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'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

'Nakalimutan Ko Nang Kalimutan Ka' review: Always broken hearts

Sep 22, 2018 - 7:49 PM

'Nakalimutan Ko Nang Kalimutan Ka' is most delightful when it ridicules our inexplicable infatuation with heartaches

Movie reviews: All 6 films in the 2018 ToFarm film festival

Sep 18, 2018 - 9:50 PM

Movie critic Oggs Cruz gives his take on this year's entries

'NBA 2K19' review roundup: The gold standard but pay-to-win system mars game

Sep 17, 2018 - 4:17 PM

'NBA 2K19' continues to excel but microtransactions also continue to rule the day in online career modes

Screenshot from NBA 2K19 video


'The Hopeful Romantic' review: Delightful screwball

Sep 15, 2018 - 9:18 PM

'The Hopeful Romantic' is actually smarter than it looks

'Wander Bra' review: Boob humor

Sep 15, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The film is consistently grounded on bad taste.

Binge-Worthy: Iron Fist, Season 2

Sep 10, 2018 - 11:00 AM

New season improves on the last — but only just

'The Nun' review: Sister hack

Sep 09, 2018 - 5:10 PM

'The Nun' abuses darkness out of convenience

'Petmalu' review: Old, musty, best forgotten

Sep 09, 2018 - 10:41 AM

All of the conflicts that the film tries to tie together are torturously generic

‘Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral’ review: Stripping the hero

Sep 07, 2018 - 9:26 PM

'Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral' cleverly avoids flattery, stripping the young general of all the myths that decades of misinformed idolatry have afforded him

'Sierra Burgess Is a Loser' hides a sweet heart in a deceptive romance

Sep 07, 2018 - 6:00 PM

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

Image courtesy of Netflix

'Spider-Man' PS4 review: More than a heroic experience

Sep 04, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Insomniac’s take on Spider-Man is a complete and spectacular 'Spider-Man' experience. It’s fast, fluid, funny and stays true to the character

Photos from Sony/Spider-Man


Ariana Grande's 'Sweetener': A grandiose pop panorama

Sep 03, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Sugary with discotheque beats and oozing with confidence, Ariana Grande’s 'Sweetener' sizzles as her most empowering, most dynamic album to date

Singer Ariana Grande sings during the March for Our Lives Rally in Washington, DC on March 24, 2018.  Galvanized by a massacre at a Florida high school, hundreds of thousands of Americans are expected to take to the streets in cities across the United States on Saturday in the biggest protest for gun control in a generation. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

‘The Equalizer 2’ review: Overlong calm before the storm

Sep 02, 2018 - 9:41 PM

'The Equalizer 2' is an even more peculiar actioner than its predecessor

The Equalizer 2. Photo by Columbia Pictures

'The Hows of Us' review: Safe but sound

Sep 01, 2018 - 3:53 PM

There is enough sparkle in 'The Hows of Us' to wade over its unconvincing passages

IN PHOTOS: Boyzone in Manila for farewell tour

Aug 28, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The Irish boyband returns to the Philippines one more time before bidding goodbye

Boyzone, 25th Anniversary & Farwell Tour

'Miss Granny' review: Lovelier in parts than a whole

Aug 25, 2018 - 4:26 PM

'Joyce Bernal’s remake is more a spotlight as to what kind of artist Geronimo has become'

'MISS GRANNY.' Is the Filipino remake worth watching? Image from the movie trailer

'Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation' review: Outrageously silly

Aug 25, 2018 - 10:47 AM

'Hotel Transylvania 3' is just unabashedly silly

Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Chance the Rapper in Manila: 'Y'all just killed that show'

Aug 24, 2018 - 10:31 AM

The Chicago-born rap star proves to be a dynamo performer in his first Philippine show, where he takes everyone to church.

CHANCE IN MANILA. The rap star performs in his first headlining show in Asia and the Philippines. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

'Crazy Rich Asians' review: On the money

Aug 22, 2018 - 1:49 PM

'Crazy Rich Asians' is fabulously clever, writes film critic Oggs Cruz

ON THE MONEY. 'Crazy Rich Asians' is both tender and light. Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and RatPac-Dune Entertainment LLC

'Balangiga: Howling Wilderness' review: Powerful and tender

Aug 20, 2018 - 7:06 PM

'Balangiga: Howling Wilderness navigates its seemingly simple narrative around the very relevant tenuous relations the Philippines has with America'

PURSUIT OF FREEDOM. Khavn dela Cruz’s Balangiga: Howling Wilderness is also a story of escape. Screenshot from the movie trailer

Movie reviews: Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2018, part 2

Aug 20, 2018 - 6:57 AM

Film critic Oggs Cruz reviews 'Signal Rock,' 'The Day After Valentine’s,' 'Unli Life, and 'We Will Not Die Tonight'

Movie reviews: Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2018, part 1

Aug 19, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Movie critic Oggs Cruz gives us a lowdown on 'Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wifi,' 'Bakwit Boys,' 'Madilim ang Gabi,' and 'Pinay Beauty'

'Grandma' sees Unique Salonga carving his own musical path

Aug 16, 2018 - 9:00 AM

With his solo debut, the former IV of Spades frontman says goodbye to disco and searches for identity in the sounds of psychedelic rock.

SOLO FLIGHT. Unique Salonga releases 'Grandma,' his 12-track debut album as a solo artist. Image from Facebook.com/uniquetsph

'The Meg' review: Bigger isn't always better

Aug 12, 2018 - 3:38 PM

'The Meg' goes on a bit longer than it should

‘Dito Lang Ako’ review: An overlong commercial

Aug 11, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Simply put, 'Dito Lang Ako' just doesn’t belong in the cinemas

Movie reviews: All 10 films at the 2018 Cinemalaya Film Festival

Aug 11, 2018 - 11:17 AM

Movie critic Oggs Cruz gives his take on this year's Cinemalaya films

'Orange is the New Black season 6': Closure, new beginnings in Litchfield Penitentiary

Aug 09, 2018 - 7:00 PM

'Orange is the New Black' has always been about juggling different characters, storylines, and backstories

Orange Is the New Black

What will be included in DepEd's K-12 review?

Aug 08, 2018 - 6:47 PM

The Department of Education says its review will strengthen '21st century skills,' such as information and media literacy, communication skills, and life skills are developed across all subjects and grade levels

GRADUATE. The Department of Education reviews its K-12 program as its first batch of K-12 graduated in 2018. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

'Christopher Robin' review: Old soul and pretty pictures

Aug 05, 2018 - 3:15 PM

'Christopher Robin' isn't a film that will shake the world

Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) with his long time friend Winnie the Pooh in Disney’s live-action adventure CHRISTOPHER ROBIN.

‘Teen Titans Go! To the Movies’ review: Saving the superhero genre

Aug 05, 2018 - 1:53 PM

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' review: Cute but bewildering

Aug 04, 2018 - 1:47 PM

'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' review: Violence, deaths, and discourse

Aug 03, 2018 - 4:14 PM

'BuyBust' is a film that shines because of its details

'Kusina Kings' review: Needs more spice

Jul 29, 2018 - 8:45 AM

The film’s sense of humor doesn’t really require a lot of thinking

Kusina Kings. Screenshots from ABS-CBN Star Cinema

‘Mission: Impossible - Fallout ’ review: Higher stakes, higher action

Jul 28, 2018 - 7:30 PM

'Fallout' is perhaps the culmination of Cruise’s career as an action star

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

‘Billionaire Boys Club’ review: Diminishing returns

Jul 23, 2018 - 1:51 PM

'Billionaire Boys Club' is just mediocre fare

'Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again' review: Million times better

Jul 22, 2018 - 6:57 PM

'Here We Go Again' is a lot of fun

'Jacqueline Comes Home (The Chiong Story)’ review: God-awful

Jul 20, 2018 - 2:40 PM

The film is reprehensible not because it is biased but because it is irresponsible in pushing for its biases

Huawei Nova 3i quick review: Its P20-like design is a winner

Jul 18, 2018 - 8:29 PM

The quad-camera-sporting Huawei Nova 3i launches on July 28 at the starting price of P15,990

CURVATURE. The design language of the premium P20 phones trickle to Huawei's new midrange offering, the Nova 3i. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler


‘Skyscraper’ review: Low-brow high-rise action

Jul 15, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The problem of Thurber’s movie is not that it’s stupid

'I Love You, Hater' review: Hard to love, harder to hate

Jul 15, 2018 - 12:15 PM

'I Love You, Hater' is still a creature of formula but its charm makes it hard to hate

'Rak of Aegis' is a loud, joyful romp

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The acclaimed musical is back for its sixth and final run

'RAKE OF AEGIS' RETURNS. The musical is back for its 6th and final run. Photo by Raffy Yllana/PETA

Huawei P20 review: Holding its own with stellar cameras

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:45 AM

While the P20 doesn’t have the triple-camera setup of the P20 Pro, it’s still capable of shooting high-quality images packed with plenty of detail

Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler


‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ review: Bite-sized marvels

Jul 08, 2018 - 3:23 PM

'Ant-Man and the Wasp' pushes forward by sheer humor and audacity

Marvel Studios ANT-MAN AND THE WASP..L to R: Wasp/Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018

‘Soldado: The Soldier’ review: Grim and gripping

Jul 02, 2018 - 3:29 PM

'Soldado' is clearly a vicious film

'Tag' review: Stunted comedy

Jul 01, 2018 - 6:06 PM

The film is oftentimes clever with its exaggerations

'Walwal' review: Old and haggard

Jun 30, 2018 - 12:56 PM

'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 Write Moment’ review: Barely beyond clever

Jun 28, 2018 - 3:36 PM

'The film fails to escape the shallowness of its brightest idea'

'Loving Pablo': Menguak kisah hidup sang gembong narkoba

Jun 27, 2018 - 12:46 PM

‘Loving Pablo’ diangkat dari buku ‘Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar’

Film 'Loving Pablo' diangkat dari buku 'Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar' karya Virginia Vallejo. Foto dari Loving Pablo

‘Hereditary’ review: Truly horrific

Jun 24, 2018 - 11:16 PM

'Hereditary' is simply a rare feat of intelligent, vigorous and purposeful filmmaking