"Pan" touts to be a worthy modern revisit and prequel to well-known classic characters and in all honesty, "Pan" has a lot of ideas that we could easily consider adventurous and bold - worthy even. Unfortunately, most of these failed to be compelling due to the film's penchant to rush things. Couple that with an extreme knack for less-than-stellar CGI then what we get is a film that never really takes off.

Peter (Levi Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life those qualities do not exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland. There, he finds amazing adventures and fights life-or-death battles while trying to uncover the secret of his mother, who left him at the orphanage so long ago, and his rightful place in this magical land. Teamed with the warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and a new friend named James Hook (Garrett Hedlund), Peter must defeat the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) to save Neverland and discover his true destiny — to become the hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan.

"Pan" opens up with a thought that enemies can start off as friends and enemies as friends firsts. It was and still is an interesting thought especially knowing that Peter actually teams up with James Hook a little while later. That same thought is also the best example why "Pan" turns out to be an uninspiring watch overall. Without spoiling much, let's just say that "Pan" feels like a jumping point to something bigger and better - a sequel perhaps. "Pan" forgets that this is the first film, the starting point, and needs to be solid as a rock in terms of its plot and characters. While the characters themselves are an interesting lot and well-acted, the plot is rather all over the place. Things are either vaguely explained or just written off. For example, Peter needs to fly to prove his is the chosen one. He never really does prove it but he is still taken to whichever place he needs to go. The soundtrack was amazing though but the visuals were mixed. Battles were epic in scale but also riddled with obvious CGI. Overall, "Pan" could have been a wonderful prequel if it only tried to concentrate on what needs to be done now and not what the future holds.

Rating: 3 reels

Why you should watch it:
- the soundtrack was amazing
- the film plots out some interesting twists to familiar characters

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the plot is all over the place and the film feels incomplete
- the CGI was a mixed lot
Photos courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

“The Walk”, as its title may imply, is actually what makes or break the film. The final twenty minutes or so, where the actual walk between the Two Towers occur, is an exhilarating and immersive technical beast and probably will define it for years to come. Unfortunately, the rather pedestrian and less than spectacular first half couldn't keep pace with its marvelous second.

Twelve men have walked on the moon but only one man has ever walked between the World Trade Center towers. August 7, 1974 – the day before Richard Nixon announced he would be resigning from office – Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a French aerialist, surprised the city of New York with a high-wire walk between the towers of the almost-completed and partially occupied World Trade Center towers. This is a tale of how a young dream became reality and how the impossible became possible more than four decades ago.

"The Walk" opens up with a bang. It's story being told by its central character, Philippe Petit, being played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt as he tells and narrates us how his "walk" was accomplished - from childhood to the actual execution of it. Philippe goes in and out throughout the film to be its narrator. It is something unconventional in our books and it was something that pique our interest further. It also made it more personal and more real, as if the true Philippe was telling us his life story. In connection with this, Joseph Gordon-Levitt also gave one outstanding performance as Philippe Petit. He was able to playfully mix Philippe's childish yet maddening determination to accomplish the impossible. What separates "The Walk" though is its "walk" sequence. Robert Zemeckis' vision of it was simply astounding. It is something to behold and something to experience first hand - especially in the biggest and loudest screen you can get in 3D. It is rare when a film gets immersion as perfectly as "The Walk" did. Sadly, the only gripe we had is the film's build-up to the walk. It feels like a heist film but less the actual mechanics. Overall, “The Walk” turns out to be as outlandish and as marvelous as its central character. It may be mostly a crude yet unrelenting vision in the beginning but the wait in the end is definitely worth it.

Rating: 4 reels

Why you should watch it:
- this is the perfect film to experience in the biggest and loudest screen you can get especially in 3D
- Gordon-Levitt nails his role as Philippe Petit

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the first half was a slight letdown
Photos courtesy of "Columbia Pictures".

The explosive final trailer for "Spectre" has arrived which you can view later at this post. The 70 second long trailer, careful not to reveal anything more than what was teased before, instead reveals some breathtaking action sequences, plus a memorable face off between Daniel Craig and villain Christoph Waltz. "Spectre" follows the release of "Skyfall", the biggest Bond film of all time, which took in $1.1 billion worldwide.

A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot. As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.

Opening across the Philippines on Nov. 06, 2015, “Spectre” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures have just unwrapped the teaser one-sheet art for the upcoming action-drama “Creed". Sporting a dominant father-and-son vibe, the new poster shows Sylvester Stallone (as Rocky) talking to Michael B. Jordan (as Adonish Johnson), as if saying the one-sheet’s slogan, “Your legacy is more than a name”. “Creed” explores a new chapter in the “Rocky” story and stars Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone once again in his iconic role. The film also reunites director Ryan Coogler with Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed.

In the film, Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa. Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo — the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring. With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring?

Opening across the Philippines on Dec. 09, 2015, “Creed” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

When a movie claims that they are "gonna science the shit out of this", we won't fault you for assuming that it is going to be a boring slog through calculations, formulas and material that will hurt your cranium. Basically, Neil deGrasse Tyson would love it, most would probably hate it. But lo and behold, "The Martian" did science the shit out of things and boy did the film do it so well. With superb acting, a gripping story and MacGyver-esque mad skills, "The Martian" is Ridley Scott's best film in years.

Mark Watney (Matt Damon), is on part of the Ares III crew - a manned mission on Mars. When a huge storm suddenly hits their base, the team decides to leave the planet immediately. But Watney is hit by debris and presumed dead and left behind on Mars. Now, Watney must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to survive on the hostile planet while waiting for a rescue mission which he estimates should arrive in the next four years.

If you're old enough to remember "Apollo 13", one of our favorite moments in the film is when they had to figure out how to force a square peg into a round hole. It had that unique tension that only the helplessness of the vastness space can convey. "The Martian" plays on that tension all throughout its whole run time as its lead character, isolated in Mars, figures out how to survive with limited supplies and little or no communication to Earth. It is the perfect experience that tickles the human spirit of determination, hope and ingenuity. Now what Ridley Scott and the cast of "The Martian" achieved is obviously not easy. Without a great and gripping actor at the helm, how would we be able to stand seeing one actor on screen for most of its running time on a desolate planet? Without a well-balanced script mixed with technical jargon, hardcore science, wit and humor, how could we have been as interested as what was being explained on screen? Without astounding visuals of space and Mars, how could we consume what Mark Watney (and the people involved with him) was feeling and thinking? It is magical how a work of fiction could play with your core human emotions, making it feel all so real and tangible. This is how "The Martian" was for us and this is why it was a damn great film to dive in.

Rating: 5 reels

Why you should watch it:
- well balanced film that puts science, wit and humor so well in one neat package
- touches the human spirit within

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- there's really no reason not to watch "The Martian"

It's never easy to make an autobiographical film. There's always the case of mixing history and what's going to look good on film. "Straight Outta Compton" had to deal with a myriad cast of characters and a whole lot of music and history. While the end result felt a little bit long, the whole experience completely left us blown away. If you've never heard of N.W.A., a casual fan or a hardcore one, "Straight Outta Compton" will definitely please.

In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, this is the true story of how these cultural rebels — armed only with their lyrics, swagger and raw talent — stood up to the authorities who meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the ’hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.

"Straight Outta Compton" feels and looks legit. It really felt like an accurate portrayal of how a genre of music was created and revolutionized America by a group of young and heavily discriminated men. It is a film that is not only about the music but has a deeper message about race and society's inclinations. All of these would not have been possible without great acting and in this case, this is what propels "Straight Outta Compton" to unreachable heights. Even with a mostly novice cast, everything felt eerily real. These actors captured every nuanced movement and voice of each of his character. More so, every relationship, good or bad, also seemed deep and genuine. Honestly though, the only thing that we can gripe about the film is its rather long running time. Given its huge list of supporting cast, this couldn't have been avoided but we wished that some could have been cut given how fast their actual on screen time was. Overall, "Straight Outta Compton" is an astounding biographical film that was successful in capturing the ups and downs of the rise and fall of the N.W.A.

Rating: 4 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- an astounding biographical film
- great and eerily lifelike acting

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- feels a little bit too long

Photos care of United International Pictures.