Sinag Maynila Film Festival is ready for its third season!

The local film festival’s new tagline “Sine Lokal, Pang-Internasyonal” lives up to its core as the roster of finalists handpicked by Sinag Maynila CEO and Founder Wilson Tieng and world-renowned and internationally acclaimed film director Brillante Ma Mendoza have been announced. “The upgraded mechanics for this season may have been a risky move, but we are very happy with the outcome,” says Tieng. “We are looking forward to the reception of these films here and of course, internationally.” 

With the tremendous success of Sinag Maynila’s debut in March 2015, more talented filmmakers took their chance in getting a nod to be part of the competing roster as it has been closely associated with the opportunity for international recognition. This year’s categories include Full Length, Short Film, and Documentary.


1. Kristo by HF Yambao

Cast: Angela Cortez, Julio Diaz, Kristoffer King

Total Running Time: 92 minutes

The film Kristo, digs deep into what is supposed to be a grand day for Boy, whose first born - Jemjem, graduated from elementary school with honors. Throughout the story, bits and pieces of fighting against oppression of losing his main livelihood as a vendor, of fighting for his winnings in a bet to game fowls, fighting for his honor as a family man, and eventually fighting for his own life against fate - all his struggles in life, will finally be revealed. In this "game" we called life, who are the ones who really wins, and who are the ones who really loses?

2. Beyond the Block by Ricardo Carranza

Total Running Time: 115 minutes

Spanning some fifty years and charting a path across three diverse continents, “Beyond the Block” is an energetic docudrama that weaves a thoughtful and personal account of the evolution of the Hip Hop Dance in the Philippines. 

From its humble beginnings at the sensational TV program of “Penthouse 7” in the 70s to the cult classic “Dance 10” in the 80s to the struggles of Filipino contingents in today’s biggest international dance competitions, the film lovingly showcases the special place of dance in every Filipino life. It provides a tapestry of anecdotes, recollections and testimonies that constitute a living history of contemporary Filipino dance indispensable for any serious study on the subject.

3. Ladyfish by Jason Orfalas

Cast: JC Santos, Martin Escudero, Brenda Mage, Ruby Ruiz

Total Running Time: 90 minutes


Discriminated and treated differently by employers for being a gay misfit, odd Kaye struggles to make ends meet by selling her bewildering home-grown beauty soap when her half-transexual best friend Bonn appears with her son for help. To raise their child, Kaye and Bonn must overcome a society where basic rights and a fair chance is deemed out of reach.

4. Bhoy Intsik by Joel Lamangan

Cast: RS Francisco, Ronwaldo Martin, Elora Espano, Jim Pebanco, Tony Mabesa, Jeric Raval

Total Running Time: 107 minutes

When the lives of two small-time felons with disparate personalities crossed paths, having a petty mutual disdain for a competitor in their illegal business: BHOY INTSIK and MARLON, the key personalities in the community of the living-dead, must forge a strange alliance in order to survive.

5. Tu Pug Imatuy (The Right To Kill)  by Arnel Barbarona

Cast: Malona Sulatan, Jong Monzon, Luis Georlin Banaag III

Set in an indigenous community in the hinterlands of Mindanao, a family goes up to the mountains to grieve and bury its youngest member who died from sickness. But as they make their way back to their village, they were confronted by soldiers and this forced them to turn to their traditional defense called “pangayaw” in order to drive off the abusive soldiers away from their village.


1. I Am Jupiter, I am the Biggest Planet by Matthew Victor Pastor

Silence in the red light district of Manila.

2. Ang Langit, Burger at ang Universe by Emmanuel Escalona Jr.

It took burgers and one girl for a man to discover his place in the universe.

3. Aliens Ata by Karl Glenn Barit

Two brothers deal with the sudden loss of their father and an eventual separation from their overseas-Filipino-worker mother. Some things are hard to grasp that's why they look to the sky for answers. Could it be aliens?

4. Ang Hindi Ko Masambit by JoseMaria Javier Manoos

Principal Cast: Angeli Bayani, Raikko Mateo, and Stanley Pantano

A deaf kid who dreams of going to school faces a series of rejection from his mother because of an unprecedented past.

5. Tulay Buhay by Paul Arrenze Dionela

In the streets of Manila, the homeless struggle to live. Some fool others; others don't want to be fooled and some imitate some in order to survive.


1. Hango by Avelino Mark Balmes Jr.

Total Running Time: 9 minutes and 33 seconds

Follows the story of a grandfather and his grandchild who works as fishermen in Bacoor, Cavite.

2. Kupkop by Jaynus Olaivar

Total Running Time: 14 minutes and 4 seconds

The documentary Kupkop, which literally means to “adopt”, revolves around the life of 3 kids with cerebral palsy who were abandoned by their parents due to their condition. They were able to find love and affection from people who may not be their kin, but shows great compassion without any form of compensation.

3. The Recycled Spirits of Roel Cabato by Noah Del Rosario

Total Running Time: 8 minutes and 20 seconds

Meet Roel Cabato: an Ilocano-Ifugao artist and environmentalist from Baguio City, who spends his time creating artworks from whatever he can find in his home/art space called Hanan'chi (Aninito Art Space and Café). His works represent his spiritual connection with the Ifugao culture as well as his advocacy for environmentalism and recycling.

4. Pagrara Sang Patipuron (Weaving a Circle) by Jean Claire Dy, Manuel Domes

Total Running Time: 20 minutes and 24 seconds

Pagrara San Patipuron follows a group of indigenous Aeta women weaving artists in Nagpana, a sitio up in the mountains of Barotac Viejo, Iloilo. The film explores their artistic processes and products, reflecting negotiations between tradition and modernity. With the help of two young artist entrepreneurs in the community, the women were empowered to explore their artistic imagination and extend the limits of the design process in the hope of transcending their present realities.

5. Krudo Boys by Mirielle Frances V. De Lara, Angelica Domingo, Dannieleth Julapong, Maria Agnes Malvar, Bea San Juan, Nathaniel Santiago

Total Running Time: 10 minutes and 25 seconds

Renato together with his brother Alyo, are two of the few men who call themselves "Krudo Boys". They scavenge for spilling crude oils coming from ships in Navatos City using only their worn-out boat and a piece of foam to gather oil and then selling it to the consumers. With this kind of grueling labor, they strive to work hard in order for them to provide food and shelter for their family.

Check the full list of finalists via The 2017 Sinag Maynila Film Festival will be from March 9 to 14, 2017. Get updates on Sinag Maynila via, Twitter and Instagram via @sinagmaynila. Subscribe also to the official Sinag Maynila Youtube Account:

Solar Entertainment Corporation together with renowned director Brillante Mendoza launched this film festival in 2015 that aims to support local independent cinema.

Sinag Maynila was born from the vision of Mr. Wilson Tieng and Direk Brillante Mendoza’s wish to have a festival that not only inspires but educates and enlightens Filipino movie audiences.

Last year, people celebrated the triumphant achievement of Leonardo DiCaprio's highly demanded Oscar win! After a string of nominations, and effortlessly powerful performances that are often overlooked by the awarding committees, Leonardo DiCaprio finally, finally received the award that he highly deserved for his performance in Alejandro G. Iñárritu's semi-biopic epic, The Revenant. But Leonardo DiCaprio is not the only one who deserves to get a long-awaited recognition, because...

Yep, after two-hundred plus movies and several life-threatening injuries brought upon by his deadly stunt work, including those of him appearing as a Bruce Lee stunt double in one of the Dragon's films, only now did he get an Oscar. He was introduced by his former Rush Hour co-star Chris Rock, alongside Tom Hanks and Michelle Yeoh. Jackie Chan gave an inspiring thank to all of his fans for their endless support in his Facebook account.

It’s been 56 years since I filmed my first movie when I was six, and I’ve worked on over 200 films to date. I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to the Oscars for giving me this award of encouragement and recognizing my achievements while I’m still "young". I’m absolutely honored to be the first Chinese in history to receive this award.

The JC Stunt Team has always had a motto: We don’t ask why, we just do or die. This was one of our fundamental principles, and also a kind of passionate attitude that we, as action movie stars, kept at heart. To be honest, making an action movie isn’t easy. It’s normal for us to get hurt and bleed. Many of us have sustained a body full of injuries and I’m no exception to the case. That’s why I’d like to share this honor with my brothers of the JC Stunt Team who have been with me through good times and bad times over the many years, and I’d like to share this award with every action movie star from all over the world!

I’d like to say thank you to my family; thank you to every outstanding, talented and professional person I’ve worked with on the movie set; and thank you to all the business partners who have continuously supported me. I’ve actually set myself a “little goal” and hope that this honorary golden statue won’t be my last one. I don’t think the Oscars have a rule where you can’t win another golden statue after receiving an honorary award, right?

I’d also like to take this opportunity to say a big heartfelt thank you to all my fans who have endlessly given me so much support. You’re the reason why I’m motivated to keep moving forward. Thank you!

很多年前成家班就經常說一句話,We don't ask why, we just do or die.這是我們的信條,也是所有動作電影人的態度。拍動作電影很辛苦,受傷流血是常事,很多人都落了一身傷病,我自己也不例外。所以,奧斯卡這份榮譽,我要把它要与几十年來与我共同出生入死的成家班兄弟,与全世界的動作電影人一起分享!

Wow, he truly deserved that Oscar! After all, doing actual stunts is no easy task! Besides, he did appear in a lot of my childhood favorite action-comedy movies. This man is truly a legend, and he indeed deserves to achieve such an honor! Before we officially end this reasonably short post, here is a look back at Jackie Chan through the ages, in this small, simple tribute made by the YouTube channel known only as "THE MASTER". Stay tuned for more Dateline Movies!

Not so long ago, audiences everywhere were excited to see the six latest superhero features that were then to be released last 2016. From seeing heroes battle each other, to having villains join forces, and a certain "Merc With a Mouth" finally getting a big screen adventure, 2016 was absolutely going to be one heck of a roller coaster ride. Unfortunately, well, let us just say that most of them did not meet certain expectations. While some of these flicks were great, some of them left a bad impression. For Dateline Movies' latest countdown, we rank all of the theatrically released superhero movies shown previously, based on how good they were, and how much these movies lived-up to their respective hype.

7. X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27, 2016)

Oh X-Men: Apocalypse, you could have been so much more than just an average superhero team-up blockbuster. But instead, you were just a simple, straightforward and cliched big-budget misfire that rehashes every single X-Men film trope, including the concept of Mutant discrimination, and of course, Magneto's indecisive leash on life. Mix all of these up with a thinly written roster of main characters, an all-too familiar primary antagonist, a huge mistake with making Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique the team leader, as in the comics, she was never a leader for the team despite joining their ranks form time-to-time, and an accidental and ironic foreshadowing in the form of one of Lana Candor's Jubilee's dialogue ("At least we can all agree that the third one is always the worst"), and you get a potential catalyst for a soft(er) reboot. Despite having awesome performances, an even better Quicksilver-centric scene than the one we saw in X-Men: Days of Future Past, and endless story possibilities, X-Men: Apocalypse nevertheless failed to be a worthy installment in the once great film series, and ended-up as, in our opinion, least favorite superhero movies of 2016. Oh well, let us hope that Logan and Deadpool 2 can save the franchise.

6. Batman: The Killing Joke (July 25, 2016)

Now wait a just a second here. Did you guys not just say that this list is for "theatrically released features"? So why is Batman: The Killing Joke here, even though it is a straight-to-video animated flick, similar to Justice League vs. Teen Titans? To be frank, this once highly anticipated was shown for a single night select theaters, unlike Justice League vs. Teen Titans, so basically, Batman: The Killing Joke is a "theatrically released feature". Also, we are aiming to make seven entries as usual.Neither me nor Dad has watched the movie yet, but from what we have heard from a lot of clearly disappointed and upset fans, we can say that this movie was a bitter pill to swallow. The film had all of the elements that could have made this a thrillingly spectacular movie viewing experience. Have Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprise their respective roles as Batman and the Joker? Check. Find a a fairly controversial and popular source material to adapt? Done. Secure an R-Rating to keep moviegoers intrigued and to show everyone that the movie is going to be gritty? You got it! Unfortunately, even though Batman: The Killing Joke is full of promise, the movie falls flat on its face within the first few minutes. From a noticeable lack of the Joker's presence in more than half of the movie, to a thirty-minute disjointed introductory story, with a completely unnecessarily bad twist revealing that Batman and Batgirl's relationship is not only close, but also very, very "physically intimate", Batman: The Killing Joke squandered all of the animating and voice talents that they have on a  terribly fan-fictionalized version of one of the most high-profile comicbook stories in history. However, the movie is not at all parts horrible, as people do say that the best bits of the film include the voice cast and the second half's reliance on the source material.

5. Suicide Squad (August 5, 2016)

2016 was a very rough year for the DC Extended Universe, as both of the franchise's installments failed in both terms of box office and critical reception, and what makes the outcomes of the two films much more controversial is the franchise's rabid fanbase, with their most die-hard members going through great lengths to force people into liking the movies. The DCEU's attempt at a less serious entry, Suicide Squad, in order to recuperate from the losses endured from the release of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, did not fare any better. While critics and moviegoers were glad to see some much needed humor injected onto the film series, accompanied by finely tuned performances from Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Viola Davis, Jay Hernandez, and surprisingly, Jai Courtney, and an original soundtrack that more or less captures the film's villainous tone, Suicide Squad suffers from an obviously rushed screenplay, complete with choppy editing and direction, and yet another cliche-riddled main antagonist. Jared Leto's performance as The Joker was somewhat okay, but was overall butchered on the cutting room floor, as all of his method acting effort goes down the drain after only appearing for a handful of scenes in the movie. With that said, we still believe that there is a chance that the DCEU can still become better. And besides, Suicide Squad was not all bad, as it still has its memorable moments. Hey, the Marvel Cinematic Universe started out a little rough too. And speaking of Batman v. Superman...

4. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25, 2016)

... The crossover that everyone has been waiting for, the battle between two of DC Comics's legendary superheroes, crushed a lot of audience members' spirits. While Ben Affleck's spin on the Caped Crusader, as well as Gal Gadot's take on the one and only Wonder Woman and Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL's brilliant scores, were widely praised by a whole chunk of people, Dawn of Justice's humorless tone, rushed and anticlimactic final battle, and forced inclusions of other yet-to-be introduced characters, plus Jesse Eisenberg's bizarre portrayal of Superman's arch-nemesis Lex Luthor, were highly lambasted by a lot of moviegoers. Okay, we can say that the movie sure did miss a lot of notes, but actually, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is getting way too much hate than it deserves. While Suicide Squad had the typical electrifying energy that most superhero movies have nowadays, Dawn of Justice showed a darker take on the usual capes-and-masks outing. The movie, although unpolished in terms of story and direction, tried to tackle some more though-provoking themes, and if it were not for the performances, and some amazing potential story directions, Dawn of Justice would have really failed as a movie, but it did not. But I will admit, that infamous "Martha" scene and the Doomsday battle, were unspeakably poorly executed.

3. Doctor Strange (November 4, 2016)

Fourteen installments and counting, the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to grow into a vast and wide world, and enter particularly interesting creative directions. When Doctor Strange was first announced as being an official entry in the film series, I was, at first, not that excited. It was either my then lack of knowledge pertaining to the character's comicbook roots or my then insufficiency of interest to the title superhero that prevented me initially from being excited. However, with a cast composing of Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetal Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton and Rachel McAdams, and a director, Scott Derrickson, famous for his work on horror movies such as Sinister, there is no reason to not be excited, as this could look like Marvel's first step into the world of magical dread. Once I saw the movie with my Suicide Squad-mates (You know, our little "Gang of Friend"), we watched in awe at the astounding visuals, beheld in wonder at the charismatic performances, and laughed in amazement at the movie's infectious humor, but while I did the enjoy the movie, I was baffled in bewilderment at the overabundance of superhero origin story cliches. The film is good, no doubt, but I was somewhat disappointed at the obvious lack of story innovations. I would really a free with some moviegoers that Doctor Strange is just like the bombed Ryan Reynolds-starred Green Lantern flick, only better. In the end, I decided to overlook these storytelling faults, because seriously, it is way better than changing what has already been established in the comicbook movies. Now, who is ready to see Benedict Cumberbatch return in Thor: Ragnarok?


2. Deadpool (February 14, 2016)

To the many readers who have been visiting Dateline Movies ever since our very first post, you might remember that during our sophomore year, we inserted Deadpool in some of our certain posts. This was so because back then, I thought that it would be a good idea to break the fourth wall in a blog post, until it sort-of messed-up some of the other articles' writing quality (Baby steps guys, I was not that engrossed at the whole concept of blogging back then). Fortunately, I had Dad around to help me in keeping things running smoothly. However, for a guy who kept on putting Deadpool in other posts frequently, I was not entirely pumped for the movie back then, as the first few trailers gave me the impression that this will just be a vulgar comedy mixed with a few doses of the superhero formula. That all changed when I got the chance to watch the entire movie on basic cable on the November of last year. Despite the standard television censors preventing me from truly getting the definitive Deadpool experience, Deadpool, complete with an amazing soundtrack, a stellar performance from a Ryan Reynolds who has finally stripped-off his once green and animated persona with "Maximum Effort!", a non-stop barrage of awesome action sequences, and a quirky sense of humor that is sure to make casual audiences laugh out loud, has exceeded my expectations for any other upcoming X-Men movie, because as we said before, we were disappointed with X-Men: Apocalypse. Not only that, Deadpool has since opened the gate for other superhero movies to embrace the R-Rated potentials within them, and Ryan Reynolds truly deserved his Golden Globe nomination! Although Deadpool is not the movie we should thank for the possibility of other superhero movies taking on much darker shades, but rather, it is the massively underrated Dredd, starring Karl Urban. And since other superhero movies will be taking on a much more adult-oriented approach very soon, we find that now is the time we grow-up too, and post all forms of trailers, regardless of content, unless YouTube's guidelines prohibits young ones from seeing them.

1. Captain America: Civil War (May 6, 2016)

There is only one superhero movie left that we still have not shown, and at this point, it is kind of obvious, because the title of the movie is already shown above. Whoa, hold on, before you guys claim us as being "Marvel Biased", hear us out. Yes, we will agree that both Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War tackle the theme of superhero accountability, to the point that at some plot points, both movies are somewhat similar, and this flick is more or less an epilogue to Avengers: Age of Ultron, but there is something about Civil War that makes it stand from above the rest. It might be the movie's thematic parallels to the real world's governmental concerns on surveillance, the carefully choreographed action scenes, specifically the, what we call, "Best Airport Fight Scene Ever!", the amazing, spectacular debut of his universe's iteration of Spider-Man, or the much more personal stakes, but in the end, it might just be because Captain America: Civil War works as a thriller disguised as another average superhero outing. The movie is far from perfect, as Civil War cannot save itself from its consistent flaws, including wasted characters, with Frank Grillo's Crossbones being ultimately killed-off in the opening act, and scarcity of major consequences, with Don Cheadle's War Machine managing to survive even after falling from the sky, although the latter concern is understandable, as Avengers: Infinity War, a valuable installment in the franchise, is yet to come, and that movie requires all of the important characters to be present. In addition, as a paraphrase of a certain Internet user's words, Civil War's success marks the Captain America Trilogy being the first and only movie trifecta, wherein each entry is better than the previous film.

Man, 2016 was pretty fun, even if some of the movies were a tad disappointing. I guess a user's claim that the best things of 2016 came from the independent division of the movie-making industry. I mean, we had The Nice Guys, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, and Kubo and the Two Strings, and all of them were really amazing according to audiences and critics, but sadly, me, Dad and many other people were not able to see any of them because of money insufficiency. Oh well, at least we can always for their airings on television. To relive the cinematic glory brought on by 2016, let us take a look at Screen Junkies' supercut of a lot of 2016's best movies, with the video made in partnership with Josh "JTE" Tapia. Stay tuned for more Dateline Movies!

Well another year has come to an end. And for this very interesting and fruitful year, we at Dateline Movies thank you for your endless support. It is, in fact, that because of your support, we managed to reach a total of two-hundred posts and counting! With 2017 already knocking on our doors, we feel it is best to take a look at what the succeeding year has in store for us, specifically movies. Join us here as we countdown our seven most awaited releases of 2017!

7. Alien: Covenant (May 19, 2017)

For our first movie, we have the second installment in the Alien prequel film series, Alien: Covenant. Okay, okay, I will admit that the trailer does not particularly scream terror, and some people still have the sour taste left behind by Prometheus, but to be honest, Prometheus is really not that bad once you start to think about it. Sure it left some unanswered questions, but the movie still packed plenty of thrills and chills. And hopefully, the follow-up will be twice as better, and we might get to know a thing or two about the mysterious mythology of the Alien universe. With the original director of the first film, Ridley Scott, returning to helm the project, a screenplay by veteran scribe John Logan, a welcome return for Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Guy Pearce, and a warm introduction to newcomers Katherine Waterston, James Franco, Billy Crudup, Demián Bichir, Danny McBride, Jussie Smollett and Carmen Ejogo, as well as bag full of mysteries waiting to be solved, there is no reason why you should miss-out on Alien: Covenant. That is unless you are below sixteen of age, because of obvious reasons.

6.  War for the Planet of the Apes (July 14, 2017)

Tim Burton tried to remake one of the most important science-fiction film series in movie history, to negative results. Upon its release, people came to the conclusion that the Planet of the Apes franchise is simply left as it is at the time, but when Rise of the Planet of the Apes came out, audiences were blown away. When Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was released in cinemas, the expectations of moviegoers everywhere increased, as the films deviated away from the semi-medieval setting of past installments, and quickly embraced a much more contemporary approach, all the while preserving the same amount of thought-provoking social commentary the original films had. With War for the Planet of the Apes, it would appear that the reboot series has finally reached a tipping point. Everything that the previous two entries in the series is building up to this, war. A massive onslaught between the humanly intellectual primates, and the much more menacing human beings. With Andy Serkis returning to his spectacular traditional CGI acting roots, and the addition of Woody Harrelson as the main antagonist, War for the Planet of the Apes looks like a must see!

5. John Wick: Chapter 2 (February 10, 2017)

In all honesty, the original John Wick lacked in terms of story, and it was pretty much a common case of the usual "style over substance" situation. But what it lacked in compelling storytelling, the movie completely made up in fascinatingly choreographed fight sequences, and a major comeback performance from the one and only Keanu Reeves. And now, it seems that the saga of John Wick is not yet done, as a second chapter is reported to be on the way. Here, John Wick must travel overseas, and instead of having his new dog killed by a bunch of former associates, he must come face-to-face with a multitude of assassins in the middle of a power struggle. The movie is made all the more exciting when you realize that Laurence Fishburne, Keanu Reeves' co-star in The Matrix Trilogy who played Morpheus, is set to reunite with Reeves as the movie's main villain. It is actually funnier when you learn that the movie's directors were once involved in The Matrix Trilogy as fight choreographers. Wait, is John Wick a Matrix spiritual sequel series?

4.  Wonder Woman (July 2, 2017)

After one passable Superman movie in the form of Man of Steel, and two completely debatable entries in both Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, many are already jumping to conclusions that the entire DC Extended Universe is a lost cause. However, while the franchise is admittedly rushing way too much, can we just say that the film series is just trying to find the right path? Yeah, the movies have had troubles with corporate meddling, but we cannot just say that there is no chance in heaven that the DCEU cannot be better. Just take a look at Wonder Woman, the first solo superhero movie to feature a female lead, which will star Gal Gadot as the titular heroine, who you might remember as one of the highlights of Batman v. Superman. With a cast and crew that is clearly passionate, from its director, Patty Jenkins, to the lead actress herself, we can pray that Wonder Woman could be the DCEU's chance to redeem itself. So far, the trailers look good. Let us hope that the movie is good too, and not just all hype like what has transpired for the two DCEU movies of 2016. Also, no more extended cuts, please Warner Bros.? We already payed for the tickets, so can we at least get the complete experience?

3. Star Wars Episode VIII (December 15, 2017)

The prequel series nearly put the entire franchise to the grave because of its overuse of CGI, and surprisingly unfulfilling script work from Star Wars creator George Lucas. Last year, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, as well as the two animated versions of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, managed to revived the beloved space opera series with enough cinematic power to reintroduce itself to the more modern audiences. This year's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story continues to keep the fire going, complete with an unexpected grittier tone, and a whole new set of lovable characters. In 2017, we will get another entry in the sequel series in Looper director Rian Johnson's currently untitled eighth episode in the film franchise. The movie is currently covered under a ton of secrecy, save for some official casting confirmations, including the return of Episode VII starring roster, as well as newcomers Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern. And with a complete lack of concrete information to keep us interested, Star Wars Episode VIII is placed in the third spot of our countdown. Hey, it is the New Year now, can we get an official trailer already? Also, we lost Carrie Fisher this year, including her mother, Debbie Reynolds. I think the best way to honor their memories is to watch Episode VIII, with Carrie Fisher luckily finishing her scenes prior to her sudden, tragic passing.

2. Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7, 2017)

2016's Captain America: Civil War's inclusion of Spider-Man might have been shoehorned, as a means to keep the ticket sales going no-less, but there is no denying that this newly rebooted version of the wall-crawler, which was a result of a deal done between Marvel Studios and Sony after the failure of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, is a pitch perfect rendition! Marvel's next move is, of course, to push forward a new film series that features this all new, all familiar friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Recently, we have had two trailers, accompanied by particularly stellar casting choices, including Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes, also known as The Vulture, and it seems that Spider-Man: Homecoming is about to deliver the definitive Spider-Man movie! Of course, what movie is without its potential flaws, including its endless number of supervillains, and some slightly unexpected casting decisions, but hey, if it is a good movie, I will most certainly watch it.

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Honorable Mentions:

The Lego Batman Movie (February 10, 2017) - The Lego Movie was a particularly fun movie, and one of its best parts was Will Arnett's hilarious parody version of the Caped Crusader. It was pretty clear from then on that a spin-off revolving around this rendition of the Dark Knight was on the way, and when I first saw the trailer during the screening of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, I was laughing out loud with Dad and my sister, Ada. The comedic typing was excellent, the vocal work was awesome, and both mixed well with the tune of Black Eyed Peas' hit, Black and Yellow. I simply cannot wait for more!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5, 2017) - What? You thought we would leave the sequel to one of 2014's funniest superhero adventures out of this countdown of the most anticipated movies of 2017? Heck no! There is no need to explain why this is a must watch, aside from these reasons that others may not know yet. Baby Groot, Kurt Russell as Star-Lord's father (?), Ego, the Living Planet, Baby Groot, Pom Klementieff as Star-Lord's half-sister, Mantis, a Sylvester Stallone cameo, Baby Groot, an awesome mix of 80s best jams, and of course, Baby Groot!

The Mummy (June 9, 2017) - This one, I slightly doubt that it will be a good movie. One reason is that this, which is meant to set-up the forthcoming reboot of the Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe, is more or less another rushed attempt to combat other shared film universes in the industry. Also, the trailer does not look entirely good, especially in the part with the plane crash. (If you listen closely, Tom Cruise's screams are poorly edited) But with terrifying monsters, a pretty interesting premise to follow, Tom Cruise as our hero, teaming-up with Russell Crowe's Dr. Henry Jekyll, there is a chance that The Mummy could be just as good, and just as distinctive as Brendan Fraser's less serious, yet fairly entertaining Mummy movies. Speaking of whom, where is Brendan Fraser? He could use a comeback right now.

Dunkirk (July 21, 2017) - My little sister Ada wants to watch this, simply because the movie has One Direction member Harry Styles in it. Yeah, she is a Directioner by heart, but if my sister wants to watch the movie, then there is a slim chance that my family would allow us to watch Christopher Nolan's latest war epic. It is not because I listen to One Direction or anything, but given Nolan's amazing filmography so far, I would expect a gripping war drama filled with a human approach that tackles its fact-based story in a brilliantly crafted fashion! Besides, since when has Christopher Nolan disappointed us? Interstellar, maybe, with its confusing ending, but that movie was still great.

Blade Runner 2049 (October 6, 2017) - I just watched Blade Runner last week, as I have read a lot of good things about it recently, and I will say that the movie is a technically astounding motion picture, as the camera work, mixed with a brilliant neo-noir atmosphere, it is kind of short on the story front. But regardless, upon closer inspection, it is more of an artistic expression of science-fiction that is meant to have audiences make their own interpretations, and with that realization, Blade Runner truly is a masterpiece, an albeit slowly paced one at the very least. With a cast including Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Mackenzie Davis and Dave Bautista accompanying a returning Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, and Arrival director Denis Villianeuve heading the project, Blade Runner 2049 could be a great sequel!

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (September 29, 2017) - Kingsman: The Secret Service was a very fun movie, from its awesome fight scenes, to its great performances from Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and fresh blood Taron Egerton, to its catchy music. Given its amazing box office run, and its potential franchise appeal, there was no doubt that a follow-up was clearly in order. Not much is given yet, but with a new cast that comprises of Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry and Channing Tatum, why should one dare miss this?

Thor: Ragnarok (November 3, 2017) - All previous Thor movies, as amazing as they are in terms of performances and imagery, have barely made any impact in the overall franchise, namely because both of those two flicks featured some pretty stale storytelling, which is sad since Thor has some pretty good stories if I recall, and it was meant to be the first Marvel movie in the series to tackle magic. With a new cast roster that is pretty much an equivalent of an Oscar-bait movie, as a paraphrase of what an online user said in a website, including Cate Blanchett, Karl Urban, Jeff Goldblum, and Tessa Thompson, and the addition of Mark Ruffalo's Hulk in a superhero team-up, it looks like Thor: Ragnarok might be the best Thor movie yet!

Justice League (November 17, 2017) - For our last honorable mention, we have DC's highly awaited crossover that will unite their mightiest heroes yet, sadly except for Green Lantern, for some reason. While I am excited, as always, to see the feature, there is a certain part of me that remains skeptic, especially since Zack Snyder, the director of both Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, is again returning to direct the movie, and that half of the future team's membership is currently unknown to the audience. Regardless, we are mostly looking forward to the team-up of the legends!
1. Logan (March 3, 2017)

Okay, this one is a bit of a stretch, because given the recent reception from X-Men: Apocalypse, the critical disappointment of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and the slightly better reception of The Wolverine, there is a probability that it might fail. However, with the unexpected success of Deadpool, the certification of the film being an R-rated feature, and the promise from both cast and crew that this will definitely be a fitting conclusion of Logan's long journey, there is also a huge chance that Logan could end-up being the best X-Men movie that Twentieth Century Fox will make. In fact, this might even be the definitive Wolverine movie that we have all been waiting for. Personally, we feel that Logan deserves its spot to be the most anticipated movie of 2017 mainly because of the previously mentioned reasons. In addition, we feel as if Logan will deliver something that is fresh and interesting to the superhero genre, and from the looks of it, we really might be getting just that!


And that is where we end our first ever post for the year 2017. Once more, we wish you all a very blessed new year! You know, I find 2016 as a pretty interesting year. We lost a number of good famous people, some of them are gone too soon, such as Anton Yelchin, some of them are just to beloved to let go of, such as Carrie Fisher, David Bowie, Debbie Reynolds, Alan Rickman, and so on and so forth. We experienced rays of tragedy, and even glows of joy. As for me at home and at high school, well, at some parts, life got a tad bit rough, but most of the time, it got smooth eventually. To honor 2016, from its highest ups to its lowest downs, we have a video of "2016: The Movie Trailer" by Friend Dog Studios. Basically it is a horror movie-esque recap of most of the events that have happened last year. Stay tuned for more Dateline Movies!