"The Pyramid" continues the seemingly cursed found footage genre as it fails to make a compelling reason to actually see it. The film may bring some scares and thrills from time to time but it does not bring anything new into the foray. The film is fraught of generic elements from older films and with the mistimed and rather quick deaths included, highlight the negatives of the film further. A found footage film inside an ancient pyramid sounds interesting enough on paper but how "The Pyramid" was executed turns out rather disappointing.

Father and daughter archaeologists Nora Holden (Ashley Hinshaw) and Miles (Denis O’Hare) discover a three-sided pyramid that may change Egyptian history itsef. The duo believe that this pyramid is special as it pre-dates all the other pyramids by at least a generation or more. But when civil unrest breaks out in Egypt, the team is forced to evacuate right before their investigation. The team, on the brink of a major discovery, decide to take a quick look along with a news camera crew. Unfortunately, they find themselves lost and trapped in a maze inside the pyramid. As they go deeper and deeper into the pyramid, they soon figure out that they are actually being hunted.

"The Pyramid", on paper, sounded really interesting. It felt like it was trying to break a mold in the found footage genre with ancient mummies at the helm. But the end product is sadly very far from that potential. What we get is a film that feels as old as the pyramid its featuring as the film headlines elements from older films. Worse, it feels like a lesser version of these as the film had a tendency to rather "surprise" the viewer with extremely quick deaths. The shock factor is definitely there (who wouldn't jump when a character dies midsentence) but it is also the cheap and stale kind of thrill. Additionally, the film had that lower quality feel. The effects were not on par with what we usually get from Hollywood releases as creatures looked unfinished and CGI effects "stood out" wrongly. The acting was also so-so overall. "The Pyramid" sad to say feels just okay. It feels safe and safe sometimes just doesn't cut it.

Rating: 2 and a half reels





Why you should watch it:
- has some scares from time to time

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the concept is interesting but the film hardly makes a case to make it more than that
- full of generic elements that we have seen from older films


"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" is the strongest and most engrossing entry in the series and unsurprisingly, it is also the last film. Finally, things have come to fruition not only in terms of its story but the character arcs and the deep relationships that lie within. What we get is a film that not only has bigger battles, bigger fights and bigger set pieces to ogle at but also a deeper emotional oomph that completely caught us off guard.

Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the company of dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.
Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure and clouded by the Dragon's Sickness, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard all of it for himself. Frantic attempts by Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) to make him see reason fail and drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" may be the shortest film of the bunch but it is no slouch. In fact, it's probably the most comprehensive and complete and our favorite entry in "The Hobbit" trilogy. First and foremost, the film looks amazing. Set pieces and battles are stupendously huge and exhilarating. The world is as engrossing as ever and we couldn't have asked for anything better. Much importantly though, this third outing was able to balance every aspect into one package. While the first film was dialogue-heavy and focused more on a character-driven story and the second film deviated from that and spammed us with action scene after action scene, this third outing is able to create epic battles and still include characters relationships into the fray. Making this the most emotionally engaging out of the bunch as well. The only major gripe we have is that the film heavily relies on the two previous entries. Without watching those two films, it won't be able to stand on its own. In the end, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" is a deserving end to a notable and highly-acclaimed series.

Rating: 5 reels





Why you should watch it:
- still a technical marvel to behold as the battles get bigger and better
- a fitting end to a acclaimed series

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- you need to watch the previous two films to understand what's happening


The exhilarating first trailer of director Robert Zemeckis' new thriller “The Walk”, a true story based on French high-wire artist Philippe Petit's book "To Reach the Clouds", has just been released. “The Walk” stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the young dreamer who dared the impossible: an illegal wire walk between the World Trade Center towers. Last August 7, 2014 is the 40th anniversary of the astounding event, now being brought back to vivid life in the third act climax of the film.

Twelve people have walked on the moon, but only one man has ever, or will ever, walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. Guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, Petit and his gang overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan. Robert Zemeckis, the director of such marvels as “Forrest Gump,” “Cast Away,” “Back to The Future,” “The Polar Express” and “Flight,” again uses cutting edge technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story. With innovative photo-realistic techniques and IMAX 3D wizardry, “The Walk” touts to be a chance for moviegoers to viscerally experience the feeling of reaching the clouds.

Opening across the Philippines in October 2015, “The Walk” will be distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.


"Exodus: Gods and Kings" features stunning visuals and even more stunning performances from its leads. The film, while not revolutionary and somewhat lacks that epic gravitas, sets a tone that not only affirms your faith but also makes you question it at the same time. In short, "Exodus: Gods and Kings" is a surprisingly uncompromising look into an old Biblical tale a lot are familiar with.

One man’s daring courage to take on the might of a powerful empire leads to the eventual freedom of his people. One of the oldest story known to man, this is the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he finds out the truth about his childhood and him being a Hebrew. Exiled due to his race, he decides to rise up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton) when he gets a vision and a message from the God of the Hebrews. Setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey out of Egypt isn't an easy task and will not only test Moses' faith but will also require help from God himself.

"Exodus: Gods and Kings" manages to give a balanced look into the life of Moses. The film feels realistic and gritty at times especially for the plagues - a definite surprise for a Biblical film - but it is also able to present otherworldly material in perfect times. Speaking of otherworldly, the film's take on a vengeful and seemingly imperfect God may be too daring for some but it also added depth and twist to an all too familiar story. The film's biggest asset is its acting. Joel Edgerton was our favorite and was simply perfect as the pharaoh while Christian Bale did his best to take the part of Moses. Although we also felt that the supporting cast was under utilized. Visually speaking, the film was also top notch. Our favorite would be the parting of the Red Sea but everything else especially the plagues isn't too far off. Overall, "Exodus: Gods and Kings" does enough to warrant a look into a tale that most people should know about. It feels familiar and yet still different to make it interesting to say the least.

Rating: 3 and a half reels





Why you should watch it:
- outstanding acting from the leads
- familiar yet different at the same time

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the film lacks that epic feel
- some may find the changes too daring


Let's get straight to the point - "Horrible Bosses 2" is an unnecessary sequel. The lazily made plot easily shows this fact clearly and the writers really had a hard time putting up a creative twist that's up to par to the first film. Although this is the case, what makes this sequel at least watchable, is it being extremely funny. The undeniable chemistry between the trio of Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis salvages "Horrible Bosses 2" in more ways than one.

Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business with a revolutionary product called the Shower Buddy. But slick investor Burt Hanson (Christoph Waltz) soon pulls the rug out from under them and instead of actually funding their product, Burt found a way to not only bankrupt the group but also to get their products and patent for cheap. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap Burt's adult son Rex (Chris Pine) and ransom him to get enough money to pay off their start-up loan.

Add "Horrible Bosses 2" to the long list of sequels that fails to at least match up to its predecessor. This sequel is easily of lower quality to the exceptional first film from three years ago. The biggest gripe for us is the story itself. It's convoluted and at times, pushing the limits of silliness, even for a comedy film. We felt that the film tries too much to make a story out of a sequel and yet it ultimately fails hard to make things interesting in that aspect. What makes the film good though is the trio of Bateman, Day and Sudeikis. These three guys shows a camaraderie like no other and makes most of the film extremely laughable. Their mix of serious, crazy and dumb personas give this series its own character. The script, from time to time, is classic too and even had time to make odes to jokes and scenarios from the first film. While some may find the extra vulgar nature of the jokes somewhat off. We ourselves found it to be on the positive end. If you're planning to watch "Horrible Bosses 2", expect it to be dirty, dirty fun.

Rating: 3 reels





Why you should watch it:
- the trio of Bateman, Day and Sudeikis still has its unique charm on our funny bone

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- subpar sequel to one of our favorite films three years ago
- the plot is convoluted and lacks effort