Updates on January 20, 2017

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Rupture (2016)

A single mom tries to break free from a mysterious organization that has abducted her.

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Sadako v Kayako (2016)

The vengeful spirits of the Ring and Grudge series face off.

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Sakurada Gate Incident (2010)

The Sakurada Gate Incident recounts the story of Mito Domain Samurai coming off house arrest named Seki Tetsunosuke (played by Osawa Takao). He along with other prominent Mito Clansmen are tasked to assassinate the Tairo (Great Elder) Ii Naosuke (played by Ibu Masato) who in the Shogun Iesada’s absence has signed treaties without Imperial Consent with the Americans in the Treaty of Amity & Commerce in order to head off Japan’s most imminent threat to Japan that has sent the county into crisis. By entering into the unequal agreement with the Americans Ii Naosuke committed the crime of violating the Mikado’s law (Emperor Komei). In response to such outrage the Mito Domain informed the Imperial Court and sought sanction. An Imperial Writ from the Mikado was given directly by the court to the Mito breaking the protocol which angered the Bakufu (Shogunal Government) in Edo. This resulted in the Ansei Purge – Ii Naosuke’s reign of terror that resulted in over 100 arrests and eight executions of those who opposed Ii’s actions which forces the hand of the Mito to take action. On a cold morning of March 1860 the assassination is carried out in a bloody sword battle. While Seki Tetsunosuke is merely tasked to record and confirm the Tairo’s death, his battle for survival and that of the fruit of the Mito’s actions that his men did not die in vain.

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Song of Lahore (2015)

Song of Lahore follows several Pakistani musicians, and asks if there is still room for them in a society roiled by conflict. Featuring the music of the Sachal Jazz Ensemble, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

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Strayer’s Chronicle (2015)

In the early 1990s, experiments were carried out secretly in Japan. Two different methods were used in the experiments. One method involved forcing stress upon expecting parents and when the baby was born, provoke the baby into mutations and develop their special abilities. The other method involved birth to babies having abilities of animals and insects. The special abilities were derived from gene manipulation. Subaru, Saya and others were born from those experiments. Subaru (Masaki Okada) possesses incredible strength and vision. Saya (Riko Narumi) possesses super hearing abilities. They both grew up in the same facility. They work for Koichiro Watase (Tsuyoshi Ihara) who is the senior Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and has lofty ambitions as a politician. Koichiro Watase then orders them to find the runaway daughter of a powerful politician. The runaway girl has in her possession a secret file. Subaru, Saya and others become involved in the slaughter group “Ageha.” The group is led by Manabu (Shota Sometani). Based on the novel “Strayer’s Chronicle” by Takayoshi Honda (first published April 5, 2012 by Shueisha Inc.).

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Sultan (2016)

Sultan is a classic underdog tale about a wrestler’s journey, looking for a comeback by defeating all odds. Will he emerge victorious?

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Tab Hunter Confidential (2015)

The story of matinee idol Tab Hunter from teenage stable boy to closeted Hollywood star of the 1950s.

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Thank You for Playing (2015)

When Ryan and Amy Green learned that their baby son Joel’s rare cancer was terminal, Ryan, an indie game developer, found solace in the only creative outlet he knew: a video game, the critically acclaimed “That Dragon, Cancer.”

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The Academy of Muses (2015)

After his classes, a teacher is questioned by his wife, who mistrusted the academic project is plotting her husband. The teacher’s intention is to create a “school of the Muses” inspired by the classic references, that should be used to regenerate the world through engagement with poetry. The controversial order triggered a round of scenes around the word and desire.

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The Bitter Buddha (2012)

FEATURING ZACH GALIFIANAKIS, SARAH SILVERMAN, PATTON OSWALT & MANY MORE! Cult-Comic Eddie Pepitone’s life is on display in this unhinged portrait of creativity, enlightenment and rage.

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The Brainwashing of My Dad (2015)

Jen Senko, a documentary filmmaker, looks at the rise of right-wing media through the lens of her WWII vet father who changed from a life-long, nonpolitical Democrat to an angry, right-wing fanatic after his discovery of talk radio on a lengthened commute to work. In trying to understand how this happened, she not only finds this to be a phenomenon, but also uncovers some of the forces behind it: a plan by Roger Ailes under Nixon to create a media for the GOP; the Lewis Powell Memo, urging business leaders to influence institutions of public opinion – especially the universities – the media and the courts; and under Reagan, the dismantling of the Fairness Doctrine – all of which helped to change the entire country’s direction and culture, misinformed millions, divided families and even the country itself.

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The Darkness (2016)

A family returns from a Grand Canyon vacation, haunted by an ancient supernatural entity they unknowingly awakened and engages them in a fight for their survival.

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The Final Master (2015)

A Wing Chun master has to defeat 8 martial arts schools to open his own school, yet he has become a chess piece to the local power dynamics.

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The Girl on the Train (2016)

A divorcee becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life.

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The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016)

The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title.

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The Happy Poet (2010)

A poet who starts a health-conscious food stand finds support from his friends, as well as a potential love match with one of his customers. But will unexpected complications jeopardize his dreams of a hot dog-free future?

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The Light Between Oceans (2016)

A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from a drifting rowing boat.

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The Lure (2015)

In Warsaw, a pair of mermaid sisters are adopted into a cabaret. While one seeks love with humans the other hungers to dine on the human population of the city.

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The Monster (2016)

A mother and daughter must confront a terrifying monster when they break down on a deserted road.

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The People vs. Fritz Bauer (2015)

The story of the man who brought high-ranking German Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann to justice.

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The Postman’s White Nights (2014)

The film represents life in a godforsaken Russian village. The only way to reach the mainland is to cross the lake by boat and a postman became the only connection with the outside world. A reserved community has been set up here. Despite the modern technologies and a spaceport nearby the people of the village live the way they would in the Neolithic Era. There is neither government nor social services or jobs. The postman’s beloved woman escapes the village life and moves to the city. Postman’s outboard engine gets stolen and he can no longer deliver mail. His normal pattern of life is disrupted. The postman makes a decision to leave for the city too but returns before long with no certain reason. The script is based on real characters’ stories. People from the village play their own parts in the film. The search for the protagonist lasted for over a year.

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The Priests (2015)

Two priests have to find out if a young girl was attacked by an evil spirit or human molester in order to save her life.

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The Russian Woodpecker (2015)

As his country is gripped by revolution and war, a Ukrainian victim of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster discovers a dark secret and must decide whether to risk his life and play his part in the revolution by revealing it.

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The Search for General Tso (2014)

Who was General Tso, and why are we eating his chicken? This feature documentary explores the origins and ubiquity of Chinese-American food through the story of an iconic sweet and spicy chicken dish.

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The Treasure (2015)

Costi is a family man whose cash-strapped neighbor makes him an intriguing proposition: help him find the fortune reportedly buried somewhere on the grounds of his family’s country home in Romania and split the profits.

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Too Late (2015)

Explores the tangled relationship between a troubled private investigator and the missing woman he’s hired to help find.

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Uncle Kent 2 (2015)

In a desperate search to create a follow-up to Joe Swanberg’s 2011 film UNCLE KENT, Kent Osborne travels to a comic book convention where he loses his mind and confronts the end of the world.

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Very Semi-Serious (2015)

The iconic cartoons of The New Yorker have become an instantly recognizable cultural touchstone over the past 90 years, and Leah Wolchock’s intimate documentary offers an unprecedented glimpse into the process behind the cartoons. The film follows cartoon editor Bob Mankoff as he sifts through hundreds of submissions and pitches every week to bring readers a carefully curated selection of insightful and humorous work.

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Wawa No Cidal (2015)

Panay worked in the city as a journalist. One day, she found her tribe had been overdeveloped and changed by tourism. They were losing their land and their culture, so she decided to return home to bring back the abandon terrace. In this process, she found it’s not only about the land, but also about who she really is.

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