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Revenge of the Green Dragons

Hong Kong directorial duo Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo fuse eastern and western gangster film traditions to bring audiences a twisted take on the American dream.



Based on real events, Revenge of the Green Dragons follows the journey of two young Chinese boys, Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu), from their illegal immigration to New York City in the early 1980s to their subsequent recruitment into a local crime syndicate. Their rise through the ranks of the underworld is blotted by brutal betrayals and beset by hostility from the American populace, until Sonny is forced to seek revenge on those who made him who he is.    

The action comes as thick and fast as the bullets, which can sometimes make the multiple crosses and double-crosses hard to follow as the body count rises exponentially.

Executive producer Martin Scorsese’s influence is apparent, with the industry heavyweight bringing his considerable expertise in the genre to the table. Just don’t expect the next Goodfellas.

Review by Matt Blackwell

Before Midnight

The latest installment in a trilogy that spans nearly a decade in film, this romantic drama picks up the story of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Céline (Julie Delpy), following them during a holiday in Greece. Nine years after they first met, the couple are forced to question their decisions in life. Amusing at times, but not in a laugh out loud sense, Before Midnight offers a warming examination of the complexity of middle class relationships that many will be able to empathise with.

Drive Hard

Thomas Jane plays an ex-racing driver turned driving instructor who is unwittingly forced by a skilled thief (John Cusack) into driving the getaway car in a multimillion-dollar theft, drawing the attention of some unsavoury characters in the process. More of a light hearted B-movie action romp than anything of real substance, there is a certainly a time and a place for explosions, driving stunts and one-liners.

Dracula Untold

Taking the Dracula origin story back to the drawing board, Dracula Untold deals with the man behind the myth. Transylvanian prince Vlad Tepes (Luke Evans) turns to supernatural forces when his family and kingdom are threatened. Free from the clichés of the past, Dracula Untold looks set to offer a fresh take on a classic character.

Haider

An adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet that sees Haider (Shahid Kapoor), a young Kashmiri boy return home to find his father has disappeared. After his mother (Tabassum Hashmi) marries his uncle (Kay Kay Menon), Haider sets out determined to discover the truth and then avenge his father’s death.