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JOHN CUSACK stars as President Nixon in LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER. Photo: Anne Marie Fox (The Weinstein Company)

Drinking Buddies Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson are workmates at a Chicago brewery - they lunch together, drink together, joke, flirt. But each has a significant other, throwing a wrench in their friendship in Joe Swanberg's minimalist take on male-female relationships. With Ron Livingston and Anna Kendrick. R

 

Lee Daniels' The Butler Based on the true story of an African American who served eight presidents, from Truman to Reagan. With Forest Whitaker, full of dignity and humility in the title role, as seismic events in the civil rights movement shake the ground around him. With Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., and David Oyelowo. PG-13

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