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5 films to see on the week of May 25-June 1, 2018

Solo: A Star Wars StorySolo: A Star Wars Story

IN A SERIES OF TRIPS through the underworld, Han Solo meets Chewbacca, and they cross paths with the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian. The film centers on the Star Wars favorite Han Solo’s back story and his first mission with a group of thieves. Directed by Ron Howard, it stars Alden Ehrenreich, Joonas Suotamo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, and Thandie Newton. The New Yok Times’ A.O. Scott writes, “There’s no reason to be mad. There are some fine action sequences, and some that don’t make much sense at all. There are a handful of secondary characters who come close to upstaging the hero.”
MTRCB Rating: G

Show DogsShow Dogs

A HUMAN DETECTIVE and his canine partner are tasked to solve a case revolving around the disappearance of exotic animals. They team up upon discovering that the kidnapper will participate in an upcoming dog show. Directed by Raja Gosnell, it stars Will Arnett, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, and Natasha Lyonne. Empire’s Olly Richards comments, “It is, essentially, what you’d expect from a comedy about an undercover cop dog. Its comedy bar is low enough that a dachshund would barely squeeze under it and the script’s shortcomings are covered up with lots of shots of cute dogs doing not very much. You might ooh and aah at all the animals trotting around — you just might not laugh at anything they have to say.”
MTRCB Rating: PG

In DarknessIn Darkness

BLIND PIANIST Sofia hears the sounds of a struggle in the apartment above hers — it turns out that her neighbor, Veronique, has been killed. Sofia then encounters Veronique’s father, a Serbian businessman and accused war criminal, and gets caught up in a dangerous world. Directed by Anthony Byrne, it stars Natalie Dormer, Ed Skrein, Emily Ratajowski, Jan Bijvoet, and Neil Maskell.
MTRCB Rating: R-13

So ConnectedSo Connected

KARTER, a video editor for a web channel, falls for Trisha, a self-supporting young woman, when he discovers her in videos and photos uploaded online. Directed by Jason Paul Laxamana, it stars Janella Salvador and Jameson Blake.
MTRCB Rating: PG

Citizen JakeCitizen Jake

JOURNALIST Jake Herrera (Atom Araullo) aims for his big break in the media industry and uncovers the activities of still active Marcos cronnies including his father/senator. Directed by Mike de Leon, it also stars Cherie Gil, Dina Bonnevie, Nonie Buencamino, Gabby Eigenmann, and Adrian Alandy. (Read BusinessWorld’s full review “Citizen Jake: Of fathers and sons” by visiting/typing the link <http://bit.ly/2IJbiIo>)
MTRCB Rating: R-13