Category Archives: International Movie


Universal Pictures’ 3D epic adventure Pacific Rim: Uprising, the follow-up to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 cinematic epic Pacific Rim, has just revealed the banners fo its four hero Jaegers – Gipsy Avenger, Guardian Bravo, Saber Athena and Titan Redeemer.

Check out the banners below and watch Pacific Rim: Uprising in Philippine cinemas Black Saturday, March 31.

 Gipsy avenger, Pacific Rim Uprising

Gipsy Avenger. It honors the heroic legacy of her namesake as the flagship leader of the Mark VI fleet. More than just a Jaeger, she is a symbol of hope to millions. Gipsy Avenger has a new weapon called the Gravity Sling which allows it to lift up buildings and cars and launch them at Kaiju enemies. This Jaeger is the most challenging to operate but the strongest

 Guardian Bravo

Guardian Bravo. Designed for combat at range, it wields the Elec-16 Arc Whip: a proto-metallic successor to the chainsword, and brings a new sophistication to the chainsword’s whiplash move.

 Saber Athena

Saber Athena. The sleekest and most elegant Jaeger ever created, it is the fastest in the fleet, wielding twin blades in hyper-acrobatic combat.

 Titan Redeemer

Titan Redeemer. Built for brute force and armed with a seismic morningstar, it is the walking wrecking ball of the new fleet.

The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity in Pacific Rim Uprising.

John Boyega (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.” Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi)—who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war. As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction.

Jake is joined by gifted rival pilot Lambert (The Fate of the Furious’ Scott Eastwood) and 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (newcomer Cailee Spaeny), as the heroes of the PPDC become the only family he has left. Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they will set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale.

Pacific Rim Uprising is directed by Steven S. DeKnight (Netflix’s Daredevil, STARZ’s Spartacus) and also stars Jing Tian, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona and Charlie Day.

Pacific Rim: Uprising is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.


A Wrinkle in Time

Author Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved novel A Wrinkle in Time is brought to the big screen by visionary director Ava DuVernay from a screenplay by Oscar winner Jennifer Lee and Jeff Stockwell.

A Wrinkle in Time is an epic adventure that takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light, good versus evil and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.

The film stars two-time Academy Award® nominee Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Which; Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit; Emmy nominee Mindy Kaling as Mrs. Who; Storm Reid as Meg Murry; Levi Miller as Calvin; Deric McCabe as Charles Wallace; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Mrs. Murry; Michael Peña as Red; with two-time Emmy winner Zach Galifianakis as the Happy Medium and Emmy nominee Chris Pine as Mr. Murry.

When Madeleine L’Engle’s young adult novel A Wrinkle in Time was first published in 1962, it became an instant classic. The timeless story of a young girl searching the universe for her father enchanted countless readers around the world and spawned four additional books featuring the same characters known as L’Engle’s Time Quintet. In 1963 the book was awarded the Newbery Medal (as the most dis nctive piece of work in children’s literature for that year), and its popularity has continued to grow since then. Today the book is available in 35 languages and has sold millions of copies around the world.

A Wrinkle in Time is an incredibly emotional journey, but it is set against a magnificent landscape and in a world that is beyond dramatic,” producer Jim Whitaker says. “It is epic in its size and scope, but it is also deeply emotional and is entertaining and funny and an all-around great adventure.”

In 2014, the studio approached celebrated screenwriter Jennifer Lee (Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph) about adap ng L’Engle’s novel for the big screen, a prospect that thrilled her. “As a child, the book defied anything I had read at that point in my life in terms of imagination,” says Lee. “And it was my first introduction to a character like Meg— someone who is dynamic and flawed and unique, who goes through an extraordinary adventure and comes out stronger as a person.”

A Wrinkle in Time is a book that pushes your imagina on to the next level,” says Lee. “The book doesn’t follow a traditional film structure in any way. It’s very ethereal, it’s very spiritual and it gets in your head, and when you have that kind of a relationship with a book, it’s okay because that’s what is great about reading: your mind fills in the gaps with what you want to see. But with film I have to make choices.”

The idea of A Wrinkle in Time really captured my imagina on once I read the script,” director Ava DuVernay remembers. “As a woman, the story of a female heroine at the center of a spectacular journey really resonated with me.”

She continues, “A Wrinkle in Time is this beautiful stew of mystery, fantasy, adventure, science, romance, social commentary and spirituality. It’s not o en that we see girls at the center of a story—and certainly not girls of color—amid all these different worlds and planets. It really is something out of my wildest imagination.”

The reason why generations of people have gravitated toward this book is because it has an edge,” DuVernay adds. “It was on the edge of imagination and adventure in 1962, and our goal was to extend that edge through our design and effects to bring Jennifer Lee’s script to vibrant life.”

A Wrinkle in Time is a timeless tale, and the combined perspec ves of DuVernay and Lee add rich layers to the powerful story in a way that lovingly preserves L’Engle’s voice and simultaneously brings a new vision to life.

A Wrinkle in Time is distributed by The Walt Disney Company (Philippines). For more information, check out the film’s website and Mobile site Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: and Instagram: and use the Hashtag: #WrinkleinTime



Mopsy (Elizabeth Debicki), Cottontail (Daisy Ridley), Peter Rabbit (James Corden), Benjamin (Colin Moody) and Flopsy (Margot Robbie) in Columbia Pictures’ PETER RABBIT.

I wanted the audiences to forget this was an animated film,” says filmmaker Will Gluck of his approach to the direction of Sony Pictures Animation’s Peter Rabbit, the new family comedy based on Beatrix Potter’s beloved characters.

Hopefully, after the first few minutes of getting acclimated to the fact that animals are talking and wearing clothes, it just feels real to the audience.”

In Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers now takes on the starring role of his own contemporary comedy. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. Thomas McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as their fight to gain control of McGregor’s coveted vegetable garden and the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover, Bea, who lives next door (Rose Byrne) extends to the Lake District and London.

The animation was overseen by producer Zareh Nalbandian and his company Animal Logic, which previously produced the animated hits The Lego Movie (and its sequel, The Lego Batman Movie) and Happy Feet. “For Will, all the animated characters in Peter Rabbit exist just like the characters played by Rose Byrne and Domhnall Gleeson,” he says.

As we approached the animation, we had the same kinds of questions for him that the live-action actors might ask. ‘How do you want Benjamin Bunny to feel? How do you want him to emote?’ It’s all about performance. We consider our characters as real characters, so our dialogue with Will was on that level. For our animators, that was fantastic because Will didn’t put restrictions on anything, but it was also immensely challenging. This was probably the most complex film that we’ve made at Animal Logic.”

The production ran parallel animation and live action units during principal photography, with editors cutting scenes while the film was shooting, and storyboard artists drawing over cut scenes to represent where the animals might be.

With that, Gluck could get a sense of the film he had shot and the possibilities for animation. And with that, he discovered the great blessing and curse of animation: you can always change it. “You don’t have that in live-action – you shoot the scene, and the scene’s over. In animation, anyone can say, ‘Here’s an idea that could improve the scene.’ And while the animators were sleeping, I was rewriting,” he says – noting that the animators were ready for it. “There were over 400 people working on Peter Rabbit. They were all studying their small portion of the film and coming up with the most wonderful ideas. The ‘what-ifs’ were the fun part of this movie.”

Now playing in Philippine cinemas, Peter Rabbit is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.


Tomb Raider

After starring in recent box-office hits Warcraft and Geostorm, Chinese-American actor Daniel Wu returns to the screen as sailor Lu Ren, in Warner Bros. Pictures’ new action-adventure Tomb Raider (in Philippine cinemas and IMAX on Thursday, March 8.)

In Tomb Raider, Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Leaving everything she knows behind, Lara goes in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan.

The first leg of her odyssey takes Lara to Hong Kong, in search of a man named Lu Ren. She finds him…sort of. The Lu Ren Lara encounters is actually the son of the man her father had been in contact with. But for Lara, any Lu Ren will do, so long as he can captain a boat and take her to the island of Yamatai, her father’s last-known destination.

Lu Ren, who, while he may indeed have a boat, doesn’t appear to be any more seaworthy than it is. “He’s not in a really great state when Lara meets him,” Wu allows. “He’s pretty drunk, actually. And his boat, the Endurance, is more of a rusty bucket of junk. But they discover that his father also disappeared seven years ago, leaving the son in debt and having to take over the family business—tours, sightseeing, smuggling, anything to pay the bills, none of which he wants to do. So, he’s closed the book on finding his father, but Lara hasn’t.”

But for Lu Ren, money talks, and while he feels no personal obligation to go along with her, Lara makes it worth his while. “She basically pays him to take her to the Asian version of the Bermuda Triangle, and he’s desperate enough for money to agree to it,” Wu says.

Wu has been a gamer for years. “I’m a fan of the videogame franchise,” he says. “It was a really cool female action hero you could play, and my girlfriend at the time—now my wife—played a lot. I was really attracted to the project once I found out Alicia was involved and it was an origin story, and that they’d be filming in South Africa, which is a very special place to me. I got married there.”

In fact, both the actual location, as well as the location it was dressed to be when Lu Ren first meets Lara, were personal to Wu. Vikander recalls, “We did our first scenes in ‘pretend’ Hong Kong, built in Cape Town, and I was impressed, but Daniel was even more so since he’s lived there. It was cool to hear him tell stories as we walked around the set.”

Director Roar Uthaug was keen to show a different side of Wu, who is no stranger to action sequences, having performed numerous on-screen fight scenes throughout his career. “He’s not doing the Kung Fu that we’re used to seeing from him,” the director concludes, “but he’s still kicking ass!”

In Philippine cinemas Thursday, March 08, “Tomb Raider is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


Game Night

He practically stole the scene as one of the Princes Charming in Disney’s Into the Woods and appeared on Season 4 of Netflix’s acclaimed series Black Mirror, and played Kato Kaelin in Ryan Murphy’s acclaimed FX miniseries American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson.

Clearly, Billy Magnussen has established himself as one of the most promising rising actors in the business, having worked with directors including Steven Spielberg and Guy Ritchie. Now, he stars as the clueless but cute Ryan, in New Line Cinema’s comedy mystery Game Night (in Philippine cinemas March 14.)

In the film, Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks, arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So, when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all part of the game…right? But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this “game”—nor Brooks—are what they seem to be.

Among the steady game night players is Max and Annie’s old friend Ryan—along with whoever he happens to be dating at the moment. It’s rarely the same girl twice, and it’s not easy for the regulars to keep track because they all pretty much run to type: young, hot, Instagram models who don’t have a clue about Clue, much less anything else.

Consequently, “He loses every game. Every single time. But doesn’t care, so long as he scores afterwards,” claims Billy Magnussen.

But this time is different. On this particular game night, Brooks is putting up the grand prize, a vintage red Corvette Stingray, and that’s enough to fire Ryan up for a win. To improve his chances, his surprisingly atypical partner of choice is Sarah, an executive at his company and British, to boot—which, in his mind, automatically elevates her IQ, not that she needs the help. Sarah is intelligent, pleasant, and shows up eager to match wits with the rest of them.

She’s brilliant, and Ryan is convinced that he’s going to win this time because he’s picked the perfect ringer,” Magnussen says.

Unaware of this fact, Sarah takes Ryan’s invitation at face value, although, “she’s not entirely sure that this is a date,” says Sharon Horgan, who stars as Sarah. “She’s not even sure she wants it to be a date. You don’t really know what she thinks about him at the beginning of the story, but, as things progress, she realizes that he is….”

Awesome?” Magnussen helpfully suggests.

Not the sharpest tool in the box,” Horgan counters. “He’s brave and gung-ho, which comes in handy when things get scary, but he’s really easily distracted. The more time they spend together, the more relaxed they become around each other, which makes everything funnier because he winds her up and she finds it easier to just tell him to shut up.”

Come on, it’s a beautiful non-romance that’s unfolding,” Magnussen concludes, demonstrating how their failure to see things the same way becomes a running joke in the story.

Game Night is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.