Julia Roberts, torn between revenge and justice in ‘Secret in Their Eyes’

An impeccable cast of winning actors converge in Secret In Their Eyes – Academy Award winners Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman with Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejoifor in a complex tale of love, friendship, betrayal and obsession that has the critics rooting for its lead, Julia Roberts, an award for her stirring performance as a devoted mom and an outstanding investigator whose only daughter was murdered by a young male asset (against terrorism) that the government tries so hard to protect.


Directed by Billy Ray, “Secret In Their Eyes” is inspired by “El Secreto de Sus Ojos,” the Argentinian film that brought home the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film (2010). Producer Matt Jackson, President of Production at IM Global, says that it’s rare that “you get a script where the story jumps out at you from every page, but also has a very intricate plot involving two different time periods. Billy’s idea to turn the film into a story that had an element of counter terrorism was genius. All of the hysteria and paranoia that was rampant after 9/11 provided a perfect device for setting the killer loose to create such a personal story of obsession and loss.” “When I was writing it I didn’t want to keep 2002 and 2015 apart,” says Billy. “I felt that 2015 had to be an echo of what happened in 2002.”

Julia Roberts who has successfully launched top-grossing worldwide romantic comedy/drama movies such as “Pretty Woman,” “Notting Hill,” “Dying Young,” “Mystic Pizza” and “Steel Magnolias” gives the audience a whole new perspective on her thespian capabilities in “Secret In Their Eyes” as she takes on the role of Jesse Cobb, a grieving mother trapped in her responsibility as a cop to carry out her own kind of justice towards the killer of her daughter.

Director Ray notes, “There are two Jesses in this movie. When we first meet her she is full of life and wildly in love. Something happens to Jess and she becomes another person. These are the two extremes that Julia Roberts plays extremely well. And like the best characters, Jess has secrets. Jess is barely functioning. She froze thirteen years ago and her life just stopped. Her heart kept beating so she kept going to work every day but she was dead. In particular Ray (Ejiofor) is trying to liberate Jess because she’s had this horrible blow and never recovered. To ask an actress to come play that is sort of the ultimate trap because you can just play sadness and never get out of it and then you have a one-note performance.”

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Dean Norris in SECRET IN THEIR YES
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Dean Norris in SECRET IN THEIR EYES

For Julia Roberts the essence of the story is about the evolution of people who were taken off track by destiny. “I was very taken with Billy’s script. I don’t read a lot of scripts that I like and I don’t work very often. But I read this and thought it was truly interesting. “Billy has been remarkable for me as an actor. He’s so available and he’s like Encyclopedia Brown. He knows everything, he’s calm and he’s super-loving. He’s always taking care of all of us in these very fragile scenarios that he’s created. I think he probably feels bad for putting us through all this,” she laughs.

“For me it’s a great opportunity to play almost two different characters over thirteen years. Jess is not the person she was meant to be, the person she was born to be and lived her life to be. She’s not that person anymore. She’s become kind of a shell. I don’t think it’s a void. It’s very sad, but it’s fascinating. It’s a complicated Rubik’s cube to be solved. It’s pretty obvious from the title that everybody is hiding something, but it’s doled out so carefully that everyone is going to be surprised at the end,” says Julia.

Secret In Their Eyes opens December 2, 2015 in theaters as distributed by Axinite Digicinema.

Iconic athletes perform mind-boggling death stunts in ‘Point Break’

Brace yourselves for this year’s most ambitious groundbreaking action movie Point Break starring Luke Bracey (“Best of Me”) with Edgar Ramírez along with real-world action sports heroes whom director Eric Core cast instead of the traditional stunt team that gives the film the first-of-its-kind extreme ante in the action genre.

“Point Break” brings the audience in a whole new level, highly dangerous, high stakes world of extreme sports when Johnny Utah (Bracey) goes deep undercover to forge strong allies with a group of extreme athletes whom he believes are the perpetrators of international crimes across the globe headed by their charismatic leader Bodhi (Ramírez). Proving that he’s solidly with the group, Johnny gains the trust of their leaders and eventually steals stash after stash from their group and takes on a Robin Hood-esque task of giving to the poor eventually bringing them to justice.

Filmed with a staggering US$120 million in budget, “Point Break” is filled with spectacular stunts devoid of camera tricks and visual effects, done by the actors and the athletes themselves poised to surpass all other phenomenal blockbuster action movies in recent years such as “James Bond,” “Mission Impossible” and the “Fast and The Furious” movies.

Directed by Ericson Core, the film includes sports icons such as renowned extreme athletes that include surfer legend Laird Hamilton, Sebastian Zietz, Makua Rothman, Billy Kemper, Brian Keaulana, Ahanu Tson-dru, Ian Walsh, Laurie Towner, Dylan Longbottom, Albee Layer, Bruce Irons, Tikanui Smith and Tuhiti Humani; snowboarders Xavier De Le Rue, Louis Vito, Christian Haller, Lucas DeBari and Ralph Backstrom; skateboarders Bob Burnquist and Eric Koston; motorcyclists Riley Harper and Oakley Lehman; wingsuit stunt pilots Jon Devore, Julian Boulle, Noah Bahnson, Jhonathan Florez and Mike Swanson, and consultant Jeb Corliss; and free climber Chris Sharma, among others. Making cameos are DJs Steve Aoki, Seth Troxler and The Art Department, as well as sports commentator and TV host Sal Masekela.

Point Break

Taking the audience for a never-been-there thrilling ride at the movies, “Point Break” breaks all barriers seen in traditional action films with daring, death-defying stunts and a no-limits attitude from the actors and the whole production crew. Early trade screenings of “Point Break” introduced the audience to nail-biting scenes employing the world of surfing, motocross, sky-diving and wingsuit-flying across eleven countries.

Actor Ramirez in related news humorously admitted that he’s relieved he didn’t die during the production of “Point Break.” This generation’s action movie for the thrill seeking travellers and sports oriented fanatics, “Point Break’s” surfing technical advisor, Laird Hamilton, who was also part of the original “Point Break” crew that starred Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, introduces a new behind-the-scenes look at how the cast, crew, and professional surfers came together to film in some of the world’s biggest surf spots. “Everything about this film is just the next level up,” Hamilton says as he explains the film is seeking to capture the same philosophy as the original film but in a more modern context.

Opening in Philippine cinemas three weeks ahead of its US release date, Point Break opens Thursday, December 3, 2015 in theatres nationwide as distributed by Pioneer Films.

point break movie poster


Andi Eigenmann reprises iconic role of Carlo J. Caparas’ ‘Angela Markado’

Angela Markado, a blockbuster komiks serial of Carlo J. Caparas and directed by Lino Brocka was a popular movie in the 80’s. The Hilda Koronel-starrer won the prestigious grand prix award in France at the Nantes Film Festival in 1983. Thee decades later, controversial young actress Andi Eigenmann reprises the iconic role as she stars in Caparas’ own take on the directorial seat.

Caparas maintains that he retains the gist of the story but presents a different treatment that will shock and entertain the moviegoers from the start to finish. “Watching the skill and intensity of Andi’s acting prowess, she can deliver the kind of ‘Angela Markado’ in my [mind].”

“I believe in the project, a by-word and multi-awarded movie by Lino Brocka and now, to be handled by another multi-awarded filmmaker Carlo J. Caparas,” Eigenmann notes. “This is really a big one for me. A different kind of drama-thriller-schocker movie: a dream role and [a dream] project… It’s worth the wait!”

Joining her in this new adaptation of Angela Markado are Epi Quizon, Paolo Contis, Felix Roco, Polo Ravales and C.J. Caparas as the five rapists. Younger cast members are Mika Dela Cruz, Ysabelle Peach, Bugoy Cariño and Buboy Villar. Veteran actors are composed of Anna Roces, Marita Zobel and Bembol Roco. Brett Jackson plays the role of Andi’s boyfriend in the movie. Introducing 2013 Miss World 2nd Princess Zahra Bianca Saldua, with the special participation of PAO Chief Atty. Percida Rueda-Acosta and PETA actress Kayla Acosta.

Produced by Oro De Siete Productions, Inc, Angela Markado opens December 2, 2015 in Philippine cinemas nationwide as released and distributed by Viva Films.

Here are some photos from the press conference held at Music Hall, Metrowalk, Ortigas last Tuesday, November 24, 2015: