OCTOBER 15, 2021

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Halloween Kills

Directed By: David Gordon Green
Studio: Universal Pictures

Minutes after Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) left masked monster Michael Myers caged and burning in Laurie’s basement, Laurie is rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, believing she finally killed her lifelong tormentor. But when Michael manages to free himself from Laurie’s trap, his ritual bloodbath resumes. As Laurie fights her pain and prepares to defend herself against him, she inspires all of Haddonfield to rise up against their unstoppable monster. The Strode women join a group of other survivors of Michael’s first rampage who decide to take matters into their own hands, forming a vigilante mob that sets out to hunt Michael down, once and for all. Evil dies tonight.

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis. Nick Castle, James Jude Courtney, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Anthony Michael Hall, and Thomas Mann
Genre: Crime | Horror | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for strong bloody violence throughout, grisly images, language and some drug use)
Runtime: 106 minutes

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The Last Duel

Directed By: Ridley Scott
Studio: 20th Century Fox

The Last Duel is a cinematic and thought-provoking drama set in the midst of the Hundred Years War that explores the ubiquitous power of men, the frailty of justice and the strength and courage of one woman willing to stand alone in the service of truth. Based on actual events, the film unravels long-held assumptions about France’s last sanctioned duel between Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris, two friends turned bitter rivals. Carrouges is a respected knight known for his bravery and skill on the battlefield. Le Gris is a Norman squire whose intelligence and eloquence make him one of the most admired nobles in court. When Carrouges’ wife, Marguerite, is viciously assaulted by Le Gris, a charge he denies, she refuses to stay silent, stepping forward to accuse her attacker, an act of bravery and defiance that puts her life in jeopardy. The ensuing trial by combat, a grueling duel to the death, places the fate of all three in God’s hands.

Starring: Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, Harriet Walter, Ben Affleck, and Alex Lawther
Genre: Action | Drama | History
Country: USA | UK (English)
Rating: R (for strong violence including sexual assault, sexual content, some graphic nudity, and language)
Runtime: 152 minutes

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Needle In A Timestack

Directed By: John Ridley
Studio: Lionsgate

If love is in the form of a circle, what lines would you cross to be with your soulmate? In this gripping, near-future love story directed by Oscar® winner John Ridley, Nick and Janine (Oscar® nominees Leslie Odom, Jr. and Cynthia Erivo) live in marital bliss, until Janine’s ex-husband (Orlando Bloom) warps time to try to tear them apart using Nick’s college girlfriend (Frieda Pinto). As Nick’s memories and reality disappear, he must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in order to hold onto — or let go of — everything he loves. Can love endure in a future where time is fluid, and all of life may be just an illusion?

Starring: Leslie Odom Jr., Freida Pinto, Cynthia Erivo, Orlando Bloom, and Jadyn Wong
Genre: Romance | Sci-Fi
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for some language)
Runtime: 111 minutes

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Bergman Island

Directed By: Mia Hansen-Løve
Studio: IFC Films

BERGMAN ISLAND follows a couple of American filmmakers, Chris (Vicky Krieps) and Tony (Tim Roth), who retreat to the mythical Fårö island for the summer. In this wild, breathtaking landscape where Bergman lived and shot his most celebrated pieces, they hope to find inspiration for their upcoming films. As days spent separately pass by, the fascination for the island operates on Chris and souvenirs of her first love resurface. Lines between reality and fiction will then progressively blur and tear our couple even more apart.

Starring: Vicky Krieps, Tim Roth, Mia Wasikowska and Anders Danielsen Lie
Genre: Drama | International
Country: France | Belgium | Germany | Sweden | Mexico (English, French, & Swedish)
Rating: R (for some sexual content, nudity and language)
Runtime: 112 minutes

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Hard Luck Love Song

Directed By: Justin Corsbie
Studio: Roadside Attractions

Hard Luck Love Song is writer/director Justin Corsbie’s feature debut. The story follows Jesse (Michael Dorman), a charismatic but down on his luck troubadour who finds himself at an existential crossroads as bad choices catch up with him during an unexpected reunion with Carla (Sophia Bush), an old flame. The script is based on the song “Just Like Old Times” by acclaimed Americana singer/songwriter Todd Snider. The talented ensemble cast also features RZA, Dermot Mulroney, Brian Sacca, Melora Walters, and Academy Award nominated Eric Roberts. At its core, the film is a modern day love story wrapped in a gritty, compelling character study.

Starring: Michael Dorman, Sophia Bush, Dermot Mulroney, Eric Roberts, Brian Sacca, Melora Walters and RZA
Genre: Drama | Music | Romance | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for language throughout, drug use, some violence and sexual references)
Runtime: 104 minutes

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The Velvet Underground

Directed By: Todd Haynes
Studio: Apple Original Films

The Velvet Underground created a new sound that changed the world of music, cementing its place as one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most revered bands. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Todd Haynes, “The Velvet Underground” shows just how the group became a cultural touchstone representing a range of contradictions: the band is both of their time, yet timeless; literary yet realistic; rooted in high art and street culture. The film features in-depth interviews with the key players of that time combined with a treasure trove of never-before-seen performances and a rich collection of recordings, Warhol films, and other experimental art that creates an immersive experience into what founding member John Cale describes as the band’s creative ethos: “how to be elegant and how to be brutal.”

Starring: Mary Woronov, Lou Reed, Jonathan Richman, and John Cale
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for language, sexual content, nudity and some drug material)
Runtime: 121 minutes

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Held For Ransom

Directed By: Niels Arden Oplev
Studio: Samuel Goldwyn Films

HELD FOR RANSOM tells the true story of Danish photojournalist Daniel Rye who was held hostage for 398 days in Syria by the terror organization ISIS along with several other foreign nationals including the American journalist, James Foley. The film follows Daniel’s struggle to survive in captivity, his friendship with James, and the nightmare of the Rye family back home in Denmark as they try to do everything in their power to save their son. At the center of this crisis, we find hostage negotiator, Arthur, who plays a pivotal role in securing Daniel’s release.

Starring: Toby Kebbell, Amir El-Masry, Esben Smed, Charlie Carrick, and Sara Hjort Ditlevsen
Genre: Drama | International
Country: Denmark | Norway | Sweden (English & Danish)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 138 minutes

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The Christ Quake

Directed By: Stephen Vidano
Studio: Gravitas Ventures

The Bible records unlikely physical events as bookends of the earthly life of Jesus — a mysterious star, an overwhelming earthquake. If these were actual historical events, would there be evidence? Yes, there would.

Starring:
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 73 minutes

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The Grand Duke of Corsica

Directed By: Daniel Graham
Studio: Vertical Entertainment

A cantankerous and brilliant architect, Alfred Rott, embarks upon a highly unusual commission for an eccentric billionaire in Malta who calls himself the ‘Grand Duke of Corsica’. A deadly malaria epidemic sweeps the island causing panic, but Alfred remains to finish the job.

Starring: Timothy Spall, Peter Stormare, Matt Hookings, Alicia Agneson, and Lucy Martin
Genre: Comedy | Drama | International
Country: UK (English & German)
Rating: R (for some strong violence, language throughout and some sexuality)
Runtime: 93 minutes

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Introducing, Selma Blair

Directed By: Rachel Fleit
Studio: Discovery Plus

One woman’s journey of personal acceptance and resilience after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Starring: Selma Balir
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 90 minutes

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Deep Blues
(1991 RE-RELEASE)

Directed By: Robert Mugge
Studio: Film Movement

In 1990, commissioned by Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, veteran music film director Robert Mugge and renowned music scholar Robert Palmer ventured deep into the heart of the North Mississippi Hill Country and Mississippi Delta to seek out the best rural blues acts currently working. Starting on Beale Street in Memphis, they headed south to the juke joints, lounges, front porches, and parlors of Holly Springs, Greenville, Clarksdale, Bentonia, and Lexington. Along the way, they visited celebrated landmarks and documented talented artists cut off from the mainstream of the recording industry. The resulting film expresses reverence for the rich musical history of the region, spotlighting local performers, soon to be world-renowned, thanks in large part to the film, and demonstrating how the blues continues to thrive in new generations of gifted musicians.

Starring: Robert Palmer, David A. Stewart, Abraham Schwab, Booker T. Laury, and R.L. Burnside
Genre: Documentary | Music
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 91 minutes

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The Blazing World

Directed By: Carlson Young
Studio: Vertical Entertainment

Decades after the accidental drowning of her twin sister, a self-destructive woman returns to her family home, finding herself drawn to an alternate dimension where her sibling may still be alive.

Starring: Udo Kier, Dermot Mulroney, Vinessa Shaw, and Carlson Young
Genre: Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy | Horror | Romance | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 101 minutes

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Monster Family 2: Nobody’S Perfect

Directed By: Holger Tappe
Studio: Viva Pictures

The Wishbones are a happy family — but not all is perfect. Max and Fay are struggling with the pressures of growing up, while Mom and Dad have the demands of work and parenting; but their hum-drum life is about to change. Mila Starr, a monster hunter, has made it her mission to capture all spooky creatures including the Wishbone’s friends King Conga, The Loch Ness Monster, and The Yeti. In order to save their friends, the Wishbone’s must transform into monsters themselves. Together as a Vampire, Mummy, Werewolf, and Frankenstein, the family take off on the most monst-umental adventure of their lives.

Starring: Jason Isaacs, Emily Watson, Nick Frost, Ethan Rouse, and Emily Carey
Genre: Animation | Comedy | Family | International
Country: UK | Germany (English)
Rating: PG (for action/peril, some rude humor and thematic elements)
Runtime: 103 minutes

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Luzzu

Directed By: Alex Camilleri
Studio: Kino Lorber

A hardworking Maltese fisherman, Jesmark is faced with an agonizing choice. He can repair his leaky luzzu — a traditional, multicolored wooden fishing boat — in the hopes of eking out a meager living at sea for his wife and newborn son, just as his father and grandfather did before him. Or he can decommission it in exchange for an EU payout and cast his lot with a sinister black-market operation that is decimating the Mediterranean fish population and the livelihoods of the local families who depend on it.

Starring: Frida Cauchi, Jesmark Scicluna, Michela Farrugia, and Uday McLean
Genre: Drama | International
Country: Malta (English & Maltese)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 94 minutes

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Breaking Them Up

Directed By: Scott Dow
Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment

When resourceful 15 year-old Damien decides that his parents are wrong for each other, he enlists best friend Erin to help him set them up with other people.

Starring: Stephen Schneider, Kelen Coleman, Jakob Wedel, and Tess Aubert
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA (English)
Rating: PG-13 (for some strong language and smoking)
Runtime: 95 minutes

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Demigod

Directed By: Miles Doleac
Studio: Gravitas Ventures

After traveling to Germany’s Black Forest, a woman discovers a terrifying secret that forces her to reckon with a mysterious ritual and her family’s past.

Starring: Jeremy London, Rachel Nichols, Yohance Myles, and Miles Doleac
Genre: Horror
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 95 minutes

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Gorbachev. Heaven

Directed By: Vitaliy Manskiy
Studio: Icarus Films

GORBACHEV. HEAVEN finds acclaimed director Vitaly Mansky (UNDER THE SUN) at home with a man who helped to shape the 20th-century: Mikhail Gorbachev. The Soviet leader was acclaimed as the architect of Glasnost and Perestroika, policies that gave the citizens of the Soviet Union–what Ronald Reagan called “the Evil Empire”–a chance to be free. He even tore down the Berlin Wall. But at the same time, under his rule, the Chernobyl nuclear facility exploded and its destruction was concealed. Citizens demanding independence in the Baltic states died. Soldiers wielding shovels brutally suppressed protesters in Tbilisi. Soviet tanks killed peaceful demonstrators in Baku. Under Gorbachev, the Soviet empire collapsed. He is now condemned by his own people. This intimate portrait finds Gorbachev living alone in an empty house outside Moscow, still carrying the burdens of his past.

Starring: Mikhail Gorbachev and Vladimir Putin
Genre: Documentary | International
Country: Latvia | Czech Republic (Russian)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 100 minutes

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Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

Directed By: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Studio: Film Movement

An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap and an encounter that results from a misunderstanding. Meiko is startled when she realizes that the man who her best friend starts to have feelings for, is her ex; Sasaki plots to trick his college professor out of revenge, using his class-friend-with-benefits Nao, while Natsuko encounters a woman who seems to be someone from her past, leading the two to confess the feelings they have harbored in their hearts — stories about the complexities of relationships, told through coincidences that happen in the lives of women in love.

Starring: Kotone Furukawa, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Katsuki Mori, and Fusako Urabe
Genre: Drama | International | Romance
Country: Japan (Japanese)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 121 minutes

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The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses

Directed By: Steven Latham & Conrad Stanley
Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment

“The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses” is a feature documentary that takes audiences on an odyssey throughout America to places few people have seen or know about. There are more than 80,000 wild horses on our public lands and 50,000 in government corrals. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Philipps says, “The wild horse is so ingrained in the American imagination that even for those who have never seen one know what it stands for: fierce independence, unbridled freedom, the bedrock ideals of the nation. From car ads to high school mascots, the wild horse — popularly known as the mustang — is the enduring icon of America. But in modern times it has become entangled in controversy and bureaucracy, and now its future is in question.” The film features songs by Bruce Springsteen, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson and an original song written by Diane Warren and performed by Blanco Brown. “America’s wild horses are fighting their last stand,” said Executive Producer Robert Redford. The Mustangs….the fight for freedom has begun!

Starring: David Philipps
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 90 minutes

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Son Of Monarchs

Directed By: Alexis Gambis
Studio: Labocine

After his grandmother’s death, a Mexican biologist living in New York returns to his hometown, nestled in the majestic monarch butterfly forests of Michoacán. The journey forces him to confront past traumas and reflect on his hybrid identity, sparking a personal and spiritual metamorphosis.

Starring: Paulina Gaitan, William Mapother, Tenoch Huerta, and Electra Avellan
Genre: Drama
Country: USA | Mexico (English & Spanish)
Rating: R (for language)
Runtime: 97 minutes

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In Full Bloom

Directed By: Adam VillaSenor & Reza Ghassemi
Studio: Bleiberg Entertainment

In the mountains of post-World War II Japan, reigning boxing champion Masahiro trains for a high-stakes international bout under the guidance of his sensei. His opponent is Clint Sullivan, a down-and-out fighter from America — the occupying power.

Starring: Tyler Wood, Yusuke Ogasawara, Sean McCracken, Timothy V. Murphy, Hiroyuki Watanabe.
Genre: Action | Crime | Drama
Country: USA | Japan (English & Japanese)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 90 minutes

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Koati

Directed By: Rodrigo Perez-Castro
Studio: Maya Cinemas North America

Three unlikely heroes – Nachi, a free-spirited coati; Xochi, a fearless monarch butterfly and Pako, a hyperactive glass frog – embark on an adventure to stop wicked coral snake Zaina from destroying their rain forest homeland.

Starring: Sofía Vergara, Joe Manganiello, Adriana Barraza, Eduardo Franco, and Michele Lepe
Genre: Animation | Adventure | Family | Fantasy
Country: USA | Mexico (English)
Rating: PG (for peril, rude material and thematic elements)
Runtime: 91 minutes

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Found

Directed By: Amanda Lipitz
Studio: Netflix

Three adopted American teenage girls discover that they are blood-related cousins. Their online meeting inspires the young women to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to China together in search of answers, connections and their lost history.

Starring:
Genre: Documentary | Drama
Country: USA (English)
Rating: PG (for thematic content, and brief smoking)
Runtime: 97 minutes

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Convergence: Courage in a CrisiS

Directed By: Orlando von Einsiedel
Studio: Netflix

While COVID-19 exacerbates vulnerabilities across the world, unsung heroes in all levels of society help the tide turn toward a brighter future.

Starring: Alexandra Echavarri
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA | UK (English)
Rating: R (for some language)
Runtime: 113 minutes

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