SHADOW
YING
2018, Well Go USA, 116 min, China/Hing Kong, Dir: Zhang Yimou

Swapping his usual vibrant color palette for an aesthetic largely inspired by the Chinese ink-wash painting tradition of shuimohua, Zhang Yimou (HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, RAISE THE RED LANTERN) presents another slice of war and intrigue set in the historically rich period of the Three Kingdoms (AD 220-280). The King of Pei (Zheng Kai) aims to conquer or destroy everything in his path, and while he is served by his loyal military commander (Deng Chao), his court teems with machinations. To deceive enemies both within and outside the kingdom, the commander has cultivated a look-alike “shadow” (also played by Deng) who can easily trick just about anyone. The stage is set for a battle to control the walled city of Jing - an explosive and treacherous confrontation that few will survive. An enthralling ancient painting come to life, this magnificent epic combines stunning visuals with an intricate plot that will both delight and surprise fans of the genre.


THE PREDATOR
2018, 20th Century Fox, 101 min, Canada/USA, Dir: Shane Black

From the outer reaches of space to the backwoods of southern Georgia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black’s explosive reinvention of the PREDATOR series. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before. And only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and an evolutionary biology professor can prevent the end of the human race. Starring Yvonne Strahovski, Olivia Munn and Jacob Tremblay.


MANDY
2018, RLJE Films, 121 min, USA, Dir: Panos Cosmatos

After a couple’s quiet, reclusive life in the mountainous region of the Mojave Desert is brutally upended by a heinous cult, lumberjack Red Miller (Nicolas Cage) is left with one thing to live for: revenge. Embarking on a blood-spattered journey of carnage and destruction with his trusty chainsaw, Red will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Directed by Panos Cosmatos (BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW), MANDY is unforgettable horror odyssey, featuring one of Cage’s most gleefully insane performances. “[A] hypnotic midnight movie, which veers from astonishing, expressionist exchanges to gory mayhem without an iota of compromise.” – Eric Kohn, IndieWire.


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