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“There’s something evil hiding in the woods”

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currently showing nationwide—3,121 theaters)

Horror
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currently showing nationwide—2,493 U.S. theaters

REVIEW IT AT HOME—video release: November 29, 2016 (available from Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Flixter, MGo, VuDu, Xbox Video, U-verse, DirectTV, pay per view, video stores, etc.)

Animation Adventure Comedy Kids Family 3D
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“She’s carrying more than just a secret.”

currently showing nationwide—2,246 U.S. theaters

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Psychological Mystery Thriller
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The quest begins

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currently showing nationwide—1,757 U.S. theaters

REVIEW IT AT HOME—video release: November 22, 2016 (available from Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Flixter, MGo, VuDu, Xbox Video, U-verse, DirectTV, pay per view, video stores, etc.)

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Animation Adventure Kids Family
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Some mysteries should not be unlocked

currently showing nationwide—1,554 U.S. theaters

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Supernatural Psychological Thriller
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“Justice isn’t a crime.”

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currently showing nationwide—1,505 U.S. theaters

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster

Almost all secular critics have given it high marks. Rotten Tomatoes approval rating = 99%.

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Crime Drama
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currently showing nationwide—816 U.S. theaters

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Christian Music Documentary
Wendesday, September 28
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Samuel Chetty
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  • Andrea McAteer
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Open: September 28, 2016

Action Adventure Christian Teen Drama
Friday, September 30, 2016
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Clinton, Inc.PG-13

Open: September 30, 2016 (AMC Theatres)

Freestyle Releasing—Director: Bill Baber

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Biographers, confidants, Democrats and Republicans discuss the political dynasty of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

The true story of Bill and Hillary Clinton's political alliance, business partnership, and unique marriage. This non-partisan documentary goes behind closed doors to reveal the making of an American dynasty. Based on the New York Times bestseller, respected experts, such as biographers, close confidants, and political insiders from the left, right and center, answer key questions: aHow does the Clinton marriage work? Are Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton guided by love, ambition, charity or greed?

based on a book of the same name

Documentary
ASSIGNED TO:
Jeremy Landes by Oct 2
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Open: September 30, 2016 (wide)

Action History Drama IMAX
ASSIGNED TO:
Brian C Johnson by Sep 30
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Get stupid rich

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Open: September 30, 2016 (wide)

Action Crime Comedy Drama
ASSIGNED TO:
Blake Wilson by Oct 3
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Open: September 30, 2016 (wide)

Sports Biography Drama Adaptation
ASSIGNED TO:
Charity Bishop by Oct 2
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  • Pamela Gardner
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Stay peculiar

Open: September 30, 2016 (wide)

Fantasy Adventure Teens Family Adaptation
ASSIGNED TO:
Hannah NeCamp by Oct 1
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Open: September 30, 2016

Biography History Drama
Friday, October 7, 2016
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Torchbearer

“When man stops believing in God, he’ll believe in anything”

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Open: October 7, 2016 (select theaters)

ARC Entertainment—Starring: Phil Robertson / Director: Stephen K. Bannon—“In the Face of Evil: Reagan's War in Word and Deed” (2004), “Battle for America” (2010)

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‘The Duck Commander’ Phil Robertson, makes a compelling argument on the absurdity of life without God. Featuring real-life footage from events throughout history and leading up to the modern day crisis of radical Islamic terrorism, Phil personally guides us through a journey that includes Athens, Greece; Rome, Italy; Paris, France; and even the notorious Nazi death camp of World War II, Auschwitz. With a biblical perspective, Phil covers events ranging from the creation of the atomic bomb, the impact of the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement. He uses these events to illustrate that God is the only meaningful anchor to a civilized society and calls on all of us to consider our faith. See our Christian Film News article
Christian Documentary
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Rules aren’t for everyone

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Open: October 7, 2016

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Teen Comedy Adaptation
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Pamela Gardner by Oct 9
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Open: October 7, 2016 (wide)

Mystery Thriller Adaptation
Friday, October 14, 2016
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Max SteelPG-13

intends to appeal rating to the C.A.R.A. Appeals Board

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Open: October 14, 2016

Open Road Films—Starring: Ben Winchell, Josh Brener, Maria Bello, Andy Garcia / Director: Stewart Hendler—“Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” (2012) | “H+” (2011-2013)

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‘Max Steel’ is a superhero-origin story about a 16-year-old named Max McGrath (Ben Winchell) whose body inexplicably starts to generate massive energy bursts that he can't control. After he meets Steel, a techno-organic extraterrestrial, the duo forms a symbiotic relationship that harnesses their combined energies.

Max and his mother (Maria Bello) have moved back to a small town called Copper Canyon, the same municipality where Max's scientist father died mysteriously shortly after he was born. Taking on a mentoring role is Dr. Miles Edwards (Andy Garcia), who Hendler describes as ‘one of the keys for Max to unlock and figure out what the heck is up with his powers and what happened to his dad.’

Max McGrath and his alien companion/protector Steel must harness and combine their tremendous new powers to evolve into the turbo-charged superhero Max Steel. The teen is imbued with an energy power called TURBO, which stands for Tachyon Unlimited Radiant Bio-Optimized.

Based on Mattel's Max Steel action figure toy line.
Sci-Fi Superhero Action Adventure Teen
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Open: October 14, 2016

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Christian Romance Drama
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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.
History Drama
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Jeremy Landes by Oct 16
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Open: October 14, 2016

Action Crime Thriller
Friday, October 21, 2016
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Keeping Up with the JonesesPG-13

License to kill. License to chill.

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Open: October 21, 2016

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation—Starring: Isla Fisher, Gal Gadot, Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm / Director: Greg Mottola—“Super Bad (2007), “Paul” (2011), “Adventureland” (2009)

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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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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
also known as “Jack Reacher 2”

Never give in. Never give up. Never go back.

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Open: October 21, 2016

Paramount Pictures—Starring: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh, Patrick Heusinger, Holt McCallany, Robert Knepper / Director: Edward Zwick—“The Last Samurai” (2003), “Courage Under Fire” (1996) “The Siege” (1998) “Blood Diamond” (2006)

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Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) returns with his particular brand of justice in the highly anticipated sequel JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK. Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders) is the Army Major who heads Reacher's old investigative unit. She is arrested for Treason and knowing that she is innocent, Reacher must break her out of prison and uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear their names and save their lives. On the run as fugitives from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever. Based upon JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK, author Lee Child's 18th novel in the best-selling Jack Reacher series, that has seen 100 million books sold worldwide.

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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Ouija: Origin of EvilPG-13
also known as “Ouija 2”

When you talk to the other side, you never know who will be listening.

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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—“Oculus” (2014), “Hush” (2016), “Absentia” (2011)

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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
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Boo! A Madea HalloweenPG-13

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
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Loretta Lang by Sep 23
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I'm Not AshamedPG-13leave your comments

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

Christian Biography Drama
Friday, October 28, 2016
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Open: October 28, 2016 (select cities)

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Romance Drama
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InfernoPG-13
also known as “The Da Vinci Code 3”

Every clue will take him deeper / Unlock the secrets before hell is unleashed.

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 unlbeashing 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 Adaptation Sequel
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American PastoralR

A radically ordinary story.

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Open: October 28, 2016 (wide)
October 21, 2016 (select cities)

Lionsgate—Studio: Lakeshore Entertainment / Starring: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, David Strathairn, Molly Parker / Director: Ewan McGregor

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In the 1960s, a successful businessman (Ewan McGregor) tries to find his missing beloved daughter (Dakota Fanning) after police accuse her of a violent bombing.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Phillip Roth novel, AMERICAN PASTORAL follows an all American family across several decades, as their idyllic existence is shattered by social and political turmoil that will change the fabric of American culture forever. Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Beginners) makes his directorial debut and stars as Seymour “Swede” Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn, a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede’s life. When his beloved daughter, Merry, disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the modern world around him: no American family will ever be the same. AMERICAN PASTORAL also stars Academy Award® winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) as Dawn, Dakota Fanning (‘The Runaways,’ ‘The Twilight Saga’) as Merry, Emmy® winner Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black), and Academy Award® nominee David Strathairn (Lincoln, Good Night, and Good Luck).

‘I have dreamt of directing a feature for the last 15 years and never found the ‘right” story. I wanted to direct, not for the sake of being a director, but because there was a story I HAD to tell. Well American Pastoral gave me everything I was looking for. I was incredibly lucky that I had Lakeshore’s trust and incredible talent in front of and behind the camera to make Roth’s story the film I thought it should be. The creative collaboration with the cast and the crew was as thrilling as I had hoped it would be. I was a very happy man making this film and it is the film I wanted it to be.’
—Ewan McGregor, director and actor, ‘American Pastoral’
Drama Adaptation
Friday, November 4, 2016
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TrollsPG

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Open: November 4, 2016 (wide)

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation—Director: Mike Mitchell (“Shrek Forever After”), co-directed by Walt Dohrn / Starring: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Russell Brand, Zooey Deschanel, Jeffrey Tambor, John Cleese, Gwen Stefani

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From the creators of “Shrek” comes the most smart, funny and irreverent animated comedy of the year, DreamWorks' “Trolls.” This holiday season, enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach. DreamWorks' “Trolls” is a fresh, broad comedy filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventures.

“Trolls” stars Anna Kendrick as Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls, and her polar opposite, Branch, played by Justin Timberlake. Together, this unlikely pair of Trolls must embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond the only world they’ve ever known.

Featuring original music from Justin Timberlake.”
Animation Adventure Musical Fantasy Comedy Family 3D IMAX
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LovingPG-13

All love is created equal.

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Open: November 4, 2016

Focus Features—Starring: Joel Edgerton, Michael Shannon, Marton Csokas, Nick Kroll, Ruth Negga, Ruth Wilson / Director: Jeff Nichols—“Mud” (2012), “Take Shelter” (2011), “Midnight Special” (2016)

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Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, are sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958 for getting married.

Inspired by the documentary “The Loving Story,” the film follows the courtship and marriage in June 1958 of Mildred Jeter, a black woman, and Richard Loving, a white man. They were arrested, thrown into jail and exiled from the state because their interracial marriage violates the state's anti-miscegenation laws. Exiled to Washington DC, for the next nine years, the couple fought for their marriage and the right to return home as a family.
Biography Romance Drama
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Curtis McParland by Nov 6
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Hacksaw Ridge

Open: November 4, 2016

Biography War History Drama
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Jessica D. Lovett by Nov 6
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Doctor StrangePG-13
also known as “Dr. Strange,” “Doctor Extraño”

The impossibilities are endless.

Open: November 4, 2016 (wide)

Superhero Sci-Fi Action Adventure Fantasy Thriller
Friday, November 11, 2016
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Arrival

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Open: November 11, 2016

Paramount Pictures Corporation—Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma / Director: Denis Villeneuve—“Sicario” (2015), “Prisoners” (2013)

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When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team—lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams)—is brought together to investigate—and determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. She is accompanied by an expert physicist named Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) who helps interpret the extraterrestrials’ language. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers—and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.
Sci-Fi Thriller
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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Open: November 11, 2016

TriStar Pictures, a division of Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment—Director: Ang Lee—“Life of Pi” (2012), “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000), “Brokeback Mountain” (2005) / Starring: Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel, Garrett Hedlund, Steve Martin, Chris Tucker, Tim Blake Nelson

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19-year-old soldier Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks the film shows what really happened to his squad—contrasting the realities of war with America’s perceptions. The film tells the story of Billy and his squad, who survive an Iraq battle that is captured by embedded news cameras, causing them to become celebrated as heroes. They are brought home by the US administration for a promotional tour that culminates at the halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game in Texas, before they are returned to the war. Almost the entire movie takes place during the game, with flashes away to other events.

This film is an adaptation of Ben Fountain’s 2012 novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. This is reportedly the first film in history to be shot at 120 frames per second, which the director says will create a greater sense of immediacy and help the film’s 3D crackle. The film is said to be poignant, riotously funny, and exquisitely heartbreaking.
War Drama Adaptation 3D
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Almost ChristmasPG-13

Five days together? Oh joy.

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Open: November 11, 2016

Universal Pictures—Starring: Danny Glover, Jessie T. Usher, Gabrielle Union, Nicole Ari Parker, Romany Malco, Omar Epps, Kimberly Elise, J.B. Smoove, Mo'Nique / Director: David E. Talbert—“Baggage Claim” (2013), “First Sunday” (2008)

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an estranged family faces their first Thanksgiving together since the death of the family matriarch

A new comedy from writer/director David E. Talbert (“Baggage Claim”) and producer Will Packer (“Ride Along,” “Think Like a Man” series, “This Christmas”), “Almost Christmas” tells the festive story of a beloved patriarch who asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along. If they can honor that wish and spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it will be a Christmas miracle.
Christmas Comedy
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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—“Bulworth” (1998), “Dick Tracy” (1990)

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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
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Shut InPG-13

Don’t believe everything you see

Open: November 11, 2016

EuropaCorp—Starring: Naomi Watts, Oliver Platt, Charlie Heaton, Jacob Tremblay / Director: Farren Blackburn

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A heart-pounding thriller about a widowed child psychologist who lives in an isolated existence in rural New England. She discovers a terrifying secret about her troubled catatonic son. Caught in a deadly winter storm, she must find a way to rescue a young boy before he disappears forever.
Psychological Thriller Drama
Friday, November 18, 2016
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Manchester by the SeaR
also known as “Manchester-By-The-Sea”

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Open: November 18, 2016

Roadside Attractions—Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Matthew Broderick, Gretchen Mol, Tate Donovan / Director: Kenneth Lonergan

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In ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ an uncle (Casey Affleck) learns his brother has passed away and is forced to move back to his hometown to take care of his teenage nephew. There, he finds himself thrust into the care of the man’s 16-year old son, but finds himself crumbling due to a secret tragedy in his past. As a result, the life of the solitary Boston janitor is transformed. This is the latest film from award-winning writer and director Kenneth Lonergan. The story of the Chandlers, a working-class family living in a Massachusetts fishing village for generations, Manchester by the Sea is a deeply poignant, unexpectedly funny exploration of the power of familial love, community, sacrifice and hope.
Drama
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The Edge of Seventeen

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

Open: November 18, 2016

STX 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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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemPG-13

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Open: November 18, 2016

Warner Bros. Pictures—Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Katherine Waterston, Gemma Chan, Carmen Ejogo / Screenwriter: J.K. Rowling / Director: David Yates—“Harry Potter…” franchise

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The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

Set in New York roughly seven decades before Harry Potter’s saga starts, “Fantastic Beasts” is based on the Hogwarts textbook of the same name and follows the adventures of its author, Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne)—which in the “Harry Potter” realm is a person who studies magical creatures. He stops in the city on his travels to find and document magical creatures. Scamander meets Tina, short for Porpentina (Katherine Waterston), a witch who works her magic in the U.S.
Action Adventure Fantasy Family
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
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Allied

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Open: November 23, 2016 (wide)

Paramount Pictures—Director: Robert Zemeckis—“Back to the Future” franchise,“ The Polar Express,” “Cast Away,” “Beowulf,” “The Walk,” “Flight” / Starring: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode, Jared Harris

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This is the story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines to kill a German ambassador. They fall in love. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.

Their future, however, is thrown off course when secrets from their past come to the light. Vatan, an Allied counter-intelligence agent, is quietly notified that the woman he has married and had a baby with is likely a Nazi spy. The movie also stars Lizzy Caplan (The Interview), Matthew Goode (Stoker), Raffey Cassidy (Tomorrowland), Charlotte Hope (“Game of Thrones”) and Jared Harris (“Mad Men”).
Spy Action War Romance
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MoanaPG

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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

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows why.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.
Animation Adventure Family Comedy 3D
Friday, November 25, 2016
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Lion

The search begins

Open: November 25, 2016

The Weinstein Company—Starring: Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham / Director: Garth Davis

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‘Lion’ follows the 5-year-old Saroo (Sunny Pawar) who becomes separated from his family after falling asleep on a parked train, and winds up 1,000 miles from his village in Calcutta. After learning to survive in Kolkata, Saroo is ultimately adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman, David Wenham). But as he grows (Dev Patel), questions linger about the life he left behind. 25 years later, with the help of Google Earth, Saroo sets out to find his lost family. based on Saroo Brierley’s 2013 memoir A Long Way Home
TrueStory Drama
Friday, December 2, 2016
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Kidnap

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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
Distributor: Paramount Pictures Corporation. Trademark logo.
Office Christmas Party

Open: December 9, 2016

Paramount Pictures—Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, Kate McKinnon, Jamie Chung, Vanessa Bayer, Jillian Bell, Rob Corddry, Abbey Lee, TJ Miller, Randall Park, Sam Richardson, Courtney B. Vance / Directors: Josh Gordon and Will Speck

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In OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY, when the CEO (Jennifer Aniston) tries to close her hard-partying brother's branch, he and his Chief Technical Officer must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs. But the party gets way out of hand…
Comedy
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Nocturnal Animals

Open: December 9, 2016 (wide), November 23, 2016 (limited), November 18, 2016 (select)

Focus Features—Starring: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Armie Hammer, Isla Fisher, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Michael Shannon, Laura Linney, Michael Sheen / Director: Tom Ford

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Won Grand Jury Prize at the Venice International Film Festival

An art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale. The film is an adaptation of the 1993 novel Tony And Susan by Austin Wright, described as a two-part ‘story inside a story.’
Physiological Thriller Adaptation
Thursday, December 15, 2016
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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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The Space Between UsPG-13

Open: December 16, 2016

STX Entertainment—Starring: Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino, Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, BD Wong / Director: Peter Chelsom—“Serendipity” (2001), “Hector and the Search for Happiness” (2014)

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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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Collateral Beauty

Open: December 16, 2016

New Line cinema, division of Warner Bros. Pictures—Starring: Will Smith, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Naomie Harris, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Michael Pena / Director: David Frankel—“Hope Springs” (2012), “Marley and Me” (2008), “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006)

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A New York advertising executive experiences a deep personal tragedy (his daughter’s death) which sends him on a downward spiral of deep depression. When his colleagues devise an unconventional plan to break him out of his depression, the plan works, but not in a way that anyone imagined.

“We’re here to connect. Love, time, death: these three things connect every single human being on Earth. We long for love, we wish we had more time, and we fear death.”
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La La Land

Open: December 16, 2016 (expanded), December 9, 2016 (limited)

Music Romance Drama
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
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Passengers

Open: December 21, 2016 (wide)

Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures—Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia / Director: Morten Tyldum—“The Imitation Game” (2014)

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The spaceship, Starship Avalon, is on its 120-year voyage to a distant colony planet known as ‘Homestead II’ and transporting 5,259 people to a new life this planet. Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are two passengers onboard. The trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years before they reach their destination. As Jim and Aurora try to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction… only to be threatened by the imminent collapse of the ship and the discovery of the truth behind why they woke up.

Set in the future, ‘Passengers’ centers on Jim Preston (Chris Pratt), a mechanic on a 120-year journey to a distant colonized planet in another galaxy on a 5,000 man vessel, who becomes the first traveler to experience pod hibernation failure, awakening from cryogenic sleep. He is stranded in the world of an interstellar spaceship with only robots and androids for companionship, but every luxury they could ever ask for. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, a year into his journey, he decides to wake up a fellow passenger, a beautiful journalist named Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence). They fall in love but must soon deal not only with the revelation of Jim's misjudged act of waking her but a major malfunction of the ship itself.
Sci-Fi Adventure Romance
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SingPG

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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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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, December 23, 2016
Silence

Open: December 23, 2016

Paramount Pictures—Director: Martin Scorsese / Starring: Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Ciarán Hinds

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This film is a passion project of director Scorsese and a contender for an Oscar®.

In the 17th century, two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity. The film is based on a 1966 religious novel written by Shusaku Endo about the priests who go in search of Neeson, a priest who has reportedly forsaken his faith. The central question of the film is, “Is there a god?”

Scorsese’s longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker has said this film is “part of a spiritual trilogy of sorts with ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ (1988) and ‘Kundun’ (1997).”
History Drama Adaptation
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A Monster CallsPG-13
Tagline: “Stories are wild creatures.”

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Open: December 23, 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
Sunday, CHRISTMAS DAY, December 25, 2016
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Hidden Figures

Meet the women you don’t know behind the mission you do.

Open: December 25, 2016

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation—Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Kirsten Dunst, Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Jim Parsons, Janelle Monae, Peter Chernin, Donna Gigliotti / Director: Theodore Melfi (Ted Melfi)

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The incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

This film is an adaptation of the Margot Lee Shetterly book Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race, published by HarperCollins.
TrueStory Drama Adaptation
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Gold

It was never about the money.

Open: December 25, 2016

Dimension Films, a division of The Weinstein Company—Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rachael Taylor, Edgar Ramirez, Bruce Greenwood, Corey Stoll, Stacy Keach / Director: Stephen Gaghan—“Syriana” (2005)

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An unlikely pair venture to the Indonesian jungle in search of gold. The film follows a rough-around-the-edges prospector who stumbles onto one of the largest gold mines in the world.
Adventure Thriller Drama
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Why Him?

Of all the guys his daughter could have chosen…

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Open: December 25, 2016

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation—Starring: James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch, Megan Mullally / Director: John Hamburg—“I Love You, Man” (2009), “Along Came Polly” (2004), “Meet the Parents” (2000)

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A dad forms a bitter rivalry with his daughter's young rich boyfriend.

Over the holidays, Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). A rivalry develops, and Ned's panic level goes through the roof when he finds himself lost in this glamorous high-tech world and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.
Comedy
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Fences

Open: December 25, 2016 (wide), December 16, 2016 (New York and Los Angeles)

Paramount Pictures—Director: Denzel Washington / Starring: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, Jovan Adepo and Saniyya Sydney

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“Fences” is the story of a one-time promising baseball player, now working as a Pittsburgh garbage collector, and the complicated relationships with his wife, son and friends. The African American father struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life. The film’s ensemble cast includes Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, Jovan Adepo and Saniyya Sydney.
Drama Adaptation
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
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PatersonR

“If you ever left me I'd tear my heart out and never put it back”

Open: December 28, 2016

Bleecker Street Media—Starring: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani / Director: Jim Jarmusch—“Broken Flowers” (2005), “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai” (1999), “Dead Man” (1995)

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Set in the present in Paterson, New Jersey, this is a tale about a bus driver and poet. The hardworking bus driver (Adam Driver) in Paterson, N.J., writes heartfelt poems every day before his shift begins.

Every day follows much the same pattern. After work, he returns home, has dinner with his wife Laura and walks his dog to the bar for just the one beer. Laura urges him to make copies of his lovely observational verse, but he never seems to get around to it. Eventually a small disaster threatens to shatter their idyll.
Comedy Drama
Friday, January 6, 2017
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Underworld: Blood Wars
also known as “Underworld 5”

“Protect the bloodline”

Open: January 6, 2017

Screen Gems, a division of Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment—Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Charles Dance, Lara Pulver, Tobias Menzies, Bradley James, James Faulkner / Director: Anna Foerster

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The next installment in the franchise, UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Horror Fantasy Action Thriller Sequel Werewolf Vampire
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Amityville: The ReawakeningR
also known as “The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes,” “Amityville: The Awakening”

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 13, 2017
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The Bye Bye Man

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Open: January 13, 2017

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

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People commit unthinkable acts every day. Time and again, we grapple to understand what drives a person to do such terrible things. But what if all of the questions we’re asking are wrong? What if the source of all evil is not a matter of what… but who?

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).

From the producer of ‘Oculus’ and ‘The Strangers’ comes ‘The Bye Bye Man,’ a chilling horror-thriller that exposes the evil behind the most unspeakable acts committed by man. When three college friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, they discover that there is only one way to avoid his curse: don't think it, don't say it. But once the Bye Bye Man gets inside your head, he takes control. Is there a way to survive his possession?

This film is an adaptation of a short story called ‘The Bridge to Body Island’ by Robert Damon Schneck.
Supernatural Horror Thriller Adaptation
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Live by NightR

“The American dream has a price”

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Open: January 13, 2017

Warner Bros. Pictures—Director: Ben Affleck / Starring: Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Scott Eastwood, Chris Messina, Chris Cooper, Brendan Gleeson, Anthony Michael Hall

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a big budget adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s 2012 prohibition era crime novel Live By Night

The Boston-based story centers on Joe Coughlin, who rebels against his cop captain father and becomes a career criminal, eventually joining a mobster. He rises up the ranks as the action moves to Tampa, Florida, then Cuba and features rumrunners, femme fatales, betrayals and good men committing plenty of sin. Boston, 1926. The ‘20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world.

Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city’s most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw.

But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one‒neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover‒can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt.

Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa’s Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue.

Crime Thriller Drama Adaptation
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Patriots Day

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Open: January 13, 2017 (wide), December 21, 2016 (limited—NY, LA, Boston)

Lionsgate—Starring: Mark Wahlberg, J.K. Simmons, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, Michelle Monaghan, Melissa Benoist / Director: Peter Berg—“Lone Survivor” (2013), “Collateral” (2004), “Battleship” (2012)

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In the aftermath of an unspeakable act of terror, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons) and nurse Carol Saunders (Michelle Monaghan) this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of the most sophisticated manhunt in law enforcement history and the strength of the people of Boston.
History Thriller Drama
Friday, January 20, 2017
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Split

Open: January 20, 2017

Universal Pictures—Director: M. Night Shyamalan / Starring: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula, Haley Lu Richardson

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‘Split’ is an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind. Following last year’s ‘The Visit,’ Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum (‘The Purge’ and ‘Insidious’ series). While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.

Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy—‘The Witch’), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart and a final personality—‘The Beast’—begins to materialize.

Horror Thriller
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The FounderPG-13

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

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

The 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, January 27, 2017
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Bastards

“Are you our daddy?”

Open: January 27, 2017

Warner Bros.—Starring: Owen Wilson, J.K. Simmons, Glenn Close, Ed Helms, Ving Rhames, Terry Bradshaw / Director: Larry Sher

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Upon learning that their mother has been lying to them for years about their allegedly deceased father, two fraternal twin brothers hit the road in order to find him.
Comedy
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A Dog's Purpose

Every dog happens for a reason

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Open: January 27, 2017

Universal Pictures with Walden Media, Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks SKG—Starring: Britt Robertson, Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby / Director: Lasse Hallström (Lasse Hallstrom)—“Chocolat” (2000), “Hachi: A Dog's Tale” (2009), “The Hundred-Foot Journey” (2014)

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A dog goes on quest to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes with multiple owners. “A Dog’s Purpose” asks “What is the meaning of life?”

Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (‘The Cider House Rules,’ ‘Dear John,’ ‘The 100-Foot Journey’), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, John Ortiz, Juilet Rylance, Luke Kirby, Peggy Lipton and Pooch Hall.

‘A Dog’s Purpose’ is produced by Gavin Polone (Zombieland, TV’s Gilmore Girls). The film from Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media is executive produced by Alan Blomquist and Mark Sourian, and it will be distributed by Universal Pictures.
Comedy Drama Adaptation
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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
also known as “Resident Evil 6”

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Open: January 27, 2017

Screen Gems, a division of Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment—Starring: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Ruby Rose / Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

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Based on Capcom's hugely popular video game series comes the final installment in the most successful video game film franchise ever, which has grossed over $1 billion worldwide to date.

Picking up immediately after the events in ‘Resident Evil: Retribution,’ Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity's final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began - The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

In a race against time Alice joins forces with old friends, and an unlikely ally, in an action packed battle with undead hordes and new mutant monsters. Between losing her superhuman abilities and Umbrella’s impending attack, this will be Alice’s most difficult adventure as she fights to save humanity, which is on the brink of oblivion.
Sci-Fi Action Horror Sequel
Friday, February 3, 2017
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Rings
also known as “The Ring 3”

Evil is born

Open: February 3, 2017

Paramount Pictures—Produced by DreamWorks SKG / Starring: Alex Roe, Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, David Dorfman, Johnny Galecki / Director: F. Javier Gutiérrez—“Before the Fall” (2008)

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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
Distributor: Paramount Pictures Corporation. Trademark logo.
Same Kind of Different as Meleave your comments

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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.

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

“The book was #11 on the January 9th, 2009 New York Times Best Seller list for paperback non-fiction.” (Wikipedia)
Christian Drama Adaptation
Friday, February 10, 2017
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John Wick: Chapter Two
also known as “John Wick 2”

Open: February 10, 2017

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

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

“Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman.”

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Open: February 10, 2017

Warner Bros.—Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Rosario Dawson, Michael Cera, Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Mariah Carey / Director: Chris McKay

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Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made ‘The Lego Movie’ a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble - Lego Batman - stars in his own big-screen adventure: ‘The Lego Batman Movie.’ But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Will Arnett reprises his starring role from “The LEGO Movie” as the voice of LEGO Batman, aka Bruce Wayne. Zach Galifianakis (“Muppets Most Wanted,” the “Hangover” films) stars as The Joker; Michael Cera (TV’s “Arrested Development”) as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson (TV’s “Daredevil”) as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes (the “Harry Potter” films) as Alfred.

“The LEGO® Batman Movie” is directed by Chris McKay, and produced by Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Roy Lee, who worked together on “The LEGO Movie.” It is written by Seth Grahame-Smith and Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, with additional screenplay material by Jared Stern and John Whittington, based on LEGO Construction Toys. Jill Wilfert, Matthew Ashton and Will Allegra serve as executive producers.
Animation Action Comedy Family
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Fifty Shades Darker

Open: February 10, 2017

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

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sequel to the 2015 film “Fifty Shades of Grey”

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

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her.
Romance Drama Sequel Adaptation
Friday, February 17, 2017
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The Great Wall

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

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Open: February 17, 2017

Universal Pictures—Producer: Legendary Pictures / Starring: Matt Damon, Willem Dafoe, Pedro Pascal / Director: Zhang Yimou—“Hero” (2002), “House of Flying Daggers” (2004), “Curse of the Golden Flower” (2006)

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

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

Internationally renowned director Zhang Yimou assembles a filmmaking team and formidable cast that represents the best of East and West with a unique global production that delivers unmissable spectacle on the grandest scale. This big budget film is the largest ever to shoot entirely in China for global distribution.

Action Adventure Mystery Thriller 3D
Friday, February 24, 2017
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Rock Dog

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Open: February 24, 2017

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

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

from the Academy Award© nominated writer-director of “Surf's Up” and co-director of “Toy Story 2”
Animation Family Comedy
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:
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  • 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
Friday, June 16, 2017
Distributor: Focus Features. Trademark logo.
The Book of HenryPG-13

Open: June 16, 2017

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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Supernatural Horror Thriller
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SolaceR

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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
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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