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Drama, Musical / 118 mins. / English / March 25
This biographical drama portrays the final year of iconic American singer and actor Judy Garland’s life.
In 1968, things are not looking good for Judy: She is no longer asked to perform on stage after losing credibility for being unreliable.
An agent tells her that British audiences are eager to see her perform, so she makes the difficult decision to part from her children in order to make enough money to be able to take care of them. She leaves them with her ex-husband Sidney Luft and goes to Britain, where audiences go wild for her.
The film flashes back to show how the singer rose to fame in her iconic role of Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz.” Through the flashbacks, Judy’s exhaustion in the present and her inconsistencies are explained.
Actor Renee Zellweger plays Garland. For this role, Zellweger took home a number of Best Actress trophies from The Golden Globes, the SAG Awards, the Bafta Awards and the Academy Awards.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (15)
Fantasy, Horror / 108 mins. / English / March 25
On Halloween in 1968, four teenagers in Pennsylvania - Stella, Auggie, Chuck and Ramon - decide to explore their town’s famous “haunted house” which was once owned by a wealthy family. Inside the house, they find a secret room and a book containing a collection of horror stories written by former resident Sarah Bellows.
As they open the book, a new collection of horror stories, written in red, begin to appear. However, when the stories come to life, the four realize that they’re next on the list. Although they try to destroy it, the book is indestructible and monsters that come from the books turn out to be their worst nightmares.
Drama / 94 mins. / Korean / March 25
Four sisters - Hye-young, Geum-ok, Geum-hee, and Hye-yun - get together for the first time in a long time to move their father’s grave. They start bickering as soon as they meet, but when they arrive, they face a howl of rage from their uncle, who demands that they bring Seung-rak, their youngest brother, with them.
“How can the grave be moved if there isn’t a son present?”
The four again get into the car to find their brother, but none of them know where he lives, and he doesn’t pick up his phone. Amidst the fuss to find him, the film humorously criticizes centuries-old Korean patriarchy.
Romance / 107 mins. / Korean / March 25
So-jeong is a part-timer at a cafe who dreams of one day owning her own bakery. But for now, she is always being reprimanded by her boss, Seung-jae, and has a sick mother to take care of.
One late night as she is closing up the cafe after an eventful day that prompted Seung-jae to yell at her, a strange old lady lends her a book titled “Are You in Love?” and disappears.
After receiving the book, So-jeong’s life begins to turn around, with a slew of love interests that keep her busy for months. One of the candidates turns out to be Seung-jae.
So-jeong and Seung-jae are played by actors Kim So-eun and Sung Hoon. Kim is best known for her role in the hit KBS drama series “Boys Over Flowers” (2009), while Sung Hoon appears on the hit MBC variety show “I Live Alone.”
St. Agatha (19)
Horror, Thriller / 103 mins. / English / March 19
“We take care of women like you.”
In October 1957, Mary, unmarried and pregnant, seeks refuge at a convent called Sisters of Divinity after a nun advises her to do so.
She enters the convent hoping to ease some of the financial burdens of having a child. However, after she arrives, a cluster of terrified single mothers greet her.
The convent follows a strange but strict set of rules and Mary is overwhelmed by horror at the “punishment” she may face if she breaks the rules. She is renamed Agatha, and as the days pass she discovers some terrible secrets that prevent anyone from leaving.
Drama, Crime / 89 mins. / Korean / March 19
Geun-soo is a defector from North Korea who risked everything to escape to South Korea. However, life in the South isn’t that easy either. He makes a living by working as a drug mule. He meets a lowlife named Ji-hyeok who attempts to persuade him to run off with hundreds of millions of won worth of drugs.
Both young men believe that only money will be able to turn their lives around, and on Geun-soo’s next haul, they plan to steal 4 kilograms (8.8 pounds) of philopon, worth 2 billion won ($1.6 million).
Will the two underdogs get away with it and get everything that they’ve ever dreamed of, or will they fall into a trap that they can’t escape from?
Fantasy, Mystery / 92 mins. / English / March 19
When Uma wakes up, she finds herself in a strange room on an island called Paradise.
As the name implies, Paradise is full of all forms of entertainment for women to enjoy. The girls on the island, including Uma, are patients sent there by their families to undergo rehabilitation for their “rebellious” behavior. When they are done with their treatments, they are allowed to return home.
But Uma is suspicious and does not believe what those in charge are telling her, and she plans an escape with her two roommates, Yu and Chloe.
During their escape, they find out the horrifying reasons why they were being kept on the island.
Emma Roberts stars as Uma, with Danielle Macdonald and Awkwafina playing her friends Chloe and Yu. Jeremy Irvine and Milla Jovovich also appear in the film.
Drama, Thriller / 127 mins. / English / March 11
In Parkersburg, West Virginia, a mysterious series of deaths are occurring: 190 cattle suddenly die showing symptoms of bloated organs, blackened teeth and tumors. Residents are saying that they often feel nauseous and suffer from high fevers, while an unusually high number of babies with deformities are born.
Robert Bilott, a lawyer at the law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister, is asked by Wilbur Tennant, a friend of his grandmother’s, to investigate the deaths and sicknesses in the city.
What Bilott discovers is horrifying. He finds that DuPont, an American chemical manufacturing company, has been dumping hundreds of gallons worth of unregulated chemical toxins called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) into the city river. PFOA, when consumed, does not leave the bloodstream and accumulates within the body. Although the conglomerate was aware of the hazardous effects of the acid for decades, they allowed the chemical to seep into everyday objects such as frying pans, contact lenses and even baby mats.
After making the discovery, Bilott files a lawsuit at the risk of not only his career, but also his wife’s and the livelihood of his family.
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