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LONG SHOT

Directed By: Jonathan Levine
Studio: Lionsgate / Summit Entertainment

Official Synopsis: Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) is a gifted and free-spirited journalist with an affinity for trouble. Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) is one of the most influential women in the world. Smart, sophisticated, and accomplished, she’s a powerhouse diplomat with a talent for… well, mostly everything. The two have nothing in common, except that she was his babysitter and childhood crush. When Fred unexpectedly reconnects with Charlotte, he charms her with his self-deprecating humor and his memories of her youthful idealism. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte impulsively hires Fred as her speechwriter, much to the dismay of her trusted advisors. A fish out of water on Charlotte’s elite team, Fred is unprepared for her glamorous lifestyle in the limelight. However, sparks fly as their unmistakable chemistry leads to a round-the-world romance and a series of unexpected and dangerous incidents.

Starring: Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Andy Serkis, June Diane Raphael, Bob Odenkirk and Alexander Skarsgård

Genre: Comedy | Romance
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for strong sexual content, language throughout and some drug use)
Runtime: 115 minutes

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UGLYDOLLS

Directed By: Kelly Asbury
Studio: STX Entertainment

Official Synopsis: In the adorably different town of Uglyville, weird is celebrated, strange is special and beauty is embraced as more than simply meets the eye. Here, the free-spirited Moxy (Clarkson) and her UglyDoll friends live every day in a whirlwind of bliss, letting their freak flags fly in a celebration of life and its endless possibilities. In this all-new story, the UglyDolls will go on a journey beyond the comfortable borders of Uglyville. There, they will confront what it means to be different, struggle with their desire to be loved, and ultimately discover that you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing because who you truly are is what matters most.

Starring: Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monáe, Pitbull, Blake Shelton, Wanda Sykes, Gabriel Iglesias, Wang Leehom, Emma Roberts, Bebe Rexha, Charli XCX, and Lizzo

Genre: Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Musical
Country: China | Canada | USA (English)
Rating: PG (for thematic elements and brief action)
Runtime: 87 minutes

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THE INTRUDER

Directed By: Deon Taylor
Studio: Sony Pictures / Screen Gems

Official Synopsis: When a young married couple (Michael Ealy and Meagan Good) buys their dream house in the Napa Valley, they think they have found the perfect home to take their next steps as a family. But when the strangely attached seller (Dennis Quaid) continues to infiltrate their lives, they begin to suspect that he has hidden motivations beyond a quick sale.

Starring: Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, Dennis Quaid, and Joseph Sikora

Genre: Drama | Horror | Mystery | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: PG-13 (for violence, terror, some sexuality, language and thematic elements)
Runtime: 102 minutes

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EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL, AND VILE

Directed By: Joe Berlinger
Studio: Netflix

Official Synopsis: Elizabeth Kloepfer refused for years to acknowledge that her boyfriend was a serial killer. Her partner, Ted Bundy, became famous in the 1980s for committing several heinous crimes against women, despite her disbelief, who watched passively as the murders were unleashed from a very unique perspective.

Starring: Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario, Jeffrey Donovan, Angela Sarafyan, Dylan Baker, Brian Geraghty, Jim Parsons, and John Malkovich

Genre: Biography | Crime | Drama | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for disturbing/violent content, some sexuality, nudity and language)
Runtime: 110 minutes

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TELL IT TO THE BEES

Directed By: Annabel Jankel
Studio: Good Deed Entertainment

Official Synopsis: Dr. Jean Markham (Anna Paquin) returns to the town she left as a teenager to take over her late father’s medical practice. When a school-yard scuffle lands Charlie (Gregor Selkirk) in her surgery, she invites him to visit the hives in her garden and tell his secrets to the bees, as she once did. The new friendship between the boy and the bee keeper brings his mother Lydia (Holliday Grainger) into Jean’s world. In the sanctuary of the doctor’s house the two women find themselves drawn to one another in a way that Jean recognizes and fears, and Lydia could never have expected. But, in 1950’s small-town Britain, their new secret can’t stay hidden forever.

Starring: Anna Paquin, Holliday Grainger, Emun Elliott, Kate Dickie, Lauren Lyle, and Billy Boyd

Genre: Drama | Romance
Country: UK (English)
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 106 minutes

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EL CHICANO

Directed By: Ben Hernandez Bray
Studio: Briarcliff Entertainment

Official Synopsis: When L.A.P.D. Detective Diego Hernandez is assigned a career-making case investigating a vicious cartel, he uncovers links to his brother’s supposed suicide and a turf battle that’s about to swallow his neighborhood. Torn between playing by the book and seeking justice, he resurrects the masked street legend El Chicano. Now, out to take down his childhood buddy turned gang boss, he sets off a bloody war to defend his city and avenge his brother’s murder.

Starring: Raul Castillo, Aimee Garcia, Jose Pablo Cantillo, David Castaneda, Marco Rodriguez, Sal Lopez, Marlene Forte, Kate del Castillo, George Lopez, and Emilio Rivera

Genre: Drama
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 107 minutes

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SAVAGE
(Xue bao)

Directed By: Siwei Cui
Studio: Well Go USA Entertainment

Official Synopsis: Buried by treacherous conditions at the top of Mt. Baekdu, a policeman must brave the extreme weather until his transfer comes through. When a group of thieves stumbles into the station in search of safe shelter, both sides must fight for survival in this stylish action-packed thriller.

Starring: Chen Chang, Ni Ni, Fan Liao, Jue Huang, Hua Liu, Yicong Zhang, and Li Guangjie

Genre: Drama | Foreign
Country: China (Mandarin)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 112 minutes

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BOLDEN

Directed By: Dan Pritzker
Studio: Abramorama

Official Synopsis: BOLDEN, an upcoming drama directed by Dan Pritzker, imagines the compelling, powerful and tragic journey of Buddy Bolden, the unsung American hero who invented Jazz. With little biographical information known and no found recordings of his music, the film’s narrative composes fragmented memories of his past, against the political and social context in which his revolutionary music was conceived.

Starring: Gary Carr, Erik LaRay Harvey, Reno Wilson, Yaya DaCosta, Ian McShane and Michael Rooker

Genre: Drama
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for sexual content and graphic nudity, brutal violence, language and drug use)
Runtime: 108 minutes

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MEETING GORBACHEV

Directed By: Werner Herzog & André Singer
Studio: A&E Networks

Official Synopsis: Werner Herzog and André Singer’s riveting documentary, filled with unforgettable archive materials and based on three long interviews, provides incredible access to, arguably, the world’s greatest living politician. Now 87 and battling illness, the visionary Mikhail Gorbachev, former General Secretary of the U.S.S.R, has mellowed and slowed down. Still, gently but resolutely, he is pushing towards his goals. Herzog, as on-screen interviewer, does not disguise his affection, celebrating Gorbachev’s three remarkable accomplishments: negotiations with the U.S. to reduce nuclear weapons; cessation of Soviet control of Eastern Europe and the reunification of Germany; and the dissolution of the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc. All of this in six years! One German diplomat sums up Gorbachev’s approach: “The process went so quickly that… opponents were overcome by the reality of the situation.” Herzog and Singer remind us of the drastic and unforeseeable way the world changes.

Starring: Mikhail Gorbachev, Werner Herzog, Ronald Reagan, George Shultz, Margaret Thatcher, and Lech Walesa

Genre: Documentary
Country: UK | Germany | USA (English, Russian, German, Polish)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 90 minutes

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CLARA

Directed By: Akash Sherman
Studio: Serendipity Point Films

Official Synopsis: CLARA tells the story of Isaac Bruno (Patrick J. Adams), an astronomer consumed by the search for life beyond Earth. Convinced that the universe is a dark and lonely place, Isaac meets Clara (Troian Bellisario), an artist who shares his fascination for the wonders of space. Their unlikely collaboration leads to a deep connection, and a profound astronomical discovery.

Starring: Kristen Hager, R. H. Thomson, Ennis Esmer and Jennifer Dale

Genre: Sci-Fi
Country: Canada | USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 105 minutes

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BARDO BLUES

Directed By: Marcia Kimpton & Mark Haining
Studio: Athena8 Productions

Official Synopsis: Set in Thailand, Bardo Blues follows Jack as he struggles to learn the truth about the mother that abandoned him and his own reason for existing. Weaving spiritual awakenings and soulful struggles, Bardo Blues will leave you questioning everything you think you know about who you are, where you came from and where you are going.

Starring: Brian Gross, Natalie Denise Sperl, Tom Wade, Marcia Kimpton, and Keni Styles

Genre: Drama | Mystery
Country: USA | Thailand (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 85 minutes

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DEAD TRIGGER

Directed By: Mike Cuff & Scott Windhauser
Studio: Saban Films

Official Synopsis: When a mysterious virus kills billions and turns many others into bloodthirsty zombies, Captain Walker (Dolph Lundgren) leads an elite team to destroy them and save the world.

Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Autumn Reeser, Romeo Miller, and Isaiah Washington

Genre: Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for bloody violence throughout)
Runtime: 90 minutes

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THE CONVENT

Directed By: Paul Hyett
Studio: Vertical Entertainment

Official Synopsis: In the early 17th century, innocent young Persephone is falsely accused and put on trial for her life. Her fate seems sealed except for the timely intervention of the mysterious Reverend Mother offering her not just sanctuary, but hope. For the Reverend Mother is the self-appointed leader of a small religious retreat, a secluded Priory, where her fellow Sisters devote their lives to the Lord and seek atonement for their pasts. But upon arrival, Persephone is plagued with terrifying visions and soon realizes that it’s not salvation that awaits but a battle for her very soul itself.

Starring: Hannah Arterton, Clare Higgins, Rosie Day, Michael Ironside, Ciaran McMenamin, and Dilan Gwyn

Genre: History | Horror
Country: UK (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 81 minutes

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WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY?

Directed By: Roberta Grossman
Studio: Abramorama

Official Synopsis: Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, a clandestine group of journalists, scholars, and community leaders in the Warsaw Ghetto vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. Now, for the first time, their story is told in the documentary featuring the voices of three-time Academy Award nominee Joan Allen and Academy Award winner Adrian Brody.

Starring: Jowita Budnik, Piotr Glowack, Piotr Jankowski, Wojciech Zielinski, Karolina Gruszka, Bartlomiej Kotschedoff, Gera Sandler, and Andrew Bering

Genre: Documentary | History
Country: USA (English, Yiddish, Polish)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 95 minutes

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NON-FICTION
(Doubles vies)

Directed By: Olivier Assayas
Studio: IFC Films

Official Synopsis: Juliette Binoche and Guillame Canet reunite with acclaimed director Olivier Assayas for this wry, slyly seductive tale of sex, lies, and literature. Set amidst the bohemian intelligentsia of the Parisian publishing world, Non-Fiction traces the romantic and emotional fallout that results when a controversial writer begins blurring the line between fact and fiction, using his real-life love affairs — including a passionate fling with an actress who happens to be married to his editor — as fodder for his explosive new novel. Balancing dry wit with keen observations on the tensions between art, commerce, and technology, Non-Fiction is a buoyant, breezy delight from a master director at his most effortlessly brilliant.

Starring: Guillaume Canet, Juliette Binoche, Vincent Macaigne, Nora Hamzawi, Christa Theret, and Pascal Greggory

Genre: Comedy | Drama | Foreign | Romance
Country: France (French)
Rating: R (for some language and sexuality/nudity)
Runtime: 108 minutes

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SHADOW

Directed By: Yimou Zhang
Studio: Well Go USA Entertainment

Official Synopsis: With SHADOW, director Zhang Yimou (HERO, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS) once again pushes the boundaries of wuxia action to create a film like no other, masterfully painting a canvas of inky blacks and greys punctuated with bursts of color from the blood of the defeated. In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, the military commander has a secret weapon: a “shadow”, a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the King himself. Now he must use this weapon in an intricate plan that will lead his people to victory in a war that the King does not want.

Starring: Kim Min-hee, Jung Jin-young, Ki Joobong, Seo Young-hwa, Kim Sae-byuk, and Ahn Jae-hong

Genre: Action | Drama | Foreign | War
Country: China | Hong Kong (Mandarin)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 116 minutes

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ASK DR. RUTH

Directed By: Ryan White
Studio: Magnolia Pictures

Official Synopsis: Ask Dr. Ruth chronicles the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America’s most famous sex therapist. With her diminutive frame, thick German accent, and uninhibited approach to sex therapy and education, Dr. Ruth transformed the conversation around sexuality. As she approaches her 90th birthday and shows no signs of slowing down, Dr. Ruth revisits her painful past and unlikely path to a career at the forefront of the sexual revolution.

Starring: Ruth Westheimer

Genre: Documentary
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 100 minutes

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KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE

Directed By: Rachel Lears
Studio: Netflix

Official Synopsis: When tragedy struck her family in the midst of the financial crisis, Bronx-born Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to work double shifts in a restaurant to save her home from foreclosure. After losing a loved one to a preventable medical condition, Amy Vilela didn’t know what to do with the anger she felt about America’s broken health care system. Cori Bush was drawn into the streets when the police shooting of an unarmed black man brought protests and tanks into her neighborhood. Paula Jean Swearengin was fed up with watching her friends and family suffer and die from the environmental effects of the coal industry. At a moment of historic volatility in American politics, these four women decide to fight back, setting themselves on a journey that will change their lives and their country forever. Without political experience or corporate money, they build a movement of insurgent candidates challenging powerful incumbents in Congress. Their efforts result in a legendary upset.

Starring: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin

Genre: Documentary
Country: USA (English)
Rating: PG (for thematic elements, language and brief smoking)
Runtime: 86 minutes

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ALWAYS MISS YOU

Directed By: Hung-i Chen
Studio: China Lion Film Distribution

Official Synopsis: With relationship fail after relationship fail, Xinyi (Amber Kuo) believes she’s finally stumbled onto a good man; throwing herself into this new and potentially life changing relationship, she thinks her days of being single are over. But when her teenage crush re-enters her life, she has to decide who to pick — and who will pick her.

Starring: Ryan Zheng, Amber Kuo, Ethan Li, Evonne Hsieh, Annie Liu, and Ronghao Li

Genre: Foreign | Romance
Country: China (Mandarin)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 98 minutes

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THE DIRTY KIND

Directed By: Vilan Trub
Studio: Vitelloni Productions

Official Synopsis: Raymond (DUKE WILLIAMS), a young private investigator specializing in divorce, gets too ambitious and takes on a case that involves more than just snapping pictures of cheating couples. While searching for the estranged daughter of a client, he discovers that she works as a stripper under the name Natalie Cottontail (VICTORIA WALLACE ). Natalie’s exploits bring together a desperate collection of lost souls – sucking everyone down a drain of despair.

Starring: Duke Williams, John Mertens, Ed Glynn, Paul C. Kelly, Miranda Plant, Anthony Coppola, and Victoria Wallace

Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 85 minutes

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THE RIVER AND THE WALL

Directed By: Ben Masters
Studio: Gravitas Ventures

Official Synopsis: The River and the Wall follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes. They set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a border wall on the natural environment, but as the wilderness gives way to the more populated and heavily trafficked Lower Rio Grande Valley, they come face-to-face with the human side of the immigration debate and enter uncharted emotional waters.

Starring: Ben Masters, Jay Kleberg, Austin Alvarado, Heather Mackey, and Filipe DeAndrade

Genre: Adventure | Documentary
Country: Mexico | USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 100 minutes

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QUARTET (1981 RE-RELEASE)

Directed By: James Ivory
Studio: New World Pictures

Official Synopsis: No relation to the 1949 Somerset Maugham “omnibus” film of the same name, 1981’s Quartet is based on the roman a clef by Jean Rhys. Though the names are changed, it is clearly the story of Rhys’ romance with Ford Maddox Ford in 1920s Paris. The titular quartet consists of novelist Isabelle Adjani, her Polish husband Anthony Higgins, wealthy philanderer Alan Bates and Bates’ artist wife Maggie Smith. Though she’s been indulgent of Higgins’s past indiscretions, Smith isn’t keen on her husband carrying on an affair with Adjani under their own roof. Meanwhile, Higgins sits in prison, jailed for his various petty thefts. Once Higgins is released, he learns about the Bates-Adjani-Smith contretemps. When the dust settles, it is Adjani who suffers the most.

Starring: Maggie Smith, Isabelle Adjani, Anthony Higgins, and Alan Bates

Genre: Drama | Romance
Country: UK | France (English, French)
Rating: R
Runtime: 100 minutes

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