Out This Week: 31 October 2019

Can the return of the original Sarah Connor save the Terminator franchise?

Sarah Connor and the Terminator are back, leading the way in a very busy weekend at the multiplexes. Keep reading to know more.

Terminator: Dark Fate

Directed by: Tim Miller
With: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, and Gabriel Luna
What is it about: Sarah Connor and a hybrid cyborg-human must protect a young girl from a newly modified liquid Terminator from the future.
Heads Up: The latest installment in the Terminator saga has two things goings for it, The return of Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor (last time she played the role was in T2 back in 1991), and James Cameron as writer and producer. Suddenly the franchise that has been a shadow of its glorious past is becoming more interesting.

Motherless Brooklyn

Directed by: Edward Norton
With: Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, and Willem Dafoe
What is it about: Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, Motherless Brooklyn follows Lionel Essrog, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna. With the clock ticking and a figure haunting her, she must find a way to save her life before time runs out.
Heads Up: Edward Norton is one of the most gifted actors of his generation, and in this one he is writing and directing (for the first time since his debut directorial effort Keeping the Faith in 2000). The reviews for this noir drama are mixed, saying that “its imposing length requires patience, but strong performances and a unique perspective make this a mystery worth investigating“. That said, it is a great fit for mature audience with a stellar cast, so I would make time for it.

The Addams Family

Directed by: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon
With: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, and Bette Midler 
What is it about: The peculiar, ghoulish family will face off against a crafty reality TV host while also preparing for their extended family to arrive for a major celebration.
Heads Up: Although it was lukewarmly received by critics, audience in the US embraced the reiteration of the Addams Family. I am very fond of the films from the 90s and in the spirit of Halloween, I might just give this one a go.


Directed by: Zara Hayes
With: Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Celia Weston, Pam Grier, and Rhea Perlman
What is it about: A comedy about a group of women who form a cheer leading squad at their retirement community, proving that you’re never too old to ‘bring it!’
Heads Up: This is a comedy with an all-star cast of excellent actresses over 60 who truly deserve better material. I would say save this for a lazy day at home, as it is already available for home viewing.

Ujda Chamman

Directed by: Abhishek Pathak
With: Sunny Singh Nijjar, Maanvi Gagroo, Saurabh Shukla, and Atul Kumar
What is it about:  Chaman Kohli is a 30 -year-old bachelor with Premature Balding and in quest of a beautiful wife. After facing several rejections as a prospective groom because of his baldness, Chaman hits rock bottom when an astrologer gives him a deadline to find himself a wife or remain a celibate forever. This leads Chaman on a Funny and emotional roller coaster ride of self-discovery and acceptance.
Heads Up: The first of two Bollywood comedies (with Bala slated for a release next weekend) about premature male balding. This phenomena is called twin films, when two films that are too similar get released close to each other. I would personally wait for Bala, but that’s because Ayushmann Khurrana is a more exciting actor to me, but it really I would advise you to check the two trailers and see which one makes you laugh more.
Editor’s Note: Ujda Chaman is an official remake of 2017 Kannada movie Ondu Motteya Kathe, while Bala has been accused of plagiarizing the concept. Bala also faces flak for copying the song “Don’t Be Shy” from an original by Dr Zeus.

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