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Capsule Film Review: ‘Ang Larawan, The Movie’ (2017)

"Ang Larawan, The Movie" is a film for Filipinos -- something to treasure for its artistic and cultural initiative of pioneering the musical film adapted from the work of an acclaimed Filipino literary artist, no less than a National Artist at that. Kudos to all those behind this ambitious cinematic endeavor, as the film, with both its strengths and forgiveable shortcomings, reflects the love and passion of the people who worked on it from start to end. This period piece may not be your usual Hollywood flair full of superhero characters, cool stunts, and uber awesome special effects, but it is

Blu-ray Review: ‘Hitchcock’ (2012)

This motion picture combines drama and comedy in attempting to demystify the man behind the legendary horror and suspense opuses.

Blu-ray Review: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Helmed by Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, this intense and thrilling piece of cinema chronicles the decade-long hunt for Al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks until his death at the hands of the Navy SEALs.

‘The Proposal’ Film Review: Entertainingly derivative

“The Proposal” is contrived and predictable, but nonetheless a crowd-pleasing romantic comedy. Although it lacks the creative spark of classic rom coms, it can work as a pleasant time killer offering mindless entertainment and appealing stars.

‘Star Trek’ (2009) Film Review: Warpspeed wow!

Director J.J. Abrams and his crew build this Star Trek franchise into a truly glorious new enterprise.

‘Angels and Demons’ Film Review: From suspense novel to audio-visual flair

The film’s strong points as a commercial cinematic offer is that it combines religious, scientific, political, art, historical, and academic issues in one package; thus, making it an entertaining blend capturing many kinds of moviegoers.

‘Watchmen’ Film Review: Deconstructing the film in reference to the graphic novel

“Watchmen” is visually brilliant but flawed in certain ways. Nevertheless, this eye-poppingly faithful adaptation is a carefully crafted as a lavish cult movie.

‘The Hangover’ Film Review: Hanging over a guy flick

It's a guilty pleasure comedy. Who knew a hangover could be this fun? "The Hangover" is a guilty pleasure comedy. Who knew a hangover could be this fun? This guy flick about a bachelor party gone wrong is really nothing special; but the simplest reason for its comedic success is the fact that it achieves a rare balance between character and vulgarity. There is a sort of perverse brilliance, or maybe brilliant perversity, thrown by the characters against the gambling streets of Las Vegas. Director Todd Phillips ("Starsky and Hutch," "School for Scoundrels," and "Old School") is successful in promoting strong comic performances

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