Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Film Review)

'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' is arguably the Best Marvel Movie out there. Even better than 'The Avengers' in my opinion. Marvel is currently taking all risks with this one, because this isn't just your usual bombastic, over-the-top Superhero movie. In fact, this is a spy thriller. You heard me right, this is an espionage film with Captain America. It fits, really, since it defined why we love this character in the first place. Unlike the first film, this sequel delves deeper within it's main hero.

Lobby Boy Zero In Ayala Malls Cinemas' 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Meet Zero, a lobby boy who became the proprietor of the Grand Budapest Hotel. Follow his funny rags-to-riches story in the thrilling caper comedy movie “The Grand Budapest Hotel” to be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide starting April 19 (Black Saturday).

Nigel and Gabi: Must-See Duo In The Latest 'Rio 2'

Nigel, the smart villainous cockatoo that was left flightless in the worldwide hit “Rio” has caught the eye and heart of a toxic frog named Gabi (voiced by Kristin Chenoweth) in the latest family adventure “Rio 2” from Blue Sky Studios.

My Predictions For Oscars 2014.

Airing live in the 2nd of March is the 86th Annual Academy Awards or famously known as 'The Oscars'. It's that glorious event of the year where movie lovers and filmmakers alike celebrate the same passion and art we all loved. A very tight year I must say, with '12 Years A Slave' alone competing great films like 'American Hustle' and 'The Wolf of Wall Street' for the coveted Best Picture award.

Read through screenplays of Critically-acclaimed films including "Gravity", "The Wolf of Wall Street"

If you're like me who like flipping through pages of a script or happened to be an aspiring writer/ filmmaker, then you're in luck. As over 34 Award considered screenplays for movies like 'Gravity' or 'Fruitvale Station' has been released in time for the awards season. Credits goes to the awesome folks of Indie Wire for posting this up.

David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' Gets A Trailer and Poster

The first trailer for David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' is now released. The film is one of my most anticipated films of the year, and the trailer's use of a cover of Elvis Costello's 'She' is spot-on. The tone of the movie is perfect for Fincher to handle, and the film might give him his most-awaited Oscar Best Director win. Ben Affleck on the other hand looks promising. Hit the jump below for the trailer, along with the newly released terrific poster of the movie.

Gone Girl opens October 3.




GONE GIRL -- directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn -- unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

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Timely Movie on AIDS 'Dallas Buyers Club' Hits Philippine Screens

An imperfect man fights for survival during an uncertain time in America. Inspired by true events, Ron Woodroof's story of strength is told in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB.

Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey is  Ron Woodroof an electrician and rodeo cowboy. In 1985, he is well into an unexamined existence with a devil-may-care lifestyle. Suddenly, Ron is blindsided by being diagnosed as H.I.V.-positive and given 30 days to live. Yet he will not, and does not, accept a death sentence.

His crash course of research reveals a lack of approved treatments and medications in the U.S., so Ron crosses the border into Mexico. There, he learns about alternative treatments and begins smuggling them into the U.S., challenging the medical and scientific community including his concerned physician, Dr. Eve Saks (Jennifer Garner).
An outsider to the gay community, Ron finds an unlikely ally in fellow AIDS patient Rayon (Academy Award winner Jared Leto), a transsexual who shares Ron's lust for life. Rayon also shares Ron's entrepreneurial spirit: seeking to avoid government sanctions against selling non-approved medicines and supplements, they establish a buyers club, where H.I.V.-positive people pay monthly dues for access to the newly acquired supplies. Deep in the heart of Texas, Rons pioneering underground collective beats loud and strong. With a growing community of friends and clients, Ron fights for dignity, education, and acceptance. In the years following his diagnosis, the embattled Lone Star loner lives life to the fullest like never before.

‘Dallas Buyers Club’ is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.
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First Clip From 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Debuts

Our first clip for Marvel's upcoming space opera, 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is now released. This is simply an extended look of a scene from the excellent trailer released earlier this year. It definitely reminded me of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark', and Chris Pratt couldn't be more perfect-looking as Peter Quill/ Star-Lord. Oh and we get our first brief look at Star-Lord's mask from this clip. So, watch the clip after the jump along with a new behind-the-scenes image from James Gunn's Instagram account.

Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1st and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Benicio Del Toro and Lee Pace.

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So, 'X-Men: Days of Future Past's Quicksilver Got An Carl's Jr. Commercial

So this just happened. Evan Peters, who will be playing Quicksilver in the upcoming 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' got his own commercial prior to the new "X-tra Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit" from Carl's Jr./ Hardees. This commercial is just hilarious, sadly. I can't get over how awful that costume looked like. 

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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.

After learning of the discovery of their kind, Blu, Jewel, and their three kids fly on their journey to the wild side: the Amazon. Adapting to the habitat of their kind, Blu faces his greatest adversary: his father-in-law Eduardo. While his previous foe Nigel, and his newfound allies Gabi prepares for vengeance over him.
There's a lot of things I really did enjoy with this movie. First, the humor. Though some of the jokes were recycled from other movies, it still manages to bring fresh ones in which i'm really surprised seeing. There was a scene in the film (i'm not gonna spoil everything) involving an audition that hurt my jaws for a second from laughing. The villain Nigel (voiced by the funny Jermaine Clement) steals every scene he's at. Bruno Mars also voiced a character here. His alright, reminded me of the skits he'd done at 'Saturday Night Live' (if you still remember that).

Returning actors like Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway to name a few, did a fabulous job again with their voice acting. Unsurprisingly, the visuals still looked gorgeous to look at. The scenery and use of animation is really a big factor for me. 3D is never a requirement, but it really added to the experience.

Though the fun was slightly ruined with its rushed save-the-Earth lesson, 'Rio 2' still provided a pretty good kick. Hilarious and simply entertaining, this is something you should not miss!

'Rio 2' opens April 9 from 20th Century Fox!!

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'Maleficent' Banners Unleashed

Two horizontal banners for the fantasy-adventure “Maleficent” have just been revealed by Walt Disney Pictures, fueling more excitement as the film nears its May 28 bow in the Philippines.



“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king's newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.

Opening across the Philippines on May 28, 2014, “Maleficent” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

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Watch the 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Post-Credits Scene

It's known to Marvel fans that the filmmakers are putting a snippet/ tease to their future projects. In the case of 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier', there are 2 decent teasers: one being before the credit roll, and the other one after. You might know how much I loved the Cap sequel that is already out now, read my review here. And seeing this in the theater was slightly disappointing: considering 80% of a packed theater left the cinema when the actual movie finished; leaving the small portion of viewers (myself included) to witness the real deal.

So, below is leaked version of the scene before the credits. If you don't wanna be surprised or spoiled, leave this post and if you want check my other posts on the site.

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So, the first teaser includes the twins ( that consists of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver) being the only survivor on the cells of HYDRA facility, which is led by Baron Von Strucker. This is a scene directed by Joss Whedon, and will serve as a vital part in the upcoming 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron'.

'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' is still playing in cinemas and IMAX nationwide!


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Peter Parker's Greatest Battle Begins In 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

Columbia Pictures brings to the screen The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ after launching a new chapter in the hero’s story in 2012 with The Amazing Spider-Man™, a global blockbuster that went on to take in over $750 million at the worldwide box office.

Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, with Paul Giamatti and Sally Field, the film is directed by Marc Webb and Produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach. Screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner. Screen Story by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner and James Vanderbilt. Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

“We wanted this film to be more playful, more fun,” says director Marc Webb, who returns to the helm. Capturing Peter Parker’s natural wit – especially as Spider-Man – was one of the keys to the film that Webb wanted to make. “You look at the comic books and you see it – his quips, his funniness, his lighthearted qualities. That’s part of what so many people love about Spider-Man – and certainly what I love about him.”
But it’s not all fun and games for Peter. His vow to keep his fellow New Yorkers safe will lead him right into the heart of the most powerful and important company in New York: Oscorp. The company that once employed Peter’s father and played a role in his parents’ disappearance now seems to be behind new enemies that are emerging, all of whom have advanced technology and powers. “The stakes have never been higher for both Spider-Man and Peter than they are in this movie,” says producer Matt Tolmach. “Spider-Man, because he is facing enemies that have joined forces against him – all with some connection to Oscorp – and Peter, because the choices he makes and the promises he tries to keep have real consequences.”

“In this Spider-Man film, it’s clear that Spider-Man loves being Spider-Man,” says producer Avi Arad. “As in all Spider-Man movies, being a hero clashes with Peter Parker’s everyday life and wishes. A major villain emerges and it is Oscorp. His life, his father’s life, Harry’s life and all the villains emanate from this tower of evil. The stakes are higher as Peter finds himself up against an institution that is all-powerful.”

“Oscorp was built for a single purpose – to preserve Norman Osborn’s life,” says Webb. “He has a terrible disease, and the wealth of the company has been used to create the company’s Special Projects division – crazy solutions to a very simple problem. But Norman Osborn is not an ethical man, and in Special Projects there exist a lot of hidden, dark, nasty things that the rest of us do not want to see unleashed on the world.”
When it comes to Electro and the Green Goblin – two of the enemies that Spider-Man will take on – not only do the villains have different motivations for taking on the wall-crawler, but in some ways, they consider themselves fighting a different enemy. “You’ve got two guys, one who hates Spider-Man, and one who hates Peter Parker,” says one of the screenwriters, Alex Kurtzman. “They want to kill the same person, but for different reasons. That’s why the two of them team up – they are driven by their emotions.”
For Webb and his fellow filmmakers, it was important to keep in mind that even as Spider-Man takes on these villains, it is the boy behind the mask that makes Spider-Man who he is. “As Spider-Man, Peter thrives on fighting crime, trouncing bullies and swinging from the high rises of New York – but as Peter Parker his challenges are more familiar,” Webb continues. “Peter is just a kid who loves a girl. And when Gwen gets an opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream, Peter has to confront a difficult truth that we all understand: that sometimes the most difficult part of loving someone means letting them go.”

Part of the reason the Gwen Stacy story was so interesting to the filmmakers was that it marked a turning point in comic book history. The chance to go back to the comic books, to present that story on the big screen in an emotionally honest way, was very appealing. “The Spider-Man movies have paid cinematic reference to this story before, but we wanted to pay homage to it in a different way,” says Webb. “We’re taking some cinematic liberties, but we’re going back to the comic books for our inspiration. Amazing Spider-Man #121 is one of the most profound issues in the canon – profound in the way it affects Peter Parker. Gwen’s fate directly derives from the choices of the hero. It’s the story that allowed comic books to take a more complex turn, and from that, we were able to give the movie a tone that is Shakespearean or operatic.”

Opening across the Philippines on April 30 in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D and 2D formats, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.


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