Out This Week: 29 March 2018

This weekend is also filled with action-packed new releases lead by one tent-pole blockbuster.  Keep reading to find out more.

This weekend is also filled with action-packed new releases lead by one tent-pole blockbuster.  Keep reading to find out more:

Ready Player One

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
With: Olivia Cooke, Tye Sheridan, Hannah John-Kamen, Letitia Wright, and Ben Mendelsohn
What is it about? When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.
Heads Up: Steven Spielberg’s latest is an adaptation of a beloved book and marks a welcome return to him into making sci-fi blockbuster films. Even though the critical reception has been strongly favorable, our own Faizan Rashid really disliked it. In his 2/5 stars review, he calls it: “a safe, overindulgent and largely uninvolving chase film that ends with a hokey message about spending more time in the real world. Ironic, coming from a film that fails to follow its own advice“. On the other hand, Lloyd Bayer, in his 3/5 stars review, was more sympathetic saying that while “Ready Player One lacks a solid story it excels as pure escapism at the movies.” Given the big name behind the camera, we think you just might want to see it anyway especially on the biggest screen possible, to at least enjoy its visual spectacle.

Hurricane Heist

Directed by: Rob Cohen
With:  Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace, and Ryan Kwanten
What is it about? Thieves attempt a massive heist against the U.S. Treasury as a Category 5 hurricane approaches one of its Mint facilities.
Heads Up: This film is the crossover between The Fast and Furious and Twister that you never asked for. It seems stupid and harmless enough, so if you are in the mood for such a film, then, by all means, go for it.

7 Days in Entebbe

Directed by: José Padilha
With: Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl, and Eddie Marsan
What is it about? Inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, and the most daring rescue mission ever attempted.
Heads Up: The reviews are terrible for this thriller about the famous hijacking of a civilian aircraft and subsequent hostage situation. Watch Munich instead, if you want to see a film about a similar subject that’s actually good.

Peter Rabbit

Directed by: Will Gluck
With: Forest Whitaker, Eric Bana, and Jeff Gum 
What is it about?  A rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden.
Heads Up: This adaptation of Beatrix Potter‘s book is one of 2018 sleeper hits. It’s a film aiming to entertain the small ones, so go for it if you have children who are looking for a cinematic escape during Spring/Easter break.

Baaghi 2

Directed by: Ahmed Khan
With:  Tiger Shroff, Randeep Hooda, Manoj Bajpayee, and Disha Patani,
What is it about? Ronny, is hired by ex-lover Neha, to track down her daughter Riya, who has been kidnapped.
Heads Up: The sequel for 2016’s Baaghi starring Tiger Shroff and his impressive six-pack. This young actor made a career of doing films that are reminiscent of 80s B-action films. If that is your thing, then by all mean.

Heaven Without People

Directed by: Lucien Bourjeily
With: Samira Sarkis, Farah Shaer, and Nadim Abou Samra
What is it about? Josephine, the matriarch of a sprawling family, is delighted to gather everyone for Easter lunch for the first time in two years. While they all share a joyful meal, an incident ignites underlying tensions between the family members and leads them gradually into chaos
Heads Up:  DIFF365 and Vox MoE are bringing back the Lebanese film that won DIFF2017′s “Special Jury Prize Muhr Feature Award”. It is a small scale film, and from its trailer, I see it provides a microcosm of the current Arab world with its complexity and divisions. It looks like a difficult film to watch, but might prove worthy of your time.

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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.