April 2014 movie guide: ‘Diary ng Panget,’ Amazing Spider-Man sequel & more

Can Spider-Man give Captain America a run for his money? Check out which other movies are opening in Philippine theaters today and throughout the rest of April.

DIARY NG PANGET
(April 2) 

To help pay for her tuition at Willford Academy, Eya lands a job as a personal assistant/maid for spoiled brat Cross, one of Willford Academy’s most popular boys. Though Eya hates her boss, she helps her best friend Lory get him. But even as Eya’s helping Lory get the man of her dreams, she’s helping Chad, another boy from their school, win over Lory. Chad likes Lory, and Lory likes Cross. But whom does Cross like? And what about Eya?

Director: Andoy Ranay
Based on: Diary ng Panget book series by HaveYouSeenThisGirl
Stars: Nadine Lustre, James Reid, Yassi Pressman, Andre Paras
Studio/distributor: Viva Films

ECHOSERANG FROG 
(April 2) 

Shalala tries to get big names to co-star with him in the movie he’s directing.

Director: Joven Tan
Stars: Shalala, plus many, many star cameos

SAGA: CURSE OF THE SHADOW 
(April 2) 

In the Second Age, the War of Gods intensified. As battles raged and the gods ravaged the land, survivors became few and scattered.

The humans forged The Order, a desperate alliance with elves and dwarves. This ended the war, forcing the orcs and dark elves deep into the wastelands.

As the Order struggled to restore civilization, the Prophets were tormented by visions of a growing darkness in the West. An ancient evil rekindled…

In the dim corners of taverns and caverns, whisperings were heard, of a syndicate of conspirators known as The Shadow.

In the lawless borderlands between Battlegrave and Warspire, operatives of the Shadow emerged. The Prophets dispatched agents of their own, to uncover the origin and intentions of THE SHADOW CABAL. (Official synopsis)

Director: John Lyde
Screenplay: Jason Faller, Kynan Griffin
Stars: Danielle Chuchran, Richard McWilliams, Paul D. Hunt
Studio: Arrowstorm Entertainment

SABOTAGE 
(April 2) 

In Sabotage, Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safehouse, they think their work is done–until, one by one, the team members mysteriously start to be eliminated. As the body count rises, everyone is a suspect. (Official synopsis)

Director: David Ayer
Screenplay: Skip Woods, David Ayer
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Olivia, Williams, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, Mireille Enos
Studio(s): Albert S. Ruddy Productions, Crave Films, QED International, Roth Films
Distributor(s): Open Road Films, Pioneer Films
Running time: 1 hr 49 min

SON OF GOD
(April 2) 

Now, the larger-than-life story of The New Testament gets a larger-than life treatment in the stand-alone feature SON OF GOD. Told with the scope and scale of an action epic, the film features powerful performances, exotic locales, dazzling visual effects, and a rich orchestral score from Oscar winner Hans Zimmer. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado portrays Jesus as the film spans from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection. It marks the first motion picture about Jesus’ life since Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, released 10 years ago. (Official synopsis)

Director: Christopher Spencer
Screenplay: Richard Bedser, Christopher Spencer, Colin Swash, Nic Young
Based on: the New Testament
Stars: Diogo Morgado, Roma Downey, Amber Rose Revah, Louise Delamere, Darwin Shaw
Studio: Lightworkers Media
Distributor(s): 20th Century Fox/Pioneer Films
Running time: 2 hr 18 min

THE SECOND SIGHT 
(April 2) 

Jate (Nawat Kulratanarak) has a psychic ability that allows him to see spirits and foresee the karma of people around him. He can see how unpaid dues in people’s past lives haunt them. That ability once made him a freak among his friends, so Jate decides to keep his unnatural ability to himself.

Joom (Ratha Pho-ngram) is Jate’s girlfriend and the only person who knows about his spooky gift. Joom doesn’t want Jate to get involved in the hit-and-run case committed by Kaew (Virapond Jirawetsuntorakul), a teenage girl who caused the death of a pedestrian. But Jate knows that what happened was not an accident and he wants use his gift to help Kaew.

As Jate digs deeper into the case, something pursues him day and night, while Joom is hounded and terrorized by a demon, too. Can Jate rescue Joom and Kaew? Can someone who sees death escape the jaws of death himself? (Official synopsis)

Director: Pornchai Hongrattanaporn
Screenplay: Pornchai Hongrattanaporn, Kiatkamon Iamphungporn Stars: Nawat Kulrattanarak, Arnon Saisangchan, Rhatha Phongam, Klaokaew Sinteppadon, Wiraporn Jiravechsoontornku
Studio: Five Star Production
Distributor: Viva International Pictures
Running time: 1 hr 29 min

ABOUT LAST NIGHT 
(April 9)

A modern reimagining of the classic romantic comedy, this contemporary version closely follows new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world. (Official synopsis)

Director: Steve Pink
Screenplay: Leslye Headland
Based on: Based on the Screenplay by Tim Kazurinsky and Denise DeClue, based upon Sexual Pervisity in Chicago by David Mamet
Stars: Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant, Christopher McDonald, Paula Patton
Studio: Screen Gems
Running time: 1 hr 40 min

BANG BANG ALLEY 
(April 9)

A crime anthology that delves into the culture of violence infecting our society, Bang Bang Alley features four stories brought to vivid life by musician/writer Ely Buendia, award-winning director King Palisoc, and stage actor/director/playwright Yan Yuzon.

A journalist who has just survived a political massacre, a driver spiraling into madness, a drug-addled wild child on the run from the police. These are just some of the haunted characters you will meet in the cramped darkness of Bang Bang Alley. (Official synopsis)

Director: Ely Buendia, King Palisoc, Yan Yuzon
Screenplay: Ely Buendia, Yan Yuzon, Zig Marasigan
Stars: Art Acuña, Perla Bautista, Gabe Mercado, Bela Padilla, Jimmy Santos, Joel Torre, Althea Vega, Jamie Wilson, Megan Young, Yan Yuzon
Studio: Curve Entertainment
Distributor: Solar Films

IN THE BLOOD 
(April 9) 

A woman goes on a mission to find the men who took her husband.

Director: John Stockwell
Screenplay: James Robert Johnston, Bennett Yellin
Stars: Gina Carano, Cam Gigandet, Danny Trejo, Amaury Nolasco
Distributor: Pioneer Films

HAUNT 
(April 9) 

Evan and his family experiences paranormal activity shortly after moving into the old Morello house. To help uncover the truth about his new home, he enlists the help of the girl next door, Sam.

Director: Mac Carter
Screenplay: Andrew Barrer
Stars: Harrison Gilbertson, Liana Liberato, Ione Skye, Jacki Weaver
Studio: QED International, Revolver Picture Company
Distributor: IFC Midnight, Pioneer Films
Running time: 1 hr 26 min

MANIAC 
(April 9) 

Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition. As their friendship develops and Frank’s obsession escalates, it becomes clear that she has unleashed a long-repressed compulsion to stalk and kill.

A 21st century Jack the Ripper set in present-day L.A., Maniac is a re-boot of the cult film considered by many to be the most suspenseful slasher movie ever made–an intimate, visually daring, psychologically complex and profoundly horrific trip into the downward spiralling nightmare of a killer and his victims. (Official synopsis)

Director: Franck Khalfoun
Screenplay: Alexandre Aia & Gregory Levasseur
Stars: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder
Studio: IFC Midnight
Distributor: Pioneer Films
Running time: 1 hr 29 min

A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 
(April 19) 

Malcolm moves into a new home with his new girlfriend and her kids. But just like before, he experiences paranormal events inside the house. Making matters worse is his new neighbor: his ex-girlfriend Kisha, back from the dead.

Director: Michael Tiddes
Screenplay: Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez
Stars: Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Essence Atkins, Gabriel Iglesias, Cedric the Entertainer
Studio: IM Global Octane, Wayans Bros. Entertainment, Baby Way Productions
Distributor: Open Road Films, Pioneer Films

DA POSSESSED 
(April 19) 

Director: Bb. Joyce Bernal
Stars: Vhong Navarro, Solenn Heussaff
Studio/distributor: Star Cinema

HEAVEN IS FOR REAL
(April 19)

Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, Heaven is for Real brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.

The film stars Academy Award nominee and Emmy award winning actor Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo and co-stars Kelly Reilly as Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple whose son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum) claims to have visited heaven during a near-death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth…things he couldn’t possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event. (Official synopsis)

Director: Randall Wallace
Screenplay: Randall Wallace, Christopher Parker
Based on: Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
Stars: Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Connor Corum, Margo Martindale, Thomas Haden Church
Studio: TriStar Pictures, Roth Films
Distributor: Sony Pictures
Running time: 1 hr 40 min

HUNTER X HUNTER – THE LAST MISSION  
(April 19, SM exclusive) 

Based on Yoshiro Togashi’s Hunter x Hunter manga.

Stars: Megumi Han, Mariya Ise, Ichirô Nagai
Distributor: Pioneer Films

THE LOVE PUNCH
(April 19)

An old divorced couple goes after the young businessman who messed with their pension.

Director/Screenplay: Joel Hopkins
Stars: Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie
Distributor: Axinite Digicinema
Running time: 1 hr 35 min

TRANSCENDENCE 
(April 19)

Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him.

However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed—to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can…but if they should.

Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becomin(Official synopsis)g terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.

Director: Wally Pfister
Screenplay: Jack Paglen
Stars: Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Cole Hauser, Paul Bettany
Studio: Alcon Entertainment, DMG Entertainment, Syncopy Inc., Straight Up Films
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures, Summit Entertainment, Viva International Pictures

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
(April 30)

We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.

It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp. (Official synopsis)

Director: Marc Webb
Screenplay: Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner
Based on: the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field
Studio: Columbia Pictures, Marvel Entertainment
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Running time: 2 hr 22 min

Schedules are subject to change without prior notice. 

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