At the cinema: A smokejumper, a superhero and a man with no name

Taylor Sheridan, the writer of "Sicario" and "Hell or High Water," brings us his first directorial venture since 2017 with "Those Who Wish Me Dead," which premieres at Camana Bay Cinema on 14 May.

A "smokejumper" firefighter named Hannah (Angelina Jolie) is manning her post in the mountains of Montana when a scared, young, teenage boy who has witnessed the murder of his father finds her while running away from a group of nefarious men. Hannah vows to protect him, but after the assassins set fire to the forest, their routes to safety begin to quickly burn.

On 4 June, we get to see what would happen if you took "Unbreakable" and combined it with "Finding Forrester" in "Samaritan," starring Sylvester Stallone. A legendary superhero goes missing after battling his foe and then more than 20 years later, a young boy finds himself on a path that might lead to his city’s lost saviour. 

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With its premiere in 1964, "A Fistful of Dollars" launched two significant cinematic developments: the breakthrough of the "Spaghetti Western" as a popular movie genre and the start of Clint Eastwood's career as a leading man in films. "A Fistful of Dollars" was the first of the three Sergio Leone-directed "Dollars Trilogy" films starring Eastwood as "The Man with No Name," an antihero of few words and expert marksmanship. See it on 25 May.

In early June, we get a one-two punch of Bridget Jones films with the first instalment on 1 June and the second on 8 June as part of Camana Bay Cinema's "Classics at the Cinema." In "Bridget Jones’s Diary," Bridget (Renee Zellweger) is a journalist in the midst of a life crisis. In an effort to better herself, she starts a diary that chronicles her quest for love. However, she eventually finds herself stuck in a love triangle with two men (Colin Firth and Hugh Grant). The sequel, "Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason," continues the complicated relationships that Bridget keeps and forces her hand to make a decision between the two men.

All tickets to the weekly Classics at the Cinema features shown in the VIP theatre are CI$20 and include a free small popcorn.

In the 1998 animated classic, "Mulan," a young maiden is living in feudal China when her father is called upon to fight in the army. To save him from certain death, Mulan disguises herself as a man and joins the fight instead of him. The film receives quality comic relief from Mushu, the dragon voiced by Eddie Murphy. See "Mulan" on 29 May.

Regular tickets are CI$5 for children and adults for the weekly Saturday morning Kids Club features, but upgrades to the VIP auditorium are available for $10 more per person.

This article will appear in the May 2021 print edition of Camana Bay Times.

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