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Action, Comedy/ 103/ Korean/ July 31
Yong-nam may have been a popular member of the alpine club in his college years, but now he remains in exile from his friends and his family as a jobless failure. For years he has been unsuccessful at getting employed and believes that his life is a disaster.
At his mother’s 70th birthday party, he meets his longtime crush Ui-ju at the banquet hall where she is employed. After brief moment of awkwardness, a mysterious fog suddenly creeps into the city and, in the blink of an eye, envelops everything.
However, the fog turns out to be poisonous gas that leaves people unable to breathe.
Although Yong-nam and Ui-ju manage to get his family to safety, they are left to survive on their own.
Yong-nam and Ui-ju muster up all the skills they learned from their college club to escape the building and get to the safety.
Actors Cho Jung-seok and Lim Yoon-a star as Yong-nam and Ui-ju. Cho has appeared in several dramas, most recently “Nokdu Flower” (2019) on SBS. Lim is a singer-turned-actor who briefly appeared in “Confidential Assignment” (2016).
The Divine Fury (15)
Mystery, Action, Fantasy, Horror/ 129/ Korean/ July 31
Yong-hoo is a UFC champion with a bitter past. His father was a cop who died during one of his shifts. Although the young Yong-hoo prayed desperately for his father to survive, he eventually died. After the traumatic incident, Yong-hoo grows up to resent God and religion.
But one day, out of nowhere, a wound suddenly appears on his hands. He starts having nightmares that leave him waking up covered in sweat. Unable to sleep and his wound showing no signs of healing, he visits a hospital, but to no avail. Getting desperate, he seeks advice from his manager and visits an exorcist, priest Ahn, for the first time.
His encounters with Ahn leave Yong-hoo more curious about what the priest does, and he starts to assist Ahn in his work to expel evil spirits. But the two discover that there is a bigger evil lurking around the corner, waiting for them to find it…
Actors Park Seo-jun and Ahn Sung-ki play the lead roles, while Woo Do-hwan makes his film debut as the ultimate evil spirit “The Black Bishop.”
Animation, Adventure, Comedy/ 85/ English/ July 31
Sometime after their first adventure, another big change happens in Max’s and Duke’s lives: their owner Katie, marries a guy named Chuck and moves in together, along with his son Liam.
Although Max disapproves of the new additions at first, he eventually lets his guard down and grows attached to Liam.
The family goes on a road trip to a farm, and the pets have a whole new series of adventures with the farm animals they meet.
Meanwhile back in the neighborhood, Gidget takes lessons from Chloe on how to be a cat in order to retrieve back Max’s favorite toy, Busy Bee, from the cat-infested apartment owned by a cat lady.
Can a dog learn how to be a cat, deceive a house full of sensitive cats and save the day?
Red Shoes (All)
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 Princess 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.
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 Pride Lands, 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 spends 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 Pride Lands.
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 initial name of hangul, 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 for 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 actor. This summer, he also appears in the Disney remake of “The Lion King” as the voice of Pumbaa.