Out This Week: 23 June 2016

A Cannes' release to pay attention to, and some minor movies to ignore.

After a week of big releases, we are back to B-movies and foreign films in the cinema, and not one but two Bollywood thrillers. The question to ask: is there a film that is worthy of your time this weekend? That’s what we will find out, so keep reading.

The Asian Connection

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Directed by:  Daniel Zirilli
With: Steven Seagal, John Edward Lee, Pim Bubear, and Michael Jai White
What is it about? Two American expatriates, Jack and Sam, unwittingly steal a drug lord’s money when they rob a series of banks in Southeast Asia and become the target of the gang’s vengeance. When Sam is killed, Jack turns to the love of his life, Pom, and the couple becomes a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde that takes the fight to the gang
Heads Up: It’s a B-Action movie starring Steven Seagal. It’s strictly appealing for his fans, but I don’t think anyone else would enjoy it.

Don’t Grow

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Directed by: Thierry Poiraud
With: Fergus Riordan, Madeleine Kelly, and McKell David
What is it about? The story about a group of youths who can’t face the thought of growing up because anyone who does becomes a rampaging zombie.
Heads Up: This dystopian horror is a French/Spanish production but shot in English. It looks somehow interesting and the premise is intriguing. I’m a little curious, just a little bit.

The Crew


Directed by: Nikolay Lebedev
With: Vladimir Mashkov, Agne Grudyte, and Sergey Shakurov
What is it about? A young pilot is fired from military air force after disobeying an absurd order. He gets a job as a co-pilot with a civil airline. During a flight to Asia his crew receives a distress message from a volcanic island and makes a decision to attempt a rescue mission. Will it be a success? Will they survive the disaster?
Heads Up: This is a Russian disaster film dubbed in English. It looks like a cheese B-movie, and there is an abundance of these films released this weekend. I personally would rather rewatch Volcano from the 90s in the comfort of my home.

Raman Raghav 2.0

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Directed by: Anurag Kashyap
With:  Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vicky Kaushal, Sobhita Dhulipala  
What is it about? Set in present day Mumbai the story follows the life of a serial killer Ramanna who is inspired by an infamous serial killer from the 1960s, Raman Raghav. His strange obsession with Raghavan, a young cop keeps growing as he closely follows him without his knowledge and often creates situations where both of them come face to face.
Heads Up: From acclaimed director Anurag Kashyap (Gangs of Wasseypur, Dev D) comes this serial-killer thriller showcased at this year’s Cannes Director’s Fortnight. It looks really gripping from the trailer. I’d say this is the film to seek out of all the releases this weekend.

7 Hours to Go

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Directed by: Saurabh Varma
With: Shiv Pandit, Sandeepa Dhar, Vipin Sharma
What is it about? A fast paced investigative thriller set in Mumbai, present day. Inspired by true event, the film revolves around a hostage crisis and what happens within 7 hours after that incident.
Heads Up: This also looks like a B-movie Bollywood style, only not in a fun campy way. I say avoid!

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