Just five movies are hitting cinemas this week, giving a brief respite from the deluge of releases that seemed to go on through all of February. The Ides of March bring us the latest Star Cinema rom com and Ava DuVernay’s much-awaited adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time. And if you’ve been down on recent Hollywood comedies, try to check out Game Night, which is just much better than you’re probably expecting.
MY PERFECT YOU
Gerald Anderson in a bad wig plays an unsociable young man trying to escape from his everyday life. He goes on a vacation and ends up at a hostel run by Pia Wurtzbach. This is the latest film from Cathy Garcia-Molina, and the debut of the former Miss Universe as a romantic lead. Wurtzbach’s previous outing as a supporting player in the Vice Ganda MMFF film The Revenger Squad revealed some limitations but some clear enthusiasm for the work. Hopefully, we’ll be able to see more of the latter in this romantic film.
A WRINKLE IN TIME
Ava DuVernay, best known for the Oscar-nominated film Selma, directs this big-screen adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved young adult classic. Storm Reid plays the 13-year-old Meg Murry, who travels through space with the help of three mystical beings in order to find her missing father. Reviews have been mixed so far, with some critics strangely unsure if they’re even allowed to dislike such a woke film.
Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star as a married couple who get really competitive during their weekly game nights. They take part in what is supposed to be an elaborate mystery game night, but along the way, some real criminals show up and kidnap one of the players. While still under the impression that they’re just playing a game, the couple ends up venturing into some very dangerous situations. This is a solid little comedy that features some surprising visual touches that separate it from your average comedic film.
DEN OF THIEVES
Pablo Schreiber plays the leader of a gang of bank robbers operating in Los Angeles. Gerard Butler is a tough-as-nails detective investigating their robberies, leading a team of cops intent on taking the robbers down by any means necessary. O’Shea Jackson Jr. is a bartender and getaway driver caught between these two violent forces, hustling to find a way to survive while having to placate both sides. It sounds like Heat, if instead of slow burn tension, you got Gerard Butler punching people a lot.
THE HURRICANE HEIST
Well, the title pretty much tells you everything. This is a movie about a gang of thieves who attempt to use a category five hurricane as cover for a daring heist at a highly secured U.S. treasury facility. It’s part disaster movie, part heist flick, and all B-movie.
There are a couple of days left to Sinag Maynila. Check out our coverage of the five features they’re screening in the Cine Lokal cinemas.
SCREENINGS AT CINEMA CENTENARIO
Women’s month rolls on at Cinema Centenario. Visit the cinema for screenings of Camp Sawi, Meet Me in St. Gallen, Lorna, Ang Kababaihan ng Malolos, Motherland, and Ang Babaeng Humayo, among others.
SCREENINGS AT THE UP FILM CENTER
There’s a lot going on at the Film Center this week. There are free screenings of the Murakami adaptations Tony Takitani and Norwegian Wood. Also: screenings of Lorna, Camp Sawi, and Meet Me in St. Gallen. And if you missed it in theaters, the raucous comedy Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes will be screening as well.
PAGDATING SA DULO AT THE CCP
On March 17, 3 PM, The Society of Filipino Archivists, as part of their reflexive cinema series, is going to be screening Ishmael Bernal’s Pagdating sa Dulo.