Movies this week at GMall cinemas-A A +A
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
CAPTAIN Phillips, one of the year's Oscar front-runners, is leading this week's new movie releases at Gaisano Mall Cinemas.
Also to open Wednesday are British's Oscar contender, the Philippine-made Metro Manila.
Other movies debuting this week are playboy-comedy Don Jon, prison-horror Hell Mountain, mafia-thriller The Family, and the launching movie of gay comedian Joey Paras in Bekikang.
Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is - through director Paul Greengrass's distinctive lens - simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama's commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips' unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.
Seeking a brighter future in megacity Manila, Oscar Ramirez (Jake Macapagal) and his family flee their impoverished life in the rice fields of the northern Philippines. But the sweltering capital's bustling intensity quickly overwhelms them, and they fall prey to the rampant manipulations of its hardened locals. Oscar catches a lucky break when he's offered steady work for an armored truck company and gregarious senior officer Ong takes him under his wing. Soon, though, the reality of his work's mortality rate and the murky motives of his new partner force Oscar to confront the perils he faces in his new job and life.
A mafia boss and his family are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the witness protection program after snitching on the mob. Despite the best efforts of CIA Agent Stansfield (Tommy Lee Jones) to keep them in line, Fred Manzoni (Robert De Niro), his wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer) and their children Belle (Dianna Agron) and Warren (John D'Leo) ca1n't help but revert to old habits and blow their cover by handling their problems the "family" way, enabling their former mafia cronies to track them down. Chaos ensues as old scores are settled in the unlikeliest of settings in this darkly funny film by Luc Besson (Taken, Transporter).
Jon Martello objectifies everything in his life: his apartment, his car, his family, his church, and, of course, women. His buddies even call him Don Jon because of his ability to pull "10s" every weekend without fail. Yet even the finest flings don't compare to the transcendent bliss he achieves alone in front of the computer watching pornography.
Dissatisfied, he embarks on a journey to find a more gratifying sex life, but ends up learning larger lessons of life and love through relationships with two very different women.
In an apocalyptical future, the world is completely destroyed and ruled by the tyrannical Stryker. He controls the unique source of food and uses young women as slaves to explore the mines in the Hell Mountain. When he abducts Shira (Nicole Nieth), her lover Kal (Bentley Mitchum) meets with the last professor on earth, Garrett (Jack Scalia), who helps him to rescue Shira.
Gay Bekikang is in love with Fortunato. But Fortunato is madly in love with Natalie, a canteen assistant who wants to go to Japan. Following the birth of the child they named Potpot, Natalie goes to Japan and leaves the child to Fortunato. As Fortunato is also going abroad, he leaves Potpot to Bekikang with the promise of a monthly support. The promises eventually get broken, but Bekikang continues to nurture the love for Potpot. Withstanding the hardships of a single parent, Bekikang makes Potpot the center of his world. Trying to give the child the most of what he can, Bekikang works hard to give a happy home to Potpot. Years later, Bekikang finds out that Fortunato and Natalie are together again living in luxury and this time, demanding for Potpot's custody. With no legal power, Bekikang has to give up Potpot. Potpot becomes depressed and decides to run away and look for Bekikang. Will Natalie and Fortunato give up their child once they realize that Bekikang has been an ideal parent for Potpot?
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 23, 2013.