CHICO & RITA
Directors: Nick Moore
Screen writer: Francesca Simon
Henry's never meant to be horrid, but that's just what all the adults (and some children) consider him. If there are worms in someone's sandwich or if there's itching powder in your bed, you can bet Henry's the one who's done it.
Based on the children's books by Francesca Simon, Horrid Henry is the first ever British kid‘s movie to be filmed in 3D. When Henry fails yet again to hand in his homework for the umpteenth time, he has no idea that this will set off a chain of events which will see him forming an unlikely alliance with Moody Margaret, the infuriating girl next door, and his irritating little brother Perfect Peter, outwitting corrupt School Inspectors and toppling an evil Headmaster, winning a talent contest and facing his ultimate nemesis with no way out - all because he is trying to save the very school which he has always professed to hate.
Directors: Wayne Thornley
Screen writer: Andrew Cook, Raffaella Delle Donne, Anthony Silverston, Wayne Thornley
Genre: comedy Animation
Kai is a naive, but high-spirited young Peregrine falcon who lives with his father Tendai. After a visit from Gogo and Tini, Kai travels to "Zambezia," a bustling bird city on the edge of the majestic Victoria Falls where he discovers the truth about his origins and learns how to be part of the community. While learning of his father's past, Kai ends up having to work with the Hurricanes to protect Zambezia from the evil Budzo who has persuaded the Marabous (who have been left out of the development of Zambezia) to help him with his invasion.
THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES
Directors: Walter Salles
Screen writer: Jose Rivera
Genre: adventure , biography, drama
The Motorcycle Diaries is an adaptation of a journal written by Ernesto "Che" Guevara de la Serna when he was 23 years old. In 1952, a semester before Ernesto Guevara is due to complete his medical degree, he and his older friend Alberto, a biochemist, leave Buenos Aires in order to travel across the South American continent in search of fun and adventures.
The two friends soon witness the great disparities in South America, encountering poor peasants and observing the exploitation of labour by wealthy industrialists. When they reach a leper colony in Peru, Ernesto's values have changed so much that he sides with the sufferers, forgetting his own comfort. His reflections are interrupted by Alberto, who shares with him a dream to peacefully revolutionize modern South America.
Directors: Nadine Labaki
Screen writer: Thomas Bidegain , Rodney Al Haddad , Jihad Hojeily , Nadine Labaki
Genre: comedy Drama Foreign
The Lebanese film Where Do We Go Now? features a group of women, half of them Christian, half of them Muslim, who conspire to keep the men of their town from killing each other. Outside this unnamed village, religious strife is escalating, and it threatens to catch hold like an ember from a nearby forest fire—although in this case, the first ember is borne by the advent of television (and news reports). The cross on the church is damaged (accidentally), someone (likely goats) defiles the mosque and soon the men are pushing each other around in the town square and muttering about guns. To distract their men, the women fake a visitation by the Virgin Mary and resort to comic interventions, including hiring a troupe of sexy Ukrainian belly dancers and slipping them their version of Mickey Finns—hash cookies.
WHERE DO WE GO NOW?
Director: Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal, Tono Errando
Screen writer: Fernando Trueba, Ignacio Martínez de Pisón
Gender: Foreign, Drama, Foreign Romance, Animation for Grown-ups, Foreign Musicals, Contemporary Movie Musicals, Romantic Dramas, Spanish Language, Spain, Blu-ray
Chico & Rita is a love story between a young pianist and jazz songstress set against the vibrant and voluptuous exoticism of late 1940s, early 1950s Havana. As Rita’s sultry tones drift through the balmy air, a mesmerised Chico is rooted to the spot – an exactness to the beginning of their love story. Rita’s vivacious character, Latino power and raw jazz talent lead her to New York, where she is catapulted into stardom. Chico follows as she begins this new phase of her life, leading to an unraveling of love and subsequent heartbreak. Both headstrong and passionate characters, the film is a beautiful depiction of the sacrificial and infectious nature of love, infused with an award-winning musical soundtrack.
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Screen writer: Melissa Mathison, Hayao Miyazaki
Gender: Animation, adventure, family
Born as Brunhilde, the audience first sees her as a young goldfish who escapes from her father's underwater fortress and encounters a human boy named Sosuke. After he rescues her and adopts her as his pet, she starts to love him, and refuses to go home to her father.
When Fujimoto forcefully takes her home, she rebels and they have an altercation; she refuses to let him call her by her birth name, saying that her name is "Ponyo", which was the name Sosuke gave her. She even goes as far as to say that she wants to become a human, which disgusts her father, who is repelled by humans and their tendency to pollute the ocean.
THE SECRET WORLD OF ARIETTY
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Atsushi Okui
Screen writer: Mary Norton, Hayao Miyazaki, Karey Kirkpatrick, Keiko Niwa
Gender: Animation, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Arrietty (Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to "borrow" scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shawn (David Henrie), a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty's family from the home and straight into danger.
Directors: Wolfgang Becker
Screen writer: Bernd Lichtenberg, Wolfgang Becker
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
A dedicated young German boy pulls off an elaborate scheme to keep his mother in good health in this comedy drama from director Wolfgang Becker. Suffering a heart attack and falling into a coma after seeing her son arrested during a protest, Alex's (Daniel Brühl) socialist mother, Christiane (Katrin Sass), remains comatose through the fall of the Berlin wall and the German Democratic Republic. Knowing that the slightest shock could prove fatal upon his mother's awakening, Alex strives to keep the fall of the GDR a secret for as long as possible. Keeping their apartment firmly rooted in the past, Alex's scheme works for a while, but it's not long before his mother is feeling better and ready to get up and around again.