TRAILERS: 9 films in UAE cinemas this week

Snowden (15)
After W and his aborted involvement with MLK, director Oliver Stone tackles his latest biopic: the fully spelled-out Snowden. It charts the fate of the CIA operative who exposed the depth of America’s domestic surveillance programme. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was given the job of playing the man now exiled in Russia who many think is a traitor who should be in prison.
In cinemas from September 15

Bridget Jones’s Baby (15)
It’s rather startling how old-fashioned this seems in 2016. Not that there weren’t detractors when Helen Fielding’s neurotic creation first appeared in a newspaper column in the 1990s, but it clearly spoke to sufficient 30-something women to sustain three novels and a couple of films – of which this is the latest. Sadly, the Renée Zellweger-fronted vehicle hasn’t worn well and the baby merely adds to the telegraphed humour.
In cinemas from September 15

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week (PG)
In what seems like a personal love-letter to a formative influence, director Ron Howard – perhaps the ultimate baby-boomer – delivers a sharp, pacy and intimate documentary about The Beatles’ years on the road. From the first single in 1962 to their last concert in 1966, their schedule was so crammed, it’s a wonder they managed to record any new material at all. That they managed to survive and indeed prosper amid the maelstrom underlines why they remain the greatest rock’n’roll band ever. With interviews from Paul and Ringo, and their essential supporting cast, Howard takes us on a joyous trip to what the band members themselves often call the eye of the hurricane. Fab!
In cinemas from September 15

Raaz: Reboot (15)
This horror-thriller is the fourth in the Raaz series and is again written and directed by Vikram Bhatt. Shot entirely in Transylvania, Romania, which would seem an unnecessarily predictable location to film a horror, it stars Emraan Hashmi as a photographer and Kriti Kharbanda as his new bride, who are terrorised by a female ghost – which is a metaphorical, or perhaps even actual, depiction of the former’s ex-wife. It is pretty standard stuff, though, and never really rises beyond the mildest intake of breath. When you add a score with songs by Arijit Singh, it’s clear this isn’t going to break many Bollywood moulds. Not that it ever seems to want to.
In cinemas from September 15

When the Bough Breaks (18)
There have been a few of these nice-couple-invite-terror-into-their-perfect-lives yarns recently – The Gift, The Ones Below – but this plot adds a whole new dimension. A professional couple (Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall) hire a surrogate to help them achieve their dream of having a child. The only problem is, the surrogate (Jaz Sinclair) develops an unhealthy obsession with the father. Predictable but still terrifying.
In cinemas from September 15

Vigilante Diaries (18)
Any film description that includes the phrase “high octane” doesn’t foretell high cinematic art, but there is always a place for fast, flame-flecked action pics in which dialogue is restricted to basic plot queues and attempts at pithy put-downs. This film, based on a web series, might satisfy a few of those cravings, but you would have to leave a good deal of your IQ (and contemporary sensibilities) in the foyer if you’re to sit through the entire 105 minutes. Loud, long and unnecessary, it’s a film with teenage boys very much in mind.
In cinemas from September 15

Still showing…

Baar Baar Dekho
Bollywood romance caper that flits between past and present.

The true story of the US pilot who landed his plane on the Hudson River to save his passengers.

Morris From America
How a 13-year-old hip-hop lover survives his and his father’s move to Germany.

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