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He Was a Quiet Man (15)
Drama, Romance / 95 min. / English
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Documentary, Music / 108 min. / English
Young@Heart is a tale with a difference. Hilarious clips from Stephen Walker’s documentary, originally aired on the BBC, started making the rounds on YouTube.
The story starts when some male senior citizens from Northampton form a rock band. In the film, the band provides good-natured humor and personal narratives, and intimate details to inspire moviegoers.
Despite its age, the cast shows great musical talent by playing the songs of Coldplay, Radiohead and even the Rolling Stones. The production brings fits of laughter, especially as you watch them struggle with punk music.
The Magic Hour (12)
Comedy / 111 min. / Japanese
Bingo (Satoshi Tsumabuki) breaks a long-held taboo and has an affair with his boss’s lover.
His liaison with Mari (Eri Fukatsu) costs him his life. His boss orders him to find the legendary assassin Tera Togacy.
When he can’t locate the assassin, he tricks a third-rate actor, Murata (Koichi Sato), into playing the role for a film that does not exist.
The boss is impressed by Murata, whom he thinks is Tera Togacy, and plans on a decisive battle with the enemy.
Will Bingo’s movie work out in reality?
Murmur of the Heart (18)
Drama / 117 min. / French
Laurent (Benoit Ferreux) is a typical teenager, addicted to jazz and sex. The juvenile is brilliant in his studies but his interest lies in the taste of cigarettes, stealing things he wants and kissing.
All are out of bounds for a 14-year-old boy but Laurent dares himself to experience them.
One day, Laurent grows seriously ill and is diagnosed with a heart condition.
To recover, he and his mother go to a spa, where they forge a special connection with each other.
Laurent prefers to talk with his passionate and free-spirited mother rather than his cold hearted father.
As the two spend time together the relationship develops into something much more than your usual family relationship.
Thriller, Mystery / 121 min. / English
Jose Saramago’s renowned novel “Blindness” is brought to the screen by Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles.
A blindness epidemic suddenly strikes an unnamed city. As the disease spreads, the government decides to quarantine the afflicted.
Amongst them is a doctor (Mark Ruffalo). His wife (Julianne Moore), unable to live without him, feigns blindness and joins him in the grimy high-security institution where all the visually impaired are isolated.
The couple is desperate to survive in the unsanitary facility, which falls into chaos.
As the only person who can observe the chaotic situation, the wife is put in a position of great responsibility.
Max Payne (15)
Thriller, Action / 100 min. / English
Max Payne (Mark Wahlberg) is a cop obsessed with finding the killer of his wife, Michelle, and newborn daughter. Max caught one of the two murderers but the other can’t be found.
Max attends a party run by his snitch where he meets Russian sisters Natasha (Olga Kurylenko) and Mona Sax (Mila Kunis).
Natasha wants to sleep with Max but he’s not interested. As Natasha walks down an alleyway, she is attacked and killed by a mysterious flying object.
Max’s former partner, Alex, investigates the murder and discovers that Natasha has the same tattoo on her arm as the murderers of Max’s family. Alex is later found dead, and both Mona and Max seek revenge.
Thriller, Action / 113 min. / Chinese
Engineering designer Grace (Barbie Hsu) is kidnapped right after she drops off her daughter at school.
The unidentified kidnappers threaten to kill her daughter if she doesn’t tell them where her brother is.
She’s kept in isolation with nothing but an old broken phone that only connects randomly. She doesn’t know who’s on the other end, but just hopes that someone will pick up.
On the receiving end, Bob (Louis Koo), like all the others, thinks it’s a nuisance call and wants to hang up, but then he hears gunfire over the phone.
If he hangs up on Grace, she might die. But can he rescue the woman on the phone?
Waltz with Bashir (18)
Animation, War, Drama / 87 min. / Israeli
One evening, at a bar with an old friend, director Ari Folman recounts a nightmare in which he is chased by 26 furious dogs.
The two conclude that the nightmare is closely related to their experience in the first Lebanon War.
However, Ari can’t remember anything from that time, so he decides to meet old friends from the war and interview them.
The memories mostly blur at first but later develop vividly. 3D animation mitigates the severity of war and adds dramatic essence.