Each week we update you on what new films are hitting cinemas around town with mini-reviews so you can impress your friends with your critical eye and all the movie trivia you know 😉 What’s in store for movie lovers this week?? An action-packed story of Don Aronow in Speed Kills, the flying elephant returns in the classic movie Dumbo, the story behind compiling the Oxford English Dictionary in The Professor and The Madman, some creepy horrific events in Pet Sematary, and a gripping true story of humanity and heroism in Hotel Mumbai.
Popcorn bonus: Which Academy Award-Nominee stars in the movie Hotel Mumbai?
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 0% Fresh (Critics) – 42% Fresh (Audience)
The plot: John Travolta stars as a speedboat racing champion and multimillionaire whose secret life as a drug trafficker lands him in a deadly crossfire between the DEA and the Mob in the action-packed story of Don Aronow whose mysterious murder shocked the world.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48% Fresh (Critics) – 60% Fresh (Audience)
The plot: From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new grand live-action adventure “Dumbo” expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets.
The Professor and The Madman
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Unavailable
The plot: Professor James Murray (Mel Gibson) took on the challenge of creating the most comprehensive dictionary ever compiled, the Oxford English Dictionary, but knew that it would take him and his team over a century to compile all known definitions. However, by “crowdsourcing” the work, the dictionary could be compiled in mere decades. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor Murray, discovered that one man, Dr. W.C. Minor (Sean Penn), had submitted more than ten thousand words. When the committee insisted on honoring him, a shocking truth came to light: Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was a convicted murderer and being held at an asylum for the criminally insane.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84% Fresh (Critics) – Unavailable (Audience)
The plot: Louis Creed, his wife Rachel and their two children Gage and Ellie move to a rural home where they are welcomed and enlightened about the eerie ‘Pet Sematary’ located near their home. After the tragedy of their cat being killed by a truck, they resort to burying it in the mysterious pet sematary, setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75% Fresh (Critics) – 83% Fresh (Audience)
The plot: A gripping true story of humanity and heroism, Hotel Mumbai vividly recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumbai, India. Among the dedicated hotel staff is the renowned chef Hemant Oberoi (Anupam Kher) and a waiter (Academy Award-Nominee Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire, Lion) who choose to risk their lives to protect their guests. As the world watches on, a desperate couple (Armie Hammer) is forced to make unthinkable sacrifices to protect their newborn child.