Out This Week: 11 June 2015

Dinosaurs or Vidya Balan? There's not much other choice this weekend.

This weekend is the last before Ramadan, which means the last chance for the distributors to push their big summer flicks before taking a 4-week hiatus. Only one big Hollywood release, but it doesn’t get bigger than dinosaurs! We also have a romantic drama from Bollywood, and a small indie comedy.

Jurassic World
Directed by: Colin Trevorrow
With:Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, and Irfan Khan 

Heads Up: To a whole generation, 1993’s Jurassic Park defined the summer blockbuster concept, with its breathtaking visuals, thrills and grandiose scope. After its massive success, the studio tried to recapture its magic with two sequels, but both couldn’t live up to its legacy. In Jurassic World, we return to the same island 20 years after its opening, as a successfully operating theme park. In order to revitalize the declining visitors numbers, its curators decide to create a new attraction that backfires horribly. With a stellar cast, all we’re hoping for is a fun ride and some amazing dinosaur-related thrills, since we are certain this movie cannot live up to the original.

Better Living Through Chemistry
Better Living Through Chemistry Poster
Directed by: Geoff Moore, David Posamentier
With: Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan, Ray Liotta, and Jane Fonda

Heads Up: A strait-laced pharmacist’s uneventful life spirals out of control when he starts an affair with a trophy-wife customer who takes him on a joyride involving sex, drugs and possibly murder. Despite its amazing cast, the reviews were brutal. We think you don’t really need to see this film, in the cinema or otherwise.

Hamari Adhuri Kahaani
Directed by: Mohit Suri
With: Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan, and Rajkummar Rao 

Heads Up: Vidya Balan is arguably Bollywood’s best actress working today. In this romantic drama, she is playing an abused housewife who is wooed by suave Emran Hashmi. It’s supposedly based on the love story of producer Mahesh Bhatt‘s parents. We expect memorable songs since it is a Mohit Suri-Emraan Hashmi film, and great acting from Ms. Balan. We say go for it if you like either or both leads.

*This column will take a hiatus during the holy month of Ramadan due to the limited number of releases. We’ll be back in 4 weeks with a preview for Eid-day releases!

About Abdullah Y

Abdullah Y is based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He is an avid consumer of everything Pop Culture; movies, TV, music, photography, podcasts, and social media. He loves to travel and to share his experiences.