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GODZILLA II: KING OF THE MONSTERS (2019)
Starring Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Charles Dance, Zhang Ziyi, O'Shea Jackson Jr and Thomas Middleditch. Directed by Michael Dougherty.

The King of the Monsters, who previously defeated two malicious creatures, returns from the sea to protect humanity from Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah.

REVIEWS Godzilla II: King of the Monsters - The king stumbles in this loud and blundering mess

POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU (2019)
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy, Suki Waterhouse, Ken Watanabe, Chris Geere, Rita Ora and Ikue Otani. Directed by Rob Letterman.

Ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City - a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world - they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.

REVIEWS Pokémon Detective Pikachu - Shockingly good fun

GODZILLA 3D (2014)
Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston and Ken Watanabe. Directed by Gareth Edwards.

A giant radioactive monster called Godzilla awakens from its slumber to wreak destruction on its creators.

REVIEWS Godzilla - Triumphant return for king of the monsters
Godzilla - King of the monsters reigns supreme

RAGE
Starring Ken Watanabe, Mirai Moriyama, Aoi Miyazaki, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Go Ayano, Suzu Hirose, Kenichi Matsuyama, Hideko Hara, Chizuru Ikewaki and Mitsuki Takahata. Directed by Lee Sang-Il.
BEL CANTO
Starring Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe, Sebastian Koch, Ryô Kase, Tenoch Huerta, Noé Hernández, Johnny Ortiz, María Mercedes Coroy, Eddie Martinez and Christopher Lambert. Directed by Paul Weitz.
THE SEA OF TREES
Starring Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts. Directed by Gus Van Sant.

The loss of a loved one leads Arthur Brennan across the world to the ‘Sea of Trees’, a dense forest lapping the foothills of Japan’s Mount Fuji, also known as the ‘Suicide Forest’.

Numbed by grief, Arthur enters the depths of the forest with the intention of taking his own life. But at the fateful moment he is interrupted by a Japanese man who no longer wishes to die and cannot find his way out of the forest. Pulled back into the struggle to survive in a ghostly landscape, Arthur embarks on a journey of reflection as the two men search for a way out of the forest, all the while searching for a reason to keep on living.

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