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5 films to see on the week of February 16-23, 2018

Sin Island
David and Kanika are ostensibly happily married. However, adultery on Kanika’s part provokes David to begin an affair with Tasha. Directed by Gino M. Santos, it stars Coleen Garcia, Xian Lim, Bernard Palanca, Charlie Dizon, Desiree del Valle, Dominic Ochoa, Jerome Tan, Joyce Burton-Titular, and Lito Pimentel.

MTRCB Rating: R-16

My Fairy Tail Love Story
Chantel is cursed and turns into a mermaid after disturbing corals under the sea. The only way to break the curse is to find The One. Directed by Perci Intalan, it stars Janella Salvador, Elmo Magalona, Dimples Romana, Dominic Ochoa, Kiko Estrada, and Kiray Celis.

MTRCB Rating: G

After their mother’s death, four siblings seek refuge in a rather sinister home. Directed by Sergio G. Sanchez, it stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, and George MacKay. The Hollywood Reporter’s John DeFore writes: “Scary enough to please most genre buffs, it would also play well in art houses: If you were to go through and remove every hint of ghosts, you’d still have a drama well worth seeing.”

MTRCB Rating: R-13

Darkest Hour
Directed by Joe Wright, and starring Gary Oldman, Ben Mendelsohn, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, and Ronald Pickup, “This look back at Winston Churchill’s leadership during the early days of World War II is filled with authentic touches, large and small. Most authentic of all is Gary Oldman’s performance as a flawed but deeply passionate man who summoned all of his courage, all of his oratory skills and all of his love for Britain at just the right moment,” writes Richard Roeper who gives it three and a half stars

MTRCB Rating: PG

Black Panther
T’challa goes home to Wakanda, an isolated yet technologically advanced African nation, to assume his position as king. His resilience as both king and Black Panther is challenged when old enemies reappear and the nation of Wakanda is put at risk. Directed by Ryan Coogler, it stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, and Florence Kasumba. The Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday remarks: “Coogler doesn’t use Black Panther as an awkward delivery system for such Deep Ideas. Rather, he weaves them in organically and subtly. Black Panther is great fun to watch and shot through with delicate threads of lighthearted humor, mostly delivered from Wright’s cheeky, sarcastic whiz kid and Martin Freeman, who shows up midway through the film as an earnest if unlikely ally.”

MTRCB Rating: PG