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Tuesday Releases: Destroyer & Escape Room

ESCAPE ROOM
Sony Pictures | 2019 | 100 min | Rated PG-13


Official Synopsis: An intriguing invitation brings six strangers together. Initially, they think they have gathered for a highly immersive escape room, but they soon make the sickening discovery that they are pawns in a sadistic game of life and death. Together, they move from one terrifying scenario to the next as they find clues and solve puzzles. But the players soon learn that exposing their darkest secrets may hold the key to survive.

  • Alternate Ending
  • Alternate Opening
  • Deleted Scenes
    • Ben Liquor Store
    • Jason Motorcycle
    • Mirror Flashback
    • Jason Office
    • Technician and Zoey
    • Gaslight
  • Four Featurettes:
    • “Games, Set, Match”
    • “The Lone Survivors”
    • “Would You Ever Part 1 & 2”


TV SPOTLIGHT


SHAMELESS: SEASON NINE
Warner Bros. | 2018 | 780 min | Rated TV-MA


Official Synopsis: Political fervor hits the South Side in Season 9, and the Gallaghers take justice into their own hands. Frank sees financial opportunity in campaigning and decides to give voice to the underrepresented South Side working man. Fiona tries to build on her success with her apartment building and takes an expensive gamble hoping to catapult herself into the upper echelon. Lip distracts himself by taking in Eddie’s niece, Xan. Ian faces the consequences of his crimes as the Gay Jesus movement takes a destructive turn. Debbie fights for equal pay and combats harassment. Carl sets his sights on West Point and prepares himself for cadet life. Liam must develop a new skillset to survive outside of his cushy private school walls. Kevin and V juggle the demands of raising the twins with running the Alibi as they attempt to transform the bar into a socially conscious business.


CRITERION CORNER


A FACE IN THE CROWD
Criterion | 1957 | 126 min | Not rated


Official Synopsis: A Face in the Crowd chronicles the rise and fall of Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes (Andy Griffith), a boisterous entertainer discovered in an Arkansas drunk tank by Marcia Jeffries (Patricia Neal), a local radio producer with ambitions of her own. His charisma and cunning soon shoot him to the heights of television stardom and political demagoguery, forcing Marcia to grapple with the manipulative, reactionary monster she has created. Directed by Elia Kazan from a screenplay by Budd Schulberg, this incisive satire features an extraordinary debut screen performance by Griffith, who brandishes his charm in an uncharacteristically sinister role. Though the film was a flop on its initial release, subsequent generations have marveled at its eerily prescient diagnosis of the toxic intimacy between media and politics in American life.

Special Features
  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Ron Briley, author of The Ambivalent Legacy of Elia Kazan
  • New interview with Andy Griffith biographer Evan Dalton Smith
  • Facing the Past, a 2005 documentary featuring actors Griffith, Patricia Neal, and Anthony Franciosa; screenwriter Budd Schulberg; and film scholars Leo Braudy and Jeff Young
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic April Wolfe, excerpts from director Elia Kazan’s introduction to the film’s published screenplay, and a 1957 New York Times Magazine profile of Griffith

New cover by Marc Aspinall


HIGHLIGHT RELEASES OF THE WEEK


DESTROYER
20th Century Fox | 2018 | 123 min | Rated R


Official Synopsis: A police detective reconnects with people from an undercover assignment in her distant past in order to make peace.

  • Commentary with Director Karyn Kusama
  • Commentary with Writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi
  • Breakdown of an Anti-Hero: The Making of Destroyer
  • Gallery


TV BOX SET


A PLACE TO CALL HOME: THE COMPLETE SERIES

Official Synopsis: Gorgeously filmed and masterfully acted, this acclaimed period drama brims with romance and intrigue. When nurse Sarah Adams (Marta Dusseldorp, Jack Irish, Janet King) returns home to 1950s Australia after 20 years in Europe, she quickly becomes entangled in the lives of the wealthy Bligh family. Sparks fly with dashing widower George (Brett Climo, Snowy River: The McGregor Saga), but she clashes with his formidable mother, Elizabeth (Noni Hazlehurst, Little Fish), who enlists George’s devious sister-in-law (Jenni Baird, The 4400) to disrupt their romance.

As Sarah settles into rural Inverness, she befriends a good-natured farmer (Frankie J. Holden, Something in the Air) and finds an unexpected ally in the local doctor, Jack (Craig Hall, The Doctor Blake Mysteries), who has a complicated past with George’s bohemian sister, Carolyn (Sara Wiseman, Rake [Australia]). Meanwhile, George’s daughter, Anna (Abby Earl, The Great Mint Swindle), pursues her own illicit love, and his son, James (David Berry, Outlander), hides a painful secret from his insecure new wife, Olivia (Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood, Underbelly).

Tackling weighty themes of social class, sexuality, and prejudice with insight and intelligence, this award-winning series has earned rapturous praise from critics and fans alike. Through six captivating seasons, A Place to Call Home explores the ties that hold families together and the betrayals that can tear them apart.

  • Includes exclusive extras: Set of 6 drink coasters and stirrers, 6 note cards and envelopes, and an 8-page booklet featuring an interview with series creator and writer Bevan Lee
  • Bonus: Behind-the-scenes featurettes and interviews (92 min.), Season 2 original cliffhanger ending (4 min.), and a Q&A with Jenni Baird (22 min.).

  • 12 Monkeys: Season One (2015)
  • Defiance: Season One (2013)
  • Defiance: Season One (2014)
  • The Heart Guy: Series One
  • The Heart Guy: Series Two
  • The Heart Guy: Series Three (2018)
  • The High Chaparral: Season Three
  • Maria the Virgin Witch: The Complete Series (2015)
  • Merlin: The Complete Series
  • Mikagura School Suite: The Complete Series (2016)
  • A Place To Call Home: Season Six
  • A Place To Call Home: The Complete Collection (Limited Edition)
  • Sankarea Undying Love: The Complete Series (2012)

NEW TO 4K ULTRA HD



  • Justice League Vs The Fatal Five (2019) (4K)
  • The Karate Kid (1984) (35th Anniversary) (4K)
  • Pandas (2018) (4K)
  • Alien (1979) (40th Anniversary Edition) (4K) (BB Steelbook)
  • Captain America: Civil War (2016) (4K) (BB Steelbook)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) (4K) (BB Steelbook)
  • The Witch (4K)

SPECIAL EDITIONS / OTHER RELEASES


  • 1st Summoning
  • Acceptable Risks (1986)
  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
  • Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
  • The Barchester Chronicles (1982)
  • Big Fat Liar (2002)
  • Bisbee ’17 (2018)
  • Book Of The Dead (2018)
  • The Boris Karloff & Bela Lugosi Collection
  • Boss: The Black Experience in Business
  • Brainy Bubbly Bug Buddies 1-3
  • By War & By God (2016)
  • Charm City (2018)
  • Childhood’s End (2015)
  • Coyotaje (2019)
  • The Curse Of La Llorona
  • Dark Sister (2018)
  • Death Is A Number (1951)
  • Delibes: Coppélia (2018)
  • Doll Murder Spree (2017)
  • Doreiku (2018) (The Complete Collection)
  • Dorothy L. Sayers Mysteries: Strong Poison/Have His Carcass/Gaudy Night
  • Farinelli (1994)
  • Frontline: Predator on the Reservation
  • Frontline: Right to Fail
  • The Gospel According to André (2018)
  • Growing Up with I Spit On Your Grave
  • Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse (2019)
  • Hal (2018)
  • The House of the Seven Gables (1940)
  • The Hurricane (1999)
  • The Informer (1929)
  • I Spit On Your Grave (1977)
  • I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu (2019)
  • Jailbreak (1936)
  • Jane Austen: The Complete Collection
  • King Lear
  • The Land Unknown (1957)
  • The Lightest Darkness (2018)
  • Light in the Water (2018)
  • Lise Meitner: The Mother of the Atomic Bomb (2016)
  • The Living Dark: The Story of Ted the Caver (2013)
  • Man Of Iron (1935)
  • Margaret: The Rebel Princess
  • Modern Romance (1981)
  • Mother’s Day (2019)
  • Naples In Veils (2017)
  • National Geographic: Dead By Dawn
  • Nature: Wild Way of the Vikings
  • Noir Archive: 9-Film Collection (1944-1954)
  • Paradise Alley (1978)
  • Please Teacher!: The Complete Collection (2002)
  • Robot Ninja (1989)
  • Rottentail (2019)
  • Rust
  • Scared Stiff (1987) (Special Edition)
  • Scream and Scream Again (1970) (Special Edition)
  • Second Spring
  • Shooting Stars (1928)
  • A Simple Wish (1997)
  • The Sinking Of The Rainbow Warrior (1993)
  • The Spanish Prisoner (1997)
  • Stevie’s Trek to the Holy Land: Abraham’s Promise (2014)
  • Stevie’s Trek to the Holy Land: Messiah’s Promise
  • Stevie’s Trek to the Holy Land: The Carpenter’s Son
  • Stevie’s Trek to the Holy Land: The Miracle of Moses (2014)
  • Stevie’s Trek to the Holy Land: The Throne of David
  • The Strange Door (1951)
  • Strangers At The Door (2017)
  • Sunburn (2018)
  • Supercock (1975)
  • Target: St. Louis (2018)
  • Team Khan (2018)
  • Tickled (2016)
  • Tito and the Birds (2018)
  • Torment (1950)
  • Underground (1928)
  • Until Forever (2015)
  • Wheely (2018)
  • White Sands (1992)
  • Yesterday
  • You, Me, and Dupree (2006)

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Game of Box Offices: “The Curse Of La Llorona” tops worst Easter Weekend since 2005


Make way for “Avengers: Endgame.” Even a week before its release, the soon-to-be biggest opener is making waves as studios refuse to release anything substantial in the wake of the oncoming Box Office monster. Combine that with the fact that people stayed home for Easter this weekend and you have one of the worst Easter weekends since 2005 when”Guess Who,” starring Ashton Kutcher and Bernie Mac, was the #1 movie at the Box Office. This weekend, it is horror film “The Curse Of La Llorona,” which did well considering it only had a $9 million production budget. Opening to $26.3 million, that was enough to more than double its budget and win the weekend. Also, with an average of $7,814 per its 3,372 theaters, it was also able to snag the POPCORN AWARD. Unable to capitalize on the holiday weekend was the faith-based film “Breakthrough,” which debuted at #3 with $11.2 million, beaten out by “Shazam!” in its third weekend with $16.4 million. Disneynature’s “Penguins” and the Bollywood film “Kalank” debuted at #12 and #13 with $2.2 million and $1.2 million respectively.

“Captain Marvel” received a nice little “Endgame” bump, moving up two spots to #4 in its 7th weekend with $9.1 million. The biggest bump, however, went to the indie starring Elle Fanning titled “Teen Spirit,” which increased +454.7% earning it the GOLDEN PERCENTAGE AWARD. For yet another weekend, the majority of films on the List decreased by five or more spots, this week with eight films taking that steep drop. Among them were mostly dramas, including “Unplanned,” “Five Feet Apart,” “The Best Of Enemies,” and “Hotel Mumbai,” as well as dwindling animated fare including “Wonder Park” and “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.” Falling off the List entirely were four films that were predicted to fall off, including “Apollo 11,” “Gloria Bell,” “No Manches Frida 2,” and “The Aftermath.” In addition to those, “Mia and the White Lion” fell off in only its second weekend.

Next weekend, make way for the Box Office King of the Year, “Avengers: Endgame,” will be breaking every record with a projected debut of anywhere between $$270-$300 million. “Avengers: Infinity War” opened to $257 million last year, which had made that the biggest opening of all-time. Now, this should easily take that slice. And, expect it to stick around for awhile. The third weekend of “Endgame,” May 10th, “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu” may challenge it with $90 million, but if word-of-mouth stands strong, it could easily hold off big drops from week to week and the next film to even have a chance will be Disney’s own “Aladdin” remake, which opens a month from “Endgame” and eyes an $80 million opening. With such a huge entrance, nothing else is even trying to compete so expect the rest of the List to hover around the same films. With films like “Tyler Perry’s Madea Family Funeral” and “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” being the only ones with a good chance of falling off.

BOX OFFICE KING: “The Curse Of La Llorona”
BOX OFFICE QUEEN: “Shazam!”
POPCORN AWARD*: “The Curse Of La Llorona”
GOLDEN PERCENTAGE AWARD**: “Teen Spirit”

# Title Weekend Total Budget Week LW CH
1 The Curse of La Llorona (WB)
$26,347,631 ($26,347,631) $9m 1st N
2 Shazam! (WB)
$16,464,508 ($120,437,864) $100m 3rd #1 down
3 Breakthrough (Fox)
$11,282,333 ($14,789,258) $14m* 1st N even
4 Captain Marvel (BV)
$9,105,610 ($400,031,743) $152m* 7th #6
5 Little (Uni)
$8,327,435 ($29,256,845) $20m 2nd #2 down
6 Dumbo (2019) (Dis)
$6,621,260 ($101,076,170) $170m* 4th #5 down
7 Pet Sematary (2019) (Par)
$4,863,233 ($49,596,308) $21m 3rd #4 down
8 Us (2019) (Uni)
$4,160,050 ($170,340,670) $20m 5th #7 down
9 Missing Link (UAR)
$4,157,285 ($12,764,526) ** 2nd #9 even
10 Hellboy (2019) (LG/S)
$3,951,098 ($19,747,369) $50m 2nd #3 downdown
11 After (2019) (Avi)
$2,381,995 ($10,317,144) $14m* 2nd #8 down
12 Penguins (Dis)
$2,282,593 ($3,234,350) ** 1st N even
13 Kalank (FIP)
$1,276,581 ($1,786,766) $11.5m* 1st N even
14 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Uni)
$817,435 ($159,087,575) $129m 9th #16
15 Amazing Grace (2019) (Neon)
$603,302 ($1,348,118) ** 13th #17 down
16 The Best Of Enemies (STX)
$595,987 ($9,585,764) $10m 3rd #10 downdown
17 Unplanned (PFR)
$590,086 ($17,207,329) $6m 4th #11 downdown
18 Five Feet Apart (LGF)
$588,782 ($45,040,875) $7m* 6th #12 downdown
19 The Mustang (Focus) $517,925 ($4,017,695) ** 6th #15 down
20 Hotel Mumbai (BST)
$493,288 ($8,938,874) ** 5th #13 downdown
21 Wonder Park (Par)
$463,765 ($44,559,837) $100m* 6th #14 downdown
22 High Life (A24)
$272,127 ($668,748) $9m* 3rd #21 down
23 Teen Spirit (BST)
$241,942 ($296,763) $16m* 2nd #42
24 Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral (LGF)
$146,380 ($72,982,614) $20m* 8th #18 downdown
25 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (WB)
$134,228 ($105,574,878) $99m* 11th #19 downdown

<<<ALL DOMESTIC NUMBERS FROM BOX OFFICE MOJO>>>>


OFF THE CHARTS THIS WEEK

Title Dom / World Budget Weeks Highest NOTE
The Aftermath (FoxS) $1,561,707
$23m* 6th #18
(-$21.4m)
Apollo 11 (Neon) $8,475,123 $9m* 8th #10
(-$-524,877)
Gloria Bell (A24) $5,474,212
($6,535,155)
** 7th #8
**
Mia and the White Lion (Leda) $358,573
($26,737,482)
** 2nd #22
**
No Manches Frida 2 (PNT) $9,185,872 $9m* 6th #6
(+$185,872)

(OFFICIALLY CLOSED)


*POPCORN AWARD goes to the highest per theater average within the Top 25 List
**GOLDEN PERCENTAGE AWARD goes to the highest increase within the Top 25 List

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Stream Guide: About Time & Mid90s (April 20th, 2019)



BAND AID

Original Release Date:
June 2, 2017
Directed by:
Zoe Lister-Jones
Studio:
IFC Films
Streaming:
Netflix

Official Synopsis: A couple who can’t stop fighting embark on a last-ditch effort to save their marriage: turning their fights into songs and starting a band.

Starring: Zoe Lister-Jones, Adam Pally, Fred Armisen, Susie Essman, Retta, Hannah Simone, Ravi Patel and Brooklyn Decker



THE PROGRAM

Original Release Date:
March 18, 2016
Directed by:
Stephen Frears
Studio:
StudioCanal
Streaming:
Hoopla

Official Synopsis: An Irish sports journalist becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong’s performances during the Tour de France victories are fueled by banned substances. With this conviction, he starts hunting for evidence that will expose Armstrong.

Starring: Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet, Jesse Plemons, Lee Pace, Denis Ménochet, and Dustin Hoffman



127 HOURS

Original Release Date:
April 7, 1993
Directed by:
Adrian Lyne
Studio:
Paramount Pictures
Streaming:
Prime Video

Official Synopsis: A billionaire offers one million dollars to a young married couple for one night with the wife.

Starring: Robert Redford, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, Oliver Platt, Billy Bob Thornton, and Seymour Cassel



CRAZY RICH ASIANS

Original Release Date:
August 15, 2018
Directed by:
Jon M. Chu
Studio:
Warner Bros. Pictures
Streaming:
HBO Go

Official Synopsis: This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family.

Starring: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, and Michelle Yeoh



HUNGER

Original Release Date:
December 5, 2008
Directed by:
Steve McQueen
Studio:
IFC Films
Streaming:
Roku

Official Synopsis: Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike.

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham, and Liam McMahon



RESERVOIR DOGS

Original Release Date:
October 23, 1992
Directed by:

Quentin Tarantino
Studio:
Miramax Films
Streaming:
Tribeca Shortlist

Official Synopsis: When a simple jewelry heist goes horribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

Starring: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Michael Madsen, Tarantino, and Edward Bunker



ALL GOOD THINGS

Original Release Date:
December 3, 2010
Directed by:
Andrew Jarecki
Studio:
Magnolia Pictures
Streaming:
Magnolia Selects

Official Synopsis: Mr. David Marks was suspected but never tried for killing his wife Katie who disappeared in 1982, but the truth is eventually revealed.

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Frank Langella, Lily Rabe, Nick Offerman, and Kristen Wiig



THE EQUALIZER 2

Original Release Date:
July 20, 2018
Directed by:
Antoine Fuqua
Studio:
Columbia Pictures
Streaming:
Starz

Official Synopsis: Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed, but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?

Starring: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Melissa Leo, and Bill Pullman



MID90S

Original Release Date:
October 19, 2018
Directed by:
Jonah Hill
Studio:
A24
Streaming:
Prime Video

Official Synopsis: Follows Stevie, a thirteen-year-old in 1990s-era Los Angeles who spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a group of new friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop.

Starring: Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges, Na-Kel Smith, Olan Prenatt, Gio Galicia, Ryder McLaughlin, Alexa Demie, and Katherine Waterston



ABOUT TIME

Original Release Date:
November 1, 2013
Directed by:
Richard Curtis
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Streaming:
Netflix

Official Synopsis: At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.

Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie, Vanessa Kirby, and Richard E. Grant


LEAVING NETFLIX THIS WEEK


SATURDAY
APRIL 13

  • Nazi Megastructures – Season 4 (2017)
  • Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (2015)

SUNDAY
APRIL 14

  • The 3 Tails Movie: A Mermaid Adventure (2015)
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
  • Echo Park (2014)
  • Escape from Planet Earth (2013)
  • Fate/Zero – 2 Seasons (2012)
  • The Games Maker (2014)
  • Gone Too Far! (2013)
  • Just Like Us (2010)
  • People of Tomorrow – 1 Season (2014)
  • Pompidou – 1 Season (2015)
  • Super High Me (2007)
  • True Justice – 1 Collection (2012)
  • Veve (2014)

MONDAY
APRIL 15

  • Anguish (2015)
  • In the Name of Honor (2015)
  • Night Train to Lisbon (2013)
  • One Day Since Yesterday: Peter Bogdanovich & the Lost American Film (2014)

TUESDAY
APRIL 16

  • Hard Time – Seasons 2-3 (2012)
  • The Skyjacker’s Tale (2016)

WEDNESDAY
APRIL 17

  • Henry Poole Is Here (2008)
  • Ice Road Rescue – Season 2 (2015)
  • Pelé: Birth of a Legend (2016)
  • Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
  • The Tiger (2015)

THURSDAY
APRIL 18

  • NONE

NEXT FRIDAY
APRIL 19

  • Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017)

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Theatrical Releases: Breakthrough & The Curse Of La Llorona

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THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA

Directed By: Michael Chaves
Studio: New Line Cinema

Official Synopsis: In 1970s Los Angeles, La Llorona is stalking the night — and the children. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. Their only hope to survive La Llorona’s deadly wrath may be a disillusioned priest and the mysticism he practices to keep evil at bay, on the fringes where fear and faith collide.

Starring: Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velasquez, Sean Patrick Thomas, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen, Tony Amendola, Irene Keng, and Paul Rodriguez

Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
Country: USA (English, Spanish)
Rating: R (for violence and terror)
Runtime: 93 minutes

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BREAKTHROUGH

Directed By: Roxann Dawson
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Official Synopsis: BREAKTHROUGH is based on the inspirational true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith’s adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, Joyce refuses to give up. Her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for John’s recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction. From producer DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven) and adapted for the screen by Grant Nieporte (Seven Pounds) from Joyce Smith’s own book, BREAKTHROUGH is an enthralling reminder that faith and love can create a mountain of hope, and sometimes even a miracle.

Starring: Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Mike Colter, Marcel Ruiz, Sam Trammel, and Dennis Haysbert

Genre: Biography | Drama | Faith
Country: USA (English)
Rating: PG (for thematic content including peril)
Runtime: 116 minutes

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DISNEYNATURE: PENGUINS

Directed By: Alastair Fothergill & Jeff Wyatt Wilson
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures

Official Synopsis: Disneynature’s all-new feature film “Penguins” is a coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he’s targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after.

Starring: Ed Helms (Narrator)

Genre: Documentary | Nature
Country: USA (English)
Rating: G
Runtime: 76 minutes

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UNDER THE SILVER LAKE

Directed By: David Robert Mitchell
Studio: A24

Official Synopsis: Sam (Andrew Garfield) is a disenchanted 33-year-old who discovers a mysterious woman, Sarah (Riley Keough), frolicking in his apartment’s swimming pool. When she vanishes, Sam embarks on a surreal quest across Los Angeles to decode the secret behind her disappearance, leading him into the murkiest depths of mystery, scandal, and conspiracy in the City of Angels.

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace, Patrick Fischler, Grace Van Patten, Sydney Sweeney, and Jimmi Simpson

Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, violence, language throughout and some drug use)
Runtime: 139 minutes

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LITTLE WOODS

Directed By: Nia DaCosta
Studio: Neon

Official Synopsis: Little Woods, North Dakota, a fracking boomtown well beyond its prime. Ollie is trying to survive the last few days of her probation after getting caught illegally running prescription pills over the Canadian border. But when her mother dies, she is thrust back into the life of her estranged sister Deb (James), who is facing her own crisis with an unplanned pregnancy and a deadbeat ex. The two find they have one week to settle the mortgage on their mother’s house or face foreclosure. As bills and pressure mount, Ollie faces a choice: whether to return to a way of life she thought she’d left behind for just one more score or to leave it all behind. A taught and affecting thriller about sisters pushed to extremes from award-winning director Nia DaCosta.

Starring: Tessa Thompson, Lily James, Luke Kirby, James Badge Dale and Lance Reddick

Genre: Crime | Drama | Western
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for language and some drug material)
Runtime: 103 minutes

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DRUNK PARENTS

Directed By: Fred Wolf
Studio: Vertical Entertainment

Official Synopsis: Meet Frank and Nancy Teagarten: The staunchly lower upper-class family with their shiny black Range Rover and tasteful Tudor style home. They’re anxiously dropping off their daughter at her first day of college, and the two parents couldn’t be prouder. However, a visit by the repo man shortly after leaves them scrambling to make ends meet & their wealth, it seems, is less secure than we thought! Committed to getting their daughter through college, they hold a house-wide yard-sale coupled by a night of heavy drinking and wake up to some very regrettable decisions. This sees them try to hide their evaporating net worth from friends and family-alike in an ever-increasing downward spiral of elaborate neighborhood schemes.

Starring: Alec Baldwin, Salma Hayek, Bridget Moynahan, Joe Manganiello, Natalia Cigliuti, Jim Gaffigan and Ben Platt

Genre: Comedy
Country: USA (English, Spanish)
Rating: R (for language throughout and crude sexual references)
Runtime: 97 minutes

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HAIL SATAN?

Directed By: Penny Lane
Studio: Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing

Official Synopsis: Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in American history, Hail Satan? is an inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon). When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organize a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humor, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways. As charming and funny as it is thought-provoking, Hail Satan? offers a timely look at a group of often misunderstood outsiders whose unwavering commitment to social and political justice has empowered thousands of people around the world.

Starring: Jex Blackmore, Nicholas Crowe, Lucien Greaves, Malcolm Jarry, and Michael Wiener

Genre: Documentary
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for graphic nudity, and some language)
Runtime: 95 minutes

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HAGAZUSSA: A HEATHEN’S CURSE

Directed By: Lukas Feigelfeld
Studio: Doppelgänger Releasing

Official Synopsis: In a remote Alpine village in the 15th century, the orphan Albrun grows up to become a marked woman. The scapegoat of ancient superstitions and monstrous misogyny, this self-styled witch begins to assert her otherworldly birthright.

Starring: Haymon Maria Buttinger, Aleksandra Cwen, Claudia Martini, Celina Peter, and Tanja Petrovsky

Genre: Drama | Foreign | Horror
Country: Germany | Austria (German)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 102 minutes

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DADDY ISSUES

Directed By: Amara Cash
Studio: Gravitas Ventures

Official Synopsis: Maya, a 19-year-old queer pixie, spends her days working on her art and cyberstalkng her insta-crush, the sexually fluid fashion designer, Jasmine. One night Maya boldly meets Jasmine IRL, there’s an insta-spark and the two begin an inspiring romantic relationship that gives Maya her first taste of true love and Jasmine the inspiration she needs to jump start her career. It’s all gumdrops and fairytales until Maya discovers Jasmine’s in a co-dependent relationship with a neurotic sugar daddy. What started as a dream come true turns into a beautiful nightmare.

Starring: Madison Lawlor, Montana Manning, Andrew Pifko, Kamala Jones, Jodi Carol Harrison, Seth Cassel, Ronnie Clark, Lissa Danshaw, J.J. Hawkins, Brian Gilleece, and Monte Markham

Genre: Drama
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 88 minutes

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STUCK (2019)

Directed By: Michael Berry
Studio: Eammon Films

Official Synopsis: An original pop musical film about six commuters who get stuck together on a New York City subway. Through the power of music, they learn about each other’s lives and, in turn, have a profound effect on one another. Connecting across lines of race, culture and class in a way that only situations of circumstance or happenstance can create, this will be a day that none of them will ever forget.

Starring: Giancarlo Esposito, Arden Cho, Amy Madigan, Ashanti, Omar Chaparro and Gerard Canonico

Genre: Drama | Musical
Country: USA (English)
Rating: PG-13 (for some mature thematic material including images of a sexual assault, and brief strong language)
Runtime: 80 minutes

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BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ALICE GUY-BLANCHÉ

Directed By: Pamela B. Green
Studio: Zeitgeist Films

Official Synopsis: A documentary searching for Alice Guy-Blaché, who at 23 was the first female director, became a powerful figure in film, then vanished.

Starring: Jodie Foster, Evan Rachel Wood, Ava DuVernay, Julie Delpy, Agnès Varda, Ben Kingsley, Michel Hazanavicius, Catherine Hardwicke, Julie Taymor, and Gale Anne Hurd

Genre: Documentary
Country: USA (English)
Rating: NR
Runtime: 103 minutes

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BREAKING HABITS

Directed By: Robert Ryan
Studio: Good Deed Entertainment

Official Synopsis: Cheated by her stealing, polygamist husband of 17 years, once high-flying corporate exec Christine Meeusen fled penniless with her three young children as her American dream began to unravel. Determined to make a living for her family, she discovered the lucrative business of cannabis farming and met her calling as founder of medicinal-marijuana empire Sisters of the Valley. Shedding her former life, Christine became Sister Kate; on a mission to provide her products to those in need. Fighting off the county sheriff, and protecting her crop from deadly black market thieves, BREAKING HABITS is a story of rebellion, hope and revival.

Starring: Sister Kate

Genre: Documentary
Country: UK (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 87 minutes

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HIGH ON THE HOG

Directed By: Tony Wash
Studio: Indican Pictures

Official Synopsis: Big Daddy is the patriarch of an unconventional family that lives in Council Hill where they work on a hog farm They may not be related by blood, but they’ll fight to stay together under any circumstance. However–they are not just family, nor are they just simple hog farmers….they are also growers of high quality marijuana.With the pressure of the DTA government agency coming down on pot distributors around the country, the family must do whatever it takes to keep their crop safe. When a new girl is brought into the fold, the family dynamic and Big Daddy’s crop is threatened in a way he’s never had to face before. And he’ll do anything to protect it.

Starring: Sid Haig, Robert Z’Dar, Joe Estevez, Jesse C. Boyd, Ellie Church, and Walt Sloan

Genre: Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 85 minutes

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FAST COLOR

Directed By: Julia Hart
Studio: LD Entertainment

Official Synopsis: Hunted by mysterious forces, a young woman (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) with supernatural abilities must go on the run when her powers are discovered. With nowhere else to go, she flees back to her family and the farmhouse she abandoned long ago. There, while being pursued by the local Sheriff (David Strathairn), she begins to mend the broken relationships with her mother (Lorraine Toussaint) and daughter (Saniyya Sidney) and learns that the power she needed was inside her all along.

Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lorraine Toussaint, Saniyya Sidney, Christopher Denham, and David Strathairn

Genre: Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: PG-13 (for a scene of violence and brief strong language)
Runtime: 100 minutes

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RED JOAN

Directed By: Trevor Nunn
Studio: IFC Films

Official Synopsis: In a picturesque village in England, Joan Stanley (Academy Award (R) winner Dame Judi Dench), lives in contented retirement. Then suddenly her tranquil existence is shattered as she’s shockingly arrested by MI5. For Joan has been hiding an incredible past; she is one of the most influential spies in living history… Cambridge University in the 1930s, and the young Joan (Sophie Cookson), a demure physics student, falls intensely in love with a seductively attractive Russian saboteur, Leo. Through him, she begins to see that the world is on a knife-edge and perhaps must be saved from itself in the race to military supremacy. Post-war and now working at a top secret nuclear research facility, Joan is confronted with the impossible: Would you betray your country and your loved ones, if it meant saving them? What price would you pay for peace? Inspired by an extraordinary true story, Red Joan is the taut and emotional discovery of one woman’s sacrifice in the face of incredible circumstances. A woman to whom we perhaps all owe our freedom.

Starring: Stephen Campbell Moore, Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes, Ben Miles, Nina Sosanya, Tereza Srbova and Judi Dench

Genre: Biography | Drama | Romance
Country: UK (English)
Rating: R (for brief sexuality/nudity)
Runtime: 110 minutes

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RAFIKI

Directed By: Wanuri Kahiu
Studio: Film Movement

Official Synopsis: “Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives,” but Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.

Starring: Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva

Genre: Drama | Romance
Country: Kenya | South Africa | Germany | Netherlands | France | Norway | Lebanon (English, Swahili)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 82 minutes

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GRASS (2019)

Directed By: Hong Sang-soo
Studio: Cinema Guild

Official Synopsis: For his 22nd feature as director, Hong delivers a delicious cinematic riddle only he could concoct. In the corner of a small café, Areum (Kim Minhee) sits typing on her laptop. At the tables around her, other customers enact the various dramas of their lives. A young couple charge each other with serious crimes, an old man tries to rekindle a flame with a younger woman, a narcissistic filmmaker works to put together his next project-all while Areum types. Is she merely writing what she hears? Or is she hearing what’s been written? As the dramas inside the café unfold, the plants outside grow taller.

Starring: Kim Min-hee, Jung Jin-young, Ki Joobong, Seo Young-hwa, Kim Sae-byuk, and Ahn Jae-hong

Genre: Drama | Foreign
Country: South Korea (Korean)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 66 minutes

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FAMILY (2019)

Directed By: Laura Steinel
Studio: The Film Arcade

Official Synopsis: Socially inept Kate is tasked with babysitting her equally awkward niece Maddie for her brother. Things go from bad to worse when Maddie runs off to join the Juggalos, meaning Kate must deal with her own issues of social paranoia to help bring her back.

Starring: Taylor Schilling, Brian Tyree Henry, Bryn Vale, Allison Tolman, Fabrizio Guido, Kate McKinnon and Peter Horton

Genre: Comedy
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for language, some sexual content and drug use)
Runtime: 83 minutes

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INSTANT DREAMS

Directed By: Willem Baptist
Studio: Synergetic Distribution

Official Synopsis: Instant Dreams is a feature documentary by Willem Baptist (Wild boar, I’m Never Afraid!) about the fascination and love for Polaroids. When Polaroid announced the end of instant film in 2008, the last still working factory was bought by a small group of enthusiasts. Among them is the retired scientist Stephen Herchen who previously collaborated with the inventor of Polaroid and is still trying to unravel the secret of the lost chemical formula.

Starring: Stefanie Schneider, Stephen Herchen, Chris Bonanos, Edwin H. Land, Ayana J.J., Caitlin Fowler, and Angela Riccio

Genre: Documentary | Drama | Science Fiction
Country: Netherlands (English)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 91 minutes

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NEW BOLLYWOOD TITLES

  • Enemy Within
  • His Father’s Voice
  • Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, and the Students Journey
  • Kalank
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New Trailer: Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw – Official Trailer #2

FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS:
HOBBS & SHAW

AUGUST 2, 2019
DIRECTED BY: DAVID LEITCH

Official Synopsis: Lawman Luke Hobbs and outcast Deckard Shaw form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity.

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Eiza Gonzalez, Roman Reigns, and Helen Mirren

Screenplay By: Chris Morgan
Based On: Characters by by Gary Scott Thompson
Cinematography By: Jonathan Sela
Production Company: Original Film
Distributor: Universal Pictures


Also on
AUGUST 2, 2019

New Mutants Fox
Luce Neon


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New Trailer: Child’s Play (2019) – Official Trailer #2

CHILD’S PLAY (2019)

JUNE 21, 2019
DIRECTED BY: LARS KLEVBERG

Official Synopsis: The story follows a mother named Karen (Aubrey Plaza) who gives her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) a toy doll, Chucky (Mark Hamill), though both aren’t aware of its evil nature.

Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry, Tim Matheson, and Mark Hamill

Screenplay By: Tyler Burton Smith
Based On: “Child’s Play” by Don Mancini
Cinematography By: Brendan Uegama
Music By: Bear McCreary
Edited By: Tom Elkins
Production Company: KatzSmith Productions
Distributor: United Artists Releasing


Also on
JUNE 21, 2019

Toy Story 4 Walt Disney & Pixar
Anna (2019) Lionsgate
Them That Follow The Orchard
Round of Your Life Ammo Content


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New Trailer: X-Men: Dark Phoenix – Official Final Trailer

X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX

JUNE 7, 2019
DIRECTED BY: SIMON KINBERG

Official Synopsis: In DARK PHOENIX, the X-MEN face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite — not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.

Starring: Tye Sheridan, James McAvoy, Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, Michael Fassbender and Jessica Chastain

Screenplay By: Simon Kinberg
Based On: “The Dark Phoenix Saga” by Chris Claremont & John Byrne
Cinematography By: Mauro Fiore
Music By: Hans Zimmer
Edited By: Lee Smith
Production Company: 20th Century Fox


Also on
JUNE 7, 2019

“Late Night” Amazon Studios
“The Secret Life of Pets 2” Universal
“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” A24
“This One’s for the Ladies” Neon


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Tuesday Releases: Glass

GLASS
Universal Studios | 2019 | 129 min | Rated PG-13


Official Synopsis: M. Night Shyamalan brings together two of his standout original films—Unbreakable and Split— in this explosive comic book thriller. Elijah Price, also known as Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson), finds David Dunn (Bruce Willis) pursuing Kevin Wendell Crumb’s superhuman figure, The Beast (James McAvoy), in a series of escalating encounters. Price, armed with secrets critical to both men, emerges as a shadowy orchestrator.

  • Alternate Opening
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Collection of Main Characters
  • A Conversation with James McAvoy and M. Night Shyamalan
  • Bringing the Team Back Together
  • David Dunn vs. The Beast
  • Glass Decoded
  • Breaking Glass: The Stunts
  • Connecting the Glass Universe
  • M. Night Shyamalan: Behind the Lens
  • The Sound of Glass
  • Enhancing the Spectacle
  • Raven Hill Memorial
  • Night Vision


TV SPOTLIGHT


MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: SEASON ONE (STEELBOOK)
Shout Factory | 1995 | 1 Movies | 3150 min | Rated PG


Official Synopsis: After 10,000 years of imprisonment, the evil sorceress Rita Repulsa and her loyal minions are freed when astronauts on a routine mission in space accidentally open her dumpster prison on the Moon. Filled with rage, Rita decides to conquer the nearest planet: Earth. But her archnemesis the heroic sage Zordon has been patiently waiting in preparation for this day. With the assistance of his wisecracking robotic sidekick Alpha 5, Zordon recruits a team of “five teenagers with attitude”, Jason, Zack, Kimberly, Billy and Trini to receive superpowers beyond their wildest dreams so they can defend the Earth as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Aided by giant robotic vehicles modeled after dinosaurs called Zords, the Power Rangers fight back against the evil alien hordes of Rita Repulsa.


CRITERION CORNER


DIAMONDS OF THE NIGHT
Criterion | 1964 | 68 min | Not rated


Official Synopsis: With this simultaneously harrowing and lyrical debut feature, Jan Němec established himself as the most uncompromising visionary among the radical filmmakers who made up the Czechoslovak New Wave. Adapted from a novel by Arnošt Lustig, Diamonds of the Night closely tracks two boys who escape from a concentration-camp transport and flee into the surrounding woods, hostile terrain where the brute realities of survival coexist with dreams, memories, and fragments of visual poetry. Along with visceral camera work by Jaroslav Kučera and Miroslav Ondříček—two of Czechoslovak cinema’s most influential cinematographers—Němec makes inventive use of fractured editing, elliptical storytelling, and flights of surrealism as he strips context away from this bare-bones tale, evoking the panicked delirium of consciousness lost in night and fog.

Special Features
  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interview from 2009 with director Jan Němec
  • A Loaf of Bread, Němec’s 1960 student thesis film, based on a short story by Arnošt Lustig
  • Arnošt Lustig Through the Eyes of Jan Němec, a short documentary from 1993
  • New interview with film programmer Irena Kovarova
  • New video essay on the film’s stylistic influences by scholar James Quandt
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Michael Atkinson

New cover by Sterling Hundley


HIGHLIGHT RELEASES OF THE WEEK


DRAGON BALL SUPER: BROLY
FUNimation Entertainment | 2018 | 100 min | Rated PG


Official Synopsis: Knowing that there are increasingly powerful forces in the universe that he has yet to encounter, Goku spends all of his time training to achieve even greater strength. But, one fateful day a mysterious new Saiyan appears before Goku and Vegeta: Broly. How can a Saiyan a member of the proud warrior race that was completely annihilated after the destruction of Planet Vegeta appear here on Earth? With Friezas return from hell, a fierce battle awaits the three mighty Saiyans who have followed completely different destinies.

  • Interview with the Cast of Dragon Ball Super: Broly
  • Dragon Ball Super: The Legacy
  • Are You Smarter Than a Voice Actor?
  • Christopher R. Sabat Answers Your Questions
  • Ian Sinclair Answers Your Questions
  • Jason Douglas Answers Your Questions
  • Monica Rial Answers Your Questions
  • Sean Schemmel Answers Your Questions
  • Vic Mignogna Answers Your Questions
  • Trailers


THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING
20th Century Fox | 2019 | 120 min | Rated PG


Official Synopsis: Detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson join forces to investigate a mysterious murder at Buckingham Palace. It seems like an open-and-shut case as all signs point to Professor James Moriarty, the criminal mastermind and longtime nemesis of the crime-solving duo. When new twists and clues begin to emerge, the world’s greatest sleuth and his trusted assistant must now use their legendary wits and ingenious methods to catch the killer before the queen becomes the next victim.

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Origins of a King
  • Young Knights
  • Hair, Makeup & Costume Tests
  • Merlin’s Magic (x4)
  • *Knight School
  • *The Two Merlins
  • *Meet Morgana
  • *Movie Magic
  • *”Be the King”, Lay Lay Music Video


REPLICAS
Lionsgate Films | 2018 | 108 min | Rated PG-13


Official Synopsis: In this suspenseful sci-fi thriller, Keanu Reeves stars as William Foster, a neuroscientist on the verge of transferring human consciousness into a computer when his wife (Alice Eve) and beloved family are tragically killed in a car crash. Desperate to resurrect his family, William recruits a fellow scientist (Thomas Middleditch) to help secretly clone their bodies and create replicas. When William learns that he can only replicate three of the four family members, he makes a decision with fateful consequences.

  • Audio Commentary with Director Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Executive Producer James Dodson
  • “Imprint Complete: The Making of Replicas” Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes


TV BOX SET


Official Synopsis: With monarchies tumbling in Europe, Victoria and Albert must confront what it means to rule in this new era. Constitutional crises, scandals, and a decade of marriage mean Victoria is tested like never before; as mother, wife, and Queen.


  • The Ancient Magus’ Bride: Part Two (2017-2018)
  • The Big C: The Complete Series (2010-2013)
  • Escape Of Dannemora: Limited Series
  • The Heart Guy: Series One (2016)
  • The Heart Guy: Series Two (2017)
  • Steven Universe: Season Two
  • Victoria: Season Three (2018)

NEW TO 4K ULTRA HD


THE KARATE KID (35TH ANNIVERSARY)
Sony Pictures | 1984 | 127 min | Rated PG

Official Synopsis: Celebrate the 35th anniversary of the coming-of-age classic — from Academy Award®-winning director (1976, Rocky) John G. Avildsen — that will leave you cheering! There is more to karate than fighting. This is the lesson that Daniel (Ralph Macchio), a San Fernando Valley teenager, is about to learn from a most unexpected teacher: Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki “Pat ” Morita in his Academy Award®-nominated performance [Best Supporting Actor, 1984]), an elderly handyman who also happens to be a master of the martial arts. His training and these vital lessons will be called into play when an outmatched Daniel faces Johnny, the skilled leader of the Cobra Kai — a vicious gang of karate school bullies — in a no-holds-barred karate tournament for the championship of the Valley.

Special Features:

  • ALL-NEW: “Remembering The Karate Kid” – featuring new interviews with Ralph Macchio, William Zabka and Martin Kove (on the 4K Blu-ray disc)
  • “Blu-Pop™” Pop-Up Track – Activate the Blu-Pop feature to reveal pop-up trivia, interviews and more secrets from the film!
  • Audio Commentary with Director John G. Avildsen, Writer Robert Mark Kamen and Actors Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita
  • “The Way of the Karate Kid” Multi-Part Making-of Featurette
  • “Beyond the Form” Featurette
  • “East Meets West: A Composer’s Notebook”
  • “Life of Bonsai” Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer (on the 4K Blu-ray disc)

  • Justice League Vs The Fatal Five (2019) (4K)
  • The Karate Kid (1984) (35th Anniversary) (4K)
  • Pandas (2018) (4K)

SPECIAL EDITIONS / OTHER RELEASES


  • 4 In 1: Apocalypse Collection
  • 4 In 1: Dramatic Thrillers
  • The Adventures of Jurassic Pet
  • After Spring (2016)
  • American Experience: Sealab
  • American Made Movie (2013)
  • The Ancient Magus’ Bride: Part Two
  • Batman: Hush (2019)
  • Becky Sharp (1935)
  • Bend of the River (1952)
  • Black Gunn / The Take (1972-1974)
  • Brief Encounter (1974)
  • Chimera Strain (2017)
  • Cold War Thrillers: 6-Film Collection
  • Edwin Brienen 5 Film Collection
  • Even Lambs Have Teeth (2015)
  • Grave of the Vampire (1972)
  • Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces (1990)
  • Hard Ticket to Hawaii (1987)
  • Harold Teen (1934)
  • Highway Patrolman (1991)
  • Home Page (1999)
  • Housesitter (1992)
  • Incarcerating Us (2016)
  • An Inconvenient Tax (2009)
  • In Exile (2016)
  • The Invisibles (2017)
  • Ivana Trump’s For Love Alone (1996)
  • Joseph Pulitzer – Voice of the People
  • Keoma (1976)
  • Kokkoku: The Complete Collection (2018)
  • Late Life: The Chien Ming Wang Story
  • Leitis In Waiting & Lady Eva
  • Malibu Express (1985)
  • The Manitou (1978)
  • Master of Dark Shadows (2019)
  • Melvin and Howard (1980)
  • Minutes to Midnight: The Cold War Chronicles
  • M. Night Shyamalan’s Eastrail 177 Trilogy (2000-2019)
  • Nerd Prom: Inside Washington’s Wildest Week (2015)
  • New Money (2019)
  • Nova: Island Volcano
  • Of Fathers and Sons (2018)
  • One Day In April (2016)
  • Patterns of Evidence: Mose’s Controversy
  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
  • Roadtrip Niger
  • Sea Tomorrow (2016)
  • The Sex Trip (2016)
  • The Singing Revolution (2007)
  • Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)
  • Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983)
  • The Snake Pit (1948)
  • Soul Team Six: 6 Blaxploitation Film Collection
  • Stagecoach (1966)
  • Standing Up (2019)
  • Stray (2019)
  • A Summer in La Goulette (1996)
  • Superstition (1982)
  • Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)
  • Three Men On A Horse (1936)
  • To Breathe As One
  • The True Cost (2015)
  • Wedding Of Dreams
  • WWE: Fastlane (2019)
  • Zizous and the Arab Spring (2016)
  • Zoo Wars 2 (2019)

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Game of Box Offices: “Shazam!” fends off the weekend competitors including “Hellboy”


Negative reviews and bad press kept the reboot of “Hellboy” from making any sort of splash at the Box Office this weekend. In fact, “Shazam!” easily held on to the top spot with a second weekend of $24.4 million. Newcomer “Little” was even able to beat out “Hellboy,” landing exactly where it was projected to land, with $15.4 million for the weekend. That put “Hellboy” at third with only $12 million, which was $5 million less than even the Box Office Pro projections. With a $50 million production budget, it could be hard for it to recoup its investment. The One Direction fan fiction film “After” debuted in the #8 spot with $6 million while Laika’s latest stop animation film only earned $5.9 million, making it the lowest grossing opening weekend for a Laika film yet (Laika was also involved with the production of “Corpse Bride” alongside Tim Burton, which opened lower than “Missing Link,” but as it was contracted work for the company, “Coraline” is more consistently marked as Laika’s first complete production). Lastly, “Mia and the White Lion,” starring Melanie Laurént, opened at the #20 spot. Showing up for the first time on the List, in its twelfth weekend, was the Aretha Franklin documentary “Amazing Grace,” which was timely as the deceased singer was just posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize over the weekend as well. Moving up +296.2% and earning an average of $6,019 per 58 theaters also landed the documentary the POPCORN AWARD and the GOLDEN PERCENTAGE AWARD for the weekend.

For yet another weekend, several films fell five spots or more within the List, including “Gloria Bell” (which fell five spot last weekend as well), “Five Feet Apart,” “Wonder Park,” “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral,” “No Manches Frida 2,” and “The Aftermath.” The only films that moved up within the List were “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part,” which had fallen seven spots last weekend, this weekend climbing back up one spot, and “High Life,” which got a larger theater count over the weekend, than it had last weekend, when it landed at #25. With one more week until “Avengers: Endgame,” the one good thing for falling films to look forward to is the fact that not much else will be released to kick them off the List completely. Three of the seven films that fell five spots or more last weekend fell off the List completely this weekend, including “Green Book,” “The Upside,” and “Alita: Battle Angel.” “The Beach Bum,” “Isn’t It Romantic,” and “The Public” (after one week) all fell off the List as well.

In the final week before “Avengers: Endgame” hits the domestic theaters (be careful, because it has screened internationally and spoilers could be rampant) there are only a few big releases this upcoming weekend, with “The Curse of La Llorona,” the next film in the Conjuring Universe, looking for a debut of $19 million and a place on the throne, unseating “Shazam!” Depending on how well “Shazam!” can hold on, it may be neck and neck for second place, battling the latest faith-based film “Breakthrough,” touting an inspirational story and an ensemble cast, eyeing a $13 million debut, meaning “Shazam!” will have to stay above a 50% drop. Also, opening the weekend is the latest Disneynature film “Penguins,” which looks to grab $4.25 million for the weekend, putting somewhere around sixth through eighth place. Making room for the titles will likely be some of the films that fell five or more spots over the weekend, including “Gloria Bell,” which will finish out its ten point drop over the past two weeks by finally falling off the List. “The Aftermath” and “No Manches Frida 2” could also be facing the end of their runs. And lastly, “Apollo 11” has likely run its course, landing at #25 this past weekend and having dropped more than five spots the weekend before.

BOX OFFICE KING: “Shazam!”
BOX OFFICE QUEEN: “Little” (2019)
POPCORN AWARD*: “Amazing Grace” (2019)
GOLDEN PERCENTAGE AWARD**: “Amazing Grace” (2019)

# Title Weekend Total Budget Week LW CH
1 Shazam! (WB)
$24,453,514 ($94,226,527) $100m 2nd #1 even
2 Little (Uni)
$15,405,455 ($15,405,455) $20m 1st N even
3 Hellboy (2019) (LG/S)
$12,045,147 ($12,045,147) $50m 1st N even
4 Pet Sematary (2019) (Par)
$9,745,207 ($40,866,867) $21m 2nd #2 down
5 Dumbo (2019) (Dis)
$9,404,542 ($90,163,704) $170m* 3rd #3 down
6 Captain Marvel (BV)
$8,611,527 ($386,525,108) $152m* 6th #5 down
7 Us (2019) (Uni)
$6,810,365 ($163,362,790) $20m 4th #4 down
8 After (2019) (Avi)
$6,002,349 ($6,002,349) $14m* 1st N even
9 Missing Link (UAR)
$5,944,950 ($5,944,950) ** 1st N even
10 The Best Of Enemies (STX)
$2,014,126 ($8,115,696) $10m 2nd #6 down
11 Unplanned (PFR)
$1,763,957 ($15,794,262) $6m 3rd #8 down
12 Five Feet Apart (LGF)
$1,533,397 ($43,894,791) $7m* 5th #7 downdown
13 Hotel Mumbai (BST)
$862,578 ($8,023,786) ** 4th #11 down
14 Wonder Park (Par)
$802,323 ($43,524,891) $100m* 5th #9 downdown
15 The Mustang (Focus) $773,295 ($3,159,855) ** 5th #13 down
16 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Uni)
$746,055 ($157,968,660) $129m 8th #10 downdown
17 Amazing Grace (2019) (Neon)
$349,082 ($589,038) ** 12th #29
18 Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral (LGF)
$336,715 ($72,722,145) $20m* 7th #12 downdown
19 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (WB)
$206,055 ($105,360,115) $99m* 10th #20
20 Mia and the White Lion (Leda)
$192,816 ($192,816) ** 1st N even
21 High Life (A24)
$179,886 ($316,345) $9m* 2nd #25
22 No Manches Frida 2 (PNT)
$177,949 ($9,040,514) ** 5th #15 downdown
23 The Aftermath (FoxS)
$163,414 ($1,433,811) ** 5th #17 downdown
24 Gloria Bell (A24)
$144,851 ($5,339,983) ** 6th #16 downdown
25 Apollo 11 (Neon)
$125,082 ($8,305,039) $9m* 7th #21 down

<<<ALL DOMESTIC NUMBERS FROM BOX OFFICE MOJO>>>>


OFF THE CHARTS THIS WEEK

Title Dom / World Budget Weeks Highest NOTE
Alita: Battle Angel (Fox) $85,473,133
($403,602,811)
$170m 9th #1
(-$84.5m)
(+$233.6m)

The Beach Bum (Neon) $3,340,119 $5m* 3rd #10
(-$1.7m)
Green Book (Uni) $84,919,336
($309,035,611)
$23m 22nd #6
(+$61.9m)
(+$286m)
Isn’t It Romantic (WB) $48,560,402
$5m* 9th #3
(+$43.6m)
The Public (GW) $428,914
** 2nd #19
**
The Upside (STX) $108,024,195
($121,724,195)
$37.5m 14th #1
(+$70.5m)
(+$84.2m)

(OFFICIALLY CLOSED)


*POPCORN AWARD goes to the highest per theater average within the Top 25 List
**GOLDEN PERCENTAGE AWARD goes to the highest increase within the Top 25 List

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Stream Guide: Lizzie & Destroyer (April 12th, 2019)



THE SILENCE

Original Release Date:
April 10, 2019
Directed by:
John R. Leonetti
Studio:
Netflix
Streaming:
Netflix

Official Synopsis: When the world is under attack from terrifying creatures who hunt their human prey by sound, 16-year old Ally Andrews (Kiernan Shipka), who lost her hearing at 13, and her family seek refuge in a remote haven.

Starring: Stanley Tucci, Kiernan Shipka, Miranda Otto, John Corbett, Kate Corbett, and Kyle Harrison Breitkopf



THE NUN

Original Release Date:
September 7, 2018
Directed by:
Corin Hardy
Studio:
Warner Bros. Pictures
Streaming:
HBO Go

Official Synopsis: A priest with a haunted past and a novice on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.

Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Demian Bichir, Bonnie Aarons, Charlotte Hope, Ingrid Bisu, and Jonas Bloquet



127 HOURS

Original Release Date:
November 5, 2010
Directed by:
Danny Boyle
Studio:
Fox Searchlight
Streaming:
Max Go

83RD ACADEMY AWARDS
Best Picture (Nominee)
Best Adapted Screenplay (Nominee)
Best Leading Actor (James Franco) (Nominee)
Best Film Editing (Nominee)
Best Original Score (Nominee)
Best Original Song (Nominee)

Official Synopsis: An adventurous mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

Starring: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara, Kate Burton, Lizzy Caplan, Clémence Poésy, and Treat Williams



NEW GIRL: SEASON SEVEN

Original Release Date:
April 10 –
May 15, 2018
Network:
Fox
Streaming:
Netflix

Official Synopsis: Season 7 of this comedy series starts with a three-year jump after last season’s finale. Now, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) are a happy couple and just returning from a European book tour. Schmidt (Max Greenfield) is a stay-at-home dad while Cece (Hannah Simone) took on the role of working mom. Meanwhile, Winston (Lamorne Morris) is happily married to Aly (Nasim Pedrad) and the couple is expecting a child. Guest stars this season include Damon Wayans, Jr., Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner.

Starring: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Lamorne Morris, Max Greenfield, Hannah Simone, and Nasim Pedrad



THE DARK TOWER

Original Release Date:
August 4, 2017
Directed by:
Nikolaj Arcel
Studio:
Sony Pictures
Streaming:
Showtime

Official Synopsis: The last Gunslinger: Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black, and determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower that holds the universe together. With the fate of the world at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle, as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.

Starring: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Jackie Earle Haley, Fran Kranz, Abbey Lee, and Katheryn Winnick



TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES II: THE SECRET OF THE OOZE

Original Release Date:
March 22, 1991
Directed by:

Michael Pressman
Studio:
New Line Cinema
Streaming:
Prime Video

Official Synopsis: The Turtles and the Shredder battle once again, this time for the last canister of the ooze that created the Turtles, with which Shredder wants to unleash an army of new mutants.

Starring: Paige Turco, David Warner, Michelan Sisti, Leif Tilden, Kenn Troum, Vanilla Ice, Ernie Reyes Jr., and Kevin Nash



AMISTAD

Original Release Date:
December 10, 1997
Directed by:
Steven Spielberg
Studio:
DreamWorks Pictures
Streaming:
Prime Video

70TH ACADEMY AWARDS
Best Supporting Actor (Anthony Hopkins) (Nominee)
Best Cinematography (Nominee)
Best Costume Design (Nominee)
Best Original Score (Nominee)

Official Synopsis: In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free.

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Stellan Skarsgard, Anna Paquin, Pete Postlethwaite, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and John Ortiz



MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS

Original Release Date:
May 4, 2012
Directed by:
Joss Whedon
Studio:
Marvel Studios & Walt Disney Pictures
Streaming:
Syfy

84TH ACADEMY AWARDS
Best Visual Effects (Nominee)

Official Synopsis: Earth’s mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are going to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård, and Samuel L. Jackson



DESTROYER

Original Release Date:
December 25, 2018
Directed by:
Karyn Kusama
Studio:
Annapurna Pictures
Streaming:
Hulu

Official Synopsis: A police detective reconnects with people from an undercover assignment in her distant past in order to make peace.

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Scoot McNairy, Bradley Whitford, and Sebastian Stan



LIZZIE

Original Release Date:
September 14, 2018
Directed by:
Craig William Macneill
Studio:
Saban Films & Roadside Attractions
Streaming:
Shudder

Official Synopsis: A psychological thriller based on the infamous 1892 murders of the Borden family.

Starring: Chloë Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, Jay Huguley, Jamey Sheridan, Fiona Shaw, Kim Dickens, Denis O’Hare, and Jeff Perry


LEAVING NETFLIX THIS WEEK


SATURDAY
APRIL 13

  • Nazi Megastructures – Season 4 (2017)
  • Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (2015)

SUNDAY
APRIL 14

  • The 3 Tails Movie: A Mermaid Adventure (2015)
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
  • Echo Park (2014)
  • Escape from Planet Earth (2013)
  • Fate/Zero – 2 Seasons (2012)
  • The Games Maker (2014)
  • Gone Too Far! (2013)
  • Just Like Us (2010)
  • People of Tomorrow – 1 Season (2014)
  • Pompidou – 1 Season (2015)
  • Super High Me (2007)
  • True Justice – 1 Collection (2012)
  • Veve (2014)

MONDAY
APRIL 15

  • Anguish (2015)
  • In the Name of Honor (2015)
  • Night Train to Lisbon (2013)
  • One Day Since Yesterday: Peter Bogdanovich & the Lost American Film (2014)

TUESDAY
APRIL 16

  • Hard Time – Seasons 2-3 (2012)
  • The Skyjacker’s Tale (2016)

WEDNESDAY
APRIL 17

  • Henry Poole Is Here (2008)
  • Ice Road Rescue – Season 2 (2015)
  • Pelé: Birth of a Legend (2016)
  • Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
  • The Tiger (2015)

THURSDAY
APRIL 18

  • NONE

NEXT FRIDAY
APRIL 19

  • Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017)

New Trailer: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Official Teaser Trailer #1

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER DECEMBER 20TH, 2019 DIRECTED BY: J.J. ABRAMS Official Synopsis: The final chapter of the saga from a galaxy far, far away. Starring: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, and Carrie Fisher Screenplay … Read More New Trailer: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Official Teaser Trailer #1

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Theatrical Releases: Hellboy (2019) & Missing Link

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HELLBOY (2019)

Directed By: Neil Marshall
Studio: Lionsgate / Summit Entertainment

Official Synopsis: Hellboy is back, and he’s on fire. From the pages of Mike Mignola’s seminal work, this action packed story sees the legendary half-demon superhero (David Harbour, “Stranger Things”) called to the English countryside to battle a trio of rampaging giants. There he discovers The Blood Queen, Nimue (Milla Jovovich, Resident Evil series), a resurrected ancient sorceress thirsting to avenge a past betrayal. Suddenly caught in a clash between the supernatural and the human, Hellboy is now hell-bent on stopping Nimue without triggering the end of the world.

Starring: David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim, and Thomas Haden Church

Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Horror | Science Fiction
Country: USA (English, Spanish, German, Russian)
Rating: R (for strong bloody violence and gore throughout, and language)
Runtime: 120 minutes

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MISSING LINK

Directed By: Chris Butler
Studio: Laika & Annapurna Pictures

Official Synopsis: This April, meet Mr. Link (Galifianakis): 8 feet tall, 630 lbs, and covered in fur, but don’t let his appearance fool you… he is funny, sweet, and adorably literal, making him the world’s most lovable legend at the heart of Missing Link, the globe-trotting family adventure from LAIKA. Tired of living a solitary life in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Link recruits fearless explorer Sir Lionel Frost (Jackman) to guide him on a journey to find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight (Saldana), our fearless trio of explorers encounter more than their fair share of peril as they travel to the far reaches of the world to help their new friend. Through it all, the three learn that sometimes you can find a family in the places you least expect.

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, David Walliams, Timothy Olyphant, Matt Lucas, Amrita Acharia, and Zach Galifianakis

Genre: Animated | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy
Country: USA | Canada (English)
Rating: PG (for action/peril and some mild rude humor)
Runtime: 95 minutes

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LITTLE (2019)

Directed By: Tina Gordon Chism
Studio: Universal Pictures

Official Synopsis: Marsai Martin (TV’s Black-ish) stars in and executive produces Universal Pictures’ LITTLE, a comedy from producer Will Packer (Girls Trip, Ride Along and Think Like a Man series) based on an idea the young actress pitched. Directed by Tina Gordon (Peeples), the film tells the story of a woman who-when the pressures of adulthood become too much to bear-gets the chance to relive the carefree life of her younger self.

Starring: Regina Hall, Issa Rae, Marsai Martin, Tone Bell, Justin Hartley, and Luke James

Genre: Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
Country: USA (English)
Rating: PG-13 (for some suggestive content)
Runtime: 109 minutes

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THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE

Directed By: Terry Gilliam
Studio: Fathom Events

Official Synopsis: Toby (Adam Driver), a cynical advertising director, finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker (Jonathan Pryce) who believes himself to be Don Quixote. In the course of their comic and increasingly surreal adventures, Toby is forced to confront the tragic repercussions of a film he made in his idealistic youth — a film that changed the hopes and dreams of a small Spanish village forever. Can Toby make amends and regain his humanity? Can Don Quixote survive his madness and imminent death? Or will love conquer all?

Starring: Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgard, Olga Kurylenko, Joana Ribeiro, and Jordi Molla

Genre: Adventure | Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
Country: Spain | Belgium | France | UK | Portugal (English & Spanish)
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 132 minutes

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MARY MAGDALENE

Directed By: Gareth Davis
Studio: IFC Films

Official Synopsis: Set in the Holy Land in the first century C.E., a young woman leaves her small fishing village and traditional family behind to join a radical new social movement. At its head is a charismatic leader, Jesus of Nazareth, who promises that the world is changing. Mary is searching for a new way of living, and an authenticity that is denied her by the rigid hierarchies of the day. As the notoriety of the group spread and more are drawn to follow Jesus’ inspirational message, Mary’s spiritual journey places her at the heart of a story that will lead to the capital city of Jerusalem, where she must confront the reality of Jesus’ destiny and her own place within it.

Starring: Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tahar Rahim, Denis Ménochet, and Ariane Labed

Genre: Drama
Country: UK | Australia | USA (English & Hebrew)
Rating: R (for some bloody and disturbing images)
Runtime: 120 minutes

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HER SMELL

Directed By: Alex Ross Perry
Studio: Gunpowder & Sky

Official Synopsis: Becky Something (Elisabeth Moss) is a ’90s punk rock superstar who once filled arenas with her grungy all-female trio Something She. Now she plays smaller venues while grappling with motherhood, exhausted bandmates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom. When Becky’s chaos and excesses derail a recording session and national tour, she finds herself shunned, isolated and alone. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success.

Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Cara Delevingne, Dan Stevens, Agyness Deyn, Gayle Rankin, Ashley Benson, Dylan Gelula, Virginia Madsen and Amber Heard

Genre: Drama | Music
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for language throughout and some drug use)
Runtime: 134 minutes

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TEEN SPIRIT

Directed By: Max Minghella
Studio: LD Entertainment & Bleecker Street

Official Synopsis: Violet (Elle Fanning) is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition. Driven by a pop-fueled soundtrack, Teen Spirit is a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story.

Starring: Elle Fanning, Rebecca Hall, Zlatko Buric, Agnieszka Grochowska, Elizabeth Berrington, and Jordan Stephens

Genre: Drama | Music
Country: UK | USA (English)
Rating: PG-13 (for some suggestive content, and for teen drinking and smoking)
Runtime: 92 minutes

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AFTER (2019)

Directed By: Jenny Gage
Studio: Aviron Pictures

Official Synopsis: Based on Anna Todd’s best-selling novel which became a publishing sensation on social storytelling platform Wattpad, AFTER follows Tessa (Langford), a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart, as she enters her first semester in college. Armed with grand ambitions for her future, her guarded world opens up when she meets the dark and mysterious Hardin Scott (Tiffin), a magnetic, brooding rebel who makes her question all she thought she knew about herself and what she wants out of life.

Starring: Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Selma Blair, Jennifer Beals, Peter Gallagher, and Meadow Williams

Genre: Drama | Romance
Country: USA (English)
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content and some college partying)
Runtime: 106 minutes

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CRYPTO

Directed By: John Stalberg, Jr.
Studio: Lionsgate

Official Synopsis: With the current rise of cryptocurrency, people find ways to exploit the system and the global economy. After discovering evidence of fraud, a young agent named Martin is tasked with following a long trail of corruption and theft. During his investigation, he finds that the people involved are more powerful than he could have ever imagined.

Starring: Luke Hemsworth, Alexis Bledel, Jeremie Harris, Beau Knapp, Vincent Kartheiser and Kurt Russell

Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: R (for language throughout, some violence, sexuality and drug use)
Runtime: 105 minutes

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MASTER Z: IP MAN LEGACY

Directed By: Woo-ping Yuen
Studio: Well Go USA Entertainment

Official Synopsis: Legendary action director Yuen Woo-Ping draws on a stellar cast (Michelle Yeoh, Dave Bautista, Tony Jaa, and Max Zhang) to create a hard-hitting martial arts blast worthy of its place in the celebrated IP MAN universe. Following his defeat by Master Ip, Cheung Tin Chi (Zhang), tries to make a life with his young son in Hong Kong, waiting tables at a bar that caters to expats. But it’s not long before the mix of foreigners, money, and triad leaders draw him once again to the fight.

Starring: Jin Zhang, Dave Bautista, Yan Liu, Michelle Yeoh, Tony Jaa, and Kevin Cheng

Genre: Action | Crime | Foreign | Martial Arts
Country: Hong Kong | China (Cantonese, Mandarin, & English)
Rating: NR
Runtime: 108 minutes

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DOGMAN

Directed By: Matteo Garrone
Studio: Magnolia Pictures

Official Synopsis: In a seaside village on the outskirts of an Italian city, where the only law seems to be survival of the fittest, Marcello is a slight, mild-mannered man who divides his days between working at his modest dog grooming salon, caring for his daughter Alida, and being coerced into the petty criminal schemes of the local bully Simoncino, an ex-boxer who terrorizes the neighborhood. When Simoncino’s abuse finally brings Marcello to a breaking point, he decides to stand up for his own dignity through an act of vengeance, with unintended consequences.

Starring: Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano, Adamo Dionisi, Francesco Acquaroli, and Alida Baldari Calabria

Genre: Crime | Drama | Foreign | Thriller
Country: Italy | France (French)
Rating: NR
Runtime: 103 minutes

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SAUVAGE / WILD

Directed By: Camille Vidal-Naquet
Studio: Strand Releasing

Official Synopsis: SAUVAGE / WILD, Camille Vidal-Naquet’s riveting and vibrant erotic journey of a 22-year-old male prostitute named Leo, features a stunning performance from Félix Maritaud (BPM). Leo trades in love as much as lust, and wanders through his life without rules or restrictions. Through a series of encounters that offer a glimpse into the complicated and visceral world of male sex work, Leo finds himself searching for affection anywhere he can get it — whether it’s the unrequited love for his hustler friend Ahd (Eric Bernard) or in the arms of an older, vulnerable client. Will Leo choose his freedom and the dangers that come with it, or the comforts of a stable relationship? After all, in this unpredictable world, who knows where he’ll end up?

Starring: Félix Maritaud, Eric Bernard, Nicolas Dibla, and Philippe Ohrel

Genre: Drama | Foreign
Country: France (French)
Rating: NR
Runtime: 99 minutes

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LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT

Directed By: Gan Bi
Studio: Kino Lorber

Official Synopsis: Long Day’s Journey Into Night is a noir-tinged film about a solitary man (Jue Huang) haunted by loss and regret, told in two parts: the first an achronological mosaic, the second a nocturnal dream. Again centering around his native province of Guizhou in southwest China, the director has created a film like nothing you’ve seen before.

Starring: Tang Wei, Jue Huang, Sylvia Chang, Hong-Chi Lee, and Yongzhong Chen

Genre: Drama | Foreign | Mystery
Country: China | France (Mandarin)
Rating: NR
Runtime: 140 minutes

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STOCKHOLM

Directed By: Robert Budreau
Studio: Dark Star Pictures

Official Synopsis: STOCKHOLM is based on the absurd but true story of a 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis documented in the 1974 New Yorker article “The Bank Drama” by Daniel Lang. The film follows Lars Nystrom, (Ethan Hawke) who dons a disguise to raid a central Stockholm bank. He then takes hostages in order to spring his pal Gunnar (Mark Strong) from prison. One of the hostages includes Bianca (Noomi Rapace), a wife and mother of two. Negotiations with detectives hits a wall when (at the request of the Prime Minister) the police refuse to let Lars leave in a getaway car with the hostages. As hours turn into days, Lars alternates between threatening the hostages and making them feel comfortable and secure. The hostages develop an uneasy relationship with their captor, which is particularly complex for Bianca, who develops a strong bond with Lars as she witnesses his caring nature. This connection gave rise to the psychological phenomenon known as “Stockholm syndrome”.

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Noomi Rapace, Mark Strong, Christopher Heyerdahl, Bea Santos and Thorbjorn Harr

Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama
Country: USA | Canada (English)
Rating: R (for language and brief violence)
Runtime: 92 minutes

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THE MOST DANGEROUS YEAR

Directed By: Vlada Knowlton
Studio: Passion River Pictures

Official Synopsis: As a dark wave of anti-transgender “bathroom bills” began sweeping across the nation, The Human Rights Campaign called 2016 the most dangerous year ever for transgender Americans. Filmmaker Vlada Knowlton captured the ensuing civil rights battle from the perspective of a group of embattled parents — including herself and her husband, parents of a young trans girl — fighting to protect their children from discriminatory laws in their home state. While Knowlton passionately follows the story of anti-transgender legislation, the heart of the film lies in the stories of the families who accept and support their kids for exactly who they are.

Starring: Aidan Key, Cyrus Habib, and Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy

Genre: Documentary
Country: USA (English)
Rating: NR
Runtime: 90 minutes

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WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY

Directed By: Madeleine Olnek
Studio: Greenwich Entertainment

Official Synopsis: In the mid-19th century, Emily Dickinson is writing prolifically, baking gingerbread, and enjoying a passionate, lifelong romantic relationship with another woman, her friend and sister-in-law Susan…yes this is the iconic American poet, popularly thought to have been a recluse. Beloved comic Molly Shannon leads in this humorous yet bold reappraisal of Dickinson, informed by her private letters. While seeking publication of some of the 1,775 poems written during her lifetime, Emily (Shannon) finds herself facing a troupe of male literary gatekeepers too confused by her genius to take her work seriously. Instead her work attracts the attention of an ambitious woman editor, who also sees Emily as a convenient cover for her own role in buttoned-up Amherst’s most bizarre love triangle.

Starring: Molly Shannon, Amy Seimetz, Susan Ziegler, Brett Gelman, Jackie Monahan, Kevin Seal, Dana Melanie, Sasha Frolova, Lisa Haas, and Stella Chesnut

Genre: Comedy | History
Country: USA (English)
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content)
Runtime: 84 minutes

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MIA AND THE WHITE LION

Directed By: Gilles de Maistre
Studio: Ledafilms Entertainment Group

Official Synopsis: Ten year-old Mia has her life turned upside down when her family decides to leave their home in London to manage a lion farm in South Africa. When a beautiful white lion, Charlie, is born, Mia develops a close attachment to the wild cub. After three years, Mia’s life is rocked once again when she uncovers an upsetting secret kept hidden by her father. Distraught by the thought that Charlie could be in harm, Mia decides to run away. The two set off on an epic adventure across the wild African savanna in search for another land where Charlie can live out his life safe and free.

Starring: Daniah De Villiers, Mélanie Laurent, Langley Kirkwood, Ryan McLennan, and Brandon Auret

Genre: Adventure | Drama | Family
Country: France | Germany | South Africa (English & French)
Rating: PG (for thematic elements, peril and some language)
Runtime: 98 minutes

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SATAN & ADAM

Directed By: V. Scott Balcerek
Studio: Cargo Film & Releasing

Official Synopsis: In 1986, when harmonica player Adam Gussow asked if he could jam with one-man band Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee, it was the beginning of an unforgettable collaboration–dubbed Satan & Adam. Amidst the racial tension in New York City, this Jewish Ivy League graduate and black Mississippi blues man made an unlikely pair, but their musical stylings perfectly aligned. After a chance encounter with members of U2 and a celebrated debut record, the duo rose to international acclaim from their Harlem street corner. But as quickly as they were discovered, their meteoric rise was cut short when Mr. Satan mysteriously disappeared. The result is an odyssey 23 years in the making that captures a miraculous journey of friendship, heartbreak and the transformative power of music.

Starring: Sterling Magee and Adam Gussow

Genre: Documentary | Music
Country: USA (English)
Rating: NR
Runtime: 78 minutes

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WILLIAM

Directed By: Tim Disney
Studio: Dada Films

Official Synopsis: Star academics, Doctors Julian Reed and Barbara Sullivan, fall in love with each other and with the idea of cloning a Neanderthal from ancient DNA. Against the express directive of University administrators they follow through on this audacious idea. The result is William: the first Neanderthal to walk the earth for some 35,000 years. William tries his best to fit into the world around him. But his distinctive physical features and his unique way of thinking–his “otherness”–set him apart and provoke fear. William’s story is powerful and unique, but his struggle to find love and assert his own identity in a hostile world is universal–and timeless.

Starring: Maria Dizzia, Will Brittain, Waleed Zuaiter, Susan Park, Beth Grant, and Callum Seagram Airlie

Genre: Drama
Country: USA (English)
Rating: NR
Runtime: 102 minutes

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ROTTENTAIL

Directed By: Brian Skiba
Studio: Ammo Content

Official Synopsis: Geeky fertility researcher, Peter Cotton, is bitten by a mutant rabbit and changes into the half-man/half-bunny Rottentail. What’s a boy to do? Why, take a hippity-hoppity trip home of course! Peter begins a bloody killing spree of revenge that culminates in his childhood hometown of Easter Falls.

Starring: Corin Nemec, William McNamara, Dominique Swain, Gianni Capaldi, and Vincent De Paul

Genre: Comedy | Horror
Country: USA (English)
Rating: NR
Runtime: ?? minutes

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A DARK PLACE

Directed By: Simon Fellows
Studio: Shout! Studios

Official Synopsis: Donald Devlin is a garbage man in the fictional town of Harburgh, Pennsylvania, a former steel town that has seen brighter days. A single father, Donny spends his days collecting the trash of the residents alongside his best friend, Donna Reutzel, and in his off-time, focuses his energies on being the best father he can be to his young daughter, Wendy. But when young Tyler Zeigler, a neighborhood boy, goes missing, Donny starts to fixate on finding out what has happened to him. With the local sheriff warning him off, and the town reacting to the young boy’s disappearance in a variety of confusing and suspicious ways, Donny determines to learn the truth. But the truth may not want to be revealed.

Starring: Andrew Scott, Bronagh Waugh, Denise Gough, J.D. Evermore, and Michael Rose

Genre: Mystery | Thriller
Country: UK (English)
Rating: R
Runtime: 89 minutes

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PENGUIN HIGHWAY

Directed By: Hiroyasu Ishida
Studio: Eleven Arts

Official Synopsis: Budding genius Aoyama is only in the 4th grade, but already lives his life like a scientist. When penguins start appearing in his sleepy suburb hundreds of miles from the sea, Aoyama vows to solve the mystery. When he finds the source of the penguins is a woman from his dentist’s office, they team up for an unforgettable summer adventure!

Starring: Kana Kita, Yû Aoi, Rie Kugimiya, Megumi Han, Miki Fukui, Hidetoshi Nishijima, and Naoto Takenaka

Genre: Animated | Adventure | Family | Fantasy | Foreign
Country: Japan (Japanese)
Rating: NR
Runtime: 119 minutes

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GIRLS OF THE SUN
(Les filles du soleil)

Directed By: Eva Husson
Studio: Wild Bunch

Official Synopsis: Somewhere in Kurdistan, Bahar is commander in chief of the Girls of the Sun, a Kurdish female battalion. She is about to take back the town of Corduene, where she was captured by the extremists. Mathilde, a French journalist covers the first three days of the offensive. Through their encounter, Bahar’s itinerary, since the men dressed in black changed the course of her existence, resurfaces.

Starring: Golshifteh Farahani, Emmanuelle Bercot, and Evin Ahmad

Genre: Drama | Foreign | War
Country: France | Belgium | Georgia | Switzerland (French, Kurdish, English, & Arabic)
Rating: NR
Runtime: 111 minutes

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AMERICAN WARFIGHTER

Directed By: Jerry G. Angelo
Studio: Gravitas Ventures

Official Synopsis: A Navy SEAL with PTSD struggles to balance the needs of his family with the demands of his teammates while, at the same time, battling to distinguish between reality and PTSD-related nightmares.

Starring: Jerry G. Angelo, Paul Logan, Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Michael King, Jennifer L. Marshall, Mindy Robinson, & Andrew Ortega

Genre: Action | Drama | Romance | War
Country: Ireland (English)
Rating: NR
Runtime: 105 minutes

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MADE ME DO IT

Directed By: Benjamin Ironside Koppin
Studio: Indican Pictures

Official Synopsis: After a lifetime of abuse and rejection Thomas Berkson has found unconditional love — through murder. He has become a serial killer following the voices in his head. Poor college student Ali Hooper, her little brother and ex-boyfriend find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. In this throwback to the classic 80’s slasher films comes this harrowing journey for survival against an unstoppable force of nature.

Starring: Anna B. Shaffer, Kyle Van Vonderen, Courtney Palm, Jason Gregory London, Liston Spence, and Dustin Stevens

Genre: Drama | Fantasy | Horror | Thriller
Country: USA (English)
Rating: NR
Runtime: 94 minutes

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Tuesday Releases: Holmes & Watson, On The Basis Of Sex, & Welcome to Marwen

ON THE BASIS OF SEX
Universal Studios | 2018 | 120 min | Rated PG-13


Official Synopsis: Inspired by the powerful true story of a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Academy Award nominee Felicity Jones), On the Basis of Sex depicts a then-struggling attorney and new mother facing adversity in her fight for equal rights. When Ruth takes on a ground-breaking case, she knows the outcome could alter the courts’ view of gender discrimination. Stronger together, Ruth teams up with her husband, Martin Ginsburg (Armie Hammer), to fight the case that catapults her into one of the most important public figures of our time.

  • A Supreme Team: Making On the Basis of Sex
  • Legacy of Justice
  • Martin and Ruth: A Loving Partnership


TV SPOTLIGHT


RAY DONOVAN: SEASON SIX
Showtime | 2018-2019 | 12 Episodes


Official Synopsis: Ray rebuilds his life both personally and professionally in New York City. After being rescued from a plummet into the East River, his savior, a cop named Mac, brings Ray into the Staten Island Police Department fraternity. While exploring this new world of brotherhood and corruption, Ray finds himself once again working for media mogul Samantha Winslow. Sam has teamed up with New York City mayoral candidate Anita Novak, a partnership that puts Ray at odds with his new friends out in Staten Island.


CRITERION CORNER


NIGHT ON EARTH
Criterion | 1991 | 128 min | Not Rated


Official Synopsis: Five cities. Five taxicabs. A multitude of strangers in the night. Jim Jarmusch assembled an extraordinary international cast of actors (including Gena Rowlands, Winona Ryder, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Béatrice Dalle, and Roberto Benigni) for this quintet of transitory tales of urban displacement and existential angst, all staged as encounters between cabbies and their fares. Spanning time zones, continents, and languages, Night on Earth winds its course through scenes of uproarious comedy, nocturnal poetry, and somber fatalism, set to a moody soundtrack by Tom Waits. Jarmusch’s lovingly askew view of humanity from the passenger seat makes for one of his most charming and beloved films, a freewheeling showcase for the cosmopolitan range of his imagination.

Director-Approved Special Edition Features
  • High-definition digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Selected-scene commentary from 2007 featuring director of photography Frederick Elmes and location sound mixer Drew Kunin
  • Q&A with Jarmusch from 2007, in which he responds to questions sent in by fans
  • Belgian television interview with Jarmusch from 1992
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by filmmakers, authors, and critics Thom Andersen, Paul Auster, Bernard Eisenschitz, Goffredo Fofi, and Peter von Bagh, and the lyrics to Tom Waits’s original songs from the film

Cover by Eric Skillman


STRANGER THAN PARADISE
Criterion | 1984 | 89 min | Not Rated


Official Synopsis: With this breakout film, Jim Jarmusch established himself as one of the most exciting voices in the burgeoning independent-film scene, a road-movie poet with an affinity for Americana at its most offbeat. Jarmusch follows rootless Hungarian émigré Willie (John Lurie), his pal Eddie (Richard Edson), and his visiting sixteen-year-old cousin, Eva (Eszter Balint), as they drift from New York’s Lower East Side to the snowy expanses of Lake Erie and the drab beaches of Florida, always managing to make the least of wherever they end up. Structured as a series of master-shot vignettes etched in black and white by cinematographer Tom DiCillo, Stranger Than Paradise is a nonchalant masterpiece of deadpan comedy and perfectly calibrated minimalism.

Director-Approved Special Edition Features
  • High-definition digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 1996 featuring Jarmusch and actor Richard Edson
  • Permanent Vacation (1980), Jarmusch’s seventy-five-minute, color feature debut, presented in a high-definition digital restoration supervised by the director
  • Kino ’84: Jim Jarmusch, a 1984 German television program ­featuring interviews with cast and crew members from Stranger Than Paradiseand Permanent Vacation
  • Some Days in January 1984, a behind-the-scenes Super 8 film by Tom Jarmusch
  • U.S. and Japanese trailers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring Jarmusch’s 1984 “Some Notes on Stranger Than Paradise,” critics Geoff Andrew and J. Hoberman on Stranger Than Paradise, and author and critic Luc Sante on Permanent Vacation

Cover by Eric Skillman


HIGHLIGHT RELEASES OF THE WEEK


A DOG’S WAY HOME
Sony Pictures | 2019 | 96 min | Rated PG


Official Synopsis: As a puppy, Bella finds her way into the arms of Lucas, a young man who gives her a good home. When Bella becomes separated from Lucas, she soon finds herself on an epic, 400-mile journey to reunite with her beloved owner. Along the way, the lost but spirited dog touches the lives of an orphaned mountain lion, a down-on-his-luck veteran and some friendly strangers who happen to cross her path.

  • DIY Doggie Treats With Shelby
  • Unforgettable Journey
  • Dog Days: Shelby’s Production Diary
  • Deleted Scenes


HOLMES & WATSON
Sony Pictures | 2018 | 91 min | Rated PG-13


Official Synopsis: Detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson join forces to investigate a mysterious murder at Buckingham Palace. It seems like an open-and-shut case as all signs point to Professor James Moriarty, the criminal mastermind and longtime nemesis of the crime-solving duo. When new twists and clues begin to emerge, the world’s greatest sleuth and his trusted assistant must now use their legendary wits and ingenious methods to catch the killer before the queen becomes the next victim.

  • Line-o-Rama
  • Deleted Scenes
  • “I Seem to Have Forgotten My Hat”
  • “Did You Hear the Good News”
  • “Mrs. Hudson’s Lovers”
  • “You Caught Me in A Micro