SEPTEMBER 8, 2023

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The Nun II

Directed By: Michael Chaves
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

1956 — France. A priest is murdered. An evil is spreading. The sequel to the worldwide smash hit follows Sister Irene as she once again comes face-to-face with Valak, the demon nun.

Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, Storm Reid, Anna Popplewell, and Bonnie Aarons
Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
Rating: R (for violent content and some terror)
Country: USA | UK (English)
Runtime: 110 minutes

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3

Directed By: Nia Vardalos
Studio: Focus Features

From writer and director Nia Vardalos, the worldwide phenomenon My Big Fat Greek Wedding is coming back to theaters with a brand-new adventure. Join the Portokalos family as they travel to a family reunion in Greece for a heartwarming and hilarious trip full of love, twists and turns. Opa!

Starring: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Louis Mandylor, Elena Kampouris, Gia Carides, Joey Fatone, Lainie Kazan, and Andrea Martin
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
Rating: PG-13 (for suggestive material and some nudity)
Country: USA (English)
Runtime: 91 minutes

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A Million Miles Away

Directed By: Alejandra Márquez Abella
Studio: Amazon Studios

Follows Jose Hernandez, the first migrant farmworker to travel to space. A tale of perseverance, community and sacrifice to accomplish an impossible dream.

Starring: Michael Peña, Rosa Salazar, Julio Cesar Cedillo, Veronica Falcón, and Garret Dillahunt
Genre: Drama
Rating: PG (for thematic elements and language)
Country: USA | Mexico (English)
Runtime: — minutes

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My Animal

Directed By: Jacqueline Castel
Studio: Paramount Global

Heather, an outcast teenage goalie, longs to play on the hockey team of her small northern town. She meets and falls in love with newcomer Jonny, an alluring but tormented figure skater. The girls’ relationship blossoms despite Heather’s struggles with her alcoholic mother, her hidden sexual orientation, and a familial curse that transforms her into a feral wolf under the full moon. Heather and Jonny’s secret tryst soon clashes against the conformity of their small community, exposing dangerous truths and igniting a passionate, violent night of personal transformation.

Starring: Bobbi Salvör Menuez, Amandla Stenberg, Heidi von Palleske, Stephen McHattie, Cory Lipman, and Joe Apollonio
Genre: Horror | International | Romance
Rating: R (for language throughout, sexual content, nudity, some drug use and violence)
Country: Canada (English)
Runtime: 100 minutes

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El Conde

Directed By: Pablo Larraín
Studio: Netflix

El Conde is a dark comedy/horror that imagines a parallel universe inspired by the recent history of Chile. The film portrays Augusto Pinochet, a symbol of world fascism, as a vampire who lives hidden in a ruined mansion in the cold southern tip of the continent. Feeding his appetite for evil to sustain his existence. After two hundred and fifty years of life, Pinochet has decided to stop drinking blood and abandon the privilege of eternal life. He can no longer bear that the world remembers him as a thief. Despite the disappointing and opportunistic nature of his family, he finds new inspiration to continue living a life of vital and counterrevolutionary passion through an unexpected relationship.

Starring: Jaime Vadell, Gloria Münchmeyer, Alfredo Castro and Paula Luchsinger
Genre: Comedy | Fantasy | History | Horror | International
Rating: R (for strong violence and gore, some graphic nudity, rape, language and sexual content)
Country: Chile (Spanish, English, & French)
Runtime: 110 minutes

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Sitting in Bars with Cake

Directed By: Trish Sie
Studio: Amazon Studios

Corinne convinces her baker best friend, Jane, to commit to a year of baking cakes and bringing them to bars with the goal of meeting people and developing confidence.

Starring: Yara Shahidi, Odessa A’zion, Bette Midler, Ron Livingston, Martha Kelly, and Maia Mitchell
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
Rating: PG-13 (for strong language, some drug use, sexual references and thematic elements)
Country: USA (English)
Runtime: 120 minutes

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Directed By: Aitch Alberto
Studio: Blue Fox Entertainment

Resentful at the world, 15-year-old Aristotle Mendoza wants to blend in and be left alone, but the summer he meets free spirit Dante Quintana at the local swimming pool, everything changes. Dante is everything Ari isn’t, and his wanderlust for life and artistic spirit shake something loose in Ari; finally, he has a friend. A near magical being, Dante disrupts Aristotle’s world, introducing him to music, poetry, and lessons about the sky. Dante gives Aristotle permission to live in an ever expansive universe, making it harder and harder for him to maintain the façade of isolation that has protected him for so long. Their summer of adventure comes to an abrupt halt when the boys are torn apart. Armed with a new perspective, Aristotle uses Dante’s absence to understand who he wants to be in the world. Ari must decide if he is going to live in the world of infinite possibilities that Dante represents. At first fear holds Aristotle hostage and he retreats into his lonely existence. But Ari soon realizes he can’t unsee the world through Dante’s eyes. If only he would let go of the secrets he didn’t even know he was keeping and embrace the wonders of the universe.

Starring: Max Pelayo, Reese Gonzales, Verónica Falcón, Kevin Alejandro, Eva Longoria, and Eugenio Derbez
Genre: Drama
Rating: PG-13 (for some strong violence, strong language, sexual material, teen drug/alcohol use, thematic elements and smoking)
Country: USA (English & Spanish)
Runtime: 96 minutes

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Rotting in the Sun

Directed By: Sebastián Silva
Studio: Spacemaker Productions

Writer-director Sebastián Silva’s Sundance hit ROTTING IN THE SUN is a darkly funny and refreshingly audacious meta-comedy that skewers the business of filmmaking and our self-obsessed culture. While unwinding at a Mexican gay beach town, depressed director Sebastián Silva meets gregarious Instagram influencer Jordan Firstman (both playing versions of themselves), and Sebastián reluctantly agrees to collaborate on an upcoming project. But when Jordan arrives back in Mexico City, Sebastián is nowhere to be found. Jordan dances, sleeps and snorts his way through the city as he embarks on a quasi-detective journey to get to the bottom of Sebastián’s disappearance.

Starring: Sebastián Silva, Jordan Firstman, and Catalina Saavedra
Genre: Comedy | Mystery | Thriller
Rating: Not Rated
Country: USA | Mexico (English & Spanish)
Runtime: 109 minutes

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Joyce Carol Oates: A Body in the Service of Mind

Directed By: Stig Björkman
Studio: Greenwich Entertainment

Author Joyce Carol Oates provides rare insight into her life, creative process, and the events that have shaped her writings, including the 1967 Detroit Riot, the Chappaquiddick incident, and the tragic life of Marilyn Monroe.

Starring: Joyce Carol Oates and Laura Dern
Genre: Documentary | Biography | History | International
Rating: Not Rated
Country: Sweden (English)
Runtime: 94 minutes

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Shadow Island

Directed By: Johan Storm
Studio: Brainstorm Media

A meteorologist journeys to a deserted island to investigate his father’s death, where he is confronted by strange and mysterious occurrences.

Starring: Hanne Mathisen Haga, Magnus Roosmann, Anderz Eide, Max Lapitskij, Johan L. Heinstedt, and Mikael Almqvist
Genre: International | Thriller
Rating: Not Rated
Country: Sweden (Swedish & Norwegian)
Runtime: 90 minutes

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Megalomaniac

Directed By: Karim Ouelhaj
Studio: Dark Star Pictures

Martha and Félix are the children of the Butcher of Mons, a notorious Belgian serial killer from the 1990s. Unstable and riddled with insecurities, Martha lives vicariously through social media. Her brother, crushed by the family legacy, takes over their father’s killings. Harassed and violently assaulted at work, the docile Martha falls into madness and goes through the looking glass into the strange and terrifying world inhabited by her brother.

Starring: Eline Schumacher, Benjamin Ramon, Hélène Moor, Wim Willaert, and Pierre Nisse
Genre: Horror | International
Rating: Not Rated
Country: Belgium (French)
Runtime: 118 minutes

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Good Boy

Directed By: Viljar Bøe
Studio: Saban Films

Sigrid thinks she’s met the perfect match with the charming and handsome Christian, but there is one catch — he lives with a man who acts like his pet dog. Trying to be open-minded, Sigrid continues the relationship but begins to notice an insidious undertone to Christian. Maybe ‘puppy play’ isn’t as innocent as it seems. A chilling feature debut from up-and-coming Scandinavian filmmakers Viljar Bøe and Karl Oskar Åsli.

Starring: Gard Løkke, Katrine Lovise Øpstad Fredriksen, and Amalie Willoch Njaastad
Genre: Horror | International | Thriller
Rating: R (for some violent content and language)
Country: Norway (Norwegian)
Runtime: 76 minutes

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American: An Odyssey to 1947

Directed By: Danny Wu
Studio: Gravitas Ventures

“American: An Odyssey to 1947” embarks on a compelling journey through the 1930s & 40s, a transformative era in American history. The documentary follows the meteoric rise of acclaimed director Orson Welles while exploring the interweaving stories of diverse individuals amidst the backdrop of the Great Depression, World War II, and the dropping of the atomic bomb. In the shadow of these monumental events, the film uncovers the hidden truths and challenges faced by these characters, shedding light on the defining moments that shaped their destinies and the nation’s collective consciousness.

Starring: Orson Welles, Catherine L. Benamou, Gray Brechin, Simon Callow, and Richard France
Genre: Documentary | International
Rating: Not Rated
Country: Canada (English)
Runtime: 102 minutes

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Bundy Manor

Directed By: Alexander Boyd Watson
Studio: Buffalo 8

The Penrod family moves to a small town where they are met by Rob Jorgenson. They learn that Rob runs an extreme haunted house out of a theatre he inherited called, Bundy Manor. He films them, posts them online, and has now gone “viral”. Even though he is respected by the community, he is keeping a dark secret. He is murdering his guests and using their bodies to decorate his haunt.

Starring: Julie Cordell-Seamons, Paul Anthony Sonnier Jr., Walter Mecham, Claire Pace, Emily Perry, Ilara Phoenix Williams, Pamela Beheshti, and Mandy Jaeger
Genre: Horror | Thriller
Rating: Not Rated
Country: USA (English)
Runtime: 102 minutes

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Harum Malam (Blood Flower)

Directed By: Dain Said
Studio: Shudder

A young apprentice healer tries to suppress his supernatural abilities so he can fit in with the other kids, but when a malicious spirit breaks out in his apartment he decides to use his abilities while dark family secrets are revealed.

Starring: Idan Aedan, Bront Palarae, Remy Ishak, Nadiya Nissa, Nabila Huda, and Eriza Allya
Genre: Fantasy | Horror | International | Mystery | Thriller
Rating: Not Rated
Country: Malaysia (Malay & English)
Runtime: 102 minutes

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Hello Dankness

Directed By: Soda Jerk
Studio: Samstag Museum of Art

Comprised entirely of hundreds of film samples, Hello Dankness is a political fable that bears witness to the psychotropic cultural spectacle of the period 2016 to 2021, and the mythologies and lore that took root around it. Taking form as a suburban musical, the film follows a neighborhood through these years as consensus reality disintegrates into conspiracies and other political contagions. Part political satire, zombie stoner film, and Greek tragedy, the work is also informed by the encrypted memetics of contemporary internet culture. Begun in 2019 and labored on throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Hello Dankness is a record of the time, written from the time.

Starring:
Genre: Comedy | Horror | International | Music | Musical
Rating: Not Rated
Country: Australia (English)
Runtime: 70 minutes

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What If

Directed By: Manny Palo
Studio: Netflix

When a pair of newlywed musicians get trapped in a storm on their island honeymoon, they face difficult truths that could tear their marriage apart.

Starring: Alessandra De Rossi, JM De Guzman, Chard Ocampo, and Ana Abad Santos
Genre: Drama | International | Romance
Rating: Not Rated
Country: Philippines (Filipino)
Runtime: 112 minutes

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8 Found Dead

Directed By: Travis Greene
Studio: Dark Sky Films

Two couples head to a secluded desert hideaway for a weekend of relaxation and, unbeknownst to their friends, uneasy revelations. When they arrive, each couple is met by the same eccentric couple, claiming to have booked the rental on the same day at the same time. As two local police officers are drawn into the evening’s strange and unpredictable events, depravity and derangement begin to consume everyone at the house. What begins as miscommunication soon descends in mayhem and bloody murder.

Starring: Nancy Linehan Charles, Alisha Soper, Jenny Tran, Laura Buckles, Tim Simek, Rosanne Limeres, Aly Trasher, William Gabriel Grier, and Eddy Acosta
Genre: Horror
Rating: Not Rated
Country: USA (English)
Runtime: 83 minutes

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Amerikatsi

Directed By: Michael A. Goorjian
Studio: Variance Films

In 1948, decades after fleeing Armenia to the US as a child, Charlie returns in the hope of finding a connection to his roots, but what he finds instead is a country crushed under Soviet rule. After being unjustly imprisoned, Charlie falls into despair, until he discovers that he can see into a nearby apartment from his cell window — the home of a prison guard. As his life unexpectedly becomes entwined with the man’s, he begins to see that the true spirit of his homeland is alive in its passionate people. Filled with warmth and humor, Amerikatsi celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the bonds that unite us all.

Starring: Michael A. Goorjian, Hovik Keuchkerian, Nelli Uvarova, and Mikhail Trukhin
Genre: Drama | International
Rating: Not Rated
Country: Armenia (Armenian, Russian, & English)
Runtime: 115 minutes

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Unidentified

Directed By: Jude Chun
Studio: Buffalo 8

In 1993, planet-like spheres descended from space, hovering above every major city on earth. 29 years later, the UFOs remain, having become a part of the landscape of modern life. Following a cast of characters through multiple genres of documentary, comedy, musical, and romance, ‘Unidentified’ explores the search for identity and the desire to feel at home as ourselves, on this earth.

Starring: Sun Jang, Hyoin Kiml, Hohyeon Jeon, Young-Hee Jeon, Deok Gyu Shin, and Jubin Kim
Genre: Drama | International | Sci-Fi
Rating: Not Rated
Country: South Korea (Yoruba, Mandarin, French, Korean, Turkish, German, Central Khmer, & Polish)
Runtime: 80 minutes

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