Out This Week: 28 January 2016

Brooklyn is out, and so is Will Smith's Concussion among some other releases.

This weekend has so many releases, and mostly they are catering to adult audiences across many genres. This weekend we chose to highlight a an Oscar nominee, a comedy, a drama, a thriller, and a Bollywood film, so keep reading.


 Brooklyn

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Directed by: John Crowley
With: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, and Domhnall Gleeson
Heads up: The story of an Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. This film is nominated for 3 Oscars including Best Film and Best Actress, so of course I would highly recommend it.


Sisters

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Directed by: Jason Moore
With: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Maya Rudolph
Heads up: The story of two sisters who decide to throw one last house party before their parents sell their family home. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are two of the funniest comedians working today, and their on-screen chemistry is undeniable. The film has mostly favorable reviews, and it’s also a mid-level hit in the US box-office. I say go for it.


 Concussion

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Directed by: Peter Landesman
With: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, and Albert Brooks
Heads up: In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play. This sports drama was described as solid and effective, but it did not live up to expectations whether financially or critically. Our critic Faizin Rashid was not very impressed by it. In his 2.5 stars review he wrote: “This is a film that should enrage viewers, make them angry at the onscreen displays of corporate threats towards a foreigner trying to do the right thing. Instead what we get is a passive aggressive narrative and a screenplay that lacks fiery provocation“. So if you are a Will Smith ardent fan, or curious about the subject,¬† then you might wanna check it out, otherwise, don’t bother.


Exposed

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Directed by: Declan Dale
With: Ana de Armas, Keanu Reeves, and Christopher McDonald
Heads up: A police detective investigates the truth behind his partner’s death. The mysterious case reveals disturbing police corruption and a dangerous secret involving an unlikely young woman. In this film Keanu Reeves is reunited with his Knock-Knock co-star Ana de Armas, and while I’m in a minority of people who enjoyed that film, I am not very enthusiastic about this one. Given that the film is already available for rental on VOD services, I don’t see the need to see it on big screen, so PASS!


Saala Khadoos

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Directed by: Sudha Kongara
With: Madhavan, Nasser, and Radha Ravi
Heads up: The story of a former boxer who quits boxing following a fallout with the authorities over the underlying politics but goes on to coach a fisherwoman to fulfill his dream through her. I wanna start by praising the retro poster, I’m just loving it! This sport redemption story has its audience. One more thing this film has going for it which is its star Madhavan who is a very likable actor even beyond his Tamil roles, so I think this could be interesting.

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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.