Critically-acclaimed sci-fi ‘Arrival’ holds sneak previews on Feb 6, 7

Nerdist calls it, “The smartest blockbuster since The Dark Knight,” while NY Magazine describes it as “An eerie, tantalizing, altogether superb puzzler.”

The subject of these praises is Columbia Pictures’ Arrival – the critically acclaimed film that’s up for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay.

And now, Philippine audiences can catch it in sneak previews on Monday and Tuesday, February 6 and 7 in selected cinemas everywhere. Tickets will be at regular admission prices. (Check your favorite cinema for details).

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Arrival is a provocative science fiction thriller from acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners, upcoming Blade Runner 2049). When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

Also starring Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker, Arrival is based upon the acclaimed short story by Ted Chiang titled Story of Your Life.

In its citation of Arrival as the No.1 Best Reviewed Sci-Fi/Fantasy film of 2016’s, RottenTomatoes writes, “Arrival delivers a must-see experience for fans of thinking person’s sci-fi that anchors its heady themes with genuinely affecting emotion and a terrific performance from Amy Adams.”

Concurring with this acclaim is Kenneth Turan of Los Angeles Times who says the film “is simultaneously old and new, revisiting many of these alien-invasion conventions but with unexpected intelligence, visual style and heart.”

Steve Tilley of Toronto Sun also affirms, “If you’re yearning for a smart, thoughtful sci-fi film that wonders how first contact with aliens might go down, this tight little gem of a film is a gift from beyond the stars.”

Finally, The Atlantic’s Christopher Orr proclaims, “The best film of the year to date, ambitious in conception and extraordinary in execution, has arrived.”

Opening across the Philippines on February 15, Arrival is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

WATCH: James Franco, Bryan Cranston clash as in-laws in ‘Why Him?’ trailer

20th Century Fox’s second red-band trailer of “Why Him?” starring James Franco and Bryan Cranston reveals more of an overprotective father and a well-meaning but foulmouthed boyfriend who find themselves at wit’s end trying to prove something to each other.

Following a sentimental moment before visiting her college daughter, Stephanie (Zoey Deutch), Ned (Cranston) along with his wife Barb (Megan Mullally) and Scotty (Griffin Gluck) felt awfully surprised upon meeting his daughter’s boyfriend, internet billionaire Laird Mayhew (Franco). After an awkward initial meeting with the shirtless Laird, the family soon warms up to Laird but not Ned. The tension grew at its most intense when Laird revealed to Ned that he’s about to pop the question to Stephanie. Determined that he’s not good enough for his daughter, Ned goes on an all-out war with Laird to stop him from asking his daughter to marry him.

“Why Him?” is an original story by director John Hamburg along with Jonah Hill and Ian Helfer, produced by a team of guaranteed blockbuster filmmakers consisting of Shawn Levy, Ben Stiller and Dan Levine.

A hilarious kind of date movie for clashing in-laws, “Why Him?” opens February 1 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Alodia, Ashley Gosiengfiao take part in ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’

Popular influencers and cosplaying sisters Alodia and Ashley Gosiengfiao held a special private screening of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter with their friends recently at the Columbia Pictures Preview Room to celebrate their participation in the film’s production.

The sisters were among loyal Resident Evil fans from various countries of the world who were invited by the filmmakers to play ass-kicking zombies out to infect Milla Jovovich’s Alice and her team, the only remaining survivors of the undead apocalypse.

Alodia and Ashley flew to South Africa for the location shoot last year, and experienced first-hand the thrill of being made up as zombies, complete with authentic costumes and gnarly attitude!

For their efforts, both girls’ names appear in the film’s end credits. How cool is that?!

Ashley and Alodia Gosiengfiao (3rd and 4th in front row) join Milla Jovovich (4th in back row) and fans during production of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in South Africa.
Ashley and Alodia Gosiengfiao (2nd and 3rd in front row) strike zombie poses with Milla Jovovich (center) and fans during production of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in South Africa.
Ashley and Alodia Gosiengfiao (2nd and 3rd in front row) strike zombie poses with Milla Jovovich (center) and fans during production of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in South Africa.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, marks the sixth and final installment in the astoundingly successful film franchise adaptation of Capcom’s hugely popular video game series, having grossed over $1billion worldwide to date and being the most successful video game film franchise ever.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter picks up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, in which Alice is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

Among the diverse group of acting talent are returning stars, Milla Jovovich reprising her starring role as Alice, Ali Larter (Resident Evil: Afterlife), as Claire Redfield, Shawn Roberts (Resident Evil: Afterlife), as Albert Wesker, and Iain Glen (Game of Thrones, Resident Evil: Extinction) in the role of Dr. Alexander Isaacs, and newcomers to the franchise include Ruby Rose (xXx: Return of Xander Cage), Irish actor Eoin Macken (The Night Shift), Japanese television personality and model, Rola, as Cobalt, South Korean actor, Lee Joon-Gi (My Girl) as Commando, British actor, Fraser James (Law & Order), with Latin American actor, William Levy (Addicted).

Now showing across the Philippines, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is distributed by Columbia Pictures, the local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.