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Action / 119 / English / Feb. 20
Snowplow driver Nels Coxman’s (Liam Neeson) quiet life is disrupted one day when his son’s dead body is found out in the cold, the cause of death a heroine overdose.
After he learns his son’s death is connected to drug lord Trevor Calcote’s (Tom Bateman), better known as Viking, cartel, Coxman begins to chase after the drug lord himself.
Coxman begins by killing several cartel members and turns himself into a vigilante. Meanwhile, Viking believes the killings are associated with White Bull, the drug lord of a Native American drug cartel, and kills White Bull’s son.
The brutal fight between the two cartels begins to unfold as Coxman attempts to take advantage of the turmoil and seek his own revenge.
A remake of the 2014 Norwegian film “In Order of Disappearance,” “Cold Pursuit” is an action thriller directed by Hans Petter Moland and written by Frank Baldwin.
Action, Drama / 130 / English / Feb. 21
A sequel to the 2015 hit film “Creed” and the eighth installment of “Rocky” film series, “Creed II” is directed by Steven Caple Jr., written by both Sylvester Stallone and Juel Taylor, and based on a story by Sascha Penn and Cheo Hodari Coker.
After becoming a worldwide champion, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) prepares for a new life with his girlfriend Bianca Taylor (Tessa Thompson) when Ivan Drago, a Russian boxer who killed Creed’s father, and his son Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu) return to challenge him.
Despite his mentor Rocky Balboa’s (Sylvester Stallone) advice, Creed accepts the fight, but faces a huge defeat.
Creed is then faced with hard choices to regain his victory. Yet becoming a champion means more than simply winning; Creed rethinks the meaning of being a champion, the inescapable past and the importance of family.
The Favourite (15)
Drama / 119 / English / Feb. 21
Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) rules England during the 18th century, a time when the nation is at war with France. Yet the sick and depressed queen has no interest in governance, instead engaging in duck racing and pineapple eating.
Meanwhile, her ambitious and furtive friend, Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz), the Duchess of Marlborough, governs the country through her will and her close ties to the queen. Sarah seeks to double land taxes in order to fund the war, but is faced with opposition by Robert Harley (Nicholas Hoult), a member of Parliament, who tries to achieve a peace treaty.
Anne and Sarah’s relationship is threatened after Abigail Hill (Emma Stone) - Sarah’s poor cousin, a former aristocrat who has fallen on hard times - arrives at the palace seeking employment. She begins working as a scullery maid, but later makes her way up to the queen’s bedchamber and seeks to regain her lost authority by gaining the queen’s heart. Meanwhile, tensions grow as Robert tries to use Abigail as a spy to surveil Sarah.
Directed by award-winning producer Yorgos Lanthimos and written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, the film premiered at the 75th Venice International Film Festival in August.
Drama / 129 / Korean / Feb. 13
“Are you a good person?” an autistic teenager named Ji-woo (Kim Hyang-gi) asks Soon-ho (Jung Woo-sung), a former human-rights lawyer who now takes on bigger cases for fatter paychecks.
Soon-ho is a poor lawyer struggling to pay back his family debt. One day, he lands a murder case that could result in a promotion. The suspect from the case argues the old man’s death was a suicide attempt and that she merely tried to help. While working on the defense, Soon-ho learns about Ji-woo, who witnessed the entire incident from her window across the street.
But when Soon-ho approaches Ji-woo and asks about her side of the story, he doesn’t have much success. After learning about her autism, Soon-ho attempts to understand how she interprets the world around her.
Comedy/ 112 / Korean / Feb. 13
Man-deok (Park In-hwan), a father of three grown children, runs a gas station in a suburb. His sloppy oldest son Jun-geol (Jung Jae-young) is married to the strong-minded and pregnant Nam-ju (Um Jee-won). His second son Min-geol (Kim Nam-gil) prioritizes himself over others, including family. His youngest daughter Hae-geol (Lee Soo-kyung), is tough enough to take care of a handsome zombie (Jung Ga-ram) as her pet.
Problems start after Man-deok is bitten by a zombie. Instead of turning into a lifeless creature, Man-deok starts to grow younger. The family gets rich by capturing the zombie and making him bite people in town hoping to reverse their aging. It turns out that Man-deok was the only one who had such luck. Days later, everyone else starts to become zombies, taking down the whole town.
This zombie film is the directorial debut of Lee Min-jae.
Alita: Battle Angel (12)
Action, Adventure / 122 / English / Feb. 5
From visionary filmmakers James Cameron of “Avatar” (2009) and Robert Rodriguez of the “Sin City” franchise, “Alita” is a cyberpunk action film based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga series “Gunm.”
Taking place several centuries into a technological dystopian future, “Alita,” produced by Cameron and Jon Landau, and directed by Rodriguez, revolves around a big-eyed amnesiac cyborg named Alita (Rosa Salazar), who is rescued from a scrap heap and nursed back to health by a doctor (Christoph Waltz) who tries to help her remember her past. Realizing her warrior spirit, she becomes a bounty hunter who tracks down criminals.
The movie tells a human story through the eyes of the cyborg, and shows her falling in love and discovering who she is.
Mary Poppins Returns (G)
Fantasy, Musical / 130 / English / Feb. 14
In the sequel to the 1964 classic “Marry Poppins” starring Julie Andrews, Emily Blunt assumes the iconic role.
Set in mid-1930s London, the movie tells the story of the widowed Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) and his struggles to raise thee children while also covering the payments he needs to make on loans he took out from the bank. If not repaid on time, his home will be repossessed.
Just when Banks feels like he is standing at the edge of a cliff, Mary Poppins descends from the sky to take care of the children, introducing them to a magical world, while reminding the grown-ups of the life’s own magic.
Extreme Job (15)
Comedy / 111 / Korean / Jan. 23
Chief Detective Go (Ryu Seung-ryong), who leads a low-performing drug squad, repeatedly misses out on promotion opportunities. Though he and his crew, including hot-tempered Detective Jang (Lee Ha-nee) and rookie officer Jae-hun (Gong Myoung), are extremely passionate about taking down criminals, their attempts continue to fail.
One day, Chief Detective Go’s colleague, who is about to be promoted, tells Go about an opportunity to catch a criminal organization and prove his team is worthwhile. To do so, Go’s squad opens a chicken restaurant located in front of the criminal organization’s safe house.
Their plan, however, doesn’t pan out as expected when the chicken starts selling very well, interfering with their real work.
Directed by Lee Byeong-hun, who was behind such comedy titles as “What A Man Wants” (2018), the film co-stars Jin Sun-kyu, Lee Dong-hwi and Shin Ha-kyun.