Out This Week: 17 September 2015

Four movies this weekend. What are you gonna watch?

After a few weeks of lackluster releases, the slump is finally over, as this weekend witness the return of big movies to our screens. There is an epic adventure drama, an action sequel based on a YA book, a New Zealand primeval quest action, and a Bollywood Rom-Com, so let’s check them out.


Everest Poster
Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur
With: Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, and Jake Gyllenhaal 

Heads up: This is an adventure film based on a true story about a climbing expedition on Mt. Everest that was  devastated by a severe snow storm. The film looks spectacular, and it’s star studded. Our Filmphoria crew attended the premier and they thought it was visually striking, but lacks depth in characters.
Lloyd Bayer writes in his 3½-star review: “Everest is a spectacular audiovisual experience despite a somewhat underwhelming narration.
While Faizan Rashid writes in his 3-star review: “Everest confronts the dangers of mountaineering but the narrative suffers from an overabundance of characters.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Maze Runner 2 Poster
Directed by: Wes Ball
With: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Heads up: In this sequel, after having escaped the Maze, the Gladers now face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. This film is getting very decent reviews, on bar with the original. So if you liked the original, you are gonna like this one as well.

 The Dead Lands

The Dead Lands Poster
Directed by: Toa Fraser
With:  James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, and Te Kohe Tuhaka

Heads up: The story of a teenage son of a slain Maori chieftain, who looks to avenge his father’s murder and bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones, after his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery. This looks action packed and interesting, and its review are decent, so if you fan of the genera, you might wanna check it out.

Katti Batti

Katti Batti Poster
Directed by: Nikhil Advani
With: Imran Khan , Kangana Ranaut and Manasvi Mamgai

Heads up: Maddy and Payal’s have a live-in relationship of 5 years until a sudden turn of events creates a distance between them. This is a romantic comedy directed by Nikhil Advani, which his second directorial effort in two weeks in  a row (busy man). That said, this look more like his playground, and the leads are charismatic enough, so if you are eager to watch a cheesy Rom-Com, then why not?

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