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FULL MOVIE LIST
upcoming or current releases for which we intend to publish reviews
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ASSIGNED TO:
Pamela Gardner
Open: July 25, 2014 (wide—361 theaters) Action Suspense Thriller Adaptation R
by Aug. 3
ASSIGNED TO:
Katrina Davis
Open: August 1, 2014 (wide—2,000+ theaters) Biography Music Drama PG-13
Aug. 2
ASSIGNED TO:
Raphael Vera
Open: August 1, 2014 (wide—3,800+ theaters) Sci-Fi Superhero Fantasy Action Adventure 3D IMAX PG-13
by Aug. 3
Friday, August 8, 2014
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Open: August 8, 2014 (wide)
Music Dance Romance Drama Sequel 3D PG-13
 
ASSIGNED TO:
Samuel Chetty
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Aug. 8
ASSIGNED TO:
Leah Hickman
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August 9
ASSIGNED TO:
Jake Roberson
Alternate:
  • Jessica D. Lovett
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlesleave your comments
Open: August 8, 2014 (wide—3,700+ theaters)
Live Action Adventure Crime Comedy   August 9
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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Let's Be Copsleave your comments

Tagline: Fake cops, real trouble

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Open: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 (wide)

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.—Starring: Nina Dobrev, King, Jake Johnson, Angela Kerecz, Damon Wayans Jr., James D'Arcy, Andy Garcia / Director: Luke Greenfield

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Two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party and become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted ‘heroes’ get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.
Action Comedy R
for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity, violence and drug use.
 
Friday, August 15, 2014
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The Expendables 3leave your comments
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Open: August 15, 2014 (wide)

Lionsgate—Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, Jet Li, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kellan Lutz, Terry Crews, Kelsey Grammer / Director: Patrick Hughes

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Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill... or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables—but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables' most personal battle yet.
Action Adventure Thriller Sequel PG-13
for violence including intense sustained gun battles and fight scenes, and for language.
 
ASSIGNED TO:
John Decker
Alternate:
  • Alexander Malsan
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The Giverleave your comments
Open: August 15, 2014 (wide)
Sci-Fi Fantasy Action Adventure Drama Adaptation PG-13
for a mature thematic image and some sci-fi action/violence.
 
Friday, August 22, 2014
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If I Stayleave your comments

Tagline: Live for love

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Open: August 22, 2014 (wide)

Warner Bros.—Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos / Director: R.J. Cutler—“Nashville” (2012)

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Based on Gayle Forman’s best-selling young adult novel of the same name, this movie centers on a gifted classical musician and her indie rockstar boyfriend who's forced to choose between life and death when she's in a car accident with her family.

Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate.
Fantasy Drama Adaptation PG-13
for thematic elements and some sexual material.
 
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When the Game Stands Tallleave your comments

Tagline: “It’s not how hard you fall, it’s how you get back up.”

Open: August 22, 2014 (wide)

TriStar Pictures (Sony Pictures)—Production Co: Affirm Films / Starring: Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, Alexander Ludwig, Michael Chiklis, Clancy Brown / Director: Thomas Carter

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The journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport—undefeated for 12 consecutive seasons.

Based on the 2003 book by Neil Hayes.
Sports Drama True Story PG
for thematic material, a scene of violence, and brief smoking.
 
ASSIGNED TO:
Liz Watkins
Alternate:
  • David Simpson
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Sin City: A Dame to Kill Forleave your comments
Open: August 22, 2014 (wide)
Action Crime Thriller Drama   Aug. 24
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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The November Manleave your comments

Tagline: A spy is never out of the game.

Open: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 (wide)

Relativity Media—Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Olga Kurylenko, Will Patton, Eliza Taylor / Director: Roger Donaldson—“The Bank Job” (2008), “The Recruit” (2003), “The World's Fastest Indian” (2005)

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Based on Bill Granger's There Are No Spies, the seventh book in Granger's 13-part ‘November Man’ series. An ex-CIA operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.
Action Thriller Adaptation Not rated  
Friday, August 29, 2014
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As Above, So Belowleave your comments
also known as “As Above/So Below”

Tagline: The only way out is down.

Open: August 29, 2014

Universal Pictures—Production Co: Legendary Pictures / Director: John Erick Dowdle—“Quarantine” (2008) / Starring: Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, Perdita Weeks

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“As Above, So Below” is a thriller centered on two archaeologists in search of a lost treasure in the catacombs below Paris.

Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead.
Suspense Thriller R
for bloody violence/terror, and language throughout.
 
Friday, September 5, 2014
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The Remaining

Tagline: After the rapture, there are fates worse than death.

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Open: September 5, 2014 (select theaters)
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Affirm Films, Sony Pictures—Director/Writer: Casey La Scala—Executive Producer of “A Walk to Remember” and “Donnie Darko” / Starring: Alexa PenaVega (“Spy Kids”), Bryan Dechart (“Step Up 3D”), Johnny Pacar (“Flight 29 Down”), Shaun Sipos (“Texas Chainsaw 3D”), Italia Ricci (“Secret Girlfriend”), Liz E. Morgan, John Pyper-Ferguson

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THE REMAINING is an action-packed supernatural thriller that addresses questions of life, love and belief against an apocalyptic backdrop. A group of close friends gather for a wedding, but the celebration is shattered by a series of cataclysmic events and enemies foretold by biblical end-times prophecies. The survivors face a horrifying, uncertain future as they scramble for safety, but as their world collapses around them in chaos and terror will they choose real life through faith, or just try to survive?
Faith-based Supernatural Disaster Thriller Horror PG-13
for intense sequences of terror, violence and destruction throughout, and thematic elements.
 
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The Longest Week
Open: September 5, 2014

Gravitas Ventures—Starring: Olivia Wilde, Jason Bateman, Jenny Slate, Billy Crudup / Director: Peter Glanz

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Affluent and aimless, Conrad Valmont lives a life of leisure in his parent's prestigious Manhattan Hotel. In the span of one week, he finds himself evicted, disinherited, and… in love.

When Conrad's (Bateman) wealthy parents took a 20 year vacation to Paris, they left him to be raised by their Hotel staff at the age of 11. Now in his early 30's, Conrad's troubled life is filled with chasing girls, relaxing, and enjoying all the comforts of a prestigious hotel. However, all that changes when his parents' divorce, ending his trust fund and forcing him out on the street. After some advice and 200 dollars from his therapist, hilarity ensues as Conrad begins his new life. Broke, homeless, and single, Conrad moves in with an old friend, Dylan(Crudup), while trying to sort his life together. Conrad finally meets the girl of his dreams, Beatrice (Wilde) and realizes this is the girl to turn his life around; although he soon discovers she is actually Dylan's girlfriend! Will he be able to keep his friendship with Conrad and still win over the love his life, or does everything come crashing down as he is in way over his head?
Romance Comedy Drama PG-13  
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The Green Inferno
Open: September 5, 2014 (wide)

Open Road Films—Director: Eli Roth

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Follows a group of student activists who travel from New York City to the Amazon to save a tribe from extinction. In an unfortunate twist of fate, when the group arrives, they are taken hostage by the very cannibals they sought to protect.
Adventure Horror Thriller Sequel R
for aberrant violence and torture, grisly disturbing images, brief graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use.
 
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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REVIEW IT AT HOME—video release: September 9, 2014 (available from video stores, DirectTV, On Demand, pay per view, Amazon Instant Video, etc.)
Action Thriller Crime Drama Remake PG-13
 
Friday, September 12, 2014
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No Good Deed

Tagline: First he gets into your house. Then he gets into your head.

Open: September 12, 2014 (wide)

Screen Gems, Sony Pictures—Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Idris Elba, Leslie Bibb / Director: Sam Miller / From the producer of “Obsessed”

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‘No Good Deed’ centers around a former district attorny turned stay-at-home mom (Academy Award® nominee Taraji P. Henson—“Person of Interest”). She is a wife and mother of two, who lives an ideal life that takes a turn when her family is threatened by a stranger who talks his way into her house, claiming car trouble. The unexpected invitation leaves her terrorized and fighting for survival.
Thriller Suspense PG-13
for sequences of violence, menace, terror, and for language.
 
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Before I Go to Sleep

Tagline: Remember who to trust

Open: September 12, 2014

Clarius Entertainment—Starring: Nicole Kidman, Mark Strong, Colin Firth / Director: Rowan Joffe

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A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.

This movie is an adaptation of British author Steve Watson's novel Before I Go to Sleep, described as follows:

Before I Go to Sleep is the story of Christine, a forty-seven-year-old writer who, following a catastrophic accident in her mid-twenties, is incapable of forming and maintaining new memories for more than a day. Trapped in an existence in which she wakes every day believing herself to be single and with a whole lifetime of choice ahead of her she discovers instead that she lives with her husband, Ben, with most decisions already made.

The novel charts her attempts to make sense of her world. When Chrissie learns that she has been meeting with a doctor who is helping her to recover her memory—and that following his suggestion she has been keeping a journal in order to record her fragmentary recollections and piece together her past—she is hopeful that she may be cured. But the story that emerges is to set in motion a terrifying voyage of discovery that will ultimately have startling consequences for her and all who love her, leading her to question whether the truth is sometimes better left forgotten.
Mystery Suspense Thriller Drama Adaptation    
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Dolphin Tale 2

Tagline: Winter’s amazing true story… now has Hope.

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Open: September 12, 2014 (wide)

Warner Bros. Pictures—Starring: Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristofferson / Director: Charles Martin Smith

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It has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson (Gamble) and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett (Connick Jr.), rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Freeman), who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin, they were able to save her life.

Yet their fight is not over. Winter's surrogate mother, the very elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only poolmate she has ever known. However, the loss of Panama may have even greater repercussions for Winter, who, according to USDA regulations, cannot be housed alone, as dolphins' social behavior requires them to be paired with other dolphins. Time is running out to find a companion for her before the team at Clearwater loses their beloved Winter to another aquarium.

‘Dolphin Tale 2’ will tell another true story inspired by the life of Winter, but also involves a new baby dolphin named Hope who was rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in 2010. Winter, who still resides at the Aquarium, played herself in the original film and returns in “DT2” and Hope plays herself in the sequel.
Adventure Family Sequel PG
for some mild thematic elements.
 
Distributor: Universal Pictures. Trademark logo.
Search Party
Open: September 12, 2014 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Starring: Alison Brie, Krysten Ritter, J. Miller, Thomas Middleditch, Shannon Woodward, Adam Pally / Director: Scot Armstrong—“Old School” (2003), “The Hangover Part II” (2011), “Road Trip” (2000)

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Friends Evan and Jason try to reunite their buddy Nardo with his estranged fiance, whom they scared off at the altar. After Nardo is carjacked and left naked and broke in Mexico, they begin a series of misadventures south of the Rio Grande.
Comedy R
for language throughout, drug use, graphic nudity, and sexual content.
 
Applicants:
  • John Decker
  • David Simpson
  • Tober Corrigan
  • ?-Pamela Gardner (may not release in her area)
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Open: September 12, 2014 (wide)
Crime Drama R
for some strong violence and pervasive language.
 
Friday, September 19, 2014
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Hector and the Search for Happiness

Tagline: Everyone wants to find it.

Open: September 19, 2014

Relatively Media—Starring: Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard / Director: Peter Chelsom

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a psychiatrist searches the globe to find the secret of happiness / Hector is an eccentric yet irresistible London psychiatrist in crisis, because his patients are getting happier. He’s going nowhere. Then one day, armed with buckets of courage and an almost child-like curiosity, Hector breaks out of his sheltered vacuum of a life into a global quest to find out if happiness exists. More importantly, if it exists for Hector. And so begins a colorful, exotic, dangerous and hysterical journey. The film is based on a novel by François Lelord.
Comedy Drama Adaptation R
for language and some brief nudity.
 
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This Is Where I Leave You
Open: September 19, 2014 (wide)

Warner Bros.—Starring: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Jane Fonda, Kathryn Hahn, Corey Stoll, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard / Director: Shawn Levy

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A Jewish family that isn't used to observing their faith's traditions is forced to fulfill their father's final wish and sit Shivah together for an entire week and confront their problems.

Based on the novel This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper which is described as follows:

The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family-including Judd’s mother, brothers, and sister-have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd’s wife, Jen, whose fourteen-month affair with Judd’s radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public.

Simultaneously mourning the death of his father and the demise of his marriage, Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch’s dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together. In the same house. Like a family.

As the week quickly spins out of control, longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed, and old passions reawakened. For Judd, it’s a weeklong attempt to make sense of the mess his life has become while trying in vain not to get sucked into the regressive battles of his madly dysfunctional family. All of which would be hard enough without the bomb Jen dropped the day Judd’s father died: She’s pregnant.
Comedy R
for language, sexual content and some drug use.
 
ASSIGNED TO:
Tober Corrigan
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A Walk Among the Tombstones
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Open: September 19, 2014 (wide)
Action Crime Drama R
for strong violence, disturbing images, language and brief nudity.
Sept. 20
ASSIGNED TO:
David Criswell
Alternate:
  • Alexander Malsan
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The Maze Runner
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Open: September 19, 2014
Sci-Fi Mystery Thriller Drama PG-13
for thematic elements and intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, including some disturbing images.
Sept. 20
Friday, September 26, 2014
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A Matter of Faith

Tagline: When worldviews collide, sometimes it becomes… a matter of faith.

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Open: September 26, 2014

Five and Two Pictures—Produced by Rich Christiano

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Here are some comments from those who have seen the film:

“A Matter of Faith has a message that is highly relevant and desperately needed for America today. AIG doesn't endorse many movies, even those that are supposedly ‘Christian’ based. We are fully behind A Matter of Faith as it defends the authority of the Bible beginning in Genesis.”
—Ken Ham, Answers In Genesis

“A great movie. Heart-warming, educational, God-honoring, and timely.”
-Ray Comfort, Living Waters Ministries

“A clash of worldviews puts a spotlight on the creation-evolution debate in this captivating film. A committed Christian dad, a doubting daughter, and a charismatic liberal professor stir up a lot of tension and intrigue on campus. It has solid Biblical principles and a gripping plot. Kudos to the Christianos for another outstanding family-friendly film.”
-Tim Wildmon, President, American Family Association

A Christian girl, Rachel Whitaker (Jordan Trovillion) goes off to college for her freshman year and begins to be influenced by her popular Biology professor (Harry Anderson) who teaches that evolution is the answer to the origins of life. When Rachel’s father, Stephen Whitaker (Jay Pickett) senses something changing with his daughter, he begins to examine the situation and what he discovers catches him completely off guard. Now very concerned about Rachel drifting away from her Christian faith, he tries to do something about it!

This film deals with the vital subject of Creation versus Evolution. One of a parent's greatest fear is their child, being raised in a Christian home, straying from the foundation of their faith once they enter college, especially a secular university. This movie deals with that subject, plus other important issues regarding the Christian life. We believe this can be the most far reaching film we have ever produced. The story will set the table for the viewer to make a choice between evolution and creation, and more importantly, presents a heartfelt appeal to receive the Lord Jesus Christ.
Christian Drama    
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The Boxtrolls

Tagline: Heroes come in all shapes and sizes… even rectangles.

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Open: September 26, 2014 (wide)

Focus Features—Starring: Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan / Director: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi

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‘The Boxtrolls’ is a 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid animated feature based on Alan Snow’s bestselling fantasy adventure novel Here Be Monsters. ‘The Boxtrolls’ is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class, and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least, that’s the legend residents have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are an underground cavern-dwelling community of quirky and lovable oddballs who wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their shells. The Boxtrolls have raised an orphaned human boy, Eggs (voiced by Hempstead-Wright), since infancy as one of their dumpster-diving and mechanical junk-collecting own. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by villainous pest exterminator Archibald Snatcher (Kingsley), who is bent on eradicating them as his ticket to Cheesebridge society, the kindhearted band of tinkerers must turn to their adopted charge and adventurous rich girl Winnie (Fanning) to bridge two worlds amidst the winds of change – and cheese.
Animation Action Adventure Kids Family Fantasy PG
for action, some peril and mild rude humor.
 
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Laggies

Tagline: Stop lagging and start living

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Open: September 26, 2014 (wide)

A24—Starring: Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell, Mark Webber, Tiya Sircar

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A woman stuck in permanent adolescence lies to her fiancé about going on a retreat and spends the time hanging out with friends instead.

Content to remain in a permanent adolescence, 28-year-old Megan clings to her job as a sign flipper for her father's accounting company as her high school friends get married and advance their careers. When her high school boyfriend proposes unexpectedly, Megan panics and forgoes attending a professional-development retreat to hide, at least temporarily, at the home of her new 16-year-old friend, Annika, and her attractive, single dad.
Comedy Drama R
for language, some sexual material and teen partying.
 
ASSIGNED TO:
John Decker
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The Equalizer
Open: September 26, 2014 (wide)
Action Adventure Thriller Drama Adaptation   by Sept. 29
Friday, October 3, 2014
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The Good Lie
Open: October 3, 2014 (wide)

Warner Bros. Pictures—Starring: Reese Witherspoon / Director: Philippe Falardeau

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A Sudanese refugee is taken in by a straight-talking American woman in their new home in the United States.

Inspired by true events, ‘The Good Lie’ follows a young refugee of the Sudanese Civil War who wins a lottery for relocation to the United States with three other lost boys. Encountering the modern world for the first time, they develop an unlikely friendship with a brash American woman assigned to help them, but the young man struggles to adjust to this new life and his feelings of guilt about the brother he left behind.
Drama PG-13
for thematic elements, some violence, brief strong language and drug use.
 
Applicants:
  • Jonathan Rodriguez
  • Tober Corrigan
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Gone Girl

Tagline: You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s…

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Open: October 3, 2014 (wide)
Thriller Drama R
for a scene of bloody violence, some strong sexual content/nudity, and language.
 
ASSIGNED TO:
Raphael Vera
Alternate:
  • Alexander Malsan
  • Chris Walker
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Left Behind
Open: October 3, 2014 (wide)
Christian Action Thriller Remake    
Friday, October 10, 2014
Applicants:
  • ?-John Decker
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Kill the Messenger

Tagline: Can you keep a national secret?

Open: October 10, 2014 (wide)

Focus Features—Starring: Jeremy Renner, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Michael Sheen, Ray Liotta, Andy Garcia, Paz Vega, Tim Blake Nelson, Oliver Platt, Rosemarie DeWitt / Director: Michael Cuesta

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A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb.

Jeremy Renner stars as Gary Webb, the real-life dedicated reporter for The San Jose Mercury-News. In the 1990s, Webb uncovered the Central Intelligence Agency’s role in importing cocaine into California that was sold to raise money for the Nicaraguan Contras rebel army. Supported by his wife and children, Webb pursued the story and went public with his evidence. When targeted for a vicious smear campaign by the CIA and rival journalists, Webb found himself fighting for his reputation and his family.

Peter Landesman wrote the screenplay, based on two books: Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion, by Webb, and Nick Schou's Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb.

Biography Crime Mystery Thriller Drama Adaptation R
for language and drug content.
 
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The Interview
Open: October 10, 2014 (wide)

Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures—Starring: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan / Director: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen

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In the action-comedy ‘The Interview,’ Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show ‘Skylark Tonight.’ When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong Un.
Action Comedy    
ASSIGNED TO:
Patty Moliterno
Alternate:
  • Jennifer L Hanley
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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Open: October 10, 2014 (wide)
Family Comedy Adaptation PG
for rude humor including some reckless behavior and language.
within 24 hours
ASSIGNED TO:
Daniel Thompson
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The Judge

Tagline: Defend you honor.

Open: October 10, 2014 (wide)

Warner Bros.—Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Leighton Meester, Billy Bob Thornton, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, David Krumholtz, Melissa Leo / Director: David Dobkin—“Wedding Crashers,” “Shanghai Knights”

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A successful big city lawyer returns to his hometown for his mother's funeral only to discover that his estranged father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Downey's character must balance years of estrangement and emotional distance in his effort to solve the mystery and uncover the truth about what really happened. In the process, he reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.
Drama   October 10
ASSIGNED TO:
Laura Bennett
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One Chanceleave your comments
Open: October 10, 2014
Biography Music Comedy PG-13
for some language and sexual material.
 
Friday, October 17, 2014
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Open: October 17, 2014 (wide)
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The Best of Me

Tagline: You never forget your first love

Open: October 17, 2014 (wide)

Relativity Media—a Nicholas Sparks Film / Starring: Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden / Director: Michael Hoffman—“One Fine Day” (1996), “A Midsummer Night's Dream” (1999), “The Last Station” (2009)

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Two small-town former high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks, now middle-aged, they've taken wildly divergent paths, but neither has lived the life they imagined—and when they are both called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter, they will be forced to confront the choices each has made, and ask whether love can truly rewrite the past.
Romance Drama    
Applicants:
  • Pamela Gardner
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Dracula Untold

Tagline: Every bloodline has a beginning

Open: October 17, 2014 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Production Co: Legendary Pictures / Budget $100-million (estimated) / Starring: Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Zach McGowan, Samantha Barks, Thor Kristjansson, Art Parkinson / Director: Gary Shore

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The story explores the origin of Dracula, weaving vampire mythology with the true history of Prince Vlad the Impaler, a young prince who risks his soul to save his wife and child from an evil sultan. In doing so, he becomes the first vampire. It depicts Dracula as a flawed hero in a tragic love story set in a dark age of magic and war.

This is the first big budget solo Dracula movie produced by Hollywood release theatrically in nearly 14 years.
Action Fantasy Horror War Thriller Remake    
Friday, October 24, 2014
Applicants:
  • David Simpson
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Kingsman: The Secret Service
Open: October 24, 2014 (wide)

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation—Starring: Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Michael Caine / Director: Matthew Vaughn—“X-Men: First Class” (2011), “Kick-Ass” (2010), “Stardust” (2007)

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A veteran secret agent takes a young upstart (his rebellious nephew) under his wing.

Based on Mark Millar’s Marvel Icon series, ‘Kingsman’ ‘is about the ramifications of how America is struggling on the world stage,’ Millar wrote. ‘Funding is being seriously undercut to balance the books and some people are trying their best to take advantage of the fragile global situation. The hero and sidekick guys who lead the book are, I think, the best characters I’ve written.’
Action Thriller    
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Love, Rosie

Tagline: They just can’t get themselves together

Open: October 24, 2014

Lionsgate—Starring: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin

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Rosie and Alex are best friends. They are suddenly separated when Alex and his family move from Dublin to America. Can their friendship survive years and miles? Will they gamble everything for true love?

based on the international bestseller Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern, author of P.S. I Love You

Where Rainbows End is a story told through letters, emails and instant messaging about the ever changing relationship between the two main characters Rosie Dunne and Alex Stewart. Rosie and Alex are close friends from childhood but one day they are suddenly separated when Alex and his family move from Dublin to Boston. The book guides us through their relationship as it continues to change due to distance, new relationships and circumstances which seem determined to keep them apart. One question remains throughout the book, were they always meant to be more than friends and will they risk everything including their friendship on love?
Romance Comedy Adaptation    
Distributor: The Weinstein Company. Trademark logo.
St. Vincentleave your comments
Open: October 24, 2014 (limited)

The Weinstein Company—Starring: Bill Murray, Naomi Watts, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd, Terrence Howard / Directed by: Ted Melfi

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This coming-of-age story follows a 12-year old boy who, in the wake of his parents’ divorce, forms an unlikely friendship with the misanthropic, hedonistic retiree living next door—a war veteran. The elder soon becomes an unlikely mentor.

Maggie and her adopted 12-year-old son, Oliver, move next door to war veteran Vincent, but when Oliver gets locked out after school one day, Vincent allows him to stay at his house until his mom gets home. Because he has bills up to the ceiling and is desperate for cash, he tells Maggie he'll babysit Oliver every day after school. Vincent then introduces Oliver to his lifestyle, including gambling, drinking, and his relationship with a Russian prostitute.
Comedy Drama PG-13
for mature thematic material including sexual content, alcohol and tobacco use, and for language.
 
Friday, November 7, 2014
Distributor: Lionsgate Films. Trademark logo.
Jessabelle
Open: November 7, 2014 (limited)

Lionsgate—Starring: Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, David Andrews, Joelle Carter, Ana de la Reguera, Larisa Oleynik, Chris Ellis, Fran Bennett, Amber Stevens / Director: Kevin Greutert—“Donnie Darko” (2001), “Saw” (2004)

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A young woman recuperating at her father’s run-down home after a tragic accident soon encounters a terrifying presence with a connection to her long-deceased mother.

From the mastermind producer of ‘Paranormal Activity’ and ‘Insidious’ comes the ghostly tale of ‘Jessabelle.’ Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle (Sarah Snook of ‘Sleeping Beauty’) comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return—and has no intention of letting her escape.
Horror Thriller PG-13
for sequences of horror violence and terror.
 
Applicants:
  • Jessica D. Lovett
  • Alexander Malsan
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Big Hero 6
Open: November 7, 2014 (wide)
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Applicants:
  • John Decker
  • Raphael Vera
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Interstellar
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Open: November 7, 2014 (wide) (2D theaters and IMAX)
Sci-Fi Mystery IMAX    
Friday, November 14, 2014
Applicants:
  • ?-John Decker
  • David Simpson
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Fury

Tagline: War never ends quietly.

Open: November 14, 2014 (wide)

Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures)—Starring: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena / Director: David Ayer—“End of Watch,” “Training Day,” “The Fast and the Furious”

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At the very end of World War II, April 1945, the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a brave and deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their attempt to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Budget: $80-million (estimated)
Action War Drama    
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Dumb and Dumber To
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Open: November 14, 2014 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Kathleen Turner, Paul Blackthorne (“Arrow” TV series), Angela Kerecz, Laurie Holden, Rachel Melvin / Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

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More adventures with Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, the dimwitted pals with big hearts and small brains.

There is no growth out of either one of them, and it's 20 years later… These guys are in regular life, and they're still basically children at heart. The story revolves around the fact that one of them may have sired a child. They want to go and find the child because he's having a kidney problem, and he wants to ask him for one of his kidneys.

Sequel to “Dumb and Dumber” (1994), “Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd” (2003)
Comedy Sequel PG-13
PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, partial nudity, language and some drug references.
 
Friday, November 21, 2014
Walt Disney Pictures
McFarland
Open: November 21, 2014

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures—Starring: Kevin Costner, Maria Bello / Director: Niki Caro—“Whale Rider,” “North Country”

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The drama tells the true story of a coach living in the 1980s in a predominantly Latino town outside of Bakersfield, Calif., a small town outside of Bakersfield. The coach created a high school track team that overcame many social and physical hurdles to become champions.
Sports Drama PG
for thematic material, some violence and language.
 
Distributor: The Weinstein Company. Trademark logo.
The Imitation Game
Open: November 21, 2014

The Weinstein Company—Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong / Director: Morten Tyldum

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English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, helps crack the Enigma code during World War II.

The film is based on the life of Alan Turing, an English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist and Andrew Hodges' definitive biography Alan Turing: The Enigma. The book is described as follows: Alan Turing (1912-1954) was a British mathematician who made history. His breaking of the German U-boat Enigma cipher in World War II ensured Allied-American control of the Atlantic. But Turing’s vision went far beyond the desperate wartime struggle. Already in the 1930s he had defined the concept of the universal machine, which underpins the computer revolution. In 1945 he was a pioneer of electronic computer design. But Turing's true goal was the scientific understanding of the mind, brought out in the drama and wit of the famous ‘Turing test’ for machine intelligence, and in his prophecy for the twenty-first century.

Drawn into the cockpit of world events and the forefront of technological innovation. Alan Turing was also an innocent and unpretentious gay man trying to live in a society that criminalized him. In 1952, he revealed his homosexuality and was forced to participate in a humiliating treatment program, and was ever after regarded as a security risk. His suicide in 1954 remains one of the many enigmas in an astonishing life story.

Both a compelling narrative and a work of scholarship, Alan Turing: The Enigma is the definitive biography of one of the greatest minds of the modern world.
Biography Thriller Drama    
ASSIGNED TO:
David Criswell
Alternate:
  • Alexander Malsan
  • David Johnson
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Friday, November 26, 2014
Applicants:
  • Jessica D. Lovett
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The Penguins of Madagascar
Open: November 26, 2014 (3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D)

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, DreamWorks Animation—Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer, Chris Rock, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter

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The story centers on the paramilitary parables of plucky penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico.
Animation Family Kids IMAX 3D    
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Horrible Bosses 2
Open: November 26, 2014 (wide)

New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures—Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz, Kevin Spacey, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis / Director: Sean Anders—“We're the Millers” (2013)

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Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don't go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme.
Comedy Sequel R
for strong crude sexual content and language throughout.
 
Friday, December 12, 2014
ASSIGNED TO:
David Criswell
Alternate:
  • John Decker
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Exodus: Gods and Kings
Open: December 12, 2014 (wide)
Biblical History Drama 3D   December 13
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Applicants:
  • Jessica D. Lovett
  • Raphael Vera
  • Leah Hickman
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Open: December 17, 2014 (wide)
Adventure Fantasy Adaptation 3D IMAX    
Friday, December 19, 2014
Applicants:
  • Samuel Chetty
  • Alexander Malsan
  • Leah Hickman
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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
also known as “Night at the Museum 3” Open: December 19, 2014 (wide)
Family Fantasy Comedy Adventure Sequel    
Applicants:
  • Brian Johnson
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Annie

Tagline: It’s a hard knock life

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Open: December 19, 2014 (wide)

Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures)—Starring: Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Cameron Diaz (as Miss Hannigan), Bobby Cannavale, Quvenzhané Wallis (as Annie) / Director: Will Gluck

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Business tycoon and mayoral candidate Benjamin Stacks launches a campaign to take in Annie, a young girl who has been living with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan since her parents left her as a baby.

A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures' comedy, Annie. Director/Producer/Screenwriter Will Gluck teams with producers James Lassiter,Will Gluck, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, Caleeb Pinkett, Shawn ‘JAY Z’ Carter, Laurence ‘Jay’ Brown, Tyran ‘Ty Ty’ Smith with a modern telling that captures the magic of the classic characters and original show that won seven Tony Awards. Celia Costas serves as Executive Producer. The screenplay is by Will Gluck and Aline Brosh McKenna, based on the musical stage play ‘Annie,’ book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and on ‘Little Orphan Annie,’ © and ® Tribune Media Services, Inc.

Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who's also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they'd be back for her someday, it's been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything's about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) - advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) - makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he's her guardian angel, but Annie's self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it's the other way around. The Broadway musical ‘Annie’ was based upon the popular comic strip and radio show, ‘Little Orphan Annie’ and features songs with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin and a book by Thomas Meehan. The show originally opened in 1977, and immediately became a hit, winning seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. In 1982, Columbia Pictures released a film adaptation directed by John Huston and starring Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, Tim Curry, and Aileen Quinn as Annie.
Comedy Family Music Drama Adaptation PG
for some mild language and rude humor.
 
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Paddington
also known as “Paddington Bear”

Tagline: The adventure is about to begin

Open: December 25, 2014

Dimension Films, The Weinstein Company—Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Hugh Bonneville / Director: Paul King / Producer: David Heyman—“Harry Potter”

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A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family, who read the label around his neck (‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’) and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist…

A young English boy befriends the talking bear. This live-action feature is based on the series of popular children's books by Michael Bond. His arrival in the household of the Brown family leads to comic mishaps and misadventures for the well-meaning but accident-prone young bear.
Family Adventure Kids Comedy Adaptation    
Applicants:
  • Pamela Gardner
  • Alexander Malsan
Walt Disney Pictures
Into the Woods
Open: December 25, 2014 (wide)

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures—Starring: Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep (as The Witch), Anna Kendrick (as Cinderella), Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Lucy Punch / Director: Rob Marshall—“Chicago,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Cinderella” (TV movie)

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Based on the Broadway musical written by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, which incorporates several fairy tale characters such as Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding Hood with the story of a baker who attempts to start a family with his wife.

Walt Disney Pictures’ big screen version of the 1986 Broadway musical. Written by Steven Sondheim (music and lyrics) and James Lapine (book), ‘Into the Woods’ borrows characters from a variety of fairytales, including Jack in the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood.
Musical Fantasy    
Distributor: Universal Pictures. Trademark logo.
Unbroken
also known as “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption”
official site
Open: December 25, 2014 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Director: Angelina Jolie / Starring: Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson, Jai Courtney, Jack O'Connell, Alex Russell, Luke Treadaway, Finn Wittrock / Screenwriter: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson

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A chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese navy forces during World War II.

Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces ‘Unbroken,’ an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis ‘Louie’ Zamperini (Jack O'Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII-only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand's (Seabiscuit: An American Legend) enormously popular book, Unbroken brings to the big screen Zamperini's unbelievable and inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit.

Starring alongside O'Connell are Domhnall Gleeson and Finn Wittrock as Phil and Mac-the airmen with whom Zamperini endured perilous weeks adrift in the open Pacific-Garrett Hedlund and John Magaro as fellow POWs who find an unexpected camaraderie during their internment, Alex Russell as Zamperini's brother, Pete, and in his English-language feature debut, Japanese actor Miyavi as the brutal camp guard known only to the men as ‘The Bird.’
Action War Biography Drama Adaptation    
Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). Trademark logo.
Hot Tub Time Machine 2
official site
Open: December 25, 2014 (wide)

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)—Starring: Chevy Chase, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Adam Scott, Gillian Jacobs / Director: Steve Pink / When Lou (Corddry) finds himself in trouble, Nick (Robinson) and Jacob (Duke) fire up the hot tub time machine in an attempt to get back to the past. But they inadvertently land in the future. Now they have to alter the future in order to save the past… which is really the present.

Comedy Time Travel Fantasy    
Friday, January 16, 2015
Applicants:
  • Emily Saur
Distributor: The Weinstein Company. Trademark logo.
Underdogs
also known as “Metegol,” “Foosball”
official site
Open: January 16, 2015

The Weinstein Company—Starring: Beau Bridges, Tom Arnold, Greg Grunberg, Lauren Bowles, Ted McGinley, Patrick Fabian, Phillip Rhee

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The story of a reluctant hero whose town is threatened when his long-time rival returns home to avenge an old grudge. When the players from his foosball table are magically brought to life, he recruits them to help him enter into the biggest underdog match ever, save the town and win back the love of his life.

The film tells the story of Amadeo, a shy but talented boy, and of a foosball team that is trying to get back together after having been dismantled. With the help of the foosball players, Amadeo will have to face his most terrible rival on the football pitch: Grosso. Guided by their leader, the charismatic Capi, the foosball players and Amadeo set off on a great adventure together, like a true team, to get back the dignity that Grosso stole from them.
Animation Family Adventure Kids    
Friday, January 30, 2015
ASSIGNED TO:
Alexander Malsan
Distributor: Paramount Pictures Corporation. Trademark logo.
Project Almanacleave your comments
also known as “Welcome to Yesterday”

Tagline: To fix your past, would you risk your future?

Open: January 30, 2015 (wide)
Sci-Fi Suspense Thriller    
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