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PHIL’s BOX OFFICE MOVIES AS OF JUNE 8, 2009

As of June 8, 2009, Angels and Demons ranked # 3 in the box office Title after its released last May 13, 2009. On the other hand, Star Cinema Best friends forever gross over 80 Million PHP (still Showing) beating other 70 films shown since the start of the year. X-Men Origins, despite its leak on raw unedited film, Ranked #2 in the Philippines’ Box Office Films with more than 90 million peso gross.

You Changed My Life Star Cin. $4,724,411 2/25
2 X-Men Origins: Wolverine WB $2,020,099 4/30
3 Angels & Demons Sony $1,873,200 5/13
4 Tenement 2 Star Cin. $1,781,793 4/11
5 BFF (Best Friends Forever) Star Cin. $1,743,058 5/13

Another Star Cinema Horror flick completed the top 5 box office films. Tenement 2 starring Ms. Maricel Soriano Ranked No. 4 in the list. 3 out of 5 films in the top are Filipino films and are produced by Star Cinema. As of this date, nothing still beats the Box office records for YOU Change My Life by earning more than 212 million ++ elevating the film to the all time box office hit in the Philippine Cinema.

The top list are expected to be moved at the last quarter of this year as more sequel and upcoming big movie will be released at the end of 3rd quarter. Twilight Saga “New Moon” is anticipated film that will replace the number 1 spot considering its phenomenon hit written by Stephenie Meyer.

Piolo Pascual and Angel Locsin’s Love Me Again by Star Cinema ranked no 8 in the list completing all StarCinema released to be included in the top 10 as of June 2009. It was then followed by “When I Met You” by GMA films.

The following are the complete list of the box office hits as of June 2009 ranked by Box Office MOJO.

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ANGELS AND DEMONS

AD_INTL_1SHT_GLOW_2LOS ANGELES – Blessedly, “Angels & Demons” is more entertaining and less self-serious than its predecessor, the dense and dreary yet enormously successful “The Da Vinci Code.”

In adapting another of author Dan Brown’s religious-mystery page turners, director Ron Howard wisely gave in to its beat-the-clock thriller elements, which makes for a more enjoyable summer movie experience. The brouhaha has long since abated among Catholics, albinos, “Da Vinci Code” purists, what have you, and all that’s left is air-conditioned escapism.

But its twists, turns and revelations are just as ridiculous as those in the first film — perhaps even more so — and it breezes through arcane details with just as much dizzying speed.

Besides Howard, the key players are back from that 2006 international hit, including Tom Hanks as Harvard professor and symbologist Robert Langdon and Akiva Goldsman as screenwriter (with David Koepp collaborating on the script). Joining them are Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgaard and Armin Mueller-Stahl among the estimable supporting cast, all of whom have enjoyed the benefits of stronger material but manage to supply gravitas nonetheless.

Although “Angels & Demons” preceded “The Da Vinci Code” in book form, the film is positioned as a sequel to take advantage of the strained relationship between Langdon and the Vatican — only this time, it’s his expertise the folks there reluctantly need.

With the pope dead and the College of Cardinals about to meet in conclave to choose a replacement, a secret society known as the Illuminati has kidnapped the four likeliest candidates. Howard and cinematographer Salvatore Totino, who also shot “The Da Vinci Code,” cloak all these proceedings in dark, ominous shadows, and Hans Zimmer’s score rather obviously adds to the feeling of foreboding.

Langdon is brought in to decipher clues at various churches and historical sites throughout Rome to prevent the killing of the cardinals, one every hour, leading to a bomb explosion at the Vatican. He gets help along the way from Vittoria Vetra (Ayelet Zurer), an Italian scientist who worked at the lab where the combustible vial of anti-matter was stolen for the planned attack. Her arrival also allows for such standard action-picture dialogue as, “Can you deactivate the device?”

Never mind that Vittoria is sexy and mysterious, not middle-aged and frumpy. (And we gotta say, Hanks is looking pretty good here, too. The first time we see him, he’s tanned and trim, swimming laps in a Speedo in the Harvard pool.) Never mind that the time frame is impossible — that they must dash across the city at night, with its narrow streets and tourist traps packed with visitors, in time to stop each killing. And never mind that one person appears to be responsible for orchestrating these elaborate and very public deaths.

But wait, we haven’t even gotten to the most laughable part of the story yet! We won’t give it away entirely for those who haven’t read the book. We’ll just say it involves an exploding helicopter and a crucial character parachuting out of it just in time. Because it is summer, after all, despite the aura of religious solemnity.

“Angels & Demons,” a Columbia Pictures release, is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, disturbing images and thematic material. Running time: 138 minutes. Two stars out of four.

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Motion Picture Association of America rating definitions:

G — General audiences. All ages admitted.

PG — Parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

PG-13 — Special parental guidance strongly suggested for children under 13. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.

R — Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

NC-17 — No one under 17 admitted.

(By CHRISTY LEMIRE, AP Movie Critic Christy Lemire, Ap Movie Critic – Mon May 11, 6:26 pm ET)

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