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6 films to see on the week of January 12-19, 2018

Ferdinand

Ferdinand
Based on the children’s picture book The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson, Ferdinand is about a bull who refuses to participate in bullfights. Captured after being mistaken for a wild beast, and determined to return home to his family, he finds himself facing the world’s greatest bullfighter. Directed by Carlos Saldanha, the animated film features the voices of John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Anderson, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Daveed Diggs, Gabriel Iglesias, Flula Borg, and Bobby Cannavale. Ben Kenigsberg of the New York Times writes, “Ferdinand, the new computer-animated adaptation from Carlos Saldanha (the Ice Age movies), speaks to its own time in a different way, dutifully adhering to the template for contemporary children’s films while avoiding much personality or distinction.”

MTRCB Rating: G

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
When four high school kids discover a video game console they have never heard of before, inadvertently enter the game itself taking the form of avatars they have chosen — a brawny adventurer, an Einstein, a middle-aged male professor, and a badass female warrior. For them to win and survive in the jungle, they are tasked to discover what Alan Parrish — the character played by the late Robin Williams in the original Jumanji film — left 20 years ago, or they would be stuck in the game forever. Directed by Jake Casdan, it stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jack Black, Nick Jonas, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, and Bobby Cannavale. The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw comments, “It’s a likable film which borrows liberally from everything and everyone, and if it’s put together by numbers, well, then it is done capably enough.”

MTRCB Rating: PG

Pitch Perfect 3

Pitch Perfect 3
After graduating from college and realizing that the real world is not quite working out for them as they expected, the Bellas reunite for a final performance at the USO tour. Directed by Trish Sie, it stars Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp, Chrissie Fit, Hailee Steinfeld, Hanna Mae Lee, Ester Dean, John Lithgow, Matt Lanter, and Elizabeth Banks. Despite the franchise’s huge fan base and success, Rotten Tomatoes gave the third installment a measly 31% rating. Empire Online’s Helen O’ Hara writes, “The film only truly comes alive in its performance scenes, which is as it should be, and a succession of pop hits guarantee toe-taps in the cinema. Music, at least, never lets these girls down, even if the rest of their lives — and their movie — fails to live up to what’s on stage.”

MTRCB Rating: PG

The Commuter

The Commuter
An insurance salesman’s routine commute home after work is disrupted when a mysterious stranger contacts him to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger before the train’s final stop. He soon realizes that he has been caught up in a criminal conspiracy. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, it stars Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Jonathan Banks, Elizabeth McGovern, and Sam Neill. Variety’s Guy Lodge remarks, “Collet-Serra cranks up this locomotive as he knows best, building as much breathless, senseless, real-time momentum as possible before train and plot go simultaneously, albeit spectacularly, off the rails.”

MTRCB Rating: R-13

Jeepers Creepers 3

Jeepers Creepers 3
The Creeper fights back after Sargent Tubbs teams up with a task force to destroy the creature after feeding on people for 23 days. Directed by Victor Salva, it stars Chester Rushing, Gabrielle Haugh, Meg Foster, Ryan Moore, Gina Philips, Justin Hall, Stan Shaw, Brandon Smith, Jonathan Breck. ING’s Adam Dileo remarks, “The Creeper remains one of the more interesting modern movie monsters.”

MTRCB Rating: R-13

Delirium

Delirium
A man inherits a mansion from his late parents following his release from a mental institution. Mysterious occurrences lead him to believe that the house might be haunted. Directed by Dennis Iliadis, it stars Topher Grace, Callan Mulvey, Genesis Rodriguez, Robin Thomas, and Patricia Clarkson.

MTRCB Rating: R-13

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