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#MoviesPH in 2015, Part 5: Sequels, Reboots and Remakes

Every year, more and more films get rebooted or being remade, sequels getting another shot.

Here are the list that gets another shot at the big screen this year:

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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (J.J. Abrams). So, everybody probably know that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the biggest film of 2015. Breaking every record from the US and worldwide. No surprise there as the film is the most anticipated film this year, or even for the decade. Thankfully, the fans and the moviegoers wasn’t disappointed with the latest installment of the Star Wars franchise. It boasts visually stunning pictures even in action sequences and what made it special is that it has the magic of the original Star Wars Trilogy.

Our rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

 

Jurassic World

JURASSIC WORLD (Colin Teverrow). Okay, before Star Wars, Jurassic World was the king of the box-office this 2015. It also broke records, local and international. I guess everyone wants a bite of the newest Jurassic Park. While it may be predictable, the film roars with suspenseful sequences worthy to be part of the series.

Our rating: 4 out of 5 stars

 

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THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT (Robert Schwentke). Following a so-so Divergent, Insurgent gets more ridiculous. But the thing about the film is that the cast are pretty effective. Even though it gets ridiculous as the story progresses, the cast seem determined to make things believable.

Our rating: 2 out of 5 stars

 

Cinderella

CINDERELLA (Kenneth Branagh). Faithful to the original, the 2015 Cinderella is both magical and mesmerizing. The film captures the magic the original possess, even the ball felt like it was cartoonish. It may not have something fresh to offer but with the other retelling of classic princess stories being disappointing, it’s a relief that they stick with redoing something worth seeing.

Our rating: 4 out of 5 stars

 

Furious 7

FURIOUS 7 (James Wan). Taking an off from horror films, James Wan helms what may be the most emotional installment of the Fast and Furious series. Yes, it’s because of Paul Walker’s tribute in the end but that alone isn’t the reason why people are lining up to see the film. The Fast and Furious series is getting better and better each installment and getting more action packed than ever. The story is predictable but how suspense and action was used in here should be applauded.

Our rating: 4 out of 5 stars

 

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THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2 (Francis Lawrence). The last instalment of the worldwide hit, Mockingjay Part 2 feels a bit disappointing with its promotional materials praising it as the best in the series even though it’s not. Yes, the film is more entertaining than the book but the ending feels anticlimactic. It may be a satisfying ending for some but most people were expecting the spectacle it was advertised.

Our rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

 

Mad Max Fury Road

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (George Miller). One of the most glorifying experience in cinema, Mad Max: Fury Road is everything you could hope for in a movie. It has drama, action, comedy, suspense, Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. The amount of satisfaction a viewer can have after watching the film is immense, as if it’s something a person is waiting for.

Our rating: 5 out of 5 stars

 

Age of Ultron

AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON (Joss Whedon). After the first Avengers movie, everyone was pumped up, excited for the next team up movie of the Marvel superheroes. Yes, the film has impressive action sequences and few surprises up their sleeves but its uneven tone makes it hard to embrace wholly. It’s still a great addition to the Marvel Film cannon though.

Our rating: 4 out of 5 stars

 

Pitch Perfect 2

PITCH PERFECT 2 (Elizabeth Banks). Still following the formula and pattern of the first film, Pitch Perfect 2 is a harmless and welcomed sequel to 2012’s hit musical comedy. The film still has the charms of the original, from its cast to its story and still offers impressive sing-a-long sequences that will stick with you for a very long time.

Our rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

 

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ANT-MAN (Peyton Reed). One of the funniest Marvel film, Ant-Man gets its comedy right from its cast. But its treatment is also refreshing even though some of it is Edgar Wright trademark which left the film due to creative differences with Marvel. But the film is highly entertaining and can be equal with Guardians of the Galaxy when it comes to wit but not originality.

Our rating: 4 out of 5 stars

 

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MISSION IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE NATION (Christopher McQuarrie). Suspenseful, outrageous and yes, impossible stunts. Rogue Nation may not be as good as Ghost Protocol but it still is fun, entertaining, action-packed and a blessing for giving us Rebecca Ferguson.

Our rating: 4 out of 5 stars

 

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TERMINATOR GENISYS (Alan Taylor). While impressive visuals are used especially in its action sequences, Terminator Genisys hopes for its twist to be its saving grace. But everything feels tedious as it wants to make things happen to only be something ridiculous and boring.

Our rating: 2 out of 5 stars

 

8 Minions

MINIONS (Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin). Sure, Minions are cute but their cuteness isn’t enough to make a good film. Its inability to speak in English doesn’t help the film nor the viewers to understand things the way the filmmakers want them to. And it’s sad that the Minions needed Gru and the kids to have a more meaningful journey.

Our rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

 

15 Magic Mike XXL

MAGIC MIKE XXL (Gregory Jacobs). Less personal than its predecessor but has a scandalous grand finale. Magic Mike XXL benefits from its stars charms and looks. Most of the time it works but this time, the story felt like a simple one that adult male talk about when they’re drunk. It’s decent but it isn’t as personal as the first one, which made the first Magic Mike a good experience.

Our rating: 3 out of 5 stars

 

Here are other sequels, remake, reboots that opened this year:

 

PAN, POINT BREAK, TAKEN 3, PADDINGTON, THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2: ANGEL OF DEATH, SPONGEBOB: SPONGE OUT OF WATER, MONSTERS DARK CONTINENT, POLTERGEIST, TED 2,ENTOURAGE, INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3, THE MAN FROM UNCLE, FANTASTIC FOUR, HITMAN: AGENT 47, SINISTER 2.

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