Showing posts from August, 2013


20th Century Fox releases the much anticipated trailer of “The Counselor” today, August 20 at YouTube/20thCenturyFoxPh at 5:00pm.

“The Counselor” is an intense suspense-thriller that brings an ensemble of Hollywood’s most multi-faceted actors including Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz, directed by blockbuster maker Ridley Scott (“Gladiator,” “Black Hawk Down,” “Alien,” “American Gangster”) and written by Cormac McCarthy, a Pulitzer Prize winner whose works have been turned into acclaimed films such as “No Country For Old Men,” “The Road” and “All the Pretty Horses.”

Fassbender plays a lawyer known as the counselor whose involvement with a drug trafficking syndicate goes awry along with an accomplice played by Brad Pitt. Bardem who plays partner to Fassbender’s character further deepens the plot with his relatively strong ties with the drug cartel while equally strong femme fatale characters are played by Penel…

REVIEW | The Conjuring (2013)

What better way to scare yourself than your own imagination?

In the dead quiet of the night, in your pitch-black room at an ungodly hour, you are woken up by a strange noise, or some prickly sensation on your skin. And so your imagination goes auto-horror-pilot: Is there something standing there watching you? And you are now unable to go back to sleep, stressing over whether there's a demonic entity in your room...and if it will or will not grab your foot. Or worse, possess you.

That's the stuff of nightmares The Conjuring is made of.

The film takes us back to early 1970s to recount an allegedly true horror story. Real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, investigate a haunted Rhode Island farmhouse recently occupied by Roger and Carolyn Perron (Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor) and their five young daughters—who've all been experiencing disturbing paranormal occurrences.

Insidious and Saw director James Wan elegant…


“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” emerged on high seas when it docked no. 1 in the Phils.’ box-office arena on its opening weekend (August 7-11) with a total of P 78.2 million nationwide in almost 200 screens (in 2D and 3D) nationwide.

The opening weekend figure nails “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” as the Second Biggest Opening Weekend for a Fox film to open this year, next to the recently released blockbuster “The Wolverine.” Among all other foreign films and one local film playing on the same week, “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” grabbed the greater chunk of the overall market share at 51%. Reaching a broader market base this time, the latest "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters'" box-office sees a 126% increase over the previously released "Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief" movie.

In addition to the latest wave of adventure and spectacular visual effects seen in the movie, its strong opening is also attributed…


From two-time Emmy® nominated director and aviation enthusiast Klay Hall (“King of the Hill,” “The Simpsons”) comes “Disney’s Planes,” an all-new big-screen adventure that showcases a crop duster’s desire to do more than what he was designed to do.

The action-packed 3D animated comedy features Dusty, a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar.

Says Hall, “I think people will really relate to ‘Disney’s Planes’ because it’s a great underdog story. It has a lot of heart and a message we can all use: If we can believe in ourselves, step out of our comfort zones and get past whatever fear is holding us back, we’d be surprised with the…

REVIEW | The Internship (2013)

After 2005's Wedding Crashers, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn reprise their comedic tandem in The Internship, as Nick and Billy, respectively.
The  forty-something best friends and former salesmen are suddenly faced with unemployment. Overaged with no other skill except for their gift of gab, nailing a job is nearly impossible for them—especially in this Digital Era. Hilariously and ironically, they decide to apply for an internship at Internet giant Google. They get in, but can the two talk their way into landing a permanent job in one of the most coveted companies in the world?

Directed by Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) and story by Vince Vaughn, the premise is actually pretty funny: putting two nearly computer illiterate guys from another era to compete with genius kid interns to score a full-time job at dream company Google. Imagine the huge generation gap; Billy and Nick are so out of place among the kid brainiacs of today, referencing '80s pop culture, and having absolu…


MANILA, Aug. 8, 2013 – One of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year, New Line Cinema's horror thriller “The Conjuring” will hold special sneak previews on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 12 & 13 in selected theaters nationwide.

This was announced today by Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. Philippines, the film's local distributor. Soliven relayed the good news in response to the public's exceedingly high interest in the film, stoked by the movie's recent record-breaking bow in the U.S. and sensational internet buzz.

“The Conjuring” has surpassed PHP 4,378.65 ($100) million at the North American box office on onlyPHP 4,755.22 ($108.6) its third weekend in theatres, crossing the milestone on Saturday, Aug. 3, and has earned an estimated million domestically to date, and still climbing.

The terrifying supernatural horror thriller, from director James Wan, opened to rave reviews from critics, as well as audiences, a fact that was reflected in the film’s A…

REVIEW | The Smurfs 2 (2013)

Little kids might enjoy The Smurfs 2, but adults? Only those who like looking at the Smurfs for 105 minutes, regardless of the plot.
The story is quite simple: Smurfette has been kidnapped by the evil wizard Gargamel and his two grey Smurf-like minion-children called "Naughties" that he created. Gargamel needs "Smurf essence" to take over the world, and he manipulates Smurfette to spill the secret formula. Will Smurfette, who's been recently feeling under-appreciated by the Smurf community, switch to the dark (and crazy) side?  And will Papa Smurf die in the process of rescuing Smurfette? 
No, nothing of that Papa Smurf drama, but the prospect of losing Papa Smurfwould have definitely put some spice and heartbreaking drama into the otherwise banal story, which was amazingly collaborated by five writers. The Smurfs 2 is just a kidnapping story with a dash of father-child drama.

The special effects are superb that you can almost pull Papa Smurf's beard, and …

REVIEW | Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)

Teen demigod hero and son-of-Poseidon Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) returns to the big screen to bring to life the second installment of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series, for another modern-day Greek-mythology teenage adventure.
In Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Camp Half-Blood (the demigod sanctuary) is in grave danger. The Thalia tree that protects the camp is dying, hence the invisible dome shielding the camp is slowly wearing off and killer monsters are staring to penetrate it, threatening the lives of the demigods. The best solution? Retrieve the healing Golden Fleece from the titular Sea of Monsters. So Percy, along with his demigod best friends, Grover (Brandon T. Jackson) and Annabeth (Alexandria Daddario), begin an unauthorized quest to sail the waters and grab the magical fleece. But Percy is conflicted with several problems, including a vague prophecy that may be about himself; then there's Luke (Jake Abel), a teen demigod with father issu…


James Cameron hires writers to collaborate with him on the films.

Marking a significant expansion of his already ambitious plans for the much-anticipated AVATAR sequels, Academy Award®-winning filmmaker James Cameron announced that the films have grown in number from two to three.
Additionally, to help bring his growing AVATAR universe to life and to expedite the process, Cameron has hired screenwriters Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds), Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planets of the Apes), and Shane Salerno (Savages, Salinger) to collaborate with him on the screenplays for the three films.
The three pictures will be filmed simultaneously with production beginning next year. The release of the first sequel will be in December 2016, with the second to follow in December 2017, and the third a year later. AVATAR 2, 3, and 4 will be produced by Cameron and Jon Landau through their Lightstorm Entertainment banner. Like the original film, Lightstorm will work with Joe Letteri …


From Neill Blomkamp, the acclaimed director of the Oscar Best Picture nominee “District 9,” comes the futuristic action-thriller “Elysium” starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.
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 (Damon), 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 (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.
In 2009, Neill Blomkamp burst onto the scene with his first feature film, “District 9.” It was an enormous critical and co…


Logan Lerman reprises the titular role as the teen demigod son of Poseidon prophesied to save the world of the gods’ children sired with humans in “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.”

Produced by Chris Columbus whose successful string of blockbusters includes the “Harry Potter” films, “Percy Jackson: Lightning Thief,” “Fantastic Four,” “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Surfer,” “Night at the Museum” and “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” the latest adventure of Percy Jackson adapted from Rick Riordan’s 2nd book from the best selling series “Percy Jackson and The Olympians” finds Percy at waters’ ends dealing with shocking family revelations, saving his best friend Grover from a cyclops and battling fellow demigods to ultimately stop the evil Kronos from wreaking havoc to their world.

In “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” the Oracle further complicates Percy’s sense of self and duty, says Lerman, when it tells him he “is either going to destroy Olympus or save it. He’s not sur…

REVIEW | Transit (2013)

The most talked about Cinemalaya film this year, Transit indeed has marked a milestone in Philippine cinema for its quality of filmmaking never before seen in local independent films.
New Breed Director Hannah Espia explores the plight of OFWs in Israel through the story of one “TNT” Filipino family living in a tiny apartment in Jaffa, Tel Aviv, with their daily struggle to hide their deportable 4-year-old Joshua (Marc Justine Angeles) from the Israeli police. We are presented with a particular day in the family's life, which eventually branches out into five stories— the story of each family member (played by Irma Adlawan, Ping Medina, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Marc Justine Angeles, and Mercedes Cabral), with the core elements of identity crisis, alienation, desperation, and the universal condition of overseas Filipino workers.
What remarkably stands out in Transit is the brilliant performance of the entire main cast down to the bit roles of Israeli actors. They deliver their lines …