There’s quite a lot to get excited about in Cairo cinemas this week. If you are in the mood for an animated comic feature, you have to see Wonder Park; if you are a loyal fan of the horror genre, you will be glad to know that Look Away has hit Cairo’s movie theatres; now, if you are in the mood for a mysterious thriller, make sure you catch Greta.
What’s it about? June (voiced by Sofia Mali), an optimistic and imaginative girl, discovers an incredible amusement park called Wonderland hidden in the woods. The park is full of fantastical rides and talking animals. The park, however, is in disarray. June soon discovers the park came from her imagination and she’s the only one who can fix it.
The good: Preliminary reviews indicate that the film is a wonderful watch for children and adults alike. Additionally, the film’s voiceovers are done by the likes of Mila Kunis and Jennifer Garner.
The bad: Oddly enough, they still haven’t officially announced a director’s name for Wonder Park, which could have an adverse effect on the movie.
What’s it about? The film tells the story of Maria (India Eisley), an alienated high-school student whose life is turned upside down when she switches places with her sinister mirror image.
The good: What’s good here is the storyline seems to be well built; do not expect jumpscares but instead prepare yourself for some plot twists.
The bad: Reviews indicate that the film’s pace is too slow, and the mood is far too sombre.
What’s it about? Frances (Chloë Grace Moretz) finds a handbag on the New York subway and promptly returns it to Greta (Isabelle Huppert), an eccentric French piano teacher who loves tea and classical music. Having recently lost her mother, young Frances strikes up a seemingly harmless friendship with the lonely and kindly widow who enjoys her company. But when Greta’s behaviour becomes increasingly erratic and obsessive, Frances does whatever it takes to end the toxic relationship before things spiral out of control.
The good: Critics have argued that Neil Jordan’s insightful touch make the film quite entertaining; Jordan is an intelligent and skilled storyteller.
The bad: This thriller seems to be a collage of several other psychopathic stalker movies, which have been seen numerous times before.
To find out where and when you can catch these films, check out the Cairo 360 Cinema Guide.