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Crime, Drama/ 113/ Korean/ Nov. 13
Prosecutor Yang Min-hyuk is known for his rash investigations and doing everything his way. However, his stubborn methods land him in a sore spot when a suspect that he was investigating commits suicide and he is falsely accused of having killed them. While trying to prove his innocence, he realizes that the suspect was an important witness of the massive corruption behind the disposal of the Bank of Daehan.
Although the bank was valued at 70 trillion won ($60 billion), it was sold off at the outrageous price of 1.7 trillion won, and Yang realizes that he has stumbled upon on the biggest finance scandal in the country’s history, involving a myriad of big corporations and government institutions, such as the Financial Supervisory Service, law firms and foreign private equity firms. He grows determined to get to the bottom of the case.
Zombieland: Double Tap (15)
Action, Comedy, Horror/ 99/ English/ Nov. 13
It’s been 10 years since the zombie apocalypse destroyed the world and turned it into Zombieland.
But there is one group of survivors in United States who has worked to get rid of zombies high and low from all over and managed to maintain their human status by sticking together — Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita and Little Rock.
The group members deem themselves as experts in destroying zombies and set up a new home in the abandoned White House. Ironically however, although the group works together perfectly when killing off zombies, the members struggle to express human emotions, and the group finally breaks apart when Wichita and Little Rock leave the nest. But when the evolved, durable and agile “super zombies” begin to proliferate across the country, the group must come together again to fight them off.
Actors Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone reprise their roles as Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita and Little Rock for the sequel to “Zombieland” (2009).
Action, Thriller/ 121/ English/ Nov. 13
Secret Service agent Mike Banning is on the brink of being promoted to Secret Service director, which would make him directly responsible for the safety of the President of the United States.
However Banning is hiding one crucial problem — that he is suffering from severe headaches and insomnia toppled with recurring back pain.
When President Allan Trumbull is on a fishing trip, armed drones begin to attack, and Banning manages to save the president. But during the escape, Trumbull falls into a coma, and Banning is framed for the attack due to a setup — his DNA and hair samples are discovered in the attackers’ van.
With the president in a coma and no one else to prove his innocence, Banning is on his way to a detention facility when his transport is ambushed. The ex-agent escapes the van, but he has the whole country looking for him. Can he manage to find out the true culprit in time?
Gerard Butler plays Mike Banning, and Morgan Freeman is President Allan Trumbull.
The Divine Move 2: The Wrathful (15)
Crime, Action/ 106/ Korean/ Nov. 7
Although Gwi-soo has grown up learning everything about the game of baduk, or Go, under the strict guidance of the Go master Heo Il-do, he may also lose everything because of the game after his master is killed by the notorious and feared gambler known as Busan Weed.
Gwi-soo eventually grows up to become a Go master himself, looking to make up for everything that he lost by placing high-stakes bets on Go matches against the nation’s most skilled Go masters. And he will not stop, as he has nothing to lose, betting his life to avenge
what the game cost him — the most precious people in his life.
Kwon Sang-woo plays the protagonist Gwi-soo. Kim Hee-won, Kim Sung-kyun, Heo Sung-tae and Woo Do-hwan play the experienced Go masters that Gwi-soo challenges.
The Addams Family (15)
Animation, Comedy, Family/ 87/ English/ Nov. 7
One of the most iconic American families has been brought back to life, this time through 3-D computer animation.
The Addams family has been living in an abandoned asylum isolated from the rest of the world for the past 13 years, and they have been very happy so far, thank you very much.
The four-member family includes Gomez and Morticia, who have raised their daughter Wednesday and their son Pugsley in their macabre ways and take pride in the destruction and mischief they cause.
Things begin to change, however, when the fog around the asylum begins to lift and the family has to come out into the open to meet the rest of the community.
Wednesday wants to experience the world outside her home which Morticia reluctantly allows, and she surprisingly makes friends with Parker Needler, the neglected daughter of reality TV host Margaux Needler, who is also in charge of the town they live in.
However, when Margaux meets Wednesday and the rest of the family, she doesn’t like what she sees, and she will do anything to oust the Addams from the perfect town she has been building.
The movie features the voices of Charlize Theron as Morticia Addams, Chloe Moretz as Wednesday Addams, Oscar Isaac as Gomez Addams and Finn Wolfhard as Pugsley Addams.
Documentary/ 114/ Korean/ Nov. 7
In 2009, Park Ju-hwan was an average student at Sangji University in Gangwon taking a break from school for a year to figure out what he wanted to do after graduation. However, when another friend showed him a YouTube clip of fellow student Lee Seung-hyeon sobbing uncontrollably and refusing to sit out of a protest against the return of the corrupted former chairman Kim Moon-gi, he felt ashamed that he was relaxing peacefully while his classmates were out in the streets protesting furiously.
So Park returned to school and joined the protest. That was the beginning of a 10-year journey Park and his fellow students embarked on in order to drive out Kim and the corrupted board of trustees. Despite the student protests, Kim was actually appointed the president of the school in 2014. When the entire school feels that the school is falling apart, the students fight even harder against Kim’s aides and the president to get him out of power. Eventually, in 2015, Kim is removed from the position.
Park recorded every part of their struggle with his camera, which he later turned into a documentary film, “Graduation.”
Weathering With You (15)
Animation/ 112/ Japanese/ Oct. 30
Hodaka is a high school freshman with no attachment to his home, so one day, he runs away to Tokyo hoping to find something exciting.
Although he is almost thrown off of a ferry in a violent rainstorm, he manages to get to the city in one piece and finds a job as an assistant for a small publishing company.
While working at the company, he meets Hina, who can control the weather and proves it to him by clearing the sky with a prayer. Hodaka proposes that they start a business together, accepting clients who want specific weather conditions for a special occasion. While the business flourishes, the police begin to search for Hodaka, and Hina is at the brink of losing her younger brother, Nagi, to social services because the siblings do not have a legal guardian.
The three plan to run away from the city and live on their own, but another complication arises as strange things begin happening to Hina’s body.
The film is director Makato Shinkai’s latest romantic fantasy film after his successful “Your Name” hit local theaters in 2016. The voice of Hodaka is played by Japanese actor Kotaro Daigo, who also appeared in the local film “The Battle: Roar to Victory” (2019).
Drama/ 118/ Korean/ Oct. 23
Kim Ji-young came from a typical Korean household. After getting her college diploma, she gets a job at a public relations agency and promises to herself that she will continue working even when she is married and has children. Despite her aspirations, she inevitably quits her job after working for a few years to take care of her newborn child.
One day, however, her husband starts to notice strange things about his wife. Sometimes, briefly, Ji-young seems to become someone else: his friend, mother-in-law — all women that Ji-young once knew or is close to. Although her tone doesn’t change, the way she speaks changes to the other person completely. However, after that brief spell ends, she forgets what happened during that moment, as if waking up from a trance. Worried for his wife but afraid to tell her what’s happening, he visits a therapist to discuss Ji-young’s mental state.
Adapted from the best-selling novel under the same title, actors Jung Yu-mi and Gong Yoo portray the characters Ji-young and Dae-hyun.
The film is director Kim Do-young’s debut feature film.
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