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‘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

‘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

‘Rainbow’s Sunset’ review: Skeletons in the closet

Dec 28, 2018 - 3:11 PM

'Rainbow’s Sunset' is lousy in both crafting and concept

'Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles' review: Complacency kills the fun

Dec 28, 2018 - 11:00 AM

'Complacency is the biggest foe of creativity, and the creative team behind 'Jack Em Popoy' have all the reason to be complacent'

COMEDY, ACTION? The jumbled plot is perhaps the most novel thing in the film. Screenshot from the movie trailer

MMFF 2018: Movie reviews

Dec 26, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Here's your guide to all the films in the MMFF

'Otlum' review: Brief and witless

Dec 26, 2018 - 5:56 PM

'Otlum' is just brief. It isn’t witty. It also isn’t very soulful.

YAY OR NAY? 'Otlum' is just devoid of mirth and happiness, writes Oggs Cruz. Screenshot from the film trailer

‘Aurora’ review: Dead in the water

Dec 26, 2018 - 5:06 PM

'Aurora' is a film that could have benefited from focusing on mood instead of shock

'Roma' review: Towering achievement

Dec 20, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Director Alfonso Cuarón molds the movie perfectly to pay loving tribute to people in the fringes

'Aquaman' review: Very shallow waters

Dec 16, 2018 - 5:00 PM

'Since it overextends its welcome, it ends up more tiring than invigorating'

'Mortal Engines' review: Crash and burn

Dec 09, 2018 - 7:45 PM

'Mortal Engines' is so dogged in its desire to push the narrative forward as fast and bombastic as possible that the film barely has any room to breathe

‘Kahit Ayaw Mo Na’ review: Weaving nothing out of something

Dec 09, 2018 - 11:18 AM

'Kahit Ayaw Mo' Na is just a dull film

'Three Words to Forever' review: Best left at the altar

Dec 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Sadly, it seems that the culprit to 'Three Words to Forever’s' staleness is the performances

‘Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap’ review: Humor among thieves

Nov 30, 2018 - 6:07 PM

Clearly, 'Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap' isn’t some sloppily put-together film that relies on easy gags to entertain

iWant TV reviews: 'Ma' and 'Glorious'

Nov 26, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Are iWant TV's latest offerings a pass or fail? Find out here

'Ralph Breaks the Internet' review: A cartoon that clicks

Nov 24, 2018 - 6:29 PM

'It is refreshingly current in both form and heart'

WORLD-BUILDING WIN. 'Ralph Breaks the Internet' sends nearly all the right signals. Still courtesy of Disney

'Recipe for Love' review: Like watered-down chocolate

Nov 24, 2018 - 11:15 AM

'Recipe for Love' aspires to grant a glimpse of the highs and lows of a romantic relationship throughout its various stages

‘Through Night and Day’ review: Winning, losing, trying

Nov 18, 2018 - 9:31 PM

In the end, 'Through Night and Day' is even more imperfect than the couple it portrays

'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' review: Grounding the magic

Nov 18, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Crimes of Grindenwald is a film that stumbles more than it flows.

WIZARDING WORLD. 'Crimes of Grindenwald' is a film that stumbles more than it flows. Image courtesy of Warner Bros

‘Kung Paano Siya Nawala’ review: Hard to forget

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:41 PM

'Kung Paano Siya Nawala' is a romance that savors the beauty of faults

‘Class of 2018’ review: School of schlock

Nov 11, 2018 - 1:00 PM

'Class of 2018' is overly ambitious to a fault

'All Souls Night' review: Paper-thin horror

Nov 04, 2018 - 9:38 AM

'All Souls Night' has already used up most of its tricks, most of which are overused tropes

‘To Love Some Buddy’ review: A certain kind of light

Nov 03, 2018 - 9:30 AM

'It has a certain kind of lightness that doesn’t just simply surrender to blind silliness for empty giggles'

RIGHT MIX. Without resorting to overbearing seriousness, 'To Love Some Buddy' isn’t just empty fluff. Screenshot from the movie trailer

'First Love' review: Never lasts

Oct 23, 2018 - 4:00 PM

This is a romance that is as vanilla as vanilla can get

Movie reviews: All 9 films in the 2018 Cinema One Originals Festival

Oct 21, 2018 - 1:04 PM

Which films stood out?

‘A Star is Born’ review: A riveting debut

Oct 15, 2018 - 8:17 PM

'A Star is Born' is as compelling a deep dive into the world of glitz and glamour as it is an intimate romance

‘Wild and Free’ review: Bedazzled in a bed of roses

Oct 14, 2018 - 9:30 AM

'It is almost as if Wild and Free isn’t aware of how toxic it and its message are'

‘Liway’ review: What's the price of freedom?

Oct 13, 2018 - 1:17 PM

'Liway' is an astounding personal work as it mines its narrative from the memories of Kip Oebanda growing up within the confines of his parents’ prison

'Venom' review: Toxic universe

Oct 07, 2018 - 8:44 PM

'It is so limp in everything it wants to do, it fails to penetrate anything'

‘Para sa Broken Hearted’ review: Skinny love

Oct 07, 2018 - 1:30 PM

'Para sa Broken Hearted' maximizes the conceit of tragic romances being narrated seemingly out of nowhere and to the most random of strangers

'Tres' review: Three stumps

Oct 06, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'Tres' falls very short of its ambition

Tres. Photo by Precious del Valle/Rapler

‘Slender Man’ review: Thin scares, thinner imagination

Sep 30, 2018 - 3:45 PM

The most frustrating about it is not that it's slender in scares, but slender in imagination

'Smallfoot' review: A Mountain of pleasant surprises

Sep 29, 2018 - 5:04 PM

'At first glance, the animated film seems bereft of original ideas'

MORE THAN A ROMP. 'Smallfoot' starts slow but all of a sudden, it gets better, exponentially. Image courtesy of Warner Bros.

'Exes Baggage' review: Barely any false notes

Sep 27, 2018 - 4:50 PM

'Exes Baggage is a love story that is aware of the attitudes that define the generation of its lovers'

REUNION. One-time real-life lovers Carlo Aquino and Angelica Panganiban star in 'Exes Baggage.' Image courtesy of Black Sheep

‘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