Edge of Tomorrow (Film Review)

Being one of Hollywood's most celebrated actors, Tom Cruise has appeared in quite a number of action films lately. The guy is ultimately invincible --and bulletproof. But have anyone actually remember him dying onscreen? This is what 'Edge of Tomorrow' pokes fun of, a celebration of Tom Cruise getting killed a lot, --and what a joy seeing that guy die repeatedly.

X-Men: Days of Future Past (Film Review)

Okay Brett Ratner, you can now step aside. Bryan Singer, well technically everyone we all love from the original X-Men trilogy and "First Class" are back in this crowded, superhero extravaganza. That is basically how I can describe 'X-Men: Days of Future Past', and I think we can now breath again smoothly because it literally trashes every single one of the many non-sense events from "The Last Stand" and change for something better. This "X-Men" saga has been on a bumpy ride --there might be a few misses and jumps, but "Days of Future Past" started on a new drive, and there's a far more interesting and better road beyond that.

Godzilla 2014 (Film Review)

After too much hype and speculations, "Godzilla" is now making his big comeback after 16 years. And boy does he deliver. Everything in this film screams "awesomeness" and while the creature canonly be seen at least 28 minutes, Director Gareth Edwards manages to grip audiences with its exceptional action sequences --and a lot of mayhem. Definitely the most fitting word for this film is 'EPIC', because it just is.

Maleficent (Film Review)

It has been clearly known how messed up Disney has been dealing with it's live action incarnation of classic stories. 'Oz, The Great and Powerful', 'Alice in wonderland', do you even remember how bad are these? 'John Carter', anyone?? So, Disney definitely has to put these films on hold to shame, because now there doing another one, a live-action re-imagining of 'Sleeping Beauty' --with a little of twitches here and there. In fact, this film is coming off the perspective of Disney's iconic villain 'Maleficent'. Because princesses are beyond boring.

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.

Awesome New 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Extended Trailer Is...Awesome!

Can this movie come out already?!! Marvel just release a new extended preview for the upcoming 'Guardians of the Galaxy' to coincide with the 17-Minute IMAX preview event at select cinemas. While some fans are not attending the event, I can live with this trailer because it is Fantastic!

New footage has appeared with the hilarious back-and-forth between Rocket Raccoon and Peter Quill. We also got our first look at The Walking Dead's Mickey Rooker as Yondu! And Lee Pace's Ronan The Accuser speaks for the first time!

Hit the trailer after the jump, and prepare extra pants before you do so:

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Second 'Gone Girl' Appears Online; Evidence Posters Also Surfaces

The second full-length trailer for David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' has now released online, along with four Evidence Posters that teases the trailer that is out now. Being a big fan of Fincher's works such as The Social Network, Fight Club, Se7en, and Zodiac, this trailer excites me as it screams the director's trademarks like the dim lighting and the very eerie tone all the way through.

I was also surprised due to the fact that this trailer doesn't spoil any of the "killer" twists from the book (by Gillian Flynn which I adore so much.), and Ben Affleck seems to be the perfect guy to play Nick Dunne. I hope this will be a sure-fire at the Awards season this Fall, so i'm crossing finchers..err..fingers on that one. Hit the jump below for the new trailer along with interesting/ brilliant evidence posters that came out last weekend.




Gone Girl opens October 2 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.



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'Jersey Boys' Exclusive At Ayala Malls Cinemas Starting July 16

Hailed by The New York Post as “one of the year's best" films, Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Jersey Boys” -- director Clint Eastwood’s big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical -- will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas starting July 16.

The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic rock group The Four Seasons. The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn,” “Rag Doll,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Who Loves You,” and many more.
These classic hits are now being embraced by a new generation of fans through the stage musical, which has been running on Broadway for more than eight years and has also enjoyed successful tours around the globe.

Starring in the film, John Lloyd Young reprises his Tony Award-winning portrayal of the legendary lead singer of The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli. Erich Bergen stars as Bob Gaudio, who wrote or co-wrote all of the group’s biggest hits. Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza star respectively as Nick Massi and Tommy DeVito, two original members of The Four Seasons. Oscar® winner Christopher Walken (“Catch Me If You Can”) stars as mobster Gyp DeCarlo.

Oscar® winner Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven”) directed “Jersey Boys” from a screenplay and musical book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, song music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe.
A video featurette about the making of the film may be viewed after the jump:
With music being the connective thread that runs through “Jersey Boys,” Eastwood made the decision to have the actors playing the title characters sing the band’s indelible songs live on camera, instead of doing pre-tapes of the musical performances. The director comments, “It just felt like the way to go since most of them had done it live so many times before. When they sing, you really see the performance value and get the emotion.”

“It feels very immediate,” attests John Lloyd Young. “Coming in, I didn’t realize how unusual it is on a film to sing live on camera, so it was an interesting challenge for everyone. The best part was that Clint is a true music aficionado, so it was fantastic to watch this legendary director turn into an enraptured audience member right in front of us.”
Vincent Piazza, who came into the film without a musical background, appreciated the support of his fellow castmates, as well as his director. “John Lloyd, Erich and Michael were there to help me through the numbers, which was a blessing, and I had great teachers. And I knew I was in the best hands with Clint. The fact that he believed in me gave me all the self-confidence I needed.”

Eastwood concludes, “I know audiences will come out of the theater humming the songs and that’s great. But I also hope they enjoy learning the story of where those songs come from and remembering the four young men whose legacy is still being felt today.”
“Jersey Boys” is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

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The Unique Heroes Of Marvel's 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

“I think ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ has one of the best ensemble casts for an origin movie that Marvel has ever had because it is so eclectic,” producer Kevin Feige says on the approach to casting the unique characters in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

We didn’t set out to cast a relative unknown for the lead nor movie stars for the voices of Rocket and Groot, it just evolved liked that, again, because we had the freedom to say ‘anybody’s on the table’ for this one.”

An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan (Lee Pace), a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.
The film's main protagonist Peter Quill is played by Chris Pratt (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Moneyball”). Quill is an interstellar adventurer who was abducted from Earth at a young age. After recovering an ancient artifact, Quill must rally an unlikely team of cosmic misfits to prevent a powerful villain from destroying the galaxy.
Zoe Saldana (the “Star Trek” and “Avatar” film franchises) plays Gamora, an orphan from an alien world who was raised by the mysterious Thanos to become the perfect weapon. As Thanos’ personal assassin, Gamora has earned a reputation as a formidable warrior. Gamora now seeks redemption for her past crimes.
A physical brute, Drax is played by Filipino-American former professional wrestler Dave Bautista (“Riddick”). Drax has a personal vendetta against Ronan, who killed his family. Now fueled by pure rage, Drax will stop at nothing to take his revenge on the most dangerous being in the galaxy.
Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) descends from a race of walking flora and resembles a sentient tree. Despite his strange appearance and limited communication skills, Groot proves to be a valuable ally and a loyal friend—not only to his fellow bounty hunter Rocket but to the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy as well.
Finally, Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) is a bounty hunter and mercenary whose mastery of weapons and battle tactics make him a formidable warrior, despite being a genetically altered, cybernetically enhanced, talking raccoon. The result of traumatic biological experimentation, Rocket is a genuine gun-toting badass and mechanical genius who has a huge chip on his shoulder.

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” opens across the Philippine on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

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Witness 'Lucy' Transform Into Warrior Beyond Human Logic

From “La Femme Nikita” and “The Professional” to “The Fifth Element,” writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in recent cinematic history.  Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson and Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman in Universal Pictures’ “Lucy,” an action-thriller that examines the possibility of what one human could truly do if she unlocked 100 percent of her brain capacity and accessed the furthest reaches of her mind. 

It has long been hypothesized that human beings only use a small percentage of our cerebral capacity at any given time.  For centuries, speculative science has postulated what would occur if mankind could actually evolve past that limit.  Indeed, what would happen to our consciousness and newfound abilities if every region of the brain was concurrently active?  If each one of the 86 billion densely packed neurons in a human brain fired at once, could that person become, in fact, superhuman?

In Besson’s story, we meet Lucy (Johansson), a carefree young student living in Taiwan who is tricked by her boyfriend into delivering a briefcase to a business contact.  Before she can even comprehend the situation in which she’s become ensnared, Lucy is grabbed and held hostage by the merciless Mr. Jang (Choi Min Sik of “Oldboy,” “Lady Vengeance”).

When his thugs surgically implant in our heroine a package loaded with a powerful synthetic substance—one that would likely kill her if it were to leak—her terror turns to desperation.  Alongside a handful of fellow unwilling hosts, she is sent to the airport with the objective of flying across the world as a transport vessel for material that is priceless to her kidnappers.
When the chemical is accidentally unleashed in and absorbed by Lucy’s system, her body begins the unimaginable: her cerebral capacity is unlocked to startling, and previously hypothetical, levels.  As she attempts to comprehend and incorporate the incredible changes in her mind and body, Lucy begins to feel everything around her—space, air, vibrations, people, even gravity—and develop superhuman traits including telepathy, telekinesis, expanded knowledge and breathtaking control over matter. 

While the substance continues to awaken and unlock every dormant corner of her mind, Lucy races across the planet to enlist the help of Professor Samuel Norman (Freeman), whose decades of research on the brain’s potential makes him unparalleled in the field…and the only person on Earth with the ability to see where this might lead.

Aiding Lucy in her quest to reach Dr. Norman is French police Capt. Pierre Del Rio (Amr Waked of “Syriana”), a dispassionate officer who commands his bureau.  Although disturbed by Lucy’s seemingly inhuman powers—ones that are growing by the minute—Del Rio would sacrifice his own life to protect the young woman who looks to him to retain the last vestiges of her humanity.
Relentlessly pursued by her former captors, who will kill anyone to extract their product from the woman who has become their biggest adversary, Lucy begins to turn the tables and transform into a warrior evolved beyond human logic.
           
Opening across the Philippines on August 06, “Lucy” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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Playing Master and Servant In 'Black Butler'

Hiro Mizushima stars in the titular role of “Black Butler” produced by Shinzo Matsuhashi about an orphaned aristocrat exacting revenge who hires the services of a black butler at her aid costing her soul.

Ayame Gőriki plays the aristocrat young lady named Shiori Genpo who masquerades as a male in order to get even to those responsible for her family’s death.  She eventually summons a black butler named Sebastian Michaelis, on the condition that her soul is already for the taking after the revenge has been fulfilled.  Sebastian Michaelis, a demonic butler with impeccable knowledge, manners, grace, cooking skills, martial arts and charming looks.

Adapting the highly successful Manga series into a movie, directors Kentaro Ohtani and Kei’ichi Sato with writer Yana Taboso decided to change the setting of the movie to a very near future fusing the East and West culture, creating a whole new distinctive era.  Eventually, most of the characters have also been rewritten to suit the new setting. The all-original story of the film is set 130 years after the manga.   Hiro who plays the demonic butler Sebastian returns to the movies for the first time in three years.   The actor faced up to the challenge in preparing for the role that he even shed 50 kg off his weight to achieve the closest of resemblance with the character.
The manga debuted in Square Enix's Monthly G Fantasy magazine in 2006, and its 15 volumes thus far have 14 million copies in print, including those published in 42 countries and territories. The manga already inspired a television anime series in 2008 and a stage play in 2009. It received the top prize in the shōnen manga category of France's Japan Expo Awards in 2010 and the Best International Manga Award in Germany's Animagic in 2011.

“Black Butler” will open exclusively in SM Cinemas nationwide on July 23 from Axinite Digicinema.

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Channing Tatum Aims For Gold in the Latest 'Foxcatcher' Trailer

Sony Pictures Classics has released a new trailer (and poster) for Bennett Miller's latest film, 'Foxcatcher'. While the movie is heavily marketed on Steve Carrell's character on the movie, the studios are now focusing on Channing Tatum's Mark Schultz. The early reception from this year's Cannes are praising both Carrell and Tatum for their performance --i wouldn't be surprised if they'll be up for the running in the set of nominees on the Awards season in a couple of months. Watch the trailer after the jump:
It is an intense trailer, and Tatum pushed to envelope to surprise us with his dramatic chops. He was amazing in the recent '22 Jump Street', and the final scene of this trailer showed us he's not f**king around!
The film is based on the true story about wealthy yet eccentric heir John du Pont (Steve Carell), whose goal is to create a top-notch wrestling team to compete in the 1998 Olympics. He recruits Mark and Dave Schultz (Tatum and Mark Ruffalo), a pair of brothers who are both wrestling champions.

'Foxcatcher' opens November 14th in US theaters.

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Soundtrack: Full Track List Will Get You Hooked On A Feeling!

Official list of tracks for the soundtrack of Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' has been unveiled for your pleasure. The previews of the film showcases another layer of awesomeness by treating us songs from the 80s like Blue Swede's 'Hooked On A Feeling' and Norman Greenbaum's 'Spirit In The Sky'. Take a look of the track list after the jump because it sure does look fantastic! This one should be in your 'must-buy' soundtracks this 2014!
1. Blue Swede - Hooked on a Feeling
2. Raspberries - Go All the Way
3. Norman Greenbaum - Spirit in the Sky
4. David Bowie - Moonage Daydream
5. Elvin Bishop - Fooled Around and Fell in Love
6. 10Cc - I'm Not in Love
7. Jackson 5 - I Want You Back
8. Redbone - Come and Get Your Love
9. The Runaways - Cherry Bomb
10. Rupert Holmes - Escape (the Pina Colada Song)
11. The Five Stairsteps - O-O-H Child
12. Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell - Ain't No Mountain High Enough
'Guardians of the Galaxy' opens July 31 in Philippine cinemas nationwide!


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