This Week In Cinemas – October 11, 2017

Cathy Garcia-Molina tries something new. Dean Devlin does not.

by Philbert Dy


It’s another smaller week of movies. The big Hollywood release this week is Geostorm, the latest bit of disaster porn from disaster pornographer Dean Devlin. It will probably do better than Blade Runner 2049, because the world is terrible. On the local front, Cathy Garcia-Molina flexes her dramatic muscles with the star-studded family weepy Seven Sundays. Familial strife has long been a part of Garcia-Molina’s movies. Let’s see if it still works minus the kilig.


Local Releases:





Aga Muhlach, Dingdong Dantes, Cristine Reyes and Enrique Gil play estranged siblings who reunite when their father is diagnosed with cancer. The film appears to be somewhat of a departure for director Cathy Garcia-Molina, best known for her glossy romcoms. Interestingly, the logo of biscuit-maker Rebisco is featured on the poster of the film. So expect at least one scene where the family is dramatically resolving their issues while munching on some crackers.





Polo Ravales and Aiko Melendez are a married couple working abroad in different countries. Both are having extramarital affairs. The two are forced to return to the Philippines when their son gets caught up in a scandal that causes the death of his girlfriend. Balatkayo is written by the prolific Jason Paul Laxamana, and directed by Neal Tan, who is one of those independent filmmakers who has never really seemed to need festival grants to fund his films. Tan hasn’t been active in the last couple of years, so it will be interesting to see what he’s bringing to the table this time.


Foreign Releases:





Opening Thursday is Geostorm, from director Dean Devlin, who built his career on blowing up monuments, famous buildings, and entire cities in waves of CGI fire. In this latest edition of disasterpiece theater, a network of weather-controlling satellites go rogue, and it’s up to a small group of government aides and scientists to save the world from being completely wiped out.





The popular light novel series/anime gets the big screen treatment. The sibling protagonists are on spring break when a girl approaches them and asks for their help in fulfilling a final wish. Obviously, if you aren’t familiar with this series, you might find yourself lost in its strange alternate history where magic is real and complemented with the use of technology, and a class system has emerged based on one’s magical abilities. But it’s standard anime stuff, really.





Star of The Room Tommy Wiseau gets top billing in this horror movie, but by all accounts he’s only really in it for a couple of scenes. The film is about a family dealing with a recent tragedy. In their grief, they’re confronted with all manner of strange encounters, all pointing to the presence of a vengeful spirit. Based on stuff that’s already been written about the movie, it appears that Tommy Wiseau is not playing the vengeful spirit. This is the real tragedy.





The local posters for The Changeover point to it being a pretty generic horror picture. It’s actually a film from New Zealand, based on the much-lauded young-adult novel of the same name. Erana James plays a fourteen-year-old girl who discovers supernatural abilities that she must use to save her brother from a dark fate. She’s join by the likes of Melanie Lynskey, Lucy Lawless, and Timothy Spall. It actually seems to be much more interesting than that poster makes it out to be.


Special Engagements:




The NCCA has put together a nice little program of films from all around the ASEAN region. The film will be screening for free at the Shang Cineplex starting today until the fifteenth. Rogue wholeheartedly recommends the entire lineup. It’s an exceptional group of films. But also, if you haven’t seen Remton Siega Zuasola’s remarkable Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria, then you really, really should.




Taking over the Cinelokal cinemas this Friday is Toto Natividad’s Riding in Tandem, which stars Joem Bascon and Khalil Ramos as hitmen with personal agendas. It sounds like a really bad idea.




Something About Love, Kiko Boksingero and Fallen not Forgotten share Cine Adarna until the weekend. Next week, a short program from distributor Crystalsky Multimedia will bring The Canyons, Manhattan Nocturne and Decadence to the Film Institute.