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Doraemon: Nobita’s Great Battle of the Mermaid King (All)

Animation / 99 /Japanese

Doraemon, the blue robotic cat, is back! The film, directed by Kozo Kuzuba, was adapted for the screen from the popular Japanese manga “Doraemon: Nobita and the Green Giant Legend” and was nominated for the Japanese Academy Prize for Animation of the Year in 2008.

When Doraemon’s best friend Jin-Gu (“Nobita” in the Korean version) wishes to explore the sea, Doraemon transforms the entire neighborhood into an underwater playground using a gadget from his fourth-dimensional pocket. Doraemon, Jingu and three friends put on diving masks and wander around, mesmerized by beautiful sea creatures and plants. Narrowly escaping a scary shark attack, the crew encounters a mermaid princess named Sophia, who invites all of them to the Mermaid Kingdom. One of the friends is mistaken as the princess for wearing her tiara and is kidnapped by evil eels. The courageous friends go to her rescue and look for the legendary Mermaid Sword along the way.

I Give My First Love to You (15)

Romance / 122 / Japanese

Based on the extremely popular comic book series “I Give My First Love to You” by Kotomi Aoki, this Japanese film is bound to be moving.

On a visit to the hospital, Takuma, an eight-year-old boy, meets the cardiologist’s pretty daughter Mayu, and they soon become inseparable. One day, she overhears her doctor-father saying that Takuma’s heart condition will most likely kill him before he turns 20. Unaware of this grim fact, the boy proposes to his best friend and they exchange promises for an impossible future together.

When the two reach high school, the older Takuma (Masaki Okada) begins to distance himself from Mayu (Mao Inoue), despite his true feelings, in an attempt to protect her from impending heartbreak. Although Mayu protests at first, she goes along with what Takuma wants when a handsome classmate professes his love for her, and Takuma spends most of his day with a charming fellow patient at the hospital.

However, an unexpected turn of events brings the two back together to face whatever awaits them.

“Even if I were to meet you again, even if I already knew what was going to happen, I would choose to love you again,” Mayu tells Takuma.

Toy Story 3 (All)

Animation / 103 /English

Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang of lovable toys return for the third and final installment of the critically-acclaimed Toy Story series. Andy Davis is now 17 years old and moving off to college, when his childhood toys accidentally get donated to a local day care center, where roving masses of greasy-fingered children misuse and abuse the toys. Woody and Buzz must work together to plan a dramatic escape from the day care, banning together under the motto “no toy left behind” in order to find their way back to Andy’s bedroom. Packed with plenty of laughs and tears, Toy Story 3 combines the latest in computer animation technology with the same wit and charm that characterized the first two films. Featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Joan Cusack, Toy Story 3 is equally enjoyable for both long-time fans and newcomers to the series.

Step Up 3D (12)

Drama / 107 /English

A group of slick and sexy New York City street dancers team up with a college freshman in order to compete against the world’s best dancers in a high stakes showdown.

The third installment in the Step Up series, the film follows in the footsteps of other recent films offered in 3-D, but the imaginative dance moves in this one truly come to life on the big screen. Targeted at a teenage audience, Step Up 3D won’t be winning any awards for its screenplay or its acting, but most viewers probably will be too mesmerized by the creativity and energy of the film’s dance sequences to notice.

Cracks (18)

Thriller / 104 /English

Set in a boarding school for girls in 1930s England, Cracks tells the story of a group of six girls who join the swim team in order to pass the time and to be close with their enigmatic and alluring swim instructor, Miss G, played by Eva Green.

Everything changes though when a beautiful new student, Fiamma (Maria Valverde), arrives from Spain, quickly capturing the attention of Miss G and earning the jealousy of the other girls. Fiamma though is turned off by Miss G’s advances and an atmosphere of psychological and sexual doom begins to hang over the school. The film is the directorial debut of Jordan Scott, the daughter of renowned director Ridley Scott, who worked as one of Cracks’ executive producers.
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