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The Big Bee

(Ja­pan) Set in 90s Ja­pan, the Big Bee is a state-ofthe-art mil­i­tary he­li­copter that’s re­motely hi­jacked on the day of its launch and flown above a nu­clear power plant. Full of ex­plo­sives and with only eight hours be­fore fuel runs out, how will Ja­pan get it­self out of this sticky sit­u­a­tion?

The Big Short

(USA) See re­view, above.

Con­cus­sion

(USA) Will Smith is Dr. Ben­net Omalu, the man who dis­cov­ered the sports-re­lated brain trauma dis­ease CTE, which leads to brain de­te­ri­o­ra­tion sim­i­lar to Alzheimer’s. “Con­cus­sion” is the dra­matic retelling of his cru­sade to alert all quar­ter­backs... Con­vinc­ing act­ing from Smith, but the story devel­op­ment is too slow and weak to score a touch-down.

Daddy’s Home

(USA) The sec­ond com­edy col­lab be­tween Will Fer­rell and Mark Wahlberg since 2010’s de­tec­tive ac­tion-com­edy “The Other Guys,” Hol­ly­wood pits mild-man­nered step­dad (Fer­rell) against bad boy bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther (Wahlberg) in the ul­ti­mate fa­ther­hood one-up com­pe­ti­tion.

Dirty Grandpa

(USA) Zac Efron, an up­tight lawyer (in what world would that work?), is about to marry his boss’s daugh­ter, but he’s taken on a whirl­wind road trip through Florida with his sleazy grand­fa­ther (Robert De Niro). Prob­a­bly ex­actly what you’d ex­pect from a movie ti­tled “Dirty Grandpa.”

Dheepan

(France/Sri Lanka) In­spired by the me­dieval lit­er­ary work “Per­sian Letters,” in which two Per­sian aris­to­crats write about their jour­ney through France, “Dheepan” is the tale of three Tamil refugees who flee the Sri Lankan civil war to come to France. Apt for our times and deeply mov­ing, the film won the Palme d’Or grand prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Fes­ti­val.

House of Wolves

(Hong Kong) This CNY com­edy’s writ­ten by fre­quent Stephen Chow col­lab­o­ra­tor Vin­cent Kok, so ex­pect heaps of mo lei tau non­sense: It stars Fran­cis Ng Chun-yu as a con-man who’s pre­tend­ing to be an ALS pa­tient, and Ron­ald Cheng as a vil­lage leader. Both fall in love with a girl who’s new to the vil­lage.

Ip Man 3

(Hong Kong) Donnie Yen re­turns as Wing Chun leg­end Ip Man. This time, the grand­mas­ter dukes it out with none other than Mike Tyson him­self, who plays a prop­erty de­vel­oper who has his eyes set on land oc­cu­pied by a lo­cal pri­mary school. Ob­vi­ously, the tightly ex­e­cuted ac­tion bal­ances out the du­bi­ous plot.

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