Dreamworks Animation’s "Penguins of Madagascar" is a spin-off to the studio’s enormously successful “Madagascar” series which have earned close to two billions dollars since their debut in 2005. The film further explores the back story of the popular Polar foursome penguins, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private (respectively voiced by Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, John DiMaggio and Christopher Knights)

In the movie, the penguins will face-off against an eccentric genius and brilliant creature from their past known as Dr. Octavius Brine or Dave (voiced by John Malkovich). They join forces with an elite spy group known as the North Wind led by a wolf known as Agent Classified (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) to stop Dave from his evil plans.



Directed by Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell, “Penguins of Madagascar” (3D) will finally reveal the untold story of the world’s most hilarious covert birds on November 26 nationwide in cinemas (Phils.) from Dreamworks Animation and 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.


Disney has revealed the first “Tomorrowland” trailer which stars George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy and Thomas Robinson. The film is directed, produced and co-written by two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird and is got its name from one of the themed areas in Disney theme parks. Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.”

Bird has gathered a great team behind the lens with Oscar® winning director of photography Claudio Miranda (“Life of Pi,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), production designer Scott Chambliss (“Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Cowboys & Aliens”), Oscar® nominated costume designer Jeffrey Kurland (“Inception,” “Ocean’s Eleven”) and Academy Award®-winning editor Walter Murch (“The English Patient,” “Cold Mountain”).


Opening across the Philippines on May 20, 2015, “Tomorrowland” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.


Brilliance is one word we thought could easily encapsulate "The Judge". The film has one charismatic Robert Downey Jr. at the helm and coupled with an undeniable on-screen chemistry with Robert Duvall, "the Judge" is not only beautifully shot and is not only beautifully acted but it is one heck of a drama show piece at its core. While it brings in some emotional oomph, much can be said with its overtly bloated and rather confused script.

Big city lawyer Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) is forced to return to his childhood home when his mom dies. As Hank returns, old wounds open up with the family he walked away from years before especially with his father, Judge Joseph Palmer (Robert Duvall). As the town’s judge for decades, Joseph Palmer has served not only as a guide but as a beacon of justice to its population. This all changes as the judge is suspected of running over and murdering a man. Hank Palmer is soon forced to represent his father as he battles to save him from being imprisoned - a process that will not only test his skills as a lawyer but also as a son who has had issues with his dad ever since he was little.

With all its merits, "The Judge" falters with a frustrating pace and script. At times obtuse, at times smart, the film had a hard time defining what it wanted to be. This is further exacerbated with its two and a half hour running time that could have surely slimmed down by cutting some unnecessary scenes (mostly of the light humor kind) and probably even some minor characters. But moving onto the positive side of things, "The Judge" turns out to be one of the most dramatic and emotional films we have seen all year. This is no thanks to outstanding performances from its two leads, the two Roberts, Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. The father-and-son dynamic presents a very complicated relationship of love, hate and hurt that the two were able to convey flawlessly. Couple the acting with cinematography literally shimmering with subtle tones and beauty and what you get is one film which will leave you breathless with emotions.

Rating: 4 and a half reels





Why you should watch it:
- extremely beuatiful acting from Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall
- brings on some emotional oomph

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- somewhat bloated and definitely could have had some scenes cut from the final product


Throughout the years, the evolution of the cinematic world has gone through a rapid pace. If you look back in the pages of history, the first one minute long movies were produced in the 1890s and it was in 1927 that motion pictures were produced however without any sound or music. It wasn’t until the 1920s that movies largely gained into popularity amidst viewers over the world. The first synchronized dialogue and singing movie was produced in 1927 by Warners who released ‘The Jazz Singer’ and by 1929, all movies produced was almost all-talkie, with several competing sound systems.

What we are going to look at are the movies that have gone through great popularity while getting critical acclaim through critics in the process. The top 20 movies include (in no particular order):
    1. Casablanca
    2. Citizen Kane
    3. Psycho
    4. Grease
    5. The Godfather
    6. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
    7. Toy Story 3
    8. Up
    9. The Maltese Falcon
    10. Man on Wire
    11. Rocky
    12. Gladiator
    13. Jurassic Park
    14. King Kong
    15. The Wizard of Oz
    16. Jaws
    17. Raging Bull
    18. Aliens
    19. Mary Poppins
    20. Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Many of the top movies stated have been so popular that games have been themed after it which you will see as computer games, video games, X-Box, PS2, PS3 and even slot machines which are found at many online destinations.

Some of the movies that have been turned into slot games while keeping the characters and layout only found in the movies are Grease, Hellboy, X-Men to Blade and even Jurassic Park, the very famous movie produced in 1993 has been turned into a slot machine where all the dinosaurs and movie characters have been gathered.

If you wish to keep those great movies alive then try out the games at Lucky Pants Bingo, the online site that holds a gigantic collection of games. Signing up will bring you free money to play with therefore you may play the games without the need to deposit straightaway!

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As dark as its premise may sound like, "The Book of Life" is the complete opposite. The film is a lively romp through majestic fiestas, colorful vistas and a rocking sound track will keep you upbeat throughout the whole film. Also, "The Book of Life" never fails to keep your attention not only with its lively nature but with a hilarious script that will keep you laughing from start to finish. While the story may be formulaic to a tee, everything else is something new to experience.

"The Book of Life” tells the legend of Manolo (Diego Luna), a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest in order to reunite with his one true love and defend his village. Manolo, Maria (Zoe Saldana) and Joaquin (Channing Tatum) – three best friends – have been close since childhood. Too close in fact that Manolo and Joaquin are in constant battle for Maria's heart. Two ancient spirits take notice of the peculiar bond the three have and put on a wager on each guy. Xibalba (Ron Pearlman), ruler of the Land of the Forgotten, chooses Joaquin while La Muerte (Kate del Castillo), ruler of the Land of the Remembered, chooses Manolo. Xibalba, on the verge of losing the wager tricks and kills Manolo. Now, as Manolo descends into the afterlife, he must find a way to not only get back and get his one true love but also save his town from destruction.

"The Book of Life" brings a unique visage to an otherwise convoluted genre. The Latin American inspired visuals is something to behold and refreshing to experience. Colorful, bright and heartfelt, the visuals are what truly mark "The Book of Life". It is its best trait and the film is all too proud to show it off. While the visuals may take gold, its soundtrack is a close second. The film is littered with musical numbers throughout its run time with a mix of pop hits (in Latin renditions of course) and new songs to boot. The song numbers in particular are memorable and some, like Radiohead's Creep, turn out to be hilarious too. It is this magical twist of hilarity that makes "The Book of Life" enjoyable. The script is greatly funny and the voice actors delivery on it on most scenarios. Finally and unfortunately, the only downside from all of this is the formulaic nature of the film, while given its Latin American inspirations, still feels being in the "been there, done that" territory.

Rating: 4 reels





Why you should watch it:
- extremely funny script coupled with great voice acting
- stunning visuals

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the story is formulaic


Just in time for the month of horrors, Universal Pictures has just released a trailer, poster and several stills for its upcoming supernatural-horror film, "Ouija".

In the film, a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. “Ouija” stars Olivia Cooke, Douglas Smith and Bianca Santos.

Stiles White directs the supernatural thriller that is produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller alongside Blumhouse Productions' Jason Blum, Bennett Schneir and Hasbro. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White wrote the script.



Opening across the Philippines on October 29, “Ouija is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.