This week, the animated film “I Am a Panda” from Pixar, the black-and-white drama “Kamon Kamon” with Joaquin Phoenix and a couple of other new products will be released in Ukrainian cinemas. Meanwhile, the sci-fi thriller Spiderhead starring Miles Teller and Chris Hemsworth, as well as the family comedy Father of the Bride starring Andy Garcia, will premiere online. Read more in the UNIAN review.
UNIAN has prepared a traditional selection of new films in Ukrainian cinemas and online.
What films are shown in Ukrainian cinemas from June 16
This week, Ukrainian moviegoers are waiting for several new products on the “big screens”. You can also watch movies that were released in the past weeks.
I am a panda / Turning Red (USA, 2022)
Pixar and Walt Disney Pictures’ I Am a Panda, also known as I’m Blushing, tells the story of thirteen-year-old Chinese-Canadian schoolgirl Meiling “Mei” Li, who one day learns that, in a fit of emotion, she uncontrollably transforms into a giant red panda.
The film was released worldwide in March 2022 to mostly positive reviews. So, on IMDb he has a score of 7 out of 10, and on Rotten Tomatoes – 94% approval from critics and 72% from viewers.
By the way, several songs for the film were written and performed by Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell.
Camon Camon / C’mon C’mon (USA, 2021)
This black-and-white drama from Studio A24, which hit several independent film festivals in the fall of 2021, tells the story of a radio journalist who, along with his nephew, embarks on a journey that will change them once and for all.
The main role in the film was played by one of the brightest actors of our time, Joaquin Phoenix (“Master”, “She”, “Joker”), known for his ability to get used to the role to the very end.
The film received positive reviews from critics and received several prestigious awards and nominations. So, on IMDb he has a score of 7.5 out of 10, and on Rotten Tomatoes – 94% approval from critics and 79% from viewers.
Flashback / Memory (USA, 2022)
Another action movie with Liam Neeson, also under the localized name “Memory”, tells about the contract killer Alex Lewis, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and is slowly losing his memory. In his old age, he wants to retire, but you can’t just get out of business that way. Soon he receives a task that is contrary to his moral principles, and as a result he himself turns into a target.
In addition to Neeson himself, Guy Pearce and Monica Bellucci played in the film. It was directed by New Zealand director Martin Campbell, who directed several Bond films with Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. The film is a remake of the 2003 Belgian film “Alzheimer’s Syndrome”.
“Flashback” was released worldwide in April 2022 to weak reviews from critics and a slightly warmer response from viewers. So, on IMDb he has a score of 5.6 points out of 10, and on Rotten Tomatoes – 30% approval from critics against 81% from viewers.
Lovers / Amants (France, 2020)
This melodramatic thriller tells about two lovers – Simon and Lisa, who are forced to separate after the guy accidentally becomes a criminal and goes on the run. Three years later, Lisa and her new husband go to an exotic island in the Indian Ocean, where her former lover is hiding.
The main roles in the film were played by the star of “Nymphomaniac” Stacey Martin, known for the films “Yves Saint Laurent” and “Franz” Pierre Ninet and the legend of French cinema Benoit Magimel (“Hatred”, “Pianist”, “Crimson Rivers 2”).
The film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 3, 2020, where it received mixed reviews from critics. It has a score of 5.5 out of 10 on IMDb.
What to watch online this weekend
A couple of interesting new releases will also be released online this week, as well as several successful films from past years.
Spiderhead / Spiderhead (Netflix, premiere June 17, 2022)
This sci-fi thriller takes place in the not-too-distant future in a facility where experiments are being conducted on prisoners using emotion-altering drugs. Wanting to shorten their term in exchange for participation in the experiments, two young people get here, between whom a close relationship is established over time.
The main roles in the film were played by the star of the recent “Top Gun: Maverick” Miles Teller and Jurnee Smollett, who appeared as Black Canary in the movie “Birds of Prey”. The role of the overseer of the institution went to Chris Hemsworth, known for his role as Thor in the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Father brides / Father of the Bride (HBO Max, премьера June 16 2022)
This family comedy tells the story of a father who is trying to come to terms with the fact that his daughter is getting married. The film will show what is happening through the prism of various relationships in a large Cuban-American family.
The film stars Andy Garcia (The Untouchables, The Godfather 3, Ocean’s Eleven). The role of the mother of the bride went to the queen of Latin American pop music Gloria Estefan, the role of the bride – Adria Archone (“True Detective”, “Emerald City”), and the role of the groom – Diego Bonete (“Terminator: Dark Fate”, “Scream Queens”).
Also on Netflix from June 15, films from past years, such as the Oscar-winning drama, will be available “Memoirs of a Geisha” (Memoirs of a Geisha, 2005), action-packed Western by Ron Howard “Last Raid” (The Missing, 2003) with Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchett and comedy slasher “Chimera” (Freaky, 2020) with Vince Vaughn and Katherine Newton.
How cinemas work in wartime
With the return of major premieres, Ukrainian cinemas began to gradually increase the number of screenings per day. At the same time, the sessions are tied to the curfew and the operation of public transport – the earliest sessions start at 10:00, and the latest at 19:00.
At the same time, cinemas under martial law operate with certain features. So, if an air raid starts, then the film screening stops, and the audience is asked to leave the hall and go to the nearest bomb shelter. Most often, if the alarm is less than half an hour, then the film is shown from where it left off, if it takes longer, they return the money or offer to exchange the ticket for another session.
In addition, you can watch the best series of June 2022 – the black comedy “A Fool from God” from the acting/marriage duo of comedians Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy starts this week.