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tom hanks a hologram for the king

Award-winning actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks stars in “A Hologram for the King” set in recession-ravaged 2010 as an American businessman named Alan Clay adapted from the book of the same title by acclaimed author Dave Eggers.

Hanks’ role in the movie is a broke, depressed and freshly divorced man who arrives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to close what he hopes will be the deal of a lifetime. His mission: sell a state-ofthe-art holographic teleconferencing system to the Saudi government.  Adrift and alone in an unfamiliar land, Alan befriends taxi driver Yousef (Alexander Black), who chauffeurs him through the desert to the “King’s Metropolis of Economy and Trade,” a surreal ghost town of vacant skyscrapers and half-completed construction projects. Baffled by the bureaucratic reception he gets at the so-called “Welcome Center,” Alan struggles to figure out why his small IT support team is being forced to spend its days in a sweltering tent as it preps for the big presentation. Worse, because of the Saudi way of doing business, he’s unclear if the king will ever show up for the long-scheduled meeting.

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Clay arrives in Saudi Arabia without any prior knowledge of the place, other than his own cartoonish, stereotypical concept, according to Hanks.  “Though he’s not a happy guy, when Alan tries to sell the upbeat nature of the 3-D hologram and rally his team, he becomes this other guy, the former Alan Clay, a man with energy and vibrancy. That’s where the comedy comes from.” 

In addition to emphasizing the book’s humor, Tykwer bolstered the romantic elements as he translated Eggers’ story from page to screen. “The longer I worked on the script, the more profound the love story became because it connects to this whole third-act decision where the movie becomes a more optimistic tale,” Tykwer says.  Alan is coaxed out of his funk by Zahra Hakem, an alluring, talented surgeon portrayed by London-born Sarita Choudhury. In her role as CIA Division Chief Saul Berenson’s long-suffering wife Mira on the Emmy-winning series “Homeland,” the half-Indian, half-English actress developed an avid following that included Hanks himself. “I remember seeing Sarita for the first time on ‘Homeland’ and thinking, ‘Alright, I don’t know who she is, but that  woman is riveting. I don’t know where she comes from but I can’t take my eyes off her.”

In Hollywood’s finest black-comedy tradition, “A Hologram for the King delivers laughs spiked with bittersweet undertones. “We’ve made a crisis comedy that points the finger at the fact that our economic structure is falling apart and the apocalypse seems to be looming just around the corner,” Tykwer says. “We use comedy as a tool to embrace tragedy like a balloon you stick with a needle so it explodes and the energy that comes out is cheerful. Despite all of
Alan’s problems, I hope this movie cheers people up.”

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For Hanks, who’s earned iconic status and five Academy Award® nominations by playing regular, good-hearted Americans who triumph overhard luck circumstances, A Hologram for the King is the story of a man who stumbles upon an emotional and spiritual oasis after wandering in the desert. “Why make a movie about a guy where nothing ever works out for him? That might work fantastically as a piece of literature but as far as the cinema goes, the story requires this other thing — for want of a better word, let’s just call it hope.”      

"A Hologram for the King” opens June 1 in cinemas from OctoArts Films International.











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Tom Hanks in the face of recession in 'A Hologram For The King'

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Mother & Daughter Haunted by Evil Spirits in "The Conjuring 2"

Every parent’s greatest fear is seeing their child in pain. But what if that child’s source of pain is indescribable, unreachable, and may not even be real? In Warner Bros. Pictures' new horror thriller “The Conjuring 2,” it becomes clear for Peggy Hodgson, that something supremely evil has permeated her London home and infiltrated her own daughter, Janet. It’s equally clear that there seems to be absolutely nothing she can do to protect her family.

British actress Frances O’Connor, who portrays the overwhelmed Peggy, says, “She’s a single mum with four kids living in a council house, so at the start of the film, life’s already pretty tough. She’s got no money and her husband’s not paying any support, so there’s a lot of strain within the house. Pretty quickly some small, paranormal things happen and Peggy is so stressed she doesn’t even see that it’s there.”

Until slowly, things begin to escalate. “One night, she is finally confronted by it when the girls’ wardrobe just slams across the room and hits a door. And from there it just gets much worse.”
O’Connor was aware of the incidents at the real Hodgson home at the time they occurred. “I’d read the stories and seen those pictures of the girls levitating, that kind of thing, and found it quite terrifying. There was a lot of documentation. So when the script came to me, I was interested in telling that story.”


Mother & Daughter Haunted by Evil Spirits in "The Conjuring 2"

In casting the part of the haunted daughter, director James Wan admits, “I think the hardest role to cast was Janet Hodgson, to find a young actress who could really capture the vulnerability of what this 11-year-old girl went through, and I’ve got to say, we are so fortunate to have found Madison Wolfe.”

With so much of the film’s believability riding on her portrayal of a possessed young girl, he adds, “She was able to play Janet’s innocence and naiveté at the beginning, but then slowly change her as she becomes more affected—and infected—by this entity that’s living in her house.”

Wolfe says modestly of her character, “I think she’s very smart and a sweet girl, but when these things start happening to her, it affects her a lot, like it would anybody.”


Mother & Daughter Haunted by Evil Spirits in "The Conjuring 2"

Vera Farmiga easily sings her young costar’s praises. “Maddy Wolfe is very impressive, very savvy, for such a young age. She has so much stamina, and she went inward and downward into these cavernous depths of negativity, yet she’s really a lighthearted and joyful child. It was quite surprising to watch because she’d go deep in a take and then just snap out of it and talk clinically about it to James, and then go right back into it. It’s just a very finely tuned instrument that she has and in my opinion her performance is nothing short of astounding.”


Mother & Daughter Haunted by Evil Spirits in "The Conjuring 2"

Patrick Wilson had worked with Wolfe previously, though her performance—including her English accent—were so good he didn’t realize it was the same actress at the script read-through. “I kept thinking she might be a girl in my son’s school, that she was the British counterpart of this other child I’ve seen,” he recalls. “But then, at the end of the reading, she told me she’d played my daughter in another film, and out comes this Louisiana accent! Granted, we didn’t have a lot of scenes together in the earlier film and it was a few years before, but her accent for this film was so good I had no idea she wasn’t English.”

Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, June 09, “The Conjuring 2” is a New Line Cinema presentation and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. 











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money monster movie review

'Money Monster', the latest directorial effort from Jodie Foster, assembles George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O' Connell on a high-stakes newsroom thriller that attacks the fraudulent system of financial corporations as well as try to make fun out of it.

The film starts on a lively vibe, with George Clooney doing dance routines during his reports as a finance host on TV. It retain its energy when O' Connell's character was introduced, adding suspense to the whole thing, but the film loses its grip when it goes outside the newsroom set. 

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This is an excellent contained thriller during its first half, especially with the terrific performances from the three leads. O' Connell triumphs over the likes of Clooney and Roberts, who were also unsurprisingly great here. Having these three people together was one of the best bits in this movie, but the screenplay wants to expand this story, and the film suddenly loses its cohesiveness. 

There were a couple of scenes intended for humor that pulls the audience out of the supposed contained drama/ thriller it wants to be. 'Money Monster' was at its best for a while, and while the fantastic ending tries to reclaim it, it's already too late.


The geek rates it 7/10!

'Money Monster' opens this May 25 from Columbia Pictures Philippines! Rated R-13 by the MTRCB.


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dunkirk production begins 2017 world war 2 movie

BURBANK, CA – Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that principal photography on the epic action thriller “Dunkirk” is underway in Dunkirk, France. Christopher Nolan (“Interstellar,” “Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy) is directing “Dunkirk” from his own original screenplay, utilizing a mixture of IMAX® and 65mm film to bring the story to the screen. The production will shoot in France, Holland, the UK and Los Angeles.

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Dunkirk” opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.

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Dunkirk” features a prestigious cast, including Tom Hardy (“The Revenant,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Inception”), Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Wolf Hall”), Kenneth Branagh (“My Week with Marilyn,” “Hamlet,” “Henry V”) and Cillian Murphy (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), as well as newcomer Fionn Whitehead. The ensemble cast also includes Aneurin Barnard, Harry Styles, James D’Arcy, Jack Lowden, Barry Keoghan and Tom Glynn-Carney.

The film is being produced by Nolan and Emma Thomas (“Interstellar,” “Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy). Jake Myers (“The Revenant,” “Interstellar,” “Jack Reacher”) is serving as executive producer.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema (“Interstellar,” “Spectre,” “The Fighter”), production designer Nathan Crowley (“Interstellar,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), editor Lee Smith (“The Dark Knight” Trilogy, “Elysium”), costume designer Jeffrey Kurland (“Inception,” “Bullets Over Broadway”), and visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson (“Mad Max: Fury Road”).

Warner Bros. Pictures is distributing “Dunkirk” worldwide and has slated the film for a July 21, 2017 release.











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david green jon valera teenage mutant ninja turtles 2

Action is the operative word when it comes to the four brother Turtles, but the filmmakers of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” are careful to intersperse every skirmish with humor.

"Fun energy," as director Dave Green likes to call it. "It's important that the audience feels that the Turtles are always in danger," he says. "But at the most serious or scary moments, we often have a joke to punctuate that moment just to give you relief from the tension. Jojo is brilliant at that."
            
Green is referring to Filipino-American stunt coordinator Jonathan Eusebio, known on set as Jojo, who designed the fight scenes for the 2014 film. This time around, he brought fellow Fil-Am veteran multi-martial artist Jon Valera to help in training and articulating much of the action in the film.

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Eusebio and his team begin by planning and working out the action in a warehouse, videotaping the sequences using stuntmen in place of actors, to give filmmakers and idea of what they have in mind. Once they receive notes, Eusebio and Valera refine their routine and begin working with talent to prepare them for filming.
            
"The biggest challenge on sequels is always to try and out do the original, whether in magnitude of the action or the complexity of the story," says Eusebio. "We tried things we didn’t get to do on the original, but at the same time preserved the fun and humor of the Turtles' camaraderie. We listened to feedback from the previous movie and fans can expect something even bigger and better this time around."
            
Given that Eusebio had trained the actors who played the Turtles for the first movie, Noel Fisher (Michaelangelo), Pete Ploszek (Leonardo), Jeremy Howard (Donatello) and Alan Ritchson (Raphael) had a foundation from which to begin learning new moves for the sequel.
            
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"Even though the guys appear more often in this film, they actually trained less than they did on the previous movie," says Eusebio. "On the first movie there was a learning curve when to use the actor’s movements and when to use their stunt double’s movements. We figured out how to be more efficient and save time in terms of scheduling. Stunts and visual effects handle the bulk of the action movements for the Turtles."
            
Eusebio’s team had also developed a shorthand with Megan Fox from their work on the previous film. "Megan isn’t afraid to get into the thick of things and she's always willing to do as much as she can," he says.
            
To the film's benefit, Eusebio and Valera were able to spend a significant amount of rehearsal time with actor Stephen Amell. They credit his experience on his television series “Arrow” for his ability to learn the moves quickly.
            
"It was always a cognizant decision to make Stephen's version of Casey Jones handle the action differently than his Oliver Queen/Green Arrow character on Arrow," says Eusebio.  "Unlike the Green Arrow, Casey is not a proficient martial artist, his movements are bigger and not as refined. He wins fights and gets out of situations incidentally rather than by using a methodical and well-planned design."
            
When it came to a big stunt piece in which Casey must skate through a treacherous escape route while taunting his pursuers, Amell was determined to perform the action himself.

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"One day Stephen looked at me and said, 'You know I can skate?'" recalls producer Andrew Form. "I knew he played ice hockey and I cautioned him that he would be skating through cars, chased by moving vehicles. He said, 'Get me some roller blades,' so we did. I have to say, the guy can skate. Stephen didn't want anyone doing his stuff, so pretty much every stunt, every time you see Casey, from his foot on the gas pedal, his hands on the steering wheel to fighting or zigzagging through a crowded garage, it's Stephen."
            
Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to Philippine cinemas on June 1st  in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell).
            
After supervillain Shredder (Brian Tee) escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly), to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.
            
Earth to Echo” filmmaker Dave Green directs from a script by Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec.  The producers  are Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Galen Walker and Scott Mednick.
            
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.






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x-men apocalypse movie review philippines

The 'X-Men' franchise has made a mark on orchestrating a slew of characters on a right note from its past films. Days of Future Past completely validates this as it introduces the same characters, but from different timelines. It's miraculous how the filmmakers balances off old and new faces together without jarring the audience. 'X-Men: Apocalypse' has the task to follow that film as well as to continue the mark the saga has been known for. But the result is reverse, this franchise's biggest strengths turned out to be its biggest flaw.

The film brings back the First Class ensemble, which is led by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender's Professor X and Magneto as well as introduces familiar heroes in Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smith-McPhee) and Cyclops (Tye Sheridan). Their first moments were promising, given the range of the actors portraying them. However, it shifted on another character's story arc, and then on another, and another. The writers, with the amount of characters they are obliged to handle, has a hard time positioning them in corresponding scenes. The biggest scene-stealer, Quicksilver (Evan Peters), has another Time In A Bottle-slow motion-like set piece this time, but the film feels forced on including this scene given the success of the first one.

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It's all fanservice. Of course, it's a comic-book movie, but pleasing the fans must also mean pleasing the story you're handling. A long scene featuring Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), despite being one of the best bits of the movie, was unnecessary. What is his purpose being there? Right, it's a set-up for the upcoming Wolverine Movie but not for any moments in this film. The villain Apocalypse giving his four horsemen a costume upgrade makes up to give references to the characters' comic-book costumes.

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'X-Men: Apocalypse' culminates the First Class team consisting of McAvoy and Fassbender's version of Professor X and Magneto. Instead of advancing their storyline, their conflict, regardless of how much they avoid it, keeps coming back at them. This leaves their arcs to a tiring one, a thread that could've been exciting and engaging two movies ago. There's not much conflict and reason surrounding with the titular villain to make him threatening either. Everything about this feels disjointed, and it appears the X-Men saga might have lose its charm to its audience.


The geek rates it 5/10!


X-Men: Apocalypse is now showing in cinemas (2D, 3D, 4DX, IMAX 3D) nationwide from 20th Century Fox Philippines! Rated PG by the MTRCB.

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this time jadine movie review 2016

'This Time' reunites the popular on and off-screen couple James Reid and Nadine Lustre (collectively coined as JaDine) in their first feature film after their hit series On The Wings Of Love. The pair already proved their chemistry together as seen from their previous outings such as Diary Ng Panget and Para Sa Hopeless Romantic, but charms don't usually add up to the story, especially when it frequently tries to focus itself on another one, which is what this film unfortunately did.

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Coby (Reid) and Ava (Lustre) are childhood friends who only get to meet during summer because of Coby's commitment with his grandfather abroad. But distance prove them wrong as it builds their friendship to something special, while also becoming their biggest test.

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The movie tells this story year to year, with the audience being spectators of the development of their relationship. It goes too far with the character occasionally complaining on the big events that happened on its respective year (e.g.: Heath Ledger dying in 2008, the H1N1 outbreak in 2009) in order to to poke awareness to the viewers. While it sometimes work, the writer's frequent use of culture references was overdone, and felt like it was there for the sole purpose of not confusing everyone.


Reid and Lustre are lovely together on-screen, but their magnetic chemistry was overshadowed by veteran actors Freddie Webb and Nova Villa's pairing. The latter's inclusion was an added bonus I wish wasn't there, but for a separate film. The film didn't even flesh out Webb and Villa's backstory either, which ended to a flat result. 


'This Time' also suffers from trying to find its fun. From making offensive marks such as taking photos with a deceased stranger inside a funeral parlor to introducing a new conflict that came out of nowhere, it concludes with something that doesn't feel natural. The two leads are forced to argue just because it needs problems to fill in, which the story never needed in the first place. The audience pay for the two leads and they got it, but one is expected to leave the theater with a frown with the muddled pieces they are forced to assemble.


The geek rates it 5/10!


'This Time' is now showing in cinemas nationwide from VIVA Films! Rated G by the MTRCB.

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THIS TIME (2016):

Directed by: Nuel Naval

Starring: James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Candy Pangilinan, Ronnie Lazaro, Yam Concepcion, Bret Jackson, Donnalyn Bartolome, Issa Pressman, Al Tantay, Nova Villa, and Freddie Webb

Written by: Mel Mendoza Del Rosario






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matthew lewis me before you

Best known for playing Neville Longbottom in the “Harry Potter” film series, Matthew Lewis now stars in New Line Cinema's “Me Before You” as Patrick, the one individual who is not exactly happy about the obvious camaraderie between his girlfriend, the caregiver Louisa (Emilia Clarke) and accident survivor Will (Sam Claflin).

Matthew Lewis says, “Patrick is Lou’s boyfriend of about seven years, and it’s comfortable, you know? He’s also a personal trainer and is obsessed with fitness. He’s set up his business and he’s won this local entrepreneur of the year award twice, and that’s just spurred him on to get fitter and fitter.

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He adds, “Now he’s planning to do this Viking triathlon in Norway as his and Lou’s holiday together. In his mind, and probably hers at one point, they’re going to stay in this town for the rest of their lives, get married, get a house, have kids, and everything’s going to be okay.

“When Will comes into her life,” he continues, “suddenly her eyes are open to the possibilities and opportunities in the world outside of this town…and outside of Patrick.”

The Leeds-born actor began his career at the tender age of five with several TV roles, but a speculative trip to open auditions in his hometown six years later saw him secure the much-loved role of Neville Longbottom in the most successful film series of all time. His role as the hapless, endearing and eventually heroic Neville saw him build a massive worldwide fan base.

He made his West End theatre debut in Jonathan Lewis’ critically acclaimed “Our Boys” at the Duchess Theatre, alongside Laurence Fox and Arthur Darville, in 2012.

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In 2014, Lewis joined the cast of BBC3’s award-winning “Bluestone 42,” a comedy-drama about a British bomb disposal detachment in Afghanistan in which Lewis played ammunition expert Gordon House, and returned for the show’s third series in March 2015. He can currently be seen in the role of Sgt. Drum Drummond on the BBC and Amazon’s crime drama “Ripper Street,” and as Sean Balmforth in Sally Wainwright’s BAFTA-winning series “Happy Valley.”

New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' “Me Before You” is based on the critically acclaimed, bestselling novel by Jojo Moyes.

The romantic drama stars Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) and Sam Claflin (“The Hunger Games” series), under the direction of Thea Sharrock, making her feature film directorial debut.

Oftentimes you find love where you least expect it. Sometimes it takes you where you never expected to go…

Louisa “Lou” Clark (Clarke) lives in a quaint town in the English countryside. With no clear direction in her life, the quirky and creative 26-year-old goes from one job to the next in order to help her tight-knit family make ends meet. Her normally cheery outlook is put to the test, however, when she faces her newest career challenge.

Taking a job at the local “castle,” she becomes caregiver and companion to Will Traynor (Claflin), a wealthy young banker who became wheelchair bound in an accident two years prior, and whose whole world changed dramatically in the blink of an eye. No longer the adventurous soul he once was, the now cynical Will has all but given up. That is until Lou determines to show him that life is worth living. Embarking together on a series of adventures, both Lou and Will get more than they bargained for, and find their lives—and hearts—changing in ways neither one could have imagined.

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Thea Sharrock directs from a screenplay by Jojo Moyes and Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber (“The Fault in Our Stars”), based on the book by Moyes.

“Me Before You” is a presentation of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM). Set for release across the Philippines on June 15, 2016, it will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.







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"Harry Potter's" Matthew Lewis, now the jealous boyfriend in "Me Before You"

Best known for playing Neville Longbottom in the “ Harry Potter ” film series, Matthew Lewis now...

 

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