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TRAILER: 6 films in UAE cinemas this week

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Kong: Skull Island (PG13)
There are certain tales that don’t seem to like being retold by modern cinema. No amount of money can make The Hulk watchable, Tarzan only gets more problematic and The Lone Ranger needs to permanently remain a kitsch 1950s TV show. King Kong has experienced similar celluloid misfortune but this 1971-set version with an all-star cast at least offers some interesting Vietnam-era context. Even Samuel L Jackson manages to rein it in.
In cinemas from March 9

Nocturama (18)
It’s debatable whether Bertrand Bonello’s film about painfully hip Parisian terrorists is brave or plain irresponsible, although it is just about thought-provoking enough to be more of the former. Its staccato narrative focuses on a group of young people who, out of boredom as much as nihilism, unleash a series of terror attacks on the French capital and then decamp to a department store to process it. Its moral barometer, though, is oddly uncertain.
In cinemas from March 9

Lisa (PG13)
The evolution of Emirati film continues with Ahmed Zain’s gentle and warm comedy-drama that centres on the title character, a British student at university in Abu Dhabi. For her graduation project, she decides to make a documentary about a family in Al Ain – and learns an awful lot about the UAE and the generosity and traditions of its culture. This was part of the Muhr Competition for Emirati directors at last year’s Dubai International Film Festival.
In cinemas from March 9

Badrinath Ki Dulhania (18)
Starry, feel good comedy-romance starring Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt as Badrinath Bansal from Jhansi and Vaidehi Trivedi from Kota, who agree on absolutely nothing – but somehow still see the good in each other. The leading pair have already starred in several films together previously, and one feels this won’t be the last. Big buzz about this one.
In cinemas from March 9

Logan
The last outing for Hugh Jackman as the title character, who we meet driving a limo in a Mexican border town. No, really.

 

Dog Eat Dog
Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe star as ex-cons who do “one last job”, which means something is going to go badly awry.

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