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REVIEW | Atomic Blonde (2017)

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Set in the Cold War era, a few days before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, top-level MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) walks purposefully in the capital city of Germany, her fire-engine red stilettos clicking against the concrete. And in the bleak Cold-War colors of the film, Lorraine’s frosty hair pops out, the atomic blonde that she is, silently ticking, about to go off any time....[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]



REVIEW | Finally Found Someone (2017)

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In “Finally Found Someone,” Geronimo plays Aprilyn, a humiliated bride left at the altar. Her very public panic and despair are recorded by folks, and soon videos of her pathetic display of heartbreak all over the city go instantly viral on social media. She becomes the trending #ChosBride...[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]

BIGGEST INDIE FILM FESTIVAL THE 13THCINEMALAYA @ AYALA MALLS CINEMAS

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Ayala Malls Cinemas brings the biggest independent film festival in the country closer to the audience as the 13th Cinemalaya Film Festival opens on August 5 -13 at Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 1, TriNoma, Fairview Terraces, U.P. Town Center, and now reaching Pampanga audiences at MarqueeMall.

This year’s highly-anticipated Cinemalaya features an exciting lineup of nine full length feature films and twelve short films featuring talented and iconic actors in their most challenging roles yet such as Sharon Cuneta, Alfred Vargas, Jake Cuenca, Boots Anson-Roa, Yayo Aguila, Bembol Rocco, Gina Alajar, Angel Aquino, Niño Muhlach, Lou Veloso, Mon Confiado, and Ricky Davao along with up and coming talents to watch out for.

Ayala Malls Cinemas, in partnership with the Cinemalaya Foundation,has been home for the last seven years to the cinematic, and highly creative works of new and veteran Filipino filmmakers. Wholly attuned to this year’s Cinemalaya the…

REVIEW | Dunkirk (2017)

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CHRISTOPHER Nolan’s “Dunkirk” is a fictional film based on true historical events and is being lauded by most critics as one of the best war movies ever made. But is it, really? This critic thinks otherwise; I think it’s one of the most overrated war movies ever made.[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]

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…

REVIEW | Kita Kita (2017)

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SIGFRID Andrea Bernardo takes the phrase “love is blind” literally in her quirky OFW rom-com “Kita Kita,” when she makes a beautiful blind girl fall in love with a not-so-handsome guy...[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]


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 …

REVIEW | The Hollars (2016)

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ACTOR John Krasinski (“The Office”) goes behind the camera and weaves an unforgettable tragicomedy about a dysfunctional family who comes together for a sudden crisis. “The Hollars” is a light indie film, often hilarious and laced with pain...[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]

REVIEW | War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

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In “War,” Caesar and his band of apes are being hunted down by The Colonel (Woody Harrelson) and his rebel team whose agenda is to wipe out these genetically engineered apes out of existence. Caesar, more human than ever, suffers a magnificent tragedy from the hands of The Colonel, which propels him into...[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]

REVIEW | Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

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IN the first Avengers movie (2012), the Battle of New York’s aftermath left alien Chitauri technology scattered around, and Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) and his salvage company are tasked to clean up the mess. However, Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) takes over the operation, leaving Toomes out of business. Bitter and vengeful, Toomes...[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]

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…

REVIEW | Nebraska (2013)

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ALEXANDER Payne (“Sideways,” “The Descendants,”) has a knack for infusing humor with pain and melancholy. His 2013 “Nebraska,” which bagged six Oscar nominations in 2014, including Best Picture, displays the same poignancy with his previous films. It drips with low-key comedy yet punches you with heart-breaking moments. The amount of tears I shed in this movie is far greater than any other movie I’ve seen in the last decade...[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]

REVIEW | Pamilya Ordinaryo (2016)

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Eduardo Roy, Jr. of “Quick Change” fame now brings us to the streets of Manila to tell the story of two homeless teens, Jane (Hasmine Killip) and Aries (Ronwaldo Martin), who are new parents to their son Arjan. When Baby Arjan (who looks way too clean for a baby urchin) is kidnapped, we follow the couple in their long search...[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]

REVIEW | In This Corner of the World (2017)

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JAPANESE animated period drama “In This Corner of the World” centers on a young wife during the Second World War, giving us the perspective of a civilian trying to survive in one of the worst times in history...[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]


REVIEW Everything, Everything (2017)

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THERE’S an entire sub-genre for it: adolescent love story of a sick girl. “A Walk to Remember,” “A Fault in Our Stars,” and the lot. “Everything, Everything” is the latest to hit the big screen, intent on making tweens swoon and fall in love, and maybe weep...[READ FULL REVIEW HERE]