The Early Report for November 20, 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 14 new openers in theatres for the week of November 23rd, 2018.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

¡Las Sandinistas!
Logline: Documents the women who fought in Nicaragua’s Sandinista Revolution in the 1970s and 1980s, and their continuing struggle for justice. In English and in Spanish with subtitles
Director: Jenny Murray
Distributor: Film Sales Co.
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Film Forum in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Roma
Logline: A year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s. In Spanish with subtitles
Featuring: Yalitza Aparicio, Diego Cortina Autrey, Marina de Tavira, Daniela Demesa, Marco Graf, Carlos Peralta
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Writer: Alfonso Cuarón
Distributor: Netflix
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at hte IFC Film Center and the Landmark at 57 West in New York City, and the Landmark 12 in West Los Angeles
MPAA Rating: R for graphic nudity, some disturbing images, and language
Running Time: 135 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

The World Before Your Feet
Logline: Documents the efforts of one man to walk all 8,000 miles of roads and paths within the five boroughs of New York City
Director: Jeremy Workman
Distributor: Greenwich
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)

Friday, November 23, 2018

Amazing Grace
Logline: Documents the recording of a concert with Aretha Franklin and a gospel choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.
Director: Sydney Pollack
Distributor: Sundial Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Monica Film Center in Santa Monica
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 87 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Becoming Astrid
Logline: A young woman creates a storybook about a magical girl named Pippi Longstocking to help reconnect with her estranged son. In Danish and Swedish with subtitles
Featuring: Alba August, Maria Bonnevie, Trine Dyrholm, Björn Gustafsson, Magnus Krepper
Director: Pernille Fischer Christensen
Writers: Kim Fupz Aakeson and Pernille Fischer Christensen
Distributor: Music Box Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Lagoon Theatre in Minneapolis, the Film Forum in New York City and the Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 123 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

The Cleaners
Logline: Documents the shadowy underworld of the Internet where questionable content is removed.
Directors: Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck
Distributor: Submarine Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Music Hall Theatre in Beverly Hills
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

The Gilligan Manifesto
Logline: Documents how an iconic 1960s television sitcom was actually an analogue of a post-apocalyptic world where the survivors must rebuild civilization, while showing that social harmony and survival require the abolition of private property and adherence to other Marxist principles.
Director: Cevin Soling
Distributor: CINEMAflix
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Cinema Village in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

The Great Buddha+
Logline: A security guard and his trash collector friend kill time together in night shifts watching the American-educated boss’s dash-cam recordings of his various sexual encounters with women. In Min Nan with subtitles
Featuring: Shao-Huai Chang, Cres Chuang, Bamboo Chen, Leon Dai, Na Dow, Kuo-Lin Ting
Director: Hsin-Yao Huang
Writer: Hsin-Yao Huang
Distributor: Cheng Cheng Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Cinema Village in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 102 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Family in Transition
Logline: Documents the life of a Jewish family whose patriarch comes out as transgender. In Hebrew with subtitles
Director: Ofir Trainin
Distributor: Abramorama
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Village East Cinemas in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 70 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

The Favourite
Logline: A frail queen and her governess battle when a new servant arrives to the castle.
Featuring: Joe Alwyn, Olivia Colman, Nicholas Hoult, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Writers: Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, the Lincoln Square 13 and the Union Square 14 in New York City, and the Landmark 12 in West Los Angeles
MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content, nudity and language
Running Time: 119 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

hillbilly
Logline: Documents the evolution of the uneducated, promiscuous `hillbilly’ stereotype in media and culture, linking it with corporate exploitation of Appalachia’s natural resources.
Directors: Sally Rubin and Ashley York
Distributor: Hollar Home Productions
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Cinema Village in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Invisible Hands
Logline: Documents child labor and trafficking within the supply chains of the world’s biggest companies.
Director: Shraysi Tandon
Distributor: First Run Features
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Cinema Village in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 75 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Shoplifters
Logline: A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find on the street. In Japanese with subtitles
Featuring: Sakura Andô, Lily Franky, Jyo Kairi, Kirin Kiki, Mayu Matsuoka
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Writer: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the IFC Film Center in New York City, and the Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles
MPAA Rating: R for some sexual content and nudity
Running Time: 121 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

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