The Early Report for May 24th, 2017

The Early Report features the most detailed listings on the Internet of the independent and foreign films scheduled to be released in the upcoming week, including actual and estimated screen counts, running times and ratings, when available. This week’s report covers 18 new openers in theatres for the week of May 26th.

Wednesday May 24, 2017

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan
Logline: Documents the prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City Ballet after a record-setting three decades with the company.
Directors: Linda Saffire and Adam Schlesinger
Distributor: Abramormam
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Film Forum and the Lincoln Center in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat 91.78:1)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

5-25-77
Logline: A budding teenage filmmaker does everything he can to see a new movie called Star Wars on opening day.
Featuring: Colleen Camp, John Francis Daley, Neil Flynn, Austin Pendleton
Director: Patrick Read Johnson
Writer: Patrick Read Johnson
Distributor:
Opening Week Release Pattern: One night only screenings at the Screening Room Theare in Amherst NY, the Athens Cine in Athens GA, the Atlantic City Fan Expo Theatre in Atlantic City, the Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills, the Alamo Drafthouse Cedar Theatre and the Alamo Drafthouse Richardson Cinemas in Dallas, the Hollywood Theater in Dormont PA, the Mindframe Theatre in Dubuque IA, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas in El Paso, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas in Houston, the Kinnelon 8 in Kinnelon NJ, the Kentucky Theater in Lexington KY, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas in Lubbock TX, the Island 7 in Mastic NY, the Zeitgeist Theater in New Orleans, the NoHo 7 in North Hollywood, the Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa ONT, the Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Maiden Alley Cinemas in Paducah KY, the Dragonfly Cinema in Port Orchard WA, the Grandin Theatre in Roanoke VA, the Alamo Drafthouse Mission Theatre in San Francisco, the Grand Illusion Theatre in Seattle, the TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre in Toronto, the Rio Theatre in Vancouver BC, the Movies at Wellington in Wellington FL, the Orpheum Theater in Wichita KS and the a/perture Cinemas in Winston-Salem NC
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 122 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Long Strange Trip – The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead
Logline: Documents the thirty year history of the seminal band, from its inception to the death of co-founder Jerry Garcia
Director: Amir Bar-Lev
Distributor: Abramorama
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the IFC Film Center in New York City and the Monica Film Cener in Santa Monica, plus one night only screenings at the Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, the Alamo Drafthouse Village Cinemas in Austin, the Senator Theatre in Baltimore, the North Park Theatre in Buffalo, the Terrace Theatre in Charleston, the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, the Cedar Lee Cinemas in Cleveland Heights OH, the Gateway Film Center in Columbus OH, the Merrick Park Cinemas in Coral Gables FL, the Magnolia Theatre in Dallas, the Des Peres Cine in Des Peres MO, the Hacienda Crossing 20 in Dublin CA, the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, the Spectrum 21 in Irvine CA, the Cinemapolis in Ithaca NY, the Tivoli Theatre in Kansas City MO, the King of Prussia 16 in King of Prussia PA, the Arclight Cinemas in La Jolla CA, the Media Arts Center in Lincoln NE, the Art Theatre in Long Beach, the Regent Theatre in Los Angeles, the Point Cinema in Madison WI, the Lagoon Theatre in Minneapolis, the Oriental Theater in Milwaukee, the Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Morrison CO, the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, the Canal Place Cinemas in New Orleans, the Naro Theater in Norfolk VA, the Enzian Theatre in Orlando, the Aquarius Theatre in Palo Alto, the Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Prince Theater in Philadelphia, the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville NY, the Capitol Theater in Portchester NY, the Cinema 21 in Portland OR, the Showcase Cinemas Deluxe in Providence RI, the Showcase Cinemas Deluxe in Revere MA, the Palladium 22 in Richmond TX, the Tower Theatre in Salt Lake City, the Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego, the Clay Theatre in San Francisco, the Camera 3 in San Jose, the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA, the Del Mar Theatre in Santa Cruz, the Guild 45th Theatre in Seattle, the Arizona Mills 25 in Tempe AZ, the Circle Cinema in Tulsa OK and the E Street Cinemas in Washington DC
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 241 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Friday May 26, 2017

Black Butterfly
Logline: Outside a mountain town grappling with a series of abductions and murders, a reclusive writer struggles to start what he hopes will be a career-saving screenplay
Featuring: Antonio Bandares, Abel Ferrera, Piper Perabo, Jonathna Rhys-Meyers
Director: Brian Goodman
Writers: Marc Frydman and Justin Stanley
Distributor: Lionsgate Premiere
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Cinema Village in New York City and the Monica Film Center in Santa Monica
MPAA Rating: R for language
Running Time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
PRODUCER CREDIT ABUSE: This movie has no less than TWENTY TWO producers, co-producers, line producers, assistant producers, supervising producers, executive producers and co-executive producers!

Buena Vista Social Club: Adios
Logline: Revisit with the remaining original members of the Buena Vista Social Club and explore their contribution to the unknown history of Cuba. In English and in Spanish with subtitles
Featuring: Ibrahim Ferrer, Guajirito Mirabal, Manuel ‘Guajiro’ Mirabal, Omara Portuondo
Director: Lucy Walker
Distributor: Broad Green Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Town Center 5 in Encino CA, the Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and additional locations in select markets
MPAA Rating: PG for historical smoking throughout, thematic elements and brief suggestive material
Running Time: 109 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

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Dear Other Self
Logline: A woman finds herself caught in a dilemma whether she will stay at work or pursue her passion for traveling. In Filipino and Tagalog with subtitles
Featuring: Xian Lim, Joseph Marco, Jodi Sta
Director: Veronica Velasco
Writers: Veronica Velasco and Jinky Laurel, story by Velasco
Distributor: ABS CBN International
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Pearlridge West Theatres in Aiea HI, the Hoffman Center 22 in Alexandria VA, the Century 16 in Anchorage AK, the Bergenfield Cinemas in Bergenfield NJ, the Burbank 16 in Burbank, the Carson 13 in Carson CA, the Puente Hills 20 in City of Industry CA, the Movieworld Cinemas in Douglaston NY, the Jersey Gardens 20 in Elizabeth NJ, the Rio 18 in Gaithersburg MD, the Westgate 20 in Glendale AZ, the Egyptian 24 in Hanover MD, the Studio 30 in Houston, the Kaahumanu 6 in Kahului HI, the Kapolei 16 in Kapolei HI, the Orleans 18 in Las Vegas, the Plaza Bonita 14 in National City CA, the Mesa 16 in Mesa AZ, the Empire 25 in New York City, the Norfolk 18 in Norfolk VA, the Mission Marketplace 13 in Oceanside CA, the Olympia Cinemas in Olympia WA, the Block 30 in Orange CA, the Pickwick 5 in Park Ridge IL, the Legacy 24 in Plano TX, the Park Lane Cinemas in Reno NV, the Roseville 14 in Roseville CA, the Northridge Mall 14 in Salinas, the Movies 16 in San Antonio, the Tanforan Cinemas in San Bruno CA, the Westshore 14 in Tampa FL, the Union Landing 25 in Union City CA, the Century 14 in Vallejo CA and the Woodridge 18 in Woodridge IL (34 locations total)
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 125 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Drone
Logline: Ideologies collide with fatal results when a military drone contractor meets an enigmatic Pakistani businessman.
Featuring: Sean Bean, Mary McCormack, Joel David Moore, Patrick Sabongui, Sharon Taylor
Director: Jason Bourque
Writers: Paul A. Birkett and Jason Bourque, story by Ian Birkett and Paul A. Birkett and Roger Patterson
Distributor: Screen Media Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills, the Cinema Detroit in Detroit, the Grapevine Mills 30 in Grapevine TX, the Studio 30 in Houston, the VIllage East Cinemas in New York City, the Cineplex 20 in Orlando, the Arizona Center 24 in Phoenix, the 4 Star Theatre in San Francisco, the Veterans 24 in Tampa and the Promenade 24 in Westminster CO
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
PRODUCER CREDIT ABUSE: This movie has no less than TWENTY producers, co-producers, line producers, associate producers and executive producers!

The Here After
Logline: When John returns home to his father after serving time in prison, he is looking forward to starting his life afresh. However, in the local community his crime is neither forgotten nor forgiven. In Swedish with subtitles
Featuring: Mats Blomgren, Loa Ek, Ellen Jelinek, Wies?aw Komasa, Ulrik Munther, Alexander Nordgren
Director: Magnus von Horn
Writer: Magnus von Horn
Distributor: Parade Deck Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 102 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Hermia and Helena
Logline: A young Argentine theater director travels from Buenos Aires to New York to attend an artistic residency to develop her new project: a new Spanish translation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In English and in Spanish with subtitles
Featuring: Mati Diop, Agustina Muñoz, Keith Poulson, Julián Larquier Tellarini, María Villar
Director: Matías Piñeiro
Writer: Matías Piñeiro
Distributor: Kino Lorber
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Metrograph Theatre in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 87 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast
Logline: Documents 95-year-old comedy legend Carl Reiner as he tracks down celebrated people in their 90s — and beyond — to show how the twilight years can be among the happiest and most rewarding
Featuring: Tony Bennett, Mel Brooks, Kirk Douglas, Irving Fields, Stan Harper, Norman Lear, Stan Lee, Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke, Betty White
Director: Danny Gold
Distributor: HBO Documentary Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 86 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Jasmine
Logline: One year after the murder of his wife, a successful businessman becomes fixated on a stranger he believes is the killer.
Featuring: Jason Tobin, Byron Mann, Eugenia Yuan, Glen Chin, Sarah Lian
Director: Dax Phelan
Writers: Dax Phelan, story by Phelan and Jason Otbin
Distributor: Indican Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower
Logline: Documents the effort of one Chinese teenager to hold his nation’s government responsible when the Communist Party backtracks on its promise of autonomy to Hong Kong. In Cantonese with subtitles
Director: Joe Piscatella
Distributor: Netflix
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Monica Film Center in Santa Monica
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 78 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

RaaRandoi Veduka Chudham
Logline: A playboy falls for a charmingly innocent girl. In Telugu with subtitles.
Featuring: Naga Chaitanya Akkineni, Jagapathi Babu, Rajitha, Rakul Preet Singh, Surekha Vani
Director: Kalyan Krishna
Writers: Kalyan Krishna and Satyanand
Distributor: US Telugu Movie
Opening Week Release Pattern: 150 plus playdates
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 146 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Saab Bahadar
Logline: A small-town police officer investigates the murder of a prominent citizen. In Punjabi with subtitles
Featuring: Jaswinder Bhalla, Preet Kamal, Seema Kaushal, Rana Ranbir, Ammy Virk
Director: Amrit Raj Chadha
Writer: Jass Grewal
Distributor: Zee Studios
Opening Week Release Pattern: 100 plus playdates
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 112 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sachin: A Billion Dreams
Logline: Documents the life of legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. To be released featuring one of five different languages: English, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu.
Director: James Erskine
Distributor: Carnival Motion Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 200 plus playdates
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 138 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation
Logline: Documents the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team on the road as they compete in the 2015 World Box Lacrosse Championships.
Directors: Peter Spirer and Peter Baxter
Distributor: XLrator Media
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Arena CineLounge in Hollywood
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

War Machine
Logline: A successful, charismatic American four-star general leaps at the chance to lead NATO forces in Afghanistan, which comically tragic results.
Featuring: Griffin Dunne, Anthony Michael Hall, Ben Kingsley, Brad Pitt, Will Poulter, Alan Ruck, Meg Tilly
Director: David Michôd
Writer: David Michôd, based on the novel by Michael Hastings
Distributor: Netflix
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the iPic Fulton Market Cinemas in New York City, the Monica Film Center in Santa Monica and the iPic Cinemas in Westwood
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 120 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

The Women’s Balcony
Logline: A congregation falls into crisis when a women’s balcony in an Orthodox synagogue collapses, leaving the rabbi’s wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock. In Hebrew with subtitles
Featuring: Aviv Alush, Orna Banai, Itzik Cohen, Evelin Hagoel, Igal Naor, Einat Sarouf
Director: Emil Ben-Shimon
Writer: Shlomit Nehama
Distributor: Menemsha Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Fountain Theatre in Mesilla NM, and the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and the Quad Cinema in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 97 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Expanding today
Bang! The Bert Berns Story: Opens at the Rialto Cinemas in Berkeley and the Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol CA
Cezanne Et Moi: Opens at the Speed Art Museum Theatre in Louisville
Champion: Opens at the Sunset Place 24 in Miami
Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary: Opens at the Grail Theatre in Asheville NC and the VanCity Theatre in Vancouver BC
Chuck: Opens at the Spectrum 8 in Albany NY, the Cinema Arts Center in Amherst MA, the Varsity Theatre in Ashland OR, the Shadowood 16 in Boca Raton FL, the Amherst Theatre in Buffalo NY, the Citadel Mall 16 in Charleston SC, the New Pageant Theatre in Chico CA, the Gateway Film Center in Columbus OH, the Bijou Art Cinema in Eugene OR, the Belltower 20 in Fort Myers FL, the Highlands Ranch 24 in Highlands Ranch CO, the Keystone Art Cinema 7 in Indianapolis, the Cinemapolis 5 in Ithaca NY, the Regency 24 in Jacksonville FL, the Riverdale 10 in Little Rock, the Ridgeway 4 in Memphis, the Lagoon Cinema in Minneapolis, the Mount Lebanon 6 in Mt. Lebanon PA, the Hollywood 20 in Naples FL, the Quail Springs Mall 24 in Oklahoma City, the Holiday Village 4 in Park City UT, the Broadway Centre Cinemas in Salt Lake City, the Palm Theatre in San Luis Obispo CA, the Hollywood 20 in Sarasota FL, the Violet Crown Cinemas in Santa Fe NM, the Bridgeport Village 18 in Tigard OR, the Southroads 20 in Tulsa OK, the Promenade 24 in Westminster CO and the Winter Park Village 20 in Winter Park FL
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City: Opens at the Modern Art Museum Theatre in Fort Worth and the Film Streams at the Ruth Sokoof Theater in Omaha
The Commune: Opens at the Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, the Indiana University Cinema in Bloomington IN, the Coral Gables Art Cinema in Coral Gables FL, the Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco, the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe NM and the E Street Cinemas in Washington DC
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki: Opens at the Midtown Art Cinemas in Atlanta and the Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia
Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story: Opens at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago and the Museum of Fine Arts Theatre in Houston
Icaros: A Vision: Opens at the Facets Cinematheque in Chicago and the Clinton Street Theatre in Portland
Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent: Opens at the Spectrum 8 in Albany NY and the a/perture Cinemas in Winston-Salem NC
Manifesto: Opens at the Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer: Opens at the Cape Ann Community Cinema in Gloucester MA
Obit.: Opens at the Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver, the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, the Little Theatre in Rochester NY and the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle
One Week and a Day: Opens at the Gateway Film Center in Columbus OH
A Quiet Passion: Opens at the Ryder Theatre in Bloomington IN, the Tivoli Cinemas in Kansas City MI and the Museum of Art Theatre in Oklahoma City
Slack Bay: Opens at the Miami Beach Cinematheque in Miami Beach FL and the Ken Cinema in San Diego
Wakefield: Opens atthe Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, the Cosford Cinema in Coral Gables FL, the South Coast Village Cinemas in Costa Mesa CA, the SIE Film Center in Denver, the Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadephia, the Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco, the CCA Cinematheque in Santa Fe, the Shea 14 in Scottsdale AZ, the E Street Cinemas in Washington DC and the Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles

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