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A look at the movies releasing today

A glimspe of movies releasing this Friday. The list includes Akshay Kumar's Special Chabbis, Remo's ABCD- Any Body Can Dance and Steven Spielberg's Lincoln.

movie-reviews Updated: Feb 08, 2013 11:22 IST
Hindustan Times
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Special 26
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Kajal Aggarwal, Manoj Bajpayee, Anupam Kher, Jimmy Shergill
Director: Neeraj Pandey
Synopsis: The film is based on a real-life group of con artists, who pulled off many clever robberies during the 1980’s, and robbed famous businessmen and politicians by pretending to be the CBI or Income tax officers. On the pretext of conducting raids, they would take away all the black money hoarded by them. The film takes its concept from the the real-life daring heist dated that took place on March 19, 1987, where the same group posing as CBI officers executed a daylight income tax raid on the Opera House branch of Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri in Mumbai, and disappeared with jewellery worth lakhs. The movie is set in the early 1980’s.

ABCD — Any Body Can Dance
Dance drama
Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Prabhu Deva, Lauren Gottlieb, Salman Yusuf Khan and Dharmesh Yelande
Director: Remo D’souza
Synopsis: For Vishnu, widely regarded as India’s best dancer, dance is more than a passion — it’s the reason he lives. So, when he finds himself thrown out from the swish dance academy he himself set up, he feels heart-broken, and decides to give up dance and leave Mumbai forever. However, the night before his departure he witnesses a group of dancers preparing for the upcoming Ganpati Dance Battle — an annual festival that pits Mumbai’s best dance groups against each other. Watching the amazing talent of these raw dancers helps Vishnu make a decision — he’ll take these dancers under his wing and turn them into the finest dance squad.

Crime thriller
Director: Taylor Hackford
Cast: Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez
Synopsis: Parker is a professional thief with a unique code of professional ethics. He doesn’t steal from the poor or hurt innocent people. The film opens with Parker being hired by a strange yet cunning man. The man happens to be Francisco Pollachio, aka The Urinator — an international war criminal, who has the ability to kill people with his urine. Having asked to take on a five-man job with a crew he doesn’t know. The assigned job goes well, but the leader of the crew double-crosses him. They shoot Parker and leave him for dead. However, he survives and follows them to Palm Beach, Florida to get revenge on them. Disguising himself, he enlists the help of real estate agent Leslie Rogers, one of their targeted victims, to find out about the plan his former crew has made. Along the way, he forms an unlikely alliance with Leslie.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and David Strathairn
Synopsis: In 1865, as the American Civil War winds inexorably towards conclusion, US president Abraham Lincoln endeavours to achieve passage of the landmark constitutional amendment which will forever ban slavery from the United States. However, his task is a race against time, for peace may come at any time, and if it comes before the amendment is passed, the returning southern states will stop it before it can become a law. Lincoln must obtain enough votes from a recalcitrant Congress before peace arrives and it is too late. Yet the president is torn, as an early peace would save thousands of lives. He faces a crisis of conscience — end slavery or end the war.

Supernatural thriller
Director: Andrés Muschietti
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nélisse, Daniel Kash, Javier Botet, Jane Moffat and David Fox
Synopsis: The film tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day their mother and father died near the woods. When they are rescued five years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night. Lucas, brother of the father of the girls, and his partner Annabel are faced with the challenge of raising Lucas’s young nieces, who were discovered in a forest after being lost there for five years. It becomes apparent that the girls are being haunted by a ghostly woman they believe to be their mother. Meanwhile, Annabel plans to use the girls in a desperate bid to bring back her own dead children.