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FULL MOVIE LIST
upcoming or current releases for which we plan to publish reviews
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Open: May 27, 2016 (wide—3,700+ theaters)

Fantasy Family Adventure Sequel IMAX
ASSIGNED TO:
Raphael Vera by May 29
Alternate:
  • Pamela Gardner

Open: May 27, 2016 (wide—4,000+ theaters)

Superhero Sci-Fi Action Adventure Adaptation Sequel 3D IMAX
ASSIGNED TO:
Gabriel Mohler by May 30 or earlier

Netflix Open: May 27, 2016

Action Comedy
Friday, June 3, 2016
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Open: June 3, 2016 (wide)

Romance Drama Adaptation
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • Blake Wilson by Jun 7
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Open: June 3, 2016 (wide)

Starring: Stephen Amell, Megan Fox, Tony Shalhoub, Laura Linney, Johnny Knoxville, Will Arnett, Tyler Perry

Sci-Fi Superhero Action Adventure Crime Comedy Sequel
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Open: June 3, 2016 (wide)

Music Comedy
Friday, June 10, 2016
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Open: June 10, 2016

Fantasy War Action Adventure Adaptation
ASSIGNED TO:
Pamela Gardner by Jun 11
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GeniusPG-13

Open: June 10, 2016

Biography Drama Adaptation
ASSIGNED TO:
Alexander Malsan by Jun 10
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The Conjuring 2: The Enfield PoltergeistR

Open: June 10, 2016 (wide)

Supernatural Horror Suspense Thriller Sequel
ASSIGNED TO:
Jessica D. Lovett
Alternate:
  • Pamela Gardner
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Now You See Me: The Second ActPG-13
also known as “Now You See Me 2”

Open: June 10, 2016 (wide)

Action Crime Thriller Comedy Sequel
Friday, June 17, 2016
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Central IntelligencePG-13

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Open: June 17, 2016 (wide)

New Line Cinema, division of Warner Bros. Pictures—Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Aaron Paul, Amy Ryan, Ed Helms, Danielle Nicolet, Bobby Brown / Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber—“We’re the Millers” (2013), “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” (2004)

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Kevin Hart plays a former high school sports star turned accountant who, on the eve of a class reunion, is contacted by a former classmate (Dwayne Johnson) who used to be a bullied “loser,” but who is now a contract killer for the CIA and who wants Hart’s character’s help to foil a plot to sell classified military secrets.

‘Central Intelligence’ follows a one-time bullied geek who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent (Johnson), coming home for his high school reunion. Claiming to be on a top-secret case, he enlists the help of the former ‘big man on campus’ (Hart), now an accountant who misses his glory days. But before the staid numbers-cruncher realizes what he’s getting into it’s too late to get out, as his increasingly unpredictable new friend drags him through a world of shoot-outs, double-crosses and espionage that could get them both killed in more ways than he can count.
Spy Action Comedy
Applicants:
  • Curtis McParland
  • Samuel Chetty
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Finding DoryPG

Tagline: An unforgettable journey she probably won’t remember.

Open: June 17, 2016 (wide)

Animation Family Adventure Comedy 3D IMAX
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
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REVIEW IT AT HOME—video release: June 21, 2016 (available from Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Flixter, MGo, VuDu, Xbox Video, U-verse, DirectTV, pay per view, video stores, etc.)

Sci-Fi Action Adventure Thriller
Friday, June 24, 2016
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The Neon DemonR

Tagline: Beauty isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.

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Open: June 24, 2016

Amazon Studios—Starring: Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote / Director: Nicolas Winding Refn—“Only God Forgives” (2013—starring Ryan Gosling)

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THE NEON DEMON is a story about an aspiring model, Jesse (played by Elle Fanning) who moved to Los Angeles to chase her dreams. Her beauty and youth place in her significant danger. Her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she does. The film also stars Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks and Jena Malone.
Horror Drama
ASSIGNED TO:
Jeremy Landes by June 27
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The Free State of Jones

Open: June 24, 2016 (wide)

Biography History Thriller Drama
ASSIGNED TO:
Bob Subjenski by Jun 25
Alternate:
  • Raphael Vera
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Independence Day: Resurgence
also known as “Independence Day 2”

Open: June 24, 2016 (wide)

Sci-Fi Action Adventure Sequel
Wedneday, June 29, 2016
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The Shallows

Tagline: What was once in the deep is now in the shallows

Open: Wedneday, June 29, 2016 (wide)

TriStar Pictures, a division of Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment—Starring: Blake Lively, Óscar Jaenada, Sedona Legge / Director: Jaume Collet-Serra—“Unknown” (2011), “Non-Stop” (2014), “Orphan” (2009)

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While vacationing in Central America, a young woman is stranded alone on a buoy with a great white shark circling the waters between her and the shore of a local ‘secret’ surf spot. With limited resources, she must determine how to out-think the shark to survive and return home to her family.

When Nancy (Blake Lively) is attacked by a great white shark while surfing alone, she is stranded just a short distance from shore. Though she is only 200 yards from her survival, getting there proves the ultimate contest of wills—stranded alone on a buoy with a great white shark circling the waters between her and the shore.
Thriller
Friday, July 1, 2016
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • Bob Subjenski by Jul 5
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The Legend of TarzanPG-13

Tagline: Human. Nature.

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Open: July 1, 2016 (wide)

Village Roadshow Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures—$180-million budget / Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Djimon Hounsou, John Hurt / Director: David Yates—“Harry Potter”

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It has been years since John Clayton III, the man once known as Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård), left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Margot Robbie) at his side. Now, he's asked by Queen Victoria to investigate the activities at a mining encampment in the Congo and to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash. Tarzan teams with an ex-mercenary named George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson) to save the Congo from a warlord who controls a massive diamond mine.
Action Adventure Fantasy Family Drama 3D IMAX Adaptation
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Our Kind of Traitor

Tagline: Who can you trust with the truth?

Open: July 1 2016

Roadside Attractions, a division of Lionsgate Films—Starring: Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Stellan Skarsgard, Damian Lewis / Director: Susanna White

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A young Oxford academic and his attorney girlfriend holiday on Antigua. They bump into a Russian millionaire who owns a peninsula and a diamond watch… The couple find themselves lured into the Russian oligarch's plans to defect and soon find themselves positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service, neither of whom they can trust. Dima, the Russwian, leads them in a tortuous journey through Paris, the Swiss Alps and London.

An adaptation of the novel by John le Carre.
Thriller Adaptation
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EqualsPG-13

Tagline: Find your equal

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Open: July 1, 2016

A24—Starring: Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult, Bel Powley, Guy Pearce, Kate Lyn Sheil / Director: Drake Doremus

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Equals takes place in a utopian society where violence and crime have been virtually eradicated—via the genetic elimination of human emotion. People like Nia (Kristen Stewart) and Silas (Nicholas Hoult) live calm, uneventful, drone-like lives. The two work alongside each other in a large office, creating informational publications and exchanging the occasional pleasantry. Life is simple, until a rumour starts to circulate: a disease has broken out, one that causes people to manifest emotions. If discovered by the powers that be, the infected are sent away, never to return.

Silas suspects he carries the disease, and when this is confirmed, he becomes an outcast. But he is drawn back to Nia, who is also infected but has managed to hide the symptoms far better than he. Upon discovering that they are similarly stricken, they need to decide whether to stay and hide or to run for freedom.
Sci-Fi Romance
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The Purge: Election YearR
also known as “The Purge 3”

Tagline: For one night only, America invites you to its annual tradition.

Open: July 1, 2016 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Starring: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Edwin Hodge, Betty Gabriel, JJ Soria, Mykelti Williamson / Director: James DeMonaco

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Expanding the universe introduced in the hit franchise that electrified the culture and earned $200 million at the worldwide box office, Universal Pictures’ The Purge: Election Year reveals the next terrifying chapter that occurs over 12 hours of annual lawlessness sanctioned by the New Founders of America to keep this country great.

It’s been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn…or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state.

Once again returning to collaborate with franchise creator James DeMonaco on The Purge: Election Year are the series’ producers: Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Insidious and Ouija series, The Visit), Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ouija series, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and writer/director DeMonaco’s longtime production partner, Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers).
Sci-Fi Action Horror Thriller Sequel
Alternate:
  • Blake Wilson
  • Curtis McParland
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The BFGPG

Open: July 1, 2016 (wide)

Kids Family Fantasy Adaptation
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
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Dear EleanorPG-13

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DVD and Internet release: July 5, 2016

Starring: Jessica Alba, Isabelle Fuhrman, Liana Liberato, Josh Lucas, Luke Wilson, Patrick Schwarzenegger / Director: Kevin Connolly

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Best friends Max (Isabelle Fuhrman) and Ellie (Liana Liberato) decide to leave their rural hometown on an adventurous, cross-country road trip to meet former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Sneaking away in a bright blue convertible belonging to Ellie’s dad (Luke Wilson), they set out with the wind in their hair and the radio turned up. While trying to stay a step ahead of Ellie’s father and the police, the girls cross paths with an eclectic mix of people, which truly make this an entertaining, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

In this coming-of-age story set in 1962 (during the chaos of the Cuban missile crisis), Isabelle Fuhrman and Liana Liberato are best friends who go on a cross-country road trip to meet former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Along the way, they meet a host of characters - portrayed by Jessica Alba, Josh Lucas, Ione Skye, Joel Courtney and Patrick Schwarzenegger - while trying to stay one step ahead of Ellie's dad (Luke Wilson) and the police. Their Thelma and Louise cross-country adventure is a mix of hilarious joy ride and an empowering personal odyssey that not only tests their friendship for the first time but also lands the girls in jail.
Adventure Teen Coming-of-Age Comedy Drama
Friday, July 8, 2016
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Captain Fantastic

Tagline: He prepared them for everything except the outside world

Open: July 8, 2016

Bleecker Street Media—Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, Steve Zahn, Kathryn Hahn, Missi Pyle, Erin Moriarty, George MacKay, Annalise Basso, Samantha Isler, Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks, Charlie Shotwell / Director: Matt Ross

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Said Bleecker Street Media CEO Andrew Karpen: “Seeing the reaction to the film at Sundance, including three standing ovations at the Eccles, we knew this film had to play in the summertime when audiences are looking for this kind of crowd-pleaser.”

Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father (Viggo Mortensen) devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, beginning a journey that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent.

‘Captain Fantastic,” the comedy-drama centers on a passionate father (Viggo Mortensen), who is so devoted to teaching his six children how to live, be free, and survive in the world that he has moved them deep into the remote forests of the Pacific Northwest. He spends his days teaching them combat skills, training them like professional athletes, homeschooling them in a rigorous classical education, and introducing them to the beauty of the natural world. However, when he is forced to leave their self-created paradise and confront the real world, he begins a journey that challenges his unorthodox parenting.
Comedy Drama
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Mike and Dave Need Wedding DatesR
also known as “Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates”

Tagline: They needed hot dates. They got hot messes.

Open: July 8, 2016 (wide)

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation—Starring: Anna Kendrick, Zac Efron, Aubrey Plaza, Adam DeVine / Director: Jake Szymanski—“Despicable Me 2” (2013), “Despicable Me” (2010), “The Lorax” (2012)

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Two brothers place an online ad to find dates for a wedding and the ad goes viral.
Comedy
ASSIGNED TO:
Bob Subjenski by Jul 10
Alternate:
  • Blake Wilson by Jul 12
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The Secret Life of PetsPG

Open: July 8, 2016 (wide)

Animation Family Comedy 3D
Friday, July 15, 2016
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Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party

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Open: July 15, 2016 (wide)

Quality Flix—Director: Dinesh D'Souza—Indian-American political commentator, author, and nondenominational Christian apologist

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What is the progressive party hiding? In his new film, Dinesh D’Souza will expose the secret history of the Democrats and the true motivations of Hillary.

This marks a dramatic return for D’Souza who previously released, “America: Imagine the World Without Her” and “2016: Obama’s America.” The movie will debut when the 2016 Democratic National Convention convenes in Philadelphia.
Political Documentary
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Ghostbusters

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Open: July 15, 2016 (wide)

Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures—Starring: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Cecily Strong, Andy Garcia, Charles Dance / Director: Paul Feig—“Bridesmaids” (2011), “Spy” (2015), “The Heat” (2013) / Producer: Ivan Reitman, Amy Pascal

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Thirty years after the original film took the world by storm, Ghostbusters is back and fully rebooted for a new generation. Director Paul Feig combines all the paranormal fighting elements that made the original franchise so beloved with a cast of new characters, played by the funniest actors working today. Get ready to watch them save the world this summer!

Budget: $154 million (estimated) / a comedic reboot featuring female leads instead of males
Sci-Fi Action Horror Comedy
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Café SocietyPG-13
also known as “Cafe Society”

Open: July 15, 2016

Lionsgate, Amazon Studios—Director: Woody Allen / Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carell, Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Jeannie Berline, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott

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A young man arrives in Hollywood during the 1930s hoping to work in the film industry. There, he falls in love, and finds himself swept up in the vibrant café society that defined the spirit of the age.
Romance Comedy Drama
Friday, July 22, 2016
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Ice Age: Collision Course
also known as “Ice Age 5”

Tagline: One small step. One giant mess.

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Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation—Starring: Simon Pegg, Melissa Rauch, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Offerman, Stephanie Beatriz, Adam DeVine, John Leguizamo, Ray Romano, Keke Palmer, Max Greenfield, Denis Leary, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Wanda Sykes / Director: Mike Thurmeier

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Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters. ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE stars returning cast members Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Keke Palmer, Wanda Sykes, and Jennifer Lopez. Joining the herd are Stephanie Beatriz, Adam DeVine, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Max Greenfield, Jessie J, Nick Offerman, Melissa Rauch, Michael Strahan and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Animation Action Adventure Comedy Family Sequel 3D
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Into the ForestR

Tagline: Hope is power.

Open: July 22, 2016

A24—Starring: Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella / Director: Patricia Rozema—“Mansfield Park” (1999), “When Night Is Falling” (1995), “I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing” (1987)

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Adaptation of Jean Hegland’s novel of the same name, ‘Into the Forest’ recounts the story of two sisters (Page and Wood) struggling to survive after the collapse of society in the not too distant future. In the not too distant future, two young women who live in a remote ancient forest discover the world around them is on the brink of an apocalypse. Informed only by rumor, they fight intruders, disease, loneliness and starvation.
Sci-Fi Drama Adaptation
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • Alexander Malsan
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Lights OutPG-13

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Open: July 22, 2016

New Line Cinema, division of Warner Bros. Pictures—From producer James Wan, director of “The Conjuring” / Starring: Teresa Palmer, Emily Alyn Lind, Billy Burke / Director: David F. Sandberg

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When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn't real when the lights went out… and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety.

A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged.

But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger… once the lights go out.
Supernatural Horror Thriller
Applicants:
  • Raphael Vera
  • Curtis McParland
  • Samuel A. Torcasio
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Star Trek Beyond
also known as “Star Trek 3”

Open: July 22, 2016 (wide)

Sci-Fi Action Adventure Sequel
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
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Nerve

Open: July 27, 2016

Lionsgate—Starring: Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Juliette Lewis, Emily Meade, Kimiko Glenn, Marc John Jefferies / Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman

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A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of ‘watchers.’

based on a novel by Jeanne Ryan
Teen Thriller Adaptation
Friday, July 29, 2016
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • Alexander Malsan
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Jason BournePG-13
also known as “Bourne 5”

Tagline: You know his name.

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Open: July 29, 2016 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Starring: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles, Vincent Cassel / Director: Paul Greengrass

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Matt Damon’s Bourne is back, and he claims he remembers everything. The new movie takes Bourne “through an austerity-riddled Europe and in a post-Snowden world.” It also stars Vincent Cassel as a deadly assassin and Alicia Vikander in an undisclosed role.
Spy Action Adventure Suspense Thriller Sequel
Distributor: Roadside Attractions. Trademark logo.
Indignation

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Open: July 29, 2016

Roadside Attractions—Starring: Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts / Director: James Schamus

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‘Indignation’ takes place in 1951, as Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman), a brilliant working class Jewish boy from Newark, New Jersey, travels on scholarship to a small, conservative college in Ohio, thus exempting him from being drafted into the Korean War. But once there, Marcus's growing infatuation with his beautiful classmate Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon), and his clashes with the college's imposing Dean, Hawes Caudwell (Tracy Letts), put his and his family's best laid plans to the ultimate test.

Among the new arrivals at Winesburg College are Marcus the son of a kosher butcher from New Jersey and the beautiful, brilliant daughter of a prominent alum. For a brief moment, their lives converge in this emotionally soaring film based on the novel by Philip Roth. The girl is a survivor of a suicide attempt.

Marcus has an adversarial relationship with the dean of men, Hawes Caudwell. In a meeting in Dean Caudwell’s office, Marcus objects to the chapel attendance requirement on the grounds that he is an atheist. In this meeting, he quotes extensively from Bertrand Russell's essay ‘Why I Am Not a Christian.’ Later, the dean finds Marcus guilty of hiring another student to attend chapel in his place; when Marcus refuses to attend double the amount of chapel services as punishment, the dean expels him. His expulsion allows the U.S. Army to draft him and send him to fight in Korea.
Drama Adaptation
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Bad Moms

Open: July 29, 2016

STX Entertainment—Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Jada Pinkett Smith, Christina Applegate, Kathryn Hahn, Lilly Singh, Kesha / Director: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore

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A woman with a seemingly perfect life—a great marriage, overachieving kids, beautiful home, stunning looks and still holding down a career. However she’s over-worked, over committed and exhausted to the point that she’s about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms and all go on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities, going on a wild un-mom like binge of freedom, fun and self-indulgence—putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms.
Comedy
Friday, August 5, 2016
ASSIGNED TO:
Samuel Chetty
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Netflix: August 5, 2016

Animation Fantasy Adaptation 3D
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Suicide Squad

Open: August 5, 2016 (wide)

Warner Bros.—Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Scott Eastwood, Cara Delevingne, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Jesse Eisenberg, Ben Affleck, Viola Davis, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jay Hernandez, Common / Director: David Ayer—“Fury” (2014), “End of Watch” (2012), “Training Day” (2001)

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Adapted from DC Comics, this film follows imprisoned supervillains recruited by a secret U.S. government agency to do a high-risk black op (deemed too dangerous for superheroes) in order to gain redemption and shorter prison sentences, although the mission will probably kill them all. They include Deadshot, King Shark, Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn, etc., who must bury their own interpersonal conflicts and agendas to form a cohesive unit to take on a singular task.

From director David Ayer (‘Fury,” ‘End of Watch’) comes ‘Suicide Squad,” starring Oscar nominee Will Smith (‘Ali,” ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’), Oscar winner Jared Leto (‘Dallas Buyers Club’), Margot Robbie (‘The Wolf of Wall Street,” ‘Focus’), Joel Kinnaman (‘Run All Night,” ‘The Killing’) and Oscar nominee Viola Davis (‘The Help,” ‘Doubt’).
It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

Written and directed by Ayer based on the characters from DC Comics, the film also stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (‘Thor: The Dark World’), Jay Hernandez (‘Takers’), Ike Barinholtz (‘Neighbors’), Jai Courtney (‘Insurgent’) and Scott Eastwood (‘Fury’). It is produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

Ayer’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Roman Vasyanov (‘Fury,” ‘End of Watch’), production designer Oliver Scholl (‘Edge of Tomorrow’), editor John Gilroy (‘Pacific Rim’), costume designer Kate Hawley (‘The Hobbit‘ Trilogy) and Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Jerome Chen (‘Stuart Little,” ‘Fury,” ‘The Amazing Spider-Man‘ films). The music is by Oscar-winning composer Steven Price (‘Gravity’).

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, an Atlas Entertainment production, a film by David Ayer, ‘Suicide Squad.”
Action Adventure Adaptation 3D IMAX
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • Jeremy Landes
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The FounderPG-13

tagline: He took someone else’s idea and America ate it up.

Open: August 5, 2016

Weinstein Company—Starring: Michael Keaton, Patrick Wilson, Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini, John Carroll Lynch, Nick Offerman / Director: John Lee Hancock—“The Blind Side” (2009), “Saving Mr. Banks” (2013), “The Alamo” (2004)

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the story of McDonald's founder, Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), and how he turned McDonald’s into a global fast food empire.

Written by Robert Siegel (‘Big Fan’), ‘The Founder’ is a drama that tells the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He subtly maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire and one of the most powerful brands in the world.

The McDonald brothers are portrayed by Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch. Laura Dern plays Ray’s first wife Ethel Fleming Kroc (divorced 1961—the year Ray bought McDonalds). Linda Cardellini plays Joan Mansfield Kroc, Ray’s third wife; the duo met in 1957 and married in 1969.

Reportedly, the film was developed in the same vein as “There Will Be Blood” and “The Social Network.”
Biography Drama
Applicants:
  • ___________
  • Bob Subjenski
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Nine LivesPG

Tagline: His life just got put on paws.

Open: August 5, 2016

EuropaCorp USA—Starring: Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Christopher Walken, Robbie Amell, Cheryl Hines / Director: Barry Sonnenfeld—“Men in Black” (1997)

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a stuffy, workaholic executive finds himself trapped inside the body of his family’s pet cat
Comedy
Friday, August 12, 2016
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Florence Foster Jenkins

Tagline: The inspiring true story of the world’s worst singer

Open: August 12, 2016

Paramount Pictures Corporation—Starring: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Rebecca Ferguson / Director: Stephen Frears—“High Fidelity” (2000), “The Queen” (2006), “Philomena” (2013)

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The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress and socialite, who dreamed of becoming a great opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.
Biography Comedy Drama
Distributor: Universal Pictures. Trademark logo.
Spectral

Open: August 12, 2016 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Produced by: Legendary Pictures, Thomas Tull / Starring: James Badge Dale, Bruce Greenwood, Emily Mortimer / Director: Nic Mathieu

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A sci-fi/thriller story centered on a special-ops team, trained in hunting the supernatural, that is dispatched to fight supernatural beings that have taken over Manhattan

‘Spectral’ is describe as a ‘dark’ and ‘gritty’ take on the Ghostbusters formula.
Sci-Fi Action Supernatural Thriller 3D
Distributor: Columbia Pictures. Trademark logo.
Sausage Party

Open: August 12, 2016 (wide)

Warning: Based on the trailer and comments by the producers, this animated film is aimed at adults (NOT kids); it appears this is a vulgar film aiming for an R-rating.

Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures—Starring: Jonah Hill as Carl (voice), Seth Rogen as Frank (voice), James Franco as (voice), Kristen Wiig (voice), Michael Cera as Barry (voice), Edward Norton as Sammy Bagel Jr. (voice), Salma Hayek as Teresa the Taco (voice), Paul Rudd (voice), Danny McBride (voice), Bill Hader (voice), David Krumholtz as Vash (voice) / Directors: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon

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An animated movie about one sausage’s quest to discover the truth about his existence. Reportedly, “it is also a film that questions the existence of god—and the harm religion can breed.”

After falling out of a shopping cart, a sausage and his new friends embark on a perilous journey through the supermarket to get back to their aisles before the 4th of July sale.
Animation Comedy
Applicants:
  • Blake Wilson
  • Jessica D. Lovett
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Pete's DragonPG

Open: August 12, 2016 (wide)

Family Adventure Fantasy Remake 3D
Friday, August 19, 2016
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CollidePG-13
also known as “Autobahn”

Tagline: How far would you go for the one you love?

Open: August 19, 2016

Open Road Films—Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley, Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones / Director: Eran Creevy

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A desperate American backpacker (Nicholas Hoult) schemes to pull a drug heist on an eccentric gangster (Kingsley) in order to pay for his girlfriend’s medical emergency gets involved with a ring of drug smugglers as their driver, though he winds up on the run from his employers across Munich’s high-speed freeways.
Action Thriller
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The Space Between UsPG-13

Open: August 19, 2016

STX Entertainment—Starring: Britt Robertson, Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino, BD Wong, Asa Butterfield / Director: Peter Chelsom

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In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet—never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot—an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing.

While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an on-line friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars—from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere.

Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team of scientists and joins with Tulsa on

Described as a ‘Romeo and Juliet’ story that centers on the first human born on Mars. In this star-crossed science fiction love story about two teens from different worlds, Gardner Elliot, the first human born on Mars, is secretly raised in an experimental colony after his astronaut mother dies during childbirth. Sixteen years later, Gardner hatches a plan to travel across the universe to meet her. Now, on the run, with Earth’s gravity threatening his very existence, Gardner must race against time and nature to find his love and win her heart. Once united, the two teens venture to seek out the enigmatic billionaire who funded the original expedition to Mars, in hopes of uncovering information about Gardner’s mother and the mysterious circumstances surrounding how Gardner came into existence.

‘This is a unique, well-crafted personal story set against an expansive landscape, and we are thrilled to be a part of this film and work with this enormously talented cast,’ said Adam Fogelson, Chairman of the STX Entertainment Motion Picture Group. ‘The film has a completely authentic voice and the kinds of nuanced characters who are distinctive and truly memorable. We were drawn in by this story and its universal themes of longing for community and love.’
Sci-Fi Adventure Romance
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Hell or High WaterR

Tagline: Justice isn’t a crime.

Open: August 19, 2016 (wide)
August 12, 2016 (limited)

Lionsgate, CBS Films—Starring: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham, Katy Mixon / Director: David Mackenzie / Writer: Taylor Sheridan

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‘Hell Or High Water’ is a modern action drama set in West Texas where the distinction between honest men and outlaws has blurred beyond recognition. A divorced dad and his ex-con brother resort to a desperate scheme to rob a bank to save their family’s West Texas farm from foreclosure, while two Texas Rangers are set to catch both brothers.
A story about the collision of the Old and New West, two brothers—Toby (Chris Pine), a straight-living, divorced father trying to make a better life for his son; and Tanner (Ben Foster), a short-tempered ex-con with a loose trigger finger—come together to rob branch after branch of the bank that is foreclosing on their family land. The hold-ups are part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that powerful forces beyond their control have stolen from under their feet. Vengeance seems to be theirs until they find themselves in the crosshairs of a relentless, foul-mouthed Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges) looking for one last triumph on the eve of his retirement. As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their plan, a showdown looms at the crossroads where the last honest law man and a pair of brothers with nothing to live for except family collide.

Featuring a cast that includes Academy Award®-winner Jeff Bridges (‘Crazy Heart,’ ‘True Grit’), Chris Pine (‘Star Trek,’ ‘Into The Woods’), Ben Foster (‘3:10 To Yuma,’ ‘The Messenger’) and Gil Birmingham (‘The Lone Ranger,’ ‘Twilight’), ‘Hell Or High Water‘ is directed by David Mackenzie (‘Young Adam,’ ‘Starred Up’) and written by Taylor Sheridan (‘Sicario’), produced by Sidney Kimmel, Peter Berg, Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn and executive produced by Gigi Pritzker, Bill Lischak, Michael Nathanson, Rachel Shane, John Penotti and Bruce Toll.
Action Crime Drama
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Kubo and the Two Strings

Tagline: The quest begins

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Open: August 19, 2016 (wide)

Focus Features—Starring: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, George Takei, Matthew McConaughey, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brenda Vaccaro / Director: Travis Knight / Writers: Marc Haimes and Chris Butler (“ParaNorman”)

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Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of ‘Game of Thrones’) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta.

Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen—a magical musical instrument—Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny.
Animation
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War DogsR
also known as “Arms and the Dudes,” “Arms & the Dudes”

Tagline: An American dream

Open: August 19, 2016 (wide)

Warner Bros.—Starring: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas, JB Blanc, Shaun Toub / Director: Todd Phillips

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The true story of two Miami stoners, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan. The duo made 85 deliveries of munitions to Afghanistan worth more than $66 million before their arms-dealing careers were cut short when federal agents raided their Miami Beach offices in Aug. 2007, culminating in 71 counts of fraud.

Based on a Rolling Stone article entitled ‘Arms and the Dudes.’ Written by Guy Lawson, the article recalls the true story of two men from Miami Beach who wound up becoming international arms dealers.
Comedy Thriller Drama Adaptation
ASSIGNED TO:
Raphael Vera by Aug 14
Alternate:
  • Curtis McParland
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Ben-Hur
also known as “Ben Hur,” “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ”

Tagline: First to finish. Last to die. Brother against brother. Slave against empire.

Open: August 19, 2016 (wide)

Faith-based Action Drama Remake Adaptation 3D
Friday, August 26, 2016
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Mechanic: ResurrectionR
also known as “The Mechanic 2”

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Open: August 26, 2016 (wide)

Summit Entertainment, a division of Lionsgate Films—Starring: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh / Director: Dennis Gansel—“We Are the Night” (2010)

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Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) thought he had put his murderous past behind him, after he faked his own death in order to lead a peaceful and quiet retirement. Now his most formidable foe kidnaps the love of his life, and he is forced to travel the globe to complete three impossible assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world, and do what he does best, make them look like accidents.
Action Crime Thriller Sequel
Distributor: Roadside Attractions. Trademark logo.
Southside with You

Open: August 26, 2016

Roadside Attractions, Miramax—Starring: Parker Sawyers, Tika Sumpter / Director: Richard Tanne, Vanessa Bell Calloway

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This romantic drama chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States of America, BARACK OBAMA, wooed his future First Lady (Michelle Obama) on an epic first date across Chicago’s South Side. Barack is a young associate lawyer. On their first date, the pair see Spike Lee's “Do the Right Thing”. Their date also includes a trip to the Art Institute of Chicago and the couple's first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.
Biography Romance Drama
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Hands of Stone

Tagline: No más. No surrender.

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Open: August 26, 2016

The Weinstein Company—Starring: Robert De Niro, Andy Garcia, Édgar Ramírez, Ellen Barkin, Usher Raymond, Gael García Bernal, John Turturro / Director: Jonathan Jakubowicz

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This film is about the life of Roberto ‘Hands of Stone’ Duran, five-time world boxing champ. The legendary Duran and his equally legendary trainer Ray Arcel change each other’s lives. The movie will tell the inside story of the ‘No Mas’ fight. In the closing seconds of the fight's last round, Duran turned his back to Leonard and quit, saying ‘no mas’ (‘no more’). Duran beat Leonard in an earlier welterweight championship bout. They would meet again in a 1989 middleweight championship fight in Las Vegas. Leonard won that fight in 12 rounds.
Action Sports Biography Drama
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Don't Breathe

Open: August 26, 2016

Screen Gems, a division of Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment—Starring: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette / Director: Fede Alvarez—“Evil Dead” (2013), “Panic Attack!” (2009)

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A group of teens break (Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto) into a blind man’s home thinking they’ll get away with the perfect crime. They’re wrong.

The three young thieves end up fighting for their lives after breaking into the home of a blind veteran (Stephen Lang) who has a dark side.
Horror Thriller
Friday, September 2, 2016
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SolaceR

Open: September 2, 2016

Relativity Media—Starring: Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Abbie Cornish, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Marley Shelton, Janine Turner, Xander Berkeley / Director: Afonso Poyart

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A former doctor with psychic abilities who is drawn into a serial killer case for the FBI, only to find that the killer also is a psychic, leading to a showdown between the two who can detect each other’s every move.
Crime Mystery Thriller
Applicants:
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  • Pamela Gardner
Distributor: Touchstone Pictures (a division of Disney). Trademark logo.
The Light Between OceansPG-13

Open: September 2, 2016 (wide)

Touchstone Pictures, a division of Walt Disney Studios—Starring: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz, Caren Pistorius / Producer: Amblin Partners / Director: Derek Cianfrance—“The Place Beyond the Pines” (2012), “Blue Valentine” (2010)

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After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel (Alicia Vikander)insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy (Caren Pistorius). When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

Based on The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, the novel is an international bestseller.
Drama Adaptation
Friday, September 9, 2016
ASSIGNED TO:
Pamela Gardner
Alternate:
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Open: September 9, 2016

Supernatural Horror Thriller
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The Wild Life
also known as “Robinson Crusoe”

Tagline: Just because you’re stranded… doesn’t mean you can’t make some friends.

Open: September 9, 2016 (limited)

Summit Entertainment, a division of Lionsgate Films—Directors: Vincent Kesteloot, Ben Stassen

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From the over-exuberant parrot Tuesday to the snack-obsessed tapir Rosie, from the persnickety echidna Epi to the acrobatic pangolin Pango, from the ditzy goat Scrubby to the commonsensical kingfisher Kiki and the always-cool chameleon Carmello, things are larger than life on a tropical isle that is pure wild animal paradise. Then Robinson Crusoe, a marooned human, arrives in the midst of a furious storm, and their lives are forever changed by this bewildering new “creature.” No matter their differences, castaway human and quirky animals embark on an hilarious new adventure, building the island’s first tree house and surviving together. But when two conniving members of the animal kingdom—the savage cats Mal and May—pounce into a battle for control of the island, Crusoe and his animal posse must uncover the true power of friendship against all odds (even savage cats).

On a tiny exotic island, Tuesday, an outgoing parrot lives with his quirky animal friends in paradise. However, Tuesday can’t stop dreaming about discovering the world. After a violent storm, Tuesday and his friends wake up to find a strange creature on the beach: Robinson Crusoe. Tuesday immediately views Crusoe as his ticket off the island to explore new lands. Likewise, Crusoe soon realizes that the key to surviving on the island is through the help of Tuesday and the other animals.

It isn’t always easy at first, as the animals dont’t speak ‘human.’ Slowly but surely, they all start living together in harmony, until one day, when their comfortable life is overturned by two savage cats, who wish to take control of the island. A battle ensues between the cats and the group of friends but Crusoe and the animals soon discover the true power of friendship up against all odds (even savage cats).
Animation Adventure Comedy
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • Jeremy Landes
Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures. Trademark logo.
Sully

Open: September 9, 2016 (wide)

Warner Bros.—Director: Clint Eastwood / Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

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On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the ‘Miracle on the Hudson‘ when Captain ‘Sully‘ Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.
Based on Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters by Capt. Chesley ‘Sully‘ Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow, the story takes a closer look at the man who became a national hero after his plane began to malfunction shortly after takeoff, and he was forced to take drastic measures in order to save all those on the plane. For accuracy, Sullenberger and his wife Lorrie served as consultants on the film.
Biography Drama Adaptation IMAX
Friday, September 16, 2016
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Hillsong: Let Hope RisePG leave your comments
also known as “Hillsong—Let Hope Rise”

Official site

Open: September 16, 2016

Pure Flix

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HILLSONG - LET HOPE RISE is the first theatrical worship experience to ever be released in theaters nationwide. The music of Hillsong Church is so popular it is estimated that on any given Sunday, more than 50 million churchgoers around the world are singing their songs. The film follows the band as they labor to record their next album and explores the history of Hillsong, a 30-year journey from a tiny church in the Sydney suburbs to a vibrant international ministry. The movie culminates in a transformational concert experience spotlighting the humble hearts behind this worldwide sensation.
Christian Documentary
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Applicants:
  • Curtis McParland
  • Jeremy Landes
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Snowden

Open: September 16, 2016

Biography Political Thriller Drama Adaptation
Friday, September 23, 2016
Applicants:
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  • Blake Wilson by Sep 27
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Storks

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Open: September 23, 2016 (wide)

Warner Bros.—Starring: Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan-Michael Key / Director: Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland

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Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Junior (Andy Samberg), the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl.

Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop—in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world.

The animated adventure ‘Storks’ stars Andy Samberg (‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,’ ‘Hotel Transylvania’), Kelsey Grammer (‘Toy Story 2,’ ‘The Simpsons’), Katie Crown (Cartoon Network’s ‘Clarence’), Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele (Comedy Central’s ‘Key & Peele’), and Danny Trejo (‘The Book of Life’).

The film is directed by Nicholas Stoller (‘Neighbors,’ BAFTA nominee for ‘Muppets Most Wanted’), and Doug Sweetland (supervising animator on ‘Cars,’ Oscar-nominated director of the animated short ‘Presto’).

Stoller also wrote the ‘Storks’ screenplay, and serves as a producer along with Brad Lewis (‘Ratatouille’). The executive producers are Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Glenn Ficarra, John Requa and Jared Stern.
Animation Comedy Family 3D
Friday, September 30, 2016
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
also known as “Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children”

Open: September 30, 2016 (wide)

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation—Director: Tim Burton / Starring: Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Asa Butterfield, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, Allison Janney

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From director Tim Burton and based upon the best-selling novel by Ransom Riggs, comes an unforgettable, thrilling and haunting tale. When teenager Jake follows clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a mysterious island with a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive. Sixteen-year-old Jacob must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures who are out to destroy them.

As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.
Fantasy Adventure Teens Family Adaptation
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Deepwater Horizon
also known as “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour”

Tagline: When faced with our darkest hour, hope is not a tactic

Open: September 30, 2016 (wide)

Summit Entertainment, a division of Lionsgate Films—Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Dylan O’Brien, Gina Rodriguez, and Kate Hudson / Director: Peter Berg—“Lone Survivor” (2013), “Collateral” (2004)

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Based on the true events that occurred on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, the story chronicles the courage of those who worked on the Deepwater Horizon and the extreme moments of bravery and survival in the face of what would become one of the biggest man-made disasters in world history.

based on The New York Times article titled “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour,” published December 25, 2010 and written by David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul
Action History Drama IMAX
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Tagline: Get stupid rich

Official site

Open: September 30, 2016

Action Crime Comedy Drama
Friday, October 14, 2016
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The AccountantR

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Open: October 14, 2016

Warner Bros. Pictures—Starring: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, John Lithgow, Cynthia Addai-Robinson / Director: Gavin O’Connor

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Ben Affleck plays Christian Wolff, a genius accountant with a secret identity. He's compared to Einstein, Mozart and Picasso when he was a child. ‘Can our son lead a normal life,’ asks his father.

Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.
Action Crime Thriller
Friday, October 21, 2016
ASSIGNED TO:
Nicole Granath
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I'm Not Ashamed: The Rachel Joy Scott Columbine Storyleave your comments

Open: October 21, 2016 (wide—1500+ theaters), then widens if successful

Christian Biography Drama
Friday, October 28, 2016
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • Pamela Gardner
Distributor: Paramount Pictures Corporation. Trademark logo.
Rings
also known as “The Ring 3”

Open: October 28, 2016

Paramount Pictures—Produced by DreamWorks SKG / Starring: Alex Roe, Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, David Dorfman, Johnny Galecki

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Roe is Holt, a young man who begins to become distant from his girlfriend, Julia (Lutz) after watching the infamous deadly videotape the series is known for. The story takes place 13 years after ‘The Ring,’ as Samar’s reign of terror returns.
Supernatural Fantasy Horror Thriller Sequel
Friday, November 4, 2016
Applicants:
  • Curtis McParland
  • Jessica D. Lovett
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Doctor Strange
also known as “Dr. Strange,” “Doctor Extraño”

Open: November 4, 2016 (wide)

Superhero Sci-Fi Action Adventure Fantasy Thriller
Friday, November 18, 2016
Distributor: Relativity Media. Trademark logo.
The Disappointments Roomleave your comments

Open: November 18, 2016

Relativity Media—Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Lucas Till, Duncan Joiner / Director: D.J. Caruso / Screenwriter Wentworth Miller

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In this psychological thriller from the director of ‘Eagle Eye’ and ‘Disturbia,’ Dana (Kate Beckinsale) and David move from Brooklyn to a once-grand Southern mansion with their 5 year old son looking for a fresh start. But Dana’s discovery of a secret room that hadn't appeared in the house’s blueprints unleashes unexplainable events that test her sanity and slowly reveal the home’s terrifying past. The ghost of a young girl appears and beckons her to open the door. But the spirits of those who protect the room’s terrifying secret return to make sure that the room remains closed forever.

Inspired by a true event, ‘The Disappointments Room’ tells the story of one family's terror-filled encounter within their own home. The husband and wife, together with their 5-year-old son Jeremy, move into their dream house, a beautiful old rural home. When frightening and unexplainable events lead Dana to discover the long lost key to this room, she accidentally unlocks a host of unimaginable horrors that reveal the house’s past is terrifyingly tied with her own.
Supernatural Suspense Horror Thriller
Friday, November 23, 2016
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Moana

Open: November 23, 2016

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures—Starring: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson (voice), Alan Tudyk (voice), Auli'i Cravalho (voice) / Director: Ron Clements, John Muskern

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Disney’s first Polynesian princess

In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui (Johnson), to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.

Animation Adventure Family Comedy 3D
Friday, December 2, 2016
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Morgan

Tagline: Don’t let it out

• Official site

Open: September 2, 2016

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation—Starring: Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Rose Leslie, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Giamatti, Toby Jones, Michelle Yeoh / Director: Luke Scott / Producer Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Mark Huffam

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‘Morgan’ is about a corporate troubleshooter (Kate Mara), a risk-management consultant, who is summoned to a remote, top-secret research lab to investigate and evaluate a terrifying accident. She learns the event was triggered by a seemingly innocent ‘human,’ who presents a mystery of both infinite promise and incalculable danger. She must determine whether or not to terminate an at-risk artificial being’s life that was made in a laboratory environment.

The script was on the 2014 Black List, the annual list of best unproduced screenplays.
Sci-Fi Thriller
Distributor: Relativity Media. Trademark logo.
Kidnap

Open: December 2, 2016

Relativity Studios—Starring: Halle Berry / Director: Luis Prieto

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‘Kidnap’ is a heart-stopping action thriller following a mother (Halle Berry) who will stop at nothing to rescue her kidnapped son.
Crime Thriller Drama
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • Jeremy Landes
Distributor: Lionsgate Films. Trademark logo.
La La Land

Open: December 2, 2016 (wide)

Lionsgate—Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, J.K. Simmons, Finn Wittrock, Rosemarie DeWitt / Director: Damien Chazelle—“Whiplash”

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A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles

Ryan Gosling portrays a jazz pianist and Emma Stone plays an aspiring actress in the story, in which the duo fall in love but face difficulties as they become more successful.
Music Comedy Drama
Friday, December 9, 2016
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The Bye Bye Man

Open: December 9, 2016

STX Entertainment—Starring: Faye Dunaway, Carrie-Anne Moss, Douglas Smith, Doug Jones / Director: Stacy Title

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In 1990s Wisconsin, three college students move into an old, off-campus house, where they find themselves hunted by a sinister supernatural entity called The Bye Bye Man (Doug Jones). This film is an adaptation of a short story called ‘The Bridge to Body Island’ by Robert Damon Schneck.
Supernatural Horror Thriller Adaptation
Thursday, December 15, 2016
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Applicants:
  • Curtis McParland
  • Jeremy Landes
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Open: December 15, 2016

Sci-Fi Action Adventure War 3D IMAX
Friday, December 21, 2016
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • Alexander Malsan
  • Pamela Gardner
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Assassin's Creed

Open: December 21, 2016

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation—Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson / Director: Justin Kurzel

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based on the popular video game / A bartender is captured by a large corporation and is forced into a machine, named ‘The Animus,’ allowing him to relive the memories of his ancestors—most of whom are assassins—to retrieve powerful and dangerous artifacts. When Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society.
Sci-Fi Action Adventure 3D Adaptation
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • Blake Wilson by Dec 28
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Sing

Open: December 21, 2016 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Voices of: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Nick Offerman, Leslie Jones, Peter Serafinowicz / Director: Garth Jennings

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A koala named Buster recruits his best friend to help him drum up business for his theater by hosting a singing competition.

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, ‘Sing’ stars Buster Moon (Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist—okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel—who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.

Five lead contestants emerge: A mouse (Seth MacFarlane) who croons as smoothly as he cons, a timid teenage elephant (Tori Kelly) with an enormous case of stage fright, an overtaxed mother (Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon) run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets, a young gangster gorilla (Taron Egerton) looking to break free of his family’s felonies, and a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson) struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo. Each animal arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life.

Featuring more than 85 hit songs.
Animation Music Comedy Family
Friday, January 6, 2017
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Amityville: The ReawakeningR
also known as “The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes,” “Amityville: The Awakening”

Tagline: Every house has a history. This one has a legend.

Open: January 6, 2017

Dimension Films—The Weinstein Company—Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bella Thorne, Thomas Mann / Director: Franck Khalfoun

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Belle, her little sister, and her comatose twin brother move into a new house with their single mother Joan in order to save money to help pay for her brother’s expensive healthcare. But when strange phenomena begin to occur in the house including the miraculous recovery of her brother, Belle begins to suspect her Mother isn’t telling her everything and soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.
Supernatural Horror Thriller
Friday, February 3, 2017
Distributor: Paramount Pictures Corporation. Trademark logo.
Same Kind of Different as Meleave your comments

Open: February 3, 2017

Paramount Pictures—Starring: Renee Zellweger, Greg Kinnear, Jon Voight, Djimon Hounsou, Olivia Holt / Director: Michael Carney

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Paramount assembled a topnotch cast for this true story film based on Denver Moore’s memoir, telling the story of a modern-day slave, an international art dealer, and the unlikely woman who bound them together.

It’s about an unlikely friendship between wealthy white art dealer Ron Hall (Greg Kinnear) and former sharecropper-turned-drifter Denver Moore (Djimon Hounsou). Introduced by Hall’s wife Deborah (Renee Zellweger), the two men from opposite walks of life met at a homeless shelter where Hall was volunteering.

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Christian Drama Adaptation
Friday, April 7, 2017
Distributor: New Line Cinema. Trademark logo.
Going in StylePG-13

Open: April 7, 2017

New Line Cinema, division of Warner Bros. Pictures—Starring: Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Christopher Lloyd, Alan Arkin, Matt Dillon, Joey King, Ann-Margret / Director: Zach Braff—“Garden State” (2004)

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Three retired men lose their pensions when the company they’ve worked for their entire lives is sold to a foreign corporation. Desperate for money to survive, they set out to rob the very bank that’s withholding their money.
Crime Comedy Remake
Friday, May 19, 2017
Applicants:
  • Emily Piburn
  • Andrea Lopez
Distributor: Open Road Films. Trademark logo.
The Nut Job 2

Open: May 19, 2017

Open Road Films—Starring: Will Arnett (Surly), Katherine Heigl (Andy), Maya Rudolph (Precious the Dog), Gabriel Iglesias (Jimmy) and Jeff Dunham (Mole) / Director: Cal Brunker

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The sequel takes audiences back to the town of Oakton, where the evil mayor decides to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly Squirrel and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor and take back the park.
Animation Adventure Family Comedy Sequel
To be announced
ASSIGNED TO:
Samuel Chetty
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Open: Fall 2016

Action Adventure Christian Teen Drama
ASSIGNED TO:
Pamela Gardner

REVIEW IT AT HOME—video release: __________ (available from Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Flixter, MGo, VuDu, Xbox Video, U-verse, DirectTV, pay per view, video stores, etc.)

Biography Crime Thriller
ASSIGNED TO:
Emily Saur
Alternate:
  • Samuel Chetty
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DVD: ___________

Animation Family Sports Adventure
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Only God CanPG

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Opening: April 4, 2016 through June 2016

Inspire You Entertainment / Sweet Carolina Film, LLC

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The movie “Only God Can” explores the lifetime bond of five friends struggling through life’s challenges that become more difficult with each passing year. Tragedy strikes and the women are thrust into questioning their decisions, relationships, and even God. As they begin to transform, the Women soon discover through faith that Only God Can empower them to be the people they truly desire to be.

There are very few films made specifically for and about Christian women, and we see “Only God Can” as a beacon of light that will encourage women to continue exemplifying Christ’s love and commitment in their lives.

Our hope is that “Only God Can” will inspire you to reflect upon your own standing in faith and your willingness to delve in deeper. This film will offer viewers encouragement and an understanding about the role faith plays in overcoming life’s hardships. “Only God Can is truly a reminder that God’s love conquers all.
Christian Drama
Distributor: Columbia Pictures. Trademark logo.
Patient Zero

Open: _____________, 2017

Screen Gems, a division of Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment—Starring: Natalie Dormer, Matt Smith, Stanley Tucci, Clive Standen / Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky—“The Counterfeiters” (2007), “Deadfall” (2012)

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After an unprecedented global pandemic has turned the majority of humankind into violent Infected (zombies), a man gifted with the ability to speak the Infected's new language leads the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure. He hopes to use his gift to discover a cure for his infected wife.
Action Horror Thriller
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Love and FriendshipPGleave your comments
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Open: ____________, 2016 (wide)

Roadside Attractions—Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Stephen Fry, Emma Greenwell / Director: Whit Stillman—“Metropolitan” (1990) | “The Last Days of Disco” (1998) | “Damsels in Distress” (2011)

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In this PG-rated film, beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon visits to the estate of her in-laws to wait out the colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst ensconced there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and a future for her eligible but reluctant daughter, Frederica. In doing so she attracts the simultaneous attentions of the young, handsome Reginald DeCourcy, th
e rich and silly Sir James Martin and the divinely handsome, but married, Lord Manwaring, complicating matters severely.

Set in the opulent drawing rooms of eighteenth-century English society, ‘Love and Friendship’ focuses on the machinations of a beautiful widow, Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale), who, while waiting for social chatter about a personal indiscretion to pass, takes up temporary residence at her in-laws’ estate.

While there, the intelligent, flirtatious, and amusingly egotistical Lady Vernon is determined to be a matchmaker for her rather reluctant debutante daughter Frederica—and herself too, naturally. She enlists the assistance of her old friend Alicia (Chloë Sevigny), but two particularly handsome suitors (Xavier Samuel and Tom Bennett) complicate her orchestrations.

Kate Beckinsale excels in her role as the deliciously devious Lady Vernon and delivers each line with relish. With exquisite period detail and a script teeming with bon mots and witty dialogue, ‘Love and Friendship’ is a rare—and rarified—treat.
Drama Romance Comedy

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