5 films to see on the week of June 21 — June 27, 2019
A BIO-PIC on British singer-songwriter Elton John, the film — sprinkled heavily with his songs — follows the journey of the singer from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into a international superstar. Directed by Dexter Fletcher, the film stars Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, and Bryce Dallas Howard. With a score of 89% on the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, the site’s “Critics Consensus” says “It’s going to be a long, long time before a rock biopic manages to capture the highs and lows of an artist’s life like Rocketman.”
MTRCB rating: R-13
Toy Story 4
JUST when we thought Pixar ended the movie franchise with its third installment, it returns with Bonnie’s craft project turned toy, Forky who considers himself “trash,” and Woody takes on the task of making Forky realize that he is a beloved toy. But then a family road trip ends up in the unexpected reunion with Bo Peep and things start getting complicated. Directed by Josh Cooley, the animated film features the voices of Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, Annie Pots, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, and Jordan Peele. Empire’s Dan Jolin writes, “In arguably the series’ most grown-up storyline yet, the film asks whether two people who were once very close, but whose lives have been pulled in such drastically different directions, could ever make it work again.” Review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a high score of 98%
MTRCB rating: G
THE film is a contemporary re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic where Karen, a single mother, gifts her son a Buddi doll which then reveals its sinister nature. Directed by Lars Klevberg, the film stars Gabriel Bateman, Mark Hamill, and Aubrey Plaza.
MTRCB rating: R-16
THIS English language French action thriller follows Anna Poliatova, whose beauty hides the strength and skill to becoming the world’s most feared assassin. Directed by Luc Besson, the film stars Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren, and Luke Evans.
MTRCB rating: R-16
MADAME Bato-bato, a rich single mother, and Chito, a bachelor and lottery winner, meet through a dating app. As their relationship develops, they also meet each other’s families and engage in activities millennials do — to the dismay of the real millennials in their lives. Directed by Rechie Del Carmen, the film stars Bayani Agbayani and Ai Ai Delas Alas.
MTRCB rating: PG