5 films in UAE cinemas this week

The Lego Batman Movie (15)
The Lego Movie was in many ways the surprise success story of 2014. It offered a blistering block-based animation that took everyone’s favourite construction toy and, with a good deal of self-referential and self-deprecating humour, turned it into a riotous, multi-layered action adventure. The universal acclaim it received on release ensured a second run out was inevitable but at least the people behind it – and it’s the same American-Australian-Danish co-production – have resisted the urge for a sequel and have opted for an entirely new setting: Gotham City.
As proved in the successful PlayStation games, Batman in Legoland is a popular collision of two very different pop-culture universes and, on the big screen, it allows for the same charm and relentless action of the first film without threatening to rehash themes and scenes in the way, say, Finding Dory did.
In The Lego Batman Movie, you’re also getting a tried-and-trusted comic book caper. Batman’s arch enemy, The Joker, is threatening a takeover of Gotham City and the caped crusader must grab old buddies Robin and Alfred, drop the permanent scowl and save the city from an evil takeover. Will Arnett, Zach
Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson and Ralph Fiennes are the voices behind the plastic. Great stuff.
In cinemas from February 9

John Wick: Chapter 2 (18)
Keanu Reeves returns as John Wick, the hitman who was forced out of retirement by a Russian mob. Now his skills are being utilized by a former colleague to help control an assassins’ guild.
In cinemas from February 9


Rings (18)
An urban legend surrounds a video that is said to kill the viewer exactly seven days after watching it. When Holt gets a hold of it, his girlfriend Julia tries to intervene – only to discover its real secret.
In cinemas from February 9

Dalida (15)
French biopic about the Cairo-born singer Dalida, who rose to fame in the 1950s. The film charts her career from its very beginnings to her journey of self-discovery in India.
In cinemas from February 9


Al Atr (15)
Goofy Arabic comedy about a knight who embarks on an odyssey to seek a dowry for the king’s daughter. Back at home, though, his power-hungry brother threatens to ruin everything.
In cinemas from February 9


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