What’s on screens this week?

By: Reymundo Salao

THE new films on mainstream theaters are not very impressive. It’s a good thing that some other films are on extended run…

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Set in the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

This sequel to 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy is the 15th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Written and directed by James Gunn, it stars the same ensemble cast featuring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel (as the voice of Groot), Bradley Cooper (as the voice of Rocket), Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, and added to the cast are Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell.

In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the Guardians travel throughout the cosmos as they help Peter Quill learn more about his true parentage. The film actually opened here in the Philippines a week ago, and I was not able to write a “What’s New This Week” article; and also, I wanna use my dictatorial right over my column, I’m including this on the list just to tell you that this is one of those big spectacles that deserves to be watched.

But a part of me tells me I no longer need to tell you that coz either: A. You’re already a big fan of this or B. You’ve already watched it last week. Let’s move on…

 

GIFTED

The story is about Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle between her uncle and grandmother. Gifted is directed by Marc Webb and written by Tom Flynn, and stars Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate and Octavia Spencer.

Its director Marc Webb is known for The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), 500 Days of Summer (2009) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). Snap Impression: This looks like more than just decent drama film, and probably is a good film for anybody who yearns for a good family drama.

 

UNFORGETTABLE

Tessa Connover is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex-husband, David, becomes happily engaged to Julia. Trying to settle into her new role as a wife and a stepmother, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help her put her own troubled past behind her. Tessa’s jealousy takes a pathological turn, and she will stop at nothing to turn Julia’s dream into the ultimate nightmare.

This erotic thriller directed by Denise Di Novi (in her directorial debut) and written by Christina Hodson and David Leslie Johnson, stars Katherine Heigl, Rosario Dawson, Geoff Stults, Isabella Rice and Cheryl Ladd.

Snap Impression: Domestic trouble drama thrillers really don’t interest me that much. But since this film is getting such mildly and consistently positive reviews from American audiences, I trust that it might be worth checking out if you’re on the mood for the thrillers of domestic drama.

 

MALIBU ROAD

Dr. Raymond Forrester, professor of psychology at UCLA, takes student and Hollywood starlet Dorothy Crowder to a Malibu hotel of questionable reputation. The two ingest LSD, sent in a mysterious package to Forrester, and become some of the first Americans to go on a psychedelic experience. The experience takes a turn for the deadly during New Year’s Eve 1960 and now the duo must rediscover reality or be trapped in an endless cycle of sex, drugs and murder in “paradise.”

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