Taglines: All love is created equal.
The film follows the courtship and marriage of Mildred Jeter, a black woman, and Richard Loving, a white man. They are arrested and sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958, because their interracial marriage violates the state’s anti-miscegenation laws. Exiled to Washington DC, they sue the state of Virginia in a series of proceedings leading to the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Loving v. Virginia, which holds that laws prohibiting interracial marriage are unconstitutional.
Loving is a British-American historical drama film directed and written by Jeff Nichols. It stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga as Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage. It was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. The film is to be released in the U.S. on November 4, 2016 by Focus Features.
Directed by: Jeff Nichols
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Nick Kroll, Michael Shannon, Marton Csokas, Will Dalton, Terri Abney, Alano Miller
Screenplay by: Jeff Nichols
Production Design by: Chad Keith
Cinematography by: Adam Stone
Film Editing by: Julie Monroe
Costume Design by: Erin Benach
Set Decoration by: Adam Willis
Music by: David Wingo
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements.
Studio: Focus Features
Release Date: November 4, 2016
Taglines: Find your happy place.
From the creators of Shrek comes the most smart, funny, irreverent animated comedy of the year, DreamWorks’ Trolls. This holiday season, enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach.
Featuring original music from Justin Timberlake, and soon-to-be classic mash-ups of songs from other popular artists, the film stars the voice talents of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Gwen Stefani, and many more. DreamWorks’ TROLLS is a fresh, broad comedy filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventures. In November of 2016, nothing can prepare you for our new Troll world.
Trolls is an American 3D computer-animated musical buddy comedy film based on the dolls of the same name by Thomas Dam. Directed by Mike Mitchell, and co-directed by Walt Dohrn at his feature debut, the film is produced by Gina Shay, and written by Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, and Erica Rivinoja.
The film stars the voices of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand, James Corden, and Gwen Stefani. It revolves around two trolls on a quest to save their village from destruction by the Bergens, creatures who devour trolls. Produced as the 33rd animated feature by DreamWorks Animation, the film premiered on October 8, 2016, at the BFI London Film Festival, and is scheduled to be released on November 4, 2016, by 20th Century Fox.
Directed by: Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Timberlake, Christine Baranski, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jeffrey Tambor, Gwen Stefani, Meg DeAngelis
Screenplay by: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger
Production Design by: Kendal Cronkhite
Cinematography by: Yong Duk Jhun
Film Editing by: Nick Fletcher
Art Direction by: Timothy Lamb
Music by: Christophe Beck
MPAA Rating: PG for some mild rude humor.
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: November 4, 2016
Taglines: When the order came to retreat, one man stayed.
Hacksaw Ridge is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong.
As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
The film is based on the true story of US Army medic Desmond T. Doss. Doss was a Seventh-day Adventist conscientious objector who refused to bear arms, yet was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman for single-handedly saving the lives of over 75 of his comrades while under constant enemy fire during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II.
Hacksaw Ridge is an Australian-American biographical war film directed by Mel Gibson and written by Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Corr, Teresa Palmer, Richard Pyros and Rachel Griffiths. Principal photography began on September 29, 2015 in various locations around New South Wales including Sydney Olympic Park and lasted for 105 days ending in December 2015.
Mel Gibson: Director’s Statement
When I heard the story of Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector in the U.S. to receive the Medal of Honor, I was astounded by the extent of his sacrifice. Here was a man who, in the most pure, selfless, and almost unconscious way, repeatedly risked his own life to save the lives of his brothers. Desmond was a completely ordinary man who did extraordinary things.
When WWII broke out and young men raced to enlist, Desmond faced a predicament – he was as eager to serve as any man, but violence conflicted with his religious and moral beliefs. He refused to even touch a weapon. Desmond underwent intense persecution for his refusal to waver in his conviction, then went on to enter the hell of war armed with nothing more than his faith, and emerge one of the greatest war heroes of all time.
Desmond Doss was singular. There are few, if any people, who could or would replicate his actions. The humility he maintained in discussing his heroics is a testament to the mettle of the man. In fact, Desmond was asked permission for years to adapt his story into a film, and repeatedly declined, insisting that the “real heroes” were the ones in the ground. In a cinematic landscape overrun with fictional “superheroes,” I thought it was time to celebrate a real one.
Andrew Garfield truly inhabited the character and captured the essence of Desmond Doss, and the supporting cast and crew delivered in spades. I’m grateful for everyone’s contributions. It was a privilege and an honor to tell this story.
Directed by: Mel Gibson
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, Vince Vaughn, Nathaniel Buzolic
Screenplay by: Andrew Knight, Robert Schenkkan
Production Design by: Barry Robison
Cinematography by: Simon Duggan
Film Editing by: John Gilbert
Costume Design by: Lizzy Gardiner
Art Direction by: Mark Robins
Music by: Rupert Gregson-Williams
MPAA Rating: R for intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence including grisly bloody images.
Studio: Lionsgate Films, Summit Entertainment
Release Date: November 4, 2016
New Life (Nouvelle Vie) is a film about hope. Benjamin Morton’s life changed forever the day he met the little girl next door. Ava was and always would be the girl of his dreams. From the innocence of a childhood friendship, through adolescent attraction, their love strengthens and grows. When life takes a turn neither of them expected, their entire future is called into question.
New Life explores the ups and downs of life and love, showing us that in good times and bad, life can be approached with hope and the opportunity for something new.
Sharing the tissue box with hits such as The Notebook and The Fault in Our Stars, and starring Erin Bethea, New Life is this generation’s new favorite romance. A love story making all of life beautiful.”
Bethea first shot to fame playing an unhappy wife in the 2008 surprise hit Fireproof, the year’s no. 1 indie film. Now Bethea plays a wife whose love story, with her husband, takes on the worst life. can throw.
“New Life follows Ben and Ava, who meet as children, marry as young adults and together face what life brings.” Bethea said.
“Audiences respond to seeing young love become something lasting and strong. We wanted to inspire audiences with love’s power, in any circumstance, to give strength and hope.”
New Life also stars Jonathan Patrick Moore (The L.A. Complex, The MistleTones) and veteran stars like Terry O’Quinn (Hawaii FiveO, Lost), Bill Cobbs (Night at the Museum, That Thing You Do) and James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Drew Waters (Friday Night Lights) makes his feature film directing debut with New Life, for which he recently won Best Director at the Love International Film Festival in Los Angeles.
“I was drawn in from the first scene,” said Jim Stovall, New York Times bestselling author of the Ultimate Gift. “I found myself on every possible emotional level.”
New Life – Nouvelle Vie
Directed by: Drew Waters
Starring: James Marsters, Barry Corbin, Terry O’Quinn, Erin Bethea, Bill Cobbs, Jonathan Patrick Moore, Irma P. Hall, Kelsey Formost, Brenda Jo Reutebuch
Screenplay by: Erin Bethea, Candice Irion
Production Design by: Katherine Tucker
Cinematography by: Kristopher Kimlin
Art Direction by: Prissy Lee
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic content.
Release Date: October 28, 2016
Taglines: His greatest challenge. Humanity’s last hope.
Academy Award winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown’s (Da Vinci Code) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, Inferno, which finds the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world’s population.
Inferno is a 2016 American mystery thriller film directed by Ron Howard and written by David Koepp, based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Dan Brown. The film is the sequel to The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, and stars Tom Hanks, reprising his role as Robert Langdon, alongside Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ben Foster and Irrfan Khan.
Filming began on April 27, 2015 in Venice, Italy, and wrapped on July 21, 2015 in Budapest. The film premiered in Florence on October 9, 2016 and is scheduled to be released in the United States on October 28, 2016 in 3D, 2D and IMAX formats.
Directed by: Ron Howard
Starring: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Ben Foster, Ana Ularu, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Kata Sarbó, Ida Darvish, Attila Árpa, Mirjam Novak
Screenplay by: David Koepp
Production Design by: Peter Wenham
Cinematography by: Salvatore Totino
Film Editing by: Tom Elkins, Daniel P. Hanley
Costume Design by: Julian Day
Set Decoration by: Jille Azis
Music by: Hans Zimmer
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of action and violence, disturbing images, some language, thematic elements and brief sensuality.
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Relaase Date: October 28, 2016
Taglines: Keep your finger on the trigger.
A bloody Western about a deadly man who’s sworn off violence until his beloved dog is threatened, Ti West’s In a Valley of Violence plays like a grim, Eastwood-style genre revival before some conspicuous Tarantino-influenced humor infects its climactic showdown. Ethan Hawke is excellent as the gunslinger in question, a cavalryman hoping to escape his shameful past in Mexico; the actor should draw attention to a picture whose appeal is similar to that of Bone Tomahawk, which bowed here at October’s Fantastic Fest.
Hawke’s Paul is en route to Mexico when he stops in tiny Denton to get water for himself and his collie, Abbie. (Though it borrows the name of a real Texas town, the production’s New Mexico location is much more interesting terrain than the North Texas plains.) It’s a “town run by sinners,” he is warned, and it takes little time for one to seek him out: Local blowhard Gilly (James Ransone) picks a fight with Paul and gets his lights knocked out. Unfortunately, Gilly is the son of the local marshal (John Travolta), and the chip on his shoulder ensures he’ll come looking for payback with friends.
Before getting run out of town, Paul is befriended by Mary-Anne (Taissa Farmiga, charismatic as usual), an excitable innkeeper’s daughter longing to escape this abandoned mining town. And when he is ambushed out in the country, left for dead, and feels forced to seek revenge, she’s the only one on his side.
In a Valley of Violence is an American Western film written, directed, executive produced and edited by Ti West. The film marks the second time West has directed a non-horror film. Jason Blum serves as producer through his production company Blumhouse Productions. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Taissa Farmiga, James Ransone, Karen Gillan, and John Travolta. It had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 12, 2016. The film was given a limited release on October 21, 2016 by Focus Features.
In a Valley of Violence
Directed by: Ti West
Starring: Karen Gillan, Ethan Hawke, Taissa Farmiga, John Travolta, Burn Gorman, Toby Huss, James Ransone, Larry Fessenden
Screenplay by: Ti West
Production Design by: Jade Healy
Cinematography by: Eric Robbins
Film Editing by: Ti West
Costume Design by: Malgosia Turzanska
Set Decoration by: Adam Willis
Music by: Jeff Grace
MPAA Rating: R for violence and language.
Studio: Focus Features
Release Date: October 21, 2016
Taglines: Reception ruined the reception.
Three generations gathering for a boozy Thanksgiving are forced to talk to each other when all of their cell phones lose reception. Their conversations about the hyperconnected state of society and what they’ve lost in the bargain grow increasingly intimate over the course of the holiday.
It’s Thanksgiving and family and friends have gathered to celebrate togetherness and gratitude. But all hell breaks loose when the cell reception mysteriously goes dead throughout the neighbourhood. Each person must deal with their own crisis with marriages being tested, values questioned and everyone’s future suddenly in doubt all due to a simple technology breakdown!
Film Review: Search Engines
The topic is social media and its discontents as friends and family gather for a SoCal Thanksgiving in a comedy starring Joely Fisher and Connie Stevens.
Aiming to satirize the ways that smartphone addiction has transformed and infected our social lives, writer-director Russell Brown comes up with a few well-considered insights but finally has nothing particularly fresh to say about the matter. Among the ensemble he’s gathered for Search Engines, his comic slant on a California Thanksgiving, most serve as mouthpieces for various sides of the topic, rather than fully fleshed characters.
The promising energy of the early scenes, with its sharp banter and the insinuating camera moves of DP Christopher Gosch, gives way to an increasingly flat, repetitive and barely dramatized argument. The film might find better reception on devices than in theaters, its chief novelty being the onscreen pairing of real-life mother and daughter Connie Stevens and Joely Fisher.
Fisher plays newly divorced art journalist Judy, a non-cook who’s intent on preparing her first traditional Thanksgiving feast, working from recipes bookmarked on her phone. The sudden loss of cell reception in her suburban neighborhood throws a wrench into the meal preparation (does no one have a laptop?), and throws most of her guests into a tizzy.
More convincing than the intended comic turmoil is the chemistry among Fisher, Daphne Zuniga and Rick Slavin (his jittery performance is the film’s only affecting one) as siblings. Stevens provides an earnest sweetness as their GPS-challenged mom, while Judy’s daughters (Grace Folsom, Nicole Cummins) wisely stay out of the fray, turning to such antediluvian amusements as books and board games.
Rather than enriching the would-be satire, the collection of holiday guests increasingly feels like narrative clutter. Some are obvious emblems, others are just there. In different ways, smartphones embody far deeper problems between two conspicuously unhappy married couples: Michael Muhney plays a sexually dishonest husband, and Michelle Hurd is another man’s self-involved wife, who derives validation from her constant online reviewing. It’s no surprise when their digitally cast-off partners (Natasha Gregson Wagner, Barry Watson) bond over analog appreciation — or what another character dismissively calls “nostalgia for inconvenience.”
Had Brown (Race You to the Bottom, The Blue Tooth Virgin) found a way to ingrain his ideas in the various relationships rather than spelling them out, the movie might have found a compelling groove. Instead he attempts to tie together the various strands through the character Shane (Nick Court), a sort of performance blogger; location-based group happenings are his specialty. With Judy’s blessing, the Brit sets about interviewing the others about this most American of holidays, but mainly about their increasingly apparent dependence on web-connected devices.
Court brings a welcome weirdness and mystery to the role. That he turns out to be something of a villain — a crafty manipulator, anyway — is far less satisfying than intended, the air having been let out of the story long before.
The movie’s final, striking image suggests that Brown was reaching for something far more charged and unsettling than what unfolds onscreen. He captures a specific SoCal setting persuasively, but he struggles to turn it into a world where reading Madame Bovary or playing Boggle can feel truly subversive.
Directed by: Russell Brown
Starring: Joely Fisher, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Grace Folsom, Nicole Cummins, Michael Muhney, Ayumi Iizuka, Daphne Zuniga, Michelle Hurd, Brooklyn-Bella, Connie Stevens
Screenplay by: Russell Brown
Production Design by: Leah Mann
Cinematography by: Christopher Gosch
Film Editing by: Christopher Munch
Costume Design by: Kristen Anacker
Music by: Ryan Beveridge
Studio: Indican Films
Release Date: October 14, 2016
Taglines: She’s worth fighting for.
Priceless is a powerful story of James Stevens who was, at one time, a good man with a great life — but that was then and this is now. After the tragic death of his wife and losing custody of his little girl, James is at the darkest crossroad of his life.
Angry, desperate, and unable to hold down a steady job, he agrees to drive a box truck on a shady, one-time trip cross country for cash — no questions asked. But when he discovers what he is delivering is actually who, he is compelled to save two beautiful and frightened sisters who are unaware of the danger that awaits them. Can love, strength, and faith redefine his past and change the course of his future? This unlikely hero risks it all to save these women, confront the forces that oppose him and ultimately discover the life he was meant to live.
Priceless is an American drama film about human trafficking, inspired by true events. It is directed by Ben Smallbone and produced by Steve Barnett. It stars Joel Smallbone (of the band For King & Country), Bianca Santos, Amber Midthunder, Jim Parrack, and David Koechner. The film is being distributed by Roadside Attractions. It was released on October 14, 2016.
About the Production
The film was announced in 2015. It was inspired by director Ben Smallbone’s work on a documentary that followed a former pimp who rescued people from human trafficking, and by the band For King & Country’s (composed of Joel and Luke Smallbone, brothers of Ben Smallbone) emphasis on respecting women.
Joel Smallbone said, “Part of the DNA of For King & Country is this idea of respect and honor in relationships and women being priceless. What we’ve found in our beliefs as men is that people are made equal. The film continues the idea that no one is a commodity and everyone deserves to be loved and loved well.”
It was filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, beginning in August 2015. Joel Smallbone, who is originally from Australia, worked with dialect coach Steve Corona to “play a bloke from Houston”.
Roadside Attractions acquired the distribution rights to the film in August 2016. Roadside Attractions co-president Howard Cohen said, “‘Priceless’ is a film that will push those emotional buttons which can engage and transform.” The film was made with four members of the Smallbone family: brothers Joel, Luke, and Ben Smallbone, and their father, David Smallbone.
Directed by: Ben Smallbone
Starring: Joel Smallbone, Derek Blakeney, Cory J. Broussard, Marika Day, Charlene Fox, Diana Gaitirira, Travis Hammer, Lora Martinez-Cunningham, Amber Midthunder, Sarah Minnich, Katherine Neff
Screenplay by: Chris Dowling, Tyler Poelle
Production Design by: Scott Christopher Clark
Cinematography by: Daniel Stilling
Costume Design by: Wyeth McCue
Art Direction by: Jonathan Delaney Marsh
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material involving human trafficking, and some violence.
Studio: Roadside Attractions
Release Date: October 14, 2016
What begins as a hopeful journey to seek a better life becomes a harrowing and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting vigilante chases a group of unarmed men and women through the treacherous U.S.-Mexican border. In the harsh, unforgiving desert terrain, the odds are stacked firmly against them as they continuously discover there’s nowhere to hide from the unrelenting, merciless killer.
Desierto is a 2015 Mexican thriller film co-written and directed by Jonás Cuarón. It was produced by Cuarón together with his father Alfonso and his uncle Carlos. The film stars Gael García Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. It was shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) for Special Presentations, and was selected as the Mexican entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.
Directed by: Jonás Cuarón
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Alondra Hidalgo, Diego Cataño, Marco Pérez, Oscar Flores, Yuri Zackoqv
Screenplay by: Jonás Cuarón, Mateo Garcia
Production Design by: Alejandro García
Cinematography by: Damian Garcia
Film Editing by: Jonás Cuarón
Costume Design by: Andrea Manuel
Music by: Woodkid
Studio: STX Entertainment
Release Date: October 14, 2016
Certain Women drops us into a handful of intersecting lives across Montana. A lawyer (Laura Dern) tries to diffuse a hostage situation and calm her disgruntled client (Jared Harris), who feels slighted by a workers’ compensation settlement. A married couple (Michelle Williams and James Le Gros) breaks ground on a new home but exposes marital fissures when they try to persuade an elderly man to sell his stockpile of sandstone. A ranch hand (Lily Gladstone) forms an attachment to a young lawyer (Kristen Stewart), who inadvertently finds herself teaching a twice-weekly adult education class, four hours from her home.
Certain Women is an American drama film written and directed by Kelly Reichardt. The movie is based on short stories from Maile Meloy’s collection, Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It. It stars Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams and Jared Harris. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2016. The film was released on October 14, 2016, by IFC Films.
About the Story
Certain Women explores a handful of intersecting lives across Montana. Lawyer Laura Wells (Laura Dern) has been dealing with a disgruntled client, Fuller (Jared Harris), for 8 months. Out of work after a work place injury caused a disability he has taken to visiting Laura repeatedly at her office.
As he will not listen to her advice she takes him to another lawyer who, after assessing the case, tells Fuller exactly what Laura told him; that though his company was at fault for his injuries he can no longer sue them after accepting their initial nominal settlement. On the way home from visiting the second lawyer Fuller feuds with his wife and is kicked out of their car and takes a ride back with Laura. On the way home, he tells her he wants to shoot his former employers.
That night Laura arrives at Fuller’s former place of employment where he has taken hostage a security guard. After being prepped by police Laura goes and finds Fuller who has her read the case file his company has on him and the lawsuit. Laura reads the entire file which details how Fuller was cheated out of his settlement. He decides to let the guard go and then asks Laura to stall for him by going to the front and telling the police of his demands as if he has a gun pointed at her while he slips out the back. Instead Laura immediately tells the police where Fuller is and he is arrested.
Gina and Ryan Lewis (Michelle Williams and James Le Gros) are a married couple with a teenage daughter building their own home from the ground up. Gina feels that Ryan constantly undermines her with their daughter and is annoyed by his behaviour. On their way home from the campsite of their new home, they decide to stop at the home of Albert, an elderly man they know, to try to persuade him to sell them the sandstone on his property.
As they talk Gina tries to persuade Albert to sell her the sandstone, but he interrupts her repeatedly and seems only interested in talking with Ryan. Eventually Albert tentatively agrees to give the sandstone to Gina and Ryan, and Gina, who has been secretly recording the conversation, signals that they should leave. In the car on their way home she finds it ridiculous how easily she was able to obtain the sandstone.
Sometime later Gina and Ryan arrive and load up a truck full of the sandstone. She notices Albert watching from his window and waves at him but he does not wave back. Jamie (Lily Gladstone) is a ranch hand living in isolation during the winter, tending to horses on a farm. Heading into town one night, she sees cars turning into the school and follows them.
She learns she has stumbled onto a class on school law taught by a young lawyer, Beth Travis (Kristen Stewart). Jamie goes out to eat with Beth after class, and Beth explains that she lives in Livingston which is a four-hour drive away, so she must make the eight-hour round trip twice a week to make it back in time for her real job.
Oirected by: Kelly Reichardt
Starring: Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, Jared Harris, James Le Gros, Rene Auberjonois, Lily Gladstone, Edelen McWilliams, Ashlie Atkinson, Zena Dell Lowe
Screenplay by: Kelly Reichardt
Production Design by: Anthony Gasparro
Cinematography by: Christopher Blauvelt
Film Editing by: Kelly Reichardt
Costume Design by: April Napier
Set Decoration by: Pamela Day
Music by: Jeff Grace
MPAA Rating: R for some language.
Studio: IFC Films
Release Date: October 14, 2016