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Rio 2 (Film Review)

'Rio 2' is one of the great examples of how an animated sequel should be, which is rarely made. Retaining the vibrant look of the visuals and musical numbers, while adding effective humor and new characters in between. Okay, I was a bit skeptical of how this movie'll turn out. Sequels from animated movies these days often come pretty bad and lame, but Blue Sky Studios sure learned their lessons with their recent Ice Age movies.The film slightly got to the lame-sequel direction with its final half, but all-in: this is pack of joy and delight. Kids will definitely enjoy this, big time.

These 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' Posters Just Went Full Bond!

20th Century Fox just unveiled four new character posters in anticipation for 2015's 'Kingsman: The Secret Service', and it presents something familiar. The posters played a spoof on the iconic poster for James Bond's "For Your Eyes Only" showing a women spreading her legs with the hero in between. They are funny considering the trailers really promises a very classy and entertaining film especially with Colin Firth being plain awesome and the always fascinating Matthew Vaughn at helm. 

The plot centers on “a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.", and also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Jack Davenport, and Mark Hamill.

[UPDATE: A new trailer for the film has been released by Empire, watch here]

'Kingsman: The Secret Service' opens February 2015 from 20th Century Fox!

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'The Hobbit' Legacy Trailer -- Relieve Your Favorite Moments in the Middle-Earth Saga!

Wanna feel old? The final installment to the Middle-Earth saga  is coming in a two weeks time. The Peter Jackson-helmed franchise that started with 'The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring' in 2001 will culminate it's "defining chapter" on 'The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies' this December 12. In celebration, and since it's "Throwback Thursday" go down in memory lane with this 'Legacy' trailer that ties in both 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' trilogies in one epic, nostalgia-filled video.
Though i'm still 50/50 on 'The Battle Of The Five Armies', the trailer (and the marketing) really promises a fulfilling pay-off to this billion-dollar worth mega franchise. And 'cmon this is our last venture to Middle-earth, cheer up a bit! :)

'The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies' opens December 12 in 3D, HFR 3D and IMAX 3D distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

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Christian Bale: Leading God's People Out Of Slavery In 'Exodus: Gods And Kings'

One man’s destiny to rule an empire is about to be challenged by a man destined to defy it in Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” starring Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Ramses. The film’s intrigue, scale, scope, adventurer and vivid characters provide a unique theatrical event.  The Exodus from Egypt is the original and definitive heroic saga.  It's also a powerful and personal story rich with emotion, rivalry and betrayal and an undying quest for freedom. Notes Scott: “Moses’ life is one of the greatest adventures and spiritual quests of all time.”  From its opening battle where 15,000 Egyptian soldiers attack a Hittite encampment, to the towering structures, a terrifying series of plagues, and the parting of the Red Sea, Scott brings his signature vision to one of our most cherished and important stories.

Christian Bale stars as Moses, alongside Joel Edgerton as Ramses, John Turturro as Seti, Ben Kingsley as Nun, and Aaron Paul as Joshua.  The cast of “EXODUS: Gods and Kings” is comprised of numerous award winners, and hails from a wide range of countries.  As Ridley Scott explains, “Egypt was – as it is now – a confluence of cultures, as a result of being a crossroads between Africa, the Middle East and Europe.  We cast actors from different ethnicities to reflect this diversity of culture – from Iranians to Spaniards to Arabs.  There are many different theories about the ethnicity of the Egyptian people, and we had many discussions about how to best represent the culture. In bringing to life a story that has roots in many religions and is important to people across the world, we also looked to cast actors who could, through their vivid performances, do justice to a universal story.”

Christian Bale is an actor with whom Scott has long sought to collaborate. “Christian has a very powerful physical presence on screen,” he notes.  Before shooting “Exodus: gods and Kings,”, Bale had starred in the Scott Free production Out of the Furnace, playing a steel worker.  To Scott, that role, in a way, presaged the actor’s turn as the Hebrew prophet and liberator.  “Moses is much more like a steel worker than a Pharaoh – he’s a modest man with common sense.”

Scott describes Bale’s performance as “an inside job. He gets right into the character and you are staring at a passionate leader. I enjoyed working with Christian as much as I have with anyone; he surprised me every day. I expected a lot, and I got more.”
There was certainly much to explore with the character.  “Moses is an iconic figure who at the same time has to be played as a real person,” says Scott.  “He’s the film’s heroic center and its emotional core.”  Bale took on the role for several reasons.  He explains: “I feel the Exodus story is not only one of the cornerstones of many of the world’s sacred texts, but it is one of the most profound narratives in human history.  I found that Moses was a complex and reluctant hero. Through his faith he transformed into a freedom fighter who would stop at nothing to further God's will.  That said, he was also a man of contradictions:  He was faithful but also argumentative; hesitant but also assertive; a warrior but also a liberator; and he was tempestuous but stoic.”

`In short, adds the actor, “Moses is one of the most fascinating characters I’ve ever studied.”   To that end, Bale read the holy texts, including the Torah and parts of the Koran, as well as the acclaimed book Moses: A Life by Jonathan Kirsch.  He also watched two films whose approach to history and religion is very different from “Exodus: Gods and Kings.”  “To get a humorous perspective before tackling this epic film I watched the comedies History of the World, Part I [directed by Mel Brooks] and the Monty Python classic The Life of Brian.”

When Ramses rejects Moses’ pleas to let the prophet’s people go, Egypt is hit by a series of plagues and pestilences. Ramses’ advisors offer science-based explanations for the phenomena –spectacles that are both thrilling and horrifying.

Laws of nature, taken to their extreme – and perhaps with divine intervention – can explain these plagues, but the final scourge transcends nature: The firstborn sons of Egypt are killed overnight, including the Pharaoh's own child. When Ramses realizes that no Hebrew slave children have died, he orders them to leave Egypt – but shortly thereafter leads his army to pursue and kill the fleeing Hebrews.
Moses and his ill-equipped band of 400,000 followers, loaded down with whatever meager household goods they could carry, struggle to cross the foreboding mountains, heading for the Red Sea and to a crossing area that Moses had used before.  Arriving at the Red Sea, with the Egyptian army close behind, Moses realizes he has taken the wrong route and missed the shallow waters.  Faced with the massive body of water on one side, and the thousands of Egyptian troops on the other, Moses despairs.   As Ramses prepares for his final assault, Moses realizes that the tide is receding at a rapid pace. He rallies his people and they begin to stumble through the shallows.  When the Hebrews complete the crossing, Ramses’ pursuing troops are engulfed by a massive wave.

For Christian Bale, portraying Moses was an unforgettable experience.  “He’s such an intoxicating character to play, that in many ways I felt like, ‘Wow, can’t we keep going?’  There is so much more to tell about him, and he’s even more fascinating than anything I had realized.”

Christian Bale  was born in Wales and grew up in England and the U.S.  He made his film debut in Steven Spielberg’s World War II epic “Empire of the Sun.”   Bale’s work to date includes “Henry V,” “The Portrait of a Lady,” “The Secret Agent,” “Metroland,” “Velvet Goldmine,” “All the Little Animals,” “American Psycho,” “Laurel Canyon,” “The Machinist,” “Batman Begins,” “The New World,” “The Prestige,” “Harsh Times,” “Rescue Dawn,” “3:10 to Yuma,” “I’m Not There,” “The Dark Knight,” “Public Enemies,” “The Fighter,” “Flowers of War” and “The Dark Knight Rises.”   More recently, Bale starred in “Out of the Furnace,” “American Hustle” and “Knight of Cups.”

Available in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D, “Exodus: Gods and Kings” opens December 5 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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Nightcrawler (Film Review)

The way media is presented nowadays has been pretty harsh, and honest. It must've been a new trend. Gone Girl depicts it as scripted, unreliable that viewers would still believe what they saw, regardless if it's true or not. In 'Nightcrawler', Dan Gilroy's phenomenal directorial debut, looks on the dirty underground of broadcasting-- with television producers' desperation to the American dream. 
Louis Bloom is a guy who's a thief and hustler. He wants to do something else only thing no one wants to give him a chance. One day he witnesses an accident and while the CHP helps the driver, some men show up and record the whole thing. He learns that they intend to sell the footage to a TV news program. So Bloom decides to get into it. He starts small. 
Eventually the station where he sells his footage to, is impressed with him. Later he comes across a murder and gets there before the police do and records the dead bodies. But he also manages to get the killers on tape but doesn't give it. Instead he intends to wait till he can call the police and record them being arrested. But it doesn't exactly work out that way.
I love 'Nightcrawler', it's always a delight to see something fresh, and unique outside blockbusters or sequels because what they've done here is unlike anything we've seen before. And it's always a treat to watch a character that will be talked about for years to come.
Suspense is the main key to this film's success, it builds and builds to the point where the last twenty minutes are completely unpredictable. The car chase sequence in the anti-climactic final act will have you nail-biting, and palm sweating all throughout. Dan Gilroy did an excellent job in making the suspense in this thing, giving the energy and pulse-rating beat the film deserved.

Lou Bloom's colleagues in the film, Nina (Rene Russo, in a phenemonal performance), a struggling television producer and Rick (the hilarious Riz Ahmed), the desperate intern, tried to gain leverage because they want what Bloom can give them -- money and success. The risks he takes and the lines he crosses are mainly upright ones at first, but he quickly realizes the quickest way to make a name for himself is to get the best angle/ shot. The kind that requires taking bigger risks, that leads to sacrificing lives.
The career-defining performance of Jake Gyllenhaal will be one of the most memorable for the year through Lou Bloom. Gyllenhaal provides the truest portrayal of a sociopath to the character-- the moment you see him 'til the Norman Bates-esque stare to the viewer at the movie's ending. And what's fascinating is that the actor went on a serious weight loss diet by starving himself, now that's real dedication. All I can say is Lou Bloom will be up there with on-screen icons like Travis Bickle and Patrick Bateman. 

The geek rates it 9/10!
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Penguins of Madagascar (Film Review)

The penguins are back! (literally) And after three Madagascar movies, they got themselves a stand-alone movie showcasing their espionage-minded antics and well.. eating a lot of Cheezy Dibbles. This troop of secret spies, consists of Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico, are definitely the scene-stealers in the Madagascar franchise but does it work in a 2-hour movie, or best served as small doses?
Super spy teams aren't born...they're hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but know). Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, from destroying the world as we know it.                                                              
'Penguins of Madagascar' definitely has it's laugh-out loud moments, specifically in the film's opening -- Wherein the Penguins' origin story is told, only to find out being filmed by a crew for a Penguin documentary (with matching Werner Herzog voice-over). It's this kind of humor that the film should've touched more, the film decided to be meta with it's main characters: cute.... and stupid.
This movie is obviously targeted for a specific type of audience, kids will definitely love the penguin shenanigans, and the adults can have their celebrity name-puns ("Nicholas, cage them!") inserted in the movie.

I had quite my fair share of laughter and tiredness watching through this film. The movie became too much fun in it's first and second act, but it deflates towards it's finale. Like a balloon, it slowly sucks in the enjoyment the viewers had earlier and replace with a ridiculous pay-off as if the writers ran out of ideas.
The voice talents behind this film looks amazing. Benedict Cumberbatch is the most noticeable star in the bunch as he provides his deep, inviting voice to the screen. His take on the Siberian Husky aptly named "Classified" is nothing fancy, but it's delightful to see him do something different. John Malkovich is also a surprising addition to the cast, though his character (Dr. Octavius Brine) is just annoying.

While I really enjoyed the first two Madagascar movies (I kept forgetting the third one was released.), in the end Penguins of Madagascar felt flat. And it lost it's charm by being ridiculous. But I wouldn't mind spending another adventure with these guys anyways.

The geek rates it 6/10. 

Penguins of Madagascar” is now showing in cinemas from 20th Century Fox nationwide to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer to arrive Online this Friday!

Great news, international nerds! It looks like the American viewers are not getting the trailer for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' themselves in cinemas this Black Friday, November 28th. It has now been revealed that an online release is also a GO the same day for all to see.

Sit back and go back here this Friday for the trailer, or if you're super lucky and desperate to see it on the big screen, here are the theater listing (oh and by the way, it plays before every movie in the below mentioned cinema chains):

Phoenix, AZ Harkins Tempe Marketplace
Los Angeles, CA AMC Century City
Los Angeles, CA El Capitan
San Francisco, CA AMC Meteron 16
San Jose, CA Cinemark Oakridge 20
Irvine, CA Edwards Irvine Spectrum 22 & IMAX
San Diego, CA Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
Toronto, Canada CPX Younge & Dundas
Vancouver, Canada CPX Riverport
Denver, CO AMC Tysons Corner 16
Miami, FL Carmike Parisian 20
Atlanta, GA Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
Chicago, IL Regal City North Stadium 14 IMAX & RPX
Boston, MA AMC Boston Commons 19
Detroit, MI Cinemark Showcase 20
Minneapolis, MN AMC Southdale
Kansas City, MO AMC Studi 30
New York, NY AMC Lincoln Square 12
New York, NY Regal Union Square Stadium 14
Cleveland, OH Cinemark Cinemark 24
Warrington, PA Regal Warrington Crossing Stadium 22 & IMAX
Knoxville, TN Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
Nashville, TN Carmike Thoroughbred 20 
Dallas, TX Cinemark Plano 20
Austin, TX Alamo South Lamar
Houston, TX Edwards Houston Marq’E Stadium 23 IMAX & RPX
Salt lake City, UT Cinemark Cinemark 24 WJ
Seattle, WA Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14 & IMAX
Milwaukee, WI Marcus Brookfield 16

If this still not get you excited for the 2015 film, here's a tweet from C-3PO himself Anthony Daniels:

Starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Kenny Baker, Domnhall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, the J.J. Abrams-directed film will blast in theaters on December 18, 2015.

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'X-Men: Apocalypse' Found It's Actor To Play The Big Baddie

A great casting news has circulated the Internet this morning as Oscar Isaac has been tapped to play Apocalypse villain in the upcoming 'X-Men: Apocalypse'. 

At least we got a confirmation of who's gonna play the big baddie, with terrific names like Tom Hardy to Idris Elba on the list.
This is a phenomenal year for Isaac since early Awards buzz has sprung for his performance in 'A Most Violent Year' (opposite Jessica Chastain), and being one of the key cast members in next year's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'.

The film, which is set for a release in May 2016, is said to be the most destructive of all 'X-Men' films.

“‘Apocalypse’ will have more of the mass destruction that ‘X-Men’ films, to date, have not relied upon,” he recently said. “There’s definitely now a character and a story that allow room for that kind of spectacle.”

Director Bryan Singer is returning to helm the franchise he helped built, stars Hugh Jackman James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence reprises their roles.

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Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Blasts Past $400-M Worldwide

BURBANK, CA, November 23, 2014 – “Interstellar,” the critically acclaimed new film from Christopher Nolan, continues to soar worldwide, surpassing the $400 million mark in its third weekend in release. 

The announcement was made today by Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Megan Colligan, Paramount Pictures’ President of Worldwide Distribution Marketing. To date, the film has earned $328.9 million internationally and $120.7 million domestically for a global total approaching $450 million and counting.

The film, which had dominated the global box office in its first two weekends in release, had a phenomenal opening in China, where it has taken in an outstanding Rmb 505m ($82.5m) in the first 12 days in release and is already the second highest grossing film for the studio. The film is now the biggest Warner Bros. release ever in Korea and, in Russia, is already the highest-grossing Christopher Nolan film ever. It has shown incredible resilience, dropping only 21% in its second weekend and, over the third weekend, had an outstanding hold of -37% in a highly competitive marketplace.
Moviegoers wanting to take the journey on the largest possible canvas flocked to see “Interstellar” in IMAX theaters, generating a global total of $13.5 million in its third weekend. To date, the film has earned $33.3 million domestically and $38.7 million internationally for a worldwide total of $72 million on IMAX screens.
Said Colligan, “It is so thrilling to know that audiences of all ages—and the world over—have been captivated by Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar.’ We are excited to see that the tremendous reaction to the film is being shared among moviegoers everywhere.”

Kwan Vandenberg stated, “Christopher Nolan and his remarkable cast and filmmaking team have delivered another compelling cinematic ride that demands to be experienced on the big screen. The response of both critics and audiences alike is a testament to the film’s originality, spectacular visuals and emotional heft, and we expect enthusiastic word of mouth to continue to propel box office returns as we head into the busy holiday season.”

Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight” films, “Inception”) directed an international cast in “Interstellar,” led by Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, Oscar winner Anne Hathaway, Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn, Oscar nominee John Lithgow and Oscar winner Michael Caine. The main cast also includes Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, Bill Irwin, Mackenzie Foy, Topher Grace and David Gyasi.

“Interstellar” was written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan. Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Lynda Obst produced the film, with Jordan Goldberg, Jake Myers, Kip Thorne and Thomas Tull serving as executive producers.

Still showing across the Philippines in theaters and IMAX, “Interstellar” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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