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THE CALL OF THE WILD

Directed By: Chris Sanders
Studio: 20th Century Studios

Adapted from the beloved literary classic, THE CALL OF THE WILD vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail delivery dog sled team–and later its leader–Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime, ultimately finding his true place in the world and becoming his own master.

Starring: Harrison Ford, Dan Stevens, Omar Sy, Karen Gillan, Bradley Whitford, and Colin Woodell
Genre: Adventure | Drama | Family
Country: USA (English)
Rating: PG (for some violence, peril, thematic elements and mild language)
Runtime: 110 minutes

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EMMA

Directed By: Autumn de Wilde
Studio: Focus Features

Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending, is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation of EMMA. Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.

Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Josh O’Connor, Callum Turner, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, and Bill Nighy
Genre: Comedy | Drama | International
Country: UK (English)
Rating: PG (for brief partial nudity)
Runtime: 125 minutes

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THE NIGHT CLERK

Directed By: Michael Christofer
Studio: Saban Films

While on duty, a young, socially challenged hotel clerk (Tye Sheridan) witnesses a murder in one of the rooms but his suspicious actions land him as the lead detective’s (John Leguizamo) number one suspect.

Starring: Tye Sheridan, Ana de Armas, John Leguizamo and Helen Hunt
Genre: Crime | Drama
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for language, some sexual references, brief nudity and violent images)
Runtime: 90 minutes

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BRAHMS: THE BOY II

Directed By: William Brent Bell
Studio: STX Entertainment

Unaware of the terrifying history of Heelshire Mansion, a young family moves into a guest house on the estate where their young son soon makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily life-like doll he calls Brahms.

Starring: Katie Holmes, Ralph Ineson, Owain Yeoman, and Christopher Convery
Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: PG-13 (for violence, terror, brief strong language and thematic elements)
Runtime: 86 minutes

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THE LAST THING HE WANTED

Directed By: Dee Rees
Studio: Netflix

At the tipping point of the Iran Contra affair’s arms for drugs plot, hardscrabble news journalist Elena McMahon finds herself on dangerous ground when she abandons coverage of the 1984 presidential campaign to fulfill her bed-ridden father’s last wish. Cast into an international melee of politics and covert ops, Elena’s insists on revealing the players and causes of a region in turmoil.

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, Rosie Perez, Edi Gathegi, Mel Rodriguez, Toby Jones, and Willem Dafoe
Genre: Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for language, some violence, disturbing images and brief nudity)
Runtime: 115 minutes

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STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN

Directed By: Matt Ratner
Studio: SHOUT! STUDIOS

After four years of chasing his stand-up comedy dream in Los Angeles, 34-year old Scott Rollins (Ben Schwartz) has crashed and burned. Hard. Left with little money and a fledgling at best “career”, Scott has no choice but to regroup, lick his wounds, and return home to his parent’s house in Long Island. While trying to figure out what to do next, Scott pines after his ex, Becky Brookes (Eloise Mumford), a successful photographer who has since married a former mutual friend. On a night out at the bar, Scott strikes up an unlikely friendship with an eccentric dermatologist, Marty (Billy Crystal), who has regrets of his own. Marty and Scott both help each other find the courage to face the failures in their lives.

Starring: Billy Crystal, Ben Schwartz, Eloise Mumford, Grace Gummer, Nate Corddry, Jill Hennessy, Caitlin McGee, and Kevin Dunn
Genre: Comedy | Drama
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 91 minutes

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IMPRACTICAL JOKERS: THE MOVIE

Directed By: Chris Henchy
Studio: truTV

The film tells the story of a humiliating high school mishap from 1992 that sends the Impractical Jokers on the road, competing in hidden camera challenges for the chance to turn back the clock and redeem three of the four. The film stars The Tenderloins–Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano, and is produced by The Tenderloins, Chris Henchy and Funny or Die’s Jim Ziegler.

Starring: Brian “Q” Quinn, James “Murr” Murray, Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, Paula Abdul, Jaden Smith, and Joey Fatone
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA (English)
Rating: PG-13 (for suggestive content, language, some drug references and brief nudity)
Runtime: 92 minutes

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JINPA
(Zhuang si le yi zhi yang)

Directed By: Pema Tseden
Studio: Icarus Films

On an isolated road passing through the vast barren plains of Tibet, a truck driver who has accidentally run over a sheep chances upon a young man who is hitching a ride. As they drive and chat, the truck driver notices that his new friend has a silver dagger strapped to his leg. He comes to understand that this man is out to kill someone who wronged him earlier in life. As he drops the hitchhiker off at a fork in the road, little does the truck driver realize that their short time together has changed everything, and that their destinies are inexorably intertwined.

Starring: Jinpa, Genden Phuntsok, and Sonam Wangmo
Genre: Drama | International
Country: China (Tibetan)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 86 minutes

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VITALINA VARELA

Directed By: Pedro Costa
Studio: Grasshopper Film

Vitalina Varela, 55-year-old, Cape Verdean, arrives in Lisbon 3 days after her husband’s funeral. She’s been waiting for her plane ticket for more than 25 years.

Starring: Vitalina Varela, Ventura, Manuel Tavares Almeida, Francisco Brito, Marina Alves Domingues, and Imídio Monteiro
Genre: Drama | International
Country: Portugal (Portuguese)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 124 minutes

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10 THINGS WE SHOULD DO BEFORE WE BREAK UP

Directed By: Galt Niederhoffer
Studio: Vision Films

Sparks fly when Abigail (Christina Ricci), a self-sufficient single mom, meets Benjamin (Hamish Linklater), a magnetic perennial bachelor. They bond over their shared cynicism about love, convinced that the most dazzling relationships are destined to end in disaster. On their first date, they collaborate–in jest–on the ultimate un-bucket list: ten things to do together before they break up. But when fate intervenes, this pair of cynics must embark on the most challenging journey of all, building a family together, and the chance to trade their cynicism for hope.

Starring: Christina Ricci, Hamish Linklater, Lindsey Broad, Mia Sinclair Jenness, Brady Jenness, and Katia Winter
Genre: Romance
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 74 minutes

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VIRAL: ANTISEMITISM IN FOUR MUTATIONS

Directed By: Andrew Goldberg
Studio: Dark Star Pictures

By virtually every yardstick, antisemitism in the US and Europe is rising and worsening in ways not seen since the 1930s. It comes in the forms of vandalism, social media abuse, assault and murder. Like a virus, it mutates and evolves across cultures, borders and ideologies, making it all but impossible to stop. Filmmaker Andrew Goldberg explores its infectious behavior in his film “Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations” as he travels through four countries to speak firsthand with victims, witnesses, antisemites, and interviewees including Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Fareed Zakaria, George Will and Deborah Lipstadt.

Starring: Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, Deborah Lipstadt, Julianna Margulies, and George F. Will
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA (English, French, & Hungarian)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 83 minutes

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YOUNG AHMED

Directed By: Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne
Studio: Kino Lorber

In Belgium, today, the destiny of young Ahmed, 13, caught between his imam’s ideals of purity and life’s temptations. How can love of life win out over his desire to put someone to death?

Starring: Idir Ben Addi, Olivier Bonnaud, Myriem Akheddiou, Victoria Bluck, and Claire Bodson
Genre: Drama | International
Country: Belgium | France (French & Arabic)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 90 minutes

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ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND

Directed By: Daniel Roher
Studio: Magnolia Pictures

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band is a confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robbie Robertson’s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band. The film is a moving story of Robertson’s personal journey, overcoming adversity and finding camaraderie alongside the four other men who would become hi brothers in music and who together made their mark on music history. Once Were Brothers blends rare archival footage, photography iconic songs and interviews with many of Robertson’s friends and collaborators including Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison Martin Scorsese, Peter Gabriel, Taj Mahal, Dominique Robertson, Ronnie Hawkins, and more.

Starring: Martin Scorsese, Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, Bruce Springsteen, George Harrison, Peter Gabriel, David Geffen, Robbie Robertson, Eric Clapton, Chuck Berry, and Van Morrison
Genre: Documentary | Biography | History | Music
Country: USA | Canada (English)
Rating: R (for some language and drug references)
Runtime: 100 minutes

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LAS PILDORAS DE MI NOVIO
(MY BOYFRIEND’S MEDS)

Directed By: Diego Kaplan
Studio: Pantelion Films

Eve follows two actresses fighting for the coveted role of ‘Eve’ in a screen adaptation of ‘Paradise Lost’. When the talented and beautiful Alex Beyer is awarded the role, her excitement is quickly tempered by a disturbing home invasion. Unsure of who or what is tormenting her, Alex’s sense of reality starts to spiral out of control threatening her sanity and the lives of those around her.

Starring: Marco Antonio Aguirre, Jason Alexander, Pamela Almanza, Luis Arrieta, Brian Baumgartner, and Brooke Shields
Genre: Comedy | International
Country: Mexico (Spanish)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 100 minutes

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PREMATURE (2019)

Directed By: Rashaad Ernesto Green
Studio: IFC Films

On a summer night in Harlem during her last months at home before starting college, seventeen-year-old poet Ayanna (Zora Howard) meets Isaiah (Joshua Boone), a charming music producer who has just moved to the city. It’s not long before these two artistic souls are drawn together in a passionate summer romance. But as the highs of young love give way to jealousy, suspicion, and all-too-real consequences, Ayanna must confront the complexities of the adult world–whether she is ready or not. Emotionally raw, intimate, and honest, Premature is at once timeless and bracingly contemporary in its portrait of a young woman navigating the difficult choices that can shape a life.

Starring: Zora Howard, Joshua Boone, Michelle Wilson, Alexis Marie Wint, Imani Lewis, and Tashiana Washington
Genre: Drama | Music | Romance
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 91 minutes

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VIOLET EVERGARDEN: ETERNITY AND AUTO MEMORY DOLL

Directed By: Haruka Fujita
Studio: Kyoto Animation

Violet Evergarden, a former soldier returned from war, comes to teach at a women’s academy and changes a young girl’s life.

Starring: Minori Chihara, Aya Endô, Yui Ishikawa, Minako Kotobuki, Takehito Koyasu, and Haruka Tomatsu
Genre: Animation | Drama | International
Country: Japan (Japanese)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 90 minutes

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SWIFT (BIRDS OF A FEATHER)
(Manou the Swift)

Directed By: Christian Haas & Andrea Block
Studio: SHOUT! STUDIOS

The little orphaned swift Manou is adopted by a seagull couple and struggles for acceptance in the seagull’s colony. When he meets other swifts, he suddenly finds himself torn between two worlds and must decide where he really belongs.

Starring: Kate Winslet, Willem Dafoe, Josh Keaton, Cassandra Steen, and Mike Kelly
Genre: Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | International
Country: Germany (English & German)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 90 minutes

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CABARET MAXIME

Directed By: Bruno De Almeida
Studio: Giant Pictures

Bennie Gazza, the owner of Cabaret Maxime, a nightclub in an old, red-light district where a group of colorful characters perform musical numbers, as well as burlesque and striptease acts. Bennie runs the cabaret like a tight family, dealing with each artist’s unique personality while taking care of his performer wife, Stella, who suffers from manic depression. When the once-decadent neighborhood starts to become gentrified, Bennie struggles to keep his club afloat. As the residents are being bought up and pushed out, Benny is violently threatened when he refuses to sell. The pressure builds to a dramatic climax as Benny is forced to take a stand against the powers that be.

Starring: Michael Imperioli, David Proval, John Ventimiglia, Nick Sandow, Drena De Niro, and Mike Starr
Genre: Drama
Country: USA | Portugal (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 94 minutes

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GOLDIE

Directed By: Sam de Jong
Studio: Film Movement

Goldie is a star — well, not quite yet, but at least in the eyes of her little sisters Sherrie and Supreme she is. The rest of the world is bound to take note soon too. Her big break surely awaits, she’s just got to pick up that golden fur coat she’s had her eye on first. And land a role as a dancer in a hip-hop video. And keep child welfare services from separating her from Sherrie and Supreme, after their mother is locked up. Holding onto those dreams isn’t easy when fate has placed such daunting obstacles in her path. With Goldie, Dutch director Sam de Jong has delivered a real New York film: raw and glamorous, unflinchingly realistic and relentlessly optimistic, with a ton of heart and at least as much attitude.

Starring: Slick Woods, George Sample III, Danny Hoch, Marsha Stephanie Blake, and Gbenga Akinnagbe
Genre: Drama
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 88 minutes

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BALLOON

Directed By: Michael Herbig
Studio: Distrib Films

In the summer of 1979, the Strelzyk and Wetzel families–who had been working on their audacious plan for more than two years–try to flee East Germany in a self-made hot-air balloon. But after the balloon crash-lands just before the West German border, the Stasi find traces of the attempted escape and immediately launch an investigation. In a nerve-wracking race against the clock, the two families attempt to build a new escape balloon as the Stasi get closer and closer each day…

Starring: Friedrich Mücke, Karoline Schuch, David Kross, Alicia von Rittberg, and Thomas Kretschmann
Genre: Drama | History | International | Thriller
Country: Germany (English & German)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 125 minutes

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JUST ONE MORE KISS

Directed By: Faleena Hopkins
Studio: Indican Pictures

“Till death do us part” wasn’t nearly long enough for Max and Abby, a happily married couple when an accident took Max away. As Abby struggles with life without Max something strange happens, Max’s ghost returns to help her get over him. But with a second chance to be together, neither wants to say goodbye again…

Starring: Patrick Zeller, Faleena Hopkins, Frances Mitchell, Erik Parillo, Joe Barbagallo, and Emily Bennett
Genre: Drama | Romance
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 100 minutes

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RIDE YOUR WAVE

Directed By: Masaaki Yuasa
Studio: GKIDS

From visionary director Masaaki Yuasa (The Night is Short, Walk on Girl, Devilman Crybaby) comes a deeply emotional new film that applies his trademark visual ingenuity to a tale of romance, grief and self-discovery. Hinako is a surf-loving college student who has just moved to a small seaside town. When a sudden fire breaks out at her apartment building, she is rescued by Minato, a handsome firefighter, and the two soon fall in love. Just as they become inseparable, Minato loses his life in an accident at sea. Hinako is so distraught that she can no longer even look at the ocean, but one day she sings a song that reminds her of their time together, and Minato appears in the water. From then on, she can summon him in any watery surface as soon as she sings their song, but can the two really remain together forever? And what is the real reason for Minato’s sudden reappearance?

Starring: Ryôta Katayose, Rina Kawaei, Honoka Matsumoto, and Kentarô Itô
Genre: Animation | Comedy | Drama | Family | Fantasy | International | Romance
Country: Japan (Japanese)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 94 minutes

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