JANUARY 21, 2022

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The King’s Daughter

Directed By: Sean McNamara
Studio: Gravitas Ventures

Known as The Sun King, Louis XIV (Pierce Brosnan) is the most powerful and influential monarch on the planet. Obsessed with his own mortality and the future of France, Louis turns to his spiritual advisor, Père La Chaise (William Hurt), and the royal physician to help him obtain the key to immortality. Believing a mermaid (Fan Bingbing) contains a force that grants everlasting life, Louis commissions a young sea captain to search the seas and capture the mystical creature. Further complicating his plans is his orphaned daughter, Marie-Josèphe (Kaya Scodelario), who returns to court with an abundance of elegance and an inherent defiance of authority. With a rare solar eclipse approaching, Louis will discover where his daughter’s true loyalties lie as he races against time to extract the mermaid’s life-giving force.

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Kaya Scodelario, William Hurt, Benjamin Walker, and Pablo Schreibern
Genre: Action |Adventure | Family | Fantasy | International | Romance
Country: Australia (English)
Rating: PG (for some violence, suggestive material and thematic elements)
Runtime: 90 minutes


Munich: The Edge of War

Directed By: Christian Schwochow
Studio: Netflix

Based on the international bestseller by Robert Harris. It is Autumn 1938 and Europe stands on the brink of war. Adolf Hitler is preparing to invade Czechoslovakia and Neville Chamberlain’s government desperately seeks a peaceful solution. With the pressure building, Hugh Legat, British civil servant, and Paul von Hartmann, German diplomat, travel to Munich for the emergency Conference. As negotiations begin, the two old friends find themselves at the center of a web of political subterfuge and very real danger. With the whole world watching, can war be averted and, if so, at what cost?

Starring: Jeremy Irons, George MacKay and Jannis Niewöhner
Genre: Biography | Drama | History | Thriller
Country: USA | UK (English & German)
Rating: PG-13 (for some strong language, thematic elements, smoking and brief violence)
Runtime: 123 minutes



Directed By: Mauro Borrelli
Studio: Saban Films

A US military cargo plane loses control and violently crashes behind enemy lines in the middle of the German black forest. Immediately ruthless Major Johnson (Mickey Rourke) sends a squad of his bravest soldiers on a rescue mission to retrieve the top secret material the plane was carrying. Led by Sergeant Brewer (Robert Knepper) and Walsh (Jackson Rathbone), the soldiers venture deep into the forest near the crash site. They soon discover hanged Nazi soldiers and other dead bodies bearing ancient, magical symbols. Suddenly their compasses fail, their perceptions twist and straying from the group leads to profound horror as they are attacked by a powerful, supernatural force. Fighting for their sanity and struggling to survive, they must uncover the shocking truth behind the force before the Nazis and do everything they can to remove all evidence it ever existed, even at the cost of their own lives.

Starring: Mickey Rourke, Jackson Rathbone, Robert Knepper, and Fredrik Wagner
Genre: Action | Horror | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for violent content, language and some sexual references)
Runtime: 93 minutes



Directed By: David Beton
Studio: Uncork’d Entertainment

Father Peter is locking up when a man bursts in, clutching his stomach as blood pours out of a gunshot wound. Gun to his head, Father Peter is forced to listen to the dying man’s confession, which brings up a past he had forgotten.

Starring: Colm Meaney, Stephen Moyer, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Kris Johnson, and Sadie Jean Shirley
Genre: International | Thriller
Country: UK (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 100 minutes


The Tiger Rising

Directed By: Ray Giarratana
Studio: The Avenue

Queen Latifah and Dennis Quaid star in this beloved tale based on the New York Times best-selling book by Kate DiCamillo. When 12-year-old Rob Horton (Christian Convery) discovers a caged tiger in the woods near his home, his imagination runs wild and life begins to change in the most unexpected ways. With the help of a wise and mysterious maid, Willie May (Queen Latifah) and the stubborn new girl in school (Madalen Mills), he navigates through childhood memories, heartache, and wondrous adventures in this heartwarming adaptation.

Starring: Christian Convery, Madalen Mills, Katharine McPhee, Sam Trammell, Dennis Quaid and Queen Latifah
Genre: Family
Country: USA (English)
Rating: PG (for thematic elements, language and brief violence)
Runtime: 102 minutes


The Laureate

Directed By: William Nunez
Studio: Gravitas Ventures

Set in the mid-1920s, celebrated poet and writer Robert Graves returns from war traumatized and creatively struggling. It takes young poet Laura Riding to reignite Robert’s passion.

Starring: Tom Hughes, Laura Haddock, and Dianna Agron
Genre: Drama
Country: UK (English)
Rating: R (for sexual content, nudity and language)
Runtime: 110 minutes


The Olive Trees of Justice

Directed By: James Blue
Studio: Kino Lorber

The first and only narrative feature by American documentarian James Blue (Oscar-nominated for A Few Notes On Our Food Problem), The Olive Trees Of Justice holds the dual distinctions of being the only French film to have been shot during the Algerian War, and to have been the inaugural winner of the Critics prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1962. Filmed in Algiers and the surrounding countryside during the late stages of the Algerian War, under the pretext that it was a documentary about the wine industry, the film depicts the Algerian struggle for independence from the French by concentrating on a young “pied-noir” (Frenchman of Algerian descent) who returns to Algiers to visit his dying father. His memories of boyhood on his father’s farm are told in flashbacks with a lush serenity that contrasts to the teeming, tank-filled streets of contemporary Algiers. Giving the film a neorealist tone by shooting in a documentary style and enrolling a cast that consisted largely of non-professional actors, including author Jean Pelegri who wrote the autobiographical novel from which the film is based, Blue tells a powerful story of common people living and struggling in their daily lives, while providing a valuable testimony to the complexity of the Algerian situation in that time period.

Starring: Pierre Prothon, Jean Pélégri, Marie Decaître, and Huguette Poggi
Genre: Drama
Country: France (French)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 81 minutes


Redeeming Love

Directed By: D.J. Caruso
Studio: Pinnacle Peak Pictures, Nthibah Pictures, Mission Pictures

REDEEMING LOVE is a powerful and timeless love story that takes place against the backdrop of the California Gold Rush of 1850. The story centers on Angel (Abigail Cowen), who was sold into prostitution as a child. She has survived through hatred and self-loathing, until she meets Michael Hosea (Tom Lewis) and discovers there is no brokenness that love can’t heal. The story reflects the redemptive power of unconditional and sacrificial love with characters and circumstances relevant to the contemporary world.

Starring: Abigail Cowen, Tom Lewis, Logan Marshall-Green, Famke Janssen, and Nina Dobrev
Genre: Drama | History | Romance
Country: USA (English)
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic content, sexual content, partial nudity, and strong violent content)
Runtime: 134 minutes


Simple Passion

Directed By: Danielle Arbid
Studio: Strand Releasing

A mother falls into an addictive relationship with a Russian diplomat with whom she has nothing in common.

Starring: Laetitia Dosch, Sergei Polunin, Lou-Teymour Thion, and Caroline Ducey
Genre: Drama | International | Romance
Country: France | Belgium (French, English, & Russian)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 99 minutes


A Shot Through The Wall

Directed By: Aimee Long
Studio: Vertical Entertainment

After shooting an innocent African-American man in Brooklyn, a Chinese-American cop wades through his guilt as he attempts to navigate the intricate and complicated worlds of media, justice, and racial politics in modern day New York.

Starring: Kenny Leu, Ciara Renée, Fiona Fu, and Tzi Ma
Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 90 minutes



Directed By: Leon Lee
Studio: Zhen Pictures

Based on true events, “Unsilenced” follows Wang, a university student in Beijing, and his friends as their carefree days are shattered by the 1999 order that banned the spiritual practice Falun Gong in China. As the state churns out lies and starts brutally suppressing voices of dissent, they cross paths with Daniel, a cynical American reporter struggling to find meaning in his profession in the country he loves. With the risk of prison, torture, and even death looming over them, they must all make a choice: to go with their conscience and speak the truth, or to remain silent as atrocious crimes go on behind closed doors.

Starring: Sam Trammell, Anastasia Lin, James Yi, and Tzu-Chiang Wang
Genre: Drama | International
Country: Canada (English)
Rating: R (for some violence)
Runtime: 108 minutes


The Hunting

Directed By: Mark Andrew Hamer
Studio: Vertical Entertainment

In a small town, Detective Connor Ryan investigates the brutal murder of a local man who was torn apart in the forest outside the quaint town. The crime scene reveals strange evidence of an unknown animal attack which leads Detective Ryan to consult with Maggie Talbot, a wolf expert and conservationist. While Connor and Maggie dive into the case they uncover disturbing information about werewolf lore. Maggie’s past experience with wolves and her desire to find closure from her missing father moves her to believe the werewolf lore is real. Connor is not easily convinced. While the two continue to search for answers a group of college students plan a poorly timed social gathering in the forest. By the time Connor and Maggie close in on the truth it is too late for the students. But not everything is as it seems when a surprising twist leaves Connor and Maggie questioning everything they think they know.

Starring: Angela Cole, Alan Tuskes, Keith Migra, and Heidi Azaro
Genre: Horror
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 93 minutes



Directed By: Kateryna Gornostai
Studio: Altered Innocence

Introvert Masha sees herself as an outsider unless she’s hanging out with her two best friends, Yana and Senia. While trying to navigate through her last year of school, Masha falls in love in a way that forces her out of her comfort zone.

Starring: Maria Fedorchenko, Arsenii Markov, Yana Isaienko, and Oleksandr Ivanov
Genre: Drama | International
Country: Ukraine (Ukrainian)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 122 minutes



Directed By: Hong Sang-soo & Sang-soo Hong
Studio: The Cinema Guild

Youngho (Shin Seokho) goes to see his father who is tending to a famous patient. He surprises his girlfriend, Juwon (Park Miso), in Berlin where she is studying fashion design. He goes to a seaside hotel to meet his mother and brings his friend Jeongsoo (Ha Seongguk) with him. In each instance, he anticipates an important conversation. But sometimes a shared look, or a shared smoke, can mean as much as anything we could say to those close to us.

Starring: Seok-ho Shin, Mi-so Park, Young-ho Kim, and Ju-bong Gi
Genre: Drama | International
Country: South Korea (Korean)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 66 minutes


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