Out This Week: 31 March 2016

A bunch of releases, most notable 10 Cloverfield Lane. Or you could still watch last week's big release.

This weekend is packed with many big releases across different genres: Horror, Sports Comedy, Sci-Fi Thriller, Mystery, Historical Drama, and Romantic Comedy, which means you should find a film that fits your taste. So let’s check them out:

10 Cloverfield Lane

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Directed by: Dan Trachtenberg
With: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher Jr.
Heads up: After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack. From first time director Dan Trachtenberg comes this “sequel” to the 2008 horror sci-fi hit Cloverfield. I say “sequel” in quotes because this is a different genre of film, as this is less of a monster film, and more of a claustrophobic horror thriller. Keeping that in mind, this would be my pick for the week.

Eddie The Eagle

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Directed by: Dexter Fletcher
With:  Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Tom Costello, and Christopher Walken 
Heads up: The story of Eddie Edwards, the notoriously tenacious British underdog ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics. This film, inspired by true events, looks charming funny and uplifting. The reviews are favorable in general, including the one from our own Lloyd BayerIn his 3/5 stars review he wrote:”Even if this story is only half true and riddled with feel-good clichés and hokey moments, it is still pleasantly watchable thanks to typical British humour, upbeat period music, and the loveable goofiness of its main characters“. I say go watch it.


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Directed by: Ben Wheatley
With: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, and Sienna Miller  
Heads up: Based on the acclaimed novel by J.G. Ballard, High-Rise is the story of Dr. Robert Laing who joins a community in a luxury building in Thatcher’s England, who exile themselves from society and gradually divide into violent tribes. I would have recommended this film in a heartbeat because it looks very bizarre and the director Ben Wheatley has made a few interesting and acclaimed films before, not to mention the terrific cast. That said, the film will be censored for explicit content, and that might take from your enjoyment of the film, so just keep this in mind if you are planning on seeing it on the big screen.


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Directed by: Shintaro Shimosawa
With: Josh Duhamel, Anthony Hopkins, and Al Pacino
Heads up: When an ambitious young lawyer takes on a big case against a powerful and ruthless executive of a large pharmaceutical company, he soon finds himself involved in a case of blackmail and corruption. If you watched the trailer, you’ve essentially watched the film. Despite having two heavy-weight actors in Pacino and Hopkins, the film looks very predictable and generic. Avoid!

Queen of The Dessert

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Directed by: Werner Herzog
With: Nicole Kidman, James Franco, and Robert Pattinson 
Heads up: A chronicle of Gertrude Bell’s life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century. despite the pedigree of the director and cast, the film has lousy reviews deemed it visually beautiful but lacking in depth of characters and story, therefore, I would rather read about that pioneer’s life instead.

Ki and Ka

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Directed by: R. Balki
With: Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, and Amitabh Bachchan
Heads up: This romantic comedy revolves aroud a man who aspires to be a “housewife” while his wife “wears the pants” in the household. A Bollywood film about the reversal of traditional roles in Indian society is a very intriguing premise. The two leads chemistry from the trailer is undeniable, and new-comer Arjun Kapoor is a very charismatic actor and his star is on the rise. I would say go for it.

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