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Drama directed and written by James Schamus based on the novel of the same name by Philip Roth. Set in 1951, the story follows Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman), a working class Jewish boy attending a Christian college in Ohio where he finds himself at odds with the administration, grapples with anti-Semitism and sexual repression and pines after a troubled girl, Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon). The cast also includes Pico Alexander, Danny Burstein, Linda Emond, Tracy Letts and Ben Rosenfield.
Thriller sequel directed by Ron Howard, written by David Koepp based on novel of same name by Dan Brown. The movie follows the Harvard symbologist’s Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) who after waking up in a hospital room in Florence, Italy, with no memory of what has occurred for the last few days, suddenly finds himself the target of a manhunt. He teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories while at the same time Langdon tries to solve a terrible, criminal plot that is connected to Dante’s “Inferno”. The cast includes Omar Sy, Ben Foster, Irrfan Khan and Sidse Babett Knudsen.
The Infiltrator (2016)
Crime drama based on the autobiography of the same name by Robert Mazur. Set in the 1980s, the story centers on DEA agent Robert Mazur (Bryan Cranston), who uses his undercover alias “Bob Musella” to become a pivotal player for drug lords cleaning their dirty cash. Later, he infiltrates the world’s largest cartels and helps discover the money-laundering organization of drug lord Pablo Escobar. The cast also includes Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt, John Leguizamo, Amy Ryan, Said Taghmaoui and Matthew Motta.
Biography written, directed and produced by Marc Abraham based on the book “Hank Williams: The Biography” by Colin Escott, George Merritt, and William MacEwen. The story centers on the life of the legendary country western singer Hank Williams (Tomm Hiddleston), who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. The film chronicles his meteoric rise to fame and its ultimately tragic effect on his health and personal life. The cast includes Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Whitford, David Krumholtz, Cherry Jones, Maddie Hasson and Wrenn Schmidt.
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
Action thriller sequel based on the novel of the same name by Lee Child, the 18th in his Jack Reacher series. The story follows Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) who returning to the headquarters of his old military unit to find out that the head of the unit, Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), has been framed for espionage and he’s being accused of a 16 years old homicide, and finds out that it is only a part of something bigger than he thought before. The cast also includes Danika Yarosh, Aldis Hodge, Patrick Heusinger, Holt McCallany, Robert Knepper, Austin Hebert and Robert Catrini.
Live action film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Jon Favreau based on book of the same name by Rudyard Kipling. The film follows an orphaned Indian boy named Mowgli (Neel Sethi) who is raised by a pack of wolves led by Akela (Giancarlo Esposito), a bear, Baloo (Bill Murray), and a black panther, Bagheera (Ben Kingsley). The film’s two villains are Kaa (Scarlett Johansson), the python who eats other animals by hypnotizing them and Shere Khan (Idris Elba), the man-eating tiger. The cast also includes Christopher Walken and Lupita Nyong’o.
King Cobra (2016)
Bio-drama based on the book “Cobra Killer” by Andrew E. Stoner and Peter A. Conway. The story follows the early rise of gay porn headliner Sean Paul Lockhart a.k.a. Brent Corrigan (Garrett Clayton), who is molded into a star by Stephen (Christian Slater), a closeted gay porn mogul who runs the skin flick empire Cobra Video from his seemingly ordinary suburban home. When Brent’s rise and demands for more money put him at odds with Stephen, he also attracts the attention of a rival producer Joe, (James Franco) and his unstable lover, Harlow (Keegan Allen), who will stop at nothing to squash Cobra Video and steal its number one star. The cast also includes Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald.
Action adventure based on the fictional character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs directed by David Yates. The film follows Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) years since he left the jungle and is living a gentrified life in London as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane Porter (Margot Robbie). Then he is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the corrupt Belgian Captain Rom (Christoph Waltz). The cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Djimon Hounsou, John Hurt and Jim Broadbent.
Drama based on the novel of same name by M. L. Stedman directed by Derek Cianfrance which follows Tom Sherbourne, a lighthouse keeper, and his wife Isabel (Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander) who are living off the coast of Western Australia when they discover a baby girl who has washed up on a lifeboat. When they decide to adopt her as their own child the consequences of their choice becomes a devastating one. The cast also includes, Rachel Weisz, Caren Pistorius, Florence Clery, Anthony Hayes and Emily Barclay.
Drama based the non-fiction novel “A Long Way Home” by Saroo Brierley. The story follows Saroo Brierley (Dev Patel) who at five years old gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from his home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia, then 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. The cast also includes Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Priyanka Bose.
Live By Night (2016)
Based on the novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane, crime drama written, directed and co-produced by Ben Affleck in which the story is set in the 1920s and 1930s Prohibition era which follows Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck), the prodigal son of a Boston police captain. After moving to Ybor City, Tampa, Florida, he becomes a bootlegger and a rum-runner and, later, a notorious gangster. The cast also includes Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Messina, Sienna Miller and Chris Cooper.
London Fields (2016)
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 Lost City of Z (2016)
Biographical film based on the book of the same name by David Grann which follows Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), a conscripted soldier and born explorer who disappeared in the 1920s while searching for a mythical city with his son Jack Fawcett (Tom Holland) in the Amazon jungles of Brazil that he believed he discovered on a prior expedition. The cast includes Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller.
True story based on the book of the same name by Robert Kanigel the real-life Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), a mathematician who after growing up poor in Madras, India, earns admittance to Cambridge University during World War I, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G. H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons). Ramanujan was a unique genius whose pivotal theories propelled him from obscurity into a world in the midst of war, and how he fought tirelessly to show the world the genius of his mind. The cast also includes Toby Jones, Stephen Fry, Jeremy Northam, Kevin McNally Enzo Cilenti and Devika Bhise.
Drama adapted from the novel of the same name by Jojo Moyes which tells the story of two very different characters: Louisa Clark (Emilia Clarke), a small town girl caught between dead-end jobs and William Traynor (Sam Claflin), a high-profile, successful man who becomes wheelchair bound following an accident. After Louisa is hired for six months to be his new caretaker they start to form an unlikely bond as they embark on a series of adventures together. The cast also includes Jenna Coleman, Charles Dance, Matthew Lewis, Ben Lloyd-Hughes and Janet McTeer.
Fantasy adventure based on the novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs and directed by Tim Burton which centers on teenager Jacob (Asa Butterfield), who follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s (Eva Green) Home for Peculiar Children. The mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special power and their powerful enemies. Ultimately, Jacob discovers that only his own special “peculiarity” can save his new friends. The cast also includes Ella Purnell, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Terence Stamp, Kim Dickens, Rupert Everett, Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson.
A Monster Calls (2016)
Fantasy drama directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, based on the novel of the same name by Patrick Ness, who also wrote the screenplay in which the story centers on Conor (Lewis MacDougall) a boy who feels very damaged, guilty and mostly angry as he attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith conjuring the Monster (Liam Neeson) from an old and gnarled tree in the graveyard his bedroom overlooks. The cast also includes Sigourney Weaver, Toby Kebbell and Geraldine Chaplin.
The Moon and the Sun (2016)
Adventure fantasy adapted from the novel of the same name 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.
Mystery thriller based on the novel of the same name by Jeanne Ryan. The story centers on high school senior Vee (Emma Roberts) who enters an online reality video game called “Nerve” along with a mysterious stranger, Ian (Dave Franco), that escalates to a series dangerous levels with her every move being manipulated by an anonymous community of “watchers”. The cast also includes Emily Meade, Kimiko Glenn, Juliette Lewis, Marc John Jefferies, Miles Heizer and Samira Wiley.
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Romantic thriller written and directed by Tom Ford, based on the novel “Tony and Susan” by Austin Wright. The first part of the story follows art gallery owner, Susan Morrow (Amy Adams), who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, Edward Sheffield (Jake Gyllenhaal), asking for her opinion. The second part of the story follows the actual manuscript, called “Nocturnal Animals,” which revolves around a man, Tony Hastings (Jake Gyllenhaal), whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. The story also continues to follow Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself. The cast also includes Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Jena Malone, Michael Sheen and Andrea Riseborough.
Our Kind of Traitor (2016)
Spy thriller is adapted from John le Carré’s novel of the same name directed by Susanna White which follows an ordinary English couple, Perry (Ewan McGregor) and Gail (Naomie Harris) who while on holiday in Marrakech befriend a flamboyant and charismatic Russian, Dima (Stellan Skarsgård), who unbeknownst to them is a kingpin money launderer for the Russian mafia. Dima leads them into a tortuous journey through Paris, the Swiss Alps and London and soon enough, the British Secret Service gets involved.
Horror action comedy co-written and directed by Burr Steers, taking on a fresh twist on Jane Austen’s widely celebrated novel based on the book of same name by Seth Grahame-Smith. In the film a zombie outbreak has fallen upon 19th century England and the land is overrun with the undead. Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry and Mr. Darcy (Sam Reilly) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield to rid the country of the zombie menace and discover their true love for one another. The cast includes Matt Smith, Bella Heathcote, Jack Huston, Douglas Booth, Suki Waterhouse, Lena Headey and Charles Dance.
Queen of Katwe (2016)
Biographical drama directed by Mira Nair based on the book of the same name by Tim Crothers which follows Phiona (Madina Nalwanga) who lives in rural Uganda being raised by her poor single mother Harriet (Lupita Nyong’o). Phiona’s life takes an unexpected turn when she meets missionary Robert Katende (David Oyelowo) who teaches local children how to play chess, and discovers she has a natural talent for the game and trains her to become a world chess champion.
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.
Historical drama based on the novel of the same name by Shūsaku Endō. The story is set in in the seventeenth century and follows two Christian missionaries, Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Garrpe (Adam Driver), who arrive in Japan in pursuit of their mentor, Father Cristóvão Ferreira (Liam Neeson), after hearing reports of his defection. They arrive to find the local Christian community driven underground by violence and persecution.
Biographical political thriller directed and co-written by Oliver Stone based on the books “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man” by Luke Harding and “Time of the Octopus” by Anatoly Kucherena. The story centers on government contractor Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who leaked classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) to the mainstream media in the interest of informing the public about privacy breaches from its own government. The cast includes Shailene Woodley, Scott Eastwood, Melissa Leo, Timothy Olyphant, Zachary Quinto, Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Rhys Ifans and Tom Wilkinson.
Bio-drama directed by Clint Eastwood based on the autobiography “Highest Duty” by Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. The story centers on Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) who after landing a plane in New York’s Hudson River faces an investigation that threatens to destroy his career and reputation. The cast also includes Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, Autumn Reeser, Holt McCallany, Jamey Sheridan, Jerry Ferrara, Max Adler and Sam Huntington.
Term Life (2016)
Crime thriller based on the graphic novel of the same name by Nick Thornborrow which follows thief Nick Barrow (Vince Vaughn) who plans and sells heists to the highest bidder, but after getting the blame for a recent robbery gone bad he takes his estranged daughter Cate (Hailee Steinfeld) and goes on the run from mob bosses, contract killers and dirty cops. He also takes out a life insurance policy on himself to leave something for Cate, but he has to ensure to stay alive for at least 21 days. The cast also includes Bill Paxton, Mike Epps, Jon Favreau, Jonathan Banks, Mike Epps, Jordi Mollà, Shea Whigham, William Levy, Taraji P. Henson, Annabelle Gish and Terrance Howard.
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).
Tulip Fever (2016)
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.
A United Kingdom (2016)
Bio-drama based on the book “Colour Bar” by Susan Williams which tells the true-life romantic story of of Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), the London office worker he married in 1947 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. The cast also includes Jack Davenport, Terry Pheto, Tom Felton, Arnold Oceng, Jack Lowden and Laura Carmichael.
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.
Comedy drama based on a true story based on the Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson who has since written a book titled “Arms and the Dudes” detailing the story. The movie follows two arms dealers, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli (Miles Teller and Jonah Hill) who secure a $300 million government contract to supply weapons for US troops in Afghanistan. They soon find themselves in danger abroad and in trouble back home. The cast includes Ana de Armas, J. B. Blanc and Bradley Cooper.
War comedy drama directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa based on the memoir “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan” by Kim Barker which follows war correspondent journalist Barker (Tina Fey) recounting her experiences covering conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan while at the same time developing a crazy relationship with a fellow journalist from Scotland, Iain MacKelpie (Martin Freeman). The cast includes Margot Robbie, Christopher Abbott, Billy Bob Thornton, Alfred Molina, Sheila Vand and Nicholas Braun.
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 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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