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Open: April 3, 2015 (wide—3,900+ theaters) (2D and IMAX)

Action Crime Thriller Sequel
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Open: April 3, 2015 (select) —see official site for theaters

Adventure Bible Drama
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currently showing nationwide—2,816 U.S. theaters

Starring: Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone

Action Spy Thriller Crime Drama Adaptation
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Tagline: One night to settle the score.

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currently showing nationwide—3,171 U.S. theaters

Action Crime Thriller Mystery Drama
ASSIGNED TO:
Hannah NeCamp by Apr 3

Open: April 3, 2015 (wide—250+ theaters)

Biography Drama
ASSIGNED TO:
Andrea McAteer

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currently showing nationwide—1,320 U.S. theaters

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Christian Drama
NBC Television April 5-20, 2015
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A.D. The Bible Continues

Tagline: The crucifixion was only the beginning.

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Open: April 5, 2015 premiere episode 1

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In the follow-up to the eye-opening success of “The Bible” miniseries on History, the 12-hour miniseries “A.D.” — from producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey — will look at the lives that were instantly altered following the death of Christ. His disciples, mother Mary and key political religious leaders at the time saw their world turned upside down and their lives forever altered. Beginning at that fateful moment of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, part two of the greatest story ever told will focus on the disciples who had to go forward and disseminate the teachings of Christ to a world dominated by political unrest and the start of a whole new religion that would dramatically reshape the history of the world.

“A.D.” starts with the Crucifixion and The Resurrection –catalysts that altered history. What follows is the epic tale of “A.D.” chronicling several of the most intense and tumultuous decades in history. The complicated birth of the early Church was a time filled with enormous faith, persecution, political intrigue, brutal Roman oppression and the desperate Jewish revolt. The entire world was transformed, and the course of human history would be forever changed.

“A.D.” tells its story through the eyes of the Apostles, Pilate, Caiaphas, the Jewish Zealots and the Herod family. With the Book of Acts and Paul’s letters as its foundation plus some artful use of history, “A.D.” shows why little has changed in two thousand years, but the church continues to change the world.

Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Richard Bedser serve as executive producers. Simon Block will write the script. “A.D.” is a production of LightWorkers Media.
Bible Drama Adaptation
Friday, April 10, 2015
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Open: April 10, 2015 (wide)

Romance Drama Adaptation
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Open: April 10, 2015
Biography Drama
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Open: April 10, 2015

Sci-Fi Thriller Drama
ASSIGNED TO:
David Simpson by Apr 12
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Open: April 10, 2015 (limited)

Fantasy Suspense Thriller
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The Moon and the Sunleave your comments

Tagline: What on Earth could hold more power than a king?

Open: April 10, 2015 (wide)

Paramount Pictures—Starring: Pierce Brosnan (King Louis XIV), William Hurt, Benjamin Walker, Kaya Scodelario, Bingbing Fan (mermaid) / Director: Sean McNamara—“Soul Surfer” (2011)

In an incredible world of real Kings and Queens, comes a fantasy unlike any other. It’s a story between King Louis XIV and a mermaid.

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Themes of the book include trying to understand an alien form of life, the effect of political and religious beliefs on scientific endeavors, and historic barriers for women pursuing scientific interests.

Budget: $40-million (estimated)

Action Historical Romance Fantasy Adaptation
Friday, April 17, 2015
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Open: April 17, 2015 (wide)

Documentary
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Open: April 17, 2015 (wide)

Teen Horror Thriller
ASSIGNED TO:
David Simpson by Apr 19
Alternate:
  • Pamela Gardner
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Open: April 17, 2015 (wide)

Crime Mystery Thriller Drama Adaptation
ASSIGNED TO:
Raphael Vera by Apr 19
Alternate:
  • John Walker
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Open: April 17, 2015

Action Comedy Sequel
Friday, April 24, 2015
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Little BoyPG-13

Tagline: Believe the impossible

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Open: April 24, 2015

Open Road Films—Starring: Kevin James, Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson, Ted Levine, David Henrie, Michael Rapaport / Director: Alejandro Monteverde / Producer: Mark Burnett

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A little American boy tries with all his might to achieve the impossible: bring his father home from World War II.

A family drama set in small-town America in the early days of WWII, revolves around an 8-year-old with developmental problems. His only friend is his father, and with his departure to war, the troubled boy is forced to confront the cruelty of schoolmates and others.
Comedy War Drama
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Open: April 24, 2015

Starring: Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney, Isabel Lucas, Jacqueline McKenzie

War Drama
Applicants:
  • Samuel Chetty
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Open: April 24, 2015 (wide)

—Starring: Blake Lively, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn, Amanda Crew, Michiel Huisman, Kathy Baker

Romance Fantasy Drama
ASSIGNED TO:
Emily Saur
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Open: April 24, 2015

Animation Family Adventure
Friday, May 1, 2015
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Far from the Madding CrowdPG-13

Open: May 1, 2015

Fox Searchlight Pictures (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.)—Starring: Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen

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based on the classic love story by Thomas Hardy, a beautiful young woman who maintains relationships with three very different men.

In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.
Romance Drama Adaptation
ASSIGNED TO:
Raphael Vera by May 3
Alternate:
  • Alexander Malsan
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The Avengers: Age of Ultron
also known as “The Avengers 2”

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Open: May 1, 2015 (wide)

Sci-Fi Superhero Action 3D Sequel
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
ASSIGNED TO:
Nicole Granath
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DVD: May 5, 2015

Drama
Friday, May 8, 2015
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Hot Pursuit

Tagline: Armed and sort of dangerous.

Open: May 8, 2015

New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures—Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara, Michael Mosley / Anne Fletcher—“The Proposal” (2009), “Step Up” (2006)

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From Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and New Line Cinema comes the comedy Hot Pursuit, starring Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (‘Walk the Line,’ ‘Wild’) and Sofia Vergara (‘Chef,’ TV’s ‘Modern Family’), under the direction of Anne Fletcher (The Proposal). In ‘Hot Pursuit,’ an uptight and by-the-book cop (Witherspoon) tries to protect the sexy and outgoing widow (Vergara) of a drug boss as they race through Texas, pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen. The copy and her prisoner are forced to work together when they find themselves being chased by a town of bad cops in hot pursuit.
Action Crime Comedy
Distributor: Relativity Media. Trademark logo.
Before I WakePG-13
also known as “Somnia”

Open: May 8, 2015 (wide)

Relativity Media—Starring: Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Annabeth Gish / Director: Mike Flanagan—“Oculus” (2013)

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A haunting, emotionally absorbing film about an orphaned child whose dreams - and nightmares - manifest physically as he sleeps, altering reality. The film explores the enduring bonds between parent and child and is punctuated by sequences of intense, visceral terror that only a child’s imagination could conjure.
Supernatural Horror Thriller
Friday, May 15, 2015
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Where Hope GrowsPG-13

Tagline: An unexpected journey. An unexpected friendship.

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Open: May 15, 2015

Roadside Attractions—Producer: Godspeed Pictures / Starring: Kerr Smith, Kristoffer Polaha, Danica McKellar, Alan Powell

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A self-destructive former pro ball player is given a serious lesson in living life with courage when he befriends a grocery store clerk with Down syndrome.
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Applicants:
  • Pamela Gardner
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Pitch Perfect 2PG-13

Open: May 15, 2015 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Starring: Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Hailee Steinfeld, Rebel Wilson / Director: Elizabeth Banks

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The Barden Bellas are back in ‘Pitch Perfect 2,’ the follow-up to summer 2012’s smash hit. The musical comedy follows Fat Amy and Beca through their senior year at Barden University.

Sequel to: Pitch Perfect (2012)
Music Comedy Sequel
ASSIGNED TO:
David Simpson by May 17
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Mad Max: Fury RoadR

Open: May 15, 2015 (wide)

Sci-Fi Action Adventure Thriller 3D IMAX
Friday, May 22, 2015
Distributor: Lionsgate Films. Trademark logo.
The Vatican TapesPG-13

Open: May 22, 2015

Lionsgate—Starring: Dougray Scott, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Peña, Kathleen Robertson / Director: Mark Neveldine

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A leaked video tape reveals a Vatican exorcism gone very, very awry.

Follows the haunting tale of 27 year-old Angela Holmes, who accidentally cuts her finger and ends up in the emergency room. Infection leads to erratic behavior, and she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Priests examine Holmes and believe she is possessed, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than they imagined.
Supernatural Horror Suspense Thriller
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PoltergeistPG-13

Open: May 22, 2015

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation—Director: Gil Kenan—“City of Ember” (2008), “Monster House” (2006) / Starring: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris / Producer: Sam Raimi

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Filmmaker Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan reimagine and contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her.
Supernatural Horror Thriller 3D Remake
Applicants:
  • David Simpson
  • Alexander Malsan
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TomorrowlandPG

Tagline: Imagine a world where nothing is impossible.

Open: May 22, 2015 (wide)

Walt Disney Pictures—Starring: George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Britt Robertson / Director: Brad Bird

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Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as Tomorrowland.
Sci-Fi Mystery
Friday, May 29, 2015
Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures. Trademark logo.
Hillsong: Let Hope Rise

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Open: May 29, 2015

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chronicles the 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. The film shows the group’s humble beginnings as a youth worship band in a little church in Australia and to their growth into a worldwide sensation. “The aim is to give people the world over the opportunity to experience the praise and worship that has been birthed in this House.”
Documentary
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San Andreas

Tagline: Where will you be. Who will you be with.

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Open: May 29, 2015 (wide)

Warner Bros. Pictures—Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Paul Giamatti, Alexandra Daddario, Colton Haynes, Ioan Gruffudd / Director: Brad Peyton—“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” (2012)

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After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 10 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (The Rock) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter. But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning. And when they think the worst may be over… it’s just getting started.
Action Disaster Thriller Drama 3D
Distributor: Columbia Pictures. Trademark logo.
Aloha

Open: May 29, 2015 (wide)

Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures—Director: Cameron Crowe—“Vanilla Sky,” “Say Anything,” “Jerry Maguire,” “Almost Famous” / Starring: Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride

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A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him.
Adventure Romance Comedy
Friday, June 5, 2015
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Love and MercyPG-13
also known as “Love & Mercy”

Open: June 5, 2015

Roadside Attractions—Starring: Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti, Dee Wallace / Director: Bill Pohlad

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The life of reclusive Beach Boys songwriter and musician Brian Wilson, from his successes with highly-influential orchestral pop albums to his nervous breakdown and subsequent encounter with controversial therapist Dr. Eugene Landy. The film takes an unconventional look at seminal moments in Wilson’s life, his artistic genius, his profound struggles, and the love that kept him alive.
Biography Music Drama
Applicants:
  • Alexander Malsan
  • Pamela Gardner
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Insidious: Chapter 3PG-13
also known as “Insidious Chapter ”

Tagline: This is how you die

Open: June 5, 2015

Focus Features—Director: Leigh Whannell—“Insidious: Chapter 2” (2013), “Saw” (2004) / Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell

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A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family that reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.
Supernatural Horror Thriller
ASSIGNED TO:
Pamela Gardner by Jun 6
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SpyR

Open: June 5, 2015 (wide)

Action Spy Crime Comedy
Friday, June 12, 2015
Applicants:
  • Samuel A. Torcasio
  • Curtis McParland
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Jurassic World
also known as “Jurassic Park 4,” “Jurassic Park IV”

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Open: June 12, 2015 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Judy Greer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Lauren Lapkus / Director: Colin Trevorrow

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Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.

Budget: $150-million (estimated)
Sci-Fi Action Adventure Horror 3D IMAX
Friday, June 19, 2015
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The Transporter Refueled
also known as “Transporter 4,” “The Transporter Legacy”

Open: June 19, 2015

EuropaCorp USA—Starring: Ray Stevenson, Ed Skrein, Loan Chabanol / Director: Camille Delamarre

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In the criminal underworld of France, Frank Martin (Ed Skrein) is known as The Transporter—the best driver and mercenary money can buy. Frank will deliver anything for a price. He abides by 3 simple rules: no names, no questions and no renegotiations. That is until he meets a mysterious and lethal femme fatale Anna (Loan Chabanol), leader of a group of deadly assailants. Stopping at nothing to take down a group of ruthless Russian human traffickers, Anna knows Frank is the best man for the job and holds his father (Ray Stevenson) for ransom to ensure his cooperation. Now Frank and his father are forced to team up with Anna to bring these villains to justice in this action-packed thrill ride across the French Riviera.

In this reboot of the story of transporter Frank Martin, actor Ed Skrein replaces Jason Statham.
Action Crime Thriller Sequel
Applicants:
  • Curtis McParland
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Inside OutPG

Tagline: Meet the little voices inside your head.

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Open: June 19, 2015 (wide)

Walt Disney Pictures—Starring: Amy Poehler, Lewis Black, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith / Director: Pete Docter—“Up,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “WALL·E”

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The story is told from the perspective of the emotions inside the mind of a young girl, Riley, where five emotions - Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear and Sadness, try to lead the girl through her life.

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
Animation Family Comedy
Friday, June 26, 2015
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MaxPG

Tagline: Best friend. Hero. Marine.

Open: June 26, 2015

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

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A Belgian Shepherd working in Afghanistan alongside Marines returns from service after his handler is killed. The man's devastated family adopts the dog - erratic and still suffering from the traumas of war - who ends up bonding with and helping their troubled 14-year-old son, Justin (Wiggins). Together they unravel the secret behind his brother's death and pull the family together again.
Family Adventure
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Ted 2R

Open: June 26, 2015 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Mila Kunis, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Morgan Freeman / Director: Seth MacFarlane

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The continuing adventures of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) and Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane).
Fantasy Comedy Sequel
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Applicants:
  • David Simpson
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Terminator: Genisys
also known as “Terminator Genisys,” “Terminator: Genesis,” “Terminator 5”

Tagline: He’s back.

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Open: July 1, 2015 (wide)

Paramount Pictures—Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke, Matt Smith (“Doctor Who” TV series), Jason Clarke, J.K. Simmons, Emilia Clarke / Alan Taylor—“Thor: The Dark World” (2013)

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The first in a stand-alone trilogy, ‘Terminator: Genisys’. The year is 2029. John Connor, leader of the resistance continues the war against the machines. At the Los Angeles offensive, John’s fears of the unknown future begin to emerge when TECOM spies reveal a new plot by SkyNet that will attack him from both fronts; past and future, and will ultimately change warfare forever. After finding himself in a new time-line, Kyle Reese teams up with John Connor’s mother Sarah and an aging terminator to try and stop the one thing that the future fears, ‘Judgement Day’.

Budget: $170-million (estimate)
Sci-Fi Action Adventure Thriller Sequel 3D
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Magic Mike XXLR
also known as “Magic Mike 2”

Open: July 1, 2015 (wide)

Warner Bros.—Starring: Channing Tatum (as Mike), Amber Heard, Elizabeth Banks, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Andie MacDowell, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Strahan, Danny Glover / Director: Greg Jacobs

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‘Magic Mike XXL’ finds the remaining Kings of Tampa ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them. On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways.
Comedy Drama
Friday, July 10, 2015
Applicants:
  • Pamela Gardner
  • David Simpson
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Self/LessPG-13
also known as “Selfless”

Tagline: God created man. Man created immortality.

Open: July 10, 2015 (wide)

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Focus Features—Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Matthew Goode, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Dockery, Victor Garber, Derek Luke / Director: Tarsem Singh—“Immortals” (2011), “The Fall” (2006), “The Cell” (2000)

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Ryan Reynolds stars in ‘Self/Less,” an unconventional sci-fi thriller about a terminally ill billionaire who buys a chance for eternal life through an experimental underground medical procedure called ‘shedding,’ which transfers his consciousness into the cadaver of a younger man. But the promise of immortality turns into a nightmare when he experiences flashbacks which begin to reveal the disturbing origins of the body he now inhabits and the secret organization that will kill to protect its cause. He finds himself on the run from a company trying to silence him.
Sci-Fi Psychological Thriller Drama
Applicants:
  • Alexander Malsan
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Minions
also known as “The Minions”

Official site

Open: July 10, 2015 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Starring: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm

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Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill (voice of Sandra Bullock), a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb (Jon Hamm), hatches a plot to take over the world.

In ‘Minions,’ we discover that Minions have actually existed throughout history, always seeking out the most despicable master to serve. They have evolved from single (yellow) cell organisms into the familiar beings we know. At a time before they met their current boss Gru, the Minions encountered Scarlet Overkill, a stylish and bad-ass super-villain bent on world domination.

a spin-off of the ‘Despicable Me’ franchise
Animation Family Comedy 3D
Friday, July 17, 2015
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Mr. Holmes

Tagline: The man behind the myth

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Open: July 17, 2015

Roadside Attractions—Starring: Sir Ian McKellen, Laura Linney / Director: Bill Condon

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An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life, and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman.

Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) returns from Japan, where, in search of a plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now in his remote seaside farmhouse Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees with only the company of his housekeeper (Linney) and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits an unsolved case which forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love - before it's too late.
Crime Mystery Drama Adaptation
Applicants:
  • David Simpson
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Ant-Man
also known as “Ant Man,” “Antman”

Open: July 17, 2015 (wide)

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures—Producer: Marvel Enterprises / Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Hayley Atwell, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña / Director: Peyton Reed—“Yes Man” (2008)

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Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

‘Ant-Man’ is about biochemist Dr. Hank Pym using his latest discovery, a group of subatomic particles, to create a size-altering formula. Though his first self-test goes awry, he develops an instrument that helps him communicate with and control insects.
Sci-Fi Superhero Action Adventure Thriller Comedy Adaptation
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TrainwreckR
also known as “Train Wreck”

Tagline: We all know one.

Open: July 17, 2015

Universal Pictures—Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Tilda Swinton, Marisa Tomei, Daniel Radcliffe, Brie Larson, Ezra Miller, John Cena, Randall Park / Director: Judd Apatow

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Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy. This Judd Apatow comedy follows a woman who works at a men’s magazine by day and goes out on dates with random guys by night. She has no clue how to have a healthy relationship with a man. Her dates have always been one-night stands until a charming doctor comes into the picture.
Comedy
Friday, July 24, 2015
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Paper Towns

Tagline: Get lost. Get found.

Open: July 24, 2015

Twentieth Century Fox—Director: Jake Schreier—“Robot and Frank” (2012) / Starring: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Halston Sage, Cara Buono

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based on Josh Boone’s novel Paper Towns (2008)

a teenager embarks on a miraculous journey to find a friend who has gone missing

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life-dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge-he follows. After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues-and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.
Romance Mystery Drama Adaptation
Distributor: Sony Pictures. Trademark logo.
Irrational Man

Open: July 24, 2015 (limited)

Sony Pictures Classics—Director: Woody Allen / Starring: Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey, Jamie Blackley

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On a small town college campus, a philosophy professor in existential crisis gives his life new purpose when he enters into a relationship with his student.
Romance Comedy Drama
Applicants:
  • Jessica D. Lovett
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Pan

Open: July 24, 2015

Warner Bros.—Starring: Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Rooney Mara, Garett Hedlund / Director: Joe Wright—“Hanna” (2011), “Atonement” (2007), “Pride & Prejudice” (2005)

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The story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny—to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan—the savior of the natives and leads a rebellion against evil pirates.

A new take on J.M. Barrie’s classic character, the story centers on how Peter Pan and the man who becomes Captain Hook start out as friends, with Hook working as a member of the crew on Blackbeard’s pirate ship.
Fantasy Family Adventure Comedy Adaptation 3D IMAX
Applicants:
  • John Walker
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Pixels

Open: July 24, 2015

Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures)—Director: Chris Columbus / Starring: Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Sean Bean, Brian Cox, Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage

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Characters come out of a video game to wreak havoc in the real world. Video game experts are recruited by the military to fight the 1980s-era video game characters who’ve attacked New York.

When aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (Kevin James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage) to defeat the aliens and save the planet.

Budget: $110-million (estimated)
Sci-Fi Action Comedy 3D
Friday, July 31, 2015
Applicants:
  • Curtis McParland
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Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
also known as “Mission: Impossible 5,” “Mission: Impossible V,” “Mission Impossible 5,” “M:I 5”

Official site

Open: July 31, 2015

Paramount Pictures—Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris (the villain) / Director: Christopher McQuarrie

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Another adventure of Ethan Hunt. The last film in this series ‘Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol’ (2011) grossed nearly $700 million at the worldwide box office.
Spy Action Adventure Thriller Sequel IMAX
Distributor: The Weinstein Company. Trademark logo.
Southpaw

Open: July 31, 2015

The Weinstein Company—Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Naomie Harris, Tyrese Gibson, 50 Cent / Director: Antoine Fuqua

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From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (‘Training Day’) and starring Academy Award-nominated Jake Gyllenhaal (‘Nightcrawler,’ ‘Brokeback Mountain’) comes a story of tragedy, loss and the painful road to redemption… Billy ‘The Great’ Hope (Gyllenhaal) is the reigning Junior Middleweight Champion whose unorthodox stance, the so-called “Southpaw,” consists of an ineloquent, though brutal, display of offensive fighting…one fueled by his own feelings of inadequacy and a desperate need for love, money and fame.

With a beautiful family, home and financial security, Billy is on top both in and out of the ring until a tragic accident leaves his wife dead and sends him into a downward spiral. His days now an endless haze of alcohol and prescription drugs, his daughter taken by Child Services and his home repossessed by the bank, Billy’s fate is all but sealed until a washed up former boxer named Tick agrees to take the bereaved pugilist under his wing so long as he agrees to his strict ethos.

Relentless and utterly committed to a fighter that thinks as much as he throws punches, Tick rebuilds Billy into a new man: one that is agile, fearsome and uncompromising in the ring while thoughtful, loving and disciplined outside of it.

Now, as he works to regain custody of his daughter and mounts a professional comeback, Billy must face his demons head-on as he learns that, sometimes, your greatest opponent can be yourself…
Sports Drama
Thursday, August 6, 2015
TriStar Pictures
Ricki and the Flash

Open: August 6, 2015

TriStar Pictures—Starring: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Sebastian Stan, Mamie Gummer, Rick Springfield / Director: Jonathan Demme—“The Manchurian Candidate” (2004), “Philadelphia” (1993) / Written by Diablo Cody—“Juno” (2007)

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A woman (Streep) abandons her family when she is younger to find fame and fortune as a rock star. Decades later, she decides to be a mother again to her estranged children, one of whom is going through a rough divorce.
Drama
Friday, August 7, 2015
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The Fantastic Four

Tagline: Change is coming.

Official site

Open: August 7, 2015

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation—Starring: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan, Toby Kebbell, Tim Blake Nelson / Director: Josh Trank—“Chronicle” (2012)

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Four young scientists achieve superhuman abilities through a teleportation experiment gone haywire. They must now use these abilities to save the world from an uprising tyrant.

‘The Fantastic Four,’ a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
Superhero Sci-Fi Action Adventure Reboot
Distributor: Relativity Media. Trademark logo.
Masterminds
also known as “Loomis Fargo”

Open: August 7, 2015

Relativity Media—Starring: Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Devin Ratray, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Marino / Director: Jared Hess

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Based on the true story of four dim-witted Southerners who pulled off one of the biggest heists in American history, robbing $17 million from a Loomis Fargo armored truck.

In 1997, David Scott Ghannt, the driver of an armored car, formed a criminal team in Charlotte, North Carolina. Although the robbery was initially successful, Ghannt and his co-conspirators were later tracked down and arrested.
Action Crime Comedy Drama
Friday, August 14, 2015
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Straight Outta Compton

Tagline: The world’s most dangerous times created the world’s most dangerous group

Open: August 14, 2015 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Starring: Paul Giamatti, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Rebecca Olejniczak, Keith Stanfield, R. Marcos Taylor / Director: F. Gary Gray—“The Italian Job” (2003)

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In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.

Revolves around the rise and fall of the Compton, California rap group N.W.A., whose initials read Niggas With Attitude. The members include drug dealer turned label founder Eazy-E, young disc jockey Dr. Dre and the politically bent Ice Cube, plus MC Ren and DJ Yella.
Biography Music Drama
Applicants:
  • Jake Roberson
  • Pamela Gardner
  • David Simpson
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The Man From U.N.C.L.E.PG-13
also known as “The Man from UNCLE”

Open: August 14, 2015

Spy Action Adventure Comedy
Applicants:
  • Emily Saur
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Underdogs
also known as “Metegol,” “Futbolín,” “Foosball,” “The Unbeatables,” “Goool!”, “Matraquilhos,” “Um Time Show de Bola”

Official site

Open: August 14, 2015

The Weinstein Company, Gkids—Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Matthew Morrison, Katie Holmes, Bella Thorne, John Leguizamo

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A foosball player (Morrison) must defend his town and the girl he loves, Laura (Grande), from the nefarious soccer player Ace (Hoult). Everything changes when Ace becomes the world’s best soccer player and returns years later to turn their village into a new sports stadium. He starts to destroy everything and kidnaps Laura in the process.

Just when it looks like all hope is lost, the toy figures from Jake’s foosball table come to life. He and the players embark on a wild adventure to save Laura and reclaim their village. With the help of his team, his town and a little bit of magic, Jake will try to save the day.
Animation Family Sports Adventure
Friday, August 28, 2015
TriStar Pictures
War RoomPG

Tagline: Prayer is a powerful weapon

Official site

Facebook

Open: August 28, 2015

TriStar Pictures—produced by the Kendrick Brothers—the creators of “Flywheel,” “Facing The Giants,” “Fireproof,” and “Courageous” / Starring: Priscilla Shirer, T.C. Stallings, Alex Kendrick, Karen Abercrombie, Michael Jr., Beth Moore

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WAR ROOM promises to inspire moviegoers to start fighting their own battles the right way—through prayer.

Filled with heart, humor, and wit, WAR ROOM follows Tony and Elizabeth Jordan, a couple who seemingly have it all-great jobs, a beautiful daughter, their dream home. But appearances can be deceiving. In reality, their marriage has become a war zone and their daughter is collateral damage. With guidance from Miss Clara, an older, wiser woman, Elizabeth discovers she can start fighting for her family instead of against them. As the power of prayer and Elizabeth’s newly energized faith transform her life, will Tony join the fight and become the man he knows he needs to be? Together, their real enemy doesn’t have a prayer.
Christian Drama
Distributor: The Weinstein Company. Trademark logo.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend
also known as “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II - The Green Destiny”

Open: August 28, 2015

The Weinstein Company—Starring: Michelle Yeoh, Donnie Yen (first two “Ip Man” movies), Harry Shum Jr, Jason Scott Lee, Roger Yuan, Eugenia Yuan, Natasha Liu Bordizzo / Director: Yuen Wo-Ping—choreographed fight scenes in “The Matrix” trilogy and the first two “Kill Bill” movies

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A story of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption.

Donnie Yen stars as Silent Wolf and Michelle Yeoh reprises her role as Yu Shu Lien. The screenplay is based on Iron Knight, Silver Vase by Wang Du Lu, book 5 in the Crane-Iron Pentalogy series, on which the original ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ was based.

set to hit IMAX theaters and the Netflix streaming-video service simultaneously
Action Adventure Fantasy Martial Arts Drama Sequel IMAX
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Hitman: Agent 47

Official site

Open: August 28, 2015

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Film Corporation—Starring: Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto, Ciarán Hinds / Director: Aleksander Bach

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an assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the mysteries of her ancestry

This is a reboot of the 2007 film.

HITMAN: AGENT 47 centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research – and forty-six earlier Agent clones—endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47’s past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe.

A re-imagine of Square Enix video-game ‘Hitman’-series about the bald assassin named 47.
Action Crime Thriller Adaptation
Applicants:
  • Alexander Malsan
  • David Simpson
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Regression

Open: August 28, 2015 (wide)

Thriller
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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No Escape

Tagline: A nation in revolt. Innocent civilians caught in the middle. How far would you go to survive?

Open: September 2, 2015

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

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‘No Escape’ centers on an American businessman (Owen Wilson) as he and his family settle into their new home in Southeast Asia. Suddenly finding themselves in the middle of a violent political uprising—a coup, they must frantically look for a safe escape as rebels mercilessly attack the city in an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed by rebels.
Action Thriller
Friday, September 4, 2015
Distributor: Relativity Media. Trademark logo.
Jane Got a Gun
Open: September 4, 2015

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

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Follows a woman whose outlaw husband returns home riddled with bullet wounds and barely alive. When her husband’s gang eventually tracks him down to finish the job, she is forced to reach out to an ex-lover and ask if he will help defend her farm. Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce this installment of his groundbreaking ‘Jurassic Park’ series,
Western Crime Thriller Drama
Friday, September 25, 2015
Applicants:
  • Alexander Malsan
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Hotel Transylvania 2

Tagline: Drac’s pack is back

Open: September 25, 2015 (wide)

Columbia Pictures—Starring: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, David Spade, Fran Drescher, Mel Brooks / Director: Genndy Tartakovsky

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When the old-old-old-fashioned vampire Vlad arrives at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together, Hotel Transylvania is in for a collision of supernatural old-school and modern day cool.

The Drac pack is back for an all-new monster comedy adventure in Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 2! Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania… Dracula’s rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire.

So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny—and in for a major cultural shock of her own—‘Vampa’ Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a ‘monster-in-training’ boot camp. But little do they know that Drac’s grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad is about to pay a family visit to the hotel. And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure blood—and humans are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania—things are going to get batty!
Animation Family Comedy Sequel
Friday, October 23, 2015
Distributor: Paramount Pictures Corporation. Trademark logo.
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

Tagline: Paranormal Activity 5

Open: October 23, 2015

Paramount Pictures —Starring: Katie Featherston, Tyler Craig /Director: Gregory Plotkin—“The Insider” (1999), “Fracture” (2007), “He’s Just Not That Into You” (2009)

Supernatural Horror
Friday, October 30, 2015
Distributor: Paramount Pictures Corporation. Trademark logo.
Scouts vs. Zombies
also known as “Boy Scouts vs. Zombies”

Open: October 30, 2015

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

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Tye Sheridan (‘Mud,” ‘Dark Places’), Logan Miller (‘I’m in the Band,” ‘Night Moves’), and newcomer Joey Morgan are three scouts who, on the eve of their last camp out, discover the true meaning of friendship when they attempt to save their own town from a zombie outbreak.
Horror Comedy
Friday, November 13, 2015
Distributor: Open Road Films. Trademark logo.
Rock The Kasbah

Open: November 13, 2015

Open Road Films—Starring: Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, Scott Caan / Director: Barry Levinson—“Sleepers” (1996), “Toys” (1992), “Wag the Dog” (1997)

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A burned out music manager goes to Afghanistan on the USO tour with his last remaining client. When he finds himself abandoned, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice, who stows away with him back to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, the ‘Afghan Star,’ Afghanistan’s equivalent of ‘American Idol.’ However, when jealousy gets the better of a disgruntled ex-boyfriend, he decides to oppose the young star with talent of his own.
Comedy Drama
Friday, December 11, 2015
Applicants:
  • David Simpson
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In the Heart of the SeaPG-13

Open: December 11, 2015

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

Based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the whaling ship Essex.

Copyrighted book coverIn the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance.

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

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

Action Adventure Adaptation

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