Theatrical Releases: Replicas & The Upside

11-01-2019 17:01

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THE UPSIDE

Directed By: Neil Burger
Studio: STX Entertainment

Official Synopsis: Inspired by a true story, The Upside is a heartfelt comedy about a recently paroled ex-convict (Kevin Hart) who strikes up an unusual and unlikely friendship with a paralyzed billionaire (Bryan Cranston). Directed by Neil Burger and written by Jon Hartmere, The Upside is based on the hit 2011 French film The Intouchables.

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman, Julianna Margulies, and Aja Naomi King

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REPLICAS

Directed By: Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Studio: Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures

Official Synopsis: After a car accident kills his family, a daring synthetic biologist (Reeves) will stop at nothing to bring them back, even if it means pitting himself against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force, and the physical laws of science.

53Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, Thomas Middleditch, John Ortiz, Emily Alyn Lind, and Emjay Anthony

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A DOG’S WAY HOME

Directed By: Charles Martin Smith
Studio: Columbia Pictures

Official Synopsis: Separated from her owner, a dog sets off on an 400-mile journey to get back to the safety and security of the place she calls home. Along the way, she meets a series of new friends and manages to bring a little bit of comfort and joy to their lives.

Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos, Alexandra Shipp, Wes Studi, Chris Bauer, Barry Watson, and Jonah Hauer-King

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ASHES IN THE SNOW

Directed By: Marius A. Markevicius
Studio: Vertical Entertainment

Official Synopsis: During World War II, a 16 year-old aspiring artist and her family are deported to Siberia amidst Stalin’s brutal dismantling of the Baltic region. One girl’s passion for art and her never-ending hope will break the silence of history .

Starring: Bel Powley, Martin Wallström, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Jonah Hauer-King, Peter Franzén and Sophie Cookson

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BUFFALO BOYS

Directed By: Mike Wiluan
Studio: Samuel Goldwyn Films

Official Synopsis: In 19th Century Java, a brutal massacre and the murder of Sultan Hamza by Captain Van Trach and his Dutch soldiers force Arana, Jamar and Suwo — the sultan’s brother and infant sons — to flee the country, bringing them halfway around the world to the American Wild West. After working the railroads and learning the cowboy way of life, Arana tells the boys it’s time to return to their homeland and avenge their father’s death. Back on Indonesian soil, the hunt for their father’s killer begins. Along the way, they meet some villagers including Kiona, the rebellious and beautiful headman’s daughter who Suwo falls for, and soon find out that the treacherous Van Trach still rules the area. Their presence puts the village in danger, quickly turning their quest for revenge into a fight for freedom. With the odds stacked against them, Arana, Jamar and Suwo use the skills they learned from the wilds of America to face Van Trach and his army in a showdown for justice.

Starring: Yoshi Sudarso, Ario Bayu, Pevita Pearce, Tio Pakusadewo, Reinout Bussemaker, and Daniel Adnan

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ANTHEM OF A TEENAGE PROPHET

Directed By: Robin Hays
Studio: SP Releasing

Official Synopsis: Based on the award-winning novel, a teenager’s gift of premonition becomes a curse when after predicting the death of one of his friends, Luke Hunter (Cameron Monaghan) is dubbed the ‘prophet of death’ by a local news reporter. A media madhouse infiltrates Luke’s life, everyone in his Michigan hometown desperate to know more. Luke holds everyone at arm’s length — the relentless news crew, his mother (Juliette Lewis) and father, even Faith (Peyton List), the girl he has secretly loved for as long as he can remember — telling no one that the premonitions keep happening. Troubled and confused, Luke must make sense of his newfound abilities in this fast-moving tale of struggling youth.

Starring: Cameron Monaghan, Peyton List, and Juliette Lewis

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SGT. WILL GARDNER

Directed By: Max Martini
Studio: Cinedigm

Official Synopsis: SGT. Will Gardner tells the story of Iraq War veteran Will Gardner (Max Martini) who is suffering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) he sustained with his platoon while in combat. His injuries make it difficult for him to reintegrate into society. After a series of setbacks, he embarks on a spirited motorcycle journey across America with the goal of reuniting with his son. Along his journey, he tries to pick up the pieces of the life he’s lost since returning from combat. His PTSD causes frequent flashbacks to the Iraq War which he survives by having frequent conversations with Sam (Omari Hardwick),his best friend and war buddy

Starring: Max Martini, Omari Hardwick, Lily Rabe, Dermot Mulroney, Robert Patrick, and JoBeth Williams

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NORM OF THE NORTH: KEYS TO THE KINGDOM

Directed By: Tim Maltby
Studio: Lionsgate

Official Synopsis: Norm of the North goes on a fun-filled adventure to New York City with his oldest son, Quinn, to receive the key of the city. Unfortunately, the key is stolen and Norm is framed for bank robberies while trying to prove to the citizens that he can be honoroble.

Starring: Andy Toth, Cole Howard, Maya Kay, Alan Marriott, Jennifer Cameron, and Maureen Jones

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TALL TALES

Directed By: Antoon Krings & Arnaud Bouron
Studio: Viva Pictures

Official Synopsis: When Apollo, a kind-hearted traveling performer and ingenious cricket, lands in the village of the Funny Little Bugs, the whole kingdom is about to be disrupted. The beloved reigning queen bee Marguerite is soon kidnapped on the orders of her jealous and treacherous cousin Wendy, who sets up a trap to frame Apollo for the crime, causing panic and despair in the hive.

Starring: Justin Long and Kate Mara

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PLEDGE

Directed By: Daniel Robbins
Studio: IFC Midnight

Official Synopsis: Three friends get the chance to live the college dream when they’re invited to join an elite fraternity-but first they’ll have to survive the hazing from hell. Freshman social misfits Ethan (Phillip Andre Botello), David (Zack Weiner), and Justin (Zachery Byrd) are desperate to improve their terminally uncool reputations by pledging one of their university’s prestigious Greek houses. When every frat on campus turns them down, they are unexpectedly recruited by a shadowy social club offering them access to an exclusive world of raging parties, eligible coeds, and VIP social status. The catch? A sadistic initiation ritual that goes from depraved to deadly over the course of 48 booze- and blood-soaked hours. Spiked with twisted humor and gruesome shocks, Pledge asks: how far would you go to be popular?

Starring: Zachery Byrd, Aaron Dalla Villa, Cameron Cowperthwaite, Jesse Pimentel, Phillip Andre Botello, and Zack Weiner

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TOUCH ME NOT

Directed By: Adina Pintilie
Studio: Kino Lorber

Official Synopsis: On the fluid border between reality and fiction, TOUCH ME NOT follows the emotional journeys of Laura, Tómas and Christian, offering a deeply empathic insight into their lives. Craving for intimacy yet also deeply afraid of it, they work to overcome old patterns, defense mechanisms and taboos, to cut the cord and finally be free.

Starring: Laura Benson, Tómas Lemarquis, Christian Bayerlein, Grit Uhlemann, and Hanna Hofmann

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THE ASPERN PAPERS

Directed By: Julien Landais
Studio: Cohen Media Group

Official Synopsis: Set in Venice in 1885, Morton Vint (JONATHAN RHYS-MEYERS), an ambiguous young writer fascinated by iconic romantic poet Jeffrey Aspern (JON KORTAJARENA), strives to get his hands on the letters Aspern wrote to his beautiful mistress, Juliana Bordereau (VANESSA REDGRAVE). Now, decades later, Juliana lives in a Venetian palazzo with her niece (JOELY RICHARDSON), whom she dominates and Morton will come to seduce. But do these letters really exist and what scandalous information about Juliana and Aspern will they bring to the surface?

Starring: Joely Richardson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Vanessa Redgrave, Jon Kortajarena, Lois Robbins, and Poppy Delevingne

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PERFECT STRANGERS
(PERFECTOS DESCONOCIDOS)

Directed By: Manolo Caro
Studio: Pantelion Films

Official Synopsis: From Mexican auteur Manolo Caro (THE HOUSE OF FLOWERS) comes PERFECT STRANGERS (PERFECTOS DESCONOCIDOS), the electrifying story about a seemingly simple dinner. When a group of best friends get together during a lunar eclipse to share an intimate dinner in the tasteful house of Eva (Cecilia Suarez) and Antonio (Bruno Bichir), they suspect it’s just another typical night until the hostess proposes a game. All guests must lay their cell phones on the table and read aloud all incoming messages and answer all incoming phone calls in front of the entire group. What begins as a provocative party game quickly becomes a wild ride full of twists and “textual tension” in this electrifying over the top comedy about the secrets we all carry in our pockets. The stellar ensemble cast includes Cecilia Suárez (“Overboard,” “The House of Flowers”), Manuel García-Rulfo (“Magnificent Seven,” “Murder in the Orient Express”), Mariana Treviño (“Overboard,” “Club de Cuervos”), Miguel Rodarte (Sundance winner “Time Share,” “Saving Private Perez”), Bruno Bichir (“Narcos,” “DC Comics Titans”), Ana Claudia Talancón (“Crime of Father Amaro,” “Fast Food Nation”) and Spanish newcomer Franky Martin. PERFECT STRANGERS is directed and adapted by Manolo Caro based on the original screenplay by Paolo Genovese.

Starring: Bruno Bichir, Cecilia Suárez, Manuel García Rulfo, Mariana Treviño, Miguel Rodarte, and Franky Martín

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AGAINST THE CLOCK

Directed By: Mark Polish
Studio: Gravitas Ventures

Official Synopsis: After CIA Agent, Kelley Chandler (Mark Polish) is seriously injured during a mission, his wife, Tess (Dianna Agron, “Glee”), a former CIA operative, becomes determined to find out what happened – a truth the CIA Director (Oscar (R) nominee, Andy Garcia) wants concealed at all cost. Written and Directed by Polish and also starring Justin Bartha (NATIONAL TREASURE), the film is a high-suspense conspiracy spy-fi thriller that forces Tess and Kelley to tackle both mental and physical extremes to uncover the truth.

Starring: Dianna Agron, Mark Polish, Justin Bartha, Andy Garcia, James Frain, and Bar Paly

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ALONE IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT

Directed By: Matty Castano
Studio: Indie Rights

Official Synopsis: Mallory, an injured art student, paints her sorrows at home, alone, as she drinks herself into a downward spiral of madness. She has had a bad month, a really bad month. And even a visit from her best friend Gwen won’t stop Mallory from numbing herself out with too much wine, mixed with prescription painkillers. Upon leaving, Gwen gives her a beautiful necklace as a gift to cheer her up. Mallory believes that the necklace may not be what it seems, as she descends into a disturbing and isolated night of horror.

Starring: Katie O’Hagan, Nicole Dambro, Tammie Bergholdt, Robin Biets, Justen Naughton, and James Hollis III

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THE BOUNCER (LUKAS)

Directed By: Julien Leclercq
Studio: Blue Fox Entertainment

Official Synopsis: After an altercation forces a bodyguard into jail, he is forced to collaborate with the police. His mission: infiltrate the organization of a dangerous Flemish gang leader to secure his freedom and custody of his 8 year old daughter.

Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sveva Alviti, Sami Bouajila, Sam Louwyck, Kaaris, and Kevin Janssens

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THE UNTOLD STORY

Directed By: Shane Stanley
Studio: Ammo Content

Official Synopsis: Edward Forester’s career and personal life have hit rock bottom-but not his spirit. At 64, the handsome bachelor moves in to a tiny apartment and must start over again.

Starring: Nia Peeples, Jordan Ladd, Rya Kihlstedt, Joe Lando, and Miko Hughes

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