Out this week
* Will of the People by Muse: Ninth album by the English rock band; follows 2018’s Simulation Theory; preceded by the singles ‘Won’t Stand Down’, ‘Compliance’, ‘Will of the People’ and ‘Kill or Be Killed’.
* Me Time (starring Kevin Hart, Mark Wahlberg, Regina Hall) – comedy; after finally finding time for himself, a stay-at-home dad reconnects with a friend for a wild weekend.
* Samaritan (starring Sylvester Stallone, Javon Walton, Pilou Asbæk, Dascha Polanco) – action; a young boy realizes that a missing superhero may in fact still be around.
* Breaking (starring John Boyega, Nicole Beharie, Selenis Leyva) – thriller, based on a real story; to escape the prospect of homelessness, a veteran (Boyega) in financial trouble attempts to rob a bank with a bomb threat.
* Three Thousand Years of Longing (starring Idris Elba, Tilda Swinton) – fantasy, based on A. S. Byatt’s short story ‘The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye’; a scholar encounters a djinn (Elba) who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom.
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Dave Franco, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Meagan Good, Karla Souza, Steve Howey, Scott Adkins, Snoop Dogg
Director: J. J. Perry
Tagline: Some jobs really go for the throat.
* Action comedy; a man (Foxx), who pretends to work as a pool cleaner, actually makes a living as a vampire hunter.
* Had a $100 million budget.
* Marks stuntman and martial artist J.J. Perry’s directorial debut.
* Has received mixed reviews from critics who found the film uninspired despite its promising goofy premise.
* Score composed by Tyler Bates.
Nayyara Noor (3 November 1950 – 20 August 2022)
* Quratulain Balouch (@Quratulainb): The true privilege I have had in my life was to have been given the opportunity to sit with Nayyara Noor Jee and have conversations that were deep and meaningful and not of this world. The voice that gave life to poetry. The voice that’ll be forever.
* Humayun Saeed (@iamhumayunsaeed): Deeply saddened to learn about the passing of the legendary Nayyara Noor sahiba. So many memorable songs and the most melodious voice. May Allah bless her soul.
* Samina Peerzada (@SaminaSays): I’m heart broken. A sad day for Pakistan. We’ve lost our nightingale. Nayyara Noor forever. RIP my angel.
* Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays): Heart breaking. I remember our last meeting and discussion at her place. She had moved beyond the worldly desires onto a serene and spiritual space with so much wisdom. She was our nightingale. May her soul rest in peace. #NayyaraNoor
* Shehzad Roy (@ShehzadRoy): Legnds are forever #NayyaraNoor
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