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REVIEW | Rosita (2015)

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When Filipina mail-order bride Rosita (Mercedes Cabral) arrives in a small fishing village in the cold and bleak northern part of Denmark to meet the man she will marry, Ulrik (Jens Albinus), she becomes entangled in a quietly explosive love triangle. 
She and Ulrik's son, Johannes (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard), fall in love.
Rosita is not the central character; it is actually Johannes who is the focus of the film, and the silent unraveling of his emotions as he goes through the pain of falling in love with his father's fiancee. 
The emotional build-up and tension between Johannes and Rosita are lacking, but after the acknowledgment of their feelings, the weight all shifts to Johaness, and Følsgaard gives a riveting, resonating performance of a broken man; his agony so palpable, so evident.
From a character-driven screenplay, director Frederikke Aspock deftly captures the unspoken words, the underlying emotions and motivations of her richly developed characters, all intensified by t…

"THE ACCOUNTANT” HAS A DARK SECRET LIFE IN RIVETING NEW THRILLER

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“It’s always compelling when people have secrets—when you think someone is one thing and then discover they’re something else entirely,” says Gavin O’Connor, director of the upcoming thriller “The Accountant” from Warner Bros. Pictures.

That is certainly the case with the title character of “The Accountant.” At first glance, math savant Christian Wolff seems to be nothing more than a storefront CPA, right down to his spreadsheets and pocket protector. However, his usual clientele are among the world’s most powerful crime lords, and his mild-mannered demeanor and somewhat innocuous appearance belie the fact that he may be more dangerous than any of them.

Ben Affleck, who stars in the role, notes, “The story speaks to the duality in all of us. It might be easy to pigeonhole a guy like Chris, but we find out he’s capable of much more than you imagine.”

The actor goes on to reveal that there is another unexpected wrinkle to Christian, who is able to crunch more than just numbers. “On the one…

MARVEL, IMAX OFFER PH FANS A SNEAK PEEK AT SELECT FOOTAGE FROM “DOCTOR STRANGE”

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EXPAND YOUR MIND: AN IMAX® 3D EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK
FEATURES EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE TO BE SHOWN IN SM MEGAMALL IMAX ON
OCTOBER 11, 2016 AT 7 P.M.

MANILA (September 27, 2016) –Marvel Studios announces Marvel Studios’ Expand Your Mind: An IMAX® 3D Exclusive First Look, featuring approximately 15 minutes of exclusive footage from the highly anticipated, action-packed “Doctor Strange.” The sneak peek will be showcased in SM Megamall IMAX Cinema on October 11, 2016, at 7p.m.


Marvel and IMAX will offer the special screening of thrilling, never-before-seen 3D footage of the Scott Derrickson-directed, mind-bending movie, which opens nationwide on October 26, 2016.

Commenting on the exclusive footage, director Scott Derrickson says, “As a movie fan, I am thrilled to take audiences along on the visual journey of ‘Doctor Strange’ and give them an early peek at what we’ve been working on. The completed film will feature more than an hour of specially formatted IMAX sequences that will provide audiences with…

FINAL TRAILER OF “FANTASTIC BEASTS” UNLEASHES THE MAGICAL CREATURES

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The titular magical creatures are front and center in the newly released final trailer of Warner Bros. Pictures' much-anticipated adventure “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” which returns fans to the J.K. Rowling's wizarding world of Harry Potter, only this time set in New York during the 1920s.

The trailer may be viewed here.


“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling.

Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident … were it not for a No-Maj (Ame…

EVANS, THEROUX, RAMIREZ: THE MEN OF “GIRL ON THE TRAIN”

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Luke Evans (“Fast & Furious” franchise), Justin Theroux (“The Leftovers”) and Edgar Ramirez (“Deliver Us from Evil”) provide the masculine presence in the female-centric tale, “The Girl on the Train” from Paramount Pictures. The film also stars Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson and Haley Bennett.

Based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel, “The Girl on the Train” is directed by Tate Taylor (“The Help”) and adapted for the screen by Erin Cressida Wilson. In the film, Rachel (Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.

To cast the two key male roles was just as crucial, according to producer Marc Platt. “It’s interesting to be involved in a film that’s so female-centric,” he says. “Usually, it’s the guys who are more complicated and then there’s the ‘gir…

FELICITY JONES, ON A QUEST TO STOP A GLOBAL CATASTROPHE IN “INFERNO”

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Starring opposite Tom Hanks in Columbia Pictures' new suspense thriller “Inferno” is Academy Award® nominated actress Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything,” upcoming “Rogue One”) as Dr. Sienna Brooks.

Academy Award® winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown's billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, “Inferno,” which finds the famous symbologist on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world's population.

For Jones, there is more to her character than meets the eye. "Sienna is a young woman who is a strong environmentalist, full of conviction. She is not everything she seems but on the surface she is someone that gets involved in a mystery relating to f…

Stalker Thriller in "Broken Vows," starring Jaimie Alexander, Wes Bentley

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How far would you go to hide the truth?

BROKEN VOWS features today’s hottest upcoming stars with Blindspot’s Jaimie Alexander as Tara, together with Wes Bentley (Patrick), Alexandra Breckenridge (Debra), and Cam Gigandet as fiancé Michael.     
On her bachelorette-party weekend with friends in New Orleans, Tara falls for the darkly-sexy bartender Patrick.  Waking in his bed the next morning, Tara instantly regrets her unfaithfulness and flies back home to her fiancé.  Her secret flame becomes a full-on fire when Patrick shows up at her house, surreptitiously tries to cancel her wedding arrangements, and stalks her every move. 
He spirals into madness and delusion, determined to have Tara no matter what the cost.  When his efforts fail, he tracks the newlyweds on their honeymoon where he erupts in a psychotic, murderous rage.  Tara will have to find the strength she never knew she possessed to stop Patrick from destroying her marriage and her life.
Meet the cast of BROKEN VOWS: 
    JAIM…

SETH ROGEN PRANKS GROCERY SHOPPERS FOR “SAUSAGE PARTY”

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Columbia Pictures' new raunchy, R-18-rated animated comedy “Sausage Party” opens in the Philippines on Sept. 28 and imagines what it would be like if the food in our grocery aisles was alive.

The movie is hilarious, twisted and outrageous, but that wasn’t enough for Seth Rogen. In addition to bringing talking foods to the big screen, he also wanted to bring them to a real life grocery store with a hilarious and creepy Sausage Party prank.

A special effects team set up a few different animatronic foods in a real New York grocery store and Seth Rogen made them talk live from another room. The initial shock of people realizing they’re seeing talking food is funny in itself, but then the conversations they have with the food in question are even better.

Watch the Sausage Party Grocery Store Prank video.

“Sausage Party” is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave…

COLUMBIA PICTURES TEAMS UP WITH FREDERICK WARNE & CO., PART OF PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE UK, FOR “PETER RABBIT™”

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Studio Partners with Animal Logic to Produce First Live-Action / CG Adaptation of Beloved Classic

CULVER CITY, Calif., and LONDON, UK, September 22, 2016 – Columbia Pictures has teamed up with Frederick Warne & Co., part of Penguin Random House UK, for Peter Rabbit™, a new live-action/CG motion picture based on the internationally beloved series of books written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter, whose 150th anniversary is being celebrated this year. 
The film will be directed by Will Gluck and made at Animal Logic, the Australian based animation and visual FX production studio.  Animal Logic previously created the animation for the global blockbuster The LEGO Movie.  Will Gluck (Olive Bridge Entertainment) and Zareh Nalbandian (Animal Logic Entertainment) are both attached to produce the feature, with Doug Belgrad serving as Executive Producer.  The screenplay is by Rob Lieber with revisions by Gluck.Jodi Hildebrand of Olive Bridge and Jason Lust will also serve as executive produc…

“GIRL ON THE TRAIN” – NOVEL THAT SHOCKED THE WORLD HEATS UP THE SCREEN

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Based on author Paula Hawkins’ best-selling novel, the thriller that has riveted millions now makes its way to the big screen in DreamWorks Pictures’ provocative tale, “The Girl on the Train.” Emily Blunt leads the all-star cast which includes Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez and Lisa Kudrow, under the direction of Tate Taylor (“The Help”).

(Watch the new Girl on the Train spot.)

Although former journalist Paula Hawkins had previously written several books as an author for hire, “The Girl on the Train” was the first novel released under her own name. After its publication in January 2015, Hawkins’ story became one of the fastest-selling novels in history, with more than 15 million copies sold globally. In its first week, “The Girl on the Train” landed in the top spot of The New York Times Best Sellers List. In fact, it remained on the list for more than a year, spending much of that time at No. 1. In 2015, it became Amazon’s Best…

EVA GREEN: PROTECTOR IN “MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN”

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Enigmatic actress Eva Green who starred in blockbuster testosterone-filled movies such as “Kingdom of Heaven,” “300: Rise of an Empire” and “Casino Royale” takes lead role in “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.”

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is based upon the debut novel by Ransom Riggs, published in 2011, an instant global hit and topped The New York Times best-seller list selling more than 3.1 million copies. A sequel, “Hollow City,” was published in 2014, followed by the final book in the trilogy, “Library of Souls.”

The book and movie’s heroine, Miss Peregrine is the protector of the Peculiars. Green, on her titular role calls her character “a kind of dark Mary Poppins-like figure who is rather eccentric and fearless, and who wields a deadly crossbow to protect her Peculiars. Her peculiarity is being an ymbrine, meaning she can manipulate time and take the form of a bird. Miss Peregrine, along with other y…

DOUBLE DOSE OF MR. AND MRS. IN HIGH-OCTANE SPY COMEDY “KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES”

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Multi-talented actors Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot join forces in the explosive sexy action comedy “Keeping Up With the Joneses.”

Zach Galifianakis, best known for his breakout role in the “Hangover” film series pairs up with the versatile Isla Fisher (known for her roles in “Confessions of a Shopaholic” and “Now You See Me”) as husband and wife - Jeff and Karen Gaffney, a suburban couple living an ideal quiet life, until they their new neighbours moved in, the Joneses. The Joneses, played by Gal Gadot aka Wonder Woman and award-wining Jon Hamm (Mad Men tv series) are secret government agents in the movie. The Joneses are camouflaged as a glamorous, sophisticated, picture-perfect couple who rocked the Gaffney’s world on the first day they moved into the neighborhood.

After the initial meet-and-greet, the Gaffneys and the Joneses form a special bond, but Karen soon notices there is something odd with the Joneses.…

ICE CUBE TAKES ON CHARLIE DAY IN “FIST FIGHT” TEASER TRAILER

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Ice Cube and Charlie Day star as high school teachers prepared to solve their differences the hard way in New Line Cinema’s comedy “Fist Fight,” directed by Richie Keen (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”).

Check out the comedy’s newly-released first trailer.

Watch “Fist Fight” when it opens across the Philippines on February 22, 2017.

On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Day) is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throw down after school. News of the fight spreads like wildfire and ends up becoming the very thing this school, and Campbell, needed.

“Fist Fight” also stars Tracy Morgan (“30 Rock”), Jillian Bell (“22 Jump Street”), Dea…

“SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE” GETS A TEASER TRAILER

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Columbia Pictures' upcoming adventure comedy “Smurfs: The Lost Village” has released its TEASER TRAILER.

The newest entry in the Columbia Pictures movie franchise that has grossed more than $900 million globally, “Smurfs: The Lost Village” is set to open across the Philippines on May 10, 2017.

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!

“Smurfs: The Lost Village” stars Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Rainn Wilson as Gargamel and Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf. Also starring are triple Emmy nominee Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock,” “Wreck-It Ralph”) as the sweet, awkward and honest-to-a-fault Clums…

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - NOW SHOWING in PH cinemas!

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You must be living under a rock if you have not heard of THE BEATLES. At one point or another, their songs would have been a part of your life (or will be for the younger ones) as generations upon generations would pass on their knowledge, experiences, and music of this legendary band.You may even have been conceived with their music---go ahead ask your parents.
If it’s one thing that Filipinos are known for, it’s their musicality. And whether you’re a fan or not, musically inclined or musically-challenged, here are eight things to look forward to for the theatrical release of THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK
1)Bonus Feature: The Shea Stadium concert People would often stay until the credits end for a “secret scene” or some snippet of either a part two or the outtakes. We’re telling you know: Stay until the credits end. Witness the restored, remastered Shea Stadium performance, the first rock concert ever staged in a stadium in front of more than 55,000 people. This bonus feature will only…