WATCH: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart in Halloween-themed teaser to ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ trailer

Watch what happens when Kevin Hart drops by Dwayne Johnson’s home for trick or treat in this Halloween-themed tease to the new trailer of Columbia Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level.

Check out the teaser below and watch for the new trailer tonight!

And the banter went on in their Instagram accounts.  “I killed it with my Halloween costume this year…. @therock had the nerve to get an attitude with me,” posts Kevin Hart (https://www.instagram.com/p/B4Qsz-WlM7t/)  

To which Dwayne Johnson writes, “Of all the things my best friend @KevinHart4real can dress up as for Halloween.  He comes back from injury to stick me with this dirty, rotten, HEARTLESS LOW BLOW. Love ya brother. Good to have you back.”

(https://www.instagram.com/p/B4QvNPnFXvw/?fbclid=IwAR2yZE9o-4jwrzkUU8bOKHK4XH9BUj1anMEysuOprLaj0Vithwfi4crC4bY)

In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game.

The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Awkwafina, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, Alex Wolff with Danny Glover and Danny DeVito.

Directed by Jake Kasdan, the sequel is written by Jake Kasdan & Jeff Pinker & Scott Rosenberg, based on the book Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg. The film is produced by Matt Tolmach, Jake Kasdan, Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia.

In Philippine cinemas December 4, Jumanji: The Next Level is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.  Use the hashtag #JumanjiTheNextLevel

Before you watch ‘Terminator: Dark Fate,’ here’s a refresher course on the saga

In 1984, visionary director James Cameron introduced a game-changer in the sci-fi-action movie genre with the first Terminator – a film that pulled audiences into a thrilling world of cyborgs, AI supercomputers, time travel, and alternate futures. 

Now, the renowned filmmaker returns for Terminator: Dark Fate, working closely with the film’s current director, Tim Miller who breathes new life to the saga. Cameron describes Terminator: Dark Fate as a direct sequel to Terminator 2, onethatrecaptures the riveting tone of the original Terminatorand its follow-up. “It has the same intensity, the same take-no-prisoners feeling and sense of abject terror,” he says.

Making Terminator: Dark Fate his own, Tim Miller shared how he balanced the fresh but familiar feel of the film. “We all felt strongly that the film should be in some way a handoff to new characters, but we wanted to continue the structure of the “trinity” consisting of hunters, protectors, and prey,” he says.

With the two films more than a decade a part, here’s a much-needed refresher on the events that led to Terminator: Dark Fate.  

The Original Time Loop

Because of the success of the first Terminator and its unique premise, multiple stories and timelines have sprouted to create an expansive universe of alternate realities seen across the franchise’s different films and even series.  However, Terminator: Dark Fate, stems from the first time loop, kicking off 28 years after Terminator: Judgment Day.  

“Above anything else, we wanted to create a return to form with Dark Fate. Terminator 1 and 2 hold a very special place in cinematic history, and we wanted Dark Fate to be a continuation of Jim’s vision for the franchise,” explains producer David Ellison. 

In the first Terminator set in 1984, we meet Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), a young waitress who is suddenly pursued by a T-800 Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) sent from the future to eliminate her. Coming to her rescue is Kyle Reese, a man also sent from the future by the resistance to protect her.

Kyle explains that in the future an AI supercomputer called Skynet launches a nuclear war on ‘Judgement Day’ that nearly exterminates the human race. Hell-bent on eliminating the remaining survivors, Skynet sent the Terminator to target Sarah because she will give birth to the leader of the future’s resistance – John Connor. As they face multiple dangers together, Kyle and Sarah fall in love, revealing that Kyle Reese is the father of the future leader. In a series of pulse-pounding events, they defeat the Terminator. However, Reese does not survive the battle. 

The film’s success prompted a 1991 sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day (or T-2), setting a new standard for action films. T-2 introduced a more advanced – and more lethal – Terminator, the T-1000, played by Robert Patrick, and added Edward Furlong as Sarah’s son, John Connor, the future leader of the resistance. The film cost an unprecedented $94 million to produce — approximately 15 times the $6.4 million budget of The Terminator — and made extensive use of cutting-edge CGI to bring the two Terminators to vivid, terrifying life. It garnered several accolades, including Academy Awards® for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Makeup and Best Visual Effects, and became the highest-grossing film of the year, bringing in over $518 million worldwide.   

While three more Terminator-themed films and a television series were produced, T-2 marked the end of Cameron and Hamilton’s involvement — until Terminator: Dark Fate, whichcontinues the story from Judgment Day in the present.

The Fate of the Future

Through the efforts of Sarah, John, and the T-800, Judgement Day is seemingly averted but 28 years later, a sudden turn of events intertwines the fate of a battle-hardened Sarah with a new set of heroes – Grace (Mackenzie Davis), an enhanced human super-soldier from an alternate time on a mission to protect Dani (Natalia Reyes), a woman who is the key to saving the future.

Their journey on the run from a highly-advanced Rev-9 Terminator (Gabriel Luna), leads them to an unexpected ally, a T-800 from Sarah’s past. Joining forces, they choose their destinies and fight for the fate of the future.  

Catch Terminator: Dark Fate in Philippine cinemas on October 30, Wednesday. Join the conversations online at #TerminatorDarkFatePH.

About Terminator: Dark Fate

Linda Hamilton (“Sarah Connor”) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (“T-800”) return in their iconic roles in Terminator: Dark Fate, directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool) and produced by visionary filmmaker James Cameron and David Ellison. Following the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Terminator: Dark Fate also stars Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna and Diego Boneta. 

Stephen King’s ‘Doctor Sleep’ is the next chapter in ‘The Shining’ horror story

“Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep” continues the story of Danny Torrance, 40 years after his terrifying stay at the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson and newcomer Kyliegh Curran star in the season’s major horror event, directed by Mike Flanagan, from his own screenplay based upon the novel by Stephen King.

Rarely has a tale of family dysfunction entered the modern consciousness as shockingly or as completely as that of the Torrances, the father, mother and son at the center of Stephen King’s third novel, The Shining.

Originally published in 1977, the book went on to sell more than a million copies. Inspired by the author’s personal struggles, along with a fateful night King spent in room 217 of the Stanley Hotel in Colorado, the story of Jack, Wendy and Danny Torrance is one of King’s most personal works—terrifying not because of the monsters that live alongside us, but for the real-life demons that dwell within all of us.

Thirty-six years later, King published his follow-up novel, Doctor Sleep, the continuation of the story of Dan Torrance. Although both are studies in horror and suspense, The Shining takes readers on a journey through the darkness of addiction, while Doctor Sleep brings them back to the light through recovery, self-sacrifice and redemption.   

Filmmaker Mike Flanagan has been a self-proclaimed fan(atic) of King’s work since fifth grade, when he picked up his first book by the author. Flanagan says, “I was way too young, but boy did I start reading them. Those books frightened me like I’ve never been scared before and completely changed the way that I look at the world. That started this experience that I’ve had with so much of King’s writing: as a very scared kid, reading his work taught me how to be brave in short bursts. It became an exercise in character. I became a constant reader and struggled my way, somehow, into a career where people pay me to make movies, which is still crazy to me.”

Doctor Sleep brought back a lot of the themes from the novel of The Shining that didn’t make it into the film,” Flanagan continues, “specifically the focus on addiction to the degree that King took it, along with the notes of redemption. My initial impression was, ‘I love this story.’ I loved the three characters, Dan, Abra and Rose the Hat. I loved the contradictions between The Shining and Doctor Sleep: addiction and recovery; encroaching ice and fire. He took so many wonderful elements from the first book and let them grow into something entirely new.

Flanagan knew that there was one vital step imperative to the livelihood of the project, the go-ahead that mattered most: Stephen King. The horror master was initially skeptical. But once the filmmaker was able to fully present his audacious take on the project, blending the published word with the cinematic legacy—in essence, giving King the resolution he felt was missing from Kubrick’s vision—the author enthusiastically signed on.

Stephen King says, “I always tell people the difference between Stanley Kubrick’s movie and my book is his movie ended in ice and my book ended in fire. But, by taking Dan Torrance’s story as a grown-up and filtering it through his own, apparently large heart, Mike has been able to take the Kubrick movie a step further, so that it warms things up. Mike’s film does two things. It is a fine adaptation of Doctor Sleep, but it is also a terrific sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s movie ‘The Shining.’ Mike has worked in a universe where some of the things that happened in ‘The Shining’ movie didn’t happen in my book…and has somehow been able to make it work.”

In Philippine cinemas Thursday, November 07, “Doctor Sleep” is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.  Use the hashtag #DoctorSleepMovie

About “Doctor Sleep”

In “Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep,” Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor) is still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, but has fought to find some semblance of peace.  But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra (Kyliegh Curran), a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the “shine.”  Instinctively recognizing that Dan shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson) and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality.

Forming an unlikely alliance, Dan and Abra engage in a brutal life-or-death battle with Rose.  Abra’s innocence and fearless embrace of her shine compel Dan to call upon his own powers as never before—at once facing his fears and reawakening the ghosts of the past.

WATCH: Remake of ‘The Grudge’ releases new trailer

Producer Sam Raimi brings us a twisted new take of the horror classic.  Watch the brand new trailer for the hardcore, new vision of The Grudge.

Directed by Nicolas Pesce, The Grudge stars Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin with Lin Shaye and Jacki Weaver. With a screenplay by Nicolas Pesce and a story by Nicolas Pesce and Jeff Buhler, The Grudge is based on the film Ju-On: The Grudge written & directed by Takashi Shimizu. The Grudge is produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise and is executive produced by Nathan Kahane, Erin Westerman, Brady Fujikawa, Andrew Pfeffer, Roy Lee, Doug Davison, John Powers Middleton and Schuyler Weiss. 

In Philippine cinemas soon, The Grudge is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. #TheGrudge

‘Joker’ grossed P256-M in PH, over $800-M worldwide; now highest-grossing R-rated film of all time

The character’s first-ever standalone film is also WB Philippines’ biggest hit of the year

MANILA, October 29, 2019 – Since it’s opening earlier this month, Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and BRON Creative’s “Joker” has been a powerhouse across the globe, passing the milestone $800 million mark, making it the highest grossing R-rated film of all time worldwide at $804.4 million and counting.  The announcement was made Oct. 26 by Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

The film’s impressive opening weekend totals made “Joker” the biggest October opener of all time in the US and worldwide, including the Philippines whose cumulative gross as of Oct. 26 is a whopping Php256 million, and still rising.  “Joker” has also surpassed “Shazam!” as Warner Bros. Philippines’ top-grossing release of 2019.

In the US, the film has grossed $264.1 million in just three weeks and can boast numerous October records, including largest pre-show, and largest Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  It also earned the largest all-time opening for a drama, an R-rated DC film, a Todd Phillips film, a Joaquin Phoenix film, a Robert De Niro film, and a Village Roadshow film.

Internationally, “Joker” has garnered a total of $540.3 million and holds records for the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time (including the Philippines), the highest-grossing Warner Bros. film of all time in 14 markets, including Argentina and Mexico, and the highest-grossing DC film in 30 markets, including Italy, Spain, Russia, Argentina and Mexico.

In making the announcement, Emmerich stated, “Todd Phillips’s bold, creative vision is evident in every frame of ‘Joker,’ matched only by Joaquin Phoenix’s incomparable interpretation of this iconic character.  What they and everyone who worked on this film created has clearly resonated with audiences worldwide.  We congratulate them and our colleagues at DC on reaching this extraordinary benchmark, and I personally want to congratulate the entire Warner Bros. team on the roll-out of this film.”

About “Joker”

Forever alone in a crowd, Arthur Fleck seeks connection.  Yet, as he trods the sooted Gotham City streets and rides the graffitied mass transit rails of a hostile town teeming with division and dissatisfaction, Arthur wears two masks.  One, he paints on for his day job as a clown.  The other he can never remove; it’s the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel he’s a part of the world around him, and not the misunderstood man whom life is repeatedly beating down.  Fatherless, Arthur has a fragile mother, arguably his best friend, who nicknamed him Happy, a moniker that’s fostered in Arthur a smile that hides the heartache beneath.  But, when bullied by teens on the streets, taunted by suits on the subway, or simply teased by his fellow clowns at work, this social outlier only becomes even more out of sync with everyone around him.

Directed, co-written and produced by Todd Phillips, “Joker” is the filmmaker’s original vision of the infamous DC villain, an origin story infused with, but distinctly outside, the character’s more traditional mythologies.  Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society.  Longing for any light to shine on him, he tries his hand as a stand-up comic, but finds the joke always seems to be on him.  Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty and, ultimately, betrayal, Arthur makes one bad decision after another that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty, allegorical character study.

Three-time Oscar nominee Phoenix (“The Master,” “Walk the Line,” “Gladiator”) stars in the titular role alongside Oscar winner Robert De Niro (“Raging Bull,” “The Godfather: Part II”).  The film also stars Zazie Beetz (TV’s “Atlanta,” “Deadpool 2”), Frances Conroy (TV’s “American Horror Story,” Hulu’s “Castle Rock”), Brett Cullen (“42,” Netflix’s “Narcos”), Glenn Fleshler (TV’s “Billions,” “Barry”), Bill Camp (“Red Sparrow,” “Molly’s Game”), Shea Whigham (“First Man,” “Kong: Skull Island”), Marc Maron (TV’s “Maron,” “GLOW”), Douglas Hodge (“Red Sparrow,” TV’s “Penny Dreadful”), Josh Pais (upcoming “Motherless Brooklyn,” “Going in Style”) and Leigh Gill (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”).

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents, in Association with Village Roadshow Pictures, in Association with BRON Creative, a Joint Effort Production, a Film by Todd Phillips, “Joker.”  It is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.  

Still playing in Philippine cinemas nationwide, “Joker” has been rated R-16 by the MTRCB for strong bloody violence, disturbing behavior, language and brief sexual images.

WATCH: Lovable rogue bunny is back in ‘Peter Rabbit 2’ trailer

Old tricks. New mischief! Watch the new trailer now of Columbia Pictures’ new animated comedy Peter Rabbit 2.

In Peter Rabbit 2, the lovable rogue is back.  Bea (Rose Byrne), Thomas (Domhnall Elliott), and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated, but when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be.

Directed by Will Gluck, Peter Rabbit 2 is written by Will Gluck & Patrick Burleigh, based on the characters and tales of “Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter.

The cast is led by Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, David Oyelowo, Elizabeth Debicki with Margot Robbie and James Corden as Peter Rabbit.

In Philippine cinemas soon, Peter Rabbit 2 will be distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.  #PeterRabbit2

Netflix’s ‘Kingdom’ returns with Season 2 in March 2020

Death is coming and a bloody battle is about to start! Come March 2020, the beloved Korean zombie series Kingdom is set to return with a second season. Netflix released a teaser poster  portraying Chang, the crown prince of Joseon, who is about to face hordes of zombies up front. The announcement was also made by the three main cast, Ju Ji-hoon, Ryu Seung-ryong and Bae Doona, through a video posted on Netflix’s dedicated Asian content YouTube channel, The Swoon.

About Kingdom Season 2

A returning season of the story about the crown prince fallen victim to a conspiracy, setting out on a journey to unveil the evil scheme and save his people from a strange plague that renders the infected immune to death and hungry for flesh.

About Netflix

Netflix is the world’s leading internet entertainment service with 158 million paid members in 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

GUIDE: Cinema One Originals 2019 runs Nov 7-17

For its fifteenth year, Cinema One Originals loudly and proudly declares what it’s stood for all these years, originality in all its permutations, and challenging old and new audiences if they’re ready for the Cinema One Originals Experience—an experience that goes beyond cinema, beyond cinephilia, beyond entertainment. 

Venues

Fresh, cool, vibrant, inclusive, brave, original. The 15th Cinema One Originals runs from November 7 to 17 at the following cinemas:

  • Trinoma
  • Glorietta
  • Ayala Manila Bay
  • Gateway
  • Powerplant Makati
  • Vista Cinemas Iloilo
  • Evia Lifestyle Center
  • Cinema Centenario
  • Cinema ‘76
  • Black Maria
  • UP Cine Adarna
  • FDCP Cinematheque Manila

Screening Schedules

Ticket Prices / Passes Info

Regular ticket prices vary in different cinema venues.

Festival passes are available through KTX at https://ktx.abs-cbn.com/events/21845/premium-pass-cinema-one-originals-film-festival-2019.

Premium Pass – ₱810 (₱162/film)

Valid on November 8-17 at the following venues: 
Trinoma | Glorietta | Ayala Malls Manila Bay | Powerplant Makati

The Premium Pass entitles you to watch ANY FIVE (5) FILMS featured in the festival.

• THIS IS NOT YOUR OFFICIAL CINEMA TICKET. Please present your purchased pass from KTX at the cinema booth of your preferred partner theater.

• You may only use your pass the next day after your purchase. You will receive an SMS notification once your tickets have been activated.

• You must nominate your desired 5 films upon purchase. You can change this up to 1 day before your desired screening schedule by calling 415-2272 dial 9. 

• SEATS ARE AT A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS. The management cannot guarantee your seat if the screening time is already sold out before you arrive at the cinema.

Nominate your 5 desired films upon checkout. You can change this up to 1 day before your new desired screening schedule. You may only use your pass the next day after your purchase. An SMS notification will be sent once your tickets have been activated.

Origs Pass – ₱1,040 (₱130/film)

Valid on November 8-17 at the following venues: 
 Trinoma | Glorietta | Ayala Malls Manila Bay | Powerplant Makati

The Origs Pass entitles you to watch ALL 8 FULL-LENGTH COMPETITION FILMS.

• THIS IS NOT YOUR OFFICIAL CINEMA TICKET. Please present your purchased pass from KTX at the cinema booth of your preferred partner theater.

• You may only use your pass the next day after your purchase. You will receive an SMS notification once your tickets have been activated.

• You may watch one screening per film only.

• SEATS ARE AT A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS. The management cannot guarantee your seat if the screening time is already sold out before you arrive at the cinema.

You may only use your pass the next day after your purchase. You will receive an SMS notification once your tickets have been activated.

FESTIVAL PASS – ₱3,150 (₱85/film)

The Festival Pass entitles you to watch ALL 37 FILMS featured in the festival except special screenings / non-ticketed events.

• THIS IS NOT YOUR OFFICIAL CINEMA TICKET. Please present your purchased pass from KTX at the cinema booth of your preferred partner theater.

• You may only use your pass the next day after your purchase. You will receive an SMS notification once your tickets have been activated.

• You may watch one screening per film only.

• SEATS ARE AT A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS. The management cannot guarantee your seat if the screening time is already sold out before you arrive at the cinema.

You may only use your pass the next day after your purchase. You will receive an SMS notification once your tickets have been activated.

Eight Original Narrative Features

All these years, the Cinema One Originals mandate has been to give filmmakers, first-timers and otherwise, a platform to fully express their visions. This year, eight original narrative features get P3 million worth of grant each.  There are four first time filmmakers, three previous Cinema One Originals alumni, and one director making her second feature and her Cinema One Originals debut.

Diverse as the four first-time filmmakers’ visions are, they find common ground in the way they invert their genres, and subgenres, of choice: a bildungsroman, a noir, a gothic horror and a resurrection rom-com.  

J.E. Tiglao makes his feature debut with “Metamorphosis” which stars Gold Aceron, Iana Bernardez, Ivan Padilla, Ricky Davao, and Yayo Aguila in a coming-of-age drama about intersexuality that’s as wistful as it is provocative.  Dustin Celestino reverses the wrong time/wrong place dynamics of noir with a little help from a comet in “Utopia,” a blackly comic riff on the genre starring Enzo Pineda, Joem Bascon, and Aaron Villaflor. Eve Baswel’s “Tia Madre” is a gothic horror featuring Cherie Gil and Jana Agoncillo in which a young girl starts to suspect her mother has been changed into something not quite herself and perhaps not quite human either. Nigel Santos’ “Yours Truly, Shirley” casts Regine Velasquez as a widow who believes a young pop star (Rayt Carreon) is the reincarnation of her late husband.

Returning to Cinema One Originals are Victor Villanueva and Kevin Dayrit, who made their feature film debuts with Cinema One Originals.  

Victor’s resumes his fascination with the intertwining of rom-com tropes with supernatural tinges that made “My Paranormal Romance” a quirky treat with “Lucid”, in which Alessandra De Rossi plays a lucid dreamer whose waking life and dream life start to blur when she meets JM De Guzman. Kevin, whose “Catnip” was the multi-awarded darling of its year takes on vampirism, necrophilia, the drug wars and rom-coms in “O” which stars Anna Luna, Lauren Young and Jasmine Curtis-Smith.

Giancarlo Abrahan whose second feature was the Best Picture-winning Cinema One Original “Paki” returns with “Sila Sila”, which stars Gio Gahol and Topper Fabregas and which he describes as an LGBT ghosting story and which finds him taking another look at the interstitial dynamics of yet another extended family, a group of friends nursing consensual emotional traumas.

Denise O Hara makes her Cinema One Originals debut and her second feature with “Tayo Muna Habang Hindi Pa Tayo” a rom-com inversion with JC Santos and Jane Oineza, about the underside of trauma that even the truest of loves have. 

Cinema One Originals has been producing breakthrough films with thought-provoking contents for the Filipino audience for 15 years. This year’s celebration will be held in line with the 100th anniversary of Philippine Cinema and the 25th anniversary of leading cable channel Cinema One. 

For updates, visit @CinemaOneOriginals on Facebook, @c1origs on Twitter and @c1originals on Instagram. #C1Originals #IAmOriginal

CINEMA ONE COMPETITION 1:  LUCID

Victor Villanueva, who made his debut in the seventh year of Cinema One Originals with the quirky comedy My Paranormal Romance and is also known for the breakout favorite Patay Na Si Hesus, is directing Lucid from a screenplay by newcomer Natts Jadaone, which is about the phenomenon of lucid dreaming but slanted at an angle where it attains a supernatural agency.

Alessandra De Rossi plays a young woman who leads a lonely, mundane existence in the real world but who has the perfect life in her lucid dreams which she can somehow control, meets a mysterious stranger, played by JM De Guzman, who challenges her to turn her dream life into something a bit more adventurous. Then her dreams become more real than her reality and the line between the two starts to blur.

“It’s a bittersweet movie about the pain of longing, and also of self-empowerment, and it’s new territory for me, the way it switches between bleak and whimsical, meditative to the bizarre. It’s about the clashing of the waking life and the dreamlife, but in a modern Filipino context, escaping the clutter of everyday emptiness. In a world of self-doubt and confusion, do we awaken or stay asleep?” The man of your dreams is on his way but only in your dreams. Kaya mo?  

Lucid premieres on November 10, 7:30 PM at Trinoma. 

CINEMA ONE COMPETITION 2:  METAMORPHOSIS

“There are few films about intersexuality.” First time filmmaker J.E Tiglao articulates why it was necessary for him to write the screenplay for Metamorphosis.  “Statistically, one out of 2000 is born an intersexual, Most of them are in hiding because of the stigma that’s been attached to their unconventional anatomies. There are very few support systems, and scientific aid is even more scarce. We need to tell their story. You need to know their story.”

Born with both male and female genitals, but raised like a boy by his conservative family, Adam goes through all the things prepubescent boys go through, including a fascination with strange animals he takes for pets and being smitten by a lovely girl.  His bucolic world turns upside down when he gets his first menstrual period setting him off on a journey that tests the spiritual and physical limits of sexual identity and into a new world of ambiguity and desire.

The only choice you don’t have is the one you chose. Kaya mo?

Gold Aceron, Iana Bernardez, Ivan Padilla, Ricky Davao and Yayo Aguila star in Metamorphosis which premieres on November 10, 5 PM at Trinoma. 

CINEMA ONE COMPETITION 3: O 

This black comedy, in which necrophiliac vampires run funeral parlors to collect blood from corpses which they process into red meth that they sell to their kind, dives deep into the pit of  vampire drug culture and the lengths the undead will go for a fix. “It’s about vampires and a romcom with a love triangle, or a love square in our case” O centers on a funeral parlor intern and closet necrophiliac who starts pushing blood after she meets a vampire drug lord whose sister she falls in love with, complicating matters even more than they already are. 

 “O is an exercise in giving the most clichéd concepts and genres a new flavor,” Kevin Dayrit, who made his feature film debut in the eighth year of Cinema One Originals with the multi-awarded Catnip, cheekily says as way of describing his new film, “It’s the same old hotdog, just dipped in peanut butter. It tastes offensive but funny at the same time.”

Kagatin o Mabitin? Pati dugo mo, hihingin, Kaya Mo?!

Anna Luna, Sarah Carlos, Lauren Young and Jasmine Curtis-Smith headline O which premieres on November 8,10 PM at Trinoma.

CINEMA ONE COMPETITION 4: SILA SILA 

Sila Sila is essentially an LGBT ghost story, or more specifically an LGBT ghosting story, in which a young man whose breakups tend to be messy and have severe and traumatic repercussions finds himself not only confronting the people on the receiving end of those breakups but navigating feelings he had thought long gone but are now suddenly rekindled.

“What does it mean to ghost someone? To be gone and still be there. How does one capture that presence, that energy, that feeling? That darkness, that lightness?” Giancarlo Abrahan, who directed the 2017 Cinema One Originals Best Picture winner Paki and is returning this year, poses these provocative questions as a way into his new film, which is another take on group dynamics, focusing this time on an estranged group of friends and the feelings that linger long after the friendship has drifted apart.

“Ghosting—this modern horror—does not really deal with a scary event or a monstrous being. But it still deals with fear. A fear that feels and sounds sad and funny at the same time. Although it isn’t exactly friendly ghosting. This ghosting still inflicts pain. It can be deliberate or unintentional, visible or unseen, deeply felt or numbing. This pain has its own form of violence. It is that violence that I am interested in. And that is what the film tries to capture.”

What if the one that let you get away comes back? Kaya mo?

Gio Gahol and Topher Fabregas star in Sila Sila which premieres on November 8, 7:30 PM at Trinoma.

CINEMA ONE COMPETITION 5:  TAYO MUNA HABANG HINDI PA TAYO

A soft boy. A strong girl. Tayo Muna Habang Hindi Pa Tayo is a love story that comes close but not far enough.   “Why are there so many love stories?  Because it feels good to watch how two people out of billions find each other and connect.”  Denise O Hara, who made her debut last year with the acclaimed Mamang moves to a different genre for her sophomore feature which, despite her seeming optimism, is a love story grounded by anxiety and uncertainty. “It’s all about that moment when one says “I love you” and all the assumptions, repercussions and yes, even traumas that those words carry.”

When the one you love is the one you can’t have. Kaya mo?

Tayo Muna Habang Hindi Pa Tayo stars JC Santos and Jane Oineza and premieres on Nov. 9, 7:30pm at Trinoma. 

CINEMA ONE COMPETITION 6: TIA MADRE

Tia Madre is a horror story told through the eyes of a child: a clingy, hyper-imaginative and slightly twisted 10-year old girl named Camille whose mother Emilia inexplicably changes into something else, something more sinister, something more violent, something more distant, something that isn’t her mother anymore and quite possibly isn’t human. 

“I want to make people see and understand that not all people’s childhoods have blue skies with rainbows; and mostly for other people, it’s like a raging storm that never left.” Debuting filmmaker Eve Baswel elaborates on how much her film draws from the slightly darker side of her own childhood. “The panic of forgetting to water the plants in fear of a yantok hitting your legs, the discomfort of having to drink water all day at school because you have nothing to eat, the humiliation of coming to school every day wearing the same unwashed uniform for the past three days. I only get to tell this story once, and I want it to be sad, sorrowful, heartbreaking and horrifying.”

TFW your mother’s scares you more than any ghost. Kaya mo?

Cherie Gil and Jana Agoncillo star in Tia Madre, which premieres on November 9, 5PM at Trinoma.

CINEMA ONE COMPETITION 7:  UTOPIA

Wrong place, wrong time. This is the fundamental itinerary of any noir. The throwing in of disparate lives into a chaos of circumstance. A freelance videographer, a rookie police office, an undercover PDEA agent, and a crime in progress. Only tonight, a comet flies over Manila and the cosmic disturbances turns everything on its head for one night. Everything that could go wrong suddenly foes right. 

“Ask any Filipino these days and they’ll tell you that utopia, a perfect world, simply means a world where justice exists.” Dustin Celestino breaks down the title of his debut feature and essentially breaks down its core. “The unjust suffer and the just are unscathed. The police don’t plant drugs on suspects, and follow due-process. Criminals kill each other without collateral damage.  A world unlike ours. I hope the film forces people to contemplate our collective destiny as a nation.”

Anything that can go wrong will go wrong unless a comet passes through the sky. Kaya mo?

Enzo Pineda, Vin Abrenica, Aaron Villaflor star in Utopia which premieres on November 9, 10 PM at Gateway. 

CINEMA ONE COMPETITION 8:  YOURS TRULY, SHIRLEY

Yours Truly, Shirley marks the return of Regine Velasquez to the big screen playing the eponymous widow of the title who hasn’t quite moved on from the untimely death of her husband in a motorcycle accident and her grief is making her do funny things, like imagining the newest pop sensation sweeping the country is the reincarnation of her dead husband. But is it really all in her head? And just how far will she go to prove it isn’t?

“Is there a right response to loss? A proper way to mourn?” These are ultimately the questions Nigel Santos tries to answer in his debut feature, a poignant, funny and ultimately life-affirming exploration on the often complicated and delicate conditions of surrender necessary to move on from the death of a loved one and how those left behind are often fighting for their lives, too. “Letting go doesn’t always have to mean a sad farewell.” 

What happens when your dead husband is reincarnated in the body of a young pop star? Kaya mo?

Yours Truly Shirley co-stars Denise Padilla and Rayt Carreon. It premieres on November 10, 9:45 PM at Trinoma. 

Opening Film

For this year’s Opening Film, Cinema One Originals has chosen a film that exemplifies this standard, a film marked by the uniqueness of its narrative form. 

Robert Eggers’ debut The Witch was a legitimate surprise,  and a touchstone in the current revival of what pundits are calling “elevated horror”.  The Witch is a period horror film that was as much about religious hysteria as it was about the rational world being encroached by the irrational. His much-anticipated second film, The Lighthouse, which had its world premiere in no less than the Directors Fortnight at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, resumes his infatuation with a dark bygone past, and with the isolations that beset us. In this case, it’s two lighthouse keepers, slowly going insane on a jagged black rock, as something comes to claim them. But is it coming from without or from within?

Variety calls it , “a gripping and turbulent drama”  which the Guardian echoes, saying it is “explosively scary and captivatingly beautiful” and praising the “sledgehammer punch” of the performances from the film’s two lone stars, Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson.

The Lighthouse screens on November 7, 7 pm at the Ayala Mall Manila Bay Cinema 7.

Closing Film

This year’s  Cinema One Originals closes with the latest film from one of the youngest and freshest voices in domestic cinema, Mikhail Red’s Dead Kids, which has recently been announced as the first domestic Netflix original, and more significantly, follows Eerie, his massively successful foray into inverting the girl school ghost story subgenre.  Dead Kids,  which follows a group of entitled teenage misfits who visit their own skewed version of justice on the school jock who also happens to be a scion of a drug lord and whom they decide to kidnap for ransom, is a multiple genre inversion that throws the youth gone wild film into a room with teenage neo-noir and lets them have devilish fun with each other.  Goes without saying that, in true noir ordinance, things don’t quite go as planned. 

Sue Ramirez, Sue Ramirez, Khalil Ramos, Markus Paterson and Vance Larena star in Dead Kids, which screens on November 17 at Gateway Cinema 5 at 9:50 pm.

World Cinema

Opening the festival is the much-awaited and much-touted sophomore film from “The Witch” director Robert Eggers, “The Lighthouse”, which stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson as lighthouse keepers  slowly going insane on a black rock, and resumes Eggers’ fascination with bygone aesthetics tinged by a somber pulp surrealism.

Thematically kindred in many ways,  Fernando Meirelles’ “The Two Popes”, about the often tenuous relationship between Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, is also about two men   negotiating their estrangements.

Estrangement shadows two other films in the lineup, this time, estrangement between parent and offspring, with Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s tragicomic road movie “The Father”, which won the Crystal Globe at the 2019 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, centering on a father who takes a trip with his son after their neighbor claims his dead wife has been making phone calls from beyond the grave,  while Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s follow-up to his Palme D’Or winning Shoplifters, and first feature outside his native Japan,  The Truth, features Catherine Deneuve as a French movie star whose tumultuous relationship with her daughter gets even more fractious when her revealing memoir goes into publication.

Xavier Dolan’s present day “Matthias And Maxine” where two friends reconcile dormant and kindled feelings during a summer abroad, and Celine Sciamma’s  period drama Portrait Of A Lady on Fire, which screened in competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and won both the Best Screenplay award as well as the Queer Palm,  about  a young painter who falls in love with her subject, may be generations apart in their settings,  but both are incisive and poignant evocations of desire.   

Brazilian filmmaker Karim Aïnouz’s describes his sprawling and expansive The Invisible Life of Eurice Gusmao, which won the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and is based on Martha Batalha’s 2016 novel, as a tropical melodrama with all the emotional upheavals the descriptor suggests,  while Rian Johnson’s Knives Out is an  Agatha Christie riff that lovingly reconstructs it while cleverly deconstructing it and being fiendishly entertaining in the process.

Restored Classics

This year, the Restored Classics roster includes the painstaking restoration works from ABS-CBN Film Restoration and FPJ Studios. Part of the line-up are Eddie Romero’s multi-generational epic “Aguila” in which Fernando Poe Jr. breaks his own mold for possibly the first and last time, Mario O’Hara’s gritty quasi-noir “Bulaklak Sa City Jail” one of his most distinctive collaborations with Nora Aunor,  Abbo De La Cruz’s  unflinching tale of greed “Misteryo Sa Tuwa”, two experimental postmodern comedies Peque Gallaga’s  “Bad Bananas Sa Putting Tabing” and Ishmael Bernal’s “Tisoy”, and two of Carlitos Suigon-Reyna’s fastidious, flamboyant melodramas “Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit” and “Saan Ka Man Naroroon.”

RESTORED CLASSICS: AGUILA (Eddie Romero)

On its 15th year, Cinema One Originals is all about the Cinema One Originals Experience and how it can both be a challenge and a measure of an audience’s threshold for original and adventurous cinema exemplified by the tagline “I Am Original. Kaya mo?” 

For all its forward-looking thrust, this year’s Cinema One Originals is all about celebrating the past, too, with Cinema One’s Restored Classics, which is more than just a showcase for nostalgia but is more a recognition of how pushing the form is a state of constant flux and how today’s classics were yesterday’s form-pushers, innovators and daring, adventurous originals, too. 

Fernando Poe Jr. has let his action hero iconicity play into more serious, more nuanced portrayals before, notably in films like Celso Ad Castillo’s Asedillo and Lino Brocka’s Santiago, but where you can call them re-inventions, they stayed firmly within the parameters of the genres he’s built his icon on. His  work in Eddie Romero’s sprawling time-jumping historical epic Aguila has the sole distinction of stripping him of his iconicity, not merely straying  from his comfort zones but abandoning them entirely , as his eponymous character arcs through history and across generations, while Poe himself, the actor and the action star, pushes against his own mythology and eventually breaks his own mold.  Like with any massive period piece, the so-called star-studded supporting cast is a must and here we have  everyone from then-young turks Christopher De Leon and Jay Ilagan and Johnny Delgado and Charo Santos and Sandy Andolong and Chanda Romero to stalwart titans Eddie Garcia and Amalia Fuentes and Celia Rodriguez. But Aguila is ultimately more notable for being the first and only collaboration between these two national artists. 

RESTORED CLASSICS: BAD BANANAS SA PUTING TABING (Peque Gallaga)

On its 15th year, Cinema One Originals is all about the Cinema One Originals Experience and how it can both be a challenge and a measure of an audience’s threshold for original and adventurous cinema exemplified by the tagline “I Am Original. Kaya mo?” 

For all its forward-looking thrust, this year’s Cinema One Originals is all about celebrating the past, too, with Cinema One’s Restored Classics, which is more than just a showcase for nostalgia but is more a recognition of how pushing the form is a state of constant flux and how today’s classics were yesterday’s form-pushers, innovators and daring, adventurous originals, too. 

Coming off the colossal success of his somber, sprawling period piece Oro Plata Mata, Peque Gallaga took a rather severe, and rather ballsy, left turn for his follow-up film,  putting what was then one of the most successful and high profile comedy ensembles through the quasi-surrealist paces of what could best be boiled down to as a screwball adventure about buried treasure that takes Christopher De Leon, Jay Ilagan, Edgar Mortiz and Johnny Delgado from the dive spots in the Hundred Islands to the mean streets of Mexico and earns its reputation as a film ahead of its time.

RESTORED CLASSICS: BULAKLAK SA CITY JAIL (Mario O Hara)

On its 15th year, Cinema One Originals is all about the Cinema One Originals Experience and how it can both be a challenge and a measure of an audience’s threshold for original and adventurous cinema exemplified by the tagline “I Am Original. Kaya mo?” 

For all its forward-looking thrust, this year’s Cinema One Originals is all about celebrating the past, too, with Cinema One’s Restored Classics, which is more than just a showcase for nostalgia but is more a recognition of how pushing the form is a state of constant flux and how today’s classics were yesterday’s form-pushers, innovators and daring, adventurous originals, too. 

It’s hard to dispute the notion that one of the most potent director-actress collaborations in Philippine cinema has to be the films Nora Aunor made with Mario O’ Hara, nearly every single one of which is a classic. “Bulaklak Ng City Jail”, featuring one of the most formidable ensemble supporting casts in the history of Philippine cinema (Perla Bautista, Celia Rodriguez. Mitch Valdes), and which is arguably their most iconic. A quasi-noir melodrama in which a nightclub singer, played by Aunor, is thrown in jail for the frustrated murder of her lover’s wife, finding herself thrown into a dangerous world beyond her grasp that she must now transcend and escape.

RESTORED CLASSICS: HIHINTAYIN KITA SA LANGIT (Carlitos Siguion Reyna)

On its 15th year, Cinema One Originals is all about the Cinema One Originals Experience and how it can both be a challenge and a measure of an audience’s threshold for original and adventurous cinema exemplified by the tagline “I Am Original. Kaya mo?” 

For all its forward-looking thrust, this year’s Cinema One Originals is all about celebrating the past, too, with Cinema One’s Restored Classics, which is more than just a showcase for nostalgia but is more a recognition of how pushing the form is a state of constant flux and how today’s classics were yesterday’s form-pushers, innovators and daring, adventurous originals, too. 

When Carlitos Siguion Reyna’s breakout film Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit was released in 1991, transposing and updating Emily Brontë’s classic Wuthering Heights to the time-stopping, and heart-stopping grandeur of Batanes, with Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta to smolder through as the film’s iteration of Heathcliff and Catherine, it signaled the arrival of a distinct new cinematic voice, serious-minded and fastidious yet brazen and sensual. 

RESTORED CLASSICS: MISTERYO SA TUWA  (Abbo De La Cruz)

On its 15th year, Cinema One Originals is all about the Cinema One Originals Experience and how it can both be a challenge and a measure of an audience’s threshold for original and adventurous cinema exemplified by the tagline “I Am Original. Kaya mo?” 

For all its forward-looking thrust, this year’s Cinema One Originals is all about celebrating the past, too, with Cinema One’s Restored Classics, which is more than just a showcase for nostalgia but is more a recognition of how pushing the form is a state of constant flux and how today’s classics were yesterday’s form-pushers, innovators and daring, adventurous originals, too. 

A plane crashes in the jungle and changes the lives of a nearby community when a cache of money is found among the wreckage by three friends, played by Johnny Delgado, Tony Santos Sr. and Ronnie Lazaro. Abbo De La Cruz’s bleak, blighted, and often harrowing Misteryo Sa Tuwa is as unflinching as it is incisive in negotiating the knotty ambiguities of greed, how deep and insidious its poisons can run and how thoroughly we metabolize it.

‘Unforgettable’ review: Sarah Geronimo’s best performance to date

Perci M. Intalan and Jun Lana’s Unforgettable makes an extraordinary masterpiece through an adorable and heartwarming performance by Sarah Geronimo.

Unforgettable takes us to a wonderful journey of a special girl named Jasmine and her newfound dog, Happy. They take on a long journey to visit her diseased grandmother in Baguio in the belief that bringing the dog to her could heal her. As they walk an incredible distance, they face all kinds of challenges and run into many strangers and help them along the way. This is the film that will take you to a new journey in the discovery of love, friendship and family.

Popstar royalty and box-office queen Sarah Geronimo is no doubt the best choice for the role. Sarah’s performance makes you understand Jasmine’s condition. She shows a heartwarming portrayal especially in her bond with her Lola. It is one pure love that’s real and unconditional.

Sarah proves that she could carry a film even without a love team. Her performance here is unexpected as it’s all out with a heart. She might be a suitable contender for an award as Best Actress—truly an unforgettable performance from the one and only Sarah G.

There are many scenes that make the whole crowd laugh, smile, and cry. The story of ‘Unforgettable’ is sweet and simple yet brings a heartful of impact that matches the great performance of the cast—let alone the cameos that are all memorable. These guest appearances by several big stars in offbeat bit roles make the film a lot more entertaining to audiences.

It brings us to an unforgettable journey of what love is. There is so much to learn from the film because all the characters successfully give out its message effectively.

This masterpiece is creatively directed by Lana and Intalan, one of the most sought after tandem in the local film industry. It is more than a tear-jerking family drama that everyone deserves to see, fan or not.

‘Unforgettable’ is Sarah’s best film so far. It’s as if this is not her first time to do a dog movie! Featuring Happy (played by the popular wonder dog, Milo) makes the story complete as it adds more color to everything, including Sarah herself.

Bring your tissues with you and prepare to cry in this amazing film starring Sarah Geronimo. ‘Unforgettable’ brings out a lot of emotions as it carefully balances entertainment and lessons in life. Worthy of your time and money, this is the film suitable for the whole family and friends.


Directed by Perci M. Intalan and Jun Lana Unforgettable stars Sarah Geronimo, Gina Pareño, Ara Mina, Meg Imperial, Yayo Aguila, and Kim Molina. Rated G by the MTRCB.

Open your eyes: ‘Doctor Sleep’ unveils three spooky posters

Fear never sleeps. Check out below three, eye-popping brand new artworks for Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming supernatural thriller “Doctor Sleep,” the next chapter in “The Shining” story of Stephen King.

In Philippine cinemas Thursday, November 7, “Doctor Sleep” is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.  #DoctorSleepMovie

About “Doctor Sleep”

“Doctor Sleep” continues the story of Danny Torrance, 40 years after his terrifying stay at the Overlook Hotel in “The Shining.”  Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson and newcomer Kyliegh Curran star in the supernatural thriller, directed by Mike Flanagan, from his own screenplay based upon the novel by Stephen King.

Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance has fought to find some semblance of peace.  But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra, a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the “shine.”  Instinctively recognizing that Dan shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality.

Forming an unlikely alliance, Dan and Abra engage in a brutal life-or-death battle with Rose.  Abra’s innocence and fearless embrace of her shine compel Dan to call upon his own powers as never before—at once facing his fears and reawakening the ghosts of the past.

“Doctor Sleep” stars Ewan McGregor (“Star Wars: Episodes I, II & III”) as Dan Torrance, Rebecca Ferguson (the “Mission: Impossible” films, “The Greatest Showman”) as Rose the Hat, and Kyliegh Curran, in her major feature film debut, as Abra.  The main ensemble cast also includes Carl Lumbly, Zahn McClarnon, Emily Alyn Lind, Bruce Greenwood, Jocelin Donahue, Alex Essoe and Cliff Curtis.