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Cartels (Lionsgate) stars Steven Seagal in an action thriller that pits American forces against an Eastern European drug cartel. U.S. Marshal Tom Jensen (Luke Goss) is assigned to protect an imprisoned Russian drug lord (Florin Piersic, Jr.) from his former employee, brutal assassin Bruno Sinclaire (Georges St-Pierre). In a framing device, government agent John Harrison (Seagal) interrogates Jensen and flashbacks show an operation gone wrong.

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Heal the Living (Cohen Media Group) is a French drama that follows a human heart from a catastrophic accident to a transplant operation. On the way home from a dawn surfing trip, teenager Simon (Gabin Verdet) is involved in a car crash, leaving him brain dead. While dealing with the tragedy, Simon’s parents are forced to decide whether to donate his organs. Across Paris, former musician Claire (Anne Dorval) must confront her own worsening degenerative heart with her sons (Finnegan Oldfield, Theo Cholbi).

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Everything, Everything (Warner Home Video) stars Amanda Sternberg (Rue in The Hunger Games) as Maddy, a teen living with a rare immunodeficiency disease that makes her allergic to nearly everything. She’s never left her house, and only has contact with her mother, her nurse, and the one friend she is permitted to bring into the house. Before entering the home, guests must pass through an airtight chamber where they are decontaminated of germs.

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The Dinner (Lionsgate) is a thriller about how far parents will go to protect their children. A group of four well-to-do people gather to formally discuss a crime committed by their children. The two couples meet at a fancy restaurant. Cynical history teacher Paul (Steve Coogan) and campaigning congressman Stan (Richard Gere) are brothers who don’t much care for each other. Paul’s wife …

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1944 (Film Movement) was Estonia’s 2016 official Academy Award entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category. 1944 is a World War II drama about the citizens of this small Baltic nation who were turned against each other by rival superpowers. The events in the film depict the bitter aftermath of five years of invasion and occupation. First seized by Soviet Russia, then by Nazi Germany, Estonia ended up with more than 50,000 men forced to fight for the Red Army and over 70,000 for the German military.

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Everybody Loves Somebody (Lionsgate) is a bilingual romantic comedy set in Los Angeles. Carla (Karla Souza) is a successful doctor, but not so successful in her love life. Her dissatisfaction comes to the surface when her parents, who live in Baja, decide to get married after 40 years of living together without an official marriage certificate. Clara has a self-destructive bent, often trying to undermine the relationships of others in her life, including her own parents. She favors one-night stands but seems to have a dread fear of commitment.

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Ex Machina (Lionsgate) focuses on Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at internet search giant BlueBook, who wins a competition to spend a week at the mountain estate of his company’s brilliant CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). When he arrives, he discovers that he’s been chosen to take part in a study of artificial intelligence. Sworn to secrecy and cut off from the outside world, Caleb meets his subject, a seductive android named Ava (Alicia Vikander), and is plunged into an unconventional A.I. experiment.

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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (Sony Home Entertainment) picks up after the events in “Resident Evil: Retribution.” Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began — The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

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La La Land (Lionsgate) is a musical that throws together two people who become attracted to each other while pursuing careers in the arts, hoping to achieve their dreams. She is Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress who works as a barista on a studio backlot. He is Seb (Ryan Gosling), a jazz pianist who makes ends meet by playing in a rock cover band. Her goal: to make it in the movies. His goal: to open his own jazz club.

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Director Roger Sherman has made a film that defies the passive watching experience that so often accompanies his subject, injecting his film with varying points of view and brilliantly never revealing its own perspective on things. In Search of Israeli Cuisine is a film that challenges while it educates, teaches while it entertains.

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