7 movies opening first week of July

7 movies opening first week of July
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Assassination Classroom (Japanese)

Classification: PG
Run time: 110 minutes
Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Director: Eiichiro Hasumi

The live-action film is an adaptation of Yusei Matsui's Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom) manga. 

The story is about a class of misfits who are trying to kill their new teacher - an alien octopus with bizarre powers and super strength. The teacher has destroyed the moon and is threatening to destroy the earth - unless his students can destroy him first. What makes things more complicated is that he's the best teacher they've ever had.

Dark Places

Classification: TBA
Run time: 113 minutes
Genre: Mystery
Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner

Based on the novel of the same name, Dark Places stars Charlize Theron as Libby Day, the sole survivor of a horiffic massacre that killed her mother and sisters. 25 years later, a group of amateur investigators called "The Kill Club" begin their own inquiry into the case, forcing Libby to confront the painful memories and ghosts of the past.

Far From The Madding Crowd

Classification: PG
Run time: 118 minutes
Genre: Drama
Director: Thomas Vinterberg

An adaptation of the 1874 novel, Carey Mulligan plays the independent, beautiful, and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene, who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor.

This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.

Miss J Contemplates Her Choice

Classification: NC16
Run time: 89 minutes
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director: Jason Lai

Kit Chan takes on her first leading role as the titular Miss J, a radio personality who regularly offers advice to callers on a radio talk show. Her life is irrevocably changed when an anonymous caller dials in with a hidden agenda.

Part psychological thriller, part societal treatise, director Jason Lai's film moves between three narratives and traverses contemporary Singaporean issues, exploring morality and the consequences of free will.

Paradise Lost

Classification: PG13
Run time: 120 minutes
Genre: Romance, Thriller
Director: Andrea Di Stefano

Nick (Josh Hutcherson) thinks he has found paradise when he goes to join his brother in Colombia. A turquoise lagoon, an ivory beach, perfect waves - it's a dream for this young Canadian surfer. Then he meets Maria (Claudia Traisac), a stunning Colombian girl. They fall madly in love, and everything is going great.

That is, until Maria introduces Nick to her uncle: Pablo Escobar (Benicio del Toro).

SPL 2: A Time for Consqeuences (Chinese)

Classification: NC16
Run time: 120 minutes
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director: Soi Cheang

A tough Hong Kong cop Kit (Wu Jing) busts a major gangster only to find his cover blown and his main witness gone. The gangster in retaliation has him kidnapped and put in a Thai jail with a false criminal identity. A lowly prison guard Chai (Tony Jaa) with extraordinary fighting skills guards Kit and prevents his escape from prison.

The prison guard's daughter suffers from a rare form of leukaemia and Kit is the only donor who can save her. The prison guard discovers Kit's real identity and helps him to escape in return for his agreeing to save his daughter. Together Kit and Chai must face the gangster and his minions and take them down.

Ted 2

Classification: TBA
Run time: 116 minutes
Genre: Comedy
Director: Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane returns as writer, director and voice star in this follow-up to the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time. Newlywed couple Ted (Set MacFarlane) and Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) want to have a baby. But in order to qualify to be a parent and adopt a child, Ted will have to prove he's human in a court of law.

andrewg@sph.com.sg

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