Team shortlist11 Jan 2017 AT 11:58 AM

TRAILERS: 10 films in UAE cinemas this week

Silence, The Founder and much more
Team shortlist11 Jan 2017 AT 11:58 AM
Films, UAE, Silence, Cinema, NOW SHOWING, Trailers
Films, UAE, Silence, Cinema, NOW SHOWING, Trailers

Silence (18)
Martin Scorsese loves to unwind with a long labour of obsessional love – just think about those documentaries on The Rolling Stones (Shine a Light), George Harrison (Living in a Material World) and even the New York Review of Books (The 50 Year Argument). His narrative fiction pictures have also occasionally fallen into this category, with The Aviator and Gangs of New York delving into subjects with captivating detail.
Silence, his latest film, is predictably epic in its scope, too. Adapted from Japanese writer Shusaku Endo’s 1966 novel, it tells the tale of two Portuguese priests (Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield) as they search for their mentor, Father Cristóvão Ferreira (Liam Neeson), who’s gone absent in 17th-century Japan. Check out a clip from the movie below.
In cinemas from January 12

Krisha (18)
There’s something about family get-togethers – be they Christmas, Eid or, in this case, Thanksgiving – that exposes faultlines and tensions in any relationship. In this tale, Krisha shows up at her sister’s Texas home and immediately tries to make herself useful by helping in the kitchen. Reconciliation is  in the air but her attempts are rebuffed amid long-standing familial resentments. This slow-cooker of a movie is, like all great dishes, rewarded with a sumptuous finale. Check out a clip from the movie below.
A Scene Club screening on January 11 at Vox Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates

The Founder (15)
The entrepreneur is the hero of our times, it seems, and the origins of great commercial enterprises are increasingly bound up in PR baloney about “storytelling” – where making massive amounts of money is seen as a social virtue. It makes sense when it comes to the likes of Joy, but McDonald’s? Is there a moral to the story of Ray Kroc’s idea to franchise the life out of the San Bernadino burger bar? There is, actually, but rather like Wall Street, will anyone notice?
In cinemas now

The Great Wall (18)
Although the accusations of “white washing” have dogged the making of this sweeping drama about a mercenary trying to help save the huge wall that snakes through China, the film is actually an impressive testimony to the country’s culture and military smarts. Indeed, Matt Damon’s character, William Garin, spends most of the action being treated as an eager puppy who must be educated in the more sophisticated ways of the East. It is the largest and most expensive ever film production in China.
In cinemas now

Into The Forest (15)
It’s about time we saw more of Ellen Page, who has been limiting herself to lo-fi projects of late – many of which, like this one, she has co-produced. This is the kind of vehicle that suits her, though, offering a combination of smarts, sass and serious acting chops that add credibility to any plot or project. In this, she plays one of two sisters in the near future who are forced, along with their father, to deal with a continent-wide blackout. As the energy-starved people become more violent, though, the sisters face a battle for survival. Not ground-breaking but nicely done.
In cinemas from January 12

Patriots Day (18)
Mark Wahlberg is suddenly everywhere, not least on these pages. After the release on DVD of Deepwater Horizon comes another real-life tale – and one that, as he himself admits, he has a responsibility to get right. Patriots Day is an account of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings by the Tsarnaev brothers and, in particular, the actions of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis (Wahlberg) that culminate in the city-wide manhunt to find them.
In cinemas from January 12

A Monster Calls (18)
Liam Neeson, as we see in Silence this week, has many modes, many faces and many guises. You’ve seen most of them (you still send Taken memes in work e-mail threads) and love most of them. But this is an entirely new one. Neeson voices a monstrous yew tree that awakens to comfort 12-year-old Connor (Lewis MacDougall) whose mother is battling with cancer. A strange, lovely-looking melodrama that straddles the line between “young adult” and “guaranteed to turn a grown-up into jelly”.
In cinemas from January 12

Still showing...

Assassin’s Creed
The big blockbuster about the 15th century battles between the Templars and the Assassins continues to pack out theatres.

La La Land
Showy musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone that has helped to revive the genre.

Swarna Kaduva
Biju Menon stars in this Malayalam comedy about a swindler who eventually becomes a gold merchant.