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Status
Christmas Animation Family Comedy 3D
PG-Rating (MPAA)

Open: November 17, 2017 (wide—3,000+ theaters)

ASSIGNED TO:
Blake Wilson by Nov 20
Alternate:
  • Nicky VanValkenburgh
Drama Adaptation
PG-Rating (MPAA)

Open: November 17, 2017 (wide—3,000+ theaters)

ASSIGNED TO:
?-John Walker by Nov 18
Alternate:
  • Nicky VanValkenburgh
Animation Adventure Comedy Family Sequel
PG-Rating (MPAA)
Paddington 2leave your comments

Opens in UK: November 10, 2017 —then soon widens to Europe, Australia, New Zealand
Opens in North America: January 12, 2018

ASSIGNED TO:
Carole Warner
Family Sports Drama
PG-13-Rating (MPAA)
ASSIGNED TO:
Andrea McAteer [Late]
Biography Drama
PG-13-Rating (MPAA)
Breathe leave your comments

DVD release: January 2, 2018

ASSIGNED TO:
Raphael Vera
Biography Drama
Temple Grandin
ASSIGNED TO:
Austin Premo
Sci-Fi Action Disaster Thriller 3D IMAX
PG-13-Rating (MPAA)
Copyrighted poster art

“Control the weather, control the world”

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Open: October 20, 2017 (wide—2,666 theaters)

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War Biography Drama
R-Rating (MPAA)
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Open: October 27, 2017 (wide—2,000+ theaters)

Universal Pictures—Producer: Steven Spielberg

ASSIGNED TO:
VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED
assigned reviewer had to cancel due to family emergency
Crime Drama
PG-13-Rating (MPAA)
Copyrighted poster art

Open: November 22, 2017 (wide)

ASSIGNED TO:
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Biography War History Drama
PG-13-Rating (MPAA)
Darkest Hour leave your comments

Official site

Open: November 22, 2017 (limited)

ASSIGNED TO:
Samuel A. Torcasio by Nov 25
Biography Drama
PG-Rating (MPAA)
The Man Who Invented Christmasleave your comments

Open: November 22, 2017

ASSIGNED TO:
Raphael Vera
Alternate:
  • Nicky VanValkenburgh
VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED
Animation Family Adventure Comedy
PG-Rating (MPAA)
Copyrighted poster art
Cocoleave your comments

“The celebration of a lifetime”

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Open: November 22, 2017

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures—Producer: Pixar Animation Studios / Director: Lee Unkrich—“Toy Story 3,” “Finding Nemo” (2003) / Starring: Edward James Olmos, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Gael García Bernal, Cheech Marin, Gabriel Iglesias

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Friday, December 1, 2017
Comedy
R-Rating (MPAA)
Copyrighted poster art
The Disaster Artist

Open: December 1, 2017

A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Tommy Wiseau's “The Room.”

A24—Starring: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Dave Franco, Josh Hutcherson, Bryan Cranston, Sharon Stone, Megan Mullally, Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan, Kristen Bell, Alison Brie, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch

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Adventure Fantasy Drama
R-Rating (MPAA)
Copyrighted poster art
The Shape of Water

Official site

Open: December 1, 2017

From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER - an other-worldly fable, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

Fox Searchlight—Director: Guillermo del Toro / Starring: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Octavia Spencer

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Friday, December 8, 2017
Action Comedy
PG-13-Rating (MPAA)
Copyrighted poster art
Just Getting StartedPG-13-Rating (MPAA)

“Chivalry meets rivalry”

Official site

Open: December 8, 2017 (wide release)

Duke Diver is the freewheeling manager of the luxury Palm Springs resort, the Villa Capri. Diver may have a mysterious past, but he’s a pro at making sure that life for the high-spirited residents is one big, non-stop party. But the status quo is challenged when ex-military charmer Leo checks in, triggering a competition between Duke and Leo for the top spot of Alpha male, as well as for the affections of the newly-arrived Suzie. When Duke’s past suddenly catches up with him, the rivals put aside their differences and the two men reluctantly team up to stop whoever is trying to kill Duke, and also save the Villa Capri.

Broad Green Pictures—Starring: Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, Rene Russo, Glenne Headly, Joe Pantoliano / Director: “Tin Cup,” “Bull Durham”

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Friday, December 15, 2017
Sci-Fi Action Adventure Fantasy Sequel
PG-13-Rating (MPAA)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
also known as “Star Wars 8,” “Star Wars Episode VIII,” “Star Wars: Episode VIII”

Open: December 15, 2017

ASSIGNED TO:
Samuel A. Torcasio by Dec 15
Alternate:
    Alexander Malsan
Animation Adventure Comedy 3D
PG-Rating (MPAA)
Copyrighted poster art
Ferdinand

“Built to fight. Born to love.”

Official site

Open: December 15, 2017 (wide release)

A pacifist bull, who would rather smell flowers than fight in bullfights, is in the middle of the bull ring

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation—Starring: John Cena, David Tennant, Anthony Anderson, Gabriel Iglesias / Director: Carlos Saldanha

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Wedneday—December 20, 2017
Musical Biography Drama
PG-13-Rating (MPAA)
Copyrighted poster art
The Greatest Showman

“The impossible comes true”

Open: December 20, 2017

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation—Starring: Hugh Jackman as Phineas Taylor Barnum, Rebecca Ferguson, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Zendaya, etc. / Director: Michael Gracey

Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, ‘The Greatest Showman’ is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation—the famous traveling Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Jackman plays the showman with a penchant for hoaxing a gullible public as he creates the three-ring circus that made him famous. The musical also focuses on his infatuation with singer Jenny Lind—the so-called Swedish Nightingale.

This has been a dream project for Hugh Jackman since 2009. This is his first musical since ‘Les Misérables.’

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Sci-Fi Fantasy Action Adventure Family
PG-13-Rating (MPAA)
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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Open: December 20, 2017

In a brand new ‘Jumanji’ adventure, the tables are turned as four teenagers are sucked into Jumanji's world - pitted against rhinos, black mambas and an endless variety of jungle traps and puzzles. To survive, they'll play as characters from the game: meek Spencer becomes a stupid and girl crazy jock (Johnson); football jock Fridge becomes a tiny Einstein (Hart); It-girl Bethany becomes a bookworm professor (Black); and unathletic Martha becomes an amazonian warrior (Gillan). To beat the game and return to the Planet Earth with their lives, they'll have to start seeing things in an entirely different way.

This is a follow-up to the 1995 film, ‘Jumanji.’ This is not a remake or reboot; it is a continuation of the original.

Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures—Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan / Director: Jake Kasdan

ASSIGNED TO:
Friday, December 22, 2017
Crime History Thriller
R-Rating (MPAA)
Copyrighted poster art
All the Money in the World

“J. Paul Getty had a fortune. Everyone else paid the price.”

Official site

Open: December 22, 2017

The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather (Charles Plummer) to pay the ransom. With her son's life in the balance, Gail and Getty's advisor (Mark Wahlberg) become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money.

The story, written by David Scarpa, centers on the 1973 kidnap in Italy of J. Paul Getty III — the rebellious teenage grandson of oil billionaire J. Paul Getty, who was reluctant to pay the $17 million ransom demanded by the kidnappers.

The kidnappers sent a lock of hair and the teen’s severed right ear to the family to convince them pay the ransom. Harris and the boy’s father eventually convinced the elder Gerry pay a $2.9 million ransom, resulting in the teenager being freed after six months. He had been chained to a stake in a cave in Italy.

TriStar Pictures, a division of Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment—Director: Ridley Scott / Starring: Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg, Christopher Plummer, Charlie Plummer, Timothy Hutton

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Sci-Fi Social Satire Comedy Drama Copyrighted poster art
Downsizing

“We are meant for something bigger”

Open: December 22, 2017 (wide release)

Paramount Pictures Corporation—Starring: Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Alec Baldwin, Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Sudeikis, Reese Witherspoon / Director: Alexander Payne—“Nebraska”

In the near future, a married couple low on money decide they can have a much nicer life if they undergo a process to shrink themselves. In order to escape their money problems and to battle over-consumption and the depletion of the Earth’s natural resources, they decide to join the throngs of people undergoing a new process that reduces people to a tiny fraction of their size before moving to one of the many communities of small people that are sprouting up around the world.

ASSIGNED TO:
Comedy
R-Rating (MPAA)
Copyrighted poster art
Father Figures

“Finding their father would be a family miracle”

Official site

Open: December 22, 2017 (nationwide release)

Upon learning that their mother has been lying to them for years about their allegedly deceased father, two fraternal twin brothers (Owen Wilson and Ed Helms) hit the road in order to find him.

Helms and Wilson play Peter and Kyle Reynolds whose eccentric mother (Glenn Close) raised them to believe their father had died when they were young. When they discover this to be a lie, they set out to find their real father, learning more about their mother than they probably ever wanted to know.

Warner Bros.—Starring: Christopher Walken, Owen Wilson, Glenn Close, Ed Helms, Ving Rhames, J.K. Simmons, Katt Williams / Director: Larry Sher—“The Hangover” films cinematographer

ASSIGNED TO:
Music Comedy Sequel
PG-13-Rating (MPAA)
Copyrighted poster art
Pitch Perfect 3

“Last call pitches”

Official site

Open: December 22, 2017 (nationwide release)

Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices.

Universal Pictures—Starring: Ruby Rose, Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Hailee Steinfeld, Natasha Mayet, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp, John Lithgow, Rebel Wilson, Matt Lanter, Hana Mae Lee / Director: Trish Sie

ASSIGNED TO:
Christmas Day, MONDAY, December 25, 2017
Biography Drama Copyrighted poster art
Molly's Game

“Deal with her”

Open: December 25, 2017 (select), then widening

The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.

MOLLY’S GAME is based on the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.

STX Entertainment—Director: Aaron Sorkin / Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera,Chris O'Dowd

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Romance Drama
R-Rating (MPAA)
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Phantom Thread

Official site

Open: December 25, 2017

Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love. With his latest film, Paul Thomas Anderson paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey, and the women who keep his world running. “Phantom Thread” is Paul Thomas Anderson’s eighth movie, and his second collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis.

Focus Features—Writer/Director: Paul Thomas Anderson (“There Will Be Blood,” “Magnolia,” “The Master”) / Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, and Vicky Krieps

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Friday, January 5, 2018
Supernatural Horror Mystery Thriller Copyrighted poster art
Insidious: The Last KeyPG-13-Rating (MPAA)
also known as “Insidious: Chapter 4”

“Childhood fears never end"”

Open: January 5, 2018 (nationwide)

Universal Pictures—Starring: Lin Shaye, Javier Botet, Caitlin Gerard, Spencer Locke / Director: Adam Robitel / Producer: Jason Blum

Parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet—in her own family home.

ASSIGNED TO:
Pamela Gardner by Jan 10
Friday, January 12, 2018
Action Crime Thriller Copyrighted poster art
Proud Mary

Open: January 12, 2018

Screen Gems, a division of Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment—Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Neal McDonough, Danny Glover, Xander Berkeley / Director: Babak Najafi

Taraji Henson plays a hit woman (assassin) whose life is upturned when she meets a young boy who awakens the maternal instinct she never knew she had.

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Friday, January 19, 2018
History War Action Drama Copyrighted poster art
12 Strong

“On September 11, 2001 the world watched in terror. On September 12, 2001 they volunteered to fight.”

Official site

Open: January 19, 2018

‘12 Strong’ tells the true story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11. Under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban.

Chris Hemsworth and Oscar nominee, Michael Shannon, star in 12 STRONG, a powerful new war drama from Alcon Entertainment, Black Label Media and Jerry Bruckheimer Films.

Set in the harrowing days following 9/11, a U.S. Special Forces team, led by their new Captain, Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth), is chosen to be the first U.S. troops sent into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission. There, in the rugged mountains, they must convince Northern Alliance General Dostum (Navid Negahban) to join forces with them to fight their common adversary: the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies. In addition to overcoming mutual distrust and a vast cultural divide, the Americans—accustomed to state-of-the-art warfare—must adopt the rudimentary tactics of the Afghani horse soldiers. But despite their uneasy bond, the new allies face overwhelming odds: outnumbered and outgunned by a ruthless enemy that does not take prisoners.

Directed by Nicolai Fuglsig and based on the acclaimed Horse Soldiers book by best-selling author Doug Stanton

Warner Bros.—Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky, Taylor Sheridan, Michael Shannon, Austin Stowell, Michael Peña, Geoff Stults / Director: Nicolai Fuglsig

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Friday, February 16, 2018
Action Drama Biblical Copyrighted poster art
Samson

“Chosen. Betrayed. Redeemed.”

Official site

Open: February 16, 2018 (wide release)

Pure Flix Entertainment—Starring: Jackson Rathbone, Billy Zane, Taylor James, Rutger Hauer, Lindsay Wagner

SAMSON is based on the powerful, biblical epic of a champion chosen by God to deliver Israel.

This Hebrew with an unusual gift of strength must respond properly to the call of God on his life in order to lead his people out of enslavement. His youthful ambition leads to a tragic marriage.

After losing the love of his life to a cruel Philistine prince, the young Hebrew’s acts of revenge and impulsive decisions thrust him into direct conflict with the Philistine army. His brother mounts a tribal rebellion against the oppressive Philistine empire.

After being betrayed by a wicked prince and a beautiful temptress, Samson is captured and blinded by his enemies. He finally surrenders all to God—and sacrifices everything to avenge his love …his people …and his God—and turns imprisonment, humiliation and blindness into final victory.

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Friday, March 2, 2018
Action Thriller Drama 3D IMAX Copyrighted poster art
Alpha
also known as “The Solutrean”

“Leaders are born from survival”

Open: March 2, 2018 (wide release)

Set 20,000 years ago in the Ice Age, an Upper Paleolithic period hunting expedition goes awry and a young survivor braves the inhospitable and dangerous conditions to find his way back.

Anthropologists call the humans of this supposed “period” “Solutreans,” humans like us, but who lacked metals (for whatever reason) and had to rely on their relatively advanced flint tool-making abilities and clever minds to survive. The term Solutrean derives from a site in France (Solutre-Pouilly), where archaeologists discovered numerous flint points and tools with the bones of reindeer, elephants, deer and horses.

Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures—Director/Writer: Albert Hughes—“The Book of Eli” (2010), “From Hell” (2001) / Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Leonor Varela

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Friday, April 20, 2018
Sci-Fi Action Adventure IMAX 3D Copyrighted poster art
Rampage

“Big meets bigger”

Official site

Open: April 20, 2018 (wide)

Warner Bros. Pictures—Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Joe Manganiello, Malin Akerman / Director: Brad Peyton—“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” (2012), “San Andreas” (2015)

based on the classic 1980s Atari video game featuring apes and monsters destroying cities

“Rampage” will feature three creatures — a monstrously transformed gorilla, crocodile and wolf — who wreak havoc on North American cities and landmarks.

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