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Showing in Hong Kong cinemas 20th to 26th April 2017

April 20, 2017

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

 

The Shack

Based on the 2007 best-selling novel, it’s a religious story of a man troubled by the disappearance of his daughter who receives a letter from God, asking to meet him at The Shack where his daughter’s dress was found. Opens Apr 20.

Plugged In says: Like the book it’s based upon, this cinematic story about a grieving man encountering God is almost certain to stir up controversy among Christians.

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

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

Other cinemas The Grand Cinema, Broadway Circuit, MCL Cinemas

 

Denial

A powerful courtroom drama of a libel case between a historian Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) and Holocaust denier David Irving (Timothy Spall), based on a true story. Opens Apr 17.

The Guardian says: this drama about a historian’s pursual through the UK justice system by a Holocaust denier is refreshing and very pertinent.

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

HK Island Palace ifc, AMC (Pacific Place)

Other cinemas Broadway Circuit

 

Trespass against us

Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson star in this British gangster film, of a son trying to escape his family’s life of crime. Opens Apr 13

Empire says: A family/crime drama with shades of Shane Meadows’ early work and a satisfying double act in Fassbender and Gleeson.

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

The Grand Cinema, Broadway Circuit

 

The Fate of the Furious/Fast and Furious 8

The eighth in the Fast and Furious series sees Dom (Vin Diesel) go rogue and turn against his family. Expect fast cars, explosions and guns. Opens Apr 13.

Empire says: A movie to which the brake pedal is but a rumour. If you can’t abide the Fast franchise, you’ll be furious, but fans will have a nitrous oxide blast.

HK Island Cyberport (Broadway), MCL South Horizons, Grand Windsor (Causeway Bay), AMC (Pacific Place), UA Cine times (Causeway Bay)

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

 

Smurfs Lost village

The Smurfs discover they may not be alone and go in search of the lost village, with plenty of fun and adventure along the way. Showing in English and Cantonese versions. Opens Apr 13

The Hollywood Reporter says: Smurfs: The Lost Village is a mediocre effort that nonetheless succeeds in its main goal of keeping its blue characters alive for future merchandising purposes.

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

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

Other cinemas UA Cinemas, The Grand Cinema, The Metroplex, MCL Cinemas

 

The Boss Baby

Dreamworks looks like they may have another family friendly hit with The Boss Baby. Alec Baldwin voices the new younger brother who wears a suit and is far smarter than he makes out to his parents. Did someone say Family Guy? Showing in English and Cantonese versions. Opens Apr 13

The New York Times says: The animated feature “The Boss Baby” has some hilarious moments. If, that is, you’re a grown-up.

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

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

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

 

A United Kingdom

An African prince falls in love with a local girl in 1940s London, based on a true story and starring Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo.

Empire says: It glides romantically along on the surface while political turmoil boils away underneath. Its plea for tolerance isn’t subtle, but it’s a story that deserves to be told.

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

HK Island AMC (Pacific Place)

Other cinemas The Grand Cinema

 

Hell or High Water

This modern western starring Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges and Ben Foster. Two down-on-their-luck brothers go on a bank robbing spree to save their late-mother’s farm from foreclosure. 

Empire says: Taut, tense and burnished by Jeff Bridges at his best. This is a deceptively simple tale of Texan cops and robbers that drags the Old West into the modern age.

Now showing at (click for times and tickets):

HK Island Palace ifc (Broadway Circuit)

Other cinemas The Grand Cinema, Broadway Circuit

 

Ghost in the Shell

Based on the popular Japanese Manga series of the same name and controversially casting a white woman to the role, Ghost in the Shell is set in the near future. Major (played by Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals.

Variety says: this is smart, hard-lacquered entertainment that may just trump the original films for galloping storytelling momentum and sheer, coruscating visual excitement 

Click below for showings, times and tickets:

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

Other cinemas The Grand CinemaGolden 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.

Click below for showings, times and tickets:

The Grand Cinema

 

Silence

A Martin Scorsese film, starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver as two Catholic missionaries who travel to Japan to find their mentor (Liam Neeson) who is rumoured to have denounced his faith, and to spread the faith at a time when it was outlawed in the country.

The Guardian says: This drama about two Christian priests’ quest to find their mentor in 17th-century Japan is sometimes hard work, but is full of conviction

Click below for showings, times and tickets:

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

Other cinemas Broadway Circuit

 

Beauty and the Beast 

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

The Telegraph says: Emma Watson dazzles in Disney’s show-stopping chocolate box of a remake

Click below for showings, times and tickets:

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

Other cinemas The Grand CinemaGolden Harvest, Broadway CircuitMCL 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.

Click below for showings, times and tickets:

The Grand Cinema

 

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. 

Click below for showings, times and tickets:

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.

Click below for showings, times and tickets:

The Grand Cinema

 

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

Click below for showings, times and tickets:

MCL Cinemas

 

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. 

Click below for showings, times and tickets:

The Grand Cinema

 

Opening soon

 

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – Apr 27

The Sky Lord (Chris Pratt) and the gang are back to save the galaxy once more to the soundtrack of Awesome Mixtape #2. Opens Apr 27

No reviews yet.

 

 

 

 

 

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

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