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Another week, another batch of freshly-released flicks. Everything from animation and crime, to musicals and sci-fi have made their arrival to theatres across the country. All you have to do is take your pick! Here’s what to expect:
What is it about? The animation film follows Hodja, a boy from Pjort, as he explores the world on his magical flying carpet. In return, Hodja must find and return Diamond to her grandfather, who gave him the carpet, but his journey is one bumpy ride, as he encounters challenges along the way.
The good: A kid on a flying carpet will grab the attention of pretty much any child, so it’s perfect for an after-school gathering with the little ones – or even older viewers!
The bad: The plotline sounds too much like Aladdin.
What is it about? The drama surrounds an environmental lawsuit by a corporate defence attorney (Mark Ruffalo), which unravels a long history of pollution in the waters of the city.
The good: The film discusses the important topic of pollution, so it stands for a greater cause and it is worth your time.
The bad: It would have been more appropriate as a real-life documentary, and not a fictional movie, since the crafted plotline does not sound too believable.
What is it about? This musical romance follows a young choreographer who casts a contemporary dancer and a pianist in New York’s newest Broadway performance.
The good: Young artists being discovered for the first time is a story that inspires hope and passion. Don’t you just love watching people dance?
The bad: Not a single familiar face in sight! The characters are a bit bland, and the plotline falls flat without any intriguing anecdotes.
What is it about? This action follows a man (Nicolas Cage), who was wrongfully imprisoned for 19 years and is seeking retribution on his mob bosses. What stands in his way is his new-found relationship with his son.
The good: Egyptian actor Mohamed Karim has landed a role in the film! How about we show some love for a local actor?
The bad: Action! Gunshots! Long dramatic pauses! The trailer does not promise anything new, and the film might just be following in old footsteps.
What is it about? The sci-fi follows a man (who possesses special powers) after he commits a crime and gets followed by the police.
The good: We all want to have superpowers, but until that happens, we’ll happily watch other people flex their supernatural abilities.
The bad: It’s almost like someone put X-Men with Suicide Squad in a blender and produced a movie out of the mixture. The plotline feels just a tad repetitive!
What is it about? This mystery suspense follows a conman named Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen), who has found a new prey in Betty McLeish (Hellen Mirren). She has been recently widowed and is worth millions. Will his devious actions garner success?
The good: Putting two of Britain’s finest actors, McKellen and Mirren, together on screen is a match made in heaven. The stars effortlessly carry the eventful and plot-twisted plotline.
The bad: Is the plotline too eventful because it reflects the mysterious reality of the characters, or because it was concocted that way by the filmmakers? You be the judge.