Thursday, September 22, 2011
Like to See the Movie: 83% (n=13,107)
Like the Movie: 0% (n=9)
"[I]t's like Taylor Lautner made a movie just for Team Jacob!... Mostly it's a lot of Taylor standing around not moving his face or anything so that we can just look at him..." - MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Last I checked, tweenage girls weren't too keen on this genre, and the boys who normally would be a fan will likely be disappointed by [Abduction's] bloodless, stagnant lameness." - Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Singleton is poorly equipped to handle teenage angst, a fact made far worse by cringe-worthy dialogue and a wooden leading man who proves that he has not yet developed the skills required to carry a film." - Catherine Brown, FILMINK (Australia)
"Lautner isn't much of an actor and behind his face is a brain ticking away at one kilometre per hour with the repetitive long-held close-ups of his face yielding no more emotional insights than the equally long close-ups of his stomach." - Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"Two reasons not to go see Abduction: first, every screening is guaranteed to be jam-packed with rabid girls squealing every time its star, Twilight's Taylor Lautner is on screen. Second: it's just not a good movie." - Samuel Downing, MovieFIX
"Sooner or later Taylor Lautner is going to have to stop excelling despite the limitations his films put upon him. For now, he'll have to make do with surviving one of the year's worst films." - Giles Hardie, smh.com.au
For as long as he can remember, Nathan Harper (Taylor Lautner) has had the uneasy feeling that he's living someone else's life. When he stumbles upon an image of himself as a little boy on a missing persons website, all of Nathan's darkest fears come true: he realizes his parents are not his own and his life is a lie, carefully fabricated to hide something more mysterious and dangerous than he could have ever imagined. Just as he begins to piece together his true identity, Nathan is targeted by a team of trained killers, forcing him on the run with the only person he can trust, his neighbor, Karen (Lily Collins). Every second counts as Nathan and Karen race to evade an army of assassins and federal operatives. But as his opponents close in, Nathan realizes that the only way he'll survive and solve the mystery of his elusive biological father is to stop running and take matters into his own hands. -- (C) Lionsgate
Running Time: 1 hr. 46 min.
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By: John Singleton
Written By: Shawn Christensen, Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Distributor: Lionsgate Films
Taylor Lautner (Nathan)
Alfred Molina (Agent Frank Burton)
Antonique Smith (Agent Sandra Burns)
Maria Bello (Mara)
Jason Isaacs (Kevin)
Lily Collins (Karen)
Sigourney Weaver (Dr. Bennett)
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Dianna Agron) in Theatres on September 21, 2011
Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (2011)
Like the Movie: 72% (n=13,038)
Like the Movie: 60% (n=85)
"You get the feeling that you're actually there, with the best seat in the house." - Jessica Bakeman, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"I'm still not a Gleek, but I can see what all the fuss is about." - Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"The unconverted will remain just as perplexed as ever, but for gleeful Gleeks, The 3D Concert Movie delivers exactly what it promises." - rottentomatoes.com
"One of the many self-actualized real-life Gleeks featured in "Glee: The 3-D Concert Movie" tells the audience, "Be proud of yourself. Don't be afraid. Stand up for what you believe in." OK. I stand for hating "Glee."" - Kyle Smith, New York Post
"I'm calling bullsh** on this 3D concert movie. The movie plays like an evangelical prayer meeting, though I'd hold the hallelujahs." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
The multi-generational phenomenon that has inspired millions to embrace their inner-Gleek will soon bring them together to experience Glee a whole new way. -- (C) Official Site
Running Time: 1 hr. 40 min.
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By: Kevin Tancharoen
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Dianna Agron (Quinn Fabray)
Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel)
Darren Criss (Blaine Anderson)
Kevin McHale (Artie Abrams)
Lea Michele (Rachel Berry)
Cory Monteith (Finn Hudson)
Heather Morris (Brittany)
Amber Riley (Mercedes Jones)
Naya Rivera (Santana Lopez)
Mark Salling (Noah 'Puck' Puckerman)
Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina)
Harry Shum Jr. (Mike)
Horrible Bosses (2011)
Like the Movie: 76% (n=60,266)
Like the Movie: 70% (n=189)
"Horrible Bosses takes a dark premise -- three buddies band together to off their bosses -- and rings it for a solid, steady stream of laughs." - Adam Graham, Detroit News
""Horrible Bosses" is funny enough to give America's embattled working folk an outlet for their frustration, and America's employer classes a bad case of nerves." - Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"There's an underlying, nearly universal relatability to "Horrible Bosses" that can't be denied and that screenwriters Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein use to great advantage." - Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"It's nasty, uneven, and far from original, but thanks to a smartly assembled cast that makes the most of a solid premise, Horrible Bosses works." - rottentomatoes.com
"For something like Horrible Bosses to sparkle, the actors have to shine... and shine they do." - James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Here's a hit-and-miss farce that leaves you wishing it was funnier than it is. Why? Because it wussies out on a sharp premise. Because it wastes a killer cast that's ready to rock it. " - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"If you're bright enough to count your change at the popcorn stand, you're too smart to see "Horrible Bosses." - Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It's a film that's wildly, brazenly stupid -- but also, you know, fun." - Christy Lemire, Associated Press
For Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day), the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses (Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston) into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few-too-many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con (Jamie Foxx), the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers... permanently. There's only one problem: even the best laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them. -- (C) Warner Bros
Running Time: 1 hr. 37 min.
Directed By: Seth Gordon
Written By: Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Jason Bateman (Nick Hendricks)
Jason Sudeikis (Kurt Buckman)
Jennifer Aniston (Dr. Julia Harris)
Kevin Spacey (Dave Harken)
Charlie Day (Dale Arbus)
Jamie Foxx (Dean 'MF' Jones)
Colin Farrell (Bobby Pellit)
Donald Sutherland (Jack Pellit)
Like the Movie: 45% (n=30,539)
Like the Movie: 14% (n=117)
"Did we mention that things just go better with Kevin James? Well-trodden comedy hooks become strangely more amusing. Goofball physical shtick elicits broader smiles. The bumblingly stupid is made endearing." - Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Casting carries "Zookeeper" over its roughest patches. The vocal guest stars are inspired." - Sean O'Connell, Washington Post
"Zookeeper smothers Kevin James with a sodden script and a surfeit of jokes inappropriate for the young viewers who would be intrigued by its juvenile storyline." - rottentomatoes.com
"A children's comedy about talking animals that feels as if it were written by children or, perhaps, by talking animals." - Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Little kids - hence the G rating - and those who think poop-tossing is funny will be amused by Zookeeper. The rest of us are better off not feeding the animals." - Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"There's little to recommend about Zookeeper, a movie that's flat, lacking in surprises and very dull." - Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
In Zookeeper, the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo love their kindhearted caretaker, Griffin Keyes (Kevin James). Finding himself more comfortable with a lion than a lady, Griffin decides the only way to get a girl in his life is to leave the zoo and find a more glamorous job. The animals, in a panic, decide to break their time-honored code of silence and reveal their biggest secret: they can talk! To keep Griffin from leaving, they decide to teach him the rules of courtship - animal style. -- (C) Sony Pictures Publicity
Running Time: 1 hr. 41 min.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By: Frank Coraci
Written By: Jay Scherick, David Ronn
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Kevin James (Griffin Keyes)
Rosario Dawson (Kate)
Leslie Bibb (Stephanie)
Ken Jeong (Venom)
Donnie Wahlberg (Shane)
Adam Sandler (Donald the Monkey)
Cher (Janet the Lioness)
Jon Favreau (Jerome the Bear)
Sylvester Stallone (Joe the Lion)
Nick Nolte (Bernie the Gorilla)
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Johnny English Reborn (Rowan Atkinson, Gillian Anderson, Pierce Brosnan) in Theatres on September 15, 2011
Johnny English Reborn (2011)
Like to See the Movie: 72% (n=6,916)
Like the Movie: 100% (n=2)
"Action and humour are rolled into a grand, fizzling ball as the thrills of a spy story collide with Atkinson's inspired buffoonery" - Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Is funnier and more complete than the original, with Atkinson in fine fettle, displaying the unique style of comedy he has honed into an artform" - Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"Got a chance to preview the late coming sequel. Obviously the jokes are quite a lot similar to Mr. Bean and the original Johnny English, but Rowan did it in a cleverer way. At least it's not a Bean in suite with pistol. You may like it, if you are a true fan of Blackadder and Mr. Bean." - Ray Wong
In the years since MI7's top spy vanished off the grid, Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) has been honing his unique skills in a remote region of Asia. But when his agency superiors learn of an attempt against the Chinese premier's life, they must hunt down the highly unorthodox agent. Now that the world needs him once again, Johnny English is back in action. With one shot at redemption, he must employ the latest in hi-tech gadgets to unravel a web of conspiracy that runs throughout the KGB, CIA and even MI-7. With mere days until a heads of state conference, one man must use every trick in his playbook to protect us all. For Johnny English, disaster may be an option, but failure never is. -- (C) Official Site
Running Time: 1 hr. 41 min.
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By: Oliver Parker
Written By: Hamish McColl, Neal Purvis
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Rowan Atkinson (Johnny English)
Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World (2011)
Like the Movie: 42% (n=19,276)
Like the Movie: 22% (n=49)
"Like its predecessors, a tediously cartoonish candy-colored rollercoaster." Nick Schager, Village Voice
"It's much inferior to the earlier films, though kids will probably like it." - Philip French, Observer [UK]
"It simply entertains at a basic level without leaving a lasting impression." Lisa Wilton, Jam! Movies
"Kids might enjoy the cheesy jokes, the shiny gadgets and the pooping dog but for adults it is snooze time all the way." Jackie K. Cooper, jackiekcooper.com
"Rodriguez directs the movie with his trademark kineticism, but a flimsy and uninventive script means there's little investment in the characters or their actions." - Simon Reynolds, Digital Spy
"The presence of Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino is sorely missed. Then again, more power to them for staying away from a movie that would smell in any dimension." - Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Feels more like a cheap kids' TV series than an actual movie." - Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Life is too short for Spy Kids: All the Time in the World" - Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
On the surface, Marissa Cortez Wilson (Jessica Alba) has it all...married to a famous spy hunting television reporter, a new baby and intelligent twin step kids. But in reality, trying to mother Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook), who clearly don't want her around, is her toughest challenge yet. Also, her husband, Wilbur (Joel McHale), wouldn't know a spy if he lived with one which is exactly the case - Marissa's a retired secret agent. Marissa's world is turned upside down when the maniacal Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) threatens to take over the planet and she's called back into action by the head of OSS, home of the greatest spies and where the now-defunct Spy Kids division was created. With a little help from a couple of very familiar Spy Kids, Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara), they just may be able to save the world and possibly bring their family together while they're at it. -- (C) Weinstein
Running Time: 1 hr. 29 min.
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez
Distributor: Weinstein Company
Jessica Alba (Marissa Cortez Wilson)
Joel McHale (Wilbur Wilson)
Jeremy Piven (Danger D'Amo / Tick Tock)
Alexa Vega (Carmen Cortez)
Daryl Sabara (Juni Cortez)
Rowan Blanchard (Rebecca Wilson)
Mason Cook (Cecil Wilson)
Friday, September 9, 2011
Cine Europa 14
Shang Cineplex, Cinema 1, Shangri-La Plaza, Shaw Boulevard cor. EDSA
September 9 (Friday) to 18 (Sunday), 2011
Admission is FREE!
Tickets are issued 30 minutes before the screening on a First-Come, First-Served Basis.
Film ratings may be confirmed at the ticket office.
Movies and schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
Cine Europa 14 moves to Cagayan de Oro’s Liceo de Cagayan University from September 23 (Friday) to September 25 (Sunday), 2011 and then to Cebu’s Ayala Center Onstage from September 30 (Friday) to October 2 (Sunday), 2011.
Schedule at the Shangri-La Plaza
September 9 (Friday)
12:00 NN - Little Robbers
3:00 PM - Long Weekend
6:00 PM - Letter to America
9:00 PM - Grapes
September 10 (Saturday)
12:00 NN - The Escape
3:00 PM - Princess
6:00 PM - An Ordinary Execution
9:00 PM - Goethe
September 11 (Sunday)
12:00 NN - Little Greek Godfather
3:00 PM - The Lark Farm
6:00 PM - The Silent Army
9:00 PM - Exchange
September 12 (Monday)
12:00 NN - Intacto
3:00 PM - Mosquitoes' Tango
6:00 PM - Mammoth
9:00 PM - How About Love
September 13 (Tuesday)
12:00 NN - Never Let Me Go
3:00 PM - Little Robbers
6:00 PM - Long Weekend
9:00 PM - Letter to America
September 14 (Wednesday)
12:00 NN - The Silent Army
3:00 PM - The Escape
6:00 PM - Princess
9:00 PM - An Ordinary Execution
September 15 (Thursday)
12:00 NN - Goethe
3:00 PM - Little Greek Godfather
6:00 PM - The Lark Farm
9:00 PM - The Silent Army
September 16 (Friday)
12:00 NN - Exchange
3:00 PM - Mosquitoes' Tango
6:00 PM - Mataharis
9:00 PM - Mammoth
September 17 (Saturday)
12:00 NN - How About Love
3:00 PM - Never Let Me Go
6:00 PM - Little Greek Godfather
9:00 PM - Long Weekend
September 18 (Sunday)
12:00 NN - Letter to America
3:00 PM - Grapes
6:00 PM - The Escape
9:00 PM - Princess
About the Movies
An Ordinary Execution and Goethe
France’s An Ordinary Execution (Une Execution Ordinaire, 2010, Marc Dugain) and Germany’s Young Goethe In Love (Goethe!, 2010, Philipp Stölzl) both show new sides to historical figures. An Ordinary Execution is about a young urologist in Moscow who’s suddenly tasked with treating Stalin. Young Goethe in Love is pretty much what the title says, following Goethe in his years as a law student, in love with an alluring young woman named Lotte. Both films play with the perception of these historical figures, with the German film taking a decidedly more whimsical tack.
It’s hard to decide on a single best film from this lineup, but it wouldn’t be too difficult to make a case for Romania’s Exchange (Schimb Valutar, 2008, Nicolae Margineanu). The film follows a factory worker who sells off all of his belongings to finance a move to Australia, only to get conned out of his money. In typical Romanian style, the film can be pretty bleak, but it also manages to be intensely human. Set during the aftermath of the Romanian revolution, the film explores people in a state of change, looking for brighter and better things but finding suffering along the way.
The Czech Republic’s Grapes (Bobule, 2008, Tomas Borina) is a more introspective picture that follows a con man who inherits a vineyard. At first, he just sees it as a convenient hideout and potential cash cow, but he learns the craft of winemaking and discovers a connection to his heritage that he never had before.
Spain’s Intact (Intacto, 2001, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo) is the kind of film that people either really love or really hate. In either case, its propensity for eliciting strong opinions makes it worth a look. The film takes place in a mysterious desert Casino where the “god of chance” (Max Von Sydow) facilitates a series of games for four, tenuously connected characters. The film crafts extravagant set pieces that explore the philosophical ramifications of the very concept of luck. It’s heady, sometimes ridiculous stuff. Some people will have their mind blown. Some will just scratch their heads and wonder what all the fuss is about. Both reactions are surprisingly valid.
Letter to America
Bulgaria’s Letter to America (Pismo do Amerika, 2001, Iglika Triffonova) is sweet and occasionally quite moving. The film follows a young writer who travels to a remote Bulgarian village to record a song for his best friend. His best friend is in America and in a coma, and he hopes that the song, which is said to revive the dead, will help bring him back into the world. Letter to America explores the struggle between the old and new Bulgaria, revealing a rich culture cut off from the rest of the world, and a generation of young people disconnected from their roots.
Little Robbers and Little Greek Godfather
People looking for family fare need look no further than Austria’s Little Robbers (Die Kleinen Räuber, 2009, Armands Zvirbulis) and Greece’s Little Greek Godfather (Proti Fora Nonos, 2007, Olga Malea). Little Robbers follows a couple of kids as they attempt to rob a bank that just took away their parents’ apartment. Little Greek Godfather is a about young boy from a prominent political family who travels to Crete to act as a godfather for an aspiring politician’s son. Occasionally adorable, these films fill the quota of kids learning lessons and doing things that kids shouldn’t really do.
Long Weekend and Mataharis
Spain’s Mataharis (2007, Icíar Bollaín) and Belgium’s Long Weekend (Verlengd Weekend), touch on the subject of social inequity in somewhat interesting, lighthearted ways. Mataharis follows three female detectives working cases that end up affecting their personal lives. One of them is tasked with infiltrating a factory and finding dirt on a manager trying to form a union. Long Weekend is about a couple of factory workers who hold their boss hostage in his own mansion after being laid off. These films work within very familiar mainstream structures, but are driven by a sense of social justice. It’s an interesting mix that might leave people a little surprised.
Mammoth and Never Let Me Go
Two of the films have made it to our cinemas before. Sweden’s Mammoth (2009, Lukas Moodyson) was in Cinemanila, and the UK’s Never Let Me Go (2010, Mark Romanek) was an Ayala exclusive. Both films are worth seeing if you haven’t seen them yet. Mammoth can be a little trite, but it’s oddly effective. Never Let Me Go, based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, is one of the ambitious adaptations ever put to film.
Slovakia’s Mosquitoes’ Tango (Tango S Komármi, 2009, Miloslav Luther) is about a man who returns to Slovakia seeking a divorce in order to remarry. His fiancée, afraid that he might stray, hires an actor to keep an eye on him. The film is a funny look at a couple of people coming face to face with the people they’ve become, and the people that they used to be.
Finland’s Princess (Prinsessa, 2010, Arto Halonen) is about a mental patient who believes that she’s royalty. She’s being treated by a doctor who's a little too eager to try out all sorts of new medical techniques in the treatment of schizophrenia. Though the premise might sound like a recipe for treacle, Princess can be a surprisingly complex depiction of mental illness and treatment in the forties. There are no easy heroes or villains; just people trying to do their best with the limited information that they have. The cast is made up of some of Finland’s greatest actors, their talent bringing that complexity to life.
The Silent Army, The Lark Farm and How About Love
Three other films in the lineup tackle real life atrocities. The Netherlands’ The Silent Army (Wit Licht, 2008, Jean van de Velde) follows a white restaurant owner in Africa who sets out to find a friend’s missing son, only to find a camp training child soldiers. Italy’s The Lark Farm (La Masseria delle allodole, 2007, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani) dramatize the events of the Armenian massacre. Switzerland’s How About Love (2010, Stefan Haupt) is about a doctor who travels to the Thai-Burmese border and gets caught up in the affairs of a refugee camp. All of these films are well intentioned, shedding light on some of the great injustices that took place in the world. But the films place drama ahead of the truth, and often come off as a bit superficial.
Lastly, people looking for thrills might want to check out Denmark’s The Escape (Flugten, 2010, Katherine Winfield). It tells the story of a journalist kidnapped by terrorists who eventually escapes thanks to the help of one of her captors. Their paths cross again, leading to a tense and difficult confrontation. The Escape is a pretty conventional thriller, and it falls into many of the traps of the genre. But if the goal is to get the blood pumping, then the movie certainly succeeds.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Instituto Cervantes de Manila invites you to their...
Free Movie Screenings
All Saturdays of September 2011
Instituto Cervantes' Salon de Actos
855 T.M. Kalaw St.
September 3, 2011 (Saturday) - "Welcome Mr. Marshall"
Villar del Río is a peaceful, poor and forgotten town, where nothing new ever happens and the routine is the same day in and day out. Now the arrival of singer Carmen Vargas and her manager and agent have shaken up the town’s boring life. That same morning, a government representative suddenly shows up to announce the imminent arrival of a commission from the Marshall Plan. On hearing of the news, the town mayor, a good-natured albeit a slightly deaf man, decides to dress all the denizens in the purest Andalusian style to welcome the visitors. Juan Antonio Bardem and Luis García Berlanga, assisted by Mihura, wrote this corrosive story based on the unease Spain felt at being left out of the distribution of US aid (aka the Marshall Plan), which aimed to reconstruct a Europe ravaged by the World War.
September 10, 2011 (Saturday) - "Age of Infidelity"
María José and Juan are on their way from a date when they run a cyclist over and kill him. They’d been going steady years before, but then María José had married Miguel, and Juan had become her lover. Obsessed by the shadow of the dead cyclist –who they abandoned on the road side–, they are afraid of everything and of everyone; afraid of their relationship being revealed and of losing their social position. The situation becomes more complicated until it comes to a tragic end.
September 17, 2011 (Saturday) - "The Lovemaker"
This is the story of a group of friends from a provincial city in the Fifties who play tricks on each other to while away their boredom. One of them, Juan, pretends to have fallen in love with Isabel, a beautiful 35-year-old who’s fated to become an old maid. She gets all excited and acts like a teenager when she realizes someone has fallen in love with her. Things get more and more intense until Juan finds himself caught in his own trap.
September 24, 2011 (Saturday) - "The Little Apartment"
Rodolfo and Petrita have been together for twelve years. Before they can get married, they need a flat, but they just can’t find one. Rodolfo is subletting a room in a flat owned by Mrs. Martina, a decrepit old lady who’s about to kick the bucket and her landlord is eager for her to pop off so he can knock down the building. Some people advise Rodolfo to do the heroic: marry Mrs. Martina and wait it out so that he can inherit the flat. Rodolfo resists, but he becomes weaker and weaker by the day.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Contagion (Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate WInslet) in Theatres on September 9, 2011
Like to See the Movie: 85% (n=10,261)
Like the Movie: 80% (n=11)
"I was shuffling nervously in my seat, edging away from the sniffling man next to me. Nobody shook hands or embraced after this screening." - Jason Solomons, Guardian [UK]
"An all-too-terrifying bio-thriller that realistically taps into our most primal fears and survival instincts." - Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"A masterpiece bound by the genre it lives in, but a masterpiece all the same." - David Poland, Movie City News
"... there's nothing here to make you feel like you've experienced a meaningful cinematic experience. What a waste." - Cole Smithey, colesmithey.com
"A powerful 'what if?' that leaves you reeling from the implications that something like this could very well happen exactly as depicted." - Edward Douglas, comingsoon.net
Contagion follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart. -- (C) Warner Bros.
Running Time: 1 hr. 45 min.
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh
Written By: Scott Z. Burns
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Marion Cotillard (Dr. Leonora Orantes)
Matt Damon (Mitch Emhoff)
Laurence Fishburne (Dr. Ellis Cheever)
Jude Law (Alan Krumwiede)
Gwyneth Paltrow (Beth Emhoff)
Kate Winslet (Dr. Erin Mears)
Bryan Cranston (Haggerty)
Jennifer Ehle (Ally Hextall)
Sanaa Lathan (Aubrey Cheever)
Monday, September 5, 2011
Comment: This film should be watched by people who chat with strangers online and who are considering of meeting up.
Like the Movie: 63% (n=4,934)
Like the Movie: 78% (n=60)
"This is a very good, thoughtful film and an important one." - Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK]
"Schwimmer directs with sensitivity and restraint, and gets excellent performances from his cast. Owen pulls off some heart-wrenching scenes, although it's Liberato's revelatory performance as the emotionally confused teen that holds the film together." - Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Audiences most definitely will squirm and wish they were anywhere but in the theater, despite the fact that it features some of Clive Owen's best work and a startling movie debut by the 15-year-old Liana Liberato." - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Director David Schwimmer gets some gut-wrenching performances out of his actors but he still lacks the chops to fully ratchet up story tension." - rottentomatoes.com
"He's adept with actors, but Schwimmer has yet to locate his strengths behind the camera." - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"What Trust conveys, at its best, is that ultimately parental protections are not foolproof, and that is the greatest horror of all." - Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"This is all very worthy and well acted but it does feel like a cautionary tale designed to provoke classroom debate." Caroline Jowett, Daily Express
"It may not change your life, but it may just make you wonder what your child is up to on that computer, and just who he or she is "talking" to." - David Aldridge, Radio Times
"Director David Schwimmer's cautionary tale of the very real dangers posed by manipulative paedophiles grooming young kids on the internet scores some direct hits." - Tim Evans, Sky Movies
A family is devastated by a crime committed against a teenage girl in this drama. Annie (Liana Liberato) is 14 years old and growing up in a suburb of Chicago. Annie's parents, Will (Clive Owen) and Lynn (Catherine Keener), are loving, but they've been busy with her older brother, Peter (Spencer Curnutt), who is heading off to college, so she spends a lot of time on-line chatting with a boy she met on the Internet, Charlie. Annie has developed a powerful crush on Charlie, and when he asks her to meet face to face, she eagerly agrees. However, Annie is startled to discover that Charlie isn't 16 years old, as she was led to believe, but in his mid-thirties (Chris Henry Coffey), and when he talks her into stopping by his hotel room, he sexually assaults her. Humiliated, Annie confides to a friend what happened, and eventually the police are notified; it turns out that "Charlie" is a sex offender they've been tracking for months. While Annie is devastated by the experience, her family is just as shocked by what happened, particularly Will, who becomes grimly obsessed with finding the man who raped his daughter. Trust was directed by actor-turned-filmmaker David Schwimmer, representing a significant change from the comedies that made his name. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Running Time: 1 hr. 44 min.
Directed By: David Schwimmer
Distributor: Millennium Entertainment
Clive Owen (Will)
Catherine Keener (Lynn)
Jason Clarke (Doug Tate)
Liana Liberato (Annie)
Viola Davis (Gail Friedman)
Chris Henry Coffey (Charlie)
Spencer Curnutt (Peter)
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Deep Gold (2010)
Comment: This internationally released movie was filmed in our very own Cebu and Palawan Philippines =)
Like the Movie: 67% (n=93)
Like the Movie:
"If you are craving a film fill of beautiful landscape, gorgeous people and non-stop action, this is your film! It fortifies the message, "WATCH YOUR BACK, TRUST NO ONE, TAKE NO CHANCES!" Deep Gold is an action packed adventure movie written and directed by Michael Gleissner. Filmed entirely in and around the exotic islands of Cebu and Palawan in the Philippines, Deep Gold 3D showcases explosive action, daring underwater photography and alluring international model-actresses such as Bebe Pham, Jaymee Ong and Laury Prudent. Deep Gold 3D showcases conspiracy, insidious deception, untold troubles, mysterious adventure, and relentless passion to fight all the tribulations, stay alive, and move forward. It brings you several chases that make your hands move and check if you are really sitting in the chair or running with the characters of the film." - Yahiko
"Not a film of intelligence or logic, but something candied to offer a few moderate thrills for audiences who prefer their action thick-fingered and cheesy, sold by a good-looking cast with little to no acting ability." - Brian Orndorf, brianorndorf.com
"I saw this last night at the Crest in Westwood and what a waste of time! Other than actress Jaymee Ong, the rest of the acting was abysmal and I think they had to use a voice over for the main character (Bebe Phem) as well as several other characters, Its very off putting. Also the director Michael Gleissner acts in the film, which I think is a bit vain; the guy clearly can't direct, never mind act. Other than Jaymee Ong's acting, this film as very few plus points. The 3D element was cool, particularly as this is an indie, and the setting (The Phillippines) is beautiful. Other than that, avoid this, it's awful!" - Lloyd S.
Shortly after free diver Amy Sanchez breaks an important freediving record, her boyfriend - Air Force Pilot Tony - mysteriously vanishes together with a flight that was bringing millions of dollars worth of gold to the Central Bank. Determined to discover the truth, Amy goes off with her sister to find out. Is Tony actually dead? Or if not, is the man she loved really part of the plot to steal the gold? But she has no idea that she is about to discover the unexpected, and entangles herself in a web of lies and deceit before she finds out that somebody used her for what turns out to become a much larger conspiracy. -- (c) official Site
Running Time: 1 hr. 40 min.
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By: Michael Gleissner
Written By: Michael Gleissner, Frederick Bailey
Distributor: Bigfoot Ascendant Distribution