Out This Week: 02 November 2017

The floodgates of fall movies opens this week.

This weekend the floodgate of fall movies is opening wide with the release of Thor: Ragnarok. If you are not an MCU fan (are there any?), no worries as there are quite a few other options for you, including quite a few new horror films, so keep reading.

Thor: Ragnarok

Directed by: Taika Waititi
With: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins
What is it about? Asgard is threatened but Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his hammer and to escape and save his homeworld he must fight his former ally and fellow Avenger-the Incredible Hulk!
Heads Up: Thor films have been by far my least favorite of the MCU, but this 3rd installment of Thor is special as it is directed by one of my favorite directors Taika Waititi (What We Do in The Shadows, Hunt for Wilderpeople). Reviews are unanimously positive, so even if you disliked the previous two films, you should definitely go and see this one.


Directed by: George Clooney 
With: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, and Oscar Isaac
What is it about? A home invasion rattles a quiet family town.
Heads Up: This film on paper has everything going for it: a script by the Coen Brothers, a very good director, and a suburb cast. That said, reviews are quite bad and the consensus is “it attempts to juggle social satire, racial commentary, and murder mystery — and ends up making a mess of all three“. I am still not writing this off, but I am not in a rush to see it either.

Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Medea Halloween

Directed by: Tyler Perry
With: Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, and Patrice Lovely
What is it about? Madea, Bam, and Hattie venture to a haunted campground and the group must run for their lives when monsters, goblins, and the boogeyman are unleashed.
Heads Up: Madea‘s films are truly critic-proof as they are always panned by critics but embraced by their audience, and by now you should know whether you are a fan or not.

 It Stains the Sands Red

Directed by: Colin Minihan
With:  Brittany Allen, Juan Riedinger, and Merwin Mondesir
What is it about? In the throes of a zombie apocalypse, a troubled woman from Las Vegas with a dark past finds herself stranded in the desert with a lone and ravenous zombie on her tail.
Heads Up: Capitalizing on the resurgence of Zombie horror genre in our times thanks to TV’s The Walking Dead, this B-horror film looks intriguing. It’s the kind of film that might be better for a movie night at home, but if you like your horror fix in-theatre, give it a go.

The Bride

Directed by: Svyatoslav Podgaevskiy
With: Victoria Agalakova, Vyacheslav Chepurchenko, and Aleksandra Rebenok
What is it about? The unusual practice of photographing dead relatives during mid-1800s rural Russia will link a Philology student with her husband’s abysmal family history.
Heads Up: A Russian horror film with an interesting concept, and a Hollywood remake is already in the worka. So if you are still on a horror rush, and you are done with last weekend’s offerings, you might wanna give it a try.

Bonne Pomme

Directed by: Florence Quentin
With:  Gérard Depardieu, Catherine Deneuve, and Chantal Ladesou
What is it about? A likable mechanic, tired of his mediocre life and being considered a sucker by his in-laws. He quits everything on a whim, and moves to a remote village nestled deep in the heart of Gâtinais. His plan for a tranquil life is upended when he meets the owner of the neighboring inn, a magnificent, disconcerting, mysterious, and thoroughly unpredictable woman.
Heads Up: This French rom-com is starring two of France’s screen royalties. it’s certainly different than anything else offered on cinemas right now, so give it a chance if you love romantic comedies. Note that this is a part of DIFF365 program and screening are only held in Vox Mall of Emirates.

Rebel in the Rye

Directed by: Danny Strong
With: Nicholas Hoult, Zoey Deutch, Sarah Paulson, and Kevin Spacey
What is it about? The life of celebrated but reclusive author, J.D. Salinger, who gained worldwide fame with the publication of his novel, “The Catcher in the Rye”.
Heads Up: The biography of the celebrated and reclose writer has received mostly bad reviews. I’d say pass.


Directed by: Abhay Chopra
With:  Sidharth Malhotra, Sonakshi Sinha, and Akshaye Khanna
What is it about? A police officer, is investigating a double murder case that has only two witnesses, who are also the prime suspects. The suspects – Vikram, an acclaimed writer, and Maya, a young homemaker, have different narratives about the events of that fateful night.
Heads Up: Very intriguing premise. I usually enjoy a good mystery puzzle with multiple suspects and different versions of the same event. This film also has Akshaye Khanna playing the detective and he is one of my very favorite Bollywood actors, so I am in!
Note: This is a remake of the excellent 1969 Yash Chopra-driected movie of the same name, starring Rajesh Khanna, Nanda and Iftekhar in the roles of Sidharth, Sonakshi and Akshaye respectively. Watch the classic if you get the chance.

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