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Must-see local films at the cinemas before May ends

May 20, 2019 – Patrick Tejada

Like any other month on the calendar, May is due for a ton of much-anticipated Hollywood releases. Among them are live-action films Detective Pikachu and Aladdin, as well as new followups for pop culture classics Godzilla and John Wick.

May's cinematic fare is an eclectic bunch, not as merry as the month but noteworthy nonetheless; and before these local films are overlooked, here's a list of what's already showing and those still arriving.



Tayo sa Huling Buwan ng Taon


Sam and Issa meet after five years since their ambiguous breakup. They seem like they've moved on with new significant others by their side, but the past is suddenly disrupting the present more than they expected it to. Is it really okay to be friends with your ex? How do you stay away from the urge of reminiscent feelings?






Between Maybes

Hazel needs space, lots of it, and Louie wishes for a companion, and as fate dictates, these lost souls meet. With Julia Barretto and Gerald Anderson playing the lead roles and Saga, Japan being their safe place, the film promises to be a pretty picture. Judging from its trailer as well, romance and its necessary evil, heartache, suffuse the story and maybe not a few heartstrings will be tugged.




Kuwaresma

"My most challenging role," according to Ms. Sharon Cuneta. Watch the trailer, find out why. That's one heck of a creepy mother. That's just the mental aspect. According to director Erik Matti, the film has everything else from "ghosts, mystery, whodunit, human frailties, crazy characters, Azarel the  devil, and a dead dog that comes to life." All that said, the film tells the story of a family haunted by their youngest daughter's ghost.





Quezon's Game


Believe the hype, this film will make Filipinos proud. Matthew Rosen (yes, he of award-winning commercials and music video director fame) admits as much. Here's another film to clap for this coming May 29.

Very little is known about this episode in Philippine history and who Manuel L. Quezon was as a president and a man. It is unfortunate. This chapter in Philippine history should be taught in schools. Granting there's limited time to cover the Philippine's entire history in which case schools can "cheat" and jump ahead to this episode when our republic's second president defied Adolf Hitler and opened the Philippines to fleeing Jews.





Finding You

Jerome Ponce and Jane Oineza play almost-inseparable best friends who are trying to answer the question should they be together while dealing with their current relationships. Answers may be revealed before the month ends on May 29.



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