Out This Week: 01 June 2017

Happy Ramadan! And if you are heading to the movies, it should be Wonder Woman all the way!

Ramadan Kareem everyone! We won’t take a hiatus this Ramadan like last year since the month will be ripe with many big releases. This weekend Wonder Woman is out, and that’s not all, so keep reading.

Wonder Woman 

Directed by: Patty Jenkins
With: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, and Connie Nielsen
What is it about? Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.
Heads Up: This is the latest film in DC Extended Universe, and while the three films that came before it were commercial success (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad), they were generally critically maligned. That doesn’t seem to be the case with Wonder Woman, as the reviews are overwhelmingly positive. So if you are thinking of visiting the Multiplex this weekend, this is the movie to watch.

City of Tiny Lights

Directed by: Pete Travis
With: Riz Ahmed, Billie Piper, James Floyd, and Cush Jumbo 
What is it about? In the teeming, multicultural metropolis of modern-day London, a seemingly straightforward missing-person case launches a down-at-heel private eye into a dangerous world of religious fanaticism and political intrigue.
Heads Up: This gumshoe private eye film is set in London, and it was met with mixed reviews but a lot of praise for Riz Ahmed‘s performance, and I’m mainly curious because of him. I think it deserves a consideration.

The Exception

Directed by: David Leveaux
With: Lily James, Jai Courtney, Janet McTeer, and Christopher Plummer
What is it about? A German soldier tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman during his investigation.
Heads Up: This WWII drama looks intriguing. And while I am not so thrilled about the lead actor Jai Courtney, the presence of Lily James and Christopher Plummer more than make up for that. I am intrigued.

A Family Man

Directed by: Mark Williams
With: Gerard Butler, Gretchen Mol, Alison Brie, Alfred Molina, and Willem Dafoe
What is it about? A headhunter whose life revolves around closing deals in a a survival-of-the-fittest boiler room, battles his top rival for control of their job placement company, his dream of owning the company clashing with the needs of his family.
Heads Up: While I should have appreciated seeing Gerard Butler in a drama for a change, this film seem sappy, pedestrian, and by the numbers. I say avoid


Directed by: Prawaal Raman, Leena Tandon
With: Huma Qureshi, Saqib Saleem, Adil Hussain, and Lisa Ray
What is it about? It’s a story about a mirror believed to be haunted and the contradictory views between a brother and sister dealing with the killing of their parents a decade ago.
Heads Up: This is Bollywood’s remake of 2013’s Oculus which was a scary underappreciated horror film. I’d say seek out the original which was pretty good.

About Abdullah Y

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.