DECEMBER 2, 2022

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Directed By: Tommy Wirkola

Studio: Universal Pictures

Violent Night

When a team of mercenaries breaks into a wealthy family compound on Christmas Eve, taking everyone inside hostage, the team isn’t prepared for a surprise combatant: Santa Claus (David Harbour, Black Widow, Stranger Things series) is on the grounds, and he’s about to show why this Nick is no saint.

Starring: David Harbour, John Leguizamo, Alex Hassell, Alexis Louder, Edi Patterson, Cam Gigandet, Leah Brady, and Beverly D’Angelo
Genre: Action | Comedy | Crime | Thriller
Rating: R (for strong bloody violence, language throughout and some sexual references)
Country: USA (English)
Runtime: 112 minutes

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Directed By: Antoine Fuqua

Studio: Apple TV+

Emancipation

“Emancipation” tells the triumphant story of Peter (Will Smith), a man who escapes from slavery, relying on his wits, unwavering faith and deep love for his family to evade cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on his quest for freedom. The film is inspired by the 1863 photos of “Whipped Peter,” taken during a Union Army medical examination, that first appeared in Harper’s Weekly. One image, known as “The Scourged Back,” which shows Peter’s bare back mutilated by a whipping delivered by his enslavers, ultimately contributed to growing public opposition to slavery.

Starring: Will Smith, Ben Foster, Charmaine Bingwa, Gilbert Owuor, Ronnie Gene Blevins, and Steven Ogg
Genre: Action | Thriller
Rating: R (for strong racial violence, disturbing images and language)
Country: USA (English)
Runtime: 132 minutes

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Directed By: Chris Smith

Studio: Netflix

Sr.

Follow the tender but appropriately irreverent account of the life and career of Robert Downey Sr., the fearless and visionary American director who set the standard for countercultural comedy in the 1960s and 1970s.

Starring: Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Downey Sr.
Genre: Documentary
Rating: R (for language and some drug use)
Country: USA (English)
Runtime: 89 minutes

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Directed By: Pan Nalin

Studio: Samuel Goldwyn Films

Last Film Show

Samay, a 9-year-old boy living with his family in a remote village in India discovers films for the first time and is absolutely mesmerized. Against his father’s wishes, he returns to the cinema day after day to watch more films, and even befriends the projectionist, who, in exchange for his lunch box, lets him watch movies for free. He quickly figures out that stories become light, light becomes films, and films become dreams. Samay and his wild gang of friends move heaven and earth to catch and project light to achieve a 35mm film projection. Together, they use an innovative hack and jubilantly succeed in making a film projection apparatus. But following your dreams often means leaving things behind.

Starring: Bhavin Rabari, Richa Meena, Bhavesh Shrimali, and Dipen Raval
Genre: Drama | International
Rating: Not Rated
Country: India | France | USA (Gujarati)
Runtime: 110 minutes

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Directed By: Michael Showalter

Studio: Focus Features

Spoiler Alert

Based on Michael Ausiello’s best-selling memoir “Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies,” the film is a heartwarming, funny and life-affirming story of how Michael and Kit’s relationship is transformed and deepened when one of them falls ill.

Starring: Jim Parsons, Ben Aldridge, and Sally Field
Genre: Comedy | Drama
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content, drug use and thematic elements)
Country: USA (English)
Runtime: 112 minutes

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Directed by: Joanna Hogg

Studio: A24

The Eternal Daughter

An artist and her elderly mother confront long-buried secrets when they return to a former family home, now a hotel haunted by its mysterious past. Featuring a towering, deeply moving performance by Tilda Swinton, acclaimed filmmaker Joanna Hogg’s beguiling latest film is a brilliant and captivating exploration of parental relationships and the things we leave behind.

Starring: Tilda Swinton, Carly-Sophia Davies, Zinnia Davies-Cooke, and August Joshi
Genre: Drama | Mystery
Rating: PG-13 (for some drug material)
Country: USA | UK (English)
Runtime: 96 minutes

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Directed By: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre

Studio: Netflix

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Marrying Sir Clifford Chatterley, Connie’s life of wealth and privilege seems set as she takes the title of Lady Chatterley. Yet this idealistic union gradually becomes an incarceration when Clifford returns from the First World War with injuries that have left him unable to walk. When she meets and falls for Oliver Mellors, the gamekeeper on the Chatterley family estate, their secret trysts lead her to a sensual, sexual awakening. But as their affair becomes the subject of local gossip, Connie faces a life-altering decision: follow her heart or return to her husband and endure what Edwardian society expects of her.

Starring: Emma Corrin, Jack O’Connell, Matthew Duckett, Joely Richardson, Faye Marsay, and Ella Hunt
Genre: Drama | Romance
Rating: R (for strong sexual content, graphic nudity and some language)
Country: USA | UK (English)
Runtime: 126 minutes

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Directed By: Roar Uthaug

Studio: Netflix

Troll

Deep inside the mountain of Dovre, something gigantic awakens after being trapped for a thousand years. Destroying everything in its path, the creature is fast approaching the capital of Norway. But how do you stop something you thought only existed in Norwegian folklore?

Starring: Ine Marie Wilmann, Kim Falck, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen, and Gard B. Eidsvold
Genre: Action | Adventure | Drama | Fantasy | International | Thriller
Rating: TV-14
Country: Norway (Norwegian)
Runtime: 101 minutes

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Directed By: Ramin Bahrani

Studio: Bleecker Street

2nd Chance

A documentary chronicling the life of Richard Davis, the man who invented the concealable bulletproof vest – shooting himself 196 times in the course of his career to prove the effectiveness of his vests.

Starring: Richard Davis
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Country: USA (English)
Runtime: 89 minutes

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Directed By: Warren Brock

Studio: Lionsgate

Angry Neighbors

When his ultra-wealthy neighbor in the Hamptons builds an obnoxious mega-mansion next door, grumpy retired novelist Harry March concocts an elaborate scheme for revenge that is destined to go hilariously awry.

Starring: Frank Langella, Stockard Channing, Cheech Marin, Bobby Cannavale, Ashley Benson, and Terrence Clowe
Genre: Comedy
Rating: R (for language/sexual reference)
Country: USA (English)
Runtime: 80 minutes

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Directed By: Randall Emmett

Studio: The Avenue

Savage Salvation

Sheriff Church and Detective Zeppelin strive to keep the peace in their rough town, where residents’ only two interests are the church or oxycodone. Newly engaged Shelby John and Ruby Red want a fresh start. They decide to have a family together and get clean, with the support of Peter, Ruby’s brother-in-law. However Shelby discovers his beloved Ruby dead on their porch before she could fulfill her final wish: to be baptized in the river and washed away from her past sins. Filled with fiery rage, Shelby embarks on a vengeful killing spree to right all the wrong done to Ruby by every link in the drug dealing chain. Armed with nothing but adrenaline and a nail gun, Shelby picks off dealers and junkies one by one until he gets to the top. Sheriff Church and Detective Zeppelin must race against the clock to put an end to Shelby’s vigilante justice before his fight with the crime lord Coyote turns the entire town into a bloodbath.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Jack Huston, John Malkovich, Quavo, and Willa Fitzgerald
Genre: Action | Thriller
Rating: R (for strong violence and drug use, and language throughout)
Country: USA (English)
Runtime: 101 minutes

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Directed By: Clare Niederpruem

Studio: RLJE Films + AMC+

Christmas With The Campbells

The traditional holiday romance movie, from the writer of “You Light Up My Christmas” and the director of “The Christmas Bow”, gets a little more fun this year with a spin from co-writers Vince Vaughn and Dan Lagana. In “Christmas with The Campbells”, when Jesse gets dumped right before the holidays by her boyfriend Shawn, his parents convince her to still spend Christmas with them, and Shawn’s handsome cousin, while Shawn is away.

Starring: Brittany Snow, Justin Long, Alex Moffat, Julia Duffy, and George Wendt
Genre: Comedy | Romance
Rating: Not Rated
Country: USA (English)
Runtime: 88 minutes

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Directed By: Annika Appelin

Studio: Samuel Goldwyn Films

Food and Romance

A sudden change forces Karin to re-evaluate her life. With the help of friends, food and passion she refuses to accept that life has an expiration date and takes the second chance she is given.

Starring: Marie Richardson, Peter Stormare, Ida Engvoll, and Carina M Johansson
Genre: Comedy | Drama | International | Romance
Rating: Not Rated
Country: Sweden (Swedish)
Runtime: 102 minutes

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Directed By: Lee Jung-jae

Studio: Magnolia Pictures + Magnet Releasing

Hunt

After a high-ranking North Korean official requests asylum, KCIA Foreign Unit chief Park Pyong-ho and Domestic Unit chief Kim Jung-do are tasked with uncovering a North Korean spy, known as Donglim, who is deeply embedded within their agency. When the spy begins leaking top secret intel that could jeopardize national security, the two units are each assigned to investigate each other. In this tense situation where if they cannot find the mole, they may be accused themselves, Pyong-ho and Jung-do slowly start to uncover the truth. In the end, they must deal with an unthinkable plot to assassinate the South Korean president…

Starring: Lee Jung-jae, Jung Woo-sung, Jeon Hye-jin, Heo Sung-tae, and Go Yoon-jung
Genre: Action | Drama | International | Mystery | Thriller
Rating: Not Rated
Country: South Korea (Korean)
Runtime: 131 minutes

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Directed By: Ravi Kapoor

Studio: IFC Films

Four Samosas

An unmotivated South Asian American rapper, along with three other first time thieves, plans a heist on a grocery store owned by his ex-girlfriend’s father, in order to steal her wedding diamonds and disrupt her pending engagement.

Starring: Venk Potula, Sonal Shah, Sharmita Bhattacharya, Nirvan Patnaik, Karan Soni, and Summer Bishil
Genre: Action | Comedy | Romance
Rating: PG-13 (for some language and a rude gesture)
Country: USA (English)
Runtime: 80 minutes

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Directed By: Luke Cormican

Studio: Disney+

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

The riotous antics of angst-ridden, disaster-prone middle school student Greg Heffley continue in “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules,” focusing this time around on his complicated relationship with older brother Rodrick. A spikey-haired high school student, Rodrick is lazy and undisciplined and spends way too much time practicing with his rock band, Löded Diper. While he loves to torment Greg, he ultimately has a deep affection for his younger brother.

Starring: Brady Noon, Ethan William Childress, Hunter Dillon, Erica Cerra, Chris Diamantopoulos, Edward Asner, Linda Lavin, Loretta Devine, and Jimmy Tatro
Genre: Animation | Comedy | Drama | Family
Rating: PG (for rude humor)
Country: USA | Canada (English)
Runtime: 74 minutes

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Directed By: Geeta Gandbhir & Samuel D. Pollard

Studio: Greenwich Entertainment

Lowndes County and the Road to Black Power

In the mid-1960s, Lowndes County, Alabama had zero registered Black voters despite an 80% Black population. Through first person accounts and searing archival footage, this documentary chronicles the citizens’ movement and young Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) organizers led by Stokely Carmichael who risked their lives for Black voting rights.

Starring: Ella Baker, Stokely Carmichael, and Martin Luther King
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Country: USA (English)
Runtime: 90 minutes

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Directed By: Daniel Zirilli

Studio: Saban Films

Renegades

When Veteran Green Beret Carver is murdered by a drug gang controlled by Goram that has been threatening his daughter, his old Special Forces comrades reunite to seek revenge, aided by the enigmatic Sanchez. As these Renegades dispense their own brand of justice on the mean streets of London with the police hot on their trail, they must use every trick in their war hero playbook to stay one step ahead of the sinister gang.

Starring: Danny Trejo, Lee Majors, Patsy Kensit, and Michael Paré
Genre: Action | Crime | International | Thriller
Rating: R (for violence throughout, pervasive language, and drug use)
Country: UK (English)
Runtime: 91 minutes

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Directed By: Jim O’Hanlon

Studio: Prime Video

Your Christmas Or Mine?

It’s Christmas Eve-Eve. After waving goodbye in Marlyebone Station, new lovers Hayley and James can’t bear to be apart for Christmas, so both decide to surprise each other and unwittingly swap trains by mistake. The snow begins to fall and with it they realise they are trapped with each other’s family for the whole of Christmas. Will their love survive as their secrets get unwrapped?

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Daniel Mays, Angela Griffin and Cora Kirk
Genre: Comedy | International
Rating: Not Rated
Country: UK (English)
Runtime: 95 minutes

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Directed By: Ron Oliver

Studio: Freevee

Hotel for the Holidays

Georgia is a young woman and the manager of a high-end hotel that attracts guests of all kinds, including heartbroken singles, an infamous pop star, and a European ex-prince who recently abdicated his throne. They are all looking to escape from their everyday lives and come to the hotel as a sanctuary over the holidays. Georgia’s work and personal life become entangled when she is caught between the hotel chef Luke and the sophisticated ex-prince staying at the hotel during the holidays.

Starring: Madelaine Petsch, Mena Massoud, Max Lloyd-Jones, and Kayleigh Shikanai
Genre: Comedy | Romance
Rating: Not Rated
Country: USA (English)
Runtime: 84 minutes

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Directed By: Chase Joynt

Studio: Kino Lorber

Framing Agnes

FRAMING AGNES turns the talk show format inside out in response to media’s ongoing fascination with trans people. The film breathes life into six previously unknown stories from the archives of the UCLA Gender Clinic in the 1950s.

Starring: Carmen Carrera, Katie Couric, Laverne Cox, Zackary Drucker, and Joan Rivers
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Country: USA | Canada (English)
Runtime: 75 minutes

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Directed By: Marco Bazzi

Studio: Indican Pictures

Reflections of a Broken Memory

Under the guidance of a clinical therapist, a detective leads a suspect into his unconscious to unlock the forgotten memories that caused him to lose touch with reality.

Starring: Raphael Sikic, Helene Udy, Gladise Jiminez, Diana Popick, and Julia James
Genre: Drama | Thriller
Rating: Not Rated
Country: USA (English)
Runtime: 113 minutes

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Directed By: Nathan Scoggins

Studio: Gravitas Ventures

What Remains

A small town pastor is forced to reckon with an act of forgiveness when the convict he forgave for murdering his wife returns to town five years later, while the town sheriff investigates another murder that may be related.

Starring: Cress Williams, Kellan Lutz, Marcus Gladney Jr., Anne Heche, Stelio Savante, and Juliana Destefano
Genre: Drama | Mystery | Thriller
Rating: Not Rated
Country: USA (English)
Runtime: 100 minutes

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Directed By: Vibeke Muasya

Studio: Alarm Pictures

Twisted

A young woman seeks independence from her protective mother, only to be questioning her own sanity when newfound friends die, and her mother suggests Hannah is the cause of their death.

Starring: Cree Armstead, Melica Bauman, Doug Boethin, Lucas Crane, Steven J. Durham, and Marie Finch
Genre: International | Thriller
Rating: Not Rated
Country: Denmark (English)
Runtime: 87 minutes

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Directed By: Rhiannon Bannenberg

Studio: Blue Fox Entertainment

Mistletoe Ranch

Aimée, a young professional photographer whose job it is to follow boss Gustav, a world-famous photographer himself. As the holidays approach, Aimée receives notice that her family’s traditional Christmas celebrations are under threat.

Starring: Mercy Cornwall, Jordi Webber, Molly Belle Wright, Charles Allen, and Kimberley Joseph
Genre: Adventure | Drama | International | Romance
Rating: Not Rated
Country: Australia (English)
Runtime: 89 minutes

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Directed By: Alex van Warmerdam

Studio: Drafthouse Films

Nr. 10

Günter was raised by foster parents after being found abandoned in the woods with no memory as a child. Years later, when a man approaches him on the street and whispers a strange word in his ear, he begins to experience visions from his fractured past that reveal a dark secret, threatening what he thinks he knows about his life and the very nature of his existence.

Starring: Tom Dewispelaere, Frieda Barnhard, Pierre Bokma, Hans Kesting, Anniek Pheifer, and Jan Bijvoet
Genre: Drama | International | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Rating: Not Rated
Country: Netherlands | Belgium (German, English, & Dutch)
Runtime: 100 minutes

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Directed By: Peter Greenaway

Studio: Zeitgeist Films

The Draughtsman’s Contract
1982 RE-RELEASE

Set in a richly exaggerated 17th-century England, Peter Greenaway’s witty, stylized, erotic country house murder mystery catapulted him to the forefront of international art cinema in 1982. Adorned with intricate wordplay, extravagant costumes and opulent photography, Greenaway’s first narrative feature weaves a labyrinthine mystery around the maxim “draw what you see, not what you know.” An aristocratic wife commissions a young, cocksure draughtsman to sketch her husband’s property while he is away–in exchange for a fee, room and board, and one sexual favor for each of the twelve drawings. As the draughtsman becomes more entrenched in the devious schemings in this seemingly idyllic country home, curious details emerge in his drawings that may reveal a murder. Bolstered by a mesmerizing score by then-newcomer Michael Nyman and stunning cinematography by Curtis Clark, The Draughtsman’s Contract is a luscious cinematic banquet for eye, ear and mind.

Starring: Anthony Higgins, Janet Suzman, Anne-Louise Lambert, and Hugh Fraser
Genre: Comedy | Drama | International | Mystery
Rating: R
Country: UK (English)
Runtime: 108 minutes

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