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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows


“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” is an action movie released in 2016, which continues the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.

The plot revolves around four mutant turtles – Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael – who fight crime in New York City. The film begins as the Turtles have been anonymously fighting to save New York.

Soon, they encounter a new threat as the evil scientist Dr. Baxter Stockman teams up with the notorious Shredder. Shredder plans to create a device to release infamous and powerful Dimension X beings onto Earth.

The Turtles must join forces with their former enemy, reporter April O’Neil, and a new ally, Casey Jones, to stop Shredder’s plans. Their mission is to prevent Shredder and Dr. Stockman from bringing destruction to New York and the world.

The plot unfolds through themes of action, humor, and the brotherhood among the Turtles. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” offers an entertaining adventure for all Turtle fans.



“Shrek” is an animated film released in 2001. It tells the story of a green, yet kind-hearted ogre named Shrek, who lives alone and unappreciated in a swamp. However, Shrek’s peace is disturbed when the expulsion of fairy tale creatures is ordered to his swamp by the ruler of Duloc, Lord Farquaad.

Shrek wants to regain his peace, so he strikes a deal with Farquaad: he agrees to rescue Princess Fiona, so that Farquaad can marry her and Shrek can get his swamp back. On the journey to save the princess, Shrek receives help from a donkey named Donkey, who accompanies him on his adventures.

When Shrek and Donkey arrive at Princess Fiona’s castle, they realize that Fiona is not quite an ordinary princess. Along the way, Shrek and Fiona grow closer, but Shrek soon faces the truth about Farquaad’s true intentions.

“Shrek” is an adventure filled with humor, romance, and twists related to the world of fairy tale creatures. It has become known for its memorable characters, clever dialogue, and unique storytelling.

“Shrek” won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature at the 2001 Academy Awards. This was the first time the award for Best Animated Feature was presented, and “Shrek” was the first film to be honored in this category.

Kielletty hedelmä


Forbidden Fruit is a story of breaking boundaries and seeking freedom. The film tells the tale of two young girls on the threshold of adulthood who experience the adventure of their lives. Raised in the tranquility of the countryside within a religious family, the girls escape from home to the summery capital city in search of freedom and their first major experiences — to encounter a world that had previously been forbidden to them.

Marjut Maristo
Amanda Pilke
Joel Mäkinen
Jarkko Niemi

Dome Karukoski

The film was awarded the Jussi Award for Best Supporting Actress (Amanda Pilke).



A young boy lives with his mother on a remote farm, deep in the forest. His violent father is incarcerated, and the boy occasionally visits him in prison. Life is simple until one rainy evening, a stranger arrives at the homestead — carrying a message from the boy’s father and a bullet in his side. Reluctantly, the mother and son provide refuge to the stranger.

Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää’s debut feature film is an enigmatic and powerful story of loyalty, betrayal, and love. Valkeapää’s cinematic talent gives rise to an exceptional work, whose artistic — stylistic and narrative — merits have been recognized internationally as well.

Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää

Pavel Liska
Jorma Tommila
Vitali Bobrov
Emilia Ikäheimo

The film was awarded three Jussi Awards: Best Direction, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing.

Note: Blu-ray or DVD copies of the film are no longer available.



Recently returned to Finland from training in Germany, young jäger Aaro Harjula witnesses cruel events. As an idealist, he believes that he can promote legality and the realization of justice through his actions, so he reluctantly sets out to take the red female prisoner, Miina Malini, to a court he believes in. Miina and Jäger Harjula find themselves on a journey to a deserted island. Their shared experience changes and deepens their relationship. “The Court Martial” is Harjula’s coming-of-age story. The world, divided into good and evil, right and wrong, gains more nuances. Harjula meets the reputable Emil Hallenberg and believes that this man will surely make a fair decision regarding Miina.

Aku Louhimies

Pihla Viitala
Samuli Vauramo
Eero Aho

The film was awarded the Jussi Award for Best Cinematography.



Remu grows up in humble conditions. As a teenager, he drops out of school and becomes a criminal by profession. The fate of the family is unfolding, and the expected story is looming: prison, alcoholism, and a violent death. However, when Remu encounters rock music, he becomes inspired, especially when he realizes that even black people have succeeded with rock in America. Remu learns to play the drums and inserts himself into various bands. However, the bands are wary of Remu’s straightforward approach and fear his reputation. His first trip to prison interrupts his musical career. Upon his release, Remu forms his own band, which he names Hurriganes. With persistence, Remu styles and trains the band to top form. Through tenacity and even unconventional methods, Remu gets his band to work together, and their popularity begins to grow. However, before the final breakthrough, Remu must come to terms with the ghosts of his past.

JP Siili

Eero Milonoff
Jussi Nikkilä
Olavi Uusivirta
Timo Tikka

The film won awards for Best Production Design and Best Costume Design at the Jussi Gala.

The Prince of Soap


Ilona is a penniless amateur actor who, due to a misunderstanding, ends up working for the scriptwriting team of a soap opera. At the company’s party, she falls for the lead actor of the series, Kalle, and begins writing scenes based on the existing situation. The series producer, Raakel, becomes jealous of Kalle, and soon Ilona and Raakel engage in a battle for the heart of the leading star through the script. In this whirlwind, Kalle’s reality and the series intertwine, and the soap opera is ready! It’s outrageously funny!

Pamela Tola
Mikko Leppilampi
Outi Mäenpää
Teijo Eloranta



“Courageous” is a Christian drama film released in 2011, directed and produced by Alex Kendrick. The film follows four policemen who attempt to find a balance between their family lives and careers while facing various challenges and difficulties. It emphasizes the role of fathers in families and their responsibility in raising children. Additionally, it highlights the significance and impact of faith in life.

The film has received mostly positive feedback for its messages regarding family values, fatherhood, and faith. It provides viewers with the opportunity to contemplate and discuss these themes.

Miracles from Heaven


The movie is based on a true story and follows Christy Beam, whose daughter Anna is diagnosed with a rare and serious digestive disorder. Christy fights desperately for her daughter’s healing and faces a crisis of faith. When Anna experiences an almost fatal event followed by a miraculous recovery, the family’s life takes incredible turns. The film explores the strong bond of family, hope, and miracles amidst adversity, offering a touching and uplifting story.



“Breakthrough” is a drama film released in 2019, based on a true story. Directed by Roxann Dawson, it stars Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, and Mike Colter.

The movie recounts the events following the near-tragic drowning of John Smith, a young boy from St. Louis. John fell through the ice of a local lake and was submerged for over 15 minutes. When he was finally rescued and taken to the hospital, he was without a heartbeat for over an hour. Doctors were preparing to inform the family of John’s passing, but after his mother’s fervent prayer, a miracle occurred: John’s heart began beating again.

“Breakthrough” follows the story of John and his family, their faith, despair, and ultimately hope. The film explores the significance of faith, community support, and the miracles that can happen amid adversity. It is a heartwarming tale deeply rooted in real events and human experiences.