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Open: December 2, 2016 (wide—639 theaters)

Christmas Drama
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“Faith has failed us”

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Open: December 2, 2016 (wide—1,737 theaters)

Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Carice van Houten, David Mazouz (Bruce Wayne of “Gotham”)

Supernatural Horror
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currently showing nationwide—3,322 U.S. theaters

Animation Adventure Musical Fantasy Comedy Family 3D IMAX
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currently showing nationwide—2,382 U.S. theaters

Ensemble cast: Lily Collins, Warren Beatty (as Howard Hughes), Haley Bennett, Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Oliver Platt, Steve Coogan, Candice Bergen, etc.

Biography Romance Comedy Drama
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currently showing nationwide—1,549 U.S. theaters

Sports Biography Drama
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currently showing nationwide—1,945 U.S. theaters

Comedy Drama
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currently showing—48 U.S. theaters

• named best film of the year by the National Board of Review • Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Matthew Broderick, Gretchen Mol, Tate Donovan

Drama
Friday, December 9, 2016
ASSIGNED TO:
J.R. Sykes

Open: December 9, 2016 (wide)

Political Drama
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“Party like your job depends on it”

Open: December 9, 2016 (wide—2,800+ theaters)

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

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“When you love someone you can’t just throw it away”

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Open: December 9, 2016 (wide)

Starring: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Armie Hammer, Isla Fisher, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Michael Shannon, Laura Linney, Michael Sheen

Psychological Thriller Adaptation
Thursday, December 15, 2016
ASSIGNED TO:
Raphael Vera by Dec 17
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Open: December 15, 2016

Sci-Fi Action Adventure War 3D IMAX
Friday, December 16, 2016
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  • Curtis McParland by Dec 19
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Open: December 16, 2016 (wide)

Starring: Will Smith, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Naomie Harris, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Michael Pena

Drama
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Open: December 16, 2016 (expanded)

Music Romance Comedy Drama
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
ASSIGNED TO:
Curtis McParland by Dec 23
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Open: December 21, 2016 (wide)

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia

Sci-Fi Adventure Romance
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Blake Wilson by Dec 28
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Open: December 21, 2016 (wide)

Voices of: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Seth MacFarlane, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Nick Offerman, Leslie Jones, Peter Serafinowicz

Animation Music Comedy Family
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Alexander Malsan by Dec 21
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  • Pamela Gardner
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Open: December 21, 2016 (wide)

Sci-Fi Action Adventure 3D Adaptation
Friday, December 23, 2016
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Open: December 23, 2016 (wide)

Comedy
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  • Toni Jay (South Africa)
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Tagline: “Stories are wild creatures.”

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Open: December 23, 2016 (limited), January 6, 2017 (wide), South Africa: 13 January 2017

Fantasy Adventure Drama Adaptation
Sunday, CHRISTMAS DAY, December 25, 2016
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FencesPG-13 leave your comments

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

Synopsis

‘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.

adapted from August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play
Drama Adaptation
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Open: December 25, 2016

True-Story Drama Adaptation
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
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“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)

Synopsis

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”

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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

Synopsis

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.
Action Horror 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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Monster Trucks

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Open: January 13, 2017

Paramount Pictures—Starring: Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Barry Pepper, Amy Ryan, Rob Lowe, Danny Glover, Thomas Lennon, Holt McCallany / Director: Chris Wedge—“Ice Age” (2002)

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Budget: $125 million

Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.
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The Bye Bye ManPG-13

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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 (wide), December 25, 2015 (limited)

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

Synopsis

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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  • Curtis McParland by Jan 16
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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)

Synopsis

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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The Resurrection of Gavin StonePG

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Open: January 20, 2017

Walden Media, BH Tilt, High Top Releasing, Vertical Church Films, Power in Faith Productions, WWE Studios—Starring: Brett Dalton (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Grant Ward), Anjelah Johnson-Reyes (“Our Family Wedding”), Neil Flynn (“The Middle” and “Scrubs”), WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels, and D.B. Sweeney (“The Cutting Edge” and “Taken 2”) / Director: Dallas Jenkins—“Once We Were Slaves” (2014), “What If…” (2010), “Hometown Legend,” “Midnight Clear” (2006)

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Gavin Stone (Brett Dalton—who plays Grant Ward on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” TV series), a washed-up former child star, is forced to do community service at a local megachurch and pretends to be Christian so he can land the part of Jesus in their annual Passion Play, only to discover that the most important role of his life is far from Hollywood.
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xXx: Return of Xander Cage
also known as “Triple X 3,” “xXx 3,” “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage 3-D”

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Open: January 20, 2017

Paramount Pictures—Starring: Vin Diesel, Samuel L. Jackson, Nina Dobrev, Ruby Rose, Toni Collette, Donnie Yen, Rory McCann, Deepika Padukone / Director: D.J. Caruso—“I Am Number Four”

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The story follows extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) who is coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments. Packed with the series’ signature deadpan wit and bad-ass attitude, ‘xXx: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE’ raises the bar on extreme action with some of the most mind-blowing stunts to ever be caught on film.
Action Adventure Thriller Sequel 3D
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  • Pamela Gardner by Jan 22
  • Alexander Malsan by Jan 21
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SplitPG-13

Open: January 20, 2017

Horror Thriller
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The FounderPG-13

Risk taker. Rule breaker. Game changer.

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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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Prove 'em all wrong

Open: January 27, 2017

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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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

Synopsis

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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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
also known as “Resident Evil 6”

“The journey ends”

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US Open: January 27, 2017
South Africa open: 03 February 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.

Budget: $90-million (estimated)
Sci-Fi Action Horror Sequel
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Raphael Vera by Jan 29
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A Dog's PurposePG

Open: January 27, 2017

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

Sci-Fi Adventure Romance
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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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A young woman finds herself on the receiving end of a terrifying curse that threatens to take her life in seven days. 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
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Distributor: Paramount Pictures Corporation. Trademark logo.
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Open: February 3, 2017

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

Synopsis

Paramount assembled a topnotch cast for this true story film based on Denver Moore’s memoir, telling the story of a modern-day slave, an international art dealer, and the unlikely woman who bound them together.

It’s about an unlikely friendship between wealthy white art dealer Ron Hall (Greg Kinnear) and former sharecropper-turned-drifter Denver Moore (Djimon Hounsou). Introduced by Hall’s wife Deborah (Renee Zellweger), the two men from opposite walks of life met at a homeless shelter where Hall was volunteering.

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

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

Synopsis

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

Synopsis

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 DarkerR

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

Synopsis

sequel to the 2015 film “Fifty Shades of Grey”

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

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her.
Romance Drama Sequel Adaptation
Friday, February 17, 2017
Distributor: Columbia Pictures. Trademark logo.
Patient Zero

Open: February 17, 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
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Fist Fight

“After school. Parking lot. It’s on.”

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Open: February 17, 2017 (wide)

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

Synopsis

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

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Open: February 17, 2017

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

Synopsis

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

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

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Open: February 17, 2017

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)

Synopsis

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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Get Out

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Open: February 24, 2017

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

Synopsis

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

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

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

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

Synopsis

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

from the Academy Award© nominated writer-director of “Surf’s Up” and co-director of “Toy Story 2”
Animation Family Comedy
Friday, March 3, 2017
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The Shack

“You’re never as alone as you think.”

Official site

Open: March 3, 2017

Summit Entertainment, a division of Lionsgate Films—Starring: Sam Worthington, Radha Mitchell, Octavia Spencer, Graham Greene / Director: Stuart Hazeldine

Synopsis

a grieving man receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called ‘The Shack’

The story follows a man (Sam Worthington) whose youngest daughter is abducted during a family vacation, with evidence found in an abandoned shack leading authorities to believe she was murdered. Four years later, the man receives a note, apparently from God, inviting him back to the shack. Against his better judgment, he accepts the invitation and finds something there that will change his life forever.

This film is based in a novel first published in 2007; The Shack by William Paul Young has to date sold over 18 million copies worldwide, 10 million in the United States, and over 8 million internationally, being translated into 39 different languages. The novel has been on the New York Times Best Seller list for over 180 consecutive weeks, topping the list at #1 for 52 of them, and has also been on the USA Today Top 150 List for 188 weeks. Ranked by Nielsen as the Top Best-Selling Book of 2008 and 2nd Best-Selling Book of 2009, “The Shack” has been featured in national profiles as diverse as Newsweek, TIME, People, and The New York Times.
Drama
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Logan
also known as “Wolverine 3”

Official site

Open: March 3, 2017 (wide)

Twentieth Century Fox film Corporation—Starring: Hugh Jackman, Boyd Holbrook, Patrick Stewart, Doris Morgado, Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant, Elizabeth Rodriguez / Director: James Mangold—“The Wolverine” (2013), “Knight and Day” (2010), “3:10 to Yuma” (2007), “Walk the Line” (2005), “Girl, Interrupted” (1999)

Synopsis

Set in the future, Logan and Professor Charles Xavier must cope with the loss of the X-Men when a corporation led by Nathaniel Essex is destroying the world leaving it to destruction, with Logan’s healing abilities slowly fading away and Xavier’s Alzheimer’s forcing him to forget. Logan must defeat Nathaniel Essex with the help of a young girl named Laura Kinney, a female clone of Wolverine. Boyd Holbrook portrays the chief of security for a global corporation pursuing Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine character.

One year after the future events of X-Men: Days of Future Past, a now-older Logan is past his prime. His healing factor is still functioning but at a substantially lesser degree, allowing his face and body to be scarred from past injuries and battles. The X-Men have long since vanished, and the remaining mutants are being hunted by Nathaniel Essex and his Reavers, led by Donald Pierce. Professor Charles Xavier has survived in the care and company of Logan and Caliban, as he is slowly being afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. Now, Logan and Xavier must find a way to defeat Essex, while protecting a young girl named Laura, as she is being hunted by sinister forces.
Superhero Sci-Fi Action Sequel 3D IMAX
Friday, March 10, 2017
Distributor: Roadside Attractions. Trademark logo.
The Wall

Open: March 10, 2017

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

Synopsis

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

Official site

Open: March 10, 2017 (wide)

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

Synopsis

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

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

Open: March 17, 2017

Live-Action Musical Fantasy Romance 3D
Friday, March 31, 2017
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Ghost in the Shell

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Open: March 31, 2017 (wide)

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

Synopsis

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

Official site

Open: April 7, 2017 (wide)

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

Synopsis

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

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Christian Drama
Distributor: New Line Cinema. Trademark logo.
Going in StylePG-13

Open: April 7, 2017 (wide)

New Line Cinema, division of Warner Bros. Pictures—Starring: Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Christopher Lloyd, Alan Arkin, Matt Dillon, Joey King, Ann-Margret / Director: Zach Braff—“Garden State” (2004)

Three retired men lose their pensions when the company they’ve worked for their entire lives is sold to a foreign corporation. Desperate for money to survive, they set out to rob the bank that’s withholding their money.
Crime Comedy Remake
Friday, May 19, 2017
Applicants:
  • Emily Piburn
  • Andrea Lopez
Distributor: Open Road Films. Trademark logo.
The Nut Job 2

Open: May 19, 2017

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

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The sequel takes audiences back to the town of Oakton, where the evil mayor decides to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly Squirrel and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor and take back the park.
Animation Adventure Family Comedy Sequel
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

‘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
Friday, July 28, 2017
Distributor: Columbia Pictures. Trademark logo.
The Dark Tower

Open: July 28, 2017

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

Synopsis

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

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