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(USA) A ro­man­tic im­mi­grant’s tale in 1950s Brook­lyn, pre-hip­ster takeover. Saoirse Ro­nan is an Ir­ish girl who falls for an Ital­ian plum­ber, but meets an­other man when she re­turns to her home­land on a visit. A charm­ing fa­ble told well, with a vivid per­for­mance from Ro­nan to keep the lid on any po­ten­tial melo­drama.


(USA) No come­back is as leg­endary as Sylvester Stal­lone’s re­turn as Rocky Bal­boa. The re­tired box­ing star men­tors ris­ing tal­ent Ado­nis (Michael B. Jor­dan), whose late fa­ther was Rocky’s old ri­val Apollo Creed. A clas­sic story of an un­der­dog’s vic­tory paired with ex­cel­lently ex­e­cuted ac­tion packs a punch in our books.

The Divergent Se­ries: Al­le­giant

(USA) In the penul­ti­mate film of the Divergent Se­ries, pro­tag­o­nist Tris Prior (Shai­lene Wood­ley) must ex­plore where her trust and loy­al­ties lie as she and Four (Theo James) es­cape postapoc­a­lyp­tic Chicago and look for a way to save their city.

Hail Cae­sar!

(USA) This new Coen Brothers ensem­ble epic cen­ters on early 50s Hol­ly­wood. Real-life pro­ducer Ed­die Man­nix (Josh Brolin) is tasked with his big­gest chal­lenge yet when the star of an up­com­ing pe­riod flick (Ge­orge Clooney) is kid­napped. Star­ring the likes of Chan­ning Ta­tum, Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, Ralph Fi­ennes and Tilda Swin­ton, this one’s a fun romp.

The Dan­ish Girl

(UK) Win­ning a well-de­served best sup­port­ing ac­tress Os­car, Ali­cia Vikan­der is Dan­ish artist Gerda We­gener, whose hus­band Ei­nar (Ed­die Red­mayne) was the first ever to at­tempt a maleto-fe­male sex re­as­sign­ment surgery in his­tory. Red­mayne’s per­for­mance ef­fort­lessly shows the deep emo­tional tur­moil of tran­si­tion­ing in the late 19th cen­tury, but not with­out a few clichéd shots.

Jour­ney to the Shore

(Ja­pan) A ro­man­tic ghost story deeply em­bed­ded in Ja­panese cul­ture, “Jour­ney to the Shore” is about a pi­ano teacher’s sec­ond hon­ey­moon with her hus­band—who went miss­ing and re­turns as a ghost.

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