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DUMBO (2019)

Directed By: Tim Burton
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures

Official Synopsis: From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new grand live-action adventure “Dumbo” expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets.

Starring: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, and Alan Arkin

Genre: Family | Fantasy
Country: USA (English, French)
Rating: PG (for peril/action, some thematic elements, and brief mild language)
Runtime: 112 minutes



Directed By: Harmony Korine
Studio: Neon

Official Synopsis: THE BEACH BUM follows the hilarious misadventures of Moondog (Matthew McConaughey), a rebellious rogue who always lives life by his own rules. Co-starring Snoop Dog, Zac Efron, and Isla Fisher, THE BEACH BUM is a refreshingly original and subversive new comedy from director Harmony Korine (Kids, Spring Breakers).

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Zac Efron, Jimmy Buffett, Martin Lawrence and Jonah Hill

Genre: Comedy
Country: Switzerland | UK | France | USA (English, Spanish)
Rating: R (for pervasive drug and alcohol use, language throughout, nudity and some strong sexual content)
Runtime: 95 minutes



Directed By: Chuck Konzelman & Cary Solomon
Studio: Pure Flix

Official Synopsis: As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, Abby Johnson was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counseled countless women on their reproductive choices. Her passion surrounding a woman’s right to choose led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in. Until the day she saw something that changed everything.

Starring: Ashley Bratcher, Brooks Ryan, Robia Scott, Jared Lotz, and Emma Elle Roberts

Genre: Drama | Faith
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for some disturbing/bloody images)
Runtime: 110 minutes


DIANE (2019)

Directed By: Kent Jones
Studio: IFC Films

Official Synopsis: For Diane (Mary Kay Place), everyone else comes first. Generous but with little patience for self-pity, she spends her days checking in on sick friends, volunteering at her local soup kitchen, and trying valiantly to save her troubled, drug-addicted adult son (Jake Lacy) from himself. But beneath her relentless routine of self-sacrifice, Diane is fighting a desperate internal battle, haunted by a past she can’t forget and which threatens to tear her increasingly chaotic world apart. Built around an extraordinary, fearless performance from Mary Kay Place, the narrative debut from Kent Jones is a profound, beautifully human portrait of a woman rifling through the wreckage of her life in search of redemption.

Starring: Mary Kay Place, Jake Lacy, Deirdre O’Connell, Andrea Martin and Estelle Parsons

Genre: Drama
Country: USA (English)
Rating: NR
Runtime: 95 minutes



Directed By: Josh F. Huber
Studio: Huber Bros. Productions

Official Synopsis: Katie and John Kelly (Eliza Coupe and Steve Howey) are ready to settle down and have kids but five years later, all they have to show for their efforts is a mountain of negative pregnancy tests and an increasingly elaborate home micro-brewing rig, which John hopes will launch his company. As they run out of traditional options and their window closing, the couple explores the daunting world of medical, spiritual, and homeopathic methods to conceive a child. With an ensemble cast that also includes Bob Stephenson, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Ed Begley Jr., Jon Daly, and the late Glenne Headly, MAKING BABIES puts a couple through the ringer of modern infertility treatments and questions whether their marriage will withstand the ultimate test.

Starring: Eliza Coupe, Steve Howeym Elizabeth Rodriguez, Ed Begley Jr., Glenne Headley, Bob Stephenson, Jennifer LaFleur, and Jon Daly

Genre: Comedy
Country: USA (English)
Rating: NR
Runtime: 86 minutes



Directed By: Sarah Daggar-Nickson
Studio: Saban Films

Official Synopsis: A once abused woman, Sadie (Olivia Wilde), devotes herself to ridding victims of their domestic abusers while hunting down the husband she must kill to truly be free. A Vigilante is a thriller inspired by the strength and bravery of real domestic abuse survivors and the incredible obstacles to safety they face.

Starring: Olivia Wilde, Morgan Spector, Kyle Catlett, C.J. Wilson, Tonye Patano, Chuck Cooper, Betsy Aidem and Judy Marte

Genre: Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for violence and language)
Runtime: 91 minutes



Directed By: Billy Corben
Studio: Greenwich Entertainment

Official Synopsis: Recounting the high-profile doping scandal that rocked Major League Baseball, director Billy Corben (Cocaine Cowboys) takes us into the surreal Miami underworld that provided performance-enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez and other star players. They say South Florida is a sunny place for shady people and this is certainly true of steroid peddler Anthony Bosch and his most notorious client, Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees. While Bosch’s medical credentials may be lacking, his storytelling skills are first rate as he hilariously details the rise and fall of his “health clinic”, including mob connections, financial chicanery, his cocaine habit, and Rodriguez’s eccentric behavior. The documentary plays like a madcap Floridian crime comedy in the vein of Elmore Leonard or the Coen Brothers while it raises serious questions about the ethics of professional sports. Powerful interests would be happy to let this story slip from memory, but Screwball makes it unforgettable.

Starring: Bryan Blanco, Frankie Diaz, Jonathan Blanco, Jake Alexander Martin, Blake McCall, and Ian Mackles

Genre: Documentary
Country: USA (English)
Rating: NR
Runtime: 105 minutes



Directed By: Michael Engler
Studio: PBS Distribution

Official Synopsis: Louise Brooks the 1920s silver screen sensation who never met a rule she didn’t break, epitomized the restless, reckless spirit of the Jazz Age. But, just a few years earlier, she was a 15 year-old student in Wichita, Kansas for whom fame and fortune were only dreams. When the opportunity arises for her to go to New York to study with a leading dance troupe, her mother (Victoria Hill) insists there be a chaperone. Norma Carlisle (Elizabeth McGovern), a local society matron who never broke a rule in her life, impulsively volunteers to accompany Louise (Haley Lu Richardson) to New York for the summer. Why does this utterly conventional woman do this? What happens to her when she lands in Manhattan with an unusually rebellious teenager as her ward? And, which of the two women is stronger, the uptight wife-and-mother or the irrepressible free spirit? It’s a story full of surprises–about who these women really are, and who they eventually become.

Starring: Haley Lu Richardson, Miranda Otto, Elizabeth McGovern, Blythe Danner, Campbell Scott, Géza Röhrig and Victoria Hill

Genre: Drama | Period
Country: UK | Australia | USA (English)
Rating: NR
Runtime: 108 minutes



Directed By: Alison Klayman
Studio: Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing

Official Synopsis: When Steve Bannon left his position as White House chief strategist less than a week after the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally in August 2017, he was already a notorious figure in Trump’s inner circle, and for bringing a far-right ideology into the highest echelons of American politics. Unconstrained by an official post — though some say he still has a direct line to the White House — he became free to peddle influence as a perceived kingmaker, turning his controversial brand of nationalism into a global movement. THE BRINK follows Bannon through the 2018 mid-term elections in the United States, shedding light on his efforts to mobilize and unify far-right parties in order to win seats in the May 2019 European Parliamentary elections. To maintain his power and influence, the former Goldman Sachs banker and media investor reinvents himself — as he has many times before — this time as the self-appointed leader of a global populist movement. Keen manipulator of the press and gifted self-promoter, Bannon continues to draw headlines and protests wherever he goes, feeding the powerful myth on which his survival relies.

Starring: Stephen K. Bannon

Genre: Documentary
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for language)
Runtime: 90 minutes



Directed By: Jeff Lipsky
Studio: Glass Half Full Media

Official Synopsis: The survivors of four generations of a Jewish family are rocked to their core when the family’s beloved 92-year-old matriarch makes a stunning confession.

Starring: Reed Birney, A.J. Cedeno, Jill Durso, Julie Fain Lawrence, Rebecca Schull, Sami Molly Bray, Russell Koplin, and Ariel Eliaz

Genre: Drama
Country: USA (English)
Rating: NR
Runtime: 123 minutes


MONEY (2019)

Directed By: Park Noo-ri
Studio: CJ Entertainment America

Official Synopsis: A rookie stockbroker Il-Hyun (RYU Jun-Yeol) dreams of making big money, but being a rookie without the right connections makes it difficult for got to survive in the cut-throat world of stock exchange market. So when he is approached by the Ticket (YOO Ji-Tae), an anonymous mastermind who secretly controls the stock market, he takes the chance despite the dire consequences.

Starring: Ryu Jun-yeol, Yoo Ji-tae and Jo Woo-jin

Genre: Action | Crime | Foreign
Country: South Korea (Korean)
Rating: NR
Runtime: 115 minutes



Directed By: Paul Raschid
Studio: Dark Sky Films

Official Synopsis: The United Kingdom in the near future. Civil war rages, and martial law has been declared by a military government hellbent on squashing the opposition. A woman (Scottish BAFTA nominee Shauna MacDonald, The Descent) wakes up in a blindingly white cuboid cell, where General Zakarian (Oded Fehr) uses increasingly sophisticated and cruel methods to torture her for information — information she claims not to have. As questions of trust are placed both on captor and captive, they find themselves embroiled in an increasingly spiraling journey into the nature of authority.

Starring: Shauna Macdonald, Oded Fehr, Amrita Acharia, Nicholas Farrell, and Sharon Maughan

Genre: Drama | Science Fiction
Country: UK (English)
Rating: NR
Runtime: 89 minutes


(Charlotte a du fun)

Directed By: Sophie Lorain
Studio: Visit Films

Official Synopsis: Slut in a Good Way follows three teenage girls exploring their first taste of freedom: Charlotte, the recently heartbroken, Megane, the anti-love anarchist, and Aube, a virgin who dreams of love – all three smitten by the guys at the “Toy Depot.” After applying for their first part-time job at the store during this one fateful summer, the three girls experience for the very first time what it is like to make their own decisions and their resulting consequences.

Starring: Marguerite Bouchard, Romane Denis, Rose Adam, Alex Godbout, Anthony Therrien, and Vassili Schneider

Genre: Black and White | Comedy | Foreign
Country: Canada (French)
Rating: R (for sexual content, drug use drinking, and language – all involving teens)
Runtime: 92 minutes



Directed By: Erik Bloomquist
Studio: Indie Rights

Official Synopsis: When Seth receives a mysterious letter inviting him to spend the weekend at a secluded mansion in the country, he soon realizes the people inside the house may know him better than he knows himself.

Starring: Adam Weppler, Catherine Corcoran, and Nicholas Tucci

Genre: Drama | Mystery | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: NR
Runtime: 95 minutes



Directed By: Laura Farber
Studio: Lioness Productions

Official Synopsis: Offering a unique perspective, the filmmaker is also a fellow-survivor of the tragedy and was also a freshman in 1999. Nearly 20 years, these Columbine alumni feel they have a safe outlet to tell their stories, honest, uncensored, and in their own words. As collective narrators, their respective accounts are interwoven between present-day verite, who they are today, brief introductions into adolescence/pre-Columbine, what they experienced during those 4 years at school, and how they have been healing and suffering as adults. Columbine alumni trace their feelings as the film reaches back, through, and ultimately forward, exploring what happened on April 20, 1999.

Starring: Gustavo D’Arthenay, Zach Martin, Jaimi Norden, Amy Staley, and Kiki Leyba

Genre: Documentary
Country: USA (English)
Rating: NR
Runtime: 83 minutes



Directed By: Samuel ‘Blitz’ Bazawule
Studio: Array Releasing

Official Synopsis: Through a magical realist lens, THE BURIAL OF KOJO follows the story of Esi, as she recounts her childhood and the tumultuous relationship between her father, Kojo and her uncle, Kwabena. Directed by TED fellow, music composer and musician Samuel “Blitz” Bazawule, the film chronicles the tale of two brothers through the gifted eyes of a young girl who transports the audience to the beautiful lands of Ghana and other worlds that exist between life and death.

Starring: Ama K. Abebrese, Joe Addo, Henry Adofo, Kobina Amissah-Sam, and Brian Angels

Genre: Drama | Thriller
Country: Ghana | USA (English)
Rating: NR
Runtime: 80 minutes



Directed By: Hiroshi Nishikiori
Studio: Atlas Distribution

Official Synopsis: The series focuses on the adventures of Arata Kasuga, a high school student, who is targeted by Lilith, a teacher at a mystical school. Given three choices in an effort to help save the breakdown phenomenon of the world by evil forces and while attempting to solve the mystery of his beloved cousin and childhood friend, Hijiri, who disappeared to a difference space.

Starring: Matsuoka Sadyojo, Yumemi Hara, Aya Uchida, Ayane Sakura, Yoko Higasaki, and Suzuka Yuki

Genre: Animated | Foreign
Country: Japan (Japanese)
Rating: R (for sexual content and nude images)
Runtime: 61 minutes



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