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Star Wars: The Last Jedi mostly finds its force with critics

LOS ANGELES — Star Wars: The Last Jedi won warm reviews from most critics on Tuesday, a day before the latest installment in the...

‘He was my monster’: Actress Salma Hayek alleges Harvey Weinstein misconduct

CHICAGO — Mexican-born actress Salma Hayek has joined the ranks of Hollywood women accusing movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, calling him a...

Motherhood statements

By Menchu Aquino Sarmiento, Contributor THE RAMONA DIAZ documentary Motherland: Bayang Ina Mo, about the Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Sta. Cruz, Manila, has been...

Hometown girl wins Negros Island Film Festival awards

A SHORT film about a man with healing abilities which affected his personal life, recently took home a slew of prizes at the first...

Ang Larawan introduces National Artists’ work to a new generation

MUCH LIKE Candida and Paula who fought tooth and nail to hold on to their father’s masterpiece (and, in turn, hold on to their...

The hype reawakens: Star Wars stages Last Jedi premiere

LOS ANGELES — Stormtroopers, droids and celebrities from galaxies near and far hit the red carpet in the shadow of a giant AT-AT assault...

Coco, a charmer from the Land of the Dead, lives on

LOS ANGELES — The Disney-Pixar animated comedy Coco showed serious staying power this weekend in North American theaters, holding to the top spot for...

Serial killer film fights to be seen

IT MIGHT not have been chosen as one of the official entries of this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) but Raya Martin’s Smaller...

Zootopia, Frozen, Finding Nemo featured in latest edition of Disney on...

FORTY-NINE performers from around the world will arrive in Manila to bring a magical experience on 120 feet of ice this holiday season. SM Lifestyle...

Star Wars universe expanding for new trilogy

LOS ANGELES -- As Star Wars fans gear up for The Last Jedi, the anticipated next installment in the Skywalker series, its star and...

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,...

‘Rampant’ Singapore piracy prompts Hollywood lobby for crackdown

SINGAPORE, which prides itself on being a haven for law and order, is being called a haven for pirating copyrighted programming by entertainment titans...

Coco and Mexico’s Day of the Dead rule at the N....

LOS ANGELES — The animated Disney and Pixar hit Coco ruled at the North American box offices for a second week, figures out Sunday...

Sex misconduct allegations snag Levin, Rush, and Russell Simmons

NEW YORK — New York’s Metropolitan Opera on Sunday suspended its relationship with former long-time music director, the acclaimed conductor James Levine, as it...

Star Wars sisters hail girl-powered galaxy

LOS ANGELES — Carrie Fisher’s death caused a huge disturbance in the Force, but the women of The Last Jedi vowed Sunday to honor...

7 countries join forces for CineLatino

FOR THE first time, seven Latin American countries have banded together to present the best of their cinematic exploits with CineLatino: The Latin American...

Newly reopened Hungarian embassy holds film festival this weekend

BEFORE CineLatino: Latin America Film Festival is held next week, fans of World Cinema will get to watch four Hungarian films on Dec. 1...

Now Showing (December 1, 2017)

Murder on the Orient Express THE FILM adaptation of Agatha Christie’s thriller focuses on 13 strangers who are all suspects in a murder. Belgian detective...

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...

Star Wars a perfect escape in a ‘dark’ era

MEXICO CITY — Need a break from reality? In a few short weeks, you can once again get lost in a galaxy far, far...

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...

Gay coming-of-age film Call Me by Your Name tops Spirit Awards...

LOS ANGELES — Coming-of-age tale Call Me by Your Name led the pack of independent films tipped for Oscars glory as the Film Independent...

Cannes film fest to end decades of tradition

PARIS — The Cannes film festival is to end decades of tradition next year by awarding its top Palme d’Or prize on a Saturday...

Film adaptation, family drama bag top prizes at Cinema One film...

DAN VILLEGAS’ Changing Partners and Giancarlo Abrahan’s Paki emerged victorious at the recently concluded Cinema One Originals Film Festival, with Changing Partners bagging eight...

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...

Ang Larawan, Siargao, Haunted Forest, Deadma Walking make it into MMFF

DESPITE BEING rejected the first time around when just script submissions were considered, Loy Arcenas’ musical Ang Larawan finally made the cut and has...

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: At long last, the Fifth Avenue store opens...

NEW YORK -- A half-century after Audrey Hepburn starred in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the landmark New York jewelry store is making the title of...

Harvey Weinstein, studios face class action suit over alleged sexual misconduct

LOS ANGELES — An actress filed a class action lawsuit Wednesday against Harvey Weinstein, claiming she and other women had been subjected to a...

A severed head, a depressed Rizal, and other oddities in Cinema...

THE 13th run of Cinema One Originals Festival entitled, Walang Takot (Fearless) features seven independent local films for the Narrative category, two documentaries, several...

Thor remains a North American box-office smash, thundering into second weekend

WASHINGTON — After a smashing start in its first weekend in theaters, Thor: Ragnarok thundered to the box-office top spot in North America once...

Justice League must battle film critics

LONDON — Saving Metropolis and Gotham City from the clutches of super-villains might be enough pressure for the average caped crusader but the cast...

Filmmaker makes a color-blind romantic drama

By Angela Dawson Front Row Features HOLLYWOOD -- As she did three decades ago in Titanic, Oscar winning actress Kate Winslet (The Reader) plays a character...

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...

Thor, swinging his mighty hammer, smashes Hollywood’s slump

LOS ANGELES – After a dismal October for Hollywood, Disney and Marvel Studio’s Thor: Ragnarok proved a smashing success this weekend, pulling in $121...

The life of Van Gogh told in 65,000 paintings

By Zsarlene B. Chua IT WAS A very ambitious undertaking: hand-painting an entire film about one of the most prominent painters of all time –...

Loving Vincent

THE PAINTED animation film explores the life and death of Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh through his artworks. Directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh...

What to see this week

3 films to see on the week of November 3-10, 2017 Spirit of the Glass 2: The Haunted ONE EVENING, Bea, Lisette, and Chelsea, along with their partners,...

Jigsaw helps Hollywood’s box-office puzzle

LOS ANGELES – Hollywood may be suffering through a spiritless patch but Halloween films can still lend a needed jolt, as Lionsgate’s new Jigsaw...

Weinstein sues own company for records

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE – The Weinstein Co. film company on Thursday was sued by its founder and former co-chairman Harvey Weinstein who is seeking information...

Thor: Ragnarok could cap record year for Marvel

LOS ANGELES -- It may not get the same affection lavished on Iron Man or Captain America, but the Thor franchise looks set to...