2014.7.4 Now PlayingMourning Grave (15)
Summer horror film season begins with “Mourning Grave,” directed by Oh In-chun.
In-soo (Kang Ha-neul) can see ghosts, and he’s been a loner his whole life because of it. He doesn’t make new friends, even in high school, except for a spirit (Kim So-eun) who eventually becomes his girlfriend.
Meanwhile, classmates start disappearing, and a rumor of a red-masked ghost spreads around the school. To solve the problem, In-soo embarks on a journey to find out what the relationship between these two ghosts could be.
The movie has some interesting points - it brings back the red-masked phantom, the most famous ghost of the early 2000s, and the depiction of romance between a human boy and a female ghost is entertainingly spooky, just like the well-known horror film “Let Me In,” which has a similar vibe.
The Divine Move (19)
Based on the intricate game of baduk, or Go, director Jo Bum-goo admitted that his project was an ambitious one. Firstly, there’s all the lingo to tackle, and then there’s the countless characters.
But with those two things under control, the plot is simple enough.
The movie plays out around Jung Woo-sung, or Tae-suk, a former professional baduk player who was framed for his brother’s murder.
Once he does his time in prison, Tae-suk is out to get gangster Sal-su (Lee Beom-soo), who operates an illegal gambling facility and is also responsible for Tae-suk’s brother’s demise.
But to find Sal-su, Tae-suk must play a game against each of the lesser pawns that work under the gangster while learning some invaluable lessons from the blind master of baduk, Ju-nim (Ahn Sung-ki).
Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (19)
Drama / 123 / English
The story by Danish film director Lars Von Trier continues with Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who discovered sexual pleasure at age two.
The first part of the movie - “Nymphomaniac: Vol I”- saw Joe talking about her childhood and young adulthood to Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), but part two continues with a darker side of Joe’s story and sexuality.
“Nymphomaniac” brought curiosity and controversy even before it was released, and there have been arguments about whether some scenes should be censored or not.
Luckily for fans who dislike censorship, “Nymphomaniac: Volume II” will be screened as it was meant to be, without blurred or deleted scenes.
The director, who is well known for unique works such as “Melancholia” and “Dogville”, aimed to express women’s freedom to claim sexual desire through this film.
Berthe Morisot (12)
Drama / 99 / French
Edouard Manet is a famous impressionist painter who changed the 19th-century art scene with his revolutionary yet beautiful paintings. There are endless books and studies about him, but what about his lover?
Berthe Morisot (Marine Delterme) is Manet’s (Malik Zidi) secret girlfriend. As the first female artist of 19th-century Impressionism, Berthe quickly grabs Manet’s attention with her unique style and charisma.
Berthe distances herself from the already married Manet, but the two work together to create art, becoming more deeply involved in scandal and love with each painting.
In this movie by French director Caroline Champetier, the audience goes behind the scenes and discovers the stories of Manet’s paintings.
Berthe stands as a model for Manet’s “The Balcony”, and it’s interesting to see how her style evolves while working with Manet.
“Berthe Morisot” is a must watch for those who love romance and museums, as the film itself is like a romantic date at the Louvre.
Bad Neighbours (19)
The famous picture of Zac Efron in a fraternity shirt, showing off his perfect body, has been trending on the Internet. It’s from a scene in “Bad Neighbours”, a movie where Efron plays boisterous, party-crazy frat boy, Teddy Sanders.
When a newlywed couple played by Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne move into a new neighborhood, they find out they live right next to a fraternity house full of wild college boys who love to party and make noise.
After the couple reports the frat boys to the police for noise pollution, the two neighbors declare war on each other and their revenge unravels in a comical manner.
Noise control is an issue that everyone has dealt with at one point in their lives, and this film will bring situations the audience can not only identify with but also laugh along to.
Harvard graduate Nicholas Stoller directs the film, and his humor will shine through as it has in his previous films, such as “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “The Five-Year Engagement”.
Asides from comedy, the film is bound to win girls’ hearts with eye candies like Zac Efron and heartthrob Dave Franco, James Franco’s younger brother.
Nicolas Cage diverts audiences from his action roles in “Ghost Rider” and “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” to regain the acting fame that made him who he was in “Raising Arizona.”
In the film, Cage plays alcoholic ex-con Joe, who develops a friendship with a teenager named Gary (Tye Sheridan). Gary is abused by his alcoholic father and often seeks comfort from Joe.
But Joe, being a reckless man, doesn’t know how to approach nor deal with this troubled boy.
Yet despite their differences, a beautiful friendship develops between the two wounded souls.
Based on the novel by Larry Brown, this movie is bound to have people reflect on how broken hearts can be healed by the most unexpected people.
Make sure to pay attention to the acting of Gary’s dad, Wade, a local homeless man the director David Green cast.
Drama, Comedy / 107 / Korean
Everything from gay rights, North Korean defectors and the employer-employee relationship is examined in this black comedy, “Futureless Things.”
Sometimes through the eyes of the casual clerks, and at times through the surveillance camera, viewers are taken through a day at a convenience store.
A lot can be said of a person by the way they treat a convenience clerk - or so the film seems to say.
The day starts with Ha-na (Yoo Young) training newbie clerk Gi-chul (Gong Myung) on a bright, sunny day. The two youths bond instantly despite the fact that one is coming, the other is leaving.
And before long other clerks are introduced to some strange customers who seem to resemble the oddballs one could encounter in real life.