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Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

The final chapter of Peter Jackson's Middle-earth saga finally comes to an end in "The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies." We would like to thank Warner Borthers Pictures Ph for inviting us last week to the special screening of the film in "HFR 3D" at IMAX SM Mall of Asia. It is the shortest film in the trilogy, but it is far the best one if you ask me.

The story continues with Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and the group of dwarves finally reached their destination. They have reclaimed their homeland from the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) who awakens from a deep slumber. The pissed-off dragon unleashes his wrath against the people of Lake-town. Now it's up to Bard (Luke Evans) to defend his people from the fire-breathing dragon. Meanwhile, with Thorin changing his heart against his comrades to keep his throne in the mountain, a great battle soon emerges with every armies' lines up for an epic clash of the titans.  

Closing a saga is very difficult, especially to the fans who aim high to see the trilogy end in a satisfying manner. With the final chapter relying to the titular spectacle battle of five armies, we are all treated with an amazing feature of action-packed sequences. It is thrilling finish where you see the elegant elves led by Legolas (Orlando Bloom) delivering hard-hitting shots against the stressful looking orcs. It is also emotional at the same time where some of our beloved characters die. 


The visuals are simply astonishing with Peter Jackson's amazing attention in every detail. Every cast member did embrace their character really well and stayed committed with their roles. The film looks more outstanding with HFR 3D in play to bring more depth and life to an already lively feature. 

Overall, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies delivers a great ending to a long incredible journey of Bilbo Baggins. It is a spectacular grandeur display of battle sequences that lacked the previous two films. This is the best part in the trilogy and what a way to announce its exit. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 9 out of 10 stars

Cast: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans

Directed by: Peter Jackson
Distributed by: Warner Brothers Pictures PH
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide 
Experience it in 3D, HFR 3D and IMAX 3D   

 
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Liam Neeson Out of Retirement One Last Time in “TAKEN 3”

Check Out This Cool “12 Skills of Christmas” Homage Video

One explosive finale will end it all in the non-stop, catch-your-breath action thriller “Taken 3” starring Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills, as-covert agent Bryan Mills forced to step out of retirement to save his family using the extraordinary set of skills that only he possesses.

Taken 3’s” gripping and fantastic action sequence brings Bryan to track down the real killers of a murder that he is being framed of.  Director Olivier Megaton smashes Bryan Mills and his enemies into breathless action scenes when Mills’ long-awaited reconciliation with his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) is tragically cut short when she is murdered.  Mills, overtaken with anger, goes on the run for justice to prove his innocence and trace the mastermind behind his ex-wife’s murder.  With the CIA, FBI and police all in hot pursuit, for the last time, he channels his rage to protect the one remaining important thing left in his life: his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace).

  But before it opens in cinemas on January 14 (Philippines), folks from the distributing studio, 20th Century Fox prepared this heartwarming, high-octane holiday video showing Bryan’s particular set of skills ready for his post-Christmas mission.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Pyramid: Movie Review

 By: Lakwatsera Lovers

First, we would like to thank 20th Century Fox PH for inviting us last week to the special screening of The Pyramid  at The Podium. The film is blasted by negative reviews from the critics. We were quite unsure why, as the film isn't bad as it looked like.

Father-daughter archeologists Miles and Nora Holden (Denis O’Hare and Ashley Hinshaw) knew that they hit a jackpot discovering a rare three-sided pyramid hidden underneath the sands of Egypt. Along with three other crew members, they try to explore the mystery under the buried place. However, they find themselves lost and trapped inside the place. Soon they found out that they are not alone, and they badly need to locate the exit before it's too late.

We weren't exactly sure why most horror filmmakers rely on found footage camera. It's a bit absurd and overused where most horror films suffers because of this concept. However, The Pyramid does the concept neatly. The camera angle isn't shaky and doesn't make the viewers suffer from motion sickness. Also the film generates a thrilling atmosphere where we are all left to discover the secrets inside the pyramid.


Once again, like other horror flicks, it suffers from poor character decisions. We are hoping that they will have a gruesome death instead of finding their way out for safety. The cast isn't A-Listers, but they did well in keeping the momentum at a steady pace. Unlike other found footage films The Pyramid keeps the premise interesting but fails to stand-out when it revealed the tormentor at the final act.

Overall, The Pyramid had the key elements in providing a satisfying horror flick. It just left us craving for more victims to add more excitement in its already thrilling premise. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 7.5 out of 10 stars

Cast: Denis O’Hare, Ashley Hinshaw
 
Directed by: Grégory Levasseur
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox PH
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Game Characters Attack Earth in `Pixels' Banners



Take your first look at the teaser posters of director Chris Columbus' upcoming adventure feature "Pixels" which boasts arcade game characters everyone will be familiar with including PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Centipede®, Galaga, Frogger, Q*bert, and Space Invaders.





 
Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad, Brian Cox and Kevin James all star in the film.

In “Pixels,” when intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Dinklage and Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Monaghan plays the team's unique weapons specialist.

The action-comedy is directed by Chris Columbus from a story by Tim Herlihy and a screenplay by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling, based on the original short film of the same name by Patrick Jean. The film is produced by Adam Sandler, Chris Columbus, Mark Radcliffe, and Allen Covert.

Opening across the Philippines in May 2015, “Pixels” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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Eastwood Wins Best Director Award For  “AMERICAN SNIPER”

America's National Board of Review (NBR) has chosen Clint Eastwood as the year's Best Director for his work on Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures' war drama “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper.

A biopic of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, “American Sniper” was also included in NBR's Top Ten Best Films of 2014. The New York Times' highly-regarded resident critic Manohla Dargis likewise listed the film in her Ten Best list for the year.

In the film, sniper Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents.

Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, becoming emblematic of the SEAL creed to “leave no man behind.” But upon returning home, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

Oscar®-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven”) directed “American Sniper” from a screenplay by Jason Hall, based on the book by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwan. The autobiography was a runaway bestseller, spending 18 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, 13 of those at number one.

Established in 1909, the National Board of Review is a nonprofit organization comprising knowledgeable film enthusiasts, professionals, academics, young filmmakers and students. The group’s awards will be handed out January 6 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

  Opening across the Philippines on January 21, 2015, “American Sniper” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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First Look Photo and Posters Jason Statham is Nick Wild In WILD CARD


Captive Cinema announced that the action thriller WILD CARD starring Jason Statham, Michael Angarano, Milo Ventimiglia, and Dominik Garcia-Lorido will open in theatres on FEBRUARY 4, 2015.

Anne Heche, Sofia Vergara, Jason Alexander, Hope Davis, and Stanley Tucci also appear in the film which is directed by Simon West and base on the novel ‘Heat’ by William Goldman who also wrote the screenplay.


Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with a lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforces and wanted by the mob. Having raised the strokes, Nick has one last play to change his fortunes …and this time it’s all or nothing.

Simon West directed Statham in THE EXPENDABLES 2 and THE MACHANIC. Two-time Academy Award Winner writer William Goldman won Oscars for Best Original Screenplay for ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in 1969 and Best Adapted Screenplay for All the President’s Men in 1976.

 WILDCARD’ is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA.
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“MAD MAX: FURY ROAD” Teaser Trailer Gears Up

Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow have just released the official theatrical teaser trailer for George Miller's highly anticipated "Mad Max: Fury Road" which may be viewed below: 


Haunted by his turbulent past, Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa (Charlize Theron).

They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.

 
Mad Max: Fury Road”—the fourth in the franchise’s history—stars Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) in the title role, alongside Oscar winner Charlize Theron (“Monster,” “Prometheus”) as the Imperator, Furiosa. The film also stars Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”) as Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne (“Mad Max”, “Sleeping Beauty”) as Immortan Joe; and Nathan Jones (“Conan the Barbarian”) as Rictus Erectus. Collectively known as The Wives, Zoë Kravitz (“Divergent”) plays Toast, Riley Keough (“Magic Mike”) is Capable, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”) is Splendid.

They are joined by supermodel Abbey Lee as The Dag and Courtney Eaton as Fragile, both of whom are making their big screen debuts. Also featured in the movie are Josh Helman as Slit, Jennifer Hagan as Miss Giddy, and singer/songwriter/performer iOTA as Coma-Doof Warrior. The cast is rounded out by well-known Australian actors John Howard and Richard Carter, supermodel Megan Gale, Angus Sampson, Joy Smithers, Gillian Jones, Melissa Jaffer and Melita Jurisic.

  Opening across the Philippines in 2D and 3D theaters on May 2015, “Mad Max: Fury Road” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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A Pantheon of Comedic Talents in “NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB”

Imagine walking into the world’s most magnificent museums, where the wonders and history of the world come to life in “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.”  That was the starting point for the Night at the Museum motion pictures, which have captivated audiences globally and grossed over one billion dollars.  Now, its third instalment takes all of its beloved characters around the world for their greatest adventure yet. 

Ben Stiller reprises his role as museum guard Larry Daley, and Shawn Levy is once again at the helm, producing and directing.  When New York’s Natural History Museum’s exhibits, which come to life at night, start to behave strangely, Larry, the newly-promoted director of nighttime operations at the Museum, must find out why.  The Tablet, which magically brings the creatures to life, has started to decay and the only way to restore it may be at the British Museum.  Larry, who’ll do anything to save his museum “family,” along with his son Nick and the museum exhibits, travel from New York to London, where they must discover the Tablet’s secret.

 
Beloved actors/comedians Robin Williams and Mickey Rooney, who, sadly, passed away earlier this year, reprises their roles as Teddy Roosevelt and retired security night guard respectively.

Teddy Roosevelt was an amazing naturalist, botanist, environmentalist and hunter,” noted Williams.  “He had this sense of the great outdoors, that the wild environment is where you find yourself.  And part of his legacy was founding the National Park System, helping get that up and running.  He was, truly, an exciting man.” In the Night at the Museum films, Teddy is also a true romantic. There’s a charge between Teddy and the museum figure of Lewis and Clark’s guide and interpreter, Sacajawea.  As Teddy jokes, “I’m wax, she’s polyurethane, but somehow it works.”
               
Joining Williams as key returnees to this world are Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan, as the surprising duo of American cowboy Jedediah and Roman Centurion Octavius, both miniatures from historic dioramas.  They’re the smallest characters with the biggest friendship.   Another Museum veteran, Golden Globe® and Emmy® winning British comedian and actor Ricky Gervais returns as McPhee, the head of the Museum and Larry’s boss.

 
Dan Stevens, who captivated television audiences as Matthew in the acclaimed British series “Downton Abbey,” stars as Lancelot, the epitome of chivalry, valor and bravery.   Another new face is Tilly, the night guard at the British Museum. Tilly sits outside the museum, in a small guard shack, chatting on the phone and taking the occasional snooze.  She longs for company and wishes she were armed with a weapon more intimidating than just a hammer.  

Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley stars as Merenkahre, Ahkmenrah’s father and Pharaoh of the Nile.  Merenkahre has held the secret to the Tomb for 4,000 years and only his knowledge can keep the Tablet, and the museum creatures, alive.

 
It’s one thing for Larry to deal with an ancient Pharaoh.  It’s quite another to wrangle his teenage son.  Seventeen-year old high school senior Nick Daley, played by Skyler Gisondo, is at odds with Larry.  While his father wants him to go to college, Nick wants to be his own person and pursue his dream of being a deejay in far off and exotic locales.   For Gisondo who was age ten when Night at the Museum came out, working on the new film was an unforgettable experience. 

Another young man – this one from Ancient Egypt – gives his name to the magic tablet that brings the Museum to life. That would be Pharaoh Ahkmenrah, the young Egyptian mummy whose family holds the secret of the Tomb.  Rami Malek reprises his role as Ahkmenrah.  Malek notes a special highlight of coming back for the new film: “Ben Kingsley is an icon and someone I’ve admired my whole life,” he explains. 

 
Patrick Gallagher returns as Attila, the lovable Hun.  The real Attila the Hun was a badass warrior in the 4th century, and legendary for creating one of the fiercest and most-feared armies the world, or any museum corridor, has ever known.  But to know our Museum’s Attila is to love him, and while Attila is the go-to guy when muscle is needed, he’s also a great big teddy bear. 
               
Mizuo Peck returns as Sacajawea, one of the legendary women of the American West.  Sacajawea was the daughter of a Shoshone chief whose skills and smarts enabled her to serve as a guide and interpreter for Lewis and Clark’s famed early 19th century expedition from North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean. Renowned for her ability to lead and track, in this film her expertise and motherly advice are vital in helping Larry and the gang on their mission to save the Tablet.

  This New Year’s adventure-filled movie for the family, children, and kids-at-heart, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” opens January 8 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox.


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New “INSIDE OUT” Trailer Peeks Inside Parents' Minds


Disney and Pixar have now unveiled the first full-length trailer for next June's animated adventure comedy "Inside Out" which may be viewed below: 


From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind.

 
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

  Opening across the Philippines on June 17, 2015 “Inside Out” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.
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Two Posters for Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes' Starring Amy Adams & Christoph Waltz

The two posters for Tim Burton's possible Oscar contender, ‘Big Eyes’, has been revealed and it gets to the heart of the film's narrative, which focuses on famed painter Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) whose artwork was originally sold under the name of her husband of the time, Walter (Christoph Waltz). Not wanting to relinquish the rights to the artwork, Walter and Margaret's divorce proceeding went all the way to Federal court.
Directed and produced by Burton, Big Eyes is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane’s were actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions.
BIG EYES” is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA
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