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New films and DVDs for August 2017

Written by · Published Jul 31, 2017

Ghost in the Shell, Viceroy's House, A Dog's Purpose

Ghost in the Shell

“Sci-fi action drama directed by Rupert Sanders and starring Scarlett Johansson and Michael Pitt. Based on the iconic manga series of the same name by Masamune Shirow, the story revolves around human-cyborg hybrid The Major (Johansson) and Section 9, her cyberterrorism taskforce protecting a futuristic Japan from the dangers of their extremely technologically advanced society.

“With a highly skilled cyberterrorist determined to wreak havoc on prominent artificial intelligence company Hanka Robotics, The Major must lead her forces into battle while also attempting to find out more about her own mysterious past.”

Smurfs: The lost village

“Animated comedy adventure directed by Kelly Asbury. When Smurfette (voice of Demi Lovato) finds a mysterious map that suggests the location of another Smurf colony, she and her friends Brainy (Danny Pudi), Clumsy (Jack McBrayer) and Hefty (Joe Manganiello) set out on a journey to find the lost village.

“When they discover the evil Gargamel (Rainn Wilson) is also looking for the village, the two parties must race against each other on a journey that will take them through the dark depths of the Forbidden Forest.”

Viceroy’s House

“Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson star in this drama set in 1947, telling the story of the days leading up to India’s independence from Britain. In Delhi, Viceroy’s House is home to Lord Mountbatten (Bonneville), great-grandson to Queen Victoria, with his wife Lady Mountbatten (Anderson) and their daughter Pamela (Lily Travers). Mountbatten has been charged with overseeing the transition of British India to an independent nation but when Indian politicians descend upon the house with differing opinions of what form the independence should take, chaos ensues, resulting in a divided nation.”

Their Finest

“Lone Scherfig directs this British romantic comedy drama starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy. Set during World War II with London coming under sustained attack during the Blitz, young Welsh copywriter Catrin Cole (Arterton) is employed by the British Ministry of Information to bring a female perspective to their latest propaganda film aimed at raising the morale of the British people.

“Assigned to co-write a project based around the Battle of Dunkirk, Catrin must overcome the sexist attitudes of fellow screenwriter Tom Buckley (Claflin) and pompous actor Ambrose Hilliard (Nighy) as she attempts to put the film together.”

Going in Style

“Zach Braff directs this comedy based on the 1979 film. Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin star as Willie, Joe and Al, three disillusioned retirees. Down on their luck after becoming impoverished by the pitiful pension payments they receive after the company they have worked for their entire lives is sold to a foreign corporation, the desperate trio decide to rob the very bank where their money is held. Having no idea where to start, they enlist the help of some shady characters along the way to show them the ropes before risking it all in their daring heist.”

A Dog’s Purpose

“Britt Robertson and Dennis Quaid star in this family comedy drama that follows a dog (voice of Josh Gad) through several incarnations of its life. In 1961, Bailey, a Golden Retriever puppy, is adopted by a young boy named Ethan (Quaid/K.J. Apa/Bryce Gheisar), who quickly falls in love with his new pet. As the years pass, Bailey grows up alongside Ethan until his family regretfully have to get him put down in old age.

“However, Bailey soon wakes up in the body of a young, female dog named Ellie who works for the Chicago Police Department before being reincarnated again as a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, all the while remembering each of his past lives. When he is again reincarnated as an abusive couple’s new pet, Bailey heads back to the old town he used to live in with Ethan, where he might finally find the purpose he’s always longed for in life.”

Brandon King

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