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MOVIES THIS WEEK:
THE KING & THE MOCKINGBIRD (NR).
Run Time: 1 hour, 23 mins.
Paul Grimault’s THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD, written by
Grimault and Jacques Prévert. Based on a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, the wildly satirical
THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD follows a chimney sweep and shepherdess who seek to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king. Hugely influential, THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD is credited by celebrated Japanese animators Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata as inspiring the creation of their own studio, the now world famous Studio Ghibli. (MOCKINGBIRD was chosen by Ghibli as the first release of their own distribution label in 2007). Its influence can
also be felt in such films as Brad Bird’s THE IRON GIANT.
FURIOUS 7 (PG13)
Run time: 2 hours, 17 mins.
Dominic Torretto and his crew thought they left the criminal mercenary life behind. They defeated an international terrorist named Owen Shaw and went their seperate ways. But now, Shaw’s brother, Deckard Shaw is out killing the crew one by one for revenge. Worse, a Somalian terrorist called Jakarde, and a shady government official called “Mr. Nobody” are both competing to steal a computer terrorism program called God’s Eye, that can turn any technological device into a weapon. Torretto must reconvene with his team to stop Shaw and retrieve the God’s Eye program while caught in a power struggle between terrorist and the United States government. Do you really need to know the plot? It’s a fun popcorn movie where cars drop out of planes in parachutes and so on.
IT FOLLOWS (R)
Run time: 1 hour, 47 mins.
Following a strange sexual encounter, a teenager (Maika Monroe) has disturbing visions and the inescapable feeling that someone — or something — is after her. Recently named one of the best horror movies of the last decade!
Run time: 2 hours.
Now on the run from Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and the rest of the power-hungry Erudites, Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) search for allies and answers in the ruins of Chicago. They must find out what Tris’ family sacrificed their lives to protect and why the Erudites will do anything to stop them. Side by side, Tris and Four face one seemingly insurmountable challenge after another, as they unravel the secrets of the past and — ultimately — the future of their world.
KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE (R)
Run time: 2 hours. 5 mins.
Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton), whose late father secretly worked for a spy organization, lives in a South London housing estate and seems headed for a life behind bars. However, dapper agent Harry Hart (Colin Firth) recognizes potential in the youth and recruits him to be a trainee in the secret service. Meanwhile, villainous Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) launches a diabolical plan to solve the problem of climate change via a worldwide killing spree.