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Blair Witch sequel hopes to conjure success of original

LOS ANGELES — Shot on a shoestring with cheap video cameras and unknown actors, The Blair Witch Project established the “found-footage” sub-genre, redefining horror and...

What to see this week

5 films to see on the week of September 9-16, 2016 Howl A LATE night train out of London is stopped midway through its trip when...

Florence Foster Jenkins: tone-deaf but adored

LOS ANGELES — When opera lovers ask New York’s Carnegie Hall for souvenir concert programs, they’re not usually interested in Maria Callas or Joan...

The sound of silence

By Zsarlene B. Chua Film Festival 10th International Silent Film Festival Aug. 25 to 28 Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City MUSIC AND SILENT FILMS are inseparable, and...

It’s a dog’s life

By Richard Roeper MOVIE REVIEW The Secret Life of Pets Directed by Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney TALK ABOUT a split personality. If I broke down The Secret Life...

What to see this week

3 films to see on the week of August 26-September 2, 2016 Camp Sawi A VIVA Entertainment comedy written and directed by Irene Villamor about a...

Toby Kebbell, the reluctant star finally shining

LOS ANGELES — He has worked for Oliver Stone and Steven Spielberg, playing lead roles in some of the biggest blockbusters of recent years,...

Superficial

By Noel Vera MOVIE REVIEW The Shallows Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra IT’S THE SUMMER silly season so what can be sillier and more summery than a shark movie?...

Big deal

By Noel Vera MOVIE REVIEW The BFG Directed by Steven Spielberg STEVEN SPIELBERG has lost something and I’m not quite sure what it is -- energy, zest, maybe...

To be God-like: Does St. Ignatius have a place in the...

By Johanna D. Poblete MOVIE REVIEW Ignacio de Loyola Directed by Paolo Dy SINNER, SOLDIER, MYSTIC SAINT... or underdog, soldier, recovering amnesiac turned avenger? It was a toss-up...

Cast of Suicide Squad defend film after rotten reviews

THE CAST of new anti-hero movie Suicide Squad defended the film on Wednesday from scathing reviews, saying it was for the fans to decide...

Bourne-again Matt Damon returns as spy of few words

LOS ANGELES — In the rarefied world of international espionage, where discretion is considered the better part of valor, no one expects you to...

Magnificent obsession

By Noel Vera MARIO O’HARA’s follow-up project after his World War 2 epic Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos (Three Years Without God, 1976) and producer Armida...

Zoe Saldana: the action heroine who takes no prisoners

LOS ANGELES -- She is emerging as the go-to star for big budget action blockbusters, knocking human and alien heads together in Avatar, Guardians...

Idris Elba talks Star Trek and beyond

BRITISH ACTOR Idris Elba was honored to play a hostile, menacing alien in Star Trek Beyond and praised the franchise for pushing the boundaries...

It makes you want to read the books

By Richard Roeper MOVIE REVIEW Genius Directed by Michael Grandage JUDE LAW is so over the top with his performance in Genius I thought he might climb right...

One smart thriller

By Richard Roeper MOVIE REVIEW Green Room Directed by Jeremy Saulnier NOBODY REALLY KNOWS how the term “green room” originated, but whether you’re relaxing backstage before presenting an...

Stephen King meets The Walking Dead

By Richard Roeper MOVIE REVIEW Cell Directed by Tod Williams OUR CELLPHONES ARE turning us into zombies. The prolific and always movie- and/or TV-adaptable Stephen King saw that coming...

New Ghostbusters cast shakes off criticism to revive classic story

LOS ANGELES — The four lead actresses of the new Ghostbusters are out to prove that women can fight supernatural entities just as well...

Pulp fiction

by Richard Roeper MOVIE REVIEW Marauders Directed by Steven C. Miller YOU’RE PROBABLY NOT going to catch Marauders in theaters because it’s hardly flooding the markets this weekend,...

Nothing to see here

By Richard Roeper Movie Review Alice Through the Looking Glass Directed by James Bobin SOMETIMES MORE IS LESS. The sequel to Tim Burton’s 2010 mega-hit Alice in Wonderland is...

Robbie plays thoroughly modern ‘Jane’ in new Tarzan film

LOS ANGELES -- With her cut-glass cheekbones, porcelain skin and cascading flaxen locks, it is hard to imagine a better choice to play Tarzan’s...

Not a sequel says Independence Day director

LOS ANGELES — German film director Roland Emmerich cemented his place in Hollywood history on Monday with a hand and footprint ceremony before rolling...

Only thing missing is the overwhelming scent of onions

By Richard Roeper Movie Review Me Before You Directed by Thea Sharrock WHEN THE LIGHTS dim and the movie begins, we try to shed our perceptions of the...

Pixar’s Finding Dory banks on Nemo’s enduring appeal

MONTEREY — With the phenomenal box office achievements of Finding Nemo a fading memory, Pixar is attempting to succeed where many studios have failed...

Star Wars is really about Feminism. And Jesus

By Cass R. Sunstein THIRTY-NINE years ago, on May 25, 1977, a movie was released with a somewhat ridiculous name: Star Wars. (It’s now called...

Russell Crowe shows he can be one of the Nice Guys

By Angela Dawson HOLLYWOOD — Although A-list bad boy Russell Crowe has mellowed since his phone-throwing, temper-tantrum days, the Aussie (by way of New Zealand)...

Star Trek at 50: Boldly going on… and on

LOS ANGELES — It launched with a mission of just five years “to boldly go where no man has gone before” but half a...

Have you watched the news this decade?

By Richard Roeper EVEN when Money Monster bends credulity to the tip of the tip of the breaking point, it’s an entertaining ride, reminiscent of...

Happy 30th Birthday, Ferris Bueller

By Richard Roeper FOR THE RECORD: No, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is NOT my favorite movie of all time. I’ve been hearing that one for at...

The X-Men are back, this time fighting Apocalypse

HOLLYWOOD stars Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy reprise their roles as powerful mutants in X-Men: Apocalypse, this time joining forces against a new supervillain. Oscar-winner...

Black Panther, Marvel’s African hero, in the spotlight

NEW YORK -- Captain America and Iron Man may be the stars of Marvel’s latest comic-book blockbuster, but Black Panther -- making his big-screen...

Ingredients are assembled for summer movie magic

By Richard Roeper In the 2010s, the key ingredients for the Summer Blend Recipe for Movies are as follows: • Multiple portions of costumed superhero adventures •...

Star Wars comes to Hong Kong Disneyland

STAR WARS comes to Hong Kong Disneyland this summer, with a dogfight in space, lightsaber battles, and encounters with characters from the movies. “Star Wars: Tomorrowland...

All kinds of mothers in Mother’s Day

MOTHERS of all kinds get their due in Mother’s Day, a romantic comedy about everyone’s first love. Director and producer Garry Marshall once again brings...

Control and conscience divides heroes in Captain America: Civil War

LOS ANGELES -- Marvel’s band of Avengers are usually a friendly bunch, but when faced with the destruction of their heroic efforts to save...

Prince’s film career tale of success and failure

LOS ANGELES -- Three feature films, an Oscar -- and several Razzies. Prince’s film career blazed brightly but briefly compared to his 40-year reign in...

Team Iron Man or Team Captain America?

MARVEL SUPERHERO FANS can now take their sides at the cinema, well before the latest installment of the Captain America film series hits theaters. While...

LGBT comedy delivers, sort of

By Zsarlene B. Chua Movie Review Echorsis: Sabunutan Between Good and Evil Directed by Lem Lorca LEM LORCA’s horror-comedy Echorsis: Sabunutan Between Good and Evil, which tells of...

Nia Vardalos celebrates another Wedding

By Angela Dawson HOLLYWOOD -- After the phenomenal success of 2002’s international sleeper hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the pressure was on Nia Vardalos,...

Women lead the way in The Huntsman: Winter’s War

WITH LEADING ladies Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain, female characters dominate fantasy film The Huntsman: Winter’s War, unleashing dark forces, freezing enemies...

Bunker mentality

By Noel Vera Movie Review 10 Cloverfield Lane Directed by Dan Trachtenberg HOW GOOD is the first three-fourths of Dan Trachtenberg’s supposed sequel to Matt Reeves’s popular monster...

Favreau gives Jungle Book a girl-power makeover

LOS ANGELES — One of the best-loved animated films of all-time, The Jungle Book boasted iconic songs and a cast that ensured it would...

Bollywood studios eye profits at last as India goes smartphone mad

MUMBAI -- India’s all-singing, all-dancing movie hits capture the attention of hundreds of millions of fans -- but they generate precious little in box...

Grieve, smash, dance — Gyllenhaal’s Demolition has it

NEW YORK — In the movie Demolition, actor Jake Gyllenhaal loses his wife in a traffic accident, pours his heart out to a vending...