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Singijeon (The Divine Weapon) (15)

Historical Drama / 134 min. / Korean with English subtitles

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Bangkok Dangerous (15)

Thriller, Action / 97 min. / English

In this remake of a 1999 Thai hit of the same name, hit man Joe (Nicolas Cage) touches down in Bangkok for yet another kill. His targets this time are four Bangkok crime lords. Upon Joe’s arrival, he hires Kong (Shahkrit Yamnarm), a pickpocket, to run errands and to cover his tracks.

As Joe quietly plans the assassination, he ends up mentoring Kong, whom he sees as a younger version of himself. But when Joe’s hit doesn’t go as planned, the trip turns to mayhem: his boss changes his intended target and the city of Bangkok is put in serious danger. Original directors Oxide Pang Chun and Danny Pang are back at the helm to guide this action thriller.

The Nasty Girl (15)

Drama / 94 min. / German

A promising student, Sonja (Lena Stolze) enters an essay contest about her town’s history during World War II. But as she progresses in her research, she learns that the Catholic clergy that she has respected her whole life aided and abetted the Nazis during the Third Reich. Things get ugly as she continues on her quest for knowledge, especially once her community, stirred by the religious leaders, begins to threaten her. With her every move thwarted, Sonja and her family must take an emotional and physical journey to find the truth.

Big City (12)

Adventure, Family / 97 min. / French

Director and writer Djamel Bensalah brings us this French take on spaghetti Westerns. Out in the American Wild West of the 1800s, the adults of a dusty, tumbleweed town decide to launch an attack on the local Native American tribe after they catch wind of an attack.

But when the grown-ups don’t come back, the children of the town are forced to fend for themselves, with only the town drunk Tyler (Eddy Mitchell) for guidance.

Can the kids fill their parents’ shoes, or will the dastardly, racist mayor of the town (Jeremy Denisty) foil their plans?

Twentieth Century Boys (12)

Fantasy / 141 min. / Japanese

Originally a comic book series in Japan, “Twentieth Century Boys” comes to the screen. In 1969, Kenji (Toshiaki Karasawa) and his friends create “The Foretelling Book,” which is their way of imagining solutions to evildoing around the world. But 30 years later, at the end of the century, Kenji and his friends find their worst fears come true as a virus spreads around the universe. Can the men band together and defeat this virus, or will they see the end of humanity as they know it?

Mamma Mia! (12)

Musical, Comedy / 108 min. / English

Director Phyllida Lloyd’s film adaptation of “Mamma Mia!” is every bit as deserving of its title’s exclamation point as the stage production. Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), the daughter of Donna (Meryl Streep), a former pop star-turned-hotel owner, tries to figure out the identity of her father on the eve of her wedding - and finds out that she has three possible dads.

Sophie decides to invite all three men to her wedding to discover who’s her real father. Is he Sam (Pierce Brosnan) from New York? Or perhaps Harry (Colin Firth) from London? Maybe he’s the wild adventurer Bill (Stellan Skarsgard)? Amid all the bustle of the wedding, Sophie and Donna must overcome the overwhelming feelings that come with the men’s arrival, all to the tune of ABBA hits.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (All)

Animation, Sci-Fi / 90 min. / English

The three-decades-old legendary science-fiction series “Star Wars” comes back to the big screen in animated form. The intergalactic wars between good and evil continue in this installment.

Dark forces cast gloom all over the universe in the midst of the Clone Wars, and its fate is in the hands of the Jedi Knights.

The hero, Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter), and his Padawan disciple Ahsoka (Ashley Eckstein) leave on an odyssey that will lead them to sinister characters. Meanwhile, Yoda (Tom Kane) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor) lead the clone army in their fight against the dark side.

Earth (All)

Documentary / 108 min. / Korean

This is the Korean-dubbed version of the worldwide adventure co-produced by the BBC and Discovery Channel, which explores how climate change is threatening the planet’s animal life. High-definition cinematography captures the beauty of nature and the diversity of the Earth’s animal inhabitants.

From polar bears to sharks, many animals are now fighting for survival as the environment changes through global warming.

The film captures the expansion of African deserts, the rapid thaw of the North Pole’s icebergs and the lack of food in the southern oceans endangering animal life.
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