Need For Speed, Manny at Gaisano Mall cinemas

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014


VIDEO-GAME race-flick Need For Speed opens at the Gaisano Mall theaters on Friday, simultaneous with its US release.

A documentary about Manny Pacquiao opens today, together with the crime-drama Devil's Knot, romance-comedy Wedding Palace, and the romance-dance Make Your Move.

Need for Speed

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Based on EA's very successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, DreamWorks Pictures' "Need for Speed" captures the thrills of the game in a real-world setting.

The story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country race against time—one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. In a last attempt to save his struggling garage, mechanic Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul)—who with his team skillfully builds and races muscle cars on the side—reluctantly partners with wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). Just as a major sale to car broker Julia Bonet (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save the business, a disastrous, unsanctioned race results in Dino framing Tobey for manslaughter. Two years later and fresh out of prison, Tobey is set on revenge with plans to take down Dino in the high-stakes De Leon race.

Manny

A man who overcame insurmountable odds to become one of the most loved and respected athletes of all time. From a starving teenager who fought to feed his family, to a congressman working tirelessly to improve the lives of his people, Manny is a hard hitting feature length documentary film that explores the many triumphs and tribulations of Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao.

Filming for “Manny” began in 2010 and concluded in 2013. Editing ran simultaneously, as a total of over 1,200 hours of footage, which includes Manny’s never-before-seen home footage, had to be molded into a film less than two hours in length. "Manny" also features original music by Lorne Balfe (Inception, The Dark Knight, Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes) and Chad Hugo (The Neptunes/N.E.R.D). Interviews include Mark Wahlberg, Jimmy Kimmel, Jeremy Piven, Oscar De La Hoya, and other notable celebrities.

Devil's Knot

Based on true story, the movie follows the arrest and trial of the West Memphis Three, from the perspectives of the mother (Reese Witherspoon) of one of the victims, and the private investigator (Colin Firth) who works for the defense.

In 1993, three eight-year-old boys, Steve Branch, Michael Moore, and Christopher Byers, were found brutally murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas. The crime, which was widely considered to be the work of a satanic cult, stirred West Memphis’ police officers and civilians, as well as numerous national media outlets, into a hysteria that eventually led to the wrongful capture of Damian Echols, Jessie Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin – all teenagers, all social outcasts.

Wedding Palace
Los Angeles-based Korean Jason (Brian Tee) is still single at age 29 after his fiancée ditches him. His high-strung mother is the one who is ready to jump off a cliff. This is due to a family curse that all male members of the family would die if they don't marry by age 30. When he travels to Seoul for work, he finds love on his own terms — with a South Korean businesswoman, Na Young (Hye-jung Kang). They two fall in love through cyber-dating. Jason proposes and Na Young travels to America to marry him. But when Na Young arrives, Jason learns that Na Young is a little person.

Make Your Move

Make Your Move is a multiracial Romeo and Juliet-inspired dance film about a pair of star-crossed dancers in New York who finds themselves at the center of a bitter rivalry between their brothers' underground dance clubs.

Donny (Derek Hough) is a convict on parole who makes a living tap dancing in New Orleans streets. He can’t leave the city, but he heads off to New York City to start anew with his foster brother, Nick (Wesley Jonathan), who runs an illegal underground club. Donny is known as someone who doesn’t see things through but he gets turned on by Aya (K-pop singer BoA), a South Korean who grew up in Japan. He pesters her for a date and a dance.

Aya's brother is Kaz (Will Yun Lee), who co-owns a club with a white businessman. Kaz and Nick used to have the same dreams about running a club. Donny and Aya have the hots for each other but their brothers are against them seeing each other. Aya also has the white businessman wanting to get into her pants.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 12, 2014.

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