Escape the shutdown at the movies
5 (Yonhap) — Korean movies attracted more than 100 million people to box offices for the second straight year in 2013, official data showed Saturday. According to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), which monitors ticket sales in the country, audience numbers hit the vaunted mark as of Friday this year. It said the numbers translate into an average Korean seeing at least two locally made movies this year. South Korea has a population of 50 million. It added that the figure is significant because the 100 million mark was breached 47 days earlier than in 2012. This makes it likely that a new annual record will be set in the number of viewers of Korean movies. Last year, the total tally of people watching Korean movies surpassed 114.6 million, the highest on record, KOFIC said. Of the films released, the council said “Miracle in Cell No. 7” drew more than 12.8 million viewers, followed by over 9 million for “Snowpiercer.” It added that the overall number of people watching films — domestic and foreign — reached 165.6 million in the first nine months of this year, up by more than 22.6 million vis-a-vis the year before. Copyright Yonhap News Agency, 2013. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/yonhap-news-agency/131004/korean-movies-attract-more-100-mln-people-2nd-straight-year
And the shutdown-sympathetic discounts offered by local theaters don’t hurt: Furloughed feds can take advantage of free popcorn at AMC Theatres and AFI Silver Theatre, plus half-price popcorn and soda at West End Cinema. More importantly, the current slate of releases offers excellent ways to pass the time. Here’sa list of movies that scored well with critics, organized by genre in case you have a particular (and understandable) need to laugh or cry. Comedy ” Thanks for Sharing “: Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow star in this movie about a sex addict and the woman he falls for. ” The World’s End “: The British comedy trio behind “Shaun of the Dead” is responsible for this rollicking ride about a pub crawl that gets interrupted by the apocalypse. ” In a World… ” Lake Bell stars in her writing and directorial debut about a voiceover artist following in her father’s very large footsteps. Drama ” Wadjda “: The coming-of-age film about a young girl who wants to buck the established order is the first feature-length movie made in Saudi Arabia. ” Short Term 12 “: Brie Larson plays a supervisor in a halfway house for troubled teens in Destin Daniel Cretton’s second feature. ” The Patience Stone “: An Afghani woman finds relief when she reveals her deepest secrets to her husband, who happens to be comatose. ” The Spectacular Now “: Another coming-of-age film, this dramedy deals with a bookish teen who starts a relationship with a hard-partying classmate. Documentary ” Generation Iron “: The engaging documentary follows seven men in the 2012 Mr. Olympia competition. Other movie options: ” Harvest of Empire “: Artisphere is hosting a free screening of the eye-opening documentary about immigration on Thursday at 7 p.m.