Vince & Kath & James(PG) / Collateral Beauty (PG)/ Assasin's Creed (PG-13)/ Passengers (PG)

ASSASSIN'S CREED


4 January 2017, 8:05 PM
Greenbelt 3, Cinema 5, 4DX
The visuals were good, but the 4DX was kind of not in sync that night with the actions, but in toto, it was a great experience

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.- WWW


Directed by 
Justin Kurzel ... (directed by) 
Writing Credits  
Michael Lesslie ... (screenplay) and
Adam Cooper ... (screenplay) &
Bill Collage ... (screenplay)

Patrick Désilets ... (based on the video game series created by) (uncredited) &
Corey May ... (based on the video game series created by) (uncredited) &

Jade Raymond ... (based on the video game series created by) (uncredited)


The story gives me the chills(or was it the very cold "wind" produced by the 4Dx? LOL) and Michael Fassbender's acting as Cal Lynch was very believable.  

Marion Cotillard's depiction of the beautiful and smart Sofia is very admirable, and Jeremy Irons, as her father, was convincing as well.

Jina Jay chose the actors well and Charlotte Rampling's portrayal of Her Excellency, Ellen Kay, was effortless.

This movie, based on a video game, would surely have a sequel and I am crossing my fingers that it would be better and bolder.  They say they might not push through with it because of the result of the tills, but let's wait and see.


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COLLATERAL BEAUTY


4 January 2017 around 4 in the afternoon (can't find the ticketes)

Alabang Town Center, Cinema 3
When a successful New York advertising executive (Will Smith) suffers a great tragedy, he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. When his notes bring unexpected personal responses, he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.- WWW

#NaomieHarrisisBeautiful
#thestoryisgoodbutnotwonderful
#iguesseditright
#heartwarmingbutliketherogerebertgroupsaiditwasplayingwithoursensiblitiesandemotions

In a nutshell:  This movie had a good purpose, but it didn't quite deliver it.  There was nothing wrong with the actors.  They did their parts quite well.  The story was just playing with our emotions.  The trailer was more interesting than the movie itself.  Dad couldn't connect the characters(but probably because he was a bit sleepy) and believes that the powerhouse cast could have been given a better script.

I guessed "it" right(no spoilers here) and if you are out and you've seen everything, but want to watch something at the Cineplex and this is the only one you haven't seen, even with the play of emotions...wait, who am I kidding?  Myself?

Remember the Collateral Beauty? Huh?  

I said if I have nothing good to say, I won't even write about "it", so that means I found something worth writing about.

Oh, I really love the cast and how they acted.

There.

I have seen better movies with almost the exact same theme, but I don't agree with those who called this horrifyingly yucky.  They are defintely exaggerating. 

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PASSENGERS

6:45 PM 10 January 2017
Commercenter Cinema 4

On a routine journey through space to a new home, two passengers, sleeping in suspended animation, are awakened 90 years too early when their ship malfunctions. As Jim and Aurora face living the rest of their lives on board, with every luxury they could ever ask for, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction... until they discover the ship is in grave danger. With the lives of 5000 sleeping passengers at stake, only Jim and Aurora can save them all.-WWW
Release dateDecember 21, 2016 (USA)
Box office127.3 million USD so far
Budget110 million USD
(The Wikipedia page gives spoilers, but for you to enjoy this film, it is better not to know some things...be surprised...be pleasantly surprised---although other movies have shown "that situation" it is still very unique...need I say more?)
Jennifer Lawrence as Aurora Lane, a writer(I now understand why you are the highest paid person in Hollywood---I've kind of understood even before, but now I really do)
Chris Pratt as Jim Preston, a mechanical engineer (Awwww, you are magnificent here---congratulations)
Michael Sheen as Arthur, an android bartender on the Avalon (Michael Sheen, I believed you were a real android---you're so good)
Laurence Fishburne as Chief Gus Mancuso, the chief deck officer (Your role was short, but as always, you never disappoint)
Andy García as Captain Norris (You have always been amazing---and though your role here is practically a cameo, it was important as well)
Aurora Perrineau as Celeste (You did well)

In a span of 1 week, this is the BEST movie I have seen. The story, the screenplay, the direction, the cinematography, the actors...EVERYTHING and EVERYONE is GREAT.  Well, maybe there were a few flaws(disclaimer: if ever there were, I didn't notice them, but maybe those "keen observers" did), but it doesn't matter.  The movie as whole brought out all sorts of emotions, including love.

There are many endearing scenes.  There are action scenes and scenes that would give you the Heebie-jeebies or scare the hell out of you. There are scenes that would make you angry and sad, but there are scenes that would give you a light feeling too.

For reviews, just "Google" them  ;-)
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VINCE & KATH & JAMES
FESTIVAL Gold Cinema 6, 10 January 2017
(Tickets with Bestie)
9:40PM
#basedonanonlineromanticseries

Vince and Kath and James (stylized as Vince & Kath & James) is a 2016 Filipino teen romantic film directed by Theodore Boborol and written for the screen by Daisy Cayanan, Kim Noromor, and Anjanette Haw. It is based on Vince and Kath, an online series written by Jenny Ruth Almocera, which went viral, that told the story of two lovestruck teens, Vince and Kath, through text messages. It stars Julia BarrettoJoshua Garcia and Ronnie AlonteMaris Racal is also included in the cast- Wikipedia (thankfully, it does not give spoilers)
The film was graded "A" by the Cinema Evaluation Board of the Philippines. It is an official entry to the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival.

Stars:
Julia Barretto as Kath, Ms. Engineering (she represented the Mechanical Engineering Students) who is a very good daughter, older sister and friend
Joshua Garcia as Vince, an Electrical Engineering Student who moonlights as a blogger(Da Vinci Quotes).  He loves annoying Kath.
Ronnie Alonte as James, the college Basketball jock, Vince's rich cousin and best friend
Maris Racal as Maxine, Kath's best friend
My apo(well, my cousin's grandson) Axel Torres is there as well
along with Manuel Chua, Ina Raymundo(Vince's mom), Ana Abad Santos as Beatrice(James' mom, and big sister of Vince's mom),  Allan Paule as Kath's absentee dad, Shamaine Centenera Buencamino as Kath's mom who misses her estranged husband dearly,  Joshua Zamora as the husbsnd of Vince's mom, Jeric Raval as James' dad, 

Photograph from Starcinema
The movie's story is somewhat different from the online series, I later on learned


Yes, you noticed it right.  I watched this the same night I watched PASSENGERS. In Passengers, Jennifer Lawrence is a writer and Chris Pratt is a Mechanical Engineer.  In VKJ, Julia Barretto is the Mechanical Engineering student and though Vince is an Electrical Engineering Student, he is a six-word blogger(per entry), so in a way, he is a writer.

Bestie and I had an idea that this is one of the modern day versions of Cyrano de Bergerac, that it has no dull moment and that it brought out the best in Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto.  

We had no idea what else "it offered".  Maybe emotional baggage and other stuff like that, but more or less, it sounded like an old Regal Films movie made for teens or coming of age films.  From the feedback of those who have watched it ahead of us, there's no dead air(same as no dull moment, I know), and you know what?  When we watched it, we agreed with them.

Alright, the story is nothing new, but Julia was able to potray Kath with ease, allure and conviction.  She probably believed that she's Kath and that's why she was able to be a very real person people could relate to.

Ronnie Alonte's role here is far from his role as that secluded place's "savior", Miguel.  Here he plays the jock with the very amazing smile(sorry, but your muscles weren't enough "here"...no worries, you were still able to play your role well...you are a young "crushable" man).  He was indeed James.

Joshua Garcia is getting better and better.  In Barcelona he was already very noticeable. Here, he is funny, annoying et cetera, but he also pulled some heartstrings.


Congratulations to the ENTIRE cast and crew!

Oh, and love the way they did the credits(something similar has been done  before, but it was greatly executed).

The songs that made a mark in my heart:


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