The Early Report for August 30, 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 20 new openers in theatres for the week of August 31st, 2018.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Operation Finale
Logline: A team of secret agents set out to track down the Nazi officer who masterminded the Holocaust.
Featuring: Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Nick Kroll, Mélanie Laurent, Lior Raz
Director: Chris Weitz
Writer: Matthew Orton
Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Opening Week Release Pattern: 1800 plus playdates
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for disturbing thematic content and related violent images, and for some language
Running Time: 122 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Friday, August 31, 2018

Active Measures
Logline: Documents the most successful espionage operation in Russian history: the American presidential election of 2016.
Featuring: Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Michael McFaul, Evan McMullin, John Podesta
Director: Jack Bryan
Writers: Jack Bryan and Marley Clements
Distributor: Super LTD
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Gateway Film Center in Columbus OH, the IFC Film Center in New York City and the Sunset 5 in West Hollywood
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 110 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

An Actor Prepares
Logline: After suffering a heart attack, a famous, hard-drinking actor is forced to drive cross country with his estranged son, who wants nothing to do with him.
Featuring: Frankie Faison, Jack Huston, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Modine, Will Patton, Ben Schwartz
Director: Steve Clark
Writers: Steve Clark and Thomas Moffett
Distributor: Gravitas Ventures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Music Hall Theatre in Beverly Hills and the Center Cinemas in Rutherford NJ
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 97 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Big Brother
Logline: A former soldier is recruited for his toughest mission yet: teaching a class of teen delinquents. In Cantonese with English subtitles
Featuring: Joe Chen, Jack Lok, Yu Kang, Donnie Yen
Director: Ka-Wai Kam
Writers: Tai-lee Chan
Distributor: Well Go USA
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Pearlridge 16 in Aiea HI, the Santa Anita 16 in Arcadia CA, the Boston Common 19 in Boston, the Hollywood 24 in Chamblee GA, the Cherry Hill 24 in Cherry Hill NJ, the River East 21 in Chicago, the Puente Hills 20 in City of Industry CA, the Cinema City Movies 12 in Edmonton AB, the Studio 30 in Houston, the La Jolla 12 in La Jolla CA, the Town Square 18 in Las Vegas, the Cineplex Markham 13 in Markham ON, the Atlantic Times Square 14 in Monterey Park CA, the Cinéma Cineplex Forum 22 in Montréal QC, the Empire 25 in New York City, the Orange 30 in Orange CA, the Legacy 24 in Plano TX, the Cineplex South Keys 12 in Ottawa ON, the StarCity Riverport 19 in Richmond BC, the Rockville Center 13 in Rockville MD, the Metreon 16 in San Francisco, the Mercado 20 in Santa Clara, the Pacific Place 11 in Seattle, the Union Landing 25 in Union City CA and the College Point Multiplex Cinemas in Whitestone NY
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 101 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Boarding School
Logline: A young boy becomes fascinated with the persona of his dead grandmother, and is sent to an isolated boarding school for misfits run by a mysterious headmaster and his wife.
Featuring: Tammy Blanchard, Robert John Burke, Samantha Mathis, Will Patton, Luke Prael, Lucy Walters
Director: Boaz Yakin
Writer: Boaz Yakin
Distributor: Momentum Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Arena Cinelounge Sunset in Hollywood
MPAA Rating: R for disturbing violent content, bloody images, some sexual material, and language
Running Time: 111 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Chasing the Win
Logline: Documents what happens when a rookie trainer and a longtime owner achieve success and fame when their beloved racehorse scores an unprecedented victory.
Directors: Laura Sheehy and Chris Ghelfi
Distributor: Indie Rights
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Arena Cinelounge Sunset in Hollywood
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Destination Wedding
Logline: Two strangers headed towards a destination wedding discover they have many things in common: they both hate the bride, the groom, the wedding, themselves, and, most especially, each other.
Featuring: DJ Dallenbach, Ted Dubost, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder
Director: Victor Levin
Writer: Victor Levin
Distributor: Regetta
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Town Center 8 in Burbank, the Empire 25 and the Village East Cinemas in New York City, and the Monica Film Center in Santa Monica
MPAA Rating: R for language throughout and sexual content
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Distant Voices, Still Lives
Logline: The lives of an English working-class family are told out of order in a free-associative manner. 30th Anniversary Re-release.
Featuring: Freda Dowie, Pete Postlethwaite, Angela Walsh, Dean Williams
Director: Terence Davies
Writer: Terence Davies
Distributor: Arrow Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Metrograph Theatre in New York City
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Inventing Tomorrow
Logline: Documents the lives of six teenage innovators from around the globe who are creating cutting-edge solutions to confront the world’s environmental threats – found right in their own backyards – while navigating the doubts and insecurities that mark adolescence.
Director: Laura Nix
Distributor: Eammon Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the IFC Film Center in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 87 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Kin
Logline: Chased by a vengeful criminal, the feds and a gang of otherworldly soldiers, a recently released ex-con and his adopted teenage brother are forced to go on the run with a weapon of mysterious origin as their only protection.
Featuring: Carrie Coon, James Franco, Zoë Kravitz, Dennis Quaid, Jack Reynor, Myles Truitt
Directors: Jonathan Baker and Josh Baker
Writer: Daniel Casey, based on the short film “Bag Man” written by Jonathan Baker and Josh Baker
Distributor: Lionsgate Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus playdates
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for gun violence and intense action, suggestive material, language, thematic elements and drinking
Running Time: 103 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Let the Corpses Tan
Logline: After stealing a truckload of gold bars, a gang of thieves engages in an all-day firefight with pursuing cops at the ruins of a remote Mediterranean hamlet. In French with English subtitiles
Featuring: Marc Barbé, Bernie Bonvoisin, Stéphane Ferrara, Elina Löwensohn, Michelangelo Marchese
Directors: Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani
Writers: Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani
Distributor: Kino Lorber
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn, the Quad Cinema in New York City and the Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 92 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

The Little Stranger
Logline: After a doctor is called to visit a crumbling manor, strange things begin to occur.
Featuring: Josh Dylan, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Charlotte Rampling, Ruth Wilson
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Writer: Lucinda Coxon, based on the novel by Sarah Waters
Distributor: Focus Features
Opening Week Release Pattern: 453 playdates
MPAA Rating: R for some disturbing bloody images
Running Time: 111 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

A Paris Education
Logline: Etienne comes to Paris from Lyon to study cinema, meets many new friends and falls under the thrall of the mysterious Mathias. In French with English subtitles
Featuring: Corentin Fila, Andranic Manet, Diane Rouxel, Jenna Thiam, Gonzague Van Bervesseles
Director: Jean-Paul Civeyrac
Writer: Jean-Paul Civeyrac
Distributor: Kino Lorber
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: 137 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Pick of the Litter
Logline: Documents a litter of puppies from the moment they’re born and begin their quest to become guide dogs for the blind.
Directors: Don Hardy Jr. and Dana Nachman
Distributor: IFC Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the IFC Film Center in New York City and the Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 81 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Prototype
Logline: As the deadliest natural disaster in US history strikes Galveston, Texas, taking between 6,000 and 12,000 lives, a mysterious televisual device projects images of unknown origin.
Director: Blake Williams
Distributor: Grasshopper Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 63 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Reprisal
Logline: A bank manager haunted by a violent heist that took the life of a coworker teams up with his ex-cop neighbor to bring down the assailant, initiating an explosive counterattack that brings all three men to the breaking point.
Featuring: Olivia Culpo, Frank Grillo, Johnathon Schaech, Bruce Willis
Director: Brian A. Miller
Writer: Bryce Hammons
Distributor: Lionsgate Premiere
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Music Hall Theatre in Beverly Hills and the Cinema Village in New York City
MPAA Rating: R for violence and language
Running Time: 89 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

S.M.A.R.T. Chase
Logline: A washed-up private security agent has to escort a valuable Chinese antique out of Shanghai but is ambushed en route.
Featuring: Orlando Bloom, Hannah Quinlivan, Lei Wu, Lynn Xiong, Simon Yam
Director: Charles Martin
Writer: Kevin Bernhardt, story by Terence M. O’Keefe and Robby Henson
Distributor: Variance Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Arena Cinelounge Sunset in Hollywood and the Cinema Village in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Snow Queen 3: Fire and Ice
Logline: Two mischevious trolls from a snowy land, now all grown up, may accidentally end up causing a global disaster.
Featuring the voices of: Dee Bradley Baker, Jason Griffith, Laurie Hymes
Director: Aleksey Tsitsilin
Writers: Andrey Korenkov and Robert Lence and Vladimir Nikolaev and Aleksey Tsitsilin and Aleksey Zamyslov, based on characters created by Vladlen Barbe and Vadim Sveshnikov
Distributor: Vertical Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Kent Theatre in Brooklyn,
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 80 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Ya Veremos
Logline: A child about to undergo eye surgery wishes to see his separated parents together one final time. In Spanish with subtitles
Featuring: Emiliano Aramayo, Fernanda Castillo, Mauricio Ochmann
Director: Pedro Pablo Ibarra
Writer: Alberto Bremer
Distributor: Pantelion Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: 375 plus playdates
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some language and suggestive content
Running Time: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se
Logline: Inheriting from the ancestors the legacy of a famed and effective remedy for all ills, two brothers use the kavach with varied intentions. In Hindi with English subtitles
Featuring: Asrani, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Dharmendra, Binnu Dhillon, Satish Kaushik, Kriti Kharbanda
Director: Navaniat Singh
Writers: Dheeraj Rattan and Bunty Rathore
Distributor: ZeeTV
Opening Week Release Pattern: 150 plus playdates
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 145 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

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