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.

'A Million Ways To Die In The West' Exclusive At Ayala Malls Cinemas Soon

Universal Pictures' new comedy “A Million Ways to Die in the West” starring Ted McFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson and Neil Patrick Harris will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide starting September 10, 2014.

Seth McFarlane (“Ted,” TV's “Family Guy”) once again stretches the boundaries of comedy and propriety as writer, producer, director of and actor in “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” He tells the tale and plays the lead in the story of Albert Stark, a soft man in hard times who is trying to figure out how to escape this godforsaken frontier that seems to be trying to kill him—and everyone else in it—at every turn. A sheep farmer whose fickle girlfriend, Louise (Amanda Seyfried), leaves him when he backs out of a gunfight, Albert feels like a chump.

Adding to Albert's distress and feelings of inadequacy, Louise takes up with the town's most successful businessman, arrogant moustachery owner Foy (Neil Patrick Harris). And what Albert can't dream of offering in terms of financial stability and facial hirsuteness, Foy has in spades.

But when a mysterious and beautiful gunslinger named Anna (Charlize Theron) rides into town, she helps Albert begin to find his courage and they start to fall in unexpected love.
Nothing comes easy in the bitterly unforgiving Old West, and further trouble ensues when Anna's husband, Clinch Leatherwood (Liam Neeson)—a notorious outlaw whose name strikes fear into the hearts of the citizenry— arrives seeking revenge on the man whom he thinks has made a dishonest woman of Anna. Reluctantly, Albert must now put his newfound courage to the test in a one-man-left-standing gunfight that will earn him Anna's hand and long-denied respect in the Wild West...or another unmarked grave forgotten in the annals of history.

Joining Albert in his quest are his best friend, Edward (Giovanni Ribisi), the unfailingly nice and extraordinarily naive town shoe repairman, and Ruth (Sarah Silverman), Edward's girlfriend who is just as chaste with him as she is whorish with her brothel clients.

Directed by MacFarlane from a screenplay that he wrote with Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild, “A Million Ways to Die in the West” also co-stars a comedic lineup of MacFarlane favorites including Ralph Garman as Dan, one of the more colorful Old Stump locals, and Alex Borstein as Millie, the madam of the whorehouse who can't quite put her finger on her best employee's oddly chaste relationship with Edward.

Christopher Hagen and Jean Effrion come aboard the production as Albert's grizzled parents, George and Elsie, who are similarly trying to avoid getting killed for merely existing in this day and age. Evan Jones portrays Lewis, a particularly vile member of Clinch's gang.
“A Million Ways to Die in the West” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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Paul Rudd Prepares For A Heist In First 'Ant-Man' Photo; Filming Begins With New Confirmed Cast

Marvel Studios began principal photography today in San Francisco, California, on its newest Super Hero franchise Marvel's "Ant-Man." The film brings one of Marvel comics' original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production also shoots on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film's production.

[UPDATE: Marvel releases the first official photo of Paul Rudd in front of the San Francisco Bridge. Yes, that bridge from 'Vertigo' wherein John saves Madeleine. It's pretty interesting, considering that they're pushing the film as a heist movie, and Paul Rudd is shown holding a bag on what may it seem like he was preparing for a big/...small? heist.]
Set for release in the United States on July 17, 2015, the film is directed by Peyton Reed ("Bring it On," "The Break-Up") and stars Paul Rudd ("I Love You Man," "Role Models") as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, and Michael Douglas ("Behind The Candelabra," "Wall Street") as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly ("The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," "Lost") as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym.

The film also includes outstanding additional cast including Corey Stoll ("House of Cards," "The Bourne Legacy"), Bobby Cannavale ("Danny Collins," "Annie," "HBO's "The Long Play"), Michael Pena ("End of Watch," "American Hustle"), Abby Ryder Fortson ("Togetherness"), Judy Greer ("13 Going on 30," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"), David Dastmalchian ("The Dark Knight," "Prisoners"), Wood Harris ("Remember the Titans," "The Wire"), John Slattery ("Mad Men," Marvel's "Iron Man 2") and Gregg Turkington ("The Comedy," "On Cinema") and multi-hyphenate T.I. ("American Gangster," "Takers").

Based on the Marvel comic character first published in 1962, Marvel's "Ant-Man" continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in Marvel's "Iron Man," "The Incredible Hulk," "Iron Man 2," "Thor," "Captain America: The First Avenger," "Marvel's The Avengers," "Iron Man 3," "Thor: The Dark World," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Guardians of the Galaxy" and the upcoming Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron."
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Marvel's "Ant-Man" is produced by Marvel Studios' president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D'Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

Director Peyton Reed's creative team also includes Oscar-winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter ("Titanic," "21"), production designer Sheppard Frankel ("Identity Thief," "Horrible Bosses") costume designer Sammy Sheldon Differ ("X-Men: First Class," "Kick Ass"), visual effects supervisor Jake Morrison (Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World," "The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers"), stunt coordinator Jeff Habberstad (Marvel's "Iron Man 3," "X-Men: Days of Future Past") and six-time Oscar- nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudik ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Marvel's The Avengers"). The editors include Dan Lebental, ACE (Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World," Marvel's "Iron Man") and Colby Parker Jr. ("Lone Survivor," "Hancock").

Marvel Studios’ upcoming release schedule includes Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015, Marvel’s “Captain America 3” on May 6, 2016, and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” on July 28, 2017.

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Jamie Blackley, Out to Steal Hearts As The Rebel Rocker In 'If I Stay'

British actor Jamie Blackley (“Snow White and the Huntsman”) stars as Adam, the unlikely rocker who can’t resist the shy girl he hears playing the cello one day at school, in New Line Cinema's “If I Stay,” director R.J. Cutler’s adaptation of the New York Times best-selling novel by Gayle Forman.

In “If I Stay,” Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate.
Blackley notes, “It’s such a great story. These two people find each other because they share the same passion for music, and their relationship is nuanced and complicated and really appealed to me. But then in the blink of an eye everything changes without warning. Contemplating whether you’re ever going to see someone again and be able to say everything you thought you’d always have time to say to them is quite intense.”

Cutler says, “When Jamie sang for us he blew us away and when he and Chloë read together we all had tears in our eyes. We all felt the same way; we had our guy.”
Producer Alison Greenspan adds, “I knew he had made his big break in ‘Spring Awakening’ in London, which is vocally rigorous, but listening to him sing and watching him interact in character with Chloë was incredible—the electricity in the room was palpable.”

Blackley couldn’t resist stepping into the boots of the up-and-coming musician—and onto a stage behind a microphone and guitar. “I thought it would be nice to be a rock star for a bit,” he smiles.

Cutler says, “Adam is talented beyond his years and going places and I think Jamie is, too. He’s an incredible actor and really puts a hundred percent into it. We were lucky he walked in that door.”
Greenspan also thinks they were fortunate. “Women like men who are a combination of tough and sensitive. Jamie is the perfect blend of good looks and beautiful emotions. He immediately became Adam.”
Blackley and Moretz shared a mutual professional admiration from the start. “It was such a pleasure doing our scenes because Jamie’s a brilliant actor. Our relationship felt organic and natural,” says Moretz.
Blackley, who reveals he had been a fan of Moretz’s for some time, remarks, “It doesn’t hurt that we just get on well, and laughed a lot. It was cool to actually work with Chloë.”

Opening across the Philippines on September 3, 2014, “If I Stay” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Entertainment Company.

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Frank Grillo, From 'The Winter Soldier' To 'The Purge: Anarchy'

He made an indelible mark in Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” as villain Brock Rumlow. Now, actor Frank Grillo leads the cast of Universal Pictures' “The Purge: Anarchy,” the sequel to summer 2013’s sleeper hit that opened to No. 1 at the North American box-office.

“The Purge: Anarchy” follows an unlikely group of five citizens who, over the course of the night, find out just how far they will go to protect themselves and, ultimately, each other, as they fight to survive a night fraught with impossible decisions. The story begins with a haunted loner, Leo (Grillo), a sergeant who has suffered the loss of his son prior to tonight. Arming himself with enough guns and body armor to make it until dawn, he is a man possessed...and one clearly going out on a vigilante mission of vengeance against those responsible for his loss.
Prior to casting, filmmakers were clear that this wouldn’t be a genre piece that sacrifices character development. Therefore, it was important to spend the first 20 minutes of “The Purge: Anarchy” providing audiences with an intimate look into each character’s situation. Says director James DeMonaco: “I said, ‘If we’re going to do this, let’s get to know these people.’ I figured, if we don’t care about them up front, we’re not going to care about who lives or dies. I don’t want sacrificial lambs who could be randomly killed on this night.”

DeMonaco had previously worked with Frank Grillo on the miniseries “The Kill Point,” so casting the actor as the gritty and resourceful Leo was a goal. Grillo fit the mold and then some. Offers DeMonaco: “I’ve loved Frank’s work for years, and I’ve followed his career since `The Kill Point.' As soon as I came up with the character, I said, ‘It has to be Frank.’ Frank is a tough guy in real life, and we wanted to have an actor who didn’t have to pretend to be tough.”

Producer Brad Fuller agrees with the director, laughing: “If I had to go out on Purge night, I’d want to be with Frank Grillo. I know I would make it because he would get me through it.”

In Grillo, producer Jason Blum knew DeMonaco had the right guy in mind: “James was passionate about having someone who felt very heroic, but also felt like an everyman; that’s what Frank does best. He feels like he could be your friend, but he also feels like he’s beyond your reach in terms of how heroic he is. That’s the character that he plays in this movie: the underdog who you think is quite a cynical guy but actually has a huge heart.”

Grillo describes coming on board the speculative thriller: “I was heading to L.A. for a trip, and James [DeMonaco] called me and said he was working on a sequel to `The Purge.' He described it to me before I’d even read the screenplay, and it sounded like an old Western…like `The Outlaw Josey Wales.' I thought it was interesting and provocative, and after he sent me the script, I was sold.”
While the first film was told from the point of view of the wealthy Sandin family living in the suburbs, DeMonaco focused “The Purge: Anarchy” on the side of the disenfranchised, those whom were targeted in the annual Purge. Grillo was particularly drawn to this idea. He shares: “In this film, you truly get to see what The Purge is and why it exists. It makes you scratch your head about where our society is in terms of violence and prejudice and what we must deal with on a daily basis.”

Opening across the Philippines on August 27, 2014, “The Purge: Anarchy″ is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (Film Review)

As the lights dimmed off, and the projector started rolling, everyone from the crowded theater went nuts. And that, I mean really loud uproar. The scar that the anime series and manga strips 'Rurouni Kenshin' leaved during it's early 2000's airing on the local television channel 'Studio 23' is so immense, the fan community has extended on a global scale. It's that big. So, it's no surprise but to never cheer with the crowd as well when Kenshin was fighting through his reverse-blade sword while doing his signature God speed-like running.

My first encounter with the source material was, you'll be surprised, last May. When storm hits when "that Japanese movie is getting a BIG release in the Philippines." as it was announced by Warner Bros. I was shocked to read the overflowing love the anime series has created. And with my curiosity (honestly, trying to squeeze myself with the trend. Haha), I watched every single episode of the series. All three story arcs, in the course of a month. It's a long stretch for a saga that mostly revolves on a single character, and a newborn fan has born since then.

'Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno' pretty much covers the first half of the best story arc of the series: the "Kyoto Arc", (the final half will be covered by the next film "The Legend Ends", which is set to debut this September.) and follows Rurouni Kenshin as he is living in peace in Tokyo at the Kamiya Dojo palace with the promise to never slit with the sword again. Not until he was contacted by Government official Ōkubo Toshimichi to stop the growing threat from Makoto Shishio to Japan: burn it through the ashes, so he can rule it on his own.
I try not to be a nitpicker at times, but a few alterations with the sequel from the original series didn't work as it should've been, and key characters were left out (okay, i'm being too nitpicky..). But it's not a major flaw, as the film works as a very effective and great set-up to the final film. There's too much happening, covering the first half in a very satisfying way as possible.

The set pieces are terrific. The choreography and the fast-pace motion of the battle sequences were so clean, that everything felt so realistic and grounded way as possible. Every punch, kick, and the swing of the sword were delivered perfectly.

Takeru Sato excels as Kenshin Himura from the previous film. Here, we see him on a milder temper, stronger and confused whether he will break his promise to kill --or not. The very adorable Emi Takei also hit the notes as Miss Kaoru. Munetaka Aoki (Sanosuke), Tatsuya Fujiwara (Shishio), Yôsuke Eguchi (Saito), and Ryosuke Miura (Cho), however, delivered their respective roles dearly.
Some characters were poorly developed (in the case of Sejiro and Yahiko's characters) in the film, that you instantly felt like they weren't there. But it's too early for me to judge, since they will potentially be fleshed out better in the final film. The movie's theme song by One OK Rock was undeniably catchy.

When it comes to making a grand tease for a big battle, "Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno" is a sure-fire winner. While it has it's flaws, the movie picked up by showcasing it's breath-taking action spectacles. Truly a satisfying note to every "Kenshin" fans!

The geek rates it 8/10.

[I can't hardly wait for the next film, as it closes in prepare for a big training for that battle..]
'Rurouni Kenshin' opens this Wednesday, August 20 from Warner Bros. Pictures!

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Wanna See 'The Maze Runner' Early? -- Find Out How!!

In what might look like a very promising sci-fi/ young-adult action movie, there's been a certain cult surrounding 'The Maze Runner's upcoming release this September. If you're excited just like everyone else does, 20th Century Fox Philippines is giving away tickets for their special "Greenie" advance screening of the movie for you and your friends. And not just that, you will get the opportunity to actually see it a month (you read that right!) a month before it's September 17th opening day! 

Hit the jump below to see the mechanics on how you can join this screening:
Watch THE MAZE RUNNER with your 4 friends in advance!

Upload a photo of you and your friends here on our Facebook wall, your Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags ‪#‎GladersPH‬ and ‪#‎MazeRunner‬.

Promo runs until August 19.

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Robert Zemeckis' 'The Walk' Wraps Production: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Attempts The Impossible.

Principal photography has wrapped on the inaugural film from Tom Rothman's TriStar Productions, now officially titled “The Walk.”

Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film is a true story based on Philippe Petit's book "To Reach the Clouds," starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the young dreamer who dared the impossible: an illegal wire walk between the World Trade Center towers. Zemeckis wrote the screenplay with Christopher Browne. Producers are Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis, and Jack Rapke.

Last August 7 is the 40th anniversary of the astounding event, now being brought back to vivid life in the third act climax of the film.

Twelve people have walked on the moon, but only one man has ever, or will ever, walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. Guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, Petit and his gang overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan.

Robert Zemeckis, the director of such marvels as “Forrest Gump,” “Cast Away,” “Back to The Future,” “The Polar Express” and “Flight,” again uses cutting edge technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story. With innovative photorealistic techniques and IMAX 3D wizardry, “The Walk” is true big-screen cinema, a chance for moviegoers to viscerally experience the feeling of reaching the clouds. The film is a love letter to Paris and New York City in the 1970s, but most of all, to the Towers of the World Trade Center.

Also starring in the film are James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Charlotte Le Bon, Clément Sibony and César Domboy.
The production's creative team includes director of photography Dariusz Wolski, production designer Naomi Shohan, editor Jeremiah O'Driscoll, and costume designer Suttirat Larlarb. The composer is Alan Silvestri.

Opening across the Philippines in 2015 , “The Walk” will be distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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How 'Frozen' Connects To Every Disney Animated Movie???

Here's a very interesting picture! Last 2013's gigantic hit 'Frozen' earned over a billion dollars, top 3 on the yearly global Box-office results beating Summer blockbusters 'Fast and Furious 6' and 'Man Of Steel'. It is certainly one of the best animated movie Disney has released for years, and it touches many hearts (myself included). 

While there's a few conspiracy theories surrounding with the film and it's connection with 'The Little Mermaid' and 'Tangled', this cool-looking infograph e-mailed by a reader will blow your mind... It easily explained how the film is connected to every Disney animated movie. You heard that right, all of it.. Hit the jump below to see the infographic:

Frozen's Disney Family

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