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Mad about movies: This week's new UAE film releases

Published on September 10, 2020 at 00.01

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The New Mutants

Another in a long line of films involving young adult outsiders finally feeling accepted, The New Mutants carries on the excellent X-Men franchise by introducing us to new characters. You know the story; a group of teenagers with special powers are put together in an institution. Far from the cozy academy in the previous movies, however, this looks to test their psychological strength by making the team live out their deepest fears. When the misfits learn their observers' motives are not in their best interests, they hone their abilities against their captors. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 33%
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Freaks

An intriguing prospect, we’ll be front and centre for this American-Canadian sci-fi solely based on the buzz it has created. Hailed as one of the best genre concepts Hollywood has produced in a few years, the movie centres on Chloe (Lexy Kolker), a seven-year old forced by her father (Emile Hirsch) to stay at home her entire life as a result of the ‘freaks’ wandering the streets who took her mother (Amanda Crew). When the child finally steps out into the world, awakening telepathic powers, she believes her mum to be alive. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 88%
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After We Collided

A teen romance – its not our number one motivation for going to the cinema, but hey ho, we’re just happy new films are flooding in. A sequel to the movie After (2014), the story picks up where the last one left off. Tessa Young (Josephine Langford) must venture out into the world of business. Her beau, Hardin (Hero Fiennes Tiffin*) can’t help but succumb to temptation when she’s away, driving Tess into the arms of another man: Trevor (Dylan Sprouse) from work. IMDb gives it 6. *That’s really his name.
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Weathering With You

Breathtaking animation is becoming increasingly common, but occasionally a cartoon comes along which looks genuinely astounding. Vivarium is that film. Coming out of Japan, in the UAE we can choose between the English version starring Riz Ahmed and Alison Brie or a native language edition with Nana Mori and Shun Oguri. Either will suffice because you will go for the visuals anyway. Story-wise it’s a sc-fi mystery about a young woman who can control the weather and a reporter who wishes to write about her power. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 91%
 
 
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