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4 films to see on the week of November 23-30, 2017

Coco


MIGUEL DREAMS of becoming a popular musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, even if it means going against his family’s generations-old ban on music. Miguel journeys to the Land of the Dead where he comes across a trickster who helps unlock Miguel’s family history. Directed by Lee Unkrich, this Pixar animated movie features the voices of Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt, and Gael Garcia Bernal. The Wrap’s Robert Abele writes, “The animation juggernaut has once more shown how its storytelling acumen and visual splendors are still the surest dance partners in movies today.”

MTRCB Rating: G

The Snowman


AFTER A PERSON disappears after winter’s first snowfall, police officer Harry Hole investigates with the help of an exceptional recruit, Katrine Bratt and together they connect old cold cases to new ones. Directed by Tomas Alfredson, it stars Michael Fassbender, J.K. Simmons, Val Kimmer, Rebecca Ferguson, and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Despite the numerous praises for Jo Nesbø’s crime novel of the same title, Rotten Tomatoes gives this film just an 8% rating. Christopher Orr of The Atlantic writes, “Ultimately, The Snowman is that most frustrating of film types: You can picture the good movie that it might have been; it’s just not the movie that’s up on the screen.”

MTRCB Rating: R-16

Trip Ubusan: The Lolas vs. Zombies


THE THREE comedic “lolas” of television come to the big screen as Lola Nidora, Lola Tinidora, Lola Tidora, and Charmaine have a perfect trip all planned out. Suddenly, there is a zombie attack in the city. They join forces with many young people who are also determined to survive. Directed by Mark A. Reyes V, it stars Wally Bayola, Jose Manalo, Paolo Ballesteros, and Ryzza Mae Dizon.

MTRCB Rating: PG

Suburbicon


AN IDYLLIC small town suburb hides a darker side of racial segregation and mob loansharking. The story is told through the eyes of a young boy who witnesses a bungled break-in that leads to the death of his mother, and the community’s reaction to the arrival of an African-American family. Directed by George Clooney, the film stars Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, and Noah Jupe. Brian Lowry of CNN.com writes, “Suburbicon gives away the game on its mystery a bit too soon, but it’s still fun watching the various shoes drop.”

MTRCB Rating: R-13

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