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    Dragon Blade
    Director: Daniel Lee
    Cast:  Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Adrien Brody, Lin Peng
    The story is about a lost Roman army that flees to the East and faces the Chinese army.
    Did you know? In an interview, John Cucask said, ‘‘I think the film is an epic, sweeping slice of Chinese history, and  the Silk Road. But it’s also about the need to build peace. Sometimes empires may be at war with each other, but that’s never the desire of the people. In their hearts, people want peace and justice. So I think that’s what the movie is about.’’

    The Gunman
    Director: Pierre Morel
    Cast:  Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Jasmine Trinca
    A sniper kills Congo’s minister of mines. Circumstances then force him to return to the area, where he becomes the target of a hit squad.
    Did you know? “We are not seeing enough of real violence. We are seeing anaesthetised versions, where you don’t see the horrors of war. In the 60s, we grew up with the horror of Vietnam on our TV screens. Today we have become anaesthetised by political correctness,’’ Penn said recently.

    Body of art
    The Friday Movie Club at Cholamandal presents a documentary on artist Simon Hantaï. Born in Hungary, Hantaï moved to France in 1949 and quickly became known throughout Europe for his large, abstract canvases of profound, saturated colour. The artist devoted his life to developing new techniques. The film has extensive footage of him at work, along with interviews with Hantaï. At Cholamandal Artists’ Village, today, from 7 pm onwards. Details: 24490092

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