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Recent articles by Fred:

Theater review: 'Dancing Lessons,' a play about autism, dares to face change

This is a play about going outside your comfort zone. → Read More

Theater review: Tanghalang Ateneo salutes females of fortitude in 'Dolorosa'

'Dolorosa' is an apt choice to be the maiden offering of Tanghalang Ateneo's Season 41 dedicated to championing the female spirit. → Read More

Movie review: Even mainstream audiences will enjoy Cannes winner 'Parasite'

Usually, we need to wait for an indie film fest to be able to see the winner of the Palm d'Or in the Cannes film festival. However, this year's winner is actually showing exclusively in selected SM Cinemas and that is a pleasant surprise. → Read More

Movie review: 'Crawl' raises the bar for alligator films

Irrational humans and alligator behavior notwithstanding, 'Crawl' certainly turned out much better than expected. → Read More

Cinemalaya review: Sleaze and suspense mix in 'F#*@bois'

This was the one title that immediately caught attention from the time it was announced among the next batch of Cinemalaya features. → Read More

Cinemalaya review: Art scene shares spotlight with May-December affair in 'Malamaya'

Sunshine Cruz brought to life a Nora who was not the stereotypical image of a spinster in 'Malamaya.' → Read More

Cinemalaya review: 'John Denver Trending' delivers powerful message on bullying

Despite what the title might suggest, this is definitely not a light film. → Read More

Cinemalaya review: Mylene Dizon impresses with 'beautiful pain' in 'Belle Douleur'

A Best Actress nomination for Mylene Dizon is inevitable. → Read More

Cinemalaya review: Why 'Edward' is an early favorite among festival-goers

Young writer-director Thop Nazareno continues to explore the development of a young man's psyche, this time a boy in his mid-teens, in 'Edward.' → Read More

Movie review: 'Hobbs & Shaw' combines fast and furious action with comedy

The acrimonious chemistry between Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham was amazingly vital from beginning to end, and the feuding between these two men was very entertaining to watch. → Read More

Cinemalaya review: Coming-of-age tale 'Children of the River' is a rare gem

In this age when shock and scandal rule mass and social media, Maricel Cabrera-Cariaga has crafted a rare gem -- a coming of age tale of military children told in a most straightforward, sincerely real, positively uplifting way, with no cheap sentimentality or sappy melodrama. → Read More

Movie review: Lav Diaz offers a chilling vision of PH in 'Ang Hupa'

The opening film of Cinemalaya this year is Lav Diaz's 'Ang Hupa' in its Philippine premiere, even as it had its world premiere in no less than the Cannes film festival's Director's Fortnight in May earlier this year. → Read More

Movie review: Horror happens in broad daylight in 'Midsommar'

'Midsommar' lasts for more than 2-1/2 hours, but the audience gets hooked in from the get-go and held in rapt attention the whole time up to its outlandish conclusion. → Read More

Movie review: 'Yesterday' imagines a world without the Beatles

Writer Richard Curtis and director Danny Boyle whipped up a charming little flick rife with wry British humor. → Read More

Movie review: Zac Efron turns on the charm as Ted Bundy in biopic

With his looks and sex appeal, Zac Efron turned out to be a good choice to play Ted Bundy. → Read More

Movie review: 'My Letters to Happy' delicately deals with depression

This was a film sensitively written to expound on the challenges mental health problems bring to the person who has them and their significant others around him. → Read More

Theater review: 'Stop Kiss' remains relevant 16 years after first Manila staging

The New Voice Company, known for its advocacy of women's issues with feminist plays like David Mamet's 'Oleanna' and Eve Ensler's 'The Vagina Monologues,' first tackled this play in 2003. → Read More

Movie review: Chinese actors take spotlight from Stallone in 'Escape Plan 3'

In 'Escape Plan 2,' practically 50% of the movie was carried by Chinese martial arts star Huang Xiaoming. Here in 'Escape Plan 3,' it was practically a Chinese movie already, around 80%. → Read More

Movie review: Octavia Spencer goes over the top in 'Ma'

For 'Ma,' Octavia Spencer had to summon all her Oscar-pedigreed acting talents to carry the whole weight of this film on her shoulders. → Read More

Movie review: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’

Here's what to expect from the new 'Spider-Man' movie. → Read More