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5 films to see on the week of May 18-25, 2018

Deadpool 2

WISECRACKING mercenary Deadpool joins forces with three mutants — Bedlam, Shatterstar and Domino — to protect a boy from the all-powerful villain. Directed by David Leitch, the film stars Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennizon, Zazie Beets, and T.J. Miller. The film garnered a score of 86% on the Rotten Tomatoes film aggregate site. The Washington Post’s Michael O’Sullivan writes: “It is a fairly brilliant sendup of comic-book action movies, as well as also being an excellent example of one.” The Chicago Sun-Times’ Richard Roeper opines: “Deadpool 2 is wicked, dark fun from start to finish, with some twisted and very funny special effects, cool production elements, terrific ensemble work — and for dessert, perhaps the best end-credits ‘cookie’ scene ever.”

MTRCB Rating: R-16

Early Man

FROM NICK PARK — the creator of Wallace and Gromit — comes this animated comedy set in the prehistoric times about a tribe of displace primitive hunters who challenge the invading bronze-makers to a soccer game in hope to win back their home. The film features the voices of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, and Richard Ayoade. The Atlantic’s David Sims writes, “It’s just about the biggest cliché one could imagine for a British animated feature. And yet like any Park film, it’s pretty charming, the kind of kids movie that finds the right mix of slapstick humor and intelligent storytelling to keep everyone in the audience happy.”

MTRCB Rating: PG


ASSASSINS are out on a sinister mission; a sick teacher; an enigmatic janitor; a troubled waitress — lives intertwine in this tale of a mysterious criminal mastermind bent on revenge. Directed by Vaughn Stein, the film stars Margot Robbie, Mike Myers, Simon Pegg, and Matthew Lewis. Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers gives the movie zero stars and writes, “There isn’t a single spark of originality in this whole pointless exercise in neon-lit nilhilism.” And yet, the Chicago Sun-Times’ Richard Roeper writes that “it’s one fantastically loopy journey. This is a highly stylized, beautifully photographed and seriously weird noir mystery.” Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 24% rating.

MTRCB Rating: R-16

Home Invasion (a.k.a. Keep Watching)

INTRUDERS force a family to play “Kill. Or be Killed.” The family then realize that the game is being streamed live worldwide. Directed by Sean Carter, the movie stars Bella Thorne, Chandler Riggs, Natalie Martinez, Ioan Gruffud, and Matthew Willig. Todd Gilchrist of BloodyDisgusting.com writes, “At barely 90 minutes, Keep Watching is thankfully brief, hustling through its expository introduction towards some empty suspense and poorly photographed violence.”

MTRCB Rating: R-13


AS STAR CINEMA’s 25th anniversary movie, Kasal centers on public school teacher who questions her decision to marry a candidate for mayor in Cebu. Then, her ex returns in the province wanting her back. Directed by Ruel S. Bayani, it stars Bea Alonzo, Paulo Avelino, and Derek Ramsay.

MTRCB Rating: PG