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BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

Directed By: Bryan Singer
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Official Synopsis: Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.  

Starring: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech, and Mike Myers

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THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS

Directed By: Lasse Hallstrom & Joe Johnston
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures

Official Synopsis: All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key, which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.  

Starring: Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman

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BOY ERASED

Directed By: Joel Edgerton
Studio: Focus Features

Official Synopsis: “Boy Erased” tells the story of Jared (Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents (Kidman and Crowe) at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith. Boy Erased is the true story of one young man’s struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity.  

Starring: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Joel Edgerton, Cherry Jones, and Flea

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NOBODY’S FOOL

Directed By: Tyler Perry
Studio: Paramount Pictures

Official Synopsis: Trying to get back on her feet, wild child Tanya (Tiffany Haddish) looks to her buttoned-up, by the book sister Danica (Tika Sumpter) to help her get back on track. As these polar opposites collide — with hilarious and sometimes disastrous results — Tanya discovers that Danica’s picture-perfect life — including her mysterious boyfriend — may not be what it seems.

Starring: Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Mehcad Brooks, Amber Riley and Whoopi Goldberg

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A PRIVATE WAR

Directed By: Matthew Heineman
Studio: Aviron Pictures

Official Synopsis: One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.  

Starring: Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci, Tom Hollander, Faye Marsay, and Nikki Amuka-Bird

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BODIED

Directed By: Joseph Kahn
Studio: NEON

Official Synopsis: Bodied is the satirical story of Adam Merkin, a progressive grad student who becomes an accidental battle rapper whose success breeds outrage. Shoniqua Shandai (Sing It!, The Fosters), Walter Perez (The Avengers, Fame), Rory Uphold (Hella) also star in the film. Well known battle rappers Dizaster, Dumbfoundead, Hollow Da Don and media personality Charlamagne Tha God are among the supporting cast. 

Starring: Calum Worthy, Jackie Long, Rory Uphold, Charlamagne Tha God, Debra Wilson, and Anthony Michael Hall

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HAUNTING ON FRATERNITY ROW

Directed By: Brant Sersen
Studio: Benayora Pictures

Official Synopsis: A fraternity decides to throw their annual winter luau only to find that something ominous has overtaken the house. What was meant to be harmless fun ends up becoming a gruesome massacre of their friends and coeds as they start disappearing one by one.

Starring: Jacob Artist, Jayson Blair, Molly Tarlov, Shanley Caswell, Claudia Lee, and Ashton Moio

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PROSPECT

Directed By: Zeek Earl & Christopher Caldwell
Studio: DUST

Official Synopsis: A teenage girl and her father travel to a remote alien moon, aiming to strike it rich. They’ve secured a contract to harvest a large deposit of the elusive gems hidden in the depths of the moon’s toxic forest. But there are others roving the wilderness and the job quickly devolves into a fight to survive. Forced to contend not only with the forest’s other ruthless inhabitants, but with her own father’s greed-addled judgement, the girl finds she must carve her own path to escape.

Starring: Sophie Thatcher, Jay Duplass, and Pedro Pascal

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POSSUM

Directed By: Matthew Holness
Studio: Dark Sky Films

Official Synopsis: After returning to his childhood home, a disgraced children’s puppeteer is forced to confront his wicked stepfather and the secrets that have tortured his entire life. 

Starring: Sean Harris, Alun Armstrong, Simon Bubb, Andy Blithe, and Pamela Cook

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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND

Directed By: Orson Welles
Studio: Netflix

Official Synopsis: A satire of Hollywood, The Other Side of the Wind focuses on the last days of a legendary film director named Jake Hannaford (played by John Huston), who is struggling to forge his last great comeback as a major filmmaker. Hannaford is hard at work on his final masterpiece, The Other Side of The Wind.  

Starring: John Huston, Bob Random, Peter Bogdanovich, Susan Strasberg and Oja Kodar

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NUMBER 37

Directed By: Nosipho Dumisa
Studio: Dark Star Pictures

Official Synopsis: Paying homage to the Hitchcock classic “Rear Window”, Number 37 tells the story of Randal, a low-level criminal recently crippled by an injury sustained in an illicit deal gone wrong. Wheelchair-bound and cooped up in his apartment in a rough Cape Town neighborhood, with no one to support him except his devoted girlfriend Pam, Randal is heavily indebted to his former gangmate and sociopathic loan-shark, Emmie. With no way of paying the money back, he despairs for himself and Pam as Emmie violently demonstrates what will happen if Randal doesn’t settle his debt before the end of the week.R nurse Helen Sterling (Susan Sarandon) struggles to free her grown son, a journalist captured by terrorists in the Middle East. After hitting walls with the FBI and State agencies, she discovers a clandestine community of journalists, advocates, and philanthropists who might be able to help. 

Starring: Irshaad Ally, Ephram Gordon, Amrain Ismail-Essop, Elton Landrew, Deon Lotz, and Monique Rockman

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UNLOVABLE

Directed By: Suzi Yoonessi
Studio: Orion Classics

Official Synopsis: After a suicide attempt, sex and love addict Joy (Charlene deGuzman) attends a 12-step meeting and gains a sponsor. Whilst initially struggling to remain clean for 30 days, she meets a socially inept musician named Jim (John Hawkes), and together they discover the beauty of platonic friendship, music, and self-expression.

Starring: Charlene deGuzman, John Hawkes, Melissa Leo, Paul James, and Ellen Geer

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MARIA BY CALLAS

Directed By: Tom Volf
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics

Official Synopsis: Tom Volf’s MARIA BY CALLAS is the first film to tell the life story of the legendary Greek/American opera singer completely in her own words. Told through performances, TV interviews, home movies, family photographs, private letters and unpublished memoirs-nearly all of which have never been shown to the public-the film reveals the essence of an extraordinary woman who rose from humble beginnings in New York City to become a glamorous international superstar and one of the greatest artists of all time. Assembling the material for the film took director Volf four years of painstaking research, which included personal outreach to dozens of Callas’s closest friends and associates, who allowed him to share their personal memorabilia in the film. When recordings of Callas’s voice aren’t available, Joyce DiDonato, one of contemporary opera’s biggest stars, reads her words.

Starring: Joyce DiDonato

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TIME TRAP

Directed By: Mark Dennis & Ben Foster
Studio: Paladin

Official Synopsis: A group of students venture into the deep caves of remote Texas to locate a favorite archaeology professor who inexplicably has gone missing while searching for the Fountain of Youth. In the course of their pursuit, the group unwittingly rappels into a break in the space-time continuum, where time passes much slower than on the surface. With no hope for rescue, they descend further into the cave and uncover the most coveted urban legend in history and find themselves in the crossfire for its control.

Starring: Andrew Wilson, Cassidy Gifford, Brianne Howey, Reiley McClendon, and Olivia Draguicevich

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THE GRIEF OF OTHERS

Directed By: Patrick Wang
Studio: Vanishing Angle

Official Synopsis: The story is based on the novel by Leah Hager Cohen in which a couple’s baby dies 57 hours after his birth and the parents try to return to their previous lives and struggle to regain a semblance of normalcy for themselves and their two children.

Starring: Wendy Moniz, Trevor St. John, Rachel Dratch, Chris Conroy, Jenna Cooperman, Sonya Harum and Mike Faist

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RAMPANT

Directed By: Kim Sung-hoon
Studio: Well Go USA Entertainment

Official Synopsis: A darkness looms over ancient Korea: murderous creatures known as Night Demons have overrun the country. Returning from a long imprisonment abroad, Prince Ganglim discovers that it will take the strength of his entire kingdom to stop the bloody rampage spreading across the nation in this fresh new take on zombie horror from the studios that brought you TRAIN TO BUSAN.

Starring: Hyun Bin and Jang Dong-gun

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IN HARM’S WAY (THE CHINESE WIDOW)
(Feng huo fang fei)

Directed By: Bille August
Studio: SHOUT! STUDIOS

Official Synopsis: After the attack on Pearl Harbor damaged Americans’ morale, FDR decided bomb Tokyo in retaliation, to raise the public’s hopes. Bomber planes led by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle successfully bombed Tokyo, but after completing their mission, ran out of fuel and were forced to bail out in occupied China. One young pilot, Jack Turner (Emile Hirsch, Into the Wild), is hidden from brutal Japanese forces by local villagers, including a widow named Ying (Crystal Liu, Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Mulan). With time running out, they take their one chance to make their break for safety.

Starring: Emile Hirsch, Hanlin Gong, Tiankuo Gong, Tsukagoshi Hirotaka, Zhu Jin, and Yifei Liu

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MONSTER PARTY

Directed By: Chris von Hoffmann
Studio: RLJ Entertainment

Official Synopsis: Three thieves plan a daring heist posing as waiters at a fancy Malibu mansion dinner party in hopes of paying off an urgent debt. When their plan goes horribly wrong, the trio realizes the dinner guests are not as innocent as they seem and their simple cash grab becomes a violent and desperate battle to get out of the house alive.  

Starring: Sam Strike, Erin Moriarty, Robin Tunney, Julian McMahon, Lance Reddick, and Virginia Gardner

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WELCOME TO MERCY

Directed By: Tommy Bertelsen
Studio: IFC Midnight

Official Synopsis: A young woman struggles against the unholy forces that possess her in this terrifying occult thriller. After being stricken with stigmata, single mother Madaline (Kristen Ruhlin) is sent to a remote convent where nothing is what it seems and her friend August (Lily Newmark) is seemingly the only person she can trust. Together, they must confront the demons inside Madaline before she becomes the Antichrist.

Starring: Lily Newmark, Eva Ariel Binder, Eileen Davies, Kristen Ruhlin, Dainis Grube, and Toms Liepajnieks

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SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN

Directed By: Margarethe von Trotta
Studio: Oscilloscope Laboratories

Official Synopsis: On the 100th anniversary of his birth, internationally renowned director Margarethe von Trotta examines Ingmar Bergman’s life and work with a circle of his closest collaborators as well as a new generation of filmmakers. This documentary presents key components of his legacy, as it retraces themes that recurred in his life and art and takes us to the places that were central to Bergman’s creative achievements.  

Starring: Liv Ullmann, Daniel Bergman, Ingmar Bergman Jr., Olivier Assayas, and Ruben Östlund

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DAUGHTERS OF THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION

Directed By: Dana Adam Shapiro
Studio: Gravitas Ventures

Official Synopsis: The behind-the-scenes story of how the original Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders became a controversial pop culture phenomenon at the height of the Sexual Revolution. With unprecedented access to Director Suzanne Mitchell, the fiercely-loyal “Godmother of modern cheerleading,” this documentary complicates the legend of the most iconic squad of cheerleaders in the world.

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THEY’LL LOVE ME WHEN I’M DEAD

Directed By: Morgan Neville
Studio: Netflix

Official Synopsis: In the final fifteen years of the life of legendary director Orson Welles he pins his Hollywood comeback hopes on a film, The Other Side of the Wind ,in itself a film about an aging film director trying to finish his last great movie.  

Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph McBride, Frank Marshall, Oja Kodar, and Peter Bogdanovich

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INFINITE FOOTBALL

Directed By: Corneliu Porumboiu
Studio: 42 KM Film

Official Synopsis: After fracturing his fibula in a 1987 game, former Romanian soccer star and current bureaucrat Laurențiu Ginghină now dreams of radically revising his beloved sport’s rules to reduce injuries and, in turn, revolutionize it. With Infinite Football, Romanian New Wave master Corneliu Porumboiu (12:08 East of Bucharest, The Treasure) has crafted a hilarious, typically incisive documentary. 

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THE PANAMA PAPERS

Directed By: Alex Winter
Studio: Great Point Media

Official Synopsis: A documentary feature film about the biggest global corruption scandal in history, and the hundreds of journalists who risked their lives to break the story.

Starring: Elijah Wood, Luke Harding, Frederik Obermaier, and Luke Harding

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DISTANT CONSTELLATION

Directed By: Shevaun Mizrahi
Studio: VGrasshopper Film

Official Synopsis: A beautifully composed and magical documentary, Distant Constellation introduces us to the colorful residents of a Turkish retirement home, a community made up of pranksters, historians, artists and would-be Casanovas. An Independent Spirit Award nominee, Mizrahi’s playful, dreamy film is one of the most unforgettable cinematic experiences of the year.  

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IN SEARCH OF GREATNESS

Directed By: Gabe Polsky
Studio: IMG Films

Official Synopsis: Through the eyes of the greatest athletes of all time, IN SEARCH OF GREATNESS is a cinematic journey into the secrets of genius.

Starring: David Epstein, Jerry Rice, Ken Robinson, Pelé, and Wayne Gretzky

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FOREIGN LAND

Directed By: Shlomi Eldar
Studio: Bleiberg Entertainment

Official Synopsis: “Foreign Land” tracks the mid-life detours of two extraordinary men, placing emphasis on their encounter with someone who lost everything to Israel’s ongoing conflict yet refuses to succumb to hate. Now facing a professional crisis, these two friends are searching for a way to escape, while taking account of how changes in Israel affect them both personally and on a national level. “Foreign land” is an incisive and important film about creating a distance to see things more clearly, and knowing when it’s time to start anew.

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