Malamaya (The Color of Ash).
Directors: Leilani Chavez, Danica Sta. Lucia
Stars: Sunshine Cruz, Enzo Pineda, Milo Dango
Malamaya is one of the entries of Cinemalaya that tells about a pessimistic middle-aged artist Nora Simeon who is starting to feel out of date. As she attempts to recover her prime, she finds spark with a millenial photographer who lightens her passion and and lead her to a path of sexual reawakening.
Oggs Cruz of Rappler describes this film as “drab and dreary” and that it “dares to appropriate art as a diving board for its ideas”.
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Director: James Bobin
Stars: Isabela Moner, Madeleine Madden, Eugenio Derbez
Dora, a teen explorer, leads her friends including Boots, her cousin Diego, a mysterious resident of the jungle, and a ragtag bunch of teens in an adventure to save her parents and figure out the mystery behind a lost city of gold.
According to the Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy, the film is “squeaky clean and unhip to an unusual degree, its commercial success resting all but exclusively on a built-in fan base.”
New York Post’s Sara Stewart, on the other hand, says “Disney, take note: This is how to do a winning live-action update of a cartoon.”
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Stars: Song Kang-ho, Cho Yeo-jeong, Park So-dam, Choi Woo-shik
Every member of the Kim family has no job, leading them to take an interest in the wealth of the Parks and get involved in an unexpected incident.
Emma Jones of BBC.com says, “The social commentary is almost as powerful as the plot itself.”
Also, Ed Potton of Times UK appreciates the films saying, “You expect the whole enterprise to come crashing down around his ears, but this is a filmmaker in total control of his craft.”
The Divine Fury
Director: Kim Joo-hwan
Stars: Park Seo-joon, Ahn Sung-ki, Woo Do-hwan
The Divine Fury narrates an action-meets-horror story of Yong Hoo, a Christian martial arts champion who acquires divine powers and must use them to fight the evil forces poised to destroy the world.
According to John Tan of The New Paper, the film “delivers grounded action along with fun horror elements that are reminiscent of the Blade movies.”
Director: Gene Stupnitsky
Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Keith Williams, Brady Noon
Good Boys is the story of three sixth graders who ditch school as they take on a journey. Along the way, they find themselves carrying drugs and being chased by teenage girls while trying to go back home for a much-awaited party.
Forbes’ Scott Mendelson said Good Boys is “so funny, insightful and effortlessly inclusive that I almost wish it wasn’t such an apologetic R-rated comedy”.