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New in Cairo Cinemas: What to Expect From This Week’s Top Film Releases
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January is coming to a close, and this year has already been quite promising in its movies, so let’s see how the first month of 2019 will conclude. We’ve got a biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in On the Basis of Sex; an animated adventure in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, and an action crime drama starring Nicole Kidman in Destroyer

On the Basis of Sex

What’s it about? The movie tells the true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an equal rights activist. The film takes as its subject early parts of Ginsburg’s career, showing her historic journey towards becoming the U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, and her fight against sexism.

The good: On the Basis of Sex stars the insanely talented Academy Award Nominee Felicity Jones. Jones is sure to bring a lot of vigour and power to the character. Preliminary ratings have been quite promising, highlighting Felicity Jones as the main strength point of the film.

The bad: Director Mimi Leder hasn’t seen great success, especially in recent years.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

What’s it about? Based on the How to Train Your Dragon book series by Cressida Cowel, this film is the third installment in the franchise. This installment is also directed and written by Dean DeBlois. Hiccup realizes that his dragon friend, Toothless, is not the only Night Fury of their world, and decides to venture to The Hidden World to find the secret Dragon Utopia before the bad guys do.

The good: Previous installments of this series have been quite successful, and things are looking equally promising for this third installment. The movie features a lot of stars, keeping most of the cast from the previous movie, and preliminary ratings are quite promising. 

The bad: The third installment of any franchise is somewhat doomed to fail. And, while this one doesn’t seem to have fallen under that curse, it may still feel a bit redundant to some audience members.


What’s it about? Nicole Kidman plays a police detective riddled with guilt. She tries to reconnect with people from a past undercover assignment, in an attempt to redeem herself and find peace.

The good: Critics are already claiming that this is Nicole Kidman’s best work. This is also the second collaboration between director Karyn Kusama and writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, who’ve done tremendous work on The Invitation (2015).

The bad: Aside from Kidman’s opinion-dividing performance, the movie seems to offer nothing more than clichés.


To find out where and when you can catch these films, check out the Cairo 360 Cinema Guide.