Flight Director: Robert Zemeckis Starring: Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, John Goodman This tale of an airline pilot who saves more than 200 lives during a crash landing is Zemeckis’ first live action movies since 2000’s hit Cast Away. Washington plays Captain William Whitaker, who goes from being a hero who landed a plane in the most impossible of circumstances to a man facing jail after an investigation finds alcohol was in his blood during the flight.
Arbitrage Director: Nicholas Jarecki Starring: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Nate Parker Richard Gere is being tipped to win an Oscar for his performance as Robert Miller, a millionaire hedge fund magnate whose world is turned upside down when a companion dies in a car crash and he flees the scene. British actor Tim Roth excels as the cop trying to bring down a man whose wealth might make him above the law.
Great Expectations Director: Mike Newell Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Irvine, Robbie Coltrane, Holliday Grainger The British director has created an extremely dark version of the classic Charles Dickens novel. Jeremy Irvine plays Pip, a young orphan who is besotted with Estella (Grainger), the niece of the slightly unhinged Miss Havisham. When Pip grows up, he receives untold wealth from an unknown benefactor, but still finds himself shunned by his love and her manipulative aunt.
End Of Watch Director: David Ayer Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick This US cop thriller from the writer of Training Day, David Ayer, revolves around two officers who are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel, during a routine traffic stop. Gyllenhaal and Peña spent five months training for the film, including going on 12-hour shifts with Los Angeles law enforcement agencies up to three times a week.
A Werewolf Boy Director: Jo Sung-hee Starring: Song Joong-ki, Park Bo-young This kooky and spooky South Korean fantasy romance is about a teenage girl who befriends a feral boy, who behaves more like an animal, and teaches him how to speak and write. But the werewolf boy hides dark secrets and when his animal instincts take over, a whole town turns against him.
Francophrenia Directors: James Franco, Ian Olds Starring: Julie Marie Berman, Sara A. Bibel and Steve Burton When Franco joins the cast of General Hospital he takes along a film crew to turn the tables on the soap’s crew and actors. He then hands it to Olds to reinvent in a bizarre and dark exploration into the world of celebrity. Olds re-imagines the film with new voices and multiple personae. Blurring the lines between high and low culture the documentary explores the increasing paranoia of Franco the star and Franco the character.
American Empire Director: Patrea Patrick Starring: Tariq Ali, G. Edward Griffin, John Robbins American Empire is another exposé into the America PLC and asks whether it has crushed, controlled and steered both home and foreign policy entirely for commercial and private gain. Is this an Empire which is run like a business? Is it intent on destroying our planet, our health, our food chain and very freedom, all in the relentless drive to amass power and wealth for a select few?
In Search Of Oil & Sand Directors: Philippe Dib, Wael Omar What started out as an extravagant vanity piece made by the Egyptian royal family in 1952 turns unwittingly into a documentary capturing the final days before the coup that saw them ousted from power. As the coup gains power the original director destroys the film in fear of reprisals. Like all good mysteries the film is then forgotten for decades only to be found by Mahmoud Sabit, himself a relation of the late king of Egypt. This focuses on the film’s story, its cast of real life players and the political circumstances surrounding its making.
Mohammad Saved From The Waters Director: Safaa Fathy Fathy loses her brother to kidney failure because he refused a donated kidney. This film examines various ethical issues facing Egyptians today, from religious choice and tradition to family and the country’s rapid change. It also looks at how pollution is impacting on the country today. Intertwined with these is the discussion and exploration of the organ trade in Egypt.
Stories We Tell Director: Sarah Polley Sarah Polley eloquently tells the tale of a family’s darkest secret. By using original home movies, interviews and narration she explores the discovery that the man who brought her up, and who she thought was her father, is not. In Stories We Tell, Polley interviews each family member while the man she thought of as her father, looks on as his personal story is revealed and unfolded to him.
Fun for all the family October 13 is all about the kids. Head down to Marina Mall between 2pm and 6pm for free screenings, face painting, special guests and the chance for the nippers to be a star and walk the red carpet. The grown-ups can watch films while their kids are supervised for the entirety of their chosen movie. These films can be seen on the day.
Films to watch Pinocchio Director: Enzo D’Alò Starring: Robert Naylor, Rocco Papaleo This new Italian version of the classic tale about a puppet with a growing nose is beautifully animated in 2D and is an all-European affair. It was produced by CometaFilm (Italy), Iris Productions (Luxembourg), 2D3D Animations (France) and Walking The Dog (Belgium). D’Alò’s version shies away from the Disney classic and stays more loyal to the book by Carlo Collodi.
Moon Man Director: Stephan Schesch Starring: Katharina Thalbach German director Stephan Schesch’s Moon Man is adapted from the worldwide bestseller by Tomi Ungerer. A beautifully drawn animation, it tells the tale of the Moon Man, who leaves his ‘shimmering seat in space’, catches the ‘fiery tail’ of a passing comet, and lands on Earth to try out all the things us humans get up to which he’s longingly observed from above.
Satellite Boy Director: Catriona McKenzie Starring: David Gulpilil This Australian feature film tackles head on the thorny issue of land disputes and the country’s relationship with its Aboriginal community. Pete is ten and lives in the outback with his grandfather in an old abandoned outdoor cinema. When developers threaten his home, he heads to the city with his best friend Kalmain to try and save his home. It’s a classic tale of the everyday man fighting big business. Gulpilil has starred in 2008’s Australia, The Proposition (with Guy Pearce) and 1986 action comedy Crocodile Dundee.
Catch these restored classics 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) Director: Richard Fleischer Starring: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre The tale of a 19th century captain who sets sail on a quest to discover the fate of mysteriously missing whaling vessels only to unearth a sinister mystery that neither he nor the audience expect. The film was a pioneer of its time, boasting storytelling genius, photographic ingenuity and lavish budget. 20,000 Leagues was the first science fiction to be produced by Disney with the man himself as producer. A classic then and a classic now.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Director: David Lean Starring: Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif, Anthony Quinn, Alec Guinness An epic by anyone’s standards. The movie opens with the funeral of T.E. Lawrence, then traces his life back through the decades and desert adventures. An army officer during WW1 Lawrence is posted in the Middle East only to take on desert missions to unite the tribes and become a pawn in the British plan to secure Arab cooperation. Filmed over two years the ambitious film cost a staggering Dhs47.75m to make and won seven Academy awards.
Singin’ in the Rain (1952) Director: Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen Starring: Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen Set in 1927, mega-stars and silent film romantic-duo (Kelly and Hagen) face the imminent arrival of ‘talkies’ with the knowledge Hagen has a voice like broken glass. Seeking solace in down-to-earth Reynolds the magic comes alive through numerous musical classics such as the iconic ‘Singin’ In The Rain,’ ‘You Were Meant For Me,’ ‘You Are My Lucky Star,’ and ‘The Broadway Melody.’ Although reviews were luke-warm at release it has since become an all-time classic movie and regularly tops the lists of the greatest movies ever made.