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3 films to see on the week of June 22-29, 2018

Escobar: Loving PabloEscobar: Loving Pablo

THE FILM chronicles the life of drug lord Pablo Escobar through the eyes of Virginia Vallejo, Columbia’s most famous journalist and Escobar’s one-time lover. Directed by Fernando Leon de Aranoa, it stars Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Peter Sarsgaard, Giselle Da Silva, David Valencia, and Lillian Blankenship. Hollywood Reporter’s Deborah Young writes, “The clever pairing of Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz as the vividly larger-than-life couple should give this lavish-looking English-language co-production a shot at the international box office before shifting to smaller screens.”
MTRCB Rating: R-16


IT SAYS A LOT when film review aggregate site gives a movie a 0% rating — about Gotti, the critics consensus says “Fuhgeddaboudit.” The film follows the rise of John Gotti (played by John Travolta) of the Gambino Crime Family in New York City. Told by his son John Jr. (Spencer Rocco Lofranco), the film spans 30 years of Gotti’s tumultuous family life which included tragedy and multiple prison sentences. Directed by Kevin Connolly, it also stars Kelly Preston and Stacy Keach. Peter Travers of the Rolling Stone writes: “Starring in this mobster biopic that deserves to get whacked is an offer Travolta should have refused. Insane testimonials from Gotti supporters at the end are as close as this shitshow will ever get to good reviews.”
MTRCB Rating: R-16

Cry No FearCry No Fear

THE SUSPENSE-THRILLER centers on Kaycee and Wendy, half-sisters who hate each other, who are trapped inside a house with intruders intending to kill them. Directed by Richard Somes, it stars Ella Cruz and Donnalyne Bartolome.
MTRCB Rating: R-16