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'All Souls Night' has already used up most of its tricks, most of which are overused tropes
'It has a certain kind of lightness that doesn’t just simply surrender to blind silliness for empty giggles'
'A Star is Born' is as compelling a deep dive into the world of glitz and glamour as it is an intimate romance
'It is almost as if Wild and Free isn’t aware of how toxic it and its message are'
'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
'It is so limp in everything it wants to do, it fails to penetrate anything'
'Para sa Broken Hearted' maximizes the conceit of tragic romances being narrated seemingly out of nowhere and to the most random of strangers
The most frustrating about it is not that it's slender in scares, but slender in imagination
'At first glance, the animated film seems bereft of original ideas'
'Exes Baggage is a love story that is aware of the attitudes that define the generation of its lovers'
'The House with a Clock in its Walls' surprises even if it doesn’t need to
Don Cuaresma’s 'Abay Babes' is a film that is never shy of where it sources its pleasures
'Nakalimutan Ko Nang Kalimutan Ka' is most delightful when it ridicules our inexplicable infatuation with heartaches
Movie critic Oggs Cruz gives his take on this year's entries
'The Hopeful Romantic' is actually smarter than it looks
All of the conflicts that the film tries to tie together are torturously generic
'Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral' cleverly avoids flattery, stripping the young general of all the myths that decades of misinformed idolatry have afforded him
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
'The Equalizer 2' is an even more peculiar actioner than its predecessor
There is enough sparkle in 'The Hows of Us' to wade over its unconvincing passages
'Hotel Transylvania 3' is just unabashedly silly
'Crazy Rich Asians' is fabulously clever, writes film critic Oggs Cruz
'Balangiga: Howling Wilderness navigates its seemingly simple narrative around the very relevant tenuous relations the Philippines has with America'
Film critic Oggs Cruz reviews 'Signal Rock,' 'The Day After Valentine’s,' 'Unli Life, and 'We Will Not Die Tonight'
Movie critic Oggs Cruz gives us a lowdown on 'Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wifi,' 'Bakwit Boys,' 'Madilim ang Gabi,' and 'Pinay Beauty'
Simply put, 'Dito Lang Ako' just doesn’t belong in the cinemas
Movie critic Oggs Cruz gives his take on this year's Cinemalaya films
'Christopher Robin' isn't a film that will shake the world
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', 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' is a film that shines because of its details
The film’s sense of humor doesn’t really require a lot of thinking
'Fallout' is perhaps the culmination of Cruise’s career as an action star
The film is reprehensible not because it is biased but because it is irresponsible in pushing for its biases
The problem of Thurber’s movie is not that it’s stupid
'I Love You, Hater' is still a creature of formula but its charm makes it hard to hate
'Ant-Man and the Wasp' pushes forward by sheer humor and audacity
'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 film fails to escape the shallowness of its brightest idea'