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By Claire Lee

Published : July 6, 2012 - 19:48

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The Thieves (Korea)

Opening July 25

Crime. Action. Directed by Choi Dong-hun. Anycall (Gianna Jun), Popeye (Lee Jung-jae), Chewing Gum (Kim Hae-sook) and Zampano (Kim Soo-hyun) are professional thieves who work together. After their success in a gallery heist, the group hears that Popeye’s old partner and mastermind of robbery Macao Park is back for another job after many years of missing. Pepsi (Kim Hye-soo), a genius safecracker and old flame of Macao Park, decides to join the group to settle the old score with Park, who betrayed her in the past. With joining of Park’s Chinese professional thieves, the ten-member group plans to heist a legendary diamond worth 20 million-dollars also known as “Tear of the Sun.” 

The Dark Knight Rises (U.S.)

Opening July 19

Thriller. Action. Directed by Christopher Nolan. In the last movie of the series, Batman (Christian Bale), after taking responsibility for the crime and death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, is chased by the Gotham City Police Department and eventually vanishes. Batman decided to leave Gotham City to live a normal life as Bruce Wayne. For a while, crime rate in Gotham City is down under the city’s Anti- Crime Dent Act. After eight uneventful, peaceful years, Bruce runs into a mysterious woman named Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway). She predicts a series of events including an emergence of Bane (Tom Hardy), a ruthless terrorist who plans to destroy the city. With the future of the city at stake, Bruce gets out of his self-imposed exile and decides to come back as Batman.

The Amazing Spider-Man (U.S.)

Opened June 28

Action. Thriller. Directed by Marc Webb. Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) lives with his uncle and aunt after his parents disappeared when he was little. One day, Peter discovers a mysterious suitcase his father used to carry. He decides to find the secret behind his parents’ disappearance. Peter encounters his father’s former partner Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) and acquires special powers by accident. With Peter’s help, Dr. Connors completes his research and creates “The Lizard,” his hidden ego. Peter makes a life-changing decision to become the city’s hero, Spider-Man. 

The Stoning Of Soraya M. (U.S.)

Opened June 14

Drama. Directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh. In a small town in Iran, Freidoune Sahebjam (Jim Caviezel), a French journalist whose car broke down, encounters a woman named Zahra (Shohreh Aghdashloo). She tells him that there is something he needs to know concerning her niece, Soraya M. (Mozhan Marno). He decides to listen to her in secret.

Deranged (Yeongasi) (Korea)

Opened July 5

Thriller. Directed by Park Jeong-woo. Jae-hyuk (Kim Myeong-min) is an ordinary man in his 40s who works for a medical supplies company. One day, a number of dead bodies are found floating on the Han River. The public is even more shocked when they find out the men and women jumped into the water as if they were on drugs, as seen on CCTV footage. Experts discover there is an outbreak of fatal virus-infected horsehair worms. Once infected by the deadly parasitic animal, one becomes unbearably hungry and thirsty, and eventually jumps into a body of water out of severe dehydration. When the government desperately seeks the cure for the disease, Jae-hyuk finds out his family, too, is showing similar symptoms as the victims.