Out This Week: 20 September 2018

A quieter weekend, but there are some movies to consider.

It’s gonna be a quieter September weekend when it comes to new releases, but there are still many movies to consider. Let’s check them out.

Johnny English Strikes Again

Directed by: David Kerr
With:  Rowan Atkinson, Emma Thompson, and Olga Kurylenko 
What is it about? After a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all of the active undercover agents in Britain, Johnny English is forced to come out of retirement to find the mastermind hacker.
Heads Up: This is the third film in the spy spoof comedy series Johnny English starring Mr. Bean aka Rowan Atkinson. This is gonna be very silly, broad, and harmless comedy that’s suitable for families.

The Yellow Birds

Directed by: Alexandre Moors
With:  Tye Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich, Toni Collette, and Jennifer Aniston
What is it about? Two young soldiers, Bartle and Murph navigate the terrors of the Iraq war under the command of the older, troubled Sergeant Sterling. All the while, Bartle is tortured by a promise he made to Murph’s mother before their deployment.
Heads Up? This war drama has an excellent cast of young and mature actors, but the reviews are mixed to negative. I’d say wait and watch it when it come out on home video if you must.


Directed by: Fritz Böhm
With: Bel Powley, Liv Tyler, and Brad Dourif
What is it about? A blossoming teenager uncovers the dark secret behind her traumatic childhood.
Heads Up? This horror fantasy has received decent reviews and all praise to its lead actress. I admit that the trailer peaked my interest, so I would say keep it in mind while you consider your options at the movies.

Animal World

Directed by: Yan Han
With:  Yi Feng Li, Dongyu Zhou, and Michael Douglas
What is it about?  A man finds himself deep in debt and is coerced to board a ship that hosts a risky gambling party.
Heads Up? This Chinese action film is based on a Japanese manga, and thanks to an acquisition by Netflix, it has the potential to be a global hit. Knowing that it’ll eventually end up on the streaming service makes me less enthusiastic about seeing it in a cinema. If you are a fan of the source material, then go for it.

Batti Gul Meter Chalu

Directed by: Shree Narayan Singh
With:  Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Yami Gautam, and Ashrut Jain
What is it about? Following his friend’s death, a young man decides to fight against the escalating electricity bills problem that caused his death.
Heads Up? From the director of Toilet – Ek Prem Katha, comes another comedy-drama that is set in a small town and deals with a socio-economic issue. Shahid Kapoor takes on the burden from Akshay Kumar for a different cause: inflated electricity bills due to faulty meters. I cannot sincerely recommend spending an inflated 2h 41min for this. (Note: Manmarziyaan is still playing at a cinema near you!)

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