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Friday, October 21, 2016

“LOGAN” Trailer Reveal

Following the teaser poster reveal, the trailer of Hugh Jackman’s most anticipated latest Wolverine movie entitled “Logan” has just been revealed, showing an older Logan at a time where fellow mutants no longer exist.  

Check out the trailer below: 

In an extremely intense and serious tone, the first frames of the trailer revealed a bruised trembling hand while Patrick Stewart’s Professor Charles Xavier and Hugh Jackman’s Logan converse - “Logan, what did you do?” asked Charles Xavier, for which Logan replied, “Charles, the world is not the same as it was.”

Further into the trailer, a young girl joins Logan and Professor Charles who is then revealed to have mutant powers like that of Logan.  Soon, the three of them are on the run, with Logan and the young girl forced to fight the enemies trying to pin them down in a series of dizzying chase, brutal and heart-stopping scenes.  Finally, “Logan’s” trailer ends with Hugh Jackman standing in the middle of a forest while the young girl approaches and holds his hand.

  Directed by James Mangold, “Logan” opens in Philippine cinemas nationwide on March 1, 2017 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
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“BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK” Breaks New Ground in Cinema Experience

TriStar Pictures presents Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, the groundbreaking, cinematic event from three-time Oscar®-winning director Ang Lee.

With Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Ang Lee redefines what is possible in filmmaking and storytelling with the goal of further engaging the audience in an advanced cinematic experience. Joined by two-time Oscar®-winning cinematographer John Toll, Lee employs state-of-the-art cameras to shoot in native 3D, high resolution and a history-making frame rate that seemed impossible until now. He creates a new way for audiences to experience drama, presenting the heightened sensations that young soldiers feel on the battlefield and the home front.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, based on the acclaimed bestselling novel by Ben Fountain, is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad – contrasting the realities of the war with America’s perceptions

Since Life of Pi, I discovered that in making a 3D movie [we need to be] adding not only dimension, but a higher resolution that comes along with a much higher frame rate than we are used to having. The whole experience is not just about extravaganza, not just about action—but actually about drama as well. The way we look at things, the way we want the audience to engage in a movie I think is more personal. It's much more grand. I think the future is really exciting.”

In his first major motion picture, Joe Alwyn plays Billy Lynn. Also starring are Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Makenzie Leigh, with Vin Diesel, and Steve Martin.

Produced by Marc Platt, Ang Lee, Rhodri Thomas, and Stephen Cornwell, and executive produced by Brian Bell, Jeff Robinov, Guo Guangchang, and Ben Waisbren. Jean-Christophe Castelli wrote the screenplay, based on the novel by Ben Fountain. Director of Photography is John Toll, ASC. Production designer is Mark Friedberg. Editor is Tim Squyres, ACE. Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna did the music for the film. Costume designer is Joseph G. Aulisi.

The running time is 1 hour and 52 minutes.

  Opening across the Philippines on November 09, “Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.
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Voice of MOANA and Filmmakers in Singapore

Singapore, 21st October 2016 – The voice of Moana, Auli'i Cravalho, in Disney’s latest animation film will find her way to the shores of the island of Singapore this November, together with the producer of the movie, Osnat Shurer, and two Southeast Asian Disney animation artists – Singaporean Roger Lee (Lighting Artist) and Indonesia Griselda Sastrawinata (Visual Development Artist). They will be in town for a press junket and a special festive light-up event at Marina Bay Sands.

Auli'I Cravalho (voice of Moana), Osnat Shurer (Producer), Roger Lee (Lighting Artist) and Griselda Sastrawinata (Visual Development Artist) will meet the fans and the press at the Marina Bay Sands festive light-up event on 9th NovemberWednesday, 8.15pm at ArtScience Museum; where there will be an opening stage performance by the Polynesian TeVaka dance troupe, followed by a special light-up ceremony by the movie talent and filmmakers to kick off the festive season at the integrated resort.

The public will also get an opportunity to learn how to draw Disney’s Moana characters at two drawing tutorials conducted by Griselda Sastrawinata on 9th of November, Wednesday at Marina Bay Sands’ Sands Expo and Convention Centre. There will be two available drawing tutorial timeslots to choose from – 5.20pm or 6.20pm. Capacity is limited at the drawing tutorials; registration is on first come, first serve basis via

Both Southeast Asian animation artists, Roger Lee and Griselda Sastrawinata, will also be conducting an animation workshop for digital animation, visual effects and motion graphics students. As part of the Marina Bay Sands’ Corporate Social Responsibility programme, Sands for Singapore; beneficiaries from the integrated resort’s designated charities will also be invited to attend this workshop to learn more about animation production.

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About Disney’s Moana

For centuries, the greatest sailors in the world masterfully navigated the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, 3,000 years ago, their voyages stopped for a millennium – and no one knows exactly why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. Inexplicably drawn to the ocean, Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) convinces the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to join her mission, and he reluctantly helps her become a wayfinder like her ancestors who sailed before her. Together, they voyage across the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills her quest and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i, “Moana” sails into Philippinetheaters on November 30, 2016.
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The “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY” Returns in New Poster, Trailer

Your favorite intergalactic misfits line up for a fresh look at Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" with the unveiling of a teaser trailer which may be viewed below: 

From director and screenwriter James Gunn himself: “So the first Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer will be coming in not too long, but we know how thirsty you guys are for a glimpse - so we put together this special sneak peak at #GotGVol2 for you.”

The gang's back together in a new poster as well, with Yondu and Nebula joining Quill, Gamora, and Drax, offering a tease of the mischief and mayhem our heroes have in store for us next year.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is written and directed by James Gunn. The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana as Gamora; Dave Bautista as Drax; Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket; Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot; Michael Rooker as Yondu; Karen Gillan as Nebula; and Sean Gunn as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan and Kurt Russell.

Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

  Opening across the Philippine on April 26, 2017, Marvel's “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is distributed in the Philippines by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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Explosive End Looms in New Trailer of “RESIDENT EVIL: FINAL CHAPTER”

The official second trailer of Columbia Pictures' Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – the sixth installment of the sci-fi, action horror film series – has just arrived online and may be viewed below:

Opening in Philippine cinemas on February 01, 2017, “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” is the final installment in the astoundingly successful film franchise adaptation of Capcom’s hugely popular video game series, having grossed over $1 billion worldwide to date.

Director Paul W.S. Anderson, who wrote the screenplay, returns, along with lead star Milla Jovovich.

Picking up immediately after the events in “Resident Evil: Retribution,” Alice is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

The film also stars Ali Larter (“Resident Evil: Afterlife”) as Claire Redfield, Iain Glen (“Game of Thrones,” “Resident Evil: Extinction”) in the role of Dr. Alexander Isaacs, Shawn Roberts (“Resident Evil: Afterlife”) as Albert Wesker, Australian actress Ruby Rose (“Orange is the New Black”) as Abigail, Eoin Macken (“The Night Shift”) as Doc, Cuban-American actor William Levy, as Christian; Fraser James (“Law & Order: UK”) as Michael, and Japanese model and TV personality, Rola, as Cobalt.

  Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, the local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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Psychological Thriller by Award-Winning Director Gore Verbinski “A CURE FOR WELLNESS” Trailer Reveal

20th Century Fox and New Regency give us a peek into the intriguing premise of the upcoming psychological thriller “A Cure for Wellness” with its recent trailer reveal below: 

A Cure for Wellness” is directed by Oscar winner Gore Verbinski (“Rango”) and stars an impressive cast that includes Jason Isaacs “(Harry Potter,” “Fury”), Dane DeHaan (“Amigo,” “Chronicle,” “The Amazing Spiderman 2”), Mia Goth (“Nymphomaniac Vol. 2”) and Adrian Schiller (“The Danish Girl”).  The movie takes the audience to a “wellness spa” in a picturesque remote location in the Swiss Alps.   The facility promises a cure for what ails modern society, but all is not as it seems, as an ambitious young executive (played by DeHaan) uncovers its terrifying secrets and fights to save his life – and sanity.

An intense, edge-of-your-seat thriller, “A Cure for Wellness” opens in Philippine cinemas February 15, 2017 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. 
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Keeping Up With The Joneses: Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

Jeff (Zach Galifianakis) and Karen Gaffney (Isla Fisher) is an average couple who have a happy family and lives in a quiet neighborhood. However, their lives changes when the Joneses move in. Tim Jones (Jon Hamm) and his wife Natalie (Gal Gadot) seems to be the perfect couple but there is something in them that makes Karen a bit suspicious. Soon, Jeff and Karen learned that their new neighbors are spies, and they are investigating Jeff's workplace to find the culprit that transacts with a crime lord who is planning to start an international espionage. 

The film is currently sitting at a very disappointing 13% at rotten tomatoes' website. It's very surprising since we really had a good time last night while watching its advance screening. It is your typical spy comedy film that has nothing fresh to offer but surely knows how to deliver the goods at the right time. The brand of comedy is effective as the cast did a great job with their respective roles. 

Zach Galifianakis rise up and deliver an outstanding performance as most of the fun parts were served by him in a hot platter. Jon Hamm was also tremendous and a bright spot in this awesome cast. Their respective female counterparts also did a great job in providing the energy and comedy that the film needs with Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot knowing when to hit the right notes every time they are on the screen. 

Overall, Keeping Up With The Joneses is a decent comedy film that is enjoyable all throughout. It may not be one of the best comedy films released this year, but it has the firepower to sustain the momentum of the entire thing resulting to an entertaining finish.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 7.5 out of 10 stars

Cast: Zach Galiafianakis, Isla Fisher, Gal Gadot, Jon Hamm

Directed by: Greg Motolla
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox PH
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide 
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Upcoming Actor Hunts Down Tom Cruise in “JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK”

Fast-rising actor Patrick Heusinger (TV's Casual, Girlfriends Guide to Divorce) stars as the fearsome villain in stars opposite Tom Cruise and Cobie Smulders in Paramount Pictures' new action-packed thriller Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

The film is based upon author Lee Child’s 18th novel in the best-selling Jack Reacher series that has seen 100 million books sold worldwide. In the film, years after resigning command of an elite military police unit, the nomadic, righter-of-wrongs Reacher (Cruise) is drawn back into the life he left behind when his friend and successor, Major Susan Turner (Smulders) is framed for espionage. Reacher will stop at nothing to prove her innocence and to expose the real perpetrators behind the killings of his former soldiers.

After escaping police custody, Reacher and Turner are doggedly pursued by the mysterious and nameless heavy known only as The Hunter, played by Patrick Heusinger.

We wanted someone as tough and scary as Reacher,” screenwriter Marshall Herskovitz explains. “I love seeing Reacher take down four guys, but here’s a character who is just as unstoppable. It’s fun to play with the audience’s expectations about how these fights will end up.”

Patrick is a great looking guy, who’s physically capable of mixing it up with Tom,” director Ed Zwick explains. “He’s also a classically trained actor, which is great when an actor brings that to a villain role.”

Zwick continues, “The Hunter has a really similar skill set to Reacher, but he’s a little younger, so that creates an interesting dynamic. Instead of being driven by a sense of justice, The Hunter has a sick fascination with eliminating his competition. He wants to prove himself by taking down the legendary Jack Reacher.”

Heusinger recalls his first days on set. “The second I arrived, Tom made sure anything that I needed was available, training of any kind, be it physical, dietary, weapons or driving. He’s a living, breathing action movie library.”

Patrick Heusinger is a graduate of Juilliard, and known in film for his roles in Frances Ha and Sweet Land, winner of the Audience Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival and Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. Other feature credits include Tie a Yellow Ribbon, The Nanny Diaries and the award-winning short, Willowbrook.

In television, Heusinger last co-starred on Jason Reitman’s Casual for Hulu and on Marti Noxon’s series, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, Bravo’s first scripted series.

  Now playing across the Philippines, “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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“E.T.'S” Henry Thomas, A Tormented Priest in “OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL”

He is best remembered for playing the role of Elliott, the young boy opposite the famous space alien in Steven Spielberg’s beloved blockbuster, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. As an adult, two-time Golden Globe-nominee Henry Thomas has developed an extensive and diverse list of film and television credits throughout his career, including Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York, Lasse Hallström’s Dear John and History Channel's Sons of Liberty.
Now, Thomas stars as Father Tom in Universal Pictures' Ouija: Origin of Evil, a terrifying new tale and the follow-up to 2014’s sleeper hit Ouija.

In the film, a widowed mother named Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser) and her two daughters Doris (Lulu Wilson) and Lina (Annalisse Basso) add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter Doris is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.

Father Tom is some sort of a love interest for the character of Alice. “I wanted the trope of a Catholic priest, but I wanted to put an unfamiliar spin on it,” says director and screenwriter Mike Flanagan. “Alice and Father Tom have a forbidden attraction that can never be realized because their lives have already taken them on such divergent paths.”

For his part, Father Tom becomes increasingly suspicious of Doris’s “gift.” Ultimately, his concern for Alice and her family leads him down a spiritually dangerous path. “I’ve been a fan of Henry’s as long as I’ve been a fan of movies,” says Flanagan. “Once his name came up, I couldn’t imagine another actor playing the part.”

Thomas appreciated how the story of the Zander family played against type. “During my initial meeting with Mike, he told me that in this genre, we have to destroy all these characters—it’s just way it goes,” Thomas recalls. “But he didn’t want to make the mistake of not having the audience invested first.”

Ouija: Origin of Evil dedicates much of its first two acts to developing the characters and their complex relationships. “Everybody knows what’s coming at a certain point,” says Thomas. “My goal as an actor was to suspend that moment and play with it so much that the audience forgets the foregone conclusion by the third act, which is mostly just brutal destruction.”

Thomas explains how Flanagan serving as the film’s director and editor led to efficiency on set: “The best directors I’ve worked with always know exactly what they need from the scene in terms of shots and performance. Mike explains his vision very simply and elegantly. Ultimately, he knows what he needs to cut together, and this allows actors creativity without doing anything unnecessary.”

  Opening across the Philippines on Oct. 26, “Ouija: Origin of Evil” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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Latest Brand New Trailer of Game-to-Movie “ASSASSIN’S CREED”

The latest brand new trailer of “Assassin’s Creed” starring Academy Award® nominee Michael Fassbender reveals a much more dangerous world as it puts the audience in the middle of an ancient war between two age old factions - the Assassins, who fight to protect free will among the populace, and the Templars, who aspire to impose a New World Order.

Throughout history, these two groups have been fighting for the fate of humanity.  In the present, the Templars are close to realizing their dream of dominion by using ancient artifacts (created by an extremely evolved First Civilization) known collectively as Pieces of Eden.  Among other things, these artifacts have the power to optimize the human mind.

Based on the highly-successful and popular Ubisoft video game series, “Assassin’s Creed” sees Fassbender plays dual roles as Callum Lynch, a Death Row convict spared execution by the Templars, as well as his 15th Century ancestor, Aguilar de Nehra, a Master Assassin who fought the Spanish Inquisition in his quest to keep a sacred artifact out of Templar hands.  Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain.  Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

Assassin’s Creed” also stars Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (“The Dark Knight Rises,” “La Vie en Rose”), Jeremy Irons (“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”), Brendan Gleeson (“Harry Potter” movies) and is directed by Justin Kurzel (“Macbeth”).

Assassin’s Creed” opens in Philippine cinemas nationwide on January 8, 2017 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.  

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