What to watch at Dubai cinemas at weekend

It’s almost like the scorching heat has had a damaging effect on the line-up of movies, with this weekend’s new releases appearing unimpressive and not warranting a trip to the movies.

However, if you are a compulsive cinema-goer, then here’s our list of top runners that should make your journey worthwhile.

The French comedy ‘The Intouchables’, with English subtitles, is incredibly uplifting and heartening. Despite not having a novel theme, it’s set the box-office on fire in France for its sensitive performance and gripping narrative. 

Psychic thriller ‘Red Light’ might not have got the critics raving about it, but it’s still an intriguing tale with a handful of impressionable performances thrown in. After brilliantly executing the saga of being entrapped in a wooden box in Iraqi desert in ‘Buried’, this one appears a tad insipid.

Rom-com ‘Cocktail’ appears a safe bet, as there not much that can go wrong with a good-looking trio who go chasing matters of the heart in style and rhythm. It’s glorified Bollywood mush, packaged in a plush, suave narrative.

 

Cocktail

Genre: Drama

Director: Homi Adajania

Cast: Deepika Padukone, Saif Ali Khan, Diana Penty

The story: The story about three friends whose lives get intertwined after matters of the heart take prominence.

Movie Timings

Grand Cinecity (Al Ghurair): 10am, 1pm, 4, 7, 10, 12.50am

Grand Cineplex (Grand Hyatt): (Screen 2) 11am, 2pm, 5, 8, 11; (Screen 8) 10am, 1pm, 4, 7, 10, 12.50am; (Screen 10) 5.30pm, 8.30, 11.30

Grand Festival Cinema (Festival City): (Screen 7) 11am, 2pm, 5, 8, 11; (Screen 9) 10am, 1pm, 4, 7, 10, 12.50am

Grand Megaplex (Ibn Battuta): (Screen 3) 11am, 2pm, 5, 8, 11; (Screen 17) 10am, 1pm, 4, 7, 10, 12.50am

Grand Mercato 6: 11am, 2pm, 5, 8, 11

Reel Cinemas (Dubai Mall): 12.10pm, 3.10, 6.10, 9.10, 12.15am

 

Red Lights

Genre: Thriller

Director: Rodrigo Cortes

Cast: Sigourney weaver, Robert De Niro, Cilian Murphy

The story: Psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant investigate paranormal activity. It’s when they start probing into the life of a world-renowned psychic, who has resurfaced years after his critic mysteriously died, that their lives are endangered.

Movie Timings

Grand Cinecity (Al Ghurair): 10.30am, 12.45pm, 3, 5.15, 7.30, 9.45, Midnight

Grand Cineplex (Grand Hyatt): 10.30am, 12.45pm, 3, 5.15, 7.30, 9.45, Midnight

Grand Festival Cinema (Festival City): 10.30am, 12.45pm, 3, 5.15, 7.30, 9.45, Midnight; (Screen 11) 11.30am, 1.45pm, 4, 6.15, 8.30, 10.45

Grand Megaplex (Ibn Battuta): (Screen 1) 10.30am, 12.45pm, 3, 5.15, 7.30, 9.45, Midnight; (Screen 13) 11.30am, 1.45pm, 4, 6.15, 8.30, 10.45

Grand Mercato: 10.30am, 12.45pm, 3.00, 5.15, 7.30, 9.45, Midnight

Reel Cinemas (Dubai Mall): 11.40am, 2.10pm, 4.40, 7.10, 9.40, 12.20am

 

Think Like A Man

Genre: Comedy

Director: Tim Story

Cast: Chris Brown, Michael Ealy, Gabrielle Union

The story: Four friends are working out ways to teach their women on how to treat them well, when they discover that the ladies have been using love guru Steve Harvey's relationship tips on them.

Movie timings

Grand Cinecity (Al Ghurair): 11.30am, 2pm, 4.30, 7, 9.30, Midnight

Grand Cineplex (Grand Hyatt): 11.30am, 2pm, 4.30, 7, 9.30, Midnight

Grand Festival Cinema (Festival City): 11.30am, 2pm, 4.30, 7, 9.30, Midnight

Grand Megaplex (Ibn Battuta): 11.30am, 2pm, 4.30, 7, 9.30, Midnight

Grand Mercato: 11.30am, 2pm, 4.30, 7, 9.30, Midnight

Reel Cinemas (Dubai Mall): 11.15am, 1.45pm, 4.15, 7, 9.30, Midnight; (Platinum 12) 2pm, 5.30, 8, 11; (Screen 4) 11.20am, 1.50pm, 4.20, 7.10, 9.40, 12.10am

 

The Intouchables

Genre: Comedy

Director: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano

Cast: Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy, anne Le Ny

The story: A French tale about how a young aristocrat, who becomes a quadriplegic after a paragliding accident, hires a guy from the streets to be his caretaker.

Movie Timings

Grand Cineplex (Grand Hyatt): 1.10pm, 5.30, 9.50

Grand Festival Cinema (Festival City): 1.10pm, 5.30, 9.50

Grand Megaplex (Ibn Battuta): 11am, 1.10pm, 3.20, 5.30, 7.40, 9.50, Midnight

Reel Cinemas (Dubai Mall): 11.05am, 3.45, 8.25, 1.05am

 

Graystone

Genre: Horror

Director: Sean Stone

Cast: Oliver Stone, Sean Stone and Alexander Wraith

The story: In October 2009, when a bunch of filmmakers’ enter an abandoned psychiatric hospital to explore the 'haunted' institution, famous for its radical treatment of patients with mental illness, they are unprepared for what awaits them.

Movie Timings

Grand Festival Cinema (Festival City): 5.30pm, 7.40, 9.50, Midnight

Grand Megaplex (Ibn Battuta): 10am, 12noon, 2pm, 4, 6, 8, 10, Midnight

Reel Cinemas (Dubai Mall): 1.40pm, 6, 10.20

 

A Gang Story

Genre: Drama

Director: Olivier Marchal

Cast: Gerard Lenvin, Daniel Duval

The story: Momon’s upbringing in a poor gypsy camp helps him retain a sense of family, unfailing loyalty and pride in his origins.

Movie Timings

Grand Cineplex (Grand Hyatt): 11am, 3.20pm, 7.40, Midnight

Grand Festival Cinema (Festival City): 11am, 3.20pm, 7.40, Midnight

Grand Megaplex (Ibn Battuta): 11am, 1.10pm, 3.20, 5.30, 7.40, 9.50, Midnight

Reel Cinemas (Dubai Mall): 3.50pm, 8.10, 12.30am

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