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You’ve come a long way, baby

By Richard Roeper Movie Review Battle of the Sexes Directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton “YOU’VE COME a long way, baby, to get where you got to...

Killing brain cells

By Richard Roeper Movie Review A Bad Moms Christmas Directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore DEEP into the inept and lazy and uninspired A Bad Moms Christmas,...

Death on the rail

By Noel B. Vera Movie Review Murder on the Orient Express Directed by Kenneth Branagh Screenplay by Michael Green, based on the novel by Agatha Christie 114 minutes THERE’S ARGUABLY not a...

Andrew Garfield holds our attention in Breathe

By Richard Roeper Movie Review Breathe Directed by Andy Serki WE KNOW Andrew Garfield’s Robin Cavendish is going to be paralyzed from the neck down for the bulk...

Family ties: all tangled up

By Menchu Aquino Sarmiento Movie Review Paki Directed by Giancarlo Abrahan THIS WARMLY photographed low-key drama unfolds in fits and starts but doesn’t quite deliver on its promises. The...

The heart wants what it wants

By Menchu Aquino Sarmiento Movie Review Changing Partners Directed by Dan Villegas FOR THE multitudes of Filipinos who have never had the chance to go to a PETA...

Ain’t no mountain high enough

By Richard Roeper Movie Review The Mountain Between Us Directed by Hany Abu-Asad THAT’S SOME mountain, all right. A gigantic mountain of ridiculous, snow-covered steaming... Something. For the first hour or...

From the depths

By Menchu Aquino Sarmiento Movie Review Medusae Directed by Pam Miras PAM MIRAS’s psychologically complex film Medusae draws upon women as mothers and creators, riven by the demands...

An incredible journey

By Menchu Aquino Sarmiento Movie Review Balangiga: Howling Wilderness Directed by Khavn THE FILM’S director Khavn, the self-proclaimed “father of Philippine digital filmmaking” has admirable ambition and untrammeled...

Don’t overthink this

By Menchu Aquino Sarmiento Movie Review Neomanila Directed by Mikhail Red MIKHAIL RED has a nice sense of the cinematic visual, but to enjoy his films, one must...

A boy’s best friend

By Noel Vera MOVIE REVIEW mother! Directed by Darren Aronofsky (Warning: overall narrative and plot twists discussed in explicit detail) CALL IT Rosemary’s Baby with a strong dose of...

Face-off

By Noel Vera Movie Review Respeto Directed by Alberto Monteras II RESPETO, a hip-hop movie which tackles the effects of the violence wrought by martial law which has...

Low rent gold

By Noel Vera Movie Review Logan Lucky Directed by Steven Soderbergh LATE IN Logan Lucky, a news announcer dubbed the racetrack robbers the “Ocean 7-11” and I can’t...

A soldier’s presence stirs desires, rivalries in haunting Beguiled

MOVIE REVIEW The Beguiled Written and directed by Sofia Coppola By Richard Roeper IT WOULD APPEAR as if the Union soldier Cpl. John McBurney has caught a lucky...

Swap heads

By Noel Vera Movie Review Ma’ Rosa By Brillante Mendoza BRILLANTE MENDOZA’s latest feature Ma’ Rosa executes the immersive handheld camera style of filmmaking as well as could...

Stilted dialogue, McConaughey’s corny villain crumble The Dark Tower

By Richard Roeper Movie Review The Dark Tower Directed by Nikolaj Arcel THE MAGIC MAN’S face is so buffed and shiny, it looks as if a Botox...

Flawed Inconvenient Sequel a valuable reminder of worsening crisis

By Richard Roeper Movie Review An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk AN AIR OF regret and lost opportunity permeates An Inconvenient...

Films on environment: No such thing as isolated case

By Juan EY Arcellana Movie Reviews Birdshot Directed by Mikhail Red Paglipay Directed by Zig Dulay TWO FILMS featured in the recent Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino dealt with environment issues...

47 Meters Down is all wet

By Heather Turk Front Row Features Movie Review 47 Meters Down Directed by Johannes Roberts IF YOU THOUGHT the trailers for the new underwater thriller 47 Meters Down made...

Handhell

MOVIE REVIEW Salvage Directed by Sherad Anthony Sanchez By Noel Vera Sherad Anthony Sanchez’s Salvage (2015) takes its title from the common Filipino slang word for summary execution,...

Children of the mist

MOVIE REVIEW Hamog Directed by Ralston Jover By Noel Vera Ralston Jover’s Hamog (Haze, 2015) starts appropriately enough with just that: a thick cloud hovering low over humid...

Painfully Unfunny Night

By Richard Roeper Movie Review Rough Night Directed by Lucia Aniello “ROUGH NIGHT” doesn’t begin to cover it. It’s also “Painfully Unfunny Night,” “Contrived Night,” “Unsurprising Plot Twist Night”...

Eye of the beholder

By Noel Vera Movie Review Kita Kita Directed by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo I’M GUESSING the secret to Sigrid Andrea Bernardo’s success with Kita Kita -- the surprise hit...

Wheel fast

MOVIE REVIEW Baby Driver Directed by Edgar Wright By Noel Vera Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver is like a little go-cart that whizzes by lickety-split; the action scenes...

Love is a mostly pondered thing

MOVIE REVIEW Kung Mangarap Ka’t Magising Directed by Mike de Leon By Noel Vera (Warning: plot and narrative twists discussed in detail) Trust Mike de Leon not to pursue...

Brexit

By Noel Vera MOVIE REVIEW Dunkirk Directed by Christopher Nolan CHRISTOPHER NOLAN’S latest takes on for the first time an actual historical event, massive in scale and complex...

Chimp thrills

By Noel Vera Movie Review War for the Planet of the Apes Directed by Matt Reeves (Warning! Narrative twists and overall plot discussed in detail.) FIRST THE GOOD stuff:...

In teen tale Everything, Everything, genuine emotions never get out

By Richard Roeper MOVIE REVIEW Everything, Everything Directed by Stella Meghie SOME 41 YEARS after John Travolta played The Boy in the Plastic Bubble and 25 years after...

A swashbuckling comedic spectacle

By Richard Roeper Movie Review Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (aka Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) Directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg WHEN...

Mystery of unseen sniper heightens thriller’s tension

By Richard Roeper Movie Review The Wall Directed by Doug Liman THIS IS a monster movie disguised as a war movie. Set in the middle of Nowhere, Iraq, in...

Trip to Quiapo

Movie Review MNL 143 Directed by Emerson Reyes By Noel Vera You’d think Emerson Reyes’s MNL 143 took inspiration from Jafar Panahi’s Taxi, or Steven Knight’s Locke —...

Beat of a different drum

This being a sequel it would be smart of me — obligatory almost — to declare that lightning doesn’t strike twice, that James Gunn...

Go see Gifted

Movie Review Gifted Directed by Marc Webb Go see Gifted SOMETIMES YOU LOVE a movie even as you realize it’s far from perfect. That’s what I’m here to tell...

Chastain saves a baby elephant and delivers a glowing performance

Movie Review The Zookeeper’s Wife Directed by Niki Caro THE WARSAW zookeeper, he’s a pretty good zookeeper all right. He’s up and at ‘em early in the morning,...

The Google Earth Movie

Movie Review Lion Directed by Garth Davis They could have called this Google Earth: The Movie. What a wonderful year this has been for movies “based on true...

Beat of a different drum

MOVIE REVIEW Guradians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Directed by James Gunn By Noel Vera This being a sequel it would be smart of me — obligatory almost...

Go see Gifted

By Richard Roeper Movie Review Gifted Directed by Marc Webb SOMETIMES YOU LOVE a movie even as you realize it’s far from perfect. That’s what I’m here to tell...

Chastain saves a baby elephant and delivers a glowing performance

By Richard Roeper Movie Review The Zookeeper’s Wife Directed by Niki Caro THE WARSAW zookeeper, he’s a pretty good zookeeper all right. He’s up and at ‘em early in...

The Google Earth Movie

By Richard Roeper Movie Review Lion Directed by Garth Davis They could have called this Google Earth: The Movie. What a wonderful year this has been for movies “based...

Furry tail

By Noel Vera Movie Review Beauty and the Beast Directed by Bill Condon I’LL SAY THIS much for Disney’s live-action remake of its animated feature: it improves on...

Get who’s coming to dinner

By Noel Vera Movie Review Get Out Directed by Jordan Peele (WARNING: plot twists and ending to be discussed in detail!) CALL JORDAN Peele’s sneaky clever directorial debut Get...

Old man

By Noel Vera Movie Review Logan Directed by James Mangold (Warning! Plot twists and ending discussed in detail.) THE GOOD NEWS: James Mangold strikes gold, parlaying the success of...

A dog’s life

By Richard Roeper MOVIE REVIEW A Dog’s Purpose Directed by Lasse Hallstrom ALL THE BEST dog movies make you cry — but it’s usually because by the time...

Gorier than thou

By Noel Vera MOVIE REVIEW Hacksaw Ridge Directed by Mel Gibson MEL GIBSON’s latest Hacksaw Ridge tells the tale of Desmond Doss, who wanted to join the army...

The Rocky of math movies

By Richard Roeper MOVIE REVIEW Hidden Figures Directed by Theodore Melfi “MATH CLASS is tough!” -- Famously controversial comment uttered by Teen Talk Barbie, 1992. Raise a glass to...