The Early Report for August 17, 2018

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 16 new openers in theatres for the week of August 17th, 2018.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Benched
Logline: A legendary Little League baseball coach must take on a new, hapless assistant. Hilarity ensues.
Featuring: Garret Dillahunt, Brogan Hall, Hadley Maxwell, John C. McGinley, Reid Murray
Directors: Robert Deaton and George Flanigen
Writer: Richard Dresser, based on his book “Rounding Third”
Distributor: Gravitas Ventures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Music Hall Theatre in Beverly Hills
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 110 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Billionaire Boys Club
Logline: A group of wealthy boys in Los Angeles during the early 1980s establish a ‘get-rich-quick’ scam that turns deadly.
Featuring: Taron Egerton, Ansel Elgort, Emma Roberts, Ryan Rottman, Kevin Spacey
Director: James Cox
Writers: James Cox and Captain Mauzner
Distributor: Lionsgate
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets
MPAA Rating: R for language throughout, drug use, some violence and sexual content
Running Time: 108 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Breaking and Exiting
Logline: A charming house thief gets more than he bargains for during an attempted burglary when he stumbles upon a depressed woman and decides to save her from herself.
Featuring: Milo Gibson, Jordan Hinson, Adam Huber
Director: Peter Facinelli
Writer: Jordan Hinson
Distributor: Freestyle Releasing
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Village East Cinemas in New York City and the NoHo 7 in North Hollywood
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 78 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Davi’s Way
Logline: Documents the efforts of character actor Robert Davi as he transitions from acting to singing
Director: Tom Donahue
Distributor: 2B Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Cinema Village in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 84 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Do You Trust This Computer?
Logline: Documents what is happening today in the world of artificial intelligence development
Featuring: Eric Horvitz, Ray Kurzweil, Elon Musk, Jonathan Nolan, Tim Urban
Director: Chris Paine
Distributor: Busy Child
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Cinema Village in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 78 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Down a Hall Darkly
Logline: A new student at an boarding school confronts the institution’s supernatural occurrences and dark powers of its headmistress.
Featuring: Isabelle Fuhrman, Victoria Moroles, AnnaSophia Robb, Noah Silver, Uma Thurman
Director: Rodrigo Cortés
Writers: Mike Goldbach and Chris Sparling, based on the novel by Lois Duncan
Distributor: Lionsgate
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Husic Hall Theatre in Beverly Hills
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic content, terror and violence, some language including a sexual reference, and smoking
Running Time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Juliet, Naked
Logline: A woman stuck in a dead-end relationship with an obsessive audiophile has a life-changing encounter with her boyfriend’s biggest obsession when an old demo of the star resurfaces.
Featuring: Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, Chris O’Dowd
Director: Jesse Peretz
Writer: Tamara Jenkins, based on the novel by Nick Hornsby
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, the Angelika Film Center, the Cinepolia Chelsea 9 and the Lincoln Square 13 in New York City, and the Landmark 12 in West Los Angeles
MPAA Rating: R for language
Running Time: 98 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Memoir of War
Logline: A writer must navigate through the hardships of the Liberation after losing her husband and starting a relationship with the enemy during the War. In French with subtitles
Featuring: Benjamin Biolay, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Benoît Magimel, Mélanie Thierry
Director: Emmanuel Finkiel
Writer: Emmanuel Finkiel, based on the novel “The War: A Memoir” by Marguerite Duras
Distributor: Music Box Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Film Forum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 127 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Minding the Gap
Logline: Documents the lives of three young men in the Rust Belt as they bond over a shared love of skateboarding.
Director: Bing Liu
Distributor: Hulu
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Metrograph Theatre in New York City and the Laemmle Film Center in Santa Monica
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Notes on an Appearance
Logline: A young man disappears amid talk of violence and demagoguery, leaving behind an obscure cache of letters, postcards, and notebooks.
Featuring: Bingham Bryant, Kathryn Danielle, A.S. Hamrah, Tallie Medel, Keith Poulson
Director: Ricky D’Ambrose
Writer: Ricky D’Ambrose
Distributor: Grasshopper Film
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 60 minutes, plus 14 minute short film Six Cents in the Pocket by D’Ambrose
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich
Logline: All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets up for auction at a convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that’s motivated by an evil as old as time.
Featuring: Barbara Crampton, Udo Kier, Thomas Lennon, Michael Paré, Charlyne Yi
Directors: Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund
Writer: S. Craig Zahler, based on characters created by Charles Band and Kenneth J. Hall
Distributor: RLJE Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Village East Cinemas in New York City and the Monica Film Center in Santa Monica
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 84 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

The Ranger
Logline: Teen punks, on the run from the cops and hiding out in the woods, come up against the local authority – an unhinged park ranger with an axe to grind.
Featuring: Jeremy Holm, Granit Lahu, Chloe Levine, Jeremy Pope, Bubba Weiler
Director: Jenn Wexler
Writers: Giaco Furino and Jenn Wexler
Distributor: Uncork’d Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the IFC Film Center in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 77 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Songwriter
Logline: Documents the efforts of singer Ed Sheeran as he writes the songs that will form the material for his 2017 album Divide
Director: Murray Cummings
Distributor: Apple Music/Abramorama
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the IFC Film Center in New Yokr City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 84 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

We the Animals
Logline: Three children tear their way through childhood and push against the volatile love of their parents.
Featuring: Raúl Castillo, Josiah Gabriel, Isaiah Kristian, Evan Rosado, Sheila Vand
Director: Jeremiah Zagar
Writers: Daniel Kitrosser and Jeremiah Zagar
Distributor: Cinereach
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center and the Landmark at 57 West in New York City, and the Landmark 12 in West Los Angeles
MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some underage drug and alcohol use
Running Time: 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

A Whale of a Tale
Logline: Documents the lives of local whalers, global activists and an American journalist in the “whale and dolphin killing town” of Taiji, Japan, featured in the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove,” revealing not everything is as black and white as it seems. In English and in Japanese with subtitles
Director: Megumi Sasaki
Distributor: Fine Line Media
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Quad Cinema in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

The Wife
Logline: A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Featuring: Glenn Close, Max Irons, Harry Lloyd, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater
Director: Björn Runge
Writer: Jane Anderson, based on the novel by Meg Wolitzer
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center and the Paris Theatre in New York City
MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content
Running Time: 100 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

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