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Family Sports Drama
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Spare PartsPG-13leave your comments

Tagline: It takes a team to build a dream. A True Story that INSPIRES!

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currently showing nationwide—440 U.S. theaters

Lionsgate—Starring: George Lopez, Alexa PenaVega, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Lee Curtis, Carlos PenaVega, Aubrey K. Miller, Esai Morales

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Based on an incredible true story, ‘Spare Parts’ chronicles the journey of four undocumented Mexican-American high school students from Phoenix, AZ who form a robotics club and are led by their teacher (George Lopez) with nothing but spare parts and a dream to compete against MIT in a National Underwater Robotics Competition.

With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country's reigning robotics champion, MIT.
True Story Drama
ASSIGNED TO:
Pamela Gardner by Jan 26

currently showing nationwide—2,600+ U.S. theaters

Action Crime Comedy Adaptation
ASSIGNED TO:
Samuel Chetty
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Open: January 23, 2015 (limited—4 theaters)

Adventure Suspense Thriller
ASSIGNED TO:
David Simpson by Feb 19
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Friday, January 30, 2015
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Open: January 30, 2015 (wide)

Starring: Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Gillian Jacobs, Jennifer Ehle

Drama
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Open: January 30, 2015

Action Crime Thriller Drama Remake Adaptation
ASSIGNED TO:
Alexander Malsan
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Open: January 30, 2015 (wide)

Sci-Fi Suspense Thriller
Friday, February 6, 2015
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The VoicesR

Open: February 6, 2015

Lionsgate—Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver / Director: Marjane Satrapi

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Likeable Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) stumbles innocently into the role of a killer, guided along the way by his evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog.

Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is that chipper guy clocking the nine-to-five at a bathtub factory, with the offbeat charm of anyone who could use a few friends. With the help of his court-appointed psychiatrist, he pursues his office crush (Gemma Arterton). However, the relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn after she stands him up for a date. Guided by his evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog, Jerry must decide whether to keep striving for normalcy, or indulge in a much more sinister path.
Psychological Crime Thriller Comedy
Applicants:
  • Emily Saur
  • Alexander Malsan
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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Waterleave your comments
also known as “SpongeBob SquarePants 2,” “SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water”

Tagline: Tagline: Making waves in our world

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Open: February 6, 2015 (wide)

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

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

Like its predecessor, this film will contain live-action footage. / Budget: $66-million (estimated)
Animation Family Action Adventure Comedy 3D Sequel
Applicants:
  • Raphael Vera
  • Leah Hickman
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Jupiter AscendingPG-13leave your comments

Open: February 6, 2015 (wide)

Sci-Fi Action 3D IMAX
ASSIGNED TO:
John Decker
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Seventh SonPG-13leave your comments

Open: February 6, 2015 (wide)

Family Fantasy Action Adventure Adaptation 3D IMAX
ASSIGNED TO:
Emily Saur by Feb 8
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Shaun the Sheepleave your comments

Open: February 6, 2015

Animation Family Adventure
Friday, February 13, 2015
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Old FashionedPG-13

Tagline: Chivalry makes a comeback / Love is patient. Love is kind.

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Open: February 13, 2015

Freestyle Releasing—Starring: Elizabeth Roberts, Rik Swartzwelder, LeJon Woods

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A romantic-drama, OLD FASHIONED centers on Clay Walsh, a former frat boy who gives up his reckless carousing and now runs an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. There, he has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance as well as for his devout belief in God. When Amber Hewson, a free-spirited young woman with a restless soul, drifts into the area and rents the apartment above his shop, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to his strong faith and noble ideas, which are new and intriguing to her. And Clay, though he tries to fight and deny it, simply cannot resist being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Ultimately, Clay must step out from behind his relational theories and Amber must overcome her own fears and deep wounds as the two of them, together, attempt the impossible: an ‘old-fashioned‘ and God-honoring courtship in contemporary America.
Romance Drama
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The Last Five YearsPG-13

Tagline: There are two sides to every love story

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Open: February 13, 2015

RADiUS-TWC—Starring: Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan, Meg Hudson, Natalie Knepp / Director: Richard LaGravenese—“P.S. I Love You” (2007), “The Mirror Has Two Faces” (1996), “Beautiful Creatures” (2013)

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Based on the musical, a struggling actress and her novelist lover each illustrate the struggle and deconstruction of their love affair.

THE LAST 5 YEARS is a musical chronicling a love affair and marriage taking place over a five year period. Jamie Wallerstein (Jordan) is a young, talented up and coming novelist who falls in love with Cathy Hiatt (Kendrick), a struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through song. All of Cathy's songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair, while Jamie's songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. They meet in the center when Jamie proposes.
Musical Comedy Drama
ASSIGNED TO:
Jake Roberson by Feb 14
Alternate:
  • David Simpson
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Kingsman: The Secret ServiceR

Open: February 13, 2015 (wide)

Action Adventure Spy Thriller Comedy
Friday, February 20, 2015
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McFarland, USAPG
also known as “McFarland USA”

Tagline: Champions can come from anywhere

Open: February 20, 2015 (wide)

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

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a cross country coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders

The drama tells the true story of a coach living in the 1980s in a predominantly Latino town outside of Bakersfield, Calif., a small town outside of Bakersfield. The coach created a high school track team that overcame many social and physical hurdles to become champions.
Sports Drama
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Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Tagline: The laws of space and time are about to be violated

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Open: February 20, 2015 (wide)

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

Comedy Time Travel Fantasy
Friday, February 27, 2015
Applicants:
  • Jake Roberson
  • Alexander Malsan
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FocusR

Tagline: Never lose

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Open: February 27, 2015 (wide)

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

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

A romantic involvement is perilous in a business where they lie and cheat for a living. Three years later, the former flame-now an accomplished femme fatale-shows up in Buenos Aires in the middle of the high-stakes racecar circuit. In the midst of Nicky’s latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loop… and the consummate con man off his game.
Romance Comedy
Applicants:
  • Alexander Malsan
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The Lazarus EffectPG-13

Tagline: Evil will rise

Open: February 27, 2015 (wide)

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

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A team of medical research students, discovers an experimental serum that is the secret to bringing dead patients back to life. After losing his or her own daughter, the team's lead scientist tests the serum on her corpse, leading to terrifying results.
Sci-Fi Suspense Thriller
Friday, March 6, 2015
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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2PG
also known as “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2”

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Open: March 6, 2015

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

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

Open: March 6, 2015 (wide)

Sci-Fi Action Adventure
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Unfinished Business

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Open: March 6, 2015 (wide)

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation—Starring: Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco, Tom Wilkinson, Simon Kinberg, James Marsden, Sienna Miller, Nick Frost / Director: Ken Scott

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A hard-working small business owner (Vince Vaughn) and his two associates (Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco) travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable—and unimaginable—way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit.
Comedy
Distributor: The Weinstein Company. Trademark logo.
The Coup

Open: March 6, 2015 (wide)

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

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In their new overseas home in Southeast Asia, an American family soon finds themselves caught in the middle of a coup, and they frantically look for a safe escape in an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed by merciless rebels attacking the city.
Action Thriller
Friday, March 13, 2015
Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures. Trademark logo.
Run All NightR

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Open: March 13, 2015

Warner Bros. Pictures—Starring: Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Vincent D'Onofrio, Genesis Rodriguez, Boyd Holbrook, Common, Joel Kinnaman (Robocop, The Killing) / Director: Jaume Collet-Serra—“Orphan,” “Unknown,” “House of Wax”

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a retired hitman must face his best friend, a big crime boss, in order to save the life of his estranged son and his family

Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Liam Neeson), once known as The Gravedigger, has seen better days. Longtime best friend of mob boss Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris), Jimmy, now 55, is haunted by the sins of his past—as well as a dogged police detective who's been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years. Lately, it seems Jimmy's only solace can be found at the bottom of a whiskey glass. But when Jimmy's estranged son, Mike (Joel Kinnaman), becomes a target, Jimmy must make a choice between the crime family he chose and the real family he abandoned long ago. With Mike on the run, Jimmy's only penance for his past mistakes may be to keep his son from the same fate Jimmy is certain he'll face himself…at the wrong end of a gun.

Now, with nowhere safe to turn, Jimmy just has one night to figure out exactly where his loyalties lie and to see if he can finally make things right.
Action Crime Thriller Mystery Drama
Applicants:
  • Denica McCall
  • Samuel Chetty
  • Alexander Malsan
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CinderellaPG

Open: March 13, 2015 (wide)

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

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

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

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

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

Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand as a kindly beggar woman steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella’s life forever.
Live-Action Family Fantasy Romance Drama
Distributor: Paramount Pictures Corporation. Trademark logo.
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

Tagline: Paranormal Activity 5

Open: March 13, 2015 (wide)

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

Horror
Friday, March 20, 2015
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Do You Believe?

Tagline: From the creators of ‘God’s Not Dead’

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Open: March 20, 2015 (limited)

Pure Flix Entertainment—Starring: Sean Astin, Alexa PenaVega, Ted McGinley, Cybill Shepherd, Lee Majors, Mira Sorvino, Madison Pettis / Director: Jonathan M. Gunn

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A dozen different souls—all moving in different directions, all longing for something more. As their lives unexpectedly intersect, they each are about to discover there is power in the Cross of Christ … even if they don't believe it. Yet.

When a local pastor is shaken to the core by the visible faith of an old street-corner preacher, he is reminded that true belief always requires action. His response ignites a faith-fueled journey that powerfully impacts everyone it touches in ways that only God could orchestrate.
Faith Drama
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The Gunman

Tagline: from the director of ‘Taken’

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Open: March 20, 2015 (wide)

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

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In ‘The Gunman,’ Sean Penn stars as a former special forces soldier and military contractor suffering from PTSD. He tries to reconnect with his long time love, but first must go on the run from London to Barcelona and across Europe in order to clear his name.

He is betrayed by the organization he works for and must flee in a relentless game of cat-and-mouse across Europe in order to save himself.

based on Jean-Patrick Manchette's novel The Prone Gunman
Action Spy Crime Thriller Drama Adaptation
Applicants:
  • David Criswell
  • Jeff Mazza
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Divergent Series: The InsurgentPG-13
also known as “The Divergent Series: Insurgent”

Tagline: Defy reality.

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Open: March 20, 2015 (wide)

Sci-Fi Action Adventure Romance 3D Sequel
Friday, March 27, 2015
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It Followsleave your comments

Open: March 27, 2015

RADiUS-TWC

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For 19-year-old Jay, fall should be about school, boys and weekends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay and her teenage friends must find a way to escape the horrors that seem to be only a few steps behind.
Horror
Applicants:
  • Samuel Chetty
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HomePG

Tagline: Worlds collide

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

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

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

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

When the galaxy’s most annoyingly optimistic alien finds himself on the run from his own alien race, he’s forced to team up with a fiercely stubborn teenage girl. Together they become the most unlikely fugitives ever to save the planet.
Animation Sci-Fi Fantasy Comedy Adaptation 3D IMAX
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures. Trademark logo.
Hillsong: Let Hope Rise

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Open: April 1, 2015

Warner Bros. Pictures

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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
Friday, April 3, 2015
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Woman in GoldPG-13

Tagline: The fight for justice never ends

Open: April 3, 2015

The Weinstein Company—Starring: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl, Katie Holmes, Max Irons, Tatiana Maslany, Charles Dance / Director: Simon Curtis

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Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), an octogenarian Jewish refugee from Nazi Austria, takes on the government to recover artwork stolen by the Nazis she believes rightfully belongs to her family. Ryan Reynolds plays her attorney and Daniel Bruhl plays his adversary.
Drama
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Furious 7PG-13
also known as “The Fast and The Furious 7,” “Fast and Furious 7”

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Open: April 3, 2015 (2D theaters and IMAX)

Universal Pictures—Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Vin Diesel, Lucas Black, Paul Walker, Kurt Russell, Michelle Rodriguez, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster, Djimon Hounsou, Tyrese Gibson, Tony Jaa, Ludacris / Director: James Wan

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Continuing from the cliffhanger tease at the end of ‘Furious Six,’ ‘Furious 7’ is said to return the action to Los Angeles. Ian Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his crew for the death of his brother.
Action Crime Thriller Sequel
Friday, April 10, 2015
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The DUFF

Open: April 10, 2015 (wide)

CBS Films—Starring: Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Bianca Santos, Skyler Samuels, Nick Eversman, Ken Jeong / Director: Ari Sandel

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Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as ‘The DUFF’ (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends (Skyler Samuels and Bianca Santos). Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher (Ken Jeong), she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby (Nick Eversman), and enlists Wesley (Robbie Amell), a slick but charming jock, to help reinvent herself. To save her senior year from turning into a total disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow the school's ruthless label maker Madison (Bella Thorne) and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone's DUFF.

She enlists the help of her neighbor to give her a social makeover so she can woo the guy of her dreams.
Comedy Adaptation
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The Longest Ride

Open: April 10, 2015 (wide) (wide)

Fox 2000 Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film—Starring: Scott Eastwood, Jack Huston, Alan Alda / Director: George Tillman Jr.

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Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel, The Longest Ride follows two sets of lovers in two intertwining stories. The first story is told through flashbacks of a 90-year-old veteran's life and the love he has for his departed wife. The second story follows a student who falls in love with a similarly-wounded bull rider.

The story opens with a 90-year old man snowbound and stuck in his car after a major crash on an isolated road. As he drifts in and out of consciousness awaiting rescue, the man sees visions of his life love, who died earlier. Together they reminisce about their life together, including his difficulty in returning from WWII, and being unable to have children with her because of a war wound. They become renowned art collectors and the man has been lost since she died from a stroke. There is another romance between a young art history major and a handsome bull rider who fall in love despite coming from completely different backgrounds. Each has aspirations and dreams, and the cowboy is fighting the clock and should not be riding due to past injuries, but has a family ranch to save. A strange occurrence allows the two generations of lovers to save each other.
Romance Drama Adaptation
Distributor: Paramount Pictures Corporation. Trademark logo.
The Moon and the Sun

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)

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King Louis XIV's quest for immortality leads him to capture and steal a mermaid's life force, a move that is further complicated by his illegitimate daughter's discovery of the creature.

Budget: $55-million (estimated)
Action Adventure Fantasy
Applicants:
  • Emily Saur
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Underdogs
also known as “Metegol,” “Futbolín,” “Foosball,” “The Unbeatables,” “Goool!”, “Matraquilhos,” “Um Time Show de Bola”

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Open: April 10, 2015 (wide)

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
Distributor: Relativity Media. Trademark logo.
Desert DancerPG-13
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Open: April 10, 2015

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

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

Set in Iran, where dance is illegal, Desert Dancer tells the story of Afshin Ghaffarian (Reece Ritchie) who risked his life to fight for his dream to become a dancer. Afshin Gaffarian who taught himself to dance using YouTube, despite such activities being forbidden in his country.The story follows Afshin as he hacks into YouTube (also banned in Iran) and teaches himself how to dance by watching music videos—everything from Michael Jackson and Bob Fosse to Pina Bausch, Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov. With YouTube as his teacher, Afshin starts an underground dance company at university with his friends and performed in secret. As their skills develop Afshin Ghaffarian and a group of others then planned a concert, hundreds of miles outside Tehran in the middle of the desert. Despite the danger, an audience traveled to watch his forbidden performances and Afshin became known as the Desert Dancer. Their story plays against the backdrop of the 2009-10 election protests, where the passion and defiance of a young generation lit the flame of revolution still sweeping the Middle East and Africa.
Biography Drama
Friday, April 17, 2015
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Monkey Kingdom

Tagline: Adventure is in full swing.

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Open: April 17, 2015 (wide)

Disneynature—Starring: Suraj Sharma (narrator)

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A nature documentary that follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep in the storied jungles of South Asia.

Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in ‘Monkey Kingdom,’ Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities‒and she’s determined to give her son a leg up on the social ladder. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya’s whole family is forced to relocate, where she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to lead them to untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings. Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future. Featuring a rich cast of characters, including a mischievous mongoose, simple-minded langur monkeys, predatory leopards and monitor lizards, ‘Monkey Kingdom’ is directed by Mark Linfield (‘Chimpanzee,’ ‘Earth’) and co-directed by Alastair Fothergill (‘Chimpanzee,’ ‘Bears’). With music from award-winning composer Harry Gregson-Williams (‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,’ ‘Shrek’ movies), Disneynature’s eighth True Life Adventure‒the follow-up to 2014’s ‘Bears’‒swings into theaters April 17, 2015.
Documentary
Applicants:
  • Raphael Vera
  • John Walker
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Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

Open: April 17, 2015

Comedy Sequel
Applicants:
  • David Simpson
  • Pamela Gardner
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Child 44

Tagline: How do you find a killer who doesn't exist?

Open: April 17, 2015 (wide)

Summit Entertainment—Lionsgate—Starring: Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace / Director: Daniel Espinosa—“Safe House,” “Easy Money”

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Set in Stalin-era Soviet Union, a disgraced MGB agent (secret police) is framed by a colleague for treason. On the run with his emotionally estranged wife, he stumbles upon a series of child murders and launches his own rogue investigation, even though it means risking his own capture. The case begins to connect with the very top of party leadership.

Tom Hardy plays the Soviet officer, while Noomi Rapace plays his wife, who pretends to be a doting partner but is concealing many thoughts and feelings. The film is an adaptation of Tom Rob's critically acclaimed thriller novel, set in 1950s Stalinist Russia.
Thriller Drama Adaptation
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Unfriended

Open: April 17, 2015 (wide)

Universal Pictures—Starring: Renee Olstead, Shelley Hennig, Will Peltz / Director: Levan Gabriadze

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While video chatting one night, six high school friends receive a Skype message from a classmate who killed herself exactly one year ago. At first they think it’s a prank, but when the girl starts revealing the friends’ darkest secrets, they realize they are dealing with something from beyong this world, something that wants them dead. Told entirely from a young girl’s computer desktop, Cybernatural redefines ‘found footage’ for a new generation of teens.
Horror Thriller
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
Applicants:
  • Samuel Chetty
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The Age of AdalinePG-13

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Open: April 24, 2015 (wide)

Tagline: The world has changed in the last century. Adaline has not.

Lionsgate—Starring: Blake Lively, Harrison Ford, Michiel Huisman, Ellen Burstyn, Amanda Crew, Kathy Baker / Director: Lee Toland Krieger—“Celeste and Jesse Forever” (2012) / Producer: Lakeshore Entertainment

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In the fantasy romantic drama, Adaline (Blake Lively) ceases to age following an accident one icy night, but keeps her condition a closely-guarded secret while embarking on a number of incredible adventures throughout the 20th Century. After years of a solitary life, she finds the love and courage that enable her to fully begin living. She meets a man who might be worth losing her immortality.
Romance Fantasy Drama
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The Water Diviner

Open: April 24, 2015

Warner Bros. Pictures—Starring: Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney, Isabel Lucas, Jacqueline McKenzie / Director: Russell Crowe

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Starring Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind) and Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion, Quantum of Solace), ‘The Water Diviner‘ is an epic adventure set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Australian farmer Connor (Crowe) travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in the action, where he forges a relationship with the beautiful Turkish woman (Kurylenko) who owns the hotel in which he stays. Holding on to hope, and with the help of a Turkish Officer, Connor embarks on a journey across the country to find the truth about the fate of his sons. ‘The Water Diviner‘ is an extraordinary tale of love, faith and heroism.
War Drama
Friday, May 15, 2015
Applicants:
  • David Simpson
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Mad Max: Fury Road

Tagline: What a lovely day.

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Open: May 15, 2015 (wide)

Warner Bros. Pictures—Director: George Miller—“Mad Max” / Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Courtney Eaton, Josh Helman, Jennifer Hagan, iOTA, John Howard, Richard Carter, Megan Gale, Angus Sampson, Joy Smithers, Gillian Jones, Melissa Jaffer, Melita Jurisic

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Mad Max is caught up with a group of people fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa. This movie is an account of the Road War which follows. It is based on the Word Burgers of the History Men and eyewitness accounts of those who survived.

The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.

Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order… There's Max (played by Tom Hardy from The Dark Knight Rises), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos.

And… Furiosa (played by Charlize Theron from Prometheus), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.
Sci-Fi Action Adventure 3D IMAX
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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.
Music Comedy Sequel
Friday, May 22, 2015
Applicants:
  • Pamela Gardner
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Spy

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Open: May 22, 2015 (wide)

20th Century Fox—Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Jude Law, Rose Byrne, Morena Baccarin, Bobby Cannavale, Nia Long, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Allison Janney / Director: Paul Feig—Bridesmaids (2011), The Heat (2013), I Am David (2003)

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Susan Cooper is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. But when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster.

This is said to be a realistic comedy about a female James Bond, rather than a parody along the lines of ‘Get Smart’ or ‘Johnny English.’
Action Crime Comedy
Friday, May 29, 2015
Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures. Trademark logo.
San Andreas

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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
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.
Western Crime Thriller Drama
Friday, October 30, 2015
Distributor: Paramount Pictures Corporation. Trademark logo.
Scouts vs. Zombies
also known as “Boy Scouts vs. Zombies”

Open: October 30, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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