What family flicks are you ready to catch?
With cinemas back in full operation, everyone gets to enjoy the hottest flicks from the comfort of a large and cozy theater. We have the big screen! A crisp surround sound system! Soft chairs and the smell of freshly buttered popcorn! These are just a couple of things we took for granted but now get to enjoy—again. Now, we get to deal with a happy problem: choosing a movie and when to watch it. At least August, filled with family films, has a couple of titles we can’t wait to catch.
Whether for date night or some well-deserved bonding time with family, we bring you these family films for your consideration.
What happens when a family trip goes south? Recently widowed Dr. Nate Daniels (Idris Elba) takes his daughters, 18-year-old Meredith (Iyvana Halley) and 13-year-old Norah (Leah Sava Jeffries), to South Africa for a healing adventure. But what started off as a safari trip becomes a fight for survival when a lion, traumatized by poachers, begins hunting their group. The family now faces the law of jungle, cornered by an apex predator. This thrilling family film will have you on the edge of your seats. Nothing screams “bonding” like shared stress over some suspense.
“Beast” starts screening on August 10, 2022.
Comedian-director Jordan Peele returns to the big screen with a new horror movie, Nope. This, yet again, is another film dealing with family dynamics. Nope follows siblings OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) and Emerald (Keke Palmer), who have taken over their father’s ranch and animal wrangling business. However, the two find themselves drawn to a mysterious wonder in the skies. They enlist the help of electronics store employee Angel Torres (Brandon Perea) and almost-retired cinematographer Antlers Holst (Michael Wincott) to capture it on camera. As a result, you get this horrific yet emotionally intimate thriller spectacle as the stakes continue building up beyond the point of no return.
“Nope” premiers on August 17, 2022.
Easter Sunday (2022)
While this film looks a bit out of place in a list of thrillers, we all know how wild Filipino family reunions get. If anything, it’s a thriller premise in itself. Filipino-American stand-up comedian Jo Koy becomes Joe Valencia in a comedic family flick, Easter Sunday. After a successful career, Joe comes home in time for an Easter celebration—dubbed the “Filipino Superbowl”—with his unruly, bickering but overall loving family. Aside from Jo Koy, Easter Sunday has a pretty star-studded cast. Jimmy O. Yang (Crazy Rich Asians), Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip), Eugene Cordero (The Good Place) and Jay Chandrasekhar (I Love You, Man) will also make guest appearances in this family film.
“Easter Sunday” drops on August 31, 2022, in cinemas near you.
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Art Alexandra Lara