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Hayao Miyazaki

For bringing magic back to animation, and not just for kids.

Sweet story of two sisters out in the country, and their adventures with the forest spirits. The cat bus is so adorable, I still giggle thinking about it.

This one will really wow you, with its epic battle scenes and beautiful landscapes. There are conflicts on so many levels, as mankind seeks to wipe out the spirits of the forest.

By far my favorite animated film. Young Chihiro is "spirited away" to a different world, and becomes employed in the bathhouse of the gods in order to try and change her parents back from pigs.

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The Early Report for August 17th, 2014: Part One

August 17th, 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 69 new openers in theatres between Wednesday, August 20 and Friday, September 12, 2014

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)

Winter in the Blood
Logline: A man wakes up from a night of fighting and drinking to find his wife has left him
Featuring: Gary Farmer, Julia Jones, David Morse, Chaske Spencer, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson
Directors: Alex Smith and Andrew J. Smith
Writers: Alex Smith & Andrew J. Smith and Ken White, based on the novel by James Welch
Distributor: Kino Lorber Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City onAugust 20
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 105 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: Opens at the NoHo 7 in North Hollywood CA, the Sundance Sunset Cinemas in West Hollywood and in additional locations in select markets on August 22
MPAA Rating: R for language, drug use and some sexual content/nudity
Running Time: 113 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Cam 2 Cam
Logline: An American backpacker in Thailand encounters a mysterious group of web performers harboring a terrible secret
Featuring: Russell Geoffrey Banks, Sarah Bonrepaux, Tammin Sursok, Jade Tailor, Ben Wiggins
Director: Joel Soisson
Writers: Marie Gautier and Davy Sihali
Distributor: IFC Midnight
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 22
MPAA Rating:
Running Time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

14 Blades
Logline: A secret service agent in the emperor's court is betrayed and then hunted by his colleagues. In Mandarin with subtitles
Featuring: Yuwu Qi, Kate Tsui, Chun Wu, Donnie Yen, Wei Zhao
Director: Daniel Lee
Writers: Daniel Lee & Kwong Man Wai & Tin Shu Mak & Ho Leung Lau, story by Lee
Distributor: Radius/The Weinstein Company
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 22
MPAA Rating: R for violence and bloody images
Running Time: 114 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

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: 107 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

K2: Siren of the Himalayas
Logline: Documents the efforts of a group of climbers to carry the second largest moutain in the world in 2009, on the 100th anniversary of the first attempt to climb the mountain
Director: Dave Ohlson
Writers: Darren Lund and Andy McDonough and Dave Ohlson and Jason Reid
Distributor: First Run Features
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Quad Cinema in New York City and the Magic Lantern Theatre in Spokane on August 22
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 75 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Kaballah Me
Logline: Documents a man's personal exploration of the complex and nuanced world of Kabbalah
Directors: Steven Bram and Judah Lazarus
Writers: Steven Bram and Rabbi Adam Jacobs and Judah Lazarus and Adam Zucker
Distributor: First Run Features
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City on August 22
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 80 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

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)

Leprechaun: Origins
Logline: Two young couples backpacking through Ireland discover that one of Ireland's most famous legends is a terrifying reality
Featuring: Stephanie Bennett, Garry Chalk, Andrew Dunbar, Brendan Fletcher, Dylan "Hornswoggle" Postl, Melissa Roxburgh
Director: Zach Lipovsky
Writer: Harris Wilkinson, based on characters created by Mark Jones
Distributor: Millennium Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 22
MPAA Rating: R for horror violence, and language
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

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 Possession of Michael King
Logline: Following the sudden death of his wife, a documentary filmmaker decides to make his next film about the search for the existence of the supernatural
Featuring: Ella Anderson, Shane Johnson, Cara Pifko
Director: David Jung
Writer: David Jung, story by Jung and Tedi Sarafian
Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 22
MPAA Rating: R for disturbing and violent content, language, some drug use and sexual material
Running Time: 83 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

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)

To Be Takei
Logline: Documents the life of the actor, activist and cultural icon
Featuring: John Cho, Walter Koenig, Leonard Nimoy, Lea Salonga, William Shatner, George Takei
Directors: Jennifer M. Kroot and Bill Weber
Writers:
Distributor: Amplify/Variance Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Plaza Theatre in Atlanta, the Austin Film Society Theatre in Austin, the Pickford Theatre in Bellingham WA, the Terrace Theatre in Charleston SC, the Cinema Detroit in Detroit, the Movies 4 in Gulf Breeze FL, the Real Art Ways Cinema in Hartford CT, the Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park Theatre in Houston, the Zoetropolis Art House in Lancaster PA, the Alamo Drafthouse in Lubbock TX, the FLO Cinemas in Miami Shores FL, the Village VII in New York City, the Playhouse 7 in Pasadena CA, the Hollywood Theatre in Portland OR, the Cinema Salem in Salem MA, the Kabuki 8 in San Francisco, the Jean Cocteau Theatre in Santa Fe, the Shea Cinemas in Scottsdale AZ, the SIFF Uptown Cinema in Seattle, the Film Society Theatre in Tallahassee, the TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinemas in Toronto, the Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver BC and the Sundance Sunset Cinemas in West Hollywood on August 22
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

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: 115 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
A Summer's Tale: Opens at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago

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: R for strong violence including a sexual assault, language, sexuality/nudity and brief drug use.
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) The Calling
Logline: The lead detective in a sleepy town must deal with a serial killer driven by a higher calling
Featuring: Gil Bellows, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon, Donald Sutherland
Director: Jason Stone
Writer: Scott Abramovitch, based on the novel by Inger Ash Wolfe
Distributor: Vertical Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 29
MPAA Rating: R for violent content, disturbing images and some language
Running Time: 108 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

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)

The Damned
Logline: A family are involved in an accident and take refuge in a secluded inn, where they free a girl locked in a basement without knowing she's an ancient evil
Featuring: Peter Facinelli, Carolina Guerra, Sebastian Martínez, Sophia Myles, Nathalia Ramos
Director: Víctor García
Writer: Richard D'Ovidio, story by D'Ovidio and David W. Higgins
Distributor: IFC Midnight
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 29
MPAA Rating: R for bloody horror violence, some nudity and brief language
Running Time: 87 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)

The Notebook
Logline: Twin siblings enduring the harshness of WWII in a village on the Hungarian border hedge their survival on studying and learning from the evil surrounding them. In Hungarian with subtitles
Featuring: Gyöngyvér Bognár, András Gyémánt, László Gyémánt, Piroska Molnár, András Réthelyi, Ulrich Thomsen
Director: János Szász
Writers: Tom Abrams and András Szekér and János Szász, based on the novel "A Nagy Füzet" by Agota Kristof
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Quad Cinema in New York City and in Los Angeles on August 29
MPAA Rating: R for disturbing violent and sexual content, nudity and language
Running Time: 109 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Raja Natwarlal
Logline: A small-time con man seeks assistance from his mentor with an intention of setting scores with a gangster. In Hindi with subtitles
Featuring: Emraan Hashmi, Humaima Malick, Kay Kay Menon, Paresh Rawal, Deepak Tijori
Director: Kunal Deshmukh
Writers: Sanjay Masoom and Parveez Shaikh
Distributor: UTV Motion Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 29
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: Not yet set
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)

Shadows from My Past
Logline: Documents the tragic fate of one Austrian Jewish Family from Vienna during World War II
Directors: Curt Kaufman and Gita Kaufman
Writers: Curt Kaufman and Gita Kaufman
Distributor: Fippy and Thump Productions
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City on August 29
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 85 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
Bound By Flesh: Opens at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago
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 Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, 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
A Letter to Momo: Opens at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago
Mood Indigo: Opens at the Ragtag Cinema in Columbia MO, the Lyric Cinema in Fort Collins CO and the Moxie Cinema in Springfield MO
To Be Takei: Opens at the Facets Cinematheque in Chicago and the Texas Theatre in Dallas

Friday, September 5, 2014

But Always
Logline: Two Chinese school friends who've lost touch over the years rekindle their romance in New York City. In Mandarin with subtitles
Featuring: Yuanyuan Gao, Dawei Tong, Nicholas TseXian Zhou
Director: Snow Zou
Writer: Snow Zou
Distributor: China Lion
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Cupertino Square 16 in Cupertino CA, the Century 20 in Daly City CA, the Metreon 16 in San Francisco and in additional locations in select markets on September 5
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 100 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Fedora
Logline: A down-on-his-luck Hollywood producer attempts to lure a famous but reclusive film actress out of retirement
Featuring: José Ferrer, Henry Fonda, William Holden, Marthe Keller, Frances Sternhagen
Director: Billy Wilder
Writers: Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond, based on the story by Thomas Tryon
Distributor: Olive Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on September 5
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 114 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Forrest Gump   IMAX
Logline: A simple man stumbles his way through forty years of history while searching for his one true love
Featuring: Sally Field, Tom Hanks, , Gary SInese, Mykelti Williamson, Robin Wright
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writer: Eric Roth, based on the novel by Winston Groom
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 300 plus IMAX playdates on September 5
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for drug content, some sensuality and war violence
Running Time: 141 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1) matted in to IMAX digital (1.90:1)

Frontera
Logline: A former sheriff helps to find the killer of his iwfe
Featuring: Ed Harris, Eva Longoria, Amy Madigan, Michael Peña
Director: Michael Berry
Writers: Louis Moulinet and Michael Berry
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Sunshine Cinemas in New York City and the Shea 14 in Scottsdale AZ on September 5
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence including a sexual assault, and brief strong language
Running Time: 103 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

God Help the Girl
Logline: A young woman turns to songwriting to help her through an emotional period
Featuring: Olly Alexander, Cora Bisset, Pierre Boulanger, Emily Browning, Hannah Murray
Director: Stuart Murdoch
Writer: Stuart Murdoch
Distributor: Amplify
Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on September 5
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 111 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

The Identical
Logline: The path of a musical family from the Be Bop 1950s through the Glam Rock 1970s
Featuring: Brian Geraghty, Seth Green, Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta, Joe Pantoliano
Director: Dustin Marcellino
Writers: Howard Klausner
Distributor: Freestyle Releasing
Opening Week Release Pattern: 500 plus playdates on September 5
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic material and smoking
Running Time: 107 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Kelly and Cal
Logline: A mother suffering from post-partum depression strikes up a friendship with a teenage neighbor confined to a wheelchair
Featuring: Margaret Colin, Josh Hopkins, Juliette Lewis, Lucy Owen, Cybill Shepherd, Jonny Weston
Director: Jen McGowan
Writer: Amy Lowe Starbin
Distributor: IFC Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on September 5
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 109 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Last Days in Vietnam
Logline: Documents the final weeks of the Vietnam War
Director: Rory Kennedy
Distributor: American Experience Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and the Sunshine Cinemas in New York City on September 5
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 98 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Levitated Mass
Logline: Documents the creation of Michael Heizer's Monolithic Sculpture
Director: Doug Pray
Distributor: First Run Features
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles on September 5
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

No No: A Dockumentary
Logline: Documents the life of baseball pitcher Dock Ellis, who claims to have pitched his 1970 no-hitter while tripping on acid
Director: Jeffrey Radice
Distributor: The Orchid
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on September 5
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 100 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Rocks in My Pockets
Logline: Five women from the same family battle depression and madness
Featuring the voice of: Signe Baumane
Director: Signe Baumane
Writer: Signe Baumane
Distributor: Zeitgeist Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on September 5
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

The Rule
Logline: Documents how Benedictine monks in the heart of one of America's most dangerous cities are able to achieve amazing education successes with the city's most vulnerable population
Director: Marylou Bongiorno and Jerome Bongiorno
Distributor: Bongiorno Productions
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City on September 5
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Thunder and the House of Magic
Logline: An abandoned young cat seeking shelter from a storm stumbles into the strangest house imaginable, owned by an old magician and inhabited by a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos
Featuring the voices of: Ed Asner, George Babbit, Murray Blue, Grant George, Shanelle Gray
Directors: Jeremy Degruson and Ben Stassen
Writers: James Flynn and Dominic Paris and Ben Stassen, story by Stassen
Distributor: Shout! Factory
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Music Hall Theatre in Beverly Hills, the Tower City Cinemas in Cleveland, the North DeKalb Mall 16 in Decauter GA, the Tamarac 5 in Fort Lauderdale, the Greenspoint 15 in Houston, the Quad Cinema in New York City, the Fashion Square 14 in Orlando, the Balboa Theatre in San Francisco, the Georgetown 14 in Washington DC and the West Newton Cinemas in West Newton MA on September 5
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Expanding today
The Congress: Opens at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, the Gateway Film Center in Columbus OH, the Bijou Metro Cinemas in Eugene OR, the Roxy Theatre in Missoula MT, the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center in New York City, the Hollywood Theatre in Pittsburgh, the Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol CA and the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers NY
Jealousy: Opens at the Tower Cinema in Miami
Kaballah Me: Opens at the Music Hall Theatre in Beverly Hills and the Town Center 5 in Encino CA
Land Ho!: Opens at the Century 16 in Anchorage, the Fine Arts Theatre in Asheville NC, the Chelsea Theatre in Chapel Hill NC, the Carolina 3 in Durham NC, the Modern Art Museum Theatre in Fort Worth, the Hollywood 19 in Huntsville AL, the Downtown West 8 in Knoxville, the Rialto Theatre in Raleigh NC, the Salem Cinema in Salem OR and the Aperture Cinema in Winston-Salem NC
Life Itself: Opens at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago
Second Opinion: Laetrile at Sloan-Kettering: Opens at the Music Hall Theatre in Beverly Hills

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity
Logline: Documents the efforts of an extreme dance troupe to choreograph dangerous and mind-boggling feats of dance
Director: Catherine Gund
Distributor: Aubin Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on September 10
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 82 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

My Old Lady
Logline: An American inherits an apartment in Paris that comes with an unexpected resident
Featuring: Kevin Kline, Dominique Pinon, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas
Director: Israel Horovitz
Writer: Israel Horovitz, based on his play
Distributor: Cohen Media Group
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center, the Chelsea Cinemas, the CIty Cinemas 1 2 3 and the Lincoln Square 13 in New York City on September 10
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic material and some sexual references
Running Time: 107 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Alumbrones
Logline: Documents the work and lives of twelve contemporary Cuban artists living in Havana today. In Spanish with subtitles
Director: Bruce Donnelly
Distributor: Lost Boys Productions
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City on September 12
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 75 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

At the Devil's Door
Logline: When an ambitious young real estate agent is asked to sell a house with a checkered past, she crosses paths with a disturbed girl whom she learns is the runaway daughter of the couple selling the property
Featuring: Tara Buck, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ashley Rickards, Naya Rivera
Director: Nicholas McCarthy
Writer: Nicholas McCarthy
Distributor: IFC Midnight
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on September 12
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who Is John Galt?
Logline: In a dystopian future, many of society's most prominent and successful industrialists abandon their fortunes and the nation itself in response to aggressive new regulations, whereupon most vital industries collapse
Featuring: Joaquim de Almeida, Eric Allan Kramer, Rob Morrow, Mark Moses, Kristoffer Polaha, Laura Regan, Stephen Tobolowsky
Director: James Manera
Writers: James Manera & Harmon Kaslow, based on the novel by Ayn Rand
Distributor: Atlas Distribution
Opening Week Release Pattern: 500 plus playdates on September 12
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence and a scene of sexuality
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Bird People
Logline: An American arrives in Paris, checks into a hotel, turns off his cell phone and starts his life anew. In English and in French and Japanese with subtitles
Featuring: Geoffrey Cantor, Josh Charles, Anaïs Demoustier, Taklyt Vongdara, Roschdy Zem
Director: Pascale Ferran
Writers: Guillaume Bréaud and Pascale Ferran
Distributor: Sundance Selects
Opening Week Release Pattern:
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 127 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
Logline: Once happily married, a couple suddenly find themselves as strangers longing to understand each other in the wake of tragedy
Featuring: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy
Director: Ned Benson
Writer: Ned Benson
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on September 26
MPAA Rating: Not yet rated
Running Time: 122 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Dolphin Tale 2
Logline: The team of people who saved an injured dolphin's life reassemble in the wake of her surrogate mother's passing in order to find her a companion
Featuring: Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman, Nathan Gamble, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Mae Whitman
Director: Charles Martin Smith
Writer: Charles Martin Smith, based on characters created by Noam Dromi & Karen Janszen
Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3500 plus playdates on September 12
MPAA Rating: PG for some mild thematic elements
Running Time: 107 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

The Drop
Logline: A bartender finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost
Featuring: James Gandolfini, Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts
Director: Michaël R. Roskam
Writer: Dennis Lehane, based on his short story "Animal Rescue"
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on September 12
MPAA Rating: R for some strong violence and pervasive language
Running Time: 106 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

The Frontier
Logline: An estranged son travels back home to confront his overbearing father to see if there is any relationship left between them
Featuring: Katherine Cortez, Max Gail, Coleman Kelly, Oliver Seitz, Anastassia Sendyk
Director: Matt Rabinowitz
Writers: Matt Rabinowitz and Carlos Colunga
Distributor: It's Terrific Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City on September 12
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 84 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

The Green Prince
Logline: Documents how the son of a founding leader of Hamas became a spy for the Israelis. In English and in Hebrew with subtitles
Director: Nadav Schirman
Writer: Nadav Schirman, based on the memoir of Mosab Hassan Yousef
Distributor: Music Box Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York City and the Landmark 12 in West Los Angeles on September 12
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic material and some disturbing images
Running Time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

The Homestretch
Logline: Documents the lives of three homeless teenagers as they brave Chicago winters, the pressures of high school, and life alone on the streets to build a brighter future
Directors: Anne De Mare and Kirsten Kelly
Distributor: Kartemquin Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago on September 12
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Honeymoon
Logline: Young newlyweds struggle as their honeymoon spirals mysteriously into chaos
Featuring: Hanna Brown, Ben Huber, Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway
Director: Leigh Janiak
Writers: Phil Graziadei and Leigh Janiak
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern:
MPAA Rating: R for disturbing bloody images, sexual content and language
Running Time: 87 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

I Am Eleven
Logline: Documents the similarities and differences between a group of children from across the world
Director: Genevieve Bailey
Distributor: International Film Circuit
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Empire 25 and the Village VII in New York City on September 12
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

No Good Deed
Logline: A devoted wife and mother finds herself fighting for survival when a charming escaped convict invades her home and terrorizes her family
Featuring: Leslie Bibb, Kate del Castillo, Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson
Director: Sam Miller
Writer: Aimee Lagos
Distributor: Screen Gems
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus playdates on September 12
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence, menace, terror, and for language
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Pump
Logline: Documents the history of oil, its use in motor vehicles and how we can ween ourselves off it forever
Directors: Joshua Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell
Writer: Johnny O'Hara
Distributor: Submarine Deluxe
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on September 12
MPAA Rating: PG for mild thematic material
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio:

Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation
Logline: Documents the history of the still half-completed buidling designed by Antoni Gaudi. In Catalan, French, German and Spanish with subtitles
Director: Stefan Haupt
Distributor: First Run Features
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the SIFF Uptown Cinema in Seattle on September 12
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Search Party
Logline: A pair of friends embark on a mission to reunite their pal with the woman he was going to marry
Featuring: Aziz Ansari, Alison Brie, Delroy Lindo, Jason Mantzoukas, Thomas Middleditch, TJ Miller, Adam Pally, Krysten Ritter, Shannon Woodward
Director: Scot Armstrong
Writers: Andrew Waller and Mike Gagerman & Scot Armstrong
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus playdates on September 12
MPAA Rating: R for language throughout, drug use, graphic nudity, and sexual content
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

The Skeleton Twins
Logline: Two long-estranged twins meet up after ten years
Featuring: Ty Burrell, Bill Hader, Boyd Holbrook, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson
Director: Craig Johnson
Writers: Mark Heyman and Craig Johnson
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on September 12
MPAA Rating: R for language, some sexuality and drug use
Running Time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the 60s
Logline: Documents the efforts of editor Harold Hayes to create one of the greatest magazines ever
Director: Tom Hayes
Writers: Tom Hayes
Distributor: First Run Features
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York City on September 12
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 99 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Take Me to the River
Logline: Documents the history of Stax Records through the recording of a new compilation album featuring musical legends recording with new stars
Featuring: William Bell, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Snoop Dogg, Terrence Howard, Al Kapone, Charles "Skip" Pitts, Mavis Staples
Director: Martin Shore
Writers: Martin Shore and Jerry Harrsion and Zac Stanford
Distributor: Abramorama
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the NoHo 7 in North Hollywood CA, the Playhouse 7 in Pasadena CA, the the Sundance Sunset 5 in West Hollywood, the Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles and in additional locations in select markets on September 12
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic material, language and smoking
Running Time: 97 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Expanding today
Frontera: Opens at the Bill Cosford Cinema in Coral Gables FL, the Cinemas Palme D'Or in Palm Desert CA and the Jean Cocteau Cinemas in Santa Fe
Jealousy: Opens at the Screen Theatre in Santa Fe and the Sundance Cinemas in Seattle
Last Days in Vietnam: Opens at the E Street Cinemas in Washington DC
My Old Lady: Opens at the Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, the Clay Theatre in San Francisco and in additional locations in select markets
The Rule: Opens at the Town Center 5 in Encino CA
Second Opinion: Laetrile at Sloan-Kettering: Opens at the Roxie Film Center in San Francisco


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