Sunday, September 23, 2018

A Simple Favor

Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) is that annoying mom at school who volunteers for everything and makes you feel like a bad parent. Being a single mom, she supplements her income by maintaining a vLog about basic mom stuff. Emily (Blake Lively) is the exact opposite. Ever stylish and elegance personified, she rarely attends any of her kid’s school events and her idea of a playdate is indulging in martinis at two in the afternoon. The two mothers meet through their children, resulting in an unlikely friendship. One day Emily asks Stephanie a simple favor. She asks her to pick up her kid at school. Three days later, she still hasn’t come back. An investigation follows with her husband Sean (Henry Golding) being considered as the main suspect. As the search for her intensifies, so does Stephanie’s feelings for her grieving husband.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Nakalimutan Ko Nang Kalimutan Ka

Jaz (Alex Gonzaga) and Migs (Vin Abrenica) first meet in Bataan. She is there to check out the Ruined Bar which is popular for its spoken word gigs. He is there because he is brokenhearted after his fiancée leaves him without an explanation. The two enjoy their time together and engage in a rebound romance. One year later, he leaves her after one call from his ex. Unable to move on, she seeks the help of Dr. Rolex (Candy Pangilinan), a quirky doctor who claims that she can cure heartbreak by literally changing a patient’s heart. The tag line of her clinic, NSKTN KLINIKA, is: “Change your heart. Change your mind. Change your life!” after all. Jaz arrives in a consultation room full of patients who are desperate to get rid of their memories for the sake of moving on. When her turn comes, she hesitates, but eventually decides to have the procedure done once and for all.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Nun


1952, Romania. A convent high atop the hills is haunted by a malevolent entity in the guise of a terrifying nun. The nun is actually a demon which goes by the name of Valak (Bonnie Aarons), a designated president of hell. First summoned by the original owner of the abbey during the middle ages, the unspeakable evil has been kept at bay with the intervention of the Catholic Church, which claims the property for its own. Through perpetual adoration, a round the clock prayer accomplished by the sisters in shifts, the entity grows weaker. However, this endless invocation is interrupted when the bombs of war fall over the country. When one of the nuns commit suicide, she is found by Frenchie (Jonas Bloquet), a French-Canadian herder who supplies the abbey with charcuterie. A report is made to the Vatican, which sends the duo of Father Burke (Demián Bachir) and Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga) to investigate.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral

More commonly known by his nickname Goyo, Gregorio del Pilar (Paulo Avelino) was the youngest Filipino general during the Philippine-American War. After the assassination of Antonio Luna, President Emilio Aguinaldo (Mon Confiado) gives the young general the assignment of rounding up all troops still loyal to the fallen general in an effort to beef up their forces against the Americans. As they move the capital farther north away from Manila, hearts of young girls flutter at the sight of the playboy, his reputation often preceding him. He sets his eyes on pretty Remedios (Gwen Zamora), one of the daughters of a wealthy merchant but their romance is cut short by the arrival of Felicidad (Empress Schuck), the president’s sister and his ex-flame. As the Americans make headway in capturing more and more provinces, what remains of the revolutionary forces seek refuge by hiking the Cordilleras, where Goyo decides to build fortified trenches to delay the advance of the enemy.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Side Show (Atlantis Productions)

Come, look at the freaks! Welcome to Side Show, a collection of circus acts featuring the likes of the Bearded Lady, Dog Boy, Lizard Man, 3-Legged Man, and many more. But at the heart of the act are the haunting voices of twins Daisy (Gab Pangilinan) and Violet (Kayla Rivera) Hilton. Under the exploitative tutelage of Sir (Wency Cornejo), the conjoined twins have been under his custody since their aunt died, making him the sole legal guardian. When talent scout Terry (Markki Stroem) discovers the vocal prowess of the duo, he is convinced that he has found a runaway hit. After a bit of prodding, he convinces his vocal coach friend Buddy (David Ezra) to train them for a more sophisticated audience in Chicago. Will the tandem be able to withstand the pressures of showbiz given their condition?

Friday, August 31, 2018

Eto Na! Musikal nAPO! (9 Works Theatrical)


Manila, 1970’s. A group of friends try to live a normal university life despite the declaration of Martial Law. Rick (Mark Bautista) juggles studies, music, and relationship with his girlfriend Anna (Rita Daniela). Sonny (Alfritz Blanche) deals with his girlfriend Jane’s (Marika Sasaki) impending migration to the United States. Playboy Butch (Jobim Javier) courts FilAm Michelle (Sab Jose), who is in a relationship with a campus jock. Future doctor Ray (Jep Go) defends his love for music against his dad’s stern focus on his pre-med ambitions. As personal issues start to meddle with group dynamics, the task of representing the group at a national songwriting contest falls in the hands of Jaime (Jef Flores), Donnie (Jon Abella), and Bobby (Vyen Villanueva), but will success be enough to pave the way to mend the cracks that are now defining their friendship?

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Hows of Us


Primo (Daniel Padilla) and Georgina (Kathryn Bernardo) hit it off at a debate and start dating. He is an aspiring musician with not a lot of gigs. She wants to be a doctor, juggling both work and academics for survival. When the two decide to live-in, sacrifices start being made, with one ending up carrying more of the load than the other. When the going gets tough, one of them eventually lets go. Legally sharing a house that her grand-aunt left both of them after her death, the two cross paths again two years later: him, determined to win her back; her, reluctant to fall for him again. As both parties try to assert dominance over the property, they find past feelings beginning to resurface, but does everyone deserve a second chance?

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Miss Granny

Fely (Nova Villa) is a doting grandmother who spoils her grandson to bits. Jeboy (James Reid) plays the guitar in a rock band, even though gigs have been few and far between. His mother Angie (Lotlot de Leon) is not as supportive, which causes a rift between her and her mother-in-law. When her illness gets worse due to stress in the house caused by her in-law’s constant nagging, her husband Ramoncito (Nonie Buencamino) is forced to choose between his wife and his mother, ultimately leading to the decision to just temporarily transfer the latter to a caring home that he is managing. Hurt upon hearing the decision, the old lady walks around the neighborhood to unwind and stumbles upon Forever Young, a portrait studio where she decides to have her photo taken on a whim. The photographer promises to make her look fifty years younger. As she exits the premises, she gets the surprise of a lifetime when she finds herself back in her 20-year-old body (Sarah Geronimo).

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians


NYU Economics professor Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) joins boyfriend Nick Young (Henry Golding) on a trip to Singapore. Surprised that they are being ushered to first class, she is in for a rude awakening once they land in the Lion City. The reason for their journey east is to attend his best friend Colin’s (Chris Pang) wedding to Araminta Lee (Sonoya Mizono). The “wedding of the century” has an impressive guest list which includes the upper crust of Singaporean society, among them Eleanor Young (Michelle Yeoh), Nick’s mother. Constantly looked down upon by her unapproving future mother-in-law, Rachel gets support from Peik Lin (Awkwafina), her nouveau riche college friend who grooms her for a better shot at impressing her boyfriend’s crazy rich family. But will she ever be enough?

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Pinay Beauty


Annie (Chai Fonacier) is the only person left to join the ranks of her friends who have all made it to Hong Kong Disneyland, where they are paid to portray beautiful princesses. She has auditioned several times but has been rejected over and over again. She believes it has something to do with her skin color and facial features, which is why she makes it her raison d’être to prep herself for cosmetic surgery. Her boyfriend Migs (Edgar Allan Guzman) is ever supportive, and embezzles more than PHP100k from his loan shark boss to fund his girlfriend’s opearation. He is now given an ultimatum, either to return the money or to hook up his boss with Lovely (Maxine Medina), a matinee idol who is caught in a career crossroads of sorts. Given the circumstances, Migs enlists the help of his eager friends to accomplish either task before the deadline.

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