Udta Punjab (Drama), Netflix India
Cast: Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Shahid Kapoor, Diljit Dosanjh
This film focusses on the substance abuse menace that haunts suburban Punjab. Tejinder Tommy Singh (Kapoor) — a musician who crafts songs that glorify drugs — decides to quit cold turkey. He turns over a new leaf, after meeting an unnamed girl whose life is destroyed by the drug mafia. Meanwhile, Preet Sahni (Kareena), a doctor who runs a drug rehab facility and a policeman named Sartaj Singh (Dosanjh) trace the source of drugs to the upper echelons of the socio-political chain. Though the film was eventually released with an adult certification, Central Board of Film Certification gave it a whopping 94 cuts.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Drama), Star Movies HD select, 4.50 pm
Cast: Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, RJ Cyler
Greg (Mann) is a depressed teenager, who has few friends and is detached from the society. His only hobby is watching movies with his friend Earl (Cycler), whom he refers to as ‘co-worker’. Greg’s life changes when his mother coerces him to meet his terminally ill classmate Rachel (Cooke). Greg and Cyler grow close to the Rachel as she undergoes chemotherapy. The story unfolds as Greg tries to persuade Rachel to not stop her treatment. The scenes showing Greg’s house were actually shot in the scriptwriter’s childhood house.
Saturday, January 14
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
(Fantasy, Adventure), WB, 2.02 pm
Cast: Jim Sturgess, Ryan Kwanten, Helen Mirren
Based on a 16-book series for children by Kathryn Lasky referred to as the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series, this movie follows the life of a young barn owl named Soren
(Sturgess). Soren’s dream of joining the Guardians—mythical band of owl warriors who have sworn to protect all owlkind—is shattered when he and his brother Kludd (Kwanten) get kidnapped. The plot traces the duo’s attempt to seek out the heroes and escape the evil queen Nyra (Mirren), who rules the Pure Ones.Though Zack Snyder, has worked on many FX-heavy movies like Man Of Steel, Legend of the Guardians is his first full-length animation movie.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
(Sci-Fi, Action), HBO, 11.26 pm
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, John Turturro, Leonard Nimoy
Five years after the first appearance of Transformers on Earth, the US government reveals that they’ve known about the Transformers home planet Cybertron, since the
Apollo 11 landing. Theplot follows the noble Autobots, as they race against the devious Decepticons to capture the Ark, a Cybertonian warcraft which crash landed on the Moon. Meanwhile, the Autobots’ closest ally Sam Witwicky (LaBeouf) struggles to find a job despite receiving two Presidential awards, for saving the planet from complete destruction. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin played himself, during the 1969 Moon landing sequence portrayed in this movie.
Sunday, January 15
Delhi Belly (Comedy)
Cast: Imran Khan, Vir Das, Kunal Roy Kapoor
Journalist Tashi (Khan), photographer Nitin Beri (Kapur) and Arup (Das) live a debt-ridden life in a decrepit apartment. This black comedy unfolds as Tashi’s air hostess fiancée Sonia brings home a package from Russia, to be delivered to Somayajulu, a gangster. Tashi is entrusted with the task of delivering the parcel which, he in turn passes on to Nitin. However, Nitin falls sick with ‘Delhi Belly’(slang for traveller’s diarrhoea) and the task falls on Arup instead. When Arup confuses the packet of diamonds with a sample of stool he has to deliver to the doctor, the trio lands in trouble. Though Aamir Khan was keen to play the role of Nitin he opted out, as he didn’t want to bulk up his weight for the role.
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson
Set in the 1950s, this film follows the life of Eilis Lacey (Ronan), who leaves her home in Ireland for the US, in search of better job prospects. Though she makes it to Brooklyn, Lacey is homesick and lonely. Things take a turn for the better, when she graduates from a bookkeeping course and falls in love with Tony (Cohen), whom she marries secretly. When a transatlantic call brings the disastrous news of her sister’s death, Lacey rushes back home. Upon reaching, she discovers exciting opportunities and a new lover. The movie showcases how she’s torn between home and a place she learned to love. Most of the shots portraying the city of Brooklyn were shot in Montreal, due to budgetary constraints.