AUGUST 27, 2021

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Directed By: Nia DaCosta
Studio: Universal Pictures

For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini-Green neighborhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror. In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy and his partner, gallery director Brianna Cartwright, move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by upwardly mobile millennials. With Anthony’s painting career on the brink of stalling, a chance encounter with a Cabrini-Green old-timer exposes Anthony to the tragically horrific nature of the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to maintain his status in the Chicago art world, Anthony begins to explore these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, unknowingly opening a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifying wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.

Starring: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Tony Todd, Vanessa Estelle Williams and Virginia Madsen
Genre: Horror | Thriller
Country: USA | Canada (English)
Rating: R (for bloody horror violence, and language including some sexual references)
Runtime: 91 minutes



Directed By: Amber Sealey
Studio: RLJE Films

In 1980, Ted Bundy was sentenced to death by electrocution. In the years that followed, he agreed to disclose the details of his crimes, but only to one man. During the early days of the agency’s criminal profiling unit, FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier met with the incarcerated Ted Bundy in the hopes of understanding the psychology of the serial killer and providing closure for the victim’s families. As Hagmaier delves into Bundy’s dark and twisted mind, a strange and complicated relationship develops that neither man expected. Based on actual transcripts of interviews between FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier and the incarcerated Ted Bundy, No Man of God is nothing short of riveting.

Starring: Elijah Wood, Luke Kirby, Aleksa Palladino and Robert Patrick
Genre: Biography | Crime | Drama | Mystery
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 100 minutes


Vacation Friends

Directed By: Clay Tarver
Studio: Hulu

In this raw and raunchy comedy, straight-laced Marcus and Emily (Lil Rel Howery, Yvonne Orji) are befriended by wild, thrill-seeking partiers Ron and Kyla (John Cena, Meredith Hagner) at a resort in Mexico. Living in the moment, the usually level-headed couple lets loose to enjoy a week of uninhibited fun and debauchery with their new “vacation friends.” Months after their walk on the wild side, Marcus and Emily are horrified when Ron and Kyla show up uninvited at their wedding, creating chaos and proving that what happens on vacation, doesn’t necessarily stay on vacation.

Starring: John Cena, Lil Rel Howery, Yvonne Orji, Meredith Hagner, Robert Wisdom, Lynn Whitfield, and Andrew Bachelor
Genre: Adventure | Comedy
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for drug content, crude sexual references, and language throughout)
Runtime:— minutes



Directed By: Stephen Daldry
Studio: Bleecker Street

Academy Award nominee Stephen Daldry’s new comedy, TOGETHER, starring James McAvoy and Sharon Horgan, is the story of a family, like so many, who found a way to survive — together. This hilarious and heartbreaking story intimately shows two partners forced to re-evaluate themselves and their relationship through the reality of lockdown.

Starring: James McAvoy, Sharon Horgan, and Samuel Logan
Genre: Drama | International
Country: UK (English)
Rating: R (for language throughout)
Runtime: 91 minutes


Halsey Presents If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power

Directed By: Colin Tilley

If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, an hour-long film experience set to the music of Halsey’s upcoming album, introduces a young pregnant Queen, Lila, as she wrestles with the manipulative chokehold of love to ultimately discover that the ability to create life (and end it) unlocks the paranormal power within her.

Starring: Halsey
Genre: Drama | Fantasy | Horror | Musical
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for graphic nudity, some sexual content, violence and language)
Runtime: 53 minutes


The Colony

Directed By: Tim Fehlbaum
Studio: Saban Films

Cataclysmic conditions on Earth forced a mass exodus to a distant planet. Generations later, a manned mission hurtles back to assess living conditions on the desolate, mostly submerged world. The sole survivor of the expedition is attacked by a violent band of scavengers, themselves locked in battle with a far more sinister foe. Now, mankind’s very survival depends on the bravery and ingenuity of the lone astronaut.

Starring: Nora Arnezeder, Iain Glen, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Sope Dirisu, and Sebastian Roché
Genre: International | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Country: Germany | Switzerland (English)
Rating: R (for some violence)
Runtime: 104 minutes


He’s All That

Directed By: Mark Waters
Studio: Netflix

In this reimagining of 1999’s She’s All That, teen social media influencer Padgett’s humiliating on-camera breakup goes viral, leading her to make a risky bet to save her reputation: she swears she can turn scruffy antisocial Cameron into prom king material. But things get complicated when she finds herself falling for him IRL.

Starring: Addison Rae, Tanner Buchanan, Madison Pettis, Rachael Leigh Cook, Peyton Meyer. Kourtney Kardashian. and Matthew Lillard
Genre: Comedy | Romance
Country: USA (English)
Rating: TV-MA
Runtime: 88 minutes


Lily Topples The World

Directed By: Jeremy Workman
Studio: Discovery+

LILY TOPPLES THE WORLD follows 20-year-old sensation Lily Hevesh — the world’s most acclaimed domino toppler and the only girl in her field — as she rises as an artist, role model, and young woman. Filmed for over 3 years across countless cities and featuring appearances by Jimmy Fallon, Katy Perry, Will Smith, YouTuber Casey Neistat, and a steady stream of Gen-Z creators, LILY TOPPLES THE WORLD is a coming-of-age story cloaked within a unique portrait of an artist, a story of how passion and artistry can make dreams come true, and an unlikely American tale of a quiet Chinese adoptee who transforms into a global artistic force with over 1 billion YouTube views.

Starring: Jimmy Fallon, Lily Hevesh, and Casey Neistat
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 90 minutes


Ellie and Abbie (and Ellie’s Dead Aunt)

Directed By: Monica Zanetti
Studio: Gravitas Ventures

School captain Ellie (Sophie Hawkshaw) has a serious crush on her classmate Abbie (Zoe Terakes), and is angsting over inviting her to the Year 12 formal. When Ellie accidentally spills the beans to her mum (Marta Dusseldorp) and outs herself in the process, things start to get complicated, and a little bit spooky. Enter her deceased aunt Tara (Julia Billington), a lesbian activist from the ’80s who returns from the dead to act as a kind of fairy godmother to Ellie, guiding her through the trials and tribulations of her first love.

Starring: Sophie Hawkshaw, Zoe Terakes, Marta Dusseldorp, Rachel House, Julia Billington and Bridie Connell
Genre: Comedy | International
Country: Australia (English)
Rating: TV-14
Runtime: 82 minutes



Directed By: Vibeke Muasya
Studio: Vertical Entertainment

RUSHED is the story of Barbara O’Brien, an Upstate NY, Irish Catholic mother who says her rosary daily, then swears profusely as she drives her kids to school. Barbara’s life is ruined when her son Jimmy, a college freshman, is involved in a fraternity hazing incident. Barbara resorts to extreme measures when she encounters empty promises in Washington, D.C.

Starring: Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Robert Patrick, Jake Weary, and Peri Gilpin
Genre: Drama | Horror | Mystery | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 101 minutes


American Sausage Standoff

Directed By: Ulrich Thomsen
Studio: Samuel Goldwyn Films

Two hopeless dreamers face opposition from a local kingpin when they try to open a German sausage restaurant in a small American town.

Starring: Antony Starr, Ewen Bremner, W. Earl Brown, Joshua Harto, and Clark Middleton
Genre: Comedy | Drama | International
Country: Denmark (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 107 minutes



Directed By: Peter Szewczyk
Studio: Level 33 Entertainment

A man loses his grip on reality when he blames his company’s negligence for his daughter’s mysterious illness.

Starring: Josh Eisenberg, Paul Statman, Jennifer Churchich, and Richard Wagner
Genre: Horror
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 88 minutes


Alia’s Birth

Directed By: Sam Abbas
Studio: Maxxie, Suzzee, & Cinema

A rocky relationship between a female couple forces them to spend the night apart.

Starring: Poorna Jagannathan, Nikohl Boosheri, Maya Kazan, and Samuel H. Levine
Genre: Drama
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 66 minutes


Un Rescate De Huevitos

Directed By: Gabriel Riva Palacio Alatriste
Studio: Pantelion Films

A rooster and his fowl partner embark on a dangerous trip to the Congo to recover their stolen eggs from a group of Russian goons.

Starring: Miguel Rodarte, Jesús Ochoa, Mauricio Barrientos, Mara Escalante, and Freddy and Germán Ortega
Genre: Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | International
Country: Mexico (Spanish)
Rating: PG (for rude material and action)
Runtime: 88 minutes


The Show

Directed By: Mitch Jenkins
Studio: Shout! Studios

A man goes on a mission to locate a stolen artifact for a client, which leads him to a haunted town full of vampires, sleeping beauties and Voodoo gangsters.

Starring: Tom Burke, Ellie Bamber, Darrell D’Silva, and Christopher Fairbank
Genre: Drama | Fantasy | International
Country: UK (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 115 minutes


Echoes of Violence

Directed By: Nicholas Woods
Studio: 1091 Pictures

An immigrant travels from Sedona to Los Angeles looking for revenge upon the immigration lawyer who ruined her life.

Starring: Michaella Russell, Heston Horwin, Chase Cargill, and Taylor Flowers
Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 106 minutes


Defining Moments

Directed By: Stephen Wallis
Studio: VMI Worldwide

A poignant story of eight very different people who are at a crossroads in life and must make decisions that will forever change who they are. Jack must decide to spend the rest of his life with his girlfriend Terri. Marina must reconnect with her aging father. Laurel must embrace her new pregnancy and come to terms with her father’s early Alzheimer’s. And Dave must learn why life is worth it.

Starring: Burt Reynolds, Sienna Guillory, Tammy Blanchard, Shawn Roberts, and Graham Greene
Genre: Comedy | International
Country: Canada (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 80 minutes


The Conservation Game

Directed By: Michael Webber
Studio: Cargo Film & Releasing

Set against the backdrop of a heated national debate on captive big cats in America, THE CONSERVATION GAME follows the story of Tim Harrison, a retired cop who makes a bombshell discovery while undercover at an exotic animal auction. He starts to suspect that America’s top television celebrity conservationists may be secretly connected to the exotic pet trade. What follows is a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, filled with lies, deception, and coverups. As his investigation leads deeper into the secret world of the big cat trade, Tim and his team take their fight to the halls of Congress, pressing lawmakers to pass federal legislation that would end the private breeding and exploitation of these endangered and majestic animals. But when opposition comes from an unexpected source, Tim is forced to face the demons of his own past, while wrestling with the consequences of exposing his childhood hero.

Starring: Carole Baskin, Howard Baskin, Keith Gad, and Jack Hanna
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA (English)
Rating: PG-13 (for some thematic material)
Runtime: 107 minutes


Death Rider in the House of Vampires

Directed By: Glenn Danzig
Studio: Cleopatra Entertainment

A mysterious “Death Rider” travels thru the desert on horseback. His destination is a Vampire Sanctuary. Once inside he encounters Count Holliday, the Vampire Lord of Sanctuary, who warns him against any transgressions. Blood and guns action follow as Death Rider tangles with some of the Vampires of Sanctuary.

Starring: Devon Sawa, Julian Sands, Kim Director, Ashley Wisdom, Danny Trejo, and Eli Roth
Genre: Horror | Western
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 92 minutes



Directed By: Matías Piñeiro
Studio: The Cinema Guild

Mariel (María Villar) longs to play the role of Isabella in a local theater troupe’s production of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, but money problems prevent her from preparing for the audition. She thinks of asking her brother for financial help, but is worried about being too direct. Her solution is to ask her brother’s girlfriend, Luciana (Agustina Muñoz), also an actress and a more self-assured one, to convince her brother to give her the money. Luciana agrees on the condition that Mariel will not abandon her acting and continue to prepare for the part of Isabella.

Starring: María Villar, Agustina Muñoz, Pablo Sigal, and Gabriela Saidon
Genre: Drama | International
Country: Argentina | France (Spanish)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 80 minutes


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