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Friday, November 27, 2015

Monster Unleashes Darkness, Mayhem in “KRAMPUS”

The holiday season is the most magical time of the year, but there is another, darker Christmas legend whose shadow over pop culture is growing.

Ancient folklore warns of Krampus, a myth that has been traced back centuries throughout European cultures.  A horned beast who captures disobedient children for Christmas, Krampus is part merry, part monster.

Santa rewards the nice; Krampus punishes the naughty.  Santa brings laughter and joy; Krampus unleashes darkness and mayhem.

Santa gives presents; Krampus takes souls.

Now the legendary Krampus is immortalized in a new film that will cast a merrily malicious shadow over Christmas for years to come. Legendary Pictures’ “Krampus,” the darkly festive tale of this yuletide ghoul, reveals an irreverently twisted side to the holiday.

When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, sensitive and thoughtful young Max Engel (Emjay Anthony) grows disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas.  Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient retribution intent on punishing non-believers.

All hell breaks loose as twisted doppelgangers of beloved holiday icons—from frost-bitten snowmen and demonic cherubs to feral teddy bears and wickedly delicious gingerbread men—take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.

A dark and subversive alternative to the traditional holiday classic, the horror-comedy features an ensemble cast that includes Adam Scott as Tom (“Black Mass”), Max’s father, who spends more time on the road than with his wife and kids; Toni Collette (“The Sixth Sense”) as Sarah, Max’s mother who strives for perfection in her Martha Stewart-inspired suburban domicile; Stefania Lavie Owen (“The Lovely Bones”) as Beth, Max’s teenage sister, whose main priority this—and every season—is trying to escape her family to spend time with her boyfriend; and Krista Stadler (Lena Rais) as Omi, the Engels’ watchful German matriarch who has very personal reasons for believing in the legend of Krampus.

But before Krampus’ supernatural invasion begins, the Engels must face another invasion of their home, which is equally terrifying: their extended family.  Joining them for the most wonderful time of the year are a number of dreaded houseguests, including David Koechner (“Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse”) as Howard Burkhauser, Max’s loutish brute of an uncle; Allison Tolman (TV’s “Fargo”) as Linda, Howard’s wife, who is just trying to keep the peace with sister Sarah and her brood; the couple’s bratty trio—newcomers Lolo Owen, Queenie Samuel and Maverick Flack as, respectively, Stevie, Jordan and Howie Jr.; and Conchata Ferrell (TV’s “Two and a Half Men”) as Aunt Dorothy, the clan’s take-no-prisoners, politically-incorrect, hard-drinking naysayer (who didn’t even like kids when she was one).

Written and directed by Michael Dougherty (“Trick ’r Treat”),Krampus” is co-written by Todd Casey (“Green Lantern: Emerald Knights”) and Zach Shields (“Craggio”). Krampus and his mischievous underlings have been created by the combined efforts of the Academy Award®-winning wizardry of Weta Workshop and Weta Digital, both renowned for their epic work on “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies.

 Opening across the Philippines on  December 2, “Krampus” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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The Little Prince: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Mackenzie Foy voices the lead role, of a young little girl who has a workaholic mother (Rachel McAdams) who already planned a "by the minute" path to her adulthood. She needs to study hard all summer in order to get in a prestigious private school. However, the little girl's priorities was distracted when she met her old neighbor, the aviator (Jeff Bridges) who has an old plane on his backyard. Soon, the two became very good friends because of the interesting pages of the aviator's own written novel titled as "The Little Prince."

The 1943 novel “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery was brought to life in the most charming way possible in order to let its viewers to experience something different. The animation isn't as polished unlike other animated features but the glorious effort in combining stop-motion technique and traditional style of animation for the two intertwining stories worked really well, which brings a mesmerizing feeling all throughout. 

The entire thing is compelling and completely got our attention right from the very beginning. The story might be weird at times, but the film delivered the emotions perfectly that will pinch you straight in the heart. It also benefits on having a spectacular set of voice cast, which includes Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Mackenzie Foy, James Franco, Paul Rudd and Marion Cotillard to name a few.

Overall, The Little Prince is immensely well crafted and beautifully made. It makes you feel like a child, same as enjoying your favorite bedtime story. It is a captivating animated film that you need to see inside the cinemas. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9 out of 10 

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Mackenzie Foy

Directed by: Mark Osborne
Distributed by: Captive Cinema
Opens December 2 in cinemas nationwide

The Little Prince Trailer
The Little Prince Trailer Opens December 2 in cinemas nationwideFeaturing the voices of James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Benicio Del Toro, Marion Cotillard, Jeff Bridges,Paul Giamatti and Ricky GervaisCaptive Cinema
Posted by Lakwatsera Lovers on Thursday, 15 October 2015
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Mind-Boggling Death Stunts Done by Real Iconic Athletes in “POINT BREAK”

Brace yourselves for this year’s most ambitious groundbreaking action movie “Point Break” starring Luke Bracey (“Best of Me”) with Edgar Ramírez along with real-world action sports heroes whom director Eric Core cast instead of the traditional stunt team  that gives the film the first-of-its-kind extreme ante  in the action genre.
Point Break” brings the audience in a whole new level, highly dangerous, high stakes world of extreme sports when Johnny Utah (Bracey) goes deep undercover to forge strong allies with a group of extreme athletes whom he believes are the perpetrators of international crimes across the globe headed by their charismatic leader Bodhi (Ramírez).   Proving that he’s solidly with the group, Johnny gains the trust of their leaders and eventually steals stash after stash from their group and takes on a Robin Hood-esque task of giving to the poor eventually bringing them to justice.   
Filmed with a staggering US$120 million in budget, “Point Break” is filled with spectacular stunts devoid of camera tricks and visual effects, done by the actors and the athletes themselves poised to surpass all other phenomenal blockbuster action movies in recent years such as “James Bond,” “Mission Impossible” and the “Fast and The Furious” movies.  

Directed by Ericson Core, the film includes sports icons such as renowned extreme athletes that  include surfer legend Laird Hamilton, Sebastian Zietz, Makua Rothman, Billy Kemper, Brian Keaulana, Ahanu Tson-dru, Ian Walsh, Laurie Towner, Dylan Longbottom, Albee Layer, Bruce Irons, Tikanui Smith and Tuhiti Humani; snowboarders Xavier De Le Rue, Louis Vito, Christian Haller, Lucas DeBari and Ralph Backstrom; skateboarders Bob Burnquist and Eric Koston; motorcyclists Riley Harper and Oakley Lehman; wingsuit stunt pilots Jon Devore, Julian Boulle, Noah Bahnson, Jhonathan Florez and Mike Swanson, and consultant Jeb Corliss; and free climber Chris Sharma, among others.   Making cameos are DJs Steve Aoki, Seth Troxler and The Art Department, as well as sports commentator and TV host Sal Masekela.
Taking the audience for a never-been-there thrilling ride at the movies, “Point Break” breaks all barriers seen in traditional action films with daring, death-defying stunts and a no-limits attitude from the actors and the whole production crew.  Early trade screenings of “Point Break” introduced the audience to nail-biting scenes employing the world of surfing, motocross, sky-diving and wingsuit-flying across eleven countries.  
Actor Ramirez in related news humorously admitted that he’s relieved he didn’t die during the production of “Point Break.”   This generation’s action movie for the thrill seeking travellers and sports oriented fanatics, “Point Break’s" surfing technical advisor, Laird Hamilton, who was also part of the original “Point Break” crew that starred Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, introduces a new behind-the-scenes look at how the cast, crew, and professional surfers came together to film in some of the world’s biggest surf spots.  “Everything about this film is just the next level up,” Hamilton says as he explains the film is seeking to capture the same philosophy as the original film but in a more modern context.

  Opening in Philippine cinemas three (3) weeks ahead of its US release date, “Point Break” opens December 3 (Thursday) in theatres nationwide from Pioneer Films.
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The Boys are Back, Nix Dave' Likely Wedding in “ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP”  

One of the most successful family movie franchise, “Alvin and the Chipmunks” presents a new road to chip in the latest kiddie and family adventure movie “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” bringing in a mix of the new and classic Chipmunks’ mischievous humor and heartwarming moments that fans adore about the franchise.
In the latest movie, “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,”  Dave’s (Jason Lee) career as a musical artist manager has taken off, thanks to the Chipmunks.   He also has an exciting new client – a rising young pop star, named Ashley, played by actress/singer/author/model Bella Thorne (“My Own Worst Enemy,” “Shake It Up”).  Despite her popularity, Ashley has remained “sweet and down to earth,” says Thorne.  For example, she notes, “When we meet Ashley, she’s being stormed by paparazzi, but she makes sure that the ‘Munks aren’t trampled.”   Ashley also provides emotional and musical support to the ‘Munks when they reunite with Dave in Florida.

While Dave is busier than ever, he has opted to temporarily sideline the boys, so they can live as “normal” a life as possible.  “Dave is bit more comfortable with the idea of everything being as normal as possible,” says Lee.  Dave is also becoming more of a parent to the boys, a big step forward from serving as their beleaguered guardian.  “The parenting moments are important to the evolution of this franchise,” notes Becker.
But in the Seville/Chipmunks household, striving for normalcy, and actually achieving it are, well, a continuing challenge.  The boys miss their status as pop star icons and aren’t shy about letting Dave know about it.  Moreover, Dave’s frustration with his young charges continues to bedevil him, and fans will rejoice that his signature manifestation of said frustration – a full-throttle bellowing of “Alviiiiin!!!” – will again tax Dave, as well as the Dolby-ized sound system of your local theater.  “That yell is just kind of second nature, now,” says Jason Lee, “for me and for Dave.”

Dave’s life takes an additional turn, thanks to Samantha (she prefers “Sam”), an ER doctor (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) with whom he’s enjoying a blossoming romantic relationship.  In fact, Dave and Sam are growing so close that the ‘Munks are beginning to wonder if he’s about to pop the question.
The idea of Dave tying the knot doesn’t thrill the boys; in fact, they fear it’ll uproot their lives – and maybe uproot them from Dave’s home!  Further complicating matters is Sam’s teenage son, Miles (Josh Green), who has an instant dislike of the Chipmunks, who feel the same way about Miles.
The ‘Munks quickly learn that Miles is going to be a tough adversary because he can out-Alvin, Alvin. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.

  Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” opens very soon – January 20 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
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Chris Hemsworth Captains “IN THE HEART OF THE SEA”

Chris Hemsworth powers through a different adventure as he stars as whaling ship Essex First Mate Owen Chase, in Warner Bros. Pictures' “In the Heart of the Sea”

Based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the Essex, which in the winter of 1820, was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville's “Moby Dick”
Watch the “In the Heart of the Sea” featurette “The Myth of Moby-Dick” below: 

I loved the script from the start,” gushes Hemsworth. “‘In the Heart of the Sea’ is about heroism and people being tested beyond their limits in absolutely every way. I was also captivated by the psychological thriller aspect of the whale turning the tables on them. There is something incredibly mysterious about how this animal is portrayed—why the whale goes on the attack, which was unlike anything the Essex crew had ever encountered. The hunter becomes the hunted.”

The Nantucket of the early 1800s was very prestigious due to the wealth of the whale oil industry. And, in turn, there was one group of men on the island who commanded the most respect: the whalers.

But within the whaling community, there was a distinct caste system, based more on blood than on water. Hemsworth's character, Owen Chase, was a skilled whaler who had repeatedly delivered record amounts of oil to port. Nevertheless, not having been born to a whaling family, he is passed over to captain the Essex.

Hemsworth offers, “Chase is a working-class guy who has the skill set and qualifications to be captain but not the birthright. Because he is not from a privileged family and doesn’t have the right name or background, he is pushed aside for captain to be first mate to George Pollard, much to his frustration and anger.”

Chase is heroic, noble and charismatic,” director Ron Howard says, “but he’s also flawed. He is driven by a need to prove himself and is single-minded about it to a fault. Chris is such a courageous actor who conveys every facet of the character, sometimes without a word. Through his performance, we really come to know Chase at a profound level.”

In closing, Hemsworth notes that filming “In the Heart of the Sea” has affected him profoundly. “The before and after is what I find to be one of the most compelling aspects—how the men who survive respond to what they’ve been through,” he says. “All of them are far different at the end from who they were starting out. Coming home, how do they look at themselves and at the world? How do they look at whaling? Are they going to go back out there and do it again…? Or perhaps they are going to think, ‘Maybe this is wrong. Maybe there’s a lesson to be learned here.’”

Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, December 3 in theaters and IMAX®, “In the Heart of the Sea” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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Julia Roberts' Oscar-Worthy Role Torn Between Revenge and Justice in “SECRET IN THEIR EYES”

An impeccable cast of winning actors converge in “Secret In Their Eyes” -  Academy Award winners Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman with Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejoifor in a complex tale of love, friendship, betrayal and obsession that has the critics rooting for its lead, Julia Roberts, an award for her stirring performance as a devoted mom and an outstanding investigator whose only daughter was murdered by a young male asset (against terrorism) that the government tries so hard to protect.
Directed by Billy Ray, “Secret In Their Eyes” is inspired by “El Secreto de Sus Ojos,” the Argentinian film that brought home the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film (2010).  Producer Matt Jackson, President of Production at IM Global, says that it’s rare that “you get a script where the story jumps out at you from every page, but also has a very intricate plot involving two different time periods. Billy’s idea to turn the film into a story that had an element of counter terrorism was genius. All of the hysteria and paranoia that was rampant after 9/11 provided a perfect device for setting the killer loose to create such a personal story of obsession and loss.”  “When I was writing it I didn’t want to keep 2002 and 2015 apart,” says Billy. “I felt that 2015 had to be an echo of what happened in 2002.”   
Julia Roberts who has successfully launched top-grossing worldwide romantic comedy/drama movies such as “Pretty Woman,” “Notting Hill,” “Dying Young,” “Mystic Pizza” and “Steel Magnolias” gives the audience a whole new perspective on her thespian capabilities in “Secret In Their Eyes” as she takes on the role of Jesse Cobb, a grieving mother trapped in her responsibility as a cop to carry out her own kind of justice towards the killer of her daughter.
Director Ray notes, “There are two Jesses in this movie. When we first meet her she is full of life and wildly in love. Something happens to Jess and she becomes another person. These are the two extremes that Julia Roberts plays extremely well. And like the best characters, Jess has secrets.  Jess is barely functioning. She froze thirteen years ago and her life just stopped. Her heart kept beating so she kept going to work every day but she was dead. In particular Ray (Ejiofor) is trying to liberate Jess because she’s had this horrible blow and never recovered. To ask an actress to come play that is sort of the ultimate trap because you can just play sadness and never get out of it and then you have a one-note performance.” 

For Julia Roberts the essence of the story is about the evolution of people who were taken off track by destiny.  “I was very taken with Billy’s script. I don’t read a lot of scripts that I like and I don’t work very often. But I read this and thought it was truly interesting.  “Billy has been remarkable for me as an actor. He’s so available and he’s like Encyclopedia Brown. He knows everything, he’s calm and he’s super-loving. He’s always taking care of all of us in these very fragile scenarios that he’s created. I think he probably feels bad for putting us through all this,” she laughs. 
For me it’s a great opportunity to play almost two different characters over thirteen years. Jess is not the person she was meant to be, the person she was born to be and lived her life to be.  She’s not that person anymore. She’s become kind of a shell. I don’t think it’s a void.  It’s very sad, but it’s fascinating. It’s a complicated Rubik’s cube to be solved. It’s pretty obvious from the title that everybody is hiding something, but it’s doled out so carefully that everyone is going to be surprised at the end,” says Julia.

  Secret In Their Eyes” opens December 2 in theatres from Axinite Digicinema.

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Dangerous Game in “BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA” Starts December 9 Exclusive at Ayala Malls Cinemas  

Television’s “True Blood” star Ryan Kwanten stars in his latest action movie “Blunt Force Trauma” with Freida Pinto and the iconic Mickey Rourke in a story following John (Kwanten), an underground gunslinger looking for his ultimate duel with legendary Zorringer (Rourke) along with Colt (Pinto) who is seeking revenge for the death of her brother.
Directed by Ken Sanzel, also a known scriptwriter for his work in the action-packed “The Replacement Killers starring Chow Yun Fat, “Blunt Force Trauma” brings the characters underground in a deadly game of gunfight where the participants are continuously shot wearing bulletproof vests and that the only one and last one standing is declared winner.

From his recent interviews about “Blunt Force Trauma,” Kwanten further explains the nature of the film. “For me, it’s a modern day representation of one those existentialist road trip movies and it was such a nice departure to play a very iconic 70s style man. It really appealed because I feel like the modern day man has sort of been sugar coated a little too much. He's lost a little of his robustness, I guess we could say. Getting back to the story of it all, my character John is a gun slinger on a journey to track down the greatest gun slinger of all time - Zorringer (Mickey Rourke) - and on the way to this meeting, he runs into Freida Pinto’s character, Colt, and they forge this bond.
It was the relationship between John and Colt that really sold me on the project. They’re characters that you just don’t see anymore whether it’s in mainstream or indie films. I was really impressed by the writing - and the directing.”
Director Sanzel, whose previous occupation is a cop before turning into a filmmaker, takes his knowledge and experience as centric in the movie’s theme, where “Blunt Force Trauma” treads on a fictional sport in which bullets can kill without even penetrating the skin.  The game is played by two gunfighters who enter an arena with their bulletproof vests and shoots each other at the torso and continues to be a game of survival, whoever can no longer stand in their place loses. 
  Opening this December 9 exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas, “Blunt Force Trauma” is from OctoArts Films International.
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Thursday, November 26, 2015

A Second Chance: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers 

Popoy and Basha (John Llyod Cruz and Bea Alonzo) are now married. The two started a firm together while dreaming to have their own house to start their family. However, after almost seven years into their marriage, things aren't quite the way they expected. They lost their first child in a miscarriage, and their firm is struggling to get some new clients because of a failed project due to Popoy's negligence. Even through the toughest times in their lives will the two still overcome the odds and find a way to stay together? 

When the teaser trailer surfaced the net a few months back; we are really isn't sure if Popoy and Basha's story needed a sequel. We immediately thought that this might be a cash-grab film since the first one was such a big hit. Before Jadine, Kathniel and Aldub were formed this popular love-team took the country by storm and made John Llyod and Bea as the best pairing we've had in recent years. 

Now, Director Cathy Garcia-Molina brings the love story of Popoy and Basha into a new level. It is a story about the struggles of their married life and how to sustain the fire in their relationship. What we've like about in this film is that their problems didn't involve third parties that may lead them to a familiar trope. However, there are too much tension and drama between the characters. Back and forth, we go as their egos collides making some of the scenes tedious and tiring at some point.
What made the first film memorable is because of the lines that a lot of people can relate with. They still had a lot of hard-hitting dialogues here, but it doesn't quite hit the right spot and fails to deliver a solid grip for you to feel it. There is just one scene in the whole film that made me emotional but a lady in front of me ruined it because of her loud scream. 

But still the film works because of its talented stars. They embraced their roles, and they still look perfect together. It seems that nothing has changed even the first film was released eight years ago. The John Llyod Cruz and Bea Alonzo connection never fades. Their chemistry is still undeniably one of the best in the business even we all know that they are just good friends off the screen. They are just simply an enjoyable pair no matter what project they get; their pairing is still tough to beat. 

Overall, A Second Chance cannot replicate the same feeling the first film had given us. It may be an unnecessary sequel but seeing the continuation of Popoy and Basha's love story is really a tough one for you to ignore. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 7.5 out of 10 stars

Cast: John Llyod Cruz, Bea Alonzo

Directed by: Cathy Garcia Molina
Distributed by: Star Cinema
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide

A Second Chance: Teaser Trailer
A Second Chance: Teaser Trailer Starring John Llyod Cruz and Bea AlonzoDirected by: Cathy Garcia MolinaOpens November 25 in cinemas nationwide!
Posted by Lakwatsera Lovers on Monday, 2 November 2015
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The Battle Begins in First Trailer For Marvel's “CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR”

The road to Marvel's “Captain America: Civil War” starts here!
After reading through the fans' tweets demanding the trailer for Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” stars Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. decided to give you exactly what you want!
 Watch the first trailer here below: 

Brothers they stand, yet divided they fall. Choose a side on April 27 2016. #CaptainAmericaCivilWar
Posted by Marvel on Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Tensions rise as the world governments demand accountability for our heroes’ actions in the first trailer above, pitting friend against friend.

Opening across the Philippines on May 6, 2016, Marvel's “Captain America: Civil War” will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures. Follow the official social media accounts of Marvel, namely, (FB) MarvelPhilippines, (Twitter) @marvelstudiosph and (Instagram) @marvelphilippines.

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New Home Invasion Horror 'Intruders' Invades Cinemas 2016!

The home invasion sub-genre has been manifesting itself as a horror fan's wet dream over the last decade with features like Inside (2007), Strangers (2008) and You're Next (2013).
Adam Schindler's feature debut, Intruders (originally titled Shut In), is set to join that list and may be the final straw in compelling us to spend our life savings on a state-of-the-art home security system.
Intruders is about a woman named Anna who suffers from agoraphobia (the extreme or irrational fear of open or public places) so crippling that when a trio of criminals break into her house, she cannot bring herself to flee. But what the intruders don't realize is that agoraphobia is not her only issue.
Adding the agoraphobia element to the plot makes confinement to the house a little more plausible and a hell of a lot scarier in a genre of movies that has us yelling at the screen for everyone to jump out a window.
INTRUDERS is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.
Will be in theaters January 27, 2016.

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