GUIDE: UPFI Film Center in May 2016

This May 2016, UPFI Film Center of the University of the Philippines Diliman presents a wide range of feature films in time for the Elections season and Mother’s Day. Returning to UP Cine Adarna are the masterpieces of Chito S. Roño, Raymond Red and Lav Diaz. Celebrating womanhood and paying tribute to Mother’s Day are some restored films via ABS-CBN Film Restoration. The two-day Israeli Film Festival will also be featured as presented by the Embassy of Israel to the Philippines. Closing the month are the presentations of Ice Idanan’s sought-after film and a number of Jennylyn Mercado starrers.

up cine adarna may 2016 schedule

Here are the screening schedules of UPFI Film Center this May 2016:

Chito S. Roño Feature:

May 3, 4, 5 Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday
2:30/5/7 p.m.

Sine ni Lav Diaz:

May 6 & 13 Friday 4 p.m.
May 19 Thursday 4 p.m.
Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon

May 7 & 14 Saturday 10 a.m.
Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis

ABS-CBN Film Restoration: Mother’s Day Tribute

May 10 Tuesday
5 p.m. Olivia M. Lamasan’s Madrasta
7:30 p.m. Jose Javier Reyes’ Batang PX

Raymond Red Feature:

May 11 & 12 Wednesday/Thursday 5 & 7 p.m.

Israeli Film Festival 2016:

Presented by the Embassy of Israel to the Philippines

May 17 Tuesday
5 p.m. The Band’s Visit
7:30 p.m. 2Night

May 18 Wednesday
5 p.m. Jellyfish (Meduzot)
7:30 p.m. Restoration

Restored Classic in Honor of Lino Brocka:

Presented by Film Development Council of the Philippines

May 20 Friday 5 & 7 p.m.

CineFilipino Feature:

Presented by UP CAST

May 21 Saturday 7 p.m.
Ice Idanan’s Sakaling Hindi Makarating

Starring Jennylyn Mercado:

May 24 Tuesday
#Walang Forever 2:30 & 7 p.m.
English Only, Please 5 p.m.

May 25 Wednesday
English Only, Please 2:30 & 5 p.m.
#Walang Forever 7 p.m.

May 26 Thursday
New Jennylyn Mercado Starrer 2:30/5/7 p.m.

May 28 Saturday
2:30 p.m. English Only, Please
5 p.m. #Walang Forever
7 p.m. New Jennylyn Mercado Starrer

For more information, visit and like the Facebook page of Ibong Adarna. Join and always check out posts in the Facebook group UPFI Film Center.

You may also contact UPFI Film Institute thru 926-2722 or

Experience PH’s first MX4D Motion EFX Theater at the Evia Lifestyle Center

When Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice premiered March 26, 2016 in the Philippines, long lines of die-hard fans of the Bat of Gotham and the Son of Krypton formed in theaters.

But for many, watching the movie once was not enough. The MX4D experience now available in the Philippines let moviegoers double the fun and excitement of watching the super blockbuster in 4D.

MX4D Motion EFX theater in Evia Lifestyle Center

MX4D is a movie-watching experience like no other. Right from the start you are part of the action on-screen when you watch movies like Batman vs. Superman in the new format. From the moment when the Metropolis is being destroyed by aliens, you ride shotgun with Bruce Wayne as he races to save his employees from the oncoming onslaught. Smoke comes out of the screen when the building collapses and debris starts flying everywhere.

You’ll never know what, or when, to expect the next big thing if you’re watching a movie in MX4D. Jolts, turns, gusts of wind and scents are some of the extraordinary things you will experience while watching a movie in the format.

It is highly recommended that you immerse yourself completely in the action and not munch on snacks while the on-screen action is hot. MX4D really literally moves you, and you won’t know what’s going to happen next. The action-filled Batman V Superman showcases the best of what the MX4D experience can offer.

Although those who prefer to be relaxed while watching movies may prefer the conventional theatrical experience to the all-engaging style of watching movies in 4D, it is a must to watch a movie in this format at least once. The MX4D experience helps viewers feel more connected to the scene and the protagonists and makes movie-watching more interesting and fun.

Good news for Metro South residents, who can now enjoy this one of a kind experience right outside their doorstep. The Philippines’ first and only MX4D theater is at Vista Cinemas in Evia Lifestyle Center, Vista City, Daang Hari. It’s worth visiting and experiencing too, even if you’re not from the South.

Still showing for MX4D action is the much-awaited blockbuster film Captain America: Civil War. For updates on movie schedules and ticket prices, please visit the website or the Vista Cinemas Facebook page at and You may also use the hashtag #eviaMX4D.

Comedians Josh Gad, Danny McBride breathe life to ‘Angry Birds’

Joining Red on his campaign against the bad piggies in Columbia Pictures’ new adventure comedy “The Angry Birds Movie” are Chuck and Bomb – also outcasts with anger issues on an island where it seems that almost every bird is happy – all of whom have ended up in an anger management class.

Chuck is fast. He moves fast and talks fast – sometimes quicker than he thinks, which lands him in a lot trouble. But there’s genuinely a good bird behind his motorbeak, intent on making friends, and when Red needs a hand, he’s among the first to volunteer.

Chuck is brought to life by Josh Gad, whose most recent animated film role was as Olaf, the snowman longing for bright summer days in Frozen. “Chuck is almost the polar opposite of Olaf,” says producer John Cohen. “Where Olaf was sweet, innocent and child-like, Chuck has a real edge. He doesn’t have any kind of filtering mechanism, always puts his foot in his mouth, and has a real comedic bite to him. Josh Gad has created a fantastic character – and just like Chuck, Josh has an incredibly quick mind. He’s one of the best improvisers in the world.”

“Chuck does everything at a million miles per hour,” says Gad. “Everything – running, flying, talking… it was a lot of effort playing Chuck. Of course, since this is an animated movie all the action is in my mind, so I was mentally exhausted all the time.”

Meanwhile, Bomb is a bit of dim bulb with a big heart. He’s amiable and considerate – most of the time. But he’s got a problem: he suffers from Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED). If he gets surprised, or scared, or angry – kaboom. He has a tendency to literally blow up. He’s always yearned to control himself but found self-constraint just out of reach. When the pigs arrive, however, his condition might be just what the doctor ordered.

“Bomb is proud of his ability to blow up, but he’s not fully in control of it,” Cohen says. “He has a bit of performance anxiety, and that’s a source of some struggle for him.”

And though Bomb’s disorder is played for laughs, IED is no joke –you can look it up in your DSM-5.

Playing the role is Danny McBride, whose screen persona seems to be a perfect fit. “All of Danny’s characters – from `The Pineapple Express’ to `This Is the End’ – are such great expressions of comedic anger. They all possess a deep-rooted desire to be accepted and liked, but they also have some emotion just below the surface that at any moment could burst through to wreak comedic havoc,” says Cohen. “The only difference is that Bomb literally explodes, rather than metaphorically.”

“Like Red and Chuck, Bomb is angry; he’s also a bird, too,” McBride says. “He has an explosive personality. He explodes when he gets angry. And he wants to improve. He’s embarrassed that he can’t control his anger, and he wants to focus it.”

“Bomb is actually a pretty laid-back, fun-loving guy,” McBride continues. “But any little thing can set him off. He’s a tough guy to make microwave popcorn around.”

And how does McBride – he of the famously explosive characters – deal with anger? “I’ve never been angry in my life,” he says. Riiiiiiiight.

“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.