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FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW

Directed By: David Leitch
Studio: Universal Pictures

Official Synopsis: Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), a loyal agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Jason Statham), a former British military elite operative, first faced off in 2015’s Furious 7, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down. But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever–and bests a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent (The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw’s sister–these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves.

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Helen Mirren, Eiza González, Eddie Marsan, and Cliff Curtis

Genre: Action | Adventure
Country: UK | USA (English)
Rating: PG-13 (for prolonged sequences of action and violence, suggestive material and some strong language)
Runtime: 135 minutes

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THE NIGHTINGALE

Directed By: Jennifer Kent
Studio: IFC Films

Official Synopsis: THE NIGHTINGALE is a meditation on the consequences of violence and the price of seeking vengeance. Set during the colonization of Australia in 1825, the film follows Clare (AISLING FRANCIOSI), a 21-year-old Irish convict. Having served her 7-year sentence, she is desperate to be free of her abusive master, Lieutenant Hawkins (SAM CLAFLIN) who refuses to release her from his charge. Clare’s husband Aidan (MICHAEL SHEASBY) retaliates and she becomes the victim of a harrowing crime at the hands of the lieutenant and his cronies. When British authorities fail to deliver justice, Clare decides to pursue

Starring: Damon Herriman, Sam Claflin, Aisling Franciosi, Ewen Leslie, Charlie Shotwell, and Sam Smith

Genre: Adventure | Drama | Thriller
Country: Canada | Australia | USA (Scottish Gaelic, Aboriginal, & English)
Rating: R (for strong violent and disturbing content including rape, language throughout, and brief sexuality)
Runtime: 136 minutes

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LUCE

Directed By: Julius Onah
Studio: Neon

Official Synopsis: It’s been ten years since Amy and Peter Edgar (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) adopted their son from war-torn Eritrea, and they thought the worst was behind them. Luce Edgar (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) has become an all-star student beloved by his community in Arlington, Virginia. His African American teacher, Harriet Wilson (Octavia Spencer), believes he is a symbol of black excellence that sets a positive example for his peers. But when he is assigned to write an essay in the voice of a historical twentieth-century figure, Luce turns in a paper that makes an alarming statement about political violence. Worried about how this assignment reflects upon her star pupil, Harriet searches his locker and finds something that confirms her worst fears.

Starring: Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Norbert Leo Butz and Tim Roth

Genre: Drama
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for language throughout, sexual content, nudity and some drug use)
Runtime: 109 minutes

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THEM THAT FOLLOW

Directed By: Britt Poulton & Dan Madison Savage
Studio: 1091 Media

Official Synopsis: Deep in Appalachia, Pastor Lemuel Childs (Walton Goggins) presides over an isolated community of serpent handlers, an obscure sect of Pentecostals who willingly take up venomous snakes to prove themselves before God. As his devoted daughter, Mara (Alice Englert) prepares for her wedding day, under the watchful eye of Hope Slaughter (Academy Award Winner Olivia Colman), a dangerous secret is unearthed and she is forced to confront the deadly tradition of her father’s church. Also starring Kaitlyn Dever, Jim Gaffigan, Thomas Mann, and Lewis Pullman.

Starring: Olivia Colman, Kaitlyn Dever, Alice Englert, Jim Gaffigan, Walton Goggins, Thomas Mann and Lewis Pullman

Genre: Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for some disturbing violence)
Runtime: 98 minutes

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PIRANHAS
(La paranza dei bambini)

Directed By: Claudio Giovannesi
Studio: Music Box Films

Official Synopsis: Based on the novel by Roberto Saviano (Gomorrah), PIRANHAS follows fifteen year-old Nicola (newcomer Francesco Di Napoli) who lives with his mother and younger brother in the SanitaĚ neighborhood of Naples, a place that has been controlled by the Camorra mafia for centuries. Dreaming of a life lush with designer clothing and elite nightclub bottle service, Nicola and his naive group of friends begin selling drugs, an entryway into the violent, power-hungry world of crime that begins to threaten their innocence, relationships, and safety of their families.

Starring: Francesco Di Napoli, Viviana Aprea, Mattia Piano Del Balzo, Ciro Vecchione, Ciro Pellechia, Ar Tem, and Alfredo Turitto

Genre: Crime | Drama | International
Country: Italy (Neapolitan)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 105 minutes

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TEL AVIV ON FIRE

Directed By: Sameh Zoabi
Studio: Cohen Media Group

Official Synopsis: Israel / Palestine, today. Salam, a charming 30-year-old Palestinian living in Jerusalem, works as a trainee on the Palestinian popular soap opera “Tel Aviv on Fire”, produced in Ramallah. Every day, to reach the TV studios, Salam has to go through a rather difficult Israeli checkpoint. There he meets the commander of the checkpoint, Assi, whose wife is a big fan of the soap opera. In order to please him, Assi puts pressure on Salam to change the end of the show. Salam quickly realizes that Assi’s ideas could be promoted to him as a screenwriter. Salam’s creative career is suddenly boiling, until Assi and the soap opera producers and financiers disagree on how it should end. Stuck between an army colonel and Arab support, Salam can solve his problems with a final master stroke.

Starring: Kais Nashef, Yaniv Bitton, Maisa Abd Alhady, Lubna Azabal, Salim Dau, and Nadim Sawalha

Genre: Comedy | Drama | International | Romance
Country: Luxembourg | Belgium | Israel | France (Arabic & Hebrew)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 100 minutes

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LADYWORLD

Directed By: Amanda Kramer
Studio: Cleopatra Entertainment

Official Synopsis: Eight teenage girls are trapped at an endless birthday party in the canyons after a massive ecological event. Cut off from civilization in a ruined & powerless house, the girls should organize but instead exploit each other’s fears, devolving into a dynamic of manipulation & control.

Starring: Ariela Barer, Annalise Basso, Ryan Simpkins, Odessa Adlon, Maya Hawke, Tatsumi Romano, and Zora Casebere

Genre: Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 93 minutes

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JAY MYSELF

Directed By: Stephen Wilkes
Studio: Oscilloscope Laboratories

Official Synopsis: JAY MYSELF documents the monumental move of renowned photographer and artist, Jay Maisel, who, in February 2015 after forty-eight years, begrudgingly sold his home–the 36,000 square-foot, 100-year-old landmark building in Manhattan known simply as “The Bank.” Through the intimate lens of filmmaker and Jay’s protégé, noted artist and photographer Stephen Wilkes, the viewer is taken on a remarkable journey through Jay’s life as an artist, mentor, and man; a man grappling with time, life, change, and the end of an era in New York City.

Starring: Jay Maisel

Genre: Documentary | Biography
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 79 minutes

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MADNESS IN THE METHOD

Directed By: Jason Mewes
Studio: Straightwire Films

Official Synopsis: Jason Mewes gets tired of being typecast when auditioning for roles. Following the advice of his buddy, he reads a book on method acting. He adopts the book’s teachings and slowly finds himself going crazy.

Starring: Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Gina Carano, Jaime Camil, Vinnie Jones, Danny Trejo, Stan Lee, Teri Hatcher, Dean Cain, Judd Nelson, and Harley Quinn Smith

Genre: Comedy | Crime
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 99 minutes

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15 MINUTES OF WAR
(L’intervention)

Directed By: Fred Grivois
Studio: Blue Fox Entertainment

Official Synopsis: Based on a true story… In 1976, Somalian rebels hijack a school bus in Djibouti with 21 French children and an American teacher and drive it to the border between the French colony and Somalia. French captain André Gerval is called to lead a small team of elite snipers to secretly prepare an emergency rescue. When diplomacy comes at a stall and time is running out, Gerval and his team must try to carry out a simultaneous five-man sniper attack to get the children and their teacher out safely.

Starring: Alban Lenoir, Olga Kurylenko, Sébastien Lalanne, David Murgia, Ben Cura, Vincent Perez, Josiane Balasko, Kevin Layne, and Andre Pierre

Genre: Action | Drama | History | War
Country: France | Belgium (French & English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 98 minutes

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A SCORE TO SETTLE

Directed By: Shawn Ku
Studio: RLJE Films

Official Synopsis: Diagnosed with a fatal condition, Frankie Carver (Nicolas Cage) is released from prison after serving 19 years of hard time. With only a short time left to live, Frankie must desperately try to make amends with the son he left behind while he plots a bloody course of revenge – tracking down his old gang to make them pay one by one.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Benjamin Bratt, Noah Le Gros, Mohamed Karim, Karolina Wydra, and Ian Tracey

Genre: Action | Drama | Thriller
Country: Canada | USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 103 minutes

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THE OPERATIVE

Directed By: Yuval Adler
Studio: Vertical Entertainment

Official Synopsis: The Operative follows the story of Rachel (Diane Kruger), a rogue spy from Israel’s feared national intelligence force Mossad, vanishes without a trace while attending her father’s funeral in London. The only clue to her whereabouts is a cryptic phone call she places to her former handler Thomas (Martin Freeman), who is then summoned from Germany to Israel by Mossad. With Rachel’s life immersed in her assignments as part of a vast espionage effort against Iran’s nuclear program, Thomas must retrace her steps to determine what threats she may now pose to their operation, while also working to protect her.

Starring: Diane Kruger, Martin Freeman, Cas Anvar, Rotem Keinan, Lana Ettinger, Yoav Levi, and Kate Nichols

Genre: Thriller
Country: USA | Israel | France | Germany (English, German, Persian, & Hebrew)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 116 minutes

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COYOTE LAKE

Directed By: Sara Seligman
Studio: Cranked Up Films

Official Synopsis: Ester and her overbearing mother run a small bed-and-breakfast near the US/Mexico border. One night, two unwanted guests arrive, threatening the safety of everyone. But the two women are hiding a secret, one that may prove the most dangerous of all.

Starring: Camila Mendes, Charlie Weber, Adriana Barraza, Neil Sandilands, and Manny Pérez

Genre: Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for crude/sexual content, language, some violence and drug use)
Runtime: 93 minutes

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LEO DA VINCI: MISSION MONA LISA

Directed By: Sergio Manfio
Studio: Ammo Content

Official Synopsis: Despite heavy financial sacrifices on the part of their employees and record profits that year, the management of Perrin Industries decides to shut down a factory. The 1100 employees, led by their spokesman Laurent Amédéo, decide to fight this brutal decision, ready to do everything to save their jobs.

Starring: Johnny Yong Bosch, Cherami Leigh, Bryce Papenbrook, Faith Graham, Landen Beattie, Michael Sorich, and Keith Silverstein

Genre: Animation | Adventure | Family
Country: Italy (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 85 minutes

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UNION

Directed By: Whitney Hamilton
Studio: Indican Pictures

Official Synopsis: A woman disguises herself as her dead brother, Henry, in order to survive in the Confederate ranks during the Civil War. He marries a widow to rescue her from an arranged marriage. They keep each others secrets and find true love.

Starring: Marcelle LeBlanc, Virginia Newcomb, Tucker Meek, Whitney Hamilton, Blaine Burdette, Jay Galloway, Hudson Meek, and Jeremy Sande

Genre: Drama | History | War
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 135 minutes

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LOVE, ANTOSHA

Directed By: Garret Price
Studio: Lurker

Official Synopsis: From a prolific career in film and television, Anton Yelchin left an indelible legacy as an actor. Through his journals and other writings, his photography, the original music he wrote, and interviews with his family, friends, and colleagues, this film looks not just at Anton’s impressive career, but at a broader portrait of the man. Born in the former Soviet Union to a family of artists, Anton and his parents came to the U.S. when he was six months old. He started acting at nine. He had a genuine curiosity and love for people, for art, and for family. And a willingness to explore, and be open with, the darker parts of himself. Love, Antosha explores his successes and his struggles, and lets viewers get to know this extraordinary person the world was cheated from seeing grow old.

Starring: Anton Yelchin (archival), J. J. Abrams, Sofia Boutella, John Cho, Willem Dafoe, Joe Dante, Drake Doremus, Ben Foster, Jodie Foster, Craig Gillespie, Bryce Dallas Howard, Martin Landau, Frank Langella, Jennifer Lawrence, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Kristen Stewart, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Jon Voight

Genre: Documentary
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for language, some sexual content and nudity)
Runtime: 92 minutes

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THE FLOWER
(LA FLOR)

Directed By: Mariano Llinás
Studio: Grasshopper Film

Official Synopsis: A decade in the making, Mariano Llinás’s La Flor is an unrepeatable labor of love and madness that redefines the concept of binge viewing. The director himself shows up at the start to preview the six episodes that await, each starring the same four remarkable actresses: Elisa Carricajo, Valeria Correa, Pilar Gamboa, and Laura Paredes. Overflowing with nested subplots and whiplash digressions, La Flor shape-shifts from a B-movie to a musical to a spy thriller to a category-defying metafiction–all of them without endings–to a remake of a very well-known French classic and, finally, to an enigmatic period piece that lacks a beginning (granted, all notions of beginnings and endings become fuzzy after 14 hours). An adventure in scale and duration, La Flor is a wildly entertaining exploration of the possibilities of fiction that lands somewhere close to its outer limits.

Starring: Elisa Carricajo, Valeria Correa, Pilar Gamboa, Laura Paredes, Esteban Lamothe, Pablo Seijo, and Germán de Silva

Genre: Drama | Fantasy | Musical | Mystery | Romance | Thriller
Country: Argentina (Spanish, French, English, Russian, German, & Swedish)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 807 minutes

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STATES

Directed By: Zach Gayne
Studio: APL Film

Official Synopsis: A transient road film featuring an array of young drifters wandering throughout the U.S. with varying degrees of purpose, or lack-thereof , “States” is a multifaceted meditation on freedom — via Twain, Kerouac, Altman, Linklater — and an outsider’s love letter to America and the searchers of its endless highways.

Starring: Jeremy O. Harris, Alex Essoe, Jasmin Kaset, Makenzie Green, D.C. Paul, Zach Gayne, and Robbie Bruens

Genre: Adventure | Comedy | Drama
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 109 minutes

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IS THAT YOU?
(Eres tú, Papá?)

Directed By: Rudy Riverón Sánchez
Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures

Official Synopsis: Living in a modest shack in the Cuban countryside, thirteen year old Lili and her mother appear trapped in a meager, suffocating existence by her domineering father, Eduardo. His sudden absence should represent a new freedom for the girl and her mother, but Lili is distraught, and we come to discover just how strong the influence of this monstrous man is over his family. In desperation at losing Eduardo, Lili carries out a ritual taught to her by a spiritualist to help bring him back, leading Lili to uncover a disturbing truth about her father’s disappearance.

Starring: Gabriela Ramos, Jorge Enrique Caballero, Lynn Cruz, Osvaldo Doimeadiós, and Eslinda Núñez

Genre: Horror | International
Country: UK (Spanish)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 107 minutes

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TEACHER (2019)

Directed By: Adam Dick
Studio: Cinedigm

Official Synopsis: A high school English teacher receives word that his students are getting bullied. He then takes it upon himself to provide protection for his students. His methods, however, prove to be questionable, to say the least.

Starring: David Dastmalchian, Kevin Pollak, Curtis Edward Jackson, Esme Perez, and Alejandro Raya

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

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