10 Baad Al Moukah Director: Yousry Nasrallah Stars: Salah Abdallah, Nahed El Sebaï and Bassem Samra
This film marks the current period of transition in Egypt, from the January 25 revolution to the referendum process and the choice of the country's next president. Time Out Dubai staff
Weekly box office: Dhs103,301 Weekly admissions: 2,924 Total box office: Dhs103,301 Total admissions: 2,924
9 Resident Evil: Retribution Director: Paul W.S. Anderson Stars: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Michelle Rodriguez, Aryana Engineer, Bingbing Li, Boris Kodjoe, Johann Urb, Robin Kasyanov
A cacophony of abstract action-horror mayhem, this fifth entry in the video gameinspired franchise finds superheroine Alice (Jovovich) massacring zombies as per usual as she attempts to escape an underwater complex. Retribution’s story brings back familiar places and faces, including Michelle Rodriguez’s resurrected angel of death, and makes little sense. No matter, though; from the opening viewed-in-rewind set piece to the sweeping final image of apocalyptic warfare, director Paul WS Anderson utilises slow-motion 3D to hyperbolic effect while again casting Jovovich as the epitome of badass femininity. It’s a late franchise entry that distills genre elements down to their beautiful-nightmare aesthetic core. We’re really not sure how long they can keep this series up, though. Nick Schager
Weekly box office: Dhs147,193 Weekly admissions: 3,370 Total box office: Dhs3,816,684 Total admissions: 82,503
8 Interview with a Hitman Director: Perry Bhandal Stars: Luke Goss, Caroline Tillette, Stephen Marcus, Danny Midwinter, Elliot Greene, Philip Whitchurch
This low-budget British gangster film uses flashbacks to explain how Viktor (Goss), a Romanian assassin, was indoctrinated into the criminal underworld after fleeing to London as a child. Despite a small budget and just 18 days of shooting, this indie has a measured, moody atmosphere. Time Out Dubai staff
Weekly box office: Dhs221,268 Weekly admissions: 5,803 Total box office: Dhs221,268 Total admissions: 5,803
Furry, 3D family flick from Argentina about eponymous hero Gaturro, a troublesome cat who can’t help but get into bother, despite consternation from his mother. Time Out Dubai staff
Weekly box office: Dhs327,779 Weekly admissions: 7,115 Total box office: Dhs327,779 Total admissions: 7,115
6 Premium Rush Director: David Koepp Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez, Sean Kennedy, Anthony Chisholm, Ashley Austin Morris, Wolé Parks
The idea behind the film is genius. Who watches a city car chase in a movie and believes it? The average traffic speed in the centre of most cities rarely reaches 10kph. But on a bike: now you’re talking.
This wildly fun New York chase movie runs on adrenaline rather than plot. Bike courier Wilee (Gordon-Levitt) has an envelope to deliver and a bad guy (Shannon) wants to stop him. It’s fast and furious. Cyclists, you’ll be watching with your hands over your face as Wilee bounces off opening taxi doors.
The action scenes hum, because they look real, performed by stuntmen riding real bikes on real streets – including a knockout turn by Scottish cyclist Danny MacAskill (look him up immediately on YouTube if you’ve never seen him in action). A blast. Cath Clarke
Weekly box office: Dhs313,928 Weekly admissions: 7,874 Total box office: Dhs1,595,153 Total admissions: 39,714
5 Battle of 2 Empires Director: Faruk Aksoy Stars: Devrim Evin, Ibrahim Celikkol and Dilek Serbest
Turkey’s top-grossing film is released here in an English-dubbed version and the original (subtitled) Arabic. Despite being the most expensive film ever filmed in its own country, it still looks cheap by Hollywood standards, but we were impressed by the movie’s scope and ambition.
Released at home simply as Fetih 1453, and internationally as Conquest 1453, this epic has a runtime of 160 minutes, with plenty of drawn-out battle showdowns to get your teeth into. Some of the scenes play out as soap-like, and perhaps some of the dialogue is lost in translation. But there’s plenty for an international crowd to learn from this project, which stands as a significant filmmaking achievement for Turkey. TO
Weekly box office: Dhs614,803 Weekly admissions: 16,870 Total box office: Dhs614,803 Total admissions: 16,870
4 Savages Director: Oliver Stone Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Gary Stretch, Benicio Del Toro, Diego Cataño, Shea Whigham, Karishma Ahluwalia, Joaquín Cosio
Pretend, if you like, that the creative mode you wish Oliver Stone would return to after all these years is the one he occupied for the headache-inducing Natural Born Killers (1994), an instantly dated anomaly. If you can persuade yourself of this bad idea, then the scuzz-violent, pop-opera-drenched Savages is for you.
Narrated in Blake Lively’s slurriest, most wayward-babe growl, the movie feels cool in a strained way. Three tanned Laguna Beach dealers of illegal herbs are our heroes. Soon enough, here come the scary Mexicans, sending our trio spooky emails, snatching up their beloved blonde and generally calling for tough tactics. Stone and his actors make this pulp watchable enough, but he’s a lot more fun when grafting his histrionic nerve onto weightier subjects: presidents, wars, James Woods’s ego. This time, Stone is just sloshing around in the shallow end. Joshua Rothkopf
Weekly box office: Dhs642,651 Weekly admissions: 17,901 Total box office: Dhs642,651 Total admissions: 17,901
3 The Apparition Director: Todd Lincoln Stars: Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton, Julianna Guill, Luke Pasqualino, Rick Gomez, Anna Clark, Marti Matulis
You’d think a spectre from another dimension would have better things to do than dislocate furniture and open garage doors without a remote, but here we are – again – as a vapid couple are taunted by a demon who enjoys making the soap insta-moldy after the heroine disrobes for a shower. At least the Paranormal Activity films enliven this conceit with formal rigour. While an eerie, 1973-set prologue hints at a story, The Apparition turns out to be nothing more than a series of feebly constructed boo scenes tacked together to achieve (barely) feature length. Ben Kenigsberg
Weekly box office: Dhs673,217 Weekly admissions: 18,228 Total box office: Dhs673,217 Total admissions: 18,228
2 Dredd Director: Pete Travis Stars: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Jason Cope, Rakie Ayola, Warrick Grier
John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s popular dystopian comic-book character finally gets the movie adaptation he deserves with this unapologetically violent 3D action feature. A crisp prelude introduces the stunning post-apocalyptic setting, a crime-ridden American megalopolis several states long, and our perpetually helmeted antihero (Urban). Dredd is one of numerous ‘judges’ with the power to capture, sentence and execute those who break the law.
The shoot ’em-up plot is pure simplicity, but there’s genuine artistry behind the film’s video-game goals. The impressively lean script by Alex Garland (28 Days Later) is shorn of almost all superfluity beyond a few dud Schwarzenegger-esque kiss-offs, while Anthony Dod Mantle’s sensational widescreen cinematography harks back to the tension-inducing inventiveness of early John Carpenter. The added dimension is put to terrific use, whether in sinewy close-up or 100-storey-drop long shot. We’re a long way from Sly Stallone and Rob Schneider here. Keith Uhlich
Weekly box office: Dhs990,683 Weekly admissions: 22,148 Total box office: Dhs990,683 Total admissions: 22,148
1 The Watch Director: Akiva Schaffer Stars: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, Rosemarie DeWitt, Will Forte, Mel Rodriguez, Doug Jones
American superstore Costco gets an iffy amount of brand exposure in this marginally amusing alien-invasion comedy. It’s an apt enough association for a film packaged as pure product, aiming to snare the combined markets for loudmouth comics, sci-fi action and, er, Richard Ayoade – who, however seemingly misplaced, is the freshest thing here.
When a colleague is gruesomely murdered by a slime-trailing killer, Stiller forms a neighbourhood watch force, though fellow members Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Ayoade are more interested in bromance than keeping the peace. As is the film: the intrusion of a somewhat mangy-looking Third Kind doesn’t distract the script from its strict agenda of lame jokes and casual xenophobia. The laughs are as cheap and cheerful as the effects, but the film’s dim boisterousness is troubling. Guy Lodge Weekly box office: Dhs1,186,118 Weekly admissions: 28,558 Total box office: Dhs1,186,118 Total admissions: 28,558