You can never go wrong with hitting the cinemas at a season like this. As we’re past the month of flowers and chocolates, the Now Showing lines have anything you want in store. Disney remakes, Marvel installments, long-awaited sequels, art, horror, or something in space? This month has it all set.
- Beauty and the Beast
If you’ve been waiting to hear the words “Marie, the baguettes!” for what seems to be too long, you aren’t the only one. Finally, the Disney remake that gets an award in our hearts for best casting is on its way, with Emma Watson as the championed Belle. Bringing the 1991 hit to today’s dawn, we’re treated to a few add-ons to the classic that make this reprise more worthwhile.
- The Belko Experiment
The producers of The Conjuring have proven that they’ve got a penchant for thrills, with the same nerve-wracking touch to a piece not settled in the horror genre. On an ordinary day, a group of workers are locked in their building and forced to take place in a Hunger Games-esque experiment. (Bonus: For you Gilmore Girls fans out there, there’s a little surprise in store for you)
- T2: Trainspotting
The wait is over for our favorite blokes, as the sequel of the 1996 black comedy dawns with its director Danny Boyle and original cast based on the follow-up novel Porno. Seen twenty years after the events of the 1996 dark comedy-drama, Mark Renton comes back to Edinburgh, and all hell, robbery, drug abuse, and violence ensue.
- Before I Fall
If you can somehow imagine one of those golden days you spent as a high school senior on the brink of graduation as your last day to live, with a touch Groundhog Day, you’ve got Before I Fall in the bag. Starring Zoey Deutch, she lives the same day over and over again, always leading to an accident.
- Personal Shopper
Director Olivier Assayas brings us a psychological thriller–one looked forward to–with Kristen Stewart playing Maureen, a personal assistant and shopper to a supermodel-designer in Paris. When she isn’t picking up couture pieces or borrowing the same outfits when her boss isn’t home, she tries to reach out to her deceased twin brother’s soul. But waiting for a sign from him in the afterlife may have reached something else.
- Revolution: New Art for a New World
Feast your eyes on a visual treat in what feels like something you’re not allowed to watch, as Margy Kinmonth guides us through the mass exploration of art led by the hunger for freedom and creativity, exactly what society wanted to stunt, in response to the Russian Revolution in 1917.
Growing up with the same chip off the universe that is Marvel, we summit to more than a decade of a character we know all too well. Entering his last film of the role, Hugh Jackman portrays Old Man Logan‘s version of Wolverine, fast forward to the year 2029 when mutants are on the brink of extinction. As he deals with the poison in his system and the deterioration of his powers, he sets off to get a young experiment mutant created with his DNA to a safer place.
- The Shack
Based on The New York Times‘ best seller by William P. Young, Sam Worthington plays Mack Phillips, whose simple, loving family is put through hell when his youngest daughter is kidnapped and killed by a serial killer. When the police are unable to find the body, Mack enters a long trance of rage until a mysterious message signed Papa (his wife’s name for God) invites him to go to the cabin where his daughter’s blood was found. Going there for answers, he discovers a trail hand in hand with who appears to be God, played by Octavia Spencer, and finds his way to forgiveness. In the treatment reminiscent of The Lovely Bones with the journey resembling Collateral Beauty, Stuart Hazeldine turns the drama into a steep climb that’s worth watching.
Director Julia Docournau takes a leap into what we account for as one of the weirdest horrors around the world, we see the story of Justine (Garance Marillier), a vegetarian who sets off to become a vet, but gets a taste of meat for the first time after an initiation ritual at school. With the flavor still lingering in her mouth, an thirst for blood manifests inside of her, urging her to satiate her obsession in less than pretty ways. Strange and seductive, the French-Belgian horror delivers a disturbing and beautiful depiction of what is primal.
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, and Ariyon Bakare, the ensemble cast portray a crew aboard the International Space Station with the task of capturing a space probe coming from Mars and studying its growth in space, proving the existence of extraterrestrial life. But as the organism rapidly grows, they find out that the creature on their ship might be what wiped out Mars and its inhabitants. Like most space films, there’s a lot of running around and locking doors, but with the persistent mission to kill the thing (kind of like fighting Nemesis in Resident Evil), it’s always the best kind of thrill.–JANROE THE BOAT