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/ 12:12 AM July 17, 2019
Opening this week

Glaiza de Castro (left) and TJ Trinidad in “My Letters to Happy”

My Letters to Happy
Directed by Pertee Briñas; stars Glaiza de Castro, TJ Trinidad, Odette Khan, Alyssa Valdez

After some failed relationships, a disillusioned man gives dating another shot, and may have found what he’s been looking for in a mysterious young woman.

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“I think I was surprised with myself, with what I did when my character was happy, when she was manic,” De Castro said during the film’s launch. “Before the film was made, I wasn’t that [familiar] with the characteristics of a person experiencing mental illness.”

Opening this week

Vince Vaughn (left) and Mel Gibson in “Dragged Across Concrete”

Dragged Across Concrete
Directed by S. Craig Zahler; stars Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Tory Kittles

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After assaulting a suspect on video, suspended cop partners descend into the criminal underworld.

Chicago Sun-Times’ Richard Roeper thinks that the film “is an admittedly distinctive but ultimately mediocre movie that provides far more empty calories of exploitation than genuine food for thought.”

However, New York Times’ Manohla Dargis says, “The movie is generally watchable, even at its slowest and ugliest, simply because the actors are solid, even when their characters are repellent.”

Opening this week

Sophie Stevens in “The Haunted”

The Haunted
Directed by David Holroyd; stars Sophie Stevens, Maggie Daniels, Kirstie Steele, Nick Bayly

Tasked with caring for an elderly patient with dementia, a woman discovers a house’s dark secrets.

Pophorror.com says, “The driving force behind ‘The Haunted’ is the feature’s lead, Sophie Stevens. With a plot that leaves much to be desired, it is truly Stevens’ performance that keeps the film alive.”

HorrorFreakNews opines: “Let’s just say that the entire conceit of the film—and its final, big reveal—has been done before, perhaps in a supernatural thriller from the last 20 years. And it’s been done better.”

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Opening this week

“The Lion King”

The Lion King
Directed by Jon Favreau; features the voices of Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Alfre Woodard, James Earl Jones

The CGI adaptation of the beloved Disney classic reintroduces a young lion heir whose kingdom is threatened by traitorous animals.

IndieWire’s David Ehrlich calls it “a well-rendered but creatively bankrupt self-portrait of a movie studio eating its own tail.”

Empire Magazine’s Helen O’Hara says, “[It’s] beautifully crafted and carefully conceived, without ever entirely justifying its existence … So, you might feel the love tonight, but perhaps not quite as much as before.”

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