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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ review: Annoying real quick

Feb 24, 2020 - 5:00 PM

'Sonic the Hedgehog' is as basic as kid’s fare can get

‘UnTrue’ review: Never dull or drab

Feb 24, 2020 - 1:30 PM

'UnTrue' thrives in blurring perceptions

‘Watch List’ review: A must-see

Feb 23, 2020 - 12:30 PM

Watch List is bold and brave

‘James and Pat and Dave’ review: Not as memorable

Feb 17, 2020 - 2:00 PM

The movie never feels funny enough, or charming enough, or serious enough

Singapore orders anti-govt website to warn readers of falsehoods

Feb 15, 2020 - 3:17 PM

The notice aims to prompt readers to do additional fact-checking when accessing the page

'1917’ review: Theater of war

Feb 13, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'1917' takes the theater back from war

‘Of Vodka, Beers, and Regrets’ review: Subtle and sobering

Feb 12, 2020 - 1:00 PM

'Of Vodka, Beers and Regrets' is a beautiful film, through and through

'Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn' review: A vibrant live action cartoon

Feb 06, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Harley Quinn is taking all the other characters here on a crazy ride, and we would do best to buckle up

‘Dolittle’ review: A spectacle of fakery

Feb 03, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The only thing sincere in 'Dolittle' is its title

'Block Z' review: Not bad, but forgettable

Feb 03, 2020 - 6:00 PM

'Block Z' is stifled by a desire to be safe

‘Spies in Disguise’ review: Amiable fun

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:00 PM

It’s not a masterpiece, but it’s far from being just a distraction or worse, a complete waste of time

‘D’Ninang’ review: Dreary godmother

Jan 27, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'Instead of becoming a family drama tainted with dark comedy, it ends up becoming a dreary mess'

‘Nightshift’ review: Workplace horror

Jan 27, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Nightshift' is a pleasant surprise

'Bad Boys for Life' review: Charming, funny, mostly entertaining

Jan 26, 2020 - 1:00 PM

'There are times when it feels like they made a checklist of things that would make middle-aged nostalgia-driven movie-goers laugh, and they just went through the list'

FOR LIFE. Old and new converge in the newest movie from the franchise. Photo from the movie trailer

A review of Walden Bello’s 'Counterrevolution'

Jan 22, 2020 - 4:00 AM

'I don’t think this kind of book can be written by just any sociologist (or political scientist). Intellectual discipline and clarity of this kind come only with a particular depth of political involvement and experience.'

'The Grudge' review: Not grisly enough

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:00 PM

'The film badly needs an edge, one that isn’t borrowed from a film from more than a decade ago'

Scene from Screen Gems' THE GRUDGE.

'Mia' review: Missing intensity and affection

Jan 19, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'Mia' is cute and amiable, but it’s also too light to be memorable

'Cats' review: Not that bad

Jan 16, 2020 - 8:00 PM just takes a while to get past its very many anomalies

‘Kalel, 15’ review: Powerful and scathing

Dec 23, 2019 - 3:00 PM

'Kalel, 15' is powerful

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ review: A disappointing epilogue

Dec 22, 2019 - 7:45 PM

The events of 'The Rise of Skywalker' renders the entire Star Wars saga into an overwrought fairy tale

Rey (Daisy Ridley) in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. Photo courtesy of Lucasfilm

Facebook taps community reviewers to aid in fact-checking

Dec 20, 2019 - 2:46 PM

The social media network is piloting the service in the US and says community reviewers are meant to give 'directional signal' to professional fact-checkers

‘Marriage Story’ review: Brave and poignant

Dec 17, 2019 - 12:13 PM

Marriage Story is a tremendous achievement

‘Dead Kids’ review: Viciously entertaining

Dec 15, 2019 - 8:00 PM

'Dead Kids' is a breath of fresh air

‘My Bakit List’ review: Chore of a film

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:00 AM

'My Bakit List' is too unfocused to be truly pertinent

‘Love is Love’ review: A very pleasant surprise

Dec 11, 2019 - 9:00 AM

'It doesn’t work as a romance. It is awkward as a comedy.'

‘Mañanita’ review: A formidable effort

Dec 09, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The film feels more like an audacious attempt to marry glaze and purpose, with the former winning out

Trump on quest for foreign wins – and drama – in election year

Dec 05, 2019 - 1:32 PM

2019 is year full of tosses and turns for the US president

CELEBRITY. In this file photo taken on November 25, 2019, US President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and First Lady Melania Trump stand with Conan, the military dog that was involved with the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

'The Two Popes' review: Two Thumbs Up

Dec 02, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Put under 'My List' on your Netflix account right now


‘Unbreakable’ review: Desperate for tears

Dec 02, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'Unbreakable' uses low-brow tragedy as a crutch

‘The Heiress’ review: Wasting a legacy

Dec 01, 2019 - 5:40 PM

'The Heiress' is sad, sad dud

‘Kings of Reality Shows’ review: A comedy and a confessional

Dec 01, 2019 - 9:09 AM

'Kings of Reality Shows' is more than what it thinks it is

'Frozen 2' review: Thawing to maturity

Nov 27, 2019 - 12:35 PM

'Frozen 2' feels like it is done subverting the common stereotypes about Disney’s princesses

‘Adan’ review: Male gaze

Nov 24, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The film’s discourse centers on the intrinsic fault of females

‘Damaso’ review: Monster of a film

Nov 24, 2019 - 10:27 AM

There are definitely a lot of ideas in 'Damaso'

'Death Stranding' review: A litmus test for the curious

Nov 21, 2019 - 10:59 PM

With 'Death Stranding,' you have a divisive game that brings about curious onlookers. Check out our reviewer's thoughts on the title.

‘Charlie’s Angels’ review: Clever subversions, sparse pleasures

Nov 19, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Elizabeth Banks’ 'Charlie’s Angels' feels like it is drowning in its own blatant advocacy

Ella Balinska, Kristen Stewart and Naomi Scott star in Charlie's Angels.

‘The Annulment’ review: Legally bland

Nov 17, 2019 - 4:56 PM

In an age where there are discussions on legalizing divorce, a film like 'The Annulment' is counterproductive

‘The Art of Ligaw’ review: Surprisingly delightful

Nov 17, 2019 - 3:00 PM

'The Art of Ligaw' is a satisfying romance

Movie reviews: 2019 Cinema One Originals films, Part 2

Nov 17, 2019 - 10:55 AM

Oggs Cruz reviews 'Lucid,' 'O,' 'Metamorphosis,' and 'Yours Truly Shirley'

Movie reviews: 2019 Cinema One Originals films Part 1

Nov 16, 2019 - 3:38 PM

Oggs Cruz's review 'Sila, Sila,' 'Tia Madre,' 'Tayo Muna Habang Hindi Pa Tayo,' and 'Utopia'

The curse that is Imelda Marcos: A review of Lauren Greenfield’s 'Kingmaker' film

Nov 14, 2019 - 9:00 AM

'This is a film that makes us remember why we as young adults fought the dictatorship. We lost and the Marcoses are back, and it's time for the next generation to step up'

‘Nuuk’ review: A mystery in need of more heat

Nov 10, 2019 - 7:15 PM

'Nuuk' is a case where the hook is more compelling than the catch

‘Cara X Jagger’ review: Easy on the eyes, light on substance

Nov 10, 2019 - 5:56 PM

'Cara X Jagger' stubbornly aims for cuteness

POPS Burgers: Underrated goodness

Nov 09, 2019 - 9:30 AM

What make a really good 100% angus beef burger? Just ask Pops – Katipunan's secret gem.

Cinema One Originals entry 'Metamorphosis' gets R-16 rating from MTRCB

Nov 07, 2019 - 6:28 PM

The movie – about an intersex person – had originally been given an X-rating, meaning it would not be screened in cinemas

‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ review: A fun ride

Nov 03, 2019 - 10:27 AM

'Dark Fate' doesn’t make the mistake of being overly complicated

‘Hellcome Home’ review: It gets better

Nov 01, 2019 - 1:52 PM

'Hellcome Home' doesn’t end as prettily

Syria government, opposition open 'historic' constitutional review

Oct 30, 2019 - 11:17 PM

The United Nations-brokered constitutional review committee includes 150 delegates – divided equally among President Bashar al-Assad's government, the opposition, and civil society

HISTORIC. Members of the Syrian government delegation attend the first meeting of the new Syrian Constitutional Committee at the United Nations in Geneva on October 30, 2019. Photo by Denis Balibouse/Pool/AFP

‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ review: Double dead, only slightly amusing

Oct 28, 2019 - 11:15 AM

'Double Tap', while unnecessary, is a harmless and merry little sequel

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