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Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance / 92 / Korean / July 25
While Princess Snow White secretly searches for clues about her missing father, she comes across a pair of exquisite red shoes, and takes them with her.
The shoes turn out to have magical powers and make whoever is wearing them look young and beautiful, which explains why her evil stepmother Queen Regina was frantically searching for them. When Regina finds out that Snow is in possession of the shoes, she declares a bounty for her capture.
After running away, Snow meets seven dwarfs who call themselves “The Fearless Seven,” a group of seven princes who were cursed into dwarf forms after they mistook an enchantress for a witch. In order to break their curse, each of them must receive a true love’s kiss. When a beautiful girl wearing red shoes crashes their place, they hope that she is the one who can break their curse.
The lead roles of Snow White and Merlin are voiced by Chloe Moretz and Sam Claflin. The film is loosely based on “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” along with a handful of other popular Western fairy tales.
The King’s Letters (All)
Drama / 110 / Korean / July 24
King Sejong has been attempting for years to create a Korean alphabet based on phonograms, so the language can easily be taught to his people.
His goal is to create a nation that can rival China by having every single one of his people know how to read and write through a uniform letter system. However, in a conservative country that upholds tradition, loyalty and honor, the King knows that his loyal subjects will only scoff and jeer at the idea, so he is alone in his secret project.
Realizing that King Sejong cannot do it alone, Queen Soheon enlists the help of monk Shin-mi, who is known to have mastered languages rooted in Sanskrit.
Although the two have their differences, the stubborn monk sees that the king was sincere in his intentions and starts to live at the palace with his pupils in secret to develop Joseon’s (1392-1910) first set of national alphabets.
The historical fiction story is taken from one of many theories behind hangul’s creation. The theory the film is based on says that the king had a hidden helper when he created the Hunminjeongeum, the national letter system.
Comedy / 125 / English / July 24
Former journalist Fred Flarsky runs into his first love Charlotte Field at a charity fundraising event. The two recognize each other and reminisce about how Field was Flarsky’s babysitter 20 years ago.
While the two catch up, Flarsky learns that his former babysitter is now the youngest U.S. Secretary of State and is planning to run to become president. During their conversation, Flarsky realizes how far their lives have grown apart.
But to everyone’s surprise, Field decides to hire Flarsky as a writer for her campaign speeches. With Flarsky’s many ideas, everyday of the campaign is a new adventure, and eventually a romance sparks between the two as they work together.
But can a presidential candidate be in a relationship with a former journalist creating chaos wherever he goes?
Field and Flarsky are played by actors Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen. Theron has won numerous awards, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin International Film Festival. Rogen is a versatile comedian, writer, producer and an actor. This summer, he also appears in the Disney remake of “The Lion King” as the voice of Pumbaa.
The Lion King (All)
Adventure, Drama, Family / 118 / English / July 17
The beloved 1994 animated film is back, featuring the voices of Beyonce as Nala and James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa.
In the Pridelands, young Simba is a lion cub unlike any other because he will follow in the footsteps of his father Mufasa and become the next king. Simba idolizes his father, but tragedy strikes when Mufasa dies in an evil scheme set up by his younger brother Scar, who was always spiteful that he didn’t get to be king. Simba, traumatized by his father’s death and thinking that it is his fault, runs away from his home and family.
Away from home, Simba meets Timon and Pumbaa, a meerkat and warthog. The unlikely trio spend carefree days in the jungle until Simba comes across Nala, his best friend from childhood. Unaware of Simba’s trauma, Nala tries to persuade Simba to return to the Pridelands.
Horror / 90 / English / July 17
Researchers on a cave expedition unearth a myriad of unknown flying monsters, which are later referred to as the vesps.
The creatures, after violently killing the researchers, are drawn to the noisiest areas on earth.
When the news of the vesp attack hits the country, people are thrown into chaos, but they must refrain from making any noise if they want to survive.
People eventually learn that the creatures are blind and can only hear, making them sensitive to noise. Ally, a teenager with a hearing disability, suggests to her family that they move to the countryside to hide. But can the entire family get to safety without getting killed by these creatures? Moreover, will the human race ultimately learn to adapt to a soundless lifestyle under the dominance of the vesps?
Romance, Science Fiction / 103 / English / July 11
Zoe works in a research lab that predicts the success rates of couples’ relationships. She soon falls in love with her co-worker, Cole, as they become close through working together.
Yet when the possibility of a relationship with Cole comes out as zero percent, Zoe ignores the statistics and confides her feelings to him anyway.
The response she gets from him turns her world upside down: Cole tells her that she feels love for him because he is her creator. Zoe is a synthetic human designed to feel emotions, and this was part of a lab experiment with the ultimate goal of providing lonely humans with such robots capable of filling the gaps in their lives.
The pair becomes confused by their feelings and questions the meaning of true love.
Comedy / 110 / Korean / July 10
The Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) is facing a depression, and Yeonpunggak, the once-popular entertainment center that catered to men, is going through a financial crisis and is on the brink of closing.
Meanwhile, the handsome and beguiling Heo Saek - a seductive bachelor who can sweep any woman off her feet with charm alone - hears that Yeonpunggak, his childhood home, is in danger of shutting down, and decides to take matters into his own hands by becoming the first-ever male gisaeng, the Korean equivalent to Japan’s geisha.
With the help of the headmistress of Yeonpunggak, Nan Seol and his accomplices, word begins to spread around the women in Joseon, and they all gather excitingly to see and enjoy the services of the young, handsome gisaeng.
Yet while business booms, the news also reaches the nobles, who are furious that Heo Saek is creating chaos and destroying their society’s social order - they will do everything in their power to bring him down.
Heo Saek is played by singer-turned-actor Lee Jun-ho, a member of the K-pop boy band 2PM. Actor Yae Ji-won plays the role of Nan Seol.