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Open: January 20, 2017 (wide—1,000 theaters)

Starring: Brett Dalton (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Grant Ward), Anjelah Johnson-Reyes (“Our Family Wedding”), Neil Flynn (“The Middle” and “Scrubs”), WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels, and D.B. Sweeney (“The Cutting Edge” and “Taken 2”)

Family Comedy Romance
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Open: January 20, 2017 (wide—3,000+ theaters)

Action Thriller Sequel 3D
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“Joe was once a good man”

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currently showing nationwide—2,700+ U.S. theaters

Crime Thriller Drama Adaptation
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currently showing nationwide—2,220 U.S. theaters

Supernatural Horror Thriller Adaptation
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currently showing nationwide—1,342 U.S. theaters

Drama Adaptation
ASSIGNED TO:
Jeremy Landes by Jan 24
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Risk taker. Rule breaker. Game changer.

Open: January 20, 2017 (wide—1,100 theaters)

Biography History Drama
ASSIGNED TO:
Alexander Malsan by Jan 21
Alternate:
  • Pamela Gardner by Jan 22

Open: January 20, 2017 (wide—3,000+ theaters)

Psychological Horror Thriller
Friday, January 27, 2017
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Prove 'em all wrong

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Open: January 27, 2017 (wide)

Crime Adventure Thriller
ASSIGNED TO:
Toni Jay
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US Open: January 27, 2017 (wide)
South Africa open: 03 February 2017

Sci-Fi Action Horror Sequel
ASSIGNED TO:
Raphael Vera by Jan 29
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Open: January 27, 2017 (wide)

Adventure Comedy Drama Adaptation
Friday, February 3, 2017
ASSIGNED TO:
Pamela Gardner by Feb 5
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Open: February 3, 2017 (wide)

Sci-Fi Adventure Romance
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • Pamela Gardner
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also known as “The Ring 3”

Evil is born.

Open: February 3, 2017 (wide)

Supernatural Fantasy Horror Prequel/Sequel 3D
Friday, February 10, 2017
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John Wick: Chapter Two
also known as “John Wick 2”

Open: February 10, 2017 (wide)

Summit Entertainment, a division of Lionsgate Films—Starring: Keanu Reeves, Bridget Moynahan, Laurence Fishburne, Ruby Rose, Common, John Leguizamo, Peter Stormare, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, Thomas Sadoski / Director: Chad Stahelski—“John Wick” (2014)

Synopsis

Keanu Reeves returns in the sequel to the 2014 hit as legendary hitman John Wick who is forced to back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.
Action Crime Thriller Sequel
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Fifty Shades DarkerR

Open: February 10, 2017 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Hugh Dancy, Eric Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Bella Heathcote with Kim Basinger and Marcia Gay Harden / Director: James Foley

Synopsis

sequel to the 2015 film “Fifty Shades of Grey”

When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her.
Romance Drama Sequel Adaptation
ASSIGNED TO:
Alexander Malsan by Feb 10
Alternate:
  • Curtis McParland by Feb 13
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The LEGO Batman MoviePG
also known as “Lego: Batman”

Open: February 10, 2017 (wide)

Animation Action Comedy Family
Friday, February 17, 2017
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Fist FightR

“After school. Parking lot. It’s on.”

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Open: February 17, 2017 (wide)

New Line Cinema, division of Warner Bros. Pictures—Starring: Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Dennis Haysbert, Christina Hendricks, Tracy Morgan, Dean Norris / Director: Richie Keen—“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”

Synopsis

On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throw down after school. News of the fight spreads like wildfire and ends up becoming the very thing this school, and Campbell, needed.
Comedy
Applicants:
  • Pamela Gardner
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A Cure for WellnessR

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Open: February 17, 2017 (wide)

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation—Starring: Jason Isaacs, Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth, Celia Imrie, Carl Lumbly, Adrian Schiller, Susanne Wuest, Lisa Banes, Ivo Nandi / Director: Gore Verbinski—“Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, “The Lone Ranger” (2013), “The Ring” (2002)

Synopsis

An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious ‘wellness center’ at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure. From Gore Verbinski, the visionary director of THE RING, comes the new psychological thriller, A CURE FOR WELLNESS. He discovers that the facility has a more sinister purpose than just serving the health needs of its patients.
Psychological Thriller
Applicants:
  • Gabriel Mohler by Feb 21 or earlier
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The Great WallPG-13

“1700 years to build. 5500 miles long. What were they trying to keep out?”

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Open: February 17, 2017 (wide)

Universal Pictures—$150-million budget—This big budget film is the largest ever to shoot entirely in China for global distribution. / Producer: Legendary Pictures / Starring: Matt Damon, Willem Dafoe, Pedro Pascal, Tian Jing / Director: Zhang Yimou—“Hero” (2002), “House of Flying Daggers” (2004), “Curse of the Golden Flower” (2006)

Synopsis

When a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within The Great Wall of China, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of our world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism, as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront this unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force—as he leads humanity’s greatest fight for survival.

Set in 15th century China, ‘The Great Wall’ is about British warriors in search of gunpowder who happen upon the hurried construction of the massive wall. As night falls, the warriors realize that the haste in building the wall isn’t just to keep out the Mongols—there is something inhuman and more dangerous. The story reveals the mystery behind why the Great Wall was built, and the secrets hidden beneath its stones.

Internationally renowned director Zhang Yimou assembles a filmmaking team and formidable cast that represents the best of East and West with a unique global production that delivers unmissable spectacle on the grandest scale.

Action Adventure Mystery Thriller 3D
Friday, February 24, 2017
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CollidePG-13
also known as “Autobahn”

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

Open: February 24, 2017 (wide)

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

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After a heist goes terribly wrong, Casey Stein (Nicholas Hoult) finds himself on the run from a ruthless gang headed by mob boss Hagen (Anthony Hopkins). Now Casey has precious cargo that belongs to Hagen, who will stop at nothing to retrieve it.

Left with no choice, Casey calls his former employer and drug smuggler Geran (Ben Kingsley) to protect his long-time girlfriend Juliette before Hagen gets his hands on her. Casey sets out on an adrenaline-fueled car chase on the German highways to save the love of his life before it’s too late.
Action Thriller
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Rock Dog

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Open: February 24, 2017 (wide)

Lionsgate—Starring: Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, J.K. Simmons, Lewis Black

Synopsis

When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, he leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician, setting into motion a series of completely unexpected events.

from the Academy Award© nominated writer-director of “Surf’s Up” and co-director of “Toy Story 2”
Animation Family Comedy
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Get OutR

Official site

Open: February 24, 2017 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones and Catherine Keener / Director: Jordan Peele / Producer: Jason Blum

Synopsis

In Universal Pictures’ ‘Get Out,’ a suspense thriller from Blumhouse (producers of ‘The Visit,’ ‘Insidious’ series and ‘The Gift’) and the mind of Jordan Peele, when a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.

Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya—‘Sicario’) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams—‘Girls’), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy (Catherine Keener—‘Captain Phillips’) and Dean (Bradley Whitford—‘The Cabin in the Woods’).

At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.

Equal parts gripping thriller and provocative commentary, ‘Get Out’ is written and directed by Peele (Key and Peele) and produced by Blumhouse’s Jason Blum, as well as Sean McKittrick (‘Donnie Darko,’ ‘The Box’), Peele and Edward H. Hamm Jr. (‘The Box,’ ‘Bad Words’). The film also stars Caleb Landry Jones (‘X-Men’ series), Milton ‘Lil Rel’ Howery (‘The Carmichael Show’), Betty Gabriel (‘The Purge: Election Year’), Marcus Henderson (‘Pete’s Dragon’) and Keith Stanfield (‘Straight Outta Compton’).
Suspense Thriller
Friday, March 3, 2017
ASSIGNED TO:
Dennis Smith
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The Shack

Open: March 3, 2017

Drama
ASSIGNED TO:
Raphael Vera by Mar 5
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LoganR
also known as “Wolverine 3”

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Open: March 3, 2017 (wide)

Superhero Sci-Fi Action Sequel 3D IMAX
Friday, March 10, 2017
Distributor: Roadside Attractions. Trademark logo.
The Wall

Open: March 10, 2017

Roadside Attractions—Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena

Synopsis

An American sharpshooter and his spotter are trapped in a standoff with a legendary Iraqi sniper. Nicholas Irving, former US RANGER Sniper and author of The Reaper is a technical advisor on this project. Irving was nicknamed “the reaper” during his tours of duty in Afghanistan.
Psychological Thriller
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Kong: Skull IslandPG-13
also known as “Awaken the king”

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Open: March 10, 2017 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Producer: Legendary Pictures / Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly / Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts—“The Kings of Summer” (2013)

Synopsis

This film is based on the famed Skull Island and will feature the origins of the giant gorilla, King Kong, exploring this mysterious and dangerous place to take audiences deeper inside this rich world. When a scientific expedition to this uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature, a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man.

Budget: $190-million
Sci-Fi Action Adventure Fantasy 3D IMAX
Friday, March 17, 2017
Applicants:
  • Alexander Malsan
  • Blake Wilson
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Beauty and the BeastPG

Open: March 17, 2017

Live-Action Musical Fantasy Romance 3D
Friday, March 24, 2017
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CHiPsR
also known as “Chips”

Official site

Open: March 24, 2017

Warner Bros. Pictures—Starring: Michael Pena, Dax Shepard, Adam Brody, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rosa Salazar, Kristen Bell, Maya Rudolph / Director: Dax Shepard

Synopsis

The adventures of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers, Jon Baker and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello, as they make their rounds on the freeways of Los Angeles armed with motorcycles. The two middle-aged cops soon find themselves in a situation like none other, when a sadistic ex-cop (played by Vincent D’Onofrio) and his motor vehicle theft hitmen wreak havoc throughout their city.

based on the popular TV show which ran on NBC from 1977-1983
Action Crime Comedy Adaptation
Applicants:
  • Pamela Gardner by Mar 27
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Open: March 24, 2017

Sci-Fi Thriller
Friday, March 31, 2017
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The Discovery

“The end is only the beginning.”

Official site

Open: March 31, 2017 (Netflix)

Netflix—Starring: Robert Redford, Rooney Mara, Jason Segel, Riley Keough and Jesse Plemons

Synopsis

Dr. Thomas Harbor (Robert Redford) has made a scientific breakthrough that shocked the world. This knowledge has thrown our lives off balance and challenged everything we know about life and death. What is The Discovery?

The Discovery stars Robert Redford, Rooney Mara, Jason Segel, Riley Keough and Jesse Plemons and is a love story set in a world where the afterlife has been scientifically proven, and as a result millions of people start taking their own lives to ‘get there.”

One year after the scientist makes this incredible world-changing discovery, his son falls in love with a woman haunted by a tragic past.

Directed by Charlie McDowell and written by McDowell and Justin Lader (The One I Love), the film was produced by Alex Orlovsky of A-LO Films and James D. Stern of Endgame Entertainment, and was co-financed by Endgame Entertainment and Protagonist Pictures. Executive Producers are Julie Goldstein, Lucas Smith, Mike Goodridge, Dimitra Tsingou, Hunter Gray, McDowell and co-producer Erika Hampson.
Sci-Fi Romance
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Ghost in the Shell

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Open: March 31, 2017 (wide)

Paramount Pictures Corporation—Producer: DreamWorks SKG / Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbaek, Sam Riley, Juliette Binoche, Michael Wincott, Takeshi Kitano, Chin Han / Director: Rupert Sanders—“Snow White and the Huntsman” (2012)

Synopsis

Based on Masamune Shirow’s manga of the same name, ‘Ghost in the Shell’ follows an augmented-cybernetic-human policewoman named Major ‘Beat’ Motoko Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson) who fights criminals in a futuristic cyberpunk world. The Major is a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9 of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy led by The Laughing Man (a nefarious computer hacker) whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology in this futuristic society where nearly all humans have some amount of cybernetic implants.
Sci-Fi Crime Action Thriller Adaptation 3D
Friday, April 7, 2017
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Going in StylePG-13

“You’re never too old to get even.”

Official site

Open: April 7, 2017 (wide)

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)

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 bank that’s withholding their money.
Crime Comedy Remake
Distributor: PureFlix. Trademark logo.
The Case for Christ

Official site

Open: April 7, 2017 (wide)

Pure Flix Entertainment—Starring: Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway, Robert Forster

Synopsis

‘The Case for Christ,’ based on the New York Times best-selling book by Lee Strobel, is the 1980 Chicago true story of a renowned, award-winning journalist and then atheist (Strobel) who goes on a C.S. Lewis-like journey from skepticism to faith by first trying to debunk Christianity, only to realize that the evidence for Christ was just too powerful to remain an unbeliever. Strobel applies his well-honed journalistic and legal skills to disprove the newfound Christian faith of his wife with unexpected, life-altering results.

See our Christian Film News article.
Christian Drama
Friday, May 19, 2017
Friday, June 16, 2017
Distributor: Focus Features. Trademark logo.
The Book of HenryPG-13

“Never leave things undone.”

Open: June 16, 2017

Focus Features—Director: Colin Trevorrow—“Jurassic World” (2015), “Safety Not Guaranteed” (2012), “Home Base” (2002) / Starring: Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay, Sarah Silverman, Lee Pace, Maddie Ziegler, and Dean Norris

‘Book of Henry’ is the story of a single mother raising two boys, one of whom is a genius. / an original screenplay written by best-selling novelist Gregg Hurwitz (Tell No Lies, Don’t Look Back)
Drama Comedy
Friday, June 30, 2017
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Open: June 30, 2017

Supernatural Horror Thriller
Friday, July 28, 2017
Distributor: Columbia Pictures. Trademark logo.
The Dark Tower

Open: July 28, 2017

Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures—Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba, Jackie Earle Haley, Abbey Lee / Writer: Stephen King / Director: Nikolaj Arcel—“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (2009), “The Keeper of Lost Causes” (2013), “A Royal Affair” (2012)

Synopsis

Gunslinger Roland Deshain roams an Old West-like landscape in search of a dark tower, which is rumored to be a magical portal to other worlds, a structure that holds the key to the nexus of all universes. He encounters many allies and enemies along the way, as the world crumbles around him. Matthew McConaughey plays the villainous character (Walter Padick, a.k.a. the Man in Black)—a man who exposes hypocrisies.
Sci-Fi Adventure Fantasy Horror Western Adaptation
Friday, August 18, 2017
Applicants:
  • Emily Piburn
  • Andrea Lopez
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Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

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Open: August 18, 2017

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

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THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE follows the adventures of Surly Squirrel when the evil mayor of Oakton decides to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly and his ragtag group of animal friends need to band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park.
Animation Adventure Family Comedy Sequel
Friday, October 20, 2017
Applicants:
  • ______________
  • John Walker
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Same Kind of Different as Me leave your comments

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Open: October 20, 2017

Pure Flix—Starring: Greg Kinnear, Jon Voight, Renée Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou, Olivia Holt / Director: Michael Carney

Synopsis

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.

The book Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together, was published by Thomas Nelson (June 2006) and was co-written by Ron Hall and Denver Moore, with Lynn Vincent. It tells about Hall’s and Moore’s intersecting life journeys. “Moore grew up as a sharecropper on a plantation in Red River Parish, Louisiana. He lived through years of hardship and homelessness, but changed both his and others’ lives after meeting Hall, who was volunteering in a meals program.” “Ron Hall and Denver Moore became best friends through Ron’s wife, Deborah. When she was dying of cancer Denver helped Deborah carry on the ministry she had started. The story goes into the developing personal friendship between two men of different upbringing, and the struggle that is required to make and maintain such a friendship across a wide cultural canyon.”

“The book was #11 on the January 9th, 2009 New York Times Best Seller list for paperback non-fiction.” (Wikipedia)
Christian Drama Adaptation

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