Monthly Archives: February 2017

NEW BREED OF SUPERHEROES IN RUSSIAN ACTION MOVIE “GUARDIANS”

Guardians

In the end of 1945, after Germany and Japan have fallen in the WWII, an incredible team of mutant superheroes rise to stop the world’s smartest and deadliest villain in the latest badass non-stop blockbuster Russian action movie “Guardians” aka Zaschitniki.

“Guardians” are borne from the genetic experiments performed by Nazi doctors who were trying to create a super soldier.  The German doctors carried on with their experiments to the territories Germany occupied during the war – France, UK, Spain, Poland and USSR.  Meanwhile United States intelligence reported that there are definitely traces of superhumans in the States.  Dictator Stalin has no choice but to create “Patriot” – a super secret defence and research organization, so secret and dear to him that he has his right hand – Lavrenty Beria – helming it.

Time went on and “Patriot” proved to be non-viable economically hence Beria’s recommendations to shut the whole thing down.  But Stalin was not the one who was giving up that easily.  However he did not live long enough to see the first results. Spring of 1953 he dies after a long lasting illness.  Nikita Khruschev, a simple man of simple ideas, takes charge and it was only natural for him to shut down “Patriot”, which he would’ve done if the news from the Moscow lab wouldn’t have saved the whole program.

Professor Dobronravov was able to complete several successful experiments which resulted in creation of Khan (played by Sanzhar Madiyev) whose main weapon are his blades and who has superhuman strength and moves fast enough to make it appear that he is teleporting;  Ler, aka Rockneto is played Sebastien Sisak, who manipulates rocks to make him levitate; Arsus (Anton Pampushnyy), whose power is to transform into a half-man, half-bear and Ksenia (Alina Lanina) who has the ability to manipulate water and can even become invisible. For years, the heroes had to hide their identities, but in hard times they must show themselves again.”

“Guardians” opens in cinemas on March 8 from Purple Media to be released by Axinite Digicinema.  Trailer link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPzUKQTbl58

BESTSELLING INSPIRATIONAL BOOK ON FAITH “THE SHACK” NOW A MOVIE

The Shack

Based on the phenomenally successful New York Times best-selling novel of the same title by author William P. Young, “The Shack” takes us on a father’s transformative and spiritual journey that will show him the ultimate truth about love, loss, and forgiveness.

Oscar winner Octavia Spencer stars with Sam Worthington, Radha Mitchell and Tim McGraw in the faith-based book-to-movie adaptation of “The Shack”.  From all appearances, Mackenzie Phillips (Worthington) seems to have a good life; three great kids, a beautiful wife Nan (Mitchell), lovely home — nothing seems amiss.  But, when Mack takes the kids for an overnight camping trip, what starts out as a fun getaway soon turns into a parent’s most horrifying nightmare — his youngest daughter, Missy, is abducted from their campsite and her body is never recovered.  Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. He journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa (Spencer). Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

“The Shack” debuted and stayed on the New York Times Bestsellers List at No.1 for over 70 weeks. Supportive and passionate word-of-mouth soon propelled the book into the hands of mainstream readers where book sales have soared past 22 million copies and is currently published in forty languages.  The Shack’s book sales, denoting 22 million copies has impacted millions around the world. For producer Gil Netter, the groundswell of personal stories about the book’s impact was an everyday occurrence on set. “So many people wanted to be a part of this project and they all have their own private reasons,” says Netter. “Whether it’s a crewmember, an extra or someone from the neighborhood where we shot, someone would share a story on how The Shack affected them or someone close to them. It was incredible.”

Book author William Paul Young explains the metaphor “the shack” and why it has such a suffocating and

devastating hold over Mack. “The shack is the place of devastation on the inside, it’s the house that we all build when some of us didn’t get good help,” says Young. “It’s the place we store all of our addictions and hide our secrets, and we don’t ever want anybody in there because we’re terrified they will hate us as muCh as we already do. In order to heal, you’ve got to go back to the places where you were broken — you can’t go around it, you can’t ignore it.”

Octavia Spencer, who plays Papa/God, was already a devout fan of the book and carried her own coveted copy with her on set. “I couldn’t imagine not taking this journey. My friend gave me a copy of the book and told me it had forensic thriller aspects to it, with a big surprise. I thought I was going to be reading something very different than the life lesson I was bound to get from The Shack. I was deeply moved because it felt organic. The questions asked of God somehow felt like every man’s journey, including my own. I have experienced loss in my life, but the things that bring you back is your faith, so I understood Mack’s journey in a lot ways.”

“The Shack” opens March 1 in cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films.

AYALA MALLS CINEMAS’ 2ND WAVE OF CINEMA CLASSICS FILIPINO FILMS IN RETROSPECT AT GLORIETTA AND TRINOMA FROM MARCH 1 – 7

2017 Cinema Classics - Omnibus art

After the success of the Cinema Classics at U.P. Town Center early this January, Ayala Malls Cinemas in partnership with ABS-CBN Film Restorations Group bring another round of spectacular movies from the archives that are now masterfully digitalized for better appreciation in the big screen of today.

“Cinema Classics is bigger now as we hold it simultaneously at Glorietta and TriNoma to serve our north and south moviegoers. We have more choices with really well-loved films that I’m sure the fans would love again to see in the cinemas. We have One More Chance of John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo which is celebrating its 10th year this year. We have a Nora Aunor starrer, Tatlong Taon Walang Diyos celebrating its 40th year, with the Superstar’s showbiz anniversary also now at its golden year. And of course, the much-awaited premiere Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit top-billed by the classic Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta loveteam. There are really a lot to look forward to” says Amir V. Precilla, General Manager of Ayala Malls Cinemas.

“Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit” directed by Carlos Siguion-Reyna will be premiered at Ayala Malls Cinemas at Glorietta on February 27. A story about Don Joaquin (Jose Mari Avellana) adopts the young orphan Gabriel (Jomari Yllana/Richard Gomez) who grows up in a sprawling hacienda with her daughter Carmina (Guila Alvarez/Dawn Zulueta) and his son Milo (Gio Alvarez/Mark Gil). Carmina loves to fantasize about royalty and being a princess. All is well for Gabriel until the old Don dies and the malevolent son Milo throws Gabriel out of the house to live in the stable as a farm hand. Carmina and Gabriel, being passionately in love, spend all their time together on a promontory near the sea until Carmina meets the rich and prominent Alan Ilustre (Eric Quizon), who dazzles her with expensive gifts and his wealth. Carmina begins to doubt her future with poor Gabriel. Overhearing Carmina’s sentiments, Gabriel is heartbroken and goes away to return after a few years with his vengeance.

Cinema Classics will also feature films that include Olivia Lamasan’s “Madrasta” (1996) (Sharon Cuneta, Christopher De Leon, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Claudine Barretto), “Minsan Minahal Kita” (2000) (Sharon Cuneta, Richard Gomez, Edu Manzano), “Got To Believe” (2002) (Rico Yan, Claudine Barretto, Dominic Ochoa) and “In My Life” (2009) (Vilma Santos, John Lloyd Cruz, Luis Manzano); Laurice Guillen’s “Tanging Yaman” (2000) (Gloria Romero, Johnny Delgado, Hilda Koronel); Rory Quintos’ “Anak” (2000) (Vilma Santos, Claudine Barretto); Carlitos Siguion Reyna’s “Ang Lalaki Sa Buhay Ni Selya” (1998) (Rosanna Roces, Ricky Davao); Marilou Diaz-Abaya’s “Karnal” (1983) (Charito Solis, Philip Salvador), Peque Gallaga’s “Oro Plata Mata” (1983) (Liza Lorena, Cherrie Gil, Sandy Andolong); Danny Zialcita’s “Nagalit Ang Buwan Sa Haba Ng Gabi” (1983) (Dindo Fernando, Gloria Diaz, Eddie Garcia, Laurice Guillen); Jerry Lopez Sineneng’s “Labs Kita Okey Ka Lang?” (1998) (Marvin Agustin, Jolina Magdangal); Cathy Garcia-Molina’s “One More Chance” (2007) (John Lloyd Cruz, Bea Alonzo).

Get your tickets now at www.sureseats.com . You may also check Ayala Malls Cinemas Facebook page, Twitter @iLoveSureseats and Instagram @iLoveAyalaMallsCinemas for updates. Experience it best at Ayala Malls Cinemas!

ORDINARY TEENS RISE AS SUPERHEROES IN “POWER RANGERS” MOVIE

Power Rangers

Meet the latest teen superheroes as they embark in their high-octane journey on screen in the all-new “Power Rangers” movie.

Power Rangers movie

Saban’s “Power Rangers” follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove — and the world — is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.

Power Rangers movie

Saban’s Power Rangers, re-envisions the Power Rangers as five ordinary high-school teens who discover they have acquired unique super powers and must join forces to save the world.  To play the iconic Power Ranger roles, the filmmakers assembled a diverse ensemble of emerging young stars who share many characteristics with their characters, and their predecessors in the roles, says director Dean Israelite.

Jason The Red Ranger

Jason, the Red Ranger (played by Dacre Montgomery) was a football legend in his small town of Angel Grove until one fateful mistake. When we first meet Jason, he is in need of redemption and is struggling to find himself. But soon he is given a chance to lead a new team made up of an unlikely group of teenage superheroes and must find it in himself to rise to the challenge.

Kimberly The Pink Ranger

Kimberly, the Pink Ranger (Naomi Scott) used to be Queen Bee of Angel Grove High, but has been cast out of the popular clique and is now struggling to find her identity. She has a new rebel-without-a-cause, edgy attitude, but this front is hiding a secret that makes her feel deeply vulnerable.

Billy The Blue Ranger

Billy, the Blue Ranger (RJ Cyler) has always been challenged in his abilities to communicate and interact socially. Whip-smart and sweet, he is the most pure-hearted of the group. Billy has never really had any friends, so finding teenagers that he is comfortable with is a big deal, and soon he begins connecting with people in a way he’s never been able to do before.

Trini The Yellow Ranger

Trini, the Yellow Ranger (Becky G) is mysterious but extremely bright. Her parents constantly move for work, making her the perpetual new girl to any school. A loner who owns it, Trini is self-sufficient and contemplative, but always observant. All she wants is to find her gang of friends, but she’ll never admit it — least of all to herself.

Zack The Black Ranger

Zack, the Black Ranger (Ludi Lin) is filled with bravado and swagger. He is tough and cool on the exterior but has many layers beyond his fearless appearance. Zack advertises everything about himself, except the truth, which makes him feel deeply inferior to all his peers.

“Power Rangers” opens March 22 at your favorite theatres nationwide from Pioneer Films.

“LOGAN” MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS SET ON MARCH 1, WEDNESDAY (12:01AM) NATIONWIDE

hugh jackman, Logan

Responding to the fever-pitch anticipation of Hugh Jackman’s “Logan”, the most eager of cineastes who want to see it first can finally catch the movie on its midnight screenings (12:01am) set on March 1, Wednesday in Philippine theatres nationwide (check your nearest favorite theatres).

Starring Hugh Jackman in the title role, “Logan” is directed by James Mangold that also stars a powerhouse of a cast that includes Patrick Stewart, Boy Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant and newcomer Dafne Keen. A standalone story that sees Jackman in the final chapter of his Wolverine alter-ego, the movie brings the iconic hero at a crossroads that will finally define his destiny.

The film takes place more than 50 years after the events depicted in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and is its own standalone tale that plays more like an intimate family journey but is also packed with high-stakes action scenes.  When the film opens, Logan is in a vulnerable and broken state, the curse of his immortality wearing heavy on him as he cares for a weakened Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) in a derelict smelting plant at the edge of an abandoned oil field. They’re joined there by a third mutant, Caliban (The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant), sheltering in obscurity at a time when the world believes mutants have passed into history.

But Logan’s days of drinking in relative solitude are interrupted when he finds himself the reluctant guardian of a young girl, Laura (Keen) who has powers remarkably like his own, from her hands as well as her feet spring the same adamantium claws as Wolverine’s. Not that he’s exactly eager to accept this newfound responsibility—he’s far too weary to play the hero once more.

Tasked with protecting her from the murderous cybernetic criminal Donald Pierce (Holbrook), Logan and Professor X set out to cross hostile territory to ferry Laura to a place called Eden, where young mutants are said to enjoy safe haven. But Pierce and his fearsome army of cyborg Reavers are determined to return the girl to the custody of Dr. Zander Rice (Grant), the sinister geneticist behind Alkali who triggered her mutations through a series of inhumane experiments in the hopes of creating a child super-soldier.

“Logan” further unleashes its claws a few hours after its midnight screenings (with more screens) on March 1 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. Also available in IMAX (2D) screens.   The movie is rated R-16 by the MTRCB.