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Bridget Jones’s Baby

  • Universal Pictures

(2016)

  –   Comedy | Romance

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The continuing adventures of British publishing executive Bridget Jones as she enters her 40s.
Summary: After breaking up with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), Bridget Jones’s (Renée Zellwege) “happily ever after” hasn’t quite gone according to plan. Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new. For once, Bridget has everything completely under control. What could possibly go wrong? Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack (Patrick Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch…she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father.
Director:

Sharon Maguire

Stars:

Renée Zellweger, Gemma Jones, Jim Broadbent, Sally Phillips

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What sealed the deal for me – by a whisker – was the gigantic physical comedy that Dempsey, Zellweger and Firth uncorked as they try to get through the hospital revolving door as Bridget is about to give birth, the traditional romcom rush to the airport having been re-invented for this maternal drama.
The Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
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Blair Witch

  • Lionsgate

(2016)

  –   Horror | Thriller

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After discovering a video showing what he believes to be his sister’s experiences in the demonic woods of the Blair Witch, James and a group of friends head to the forest in search of his lost sibling.
Summary: A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James’ sister who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realize the legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined.
Director:

Adam Wingard

Stars:

James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Corbin Reid, Brandon Scott

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Blair Witch is shot, constructed and executed just like the original. And the slow-build fright fest will please genre purists — perhaps enough to reinvigorate the potential franchise — even if it feels all too familiar to the rest of us.

indieWIRE
Ben Travers
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Snowden

  • Open Road Films

(2016)

rated-R    –   Biography | Drama | Thriller

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NSA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.

Summary: Snowden reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others.

Director:

Oliver Stone

Stars:

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto

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It’s the most important and galvanizing political drama by an American filmmaker in years.
Variety
Owen Gleiberman
You might not agree with Stone that the man is a hero, but you probably do want to see the film so you can compute what the whole uproar was about.
New York Daily News
Allen Salkin
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Hillsong – Let Hope Rise

  • Relativity Media

(2016)

rated-PG    –   Documentary | Family | Music

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Capturing the on-stage energy and off-stage hearts of the Australia-based band Hillsong UNITED, HILLSONG – LET HOPE RISE is a new motion-picture genre: the theatrical worship experience. The film explores Hillsong’s humble beginnings and astonishing rise to prominence as an international church whose songs are sung every Sunday by more than 50 million people worldwide.
Director:

Michael John Warren

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Wild Oats

(2016)

Certificate PG-13 Action | Comedy | Drama

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Everything changes for EVA when she receives a life insurance check accidentally made out for $5,000,000 instead of the expected $50.000. She and her best friend take the money and head out for the adventure of a lifetime.
Director:

Andy Tennant

Stars:

Jessica Lange, Demi Moore, Shirley MacLaine, Billy Connolly

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Silicon Cowboys

  • FilmRise

(2016)

  –   Documentary

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Three friends dream up the Compaq portable computer at a Texas diner in 1981, and soon find themselves battling mighty IBM, for PC supremacy. Their improbable journey altered the future of computing and shaped the world we now know.
Summary: Launched in 1981 by three friends in a Houston diner, Compaq Computer set out to build a portable PC to take on IBM, the world’s most powerful tech company. Many companies had tried cloning the industry leader’s code, only to be trounced by IBM and its high-priced lawyers. Silicon Cowboys explores the remarkable David vs. Goliath story, and eventual demise, of Compaq, an unlikely upstart who altered the future of computing and helped shape the world as we know it today
Director:

Jason Cohen

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Miss Stevens

  • Orchard, The

(2016)

  –   Drama

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A comedy focused on a teacher who chaperones a group of high schoolers to a state drama competition.
Summary: When Miss Stevens chaperones three of her students – Billy, Margot and Sam – on a weekend trip to a drama competition, she discovers that coming of age stories aren’t just for teenagers. Exploring the fine line between being a grown up and being a kid, Miss Stevens looks at the moment you realize maybe you’re the responsible adult in the room, and what comes after you find out you’re not who you thought you’d be
Director:

Julia Hart

Stars:

Lily Rabe, Lili Reinhart, Oscar Nuñez, Rob Huebel

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A tougher, wiser film might still have extended the characters a measure of compassion, but it might also have left the audience with a deeper curiosity about where life’s challenges could take them next.

Variety
Justin Chang
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The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years

  • Abramorama

(2016)

  –   Documentary | Music

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A compilation of found footage featuring music, interviews, and stories ofThe Beatles’ 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966.
Summary: The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years documents the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. Ron Howard’s film explores how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came together to become the extraordinary phenomenon, The Beatles. It chronicles their inner workings – how they made decisions, created their music and built their collective career together – all the while, exploring The Beatles’ extraordinary and unique musical gifts and their remarkable, complementary personalities.
Director:

Ron Howard

Stars:

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison

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By focusing on the touring footage, Howard’s picture distinguishes itself by allowing us to remember them as they started out while emphasising their skill as musicians (there’s an interesting comparison with Schubert and Mozart) and the endearing closeness of their unit.

Screen International
Fionnuala Halligan
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The Good Neighbor

  • Vertical Entertainment

(2016)

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A pair of mischievous high school kids create the illusion of a haunting on an unsuspecting neighbor. While keeping his every reaction under surveillance, they see much more than they bargained for.

Summary: In The Good Neighbor, a pair of mischievous high school kids (Keir Gilchrist and Logan Miller) create the illusion of a haunting on an unsuspecting neighbor (James Caan). While keeping his every reaction under surveillance, they see much more than they bargained for.

Director:

Kasra Farahani

Stars:

James Caan, Logan Miller, Keir Gilchrist, Laura Innes

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The script has some familiar, vaguely disapproving things to say about latchkey kids (both the teen leads are under-supervised by workaholic or absent parents), depersonalizing technology, and the pursuit of fatuous social-media fame. But there’s not much real suspense stirred here by a premise that straddles recent found-footage thrillers and “Rear Window.”

Variety
Dennis Harvey

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