This Week In Cinemas – May 16, 2018

The Merc with the Mouth returns to cinemas

by Philbert Dy

In case you somehow missed the marketing barrage, Deadpool 2 is coming to cinemas this week. Opening up against it: a new Star Cinema film starring Bea Alonzo, Derek Ramsey and Paulo Avelino. The big surprise this week is the new Aardman stop-motion animation project, Early Man, which arrives in theaters with barely any promotion.


Local Releases:



Bea Alonzo is a woman set to be married to Cebu’s most eligible bachelor, a young politician played by Paulo Avelino. Derek Ramsey is an ex-boyfriend that suddenly shows up, making the young woman reconsider her choices. This is not to be confused with the Jay Altarejos film of the same name, which weirdly also listed on the SM Cinema website this week. That’s not confusing at all!


Foreign Releases:



Ryan Reynolds returns as the red-clad assassin, this time bringing Josh Brolin along with him to play Cable, a cyborg who’s traveled from the future to take out a mutant kid before he becomes a supervillain. Also notable: the film is directed by David Leitch of John Wick and Atomic Blonde fame, two crazy action films that kind of have a sense of humor about the ridiculousness of their violence. This feels like a good fit.



Aardman, the animation studio behind the Wallace and Gromit films, brings us Early Man, which tells the story of a community of cavemen who encounter a far more advanced civilization, and end up having to fight to keep their home. The film features the voices of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, and many other British stars who probably did not hesitate at all to work with one of the world’s greatest animation studios.



Margot Robbie is a mysterious woman living a double life involved in some arcane machinations involving two hitmen, a teacher with a terminal illness, and a custodian clearly hiding something. The film also stars Simon Pegg and an unrecognizable Mike Myers. Critics have not been kind to this film at all, but the trailer does make it look pretty unique.



If you’re looking this up on IMDB, it’s under the name Keep Watching. Bella Thorne stars in a film about a family being terrorized in their own home by voyeuristic murderers. The local poster and trailer claim that this is based on a true story. That is probably not true. It should probably also be noted that this movie was already shown on cable TV some time ago. No one will ever really understand the arcane logic behind the films that get into cinemas.


Special Engagements:




This week: Throwback Today, Never Not Love You, Mama’s Girl, 100 Tula Para Kay Stella, Pauwi Na, The Florida Project, and the restored May Minamahal.




Starting Monday, the QCinema film The Chanters will be trading screenings with the CInemalaya films K’na the Dreamweaver and Tuos.




The Cinema One Originals film Throwback Today will be screening all week at Black Maria.