review - updates

Rappler's latest stories on review

ARTICLE FINDER

‘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

‘Jump Force’ review: A fun brawler with a lackluster campaign

Feb 16, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Sadly, the 'Jump Force' campaign mode is fan service done wrong

MIXING IT UP. Sasuke, Goku, and Trunks take to battle. Screenshots from the game.

‘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 YouTube.com/VIVAEntertainment001

‘The Umbrella Academy’ shines when they’re together

Feb 08, 2019 - 7:30 PM

‘The Umbrella Academy’ works best when it frees itself from uninteresting drama and lets its characters lean into their weirdness

‘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'

'CLAPCLAPCLAP!' finds IV of Spades battling anxiety and identity

Jan 22, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The wildly successful rock trio make their full-length album debut with an enjoyable though inconsistent set of songs that nevertheless prove the band’s skill

Image from IV of Spades' Facebook account

MTRCB, NCCA ink memorandum of understanding

Jan 21, 2019 - 6:19 PM

The memo aims to help in facilitating and promoting NCCA-funded films

‘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

'Just Cause 4' review: Mindless fun can get old fast

Dec 29, 2018 - 3:03 PM

The game’s mindless fun fails to save it from some uninspired mission design and technical shortcomings

RICO SUAVE. Your secret agent Rico Rodriguez zips through the air ready to take on all manner of baddie. Screenshot from reviewer

‘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

Runaway winner: How Catriona Gray won Miss Universe 2018

Dec 21, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Catriona Gray and her team didn't come to Bangkok to participate – they came to win

'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'

[OPINION] What in the world happened in Miss World 2018?

Dec 14, 2018 - 2:00 PM

'Miss World doesn’t need anymore gimmickry, continental awards to get more people interested and the entire list of countries in existence to participate'

Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon reacts after winning the 68th Miss World contest final in Sanya, on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan on December 8, 2018. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

'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

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: Peak Infinity Display

Dec 04, 2018 - 11:55 AM

The Note 9 will likely be the last to sport this design before the S10 introduces a new form in early 2019

All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


'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

'Mula sa Buwan' explores friend zones and war zones

Nov 14, 2018 - 2:16 PM

The acclaimed musical returns for a sixteen-show run

IT'S BACK. Mula sa Buwan is really about consequence, of pieces falling apart, and how people put their lives back together. Image courtesy of Mula Sa Buwan

‘Class of 2018’ review: School of schlock

Nov 11, 2018 - 1:00 PM

'Class of 2018' is overly ambitious to a fault

Facebook refuses to delete post critical of Singapore gov't

Nov 10, 2018 - 5:51 PM

Singapore's government agencies slam the posted Facebook article as 'clearly false, defamatory, and attacks Singapore'

FACEBOOK. A big logo created from pictures of Facebook users worldwide is pictured in the company's Data Center, its first outside the US on November 7, 2013 in Lulea, in Swedish Lapland. File photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

'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

Binge-worthy: 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'

Oct 25, 2018 - 10:00 AM

This tale of witchcraft and coming of age packs lots of thrills

BINGE-WORTH? Certainly. Image courtesy of Netflix

Binge-worthy: 'Daredevil' season 3

Oct 24, 2018 - 9:01 PM

A powerful villain returns, and a new one arrives to wreak havoc on Hell’s Kitchen

BINGE-WORTHY? Has there been a superhero show with as much self-doubt and trepidation as 'Daredevil?' Image from Netflix

'First Love' review: Never lasts

Oct 23, 2018 - 4:00 PM

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