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Drama / 98 / Korean / Oct. 11
A movie centering on a female protagonist, “Miss Baek” explores child abuse through the eyes of Sang-ah (Han Ji-min), a social outcast who was abandoned by her abusive mother in her youth and became a convict as a minor after trying to protect herself from the son of a powerful businessman who attempted to rape her. Having gone through such experiences at a young age makes her defensive, tough and, at times, reckless. However, her heart starts to melt when she encounters the young Ji-eun (Kim Si-ah), who is abused by her game-addicted father and his girlfriend.
Seeing herself in the girl, Sang-ah opens up to Ji-eun. She feeds her, dresses her up and takes her to fun places like a theme park. She gradually becomes protective of the girl, even at the cost of her own safety and future.
Inspired by actual events, the film, written and directed by Lee Ji-won, was born out of the filmmaker’s desire to bring attention to the plight of children suffering from abuse.
The Strangers: Prey at Night (15)
Horror, Thriller / 85 / English / Oct. 11
A horror movie released a few weeks ahead of Halloween, “The Strangers: Prey at Night” is the story of a family staying in a trailer park that is stalked by three masked assailants.
Directed by Johannes Roberts and starring Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson and Bailee Madison, this horror flick is a sequel to 2008’s commercially successful “The Strangers.”
The latest starts with the family stopping at a resort during a road trip. This turns out to be a mistake. A girl knocks on their door asking to see someone, whom the family has never heard of. Terror ensues with two other masked young people armed with knives and an axe - without a clear reason for the brutality they unleash.
Action, Sci-fi / 107 / English / Oct. 3
Based on Marvel Comics’ notorious antihero and Spider-Man’s popular rival, this movie centers on the disgraced, scandal-ridden reporter Eddie Brock, played by Tom Hardy, who attempts to revive his career by investigating a sophisticated and unscrupulous corporate survivalist group, the Life Foundation. After contacting an amorphous extraterrestrial symbiote that bonds with him, Eddie obtains superpowers.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer of “Zombieland” (2009), Hardy is joined by Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed and Scott Haze.
Venom first appeared in a 1988 issue of “The Amazing Spider-Man,” and the character was last seen in “Spider Man 3” (2007).
Christopher Robin (G)
Adventure / 104 / English / Oct. 3
This Disney movie is about Christopher Robin, who has grown up and left his childhood stuffed animals - Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and Piglet - behind.
After boarding school, Christopher gets married, serves in the army and works arduously. His work is so demanding that he barely has time to spend with his family.
His stuffed friends patiently wait in a mystical world, hoping for him to return and play with them. One day, Winnie the Pooh decides to travel to London and find Christopher. The two reunite, but things aren’t like they used to be.
Christopher becomes exasperated by Pooh’s absent-mindedness, and angrily tells Pooh that he is no longer a child. But by spending time with his childhood friend, Christopher gradually readjusts his priorities.
Directed by Marc Forster of “Stranger than Fiction” (2006), Ewan McGregor plays Christopher Robin in this uplifting movie.
Crime / 110 / Korean / Oct. 3
Im Tae-ho, played by Ju Ji-hoon, is an imprisoned convicted murderer. He confesses to respected detective Hyung-min, played by Kim Yoon-seok, that he has committed additional murders.
Although nobody believes Tae-ho’s confession, Hyung-min delves into the case and attempts to uncover the mystery.
Depicting a fierce psychological confrontation between detective and killer, the crime thriller was inspired by an actual incident.
Though the film revolves around the murderer and the detective, at the heart of the movie are the victims, Kim said in an interview.
Directed by Kim Tae-kyun, the film co-stars Moon Jeong-hee and Jin Sun-kyu.
The Soul-Mate (12)
Comedy / 97 / Korean / Sept. 26
Pairing Ma Dong-seok and Kim Young-kwang as an investigative duo, this crime comedy revolves around a judo instructor named Jang-soo (Ma), who cares about nothing but his daughter.
Unlike many of the characters Ma has played, Jang-soo does not care much about the injustices that happen around him and tries to stay out of trouble. He is forced to change after the ghost of Tae-jin (Kim), an overenthusiastic police officer in a coma, starts to haunt him.
Tae-jin insists on doing what is right and pursuing justice even from a comatose state. He convinces the reluctant Jang-soo to help him investigate cases in the neighborhood.
Co-starring actors Lee Yoo-young and Choi Gwi-hwa, this buddy cop movie was directed by Jo Won-hee.
Autumn, Autumn (15)
Drama / 77 / Korean / Sept.26
Directed by Jang Woo-jin, “Autumn, Autumn” starts by showing three passengers sitting on a train heading to Chuncheon, Gangwon. The train is so crowded that passengers are standing pressed shoulder to shoulder.
In the crowd is Ji-hyeon (Woo Ji-hyeon), a 29-year-old who dreams of escaping his hometown of Chuncheon and finding a job in Seoul.
On the train ride back home following an interview in the capital city, Ji-hyun encounters a mysterious pair of middle-aged people who do not seem to know each other well. It turns out that they connected over the internet and are meeting face-to-face for the first time.
There are two narratives that unfold in the film. The first half follows the young man Ji-hyeon trying to cope with anxiety and the second half follows the couple.
Drama / 126 / Korean / Sept. 19
Directed by Park Hee-gon of crime action flick “Insadong Scandal” (2009), “Fengshui” is set in the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). It tells the tale of people fighting over the perfect spot to bury their ancestors, which they believe directly affects the flow of where authority is directed.
Cho Seung-woo plays a warm-hearted fengshui master, Jae-sang, who loses his wife and a child after his attempt to interfere with the powerful Kim family’s plan to steal a propitious spot away from the royal family. Veteran actor Baek Yoon-sik plays a powerful member of the Kim family while Kim Sung-kyun plays Kim’s ambitious son.
Together with Heungseon, played by Ji Sung, Jae-sang attempts to interfere with the ever-expanding Kim family. Their plan is obstructed when Jae-sang realizes that Heungseon had a different plan all along.
Moon Chae-won appears as a strong-willed gisaeng (female courtesan).