The pressure is on to finally finish Avengers 2012!

By Joanna Mendoza

Time to finish this! (Photo courtesy of Marvel/Disney)

Time to finish this! (Photo courtesy of Marvel/Disney)

While searching for an archived adobo recipe in my inbox this morning, I got a really nice surprise: an invite to a free screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron!

Now the pressure is really on to finish 2012’s The Avengers. I’ve tried several times, but I always found myself losing interest somewhere during the big NYC battle/climax. I don’t know. There’s something about it that was a letdown for me. The buildup was great–the chemistry of the cast, the dialogue, the humor, it was all great and immensely enjoyable. But for all that to lead to something like the big NYC battle felt a bit like child’s play to me. Like, if I wanted something like that, I’d watch the Cartoon Network.

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‘Avengers’ sequel, ‘Cinderella’ lead Disney’s 2015 film line-up

The long-awaited "Avengers: Age of Ultron" finally opens in April 2015.  (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International)

The long-awaited “Avengers: Age of Ultron” finally opens in April 2015. (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International)

Walt Disney Studios Philippines will release nine movies in 2015, led by Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, the live-action Cinderella, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first Star Wars installment since 2005.

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‘Big Hero 6’ opens at No. 1; Grosses P70M in 4 days

"Big Hero 6"

Disney’s “Big Hero 6” directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams. (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International)

A child prodigy and his lovable robot charmed their way into the hearts of families, fanboys and girls, enabling Disney’s Big Hero 6 to gross a stunning P69.99-million nationwide in just four days (Nov. 6 to 9) and open at No.1.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ hits No. 1 with 4-day gross of P104M

Box-office kings (and queen... and raccoon... and lovable plant monster). "Guardians of the Galaxy" is No. 1 at the Philippine box office. (Photo courtesy of Marvel/Disney)

Box-office kings (and queen… and raccoon… and lovable plant monster). “Guardians of the Galaxy” is No. 1 at the Philippine box office. (Photo courtesy of Marvel/Disney)

The heroic misfits of the universe took the Philippine box office by storm as Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy opened at No. 1 nationwide with an otherworldly gross of P104-M in just four days (July 31 to Aug. 3). This was announced today by a spokesman of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International, which distributed the film.

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Guardians of the Galaxy: The slightly bad and the very, very good

By Joanna Mendoza

"Guardians of the Galaxy" is now showing in Philippine cinemas. (Photo courtesy of Marvel/Disney)

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is now showing in Philippine cinemas. (Photo courtesy of Marvel/Disney)

I went into a screening of Guardians of the Galaxy expecting to have a good time. I love Chris Pratt and, save for that time when Bradley Cooper was proclaimed Sexiest Man Alive instead of Ryan Gosling, I’ve always liked him too.

But I did have apprehensions because people kept saying that Guardians is just like The Avengers but with characters people don’t care, much less know, about. Me being probably the only person who has yet to finish watching The Avengers, I took that as a bad sign.

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Our favorite sports movies

BY The Movie Clubbers

Two of us picked "Rocky" among our favorite sports movies! (Photo courtesy of United Artists)

Two of us picked “Rocky” among our favorite sports movies! (Photo courtesy of United Artists)

With the recently concluded NBA Finals and the ongoing World Cup series, a lot of people have sports on the brain–giving us the perfect excuse to make a list of our favorite sports movies. See how they compare with yours!

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‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’ review

BY Elijah Mendoza

The gang's all back in "How to Train Your Dragon 2." (Photo courtesy of DreamWorks Animation)

The gang’s all back in “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” (Photo courtesy of DreamWorks Animation)

How to Train Your Dragon was perhaps the first DreamWorks animated movie which, for lack of a better comparison, actually had heart akin to those of Pixar films.

That being said, How To Train Your Dragon 2 had some pretty big shoes to fill. Does it have the fire and fervor to top the original?

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‘Maleficent’: A Modern Fairytale

BY Jo Ann Madarang

"Maleficent" shattered Philippine box office records with a P179.9M 5-day gross. (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International)

“Maleficent” shattered Philippine box office records with a P179.9M 5-day gross. (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International)

Maleficent follows the story of well-known fairytale Sleeping Beauty told from the point of view of its “villain” Maleficent. It tells us why and how a protective fairy was viewed as a villain in the eyes of the humans.

The story, which was predictable at times, is not as laudable as the visual effects but it was coherent enough to be considered decent. As expected, Angelina Jolie’s strong performance as Maleficent carried the rest of the film. As did her enhanced cheekbones and fiery eyes.

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‘Saving Mr. Banks’: Untold story of ‘Mary Poppins’ Journey from book to screen

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in "Saving Mr. Banks" (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in “Saving Mr. Banks” (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

In 1961, Walt Disney invited Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers to his studio in Los Angeles to discuss, in person, his continued interest in obtaining the movie rights to her beloved book and character–a pitch he first made to her in the 1940s. Still hesitant and disinterested after all those years, Travers wanted to tell the Hollywood impresario to go fly a kite but with dwindling sales of her books and a bleak economic future looming, P.L. Travers said yes and embarked on a two-week sojourn in Los Angeles that would ultimately set the wheels of the beloved film in motion.

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‘Parks and Recreation’ star Chris Pratt adds comic charm to ‘Delivery Man’

Chris Pratt at the San Diego Comic Con 2013 (Photo courtesy of Dreamworks/Disney)

Chris Pratt at the San Diego Comic Con 2013 (Photo courtesy of Dreamworks/Disney)

Actor-on-the-rise Chris Pratt, best known for TV’s Parks and Recreation (check a best-of-Chris blooper reel here!) and the Oscar-nominated Moneyball, now stars opposite Vince Vaughn in DreamWorks Pictures’ new life-affirming comedy Delivery Man.

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