MOVIE REVIEW: The Conjuring 2 (2016)

“The Conjuring 2” Review Written and Directed by James Wan Three years after the first film’s inception, The Conjuring 2 arrives with a fresh new face. A Marilyn Manson, demon general kind of face. And if you think the first one was scary… Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprises their roles as professional demonologists Ed and LorraineContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: The Conjuring 2 (2016)”

MOVIE REVIEW: Finding Dory (2016)

“Finding Dory” Review Written and Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane One of the most anticipated sequels of the 2016, Finding Dory takes us back to the lives of beloved characters Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), Marlin (Albert Brooks), and Nemo (Hayden Rolence), a year after they crossed the ocean to rescue Nemo from a horrid and mundaneContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Finding Dory (2016)”

MOVIE REVIEW: A Hologram for the King (2016)

“A Hologram for the King” Review Written and Directed by Tom Tykwer Based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Dave Eggers. Uniting Hanks and Tykwer once again four years after Cloud Atlas, A Hologram for the King comes forth as another attempt at interpreting into film a book brimming with existentialism. The film lack depth and gravitas, but Hanks’ acting andContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: A Hologram for the King (2016)”

MOVIE REVIEW: Mother’s Day (2016)

“Mother’s Day” Review Directed by Gary Marshall Written by Tom Hines, Lily Hollander, Anya Kochoff, and Matthew Walker From the creators of Pretty Woman and Valentine’s Day comes another movie about another bloody holiday, since their writers must be having trouble with creativity these days, and holidays seem to be an easy enough material toContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Mother’s Day (2016)”

MOVIE REVIEW: Unlucky Plaza (2016)

“Unlucky Plaza” Review Written and Directed by Ken Kwek In Unlucky Plaza, debt-ridden restaurateur Onassis Hernandez (Jeffrey Quizon) struggles with his finances after a salmonella scandal caused by a disgruntled cook ruined his once prominent Filipino restaurant’s reputation. With eviction from his apartment as an added burden, and with no assistance from his estranged wife,Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Unlucky Plaza (2016)”

MOVIE REVIEW: Criminal (2016)

“Criminal” Review Directed by Ariel Vromen Written by Douglas Cook and David Weisber What with the already saturated market for mind-altering/wiping/reading, memory-recovering movies, Criminal gets on the bandwagon to amuse us once again with the premise of making something unfeasible possible. The film is director Ariel Vromen’s first venture into big-budget films after dabbling in a number of music videos, short films, andContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Criminal (2016)”

MOVIE REVIEW: Demolition (2015)

“Demolition” Review Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée Written by Bryan Sipe A man who lives in absolute privilege, Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal) comes to terms with the sudden death of his wife Julia (Heather Lind). While other people normally mourn the death of a loved one, he ends up feeling nothing; in fact, he has never even shedContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Demolition (2015)”

MOVIE REVIEW: Punla (2016, CineFilipino)

“Punla” Review Written and Directed by Kenneth Mandrilla Cinefilipino Film Festival 2016 Bugoy and Mikko are two friends who barely have any similarities between them; Mikko is chubby and clumsy, while Bugoy is slender and agile. Despite their differences, the two friends make things work and make sure to meet in their favorite playground everyContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Punla (2016, CineFilipino)”

MOVIE REVIEW: Aki (2016, CineFilipino)

“Aki” Review Written and Directed by Rommel Tolentino Cinefilipino Film Festival 2016 Aki (Japanese for autumn) is gone. Her mourning lover, Haruo, wanders around Japan trying to cope with her loss. And then it all goes black. In the Philippines, a woman named Myla is brutally raped by her own husband. She eventually dies but miraculouslyContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Aki (2016, CineFilipino)”

MOVIE REVIEW: XXX (2016, CineFilipino)

“XXX” Review Written and Directed by Allison Barretto CineFilipino Film Festival 2016 XXX relays the story of Lucia Versoza, a seamstress from Angeles City, Pampanga. Working her way to the top of the regional beauty pageants, she simultaneously calls attention to her own dress shop by showcasing the gowns she makes for herself. What makesContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: XXX (2016, CineFilipino)”