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‘Sunshine Family’ review: Comedy of unbearable errors

Jun 09, 2019 - 6:30 PM

'Sunshine Family' is a film that desperately needs breathing space

‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ review: Exasperating experience

Jun 09, 2019 - 5:00 PM

'Dark Phoenix' is supposed to be bursting with emotions. Instead, it feels deflated and defeated.

DARK PHOENIX. Jean Gray (Sophie Turner) finds herself embracing the powers of Dark Phoenix in the final X-Men movie. All photos courtesy of 20th Century Fox  DARK PHOENIX. Jean Gray (Sophie Turner) finds herself embracing the powers of Dark Phoenix in the final X-Men movie. All photos courtesy of 20th Century Fox

What critics are saying about ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’

Jun 07, 2019 - 6:29 PM

The final installment in the current X-Men series fails to impress the critics

DARK PHOENIX. Sophie Turner stars as Jean Grey in the final installment of the 'X-Men' series. Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

‘Finding You’ review: Lost in the novelty

Jun 03, 2019 - 9:18 PM

'Finding You' has promise beyond the easy and ready thrills of youthful romance

‘Quezon’s Game’ review: Sentimental and nationalistic

Jun 02, 2019 - 6:00 PM

'Quezon’s Game' ends up carving an indelible affect out of a sometimes wobbly but still coherent conjuration of melodrama out of history

‘Banal’ review: Surprisingly unsettling

Jun 01, 2019 - 2:57 PM

'Banal' just feels and looks much more intelligent than it should be, given its formulaic plot

'The Last Interview: The Mayor Antonio Halili Story' review: Avoid it like the plague

May 25, 2019 - 2:23 PM

'The Last Interview' is just counterproductive

‘Kuwaresma’ review: Clever as the devil and twice as pretty

May 19, 2019 - 7:57 PM

Is 'Kuwaresma' worth the watch?

‘Between Maybes’ review: Romance in Saga

May 18, 2019 - 7:04 PM

The film, starring Julia Barretto and Gerald Anderson, is set in Saga, Japan

BETWEEN MAYBES. Gerald Anderson and Julia Barretto are romantic leads in Jason Paul Laxamana's latest film. Screenshot from Black Sheep on YouTube

‘Man and Wife’ review: Stale and old as time

May 12, 2019 - 2:50 PM

'Man and Wife' just doesn’t commit to progress and innovation

‘S.O.N.S. (Sons of Nanay Sabel)’ review: Mother inferior

May 11, 2019 - 4:18 PM

'S.O.N.S.' isn’t really a film. It is a lousy skit

‘Tayo sa Huling Buwan ng Taon’ review: Past and present tension

May 11, 2019 - 10:52 AM

'Tayo sa Huling Taon ng Buwan' is calm yet quaint

‘Maledicto’ review: Hesitant evil

May 04, 2019 - 1:08 PM

'Maledicto' is uncertain of what it really wants to be and what it really wants to do

'Avengers: Endgame' review: Satisfying finish

Apr 29, 2019 - 6:22 PM

'Endgame' succeeds more as a soap opera than a superhero film

‘Dagsin’ review: Past and present burdens

Apr 21, 2019 - 8:23 PM

'Dagsin' is more than just a novelty act or a pageant of archaic customs and costumes

‘Stranded’ review: Stuck in the set-up

Apr 15, 2019 - 9:44 AM

In the end, 'Stranded' has to rely on the strength of the performances of its two leads to sustain its broken conceit until the finish line

'Last Fool Show' review: Found love story

Apr 14, 2019 - 8:03 PM

'Last Fool Show' is a genuinely novel work, especially if seen alongside most recently released romances

‘Shazam!’ review: Giddily fun flick

Apr 08, 2019 - 1:33 PM

'Shazam!' doesn’t need to stretch too far to be meaningful

Movie reviews: All 5 Sinag Maynila 2019 feature length films

Apr 07, 2019 - 4:56 PM

Movie critic Oggs Cruz gives a rundown of the movies at Sinag Maynila 2019

‘Portrait of my Love’ review: Junk art

Apr 06, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Simply put, sitting through 'Portrait of My Love' is pointless torture

'Eerie' review: Sheep in wolf’s clothing

Mar 31, 2019 - 5:00 PM

'It has all the opulence and polish to terrify but at the end of it all, it is just too tame and timid a horror film to make a real lasting impression'

‘Maria’ review: Engrossing actioner

Mar 30, 2019 - 6:28 PM

'Maria’s' triumph isn’t in its ambition to evolve its genre by infusing it with currency or relevance

'Us' review: This is America

Mar 25, 2019 - 9:33 AM

'Us' is vast in its ambition and vigorous in its presentation

'THIS IS AMERICA.' In 'Us,' Peele sets his eyes beyond racial strain without completely abandoning it. Still courtesy of Columbia Pictures

‘Pansamantagal’ review: More manipulative than meaningful

Mar 24, 2019 - 10:41 AM

'Pansamantagal' stumbles with such a flagrant lack of any sophistication in the manner it tries to connects the dots

‘Papa Pogi’ review: Short-lived fun

Mar 23, 2019 - 1:21 PM

Oggs Cruz reviews the Alex Calleja comedy

SKIN DEEP. In 'Papa Pogi,' a man is egged on by his family to date a less attractive woman to break a family curse. Screenshot from YouTube.com/regalcinema

‘On the Basis of Sex’ review: Beyond stereotypes

Mar 18, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'On the Basis of Sex' is quite a spirited biopic

‘Ulan’ review: More than just fun and fantasies

Mar 16, 2019 - 8:21 PM

'Ulan' is more about stories than it is about the idea of love

'Aria' review: Flawed but fascinating

Mar 13, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Carlo Catu’s film is rousing when it needs to be rousing

FLAWED, FASCINATING. Carlo Catu's 'Aria' hits cinemas. Still from the Aria Facebook page

'Captain Marvel' review: No way but up

Mar 07, 2019 - 7:30 AM

'The movie that should have been vastly enjoyable as it is just wobbles beneath all the weight and expectations,' film critic Oggs Cruz says of the new Marvel flick

SUPERHERO. 'Captain Marvel' is the first solo female superhero movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Still courtesy of Disney

‘Monstrum’ review: More comic than compelling

Mar 04, 2019 - 9:00 AM

'Monstrum' seems to be more invested in spectacle than tackling the schemes and machinations of men in power

'Familia Blondina' review: Fake and half-baked

Mar 02, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Rappler's resident film critic watches the movie so you don't have to

HALF-BAKED? Everything is fake in Jerry Lopez Sineneng's 'Familia Blondina.' Screenshot from the movie trailer

‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ review: Bittersweet conclusion

Feb 24, 2019 - 2:30 PM

'The Hidden World may not be able to match its predecessors’ sense of joy, wonder and woe, but it comes close enough'

CONCLUSION. The series comes to a close. Still courtesy of DreamWorks Animation

'The Favourite' review: Of fowls and follies

Feb 23, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The fact that 'The Favourite' has basis in history only makes its implications resonate more

WHO WINS? Two cousins vie for the affection of Queen Anne in 'The Favourite.' Still from the movie trailer

‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ review: Brazen fun, weighty wisdom

Feb 17, 2019 - 6:10 PM

'The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part' is one crazy party

'Alone/Together' review: Love, art and ambition

Feb 16, 2019 - 9:52 PM

'The conspiracy between the mechanics of a romance and palatable realness is strange at first, until it all makes beautiful sense'

WORTH THE WATCH? 'Alone/Together' marks the big screen comeback of Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil. Still courtesy of Black Sheep productions

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ review: Hard not to get hooked

Feb 10, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The film seems to want its audience to revel at the extent of grotesqueness technology can stretch the human form with

‘Hanggang Kailan?’ review: Breaking up is hard to do

Feb 09, 2019 - 5:53 PM

The film, mostly set in Saga, Japan, stars Xian Lim and Louise delos Reyes

HANGGANG KAILAN. Louise delos Reyes and Xian Lim play lovers in Japan. Screenshot from YouTube.com/VIVAEntertainment001

‘Ang Sikreto ng Piso’ review: Just a peso’s worth of joy

Feb 03, 2019 - 11:30 AM

'Ang Sikreto ng Piso' is afflicted with torturous redundancy

‘The Possession of Hannah Grace’ review: A dull kind of dark

Jan 27, 2019 - 9:09 PM

'The Possession of Hannah Grace' is both stale and disposable

‘Born Beautiful’ review: Undeniably humongous heart

Jan 27, 2019 - 4:00 PM

'It confidently skirts norms without losing track of its need to delight'

‘Glass’ review: Delusions of grandeur

Jan 21, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Like Ellie’s subjects, 'Glass' is stubbornly but intriguingly contained

'Alpha: The Right to Kill' review: The devil in the details

Jan 20, 2019 - 5:22 PM

'What is most troubling in Alpha is how Mendoza doesn’t express any anger in all the lives lost in a glaringly ineffective war'

DRUG 'WAR' DEATHS. Brillante Mendoza's latest movie paints a picture from Duterte's ongoing campaign against illegal drugs. Screenshot from the movie trailer

'Sakaling Maging Tayo' Review: Contagious joys

Jan 18, 2019 - 5:59 PM

The 'teenybopper romance' stars McCoy de Leon and Elise Joson

SAKALING MAGING TAYO. McCoy de Leon and Elise Joson star in their first film together. Screenshot from Black Sheep on YouTube

‘Bumblebee’ review: More than meets the eye

Jan 13, 2019 - 10:11 PM

'Bumblebee' is a convincing ray of hope that there can be good things from a franchise that has been abused for profit

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ review: A spoonful of sugary nostalgia

Jan 13, 2019 - 4:54 PM

'Mary Poppins Returns' is undoubtedly a good time in the cinemas

'Boy Tokwa: Lodi ng Gapo' review: As bland as cheap tofu

Jan 11, 2019 - 5:00 PM

'Sadly, the film is only consistent in how illogical it is,' movie critic Oggs Cruz says

'Fantastica' review: Incoherent vice

Dec 30, 2018 - 11:05 AM

When all the imagination runs out, and it becomes apparent that the film is devoid of even the subtlest of substance, the film starts to run on fumes, turning into a jolly but really juvenile jumble

‘Mary, Marry Me’ review: A very wrong engagement

Dec 30, 2018 - 7:30 AM

'Mary, Marry Me' has all the right elements in place but ultimately fails to make any other impact than lasting disappointment

‘One Great Love’ review: One grating love triangle

Dec 29, 2018 - 1:27 PM

'One Great Love' is one shallow romance

'The Girl in the Orange Dress' review: A mountain out of a molehill

Dec 28, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Simply put, 'The Girl in the Orange Dress' film falls under all the pressure of its cute but curbed premise