movies are opening this week alongside two relatively unknown shows and one Malaysian-made book adaptation. Read our list and get ready to book your tickets online.
Kimchi Untuk Awak
The movie is based on the novel of the same name by author Suri Ryana and stars Aiman Hakim and Emma Maembong in lead roles. Bella (Emma Maembong) is a student in a South Korean university and during her semester break she decideds to return home to Malaysia. Things take a turn when she gets into an accident with a man named Danial Lee Jae Hwan. Through a series of circumstances, their paths cross again and they soon find themselves at the mercy of their families who try to set them up. The movie marks the directorial debut for Michael Ang.
Duration: 1 hour 58 minutes
The Boss Baby
A suit-wearing briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co. Yeah, Dreamworks' movies are often times hit and miss. The titular baby is voiced by Alec Baldwin and the unbelievable premise of a baby 'boss' will be stretched thin here. If you're looking for a movie to get your kids out of the house and having a good time The Boss Baby will be that movie. It's also based on an award-winning picture book by Marla Frazee.
Duration: 1 hour 37 minutes
Ghost in the Shell
In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. Though much has been said about Hollywood whitewashing, the original director of Ghost in the Shell, Mamoru Oshii, has come out to defend Hollywood's decision to cast Scarlett Johansson saying "The Major is a cyborg and her physical form is an entirely assumed one. The name 'Motoko Kusanagi' and her current body are not her original name and body, so there is no basis for saying that an Asian actress must portray her." If that doesn't sway your opinion, the movie was even written by Masamune Shirow, the writer for the first Ghost in the Shell movie.
Duration: 2 hours
The Whole Truth
Defense attorney Richard Ramsay (Keanu Reeves) takes on a personal case when he swears to his widowed friend, Loretta Lassiter (Renee Zellweger), that he will keep her son Mike out of prison. Charged with murdering his father, Mike initially confesses to the crime. But as the trial proceeds, chilling evidence about the kind of man that Boone Lassiter really was comes to light. While Ramsay uses the evidence to get his client acquitted, his new colleague Janelle tries to dig deeper - and begins to realize that the whole truth is something she alone can uncover. We don't know how we feel about Keanu Reeves in a courtroom drama. The man can do no wrong in an action film but his dramatic performances have been... suspect.
Duration: 1 hour 33 minutes
Beauty and the Beast
There she is, the movie we've all been waiting for. The drama surrounding this movie has been blown out of proportion with a salvo of rumours, allegations, gay-ness, you name it; only to be met by a silent acquiesce by the LPF. Disney didn't want to budge on cutting the film and the LPF didn't want to budge on not cutting the film. So why is it being screened without cuts and without a statement by the LPF? Let's not question this any further. So – synopsis, right: tale as old as time, girl realises her furry kink, gets disappointed in the end.
Duration: 2 hours 10 minutes