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'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

‘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

'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'

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘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: '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

‘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'