MICHAEL FASSBENDER ABOARD PERILOUS JOURNEY IN “ALIEN: COVENANT” [Rated: R-13

                 Ridley Scott’s original “Alien” remains a standard bearer for the horror genre that morphed into a blockbuster iconic franchise among horror and sci-fi fans.   In Scott’s latest “Alien: Covenant” to hit Philippine cinemas this May 10, the Oscar®-nominated filmmaker sought to recapture the same foreboding atmosphere of constant danger and dread while also offering new insights that would add richness and depth to the larger Alien mythology.   The film opens with a peaceful mission designed to take humanity beyond the confines of Earth into a settlement among the…

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RIDLEY SCOTT EXPLORES DARKEST CORNERS IN “ALIEN: COVENANT”

The father of the iconic franchise “Alien” returns in the latest pulse-pounding installment “Alien: Covenant” where he will take the audience into the darkest corners of the crew’s psyche in a new planet that stars an impressive cast – Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Guy Pearce and Danny McBride.   If anyone knows how to terrify audiences with smart, sophisticated storytelling, it’s Scott. His original Alien remains a standard bearer for the horror genre, a psychologically taut, uncomfortably claustrophobic film, as lean and effective as the sleek, vicious beast…

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THE YEAR’S MOST TERRIFYING CINEMATIC EVENT HAPPENS IN “ALIEN: COVENANT” ON MAY 10

                Director Ridley Scott brings another yet unforgettable cinematic event in “Alien: Covenant” starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Guy Pearce, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Carmen Ejogo and James Franco.   “Alien: Covenant” takes place ten years after the events of Prometheus and follows the crew of the colony ship Covenant, which has discovered a promising new planet.  Also on board, the colony ship Covenant is humanoid Walter (Fassbender) who is in charge of managing the ship’s safe journey until it’s time for the mission crew to wake from years of…

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EMILIA CLARKE STARS IN LATEST MOVIE “VOICE FROM THE STONE”

“Game of Thrones’” Emilia Clarke stars in the upcoming thriller mystery “Voice from the Stone” – a haunting tale of fear and romance that plays out amid the ghosts of memory.   Clarke takes on the role of Verena in “Voice from the Stone” and enters the gates of an isolated stone castle in 1950’s Tuscany, as a determined young nurse to cure the mute heir within.  As Verena struggles to bring silent Jakob back into the world, she finds herself submerged deeper and deeper into the hidden secrets of…

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LATEST COLONIZATION MISSION LANDS IN HOSTILE TERRAIN IN RIDLEY SCOTT’S ALIEN: COVENANT

ALIEN: COVENANT

              The largest colonization mission takes off in Ridley Scott’s latest sci-fi horror-thriller Alien: Covenant starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, James Franco, Billy Crudup, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo,  Callie Hernandez and Danny McBride.    Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in “Alien” with “Alien: Covenant”, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with “Prometheus” and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant…

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OctoArts Films International – IDEAL HUSBAND TURNED PRIME SUSPECT IN “A KIND OF MURDER” [PG]

A KIND OF MURDER

                A seemingly ideal marriage ends up in mayhem in the chilling thriller “A Kind of Murder”.   Set in 1960’s New York, the movie is based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel, “The Blunderer” adapted to movie as “A Kind of Murder” starring Patrick Wilson (Conjuring, Insidious), Jessica Biel (Total Recall) and Haley Bennett (The Girl on the Train).   At the heart of the movie is Walter’s (Wilson) discontent of his marriage to Clara (Biel). The romance is over, and his wife harbors serious mental problems, including paranoia, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive…

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CAPTIVE CINEMA: Naomi Watts sees nightmares become reality in Shut In

Naomi Watts sees nightmares become reality in Shut In. In the psychological thriller SHUT IN, Naomi Watts plays a child psychologist who is still grieving the car accident that killed her husband and paralyzed her step-son (Stranger Things’ Charlie Heaton). Living with the latter in an isolated New England house, Watts’ character begins to experience unsettling phenomena that may or may not have something to do with a former patient (ROOM’s Jacob Tremblay) who has gone missing. Watts is no stranger to the thriller genre, having appeared in films like…

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CAPTIVE CINEMA: Charlie Heaton’s ride from ‘Stranger Things’ to Shut In.

Shut In

Charlie Heaton’s ride from ‘Stranger Things’ to Shut In. Charlie Heaton (Stephen) is a young British actor who captured Hollywood’s attention with his performance in Candida Brady’s Urban & the Shed Crew, alongside Richard Armitage, Anna Friel and Neil Morrissey. He currently stars on the popular Netflix series “Stranger Things,” opposite David Harbour and Winona Ryder. Heaton lensed his role of SHUT IN’s Stephen before STRANGER THINGS, and the movie marks his first co-leading role after supporting turns in British features and TV. In the opening scene, Stephen and his…

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PHENOMENAL MANGA “DEATH NOTE : LIGHT UP THE NEW WORLD” IN CINEMAS MARCH 15

PHENOMENAL MANGA “DEATH NOTE: LIGHT UP THE NEW WORLD” IN CINEMAS MARCH 15

                The highly-anticipated manga film adaptation “ Death Note : Light Up the New World ” is an interesting follow up to the original three Death Note films. The story takes place 10 years later since two geniuses fought the battle of intelligence and now, six different notebooks fell down on Earth.   The film simultaneously takes place in Shibuya, Wall Street and Russia where authorities are on high alert with Death Note killings taking place while a world renowned private investigator, Ryuzaki (Sosuke Ikematsu), joins the Task Force.  He…

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20th Century Fox : MIND-BOGGLING PSYCHO THRILLER “A CURE FOR WELLNESS” ON FEBRUARY 15

Dane DeHaan in A CURE FOR WELLNESS

From visionary director, Gore Verbinski, “A Cure for Wellness” is a chilling and mind-bending psychological thriller.  Embarking on the movie, Verbinski wanted to make a thriller with the depth, insight and power of classics in the genre that he admired, such as “The Shining” (Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film), “Don’t Look Now” (Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 film) and “Rosemary’s Baby” (Roman Polanski’s 1968 film). The idea of a quick fix cure, together with society’s malaise and the obsession with perfect health were topics that fascinated Verbinski, whose films include the hugely successful…

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OctoArts Films : FANTASIZING SPOUSE’S DEATH IN “ A KIND OF MURDER ” [Rated PG]

Patrick Wilson, known for the phenomenal and hair-raising “The Conjuring” movies stars anew in the psychological stylish thriller “ A Kind of Murder ” with Jessica Biel, Haley Bennett and Vincent Kartheiser.   Directed by Andy Goddard, “A Kind of Murder” is based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel “The Blunderer,” set in New York City and trails Walter Stackhouse (Wilson), a rich, successful architect and unhappily married to the beautiful but damaged Clara (Biel).  To take his mind off from Clara, Walter fully embraces his favorite hobby of writing crime stories.…

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Pioneer Films: KEANU REEVES BEYOND CAR-FU AND GUN-FU BOUNDARIES IN “JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2”

                A surprise hit in 2014, John Wick struck a chord with audiences who yearned to see Keanu Reeves return to full-blown action mode. Earning cult status for its hyper-kinetic take on classic martial arts and gunplay, the film’s global success presented the producers with an inevitable question: What to do for an encore? For Reeves, the answer was clear: more action, a bigger scope and a deeper dive into the title character’s internal struggle.   The story of “John Wick: Chapter 2” is the journey of a complicated hit…

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“THE BYE BYE MAN” IN CINEMAS ON JANUARY 25 fro

“The Bye Bye Man,” a chilling horror-thriller that exposes the evil behind the most unspeakable acts committed by man. When three college friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, they discover that there is only one way to avoid his curse: don’t think it, don’t say it. But once the Bye Bye Man gets inside your head, he takes control. Is there a way to survive his possession?   “The Bye Bye Man” opens January 25 from Pioneer Films. Trailer link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghP4jo_okhI

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Pioneer Films.: JAMIE DORNAN’S NEW SHADE IN “ THE 9TH LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX”

In the supernatural movie “The 9th Life of Louis Drax” sees a boy who has survived eight near death experiences, but will he survive his ninth?   Louis Drax, played by Aiden Longworth is prone to accidents.  Not just little accidents but big, scary and potentially fatal accidents. In fact, he’s had a major accident in each of his eight years. He’s been crushed, poisoned, electrocuted, frozen, broken, and drowned. And yet, for some strange reason, he does not die. Neither his parents nor his psychiatrist seem able to unravel…

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From Pioneer Films: MARK WAHLBERG STARS IN “PATRIOTS DAY BASED ON TRUE EVENTS FROM BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING

From acclaimed director Peter Berg (“Deepwater Horizon,” “Lone Survivor”) and Academy Award® nominee Mark Wahlberg (“The Departed,” “Lone Survivor”) comes “Patriots Day,” a riveting powerful film based on true events of a community’s extraordinary courage in the face of adversity. “Patriots Day” relives the events surrounding the Boston Marathon bombing, the tension-packed dramatic thriller chronicles in detail one of the most sophisticated and well-coordinated manhunts in law enforcement history. The 2013 Boston Marathon bombing shattered lives and tested the fabric of the American spirit. But in its wake, an entire…

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