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The Rock-itt : November 2011
CONTAGION IN CINEMAS: 20 October Director: Steven Soderbergh Rated: M Genre: Action, Sci-fi, Thriller Starring: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard and Jude Law Contagion follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidem ic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart. An international traveller reaches into the snack bowl at an airport bar before passing her credit card to a waiter. A business meeting begins with a round of handshakes. A man coughs on a crowded bus... one contact, one instant, and a lethal virus is transmitted. When Beth Emhoff returns to Minneapolis from business in Hong Kong, what she thought was jet lag takes a virulent turn. Two days later, she's dead in the ER and the doctors tell her shocked and grieving husband they have no idea why. Soon, others exhibit the same mysterious symptoms: hacking coughs and fever, followed by seizure, brain haemorrhage...and ultimately, death. In Minneapolis, Chicago, London, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong, the numbers quickly multiply: one case becom es four, then sixteen, then hundreds, thousands, as the contagion sweeps across all borders, fuelled by the countless human interactions that make up the course of an average day. A global pandemic explodes. At the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers mobilize to break the code of a unique biological pathogen as it continues to mutate. Deputy Director Cheever tries to allay the growing panic despite his own personal concerns, and must send a brave young doctor into harm's way. At the same time, amid a rising tide of suspicion over a potential vaccine-and who gets it first-Dr. Leonora Orantes of the World Health Organization works through the network of connections that could lead back to the source of what they're dealing with. As the death toll escalates and people struggle to protect them selves and their loved ones in a society breaking down, one activist blogger claims the public isn't getting the truth about what's really going on, and sets off an epidemic of paranoia and fear as infectious as the virus itself. THE DEBT IN CINEMAS 10 November Director: John Madden Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller Rated: MA Starring: Helen Mirren, Ciaran Hinds, Tom Wilkinson This espionage thriller begins in 1997, as shocking news reaches retired Mossad secret agents Rachel (Helen Mirren) and Stephan (Tom Wilkinson) about their former colleague David (Ciarán Hinds). All three have been venerated for decades by their country because of the mission that they undertook back in 1966, when the trio (portrayed, respectively, by Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas, and Sam Worthington tracked down Nazi war criminal Vogel (Jesper Christensen) in East Berlin. At great risk, and at considerable personal cost, the team 's mission was accomplished - or was it? The suspense builds in and across two different time periods, with startling action and surprising revelations. I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT IN CINEMAS 3 November Director: Douglas McGrath Genre: Com edy Rated: Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Munn and Christina Hendricks I Don't Know How She Does It is based on the critically acclaimed bestseller by Allison Pearson, I Don't Know How She Does It follows a Boston-based working mother trying desperately to juggle marriage, children, and a high-stress job.