"Avengers: Age of Ultron" without saying much feels like an end to an era. Would we say it to be the best film yet from the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Definitely not. But what it is, as obligatory as it may be, is a fitting tribute to past successes and a solid jump off point to what's coming in next from this humongous film series.

When Tony Stark tries to jump start a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron (James Spader) emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" is a massive film. Even with its long running time of two and a half hours feels lacking. There's just too many characters that need on-screen time that scenes feel rushed. We never got to know each one intimately in fact, especially the interesting new ones like the Maximoff twins. It was also surprising that a love story was brewing between the Black Widow and the Hulk - which completely caught us off guard. Where did that come from anyway? Definitely, more could have been done to add to the film's emotional pull. But at least the action scenes were superbly stellar and definitely up there against other superhero films. Additionally, Ultron as a villain was simply sick - a complete tease throughout the film. Overall, "Avengers: Age of Ultron" has less impact than its predecessors but it still does a lot of great things to make it worth the effort.

Rating: 3 and a half reels





Why you should watch it:
- Ultron as a villain was simply sick
- action sequences are completely mind-blowing

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- story feels lacking
- the film lacks that emotional pull


Warner Bros. Pictures has officially released the teaser trailer of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” - a few days after the trailer was leaked online. The film is one of the most highly anticipated films for 2016. It's being directed by Zack Snyder starring Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, and Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from “Man of Steel,” Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film. Catch the trailer below.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers. Principal photography will take place on location at Michigan Motion Picture Studios and on location in and around Detroit, Michigan; Illinois; Africa; and the South Pacific.



Set to open in the Philippines on March 26, 2016, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, Batman characters created by Bob Kane, and Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston, appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment.


Surprisingly, "The Duff" is an extremely entertaining film to watch and had us laughing from start to finish. While it doesn't really break any molds in the teen genre, the charming connection between the leads and the undeniable and eye-catching performance of Mae Whitman as the duff propels this film in almost, if not, the same light as "Mean Girls" or the more recent "Easy A".

Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body refers to her as ‘The DUFF’ (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular best friends. With her universe turned upside down, she ignores words of wisdom from her favorite teacher (Ken Jeong) and enlists her childhood friend and neighbor Wesley (Robbie Amell), a slick but charming jock, to help set her apart from the pack and erase her label forever. In doing so, she hopes to land her crush Toby (Nick Eversman) and find the confidence to overthrow the school’s ruthless label maker Madison (Bella Thorne).

Yes, the plot of "The Duff" sounds all too familiar. Its topic has been rehashed a few times and the whole story turns out pretty much how everyone expects it to be. Its plot is its weakest point but minus the disappointing narrative, everything turns out all great. The biggest factor of "The Duff" is its lead Mae Whitman. She fits the role perfectly as her straightforward humor and awkward charm made her character pop. It's also ironic to say but she was extremely cool and confident even with a rather demeaning role. Robbie Amell also held his own - punching his comedic lines with flawless timing and accuracy. Additionally, both lead actors were perfect for each other - bringing in their own charm into the plate. While "The Duff" turns out to be predictable, it holds its own with great acting, lines and chemistry. Just consider it as a much needed update to classic teen flicks from the past.

Rating: 4 reels

Why you should watch it:
- great chemistry from its leads
- Mae Whitman was simply perfect as the Duff

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- it's all too familiar story was a letdown


Warner Bros. has just revealed the first trailer for the much-buzzed about indie horror film, “The Gallows” which you can view in this post. In the film, twenty years after an accident caused the death of the lead actor during a high school play, students at the same small town school resurrect the failed stage production in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy but ultimately find out that some things are better left alone.

“The Gallows” was produced independently by filmmakers Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing, but when they posted a trailer on YouTube, it quickly spread like wildfire, leading to the film being picked up by Blumhouse Productions and Warner Bros. and slated for a prime summer release.



Opening across the Philippines on July 15, “The Gallows” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


"Child 44" features a gripping mystery mixed with deep political undertones on regular life inside Soviet Russia. This is in part to a star-studded cast who mostly gave outstanding performances. While the primary story of catching a "non-existent" serial killer was engaging to say the least, the countless subplots throughout the film greatly muddled an otherwise praise worthy mystery-thriller.

It is 1953 in Soviet Russia, secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy) loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up who insists “There is no murder in Paradise.”

"Child 44" isn't just a mystery thriller but more so, it is a looking glass into the stiff and cruel Soviet life during Stalin's reign. We do get the novelty of this and it definitely adds a certain twist that made things just a little bit more interesting. Sadly, this is also the same device that hampers its effectiveness. Let's just say that the film is loaded with subplot upon subplot and unfortunately we could easily consider most as non-essential filler material. They do add to the immersive experience but at times, we just wanted the story to move on. Even the very last scene of the movie resolved a subplot introduced very early in the film. Acting-wise and technical wise, the film was simply perfect. It had outstanding camera work, great sounds and noteworthy performances from its cast especially Tom Hardy. Overall, we really liked "Child 44" but it could have used some heavy trimming.

Rating: 4 reels





Why you should watch it:
- gripping performances from the cast
- main story was gripping

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the film is bloated with unnecessary subplots


Warner Bros. Pictures has just released an online “legacy” video for “Mad Max: Fury Road” that traces the evolution of the Max Mad franchise, from Mel Gibson passing the proverbial torch to Tom Hardy. You can view the video below.

Haunted by his turbulent past, Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa (Charlize Theron). They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.



Opening across the Philippines in 2D and 3D theaters on May 14, 2015, “Mad Max: Fury Road” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.