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THE GRINCH

Directed By: Yarrow Cheney & Scott Mosier
Studio: Illumination / Universal Pictures

Official Synopsis: Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas. To do so, he decides he will pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, even going so far as to trap a lackadaisical misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh. Meanwhile, down in Who-ville, Cindy-Lou Who-a young girl overflowing with holiday cheer-plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds so that she can thank him for help for her overworked single mother. As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheme threatens to collide with the Grinch’s more nefarious one. Will Cindy-Lou achieve her goal of finally meeting Santa Claus? Will the Grinch succeed in silencing the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all?  

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Cameron Seely, Angela Lansbury, and Pharrell Williams

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THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB

Directed By: Fede Alvarez
Studio: Columbia Pictures

Official Synopsis: Fired from the National Security Agency, Frans Balder recruits hacker Lisbeth Salander to steal FireWall, a computer program that can access codes for nuclear weapons worldwide. The download soon draws attention from an NSA agent who traces the activity to Stockholm. Further problems arise when Russian thugs take Lisbeth’s laptop and kidnap a math whiz who can make FireWall work. Now, Lisbeth and an unlikely ally must race against time to save the boy and recover the codes to avert disaster.  

Starring: Claire Foy, Sverrir Gudnason, LaKeith Stanfield, Sylvia Hoeks, and Stephen Merchant

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OVERLORD

Directed By: Julius Avery
Studio: Paramount Pictures

Official Synopsis: With only hours until D-Day, a team of American paratroopers drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that’s crucial to the invasion’s success. Tasked with destroying a radio transmitter atop a fortified church, the desperate soldiers join forces with a young French villager to penetrate the walls and take down the tower. But, in a mysterious Nazi lab beneath the church, the outnumbered G.I.s come face-to-face with enemies unlike any the world has ever seen. From producer J.J. Abrams, Overlord is a thrilling, pulse-pounding action adventure with a twist.  

Starring: Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, John Magaro, Gianny Taufer, Pilou Asbæk, and Bokeem Woodbine

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THE FRONT RUNNER

Directed By: Jason Reitman
Studio: Columbia Pictures

Official Synopsis: Oscar (R) nominee Hugh Jackman stars as the charismatic politician Gary Hart for Academy Award (R)-nominated director Jason Reitman in the new thrilling drama The Front Runner. The film follows the rise and fall of Senator Hart, who captured the imagination of young voters and was considered the overwhelming front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was sidelined by the story of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice. As tabloid journalism and political journalism merged for the first time, Senator Hart was forced to drop out of the race – events that left a profound and lasting impact on American politics and the world stage

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, Molly Ephraim, Kaitlyn Dever, and Alfred Molina

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THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS

Directed By: Joel & Ethan Coen
Studio: Netflix

Official Synopsis: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a six-part Western anthology film, a series of tales about the American frontier told through the unique and incomparable voice of Joel and Ethan Coen. Each chapter tells a distinct story about the American West.  

Starring: Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Tyne Daly, and Tom Waits

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OUTLAW KING

Directed By: David Mackenzie
Studio: Netflix

Official Synopsis: OUTLAW KING tells the untold, true story of Robert the Bruce who transforms from defeated nobleman to outlaw hero during the oppressive occupation of medieval Scotland by Edward I of England. Despite grave consequences, Robert seizes the Scottish crown and rallies an impassioned group of men to fight back against the mighty army of the tyrannical King and his volatile son, the Prince of Wales. Filmed in Scotland, OUTLAW KING reunites director David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) with star Chris Pine alongside Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh and Billy Howle. 

Starring: Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh, Billy Howle, Tony Curran, Callan Mulvey, Stephen Dillane and Alan Cooney

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EL ANGEL

Directed By: Luis Ortega
Studio: The Orchard

Official Synopsis: Buenos Aires, 1971. Carlitos is a seventeen-year-old youth. As a young boy, he coveted other people’s things, but it wasn’t until his early adolescence that his true calling — to be a thief — manifested itself. When he meets Ramon at his new school, Carlitos is immediately drawn to him. Together they will embark on a journey of discoveries, love and crime.

Starring: Lorenzo Ferro, Chino Darín, Luis Gnecco, Mercedes Morán, Cecilia Roth, and Daniel Fanego

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IN A RELATIONSHIP

Directed By: Sam Boyd
Studio: Vertical Entertainment

Official Synopsis: Owen & Hallie spent the first half of their twenties together, and now they’re hitting a wall. Just as they decide to take a break, their friends Matt & Willa embark on an unexpected romance of their own. The two couples’ fates intertwine over the course of a single summer.

Starring: Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Dree Hemingway, Patrick Gibson, Jay Ellis, and Melora Walters

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THE DIVIDE

Directed By: Perry King
Studio: Left for Dead Productions

Official Synopsis: Set in drought-plagued Northern California in 1976, The Divide chronicles the story of Sam Kincaid (King), an aging rancher with a failing memory, his estranged and independent-minded daughter, Sarah, and Luke, a young ranch hand who finds himself in the midst of a family in crisis. Internal struggles, the realities of an unforgiving landscape, and the need to reconcile a long-ago tragedy collide to create the backdrop for this classic American Western. 

Starring: Perry King, Bryan Kaplan, Sara Arrington, Levi Kreis, and Luke Colombero

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THE NEW ROMANTIC

Directed By: Carly Stone
Studio: The Orchard

Official Synopsis: Frustrated with the lack of chivalrous guys her own age, a college senior gives up on dating for love to date an older man in exchange for gifts instead.  

Starring: Jessica Barden, Hayley Law, Brett Dier, Avan Jogia, Timm Sharp and Camila Mendes

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POSTCARDS FROM LONDON

Directed By: Steve McLean
Studio: Diablo Films

Official Synopsis: Beautiful Essex boy Jim (British rising star Harris Dickinson) who, having traveled from the suburbs, finds himself in Soho searching for fame, fortune and cultural stimulation. Down on his luck, he meets with a gang of unusual high class male escorts — The Raconteurs — who specialize in post-coital conversation. What follows is Jim’s comic descent from unsuccessful escort, to artist’s muse and art authenticator — a journey complicated by a rare psychosomatic condition called ‘Stendhal Syndrome’. Rendering him painfully oversensitive to art, the condition threatens to bring about is downfall whilst opening him up to new opportunities — but is Jim willing to grab them? 

Starring: Harris Dickinson, Leonardo Salerni, Jonah Hauer-King, Raphael Desprez, Leemore Marrett Jr., and Jerome Holder

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THE LONG DUMB ROAD

Directed By: Hannah Fidell
Studio: The Film Arcade

Official Synopsis: The Long Dumb Road tells the story of two very different men (Tony Revolori and Jason Mantzoukas), at personal crossroads who meet serendipitously and take an unpredictable journey through the American Southwest. At once comedic and honest, the film explores how differences in class, race, age, and life experience divide us, and how they can ultimately bring us together.

Starring: Tony Revolori, Jason Mantzoukas, Taissa Farmiga, Grace Gummer, Casey Wilson, Pamela Reed, and Ron Livingston

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LEZ BOMB

Directed By: Jenna Laurenzo
Studio: Gravitas Ventures

Official Synopsis: A still closeted young woman brings her girlfriend home for Thanksgiving, only to have her coming out efforts thwarted by the unexpected arrival of her male roommate.

Starring: Bruce Dern, Cloris Leachman, Elaine Hendrix, Steve Guttenberg, and Kevin Pollak

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CHEF FLYNN

Directed By: Cameron Yates
Studio: Kino Lorber

Official Synopsis: Ten-year-old Flynn transforms his living room into a supper club using his classmates as line cooks. With sudden fame, Flynn outgrows his bedroom kitchen, and sets out to challenge the hierarchy of the culinary world.

Starring: Flynn McGarry, Meg McGarry, Peggy Daniels, Paris McGarry, Will McGarry, and Robert Arnold-Starr

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HERE AND NOW

Directed By: Fabien Constant
Studio: AMBI Distribution

Official Synopsis: Vivienne (Sarah Jessica Parker), is an established singer/songwriter with a successful music career. On the eve of a major performance, Vivienne receives some life-altering news that causes her to reevaluate her priorities. As she crisscrosses the busy streets of New York City, she tries to balance her upcoming music tour, family, and friends. With the support of her overbearing mother, Jeanne (Jacqueline Bisset), her long-time manager, Ben (Common), and her ex-husband, Nick (Simon Baker), Vivienne strives to make peace with the decisions and sacrifices she’s made along the way.

Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Simon Baker, Common, Taylor Kinney, Waleed Zuaiter, and Jacqueline Bisset

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TIME FREAK

Directed By: Andrew Bowler
Studio: Lionsgate

Official Synopsis: If you could turn back time… could you win back the love of your life? That’s the problem puzzling Stillman (Asa Butterfield, Ender’s Game), a physics genius recently dumped by his stunning girlfriend Debbie (Sophie Turner, “Game of Thrones”). So after creating a timeline of their romance and a machine to rewind the past, he grabs his wingman, Evan (Skyler Gisondo), and sets off to right every wrong he made with Debbie. But as this insane comedy proves, there are some mistakes too perfect for science to fix.

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Sophie Turner, Skyler Gisondo, Mary Elizabeth Boylan, and Aubrey Reynolds

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THE DELINQUENT SEASON

Directed By: Mark O’Rowe
Studio: Blue Fox Entertainment

Official Synopsis: THE DELINQUENT SEASON is a tense drama which revolves around two couples in suburban Dublin. On paper, they both appear to live in marital bliss, until an altercation occurs and cracks begin to appear in both of these seemingly steady marriages. The film is an examination of love, lust and family relationships, and asks the question: “how well do any of us really know each other?

Starring: Cillian Murphy, Andrew Scott, Eva Birthistle, Catherine Walker, Lydia McGuinness, and Joanne Crawfordu

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RIVER RUNS RED

Directed By: Wes Miller
Studio: Cinedigm

Official Synopsis: When the son of a successful judge (Taye Diggs) is killed by two police officers (Luke Hemsworth/Gianni Capaldi) and the system sets them free, a hardened veteran detective (John Cusack) finds some incriminating files on the officers and the judge teams up with another mourning father (George Lopez) to take the law into his own hands.  

Starring: Taye Diggs, John Cusack, George Lopez, Luke Hemsworth, RJ Mitte, and Gianni Capaldi

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PIMP

Directed By: Christine Crokos
Studio: 1821 Pictures

Official Synopsis: Born into the Pimp Game, a struggling female Pimp, Wednesday (Keke Palmer), hustles for a chance at a better life. When her girlfriend, Nikki (Haley Ramm), hits the streets to change their luck, Wednesday’s game starts to rise and so do her stable of girls. On her epic journey of survival of the fittest, Wednesday comes face to face with a male Pimp (Edi Gathegi) who plays a much more dangerous game. In a ferocious battle for street power Wednesday fights to survive, risking her dream of ever getting out.

Starring: Ashley Blankenship, Aunjanue Ellis, Haley Ramm, Mike Winfield, Edi Gathegi, and Lyrica Okano

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LIZ AND THE BLUE BIRD

Directed By: Naoko Yamada
Studio: Eleven Arts

Official Synopsis: Mizore Yoroizuka and Nozomi Kasaki are a pair of best friends in their final year of high school. They’re both obsessed with the school’s brass band club. With Mizore on the oboe and Nozomi on the flute, they spend their days in happiness, until the club begins to practice songs inspired by the fairy tale Liz und ein Blauer Vogel – “Liz and the Blue Bird”. Immersed in this story, Mizore and Nozomi begin to realize that there may be no such thing as being together forever.  

Starring: Atsumi Tanezaki and Nao Toyama

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WEIGHTLESS

Directed By: Jaron Albertin
Studio: Great Point Media

Official Synopsis: Alessandro Nivola, Julianne Nicholson, and Johnny Knoxville star in this haunting drama of a man, living on the margins of society, who suddenly finds himself responsible for a ten year-old son whom he hasn’t seen since infancy. An alienated loner who can barely take care of himself, he struggles to forge a relationship with this lonely, at-risk child. Canadian director Jaron Albertin is a celebrated talent in the video and commercial world. In 2015, year he won the most prestigious award for advertising, the Palm d’Or at Cannes for his directorial work on Under Armour’sI Will What I Want campaign with Gisele Bündchen. His other numerous accolades include a Bronze Cannes Lion and additional Cannes Lion Shortlist, a prestigious D&AD Yellow Pencil (and additional Pencil nomination), Gold and Bronze Clio Awards, an AICP Award, and the PLUG Award for Music Video of the Year. Weightless, co-written by BAFTA and Tony winning writer/playwright Enda Walsh (Once, Hunger) is his feature film directorial debut.

Starring: Alessandro Nivola, Johnny Knoxville, Julianne Nicholson, Eli Haley, K. Todd Freeman, and Siobhan Fallon Hogan

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IN SEARCHING

Directed By: J.L. Topkis
Studio: Indican Pictures

Official Synopsis: Jon returns home on his first trip from college to visit his friends Michelle and Cole, but when he is challenged to a dangerous bike race by his nemesis, Erik, Jon discovers a magical locket during a horrific crash. Jon embarks on an auspicious journey finding much more than love and friendship as he becomes a man.  

Starring: Aley Underwood, Anthony Leger, Evan Hall, Jacob Grodnik, and Jake Borelli

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NARCISSISTER ORGAN PLAYER

Directed By: Narcissister
Studio: Film Movement

Official Synopsis: Against the backdrop of her provocative and inventive performance, Narcissister reflects on the personal impact of her mother’s illness and death.

Starring: Narcissister

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THEY FIGHT

Directed By: Andrew Renzi
Studio: Fox Sports Films

Official Synopsis: The documentary follows Coach Walt Manigan’s Lyfe Style Boxing, an after-school program in Washington, D.C.’s Ward 8; a community rife with inequity. Walt mentors young boxers, “Peanut” Bartee and Quincey Williams on the path to the 2017 Junior Olympics, while he also fights to find a permanent home for his program to help young fighters avoid the troubles he found in his own youth.

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