2013.1.18 Now PlayingHorny Family (19)
Romance, Comedy / 94 / Korean
At first glance, the starring family seems picture-perfect. Jung-min (Chun Ho-jin) is a prominent professor of a top-notch university and Jung-min’s wife, Hye-kyung (Lee Mi-sook), becomes a model at a department store cultural center. Their daughter (Ji Seo-yoon), a hotelier, has a well-groomed fiance, while their son is in a relationship with an elegant lady in a relationship that soon becomes the envy of others.
However, a close look reveals the family is shrouded in mystery and acts far from its public image.
Jung-min is infatuated with his gorgeous student Yoon-jung (Kim Hyo-jin). Hye-kyung is attracted to Sang-yong (Kim Seung-woo), a lecturer at the cultural center.
The daughter has an illicit sex partner, and her younger brother has another girl in mind. As time passes, their lives become entangled.
As the title suggests, this sexy comedy will reveal cracks in the family’s perfect image and go through their affairs in a lighthearted and comical fashion.
The feature, directed by Park Bo-sang, was produced from 2007 through 2008.
Hotel Transylvania (All)
Animation / 91 / English, Korean (dubbed)
“Hotel Transylvania,” by director Genndy Tartakovsky, also the creator of successful animated television series “Samurai Jack” and “Dexter’s Laboratory,” is sure to provide boisterous fun for the whole family.
Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) is the owner of a high-end resort, Hotel Transylvania, where the world’s monsters can take a break from human civilization. He is also an overprotective single father who wants to shelter his daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez), from the world of nasty humans.
But Mavis just wants to go out, explore the world, meet humans and “live her life.”
When Mavis turns 118 years old, Count Dracula invites some of the most famous monsters to celebrate her birthday.
However, the birthday celebration takes a surprising turn when an ordinary backpacker, Jonathan (Andy Samberg), stumbles into the hotel. Dracula must protect his daughter from falling in love with him before it is too late.
Korean comedians Jung Chan-woo and Kim Tae-kyun provide voice-overs for various characters.
The Impossible (12)
Drama, Action, Adventure / 113 / English
Based on a heart-wrenching true story of one family who managed to survive the destructive 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, “The Impossible” is an English-Spanish co-production that has earned Naomi Watts lead actress nominations for both the Golden Globes and Academy Awards.
In this heart-wrenching tale, Maria (Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons, Lucas, Tomas and Simon, decide to spend their Christmas vacation in a tropical resort in Thailand. The family begins to relax when, without warning, they’re faced with the deadliest tsunami in human history.
A towering wave wipes out the coast and scatters the family, causing mass destruction in its wake.
Injured and separated from each other, the family perseveres through the chaos and turmoil of post-tsunami Thailand to reunite amid a sea of wounded, dying or dead tourists and locals.
This emotional film features some standout performances from its cast, without becoming overly dramatic or sentimental. It’s certain to leave an impression.
Robot and Frank (12)
Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi / 89 / English
In the near future, Frank (Frank Langella) is a 70-year-old retired jewel thief who lives alone and is suffering from dementia.
He is determined to live by himself and wanders into town to visit the local library from time to time, obviously fond of librarian Jennifer (Susan Sarandon).
Frank’s son Hunter (James Marsden) grows tired of his weekly visits to check up on his father, so he hires a robot butler programmed to look after him. At first, Frank is resentful but warms up to the friendly robot that cooks healthy meals, cleans up and motivates Frank to work on projects to help slow his dementia.
As Frank realizes he can teach the robot his old tricks of picking locks and performing other illegal tasks, the aging Frank’s dull life gets a bit more interesting.
“Robot and Frank” is a film about the fragility of memory, told with humor and honesty.
Although some critics have characterized it as a “diversion,” it nonetheless seems to be a promising debut from director Jake Schreier.
The Lives of Others (15)
Drama, Thriller / 137 / German
It’s 1984, and Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch), a successful dramatist, and his longtime companion, Christa-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck), are huge intellectual stars in East Germany, but they secretly don’t always toe the party line. One day, the minister of culture becomes interested in Christa, so secret service agent Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Muhe) is instructed to observe the couple, looking for signs of dissent.
Their life begins to fascinate him and quickly becomes a dangerous obsession. “The Lives of Others” won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and won seven German Film awards - including those for best film, best director, best screenplay, best actor and best supporting actor - after setting a new record with 11 nominations. “The Lives of Others” cost a paltry $2 million to make, with the cast receiving 20 percent of their usual salaries, and grossed more than $77 million worldwide.
“The Lives of Others” is a moving but quiet film, constructed with hidden thoughts and secret desires. A surprisingly touching dramatic thriller, its impact will linger long after the final showing.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (All)
Documentary / 90 / English
Director Werner Herzog provides us with an inside view of the Chauvet Cave, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man, in this 2010 3-D documentary.
Chauvet Cave in southern France contains pristine artwork created more than 30,000 years ago - almost twice as old as any previous discovery.
The award-winning director and two others filmed the documentary under government surveillance.
Film critic Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times praised it as “a sacred space where the human and the mystical effortlessly intertwine, and we are in Werner Herzog’s debt for that great gift.”