The motley collection of new releases this week is nothing to write home about, barring the Richard Gere-starrer ‘Arbitrage’.
The tale of how a greedy hedge-fund manage spins a devilish plot to make a quick buck has received rave reviews and will unquestionably leave us entertained. We’d strike this one as a must-watch on our movie weekend list.
‘For Greater Glory’ is an impeccable take on the Mexican power struggle of the 1920s, where a military head trains the naïve rebels into winning their freedom.
There’s also ‘Wickie And the Treasure of Gods’ that might prove a fun pick for the younger crowd, who’d surely enjoy a tale of how a young boy works towards proving his valour.
‘The Expatriate’ is an action-packed adventure that trails an ex-CIA agent who races against time to safeguard his daughter while trying to unveil an international conspiracy.
Of the two Bollywood entries, the Ram Gopal Varma’s spook-fest ‘Bhoot Returns’ can safely be skipped, and reserved for a telly viewing. Its low-cost production value and unimaginative plot make it more comical than scary.
Even Rani Mukerji’s ‘Aiyaa’ appears a little over-the-top for our sensibilities, but we are hoping the talented actress might spring a surprise on us this time round. Keeping our fingers crossed.
Director: Vikram Bhatt, Ram Gopal Varma
Cast: Manisha Koirala, J.D. Chakravarthi and Madhu Shalini
The story: Sequel to the 2004-hit horror flick ‘Bhoot’. This one explores the dramatic changes in the life of a family when they move into a new house.
Director: Sachin Kundalkar
Cast: Rani Mukerji, Prithviraj and Subodh Bhave
The story: A Marathi girl Meenakshi Deshpande falls heads-over-heels in love with a Tamil artist Surya in this quirky and funny romantic story.
Director: Nicholas Jarecki
Cast: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Brit Marling
The story: A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.
Wickie And the Treasure of Gods
Director: Christian Ditter
Cast: Jonas Hämmerle, Waldemar Kobus and Valeria Eisenbart
The story: When the mighty Viking Halvar suddenly disappears, his son Wickie must lead the Vikings to rescue his father from the evil Sven and search for the legendary treasure of the gods.
Director: Gareth Evans
Cast: Iko Uwais, Ananda George and Ray Sahetapy
The story: A SWAT team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers.
Director: Philipp Stölzl
Cast: Olga Kurylenko, Aaron Eckhart and Liana Liberato
The story: An ex-CIA agent and his daughter are on the run when his employers mark them both for termination as part of an international conspiracy.
Director: Ole Bornedal
Cast: Natasha Calis, Jeffery Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick
The story: A young girl buys an antique box unaware that inside it lives a malicious ancient spirit that will turn her world inside out.
For Greater Glory
Director: Dean Wright
Cast: Andy Garcia, Oscar Isaac and Catalina Sandino Moreno
The story: A chronicle of the Cristeros War (1926-1929); a war by the people of Mexico against the atheistic Mexican government