It’s another smaller week of movies as another big superhero blockbuster takes over most of our cinemas. In a novel twist, however, this is a movie about a female superhero. This might not seem like a big deal to you, but this is because you are one of those people that got angry about Rey being so cool in The Force Awakens. Expect thinkpieces about how feminism is ruining blockbuster cinema.
Opening May 31:
Some people stand in the darkness, afraid to step into the light. But not Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who steps into the David Hasselhoff role in Baywatch. Because there are no original ideas anymore, the movie adapts the iconic 90s show, pairing Johnson with Zac Efron as lifeguards who are inexplicably trying to solve some sort of crime. Like all of these movie reboots, expect this film to make fun of its source material, all while owing its existence to the nostalgia that the property engenders. Capitalism is fun.
VOICE FROM THE STONE
Emilia Clarke stars as a nurse in 1950s Tuscany, hired to tend to the needs of a sculptor’s son. The child hasn’t talked since his mother passed away, and the young nurse attempts to get to the bottom of his muteness. It turns out that the title is very literal, as the kid hears his mother’s voice in the walls of the castle that they’re living in. Spooky! Unfortunately, Emilia Clarke’s movies tend not to involve her being the Mother of Dragons. Expect no dragons.
Opening June 1:
Taking over cinemas this week is Wonder Woman, which stars Gal Gadot as the iconic DC superhero, who we first saw in Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman: My Mother’s Name is Martha, Too. The film is set in World War I, with the Amazon princess making her first trip into the world of man in order to try to put an end to the conflict. Whatever threat she may face in the movie, we all know what the real dangers will be: general Internet misogyny.
There hasn’t been an announcement of what’s going to be showing in June, but Prime Cruz’s Sleepless continues to screened in select SM Cinemas.
AT THE UP FILM INSTITUTE
As of this writing, no schedule for June has been posted. Screening today are a pair of films from Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives and Cemetery of Splendor. Both will amaze and confuse you.
WERNER HERZOG RETROSPECTIVE
It’s the final week of the Goethe Institut’s Werner Herzog retrospective. It’s wrapping up with the recent Queen of the Desert on Saturday and 1971’s Even Dwarfs Started Small on Sunday.