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By Jack Poessiger

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By Dan Klusmann

Keynote Address

By Dan Klusmann

Showtime Cover
ShowTime Welcome
Jack Goes To The Movies: 'Ford v. Ferrari' --- This Is No Nascar!

By Jack Poessiger

What Direction is Exhibition Headed?

By Dan Klusmann

Keynote Address

By Dan Klusmann

Showtime Cover
ShowTime Welcome
Jack Goes To The Movies: 'Ford v. Ferrari' --- This Is No Nascar!

By Jack Poessiger

What Direction is Exhibition Headed?

By Dan Klusmann

Keynote Address

By Dan Klusmann

Showtime Cover
ShowTime Welcome
Jack Goes To The Movies: 'Ford v. Ferrari' --- This Is No Nascar!

By Jack Poessiger

What Direction is Exhibition Headed?

By Dan Klusmann

Keynote Address

By Dan Klusmann

Films
11/22/19
21 Bridges
A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood
Dark Waters
Frozen 2
11/27/19
Knives Out
Queen & Slim
12/06/19
Playmobil: The Movie
The Banker
12/13/19
A Hidden Life
Black Christmas
Bombshell
Jumanji: The Next Level
Richard Jewell
Seberg
Uncut Gems
12/20/19
Cats
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
12/25/19
1917
Just Mercy
Little Women
Spies In Disguise
12/27/19
Clemency
01/03/20
The Grudge
01/10/20
Like A Boss
My Spy
The Informer
Underwater
01/17/20
Bad Boys for Life
Dolittle
01/24/20
The Gentlemen
The Turning
01/31/20
Gretel & Hansel
The Assistant
The Rhythm Section
The Traitor
02/07/20
Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
The Lodge
02/14/20
Fantasy Island
Ordinary Love
Sonic The Hedgehog
The Photograph
02/21/20
Bloodshot
02/28/20
Burden
The Invisible Man
Wendy
03/06/20
Onward
The Way Back
11/22/19
21 Bridges
A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood
Dark Waters
Frozen 2
11/27/19
Knives Out
Queen & Slim
12/06/19
Playmobil: The Movie
The Banker
12/13/19
A Hidden Life
Black Christmas
Bombshell
Jumanji: The Next Level
Richard Jewell
Seberg
Uncut Gems
12/20/19
Cats
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
12/25/19
1917
Just Mercy
Little Women
Spies In Disguise
12/27/19
Clemency
01/03/20
The Grudge
01/10/20
Like A Boss
My Spy
The Informer
Underwater
01/17/20
Bad Boys for Life
Dolittle
01/24/20
The Gentlemen
The Turning
01/31/20
Gretel & Hansel
The Assistant
The Rhythm Section
The Traitor
02/07/20
Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
The Lodge
02/14/20
Fantasy Island
Ordinary Love
Sonic The Hedgehog
The Photograph
02/21/20
Bloodshot
02/28/20
Burden
The Invisible Man
Wendy
03/06/20
Onward
The Way Back
11/22/19
21 Bridges
A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood
Dark Waters
Frozen 2
11/27/19
Knives Out
Queen & Slim
12/06/19
Playmobil: The Movie
The Banker
12/13/19
A Hidden Life
Black Christmas
Bombshell
Jumanji: The Next Level
Richard Jewell
Seberg
Uncut Gems
12/20/19
Cats
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
12/25/19
1917
Just Mercy
Little Women
Spies In Disguise
12/27/19
Clemency
01/03/20
The Grudge
01/10/20
Like A Boss
My Spy
The Informer
Underwater
01/17/20
Bad Boys for Life
Dolittle
01/24/20
The Gentlemen
The Turning
01/31/20
Gretel & Hansel
The Assistant
The Rhythm Section
The Traitor
02/07/20
Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
The Lodge
02/14/20
Fantasy Island
Ordinary Love
Sonic The Hedgehog
The Photograph
02/21/20
Bloodshot
02/28/20
Burden
The Invisible Man
Wendy
03/06/20
Onward
The Way Back
11/22/19
21 Bridges
A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood
Dark Waters
Frozen 2
11/27/19
Knives Out
Queen & Slim
12/06/19
Playmobil: The Movie
The Banker
12/13/19
A Hidden Life
Black Christmas
Bombshell
Jumanji: The Next Level
Richard Jewell
Seberg
Uncut Gems
12/20/19
Cats
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
12/25/19
1917
Just Mercy
Little Women
Spies In Disguise
12/27/19
Clemency
01/03/20
The Grudge
01/10/20
Like A Boss
My Spy
The Informer
Underwater
01/17/20
Bad Boys for Life
Dolittle
01/24/20
The Gentlemen
The Turning
01/31/20
Gretel & Hansel
The Assistant
The Rhythm Section
The Traitor
02/07/20
Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
The Lodge
02/14/20
Fantasy Island
Ordinary Love
Sonic The Hedgehog
The Photograph
02/21/20
Bloodshot
02/28/20
Burden
The Invisible Man
Wendy
03/06/20
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SHOWTIME TABLE OF CONTENTS
WEEK OF November 21, 2019

Special Features & Articles
NEW CONTENT THIS WEEK
ShowTime Welcome
Jack Goes To The Movies: 'Ford v. Ferrari' --- This Is No Nascar!

By Jack Poessiger

What Direction is Exhibition Headed?

By Dan Klusmann

Keynote Address

By Dan Klusmann

ShowTime Welcome
Jack Goes To The Movies: 'Ford v. Ferrari' --- This Is No Nascar!

By Jack Poessiger

What Direction is Exhibition Headed?

By Dan Klusmann

Keynote Address

By Dan Klusmann

Films
RELEASE DATESTUDIOALPHABETICALA - Z
11/22/19
21 Bridges
A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood
Dark Waters
Frozen 2
11/27/19
Knives Out
Queen & Slim
12/06/19
Playmobil: The Movie
The Banker
12/13/19
A Hidden Life
Black Christmas
Bombshell
Jumanji: The Next Level
Richard Jewell
Seberg
Uncut Gems
12/20/19
Cats
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
12/25/19
1917
Just Mercy
Little Women
Spies In Disguise
12/27/19
Clemency
01/03/20
The Grudge
01/10/20
Like A Boss
My Spy
The Informer
Underwater
01/17/20
Bad Boys for Life
Dolittle
01/24/20
The Gentlemen
The Turning
01/31/20
Gretel & Hansel
The Assistant
The Rhythm Section
The Traitor
02/07/20
Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
The Lodge
02/14/20
Fantasy Island
Ordinary Love
Sonic The Hedgehog
The Photograph
02/21/20
Bloodshot
02/28/20
Burden
The Invisible Man
Wendy
03/06/20
Onward
The Way Back
11/22/19
21 Bridges
A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood
Dark Waters
Frozen 2
11/27/19
Knives Out
Queen & Slim
12/06/19
Playmobil: The Movie
The Banker
12/13/19
A Hidden Life
Black Christmas
Bombshell
Jumanji: The Next Level
Richard Jewell
Seberg
Uncut Gems
12/20/19
Cats
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
12/25/19
1917
Just Mercy
Little Women
Spies In Disguise
12/27/19
Clemency
01/03/20
The Grudge
01/10/20
Like A Boss
My Spy
The Informer
Underwater
01/17/20
Bad Boys for Life
Dolittle
01/24/20
The Gentlemen
The Turning
01/31/20
Gretel & Hansel
The Assistant
The Rhythm Section
The Traitor
02/07/20
Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
The Lodge
02/14/20
Fantasy Island
Ordinary Love
Sonic The Hedgehog
The Photograph
02/21/20
Bloodshot
02/28/20
Burden
The Invisible Man
Wendy
03/06/20
Onward
The Way Back
101 Studios
Burden
A24 Films
Uncut Gems
Amazon Studios
Seberg
Aviron Pictures
The Informer
Bleecker Street
Ordinary Love
The Assistant
The Banker
Focus Features
Dark Waters
Fox Searchlight
A Hidden Life
Wendy
Lionsgate Films
Bombshell
Knives Out
Neon Rated
Clemency
The Lodge
Paramount Pictures
Like A Boss
Sonic The Hedgehog
The Rhythm Section
STX Entertainment
21 Bridges
My Spy
Playmobil: The Movie
The Gentlemen
Sony Pictures
A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood
Bad Boys for Life
Bloodshot
Sony Pictures Classics
The Traitor
Sony Pictures
Fantasy Island
Jumanji: The Next Level
Little Women
The Grudge
United Artists Releasing
Gretel & Hansel
Universal Pictures
1917
Black Christmas
Cats
Dolittle
Queen & Slim
The Invisible Man
The Photograph
The Turning
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Frozen 2
Onward
Spies In Disguise
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Underwater
Warner Bros.
Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
Just Mercy
Richard Jewell
The Way Back
101 Studios
Burden
A24 Films
Uncut Gems
Amazon Studios
Seberg
Aviron Pictures
The Informer
Bleecker Street
Ordinary Love
The Assistant
The Banker
Focus Features
Dark Waters
Fox Searchlight
A Hidden Life
Wendy
Lionsgate Films
Bombshell
Knives Out
Neon Rated
Clemency
The Lodge
Paramount Pictures
Like A Boss
Sonic The Hedgehog
The Rhythm Section
STX Entertainment
21 Bridges
My Spy
Playmobil: The Movie
The Gentlemen
Sony Pictures
A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood
Bad Boys for Life
Bloodshot
Sony Pictures Classics
The Traitor
Sony Pictures
Fantasy Island
Jumanji: The Next Level
Little Women
The Grudge
United Artists Releasing
Gretel & Hansel
Universal Pictures
1917
Black Christmas
Cats
Dolittle
Queen & Slim
The Invisible Man
The Photograph
The Turning
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Frozen 2
Onward
Spies In Disguise
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Underwater
Warner Bros.
Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
Just Mercy
Richard Jewell
The Way Back
1
1917
2
21 Bridges
A
A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood
A Hidden Life
B
Bad Boys for Life
Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
Black Christmas
Bloodshot
Bombshell
Burden
C
Cats
Clemency
D
Dark Waters
Dolittle
F
Fantasy Island
Frozen 2
G
Gretel & Hansel
J
Jumanji: The Next Level
Just Mercy
K
Knives Out
L
Like A Boss
Little Women
M
My Spy
O
Onward
Ordinary Love
P
Playmobil: The Movie
Q
Queen & Slim
R
Richard Jewell
S
Seberg
Sonic The Hedgehog
Spies In Disguise
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
T
The Assistant
The Banker
The Gentlemen
The Grudge
The Informer
The Invisible Man
The Lodge
The Photograph
The Rhythm Section
The Traitor
The Turning
The Way Back
U
Uncut Gems
Underwater
W
Wendy
1
1917
2
21 Bridges
A
A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood
A Hidden Life
B
Bad Boys for Life
Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
Black Christmas
Bloodshot
Bombshell
Burden
C
Cats
Clemency
D
Dark Waters
Dolittle
F
Fantasy Island
Frozen 2
G
Gretel & Hansel
J
Jumanji: The Next Level
Just Mercy
K
Knives Out
L
Like A Boss
Little Women
M
My Spy
O
Onward
Ordinary Love
P
Playmobil: The Movie
Q
Queen & Slim
R
Richard Jewell
S
Seberg
Sonic The Hedgehog
Spies In Disguise
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
T
The Assistant
The Banker
The Gentlemen
The Grudge
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Frozen 2
LAST UPDATED: 11/20/2019

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Synopsis:
From the Academy Award®-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and producer Peter Del Vecho—and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, and the music of Oscar®-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen 2 opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019.
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Jack Goes To The Movies: 'Ford v. Ferrari' --- This Is No Nascar!

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What we have here is not so much a racing movie. This is more of solid storytelling of a competitive friendship set AGAINST the world of racing---and Marketing!

"FORD v FERRARI" is placed in the early 1960's when Henry Ford II saw his company's sales falling and the entire Ford brand in need of major image building.
His strategy? To acquire  the perennially dominant Italian automobile manufacturer Ferrari and have the name help boost his brand.
There was just one problem. Enzo Ferrari nixed the deal.

Now what?

That's when the eccentric American car boss had his marketing VP Lee Iacocca hire legendary car designer and engineer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and his race car driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale).
Their assignment: To create and construct a revolutionary racing car that would BEAT Ferrari at the grueling 24 hours race at Le Mans, which in turn would bring back the glory to Ford---not to mention to their car sales.
The big test for Ford's new GT40 would come in 1966 when the Detroit-based manufacturer finally achieved its goal which ultimately led to the very popular Cobra and, of course, the Mustang.

So IS there still interest in a story set against the backdrop of Formula One racing in this age of Nascar? That's debatable. But since the back story is so strong in this movie it should create enough interest especially among older moviegoers who still remember,
And while Matt Damon and Christian Bale both give credible performances, it is Tracy Letts in the featured role as Henry Ford II who almost steals the show. What a piece of work HE was.

....almost forgot about the actual racing scenes. There are plenty and filmed with highly creative and effective camera work that'll place you right smack into the driver's seat.

"FORD v FERRARI" opens wide and scores a: B
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21 Bridges
LAST UPDATED: 11/19/2019

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Tag Line:
The Only Way Out Is Through Him
Synopsis:
Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) stars in STX Films' 21 Bridges, an action thriller produced by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo (Avengers: Infinity War) and directed by Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones). Thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers, a disgraced NYPD detective (Boseman) uncovers a massive and unexpected conspiracy. As the night unfolds, lines become blurred on who he is pursuing, and who is in pursuit of him. When the search intensifies, extreme measures are taken to prevent the killers from escaping Manhattan as the authorities close all 21 bridges to prevent any entry or exit from the iconic island. Boseman and Logan Coles will also produce the film, with Mike Larocca serving as executive producer. The screenplay for 21 Bridges is written by Adam Mervis with revisions by Matt Carnahan.
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A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood
LAST UPDATED: 11/19/2019

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Tag Line:
We Could All Use A Little Kindness.
Synopsis:
Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbor.
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Dark Waters
LAST UPDATED: 11/13/2019

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Tag Line:
The Truth Has A Man On The Inside
Synopsis:
Inspired by a shocking true story, a tenacious attorney (Ruffalo) uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths due to one of the world's largest corporations. In the process, he risks everything – his future, his family, and his own life - to expose the truth.
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Knives Out
LAST UPDATED: 11/19/2019

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Tag Line:
Everyone Has A Motive. No One Has A Clue.
Synopsis:
Acclaimed writer and director Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, The Last Jedi) pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie in Knives Out, a fun, modern-day murder mystery where everyone is a suspect. When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death. With an all-star ensemble cast including Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell, Knives Out is a witty and stylish whodunit guaranteed to keep audiences guessing until the very end.
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Queen & Slim
LAST UPDATED: 11/19/2019

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Synopsis:
From trailblazing, Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe (Netflix’s Master of None) and Melina Matsoukas, the visionary director of some of this generation’s most powerful pop-culture experiences, including Beyonce’s “Formation” and the Nike “Equality” campaign, comes Makeready’s unflinching new drama, Queen & Slim
While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man (Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya) and a black woman (Jodie Turner-Smith, in her first starring feature-film role), are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police officer in self-defense. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman, a criminal defense lawyer, are forced to go on the run. But the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country. 
As they drive, these two unlikely fugitives will discover themselves and each other in the most dire and desperate of circumstances, and will forge a deep and powerful love that will reveal their shared humanity and shape the rest of their lives. 
Joining a legacy of films such as Bonnie and Clyde and Thelma & Louise, Queen & Slim is a powerful, consciousness-raising love story that confronts the staggering human toll of racism and the life-shattering price of violence.
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Playmobil: The Movie
LAST UPDATED: 11/19/2019

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Tag Line:
Everyone Has A Role To Play
Synopsis:

When her younger brother Charlie (Gabriel Bateman) unexpectedly disappears into the magical, animated universe of PLAYMOBIL®, unprepared Marla (Anya Taylor-Joy) must go on a quest of a lifetime to bring him home. As she sets off on a fantastic journey across stunning new worlds, Marla teams up with some unlikely and heroic new friends - the smooth-talking food truck driver Del (Jim Gaffigan), the dashing and charismatic secret agent Rex Dasher (Daniel Radcliffe), a wholehearted misfit robot, an extravagant fairy-godmother (Meghan Trainor) and many more. Through their vibrant adventure, Marla and Charlie realize that no matter how life plays out, you can achieve anything when you believe in yourself! 

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The Banker
LAST UPDATED: 11/18/2019

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Tag Line:
Based On A True Story
Synopsis:
Based on a true story, The Banker centers on revolutionary businessmen Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie) and Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson), who devise an audacious and risky plan to take on the racist establishment of the 1960s by helping other African Americans pursue the American Dream. Along with Garrett’s wife Eunice (Nia Long), they train a working class white man, Matt Steiner (Nicholas Hoult), to pose as the rich and privileged face of their burgeoning real estate and banking empire – while Garrett and Morris pose as a janitor and a chauffeur. Their success ultimately draws the attention of the federal government, which threatens everything the four have built.
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A Hidden Life
LAST UPDATED: 11/08/2019

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A Hidden Life stars August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds) as Austrian Franz Jägerstätter, a devoted husband and father who refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II, even as the possibility of execution threatens to tear him apart from his family.
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Black Christmas
LAST UPDATED: 11/14/2019

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Slay, Girls
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Just in time for the holidays comes a timely take on a cult horror classic as a campus killer comes to face a formidable group of friends in sisterhood. 
Hawthorne College is quieting down for the holidays. But as Riley Stone (Imogen Poots, Green Room) and her Mu Kappa Epsilon sisters—athlete Marty (Lily Donoghue, The CW’s Jane the Virgin), rebel Kris (Aleyse Shannon, The CW’s Charmed), and foodie Jesse (Brittany O’Grady, Fox’s Star)—prepare to deck the halls with a series of seasonal parties, a black-masked stalker begins killing sorority women one by one. 
 As the body count rises, Riley and her squad start to question whether they can trust any man, including Marty’s beta-male boyfriend, Nate (Simon Mead, Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story), Riley’s new crush Landon (Caleb Eberhardt, Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle) or even esteemed classics instructor Professor Gelson (Cary Elwes).
 Whoever the killer is, he’s about to discover that this generation’s young women aren’t about to be anybody’s victims. 
This December, on Friday the 13th, ring in the holidays by dreaming of a Black Christmas. 
 From director Sophia Takal (Always Shine) from the script she wrote with April Wolfe (Widower), comes a bold new take on the 1974 slasher classic produced by Jason Blum (Halloween, Split) for his Blumhouse Productions, by Ben Cosgrove (The Good German, Rumor Has It) and by Adam Hendricks (Cam, Bloodline, Lucky) for Divide/Conquer. Blumhouse’s Couper Samuelson and Jeanette Volturno will executive produce with Divide/Conquer’s Greg Gilreath and Zac Locke.
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Bombshell
LAST UPDATED: 11/20/2019

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Starring Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron, Academy Award® winner Nicole Kidman, Academy Award® nominee John Lithgow and Academy Award® nominee Margot Robbie, based on the real scandal, Bombshell is a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time; Fox News, and the explosive story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it. Directed by Emmy® Award winner Jay Roach and written by Academy Award® winner Charles Randolph.
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Jumanji: The Next Level
LAST UPDATED: 11/14/2019

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In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game.
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Richard Jewell
LAST UPDATED: 11/13/2019

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The World Will Know His Name And The Truth.
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“There is a bomb in Centennial Park. You have thirty minutes.” 
The world is first introduced to Richard Jewell as the security guard who reports finding the device at the 1996 Atlanta bombing—his report making him a hero whose swift actions save countless lives. But within days, the law enforcement wannabe becomes the FBI’s number one suspect, vilified by press and public alike, his life ripped apart. Reaching out to independent, anti-establishment attorney Watson Bryant, Jewell staunchly professes his innocence. But Bryant finds he is out of his depth as he fights the combined powers of the FBI, GBI and APD to clear his client’s name, while keeping Richard from trusting the very people trying to destroy him.
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Seberg
LAST UPDATED: 11/13/2019

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An ambitious young F.B.I. Agent is assigned to investigate iconic actress Jean Seberg when she becomes embroiled in the tumultuous civil rights movement in late 1960s Los Angeles, California.
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Uncut Gems
LAST UPDATED: 11/08/2019

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From acclaimed filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie comes an electrifying crime thriller about Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), a charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score. When he makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime, Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides, in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win.
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Cats
LAST UPDATED: 11/19/2019

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You Will Believe.
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Universal Pictures and Working Title's Cats is a most-unexpected film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's beloved smash musical Cats and the poems from Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, by T.S. Eliot. Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech, Les Miserables, The Danish Girl) brings astonishing new technology to transform his performers, who will be choreographed by visionary movement pioneer Wayne McGregor, CBE. Acclaimed casting director Lucy Bevan is casting the film adaptation.
The epic will be produced by Hooper and Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, as well as fellow Les Miserables producer Debra Hayward--who brought the idea to Working Title. Cats will be produced by Working Title Films in association with Monumental Pictures and The Really Useful Group and executive produced by three-time Oscar winner Steven Spielberg, Lloyd Webber and Angela Morrison. Hooper and Lee Hall (Billy Elliott, War Horse) have adapted the story for the screen. 
One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, Cats received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981--where it played for 21 record-breaking years and almost 9,000 performances. The groundbreaking production based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats was the winner of the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. In 1983 the Broadway production became the recipient of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ran for an extraordinary 18 years.
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
LAST UPDATED: 11/20/2019

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Every Generation Has A Legend
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Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come. Star Wars: The Riseof Skywalker opens in U.S. theaters on December 20.
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1917
LAST UPDATED: 10/23/2019

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Time Is The Enemy
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Sam Mendes, the Oscar®-winning director of Skyfall, Spectre and American Beauty, brings his singular vision to his World War I epic, 1917
At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them.
1917 is directed by Sam Mendes, who wrote the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Showtime’s Penny Dreadful). The film is produced by Mendes and Pippa Harris (co-executive producer, Revolutionary Road; executive producer, Away We Go) for their Neal Street Productions, Jayne-Ann Tenggren (co-producer, The Rhythm Section; associate producer, Spectre), Callum McDougall (executive producer, Mary Poppins Returns, Skyfall) and Brian Oliver (executive producer, Rocketman; Black Swan). 
The film is produced by Neal Street Productions for DreamWorks Pictures in association with New Republic Pictures. Universal Pictures will release the film domestically in limited release on December 25, 2019 and wide on January 10, 2020. Universal and Amblin Partners will distribute the film internationally, with eOne distributing on behalf of Amblin in the U.K.  
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Just Mercy
LAST UPDATED: 11/13/2019

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This Is About All Of Us.
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A powerful and thought-provoking true story, Just Mercy follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.
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Little Women
LAST UPDATED: 11/12/2019

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Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on her own terms -- is both timeless and timely. Portraying Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth March, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, with Timothée Chalamet as their neighbor Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee, and Meryl Streep as Aunt March.
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Spies In Disguise
LAST UPDATED: 11/20/2019

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Super Spy. Super Fly.
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Super spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is... not. But what Walter lacks in social skills he makes up for in smarts and invention, creating the awesome gadgets Lance uses on his epic missions. But when events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way. And if this odd couple can’t learn to work as a team, the whole world is in peril. Spies in Disguise is an animated comedy set in the high-octane globe-trotting world of international espionage.
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Clemency
LAST UPDATED: 11/06/2019

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Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard). As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.
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The Grudge
LAST UPDATED: 11/06/2019

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It Will Never Let You Go
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Directed by Nicolas Pesce, The Grudge stars Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin with Lin Shaye and Jacki Weaver. With a screenplay by Nicolas Pesce and a story by Nicolas Pesce and Jeff Buhler, The Grudge is based on the film “Ju-On: The Grudge” written & directed by Takashi Shimizu. The Grudge is produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise and is executive produced by Nathan Kahane, Erin Westerman, Brady Fujikawa, Andrew Pfeffer, Roy Lee, Doug Davison, John Powers Middleton and Schuyler Weiss. 
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Like A Boss
LAST UPDATED: 11/11/2019

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Best friends Mia and Mel (Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne) are living their best lives running their own cosmetics company they’ve built from the ground up. Unfortunately, they’re in over their heads financially, and the prospect of a big buyout offer from a notorious titan of the cosmetics industry Claire Luna (Salma Hayek) proves too tempting to pass up, putting Mel and Mia’s lifelong friendship in jeopardy. The beauty business is about to get ugly. LIKE A BOSS also stars Billy Porter, Jennifer Coolidge, Ari Graynor, Natasha Rothwell, Jessica St. Clair and Karan Soni.
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My Spy
LAST UPDATED: 11/15/2019

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He's A Pro. She's A Natural.
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My Spy follows JJ, a hardened CIA operative (Dave Bautista), who has been demoted and finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl named Sophie (Chloe Coleman) after he is sent undercover to surveil her family. In exchange for not blowing JJ's cover, Sophie convinces him to spend time with her and teach her to be a spy. Despite his reluctance, JJ finds he is no match for Sophie's disarming charm and wit.
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The Informer
LAST UPDATED: 11/08/2019

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Choose Your Enemies Wisely
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Reformed criminal and former special ops soldier Pete Koslow (Kinnaman), in order to free himself from jail and return to his wife (de Armas) and daughter, has been working undercover for crooked FBI handlers (Pike, Common and Owen) to infiltrate the Polish mobas drug trade in New York. In a final step towards freedom, Koslow must return to the one place heas fought so hard to leave, Bale Hill Prison, where his mission becomes a race against time when a drug deal goes wrong and threatens to identify him as a mole.
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Underwater
LAST UPDATED: 10/22/2019

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7 Miles Below The Ocean Surface Something Has Awakened
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A crew of underwater researchers must scramble to safety after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory.
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Bad Boys for Life
LAST UPDATED: 11/20/2019

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Ride Together. Die Together.
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The Bad Boys Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) are back together for one last ride in the highly anticipated Bad Boys for Life.
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Dolittle
LAST UPDATED: 10/24/2019

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He's Just Not A People Person
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Robert Downey Jr. electrifies one of literature’s most enduring characters in a vivid reimagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals: Dolittle.
After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey), famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company. 
But when the young queen (Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose) falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures.
The doctor is joined on his quest by a young, self-appointed apprentice (Dunkirk’s Harry Collett) and a raucous coterie of animal friends, including an anxious gorilla (Oscar® winner Rami Malek), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck (Oscar® winner Octavia Spencer), a bickering duo of a cynical ostrich (The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani) and an upbeat polar bear (John Cena, Bumblebee) and a headstrong parrot (Oscar® winner Emma Thompson), who serves as Dolittle’s most trusted advisor and confidante. 
The film also stars Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen (The Queen) and Oscar® winner Jim Broadbent and features additional voice performances from Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard, Tom Holland, Selena Gomez and Ralph Fiennes.  
Directed by Academy Award® winner Stephen Gaghan (Syriana, Traffic), Dolittle is produced by Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum under their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films (Alice in WonderlandMaleficent) and Susan Downey (Sherlock Holmes franchise, The Judge) for Team Downey. The film is executive produced by Sarah Bradshaw (The Mummy, Maleficent) and Zachary Roth (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil). 
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The Gentlemen
LAST UPDATED: 11/14/2019

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Criminal. Class.
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From writer/director Guy Ritchie comes The Gentlemen, a star-studded sophisticated action comedy. The Gentlemen follows American expat Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) who built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business forever it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him (featuring an all-star ensemble cast including Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell, and Hugh Grant).
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The Turning
LAST UPDATED: 10/31/2019

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Watch The Children With Care
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For more than 100 years, a deeply haunting tale has been passed down to terrify audiences. Next February, DreamWorks Pictures' The Turning takes us to a mysterious estate in the Maine countryside, where newly appointed nanny Kate is charged with the care of two disturbed orphans, Flora and Miles. Quickly though, she discovers that both the children and the house are harboring dark secrets and things may not be as they appear.
Inspired by Henry James’ landmark novel, the haunted-house thriller is directed by renowned visualist Floria Sigismondi (The Runaways, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale) and stars Mackenzie Davis (Tully, The Martian), Finn Wolfhard (It, Netflix’s Stranger Things), newcomer Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project) and Joely Richardson (Red Sparrow, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).
From writers Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes (The Conjuring) and Jade Halley Bartlett, The Turning is produced by Scott Bernstein (Straight Outta Compton, Ride Along 2) and Roy Lee (It, The Lego Movie). Universal will release The Turning domestically and in select international territories
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Gretel & Hansel
LAST UPDATED: 11/19/2019

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A Grim Fairy Tale
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A long time ago in a distant fairy tale countryside, a young girl leads her little brother into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.
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The Assistant
LAST UPDATED: 11/04/2019

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The Assistant follows one day in the life of Jane (Julia Garner), a recent college graduate and aspiring film producer, who has recently landed her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul. Her day is much like any other assistant's -- making coffee, changing the paper in the copy machine, ordering lunch, arranging travel, taking phone messages, onboarding a new hire. But as Jane follows her daily routine, she, and we, grow increasingly aware of the abuse that insidiously colors every aspect of her work day, an accumulation of degradations against which Jane decides to take a stand, only to discover the true depth of the system into which she has entered
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The Rhythm Section
LAST UPDATED: 11/04/2019

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Blake Lively stars as Stephanie Patrick, an ordinary woman on a path of self-destruction after her family is tragically killed in a plane crash. When Stephanie discovers that the crash was not an accident, she enters a dark, complex world to seek revenge on those responsible and find her own redemption. Based on the novel by Mark Burnell, from director Reed Morano (The Handmaid’s Tale) and the producers of the James Bond film series, The Rhythm Section also stars Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown.
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The Traitor
LAST UPDATED: 11/04/2019

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The life of Tommaso Buscetta, the first high-ranking Italian Mafia boss to break the Sicilian Mafia's oath of silence. His testimony helped convict hundreds of members of the Sicilian Cosa Nostra in Italy and the USA during the maxi trials in the 1980s.
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Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
LAST UPDATED: 11/12/2019

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The Lodge
LAST UPDATED: 11/11/2019

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You're Not Welcome Here.
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A bone-chilling nightmare from the directors of Goodnight Mommy, The Lodge follows a family who retreat to their remote winter cabin over the holidays. When the father (Richard Armitage) is forced to abruptly depart for work, he leaves his children, Aidan (IT's Jaeden Martell) and Mia (Lia McHugh) in the care of his new girlfriend, Grace (Riley Keough). Isolated and alone, a blizzard traps them inside the lodge as terrifying events summon specters from Grace's dark past.
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Fantasy Island
LAST UPDATED: 11/18/2019

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This Island Is A Scream
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In Blumhouse’s new spin on Fantasy Island, the enigmatic Mr. Roarke makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort. But when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island’s mystery in order to escape with their lives.
Directed by Jeff Wadlow, Fantasy Island is written by Jeff Wadlow & Chris Roach & Jillian Jacobs and is produced by Jason Blum and Marc Toberoff. 
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Ordinary Love
LAST UPDATED: 11/18/2019

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Joan and Tom (Academy Award nominee Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson) have been married for many years. An everyday couple with a remarkable love, there is an ease to their relationship which only comes from spending a lifetime together. When Joan is diagnosed with breast cancer, the course of her treatment shines a light on their enduring devotion, as they must find the humor and grace to survive a year of adversity.
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Sonic The Hedgehog
LAST UPDATED: 11/18/2019

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Gotta. Go. Fast!
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Based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega, Sonic The Hedgehog tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend Tom (James Marsden) team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his plans for world domination. The family-friendly film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.
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The Photograph
LAST UPDATED: 11/18/2019

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From Will Packer, blockbuster producer of Girls Trip, the Ride Along franchise, and ten movies that have opened No. 1 at the U.S. box office, including Night School, No Good Deed and Think Like a Man, comes a sweeping love story about forgiveness, and about finding the courage to seek the truth, no matter where it may lead you. Starring Issa Rae, Lakeith Stanfield, Chante Adams and Y'lan Noel, The Photograph is directed by Stella Meghie (Everything, Everything, Jean of the Joneses), from her original screenplay. The film is produced by Packer and his producing partner James Lopez, and is executive produced by Meghie and Rae.
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Bloodshot
LAST UPDATED: 10/21/2019

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Based on the bestselling comic book, Vin Diesel stars as Ray Garrison, a soldier recently killed in action and brought back to life as the superhero Bloodshot by the RST corporation. With an army of nanotechnology in his veins, he’s an unstoppable force –stronger than ever and able to heal instantly. But in controlling his body, the company has sway over his mind and memories, too. Now, Ray doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not – but he’s on a mission to find out.
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The Invisible Man
LAST UPDATED: 11/07/2019

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What You Can't See Can Hurt You
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What you can’t see can hurt you. Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss (Us, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale) stars in a terrifying modern tale of obsession inspired by Universal’s classic monster character.
Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer, NBC’s The InBetween), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge, Straight Outta Compton) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid, HBO’s Euphoria).
But when Cecilia’s abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House) commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.
Jason Blum, our current-day master of the horror genre, produces The Invisible Man for his Blumhouse Productions. The Invisible Man is written, directed and executive produced by Leigh Whannell, one of the original conceivers of the Saw franchise who most recently directed Upgrade and Insidious: Chapter 3.
The film is also produced by Kylie du Fresne (Upgrade, The Sapphires) for Goalpost Pictures. The executive producers are Whannell, Beatriz Sequeira, Charles Layton, Rosemary Blight, Ben Grant, Couper Samuelson and Jeanette Volturno. The Invisible Man is a co-production of Goalpost Pictures Australia and Blumhouse Productions, in association with Nervous Tick, for Universal Pictures.
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Wendy
LAST UPDATED: 11/06/2019

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The classic story of Peter Pan is wildly reimagined in this ragtag epic from Benh Zietlin, director of Beasts of the Southern Wild. Lost on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued, Wendy must fight to save her family, her freedom, and the joyous spirit of young from the deadly peril of growing up.
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Burden
LAST UPDATED: 11/11/2019

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Burden tells the incredible true story of Mike Burden (Garrett Hedlund) who opened the world famous Redneck Shop and KKK Museum on the historic town square of Laurens South Carolina in 1996, then was subsequently wrenched out of the clutches of this hate family through the love of a single mother (Andrea Riseborough) and the faith of a African American, Baptist Minister (Forest Whitaker). Mike Burden was raised and indoctrinated into the KKK by Klan leader Tom Griffin (Tom Wilkinson), rising to the ranks of Grand Dragon through his affinity for violence and seemingly set on a lifetime path steeped in racism and bigotry, until he meets and falls in love with a single mother, deeply opposed to the hate group, eventually forcing him to make a choice. After being cut off and shut out of his Klan family, with nowhere else to turn, Mike begs for help from his mortal enemy, civil rights activist Reverend David Kennedy. Against all odds and wisdom, Reverend Kennedy proves the power and conviction of his faith when he accepts Mike's disavowal of the Klan and welcomes him into his home and his church. Together, they face down irate, vengeful and violent Klan members and win over Reverend Kennedy's skeptical parishioners, forming a true bond and forging a path towards redemption and forgiveness.
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Onward
LAST UPDATED: 10/10/2019

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03/06/2020 
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Cometh Soon
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Set in a suburban fantasy world, Disney and Pixar’s Onward introduces two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there. Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new original feature film is directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae—the team behind Monsters University. Onward releases in theaters on March 6, 2020.
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The Way Back
LAST UPDATED: 11/14/2019

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Every Loss Is Another Fight
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Jack Cunningham (Ben Affleck) once had a life filled with promise. In high school, he was a basketball phenom with a full university scholarship, when suddenly, for reasons unknown, he walked away from the game, forfeiting his future. Now years later, Jack is spiraling down, triggered by an unspeakable loss, and drowning in the alcoholism that cost him his marriage and any hope for a better life. When he is asked to coach the basketball team at his alma mater, which has fallen far since his glory days, he reluctantly accepts, surprising no one more than himself. As the boys start to come together as a team and win, Jack may have finally found a reason to confront the demons that have derailed him. But will it be enough to fill the void, heal the deep wounds of his past, and set him on the road to redemption?
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What Direction is Exhibition Headed?

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If we address this question in terms of the laws of economics, as well as comparisons to other businesses who have faced similar challenges, the answer comes in focus.

In the early days, the supply of “movies” was limited because theatres were the only venue in which to view them.  As their entertainment value improved, so did the demand.  High demand and low supply equals success in any business.

Fast forward to today and, while movies are better than ever, the supply and accessibility to them has gone through the roof.  Movie theft on the Internet, pay per view, Netflix, DVDs, Red Box, cable pay tv channels, and free tv offer non-stop movie viewing options by the thousands.  Other competitive entertainment choices such as sporting events and gaming are also growing.  This abundance of supply has also brought the cost of seeing movies way down, everywhere that is except at the movie theatre!

Convenience is another factor impacting the viewing of movies.  The public can now watch them whenever they want, in the convenience of their own homes.  They can stop and start them as the wish, and the viewing quality is excellent, and constantly getting better.

Theatres, who once provided movie entertainment for the masses, are gradually being relegated to offering a premium experience to a shrinking audience.  While we tout premium sound, BIG picture, enjoying a film with an audience, getting out of the home, climate control, restaurant quality food options, and luxury seating, we still lose the price battle when non-affluent patrons ask:  “Why should I pay $50 to take my wife or girlfriend out (or a $100 to take my family out) when we can enjoy the same movie (plus Coca-Cola and popcorn) all for less than $10?  It simply makes no “economic” sense!

Exhibition can rightly claim that, when taking into account inflation, the cost of a movie ticket is no higher than it was 10, 20, or even 50 years ago.  (We can’t however, make that claim when it comes to our concession pricing!)  The problem here is not that our pricing is high, but that our competition’s pricing is so low!

As a comparison, Amazon is putting many big box stores out of business.  They are doing this via just two advantages - price and convenience!  These are the same two competitive factors that exhibition is facing.

There are other warnings.  The public looks for entertainment on the weekends when the work week for most is over, so weekend business is still pretty good.  Weekday business, however, has been going downhill for years.  Empty auditoriums, almost unheard of 20 years ago, are becoming commonplace on many weekday nights at most theatres.  The other alarming factor is that, while some blockbusters continue to impress, smaller movies often die at the box office.  There is no urgency to see them because it is so easy for patrons to wait and catch them later at home. 

Based on all of the above, we have no choice but to conclude that our business is going to continue getting worse, rather than better.  That’s not to say that many theatres who provide an enticing venue and who are located in “upscale” markets won't continue to thrive.  Also, well-run theatres in good and growing markets are likely to continue to prosper.  There are, however, many “average” theatres fighting the losing battle of constantly having to invest in upgrades for a stagnant or declining number of patrons!

So, what is the answer?

Growing our audience through offering an enjoyable and fun experience at a competitive price is our ONLY option for increasing our market share.  “Price” is the key word in this solution.  We have two options:

1.  By adding to “normal” business through local price incentive promotions aimed at targeted groups.  As an example, if we engage a fast food restaurant to distribute thousands of discount coupons to their customers in a week that are good at our theatre, many of those recipients (who would not normally have attended) will take advantage of the savings and the suggestion to attend a movie at our theatre.  Thus we have our “normal” business, but we attract additional patrons via the marketing.  The only problem here is that most theatres have abandoned marketing under the assumption that it’s the studio’s job.  Weekly promotions designed to target specific groups and add to normal business require time, effort and expertise which is sadly lacking at most theatres.  There is also the question of studio per capitas to deal with.

2.  We can drop the price of admission for everyone!  If we charged just $5/admission, and that price was properly marketed, attendance would increase substantially!  If, by going from a $10 to a $5 admission, and assuming a 55% average film rental, and our concession per capita holding steady at $4.50 with a 70% profit margin, we would only need to increase attendance by 33% to have the same gross income.  If lowering from $10 to $7/admission, attendance would need to increase by less than 20% to achieve the same gross profit.  Most every other retail business has sales to boost business, so doesn't it also make sense for us?

Movie-going was once compared to a freight train.  When business is slow (and the train is hardly moving) it is hard to boost business and get the train moving quickly. Once it has picked up a full head of steam, however, and lots of patrons are in our theatre enjoying good movies, seeing trailers to upcoming product, and sharing the experience with friends, business tends to keep moving at a brisk pace.  Our job is to get that train moving, which is a real challenge when coming off a slow summer and heading into the fall!

Still, with great films, a good experience for our customers, and EFFECTIVE MARKETING there are options for making sure our future is a rosy one!

(Share your comments regarding this article by emailing dan@imeonline.com and we will feature them here!  Indicate if you’d prefer to be credited by name or remain anonymous.)

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North Central NATO Keynote Address: Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel, May 16, 2017 by Dan Klusmann

Over half a century ago… in a place called Billings Montana... I went to pick up my high school friend from the theatre where he worked.
When I walked into that theatre something dawned on me… The girls there were REALLY cute!
Free movies and working with cute girls sounded so much better than my job at the grocery store, that I asked my friend if he could get me hired.
So started my show biz career as relief marquee changer working for a dollar an hour.

About a year later, after several promotions, I was the theatre’s manager, and several years after that.... I was engaged to one of those candy girls.

As I go through this speech tonight I will try and relate some of the lessons I’ve learned in those 50+ years in this business.
Who knows, for some of you younger managers out there, maybe my discoveries, will help you in YOUR theatre careers.

So, lesson #1: Watch out for candy girls! (I can say that because my wife did not accompany me on this trip.)
In fact I asked for her advice on this talk and all she said was “Well whatever you do, don’t try to sound smart.. or funny.. or charming... Just be yourself.” So here it goes...

Back in those early years it was easy for me to develop a passion for both marketing and showmanship, which go hand-in-hand.
You see, our theatre had just one screen.
Our competition was a large national chain, so they got most of the big films.
When we’d get a good movie, we couldn’t afford just to unlock the doors and see who showed up.
We went out and promoted the film with stunts, media attention, big out-of-theatre displays, and tie-ins with other businesses and organizations.
We were SHOWMEN, which meant that our marketing efforts had a positive impact on the number of people coming to our movies!

The fact that has not changed through the years is our Lesson #2.
Today’s theatre managers can have a significant impact on the business your theatres generate.
It, however requires marketing and showmanship.

Showmanship separates you, the theatre manager, from the managers of say McDonalds, J.C. Penney, or Ace Hardware.
Through the Independent Marketing Edge and then ShowTime we’ve awarded almost half a million dollars to theatre managers through the years to encourage and reward showmanship.
And yet showmanship is dying.
Maybe I’m “old school” and times are changing. I definitely felt “old school” as I cut out photos and taped them to poster board for this easil. Dummy, I thought, a modern marketer would have featured these lessons in a Power Point presentation with a computer and big screen behind me. Then, again, a real showman might have had ring girls in bathing suits holding the boards - anything to grab your attention!

Showmanship is noticed and it is appreciated!
I was reminded of this most recently at CinemaCon this year.
Despite all the movie stars on hand, it was Chris Aronson, president of 20th Century Fox, who impressed me the most as he made a grand entrance and performed as part of a dance group sporting neon lights on their clothing.
That’s Showmanship!
Or as Harry Houdini once said: “The secret of showmanship consists not of what you really do, but what the mystery-loving public thinks you do.”
And we ARE, after all, in a business of make believe!

Marketing is an attitude, not a department.
The only purpose of any business is to bring in a customer, and there are really only two ways to do it – through marketing or innovation!
If you think that marketing is someone else’s job then you are missing out on the pride and satisfaction of knowing that you can impact the business your theatre generates.
Others, however, will recognize this and someday they will likely be your boss!
I remember reading years ago where American Airlines calculated that if they had one more customer on each flight in a given year, the difference in revenue would have been about $114 million.
How much is just one more customer every showing worth to your theatre?

When I was still a young manager and also attending college, our theatre owners decided to lease a Billings drive in, so they brought in a YOUNG city manager from Butte Montana to supervise our two theatres.
He had just graduated from Western Montana College with a teaching degree.
We worked together for over 20 years and helped build TOI Theatres into a 6 state regional circuit.
Later he went on to head up NATO of California and Nevada, and build ShoWest into the largest theatre convention in the world, and then he helped build Cinemark into the most successful international theatre circuit in history.
Not bad for a kid from Butte Montana.
My friend, Tim Warner, just retired as Cinemark’s CEO.
I, and many others, learned a lot from him through the years, but this Lesson #3 about achieving success is one of the most important.


There is a LOT of incompetence in this world, and in our industry.
By constantly educating yourself, competing on all levels, having a positive attitude, truly caring about people, seeking out and emulating mentors, surrounding yourself with people smarter than you, being honest, and always having confidence in yourself and your abilities, you WILL succeed.
No one is better than you if you give it your all.
Look in the mirror. That’s the competition you CAN control, not the other guy.
Be better today than you were yesterday.

A few years after graduating from college and putting in a stint in the Army, I rejoined TOI and opened a twin theatre in Helena Montana.
There, I started a children’s matinee series and convinced the parent teacher organizations in all the grade schools to sell series tickets to the kids.
It took a little time and effort, but by the third year of the series we were selling out two afternoon showings a day, three days a week, in both 300 seat auditoriums.
The police department had to come and direct traffic because the theatre was so busy with parents dropping off over 3,000 children a week.
It was cool because sometimes I would be out in the public and a little kid would point me out to their parents and say “Look, there’s the movie man.”
So... Lesson #4: Don’t forget the kids.
They are our teen and adult patrons of tomorrow. Turn them into movie-lovers!

Building any specialty film series is a great way to increase business.
Whether it’s a children’s matinees, late shows for teens, afternoon showings for seniors, art films, or operas, you can increase business by establishing a film series, building it, and pleasing your customers.
Movie-going is a habit that can be nourished through these series, so don’t forget this lesson #5. Build upon your successes and make them bigger and better!
If you have a good Facebook page, or loyalty club, or relationships with businesses, organizations or media, build on them, strengthen them, and improve them each and every year! .... Don’t ever take them for granted.

In 1988, when we sold our company to Excellence Theatres, I was taking their executives around to our theatres in Bozeman Montana.
It was a cold, snowy Tuesday night and we arrived at one of our older single screen theatres.
A smile crossed my face when we arrived and found taped to the box office window a sign that said “Sorry, .....Sold Out!”

The film was part of an art show series I had started.
The next day, Larry Hanson, who was one of the executives with Excellence at the time, told me that he checked the grosses for the previous night and that our lowly Rialto Theatre in Bozeman Montana had the biggest gross of all Excellence Theatres in 17 states.
So, whether it was the children’s series in Helena or the art film series in Bozeman, success came not from starting from scratch each year, but rather, building on our successes and making them bigger and better each succeeding year.

At the time of the sale of TOI to Excellence I was Vice President and Director of Marketing.
I got the job as director of marketing because I won most of the manager contests our company ran.
My early training in showmanship helped me win the film promotion contests.
When it came to winning concession contests I discovered our Lesson #6. Other businesses WANT to work with us on promotions, so don’t be afraid to reach out to them.
The movie business is glamorous and appealing to them.

They also want access to our customers.
I won those concession contests by using the Value Added Concept.
We could get more patrons to purchase our popcorn/drink combos by offering them an additional $10 in discounts and/or free items from other businesses with their purchase.
Per caps went up, customers were thrilled that they actually got a great deal at our concession stand, our staff enjoyed having an effective sales pitch, and the participating businesses were pleased with the exposure and new customers they generated from the promotion.

Using the value-added concept is just one example of always exceeding customer expectations which is Lesson #7.

One night at our theatre, it dumped a foot and a half of snow in less than two hours.
There were maybe 20 cars in our parking lot so a half hour before the final show let out I grabbed a push broom and cleaned the snow off of all the car windows in the lot.
The next day I received a phone call from a patron thanking me, and later we received a nice thank you note from another customer.

Exceeding expectations pleased customers and made me feel good.
Even a simple “Thanks for coming” as customers left the theatre showed our appreciation and was noticed.
Success is a given when you constantly strive to exceed customer expectations, show appreciation and deliver a great movie-going experience.
Sales go up and down, but service stays forever, and people always remember how you made them feel!

Lesson 8 deals with giving back and obtaining some balance in our lives.
It’s clear that this 70 year old body up here has traveled a long way,.... and some of the roads weren’t paved, ... but inside it is that same young energetic kid wanting to work with pretty girls.

Despite my wife constantly telling me to grow up, the mind hasn’t gotten old.
The years will fly by, so make the most of them and during that journey, constantly be seeking ways to give back to your family, your employees, your industry, charities & your community.
Someday, you too will be old, and you will want to look back on your life with pride and feel good about how you gave back and helped others.
Or, as a philosopher once said, “What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.”

You have a couple of great examples here at this convention.
Exhibitors across the nation are aware of how hard Jeff Logan has worked in NATO to benefit independent theatre owners.
Dale Haider has better things to do with his time than put on this convention, but he too appreciates the satisfaction of giving back.

Speaking of conventions, I used to chair the Rocky Mountain Theatre Convention and grew to understand how much work it was to put on a great event EVERY year.
Larry Hanson was instrumental in starting the Geneva Convention, so he and I hatched a plan to combine the two conventions and alternate locations each year, so each would only have to put on a convention every other year. We called it the Great States Convention.
I was to chair the second one out West, so I wanted to make it the best theatre convention ever, and definitely better than Geneva the previous year.
I spent an entire year planning out every minute of a 4-day convention and put together great panels, speakers, screenings, studio presentations, a sold out trade show, and one of the first demonstrations of a digital projector for our industry.

Day 1 started with a golf tournament.
Before leaving for the tournament that morning I turned on the TV, and was devastated by the site of the the World Trade Tours burning.
It was Sept. 11, 2001.
That was New York though, and I was in Montana surrounded by the beauty of Glacier National Park, so it shouldn’t impact me.
Well, when I returned from the golf course the hotel had 75 messages for me from speakers and other program participants whose flights had been grounded so they would be unable to attend.
My year of planning came crashing down with those towers 2000 miles away.
The digital projector arrived, but the technician who knew how to assemble it was stuck in California.
Many of the other events had to be changed as I literally had to wing it.

The convention, however, is one that none of us will ever forget.
Our final night banquet was held outdoors on a beautiful Montana night.
Attendees could fish for trout, shoot skeet, or just marvel at the elk that wandered around the rod and gun club that hosted us.
As bus loads of slightly inebriated attendees returned to the hotel that night they were singing patriotic songs like “God Bless America.”
That week we all gave something back to each other and appreciated how lucky we were.

So.... Lesson #9: Always be prepared for the unexpected.

In my years as a manager I dealt with drunks, robbery, being assaulted, the death of an employee, lost children, electrical outages, falls, equipment breakdowns, customer heart attacks, choking victims, violent storms, flooding, and more.
When unexpected events happen, and they will, you will be tested.
Be prepared for the unexpected, be calm, and make sure that you and your team know the right things to do.
With little warning you can be a hero or the fall guy.

Lesson #10 centers on building a great team.

Theatre managers have an opportunity and responsibility, in that many of our employees are young and impressionable and they will look to you for leadership.
As you lead, make sure you show your employees that they are appreciated.
Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching?
When a team develops a culture of supporting each other, hard work, customer service, excellence, and learning, its members can translate both their victories and failures into input for continuous growth and improvement.
This will allow your team to achieve extraordinary results with increased frequency, thus becoming an extraordinary team.

And, in building that team, get good at delegating.
Yes, you can do just about everything better than your employees, but you will never be a great leader if you fail to delegate.
“Good" leaders inspire people to have confidence in them, but “GREAT" leaders inspire people to have confidence in themselves!
Steve Jobs said it best: “My model for business is The Beatles. They balanced each other, and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: Great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a TEAM of people.”

And don’t forget that building a great team starts in the hiring process. In addition to the normal questions about work history and the like, don’t forget to factor in a great smile, personality, and their desire to serve and please people. Success is not just what you accomplish in YOUR life, it is also about what you inspire others to do.

Increasing theatre attendance is our priority #1, so, how many of you know the very best way to increase theatre attendance?
The answer is Lesson #11. Hands down, Gift Cards are your most important marketing program:
NOTHING can increase your theatre attendance more than a great gift card program, and yet most theatre managers do a poor job at it.

During November and December each year we have an opportunity in that the public goes into a buying frenzy as they search for holiday gifts to give family, friends, co-workers, customers, and service providers.
This is the one time of year where the public is hyper receptive to our marketing message.
Therefore it is critical to deliver that message to as many people as possible and as many times as possible.
Gift card signs hanging in your theatre lobby don’t even begin to scratch the surface of the potential for sales.
Some of the people who will receive this gift of movies rarely or never attend your theatre now, so you end up developing NEW customers.

When a movie gift card is burning a hole in a recipient’s wallet or purse, they will go to MORE movies.
It also doesn’t hurt that the income is received in advance, or that some of it is 100% profit because gift cards are sometimes lost or forgotten about.
Or, that as your gift cards can also be redeemed at the concession stand, they increase concession sales.
Look for all sorts of ways to get the word out and then make them VERY easy and convenient to purchase via your Website, the theatre, by phone, by mail, and at locations in busy shopping areas.

Work at developing and preparing this year's Gift Card program throughout September and October so it’s ready to turn big numbers for you in November and December.

I’ve also suggested to NATO that a national campaign in November and December promoting movie gift cards would be the smartest investment our industry could make.

In our ShowTime magazine we have been featuring “Show People” interviews with industry leaders.
One of the questions we ask is about their concerns for the future of our industry.
Therefore, I’d like to take this opportunity to share a couple of my concerns with you in the hope that possibly you might contribute to finding solutions.

The studios, in effect, are helping push us away from serving the masses like we once did.
Amenities such as food, alcohol, luxury recliners, reserved seating, and 3D are all steadily increasing the cost of movie-going.
While all these things are great, and allow us to serve patrons better, the studios think it’s more efficient to make their product available to the masses in their homes at a fraction of the price we charge.
As home viewing technology gets better and more convenient, that huge growing price differential between seeing a movie at a theatre and seeing it at home will result in us continuing to lose customers.
We often tout the COMMUNAL experience of seeing a film with an audience, and yet I’d be embarrassed to tell you how many times this past year I’ve watched a movie in my local theatre with NO one else in the auditorium.
On those occasions I'm actually LONELY in a theatre, and THAT has me worried!

Movies are one of the only businesses in the world where pricing is rarely used to increase sales and where the price of a Cadillac, such as Star Wars, is the same as a Yugo or a film that went straight to video.
If the studios are going to keep shrinking windows between us and the opportunity to see their product for next to nothing, then they should remove the per caps and let us do more to use price incentives and specials to increase attendance!
Let me share just one example:

On a given Monday through Thursday you will have “X” number of people coming to your theatre and paying full price as a result of normal studio and theatre marketing.
If another local business on a weekend has a lot of people coming to their store, or going to their Website, or checking out their Facebook page, what would happen if THEY invited their customers to “Enjoy a MOVIE this week at YOUR theatres!”
What if they gave THEIR customers a special coupon or code giving them $5 off on adult admissions to any movies that coming Monday through Thursday night?
And what if they took full credit for this gift so it came from them, not us?

Several things will happen.
First off the business will generate great PR with their customers.
Of all the people they give this bonus to, only a small number of them might have come to your theatre on those weekday nights anyway.
But, as a result of their gift, your theatre will enjoy far more additional people coming to the movies as a result of the special discount.

Movie going is often an impulse decision.
When it is suggested, and accompanied with an appealing incentive, the public responds.
By running this promotion with various merchants week to week, and not using the same ones regularly, you would reach new people and add to your attendance.
The net result is satisfied customers, happy marketing partners, a bigger gross on slow weekday nights, and maybe movie lovers like me will actually be able to enjoy that COMMUNAL experience again, and won’t be lonely any more.
A win-win for all involved.

The second of my concerns is our industry’s inability to market some very enjoyable films.

Some of the best movies of the year in terms of audience enjoyment end up doing relatively little business at our theatres.
I’m thinking of films such as Queen of Katwe, The Founder, The Shack, and more recently Gifted.
What might you do to help good, little films gross more?

Consider building a rapport with movie lovers in your town, maybe through your loyalty program, and alert them via email when you have a “Manager’s Pick” as far as a totally enjoyable film that you HIGHLY recommend.
Include some positive reviews, and offer incentives such as “the popcorn is on us” or the value-added bonuses from other merchants that I mentioned earlier.
Maybe even include an offer of a full refund if the film is not totally enjoyable.
If done right, and built upon, you will have the power to please customers and generate more business on little films you are proud to show. (Customers appreciate a heads up on a great movie!)

And now I interrupt this speech for a commercial:
While the young people in my office have dragged me kicking and screaming into the digital age, I AM excited about our new digital ShowTime.
If you have not yet checked it out, you can enjoy it free by registering as a fan at Silver Screen Insider.com.
It is cool and enjoyable to look at, and it will keep you abreast of the marketing of films you will be playing.

Now, back to the lessons: “I” may think the new ShowTime is great, but if YOU don’t, it will fail, so here’s Lesson #12:
Always seek honest feedback from customers and you will become smarter and more successful!


Warning though: While I told you to seek honest feedback from customers, that advise does not always hold true with your spouse.
Mine is always telling me that I’m over the hill and that I should retire.
I can’t do that, however, because I’d miss this industry and all the great people I’ve worked with and met.
I agree with George Burns who said: “Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five I still had pimples.”

Seeking feedback points out another lesson #13 on the importance of being a good listener.
Really listening to customers, employees, other business people, and mentors will pay off in countless ways.
Learn to listen more and talk less.
There was once an experiment conducted where a wife of a businessman accompanied him to a party where she knew none of the guests, and they didn’t know her.
She was instructed simply to listen to what others said, show interest, ask questions, and nod in agreement, but NEVER contribute anything.
The next day, guests at the party were asked for their opinions of her. She was described by them as bright, impressive, interesting, charismatic, and even articulate.
So, if you want to be successful, be a good listener!

Years ago there was a company called National Screen Service.
They handled distribution of trailers, 1-sheets and promotional items for many of the studios.
Each year they sponsored the National Screen Service Marketing Conference where theatre marketing directors met with their counterparts at the studios to discuss the marketing and promotion of upcoming films.

One of the first conferences was in Dallas TX at the Loews Anatole Hotel.
I was wandering the hotel’s halls one evening and made a wrong turn and ended up in the trade show of another industry - FUNERAL HOMES!
As I looked down the aisles of caskets, hearses, and embalming fluid vendors, one final Lesson hit me.

MOVIES!
We are very LUCKY to be involved in such a great business.
Be THANKFUL for it..... ENJOY it..... and CELEBRATE it!

And speaking of celebrating… this speech is over, and I like to celebrate endings -
as they hopefully precede new beginnings... and optimism that the best is yet to come!

So, thanks for inviting me!...
and, OH!
One more thing...
PLEASE don’t don’t let my wife know what I said here tonight!
Thank you!
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