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Detective K (12)


Comedy, Mystery / 115 / Korean

What would he look like if he was a private detective back in Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897)? “Detective K” is a period film in which a private detective solves a corruption case.

Jeongjo, the 22nd king of the Joseon Dynasty, uncovers some corruption among high-ranking government officials.

In order to find out who is behind the biggest corruption scandal of the era, he hires Myung Tam-jung (Kim Myung-min) to take the case. After the detective coincidentally teams up with a dog seller (Oh Dal-su), the duo realizes the charismatic and sexy Han Gaek-ju (Han Ji-min) is the one who knows it all.

Even before its release, this film became the talk of the town because it is veteran actor Kim’s first attempt at a comic role.

For actress Han, who has played the girly-girl in numerous previous roles, this film was a bit of a new attempt because it was her first time playing the sexy femme fatale.

Gilliver’s Travels (all)


Comedy, Adventure / 87 / English

In this modern adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s novel, travel writer Lemuel Gulliver (Jack Black) is on assignment to the Bermuda Triangle, but is shipwrecked and finds himself as a giant among tiny people, the Lilliputians.

The magical kingdom includes a ruler (Billy Connolly), Princess Mary (Emily Blunt) and her beloved Edward (Chris O’Dowd).

Initially taken as a prisoner, Gulliver finds his place by helping defeat the enemy nation of Blefuscu.

He introduces modern technology, including his iPhone and video games, to the tiny nation. Gulliver also helps a commoner (Jason Segel) to court the king’s daughter. He continues to be a giant protector to the Lilliputians and enjoys living in the small world.

The Green Hornet (15)


Action, Crime / 118 / English

“The Green Hornet” is based on the 1930s radio serial of the same name and stars Seth Rogan (“Knocked Up,” “Superbad”) as the goofy superhero.

As the son of a wealthy and high-flying media mogul, Britt Reid (Rogan) is a spoiled bachelor famous for partying and not much else. After his father’s mysterious death, Reid inherits an enormous fortune and meets his father’s resourceful and creative employee, Kato (Jay Chou). Impressed by Kato’s karate skills and ingenuity in creating gadgets, Reid decides to forgo his playboy image and teams up with Kato to fight crime as the Green Hornet.

Kato designs an indestructible retro car, The Black Beauty, which is equipped with clever gadgets and weapons.

Cameron Diaz plays Reid’s new secretary and secondary sidekick, Lenore Case, and together they hunt down the leader of the criminal underworld, Benjamin Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz). To thwart Chudnofsky, they pose as villains themselves and become the unlikely vigilantes.

The Green Hornet is directed by Michel Gondry and will be released in 3-D.

Shanghai (15)


Drama, Romance, Mystery / 103 / English

Secret agent Paul Soames (John Cusack) returns to Shanghai before Pearl Harbor to investigate the death of his colleague and friend (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

Interrogated by Japanese intelligence officer Tanaka (Ken Watanabe) at the beginning of the film, Soames quickly becomes immersed in a web of conspiracies. His investigation closely focuses on resistance-supporting gangster Anthony Lanting (Chow Yun-Fat) and Lanting’s wife Anna (Gong Li). Soames falls in love with Anna, threatening his investigation, but uncovers a much larger secret his own government is hiding. “Shanghai” explores the struggle of spies and the race to unravel the mystery before China collapses.
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