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‘Hateful Eight’ Screener Leak Traced to Top Studio Executive A screener copy of ‘The Hateful Eight’ mailed to Alcon CEO Andrew Kosove was uploaded to file-sharing sites ahead of the Christmas Day release. Read more at: https://tr.im/yfQFB
When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything.
Initial release: December 11, 2015 (USA)
Director: Adam McKay
Running time: 2h 10m
Story by: Michael Lewis
Screenplay: Adam McKay, Charles Randolph
Michael Stone, husband, father and respected author of “How May I Help You Help Them?” is a man crippled by the mundanity of his life. On a business trip to Cincinnati, where he’s scheduled to speak at a convention of customer service professionals, he checks into the Fregoli Hotel. There, he is amazed to discover a possible escape from his desperation in the form of an unassuming Akron baked goods sales rep, Lisa, who may or may not be the love of his life.
Initial release: December 30, 2015 (USA)
Directors: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson
Running time: 1h 30m
Story by: Charlie Kaufman
Screenplay: Charlie Kaufman
In 1947, successful screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) and other Hollywood figures get blacklisted for their political beliefs.
Initial release: November 6, 2015 (USA)
Director: Jay Roach
Running time: 2h 4m
Screenplay: John McNamara
Story by: Bruce Alexander Cook
In early 20th-century Britain, the growing suffragette movement forever changes the life of working wife and mother Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan). Galvanized by political activist Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Watts joins a diverse group of women who fight for equality and the right to vote. Faced with increasing police action, Maud and her dedicated suffragettes must play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, risking their jobs, homes, family and lives for a just cause.
Initial release: October 12, 2015 (United Kingdom)
Director: Sarah Gavron
Running time: 1h 46m
Screenplay: Abi Morgan
Director: Sam Mendes
Running time: 2h 30m
Film series: James Bond Film Series
Cinematography: Hoyte van Hoytema
In 2001, editor Marty Baron of The Boston Globe assigns a team of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan, an unfrocked priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. Led by editor Walter “Robby” Robinson, reporters Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Matt Carroll and Sacha Pfeiffer interview victims and try to unseal sensitive documents. The reporters make it their mission to provide proof of a cover-up of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church.
Initial release: November 6, 2015 (USA)
Director: Tom McCarthy
Running time: 2h 8m
Distributor: Open Road Films
Awards: Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Feature Film, more
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With support from his loving wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander), artist Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) prepares to undergo one of the first sex-change operations.
Release date: February 5, 2016 (Norway)
Director: Tom Hooper
Running time: 2h 52m
Music composed by: Alexandre Desplat
Budget: 15 million USD
During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers’ only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate his release. Donovan boards a plane to Berlin, hoping to win the young man’s freedom through a prisoner exchange. If all goes well, the Russians would get Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), the convicted spy who Donovan defended in court.
Initial release: October 4, 2015
Director: Steven Spielberg
Running time: 2h 21m
Music composed by: Thomas Newman
Screenplay: Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
While conducting an autopsy on former NFL football player Mike Webster (David Morse), forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) discovers neurological deterioration that is similar to Alzheimer’s disease. Omalu names the disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy and publishes his findings in a medical journal. As other athletes face the same diagnosis, the crusading doctor embarks on a mission to raise public awareness about the dangers of football-related head trauma.
Release date: January 8, 2016 (Norway)
Director: Peter Landesman
Running time: 2h 3m
Story by: Jeanne Marie Laskas
Producers: Ridley Scott, Giannina Facio, Elizabeth Cantillon, Larry Shuman, David Wolthoff
Luckily for young Arlo, his parents (Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand) and his two siblings, the mighty dinosaurs were not wiped out 65 million years ago. When a rainstorm washes poor Arlo (Raymond Ochoa) downriver, he ends up bruised, battered and miles away from home. Good fortune shines on the frightened dino when he meets Spot (Jack Bright), a Neanderthal boy who offers his help and friendship. Together, the unlikely duo embark on an epic adventure to reunite Arlo with his beloved family.
Initial release: November 25, 2015 (USA)
Director: Peter Sohn
Running time: 1h 40m
Production companies: Pixar, Walt Disney Pictures
Music composed by: Mychael Danna, Jeff Danna
Director: David O. Russell
Screenplay: David O. Russell
Executive producers: Joy Mangano, Annie Mumolo, George Parra, Matthew Budman, Mary McLaglen, Ethan Smith, John Fox
Production companies: Annapurna Pictures, Davis Entertainment
Director: Danny Boyle
Running time: 2h 2m
Music composed by: Daniel Pemberton
Producers: Danny Boyle, Scott Rudin, Mark Gordon, Christian Colson, Guymon Casady
Director: Brian Helgeland
Running time: 2h 11m
Costume design: Caroline Harris
Genres: Thriller, Biographical film, Crime film
Director: Ron Howard
Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle
Producers: Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Joe Roth, Edward Zwick, Paula Weinstein, Marshall Herskovitz, Will Ward
Production companies: Village Roadshow Pictures, Imagine Entertainment
These are the screeners that came online in WEEK 51 :
Held captive for years in an enclosed space, a woman (Brie Larson) and her 5-year-old son (Jacob Tremblay) finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.
Initial release: September 4, 2015
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Running time: 1h 58m
Adapted from: Room
Screenplay: Emma Donoghue
An Irish immigrant (Saoirse Ronan) in 1950s New York falls for a tough Italian plumber (Emory Cohen), but faces temptation from another man (Domhnall Gleeson) when she returns to her homeland for a visit.
Initial release: November 4, 2015 (USA)
Director: John Crowley
Running time: 1h 52m
Screenplay: Nick Hornby
Story by: Colm Tóibín, Nick Hornby
Life always seems complicated for good ol’ Charlie Brown (Noah Schnapp), the boy who always tries his best against seemingly impossible odds. When the Little Red-Haired Girl moves into his neighborhood, Charlie Brown develops a crush on her. Meanwhile, his best friend Snoopy embarks on an epic adventure.
Initial release: October 19, 2015 (San Francisco)
Director: Steve Martino
Running time: 1h 33m
Story by: Charles M. Schulz
Production companies: Blue Sky Studios, 20th Century Fox Animation
Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) spots the beautiful, elegant Carol (Cate Blanchett) perusing the doll displays in a 1950s Manhattan department store. The two women develop a fast bond that becomes a love with complicated consequences.
Initial release: November 20, 2015 (USA)
Director: Todd Haynes
Running time: 1h 58m
Adapted from: The Price of Salt
Screenplay: Phyllis Nagy
While exploring the uncharted wilderness in the 1800s, legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home to his beloved family. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him.
Initial release: December 25, 2015 (USA)
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Running time: 2h 36m
Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki
Screenplay: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mark L. Smith
Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) never knew his famous father, boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died before Adonis was born. However, boxing is in his blood, so he seeks out Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and asks the retired champ to be his trainer. Rocky sees much of Apollo in Adonis, and agrees to mentor him, even as he battles an opponent deadlier than any in the ring. With Rocky’s help, Adonis soon gets a title shot, but whether he has the true heart of a fighter remains to be seen.
Initial release: November 19, 2015 (Westwood)
Director: Ryan Coogler
Music composed by: Ludwig Göransson
Film series: Rocky
Screenplay: Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington
While racing toward the town of Red Rock in post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) encounter another bounty hunter (Samuel L. Jackson) and a man who claims to be a sheriff. Hoping to find shelter from a blizzard, the group travels to a stagecoach stopover located on a mountain pass. Greeted there by four strangers, the eight travelers soon learn that they may not make it to their destination after all.
Initial release: December 7, 2015 (Los Angeles)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Running time: 3h 2m
Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino
Music composed by: Ennio Morricone
That is all for now. Im sure more will come during the last day of week 51. Im waiting on Trumbo, Macbeth , Bridge of Spies, The Danish Girl, and of course Star Wars The Force Awakens.