‘Johnny English Strikes Again’ review: An analog spy in a digital world

Despite going for more absurd gags, David Kerr’s ‘Johnny English Strikes Again’ struggles to justify its existence in the modern world. In one scene in Johnny English Strikes Again, the bumbling titular hero (Rowan Atkinson), donned with full medieval armor, trips on the top of a staircase and crashes all the way down the exitContinue reading “‘Johnny English Strikes Again’ review: An analog spy in a digital world”

‘A Star is Born’ review [1 of 2]: Grit behind the glam

Bradley Cooper recreates a role of a lifetime for him and Lady Gaga in ‘A Star is Born.’ There’s much more to the fourth reiteration of A Star is Born rather than being Bradley Cooper’s passion project. It operates on many levels – an underdog musical, a titillating romance, an existentialist tale, and most ofContinue reading “‘A Star is Born’ review [1 of 2]: Grit behind the glam”

‘Brother of the Year’ review: Sibling rivalry with surprise heartfelt turn

Witthaya Thongyuyong’s ‘Brother of the Year’ gives you more than what you expect for. Thai production studio GDH’s follow up to the smash hit Bad Genius doesn’t bear a high-concept premise but rather a crowd-pleasing subject that will resonate most to Asian viewers. Heavily marketed as a sibling comedy with a dash of romcom, BrotherContinue reading “‘Brother of the Year’ review: Sibling rivalry with surprise heartfelt turn”

‘The Hows of Us’ review: Fluffy and uneven for a KathNiel movie

Cathy Garcia-Molina should be asking more ‘hows’ in adding fresh ideas to her romcom releases. In The Hows of Us, two former flames are forced to live together in the same house that they once shared. But before main conflict completely plays out, a flashback montage is first shown. Wide-eyed dreamers Georgina (Kathryn Bernardo), aContinue reading “‘The Hows of Us’ review: Fluffy and uneven for a KathNiel movie”

‘The Equalizer 2’ review: Denzel Washington balances the action and the drama

Antoine Fuqua’s ‘The Equalizer 2’ slow-burn approach muddles with too many subplots but it eventually pays off with a cathartic finale. The Equalizer 2 brings back Denzel Washington’s Robert McCall – a low-key vigilante who now works as an unassuming Lyft driver. Apart from having a neat excuse for brand placement, it’s also the film’sContinue reading “‘The Equalizer 2’ review: Denzel Washington balances the action and the drama”

MOVIE REVIEWS: Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2018 (Part 1)

Here’s the first part of our report on ‘Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2018’ in which we cover Bakwit Boys, Madilim Ang Gabi, Pinay Beauty, and Unli Life. The 2nd edition of PPP runs from August 15 to 21 in Philippine cinemas nationwide. READ MORE: Guide to Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2018 BAKWIT BOYS For such a small-scaleContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEWS: Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2018 (Part 1)”

MOVIE REVIEW: Ready Player One (2018)

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One is a timeless tribute to escapism, an amalgamation of all geek worlds, an apotheosis of nostalgia. This is the reason why we go to cinema. Atari 2600, Akira, Batman, Chucky, Godzilla, Gundam, Hello Kitty, The Iron Giant, Jurassic Park, King Kong, Looney Tunes, Street Fighter, Star Wars, Willy Wonka, SaturdayContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Ready Player One (2018)”

MOVIE REVIEW: The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

The Legend of Tarzan (2016) Review Directed by David Yates The Legend of Tarzan is yet again one of those movies that try to recreate an age-old tale about a character who’s been around in children’s literature since forever. The most recent remarkable rendition in living millennial memory is none other than the 1999 WaltContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: The Legend of Tarzan (2016)”

MOVIE REVIEW: Anino sa Likod ng Buwan (2015)

A search for the truth behind mere surfaces—the subject matter presented to us by director Jun Lana’s 2015 masterpiece, Anino sa Likod ng Buwan (Shadow Behind the Moon). I had the chance to see the one-shot-one sequence film when it was screened recently at Fully Booked Bonifacio Global City’s U View theater, an event organizedContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Anino sa Likod ng Buwan (2015)”

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)”