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Post-apocalyptic tale, fight flick and Dr. Seuss hit the big screen
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PINELLAS COUNTY – A number of new movie releases will hit theaters on Feb. 29, including the following:

“Doomsday” – Universal Pictures Distribution will present this post-apocolyptic tale of a future pandemic that threatens to wipe out the human race.

In the United Kingdom – the epicenter of the outbreak – the end is nigh. Within days of detection, the virus has infected millions in Scotland and the government declares the country a hot zone and quarantines the populace.

Jump to a quarter century later ... Scotland is a forgotten no man’s land, and the rest of the world is safe, until a new case turns up in London. A team is sent into the corpse-strewn hot zone to find out how some have managed to survive, but the feral survivors aren’t interested in helping the callous government that turned its back on them years before. Rated R.

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Horton is relieved to find the precious clover – which had been lost in a field of hundreds of millions of identical flowers!
“Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who” – With his signature evocative and rhyming text, writer and cartoonist Dr. Seuss, an American treasure whose books have delighted generations of young people, opens one of his most beloved tales, “Horton Hears a Who!”

Now, over 50 years since Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, published this perennial favorite, the makers of “Ice Age” and comedy giants Jim Carrey and Steve Carell, bring it to life in a way never before experienced. For the first time, a motion picture transports audiences into Dr. Seuss’ incredible imagination, through state-of-the-art CG animation. “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who” is Seuss as you want to experience his work at the movies – and as it was meant to be seen.

The Twentieth Century Fox film, like Seuss’ book, presents an imaginative elephant named Horton (Carrey) who hears a faint cry for help coming from a tiny speck of dust floating through the air. Although Horton doesn’t know it yet, that speck houses an entire city named Who-ville, inhabited by the microscopic Whos, led by the Mayor (Carell). Despite being ridiculed and threatened by his neighbors, who think he has lost his mind, Horton is determined to save the particle...because “a person’s a person, no matter how small.” Rated G.

“Never Back Down” – Jake Tyler never goes looking for trouble, but it always seems to find him.

Since the break-up of his parents' marriage, it's everywhere he turns. Freshly transplanted from a sleepy Iowa town to the heat and flash of new-money Orlando, Florida, Jake seems headed for even more rocky terrain as he is pulled into an underground fighting league — a kind of fight club for teens.

With the help of his new group of friends – a fight and life-savvy coach, a free-thinking and adventurous girlfriend, and a scrawny but charming best friend – Jake manages to rise above the chaos around him. But just as he's beginning to feel like he's in control, his world is turned upside down once again by an unrelenting campaign to get him back in the ring.

From Summit Entertainment and Jeff Wadlow, director of the stylish teen thriller “Cry Wolf” and winner of the Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival for his short film “The Tower of Babble” comes this ripped-from-the-headlines story, in the tradition of such inspirational classics as “The Karate Kid,” “Rocky” and “The Fast and the Furious.” Rated PG-13.
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