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Tone-Deaf Clinic (12)

Comedy, Romance / 124 / Korean

Dong-joo (Park Ha-sun) has a crush on a man whom she has been dreaming about for ages. In order to impress him, Dong-joo decides to get up on stage and confess her love in an arranged mini-concert. But there is one problem: Dong-joo is absolutely tone-deaf. In an attempt to improve her singing skills, she searches for instructor Shin-heung (Yoon Sang-hyun) who is known for effectively helping tone-deaf people enhance their relative pitch. But Dong-joo’s singing is far worse than other trainees, and the instructor keeps blaming her for hurting his reputation. As time goes by, however, Shin-heung begins to develop feelings for Dong-joo, who unfortunately has her eyes set on another man.

“Tone-Deaf Clinic” is directed by Kim Jin-young who was also the man behind the popular 2008 movie “Baby & Me” starring Jang Geun-suk and Moon Mason. This film is also Yoon’s big screen debut and many of his fans, including Japanese audiences, are expecting it to be a box-office success.


Rise of the Guardians (12)

Comedy, Drama, Action / 97 / English

Timed perfectly with the season, “Rise of the Guardians” is a mystical and stunning DreamWorks animation film. It is one for all ages, with a simple but clever storyline full of jokes and top-quality animation.

It’s every child’s dream come true when favorite characters band together to keep the Boogeyman from destroying all of the good dreams in the world. Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and a young Jack Frost combine their powers and go on an adventure to keep all children safe.

North (Santa Claus), voiced by Alec Baldwin, is a powerful, warm and humorous character who leads the pack through the battle against evil. Hugh Jackman, with his prominent Australian accent, projects a powerful vocal performance as the Easter Bunny and Isla Fisher plays a cute Tooth Fairy. As a film about saving imagination, it will also trigger many young minds to dream about a world beyond their own. It is an enchanting film that has a decent balance among action, comedy and drama. “Rise of the Guardians” is sure to be a holiday treat for all.


Trouble with the Curve (13)

Drama, Sports / 110 / English

Starring Clint Eastwood as an actor and not in his typical position of director, “Trouble with the Curve” is a gripping story about the simple life and baseball. Verging on being corny and cliche, the father-daughter reconciliation storyline could be appealing to many. The film is set in the minor league baseball world of the South and Eastwood plays a convincing old-school scout who has a passionate dislike for the modern ways of technology infiltrating the game.

His daughter, Mickey, is a dominant, powerful and busy lawyer from Atlanta who was separated from her father when her mother died. She is a complex character who has issues with forgiveness and trust due to her abandonment as a child. But when Mickey and her father discover their common love for baseball, the game draws them back together at a time when they need it most.

In terms of sports movies, this one doesn’t match those at the top of the league. However, it is an entertaining film that is very well made. Eastwood knows baseball well, so for all of the fans out there, this film isn’t one to be missed.

Les Contes De La Nuit

(Tales of the Night) (13)

Romance, Fantasy, Drama / 84 / French with English subtitles

“Les Contes De La Nuit (Tales of the Night)” is a charming French animation about star-crossed lovers and their journey to be together. Its unique and artistic animation resembles that of a child’s story book and is far superior to the computerized animation that is so common today.

Although traditional in its art form, the creator Michel Ocelot uses the latest digital 3D software to bring his silhouetted characters to life.

The story has many unexpected quirks which will delight both children and adults.

The film celebrated great success at the Berlin Film Festival and was awarded praise for the use of Day-glo backgrounds bursting with bright color. It truly is a delightful film to watch. Ocelot’s wonderful storytelling techniques are romantic and culturally rich. The film weaves six exotic fables from medieval Europe, Tibet and even the land of the dead. This fairy tale will whisk you away to enchanted lands with dragons, werewolves and other creatures. Don’t be fooled, every fable will have you hooked and catch you at the end with an unexpected twist. But if anything, this film is more than just a story - it is a piece of art.


Martina, Little Thief (19)

Drama / 93 / English

In Sydney, Martina is a young 13-year-old thief living with her ill grandfather, “Gumpy,” in a shabby apartment.

Hyun, 35, is a lonely, obsessive-compulsive immigrant from Korea working in Sydney.

The only means for Hyun to connect with people is through his camera lens. His world collides with Martina’s when she steals his briefcase, containing valuable documents and a photo album.

To retrieve his stolen goods, Hyun decides to follow Martina, only to end up in a hangout run by the vicious street thug Vasse, and is unexpectedly rescued by a prostitute, Jessica. Martina becomes intrigued by Hyun and seeks him out.

Before they know it, Martina helps tear down Hyun’s obsessive-compulsive, self-defensive personality.

At the same time, Hyun grows fond of and cares for Martina. Even so, Martina is unable to fix her longtime habit, which leads to greater problems. The friendship between the two forever changes each’s perception of the world and her life.

The Double (15)

Action, Crime, Drama / 98 / English

From the writers of “Wanted” and “3:10 To Yuma,” Richard Gere, Topher Grace and Martin Sheen come together for this 2011 film.

When the mysterious murder of a U.S. senator occurs in New York, the CIA steps in to take charge. Paul Shepherdson (Gere), a retired CIA operative, is placed to work side by side with rookie FBI agent Ben Geary (Grace) to uncover the crime.

The killing has all the signature marks of a notorious Soviet assassin with the code name “Cassius.”

Despite having spent most of his career chasing Cassius and confident he is dead, Shepherdson is still pushed to take the case by his former supervisor, Tom Highland (Sheen). Ben, however, is certain that Cassius has resurfaced. Upon investigating past and present crime scenes, Ben suspects that Paul is the assassin.

Driven deep into the investigation, Paul warns Ben to pull out, due to the risk of harm to his family.

Yet Ben, more obsessive over his suspicion of Paul, runs his own parallel investigation.

Is Ben’s suspicion of Paul’s hidden identity true?
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