‘Blended’: It’s actually not that bad

BY Jen T. Tuazon

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Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler reunite in the new romantic comedy  “Blended.”

I don’t know if it’s the deluge of negative reviews that lowered my expectations of the new comedy Blended, but I actually found this latest rom-com from Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore enjoyable enough.

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‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Is the Summer Blockbuster You Deserve

BY Gina Tumlos

Tom Cruise dies on repeat in "Edge of Tomorrow" (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Tom Cruise dies on repeat in “Edge of Tomorrow.” (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

It’s pretty ballsy to kill Tom Cruise within the first few minutes of any film, but that is the premise Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow works with, and it does so with a steady hand and a clear, structured narrative. The movie is, admittedly, more fun to watch than expected. A sci-fi version of Groundhog Day, Tomorrow has the potential to keep the audience at the edge of their seat with its breathless action sequences as Cruise literally lives and dies on repeat.

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Godzilla: Return of the iconic monster in 3D

BY Jen T. Tuazon

The new Godzilla movie is here and it’s a hodgepodge of scenes from Aliens, Jaws, Jurassic Park and  even Titanic!

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“Godzilla,” directed by Gareth Edwards and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures.

Godzilla, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Juliet Binoche, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, and Elizabeth Olsen, resurrects the iconic monster in the 21st century. Nuclear physicist Joe Brody (Cranston), haunted by a tragic powerplant accident, becomes convinced there exists a grand cover-up operation on the real reason behind the fatal explosion. With the reluctant help of son and US Navy explosives-expert Ford Brody (Johnson), they uncover the massive truth, unearthing such freaks of nature as “mutos” (fugly, supersized cockroaches) and of course, the monster of the hour, Godzilla himself.

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Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as father and son Joe and Ford Brody in “Godzilla.”

I’m not a fan of reptiles—they’re my least favorite in all of the animal kingdom. So it’s probably not the best idea for me to watch a movie starring a ginormous lizard. But this reboot by director Gareth Edwards was supposed to be a really good one and there was enough hype to make me curious. Plus it’s in 3D!

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The movie opened with a scene supposedly located in the Philippines, which won my patriotic heart instantly. But the excitement died down quickly as the movie, while an action disaster film, took time to build its momentum. The movie will require patience from the viewer as it first teases with mere traces, anecdotes, and glimpses of Godzilla and in fact waits well way til past the halftime mark to reveal the monstrous lizard in its full scary glory. And it’s a noticeably fuller Godzilla, too. (As one Japanese fan commented: “He’s so fat, I laughed.”)

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Disaster seems to follow Ford Brody, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, in “Godzilla.”

What the viewer will be treated to right away are the so-called “mutos” which stands for “Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism”–creatures so hideous they will make you want to take your eyes off the screen. As you can probably tell they’re not the good guys in this movie, and for the most part they are the main source of havoc in Japan and in the US (or wherever the extremely unlucky Ford Brody happens to be).

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Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins as scientists Drs. Ishiro Serizawa and Vivienne Graham in “Godzilla.”

A story about a giant lizard fighting off super-sized cockroaches might seem silly and difficult to appreciate, but thankfully director Gareth Edwards lays the foundation for the story almost brick by brick by brick, enough to make the narrative believable (or just plain not silly).

Overall, if you’re a big fan of the Godzilla franchise, you will love this movie. Otherwise, you may not appreciate the story as much but the film does provide enough visual spectacle (especially in 3D) and excitement (reminiscent of scenes from classic disaster movies) to make your time in the theater worth the while.

GODZILLA, showing in Philippine cinemas on May 15, is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures.

“300: Rise of an Empire”: Re-experience the gore and violence in 3D

BY Jen T. Tuazon

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300: Rise of an Empire, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures

Ever wondered what it’s like to watch the iconic movie 300 in 3D? Wonder no more, thanks to the seven-years-in-the-making sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire.

It was in 2007 when 300 first shocked and awed with its intense, bloody, no-holds-barred battle scenes. More movies have boldly followed since, and, thanks to technology, moviegoers for the last seven years have had more than their fair share of films (and even TV shows) with similarly over-the-top special effects.

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‘The LEGO Movie’: Simply awesome!

BY Ralph Degollacion
(The Red Brick Store)

The LEGO Movie starring the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman.

“The LEGO Movie” boasts a super talented voice cast that includes Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

The LEGO Movie is a story about Emmet, a typical Lego rule-following mini-figure, who accidentally finds a relic that can challenge the almost absolute power of evil Lord Business over the nine realms of the Lego universe. Mistaken by a tough woman named Wyldstyle as the Special (the greatest Master Builder), who was prophesized by old wizard Vitruvius to save the Lego universe, Emmet’s heretofore ordinary life quickly changes. As he is hunted down upon strict orders from Lord Business, Emmet finds help from master builders including Batman, Uni-kitty, Benny, and Metalbeard to escape Lord Business and maybe even save the Lego universe.

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2014 #savethedate: Local release dates for ‘The Lego Movie,’ ‘Godzilla,’ ‘Interstellar,’ and more from Warner Bros.

We're super excited about "The LEGO Movie"! (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

We’re super excited about “The LEGO Movie”! (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

It’s only two more weeks until 2014! Will the new year be a big one for movies?

This week, we’re doing a series of 2014 “previews,” featuring movies coming out next year–and so far confirmed for Philippine release–per distributor. Today, it’s all about Warner Bros. We included release dates, synopses, and trailers. Happy previewing!

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‘The Hobbit’ sequel rolls out 7 new character posters

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' opens in Philippine cinemas Dec. 11, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ opens in Philippine cinemas Dec. 11, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Seven brand new character posters for Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug have been launched by Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, and MGM Pictures. The one-sheet artworks individually showcase the characters Bard (Luke Evans), Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), Thorin (Richard Armitage), and Thranduil (Lee Pace).

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second in a trilogy of films adapting J.R.R. Tolkien‘s The Hobbit, continues the adventure of the title character, Bilbo Baggins, as he journeys with the wizard Gandalf and 13 dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

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