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TBA Studios set to spend P500 million on films, microcinemas, writing...

FILM company TBA Studios is confident in the growing Philippine industry, so much so that it is set to invest $500 million in film production and expanding its microcinema venture over the next three to five years, company executives said.

Decades-old Saudi cinema ban ends, public screenings start

RIYADH — Saudi Arabia launched its first commercial movie theater on Wednesday, ending a nearly 40-year ban on cinemas under a push by the...

Movie tickets now sold on RWM app; Ultra fancy cinema also...

RESORTS WORLD MANILA (RWM), recently unloaded the update to its mobile companion app which includes features such as the capability to buy tickets for...

Rudy Fernandez and Heneral Luna at Cinema ’76

A RETROSPECTIVE of the films of Rudy Fernandez will be shown at the Cinema ’76 Film Society micro-theater, from April 8 to 15. Cinema ’76,...

What to see this week

4 films to see on the week of March 11-March 18, 2016: The Divergent Series: Allegiant AFTER the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris (Shailene Woodley) and...

Ms. Deeds

By Noel Vera Movie Review Joy Directed by David O. Russell DAVID O. RUSSELL’S Joy (2015) — about Joy Mangano, creator of the Miracle Mop and early diva...

Yet another Nicholas Sparks tearjerker

By Richard Roeper Movie Review The Choice Directed by Ross Katz NOBODY, and I mean nobody, cranks out more romance tragedy porn than Nicholas Sparks. Sparks writes the novels...

The hole world

By Noel Vera Movie Review Room Directed by Lenny Abrahamson LENNY ABRAHAMSON’S adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s novel Room, about abducted sexually abused Joy (Brie Larson) locked away in...

Deadpool fans fete movie’s opening with cast

NEW YORK -- After years in the making, Deadpool hits cinema screens this week and fans of Marvel’s anti-hero got to interact with the...

Documentary recalls when Michael Jackson went solo

Documentary Review Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off the Wall Directed by Spike Lee MICHAEL JACKSON didn’t call his music videos “music videos,” and he would...

What to see this week

6 films to see on the week of February 12-February 19, 2016 All Roads Lead to Rome UPTIGHT, single mother Maggie (played by Sarah Jessica Parker)...

A borough’d life

Movie Review Brooklyn Directed by John Crowley By Noel Vera JOHN CROWLEY’s Brooklyn is a beautifully gauzy dream of a movie where all the folks...

Benghazi the film Clinton’s newest headache

THE DEADLY militant attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya in 2012 continues to haunt Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, this time in the...

Other movies showing

Berkshire County A BABYSITTER tries to protect the children in her care when mysterious, pig-masked people attack the home. Directed by Audrey Cummings, this horror...

David Bowie: A force on screen and soundtracks

By Richard Roeper DAVID BOWIE was one of the most beloved and influential musical artists of the 20th (and early 21st) century — but he...

2016 Promises plenty of cinematic excitement

By Richard Roeper Every movie fan has a “Can’t wait to see that!” title they carry around in their personal anticipation files. In 2015, Star Wars:...

The ‘better’ of 2015

By Noel Vera I PARTICIPATED in two End-of-the-Year surveys: Film Comment’s and Sight and Sound’s, the latter having the advantage of making every voter’s list...

You’re in good hands, Charlie Brown

By Richard Roeper Movie Review The Peanuts Movie Directed by Steve Martino YOU’RE IN GOOD HANDS, Charlie Brown. Some 65 years after the launch of the much-beloved Peanuts comic...

Nuts

By Noel Vera FIRST you have that scribbled line -- halfway between a fluid streak and a crabbed scrawl. It’s an expressive line, able to...

Julia Roberts is a paler pretty woman in Secret in Their Eyes

By Angela Dawson HOLLYWOOD -- Pretty Woman Julia Roberts tackles the role of a woman haunted by the brutal murder of her teenage daughter in...

More than a guessing game

By Richard Roeper WHEN JULIA ROBERTS’ Jess is told by a friend, “You look like you’re a million years old” in Secret in Their Eyes,...

May the hype be with you

By Richard Roeper AS I’M TYPING THIS, a bearded Jimmy Kimmel is on the muted TV to my left -- dressed as Princess Leia and...

What to see this week

5 films to see on the week of Dec. 4-Dec. 11, 2015: Angela Markado Carlo J. Caparas directs the remake of the Lino Brocka classic drama...

Horrorshow

By Noel Vera Movie Review Violator Directed by Eduardo Dayao THE HORROR GENRE is experiencing some kind of renaissance, interesting premises being hurled at our faces...

Bond’s been better than Spectre

By James Dawson NOBODY did it better than actor Daniel Craig, director Sam Mendes and screenwriters John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade with 2012’s...

What to see this week

4 films to see on the week of Oct. 23-Oct. 30, 2015: Knock Knock DISLIKED by most of the critics on Rotten Tomatoes — which gave...

Depp says he mined his ‘inner evil’ to play gangster Bulger

VENICE — Johnny Depp says he did not have to dig deep to tap into his evil side for his portrayal of the Irish-American...

Keanu Reeves on stranger danger

By James Dawson KEANU REEVES on stranger danger plays the victim of a home invasion in the psychological horror movie Knock Knock. The actor, best...

Earl Grey

By Noel Vera Movie Review Black Mass Directed by Scott Cooper SCOTT COOPER’s Black Mass is working on terrific material: the rise and fall of one...

Joseph Gordon-Levitt talks walking The Walk

NEW YORK — Heights don’t scare Joseph Gordon-Levitt, which came in handy when the actor was tasked with recreating Frenchman Philippe Petit’s audacious 1974...

Grace note

By Richard Roeper Movie Review The Walk Directed by Robert Zemeckis You have to learn to run before you walk. It also might help if you learn how to...

Maribel Verdu charms Manila

By Susan Claire Agbayani RENOWNED Spanish actress Maribel Verdu flew into town to attend last week’s opening of Pelicula-Pelikula, Manila’s Spanish Film Festival. One of the...

What to see this week

5 films to see on the week of October 16-23, 2015 Regression SET IN MINNESOTA in 1990, the film follows Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) who investigates...

Diving into the gray zone

By Richard Roeper Movie Review Sicario Directed by Denis Villeneuve WHEN WE TALK about “the war on drugs,” there’s an implication that two clearly established...

Dr. Dre’s Compton era revisited long after the gangstas mellowed

IT CAN BE a letdown for LA Hood Life & Hip-Hop Tours customers, passing the Welcome to Compton sign and seeing an ice cream...

Space experts swoon for The Martian despite inaccuracies

MIAMI -- Surviving in space is hard and scientists say The Martian shows precisely what challenges astronauts will face on a pioneering mission to...

What to see this week

4 films to see on the week of Oct. 2-Oct. 9, 2015: Etiquette For Mistresses Loosely based on Jullie Yap Daza’s book on real-life mistresses, this Chito...

What to see this week

5 films to see from Sept. 18-Sept. 25, 2015 Silong A DOCTOR helps a bloodied young woman he finds on the road one night, only to find...

I’d really like you to see Me and Earl and the...

Movie Review By Richard Roeper Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon WHAT’S the story with that intense, cool teacher with all those tattoos...

Everest takes a trip to the icy top — in 3-D

Movie Review By Michael Roddy, Reuters Everest Directed by Baltasar Kormakur THE HIGH-ALTITUDE thriller Everest, which opened the Venice Film Festival earlier this month, should warn a lot...

What to see this week

6 Films to see, rent, or stream on the week of September 11-18, 2015. Boruto: Naruto the Movie IT’S BEEN some years since the end of...

Flash in a pan

By Noel Vera Movie Review Ricki and The Flash Directed by Jonathan Demme NOT A BIG FAN of the dramatic Meryl Streep. All that technical perfection, the precision,...

Gawad Plaridel for Ricky Lee

By Susan Claire Agbayani Ricardo Lee, the Philippines’ most prominent screenwriter and one of most influential figures in the film industry, was awarded the 2015...

What to see this week

5 films to see on the week of September 4-11, 2015. Chasing the Devil IN THIS “found footage” horror movie, a man who cannot accept that...