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Comedy, Drama/ 150/ Indian/ Oct. 24
Insia Malik, a 15-year-old girl living with her family in Baroda, loves to sing. However, her father strictly forbids her from following her dream to become a singer and demands that she only concentrate on her studies. Her father often beats her mother and comes home only once a week due to his work.
Although she cannot enter any music competitions, Insia uploads a video of her singing while wearing a niqab - so her father won’t recognize her - and instantly she becomes a viral sensation due to her talents.
When the famous music director Shakti Kumar proposes that they work together, Insia hesitates. But after another fight with her father that ends in him severely abusing her mother, Insia accepts the director’s offer, eager to escape from her father’s cruelty.
The film reflects social issues such as feminism, gender equality and domestic violence and recently became the highest-grossing Indian film featuring a female lead and the second highest-grossing Indian film overseas.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (12)
Fantasy/ 119/ English/ Oct. 17
Five years after King Stephan dies, Princess Aurora has become the queen of the magical realm of the Moors, ruling wisely under the guidance of her fairy godmother, Maleficent.
However, when Aurora accepts Prince Phillip’s marriage proposal, everything could change. Maleficent, protective of Aurora, opposes the marriage, but Aurora pleads her to come to the kingdom of Ulstead as her guardian to celebrate the union.
In the kingdom of Ulstead, there is one person waiting to start a war against the fair folks of the Moors: Queen Ingrith, who despises the kingdom, plans to destroy it the day Phillip and Aurora get married.
Will Maleficent be able to defeat the queen’s evil scheme and protect Aurora and her beloved home?
Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning and Sam Riley reprise their roles as Maleficent, Aurora and Diaval in this the sequel to the 2014 live-action hit.
Comedy, Romance/ 112/ Korean/ Oct. 17
Hyun-woo dreams of being free from the chains of marriage and to be single once again. However, his wife Sun-young declares that they can only get a divorce if they hold their own “divorce ceremony” in front of their associates, families and friends to make their separation official.
Once the embarrassing event is over, the two vow to lead happier lives and are determined to never see each other again.
However, all their promises seem to go up in smoke when Hyun-woo comes across his childhood friend, Sang-chul, who introduces him to his new love interest, Sun-young.
Hyun-woo, Sun-young and Sang-chul are played by actors Kwon Sang-woo, Lee Jung-hyun and Lee Jong-hyuk.
Kwon is also set to star in the upcoming crime action blockbuster “The Divine Move 2: The Wrathful,” slated to premiere in local theaters on Nov. 7.
Gemini Man (12)
Action, Drama, Science Fiction/ 117/ English/ Oct. 9
Henry Brogan is a top government assassin, but he is growing tired of his profession and plans to retire soon. However, after he kills an innocent man, his former agency aims to hunt down and kill anyone with information about the crime, including Brogan.
While Brogan is fighting off the agents, he comes across a particularly ferocious one who almost kills him. However, he is shocked to discover that the formidable agent is an exact replica of his younger self. Brogan cannot shake off the feeling that he and the mysterious agent are linked in a way that is more terrible than he can imagine.
The film is director Ang Lee’s latest film and uses the latest 3-D modeling technology to depict multiple versions of Brogan, played by Hollywood star Will Smith.
The director’s most famous films include “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), “Lust, Caution” (2007) and “Life of Pi” (2012).
Man of Men (12)
Comedy, Drama/ 116/ Korean/ Oct. 2
Young-gi is a gangster who is followed by trouble wherever he goes. When he hears a piece of stock information that could help him reap a fortune, he rashly steals 700 million won ($597,248) from his boss to make an investment and quickly loses it all. While figuring out how he is going to pay it back, a lifesaver in the form of terminally ill law firm CEO Jang-soo appears in front of him and proposes a deal: Young-gi will be able to acquire his death benefit worth 1.2 billion won if he helps Jang-soo cross off items on his bucket list for two months. Young-gi gleefully agrees, and the two men begin an adventure that turns their lives upside down.
The film stars actors Seol Kyung-gu and Cho Jin-woong as Jang-soo and Young-gi.
Action, Drama, Thriller/ 123/ English/ Oct. 2
“I used to think that my life was a tragedy. But now I realize, it’s a comedy.”
Arthur Fleck is a social outcast who supports his frail mother through working as a clown. He dreams of being a stand-up comedian because his mother told him that his “purpose [is] to bring laughter and joy to the world.”
Despite his goals, he is shunned for his mental illness and neurological condition called pseudobulbar affect (PBA), in which he cannot control his laughter, even in inappropriate situations. Due to the failing economy of Gotham City, he is further isolated from society when he is cut off from his therapy sessions and necessary medications.
As Fleck continues to be pushed into the corner with no hope ahead of him, the Joker slowly emerges from him.
The psychological thriller won the Golden Lion award at the 76th Venice International Film Festival last month.
Crazy Romance (15)
Romance/ 109/ Korean/ Oct. 2
Jae-hoon is struggling after breaking up with his girlfriend. As usual, he starts his morning with a bad hangover, and when he looks at his phone, he sees that he had been on the phone with an unfamiliar number for two hours. He soon finds out that the number belongs to his co-worker, Sun-young, whom he’s met less than 24 hours prior.
Sun-young is currently going through a breakup with her boyfriend. While she was fighting with her boyfriend on her very first day at a new job, she meets Jae-hoon. Even before they get to know each other as co-workers, they become quite familiar with each other’s relationships. Although they have opposing views on relationships and romance, they continue to look out for each other.
Actors Kim Rae-won and Kong Hyo-jin play Jae-hoon and Sun-young. This is Kim’s second film this year that takes on a lighter mood than his darker roles in previous films, such as the 2017 “RV: Resurrected Victims” and “The Prison.” Kong, a veteran of romantic comedies, is currently appearing in the KBS2 drama series “When the Camellia Blooms” with actor Kang Ha-neul.
War/ 104/ Korean/ Sept. 25
The day before the famous Battle of Incheon took place, there was the often-forgotten Battle of Jangsari.
The battle was a feint operation conducted by 772 young soldiers on Jangsari beach in North Gyeongsang to divert the North’s attention from the Battle of Incheon. They were hardly expected to succeed. Due to the large number of casualties, the battle was covered up until the survivors formed a committee in 1980, and their ship, the Moonsan, was discovered in 1997.
Director Kwak Kyung-taek, recognized for his iconic film “Friend” (2001), directed the film, and veteran and rookie actors, such as Kim Myung-min, Kim In-kwon, Kwak Si-yang, Lee Jae-wook, Lee Ho-jung and more play commanders and teen soldiers modeled after real fighters. Hollywood star Megan Fox also appears in the film as the compassionate war correspondent Maggie.