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Angels & Demons (15)

Crime, Drama / 138 / Italian, Latin, English

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Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (18)

Crime, Drama, Thriller / 116 / English

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Land of Scarecrows (15)

Drama / 90 / Korean

Selected as one of 10 Korean films for this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Roh Kyung-tae’s independent movie “Land of Scarecrows” shows three individuals each consumed with their respective problems. Jang Ji-young struggles to support Loi Tan, Jang’s adopted child from the Philippines. She also has problems of her own: she’s a transgender. Meanwhile Rain, who came to Korea from the Philippines to get married, searches for happiness in a place far from home. Their lives are entangled as the movie unfolds to tell the lonely stories of three people desperately seeking hope.

Halloween (R)

Zombie / 109 / English

It is Halloween in 1963 and death is approaching the small sleepy town of Haddonfield. Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) escapes from a mental institution after having brutally killed his stepfather, his elder sister and her boyfriend sixteen years ago. He was ten years old at the time and was imprisoned under the care of Dr. Sam Loomis (Malcolm McDowell). He makes his way back to his hometown in search of Loomis and his baby sister, Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton). The evil man has a destiny and he can kill anybody who gets in his path. The movie was directed by Rob Zombie and initially released in 2007.

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (NB)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy / 127 / English

A man called Farmer (Jason Statham) is living in a village in the kingdom of Ehb. Farmer’s wife, Solana (Claire Forlani), and her son sell vegetables. One day, Farmer and his family are attacked by creatures that are controlled by the wizard Gallian (Ray Liotta), who is planning to assassinate the King, Konreid (Burt Reynolds) of Ehb. Initially released in 2006, the film received 4 awards and 5 nominations. Filmed in Germany, Canada, and U.S., directed by Uwe Boll.

Ong Bak 2 (15)

Action / 94 / Thai

A young Thai boxer, Tiang (Tony Jaa), plans revenge after watching his family get ruthlessly killed. He masters the skills of martial arts and its inner meaning from Chernang (Sorapong Chatree). However, just when he is about to begin to retaliate, he discovers some new facts about the past. He fights against hundreds of bodybuilders with the legendary martial art. Directed by Tony Jaa.

Ong Bak I was released in 2003, and received two awards and two nominations.

Knowing (12)

Mystery, SF, Action / 121 / English

In Lexington, Massachusetts, a group of elementary school students are drawing pictures to store in a time capsule. Fifty years later, new students open these capsules and Caleb Koestler (Chandler Canterbury) finds, instead of a picture, a sheet of paper with rows of random numbers written by Lucinda Embry (Lara Robinson). Caleb’s father, Professor John Koestler (Nicholas Cage), becomes startled as he decodes the numbers and discovers that the message was predicting the dates, death tolls and exact coordinates of every major disaster of the past 50 years. Moreover, the document foretells that he and his son will be involved in one of the next three disasters.

As he confirms Lucinda’s preternatural ability to prognosticate, he alerts the authorities, only to face deaf ears. He races by himself against time to stop the ultimate disaster.

Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum (15)

Action / 100 / French

District B13, the worst ghetto in Paris in 2010, is completely walled off by a crime lord and a heroin addict, Taha Bemamud (Bibi Naceri).

The two million dwellers here are deprived of education and health care. A young and righteous punk, Leito (David Belle), is determined to overthrow Taha, but Taha kidnaps his sister, Lola (Dany Verissimo). While Leito attempts to rescue her, Taha steals and sets a neutron bomb in District B13 that will explode in 24 hours. Damien (Cyril Raffaelli), a police officer, is given an urgent mission to find the missing bomb and Damien and Leito work together on the project.

The crisis, however, is greater than they think as they discover a secret behind the theft of the bomb.

The movie was initially released in France in November 2004. Directed by Pierre Morel.
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