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Friday, August 30, 2013

Coming Soon: SM CinExclusive "The Colony"

Coming Soon: The Colony
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

SM Cinemas and Pioneer Films brings you their first CinExclusive offering for the month of September, Jeff Renfroe's "The Colony". The film is a Canadian sci-fi thriller and the first movie to be shot at the decommissioned NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) base in North Bay, Ontario, Canada. It stars Laurence Fishburne (Man of Steel, Matrix), Bill Paxton (Vertical Limit) and Kevin Zegers (Mortal Instruments: City of Bones).

 It will open exclusively at SM Cinema on September 4 and will be distributed locally by Pioneer Films.



Synopsis: 
Beneath the icy surface, survivors of Colony Seven struggle as food supplies dwindle and temperatures continue to drop. Plagued by illness and internal conflict, the colonists suspect the worst when they mysteriously lose contact with Colony Five - the only other known settlement. Sam, a strong-willed mechanic with a tragic past, joins a team headed up by Briggs on a dangerous expedition to find out whathappened. After a hellish trek, they discover a threat much worse than imagined, and now Colony Seven must win asavage battle to preserve the last of humanity.





THE COLONY OPENS SEPTEMBER 4 EXCLUSIVELY AT SM CINEMAS
DISTRIBUTED BY: PIONEER FILMS/MOVIE PUNCH

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Vista Residences: Why location still matters


It’s an oft-quoted remark that when buying a property, there are only three things that one should consider: location, location, location. This emphasis on where the property is sited rests its argument that location will determine the quality of your life and how fast—or how slow—your property will appreciate in value. Of course, a variety of market forces dictates the price of real estate but it’s safe to assume that the more urbanized the area is, the more expensive the property becomes.

Aside from the track record of the developer, another crucial factor to consider is location,” says Emma Amores, Corporate Communications Head. “Way before planning for our high-rise developments, we have already determined key areas that are desirable for the end user and have the most potential for growth. We also play to the strengths of the location. For instance, in Katipunan, we know that our target market there is composed mainly of parents who want to give their children the best possible accommodation in their college life.”

 
Indeed, every location has its own particular identity, charm and treasure trove of opportunities. In Quezon City, Vista Residences conceptualized glitzy developments as a nod to the city being the “Entertainment Capital of the Philippines.” The company located its two projects, Symphony Tower and Wil Tower Mall, near the two biggest broadcasting stations in the country: ABS-CBN and GMA 7. Some of the unit owners work for either of the two, finding the convenience of just walking to work or home as refreshing.

Another sector that has found these developments appealing is government executives; Quezon City has the most number of government offices in Metro Manila. After work, they can easily find some relaxation along the many restaurants of Tomas Morato or in the city’s gigantic malls, SM North Edsa and Trinoma. For their medical needs, the residents have plenty of choices: from Capitol Medical Center in Quezon Avenue to St. Luke’s Medical Center in E. Rodriguez Avenue to Heart Center in East Avenue.

Quezon City is home to some of the best universities of the country such as University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University and Miriam College. As mentioned, the company is currently building Vista Residence Katipunan which is stone’s throw away from these institutions of learning. Katipunan, with its many restaurants, is also evolving as a veritable dining destination of its own.

 
In terms of the sheer number of universities, nothing can beat the capital Manila. 878 España, a single-tower development, seeks to provide comfortable home to those studying in University of Santo Tomas, and also those in Far Eastern University, University of the East and Centro Escolar University, among others. At the other end of Manila, the company is building Vista Residence Taft which will service the lodging needs of students in De La Salle College, College of St. Benilde and St. Scholastica’s College.

Manila’s charm is largely historical, chiefly due to Intramuros with its centuries-old churches such as Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church. It remains also as the country’s publishing capital as it is the home of newspaper organizations. In terms of leisure opportunities, it has many things to offer. Malate remains to be a vibrant hub of bars, restaurants and cafés while malls (Robinson’s Place, SM Manila and Harrison Plaza) provide the high of retail therapy.

When it comes to commercial complexes, however, nothing comes close to Mandaluyong, which is dubbed as the “Mall Capital of the Philippines.” Vista Residences’ development in this city is 515 Shaw which, as its name suggests, is located along the main artery of Shaw Boulevard. Mere minutes is all it takes to be at SM Megamall, Shangri-La Mall, Star Mall and Robinson’s Galleria.


Mandaluyong is also home, or is close to, some of the best high schools in Metro Manila such as OB Montessori, La Salle Greenhills, Poveda College, Xavier School and Lourdes School. Because of its privileged location, the city is close to central business districts (CBD) of Bonifacio Global City, Makati and Ortigas.

Right at the heart of the Ortigas CBD is The Currency, which is located in the corners of the district’s most famous streets: Dona Julia Vargas Avenue, F. Ortigas Jr. Avenue (formerly Emerald Ave) and Garnet Road. The development, which features both residential and commercial places, is in close proximity to five star hotels (Shangri-La Mall and Discovery Suites), national and multi-national headquarters (San Miguel), malls (SM Megamall, The Podium, Shangri-La Mall) and happening places (El Pueblo, The Strip and Metrowalk).

Still regarded as the country’s “Financial Capital,” Makati City is home to a plenitude of offices, both local and international. It has a clutch of five-star hotels (Shangri-La Mall, Peninsula Manila, Intercontinental Hotel, Mandarin Oriental), topnotch museums and galleries (Ayala Museum, Finale Art File) and world-class hospital (Makati Medical Center). Greenbelt and Glorietta comprise the main commercial hub of the city whose expansion shows no sign of abating.

Vista Residences has located some of its premier developments in the CBD’s most notable villages: Mosaic and KL Mosaic Towers and The Gallery (Legapsi Village) and Salcedo Square (Salcedo Village). The towers in Legaspi Village have the good fortune to be walking distance to the high-end dining and shopping and experience of Greenbelt while Salcedo Square boasts proximity to Ayala Triangle with its equally arresting dining choices.

 
Trevi Towers, another Vista Residence project which is located along Pasong Tamo, Makati, is neighbors with Little Tokyo (a clutch of restaurants that serve authentic Japanese food), the mall Makati Cinema Square and the schools of Don Bosco, Assumption and San Agustin.

Evolving to be the country’s showroom to the world, Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig is proving to be another seductive choice of address. In this location, Vista Residences has Avant at the Fort, the first building constructed at BGC with the tenets of green architecture in mind. 

 
BGC’s primary retail experience is offered by Bonifacio High Street while the newly opened SM Aura adds to the number of high-end shops that now operate in the city. It is home to a world-class museum (Mind Museum), hospital (St. Luke’s Hospital) and offices (Net One, Bonifacio Technology Center, JP Morgan). Shangri-La Hotel will soon add to the growing skyline of BGC.

Our presence in the most urbanized centers of the city gives prospective unit buyers a variety of choice on where they wish to live,” says Amores. The key in selecting a development is for him to determine his needs, his lifestyle and his objective. From the North to the South of Metro Manila, a right Vista Residences project is waiting for him.”
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Vista Residences: Filipino, Right from the Blueprint

When some real estate developers are in a mad rush to name their projects after Western landmarks and locations, never mind if their designs don’t reflect these places, Vista Residences has stayed committed in building condominiums that embody and reflect the Filipino spirit.

Beginning with the blueprint, we already think of ways and solutions to incorporate a distinct Filipino element into the design and architecture,” says Emma Amores, Corporate Communications Head. “We examine the historical implication of the site and determine whether it can be woven into the over-all structure. We don’t build arbitrarily. It’s important for us that our projects are conversant with their respective environments while at the same time providing the best possible residences for our clients.”


Probably the best development that reflects this philosophy is Vista Residences’ 515 Shaw, a two-tower heritage-oriented project located in the corner of Laurel Street and Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City. The developer, contractor, engineers, designers and architects took pains in integrating the home of the late President Jose P. Laurel in its entirety to Shaw 515’s overall structure. Named Villa Pacencia after the late president’s wife, the house once served as the headquarters of the Nacionalista Party and the hotbed of political discussions. Hence, its importance to the historical, social and cultural life of the nation can’t be ignored.

There was no doubt in our mind that the historical site should be preserved at all costs,” says Beth Kalaw, Division Head. “By taking this route, we have actually increased the value of the property because of its historical importance. Residents will soon encounter a more palpable kind of history as they examine the rooms and walk through the hallways of the Laurel Mansion.”

The balance of contemporary living is provided by a carefully masterplanned hub of commercial spaces which immediately offers leisure and recreational opportunities to residents. Other amenities include a kiddie/adult pool, function rooms and game lounges. Units that range from studio to one-bedroom to two-bedroom affairs are afforded with the view of the Wackwack Golf Course. It’s one of the few high-rise residential towers that boast of close proximity to three central business districts: Ortigas, Makati and Bonifacio Global City.

 
Another project that embodies the unique Filipino identity is Wil Tower, a two-tower, mixed-use development headlined by game-show host and Filipino icon Willie Revillame. While it may not have the historical strain of Shaw 515, Wil Tower taps into the Filipino penchant for entertainment, showbiz and spectacle as its location, Eugenio Lopez Dr. in Quezon City, is walking distance to the studios of ABS-CBN and GMA 7. Residents can now spot their favorite star from their perch anywhere from the tower’s 42 stories.

For an immediate retail therapy, residents can also check out the shops and restaurants, both foreign and local, located in the first four floors—the podium—of Wil Tower. Those who want to have a more enlarged shopping experience can choose between SM City North Edsa and Trinoma Mall which are just mere minutes from their residence. Aside from commercial hubs, Wil Tower is in close proximity to prestigious institutions of learning that include University of the Philippines Diliman, Miriam Collegeand Ateneo de Manila University.

 
A resident, at a given day, can be fully occupied with Wil Tower’s chockfull of amenities. These include a swimming pool, a fully-fitted gym, a spa, an entertainment room, an audio-video room, a game room and a day-care center. After watching a live variety show, he will now have a chance to relax.

The Filipino soul is also alive and well in KL Mosaic, a single-tower, 32-story project located atGamboa St. in Legaspi Village, Makati. The “KL” in the project’s name stands for Kalaw-Ledesma, a clan known for its passion for Philippine visual arts. Its matriarch Purita Kalaw-Ledesma served as the first president of the Art Association of the Philippines.

 
For this project, we have subscribed to the idea of “art-chitecture,” that is, integrating arts into the fabric of the structure,” says Beth Kalaw, Division. “Its architectural shape, in the form of hexagon, veers away from usual building aesthetics, signifying its surprising, landmark-making identity.”

Each day, the residents will encounter Philippine visual arts at its finest with The Biggest Little Room, the gallery that will house the permanent collection of Philippine paintings and sculptures that the Kalaw-Ledesma family has accumulated through decades. Located on the ground floor, the gallery will also serve as a venue for local and foreign exhibitions, both by emerging and established artists.

 
With only 195 units, KL Mosaic, fronting Legaspi Park and Washington Sy-Cip Park, will be a definition in exclusivity, whether in a studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom unit. A grand lobby will welcome guests and residents in its opulent interior while a coffee shop will provide the best venue for an espresso and a conversation. Amenities include a swimming pool, an exercise room and a recreation center.

Through these developments, we hope to connect with Filipinos, whether here or abroad, on an emotional level since these towers embody a sense of the country,” Emma Amores, Corporate Communications Head. “Art and architecture need not always be Western as they can also be animated by the unique and memorable Filipino style.”

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A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas: Short Review


A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Synopsis: Six years have elapsed since Guantanemo Bay, leaving Harold and Kumar estranged from one another with very different families, friends and lives. But when Kumar arrives on Harold's doorstep during the holiday season with a mysterious package in hand, he inadvertently burns down Harold's father-in-law's beloved Christmas tree. To fix the problem, Harold and Kumar embark on a mission through New York City to find the perfect Christmas tree, once again stumbling into trouble at every single turn - imdb.com

We've been a fan of this two actors since their first film Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle. Now this is their 3rd film in the series, and they still do their best in making a simple storyline work in a funny way. Though this part is the weakest, it still generates good humor all throughout the film. 

Verdict: 6.5/10 stars

Cast: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris

Directed By: Todd Strauss-Schulson


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Thursday, August 29, 2013

New Movie Releases from C-Interactive Entertainment


Good News to all movie collectors as C-Interactive Digital Entertainment releases three more films in their wide catalog. Upside Down, Naruto the Movie: Road to Ninja and their most recent Safe Haven are all available in VCD and DVD at AstroPlus, AstroVison, O'Music, Odyssey outlets and other leading video stores nationwide. Also go check out their on going "YOUNG ADULT SALE" where you can save as much as 50% discounts on selected titles.


1. Upside Down



Synopsis :
Adam (Jim Sturgess) is an ordinary guy in an extraordinary universe. He lives humbly trying to make ends meet, but his romantic spirit holds on to the memory of a girl he met once upon a time from another world, an inverted affluent world with its own gravity, directly above but beyond reach…a girl named Eve (Kirsten Dunst). Their childhood flirtation becomes an impossible love. But when he catches a glimpse of grown up Eve on television, nothing will get in the way of getting her back…not even the laws of science.

Product Description :
Actors/Stars : Jim Sturgess, Kirsten Dunst, Timothy Spall
Director : Juan Diego Solanas
Format : 16×9 WIDESCREEN 2.40:1 DVD
Audio : English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitle : English SDH
Rated : G
Genre : Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction
No. of Disc : 1
Region : 3
Total Run Time : 107 mins.

SPECIAL FEATURES :
  • The Making of (Cast and Crew Interviews, Making of Upside Down & Behind the Scenes)
  • History of The World
  • Deleted Scenes :
    • Missing Forest Storyboards
    • Adam Testing Gravity
    • Bob Discovering Pink Vertus
  • Juan and Jim
  • Tango Storyboards
  • Sage Mountain Previz
  • Office Previz
  • Final Shot Previz
  • Sage Mountain Working Steps
  • Transworld Working Steps •



2. Naruto the Movie: Road to Ninja


 Synopsis :
NARUTO THE MOVIE – ROAD TO NINJA – is an exciting action adventure imbued with drama of family and friendship.
In NARUTO THE MOVIE – ROAD TO NINJA – Naruto and Sakura are transported to a parallel universe by the Masked Man’s jutsu.  In the alternate world, Naruto’s parents are alive while it is Sakura’s parents who had sacrificed their lives to save the village from the Nine-Tailed Fox.  Although bewildered at first by the reversal of circumstances, Naruto starts to feel attached to the life he never had the luxury of — a life with a family.  When his illusionary beloved’s lives are threatened, Naruto finds himself torn between desire to belong to a family and his long time oath to assume the mantle of his deceased parents. Brace yourself for an epic battle in which Naruto confronts his own weakness and embraces both the bane and pride of being the keeper of Hokage’s legacy.

Product Description :
Actors/Stars : Junko Takeuchi, Chie Nakamura, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Emi Shinohara
Director : Hayato Date
Writer : Yuka Miyata, Masashi Kishimoto
Format : 16×9 WIDESCREEN DVD
Audio : Japanese
Subtitle : English
Rated : PG
Genre : Anime, Action, Kids and Family
No. of Disc : 1
Region : 3
Total Run Time : 109 mins.

 3. Safe Haven


 
Synopsis :
Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough star in this spellbinding romantic drama based on the novel by best-selling author Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook). When a mysterious, beautiful woman named Katie (Hough), moves to Southport, North Carolina, she sparks the interest of the locals, especially Alex (Duhamel), a handsome widower. Although she is attracted to Alex, Katie is reluctant to trust him – that is, until a new friend (Cobie Smulders) convinces her to give Alex a chance. But before long, a dark secret from Katie’s past threatens her happiness in this thrilling romance directed by Lasse Hallström (Dear John).

Product Description :
Actors/Stars : Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough, Cobie Smulders, David Lyons
Director : Lasse Hallström
Format : 16×9 WIDESCREEN 2.40:1 DVD
Audio : English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitle : English
Rated : PG
Genre : Romance, Thriller
No. of Disc : 1
Region : 3
Total Run Time : 116 mins.
 
SPECIAL FEATURES :
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes
    • Katie In Alley
    • Tierney’s Eighth Arrest
    • Alex Puts Lexie To Bed With Animals
    • Katie And Alex Talk “I Liked That”
    • Tierney Survives
  • Alternate Ending


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The Mortal Instruments "City of Bones": Movie Review


The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

First, we would like to thank Pioneer Films for the movie passes. City of Bones is the initial screen adaptation of The Mortal Instruments books, written by the best-selling author Cassandra Clare. Well, the film didn't manage to get a nod from the critics, but the good news is the producers already gave the green light for the production of its sequel: City of Ashes. 

Clary (Lily Collins) lived her life as a normal girl until one night when she saw a murder in a club where she is the only one who reacted and saw it. The next day, her mom disappeared in their apartment leaving their place in a complete mess. There he meets Jase, (Jaime Campbell Bower) the murderer in the club. He explains that there's something more beyond this world that she could ever imagine. With the help of Jace, Clary must find the way to locate her mom and find some answers to her mysterious past. 


We really don't understand why the critics mostly hated this kind of films. We read a lot of reactions from fans who actually read the book, and they were satisfied with its outcome. For us, who didn't have any idea what's on the book, are also pleased with the movie. There are a lot of interesting characters to look forward to and a compelling storyline that could be a potential solid franchise. 

Lily Collins is a perfect fit for Clary's role. She is beautiful and excels to his character the way it supposed to be. She is also supported by a young talented core which includes Jaime Campbell Bower, but didn't quite connect his chemistry with Collins. We liked Robert Sheehan more but maybe the love triangle will blossom into the next film.


Overall, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is just the first film, and it's not that bad as the others might say. The CGI effects were neatly done plus some outstanding fight scenes, but we think they should offer more. Nonetheless, City of Bones had a lot of  likable characters whom easy for you to love and will make you wait for the next installment to come out.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9 out of 10 stars

Cast: Lily Collins, Jaime Campbell Bower, Robert Sheenan

Directed by: Harald Zwart
Distributed by: Pioneer Films / Movie Punch
Now on its 2nd week
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Life-and-Death Game of Corporate Espionage in “PARANOIA”

The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world will stop at nothing to destroy each other, in Relativity Media's new thriller “Paranoia.” A bright, young rising star, seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. 
 
Directed by Robert Luketic (“21”), “Paranoia” stars Liam Hemsworth (“The Hunger Games”), Harrison Ford (“Indiana Jones” film series) and Gary Oldman (“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”).


Paranoia” began with Joseph Finder’s New York Times best-selling techno-thriller novel of the same name. The book hit upon what would soon become some of the biggest questions of our times: Has corporate power grown out of control? Where is the line between mining digital data and dangerous, invasive surveillance? What happens when CEOs operate outside the law? – all in a fast, intense read. Finder encountered a world where multi-nationals now have more riches and wield more political influence than entire nations.

As I was researching the novel, I started thinking what would happen if a corporation needed a piece of transformational technology that they knew their competitor had? How far would they go to get it? That’s how I came up with Adam Cassidy,” Finder explains. “In some ways, he’s the classic guy who is forced into being a spy. But his story also takes on the whole idea of identity, about people forming relationships that are based on falsehoods and impersonation, about conscience and about doing the right thing – all of which is happening underneath the fun and suspense.”


The filmmakers started talking about the story not only in terms of an edge-of-your-seat corporate thriller pitting two ferociously competitive billionaires against each other but also as a young man’s search for identity in an age when identity is completely changeable from instant to instant, when technology leaves us feeling watched even in our most personal moments, and when the future couldn’t be more uncertain. They saw Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) on the brink not only of the most extreme personal danger but also of a cultural shift.

Director Robert Luketic, too, was excited by this idea – and by the suspense of the story. “It’s a very timely tale that speaks to this new generation of Millennials who feel they’ve had their dreams stolen away – but I also love that it’s just so entertaining. It has a lot of thrills and it has characters who are great fun to watch.”

The director was especially intrigued by the challenge of mirroring the title and capturing the paranoia of modern life, in which cameras are in every pocket, our daily data is being analyzed by companies and government agencies, all countered by the fact that what was once private info is now displayed on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
 
Adam is in the world where we all live now – a world that is all about data mining, and where everyone leaves all kinds of trails they don’t even realize they are leaving,” Luketic notes. “Never before in history have we had so much of ourselves so accessible to the world. That was a lot of the inspiration for what we present on the screen. Ultimately, nowhere is safe for Adam because there is nowhere he can hide out of view. He is being surveyed from cameras hidden in walls and people are tracking him through his phone. It goes to the question of whether there’s a danger to having all this information about ourselves out there for the taking.”

Opening across the Philippines on Oct. 2, “Paranoia” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.


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ONE DIRECTION Rocks the red carpet for “THIS IS US” World Premiere


One Direction band members Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson rocked the red carpet for the recent world premiere in London of “One Direction: This Is Us” 3D documentary.

Directed by Morgan Spurlock, the movie follows the five-member boy band who were put together in 2010 by music maestro Simon Cowell on the U.K. version of The X Factor after early exits as individuals.



The band went on to come in third on that year's show, and Spurlock's film follows them as they go on to become what myriad U.K. outlets have described as "global sensations."

Cowell earned his own teenybopper adulation when he arrived at the event, introduced to the crowd as the person who made the hysteria possible.



Sporting Ray Ban Aviators on the red carpet, Cowell said he "felt like a father" as the band members walked amid the screaming fans, referencing the recent media frenzy about him becoming a dad. "It's like a dream come true," Cowell said, as the crowd's screams threatened to drown him out.

Spurlock said the premiere was the biggest movie event he had ever been to, let alone the largest event for any movie he has been involved in. "This is the greatest movie premiere I have ever been to in my life," he said.



He also joked that he was the "sixth member" of the band and that he was "ready to step in" before singing and dancing to the band's hit "She's Not Afraid."

Styles and his bandmates described the movie as showing them "the way they really are."

Opening across the Philippines on Friday, August 30, “One Direction: This Is Us” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.


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The Tall Man: Short Review

The Tall Man
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Synopsis: In an isolated, slowly dying mining town, children are vanishing without a trace - abducted, the townsfolk whisper, by a mysterious entity known locally as "The Tall Man." Town nurse Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) seems skeptical...until her young David disappears in the middle of night. Frantic to rescue the boy, Julia lives every parent's darkest nightmare in this twisting, shock-around-each-corner thriller from acclaimed director Pascal Laugier called The Tall Man - Rotten Tomatoes

The premise was actually good but as soon the movie starts, the film gets dimmer and dumber. The film also suffers from a lot of twists that is unacceptable. The Tall Man isn't scary at all, as it made me crawl under the bedsheets and hug my pillow tight to take a nap instead of wasting my time to this flick.

Verdict: 1/10 stars

Cast: Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, Samantha Ferris

Directed By: Pascal Laugier

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Mule: Movie Review

The Mule
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

First, we would like to thank SM Cinema for inviting us last night to the advance screening of their newest CinExclusive film "The Mule" at Sm Megamall. 

Sofie (Sharon Stone) is an American TV reporter known for exposing high ranked officials on illegal immigration. However, when his brother (Billy Zane) went missing on the south border, she is forced to investigate to find her missing brother. Along the way, she soon discovers that there is a lot of secrets to be unveiled that she never expected.


"The Mule" also known as Border Run has a gripping story that would keep you interested along the way. There isn't much action to expect in it but, still we feel the tension and excitement it offered. We see Sharon Stone here in a much better performance from her previous works plus a group of supporting cast who manages to keep the flow going on the right track. 

Overall, "The Mule" is still a pretty descent film despite its flaws. It may not be a Blockbuster and memorable enough, but it has a respectable amount of tension, features an interesting storyline, and some twist to heat some things up.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 7 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Sharon Stone, Billy Zane, Miguel Rodarte

Directed By: Gabriela Tagliavini
Distributed By: Crystal Sky Multimedia
Now Showing Exclusively at SM Cinemas


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Thor, Loki Character Posters Revealed for “THE DARK WORLD”

Marvel Studios has just debuted two character posters for the upcoming “Thor: The Dark World” featuring stars Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston as Thor and Loki. Check them out below!


 
Marvel's “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the nine realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel's “Thor” and “Marvel's The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos ... but an ancient race, led by the vengeful Malekith, returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. 
 
Chris Hemsworth has played Thor, the god of Thunder in two highly successful Marvel films, 2011's “Thor” and 2012's “Marvel's The Avengers,” which collectively grossed nearly $2 billion at the global box office. In this latest adventure, Academy Award® winners Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins also reprise their roles, as well as Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander and Rene Russo. 
 
Alan Taylor (TV's “Game of Thrones”) directs from a story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat, and a screenplay by Christopher L. Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. 
 
Opening across the Philippines on Oct. 30 in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D, 2D and regular theaters, “Thor: The Dark World” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.

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The Haunting Escalates in Horror-Thriller “INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2”

A haunted family struggles to uncover a terrifying secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world in “Insidious: Chapter 2,” the latest nerve-twisting horror thriller from director James Wan (“The Conjuring”) and screenwriter Leigh Whannell (“Saw,” “Insidious”). 

 
Produced by “Paranormal Activity's” Jason Blum and Oren Peli, the sequel reteams the cast of the first film, including Patrick Wilson (“The Conjuring”), Rose Byrne (“X-Men: First Class”), Barbara Hershey (“Black Swan”), Lin Shaye (“There’s Something About Mary”) and Ty Simpkins (“Iron Man 3”).

Working individually and collectively, director James Wan, screenwriter Leigh Whannell and producer Jason Blum have been responsible for some of the most influential, commercially successful and flat-out terrifying horror thrillers of the past decade. 
 
In 2004 Wan and Whannell unleashed the groundbreaking and hugely popular “Saw,” which spawned a blockbuster franchise on which Whannell continued to serve as a writer (“Saw II” and “III”) and executive producer. Wan most recently helmed the acclaimed haunted-house tale “The Conjuring,” while Blum has shepherded such blood-curdling hits as “Paranormal Activity” and “Sinister” to the screen. Together, the trio collaborated on the disturbing and original 2011 psychological horror thriller “Insidious,” a micro-budgeted film that became the most profitable theatrical release that year.

Now all three filmmakers are back—along with the entire cast of “Insidious”—with “Insidious: Chapter 2,” which continues the story of the Lambert family’s life-and-death struggle with malignant spirits bent on destroying their lives. 
 
We’re super excited at the chance to continue telling the story we started in the first film,” says Wan, who makes his sequel-directing debut. “I love the characters we created in the first film, and it’s great to come back to work with the same cast and crew. It’s like coming home to a family. But it’s also very scary because the success of the first film took us all by surprise.”

Insidious” centers on the troubles of the Lamberts, a suburban family who leave their haunted house for a new home, only to learn it’s not their house that is haunted—it’s their eldest son. “Insidious: Chapter 2” rejoins the family as they try to put their recent troubles behind them, but discover that the spirits that have tormented them are far from finished. 

Wan and Whannell took the unusual step of calling the film “Insidious: Chapter 2” because it picks up right where the first film ends. “Not too many sequels try that, but we loved the idea of creating back-to-back stories,” says Whannell. “You could almost watch them as one movie, or as chapters in the same story. We see Josh murder Elise, but Renai doesn’t see it and she’s not quite sure what’s going on. So at the start of the second film, everything seems back to normal, but slowly you realize something is terribly wrong.”

 
Opening across the Philippines on Sept. 18, “Insidious: Chapter 2” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit www.columbiapictures.com.ph to see the latest trailers, get free downloads and play free movie games.
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Man of Tai Chi: Short Review

Man of Tai Chi
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Synopsis: A young martial artist's unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club.- imdb

Keanu Reeves in his first movie as a director didn't quite reach our expectations as it is plain and predictable. Man of Tai Chi is a blunt martial arts film with uninteresting fight scenes, uninspiring characters and with a slow paced storyline. It had its moments, but it was not satisfying enough to be a memorable film. 

Verdict: 4/10 stars

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Chen Lin-Hu, Karen Mok

Directed By: Keanu Reeves


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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Jobs Starring Ashton Kutcher Opens Tomorrow

Next Attraction: Jobs
By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Jobs is a biopic drama flick based on the life of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Ashton Kutcher portrays the iconic genius along side with Josh Gad as Apple Computer's co-founder Steve Wozniak. 

It is directed by Joshua Michael Stern. The film also stars Lukas Haas (Contraband), Ron Eldard (Super 8), John Getz (The Social Network), and Matthew Modine (The Dark Knight Rises). Jobs will open tomorrow at cinemas nationwide and will be locally distributed by Pioneer Films. 





Synopsis: It only takes one person to start a revolution. The extraordinary story of Steve Jobs, the original innovator and ground-breaking entrepreneur who let nothing stand in the way of greatness. The film tells the epic and turbulent story of Jobs as he blazed a trail that changed technology -- and the world - forever.- rotten tomatoes

JOBS OPENS TOMORROW AT YOUR FAVORITE CINEMAS NATIONWIDE

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Matt Damon, At the center of two worlds in “ELYSIUM”


Matt Damon takes on the lead role of Max in TriStar Pictures' futuristic action thriller “Elysium” whose socio-political message underneath the gripping action scenes isn't lost on the actor.

I like to think it’s a hopeful message,” Damon says. “Even in a future where it’s every man for himself, it’ll be possible for a human being to hold on to his humanity.”

In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined planet. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the crime and poverty that is now rampant throughout the land. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max, an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.

At the center of the chaos on Earth, between the two worlds, is Max. “Max needs to get to Elysium to save himself, but in his desperation, he gets involved in a plot that makes him realize that the problem is much bigger than him,” says director Neill Blomkamp. “And he ends up fighting for something more than himself, fighting to save other people on Earth.”

Max, like a lot of people on Earth, has always aspired to get to Elysium,” says Damon. “That was his dream. But he grew up. You get the idea that he’s been a petty criminal, but on an Earth where resources are so scarce that everybody’s hustling in some way, he’s just doing what he’s got to do to get by. He’s been beaten up by life and now, he’s resigned to his life on Earth. He doesn’t dream about Elysium anymore. But in the movie, he’s put in a position to become the only person who can change things.”

Max is an entirely different look for Damon – shaven, tattooed, muscle-bound. “Neill was very specific about every detail and how he wanted the character to look,” says Damon. “He provided us all with pictures of the characters. I don’t think anybody had ever done that for me before – literally handed me a picture of the character with his shirt off. So I went to my trainer and I said, ‘Make me look like that,’ and a great trainer can do that.”

Damon says that he was inspired to join the project by the chance to work with Blomkamp. “Like everybody, I saw `District 9,' and like everybody, I freaked out,” he says. “Neill jumped to the top of the list of people that I wanted to work with. So when I heard that he wanted to meet with me about his next movie, I met him for coffee. He pulled out a kind of graphic novel that he had designed himself that explained the whole world of Elysium. He’d designed it all, built it all already. He just needed us to help him bring it to life. And that was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

 
Matt Damon has been honored for his work on both sides of the camera, most recently earning Academy Award®, Screen Actors Guild Award® and Critics’ Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of South African rugby hero Francois Pienaar in Clint Eastwood’s true-life drama “Invictus.” 

In addition, he also garnered dual Golden Globe Award nominations that year: one for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in “Invictus” and one for Best Actor for his starring role in Steven Soderbergh’s “The Informant!” Earlier in his career, Damon won an Academy Award® for Best Screenplay and received an Oscar® nomination for Best Actor, both for his breakthrough feature “Good Will Hunting.”

Opening across the Philippines on Sept. 04, “Elysium” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit www.columbiapictures.com.ph to see the latest trailers, get free downloads and play free movie games.


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