Out This Week: 15 August 2019

Quentin Tarantino is back with one of the most anticipated and talked about films of the year, but the slate is also packed with so much more.

Tarantino‘s 9th feature film is finally here, leading the way in a crowded slate of new releases. Keep Reading to know more.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
With: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and Al Pacino
What is it about: A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.
Heads Up: Quentin Tarantino‘s ninth and (presumably) penultimate film is a love letter to Hollywood from 50 years ago, and it’s described as sweet, mature, and well-crafted. This is one of my most anticipated films of the year, and I can’t wait to watch it.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold

Directed by: James Bobin
With: Isabela Moner, Q’orianka Kilcher, Benicio Del Toro, Eva Longoria, and Michael Peña
What is it about: Dora, a teenage explorer, leads her friends on an adventure to save her parents and solve the mystery behind a lost city of gold.
Heads Up: The film adaptation of the beloved children series is an family adventure film that plays like Spy Kids meets Lara Croft. The reviews are strong, and this seem like a great family oriented counter-programming to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, so if your kids or yourself grew up watching the cartoon, I think you won’t be disappointed.

The Current War

Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
With: Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Katherine Waterston, Nicholas Hoult, and Tom Holland
What is it about: The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.
Heads Up: The critical consensus on this biographical drama is that “it is powered by an outstanding cast and an intriguing, history-inspired story, which makes this drama’s low wattage all the more shocking“. What a shame.

Mission Mangal

Directed by: Jagan Shakti
With: Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, and Sonakshi Sinha
What is it about? Based on true events of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launching the Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan), making it the least expensive mission to Mars.
Heads Up: This Indian drama based on true events has an impressive A-list cast. With this one, Akshay Kumar continues his work on making socially relevant dramas. This looks like the Indian version of Hidden Figures, so if you have an interest in such a movie, then go for it.

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy

Directed by: Woo-Ping Yuen
With: Jin Zhang, Dave Bautista, Michelle Yeoh, and Tony Jaa
What is it about: While keeping a low profile after his defeat by Ip Man, Cheung Tin Chi gets into trouble after getting in a fight with a powerful foreigner.
Heads Up: The latest installment in the Ip Man serious is seemingly another home run. The consensus is “Master Z: Ip Man Legacy marks a departure from previous entries in the franchise — but its thrilling action set pieces remain every bit as satisfying“. That said, the film is already available for home viewing, so I am not sure it should be a priority viewing in theater.

Mobile Suit Gundam NT

Directed by: Shun’ichi Yoshizawa
With: Junya Enoki, Tomo Muranaka, Ayu Matsura, and Yūichirō Umehara
What is it about? Having thought to be lost two years ago, the Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex suddenly reappears in a bid to defeat powerful full psycho-frame mobile suits.
Heads Up: Based on the beloved manga series which for 40 years spun off several movies, TV series, and comics, and video games. This one is shown in original Japanese or dubbed. If you are a fan, go for it, but choose your screening carefully.

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