WATCH: Barkada movie ‘Bar Boys’ explores friendship in law school

Bar Boys is a drama-comedy about four best friends who enter the difficult world of law schools where they are forced to make sacrifices for success: sleep, relationships, family and one another.

The film stars Rocco Nacino, Kean Cipriano, Carlo Aquino and Enzo Pineda. It is written and directed by Kip Oebanda (‘Tumbang Preso’) and produced by SM Cinemas.

Joining the cast are Anna Luna, Mailes Kanapi, Sebastian Castro, Hazel Faith de la Cruz, Pontri Bernardo, Maey Bautista, Rener Concepcion, Irene Celebre, Vance Larena, Lharby Policarpio and Ms. Odette Khan.

Here is the teaser trailer for Bar Boys which will open soon exclusive to SM Cinemas:

Cinematheque Centre Manila presents Spanish comedies in May

Instituto Cervantes and the Embassy of Spain, in cooperation with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), present the film cycle “Those Funny Spaniards. Four Spanish Comedies”, a series of Spanish films to be shown during the Saturdays of May at the Cinematheque Centre Manila.

Entrance is FREE ADMISSION on a first-come, first-served basis. All films will be shown in their original version in Spanish with English subtitles. The screenings will take place at the Cinematheque of FDCP at 855 T. M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila.

Since its beginnings, Spanish cinema showed a knack for comedy. Today, in addition to the contribution of the veteran maestros of the genre, new directors are forging the Golden Age of Spanish comedy.

May 7 (Saturday) • 4:00 PM

The films series will kick off on Saturday May 7, 4pm, with Primos, a very well-crafted romantic comedy about three thirty-something cousins trying to recharge their manhood in the seaside town where they spent summers as children. Directed by Spanish filmmaker Daniel Sánchez Arévalo in 2011, Primos has become one of the most popular Spanish comedies of recent years.

May 14 (Saturday) • 4:00 PM

Alex de la Iglesia’s Crimen ferpecto (Perfect Crime) will be the second installment of the film cycle. The movie, to be shown on May 14, at 4pm, is a witty black comedy about the cutthroat world of sales representatives clawing their way to the top. Nominated for several categories at the Goya Awards, the movie enjoyed a very successful career at film festivals around the world.

May 21 (Saturday) • 4:00 PM

The well-acted comedy Sin vergüenza (Joaquín Oristrell, 2001) will be shown on Saturday 21st May, at 4pm. A very popular movie at its release, it is about actors and their everyday life. One day, Isabel, an acting teacher running a school in Madrid, runs across a script written by the famed film director Mario Fabra. As she reads it, she realizes that the script is about a brief but unforgettable fling she had with the filmmaker 21 years before. She promptly calls up Mario and arranges lunch. For his latest film, Mario is looking for fresh faces and asks Isabel to line up some of her better students for an audition. In the process, actors clash and egos inflate.

May 28 (Saturday) • 4:00 PM

Directed by Luis García Berlanga in 1961, Plácido will close the film series on May 28, 4pm. A classic of the genre and one of the masterpieces of Spanish cinema, the black comedy focuses on Plácido, the humble owner of a three-wheeler, whose family is forced to live in a public lavatory because of the lack of money to pay the rent, and who has to pay the second bill of his vehicle before midnight or else he will lose it.

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The movie was chosen as the Best Film of the Year by the Cinema Writers Circle of Spain, and was nominated to the Oscars as Best Foreign Language Film. It also entered the 1962 Cannes Film Festival.

For further information please log on to Instituto Cervantes’ website or, or call 526-1482.

WATCH: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin fall deeply in love in new trailer for ‘Me Before You’

New Line Cinema’s and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ “Me Before You” has just released a new trailer with the characters of Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) and Sam Claflin (“The Hunger Games” series) falling deeply in love. The romantic movie is under the direction of Thea Sharrock, making her feature film directorial debut. This adaptation is based on the critically-acclaimed bestselling novel by Jojo Moyes.

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.

The film also stars Charles Dance (TV’s “Game of Thrones”), Jenna Coleman (“Dr. Who”), Matthew Lewis (the “Harry Potter” films), Vanessa Kirby (“About Time”), Stephen Peacocke (“Hercules”), Brendan Coyle (“Downton Abbey”) and Oscar nominee Janet McTeer (“Albert Nobbs,” “Tumbleweeds”).

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). Opening across the Philippines on June 15, 2016, it will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

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New ‘Warcraft: The Beginning’ clip shows Lion’s Pride Inn with Rob Kazinsky

One of the iconic places in World of Warcraft – The Lion’s Pride Inn got its incarnation in Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Warcraft: The Beginning” and star Rob Kazinsky gives us a brief look into the movie set of the famous tavern in Elwynn Forest. (Watch the featurette “The Lion’s Pride Inn with Rob Kazinsky” below.)

In “Warcraft: The Beginning,” the peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home.

So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.

Directed by Duncan Jones (“Source Code”) and written by Charles Leavitt and Jones, the film starring Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Rob Kazinsky and Daniel Wu is a Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment production.

Opening across the Philippines on May 25, 2016, “Warcraft: The Beginning” will be distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Cinema One Originals Festival 2016 names seven full-length feature finalists

Now on its 12th year, Cinema One Originals Festival has announced the list of seven full-length feature film finalists that will be given a P3-M grant each.

Here are the finalists for the full-length feature film category:

  1. LILY by Keith Deligero
  2. EVERY ROOM IS A PLANET by Malay Javier
  3. BAKA BUKAS PWEDE NA by Samantha Lee
  4. SI MAGDALOLA AT MGA GAGO by Jules Katanyag
  5. MALINAK LA’Y LABI by Jose Abdel Langit
  6. DOS MESTIZOS by Petersen Vargas
  7. TISAY by Alfonso Torre

The earlier announced documentary feature finalists are the following:

  2. PIDING by Paolo Picones and Gym Lumbera
  3. FORBIDDEN MEMORY by Teng Mangansakan

The 12th Cinema One Originals Festival is scheduled to run in November 2016.

The deliberation was processed by Ronald Arguelles, Teddy Co, Rico Gonzales, Kathleen Pador, Jade Castro, Roni Velasco, Lilit Reyes, Jinky Laurel, Oggs Cruz, Sherad Anthony Sanchez, and Richard Bolisay.

Bill Hader plays evil pig leader in ‘The Angry Birds Movie’

Hot off voicing the emotion Fear in the Oscar-winning “Inside Out” and starring in the hit comedy “Trainwreck,” actor Bill Hader now takes the role of the porcine principal, Leonard, in Columbia Pictures’ new adventure comedy “The Angry Birds Movie.”

Leonard is the leader of the pigs, the one who launches the birds’ beef against the pork. Proud, egomaniacal, and vain, Leonard’s a real pig, so no wonder that he ruffles Red’s feathers a bit.

“Leonard is super charismatic – so charming that he wins over the birds straight away,” says director Fergal Reilly. “Bill created a voice that had authority, but also charm – a showman personality. Bill has a velvety quality to his voice – warm and super funny – so when Leonard arrives on Bird Island, he wins the birds over effortlessly.”

Regarding Leonard’s distinctive cadence in speaking, Hader says, “My first recording session for the movie was really trying to figure out the voice. The filmmakers were saying they wanted it to be like Robert Preston in ‘The Music Man’ – a kind of a huckster. We started there, and then because Leonard is a big, round pig, the voice sort of became this Southern man.”

Hader describes the plot of the film this way: “The movie’s about this pig named Leonard who finds this island with these birds on it, and rightfully, he should have their eggs, but apparently, they don’t want him to have their eggs. There’s one bird, Red, played by Jason Sudeikis, who figures out Leonard’s plan to get the eggs – which is crazy not cool, because Leonard has every right in the world to have those eggs – and the birds start this awful mission against him.”

Actor, writer, comedian and producer, Bill Hader has become one of the most sought after comedy minds in Hollywood. In 2015, he was heard in Pixar’s “Inside Out,” alongside Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith and Lewis Black. Directed by Pete Docter, “Inside Out” received many accolades including wins for Best Animated Feature at the 88th Annual Academy Awards, Critic’s Choice Awards and Golden Globe Awards, and was Oscar-nominated for Best Original Screenplay.

Also in 2015, Hader co-starred alongside Amy Schumer in Universal Pictures’ comedy, “Trainwreck,” directed by Judd Apatow. “Trainwreck” opened to rave reviews at the 2015 South by Southwest Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globe Awards.

“The Angry Birds Movie” takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.

Featuring a hilarious, all-star voice cast that includes Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph and Peter Dinklage, as well as Keegan-Michael Key, Kate McKinnon, Tony Hale, Ike Barinholtz, Hannibal Buress, Jillian Bell, Danielle Brooks, Latin music sensation Romeo Santos, and YouTube stars Smosh (Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla), the Columbia Pictures/Rovio Entertainment film is directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis, produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder, screenplay by Jon Vitti, and executive produced by Mikael Hed and David Maisel.

Opening across the Philippines on May 11, 2016, “The Angry Birds Movie” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Meet the Four Horsemen in the new ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

The critically hailed blockbuster “X-Men: Days of Future Past” was a tough act to follow. Following his acclaimed work, director Bryan Singer takes the franchise to new heights with “X-Men: Apocalypse,” in which the X-Men battle the original and most powerful mutant — Apocalypse.

Staged in 1983, the invincible and immortal Apocalypse is set free after being entombed for several millennia. Enraged that his kind are no longer treated as gods, Apocalypse assembles a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to destroy humankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. To end Apocalypse’s path of global destruction, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) and Professor X (James McAvoy) lead a team of young X-Men in an epic showdown with a seemingly unstoppable enemy.

Once again fueled by rage and revenge, Magneto is vulnerable to Apocalypse’s offer to join him as one of his newly-reformed Four Horsemen. Inspired by the biblical vision of Four Horsemen, who unleash a divine apocalypse upon the world, Apocalypse’s Four Horsemen are minion mutants who, says Fassbender, “are living on the margins and have been ostracized or bullied.”

Apocalypse’s Four Horseman, circa 1983, are: Magneto, Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Angel (Ben Hardy) and Storm (Alexandra Shipp). Psylocke is a powerful telepath and trained ninja assassin. Introduced as the bodyguard for Caliban, an underground mutant tracker, Apocalypse senses Psylocke’s power and persuades her to join his cause. “She’s a fascinating character,” says Munn. “Unlike many of her fellow mutants, who kill only when they must, Psylocke has always enjoyed killing, or at least she has no problem doing it.”

Storm (whose given name is Ororo Monroe) is an orphan raised as a thief on the streets of Cairo. Storm possesses the ability to control all aspects of the weather. Storm can also fly, thanks to her ability to control wind currents. While she will become one of the most valued leaders of the X-Men, the Storm we meet in this film is struggling with who she is, before Apocalypse convinces her to join his team. “This Storm is more reckless and emotionally driven than the adult Storm we know from the previous X-Men films, starring Halle Berry,” says Shipp. “She’s confused about who she wants to be, and her lack of opportunity leads her to join Apocalypse as one of his modern Horsemen.”

The Fourth Horseman is Angel, whose mutation gave him large wings and the ability to fly. Angel’s agility, strength and reflexes make him a lethal hand-to-hand combatant. In “X-Men: Apocalypse,” after suffering severe damage to his wings, Angel is like an angry punk rocker. He’s a drunk, disheveled mess, and surviving out of pure instinct. Angel is approached by Apocalypse, who gives him the opportunity to channel his anger and join his Horsemen. In exchange for his allegiance, Apocalypse repairs Angel’s wings by transforming them into a techno-organic metal, which allows him to shoot deadly razor projectiles from his now indestructible wings. Ben Hardy, who takes flight as Angel, knew the character is one of the most anticipated by fans, and worked hard to bring Angel to life. That included a training regimen that was no less demanding than Hugh Jackman’s muscle-pumping workouts for his appearances as Wolverine. Hardy trained six days a week and followed a strict diet, “to look as superhuman as possible,” he says. For flying scenes, Hardy trained for and executed many complicated stunt wire-work, an often dizzying experience. “I mean, to be 30 feet in the air and swoop down was like being on a rollercoaster all day,” says Hardy.

The most awaited epic battle begins when “X-Men: Apocalypse” opens May 18, 2016 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

QCinema reveals eight Circle Competition 2016 finalists

Quezon City International Film Festival (QCinema) has announced the list of eight new movies that will be featured in this year’s Circle Competition to be held in October.

The following new films will be on display in the film festival:

  1. Ang Lubong ni Hesus” written by Fatrick Tabada and directed by Victor Villanueva;
  2. Ang Manananggal sa Unit 22B” written by Jen Chuaunsu and directed by Prime Cruz;
  3. Baboy Halas” directed by Bagane Fiola;
  4. Best. Partee. Ever.” directed by HF Yambao;
  5. Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus” by Dwein Baltazar;
  6. Hinulid” by Kristian Cordero;
  7. Purgatoryo” directed by Roderick Cabrido; and
  8. Women of the Weeping River” by Sheron Dayoc.

The selection process was facilitated by the Quezon City Film Development Commission (QCFDC), an organization formed by Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte to promulgate arts and culture in Quezon City.

The homegrown filmmaking talents will be given a grant amounting to a total of 1 million pesos. All rights will be owned by the filmmakers themselves.

Circle Competition Movie Lineup

Ang Lubong ni Hesus” is a Cebuano comedy-drama road film by award-winning Filipino film director Victor Louie Villanueva. The movie shows how the status quo of a dysfunctional and emotionally bankrupted family headed by Isay, a single mother, takes a wild turn upon receiving word that her ex-husband, Hesus, has already passed away.

In “Ang Manananggal sa Unit 22B”, powerhouse couple writer Jen Chuaunsu and director Prime Cruz show the struggles of Jewel, a manananggal (creature who separates from its  lower body and becomes a winged monster at night) who falls in love with a broken-hearted man. Can Jewel find true love or is she destined to live alone forever?

Baboy Halas”, a piece directed by Bagane Fiola, melds reality and fantasy together. Set in a mountain in Bukidnon, the movie follows the life of a hunter who transforms into a boar after plunging into the Enchanted River to pursue an Enchanted Nymph, masquerading as a white pig.

In the “Best. Partee. Ever.”, first-time indie filmmaker HF Yambao narrates city jail goings-on through the eyes of Mikey, a young, discreet gay man from the affluent class who spends five years in a city jail while hearing his case for drug pushing. Mikey eventually finds himself as the ringleader of a group of gay inmates called “Gang-da” and together they survive the dangers lurking behind prison bars.

Gusto Kita With All my Hypothalamus” by Dwein Baltazar takes the narrative to Avenida Rizal the once “downtown” of Manila, where the fates of four men intertwine: A pickpocket, a widowed old man, a university student, and a thrift shop employee, all connected by a mysterious beauty named Aileen.

In “Hinulid”, director Kristian Cordero trails behind a woman who travels to Cagbunga, Camarines Sur while carrying the ashes of her only son. She rides an old train that circles her universe like the tandayag, the primordial serpent known in the Tagalog and Bicol region.

Purgatoryo” directed by Roderick Cabrido, tells the story of Ilyong, a man recently killed by the police after he was caught stealing. His death signaled the start of a story that showed the complex relationship of a gambling lord, a policeman, a funeral parlor owner, and her two helpers.

Internationally renowned filmmaker Sheron Dayoc showed his prowess in “Women of the Weeping River”, a film project that has received international development grants and a production grant. Satra, a widow living in the southern Mindanao, forms a relationship with an aging village woman named Farida to help her in holding peace talks with a rival family.

Hyper-kinetic action movie ‘Hardcore Henry’ shot on GoPro cameras

Prepare for a mind-blowing immersive cinematic encounter in “Hardcore Henry” as it gives the audience a chance to experience the entire film through the point-of-view of its main character (cyborg) named Henry.

First time director Ilya Naishuller helms “Hardcore Henry” wherein Henry remembers nothing and his wife Estelle (played by Haley Bennett) has been kidnapped by an extremely powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries. The line between hero and villain in “Hardcore Henry” is tenuous as he tries to follow and uncover the devious plot against him within the city of Moscow. The audience – Henry, essentially – assesses in real time just who is friend and who is foe.

Shot almost entirely on GoPro cameras with custom engineered rigs, “Hardcore Henry” completely abandons, even eviscerates, traditional filmmaking and replaces it with a raw and immediate experience, allowing the audience to become one with the protagonist, so viewers go on a very personal and breathtaking journey with Henry. Wide-angle GoPro cameras, commonly used by sports fans and professionals to film their exploits, were used for the first-person style.

“Action cinema has always thrived when it captured the sensation of participating in dangerous situations that most people would much rather avoid in real life. The goal with ‘Hardcore Henry’ was to push it a step further, to put the audience right into the body of the protagonist, to have them experience the primal, exhilarating feeling that we usually view from a much safer distance,” says Naishuller.

Naishuller’s creativity, commitment and talent also impressed Bennett. “Even though this was Ilya’s first film, he knew exactly what he wanted and made me excited about helping him to fulfill his vision. He’s an incredibly dedicated artist,” Bennett says.

To take the concept from a short to a feature film, Naishuller and his team conducted hundreds of stabilization tests with GoPro rigs – there had to be enough balance between the hyper kinetic scenes and the more static (relatively speaking) portions. Achieving that balance required a fair amount of R&D, trial and error and blind faith but the payoff was worth it. “A big part of the pre-production process included the creation of magnetic stabilization rigs which allowed the team to mount the cameras on helmets and keep the picture comfortable for the audience,” editor Vlad Kaptur says.

“GoPro gave us access to some proprietary software that allowed for exposure control that they’ve since incorporated into the latest generation of their cameras. We were also expecting to break quite a few cameras, but during my shooting block we only busted two or three. We had about a dozen GoPro HERO3 Black Editions that GoPro provided us with. During one of the breaks from the shooting, GoPro released the HERO 3+ but we decided to keep using the original HERO3 to keep the picture consistent,” Naishuller adds.

“The camera rig was the most important piece of tech in getting the film to look and feel right. We hired an engineer friend of mine, Vladimir Kotihov, who was oddly enough, an American football player and knew a thing or two about helmets. We spent a long time designing and redesigning the helmet while simultaneously designing the stabilization system. It was magnet based and we went through about five or six prototypes. The first one looked like a medieval torture device before we got it where we needed it – something that provided good stabilization, light enough to not put too much pressure on the wearer and strong enough to withstand hits and general damage during the heavy-duty shoot. The final touch was attaching a Teradek transmitter and a zoom mic on it,” Kaptur recalls.

“Hardcore Henry” opens May 4, 2016 in cinemas from Pioneer Films.

MOVIE REVIEW: Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Just a couple of months after the release of the lackluster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes the emergence of yet another superhero movie that puts into test the essence of such genre as a character piece. We’ve seen the worst in Batman v Superman after expecting too much from DC Comics’ attempt to at least be on a par with Marvel’s phases. In the end, expectations are mostly unmet, widely panning what is supposed to be an iconic battle (and later on team-up) of two of the best-known caped heroes.

With the wounds left open by BvS, Captain America: Civil War is the genre’s redemption as it is able to demonstrate firmness, solid script and total excitement, all of which are absent in the former. Marvel Studios has mastered the needs of its audience, and to an extension what new viewers would love to see. Since 2012’s The Avengers, team-up film has been a thing for Marvel, setting up the bar for others to set on. Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: Civil War makes the most out of the wonders of its predecessors and even go beyond what we could think of whenever we define “surprise” and “excitement.”

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Twelve movies into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America: Civil War is an elaborate production that gets together the superheroes we have adored, not only for their awesome powers but for being just like any of us: dreamers and fighters and lovers, brothers and family and friends. For what Batman v Superman lacked in execution, Civil War seems to have made up and put even more to the table.

For all its worth, Captain America: Civil War is a well-grounded superhero movie with loads of action and drama. It deserves a repeat viewing anytime soon for those exciting set pieces alone. There is just enough buildup for its characters to have their respective ideals. Captain America fights for his own motives while Iron Man draws deep from his emotions.

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While there are several things going on inside their universe, they are able to exude the very secret they possesses: a heart so big there is no other way out but to deal with it. The experience is more than satisfying that it does not feel suffocating at any point. For a big-budgeted superhero movie like Captain America: Civil War, it’s pretty rare to see careful narratives of drama that stick to emotion, revealing the humanity behind costumes and props, between armors and superpowers.

Now it’s time to prepare for Avengers: Infinity War, Parts I and II in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Expecting too much from Marvel’s impressive lineup is one thing, witnessing more than what we could all expect is another.