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‘Ang Nawawala’ Film Review: A Loss for Words, A Passion for Music

Ang Nawawala (What Isn't There) promotes resounding tunes about coping up with loss, falling in love, and discovering oneself. It follows the life of a young man who is still profoundly affected by a trauma from his childhood. Unable to speak after a family tragedy, this deeply troubled youth finds solace in the company of friends, and in no time, in a series of romantic encounters with a fascinating woman who shares his taste for music. However, his dark past makes

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

This Tim Burton offering presents a morbid and romantic trip between the cold dwelling of the living and the colorful underground world of the dead. 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

‘Lucky You’ Film Review: A poker life

"Lucky You" straightforwardly shows the grueling world of gambling and betting as the various characters inside this realm create a whole new world of their own. While within the high-stakes backdrop of Las Vegas, this motion picture brings the audience a gist of sub-stories about human relationships, inhabiting a number of snapshots of personal dramas that unfold in every laying out of the cards. Set in the gambling world of Las Vegas, this romantic drama tells the story of Huck Cheever (Eric Bana), a happy-go-lucky bachelor

‘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,

‘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

‘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

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