movie reviews

‘The House with a Clock in its Walls’ review: Mischief in sheep’s clothing

Sep 24, 2018 - 9:00 AM

'The House with a Clock in its Walls' surprises even if it doesn’t need to

Mrs. Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett) trades witty insults with her friend Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black) in "The House With A Clock in Its Walls," the spine-tingling, magical adventure of a boy who goes to live with his eccentric uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. Based on the first volume in the beloved children's series of books, the film is directed by master frightener Eli Roth. Photo by Universal Pictures

'Abay Babes' review: Sometimes sexy, mostly senseless

Sep 23, 2018 - 5:31 PM

Don Cuaresma’s 'Abay Babes' is a film that is never shy of where it sources its pleasures

SEXY, SILLY. Is this new movie worth the watch? Photo from Viva Films

'Nakalimutan Ko Nang Kalimutan Ka' review: Always broken hearts

Sep 22, 2018 - 7:49 PM

'Nakalimutan Ko Nang Kalimutan Ka' is most delightful when it ridicules our inexplicable infatuation with heartaches

Movie reviews: All 6 films in the 2018 ToFarm film festival

Sep 18, 2018 - 9:50 PM

Movie critic Oggs Cruz gives his take on this year's entries

'The Hopeful Romantic' review: Delightful screwball

Sep 15, 2018 - 9:18 PM

'The Hopeful Romantic' is actually smarter than it looks

'Wander Bra' review: Boob humor

Sep 15, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The film is consistently grounded on bad taste.

'The Nun' review: Sister hack

Sep 09, 2018 - 5:10 PM

'The Nun' abuses darkness out of convenience

'Petmalu' review: Old, musty, best forgotten

Sep 09, 2018 - 10:41 AM

All of the conflicts that the film tries to tie together are torturously generic

‘Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral’ review: Stripping the hero

Sep 07, 2018 - 9:26 PM

'Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral' cleverly avoids flattery, stripping the young general of all the myths that decades of misinformed idolatry have afforded him

'Sierra Burgess Is a Loser' hides a sweet heart in a deceptive romance

Sep 07, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Netlfix’s latest romantic comedy is a well-acted, vibrant take on high school identity, but isn’t as successful as a tale of teenage love

Image courtesy of Netflix

‘The Equalizer 2’ review: Overlong calm before the storm

Sep 02, 2018 - 9:41 PM

'The Equalizer 2' is an even more peculiar actioner than its predecessor

The Equalizer 2. Photo by Columbia Pictures

'The Hows of Us' review: Safe but sound

Sep 01, 2018 - 3:53 PM

There is enough sparkle in 'The Hows of Us' to wade over its unconvincing passages

'Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation' review: Outrageously silly

Aug 25, 2018 - 10:47 AM

'Hotel Transylvania 3' is just unabashedly silly

Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures

'Crazy Rich Asians' review: On the money

Aug 22, 2018 - 1:49 PM

'Crazy Rich Asians' is fabulously clever, writes film critic Oggs Cruz

ON THE MONEY. 'Crazy Rich Asians' is both tender and light. Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and RatPac-Dune Entertainment LLC

'Balangiga: Howling Wilderness' review: Powerful and tender

Aug 20, 2018 - 7:06 PM

'Balangiga: Howling Wilderness navigates its seemingly simple narrative around the very relevant tenuous relations the Philippines has with America'

PURSUIT OF FREEDOM. Khavn dela Cruz’s Balangiga: Howling Wilderness is also a story of escape. Screenshot from the movie trailer

Movie reviews: Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2018, part 2

Aug 20, 2018 - 6:57 AM

Film critic Oggs Cruz reviews 'Signal Rock,' 'The Day After Valentine’s,' 'Unli Life, and 'We Will Not Die Tonight'

Movie reviews: Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2018, part 1

Aug 19, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Movie critic Oggs Cruz gives us a lowdown on 'Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wifi,' 'Bakwit Boys,' 'Madilim ang Gabi,' and 'Pinay Beauty'

'The Meg' review: Bigger isn't always better

Aug 12, 2018 - 3:38 PM

'The Meg' goes on a bit longer than it should

‘Dito Lang Ako’ review: An overlong commercial

Aug 11, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Simply put, 'Dito Lang Ako' just doesn’t belong in the cinemas

Movie reviews: All 10 films at the 2018 Cinemalaya Film Festival

Aug 11, 2018 - 11:17 AM

Movie critic Oggs Cruz gives his take on this year's Cinemalaya films

'Christopher Robin' review: Old soul and pretty pictures

Aug 05, 2018 - 3:15 PM

'Christopher Robin' isn't a film that will shake the world

Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) with his long time friend Winnie the Pooh in Disney’s live-action adventure CHRISTOPHER ROBIN.

‘Teen Titans Go! To the Movies’ review: Saving the superhero genre

Aug 05, 2018 - 1:53 PM

Sure, it is simple and its twist can be predicted a mile away, but even those criticisms, it gamely acknowledges by plugging the hole with punchlines about them

'Harry & Patty' review: Cute but bewildering

Aug 04, 2018 - 1:47 PM

'Harry & Patty', already busy as it is with its protagonists struggle to prove to everybody that they are indeed a match, riddles itself with other concerns

'BuyBust' review: Violence, deaths, and discourse

Aug 03, 2018 - 4:14 PM

'BuyBust' is a film that shines because of its details

'Kusina Kings' review: Needs more spice

Jul 29, 2018 - 8:45 AM

The film’s sense of humor doesn’t really require a lot of thinking

Kusina Kings. Screenshots from ABS-CBN Star Cinema

‘Mission: Impossible - Fallout ’ review: Higher stakes, higher action

Jul 28, 2018 - 7:30 PM

'Fallout' is perhaps the culmination of Cruise’s career as an action star

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

‘Billionaire Boys Club’ review: Diminishing returns

Jul 23, 2018 - 1:51 PM

'Billionaire Boys Club' is just mediocre fare

'Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again' review: Million times better

Jul 22, 2018 - 6:57 PM

'Here We Go Again' is a lot of fun

'Jacqueline Comes Home (The Chiong Story)’ review: God-awful

Jul 20, 2018 - 2:40 PM

The film is reprehensible not because it is biased but because it is irresponsible in pushing for its biases

‘Skyscraper’ review: Low-brow high-rise action

Jul 15, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The problem of Thurber’s movie is not that it’s stupid

'I Love You, Hater' review: Hard to love, harder to hate

Jul 15, 2018 - 12:15 PM

'I Love You, Hater' is still a creature of formula but its charm makes it hard to hate

‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ review: Bite-sized marvels

Jul 08, 2018 - 3:23 PM

'Ant-Man and the Wasp' pushes forward by sheer humor and audacity

Marvel Studios ANT-MAN AND THE WASP..L to R: Wasp/Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018

‘Soldado: The Soldier’ review: Grim and gripping

Jul 02, 2018 - 3:29 PM

'Soldado' is clearly a vicious film

'Tag' review: Stunted comedy

Jul 01, 2018 - 6:06 PM

The film is oftentimes clever with its exaggerations

'Walwal' review: Old and haggard

Jun 30, 2018 - 12:56 PM

'Jose Javier Reyes seems to be the perfect person to offer the delayed retort to all the millennial gripes that have bombarded Philippine cinema. Sadly, Walwal isn’t that film.'

‘The Write Moment’ review: Barely beyond clever

Jun 28, 2018 - 3:36 PM

'The film fails to escape the shallowness of its brightest idea'

‘Hereditary’ review: Truly horrific

Jun 24, 2018 - 11:16 PM

'Hereditary' is simply a rare feat of intelligent, vigorous and purposeful filmmaking

'Cry No Fear' review: Haughty tension

Jun 23, 2018 - 2:00 PM

'What’s left of Cry No Fear is just its impression of women either as objects to ogle at or likely victims of oppression'

'Incredibles 2' review: Credible entertainment

Jun 17, 2018 - 3:54 PM

Is it worth the wait?

'Ocean's 8' review: Less a caper, more a slogan

Jun 17, 2018 - 1:33 PM

'It overdoes the statement, but underdoes the fun'

'Submergence' review: Drowning in its own folly

Jun 10, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Movie reviewer Oggs Cruz tells us whether Wim Wenders' movie is worth the trip to the cinemas

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ review: Stunted evolution

Jun 07, 2018 - 12:17 PM

'Fallen Kingdom' is clearly a bid for the franchise to evolve past the man versus dinosaur storyline

'Isle of Dogs' Review: More than just puppy love

Jun 03, 2018 - 3:41 PM

'There is more to Isle of Dogs than just puppy love. It is first and foremost a fable of its time.'

‘Ang Misyon: A Marawi Siege Story’ review: Mixed meanings

Jun 01, 2018 - 8:26 PM

'Ang Misyon' is a jarring mess. It is a magnanimously motivated mistake

'Sid and Aya (Not a Love Story)' review: Love and consequence

Jun 01, 2018 - 1:09 PM

The allure of 'Sid & Aya' lies in its audacity to shift the spotlight from the titular lovers to their social situations

'Ang Panahon ng Halimaw' review: A call to arms

May 30, 2018 - 8:16 PM

'Diaz may be using the Martial Law as a metaphor for the country in a state of strife, but it is as obvious as day that his call to arms is for the present,' writes Oggs Cruz of director Lav Diaz's latest

'Solo: A Star Wars Story' review: Enjoyable romp

May 27, 2018 - 5:09 PM

'The film just doesn’t aim for immortality. The emotions it evokes are for erstwhile delights, ones that evaporate as soon as the next spectacle arrives'

‘So Connected’ review: Social media love

May 25, 2018 - 8:01 PM

Movie critic Oggs Cruz weighs in on what sets Jason Paul Laxamana's movie apart

'Deadpool 2' review: Irreverent love and joy

May 21, 2018 - 7:39 PM

'Deadpool 2' is truly fun and endlessly funny

'Kasal' review: Bridge over troubled lovers

May 20, 2018 - 12:06 PM

'Don't let Kasal trick you into thinking it is more than a sumptuously dreamed up soap opera.'