Today’s cinema openings show an exciting mix of an award-winning Filipino film, a sci-fi thriller, a re-imagination of a classic, and of course, a very cool cartoon for children.
Following Jaclyn Jose’s big win at the Cannes Film Festival, in May for the coveted Palme d’Or Best Actress Award, her countrymen will finally see why she impressed jurors from the around the world.
Distributed in the Philippines by Solar Pictures, Ma’ Rosa, opens today, following the the story of a mother of four who owns a small convenient store in a poor neighborhood of Manila. To make ends meet, Rosa and her husband, Nestor, resell small amounts of narcotics on the side but one day, they face arrest. Rosa’s children are ready to do anything to buy their parents’ freedom from the corrupt police.
Also starring the Brillante Mendoza film are Julio Diaz, Baron Geisler, Jomari Angeles, Neil Ryan Sese, Mercedes Cabral, Andi Eigenmann, Mark Anthony Fernandez, Felix Roco, Mon Confiado and Maria Isabel Lopez.
Select cinemas, showing Ma’Rosa areFairview Terraces, Gateway Cineplex, Robinsons Galleria, SM Fairview, SM North EDSA, and Trinoma in Quezon City; Market Market and SM Aura Premiere in Taguig; Robinsons Place Manila; Robinsons Metro East in Pasig; SM Megamall in Mandaluyong; SM Marikina, SM Southmall in Las Pinas; SM Cebu; SM Iloilo; and Gaisano Davao, NCCC Davao, SM Davao, and SM Lanang Premiere in Davao.
‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’
The colorful characters inhabiting Underland in Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass are brought back to life by the all-star cast from the original Alice in Wonderland.
In this re-imagination an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. Johnny Depp returns as Hatter Tarrant Hightopp, better known as the Mad Hatter while Anne Hathaway is back as Mirana, and Mia Wasikowska in the titular role. Helena Bonham Carter is the short-tempered Red Queen while Matt Lucas is back as the voices of Tweedledee and Tweedledum.
‘Ice Age: Collission Course’
The global hit Ice Age franchise marks a historic feat as the first full-length animation to reach its fifth instalment for theatrical release in the latest Ice Age: Collision Course. Co-directing for the first time with acclaimed filmmaker Michael Thurmeier is Fil-Am Galen Tan Chu who was born in Cebu, Philippines. Chu spent 11 years in the Philippines before migrating to the US where he studied illustration and animation at Pratt Institute.
Ice Age: Collision Course sees Scrat playing pinball with the planets chasing his elusive acorn, he creates the ultimate Scrat-aclysm, sending the mother of all asteroids hurtling toward Earth. Again, Scrat’s misadventures have life- and world-changing consequences for our sub-zero heroes on the ground. At the same time, there are earth-shaking events of an entirely different nature playing out for the gang. Manny and Ellie’s daughter Peaches is getting married, and to Manny that’s as unwanted a development as an asteroid landing in his backyard.
‘The Purge: Election Year’
The sci-thriller that raked $30.9-M on its debut week is opening in cinemas today.
The Purge: Election Year is the third installment in a series that centers on the annual 12-hour period during which all criminal activity—including murder—is legal in America.
This time, it follows Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) two years after Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn…or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state.