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Saturday, July 22, 2017

“BABY DRIVER” Sets Whole-Day Sneak Previews July 24 & 25

MANILA, July 22, 2017 – Columbia Pictures’ heist thriller Baby Driver, one of the year’s best-reviewed films, with a 95% Fresh Rating at Rotten Tomatoes, will have whole-day sneak previews on Monday and Tuesday, July 24 & 25 nationwide.  Tickets will be available at regular admission prices.
 
Moviegoers are advised to check with their favorite cinemas (please see below graphics) for screening hours. 




In the film, a talented, young getaway driver named Baby (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.
 
Full of reversals, rewinds, fast forwards and heart-stopping skips, Baby Driver is a game-changing, lane-changing, hard-charging blast only director Edgar Wright could have dreamed up.
 
Baby Driver stars Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Eiza Gonzalez with Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx.

  Opening in Philippine cinemas in August 2, 2017, Baby Driver is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.
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“PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING” Recruits Pilots For Jaegers in New Commercial


What is a Jaeger? It’s you, times a thousand. Now accepting pilot applications in the newly released commercial for Universal Pictures’ upcoming epic action-adventure Pacific Rim: Uprising.

Check out the commercial below and watch Pacific Rim: Uprising in Philippine cinemas February 2018.

 

In Pacific Rim: Uprising, it’s been ten years since The Battle of the Breach and the oceans are still, but restless. Vindicated by the victory at the Breach, the Jaeger program has evolved into the most powerful global defense force in human history. The PPDC now calls upon the best and brightest to rise up and become the next generation of heroes. When the Kaiju threat returns, we will be ready.

 
Directed by Steven S. DeKnight, Pacific Rim: Uprising stars John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Tian Jing, Charlie Day, Adria Arjona, Burn Gorman and Rinko Kikuchi.

 
Pacific Rim: Uprising is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.
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“KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE” Full Trailer Reveal

The action ante just reached maximum level in the latest full trailer reveal of “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” sequel to the sleeper hit “Kingsman: The Secret Service” that has already grossed more than US$400 million worldwide.

The first hit movie “Kingsman: The Secret Service” based upon the acclaimed comic book introduced us to an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe.   

 
Helming anew this action blockbuster is Matthew Vaughn with Taron Egerton reprIsing his role as Eggsy, now a full-fledged Kingsman who faces a new challenge along with his  elite team of spies in  “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” The exciting sequel sees the über-spies, also considered as modern-day Knights of the Round Table take on an unexpected alliance when their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage.  Teaming up with a spy organization in the US known as the Statesman, these two elite secret organizations join forces to take down a deadly common enemy.

 
Returning cast includes Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Sophie Cookson and will be joined by a new cast members including Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore, Elton John and Pedro Pascal. 
  Kingsman: The Golden Circle” will open September 20 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. 

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Baby Driver: Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a young and talented getaway driver who works for a crime boss Doc (Kevin Spacey) in order to pay his debts. Doc is the mastermind of the heist while he hires some thugs to do the heist for him. When Baby finally paid all his debt, he wants to get out and settles for a clean job. From there she meets a beautiful waitress Deborah (Lily James) and immediately falls in love with her. However, their love story is in jeopardy as his mobster team needs him for another big heist job. 


When I saw the first six minutes of the film released by Columbia Pictures on Youtube all I can say was "WTF" this is a freaking cool film. I was already mesmerized with the opening minutes as the film wasted no time in providing a stylish heist chase. Thankfully, I don't need to wait longer as we were able to watch Baby Driver's press screening last night. It was simply amazing from start to finish. 


The film is solidly mixed with magnificent car chases and boosted with a killer soundtrack. Director Edgar Wright pulled another rabbit out of his hat as he tries a new recipe for the viewers to feel a different attack during their cinematic experience. With Guardians of the Galaxy having an awesome mix tape - Baby Driver doubles it up introducing a list of their own. No track is wasted as every single beat jump starts the scenes, especially when Baby starts to push the gas pedal. 


As for the cast, Ansel Elgort perfectly suits Baby's character. It is easy to enjoy Elgort's role, especially behind the wheels doing every impossible turn to escape the cops. He clearly excels his acting and finally an action film that can showcase his talent. It is also a good thing that he is surrounded by a great list of supporting characters. From Jamie Foxx's psycho character to the duo of Jon Hamm and Eina Gonzalez that electrifies the screen plus Lily James providing good chemistry with our likable protagonist. 


Overall, Baby Driver is a fast-paced action thriller mixed with a classy soundtrack to die for. Ansel Elgort reveals himself as a dynamic lead. All you need is one killer track and Baby Drivers give you a dozen of it. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jamie Foxx

Directed by: Edgar Wright
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures PH
Opens August 2 in cinemas nationwide
Sneak Preview: July 24 -25

Check out the first six minutes of the film below


 
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Cars 3: Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is already feeling that his racing career is almost over as young rookies completely dominate the race track and sending out retirement forms to his buddies from his generation. After get beaten by Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer) McQueen vows to get better and faster to prove that he can still race. With the help of a new trainer in Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) Lightning McQueen tries an extraordinary training and soul searching before he aims greatness for the last time. 


After a good but forgettable sequel, Pixar brings back Lightning McQueen to the race track as he battles his age to the path of his legacy. Some may say that the Cars franchise is the weakest among the creation of the brilliant minds in Pixar, and the disappointing second part was the reason to put this franchise on the top of the shelf. However, Pixar proves that Lightning McQueen and his crew still have a lot of gas on their tanks as the third and hopefully the final film for this saga was created impressively as the ending was a complete turnaround of what I expected.


The plot was predictable until that last part but like the other films Cars always had that heartfelt story to tell. It may lack that humor to burst those youngsters to laughter, but it surely had that style and appeal on the screen. There is also a slight upgrade to those animated visuals as some of the scenes feel so alive and refreshing to see on 3D. 


The attempt to reinvent this franchise pays off as Cars 3 has the bandages to patch up the damages it left from the previous installment. It's not that I didn't enjoy the sequel, but it is more of putting extra work so it can match the same charm of the first film. 

Overall, Cars 3 successfully reached the finish line with a first place trophy. For me, it passed the greatness of the first film, and this installment serves as the best for this franchise. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8.5 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Owen Wilson, Armie Hammer, Cristela Alonzo

Directed by: Brian Fee
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios PH
Opens July 26 in cinemas nationwide  

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Elusive Serial Killer Strikes Again in “THE SNOWMAN” Official Trailer


Universal Pictures has just released the first trailer for its upcoming suspense thriller The Snowman, opening in Philippine cinemas on October 18, 2017. Watch the trailer below:



Michael Fassbender (X-Men series), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence), Val Kilmer (Heat) and Academy Award® winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) star in The Snowman, a terrifying thriller from director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), based on Jo Nesbø’s global bestseller.

When an elite crime squad’s lead detective (Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit (Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.

The Snowman is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.




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Life-Sized Lightning McQueen Model Now on Display at Sm North Edsa

 
MANILA, July 20, 2017 – Former professional car racing champion and popular actor Matteo Guidicelli led the highly anticipated unveiling of the life-sized Lightning McQueen model during the Disney-Pixar's “Cars 3” Mall Event launch at SM North EDSA The Block yesterday.

Fans and families came in droves to witness the big-reveal of everyone’s favorite Piston Cup champ that is now on full display at The Block Atrium.

The `Cars' film series of Disney and Pixar is close to my heart, and Lightning McQueen is definitely one of my most favorite characters that I can relate to due to our similar experiece as a racer,” Guidicelli said prior to the unveiling. “And I'm excited for everyone to see `Cars 3!' It's very entertaining, with lots of lessons to take home.”

 
The “Cars 3” Mall Event is a joint project by The Walt Disney Company (Philippines) and SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. (SM-LEI) in celebration of the theatrical release of “Cars 3” in the Philippines on July 26, 2017.

The public is invited to visit the display, have their photos taken with Lightning McQueen and share the experience through social media by using the hashtags #Cars3 and #JoinTheRacePH.

 
The mall event also features fun activity areas where families and kids can play with and purchase the latest “Cars 3” toys from Mattel.

Shoppers can also browse around the cool retail booths that carry the best of “Cars 3” merchandise.

  Disney/Pixar’s “Cars 3” cruises into cinemas on July 26, 2017. #Cars3 #JointheRacePH



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Tom Hardy Displays True Grit as Heroic Pilot in “DUNKIRK”

 
Nominated for an Oscar for his performance in the epic frontier drama The Revenant, Tom Hardy re-teams with frequent collaborator Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) in the action thriller Dunkirk (now showing in Philippine cinemas).

Dunkirk opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea, they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.

The story unfolds on land, sea and air. RAF Spitfires engage the enemy in the skies above the Channel, trying to protect the defenseless men below. Meanwhile, hundreds of small boats manned by both military and civilians are mounting a desperate rescue effort, risking their lives in a race against time to save even a fraction of their army.

 
Tom Hardy, who plays Farrier, the more senior RAF pilot, had perhaps the most personal connection to the project. “My granddad was at Dunkirk,” he reveals. “He told me about it.”

Producer Emma Thomas says there were other reasons Hardy was perfect for the role. “He’s in a small cockpit of a plane, so his movements are very restricted, but Tom has a very big presence and can use his physicality in very interesting ways. And once again, we have much of his face covered, but the reason you can do that with Tom is because he is such an expressive actor you don’t need to see all of his face. There are moments in the film where all that’s visible are his eyes, and yet he can communicate and tell a story just with that.”

 
Hardy says he was eager to reunite with Nolan, stating, “Chris is the best at what he does. He pushes and inspires me as an actor. I’d jump on any role just to be in the company.”

Dunkirk features a multigenerational ensemble cast, including Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy and Barry Keoghan, with Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy.

Dunkirk is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.




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Zoe Kravitz, From “MAD MAX: FURY ROAD” to “ROUGH NIGHT”

 
After receiving acclaim for her performance as one of Immortan Joe's wives in Mad Max: Fury Road, Zoe Kravitz (Divergent saga) now stars as the straight-laced friend who may be hiding a dark side, in Columbia Pictures' new adult comedy Rough Night (in Philippine cinemas August 9, 2017).

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoë Kravitz, Rough Night is about five friends from college who reunite when they rent a beach house in Miami for a wild bachelorette weekend that goes completely off the rails. Just when all hope is lost, they realize there’s more to the story than they could’ve ever imagined.
 
Kravitz plays Blair, the successful, straight laced, proper and seemingly put-together one of the group. However, outward appearances can be deceptive – there is more turmoil going on in Blair’s life than she would rather admit. “Blair is the conservative one in the group,” says Kravitz. “She’s married. She has a child. She’s a businesswoman. She has chosen a more conventional and materialistic route.”

 
But that’s the façade, and then there’s the reality. “Blair is separated from her husband and fighting for custody of her child,” says Kravitz. “She cares more about how she appears than actually connecting with her friends and telling them what’s going on.”

Blair’s stylish look was as much a challenge for Kravitz as portraying any of her character’s emotional baggage. “Blair has these crazy nails,” states Kravitz. “I cannot function as a human with her nails. I can’t text. I can’t button my pants, but, then I realized that is where her head’s at. She’s very much about her appearance and her status.”

In Kravitz, director Lucia Aniello knew she had someone who could accurately capture Blair’s dual nuances in a both a touching and humorous way. “We knew that Blair’s character was going to be tough to play, but Zoë just understood her,” says Aniello. “Blair has a sharp and dry wit, but she also has an interesting depth because she gets hurt all the time, gets back up and dusts herself off and goes for it again. Blair’s resilience makes her relatable and lovable.”

 
Co-star Ilana Glazer and Kravitz’s real life friendship helped inform their characters’ on-screen rapport. “Zoë and Ilana have such incredible chemistry that comes from their off- camera friendship,” says Aniello. “They play off of each other extremely well. It is something organic that cannot be faked.”

Kravitz started working on two films during her senior year in high school: No Reservations, alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart, and The Brave One, directed by Neil Jordan, starring Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard.

Shortly after, Kravitz was featured in the role of Angel Salvadore in X-Men: First Class, opposite Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Kevin Bacon. She has also appeared in Divergent where she played the role of Christina alongside Shailene Woodley. Kravitz reprised her role as Christina in Insurgent and Allegiant, the second and third installments of the Divergent series, and co-starred alongside Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road, which received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Picture.

She recently starred opposite Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman in the acclaimed HBO miniseries “Big Little Lies,” directed by Jean Marc Vallee. She also recently appeared in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a prequel to the Harry Potter film series, alongside Eddie Redmayne and Colin Farrell, and will reprise her role in the upcoming sequel.

Kravitz is the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet.

Rough Night is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.




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Owen Wilson Speaks For Lightning McQueen in “CARS 3”

 
Owen Wilson provides the voice once again for the beloved character Lightning McQueen in Disney-Pixar's Cars 3, due in Philippine cinemas July 26.

McQueen is a world champion racer who’s riding high with five Piston-Cup wins under his hood. Suddenly, he finds himself faced with a new generation of racers who threaten not only his dominance in the sport—but the confidence that got him there. Determined to get back to the pole position, the #95 must decide if his love for racing is enough to fuel the comeback of his life.

We were really intrigued by what happens to athletes who are in the twilight of their careers,” says director Brian Fee. “All Lightning McQueen has ever wanted is to be a champion—and he’s done that. Does that mean his life is over? He doesn’t know anything else.”

 
When we met Lightning McQueen back in the first movie, he was kind of a jerk,” says director Brian Fee. “But you don’t want the audience to dislike your main character—and that’s the magic that Owen brings to Lightning McQueen. He makes the character so likable. And in Cars 3, when Lightning discovers he’s not the superhero he used to be, he gets frustrated. And after the crash, he’s pretty vulnerable. Owen not only brings those emotions out, he adds a lot of entertainment value.”

Wilson says the idea of mentorship really resonated with him, now a father of two. “As parents you try to teach your children,” he says. “You want them to learn the lessons you’ve learned along the way and hopefully avoid some of the pitfalls. I think it applies to the world of Cars, too.

 
One of the most important things in life is finding those mentors,” continues Wilson. “For me, when I was just starting out, it was James L. Brooks. He brought Wes Anderson and me out to Los Angeles and produced our first movie [‘Bottle Rocket’]. He worked with us for a year on the script. To have somebody like that take the time to help us get that movie made—it made all the difference in our lives.”

Wilson sees a lot of himself in Lightning McQueen. “We both really want to dig deep and rev ourselves up. We both say, ‘I am speed’ to prepare for big events. If I were a car, I’d probably want to be a race car, but with two kids now, I’m probably more station wagon.”

  Disney-Pixar’s Cars 3 is distributed by The Walt Disney Company (Philippines).
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