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Victory

Cricket has been a way of life and even a religion because when it becomes something that is important for the nation and their future generations, it drives them to reach the top at whatever cost.

‘Victory’ is an inspiring film because it shows of what becomes of a cricketer when he doesn’t know how to bear the weight of the world on his shoulders properly.

It is the first time that a big film has come to Sri Lanka for its world premiere and our Sri Lankan cricketers star in it. Big cricketing heroes like Brett Lee and those from the Pakistan team support the film with their amazing record-breaking skills.

The story revolves around a cricketer’s dream but where it will get him if he fails. The songs and the dance never make it a soppy kind of a flick but it helps in molding the right arrangements into a fine a feature.

“Victory” is a film on authentic International Sports Film style combining genuine on-field sporting action with actual Cricketers and cast selected to carry off the powerful subject.

Based on current happenings from the World of Indian Cricket, “Victory” personifies the challenges and dilemmas that almost every aspirant for the Indian Cricket Team faces and has to endure.

Some emerge triumphant; some fall by the wayside, while some have to undergo a trial by fire to test their character and self-belief before their fate is decided.

“Victory” is the story of one such aspirant and his journey through the minefield of being a Cricket Celebrity in India where a person nobody knew- Vijay Shekhawat went on to make a name for himself with a tiny ounce of chance and hope.

His family and loved ones have had to endure the journey as well which offers a different twist to the film showing how things can change for the worst if you aren’t strong enough to face the bowler.

“Victory” is an insightful, dramatic, large-scale film which charts the journey of dreams of every average Indian who hopes to make it big in Indian Cricket, dreams of adulation and success, in every sphere of life.


Changeling

Angelina Jolie’s latest flick, ‘Changeling’ is a 2008 American period thriller directed by Clint Eastwood that is written by J. Michael Straczynshi. This true story set in 1928 about a woman who recognizes that the boy who has returned after her son’s disappearance is an impostor.

After confronting the city authorities, she is vilified as an unfit mother and branded delusional.

The events were related to the Winewille Chicken Coop murders, a kidnapping and murder case that was uncovered in 1928. Changeling explores themes such as disempowerment of women and corruption in political hierarchies.

In 1928 Los Angeles, single mother Christine Collins (Jolie) returns home one day to discover her nine-year-old son, Walter (Griffith), is missing.

Reverend Gustav Briegleb (Malkovich) publicizes Christine’s plight and rails against the Los Angeles Police Department for its incompetence, corruption and the extrajudicial punishment meted out by its “Gun Squad”, led by Police Chief James E. Davis (Feore). Several months later, Christine is told her son has been found alive.

A public reunion is organized by police, who believe the positive publicity will negate recent criticism of the department.

Although “Walter” (Conti) claims to be Christine’s son, she says he is not.

Check this movie at Majestic Cinema soon!


The Day the Earth Stood Still

A flying saucer lands and robot Klaatu (played by Keanu Reeves) emerges and declares he has come on a mission of goodwill. However, when he opens a small, menacing-looking device, he is shot and wounded by a nervous soldier who mistakes it for a weapon.

In response, a large robot called Gort steps out of the ship and disintegrates all weapons present without harming the soldiers. Klaatu orders him to stop and explains the “weapon” was a gift to the President and could have been used to study life on other planets.

He is taken to the hospital where he quickly recovers and while there, Klaatu meets the President’s secretary, Mr. Harley but is unable to convince him to gather the world’s leaders.

Klaatu suggests the United Nations, but is told it does not represent all countries, and later, that world leaders cannot even agree on a meeting place for such a momentous occasion. When Klaatu suggests he live among ordinary people to get to know them better, Harley rebuffs him and implies that he is a prisoner.


Dancing Stars

The next attraction is ‘Dancing Stars’ that will feature Dushyanth Weeraman and the whole line-up to reveal how much practice, effort, dedication and sheer good luck makes you a dancing star!

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