Identity Thief (Comedy), Movies Now 2, 4 pm
Cast: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, John Cho
After having accidentally revealed his personal details and bank-related information to Diana (McCarthy) over the phone, Denver-based Sandy Patterson’s (Bateman) life soon falls apart. While his phone is flooded with bizarre salon appointments in Florida, Patterson finds that his credit cards have become invalid. When an arrest warrant turns up in his name, he realises that his identity has been stolen by Diana, a con artist who hustled Patterson by pretending to be an identity protection agent. Originally written for a male character, McCarthy’s role was changed into female based on Bateman’s recommendation, after seeing her performance in Bridesmaids.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Drama), Star Movies Select HD, 5.30 pm
Cast: Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachael Harris
Centred around the life of a teenager beginning his life at high school, Diary of a Wimpy Kid follows the life of Rodrick (Bostick). Owing to his exceptional imagination, Rodrick wakes on the first day claiming that he is Greg (Gordon), as he tries to orchestrate a prank. From him playing gladiator at the gym with other kids in the school to making friends with Angie, a lonely girl, Greg’s high school life is progressing eventfully. But, when Halloween arrives, Greg is forced to face something bigger at the mysterious Devil Worshipper Woods. The film is based on
a book bearing the same title, written by Jeff Kinney.
The Dictator (Satire), WB, 3.17 pm
Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, John Reilly
Inspired by true life dictators, this political satire is set in the fictional Republic of Wadiya, which has been the rule of President Prime Minister Admiral General Haffaz Aladeen (Cohen), a rather childish leader for more than ten years. The film begins with the advent of a nuclear war declared upon Israel. While diligently working towards the cause, Aladeen goes missing all of a sudden, under mysterious circumstances. Soon, he ends up in New York in the company of Zoey (Faris), a strong advocate of human rights, where his perception of reality receives a strong blow. The dictator is shown travelling with a company of virgin female bodyguards inspired by the lifestyle of Libyan politician Muammar Gaddafi.
Creed (Drama/Sports), Movies Now, 1 pm & 9 pm
Cast: Michael B Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson
Though he is unaware of his father’s legacy, Adonis Johnson (Jordan), the illegitimate son of famous boxer Apollo Creed, grows up with a strong passion for the sport. When his own techniques prove to be inadequate, Johnson decides to seek out his father’s trusted friend and former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa (Stallone). Seeing Johnson’s potential, Balboa agrees to mentor him on a match against World Light Heavyweight Champion “Pretty” Ricky Conlan, one of the deadliest boxers around. Does Johnson have what it takes to be a champion? Creed is the first film in the Rocky franchise that is not written by Stallone.
MS Dhoni (Biopic), Hotstar
Cast: Disha Patani, Sushant Singh Rajput, Rajesh Sharma
Exploring the story behind the making of a national hero, the film tracks Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s (Rajput) life from his pre-cricket days. Opening with a match at Wankhede stadium, Mumbai, the star cricketer takes you back in time to Ranchi, where he faced a tough decision on the field. From his time spent as a railway ticket collector to hours spent training with his quirky coach Keshav Ranjan Banerjee (Rajesh Sharma), the film focusses on the inspirational aspects of Dhoni’s past. The teaser of the film was released on the same day as the opening of the 2016 ICC World T20.
Ghayal Once Again (Action/Drama), Netflix India
Cast: Sunny Deol, Rishabh Arora, Nadira Babbar
A sequel to the ’90s blockbuster Ghayal, this film sees Ajay Mehra released from jail after serving a term for bringing his brother’s murderer to justice. Having secured a job at one of the newspapers, Mehra also helps the police with certain cases when required. When a case of abuse pops up, involving a small town journalist and the leader of a media conglomerate, Mehra sets out on a mission to bring the culprit out of his safe
cover. But being prone to anxiety attacks due to his tumultuous past, Mehra struggles to achieve his goal. Ghayal Once Again is the first Bollywood film to showcase master class stunts put together by Dan Bradley (of Mission Impossible fame).