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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Predestination: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Ethan Hawke plays as a time-traveling agent who is trying to stop the mysterious New York's "Fizzle Bomber" in 1970 that claimed thousands of lives. From 1992, he travels back to 1978 and disguises as a bartender. He starts to have a conversation to a patron inside the bar and tells him a series of flashbacks that may give him an idea on who is his primary suspect.  

The film has an interesting premise boosted by a great performance from its lead cast. Ethan Hawke shows his versatility and proves that he can shift gears through different roles. While Sarah Snook's presence also made it a bit more intriguing and avoided to be boring while she is telling the story. The simplicity of the whole time traveling act is enjoyable enough in which it didn't quite need a boost of unwanted effects and made it a little less flashy. 

The twist, turns, and revelations are quite complicated but still there are some ideas that are quite predictable. The first scene gave a lot of hints but as the story moves on there are still a lot to be unveiled. There are some surprising revelations that meet at the end coming from different directions. 

Overall Predestination is a mind-bending film. It may leave you scratching your head at the end, but the execution is pretty clever. Watching it twice is a must. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8.5 out of 10 stars

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor

Directed by: Michael Spierig Peter Spierig
Distributed by: Multivision Pictures Entertainment 
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide  

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Short Film “FROZEN FEVER” Reveals Trailer

Disney has just revealed the trailer for the animated short film “Frozen Fever” which may be viewed below: 

Elsa, Queen of Arendelle, single-handedly set off an eternal winter that enveloped an entire village in snow and ice.

With a wave of her hand, she created a magical snowman whose love of fun in the sun is made possible by tiny flurries she summons to keep him in the cold.

The grand palace she built from the ground up comes complete with an icy staircase and a stunning, one-of-a-kind chandelier.

But can she throw a party?

That’s the plan in “Frozen Fever,” a brand-new short from Walt Disney Animation Studios. It’s Anna’s birthday, after all, and Elsa hopes to make up for a lifetime of closed doors by throwing her little sister a party she’ll never forget.

She’s determined to give Anna the big birthday celebration that just wasn’t possible when they were little and lived in their isolated world,” says director Jennifer Lee. “Elsa enlisted the help of Kristoff, Sven and Olaf—everyone who cares about Anna.”

She has the cake, a slew of gifts and a clever plan to reveal it all—but the all-powerful Queen of Arendelle also has something brewing that just might derail everything. “Elsa is catching a cold,” says director Chris Buck. “But it’s not just any cold. There’s magic in Elsa’s sneezes.”

Unbeknownst to Elsa, every time she sneezes, the magic within her makes tiny snowmen—Snowgies—whose unbelievable cuteness is only partly mitigated by their penchant for mischief. “They wreak havoc on the party,” says Buck. “Like Olaf, they have their eyes on Anna’s cake.”

The short welcomes back to the big screen the voices that helped bring the “Frozen” favorites to life. Kristen Bell once again lends her voice to Anna, and Idina Menzel returns as the voice of Elsa. Jonathan Groff voices Kristoff, and Josh Gad provides the voice of unforgettable snowman Olaf. Oscar®-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“Up Here”) and Robert Lopez (“Broadway’s “The Book of Mormon”) wrote an all-new song for the short, and composer Christophe Beck (“Cake”) provides the score.

Directed by Beck and Lee, produced by Peter Del Vecho and Aimee Scribner, and executive produced by John Lasseter, “Frozen Fever” opens March 12, in front of Disney’s live-action “Cinderella.”

  Cinderella” will be released in the Philippines through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Watch 2nd  Video Blog From Set of  “SPECTRE”

Moviegoers can now see the second video blog from the set of “SPECTRE” in London at which may be viewed below: 

Focusing on director Sam Mendes, the behind the scenes footage features Daniel Craig as James Bond 007 as well as cast members Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Ben Whishaw.

Director, Sam Mendes says, "The reasons I’m doing the second Bond movie are the reasons I would do any movie, really, which is all to do with the story. And in this movie, ‘Spectre,’ what you have is a movie entirely driven by Bond. He is on a mission from the very beginning.”

Additionally, “It’s about whether or not to pursue the life he’s always pursued, whether he matters and is he going to continue or not. And you’re going to have to come to see the movie to find out whether he does.”

Spectre” also stars Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Rory Kinnear, Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci and Andrew Scott.

In the film, a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

James Bond is the longest running, and one of the most successful franchises of all time, with twenty-three films produced and the twenty-fourth about to go in to production. Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli succeeded Albert R 'Cubby' Broccoli and have produced the past seven Bond films together, including the highly successful Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall. All of the James Bond films have been made in collaboration with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios or United Artists, its predecessor.

Opening across the Philippines on Nov. 06, 2015, “Spectre” will be distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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Helena Bonham Carter, The Fairy Godmother in “CINDERELLA”

Helena Bonham Carter, whose film roles have ranged from sweet, demure characters in period dramas like Lucy in “A Room With a View” to dark, quirky characters like Bellatrix Lestrange in the “Harry Potter” films, the Red Queen in “Alice in Wonderland” and Mrs. Lovett in “Sweeney Todd,” has traditionally been drawn to characters who give her the creative freedom to analyze and find out what makes them tick.

Now, she plays the delightfully-eccentric Fairy Godmother in Walt Disney Pictures' live-action fantasy adventure, “Cinderella.”

This was a fantastic opportunity to get to reinvent the wheel, because there really isn’t a consistent image of who the Fairy Godmother is,” Bonham Carter says. “It was great fun to think about things like how she got to where she is. I’m supposed to be a designer in a way because I’m creating things to help prepare Cinderella for the ball, so I make her dress, I design her shoes, I design the footmen and I get the transport ready.”

She continues, “As for why she chose a pumpkin for the carriage, I started thinking that maybe the pumpkin was an accident and she had actually intended for the carriage to come from something else, like a watermelon. The possibilities are endless, and as an actor I love thinking up back-stories for my characters.”

Screenwriter Chris Weitz welcomed the chance to expand the scope of her part in the script, which meant the addition of a new character, a beggar woman (also played by Bonham Carter), who first approaches Ella and is treated with kindness before transforming into the Fairy Godmother. He tried to come up with lines and moments that would fit into her particular cadence, and says, “Helena wanted to pursue a version of the character that was very much in sync with the Fairy Godmother that people remember from the animated film, but also had a particular spin from the way she performs comedy.”

I thought it would be interesting if she wasn’t always the best at everything, that perhaps she was highly-stressed because of the time restraints placed upon her so she would occasionally make mistakes,” says Bonham Carter. “They are late for the ball and she’s incredibly old and not quite with it mentally, and that just makes her all the more likable.”

Adds director Kenneth Branagh, “I read something interesting about the original Fairy Godmother in which the phrase ‘benign befuddlement’ was used. There is a befuddled quality about the Fairy Godmother in the original film, and what Helena brings is an extension, or an elaboration, of that.”

He concludes, “She’s very passionate, very witty, but not always in complete control of her magic. She’s utterly devoted to Cinderella. Clearly, there’s a maternal feeling for her. She is indeed her godmother or albeit, Fairy Godmother, so you feel that sort of familial care and concern.”

A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.

The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her.

And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella’s life forever.

  Cinderella” will be released in the Philippines on March 12, through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.

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Gothic Horror Film  “CRIMSON PEAK” Unveils Trailer

Universal and Legendary Pictures have unveiled the first trailer for writer/director Guillermo del Toro’s gothic horror romance, “Crimson Peak” which may be viewed below: 

Legendary Pictures’ “Crimson Peak,” a co-production with Universal Pictures, is a haunting gothic horror story directed by the master of dark fairy tales, Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Hellboy” series, “Pacific Rim”), written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins and starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam.

In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers.

Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, del Toro and Callum Greene produce, and Jillian Share executive produces.

  Crimson Peak” opens across the Philippines on October 14 and will be distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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Dave Franco: Journey top Adulthood in “UNFINISHED BUSINESS”

Unfinished Business” starring Vince Vaugh, Tom Wilkinson, Dave France, Sienna Miller and James Marsden has unashamedly adult themes -  the innocent Mike (Franco) loses his virginity and the jaded Tim (Wilinson), trapped in an unhappy marriage, rediscovers a love for life in the exotic German capital while the relentless Dan (Vaughn) refuses to give up, no matter where his quest takes him.
Unfinished Business” is the tale of three hard working guys who are trying to catch a break embarking on what should be a routine business trip out of state who end up thousands of miles from home, in Germany, where everything that can go wrong does so with spectacularly hilarious results.  At first Dan is convinced that the deal is done and heads to Portland, Oregon, confident that it’s in the bag. But once there, he discovers that his old employers, represented by his former boss at Dynamic Systems, the formidable wheeler-dealer Chuck Fortnoy (Miller) are about to steal it from under his nose. 
Dan, Mike and Tim must head to Berlin to try and save the day, and they arrive in a bustling city hosting a G8 conference and a sex fetish festival with hardly a vacant room left in town. Each of them is about to experience a series of life changing adventures – and setbacks – on a business trip they’ll never forget.
Franco admits that he was a little nervous at the prospect of starring opposite Vaughn – one of his comedy heroes - who plays his boss desperately trying to secure a deal that will keep his struggling company afloat.   “It’s always intimidating at first to work with someone that you’ve admired for so long,” he says. “I didn’t want to be the person in the scene to slow everything down, but what I quickly realised, working with someone as funny as Vince, is that no matter what I say, no matter how dumb the joke is, Vince will take that dumb joke of mine and turn it into gold.
The odds may be stacked against Dan, Tim and Mike, but together they find a bond that proves to be unbreakable. “I think with all three of these guys, they are down on their luck but they never feel bad for themselves. They’re fighting as hard as they can, against all odds,” says Franco. 
For young Mike Pancake – an innocent abroad who has never ventured more than a few miles from his home before – being on the road with the two older, more experienced men gives him the confidence to explore, in every sense of the word. A virgin before he left the States, he proves to be very popular with some of the women he meets in the exotically Bohemian Berlin.  “Yeah, that’s a big part of Mike’s journey, and he’s very successful,” Franco laughs. “Much more so than you might expect from a character who’s never even been out of his home town.
He ends up sleeping with multiple women, and I think what they’re attracted to is what we’re talking about: his sincerity and his sweetness. His sexual journey is an entire movie within itself. He’s not only losing his virginity, but he’s trying to do it in a way that would even be risqué for a character in 50 Shades of Grey.”

  Unfinished Business” is rated R-16 by the local censors board (MTRCB) and will open nationwide in cinemas this March 5 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Battling Inner Monster in “WOLFCOP”

Small town cop Lou Garou hasn't taken his job seriously in years. He drinks too much and when bad things happen he looks the other way.

One night, acting out of character, Lou follows up on a disturbance call in a remote area, but shortly after he arrives on the scene, he blacks out.  When he wakes up, he can’t remember anything, his senses are heightened, he has odd markings on his body and his hair is growing at a rapid rate.  That night, Lou’s transformation from man into rage-fuelled werewolf takes shape.

During the day, Lou struggles to remain in control, both of his drinking, his newfound powers and the dangerous situations all around him. In an attempt to uncover the truth, he enlists the help of the town's local eccentric Willie, who seems to know a lot about the werewolf's curse. Together the two work to try and uncover the mystery of who did this to Lou and for what dark reasons.  The only question is will Lou be able to make things right before his inner monster takes control again?

  From Crystalsky Multimedia, “Wolfcop” is now showing in the following cinemas:  SM North Edsa, SM Fairview, SM Marikina, SM Megamall, SM Manila, SM Sta. Mesa, SM Clark, SM Bacoor, SM Cebu, SM Iloilo, Remar Cubao, Cinerama Recto, Gateway Cineplex, Promenade, Sta. Lucia, Gaisano Davao, Gaisano Toril and Fisher Mall. 
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Academy Award Winner For Best Picture “BIRDMAN” - Return Engagement in Phils. Cinemas Starting March 4

Birdman” – this year’s big winner at the Oscars that bagged the Best Picture Award which also won the Best Director Award (Alejandro G. Iñárritu), Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki) and Best Original Screenplay Award (by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo) will have a return engagement in (Phils.) cinemas this March 4.

The widely acclaimed and celebrated “Birdman,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s black comedy features Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) hopes that by spearheading an ambitious new Broadway play he will, among other things, revive his moribund career. In many ways, it is a deeply foolhardy move – but the former cinema superhero has high hopes that this creative gambit will legitimize him as an artist and prove to everyone – and himself – that he is not just a Hollywood has-been.

With the play’s opening night looming, Riggan’s lead actor is injured by a freak accident during rehearsals and needs to be replaced quickly. At the suggestion of lead actress Lesley (Naomi Watts) and the urging of his best friend and producer Jake (Zach Galifianakis), Riggan reluctantly hires Mike Shiner (Edward Norton) – a loose cannon who is guaranteed to sell tickets and get the play a rave review.  As he preps for the stage debut, he must deal with his girlfriend and co-star Laura (Andrea Riseborough), his fresh-from-rehab daughter and personal assistant Sam (Emma Stone), as well as his ex-wife Sylvia (Amy Ryan), who appears every so often to check-in with the intent to stabilize things.

Iñárritu notes that elements of Riggan’s story resonated with him, particularly the ephemeral nature of success and the question of relevance. “I was interested in exploring the battles with the ego, the idea that no matter how successful you are, whether in money or recognition, it’s always an illusion. It’s temporary. When you are chasing the things you think you want and empower the people to validate you, when you finally get them, you soon find an impermanence in that joy.”

  From 20th Century Fox to be “Birdman” will return to the big screen at the following cinemas: Robinson’s Ermita, Robinson’s Galleria, Metro East, Gateway, Powerplant and Greenhills.   Follow 20th Century Fox (Philippines) at Facebook for more updates.

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Big Eyes: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Margaret Hawkins (Amy Adams) decided to leave her husband with his daughter to live a new in San Francisco and hopes to find herself to become a true artist. She landed a job at a furniture design store where she paints over the weekdays and tries to sell her paintings during weekends at art fairs. One day, while selling his works, she met another artist Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) and was mesmerized with her work. Soon, the two easily get along together and got married. They become a successful team-up with Margaret painting her masterpiece at home while Walter sells it. However, Walter is taking all the credit to her paintings and buries her into the world of lies.  

Honestly, we thought the film would be boring, but we have high hopes with it because Amy Adams is one of the lead cast. We are quite surprised as the film is really interesting right from the very beginning. Amy Adams performance is outstanding in many ways and Christoph Waltz strong manic energy is scary yet, quite amusing. They both did well, and we are entertained with their heated exchanges on the latter part. 

It's quite refreshing to see Director Tim Burton take another path in this film. He usually makes films, mostly with on a green screen with a touch of CGI technology. You can still feel Burton's work in Big Eyes because it still has that sense of creativeness that he always brings to his picture.

Overall, Big Eyes is a compelling true story of Margaret and Walter Keane. It is fascinating, thanks to Tim Burton's touches and amazing portrayals from its lead cast. This film is more than an art and watching it is truly worth-it. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8 out of 10 stars

Cast: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Krysten Ritter

Directed by: Tim Burton
Distributed by: Captive Cinema
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide

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“MINIONS” Look For Despicable Master in New Trailer

The adorable “Minions” are out searching for a new despicable master in the second trailer the upcoming comedy adventure from Universal Pictures. The hilarious trailer may be viewed below: 
The upcoming prequel-spinoff features three lovable minions—Kevin, Stuart, and Bob—as they seek to serve a new supervillain in the 1960s. The film also functions as an origin story as we see how the minions have inadvertently proven to be the downfall of history’s conquerors ranging from the T-Rex to Genghis Khan to Napoleon.

In the new trailer, the Minions hitchhike their way to Orlando, which is the site of “Villain Con 1968,” a convention where the world’s most notorious people come to bask in the love of their biggest fans, and attendees can apply to be henchmen by displaying their evil talents to employee placement specialists. It’s here where the Minions meet Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), who is the biggest star at the party, and end up becoming her minions, giving them all a purpose in life.

  Opening across the Philippines on July 08, “Minions” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.
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