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Jungle (2017)

Action adventure drama based on the true story by Yossi Ghinsberg who also wrote the book of the name. The story centers on Yossi Ghinsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), who together with two of his friends follow a guide, Karl Ruprechter (Thomas Kretschmann) into the Bolivian wilderness to have an adventure of a lifetime. However, they soon find out that Ruprechter is not to be trusted when he abandons them and leaves them for dead. The cast also includes Alex Russell, Joel Jackson, Jacek Koman and Yasmin Kassim.

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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.

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Last Flag Flying (2017)

Comedy drama directed and co-written by Richard Linklater based on the novel of the same name by Darryl Ponicsan. The story centers on three men, former Navy Corps medic Larry “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell), ex-Marine Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and Reverend Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne), who thirty years after they served together in Vietnam re-unite to bury Shepherd’s son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.

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The Little Hours (2017)

Comedy is based on a collection of novellas “The Decameron”, the first tale of the third day by Giovanni Boccaccio, where the story centers on a young servant, Massetto (Dave Franco), who flees from his master, Lord Bruno (Nick Offerman), and takes refuge at a convent full of nuns. The cast also includes Alison Brie, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon and Fred Armisen.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

Bio-comedy drama adapted from the book of the same name by Les Standiford. The story follows the journey in which Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) took that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. The cast also includes Jonathan Pryce, Simon Callow, Donald Sumpter and Miriam Margolyes.

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Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)

Dystopian action thriller sequel based on the final book of the same name in The Maze Runner trilogy. The story centers on Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) who leads his friends in the search for a cure to a virus that turns people into rampaging zombies. The cast also includes Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Barry Pepper, Will Poulter and Patricia Clarkson.

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Molly’s Game (2017)

Drama based on the memoir “Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker” by Molly Bloom directed by Aaron Sorkin. The story follows Olympic-class skier Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain), who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target. Her players included movie stars, business titans and unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. The cast also includes , Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Brian d’Arcy James, Chris O’Dowd, Bill Camp, Graham Greene, Claire Rankin, Joe Keery and Jeremy Strong.

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The Mountain Between Us (2017)

Action romance drama based on the novel of the same name by Charles Martin which follows Dr. Ben Bass (Idris Elba) and journalist Alex Martin (Kate Winslet) who after the cancellation of their flight due to stormy weather decide to share a flight on a small charter plane. However their plane crashes and they survive the incident with injuries. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a terrifying journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing one another to endure and igniting an unexpected attraction. The cast also includes Beau Bridges, Dermot Mulroney and Waleed Zuaiter.

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Mudbound (2017)

Period drama based on the novel of the same name by Hillary Jordan, the story is set in the rural American South during World War II. We follow two families, Henry and Laura McAllan (Jason Clarke and Carey Mulligan), newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis and unprepared for the harsh demands of farming. Meanwhile, Hap and Florence Jackson (Rob Morgan and Mary J. Blige), struggle to build a small dream of their own despite the rigidly enforced social barriers they face. In the midst of the family’s struggles, two young men, Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell), return from the war to work the land where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.

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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.

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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.

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November Criminals (2017)

Crime drama based on the novel “The November Criminals” by Sam Munson. The story centers on high school senior Addison Schacht (Ansel Elgort), who starts to investigate the murder of a classmate, Kevin Broadus (Jared Kemp), with his best friend Phoebe Digger (Chloë Grace Moretz). The cast also includes Michael Shanks, Tessa Albertson, Catherine Keener and David Strathairn.

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Peter Rabbit (2018)

Live action animated comedy based on the stories of the character of the same name created by Beatrix Potter. The story centers on the mischievous and adventurous Peter Rabbit (James Corden) whose feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates as they rival for the affections of the animal lover, Bea (Rose Byrne), who lives next door. The cast also includes Rose Byrne, Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley, Elizabeth Debicki and Sam Neill.

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Ready Player One (2018)

Sci-fi adventure based on Ernest Cline’s novel of the same name directed by Steven Spielberg. The story is set in the near future and follows young outcast Wade Owen Watts (Tye Sheridan) who escapes from his bleak surroundings by playing a game called The Oasis, a globally networked virtual utopia where users can lead idyllic alternate lives. When the eccentric billionaire, James Halliday (Mark Rylance), who created the Oasis dies, he offers up his vast fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Wade gets in on the action and finds himself facing off against corporate foes who will go to any lengths to get the money, in both the real world and in The Oasis. The cast also includes Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg and T. J. Miller.

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Rebel in the Rye (2017)

Bio-drama based on the book “J. D. Salinger: A Life” by Kenneth Slawenski. The story centers on the life of young author J.D. Salinger (Nicholas Hoult) detailing his relationship with socialite Oona O’Neill (Zoey Deutch), his experiences fighting in World War II, and his writing process for his novel “The Catcher in the Rye”. The cast also includes Kevin Spacey, Sarah Paulson, Brian d’Arcy James, Victor Garber, Hope Davis and Lucy Boynton.

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Red Sparrow (2018)

Spy thriller based on the book of the same name by Jason Matthews. The story centers on ballerina, Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence), who is recruited to ‘Sparrow School’ a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. She is then assigned to seduce a first-tour CIA agent, Nathaniel Nash (Joel Edgerton), who handles the CIA’s most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two officers collide in a charged atmosphere of trade-craft, deception and inevitably forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but of others as well. The cast also includes Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeremy Irons.

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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.

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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.

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The Sense of an Ending (2017)

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.

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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.

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The Snowman (2017)

Thriller based on the book by Jo Nesbø and directed by Tomas Alfredson. The story follows Detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) who investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an a sinister-looking snowman. As Hole investigates he begins to suspect it’s the work of a serial killer. The cast also includes Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Val Kilmer, Toby Jones, J.K. Simmons, Charlotte Gainsburg, James D’Arcy, Chloë Sevigny and Sofia Helin.

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Stronger (2017)

Drama based on a true story and adapted from the book of the same name by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter. The story follows Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal), an ordinary working-class man who loses his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 helps the police track down the killers while struggling to recover from devastating trauma and adjust to his new life. The cast also includes Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Clancy Brown and Frankie Shaw.

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T2 Trainspotting (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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wilson (2017)

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.

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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.

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Wonder (2017)

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.

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Wonderstruck (2017)

Drama based on the novel of the same name by Brian Selznick who also wrote the screenplay. The story follows Ben and Rose (Oakes Fegley and Millicent Simmonds), children from two different eras, who secretly wish that their lives were different. In the earlier time period, Rose runs away from her New Jersey home to find her idol Lillian Mayhew (Julianne Moore). In the later time frame, Ben also runs away to New York after his mother’s death, Elaine (Michelle Williams), in search of his missing father.

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A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

Fantasy adventure directed by Ava DuVernay based on the novel of the same name by Madeleine L’Engle. The story centers on Meg Murry (Storm Reid), her brilliant brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) and their friend Calvin (Levi Miller) as they travel through space and cross dimensions to find their missing scientist father, Dr. Alex Murry (Chris Pine), who discovered a new planet, with the help of a mysterious tesseract. The cast also includes Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, André Holland and Zach Galifianakis.

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You Were Never Really Here (2017)

Thriller based on the novella of the same name by Jonathan Ames, the story centers on tormented law enforcer, Joe (Joaquin Phoenix), who unleashes a storm of violence when he goes on a rescue mission to save a teenage girl, Nina (Ekaterina Samsonov) from a brothel.

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Zeroville (2017)

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.

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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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