Spy action comedy ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ reveals first poster

The unique breed of spies that redefined action and espionage in “Kingsman: The Secret Service” are back with their latest mission and new allies and villains in the upcoming sequel “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.”

Directed by blockbuster maker Matthew Vaughn, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” first poster reveal sees returning cast Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Mark Strong along with new cast members Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Elton John and Jeff Bridges.

Based on Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons “The Secret Service” comic, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” trails after protagonist Eggsy (Egerton) saved the world and now goes by the title Galahad. “Kingsman: The Secret Service” introduced the world to Kingsman – an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy.

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” opens September 27, 2017 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Life (2017)

Life (Daniel Espinosa, 2017) ends the brilliant streak of epic space-extra-terrestrial conversations that Gravity, Interstellar, The Martian and Arrival have stirred from the last 4 years.

A group of multinational scientists tests a sample soil from Mars, successfully proving that it contains the first proof of extraterrestrial life through single cell extraction. This leads to a series of unprecedented events of attack as the new-found species turns into a predator for its own survival.

The film has every potential to be a solid space epic, in-your-face extra-terrestrial tale: a very exciting premise, above par visual effects, and a committed ensemble; however, an uninspired screenplay and indecisive direction drag the film down to deep space.

In all fairness, Life boasts thrills but the good part stops there. The film majorly suffers from lack of context and insufficient substance other than the obvious artifice of man vs. alien. Filled with underwritten and one dimensional characters, the screenplay is short of the charm and definitive intelligence as it boxes itself in a textbook-ish narrative filled with jargons and scientific propaganda, making the entire film very emotionally distant for the audience to even care or sympathize for the characters. Furthermore, it is almost impossible to root for the characters as there is almost nothing to hold onto them. They make hasty and irrational decisions from start to finish, solely building to the shock value of the film, completely empty of any human depth.

The entire film feels as if it were a mere elimination game than a genuine survival story as director Daniel Espinosa evidently showcases shock after shock; indecisive whether to go the Cuaron’s Gravity or Aliens vs Predator; or perhaps the cardinal sin of marrying both through its mise en scènes, leading to a messy, incoherent storyline. The atmosphere of the first hour felt so minimalistic, and it leads you feeling that this is going to be one of those art-house space features full of silent moments and engaging characters. However, the director decides to go completely the opposite, as everything startlingly transforms into a monstrous battle story. Juggling the two themes perhaps is ambitious, and will always have the ability to soar high once done with finesse and intellect, but at the same time, will always be bound to a miserable failure if polar elements won’t be hemmed flawlessly – for this occasion, the latter.

The film has respectable performances from Rebecca Ferguson and Jake Gyllenhaal. They are two of the better aspects of the film, but aren’t just enough to truly engage into their journey of nothingness. You can tell from the actors’ commitment that they are boldly determined to nail the film, but having their tour de force talents surrounded by confusion just dilute the power they give.

Overall, Life suffers from the inescapable misfortune of being released in an era fresh from Gravity, Interstellar, The Martian and Arrival, where intelligence and emotional engagement matter more than the surface of excitement and thrills. It showcases nothing new and doesn’t really give much of what we’ve already gotten before.

Now showing across Philippine cinemas, Life is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

After ‘X’ rating from MTRCB, Jerrold Tarog’s ‘Bliss’ to screen for free at UP Cine Adarna

It’s bound to happen—a screening of Jerrold Tarog’s newest movie, Bliss, in a venue outside the jurisdiction of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) after its ‘X’ rating.

The special screening of Bliss is scheduled on Monday, April 3, at Cine Adarna at UP Diliman. Limited seats are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration starts at 5 PM and screening is at 6:30 PM.

Due to adult themes, strong language, and scenes of graphic nudity, violence, and sexuality, no one under 18 years of age will be admitted. Only those with valid ID with proof of date of birth will be allowed to view the film.

Last Tuesday, the MTRCB gave an X rating to the psychological thriller starring Iza Calzado and Ian Veneracion, banning it from being exhibited to the public. Iza recently won Best Performer at the 2017 Osaka Asian Film Festival.

According to Iza’s talent manager, Noel Ferrer, the rating was due to “explicit nudity scenes.”

Based on the current rules of MTRCB, these are the reasons for an ‘X’ rating:

  • The average person, applying contemporary community standards and values, would find that the dominant theme of the work, taken as a whole appeals solely to the prurient interest and satisfies only the craving for gratuitous sex and/or violence.
  • The film depicts in a patently lewd, offensive, or demeaning manner, excretory functions and sexual conduct such as sexual intercourse, masturbation and exhibition of the genitals.
  • The film clearly constitutes an attack against any race, creed, or religion.
  • The film condones or encourages the use of illegal drugs and substances.
  • The film tends to undermine the faith and confidence of the people in their government and/or duly-constituted authorities.
  • The film glorifies criminals or condones crimes.
  • The film is libelous or defamatory to the good name and reputation of any person, whether living or dead.
  • The film may constitute contempt of court or of a quasi-judicial tribunal, or may pertain to matters which are subjudicial in nature.”

Tarog has an impressive lineup of works as a director, writer, editor, and musical scorer. He helmed the highly acclaimed movies Heneral Luna and Sana Dati.

A production of TBA, Artikulo Uno, and Quantum Films, Bliss is supposed to open on May 10. Producers are still in the process of appealing for a second review.

For the first time, you can watch ‘Vince & Kath & James’ for just 150 pesos at Cinema ’76!

2016 MMFF entry Vince & Kath & James is the latest addition to the growing features from indie hub Cinema ’76This teen romantic movie joins 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten by Petersen Vargas and I’m Drunk, I Love You by JP Habac from March 31 (Friday) to April 6 (Thursday).

Tickets are priced at 150 pesos each and seats are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Located at 160 Luna Mencias St. Brgy. Addition Hills, San Juan del Monte, Cinema ’76 is a micro-cinema dedicated to bringing the latest Filipino independent films as well as English and foreign-language films to its discriminating movie audience. Its setup is akin to a home theater with couches and throw pillows.

For more information, visit their Facebook page or contact them at (02) 398 1939.

  • Vince & Kath & James by Theodore Boborol
  • 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten by Petersen Vargas
  • I’m Drunk, I Love You by JP Habac*

(*Preceded by Angelito by Jerrold Tarog. This 20-minute short film bridges Heneral Luna and its upcoming sequel Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral.)

 


Read on to see the synopses and view the trailers for each featured movie.

VINCE & KATH & JAMES

Vince and Kath and James is a teen romance movie that shows how to love with #NoFilter. When Kath (Julia Barretto) starts receiving sweet, anonymous texts, she wonders who they might be from. Could it be from Vince (Joshua Garcia), the nerdy, torpe guy she can’t stand, or James (Ronnie Alonte), the cute varsity player she likes? How will her love story unfold? Will someone love her in real life, beyond the bright screen of her phone?


2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten

Felix is a friendless achiever in high school whose life changes after the arrival of the half-American Snyder brothers, entangling him in their dark ambitions.


I’m Drunk, I Love You.

Days before graduation, two college best friends go on one last road trip where they settle how they really feel for each other. But to put it upfront, this is not a love story.


Do your own virtual car stunt in F8 Greenscreen Event at Uptown, Galleria, MOA

Ever wondered how car stunts in Fast & Furious films are made? You may stop imagining now, and experience it instead!

To mark the April 15 release of Fast & Furious 8 in the Philippines, Universal Pictures will mount the “F8 Greenscreen Event” – a playful and highly shareable initiative that celebrates the FAST franchise and allows the fans to become part of the FAST family.
Universal Pictures has created a unique mini green screen studio for fans to star in their very own Fast & Furious stunt scene experience which offers the thrill of hitting the accelerator in one of the movie’s supercars.

Fans can enter the mini studio, take the driver’s seat and join the Fast family in an immersive experience to create their own personalized video which can be shared across Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Visit the #F8 Greenscreen at the following locations and star in your own Fast stunt for the ultimate #F8Experience.

  • APRIL 1-2: Uptown Mall Cinema Lobby
  • APRIL 8-9: Robinsons Galleria Cinema Lobby
  • APRIL 15-16: SM Mall of Asia Music Hall

For details on how to participate, visit https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph.

About Fast & Furious 8

On the heels of 2015’s Fast & Furious 7, one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide and the sixth-biggest global title in box-office history, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time: Fast & Furious 8.

Now that Dom and Letty are married and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.

From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.

Fast & Furious 8 features a returning all-star cast, as well as a star-studded array of newcomers to this world – Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Helen Mirren, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Scott Eastwood with Kurt Russell and Charlize Theron.

Opening across the Philippines on Black Saturday, April 15, 2017, Fast & Furious 8 is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

WATCH: Terror floats in first trailer for Stephen King’s ‘It’

The much awaited first official trailer for Stephen King’s It has just floated and it surely is something for your nightmares!

See the first trailer for It (Part 1 – The Losers’ Club) below and check out the movie when it opens September 7 in the Philippines.

New Line Cinema’s upcoming supernatural horror movie is directed by Andrés Muschietti (Mama). It is based on the highly popular 1986 Stephen King novel of the same name.

The storyline involve seven children in a small town of Derry, Maine, who come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.

The cast of IT includes: Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise The Dancing Clown and Jaeden Lieberher as Bill Denbrough, with Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Nicholas Hamilton in supporting roles

The adaptation to screen was penned by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, and Gary Dauberman. Producers include Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg and Barbara Muschietti, with Marty P. Ewing, Doug Davison and Jon Silk serving as executive producers.

Opening across the Philippines on September 7, 2017, Stephen King’s “It” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

WATCH: Spidey shows off new tech in new trailer for ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Does the suit make the man? The brand new trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming has been launched by Columbia Puctures.

Witness all the action as Spidey faces off against the Vulture, learns some hard lessons from Iron Man himself, and generally does whatever a spider can.

Watch the all-new #SpiderManHomecoming trailer now below and make sure to see it in Philippine cinemas this July.

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, with Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Cause of Mars extinction becomes threat on Earth in horror-thriller ‘Life’

Columbia Pictures’ Life is a terrifying sci-fi thriller about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.

Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), Life stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare, Olga Dihovichnaya. Produced by David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Bonnie Curtis, and Julie Lynn. Written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick.

The approach to Life was to make a terrifying thriller that feels like it could be in today’s headlines. “This script had such a degree of reality and a feeling of constant tension,” says Ryan Reynolds. “It begins with an air of discovery that turns to a tension that permeates the whole film as we learn more and more about this thing that we’ve put on board the ISS.”

Director Daniel Espinosa says that before he was approached to direct Life, he had given some thought to the ways his filmmaking heroes approached science fiction – Ridley Scott in Alien, Stanley Kubrick in 2001, Andrei Tarkovsky in Solaris. “I think the reason so many great directors have walked into science fiction is to work with the unknown – the fear or fascination with the unknown,” he says. “We live in a world that is quite mundane, but in space, you enter an adventure – you don’t know how it looks, how it feels, what it can do to you, where it is. It doesn’t make a sound. That’s terrifying.”

After reading the script for Life, Espinosa saw a way to draw on the work of those icons and yet make a film that would bear his own personal stamp. “This script felt more like a realistic science fiction – maybe science reality,” he says, noting that scientists have discovered proof of water on Mars, thousands of exoplanets revolving around other stars, and even waking 50,000-year-old microbes that have been hibernating inside crystals.

That gives the movie a sense of urgency, says producer and Skydance CEO David Ellison. “One of the things that was very important early on from the genesis of this project was that you could feel like you could turn on the news and hear that this happened today,” he says.

“We’re not making a film that takes place a hundred years from now,” adds producer Dana Goldberg.“We very much wanted to make a film that felt more like science fact than science fiction.”

“Finding life on other planets is obviously extremely exciting, and I think we could be very close to that,” says Paul Wernick, who co-writes the film with his partner, Rhett Reese. (Reese and Wernick most recently teamed with Life star Ryan Reynolds for the global hit Deadpool.) “I think that grounds the movie.”

It’s an idea that was with the film from its genesis. “Dana and I had an idea around the time period when Mars Curiosity had touched down,” says Ellison. “What if the Curiosity discovered single cell organism life on Mars and brought it back to the ISS for analysis. Then, once it was introduced into an environment that was conducive to life, it started to grow… and what if, in the way that humanity does all of the time, with the best of intentions, it was probed, which turned it hostile. This would fundamentally turn the movie into an incredibly tense, sci-fi horror movie set on the ISS, all at zero gravity.”

Reese and Wernick came up with an idea for a completely original alien creature. “We had a vision for this alien whereby it began as a single-celled organism and then that cell divided many, many times, until it became a multi-cellular, complex organism that was able to navigate its environment,” says Reese. “It’s not a higher intelligence – it’s a combination of cells that are not differentiated. A human body has differentiated cells – muscle cells, nerve cells, blood cells, and all of these cells perform different functions. In this particular alien, every cell performs every bodily function on its own. Every cell is an eye cell, a muscle cell, a nerve cell, and as such, the creature is very, very adaptable.”

“It’s our worst nightmare, and the crew’s worst nightmare,” says Wernick.

Now showing across the Philippines, Life is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

WATCH: New trailer for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge’

The new trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, the fifth installment in the hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, has been released by Walt Disney Pictures. (The film is alternately titled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.)

Watch the film when it opens in the Philippines in May 24, 2017 and check out the new trailer below.

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge is directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Oscar Best Foreign Language Film nominee Kon-Tiki).

The cast also includes Orlando Bloom, Kaya Scodelario, David Wenham, Geoffrey Rush and Brenton Thwaites.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Philippines.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ makes P541.67-M in 11 days, now PH’s 6th highest-grossing film

MANILA, March 27, 2017 – Disney’s live-action fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast” dazzled again at No.1 on its second weekend at the box-office, grossing with a massive P541.67-M in just 11 days. This figure puts it at sixth place in the rankings of all-time highest-grossing movies in the Philippine industry. This was announced today by a spokesman of Walt Disney Studios Philippines.

With interest and theater attendance for the film still at a high point, “Beauty and the Beast” is poised to surpass more records in the days to come.

“Beauty and the Beast” is now playing in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D cinemas across the Philippines.

About Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within.

The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.