2014.8.15 Now Playing
Director duo of “Memories of Murder” (2003), Bong Joon-ho and Shim Sung-bo, are back with a new thriller.
Adapted from the stage play of the same name, “Sea Fog” is based on a true story about six sailors on a fishing vessel who attempt to smuggle stowaways from China into Korea to make money.
But their plan goes awry when a tragic accident happens in heavy fog.
Kim Yun-seok, who appeared in multiple hit films such as “The Chaser” (2008) and “The Thieves,” (2012) takes on the role of the vessel’s captain, while Park Yoo-chun, a member of boy band JYJ, acts as Dong-sik, the youngest crew member on the boat.
This film is also Park’s big-screen debut. His acting ability has been evident through several TV series including “Sungkyunkwan Scandal”, “Rooftop Prince” and “Three Days.”
Kim and Park are expected to thrill alongside actors such as Lee Hee-joon, Moon Sung-keun, Kim Sang-ho, Yoo Seung-mok and actress Han Ye-ri.
Eighteen Noir (19)
“Eighteen Noir” is Lee Jae-eung’s first lead role, as well as his comeback film after a five-year break.
Lee, of “The Host” (2006) and “Take off” (2009), plays the role of Dong-do, an ordinary high school student who yearns to be older.
Dong-do dreams to live as if he’s in a movie, but reality is different from his ideal life.
Dong-do starts to hang out with his classmate Hyun-seung (Cha Yeop) and his friends.
He confronts conflict as he tries to fit in and finds himself embroiled in a huge fight.
Next-generation stars with acting chops Lee Yik-joon and Bae Yoo-ram also take part in the movie.
The Fault in our Stars (12)
“The Fault in Our Stars” is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by John Green.
Hazel, a 16-year-old cancer patient, has to use a portable oxygen tank to breathe.
She meets Augustus (Ansel Elgort) at a cancer patients’ support meeting that she is forced to attend by her parents.
The two become close as they share their thoughts about and experiences with cancer.
Augustus expresses his feelings for Hazel, and she realizes that she likes him a lot, too.
He then invites her on a trip to Amsterdam, because he wants to help her meet the author of her favorite novel, who is based in the Dutch capital.
Hazel is hesitant because she knows she will hurt Augustus emotionally if she dies, and her parents and team of doctors do not think she is strong enough to travel.
But when one of her doctors convinces Hazel’s parents that she should go on the trip and live her life as fully as possible, the teenagers’ holiday to Amsterdam begins.
Up-and-coming star Shailene Woodley, of the dystopian movie “Divergence,” plays Hazel in the film.
The Zero Theorem (15)
Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi / 107 / English
Qohen, portrayed by Christoph Waltz, is a computer programmer who works at a company named Mancom.
Sick and tired of his monotonous daily life, Qohen waits for a phone call that might bring him happiness.
Qohen is then given the chance to meet with the CEO of Mancom (Matt Damon), who suggests that he should become a part of the “Zero Theorem” project.
Qohen begins working with Dr. Shrink-Rom (Tilda Swinton), a therapist whom the company has dispatched.
While embarking on the project, Qohen tries to figure out whether life holds any meaning.
Tilda Swinton’s makeover in this movie is, once again, remarkable.
The actress’s huge fake teeth and disheveled hair remind viewers of her previous work, “Snowpiercer” (2013) ,where she also appeared with an extreme look.
The film’s director, Terry Gilliam, known as one of the best in the American film industry, asks audiences to think about the real meaning of life in “The Zero Theorem.”
Begin Again (15)
Greta (Keira Knightley) and her boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are singer-songwriters. They decamp for New York as Dave lands a deal with a major label. Soon, he wins great fame as a rock star, and a change of heart leaves her on her own.
After spotting Greta singing during an open mic night, Dan (Mark Ruffalo), an ex-record producer, persuades her to make songs together.
Greta and Dan start recording an album live during summertime at public locations around New York City.
Director John Carney of “Once” (2007) will satisfy fans with this musical drama starring Academy Award nominees Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (ALL)
Action, Animation / 101 / English
Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon Toothless have grown up, and Hiccup faces mounting pressure from his ruling father Stoick (Gerard Butler) to step up as rightful heir and take command of his town.
But Hiccup simply isn’t interested and attempts to find a way out. On an outing, he encounters a stranger - who also has a dragon - whom he first mistakes for a foe.
But upon being taken hostage, Hiccup discovers the identity of the masked rider and his world is suddenly turned upside down.
But personal problems aside, there is a greater danger that looms as an evil dragon master plots to kidnap and destroy all the dragons. Stoick sets out to find his missing son and before long the fate of all those who are dear to Hiccup lies in balance.
Roaring Currents (15)
Drama, Action / 128 / Korean
In its depiction of the great Battle of Myeongnyang in the late 1500s, “Roaring Currents” is sensational.
The battle, which saw 12 Korean vessels triumph over 330 Japanese ships, is a wonder to behold.
Of course, the battle wouldn’t be complete without the portrayal of the man behind the feat, Admiral Yi Sun-sin (Choi Min-sik).
Although the “Oldboy” star may seem like an odd choice to play the Admiral, it’s not the drama or the role of Yi that takes center stage in this summer blockbuster, despite the intentions of the filmmaker.
As much as director Kim Han-min wanted to highlight the inner turmoil of Admiral Yi, the struggle within fails to transcend and at times it is a bit too melodramatic.
However, the cannon balls flying left, right and center against the roaring currents and the onslaught of Japanese ships are sure to set hearts racing.
Once at sea there is hardly a dull moment, and without words Choi’s Yi seems to shine, in contrast to when he was land bound.
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