‘Logan: The Wolverine’ to have midnight screenings in PH cinemas

Responding to the fever-pitch anticipation of Hugh Jackman’s “Logan”, the most eager of cineastes who want to see it first can finally catch the movie on its midnight screenings (12:01am) set on March 1, Wednesday in Philippine theatres nationwide (check your nearest favorite theatres).

Starring Hugh Jackman in the title role, “Logan” is directed by James Mangold that also stars a powerhouse of a cast that includes Patrick Stewart, Boy Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant and newcomer Dafne Keen. A standalone story that sees Jackman in the final chapter of his Wolverine alter-ego, the movie brings the iconic hero at a crossroads that will finally define his destiny.

The film takes place more than 50 years after the events depicted in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and is its own standalone tale that plays more like an intimate family journey but is also packed with high-stakes action scenes. When the film opens, Logan is in a vulnerable and broken state, the curse of his immortality wearing heavy on him as he cares for a weakened Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) in a derelict smelting plant at the edge of an abandoned oil field. They’re joined there by a third mutant, Caliban (The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant), sheltering in obscurity at a time when the world believes mutants have passed into history.

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But Logan’s days of drinking in relative solitude are interrupted when he finds himself the reluctant guardian of a young girl, Laura (Keen) who has powers remarkably like his own, from her hands as well as her feet spring the same adamantium claws as Wolverine’s. Not that he’s exactly eager to accept this newfound responsibility—he’s far too weary to play the hero once more.

Tasked with protecting her from the murderous cybernetic criminal Donald Pierce (Holbrook), Logan and Professor X set out to cross hostile territory to ferry Laura to a place called Eden, where young mutants are said to enjoy safe haven. But Pierce and his fearsome army of cyborg Reavers are determined to return the girl to the custody of Dr. Zander Rice (Grant), the sinister geneticist behind Alkali who triggered her mutations through a series of inhumane experiments in the hopes of creating a child super-soldier.

“Logan” further unleashes its claws a few hours after its midnight screenings (with more screens) on March 1 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. Also available in IMAX (2D) screens. The movie is rated R-16 by the MTRCB.

Nine Filipino films make it to Osaka Asian Film Festival 2017

An impressive nine (9) Filipino films will be participating in the Osaka Asian Film Festival 2017, three (3) of which are part of the main competition section.

Jerrold Tarog’s Bliss, Sigrid Andrea Bernardo’s Kita Kita, and Borgy Torre’s Tisay are part of the competition section and will compete with thirteen (13) other Asian films for the Grand Prix and Most Promising Talent awards. Meanwhile, Mario Cornejo’s Apocalypse Child will be featured in the In & Out of Work: Looking at Asia through the Prism of Employment Special Program. Finally, the special program featuring new movements in film will include Samantha Lee’s Baka Bukas, Mikhail Red’s Birdshot, Mihk Vergara’s Patintero: The Legend of Meng the Loser, Bradley Liew’sSinging in Graveyards, and Avid Liongoren’sSaving Sally.

“We are very proud with the incredible turnout of selected Filipino participants [of the Osaka Asian Film Fest] this year. As more of our own are featured in international festivals, they bring with them the unique voice and artistic culture of our country and it just really is a proud moment for them. We want them to know that FDCP is here to support them in any way it can,” said FDCP Chair Liza Diño. FDCP will be coordinating with the Philippine Consulate in Osaka, Japan to give assistance to the Festival participants.

The Osaka Asian Film Festival will be held on March 3-12, 2017 in Osaka, Japan.