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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'

‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’ review: Fun but forgettable

Aug 05, 2019 - 10:28 AM

'Hobbs & Shaw' will inevitably be forgotten once the next and more outrageous Fast & Furious entry comes along

‘Family History’ review: Surprisingly poignant debut

Aug 02, 2019 - 5:00 PM

'Family History' is precious because it understands that tears, cries and whimpers aren’t the only logical response to depression

‘Hello, Love, Goodbye’ review: Love in a huff

Aug 02, 2019 - 3:02 PM

'Hello, Love, Goodbye' is fine entertainment – one that doesn’t dumb down the issues it puts forward for the sake of a standard happy ending

‘Midsommar’ review: Frighteningly gorgeous

Jul 28, 2019 - 12:02 PM

'Midsommar' is scant on plot, allowing it to dress itself with ornate details and subtle layers

SONA 2019 review: Paint-by-numbers, a rehash

Jul 25, 2019 - 2:00 PM

We review the latest SONA as a cinematic experience – because why not?

‘My Letters to Happy’ review: Beyond good intentions

Jul 21, 2019 - 9:32 PM

'My Letters to Happy' is thankfully a film that doesn’t use its good intentions to bandage its flaws and deficiencies

‘The Lion King’ review: Bloated, unnecessary spectacle

Jul 21, 2019 - 6:52 PM

'The Lion King' is all shine but no spirit

‘Ma’ review: Split personality

Jul 15, 2019 - 3:59 PM

'It is a horror film that is grounded on absurdity'

‘Escape Plan 3’ review: Brutish and brainless

Jul 14, 2019 - 12:33 PM

'Escape Plan 3' is a slog

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ review: Back to Earth

Jul 07, 2019 - 7:06 PM

'Far From Home', beyond its veneer of comic book goofiness, bears realities that are worth pondering.

‘KontrAdiksyon’ review: Blatant propaganda

Jun 30, 2019 - 9:43 PM

'This is blatant propaganda,' writes resident critic Oggs Cruz

‘Because I Love You’ review: Fifty shades of gross

Jun 30, 2019 - 9:12 PM

'Because I Love You' is nothing more than a chore, and it shows

‘Rocketman’ review: All the bells and whistles

Jun 24, 2019 - 6:34 PM

'Rocketman' still manages to be flamboyant when most of its elements are plain and vanilla

Photo from United International Pictures

‘Toy Story 4’ review: Liberation stories

Jun 24, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'Toy Story 4' is the fitting end to a series that has become so preoccupied with characters chained to their jobs and their roles

‘Feelennial’ review: Sloppy and second-rate insights

Jun 23, 2019 - 8:31 PM

'Feelennial' is just grossly unremarkable

‘Men in Black: International’ review: An obvious money grab

Jun 17, 2019 - 1:46 PM

'Men in Black: International' is content with being ordinary

'Clarita' review: The route of least resistance

Jun 16, 2019 - 11:06 PM

'Clarita chose to be vanilla when it can be so much more'

CLARITA. Film critics Oggs Cruz says the movie could have been so much more. Still from the movie trailer

‘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