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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Annabelle: Movie Review

By: Lakwastera Lovers

After the recent success of The Conjuring last year (earning $316 million worldwide with only a $20 million budget), we aren't surprised to get a sequel of the film next year. However, we were puzzled to see a spin-off sooner than we expected with the evil doll Annabelle returning into the big screen. 

John and Mia (Ward Horton and Annabelle Wallis) are expecting to have a baby soon. John found a perfect gift for his wife - a large vintage doll to complete her collection. However, their lives started to change when their neighbors were brutally murdered by the members of a cult and also attacked them inside their house. John and Mia survived ,but as the demonic blood spilled inside their home, the cult created a violent entity which possesses the doll.

We thought that it would be another cash grab film that rides into the success of its predecessor. We are also wondering what will be the outcome without James Wan as its director. Well, Annabelle delivers the scares neatly with eerie camera angles to creep you out. The pacing also builds the tension smoothly keeping a strong precision with surreal sound design.


Director John Leonetti uses all his techniques from his previous works to make the film genuinely frightening. However, some of the best moments of the film can already be seen in the trailer, but it will still startle you just like the first time you saw that particular scene. The film still has a lot more terrifying scenes to offer.  We want to share our favorite scene, but we wouldn't spoil the fun for you guys. 

Overall, Annabelle provides a horrifying experience filled with tension plus a lot of heart-stopping moments that will leave your lights on at night. We are sure that the film would put you at the edge of your seat while covering your mouth and holding your breath dearly.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9 out 10 stars

Cast: Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Alfre Woodard

Directed by: John Leonetti 
Distributed by: Warner Brothers Pictures PH
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide

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Liam Neeson: “TAKEN 3” Poster and Global Teaser Trailer Reveal  


The only man with a particular set of skills is back in “Taken 3.”  Liam Neeson reprises his role as Bryan Mills, the role that further set him up for worldwide stardom – a retired CIA agent whose enemies keep on preying even after he retired from the service. 

In “Taken 3,” Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered.  Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter. “Taken 3” also stars Forest Whitaker and Maggie Grace is back in action as Bryan’s daughter.  

 
In recent interviews, Neeson shared that in the movie, “I have to go on the run, I’ll put it that way, from the not-so-lawful types and the lawful authorities.  Bryan Mills served his country faithfully, but now even they are after him.  They must not like me.  This time, no more travelling, if my daughter was taken again on a trip, Bryan would have to be certifiably locked up for bad parenting.”

He will find you – “Taken 3” explodes in (Phils.) cinemas nationwide on January 14, 2015 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Check TAKEN 3 teaser trailer reveal here:

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Heartbreaking Father-Son Story Unravels in “THE JUDGE”

 
If the sins of the father are said to be visited upon the son, what of the sins of the son? That's the enigma Warner Bros. Pictures' new drama “The Judge” tries to address.

Slick Chicago lawyer Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) is set to pluck his latest white collar client from the State of Illinois’ prosecutorial clutches when he receives a message that his mother has just passed away. Hank has no contact with his dad, and his mom is the one person in his family—in his entire hometown—with whom he had remained in touch for the past 20 or so years. She is the only one, her death the only event, that can draw him home. What waits for him in idyllic Carlinville, Indiana, however, is much more than a memorial service, and far from a warm welcome. And before he can make his escape, Hank is called back to defend his own estranged father, the town’s venerable judge of 42 years, who suddenly finds himself on the wrong side of the bench.

No matter how old we are, within five minutes of walking back into our childhood home, we are exactly who we were when we left there,” says director and producer of “The Judge,” David Dobkin. “We fall back into those routines; we’re subject to the same behavior and communication patterns of our youth, the same unspoken misunderstandings and unresolved issues, however great or small, which wind up driving us for the rest of our lives.”

 
Pairing acting heavyweights Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall for the first time, the film seeks to explore the role reversal we all face, whether through emotion or circumstance, of having to parent our aging parents and come to terms with our own personal history. How we, as adults, suddenly find ourselves in unfamiliar familial territory, and how even the best intentions don’t always lead us to take the best course of action or, ultimately, generate the best results.

The primary relationship Dobkin wanted to explore was one between a strong patriarchal father and the son who had left home years ago and who, due to an ongoing, seemingly irreparable rift between them, had never returned to face all the skeletons in his boyhood closet.

Robert Duvall, who plays the tough-as-nails judge Joseph Palmer, says he readily signed on because “it was a smart script, very well written with wonderful characters—definitely an actors’ film. On top of that, I felt the people involved would be great to work with. David really brought his own passion and commitment to it in a very positive way, so it was an enticing project for me.”

 
Joseph Palmer is a man who represents the old world, the old guard,” Dobkin says. “He’s about honor; he believes that how a man walks through life has everything to do with where he ends up and how he is remembered. His legacy, that he helped people, that he protected an ideal, is important to him. Hank, on the other hand, believes you do whatever you need to do to get to the top, and once you’re there and as long as it was legal, it’s okay, even if it was manipulative. As long as the court tells him he wins, he doesn’t care if his client actually did terrible things, or whether he has to do terrible things to help his client. The law decides whether he’s right or wrong. His father views this not as something to be proud of, but as just more bad behavior from the rebellious teen Hank was growing up.”

Robert Duvall acknowledges, “The Judge would rather go to prison than lose his honor, definitely. And that complicates things for his sons, especially for Hank, who subconsciously thinks he’ll win his dad’s approval by winning the case.”

Duvall enjoyed exploring such a complex character. “He has many contradictions, like we all do in life. He’s a family-oriented guy, and he loves his sons, but he always left the showing of affection to his wife, and now she’s gone. So he’s very deficient when it comes to relating to them on his own, particularly Hank. They’ve had no contact for years; everything went through Hank’s mother, so they don’t have a way of interacting. And the Judge has never really forgiven Hank for something that happened in the past—or if he has, he can’t admit it, not even to himself, I’d suspect. So he gave me a lot of interesting things to work with, to find within myself.”

Downey praises his co-star, “I learned a lot from watching him just be so still and yet so commanding. I’m completely the opposite, we have very different styles. We all did, really. I got to see all these different ways of working come together and really gel, and I came away with an even deeper respect for the work thanks to this experience.”

Duvall admired the younger actor as well, citing, “He’s very, very talented, and he was relaxed and in control of both his performance and his off-camera work as a producer, so it was a pleasure for me.”

  Opening across the Philippines on Oct. 22, 2014, “The Judge” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


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Channing Tatum's First Lead Role in Animation in “THE BOOK OF LIFE”

When it came to casting the new fantasy-adventure “The Book of Life,” director Jorge Gutierrez and producer Guillermo del Toro knew they would need a specific voice for the role of the town hero Joaquin. As the male counterpoint to the soulful Manolo (voiced by Diego Luna), he is both the best friend and romantic rival for the heart of Maria (voiced by Zoë Saldana). The two roles not only put a new spin to the classic “Prince Charming” type, they also represent the two sides of what it is to be a hero: the poet and the muscle.

Channing Tatum’s ascent to stardom has been built on roles that offered both archetypes at once, a key reason why he was sought for the character of Joaquin. With “The Book of Life,” Tatum was thrilled to finally enter the arena of animation in a lead role.  And, when the role was pitched to the actor by Gutierrez, Tatum responded eagerly to the director’s impassioned telling of “The Book of Life.” “When we pitched Channing the movie, he loved it and was laughing the entire time,” says Gutierrez.  “And then he took me aside and said, ‘You know I’m not Mexican, right?’  We had a big laugh, and Channing just jumped in and made Joaquin his own.”  Tatum further shares in the following q&a the fun and unforgettable experience in voicing Joaquin.
               
 
Q: It’s hard to believe that “The Book of Life” is your first real lead role in animation?

A: It was fun! I’ve been wanting to do it for a while, but the opportunity never came up. I heard the story as to why Jorge wanted to make the movie. I signed up like that. It’s just so personal to him, you know?  It’s his story to tell, but I was pretty honored to be a part of it.

Q: What was the process like for you in finding your “voice” as Joaquin?

A: “I didn’t have anything specific in my head that I was going for.  I had to say certain Spanish words, like the name of the town. You want a uniform pronunciation. You want everyone to be saying it the same way, so there were certain things, like how you would say Maria. You want it to all feel like it is   of the same world. But it’s really all just trial and error. I was having so much fun.

 
Q: Has becoming a new father played a role in selecting the projects you want to take on as an actor?

A: “I’ve got a lot of explaining to do with my daughter, eventually.  But, I think just as every parent gets into those shoes, you start to realize that you want something for them to be able to watch before they’re fifteen years old. I definitely didn’t do “The Book of Life” just for my daughter. I really did it because I loved the story and everything that it touches on. I’d always known about the Mexican “Day of the Dead” and the general emphasis of it. I didn’t know the finer points and the beauty in it.  It was just really cool art to me. I probably didn’t even have the real definition of what the day means until I spoke to Jorge.
               
Q: A key theme in “The Book of Life” is how we should all write our own story. If you review your life’s narrative, what part are you most proud of to date?

A: I think there’s always more to write. I’m really proud of the story that I’ve written so far. We have to live to the highest extent. Don’t ever be afraid to make a choice because you can always make another one. I think I’ve done a lot in my life. I can definitely say that I’ve made, not wrong turns, but turns where I’ve been like, “Alright, I don’t want to do this anymore.” You go on and you learn from every single thing you’ve done in your life. I think that’s reminiscent of our characters in the story. They’re all so alive and they’re all not perfect. They all have a sort of an inner song, their dream or want. You’ve got to just keep moving towards those dreams.

  The Book of Life” opens October 16 (in 2D and 3D) in theatres nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.    

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

PT Anderson's New Film “INHERENT VICE” Reveals Teaser Trailer

The teaser trailer for Warner Bros. Pictures' “Inherent Vice,” the new film from director Paul Thomas Anderson have just been revealed and may be viewed at

 
The film stars Oscar nominees Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master,” “Walk the Line”), Josh Brolin (“True Grit,” “No Country For Old Men”) and Owen Wilson (“The Royal Tennenbaums,” “Midnight in Paris”); Katherine Waterston (“Michael Clayton,” “Boardwalk Empire”); Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) and Benicio Del Toro (“Traffic”); Martin Short (“Frankenweenie”); Jena Malone (“The Hunger Games” series); and Joanna Newsom (“Portlandia”).

Inherent Vice” is the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel.

When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say.

It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble.

With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists... Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp—all Thomas Pynchon.

Oscar nominee Paul Thomas Anderson (“There Will Be Blood,” “The Master”) directed “Inherent Vice” from a screenplay he wrote based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon. Anderson also produced the film, together with Oscar-nominated producers Joanne Sellar and Daniel Lupi (“There Will Be Blood”). Scott Rudin and Adam Somner served as executive producers.

Anderson’s behind-the-scenes creative team included Oscar-winning director of photography Robert Elswit (“There Will Be Blood”), production designer David Crank (“The Master”), Oscar-nominated editor Leslie Jones (“The Thin Red Line”), and Oscar-winning costume designer Mark Bridges (“The Artist”). The music is by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with IAC Films, a Joanne Sellar/Ghoulardi Film Company production, “Inherent Vice.”

  Opening across the Philippines on February 2015, “Inherent Vice” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.
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Highly Unique and Original World of “FOOSBALL: THE UNBEATABLES” Opens October 1


Academy Award winner Juan Jose Campanella brings the highly-spirited action animation “Foosball: The Unbeatables” to life collaborating with a lot of talented people to produce a family movie that has a worldwide, relatable appeal. 

Foosball: The Unbeatables” follows the journey of Amadeo (voiced by Rupert Grint), a small-town kid with great kids as a foosball player.   As he grows older, this is the only true ability he has developed.   But soon enough, Amadeo finds himself leaving his comfort zone – his foosball table and the bar he works for when he has to put together a team of unlikely heroes who would be willing to recover their village and its people when it is in danger; but above all, it’s about defending their honor.

 
Only someone as daring as Amadeo would take on the challenge on defending his town against an old challenger.  Ensuring his team’s victory seems impossible at first, but this is soccer, where miracles happen.  Not only will Amadeo and his inept soccer team play a key role in this match, but so will his beloved foosball figurines who magically came to life to help hi m.

I always loved animation, we achieved the movie’s unique style little by little, by trial and error and after a lot of testing.  It has to be a creation and a world that is compatible with 3D animation, it has to be translatable to the computer world and at the same time, it has to be original and unique.  It’s a family movie and there are certain gags that only adults will get but of course it won’t stop kids from enjoying the movie,” recalls Campanella. 

 
Campanella was awarded two Emmys for his work and has been nominated twice in the best foreign film category, winning in 2010 for his work in “The Secret in their Eyes.”  He was also awarded the Goya for best Latin American film for his work.  He graduated from NYU film school and started his film career in the US working on television shows and features such as “House,” “30 Rock,” and “Law and Order SVU among others and the critically acclaimed Spanish TV series “Vientos deAgua.”  His other film features include “The Same Love Same Rain,” “The Son of the Bride” and “Luna De Avellaneda.”

 
Our intention was to create a highly unique and original world.  I do believe we succeeded because I haven’t seen anything like it in any other movie. In my humble opinion,” concludes Campanella.

  Foosball: The Unbeatables” opens October  1 in theatres nationwide from Axinite Digicinema.



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Steve Carell, A Patient Dad About to Lose his Cool in “ALEXANDER”

 
The incomparable Steve Carell (“Despicable Me” films) stars as Ben Cooper, a stay-at-home dad hoping to rejoin the ranks of the employed, in Walt Disney Pictures' hilarious family comedy “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”

The film follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom, dad, brother and sister all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn't had one.

I am the patriarch, the father, the leader,” says Carell. “My character's been out of work for a while so he has assumed the duties of the fommy—the father/mommy. He's the guy who's in charge of the littlest Cooper and getting the other kids ready for school while his wife is pursuing her career.”

 
But when he lands a huge job interview, he’s unable to line up a babysitter in time and is forced to bring baby Trevor with him—which isn’t exactly the first impression he’d hoped to make. “He’s been unemployed for seven months,” says screenwriter Rob Lieber, “so he has a lot riding on this opportunity.”

Ben Cooper figures he has to soldier through when it comes to obstacles,” adds Carell. “He's a guy who tries to keep everything positive. I identified with the character, because as a dad, you feel like you need to be this steady hand—the rock. And at a certain point when that well runs dry, where do you go?”

Says director Miguel Arteta, “He’s the ultimate optimist, but this terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day tries his patience to the point that he finally freaks out. It’s a lot of fun to see a sunny character like that finally lose it.”

Steve Carell has established himself as a multi-talented force in Hollywood. Gaining recognition for his contributions as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s Emmy® Award-winning “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Carell has successfully segued from the small screen to above-the-title status on the big screen.

In early 2013, Carell starred opposite Jim Carrey and Steve Buscemi in Warner Bros.’ “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.” In July, Carell returned as the voice of Gru in “Despicable Me 2,” which has grossed more than $918 million worldwide and is Universal Pictures’ most profitable film, ever. The same month, Carell co-starred alongside Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Maya Rudolph and Amanda Peet in Fox Searchlight Pictures’ “The Way, Way Back,” which was written and directed by Academy Award® winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.

In 2012, Carell starred in “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” opposite Keira Knightly. Later that year Carell was seen in the hit comedic drama “Hope Springs,” opposite Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones.

In the summer of 2011, Carell starred in “Crazy, Stupid, Love” opposite Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Produced by Carell’s production company, Carousel Productions, the critically acclaimed film went on to earn $142 million worldwide.

  Opening across the Philippines on Oct. 15, 2014, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

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A No-Sting Approach to Good Oral Health

For many people, good oral health begins and ends with brushing their teeth after meals. While this practice is commendable, sadly it is not enough. Food particles, especially those at the back of the teeth and in hard-to-reach areas, may remain lodged, causing a host of alarming oral health problems. These include halitosis (bad breath), gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and periodontitis (a gum infection that damages soft tissue and the teeth’s bone support).

Food particles that are not removed by regular brushing may be used as fuel by anaerobic bacteria (bad bacteria) so they can multiply. These bacteria may cause dental problems such as tartar, plaque, and cavities, among others. They also release gaseous elements called volatile sulfur compounds, which are identified as major sources of strong odors in the mouth.
 
In addition to brushing, most dentists recommend flossing as part of regular oral hygiene. Many also recommend the use of mouthwash, especially if there are problems with oral malodor. Despite these advisories, patients still fail to comply. There are several reasons for non-compliance and one of these may be because the alcohol-based mouthwash they use stings the mouth and leaves a strong aftertaste.

Fortunately, there is no-sting OraCare Mouthrinse, which is specially formulated with stabilized chlorine dioxide (ClO2­­) and purified water, for a more pleasurable gargling experience. It is an effective way of eliminating harmful bacteria and odor-causing compounds in the mouth. 

Currently, OraCare is the only mouthwash brand available in leading drugstores and grocery stores nationwide that contains stabilized chlorine dioxide. While it delivers the same benefits as the alcohol-based variants such as killing bad bacteria, preventing plaque build-up and promoting healthy gums, OraCare’s ClO2 also neutralizes foul odor-causing compounds for a really clean mouth. Plus, as an added benefit, it does not stain teeth, even with regular use, unlike mouthrinses that contain chlorhexidine.

Don’t wait for symptoms of dental issues to arise before you take action. Include OraCare in your regular oral care regimen. Aside from visiting the dentist twice a year and regular brushing and flossing, gargling with OraCare can help give you the exceptional oral health that you desire—a really clean mouth with really fresh breath, without the sting.

Made by Pascual Laboratories, OraCare Mouthrinse has three variants (Cool, Regular and Merrymint) and comes in 80mL, 250mL and 500mL sizes (except Merrymint). It is available in major drugstores and supermarkets nationwide.
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Gandiva Archery: Bloggers' Night!


A bloggers' night was held last Saturday at Gandiva Cafe and Archery Range at 7/F One Corporate Center Ortigas Center Pasig City. The place was filled with enthusiastic bloggers who want to unleash their skills in hitting the corresponding targets. 

There is a mini-tournament where everyone can pile up some points in order to win a special prize and of course, some bragging rights. Bloggers went head to head in answering some trivia questions before hitting the balloons as their targets.

Ms. Rowena Wendy Lei

Ms. Rowena assisted by a Gandiva staff

Ms. Earth Rullan

Targets!

Gandiva Archery's first branch opened in 2009 at SM Mall of Asia with the aim of popularizing the sport and becoming a one-stop shop for fitness, focus and fun. Some of their basic offerings are the 1-hour archery package, range and equipment rentals, Archery training (recurve and compound archery), Archery armory (archery equipment repairs and servicing) and offset archery range setup and facilitation.

Gorgeous hosts and IC Mendoza




Neurogen E Game

Erica Yu-B of Stuck With 3



REGULAR RATES AT GANDIVA ARCHERY
  • Range Rental / lane: Php 350.00 / hr
  • Equipment Rental: Php 350.00 / hr
  • Instructor’s Fee: Php 380.00 / hr
  • Target Face: Php 40.00 / pc
Discounted 1 Hour Archery Trial Package:  Php 980.00
  • Inclusive of 1 hour use of range lane and archery equipment and a target face with assistance from our pro staff.
Basic Module: Php 12,000.00

Inclusions:

  • One-on-one training from our pro staff
  • 15 hours accumulated use of range
  • Free use of archery equipment during the program
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Free 4 target faces
  • Provision of grading sheet
Gandiva Cafe and Archery Range is located at  7/F One Corporate Center, Julia Vargas Street cor. Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday 10am - 7pm & Friday and Saturday 10am - 9pm

Phone6388771 or 6384549
Emailinfo@gandiva.com.ph
Website  http://www.gandiva.com.ph
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Foosball The Unbeatables: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

First, we would like to thank Axinite Digicinema Inc. for inviting us last Friday to the special screening of Foosball: The Unbeatables. Honestly, we are not expecting a lot from this film, but since it is an animated flick, we knew that it has the potential to be an entertaining film. 

Amadeo (voiced by Rupert Grint) is a great table football player in their village. When he was a kid, he defeated Flash (voiced by Anthony Head) at a table football game and impresses his childhood friend Lara, whom he secretly likes. 10 years later, Flash returns to the village as an International star and challenged Amadeo into a real football match. With Amadeo running out of options, his miniature foosball players come to life and help him to find a way to defeat Flash in order to save the village. 

Juan José Campanella, the Argentinian director behind The Secret in Their Eyes which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards has done it again now with computer animation. He is dedicated to his work, and now brings another masterpiece, which is genuinely appealing to all ages.


The film is such a surprise and pretty entertaining from start to finish. It also has a lot of interesting characters, filled with color and lively voices that create a lot of witty moments. The animation is neat and impressive, which feels like a Pixar made film. Usually, animated films aim a much younger audience but with Foosball: The Unbeatables, we heard a lot of laughs coming from the adults who really enjoyed the humor and story of the film. 


Overall, "Foosball: The Unbeatables" is one of the best animated film released this year. It is simple yet the magic lives beyond its imaginative premise. The entertainment value is at full price and is a definite stress reliever for the whole family. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9.5 out of 10 stars  

Cast: Rupert Grint, Anthony Head, Rob Brydon

Directed by: Juan José Campanella
Distributed by: Axinite Digicinema Inc. 
Opens October 1 in cinemas nationwide  

 
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