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‘Lucky You’ Film Review: A poker life

A romantic drama set in the gambling world of Las Vegas, "Lucky You" tells the story of Huck Cheever (Eric Bana), a happy-go-lucky bachelor whose life revolves around the green felt poker tables. In between his games, he also confronts his personal conflicts including his problematic relationship with his father. The film gives a gist of how poker works. It makes the game look generally interesting and less "sinful." However, it is worth noting that this is not the type of movie to offer informative poker basics for the uninitiated. For somebody not knowledgeable in playing poker at all, it would be hard

‘Corpse Bride’ Film Review: A charming grave fairy tale

Behind its eerie theme, Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride" presents a morbid and romantic trip between the cold dwelling place of the living and the colorful underground realm of the dead. Fun, genial, expressive, and charming, this semi-musical stop-motion piece is set at death's door, saluting the liberating power of true love and sacrifice. The story revolves around a young groom-to-be who mistakenly weds a girl from the grave and complicates his upcoming marriage to the woman he loves. The directors paint death as a more colorful plane of existence compared to life, as literally shown on the visuals -- a bitterly cold

‘Let the Love Begin’ Film Review: Taking the generic ride

"Let the Love Begin" is GMA Films' comeback project after a four-year hiatus. The film outfit's last movie before it was the 2000 picture  "Death Row." Prior to this, they produced a few other projects including "Jose Rizal," "Sa Pusod ng Dagat," and "Muro Ami" — all of which were given due credit by a number of award-giving bodies. But this time, GMA Films comes back with a light love story that is quite different from its usual roster of cinematic offerings. "Let the Love Begin" hangs on such a simple premise that is pretty much scripted into contrivance throughout. The story spans a very long time frame and

‘Can This Be Love’ Film Review: The u-belt flick

"Can This Be Love" is a simple romantic tale capitalizing on the charm of one of the most popular love teams in the country to date — Hero Angeles and Sandara Park. In this movie, they are two very different people who prove that love can bloom amidst cultural differences. In a larger scope, it offers a gist of the economic issues that push young Filipinos to find greener pasture elsewhere in the globe. This rom-com flick features a very traditional story where a foreigner finds it hard to adjust to life in another country and gets branded as a weirdo along the way;

‘Dreamboy’ Film Review: Reality romance

"Dreamboy" is a commercial treat targeting those who want to get a pinch of love from a feel-good romantic tale. It talks about a game of chances in love with so much risk at stake. The story springs up from the fact that TV networks are going gaga over reality shows' newfound potential for better TV ratings. Utilizing that usual girl-meets-boy premise, the major plotpoints kick off with the romantic meet-ups between the clueless spectator Cyd (Bea Alonzo) and the ideal guys Phillip, Eboy, and Jaime (Piolo Pascual). The movie's massive publicity and promotion make it a point not to dwell much with this romantic

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