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FULL MOVIE LIST
upcoming or current releases for which we plan to publish reviews
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Open: July 27, 2016 (wide—2,600+ theaters)

Teen Thriller Drama Adaptation
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Open: July 29, 2016 (wide—3,000+ theaters)

Comedy
ASSIGNED TO:
Alexander Malsan by Jul 30

Open: July 29, 2016 (wide—3,900+ theaters)

Spy Action Adventure Suspense Thriller Sequel
Friday, August 5, 2016
ASSIGNED TO:
Bob Subjenski by Aug 9
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Open: August 5, 2016

Comedy Family Fantasy
ASSIGNED TO:
Curtis McParland by Aug 7
Alternate:
  • Pamela Gardner
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Open: August 5, 2016 (wide)

Superhero Action Crime Fantasy Adaptation 3D IMAX
ASSIGNED TO:
Samuel Chetty
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Netflix: August 5, 2016

Animation Fantasy Adaptation 3D
Friday, August 12, 2016
ASSIGNED TO:
Jim O'Neill by Aug 19
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Open: August 12, 2016 (wide)

Biography Comedy Drama
Applicants:
  • Blake Wilson
  • Jessica D. Lovett
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Open: August 12, 2016 (wide)

Family Adventure Fantasy Remake 3D
Friday, August 19, 2016
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Tagline: Justice isn’t a crime.

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

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster

Crime Drama
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War DogsR
also known as “Arms and the Dudes,” “Arms & the Dudes”

Tagline: Money, corruption and the American dream

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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
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Kubo and the Two StringsPG

Tagline: The quest begins

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Open: August 19, 2016 (wide)

Focus Features—Starring voices of: 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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CollidePG-13
also known as “Autobahn”

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

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Open: August 19, 2016

Open Road Films—Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley, Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones / 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
ASSIGNED TO:
Raphael Vera
Alternate:
  • Curtis McParland
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Open: August 19, 2016 (wide)

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

Tagline: Four continents. Three kills… Or the love of his life is dead.

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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
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Southside with YouPG-13

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 StoneR

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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The infamous ‘no mas’ fight is the biggest enigma in the history of boxing. This movie will answer that enigma.

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 BreatheR

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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, Daniel Zovatto / 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.

A group of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong. The three young thieves end up fighting for their lives in the home of a blind veteran (Stephen Lang) who has a dark side.
Horror Suspense 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 psychic doctor, John Clancy (Anthony Hopkins), works with an FBI special agent (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in search of serial killer Charles Ambrose (Colin Farrell). After having lived two years in isolation since the death of his daughter, Clancy is asked by his friend Joe, an FBI special agent, to help him solve several murders committed by a serial killer. The problem is that Ambrose is also psychic, and far ahead of Clancy—leading to a showdown between the two who can detect each other’s every move.
Crime Mystery Thriller
ASSIGNED TO:
Shawna Ellis by Sep 4
Alternate:
  • Pamela Gardner
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The Light Between OceansPG-13

Tagline: Love demands everything

Open: September 2, 2016 (wide)

Drama Adaptation
Friday, September 9, 2016
ASSIGNED TO:
Curtis McParland by Sep 12
Alternate:
  • Jeremy Landes
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SullyPG-13

Open: September 9, 2016 (wide)

Biography Drama Adaptation IMAX
ASSIGNED TO:
Bob Subjenski by Sep 12
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The Wild Life

Open: September 9, 2016 (limited)

Animation Adventure Comedy Family 3D
ASSIGNED TO:
Pamela Gardner
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Open: September 9, 2016

Supernatural Horror Thriller
Friday, September 16, 2016
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Bridget Jones's BabyR

Tagline: Relationship status: beyond complicated

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Open: September 16, 2016

Miramax—Starring: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey, Emma Thompson, Shirley Henderson, Sarah Solemani, Jim Broadbent, James Callis, Celia Imrie, Sally Phillips / Director: Sharon Maguire

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Oscar® winners Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth are joined by Patrick Dempsey for the next chapter of the world's favorite singleton in ‘Bridget Jones's Baby.’ Directed by Sharon Maguire (‘Bridget Jones's Diary’), the new film in the beloved comedy series based on creator Helen Fielding's heroine finds Bridget unexpectedly expecting.

After breaking up with Mark Darcy (Firth), Bridget Jones’s (Zellweger) ‘happily ever after’ hasn't quite gone according to plan. Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new. For once, Bridget has everything completely under control. What could possibly go wrong?

Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack (Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch…she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby's father.

The much-anticipated third installment of the Bridget Jones's franchise welcomes fellow Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson to the cast. Longtime collaborators Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title Films produce alongside Debra Hayward. Universal Pictures will distribute ‘Bridget Jones's Baby’ in North America and select international territories.
Romance Comedy
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Blair Witch
also known as “The Woods”

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Open: September 16, 2016

Lionsgate—Starring: Callie Hernandez, James Allen McCune, Brandon Scott, Wes Robinson / Director: Adam Wingard—“You're Next” (2011)

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After discovering a video showing what he believes to be his sister's experiences in the cursed woods of the Blair Witch, Blane and a group of friends head to the forest in search of his lost sibling.

“One of the scariest movies in decades, ‘Blair Witch’ reinvents horror with a completely fresh and terrifying take on the genre. A group of college students on a camping trip discover they are not alone.” It all begins with a group of college students ignoring the faded sign nailed to one of the trees. ‘No entry after nightfall,’ it reads. They decide to stay overnight in the dense and empty woods and suffer the consequence of something ‘evil.’ The force is unknown but judging from a few glimpses in the teaser, it is quite capable of mutilating the campers.
Horror
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Hillsong: Let Hope RisePG leave your comments
also known as “Hillsong—Let Hope Rise”

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Open: September 16, 2016

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“Hillsong – Let Hope Rise” chronicles the spectacular and unlikely rise to prominence of the Australia-based Christian band, Hillsong UNITED. The music of Hillsong is so popular it is estimated that on any given Sunday, more than 50 million churchgoers around the world are singing their songs.

Routinely performing to sold-out stadiums, the 11-member band, led by Joel Houston, are all volunteers or employees of Hillsong Church, founded by Joel’s parents, Brian and Bobbie Houston.

With more than 16 million albums sold, music and merchandise sales enable Hillsong Church—which spans 12 global locations with more than 100,000 weekly attendees, including thriving congregations in New York and Los Angeles—to support both local and worldwide charity that includes feeding and educating children in the slums of India, holistic community development in Africa, rescuing and rehabilitating victims of human trafficking and sponsoring children living in poverty around the world.
Christian Documentary
ASSIGNED TO:
Curtis McParland by Sep 18
Alternate:
  • 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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  • Gabriel Mohler
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The Magnificent SevenPG-13

Open: September 23, 2016 (wide)

Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures—Starring: Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Haley Bennett, Peter Sarsgaard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Luke Grimes, Lee Byung-hun, Cam Gigandet / Director: Antoine Fuqua—“Training Day” (2001), “Shooter” (2007), “The Equalizer” (2014)

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In the old West, seven American gunmen are hired to protect a small Mexican village from a group of savage bandits.

With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' and Columbia Pictures' The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns - Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D'Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

re-imagining of the classic 1960 film, ‘The Magnificent Seven,’ which was a remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 ‘Seven Samurai’

Despite the fact the the new version of The Magnificent Seven will a re-imagining rather than a remake, the filmmakers personally hired Walter Mirisch to executive produce The Magnificent Seven. Mirisch, one of the most successful independent film producers in Hollywood in the 1960s, worked alongside actor Yul Brynner, producer Lou Morheim, director John Sturges, and screenwriter Walter Newman to get Akira Kurosawa's legendary masterpiece Seven Samurai to be remade in America. Their efforts have been really successful in The Magnificent Seven. Many decades after its release, Mirisch still holds the American version of The Magnificent Seven in high regard.
Action Western
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Queen of KatwePG

Open: September 23, 2016

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures—Starring: Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo / Director: Mira Nair—“Amelia” (2009), “The Namesake” (2006), “Vanity Fair” (2004), “Monsoon Wedding” (2001), “Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love” (1996)

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a young girl from Uganda trains to become a world chess champion / based on the inspirational true story book by Tim Crothers about a girl from the poverty-stricken slums of rural Uganda who dreams of becoming a champion chess player
Biography Drama Adaptation
Applicants:
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  • Blake Wilson by Sep 27
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StorksPG

Tagline: Find your flock

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Open: September 23, 2016 (wide)

Warner Bros. Pictures—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
ASSIGNED TO:
Samuel Chetty
Alternate:
  • Andrea McAteer
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Open: September 28, 2016

Action Adventure Christian Teen Drama
Friday, September 30, 2016
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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

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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
Applicants:
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  • Pamela Gardner
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
also known as “Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children”

Tagline: Stay peculiar

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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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The Edge of Seventeen

Tagline: You’re only young once… is it over yet?

Open: September 30, 2016

Sony Pictures Entertainment—Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Blake Jenner, Kyra Sedgwick / Director: Kelly Fremon—writer of “Post Grad” (2009)

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‘The Edge of Seventeen’ is a new coming-of-age movie in the vein of ‘Sixteen Candles’ and ‘The Breakfast Club’—an honest, candid, often hilarious look at what it's like to grow up as a young woman in today's modern world.

Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson).

All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all.

The film also stars Kyra Sedgwick as Nadine's well-meaning but completely ineffective mother, and Woody Harrelson as Nadine's History teacher, mentor and reluctant sounding board.

‘The Edge of Seventeen’ marks the feature film directorial debut of writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig and is produced by Academy Award® winner James L. Brooks—the filmmaker behind big-screen, character-driven classics such as ‘Terms of Endearment,’ ‘Broadcast News,’ ‘Big,’ ‘Say Anything,’ ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Jerry Maguire’ and ‘As Good as It Gets.’
Comedy
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The Book of HenryPG-13

Open: September 30, 2016 (wide)

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

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‘Book of Henry’ centers on a 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
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DenialPG-13

Tagline: The whole world knows the Holocaust happened. Now she needs to prove it.

Open: September 30, 2016

Bleecker Street Media—Starring: Rachel Weisz, Andrew Scott, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall / Director: Mick Jackson

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Based on the acclaimed book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, DENIAL recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s (Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Cannes Award winner Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.

Also starring two-time Academy Award® nominee Tom Wilkinson, the film is directed by Emmy Award® winner Mick Jackson (‘Temple Grandin’) and adapted for the screen by BAFTA and Academy Award® nominated writer David Hare (THE READER). Producers are Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff.
Biography Histroy Drama
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Tagline: Get stupid rich

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Open: September 30, 2016

Action Crime Comedy Drama
Friday, October 7, 2016
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The Girl on the TrainR

Tagline: What you see can hurt you.

Open: October 7, 2016 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Starring: Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez, Lisa Kudrow, Laura Prepon / Director: Tate Taylor—“The Help”

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In the thriller, Rachel (Emily Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds. This film is based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel, an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller.

Every day, she takes the train in to work in London, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down—Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing.
Mystery Thriller Adaptation
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Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

Tagline: Rules aren’t for everyone

Open: October 7, 2016

CBS Films—Starring: Griffin Gluck, Lauren Graham, Isabela Moner, Adam Pally, Thomas Barbusca, Rob Riggle, Retta / Director: Steve Carr—“Paul Blart: Mall Cop” (2009)

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Rafe Khatchadorian must use all of his wits to battle bullies, hormones and a tyrannical principal at Hills Village Middle School. A quiet teenage artist Rafe Katchadorian has a wild imagination and is sick of middle school and the rules that have been put before him. Rafe and his best friend Leo have come up with a plan; break every rule in the school hand book and as you expect trouble follows.

Rafe has an epic imagination…and a slight problem with authority. Both collide when he transfers to an oppressive, rule-crazy middle school. Drowning in do’s and don’ts, Rafe and his scheming best friend Leo hatch a plan to break every rule in the school’s Code of Conduct. It’s Ferris Bueller meets Home Alone as their battle with Principal Dwight explodes into chaos both real and imagined. But Dwight displays his own fiendish creativity, striking back at the rulebreakers. Meanwhile, Rafe struggles to hide his misbehavior from Jeanne, the straight-A, overachieving girl of his dreams, and at home, his mother’s boyfriend—a moochy, jack-of-no-trades named Bear—threatens to become his stepfather.

based on the bestselling seven novel series by James Patterson
Teen Comedy Adaptation
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
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The Lennon Report

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Open: October 14, 2016 (wide), October 7 (10 markets: NYC, LA, CHI, DAL, SEA, TMP, SF, DEN, ATL, CLV)

Emerging Pictures—Starring: The film stars Richard Kind as Dr. Stephan Lynn, Evan Jonigkeit as Dr. David Halleran and Walter Vincent as Alan B. Weiss, the ABC news producer who broke the news about Lennon. Adrienne C. Moore (“Orange is the New Black”), David Zayas, Stephen Spinella and Devin Ratray (“Blue Ruin”) also star. / Director: Jeremy Profe

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re-creates the aftermath of the 1980 murder of John Lennon

The events on the night John Lennon was killed, seen through the eyes of those who lived it. The great men and women of NYC who did all they could to save a life, some without even knowing it was John Lennon himself. Based on a true story.

On December 8th 1980, John Lennon was shot outside of the Dakota apartment building in New York City. The Lennon Report follows the unbelievable true story of those who were part of his attempted rescue and witnesses to the human cost of tragedy.

When Emergency Department Nurses Barbara Kammerer (Stef Dawson) and Deatra Sato (Ashley Atkinson) paged Dr. David Halleran (Evan Jonigkeit) about a John Doe shooting victim, they had no idea he would turn out to be the world’s biggest rock star.

​Alan Weiss (Walter Vincent), an ambitious young news producer awaiting treatment following a motorcycle accident, finds himself in a position to break the biggest story of his life.

Dr. Halleran, with the help of surgeon Dr. Marks (Tony award winner Stephen Spinella), attempts to resuscitate John Lennon. This dramatic surgery is done under the watchful eye of the Emergency Department Director, Dr. Lynn (Richard Kind).

Alan Weiss ignores the orders of his doctor (Adrienne C. Moore) and struggles with Security Officer Medina (David Zayas) to break the story and tell the world what’s happened.
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Priceless

Tagline: She’s worth fighting for

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Open: October 14, 2016

Roadside Attractions—Starring: David Koechner, Bianca A. Santos, Jim Parrack, Lora Martinez-Cunningham, Sarah Minnich / Director: Ben Smallbone

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stars Joel Smallbone as a man stopping human trafficking

There was a time when James Stevens saw himself as a good man. But that seems like a different life … one that vanished somewhere between the day his wife died in his arms and when his young daughter was ripped from those same arms by the child services’ agency. Today, he finds himself with more regrets, more troubles, and more heartbreak than one person should ever face in a lifetime. And he just unknowingly signed up for more. Much more.

Desperately in need of money with hopes of regaining custody of his daughter, James embarks on a cross-country delivery for cash—no questions asked. But when he discovers what he is delivering is actually who, the questions in his mind begin haunting him … along with the lasting image of two innocent women he now feels compelled to save.

Drawn to the beautifully mysterious Antonia, James aspires not only to undo his wrong—but to do so for the right reason. With the lives of Antonia and her younger sister Maria in peril, James may need to sacrifice everything to rescue them.

From the creative minds behind two-time Grammy Award-winning band for KING & COUNTRY, PRICELESS stars Christian pop musician Joel Smallbone, Bianca Santos, Amber Midthunder, with Jim Parrack and David Koechner. PRICELESS is the first movie from the Smallbone Brothers and is directed by Ben Smallbone, with Luke Smallbone as executive producer.

Coming to theaters this fall, PRICELESS is a powerfully compelling, suspense-filled love story that reminds us that no matter who we are, what we’ve done, or even how far we’ve gone astray, we are of infinite worth in God’s eyes.

Joel and Luke Smallbone describe their philosophy: “The power of music can impact our mood, emotions, our day. But when you merge the strength of music with the heart, hope and passion of the Gospel… it has the ultimate power not only to change someone's day, but to impact them for eternity. This is why we write music and sing songs - we hope that people will be moved, encouraged and stirred to live a life for Someone greater than themselves.”
Romance Drama
Friday, October 21, 2016
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I'm Not AshamedPG-13leave your comments

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

Pure Flix Entertainment—Starring: Masey McLain, Sadie Robertson, Ben Davies, Bella Robertson, Korie Robertson, Matthew Schuler / Director: Brian Baugh

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‘I'm Not Ashamed’ is the story of Columbine victim, Rachel Joy Scott. She was not ashamed to share her faith in Jesus, even to her killers. The Columbine Massacre of April 20,1999 completely redefined America's view of the life of high school students. The I'M NOT ASHAMED film is the ‘story inside the story.’ Drawn straight from Rachel Joy Scott's words, through the insight of her mother, Beth Nimmo, it is the story of a high school student whose compassionate, caring faith caused her to reach out to fellow students including her killers and made her a target of their murderous plan.

See: Christian Film News article
Christian Biography Drama
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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
also known as “Jack Reacher 2”

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Open: October 21, 2016

Paramount Pictures—Starring: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge / Director: Edward Zwick—“The Last Samurai” (2003), “Courage Under Fire,” “The Siege,” “Blood Diamond,” “Shakespeare in Love”

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Jack Reacher heads back to his old military base in Virginia to take a woman to dinner who is now the commanding officer. By the time he gets there, she has been arrested, and Reacher finds himself accused of a 16-year-old homicide, and charged with pummeling a guy and fathering a child with a woman. He can’t remember either transgression, but gets to the bottom of it with cunning and sometimes brute force.

based on the novel of the same name which is the 18th book in the series
Crime Action Drama Sequel Adaptation
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A Monster CallsPG-13
Tagline: “Stories are wild creatures.”

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Open: October 21, 2016

Focus Features—Starring: Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Geraldine Chaplin, Lewis MacDougall / Director: J.A. Bayona (Juan Antonio Bayona)

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a boy seeks the help of a tree monster (huge tree that has been standing for thousands of years) to cope with his single mother’s (Felicity Jones) terminal illness

Based on the award-winning children's fantasy novel by Patrick Ness (the Chaos Walking trilogy), this visually spectacular film follows 12-year-old Conor's attempts to deal with his mother's illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss and faith. Liam Neeson stars in performance-capture and voiceover as the nocturnally visiting monster of the title.
Fantasy Adventure Drama Adaptation
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Ouija: Origin of EvilPG-13
also known as “Ouija 2”

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Open: October 21, 2016 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Starring: Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser, Doug Jones, Parker Mack, Sam Anderson, Kate Siegel, Annalise Basso, Lulu Wilson / Director: Mike Flanagan

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It was never just a game. Inviting audiences again into the lore of the spirit board, ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’ tells a terrifying new tale as the follow-up to 2014’s sleeper hit that opened at number one. In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.

‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’ was produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,’ ‘The Purge’ series, ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’), Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (‘The Purge’ and ‘Insidious’ series), alongside Hasbro’s Brian Goldner (‘Transformers’ and ‘G.I. Joe’ series) and Stephen Davis (‘Ouija’). Mike Flanagan directed from a screenplay he wrote with his ‘Oculus’ and ‘Before I Wake’ collaborator, Jeff Howard, and Universal will distribute the film worldwide.
Supernatural Horror Thriller Sequel
Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Trademark logo.
Keeping Up with the JonesesPG-13

Open: October 21, 2016

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation—Starring: Isla Fisher, Gal Gadot, Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm / Director: Greg Mottola

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A quiet, suburban cul de sac is turned upside down when an unfulfilled married couple begins to suspect that there’s something nefarious afoot with their new neighbors. An ordinary suburban couple (Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher) finds it’s not easy keeping up with the Joneses (Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot)—their impossibly gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated new neighbors—especially when they discover that Mr. and Mrs. ‘Jones‘ are covert operatives. The couple becomes embroiled in an international espionage plot.
Spy Comedy
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Boo! A Madea Halloween

Tagline: The night she came home

Open: October 21, 2016

Lionsgate—Starring: Tyler Perry, Bella Thorne, John West Jr. / Director: Tyler Perry

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Madea winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens.
Comedy Horror Drama
Friday, October 28, 2016
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InfernoPG-13
also known as “The Da Vinci Code 3”

Tagline: Every clue will take him deeper

Open: October 28, 2016 (wide)

Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures—Starring: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Ben Foster, Omar Sy, Sidse Babett Knudsen / Director: Ron Howard

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Academy Award® winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown’s (Da Vinci Code) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, Inferno, which finds the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world’s population.The film’s screenplay is by David Koepp, based upon the novel by Dan Brown. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are the producers.

An adaptation of Dan Brown’s latest Robert Langdon book, ‘Inferno’ continues the Harvard symbologist’s adventures on screen: when Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante’s Inferno.

After waking up in a hospital room in Florence, in a amnesic state, Robert Langdon finds himself the target of a manhunt. With the help of Sienna Brooks, a nurse, and his knowledge of symbology he will try to escape whilst they have to solve the most intricate riddle Langdon never faced.
Mystery Suspense Thriller Drama Adaptation Sequel
Applicants:
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  • 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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Gabriel (Johnny Galecki), a handsome, pleasure-seeking professor mentors and helps boyfriend and girlfriend duo, Holt (Alex Roe) and Julia (Matilda Lutz).

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 Prequel/Sequel 3D
Friday, November 4, 2016
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Hacksaw Ridge

Tagline: When the order came to retreat, one man stayed.

Open: November 4, 2016

Summit Entertainment, a division of Lionsgate Films—Director: Mel Gibson / Starring: Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Teresa Palmer, Luke Bracey, Sam Worthington, Hugo Weaving

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‘Hacksaw Ridge’ is the true story of Christian and conscientious objector Desmond T. Doss who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, who saved 75 men without firing a gun. Believing that the war was just, but killing was nevertheless wrong, he served on the front lines without a weapon. Doss single-handedly evacuated the wounded near enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers, and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. He is the only conscientious objector to ever win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Andrew Garfield portrays Doss, a Seventh Day Adventist, who also received two Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts.

“The project was originally brought to Hollywood by screenwriter/producer Gregory Crosby through the efforts of Stan Jensen of the Seventh-day Adventist Church” (Wikipedia). In 2004, Doss was the subject of a Pax TV docudram, “The Conscientious Objector.”
Biography War History Drama
Applicants:
  • Curtis McParland
  • Jessica D. Lovett
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Doctor Strange
also known as “Dr. Strange,” “Doctor Extraño”

Tagline: The impossibilities are endless.

Open: November 4, 2016 (wide)

Superhero Sci-Fi Action Adventure Fantasy Thriller
Friday, November 11, 2016
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Rules Don't Apply

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Open: November 11, 2016

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation—Starring: Lily Collins, Warren Beatty (as Howard Hughes), Haley Bennett, Taissa Farmiga, Matthew Broderick, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Annette Bening, Oliver Platt, Steve Coogan, Candice Bergen, Alden Ehrenreich / Director: Warren Beatty

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An unconventional love story of an aspiring actress, her determined driver, and the eccentric billionaire who they work for. This film centers on an affair Howard Hughes had in the late years of his life with a younger woman.
Biography Romance Comedy Drama
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
Applicants:
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  • Blake Wilson by Nov 28
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Moana

Open: November 23, 2016

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures—Starring: Auli'i Cravalho (voice), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (voice), Alan Tudyk (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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The 9th Life of Louis Drax

Tagline: A mystery beyond reality.

Open: September 2, 2016

Miramax—Starring: Jamie Dornan, Aaron Paul, Sarah Gadon, Oliver Platt, Molly Parker, Barbara Hershey, Aiden Longworth / Director: Alexandre Aja —“Mirrors” (2008), “The Hills Have Eyes” (2006), “High Tension” (2003)

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‘The 9th Life of Louis Drax’ begins on Louis Drax's 9th birthday, when a lifetime of curious mishaps culminates in the boy's near-fatal fall. Desperate to reveal the strange circumstances behind the young boy's accident, psychologist Dr. Allan Pascal (Jamie Dornan) is drawn into a thrilling mystery, testing the boundaries of fantasy and reality. The doctor finds himself tangled between his professional responsibility and his growing affections for the boy's mother, a fragile young beauty. When Louis' father comes under suspicion, Pascal realizes other mysterious forces may be at work. With echoes of ‘The Sixth Sense’ and ‘Gone Girl’ ‘The 9th Life of Louis Drax’ is a supernatural thriller filled with unexpected twists and turns.

The film is based on Liz Jensen's 2004 best-selling novel.
Supernatural Mystery Thriller Adaptation
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MorganR

Tagline: Don’t let it out

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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
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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Raphael Vera by Dec 17
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  • 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 16, 2016
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  • Jeremy Landes
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La La Land

Open: December 16, 2016 (expanded), December 2, 2016 (limited)

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

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Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in Los Angeles in between auditions, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail piano gigs in dingy bars. While pursuing their dreams in a city known for destroying hopes and breaking hearts, they fall in love. In this modern take on the Hollywood musical from director Damien Chazelle, the Academy Award-nominated writer and director of ‘Whiplash,’ Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart. With modern day Los Angeles as the backdrop, this musical about everyday life explores what is more important: a once-in-a-lifetime love or the spotlight.
Music Romance Drama
Friday, December 21, 2016
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The Space Between UsPG-13

Open: December 21, 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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  • Blake Wilson by Dec 28
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Sing

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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.

Illumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, now the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history. Following the release of The Secret Life of Pets in summer 2016, Illumination presents Sing at the holidays. Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly star in a musical comedy about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us.

Featuring more than 85 hit songs, Sing is written and directed by Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) and produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy.
Animation Music Comedy Family
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Alexander Malsan by Dec 21
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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
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, January 20, 2017
Applicants:
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  • Jeremy Landes
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The FounderPG-13

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

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Open: January 20, 2017 (wide), December 16, 2016 (limited)

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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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 maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar 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
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), Jackie Chan, 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
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
Distributor: Universal Pictures. Trademark logo.
SpectralPG-13

Open: TBD

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 and fighting supernatural beings

‘Spectral’ is describe as a ‘dark’ and ‘gritty’ take on the Ghostbusters formula. It is a 3D action thriller that tracks an elite Spec Ops team on a mission to take down an aggressive phantom threat that cannot be explained. Supernatural beings have taken over Manhattan. Directed by Nic Mathieu and starring James Badge Dale, Emily Mortimer, Max Martini and Bruce Greenwood. Legendary's Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni produced the film from writers Ian Fried, George Nolfi and John Gatins that is executive produced by Jillian Share and Guy Riedel. ‘Spectral’ is released by Universal Pictures.
Sci-Fi Action Supernatural Thriller 3D

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