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MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL

Directed By: Joachim Rønning
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures

Official Synopsis: In Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” a sequel to the 2014 global box office hit, Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies and dark new forces at play. The years have been kind to Maleficent and Aurora. Their relationship, born of heartbreak, revenge and ultimately love, has flourished. Yet the hatred between man and the fairies still exists. Aurora’s impending marriage to Prince Phillip is cause for celebration in the kingdom of Ulstead and the neighboring Moors, as the wedding serves to unite the two worlds. When an unexpected encounter introduces a powerful new alliance, Maleficent and Aurora are pulled apart to opposing sides in a Great War, testing their loyalties and causing them to question whether they can truly be family.

Starring: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville, Harris Dickinson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein, and Michelle Pfeiffer

Genre: Adventure | Family | Fantasy
Country: USA | UK (English)
Rating: PG (for intense sequences of fantasy action/violence and brief scary images)
Runtime: 118 minutes

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ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP

Directed By: Ruben Fleischer
Studio: Columbia Pictures

Official Synopsis: A decade after Zombieland became a hit film and a cult classic, the lead cast (Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone) have reunited with director Ruben Fleischer (Venom) and the original writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Deadpool) for Zombieland: Double Tap. In the sequel, written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and Dave Callaham, through comic mayhem that stretches from the White House and through the heartland, these four slayers must face off against the many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family.

Starring: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, Emma Stone, Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch, Luke Wilson, Thomas Middleditch, and Bill Murray

Genre: Action | Comedy | Horror
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for bloody violence, language throughout, some drug and sexual content)
Runtime: 99 minutes

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JOJO RABBIT

Directed By: Taika Waititi
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Official Synopsis: Writer director Taika Waititi (THOR: RAGNAROK, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE), brings his signature style of humor and pathos to his latest film, JOJO RABBIT, a World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy (Roman Griffin Davis as JoJo) whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.

Starring: Roman Griffin Davis, Scarlett Johansson, Thomasin McKenzie, Taika Waititi, Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen, and Sam Rockwell.

Genre: Comedy | Drama | War
Country: Czech Republic | New Zealand (English)
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic content, some disturbing images, violence, and language)
Runtime: 108 minutes

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THE LIGHTHOUSE

Directed By: Robert Eggers
Studio: A24

Official Synopsis: From Robert Eggers, the visionary filmmaker behind modern horror masterpiece The Witch, comes this hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

Starring: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson, and Valeriia Karaman

Genre: Drama | Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
Country: USA | Canada (English)
Rating: R (for sexual content, nudity, violence, disturbing images, and some language)
Runtime: 110 minutes

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JAY & SILENT BOB REBOOT

Directed By: Kevin Smith
Studio: Saban Films

Official Synopsis: The stoner icons who first hit the screen 25 years ago in CLERKS are back! When Jay and Silent Bob discover that Hollywood is rebooting an old movie based on them, the clueless duo embark on another cross-country mission to stop it all over again!

Starring: Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Harley Quinn Smith, Shannon Elizabeth, Brian O’Halloran, Jason Lee, Craig Robinson, Joe Manganiello, Justin Long, Chris Jericho, Kate Micucci, Melissa Benoist, Val Kilmer, Tommy Chong, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Fred Armisen, Molly Shannon, Ralph Garman, Rosario Dawson, Adam Brody, Jason Biggs, James Van Der Beek, Method Man, Redman, and Chris Hemsworth

Genre: Comedy
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for pervasive strong crude sexual content, language throughout, drug use and some nudity)
Runtime: 95 minutes

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MISS VIRGINIA

Directed By: R.J. Daniel Hanna
Studio: Vertical Entertainment

Official Synopsis: Based on a true story MISS VIRGINIA stars Uzo Aduba as an impoverished single mother who is losing her fifteen-year-old son to the rough streets of Washington D.C. Unwilling to see him drop out and deal drugs, she places him in a private school. But when she can’t afford tuition, she launches a movement to change the system that is destroying him and thousands like him. Attacked and threatened by those who don’t want change — from corrupt politicians to the local drug lord, Virginia must discover depths of strength she never knew she had.

Starring: Uzo Aduba, Matthew Modine, April Grace, Adina Porter, Vanessa Williams, Amirah Vann, Aunjanue Ellis, and Samantha Sloyan

Genre: Drama
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 102 minutes

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BY THE GRACE OF GOD
(Grâce à Dieu)

Directed By: François Ozon
Studio: Music Box Films

Official Synopsis: Alexandre (Melvil Poupaud), lives in Lyon, a bastion of the French Catholic bourgeoisie, with his wife and four children. A fervent church-goer, he learns that Father Preynat (Bernard Verley), the priest who abused him when he was a Boy Scout, is still working with children. He decides to take action, soon to be joined by two other victims of the priest, François (Denis Ménochet) and Emmanuel (Swann Arlaud). The three men will go to great lengths to denounce the perpetrator and the institution that has always protected him, a risky endeavor that will endanger the relationships with their loved ones, as well as compromise their own fragile selves.

Starring: Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet, Swann Arlaud, Éric Caravaca, François Marthouret, Bernard Verley, Josiane Balasko, Martine Erhel, and Hélène Vincent

Genre: Crime | Drama | International
Country: France | Belgium (French)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 137 minutes

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GREENER GRASS

Directed By: Jocelyn DeBoer & Dawn Luebbe
Studio: IFC Midnight

Official Synopsis: In a day-glo-colored, bizarro version of suburbia where adults wear braces on their already-straight teeth, everyone drives golf carts, and children magically turn into golden retrievers, soccer moms and best friends Jill (Jocelyn DeBoer) and Lisa (Dawn Luebbe) are locked in a passive aggressive battle-of-the-wills that takes a turn into the sinister when Lisa begins systematically taking over every aspect of Jill’s life–starting with her newborn daughter. Meanwhile, a psycho yoga teacher killer is on the loose, Jill’s husband (Beck Bennett) has developed a curious taste for pool water, and Lisa is pregnant with a soccer ball. That’s just the tip of the gloriously weird iceberg that is the feature debut from writers-directors Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe, a hilariously demented, Stepford Wives-on-acid satire destined to be an instant cult classic.

Starring: Jocelyn DuBoer, Dawn Luebbe, Beck Bennett, Neil Casey, Mary Holland, D’Arcy Carden, Janicza Bravo, Dot-Marie Jones, Jim Cummings, Lauren Adams, Asher Miles Fallica, Julian Hilliard and John Milhiser

Genre: Comedy
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 95 minutes

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CYRANO, MY LOVE

Directed By: Alexis Michalik
Studio: Roadside Attractions

Official Synopsis: December 1897, Paris. Edmond Rostand is not yet thirty but already has two children and too much anxiety. He has not written anything for two years. In desperation, he offers the great Constant Coquelin a new play, a heroic comedy, in verse, for the holidays. There’s one problem: it is not written yet. Ignoring the whims of actresses, the demands of his producers, the jealousy of his wife, the stories of his best friend’s heart and the lack of enthusiasm of all those around him, Edmond must focus and put to pen to paper. For now, he has only the title: “Cyrano de Bergerac”.

Starring: Thomas Solivérès, Olivier Gourmet, Mathilde Seigner, Tom Leeb, Lucie Boujenah, Alice de Lencquesaing, and Clémentine Célarié

Genre: Comedy | Drama | History
Country: France | Belgium (French & Russian)
Rating: R (for brief sexual content)
Runtime: 110 minutes

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THE ELEPHANT QUEEN

Directed By: Victoria Stone & Mark Deeble
Studio: A24

Official Synopsis: Athena is a mother who will do everything in her power to protect her herd when they are forced to leave their waterhole and embark on an epic journey across the African savannah in a tale of love, loss and coming home.

Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor

Genre: Documentary | Family | International
Country: UK | Kenya (English)
Rating: PG (for some thematic material)
Runtime: 96 minutes

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THE CAPTAIN (2019)

Directed By: Wai-keung Lau
Studio: Well Go USA Entertainment

Official Synopsis: On the morning of May 14th, 2018, Airbus flight A319 is thrown into a state of panic when the cockpit windshield shatters after takeoff. Cabin temperatures plummet, passengers are losing consciousness, and all communication to control is lost. Heading into an enormous storm with the co-pilot sucked halfway out of the cockpit window, the plane’s strong-willed Captain, Liu Chuan Jian, is determined to bring everyone home safely.

Starring: Zhang Hanyu, Oho Ou, Du Jiang, Yuan Quan, Zhang Tian’ai, Li Qin, Zhang Yamei, and Yang Qiru

Genre: Drama | International
Country: China (Mandarin, Tibetan, & Chinese)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 111 minutes

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TRICK

Directed By: Patrick Lussier
Studio: RLJE Films

Official Synopsis: On Halloween night in 2015, Patrick “Trick” Weaver massacred his classmates at a costume party. After being arrested, he managed to escape police custody, but not before being shot five times by Detective Mike Denver (Epps). Everyone believes Trick must be dead, but when a masked killer reappears the following Halloween, and every Halloween after that, they realize the nightmare is not over. With Trick wreaking havoc and killing innocent people in increasingly terrifying ways, Denver will stop at nothing to finish what he started and bring the carnage to an end.

Starring: Omar Epps, Jamie Kennedy, Tom Atkins, Ellen Adair, Vanessa Aspillaga, Alex Breaux, Kristina Reyes, and Todd Farmer

Genre: Horror
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 97 minutes

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SERENDIPITY (2019)

Directed By: Prune Nourry
Studio: Cohen Media Group

Official Synopsis: Multi-disciplinary French artist Prune Nourry has gained international recognition for her thought- provoking, educational, and often humorous projects exploring bioethics through sculpture, video, photography, and performance. At the young age of 31, Prune is diagnosed with breast cancer. She starts documenting her treatment and its effect on her own body, turning her medical odyssey into a disarmingly intimate artistic undertaking that leads her to find new meaning in her work and its serendipitous relationship to her own survival.

Starring: Prune Nourry and Agnès Varda

Genre: Documentary
Country: USA (English, French, & Chinese)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 74 minutes

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IMMORTAL HERO

Directed By: Hiroshi Akabane
Studio: Freestyle Digital Media

Official Synopsis: Makoto Mioya, a highly successful Japanese author and publisher, has a life-threatening, near-death experience. Powerful spiritual beings with whom he has communicated most of his adult life visit Makoto to remind him he has the power within to heal himself. Reborn, Makoto commits his life to sharing the almighty wisdom he receives from the spiritual realm. As doubters, including some of his own family, challenge and question his new-found ardor, Makoto must find a way to connect with his family and the ‘family of man’ to inspire a better world.

Starring: Hisaaki Takeuchi, Fumika Shimizu, Tamao Satô, Kei Kinoshita, Takafumi Suto, Shio Abe, Ryô Tamura, Yoshimi Ashikawa, and Ichirô Ogura

Genre: Drama | International
Country: Japan (Japanese)
Rating: PG (for thematic material)
Runtime: 118 minutes

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THE PASSENGERS (2019)

Directed By: Ryan S. Porush
Studio: Howling Wolf Productions

Official Synopsis: Two young men represent their final abandoned community of Ethiopian Jews on a fateful trip to America as representatives in an advocacy campaign, with the ultimate goal to enter Israel as citizens.

Genre: Documentary
Country: USA | Ethiopia (English, Hebrew, & Amharic)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 72 minutes

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KINETTA

Directed By: Yorgos Lanthimos
Studio: Kino Lorber

Official Synopsis: At a Greek hotel in the off-season, a chambermaid, a man obsessed with BMW cars, and a photo-store clerk attempt to film and photograph various badly re-enacted struggles between a man and a woman.

Starring: Evangelia Randou, Aris Servetalis, Costas Xikominos, Babis Galiatsatos, Ektoras Kaloudis, Vasilis Karaboulas, Steve Krikris, Tina Papanikolaou, and Youlika Skafida

Genre: Drama | International
Country: Greece (Greek)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 95 minutes

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THE CAVE (2019)

Directed By: Feras Fayyad
Studio: National Geographic Documentary Films

Official Synopsis: Oscar nominee Feras Fayyad (“Last Men in Aleppo”) delivers an unflinching story of the Syrian war with his powerful new documentary, The Cave. For besieged civilians, hope and safety lie underground inside the subterranean hospital known as the Cave, where pediatrician and managing physician Dr. Amani Ballour and her colleagues Samaher and Dr. Alaa have claimed their right to work as equals alongside their male counterparts, doing their jobs in a way that would be unthinkable in the oppressively patriarchal culture that exists above. Following the women as they contend with daily bombardments, chronic supply shortages and the ever-present threat of chemical attacks, The Cave paints a stirring portrait of courage, resilience and female solidarity.

Starring: Amani Ballour

Genre: Documentary
Country: USA | Syria | Denmark | Germany | Qatar (Arabic & English)
Rating: PG-13 (for disturbing war-related thematic content and images)
Runtime: 104 minutes

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THRASHER ROAD

Directed By: Samantha Davidson Green
Studio: Indie Rights

Official Synopsis: A road movie featuring pregnant Chloe, who is forced to travel across country with her estranged father, Mac, and her geriatric dog, Thrasher. With thousands of miles ahead, they confront their pasts and bury ancient griefs.

Starring: Allison Brown, Christian Kohn, Joe Rogers, Michelle Maynard Carlson, Darby Hiebert, Roscoe, and Kara Revel

Genre: Comedy | Drama
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 86 minutes

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CLOSURE (2019)

Directed By: Alex Goldberg
Studio: Indie Rights

Official Synopsis: Her mother is dead. Her fiancé is now her ex. And the airline lost her luggage. This begins Nina’s first trip to Los Angeles. As a deathbed promise to her mother, Nina vows to find her sister Carrie who moved to L.A. years ago and hasn’t communicated with her family in months. Nina’s only clue is an apartment address in The Valley, but Carrie’s spiritual and earthy roommate Yasmina is little help. However, Yasmina allows Nina to stay in her sister’s room where she begins to piece together what happened to Carrie. Her journey as a novice detective is helped, but frequently hindered, by a variety of self-absorbed Angelenos. In addition to the not-quite zen Yasmina, Nina encounters the polyamorous writer couple Jack and Prudence, two detectives who aren’t on speaking terms with each other, a fastidious money man and his pug, and a surprising romance. Nina’s quest leads her to The Superior, the enigmatic leader of an organization who Nina believes holds the key to the whereabouts of Carrie. Nina continues digging deeper into a side of Los Angeles that outsiders rarely see in her quest to find her sister and get Closure.

Starring: Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Tom Choi, Joe Coots, Milena Govich, Herb Hall, Amy Heidt, Ellen Karsten, and Luis Kelly-Duarte

Genre: Comedy | Drama
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 90 minutes

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UNLIKELY

Directed By: Jaye Fenderson & Adam Fenderson
Studio: Three Frame Media

Official Synopsis: In the US less than 50% of students who start college ever finish, making America’s college completion rates among the worst in the world. Now there are more than 35 million Americans who started college but never finished, leaving them saddled with debt, and behind their peers in earning power. Featuring interviews with LeBron James, Howard Schultz, and our nation’s leading voices in education, this penetrating and personal new film investigates America’s college dropout crisis through the lives of five diverse students as they fight for a second chance at opportunity and highlights the innovators reimagining higher education for the 21st century.

Starring: LeBron James and Howard Schultz

Genre: Documentary
Country: Canada (English & Italian)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 113 minutes

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ECHOES OF FEAR

Directed By: Brian Avenet-Bradley
Studio: Avenet Images

Official Synopsis: After inheriting her grandfather’s house, Alysa must confront the mystery of his sudden death and the evil that hides inside.

Starring: Trista Robinson, Hannah Race, Paul Chirico, Marshal Hilton, and Danilo Di Julio

Genre: Horror
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 90 minutes

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FIDDLIN’

Directed By: Julie Simone
Studio: Utopia

Official Synopsis: Fiddlin’ is a celebration of a place, its people and their music. Fiddlers and pickers pass their uplifting music from one generation to the next keeping Old-Time and Bluegrass alive in the Appalachian Mountains.

Starring: Presley Barker, Wayne C. Henderson, Kitty Amaral, Dori Freeman, Jake Krack, Karen Carr, and Eddie Bond

Genre: Documentary | Music
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 92 minutes

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THE LAST FICTION

Directed By: Ashkan Rahgozar
Studio: Hoorakhsh Studios

Official Synopsis: When Jamshid, the mighty king of Persia abandons his empire to conquer more territories, Zahak cunningly takes his place. However, something very sinister begins to transpire. Any young man who enlists to work in the palace, mysteriously goes missing and is never to be seen again. Fed up with the rising taxes and unknown whereabouts of their sons and husbands, people of Jamkard try to protest and inquire. But, their attempts would always be violently shut-down by ruthless guards. More’s the pity, Zahak, unexpectedly, orders to kill all the new-born babies and devastates many families. Among those devastated and angry people, there was Kaveh, a courageous ironsmith, extremely angry with tyranny of Zahak. Kaveh forms an army of outlaws to rebel against the ruler of Persia. But he and his army need a champion who isn’t only a skillful fighter, but can also defeat mystical demons. Kaveh finds this warrior, in the rubbles of Jamkard beside the dead body of his mother. He names him Afaridoun and trains him rigorously. After years and years of rigid martial exercises, Afaridoun, finally is ready to defeat the evil ruler and the supernatural beasts surrounding him. But as the time gets closer, Afaridoun reckons he has to fight a greater enemy, more powerful and menacing; he has to fight his own demons.

Starring: Leila Hatami, Baran Kosari, Hamed Behdad, Benjamin Nathan-Serio, and Joe Lewis

Genre: Documentary | International | Music
Country: Iran (Persian & English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 100 minutes

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