DECEMBER 2, 2021

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Benedetta

Directed By: Paul Verhoeven
Studio: IFC Films

A 17th-century nun becomes entangled in a forbidden lesbian affair, but it’s her shocking religious visions that threaten to shake the Church to its very core.

Starring: Virginie Efira, Charlotte Rampling, Daphne Patakia, and Lambert Wilson
Genre: Biography | Drama | History | International | Romance
Country: France | Belgium | Netherlands (French & Latin)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 131 minutes

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Wolf

Directed By: Nathalie Biancheri
Studio: Focus Features

Believing he is a wolf trapped in a human body, Jacob (George MacKay) eats, sleeps, and lives like a wolf — much to the shock of his family. When he’s sent to a clinic, Jacob and his animal-bound peers are forced to undergo increasingly extreme forms of ‘curative’ therapies. However once he meets the mysterious Wildcat (Lily-Rose Depp), and as their friendship blossoms into an undeniable infatuation, Jacob is faced with a challenge: will he renounce his true self for love.

Starring: George MacKay, Lily-Rose Depp, Paddy Considine, Eileen Walsh, Fionn O’Shea and Lola Petticrew
Genre: Drama | International | Mystery | Thriller
Country: Ireland | United Kingdom | Poland (English)
Rating: R (for some abusive behavior, sexuality, nudity and language)
Runtime: 98 minutes

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Flee

Directed By: Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Studio: Neon

FLEE tells the story of Amin Nawabi as he grapples with a painful secret he has kept hidden for 20 years, one that threatens to derail the life he has built for himself and his soon to be husband. Recounted mostly through animation to director Jonas Poher Rasmussen, he tells for the first time the story of his extraordinary journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan.

Starring: Daniel Karimyar, Fardin Mijdzadeh, Milad Eskandari, and Belal Faiz
Genre: Documentary | Animation | International
Country: Denmark | Sweden | Norway | France | USA | Slovenia | Estonia | Spain | Italy | Finland (Danish, English, Dari, Russian, & Swedish)
Rating: PG-13 (for thematic content, disturbing images and strong language)
Runtime: 90 minutes

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Red Rocket

Directed By: Sean Baker
Studio: A24

The audacious new film from writer-director Sean Baker (The Florida Project, Tangerine), starring Simon Rex in a magnetic, live-wire performance, Red Rocket is a darkly funny and humane portrait of a uniquely American hustler and a hometown that barely tolerates him.

Starring: Simon Rex, Bree Elrod, Brenda Deiss, and Ethan Darbone
Genre: Comedy | Drama
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and pervasive language)
Runtime: 128 minutes

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Encounter

Directed By: Michael Pearce
Studio: Amazon Studios

A decorated Marine goes on a rescue mission to save his two young sons from a mysterious threat. As their journey takes them in increasingly dangerous directions, the boys will need to leave their childhoods behind.

Starring: Riz Ahmed, Octavia Spencer, Janina Gavankar, Rory Cochrane, Lucian-River Chauhan, and Aditya Geddada
Genre: Sci-Fi | Thriller
Country: USA | UK (English)
Rating: R (for language and some violence)
Runtime: 108 minutes

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Silent Night

Directed By: Camille Griffin
Studio: RLJE Films

From producers Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman franchise), Trudie Styler (Moon) and Celine Rattray (The Kids Are Alright), Silent Night follows parents Nell (Keira Knightley) and Simon (Matthew Goode) who have invited their closest friends to join their family for Christmas dinner at their idyllic home in the English countryside. As the group comes together, it feels like old times — but behind all of the laughter and merriment, something is not quite right. The world outside is facing impending doom, and no amount of gifts, games or Prosecco can make mankind’s imminent destruction go away. Surviving the holidays just got a lot more complicated.

Starring: Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Roman Griffin Davis, Annabelle Wallis, Lily-Rose Depp, Sope Dirisu, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Lucy Punch and Rufus Jones
Genre: Comedy | Horror | International
Country: UK (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 92 minutes

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Directed By: Swinton O. Scott III
Studio: Disney+

Greg Heffley dreams of being famous while surviving middle school with his best friend, Rowley.

Starring: Brady Noon, Ethan William Childress, Chris Diamantopoulos, Hunter Dillon and Erica Cerra
Genre: Animation | Comedy | Drama | Family
Country: USA | Canada (English)
Rating: PG (for rude material and some thematic elements)
Runtime: 58 minutes

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Deadlock

Directed By: Jared Cohn
Studio: Saban Films

Bruce Willis stars as Ron Whitlock, a wanted criminal leading a team of mercenaries on a mission of vengeance. Convinced that the government is working against them, the merciless group brutally seizes an energy plant and holds everyone inside hostage. With a nearby town on the brink of massive flooding and destruction, it’s up to one retired elite army ranger Mack Karr (Patrick Muldoon) to save thousands of innocent lives before it’s too late.

Starring: Patrick Muldoon, Bruce Willis, Matthew Marsden, Michael DeVorzon, and Ava Paloma
Genre: Action | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for violence, language throughout and some drug use)
Runtime: 97 minutes

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Castle Falls

Directed By: Dolph Lundgren
Studio: Shout! Studios

After decades of neglect, Castle Heights Hospital is packed with dynamite and ready to be demolished. However, no one knows that a gang leader, now in prison, hid $3 million in stolen cash inside the abandoned building. Now, three desperate parties want the money — and they have exactly 90 minutes to find it and get out alive.

Starring: Scott Adkins, Dolph Lundgren, Jim E. Chandler, and Kim DeLonghi
Genre: Action | Drama | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 87 minutes

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Citizen Ashe

Directed By: Rex Miller & Samuel D. Pollard
Studio: Magnolia Pictures

Directors Rex Miller and Sam Pollard explore the enduring legacy of tennis great and humanitarian Arthur Ashe in a feature documentary as elegant, meaningful, and poignant as the life he lived. Ashe’s widow, brother, friends from his childhood in Richmond to his Grand Slam tournament playing and coaching days, as well as confidantes that nurtured his personal evolution from sports legend to global activist, describe the key events that shaped Ashe’s quiet determination to ‘use what he had to do what he could.’

Starring: Johnnie Ashe, Harry Edwards, Victor Ellis, Billie Jean King, and John McEnroe
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA | UK (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 94 minutes

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Death of a Telemarketer

Directed By: Khaled Ridgeway
Studio: Vertical Entertainment

Ace telemarketer Kasey (Lamorne Morris) is in a close sales contest with newbie employee, Barry (Woody McClain), and must score a big sale by midnight or he’ll lose the largest commission to date. Out of desperation, Kasey waits until everyone leaves the office and finds the Do Not Call list. He thinks he’s found the perfect mark, but instead finds himself held hostage and at the mercy of Asa (Jackie Earle Haley), the man he tried to swindle. Now Kasey must pass Asa’s twisted test on ethics if he wants to live to sell another day.

Starring: Lamorne Morris, Jackie Earle Haley, Haley Joel Osment, and Alisha Wainwright
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for language throughout, some violence and sexual references)
Runtime: 88 minutes

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Red Stone

Directed By: Derek Presley
Studio: Cinedigm

A dangerous hitman (Neal McDonough) is tasked with hunting down a teenager who witnessed the murder of his older brother at the hands of a ruthless Southern crime lord (Michael Cudlitz). The hired gun must track down the boy before either the rival henchmen or the F.B.I. find him first. As the hours tick down, the hitman begins to question his deadly ways and must choose which side he belongs to.

Starring: Neal McDonough, Michael Cudlitz, Dominic Scott Kay, Mike Dopud,and Alexandria DeBerry
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 97 minutes

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The Hand Of God

Directed By: Paolo Sorrentino
Studio: Netflix

From Academy Award-winning writer and director Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo, The Great Beauty, The Young Pope) comes the story of a boy, Fabietto Schisa, set in the tumultuous Naples of the 1980s. The Hand of God is a story full of unexpected joys, such as the arrival of football legend Diego Maradona, and an equally unexpected tragedy. Fate plays its part, joy and tragedy intertwine, and Fabietto’s future is set in motion. Sorrentino returns to his hometown to tell his most personal story, a tale of fate and family, sports and cinema, love and loss.

Starring: Filippo Scotti, Toni Servillo, Teresa Saponangelo, Marlon Joubert, Luisa Ranieri, Renato Carpentieri, Massimiliano Gallo, Betti Pedrazzi, Biagio Manna and Ciro Capano
Genre: Drama | International
Country: Italy (Italian)
Rating: R (for sexual content, language, some graphic nudity and brief drug use)
Runtime: 130 minutes

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Back To The Outback

Directed By: Clare Knight & Harry Cripps
Studio: Netflix

Tired of being locked in a reptile house where humans gawk at them like they’re monsters, a ragtag group of Australia’s deadliest creatures plot a daring escape from their zoo to the Outback, a place where they’ll fit in without being judged for their scales and fangs. Leading the group is Maddie (Isla Fisher), a poisonous snake with a heart of gold, who bands together with a self-assured Thorny Devil lizard Zoe (Miranda Tapsell), a lovelorn hairy spider Frank (Guy Pearce), and a sensitive scorpion Nigel (Angus Imrie). But when their nemesis — Pretty Boy (Tim Minchin), a cute but obnoxious koala — unexpectedly joins their escape, Maddie and the gang have no choice but to take him with them. So begins a hair-raising and hilarious road trip across Australia, as they are pursued by a zookeeper Chaz (Eric Bana) and his adventure-seeking mini-me (Diesel La Torraca). BACK TO THE OUTBACK is an animated adventure that proves just because something’s different, doesn’t mean it isn’t beautiful.

Starring: Isla Fisher, Tim Minchin, Eric Bana, Guy Pearce, Miranda Tapsell, Angus Imrie, Keith Urban, Jacki Weaver, and Kylie Minogue
Genre: Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family
Country: USA | Australia (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 95 minutes

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ThIS Game’s Called Murder

Directed By: Adam Sherman
Studio: Cranked Up Films

A modern, dark-humored tale of greed, romance, and lost innocence in consumer-crazed, alienated society that functions as a harsh critique of society today without taking itself too seriously.

Starring: Ron Perlman, Natasha Henstridge, Vanessa Marano, and Judson Mills
Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 106 minutes

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Last Shoot Out

Directed By: Michael Feifer
Studio: Lionsgate

Cam Gigandet (Twilight franchise) and Academy Award® nominee Bruce Dern (The Hateful Eight) light up this gritty, intense Western saga of love, betrayal, and revenge. After newlywed Jocelyn learns that her husband Jody (Michael Welch, Twilight franchise) had her father shot down, she flees from the Callahan ranch in fear. She’s rescued by gunman Billy Tyson, who safeguards her at a remote outpost as he staves off Jody’s attempts to reclaim his bride. As the angry Callahans keep Billy, Jocelyn, and others captive at the outpost, an explosive showdown is inevitable.

Starring: Michael Welch, Cam Gigandet and Bruce Dern
Genre: Western
Country: USA (English)
Rating: PG-13 (for violence and bloody images)
Runtime: 86 minutes

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Torn

Directed By: Max Lowe
Studio: National Geographic

Widely hailed as the greatest mountaineer of his generation, Alex Lowe was a towering figure in the world of outdoor sports. But he loomed even larger for his oldest son, Max, who was only 11 in 1999 when Alex was buried by an avalanche along with cameraman David Bridges while attempting to ski the north face of Mount Shishapangma in the Tibetan Himalaya. Seventeen years after their deaths, Lowe’s and Bridges’ bodies were found by two climbers attempting the same route, and in the following months, Lowe’s family journeyed to the remote mountain to recover them. In the powerful and deeply moving new documentary TORN, director Max Lowe examines the long-buried feelings this unearthed for him and his family, including his mother, Jennifer; his younger brothers, Sam and Isaac; and his stepfather, Conrad Anker, Alex’s climbing partner and best friend.

Starring: Conrad Anker, Alex Lowe, Isaac Lowe, and Jennifer Lowe
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 92 minutes

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Home

Directed By: Franka Potente
Studio: Gravitas Ventures

Marvin Hacks (40) is skateboarding home after more than 17 years in prison in the same Adidas tracksuit he was wearing when he was arrested as a teenager. He quickly finds out that, even after two decades, his small hometown has not forgotten the atrocity he committed, but Marvin is prepared to accept the repercussions of his past, whatever the cost…

Starring: Jake McLaughlin, Kathy Bates, Aisling Franciosi, Derek Richardson, James Jordan, Lil Rel Howery and Stephen Root
Genre: Drama | International
Country: Germany | France | Netherlands (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 100 minutes

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Funny Thing About Love

Directed By: Adam White
Studio: Gravitas Ventures

Samantha Banks is on top of the world, a successful business, and a handsome fiancé. But over one crazy Thanksgiving Holiday with her scheming family, her whole world is thrown into a tailspin when they invite her ex-boyfriend, “the one that got away”.

Starring: Landen Adams, Alaina Beauloye, Summer Bellessa, Barry Corbin, and Jon Heder
Genre: Comedy | Family | Romance
Country: USA (English)
Rating: PG (for brief rude humor)
Runtime: 96 minutes

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The End Of Us

Directed By: Steven Kanter & Henry Loevner
Studio: Saban Films

A witty and timely comedy full of heart and humor. Cohabitating couple Nick and Leah are on the verge of splitting up when the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic forces them to stick together. As hours turn into days, then weeks, a relative truce devolves into petty fights between the practical, career-driven Leah and the carefree, creative slacker Nick. As they navigate this new normal and reevaluate their relationship, the couple finds that breaking up may be harder than staying together.

Starring: Ben Coleman, Ali Vingiano, Derrick Joseph DeBlasis, and Gadiel Del Orbe
Genre: Comedy | Drama
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for language and sexual references)
Runtime: 92 minutes

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The Second

Directed By: Mairi Cameron
Studio: Gravitas Ventures

The persona of a celebrated author is threatened when her best friend and muse reveals the dark secret behind her first novel’s provenance, igniting an incendiary tale of sex, lies and betrayal.

Starring: Rachael Blake, Susie Porter, Vince Colosimo, and Martin Sacks
Genre: Drama | International | Mystery | Thriller
Country: Australia (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 94 minutes

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Try Harder!

Directed By: Debbie Lum
Studio: Greenwich Entertainment

At Lowell High School, the top public high school in San Francisco, the seniors are stressed out. As they prepare for the emotionally draining college application process, students are keenly aware of the intense competition for the few open spots in their dream colleges. At Lowell — where cool kids are nerds, nearly everyone has an amazing talent, and most of the student body is Asian American — the things that usually make a person stand out can feel commonplace. With humor and heart, director Debbie Lum captures the reality of the American college application process and the intersection of class, race, and educational opportunity as young adults navigate a quintessential rite of passage.

Starring: Alvan Cai, Shealand Fairchild, Rachael Schmidt, and Richard Shapiro
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 85 minutes

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Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm

Directed By: Brian Zemrak
Studio: Level 33 Entertainment

A young orphan bear named Bongee befriends Princess Katrina. When the witch Bandrilla casts a spell on the people of the Kingdom preventing them from doing what they love most, dancing, Bongee Bear set out to break the spell.

Starring: Jeff Bennett, John Bogert, Ruth Buzzi, and Debi Derryberry
Genre: Animation
Country: USA | Philippines (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 90 minutes

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Betrayed

Directed By: Eirik Svensson
Studio: Samuel Goldwyn Films

The Nazi agenda knew no borders. As the war spread into Europe, Hitler’s control became ever more clear. In November of 1942 hundreds of Jewish citizens in Norway were taken from their homes. Men, women and children forced on to a ship… a ship headed for Oslo, with the final destination set to be where the industrialization of human suffering became a horrifying reality — Auschwitz. Follow one family’s struggle as the life they knew and loved is ripped from them by the tides of war.

Starring: Johannes Blåsternes, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Axel Bøyum, and Kent Dahlgren
Genre: Drama | History | International | War
Country: Norway (Norwegian)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 126 minutes

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True to the Game 3

Directed By: David Wolfgang
Studio: Faith Media

Quadir, who was thought to be dead, turns out to be Gena’s savior. He gives Gena 72 hours to check on her family in Philadelphia, but the feds are closing in. The pair have to escape havoc before they can have a new life together.

Starring: Malik Barnhardt, Starletta DuPois, Omar Gooding, and Iyana Halley
Genre: Romance | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for violence and pervasive language)
Runtime: 98 minutes

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The Scary of Sixty-First

Directed By: Dasha Nekrasova
Studio: Utopia

While out apartment hunting, college pals Noelle and Addie stumble upon the deal of a lifetime: a posh duplex on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. But soon after moving in, a more sinister picture of the apartment emerges when a mysterious woman arrives and claims the property used to belong to the infamous and recently-deceased Jeffrey Epstein. With this news, Noelle becomes obsessed with the visitor–to the point of infatuation. As the pair plunge deeper into the conspiracies of the Epstein case, Addie falls into her own bizarre state: a pseudo-possession complete with inexplicable fits of age-regressed sexual mania. As they peel back on these strange occurrences, the truth reveals itself to be more twisted than they could have ever imagined.

Starring: Madeline Quinn, Betsey Brown, Stephen Gurewitz, and Dasha Nekrasova
Genre: Comedy | Horror | Mystery | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 81 minutes

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