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The King’s Daughter (2017)
Adventure fantasy adapted from the novel “The Moon and the Sun” by Vonda N. McIntyre which is about King Louis XIV’s (Pierce Brosnan) quest for immortality which leads him to capture and steal a mermaid’s (Bingbing Fan) life force. A move that is further complicated by his illegitimate daughter’s, Marie-Josephe D’Alember (Kaya Scodelario), discovery of the mermaid. The cast also includes William Hurt, Rachel Griffiths, Benjamin Walker and Ben Lloyd-Hughes.
London Fields (2017)
Thriller based on the novel of the same name by Martin Amis in which the story is set the not so distant future where the world is in turmoil and follows lairvoyant femme fatale Nicola Six (Amber Heard) who lives with a dark premonition of her impending murder. She then begins a tangled love affair with three uniquely different men Samson Young, Guy Clinch and Keith Talent (Billy Bob Thornton, Theo James and Jim Sturgess): one of whom she knows will be her murderer. The cast also includes Jason Isaacs, Cara Delevingne, Johnny Depp and Jaimie Alexander.
The Long Home (2017)
Dram directed by and starring James Franco, based on the novel of the same name by William Gay. The story is set in 1940’s rural Tennessee, and it centers on Nathan Winer (Josh Hutcherson), who unwittingly goes to work building a honkytonk for the charismatically diabolical bootlegger who murdered his father ten years earlier. Soon he runs into conflict when he falls for the young woman the bootlegger is grooming to be a prostitute. The cast also includes Tim Blake Nelson, Courtney Love, Timothy Hutton, Giancarlo Esposito, Ashton Kutcher, Josh Hartnett, Zoe Levin, Analeigh Tipton, Scott Haze, and Robin Lord Taylor.
The Lost City of Z (2017)
Bio-drama based on book of the same name by David Grann, the story is centered on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who made several attempts to find an ancient lost city in the Amazon jungles of Brazil and finally disappeared in 1925 along with his son, Jack Fawcett (Tom Holland), in the search for the city. The cast also includes Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller.
The Mountain Between Us (2017)
Romance drama based on the novel of the same name by Charles Martin which follows Dr. Max Payne and writer Rachel Knox (Idris Elba and Kate Winslet) who survive a plane crash in the mountains where they are forced to trust each other and find safety while badly injured.
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Thriller mystery directed by Kenneth based on the novel of the same name by Agatha Christie. The story follows renowned Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) who investigates the murder of a wealthy American, Ratchett (Johnny Depp) traveling on the Orient Express, the most famous train in the world. The cast includes Tom Bateman, Lucy Boynton, Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Marwan Kenzari, Leslie Odom Jr., Michael Peña, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sergei Polunin, and Daisy Ridley.
My Cousin Rachel (2017)
Drama based on the novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier which follows Philip (Sam Claflin), who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, Rachel Ashley (Rachel Weisz), believing that she murdered his guardian who was her husband. His feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. The cast includes Iain Glen and Holliday Grainger.
November Criminals (2017)
Crime drama based on the book of the same name by Sam Munson which follows teenager Addison Schacht (Ansel Elgort) who takes on his own investigation of a murder in Washington D.C. The cast also includes Chloë Grace Moretz, Catherine Keener and David Strathairn.
Same Kind of Different as Me (2017)
Drama directed by Michael Carney based on the book of the same name by Ron Hall, Denver Moore and Lynn Vincent. The story centers on international art dealer, Ron Hall (Greg Kinnear),who must befriend a dangerous homeless man, Denver (Djimon Hounsou), in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife Deborah (Renée Zellweger), a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the most remarkable journey of their lives. The cast also includes Jon Voight, Olivia Holt and Stephanie Leigh Schlund.
The Secret Scripture (2017)
Drama co-written and directed by Jim Sheridan based novel of the same name by Sebastian Barry. The story follows Roseanne McNulty (Vanessa Redgrave), an elderly Irishwoman living in a mental institution. Having been a patient for some fifty years or more, the hospital’s psychiatrist, Dr. William Grene (Bana), is called in to assess her condition. Through flashbacks we learn more about her past in where as a young woman (Rooney Mara) in 1940’s Ireland we see that she was in a love triangle with a fighter pilot, Michael Eneas (Jack Reynor), and a priest, Father Gaunt (Theo James). What unfolds next explains why, 40 years later, she’s in an insane asylum.
Drama directed by Ritesh Batra based on the novel of same name by Julian Barnes which follows Tony Webster (Jim Broadbent) divorced and retired, who leads a reclusive and relatively quiet life. Secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love, Veronica Ford Charlotte Rampling), and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago. The cast also includes Harriet Walter, Emily Mortimer and Michelle Dockery.
The Shack (2017)
Fantasy drama based on the book of same name by William P. Young. The story follows Mack Phillips (Sam Worthington) who goes into deep depression after his young daughter is murdered during a family camping trip. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa (Octavia Spencer). Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever. The cast also includes Radha Mitchell, Alice Braga, Tim McGraw and Aviv Alush.
T2: Trainspotting 2 (2017)
Black comedy sequel crime drama film directed by Danny based on the novel “Porno” by Irvine Welsh. Twenty years have gone by and much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place he can ever call home where he catches up with Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle).
Thank You For Your Service (2017)
War drama based on the non-fiction book of the same name by David Finkel which looks at how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects American servicemen and women returning home from war. The cast includes Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Beulah Koale, Amy Schumer and Scott Haze.
Their Finest (2017)
Romantic comedy directed based on the novel “Their Finest Hour and a Half” by Lissa Evans. Set during World War II in the early 1940s in London, about a British film crew attempting to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after The Blitz. The cast includes Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Jake Lacy and Richard E. Grant.
Tulip Fever (2017)
Romantic drama directed by Justin Chadwick based on the novel of the same name by Deborah Moggach. Set in 17th century Amsterdam, the story follows Sophia (Alicia Vikander), a young married woman who begins a passionate affair with artist Jan Van Loos (Dane DeHaan) hired to paint her portrait. The lovers gamble on the booming market for tulip bulbs as a way to raise money to run away together. The cast also includes Christoph Waltz, Holliday Grainger, Cara Delevingne, Judi Dench, Zach, Galifianakis, Jack O’Connell, Matthew Morrison and Tom Hollander.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
Directed by Luc Besson this sci-fi action is based on the French science fiction comics series “Valérian and Laureline” written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières. The story centers on special operatives for the government of the human territories, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne), who are charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Under orders from their commander (Clive Owen), the duo embark on a mission to Alpha, an intergalactic city where diverse species share their technology and resources for the betterment of all. The ever-expanding metropolis is also home to sinister forces that jeopardize the future of mankind. The cast also includes Rihanna, Kris Wu, John Goodman and Ethan Hawke.
Voice from the Stone (2017)
Supernatural psychological thriller based on the novel of the same name by Silvio Raffo. Set in 1950s Tuscany, the story centers on nurse Verena (Emilia Clarke) who is hired to help Jakob (Edward George Dring), a troubled mute boy dealing with the trauma of his mother’s sudden death. The cast also includes Marton Csokas, Caterina Murino, Remo Girone andLisa Gastoni.
War Machine (2017)
War drama written and directed by David Michôd, based on the book “The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan” by Michael Hastings. This is a satire of America’s military involvement in Afghanistan with a focus on the people running the campaign. The cast includes Brad Pitt, Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace, Will Poulter, Tilda Swinton, Jonathan Ing, Ben Kingsley and Meg Tilly.
Comedy-drama written by Daniel Clowes based on the graphic novel of the same name by Clowes. The story follows lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged man, Wilson (Woody Harrelson), who gets a shot at happiness when he learns from his estranged wife, Pippi (Laura Dern), that she gave up their daughter, Claire (Isabella Amara), for adoption without telling him. The case includes Judy Greer and Cheryl Hines.
The Wizard of Lies (2017)
Drama directed by Barry Levinson based on the book of same name by Diana B. Henriques. Based on true events the story centers on stockbroker, investment advisor and financier Bernie Madoff (Robert De Niro) and examines his Ponzi scheme, his deception, lies and cover-up, all as the financier’s wife Ruth Madoff (Michelle Pfeiffer) and sons, Mark and Andrew Madoff (Alessandro Nivola and Nathan Darrow) are catapulted into a harsh and unrelenting spotlight. The cast also includes Hank Azaria, Kristen Connolly, Lily Rabe and Kathrine Narducci.
Drama based on the novel of the same name by R.J. Palacio which follows Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), a young boy born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school. When he enters the local fifth grade his parents Isabel and Nate (Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson), his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
Comedy-drama directed by James Franco based novel of the same name by Steve Erickson. The story around Vikar (James Franco), a film-obsessed architecture student who is mistaken for one of the perpetrators of the Manson murders. This L.A. newcomer also happens to have a picture of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift from “A Place In The Sun” tattooed on his head. The cast also includes Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell and Danny McBride.
The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017)
Based on a true story which was adapted from the book of same name by Diane Ackerman. Set in Poland the story follows Zoo keepers Antonina Zabinski (Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski (Johan Heldenbergh). The zoo flourishes under Jan’s stewardship and Antonina’s care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl). The Zabinskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save the lives of hundreds from what has become the Warsaw Ghetto. The cast also includes Michael McElhatton and Iddo Goldberg.
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