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FULL MOVIE LIST
upcoming or current releases for which we plan to publish reviews
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ASSIGNED TO:
Pamela Gardner by Nov 3

Open: October 31, 2014 (wide—1,700+ theaters)

Mystery Psychological Thriller Drama Adaptation
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Open: October 31, 2014 (wide—2,800+ theaters)

Crime Thriller Drama
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currently showing nationwide—2,282 U.S. theaters

—Starring: Bill Murray, Naomi Watts, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd, Terrence Howard

Comedy
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currently showing nationwide—617 U.S. theaters

Family Sports Drama
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currently showing nationwide—608 U.S. theaters

Starring: Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Emma Thompson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Adam Sandler, J.K. Simmons

Comedy Drama Adaptation
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currently showing nationwide—48 theaters U.S. theaters, then widening—see official site above for latest theater list
Christian Drama
Friday, November 7, 2014
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Tagline: The dead are back for life.

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Open: November 7, 2014

Supernatural Horror Thriller
ASSIGNED TO:
John Decker
Alternate:
  • Raphael Vera
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Open: November 7, 2014 (wide) / Note: Advanced showings Nov. 5 on 240 screens in 77 markets (North America), including 41 IMAX screens.

Sci-Fi Adventure Mystery IMAX
ASSIGNED TO:
Denica McCall by Nov 9
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Open: November 7, 2014

Biography Romance Drama Adaptation
ASSIGNED TO:
Alexander Malsan by Nov 8
Alternate:
  • Jessica D. Lovett
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Big Hero 6PGleave your comments

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Open: November 7, 2014 (wide)

Animation Sci-fi Action Superhero Comedy 3D
Friday, November 14, 2014
ASSIGNED TO:
John Walker by Nov 16
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Saving ChristmasPGleave your comments
also known as “Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas”

Open: November 14, 2014

Family Comedy Drama
ASSIGNED TO:
Nicole Granath by Nov 21
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Dumb and Dumber ToPG-13leave your comments

Open: November 14, 2014 (wide)

Comedy Sequel
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
ASSIGNED TO:
Jessica D. Lovett by Nov. 20
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Video release: November 18, 2014

Animation Drama
Friday, November 21, 2014
ASSIGNED TO:
David Criswell - Nov 22
Alternate:
  • Alexander Malsan
  • David Johnson
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Open: November 21, 2014

Sci-Fi Action Adventure Drama Adaptation Sequel
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Horrible Bosses 2Rleave your comments

Tagline: New crime. Same tools.

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Open: November 26, 2014 (wide)

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

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Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don’t go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme.
Comedy Sequel
Applicants:
  • Jessica D. Lovett
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The Penguins of MadagascarPGleave your comments

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Open: November 26, 2014 (3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D)

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

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The story centers on the paramilitary parables of plucky penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico.
Animation Family Kids IMAX 3D
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Escobar: Paradise Lostleave your comments

Tagline: Welcome to the family

Open: November 26, 2014 (limited)

RADiUS-TWC—Starring: Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games”), Benicio Del Toro, Brady Corbett, Claudia Traisac / Director: Andrea di Stefano

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For Pablo Escobar (Benicio Del Toro), family is everything. When young surfer Nick (Josh Hutcherson) falls for Escobar’s niece, he finds his life on the line when he’s pulled into the dangerous world of the family business. Based on true events, the story follows young Nick, who visits Colombia and falls in love with a girl named Maria. Things get a little more complicated, however, when he learns that Maria’s uncle is the infamous drug lord.
Biography Drama
Friday, November 28, 2014
ASSIGNED TO:
Samuel Chetty - Nov 28 (if showing is available)
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The Imitation GamePG-13leave your comments

Open: November 28, 2014 (limited)

Biography Thriller Drama
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
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REVIEW IT AT HOME—DVD release: December 2, 2014 (at video stores, etc. — available NOW on Amazon Instant Video online rental)

Christian Drama
Friday, December 5, 2014
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By the GunR

Tagline: Nick wanted to be a made man until he found a reason to get out.

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Open: December 5, 2014

Millennium Entertainment—Starring: Ben Barnes, Leighton Meester, Toby Jones, Harvey Keitel / Director: James Mottern

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Nick, a young Boston Italian, trying to find purpose in the ideology of the mafia and finding his world turned upside down.

Nick Tortano is an ambitious criminal from the streets of Boston. After years working and idolizing Italian gangsters, he finally proves himself, but once inside the Mafia, Nick drives a wedge between him and Boss which ends in a bloody gun battle on the streets of Boston.
Crime Thriller Drama
ASSIGNED TO:
Alexander Malsan - Dec 5
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The PyramidR

Open: December 5, 2014 (wide)

Horror
Friday, December 12, 2014
Distributor: Paramount Pictures Corporation. Trademark logo.
Top Five

Open: December 12, 2014 (wide), following December 5, 2014 (limited)

Paramount Pictures—Starring: Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Vereen, JB Smoove, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Sherri Shepherd / Director: Chris Rock

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‘Top Five’ tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist forces him to confront both the career that made him famous and the life he left behind.

Chris Rock plays Andre Allen, a successful comedian and movie star whose work was recently ravaged by a New York Times critic. His fiancé (Gabrielle Union) wants him to help her with her reality show while his agent (Kevin Hart) just wants him to make his next blockbuster. Instead, he teams with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) to make a serious documentary about the Haitian revolution.
Romance Comedy Drama
ASSIGNED TO:
David Criswell by Dec 13
Alternate:
  • John Decker
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Exodus: Gods and KingsPG-13

Open: December 12, 2014 (wide)

Biblical History Drama 3D
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Applicants:
  • Jessica D. Lovett
  • Raphael Vera
  • Leah Hickman
  • Bryan Griem
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ArmiesPG-13

Open: December 17, 2014 (wide)

Adventure Fantasy Adaptation 3D IMAX
Friday, December 19, 2014
Applicants:
  • Samuel Chetty
  • Alexander Malsan
  • Leah Hickman
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Night at the Museum: Secret of the TombPG
also known as “Night at the Museum 3”

Tagline: One final night to save the day

Open: December 19, 2014 (wide)

Family Fantasy Comedy Adventure Sequel
ASSIGNED TO:
Jennifer Hanley by Dec 22
Alternate:
  • Brian Johnson
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AnniePG

Open: December 19, 2014 (wide)

Comedy Family Music Drama Adaptation
CHRISTMAS DAY, December 25, 2014
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Big EyesPG-13

Tagline: She created it. He sold it. And everyone bought it.

Open: December 25, 2014

The Weinstein Company—Director: Tim Burton / Starring: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Jason Schwartzman, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Terence Stamp

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Amy Adams plays Margaret Keane, the painter whose distinctive creations featuring big-eyed children became one of art’s first mass-market success stories in the 1950s. The drama covers Keane’s personal awakening at the onset of the feminist movement, leading to a lawsuit she filed against her husband, Walter, who claimed credit for her works. He lived the high life while she toiled in relative anonymity in the Bay Area.
Biography Drama
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The Interview

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Open: December 25, 2014 (wide)

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

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In the action-comedy ‘The Interview,’ Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show ‘Skylark Tonight.’ When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong Un.
Action Comedy
ASSIGNED TO:
Alexander Malsan by Dec. 26
Alternate:
  • Pamela Gardner
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Into the WoodsPG

Open: December 25, 2014 (wide)

Musical Fantasy
ASSIGNED TO:
John Decker by Dec 28
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UnbrokenPG-13

Open: December 25, 2014 (wide)

Action War Biography Drama Adaptation
THURSDAY, January 1, 2015
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The Gambler

Tagline: The only way out is all in

Open: January 1, 2015 (wide), following December 19, 2014 (limited)

Paramount Pictures—Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, Brie Larson, John Goodman, George Kennedy, Michael Kenneth Williams / Director: Rupert Wyatt—“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (2011), “The Escapist” (2008)

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A literature professor with a gambling problem runs afoul of gangsters.

This is a remake of the 1974 movie about a New York English professor who inspires his students, but suffers from a secret gambling addiction. The affliction causes him to extort money from his mother and convince one of his students to shave points in a basketball game.

Mark Wahlberg dropped 61 lbs for his role as Jim Bennett, going from 198 lbs to 137 lbs by doing a diet consisting of mostly liquid food and veggies and a workout of strictly cardio.
Crime Thriller Drama Remake
Friday, January 2, 2015
Applicants:
  • Alexander Malsan
  • Pamela Gardner
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The Woman In Black: Angel Of DeathPG-13
also known as “The Woman in Black 2,” “The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death,” “The Woman In Black 2 Angel Of Death”

Open: January 2, 2015 (wide)

Horror Thriller Drama Sequel
Friday, January 9, 2015
Distributor: Paramount Pictures Corporation. Trademark logo.
Selma

Open: January 9, 2015 (wide), December 25, 2014 (limited)

Paramount Pictures—Starring: Giovanni Ribisi, Tim Roth, Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr., David Oyelowo (as Martin Luther King Jr.), Oprah Winfrey, Dylan Baker, Common, Carmen Ejogo, Tessa Thompson, Wendell Pierce / Director: Ava DuVernay / Producers: Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, etc.

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Selma is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people—a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that changed America.

A moment in time in Martin Luther King and President Lyndon B. Johnson’s (life) around the signing of the Civil Rights. It’s a snapshot of the march. It’s a Lyndon Johnson’s story. Martin Luther King is a part of it, but it’s the arc of a man that starts out as a racist who is forced to look at himself in the mirror and then ultimately side with King. It’s a journey of a white cat and how he sneers at tradition and against George Wallace.
Political History Drama
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Take 3
also known as “Tak3n”

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Open: January 9, 2015 (wide)

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation—Starring: Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Forest Whitaker, Dougray Scott / Director: Olivier Megaton—“Taken 2” (2012), “Transporter 3” (2008), “Colombiana” (2011)

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Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his ‘particular set of skills,’ to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now - his daughter.
Action Crime Thriller Sequel
Applicants:
  • David Simpson
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Inherent ViceR

Open: January 9, 2015 (wide)

Warner Bros.—Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Sasha Pieterse, Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Eric Roberts, Benicio Del Toro, Maya Rudolph, Wilson Bethel, Martin Short / Director: Paul Thomas Anderson—“There Will Be Blood” (2007)

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The story takes place in 1969 Los Angeles, and centers on a pothead/private detective Larry ‘Doc Sportello’ (Joaquin Phoenix) who is helping a former lover with an intriguing case that involves infidelity, mental institutions, and a policeman called ‘Bigfoot’ (Josh Brolin).

The film is based on the Thomas Pynchon novel, which is described as follows:

Part noir, part psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon—private eye Doc Sportello surfaces, occasionally, out of a marijuana haze to watch the end of an era

In this lively yarn, Thomas Pynchon, working in an unaccustomed genre that is at once exciting and accessible, provides a classic illustration of the principle that if you can remember the sixties, you weren’t there.

It’s been a while since Doc Sportello has seen his ex- girlfriend. Suddenly she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that ‘love’ is another of those words going around at the moment, like ‘trip’ or ‘groovy,’ except that this one usually leads to trouble. Undeniably one of the most influential writers at work today, Pynchon has penned another unforgettable book.
Crime Comedy Drama Adaptation
Friday, January 16, 2015
Distributor: Miramax. Trademark logo.
The Wedding Ringer

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Open: January 16, 2015 (wide)

Miramax Films—Starring: Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Olivia Thirlby, Ken Howard, Cloris Leachman, Jenifer Lewis, Mimi Rogers / Director: Jeremy Garelick—“The Break-Up” (2006)

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In ‘The Wedding Ringer,” Jimmy (Hart) provides best man services for socially challenged guys, who—for whatever reason—have no one close enough to agree to stand by them on the day of their wedding. Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a loveable but socially awkward (loner), groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. To make matters worse, Doug (Gad) fabricates the names of not only a best man but nine groomsmen as well. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy. The charade designed to make Doug look his best threatens to destroy everything if it fails.
Comedy Drama
Applicants:
  • John Decker
  • Raphael Vera
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American Sniper

Open: January 16, 2015 (expands wide), December 25, 2014 (limited)

Action War Biography
Applicants:
  • Pamela Gardner
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BlackhatR

Tagline: We are no longer in control

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Open: January 16, 2015 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Wei Tang / Director: Michael Mann

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In hacking, a black hat hacker commits cyber-crimes for maliciousness or for personal gain. Set within the world of global cybercrime, a man is released from prison to help American and Chinese authorities pursue a mysterious high-level cyber criminal network. The dangerous search leads them from Chicago to Hong Kong to Jakarta.
Action Crime Thriller Drama
ASSIGNED TO:
Emily Saur
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Paddington

Open: January 16, 2015 (wide)

Family Adventure Kids Comedy Adaptation
Underdog Kids
also known as “Underdogs”

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Open: January 16, 2015

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

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An inspirational story of a group of inner city kids in their journey through life, challenges and struggles through martial arts and their battle against the Beverly Hills Championship team.

‘Underdog Kids 3D’ is a heartwarming story about an unlikely team from the poor neighborhood who prevails against all odds against the undefeated Beverly Hills Junior National Karate Team.

‘Underdog Kids 3D’ is an action-packed film about inner city kids from the poor neighborhood going up against the undefeated Beverly Hills Junior National Karate Team. This film will make you laugh, make you cry and make you cheer!

The reason we made ‘Underdog Kids’ is to inspire families with stories of courage, friendship, love and honor.

Being an ‘Underdogs’ ourselves, we understand the hardships families go through in life and though it’s never easy, perhaps through our film, it will remind us all to ‘NEVER GIVE UP’ and learn how to take everything negative in our lives and turn it into something positive. Because life is not about giving up but rather keeping your dreams alive through overcoming obstacles and self doubt.
Action Family Adventure Martial Arts Kids 3D
Friday, January 23, 2015
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The Boy Next DoorR

Tagline: A moment she couldn’t resist. An obsession he can’t control.

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Open: January 23, 2015 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, John Corbett, Kristin Chenoweth / Director: Rob L. Cohen—“The Fast and the Furious” (2001), “xXx” (2002)

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A single mom (divorced) becomes attracted to the handsome younger man who moves in next door and befriends her son. Trouble ensues, however, when she tries to abruptly end the relationship. He doesn’t let go so easily. Jennifer Lopez leads the cast in a psychological thriller that explores a forbidden attraction that goes much too far.
Psychological Thriller Suspense Drama
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Black SeaR

Tagline: The only thing more dangerous than the mission is the crew.

Open: January 23, 2015

Focus Features—Starring: Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Konstantin Khabensky, Michael Smiley / Director: Kevin Macdonald—“The Last King of Scotland,” “State of Play,” “Touching the Void”

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A rogue submarine captain is laid off by a salvage company and, in order to make good with his former employers, makes a deal with a shadowy backer to look for a storied sunken submarine reputed to be loaded with gold at the bottom of the Black Sea. A suspenseful adventure thriller directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald, centering captain (two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law) who pulls together a misfit crew of English and Russian sailors to go after the rumoted sunken treasure.

The closer they get to the prize, the riskier it becomes to trust one another. As greed and desperation take control onboard their claustrophobic vessel, the increasing uncertainty of the mission causes the motley crew to turn on each other to fight for their own survival.
Action Adventure Suspense Thriller
Applicants:
  • Pamela Gardner by Jan 26
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Mortdecai

Open: January 23, 2015 (wide)

Lionsgate—Starring: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Paul Bettany, Jeff Goldblum / David Koepp—“Mission: Impossible” (1996), “Spider-Man” (2002)

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An adaptation of The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery by Kyril Bonfiglioli. Johnny Depp stars as Charles Mortdecai, a debonair art dealer and part time rogue who must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. He also has to juggle angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist.
Action Crime Comedy Adaptation
Friday, January 30, 2015
Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures. Trademark logo.
Max

Open: January 30, 2015 (wide)

Warner Bros.—Starring: Thomas Haden Church, Lauren Graham, Jay Hernandez, Robbie Amell / Director: Boaz Yakin—“Remember the Titans” (2000)

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Inspired by true events, the plot tells of a military dog who is traumatized after his handler’s death in Afghanistan, and is sent home where he it adopted by the bereaved family. He bonds with the soldier’s troubled 14-year old brother, and together, they begin to heal one another and discover a secret about the soldier’s death.
Family Adventure Drama
Distributor: Lionsgate Films. Trademark logo.
LazarusPG-13

Open: January 30, 2015 (wide)

Lionsgate—Starring: Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Donald Glover, Evan Peters / Director: David Gelb

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A team of medical research students, discovers an experimental serum that is the secret to bringing dead patients back to life. After losing his or her own daughter, the team's lead scientist tests the serum on her corpse, leading to terrifying results.
Sci-Fi Suspense Thriller
ASSIGNED TO:
Alexander Malsan
Distributor: Paramount Pictures Corporation. Trademark logo.
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also known as “Welcome to Yesterday”

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

Open: January 30, 2015 (wide)

Sci-Fi Suspense Thriller
Friday, February 6, 2015
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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
also known as “SpongeBob SquarePants 2,” “SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water”

Tagline: He’s leaving his world behind

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Open: February 6, 2015

Paramount Pictures—Starring: Antonio Banderas, Clancy Brown, Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke

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SpongeBob and his friends need to go on a quest to discover a stolen recipe that takes them to the real world, where they tangle with a pirate who possesses the recipe along with a book that could change things when written in it. In order to get back the recipe, the gang steal the book and SpongeBob transforms into a superhero named Invincibubble (while Patrick becomes Mr. Superawsomeness, Sandy becomes a real-life squirrel, Mr. Krabs becomes the Iron Man-like Sir Pinch-a-lot, Plankton becomes a yet unknown Hulk-like superhero, and Squidward becomes Sour Note).

Like its predecessor, this film will contain live-action footage. / Budget: $30-million (estimated)
Animation Family Action Adventure Comedy 3D Sequel
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Shaun the Sheep

From the creators of Chicken Run and Wallace and Gromit

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Open: February 6, 2015

Relativity Media

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When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home. Shaun’s mischief accidentally causes the Farmer to be taken away from the farm, so it’s up to Shaun and the flock to travel to the Big City to rescue him.
Animation Family Adventure
Applicants:
  • Leah Hickman
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Jupiter Ascending

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Open: February 6, 2015

Warner Bros. Pictures—Starring: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, Douglas Booth / Directors: Andy and Lana Wachowski—“The Matrix”

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In the future, a young destitute human woman gets targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe, and begins her destiny to finish the Queen’s reign.

In a universe where humans are near the bottom of the evolutionary ladder, Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along - her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

from the creators of The Matrix trilogy
Sci-Fi Action 3D IMAX
ASSIGNED TO:
John Decker
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Seventh SonPG-13

Open: February 6, 2015 (wide)

Family Fantasy Action Adventure Adaptation 3D IMAX
Friday, February 13, 2015
Applicants:
  • David Simpson
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Kingsman: The Secret Service

Official site

Open: February 13, 2015

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

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

Based on Mark Millar’s Marvel Icon series, ‘Kingsman’ ‘is about the ramifications of how America is struggling on the world stage,’ Millar wrote. ‘Funding is being seriously undercut to balance the books and some people are trying their best to take advantage of the fragile global situation. The hero and sidekick guys who lead the book are, I think, the best characters I’ve written.’
Action Thriller
Friday, February 20, 2015
Distributor: Relativity Media. Trademark logo.
Jane Got a Gun
Open: February 20, 2015

Relativity Media, The Weinstein Company—Starring: Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Joel Edgerton, Noah Emmerich, Rodrigo Santoro / Director: Gavin O'Connor

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Follows a woman whose outlaw husband returns home riddled with bullet wounds and barely alive. When her husband’s gang eventually tracks him down to finish the job, she is forced to reach out to an ex-lover and ask if he will help defend her farm.
Western Crime Thriller Drama
Walt Disney Pictures
McFarland, USAPG
also known as “McFarland USA”

Open: February 20, 2015

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

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The drama tells the true story of a coach living in the 1980s in a predominantly Latino town outside of Bakersfield, Calif., a small town outside of Bakersfield. The coach created a high school track team that overcame many social and physical hurdles to become champions.
Sports Drama
Distributor: Open Road Films. Trademark logo.
The Gunman

Open: February 20, 2015

Open Road Films—Starring: Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone / Director: Pierre Morel—Taken (2008), The Transporter (2002), Transporter 2 (2005)

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An international operative (spy) named Martin Terrier (Penn), is betrayed by the organization he works for and must go on the run in a relentless game of cat-and-mouse across Europe in order to save himself from the organization that he used to work for.
Action Spy Crime Thriller Drama
Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). Trademark logo.
Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Official site

Open: February 20, 2015

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

Comedy Time Travel Fantasy
Friday, February 27, 2015
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FocusR

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Open: February 27, 2015 (wide)

Warner Bros. Pictures—Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro, Gerald McRaney / Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa

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Will Smith stars as Nicky, a seasoned master of misdirection (a con man, a grifter) who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Margot Robbie), a young, attractive woman. As he’s teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort, and he abruptly breaks it off.

A romantic involvement is perilous in a business where they lie and cheat for a living. Three years later, the former flame-now an accomplished femme fatale-shows up in Buenos Aires in the middle of the high-stakes racecar circuit. In the midst of Nicky’s latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loop… and the consummate con man off his game.
Romance Comedy
Friday, March 6, 2015
Distributor: Columbia Pictures. Trademark logo.
Chappie

Open: March 6, 2015 (wide)

Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures—Starring: Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel / Director: Neill Blomkamp—“District 9,” “Elysium,” “Stargate SG-1”

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After being kidnapped by two criminals during birth, Chappie becomes the adopted son in a strange and dysfunctional family. Chappie is preternaturally gifted, one of a kind, a prodigy. He also happens to be a robot.

This movie tells the story of a robot imbued with artificial intelligence who is stolen by two local gangsters who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes. The robot is voiced by Sharlto Copley (‘The A-Team’), and the mobsters are played by Ninja and Yolandi Visser, members of South African rap group Die Antwoord. Other cast include Jose Pablo Cantillo (‘The Walking Dead’) and Dev Patel (‘Slumdog Millionaire’).
Sci-Fi Action Thriller Comedy
Distributor: The Weinstein Company. Trademark logo.
The Coup

Open: March 6, 2015

The Weinstein Company—Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Owen Wilson, Michelle Monaghan / Director: John Erick Dowdle—“Quarantine,” “Devil,” “The Poughkeepsie Tapes”

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In their new overseas home in Southeast Asia, an American family soon finds themselves caught in the middle of a coup, and they frantically look for a safe escape in an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed by merciless rebels attacking the city.
Action Thriller
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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2PG
also known as “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2”

Official site and Facebook

Open: March 6, 2015

Fox Searchlight Pictures—Starring: Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Richard Gere, Judi Dench, David Strathairn, Dev Patel / Director: John Madden—“Shakespeare in Love” (1998), “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (2011)

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‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy—posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself.
Comedy Drama
Friday, March 13, 2015
Applicants:
  • Alexander Malsan
  • Denica McCall
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CinderellaPG

Open: March 13, 2015 (wide)

Walt Disney Pictures—Starring: Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Lily James, Richard Madden, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Stellan Skarsgård, Nonso Anozie, Derek Jacobi / Director: Kenneth Branagh

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This is a live action reimagining of the classic fairy tale written for Disney by screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna (‘27 Dresses,’ ‘The Devil Wears Prada’). While most people know the story from Disney’s 1950 animated classic, there are variations going back as far as the 1st century BC.

The story of ‘Cinderella’ follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drisella into the family home. But, when Ella’s father suddenly and unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family.

Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to ‘have courage and be kind.’ She will not give in to despair nor despise those who abuse her.

And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an employee at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears as if her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming ‘Kit.’

Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand as a kindly beggar woman steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella’s life forever.
Live-Action Family Fantasy Romance Drama
Applicants:
  • David Simpson
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In the Heart of the SeaPG-13

Open: March 13, 2015 (wide)

Warner Bros. Pictures—Director: Ron Howard / Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Jordi Mollà

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Based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling novel about the dramatic true journey of the whaling ship Essex. In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance.

The real-life maritime disaster of a whaling ship preyed upon by a sperm whale, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days, thousands of miles from home, inspired Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story.

‘Heart of the Sea’ reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down. The film also stars Tom Holland as young seaman Tom Nickerson, and Brendan Gleeson as the same man, 30 years later. Spanish actor Jordi Mollà is the captain of another ship, the Archimedes, who tries to warn the Essex of what may lie ahead.
Action Adventure Adaptation
Friday, March 20, 2015
Distributor: Summit Entertainment. Trademark logo.
Insurgent
also known as “The Divergent Series: Insurgent”

Official site

Open: March 20, 2015

Summit Entertainment (Lionsgate)—Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Suki Waterhouse, Jonny Weston, Naomi Watts, Rosa Salazar, Keiynan Lonsdale / Director: Robert Schwentke —RED (2010), The Time Traveler's Wife (2009), Flightplan (2005)

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Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart. In the thrilling sequel to ‘Divergent,’ ‘Insurgent’ continues the journey of Tris Prior (Woodley) as war now looms. Sides will be chosen, secrets will emerge, and Tris will risk everything as she struggles to harness her incredible power.
Sci-Fi Action Adventure Romance Sequel
Friday, March 27, 2015
Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Trademark logo.
Home

Open: March 27, 2015 (3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D)

DreamWorks Animation, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation—Starring voices of: Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin, Jim Parsons, Rihanna / Director: Tim Johnson

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This movie is based on the critically acclaimed, award-winning book The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex.

When Earth is taken over by the overly confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip, manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh. The two fugitives realize there’s a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime.

When the galaxy’s most annoyingly optimistic alien finds himself on the run from his own alien race, he’s forced to team up with a fiercely stubborn teenage girl. Together they become the most unlikely fugitives ever to save the planet.
Animation Sci-Fi Fantasy Comedy Adaptation 3D IMAX
Friday, April 10, 2015
Applicants:
  • Emily Saur
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Underdogs
also known as “Metegol,” “Futbolín,” “Foosball,” “The Unbeatables,” “Goool!”, “Matraquilhos,” “Um Time Show de Bola”

Open: April 10, 2015

The Weinstein Company, Gkids—Starring: Rupert Grint, Peter Serafinowicz, Anthony Head, Andrew Knott

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A young man named Amadeo sets off on an unexpected adventure with the players of his beloved Foosball game.
Animation Family Adventure
Friday, April 3, 2015
Distributor: Relativity Media. Trademark logo.
Desert Dancer
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Open: April 3, 2015

Relativity Media—Starring: Freida Pinto, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Cullen, Simon Kassianides

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Inspirational true story of Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian, who risked his life for his dream to become a dancer despite a nationwide dancing ban.

Set in Iran, where dance is illegal, Desert Dancer tells the story of Afshin Ghaffarian (Reece Ritchie) who risked his life to fight for his dream to become a dancer. Afshin Gaffarian who taught himself to dance using YouTube, despite such activities being forbidden in his country.The story follows Afshin as he hacks into YouTube (also banned in Iran) and teaches himself how to dance by watching music videos—everything from Michael Jackson and Bob Fosse to Pina Bausch, Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov. With YouTube as his teacher, Afshin starts an underground dance company at university with his friends and performed in secret. As their skills develop Afshin Ghaffarian and a group of others then planned a concert, hundreds of miles outside Tehran in the middle of the desert. Despite the danger, an audience traveled to watch his forbidden performances and Afshin became known as the Desert Dancer. Their story plays against the backdrop of the 2009-10 election protests, where the passion and defiance of a young generation lit the flame of revolution still sweeping the Middle East and Africa.
Biography Drama
Friday, October 30, 2015
Distributor: Paramount Pictures Corporation. Trademark logo.
Scouts vs. Zombies
also known as “Boy Scouts vs. Zombies”

Open: October 30, 2015

Paramount Pictures—Director: Christopher Landon—Disturbia (2007), Paranormal Activity 3 (2011), Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) / Starring: Halston Sage, Tye Sheridan, David Koechner, Sara Malakul Lane

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Tye Sheridan (‘Mud,” ‘Dark Places’), Logan Miller (‘I’m in the Band,” ‘Night Moves’), and newcomer Joey Morgan are three scouts who, on the eve of their last camp out, discover the true meaning of friendship when they attempt to save their own town from a zombie outbreak.
Horror Comedy

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