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‘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

'Stop Kiss' review: Love is Love

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:04 PM

Critically-acclaimed play returns for its first run in 16 years

'Kolateral' rages against the 'drug war' – here’s why you need to listen

Jul 15, 2019 - 7:12 PM

What happens when data and art channel their anger towards a deadly 'drug war?' 'Kolateral'

‘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.

Sony WH-1000XM3 review: Still the best noise-cancelling headphones

Jul 06, 2019 - 8:00 AM

It’s one of the best all-around packages you could get in the market offering stellar audio performance with exceptional noise-cancelling technology

WH-1000XM3. Image by Franz Lopez/Rappler


'Stranger Things 3' first impressions: Better than season 2, no doubt

Jul 03, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Missed the old, 80s-flavored ‘Stranger Things’? It’s back in season 3.

RETURN TO FORM. The third installment of the 80s-flavored sci-fi horror series is back with a vengeance, recalling the first one that won fans over. All photos courtesy of Netflix

‘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

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE review: Among the best-looking phones this year

Jun 24, 2019 - 7:26 PM

Its design and choice of materials plus its relatively inexpensive price make it a winner

Image by Jeff Digma/Rappler


‘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

Joanne Ramos' 'The Farm' is an eerie depiction of just how far OFWs would go for a loved one

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Joanne Ramos's debut novel is disturbingly close to the reality of many Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW)

‘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

Kahit na sinag: 'The Kundiman Party' in these interesting times

Jun 04, 2019 - 1:40 PM

Floy Quintos’ play is, at its heart, a story about art

SING, REMEMBER, RESIST. Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino and Boo Gabunada take the stage in 'The Kundiman Party.' Photo from The Kundiman Party at the PETA Theater Facebook page

‘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

IN PHOTOS: Thrice, first time's a charm

May 28, 2019 - 10:06 AM

Kamikazee and Chicosci also grace the performance held at the SM North Skydome

Thrice, debut appearance in the Philppines. Photo by Stephen Lavoie/Rappler

'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

'Days Gone' review: Not bad for a zombie game

May 18, 2019 - 8:00 AM

It’s not a perfect game. It’s not a fantastic game, but it’s not a bad one either.

‘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

‘Tayo sa Huling Buwan ng Taon’ review: Past and present tension

May 11, 2019 - 10:52 AM

'Tayo sa Huling Taon ng Buwan' is calm yet quaint

Vivo V15 Pro review: Vivo's best tech makes its case in a field of cheaper options

May 10, 2019 - 4:03 PM

It's a sensibly-priced tech showcase that's facing intense competition from cheaper models

Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

‘Maledicto’ review: Hesitant evil

May 04, 2019 - 1:08 PM

'Maledicto' is uncertain of what it really wants to be and what it really wants to do

'Avengers: Endgame' review: Satisfying finish

Apr 29, 2019 - 6:22 PM

'Endgame' succeeds more as a soap opera than a superhero film

‘Dagsin’ review: Past and present burdens

Apr 21, 2019 - 8:23 PM

'Dagsin' is more than just a novelty act or a pageant of archaic customs and costumes

Early reviews for the Samsung Galaxy Fold trickle in

Apr 16, 2019 - 12:23 PM

The phone debuts in the US on April 26

FOLD. Seeking to rev up demand in the slumping smartphone market, Samsung on Wednesday unveiled a folding handset, becoming the first major manufacturer to offer the feature. Photo by Josh Edelson / AFP


‘Stranded’ review: Stuck in the set-up

Apr 15, 2019 - 9:44 AM

In the end, 'Stranded' has to rely on the strength of the performances of its two leads to sustain its broken conceit until the finish line

'Last Fool Show' review: Found love story

Apr 14, 2019 - 8:03 PM

'Last Fool Show' is a genuinely novel work, especially if seen alongside most recently released romances

‘Shazam!’ review: Giddily fun flick

Apr 08, 2019 - 1:33 PM

'Shazam!' doesn’t need to stretch too far to be meaningful

Movie reviews: All 5 Sinag Maynila 2019 feature length films

Apr 07, 2019 - 4:56 PM

Movie critic Oggs Cruz gives a rundown of the movies at Sinag Maynila 2019

‘Portrait of my Love’ review: Junk art

Apr 06, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Simply put, sitting through 'Portrait of My Love' is pointless torture

'Eerie' review: Sheep in wolf’s clothing

Mar 31, 2019 - 5:00 PM

'It has all the opulence and polish to terrify but at the end of it all, it is just too tame and timid a horror film to make a real lasting impression'

‘Maria’ review: Engrossing actioner

Mar 30, 2019 - 6:28 PM

'Maria’s' triumph isn’t in its ambition to evolve its genre by infusing it with currency or relevance

Game review: 'Devil May Cry 5'

Mar 30, 2019 - 9:25 AM

Watch our video review of Capcom's latest gem, the stylish, impish 'Devil May Cry 5'

Image from Capcom


'Us' review: This is America

Mar 25, 2019 - 9:33 AM

'Us' is vast in its ambition and vigorous in its presentation

'THIS IS AMERICA.' In 'Us,' Peele sets his eyes beyond racial strain without completely abandoning it. Still courtesy of Columbia Pictures

‘Pansamantagal’ review: More manipulative than meaningful

Mar 24, 2019 - 10:41 AM

'Pansamantagal' stumbles with such a flagrant lack of any sophistication in the manner it tries to connects the dots

‘Papa Pogi’ review: Short-lived fun

Mar 23, 2019 - 1:21 PM

Oggs Cruz reviews the Alex Calleja comedy

SKIN DEEP. In 'Papa Pogi,' a man is egged on by his family to date a less attractive woman to break a family curse. Screenshot from YouTube.com/regalcinema

'Far Cry New Dawn' review: Not a whole lot is new

Mar 18, 2019 - 6:49 PM

'Far Cry New Dawn' feels familiar in both good and bad ways

CAPTAIN APOCALYPSE. The wildlife remains as big of a threat to you as the game's new baddies