This week, our top picks are Rajinikanth’s “Jailer” and the candy-coated “Barbie.”
Barbie (UAE theaters): The candy-coated satire “Barbie,” directed by Greta Gerwig, is now playing in UAE theaters. This charming video explores feminism and patriarchy with commendable fun. It was released locally many weeks after other international markets. This film, which stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Reynolds in fine form, deftly sidesteps concerns about the doll by creating a fun plot set in Barbieland. Robbie, who portrays the ideal Barbie, experiences an abrupt existential crisis and learns to challenge gender preconceptions. Watching Ken develop into this overly manly man is equally entertaining. While the film’s heavy-handed man-slamming and feminist overtones occasionally distract from the ensemble cast’s brilliance, Kate McKinnon’s eccentric performance stands out. The message can be a bit overwhelming at times, but Gerwig’s work gives a lighthearted yet thought-provoking cinematic combination.
(UAE theaters) Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani: Do you feel like seeing a humorous family drama? The lead actors in Karan Johar’s glitzy romance are Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt. While Bhatt impresses as this tough broadcast journalist in Rani, Singh does a nice job as Rocky’s eccentric title character. Their worlds are at odds, but it’s fascinating to see them come together. It’s also encouraging to see a movie focus on the romantic relationships of the 60+ age. This movie is a must-see in the theaters because of its fantastic songs, compelling performers, and engaging script.
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Heart of Stone (Netflix): Gal Gadot plays intelligence agent Rachel Stone in this international spy thriller, which promotes itself as the female version of the James Bond or Mission: Impossible series. Stone is tasked with defending the planet from a strong and hazardous asset, and she succeeds admirably. Alia Bhatt is making her Hollywood debut with this movie. She portrays a young Pune-based hacker.
Aidan returns to Carrie Bradshaw’s life in And Just Like That (OSN+), and the two are attempting to make things work once more. If that isn’t a cause to check out Sarah Jessica Parker’s ‘Sex And The City’ sequel on HBO, I don’t know what is. Fans of the series are divided by Aidan’s intrusion into Carrie’s 50-year-old single existence, but we are still cheering for the duo to give love and relationships another shot. Be aware that Kim Catrall is not a member of the popular buddies group.
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‘Oppenheimer’ by director Christopher Nolan (UAE Cinemas) is a potent, thought-provoking classic that brilliantly navigates the complexities of human nature and history. He provides a compelling examination of the multifaceted brilliance in his biography on Robert J. Oppenheimer, known as the “father of the atom bomb.” The movie explores the moral conundrum Oppenheimer faced when tasked with developing nuclear bombs during World War II, and Cillian Murphy’s portrayal of him is riveting. Robert Downey Jr. and Emily Blunt are among the ensemble cast that give outstanding performances as Nolan deftly analyzes Oppenheimer’s tormented mind.
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Gran Turismo (UAE theaters): The true story of Jann Mardenborough, a gamer-turned-racing driver, is brought to life in the movie “Gran Turismo,” featuring English actor Archie Madekwe. In this high-octane drama, actor David Harbour plays his coach and actor Orlando Bloom plays the charming rival driver. Prepare yourself for some exhilarating turns and heart-pounding races.
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In The Hunt For Veerapan (Netflix), Selvamani Selvaraj documents the life and times of the notorious smuggler Veerappan, whose murderous rule provoked a 20-year quest in southern India. You’ll be forced to think hard about whether the feared poacher was a rebel or a hero by this excellent television series. The series, which consists of four episodes, delves deeply into Veerapan’s hunt while sharply pointing out the politics of inequality. You might find yourself feeling sorry for Veerapan.
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One of the rare television series that improves with each new season is Only Murders In The Building, season 3 (OSN+). This amusing thriller program is a must-watch due to better writing and an excellent narrative. Additionally, Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez still have a great rapport and chemistry together. Beware the newcomers, Paul Rudd and Meryl Streep.
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Rajinikanth, a South Indian superstar, is back in action in the movie “Jailer” and shows that age is just a number. He plays ‘Jailer’ at 72 and is in excellent shape. His star power and charisma make the story of a retired jailer who decides to look into the disappearance of his police son compelling. On the opening day of the show in the UAE on August 10, more over 6,000 tickets were sold, and the weekend is set to be no different. In order to avoid disappointment, be sure to get your tickets in advance. Be on the lookout for cameos by Jackie Shroff and Mohanlal as well. For all of the Rajinikanth fans out there who adore his practiced acting histrionics and machismo, this movie is ideal.
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I Turned Pretty That Summer (Amazon Prime Video): This teen-favored, very entertaining series’ second season has just been released. Belly must make a few difficult decisions. Things naturally got difficult after dating Conrad and Jeremiah for the entire summer. Their lives might never be the same again after their mother lost her battle with cancer. Belly now has to restore order after their core group of buddies was upended.