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QCinema 2019 movie reviews: 'Babae at Baril', 'Cleaners,' and 'Kaaway sa Sulod'

Oct 21, 2019 - 7:30 AM

Movie critic Oggs Cruz reviews the 3 movies in the QCinema Festival 2019

‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ review: Unnecessary evil

Oct 20, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The film stumbles in its desire to break away from fable and into blockbuster territory

‘Isa Pa, With Feelings’ review: Sweet and simple love

Oct 19, 2019 - 7:40 PM

'It doesn’t cheat its way towards its happy endings. All the emotions it conjures feel sincere and authentic.'

ISA PA. Carlo Aquino and Maine Mendoza star in this Black Sheep production. Still from the movie trailer

‘Gemini Man’ review: Bored identities

Oct 13, 2019 - 4:44 PM

'Gemini Man' mistakes somberness with seriousness

‘Black Lipstick’ review: Failure to update

Oct 13, 2019 - 12:30 PM

'Black Lipstick' is thoroughly old-fashioned

A teen's thoughts on 'Si Janus Silang at ang Hiwagang may Dalawang Mukha'

Oct 09, 2019 - 9:58 AM

I remember about 4 years ago, I came home one day to find two new books from my father. It was parts one and two of the Janus Silang books. I loved them. I realized that the series has become a part of my life now.

‘Joker’ review: Morbid times

Oct 08, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Definitely, there is power in 'Joker'

‘Ang Henerasyong Sumuko sa Love’ review: Trite and patronizing

Oct 07, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'Ang Henerasyong Sumuko sa Love' is shallow fare

‘#Jowable’ review: Funny to a fault

Sep 29, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Kim Molina is a dynamic presence in 'Jowable'

‘Kiko En Lala’ review: Nothing to laugh about

Sep 28, 2019 - 6:00 PM

There is talent involved in the making of 'Kiko En Lala' – making its artistic collapse much more infuriating

‘Mario Kart Tour’ quick review: Potentially addictive but beware the microtransactions

Sep 28, 2019 - 9:15 AM

It has the kind of fun you'd expect from a Mario game but those who pay for characters and items may get some advantages

Photo from Twitter/Mario Kart Tour


Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review: Design, weight top list of improvements

Sep 26, 2019 - 1:14 PM

Other improvements such as the new camera, and enhanced video capabilities are useful but also feel fairly conservative

All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

‘Ad Astra’ review: Stellar humanity

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:00 PM

'Ad Astra' is a marvel

‘Marineros’ review: Shallow drama

Sep 23, 2019 - 3:00 PM

The stories in 'Marineros' are definitely ones worth knowing

‘It Chapter Two’ review: More shtick and schlock than lasting scares

Sep 09, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Sadly, 'Chapter Two' is stricken by incoherence

'NBA 2K20' review bombed on Steam, Metacritic

Sep 09, 2019 - 1:29 PM

The popular sports title is currently a target of negative review bombing on the online store and the reviews aggregator

NBA 2K20. Image from 2K Sports


‘Sanggano, Sanggago’t Sanggwapo’ review: Toxic mediocrity

Sep 08, 2019 - 4:43 PM

'Sanggano, Sanggago’t Sanggwapo' is a valueless relic, a latecomer that nobody wants around

Binge-worthy: 'Call Me Tita'

Sep 05, 2019 - 3:03 PM

The comedy-drama leaps high, but doesn’t stick the landing

A TITA WORLD. 'Call Me Tita' is iWant's latest original offering. Screenshot from iWant

Binge-worthy: 'Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 3'

Sep 03, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The binge-worthy series starring Eugene Domingo is a hilarious romp through the movie-making process

‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’ review: An amazing feat

Sep 02, 2019 - 2:55 PM

What makes 'Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood' truly admirable is that its allegiance to virtues is more apparent than its bitterness

‘The Ghosting’ review: Run-of-the-mill ghost story

Sep 02, 2019 - 11:24 AM

'The Ghosting' doesn’t make its audience care for the fate of any of its characters

‘Mina-anud’ review: Wishy-washy romp

Aug 25, 2019 - 2:00 PM

'Mina-anud' is a squandered opportunity

'Just a Stranger' review: Purposeful excesses

Aug 25, 2019 - 11:35 AM

Despite 'Just a Stranger’s' affinity for titillation and sensationalism, it still manages to allow restraint

Mutya Pilipinas 2019: Saan ka?

Aug 21, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Rappler's pageant contributor Voltaire Tayag weighs in on the 2019 edition of the long-running pageant

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

‘Parasite’ review: Intricate, scathing, entertaining

Aug 19, 2019 - 11:01 AM

Here's why 'Parasite' is a must-watch

‘And Ai, Thank You’ review: Good gags, lousy lessons

Aug 19, 2019 - 10:45 AM

'And Ai, Thank You' is pleasant if only it persisted to be the guiltless bag of gags it should have been

Movie reviews: 2019 Cinemalaya films Part 2

Aug 13, 2019 - 8:30 AM

Here's a review of 'Ani', 'F#*@bois', 'Iska', 'Malamaya', and 'Children of the River'

‘Indak’ review: All the wrong steps

Aug 11, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'It lacks enthusiasm, verve, and more importantly, substance'

UAAP basketball to introduce 'Video Review Initiative' in Season 82

Aug 06, 2019 - 6:25 PM

New UAAP basketball commissioner Jensen Ilagan aims to use tech-savvy initiatives for fair competition

VIDEO REVIEW. UAAP Season 82 basketball officials will review game footage after each match. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’ review: Fun but forgettable

Aug 05, 2019 - 10:28 AM

'Hobbs & Shaw' will inevitably be forgotten once the next and more outrageous Fast & Furious entry comes along

‘Family History’ review: Surprisingly poignant debut

Aug 02, 2019 - 5:00 PM

'Family History' is precious because it understands that tears, cries and whimpers aren’t the only logical response to depression

‘Hello, Love, Goodbye’ review: Love in a huff

Aug 02, 2019 - 3:02 PM

'Hello, Love, Goodbye' is fine entertainment – one that doesn’t dumb down the issues it puts forward for the sake of a standard happy ending

Sony a6400 video capabilities review: Nails key features a videographer needs

Aug 01, 2019 - 3:58 PM

Overall a reliable unit for amateurs and pros despite a few design missteps here and there

All photos from Paolo Ruiz


OPPO Reno 10x Zoom review: Claim to the throne

Jul 29, 2019 - 1:26 PM

Incredible telephoto shots and a mature design show the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom is primetime-ready

RENO 10X ZOOM. All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


‘Midsommar’ review: Frighteningly gorgeous

Jul 28, 2019 - 12:02 PM

'Midsommar' is scant on plot, allowing it to dress itself with ornate details and subtle layers

SONA 2019 review: Paint-by-numbers, a rehash

Jul 25, 2019 - 2:00 PM

We review the latest SONA as a cinematic experience – because why not?

‘My Letters to Happy’ review: Beyond good intentions

Jul 21, 2019 - 9:32 PM

'My Letters to Happy' is thankfully a film that doesn’t use its good intentions to bandage its flaws and deficiencies

‘The Lion King’ review: Bloated, unnecessary spectacle

Jul 21, 2019 - 6:52 PM

'The Lion King' is all shine but no spirit

'Stop Kiss' review: Love is Love

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:04 PM

Critically-acclaimed play returns for its first run in 16 years

'Kolateral' rages against the 'drug war' – here’s why you need to listen

Jul 15, 2019 - 7:12 PM

What happens when data and art channel their anger towards a deadly 'drug war?' 'Kolateral'

‘Ma’ review: Split personality

Jul 15, 2019 - 3:59 PM

'It is a horror film that is grounded on absurdity'

‘Escape Plan 3’ review: Brutish and brainless

Jul 14, 2019 - 12:33 PM

'Escape Plan 3' is a slog

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ review: Back to Earth

Jul 07, 2019 - 7:06 PM

'Far From Home', beyond its veneer of comic book goofiness, bears realities that are worth pondering.

Sony WH-1000XM3 review: Still the best noise-cancelling headphones

Jul 06, 2019 - 8:00 AM

It’s one of the best all-around packages you could get in the market offering stellar audio performance with exceptional noise-cancelling technology

WH-1000XM3. Image by Franz Lopez/Rappler


'Stranger Things 3' first impressions: Better than season 2, no doubt

Jul 03, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Missed the old, 80s-flavored ‘Stranger Things’? It’s back in season 3.

RETURN TO FORM. The third installment of the 80s-flavored sci-fi horror series is back with a vengeance, recalling the first one that won fans over. All photos courtesy of Netflix

‘KontrAdiksyon’ review: Blatant propaganda

Jun 30, 2019 - 9:43 PM

'This is blatant propaganda,' writes resident critic Oggs Cruz

‘Because I Love You’ review: Fifty shades of gross

Jun 30, 2019 - 9:12 PM

'Because I Love You' is nothing more than a chore, and it shows

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE review: Among the best-looking phones this year

Jun 24, 2019 - 7:26 PM

Its design and choice of materials plus its relatively inexpensive price make it a winner

Image by Jeff Digma/Rappler


‘Rocketman’ review: All the bells and whistles

Jun 24, 2019 - 6:34 PM

'Rocketman' still manages to be flamboyant when most of its elements are plain and vanilla

Photo from United International Pictures

‘Toy Story 4’ review: Liberation stories

Jun 24, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'Toy Story 4' is the fitting end to a series that has become so preoccupied with characters chained to their jobs and their roles