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Dunkirk-poster-2349857-600x875Visionary storyteller and storymaker Christopher Nolan has taken audiences from the streets of Gotham City, to the infinite world of dreams, to the farthest reaches of space. Now, for the first time, the innovative director/writer/producer has turned his camera to a real-life event, one that has resonated with him throughout his life: the miracle of Dunkirk. The film opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces.  Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea, they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.The story unfolds on land, sea and air.  RAF Spitfires engage the enemy in the skies above the Channel, trying to protect the defenseless men below.  Meanwhile, hundreds of small boats manned by both military and civilians are mounting a desperate rescue effort, risking their lives in a race against time to save even a fraction of their army. Read more about the film / Watch the trailer

WIZARDRobert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer shine in The Wizard of Lies, a TV movie that reveals how Bernie Madoff, the con man behind the biggest financial fraud in US history, destroyed not only the lives of his victims but also his own family. Bernie Madoff is the Wall Street fraudster who master-minded the most heinous swindle of our generation, until it all unravelled during the market crash of 2008. This is the true story, behind the headlines, of Madoff’s deceptions, lies and betrayals. De Niro slips into the skin of the con man who raked in an estimated US$65 billion (Dh239 billion) from investors during his elaborate Ponzi scheme, a fraud he sustained for decades while keeping his wife, Ruth (Pfeiffer), and their sons, Mark and Andrew, in the dark about his crimes.The film is based upon The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust, a 2011 book by The New York Times investigative reporter Diana B Henriques.“Bernie Madoff’s greed brought down and destroyed his entire family,” says executive producer and Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson, whose credits include Hollywood hits such as Diner (1982), Rain Man (1988) and Wag the Dog (1997).  Bonus Features: In depth interviews with Robert de Niro and Michelle Pfeifer, plus director Barry Levinson and author Diana B Henriques./ Watch the trailer

Victoria posterVictoria & Abdul tells the extraordinary true story of the amazing and unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria  and a young clerk, Abdul Karim, who becomes her teacher, her spiritual advisor, and her devoted friend. The story of their friendship, deliberately hidden for a century, is now told for moviegoers, with Academy Award winner Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love) reuniting with Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Frears (The Queen), and returns to the role of Queen Victoria. The screenplay is by Academy Award nominee Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), based on journalist Shrabani Basu’s book Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant. Bonus Features: Insightful doccies on Judi Dench and Ali Fazal, as well as the look of Victoria and Abdul / Read more about the film / Watch the trailer

 

The SnowmanThe Snowman, the seventh book in Jo Nesbø’s best-selling Harry Hole series, has enthralled global audiences since it was first published in 2007 and now makes it debut on the Big Screen under direction of Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), from a screenplay adaptation by Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Debt) and Hossein Amini (The Wings of the Dove, Drive) and Søren Sveistrup (Forbrydelsen, TV’s The Killing).The frigid landscape as his hunting ground, a sociopath who calls himself “The Snowman Killer” has targeted the one person for whom he wants to show off his methodical, unthinkable skills: the lead investigator of an elite crime squad.  With cunningly simplistic baits such as “Mr. Policeman, I gave you all the clues…” he begs to have a worthy opponent to play his sick game.For Detective Harry Hole ( Michael Fassbender), the murder of a young woman on the first snow of the winter feels like anything but a routine homicide case in his district.  From the start of the investigation, The Snowman has personally targeted him with taunts—ones that continue to accompany each new vicious murder.Fearing an elusive serial killer long-thought dead may be active again, the detective enlists brilliant recruit Katrine Bratt (Rebeccas Ferguson), to help him connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new ones.  Succeed, and they will lure out the psychopath that’s been watching them from the shadows for who knows how long.  Fail, and an unthinkable evil will strike once again during the very next snowfall. Bonus Features: A look at the cast and characters, Creating Jo Nesbø’s world, The Snowman Killer, Norwegian Landscape and Stunt files on The Sinking Lake/ Read more about the film / Watch the trailer

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2.22In 2.22 New York City air traffic controller Dylan Branson (Michiel Huisman) is the embodiment of a guy at the top of his game, until one day at 2:22pm, a blinding flash of light paralyzes him for a few crucial seconds as two passenger planes barely avoid a mid-air collision. Suspended from his job, Dylan begins to notice the increasingly ominous repetition of sounds and events in his life that happen at exactly the same time every day. An underlying pattern builds, mysteriously drawing him into Grand Central Station every day 2:22pm. As he’s drawn into a complex relationship with a beautiful woman who works in an art gallery, Sarah (Teresa Palmer), disturbingly complicated by her ex-boyfriend Jonas (Sam Reid), Dylan must break the power of the past, and take control of time itself. Read more about the film / Watch the trailer

Viceroy PosterAs a writer-director, Gurinder Chadha has repeatedly translated her personal experience as a Punjabi-British woman into uplifting, crowd-pleasing movies, from her ground-breaking 1993 debut Bhaji On The Beach to her box-office smash Bend It Like Beckham, and now brings us the epic historical drama Viceroy’s Housethe astonishing true story of the final months of British rule in India. New nations are rarely born in peace… India, 1947: Lord Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville) is dispatched, along with his wife Edwina (Gillian Anderson), to New Delhi to oversee the country’s transition from British rule to independence. Taking his place in the resplendent mansion known as the Viceroy’s House, Mountbatten arrives hopeful for a peaceful transference of power. But ending centuries of colonial rule in a country divided by deep religious and cultural differences proves no easy undertaking, setting off a seismic struggle that threatens to tear India apart. With sumptuous period detail, director Gurinder Chadha brings to life a pivotal historical moment that re-shaped the world. Bonus Feature: A great behind the scenes doccie on how the film was made, featuring interviews with the director and cast / Read more about the film / Watch the trailer

KingsmenBased upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men First Class), Kingsmen: The Golden Circle tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. When Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is an unemployed school dropout living a dead-end existence in his mother’s flat. After he is arrested for joyriding, Eggsy uses the medal to secure his release from jail, and finds himself rescued by Harry Hart (Colin Firth), an impeccably suave spy who owes Eggsy’s father his life.  Dismayed to learn of the path Eggsy has taken, yet impressed by his better qualities, Harry offers Eggsy the opportunity to turn his life around by trying out for a position with Harry’s employers: Kingsman, a top-secret independent intelligence organization. The screenplay is by Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book “The Secret Service,” by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. Bonus Features: A sensational look at Black Cab Chaos – anatomy of a killer and the Kingsman Archives / Watch the trailer

BEGUILEDThe Beguiled is an atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola. The story unfolds during the Civil War, at a Southern girls’ boarding school. Its sheltered young women take in an injured enemy soldier. As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events. Based on the novel of the same name by Thomas P. Cullinan, it stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning. Bonus Features:  Two behind the scenes doccies that explores A Shift In Perspective and A Southern Style / Watch the trailer

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Glass CastleChronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family, The Glass Castle is a remarkable story of unconditional love. Oscar winner Brie Larson brings Jeannette Walls’s best-selling memoir to life as a young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father (Woody Harrelson), found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms. Read more about the film / Watch the trailer

war-for-the-planet-of-the-apes-2880x1800-2017-hd-7554War For The Planet Of The Apes unleashes  rapidly evolving simians into a world boiling over with divisions and rage as the ape vs. human battle for control of the world careens towards the ultimate winner-takes-all decision. Breathless action, big ideas and potent storytelling combine as it pushes the series into new realms of legend-building as it explores the values that forge a civilization. In a flurry of mythic filmmaking, we witness the pivotal moment that determines the fate of human civilization forever –and are immersed in the ape leader Caesar’s emotional quest to lead his young society to a new home, even as a war between his belief in family and honor versus the lure of a vengeful reckoning churns within his soul. As peace between species has collapsed — and a renegade band of human soldiers led by an imperious Colonel makes a final, all-out attack — Caesar is hit with an unimaginable personal loss and a dark line inside his psyche is crossed.  Now, he is wrestling with merciless impulses and roiling doubts about his own ability to inspire the apes towards freedom. But if the apes are to survive the coming conflict, Caesar must lead.  In a time when empathy and compassion have nearly vanished both in the world and his heart, Caesar searches for the grit, sense of fellowship and striving vision to lead the apes towards a future of hope. The stunning bonus features include an audio commentary by writer-director Matt Reeves, a doccie on Caesar, and the Concept Art Gallery. Read more about the film / Trailer

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