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CHILLING THRILLER “THE SNOWMAN” LAUNCHES TEASERPOSTER

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The minimalist but creepy teaser poster for Universal Pictures' new suspense thriller The Snowman (in Philippine cinemas Nov. 01, 2017) has just been unveiled online and may be seen 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.

In the film, 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…

“HARD TARGET” BASED ON REAL HEROIC ACCOUNTS OF MARINE COMMANDOS

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From Simon West, director of iconic action movies such as “Con Air,” “The Mechanic” and “The Expendables 2” comes “Hard Target” (aka Stratton), the latest non-stop action movie to explode in theaters on August 9.


Based on the real-life heroic accounts of former Special Boat Service commando Duncan Falconer turned scribe, “Hard Target” is the first movie made from his eight-novel series. Members of the Special Boat Service (SBS) are trained individuals who are part of the UK Special Forces, they have been on active duty since its inception in 1940.


“Hard Target” stars Dominic Cooper as John Stratton, one of the most resourceful agents of MI5. Stratton goes on a mission to infiltrate a laboratory complex in Iran to obtain deadly biochemical weapons. The complex mission goes sideways and his partner Marty (Tyler Hoechlin) gets caught in the crossfire resulting in his death.

Back at headquarters, Stratton finds out that a former Soviet Union operative by the name of Barovski (Thomas Kretsc…

Halle Berry Chases Down Her Son’s Abductor in ‘KIDNAP’

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Halle Berry was one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood during the 2000s and has been involved in the production of several of the films in which she performed. Her breakthrough film role was in the romantic comedy Boomerang, alongside Eddie Murphy, which led to roles in films such as the comedy The Flintstones, the political comedy-drama Bulworth and the television film Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999), for which she won the Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, among many other awards. In addition to her Academy Award win, Berry garnered high-profile roles in the 2000s such as Storm in the X-Men film series, the action crime thriller Swordfish, and the spy film Die Another Day, where she played Bond Girl Jinx. She then appeared in the X-Men sequels, X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand. In the 2010s, she appeared in movies such as the science fiction film X-Men: Days of Future Past, the crime thriller The Call. In her upcoming film ‘Kidnap’, Halle Berry plays a single…

COLUMBIA PICKS “PATAY NA SI HESUS” FOR DISTRIBUTION

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Columbia Pictures picks for distribution the Philippines comedy “Patay na si Hesus,” starring Cannes Film Festival 2016’s Best Actress (“Ma’ Rosa”) Jaclyn Jose.

Home to blockbuster films such as “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” the Resident Evil franchise, and the James Bond movies “Spectre” and “Skyfall,” the Sony-owned company marks its return to local movie distribution with the crowd-pleasing motion picture produced by T-Rex Entertainment Productions.

“Columbia Pictures Philippines is proud to be named the distributor of ‘Patay na si Hesus.’ Columbia has always been supportive of the local movie industry and we see this as a step to getting more involved in the development of Filipino films. We couldn’t be happier to be working with the folks at T-Rex in bringing this film to audiences nationwide,” says Columbia Pictures Philippines’ managing director Christopher Sy.

With the scenic route from Cebu to Dumaguete as backdrop, the movie serves up an unforgettably riotous road trip in which a s…

“ALPHA” POSTER ANSWERS CALL OF THE WILD

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Columbia Pictures has just launched the first one-sheet art for its upcoming 3D action-adventure Alpha, opening in Philippine cinemas in early 2018.

An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age. Europe, 20,000 years ago. While on his first hunt with his tribe’s most elite group, a young man (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is injured and left for dead. Awakening to find himself broken and alone -- he must learn to survive and navigate the harsh and unforgiving wilderness. Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each other and become unlikely allies, enduring countless dangers and overwhelming odds in order to find their way home before the deadly winter arrives.

Alpha is directed by Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli).


Opening soon across the Philippines, Alpha is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.(PR)

NEW ACTOR EXPERIENCES A “ROUGH NIGHT” PLAYING DEAD STRIPPER

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Australian model-turned-actor Ryan Cooper stars as a male stripper who's accidental death leads to unforgettable bachelortte weekend 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.

The unsung hero of the film is actor Ryan Cooper, who plays Jay. “This was one of the hardest roles to cast because we had to find somebody who was willing to play a dead person,” says co-star and producer Paul W. Downs. “There is only one scene with dialogue and then he plays a dead person for the rest of the film, but he's also a huge piece of the movie. We are so lucky that we found Ryan because he's…

Viddsee Launches Filmmaker Programme in the Philippines

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Viddsee Launches Filmmaker Programme in the Philippines Initiative by online entertainment platform supported by Film Development Council of the Philippines
Manila, 20 July 2017 -- The online entertainment platform Viddsee launched a filmmaker programme with its first efforts through a filmmaker community initiative, Viddsee Juree Awards for the Philippines.
With a growing Filipino audience and an expanding network of creative content producers from the Philippines, the Viddsee Juree Awards aims to bridge the gap between digital filmmaking and distribution by working closely with local film communities.


The initiative is supported by The Film Development Council of the Philippines.
“Offline events are a big deal for us, as a digital-first platform. Launching this filmmaker programme in the Philippines is even a bigger deal, having witnessed a wellspring of creativity in the Philippines. We hope to help the creative community grow, and also hope  to create content together eventually,” say…

When pain demands to be felt

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Since its Manila premiere in 2016, during the World Premieres Film Festival, where it bagged the Special Festival Prize for its Universal Social Values and the Best Actress award for June Lojong, "Beautiful Pain" (originally titled "Redha") has since traveled the world, eventually being Malaysia's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.
The film is a family drama that deals with the subject of autism, and tells the struggles of Alina (Lojong) and Razlan (Namron), as they come to terms with the discovery that their son Danial has autism(played by two young actors HarithHaziq and Izzy Reef). Marking her directorial debut, Malaysian filmmaker Tunku Mona Riza attacks the subject of autism with empathy, bringing to light a mental issue that is commonly misunderstood.
As "Beautiful Pain" returns to the Philippines for its theatrical run, PLM Film Society spoke with Tunku Mona Riza to know more about the film, and the journey …

LUC BESSON’S LATEST ADVENTURE FILM “VALERIAN” IS GREATEST VISUAL EXPERIENCE SINCE “AVATAR”

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At the heels of global epic adventure hits “Avatar” and “Star Wars” comes Luc Besson’s spectacular high-speed adventure film “Valerian” based on the acclaimed bestselling graphic-novel series “Valerian and Laureline” by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières, first published in 1967. Powered by the imagination of Besson, “Valerian” takes audiences on an unforgettable intergalactic adventure.

Taking on the title role as “Valerian” is talented and acclaimed actor Dane Dehaan starring alongside model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne as Laureline. “Valerian” is set in the not-so-distant future, 28th century where we see the lead characters Valerian and Laureline working together with a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense (Oscar and Grammy-award winning composer Herbie Hancock), the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha — an ever-expand…

CHARLIZE THERON STARS IN HYPERKINETIC ACTION FILM “ATOMIC BLONDE”

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Charlize Theron suits up as the most lethal of assassins in “Atomic Blonde”, a breakneck action-thriller that follows Theron’s Agent Lorraine Broughton, considered as MI6’s most skilled agent in the midst of a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors.

Directed by acclaimed David Leitch, filmmaker behind hits such as “John Wick” films and the director of the upcoming “Deadpool 2”, “Atomic Blonde” is also based on the Oni Press graphic novel series “The Coldest City” by Anthony Johnston and illustrated by Sam Hart.

In a story by Deadline.com, Director David Leitch details why he decided to do the movie, “The noir nature of the novel was very interesting, and there’s a graphic sensibility I really loved,”

Set in 1989 on the eve of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is sent to Berlin to take down an espionage ring that has killed an agent for unknown reasons. Will…

“CARS 3” RACES TO THE SCREEN FOR SERIES' BIGGEST ADVENTURE YET

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Lightning McQueen is back on the big screen in Disney-Pixar’s Cars 3 -- but he’s not a rookie anymore. Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Piston-Cup champion finds himself suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves.

“The next-gen racers are cool,” says Cars 3 director Brian Fee. “You can see instantly that cars like Jackson Storm are effortlessly fast. We designed these younger, faster cars to be sleek and aerodynamic—and they’re a sharp contrast to Lightning McQueen.”

Producer Kevin Reher says the story is reflective of real-life champions. “Lightning McQueen has been racing for more than a decade,” says Reher. “He’s struggling with the kind of issues a lot of athletes face later in their careers. Do you go out on top or fight till the end?”

While Lightning is still the same self-assured, determined and fun-loving race car audiences fell in love with, his confidence is being tested by the new cars on the track. “When we first met Lightning McQueen, he wa…

NEW “BABY DRIVER” FEATURETTE ON ANSEL ELGORT'S LIFE, LOVE...AND EMOJI

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He is everybody's Baby! Watch the newly released featurette from Columbia Pictures' Baby Driver HERE and be captivated by lead star Ansel Elgort's charm.

Baby Driver is the critically acclaimed action comedy from director Edgar Wright (The World's End). The film stars Ansel Elgort as Baby, a getaway driver who suffers from a hearing impairment that requires him to listen to music in order to drown out the humming noise.

In the film, Baby 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.

Written and directed by Edgar Wright, Baby Driver stars Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Eiza González with Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx.

Opening in Philippine cinemas in August 2, …

REVIEW | Despicable Me 3

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This time around, supervillain turned anti-villain spy Dru (Steve Carrell) experiences two life-changing events while facing off with a disgruntled former 80’s TV star (“South Park” co-creator Trey Parker)....[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]

REVIEW | The Monster (2016)

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Written and directed by Bryan Bertino (“Strangers,” “Mockingbird”), “The Monster” seems to have been inspired by the car scene in “Jurassic Park” and fleshed it out to a full-length feature. [READ FULL REVIEW HERE]

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS FOR “TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT”JUNE 21 AT 12:01AM

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MANILA, June 19, 2017 – The species war between flesh and metal begins earlier for Filipino fans as United International Pictures (UIP) has announced that Transformers: The Last Knight, will have special midnight screenings in participating cinemas nationwide on Wednesday, June 21 at 12:01 AM.

The public is advised to reserve and buy their tickets now to be among the first in the world to watch Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth installment in the hugely successful franchise.

In Metro Manila, midnight screenings are confirmed to be held in Alabang Town Center, Greenbelt 3, Bonifacio High Street, Trinoma, Glorietta 4, Eastwood, Fisher Mall, Newport, Venice Cineplex, Uptown Cineplex, Starmall Edsa, Metropolis Alabang, Vista Taguig, Vista Evia Cinema, SM Aura, SM BF, SM Clark, SM Fairview, SM Mall of Asia, S'Maison, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa and SM Southmall.

Moviegoers in the provinces may watch at Starmall San Jose, Vista Sta. Rosa, Vista Bataan, Vista Pampang…

REVIEW | Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita (2013)

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One summer, in a small rural town in Bulacan, a young girl named Anita (Teri Malvar) becomes infatuated with a beautiful older woman, Pilar (Angel Aquino), who is back in town after a long hiatus....[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]


REVIEW | Accidental Love (2015)

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THE black comedy that acclaimed director David O. Russell abandoned due to repeated production shutdowns, “Accidental Love” is loathed by U.S. critics—but it is actually a witty, fun, and engaging political satire...[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]





REVIEW | Can We Still Be Friends?

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CAN you remain friends with your ex? Especially when you’re still living together? That’s the premise of Star Cinema’s latest rom-com, “Can We Still Be Friends?,” starring Gerald Anderson and Arci Muñoz, who starred together in last year’s “Always Be My Maybe.” [READ FULL REVIEW HERE] 

THE TRAILER FOR “OLAF'S FROZEN ADVENTURE” IS HERE!

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The all-new featurette will open in PH theatres in front of Disney/Pixar's “Coco” beginning November 22.

Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) and Pixar Animation Studios are teaming up this holiday season when WDAS’ new featurette “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” opens in front of Disney•Pixar’s original feature film “Coco” onNov. 22, 2017. Watch the new trailer for the FEATURETTE

“I’m thrilled that Disney Animation’s featurette ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ will be coming to theaters in November with Pixar’s ‘Coco,’” said John Lasseter, chief creative officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. “It’s a perfect pairing – they’re both beautiful, heartfelt films about families and how people carry traditions forward. I can’t wait for audiences to get to see both of these terrific projects together on the big screen.”

Featuring four new original songs, the 21-minute featurette welcomes the original cast and characters back to the big screen, including Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), who is on …

“DESPICABLE ME 3” SUPER-VILLAIN IS FORMER '80S CHILD STAR

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Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's new comedy adventure Despicable Me 3 features a new addition to the franchise: Balthazar Bratt, a formidable super-villain who has been plotting to destroy Hollywood after his TV show was canceled.

Once mocked and shunned after his TV series was canceled—due to his quick onset of puberty—Bratt has become obsessed with everything from his glory days. Now embodying his former role’s villainous traits, Bratt surrounds himself with everything ’80s—re-creating the show’s gadgets and vehicles for plotting his revenge.

In classic Illumination fashion, the character is just as defined by his Machiavellian schemes as he is his ridiculousness. “Balthazar Bratt has taken on this child-actor persona as his villain persona,” says cast member Steve Carell who provides the voices of brothers Gru and Dru. “There is also a silly madness to him, and he uses ’80s components as a part of his villainy. The bubble gum he chews become an extremely effect…

STARS OF “EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING” INVITE PH AUDIENCE TO WATCH TEEN ROMANCE

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Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson, the lead stars of the new romantic drama Everything, Everything have released a video inviting Filipino fans and audiences to watch their film.

Check out the VIDEOand watch Everything,Everything in Philippine cinemas on June 21, 2017.

Directed by Stella Meghie, the film is based on the bestselling book of the same name by Nicola Yoon.

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face…or kiss the boy next door? Everything, Everything tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them.

Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them…

FIRST OFFICIAL TRAILER OF “FLATLINERS” TAKES ON DEATH

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Columbia Pictures has just released the first official trailer of its new suspense thriller Flatliners starring Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev, Diego Luna and James Norton.

Check out the TRAILER and watch Flatlinerssoon in Philippine cinemas.

In the film, five medical students embark on a daring and dangerous experiment to gain insight into the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life. The bold adventure begins when they trigger near-death experiences by stopping their hearts for short periods of time. As their trials become more perilous, each must confront the sins from their past while facing the paranormal consequences of journeying to the other side.

Flatliners is directed by Niels Arden Oplev, from a screenplay by Ben Ripley, story by Peter Filardi.

Flatliners is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. (PR)




REVIEW | The Lost City of Z (2017)

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“The Lost City of Z” (Z as in “Zed”) tells the true story of British soldier Lt. Col. Percy Fawcett and his relentless search in the Amazon jungle for a lost ancient civilization he called “Zed.”...[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]

REVIEW | Area (2016)

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AI-AI DELAS Alas strips off her comedienne persona—and her clothes—and plays a prostitute in the gritty and harrowing drama “Area.” [READ FULL REVIEW HERE]

REVIEW | The Mummy (2017)

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HAVE you experienced seeing lots of action and stunts going on in the big screen, coupled with CGI effects, but nothing seems to connect to your emotions? Then prepare for the same “non-experience” in “The Mummy,” the 2017 reboot of the 1932 Boris Karloff classic.. [READ FULL REVIEW HERE]

REVIEW | Shut In (2016)

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In this French-Canadian production, Watts plays Dr. Mary Portman, a clinical psychologist living alone with her teenage stepson, Steven (Charlie Heaton of “Stranger Things”), who is in a vegetative state....[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]



GRU DISCOVERS FAMILY HE NEVER KNEW IN “DESPICABLE ME 3”

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Illumination and Universal Pictures’ blockbuster Despicable Me introduced global audiences to super-villain Gru and his mischievous Minions. After becoming a father to orphans Margo, Edith and Agnes, initially as part of an evil scheme to steal the moon, Gru ultimately gave up his life of crime and turned from Super Bad to Super Dad.

In Despicable Me 2, Gru was recruited by the Anti-Villain League (AVL) to put his skills as a former villain to use and brought the worst of the worst to justice. Never thinking romance was in the cards, Gru wound up falling hard for his super-spy partner, Lucy. To the delight of his daughters—who had always wanted a mom—he ultimately asked Lucy to marry him.

In Minions (which was released in 2015 but is a prequel to the Despicable Me franchise), we learned the origins of the lovable, yellow creatures and saw how Kevin, Stuart and Bob’s comedically misguided quest for an evil leader ultimately led them to team up with a young Gru. The mischievous trio will …

TOM CRUISE LEADS THE CINEMATIC RE-INVENTION OF “THE MUMMY”

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Global superstar Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy (in Philippine cinemas on June 7, 2017).

Cruise plays Nick Morton, a soldier of fortune who plunders conflict sites for timeless artifacts…ones he sells to the highest bidder. When Nick and his No. 2 are attacked by insurgents in the Middle East, in the ensuing battle, they accidentally unearth a tomb of an Egyptian pharaoh they come to know as Ahmanet. Nick is not simply the one responsible for setting Ahmanet free, he’s fulfilling an ordained destiny he couldn’t have possibly imagined. Now, he is the only one who can stop her ascension to a global ruler who will enslave humanity.

The Mummy is the first chapter in Universal Pictures’ new series of films called Dark Universe which will revive the studio’s classic monster characters for a new generation.

Cruise offers that he grew up watching monster movies, …

KIDDIE AND FAMILY-FRIENDLY MOVIE “ARCHIE”

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The upcoming kiddie and teen-friendly movie “Archie” gives us a glimpse on the future of man’s best friend as it introduces an artificial robotronic canine hyper-intelligence experiment (Archie). Set in the present day, “Archie” is a story of two misfits who became best friends.

“Archie” (voiced by Michael J. Fox) was born in the lab of a genius leading roboticist named Brooke Benton (Katharine Isabelle) who decided to keep Archie after her lab had been closed down by the military. At the same time, fifteen year-old Isabel Sullivan (Sarah Desjardins) has just moved to town to live with her uncle Paul, the town’s mayor and owner of the town’s best burger-joint. Feeling very alone and friendless, Isabel struggles to find friends. Determined to keep her work’s identity and capabilities a secret, as destiny would have it, Archie soon finds itself under the care of Isabel. But as things start to get tricky for the two, Uncle Paul is up for re-election and finds himself…

REVIEW | Baywatch (2017)

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YOU KNOW how some comedies resort to extremes, desperate to be funny? One example is “Baywatch,” going so far as to show a lot of male genitalia for...[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]





REVIEW | Wonder Woman (2017)

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Set during World War I, stunning beauty Gal Gadot is Diana, Princess of the Amazons, a.k.a. Wonder Woman, and we are taken back in time to reveal her origins....[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]

“BABY DRIVER” LAUNCHES ITS `TEKILLYAH' TRAILER

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The latest trailer for Columbia Pictures’ Baby Driver, the much anticipated action comedy from acclaimed director Edgar Wright, has just been launched and may be viewed HERE..

Dubbed as `TeKillYah' – which references the infectious song – the trailer exploits the rave, critical acclaim that Baby Driver has garnered since its premiere in festivals several months back.

The film stars Ansel Elgort as Baby, a getaway driver who suffers from a hearing impairment that requires him to listen to music in order to drown out the humming noise.

In the film, a talented, young getaway driver (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.

Written and directed by Edgar Wright, Baby Driver…

“MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS” TRAILER & POSTER DEBUT

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Following the all-star cast photo reveal of the highly-anticipated latest remake of the classic book by Agatha Christie “Murder on the Orient Express”, 20th Century Fox further exposes the whodunit exploits of the uber-intelligent detective Hercule Poirot on its poster and TRAILER DEBUT.

Directed by Kenneth Branagh who also stars as Poirot, “Murder on the Orient Express” features a powerhouse cast that includes Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penélope Cruz, Josh Gad, Daisy Ridley and Olivia Colman who all play a crucial part in solving the elusive answers to a murder committed who are all considered as suspects while on board the Orient Express.

Branagh, in recent interviews said he made a conscious decision not to watch director Lumet’s (1974) version, and that he had advised the cast also to avoid watching it. “Our goal is to try and find a new approach. That’s why classic stories are worth retelling,” he said, adding that “there are some surprises.”

“Murder on the Orient E…