Sunday, July 24, 2011
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Like the Movie: 86% (n=75,003)
Like the Movie: 73% (n=135)
"Need a top-notch comic-book movie to stop this summer's march of mediocre superheroes? "Captain America: The First Avenger," reporting for duty." - Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"By finding an ingenious way to streamline a now-familiar genre, Captain America: The First Avenger does his country proud. " - Glen Weldon, NPR
"Captain America" is exactly what the third week of July needed: a curiously fun, surprisingly imaginative and unashamedly old-fashioned yarn of skulduggery and adventure." - Andrew O'Hehir, salon.com
"Captain America is not high art, but it is so unabashedly fun -- and such well-made fun -- that it is hard to not like and admire it for so steadfastly being what it is." - James Rocchi, MSN Movies
"With plenty of pulpy action, a pleasantly retro vibe, and a handful of fine performances, Captain America is solidly old-fashioned blockbuster entertainment." - rottentomatoes.com
"Evans, who played the Human Torch in two less-than-fantastic Fantastic Four films, brings such humor, heart and vigor to virtuous Steve that our rooting interest holds even when the action gets to be standard-issue." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Scrawny Steve is such a guileless and likeable little dude that his sweetness endures long past the super-sizing." - Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Captain America's metabolism, Peggy tells him, burns energy four times faster than the average person's. The movie's metabolism burns out." - Joe Morgenstern, Wal Street Journal
"Here's what's missing: tension, drama, and most of all, a sense of wonder. This is a superhero movie, isn't it?" - Tom Horgen, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A forced love angle and vapid dialogue dooms Captain America." - Laremy Legel, film.com
"Red, white and bland." - Peter Debruge, Variety
Captain America: The First Avenger will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America. As Captain America, Rogers joins forces with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) to wage war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving). -- (C) Paramount
Running Time: 2 hr. 1 min.
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By: Joe Johnston
Written By: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Chris Evans (Captain America / Steve Rogers)
Tommy Lee Jones (Colonel Chester Phillips)
Sebastian Stan (James "Bucky" Barnes)
Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter)
Hugo Weaving (Johann Schmidt / Red Skull)
Dominic Cooper (Howard Stark)
Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury)
Monday, July 18, 2011
Like the Movie: 83% (n=60,959)
Like the Movie: 90% (n=215)
"Bridesmaids" is a female version of "The Hangover"--from the coarse language to the cringe-inducing grossout gags to the Vegas road trip that goes horribly wrong." - Richard Roeper, richardroeper.com
"That rarest of treats: an R-rated romantic comedy from the Venus point of view." - Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"The warring impulses within Wiig set a wonderfully skittish tone for the painfully hilarious new movie Bridesmaids, a screwy tale of female friendship and wedding planning from hell." - Ella Taylor, NPR
"A marriage of genuine characters, gross out gags, and pathos, Bridesmaids is a female-driven comedy that refuses to be boxed in as Kristen Wiig emerges as a real star." - rottentomatoes.com
"The only question is: Will Kristen Wiig ever be this good again? The answer is, let's hope so. Bridesmaids rocks. Hopefully, a movie star is born." - Tom Long, Detroit News
"It goes pretty much as expected, but it does seem earned, in part because the writing is so sharp." - Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies
"The brilliant Saturday Night Live player Kristen Wiig finally gets the big-screen vehicle she deserves." - J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"In the end, Bridesmaids is touching and funny and a tiny bit sickening. Just like a real wedding." - Siri Agrell, Globe and Mail
"If this is only a chick flick, then call me a chick." - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"By the time two hours had dragged by, I felt a lot like I had sat through a five-hour wedding." - Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Just as Apatow redefined leading men in a more realistic manner, Wiig may well change the way Hollywood looks at ladies." - Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
This spring, Universal Pictures and producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) invite you to experience Bridesmaids. Kristen Wiig leads the cast as Annie, a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to matrimony. Annie's life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian's maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she'll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you'll go for someone you love. -- (C) Universal
Running Time: 2 hr. 4 min.
Directed By: Paul Feig
Written By: Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig
Distributor: Universal Studios
Kristen Wiig (Annie)
Maya Rudolph (Lillian)
Rose Byrne (Helen)
Melissa McCarthy (Megan)
Wendi McLendon-Covey (Rita)
Ellie Kemper (Becca)
Like the Movie: 51% (n=14,839)
Like the Movie: 34% (n=77)
"There are new tweeners every year. To them, the characters and plot devices in this perfectly competent film might well seem fresh." - Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"Prom" is pure bubble gum, from its shiny wrapping to its mushy insides to its fleeting aftertaste. And sometimes, there's nothing wrong with chewing bubble gum." - Tom Horgen, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"She's a conformist overachiever, he's a troubled soul; a third-grader could tell that the two will fall hard for each other by the movie's halfway point." - Sandie Angulo Chen
"Given its flatly descriptive title and live-action Disney pedigree, Prom is more nuanced and less cynical -- but also just as corny and cliched -- as you might expect." - rottentomatoes.com
"Except for a couple of nice touches, "Prom" is a remedial class in cliches." - Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"You certainly don't expect a Disney live-action movie to be ambitious or edgy, but you don't necessarily expect this degree of sloppiness either." - Andrew O'Hehir, salon.com
"Less engrossing than a Clearasil commercial and more synthetic than a Rebecca Black video." - Nel Minow, Chicago Sun-Times
"Prom" is so strenuously inoffensive it makes Disney's "High School Musical" look almost racy by comparison." - Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"By and large "Prom" is exactly what the prom-haters in the cast say it is, a lot of build-up for something that isn't remotely as "special" as those obsessed with it wish it to be." - Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Nussbaum's crew works hard to maintain a fresh-scrubbed look to the school, its students and the small community that contains it. They succeed all too well. Couldn't there have been at least one wall with graffiti?" - Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
At "Prom," every couple has a story and no two are exactly alike. Several intersecting stories unfold at one high school as the big dance approaches; "Prom" portrays the precarious passage from high school to independence as some relationships unravel and others ignite. For Nova Prescott (Aimee Teegarden), it's a battle of wills as she finds herself drawn to the guy (Thomas McDonell) who gets in the way of her perfect prom. Fellow seniors Mei (Yin Chang) and Tyler (De'Vaughn Nixon) harbor secrets, while others face all the insecurity and anticipation that surrounds one of high school's most seminal events. There are hundreds of nights in high school, but there's only one "Prom." -- (C) Disney
Running Time: 1 hr. 49 min.
Directed By: Joe Nussbaum
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
Aimee Teegarden (Nova Prescott)
Thomas McDonell (Jesse Richter)
De'Vaughn Nixon (Tyler Barso)
Siu Yin Chang (Mei Kwan)
Like to See the Movie: 70% (n=1,734)
Like the Movie: 50% (n=22)
"It's gritty, down and dirty, and Statham has never been better." - David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"A rough-cut crime thriller that sees Jason Statham back on familiar turf and doing what he does best." - David Hughes, Empire Magazine
"Ultimately Blitz knows exactly where its strength lies." - Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"Enjoyable, well acted and smartly directed British thriller that's a huge amount of fun while you're watching it but falls apart the moment you think about it afterwards." - Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"America, where Statham does the majority of his work these days, seems to appreciate his particular talents. On this evidence, he might want to stick to Hollywood." - Sam Bathe, Fan the Fire
"Statham gives a good account of himself as the no-nonsense Detective Brant, handy with his fists and ready with a wry one-liner, but an unoriginal plot and a general lack of excitement don't do justice to either him or the high-calibre supporting cast." - Trevor Johnston, Radio Times
"It is an unedifying film, slickly directed and photographed, but lacking conviction and much inferior to the police procedurals you can see any night on television." - Philip French, Guardian [UK]
"It's all been seen before and will be seen again, and again." - Dominic Radcliffe, Little White Lies
A fast-paced thriller set in contemporary London, "Blitz" reflects the challenges faced by a group of police officers working in a modern, multi-cultural society. A raw, gritty tale of moral ambiguity, outsiders and the sacrifices the police make to keep crime off British streets.
Running Time: 1 hr. 37 min.
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By: Elliott Lester
Written By: Ken Bruen, Nathan Parker
Thursday, July 14, 2011
See The Unseen in Cinemalaya 2011 Made Bigger And Better This Year
Philippine Independent Film Festival 2011
Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)
Greenbelt 3, Makati City
July 15 (Friday) - 24 (Sunday), 2011
At the CCP, the Festival will be held in seven venues. The opening ceremony is slated on July 15 (Friday), 6:00 PM followed by the festival opening film at the CCP Main Theater. The Cinemalaya Awards Night will be held on July 24 (Sunday), 7:00 PM at the same venue.
For the Films and Schedules, please CLICK HERE.
For more info about the Cinemalaya Pass, please CLICK HERE.
For more details on the 2011 Cinemalaya Independent Film Congress, Theme: "Building Bridges for Indie Filmmaking in Asia" from July 19 (Tuesday) to 20 (Wednesday), 2011 at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, please CLICK HERE.
For more info, please call (63-2)832-3704 or 832-3706
You can also log-on to www.culturalcenter.gov.ph or www.cinemalaya.org
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint) in Theatres on July 14, 2011
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (2011)
Like to See the Movie: 96% (n=120,962)
Like the Movie: 100% (n=20)
"This is such an entertaining, beguiling, charming and exciting picture. It reminded me of the thrill I felt on seeing the very first one, 10 years ago." - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"I am a fan of both the books and films and it is sad to say goodbye to the boy wizard so many have grown up with. But at least he gets the send-off he deserves -- with a 3D blast of visual wizardry." - Grant Rollings, Sun Online
"You need a deep grounding in Potter-lore to make the slightest bit of sense out of it, but that won't be a problem for most people who see this film." - Richard Godwin, This is London
"Bear with the slow start and what you get in this bookending instalment's latter two acts is more pathos, exhilaration, and sheer entertainment value than anything else in the entire eight-film, ten-year saga. Potter has certainly saved the best for last." - Shaun Munro, What Culture
"Love, loss, courage, hope and humour -- Deathly Hallows offers them all in what proves a worthy finale to the Potter saga." - Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo
"An outstanding capper to the most lucrative film franchise of all time." - Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
"Fusing spectacle and emotion into a thrilling final chapter, director David Yates ensures that the series goes out with a bang. Finales don't come much grander than this." - Richard Jordan, Total Film
"Defined by darker mood and greater gravity than previous chapters, this film concludes the series on a high note that should please viewers and get serious attention as Oscar contender." - Emanuel Levy, emanuellevy.com
"All too soon, in the words of the tagline, 'It All Ends'. Spectacularly. Emotionally. And Wanderfully." - Birmingham Mail
"If you've been a devoted follower of the Potter saga in print and at the movies, you'll come away from this final chapter with a feeling of catharsis and, perhaps, a slightly damp handkerchief." - Alfonso Duralde, The Wrap
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, is the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series. The much-anticipated motion picture event is the second of two full-length parts. In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here. -- (C) Warner Bros.
Running Time: 2 hr. 10 min.
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: David Yates
Written By: Steve Kloves, J.K. Rowling
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)
Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)
Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)
Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange)
Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort)
Michael Gambon (Professor Albus Dumbledore)
Alan Rickman (Professor Severus Snape)
John Hurt (Mr. Ollivander)
Miranda Richardson (Rita Skeeter)
Emma Thompson (Professor Sybil Trelawney)
Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley)
Gary Oldman (Sirius Black)
Maggie Smith (Professor Minerva McGonagall)
Friday, July 1, 2011
The Embassy of Venezuela in the Philippines collaborates with Instituto Cervantes de Manila in dedicating this month of July to a film cycle of contemporary Venezuelan films.
Contemporary Venezuelan Film Cycle Film Series
Free Movie Screenings
All Saturdays of July 2011
Instituto Cervantes' Salon de Actos
855 T.M. Kalaw St.
July 2, 2011 (Saturday) - "Al Sur de la Frontera"
A road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media's misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents.
There's a revolution underway in South America, but most of the world doesn't know it. Oliver Stone sets out on a road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media's misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents. In casual conversations with Presidents Hugo Chavez (Venezuela), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Lula da Silva (Brazil), Cristina Kirchner (Argentina), as well as her husband and ex-President Nestor Kirchner, Fernando Lugo (Paraguay), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), and Raul Castro (Cuba), Stone gains unprecedented access and sheds new light upon the exciting transformations in the region.
July 9, 2011 (Saturday) - "The Mountain of the Scribes"
The Mountain of the Scribes shows us part of the history of Mérida, Venezuela. Its principal plot are the dramatic events in 1785 surrounding the building of Saint Bonaventure Seminary of Mérida of the Knights, which gave origin of the University of the Andes. During the period of Spanish colonial domination in America, the power of the king was administered by a legion of scribes that took refuge in the walls of convents and monasteries. In 1785, a franciscano bishop got obsessed with the idea of building one of these convents in one of the most separated regions of Andes, this undertaking ushered in a terrible political struggle between the colonial authorities and the Spanish court that ended with bishop's life. This story allows us to know the world of conspiracies that knitted in the libraries and archives of the colonial convents, and shows us also how fascinating the art of the scribes and their passion for the mysteries of scripture. This is also a story of a young seminarian, his interest for the forbidden books and his tragic love story with a peasant in the surroundings of the monastery.
July 16, 2011 (Saturday) - "Florentino y el diablo"
Florentino is a young horseman and singer, a free spirit living in the open world without restrictions, in the Venezuelan plains. He confronts the devil in a duel of improvised verses. As time passes, these unspoilt plains start to change. Through Florentino's voice and actions, the plains cannot be conquered. Its culture defies the devil in the eternal fight between good and evil, between life and death.
July 23, 2011 (Saturday) - "Manuela Sáenz"
Herman Melville is a young sailorman who reaches the Peruvian port of Patia. There he discovers the legendary love story between Simón Bolívar and Manuela Sáenz, his great lover. Irreverent and controversial, this great woman was loved and hated, chased and abandoned, imprisoned and exiled all along the continent. Ahead of her time, her great passion led her to be part of the mythology of Latin American women.
July 30, 2011 (Saturday) - "El Caracazo"
The history is initiated in August of the 2002, in a meeting where Nicolas Petrov reads the sentence emitted by the Pan-American Cut of Human Rights, situated in Costa Rica, by means of which all State Venezuelan is ordered to compensate the relatives and victims of the events of February 27, to perform an effective investigation of the crimes and to identify the material heads and intellectuals of the judged facts To apply them the corresponding penal and administrative sanctions. Of all an endless number of situations are amused. They are very few the Venezuelans that do not have anything that to count on the 27F.
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