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Director: Lydia Dean Pilcher Writer: Sarah Megan Thomas Starring: Sarah Megan Thomas, Stana Katic, Radhika Apte Synopsis: In the beginning of WWII, with Britain becoming desperate, Churchill orders his new spy agency -- the Special Operations Executive (SOE) -- to recruit and train women as spies. Their daunting mission: conduct sabotage and build a resistance. SOE's "spymistress," Vera Atkins (Stana Katic), recruits two unusual candidates: Virginia Hall (Sarah Megan Thomas), an ambitious American with a wooden leg, and Noor Inayat Khan (Radhika Atpe), a Muslim pacifist. Together, these women help to undermine the Nazi regime in France, leaving an unmistakable legacy in their wake. Inspired by true stories.
Director & Writer: Francis Lee Starring: Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Fiona Shaw, James McArdle, Gemma Jones Synopsis: In 1800s England, acclaimed but unrecognized fossil hunter Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) works alone on the rugged Southern coastline. With the days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now searches for common fossils to sell to tourists to support herself and her ailing mother. When a wealthy visitor entrusts Mary with the care of his wife Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan), she cannot afford to turn his offer down. Proud and relentlessly passionate about her work, Mary initially clashes with her unwelcome guest, but despite the distance between their social class and personalities, an intense bond begins to develop, compelling the two women to determine the true nature of their relationship.
Director: Josh Duhamel Writers: Josh Duhamel, Bob Schwartz Starring: Dan Bakkedahl, Kevin Dillon, Josh Duhamel Synopsis: Josh Duhamel (Transformers) stars in this wild and hilarious, no-holds-barred comedy. After six lifelong friends have a five year falling out, Bob (Duhamel), aka "The Bobfather", reunites his pals for the Buddy Games, an insane competition of absurd physical and mental challenges with the chance to win a $150,000 pot. Now all bets are off, as the determined dudes fight, claw, and party for the big bucks in this star-studded bro-fest featuring Dax Shepard (CHiPs), Olivia Munn (Office Christmas Party) and Kevin Dillon ("Entourage").
Director: Tomer Eshed Writers: Cornelia Funke, Johnny Smith Starring: Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Freddie Highmore, Felicity Jones Synopsis: Firedrake is a young silver dragon, who has had enough of constantly having to hide in a wooded valley. He wants to show the older generations of dragons that he is a real dragon. When humans are about to destroy his family's very last refuge, Firedrake secretly sets off on an adventurous journey with forest brownie, Sorrel. He wants to find the "Rim of Heaven", the dragons' mysterious haven. On their quest Firedrake and Sorrel encounter Ben, an orphan and stray, who claims to be a dragon rider. While Ben and Firedrake make friends quickly, Sorrel becomes increasingly distrustful and tries to get rid of the orphan at every opportunity. But the unlikely trio have to learn to pull together, because they are being hunted by Nettlebrand, an evil, dragon-eating monster was created by an alchemist with the aim of tracking down and destroying every dragon on Earth.
French Language with English Subtitles Director: Martin Provost Writer: Martin Provost, Séverine Werba Starring: Juliette Binoche, Yolande Moreau, Noémie Lvovsky Synopsis: Paulette and her husband have been running a housekeeping school. After the sudden death of her husband, Paulette discovers that the school is on the verge of bankruptcy and has to take her responsibilities.
Director: Noel Cleary Writer: Adrian Bickenbach, Fin Edquist Starring: Coco Jack Gillies, Evie Gillies, Benson Jack Anthony, Justine Clarke Synopsis:When Maya and Willy bust out of winter lock down early they are catapulted headfirst into a top-secret mission! Entrusted with the care of a sacred orb, Maya and Willy team up with their old pals, Arnie and Barney, to deliver it to its new home atop the mysterious Bonsai Peak. But when their "orb" hatches, Maya and Willy come face to face with their biggest responsibility yet - a smooshy, squishy little princess! This adventure is a LOT more than they bargained for as they must work together to take on bounty hunters and traverse treacherous terrain to return the lost princess to her mountain colony, only to find it hanging in the balance of a turf war. Willy discovers a side of himself that he never expected as he becomes protective of the tiny princess. But to save her and her colony, Maya and Willy must convince the battling insect tribes to work together in order to survive a hungry bird attack!
Director & Writer: Paul W.S. Anderson Starring: Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa, T.I., Ron Pearlman Synopsis: When Lt. Artemis and her loyal soldiers are transported to a new world, they engage in a desperate battle for survival against enormous enemies with incredible powers. Feature film based on the video game by Capcom.
Director: Sia Writers: Dallas Clayton, Sia Starring: Juliette Lewis, Kate Hudson, Leslie Odom Jr., Maddie Ziegler Synopsis: Zu is newly sober and finding her way in the world when she receives news that she is to become the sole guardian of her half-sister named Music, a young girl on the autism spectrum. The film explores two of Sia's favorite themes -- finding your voice and what it means to create family.
Director: Glendyn Ivin Writer: Cameron Bloom, Harry Cripps Starring: Naomi Watts, Andrew Lincoln, Rachel House Synopsis: Based on the best-selling book of the same name, the film tells the story of Sam Bloom (Academy Award® nominated Naomi Watts) a young mother whose world is turned upside down after a shocking, near-fatal accident leaves her paralyzed. Sam's husband, (Andrew Lincoln), her three young boys and her mother (Academy Award® nominated Jacki Weaver), are struggling to adjust to their new situation when an unlikely ally enters their world in the form of an injured baby magpie they name Penguin. The bird's arrival is a welcome distraction for the Bloom family, eventually making a profound difference on Sam's life, teaching her how to live again.
Director & Writer: Emerald Fennell Starring: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Adam Brody A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who cross her path.
Director: Roseanne Liang Writers: Max Landis, Roseanne Liang Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Beulah Koale Synopsis: On a stormy night during World War II, a female pilot with top secret cargo talks her way on board a bomber plane about to take-off. The crass all-male crew reluctantly agrees, but their suspicions about her identity and the mysterious cargo quickly grow. Just then a shadow appears in the clouds - was it the incoming Japanese fleet? Or caused by some other sinister stowaway?
French Language with English Subtitles AF French Film Festival 2020 Presents Spread Your Wings (Donne-moi Des Ailes) Director: Nicolas Vanier Starring: Jean-Paul Rouve, Melanie Doutey, Louis Vazquez, Frederic Saurel, Lilou Fogli Classic father-and-son tensions get a thrilling, new lease of life thanks to the family adventure Spread Your Wings from director Nicolas Vanier (AF FFF18, The School of Life; AF FFF14, Belle and Sebastian). Inspired by a true story, Spread Your Wings follows videogame-addicted teenager Thomas (Louis Vazquez) who is sent by his mother, Paola (Mélanie Doutey, AF FFF15, The Connection), to spend the school holidays with his father in the beautiful, yet secluded, wetlands of the Camargue region in Southern France. With no Wi-Fi and only his ornithologist father, Christian (Jean-Paul Rouve, AF FFF19, Kiss & Tell; AF FFF18, C’est la vie!), for company, Thomas is slowly drawn into his father’s passion for a gaggle of newborn, wild geese. Together, father and son train the birds for their first migratory flight, hoping to free them from captivity. By doing so, they also start to rebuild their own strained relationship. Revolving around this familial dynamic, Spread Your Wings gently echoes the broader international rise of young activists debating the future of a planet they are about to inherit. It is a beautiful film; a timely family adventure about how even the smallest gestures can have a huge impact.
Director & Writer: Jessica Swale Starring: Gemma Arteron, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Penelope Wilton Synopsis: Alice is a reclusive writer, resigned to a solitary life on the seaside cliffs of Southern England while World War II rages across the channel. When she opens her front door one day to find she's to adopt a young London evacuee named Frank, she's resistant. It's not long, however, before the two realize they have more in common in their pasts than Alice had assumed. Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Tom Courtenay star in this intensely emotional story of love's endurance in trying times.
Director: Joel Crawford Writer: Kevin Hageman, Dan Hageman Starring: Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds Synopsis: The prehistoric family the Croods are challenged by a rival family the Bettermans, who claim to be better and more evolved.
No Free Tickets Director: Robert Connolly Writers: Robert Connolly, Harry Cripps Starring: Eric Bana, Genevieve O'Reilly, Keir O'Donnell, Miranda Tapsell Synopsis: Federal Agent Aaron Falk returns to his home town after an absence of over twenty years to attend the funeral of his childhood friend, Luke, who allegedly killed his wife and child before taking his own life - a victim of the madness that has ravaged this community after more than a decade of drought. When Falk reluctantly agrees to stay and investigate the crime, he opens up an old wound - the death of 17- year-old Ellie Deacon. Falk begins to suspect these two crimes, separated by decades, are connected. As he struggles to prove not only Luke's innocence but also his own, Falk finds himself pitted against the prejudice towards him and and pent-up rage of a terrified community.
Director: Robert Lorenz Writer: Chris Charles & Danny Kravitz Starring: Katheryn Winnick, Liam Neeson, Juan Pablo Raba Synopsis: A rancher on the Arizona border becomes the unlikely defender of a young Mexican boy desperately fleeing the cartel assassins who've pursued him into the U.S.
Director: Tim Hill Writers: Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember Starring: Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Oakes Fegley, Cheech Marin, Jane Seymour, Christopher Walken Synopsis: Peter is thrilled that Grandpa is coming to live with his family. That is, until Grandpa moves into Peter's room, forcing him upstairs into the creepy attic. And though he loves his grandpa he wants his room back - so he has no choice but to declare war. With the help of his friends, Peter devises outrageous plans to make Grandpa surrender the room. But Grandpa is tougher than he looks. Rather than give in, Grandpa plans to get even.