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09/25/20
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10/02/20
Save Yourselves!
10/09/20
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The Wolf Of Snow Hollow
Yellow Rose
10/16/20
2 Hearts
Honest Thief
10/30/20
Come Play
Fatale
11/06/20
Let Him Go
11/13/20
Ammonite
Freaky
The Climb
The Comeback Trail
11/20/20
No Time To Die
Soul
11/25/20
The Croods: A New Age
12/04/20
Nomadland
12/18/20
Death On The Nile
Dune
12/25/20
Wonder Woman 1984
05/07/21
Black Widow
Connected
Promising Young Woman
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The French Dispatch
The Green Knight
True To The Game 2
09/25/20
Kajillionaire
10/02/20
Save Yourselves!
10/09/20
The War With Grandpa
The Wolf Of Snow Hollow
Yellow Rose
10/16/20
2 Hearts
Honest Thief
10/30/20
Come Play
Fatale
11/06/20
Let Him Go
11/13/20
Ammonite
Freaky
The Climb
The Comeback Trail
11/20/20
No Time To Die
Soul
11/25/20
The Croods: A New Age
12/04/20
Nomadland
12/18/20
Death On The Nile
Dune
12/25/20
Wonder Woman 1984
05/07/21
Black Widow
Connected
Promising Young Woman
Saint Maud
The French Dispatch
The Green Knight
True To The Game 2
09/25/20
Kajillionaire
10/02/20
Save Yourselves!
10/09/20
The War With Grandpa
The Wolf Of Snow Hollow
Yellow Rose
10/16/20
2 Hearts
Honest Thief
10/30/20
Come Play
Fatale
11/06/20
Let Him Go
11/13/20
Ammonite
Freaky
The Climb
The Comeback Trail
11/20/20
No Time To Die
Soul
11/25/20
The Croods: A New Age
12/04/20
Nomadland
12/18/20
Death On The Nile
Dune
12/25/20
Wonder Woman 1984
05/07/21
Black Widow
Connected
Promising Young Woman
Saint Maud
The French Dispatch
The Green Knight
True To The Game 2
09/25/20
Kajillionaire
10/02/20
Save Yourselves!
10/09/20
The War With Grandpa
The Wolf Of Snow Hollow
Yellow Rose
10/16/20
2 Hearts
Honest Thief
10/30/20
Come Play
Fatale
11/06/20
Let Him Go
11/13/20
Ammonite
Freaky
The Climb
The Comeback Trail
11/20/20
No Time To Die
Soul
11/25/20
The Croods: A New Age
12/04/20
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12/18/20
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05/07/21
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Connected
Promising Young Woman
Saint Maud
The French Dispatch
The Green Knight
True To The Game 2
09/25/20
Kajillionaire
10/02/20
Save Yourselves!
10/09/20
The War With Grandpa
The Wolf Of Snow Hollow
Yellow Rose
10/16/20
2 Hearts
Honest Thief
10/30/20
Come Play
Fatale
11/06/20
Let Him Go
11/13/20
Ammonite
Freaky
The Climb
The Comeback Trail
11/20/20
No Time To Die
Soul
11/25/20
The Croods: A New Age
12/04/20
Nomadland
12/18/20
Death On The Nile
Dune
12/25/20
Wonder Woman 1984
05/07/21
Black Widow
Connected
Promising Young Woman
Saint Maud
The French Dispatch
The Green Knight
True To The Game 2
09/25/20
Kajillionaire
10/02/20
Save Yourselves!
10/09/20
The War With Grandpa
The Wolf Of Snow Hollow
Yellow Rose
10/16/20
2 Hearts
Honest Thief
10/30/20
Come Play
Fatale
11/06/20
Let Him Go
11/13/20
Ammonite
Freaky
The Climb
The Comeback Trail
11/20/20
No Time To Die
Soul
11/25/20
The Croods: A New Age
12/04/20
Nomadland
12/18/20
Death On The Nile
Dune
12/25/20
Wonder Woman 1984
05/07/21
Black Widow
101 Studios
The War With Grandpa
A24 Films
Saint Maud
The Green Knight
Bleecker Street
Save Yourselves!
Briarcliff Entertainment
Honest Thief
Cloudburst Entertainment
The Comeback Trail
Faith Media Distribution
True To The Game 2
Focus Features
Come Play
Kajillionaire
Let Him Go
Promising Young Woman
Freestyle Releasing
2 Hearts
Lionsgate Films
Fatale
Neon Rated
Ammonite
Searchlight Pictures
Nomadland
The French Dispatch
Sony Pictures Classics
The Climb
Sony Pictures
Connected
Yellow Rose
United Artists Releasing
No Time To Die
The Wolf Of Snow Hollow
Universal Pictures
Freaky
The Croods: A New Age
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Black Widow
Death On The Nile
Soul
Warner Bros.
Dune
Wonder Woman 1984
101 Studios
The War With Grandpa
A24 Films
Saint Maud
The Green Knight
Bleecker Street
Save Yourselves!
Briarcliff Entertainment
Honest Thief
Cloudburst Entertainment
The Comeback Trail
Faith Media Distribution
True To The Game 2
Focus Features
Come Play
Kajillionaire
Let Him Go
Promising Young Woman
Freestyle Releasing
2 Hearts
Lionsgate Films
Fatale
Neon Rated
Ammonite
Searchlight Pictures
Nomadland
The French Dispatch
Sony Pictures Classics
The Climb
Sony Pictures
Connected
Yellow Rose
United Artists Releasing
No Time To Die
The Wolf Of Snow Hollow
Universal Pictures
Freaky
The Croods: A New Age
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Black Widow
Death On The Nile
Soul
Warner Bros.
Dune
Wonder Woman 1984
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2 Hearts
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Ammonite
B
Black Widow
C
Come Play
Connected
D
Death On The Nile
Dune
F
Fatale
Freaky
H
Honest Thief
K
Kajillionaire
L
Let Him Go
N
No Time To Die
Nomadland
P
Promising Young Woman
S
Saint Maud
Save Yourselves!
Soul
T
The Climb
The Comeback Trail
The Croods: A New Age
The French Dispatch
The Green Knight
The War With Grandpa
The Wolf Of Snow Hollow
True To The Game 2
W
Wonder Woman 1984
Y
Yellow Rose
2
2 Hearts
A
Ammonite
B
Black Widow
C
Come Play
Connected
D
Death On The Nile
Dune
F
Fatale
Freaky
H
Honest Thief
K
Kajillionaire
L
Let Him Go
N
No Time To Die
Nomadland
P
Promising Young Woman
S
Saint Maud
Save Yourselves!
Soul
T
The Climb
The Comeback Trail
The Croods: A New Age
The French Dispatch
The Green Knight
The War With Grandpa
The Wolf Of Snow Hollow
True To The Game 2
W
Wonder Woman 1984
Y
Yellow Rose
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Kajillionaire
LAST UPDATED: 09/17/2020

Kajillionaire - One Sheet
Tag Line:
Know Your Worth.
Synopsis:
From acclaimed writer/director Miranda July comes a profoundly moving and wildly original comedy. Con-artists Theresa (Debra Winger) and Robert (Richard Jenkins) have spent 26 years training their only daughter, Old Dolio (Evan Rachel Wood), to swindle, scam, and steal at every opportunity. During a desperate, hastily conceived heist, they charm a stranger (Gina Rodriguez) into joining their next scam, only to have their entire world turned upside down.
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Save Yourselves!
LAST UPDATED: 09/24/2020

Tag Line:
Turning Off Their Phones Was The Dumbest Idea On The Planet.
Synopsis:
Jack (John Reynolds) and Su (Sunita Mani) are a hip Brooklyn couple who, like many of their friends, find themselves dependent on technology and unable to put down their phones. Fearing their mindless scrolling may impact their connection with each other, they seize the chance to head to an isolated cabin in the woods, vowing to unplug from the outside world for a week. Sheltered from texts and push notifications, they are blissfully unaware that the planet is under attack. As strange events unfold, the couple must figure out a way back to civilization—or what’s left of it.
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The War With Grandpa
LAST UPDATED: 09/25/2020

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Tag Line:
Old School vs New Cool
Synopsis:
Sixth-grader Peter (Oakes Fegley) is pretty much your average kid—he likes gaming, hanging with his friends and his beloved pair of Air Jordans. But when his recently widowed grandfather Ed (Robert De Niro) moves in with Peter’s family, the boy is forced to give up his most prized possession of all, his bedroom. Unwilling to let such an injustice stand, Peter devises a series of increasingly elaborate pranks to drive out the interloper, but Grandpa Ed won’t go without a fight. Soon, the friendly combatants are engaged in an all-out war with side-splitting consequences. 
Based on the award-winning book by Robert Kimmel Smith, The War with Grandpa is a hilarious family comedy featuring an all-star supporting cast: Christopher Walken, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Cheech Marin, Laura Marano and Jane Seymour.
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The Wolf Of Snow Hollow
LAST UPDATED: 09/25/2020

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 A small-town sheriff, struggling with a failed marriage, a rebellious daughter, and a lackluster department, is tasked with solving a series of brutal murders that are occurring on the full moon. As he's consumed by the hunt for the killer, he struggles to remind himself that there's no such thing as werewolves…
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Yellow Rose
LAST UPDATED: 09/25/2020

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Tag Line:
Sing Your Truth. Fight For Your Dreams.
Synopsis:
Yellow Rose is the timely story of a Filipina teen from a small Texas town who fights to pursue her dreams as a country music performer while having to decide between staying with her family or leaving the only home she has known.
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2 Hearts
LAST UPDATED: 09/17/2020

2 Hearts - One Sheet
Tag Line:
Discover How Its All Connected
Synopsis:
For two couples the future unfolds in different decades and different places, but a hidden connection will bring them together in a way no one could have predicted. Based on an inspirational true story, 2 Hearts is a romantic journey that celebrates life, love and generosity of spirit, and challenges audiences to believe miracles are possible
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Honest Thief
LAST UPDATED: 09/25/2020

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In Honest Thief, Liam Neeson plays Tom, an infamous bank robber who wants to turn himself in and return stolen money after falling in love with Annie (Kate Walsh). When Tom discovers the law enforcement officers he turns himself in to are corrupt, he must go underground to save both himself and Annie.
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Connected
LAST UPDATED: 09/17/2020

Synopsis:
Sony Pictures Animation’s Connected is an original animated comedy from director Mike Rianda (Gravity Falls) and producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Lego Movie). When Katie Mitchell (voiced by Abbi Jacobson), a creative outsider, is accepted into the film school of her dreams, her plans to meet “her people” at college are upended when her nature-loving dad Rick (voiced by Danny McBride) determines the whole family should drive Katie to school together and bond as a family one last time. Katie and Rick are joined by the rest of the family, including Katie’s wildly positive mom Linda (voiced by Maya Rudolph), her quirky little brother Aaron (voiced by Mike Rianda), and the family’s delightfully chubby pug Monchi for the ultimate family road trip. Suddenly, the Mitchells’ plans are interrupted by a tech uprising: all around the world, the electronic devices people love – from phones, to appliances, to an innovative new line of personal robots – decide it’s time to take over. With the help of two friendly malfunctioning robots, the Mitchells will have to get past their problems and work together to save each other and the world!
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Death On The Nile
LAST UPDATED: 09/23/2020

Death On The Nile - One Sheet
Tag Line:
Death Was Just The Beginning
Synopsis:
Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer turns into a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple’s idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short. Set against an epic landscape of sweeping desert vistas and the majestic Giza pyramids, this tale of unbridled passion and incapacitating jealousy features a cosmopolitan group of impeccably dressed travelers, and enough wicked twists and turns to leave audiences guessing until the final, shocking denouement. “Death on the Nile” reunites the filmmaking team behind 2017’s global hit “Murder on the Orient Express,” and stars five-time Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh as the iconic detective Hercule Poirot. He is joined by an all-star cast of suspects, including: Tom Bateman, four-time Oscar® nominee Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders and Letitia Wright. “Death on the Nile” is written by Michael Green, adapted from Christie’s novel, and is produced by Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon, Simon Kinberg, Kenneth Branagh, Judy Hofflund and Kevin J. Walsh, with Matthew Jenkins, James Prichard and Matthew Prichard serving as executive producers.
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Come Play
LAST UPDATED: 08/27/2020

Come Play - One Sheet
Tag Line:
He's Good At Taking Friends
Synopsis:
Newcomer Azhy Robertson stars as Oliver, a lonely young boy who feels different from everyone else.  Desperate for a friend, he seeks solace and refuge in his ever-present cell phone and tablet.  When a mysterious creature uses Oliver’s devices against him to break into our world, Oliver’s parents (Gillian Jacobs and John Gallagher Jr.) must fight to save their son from the monster beyond the screen.  The film is produced by The Picture Company for Amblin Partners.
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Fatale
LAST UPDATED: 09/10/2020

Synopsis:
In this suspenseful and provocative psychological thriller, a successful sports agent, Darren (Michael Ealy), watches his perfect life slowly disappear when he becomes entangled in a police investigation led by a discredited, disgraced and determined detective (Hilary Swank), with whom he had a wild one night stand.
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Black Widow
LAST UPDATED: 09/23/2020

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Synopsis:
At birth the Black Widow (aka Natasha Romanova) is given to the KGB, which grooms her to become its ultimate operative. When the U.S.S.R. breaks up, the government tries to kill her as the action moves to present-day New York, where she is a freelance operative.
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Let Him Go
LAST UPDATED: 08/20/2020

Let Him Go - One Sheet
Synopsis:
Following the loss of their son, retired sheriff George Blackledge (Costner) and his wife Margaret (Lane) leave their Montana ranch to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a dangerous family living off the grid in the Dakotas, headed by matriarch Blanche Weboy.  When they discover the Weboys have no intention of letting the child go, George and Margaret are left with no choice but to fight for their family. 
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Ammonite
LAST UPDATED: 08/26/2020

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1840s England, an infamous fossil hunter and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship, altering both of their lives forever.
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Freaky
LAST UPDATED: 09/16/2020

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Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Millie Kessler (Kathryn Newton, Blockers, HBO’s Big Little Lies) is just trying to survive the bloodthirsty halls of Blissfield High and the cruelty of the popular crowd. But when she becomes the newest target of The Butcher (Vince Vaughn), her town’s infamous serial killer, her senior year becomes the least of her worries. 
When The Butcher’s mystical ancient dagger causes him and Millie to wake up in each other’s bodies, Millie learns that she has just 24 hours to get her body back before the switch becomes permanent and she’s trapped in the form of a middle-aged maniac forever. The only problem is she now looks like a towering psychopath who’s the target of a city-wide manhunt while The Butcher looks like her and has brought his appetite for carnage to Homecoming. 
With some help from her friends—ultra-woke Nyla (Celeste O’Connor, Ghostbusters: Afterlife), ultra-fabulous Joshua (Misha Osherovich, The Goldfinch) and her crush Booker (Uriah Shelton, Enter the Warriors Gate)—Millie races against the clock to reverse the curse while The Butcher discovers that having a female teen body is the perfect cover for a little Homecoming killing spree.
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The Climb
LAST UPDATED: 08/26/2020

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Synopsis:
Kyle and Mike are best friends who share a close bond - until Mike sleeps with Kyle's fiancee. The Climb is about a tumultuous but enduring relationship between two men across many years of laughter, heartbreak and rage. It is also the story of real-life best friends who turn their profound connection into a rich, humane and frequently uproarious film about the boundaries (or lack thereof) in all close friendships.
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The Comeback Trail
LAST UPDATED: 09/04/2020

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Two movie producers who owe money to the mob set up their aging movie star for an insurance scam to try and save themselves. But they wind up getting more than they ever imagined.
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No Time To Die
LAST UPDATED: 09/16/2020

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Tag Line:
The Mission That Changes Everything
Synopsis:
Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
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Soul
LAST UPDATED: 07/29/2020

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 
11/20/2020 
PG 
 
 
Soul - Teaser One Sheet 2
Tag Line:
Everybody Has A Soul. Joe Gardner Is About To Find His.
Synopsis:
Joe Gardner is a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. But one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before – a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth. Determined to return to his life, Joe teams up with a precocious soul, 22, who has never understood the appeal of the human experience. As Joe desperately tries to show 22 what’s great about living, he may just discover the answers to some of life’s most important questions.
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The Croods: A New Age
LAST UPDATED: 09/21/2020

The Croods: A New Age - One Sheet
Tag Line:
The Future Ain't What It Used To Be
Synopsis:
In 2013, the world was introduced to the first family of the prehistoric era, The Croods. The Academy Award-nominated comedy about a clan dealing with their changing world captivated global audiences, reminding us of the timeless importance of family...and just how little we've evolved. 
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Nomadland
LAST UPDATED: 09/17/2020

Nomadland - One Sheet
Synopsis:
Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The third feature film from director Chloé Zhao, Nomadland features real nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West.
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Dune
LAST UPDATED: 09/09/2020

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A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
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Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah.
With director Patty Jenkins back at the helm and Gal Gadot returning in the title role, Wonder Woman 1984 is Warner Bros. Pictures’ follow up to the DC Super Hero’s first outing, 2017’s record-breaking Wonder Woman, which took in $822 million at the worldwide box office. The film also stars Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Kristen Wiig as The Cheetah, Pedro Pascal as Max Lord, Robin Wright as Antiope, and Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta.
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Take Her Home And Take Your Chances
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From visionary director Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve) comes a delicious new take on revenge. Everyone said Cassie (Carey Mulligan) was a promising young woman... until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future. But nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be: she’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night.  Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs of the past in this thrilling and wildly entertaining story.
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The debut film from writer-director Rose Glass, Saint Maud is a chilling and boldly original vision of faith, madness, and salvation in a fallen world. Maud, a newly devout hospice nurse, becomes obsessed with saving her dying patient's soul -- but sinister forces, and her own sinful past, threaten to put an end to her holy calling.
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The French Dispatch brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city. It stars Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Lea Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothee Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson.
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An epic fantasy adventure based on the timeless Arthurian legend, The Green Knight tells the story of Sir Gawain (Dev Patel), King Arthur's reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight, a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger and tester of men. Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves, and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and kingdom by facing the ultimate challenger. From visionary filmmaker David Lowery comes a fresh and bold spin on a classic tale from the knights of the round table.
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True To The Game II picks up a year after the first installment of True to the Game, following the lives of the characters affected by Quadir's murder. Separating herself from Philly's dangerous scene while still mourning from the death of Quadir, Gena has reinvented herself as a journalist, living and working in NYC. At a crossroads in her career, Gena comes across an opportunity to go to LA, and decides to use the time to find herself. Although Gena is far from home, her life in Philly seems to always make an appearance. Someone with ties to Quadir has hijacked Jerrell's shipment and Jerrel has hit the streets determined to find out who. Jerrell is determined to get paid by any means necessary and he'll start with Gena.
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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!
Lessons Learned
Watch out for candy girls
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