‘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”

‘Homestay’ review: Supernatural drama of second chances

Thai fantasy thriller ‘Homestay’ is a wonderful adaptation made amusing by Parkpoom Wongpoom’s artistic vision. Homestay is a Thai adaptation of Japanese fantasy novel Colourful by Eto Mori which was written in 1999 and translated into Thai in 2003 as “Mua Sawan Hai Rangwan Phom.”. From the trailer, it looks like the typical cross ofContinue reading “‘Homestay’ review: Supernatural drama of second chances”

‘Ulan’ review: Nadine Lustre’s best performance yet

In a world filled with hopeless romantics, Irene Villamor’s Ulan encapsulates the meaning of ‘finding yourself before finding love.’ Ulan tells the story of Maya (Nadine Lustre) who grew up believing her Lola’s myths of finding true love against all odds, so much that it came to an extent that she shaped her life andContinue reading “‘Ulan’ review: Nadine Lustre’s best performance yet”

‘Captain Marvel’ review [1 of 2]: Marvelous embodiment of 90’s heroine

‘Captain Marvel’ brightens up the future of MCU with its refreshing take on the superhero origin story. The first ever female-led MCU film follows the unconventional and retrospective journey of a Kree-human hybrid Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) as she becomes one of the mightiest heroes in the galaxy. In her past human life, Carol isContinue reading “‘Captain Marvel’ review [1 of 2]: Marvelous embodiment of 90’s heroine”

‘Escape Room’ review: Puzzling, formidable survival flick

Adam Robitel’s Escape Room is an extremely fun psychological thriller that redesigns the modern escape game. Kicking off with a bloody bang, Escape Room opens with a tense and well-executed death trap sequence gone wrong. From there, we meet a struggling stockboy Ben (Logan Miller), physics student Zoey (Taylor Russell), and young trader Jason (Jay Ellis), each of whom receives aContinue reading “‘Escape Room’ review: Puzzling, formidable survival flick”

‘The Favourite’ review: Elegant spoof on period piece

‘The Favourite’ director Yorgos Lanthimos beautifully crafted a film that shows three remarkable women twisted in different ways. The Favourite is set in the early 18th century where England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her closeContinue reading “‘The Favourite’ review: Elegant spoof on period piece”

‘Hanggang Kailan’ review: Finding love in goodbyes

Bona Fajardo puts the chemistry of Xian Lim and Louise delos Reyes into something unexpected in the feel good film Hanggang Kailan . Hanggang Kailan opens on the first day trip of Donnie (Xian) and Kath (Louise) in Saga, Japan, the two celebrating their second year anniversary while trying to think of a convenient solutionContinue reading “‘Hanggang Kailan’ review: Finding love in goodbyes”

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ review: A cyberpunk visual spectacle

James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez create a groundbreaking live-action manga adaptation of a well known heroine. At a scrapyard in a post-apocalyptic Iron City, a compassionate cyber-doctor Ido (Christoph Waltz), finds Alita (Rosa Salazar) in a disembodied “core” status and gives her a new body. Terror dawns on the poor cyborg once she realizes thatContinue reading “‘Alita: Battle Angel’ review: A cyberpunk visual spectacle”