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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Movie Review)

By: Matt Suzara
The story picks up after The Force Awakens where our new sets of heroes are still fighting the First Order led by the Supreme Leader (Andy Serkis), General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) and Han Solo's son Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). However, with their numbers dwindling down the Resistance is hoping to bring back Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) with the help of Rey (Daisy Ridley). 

We had a chance to watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi from the advance screening happened last night at SM Aura IMAX cinema. We are late, so we didn't get the best seats on the house, for that we really had a hard time wearing those 3D glasses so our tip is to get the best seats when you purchase your tickets. 

After two years of waiting, the sequel to The Force Awakens landed in our cinemas. I am not a big fan but surely The Star Wars Saga is simply a remarkable series but for me, who started a bit late, I've loved the newer chapters which include last year's Rogue One. 

The Last Jedi has a ton of surprises for fans and exhilarating scenes all throughout the film. Director Rian Johnson made sure to compress all the elements of the previous installments and add his magical touch to make the film splendid in all means. He allows the film to ride on a steady pace while giving in some touches of humor to lighten up the mood a bit. He also made sure to use all his precious characters will grow in their separate story lines, which are all woven in the end to provide a grandiose finale. 

Being a Star Wars film, it should include exciting revelations, shocking twists and moving moments to complete your cinematic experience, and The Last Jedi has plenty of everything for everyone. It also has a lot of stunningly great sets of action sequences that are simply an eye candy that lights up the screen.

Daisy Ridley continues to impress same with Adam Driver who already embraced his role as Kylo Ren. Mark Hamill brings the nostalgic feeling with his presence together with Carrie Fisher who will be surely missed. Other casts like John Boyega, Domhnall Gleeson, and Oscar Issac surely made their presence felt with their outstanding performances. We also want to highlight the new crowd favorite BB-8 who always steal the spotlight whenever he is on the screen. 

Overall, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is destined to be one of the best entries for this franchise. It is an extravagant space adventure that holds a rich plot and jaw-dropping moments. Magnificently great and breathtaking until the last minute; The Last Jedi is arguably the best Star Wars Film up to date.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 10 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Mark Hamill

Directed by: Rian Johnson
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios PH
Now Showing in cinemas
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Disney Reveals “A WRINKLE IN TIME” Character Banners

Four character banners have just been unveiled by Walt Disney Pictures for its upcoming fantasy adventure A Wrinkle In Time (in Philippine cinemas Mach 2018).

Check out the character one-sheets below featuring Oprah Winfrey (as Mrs. Which), Reese Witherspoon (as Mrs. Whatsit), Mindy Kaling (as Mrs. Who) and Storm Reid (as Meg Murry).

From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.

Directed by Emmy-winner and Oscar and Golden Globe-nominee Ava DuVernay from a screenplay by Oscar winner Jennifer Lee based upon the beloved novel by Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time stars: two-time Academy Award-nominee Oprah Winfrey, Oscar and Emmy-winner Reese Witherspoon, Emmy-nominee Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peňa and introducing Storm Reid, with two-time Emmy winner Zach Galifianakis and Emmy nominee Chris Pine.

Produced by Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand with Doug Merrifield serving as executive producer, the film also boasts an impressive creative team featuring some of the most talented artisans working today, including: Tobias Schliessler, ASC as director of photography, Naomi Shohan as production designer, Oscar-nominee Spencer Averick as film editor, two-time Academy Award-nominee Paco Delgado as costume designer and four time Emmy-nominee Ramin Djawadi as composer.

A Wrinkle in Time is distributed by The Walt Disney Company (Philippines).

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Play For Fun, Action Adventure in the All-New “JUMANJI”

The game has changed, but the legend continues in Columbia Pictures' upcoming action-adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (in Philippine cinemas January 8.)

In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, starring an all-star cast – Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan – four unlikely friends get sucked into the perilous world of Jumanji, and are transformed into avatars with unique skills. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in Jumanji forever…

(Watch the new TV spots of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at below) 

Producer Matt Tolmach is a longtime fan of the original film Jumanji starring the late Robin Williams and of Chris Van Allsburg’s children’s fantasy book that inspired the franchise. Upon looking at the 1995 feature with fresh eyes, he says, “I immediately felt there were more Jumanji stories to be told. My first thought was, ‘What’s the next chapter in that story? What’s the next Jumanji adventure?’ It was a natural step to continue what began over 20 years ago.”

Tolmach and writer Chris McKenna saw a new direction for Jumanji: they would turn the concept on its head. Rather than bringing the jungle into our world, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle would bring the players into the jungle – and not just that. “The game evolves, from a board game to a video game – the game will do what it has to do to be played,” Tolmach explains. “And video games are a perfect fit for the world of Jumanji: you get to leave your world behind as you become someone else – an adventurer, a doctor, a hero. This would be a great way to explore classic timeless themes – being yourself and embracing who you are while also challenging yourself to do things you never thought were possible. They have to go and be somebody that seems completely different from who they think they are – except maybe they’re not so different after all. It’s not a coincidence that you became this character who is seemingly so different than you are – you just need to go on this journey to figure out what you are capable of. You always had it inside you.”

Our lead characters are actually teenagers who are played by adult actors,” says director Jake Kasdan. Tolmach had previously worked with Kasdan on several films and thought he’d be the perfect choice to direct. “This is a time of self-discovery for them, but it plays out in this fantastical context. So, as they are figuring out who they are in real life, they suddenly find themselves occupying other people’s bodies in this game – people who, on the surface, are nothing like them. I thought that was a really funny idea, but also really interesting. What would you discover about yourself, if you could spend a day in somebody else’s body?”

Still, the movie is a comedy with plenty of kickass action. “We wanted to build a classic action adventure movie with really high stakes,” concludes Tolmach. “The stakes are very real; you can die in Jumanji. We knew there would be tons of comedy in the movie, but we wanted it layered within action that was visceral and exciting.”

  Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Meet “FERDINAND”: The Inspiring Bull That Isn't a Bully  

Wrestling superstar John Cena lends voice to the gentlest bull that will soon capture everyone’s hearts on January 8 in “Ferdinand” – a giant bull who prefers flowers to fighting.

Today’s generation can enjoy the delightful CG-animated film based on the 1936 book “The Story of Ferdinand” by author Munro Leaf and illustrator Robert Lawson, a warm and charming take on how appearances can be deceptive (or, why you should never judge a bull by its cover…) the book’s message of love and acceptance has resonated for decades.

Directed by Academy Award nominee Carlos Saldanha, creator and director of the Rio series and director of many of the Ice Age movies, “Ferdinand” centers on the adventures of a peace-loving bull (voiced by John Cena), who is adopted by a loving farmer and daughter. However, his idyllic life changes after he’s mistaken for a vicious beast and is taken away to the last place on earth he wants to be, a bull training camp. But Ferdinand is determined to get back home. Along the way, the kind-hearted bull makes many friends and changes the lives of those he meets. But there still one great obstacle he’ll have to overcome… in the film’s thrilling climactic scene, Ferdinand has to face the matador El Primero in a packed arena, but he valiantly stays true to his peaceful nature, and inspires all those around him.           

Casting the right actors and actresses to voice the wide variety of memorable characters of the movie was one of the most important steps in realizing the director’s and producers’ vision. Thanks to the efforts of veteran casting director Christian Kaplan, who has been responsible for finding the voices for many of the Fox/Blue Sky Studios features for the past 14 years, “Ferdinand” features an eclectic voice cast that includes John Cena (Ferdinand), Kate McKinnon (Lupe), David Tennant (Angus), Gina Rodriguez (Una), Peyton Manning (Guapo), Bobby Cannavale (Valiente), Anthony Anderson (Bones), Jerrod Carmichael (Paco), Flula Borg (Hans), Daveed Diggs (Dos), Raúl Esparza (Moreno), Sally Phillips (Greta), Boris Kodjoe (Klaus) and Gabriel Iglesias (Cuatro).

Adds Saldanha: “For this movie, we were delighted to have John Cena as our main character. We wanted the voice to reflect someone who was strong and gentle at the same time. He looks tough on the outside, but has a big heart inside – a true gentle giant. He really grounded the character with his own persona, you can’t help fall in love with the unique way he brings Ferdinand to life.”

  20th Century Fox’s 2018 opener, “Ferdinand” opens January 8 in PH cinemas nationwide to be distributed by Warner Bros.  

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The Hunt is on in “READY PLAYER ONE” First Official Trailer

From director Steven Spielberg comes “Ready Player One” – in Philippine cinemas March 31, 2018. Watch the new trailer NOW!

From Warner Bros. Pictures comes the science fiction action adventure “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon.

The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.

Spielberg directed the film from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline. The film was produced by Donald De Line, Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Dan Farah; with Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Chris DeFaria and Bruce Berman serving as executive producers.

Ready Player One” stars Tye Sheridan (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “Mud”), Olivia Cooke (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “Bates Motel”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Rogue One – A Star Wars Story,” “Bloodline”) and T.J. Miller (“Deadpool,” “Silicon Valley”), with Simon Pegg (the “Star Trek” movies, the “Mission: Impossible” movies) and Oscar winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” upcoming “Dunkirk”).

Ready Player One” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

“STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI” First Screenings on December 13 to Start at 5PM

MANILA, Dec. 11, 2017 – Opening three days earlier than in the US, Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi begins its roll-out in Philippine cinemas on Wednesday, Dec. 13 with screenings starting at 5 in the afternoon.

Fans are encouraged to buy their tickets in now at their favorite theaters to avoid missing out to be one of the first in the world to watch the eagerly anticipated sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The Last Jedi recently held its Tokyo and Los Angeles premieres to incredible audience response.

Meanwhile, Lucasfilm has released two featurettes to let fans in on the secrets behind the production.

The featurette “The World of The Last Jedi” explores the real-world locations behind the new planets in the story, and may be viewed below: 

The second featurette, “Training Montage” shows how the cast prepared for their very physical roles. 

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin are the executive producers.

In Philippine cinemas Dec. 13, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is distributed by the Walt Disney Company (Philippines).

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Enter a universe where more than one wears the mask. Watch the Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse trailer now below:

Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

  Coming soon to Philippine cinemas, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

“MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE” Trailer and Character Posters

20TH Century Fox has just revealed the intense and highly-kinetic trailer of the concluding saga of the YA blockbuster, “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” based on the book by James Dashner. 

Directed by Wes Ball, “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” packs a power cast of actors – Dylan O’ Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Ki Hong Lee, Rosa Salazar, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen and Patricia Clarkson. 

A dystopian sci-fi action thriller, “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” finds Thomas and his friends aka Gladers, along with new allies head to a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all.  Risking their lives, they have to get out of the maze alive to get answers to the questions they have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure” opens January 24, 2018 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. 

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Avatar's James Cameron Creates Latest Groundbreaking Heroine “ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL” Trailer Reveal

Visionary filmmakers James Cameron (Avatar) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) create a groundbreaking new heroine in “Alita: Battle Angel,” an action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment as revealed in its teaser trailer below

Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Maze Runner’s Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic.  When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in.  Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first.  As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories.  A growing affection develops between the two until deadly forces come after Alita and threaten her newfound relationships.  It is then that Alita discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she’s grown to love. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives.

A 20TH Century Fox feature film, “Alita: Battle Angel” will open July 2018 in PH cinemas to be distributed by Warner Bros.
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Deadma Walking: Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

Deadma Walking is about the story of two best friends, John and Mark (Joross Gamboa and Edgar Allan Guzman) who swore that they will have each other's back in life or death. However, their friendship is put onto an ultimate test when John is diagnosed with cancer. But before death catches him, John wants to stage his own death, so he can experience his own funeral and with the help of his best friend Mark, the two try to make a funeral to remember. 

Since the trailers have been released online, Deadma Walking spread like wildfire through social media and has been one of the most talked entries for this year's film festival. Luckily for us, we are able to attend not only the press conference but also the celebrity premiere of the film last night ahead of everyone else. 

The script written by Eric Cabahug was exceptionally good by all means. It tackles about the real meaning of friendship and how death could make them even closer. Deadma Walking has a very interesting premise and original story that will make you laugh and could even melt your hearts out. It has the intention to reach out to its audience and teach them how to value not only their friends but everyone who matters in their lives. And in that department alone the film succeeds not only by sending the message but also giving the viewers a colorful cinematic experience to remember. 

As what they said in the press conference; the film can be played by two straight guys or even two girls, but they opted to pick two gays for the lead characters. This allows the film to inject more wit and play more with lines. However, this film wouldn't have turned out like this without the two lead actors. 

We know that Joross Gamboa and Edgar Allan Guzman have played numerous gay roles not only in films but also in different series throughout their career. This has made their roles easy for them and their act became so natural. It is also not hard for them to sell that they are best friends as the two are really close to each other off cam. 

Joross Gamboa was terrific as John, he handled his role really well and his act came out spontaneously. On the other hand, Edgar Allan Guzman shows his mastery in this kind of role as he came out pretty amazing playing Mark. He just simply infused his character with a lot of fun and energy to spark everything out. Their chemistry is also a big plus as they compliment each other in every scene. The two simply shared the same spotlight, and I wouldn't be surprised if it's a tie for the two  for the Best Actor Award for their roles. Amazingly, the film is also filled with incredible supporting actors and a ton of cameo roles, which includes Sue Ramirez, Princess Velasco and even Piolo Pascual. 

First-time director Julius Alfonso takes on the challenge and brings out the best out of his talented stars. He made sure that the film would turn out in the most entertaining way possible and could reach out the viewers with a masterpiece. 

The cinematography was lovely, and the pacing was quick enough and sustains its momentum until the end part. It was great from start to finish, but I couldn't help myself for wanting more. There are a lot more ideas floating in this rich script. Yes, there were predictable scenes but there are also surprising moments throughout but the end part was a bit raw and should have that one last kick to give the feels.
Overall, Deadma Walking is a solid addition to this year's film festival. It has a clever script and incredible actors who can go all out to make everything fun and enjoyable. It nails the right amount of everything to keep the film stand out on its own.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8.5 out of 10 stars
Cast: Joross, Gamboa, Edgar Allan Guzman, Dimple Romana

Directed by: Julius Alfonso
Distributed by: T-Rex Entertainment and OctoArts Films
Opens December 25, 2017
Official Entry to the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival
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