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Sci-fi, Drama / 141 / English / Oct. 18
Another collaboration between award-winning “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle and actor Ryan Gosling, “First Man” tells the story of the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong.
Based on James R. Hansen’s book “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong,” the film chronicles Armstrong’s work with NASA and also explores how society benefits from individuals who put their work over their personal happiness.
The biopic avoids building up to the moment where an American flag is planted on the surface of the moon, instead shedding light on how Armstrong was partially motivated by his unspoken grief over the death of his young daughter, and how he escaped his role as a patriarch by working with NASA.
The movie premiered at the Venice Film Festival, which wrapped last month, to positive reviews.
Hot Summer Nights (15)
Drama / 107 / English / Oct. 18
Starring Timothee Chalamet, the Oscar-nominated star of “Call Me By Your Name” (2017), as an awkward teenager named Daniel, the movie depicts the romantic yet dangerous nights of a hot summer in Cape Cod.
After his father dies, Daniel’s mother sends him to spend the summer with his aunt. Though he is not so happy about his mother’s decision, his days become much more exciting after he meets Hunter (Alex Roe), the bad boy in town who sells drugs. Soon, they pair up to become business partners. Getting his hands on an amount of cash he could have never imagined, Daniel gets more ambitious and wants to sell different drugs. Daniel’s life gets even more exciting as he starts dating Hunter’s enigmatic younger sister.
The movie is directed by the first time writer-director Elijah Bynum.
Drama / 109 / English / Oct. 18
Directed and written by Danny Strong, who wrote the scripts for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1” (2014) and “Lee Daniel’s The Butler” (2013), “Rebel in the Rye” is a biographical drama based on Kenneth Slawenski’s 2010 book “J.D. Salinger: A Life.”
Starring Nicholas Hoult as the reclusive author J.D. Salinger (1919-2010), known for his novel “The Catcher in the Rye,” the movie is about the author who was horrified by the idea of mediocrity. This leads him to seal himself away from public life instead of subjecting his work to mainstream scrutiny.
Offering a cursory glance at every stage of the author’s career, the movie shows the torture and anxiety that entails writing a masterpiece.
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 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).
Dark Figure of Crime (15)
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.
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.
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.