‘Abominable’ review: Adorably sweet and adventurous

Abominable is a visual spectacle that makes every impossible thing possible—with a touch of family values that could win everyone’s hearts. Abominabe is all about teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet) who encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (AlbertContinue reading “‘Abominable’ review: Adorably sweet and adventurous”

‘Downton Abbey’ review: Nostalgic comeback of the beloved British series

Downton Abbey serves as a gentle drama that calls for a nostalgic experience not just for those who enjoyed the series. The worldwide phenomenon Downton Abbey becomes a grand motion picture event, as the beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives. Set two years after the seriesContinue reading “‘Downton Abbey’ review: Nostalgic comeback of the beloved British series”

‘Open’ review: Sultry and sincere eye-opener

Andoy Ranay’s Open uniquely brings a storyline that enlightens a relationship that could or couldn’t work. Open tells the story of Rome (Arci Muñoz) and Ethan (JC Santos) who have been together for 14 years. They are each other’s firsts, and to their family and friends, they are the perfect couple. When the two beginContinue reading “‘Open’ review: Sultry and sincere eye-opener”

‘Lola Igna’ review: Beautiful, heartfelt lessons in life (and death)

Eduardo Roy, Jr.’s Lola Igna brings us a wonderful story of the oldest woman in the world with heartfelt life lessons. Living in a secluded hut in the middle of rice fields, Lola Igna is a foul-mouthed and stubborn woman who is eager to die. However, her neighbors are hung up on her winning theContinue reading “‘Lola Igna’ review: Beautiful, heartfelt lessons in life (and death)”

‘Cuddle Weather’ review: Beyond all that’s steamy and hot

Rod Marmol’s ‘Cuddle Weather’ pushes its bold narrative enough to pull out an entertaining film with a provocative subtext. Through its high-concept, dominantly intelligent writing, and bravado-filled performances, Cuddle Weather manages to shed much light on the struggles of being a sex worker in the country. The narrative is mostly seen through the experiences ofContinue reading “‘Cuddle Weather’ review: Beyond all that’s steamy and hot”

‘LSS (Last Song Syndrome)’ review: Ode to lovers, dreamers

Jade Castro’s LSS sings a harmony of a heartfelt love song that there is between young lovers; it is fun, romantic, and is sometimes a tear-jerker. ‘LSS (Last Song Syndrome)’ is a charming manifest of the exemplary intertwine of music with life’s facets. Starring real-to-reel couple, Gabbi Garcia and Khalil Ramos, it warbles the storyContinue reading “‘LSS (Last Song Syndrome)’ review: Ode to lovers, dreamers”

‘IT Chapter Two’ review: Horrifyingly great reunion

Stephen King didn’t fail to amuse us with It Chapter Two as a fun and horrifying reunion of the Losers Club. Evil resurfaces as director Andy Muschietti reunites the Losers Club to return to where it all began in IT Chapter Two, the conclusion to the highest-grossing horror film of all time. Twenty-seven years afterContinue reading “‘IT Chapter Two’ review: Horrifyingly great reunion”

MOVIE REVIEWS: Cinemalaya Film Festival 2019 (Part 1)

Here’s the first part of our festival report on Cinemalaya 2019, in which we cover Belle Douleur, Edward, John Denver Trending, Malamaya, Tabon and Shorts A. The 15th edition of Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival runs from August 7 to 15, 2019 in select Ayala Malls Cinemas and Vista Cinemas nationwide. BELLE DOULEUR (BEAUTIFUL PAIN) The firstContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEWS: Cinemalaya Film Festival 2019 (Part 1)”

‘Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw’ review: Audacious and ridiculous

Part-car-chase-action, part-buddy-comedy, and arguably part-superhero film, ‘Hobbs and Shaw’ serviceably assembles the requisites for a popcorn blockbuster. The plot of the Fast & Furious films truly came a long way from illegal street-racing and high speed heists. Its newest spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw, ratchets up the stakes by involving a deadly virus that can wipeContinue reading “‘Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw’ review: Audacious and ridiculous”

‘Family History’ review: Bitoy’s dramedy triumphs as GMA’s comeback film

Laughs aside, Michael V’s ‘Family History’ is a heartwarming film filled with strong core values on family, life, and marriage. Michael V. (“Bitoy”) outdoes himself as he takes on the job of producing, writing, directing and starring in his own film. In Family History, Bitoy plays Alex Dela Cruz, a happily married family man whoContinue reading “‘Family History’ review: Bitoy’s dramedy triumphs as GMA’s comeback film”