Sunday, April 8, 2018

"Johnny English Strikes Again" Official First Trailer





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UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES

JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN” IN HILARIOUS FIRST TRAILER

British intelligence has changed. But Johnny English plays by his own rules. Watch the first trailer of the spy comedy Johnny English Strikes Again which has just been released Universal Pictures.
Official Poster


Johnny English Strikes Again is the third installment of the Johnny English comedy series, with Rowan Atkinson returning as the much loved accidental secret agent. The new adventure begins when a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, leaving Johnny English as the secret service’s last hope. Called out of retirement, English dives head first into action with the mission to find the mastermind hacker. As a man with few skills and analog methods, Johnny English must overcome the challenges of modern technology to make this mission a success.

Johnny English Strikes Again stars Rowan Atkinson, Ben Miller, Olga Kurylenko, Emma Thompson and Jake Lacy. Directed by David Kerr, the frilm is written by William Davies and produced by
Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Chris Clark.

In Philippine cinemas soon, Johnny English Strikes Again is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.



Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Witness the power of faith in “Paul, Apostle of Christ” Exclusively in SM Cinema

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This Lenten season, witness the all-too-real story of “Paul, Apostle of Christ,” at SM Cinema.

Purveyed in the perspective of the Apostle Luke, the film depicts Paul in the midst of a brutal Roman campaign against religion, persecuting all those who share the faith and preach the word of the Lord through the most gruesome methods ever devised.

Paul, is held prisoner and sentenced to death by Roman Emperor Nero. Luke, risks his life to visit him and there decides to write another text containing the beginnings of “The Way” and the start of what will later be known as the Church.

Chained and confined in the infamous Mamertine Prison, under the command of the hateful Prefect Mauritius Gallas, Paul introspects, realizing the tribulations he underwent: countless floggings, starvation, stoning, hunger and thirst. Now, as he waits for certain death alone in the dark, shadows of his past misdeeds haunt him and he wonders if he will be able to finish the race well.

The two Apostles struggle against the weakness of humanity and one of Christianity’s grueling oppressions in order to spread the Gospel of Jesus and keep the faith as a beacon of hope to all the believers across the land.

“When I think of God's grace and mercy and who's the one embodiment of that, it's always Paul to me. Somebody who goes from basically the greatest persecutor of early Christians into the greatest evangelist in all of church history,” Writer and Director Andrew Hyatt shared.

Starring Jim Caviezel as Luke, French actor Olivier Martinez as Mauritius Gallas and Game of Thrones Alumnus James Faulkner in the titular role, “Paul, Apostle of Christ” will be exclusively screened at SM Cinema theatres nationwide starting March 23.

Book your tickets now through the website, www.smcinema.com or skip the line by downloading the SM Cinema app now through the App Store and Google Play. Stay tuned to SM Cinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for more details.  

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

SM Cinema Hosted The Premiere Screening of “Santa Clarita Diet” Season 2

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Are you ready for seconds? Fans of Netflix’s hit series Santa Clarita Diet are in for a treat as SM Cinema hosts the premiere screening of the second season’s pilot episode.

Held last March 12 at SM Megamall, Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant themselves were walking the red carpet. Booths and activities were available for the fans to enjoy such as a fun 120-degree photo booth.

While shows about the undead are nothing new these days, this Netflix series stands out for its funny spin on the zombie outbreak genre. Starring Golden Globe award winner Drew Barrymore and Primetime Emmy Award winner Timothy Olyphant, Santa Clarita Diet is comedy-horror series that is laugh-out-loud funny as it explores the struggle of living life as a flesh-eating zombie in suburbia.  Season 2 takes us back to the life of Sheila Hammond and her family as she struggles with her now more advanced and more aggressive undead state. With the help of her husband, Joel, and their daughter, Abby, they try to discover the origins of the virus to keep it from spreading and to save humanity – all the while trying to maintain a normal life.

Keeping true to its promise to bring the on-screen to life, SM Cinema welcomes the Netflix series, bringing the big stars closer to the Filipinos.

Book your seat to a movie, or book the theatre for your event. Log on to www.smcinema.com or skip the line and download the SM Cinema app now through the App store or Google Play. For more information follow /SMCinema on facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram. The Santa Clarita Diet Season 2 premieres on Netflix this March 23, 2018.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

LADY BIRD movie review


Reasons why I like Lady Bird:

*Inclusivity. The title character is a young teenage girl. She is spirited and is like she can take on the world. Sometimes, the protagonists are rebels. Coincidently, it opens a week before International Women’s’ Day.
 
Photo credit: Universal Pictures
* It is not your typical teenage movie. It diverts from the usual wholesome, mainstream, teenage movies. It requires a mature audience to appreciate this movie. It also tackles sex issues among teenagers as well as handling relationships within the family.

*Some comedy punch lines may be offensive to conservative Christians. I am glad I am not conservative even though I go to church every Sunday.

*Saoirse Ronan is nominated for best actress. Not all young girls get nominated for the Oscars along with the veteran actresses.

* The characters made a mark in the movie individually. You will be amused with the variety of characteristics and they contribute well in the story.

*It is well cast. Not all are popular like Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf (better known as Sheldon Cooper’s mom in The Big Bang Theory) but the cast performed their roles well.

*It also stars Timothee Chalamet, another Oscar nominee for Best Actor for the movie, Call Me By Your Name.

Lady Bird is an Ayala Cinema exclusive. Released by Universal Pictures and distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures. For more quality movie reviews without copy-paste press materials, follow this blog and like L.E.N.S. blogs on Facebook.

Monday, February 26, 2018

SAOIRSE RONAN IN “LADY BIRD”

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UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES

 SAOIRSE RONAN, FUNNY AND HEARTBREAKING IN LADY BIRD 

She earned Academy Award nominations for her exceptional performances in Atonement and Brooklyn.  Now, Saoirse Ronan is up for another Best Actress Oscar for Universal Pictures' Lady Bird which will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Trinoma, Greenebelt 1) starting February 28.
Photo credit: UIP

Directed by Greta Gerwig (herself nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay)Lady Bird also stars Laurie Metcalf (Best Supporting Actress nominee), Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges and Timothée Chalamet.

In Lady Bird, Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter.  Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after LadyBird's father (Letts) loses his job.

Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.

Asked how did she come to cast Ronan and what made her so perfect for the role of Lady Bird, Gerwig shares, “I met with Saoirse at the Toronto Film Festival in 2015 when she was there for Brooklyn. I sat in her hotel room and read the entire script out loud with her. As soon as I heard her say the words, I knew beyond a doubt that she was Lady Bird. It was so different and so much better than I had imagined. She was willful and funny and heartbreaking, both universal and specific. She was going into rehearsals for The Crucible on Broadway, so it meant pushing the film for six months, but there was no other person who could have done it, it was hers two minutes into the read.

Gerwig went on to further develop the character with Ronan.  “The process of creating a character is a collage art,” notes the writer-directorSaoirse was acting on Broadway, and I would feed her little pieces bit by bit. I would give her a novel or a poem or a song or a photograph. As we cast more people, I would gather them for mini-rehearsals. I wanted the actors to start creating a magical bubble of make believe with each other.

As we got deeper into rehearsal before filming, Saoirse and I spent hours talking together and hanging out so that by the time we were shooting, she would be the person I’d ask about what Lady Bird would wear in a particular scene or how she would walk or sit,” Gerwig concludes.  “Saoirse developed an entire physicality around the character that informed the way I wanted to photograph her, the rhythm of the shooting and the emotion.

Lady Bird is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Cine Lokal Highlights Pride and Love in ‘4 Days’

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Will you stay inside a relationship that keeps you from being proud?

Cine Lokal continues its offering on all kinds of love with the 4 Days, an LGBT romantic drama directed by award-winning film director Adolf Alix Jr. and featuring Mikoy Morales and Sebastian Castro.



4 Days tells the story of two college friends who slowly realize they mean more to each other than either had initially realized. The film joins Derek and Mark in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day over the course of a few years- charting the blossoming of a friendship in to something much more enduring as time goes on - and challenging both to question who they thought they were and who they truly want to me. Painting a moving picture of how an abiding friendship can sometimes lead to love - and how we sometimes have to wrestle with our own demons to find their true self, 4 Days is achingly romantic and delicate.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

FDCP names A-Listers and Camera Obscura Awardees for Film Ambassadors' Night

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As part of the Film Ambassadors' Night of the Film Development Council of the Philippines to be held on February 9, 2018, the agency will recognize filmmakers who won in A-list international film festivals, as well as award the Camera Obscura Artistic Excellence Award to three (3) recipients. 

FDCP’s A-Listers are winners from top international and globally-recognized film festivals. In 2017, Allen Dizon and Angellie Sanoy won Best Actor and Best Actress for “ Bomba” at the 33rd Warsaw International Film Festival 2017, Poland, Bianca Balbuena was awarded Producer of the Year Award by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards International Federation of Film Producers Association (FIAPF) at the 11th Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Australia, “Pailalim” received the Fedora Award at the 65th San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain, and “Pauwi Na” received the Golden Goblet Award at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival in China.

On the other hand, the Camera Obscura Artistic Excellence Award is the highest award given by FDCP to exceptional members of the film community. Previous recipients of the award include Directors Brillante Mendoza and Lav Diaz, as well as Jaclyn Jose, Allen Dizon and Teri Malvar for their outstanding achievements.

This year, the Camera Obscura Artistic Excellence Award goes to the following:


Saving Sally 
For its international recognition as a original full length Filipino animation film 

Kita Kita
For setting a new box office record as the highest grossing, independently-produced film in the Philippines

Producer Ferdinand Lapuz
For reintroducing Philippine cinema to the global scene, paving the way for numerous films to be recognized in various prestigious international film festivals

Over eighty filmmakers and films which won in international film festivals in various categories will be recognized during the Film Ambassadors’ Night at Sampaguita Gardens in Quezon City. The event will be hosted by Monster Radio RX 93.1 DJ and film enthusiast, Chico Garcia.