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New films and DVDs for January 2019

Written by · Published Dec 28, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians, The House with a Clock in its Walls, The Children Act

King of Thieves

“Michael Caine stars in this British crime drama directed by James Marsh.

“A group of retired crooks come together to rob an underground safe deposit facility in London’s Hatton Garden jewellery quarter. The gang break into the vault over the Easter holiday weekend and get away with over £200 million worth of stolen goods. However, as the police start to close in, cracks begin to show among the group as they become increasingly suspicious of each other and their plans to split the money.”

The Nun

“Taissa Farmiga and Demián Bichir star in this horror spin-off of The Conjuring 2 (2016).

“Set in 1952, the film follows Catholic priest Father Burke (Bichir) and young nun Sister Irene (Farmiga) as they are dispatched by the Vatican to investigate the mysterious death of a nun at the Cârta Monastery in Romania. Upon arrival, they are met with a hostile reception as the malevolent entities occupying the monastery reveal themselves. As they work to uncover the secrets of the order, will they escape with their souls intact or will they be the next victims of the demonic nun?”

The House with a Clock in its Walls

“American adventure drama in which an orphaned boy named Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro) is welcomed into a whole new world when he discovers that his eccentric uncle is a warlock.

“Beginning a new life with his uncle, Jonathan Barnavelt (Jack Black), Lewis is jealous of the other boys at school as he struggles to blend in with his peers and is bullied for his introverted ways, but everything changes when Jonathan and his neighbour Mrs. Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett) introduce him to the magical world. Lewis quickly learns the makings of a warlock and practises his spells with great talent, but gets more than he bargained for when a trick to impress his new friends results in the resurrection of an evil witch.

“Things are made even worse when Jonathan’s quirky home reveals that a hidden ticking clock within the heart of the house may bring about the end of the world, and it is up to Jonathan, Lewis and Mrs. Zimmerman to prevent disaster.”

Crazy Rich Asians

“Constance Wu and Henry Golding star in this US romantic comedy based on the novel by Kevin Kwan.

“After dating for more than a year, Nick Young (Golding) decides it’s finally time for his girlfriend, Rachel Chu (Wu), a New York economics professor, to meet his family when he travels back to Singapore for his best friend’s wedding. Having mentioned little about his family, Rachel is shocked to discover Nick is the sole heir to a vast fortune as his family belong to the elite class of the super-rich.

“However, culture clashes and a cruel ultimatum from Nick’s hostile family threaten to ruin their relationship. Can the couple find a way to overcome their seemingly insurmountable differences to be together?”

A Simple Favour

“Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively star in this crime thriller directed by Paul Feig.

“The film follows Stephanie Ward (Kendrick), a blogger who becomes friends with the glamorous Emily Nelson (Lively) after meeting outside their children’s school. The pair begin to form a strong bond, only for Emily to suddenly disappear shortly after calling Stephanie asking her to do her a small favour.

“With no sign of her after days of searching, Stephanie begins looking into the secrets of Emily’s past as she desperately searches for answers.”

The Children Act

“British drama in which a high court judge must make a life-or-death decision on behalf of a child while struggling with her own problems in her personal life.

“Putting her marriage and own self-interests on the back burner, Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) puts her time and energy into a high-profile case which sees a 17-year-old Jehovah’s Witness refuse a life-saving blood transfusion due to his religious principles. With the boy’s condition worsening by the day, it is up to Fiona to ultimately decide whether to overrule the parents’ and child’s decision and enforce the blood transfusion or to grant the family their wish and dismiss it.

“When Fiona liaises with the boy herself to gain a greater understanding of his needs, feelings of regret rise to the surface as she reflects on her failing marriage and her husband, Jack (Stanley Tucci), begs her to fight for their relationship. When the time comes for Fiona to lay down the law, which path will she choose and can she mend her broken bond with her husband?”

Brandon King

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