Oscar Best Picture nominee ‘Little Women’ holds early screenings Feb 10 & 11

Writer-director Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, the beloved story of four young sisters each determined to live life on their own terms — has garnered six major Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan) and Best Supporting Actress (Florence Pugh).

In celebration of its Oscar nominations, Little Women will hold whole-day sneak previews in selected cinemas across the Philippines on Monday & Tuesday, February 10 & 11 (ahead of its grand opening on February 19).  The movie-going public is advised to check with their favorite cinemas for the screening hours. Tickets will be available at regular admission prices. List of cinemas can be found below.

Praised by the London Critics Circle as “heartwarming, laugh-out-loud funny and powerfully emotional,” Little Women also landed nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay (Gerwig), Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat) and Best Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran).  

The film currently has a 95% Fresh Rating at Rotten Tomatoes, with an overall critical consensus that reads, “With a stellar cast and a smart, sensitive retelling of its classic source material, Greta Gerwig’s Little Women proves some stories truly are timeless.”

Little Women also became only the third Best Picture Oscar nominee in history that was written, directed and produced by women (after 1993’s The Piano and 2010’s Winter’s Bone).

Meg March (Emma Watson) and Jo March (Saoirse Ronan) in Greta Gerwig’s LITTLE WOMEN.

Producer Amy Pascal is thrilled with the film’s six nominations. “I’m so proud of Greta. I’m so proud of Saoirse and Florence and Jacqueline and Alexandre,” Pascal told The Hollywood Reporter.  She elaborates that she has never had a more inspiring experience professionally than working with Gerwig. “Her brain is on fire constantly. Talking to her is like being on Wikipedia. She is firing on all cylinders at all times. She’s incredibly well read. She knows everything about literature, theater, mathematics, geometry — I’ve never met anybody like that. She gets ideas and they spring out of her head and flower in a way that is truly exhilarating.”

Pascal concludes, “It’s the perfect time for this movie because women are talking more than ever about choices, about how to be, about money, about what power is and about how we get along with men.  Greta brings all this into the film by staying true to author Louisa May Alcott.  She said, ‘I want to make a movie unlike any other.  I want to make a movie from the book and if you go back to the book, it’s more controversial, funnier and darker than you think, and I want to make a movie that feels that real.’”  

Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet in Columbia Pictures’ LITTLE WOMEN.

Portraying the March sisters Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth, Little Women stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, with Timothee Chalamet as their neighbor Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee, and Meryl Streep as Aunt March.

In Philippine cinemas February 19, Little Women is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.  Join the conversation and connect with the hashtag #LittleWomenMovie

‘Avengers: Endgame’ to run for 24 hours starting at 6:01 AM on April 24

Before the much-awaited grand conclusion of the Avengers franchise, cinemas nationwide are gearing up to open their doors to Marvel fans with screenings starting as early as 6:01 am on its opening day on April 24.

Excited moviegoers who want to be the first ones to witness the epic finale of the Avengers’ battle against Thanos can be among the first to watch the film at 6:01 am available at 19 malls in Metro Manila.

Cinemas with 6:01 AM Screening on April 24:

  • Evia Lifestyle Center
  • FisherMall Quezon City
  • RockwellPowerplant Mall Rockwell and Powerplant Santolan
  • MegaworldEastwood Mall, Uptown Mall BGC, Newport Mall
  • AyalaGlorietta 4, Market! Market!, UP Town Center, Ayala Feliz, Ayala Vertis North, Ayala Solenad,
  • SM North EDSA, Megamall, Mall of Asia, Aura, Podium, Light Mall

Following the opening day, 17 malls across the country will be open for 24 hours to offer non-stop screenings of Avengers: Endgame.  

Cinemas with 24 Hours Operations and Inclusive Dates:

  • SM (April 24 – 28) – North EDSA, Megamall, Mall of Asia, Aura, Podium, Light Mall
  • Newport Mall (April 24 – 28)
  • Vista Malls (April 24 – 28) – Evia Lifestyle Center, Vista Taguig, Vista Las Piñas, Vista Sta. Rosa, Vista Bataan, Vista Pampanga, Vista Daang Hari, Vista Naga, Vista Iloilo, Vista Gen Tri, Vista Tanza
  • Gateway Mall (April 24 – 27)
  • Fisher Mall Quezon City (April 24 – May 1)
  • Powerplant Mall Rockwell (April 27 – May 1)

For those who want to revisit the events that wiped out half of the universe and left the Earth’s mightiest heroes in peril, 53 cinemas are bringing Avengers: Infinity War back in the big screen until April 23 before Endgame opens nationwide.

Participating cinemas for the Avengers: Infinity War re-run (Until 23)

  • Ayala – Alabang Town Center, Cebu, Circuit Makati, Ayala Mall Feliz, Ayala Mall Legazpi, Cloverleaf, Fairview Terraces, Glorietta 4, Harbor Point, Market! Market!, Solenad, Trinoma, U.P. Town Center
  • Ali Mall Cineplex
  • Festival Mall
  • Fisher Mall Quezon City
  • Fisher Mall Malabon
  • Fora Mall Tagaytay
  • Gateway Cineplex
  • Marquee Mall
  • Vista Malls – Vista Mall Bataan, Vista Mall Evia, Vista Mall Sta. Rosa, Vista Mall Naga, Vista Mall Evia IMAX
  • Greenhills
  • Rockwell – Powerplant Mall Rockwell, Powerplant Mall Santolan
  • Venice Cineplex Ultra
  • Festive Walk Cinema – Iloilo
  • Robinsons – Robinsons Antipolo, Robinsons Bacolod, Robinsons Butuan, Robinsons Ermita, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Galleria Cebu. Robinsons General Trias, Robinsons Iligan, Robinsons Laoag Ilocos, Robinsons Las Piñas, Robinsons Magnolia, Robinsons Malolos, Robinsons Metro East, Robinsons Naga, Robinsons Pioneer (Forum), Robinsons Santiago, Robinsons Starmills, Robinsons Tacloban, Robinsons Tagum, Robinsons Tuguegarao, Robinsons Valencia
  • SM – Bacoor, Cebu, Clark, Manila, Marikina, Megamall, North EDSA

Tickets are now available in local box offices. So don’t forget to book your tickets and catch the Avengers on the big screen as they assemble for one last time. Join the conversations online at #AvengersEndgame and #MarvelPH.

About Avengers: Endgame

The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”

Kevin Feige produces “Avengers: Endgame,” and Anthony and Joe Russo are the directors. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Trinh Tran, Jon Favreau and Stan Lee are the executive producers, and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay. Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame” is in Philippine theaters on April 24, 2019.

Join the conversations online at #AvengersEndgame #MarvelPH

Supernatural horror ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ to hold sneak previews in PH April 22, 23

The curse comes to life sooner than you think as New Line Cinema and producer James Wan’s “The Curse of La Llorona” holds special, whole-day sneak previews on Monday & Tuesday, April 22 & 23 in selected cinemas nationwide.

This gives horror fans an early treat as the suspense thriller is due to open wide across the Philippines on May 1st yet.

Tickets to the sneaks will be at regular admission prices.  Moviegoers are advised to check the social pages of their favorite cinemas for the screening schedule.

“The Curse of La Llorona” is rated R-13 by the Movie & Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).  The film contains depictions of horror, frightening scenes and occasional gore, that may not be suitable for children below thirteen (13) years of age.

“The Curse of La Llorona” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.  #LaLlorona

About “The Curse of La Llorona”

From New Line Cinema and producer James Wan, “The Curse of La Llorona” brings the iconic Latin American legend to terrifying life in an original horror film, marking the feature directorial debut of Michael Chaves, the innovative filmmaker behind the award-winning short “The Maiden.”   

In 1970s Los Angeles, La Llorona is stalking the night—and the children.  Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm.  Their only hope to survive La Llorona’s deadly wrath may be a disillusioned priest and the mysticism he practices to keep evil at bay, on the fringes where fear and faith collide.  

Produced by James Wan (“Aquaman”), Gary Dauberman (screenwriter “IT” and “Annabelle” franchises) and Emile Gladstone (“Army of One”), “The Curse of La Llorona” stars Linda Cardellini (the Oscar-winning “Green Book,” Netflix’s “Bloodline”), Raymond Cruz (TV’s “Breaking Bad,” “Training Day”) and Patricia Velasquez (TV’s “Arrested Development,” “The Mummy” films), along with Marisol Ramirez (TV’s “NCIS: Los Angeles”), Sean Patrick Thomas (the “Barbershop” films, “Halloween: Resurrection”), Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen (“Selfless”) and newcomer Roman Christou.

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ swings back to IMAX cinemas in PH

Fresh from receiving a nomination for Best Animated Feature at this year’s Academy Awards, Columbia Pictures’ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will swing back to IMAX cinemas in the Philippines starting January 26, even as it continues its heroic run at regular theaters nationwide.

This gives fans the chance to watch the Golden Globe Best Motion Picture – Animation winner in the biggest screen possible, making the Spider-Verse truly immersive.

The Oscar nomination of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse follows its phenomenal record at the awards circuit, winning a slew of Best Animated Feature honors from prestigious critics’ groups (New York Film Critics Circle and Los Angeles Film Critics Association among others) and the frontrunner to win in the upcoming British Academy Awards.

READ MORE: Movie review on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, the screenplay is by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman from a story by Phil Lord based on the Marvel Comics. The film is produced by Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Christina Steinberg. Stan Lee, Brian Michael Bendis and Will Allegra serve as executive producers.

The film features the voices of Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, Zoë Kravitz, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn with Nicolas Cage, Kathryn Hahn and Liev Schreiber.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ special advance screening attracts celebs

Magic, optimism, hope and joy held court when Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns held its special advance screening January 5 at the SM Aura.

Celebrities, social media personalities, members of the press and fans made up the evening’s guests, snapping selfies against spectacular photo walls before being uplifted by the film’s heart-tugging message.

Guests alternately laughed and cried and laughed some more during the film, as Mary Poppins Returns reminded viewers that amid this delicate time for the world, there is still whimsy and wonder.  As the iconic nanny would say, “Everything is possible, even the impossible!”

Check out the photos from advance screening below!

Mary Poppins Returns is now playing in Philippine cinemas nationwide.  Join the conversation online and use the hashtags #MaryPoppinsReturns and #DisneyPH.

About Mary Poppins Returns

In Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” an all new original musical, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.

“Mary Poppins Returns” is directed by Rob Marshall. The screenplay is by David Magee and the screen story is by Magee & Rob Marshall & John DeLuca based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers. The producers are John DeLuca, p.g.a., Rob Marshall, p.g.a. and Marc Platt, p.g.a. with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer. The music score is by Marc Shaiman and the film features all new original songs with music by Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman.

The film also stars Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and introducing Joel Dawson as the Banks’ children, with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes, Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.

‘Widows’ gets sneak previews on Nov 26-27 ahead of PH wide release

20th Century Fox’s “Widows” will have sneak previews nationwide on November 26 and 27. The intense heist movie starring a staggering , impressive cast composed of Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Jon Bernthal, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Garrett Dillahunt, Carrie Coon, Jacki Weaver, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Liam Neeson puts women at the core of this gripping crime caper set in a ruthless reality.

The filmmakers assembled an impressive cast of actors for the film. Director/writer McQueen says it was very important to make his cast feel comfortable and at-home, so to speak. “It’s very simple: they’re all great actors and you need to create an environment in which they feel safe to experiment and explore. That’s what I hope I provide actors, a safe space to fall on their faces, brush themselves off and try again in search of some kind of truth.”

Currently enjoying rave reviews from early previews, “Widows” brings together female major leads playing bereaved women when a police shootout leaves their husbands dead during an explosive armed robbery attempt in Chicago. Their widows — Veronica, Linda and Alice — have nothing in common except a debt they left behind from criminal activities. Hoping to forge a future on their own terms, Veronica joins forces with the other widows to pull off a heist that her husband was planning.

Here is the complete list of participating cinemas showing “Widows” in advance this November 26 and 27.

  1. CENTURY
  2. COMMERCENTER
  3. EASTWOOD
  4. FESTIVE WALK ILOILO
  5. FILINVEST
  6. FISHER MALL
  7. KCC GENSAN
  8. KCC MARBEL
  9. MAGICSTAR TARLAC
  10. NCC BUHANGIN
  11. POWERPLANT
  12. ROBINSONS ANGELES
  13. ROBINSONS ANTIQUE
  14. ROBINSONS BACOLOD
  15. ROBINSONS CALASIAO
  16. ROBINSONS DUMAGUETE
  17. ROBINSONS ERMITA
  18. ROBINSONS GALLERIA
  19. ROBINSONS GALLERIA CEBU
  20. ROBINSONS GENERAL TRIAS
  21. ROBINSONS GENSAN
  22. ROBINSONS ILIGAN
  23. ROBINSONS ILOILO
  24. ROBINSONS IMUS
  25. ROBINSONS JARO ILOILO
  26. ROBINSONS LAOAG
  27. ROBINSONS LAS PINAS
  28. ROBINSONS LIPA
  29. ROBINSONS MAGNOLIA
  30. ROBINSONS MALOLOS
  31. ROBINSONS METRO EAST
  32. ROBINSONS NAGA
  33. ROBINSONS NORTH TACLOBAN
  34. ROBINSONS PALAWAN
  35. ROBINSONS PIONEER
  36. ROBINSONS STA. ROSA
  37. ROBINSONS STARMILLS
  38. ROBINSONS TAGUM
  39. ROBINSONS TUGUEGARAO
  40. SM BACOOR
  41. SM BF
  42. SM CABANATUAN
  43. SM CAGAYAN DOWNTOWN
  44. SM CAUAYAN
  45. SM CEBU
  46. SM CENTERPOINT
  47. SM CLARK
  48. SM DASMARINAS
  49. SM DAVAO
  50. SM EAST ORTIGAS
  51. SM ILOILO
  52. SM LANANG
  53. SM LEGASPI
  54. SM MALL OF ASIA
  55. SM MANILA
  56. SM MARIKINA
  57. SM MEGAMALL
  58. SM NORTH EDSA
  59. SM SAN LAZARO
  60. SM SEASIDE CEBU
  61. SM SOUTHMALL
  62. SM TELABASTAGAN

Opening soon across Philippine cinemas, “Widows” opens December 5, rated R-16 by the MTRCB.

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ sing-along version to hit cinemas starting November 14

Ready your vocal chords once again to the beat of the legendary songs of Queen as the lyrics are about to be flashed this time on the silver screen of your choice. The part biopic, part concert “Bohemian Rhapsody” movie that continues to rock worldwide audiences will have a sing-along version starting November 14 in Philippine cinemas.

A 20th Century Fox presentation, now playing in PH cinemas, “Bohemian Rhapsody is the story of how Freddie Mercury and his fellow band members Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon formed Queen – one of the most iconic rock groups of all time. The film follows Queen as they produce hit after hit, topping the charts while constantly evolving their sound. Through disparate songs like Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are the Champions, We Will Rock You and countless others, the band reaches unparalleled success and Freddie becomes one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet.

Check out the following cinemas and book your tickets in advance for an unprecedented “Bohemian Rhapsody” cine-oke experience:

  • ALABANG TOWN CENTER
  • AYALA CIRCUIT
  • AYALA CLOVERLEAF
  • AYALA FELIZ
  • AYALA SOLENAD
  • AYALA SOUTHPARK
  • AYALA VERTIS
  • BONIFACIO HIGH STREET
  • FAIRVIEW TERRACES
  • GLORIETTA 4
  • GREENBELT 3
  • MARKET-MARKET
  • THE 30TH
  • TRINOMA
  • U.P. TOWN CENTER
  • S’ MAISON
  • SM ANGONO
  • SM AURA
  • SM BACOOR
  • SM BALIWAG
  • SM BF
  • SM BICUTAN
  • SM CALAMBA
  • SM CENTERPOINT
  • SM DASMARIÑAS
  • SM EAST ORTIGAS
  • SM FAIRVIEW
  • SM LIPA
  • SM MALL OF ASIA
  • SM MANILA
  • SM MARILAO
  • SM MARIKINA
  • SM MASINAG
  • SM MEGAMALL
  • SM MOLINO
  • SM MUNTINLUPA
  • SM NOVALICHES
  • SM ROSARIO
  • SM SAN JOSE
  • SM SAN LAZARO
  • SM SAN MATEO
  • SM SANGANDAAN
  • SM SOUTHMALL
  • SM STA. ROSA
  • SM SUCAT
  • SM TRECE
  • SM VALENZUELA
  • THE BLOCK
  • WALTERMART CALAMBA
  • WALTERMART MAKATI
  • WALTERMART PLARIDEL
  • WALTERMART STA. MARIA
  • ROBINSONS ANTIPOLO
  • ROBINSONS DASMARIÑAS
  • ROBINSONS ERMITA
  • ROBINSONS GALLERIA
  • ROBINSONS GENERAL TRIAS
  • ROBINSONS IMUS
  • ROBINSONS LAS PIÑAS
  • ROBINSONS LIPA
  • ROBINSONS MAGNOLIA
  • ROBINSONS MALOLOS
  • ROBINSONS METRO EAST
  • ROBINSONS PIONEER
  • ROBINSONS STA. ROSA
  • POWERPLANT
  • THEATERMALL
  • STA. LUCIA EAST
  • ALIMALL
  • FISHER MALL
  • GATEWAY
  • HARBOR POINT
  • MARQUEE ANGELES
  • SM BATANGAS
  • SM CABANATUAN
  • SM CLARK
  • SM LUCENA
  • SM PAMPANGA
  • SM SAN PABLO
  • SM TELABASTAGAN
  • MEGACENTER CABANATUAN
  • WALTERMART TANAUAN
  • ROBINSONS ANGELES
  • ROBINSONS STARMILLS
  • ABREEZA DAVAO
  • AYALA CENTER CEBU
  • CENTRIO CAGAYAN
  • SM BACOLOD
  • SM CAGAYAN
  • SM CAGAYAN DOWNTOWN
  • SM CEBU
  • SM CONSOLACION
  • SM DAVAO
  • SM ILOILO
  • SM LANANG
  • SM SEASIDE CEBU
  • ROBINSONS BACOLOD
  • ROBINSONS GALLERIA CEBU
  • ROBINSONS ILOILO
  • ROBINSONS JARO ILOILO
  • ROBINSONS PAVIA ILOILO
  • ROBINSONS TAGUM
  • NCCC BUHANGIN
  • GAISANO CINEPLEX CEBU
  • GAISANO DAVAO

Erik Matti’s ‘Buy Bust’ to open 14th Cinemalaya filmfest

Action-thriller “BuyBust” will open the 14th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival on August 3, at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater). The opening film will be screened at 7 p.m., following the opening program at 6 p.m.

Directed by Erik Matti, the film follows rookie police officer Nina Manigan who joins the anti-narcotic elite squad. Soon, two teams are deployed to conduct a buy-bust operation in the slums of Manila. Realizing that the mission is poorly executed, the anti-narcotic squad finds themselves trapped by a gang of slum settlers and needs to fight their way out to escape.

Co-produced by Reality Entertainment and Viva Films, “BuyBust” is deemed as one of the most ambitious first full-on action films in recent local cinema history. With a budget of over ₱80 million, the film employed more than 300 stuntmen and utilized over 250,000 grams of gunpowder.

Production began in 2016, with the filming lasting 56 days starting in March 2017. The film premiered on June 29, 2018 at the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) and was the festival’s closing feature film.

The film is topbilled by actress Anne Curtis who played the lead role, and MMA fighter Brandon Vera. Completing the cast are Victor Neri, Arjo Atayde, Nonie Buencamino, Lao Rodriguez, Alex Calleja, Levi Ignacio, Ricky Pascua, Joross Gamboa, Sheenly Gener, Mara Lopez, AJ Muhlach, Tarek El Tayech, Maddie Martinez, Nafa Hilario, Ian Ignacio, and Mikey Alcaraz.

The screening of “BuyBust” will be invitational, with limited tickets available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. The tickets will be distributed on August 3, starting at 2 pm, at the CCP Little Theater Lobby.

Cinemalaya, the country’s biggest indie film festival in the Philippines, will run from August 3 to 12, at various venues of the CCP and selected Ayala Mall Cinemas. It is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, Inc., the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Ayala Malls Cinemas. Established in 2005, the film festival aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers.

READ MORE: Complete Guide to Cinemalaya 2018

Following the theme “Wings of Vision,” this year’s Cinemalaya features 10 full-length films and 10 short films in the Main Competition section, vying for the major awards.

There are also the festival’s mainstays: Dokyu, the documentary section; Best of the Festivals, which showcases the best films from local festivals; Indie Nation, a special section featuring independent films; Visions of Asia, featuring award-winning Asian and NETPAC films. There will also be a showcase of the final projects of the Directing and Production Management workshops under the 4th Cinemalaya Institute.

Cinemalaya and Nespresso also partnered to bring the Nespresso Vertical Short Competition. Following the theme “Pagmamalasakit (Empathy),” the vertical shorts competition seeks to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers.

There will also be a tribute to Maryo J. Delos Reyes through a special screening of his best films “Bagets” and “Magnifico”; and to Bernardo Bernardo by showing “Manila by Night” by Ishmael Bernal. Retrospective section will feature the 2017 Cinemalaya Best Film “Respeto” by Treb Monteras, and “Baconaua” by Joseph Israel Laban who won Best Director.

On its 30th edition, the Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, considered the longest-running independent film competition of its kind in the ASEAN region, will once again harvest the best of the best, with films competing in various categories such as Short Feature/Narrative, Experimental, Documentary and Animation. Pre-selected entries will be screened on August 4-6 at the CCP Tanghalang Manuel Conde (Dream Theater).

The Cinemalaya Campus, a major component of Cinemalaya, is slated on August 7 & 8 at the Silangan Hall. The Cinemalaya Awards Night will be held on August 12, 2018 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater).

For more information, visit http://www.cinemalaya.org, http://www.culturalcenter.gov.ph, or Cinemalaya Facebook page. You may also call CCP Media Arts at 832-1125 local 1704 to 1705. For ticket inquiries, call the CCP Box Office at 832-3704.

‘BuyBust’ to open 2018 Cinemalaya filmfest

The much anticipated Pinoy action-thriller film, “BuyBust,” will be the opening film of this year’s Cinemalaya: Philippine Independent Film Festival, which runs August 3-12 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and select Ayala Malls Cinemas (Trinoma, Glorietta, Greenbelt 1, U.P. Town Center, Legazpi in Bicol).

This was confirmed by Cinemalaya Foundation President Laurice Guillen and Festival Director Chris Millado, who wish to thank Viva Films and Reality Entertainment, the production outfits behind Erik Matti’s new film, for the support it has given to the long-running local film festival.

The opening ceremonies of Cinemalaya 2018 will start at 6:00 PM on August 3, Friday, at the CCP Main Theater. This will be followed by the screening of the opening film, BuyBust, which is a paid screening. All-Access Pass holders will have priority lane at the entrance door. Ticket information will be released soon.

Meanwhile, “BuyBust” had its world premiere on July 15 (Manila time) as the closing film of the New York Asian Film Festival.

Graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB) and Rated R-16 by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), its commercial nationwide run will start on August 1, Wednesday.

“BuyBust” will have its invitational premiere night on July 23, Monday, at Trinoma Mall in Quezon City. It will also have a special advance screening on July 25, Wednesday, at the UP Cine Adarna in the University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City.

Here’s where you can watch early screenings of ‘Love, Simon’ in the Philippines

Be the first to watch the much-anticipated gay coming-of-age film, “Love, Simon,” during its early screenings this April 30 and May 1. That’s one week ahead of its May 9 wide release!

From 20th Century Fox and the producers of the Twilight series and The Fault in Our Stars (Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen of Temple Hill Entertainment), here comes “Love, Simon”, the most socially relevant YA film ever to be produced, overflowing with universal feels based on the book by Becky Albertalli.

READ MORE:
Love, Simon Review: a surprisingly, radically-inclusive coming-of-age tale that wins you over with its universal truths.

See the list of cinemas below.

Metro Manila cinemas:
  • Alabang Town Center
  • Ayala 30th Mall
  • Ayala Cloverleaf
  • Ayala Feliz
  • Ayala Solenad
  • Ayala South Park
  • Ayala Vertis
  • Bonifacio High Street
  • Fairview Terraces
  • Filinvest
  • Gateway
  • Glorietta 4
  • Greenhills Theater Mall
  • Lucky Chinatown
  • Market! Market!
  • Newport
  • Powerplant
  • Robinsons Ermita
  • Robinsons Galleria
  • Robinsons Metro East
  • Rockwell Santolan
  • Shang Cineplex
  • SM Bacoor
  • SM Centerpoint
  • SM East Ortigas (Director’s Club)
  • SM Fairview
  • SM Mall of Asia
  • SM Manila
  • SM Marikina
  • SM Megamall
  • SM North EDSA
  • SM Southmall
  • Southwoods
  • Sta. Lucia East
  • Trinoma
  • U.P. Town Center
  • Uptown Mall
  • Venice Cineplex
Provincial cinemas:
  • Abreeza Davao
  • Alturas Bohol
  • Ayala Center Cebu
  • Ayala Legazpi
  • Centrio Cagayan
  • Gaisano Davao
  • Gaisano Gensan
  • Gaisano Tagum
  • Harbor Point
  • KCC Gensan
  • KCC Marbel
  • KCC Zamboanga
  • Marquee Angeles
  • Mindpro Zamboanga
  • Screenville Bohol
  • SM Iloilo
  • SM Seaside Cebu (Director’s Club)