‘Clarita’ review: Overwhelmingly spooky yet yearning for complexity

Clarita scares enough to make an impression but lacks layers of complexity to be truly memorable. Black Sheep’s first horror movie, Clarita, goes beyond targeting the millennial market by adapting the real-life demonic possession story of Clarita Villanueva. This infamous urban legend that harkens back in 1953 should appeal to the older generation at theContinue reading “‘Clarita’ review: Overwhelmingly spooky yet yearning for complexity”

‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ review: Fiery finale of overly familiar franchise

X-Men: Dark Phoenix may follow a predictable storyline but its fiery conclusion should surprise you at the last minute. X-Men Dark Phoenix is the twelfth installment to the X-Men franchise, and it serves as a direct sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse. The film is set in the early 90’s, a time in history where normal humansContinue reading “‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ review: Fiery finale of overly familiar franchise”

‘Banal’ review: New wave of Philippine horror genre

Inspired by true events, APT Entertainment’s ‘Banal’ brings a new take on Philippine horror genre. In Banal (english title: Holy), a group of teenagers out for a summer vacation, finds themselves lost in the dense forest of Mt. Awanggan, a mystical mountain that is said to grant wishes to anyone who reaches its peak. BurdenedContinue reading “‘Banal’ review: New wave of Philippine horror genre”

‘Finding You’ review: All the feels in Easy Ferrer’s directorial debut

Easy Ferrer’s ‘Finding You’ brings a new energy to romantic films with relatable performances from Jane Oineza, Barbie Imperial, and Jerome Ponce. Finding You is all about Nel (Jerome Ponce), who has hyperthymesia, a rare condition with extraordinary ability to remember personal experiences in detail. He knows everything that happened in his life, until oneContinue reading “‘Finding You’ review: All the feels in Easy Ferrer’s directorial debut”

‘Aladdin’ review: Classic tale brings pure nostalgia

Director Guy Ritchie creatively helms an enjoyable retelling of a classic Disney film that takes us to a whole new world of Aladdin. Aladdin is a live-action remake of Disney’s 1992 animated film of the same name. It tells the story of a kindhearted, thieving street urchin, Aladdin (Mena Massoud), who falls in love withContinue reading “‘Aladdin’ review: Classic tale brings pure nostalgia”

‘Between Maybes’ review: Julia Barretto, Gerald Anderson delight in well-written romcom

In Between Maybes, award-winning writer-director Jason Paul Laxamana takes us to a beautiful getaway with Julia Barretto and Gerald Anderson’s amazing act and chemistry. Louie Puyat (Gerald Anderson) has been living a solitary life in Saga, Japan until his silence is broken by the arrival of Hazel Ilagan (Julia Barretto), a washed up actress strugglingContinue reading “‘Between Maybes’ review: Julia Barretto, Gerald Anderson delight in well-written romcom”

‘Tayo sa Huling Buwan ng Taon’ review: Exquisite, heart-rending execution

Nestor Abrogena Jr.’s ‘Tayo sa Huling Buwan ng Taon’ picks up five years after its first film yet it still manages to teem with poignant authenticity. Tayo sa Huling Buwan ng Taon follows the story of aspiring filmmaker Sam (Nicco Manalo) and writer Isa (Emmanuelle Vera), five years after their breakup in Ang Kwento NatingContinue reading “‘Tayo sa Huling Buwan ng Taon’ review: Exquisite, heart-rending execution”

‘Stranded’ review: Silver lining in hopeless situations

Ice Idanan’s ‘Stranded’ shows how a chance encounter can change your life perspective. In Stranded, a go-getter delivery boy Spencer (Arjo Atayde) and a workaholic pretty girl Julia (Jessy Mendiola) find themselves stranded inside an office building due to a heavy typhoon. With no one else to keep them company but themselves, the two soonContinue reading “‘Stranded’ review: Silver lining in hopeless situations”

‘Maria’ review: Cristine Reyes astounds in a well-executed badass film

Pedring Lopez’ ‘Maria’ almost gives Hollywood action flicks a run for their money. When a former BlackRose cartel assassin, Lily (Cristine Reyes), deliberately betrays her team by refusing to complete a certain mission, the cartel orders her execution. Unbeknownst to them, she fakes her own death and proceeds to create a new life of herContinue reading “‘Maria’ review: Cristine Reyes astounds in a well-executed badass film”

‘Five Feet Apart’ review: Heartwarming teenage romance

A fun-filled, tearjerker love story of sick teens who aren’t allowed to touch comes with an unexpected twist on letting go in Five Feet Apart. Based on a book by Mikki Daughtry, Rachael Lippincott, and Tobias Iaconis, Five Feet Apart is about two teens inflicted with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a genetic disorder that mostly affectsContinue reading “‘Five Feet Apart’ review: Heartwarming teenage romance”