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5 films to see on the week of June 7 — June 13, 2019

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

WHEN Jean Grey develops powers that corrupt and turn her into the Dark Phoenix, her fellow X-Men have to decide whether to sacrifice the lives of many to save a team member. Directed by Simon Kinberg, the movie stars James McAvoy, Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp, Jessica Chastain, Olivia Munn, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Tye Sheridan. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone writes: “Sophie Turner shows enormous potential as super-mutant Jean Grey, but this botch job doesn’t just suck big time, it’s the worst movie ever in the X-Men series.” The film received a low score of 22% on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes.

MTRCB Rating: PG

The Secret Life of Pets 2

FOLLOWING the 2016 blockbuster, the sequel continues following Max the terrier who copes with major life changes when his owner gets married and has a baby. When the family takes a trip to the countryside, Max runs into various crazy and hostile animals. Directed by Chris Renaud, the film features the voices of Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Harrison Ford, Tiffany Haddish, Jenny Slate, and Kevin Hart. Variety’s Courtney Howard writes, “Illumination’s The Secret Life Of Pets films do something the Despicable Me studio’s other offerings have yet to accomplish: They allow younger audiences to explore their feelings about new life experiences in a silly, lighthearted way through the travails of adorable animated animals.” The film got a score of 64% on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes.

MTRCB Rating: PG

Soul to Keep

THE demon Beelzebub is hellbent to possess souls and runs after two siblings and their friends at a secluded farmhouse. Directed by Davi Allensworth, the film stars Aurora Heimbach, Derek Long, and Sandra Mae Frank. Pophorror.com’s Preston Holt writes: “Overall, Soul To Keep is one hell of an intelligent horror film that I truly believe will stand the test of time.”

MTRCB Rating: R-16


SET IN THE 17th century, the film follows Persephone, a young girl who was saved from execution thanks to the intervention of the mysterious Reverend Mother who offers her sanctuary at a small priory. Upon arrival, Pesephone realizes that instead of attaining salvation, she has to battle for her soul. Directed by Paul Hyett, the film stars Michael Ironside, Rosie Day, and Hannah Arterton. “Identity-obscuring costumes and poor lighting conditions leave the viewer at a disconnect with characters in what is otherwise a compelling piece of period genre film,” writes Kat Hughes of The Hollywood News.

MTRCB Rating: R-16

Sunshine Family

BASED on the 1992 Japanese film Hit-And-Run Family, the film follows a Filipino family who has been living in South Korea for five years. When the father gets involved in a hit-and-run accident, the family keep the car and break it down to pieces before they return to their home country. Directed by Kim Tai-Sik, the film stars Sue Ramirez, Nonie Buencamino, and Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino.

MTRCB Rating: PG