Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Stars Join Ayala Malls Cinemas’ New Level of Movie Experience at Greenbelt 3

Take the pressure off and indulge in your favorite movies in Ayala Malls Cinemas’ latest state-of-the-art theaters at Greenbelt 3 for the urban cineastes looking for an entertaining respite from the day’s grind.

Ayala Malls Cinemas’ recent unveiling at Greenbelt 3 cinemas introduces two exciting cinema concepts that will surely make Makati cineastes fall in love again and again with the experience of watching movies at the big screen.

Pioneering the 4DX invasion in Makati, the game-changing cinema technology 4DX theatre immerses the audience all throughout the movie, engaging all the senses while the action unfolds on screen. Greenbelt 3’s 4DX cinema is the first in Makati and the 3rd location of Ayala Malls Cinemas (the other two are in Bonifacio High Street and U.P. Town Center).

Greenbelt 3 cinema 5 is now equipped with 144 magical motion seats and an auditorium filled with environmental effects that will fully immerse you in each scene and let you experience being in the movie. The precise choreography of motion system and environmental effects will thrill you. 4DX motion chairs heave up and down, roll side-to-side, and pitch forward and backward to allow you to physically participate in the action on-screen. These motions will be harmonized well with featured effects such as bottom and back shaker, water, fog, scents, wind, lightning, face air, bubbles, leg tickler. The 4DXTM is in partnership with CJ 4DPlex, the world’s first 4D cinema company for feature films.

Most love watching movies on screen as they are windows to a different world. And this experience is placed on whole new level with Greenbelt 3 cinema 4 as moviegoers will be treated to movie entertainment in luxury and full comfort. It currently houses 92 fully-motorized leather recliner seats. For that unparalleled convenience, recliner seats are also equipped with USB port for gadget-charging needs and fold-able tables for snacks.

Squad goals achieved indeed at Greenbelt 3 cinemas’ recent launch that featured the worldwide blockbuster hit “Suicide Squad” from Warner Bros., graced by local celebrities and prominent personalities including Nadine Lustre, Arci Munoz who came in as Harley Quinn, Paul Salas, Ella Cruz, Francis Libiran and Makati City Vice-Mayor Monique Lagdameo. Also present in the event are Ayala Malls Cinemas General Manager Amir Precilla, Greenbelt General Manager Mina Domingo, Ayala Malls Group Head Rowena Tomeldan, Ayala Malls Cinemas Deputy General Manager Rolando Duenas, Ayala Malls Cinemas Marketing Manager Rhia Arda, Ayala Malls Cinems Marketing Supervisor Gail Santos, Ayala Malls Cinemas Booking and Promotions Manager James Bartolome and Warner Bros. General Manager Francis Soliven. 

The urban vibe is very much alive at Ayala Malls Cinemas Greenbelt 3 where an elevated level of movie experience awaits on the big screen. Now, with these cinema advancement, there’s more reason to head out to Ayala Malls Cinemas Greenbelt 3 and book that next blockbuster movie. See it in the big screen, see it in Ayala Malls Cinemas.

Friday, August 19, 2016


SM Cinemas’ featured movie for their monthly Family Movie Day this August 20 and 21 features two lovable turtles in “Sammy 2: Escape from Paradise.”
In this new film, the animals are captured to be specimens in a huge aquarium in a theme park. Captured and held captive in a state-of-the-art underwater restaurant-aquarium somewhere in the Middle East, Sammy and Ray devise an ingenious plan to free everyone and get back to their families.

“Sammy 2:Escape from Paradise” is directed by Ben Stassen, noted for using other specialist cinematographic techniques such as Showscan, Iwerks, VistaVision and whose first feature film “Fly Me to the Moon,” is the first animated feature completely produced in 3D relief.

Stassen shares the challenges on working on a limited budget for the movie, but has achieved a visual wonder in “Sammy 2: Escape from Paradise.” “The biggest challenge for a shoot like SAMMY 2, where you have to be efficient whilst respecting the constraints of the budget, is to ensure that the information regarding the film and its different elements circulates in a fluid way between departments. In fact, whatever film you’re working on – live action, TV series or documentary – you are dealing with an extremely fragmented process. But this is even more the case for a feature-length animation. It is complicated because there are huge amounts of data that have to go from one team to another, and there are several stages to validate before you get the final result. In all, it’s around two years of work,” says Stassen.

His co-director Vincent Kesteloot, further enthuses on the characters’ continued journey. “What I liked was how Ben Stassen’s story managed to preserve the charm of the heroes of the first film, “Sammy’s Adventures,” whilst taking a different direction in the second. In this new film, the animals are captured to be specimens in a huge aquarium in a theme park. We still have the variety of different sets as we did in in the first, but the story structure is no longer that of an odyssey. Our heroes no longer have to abandon each new character they meet on their travels. This allows one to widen out the characters and observe how they evolve. This second chapter introduces many more new appealing and powerful characters and a whole new generation of turtles!”

SM Cinema Family Movie Day aims to encourage families to dedicate a time for bonding with each other by bringing back the Filipino’s classic habit of weekend-movie-watching with the family at the cinema. Treating families to a day of fun activities, freebies, and an exclusive family movie where kids will get to watch for “Sammy 2: Escape from Paradise” for free, tickets are now available online at or call 470-222. Follow SM Cinema on twitter and Instagram @SM_Cinema or like SM Cinema on Facebook (/SMCinema) for more information.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Solar Pictures : BROKEN VOWS

A charming yet troubled man spirals into a rage after being rejected by the woman he initially seduced.

Broken Vows tells the story of Patrick Flynn (Wes Bentley), whose charm and charisma masks a profound psychosis. Patrick seduces Tara Bloom (Jaimie Alexander) instantly becoming infatuated with her beauty. Tara regretting her actions rejects Patrick sending him spiraling into madness and delusion.

On her bachelorette-party weekend with friends in New Orleans, Tara falls for the darkly-sexy bartender Patrick. Waking in his bed the next morning, Tara instantly regrets her unfaithfulness and flies back home to her fiancé. Her secret flame becomes a full-on fire when Patrick shows up at her house, surreptitiously tries to cancel her wedding arrangements, and stalks her every move.

He spirals into madness and delusion, determined to have Tara no matter what the cost. When his efforts fail, he tracks the newlyweds on their honeymoon where he erupts in a psychotic, murderous rage. Tara will have to find the strength she never knew she possessed to stop Patrick from destroying her marriage and her life.

BROKEN VOWS   opens on September 28, 2016 in Cinemas, from Solar Pictures.

Monday, August 15, 2016


The king of all monsters is back in “Godzilla: Resurgence” and brings the audience back to Godzilla’s origins as he emerges in modern Japan for the first time. The film is co-directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, and stars Hiroki Hasegawa (“Why Don’t You Play In Hell?”), Satomi Ishihara (“Attack on Titan”), Yutaka Takenouchi (“USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage”).

Produced by Toho, “Godzilla: Resurgence” as reported by Box Office Mojo, debuted at number one in Japan on its opening weekend earning an impressive $6,122,434 across 441 screens. The monster movie stomps into action when an unknown accident occurs in modern-day Japan, at Tokyo Bay’s Aqua Line. All of the sudden, a giant creature immediately appears, destroying town after town with its landing reaching the capital.

“Godzilla: Resurgence” opens August 31 in cinemas from Pioneer Films. Trailer link:


Nicolas Cage stars in “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” (aka “USS Indianapolis: Disaster at Philippine Sea”) that relives the worst sea disaster in the history of the US Navy and the inspiring true story of men of courage. 


Starring alongside Cage in the movie are Tom Sizemore, Thomas Jane, Matt Lanter, Brian Presley and Cody Walker aboard the USS Indianapolis as it race across the Pacific at 29 knots, USS Indianapolis reached Pearl Harbor in record time on July 19, unaccompanied, as ordered for her clandestine mission. She arrived at Tinian on July 26, and delivered her secret cargo, components of and the enriched uranium for the atomic bomb intended for Hiroshima.

At 14 minutes past midnight on July 30, she was struck on her starboard bow by two Type 95 torpedoes from the Japanese submarine. The explosions caused massive damage. The Indianapolis took on a heavy list, and settled by the bow. Twelve minutes later, she rolled completely over, then her stern rose into the air, and she plunged down. Some 300 of the 1,196-crew members went down with the ship. With few lifeboats and many without Lifejackets, the remainder of the crew was set adrift in the Philippine Sea. In the dead of night they were plunged into the open ocean battered, wounded, burned, covered in oil, having watched many of their shipmates die, barely surviving themselves, and scared beyond comprehension. The light of dawn only confirmed the gravity of their situation. They would be rescued once they did not arrive in the Philippines as scheduled that morning. However, the USS Indianapolis’ mission was still covert. The remaining crew of USS Indianapolis was left in the open ocean, alone.

The Philippine Sea is inhabited by mako sharks, blue sharks, oceanic whitetips and silky sharks. All are known to be opportunistic and aggressive feeders. The sharks began eating the dead on the first day. They seem to appear greater numbers late in the afternoon. In the quiet stillness of the night, survivor accounts recall hearing a scream off in the distance that meant someone was being attacked. The sharks had begun to take the living.

Although the USS Indianapolis (CA35) died at sea, the memory of her crew lives. Through the efforts of the USS Indianapolis (CA35) Second Watch, the memory of the Indianapolis will be preserved; her history, story, feeling and experiences shared. The Second Watch became an instrumental part of the project, providing historical facts, records and photos from survivors and their families. Most importantly, they provided a connection to survivors still living.

Says Cage, “My impression on meeting these survivors, was that they were, they are, remarkably strong willful people. The fact they are still with us . . . We wanted to honor them. They are true heroes.”

Richard P. Stephens, was the other living survivor that traveled to Mobile where the filming took place. Seizing the opportunity of an open bench seat, Cage sat down with Stephens as though he was chatting with an old friend. In retrospect, Rionda Del Castro felt the entire experience of writing, producing, editing and selling “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” was an enormous endeavor. “However, nothing compares to the real crew members plight. The horrors of what they went through, all of them, survivors, those lost at sea, and their families. To welcome them to our set was a privilege. I am producing a beautiful film with everything I have. Our desire was to make the final crew of the USS Indianapolis proud.” says the passionate French producer.  

“USS Indianapolis” opens August 24 in cinemas from Pioneer Films. 

Friday, August 12, 2016


From producer Ridley Scott and director Luke Scott, “Morgan” offers a thrilling, visceral and intense movie-going experience starring Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Michelle Yeoh, Paul Giamatti, Leslie Rose and Toby Jones, “Morgan” introduces an artificial yet organic being that represents the future in human evolution.

In “Morgan” the inevitable happens, the creation surpasses its creator. The titular character “Morgan” is played by Anya Taylor-Joy a bioengineered being with synthetic DNA. At one month, she (it) was walking and talking; at six months, she exceeded her creators’ wildest expectations. Morgan is enigmatic and unpredictable—a lab-created being with emotional capacity and conflicting traits that blur the line between being human and synthetic. When “Morgan” suddenly attacked one of her handlers, the company immediately sends Lee Weathers (Kate Mara), a corporate trouble shooter who decides whether Morgan will continue to live or be terminated at once.

Luke Scott is a noted commercials director who has also worked in various capacities on his father Ridley’s epic and acclaimed films, Luke makes his feature directorial debut with “Morgan.” The story’s themes clearly resonate with the young filmmaker, whose short film, “Loom,” shot on 4K 3D, was a kind of precursor to “Morgan.” Starring Giovanni Ribisi, the short was about a man hiding an artificial being in a genetics workshop.

Some of the ideas explored in Loom were expanded upon in screenwriter Seth Owen’s original script for “Morgan,” which entered the prestigious film industry “Black List” in 2014—compiled annually from the suggestions of more than 250 film executives who contribute names of their favorite scripts written that year.

Scott was intrigued by Owens’ unusual approach to some of the big scientific questions of our time: if artificial intelligence becomes as smart, if not smarter than humans, then what do we have to offer? Would artificial beings like Morgan be the next leap in our evolution?

Even more significantly, Scott wondered, “What motivates us to synthetically produce or reproduce a human being? These are issues that encompass faith, morality, science and technology.”

To further explore and immerse himself in this bleeding-edge research, Scott visited Queens University’s microbiology labs. There, he learned that investigations in this area, though pervasive in the scientific community, were still taboo outside the halls of academia and laboratories—and that advances in this field were happening at warp speed. “It’s all pretty remarkable,” says Scott, whose penetrating queries sometimes caught the labs’ professors off guard.

“Morgan” opens September 7 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

CrystalSky Multimedia: “SAMMY 2: ESCAPE FROM PARADISE” [G]


Based on an original story by Ben Stassen and Domonic Paris, “Sammy 2: Escape from Paradise” sees Sammy and Rey, leatherback turtles and friends forever, enjoying the water and sand, shepherding new hatchlings Ricky and Ella out to sea. Suddenly, a poacher swoops in and ships them off to be part of a spectacular aquarium show for tourists in Dubai. Trapped in The Tank, an underwater aquarium, they must hatch a plan to escape and reunite with their grandkids, Ricky and Ella, and protect them from the dangers of the ocean. But they’ll have to get past Big D and his dopey thugs first. With the help of some unlikely friends, Sammy and Ray fin that when you work together, anything is possible!

“Sammy 2: Escape From Paradise” from CrystalSky Multimedia will be exclusively featured at SM Cinemas’ Family Movie Day on August 20 and 21.

A monthly bonding event, SM Cinema’s Family Movie Day invites all families to spend an unforgettable, fun-filled weekend at the movies. Families are encouraged to purchase two (2) tickets to the family movie of the month and two (2) kids get to watch for free. The family movie day kit includes one free bowling game, a one-hour skating pass, a one-month subscription to Blink, and other perks from Pancake House, Nivea Men, and other brand affiliates, patrons will also have access to a kids’ corner, full of different games and activities that children will surely enjoy.

Book your tickets online at or call 470-222. Follow SM Cinema on twitter and Instagram @SM_Cinema or like SM Cinema on Facebook (SMCinema) for more information. Check and follow CrystalSkyMultimedia on Facebook and at Intagram.

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Based on true accounts of those who have survived during the waning days of World War II, the thrilling and inspiring “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” tells of the Navy warship USS Indianapolis that secretly delivered one of two atomic bombs that would eventually end the war.

“USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage,” stars Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore, Thomas Jane, Matt Lanter, Brian Presley and Cody Walker and directed by Mario Van Peebles. When the Japanese learned of the USS Indianapolis within reach, they attacked and sank the heavy cruiser. The USS Indianapolis’ mission was so classified it was not reported missing, and no one knew the ship had been attacked until four days later. Stranded in the shark-infested waters of the Philippine Sea, the remaining survivors of the USS Indianapolis endured hunger, thirst, heat, delirium, relentless shark attacks and the death of many shipmates. Of the 1,197 crewmembers, nearly 300 went down with the ship. Five days later only 317 men survived and were eventually rescued.

Long before the cameras rolled, Richard Rionda Del Castro and Cam Cannon of Hannibal Classics decided to write the script for “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage.” They wanted to tell the real story of what happened to the ship’s crewmembers just after midnight on that fateful day, 30 July 1945. "I produced this film to pay homage to the final crew of the USS Indianapolis, to acknowledge and honor them, along with their families,” says Rionda Del Castro. “To make sure new generations, worldwide, would learn of their harrowing and heroic saga, forever.”

They did exhaustive research, with survivors, the US Navy, court documents and historical papers. In their research, they discovered the Second Watch organization formed by the family members, friends and supporters of the men of the USS Indianapolis. Their mission statement reads, Although the USS Indianapolis (CA35) died at sea, the memory of her crew lives. Through the efforts of the USS Indianapolis (CA35) Second Watch, the memory of the Indianapolis will be preserved; her history, story, feeling and experiences shared. The Second Watch became an instrumental part of the project, providing historical facts, records and photos from survivors and their families. Most importantly, they provided a connection to survivors still living.

Five years and 200 drafts later, Hannibal’s script was ready. The search for the right director began. Mario Van Peebles, who had worked with Hannibal previously, expressed tremendous interest in the film, Van Peebles knew he had to tell the crewmen’s story, and lobbied hard to direct the film. For the part of Captain Charles Butler McVay, both Hannibal and Van Peebles agreed Nicholas Cage would be perfect. According to Van Peebles “Cage has a sense of command, a wicked sense of humor, is super professional, and is on the ball.”

“One of my dreams, my first love, has always been the ocean,” says Cage. “I have always dreamed of doing a film on the ocean. I had to get on the water, and Richard said ‘it just so happens I have a script.” Cage agreed to be the films’ anchor. Cage further shares, “My impression on meeting these survivors, was that they were, they are, remarkably strong willful people. The fact they are still with us . . . We wanted to honor them. They are true heroes.”

 “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” opens August 24 in cinemas from Pioneer Films. 

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From Stephen Frears, the director of “The Queen” and “Philomena” comes an unforgettable heartwarming and funny story that will bring the audience to tears in “Florence Foster Jenkins,” the inspiring true story of the eponymous New York heiress who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. Starring two of the best loved actors worldwide, Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, the film celebrates the human spirit, the power of music, and the passion of amateurs everywhere.

The voice Florence (Streep) heard in her head was divine, but to the rest of the world it was hilariously awful. At private recitals, her devoted husband and manager, St. Claire Bayfield (Grant) realized he had perhaps bitten off more than he could chew.

“Florence Foster Jenkins’” score is composed by Alexandre Desplat (“The Queen,” “The King’s Speech”) who incorporates wonderful music from popular songs to golden classics.

 “Florence Foster Jenkins” opens August 24 from OctoArts Films International. Trailer link:

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Award-winning actress Jennifer Garner, who recently starred in the endearing faith-based movie “Miracles from Heaven” stars anew in “Nine Lives,” an inspiring magical family movie about a work-obsessed real-estate mogul who suffers a magical accident that leaves him trapped inside the body of a cat and realizes he has to put his family first if he ever hopes to regain his human form.


“Nine Lives” also stars award-winning Kevin Spacey as Tom Brand who is undeniably successful, impossibly wealthy but is an unapologetic jerk. Striving to build the tallest skyscraper in the Northern Hemisphere, the daredevil billionaire will sacrifice anything — even the love of his family — to complete an architectural marvel nearly as gargantuan as his ego. Tom’s workaholic lifestyle has alienated his long-suffering family, including his devoted wife Lara (Garner), neglected adult son David (Robbie Amell) and starved-for-attention young daughter Rebecca (Malina Weissman).

When Rebecca’s 11th birthday arrives, the girl begs her father for the same present she asks for every year: a cat. Tom hates cats, but reluctantly finds himself in a magical pet shop owned by the quirky Felix Perkins (Christopher Walken). The peculiar proprietor knows exactly what Brand needs — and its name is Mr. Fuzzypants. After suffering a fateful accident on the way to Rebecca’s birthday party, a horrified Tom discovers that while his human form is lying comatose in a hospital bed, he is watching events unfold from inside the body of the cat. Trapped inside Mr. Fuzzypants and trying desperately to make his loved ones aware of his situation, he soon realizes that if he is ever to earn back his human existence, he must reconnect with his family and become the husband and father they deserve.

At the heart of his family is his beautiful, understanding wife Lara. Director Sonnenfeld says that as soon as he read the script he formed a mental image of the actress who would portray the character. “Jennifer Garner was always my first choice to play Kevin’s wife,” he explains. “She’s beautiful, strong and funny — qualities that don’t always go together.”

The actress is happy to be at the center of the film’s three-ring circus. “I am the poor mom at home with a husband in a coma, a confused daughter — and a cat who’s acting crazy, getting drunk and being totally wild and inappropriate,” she laughs. “And I’m trying to figure it all out.”

“Lara is pretty even keeled,” she adds. “She’s warm, sensible, loving — but she’s fed up with her husband. I think Lara and Tom have a real marriage and that she genuinely loves him. She’s starting to try to set boundaries, saying, ‘This is not enough for me, and it’s certainly not enough for our daughter, so you better show up.’ And he just fails again and again.”

Jennifer Garner is confident that moviegoers of all ages will enjoy the film. “I don’t think audiences can help having a great time hearing Kevin Spacey’s droll, grumpy cat voice come out of Mr. Fuzzypants,” she says. “With Kevin as the cat, we were all in stitches. Between Christopher Walken, the beautiful Malina, and the wonderful Robbie Amell and Mark Consuelos, this movie is in good shape. It’s incredibly watchable, and funny and warm.”

 “Nine Lives” opens August 17 in cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films.

Monday, August 8, 2016


The country’s annual Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival celebrates its 12th year with a resonant theme “Break the Surface” featuring an impressive roster of films for full length and short feature categories that are currently showing at Ayala Malls Cinemas.

For the first time, Ayala Malls Cinemas brings the festival outside Metro Manila at Ayala Center Cebu that will run on August 9 -14.  Marking its first opening at Ayala Center Cebu, Cinemalaya will have its opening night on August 9 featuring “Dagsin” and “Lando at Bugoy.”
Now on its sixth year partnership with Cinemalaya Foundation, Ayala Malls Cinemas has again championed the works of the country’s talented filmmakers showcasing the festival’s entries in seven of their branches (runs from August 6 – 14 in Metro Manila and August 9-14 in Cebu) – Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 1, Fairview Terraces, U.P. Town Center, Solenad and Ayala Center Cebu.

Currently playing exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas, this year’s Cinemalaya nine (9) entries for the Full Feature category include “Ang Bagong Pamilya ni Ponching,” directed by Inna Miren Salazar and Dos Ocampo starring Janus Del Prado and Ketchup Eusebio; “Dagsin,” directed by Renato Ignacio Magadia, Jr. starring  Janine Gutierrez, Lotlot De Leon and Tommy Abuel; “Hiblang Abo,” directed by Ralston Jover, starring Lou Veloso and Jun Urbano; “I America” by Ivan Andrew Payawal stars Bela Padilla; “Kusina” by directors Cenon Obispo Palomares and David R. Corpuz stars Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo;  “Lando at Bugoy” directed by Victor Acedillo Jr. starring Allen Dizon and Gold Azeron; “Mercury is Mine” directed by Jason Paul Laxamana starring Pokwang and Bret Jackson; “Pamilya Ordinaryo” directed by Eduardo Roy, Jr. starring Ronwaldo Martin, Hasmine Killip and Maria Isabel Lopez and “Tuos” by Roderick Cabrido starring Nora Aunor and Barbie Forteza.

For the Short Feature category, entries include “Ang Maangas, Ang Marikit at Ang Makata,” “Bugtaw,” “Mansyong Papel,” “Nakauwi Na,” “Pektus,” “Ang Hapon nin Nanding,” “Butas,” “Fish Out of Water,” “Get Certified” and “Forever Natin.”

Watch Cinemalaya at Ayala Malls Cinemas - Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 1, TriNoma, Fairview Terraces , U.P. Town Center, Solenad and Ayala Center Cebu.