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Sergio Leone

Leone’s career is remarkable in its unrelenting attention to both American culture and the American genre film, exploring the mythic America he created with each successive film examining the established characters in greater depth.

Only his second feature (a remake of Kurosawa’s Yojimbo), Leone's landmark "spaghetti western" caused a revolution and features Clint Eastwood in his breakthrough role as "The Man With No Name". This classic brutal drama of feuding families wasn’t the first spaghetti Western, but it was far and away the most successful up to that time.

Plot is of minimal interest, but character is everything to Leone, who places immense meaning in the slightest flick of an eyelid, extensively using the extreme close-up on the eyes to reveal any feeling, as demonstrated by Clint, who squints his way through this slam-bang sequel to A Fistful of Dollars as a wandering gunslinger that must combine forces with his nemesis to track down a wanted killer.

The final chapter in the groundbreaking trilogy follows Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach as they form an uneasy alliance to find a stash of hidden gold. Leone focuses on his central theme as they find themselves facing greed, treachery, and murder, showing that the desire for wealth and power turns men into ruthless creatures who violate land and family and believe that a man’s death is less important than how he faces it.

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The Early Report for August 4th, 2014: Part One

July 29th, 2014

The Early Report features the most detailed listings on the Internet of all films scheduled to be released in the upcoming weeks, including actual and estimated screen counts, running times and ratings. This week's report covers 47 new openers in theatres between Wednesday, August 6 and Friday, August 29, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Web Junkie
Logline: Documents the lives of a group of people in a Beijing rehab center where teenagers are "deprogrammed" from spending so much time online. In English and in Mandarin with subtitles
Directors: Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia
Distributor: Kino Lorber Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on August 6
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 79 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Friday, August 8, 2014

About Alex
Logline: A circle of twenty-something friends reunite for a weekend away after one of them suffers an emotional breakdown
Featuring: Max Greenfield, Maggie Grace, Jane Levy, Max Minghella, Nate Parker, Aubrey Plaza, Jason Ritter
Director: Jesse Zwick
Writer: Jesse Zwick
Distributor: Screen Media Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Tower City Cinemas in Cleveland, the Valley View 16 in Dallas, the Fairlane 21 in Dearborn MI, the Village East Cinemas in New York City, the Universal Cineplex 20 in Orlando, the Metreon 16 in San Francisco, the Shea 14 in Scottsdale, the Sundance Cinemas in Seattle, the South Barrington 30 in South Barrington IL, the Carlton Cinema in Toronto, the Sundance Sunset Cinemas in West Hollywood and the Whitby 24 in Whitby ONT on August 8
MPAA Rating: R for language and drug use
Running Time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

After
Logline: A middle class family struggles with the financial consequences of a failing family business and a series of intergenerational conflicts and rivalries
Featuring: John Doman, Sabrina Gennarino, Kathleen Quinlan, Adam Scarimbolo, Pablo Schreiber
Director: Pieter Gasperz
Writer: Sabrina Gennarino
Distributor: Virgil Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Barrett Commons 24 in Atlanta, the Mesquite 30 in Dallas, the Studio 30 in Houston and the Empire 25 in New York City on August 8
MPAA Rating: R for some language
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Deepsea Challenge  3D
Logline: Documents filmmaker James Cameron's voyage in a submersible to the deepest spot on earth, the bottom of the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench
Directors: John Bruno, Ray Quint, Andrew Wight
Distributor: DisruptiveLA/National Geographic Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 8
MPAA Rating: PG for language and brief disaster images
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

The Dog
Logline: Documents the life of John Wojtowicz, whose attempted robbery of a Brooklyn bank to finance his male lover's sex-reassignment surgery was the real-life inspiration for Dog Day Afternoon
Directors: Allison Berg and Frank Kerauden
Distributor: Drafthouse Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles, and the IFC Film Center and the Lincoln Film Center in New York City on August 8
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 100 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat 91.85:1)

Fifi Howls from Happiness
Logline: Documents the life and work of artist Bahman Mohassess, the so-called “Persian Picasso,” whose acclaimed paintings and sculptures dominated pre-revolutionary Iran. In Farsi with subtitles
Director: Mitra Farahani
Distributor: Music Box Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in August 8
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 97 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

The Hundred-Foot Journey
Logline: An Indian family moves to France and opens an eatery across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant
Featuring: Rohan Chand, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon, Helen Mirren, Om Puri
Director: Lasse Hallström
Writer: Steven Knight, based on the novel by Richard C. Morais
Distributor: Touchstone Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus playdates on August 8
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, some violence, language and brief sensuality
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Into the Storm
Logline: A group of high school students document the events and aftermath of a devastating tornado.
Featuring: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Nathan Kress, Jeremy Sumpter, Matt Walsh
Director: Steven Quale
Writer: John Swetnam
Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3250 plus playdates on August 8
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense destruction and peril, and language including some sexual references
Running Time: 89 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Moebius
Logline: A father is driven into desire, a son covets that of his father's and the sorrowful maternity that hovers them into tragedy. In Korean with subtitles
Featuring: Jae-hyeon Jo, Eun-woo Lee, Young-ju Seo
Director: Ki-duk Kim
Writer: Ki-duk Kim
Distributor: RAM Releasing
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles on August 8
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 89 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Step Up: All In  3D
Logline: It's time for everyone from the previous installments not named Tatum to be in it to win it
Featuring: Stephen "tWitch" Boss, Briana Evigan, Misha Gabriel, Ryan Guzman, Izabella Miko, Adam Sevani, Alyson Stoner
Director: Trish Sie
Writer: John Swetnam, based on characters created by Duane Adler
Distributor: Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2550 plus playdates on July 25
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some language and suggestive material
Running Time: 112 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles  3D
Logline: Four mutant warriors fight to save their city from an evil kingpin
Featuring: Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Megan Fox, Whoopi Goldberg and the voices of Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Writers: Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec and Evan Daugherty, based on the comic book series created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3650 plus playdates oon August 8
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

What If
Logline: A young man and a young woman try to see if they can just be friends
Featuring: Mackenzie Davis, Adam Driver, Zoe Kazan, Megan Park, Daniel Radcliffe, Rafe Spall
Director: Michael Dowse
Writer: Elan Mastai, based on the play by T.J. Dawe and Michael Rinaldi
Distributor: CBS Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Shirlington 7 in Arlington VA, the Lincoln Square 16 in Bellevue WA, the Bethesda Row Cinemas in Bethesda MD, the Boston Commons 19 in Boston, the Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, the Century City 15 in Century City CA, the Century Centre Cinemas and the River East 21 in Chicago, the Mockingbird 8 in Dallas, the CineArts 18 in Evanston IL, the Mosiac 8 in Fairfax VA, the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, the Lincoln Square 13 and the Union Square 14 in New York City, the Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia, the Kabuki 8 and the Metreon 15 in San Francisco, the Meridian 16 in Seattle, the Camelview 5 in Scottsdale AZ, the Ritz Center 16 in Voorhees NJ, the E Street Cinemas in Washington DC, the Landmark 12 in West Los Angeles and the West Plano 20 in West Plano TX on August 8
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content including references throughout, partial nudity and language
Running Time: 102 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

What Now? Remind Me
Logline: Documents a year in the life of the director, who endured an experimental clinical trial for HIV patients. In Portuguese with subtitles
Director: Joaquim Pinto
Distributor: Cinema Guild
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center in New York City on August 8
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 164 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.37:1)

Expanding today
Boyhood: Opens at the Spectrum 8 in Albany NY, the North Point Cinemas in Alpharreta GA, the Amherst Theatre in Amherst NY, the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor MI, the Parks at Arlington Cinemas in Arlington TX, the Carolina Theatre in Asheville NC, the Bloomington 11 in Bloomington IN, the Flicks Theatre in Boise ID, the Regency 20 in Brandon FL, the Hollywood Cinemas in Chamblee GA, the Carolina Pavilion Cinemas in Charlotte NC, the Downtown Mall 6 in Charlottesville VA, the Mariemont Theatre in Cincinnati OH, the Capital Theatre in Cleveland, the Drexel Cinemas, the Gateway Film Center and the Lennox Theatre in Columbus OH, the Concord Mills Cinemas in Concord Mills NC, the Varsity Theatre in Davis CA, the Neon Movies in Dayton OH, the Fluer Cinemas in Des Moines, the Bijou Art Theatre in Eugene OR, the Stonebriar Theatre in Frisco TX, the Denver West Village Cinemas in Golden CO, the Carousel Cinema in Greensboro NC, the Hampton Town Center Cinemas in Hampton VA, the Palace 17 in Hartford CT, the Kahala 8 in Honolulu, the Cinemapolis Theatre in Ithaca NY, the Sun-Ray Cinema in Jacksonville FL, the Suncoast 16 in Las Vegas, the Baxter Theatre in Louisville, the Merchant's Walk 12 in Marietta GA, the Criterion Cinemas in New Haven CT, the Canal Place Cinemas and the Prytania Theatre in New Orleans, the Downing Film Center in Newburgh NY, the Kiln Creek Theater in Newport News VA, the Woodland Square Cinemas in Oldsmar FL, the Park Place CInemas in Pinellas Park FL, the Cable Car Theatre in Providence RI, the Criterion Cinemas at Movieland and the Westhampton Cinema in Richmond, VA, the Sandy Springs Theatre in Sandy Springs GA, the CCA Cinematheque in Sante Fe NM, the Burns Court Cinemas in Sarasota FL, the Grand Cinema in Tacoma WA, the Citrus Stadium in Tampa, the Lynnhaven Theatre in Virginia Beach and the Aperture Cinema in Winston-Salem NC
Code Black: Opens at the Fox Tower 10 in Portland OR
Finding Fela: Opens at the Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver, the Mist Theatre in Harlem, the Screen Theatre in Santa Fe and the E Street Cinemas in Washington DC
Happy Christmas: Opens at the Lagoon Cinema in Minneapolis, the Osio Plaza 6 in Monterey CA and the Varsity Theatre in Seattle
The Kill Team: Opens at the Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles
Land Ho!: Opens at the Living Room Theatres, the Palace 20 and the Shadowood Square 16 in Boca Raton, the Boynton Beach Theatre in Boynton Beach FL, the Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Paradise 24 in Davie FL, the Edina 4 in Edina MN, the Cinema City at the Palace in Hartford CT, the Sundance Cinemas in Houston, the South Beach 18 in Miami Beach FL, the Criterion Cinemas in New Haven, the Ritz 5 in Philadelphia, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX, the Nickelodeon Cinemas in Santa Cruz, the Ritz Center 16 in Voorhees NJ and the West Newton 6 in West Newton MA
Mood Indigo: Opens at the Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, the Alamo Drafthouse Richardson in Dallas, the Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park Theatre in Houston, the Alamo Drafthouse Kalamazoo in Kalamazoo MI, the Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet 6 in Kansas City MO, the Alamo Drafthouse in Lubbock TX, the O Cinema in Miami, the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, the Alamo Drafthouse Marketplace in New Braunfels TX, the Cinemas Plame D'Or in Palm Desert CA, the Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia, the Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes in San Antonio, the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe and the Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol CA

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Let's Be Cops
Logline: A pair of buddies hatch a plan to impersonate police officer but soon find themselves way in over their heads
Featuring: Nina Dobrev, Andy Garcia, Jake Johnson, Rob Riggle, Damon Wayans Jr.
Director: Luke Greenfield
Writers: Luke Greenfield and Nicholas Thomas
Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2450 plus playdates on August 13
MPAA Rating: R for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity, violence and drug use
Running Time: 104 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Abuse of Weakness
Logline: A stroke-afflicted filmmaker is manipulated by a notorious con man. In French with subtitles
Featuring: Isabelle Huppert, Ronald Leclercq, Christophe Sermet, Kool Shen, Laurence Ursino
Director: Catherine Breillat
Writer: Catherine Breillat
Distributor: Strand Releasing
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Elinor Bunun Munroe Film Center in New York City on August 15
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 105 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

The Admiral: Roaring Currents
Logline: A Korean admiral lures over 300 Japanese ships into a deadly trap where they meet their fate against only 13 battle ships. In Korean with subtitles
Featuring: Jin Goo, Lee Jung-Hyun, Choi Min-Sik, Ryoo Seung-Ryong, Kwon Yool
Director: Kim Han-Min
Writers: Kim Han-Min & Jeon Cheol-hong
Distributor: CJ Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the CGV Cinemas in Los Angeles and in additional locations in select markets on August 15
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 126 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

The Expendables 3
Logline: The Expendables team goes up against a ruthless arms dealer who is also the team's co-founder
Featuring: Antonio Bandares, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Kelsey Grammer, Jet Li, Kellan Lutz, Dolph Lundgren, Ronda Rousey, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham
Director: Patrick Hughes
Writers: Sylvester Stallone and Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt, story by Stallone, based on characters created by David Callaham
Distributor: Lionsgate Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3250 plus playdates on August 15
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence including intense sustained gun battles and fight scenes, and for language
Running Time: 106 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Frank
Logline: A young wanna-be musician discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic man who always wears a big head mask
Featuring: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tess Harper, Scoot McNairy
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Writers: Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Sunshine Cinemas in New York City, the Rio Theatre in Vancouver BC and the Vic Theatre in Victoria BC on August 15
MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content
Running Time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

The Giver
Logline: In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world
Featuring: Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes, Cameron Monaghan, Alexander Skarsgård, Meryl Streep, Taylor Swift, Brenton Thwaites
Director: Phillip Noyce
Writers: Michael Mitnick and Robert B. Weide, based on the novel by Lois Lowry
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus playdates on August 15
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for a mature thematic image and some sci-fi action/violence
Running Time: 98 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Jealousy
Logline: A theater actor is torn between the woman he lives with, and the woman he loves. In French with subtitles
Featuring: Rebecca Convenant, Esther Garrel, Louis Garrel, Olga Milshtein, Anna Mouglalis
Director: Philippe Garrel
Writers: Marc Cholodenko and Caroline Deruas-Garrel and Philippe Garrel and Arlette Langmann
Distributor: Distrib Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Elinor Bunun Munroe Film Center in New York City on August 15
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 77 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Life After Beth
Logline: A young man's recently deceased girlfriend mysteriously returns from the dead
Featuring: Dane DeHaan, Cheryl Hines, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, Paul Reiser, Alia Shawkat, Molly Shannon
Director: Jeff Baena
Writer: Jeff Baena
Distributor: A24
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 15
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, some horror violence, sexual content, nudity and brief drug use
Running Time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Ragnarok
Logline: The ancient and modern worlds collide when an archaeologist finds the true meaning of the secret runes found in the Oseberg ship. In Norwegian with subtitles
Featuring: Maria Annette Tanderød Berglyd, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Pål Sverre Hagen, Sofia Helin, Bjørn Sundquist
Director: Mikkel Brænne Sandemose
Writers: John Kåre Raake
Distributor: Magnet Releasing
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 15
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some terror/frightening images
Running Time: 118 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Red Hollywood
Logline: Using archival footage, documents Hollywood filmmaking from the 1930s to the 1950s, when “Red” screenwriters and directors worked within the studio system to make films that challenged issues of class, war, race, and gender
Directors: Thom Anderson and Noël Burch
Distributor: Thom Anderson
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Elinor Bunun Munroe Film Center in New York City on August 15
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 120 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.37:1)

Septic Man
Logline: A sewage worker gets trapped inside a septic tank during a water contamination crisis and undergoes a hideous transformation
Featuring: Jason David Brown, Tim Burd, Molly Dunsworth, Robert Maillet, Stephen McHattie, Julian Richings
Director: Jesse Thomas Cook
Writer: Tony Burgess
Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 15
MPAA Rating: R for disturbing vile and gruesome images, violence and language
Running Time: 83 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

The Trip to Italy
Logline: Two famous comedic actors are asked to do a series of restaurant reviews through the Italian countryside
Featuring: Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Writer: Michael Winterbottom
Distributor: IFC Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Landmark 12 in West Los Angeles and in additional locations in select markets on August 15
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 107 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Expanding today
Alive: Opens at the NoHo 7 in North Hollywood CA, the Arizona Center 24 in Phoenix and the Veterans 24 in Tampa
Boyhood: Opens at the High Ridge Theatre in Albuquerque, the Bear Tooth Theatre in Anchorage, the Varsity Theatre in Ashland OR, the Pickford Film Center in Bellingham WA, the Roxy Theatre in Burlington VT, the Epic Theatre in Clermont FL, the Ragtag Theatre in Columbia MO, the Pocono Community Cinema in East Stroudsburg PA, the Cameo Theatre in Fayetteville NC, the Lyric Theatre in Fort Collins CO, the Belltower Theatre in Fort Myers FL, the Royal Park Theatre in Gainesville FL, the Virginia Center Theatre in Glen Allen VA, the Celebration Grand Rapids North Cinemas in Grand Rapids MI, the Midtown Cinemas in Harrisburg PA, the Myrna Loy Theatre in Helena MT, the Coligny Theatre in Hilton Head SC, the FilmScene Theatre in Iowa City IA, the Alamo Drafthouse in Kalamazoo MI, the Downtown West 8 in Knoxville TN, the BLVD Theatre in Lancaster CA, the Zoetropolis Theatre in Lancaster PA, the Liberty Hall Theatre in Lawrence KS, the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington KY, the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center in Lincoln NE, the Riverdale 10 in Little Rock, the Livonia 20 in Livonia MI, the Wilma Theatre in Missoula MT, the Savoy Theater in Montpelier VT, the Hollywood 20 and the Silverspot Theatre in Naples FL, the Cine 4 in New Haven CT, the Newburyport Screening Room in Newburyport MA, the Quail Springs 24 in Oklahoma City, the Nickelodeon Cinemas in Portland ME, the Rose Theatre in Port Townsend WA, the Grandin Theatre in Roanoke VA, the Little Theatre and the Pittsford Plaza Cinemas in Rochester NY, the Rockford 16 in Rockford IL, the Strand Cinema in Rockland ME, the Salem Theatre in Salem OR, the Palm Theatre in San Luis Obispo, the Schererville 12 in Schererville IN, the Schererville 16 in South Bend IN, the Epic Village 16 in St. Augustine FL, the Staten Island 16 in Staten Island NY, the Manlius Art Cinema in Syracuse NY, the Tallahassee Mall 20 in Tallahassee FL, the Circle Cinema and the Southroads 20 in Tulsa OK, and the Railraod Square Cinemas in Waterville ME
Code Black: Opens at the Park Terrance Cinemas in Charlotte
The Dog: Opens at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, the Texas Theatre in Dallas, the SIE FilmCenter in Denver, the Arena Cinema in Hollywood, the Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park in Houston, the Alamo Drafthouse in Lubbock TX, the Maysles Cinema in New York City, the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, the Grand Illusion Cinema in Seattle and the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers NY
Fifi Howls from Happiness: Opens at the Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles
Finding Fela: Opens at the Midtown Art Cinemas in Atlanta, the Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley CA, the Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, the Landmark Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia, the Ken Cinema in San Diego, the Opera Plaza Cinema in San Francisco and the Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles
The Kill Team: Opens in Seattle
Land Ho!: Opens at the Midtown Art Cinemas in Atlanta, the Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills and the Violet Crown Cinema in Austin, the Charles Theatre in Baltimore, the Lincoln Square 16 in Bellevue WA, the Bell Tower 20 in Fort Myers FL, the Plaza Frontenac Cinemas in Frontenac MO, the Downer Theatre in Milwaukee, the Hollywood 20 in Naples FL, the Cinema 21 in Portland OR, the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak MI, the Downtown Centre 7 in San Luis Obispo, the Burns Court Cinema in Sarasota FL and the Seven Gables Theatre in Seattle
Mood Indigo: Opens at the Guild Cinemas in Albuquerque and the Bijou Metro Cinemas in Eugene OR

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Expedition to the End of the World
Logline: Documents the efforts of a group of adverturers trying to discover to the last white areas of the world map
Director: Daniel Dencik
Distributor: Argot Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on August 20
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Are You Here
Logline: Two childhood best friends embark on a road trip back to their hometown after one of them learns he has inherited a large sum of money from his recently deceased estranged father
Featuring: Jenna Fischer, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Herrmann, Laura Ramsey, Amy Poehler, Owen Wilson
Director: Matthew Weiner
Writer: Matthew Weiner
Distributor: Millennium Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 22
MPAA Rating: R for language, drug use and some sexual content/nudity
Running Time: 112 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For  3D
Logline: A town's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants
Featuring: Jessica Alba, Powers Boothe, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Dennis Haysbert, Stacy Keach, Jaime King, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis
Directors: Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller
Writer: Frank Miller, based on his graphic novels
Distributor: Dimension Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus playdates on August 22
MPAA Rating: Not yet rated
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

If I Stay
Logline: A musical prodigy is stuck in a limbo between life and death after a car accident.
Featuring: Jamie Blackley, Mireille Enos, Joshua Leonard, Liana Liberato, Chloe Grace Moretz, Lauren Lee Smith
Director: R.J. Cutler
Writer: Shauna Cross, based on the novel by Gayle Forman
Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus playdates on August 22
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements and some sexual material
Running Time: 100 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Kink
Logline: A documentary on fetish website Kink.com
Featuring: James Franco
Director: Christina Voros
Distributor: MPI Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 22
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 80 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Love is Strange
Logline: After they get married, two men are forced to stay with friends separately while they sell their place and look for cheaper housing
Featuring: Cheyenne Jackson, John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Charlie Tahan, Marisa Tomei
Director: Ira Sachs
Writers: Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on August 22
MPAA Rating: R for language
Running Time: 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
PRODUCER CREDIT ABUSE: There are no less than THIRTY ONE producers, executive producers and associate producers credited for this movie

May in the Summer
Logline: High off the success of her first book and planning to marry, a Jordanian-American woman is thrust back in to the chaos of her former existence
Featuring: Cherien Dabis, Bill Pullman, Alia Shawkat, Alexander Siddig
Director: Cherien Dabis
Writer: Cherien Dabis
Distributor: Cohen Media Group
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Sunshine Cinemas in New York City on August 22
MPAA Rating: R for some language
Running Time: 99 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

The One I Love
Logline: Struggling with a marriage on the brink of falling apart, a couple escapes for a weekend in pursuit of their better selves, only to discover an unusual dilemma that awaits them
Featuring: Ted Danson, Mark Duplass, Elizabeth Moss
Director: Charlie McDowell
Writer: Justin Lader
Distributor: Radius/The Weinstein Company
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 22
MPAA Rating: R for language, some sexuality and drug use
Running Time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

The Prince
Logline: A retired assassin is drawn back into the life he gave up when his daughter is kidnapped
Featuring: John Cusack, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Jessica Lowndes, Jason Patric, Bruce Willis
Director: Brian A. Miller
Writers: Andre Fabrizio &Jeremy Passmore
Distributor: Grindstone Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 22
MPAA Rating: R for violence, drug content and language
Running Time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

That Man from Rio
Logline: An airman on a week's leave tries to rescue his kidnapped girlfriend. In French with subtitles
Featuring: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Daniel Ceccaldi, Françoise Dorléac, Roger Dumas, Jean Servais
Director: Philippe de Broca
Writers: Jean-Paul Rappeneau & Ariane Mnouchkine & Daniel Boulanger & Philippe de Broca
Distributor: Cohen Media Group
Opening Week Release Pattern: Excluisve to the Film Forum in New York City on August 22
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 112 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

When the Game Stands Tall
Logline: The journey of a high school football coach, who took his team from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak
Featuring: Clancy Brown, Jim Caviezel, Michael Chiklis, Laura Dern, Alexander Ludwig
Director: Thomas Carter
Writer: Scott Marshall Smith, screen story by Smith and David Zelon, based on the book by Neil Hayes
Distributor: TriStar Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus playdates
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic material, a scene of violence, and brief smoking
Running Time: 112 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Expanding today
Alive: Opens at the Cherry Hill 24 in Cherry Hill NJ, the Methuen 20 in Methuen MA and the Northbrook Court 14 in Northbrook IL
The Dog: Opens at the Gateway Film Center in Columbus OH, the Roxy Theatre in Missoula MT, the Alamo Drafthouse Marketplace in New Braunfels TX and the Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes in San Antonio
Finding Fela: Opens at the Guild Cinema in Albuquerque, the Gateway Film Center in Columbus OH and the Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis
Jealousy: Opens at the Town Center 5 in Encino CA, the Plahouse 7 in Pasadena and the Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles
The Kill Team: Opens at the CCA Cinematheque in Santa Fe and the E Street Cinemas in Washington DC
Land Ho!: Opens at the Spectrum 7 in Albany NY, the Amherst Cinema Arts Center in Amherst MA, the Pickford Film Center in Bellingham WA, the Century 16 in Boulder CO, the Amherst 3 in Buffalo, the Manor Twin in Charlotte, the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, the Esquire 6 in Cincinatti, the Cedar Lee 6 in Cleveland Heights OH, the the Drexel East 3 and the Lennox Town Center 24 in Columbus OH, the Neon Theatre in Dayton OH, the Towne 16 in Egg Harbor Township NJ, the Bijou Art Cinema in Eugene OR, the Evanston 18 in Evanston IL, the Renaissance Place Cinemas in Highland Park IL, the Kahala Mall 8 in Honolulu, the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, the Tivoli at Manor Square 3 in Kansas City MO, the Sundance 608 CInemas in Madison WI, the Quail Springs 24 in Oklahoma City, the Woodland Square 20 in Oldsmar FL, the Leawood Theatre in Overland Park KS, the Regent Square Theatre in Pittsburgh, the Westhampton Twin in Richmond VA, the Little 5 and the Pittsford 9 in Rochester NY, the Tower Theatre in Sacramento, the Broadway Centre 6 in Salt Lake City, the Criterion Cinemas in Saratoga Springs NY and the City Center 12 in Vancouver WA
Life Itself (Magnolia Pictures): Opens at the Parkside Theatre in Kenosha WI
Mood Indigo: Opens at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne IN and the Roxy Theatre in Missoula MT

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The November Man
Logline: An ex-CIA operative is brought back in on a very personal mission
Featuring: Luke Bracey, Pierce Brosnan, Olga Kurylenko, Will Patton, Eliza Taylor
Director: Roger Donaldson
Writers: Michael Finch & Karl Gajdusek, based on the novel "There Are No Spies" by Bill Granger
Distributor: Relativity Media
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus playdates on August 27
MPAA Rating: Not yet rated
Running Time: 108 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
PRODUCER CREDIT ABUSE: There are EIGHTEEN producers, executive producers and associate producers credited for this movie

Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
Logline: Documents how African American communities have used the camera as a tool for social change
Director: Thomas Allen Harris
Distributor: Zeitgeist Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on August 27
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Friday, August 29, 2014

As Above, So Below
Logline: Two archaeologists search for a lost treasure in the catacombs below Paris
Featuring: Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, James Pasierbowicz, Perdita Weeks
Director: John Erick Dowdle
Writers: Drew Dowdle & John Erick Dowdle
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus playdates on August 29
MPAA Rating: R for bloody violence, terror and language throughout
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Cantinflas
Logline: A young man from the mean street of Mexico City grows up to become the biggest comedy stars in world cinema. In English and in Spanish with subtitles
Featuring: Joaquín Cosio, Michael Imperioli, Óscar Jaenada, Luis Gerardo Méndez, Teresa Ruiz
Director: Sebastian del Amo
Writers: Sebastian del Amo & Edui Tijerina
Distributor: Pantelion Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 29
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, language, smoking and some suggestive material
Running Time: 106 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

The Conformist
Logline: A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident. In Italian with subtitles
Featuring: Fosco Giachetti, Gastone Moschin, Stefania Sandrelli, Enzo Tarascio, Jean-Louis Trintignant
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Writer: Bernardo Bertolucci, based on the novel "Il Conformista" by Alberto Moravia
Distributor: Kino Lorber Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on August 29
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 111 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

The Congress
Logline: An aging, out-of-work actress accepts one last job, though the consequences of her decision affect her in ways she didn't consider
Featuring: Paul Giamatti, Jon Hamm, Harvey Keitel, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robin Wright
Director: Ari Folman
Writer: Ari Folman, based on the novel by Stanislaw Lem
Distributor: Drafthouse Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Rialto Elmwood Cinemas in Berkeley, the Village Park Cinemas in Houston, the SIFF Uptown Cinema in Seattle and the Sunnset Cinemas in West Hollywood on August 29
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 122 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Ghostbusters
Logline: Three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service
Featuring: Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver
Director: Ivan Reitman
Writers: Dan Aykroyd & Harold Ramis
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 500 plus playdates on August 29
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 105 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Last Weekend
Logline: When an affluent matriarch gathers her dysfunctional family for a holiday at their Northern California lake house, her carefully constructed weekend begins to come apart at the seams, leading her to question her own role in the family
Featuring: Zachary Booth, Patricia Clarkson, Joseph Cross, Devon Graye, Judith Light, Jayma Mays, Chris Mulkey
Directors: Tom Dolby and Tom Williams
Writer: Tom Dolby
Distributor: IFC Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 29
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Life of Crime
Logline: The wife of a wealthy man is kidnapped, but he doesn't want to pay her ransom
Featuring: Jennifer Aniston, Yaslin Bey, Isla Fisher, Will Forte, John Hawkes, Mark Boone Junior, Tim Robbins
Director: Daniel Schechter
Writer: Daniel Schechter, based on the book by Elmore Leonard
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 29
MPAA Rating: R for language, some sexual content and violence
Running Time: 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Second Opinion: Laetrile at Sloan-Kettering
Logline: Documents the life of Ralph W. Moss Ph.D, an American author whose writings promote complementary and alternative cancer treatments
Director: Eric Merola
Distributor: Merola Productions
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on August 29
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 75 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Starred Up
Logline: A troubled and explosively violent teenager is transferred to adult prison where he finally meets his match
Featuring: David Ajala, Rupert Friend, Ben Mendelsohn, Jack O'Connell, Sam Spruell
Director: David Mackenzie
Writer: Jonathan Asser
Distributor: Tribeca Film
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Elinor Bunun Munroe Film Center in New York City on August 29
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 106 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Expanding today
Finding Fela: Opens at the Museum of Fine Arts Theatre in Houston, the Acme Screening Room in Lambertville NJ, the Museum of Fine Arts Theatre in Oklahoma City and the Varsity Theatre in Seattle
Jealousy: Opens at the Real Artways Cinema in Hartford CT, the Miami Beach Cinematheque in Miami Beach FL, the Camelot Theatre in Palm Springs and the South Coast Village Cinemas in Santa Ana CA
Land Ho!: Opens at the Century 12 in Abilene TX, the Century 14 in Albuquerque, the Flicks Theatre in Boise, the Downtown Mall 6 in Charlottesville VA, the Darkside Cinemas in Corvallis OR, the Cielo Vista 14 in El Paso, the Fiesta Square 16 in Fayetteville AR, the Folsom 14 in Folsom CA, the Gainesville 14 in Gainesville FL, the Beach Blvd. 12 in Jacksonville FL, the Cinemapolis in Ithaca NY, the Village Square 18 in Las Vegas, the Premiere 16 in Lubbock TX, the Ridgeway 4 in Memphis, the Osio Plaza Cinemas in Monterey CA, the Odessa 12 Odessa TX, the Oakview 24 in Omaha, the Marketplace Cinemas in Oro Valley AZ, the Riverside 12 in Reno, the Bijou Cinema Bistro in San Antonio, the CCA Cinematheque in Santa Fe, the River Park Square 20 in Spokane, the Sundial 19 in St. Petersburg FL, the Governor's Square 12 in Tallahassee, the Loft Cinema in Tucson, the Circle Cinema in Tulsa OK, the Indian River 24 in Vero Beach FL, the Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville ME and the Cinemark 14 in Wichita Falls TX
Mood Indigo: Opens at the Ragtag Cinema in Columbia MO, the Lyric Cinema in Fort Collins CO and the Moxie Cinema in Springfield MO


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