If Hollywood blockbusters are not your cup of tea, then the five films that fall under the newly-minted Sony’s Reel Society may just suit your taste.

Malaysia’s leading cinema exhibitor, Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC), partners with film distributor Sony Pictures Entertainment to showcase five films that will be shown exclusively at the GSC International Screens. Subjects of these films touch on social issues and characters’ contemplation.

In a press statement, chief executive officer of GSC Koh Mei Lee said: “We aim to provide audiences enriching cinema experiences through not only technology, but content as well.

“We are very proud of the success of our partnerships with other distributors to expand on the content available under our GSC International Screens brand, as this proves that audiences in Malaysia do enjoy smart, well-written stories that are not only emotionally moving, but also universally human.”

At the launch event last week, senior marketing manager of GSC Lionel Loh added: “The power of movies is that it allows you to see into other cultures and be moved by stories that warm the hearts, engage the minds and bring out the smiles. I believe these five films will do just that.”

Managing director of Sony Pictures Entertainment Malaysia, Simon Foo, continued: “Sony Pictures Entertainment has always had a diverse genre of quality films in our slate. We try our best to make films that cater to different categories of audiences, and speciality film is one of them.

“We hope that (our partnership with GSC) will provide an avenue to keen audiences to catch these titles in cinema, and the continuous support and response from all parties will allow us to expand this programme for more potential titles.”

Sony’s Reel Society is available at selected GSC locations including GSC Pavilion KL, GSC Mid Valley Megamall and GSC 1 Utama in Klang Valley, as well as GSC Gurney Plaza, Penang and GSC Paradigm Johor Baru.

Here are the five films in this round of Sony Reel’s Society:

The Best Of Enemies (now showing) – Based on the 1971 true story set in Durham, North Carolina, where black activist Ann Atwater and Klansman CP Ellis have to find a common ground on the issue of school integration. Directed by Robin Bissell, the film is headlined by Empire’s Taraji P. Henson and Oscar winner Sam Rockwell.

Late Night (Aug 1) – British thespian Emma Thompson plays a late-night talk show host who is about to lose her job. Mindy Kaling, from The Mindy Project, plays a writer hired by the host to try and save her job. John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy and Denis O’Hare co-star in this comedy.

Ode To Joy (Sept 19) – Revolves around Charlie (Sherlock’s Martin Freeman) who suffers from cataplexy, a symptom of narcolepsy that causes sudden bouts of paralysis whenever he experiences strong emotions, in particular, joy. He tries to suppress his emotions as much as possible, by denying himself to be happy. But all that gets thrown out the window when he falls in love. Gotham’s Morena Baccarin and The Big Bang Theory’s Melissa Rauch co-star.

The Sound Of Silence (Oct 3) – There are all kinds of jobs out there. In this film, Peter Sarsgaard portrays a “house tuner”. What his job entails is calibrating the sound of people’s homes which in turn will adjust their moods. In the course of his work, he meets different people with unique needs. Co-starring Bruce Altman, Tina Benko and Rashida Jones.

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood (Jan 20) – Oscar winner Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys (The Americans) lead the cast in this film that centres around the friendship between Fred Rogers, the creator and host of the long-running children’s TV show Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood, and journalist Tom Junod.

Tom Hanks in A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood. Photo: IMDB