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5 films to see on the week of August 23 — August 29, 2019

Buckout Road

A SCENE from Buckout Road.

THREE college students travel to the famed and haunted Buckout Road to debunk urban legends and myths. However, they come to realize that the old stories may be real. Directed by Matthew Currie Holmes, it stars Evan Ross, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, and Danny Glover.

MTRCB Rating: R-16


UBER driver Stu picks up his policeman passenger who is on the lookout for a brutal killer. Stu is then thrust into an ordeal of unexpected events as he holds onto his life and five-star rating. Directed by Michael Dowse, it stars Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, and Mira Sorvino. The Atlantic’s David Sims writes, “For years, this kind of film was practically a monthly offering from major studios. Now, though, the small and low-stakes Stuber feels like a welcome departure from the mega-budgeted epics that crowd theaters every summer. That’s not to say it’s good, exactly, but it’s short (a breathtaking 93 minutes!), packed with salty one-liners, grounded by two lovable leads, and comfortingly predictable — the kind of routine project that at one time would have dominated Blockbuster shelves for months.”

MTRCB Rating: R-13

The Angry Birds Movie 2

THE flightless angry birds and scheming green pigs forge a truce on their feud and become allies for once as they save their endangered homes from outsiders. Directed by Thurop Van Orman, it features the voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, and Bill Hader. www.rogerebert.com ‘s Matt Zoller Seitz writes, “This sequel is more shenanigans-based. The plot eventually leads to a combination heist movie/band of heroes on a military mission storyline, which is more conducive to kid-oriented slapstick and lets the project feel less ungainly and lighter on its feet (although there’s still a fair amount of sexual humor that might be considered inappropriate, were there a chance small children would get it).”

MTRCB Rating: PG

Angel Has Fallen

AFTER an assassination attempt on the U.S. president, Secret Service Agent Mike Banning is falsely accused and taken into custody. After escaping from capture, he evades his agency and outsmarts the FBI to find the real threat to the president. Directed by Ric Roman Waugh, it stars Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, and Jada Smith.

MTRCB Rating: PG

Just a Stranger

MAE is a woman in her mid-30s who is married to a wealthy businessman. She goes on a vacation to Lisbon, Portugal, and meets 19-year-old Jericho, a son of a Philippine ambassador. The two enter an affair and it continues when they both meet in the Philippines after Mae’s vacation. Directed by Jason Paul Laxamana, it stars Anne Curtis, Marco Gumabao, Isay Alvarez, Robert Seña, Edu Manzano, and Jas Rodriguez.

MTRCB Rating: R-16