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‘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

‘Batman Begins’ Film Review: A great beginning for the Dark Knight

”Batman Begins” explores the origins of Bruce Wayne's (Christian Bale) emergence as Batman and brings back the essence of what drives him to be who he is. Human emotions as love, fear and anger begin a new face for the Dark Knight as a cinematic and yet realistic film. This makes his character more human than the rest of the “Batman” films of the past. This time, the film justifies the idea that Batman is still "just a man" under the black costume,

‘Kingdom of Heaven’ Film Review: War and religion

Ridley Scott makes another epic -- this time, streamlined in the middle of the conflicting religious beliefs of the Christians and the Muslims. A fiction inspired by historical accounts, "Kingdom of Heaven" renders a cinematic vision of the Crusades of the 12th Century. Balian (Orlando Bloom), the young, grieving blacksmith from a small village in France, finally yields to the invitation of his estranged father, Baron Godfrey of Ibelin (Liam Neeson), to go to the Holy Land of Jerusalem. With the hope of

‘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

‘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 the young Filipinos to find greener pasture elsewhere in the globe. This rom-com flick features a very traditional story where

‘Bahay ni Lola 2’ Film Review: More comedy than horror

Following the footsteps of a number of successful Asian horror offerings, Regal Films revives "Bahay ni Lola" with the attempt to further break into the horror genre trend. This sequel targets those who prefer getting some creepy chills while inside the dark and cold moviehouse. Unfortunately, it isn't very scary. In fact, its comic side becomes a more appealing aspect of the presentation. For this second installment in the “Bahay ni Lola” franchise, everything turns out so contrived and way too

‘Birhen ng Manaoag’ Film Review: Just awful

I made this article two days after watching the film, just to make sure I'll be more on the critical side. I need to avoid the too emotional insights after having to sit through the very tiring chore of watching a very disappointing movie. This is pretty challenging to do for me as a production person who is from the same circle because I am aware that people who would most likely be part of the project, those who are

‘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,

‘Blade Trinity’ Film Review: The wrestle to the end

"Blade Trinity" turns out to be a generic end to the "Blade" trilogy. This third installment directed by David Goyer wrestles to its end as a flashy, suspense-free visual reel substituting quick-paced humor for some chills. Wesley Snipes returns as the iconic vampire hunter who literally makes vamps explode all over. The story kicks off with vampire leaders digging up Dracula, the original vampire who spawned their race. The strategic attack led by the powerful Danica Talos (Parker Posey) and her fanged subordinates

‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ Film Review: A travelogue drama

At first, this teenybopper movie may seem like a typical adaptation riding on the popularity of the young adult book and best-selling novel "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" by Anne Brashares. Apparently, it’s a heartwarmingly episodic travelogue drama featuring four best friends spending their first summer apart and sharing a magical pair of jeans fitting each of them perfectly — despite the differences in their body frames. To keep in touch, they pass the so-called magical pants from

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