The last week of movies was mainly about playing catch up, with some of the 2017 films that had to make way for the MMFF finally getting in cinemas. This week, we’ve got two new Filipino films making their way into cinemas, going up against the fourth entry in the Insidious series, and the new prestige drama from Ridley Scott.
ANG DALAWANG MRS. REYES
Judy Ann Santos and Angelica Panganiban star as two women united by the fact that their husbands turn out to be gay lovers. The movie is the latest from Die Beautiful director Jun Lana, whose IdeaFirst Company seems positioned to really make a splash in cinemas and on television this year. Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes is just the first film in a pretty impressive lineup of films and shows that includes new efforts from the likes of Sigrid Bernardo, Prime Cruz, and Perci Intalan. Hopefully, this first film indicates lots of good things to come.
Sofia Andres stars as a young woman entering adulthood, discovering her identity as she tries to look for a career and deal with romantic entanglements. All these travails are filtered through her evolving relationship with her mother, played by Sylvia Sanchez. It sounds like the film is really all about how young people are wrong all the time, and should really listen to their mothers. But that’s honestly what most Filipino cinema is about, when you really think about it.
ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD
Ridley Scott directs a dramatization of the 1973 kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III, starring Michelle Williams as Gail Harris, the teenager’s mother, and Mark Wahlberg as Fletcher Chase, a security man looking after the interests of the boy’s grandfather, the billionaire John Paul Getty. This movie was in the news recently first for the reshooting of scenes featuring Kevin Spacey, who was replaced Christopher Plummer. And then it was reported that while Michelle Williams got paid practically nothing for the reshoots, Mark Wahlberg took home 1.5 million dollars. All the money in the world, indeed.
INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY
The fourth Insidious movie puts Lin Shaye’s parapsychologist character Elise Rainier in the spotlight, revealing the origin of her supernatural abilities, and telling a story that has her and her two companions dealing with demons in her own home. These recent horror franchises, like practically every other horror franchise in cinema history, have been subject to the law of diminishing returns. But Lin Shaye has always been the best part of these movies, and giving her more screen probably isn’t a bad thing.
This feels like a tradition at this point: at the start of every year, there’s going to be some sort of movie that supposedly tells the true story of some American soldiers that faced some perilous situation in the Middle East. This one stars Chris Hemsworth as one of eleven men sent deep into Afghanistan to join forces with locals waging unconventional warfare on the Taliban. Prepare to be taken back to a simpler time when the war on terror felt a little more righteous
Exclusive to Ayala cinemas this week is Father Figures, which stars Ed Helms and Owen Wilson as fraternal twin brothers who learn that their mother has been hiding the truth from them about who their real father is. This sends them on a cross country journey that has them going up to a series of older gentlemen (including Terry Bradshaw, JK Simmons, and Christopher Walken) and telling them that they have sons that they never knew about. Presumably, none of these guys look at the pair and ask “you’re supposed to be twin brothers?”
SCREENINGS AT CINEMA CENTENARIO
The Maginhawa micro-cinema rolls on with screenings of Sana Dati, Patay Na si Hesus, Silong, Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon?, Magic Temple, Sakaling Hindi Makarating, Karnal, Oro Plata Mata, MNL 143, Children’s Show, Independecia, How to Disappear Completely, Ang Larawan, and a program of short films.
SCREENINGS AT THE UP FILM CENTER
The films of Cinemalaya are still screening at the UP Film Institute’s Cine Adarna. If you missed the festival last year, you can still catch screenings of Respeto, Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha, Kiko Boksingero, Baconaua, Ang Guro Kong Hindo Marunong Magbasa, Requited, Bagahe, Nabubulok and Sa Gabing Nanahimik ang mga Kuliglig.
Starting Friday, Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes’ 2014 horror film T’yanak starring Judy Ann Santos will be taking the place of Ang Taba Ko Kasi in Cine Lokal cinemas.