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The Grandmasters

The Grandmasters

A martial arts epic directed by the acclaimed Chinese director Wong Kar Wai promises many tantalizing action sequences, astonishing cinematography, and full-bodied storyline, which dwells on the life of martial-arts master Ip Man and the legacy that he left behind.

Straw Shield

Straw Shield

Though the plot of this revolting thriller seems somehow familiar, the fact that it’s directed by Takashi Miike (13 Samurai, Gozu, Audition) can’t go unnoticed. The first teaser hints at a gritty, gory, nightmarish tale of revenge and murder, in which a newspaper ad leads to deadly hunt for an alleged serial killer, forcing the police forces to perform an uneasy task of transporting him to safety.

the Seventh Son

The Seventh Son

Based on the first fantasy book in the series The Wardstone Chronicles entitled The Spook’s Apprentice, The Seventh Son might come as a darker, spookier, more devilish than any of the adventure-fantasty franchises released in the recent years. The film focuses on a young magician Tom and his quest to save the world from the omnipresence of evil forces. It’s a blockbuster with a very talented cast, and if the script is written with enough attention, this might be a bigger hit than Harry Potter ever was (not to mention the subpar, the-sooner-you-forget-the-better Twilight).

The Hobbit

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Even though I wasn’t fully satisfied with the first installment in The Hobbit trilogy, I still believe that the best is yet to come. With all its efficacious attitude, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug might prove that Peter Jackson only teased the audiences with An Unexpected Journey, reminding us that the real journey is about to begin. Bilbo Baggins, along with the Dwarves and Gandalf, are closer to the epic fight with Smaug, and I can only dream of it being a huge eye-popping showcase of awesomeness.

Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

Martin Scorsese re-teaming with Leonardo DiCaprio for a smart, high-speed, dialogue-driven drama about one of the most infamous Wall Street stockbrokers? Count me in, please. Based on the memoir of Jordan Belfort, this film aspires to be a fresh and intriguing response to many other more or less flawed corruption-related crime pictures.

Only God Forgives

Only God Forgives

Nicolas Winding Refn enters Thai boxing world with a guilt-free, climatic punch to the gut publicly known as Only God Forgives. It’s a violent, masculine, dark tale of honor, courage, and persistence, which not accidentally reminisces of Drive in the visual style. It’s yet another intriguing collaboration between Refn and Ryan Gosling, and that should probably be enough to get anyone interested in this title.

Akira

Akira

While most fans of the original animated version of Akira are hoping that the project will die before it’s even finalized, many people have hoped to see this live-action feature for a long time. If this cyberpunk action film’s ever as good as the 1988 anime, it will surely become a smashing ht in no time. Brace yourselves for one hell of a futuristic ride.

New World

New World

Having seen most of the emotionally-heavy, violent, intense South Korean gangster flicks, I’m pretty sure that New World might be a worthy contender for the year’s ‘best in the genre’ title. Apart from being a gritty and probably truly mind-bending one, New World might also be the most entertaining picture that’s come from the country that has mastered thrillers to the bone. Early reviews imply that the star-studded cast and breathtaking, full-bodied, action-packed storyline will leave the audiences astonished and craving for more.

Serena

Serena

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper astonished the world with their wonderful, award-worthy performances in the not-so-typical comedy Silver Linings Playbook. Susanne Bier, the Danish superstar director, brings the two together for an emotional, tough Depression-era drama about one family’s troubles resulting in the horrible news that the lady of the house can’t bear children. Though not much is known about the movie itself, I believe that Serena will be a wholehearted, engaging picture and another winner for the starring pair.

Upstream Color

Upstream Color

Shane Carruth knows how to both amaze and confuse the audiences. His 2004 low-budget picture Primer won the whole world over with its ambiguous, mightily innovative look on the perspective of time travel. After 9 years Carruth returns to Sundance with his next createon. As one might expect, the first teaser of Upstream Color is as beautiful as it is chilling and enigmatic (the short synopsis of the film bewilders even more). Whatever the film is about, it surely will be a one of a kind experience.

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