6 films to watch in UAE cinemas this week
The Idol (18TC)
This is the real-life tale of Mohammed Assaf, a 22-year-old from Gaza who harbours the dream of becoming a world-famous singer. Escaping the shackles of the embattled territory, he finds himself at the Cairo auditions of Arab Idol – the most popular talent show in the land. You might know what happens next, but rest assured Hany Abu Assad’s film is one of the best, most life-affirming stories to come out of the region in a long time.
In cinemas December 24
Director David O. Russell was obviously a pretty big fan of his Silver Linings Playbook cast, as he’s basically stuck all of them back in his latest creative venture, Joy... well, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, at any rate. Lawrence leads the charge once more, cast as the eponymous Joy, a struggling divorcee forced to put her career aside for the sake of her children. Until, that is, she conceives of an ingenious, QVC-promoted domestic home invention that sets her on the path of pursuing her own American dream.
In cinemas December 31
Point Break (18)
The highly controversial remake of the Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze classic trades the Californian surf for extreme sports, pitting an ex-athlete turned FBI agent (that familiar career switch) against a band of eco warriors in various incredible locations around the globe. Director Ericson Core was behind Fast and Furious and he’s adopted a similar approach here, with the film heavy on stunts and group camaraderie, albeit a criminal one.
In cinemas December 24
The Big Short (15)
Remember the housing market crash back in 2008? The one that crippled the world economy? Well, in The Big Short, director Adam Mckay tries to make sense of the cataclysmic event, with formidable assistance from Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt and Steve Carell. Bale plays Michael Burry, a shy number-cruncher whose prescient realisation of the housing market’s precarious footing spurs the three other financial outsiders to take matters into their own hands, challenging the world’s biggest banks.
In cinemas now
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The epic franchise is back, with Hans Solo, Luke and Leia all in tow.
Another gritty military drama centred on the war in Afghanistan.