JULY 2, 2021

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The Boss Baby: Family Business

Directed By: Tom McGrath
Studio: Universal Pictures

Now adults, Tim Templeton is a stay-at-home dad for two adorable daughters, while his estranged brother, Ted, is a big-shot CEO. They come together in an unexpected way when they take a magical formula that transforms them into babies for 48 hours. Joining forces with Tim’s secret-agent daughter, they must go under cover to prevent an evil genius from turning fellow toddlers intro monstrous brats.

Starring: Alec Baldwin, James Marsden, Amy Sedaris, Ariana Greenblatt, Eva Longoria, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and Jeff Goldblum
Genre: Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy
Country: USA (English)
Rating: PG (for rude humor, mild language and some action)
Runtime: 107 minutes

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The Forever Purge

Directed By: Everardo Gout
Studio: Universal Pictures

Adela and her husband Juan live in Texas, where Juan is working as a ranch hand for the wealthy Tucker family. Juan impresses the Tucker patriarch, Caleb, but that fuels the jealous anger of Caleb’s son, Dylan. On the morning after The Purge, a masked gang of killers attacks the Tucker family–including Dylan’s wife, and his sister, forcing both families to band together and fight back as the country spirals into chaos and the United States begins to disintegrate around them.

Starring: Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Huerta, Josh Lucas, Cassidy Freeman, Leven Rambin, Alejandro Edda and Will Patton
Genre: Action | Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for strong/bloody violence, and language throughout)
Runtime: 103 minutes

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THE TOMORROW WAR

Directed By: Chris McKay
Studio: Amazon Studios

In The Tomorrow War, the world is stunned when a group of time travelers arrive from the year 2051 to deliver an urgent message: Thirty years in the future mankind is losing a global war against a deadly alien species. The only hope for survival is for soldiers and civilians from the present to be transported to the future and join the fight. Among those recruited is high school teacher and family man Dan Forester (Chris Pratt). Determined to save the world for his young daughter, Dan teams up with a brilliant scientist (Yvonne Strahovski) and his estranged father (J.K. Simmons) in a desperate quest to rewrite the fate of the planet.

Starring: Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J. K. Simmons, and Betty Gilpin
Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language and some suggestive references)
Runtime: 140 minutes

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No Sudden Move

Directed By: Steven Soderbergh
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

Set in 1954 Detroit, NO SUDDEN MOVE centers on a group of small-time criminals who are hired to steal what they think is a simple document. When their plan goes horribly wrong, their search for who hired them — and for what ultimate purpose — weaves them through all echelons of the race-torn, rapidly changing city.

Starring: Don Cheadle, Benicio del Toro, David Harbour, Jon Hamm, Amy Seimetz, Brendan Fraser, Kieran Culkin, Noah Jupe, Craig Grant, Julia Fox, Frankie Shaw, Ray Liotta, and Bill Duke
Genre: Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for language throughout, some violence and sexual references)
Runtime: 115 minutes

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ZOLA

Directed By: Janicza Bravo
Studio: A24

“Y’all wanna hear a story about why me & this bitch here fell out? It’s kind of long but full of suspense.” Thus began the odyssey of one A’Ziah King, aka ZOLA. From acclaimed writer/director Janicza Bravo, Zola’s stranger than fiction saga, which she first told in a now iconic series of viral, uproarious tweets, comes to dazzling cinematic life. Zola, a Detroit waitress, strikes up a new friendship with a customer, Stefani, who seduces her to join a weekend of dancing and partying in Florida. What at first seems like a glamorous trip full of “hoeism” rapidly transforms into a 48-hour journey involving a nameless pimp, an idiot boyfriend, some Tampa gangsters and other unexpected adventures in this wild, see-it-to-believe-it tale.

Starring: Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Nicholas Braun, Ari’el Stachel, Colman Domingo, and Ts Madison
Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for strong sexual content and language throughout, graphic nudity, and violence including a sexual assault)
Runtime: 86 minutes

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Fear Street Part One: 1994

Directed By: Leigh Janiak
Studio: Netflix

After a series of brutal slayings, a teen and her friends take on an evil force that’s plagued their notorious town for centuries.

Starring: Kiana Madeira, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Julia Rehwald, and Maya Hawke
Genre: Horror | Mystery
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for strong bloody violence, drug content, language and some sexual content)
Runtime: 105 minutes

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Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Directed By: Ahmir-Khalib Thompson
Studio: Searchlight Pictures

In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary-part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten–until now. SUMMER OF SOUL shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present.

Starring: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chris Rock, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Mahalia Jackson, and B.B. King
Genre: Documentary | Music
Country: USA (English)
Rating: PG-13 (for some disturbing images, smoking and brief drug material)
Runtime: 117 minutes

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TILL DEATH

Directed By: S.K. Dale
Studio: Screen Media

Emma is stuck in a stale marriage to Mark and is surprised when he whisks her away to their secluded lakehouse for a romantic evening on their 10th anniversary. But everything changes the next morning when she finds herself handcuffed to Mark’s dead body. Trapped and isolated in the dead of winter, Emma learns this is only the beginning of Mark’s twisted plan, and to survive, she must fight the hired killers coming to finish her off.

Starring: Megan Fox, Callan Mulvey, Eoin Macken, Aml Ameen and Jack Roth
Genre: Horror | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for strong violence, grisly images, and language throughout)
Runtime: 88 minutes

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The God Committee

Directed By: Austin Stark
Studio: Vertical Entertainment

When a donor heart unexpectedly arrives at a New York hospital, an organ transplant committee must convene within one hour to decide which of three other patients deserves the life-saving heart. God’s work is now left in the hands of five doctors, including Boxer, a cynical but brilliant heart surgeon; Jordan, an idealistic up-and-comer; and Gilroy, a weary bureaucrat. As the debate over the heart heats up, ethics and bribes clash, leaving the committee members to question what’s more valuable: morals or money?

Starring: Kelsey Grammer, Julia Stiles, Janeane Garofalo, Dan Hedaya, and Colman Domingo
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 98 minutes

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Long Story Short

Directed By: Josh Lawson
Studio: Saban Films

Serial procrastinator Teddy (Rafe Spall) wakes up the morning after his wedding to discover that every few minutes he’s jumping forward to the next year of his life. Watching his future flash before his eyes, Teddy must make every second count if he is to win back the woman he loves in this feel good comedy about second chances.

Starring: Rafe Spall, Zahra Newman, Josh Lawson, Ronny Chieng, Dena Kaplan, and Noni Hazlehurst
Genre: Comedy | Romance
Country: Australia (English)
Rating: R (for language throughout)
Runtime: 90 minutes

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First Date

Directed By: Manuel Crosby & Darren Knapp
Studio: Magnet Releasing

Conned into buying a shady ’65 Chrysler, shy teen Mike’s eagerly-anticipated first date with the girl-next-door, Kelsey, implodes as he finds himself targeted by criminals, cops, and a crazy cat lady. A night fueled by desire, bullets and burning rubber makes any other first date seem like a walk in the park.

Starring: Tyson Brown, Shelby Duclos, Jesse Janzen, Nicole Berry and Samuel Ademola
Genre: Comedy | Crime | Mystery
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 103 minutes

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Vicious Fun

Directed By: Cody Calahan
Studio: Shudder

Joel, a caustic 1980’s film critic for a national horror magazine, finds himself unwittingly trapped in a self-help group for serial killers. With no other choice, Joel attempts to blend in with his homicidal surroundings or risk becoming the next victim.

Starring: Evan Marsh, Amber Goldfarb, Ari Millen, Julian Richings, Robert Maillet, Sean Baek, and David Koechner
Genre: Comedy | Horror
Country: Canada (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 101 minutes

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Some Of Our Stallions

Directed By: Carson Mell
Studio: Gravitas Ventures

When best friends Beautiful Bill and Andy struggle to fit into regular society, Bill decides they need romantic love. This kicks off a years-long series of misadventures that challenge not only their friendship, but their grasp on sanity.

Starring: Carson Mell, Al Di, Olivia Taylor Dudley, David Zellner, Tim Heidecker, and Mike Judge
Genre: Comedy | Drama
Country: USA | Canada (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 89 minutes

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The Phantom

Directed By: Patrick Forbes
Studio: Greenwich Entertainment

THE PHANTOM tells the story of one of the darkest episodes in the long history of American justice. A story of how the State of Texas knowingly sent an innocent man to his death and left a serial killer at large. A case in which — for the first time — it can be conclusively proven that the US courts executed a blameless man. This film uncovers the shocking truth behind a tale of murder, corruption and lies that unfolded in the dusty, desperate streets of a Texas oil town nearly thirty years ago.

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Genre: Documentary
Country: UK (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 82 minutes

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Secret Agent Dingledorf and His Trusty Dog Splat

Directed By: Billy Dickson
Studio: Winter Star Productions

Overcoming bullies and his own mentality, 10-year-old Bernie Dingledorf must destroy Dr. Chuckle’s diabolical Laugh Generator before it sends the world into uncontrollable fits of laughter.

Starring: Paul Johansson, Loki, Darcy Donavan, Jason Dolley, Zackary Arthur, and Shiloh Nelson
Genre: Comedy | Family
Country: USA (English)
Rating: PG (for rude material and language)
Runtime: 89 minutes

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Kid Candidate

Directed By: Jasmine Stodel
Studio: Gunpowder & Sky

Young musician Hayden Pedigo runs for city council in Amarillo, Texas, after his campaign video spoof goes viral.

Starring: Hayden Pedigo
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 67 minutes

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Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over

Directed By: Beth B
Studio: Kino Lorber

Filmmaker Beth B accompanies the legendarily boundary-pushing No Wave musician and underground performance artist Lydia Lunch on her latest tour and, through interviews with her collaborators and Lunch herself, examines the qualities that have been present in her provocative and powerful art since the beginning.

Starring: Ron Athey, Bob Bert, Tim Dahl, Nicolas Jaar, Richard Kern, and Lydia Lunch
Genre: Documentary | Music
Country: Nigeria (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 75 minutes

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A Dim Valley

Directed By: Brandon Colvin
Studio: Altered Innocence

A curmudgeonly biologist and his stoner graduate students encounter a group of mysterious backpackers who disrupt their lives.

Starring: Robert Longstreet, Rosalie Lowe, Rachel McKeon, and Whitmer Thomas
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 92 minutes

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The Woman Who Ran

Directed By: Hong Sang-soo
Studio: EonTalk

The 24th feature from Hong Sangsoo, THE WOMAN WHO RAN follows Gamhee (Kim Minhee), who has three separate encounters with friends while her husband is on a business trip. Youngsoon (Seo Youngwha) is divorced, has given up meat and likes to garden in her backyard. Suyoung (Song Seonmi) has a crush on her architect neighbor and is being hounded by a young poet she met at the bar. Woojin (Kim Saebyuk) works for a movie theater. Their meeting is polite, but strained. Before long, their shared history bubbles to the surface. With characteristic humor and grace, Hong takes a simple premise and spins a web of interconnecting philosophies and coincidences. THE WOMAN WHO RAN is a subtle, powerful look at dramas small and large faced by women everywhere.

Starring: Kim Min-hee, Eun-mi Lee, Song Seon-mi, and Hae-hyo Kwon
Genre: Drama | International
Country: South Korea (Korean)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 77 minutes

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Cursed Official

Directed By: Sarik Andreasyan
Studio: KinoFilm Corp

One of the deputies of a certain city, after the curse of the deprived old woman, becomes physiologically incapable of taking bribes.

Starring: Elizaveta Arzamasova, Mikhail Bogdasarov, and Konstantin Fyodorov
Genre: Comedy | International
Country: Russia (Russian)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 95 minutes

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Dead Pigs

Directed By: Cathy Yan
Studio: Mubi

The fates of an unlucky pig farmer, a feisty home-owner defending her property, a lovestruck busboy, a disenchanted rich girl, and an American expat pursuing the Chinese Dream converge and collide as thousands of dead pigs are found floating down the Huangpu River, towards a modernizing Shanghai in Cathy Yan’s debut feature.

Starring: Zazie Beetz, Vivian Wu, Haoyu Yang, Mason Lee, Meng Li, and David Rysdahl
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Family | Musical
Country: USA | China (English & Mandarin)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 130 minutes

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Scenes from an Empty Church

Directed By: Onur Tukel
Studio: MPI Media Group

In a locked-down NYC, two priests open their church doors to those seeking salvation during the most isolating of times. From the commonplace to the truly metaphysical, their visitors reflect the full spectrum of personal crises of spirituality. Throughout their encounters with the city’s sweetest, wildest and weirdest, the two priests learn the importance of connection, empathy and open-mindedness. Sometimes a little faith is all you need to make it through the bad times.

Starring: Max Casella, Kevin Corrigan, Thomas Jay Ryan, and Annie McCain Engman
Genre: Drama
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 98 minutes

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