What’s your plans this Valentine’s Day? How about a movie date? Here’s some of the movies to watch this February 2018.
Fifty Shades Freed
Rated R-18 by the MTRCB and approved without cuts. JAMIE DORNAN and DAKOTA JOHNSON return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Freed, the climactic chapter based on the worldwide bestselling “Fifty Shades” phenomenon. Bringing to a shocking conclusion events set in motion in 2015 and 2017’s blockbuster films that grossed almost $950 million globally, the film arrives for Valentine’s Day 2018.
Believing they have left behind shadowy figures from their past, newlyweds Christian and Ana fully embrace an inextricable connection and shared life of luxury. But just as she steps into her role as Mrs. Grey and he relaxes into an unfamiliar stability, new threats could jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins.
Also returning from prior Fifty Shades entries are Academy Award® winner MARCIA GAY HARDEN and ANDREW AIRLIE as Dr. Grace Trevelyan and Carrick Grey, Christian’s adoptive parents; RITA ORA as Mia, Christian’s sister; LUKE GRIMES as Elliot, his brother; JENNIFER EHLE as Carla, Ana’s mother, and CALLUM KEITH RENNIE as Ray Steele, Ana’s step-father and Carla’s ex-husband; ERIC JOHNSON as Jack Hyde, Ana’s former boss at Seattle Independent Publishing (SIP); ELOISE MUMFORD as Kate, Ana’s closest girlfriend; VICTOR RASUK as José Rodriguez, Ana’s best friend and confidante; and MAX MARTINI as Taylor, Christian’s all around aid-de-camp, Taylor.
The series finale also welcomes back BRUCE ALTMAN as Jerry Roach, founder and president of SIP; FAY MASTERSON as Gail Jones, Christian’s housekeeper; ROBINNE LEE as Ros Bailey, C.O.O. of Grey Enterprises Holdings; and ASHLEIGH LATHROP as Hannah, Ana’s assistant at SIP.
They are joined for the first time by ARIELLE KEBBEL as architect Gia Matteo; BRANT DAUGHERTY as Sawyer, Ana’s bodyguard; GARY HUDSON as John Lincoln, Elena’s ex-husband; and TYLER HOECHLIN as Boyce Fox, Ana’s new literary discovery.
Fifty Shades Freed is directed by Fifty Shades Darker’s JAMES FOLEY (Fear, House of Cards) and once again produced by MICHAEL DE LUCA, DANA BRUNETTI and MARCUS VISCIDI, alongside E L JAMES, the creator of the culture-spanning blockbuster series. The screenplay is by NIALL LEONARD, based on the novel by E L James.
Foley is supported behind the camera by a talented creative team of returning collaborators that includes director of photography JOHN SCHWARTZMAN (Fifty Shades Darker, Seabiscuit), production designer NELSON COATES (Fifty Shades Darker, The Proposal), editor RICHARD FRANCIS-BRUCE (Fifty Shades Darker, Se7en), costume designer SHAY CUNLIFFE (Fifty Shades Darker, The Bourne Ultimatum) and composer DANNY ELFMAN (Fifty Shades series, Avengers: Age of Ultron).
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
A frustrated mother rents “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” as her teenage daughter’s murder stands unsolved. The arresting messages on the billboards Mildred put up that read “Raped While Dying, And Still No Arrests? and How Come Chief Willoughby?” resulted in division, anger and moral reckoning among the townsfolk.
It all begins with Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) and the three billboards she rents on Drinkwater Road. Caught in the crossfire between Mildred and Chief Willoughby (Harrelson) is the chief’s right hand man, Officer James Dixon, played by Sam Rockwell, whose role had won him this year’s Best Supporting Actor Award at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors’ Guild, Critics’ Choice and from the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts. Rockwell is also nominated for Best Supporting Actor category in this year’s highly-anticipated Academy Awards.
Dixon is an officer whose potential is self-sabotaged by intolerance and a wildly erratic temper, usurping the chief’s authority and order. Ultimately, as Dixon’s curiously co-dependent home life is revealed, the source of his psychic angst comes clear. “He still lives with his mom and he’s a bit stunted, unable to just break free and finally become an adult,” Rockwell explains. “He has an extremely dysfunctional relationship with his mom, which makes for quite a bit of trauma and then he takes that out on other people.”
“I think we all can relate a bit to his anger and his sadness,” Rockwell goes on, “and also I think to his hero worship of Chief Willoughby. I think a lot of us have felt that kind of reverence for someone and yearned for their approval.”
At the heart of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” are actors Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, John Hawkes, Lucas Hedges and Peter Dinklage helmed by acclaimed filmmaker Martin McDonagh.
The film is, says McDonagh, the most tragic he has written so far yet it is also a search for hope. “I think that this film, probably is more universal for people it might hit more hearts and minds in a way, it might reach more people because I think the film, appeals to a lot of – there’s a lot of things going on in the film, that I think appeals to people and so you know I think he’s amazing and he keeps getting more amazing. I don’t know, it’s just he’s so out there, I mean he’s got crazy ideas, it’s crazy stuff,” says Rockwell of the film and director McDonagh.
A thrilling and engaging film from start to finish, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is from 20th Century Fox and will open at the following cinemas on February 14 – Eastwood, Shangri-La Mall, Century Mall, Commerce Mall, Festival Mall, Fisher Mall, Gateway, Fora in Tagaytay and in Vista Malls : EVIA, Taguig, Las Pinas, Daang Hari, Pampanga, Sta. Rosa and Bataan.
The much-anticipated (94% in Rotten Tomatoes) horror-thriller movie “The Cured” starring Ellen Page (“X-Men” films, “Inception,” “Juno”) sees a post-zombie world as an antidote is finally found and brings zombies back to life after a virus turned them into cannibals.
In “The Cured,” the treated zombies are brought back to an unforgiving society that is not willing to give them a second chance. The movie traces back to writer-director David Freyne’s short film entitled “The First Wave”about an outbreak of a zombie virus that introduced a possible cure. From this short film now comes his full-length feature “The Cured” that follows Senan (Sam Keeley), a young man who is now haunted by the horrific acts he committed while infected. As he tries to restart his life along his widowed sister-in-law Abi (Page), Senan soon finds himself in an angry world not willing to give second chances to the cured.
From recent interviews with director Freyne, the filmmaker shared about how the concept of fear helped developed the film, “It started with the idea of what it would be like to be haunted with memories of what you did, but seeing it through trapped eyes [because] you weren’t in control. And then it was about how fear is exploited in the world at the moment, how anger is exploited in the world at the moment by people for their own ends. And how quickly you can go backwards.”
“The Cured” has so far received initial rave reviews during its early preview at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), including from The Hollywood Reporter, stating that “This may be one of the first horror movies where you may wind up preferring the zombies over actual people, who can be the real hell.”
Likewise, Variety chimed in, “Just when you thought nothing new could be done with the undead, The Cured pulls off a fresh take on zombie terrain”; and Kerri Craddock from TIFF also expressed that the movie is glorious zombie flick, “Like any great zombie flick, The Cured works on several levels: it’s a gloriously terrifying horror-thriller packed with enough jump scares to satisfy genre fans, yet it also displays an intellect and heart that provoke empathy even as it takes aim at the ways in which humans beings fail each other.”
A jump-out-of-your-seat thriller, “The Cured” opens February 28 in cinemas nationwide from Axinite Digicinema. View the film’s trailer here – THE CURED trailer
SPIRIT FALLS HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE WITH A MORTAL IN ROMANTIC TEEN MOVIE “EVERY DAY”
Can you have a relationship with a soul who inhabits a different body every day – sometimes boy, sometimes girl, sometimes the school quarterback, sometimes the outcast? Find out the answers in the preternatural young adult movie “Every Day” directed by award-winning Michael Sucsy.
“Every Day” is based on David Levithan’s tome that resonated so deeply with his readers that it spent months on the New York Times bestseller list and spawned online chat groups, fan art and writing. The movie tells the story of Rhiannon (Angourie Rice), a 16-year old girl who falls in love with a mysterious soul named “A” who inhabits a different body every day. Rhiannon and A work each day to find each other, not knowing what or who the next day will bring. The more the two fall in love, the more the realities of loving someone who is a different person every 24 hours takes a toll, leaving Rhiannon and A to face the hardest decision either has ever had to make.
Rhiannon is a good 16-year old – she helps out at home, doesn’t cause trouble, and does well at school. However, her family has been struggling – her father had a nervous breakdown and stopped working leaving her mother the pressure of being the sole breadwinner.
At school things are little better – Rhiannon’s boyfriend Justin is the popular athlete, however, he’s also self-centered and takes Rhiannon for granted. That is, until one day when Justin shows up at school acting differently. Suddenly, he’s attentive and curious and sweet. Taken aback and enamoured, Rhiannon suggests they play hooky and steal away to Baltimore. The two take off in Justin’s car, listen to music and sing along, share stories they’ve never shared before, and play at the beach. It is a day like they’ve never had before: perfect. Yet the next morning at school, Justin seems back to normal and he barely remembers what they talked about or the day they spent together. Rhiannon is perturbed, but tries to shake it off. Not long after, Rhiannon meets a few other teenagers her age and finds out that it is A who inhabits these teens but only for 24 hours. Rhiannon is naturally disbelieving at first, until A manages to make contact with her a few more times over the next few days and eventually proves they are telling the truth.
What follows is an extraordinary love story that transcends external appearances and physical limitations. “Every Day” is a love story about loving someone truly and completely for who they are in their heart and soul, regardless of what is on the outside.
The movie also stars today’s exciting young stars including Justice Smith (Netflix’s “The Get Down”), Owen Teague (“Bloodline,” “IT”), Debby Ryan (Disney’s “Jessie”), Colin Ford (“We Bought A Zoo”), Lucas Jade Zumann (“Sense8”) and Jacob Batalon (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”).
“Every Day” opens February 21 in cinemas from Pioneer Films / Viewer’s Choice Philippines. Watch the trailer here –https://www.facebook.com/ViewersChoicePH/videos/1484359765023433/