This Week In Cinemas – June 28, 2017

A week of smaller movies offers a respite from the blockbuster machine

by Philbert Dy

We have survived another Michael Bay apocalypse. In the rubble, we pick ourselves up and move on. There are new movies to see this week, and none of them are about giant robots destroying things. And so, for a week at least, the worlds in our cinemas are not in peril. Our senses are being given a chance to recover.

 

 

Local Releases:

 

ANG PAGSANIB KAY LEAH DELA CRUZ

 

 

Sarah Lahbati stars as a cop who moves to a new town and investigates a mysterious incident involving a teenage girl (Shy Carlos) who jumps out the window of her bedroom. It’s a possession movie with an interesting pedigree: Katski Flores, a mainstay of the industry whose last feature film came out ten years ago, finally returns with a horror film that seems to have ambitions beyond startling people.

 

Foreign Releases:

 

IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD

 

 

This anime film has already been announced as part of the Eiga Sai lineup, so it’s a little strange that it’s getting a commercial release a week prior to the festival. In any case, this is one of the most well reviewed films of last year, and is probably worth catching. It is the story of an eighteen-year-old girl in Hiroshima during World War II. So, if you know your history, you probably know where this is going. Prepare accordingly.

 

CONFIDENTIAL ASSIGNMENT

 

 

Another Korean film gets a limited release in select Robinsons Movieworld cinemas. This is a buddy action comedy that pairs a handsome, hyper-capable North Korean detective with a world-weary, somewhat bumbling South Korean detective to chase down a criminal organization that operates on both sides of the border. Given tensions in the world today, this fantasy of inter-Korea cooperation might be just the thing we need.

 

OVERDRIVE

 

 

You’ve seen Scott Eastwood in the latest Fast and Furious movie. Now you can see him in what seems to be the poor man’s version of those films. He plays one of two car thief brothers who end up having to work for a French crime boss, who forces them to steal a car from another, equally dangerous crime boss. Expect car chases and stunts and heists, but no Vin Diesel to tell us about family.

 

RESET

 

 

This film is being sold locally with the name of Jackie Chan as producer. It doesn’t actually have him in it, though, and it doesn’t really sound like the kind of film he’d do. But it stars Yang Mi as a scientist working on a time machine. When her son is kidnapped, she decides to use the time machine to try to prevent the crime, and she ends up having to team up with multiple versions of herself to save the day. You know what? Come to think about it, that would be a great Jackie Chan film.

 

Special Engagements:

 

CINELOKAL

 

Slumber Party is in cinemas for a couple more days. On June 30, they’re going to start screening the digitally restored Sa Aking Mga Kamay, the 1996 action film that had Christopher de Leon facing off against Aga Muhlach. It kicks off what they appear to be selling as a month of action films, although it doesn’t really seem right to put Pamilya Ordinaryo under that umbrella. But all right.

 

AT THE UP FILM INSTITUTE

 

They’re screening three of the films of Kanakan Balintagos, whom you might know better as Aureaus Solito: Boy, Pisay, and Esprit de Corps. All are worth seeing, if you’ve got the time.

 

CINE CLUB AT THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

 

This week, they’re screening Bruno Dumont’s Hadewijch, the story of a young nun made to leave the convent for her extreme religious fervor. This later leads her down a dangerous path, as the outside world preys on her fanaticism.

 

AT THE CINEMATHEQUE CENTER MANILA

 

Today, they’re screening regional films. And tomorrow, they’re doing their second day of screening student films. There’s lots to discover at the Cinematheque right now.