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SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

Directed By: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, & Rodney Rothman
Studio: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Official Synopsis: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

Starring: Shameik Moor, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, Zoë Kravitz, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, Nicolas Cage, Kathryn Hahn, and Liev Schreiber

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ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL

Directed By: David Leitch
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Official Synopsis: “Fox has been asking for a PG-13 basically since the start in 2006,” Ryan Reynolds told Deadline. “I’ve said no since 2006. Now, this one time, I said ‘Yes’ on two conditions. First, a portion of the proceeds had to go to charity. Second, I wanted to kidnap Fred Savage. The second condition took some explaining…”Fred Savage will join Reynolds in new scenes for ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL in an homage to Savage’s starring role in the 1987 bedtime-story classic THE PRINCESS BRIDE. Fred remarked, “while my participation in this film was anything but voluntary, I am happy to learn that Fudge Cancer will be the beneficiary of this shameless cash grab”

53Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Jack Kesy, and Fred Savage

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MORTAL ENGINES

Directed By: Christian Rivers
Studio: Universal Pictures

Official Synopsis: Hundreds of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, a mysterious young woman, Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), emerges as the only one who can stop London — now a giant, predator city on wheels — from devouring everything in its path. Feral, and fiercely driven by the memory of her mother, Hester joins forces with Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), an outcast from London, along with Anna Fang (Jihae), a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head.

Starring: Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide, and Stephen Lang

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THE MULE

Directed By: Clint Eastwood
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

Official Synopsis: Earl Stone, a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Easy enough, but, unbeknownst to Earl, he’s just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. He does well — so well, in fact, that his cargo increases exponentially, and Earl is assigned a handler. But he isn’t the only one keeping tabs on Earl; the mysterious new drug mule has also hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates. And even as his money problems become a thing of the past, Earl’s past mistakes start to weigh heavily on him, and it’s uncertain if he’ll have time to right those wrongs before law enforcement, or the cartel’s enforcers, catch up to him.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña, Dianne Wiest, and Andy García

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IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

Directed By: Barry Jenkins
Studio: Annapurna Pictures

Official Synopsis: Set in early-1970s Harlem, If Beale Street Could Talk is a timeless and moving love story of both a couple’s unbreakable bond and the African-American family’s empowering embrace, as told through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish Rivers (screen newcomer KiKi Layne). A daughter and wife-to-be, Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny (Stephan James). Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Through the unique intimacy and power of cinema, If Beale Street Could Talk honors the author’s prescient words and imagery, charting the emotional currents navigated in an unforgiving and racially biased world as the filmmaker poetically crosses time frames to show how love and humanity endure.

Starring: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Dave Franco, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein, Brian Tyree Henry and Regina King

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THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT

Directed By: Lars von Trier
Studio: IFC Films

Official Synopsis: Boundary-pushing cinematic visionary Lars von Trier (Antichrist) returns with one of his most daring, masterfully provocative works yet. In five audacious episodes, failed architect and arch-sociopath Jack (Matt Dillon) recounts the elaborately orchestrated murders-each, as he views them, a towering work of art-that define his “career” as a serial killer. Mixing pitch black humor, transcendent surrealism, and renegade musings on everything from history to architecture to cinema, von Trier fashions a radical, blazingly personal inquiry into violence, art, and the twin acts of creation and destruction.

Starring: Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Sofie Grabol, and Riley Keough

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BIRD BOX

Directed By: Susanne Bier
Studio: Netflix

Official Synopsis: When a mysterious force decimates the world’s population, only one thing is certain: if you see it, you take your life. Facing the unknown, Malorie finds love, hope and a new beginning only for it to unravel. Now she must flee with her two children down a treacherous river to the one place left that may offer sanctuary. But to survive, they’ll have to undertake the perilous two-day journey blindfolded.

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, Jacki Weaver, Rosa Salazar, Danielle Macdonald, Lil Rel Howery, Tom Hollander, BD Wong, Sarah Paulson, and John Malkovich

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CAPERNAUM

Directed By: Nadine Labaki
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics

Official Synopsis: Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Nadine Labaki’s CAPERNAUM (“Chaos”) tells the story of Zain (Zain al Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the “crime” of giving him life. CAPERNAUM follows Zain, a gutsy streetwise child as he flees his negligent parents, survives through his wits on the streets, takes care of Ethiopian refugee Rahil (Yordanos Shiferaw) and her baby son, Yonas (Boluwatife Treasure Bankole), being jailed for a crime, and finally, seeks justice in a courtroom. CAPERNAUM was made with a cast of non-professionals playing characters whose lives closely parallel their own. Following her script, Labaki placed her performers in scenes and asked them to react spontaneously with their own words and gestures. When the non-actors’s instincts diverged from the written script, Labaki adapted the screenplay to follow them. While steeped in the quiet routines of ordinary people, CAPERNAUM is a film with an expansive palette: without warning it can ignite with emotional intensity, surprise with unexpected tenderness, and inspire with flashes of poetic imagery. Although it is set in the depths of a society’s systematic inhumanity, CAPERNAUM is ultimately a hopeful film that stirs the heart as deeply as it cries out for action.

Starring: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Kawthar Al Haddad, Fadi Kamel Youssef, and Cedra Izam

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THE QUAKE

Directed By: John Andreas Andersen
Studio: Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing

Official Synopsis: In 1904 an earthquake with a 5.4 magnitude on the Richter scale shook Oslo. Its epicenter was in the Oslo Rift which runs directly through the Norwegian capital. There are recorded quakes from the rift on a daily basis and geologists cannot be sure, but arguments indicate that we can expect major future earthquakes in this area. When – nobody can say for certain – but we know that the density of people and infrastructure in Oslo is significantly more vulnerable today than in 1904. What if a massive earthquake is looming?

Starring: Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Kathrine Thorborg Johansen, Jonas Hoff Oftebro, Edith Haagenrud-Sande, and Stig Amdam

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BACKTRACE

Directed By: Brian A. Miller
Studio: Lionsgate Premiere

Official Synopsis: After suffering a brain injury from a bank heist gone wrong, MacDonald (Matthew Modine) develops amnesia and is put into a prison psychiatric ward. Following his seventh year in evaluation, he is coerced by an inmate and a ward doctor (Ryan Guzman and Meadow Williams) to break out of prison and injected with a serum that forces him to relive the life he’s forgotten. MacDonald must now elude a local detective (Sylvester Stallone), a toughened FBI agent (Christopher McDonald) and the drug’s dangerous side effects in order to recover the stolen money all while confronting his past.

Starring: Ryan Guzman, Sylvester Stallone, Meadow Williams, Christopher McDonald, Colin Egglesfield, and Lydia Hull

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BEYOND WHITE SPACE

Directed By: Ken Locsmandi
Studio: Vertical Entertainment

Official Synopsis: When a deep space fishing vessel is robbed by a gang of pirates, the Captain makes a daring decision to go after a rare and nearly extinct species. On the hunt, his obsession propels them further into space and danger as the crew spins into a downward spiral of mutiny and betrayal.

Starring: Holt McCallany, Zulay Henao, Dave Sheridan, Jim Devoti, and Jocko Sims

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MAINE

Directed By: Matthew Brown
Studio: Orion Classics

Official Synopsis: A married Spanish woman named Bluebird (Laia Costa) attempts to hike the entire Appalachian Trail solo in order to find clarity, but her solitude is interrupted by a young American hiker (Thomas Mann). The pair develop an emotional and romantic connection while traveling together, but Bluebird ultimately must face the trail and her own feelings alone.

Starring: Laia Costa, Thomas Mann, Pat Dortch, Pete Burris, and Yossie Mulyadi

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ANTIDOTE

Directed By: Ken Barbet
Studio: Gravitas Ventures

Official Synopsis: Dispatched to a village plagued by a deadly disease, Anna (Natali Yura) and her finace Manuel (Rafael de la Fuente) work tirelessly to relieve the suffering of the villagers. They soon come to learn that the villagers believe the White Witch brought the deadly disease. To save themselves and the village, Anna and Manuel are forced to team up with Victor (Randy Couture, THE EXPENDABLES 3) a cocky treasure hunter, who only wants to find the Lost City of Gold. The trio realize that the White Witch and the Golden City are viciously interconnected and that they must join forces to uncover the Mayan legend of the White Witch to have any hope of surviving.

Starring: Randy Couture, Chuck Zito, Natali Yura, Will Traval, Celeste Thorson, and Rafael De La Fuente

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THE BOUNTY KILLER

Directed By: Chip Baker
Studio: Indican Pictures

Official Synopsis: A Bounty Killer is hired by a Mexican landowner to rescue his daughter after she’s kidnapped by a gang of outlaws on her wedding day

Starring: Crispian Belfrage, Lenore Andriel, Aaron Stielstra, Ethan McDowell, Nadia Lanfranconi, and James Payton

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THE SECOND TIME AROUND

Directed By: Leon Marr
Studio: First Run Features

Official Synopsis: Katherine Mitchell (Linda Thorson), a widowed yet vibrant senior, wasn’t looking for love a second time – not at her age, and certainly not with grumpy Isaac Shapiro (Stuart Margolin). Despite the nosey bunch of seniors in the residence where Katherine convalesces after breaking her hip, she and Isaac warm to each other over their shared love of music. Against unforeseen obstacles, their love blooms and together they set out to fulfill Katherine’s lifelong dream of going to the opera in Milan.

Starring: Linda Thorson, Stuart Margolin, Laura De Carteret, Louis Del Grande, and Alexis Harrison

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HEADING HOME: THE TALE OF TEAM ISRAEL

Directed By: Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, & Jeremy Newberger
Studio: Menemsha Films

Official Synopsis: HEADING HOME: THE TALE OF TEAM ISRAEL is the David-and-Goliath story of Israel’s national baseball team as it competes for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of crushing defeats, Israel finally ranks among the world’s best in 2017. Its roster includes many Jewish-American major leaguers, most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, barely any ever having set foot in Israel. Their odyssey takes them from the Holy Land where they are hailed as modern-day Maccabees to the tournament in South Korea where they must debunk their reputations as has-beens and wannabes. The connection to Israel that the players forge pushes them to unexpected heights as they represent the country on the world stage.

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MARTYR

Directed By: Mazen Khaled
Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures

Official Synopsis: For Hassane, a young man from an impoverished neighborhood, life has stopped making sense. All he has left is a close group of friends, brought together by a shared sense of marginalization and hopelessness. Hassane’s strange sudden drowning at Beirut’s rocky shore sparks a mob procession and strips apart the bond of youth and friendship, forcing his friends to grapple with loss and powerlessness, and with the cold heavy truth of their friend’s dead body. The funeral is transformed into a heartfelt farewell to the beauty and sensuality of life, youth, friendship, and love.

Starring: Carol Abboud, Hamza Mekdad, Mostafa Fahs, Hadi Bou Ayash, Rachad Nassereddine, and Rabih el Zaher

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THE WEDDING

Directed By: Sam Abbas
Studio: ArabQ Films

Official Synopsis: Rami, a young Muslim man, is preparing for his wedding with Sara while fulfilling a queer sexuality in secret due to a strict religious and cultural upbringing.

Starring: Nikohl Boosheri, Sam Abbas, Harry Aspinwall, Hend Ayoub, and James Penfold

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THAT WAY MADNESS LIES

Directed By: Sandra Luckow
Studio: First Run Features

Official Synopsis: What do you do when your brother descends into a black hole of mental instability – starting with falling for a Nigerian email scam but eventually winding up involuntary committed into the hospital made famous by One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest? Luckow unflinchingly turns her camera on her own family as they attempt to navigate the broken mental health system in an effort to save her brother, Duanne. His iPhone video diary ultimately becomes an unfiltered look at the mind of a man with untreated schizophrenia as well as an indictment of how the system failed.

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UNKNOWN DISTANCE

Directed By: Gordon Clark
Studio: Otherwise Production

Official Synopsis: After five tours and ten years as a Marine Sniper, Sgt. Douglas Brown — with Director and Producer Gordon Clark — take us on an emotional journey across America, documenting the powerful testimony of returning combat veterans — all trained with a deadly skill set, now rendered useless. Failing to prevent death, and the act of taking a human life, can shatter a soldier’s religious and spiritual views, resulting in moral injury. How do these soldiers fit back into a society that supported them when they enlisted, but became ambivalent when they returned?

Starring: Bruce Brown, Danny Brown, Debbie Brown, Douglas Brown, and Eric Darling

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LUCIFERINA

Directed By: Gonzalo Calzada
Studio: Artsploitation Films

Official Synopsis: A nun leads a typical life of nuns like her, completely dedicated to their routines in the churches and religious temples they go to. However, one day everything will change for her when they convince her to be part of a ritual. There you will discover a mysterious secret that can endanger everyone around you.

Starring: Malena Sánchez, Marta Lubos, Vando Villamil, Pedro Nicholás Merlo, and Sofía Del Tuffo

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