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Five Films That Prove Ghost Month Doesn’t Matter When It Comes To The Movies

Ghost month may be just around the corner, but it doesn’t seem to affect the slew of good movies rolling around this month (we even have Cinemalaya starting this weekend!). The fantastic thing about cinema these days is that there’s always something good coming out from local moviemakers, and the range of choices isn’t just made up of Hollywood blockbusters anymore.

Our homegrown outputs have been steadily improving and filmmakers are consistently coming out with more substantial movies, veering away from hollow comedy or dragging dramas. Bold themes and daring cinematography aren’t reserved for the indie market anymore. They have finally found appreciation from mainstream audiences.

Here are some of the movies you shouldn’t miss this month!




The good reviews, from both local and foreign sites, have been getting all of us excited for this movie starring Anne Curtis, Brandon Vera, Arjo Atayde, Joross Gamboa, and Victor Neri. Directed by the master of crime genre, Erik Matti, the movie will put us right at the center of Manila’s gritty fight against drugs.

Showing: August 1


Little Mermaid

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A reimagining of the Hans Christian Andersen favorite, this live-action movie stars Shirley Maclaine, Poppy Drayton, and William Moseley (from The Chronicles of Narnia). It’s not quite as we know the little mermaid to be from our Disney childhood, but it’s interesting nonetheless as it’s set in Mississippi in a time of touring circuses—elephants, bearded ladies, and other curiosities.

Showing: August 8


The Day After Valentines


Coming from the success of 2017’s 100 Tula Para Kay Stella, JC Santos and Bela Padilla reunite for a new romance, with director Jason Paul Laxamana at the helm once again. The plot isn’t clear yet, but judging from the trailers, it’s bound to be a heart-wrenching movie that’ll not only tug at your heartstrings but possibly rip them apart. Can’t wait.

Showing: August 15


Crazy Rich Asians


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One of the most highly anticipated movies of the year, the screen adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s wildly successful novel is finally upon us. For months, there’s been eager speculation about who’s playing who, specifically who the Queen of All Media is playing in the movie. She recently dropped a big hint and everyone who’s read the book has been going over the characters she could possibly be portraying. Luckily we won’t have to guess for long.




Showing: August 22


The Hows of Us


KathNiel is back on screen as newly-minted adults trying to make their way to their dreams, navigating through relationships, responsibilities, and dozens of other adulting challenges that stand in the way. It’s nice to see that they’re in roles that are apt for where they are in life now and we can really imagine what the characters are going through. Based on the trailer, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla give great performances and we can’t wait to end the month with their film.

Showing: August 29


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