-healing, foul-mouthed former mercenary who makes it his mission to stop the devious scientist responsible for turning him into Deadpool (AC,GL,GV,N,SC) R-1:48

DIVERGENT
Shailene Woodley stars as a unique teen who poses a threat to the conformist society in which she lives in this first adaptation of the best-selling book trilogy. Theo James, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz and Miles Teller co-star. (AC,AL,V) PG13-2:20

DIVORCE (comedy)
The never-ending process of ending a marriage is the focus of this refreshingly honest comedy series starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church. Created by Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), the show centers on Frances (Parker), who, after more than a decade of marriage and two kids, has begun to reassess her life and her strained relationship with husband Robert (Church). But she soon discovers that making a clean break and a fresh start is much harder than she thought, while Robert—blindsided by Frances’ epiphany—struggles to cope with their disintegrating marriage. Co-starring Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam, Tracy Letts, Sterling Jerins and Charlie Kilgore. (AC,AL) TVMA/L-:33. Starts October 2016

THE EDGE OF TOMORROW
This action-packed, effects-laden thrill ride starring Tom Cruise will leave you on the edge! Sent to the front line in a war against alien invaders, Cruise is killed, only to awaken and relive his death over and over again. Under the guidance of a renowned warrior (Emily Blunt), Cruise uses the time loop to sharpen his fighting skills while devising a plan for stopping the aliens. Bill Paxton and Brendan Gleeson co-star. (AC,AL,BN,V) PG13-1:53

FOCUS
Slick con artist Will Smith encounters his former protégée—and lover—while attempting the ultimate score in this caper. Margot Robbie co-stars as the fetching femme fatale who happens to turn up on the arm of the veteran grifter’s biggest mark. (AC,BN,GL,V) R-1:45

GAME OF THRONES
A plethora of compelling storylines play out to their inevitable, often bloody conclusions as Season 5 of HBO’s blockbuster, Emmy®-winning drama series comes to an electrifying close. As the final two episodes play out, Cersei struggles in the wake of playing the enigmatic High Sparrow and his zealots against the Tyrells; Jon Snow, now the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, makes an unpopular, but vital decision; Jaime’s secret mission hits a snag in Dorne; Arya makes progress in her training at the House of Black and White; Tyrion finds a new cause in Meereen, where Daenerys is forced to make a number of hard sacrifices to keep her tenuous hold on the city; and Stannis remains steadfast in his determination to make his next move. (AC,AL,GV,N) TVMA/V,S,L-1:00

GODS OF EGYPT
Gods and men are at war with ancient Egypt as the stunning backdrop for this action extravaganza! Gerard Butler heads up a stellar cast as Set, the god of darkness who seizes control of Egypt and threatens mankind. It’s up to a young mortal named Bek to take on the usurper—and head into his world—with the help of another god. Co-starring Rufus Sewell, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thaites, Geoffrey Rush (V) PG13-2:07

GODZILLA
The King of the Monsters returns to the screen to battle a deadly pair of bug-like kaiju--and wreck major cities in the process--in this thrilling remake. With military might proving fruitless against such massive creatures, it’s up to Godzilla to stop the nasty duo before they can mate. It all comes down to an explosive showdown with San Francisco as the background. Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston. (AC,AL,V) PG13-2:03

HIGH FIDELITY
Music-obsessed record store manager John Cusack has a rankings list for everything in his life... including his top five breakups. When his girlfriend leaves him, he tries to win her back—but first he has to show her the same passion he and his crazy co-workers have for vinyl. Jack Black co-stars

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
Bilbo, Gandalf and a motley crew of dwarves continue their treacherous quest to retake the dwarf kingdom of Erebor from the evil dragon Smaug in Part Two of the Hobbit trilogy. “A robust, action-packed adventure” (Variety) Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman star. (AC,V) PG13-2:41

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
Return to Middle Earth in this thrilling first adventure in Peter Jackson’s prequel trilogy to “The Lord of the Rings.” Based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved novel, the film follows a young Bilbo Baggins on a journey to face the evil dragon Smaug with the help of a surly group of dwarves. Ian McKellen stars. (AC,V) PG13-2:50

THE HOBBIT: BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES
The third and final film in Peter Jackson’s blockbuster “Hobbit” series finds Bilbo Baggins helping forge a unified front of dwarves, humans, elves and others as they head into war against the evil dragon Smaug and a massive army of Orcs—courtesy of the dark lord Sauron. Starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch and Ken Stott. (AC,MV) PG13-2:24

THE HOBBIT, THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
Bilbo, gandalf and a motley crew of dwarves continue their treacherous quest to retake the dwarf kingdom of erebor from the evil dragon Smaug in Part Two of this trilogy. Facing danger at every turn, the surly bunch arrive at Smaug’s lair where treasure awaits...if the beast doesn’t burn them to a crisp first. (AC,V) Pg13-2:41

INSECURE
Created by and starring Issa Rae, this comedy series looks at the friendship of two modern-day black women, as well as all of their uncomfortable experiences and racy tribulations. As they navigate the tricky professional and personal terrain of Los Angeles, best friends Issa (Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji) face the challenges of being black women who defy all stereotypes. For Issa, age 30 is looming large and her relationship has become stagnant, while Molly’s success as a high-paid lawyer stands in stark contrast to her dismal dating life. Together, they begin trying to pull their lives together, while trying to never settle for less. Jay Ellis and Lisa Joyce co-star. (AC,AL) TVMA/L-:28. Starts October 2016

JUPITER ASCENDING
From the creators of The Matrix trilogy comes this “fun, inventive, visually stunning piece of space opera” (Total Film). Channing Tatum stars as a genetically engineered hunter from another planet who tracks down an impoverished young Russian immigrant (Mila Kunis) living in Chicago and informs her that she is the reincarnation of the Queen of the Universe, with the power to control the cosmos. (AL,BN,V) PG13-2:08

LAST WEEK TONIGHT
One of the funniest, most refreshing personalities to hit the TV scene in years—the man whose 2013 guest-hosting stint on The Daily Show won plaudits from critics, fans and others— John Oliver comes to HBO with an all-new, Sunday-night forum. A topical look at the week in news, politics and current events, the half-hour show will provide Oliver with a unique platform to offer up his singular perspective and distinct voice on any number of social, political or existential issues facing America and the world. Each of the 24 Season 1 editions will be shot in New York within hours of airing on HBO, and will feature special segments and a variety of guests. (AC,AL) TVMA-0:27

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Director George Miller returns to his high-octane, post-apocalyptic roots with his exhilarating fourth film in the Mad Max series. Tom Hardy takes over in the role of renegade hero Max who is captured by a violent band of warriors—only to land in an escape plot led by Charlize Theron against their deranged leader. The result is a furious, battle-packed race across the wasteland that drops the hammer and never lets up. Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoë Kravitz, Abbey Lee and Courtney Eaton co-star. “A lunatic vision, as hilarious as it is hellish. And some of the greatest action ever put on screen” (Total Film). Directed by George Miller; written by George Miller and Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. (BN,V) R-2:00

THE MAN FROM UNCLE
The classic 1960s spy series—which James Bond creator Ian Fleming had a hand in developing—comes to the big screen in this stylish and exciting update. Henry Cavill stars as American agent Napoleon Solo, who reluctantly teams up with KGB operative Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) to take down an international crime organization. Co-starring Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, with Jared Harris and Hugh Grant. (AL,MV) PG13-1:56

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB
At the American Museum of Natural History—where the exhibits come to life after dark—director of nighttime operations Ben Stiller discovers the late-evening magic could be in trouble in this third Museum adventure. It’s off to London’s British Museum as Stiller and his late-night compatriots encounter a whole new pack of lively relics as they try to preserve the magic. Robin Williams and Owen Wilson co-star. (AC,MV) PG-1:38

PLANET OF THE APES (original version)
“Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!” Charlton Heston’s primal scream is just one of the quotable lines from the 1968 original Planet Of The Apes, which is airing throughout the month of May on Cinemax, along with four fun sequels and two films from the modern series reboot. The first film in the series is a brilliant socio-political allegory, centering on a group of astronauts who crash-land on a planet in the future, where talking apes are the rulers and humans are slaves, kept in cages and treated like animals. Featuring an ingenious ending co-written by the legendary Rod Serling, striking cinematography, a superb score by Jerry Goldsmith, Oscar®-winning makeup by John Chambers (portrayed by John Goodman in Argo), and an unforgettable finale. The film is a bona-fide sci-fi classic

POLTERGEIST / HAUNTED MANSION / MONSTERS VS ALIENS
It’s Halloween-time again and if you are in the market for some PG-rated scares to chill the whole family, then HBO has the perfect party favorites. While its bigger, splashier 2015 remake is also premiering this month, the original 1982 Poltergeist can also be found (Oct. 14 and then paired back-to-back with the remake on Oct. 30). With spectacular effects, a superb cast led by Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams and the magic touch of producer Steven Spielberg, this ghostly jaunt remains one of the genres finest. Want more haunted-house fun? Hop on the Disney ride-turned-horror-comedy The Haunted Mansion (Oct. 17, 29) starring an outrageous Eddie Murphy. For younger viewers, check out the animated rollercoaster ride Monsters Vs. Aliens (Oct. 16, 29) that finds a group of monsters trying to save Earth from the clutches of an alien mastermind. October 2016

POLTERGEIST (remake)
They’re here...again. Ghostly terror comes for a new generation in this effects-jammed remake of the 1982 horror classic! Once again, a young family is terrorized by the otherworldly inhabitants of their new home. When their little girl is taken into the void by the evil spirits, couple Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt must fight back to save her with the help of a well-known parapsychologist. Jared Harris and Jane Adams co-star (AC,AL,MV) PG13-1:34

THE PURGE
In a future America, the government has set aside one night a year where all criminal activity, including murder, is legal. When a wounded stranger takes refuge from a wild pack of thrill-killers in a home in a gated community, Ethan Hawke and his family must decide whether to protect him...or face the consequences (AC,AL,V) R-1:25

THE PURGE: ANARCHY
It’s “Purge” time again: the one government-sanctioned night every year in which lawlessness—including murder—is permitted. With bloodthirsty hordes on the loose, one man on a mission of his own becomes the unlikely guardian angel to four innocents. (AC,GL,GV,RP) R-1:43

SESAME STREET
Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster and all of their friends are back as Sesame Street® finds a new home on HBO with the premiere of the 46th season. For more than four decades, the iconic series has helped children grow smarter, stronger and kinder. Now, it comes to HBO with its boldest changes to date, including 30-minute episodes, new preschool-relevant themes, new show opening and closing songs, an updated set, a new segment called “Smart Cookies” and a new cast member, Nina. In this science-filled season, Super Grover 2.0 shows kids how to unleash their powers of observation and investigation, helping to strengthen their scientific and critical thinking skills. Plus, join Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster and their celebrity friends as they continue to have funny and furry adventures on Sesame Street. TVY-:29

SILICON VALLEY
In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. From HBO and the offbeat mind of Mike Judge (Office Space) comes this new comedy series that delves into the outrageous world of tech start-ups and the socially awkward underdogs trying to navigate its lucrative potential. The show charts the rising fortunes of Richard, an introverted programmer who suddenly finds himself in the middle of an extreme bidding war over his website's unique search algorithm. Thomas Middleditch, Josh Brener, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Christopher Evan Welch and Monica Crew star. (AC,AL,MV,N) TVMA/L-:29

SPACEBALLS and YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
Cinemax presents a pair of classic comedies from the legendary Mel Brooks this month. First up is Spaceballs, a sublimely silly spoof of all things sci-fi, especially Star Wars, starring Bill Pullman, John Candy, Rick Moranis and Brooks himself in a dual role as President Skroob and the wise old Yogurt. And remember…May the Schwartz be with youuuuuu! 1974’s Young Frankenstein is arguably Brooks’s best film, a hilarious follow-up to his blockbuster hit Blazing Saddles. Gene Wilder, who co-wrote the script with Brooks, stars as a brain surgeon named Dr. Frankenstein (“That’s FRON-ken-schteen!”), who inherits his infamous grandfather’s castle in Transylvania —replete with a hunchback named Igor (“No, it’s EYE-gor”) played by the great Marty Feldman—and is soon bringing a corpse to life just like his mad scientist ancestor. Featuring endlessly quotable lines, a loving recreation of classic horror movies, and a stellar supporting cast, including Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman and Gene Hackman, it’s a monstrously funny parody.

TAK3N
This guy just can’t catch a break! In this third film in the Taken series, Liam Neeson’s ex-CIA agent is targeted once again when he is framed for his ex-wife’s murder. Desperate to protect his daughter and find the killer, Neeson puts his “particular set” of battle skills on display as he dodges the law and dismantles every bad guy who stands in his path. With Forest Whitaker, Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace. (AC,BN,GL,GV) PG13-1:49

TRACEY ULLMAN'S SHOW
Emmy®-winning comedy legend Tracey Ullman returns to HBO with this six-part sketch show in which she portrays a dizzying array of everyday characters and famous faces who pop up in modern life on the British side of the pond. Throughout the season, Tracey inhabits several new original characters as well as depicting such well-known celebs as Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith and others. (AC,AL) TVMA-:30. Starts October 2016

VEEP
With POTUS stepping down, newly sworn-in President Selina Meyer (Emmy®-winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus) continues her efforts to hang on to her new office while avoiding becoming America’s shortest-serving president as Season 4 of the hit HBO series concludes. While Selina has ascended to the highest office in the land, she must still run for election, prompting her and her staff to grapple with making her seem “presidential.” As election night approaches in the season’s final two new episodes, Selina fields questions from the press while her staff testifies before a congressional committee about the vote on the increasingly toxic Families First bill—and who was really behind the data breach. Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Matt Walsh, Timothy C. Simons, Sufe Bradshaw, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole and Sam Richardson co-star. (AC,AL) TVMA/L-:30

VICE
From every corner of the globe, some of the most compelling and important news stories go unreported by mainstream media outlets—but not by VICE. HBO presents an all-new season of the Emmy®-nominated series that features groundbreaking stories from the most dangerous places on Earth as reported by host/co-founder Shane Smith and his fearless team of correspondents. In Season 2, VICE looks at wasted American money in Afghanistan; Rio de Janeiro’s effort to clean up its “drug and murder” reputation; Russia’s hotbed for Muslim terrorists; Evangelical support for Israel; melting polar ice caps in Greenland; bonded laborers in Pakistan’s brick kilns; and more. (AC,AL) TVMA/L-:29 WESTWORLD
Welcome to a world where you can live out your deepest fantasies...and unearth your darkest desires: Westworld. Inspired by the classic 1973 film written and directed by Michael Crichton, this stunning drama series is set in a western theme park where customers interact with its artificially intelligent residents. The result is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin, exploring a place in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. The sensational cast includes Anthony Hopkins as the park’s brilliant founder and Ed Harris as the villainous The Man in Black. Also with Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright. (AC,AL,GV,N,SC) TVMA/V,S,L-1:08.
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