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Films showing in cinemas this week in Hong Kong – 9th to 15th Mar

March 9, 2017

Looking to take in a film this weekend? These are some of the movie highlights showing at a cinema screen near you.

 

Kong: Skull Island

Another attempt to conquer the mighty King Kong, this time with an all-star cast including Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson and John Goodman. A team of explorers head to an uncharted island and discover the giant ape along with some other terrifying creatures. 

Variety says: In its jungle-stranded B-movie way, “Kong: Skull Island” may come closer in spirit to the wide-eyed amazement of the original than either of those remakes. 

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

HK Island Palace ifc (Broadway Circuit), Cyberport (Broadway), MCL JP Cinema (Causeway Bay), MCL South Horizons (Ap Lei Chau), Grand Windsor (Causeway Bay), AMC (Pacific Place), UA Cine times (Causeway Bay)

Other cinemas UA Cinemas, The Grand Cinema, Cine-Art House, Sky Cinema, Golden Harvest, Broadway Circuit, The Metroplex, Cinema City (Langham Place), MCL Cinemas

 

The Founder

Michael Keaton plays Ray Kroc in the true story of how one man turned a family burger restaurant into the global empire that is McDonalds, and the ruthlessly savage way he did it.

The New York times says: Michael Keaton comes close to making you believe there’s soul to go with the fries and freneticism.

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

HK Island Palace ifc (Broadway Circuit), Cyberport (Broadway), AMC (Pacific Place), UA Cine times (Causeway Bay)

Other cinemas UA Cinemas, The Grand Cinema, Cine-Art House, Sky Cinema, Golden Harvest, Broadway Circuit, The Metroplex, Cinema City (Langham Place), MCL Cinemas

 

Elle

A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her. In French with English subtitles

The Guardian says: Isabelle Huppert delivers a standout performance as a woman turning the tables on her attacker in the controversial director’s electrifying and provocative comeback.

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

HK Island Palace ifc (Broadway Circuit)

Other cinemas Broadway Circuit

 

Logan

The third and final part of the Wolverine trilogy sees an aging Logan losing his powers. When a young mutant comes under his care he must protect her and get her to safety while regaining some of his former glory. Opens March 2.

Variety says: Doesn’t try to be a shoot-the-works, how-crazy-are-his-powers grand finale. It’s a scruffy dystopian road Western that takes its time in a way that most slam-bang superhero movies don’t. 

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

HK Island Palace ifc (Broadway Circuit), Cyberport (Broadway), MCL JP Cinema (Causeway Bay), MCL South Horizons (Ap Lei Chau), Grand Windsor (Causeway Bay), AMC (Pacific Place), UA Cine times (Causeway Bay)

Other cinemas UA Cinemas, The Grand Cinema, Cine-Art House, Sky Cinema, Golden Harvest, Broadway Circuit, The Metroplex, Cinema City (Langham Place), MCL Cinemas

 

Trainspotting 2

It’s been 20 years since the opening scenes of Trainspotting told us to choose life. This late follow up finds the characters older but not necessarily wiser as it embarks on a journey of violence, sex and drugs with another stonking soundtrack. Opens March 2

The Guardian says: Danny Boyle’s long-awaited sequel to the era-defining Trainspotting is a vibrant and welcome reunion.

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

HK Island Palace ifc (Broadway Circuit), Cyberport (Broadway), Grand Windsor (Causeway Bay), AMC (Pacific Place), UA Cine times (Causeway Bay)

Other cinemas UA Cinemas, The Grand Cinema, Broadway Circuit, MCL Cinemas

 

The girl with all the gifts

A British zombie apocalypse film, in which the only hope of survival is a group of hybrid children who, though still crave flesh, can still think and feel.

Empire says: The best zombie-ish apocalypse in years. Sennia Nanua is a major discovery, but it’s the dense social commentary and moral dilemmas that will haunt you.

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

HK Island Cyberport (Broadway)

Other cinemas The Grand Cinema, Sky Cinema, Golden Harvest, Broadway Circuit, The Metroplex, Cinema City (Langham Place), MCL Cinemas

 

Manchester by the sea

Rather than the northern English city, this film is based in Manchester Massachusetts, a small fishing town in the USA. It’s a powerful and gritty tale of life and relationships that forgoes the happy Hollywood ending for something far more real.

The Guardian says: Casey Affleck is mesmerising as a Boston janitor who has to care for his dead brother’s son, in Kenneth Lonergan’s weighty study of grief and family ties

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

HK Island Palace ifc (Broadway Circuit), Grand Windsor (Causeway Bay), AMC (Pacific Place)

Other cinemas The Grand Cinema, Broadway Circuit, The Metroplex, MCL Cinemas

 

Patriots Day

Based on the events of the Boston Marathon bombings back in 2013, Mark Wahlberg plays Boston Police Officer Sergeant Tommy Saunders at the centre of the events when two Chechen immigrants decide to attack the city.

Empire says: The third part of Berg’s unofficial Americans-in-crisis trilogy will play better for US audiences than overseas, but it’s still a pacy and often enthralling disaster movie.

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

HK Island UA Cine times (Causeway Bay)

Other cinemas UA Cinemas, The Grand Cinema, Sky Cinema, Golden Harvest, Broadway Circuit, The Metroplex, Cinema City (Langham Place), MCL Cinemas

 

The Space Between Us

After the first humans attempt to live on Mars the first child to be born there returns to Earth as a teenage to experience life and love for the first time. A romance story starring Gary Oldman and Janet Montgomery.

Rolling Stone says:  The Space Between Us takes YA romance into interstellar overdrive with this literal tale of star-crossed lovers

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

MCL Cinemas

 

A Cure for Wellness

A wellness centre in the Swiss Alps is offering miraculous treatments but the reality is much more terrifying, as this beautifully shot dark thriller reveals.

The Atlantic says: Gore Verbinski’s new movie is among the most demented things produced by Hollywood in recent years

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

Other cinemas The Grand Cinema

 

Lion

Starring Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel, Lion is a true story of a lost Indian child adopted by a Tasmanian couple who years later tries to find his is home.

Empire says: An astonishing true story that’s treated with an admirably light and artistic touch, rather than an overly dramatic heavy hand. Despite a weaker second half, it is ultimately deeply moving.

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

HK Island Palace ifc (Broadway Circuit), Grand Windsor (Causeway Bay), AMC (Pacific Place)

Other cinemas The Grand Cinema, Broadway Circuit, The Metroplex, MCL Cinemas

 

Miss Sloane

Jessica Chastain stars as Elizabeth Sloane, the most sought-after lobbyist in Washington DC. But when she takes on a case from a powerful gun lobby to help oppose a bill, she finds winning may come at a price.

The Guardian says:  The Zero Dark Thirty star prevents a sometimes ludicrous script from veering off course with her forceful performance in the role of a Washington lobbyist.

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

HK Island Palace ifc (Broadway Circuit), AMC (Pacific Place)

Other cinemas The Grand Cinema, Broadway Circuit, The Metroplex

 

Moonlight

The Oscar award-winning Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami. 

The Atlantic says: Barry Jenkins’s new film somehow manages to feel grand and intricate in the same moment, weaving random memories and crucial life experiences into a gripping tapestry.

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

HK Island Palace ifc (Broadway Circuit), AMC (Pacific Place), UA CineTimes

Other cinemas UA Cinemas, The Grand Cinema, Broadway Circuit

 

Lego Batman

From the makers of the Lego movie, this is Batman’s story all told in Lego with voices from Ralph Fiennes, Michael Cera, Zach Galifianakis and Will Arnett. Showings in English and Cantonese

Variety says: A helter-skelter lampoon in the daftly exhilarating spirit of Mad magazine and the “Naked Gun” films. It’s that quick and cutthroat clever and self-knowing.

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

HK Island Palace ifc (Broadway Circuit), Cyberport (Broadway), AMC (Pacific Place)

Other cinemas The Grand Cinema, Broadway Circuit, MCL Cinemas

 

Fifty Shades Darker

The second of the 50 shades novels makes it to the big screen, as Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson resume their roles as Christen Grey and Ana Steel.

No reviews yet

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

HK Island Palace ifc (Broadway Circuit), AMC (Pacific Place)

Other cinemas UA Cinemas, Sky Cinema, Golden Harvest, Broadway Circuit, Cinema City (Langham Place), MCL Cinemas

 

John Wick: Chapter 2

Keanu Reeves returns as hit man John Wick, brought out of retirement by a former associate, he heads to Rome for some serious battle scenes.

Rolling Stone says: Reeves, a throwback to the great Hong Kong action stars, is poetry in bruising motion. He’s a cowboy. He’s a samurai. He’s rock and roll. 

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

HK Island MCL South Horizons (Ap Lei Chau)

Other cinemas  The Grand Cinema, Sky Cinema, Golden Harvest, The Metroplex, Cinema City (Langham Place), MCL Cinemas

 

Jackie

Following the assassination of her husband JFK, this story follows the story of Jackie Kennedy (played by Natalie Portman) as she comes to terms with the grief, loss and the legacy.

The Guardian says: Natalie Portman is extraordinary as JFK’s widow, but the real star of Pablo Larraín’s kaleidoscopic film is Mica Levi’s score

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

HK Island Palace ifc (Broadway Circuit), AMC (Pacific Place)

Other cinemas  Broadway Circuit

 

Hidden Figures

The true story of three African-American women working for Nasa, who in 1961, played an important role in the launch of its first successful space missions. Opens Feb 2.

The New York Times says: There is something to be said for a well-told tale with a clear moral and a satisfying emotional payoff.

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

HK Island Cyberport (Broadway), AMC (Pacific Place)

Other cinemas The Grand Cinema, Golden Harvest, Broadway Circuit, The Metroplex, MCL Cinemas

 

I, Daniel Blake

From British director Ken Loach comes a gritty and emotional story of an middle-aged carpenter in the north of England recovering from a heart attack, and his battle with the benefits system, which won the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Opens Feb 9

The Guardian says: This powerful parable about the failings of the benefits system avoids irony and cynicism and treats its troubled characters with humour and humanity.

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

Broadway Circuit

 

Lala Land

The film that won seven Golden Globes, with Ryan Gosling as a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress (Emma Stone).

Vulture says: To rhapsodize about La La Land is to complete the experience. You want to sing its praises, literally. 

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

HK Island Palace ifc (Broadway Circuit), Cyberport (Broadway), MCL JP Cinema (Causeway Bay), MCL South Horizons (Ap Lei Chau), Grand Windsor (Causeway Bay), AMC (Pacific Place), UA Cine times (Causeway Bay)

Other cinemas UA Cinemas, The Grand Cinema, Sky Cinema, Golden Harvest, Broadway Circuit, MCL Cinemas

 

Moana

Disney Animation’s new musical Polynesian adventure follows the tail of Moana, the chief’s daughter heading off in search of demi-god Maui to save her people. A Christmas hit in the US and expected to be another huge success in Hong Kong.

Variety says: More than Tangled, more than Frozen, Moana keeps with the tradition that made Disney the leader in animated fairy and folk tales.

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

The Grand Cinema

 

Resident Evil: The Final chapter

Evil comes home in the last of the Resident Evil series, as the last survivor of the human race, Alice (Milla Jovovich), returns to the Hive in Raccoon city, where the deadly outbreak began.  Expect lots more guns, gore and explosions. 

Empire says: Reasonably entertaining but hectic (supposed) finale for the up-and-down series. 

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

Other cinemas Golden HarvestCinema City (Langham Place)

 

Split

James McAvoy stars as Kevin Crumb, the man with multiple personalities in this chilling horror film by M Night Shyamalan. Three teenage girls are abducted and must escape before Kevin’s 24th personality is unleashed.

Empire says: This psycho-thriller showcases an awards-worthy performance from James McAvoy. Shyamalan papers over plot-holes with dry black humour and well-judged suspense, and — as always — holds back some surprises.

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

Sky Cinema, Golden Harvest, Cinema City (Langham Place)

 

Land of Mine

Premiered at the Toronto film festival in 2015, this film has a stack of awards under its belt. As World War Two comes to an end, a group of German POWs, boys rather than men, are captured by the Danish army and forced to engage in a deadly task – to defuse and clear land mines from the Danish coastline. 

Variety says: A little-remembered chapter from WWII’s immediate aftermath in Denmark is dramatized in this potent and accomplished feature.

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

Broadway Circuit

 

Hacksaw Ridge

Directed by Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge tells the true story of WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield – The Amazing Spiderman, Social Network), the first man in American history to win the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

The Telegraph says: War is hell, but through Hacksaw Ridge, Gibson finds a way to harrow it. There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

The Grand Cinema

 

Opening soon

 

Beauty and the Beast (now booking)

Disney’s live action remake of the animated classic starring Emma Watson. This much anticipated release is booking up fast. Opens March 16

Now booking for (click for times and tickets):

HK Island Palace ifc (Broadway Circuit), Cyberport (Broadway), Grand Windsor (Causeway Bay), AMC (Pacific Place), UA Cine times (Causeway Bay)

Other cinemas UA Cinemas, The Grand Cinema, Sky Cinema, Golden Harvest, Broadway Circuit, Cinema City (Langham Place), MCL Cinemas

 

Life

A science-fiction horror film starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson. Six astronauts on board a space station find life in a sample from Mars. Opens Mar 26

Empire says: Doesn’t register emotionally in the way it strives for, but is diverting as a portrait of the nascent celebrity industry, with fine performances from Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson.

 

Power Rangers

Power Rangers gets a new dark, young-adult makeover for this feature film of the classic TV series. High school outcasts stumble upon an old alien ship, where they acquire superpowers and are dubbed the Power Rangers. Opens Mar 26

Empire says: On such a limited level this delivers; if you take the kids, leave them to it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

by The Angloinfo Hong Kong team. Find out more about The Angloinfo Hong Kong team here.

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