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Quantum of Solace (15)

Action, Adventure / 106 min. / English

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Owl and the Sparrow (12)

Drama / 97 min. / Vietnamese

Like the Little Match Girl, Thuy (Pham Thi Han) sells her wares on the street. She’s a runaway child trying to escape from her horrible uncle.

Thuy has no one to rely on but is determined to make her living peddling roses in the city. She meets zookeeper Hai (The Lu Le), who can’t get over his ex-girlfriend but is able to talk with animals, and Lan (Cat Ly), a breathtaking angel of a flight attendant who hasn’t yet met her true love.

All of a sudden, Thuy has a great idea: She’ll introduce Hai and Lan to each other. Will their romance blossom like the roses she sells?

Cafe de los Maestros (15)

Music, Documentary / 92 min. / Spanish

This documentary explores the impact of tango on the attitudes and emotions of Argentinians. Using archive footage of Buenos Aires, much of it shot when Italian and Spanish immigrants were flooding in, the film splices in glimpses of everyday lives in Buenos Aires: dancers entertaining tourists, couples nostalgically shuffling about at a neighborhood dance hall and so on.

Surviving veterans of tango, musicians and singers are interviewed about life back in the day and the significance of the music in their lives, even today.

As guitarist Anibal Arias, one of the legends profiled in this film, notes, “You can’t separate tango from life.”

Control (15)

Music, Biography / 119 min. / English

Shot originally in color and then transferred to a grainy black and white, Control, a biopic about the late Ian Curtis, the lead singer of Joy Division, has the same mesmerizing effect as a music video, with band performances frequently interspersed into the narrative.

Director Anton Corbijn’s effective time warp takes the audience to the late 1970s, to the formation of British rock band Joy Division and its rapid rise.

Control hardly canonizes Curtis, who’s guilty of a fair share of wrongdoing in his life. But Sam Riley as Curtis exposes his vulnerabilities as an unhappily married, sick man. The film shows the singer’s first frightening epileptic seizures, referred to as “fits” here, and how they take their toll on his life.

The Bank Job (15)

Thriller, Crime / 111 min. / English

This film is inspired by the real events behind a bank robbery in London in 1971.

Terry (Jason Statham) is a car dealer with a dodgy past who has cleaned up his act and gone straight. But Martine (Saffron Burrows), his ex-girlfriend, offers him the chance to lead a seemingly foolproof bank heist. Terry considers this a once in a lifetime opportunity and recruits a crew that tunnels into the bank to steal millions. But there’s a catch: Martine is after the contents of a safety deposit box that contains compromising photos of a British royal and other inflammatory material. Now Terry and his gang have everyone on their tail including MI5, the British secret service.

My Sassy Girl (15)

Comedy, Romance / 92 min. / English

Charlie (Jesse Bradford) dreams of a stable life but his plans go awry when he bumps into a drunken woman, Jordan (Elisha Cuthbert), passed out in a subway station. Jordan is stunning and Charlie falls head-over-heels in love with her. But the free-spirited Jordan is not an easy person to be around and their attempts at dating misfire each time.

This film, a remake of the Korean original, is directed by Yann Samuell, who made the French romantic comedy film “Love Me If You Dare”.

Fly Me to the Moon (All)

3D Animation, Adventure / 84 min. / English

This 3D adventure stars three flies who dream of becoming the first insects to land on the moon by hitching on the historic 1969 Apollo 11 spaceship. Nat (Trevor Gagnon) hears a fascinating story of his grandfather, who spirited himself aboard Amelia Earhart’s flight across the Atlantic. He is greatly inspired by the tale and secretly plans to hide on Apollo 11 with his friends: IQ (Philip Daniel Bolden) and Scooter (David Gore).

However, contrary to their expectations, the spaceship malfunctions. Misfortunes don’t come alone. A fly spy Yegor (Tim Curry) who lost in the space race tries to sabotage the computer flight plans. Can our little heroes get back to Earth to see their families again?

Body of Lies (15)

Thriller, Action / 128 min. / English

After a rash of terrorist bombings in Europe, and threats of those to take place in the United States, CIA operative Roger Ferris (Leonardo DiCaprio) seeks to track down the Al Qaeda cell responsible. The CIA’s only lead is a safehouse in Jordan, which Ferris hopes to infiltrate with the assistance of the Jordanian intelligence head Hani (Mark Strong).

But, as Hani repeatedly reminds Ferris, trust is of the utmost importance in Jordan. And while Ferris is acutely aware of this fact, his handler, Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe), chooses to ignore it.

As Ferris attempts to work transparently with Hani, he’s constantly stymied by Hoffman, whose only priority is saving Ferris’ skin. Can Ferris dodge the gunfire and bureaucracy and complete his mission?

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