Thursday, October 2, 2014

Bangkok Cinema Scene: Movies opening October 2-8, 2014

The Homesman

Tommy Lee Jones saddles up again for an American old west tale, The Homesman, starring and directing this story of a gruff drifter who is recruited by a pioneer woman (Hilary Swank) to help her escort three mentally unstable women from Nebraska back east to Iowa.

Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto and Sonja Richter also star along with Meryl Streep.

A follow-up to Jones' previous theatrical directorial effort, 2005's The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, The Homesman premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Critical reception is generally positive. Rated 15+

Also opening

Planes: Fire and Rescue – With his gearbox damaged from revving too hard, Dusty the world-famous racing airplane decides to learn a new skill, and joins the fire-and-rescue team. The second sequel in this Cars spin-off series from DisneyToon Animation, Fire and Rescue introduces a host of new characters, including tough helicopter Blade Ranger voiced by Ed Harris. Dane Cook returns as Dusty. Other voices include Julie Bowen, Curtis Armstrong, Stacy Keach, Hal Holbrook, Wes Studi and Regina King. In 3D in some cinemas. Rated G

Annabelle – A dad-to-be thinks a creepy vintage doll would be the perfect gift for his unborn daughter. Soon after, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult and the doll is possessed by an evil demon. A spin-off and prequel of The Conjuring, it's directed by longtime cinematographer John R. Leonetti and is produced by James Wan, director of The Conjuring and Insidious. Critical reception is unknown. Rated 15+

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno – The second live-action adaptation of the manga has wandering former assassin Kenshin Himura (Takeru Sato) going up against former counterpart Makoto Shishio (Tatsuya Fujiwara), who is attempting to overthrow the Meiji government. Thai-dubbed only. Rated 15+

Naked Ambition 3D – A literature graduate who writes erotic stories for a newspaper’s soft-porn section loses his job and transitions into producing of pornographic films. He is then forced into acting in one and becomes famous in Japan. This is a loose sequel/reboot of a 2003 Hong Kong sex comedy. Chapman To and Josie Ho star. Thai-dubbed only. Rated 18+

Bang Bang! – Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif star in this official remake of the Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz action romp Knight and Day. He's a globetrotting superspy who happens upon a gorgeous woman and brings her along on his various adventures. It's in Hindi with English and Thai subtitles at Paragon, Embassy Diplomat Screens and Major Cineplex Sukhumvit, Rama III and Pattaya.

Also showing

The Friese-Greene Club – The films of Wong Kar-wai are in focus every Thursday this month, starting with 1996's Chungking Express. Cult films are on Fridays, opening with an animated, psychedelic blast of the Beatles and Yellow Submarine. Saturdays are all about William Friedkin, starting with his tense truck-driving epic Sorcerer, a remake of Le salaire de la peur, which showing next week at the Alliance Française"Hitchcock highlights" are featured on Sunday, beginning with Vertigo. And Wednesdays are devoted to the late Richard Attenborough. Next Wednesday's entry is the war drama The Sand Pebbles, starring Steve McQueen. Shows are at 8pm. The FGC is down an alley next to the Queen's Park Imperial Hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 22. There's just nine seats, so book them. Also, check the Facebook page for updates and program changes.

Alliance Française – Classic French films are on offer in October with the theme of "eternal thrillers". Next week's offering is 1953's Le salaire de la peur (The Wages of Fear), in which desperate men are given the job of driving an unstable load of dynamite though the South American jungle. Henri-Georges Clouzot directs and Yves Montand and Charles Vanel star. It was remade as Sorcerer by William Friedkin, which is showing at the Friese-Greene Club on Friday. It's in French with English subtitles at 7pm on Wednesday, October 8.

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