This Week In Cinemas: August 30, 2017

Star Cinema goes quirky in the face of the apocalypse

by Philbert Dy


This week: the young pairing of Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto gets its second movie outing in Antoinette Jadaone’s Love You to the Stars and Back, which looks like it’s taking a different tack from your average Star Cinema romcom. It’s going up against the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, starring the formidable new love team of Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey as two dudes obsessed with each other in a post-apocalyptic dimension. Love is all around.


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It’s a classic story: boy with terminal illness (Joshua Garcia) meets girl (Julia Barretto) who believes in aliens, and they go on a road trip together. This film, more than any of Antoinette Jadaone’s recent work for Star Cinema, seems to recall the qualities of her breakthrough movie That Thing Called Tadhana. Based on everything we’ve seen, it doesn’t even look like your standard Star Cinema movie, and that might be a very good thing, indeed.


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The sprawling, multi-volume Stephen King epic has been condensed into this blockbuster. Tom Taylor plays a kid with visions of another dimension where a war between good and evil are taking place. This other dimension turns out to be real, and there he meets the Gunslinger (Idris Elba), a man whose only purpose is to battle The Man in Black (Matthew McCounaughey). So far, response to the film has been cool at best, but there has to be some value in watching McCounaughey basically play the devil.





Al Gore returns with more Powerpoint slides about how the world is ending. It remains amazing that there are people out there that still need to be convinced that climate change is happening. Houston just got seventy days’ worth of rain in a couple of days, bringing unprecedented flooding to the Texas City. But sure, if the world’s absolutely unnatural weather patterns still haven’t convinced you that bad stuff is happening, go see this movie, which is running exclusively in Ayala cinemas.





This Korean movie is set in the Japanese colonial era. Koreans were routinely brought to Hashima island (aka Battleship Island) and forced to mine coal for their Japanese masters. The movie follows a father (Song Joong-ki) trying to protect his daughter on the island amidst the poor conditions and the chaos brought about by an elaborate escape plot. This looks to be another South Korean film that turns their history into the stuff of blockbuster cinema. Good times.





Like almost every exorcism film made in the last decade or so, The Crucifixion claims to be based on a true. This time, it’s an incident that took place in 2005 in Romania, where five members of the clergy were arrested for the apparent murder of a nun. Sophie Cookson plays a skeptical reporter sent to investigate the matter, only to learn that the devil is real and stuff. Based on the trailer, it’s your standard jump-scare-a-thon, with the added bonus of very Catholic imagery.


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Kicking off August 31 is the 11th edition of the International Silent Film Festival. Nine silent films from nine countries will be screening at the Shang Cineplex, all of them accompanied by live music. Here’s a quick recommendation: Gym Lumbrera’s experimental Taglish, accompanied by the music of Kapitan Kulam (of which our very own Eric Melendrez is a member). That’s going to be a wild time. But really, check all of these films out. It’s genuinely one of the coolest film events in the country.




Cinema ’76 isn’t quite ready to let go of the PPP. They’re still screening participants of the Pista for the next nine days, and now they’ve added the Cinema Originals entries Salvage and Hamog to the mix. If you missed out on those films, get yourself over to Luna Mencias and treat yourself.




The Cinelokal cinemas are also still showing films from the PPP, but on Friday, they’re to be replaced by Real Florido’s 1st Ko si 3rd, the story of an older woman (played by a terrific Nova Villa) exploring the possibility of reuniting with an old flame.




This Friday, they’re screening Joseph Israel Laban’s Baconaua, one of the films from this year’s Cinemalaya. On Monday and Tuesday, it’s Ralston Jover’s Hiblang Abo from last year’s edition of the festival. On Tuesday as well, they’re screening Avid Liongoren’s Saving Sally.




The pilot to Marvel’s latest TV series The Inhumans will be screening on SM IMAX screens around the country starting August 31. The pilot was actually shot entirely on 65mm, which ought to make this a rather unique cinematic experience, despite actually being a TV show. This is reportedly a slightly different version from what will eventually be aired, so Marvel completists basically have no choice now.