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Movie review: More madness and murder in 'The Grudge' reboot

Hollywood decided to reboot the 2004 film 'The Grudge' again this year, bringing the curse to the USA. → Read More

Movie review: Hero becomes suspect in cautionary tale 'Richard Jewell'

'Richard Jewell' is a strong statement against how irresponsible law enforcement and mass media together can destroy one man's life. → Read More

Movie review: Nazi satire 'Jojo Rabbit' is a hilarious riot

Movies about Nazi Germany are usually deadly serious, but here's one film who decided to portray Nazi atrocities as a black comedy. → Read More

Movie review: Star-studded cast couldn't save 'Cats'

Since it was released in the US last month, 'Cats' has been receiving one scathing review after another. It has been called one of the worst movies not only of the year 2019, but also of the whole decade. → Read More

MMFF review: 'Write About Love' shows the many facets of Pinoy rom-coms

Writer-director Crisanto Aquino crafted a sweet, smart and engaging 'film within a film' that highlights the various forms and styles the Pinoy rom-com had evolved through the years. → Read More

MMFF review: Iza, Meryll, Jasmine are all beautifully moving in 'Culion'

In 'Culion,' director Alvin Yapan and writer Ricky Lee join forces to tell us stories about people who lived in the Culion leper colony established during the American occupation. → Read More

Netflix review: Hopkins, Pryce truly own 'The Two Popes'

The Netflix film 'The Two Popes' is about Pope Benedict XVI and his successor Pope Francis. → Read More

Movie review: 'Rise of Skywalker' is a fitting finale to 'Star Wars'

Writer-director J.J. Abrams made sure that the adventures and revelations of this ninth (and supposedly final) episode of the Star Wars Skywalker saga would go as fans would expect. → Read More

Movie review: 'Jumanji' sequel levels up with switch-ups, new characters

In this sequel of the 2017 reboot film 'Jumanji,' the four young people from the last video game adventure went back to play the game again, inadvertently bringing two elderly guys in with them. → Read More

Netflix review: 'Marriage Story' lives up to early Oscar hype

The awards hype that surrounded 'Marriage Story' could not be ignored, as it was being hailed left and right as material for best picture, director, and for all four acting categories. → Read More

Netflix review: 'Dead Kids' will keep you hooked until the very end

Mikhail Red's 'Birdshot' was the first Filipino film to stream on the Netflix platform. He goes one step further with his latest film 'Dead Kids,' which gains the distinction as the first Filipino film to be produced by Netflix. → Read More

Netflix review: Scorsese rounds up the usual suspects for topnotch 'The Irishman'

'The Irishman' was yet another cinematic work about American gangsters by Martin Scorsese, a director who will always be remembered for similarly themed films like 'Mean Streets' (1973), 'Casino' (1995) and of course, his masterpiece 'Goodfellas' (1990). → Read More

Movie review: 'Knives Out' will keep you guessing until the end

With obvious reverence to Agatha Christie, writer-director Rian Johnson has crafted a neat little mystery that got more and more complicated along the way. → Read More

Movie review: 'The Heiress'

Here's a review of 'The Heiress,' which stars Janella Salvador and Maricel Soriano. → Read More

Movie review: Bea Alonzo, Angelica Panganiban in top form in 'Unbreakable'

They play off each other very well, both in the happy and sad moments, but it was during those uncomfortable and awkward times that they really shine. → Read More

Movie review: Killer app film 'Countdown' isn't as bad as you think

This was actually a fun watch. → Read More

Movie review: '21 Bridges' is a predictable letdown

'21 Bridges' looked like it was going to be a great police thriller when I first saw the trailer. → Read More

Movie review: Lovi Poe is the best thing in predictable 'The Annulment'

Now who has not seen this scenario in a Filipino movie before? → Read More

Theater review: Tanghalang Ateneo adapts 'Antigone' to PH setting

As the second offering of Tanghalang Ateneo's 41st season themed 'Sulat-Babae,' playwright Sabrina Basilio used the basic premise of 'Antigone' to set up a totally different scenario and ensuing events. → Read More

Movie review: KZ Tandingan shines in 'The Art of Ligaw'

She held her own against the more experienced Epy Quizon. → Read More