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4 films to see on the week of January 19-26, 2018

12 Strong

BASED on the best-selling book Horse Soldiers by Dough Stanton, the film — set in the wake of 9/11 — tells the story of Capt. Mitch Nelson who leads a US Special Forces team to Afghanistan on a dangerous mission to take down Taliban and its al Queda allies, partnering with the Northern Alliance to do so. Directed by Nicolai Fuglsig, it stars Chris Hemsworth, Austin Stowell, Elsa Pataky, Michael Shannon, and Michael Peña.

MTRCB Rating: R-13

Father Figures

WHEN BROTHERS Peter and Kyle discover that their mother has been lying about their father’s death, they hit the road to search for their long-lost dad. Directed by Lawrence Sher, it stars Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, Glenn Close, Ving Rhames, Terry Bradshaw, Christopher Walken, and J.K. Simmons. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a measly 26% rating. Ben Kenigsberg of The New York Times writes, “Distinguished mainly by its overqualified cast and lack of inspiration, Father Figures can’t decide whether it’s a gross-out comedy or an uplifting tale of brotherly love; it embraces the worst of both worlds.”

MTRCB Rating: R-13

Mama’s Girl

A MOTHER struggles to keep up with difficult daughter who wants to pursue a different career path than what her mother had hoped for her — to manage their family’s restaurant business. Directed by Connie S. A. Macatuno, it stars Sofia Andres, Sylvia Sanchez, Diego Loyzaga, Jameson Blake, Arlene Muhlach, Heaven Peralejo, and Karen Reyes.

MTRCB Rating: PG

Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes

LIANNE AND CINDY, despite their differences, have the same goal: to keep their husbands. When they figure out that their respective husbands are seeing each other, they devise a scheme to keep them apart. Directed by Jun Lana, it stars Judy Ann Santos, Angelica Panganiban, Andrea Brilliantes, Cai Cortez, Carmi Martin, Gladys Reyes, Joross Gamboa, Kim Molina, JC de Vera, Quark Henares, Johnny Revilla, Nico Antonio, and Wilma Doesn’t.

MTRCB Rating: R-13