Tuesday, June 28, 2011

1st AGITPROP International Film Festival on Peoples' Struggles at UP Diliman from July 2 - 4, 2011

AGITPROP is an international festival of films that promote genuine peoples' struggles all over the world. It takes the role of giving a much needed venue for films and filmmakers that dare present social realities, often silenced and confused by the dominant modes and channels of information. It is for films that take on the issue of imperialism and neoliberal globalization, resistance and liberation struggles, genuine democracy, human rights, and social justice among others.

Festival Calendar

Day 1 | July 2, 2011 (Saturday) | College of Mass Communications Media Center [Donation Ticket Php 20]

1:00 PM Opening Ceremonies

1:30 PM Opening Film: determiNATION Songs | Directed by Michelle Smith and Paul Rickard | Productions Multi-Monde | Documentary | 2009 | Canada

2:50 PM Sounds of A New Hope | Directed by Eric Tandoc | Documentary | 2009 | U.S. / Philippines

3:30 PM A Step Back In Time | Directed by Indiriani Kopal | Documentary | 2010 | Malaysia

3:45 PM The Oak Park Story| Directed by Valerie Soe and Russell Jeung | Documentary | 2010 | U.S.

4:15 PM Kinulayang Kiti / Hand-painted Feathers| Directed by Richard Legaspi | Red Room Prod. | Fiction | 2009 | Phil.

4:45 PM Break

5:30 PM Gala Night/Cocktails

6:00 PM Ates Cemberinde Gül Yüzler / A Smiing Face in the Circle of Fire | Directed by Mustafa Kilinc | Documentary | 2010 | Germany / Philippines

7:00 PM Open Forum: “Sites and Sights of Resistance”

8:00 PM Main Feature Film: Cultures of Resistance | Directed by Iara Lee | Caipirinha Productions | Documentary | 2010 | International

Day 2 | July 3, 2011 (Sunday) | College of Mass Communications Media Center [Donation Ticket Php 20]

1:00 PM 43 | ST eXposure and Anino Shadowplay Collective | Documentary | 2010 | Philippines

1:15 PM Hingalo / Breathless | Directed by Anna Isabelle Matutina | Fiction | 2010 | Philippines

1:25 PM Diagnosing Poverty | Directed by Ron Magbuhos Papag and Bedette Libres | Kodao Productions and Intal | Documentary | 2004 | Philippines

2:00 PM Listen To Our Voice | Secretariat for Peace and Justice (SKP) Papua & Witness | Documentary | 2011 | Indonesia

2:15 PM Eksenang Tahimik/ A Quiet Scene | Directed by JL Burgos | Poetry in Motion| | 2009 | Philippines

2:25 PM Ang Sandaling Sadya ni Lire at Isa / Lire and Isa’s Unforgettable Encounter | Directed by Francis Losaria | Fiction | Philippines

3:00 PM In Search of Liberation| Directed by Linde Moriau | Documentary | 2008 | Belgium / Philippines

3:30 PM Let’s Not Be Afraid | TransAsia Sisters Association, Taiwan | Documentary | 2010 | Taiwan

4:20 PM Break

Special program on Environmental Activism

5:00 PM Bikpela Bagarap | Directed by David Fedele | Documentary | 2011 | Australia / Papua New Guinea

5:50 PM Carteret Islands | Directed by Tara Jones | Documentary | 2011 | Australia / Papua New Guinea

6:10 PM A River Runs Through Us | Directed by Carla Pataky | Docuementary | 2011 | International

6:35 PM Bunker 0 : Sumirib Plus| Directed by Jan Philippe V. Carpio | Documentary | 2006 | Philippines

6:45 PM Gaharu: Selamatkan Manusia dan Hutan Papua / Save the People and Forests of Papua | Directed by Andre Rimbayana | Secretariat for Justice and Peace (SKP) Merauke, Papua | Docu | 2010| Indonesia

7:00 PM Sarawak Gone Series | Directed by Andrew Garton | Documentary | Australia / Malaysia

7:40 PM Open Forum

8:10 PM Feature film on Environmental Activism: Mirage of El Dorado | Directed by Martin Frigon | Productions Multi-Monde| Documentary | 2008 | Canada / Chile

Day 3 | July 4, 2011 (Monday) | UP Film Institute Cine Adarna Main Theatre

9:00 AM to 4:40 PM Contend Sponsored Benefit Program [Ticket Php 80]

9:00 AM Rights 3 | Mirage of El Dorado | Cultures of Resistance

12:00 NN Break

1:00 PM COINTELPRO 101 | The Freedom Archives | Documentary | 2010 | U.S.

2:00 PM Sa Hamon ng Panahon | Directed by Bonifacio Ilagan | Kodao Productions and UCCP | Philippines

3:00 PM Wag kang Titingin | Directed by Pam Miras | Digital Cheese | Fiction | 2010 | Philippines

3:10 PM Operation 8 | Directed by Errol Wright and Abi King-Jones| Cutcutcut Films | Documentary | 2011

| New Zealand

4: 40 PM Break

Closing Night [Donation Ticket Php 20]

5:30 PM Ka Bel | Mayday Multimedia | Documentary | 2010 | Philippines

6:30 PM Dukot (Desaparecidos) / Disappeared | Directed by Joel Lamangan | Fiction | 2009 | Philippines

8:00 PM Open Forum

9:00 PM Closing Film: The Yes Men Fix the World | Directed by Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno | Documentary | 2009 | U.S.

*Tickets will be available at the venues.

For more info, please visit http://agitpropfilmfest.wordpress.com/

Monte Carlo (Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester, Cory Monteith) in Theatres on July 1, 2011

Monte Carlo (2011)

Like to See the Movie: 68% (n=6,079)

Movie Info

Three graduates fulfill their dreams of vacationing in Paris. They accidentally find themselves in a lavish world, where they live like royalty and experience romance. But at the end of their journey, they discover the true magic of friendship. -- 20th Century Fox

Rated: PG

Running Time: 1 hr. 49 min.

Genre: Action & Adventure, Romance, Comedy

Directed By: Thomas "Tom" Bezucha

Written By: Thomas Bezucha, April Blair, Maria Maggenti, Ronald Bass, Jules Bass

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Leighton Meester (Meg)
Katie Cassidy (Emma)
Cory Monteith (Owen)
Andie MacDowell (Pam)
Selena Gomez (Cordelia Winthrop Scott)
Nicole Kidman

Source: rottentomatoes.com

Monday, June 27, 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Shia LeBeouf, John Malkovich, Patrick Dempsey) in Theatres on June 29, 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)


Rating: 2/5
Review: For me, this is the worst Transformers movie in the series. Yes the graphics was totally awesome but the story was too cliche and the dialogue between Shia and the new girl is too corny. I like Megan Fox better, she has more attitude. I guess too much attitude that she got kicked out of the Transformers franchise... tsk, tsk, tsk.

Rating: 4.4/5
Like the Movie: 90% (n=60,137)


Rating: 2.4/5
Like the Movie: 36% (n=227)


"Transformers 2 was only worth watching for Megan Fox and some of the robots. I guess we're just down to the robots, now." - Lewis C

"The look of the movie is worth five stars, but when you stir in a one-star script, you end up somewhere in the middle." - Clem Bastow, The Vine

"Admittedly better than its predecessor, Michael Bay still hasn't learnt that impressive action sequences don't make up for woeful acting and no character development." - Anthony O'Connor, FILMINK (Australia)

"Bay has delivered another empty spectacle that is overlong and mostly tedious." - Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy

"A very long mess that's embarrassingly devoid of gut level thrills." - Catherine Bray, Film4

"These Transformer movies are nonsense, of course, but they allow Bay and his team to push the envelope as far as movie technology is concerned and at least you feel get a sense of the shock and awe of giant hulking metal creatures clashing." - Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail [UK]

"Transformers: Dark of the Moon may not be a great film, but it is largely great fun. ... It's nice to see the Transformers exit the screen (at least for now) on a high rather than low note." - Jim Vejvoda, IGN Movies

"[It] might struggle to equal the sheer exhilaration of Bay's 2007 trilogy-starter, but it's a whole lot more coherent and fulfilling than Revenge Of The Fallen." - Nell Smith, Total Film

"Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a fantastic feast of all-action entertainment... the first big summer blockbuster is one worth catching." - Mark Adams, Daily Mirror [UK]

Movie Info

Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. When a mysterious event from Earth's past erupts into the present day it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us. -- (C) Paramount

Rated: PG-13

Running Time: 2 hr. 34 min.

Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Directed By: Michael Bay

Written By: Ehren Kruger

Distributor: Paramount Studios

Shia LaBeouf (Sam Witwicky)
Josh Duhamel (Lt. Colonel William)
Tyrese Gibson (Sergeant Epps)
John Turturro (Simmons)
John Malkovich (Bruce)
Frances McDormand (Charlotte)
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Carly Miller)
Patrick Dempsey (Dylan)

Source: rottentomatoes.com

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Tree of Life (Brad Pitt, Sean Penn) in Theatres on June 22, 2011

The Tree of Life (2011)

Rating: 3.5/5
Like the Movie: 66% (n=25,320)

Rating: 4.1/5
Like the Movie: 86% (n=165)


"What a transcendent achievement." - Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

"Terrence Malick's singularly deliberate style may prove unrewarding for some, but for patient viewers, Tree of Life is an emotional as well as visual treat." - rottentomatoes.com

"An audacious visual poet known for gently probing life's big questions, Malick has gone to the source of it all. He's gifted enough to bring out the spiritual dimensions of astrophysics." - Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News

"I've seen it twice now, and though this childhood was not my childhood, and my spiritual yearnings are not Malick's, "The Tree of Life" already has come to mean a great deal to me." - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

"It's a flawed but impressive experiment, the sort of shoot-the-moon gamble that cinema can't do without." - Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star

"Here's a testament to this reclusive, stubborn, visionary director's stunning achievement: His films can change the way you look at the world by showing you how another person sees it." - Dana Stevens, Slate

"With disarming sincerity and daunting formal sophistication "The Tree of Life" ponders some of the hardest and most persistent questions, the kind that leave adults speechless when children ask them." - A.O. Scott, New York Times

"[Malick is] a meticulous visionary who knows where to place a camera, but he hasn't a clue about how to tell a story with simplicity and coherence." - Rex Reed, New York Observer

"This movie weighs so much, yet contains so little. It's all vault and little coin." - Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

Movie Info

From Terrence Malick, the acclaimed director of such classic films as Badlands, Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950's. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through Malick's signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life. -- (C) Fox Searchlight

Rated: PG-13

Running Time: 2 hr. 18 min.

Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Directed By: Terrence Malick

Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Brad Pitt (Mr. O'Brien)
Sean Penn (Jack)
Jessica Chastain (Mrs. O'Brien)
Hunter McCracken (Young Jack)
Fiona Shaw (Grandmother)

Source: rottentomatoes.com

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Mr. Popper's Penguins (Jim Carrey, Angela Lansbury) in Theatres on June 17, 2011

Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)

Rating: 3.5/5
Review: Expect to have some hearty laughs while watching this movie. Though there were some boring parts (I found my mom sleeping beside me and waking up more than once), due to cliche and its kiddie story.


Rating: 3.5/5
Like the Movie: 67% (n=15,637)

Rating: 2.6/5
Like the Movie: 46% (n=92)


"Mr. Popper's Penguins bears almost no resemblance to the classic children's book of the same name. But that's not necessarily a bad thing." - Claudia Puig, USA Today

"A slick, soulless adaptation of the children's book classic..." - Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Thanks to plucky performances and some perfectly precious pets, "Mr. Poppers Penguins" provides a pleasant, if obviously packaged, pursuit." - Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

"You probably won't come away from the movie with any newfound appreciation for penguins, but you'll get what you came for from Jim Carrey." - Cole Smithey, colesmithey.com

"Why is Jim Carrey standing around watching penguins be funny? Why isn't he in a movie where Jim Carrey is funny?" - Tom Long, Detroit News

"What the heck became of Carrey's career as a comic genius?" - Andrew O'Hehir, salon.com

"Be prepared for the oh-so-real possibility that your kid -- or your wife -- is going to want a penguin for Christmas after seeing this movie." - Joy Tipping, Dallas Morning News

Movie Info

Synopsis: In this family comedy, Jim Carrey is Mr. Popper, a driven businessman who is clueless when it comes to the important things in life - until he inherits six penguins. Popper's penguins turn his swank New York apartment into a snowy winter wonderland - and the rest of his life upside-down. Filmed on a refrigerated soundstage with real Emperor Penguins, Mr. Popper's Penguins is a contemporary adaptation of the classic book. -- (C)Fox

Rated: PG

Running Time: 1 hr. 34 min.

Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family

Directed By: Mark Waters (VIII)

Written By: Sean Anders, John Morris, Jared Stern

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Jim Carrey (Mr. Popper)
Carla Gugino (Amanda)
Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Van Gundy)

Source: rottentomatoes.com

Green Lantern (Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively) in Theatres on June 16, 2011

Green Lantern (2011)


Rating: 2.5/5
Review: Though the effects were spectacular, the story, the acting were lacking. I had questions running through my mind like, "Why was it so easy for Hal to kill Parallax?" (The rest of the Green Lantern Corps couldn't and struggled so hard). "How come not one of the thousands of Lanterns tried to help save planet earth?" (They're the bad guys after all). Though I can relate to poor Dr. Hector Hammond, "I know what you're going through. You are not alone..."


Rating: 3.3/5
Like the Movie: 55% (n=91,258)

Rating: 2.3/5
Like the Movie: 26% (n=199)


"The only reason you go to see a movie like this is the special effects and the fight scenes, right? It has both in spades and the 3D effects are good, too." - Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope

"Noisy, overproduced, and thinly written, Green Lantern squanders an impressive budget and decades of comics mythology." - rottentomatoes.com

"The result makes the movie seem assembled from bits and pieces of other superhero yarns rather than existing on a plane of its own." - James Berardinelli, ReelViews

"It's almost as if no one cared to try hard enough to tell a coherent and engaging story." - Laremy Legel, film.com

"A film that's all set-up and no pay-off: an origin story for a hero we don't much care for with an elaborate lore we have zero interest in, toplined by a star who's little more than a torso and a smirk." - Mark Samuels, Total Film

"Another comic-book hero hits the screen... and doesn't make a big enough splash" - Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit

"As a disjointed rumble in the cosmos, it's both too much and too little, and too dorky looking. In this case, Green means stop." - Tom Long, Detroit News

"A parlor game could be made out of how many times the word "fear" is uttered in Martin Campbell's superhero franchise non-starter." - Brett Michel, Boston Phoenix

"Some things are better shrugged off." - Keith Uhlich, Reverse Shot

Movie Info

Synopsis: In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds). Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. -- (C) Warner Bros

Rated: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hr. 45 min.

Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Directed By: Martin Campbell

Written By: Greg Berlanti, Michael Green (VII), Marc Guggenheim, Michael Goldenberg

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern, Hal Jordan)
Blake Lively (Carol Ferris)
Peter Sarsgaard (Dr. Hector Hammond)
Mark Strong (Sinestro)
Tim Robbins (Senator Hammond)
Jay O Sanders (Carl Ferris)

Source: rottentomatoes.com

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

"Noli Me Tangere" by National Artist Eddie Romero Showing at the CCP from June 14 - 17, 2011

Now Showing "Noli Me Tangere" By Eddie Romero for Rizal's 150th Birthday Bash at the CCP

In commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of the Philippines’ national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, various activities will be presented at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) from June 14 (Tuesday) - 17 (Friday), 2011.

One of these activities is the thirteen (13) episodes of CCP’s telemovie “Noli Me Tangere” by National Artist Eddie Romero will be shown at the CCP Dream Theater from June 14-17, complemented with lecture-discussions for teachers by prominent resource speakers. "Mga Kwentong Rizal", a storytelling session for children/youth will be held at the CCP Multi-Purpose Hall, while Rizal’s books and videos will be mounted at the CCP Library.

Noli Me Tangere Screening schedule is as follows:

June 14, 2011 (Tuesday)

10:00 AM
Episode 1: Crisostomo Ibarra (TRT:42:28)

1:30 PM
Episode 2: Sisa (TRT: 42:50)

3:00 PM
Episode 3 Dito Po sa Amin (44:03)

Episode 4: Ang Baliw ay Pantas (TRT: 42:26)

5:30 - 6:30 PM
Q & A/Discussion: Resource Person Mario Hernando, Film Critic

June 15, 2011 (Wednesday)

10:00 AM
Episode 5: Nagdidilim ang Langit (45:37)

1:30 PM
Episode 6: Haka-haka at Kuro-kuro (TRT 44:58)

3:00 PM
Episode 7: Kaibigang Lihim (TRT:42:13)

4:00 PM
Episode 8: Katwiran at Kapangyarihan (TRT: 44:41)

5:30-6:30 PM
Q & A/Discussion: Resource Person: Dr. Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr, Filmmaker and Educator

June 16, 2011 (Thursday)
10:00 AM
Episode 9: Pagbubunyag (TRT: 43:26)

1:30 PM
Episode 10: Bayan o Sarili (TRT: 44:51)

3:00 PM
Episode 11: Ama ng Ikakasal (TRT: 42:56)

Episode 12: Noche Buena (TRT:52:59)
Episode 13: Pasko (TRT: 9:33)

5:30 - 6:30PM
Q & A/Discussion: Resource Person: Atty. Francis "Oggs" Cruz, Film Critic

June 17, 2011 (Friday)

9:00 AM
Episode 1: Crisostomo Ibarra (TRT:42:28)
Episode 2: Sisa (TRT: 42:50)

11:00 AM
Episode 3 Dito Po sa Amin (44:03)
Episode 4: Ang Baliw ay Pantas (TRT: 42:26)

1:00 PM
Episode 5: Nagdidilim ang Langit (45:37)
Episode 6: Haka-haka at Kuro-kuro (TRT 44:58)

3:00 PM
Episode 7: Kaibigang Lihim (TRT:42:13)
Episode 8: Katwiran at Kapangyarihan (TRT: 44:41)

5:00 PM
Episode 9: Pagbubunyag (TRT: 43:26)
Episode 10: Bayan o Sarili (TRT: 44:51)

7:00 PM
Episode 11: Ama ng Ikakasal (TRT: 42:56)
Episode 12: Noche Buena (TRT:52:59)
Episode 13: Pasko (TRT: 9:33)

To know more of the activities for Dr. Jose Rizal's 150th Birthday Bash at the CCP, please CLICK HERE.

For more information, you can call the CCP Outreach at (63-2)832-1125 locs. 1708 - 1709
or visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph

Saturday, June 11, 2011

16th French Film Festival (2011): Sandrine Bonnaire Retrospective at Shangri-la Plaza, Ayala Center Cebu & UP Film Center

16th French Film Festival (2011)

Sandrine Bonnaire Retrospective

Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong: June 8 (Wednesday) - 19 (Sunday)
For the schedule and for more info, please CLICK HERE.

Ayala Center Cebu: June 23 (Thursday) - 25 (Saturday)

UP Film Center: June 28 (Tuesday) - July 2 (Saturday)


Rating: 1/5 (Movie: Love Like Poison)
Review: I watched "Love Like Poison" with my friend Mabelle on a Saturday night (June 18). It shows a young girl's journey through life... weird story, weird ending. No point in watching this movie.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Free Screenings of Dindo Angeles' "Sinta" and Elwood Perez' "Summer Love" at the CCP on June 11, 2011

Free Screenings:

"Sinta" by Dindo Angeles (2:00 PM)
"Summer Love" by Elwood Perez (6:00 PM)
CCP Tanghalang Manuel Conde
June 11, 2011 (Saturday)

Dindo Angeles' "Sinta" and Elwood Perez' "Summer Love" to be Screened in the "Overlooked Films, Underrated Directors Series" at CCP on June 11, 2011

Dindo Angeles' Sinta will be shown on June 11, 2011 at the CCP Tanghalang Manuel Conde. The screening is part of the new season of "Overlooked Films, Underrated Directors Series" presented by the CCP in cooperation with the Society of Filipino Archivists for Film (SOFIA). The series represents SOFIA's effort to assess certain films and filmmakers by taking a second look at their unjustly neglected bodies of work.

In addition to Sinta, a special screening of Elwood Perez' Summer Love will be held at 6PM at the Dream Theater. Produced by Regal Films in 1981, the film jumpstarted the teen flick trend and starred the hottest love teams of the era: Maricel Soriano and William Martinez, Gabby Concepcion and Snooky Serna. Summer Love was among the missing films in the Regal Films library, lost to a fire. SOFIA was able to unearth a copy in U-matic format, and thus audiences today will have a chance to once again see the film. Mother Lily Monteverde of Regal Films is expected to grace the event and publicly endorse SOFIA's archiving efforts.

The "Overlooked Films, Underrated Directors Series," which will be held every second Saturday of the month, unless otherwise indicated, began on April with a Tribute to Hammy Sotto, SOFIA’s founding president, April is Sotto’s birth and death anniversary month. The tribute featured Sotto’s Documentary on Philippine Cinema.

Screened in May was Joey Gosiengfiao's Babae Ngayon at Kailanman. Screening schedule: July 15-24 - Tribute to Ronwaldo Reyes (Retrospective Section of Cinemalaya 2011); and August 13- Pusaka Pontiana by Ramon Estella. The film showings are at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

For more information, please call CCP Media Arts Division at tel. no. (63-2)832-1125 locals 1702 and 1705.

Source: CCP Website

Monday, June 6, 2011

Super 8 (Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning) in Theatres on June 10, 2011

Super 8 (2011)

Like to See the Movie: 92% (n=21,357)


Rating: 3.9/5
Like the Movie: 87% (n=23)


"An engaging return trip to Steven Spielberg's youthful world of wonder courtesy of J.J. Abrams." - Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

"It's so much fun to watch these cheeky, loveable kids pull together and navigate their way through this extraordinary adventure." - Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane

"Super 8 is still fun, and often funny too. It's also entertaining, and sometimes even a little startling." - Ariel Katz, The Vine

"J.J. Abrams rekindles the child in all of us in this super film that is all at once sci-fi thriller, mystery adventure and coming of age story. It's got heart, too." - Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile

"Super 8" is made by young-minded adults who haven't lost their sense of inspiration for the magic of making movies from a child's perspective." - Cole Smithey, colesmithey.com

"While other filmmakers have been inspired by Spielberg to push the envelope, J.J. Abrams seems happy to try to make one like they used to, except not as successfully." - Tim Grierson, Screen International

"Super 8 is a noble effort that gets a lot right, and a lot wrong." - Jordan Hoffman, UGO

Movie Info

Synopsis: Writer/director J.J. Abrams teams with producer Steven Spielberg for this period sci-fi thriller set in the late '70s, and centering on a mysterious train crash in a small Ohio town. Summer, 1979: a group of young friends are filming a Super-8 movie when a pickup truck derails a speeding train. When the locals start to disappear and even the inquisitive deputy can't come up with answers, suspicions emerge that the incident was anything but an accident. As the truth finally begins emerge, no one is prepared to learn what now stalks the unsuspecting citizens of this once quiet community. Kyle Chandler and Elle Fanning star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rated: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hr. 51 min.

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy

Directed By: J.J. Abrams

Written By: J.J. Abrams

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Kyle Chandler (Jackson Lamb)
Elle Fanning (Alice Dainard)
Dan Castellaneta (Izzy)

Source: rottentomatoes.com

The Hangover Part II (Bradley Cooper) in Theatres on June 8, 2011

Hangover Part II (2011)

Rating: 4.6/5
Like the Movie: 94% (n=44,998)

Rating: 2.5/5
Like the Movie: 35% (n=204)


"The makers of The Hangover Part II have pulled off one of the most blatantly lazy acts of filmmaking in recent memory. And it still works." - Tim Martain, The Mercury

"What happens in Bangkok isn't as much fun as when it happened in Vegas, but it's still worth the trip." - Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter

"A crueler, darker, raunchier carbon copy of the first installment, The Hangover Part II lacks the element of surprise -- and most of the joy -- that helped make the original a hit." - rottentomatoes.com

"Maybe what goes on in Vegas really should stay in Vegas." - Tom Long, Detroit News

"Stu, Phil, and Alan are like the Three Stooges: the backdrop may look a little different, but it's the same ladder to the gut and poke in the eye again." - MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher

"One of the most uninspired and unoriginal sequels you'll ever see. Or not see, if you're lucky." - Richard Roeper, richardroeper.com

"If you want to avoid plot spoilers for The Hangover Part II, don't watch The Hangover." - Eric D. Snider, film.com

Movie Info

Synopsis: In The Hangover Part II, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) travel to exotic Thailand for Stu's wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don't always go as planned. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can't even be imagined. -- (C) Warner Bros

Rated: R

Running Time: 1 hr. 42 min.

Genre: Comedy

Directed By: Todd Phillips

Written By: Craig Mazin, Scott Armstrong, Todd Phillips

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

Bradley Cooper (Phil)
Ed Helms (Stu)
Zach Galifianakis (Alan)
Ken Jeong (Mr. Chow)
Paul Giamatti (Kingsley)
Justin Bartha (Doug)

Source: rottentomatoes.com

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