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‘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

‘On the Basis of Sex’ review: Beyond stereotypes

Mar 18, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'On the Basis of Sex' is quite a spirited biopic

‘Ulan’ review: More than just fun and fantasies

Mar 16, 2019 - 8:21 PM

'Ulan' is more about stories than it is about the idea of love

'Aria' review: Flawed but fascinating

Mar 13, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Carlo Catu’s film is rousing when it needs to be rousing

FLAWED, FASCINATING. Carlo Catu's 'Aria' hits cinemas. Still from the Aria Facebook page

'Ang Huling El Bimbo' review: Beyond nostalgia

Mar 09, 2019 - 1:38 PM

The returning musical is still a potent examination of friendships and regret

'Captain Marvel' review: No way but up

Mar 07, 2019 - 7:30 AM

'The movie that should have been vastly enjoyable as it is just wobbles beneath all the weight and expectations,' film critic Oggs Cruz says of the new Marvel flick

SUPERHERO. 'Captain Marvel' is the first solo female superhero movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Still courtesy of Disney

A smaller stage and just as much spectacle in ‘Phantom of the Opera’

Mar 06, 2019 - 9:30 AM

The show’s 2019 Manila run kicked off with a gala night on February 28

CURTAIN CALL. The cast of 'The Phantom of the Opera' takes a bow at their gala night. Photo from Facebook.com/ConcertusManila

‘Monstrum’ review: More comic than compelling

Mar 04, 2019 - 9:00 AM

'Monstrum' seems to be more invested in spectacle than tackling the schemes and machinations of men in power

'Kingdom Hearts 3' review: Buckle up for an insane roller-coaster ride

Mar 03, 2019 - 9:00 AM

How strong is your love for animated Disney action and Square Enix storytelling? Check out our review of Kingdom Hearts 3!

'Familia Blondina' review: Fake and half-baked

Mar 02, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Rappler's resident film critic watches the movie so you don't have to

HALF-BAKED? Everything is fake in Jerry Lopez Sineneng's 'Familia Blondina.' Screenshot from the movie trailer

‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ review: Bittersweet conclusion

Feb 24, 2019 - 2:30 PM

'The Hidden World may not be able to match its predecessors’ sense of joy, wonder and woe, but it comes close enough'

CONCLUSION. The series comes to a close. Still courtesy of DreamWorks Animation

'The Favourite' review: Of fowls and follies

Feb 23, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The fact that 'The Favourite' has basis in history only makes its implications resonate more

WHO WINS? Two cousins vie for the affection of Queen Anne in 'The Favourite.' Still from the movie trailer

‘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