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All Nighter

All Nighter

March 21, 2017

All Nighter.  No rating.  A workaholic father visits her daughter during a layover in LA, only to find out that she’s missing. Now, he has to work together with her ex-boyfriend to find her. The film premieres on VOD on Friday, March 24.  Den of Geek! writes, “Because of this, All Nighter falls somewhere between the type of bad indie comedy one might see at a film festival looking for distribution—one we always hope is better than it ends up being—and the type of comedies that studios constantly greenlight usually for all the wrong reasons. It’s just a shame that good actors like Hirsch and Simmons have to be mixed up and dragged down by such a bland attempt at laughter.”

Starring: Analeigh Tipton, J.K. Simmons, Kristen Schaal
Director: Gavin Wiesen
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy

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American Anarchist

American Anarchist

March 21, 2017

American Anarchist.  No rating.  The story behind one of the most infamous books ever written, “The Anarchist Cookbook”, and its role in the life of the author who wrote it in the midst of counterculture upheaval of the late 60s and early 70s. Catch the film on VOD starting Friday, March 24. No critic reviews are available as of this writing.

Starring: William Powell
Director: Charlie Siskel
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary

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Assassin’s Creed

Assassin’s Creed

March 21, 2017

Assassin’s Creed.  Rating:  2 (out of 5).  A revolutionary technology enables the unlocking of genetic memories, and it enables Callum Lynch to experience the adventures of his ancestor, in which he discovers that he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society. The movie premieres on VOD on Tuesday, March 21. The Chicago Tribune says, “It’s just a mediocre action movie, poorly edited and larded with a terrible musical score, based on a video game. Nothing new there.”

Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Charlotte Rampling, Jeremy Irons, Marion Cotillard, Michael Fassbender, Michael Kenneth Williams
Director: Justin Kurzel
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Drama, History, Fantasy

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Atomica

Atomica

March 21, 2017

Atomica.  Rating:  2 (out of 5).  Set in the near future, a young safety inspector, Abby Dixon, is forced to fly out to a remote nuclear power plant to fix a communications problem. Once inside the facility, mysterious and strange behaviors cause her to have doubts about the two employees onsite. “Atomica” will premiere on VOD on Tuesday, March 21.  The Village Voice observes, “Atomica’s slapdash script is a hasty aggregation of screenwriting and science fiction clichés, barely feature-length and possibly written over a single weekend.”

Starring: Tom Sizemore, Sarah Habel, Dominic Monaghan
Director: Dagen Merrill
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller

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From a House on Willow Street

From a House on Willow Street

March 21, 2017

From a House on Willow Street.  Rating:  2 (out of 5).  A young woman is kidnapped and her captors soon realize that they may be the ones in danger. Catch the film on VOD starting Tuesday, March 21. Eye for Film says, “The bulk of the story is strong enough to grip, Vinson makes a competent lead, and there’s a lot more visceral horror here than in the average supposedly gruesome possession film, so it works well enough for a Friday night thrill.”

Starring: Carlyn Burchell, Gustav Gerdener, Zino Ventura
Director: Alastair Orr
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror

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Julieta

Julieta

March 21, 2017

Julieta.  Rating:  4 (out of 5).  Julieta and her daughter, Antia, both suffer in silence over the loss of Xoan, Julieta’s husband and Antia’s father. But, instead of bringing them closer, the grief drives them apart. When she turns eighteen, Antia abandons her mother without a word. Julieta tries to look for her, but all she discovers is how little she really knows about her daughter. The movie premieres on VOD on Tuesday, March 21.  The Village Voice thinks, “Both a film noir and a candy-colored confection, Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta is one of the most absorbing films he’s made in years. It’s also, perhaps, one of the saddest.”

Starring: Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao, Darío Grandinetti, Emma Suárez, Inma Cuesta, Michelle Jenner, Nathalie Poza, Pilar Castro, Susi Sánchez
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance

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Lion

Lion

March 21, 2017

Lion.  Rating:  4 (out of 5).  A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, survives many challenges, and ends up getting adopted by a couple in Australia. Twenty years later, he sets out to find his family. Catch the film on VOD starting Tuesday, March 2. According to the Boston Globe, “Lion is shameless and heartfelt and you’ll probably have a good, happy cry at the end. When a story pushes buttons so deeply wired into our consciousness…craft seems almost beside the point.”

Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara
Director: Garth Davis
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Biography, Drama

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Live by Night

Live by Night

March 21, 2017

Live by Night.  Rating:  3 (out of 5).  A group of gangsters in Boston set up shop in Florida during the 1920s, facing off against the competition and the Ku Klux Klan. The film premieres on VOD on Tuesday, March 21.  Entertainment Weekly gives the movie a B- rating, and further writes, “Live by Night is clearly Affleck’s love letter to classic pulp, and almost no noir touchstone goes unturned in its two-hour-plus run.”

Starring: Ben Affleck, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Cooper, Chris Messina, Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana
Director: Ben Affleck
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Crime

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London Road

London Road

March 21, 2017

London Road.  Rating:  3 (out of 5).  The murders of five prostitutes in their community triggers residents of London Road in Ipswich, Suffolk, to come together to process the events and revitalize the community. The movie will come to VOD on Tuesday, March 21.  The Los Angeles Times observes, “This enchantingly strange movie couldn’t possibly be called naturalistic, but at times, it feels somewhat disappointingly normalized.”

Starring: Olivia Colman, Clare Burt, Rosalie Craig
Director: Rufus Norris
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Thriller, Musical

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Miss Sloane

Miss Sloane

March 21, 2017

Miss Sloane.  Rating:  3 (out of 5).  Elizabeth Sloane is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. She is known for her cunning ways and her track record of success, but when she takes on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds that winning this case may come at too high a price. Catch the film on VOD starting Tuesday, March 21.  The Philadelphia Inquirer calls the movie “A disquieting and ultimately disappointing political thriller.”

Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessica Chastain, John Lithgow, Mark Strong, Michael Stuhlbarg
Director: John Madden
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Thriller

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Sing

Sing

March 21, 2017

Sing.  Rating:  3 (out of 5).  In a city inhabited by humanoid animals, a hustling theater manager attempts to save his establishment with a singing competition that becomes grander than expected. Catch the film on VOD starting Tuesday, March 21. The Boston Globe observes, “The result is entertainment whose pace and sound, while dizzyingly brisk at points, still accommodates characters and a setting that are terrifically rich — a menagerie more fully, memorably realized than “Zootopia.”“

Starring: Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Saunders, John C. Reilly, Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Seth MacFarlane, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly
Director: Christophe Lourdelet and Garth Jennings
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Music, Animation, Family, Musical

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Smash:  Motorized Mayhem

Smash: Motorized Mayhem

March 21, 2017

Smash: Motorized Mayhem.  No rating.  In Florida, folks gather to witness a bi-annual event called the Figure-8 School Bus Racing, where nineteen full-size buses race 20 harrowing laps to win. The film premieres on VOD on Tuesday, March 21. No critic reviews are available as of this writing.

Starring: Don Nerone, Chuck Rush, Butch Pierce, Ben Craft
Director: Kevin J. Burroughs
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary

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Toni Erdmann

Toni Erdmann

March 21, 2017

Toni Erdmann.  Rating:  4 (out of 5).  A practical joker tries to reconnect with his hardworking daughter by creating an alter ego and posing as her CEO’s life coach. Catch the film on VOD on Tuesday, March 21.  The Wall Street Journal calls the movie a “Brilliantly funny and moving comedy.”

Starring: Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller
Director: Maren Ade
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Comedy

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