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3 films to see on the week of May 24 — May 30, 2019


IN THIS live-action remake of the beloved Disney animated film, Aladdin again ends up in the Cave of Wonders where he sets his eyes on a magic lamp and sets a genie free. The genie grants his wishes and transforms him into a prince in order to marry a princess. However, evil sorcerer Jafar is hell-bent to secure the lamp for his own sinister plans. Directed by Guy Ritchie, the film stars Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Will Smith, and Marwan Kenzari. “It is a ravishingly beautiful musical extravaganza, teeming with energy and star-making performances. Naomi Scott is a marvelous Jasmine, who sings to the heavens. Will Smith is pitch-perfect, online skeptics will be eating their words,” writes Ben Rolph of Discussing Film.

MTRCB Rating: G

The Sun is Also a Star

DANIEL BAE and Jamaica-born Natasha Kingsley meet and fall in love in New York City. Their relationship faces a challenge as Natasha is fighting against her family’s deportation. Directed by Ry Russo-Young, the film stars Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton, and Faith Logan. CNN’s Brian Lowry writes, “The whole ‘fall in love in a day’ device, though, not only feels strained but labors to approximate the dimensions of a movie, relying heavily on music and meaningful stares. Granted, it’s hard not to like a teen movie that hinges on characters falling for each other to the 50-year-old song ‘Crimson and Clover,’ but too much of The Sun is Also a Star feels as if it’s killing time.” Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 52% rating.

MTRCB Rating: PG

The Last Interview: The Mayor Antonio Halili Story

BASED on a true story, the film revolves around the assassination of Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili in July 2018 during a flag ceremony at the newly constructed municipal hall. A regional special task group is assigned to investigate, however, no suspect has been apprehended. In 2016, Mayor Halili ordered a “Walk of Shame” campaign — highly criticized by human rights groups — where drug suspects and criminals were paraded around the city. Directed by Caesar Soriano, the film stars John Estrada and Ara Mina.

MTRCB Rating: R-13