MOVIE REVIEW: Despicable Me 3 (2017)

There is much to say about the goofiness of “Despicable Me” as an animated adventure movie but it actually transcends with family values at its core. While laughter and admiration from its audience can be the key to make it a successful installment, it is more grounded on its mission to take the franchise further with the introduction of a new character that does not veer away from the very protagonist we loved in the first movie (2010). Heroism prevailed in the second one (2013), family values this time.

It’s double the fun wih Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) meeting his estranged twin brother Dru (which he voiced differently just so there is distinction). He might have been already content with his quiet life with his lovely wife, Lucy (voiced by Kristen Wiog), alongside the adorable Minions, but here comes Dru convincing him to have “one last heist.” With these two characters teaming up, it is essential to have a new villain (as if the blood running through the twin brothers is not villanous enough).  Bad Boy Balthazar Bratt (voiced by Trey Parker) takes the spotlight as a revengeful 80s child star who has long since been enraged for having his top-rating TV show cancelled.

The cute yellow Minions have their own shining moments well intended for kids who just want to have fun seeing these little characters play around in spite of mumbling gibberish. There is an excessive nonsense in it all but the hell with it.

Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, Despicable Me 3’s strength is obviously its colorful visuals that are never straining to the eyes. For three installments now, it has founded on funny gags against brilliant settings. Moreover, it has come to know how to be appealing in its own world of villainy and quirkiness.

With what could be a nice opener to a whole new set of installments featuring Gru’s equally evil (but still lovable) twin brother, there is much to expect in the coming years as Despicable Me 3 establishes itself as a sturdy series with a good following worldwide.

Ninjas assemble in main poster of ‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie’

Find the Ninja within ya in the main one-sheet art of Warner Animation Group’s The LEGO Ninjago Movie, a new animated adventure in Warner’s LEGO franchise.

Take a look at the poster below and watch the film in Philippine cinemas starting September 27, 2017.

In this big-screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret warriors and LEGO Master Builders. Led by kung fu master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, the Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their true power.

Jackie Chan (Kung Fu Panda) stars as Master Wu; Justin Theroux (Magamind 2) is Garmadon; Dave Franco (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising) plays Lloyd; and Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse) is Lloyd’s mom, Koko. Making up the secret ninja crew, Fred Armisen (SNL) voices Cole; Abbi Jacobson (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising) plays Nya; Kumail Nanjiani (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates) is Jay; Michael Peña (Ant-Man) is Kai; and Zach Woods (Silicon Valley) voices Zane.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie marks the feature film directorial debut of Charlie Bean (Tron: Uprising). It is being produced by Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Roy Lee, who previously collaborated on the worldwide box-office phenomenon The LEGO® Movie, along with Maryann Garger (“Flushed Away”). Chris McKay, Seth Grahame-Smith, Jill Wilfert, and Keith Malone are serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Hilary Winston & Bob Logan & Paul Fisher, story by Kevin Hageman & Dan Hageman and Hilary Winston & Bob Logan & Paul Fisher, based on LEGO Construction Toys.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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WATCH: Second trailer for ‘Annabelle: Creation’ opens new chapter in ‘The Conjuring’ universe

Experience the next chapter in The Conjuring Universe. Watch the new trailer New Line Cinema’s Annabelle: Creation below.

In Philippine cinemas starting Thursday, August 10, Annabelle: Creation has David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) helming the follow up to 2014’s hugely successful Annabelle, which scared up nearly $257 million at the worldwide box office during its run in theaters. The new film is once again being produced by Peter Safran and James Wan, who also partnered so effectively on The Conjuring movies.

In Annabelle: Creation, several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

Sandberg directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman, who also wrote Annabelle. The film stars Stephanie Sigman (Spectre), Talitha Bateman (The 5th Wave), Lulu Wilson (Ouija: Origin of Evil), Philippa Coulthard (After the Dark), Grace Fulton (Badland), Lou Lou Safran (The Choice), Samara Lee (The Last Witch Hunter), Tayler Buck in her feature film debut, with Anthony LaPaglia (TV’s Without a Trace) and Miranda Otto (Showtime’s Homeland, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy).

Annabelle: Creation is a New Line Cinema presentation, an Atomic Monster/Safran Company production. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.